Posted by downtown 9 years ago
its good to be home.
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
there was a garfield comic strip where garfield nails the tv to the ceiling so he can watch it lying down.  
thats what i feel like today.
android phone:
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
about frikken time verizon got a decent phone that isnt a bberry.
this is a long journal.
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
many people over 40 don't behave like this, but it could be a generation gap or eastern culture. who knows. -dr  
25 And Over  
If you have reached the age of 25, I have a bit of bad news for you,  
to wit: it is time, if you have not already done so, for you to emerge  
from your cocoon of post-adolescent dithering and self-absorption and  
join the rest of us in the world. Past the quarter-century mark, you  
see, certain actions, attitudes, and behaviors will simply no longer  
do, and while it might seem unpleasant to feign a maturity and  
solicitousness towards others that you may not genuinely feel, it is  
not only appreciated by others but necessary for your continued  
survival. Continuing to insist past that point that good manners,  
thoughtfulness, and grooming oppress you in some way is inappropriate  
and irritating.  
Grow up.  
And when I instruct you to grow up, I do not mean that you must read  
up on mortgage rates, put aside candy necklaces, or desist from  
substituting the word "poo" for crucial syllables of movie titles.  
Silliness is not only still permitted but actively encouraged. You  
must, however, stop viewing carelessness, tardiness, helplessness, or  
any other quality better suited to a child as either charming or  
somehow beyond your control. A certain grace period for the  
development of basic consideration and self-sufficiency is assumed,  
but once you have turned 25, the grace period is over, and starring in  
a film in your head in which you walk the earth alone is no longer  
considered a valid lifestyle choice, but rather grounds for exclusion  
from social occasions.  
And now, for those of you who might have misplaced them, marching  
orders for everyone born before 1980.  
1. Remember to write thank-you notes. If you do not know when a  
thank-you note is appropriate, consult an etiquette book — the older  
and more hidebound the book, the better. When in doubt, write one  
anyway; better to err on the side of formality. An email is not  
sufficient thanks for a physical gift. Purchase stationery and stamps,  
set aside five minutes, and express your gratitude in writing. Failure  
to do so implies that you don't care. This implication is a memorable  
one. Enough said.  
2. Do not invite yourself to stay with friends when you travel  
anymore. Presumably you have a job, and the means to procure yourself  
a hotel. If so, do so. If not, stay home. Mentioning that you plan a  
visit to another city may lead to an invitation to stay with a friend  
or family member, which you may of course accept; assuming that "it's  
cool if you crash" is not. Wait for the invitation; if it is not  
forthcoming, this is what we call "a hint," and you should take it and  
make other arrangements.  
3. Do not expect friends to help you move anymore. You may ask for  
help; you may not expect it, particularly if your move date is on a  
weekday. Your friends have jobs to go to, and you have accumulated a  
lot of heavy books by this point in your life. Hire a mover. If you  
cannot afford a mover, sell your books or put them in storage — or  
don't move, but one way or another, you will have to cope.  
4. Develop a physical awareness of your surroundings. As children, we  
live in our own heads, bonking into things, gnawing on twigs, emitting  
random squawks because we don't know how to talk yet. Then, we enter  
nursery school. You, having graduated college or reached a similar age  
to that of the college graduate, need to learn to sense others and get  
out of their way. Walk single file. Don't blather loudly in public  
spaces. Give up your seat to those with disabilities or who are  
struggling with small children. Take your headphones off while  
interacting with clerks and passersby. Do not walk along and then stop  
suddenly. It is not just you on the street; account for that fact.  
5. Be on time. The occasional public-transit snafu is forgivable, but  
consistent lateness is rude, annoying, and self-centered. If we didn't  
care when you showed up, we'd have said "any old time"; if we said  
seven, get there at seven or within fifteen minutes. Do not ditz that  
you "lost track of time" as though time somehow slipped its leash and  
ran into traffic. It shows a basic lack of respect for others;  
flakiness is not cute anymore, primarily because it never was. Buy a  
watch, wind it up, and wear it everywhere you go.  
