This Day In History: 06/04

Friday, June 04, 2004

Today I got several errands done, and mowed the lawn just in time for a big rainy cloud to waft over Loudoun County. The pool table people called and said that the table would get here next week, most likely Thursday.

Crybaby story also ends well?
Going out in style
Sometimes you just need to stop and turn in your clients
But where?

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Weekend Wrap-Up

Friday the 1st: Came home from work around noon with an order of Popeyes and cleaned the house. Went to the home of the now-graduated-from-high-school Becca in Chantilly (who, in a geriatrics-inducing way, will be in the Class of '11 at Virginia Tech, which is ten years after my own class). Watched some 4400 with Anna and Ben, played some Apples to Apples and lost at one of the fourteen billion Mario Party games.

Saturday the 2nd: Went to the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival at Bull Run with Kathy and Rebecca. Ran into Gordon Dodson, a.k.a. "Flip Flop" at the very first wine tent and did the two-and-a-half-minute "what have you been up to since college, well gotta go" recap. Sampled fourteen billion wines from thirteen billion Virginia wineries (including Barboursville and Ingleside) and ate smuggled-in Subway subs in the back of a shady seminar tent.

Listened to yuppies talk out their asses about wine characteristics and made fun of UVA frat boys in pink khaki shorts, blue collar shirt, and tie. Marvelled at the sheer bulk of humanity able to fit on the fairgrounds, and enough bottles of wine to christen a boat the size of Brazil. Ended the night at Red Rocks Canyon grill in Centreville with a very tasty bacon cheeseburger that was actually cooked lawsuit-medium-rare rather than the usual nonlitigious-burnt.

Sunday the 3rd: Cleared out the master bathroom like an old man with a bottle of Ex-Lax. Installed a new medicine cabinet, laid the baseboard for the ceramic tile, and made a half-inch slice in my middle finger which became a veritable geyser of platelets for about five minutes. I hadn't intended to paint my bathtub red, but now it has polka dots.

Eased the pain with a glass of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigot and a nap, and then went on babysitting duty with Ella for a couple hours while her mother indulged her out-of-control crystal meth habit and/or visited a friend's new baby in the hospital near my house. Went to bed around 10:30, ready for another week of fun and excitement at work, hopefully full of situations where I can make up new adjectives by putting hyphens-between-several-random-words.

Lord of the Rings set: It's a trap
Harry Potter theme park heading for Florida
Move over Viagra, spider bites are where it's at

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Poetry Day

a line analysis of classic poetry

Waiting for Christmas by BU (age 5)

Icicles hang at Christmas.

The author is metaphorically referring to the silver tinsel which adorns the tree. Real icicles are not cost-effective for indoor tree decoration, given their tendency to melt.

They are Lovely to.

Some scholars argue that this line is incomplete, and believe that the missing words are either "eat" or "poop on". Detractors of the theory suggest that the author was a horrible speller. Proponents of incompleteness notes that every misspelling the author has ever made has been intentional, for satirical purposes.

Ornaments hang on the tree.
And I want Voltron 3.

Yet again, the young author impresses us. His facile use of the rhyming couplet is augmented by his reference to current events, since Voltron 3 was the must-have toy of the 1985 Christmas season.

We are Eating turkey.

This is obviously a sly reference to Turkey's 1983 transition to democracy (the US way) following the 1980 coup d'?tat.

The Christmas tree is up.
Things are Hung on it.

Like the all good poets, the author has a preoccupation with death and dying, evidenced by his overuse of "hang" and "hung". Scholars note that the author jumps from H to I here -- the absence of the letter R represents death, as in "a dearth of life".

Infint is Jesus.

At first glance, this is a reference to the baby Jesus. However, a study of the author's later works reveals a deeper message -- "Infint" is actually a misspelled form of "infinity", making this a less-trite way to say that "God is everywhere".

Santa is here.

Obviously, this is an intentional misspelling of "Satan", and provides counterpoint to the previous line. The theme of this poem is the titanic struggle between Good and Evil.

The Tree is beautiful to.
Mistletoes are up.

It is telling to note that had the author been unable to spell "too", he probably would not have been able to figure out "mistletoes".

Angels are out.

By this point in the author's life, angels were so 1984.

Stars are up to.

There are two competing interpretations of the incomplete final line -- "Stars are up to something" suggests a massive astrological conspiracy, while the more mundane "Stars are uptown" simply suggests that the author is not high society and lives in the suburbs.

Railway turns to feline stationmaster
Optimus Prime is offensive
Living the good life in prison

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

List Day: Four Children's Books You've Never Read


The heartwarming tale of a little puppy who dreams of someday becoming a member of the LAPD K9 Unit.


A cautionary tale of daddy's sexuality set against the backdrop of the Renaissance, when daddy is accosted by a charming dandy at the local tavern.


