Aint life fun?

Mon 31 Oct 2005, 01:12 AM by Jay Kastner
Mon 31 Oct 2005, 01:10 AM by Jay Kastner

"The National Academies' National Research Council and the National Science Teachers Association are using the power of copyright to ensure that students in Kansas receive a robust education. They're backed by the AAS: The American Association for the Advancement of Science." From the release: "[they] have decided they cannot grant the Kansas State School Board permission to use substantial sections of text from two standards-related documents: the research council's 'National Science Education Standards' and 'Pathways to Science Standards', published by NSTA. The organizations sent letters to Kansas school authorities on Wednesday, Oct. 26 requesting that their copyrighted material not be used ... Leshner said AAAS backs the decision on copyright permission. 'We need to protect the integrity of science education if we expect the young people of Kansas to be fully productive members of an increasingly competitive world economy that is driven by science and technology ... We cannot allow young people to be denied an appropriate science education simply on ideological grounds.'"

Mon 31 Oct 2005, 01:02 AM by Jay Kastner
Happy Halloween everyone!

Mon 31 Oct 2005, 01:00 AM by Jay Kastner
Sun 30 Oct 2005, 11:13 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 30 Oct 2005, 10:49 PM by Jay Kastner
The real song of the week is "Beauty*2" from Ladytron's new album "Witching Hour".

However, there's a second song this week coinciding with ExxonMobil's record profit. It's "The Price Of Oil" by Billy Bragg.

Sun 30 Oct 2005, 10:43 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 30 Oct 2005, 10:04 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 30 Oct 2005, 10:01 PM by Jay Kastner
Thanks Paul...

You can use your mouse to click and drag when he gets stuck:

Sun 30 Oct 2005, 10:00 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 30 Oct 2005, 09:53 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 30 Oct 2005, 09:49 PM by Jay Kastner
In the past four days, I've had two failed routers and two failed hard drives. One of the HD's was under warranty. The other is on my work laptop (see: not my problem). I did have to buy two new routers, and I'm not entirely sure both of the old ones are actually bad. The worst part: very time consuming...
Tue 25 Oct 2005, 11:11 PM by Jay Kastner
This is upsetting but I wanted to pass it along. You can view anyone's driver's license via the Internet. I searched for mine and there it was, picture and all. Thanks Homeland Security! What happened to our rights?

I asked them to remove mine and suggest you do the same. Enter your name, city and state. After your license comes on the screen, click the button marked "Please Remove".

Tue 25 Oct 2005, 09:45 PM by Jay Kastner
Mon 24 Oct 2005, 11:02 PM by Jay Kastner
Some people are addicted to crack cocaine. I am addicted to Starbucks' Chai Cream Frappuccino. It started out innocent enough --a particular Starbucks didn't have green tea Frappuccino, so someone got me the Chai instead. At first I was like "oh great" since I never liked Chai in the past. But now I am getting them twice a day. It's may reach three times soon. That's $15 a day, and I do work for the cheap-ass company also known as Siemens. I don't want to become that homeless guy on the corner that talks to himself. And Moz, poor Moz. Please help...
Mon 24 Oct 2005, 07:39 PM by Jay Kastner
Mon 24 Oct 2005, 10:52 AM by Jay Kastner
Fucking Siemens. Wilma hit as a category 3 hurricane, and they still made us come to work. The wind was loud enough to wake me up. We had a few trees down...schools are closed...many other businesses are closed. The drive in to work was not fun.
Sun 23 Oct 2005, 11:32 PM by Jay Kastner
I wish I could say Tina looked totally MILFish on her return to SNL. But something's wrong. The whole child thing seems to have changed her (duh!), so I'm going to have to find someone else to obsess over. Go ahead, start a flame war.
Sun 23 Oct 2005, 11:29 PM by Jay Kastner
"Fine Line" from Paul McCartney's new album "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard"
Sun 23 Oct 2005, 10:20 PM by Jay Kastner
Thanks Chris...

This is a car advertisement from Great Britain. When they finished filming the ad, the film editor noticed something moving along the side of the car, like a ghostly white mist. They found out that a person had been killed a year earlier in that exact same spot.

The ad was never put on TV because of the unexplained ghostly phenomenon. Watch the front end of the car as it clears the trees in the middle of the screen and you'll see the white mist crossing in front of the car then following it along the road...Spooky!

Is it a ghost, or is it simply mist? You decide. If you listen to the ad, you'll even hear the cameraman whispering in the background about it near the end of the commercial.$file/ghostly_car_ad.wmv

Sun 23 Oct 2005, 10:18 PM by Jay Kastner
Thu 20 Oct 2005, 11:56 PM by Jay Kastner
"I had to get back to work," Fey said. "NBC has me under contract; the baby and I have only a verbal agreement."
Thu 20 Oct 2005, 11:39 PM by Jay Kastner
Thu 20 Oct 2005, 09:31 PM by Jay Kastner
Lame. Lame. Lame.

