Archive | February, 2010

Doing something stupid on-line

26 Feb

Hah! This is the kind of stupid thing I worry about.

A sociology professor is suspended for a FaceBook wisecrack.

I am sure I would screw up “discreet” versus “discrete” too.


Sour Mood

25 Feb

I’m in a pensive mood. Maybe I’m just tired-I don’t know. I’m also somewhat anxious/paranoid. Things are going too well tonight. Usually when I’m on-call I am constantly being paged and cannot get, well pretty much not get anything done. Just got my first page of the evening. I hope a light evening doesn’t portend a busy post midnight.

About my mood, when I’m like this the slightest thing can set me off. Not that I get mad or angry, I just all of a sudden become blue as in disposition not skin tone. I said something tonight that was misunderstood. It was clear it up right away, but it still bothers me. Interestingly I’m able to compartmentalize a great many events in my life. This past fall when one friend died, another was having cancer surgery and a third told me he is HIV positive, I was able to exclude them from my thoughts and perform my job. Not that I totally removed them, but just temporarily buried them. The emotions associated with these events were still there but I was able to control them. People were depending on me and if I couldn’t do my job they would be the ones who were hurt. The emotions aren’t gone and they can be brought to the surface by the slightest of triggers. That appears to be what happened tonight.

A while back an incident occurred, a misinterpretation of the events from my perspective. From the other person’s perspective it is different. I don’t understand that person’s perspective but it certainly cannot be the same as mine otherwise I would not be writing this down. I have had time to think about the event. Initially I blamed myself but in retrospect it is really more about the other person than about me. Even though it is over, I surprise myself tonight by the anger I felt. I was treated unfairly; not allowed to present my side of the issue. It was certainly within that person’s prerogative to behave that way. I was very upset at the time but what angers me now are the subsequent events. I made myself a promise that no matter what else that person did, I would not say anything negative about them. I wish that person had made the same promise. (This is pushing the limit so I’m going to stop.)

I’m look forward to this one

23 Feb

I knew there was a reason I liked Texas – see 12

23 Feb

“15 Things You Should Know About Breasts”

15 breast facts

DOH! (maybe I should number this as DOH! 1.0)

21 Feb

This morning I did something that reminded me of one of my favorite science fiction writers, Isaac Asimov, author of the I Robot and Foundation series. Asimov reportedly had one of the highest IQs ever recorded. He had published works in nine of the 10 categories in the Dewey decimal system with the exception being philosophy. According to Wikipedia he originated the term spome, as in “There’s No Place Like Spome.” As I recall, he also originated the word robotics.

Years ago I read a series of short vignettes written by Isaac Asimov, which if written today would probably appear on his blog. One story, which I cannot find at the moment even though I distinctly recall it was about his car not starting. (I wonder if I have confabulation this from several different episodes into a single one. I did that with the books “A Separate Peace” and “Catcher in the Rye”.)

Anyways, as the story goes in my mind, Isaac Asimov as one of the smartest persons living cannot get his car to start. Even though he is “one of the smartest” he has no mechanical inclination and has to call his brother Stanley over to help him with his car. Stanley arrives, I believe it’s a Saturday morning, and spends all morning and a good part of the early afternoon working on the car. At the end, Stanley is covered with dirt and grease but has the car running. At this point Stanley says to his brother, “You know, for someone who’s as smart as you, you would think you would at least belong to an auto club.” At which point Issac says, “Oh I do, I belong to the AAA” and pulls out his card.

The moral being that even smart people do dumb things. Which brings me back to why I thought of this. One should always put in their contact lenses before chopping up jalapeño peppers and not afterwards.

More Information on Asimov: asimovonlin

Survived By His Wife

21 Feb

An old Alan King stand up comedy – Survived By His Wife

I need more cowbells!

19 Feb

“More cowbell” Originally arose from a Saturday Night Live comedy sketch featuring Christopher Walken, Will Ferrell and the Blue Oyster Cult. I’m not sure it has a precise meaning. I have downloaded an Apple iPhone app cowbell which I can use during meetings where a particularly boring , laborious or useless point is being made. (And I wonder why I’m not the most popular guy with administrators.)

In this sense I am using it in that I need more stuff for my blog. Supposedly I now have a co-blogger but I have yet to see him do anything. So I’m opening up the comments section for, wait for it, comments! So please state what you would like me to cover or not cover or just add your own random thoughts – humor appreciated. I know there is a at least 10 if you, other than myself, who have actually looked at this blog. There is one fellow from United Kingdom – Sutton In Ashfield (Nottinghamshire) who I believe is a mathematician. If you wanted to talk about mathematical theorems, please say so. I may need a little help it’s been a couple of decades since I have routinely done them; and we all know how exciting they can be.

If you want me to attempt more poetry, etc. say so. If you like my photos and want more or you think they suck and want less indicate that too. (Stupid voice recognition software. Hey – how about correcting my grammar and spelling? I can handle that for awhile, then I will tell you to F off.)

Thanks – now comment dammit

P.S. Surprisingly, finding a decent link to the original cowbells sketch was quite difficult due to its overwhelming popularity and multiple imitations. The current link only kind of sucks