Keep those balls in the air

Sun 30 Apr 2006, 11:28 PM by Jay Kastner
Ouija board, ouija board,
would you work for me?
I have got to say hello
to an old friend.

All are welcome to my site, but I prefer participation. If the message above doesn't mean anything to you, please ignore. If it does, a quick "hello" would be nice. You could at least tease me about Suede. : )

Sun 30 Apr 2006, 11:19 PM by Jay Kastner
Here's a pic from that team building event I mentioned earlier. Notice that I'm down low, digging my feet into the ground? Everyone else on my team was basically standing up, being pulled and sliding along. Some of the teams were all male! It was hopeless... : )
Sun 30 Apr 2006, 02:25 AM by Jay Kastner
Fischerspooner: "The 15th"
The Chemical Brothers: "Music:Response"
Sun 30 Apr 2006, 12:55 AM by Jay Kastner
I saw "Thank You For Smoking" tonight. Great cast. Very funny. Clever. Go see it.
Sat 29 Apr 2006, 08:00 PM by Jay Kastner
...is my brother Justin. He sent me a hardback copy (book) of Fight Club AND a box of brownies from Brownie Connection --just about the best you can get. One of them is coursing through my veins as I type. Delicious. So you've got it hands down.
Sat 29 Apr 2006, 07:59 PM by Jay Kastner
Fri 28 Apr 2006, 05:33 PM by Jay Kastner
...but this will make you smile, even if you hate dogs. Scroll down. Link courtesy of Sara.
Thu 27 Apr 2006, 10:32 PM by Jay Kastner
My group (work) had a team building event tonight at Blanchard Park. I actually have fun at most of these events, even if the food is never veggie friendly. What I find most interesting is how people of various ages interact outside of work. Guards come down (a little), the hierachy flattens (a little) and you see a different side to many people. Getting out of work early is also nice. We played several team games where you do not get to pick your members. That in turn means you have to work with people you might otherwise avoid. In the end, we also had a game of football. Nice to see the old guys (aka managers) trying to keep up with us. And they generally do.
Thu 27 Apr 2006, 10:27 PM by Jay Kastner
This movie is a top five fav of mine...
http://www.kottke.org/06/04/hal-daisy-2001
Thu 27 Apr 2006, 10:20 PM by Jay Kastner
And you can save your file directly to Google for anywhere access...
http://sketchup.google.com/index.html
Wed 26 Apr 2006, 11:56 PM by Jay Kastner
Wed 26 Apr 2006, 11:26 PM by Jay Kastner
Which means more Siemens vans and trucks to stalk Em...
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/060424/20060424005787.html?.v=1
Wed 26 Apr 2006, 12:03 PM by Jay Kastner
...about the connection between Bush and FoxNews, this should put an end to it. FoxNews is biased. Terribly so. Quit saying it's not.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060426/ap_on_go_pr_wh/white_house_snow
Tue 25 Apr 2006, 10:38 PM by Jay Kastner
Tue 25 Apr 2006, 10:14 PM by Jay Kastner
Brian sent me this link:
http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com
Mon 24 Apr 2006, 11:58 PM by Jay Kastner
Mon 24 Apr 2006, 11:51 PM by Jay Kastner
Remember my note about Google Calendar? Well, people are already finding good uses for it.
Mon 24 Apr 2006, 11:33 PM by Jay Kastner
More crap from my time in Germany. Gotta love that German rap music:
Tomekk: "Ganxtaville Part 3"
Mon 24 Apr 2006, 11:10 PM by Jay Kastner
After working a full day Sunday (which lasted until 1:00 AM), I figured there would be no issues leaving work at a decent time today. Nope. I shit you not, one of our top level managers paid me a visit just short of 6:00 PM. Are you picturing a scene from Office Space? Yes. Am I taking my recent promotion seriously? A little. Let's just say I didn't leave until 9:45 PM. Corporate whore indeed.
Mon 24 Apr 2006, 10:54 PM by Jay Kastner
Emily's Blog, and Justin's Blog, are currently in a dead heat vying for the title of "World's Most Boring Blog". It's a fact. Chris's Blog, on the other hand, finally shows some humor. I sure hope the pope (hey, that rhymes!) approved.
Mon 24 Apr 2006, 01:38 AM by Jay Kastner
The Flaming Lips: "Yeah Yeah Yeah Song". Their previous album, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" was genius start to finish. This song starts the new album. It's a slightly different approach to the standard protest song. Questions versus statements. A little humor. All good.

