A combination of prayer and Ritalin...

Thu 30 Mar 2006, 10:03 PM by Jay Kastner
It said they had finally set the advanced elective exams for ND7. And surprise!, one of the exams I had taken previously counted toward the "IBM Certified Advanced System Administrator". Cool huh? It gets better. They updated the stats this month to show how many people have a given certification. Evidently, I am one of only 42 people world-wide with this. And if you factor in the other certs I have (Microsoft, WebSphere, etc.) you could easily dwindle that number down to single digits...
Thu 30 Mar 2006, 09:59 PM by Jay Kastner
(and possibly boring as well), and you need me to provide some interesting links. Here ya go...
How to Win a Street Fight.
Silly Google!
Get your own blog --it's easy.
Waste some time.
Thu 30 Mar 2006, 09:42 PM by Jay Kastner
...was floating around work today. Gun safety is important people. Particularly for our schools. And it all hinges on baggy pants. Yes, baggy fucking pants. So the next time you see a hippity-hoppity playa or rave grrl with baggy pants, turn and run in the opposite direction. They just might be carrying 9,162 guns in them there pants.
Thu 30 Mar 2006, 09:32 PM by Jay Kastner
Courtesy of my time in Deutschland. Find it yet? I have a bunch of these. For some reason, the guy reminds me of Chris Obertin's dad. No, the real one.
Thu 30 Mar 2006, 09:29 PM by Jay Kastner
Cute. Innocent. Angelic. Where did it go? Wait, don't answer that.
Wed 29 Mar 2006, 08:04 PM by Jay Kastner
Tue 28 Mar 2006, 10:54 PM by Jay Kastner
Click on the third one down. What the fuck is that? It can't be human. Quick, kill it before it starts eating children and small animals.
Tue 28 Mar 2006, 10:01 PM by Jay Kastner
This evening I played tennis with Sara, Yvette, Annie and Matt. It was a lot of fun, and Yvette is actually very good. If we play on a regular basis, she will definitely make me better. I used to play back in high school and college, but not much since then. I don't know why since it's great exercise. And more importantly, it's not life-sucking work at Siemens.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure I cracked another rib while skating Sunday. It hurt quite a bit before, but tennis made it really hurt. What a great excuse to use my supply of Parafon forte. Mmm...soft, soft drugs.

Mon 27 Mar 2006, 11:39 PM by Jay Kastner
A list of things lost over the years...
The Divine Comedy: "Lost Property" (6.4 MBs)
Mon 27 Mar 2006, 10:56 PM by Jay Kastner
OMG, it was so tough waking-up this morning. I could have slept 'til noon. My boss actually went home for the day at that time. Me? I have deadlines. Note to self: must make management soon.

Erin is my person-of-the-day (again). She made me banana bread, from the banana trees in her backyard. How cool is that?

Did anyone else see this? Did anyone else care? WTF is wrong with you people? We need to fucking recall this guy. Just like they did in California. I'm not kidding. And I quote: "he was determined to invade Iraq without a UN resolution and even if UN arms inspectors failed to find weapons of mass destruction." http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060327/pl_afp/usbritainbushiraqdiplomacy

You may have noticed that a spammer hit this site last night. Everything should be cleaned-up now. Here's an example. I may have to disable response docs, which would so kill you guys. Admit it.

Tonight I was in Target buying groceries. Including bread that will certainly go bad before I can eat it. Again. And I needed shaving cream, so I was in the "shaving cream section". An entire section? Yes. It's really interesting to step back and look at the great big mess of choices. And notice how masculine male shaving cream stuff is. And how feminine female shaving cream is. And how it's all just fucking shaving cream. On my flight back from Philly, I watched Fight Club for like the billionth time (since there was no way I was going to sleep with the kid behind me pounding his tray table and kicking the back of my chair, oh and yelling a lot too). So that whole anti-consumer, anti-consumption mindset was fresh. Anyway, I said fuck it and went with the Aveeno-sensitive-skin stuff. No added fragrance. With natural colloidal oatmeal. Um, I think I failed the test. Particularly since the first rule of Fight Club is that you don't talk about Fight Club.

