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[29 Dec 2009|10:14pm]
Alone here in my father’s house, even the dog most loyal lies restful in a distant bed, or so I imagine.

Whir of a fan as tamed fires battle the cold, swish of tire as weary traveler battles the road.

Warm glow of lights surrounding me. Soft bed and wife awaiting me.

Alone here in my father’s house, with my parents in their room reading, or so I imagine.

Heavy heart beating in my chest, life blood sustaining me, as leaden thoughts travel down roads littered with broken dreams.

Warm swell of tears filling me. Hard thoughts and plans tearing me.

Alone here in my father’s house, I put one thought in front of another to do what must be done, or so I imagine.

Alone here, in my father’s house, surrounded by those that love me.
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Buggernuts [09 Apr 2009|12:14pm]
Well isn't THIS just a lovely development... c'mon guys, take a page from Google and try out "Do No Evil" as an idea, m'kay?

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AIG Bonuses [20 Mar 2009|02:43pm]
Okay, up front, the huge bonuses being paid to the architects of their downfall is stupid. The contracts were badly thought out (or perhaps well thought out, in light of how they probably knew what was on the horizon) and are not helping anybody's case.

On the other hand, the congressional posturing is not bringing honor upon this administration.

On the third hand, people are expressing their outrage incorrectly, and the numbers are being waved around poorly. Innumeracy is not your friend!

Okay, 170B$ in bailout, and 165M$ in bonuses. OMG! HUGE bonuses for these idiots on the taxpayers dime!

Or, what it REALLY is is... $170,000,000,000 in bailout and $165,000,000 in bonuses. Let's stack these numbers up a bit:

$170,000,000,000 bailout
$165,000,000 bonus

That's 1/1000 of the bailout money in bonuses. I bet AIG loses that much in the seat cushions each year.

BUT! And there are several buts here (and butts, but that's a different story)...

that 170 Billion is not PAYROLL. How big is the AIG payroll? How big is it relative to the bailout? The bailout, I assume, is part of working capital (or whatever the eggheads call it; I'm fairly clueless), part of the insurance for the insurance as it were, to keep all of the value from vanishing in a poof of crappy decision making.

THAT is the number that counts; the bonus vs payroll.

Or maybe not. What we are REALLY being outraged about is the bonus being paid to these reckless losers versus real money in our pocket now. These numbers look more like this: $60,000 for working hard and doing the best we can when we can, versus $4,000,000 (more or less, to pick one number I heard as an individual bonus) for being a jackass in a huge company pissing away other hard working people's money. Let's stack these up:

$4,000,000 jackass
$60,000 working hard

See? THAT is where the outrage should come from and, viscerally, I'm sure that is the case. But all I'm seeing are the first numbers, badly stated, and in some cases, MIS-stated (randomly mixing millions and billions is bad, m'kay?)
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Little Birdie [15 Mar 2009|01:16pm]
Oh, I'm on Twitter as EdwinWiseOne -- Twitter is ludicrous, but hey, I'm on it anyway. Was curious what the Silona was up to. And now I can pretend I'm in touch with Michelle, who I rarely see!
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Learning [13 Mar 2009|08:53am]
Moving from a hodge-podge of javascript libraries that don't necessarily talk nicely together, over to Dojo which appears to have all I need in a coherent package, isn't the bundle of sunshine and rainbows I had hoped.

I mean, they do make the difficult things easy (it seems) but they also seem to have a perverse aspect where the SIMPLE things are hard, or at least buried.


I hate programmers.
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Weather of DOOOOOOMMMMM! [10 Feb 2009|09:48pm]
What the HECK is THIS????


Crazy-ass weather.
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Warming goodness... [03 Feb 2009|08:30pm]
I've been slowly drinking down the 3 gallon keg of ginger cider and I have no idea how much is left...

I just moved the next batch over to the secondary, after nearly two weeks in the primary... I did a  gravity measurement at the start of 1.30 that seemed completely wrong, and a measurement today during the transfer that was so off the chart I couldn't even begin to estimate it.

So I did a test to water... and yup... my stupid gravity gauge is way off, like, the paper scale inside slipped nearly an inch.  That's stupid, it should be fixed in place!  Hmph.  Gotta buy a new one.

Now, when I was mixing up this new batch of Ginger Bastard Cider, I went at it with a mind to the perceived flaws of my current batch -- I upped the ginger to 15 ounces (from 10 or 12) and made sure it was finely pureed and then steeped in hot cider for a while.  I also added an extra pound of (light brown) sugar, to hopefully sweeten it a touch.

What I'm tasting NOW is... really warm, spicy cider that's not particularly sweet.  So I have more alcohol, and the warmth of the alcohol is easily matched by the heat of the ginger.

That's gonna be a tasty drink!

I should make a raspberry cider next, to balance out the savory with the sweet.
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THAT was interesting... [17 Jan 2009|10:18pm]
So it seems you can power-wash your shower.  Works pretty good!  Got the outside of the threshold too.

Doing it to the bathroom sink is a tad... messy.

