Archive for June, 2010

Let There Be Light (And Dinosaurs)

June 28, 2010

After an exhausting week, Roomie and I decided it would be a good idea to stay in on Friday night, order a giant pizza, have few drinks and watch Jurassic Park.  I don’t feel this was an unfair request of life, seeing as how it had spent the last 5 days repeatedly kicking me in the face.

Around about 8:30 we experienced what I am told is called a “Brown Out”.  This is somewhat less severe than a black out.  I didn’t know there was a color-coded threat level system in place for power outages.  This must be where they got the idea for our national terrorism danger rainbow.  I called ConEd and asked what color alert a light bulb burning out is so I can be prepared.  They hung up on me.

Basically, a brown out is something only major city power grids can be absurd enough to create.  Some of the power goes out.  We lost power to all the lights and all but 4 outlets.  Two in the living room and one in each of our bedrooms.  This still left us with the air conditioner and the TV working so it really didn’t throw us off that much.  We did have to run an extension cord to the fridge though.

I slept in the living room since my room doesn’t have an AC in it.  Apparently things got worse during the night and the city of New York issued a full-on black out in Astoria.  At 4AM I woke up in a puddle of my own sweat and misery so I opened the window to let some air in.  And of course ConEd was outside cutting into the street with a giant saw theoretically attempting to fix the problem. 

Next time I want a relaxing night at home I’ll ask life for something simpler.  Just Ramen, water and network tv maybe.

– J

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What Recession?

June 21, 2010

In the last week we’ve been bombarded with news about Apple’s new iPhone.  It’s been well documented that in 24 hours there were 600,000 pre-orders for the new iPhone.  Pre.

Starting price for the iPhone is $400.00.  Let’s go ahead and tack on all the plans, bedazzled cases, etc and say $500.00  I think that’s fair.

My superior math skills tell me that in 1 day people spent $300 million dollars on the same thing.  Actually, no.  They spent that much on a confirmation number.

We as a species can’t feed and clothe everyone, but in one damn day we proved just how much we’re willing to spend on a unified interest.  We have serious priority issues, we all know it, and we’re not going to do a thing about it.

Not saying I’ve done my part.  As I type this I’m downloading the upgrade for the iPhone I already have.  I’m just processing some thoughts and felt like sharing.  Sorry if I’m coming across like some pretentious Bono wanna-be.

J

Proof I’m Always Right

June 12, 2010

Copied this from the results of a left/right brain dominance app on my iPhone. Don’t usually go for this kind of stuff, but I liked this for whatever reason. Plus it’s 7:30 in the morning, I’m on the train and uncaffeinated. I’m allowed to be random.

RIGHT BRAIN DOMINANT

HOLISTIC. RANDOM. CONCRETE. INTUITIVE. NON VERBAL. FANTASY ORIENTED. If you have a Right Hemisphere Dominance, you process information from whole to parts: you don’t pay attention to details but look instead at the big picture. You don’t adapt well to fixed schedules or rules: you like to manage your own time and enjoy doing many things at the same time. You learn best with pictures, diagrams, charts, and videos, and are good at talking about your feelings and interpreting other people’s emotions. Sometimes you may know that something is right and not know why: you just know it, and therefore you are great at seeing through lies or tricks. You are impulsive and very expressive, and probably are a dreamer. You are best at social activities and have a special quality for artistic endeavours such as music or creative activities.

Not a bad summary of the ol’ J.

Happy weekend!

J