Because Ashley and I enjoy sleeping in the family room so much, we decided to take another week and re-finish our hardwod floors.

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Originally we were to lazy to refinsh so we just painted.  We had to lock those pesky splinter down so they wouldn’t jab into our socks in the middle of the night.

Be careful Eddie.

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The use of Goof Off was an intoxicating failure.  We got hot while the floors just turned to goop and were no easier to scrape up.

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I got my Dad to help us.  At first he was displeased with the project, then after some Goof Off fumes, he couldn’t be happier.

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Work Dad Work!!!!

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Potato found himself a home in some paint tray liners,  he’s a handsome boy.  Today we finish srapping, and then sand the bo-shit out of the splintery floors.

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During one of the many trips to Home Depot I saw the magical bag of ice melt that just drove me wild.

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Bath Tub Debacle

March 25, 2009

For the past week Ashley and I have been working on remodeling our bathroom.  We installed wains-coating, new moulding, and a fancy-pants sink.

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After many attempts on random objects in the basement, Ashley perfected the art of the stencil to spruce up our cheap-ass cabinets.

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Last night I began to refinish the bath tub.

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It’s basically just paint-on glaze.  Give it 2 coats and presto!

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The paint is so think that the can did not last for two coats.  I hurried out to Home Depot to get more only to find that they are currently out.

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If you can’t apply the second coat within 4 hours of the first, you have to wait 72 hours before you can start again.

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Extremely disappointing.  Now to clean up.

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Following the heroine death of Smashing Pumpkins keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin in the late 90s, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was also kicked out of the band for heroine use leaving Billy, James, and D’acry.

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A few years later, the Pumpkin’s bassist D’arcy was kicked out for drugs leaving just Billy and James.

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James Iha got pouty in 2004 and quit leaving only Billy Corgan.

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The band then broke up leaving nobody.

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Billy tried a new band and a solo album, but it wasn’t the same.

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The Smashing Pumpkins got back together in 2006 with only Billy and Jimmy.

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A few days ago, Jimmy got pouty and left the band again, leaving Billy all alone.

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Too bad, so sad.

New Facebook Layout

March 23, 2009

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A week or so ago Facebook started a new layout. People really need to stop crying about how they miss the old layout. The site is free, and is insanely addictive. Personally I really appreciate how ever changing the site is. Whether or not you like the current layout or not, you have to appreciate that it’s not stagnant (ahem MySpace).

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I can’t wait for this movie.  Check out the trailer for the new Ray Kurzwiel joint, Transcendent Man :

Mexican Cloning Chamber

March 16, 2009

I stumbled across a secret chamber at the Frederick Lowes Men’s bathroom.  Usually I feel low class when acting upon a #2 in such a vile place, but today I stumbled across a secret genetics laboratory, the sign etched on the wall said so: “Mexican Cloning Chamber:. 0316091943

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Only the Strong Survive

March 15, 2009

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If you take the conservatism to the extremes, only the strong ones survive.  At birth, every able human being has a comparable amount of potential. If you only look at the child, potential is going to be similar across the board.  That potential is either nurtured or stunted depending on the socio-economic position of the family the child is born into.  Either way, beneficial or detrimental, conditions exist that sway the outcome of that infant’s future.  Right out of the womb this individuals future success is biased.  What happens if the bias serves the less capable?

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People seem to forget that a civilization is in fact a technology.  It allows individuals to become tools for everyone else, instead of having to re-invent the wheel every generation.  Civilizations are good for everyone included.  In ours we state that everyone is equal and therefore on this equal battlefield, we all compete to obtain a high quality of life.  Out of that competition the the winners then provide the best amenities for the rest of us.  If I can build the best house, then I get all the business, while the people get better houses, it’s a good system.  

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However, what if there’s a builder that’s better then me, who just couldn’t afford to get their company started (for reasons that don’t include incompetence)?  What if there could yet a better product out there then the one that I’m providing?  The greater good would be served if that ‘maybe’ better product was out there somewhere. 

