Half the population, one percent of wealth...

Mon 27 Nov 2006, 11:19 PM by Jay Kastner
1. Do you think Emily will try to send me polonium 210 in the mail?
2. What do you guys think about a Moz-the-cat webcam? Most of the time he's either sleeping, resting or sleeping.
3. How sad is it that I go to bed before midnight now, just to go into work earlier? I fear the stay-up-all-night-Jay is gone for good.

And since I still don't have all of the Bloomington photos ready, I'll offer this one for now (courtesy of Emily, and which might be the coolest photo involving me ever).

Sun 26 Nov 2006, 21:35 by Jay Kastner
Metric: "Empty"
Cornershop: "Music Plus 1"
Sun 26 Nov 2006, 02:06 PM by Jay Kastner
I'll have some sort of post regarding my Bloomington trip soon enough. Until then...

"Yet for all of her accomplishments, the thing about Miller that draws the most attention from those around her is her beard."

"The analysis, based on data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, indicates that the industry slacked off supplying oil and gasoline during the prolonged price boom between early 1999 and last summer, when prices began to fall."

"The suspected militia killers often have used electric drills on their captives' bodies before killing them. The bodies are frequently decapitated."

"We've collected answers to every important (Windows) Vista question we could think of, and we'll continue to update this FAQ with more details as Vista rolls out."

I know some of you are sick of me ranting about Goowy, but I really like it. Free. Useful. Fast. Check it out:

Sun 19 Nov 2006, 18:05 by Jay Kastner
I <3 South Park. The "Chickenlover" episode from season two was recently re-aired, and strangely, Officer Barbrady's "Swing set" song is nowhere to be found online. Until now. Enjoy...
Sun 19 Nov 2006, 14:07 by Jay Kastner
This is just an initial test. The picture updates every 30 minutes. Interesting? Useful? Boring? Stupid? Let me know...
Sun 19 Nov 2006, 10:49 by Jay Kastner
The Album Leaf: "Malmo"
Mogwai: "Punk Rock"
Fri 17 Nov 2006, 15:49 by Jay Kastner
I expect all of you to read and memorize this article. There will be a brief 10 question quiz Monday morning. That includes you Em. Perfect scores get you a gold star.
Wed 15 Nov 2006, 23:57 by Jay Kastner
This is my page at Yourminis.com:
Wed 15 Nov 2006, 23:29 by Jay Kastner
Wed 15 Nov 2006, 10:19 PM by Jay Kastner
...Good Housekeeping magazine has a fantastic article on hand mixers. The title is "One Tough Cookie"...that's so funny! Whatever. How do I know this? Em, spends all of her free time there. Probably preping for my arrival next week. Yes people, you heard that right, I'll be in Bloomington for Thanksgiving. Em and I are having a veggie-friendly, non-turkey themed version of TG. This visit will also include a trip to Evansville to see our childhood stomping grounds. Public vote: should I leave Em there so she can properly reflect on those obnoxiously precocious years?
Wed 15 Nov 2006, 20:25 by Jay Kastner
Yeah, all of the web sites were down today from about 7:45 AM to 7:45 PM EDT. Sorries. Blame Brighthouse...
Mon 13 Nov 2006, 23:25 by Jay Kastner
OK, maybe not. Or right after I've eaten all of the Snickers bars...
Sun 12 Nov 2006, 00:36 by Jay Kastner
Gay Dad: "Different Kind of Blue"
My Bloody Valentine: "Slow"
Sat 11 Nov 2006, 16:44 by Jay Kastner
I was flipping through a christmas catalog and noticed a trend in these pics. Can you see it? What's the solution?
Pic 1 | Pic 2 | Pic 3 | Pic 4
Sat 11 Nov 2006, 12:31 PM by Jay Kastner
You can go directly to this site by using the address http://jay.kastnerfamily.net
Fri 10 Nov 2006, 06:21 PM by Jay Kastner
Fri 10 Nov 2006, 12:42 by Jay Kastner
I've enjoyed my job so far today. Got in early for a group technical discussion. Then had a long phone plus NetMeeting meeting (that word combo sounds strange doesn't it?) with colleagues in Germany and Sweden, to discuss the transition of one of our app platforms. Good thing I wasn't leading that...it got a little ugly. Next it was on to an impromptu deskside meeting with a manager from one of the GG's (global groups). She was very nice and seemed to appreciate that I was actually listening to her. I'm at lunch now (Em, guess where) which will be followed by my PDP (planning what I'll be doing this year). Maybe I'll leave early today...I've certainly got the hours for it. And maybe I'll steal Erin's new speakers and sell them on E-bay.
Fri 10 Nov 2006, 12:39 by Jay Kastner
Nice title, though I can't take credit. Regina Lynn's articles are usually pretty good. Check out this one...
Thu 9 Nov 2006, 14:03 by Jay Kastner
...with the election results. It's certainly better than what we had before. Looks like a certain percentage of the population finally woke-up. The US returns to a system of checks 'n' balances. Know that I did my part to make Katherine Harris jobless. I'll also publicly berate those who didn't vote (ahem, Emily)...
Thu 9 Nov 2006, 13:39 by Jay Kastner
For those of you that don't already know, I started a new job last week. It's still within Siemens PG, and ironically, I would now be in a different company if I hadn't made that change (my previous group was being outsourced to a separate Siemens company). Previously, I spent my days (and nights) in break/fix/implement mode. Now I am working with new people, thinking with a far more "global" orientation, and reviewing versus doing. Some people (ahem, Erin) like to tease me by saying I just do PowerPoint and Excel presentation now. Maybe she's jealous. Or maybe she's jealous (yes, that repeat was intended). I'd like to tell you that my stress level has decreased, but that will come later. Right now I am struggling to ramp-up, learn new processes and feel out interpersonal points. And let's not forget that I've gone from "owning" certain technical areas to being the "new guy". :)
Sun 5 Nov 2006, 18:44 by Jay Kastner
Magnapop: "My Best Friend"
Felix Da Housecat: "Watching Cars Go By [Cyberwhore]"
Fri 3 Nov 2006, 00:25 by Jay Kastner
I have a really long post written up about this. From several months ago. Maybe I'll post it. Maybe I won't. Do you really want to read about me being sad and depressed? Probably not.
Wed 1 Nov 2006, 23:47 by Jay Kastner
Annie sent me this...