Echobelly: "All Tomorrow Brings". Echobelly and I go way back --particularly my time in London. They fell out of favor around the "On" album, but "Lustra" was decent and "People Are Expensive" was good. I then heard their accountant stole most of their money, they were without a label, and were putting out their own album "Gravity Pulls". This is the last song on that album, but again, it's very good start to finish.

Sat 22 Apr 2006, 06:24 PM by Jay Kastner
Thanks Sara. I enjoyed wearing this to the movie. Just remember, paybacks are a bitch! : )
Thu 20 Apr 2006, 10:43 PM by Jay Kastner
I had to wear this around work today. Luckily, it happened pretty late in the day. No laughing. Damn you Starbucks.
Thu 20 Apr 2006, 10:38 PM by Jay Kastner
Thu 20 Apr 2006, 01:30 AM by Jay Kastner
Believe it or not, we eventually ended up at a bar/club/redneck-hang-out called "Jesse Black Saloon". Much to my protests. This was the first time in my life (and possibly last) to ever enter such a place. But I was actually a little surprised. One, there were plenty of cute chicks. Really. Two, the crowd was much less redneck than I expected. Three, it was progressive enough that a few black people were there (brave souls indeed). Four, it had a bit of Coyote Ugly to it (the chicks danced on the bar). I'm told, around 1:00 AM the chicks do a wet t-shirt sorta thing. All good. So here's a pic I took, with diagram. : )
Thu 20 Apr 2006, 01:27 AM by Jay Kastner
Yeah, believe it or not. If you ever wanted to know how. Any comments about how this might be the only way I have a child will be dealt with appropriately (that means you, Em). : )
http://wiki.ehow.com/Adopt-a-Baby-from-China
Tue 18 Apr 2006, 11:08 PM by Jay Kastner
My latest effort. As it says, more info later...
http://www.suvs4bush.com
Tue 18 Apr 2006, 10:27 PM by Jay Kastner
Chucko sent me this. His wife teaches at UCF, and one of her former students did a write-up on a public shower in China.
Tue 18 Apr 2006, 10:22 PM by Jay Kastner
Man Says GTA Made Him Think He Could Outrun Cops
http://techdirt.com/articles/20060414/1357205.shtml
Tue 18 Apr 2006, 10:21 PM by Jay Kastner
Tue 18 Apr 2006, 10:17 PM by Jay Kastner
Roberts confirmed that a separate song on the album is titled "Let's Impeach the President." He declined to disclose any further details about the record.
But according to some online reports, the song accuses President George W. Bush of "lying" and features a rap with Bush's voice set against a choir singing "flip-flop."
One member of that choir, a California-based musician, wrote on a "blog" entry last Friday that the recording session wrapped with an a capella version of "America the Beautiful."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060417/music_nm/leisure_young_dc_4
Mon 17 Apr 2006, 02:59 PM by Jay Kastner
Yeah, as in not-at-work-today. I woke up in the middle of the night with a wicked stomach ache and couldn't sleep from that point on. By the time my alarm went off, I was a mess. Damnit Chili's, why did you have to be the only thing open Easter Sunday evening? Well there is a bright spot in all of this. I was web-surfing and decided to check my Johnny Marr site. And whatdya' know, those bastards at ARTISTdirect had logged in and redirected my site to their site. No e-mail...no phone call...rude! Now you're probably wondering two things at this point: 1) who is Johnny Marr and b) how could they do this. Answer 1: Go here. Answer 2: several years ago, ARTISTdirect approached me about the domain --a domain I had registered ages ago (I had one of the first Smiths/Marr sites ever). Anyway, they initially wanted to work with me. That was fine until they wanted me to sell the domain. The terms were not reasonable (flight out to L.A., meet Johnny, attend a video taping, etc.). In the end, they sent me some promo stuff and I agreed to mirror their site. To that end, I allowed them access to update both sites at the same time. The problem is, we eventually parted on not-so-good terms, since I wouldn't give up the domain without involving lawyers. That was five years ago...now this recent change. So I quickly replaced their redirect with a Flash file my brother Chris made for me. Thoughts?
Mon 17 Apr 2006, 12:20 AM by Jay Kastner
The web server was patched again, about 20 minutes ago. So if you visited and received an error message...

