I’m home sick, so I have ample time to update my blog. I have only updated this journal one time since moving to Anchorage, and I have been here for 3.5 months.
First my illness. Two nights ago around 7 PM, I suddenly had some painful gut cramps. At this point, I think it is one of those 12-24 hours gastro-intestinal viruses. At around 2 AM, the pain went away with no puking or diarrhea. I took the day off anyway, which proved to be a wise choice. I was well enough to go vote at around 2 PM, but by late afternoon, the fever and lung congestion kicked in. I have been hitting the Ibuprofen ever since. The Ibuprofen is working well at this stage, seems to knock the fever down enough so I can putz around the house. When the fever bounces up to around 101, I’m pretty useless.
The illness also let me watch the the election coverage last night. If I was healthy I would of been bopping around the apartment not really paying attention. But last night the sick had me attached to the couch, so the coverage had my full attention. I exclusively watched MSNBC’s coverage.
My takeaway is that the Republican Party can’t count on dominating the angry white male voter to put them over the top anymore. They will have to find a way to attract minorities and diversify their message if they want to do well in elections. One pundit made the point that the Republican party is split into a rational side and an ideologue side. Ideologues are the ones in control, which results in the wave upon wave of nonsensical blather that rarely passes fact checking. The more rational Republicans will have to take over the party, and then convince the current goofy base voters that they are right. This will be a tough order.
As far as my vote? I went third party. My little protest vote against corporate influence in the election process. Here’s to hoping Obama will declare himself independent, and do what’s right for the American people, instead of big money. His rhetoric gives me hope, but I need to see action.
Yesterday I dropped $40 for the Windows 8 Pro upgrade to my living room PC (the one I am typing on now). Went smoothly, no major glitches. This isn’t the major paradigm shift that I was expecting. I am not using the new Metro UI because I spend all of my time in Google Chrome. I’ll tinker with the Metro apps from time to time, but it will be tough for them to be integrated into my workflow.
Mike Daisey’s story with This American Life was retracted. In a nutshell, Mike has been doing a monologue about his visit to one of FoxConn’s manufacturing campuses in China. This American Life did a journalistic story on his visit. There were embellishments and some all out lies by Mike. So we are now in damage control. Which is good in this case because there is labor abuse occurring in China’s manufacturing complexes. So below is an hour long monologue by Mike, explaining himself. One thing is for sure, Mike is a great story teller.
I haven’t posted in awhile because of a combination of being busy and being in an ugly mood. The main things I have been busy with is applying for jobs, completing my Security+ certification and buying/selling arcade machines. So yeah, that’s the good news in my life, obtaining that CompTIA Securty+ certification.
My list of reasons I am surly:
1) Cerave doesn’t work, sorry. Three days after that earlier post praising Cerave, my finger tips started peeling, cracking and bleeding. I am in the middle of one of my worst eczema episodes. I’m still using it – I still hope that the next episode won’t be as severe. Not to hopeful, however, but I don’t have anything else to try right now.
2) The NWS is contracting. Being in a contracting organization isn’t fun. Morale takes a dive, along with your ambition. Especially when the first target for cuts is the position you are striving for.
3) Not much movement on the sale of my house.
4) My computer cluster in my basement isn’t working at the moment. One of the nodes doesn’t boot. First thing I am going to try is swap out the power supply.
5) I sold my Track & Field arcade game. While moving it, I tweaked my back. Stiffening as I type this, so I can’t straighten up. This will be a good thing in the end though. I purchased a Mr. Do machine (below), and selling the Track and Field keeps me clutter neutral.
6) Tron Guy blocked me on Google+. It involved a post in which Judge Judy “nails” a black guy for not using his social program money appropriately. I made a comment that Tron Guy had all sorts of hate for a black guy who “games” a social program, but when a rich white guy is guilty of fraud, he should get a free pass. I think the insinuated racism made him angry, so he brought out his Baninnator. Which is probably for the best, I really shouldn’t associate myself with his ilk. He is proof that there are bad nerds.
Me: Why do you want to make America stupid and lazy?
Me: You don’t like Obama’s initiative to make higher education affordable and accessible to all Americans.
Santorum: Dah… Wha?
Me: You think going to college is snobbish, and a bridge to losing one’s religion.
Santorum: Open minds are bad.
Me: The study you reference about younger American’s dropping out of religion while in college also says that those that don’t go to college, drop out of religion at a higher rate.
Me: How do you expect to compete in the international economic playing field without an educated and skilled work force? China went from 6.4 million college enrollment in 1998 to 23 million in 2009. Do you think we need to compete with that?
Me: So do you think we should keep our American’s stupid and non-competitive?
Santorum: You like gay porn, don’t you.
Conversations in my head seem to always go this way.