Tomorrow is the official Slap Your Irritating Co-workers Holiday : Do you have a co-worker who talks nonstop about nothing, working your last nerve with tedious and boring details that you don't give a damn about? Do you have a co-worker who ALWAYS screws up stuff creating MORE work for you? Do you have a co-worker who kisses so much booty, you can look in their mouth and see what your boss had for lunch? Do you have a co-worker who is SOOO obnoxious, when he/she enters a room, everyone else clears it? Well, on behalf of Ike Turner, I am so very very glad to officially announce tomorrow as SLAP YOUR IRRITATING CO-WORKER DAY! There are the rules you must follow:
* You can only slap one person per hour - no more.
* You can slap the same person again if they irritate you again in the same day.
* You are allowed to hold someone down as other co-workers take their turns slapping the irritant.
* No weapons are allowed...other than going upside somebody's head with a stapler or a hole-puncher.
* CURSING IS MANDATORY! After you have slapped the recipient, your "assault" must be followed with something like "cause I'm sick of your stupid-a$$ always messing up stuff!"
* If questioned by a supervisor or police, if the supervisor is the irritant], you are allowed to LIE, LIE, LIE! Now, study the rules, break out your list of folks that you want to slap the living day lights out of and get to slapping.....and have a great day

Wed 1 Nov 2006, 23:46 by Jay Kastner
When you come into work and see a helicopter land outside your window. Carrying the local power company's president. Something's going on. And what a tough decision: the limo...or the helicopter...the limo...
Wed 1 Nov 2006, 17:14 by Jay Kastner
The Decemberists: "When the War Came"
The Decemberists: "The Crane Wife, Parts 1 And 2"
Morrissey: "Boxers [Extended]"