6. Have enough money. I do not mean "give up your scholarly dreams and  
join the world of corporate finance in order to keep up with the  
Joneses." I mean that you should not become that girl or boy who is  
always a few dollars short, can only cover exactly his or her meal but  
no tip, or "forgot" to go to the ATM. Go to the ATM first, don't order  
things you can't afford, and…  
7. Know how to calculate the tip. Ten percent of the total; double it;  
done. You did not have to major in math to know how this works. You  
are not dumb, but your Barbie-math-is-hard flailing is agonizing and  
has outstayed its welcome. Ten percent times two. Learn it.  
8. Do not share the crazy dream you had last night with anyone but  
your mental wellness professional. Nobody cares. People who starred in  
the dream may care, but confine your synopsis to ten words or fewer.  
9. Learn to walk in heels. Gentlemen, you are at your leisure. Ladies:  
If you wear heels, know how to operate them. Clomping along and  
placing your foot down flat with each step gives the appearance of a  
ten-year-old playing dress-up, but a pair of heels is like a bicycle —  
you need momentum to stay up. Come down on the heel and carry forward  
through the toe, using your regular stride. If you feel wobbly, keep  
practicing, or get a pair that's better suited to your style of  
walking. It isn't a once-a-year prom thing anymore for a lot of you,  
so please learn to walk in them.  
10. Have at least one good dress-up outfit. A dress code, or suggested  
attire on an invitation, is not an instrument of The Man. Own one nice  
dress, or one reasonable suit, or one sharp pair of pants and chic  
sweater — something you can clean up nice in for a wedding or a  
semi-formal dinner. You don't have to like it, but if the invitation  
requests it, put it on. Every night can't be poker night. Which  
reminds me…  
11. Do as invitations ask you. Don't bring a guest when no such  
courtesy is extended. Don't blow off an RSVP; it means "please  
respond," and you should. "Regrets only" means you only answer if you  
can't come. If the party starts at eight, show up at eight — not at  
seven-thirty so you can go a "better" party later, not at eleven when  
dinner is cold. Eight. Cocktail parties allow for leeway, of course,  
but pay attention and read instructions; your host furnished the  
details for a reason.  
12. Know how. Know how to drive. Know how to read a map. Know how to  
get around. Know how to change a tire, or whom to call if you can't  
manage it, or how to get to a phone if you don't have a cell phone. We  
will happily bail you out, until it becomes apparent that it's what  
you always need. The possibility of a fingernail breaking or a  
hairstyle becoming compromised is not grounds for purposeful  
13. Don't use your friends. It's soulless. It's also obvious. If the  
only reason you continue to associate with a person is to borrow his  
or her car, might I remind you that you have now turned 25 and may  
rent your own.  
14. Have something to talk about besides college or your job. College  
is over. The war stories have their amusements, but not over and over  
and not at every gathering. Get a library card, go to the movies,  
participate in the world. Working is not living. Be interested so that  
you can be interesting.  
15. Give and receive favors graciously. If you have agreed to do a  
favor, you may not 1) remind the favoree ceaselessly about how great a  
pain it is for you, or 2) half-ass it because the favoree "owes you."  
It is a favor; it is not required, and if you cannot do it, say so. If  
you can do it, pretend that nobody is watching, do it as best you can,  
and let that be the end of it. Conversely, if you ask for a favor and  
the askee cannot do it, do not get snappish. You can manage.  
16. Drinking until you throw up is no longer properly a point of  
pride. It happens to the best of us, but be properly ashamed the next  
day; work on your tolerance, or eat something first, but amateur hour  
ended several years hence.  
17. Have a real trash receptacle, real Kleenex, and, if you smoke, a  
real ashtray. No loose bags on the floor; no using a roll of toilet  
paper; no plates or empty soda cans. You are not a fierce warrior  
nomad of the Fratty Bubelatty tribe. Buy a wastebasket and grown-up  
paper products.  
18. Universal quiet hours do in fact apply to you. They are,  
generally, as follows — midnight to six AM on weekdays, 2 AM to 8 AM  
on weekends. Mine is a fairly generous interpretation, by the by, so  
bass practice should conclude, not start, at ten PM. Understand also  
that just because nobody has complained directly to you does not mean  
that a complaint is not justified, or pending. Further, get your  
speakers off the floor. Yes, "now." Yes, a rug is still "the floor."  
