Posts from — August 2005
Steve Schlissel’s got a blog! There’s no rss feed, so I’ve added a link.
August 31, 2005 No Comments
Someone keeps searching for my name (first and last, with quotes) from daimlerchrysler.com on german google. Kind of weird.
August 29, 2005 1 Comment
His father was a drinker
And his mother cried in bed
Folding John Wayne’s t-shirts
When the swingset hit his head
The neighbors they adored him
For his humor and his conversation
Look underneath the house there
Find the few living things
Rotting fast, in their sleep
Oh the dead
Even more, they were boys
With their cars, summer jobs
Oh my god
Are you one of them
He dressed up like a clown for them
With his face paint white and red
And on his best behavior
In a dark room on the bed he kissed them all
He’d kill ten thousand people
With a sleight of his hand
Running far, running fast to the dead
He took off all their clothes for them
He put a cloth on their lips
Quiet hands, quiet kiss
On the mouth
And in my best behavior
I am really just like him
Look beneath the floor boards
For the secrets I have hid
August 29, 2005 No Comments
Okay… so this past week I’ve had a crazy car adventure. It actually begins some time back, i don’t even remember how far.
For a long time my car has been having issues starting. I would turn the key, and it would just *click*. It sounded like the battery was dead. I didn’t know what it was, but if I turned the key a few more times, it would start up. After a couple weeks of this, a friend came over andtested the battery, cleaned up the terminals and connections, and all that… and the problem continued. We decided the starter was slowly dying.
Fast forward several months, and the problem has gotten worse. Sometimes I try for several minutes before the car starts.
Which brings us up to Tuesday afternoon. I went to collect some pond water, a mile or two from my office. I got my water, got back in my car, and *click*. And I sat there trying to start my car for 40 minutes before I gave up. I walked back to my office, and called Megan to come and get me. She did. (It was a good excuse to eat out. We went to Firehouse Subs. Mmm.)
The next day (Thursday) I took the van to work, and on my way in, I stopped at the car. I tried to start it. It started. I drove it to my work parking lot… so I’d know it was close by. Then I walked back and got the van. That evening, when I was leaving, I tried starting the car. Didn’t work.
Next day I took the van to work. When I was leaving I gave the car a try. It started! Nevermind that it had less than a quarter tank of gas left… I was not about to let this opportunity to get it home pass me by. So I did just that. Got home on a bone dry tank, but that’s okay. The problem now is that I didn’t have a functional car. The van was still at work. Now, this might not be a big problem for many people, but I drive 55 miles to work.
I called around and eventually found a friend to drive me in to get my van. (a real friend, unlike Davis. Just kidding, I didn’t even ask the dubD). So we drove out, and got the van. I got home at about 10:30pm.
I spoke with a friend that knows about cars, and asked if he could help me replace the starter. He said he definitely could, but not this weekend because he’s preaching and needed to prepare. No problem, I said. Today, around noon, he called and said he could do it. I went out and bought the part. He came over at 4:30, and we got to work. 5:45, we finished the job. The car started with only a slight stutter due to lack of gasoline. I turned the car on and off five or six times, just to make sure. Started every time. Yes!
And I had black grimy grease all up my arm. Like a real mechanic!! Now I feel confident saying I know one bit about cars. Halfway there!
August 27, 2005 2 Comments
Psalms 125:4-5 Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.
Good? Upright in heart? Ahh! Works righteousness!!
August 27, 2005 No Comments
I installed Konfabulator last week or so, and I’m enjoying it. What it does is install little widgets on our desktop that are just there. It’s the same functionality that was put into OS X Tiger. The widgets do all sorts of things, from really helpful to just funny. Right now, I’ve got the weather, a calendar, a guage for free hard drive space, indicators for my CPU and memory usage, a To-Do list, a picture slideshow, and the moon. So, like I said, from useful to just plain fun. Check it out.
August 27, 2005 No Comments
I can’t take the time to give a proper introduction, but there’s a good discussion going on over at This Classical Life.
August 26, 2005 No Comments
I am in the system…status: processing
August 26, 2005 2 Comments
I’ve set up a podcast for Providence sermons.
I’m still testing it out, so it isn’t listed in the directory of iTunes, but you can subscribe to it in iTunes. Just go to the ‘Advanced’ menu, and select ‘Subscribe to Podcast’, and paste in the feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/providencekirk
August 26, 2005 No Comments
Last night we decided to watch a movie, and Megan was in the mood for a romantic girlyish movie, so I chose Wedding Date.
It was entertaining, and had a few good laughs. There are some really nice jewels buried in the film, like we all have our issues, and we need to deal with them, and we deal with them by confessing them. Also forthrightness being far superior to sneaking and being tricky, or being overly afraid of offending anyone, or doing something unexpected.
In these ways, it reminded me a lot of An Ideal Husband, but only a less intelligent, less mature, modern telling.
There was one seen where a couple sleep together. We fast forwarded it, and it wasn’t too bad. Worse than that, you see a guy’s backside as he steps into the shower.
There’s also one scene in particular that’s pretty crude, and small sex jokes pop up here and there (from one character in particular… a rather unappealing character).
Anyhow… I’m still working on my scale for rating movies. Presently, I’m going with a ten star scale, and I give this 6 stars. I’d recommend An Ideal Husband instead of it (which, going from memory, I’d give 8 stars).
August 23, 2005 No Comments
I’ve noticed several bloggers lately stating that they don’t want any part of anything on their blog to be quoted anywhere else without their express permission. Is that allowed? What right do they have to make such a claim? I mean, yeah, it’s their words… but even people that are paid for their words aren’t allowed to make that kind limitations on them.
I mean, come on, this is the world wide web. Why are you posting on it if you don’t want anyone to comment on what you have to say?
Or maybe it’s just that they want to know when and where people are commenting about what they’ve said. Well, I’ll grant that all bloggers are interested in that. We always want to know who is talking about what we’ve said, and all that. But… is it really allowed to say that nobody can talk about it without your permission?
I mean… I’m practically breaking the rules now, aren’t I? I can squeak through the loophole that I haven’t mentioned any names (even though that hasn’t stopped people from being offended in the past).
And, for the record, I know that I’m legally in the clear. But are we really bound by social consideration to obey these requests? Would it be bad manners for me to quote someone that requested I gain permission before quoting them?
August 23, 2005 6 Comments
August 23, 2005 3 Comments