Consult your dermatologist if rash develops...

Wed 31 May 2006, 11:57 PM by Jay Kastner
Wed 31 May 2006, 11:47 PM by Jay Kastner
Emily sent me this pic:
Now you can add my site to your RSS/IM/Label This/DEL.ICIO.US section, and do so in style. You know you want to.
Wed 31 May 2006, 11:14 PM by Jay Kastner
Anyone up for a road trip? I want to help find the bastards that did this.
Wed 31 May 2006, 10:50 PM by Jay Kastner
Sara: "Charles told me you're my new pimp."
Me: "Well, that means I'm gonna have to kick some ass. Not just the Johns, but, you know, if you don't bring in enough money."
Wed 31 May 2006, 10:38 PM by Jay Kastner
"Take it off
Baby, take it all off
I wanna see you the way you came into the world
I dont wanna feel no clothes
I dont wanna see no panties
And take off that brassiere, my dear
Everybody's gone
I'm taking the receiver off the phone
Because baby you and me...
This night....
We're gonna get it on
To love serenade...."
-Barry White, Love Serenade
Tue 30 May 2006, 11:11 PM by Jay Kastner
Tue 30 May 2006, 12:12 PM by Jay Kastner
Here's what it will look like. Major changes...
Tue 30 May 2006, 12:36 AM by Jay Kastner
Mogwai: "We're No Here"
Sleeper: "Motorway Man"
Nouvelle Vague: "Too Drunk to Fuck" (Dead Kennedys Cover)
Mon 29 May 2006, 02:19 PM by Jay Kastner
"Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. In my early 20s, I rarely went to bed before midnight, and I’d almost always sleep in late. I usually didn’t start hitting my stride each day until late afternoon."
Mon 29 May 2006, 02:08 PM by Jay Kastner
I've been on Michael Robertson's mailing list for a while now. Clever guy. He's got money, ideas and the nerve to 'make them happen'. He also understands how the industry works and isn't afraid to take on Microsoft, RIAA, etc. Here's one of his latest projects.
Mon 29 May 2006, 01:12 AM by Jay Kastner
It's that I've been too busy! Sorry for the lack of updates.

And what a week. I had a project, originally scheduled over a three week period, get compressed into three days. Sort of. This was for our deployment of NetTracker, which will be used throughout Siemens PG. The engineer they sent to work with us was pretty cool. When he's not traveling, he plays guitar. And I guess it's frequently with some well known artists. Emily should be happy to know that one of them was Britney Spears' keyboardist. Whatever.

On Wednesday, the big news was Erin turning in her two week notice. Yes, she's finally leaving the-evil-that-is-Siemens, to go work at EDS. She's kicking my ass in the dinero department now. Which is fine --we'll make her buy everyone's drinks. Must...leave...Siemens...soon.

I saw "X-Men: The Last Stand". Very good. If you decide to see it too, be sure to stay until after the credits. Hint.

I knew it!

Today I went to the Dali museum in St. Petersburg. Very cool. As impressive as the huge "master" paintings are (see: Hallucinogenic Toreador at 4 x 3 meters), my preference is for the small canvases, where he clearly painted with a magnifying glass. The level of detail was stunning. You also can't go wrong with airborne cats. Here's a photo I snuck of the painting that changes from collage to Abraham Lincoln depending on how close you're standing.

Here's a turtle that's decided to nest outside of my office area: 1 | 2

Last weekend I commented to Cristie that I was noticing gray hair around my temple areas. What's up with that? Anyway, she seemed to agree it was becoming more noticeable. So I've been preoccupied with related thoughts ever since. What to do. Maybe I should shave it all off? Dye it? Remember, I've got to be able to hookup with UCF freshmen come August. :)

Thu 25 May 2006, 11:30 PM by Jay Kastner
I'm tired of answering this question, and Under The Radar said it best:
"...After reading all the rabid and irrational acclaim that this album has received, don't be surprised if you're left scratching your head in confusion and disbelief when you finally hear the damn thing. While this album certainly has it's sporadic catchy and promising moments, Arctic Monkeys are not, I repeat, not the future of music and have little new or original to offer to the world. Musically, they are simply a second-rate Franz Ferdinand or Libertines. The band's uninspired lyrics have been acclaimed for their witty take on British teenage life, but if you want commentary on Britain, then the likes of Mike Skinner, Morrissey, Ray Davies, Damon Albarn and Jarvis Cocker have all done it so much better. For a classic debut album that humorously tackles British teenage life, seek out Supergrass' I Should Coco instead.
Thu 25 May 2006, 09:13 AM by Jay Kastner
"I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice and then going away and doing the exact opposite."
-G.K. Chesterton
Tue 23 May 2006, 11:30 PM by Jay Kastner
I'm not about to commit suicide, but I have lost about $4,000 (on paper) in recent weeks:
Police on suicide watch after stocks slide
Tue 23 May 2006, 11:22 PM by Jay Kastner
The title of this article caught my eye (or is it eyes?), but then I was surprised to find out there is a place named "Batman":
UN probes Turkey 'forced suicide'
Tue 23 May 2006, 11:14 PM by Jay Kastner
Sara sent me this...

