Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K.: May 2005

Monday, May 30, 2005

MC Frontalot

MC Frontalot

MC Frontalot, the world's 579th-greatest rapper. Nerdcore Hiphop is the music of the future.

MC Frontalot is a rapper who has created what he calls "Nerdcore." It's hiphop that is geeky, basically. He's been around for a while, but I only heard about him in recent months. I'm not a big fan of rap and hiphop, but some of his stuff is really cool.

I recommend "Which MC Was That?", and "The Penny Arcade Theme."

Car Trouble

So I still don't have a car. When I first took it to the shop, he thought the heads were cracked, and maybe a rod was bent. Turned out it was neither. My head gasket was bad, among other things. It still ended up costing me $1046.62. Only $400 of that was labor, the rest was parts. So then I picked it up, and it did fine on the drive home, but then a few minutes later I got in it again, and it was doing some new stuff. It was shaking and sputtering really bad. Shaking bad enough that if you had a drink, it would spill it. So I took it back the next day, and it was something simple, a vacuum hose wasn't connected. So he fixed that while I was at work, and after work I went to pick it up again. He was already gone for the day when I got there. I don't know if he didn't even start the thing after he got done, because when I started it, it was making this horrible metal on metal scraping noise, and it wouldn't stop doing it. So I just left it there, for him to work on when he gets back tomorrow. He's been closed the last few days for the holiday weekend. Everyone says this newest problem sounds like the starter. I hope whatever it is, it's cheap to fix, and that this is the last thing that goes wrong.

On the good side, I've got to drive my mom's car for the last week, which is even nicer than my car. It's what other people would call "pimpin'," but not me, I hate that word. I think it's a Cadillac. I don't know, I'm horrible with cars, I can barely remember what MY car is.

The reason I haven't written about this sooner is that Chris was just here on leave for a few days. He ended up staying here at my place a couple of days. We didn't do anything much on the few days he was here, basically just sat around and played video games and stuff, we didn't go anywhere or anything.

Yesterday I mowed my parents' lawn again, and today I cleaned out the old shed. They've got lots of jobs around the house I can do over the next few weeks, because they're remodeling half the house, so there's lots of old wallpaper and carpet and stuff that needs tore out, and walls that need painted, and stuff that needs moved. I get paid for doing all the stuff too, which is cool, because I need all the money I can get. I did even before the car problems.

Hmm, did I ever write about going to the doctor? I can't remember. Anyway, when I was so incredibly sick last week, I finally went to the doctor, and he said it was what we thought it was, allergies that had turned into a very bad sinus infection. He gave me a cortizone shot and two prescriptions; one antibiotic, and one decongestant.

Hmm, as usual, it seems like there was something else I wanted to write about over the last few days, but I don't remember what it was right now.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

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I don't know how good this post will turn out, as I am so sick I can barely think right now, and my eyes burn so bad I can barely see the computer screen.

I can almost hear the money being sucked from my bank account. We thought maybe my car was fixed the other day, but it's not. I drove it to work yesterday, and everything was fine, but when I tried to drive home on break, the car wouldn't start. I checked and the radiator was almost dry again. So I had to have my mom pick me up from work yesterday, and then this morning before work me and my dad took my car to the shop. No, it still won't start, but luckily the shop we go to is just maybe 8 blocks away from work, and it's a slight downhill incline the whole way. The guy isn't open today though, nor is he open tomorrow, we don't think he's open tomorrow anyway, we have to call and check. So, who knows how much this is going to cost me. If it's what my dad is afraid it might be, I'll probably have to get a whole new engine. Even if it's not that, all the possible explanations people have come up with for what's wrong with my car are all things that will cost me at least a few hundred dollars.

