ALERT: Daily Twitter Posts

Below are the latest days “tweets” as of 3 AM Central Time.

08:52 Inspirational talk for budding artists.

09:27 Looks like the Vikings v. Dallas playoff game from 1975 will be re-aired on August 4th. Hmm, I wonder if I get the NFL network?

09:57 Nope, no NFL network. An extra $8 a month for Comcast’s sports package.

11:07 The Birds without the birds.

17:16 Google Earth within a browser…

18:01 I am going to try the "no eating 3 hours before going to bed" diet. Epic or Fail?

23:07 @Ihnatko Mix – "Army of Darkness", "Pulp Fiction", and "Wild at Heart", and yes, pure, shiny, win.

23:30 The opening of NFL Today for the Vikes/’Boys game in 1975. Minnesota outdoor football, the way it should be played.

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ALERT: Daily Twitter Posts

Below are the latest days “tweets” as of 3 AM Central Time.

11:01 Fire! A tcouh of rain and light winds. Perfect for control outdoor burning.

11:02 Retweeting @hotdogsladies: Today’s Word It’s Fun to Yell in a Screamy Jerry Lewis Voice: "*Flavonoid!*" – Zoyx comment… So True!

11:41 Finally talked to a human being about the UPS lost package. Some hope?

16:00 @parsifal Too popular… scaling problems. Needs to be bought out by Google. They know how to do big things.

19:22 This music video- – works in IE7, but not FF3. Probably me.

22:58 This new Portishead song is actually likeable…

23:00 Lots of lightning right now. Had hail earlier this evening. Weird having strong thunderstorms when it is 55 degrees out.

23:20 Live CG lightning data for the CONUS.

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ALERT: Daily Twitter Posts

Below are the latest days “tweets” as of 3 AM Central Time.

22:11 I played golf… – 3 pars and 4 bogeys. The rest were S-holes (shit-holes).

23:18 Crashing, and I am also burning. Someone didn’t wear sunscreen. Dumass.

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Doing the Fishstick

Below is a video of me doing the Fishstick. For those new to this latest dance craze, here is a description:

1. Beginners should perform the Fishstick to the tune “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells. “For presentation and learning purposes, you would want [’Tighten Up’] going.” -Adam Lisagor

2. The Fishstick should be subtle. “Unless you’re really staring at someone doing the Fishstick, you wouldn’t know that they were dancing.”-Scott Simpson; “…the Fishstick is mostly happening in your head.”-Merlin Mann

3. Performances may look like minor neurological disorders. To an untrained observer, “it might look like somebody was thinking about something…maybe trying to remember something, or that they’re having a very slight palsy.” -Merlin Mann

4. While generally done as a solo dance, the Fishstick can be performed “alone, with a study partner, or while […] waiting for something to finish cooking.” -Merlin Mann

Another way of describing the Fishstick, is “facial kegels”.

ALERT: Daily Twitter Posts

Below are the latest days “tweets” as of 3 AM Central Time.

07:29 Got down to 41 deg last night. Basement fell to 64. This was the first night sleeping downstairs. The furnace is turned off.

10:06 Just got written off by another woman. I think will pluck away on my twanger all day today to celebrate. – Good day then.

10:20 @sysord ebay link?

10:44 Found my dream house, just needs to be built…

10:48 It’s official, no golf today. Stay home and be lazy today.

14:29 My Atari 7800 arrived. Also bought an LCD TV. Both pictured here. – Apparently the previous owner was an anarchist. Cute!

16:29 430 PM, and I think I am about over the 31 bike hike hangover from yesterday. May go out for a jog shortly.

16:46 The high score table has been posted. Look for Kurt…

17:24 Just ordered 15 Atari 7800 games. Site was kinda scary, hopefully they can be trusted.

19:11 5k run complete –

23:32 @ylnt My interpretation of the fishstick. Includes spazzy twitching. Enjoy.

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ALERT: Daily Twitter Posts

Below are the latest days “tweets” as of 3 AM Central Time.

