Stupid and Unskilled (New edit)

I’ve had an interesting few days, I suppose. I brought my car, Jeep, in for a brake examination. The brakes are in bad shape. I swear there’s something hydraulically wrong with it, because when I press on the brakes, half the time the pedal goes to the floor without much braking effect. The dealer said there’s nothing wrong with the brakes except that they hadn’t been lubricated (yes, there are moving parts in the brake system that require lubrication, they weren’t oiling the brake pads or anything), but that my tires were badly worn, I needed to spend $1500 on the steering system, $500 on the suspension system, and $100 for an alignment (plus whatever new tires cost). I said, “That’s wonderful. I’ll take my car back now.” My tires appear fine (they have plenty of tread, although I’ll admit it’s possible for them to be worn on the inside track [although closer inspection makes this appear unlikely, too]). My brakes are still the suck. The odds I’ll pay $2000 for repairs on a car that’s not worth $2000 before or after the repairs are approximately one in a kajillion. So I’ll drive it slowly into the ground, leaving plenty of space between me and the car in front of me. When I was driving it away from the dealer, the “Check Engine” light came on, and I almost crashed because the brake pedal was on the floor and Jeep wasn’t slowing down very much. Oh! And another update! I got a $60 ticket because I haven’t renewed my registration. I’ve already paid for it, but stupid California law requires a smog check before they’ll send me the stickers. So I have to get that done.

I watched Deuce Bigelow 2 yesterday. That was a waste of time. Luckily it didn’t cost me any money. I watched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy tonight. It wasn’t a waste, but it sure was as much of a disappointment as another screen adaptation of it, and less true to the book (which wasn’t necessarily entirely true to the original radio show).

I’ve also taken up Photoshopping. Not really, but it was something fun to do for part of an evening. Sorry Andi.

There was other stuff I was going to say, but beer and memory have tabled that motion. I’ll come back and add links and pictures of my poor decrepit Jeep, so you can look at them sadly and say, “Aw, that poor thing.” Oh, one of the things I was going to say is that I saw my other roommate for the first time in six weeks today.

Now that I’m editing this to add links to Jeep, I remember what those other things were. One thing is a description of how stupid I am. USA Today Sudoku puzzles come in five flavors of difficulty, one to five stars. Five stars is the hardest. One through three is easy for me, four stars is hard but I can apparently do them, and the last time I tried to solve a five star puzzle I got one number into it before getting stuck. I was stuck there for about an hour. I got two more numbers with KrisDi’s help. KrisDi was able to solve it in about an hour. Our other roommate, whom we’ll call Oleo, solved it in about 30-45 minutes. So I’m stupid, and they’re not.

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Jet Ski

It was probably because of the severe urge to urinate, but I dreamed about jet skis. It seemed kind of like Lake Ashtabula, but I’m not sure any of you know what/where that is. Anyway, I think I was racing with some other jet skiers, and then we had to start dodging people who were floating around on inner tubes, and then I started going up a water slide (that’s when it got really hard to dodge other people). Anyway, the waterslide started getting really steep, and about the time the jet ski started sputtering because it couldn’t go up steep enough (not that going against the flow of water was hard, it was just going uphill), I woke up. And urinated for about ten minutes.

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Drinking and Webmastering

So, I know how to do all the basic stuff I want to do. I can make simple pages for you odd folks to download things like old videos of my robot and whatnot. I just have to get around to doing it. I will someday have a hai ku page, and a quote page (onto which Andi [who changes her alias too often for me to settle on one to use] has already made it, and Wilmbo assuredly will [if he ever talks to me again]).

Lately I’ve tried and failed miserably to do a 5 star (difficult) Sudoku puzzle, which my lovely girlfriend (whom I shall henceforth dub “KrisDi”) KrisDi conquered in about 45 minutes. After about an hour and a half, I had figured out less than a quarter of the puzzle. She’s obviously much smarter than me. USA Today also offers some free crossword puzzles which I frequently attempt, and occasionally finish without any help or cheating. Which makes me feel a little smarter. At least I beat her at Scrabble last night.

Sooner or later I’ll make a real index page, with links to friends’ blogs, and other links I find interesting. And I’ll create a downloads page for videos (especially since I have a video camera now — if only something video-worthy would happen). We have a hilarious video KrisDi took at a White Sox game where you get to listen to her yell at her mother for trying to tell her how and what to record. And I’ll put more pictures up. I’ll even have a very narcissistic photo of me up there somewhere. And for those of you interested, I might even try to set up some free hosting if you have things you want to share, since I’m 99% sure I’ll never use all the bandwidth I’m paying for.

So, in conclusion, comment on this post or others to keep me amused and make me think people are interested in my drivel. Or at least let me think someone reads it. Also, give me cool links to cool things on the interwebs, and I shall share them with the rest of the consequential world (ergo, the folks who view my innocuous site).


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A real post

The majority of my posts for a while will be about trying to make this webpage work. Which means, of course, that it will mostly be bitching about not knowing what I’m doing. Anyway, today I tried to upload a directory of pictures (accessible from here somewhere), and as I mentioned , it sucked. So I don’t recommend that software.

I was experimenting with some picture gallery software, which I used to make the thing I uploaded. I’ll probably use that a lot more. Eventually I’ll have a download page, so I can put dirty videos and other strange things up. I may even play with flash.

Anyway, I’m glad I’m back from Japan. That was a long ass trip. Later folks.


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