Then tomorrow, I'm going to the doctor. That's more money to spend. I've been sick for the last several days, slowly getting worse and worse. Today I was so sick, they sent me home from work after only 3 and a half hours, and I've already called in sick for tomorrow, because I've just been getting worse and worse as the day goes by. I feel like I'm about to die. Until today, I had just thought it was really bad allergies, but the way I feel today, it almost feels like the flu or something. My parents are almost certain that it's allergies, combine with a sinus infection from the allergies. I think that's probably what it is too. My symptoms are coughing, sneezing, horrible amounts of congestion, sinus pressure, sinus headache, burning eyes, and I'm tired and weak. If I close my eyes while standing up, I lose my balance and almost fall over. I'm going to the doctor to see what he thinks it is, and if it is allergies, I'm going to request a cortizone shot for them. My dad said that years and years ago, he used to have allergies almost as bad and as often as I do, but that years ago he got a cortizone shot, and has hardly had any allergies since.

So, I have to pay for car repairs, doctor bills, and I'll have missed a day and a half of work, so my next check will be really small.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Best Movie Ever

So I went and saw Star Wars Episode III today. It was fucking fantastic. I have to commit a geek heresy here, and say that I think it was probably even better than the original three movies. Most everyone else I've talked to agrees.

So, I don't really have much else to say about it, as I don't want to spoil anything. But it was fucking great. The first 15 minutes alone were better than Episodes 1 and 2 combined. One thing I thought was really funny, that a lot of people may not have even noticed, is that as the movie went on, the interiors of ships started getting simpler, and by the end of the movie, they looked like the ships from the original movies. Big fake-looking switches and buttons everywhere, instead of computer screens and stuff.

What wasn't cool was the fact that by the time I got out of the theatre, it was 100 degrees outside, and then I had to drive home with no A/C. My car's been acting weird the last few days, but maybe it's fixed now. Several days ago the heat and A/C stopped working very well, and the car was kind of sputtering at times, like it was going to die. Then yesterday me and my dad were looking at it, and we checked the radiator fluid, and couldn't see anything at all in there. And the little side reservoir thing was empty too. Even though I just filled both up a month or so ago. So we put some in, and it ended up taking the whole gallon of antifreeze/coolant. And then we let it run for a few minutes, so it would suck the fluids around the system, and then checked it again, and it was almost empty again, but seemed to be working just fine, the A/C and heat started working again even. So we thought it was fine for now. I was still going to buy some more coolant to put in it today, but we'd thought it would be fine until then.

Today I drove up to the theatre, which is like 25 miles away, and it was fine the whole drive up there. Also, it was only like 80 degrees at the time, as it was like 11:00 am. The car was fine, until I got there. I got to the theatre about 30 minutes before the movie was supposed to start, so I sat there in my car for a while reading a book about JavaScript I bought yesterday. After ten minutes or so, the A/C started blowing out hot air. I looked and the car was starting to get hot. So I killed the car and just sat there with the windows down. Then when the movie ended, it was 100 degrees outside, and I could barely drive home, because my car kept trying to overheat. I had to drive home with the A/C off. I picked up another gallon of coolant on the way home, and then after I got home, and let the car cool off for a couple of hours, I went out there to put it in. Both the reservoir, and the radiator looked completely dry again. I put about half of the gallon of coolant in the radiator and then part of the other half in the reservoir. Then I turned the car on, and let it run for a minute or two, then checked again, and it has sucked half of what was in the reservoir out, and the level in the radiator was a little lower again, so I put the rest of the gallon in, and it was full. Then I went over to my parents' house and me and my dad looked at it again. When I got there, after the drive there, it hadn't went down any more. And we let it run ten minutes or so, and checked it again, and it still hadn't gone down any, so maybe it was just bone dry and took a lot to fill it, and now it's full. My dad can't see anything wrong with it anywhere. We can't figure out where the fluid would be disappearing to. I don't have a leak or anything. I've parked in the same spot the entire year+ I've lived in this apartment, and there's not so much as a tiny oil spot there. Certainly no puddles of antifreeze.

So maybe my car is fixed now. I'm still taking it to the shop Tuesday morning to have the guy look at it. Even if he doesn't find anything wrong with it, I do need to at least get a new belt put on.

