Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Wassup Baby

I'm babysitting today. I picked up my niece last nightand am trying to be a good uncle and take care of her.

I can barely type this post cause she's trying to crawl over the keyboard now.

I don't know how you parents do it.

It's not that's complicated. It's just that it's constant. The baby needs attention like the whole time it's awake. Now everything I do has the extra effort of taking stuff out of the babies hand or mouth.

If you turn your head for like two seconds she'll make a beeline for the nearest sharpest object.

When you hear about kids hurting themselves at home while the parents are there and think wow those people must be messed up. I feel their pain now. It's impossible to watch the baby 24 hours a day and have any kind of life.

And I thought my dog was needy.

Okay... time out. She's screaming now.
(wait five minutes)

Okay she's going to sleep. My house is quiet again. I almost forgot how silent it usually is around here. Ahhh. Peace and quiet... at least until it wakes up again. Take care.

How about some pictures.

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(all pictures courtesy of Flickr)

Some Bad News

Bad news gathering happens a lot nowadays. Everybody wants ratings so bad that they're willing to post questionable stories from questionable sources just to make a buck. They don't care if they have to destroy people's lives in the meantime. Like in the Michael Vick story. Some of the stuff they're printing about is bordering slander and defamation.

I opened Yahoo this morning and on the featured news page the headline went, "Michael Vick not grasping seriousness of situation." I thought wow did Vick finally have a press conference? Or did he talk to some reporter? After I clicked that teaser, a subtitle said, Does Vick get it? The seriousness of Michael Vick's situation eludes the Falcons QB, according to an insider." Now I get it. All I needed to hear was the last four words. It's probably all bull shmit. story

The reporter goes on to say that the if Vick is seen as not taking this seriously that it could affect the way the public opinion sways in this case. And if he eventually has to sit in front of a jury, this can seriously affect his case.

Then why the hell are you writing a story based on what some person who claims to be tight with him said?!

People don't see the "according to an insider" part. All they see is the headline. Now everyone is going to be saying Vick doesn't care.

The prophecy has become self-fulfilling.

So what's going to happen? Michael Vick is going to release a statement saying that he does care and that he understands the gravity of the situation. But no one's going to believe him. They're going to think it's just some line his lawyer thought he should say. The damage has already been done.

And it's all because some snot-nosed idiot reporter couldn't keep his damn mouth shut. I'm so glad I don't have to deal with the press. Good luck Mike!

On to LiLo. The other day they said she had cocaine on her when she got busted for DUI. Now they're taking it back. Whoops! We're sorry. My bad. But the damage has already been done. By saying what they said they damaged her reputation. And knowing that her name would be thrown in the mud you think they'd double check what they're about to print.

But they don't. Cause THEY DON'T CARE. If her name gets torn to shreds and her life and career goes into a tailspin based on what they print, it'll just make them MORE MONEY! They'll sell more papers and more ad time reporting on her failure. What a shame. story

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The System

When I used to work at the Smokey Bones restaurant I noticed extra food would show up in the window. Maybe someone misread a ticket. Or accidentally rang in too much. But every so often there would be a plate of food with no ticket and nowhere to go.

The managers just told us to throw it away. But when you're in the middle of a double shift, you get really tempted to just eat it.

But where would I take the food? How do I eat it without getting caught? So I just threw the dead(extra) food away. And this went on for a few months. Until...

Until a fateful day when I was really hungry and a full slab of baby-back ribs was in the window with no ticket. It looked so good and I was told to throw it away. Pissed off, I started heading for the garbage, then a server tapped me and said, "lets eat it!"
"Just watch."

He went to the kitchen guys and told them the order was supposed to be to-go. They then pack it up and give it to the take-out girls. The server goes to the take-out and says he'll take care of it. We went back to dry storage and pigged out. For some reason, knowing that we beat the restaurant made it taste even better.

After that day I never went hungry again at work.

The system that was set up got even better. After a while it got to the point where we could eat whatever we wanted whenever we wanted. And all because we set up a process of turning worthless food into good eating.

What's the point?

There are a lot of processes going on that are making people's lives easier and better.

If I gave you a stolen Picasso worth 50million dollars it would probably do you no good. Because you have no way of turning it into actual money. Who are you going to sell it to? It would be absolutely worthless unless you were connected to the criminal underground that could move it for you.

Think about some applications of what I'm talking about. I'll add more later.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

All Alone

I'm offline! My sister and brother-in-law moved out and took everything with them. The furniture, the food, and the... (getting teary-eyed) plasma tv. The 42inches of salvation is gone. With the cable and internet service.

So it's just me here. And the old rickety organ they left.

The internet comes on every once in a while from a phantom signal I'm picking up from the wireless modem.

So I might be out of commission if I can't get on.