Google quote of the day was a good one:
"Times have not become more violent. They have just become more televised." -Marilyn Manson

Sun 26 Mar 2006, 09:44 PM by Jay Kastner
I'm back from Philly. Had to get up at 5:30 AM this morning for the flight (yes, after everything else that went on). Can you believe I have to work tomorrow?

You might have noticed problems with the site as of yesterday evening. It looks like the cache engine (within the web server) corrupted. So newer posts (the previous three) were not showing unless you use RSS. Should be fixed now.

Here are some rather boring pics from the first night in Philly. Good thing I've been there before to see the touristy stuff. We ate at McCormick and Schmick's. Cost? Over $1000. The wait staff was all excited about Tyra Banks eating there earlier. Whatever.

Jim sent me this link:

Sat 25 Mar 2006, 03:11 PM by Jay Kastner
I did get three and a half hours sleep, from 5:00 AM until 8:30 AM. My work is done, but no one can leave yet. Sleep would be really, really nice right now...
Sat 25 Mar 2006, 02:57 PM by Jay Kastner
"Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one."
Sat 25 Mar 2006, 02:57 AM by Jay Kastner
...into the disaster recovery drill, three things are keeping me awake and sane:
1 | 2 | 3
But exhaustion (more than the usual) is starting to take over. I would kill for couch right now.
Wed 22 Mar 2006, 11:09 PM by Jay Kastner
What...about a week ago...I sent out an e-mail to a HUGE list of people. It provided a link to the new web forum, asked everyone to post a very basic introduction, and requested volunteers for weekly discussion topics. What did I get? Three introductions (thank you Paul, Erin and AC) and a rather-harsh-before-everyone-was-ready discussion topic (maybe I shouldn't complain about that, it took some effort after all). So, go to. Last request. If this doesn't get things moving, I'll just take the forum down completely. Like I said, you guys suck.
Wed 22 Mar 2006, 10:55 PM by Jay Kastner
Mid-day flight. I'm not looking forward to this trip. One, there were some issues with me going in the first place. Two, there goes my weekend. Three, I'm tired (remember?). And four, it's up north. Where it's like...cold. Ugh. I'll probably look 20 years older just from the evil dry air. How do people live in this weather? Why do people live in this weather? Chris O? Em? Hello?

So if the site is down and/or there aren't many posts, you know why. Don't complain. Instead, be nice and text me something funny.

Wed 22 Mar 2006, 10:53 PM by Jay Kastner
Tue 21 Mar 2006, 09:31 PM by Jay Kastner
A few weeks ago, I bought the limited reissue of Slowdive's "Pygmalion" album. The original CD had been going for upwards of $100 on EBay, and since I had most of the songs already, it wasn't ever a part of my infamous buying sprees. That said, Slowdive is my favorite shoegazer group. Yeah, I have a lot of MBV and JMC (that's My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain), but Slowdive are tops for me. Anyway, this album is great. A commercial (and critical) failure, it came towards the end when they were heavily drug and dance influenced (yet the only noticeable dance influence would be the looping elements). For me, this album enhances certain moods that would otherwise be destroyed by playing something else. Does that make sense? Maybe not. But picture this: it's the weekend, you've just woken up from the most glorious nap, you've got the whole evening ahead and you feel great. You've smashed your pager/mobile into a million pieces beforehand. Maybe the windows are open and a nice breeze is coming in. Maybe you've had the most awesome dream during that nap. Or maybe you're on a long drive/flight and find yourself day-dreaming back to those strange high school years. And a small smile sneaks out. That's what this album feels like. A bit hazy, yet alive and full of hope. So I will share one song from the album with you. Depending on the time of day/day of week, "Blue Skied An' Clear" is either in my top 10 or top 20 songs ever. Please play it loudly for proper impact. Enjoy. Interesting side notes: 1) I first heard this song while watching "The Doom Generation" (Rose McGowan...can't decide whether I love her or hate her). 2) Oasis reportedly wouldn't sign to Creation Records unless Slowdive was dropped from the label. Oh and check out these other shoegazer groups: Ride (Nowhere), MBV (You Made Me Realise EP), JMC, The Verve, Sundays and Curve.
OK, I'm done now.