19. Take care of yourself. If you are sick, visit a doctor. If you are  
sad, visit a shrink or talk to a friend. If you are unhappy in love,  
break up. If you are fed up with how you look, buy a new shirt or stop  
eating cheese. If you have a problem, try to fix it. Many problems are  
knotty and need a lot of talking through, or time to resolve, but  
after a few months of all complaining and no fixing, those around you  
will begin to wonder if you don't enjoy the problems for the attention  
they bring you. Venting is fine; inertia coupled with pouting is not.  
Bored? Read a magazine. Mad at someone? Say so — to them. Change is  
hard; that's too bad. Effort counts. Make one. Your mommy's shift is  
20. Rudeness is not a signifier of your importance. Rudeness is a  
signifier of itself, nothing more. We all have bad days; yours is not  
weightier than anyone else's, comparatively, and does not excuse  
displays of poor breeding. Be civil or be elsewhere.  
January 17, 2005
5 years.
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
it has been five years since my first journal entry. booyashaka.  
glad to be another diversion in the world of the diverted. salud.  
this one is for my ego, you evil bastard.  
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
so my wife has been going through my old stuff (the safe stuff, as opposed to unsafe) and she found nkotb. the worst part was that she was playing it and forced me to guess who it was. i must have gone down the entire motown line up before i said "new edition" and then she said i was "close"  
couldn't believe it. they don't sound half bad.  
then i thought, i can destroy her bubble.  
now i just need to find a link to a video someone posted. it was in the chatter. it had joey mcintyre in it. but the video was hilarious and i couldn't believe that it was joey from nkotb. it was something about "ted williams"  
just in case this is from boston public, because that's what keeps turning up in my searches, i dont watch TV. except for jon stewart, raymond, and bones (cos of the wife).
im the goddamn batman
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
new window  
i think all these batman journals are because the dark knight keeps coming on cinemax. shrug.
why so curious, george?
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
post your dollahs!
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i found out when i will be dead........great
Posted by downtown 9 years ago  
Thursday, August 29, 2024  
man that sucks. i wont make it to 50.
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
how will this country survive without a kennedy? they need one alive to hate and then when they pass, they talk about how great they were. (ill leave out my jab at the JFK and the CIA)  
thank god school is out for a few days. its not going to be much of a vacation, but i'll take it.  
i want to find a dealership that sells hummers and assault rifles. i dont know what ill do once i find it but i just want to know that one exists first.
i want to live outside these walls
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
this made my day.
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
bookmarks - plain txt bastards
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
i am trying to get a plain txt version of my bookmarks....its not working.  
tried adding "&skin=plain" and its gives me a 500 ise..blah.  
couldn't find my ID# to use so i kept using my username to access.. no go.  
i got it working to show me the first 10 or so links on LF... but i can't make it access my bookmarked links.  
help this disenchanted poor chap and tomorrow might just be a better day.
changing careers/paths/
Posted by downtown 9 years ago
anyone know anything about computer forensics? how about cyber law? im just interested in career paths and stuff, trying to navigate myself through my bachelors and i have an idea of wtf i wanna do, but no one i know is doing it.  
so yeah again, cyber law, computer forensics, giac certified ppl... help me.  
may the sun always shine at your back.
24, 25
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
level ups. w00t!  
in other news: i might be able to buy my dream car from a neighbor: the delorean!!! of course it needs about 3-4k of work but im married now. i have no life.
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
Oct 18th 2007 | CHINO HILLS  
Forget wine—California's biggest crop is bright green and funny-smelling  
SUBURBS don't come much tidier than Chino Hills, 30 miles (50 km) east of downtown Los Angeles. Last year, the neighbourhood of coffee-coloured stucco houses and three-car garages boasted an average household income twice that of the nation as a whole. In Vista del Sol, one of its quiet enclaves, every house but one has a neatly-trimmed green lawn. And, until recently, the exception was verdant inside. When the police went in, they found more than 800 marijuana plants—a small part of what is turning out to be an enormous harvest.  