Tomorrow, there will be some re-caulking I think.
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Polarization [05 Jan 2009|01:54pm]
Polarization is bad, m'kay?  Unless, of course, you _want_ a split...



Fascinating!  And not terribly surprising...
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Note, "fiscal conservatives" [05 Jan 2009|01:45pm]
"A tax cut is not a tax cut unless you and I pay less AND our children owe less."

Otherwise, it's just a deferred loan with a high interest rate. 
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Interesting [05 Jan 2009|01:23pm]

Countries and how stable are they, really?
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Yum part 2 [14 Dec 2008|08:47pm]
So of the Samuel Adams Holiday Variety Pack, after the Cranberry Lambic (which they don't sell by itself, a terrible shame), my next favorite is the Old Fezziwig Ale.  Smooth, not bitter, with a rich spicy taste that is subtle, not overpowering.  Quite tasty.
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Neato! [10 Dec 2008|10:55am]
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Beer! [05 Dec 2008|10:56pm]
Sam Adams, of Boston Beer Company, has a Holiday Beer Pack that is all kinds of fun -- six beers, two each, in a box.

I'm not really a beer connoisseur (I can't even SPELL it without spell-check), but I've sipped enough of the damn stuff to be able to tell one from another at least.

Normally I go for beers that are not mainstream -- Sam is about as commercial as I'm likely to get.  Whether his beers appeal to the snob in me or not, they are quite tasty!

I'm sipping on the Holiday Porter now.  It's a bit more bitter than I like (that's hops for you, not a big fan, but I've adapted over the years), but before the hops hit it does have a rich starting flavor with a hint of spicy; kind of a warm christmas thing going on, except that it's cold beer with too many hops.  Well, for me.  Since I don't like hops much (except, though, this one particularly extra-bitter beer that also has wormwood in it... mmmmm... but that's a post for another day).

My favorite of the six is, hands down, the Cranberry Lambic.  I have never had Lambics before, and had heard they are not necessarily fit for everyone's palette.  My excuse for not trying them so far is that I am not about to pay six or ten dollars for a small bottle of something that may be nasty.

Sam's Cranberry Lambic, though, is wonderful!  The wacky wild yeast they use for Lambics provides a kind of chewy, doughy undertone; hard to explain, really, but you just know you have a yeast with personality going on there.  Then there is the cranberry which gives a smooth fruity tartness that is entirely different from, but yet still nicely compatible with, the bit of hops that all beers must have.

Yeah, I need to find me some cases of the Lambic.  I've never seen it outside of this year's holiday pack, though.  I'll have to look harder!

On the cider front, my 3 gallons of ginger cider are going to be ready to bottle (or keg) in a week or two.  I'm hoping to decide on a final resting place this weekend.
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Cajun [28 Nov 2008|01:25pm]
Turkey Gumbo at Michelle's!  Come eat!

(Friday 1:26pm)
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The Right One [26 Nov 2008|08:44am]
Saw the Swedish vampire movie "Let the Right One In" last night at Alamo South -- it was beautiful and a haunting entry into the rolls of vampire mythology.

See it, if you can; if nothing else, it will make it to DVD sometime.
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Enh! Enh! [20 Nov 2008|08:09pm]
Want to be dancing right now, but not enough to actually GO DO IT.

Will want to be dancing tomorrow too.  But will I?

Enh! Enh!

Darn this season.  Hard to start things.  Just want to sit and eat ice cream and grow blubber for the coming freeze.
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November [01 Nov 2008|10:12am]
Oh thank god, it's November now. The halloween run is over!

Now to clean up.

I'll undoubtedly write a bunch of stuff in my proper blog (ewiserss) later.

One funny thing, though; yesterday before leaving the house, sparkylibrarian  painted a big frowny classic jack-o-lantern face on our door with fluorescent die (Rit whitener thickened with ... stuff) and we screwed in a fluorescent black-light bulb into the porch light.  When we got home late late that night (morning), there was a little witch's hat sitting forelorn on the doorstep.

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SCARE! [27 Oct 2008|11:17am]
Hey! Been missing my normal life all October, but the show is on, and we have three more runs this week... if you could post to the lists, your friends, whomever... we need lots of guests, and with a Wed run night.. well... we have our fingers crossed:


Here are a bunch of reviews and things:





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Four [17 Oct 2008|10:18pm]
Four days until we do Dress&Press (dress rehearsal and press night, first run for the haunt).

Paying customers in Five.

If you ever wanted to work on a fascinating, creative, and ambitious theater event, especially doing behind the scenes creative stuff (like the TEN MILLION SQUARE FEET OF STONE WALL I somehow proposed we make)... COME THIS WEEKEND. Really. Please. I beg of you. Enough people, we make it. Not enough?

Well, I REFUSE to be embarrassed by any haunt I work on, so who knows, maybe we'll have to kidnap people off of South Congress and press them into labor.

700 Dawson St.
Elks Lodge 201

10:00am to midnight, any day of the week, now on forward.
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