It's not just my car. It seems like everything I own is falling apart. The other night I wrote how I was going to watch Episodes 1 and 2, but I didn't get to, because my DVD player broke. That was my fault though. I watched Episode 1, because it's on VHS, and then I went to put the DVD of Episode 2 in. I wasn't paying attention, and, because my DVD player sits up on a shelf that is almost above eye-level, I wasn't looking at the tray when I put the DVD in. It wasn't until I closed the drive, and was wondering why the movie wasn't playing, that I remembered, there was already a DVD in the tray. So I tried to open the drive, and it was stuck. It just sat there making a whining noise. I fiddled with it for at least 20 minutes, and never could get it to open. So I had to take it up to Best Buy the next day after work. It wasn't under warranty, so I was prepared to pay a lot of money, even though I didn't figure the repair would take no time at all. I could've done it myself probably. I figured, correctly, that all it would require was taking the cover off and opening the drive by hand. So I went up to the help desk, and they said that yes, I would have to pay, and told me to take it over to the technician guy at the other end of the desk. He opened it up and got the movies out in about three minute's time. But then, he did something that surprised me. Actually, it was something he didn't do that surprised me. He didn't charge me. He told me, "It didn't take five minutes, and we all make mistakes sometimes." I thanked him profusely, and then left.

Then later that night, part of the vent work came un-duct-taped to my A/C unit in my apartment, so I had to tape that back up myself.

Also, the DVD drive in my computer stopped working a few weeks ago. Just about a month after the extended three-year warranty I bought ran out. It still plays and reads CDs just fine, but it won't play DVDs, even though it's the same drive. I've always had trouble with my DVD drive in this computer, for pretty much as long as I've had it. Used to it would just sometimes stop in the middle of the movie and say "DVD Player has encountered an error it cannot recover from. The disc may be dirty or scratched." But now, when I put a DVD in, it just sits there and reads the disc forever. Eventually the computer will completely lock up, it won't let me do anything. I can still move the mouse around, but it's the "thinking" symbol, and I can't do anything. I have to hit the eject button, and then wait like five minutes before it ejects the disc. Sometimes the DVD Player program will actually start up, but the movie won't play, and it will just sit there thinking again, until I end up having to command+option+escape (the Mac version of Control+Alt+Delete) to close down the program. Then other times, after it thinks for a couple of minutes, the program will start up, and the movie will actually start playing, but after maybe two minutes of jerky playing and skipping, it will give me that same error message it used to give me, and then shut the program down.

I'm having trouble with my body too. I can barely talk today, my throat is almost swollen completely closed it feels like. The last few days my throat has been feeling kind of scratchy. Not really sore, but scratchy, and it would sometimes hurt a little to talk. But it's gotten a little worse every day, and then today, it wasn't much worse than it was yesterday, but then while I was watching the movie, it got worse. By the time the movie was over, I could barely talk. I think I've figured it out though. I think it's the gum I've been chewing. I've hardly ever chewed gum in my life, but the last week or so, I've been chewing it pretty much constantly. Mostly because I'm on a diet, and it keeps me from eating so much. But my throat problems started a few days after I started chewing the gum. My parents both said chewing gum has always given them sore throats, but most of the people I know chew it constantly, and it never bothers them. I'm going to quit chewing it for a couple of days, and see if it gets better. It may just be the kind of gum I'm chewing too. I may be allergic to something in it, or something like that. I'm chewing Ice Breakers gum, which has got these tiny little capsules in it, which are filled with a liquid mouthwash-like substance. Maybe that is what is irritating my throat. I'm pretty sure it's something to do with the gum though.

I wonder how long Episode Three is supposed to be? The Yahoo movie listings say 2 hours and 26 minutes, but I wasn't even there for two hours barely. The movie was scheduled for 12:15, but then there's probably 15 minutes of commercials and previews, and I was out of there by 2:25. Melissa said her brother went and saw the movie, and he said it was about two and a half hours. My sister says all her friends said it was over three hours. So I don't know. All I know, is I was only there for barely two hours. Maybe they cut something out?

