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Happy Saint Patricks Day!


Listen. I know today is a bullshit holiday invented to get college kids and rednecks to spend a little more of their (parents, in the former case) hard-earned money on cheap green beer and hastily-pulled guinness, but I dont care. I like it. Or I like the idea of it.

My moms visit was fun – we managed to go on a massive two-pronged hike on Sunday. Although I was getting over the sickness (that Im somehow still getting over – jesus!) and could only get about 30% of the required oxygen into my system, I enjoyed it. I was sort of scouting potential camping situations for future birthdays. More details as plans evolve.

Despite the Hallmark holiday, there is still going out to be done tonight – its MJMs final party night in LA before he leaves for the grayer pastures of NYC. Thats as good an excuse as any to go out and be irresponsible. Discussions as to the wisdom of that as I cough and expel grossness into tissues are not welcome. Ill take it easy today and thatll be that.

Happy Tuesday, too.

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Not Dead. Sick again.


Its amazing how little there is to write about when you spend three days just trying to breathe through clogged airways. Its also amazing how I can go through a box of tissues and eat 1000 calories in 2 days and not lose a pound. Can you say “slowed metabolism”? Man.

Im feeling better now, except for the occasional cough, and my mom is in town. Im looking forward to getting over there to get breakfast and start the day, even more so because I basically havent left the house in 3 days. Im pathetic.

More to come.

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Welcome to Monday


Todays the first day of the week. Ive got a lot of computer stuff to deal with, and Im actually sort of looking forward to it. I mean, reinstalling Joomla, etc., isnt really that exciting, but figuring out new solutions to old challenges is kind of cool.

The pic is from BootieLA this past weekend, which was really fun. A Plus D werent there this time (stupid Bejing), but DJ ShyBoy picked up the slack admirably. The Evolution Control Committee has definitely streamlined their show since last time we saw it, and it felt much better suited to Bootie. This time, the dancing continued throughout their show.

Enough of this – Im off to do more work.

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Considering that it took me 15 years to visit the town itself, a couple of weeks interrupted by a trip to France to put up the pictures isnt so bad. So go check em out – tell me what you think!

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Im back!


Ill get pics up later today or tomorrow, but in the meanwhile, heres my face. I know youve missed it.

Kurts wedding was fun, but I forgot my camera, so Ill have to wait on Scott & Sharons pics before I put any of those up. Seeing Mom & seeing Drew was also very cool, even if I was more of a hotel guest than actual useful visitor.

Now Im hunkered down, doing crap to keep my company afloat and myself making money. Thats what its all about, like the hokey pokey.

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Back in the USA!


This is a real quick one because Im not going to post any pictures till I get back to LA, but I survived, had a good time, and took a few pictures. I went skiing in the alps, wandered the underground corridors of Paris boneyards and sipped beverages in French cafes. And I walked. A lot. Like a holy-shit-i-wore-out-my-shoes amount.

Im going to Baltimore/DC to see Drew and Krol, the latter soon to be wed. Go Krol.

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Its okay, Im in France.


Thats me. Im in Lyon. Sorry Ive been so bad about updating, but Ive been sans internet while in Paris and with internet here in Lyon, but rarely home to use it. In this case, my insomnia is Clapboards gain. I had to wait till it got light enough to type, though, because typing in the dark is just dumb.

I started in Paris, then moved to Lyon. Those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter (or who check here logged in and can therefore see my recent Tweets already know about my movements, at least a little. Im off to Valence today, after an attempt to make pancakes for the Nicoles. If they have the stuff.

Happy Sunday. I know its still Saturday in LA. Weird.

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Times I hate my job


So there are nights like last night when I hate my job. Im not sure what expertise Id need to make the removal of multiple well-written viruses easy, but I want it, although I dont want to got through the trouble of earning it.

Last night for four hours I sat and ran scans, manually edited the registry (after figuring out how to re-enable registry editing, that is), did Google searches, and swore at the computer while I tried to remove those damn viruses (virii? who knows?).

It sucked. And I have to do it again today.

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Weekend Madness


So I spent Sunday waiting for the Grammys to start. No one saw me, but then again, I didnt tell anyone to look for me. Casey is pretty easy to see in any Stage Left performance – the red dress & the boobs help a lot with that one.

Thats sad proof, but I think you can see me. We certainly can see Katy Perry here. Being in the mosh pit at the Grammys is like riding a roller coaster – you wait and wait for something to happen and you do all of your waiting in a line.

And of course, BootieLA was awesome.

I took my new mini camera and took about a million (or 200) pictures. I have yet to decide if having lots of pictures is better than having none – taking them changes the way we experience things. Smash-Up Derby was spectacular, RAID had all new golden bodysuits, and this girl had the leftover scraps and strings. I do like that lots of people come to Bootie now – it took years, but everyone comes around eventually.

