Thursday, October 31, 2002

Jam Master Jay was shot down in his recording studio in Hollis, Queens last night. It sounds like it was someone he knew. Having grown up with Raising Hell as a staple, I am definitely taken aback, but I still can't help but be confused as to why there is still so much violence surrounding the world of rap music. I mean for God's sake, someone is giving you the opportunity to do music "for a living". Craziness.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Ok....I was just shown one of the craziest websites that I think I have seen in a long time: coincidence design. If this puppy is real, and they actually do get some customers, I think we could end up seeing an entire new generation of lawsuits in America. Ladies....please make sure you are sitting down and prepared before you read this.
Today, Salon is hosting a brilliant interview with Christopher Hitchens called How The Left Became Irrelevant. I love it when people think like I do.

Monday, October 28, 2002

Which Love Hina Girl Are You?
Well-endowed both in mind and in body, you don't hesitate to use both to your advantage! Your confidence and sense of humour make you a pleasure to be around. You're crafty, clever and cute - a formula that would bring any man to his knees! But while your wit and charisma are definite assets, others may not be able to keep up with your resourceful intelligence. Take care not to overwhelm people with your treasures.
Which Love Hina Girl Are You?

So...it looks like all signs are still pointing to Iraq as the ones behind the Anthrax attacks.

Saturday, October 26, 2002

So, I'm thinking I should sign up for NaNoWriMo. That's National Novel Writing Month, and it begins on Friday and lasts until November 30th. I wonder if I could write 50,000 words within a month. The thing that I like is that they say the focus is on quantity, not quality. My kind of competition.
Today started with two fillings in the wisdom teeth on the right side of my mouth. Jacked up on novocaine, not able to feel the right half of my head, I managed to stab myself between the thumb and forefinger of my left hand while stupidly trying to trim down a candle with a knife. After sopping up the blood with an old undershirt, and the novocaine began to wear off, I began to feel myself between two throbbing sources of pain, and spent a good portion of the afternoon on my couch, jacked up on ibuprofin, listening to tunes and watching my Say Anything DVD (this was after I learned that the DVD of The Harder They Come that Gabe bought me for Christmas and I just opened today didn't have any disc inside).



I think tonight might consist of beers and pool in the Ho they call Boken. I'm sort of numb and mindless today; didn't manage to look at any of the stuff I wanted to catch up on for work, futzed with my cd burner for a while, read a few cool articles and ate some yummy tortellini once I was able to open my mouth. I think a numb mindless night might do me good.



Tomorrow, I plan on actually doing some work, digging out my fabulous Halloween costume from last year for Part Deux of MMW on Halloween (would have been my third go at that show if I didn't have to go to Kansas City two years ago ----Jesus....has it been two years already?) I also plan on thinking of things that I can actually do to enjoy myself while in Connecticut this week. That state sucks an egg. At least its next to New York. gg...should get ready or something.

Thursday, October 24, 2002

Today I've worked it out, I've got something I can shout about, Someone who believes in all the things I'm thinking....



Well, I successfully managed the installation of the Kalido 7 Data Warehousing Server today, and I have to say that I am pretty damn impressed with myself, considering the organizational obstacles at my client. My reward was not to go home early though, rather it was to prepare for more tests with the UK folks tomorrow and start drafting a Service Level Agreement for the new system. Jeez...has my life become this boring? :)



Anyway...as you probably know, they caught the sniper during the night. My suspicion of more than one dude was pretty right on too. The story behind this one is going to be pretty interesting though; it's got all of the elements of an interesting modern domestic terrorism case: ex-military, gulf war, an American converted to Islam (although keeping a Christian first name after changing the last to Mohammed), a last minute ditch attempt to have $10 million wired to a stolen credit card account....the list goes on. Hopefully its over. There is the question of the guy who they registered the car with in Camden, New Jersey that is still at large. Isn't it great that my great state always manages to make its way into almost every case out there?



Anyway...jamming to tunes and working on the puter right now. Planning on doing the Jersey thing this weekend if anyone cares to engage. Sbojeck Equipped!

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Oh man....so the weekend was pretty crazy. Dave and I checked out Wilco on Thursday night at the Roseland. I was back at work on Friday and then back in NY that night to go to Tonic for a show with Dave, Bellicose and Dave's new lady friend. Saturday was the famed Far Hills race in Jersey where Jen and I rocked out on Cajun Lobster and drank all afternoon in the cold NJ air while betting on horses. Not too shabby, but a bit too much like a college homecoming for my tastes. All in all, the weekend was great...just being home, sleeping late, and enjoying my pad.



