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While waiting to cross a side street in Harvard Square to get lunch, I noticed that the car parked next to me had a note pinned under the windshield wiper. Assuming at first that the car's owner had left a note to the police begging not to be fined or towed for a violation, I glanced at it. In the half-page note (containing several sentences -- it was quite long), the author berated the owner of the car (a fairly pricey one -- an Altima or some such) for not having purchased snow tires. And I quote:
"Driving on summer tires [carat note: like yours] in the snow is like [obscured by windshield wiper]. ... If you can afford these, you can afford a set of snow tires. Don't pretend like it's OK. Are you willing to risk your life for a fashion statement?"
I really wanted to know what the part behind the wiper said, but I wasn't going to mess with someone's car to find out.

As Martin Rose put it, "Congratulations! You have officially discovered a new low point in East Coast Moral Outrage."

Oddly, the SUV parked directly in front of that car (which also did not have snow tires) had no such note on it.

(And yes... the irony of my saying people can't mind their own business, then reading a note on someone else's car, has been duly noted. But at least I'm just nosy, not pushy. ;)
Posted at my GM's (mindways's) request... the following is a context-free nutshell description of five consecutive minutes of my character's consciousness (with several hours of unconsciousness mixed in), as summarized by me during Sunday's session:


(Yeah, Steve had a terrific week, let me tell you.)
2004.10.28 03:10 am - Bad typos to make:
Dear New York Post: Fix this.

(Edit: It lasted about 15 minutes. :)
2004.07.19 03:51 pm - A synopsis of Spider-Man 2
For the record, I really liked this film. However... :)

There are spoilers in here... sort of.Collapse )
This is a very strange list. But at least, for once, I don't feel like a philistine 'cause I can only put a "yes" next to about five things in the list. :)

The IMDB Movie MemeCollapse )
2004.03.25 09:49 pm - I like to eat food.
Cribbed from frozencapybara.
Food MemeCollapse )
Interesting reading:

The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida Shutdown Announcement: An Insider's View

Yeah, guys, thanks for that Lilo & Stitch thing. Don't let the door hit your asses on the way out.

The "Archives" sidebar link has a lot more on the topic, too... this was the one that started it all, I think.
2004.01.15 06:30 pm - A cat story (long)
I've spent a whole lot of time, over the past year, reading pet shelter web sites. (First because frozencapybara and I were looking for cats to adopt, more recently because I've started helping out at the Milford Humane Society and... well, just because I can. :) The down side to this is that about a third of the animal bios on any shelter page are examples of the extreme thoughtlessness, irresponsibility, and downright idiocy of people who should never have been allowed near a cat or dog in the first place.

So, I feel the need to post this on my LJ, to remind myself that some people aren't idiots.

(EDIT: Someone else compiled them all onto one page, with photos. So I'll use that link instead, even though it does blatantly abuse the <center> tag.)

So, I present to you the ongoing saga of JMS and his cat. :)
2004.01.15 12:09 am - State of the Meme Address
Ah, why not. It's frozencapybara's fault.

The state meme! Bolded states are ones I've visited (i.e. gotten out of the car to visit things which are not gas stations or rest stops), bolded and italicized are ones I've lived in for more than a month, underlined are ones I've passed through (in a car, or stopped in the airport). Ones that have no font augmentation are ones I haven't been to.

1) Alabama, 2) Alaska, 3) Arizona, 4) Arkansas, 5) California, 6) Colorado, 7) Connecticut, 8) Delaware, 9) Florida, 10) Georgia, 11) Hawaii, 12) Idaho, 13) Illinois, 14) Indiana, 15) Iowa, 16) Kansas, 17) Kentucky, 18) Louisiana, 19) Maine, 20) Maryland, 21) Massachusetts, 22) Michigan, 23) Minnesota, 24) Mississippi, 25) Missouri, 26) Montana, 27) Nebraska, 28) Nevada, 29) New Hampshire, 30) New Jersey, 31) New Mexico , 32) New York, 33) North Carolina, 34) North Dakota, 35) Ohio, 36) Oklahoma, 37) Oregon, 38) Pennsylvania, 39) Rhode Island, 40) South Carolina, 41) South Dakota, 42) Tennessee, 43) Texas, 44) Utah, 45) Vermont, 46) Virginia, 47) Washington, 48) West Virginia, 49) Wisconsin, 50) Wyoming.

Sometime in the past hour, I seem to have lost the cap off of my (chipped since 4th grade) front tooth.

So far, my tooth seems not to have realized that it hurt quite a lot back then, and by rights should hurt just as much now.

Please don't remind it.
2004.01.05 10:20 am - Day 5: Still Not King.
Which is worse? To not get enough sleep, or to get plenty of sleep, but spend the last three hours of the night having a series of dreams in which you have overslept and/or forgotten to set your alarm, thus missing most of your day at work?

As you might have guessed, last night was the latter. Let me tell you, waking up repeatedly in a minor panic from 5am to 8am was a blast.

It was a good weekend, all told. NYE madness at mindways and keshwyn's domicile was a blast. (Ok, everyone, count down the seconds as we watch the staticky and blurry I-think-that's-the-ball drop. ;) Was a particularly nice surprise to see mephron, who I had no idea was going to be in the state, let alone in Somerville, that night. I guess I missed another memo. And I once again got stomped by other ninjas (ninjae?), so it appears 2004 will be much like the year that preceded it. :)

Thursday felt like Saturday. Friday felt like Saturday. Saturday, much to my surprise, still felt like Saturday... and most of it was spent either sleeping in or at the Milford Humane Society, as frozencapybara made the 45-minute trek southwest for our first of (hopefully) many volunteer stints at the shelter. We were there for about four hours, most of it spent cleaning up for and feeding the not-yet-socialized semi-feral cats in the back rooms. As much as the more socialized "front room" cats are fun to be around, I think I prefer spending time with the semi-ferals. It's very rewarding, to me, to see one of those cats (especially the ones in the "B Room", the ones least trusting of people) come up to me and pet them a little bit, or even just let me get close enough for them to hesitantly sniff my hand. It's very slow progress, and I suspect I could do this for a year and most of them still won't trust people very much, but if I can help them take even a tiny step closer to getting out of those back rooms and into a good home, that's worth the effort to me.