"A short time later, Brown's press secretary, Sharon Worthy, wrote colleagues to complain that the FEMA director needed more time to eat dinner at a Baton Rouge restaurant that evening.

'He needs much more that [sic] 20 or 30 minutes,' Worthy wrote.

'Restaurants are getting busy,' she said. 'We now have traffic to encounter to go to and from a location of his choise [sic], followed by wait service from the restaurant staff, eating, etc. Thank you.'"

Thu 20 Oct 2005, 09:24 PM by Jay Kastner
I do enjoy this photo from Tom DeLay's booking. Someone should have reminded him that the whole "serenity now" thing (see: big smile) doesn't work. Remember Seinfeld?
Wed 19 Oct 2005, 09:45 PM by Jay Kastner
Tue 18 Oct 2005, 11:19 PM by Jay Kastner
Tue 18 Oct 2005, 10:56 PM by Jay Kastner
Evidently, I'm rather good at it:
Tue 18 Oct 2005, 10:47 PM by Jay Kastner
Toilet Paper...check
Bud Light...check
Keystone Ice...check
Red Dog...check
Other miscellaneous bottles of alcohol...check
Something to float your chick and booze on...check

Tue 18 Oct 2005, 09:31 PM by Jay Kastner
Released in 1999. It didn't do too well, but I think it's a good movie. The content is just very disturbing. Signs I'm right about this: Catherine Keener, Joaquin Phoenix, Nicolas Cage, James Gandolfini and Aphex Twin song "Come to Daddy". Read the user review at IMDB. I agree that it's "Well made, but disturbing. Watch with care". Now go rent it...
Max California: "There are some things that you see, and you can't unsee them. Know what I mean?"
Tue 18 Oct 2005, 02:02 PM by Jay Kastner
Check out the animated pic in the upper right-hand corner of this page. Anyone you know? : )
Mon 17 Oct 2005, 09:36 PM by Jay Kastner
I am getting ready to buy my own Fiona Apple-free island, so this is great info.
Mon 17 Oct 2005, 09:35 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 16 Oct 2005, 09:52 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 16 Oct 2005, 10:51 AM by Jay Kastner
Sat 15 Oct 2005, 02:08 PM by Jay Kastner
True, but this is far more interesting.
Fri 14 Oct 2005, 12:30 AM by Jay Kastner
Fri 14 Oct 2005, 12:09 AM by Jay Kastner
...a Gmail account? Let me know and I'll send you a link.
Thu 13 Oct 2005, 11:46 PM by Jay Kastner
Now go Google that.
Thu 13 Oct 2005, 11:30 PM by Jay Kastner
...and then send me a few. Come on. You know you want to.
Thu 13 Oct 2005, 11:29 PM by Jay Kastner
"Bush Teleconference With Soldiers Staged"
Wed 12 Oct 2005, 06:59 PM by Jay Kastner
Yes I do. Listened to Head Music and A New Morning today. Generally speaking, not their most popular or successful albums. But certainly better than most of the crap out there right now. Even the new Depeche Mode, while good (IMHO), does not stand up to either of these albums. And while the new Anderson/Butler stuff (aka The Tears) is also good, it's still missing something...something important.
Tue 11 Oct 2005, 07:47 PM by Jay Kastner
Tue 11 Oct 2005, 07:39 PM by Jay Kastner
I don't really have to comment on this, now do I?
Tue 11 Oct 2005, 12:18 PM by Jay Kastner
Which is worse? Dubya or the hurricane?
Mon 10 Oct 2005, 11:35 PM by Jay Kastner
Mon 10 Oct 2005, 09:35 PM by Jay Kastner
I still don't like Fiona Apple. I would even go so far as to say I don't like people that like Fiona Apple. May I kindly suggest Tori Amos instead? Girl + Piano, without being lame.
Mon 10 Oct 2005, 09:32 PM by Jay Kastner
If you're going to make/wear a t-shirt that says "Trucktober Fest", make sure the "Tr" and "st" are clearly visible.
Sun 9 Oct 2005, 11:37 PM by Jay Kastner
I don't like Fiona Apple. I **really** don't like Fiona Apple. Britney is fake and that's just understood. Fiona is fake, and everyone buys into it. At least the weak and followers do. She is not clever. She is not smart. I want to punch her in the stomach. If anyone can facilitate this, please let me know. And I fully support this page.
Sun 9 Oct 2005, 11:30 PM by Jay Kastner
Because the "Add Comment" function is now enabled.
Sun 9 Oct 2005, 11:29 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 9 Oct 2005, 06:41 PM by Jay Kastner
"Smith obsessed over food (Jobs gets him to stay late and test circuit boards with the promise of pineapple pizza), referred to attractive women as 'good prototypes,' and fantasized about urinating on Jobs' desk on his last day at Apple."

Sun 9 Oct 2005, 05:31 PM by Jay Kastner
"Krafty" off of New Order's new album "Waiting For The Sirens' Call".
Sun 9 Oct 2005, 01:29 PM by Jay Kastner
Thanks Erin...

"Going gray is like ejaculation. You know it can happen prematurely, but when it actually does, it's a total shock."