Did someone say "Parker Posey guest appearance? I'm so there..."
Tue 21 Mar 2006, 12:14 AM by Jay Kastner
Boards Of Canada: "1969" (6.1 MBs)
Pulp: "Weeds II (The Origin of the Species)" (5.6 MBs)
Tue 21 Mar 2006, 12:08 AM by Jay Kastner
I just got one of the external hard drives back from Brian. He added another 2 GBs. So the total now stands at 106 GBs of MP3s and music videos. Who wants it next?
Mon 20 Mar 2006, 11:44 PM by Jay Kastner
What? Yeah, I just used that title to fuck with the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. computers. I'm sure they already have me on their watch list for "activities" circa 2000 and being an early member of Attrition. Oh the good old days of Windows NT. Anyway, here's some more verbiage to help screw things up: Iraq, Syria, Iran, protest, resist, kill, Fiona Apple, PLO, murder, Hamas, United States, China, plan, plot, over-throw, bomb, secret, new york city, blah, blah, blah.
Because free speech is a crime...
Mon 20 Mar 2006, 11:35 PM by Jay Kastner
Seriously though. Think about the thought process behind this. The kid was sitting in class, pondering world events, who he'd like to ask on a date, what was for lunch, the latest video game, and then it hit him: "I want to be the best ever...at reciting Pi." Not something useful. Not something interesting. But Pi. At least he's motivated. And I haven't made the news (lately):
Mon 20 Mar 2006, 11:31 PM by Jay Kastner
...Erin. Why? Because she got me this:
Now how cool is that?
Sat 18 Mar 2006, 01:53 PM by Jay Kastner
Read this one, say to yourself "those are great ideas, I should implement them", smile, close the browser and totally forget them:
OK, drifting has gone mainstream. Why not try it out with some exotic sports cars:
An article like this one appears on a weekly basis now. They mostly say the same things, but I still read them:
I think a better question would be: "do you want/need to be a billionaire"? How much is enough? I got 58/100.
Wow, something useful!
Sat 18 Mar 2006, 01:18 AM by Jay Kastner
Saw it tonight. If only for Natty (Portman), who I have been impressed with ever since The Professional. Don't judge her by the Star Wars stuff --she was the wrong person for that part. Anyway, 'V' was fascinating. And quite entertaining. It matched up well with current times: you could see a Dubya, a Cheney...and a Jon Stewart?!! So go see it.
Fri 17 Mar 2006, 08:28 PM by Jay Kastner
Fri 17 Mar 2006, 11:02 AM by Jay Kastner
It's Friday! Now why did this guy have to be named "Jay" too? Wait, don't answer that. Check out those videos...
Thu 16 Mar 2006, 11:24 PM by Jay Kastner
So March Madness is well under way. Just in time for my alma mater IU to (probably) lose in the first round. Good riddance Mr. Davis.
Anyway, I don't have much in the way of interesting news. Still too tired. Luckily, Em has continued her (comparatively) prolific blogging spree. She should visit her parents more often. This time she's doing "From The Archives (V)" for me:
Thu 16 Mar 2006, 12:16 PM by Jay Kastner
"what kind of a guy carries that kind of jack around wrapped up in an old broccoli rubber band? A poker badass, that's the kind."
Wed 15 Mar 2006, 10:22 PM by Jay Kastner
Yesterday (that's Tuesday), I already had two people comment on my quasi-black-eye-from-working-too-much-and-sleeping-too-little-heroin-addict-lookin-bags-under-my-eyes. Unusually early in the week. Normally, it kicks in around Thursday. Making matters worse: 1) I have an extra early conference call tomorrow with my manager and colleagues in Germany --on not so fun subject matter. 2) I got a flat tire while driving into work today. The tire place wants to replace it and won't have anything in-stock until tomorrow. 3) I have to work off-and-on all weekend for a project. 4) I have to work off-and-on next weekend, in Philadelphia, for a disaster recovery drill. 5) Today, I was asked to go to Germany (for a week) the end of April. Exactly when I was hoping to take some vacation time and recover from all of these projects. 6) I had another manager (business side) ask me when follow-up tasks would be completed, for a project that just went to production two weeks ago. 7) I have another project coming due end of this week/start of next week. 8) I haven't had time to plan for the DR drill mentioned above. That's a real problem when we're expected to work 36 hours straight and have a "test" Extranet rebuilt.
So, I'm not whining. Really I'm not. Things are good otherwise. I just need: a) some really good drugz to make me sleep, b) Emily to continue making me smile and c) to retire early. Fuck...I'm in Florida already.

