triadruid: Two stick figures from the webcomic XKCD, fighting with swords while they are supposed to be coding (compiling)
...which only exemplifies the problem.

To wit, I used to be one of those people whose First World Problems included "if I could just win the lottery, all of my financial woes would be solved and I could do whatever I wanted". Which, while true, isn't really the 'problem' anymore. Realistically if I could win/make/steal the same amount I take home NOW without having to go to work, I could do pretty much do what I want to do, I'd just have the time to actually do it! That, or somebody invents a 25 30 36-hour day... we'll see which happens first.

I have too many hobbies/tasks. I don't want to give up ANY of them. Hell, I've got ones I want to do I haven't even been able to properly begin (hello archery). I've been going to the gym down the street since cardiac rehab ended, which is AWESOME, but sucks up somewhere between 70 and 130 minutes of the days I manage to go. I've not done any real coding in months, and this week (hopefully) I'll reinstall All The Operating Systems and be ready to play Diablo III in my nonexistent free(r) time. And let's not even talk about costuming...

Anyway, lunchtime's a-wasting. Hope your life is as full and exciting as mine, but perhaps not moreso.
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(actually that's not true, as I hope to make one more post with my book list, but I need to finish the Bataan Death Read first...)
Half-day at the office today and most people are out on vacation or at a going-away party, so I'm kind of wombling around getting things done.

First out of the gate, if you have the same sort of morbid fascination for the slow-motion demolition that our economy is undergoing that I do, I heartily recommend two things on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] solarbird, who does an excellent job of translating econ-speak into things mere mortals can understand, and links like a mofo; and [livejournal.com profile] reich_blog, the RSS feed for Robert Reich, former Clinton Secretary of Labor. He's got a pithy and admittedly liberal slant on things, but it's a lot more pragmatic than a lot of what I see out there.

Secondly, the Musical Death Star that is [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale's iPod is now 50% more full awesome. I uploaded most of my collection onto it in preparation for our trip to Florida (yes, this'll be our third major road trip of the year), and while we didn't quite get to making the new playlists like No Crying in Baseball, it'll be even more train-wreck-happy on Shuffle All, I'm sure. Good thing we didn't get a Zune, by the way...

Finally, a to-do list of little relevance to anybody here but me:Read more... )
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Slowly but surely, Shit Is Getting Done. A lot of that has to do with finding my motivation again yesterday after a couple of weeks of Bleah, which has allowed some serious whittling of the to-do lists.

On a related note, stoopid penguin tricks inside )
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This week is, objectively, less crazy than last week, but The List™ is still bulging at the seams: Read more... )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
My family goes out of town again, and what's the first thing I do? Stay late at work, of course...*headdesk* Of course, being on the phone all yesterday meant I came home, stared about a bit, and went to bed early without saying 10 words to [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42. Sorry 'bout that..

Also, I think I've finally 'broken' a bone; I use scare quotes because I'm not certain, but one of the metatarsals in my left foot has been hurting like hell for the last three weeks most times that pressure is put on it. Maybe a stress fracture, maybe something stupider like arthritis? Bah.

Still not getting much writing done for NaNoWriMo, even though I'm narrowly ahead of [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale (at least until she updates whatever she did on the plane yesterday), but I got "a" website updated.... also finished Stranger in a Strange Land (very Heinleinian), and The Philosopher and the Druids, which was better (and yet different) than expected. That officially brings me up to 50 books this year, first time I've done that since Book-It! in grade school.

Is it Friday yet?
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Oi. My list of Big Projects I Want To Do is wholly and entirely out of control.

In no particular order ) But now? Now, I go outside and ride my bike, because it's F***ing Gorgeous Out. ::edit:: Or not... I forgot that I left it down by the railroad tracks before Wild Hare's Fall Equinox ritual...I found most of a wheel. Guess I'll go pick up trash instead.
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[livejournal.com profile] featherynscale put one of these together yesterday, and it was cracking me up.

Stuff ... to do )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
The rest of today didn't really appreciably move me up the evolutionary ladder:
  • Still didn't get a damn thing done on this database issue I was supposed to be wrestling with (it's a good thing my boss was out of town. On the other hand, I got to have a slightly surreal conversation with my boss' boss about the new Nintendo Wii).
  • Still got out of the office late, even for my 7pm meeting
    • ...which meant the cashier was no longer present at the parking garage
      • ...which meant I had to go to the bank to get cash to get money to put in the automatic teller to retrieve my car
        • Which meant one of two things was going to happen:
            a) it would eat my $20 (smallest bill you can get from the ATM) and charge me Idiot Tax for today, or
            b) it would give me some manner of change
        • b) turned out to be the case...in quarters. $15 in quarters.
    • And I was still late to my meeting.
  • Also, my wife is off at a meeting and my girlfriend is ill.

But now, I'm home, there's chicken and grits, and soon, bed.

::edit:: And my journal won't do lower-roman lists for some reason. Bastardy.
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Today is Robert Jordan's birthday, apparently; I'm nowhere near as far along in my re-read of the series as I thought, but I did finish Book 5 last night and started Lord of Chaos on my way in to work this morning. Kindly hold off on the spoilers until I get there...I'm working as fast as I can. ;) Still good stuff back in the older books, though I'm surprised at how my perceptions of the timeline differ from reality (it's more like 18 months, than 3 years...)

Speaking of interwoven threads, Sunday's ritual was interesting, if perhaps not in the way they expected )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Morning duties accomplished:

  • Shower
  • Breakfast
  • Oil change
  • Library
  • Work on time
  • Turn in wedding ring to be fixed... why not, you might ask? Because apparently 114 W. 47th Street on the Plaza is no longer Montanari Jewelers, but a Cold Stone Creamery™.
I like ice cream as much as the next guy, but I was really hoping to stop my wedding band from spinning freely as two pieces (for those who haven't seen it, it's gold filigree inside a 'channel' of the main band - mine's come loose, somehow, and spins like a flywheel).

Huh. I'll try their (old) phone number when they say they open... want to know the real kicker? The story about the Cold Stone opening hit the Star on 9/9/05.

::edit:: With the bountiful help of [livejournal.com profile] starwyse, I located them at their new shop, on the other side of the plaza at 4810 Belleview. It's bigger, though they're not 100% "open" yet...

::further edit:: Aaaaand they're done (about an hour later); damn these folks are good!

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