-thoughts and ideas

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Trapping and Programming

There's so little in common with those two professions. I don't know why I pursue either. I've got so little to do with either of them. But still for some reason I find myself steeped in one or the other. Hunting and gathering my seem like a more viable option considering the climate in Florida, but air-conditioning makes the one seem like the other's not so bad after all.

Tom Waits' New Album

Check out Tom Waits' new one called "Orphans: Bawlers, Brawlers, and Bastards"

Wow talk about back porch music. It'd probably work all right on the front porch too. I might not try it in the car. Great stuff: raw, witty, dirty, city, country, 20th Century, fox and the hound dog kind of music, poetry, and prose.

Whatever it is, it's worth checking out. Give it a listen, give the whole thing a listen.

Kudos Blockbuster

I just recently returned from blockbuster with two movies in my hand. I did not pay for them. That's right, I walked up to the counter and laid my coupons down and walked right out. Of course after scanning my card and asking for my phone number...why do they always ask for my phone number? Anyway, we're subscribers to Blockbuster online. For the most part I let my girlfriend handle all that business since I'm really not up and up on the movies thing. Anyway I just got the gist of it the other day:
  1. Go to Blockbuster online
  2. Then you search for movies (they even had "Ghengis Blues")
  3. Then they mail them to you
  4. Watch them
  5. Return them via the US Postal Service.
Okay, that's wonderful, really it is. But I recently found out that there's an alternate option to #5. You can also just stop by your local Blockbuster store and use the sealed envelope to get another movie free! That's incredibly awesome! Why? Because Blockbuster stores are practically worthless if you're into foreign or non-pop movies. But online you have a great selection. Soooo, now
  1. Go online
  2. Get hard to finds
  3. Watch them and return to store
  4. Pick up "New Release" that you want to see
That's cool. Just thought I'd share.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Engineering versus Philosophy

I find myself being interested in too many things. I don't have enough time to devote to so many interests. At times I end up asking myself: "what the point of this particular interest is?" So often I find that I do actually know. I know that there isn't much point and I get frustrated, even angry at myself for all the time I seem to have wasted. It can be likened to a fishing lure. I see something shiny, or a single appealing attribute, and then next thing you know I'm hooked and begin the long struggle to avoid being "hauled in".