Sun 9 Oct 2005, 12:44 PM by Jay Kastner
Last night I saw Peter Hook at The Social. In case you don't know, he was a member of ground-breaking groups Joy Division and New Order.

This was for the 24 Hour Party People Tour. Quite good...even though Peter is getting old...and he's got a funny little two step dance...and Cristie (loser!) didn't go.

Peter played several songs I've never heard before and would love to get a copy of. One had a voice line that repeated "don't smoke cigarettes, don't drink, don't go out at night, just fuck - it's safe". Another one had "it's not you, it's the music talking". Someone please track these down for me!

Anyway, I originally met Peter in Cincinnati when he toured with his second non-New Order group Monaco. This time I got him to sign my Revenge (first non-New Order group), New Order and Joy Division (1,2) CD's.

For a better write-up, take a look at this.

Fri 7 Oct 2005, 10:49 AM by Jay Kastner
Fri 7 Oct 2005, 10:47 AM by Jay Kastner
Fri 7 Oct 2005, 10:46 AM by Jay Kastner
Admit it. You've always wanted to know how...

Thu 6 Oct 2005, 09:41 PM by Jay Kastner
Check it out. Yeah, for those of you who don't get it, this is a play on an old video game.
Thu 6 Oct 2005, 09:32 PM by Jay Kastner
Thu 6 Oct 2005, 12:43 AM by Jay Kastner
Thu 6 Oct 2005, 12:31 AM by Jay Kastner
Thu 6 Oct 2005, 12:22 AM by Jay Kastner
Wed 5 Oct 2005, 11:21 PM by Jay Kastner
That's what it cost to put new tires on my car today. Could there be a more boring way to spend that much money?

Also, my dear neighbors decided to party until 3:30 am last night. I'm offering a nice prize to anyone coming up with a good idea on how to handle this. Legal or not.

Tue 4 Oct 2005, 12:09 AM by Jay Kastner
"Condo prices now exceed single-family home prices for the first time as investors bid them up and flip the properties before the buildings are even started."

"What greater fools will take overpriced homes off the speculators' hands? Why, the baby boomers' offspring and new immigrants--so say the bulls."

"The real threat: Prices will get so high that potential buyers will stand aside and nervous speculators will dump their properties on the market. Already the supply of existing housing for sale is jumping."

Mon 3 Oct 2005, 11:34 PM by Jay Kastner
Mon 3 Oct 2005, 11:33 PM by Jay Kastner
Mon 3 Oct 2005, 06:20 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 2 Oct 2005, 10:52 PM by Jay Kastner
An oldie. Sort of.
The Sundays with "Here's Where The Story Ends" from the album "Reading Writing and Arithmetic"
Sun 2 Oct 2005, 05:17 PM by Jay Kastner
OK, so about that rant I promised regarding the loud people on my plane trip to Boston.

It was a youngish family. No way they were older than me. And they had three kids already. We were all in the last two rows of the plane.

I had been up almost the entire night to pack and answer on-call pages, and was lucky enough to have all three seats (on my side) to myself. Time to sleep, right? No.

The mother was **another** one of "those people" seemingly incapable of talking at anything less than 110% volume. The kids were left to run around. And scream. And throw things. The father just let everything go.

They could see I was trying to sleep. A few stern looks didn't get me anything.

Help me understand this. I don't hate kids. I understand that raising them along with a full time job is hard. I understand that they were probably tired too. But come on, this was just rude.

I'm beginning to think the juggling act of full time work plus kids isn't particularly admirable. After all, everyone else (er, people like me) actually pays the price...

My next rant: parents that bring their kids (young ones) to the Friday 9:40 PM R-rated films in order to avoid getting babysitters...

Sun 2 Oct 2005, 01:44 PM by Jay Kastner
So my neighbors (below me) were having another party until 4:00 am last night.
I got dressed and walked down in the middle of this crowd.
And I mean crowd.
I was like "Hey guys! What's up?".
They were sorta looking at me like "wtf is this guy doing?".
Then I said "Do you know what time it is?", to which most of them were quiet or mumbled something.
I answered my own question with "It's shut-the-fuck-up-time".
It got really quiet...
Then a few of the guys started mouthing off.
I said something like "yeah, keep talking".
After a few more exchanges I started to walk back to my apartment.
Within about 15 minutes everyone was gone.
The problem is, I need to go down and check my car, because the bitch that actually lives there (one of those people that cannot talk at a reasonable volume) decided my car was a target.
I actually heard her say "...his's the Acura...".
Yeah, so I'm a little nervous about that.

Update 5:15 PM EST - my car is fine.

Sat 1 Oct 2005, 10:54 PM by Jay Kastner
Donald Rumsfeld is giving Dubya his daily briefing. He concludes by saying: "Yesterday, three Brazilian soldiers were killed."

"OH NO!" Dubya exclaims. "That's terrible!"

His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as Dubya sits, head in hands.

Finally, Dubya looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"

Sat 1 Oct 2005, 07:52 PM by Jay Kastner