Also, another really bad move by Microsoft:
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/16/1351217&from=rss

Sun 16 Apr 2006, 10:11 PM by Jay Kastner
...and yet I haven't seen any other coverage:

"This month's survey brings one of the largest one-month swings in the history of the web server market, as Microsoft gains 4.7 percent share while Apache loses 5.9 percent. The shift is driven by changes at domain registrar Go Daddy, which has just migrated more than 3.5 million hostnames from Linux to Windows. Go Daddy, which had been the world's largest Linux host, is now the world's largest Windows Server 2003 host, as measured by hostnames. The company said it will shift a total of 4.4 million hostnames to Windows Server 2003."
http://news.netcraft.com/archives/web_server_survey.html

Sun 16 Apr 2006, 06:28 PM by Jay Kastner
The Raveonettes: "You Say You Lie"
The Flaming Lips: "Do You Realize"
Sun 16 Apr 2006, 01:33 PM by Jay Kastner
...using Google Calendar? I've been playing with it and see potential. Of course, I am concerned about the data being semi-public, er, outside of my control. But I was thinking that just means business and really personal stuff shouldn't go in there (i.e. "2 PM Monday, meet with lawyer" or "10:30 AM, Dr. appt for rash"), right? So then you need multiple calendars. Ugh.
Sun 16 Apr 2006, 12:19 AM by Jay Kastner
I enjoyed this article on so many levels...
http://www.orlandoweekly.com/features/story.asp?id=10622
Fri 14 Apr 2006, 09:22 AM by Jay Kastner
You may have noticed an outage last night (er, this morning) starting around 1:00 AM EDT. Well, that was the site's public connection being upgraded. It's now on the premium service, meaning super-fast 10 Mb download and 1 Mb upload speeds. The download part is what I see while grabbing DVDs, MP3s, etc. The upload speed is what you see while visiting the site. It used to be 384 Kb (so it's roughly 3x faster). I am already seeing very good results. Try to snag one of the weekly MP3s as a test. Send an e-mail to my (last name)@alumni.indiana.edu address please. Oh, and the reverse-proxy was upgraded Tuesday night as well.
Thu 13 Apr 2006, 11:13 PM by Jay Kastner
Thu 13 Apr 2006, 11:11 PM by Jay Kastner
Chucko sent me this.
Thu 13 Apr 2006, 11:05 PM by Jay Kastner
Erin sent me this link.
Thu 13 Apr 2006, 10:39 PM by Jay Kastner
Sara sent me this.
Thu 13 Apr 2006, 10:08 PM by Jay Kastner
...with double good, double fun.
Doublemint Twins mints --not gum.
A mint you can savor.
A blend of two flavors.
Everybody!
Double groovy, double grand
Double flavor in your hand.
Lala Lala La.
New Doublemint Twins are different
...they're mints!
Thu 13 Apr 2006, 01:05 AM by Jay Kastner
"Prosecutors also called Lorne Lyles. a Fort Myers, Fla., policeman whose wife, Cee Cee, was a flight attendant on 93, and played a voice mail message she left him from the plane on 9/11. She told him her plane had been hijacked and she knew a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. 'Please tell my children that I love them very much. ... I hope to be able to see your smiling face again,' she said, crying."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060413/ap_on_re_us/moussaoui
Thu 13 Apr 2006, 12:52 AM by Jay Kastner
"We knew the fundamental differences between us. Any amount of discussion could not efface them. Yet even differences prove helpful, where there are tolerance, charity and truth."
-Gandhi
Thu 13 Apr 2006, 12:41 AM by Jay Kastner
If you do, play this. It freaks my cat out every time.
Tue 11 Apr 2006, 10:06 PM by Jay Kastner
Sara sent me this link. Look for the button. NPR is awesome.
Tue 11 Apr 2006, 10:00 PM by Jay Kastner
And that means another round of patches for MS Windows users. There are quite a few this time. Get them installed ASAP. Or else.
Tue 11 Apr 2006, 12:59 AM by Jay Kastner
But it's also kinda funny...
Tue 11 Apr 2006, 12:32 AM by Jay Kastner
I went to Target tonight, just to buy more food I will probably have to throw out next Monday. It's a wonderful routine. In case you haven't noticed yet, I am becoming increasingly embarrassed and depressed by this situation. Anyway, Target was out of the chiclet style Bubblemint gum. Let me repeat that. Target was out of Bubblemint gum. And I'm down to four packs at work and three at home:

