Rants & Ramblings

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

personal

apr
22
2003

en fuego

This morning I smelled something burning in the office, like burnt toast. Some of my officemates commented on it, and we just shrugged and went back to work. Turns out, the toaster in the kitchen caught fire and scorched some …

apr
20
2003

live studio audience

Visiting my extended family in South Carolina is a lot like going home to my family in Arizona — Lots of in-jokes and bickering and random conversations. I’m more of an observer than a participant in the “proceedings,” and to …

apr
19
2003

hitting the road

I’m off to South Carolina this weekend to visit family for the Easter holiday. Seven-hour drive, here I come! ;) I’ve burned a few CDs to keep me company on my way down. I have much love for Ben Folds, …

apr
16
2003

exhibitionism and repression

As a weblog reader, one of the most fun parts of blog-hopping is the myriad of personal details that come through in people’s weblog entries. As a weblog writer, the act of writing these entries is a kind of catharsis. …

apr
11
2003

method of payment

30 minutes and $16 in cab fare wasted … I made the trek to the Georgetown Student Accounts office in the middle of my workday, only to be told that they accept only checks and cash for payment. Who the …

and where's my tuition money going?

Warning: Rant ahead. I’m spending a lot of money to go to Georgetown for grad school. It’s about $1,000 per credit hour times 9 credit hours per semester. Plus fees. Federal loans have covered most of the tuition so far, …

apr
03
2003

the saga continues…

Fedex lost my PowerBook! It was last scanned on Monday at Dulles and was supposed to be delivered on Tuesday. Let the grumbling and bitching commence.

apr
01
2003

april fool's

My new 17” PowerBook is supposed to be delivered today. (And it’s late, if FedEx’s tracking site is worth its salt.) I’m probably not going to get any work done today as I get the new machine set up. My …

mar
30
2003

at the starbucks

I’m sitting in a Starbucks in San Francisco, checking my e-mail via my laptop and their wireless Internet service. Sitting next to the computer: my wallet, my cellphone, and a Starbucks coffee cup. God, I’m such a yuppie.

mar
20
2003

no place like home

I talked to my dad last night over the phone, just before Bush’s speech about the war having started. My dad, only half jokingly, tried to convince me to come home to Tucson for the rest of the semester, or …

mar
15
2003

seen: a trip to target

I love Target. I just hate going there. I went to the big-box superstore at Potomac Yard. The store was packed — even more than I’m used to seeing at that particular Target — with a huge crowd massed around …

mar
09
2003

ode to a pair of boots

Ah, my poor, sad, reliable old boots. Your time has passed. Three years ago, I first spied you on the shoe racks at Target. You were a spiffy, affordably-priced combat boot, aspiring to be a “serious” boot, yet lacking the …

mar
07
2003

horrorscope

Today was one of those rare fluke days where my horoscope seems to match up with events in my life. From Astrology.com, today’s Leo horoscope: If you leave to start something new, an unfinished project will follow you. Don’t give …

mar
05
2003

randomness

I’ve had to be something of a workaholic insomniac for the past few days — hence the lack of updates. (9 hours of sleep in 3 days. Go me!) So, here comes a condensed bit of randomness about a bunch …

feb
25
2003

identity

Identity is the sum of one’s perceptions of Self, filtered by a myriad of lenses through which one is viewed by the world, and in turn sees oneself. Individuals are defined not by who they are individually, but by who …

feb
18
2003

digging out

Spent much of yesterday watching cooking shows (an “Oliver’s Twist” marathon on the Food Network). Finally turned it off around 7 and, feeling guilty, started doing some reading for class — only to “hear” the text in my head read …

feb
17
2003

snow update

Snowstorm, day 2. Still mostly snowed in. News reports say the Washington area got about 18 inches of snow yesterday. The snowfall has tapered off today, though, so hopefully the clearing of roads, sidewalks, stairwells can begin in earnest soon. …

feb
16
2003

snowed in

After lackluster showings on Friday night and Saturday, this predicted “doozy” of a winter storm has finally managed to impress me. It’s also managed to more-or-less snow me in. I got up this morning around nine-ish, slipped on a pair …

feb
08
2003

playing tourist again

I made an outing to downtown DC this afternoon, elevated terror warning be damned. I got off the Metro at Archives / Navy Memorial, snapped a picture of the U.S. Capitol as I crossed Pennsylvania Avenue, and walked toward the …

upward bound

My uncle, Paul Beardsley, is featured in the February / March issue of Air & Space Magazine, put out by the Smithsonian Institution. This issue of the magazine celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the airplane. Uncle Paul, as a hobby, …

feb
06
2003

technical difficulties

Sorry for the lack of updates and other random technical difficulties this past week. My webhost moved my site to a different server, which caused some problems for my weblog configuration. Thanks to the nice guys in tech support, everything’s …

jan
29
2003

sinus infection number three

Six months in DC, and this is (at least) the third time I’ve been sick. First one was a upper respiratory infection. Second was a nasty cold I took to Tucson with me over Christmas, but didn’t go to the …