Oh, and I've got to stop spending all of my free time at strip clubs. It's tearing my imaginary family apart.

Wed 15 Mar 2006, 10:16 PM by Jay Kastner
From IM: "You could go work for the public school system i was in when i lived near atlanta."

Answer: fuck that. You know this job doesn't pay worth shit. I said Bush was screwing our school system, not that I wanted to join the mess. : )
Wed 15 Mar 2006, 10:10 PM by Jay Kastner
What kind of message are we sending children, when we kill people, for killing people?
Tue 14 Mar 2006, 10:01 PM by Jay Kastner
NYC. I think it was two weeks after 9-11. One of the few smiles during that trip. Remember Em?
Mon 13 Mar 2006, 10:30 PM by Jay Kastner
The obsession + electronic threads continue:
Air - "Sexy Boy"
Mon 13 Mar 2006, 10:18 PM by Jay Kastner
Just in case you missed it, Em's mum is a teacher.
Mon 13 Mar 2006, 10:07 PM by Jay Kastner
...I love your 'naturally sweetened whole grain oat and corn' goodness. Why can't I quit you?
Mon 13 Mar 2006, 10:07 PM by Jay Kastner
Mon 13 Mar 2006, 12:15 PM by Jay Kastner
Mon 13 Mar 2006, 10:46 AM by Jay Kastner
"Knowing what we know about the high price of gasoline, if you had to guess, which would you say would be a better seller this year: a Honda that gets 50 miles per gallon or a Hummer that gets 16 mpg?
If you figured on the Honda, you're likely to be proved wrong. The newly revised Honda Civic Hybrid goes for $21,850 and nearly 5,000 were sold through February of this year.
But the more expensive and much thirstier $29,500 Hummer H3 has sold at nearly double that rate through the same period. This, despite the fact that the Honda, if you can believe it, has only slightly less passenger room than the H3 and will scoot to 60 mph at almost precisely the same pace (10.5 seconds) as the Hummer."
Sun 12 Mar 2006, 10:30 PM by Jay Kastner
And tonight's warm-and-fuzzy-feel-good-quote-on-a-cup was worth passing along. Here goes:
The Way I See It #77: "The human catalysts for 'dreamers' are the teachers and encouragers that 'dreamers' encounter throughout their lives. They are invaluable in the quest to turn ideas into reality. So here's a special thanks to all of the teachers - especially my teacher, Miz Lane!" -Kevin Carroll

Of course, we probably won't be seeing too many dreamers in our future --thanks to Dubya. His wonderfully-titled-and-woefully-under-funded "No Child Left Behind" program will see to this. Just you wait. Think I'm kidding? Do your research. And talk to some teachers --because I have.

