Monthly Archives: October 2006

Parts of my day

I put the winch on the truck today. Nothing too exciting, but it's something I wanted to have before the winter… The winch on my old truck proved very useful on more than one occasion. Definitely one of those things you don't think you need until you really need it!

I met also about the paintjob for the Porsche (I'm not kidding about painting it woodlands camo style)… Although… I kind of want to sell it and finish off this other monster truck. My old truck was fun offroad when it was smaller (36″ was great), but became more of a show truck when I moved it up to 44″… a 36″ competition level truck would be really amazing.

I saw this licence plate on the way home. It reminded me of an ex's dad, because he sold socks. I'm actually just posting it here in part because I wanted a place to host the image as I send it to her.

Other than that, the machine that ate Jon's bank card is totally dead — it was in some kind of Windows panic state when we saw it today (sorry, I didn't pull out my camera in time to catch the shot). Yes, I went across the street to the Scotiabank!

Outside of the annoyance that Jon had to deal with, I'm wondering if these machines are on the Internet or not, and what kind of firewall they have… Given the amount of zero-day exploits out there, I would think eventually someone would start targetting bank machines.

Political Gossip

So I'm not surprised that yet another Republican sex scandal is in the news. Nor am I surprised that the White House says he's just “naughty” and that Clinton had done worse. Nor am I surprised that the Republicans have blocked investigation, or that pages were warning each other about Foley since 1995 and that the Republican staff has known about him for at least five years — after all, that's what a giant bribe buys you. I'm not surprised that Newt Gingrich is saying that the Republicans didn't take action because they thought it would look like it was “gay bashing, or that Rush Limbaugh says this is all a fraudulent “Democrat setup” and that Democrats in general support pedophiles, nor am I surprised that the Religious Right has said this should be blamed on “tolerance and diversity“.

I'm not even particularly surprised that Foley is a Scientologist or that the Repubicans are exploiting children to avoid “adult” questions. I'm not surprised that FOX News and other agencies knew about the story a year ago and chose to cover it up… But I have to admit that I was a little surprised that FOX would have the balls to spend a while actually calling Foley a Democrat.

Well, ignorance is strength, right?

I guess it distracts from tensions with a real nuclear nation (and I don't mean the most likely fake one), or that European airlines are potentially being banned from entering the US, or that the US recently slipped through a bill that includes text making it punishable by torture and permanent imprisonment without trial if you write negatively about the US government… Or even of the fact that the majority of Americans now believe that Bush is one of the most prolific mass murderers of his countrymen in US history (and he vows not to stop killing Americans).

That said, it's all a distraction from the upcoming environmental collapse. Good thing everyone knows about that. In my opinion, that's the only issue that people should be basing their votes on these days. As if the votes count

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Truck Update

The slow buildup on the $800 Cherokee beater that I got earlier this year is coming along nicely… I have to do a little touchup on the paint (flat black with a matte clearcoat over top) and trimwork, and the winch (8000lb) didn't come in today so I'll install that on Thursday… But it's coming along very nicely I think.

Other than that I got offered a very tempting TJ monster truck… Really amazing potential with twin Dana 60's, a brand new solid V8 on a heavy five-speed manual transmission, an insanely nice suspension setup, competition tires and wheels, full roll cage, etc… Not as “showy” as my old truck, but just as big and a far more powerful a vehicle I think.

I hate to profit at someone else's expense, but the truck got repo'd and I could get it for a fraction of what it's worth, play with it for a while, and then sell it at a good profit. I can't really afford to buy a truck right now, but if having it pass through my hands leaves me with a good chunk of change, why shouldn't I?

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Cold Brain = Slow Brain

Or does that only apply to reptiles?

So I've been doing a not-entirely-on-purpose experiment with my “garden” (a bunch of planters on the porch)… Because I'm pretty terrible at reliably watering or otherwise caring for the plants, I've been learning which plants are bullet proof and which aren't… Celery and strawberries for example appear to be unkillable, heh.

I don't really know where I'm going to be next summer. Part of me wants to go live on the West Coast, part of me thinks about PEI, Nova Scotia, and the rest of the maritimes, and part of me thinks about northern Ontario and Quebec. There are a lot of really beautiful and sustainable places to go.

I feel like when I comment on this, I'm either preaching to the choir, or talking to people who won't see it until it's far too late, but I think we could be within twenty years — maybe less, maybe more… but not much more — of a complete environmental collapse. I would be very, very shocked if within the next hundred years we don't see the world's population drop (without our “consent”) to ten percent of what it is now through a combination of megaplague and environmental changes that make much of the planet both unlivable and incapable of continuing to produce resources for humans.

That's a picture of the property that I own out in New Brunswick, assuming it hasn't been repossessed by the government due to my non-attendance of it. For those of you interested in properties like that, you can buy logged properties (so basically a property that's been clearcut, with a border of forest) for about $100 an acre in Canada… So that 50 acre property cost $5000.

Other than that, I've been asked to be on a gameshow where different groups of people are pitted against each other in various IQ-related tests. I want to do it, but at the same time, I'm terrified of looking stupid on TV. I don't mind looking weird on TV (been there, done that), but I definitely don't want to look dumb.

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Ice would suffice

I've been wondering if we're already through Fimbulwinter and about to watch the world burn, or if we're getting ready to enter a deep chill. Personally I think we're about to burn, and the great winter is over. Either way I would like a little place tucked away in Hodmimir's Forest…

Not that I know where it's located… (I think we cut it down)

Seriously though, I can't wait for it to snow. It's so hot…

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