Our government is the central component to the function of this civilization-technology.  Like a piece of computer software, the government keeps things as efficient as possible by  creating if-then statements for our civilization to then operate from.   Because society keeps evolving, the best hard-and-fast rules in which to govern it doen’t yet exist.  Until the magical formula for fairness/prosparity is discovered, we have no choice but to tinker or socially engineer, mainly when times are bad.

…I think anyway.

Michael Jackson Week

March 12, 2009

Last night American Idol finished with Michael Jackson week.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some Michael Jackson.  For the past several years I’ve listed him in the hero section (I specify that I want him to pull it together) on my MySpace.  So Michael Jackson week should have been a dream come true, however, as I was reminded from way back when Britney Spears tried to pull of a part in a Jacko song, anyone other then Jacks himself leaves dissapointment.  Brittey Spears is not known for her incredible voice, however check out how Michael Jackson completely dwarfs her.

Most of the performances were disappointing however, the “odd’ contestant Alison Iraheta did a good Jacko:

Alas, Jacko’s version is still untouchable: 

Is that Heaven up there?

March 11, 2009

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Lying in bed last night, about to fall asleep, Ashley asks about how I want to handle magical issues (mainly heaven) regarding our future child.  Assuming a hypothetical death of hypothetical hamster, do we explain the reality of the situation to the child or do we allow the comforting thoughts of heaven? Ashley’s already assured me that she’s using heaven.

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Following the hypothetical death of the hypothetical hamster, the kid would more then likely move on and not think about the hamster all that much as time went on, leaving hamster-heaven back in childhood along with Santa Claus.  However, what would happen if we had to explain the death of a person.  Let’s pretend I die, (can’t kill the wife off in hypothetical examples) the emotional intensity of picturing a parent in heaven will most likely last far beyond childhood.  That would seem more real then hamster-heaven did.  Now our child has a predisposition for being religious. Whatever our child ultimately believes is up to them, but I would hate for them to fall to magical thinking simply we intentionally misled them.

Understanding religion is very important, but how do you teach your child about religion without just teaching religion?  I really don’t know how I feel about this and I don’t know how helpful the thought of heaven truly is.

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Because of the profitable business model, banks prey upon the financially irresponsible. However, I don’t agree at all that debt ridden people are victims of greedy banks. Banks offer people terrible deals with confusing and picky rules that leave the consumers vulnerable to violating terms which opens them up to fees. However, regardless how bad the deal is, banks don’t force people to accept deals.

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I recently watched the documentary called Maxed Out which is all about the greedy banks. The movie shows Louisiana poor folk going through bankruptcy because they defaulted on loans. In one example, a loan officer had to show a poor and uneducated man how to sign his own name, the movie inferred this man was an innocent debt victim. It’s not the banks responsibility to determine your intelligence when doing business. Their jobs are to provide a legitimate service and make as much money as possible doing so.

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Whether or not you read them, banks terms are provided to you when you sign up. If you can’t read, maybe you shouldn’t be the one applying for a loan, but that burden is on the applicant, not the bank. Aside from nonprofit organizations, no business exist that cater only to the well being of others.

If I chose to open a restaurant, I did so because I enjoy interacting with people and I wish to get paid while doing that. To be clear, I don’t actually have my restaurant because I care about other people, I have it because this kind of business brings me pleasure. Therefore my business model is to earn money and pleasure. I would be no better then the greedy bankers. I tempt customers into my restaurant so I can exercise my business model on them.

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If someone doesn’t like mushrooms on their salad, then the burden is on them to either propose a counter offer to what’s on the menu, or to not order that particular salad. That’ it. If you can’t read the menu, then either find someone who can read it for you or just be ready to be flexible with whatever is the outcome. Unfortunately, most of the time finances aren’t very flexible, so just be informed.