Greg Garland, a local narcotics cop, used to discover about a dozen houses a year that had been turned into marijuana factories. So far this year he has raided more than 40. The production boom is not confined to the suburbs. Since April the state's annual “Campaign against Marijuana Planting” has pulled 2.9m plants worth some $10 billion from back gardens, timber forests and state lands (see chart). Marijuana is now by far California's most valuable agricultural crop. Assuming, very optimistically, that the cops are finding every other plant, it is worth even more than the state's famous wine industry.  
The illicit crop is grown with a technical sophistication that Napa Valley's Robert Mondavi might envy. To supply outdoor plantations, rivers are dammed and water piped as far as two miles. Plants are nourished with fertilisers and tended by workers brought to America specifically for the purpose. Ageing hippies are responsible for only a few such operations. Kent Shaw, a state narcotics officer, reckons four-fifths of outdoor marijuana plantations are run by Mexican criminal gangs.  
Indoor factories, by contrast, are largely the province of East Asian entrepreneurs. They prefer to buy houses rather than rent them, to avoid the attention of landlords. They tend to go for big ones in good neighbourhoods: the property in Vista del Sol cost more than $600,000. Like good horticulturalists, they propagate strains of the plant that produce a high proportion of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, marijuana's active ingredient) and speed their growth by means of heat and artificial light.  
Why the boom? The National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that the rate of marijuana use in California has barely risen in the past few years, whereas production has hugely increased. Some 11% of the state's population indulge—just a puff over the national average, and less than every state in New England.  
The likely explanation is a steady tightening of America's borders after the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001 and the panic over illegal immigration. California used to import high-grade marijuana from Canada and low-grade weed from Mexico. Both routes are now more risky. As a result, Asian gangs have moved south from British Columbia, where they dominate the hydroponic trade. Mexican distributors, who may handle cocaine and methamphetamine as well as marijuana, have diversified into production.  
In places like Chino Hills, the boom has also been helped by demographic change. Like many southern California suburbs, Chino Hills has been rapidly transformed from a mostly white area to a rainbow one. Residents of such a diverse place may be more inclined to ignore odd behaviour and a funny smell emanating from the house down the road—provided that the grass is kept short.  
whats worse is that its not going to get better.
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
What Vehicle Is Each Presidential Candidate?
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yay. God bless.
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
so i guess its a good thing that finally i've gotten hired. i was sick of working contracts. bleh. now, its full steam til gradumacation.  
oh yeah. happy Eid.  
i can't believe the freaking bears lost in the 4th quarter, good hustle by the team though. 2 intercepts. ill take it over grossman.
caption needed.
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
The George W. Bush Loyalty Quiz
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
Your score is 0 on a scale of 1 to 10. You hate Bush with a writhing passion. You think he is an idiot, a liar, and a warmonger who has been an utterly incompetent, miserable failure of a president. Nothing would give you greater pleasure than seeing him impeached and run out of the White House, except maybe seeing him dragged away in handcuffs.
give this picture the caption it deserves.
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
this is Debra Cagan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.  
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
level up, biznatches.  
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
(a picture was here in bad taste.)
my wife says do yoga. i prefer nyquil.
Posted by downtown 11 years ago  
Yoga for Allergies  
From Ann Pizer,  
Seasonal nasal allergies, often referred to as hay fever, are triggered by pollen in the air. Ragweed pollen appears each fall, while newly blooming trees, grasses, and weeds are the culprits in the spring and summer.  
Though many find relief in physician-prescribed medications, there are several yoga practices that may help to alleviate allergy symptoms, including runny noses and inflamed sinuses. While there are no studies that document improvement in people with allergies who use these techniques, there also is no risk, so if you have allergies, you may want to give it a try.  
It should be noted, however, that the isolated use of these suggestions will probably not offer instant relief. Those who are already engaged in a regular yoga routine will get the most from these recommendations, and may already be enjoying the benefits of less stress and a healthier immune system.
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
whatever happened to psychomike? jumped ship?
i dont like the drugs but the drugs like me
Posted by downtown 11 years ago
ah well. c'est la vie.