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Friday

Posted by pjsauter on August 31, 2012
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This has been a loooooong week. Five days and everything. Good thing there’s a long weekend coming up (last one for a while, though, so that sucks). I more or less managed to ignore the GOP convention dog and pony show, though some of it of course leaked out into my brain. Mostly that Paul Ryan is a big fat liar, Mitt Romney’s speech was fairly lame, and Clint Eastwood’s was just plain odd. And I guess they love them some Condi Rice (nary a peanut was cast in her direction, apparently). Not that I saw or listened to any of that. Oh, and I heard something about Rush Limbaugh saying Obama caused hurricane Isaac just to fuck with the Republicans. Too bad he can’t actually do that.

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on August 28, 2012
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Good news for you women out there. Over the years, I’ve heard countless times that you ladies have a huge problem holding on to pens (which were, of course, chauvinistically designed for man hands). I believe this has a lot to do with the shockingly low numbers of females in engineering and other “pen” heavy professions. Well you gals are in luck, as Bic has finally come out with the new line of “BIC for Her” pens that are “designed to fit comfortably in a woman’s hand.” Not to mention being stylish – available in pink and purple (you should go read the customer reviews). This is a big solution to a big problem (almost as big a problem as in-person voter fraud).

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Monday

Posted by pjsauter on August 27, 2012
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It appears that God has lifted His veil of protection from the Republican Party – at least for a day or so. Tampa is getting drenched this morning, and the GOP has cancelled the first day of their convention. Bummer. Don’t worry, though. They should be in full swing tomorrow. Therefore, I need to totally isolate myself from all news media. I just can’t stand listening to (or about) the RomRyan Empress. Especially since I think they’re gonna win in November. Let’s face it, the economy sucks, the Republicans get to spend unlimited amounts of money (a tiny investment when compared to all the tax breaks they’re about to receive), and they have the vote fixed in most of the “swing” states. I just don’t want a “voucher” system to replace Medicare.

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Friday

Posted by pjsauter on August 24, 2012
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Ah, Friday. Always a good thing. But this Friday is tempered with a bit of sadness. My XBOX 360 is dead. Actually it’s been dead for a few days now (probably longer. I haven’t really used it in a while). I went to play something or other last week or something, and right as I was attempting to shoot some guy in the head, it froze up on me and needed a reboot (at which point, I quit ‘cuz I had shit to do). I figured the disc was beat or something. So I tried it again a couple days later, and damned if it didn’t do the same thing. So I gave it the boot, and, well, eventually it wouldn’t even turn back on. Flashing red rings of death. Well that sucks. I figured it was probably off warranty (didn’t really remember how long I’ve had it), but I checked the manufacturing date, and, damn, it’s over five years old (where has the time gone?). So, they’ll either fix it or give me a refurb (90 day warranty either way) for $99 (but of course I have to deal with shipping it and all that. So, on the one hand, I have this boat anchor that I don’t really use much at all, and find it hard to justify spending a hundred bucks to fix. On the other, I have several games, a racing wheel and pedals, and a Kinect invested in this thing that are basically useless without it. Oh, what’s a boy to do?

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Thursday

Posted by pjsauter on August 23, 2012
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I don’t know how this one slipped past me, but it appears that Syracuse in the #6 ranked drinking town in the US (in the top 100 Metro areas), with 7 bars per 10,000 households (in case you were wondering, New Orleans is easily #1 at 8.6). As for places to eat, San Francisco is #1, with 39.3 restaurants per 10,000 households (San Fran also comes in at #8 for places to drink). How they can afford to eat out there is beyond me, as the median price per square foot of homes for sale is $459. Ouch. Here, it’s a rather reasonable $86. In fact, if you look at the difference between eating towns and drinking towns, it’s clearly a lot cheaper to get your calories via booze (or at least cheaper to buy a home to go sleep it off in).

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on August 22, 2012
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In the first official sign that summer is just about over (and in news I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting), the theme of the NYS Butter Sculpture was announced today (ahead of opening day, which is tomorrow). I won’t keep you in suspense. It’s…Greek Yogurt. Yes, 800 pounds of butter sculpted to look like a cow in a toga (waving the NYS flag), standing in front of Greek columns or something. Fall is my favorite time of year, but it doesn’t last long around here, before we plunge into the cold (and, worse, darkness) of winter. It already gets too dark too early, and, to make matters worse, once the Fair is over, the school taxes should be in the mail (and they are way, way too much for what I get out of them, which aint much). Oh well, time marches on.

Monday

Posted by pjsauter on August 20, 2012
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Last I looked, Todd Arkin was leading Claire McCaskill in the race for the Missouri Senate by about four points. Of course, that was before he said the women who are the victims of “legitimate rape” can potentially prevent pregnancy because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Now, some people seem to be rather upset about the “legitimate” part, but I’m more curious to find out what theses mysterious “ways” are that women can “shut that whole thing down.” I’d also kinda like to know who these “doctors” are that told him that. ‘Cuz, really, I’m no expert, but I’ve never heard that one before, and I’d like to know what the mechanism is, and how it all works. Just my scientific curiosity. Thankfully, the Romney/Ryan campaign issued a strong statement on the issue.

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Free Pussy Riot!

Posted by pjsauter on August 17, 2012
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As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Pussy Riot has been convicted of “hooliganism” and sentenced to two years in Russian prison (which is probably not a very nice place). You may recall that back in February “…the women staged a flashmob-style performance of their song close to the altar in [a Russian Orthodox] cathedral…. Their brief, obscenity-laced performance, which implored the Virgin Mary to “throw Putin out”, enraged the Orthodox Church – its leader Patriarch Kirill said it amounted to blasphemy.” Well, I guess Russia has never really been known as a bastion of free speech.

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Thursday

Posted by pjsauter on August 16, 2012
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Funny, I don’t see this on the US News sites, but Ecuador has granted Julian Assange asylum, mostly because everybody assumed that Sweden would hand him over to the US, where he’d likely wind up in prison (if he was lucky) or Gitmo. The Brits, however, seem rathe unimpressed.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on August 15, 2012
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Yesterday sucked. Not only was it the first day back from a three-day weekend, but I then got stuck doing something tedious and time consuming that I couldn’t start until five o’clock, which meant I didn’t get out of my chair until six. And, in preparation for what I had to do, I was in the chair all day long with barely a piss break or two. By the time I got home (to raucous thunderstorms), my back was killing me, and it’s killing me now. I had to self-medicate with beer, stayed up too damn late, slept until six o’clock this morning (which is very late for me), and currently feel like crap. This blows.

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