Also, the whole time I was watching the movie, I was thinking "Bush is the evil Emperor!" seriously, the way Palpatine rose to power is very similar to what Bush and the republicans are doing since 9/11. Palpatine is like, "There's a war going on, you've got to give me more emergency powers, so I can stop this threat!" And then, in the end, he declares himself Emperor, and everyone stand up and cheers. And Padme says, "So, this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause."



Marketing Idea

There should be a brand of extra-large condoms called "Anacondoms."

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Star Wars

So, yes, Episode Three premiers tonight at midnight. Almost all of my friends are going up there to wait in line and see it tonight. I'm not. In my opinion, no movie is worth standing in a long line for, and fighting crowds. I don't care if the line was only a ten minute wait, I still wouldn't do it. I'm not going to see it tomorrow, either, as I work tomorrow, and by the time I got off from work, all the school kids would be out for the day. But I am off Friday, so I'm going to go to an early showing then, while the kids are still in school.

But I am going to celebrate it by watching both Episode Two, and God help me, Episode One tonight. Although, I don't know if I should call it celebration, or torture. Forcing myself to watch Episode One is more like torture. Fucking Jar Jar Binks. I hate to even type that name, it makes me feel dirty.

The Death of a Muslim Woman: "The Whore Lived Like a German" - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Death of a Muslim Woman: "The Whore Lived Like a German" - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE

"In the past four months, six Muslim women living in Berlin have been brutally murdered by family members. Their crime? Trying to break free and live Western lifestyles. Within their communities, the killers are revered as heroes for preserving their family dignity. How can such a horrific and shockingly archaic practice be flourishing in the heart of Europe? The deaths have sparked momentary outrage, but will they change the grim reality for Muslim women?"

Silent 'Piano Man' poses beach riddle - Yahoo! News

Silent 'Piano Man' poses beach riddle - Yahoo! News

"LONDON (Reuters) - A smartly dressed man found wandering in a soaking wet suit near an English beach has baffled police and care workers after he refused to say a word and then gave a virtuoso piano performance."

Friday, May 13, 2005

Boo-Boo was a hamster goddess!

Boo-Boo was a hamster goddess!

Bogus mariachi bands rob music-lovers - Yahoo! News

Bogus mariachi bands rob music-lovers - Yahoo! News

Monday, May 09, 2005

Text Messages make you stupid.

Britain, UK news from The Times and The Sunday Times - Times Online

Recent tests show that sending text messages, and emails and the like actually lower your IQ. Even more than being high.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

666

Daniel pointed out at work today, that while a couple of days ago, the date was 5/5/05, next year will be even better, because June 6th will be 6/6/06.

Also, many people online have been excited about how today is Haiku Day, or 5/7/5.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Man in the Mirror

Michael Jackson rocks, I don't care what anyone else says.

Sure, he's a hideous-looking, child-molesting freak, but he can fucking sing like no one else.

Monday, May 02, 2005

What's On Jesus' iPod? / Protest anthems, Zeppelin, gospel, classical and, of course, Nine Inch Nails. And, yes, Jesus does P2P

What's On Jesus' iPod? / Protest anthems, Zeppelin, gospel, classical and, of course, Nine Inch Nails. And, yes, Jesus does P2P

This is a very cool and very funny article about what Jesus would have on his iPod ("You know he has one") and why. On a cool side note, about the "60's Protest Songs" it mentions, I have every one of them it mentions on MY iPod. It's a pretty long article, but worth the read. Here's part of it, click the above link to read all of it.

"The iPod and Jesus -- it just makes sense.

After all, Jesus was a rebel. Jesus was the Original Liberal. Jesus was a devoted pacifist and a badass egalitarian and his best friends were all whores and dissidents and freethinkers and miscreants, artists of every shape and size and haircut and of course, were he walking around today, Jesus would be pretty much loathed and ostracized if not outright hacked to bits by the Christian Right. 'Goddamn hippie liberal tree hugger,' they'd sneer, waving scythes and Bibles. 'What the hell?' Jesus would say.

All of which places Jesus in direct line of the iPod's marketing demographic and all of which naturally raises the question, well, so just what does the great mystic and healer and closet Buddhist and funky savior of humanity have on his holy iPod?"

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