A woman's husband dies. He had left $30,000 to be used for an elaborate funeral. After everything is done at the funeral home and cemetery, she tells her closest friend that "there is absolutely nothing left from the $30,000."
The friend asks, "How can that be?"
The widow says, "Well, the funeral cost was $6,500. And of course I made a donation to the church --that was $500, and I spent another $500 for the wake, food and drinks --you know. The rest went for the memorial stone".
The friend says, "$22,500 for the memorial stone? Oh big is it?"
The widow says, "Four and a half carats."

Tue 23 May 2006, 11:12 PM by Jay Kastner
After 13 hours of surgery, he's out and doing well. Thanks everyone for keeping him in your thoughts...
Tue 23 May 2006, 12:03 AM by Jay Kastner
Pet Shop Boys: "Minimal [Lobe Remix]"
Richard Ashcroft: "Music Is Power"
Mon 22 May 2006, 11:51 PM by Jay Kastner
Please take a moment tomorrow to say a prayer, chant, make an offering, cross your fingers...whatever you do...for my good friend Emily's brother, Stephen. He's undergoing open-heart surgery. The doctors have gotten pretty damn good at this stuff, but it's still serious business. Thanks.
Mon 22 May 2006, 11:17 PM by Jay Kastner
...sent me this pic today. Why did I post it here? Because it's more proof that people from Texass are crazy. As if our president wasn't enough. Anyway, some additional info about Chris:
- He's looking for a soulmate.
- He enjoys long walks on the beach, hand puppets and ballroom dancing.
- He does graphic design to pay the bills, but deep down he's a supa-star artist.
- He's a luva, not a fighta.
- He frequents Star Wars conventions, but doesn't "get crazy" and dress up.
- He attends church three times a week.
- He loves squirrels, but not raccoons.
- You may want lots of children, but he wants more.
- He's not afraid of computers...they're afraid of him.
- Your not the boss of him.
- He likes Coldplay, and he's not gay (evidently that's possible).
- If you talk smack about Bob Ross, he will kick your ass.
- He's a winner, except when it comes to golf.
- He agrees that Vanilla Coke is fuckin' 'ell.
- He knows more about movies that haven't been released yet than you do about your favorite movie.
- You can contact Chris at c132kast(at)
Sun 21 May 2006, 11:04 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 21 May 2006, 11:01 PM by Jay Kastner
Sun 21 May 2006, 04:01 PM by Jay Kastner
Or maybe that should read "Tuesday night". Anyway, a group of us from work plays tennis each week at that time. On this particular occasion, one person (Yvette) had decided to donate blood the morning before. Now you are supposed to avoid physical activity for 24 hours afterwards (which she was advised of). But she felt fine, wanted to play, and did so --for about 30 minutes. Then she stopped. And almost fainted. And then almost fainted again. And then finally did faint, right next to a grill (the permanent kind like you find at a park). Unfortunately we were not close enough to do anything, and her chin and arm hit the grill pretty hard. There was blood. Between the grill hit, plus how she hit the ground, we thought her arm might be broken. It certainly looked like she would need stitches for the chin cut. But it gets better. As I scrambled around for bandages, food (to get her blood sugar back up), etc., she fainted again and had a convulsion. This pretty much freaked us out, so we got her into a car and drove to a nearby urgent care facility. Wrong. They told us anyone that has passed out must go to the ER. Grr. Luckily there's one about ten minutes away. So we got there, checked her in, and waited. And waited. And waited. I had called Erin (she lives ~5 minutes away from the hospital) and we didn't end up leaving until 1:00 AM. Another person from the group left at 3:00 AM. Yvette wasn't finished until 6:00 AM (she was fine, no broken arm, no stitches). In order to pass the time, I decided to give nicknames to some of the "characters" we saw in the ER. There was "Meth girl" who looked fine other than needing a hit (sorry, no pic). There was "Irate grandma" who nearly had security called on her --because she "had rights" as the grandma to get past security and see her grandchild. There was "Butt-crack guy" who had a kidney stone, which made him alternate between standing and sitting every-other-minute. And since he had baggy jeans and no t-shirt...yeah. Plenty more to mention, but I will instead leaving you with a short video I created with Adobe ImageReady. Btw, is this my longest blog post ever???
Sun 21 May 2006, 03:33 PM by Jay Kastner to a real person right away.
Sat 20 May 2006, 11:32 PM by Jay Kastner
Anything and everything L’Occitane en Provence.
Bolthouse Farms mango lemonade.
Old pictures.
Taking pictures with my phone.
Alone time.
Emily Haines.
Starting new books, but never finishing them.
Tuscan hummus and key lime pie from CPK.
Killing spiders.
Mango green tea from Teavana.
Cosmos and Star Trek repeats.
Talking about my obsessions.
Sat 20 May 2006, 06:44 PM by Jay Kastner
Sat 20 May 2006, 06:02 PM by Jay Kastner$file/toyo.jpg

1. OK. I understand you're proud to be from country X (I think Brazil). Times that's hardcore. And you kept it nice and symmetrical --I bet a ruler was involved!
2. "Bronx bomber" on a Camry? Camrys say 'I don't want any trouble' to me. Doesn't "Bronx bomber" belong on a truck, about two font sizes smaller?
3. The gold license plate frame --a real touch of class. But I'm confused now! Bronx bomber street cred...uptown dollaz...Bronx bomber street cred...uptown dollaz. The room's spinning. I need to lay down now.
4. Wow, after-market tail lights. I bet that was expensive...but so necessary (and so worth it).
5. I believe there was lettering on the back window too. No idea what it said, but it must have been very important.
6. Wheels: I'm not saying anything more.

