qw gqrg
Jan 27, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

I’m looking to get solar panels this year or next.  I joined a listserv for people seeking to form co-ops in the district.  in other words, bulk-purchase many installations from the same company at a discount.


tmw go outside regardless .

tidy up.

I’m drinking tea and I’m sitting here.



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Jan 27, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

time to stop taking Nighttime Sleep-Aid (benadryl).

it raises dementia risk quite a lot.

then again sleeplessness probably also raises dementia risk.


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deflate is underrate
Jan 26, 2015 @ 10:41 pm

it’s monday night; we’re talking about deflategate. those who say it’s overblown have not done the research. the problem the patriots and the NFL both have is that deflating balls worked too well. the fumble stats bear it out.  it’s like if barry bonds hit 100 homeruns one year . it’s not subtle enough.  and they’ve evidently been doing it since 2007.  deflategate is underrated.  deflategate is the best thing that’s ever happened for these reasons:

  • the people who say it’s no big deal can’t do so without saying professional football is no big deal, and they don’t want to say that because millions of people spend billions of dollars on it
  • to say that the superbowl is no big deal is existentially correct but totally indefensible in most ways, it’s obviously a big deal if universal holidays are a big deal and if the world is a big deal and several days after the event articles are still being written ranking who won the ads
  • it’s forcing people to argue with themselves in public about uncomfortable things
  • it’s a seemingly small technical thing that is overshadowing the big spectacle
  • unlike steroids, nobody thought of it except the people who did it
  • it’s happening a week or two ahead of the superbowl
  • it ruins these cartoon characters
  • it doesn’t actually ruin the game, if anything it raises the stakes, the pats absolutely can’t get stomped, they have to win or at least come close and really they have to win. but if the pats win that makes it all worse for the league.
  • because it is so obvious they are repeatedly lying and in desperate silly ways, such as belicheat’s independent study, but no reasonable person will ever, ever believe that an equipment manager went rogue and did it without instruction from the QB and coach.
  • because the NFL still can’t quite decide what to do and is apparently hoping journos will run out of ink and/or people will get bored with it, and yet it’s waaay more interesting than most of the stuff that usually gets talked about in the two weeks before the superbowl, such as whose grandmother died and who still drives a used car despite now being a superstar

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aweb awe
Jan 23, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

It’s friday afternoon; we’re talking about deflategate. John Madden and Troy Aikmen both say it’s on the QB, and neither is a drama king.

“That would have to be driven by the quarterback,” Madden told The Sports Xchange on Wednesday. “That’s something that wouldn’t be driven by a coach or just the equipment guy. Nobody, not even the head coach, would do anything to a football unilaterally, such as adjust the amount of pressure in a ball, without the quarterback not knowing. It would have to be the quarterback’s idea.”

It’s impossible that Brady doesn’t know, and it’s very nearly impossible that he never discussed it with his head coach. Of course they knew. Of course, of course, of course. Of course, times infinity.

Deflating the ball doesn’t just help the QB, it helps receivers avoid drops that sometimes turn into interceptions, and it helps every ball carrier avoid fumbles. It also decreases the liklihood of injury from falling on the ball, tho such injuries are fairly rare.

It takes an unusual psychology to illegally film defenses even after you’ve been caught doing it, and it takes an unusual psychology to deflate balls even after you’ve been caught doing it. The Pats were already being accused by the Colts and decided what the heck.

Meanwhile, if they had just called the extremely obvious illegal motion in the Edelman-to-Amendola play, it might be Ravens-Seahawks instead of this deflate talk. Actually it would probably be Ravens-Packers because butterfly wings cause hurricanes. No way Bostick tries to field the onside kick if Edelman gets called for what was in fact the world’s most ridiculous and obvious illegal motion play of all time that nobody anywhere noticed.

Deflating the ball isn’t a quaint loveable thing like a spitball in the 1930s. It’s more like someone corking a bat in the 1990s. The league will never penalize its sponsors, so the Pats will still play in the SB. Brady will still play. Coke demands it, as does Pepsi. Banishing the head coach, tho, would probably not upset the sponsors. Also, they should lose their first-round picks for the next two years. That would put a big dent in Brady’s end-of-career, as it’s hard to compete when you’re picking 50-somethingth two years in a row.

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fqwe gegq
Jan 20, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

1) I visited grandma saturday.

1) I’m at a temporary aversion point for home improvement… just need to stop for a bit with these touchups. progress was made. trim was repaired and painted. and then the cleanup. things put back in place. what I’m saying is that I can no longer tolerate the idea of myself inside this building working on the building. for now I can’t. it’s my hobby but.

1) sigh. it’s nice out. I have some pa/ying work I could do but it can wait til tomorrow.

