February 2nd, 2008

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Goodbye Cable, Hello DSL

Maybe I'm out of touch here, but I think that whoever is responsible for changing the service provider should be the one who has to install all the crap and make sure it's working right. In the middle of trying to make a blade runner related comment yesterday, up flashed a message saying that I no longer had internet access. It took until quite a few hours later to figure out that the service had been switched and it had been assumed I would handle all the installation details. Cue a lot of swearing and raging as I attempted to get everything hooked up. The whole thing was ecspecially problematic because the nearest phone jack to the computer with the router is around 20 feet away in the kitchen. It took forever to find a long enough phone cord and as of now, it looks like I've strung up telegraph wires between those two rooms in the house. There were also some other instillation issues that required I call the company and then sit on hold while they tried to sort it out.

All in all, the whole thing took around a hour in time, but many kilocoronaries in stress. On a sidenote, I think that should be the new standardized measurement for assessing stress level, the kilocoronary. It's sort of like using the kilonazi for measuring evil. If we use the kilocoronary baseline of having a police drug dog move to sniff your crotch while you have 5 condoms filled with heroin stuffed up your ass, this was probably around a tenth of that. Still not insignificant, though I guess all's well that ends well.
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Oversized Weather Rat Makes Prediction, Hillbillies and Yokels are Amazed

Punxsutawney Phil's prediction: more winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Brace yourself for more wintry weather. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Saturday, leading the groundhog to forecast six more weeks of winter.

The rodent was pulled from his stump by members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, top-hat- and tuxedo-wearing businessmen who carry out the tradition.

Each February 2, thousands of people descend on Punxsutawney, a town of about 6,100 people some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, to celebrate what had essentially been a German superstition.
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The tradition is that if a hibernating animal sees a shadow on February 2 -- the Christian holiday of Candlemas -- winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.

That was the forecast from Gen. Beauregard Lee, Punxsutawney Phil's counterpart in Lilburn, Georgia. Beau did not see his shadow Saturday morning at the Yellow River Game Ranch.

It was the third year in a row the two groundhogs' predictions differed.

This entire process has always sounded like absolute idiocy to me. It's not mentioned here but I ecspecially like how a group of judges have to get together and confer about whether or not the big rat actually saw his shadow or not. Frankly, I'd chip in some money to see someone assassinate the woodchuck with a rifle. Lets see if you can see shadows with your brains splattered all over the wanker with the top hat.

At the very least there should be some consequence for the rat being wrong. I mean, how about if after six weeks it dosen't still seem like winter the entire town gathers for a bit pot of groundhog stew. I'm thinking that might help as incentive for him to get it right. So the judges have a stake in it too, we can lop off a finger each time they get it wrong.

Also, WTF? General Beauregard Lee? Since when did we start giving these fucking rodents military ranks? I'm hoping for a fragging. Private Hadeous Limbgnawer has been patiently biding his time and soon his moment of glory will be at hand.
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Chalk up another one

Heh, I just got my first post-debate de-friending out of the new batch of people. Frankly, I would have thought it would have come sooner but it's not like I've been commenting as much as I used to. It takes a good back and forth to really send someone off in a snit. I just can't help punching rhetorical holes in certain people's idiocy. It ecspecially gets my goat when the opinion expressed is some PC, regurgitated crap. In this particular case, the comment that started the whole thing was that "Oppression, or actions similar, does not equal faith". If you think about it, the entire phrase is idiocy. It all depends on what your faith demands, right? If a tenent of your faith is that you should go out and oppress someone, and you go oppress someone because of it, then it's all about faith.

I should have suspected it was some sort of touchy-feely, hippiecrap right off the bat. You know, the sort of message which sounds all nice but generally means absolutely diddily squat. I guess it's not surprising in this day and age. Plenty of people would like to believe that what you feel or what you think is more important than what you do. What the hell does it matter what you believe if you don't put whatever it is into action when it comes to faith? It's just as well I don't subscribe to any religion. I seriously doubt I'd be much for follow through.

The whole thing reminds me a lot of when I was reading The Year of Living Biblically. There was this great little question asked by a Rabbi and related in the book. There are two men, one schedules 15 minutes each day to pray to God and does so without fail. He takes his time and the prayer makes him feel closer to God and buoys his spirit for the rest of the day. The second man is having an incredibly busy day at work where he's barely keeping up. In between meetings, he manages to mumble a quick prayer before dashing off to what he has to do next. Which of these two men is more faithful? The answer is the second, because he prays for no other reason than because of God. In fact, it's a sacrifice to even take the time to utter the prayer when he's so busy. The other man prays too, but he gets something out of it. The prayer makes him feel good, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it's clear that it's not in the same league as the man who prays with no gain. Interesting when you think about it.