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Live what? - what Journal? ...what what?

it's been a minute since i updated this journal.
I'm not sure i'm really planning on continuing.
Microblogging has sort of replaced livejournal. i also see no real point in taking down.

For anyone who wants to know where i'll be:

Know that i rarely or never update my Myspace, CarDomain, or LiveJournal pages anymore.

much love.
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Regarding CBSNews' "GOP Gives Clinton The Silent Treatment"

cbsnews.com recently wrote an article called GOP Gives Clinton The Silent Treatment - the basic point being that the republican party is attacking Obama regularly while more or less ignoring Clinton.

The article never mentions it... but it seems obvious to me that they're not ethe least bit worried about Hillary, in fact, they strongly prefer that she gets the nomination because she'll be so easy to bury come the election. They have all the dirt they'll ever need on Clinton, and are grasping at straws to try and get Obama out of the running, for fear of having to run against him in the real election.

that's my take. I'd love to hear an opposing one.

(in fact, i've been looking for good info on why Obama would be a bad candidate, but there's so much nonsense out there (like "he'z a terorest!") that it's hard to find the good stuff. anyone have a good resource for me?
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Lost: Ben's man on the freighter

The teaser for next week's episode of Lost baits us with "[You'll see] a face that you never expected to see again" ...which, i take it, is the man Ben says he has on the freighter.

When Locke asks Ben "Who is your man on the boat" Ben replies something like "You may want to sit down for this." We the audience, of course, do not get to hear who it is.

Spoiler: It's Michael.

...or at least that seems like the obvious "surprise" - which at first pissed me off. It's so obvious it's a little bit painful. That being the case, maybe the writers are playing off that to actually surprise us with a character that's not a total waste of screen time... but i doubt it.

I hate Michael. As a character, he is a selfish, obnoxious, stereotypical piece of crap, and as an actor, he's a dreadful twat. I expect that all he'll say this season once he's back is "WWWAAAAAALLLLLLTTTTTT!!!!" hundreds of times.

But this got me thinking, maybe "resurrecting" Michael's character is actually a really good thing. When his character was finally gone, i was really relieved, but a little sad that he "got off the island" instead of "got shot in the face."

Maybe now we'll get to see him die. That'd be worth bringing him back. ...but my gut instinct is that the writers will try and put some redemption bit in and use him for a couple of lame flashback episodes filling us in with what happened on the freighter (filler episodes) and trying to cast Michael as a good guy.

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The new car

The left is what i've been driving, and the right is what i just got.

1987 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro, Black 1993 Audi S4 (UrS4)

1993 Audi S4.

...and this sucker is quick. :)
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"Hillary's Record"

I stumbled upon this comment somewhere on the internets and thought it was kind of interesting.

I don't vouch for the validity of any of the statements, and don't necessarily agree with the rant, but it was a somewhat interesting read all the same.

(the rant is indented, my comments are not.)

interesting: Hillary Clinton has been telling America that she is the most qualified candidate for president based on her 'record,' which she says includes her eight years in the White House as First Lady - or 'co-president' - and her seven years in the Senate. Here is a reminder of what that record includes:

As First Lady, Hillary assumed authority over Health Care Reform, a process that cost the taxpayers over $13 million. She told both Bill Bradley and Patrick Moynihan, key votes needed to pass her legislation, that she would 'demonize' anyone who opposed it. But it was opposed; she couldn't even get it to a vote in a Congress controlled by her own party. (And in the next election, her party lost control of both the House and Senate.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Clinton_health_care_plan (That's not evidence supporting the above claims, just a relevant link.)

Hillary assumed authority over selecting a female Attorney General. Her first two recommendations, Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood, were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. She then chose Janet Reno. Janet Reno has since been described by Bill himself as 'my worst mistake.'

Hillary recommended Lani Guanier for head of the Civil Rights Commission. When Guanier's radical views became known, her name had to be withdrawn.