The trick will be finding the time... I think Saturdays are the only days we'll be able to volunteer (due to time, distance, and work schedules), and even those will be sporadic. But, well, it's better than nothing.

Oh, and you should have seen Taichou after we returned home. He sniffed at frozencapybara very suspiciously, for a good long while. ("HEY! You've been playing with OTHER CATS! I bet you even FED them! Why do you hate me?" :)
2003.11.13 11:48 pm - This Preview Has Not Been Rated.
(During a discussion of Armageddon, Deep Impact, et al on IRC...)

kviri: Someone needs to write a movie in which a colony of bacterial life forms have their peaceful existence on Asteroid 2997B9 threatened by this HUGE BLUE PLANET that is now hurtling towards it.
z_gryphon: coming next year from Pixar!
2003.10.27 09:06 pm - [meme] I got a rock.
Yeah, it's the Trick-or-Treat meme. I was just going to run it and not post it, but... damn.

Worst. Halloween take. Ever.Collapse )

(And before you ask, the "costume" was something I wore to a party, very briefly, last year. :)
2003.06.13 11:35 pm - [redsox] Boston 4, Houston 3.
Ok. Someone start packing John Burkett's bags -right now-, and put him on a plane. I don't care where it's going. I want Rupe as our #5 starter... even if this does turn out to be an atypically good night for him, it's better than we've gotten from Burkett in as long as I can remember. I'll take it.

On the down side... 11 men left on base tonight, 7 LOB in the first three innings alone. (And it would have been 10 LOB in the first four innings if Ortiz hadn't come through with a looper to right on a 2-2 count.) This has GOT to stop.
This might break the meme tradition, but... well, I'm having fun with this.

Here are my first batch of reciprocal questions (actually, I posted kadnkadnk's to her LJ before I decided to change the way I did things).

I've attached names to each group of five questions, but (since I'm flat-out refusing to re-use questions between people), feel free to answer any of the others that amuse you, as well. I don't want anyone complaining that I gave them "all the lame questions."

(That said... please do answer the five I asked you, along with whatever else. ;)

To sum up: I'm posting them here so that everyone can see the questions. Feel free to post the answers in your own LJ. :)

Reciprocal Questions for kadnkadnk, lizzielizzie, jikharra, meranthi, keshwyn, and rhysaraCollapse )
2003.06.11 12:43 pm - Interview (Part the First)
Ok, here are the first round of answers to the interview questions I've been asked. (I'll return the favor sometime today.)

These answers are mostly cop-out free. Mostly. :)

Questions 1-31Collapse )
2003.06.11 08:12 am - It's all about me(me).
Interview me!
Ask me any 5 questions (or more, if you really want to), which I will answer unless I just can't bring myself to do so. (Note to lizzielizzie: this is not a -challenge-. ;) You can ask me to interview you, too - but if you do so and don't ask me at least one question, don't count on it happening. On the other hand, I'll return the favor for anyone who -does- ask questions.

Hey, people gripe that I don't post anything relevant to my LJ... you're asking the questions, you can now -make- it relevant. ;)

(Meme as cribbed from any number of people. Enjoy, feel free to steal it.)
(I'd post this as a followup to a yehoshua post, or just rant at him about it on IRC, but I haven't heard a peep out of him all day.)

Dear Grady Little:

Wakefield wasn't exactly stellar last time out... so what on God's green earth gave you the impression that shuffling the order and starting him on short rest could possibly be a good idea? Yes, Fossum has been struggling, but I've seen no evidence that an extra day's rest will help him more than it obviously hurt Wake.

Also... you're playing by NL rules this week. I don't care how much you want to avoid a double switch (knowing that the pitcher is due up first next inning). If the pitcher on the mound, a fresh callup who has averaged (much) less than two innings per outing in AAA, has just given up a go-ahead homer and is struggling to put the ball over the plate with men in scoring position during his second inning of relief, you take him out of the game. At least then it's still close, and you have an offense that is capable of making up a run in the next three innings. Keeping Almonte in the game until he has given up five runs, and having to make the double switch anyway, is not the correct solution.

I'm not exactly down with this "start Lowe on short rest Sunday" plan, either. Ok, it's either him or Kim, but I can't imagine that throwing Lowe off his routine just as he's finally gotten it together on the road is a good idea. At this stage, I think Kim could bounce back from a bad outing more easily than Lowe.

Our pitching staff is already broken enough, Grady. Stop trying to fix it. Please.

Sincerely, me.
2003.05.05 11:04 am - So...
How long do you think it'll be before vandals start doing things like this? :)
2003.04.28 12:05 am - Further Red Sox musings...
The frozencapybara curse is real. The team still hasn't won more than one game that she's watched the end of (and she's watched close to half of them).

Tonight? She went to bed with the score tied in the 14th inning.

The Sox hit the next two pitches out of the park.

You can't make this stuff up.
2003.04.27 10:57 pm - I've had enough BS.
The next time I see Chad Fox walking towards the pitcher's mound from the bullpen on the day of a Pedro start, I shall smite him with holy fire from the heavens.

Or, failing that, I'll curse a whole lot.
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