December 2005 Archives

Silly Dawgs

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So, the dogs are having their first visit over to the new house. They are adorably stupid - they spent the first half hour over exploring the house, then after forgetting everything they had previously found, exploring it all over again.

Then they would not sit still for about an hour - just when it seemed like they might settle down, they would start chasing their tails before going exploring again.

They seem to be okay now - they have figured out that the couch is a couch, and that they can sit on it, and they know where the water bowl is. Right now Pumpkin is laying on the bed looking at me while Kitsune is lying on the floor just in front of him, also staring at me like an idiot.

The biggest excitement tonight was when my daughter came over to borrow my car to remove some stuff from her ex-boyfriends house. She got the tour and saw the Roomba my parents got me for christmas. Of course, it had to be turned on...the dogs had neve seen it before and went nuts. Pumpkin is, of course, afaid of it, while Kitsune is pissed off at it and won't stop barking. I'm suire that given time they will all become fast friends and the dogs will probably learn how to punch the button that turns it on so that they can play with it when I am gone.

Dogs are not here permanently yet - they are visiting for the weekend since my ex is going to be gone. It's nice to have them around though.

Forget about

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Dogs that adopt kittens and stuff like that.

This is the cutest thing ever.

Musical Freedom

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Recently I have been enjoying my musical freedom - the ability to listen to whatever I want to, whenever I want to, and not have anybody complain about it. No hearing about how my music is crap, or protests that the music must be changed immediately or anything like that. Of course in the past I have been just of guilty of doing that, except that when I declare something to be crap or unlistenable, it's always true (I kid...but not really).

Anyway, this has allowed to me listen to lots of extremely precious "twee" music. For example, The Ditty Bops, who remind me a little of a twang-ier, occasionally bluegrassy "Belle & Sebastian. "Wishful Thinking" is the kind of song I can put on repeat for an hour and not get tired of. Makes you think of summer, lemonade, and swimming holes.

New Favorite Band

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As of today I have a new favorite band, and after you listen to/watch their videos so will you! Dresden Dolls are sort of a punk-rock cabaret mixed with a little of the White Stripes (the less-annoying parts of the White Stripes).

Favorite video: Coin-Operated Boy

Second Favorite Video: Girl Anachronism

The links are Quicktime, and point to the lo-res versions. They have high-res videos on their site that a huge, but more gorgeous.

America's Funniest Coincidences

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Thinking about the single mom connection reminded me of another strange intersection in my marriages. At the end of each, my spouse enjoyed watching "America's Funniest Home Videos" - a show that I don't care for, due the the whole schadenfraude aspect of it. When my most recent marriage began I mentioned this, which was met with general agreement, but over the years this agreement obviously lessened.

I wonder if that is the root of my maritial difficulties - an inability to appreciate a football in the groin.

Adventures in Television Part 5

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Ah...I am weak. After having buiilding my own PVR as my big project for the last year, I have given myself over to the darkside. I signed up for Adelphia cable, including their Moxie-based DVR/setop box. There are a ton of things I don't like about it (like the tiny hard disk - 7 hours of HD content fills it up!?!?) but it's easy, and it reduces the complexity, something I have been trying to make myself do lately. Instead of a computer, two external digitizers, two satellite boxes, and a stereo reciever I now just have the one box. It has also removed something like 16 cables from behind the television. Yes, the hard disk is tiny, yes the interface is occasionally irritating, nop, I cannot use it to play music and downloaded video from the internet, yes, it's not very geek-macho, but it's simple. I'm trying to learn to like simple.

I don't know what I am going to do with the hardware - I'm thinking that I will build Ash a computer of her own to have when/if she gets a place of her own.

How 21st Century!

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I am officially a Netizen today. Yes, yes, I have had a web site and my own domains since 1993, yes, it's true that I had a shell account even before that. It's true that I was a member of the first affiliate program ever offered, am a member of the EFF, and was a member of the Internet Society. But today I went farther than I ever thought possible.

My therapist is now reading my blog during our sessions and asking my questions about things that I have posted. Now, there are some interesting things there to probe certainly. For example, in my post on Gilmore Girls I specifically mentioned the hot single mom character. Now, I have only dated two single moms in my life, and I married both of them. Interesting, and we will no doubt get into that in the next session.

It also led to questions about why I write this thing. This was brought up because I found out yesterday that I have one more reader than I thought I did, leading my therapist to ask whether or not this person - we will call them "Reader A" (un-indicted, obviously) - was the intended audience for some of the posts. An interesting question, and one that I had not really thought about before.

Obviously before August that was not the case. At that time anything I needed to communicate I could just tell her, and most of the stuff that is on the blog was political, whether regular politics or net/digital rights related, or just general geeking out, like the DVR building series. Right around September though, when the posts began to get more personal, there was, I think some intention of writing for "Reader A". In my mind that stopped in October. What I am writing here now I am writing for myself for the most part, with some stuff just because it might be interesting to several friends spread across the country, or maybe my parents, who I don't call often enough, and who I suspect read this website on occasion (there was the package they sent about how to leave instructions in case I go into a coma that arrived shortly after my Terri Schiavo post months ago...).

So in summary, I don't feel like I am writing for anyone other than myself. I don't mind that anybody reads this - if did, I wouldn't be posting it in public like this. But there aren't any hidden meanings, agendas, or anything other than my working through things that are in my head by writing about them, which I've discovered is helpful to me. I guess it's even more helpful to me now that my therapist is able to go through the things that I write and quiz me on them. I know there have been books written by psychologists attempting to analyze historical figures from their memoirs and letters, but it's kind of strange though to have it happen to me, while I'm still alive and able to answer questions...

The End of the Experiment

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Well, I am officially calling off the documentation of the anti-depressents. I'm still going to be taking them, since they seem to be helping, or at least not hurting anything - there is just nothing interesting to write about them. I feel perfectly normal, I occasionally feel sad, frustrated or bored, and I occasionally feel excited, happy, and so on.

So, no reason to write about that any more. Although I may write something in a few months when I stop taking them, just in case the withdrawal is interesting.

Chris Eigeman!

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So...Gilmore Girls just keeps delivering. Not only is Adam Brody (see my obession with "The O.C.") in the third season (the season before his breakout first season of "The O.C.".). but, while watching the fourth season I find out that Chis Eigeman (you know, from Meteropolitan and Barcelona) is a major character...I LOVE HIM. He's like my fourth favorite person in the world. There was even a hologram reference (he was in the pilot for the American version of Red Dwarf). And Sebastian Bach is on the the show - how wierd is that?

Best...Show...Ever.

Ring Finger

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It has been 2 1/2 months since I stopped wearing my ring, but the band-mark on my finger is still really obvious. It's not a skin color/tan difference either - there is still an actual dent on my finger where the ring was.

I have no idea if this is normal or not, but it does make me wonder about the married men who take their rings off thinking that then no one will know they are married - the dent seems like it would be a dead give away to anyone who bothered to look. Although I guess if you took it off often enough there would be less than a full five years worth of dent.

I keep looking at it, like it's a scar that's healing, wondering how long it's going to be visible, after the pain/injury has already stopped, as a reminder to be more careful in the future.

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