1) the seahawks win bothers me, how it happened. but it basically happened according to the rules. they won the game. I have no rooting interest in the SB. I would have been for the packers. people get what they get for investing in the things they invest in. some packers feel terrible because of how deeply they’ve invested in this ridiculous activity. money is a reasonable motivation for playing the game and beyond that it’s the capacity of the individual to invest meaning a silly sport. bostick should have invested more meaning in it, tho.

1) my pacing became more inefficient toward the conclusion of this bout of home improvement. I was moving about in ways that didn’t always make sense. still, the progress. I decided to have a beer. I clicked on a link to a steely dan song just now, thinking I would want to hear it, but my nervous system couldn’t handle it, so I had to stop listening to it — I closed the tab. I think this is because I stopped taking the nightly sleeping pill a few nights ago — I will resume tonight.

1) one of the ways people engage in self-harm is by needlessly interacting with people who they know from experience will cause them distress. a family member harmed herself in that way today. witnessing this event seemed to contribute somewhat to my inefficient pacing. my going off the sleeping pill probably also contributed.

1) first do no harm.

1) I think every single outlet in the house now has an outlet cover on it.


1) I have this one plant that doesn’t do well inside. brown tips.

1) lksjavl wejta’ wek

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wrnekl iyrwac
Jan 16, 2015 @ 1:54 pm

the dream of the artisanal double-pane window has died. the frame would not accept a second pane, for reasons that are difficult to describe. it will remain a single-pane window, tho the new pane is still a great improvement over the pane it replaced.

call it mission bloat, this idea I had to add a second pane. I never would have attempted it if not for the minimum order.

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9 percent beer
Jan 14, 2015 @ 5:42 pm


in tha life.


I payed my estimated taxes.

I put my new car registration in my car. huh, that was yesterday.

I bought some 3/8 inch square wooden dowels and cut and painted them. These will serve as the spacer between the two panes. “Spacer” is the correct term. I looked it up. All I care about is making windows.

what I’m most looking forward to in life… it used to be demo’ing the upstairs bathroom, but now what I most look forward to is ripping out the window in the cellar and building a new one in its place.

according to a commercial about investing for retirement, all the protagonist cares about is retiring at 50 and driving a race car around a track. the protagonist isn’t conflicted about it. he is certain that all his hard work in life has angled toward driving an old-timey race car around an oval, over and over again, trying to shave seconds off his best time. he even says something like “I used to care about being a CEO, yadda. now all I care about is shaving a few seconds off my time driving around this oval”. and you see him driving the race car and you can tell he’s not conflicted about it. he’s very satisfied with this outcome and feels validated, even tho all he’s doing is driving around an oval.

I’m running out of party.

this duck-rabbit baltic porter, while perhaps not my favorite tasting beer, is not bad at all, and is the most sessionable 9% beer I’ve ever purchased.. danger. goes right down.

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ehtye r e qwegt
Jan 13, 2015 @ 10:57 pm

I think it was october when I was a workaholic. maybe into november. it never seems like it will end.

my plexiglass arrived. there’s something about fresh plexiglass.

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fqwbq tyw
Jan 12, 2015 @ 10:38 am

stop comparing the call that went “against” the cowboys with the calls that truly went against the lions one week earlier.  lions got screwed, cowboys got officiated. 

the call on the bryant drop was unambiguously the right call.  yet we have persons saying things like “I know the rule says it isn’t a catch but I feel like it was a catch.”  people mistakenly believe that there is a platonic idea of a catch and the rule matters less if the action doesn’t accord with the platonic idea they believe exists.  but no such idea exists.  the definition of a catch is necessarily arbitrary.  it is invented by humans, always.  the one and only one way to distinguish a catch from a non-catch is by the written rule.  the absence of agreed up platonic ideas is what necessitates the rulebook.  stop telling me about your feelings.  I don’t care what your feelings are vis-a-vis the action on the field.  I don’t care about your home life.  I wish you all the best.

it’s not even a “bad rule”.  it’s a good rule because it acknowledges the fact that officiating a catch is nearly impossible in any situation where the receiver drops the ball after contact with the ground very shortly after securing it.  it’s unrealistic to expect officials to determine that the receiver adequately squeezes the ball a split second before the ground jars it loose, so you require the receiver to hold onto the ball through contact with the ground.  if the receiver can’t do that, it’s not much of a catch.


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afwe a
Jan 11, 2015 @ 11:26 pm


as pereira says, as soon as the ground moves the ball out of his grasp, at that instant it’s an incomplete pass and can’t then magically become a complete pass a half second later just because bryant caught the dribble.  people see him catch the bobble in the end zone and can’t think back a half second earlier to when he dribbled the ball on the ground like a baby basketball player.

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