The fall (and hopefully reprise) of Phydeaux

[Ed. note - This post was initially written in October 2010 but wasn't posted to the front page until now (April 2011), when I need to follow up with updates.]

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     All my troubles seemed so far away,
     Now it looks as though they're here to stay,
     Oh, I believe in yesterday.
     Love was such an easy game to play,
     Now I need a place to hide away,
     Oh, I believe in yesterday.

                            Paul McCartney

The pathway is broken
     And the signs are unclear
     And I don't know the reason why you brought me here
     But just

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Remembering Luanne

A couple months ago I woke up at 4:30 in the morning thinking about a girl - a girl I haven't thought about in many years. For some reason, my mind wouldn't let go of her memory and I couldn't get back to sleep no matter how hard I tried. Eventually I got out of bed, fired up the computer and did a quick Google search for her name. I was somewhat troubled that there was no information whatsoever about her to be found. None. I decided that there needed to be.

"Why?" you may ask. Keep reading.

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Politics and Sausage - Part Deux

When Otto von Bismarck said, "Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made," he had no way of knowing just how prophetic it was. There are more similarities than he ever dreamed.

Not only do you not want to see them made, but the end result is usually full of pork and will often leave you with an upset stomach.

Useful vs. wasteful

I just read this post by my pal, Dr. Bacchus. And I must say that there was a time, not so long ago, that I would have vehemently disagreed with his premise.

But no longer...

As I've gotten older I am so much more pragmatic than I have ever been - and I was pretty pragmatic to begin with. And while I don't agree that NASA is totally unnecessary, I do believe that missions like this - to go look at things that will have no real impact on anything other than budgets and some people's notion that they are [……]

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Stephen Fry is just too cool

I love it when someone you think you have pegged totally surprises you. The specific case in point at the moment is [……]

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I didn't think I could despise politicians any more than I already did...

Boy, was I wrong! The latest comes in the form of this $700B crap sandwich that they've sold as the only way to save humanity. Not only is it a lousy attempt at a solution that won't work - it perpetuates the problem. And then comes the salt in the wound!!!

Instead of voting on this thing on its merits - after all, we're only shelling out over 25% of the total budget for the upcoming year, what's a few hundred billion between friends, huh? - the wastes of flesh in [……]

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New phone number

Oh - by the way - the new job brings with it a new phone number. In fact, the entire family has changed numbers. So if you have a phone number for me, it will cease to work at some point in the very near future. To get the new one, please email me (assuming you have my email address) and I'll send you the new number. If that's not possible, submit a comment to this post and I'll figure out a way to get it to you.

A rather eventful catchup post

Goodness me, my lovely readers, it's been way too long since I actually updated this thing. So here's what's been going on since we last shared this little time together...

Shortly after my last post, I was told that I'd be out of a job (along with my boss - and friend - Mr. Moose) as of August 31. Basically, the services that our jobs performed were being farmed out. So, for the second time in my life, I was asked to assist in eliminating my own job. Hopefully you'll never have to go through that but, if you do, just [……]

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Official Timesink Warning: If you've got some time to kill, check out GraphJam for a few good laughs. People submit graphs they have to explain pop culture ideas, everything from song lyrics to movie & TV plots to cliches. Some of them are quite funny.

So far, my favorites are Parental IQ versus Child’s Age, The United States According To Network Executives and words that Rhyme With Texas, but I'm only on page 4 so far.

Oh - and if they don't make sense, look at the Cheat Sheet if one's available for that graph.

Holy smackin' a mackerel in rhythm

As a drummer — and I've said this before but, so what? — I love music made from things that are not thought of as musical. Things like Stomp!, street drummers or whatever have always fascinated me. We even have professional musicians singing with nothing to accompany them but what we called the Senior Cup Trick in college.

So when I come across something like this video, I just sit enthralled for nine and a half minutes. I hope you enjoy it as well.


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