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Reasoning with a mad man August 8, 2013, 4:00 pm
My grandfather has Alzheimer's. This video, while perhaps entertaining, is also interesting if you consider that my grandfather has no short term memory for most everything that happens throughout the day, but he does seem to remember the cumulative effect of how he feels about how he is treated. In the video I am trying to get my grandfather to agree to let me help him change his diapers.


Edit: I imagine for everyone seeing this it must be a pretty sad sight. Well, you get used to it and it's not as moribund as it appears.

Rant on Amazon's new checkout process March 25, 2013, 9:56 am
I went to amazon to buy an Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Toothbrush and couldn't for the life of me figure out how to check out so I figured I'd email them to complain and they wouldn't let me email them about the check out process! I was only allowed to call them to ask them about it, so I selected another issue that I was complaining about (even though it wasn't what I wanted to write them about). Here is the letter:

Wow Amazon, you are losing your way. Forcing me to call to make a complaint about the check out process? --not giving me the option to send an email to complain about the check out process because you want to convince me with your friendly service representatives that the new way is better? That's pretty annoying. But this isn't what I was writing to complain about. I seriously could not find the check out button. I had selected the item I wanted to purchase but all I could see was a barrage of annoying promotions. I'm not here to be manipulated into buying more things. I come to amazon to quickly and conveniently grab whatever I need and move on with my day, not be cajoled into furthering the over-the-top consumption of society. Now, due to Amazon's greed I will not buy anything from this website again. Good thing Amazon isn't the only place to buy things on the internet. I've been using Amazon for years to buy just about everything I want and need, but I'm more than happy to shop elsewhere.

The same thing happens in the auto industry. The business model is that the only way is up. There is no such thing as "Hey, we did it. Nothing to improve." Instead, the philosophy is that we have to keep improving, keep making things *better*, regardless of what is needed; keep expanding our inordinate market share. Well some things don't need improvement. Sometimes it's just best to leave things well enough alone. On Amazon it was you select the items you want to buy, then you're given two options, continue shopping or check out. What was wrong with that? How is this new system better where I'm enraged because I can't even buy the item I want? I'm tired of people trying to improve things to the point they break them. And then to be corralled like I'm cattle into buying more stuff: it's disgusting. Is the company not big enough? Is the world really not enough? I'll be shopping elsewhere. Good day.

zombie dream February 23, 2013, 7:25 am
I dreamt I was in a zombie apocalypse . At first, it was a play or something being acted out, and my friend was all made up and acting out someone who had become zombified or something, or was among zombies and trying not to get bit, but then a little later suddenly I was alone with like three other people and I was like where'd everyone go? and they were like "I think we're the only one's left, here". Apparently we were the sole survivors or everyone else had all taken off or zombified or what... no one knew. Strange, tho, there were no bodies or destruction. Just no other people or signs of life.

I became paranoid at this point: the three others I was with (and myself) were haggard and looked like we'd become zombies any moment. I kept checking around myself spinning around to see my back and saying "one of us is going to be next, it's just a matter of time". We started walking away from the hill where I grew up and soon encountered other people. Apparently things weren't quite as bad as we thought. They told us something or other about the 'plague' and seemed to have some pretty basic, but effective plan and resources. The first people we encountered had a camper and some basic medical supplies and reassured us and made us feel very encouraged. When we encountered them I had a moment of recall like "oh, of course! I totally forgot we were going to run into these people" as if I was in a movie I had watched before and just had forgotten how the plot went.

Later we were at a police station and a guy tried to steal some food or some supply of some kind and I at first half heartedly tried to stop him with this weird piece of equipment I had (it was like a hockey stick but padded with cloth or something). No one else noticed or cared about the thief so I nabbed him on the shoulder with the end of my clothed hockey stick and brought him back to the officers. Everyone was kinda like "dude, you didn't need to steal, we're all in this together--we gotta look out for each other, not take from one another". I can't remember what they did to him, whether they banished him from the camp or what. I don't think anything too terrible happened to him, tho.

I think there was more to the dream and it gets fuzzy. There was a road, not very big, kinda like those roads you see in the Tour De France, and a lot of people were hiking up it or something--like someone had figured out where to go, but me and the people I was with weren't really feeling this whole pilgrimage situation. I think we headed off by ourselves; actually I think we left with the people we first met with the camper. I think we went to another town or something. Things started to settle down, got more calm. I don't remember what else happened.
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Lost and Found February 5, 2013, 9:36 am
Was looking for my wallet in my bedroom which is a real mess. I found my doom2 manual, my doom manual and my doom 2 survival guide (items dating back to 1994). That was pretty exciting. I haven't looked at them yet, but it will be fun to reread them now. Maybe I'll find that bit about revenants brushing off demons and sending them on their way again that I had posted about quite some time ago. Oh, and shortly after I found my wallet.

MissScythe February 3, 2013, 4:02 pm
is checking me out on OkCupid! Should I message her?

Just joined an alliance February 1, 2013, 5:31 pm
on GoodGame Empire.

Tis fun, and you can actually progress without buying any rubies! :)

My cat or James's cat? January 31, 2013, 5:04 am
So three years ago the most awsum cat came to the side door of our house on a most frigid winter night. After its rescuer went back to Germany I inherited the cat because no one else wanted him. Well, I don't know how the cat does it (sneaks cute pills at the clinic?) but it is just the most endearing creature I've ever had the privilege of knowing.

I moved into my Boss's guest room for a couple months while I was helping her on her Geobook. My friend James lives in the area so I offered him the privilege of caring for my cat for the interim since I couldn't bring it to my boss's. One weekend, my friend went back to Boston to visit his g/f. A snowstorm blew up and I had to go reskew kitty from James's garage, where he was staying when James would leave. My boss was nice enough to let me bring kitty over to her farm house (big land--kitty LOVES the outdoors). Boss immediately falls in love with kitty. She hopes I will give her kitty, and James hopes he'll get kitty. Boss states up front she wouldn't want to borrow kitty. She only wants him if I give him to her permanently. James says he'd be happy to take kitty for as long as I want, no commitments necessary. So I let James have kitty, until I find a living situation where I can have kitty, even though James's property isn't quite as awesome as boss's (still pretty great for kitty, tho). But that living situation never transpired, and James loves kitty a lot, naturally. Now he keeps saying kitty is his. I can't tell if he's messing around or not, but did he by ipso-defacto inherit my kitty because he's been caring for him for so long? He gave it its shots and other things. I wasn't keen on all that stuff, figuring kitty doesn't need that stuff, so I think he feels he takes better care of kitty furthering his claim to him.

The Great Leviathan January 30, 2013, 8:22 am
Man, I wish I had brought my camera....
I mean, this thing was large. Certainly right up there with the largest. Maybe not quite the girth of the greatest, but healthy enough; but it was the length that was so impressive. Fully lodged it was, and yet still breaking above the surface of the water. That's something to write about: a birth of great magnificence. I stood over the monstrosity in awe, reflecting on whether I should go hurry and get my camera, but ultimately deciding against leaving the ghastly malfeasance unguarded even for a moment. One tidal tug would not be sufficient to rid the world of the living of such vile villainy.

Fun with the grandparents January 29, 2013, 7:45 am
At the breakfast table my dad's girlfriend calls and my dad answers and tells her she is on speaker phone.

Dad: "Say good morning, dad!"
Grandpa: "Hi, dad!"

50 States in 275 seconds (100%) January 28, 2013, 7:23 pm
Beat my score. This was my second attempt at playing the game and playing with a touchpad on a laptop (no mouse).