What else?

Im just working, I guess. Proposals today and websites – not as much laziness as I thought Id have when I started this morning. Thats a good way to start the day, to surprise yourself with your ability to accomplish things. Things like awesome posts to Clapboard.

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Proof that basic services (like roofs – roofs? Man, English is dumb) fail during the rain. I havent read anything about landslides yet, though. Another week of this rain will change that, though. Dont worry.

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Virtual Machines


So in between working over the last few days, Ive been messing with Virtual Machines again. I have one on the Mac over there and a couple installed on my computer here – theyre my way to keep up with the latest Ubuntu Trends, and Ive managed to install Windows7 on the Mac. Woo. Not that theres any networking on there yet, but still.

Im relying on getting that right, though, because I sill need some Windows programs when I travel and am not willing to “make due” with the nonsense that Mac wants to stick me with. Open source OS & Open Source nonsense, fine. Mac-culture stuff? Not fine. Of course, Windows culture aint any better, except that Win7 is (thus far) free. Geh.

Does anyone want to fix my WHS box? kthxbye!

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The Eagles win the Superbowl!


OMG – whoda thought it? I mean, they didnt even play, and somehow they won the most important game of the year. I want to congratulate them on beating everyone else in the NFL at not sucking.

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Okay, whats the news?


Nothings the news.

The dealer couldnt replicate the electrical problems with my car (wtf?) and swears that I probably just got a bad bulb (well see), so I spent a couple hours there for nothing, and then I spent 2.5 hours at Crown fiddling around and didnt get everything done, although I did solve what I went there to solve. Thats good. If I wasnt sick, Id totally go to their lingerie event tonight.

Have I mentioned that I hate being sick? Boobs & Botox and Im missing it. Stupid sickness.


So that was last night. I didnt finish the thing because I wanted to help cook. Then I got nausea and sat on the couch till nine. Then, like a grandpa, I went upstairs and tried to sleep, but failed. Im SO SICK OF BEING SICK! Man.

More later. Car looking today.

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Im sick!


Dunno if its the fluctuating temperatures, the rain or the burning of the candle at both ends, but Im sick, and thats all there is to it. Ive been working in slow motion today, which is dumb, because Ive managed to cram 2 hours of work into 6 hours of staring at the screen.

I hate me when I do this.

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my hair is skeptical


Despite appearances, my hair doesnt make my face do that – I think this is the face I make when I take self portraits with my cell phone. I see this face a lot and think “why do I look angry?” So this time, I just said fuck it and here we are. Sorry.

I figured new president, new haircut. These things just go together. No, really, I was just sick of my hair and decided that the time for talk was at an end. Or, more in tune with the day, heres my version of BOs speech:

The lessons of our forefathers hair is laid plain before us and it is time to pick up the clippers and go to work, ignoring fear of ridicule, abandoning sense of style. In these dire times, we need to practice economy and self reliance, and I call on all Clapboard readers to stand together, and in one voice, say “Hire a barber! Learn to smile!” Anything to make this page less sere and forbidding to newcomers. This haircut says to the world that we are once again ready to lead the way in self-inflicted appearance wounds and that we are willing to work with you, whether your hair is short or long, coiffed or unkempt, to make sure that our globe is a safe place for any hairstyle! And to those looking to ridicule, know this – you cannot outridicule me! I will not waver in my dedication to the absurdity of my haircut, I will never tire in hating the style on my pate, regardless of how long it grows.

Thank you.

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After a season suffering through wild swings of joy and rage, I somehow couldnt manage to care that the Eagles went to the balmy weather of Phoenix, AZ and halfheartedly lost to a ragtag band of also-rans. This is where the Eagles really excel – taking all their potential and squandering it, losing, ultimately, to a team that didnt deserve to make the playoffs and probably should have been disbanded along with their entire division.

Ah well. At least its a holiday. Tomorrow Obama gets sworn in and on Wednesday, the streets will be paved with gold. (“Oh there are no cats in America, and the streets are paved with cheese….”) I imagine that good ol GWB will be hit by a falling house on his way back to Texas and his striped-sock-clad legs will shrivel.

Lastly, and on a non-cynical note, today is also Michaels Birthday – wish him a happy one, everyone!

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just cause I go away for a week…


Yeah, Im a loser. Sorry.

Go root for the Eagles. Go now. Then root for the Ravens.

Also, ponder:

A#1) Who, if anyone, has the right to the truth from you? Does a total stranger have the same “right” to the truth as a friend or family member? Are there situations?

