Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

personal

sep
17
2003

feel the pain

Ow. Ow. Ow. And, oh yeah, ow. I just got back from the dentist. Ow. Is it any wonder why I haven’t been to a dentist in a little over a year? It occurs to me, as she’s jabbing a …

sep
16
2003

apple of my eye

Apple finally announced some long-expected upgrades to their Powerbook line of notebook computers. I’ve been jonesing for a Mac of my own for some time, particularly since my office bought me a 17” Powerbook this spring. The 17” P’book is …

sep
06
2003

joy of cooking

I’ve just finished preparing a side dish for tonight’s dinner party at Rob and Shawn’s. The theme this time is “Italian/Mediterranean,” so I’ve put together a fattoush, a Mediterranean salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and fresh herbs. I’ve had …

sep
04
2003

out of service

I think my cellphone is possessed. For the past week, it’s been randomly turning itself off and on, the the start-up chimes ringing eerily from inside my messenger bag or on my bedside table. During a call, the person I’m …

sep
01
2003

finding a structure

I think I was more interesting when I was a kid.

aug
30
2003

running to stand still

I’m folding laundry and doing various chores around the house to the tune of U2’s 1987 album The Joshua Tree, and I’m struck once again by just how great this album is. It wasn’t until a few years ago that …

aug
27
2003

steamy

My sunglasses steam up as I walk up the stairs from my basement apartment. My newly-cropped hair is a giant frizz-ball. My shirts and jeans cling to me uncomfortably, and my skin has a not-so-fine “glow” of sweat within a …

aug
25
2003

night rider

Driving through West Virginia at night can be a freaky experience. I took over the driving duties at sundown at a gas station in Wills, W.V. With daylight rapidly fading to nighttime dark, I turned my Saturn onto Interstate 79, …

wedding bells

Diana, Rob and I drove from DC to Indianapolis this weekend for Dan and Vickie’s wedding. The drive itself, through Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, was fairly uneventful, and Rob and I swapped driving duties every few hours. …

aug
21
2003

road trip

It’s been less than two weeks since I got back from New York, and already I’m itching for another escape. It’s been a frustrating week at work, and things don’t look to be getting better any time soon. But I …

aug
14
2003

workplace zen

Dari, Rob, our soon-to-be-departing boss Andrew and I went to Mackey’s today for one last design team lunch. Andrew came with parting gifts for each of us: a Sigmund Freud action figure for Dari, a plastic gun with small pig-shaped …

aug
13
2003

dress shopping

I spent yesterday evening at Pentagon City Mall in search of a suitable dress for Dan and Vickie’s wedding next weekend in Indianapolis. I’ve been in a bit of a quandry about how formal a dress to get for the …

aug
12
2003

class dilemma

I’m reconsidering my class schedule for the coming semester. Right now, my Fall 2003 schedule consists of these three classes: LING-382: Language Style, Standardization and the Media - “An examination of efforts of media institutions to influence language style and …

aug
10
2003

new york state of mind

After a fairly subdued birthday last year (a solitary affair consisting of a visit to IKEA, a prepackaged dinner from Trader Joe’s and a piece of strawberry tallcake from Ruby Tuesday), I wanted to do something really fun for this …

aug
03
2003

bachelorette party

Even though Vickie had already had an official bachelorette party in Indiana a couple weeks earlier, she and Diana wanted to do a local “night on the town” celebration as well. They invited me along for the girls’ night out, …

aug
02
2003

dude … it's my car

Rob’s friend Amy took a spiffy-freaky photo of my car last week on the way back from a dinner thing in Baltimore.

aug
01
2003

office volleyball

Today was the annual EVP&T Employee Appreciation Picnic at GW, featuring always hotly-contested inter-department volleyball tournament. Several of my officemates entered under the team name “Mandatory Fun” (referring to the IMAG team-building “field day” held last May). Our team played …

jul
28
2003

chill

I’m sitting on a couch at Common Grounds with the Powerbook and listening to good indie rock (the current playlist includes Travis and Wilco) over the coffehouse PA system. Common Grounds is one of those bonafide, independent community coffehouses, one …

in flight

Paul Beardsley, my uncle, has been getting a lot of attention this year (the anniversary of the first Wright Brothers flight) with his flight simulator skin/model of the 1903 Wright Brothers flyer airplane. His model was a prominent attraction at …

jul
27
2003

now on ebay…

I’m clearing out my closet and selling a couple things on eBay… Box of 41 assorted comics (Marvel, Image, indie) Scanner - MAG DTS-3060

jul
25
2003

campaign work

I took “Strategy and Message Development” this summer in GW’s Graduate School of Political Management. The focus of the class is learning how to craft a core campaign message and then parlay that message into a campaign strategy via speeches …

jul
22
2003

moment of silence

After work on Friday, I walked down to the Lincoln Memorial to take photos with my new camera. (See photos.) I came across the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on my way, and I decided to walk through and pay my respects. …