Sun 12 Mar 2006, 10:23 PM by Jay Kastner
...according to her. Drop by Reverberated.com to see them. Then you can comment here to say she is awesome and I suck. You know you want to.
Sun 12 Mar 2006, 03:19 PM by Jay Kastner
Sorry if the site has been slow this weekend. 90 percent of the bandwidth was used to download no less than 14 albums (see: the feds and RIAA should arrive anytime now). Anyway, one of them was Morrissey's new album. Note: ahead of the official release date. I've never been LESS excited about a Morrissey album. Seriously. It's important to have a Morrissey-like person exist in this world (i.e. the anti-Bush comments), but he's coming dangerously close to being irrelevent. Will I still buy all of his albums? Yes. Will I go to concerts? Not likely. Will I buy merchandise? No. Four songs highlight this album. If you want the entire album, send e-mail to my home address (kastner(at)alumni.indiana.edu) with a subject of "Moz Album":
I Will See You In Far Off Places (5.9 MBs) - Bombastic. Just the way I like my Morrissey.
The Youngest Was the Most Loved (4.2 MBs) - "There is no such thing in life as 'normal'" chorus with kids backing.
The Father Who Must Be Killed (5.4 MBs) - This sounds a bit like The Jam to me.
Life is a Pigsty (10.3 MBs) - Beautiful. Best of album. Almost a two-step beat?!! And 7 plus minutes long.
Sun 12 Mar 2006, 02:53 PM by Jay Kastner
...of stupid product labels, here is a new one from a Fruit Rollup. And to think, all of this time, I've been eating the plastic too. No comments from you lot about how that would explain some things. : )