B#2) What defines the term “hooking up”? Is it kissing? Sex? Somewhere in between? I have my definition, but Im interested in yours.

Ill be back later for discussion.

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Livin to fight another day!


It was so nice outside yesterday that I bolted from the house as soon as the Eagles won, so I didnt get to my elated “We Win!” post at all. Shame, too, because the Eagles did, indeed, win.

Shockingly, the offense wasnt amazing but the defense did their part and we pulled it off. Andy Reid stuck with the run more in this game, which was nice, and McNabb was accurate, although I think he threw two picks, which is annoying. But Eli wins Eagles MVP for throwing interceptions at key times and key places on the field.

Now were off to Arizona to play the Cards in the almost-all-birds Conference Championships, so yay us. At this point, Im hoping for an Eagles-Ravens superbowl.

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Its Friday!



I love it. I really love it. I love it enough to do it in LA and STILL love it. Thats a big, ol testament to love, if you ask me. Another big, ol testament to love? Paying the state absurd amounts of money to keep doing it, and doing it when I really shouldnt, whether I know it or not.

A New Years Resolution. And the New Year starts two days ago. Im going to be legal to drive (license, registration, insurance, all paid up in full) for the entire year. No suspensions, no driving without insurance, none of that. Im going to be on the up-and-up. If a tail light blows, Ill replace it. When its time to renew the insurance, Ill renew it.

New Topic.

Ive spent the past year not writing about things. Thats gotta stop. I mean, in this case, its gotta start. I miss writing, so its time to start again. Not just lists and charts, but actual, real narrative. Its fun. I like it. Id even like to plaster some of it up here. Oddly, I find that I write best when Im supposed to be doing something else, and these days, no one makes me do things, so Ill have to make myself do something.

New Topic.

Whats going on this weekend? Anything good? Im going out tonight and watching the Eagles on Sunday at 9am. No drinking on Saturday night, that much is for sure. Maybe I can play fighting games online with Drew. Or Michael. Well see.

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Pictures, finally


If youre hardcore and want to see some pictures from Christmas 2008, youll either click this link, the picture above, or youll just refresh the page here so many times that you see every new picture on the rotator. If youre this last guy, stop – its creepy.

There arent a ton, considering all the places I went. I need to be better about that in the future. However, when Jeff hits me with his pix from various past Booties, Ill post some of those, whichll add significantly to the picture count round here.

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esurance rasied their rates 13.333% across the board


So I got my insurance bill this month and its 13% higher for this 6-month period than for the LAST 6-month period. Weak! Its probably to pay for all those stupid animated commercials that they run during football. Theyre all “We got permission to raise our rates in California, so every policyholder is seeing an increase!” No tickets, no accidents… Im pretty sure I even had a ticket fall off due to the 3-year thing – my rate should have dropped, not upped. (Is upped the opposite of dropped?) Now I have to begin the arduous trek of calling insurance people and having them go “wait, THIS is your drivers record? You want WHAT from us? HAHAHAHAHA!” and then putting me on hold for 5 minutes only to come back with “Im sorry, weve stopped insuring automobiles as of six minutes ago. Good luck!”

All that aside, Ill probably fail to find anything cheaper than this, as I have my copious notes from last time Ill bet that everywhere has raised their rates in California (13%?!) due to the high cost of fuel making it more expensive to answer phones.

Grumble, grumble. Pix from Christmas, coming soon.

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updating fron Windows7


I just installed the Microsoft-leaked beta of Windows7, and its pretty much just like Vista so far. At least, as far as I can tell. Its pretty fast, but no bells and whistles are turned on because I havent even installed the proper display drivers yet.

Im installing hardware updates now, and then hopefully Ill have a better idea. The install is on whats left of my last machine, not a VirtualBox like my Ubuntu and XP installs. I mean, I may throw it on a VirtualBox later, but I figured itd be good to try the new OS on a distinct system.

update: lookin pretty good – Windows just found the proper drivers for the video card and autoconfigured the monitor properly. Good Job. And its still pretty speedy on this old system. Seems, at least as far as the Explorer goes, as fast as XP.

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Happy New Year!


Im only a couple days late, right? Good.

New Years Eve was spent at MMs house – good times, even if I was the oldest person there by about a decade. Nice place, too.

Ive been thinking about New Years Resolutions, but havent come up with any specific ones, and specificity is next to Godliness, at least as far as resolutions go, right? Im definitely thinking more creative output. More things written and shot.

What else? Im ending Photo Albums. I want to finish out 2008 and then thats it. I mean, special occasion albums, fine, but no more general “this is my life” style albums. Travel. Motorcycle. Debt Management. Cooking. Building shit. Pretty damn general, right?

Happy 2009!