Hillary recommended her former law partners, Web Hubbell, Vince Foster, and William Kennedy for positions in the Justice Department, White House staff, and the Treasury, respectively. Hubbell was later imprisoned, Foster committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.

Hillary also recommended a close friend of the Clintons, Craig Livingstone, for the position of director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of up to 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (“Filegate”) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, both Hillary and her husband denied knowing him. FBI agent Dennis Sculimbrene confirmed in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 1996, both the drug use and Hillary's involvement in hiring Livingstone. After that, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office, after serving seven presidents for over thirty years.


In order to open “slots” in the White House for her friends the Thomasons (to whom millions of dollars in travel contracts could be awarded), Hillary had the entire staff of the White House Travel Office fired; they were reported to the FBI for 'gross mismanagement' and their reputations ruined. After a thirty-month investigation, only one, Billy Dale, was charged with a crime - mixing personal money with White House funds when he cashed checks. The jury acquitted him in less than two hours.


Another of Hillary's assumed duties was directing the 'bimbo eruption squad' and scandal defense: ---- She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. ---- She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs. ---- Then they had to settle with Paula Jones after all. ---- And Bill lost his law license for lying to the grand jury ---- And Bill was impeached by the House. ---- And Hillary almost got herself indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice (she avoided it mostly because she repeated, 'I do not recall,' 'I have no recollection,' and 'I don't know' 56 times under oath).

Hillary wrote 'It Takes a Village,' demonstrating her Socialist viewpoint.

...I think it's silly when the word "socialism" is used pejoratively.

Hillary decided to seek election to the Senate in a state she had never lived in. Her husband pardoned FALN terrorists in order to get Latino support and the New Square Hassidim to get Jewish support. Hillary also had Bill pardon her brother's clients, for a small fee, to get financial support.

Then Hillary left the White House, but later had to return $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork she had stolen.

In the campaign for the Senate, Hillary played the 'woman card' by portraying her opponent (Lazio) as a bully picking on her.

Hillary's husband further protected her by asking the National Archives to withhold from the public until 2012 many records of their time in the White House, including much of Hillary's correspondence and her calendars. (There are ongoing lawsuits to force the release of those records.)

As the junior Senator from New York, Hillary has passed no major legislation. She has deferred to the senior Senator (Schumer) to tend to the needs of New Yorkers, even on the hot issue of medical problems of workers involved in the cleanup of Ground Zero after 9/11.

Hillary's one notable vote; supporting the plan to invade Iraq, she has since disavowed.

What major legislation has Hillary sponsored during her time in the Senate? - Yahoo! Answers - (answer: "I see no major legislation, most of this is Senate Resolutions.")

Quite a resume’. Sounds more like an organized crime family’s rap sheet.

...So it might be a bit.. polar, but this guy brings up a good point. Hillary is the "qualified candidate" and we keep hearing that she is the one with a "record" ...but is that a good record? or is just having a record enough? I think that 2 of her strongest assets are familiarity, and associating the Clinton name with economic prosperity (without necessarily giving credit to all the other variables that contributed to the pre-2001 economy.)

meh. food for thought.
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A few of the movies i've seen recently:


I actually really enjoyed this movie. It was, to one degree or another, a "Blair Witch" that wasn't completely retarded. It's like they took that concept and actually put some real thought into some clever ways to use it to tell a story. It has its faults, but i really do think it was good. 4/5


Great movie. I really like Ellen Page in this roll and the writing is quick, clever, and engaging. 4/5

Casino Royale

This was another really fun movie. It's better than just a re-hash of the older flicks, it seems to bring something new to the table. 4/5

Finding Neverland

I enjoyed it, but i really don't have much to say about it. 3/5

Resident Evil: Extinction

Just another crappy Resident Evil in the silly series, but it wasn't really any worse than the other 2. They're bad, but i enjoy them. 2/5