Sat 11 Mar 2006, 08:21 PM by Jay Kastner
...was spent at Cocoa Beach. I like going to the beach to clear my mind. Not to swim, since I almost drowned a few years ago. One of the things I like to do there is listen to music just loud enough to mix in the sound of the surf. Today's album of choice was Fischerspooner's "Avant Hard". Anyway, this trip was very much needed. I've been putting in very long hours at work over the past couple of months. Friday, I had no less than four people ask if I had been in a fight --the bags under my eyes were that big and dark. It looked like I had black eyes. Anyway, here are some pics:
People | Surf | Man Of War | Kelp | Pier | Bird | Sea Foam
Fri 10 Mar 2006, 03:33 PM by Jay Kastner
Very funny...streamed from Google (so it's fast):
Fri 10 Mar 2006, 12:03 AM by Jay Kastner
It's "The Summit" (4.3 MBs) by Sans-K (aka me). Circa March 2001. Terrible production work (it sounds muddy), but the electro styling and Space 2001 samples put me ahead of the curve (see: Ladytron, etc). I'm told this was played at several parties. Interesting fact: I did this without a real drum machine or multi-tracker. Quite a pain. Oh well.
Thu 9 Mar 2006, 11:54 PM by Jay Kastner
Thu 9 Mar 2006, 11:51 PM by Jay Kastner
I do. Really. Have two of their albums. And "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" is an instant classic. But every other band tries to sound like them now. What's the deal?
Thu 9 Mar 2006, 12:14 AM by Jay Kastner
I work with German colleagues. I'm on the phone a lot with German colleagues. And I visit Germany on occasion. This is strangely similar to some of our conversations...
Thu 9 Mar 2006, 12:11 AM by Jay Kastner
...that thinks dubya should have to stay and live the next year in New Orleans?
Thu 9 Mar 2006, 12:10 AM by Jay Kastner
...I'm going to the beach this weekend. So there.
Thu 9 Mar 2006, 12:05 AM by Jay Kastner
Me and co. 1997-11-19. How my dark star will rise...
Wed 8 Mar 2006, 10:15 AM by Jay Kastner
There was a problem this morning (about 8:45 AM EST) with a UPS device, leading to two site outages. Power has been re-routed, albeit to a smaller UPS device. Sorries.
Tue 7 Mar 2006, 11:29 PM by Jay Kastner
"From The Archives" will be a reoccurring feature, covering older video, sound, picture, etc. files. For the first entry, a clip from the Flat Beat video (1.1 MBs / MPEG format).
Tue 7 Mar 2006, 11:09 PM by Jay Kastner
...even if he does work for Microsoft now. Check out his bio and blog. Non-geeks need not apply.
Tue 7 Mar 2006, 10:45 PM by Jay Kastner
Em's site has been fun lately. Probably because of all the links to this site. But it's good to see her updating regularly. Drop by and leave a comment for her. Of course, I remember her old site.
Tue 7 Mar 2006, 04:37 PM by Jay Kastner
Tue 7 Mar 2006, 01:31 PM by Jay Kastner
Evidently, I am not the only person that does it. I certainly didn't think so. Anyway, the car/accident/insurance situation is finally getting sorted out. The chick that hit me is with USAA, which I heard good things about. But that hasn't been my experience. If they write-off my car (which I doubt), then I have no choice but to get a new one. However, if they pay to fix it, I have several choices given the type of damage. It would be nice to have a new car...but the monthly payments suck. And I haven't had any for about a year now. The Audi A4 looks really nice. Ugh. Tough decision. Plus I have to worry about people dinging my doors again --which whorelando residents are so bad about. Oh, and Em, it's currently 66 degress (and sunny) in Orlando right now.
Tue 7 Mar 2006, 01:28 PM by Jay Kastner
I'm not a gamer, but this is still interesting...
Mon 6 Mar 2006, 10:53 PM by Jay Kastner
There are nine different logos for this site (and more to come). Here's a complete list (for the curious):
Mon 6 Mar 2006, 10:37 PM by Jay Kastner
...that I spend way too much money on bottled water.
...that my favorite part of a grocery store is the cereal isle.
Mon 6 Mar 2006, 10:28 PM by Jay Kastner
So Emily sends me a link to Morrissey's new video (which happens to be terrible) and there, on screen, is proof that God hates me. As many of you already know, I hate Fiona Snapple. Or maybe, this was all part of Emily's plan?
Mon 6 Mar 2006, 07:05 PM by Jay Kastner
...that I should not purchase perishable food items anymore. As in bread, vegetables, fruits, etc. Because most of the time it goes bad before I can eat it. So it's just thrown away. Then I feel guilty. And that's not right. Think about it: food making me depressed. Cooking is fun. I used to do it a lot. In another life. Now I eat out 99 percent of the time. Pretty lame. Thoughts?
Mon 6 Mar 2006, 10:41 AM by Jay Kastner
From one of the posts: "It's pretty fucking deep, and if you're on mushrooms, the hour long warp scene makes total sense."
Mon 6 Mar 2006, 12:31 AM by Jay Kastner
Sun 5 Mar 2006, 06:32 PM by Jay Kastner
A new trend. Possibly two. The first covers groups/musicians I've been obsessed with at one time or another. I define "obsessed with" as anytime I decide it's necessary to obtain every song produced by a group/musician. This happens to me a lot, but so what. Trend two is a move toward the electronic genre. Go ahead and flame me --but guitars are not the center of the universe. So I'm going with Recoil, Black Box Recorder and Miss Kittin. The specific song choices were too hard, so I gave up and included two each. Enjoy.
Miss Kittin: "Frank Sinatra" (5.4 MB) and "Clone Me" (5.8 MB)
Black Box Recorder: "The Facts of Life" (9.0 MB) and "Uptown Top Ranking" (5.5 MB)
Recoil: "Shunt" (9.5 MB) and "Black Box" (20 MB)
How would you define "Black Box"? Spoken word? Song? Soundtrackish?
Please right-click and save each file locally.
Sun 5 Mar 2006, 12:26 AM by Jay Kastner
A few more comments regarding last night. First, I hate the drive down to Disney. It feels like I drove to Texas or something. But as much as we all like to complain about I4, it's usually nice at night. I averaged about 80 mph and almost hit triple digits. Second, this meant Virgin Megastore was within walking distance. I was bad. Very bad. They should put my picture on the wall.