Luckily, I've found Amazon.com and Ace Hardware are great sources of gum. Who would've guessed?
Mon 10 Apr 2006, 11:05 PM by Jay Kastner
I bet you missed this. Most of the mainstream media did. Or just didn't care. Read, be enlightened, then be very scared.
"Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room"
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70619-0.html?tw=rss.index
Mon 10 Apr 2006, 12:33 AM by Jay Kastner
This weekend, Erin finally stopped being lazy and setup her blog. Now we have to wait patiently for some "content".

In other news, my brother Justin's blog has been named "Most Boring Blog In The World".

Sun 9 Apr 2006, 10:25 PM by Jay Kastner
It started out innocent enough. I like bubblegum...I like mint...why not Bubblemint gum? But this tragic decision has haunted me ever since. It now closely resembles Em's addiction to individually-wrapped super-sized wintergreen Lifesavers. This is a truly debilitating dependency, that forces me to spend greater and greater amounts of time to score product, as well as too much money. Right now, I am at 3/4 of a pack per day. If they used sugar instead of sorbitol, I would weigh 300 lbs. But then the sorbitol is probably eating away at my brain (no comments please) or destroying my liver. Maybe a class-action lawsuit is in my future? Anyway, there is some comfort in knowing I am not alone. During the disaster recovery drill a few weeks back, one of my colleagues tried it and that was all it took. He went through two and a half packs during the 36 hour period. And he's now hooked and chewing it at work. And of course it's the American way to self medicate and use the "inner-nets" as my sole source of medical advice. Check out these pages:
"I am chewing before breakfast. I need help."
"one day i made myself sick i chewed so much orbit bubblemint gum." (<= also, I think I have a crush on this chick)
"I'm as addicted to it as Rush is addicted to oxycotin."
Google "bubblemint" and "addict" to see for yourself. People, this epidemic is going to make meth look like, well, bubblegum. I so need your help right now. What should I do? It's already starting to tear my imaginary family apart.
Sun 9 Apr 2006, 07:53 PM by Jay Kastner
The Tears (aka Brett and Bernard from Suede): "Brave New Century" (with intro, Live at The Zodiac Oxford)"
And for Em, R.E.M.: "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)"
Sat 8 Apr 2006, 02:12 PM by Jay Kastner
...not B61-11 bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapons. But that's just my silly opinion. What I really need to do is get behind our president, who has a clear vision of what God wants for the world. : )
http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060417fa_fact
Sat 8 Apr 2006, 12:55 AM by Jay Kastner
Pay attention to the commercial's text. I can't believe they haven't yanked this (yet): http://www.chevyapprentice.com/view.php?country=us&uniqueid=6bbf6d24-141f-1029-98eb-0013724ff5a7
Sat 8 Apr 2006, 12:32 AM by Jay Kastner
Sat 8 Apr 2006, 12:22 AM by Jay Kastner
Me, sophomore year of high school ('87 or '88), somewhere in Ohio (I think it was near Lima) the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Dig the hairdo:
http://www.kastnerfamily.net/jaysblog.nsf/rsrc/limaoh/$file/limaoh.jpg
Sat 8 Apr 2006, 12:05 AM by Jay Kastner
And that's about all I have to say about this:
http://www.reverberated.com/domino/blog.nsf/d6plinks/SRVV-6NMSBR
