Monthly Archives: December 2002

The bastards!!!

I just got the following letter in the mail, telling me that my Vette is due for service (alignment and fuel system service). Seems normal enough, right:

Now here's the problems:

  • I have never brought my car for service to this dealer. When I called them they said I had been there for “minor trim work” but had no idea about any of the details of the vehicle or the work.
  • The address (“113 Lost Channel”) is not a postal address, and I never give it out. It is in use in one place only, and that's on my driver's license, which I got in the mail yesterday.
  • I didn't put that address on my license until after moving out here, so obviously I'm not about to bring the Vette to a dealer in North York or wherever 3180 Dufferin is.
  • A general service place is about the last place that's going to deal with the drivetrain on the Vette.

So… I can think of only one explanation, and that's that either the Ministry of Transport (ie. the government) or Lloyd's Of London (ie. my insurance company) either sells lists of people's cars along with their addresses, or somehow it is available to dealers. I'm definitely not thrilled about that.

What I did last night

A confession; below are some clips from the “movie” we shot last night — this is what happens when Rob (PS. check out his slick custom layout) gives too much tequila/mezcal (“El Senor” brand) to the neighborhood kids. Oh, and in the last two photos, the cameraman had fallen over and was lying on his side. Sorry about that (it wasn't me, I was in charge of lighting).

I arrive to be asked, “do you think we can ride a sled down the barn roof?”. I reply, “I don't see why not.” The only way to the barn roof is through the trees. Literally quote: “I don't want to do this any more.” At this point Jason is almost in tears because he thinks his friend is going to die. Looks fun, right? Not so bad? Guess someone should have listened to the person saying, “Should he be wearing a helmet?”

Obviously this was a bad idea. Luckily no one got hurt.

Resolutions

I've been starting to work on my 2003 “New Year's Resolution” list. Here's what I've got so far. Some are “want to” and some are “must do”. I'll probably only do the “want to” ones.

  • Experiment with a partially P2P based version of IAM (highly survivable, TOS becomes less of an issue, much lower cost, higher emphasis on live features) with multiple server based index nodes.
  • Figure out how to have someone else take over more of BME's maintenance (yes, I have a few people in mind).
  • Get my weight back up to 230, but this time not with fat.
  • Learn to skateboard (yeah, ha ha, I know I'm too old).
  • Finally finish the trike (and get my motorcycle license).
  • Produce at least 25 DVDs, including at least 4 full new full-edits.
  • Finish the suspension book (Nov 2003 publishing date), and get a good start on the mod history text (mid-2004). There are other books in the works too, but these will require the most personal attention from me.
  • Finish my facial tattoos (I have other mod plans too, but this is the one that's important to me).

I get up at between 5AM and 8AM, depending on the day, and then work until evening. I do that every day of the week. I have no staff; to have staff, you have to have income, and it's not as if I charge people to use IAM. IAM is paid for from money that I could be using to buy cocaine if I wanted to. IAM is developed with time that I could be using to snort that cocaine if I wanted to.

My “legitimate” businesses need money and time as well. I have a family and a home that needs money and time as well. So realize there's a functional truth:

If an IAM user problem arises that threatens to consume significant amounts of my time and/or money without good reason, I am left with the choice of dealing with that problem, or dealing with IAM. And I will always choose IAM over the problem.

There are only so many hours to the day, and only so many dollars in my wallet. Starting campaigns to harass me to try and change IAM's core policies by force aren't going to work. If you don't understand why IAM's rules are there, or don't understand how they were applied, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer. But harassing me isn't going to do anything except push me into a decision I don't like having to make.

So please, if you don't like the way IAM is run, either civilly accept it, or put your journal somewhere else. Why fight? I'm not forcing you to have a page here, and this is far from the only community around… Yes, I understand that there isn't another one like it, and I understand that the people here are smarter/nicer/more interesting/etc. than one finds elsewhere, but that is in part because of things like the TOS.

Or start your own site; either do it yourself, or hire some programmers and run it as a business. IAM members have fairly consistently said they'd pay for access if asked to, so maybe you could make a go of it and MMF if that's your thing. There are plenty of people who disagree with IAM's policies. If you start your own site, I'm sure there are others who'll join it. If your ideas about what is appropriate behavior on a community site are “more true” than mine, then your site will do well and I congratulate you!

Just try and be happy, and try and be decent. If you don't like something, make it better. Causing more fighting never solves anything. On the other hand, actually trying to change the world into something you believe in, while it'll probably stress you out like crazy and make you miserable at times, at least you'll be able to look in the mirror and be proud of how you spend your days.

Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid.

- Albert Schweitzer

It's better to die doing what you believe in than it is to live never having stood behind your beliefs. Believe in what you do. It's worth every tear and every bruise.

Got a taste for suicide

Driving a 700 HP sled with summer tires on icy roads straight into the sun (visor down + cowl up = 8″ circle to see out of) sure is fun. I know it's wrong to drive it in the winter, for so many reasons, but I just can't stop myself.

On Saturday a friend is dropping off the snowmobile; let's hope the amazing deal I'm getting is really due to the guy getting old and not riding it rather than it being hot. It's that good a deal, I'm practically getting it for free. Which means I won't feel too bad if its damaged during a jousting match.

Other than that, I ordered a supercool fisheye lens, which should be perfect for filming suspensions, BBQs, and so on… Yeah, I know it's overused at times, but I really never get bored of fisheye lensing when it comes to shooting action.

Massachusetts?

This shout out comes from mal:

This summer, the Legislature voted overwhelmingly — by more than a 2 to 1 margin — to reject the amendment which sought to devastate families formed by same-sex couples by banning marriage protections, civil unions, domestic partner benefits, even simple decencies like hospital visitation and survivor benefits.

Anti-gay pressure group Massachusetts Citizens for Marriage is pushing Acting Governor Jane Swift to revive its constitutional amendment, H.4840, before it expires forever at midnight. December 31st.

So… If you think gay families ought to be exterminated, don't follow this link. If you think America would be stronger without gay couples, don't follow this link. If you think religious extremists should dictate how the rest of us live, don't follow this link. If you think anything other than one woman having sex for procreation only with one man will result in God damning you to be eternally tortured in fire and brimstone, don't follow this link.