OK, just remember that I had a Suicidegirls.com t-shirt several years ago. It's not my fault that everyone thinks they're kewl now.

My sk8 pads have a wicked stank goin' on. And nothing in this world can diminishing it. Don't make me use this WMD against you. Keep your children and pets away.

Cristie (not Christie) now has the Suede CD set too. I expect a full report.

I was going to title this post "I'm not looking forward to tomorrow", but that could be misinterpreted. See, one of my projects (work) moves to production tomorrow night. The process STARTS at 7:00 PM. If anything goes wrong, I could be there into the AM. Cross your fingers...

Sat 4 Mar 2006, 11:57 PM by Jay Kastner
...with Erin tonight. We saw Capote. It was excellent. And Catherine Keener! I have now seen three of the five movies nominated for Best Picture: Capote, Crash, Munich. It's a tough call between Crash and Capote. At the very least, Philip Seymour Hoffman should win Best Actor. I didn't know much about Capote-the-person before this movie, but evidently, he was part genius and part complete bastard. So, a lot like Morrissey.
Sat 4 Mar 2006, 01:58 AM by Jay Kastner
That's "Sisters of Mercy show at Orlando House of Blues". Good show. Better sound than the last one I saw there (Bauhaus). Sorry, but I am really tired right now. So I will offer some pics, some video, two MP3s of their better known songs ("Lucretia My Reflection" and "Marian"), and an open letter to Goths of the world:
Dear Goths,
I just don't get it. I don't mind black clothing, but it's OK to wear some color. Go crazy with some red (think of it as blood-like). Goth guys: you have to be very careful, because there's evidently a fine line between looking "gothic" and looking like a pirate. Goth girls: you're OK, mostly, but again there's a fine line between looking gothic and looking like hookers. Go with the leather versus the pleather. OK, and you're all hard core. Yes, you are. To leave the house looking like that...you've got some balls. So leave me alone, I accept that you win that battle (although I win the one where come Monday morning, I'm not asking people if they want to super-size their orders). All done.
Sat 4 Mar 2006, 01:56 AM by Jay Kastner
Fri 3 Mar 2006, 09:14 AM by Jay Kastner
"Suit: W.Va. police chief denied gay man CPR"
Fri 3 Mar 2006, 12:08 AM by Jay Kastner
So I had dinner with Dave tonight at CPK. He recently became engaged (congrats) and is suddenly smiling a whole lot more! Something you should know about Dave: he has like fifty degrees. And they are not in the easy stuff, like sociology (**cough**...Ms. Meanwell...oh snap!). Anyway, I am really happy for him and the bride-to-be. Too bad he works for Siemens.

Speaking of Emily, her new laptop arrived today. And it's not an Apple. Welcome to the dark side.

You too can dress like Steve Jobs: http://www.stevesoutfit.com/

Here are some links to friends, co-workers and other people I just feel sorry for:
Jim used to do a comic strip named "No Office Drama". I miss it. Now he's doing brainiac stuff.
Emily's site is one part "crazy", one part Jay's-Blog-copy, one part IU and a touch of Chloe Sevigny.
AC and Jen are awesome, and always on the go.
Christie (not Cristie) doesn't have a web site, because he doesn't like computers.
Kev: check out his paintings. I have several.
Chris (my brother, not Obertin) has a fancy site. Heavy in flash. Because he's an artist. Which is probably why he never listens to me about putting up too much personal info. This is what younger brothers do.
Mac has a huge ego that is growing exponentially. I'm just kidding. Sort of. But he certainly made a month in Erlangen, Germany a lot more fun. Particularly when you go out drinking, have too much absinthe, and decide to snag some old school deep-fried apple pies from McDonalds.
Speaking of Germany, I miss Berlin.