08:54 The body is a fickle beast. Gained 1.1 lbs over the past day, even though I only consumed 1500 calories and exercised 2.5 hours.

09:09 Destructive weather yesterday over the north metro.

09:42 Moving bed into basement bedroom. 73 degrees upstairs. 67 degrees in the basement. Should be able to use less air conditioning.

10:51 Just sent an email to an old college friend from 20 years ago. Still at Berkley.

10:54 @howardtayler Lots of Twitter outages. Let us hope Twitter is bought out by Google so a proper scaling engine can be built.

11:02 Hmmm, looks like the B&B I wanted to stay at is booked. Waited too long. Looks like a day trip. Long drive, 184 miles from my house.

12:21 Fun fact: 1/4th of bike trail miles are in Minnesota/Wisconsin.

12:21 @Ihnatko The Yastrzemski?

17:28 31 mile bike hike –

17:29 Biking 31 miles the day before doing an all day trip which includes a 35 mile bike ride… probably wasn’t the smartest thing. I’m tired.

17:55 It’s official. No day trip tomorrow. Golf instead.

18:32 Crap, just dropped and broke my 13" TV while moving it. Looks like I’ll be making a trip to one of these drop-off sites.

18:52 I shall replace the 13" TV with a small flat panel TV, with hookups for cable, NTSC, ATSC, HDMI, Cable and PC. Oh, and it can make waffles.

19:19 Going to Target to look at LCD TVs. They better not be closed on this Memorial Day. If so, they shall feel my wrath via angry Twitter posts.

19:28 I’m doing the Fishstick, RIGHT NOW!

20:50 Just bought 2 – 10′ HDMI cables at NewEgg for $27, including shipping. One 6′ cable at Target was $40 before taxes.

21:44 Just purchased, then returned an LCD 19" TV. Long story short, Target’s fault. I am most angry at Target right now. Foot stomping mad.

22:08 I really should go to bed. Grouchiness has overtaken me. For one thing, no one likes bitter twitters.

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ALERT: Daily Twitter Posts

Below are the latest days “tweets” as of 3 AM Central Time.

09:59 Lost 1.1 lbs since yesterday according to Wii Fit. The “play Trackmania, and forget to eat” diet is working great!

10:01 According to Steam, I have played 9.5 hours of Trackmania over the past 3 days.

10:17 They will be hoisting spans today on the new I-35W bridge. Watch: You can move the focus, amongst other things.

11:21 The likely thunderstorms for last night didn’t happen. It can start raining again, the yard mud has dried and the dock is out of the water.

11:38 Did 21 minutes of Wii Fit. Wii Fit is way too happy. Even when it is chiding you, it comes off lobotomized.

11:40 All this excercise, but not in shape. I can do maybe 5 push-ups, and I can’t do a pull-up. No pull-ups for me since 11th grade.

11:58 Sun is about to come out, better get the jog in before the heat hits.

12:40 2 mile jog –

14:15 Blog post about my blatant comsumerism…

14:37 Just shaved for the first time in 3 days. I do like vacations.

16:21 Now the thunderstorms are beginning to pop. Looks like most of the nastiness will pass to the north of me.

16:52 It is 83.1 degrees at the Zoyx Compound. First time to hit the 80s. Tornado touchdown in Coon Rapids. A couple of tornado warnings issued.

16:54 I would like to go for a bike ride in an hour. Hopefully the thunderstorms will have moved on by then.

21:00 20 mile bike hike…

21:18 Just had dinner – 4 granola bars and a sport drink.

21:38 New made up word for the day… Frelative – A friend that becomes part of the family.

22:03 Is fireworks for Memorial Day? Or do I have fucktards for neighbors? While I am at it, GET OFF OF MY YARD! I’m old.

00:34 Here is a video of a Trackmania Nations Forever run. This is the game I am addicted to right now.

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Stimulus Package Extravaganza!