Sat 20 May 2006, 05:46 PM by Jay Kastner
This week's cartoon is quite good. I also saw this pic and had to steal a copy...

See also:

Sat 20 May 2006, 05:36 PM by Jay Kastner
The album was released 1997-10-21, so you know this was written well before that. Yet it's probably a better read now, given the current state of the world...
Thu 18 May 2006, 12:25 PM by Jay Kastner
OMG, I blogged today!!! Not really. I stole this from our internal (work) blog. And it's geek stuff too:
Sun 14 May 2006, 02:33 PM by Jay Kastner
Ministry: "Rio Grande Blood", from the new album of the same name. Good stuff.
Depeche Mode: "Home (Jedi Knights Remix, Drowning In Time)"
Fri 12 May 2006, 08:18 PM by Jay Kastner
Post a response with your score. I only missed one. Don't cheat!!!
Thu 11 May 2006, 10:17 PM by Jay Kastner
In response to this response:
Are you sure that's a good idea?
What's with the "scared-straight" moniker?
Must you be mean? That's my job.
It was all a lie. There's actually no record of my existence before 1997. Money can do wonderful things.
Thu 11 May 2006, 12:35 AM by Jay Kastner
Canterbury, England. Circa July 1994. The sign says it all. Dig the Docs.$file/all_saints.jpg
Tue 9 May 2006, 11:32 PM by Jay Kastner
"There's another girl in tha dopeman's life,
not quite a bitch but far from a wife.
Shes called strawberry and everybody know,
strawberry strawberry iz tha neighborhood hoe."
Tue 9 May 2006, 02:26 PM by Jay Kastner
...oblivious to the comment I made about him yesterday. That's funny.
Tue 9 May 2006, 02:24 PM by Jay Kastner
...from about 4:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT. Sorries. There's a new IP address for the site. If you couldn't visit the site for more than that time period, blame your service provider's DNS server.
Mon 8 May 2006, 11:20 PM by Jay Kastner
1. Walk into Barnes And Noble...
2. pick up the neat-o, 3-D 1000th issue of ROLLING STONE ($5.95).
3. See latest issue of UNCUT with Morrissey on the cover. Decide the pictures plus bonus CD make it worth $8.95.
4. Notice MOJO Classic with The Smiths on the cover. See $12.50 price. Stare at $12.50 price. Tell everyone around you that the music and magazine industries are going to make you bankrupt.
5. Think: well, I could be like Em and buy Broccoli Spears crap or Faisal buying Nsync crap.
6. Proceed to cash register.
$5.95 + $8.95 + $12.50 + $1.78 (tax) = 29.18
Mon 8 May 2006, 05:55 PM by Jay Kastner
"Gangsta, Gangsta,
that's what they're yellin.
It's not about a salary,
it's all about reality."
Sun 7 May 2006, 05:48 PM by Jay Kastner
Heavy Rock: "(I Just Want To Be A) Drummer"
Morrissey: "Human Being" (New York Dolls Cover)
Sat 6 May 2006, 04:07 PM by Jay Kastner
I quite like these pics, taken yesterday. Just a different perspective...
1 | 2
Sat 6 May 2006, 02:16 PM by Jay Kastner
Be sure to check out the "Ricky Bobbyhead":
Thu 4 May 2006, 09:57 PM by Jay Kastner
Faisal is selling one of his TV's. He's also obsessed with my blog. Since a) I feel sorry for him and b) the e-mail he received from one potential buyer is pretty funny, I'm going to post it here.
Wed 3 May 2006, 10:54 PM by Jay Kastner
"On my last album, I had a song called 'God In The Numbers' and it was a kind a fantasy about the day when the most beautiful coded number was found, which unlocked the sort of twelfth dimension and gave us a complete insight into the history of the universe. And I believe that that number will be so all encompassing, that the guy or the woman who finds it will find a god immediately. That was my idea within that song, that at one point science and religion will probably come together in this number, in this point where we finally realize the complexity and the absolute miracle of nature and the universe."
-Richard Ashcroft (formerly of The Verve)
Wed 3 May 2006, 10:45 PM by Jay Kastner
You already know that God hates me, so I went with the sarcasm instead...
Mon 1 May 2006, 10:45 PM by Jay Kastner
"An as yet unnamed soldier killed by a roadside bomb near Baghdad on Saturday was the 2,400th American to die in uniform in Iraq, all but 140 of them since Bush declared "major combat" over on May 1, 2003. Nearly 17,500 have been wounded."