Fri 7 Apr 2006, 11:35 PM by Jay Kastner
Based on the number of comments and questions I've received, clarification is needed for yesterday's post:
1. Faisal is a nice guy.
2. No, really, he's a nice guy.
3. I was just trash-talking, like Faisal does all day long.
4. That information was already public. Just Google his name and "Florida". Although I didn't try Google Arabic.
5. We are trying to set him up with a nice chick, say, 21-31 years old. She must have all of her teeth. Let me know if you can help.
6. Regarding point five, Faisal has all of his limbs, dresses very metro-sexual, and drives (or maybe attempts to) a new Nissan Z.
Thu 6 Apr 2006, 11:17 PM by Jay Kastner
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Thu 6 Apr 2006, 10:40 PM by Jay Kastner
Well it looks like Minh and Faisal are "Two of a kind". That's really cute! His personal e-mail address is fbawaney@hotmail.com and he went to the University of Central Florida.
He's also skilled in making Word docs. Awesome!
He likes Database Marketing and links related to DBM.
Wait, I was wrong. He LOVES Database Marketing but could use some help with spelling.
He wants you to write him a letter. While you're at it, sign him up for some magazines and a free sample of Viagra.
Thu 6 Apr 2006, 09:31 AM by Jay Kastner
Thu 6 Apr 2006, 12:34 AM by Jay Kastner
And I laughed out loud, right there in Panera. This may have scared people sitting around me. I don't care. It's just that the guy is wicked serious about curling. So it's not that funny now. But the pic is already scanned...
Thu 6 Apr 2006, 12:12 AM by Jay Kastner
Mostly. Even though everything went 1000 MPH. And too much of it was filled with meetings. But my manager is out of town. Nothing major went wrong. No one yelled at me. One of the meetings was with our CIO. Yes, I spoke. Yes, I disagreed with her on a point. A lot of stuff didn't get done too. I tried to come home and work some more. That didn't really happen, since the New York Doll DVD arrived. Go rent it.
Thu 6 Apr 2006, 12:00 AM by Jay Kastner
This is a sketch of Richard Ashcroft that Isla made for me. First of all, isn't "Isla" the most awesome name? I always wanted a son named Ian --wouldn't that and a daughter named Isla make me the coolest dad ever? Enough babble. And please, no comments about how I have to get married first (let me have my little dreams). The actual sketch is much larger than this scan, and it deserves to be framed. A Warholish-multi-monochrome-four-color set would work too.
Wed 5 Apr 2006, 12:44 PM by Jay Kastner
Wed 5 Apr 2006, 12:31 AM by Jay Kastner
Wed 5 Apr 2006, 12:00 AM by Jay Kastner
Tue 4 Apr 2006, 11:41 PM by Jay Kastner
My 401K is up 9.2 percent for the year. Erin's is only up 7.5 percent. Also, my end-of-year return has been higher than her's for the past three years (how long we've compared). This makes her both jealous and angry. : )
Tue 4 Apr 2006, 11:28 PM by Jay Kastner
...is Faisal. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I feel sorry for him. He really doesn't deserve it. Please be sure to pronounce the "S" in his name like a "Z" --he loves that.
Tue 4 Apr 2006, 11:17 PM by Jay Kastner
Can you tell I haven't had much to write about lately? Actually, it's more a matter of motivation. And you probably don't want to hear how bad things are at work. So the pics, etc. will have to do. This one, well, I have a lot of fun with my brothers...
Tue 4 Apr 2006, 11:12 PM by Jay Kastner