I received nearly $600 from the federal government to spend as I wish. I went the consumer route. Here is the list of material goods that I purchased:

Garmin Forerunner 405 ($300) – This is a watch that has built in GPS for tracking your location and movement pace. Good for running, hiking, biking, kayaking, etc. Here is an example of the tracking it does. I owned the Forerunner 205… and the 405 is definitely a step up.
• The 205 took 1-2 minutes to lock on to the GPS satellites – the 405 about 15 seconds.
• The 405 can be used as a watch – the 205 was too big and bulky on your wrist for casual wear.
• The 405 transfers data wirelessly to your PC – the 205 required a USB cable.
• The battery sucking GPS turns off after a certain amount of time of non-use to conserve battery life – the 205 doesn’t.
• The 405 comes with new software, which auto-uploads your activities to the internet for free – with the 205, you needed a 3rd party (motion-based) to handle this for a small fee.

Now that I have the 405, I can now break open the 205 and try to fix it. Two of the buttons on the 205 stopped working last fall. Garmin wanted $85 + shipping to fix it. I chose to by a new GPS trainer.

Wii Fit ($90) – Nintendo is trying to pass this off as a game that gets you in shape. No. It is an exercise regime like any other. Wii Fit is a tool, not a game. You will have to work to get in shape. On the positive side, it does try to get you to think healthy, and get in a good frame of mind to get fit.

The big push in Wii Fit is posture. Everything starts with good posture and balance. There might be something to that in my case. The now infamous crookety pelvis x-ray shows that I have bad posture, and the Wii Fit balance board caught that. The problem is that the bad posture comes from sciatic nerve pain in my right leg, which causes me to favor that side. Balance board doesn’t see this, so it is giving me bad advice on how to fix it. However, doing yoga and balance exercises will probably help in this regard, so I will keep doing them.

The other problem is that Wii Fit uses BMI to decide if you are normal weight or not. Wrong! At 216 lbs., my BMI is 29.3, so I am really close to obese, according to this index. I’ll give you the overweight, but not the borderline obese. At 6 feet tall, I need to get down to 184 lbs. I look fine at 195 lbs. The more accurate measure is percent body fat. When (and if) I get down to 195 lbs, I will check my percent body fat, and see if my hypothesis is right.

For potential buyers, here is my recommendation. If you plan on buying this, Wii Fit is like any other exercise equipment. If you find yourself buying exercise equipment, and the equipment turns into a clothes hanger, then expect Wii Fit to meet the same fate… and Wii Fit makes for a lousy clothes hanger. The only way Wii Fit will get used, is if you like to exercise.

Car computer interface with VAG-COM software ($260) – What inspired me to get this was the engine light going on in my VW Jetta, then bringing it to the dealership. The dealership was going to charge me $85 just to hook up to my car computer. I then reminded them that the car was still under warranty, so it was free on this visit. I am 12,000 miles away from no more warranty, so it would be nice to be able to make my own diagnosis. Plus I can make soft mods to the engine to increase the power or efficiency. Although I doubt I will stray too far from stock settings. Currently modding away from stock settings would void what is remaining on my warranty.

So that is my contribution to stimulating the economy. Did you feel the bump of improvement? I sure did.

ALERT: Daily Twitter Posts

Below are the latest days “tweets” as of 3 AM Central Time.

12:29 According to Wii Fit, I have lost another 2.8 lbs. So 5 lbs in 2 days. That was easy. Can I quit now?

12:46 Slow morning. More Trackmania Nations Forever. Saturday Morning Sports Talk, and laundry.

16:16 Back from kayaking O’Dowd Lake…

20:00 Bike Hike…

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Twitter Problems

Twitter is down again. I wonder what is going through the creator’s minds as they see this promising social networking site, slowly collapse. The site is catching fire, and they can’t keep up. I hope they figure out this scaling issue. If they don’t, I am sure another sound-bite blogging site will take its place (pownce?).

Meanwhile, I have updated my muxtape. Apparently the old mix was deleted. Muxtape may delete playlists after a certain time of inactivity. I hadn’t touched mine a couple weeks.