And finally, I find this disturbing.

Thu 2 Mar 2006, 03:07 PM by Jay Kastner
...I sat near a woman talking about her dog. She was telling everyone at the table how her dog was diagnosed with some form of cancer. Anyway, they started treating the dog and the vet gave it very low odds of surviving. So she decided it was time for a "prayer circle". That's right, a prayer circle. I guess they did this everyday during the treatment, and the dog eventually recovered. It's now been four years since all of this went down. While I am happy for her and the dog, I was left a little disturbed by the conversation. See, she went on to say the dog survived because of the prayer circle --never mind the treatment going on at the same time.
Have you ever considered a prayer circle?
Do you need to be at the center of a prayer circle?
Do I?
Am I going to hell for this?
What about prayer squares, or even triangles?
Would this be a good question for the new web forum (the one I've been lazy about using)?

In other news: I've got to shutdown my illegal methamphetamine lab. It's tearing my imaginary family apart.

Wed 1 Mar 2006, 11:15 PM by Jay Kastner
...at Van's skatepark, since the break. I was very tired from working so late yesterday. And being paged at 1:51 AM by someone in Germany (seriously). And again at 2:14 AM (same guy). My cat also decided around 2:45 AM that it was the perfect time to be frisky. Ugh.
Anyway, it was a good session. There was one mishap. But I landed quite a few difficult tricks, including a 360-air-to-platform. More on that later. I wanted everyone to see what it's like to drop into a 10 foot ramp. See how the lettering below my foot looks strange? That's because you can't see most of the transition --it's straight down until near the bottom. OK, so back to the 360-air-to-platform. The reason this trick is difficult is a) I am spinning, along with the board, 360 degrees in the air and b) I do not have the luxury of landing on the ground. Rather, I have to pull everything off before hitting the platform, which is the same height. I lose around five and a half feet. It's even harder when you fuck up and don't pull much air (as in this example). You can see it for yourself in this video.
Note: when asking random strangers to use your camera phone to shoot video, expect to spend a lot of time showing them how to use it and doing many, many re-takes.
360-air-to-platform video
-Only 256KB !
-For Windows platforms, please right-click the link and choose "Save Target As...".
-Open the resulting "360.3g2" file with the free Apple QuickTime player.
-Play around with the QuickTime window size for best viewing.
Wed 1 Mar 2006, 05:40 PM by Jay Kastner
You know my opinion of Dubya by now. It's past disdain...I find him absolutely immoral. And this doesn't help.
"In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, risk lives in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage of the briefings."
Wed 1 Mar 2006, 12:49 PM by Jay Kastner
...I've attended our director's monthly meeting. Also known as "the most boring and long meeting in the world". Zzzzz. And I got yelled at by some customers. But we're having cake later to celebrate the shutdown of a very old server (SLABORL01). Very geeky. Oh, and Cristie (not Christie) has informed me a) that she's probably not going to SoM show on Friday (told ya) and b) she's mad because everyone else got the Suede CD/DVD sets. Boo-hoo.
Wed 1 Mar 2006, 12:20 AM by Jay Kastner
But I didn't leave work until after 11 PM. Yeah, that was a LONG day. Primarily due to work on the SPG Extranet. See the homepage? That's Christie's work. Anyway, I listened to my iSnob quite a bit during the day. And got on quite a Belle & Sebastian kick. I don't like their newer stuff as much (it's still good), but the older stuff always brings back memories.
Erin sent me this funny link. Looking at the URL, I was sort of scared to open it. OK, no I wasn't. But it's harmless fun, at the expense of figure skaters.
Brandon (aka "acidkiller604" on Yahoo! IM) actually said hi for the first time in months. Though he admitted to being obsessed with my blog. Oh, and he said he's buying an SUV. So send him hate mail.
And Emily sent me "If Bush were a girl"