The most common police complaints nationwide are: a) noise and b) me.
Tue 4 Apr 2006, 12:22 AM by Jay Kastner
August, 2001. Me and my aunt. St. Louis, MO.
Mon 3 Apr 2006, 11:56 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 2 Apr 2006, 09:50 PM by Jay Kastner
She shouldn't have been over there in the first place. Common sense. And now she gets to be on the news and write a book (maybe a movie too). Lame...
Sun 2 Apr 2006, 09:45 PM by Jay Kastner
You'll know it when you see it. And Em, this is your opportunity for a smack-down. Go to. : )
Sun 2 Apr 2006, 01:37 PM by Jay Kastner
I may not be the world's biggest Eels fan, but they do have a few songs that work for me. Plus they had two songs on The Anniversary Party soundtrack (which you should rent). Don't let the title of this song fool you.
Eels: "Its A Motherfucker" (3.1 MBs)
Em and I watched Fight Club, and Erin got me something from Ikea --all within the last week. So a song from the soundtrack was an easy pick.
The Dust Brothers: "This Is Your Life" (4.9 MBs)
Sat 1 Apr 2006, 10:00 PM by Jay Kastner
emilymeanwell: omg look: http://www.indiana.edu/~deanfac/blfal06/soc/soc_s217_20744.html
thenorthernline: Hmm. Nice to see your name up there.
thenorthernline: But the subject matter...ew
thenorthernline: Lots of warm and mushy, and “look at these poor, poor people”
emilymeanwell: blah blah blah
thenorthernline: You're welcome
thenorthernline: And I accept your apology
emilymeanwell: for?
thenorthernline: responding with “blah blah blah”
thenorthernline: i was thinking that maybe instead of blogging
thenorthernline: you should just write a book
thenorthernline: but only if I get to title it
thenorthernline: well, I would be nice enough to allow you to pick the title from a list:
thenorthernline: a) My Personal Perfect Storm
thenorthernline: b) Life Really Is A Pigsty
thenorthernline: c) I Should Have Listened To Jay
thenorthernline: d) When All Else Fails, Listen To Jay
thenorthernline: e) The Same Old S-O-S
thenorthernline: f) When There's No Way Out, The Only Way Out Is To Give In
thenorthernline: g) I Was Warned Indiana Would Do This To Me
thenorthernline: h) Two Cats, A Condo, And A Great Big Mess
thenorthernline: i) Florida Is So Far Away
thenorthernline: j) I'm Doomed To Do It All Again
thenorthernline: k) Life Is A Really, Really Hard Multiple Choice Exam
thenorthernline: l) I Blog, Therefore I Am
thenorthernline: m) The Drugs Don't Work
thenorthernline: n) Why I am Moving To Texas
thenorthernline: o) Such Great Heights, Such Great Lows
thenorthernline: p) What Am I Going to Do With My Life
thenorthernline: q) Everybody Knows Except For Me
thenorthernline: r) It's Not Jay's Fault, Even Though I Really, Really Want It To Be
thenorthernline: s) You're Gonna Be a Star, I'm Gonna Be A Sociology Professor
thenorthernline: t) What Was I Thinking
thenorthernline: u) You Know Who You Are, I Know Who We Are
thenorthernline: v) Indiana Girls Ain't Trash (Trash Gets Picked Up)
thenorthernline: w) Jesus Hates Indiana, And Sociology
thenorthernline: x) Imitation Of Life
thenorthernline: y) I Know You Well, But Who Am I
thenorthernline: z) I Give Up
emilymeanwell: r) It's Not Jay's Fault, Even Though I Really Really Want It To Be; t) What Was I Thinking; and really s) You're Gonna Be a Star, I'm Gonna Be A Sociology Professor is the best but it's a little more self-deprecating than i'm willing to go
Sat 1 Apr 2006, 09:57 PM by Jay Kastner