Van Helsing

saying that i had "low" expectations would be charitable... but it was fun, in one of those "this movie is aweful" kinds of ways. Kate Beckinsale, while not ugly, certainly doesn't look or do her best in this flick. Even though "Click" was bad, as far as i've seen, it's were she looked her best. I wish she'd get more "normal person" roles instead of these awful leather-clad-vampire-hunter / 17th-century-whore costumed roles. :\ 1/5
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New Fuel Pump in the Audi 5000

On January 12th, Jeff and I (mostly Jeff really) replaced the Fuel Pump (and Fuel Filter a few days before) on my black Audi 5000 CSTQ, at around 175,000 miles.

It runs great now, when it starts, which is not so often. :(

We probably need to replace or repair the check valve above the fuel pump. The car will really struggle to start, as if there is no fuel in the lines, but once it finally catches (and i do mean finally, several minutes later) it drives great. (...or at least as good as it has before, and about as great as you could possibly expect a 22 year old turbo car to run.) So it seems that there actually isn't fuel in the lines - that when the car is turned off, all the fuel in the lines drain back into the tank. ...that's the theory.

So when we get the chance, well open it back up and take a look at replacing the check valve.
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Hello again

It's been exactly 4 months since i've posted anything here, and i'm wondering if i should even bother...

On occasion, i post to my techie-nerd blog; the-ish.com/blog, but only about techie nerdy stuff, and i think i'd prefer to keep it that way.

Here is much more of a random assortment of notes and thoughts, and i'd also prefer to keep it like that. So i guess i'll keep it (for now) and attempts to use it more often.

So here's some of what's been going on the last few months:

Looks like i never mentioned it, probably from being crazy busy at the time... but in May '07 I finally graduated from UCCS with a BA in Fine Arts. (Magna Cum Laude & Highest Distinction)

For my graduation, Chelise organized a large group of people together to pitch in for a "computer fund" for me. It was incredible, and really blew me away. After sitting on the money for a while (and waiting for the eventual iMac refresh) I finally ended up getting a 24" iMac, fairly well spec'd. ...and i love the thing.

Chelise and i went out to California for Thanksgiving. It was great to spend some time with my family, but also just to spend some time in CA. :)

Shortly after, in December, I went out to NY with my artist buddy Adam, and had a great time. A few of the highlights: we got first tier box seats at Carnegie Hall for Kiki & Herb: The Second Coming (december 12th), and it was spectacular. we also went to the top of Rockerfeller Center, saw the Saks and Bergdorf Goodman etc Christmas window displays, and saw that highly recommended Fuerza Bruta (which is something that you you really should see if at all possible.)

The NY trip was fantastic, with really great people, and Adam's uncle Phil really made the trip incredible. (I still need to try and figure out some way to thank him.)

Then came christmas, which was nice and low-key this year. Chelise got me a rad Bulova watch. :)

New Years
Then, for New Years, Chelise and i headed back out to California, for my little sister's engagement party. It was beautiful, and i'm really happy for her.

Now we're a few weeks into January, and I'm again working at UCCS. (My 6 month contract with UCCS ended in November, and i'd been doing freelance web work in the mean time.) Now (since Jan. 7th) I'm working in University Relations, and even though i've only been here about a week and a half, and even though i'm currently using an old mac (with a nice screen, but slow old 933MHz g4), and even though i'm on this tiny, temporary desk for a few more weeks..... i'm loving it.

It's a very good place to work, the office dynamic is working out pretty well, and we're getting in to some cool projects. (Stuff that i think will really benefit the university in one way or another.) I'm hoping this can turn into a permanent position - i like working here, but also, i believe i bring a lot to the table, and that what i'm just starting to do here will prove to be something they need and value.

I'm wondering if i should just keep a personal blog on my own site, or maybe move to a person wiki.... or just go ahead and keep my journal here. If you (the theoretical reader) have any opinion on the matter, chime in.