October 4th, 2005


Don't you wish you didn't function, don't you wish you didn't think

Well, I can't say I'm too surprised that I picked up a pound and a half last week. Didn't get a lot of sleep, didn't exercise much, and there were a couple of days when I just ate like a hog. So the current bout of Weight Watchers ends with a net gain of two pounds, which sucks...but isn't too surprising. Next cycle should be better, assuming that this data entry job doesn't completely destroy my sleep rhythms...but putting the blame on the job is just wrong. It wasn't the job that kept me up late Friday and Saturday nights to the point where I couldn't get to sleep Sunday night at a decent hour and wound up crashing last night a little after eight PM...and kept hitting the snooze button until I finally crawled out of bed this morning at 0600. I really have to knock off this late-night crap, because at my age and in my state of health it's going to kill me sooner rather than later.

In contrast to the weight situation, I'm packing it in on the college courses for this quarter.
I badly need to take some time and finish up the things I've left hanging in the hope that the instructors will be merciful and give me a passing grade, and I can't really do that while I'm dealing with new stuff. This is also going to put a crimp in my finances, since I usually have money left over after the student loans that I can use on outstanding bills, but that's not going to happen this semester. On the other hand, I do have that part-time job, if it doesn't kill me first.

I'm going to Arcana because I said I would help Sybil with the hospitality suite, and because I'd probably waste the $35 membership on something else if I didn't go. On the other hand, Consume is defniitely off the table, and I'm having serious doubts about Omegacon, as much as some people would like to see me there. 'sblood! I haven't even paid for a membership at AD yet!
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Shortcomings of oil shale and other interesting stuff

James Hamilton says the process may not be ready for prime time...and maybe not for prime time in 15 years, even if we shot all the Sierra Club's lawyers. (My words, not his.) Via Jane Galt.

Cobb has some common sense things to say about the Miers nomination, which I think Michelle Malkin could stand to read. He also has a countervailing fact to consider when people bring up the "disproportionate" number of black men in jail. On a related topic, Jane Galt quotes William Raspberry about the effects of magical thinking on teenage girls in the ghetto.

Lest we think la Malkin has gone all Miers all the time, she links to Blackfive regarding an upcoming anthology of milbloggers' essays, many of them written by combat troops from the Sandbox.
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Into the half light, and through the flame

If time begins on opening day, then we have come to fading twilight days before the eschaton of the World Series, which is taking this baseball thing far more seriously than it deserves, really. This has been a disappointing season in a lot of ways for me...once again I failed to make the trip over to Midway for a Saints game, and didn't get over to the Dome, either. At least whatever problem was plaguing the Kia's radio went away partway through the summer so I could hear some of the Twins games, and the AM reception in the new apartment is sufficiently better that I was able to enjoy the final series against the Tigers in the comfort of my chair.

I'm hoping for an Astros/Red Sox series, mainly because I'd rather not see any of the other six teams in it, but we'll see what happens.

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I'll talk about my Senators in a separate post, once I've sorted out the stats and posted them on my Geocities website so's I can link them. Someday, I want to get a copy of PTP so I can play out the season against the other teams, just for the heck of it.

Pitchers and catchers report in 134 days.
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