Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Intellectual Honesty

No matter how much we've thought through things, many (if not most) of our beliefs are the result of preconceived notions. We rarely challenge them beyond the surface. We all have a set of arguments we use to defend our beliefs. Most of those arguments are nothing more than pat answers that prevent us from looking at things with an untainted eye. We pretend to really examine things, but in reality we only do so up to the point where we know the belief isn't actually threatened.

Name one personal belief that you have sincerely challenged the validity of in the last year. I'll start: the belief that one political party gooood, other political party baaaad.

Random Thought of the Day

Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.

Monday, January 26, 2009

I Actually Saw This With My Own Eyes

Getting coffee this morning at my favorite coffee house, I saw this and had to get physical proof:

It's not a Messiah Complex if he actually saves the world

Unbe-f#$%ing-lievable. Now, before you chide me for breaking my "no political discussions" rule, hold up. Commenting on creepy-assed, doe-eyed nutters whose fawning, all-encompassing devotion is on par with that of a Stepford Wife, is not a political comment but a social one. You want to support one politician over another? I couldn't care less. I don't base who I like or hang out with on such things. But if you're so taken in by any human being that you do anything other than stare in disbelief at quotes like the one above, you're way too much of a freak for me. And I have a gargantuan tolerance for freakiness.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

I will take any position, as long as it doesn't involve having sex with old ladies for money, or bear traps. Those are my two bugaboos.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

We should be long past applauding politicians of any hue: they got us into this mess. The best deserve a probationary opportunity to prove themselves, the worst should be in jail. It is questionable whether the present political system can survive the coming crisis. Whatever the solution, teenage swooning sentimentality over a celebrity cult has no part in it.

Random Thought of the Day

Run a carbon-black test on my jaw, and you will find it's all been said before.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lost Thought of the Week

You know, maybe if you ate more comfort food, you wouldn't have to go around shooting people.

Random Thought of the Day

"Do you believe in God?"

"Well, somebody is out to get me."

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Recording Studio, Part Deux

I finally figured out the solution to my problem. All I had to do was go to the garage, get the Pinnacle TV tuner I bought for my PC (yet another woot gem), plug it into the USB port, tune to channel 6.1, and I'm off to the rodeo. I can record to the hard drive and then burn it to DVD so I can watch it on my 56" TV instead of the 14" laptop screen. Oh, wait a minute...that's right, I'm still me.

I can watch live TV no problem (if you define "no problem" as the tuner taking up 85% of the CPU on a one-year-old dual core 64-bit PC with a couple gigs of RAM). It was taunting me--triple-dog daring me, in fact--to attempt recording. I bit and found the CPU soaked at 100%, making for a signal that's more choppy than a Verizon call on Meridian Road. Alas, I ended up suffering through commercials to get in the season premier of Lost. But the TV signal won't win. It's becoming personal, kind of like the time I spread 9 coats of paint upstairs in order to get it to look the way it was supposed to. I'm going to throw one of these things at it, and it'll be all over.

And, by the way, Lost kicked ass. It's getting a little too sci-fi for Julie, but I'm digging it hard.

Genius of the Day Contest

Tell me what logo the following image belongs to. Super bonus round: tell me specifically what symbol comes to mind every time I see it, and you take the cake.

Random Thought of the Day

One after one by the star-dogged moon, too quick for groan or sigh, each turned his face with a ghastly pang and cursed me with his eye.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

You'd Think These Stupid Things Were Made By Apple

A couple of months ago, I got a smokin' deal on an upconverting DVD player/recorder from woot. I was especially hopped up on goofballs about it because, since we got rid of DishNetwork (and consequently our DVR), I was afraid we'd have to actually sit through commercials when Lost starts back up. Did I immediately set it up to record? No. Me being the me that I am, I waited until the night before the season premier to get the recording in order. Really, how hard should it be? It's already hooked up to output to the TV in our bedroom--all I should have to do is run an output from the TV back to the input on the DVD player. But then I realized I had a lapse in judgment by forgetting that I am me.

It started out easy enough. Grab the cables, loosen the TV's wall mount so I could get to the outputs. Funny, I can't see any video output. There's the audio output. Since I can't completely see the back of the TV, I'll go grab my manual to see where the video output is. Even funnier, the manual for my TV isn't in the drawer where I put every single owner's manual I have. No problem, that's what the internet is for. The PDF I found doesn't show any video outputs, although I do see the two audio outputs.

All is not Lost just yet. I'll just swap it with the DVD player upstairs, surely the TV up there has an output. The hilarity continues when I find (after making a visual check, finding that the manual for that TV is also missing and looking up the PDF manual for it as well) that it also has no video output.

Being the ingenious bloke that I am, I remember that I have an RF converter--you know one of those things that you use to plug an old-style cable into so you can hook it up to a TV that only has component inputs. I'll just hook into the antenna signal with a splitter, plug it into the converter and then output that signal to the DVD recorder. And now for the punchline--the RF converter doesn't work. So now we'll have to endure an hour-and-a-half of commercials in order to see 30 minutes of Lost.

Did I really buy the only two HDTVs in existence with no video output? What are the chances of that? Oh, that's right...I'M ME, of course I did. Who the hell makes a TV with no video output? If I didn't know any better, I'd say they were made by those masters of leaving out basic features, Apple (can you say no MMS or cut/paste on the iPhone?). Just as I was typing this paragraph, I got a notification that my friend Steve left a comment on my Facebook page: "Have you ever seen *any* TV with a video out?". You may think you've never seen one, but I know I have. This is strangely reminiscent of whole Blues Traveler/Sister Hazel debacle. Time to go find my tinfoil hat. I'm pretty sure it's getting drunk and picking up chicks along with my two TV owner's manuals.

As Zack De La Rocha Said...

F&%# it, cut the cord. On Jan 26th, we're getting rid of our land line and going solely with cell phones. Oooh, scary. The only people that call us on our home phone are telemarketers, pollsters and people we ignore when they call our cell phones. If you're one of those people, you have a week to get your fun in. If you don't have our cell phone numbers, there's a reason.

Random Thought of the Day

It's got to be another human being. Nothing else could sing that badly.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

How many cats can wear boots, honestly?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

Somebody said they saw me
Swingin' the world by the tail,
Bouncing over a white cloud,
Killin' the blues.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

The mind is a wily monkey; sometime him take-a de banana, sometime him don't.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

Monday, January 12, 2009

How Did This Happen?

How sad is it that you have to go to a tire store to get good old-fashioned movie-theater-style popcorn? You know, the stuff that's soaked yellow to the core with the REAL fake butter flavoring, so salty it makes your lips fall off. I think it's time to get the tires rotated.

Random Thought of the Day

He's in a sad state of affairs. He has the brooding, self-loathing mind of an artist but lacks the creativity to put it to any use.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

Still practicing my forgettin'. It ain't workin'.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

You can never get enough pizza. It's against every law of physics, except gravity.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Just Drink the Apple Juice

What will Steve Jobs come up with next? Check out the new Apple MacBook:


Random Thought of the Day

You live your life, and I'll live mine. I'll bet you will turn out fine.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

Whatever the party is, that's the party I'm at.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Random Thought of the Day

He rambles on and on. He'll talk the balls off a rhinosaurus.