nimitzbrood (nimitzbrood) wrote,

Fries, pie, and the whole enchilada...

November 21, 2008 11:00 AM 11/21/08

I’m either getting sick or I’m getting old because I can’t seem to tolerate the cold as well as I used to. But then it could be a mental thing as well too because I notice that I’m more resistant to the universe picking at me if my mind is calm and my mood is better. Neither of which has been as often as I’d like them to be...ever.

I also noticed something recently that irritates me quite greatly. If I get the Macbook fired up and connected to the Sprint network via my tethered i710 before 11 a.m. the speed is noticeably faster. After 11 a.m. is seems to sink into the toilet. I mean 19.2k is 19.2k but there is a definite slowdown at 11 a.m. I’m betting it’s network load but it seems to regular to be that. I’m not expecting broadband speeds out of that connection but something as small as 19.2k should _never_ be even slower. And I’m just not up to paying an extra $350+$65/month for a broadband dongle.

No response from the e-mails to my congresscritters but it’s only been a day. I don’t think government critters can respond to anything in 24 hours unless it relates to their paychecks. So I’ll likely wait a few days them give them a call and try to talk to them. We’ll see what happens then. I know they’re out of session but they should still be able to answer my questions.

Hopefully the motherboard for my neighbor’s system will be there when I get home. I really want to get that done and off the books so to speak. And since I have to go over there anyway today for a technical problem with his wife’s system it would be good to just be able to do it all at once.

Need to take some more firewood into the house as we’ve used what we had in there again. This time I also _have_ to remember to put some of the outside wood into the garage to dry out. I also should still cover it as well.

Still hoping to purchase my scroll saw before the end of the year. I’d like to have it purchased before I’m off for the holidays because that will give me time to integrate it into the rest of the garage structure. I figured out another use for it as well - my steampunk Pismo idea. (I really need to start posting my sketches to Deviant Art or something since I now have a working scanner again.)

I really want to have time to do all these things but the universe seems dead set against that right now. I mentioned to a coworker today that if the world put just a half-days worth of delay into everything it would reduce peoples’ stress and make things run quite a bit smoother. Precision and speed are often conflated in this society unfortunately.

Broke my own rules today - fries AND pie. But sometimes you have to do that. If nobody ever broke the rules we’d still be living in caves and eating raw meat. Some say that would be better but I kind of disagree. ;-)

Human beings are a weird bunch. We’re a mass of contradictions even from birth. Potentially one of the most powerful beings on the planet but we’re helpless when born. We start out close to our parents but spend the rest of our lives trying to be separate from them. We’re smart as individuals but dumb as all hell as groups. We’re happy but sad, quietly angry, sometimes even blind to what’s staring us in the face!

But resolving those conflicts is what makes us so fantastic as creatures! We strive so hard against our own beings that when something else comes along (provided we’re not overloaded) we solve it easily. And that’s a big part of what makes us special. It’s part of why I love the human race and hate it at the same time.

Goddess we can be so stupid at times but so smart at others!

I guess that’s yet another reason why I try so hard to educate people around me even if I can only do so in subjects I know and understand. The smarter we can make individuals the smarter we can make the group as a whole.

Do that often enough and you get a smart species capable of taking on the stars.

And that’s where we need to be...
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