I was back in the firestorm this week, and today I was at work by 6:30 to work with the dudes from the UK and Rotterdam over the phone. Luckily, we finished our Production install by noon and I was out of work by 4. Yuck. I came home, napped and treated myself to some newcastles and a cheeseburger while watching the latest DC sniper fare. I think its time for more sleep.

Friday, October 18, 2002

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

I never thought I would be so psyched to be back in a decent hotel room again. :) Enjoying life tonight, with a veal parm wedge from Vazzy's, lots of good reading and a great episode of Smallville. For all of you hounds for good news out there not related to terrorism, you should check out these cool articles on the pathways to fear and the IRS using debt collectors to collect back taxes. G'night, y'all.
So...the weekend was great. Drove down to DC on Friday night to see Jen and help her pack some stuff. Saturday, we rode back to Jersey and met Jay and Jen for dinner at the North Star Cafe in New Brunswick. Two words: Great wine. Three more: Lots of it. All I can say is that we had a great time, and a nice relaxing day following a sick amount of driving. Sunday was all about errands, shopping, new cellys and dinner at the new Thai place in my neighborhood.



This week has already been crazy. Monday morning, I was up at 5am to get Jen on the train to DC. I was at my desk in Connecticut by 7:30 and in meetings shortly thereafter. I did manage to get myself into a much more comfortable hotel this week, which is a major plus. This morning was non-stop meetings until lunch, and now things are slowing down enough to allow me to write several long-winded, CYA emails regarding this whole Kalido-Data Warehousing thing. Right now, I am relaxing and reading Why The Future Doesn't Need Us by Bill Joy. I saw his recent interview on cable last night and found his stance on the dangers posed by the rapid evolution of technologies very similar to mine. His essays, as well as, those by Kurzweil raise some excellent, although dark, questions. Every day, it's becoming more and more clear to me that I am a scientist at heart; I think I should be so by trade as well.



In any event, some random sent me a strange email today with a broken link to a story on a website called Lowbrow Lowdown regarding Z's company, Beach n' Billboard. The even weirder thing is that the story is like two years old. Anyway...if you're interested, you can read it here.

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Ugghh...Sorry that I haven't written, but I've been feeling pretty yucky the past couple of days, plus work has sucked, plus today my tummy is doing summersaults. I was planning on trying to go to the movies tonight, but this stomach problem better take care of itself before I can do that. :P



Jen is having her big concert for work tonight with Don Henley, James Taylor and John Mellencamp. If I were down there, I could be going. Instead, I'm stuck in god-damn, backwoods Connecticut with a bad stomach and a cheezy hotel room. God Bless America.

Sunday, October 06, 2002

In case you missed it: an article on the Real Nation's Capitol.
Man oh man. I've got to learn to remember not to try and leave NJ for CT when there is a football game on. Totally slipped my mind today and it took me two hours to get over the GWB. Son of a monkey's uncle. Anyway....got new specs today...pretty rad ones, if you ask me, but what do I know. I also bought a CISSP prep book, so we'll see what happens with that. Time for bed now, methinks.

Saturday, October 05, 2002

hehehe....I got busy with the camera this weekend at Karl Denson and Down The Hatch for Mr. Geller's 30th. I knew getting one of these was going to be good for me. Writing soon...As for now, check out the photo page.

Thursday, October 03, 2002

Ooookaay....So I know the lack of new pictures on this site has been pretty disgusting, so I finally got around to uploading some of the pics I've taken on my new digital. Unfortunately, my provider is having some issues with ftp, so I had to use their silly web interface and it took a while just for this one set, but anyway...its now there. So, without further adieu, check out Jen and I looking fabulous in DC. Yes...they were taken a few weeks ago, but I have to admit, we look pretty fabulous chilling out at Bar Rouge.



In other news...I cannot wait to get the heck out of Connecticut and roll home tomorrow. It's looking like tomorrow night is going to be all about Karl Denson at Irving, and Saturday will be dinner and drinks with Malibu (hopefully I don't get roped into painting her new crib). If I can get off of my arse during the afternoon, maybe I'll even get around to looking at a new pair of specs...which I desperately need.



Ok...getting ti-red, and Push Nevada is on. Unfortunatley, this hotel doesn't get PBS, so the new Frontline will have to wait until I get home. Gotta run.

Tuesday, October 01, 2002

Ok...super busy today...I've been plowing through work and my personal to-do's like a madman. Isolation can be a good thing for productivity when you want it to be, I guess. Anyway...I'm updating my site, so big changes are coming soon. In other news...the new Peter Gabriel album rules! I can't get enough of this one tune called "Growing Up". I even got tix for one of his upcoming shows, and I can't wait. Ok...Sopranos soon....My bottle of vino is calling....