A clever retelling of the classic Ugly Duckling tale, in which the ugly duckling's siblings post cruel remarks on her Myspace page for their own amusement until she commits suicide.


A delightfully subversive right-wing tale of a little steam engine re-equipped with the latest in Green solar panels that fails to make it over the biggest hill in the land after the sun goes down and it starts to snow.

You can see the original post in this series here.

Great Tits in the city prefer other Great Tits from the city
Spurned man offers diamond ring in trezur hunt
Erotic dances lead to broken penises

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Boy Day

Yet again, I worked too much yesterday to write a Fragments column (although the steak and the really hard-to-obtain Star in Mario Galaxy 2 returned census forms identifying themselves as "work" too). Rather than try to throw something together now which might diminish the literary value of the site, I'll give you the opportunity to peek in my sister instead.

Grim Eater banned from funerals
The classic versions of the Looney Tunes cartoons are no longer played on children's channels because of the violent slapstick comedy.
Pa. man allegedly stole 300 porn DVDs

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Monday, June 04, 2012

List Day: Top 5 Societal Contributions of Google Maps

  1. Obtaining accurate driving directions.

  2. Cutting through the advertising BS of rental beach houses and their actual proximity to the ocean.

  3. The ability to create and view data mashups like "sex offenders living near Pizza Huts".

  4. Being able to confirm that, yes, that is where I live (from above).

  5. Being able to confirm that, yes, that is where I live (from the front).

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

List Day: 15 Things There Are More of with Rebecca Around

  • Shoes

  • Hummus

  • Weird rice-like alternatives

  • 30 Rock

  • Conditioner

  • Cookies

  • Bubble wands

  • Women

  • Memoirs

  • Indie albums with whiny guys

  • Yogurt

  • Shoulder bags

  • Coffee

  • Saved wine corks and bottle caps

  • Trips to frozen yogurt eateries

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Memory Day: Snapshots

This photo was taken twenty years ago as a sophomore in 1994. Based on the distance from my belt line to my inseam, it was in that awkward period where I had grown out of boys' sizes but had not yet grown into adult sizes. Unfortunately, that awkward period remains in effect even today.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden:
This comedy special was not quite as good as his previous specials. It had some funny bits in the moment, but none that I can recollect now as I write this review. There was a lot of audience engagement stuff that was probably great in a live show, but just seems like filler when recorded. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: C+

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I:
Mockingjay was the most poorly written book in the series, and breaking it up into an unnecessary two-parter to close the movie trilogy does it no favours. There's minimal forward momentum here and an overabundance of distractingly famous actors in the various roles. It was nice to revisit Philip Seymour Hoffman one last time, but otherwise, this movie could have been compressed greatly without losing much.

Final Grade: C+

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season One:
I watched four whole episodes of this show but never got into it. It suffers from the same turn-off I had with 30 Rock -- the show tries too hard to be cleverly funny and uses characters and situations closer to fantasy than reality to set up humor. I inwardly cringed (which kind of feels like a cough without the recovery breath) during the autotuned opening credits, which felt both dated and forced, and never did find whatever else liked so much about it. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: Not Graded

Transparent, Season One:
The draw of this show is definitely Jeffrey Tambor in the main role as a transgendered father. Unfortunately, he's surrounded by three selfish, unsympathetic children who take up most of the running time. It all fits into the theme of the show, but it was hard for me to watch the random trials of the grown kids without anyone to root for. Also, one of them looks so much like Courteney Cox that my brain took me out of the action every time she doppleganged her way onscreen. A pleasant, quick season overall, though the piano soundtrack gets old pretty quickly. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: B-

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Monday, June 04, 2018

List Day: Changes in Habits

Pre-Maia Post-Maia
Bedtime 10:30 PM weekdays, 11:00 PM weekends 10:30 PM every day
Wake-up Time 5:00 AM weekdays, 6:30 AM weekends 6:30 AM every day except in-office day (5:20 AM)
Exercise 1.5 - 3 hours of jogging per week 0 hours of jogging per week
TV Watching 1 - 4 hours per day 0 - 1 hours per day
Gaming 2 - 5 hours per day 0 - 2 hours per day
Commutes 14 miles round-trip, 3 times per week 30 miles round-trip, 1 time per week
Hours Worked 40 - 45 hours 0 - 20 hours
Dinners Made On the Grill 2 - 3 per week 0 - 1 per week
Barbeques 4 per year 1 per year so far
Time Spent on Smartphone less than 1 hour per day 1 - 2 hours per day
Musical Compositions Created 0 per year 0 per year
Trips to the Mall 0 per week 1 - 2 per week
Diapers Disposed 0 per day 7 - 10 per day
Open-Source Computer Work Done 1 batch of work per month 1 batch of work per quarter
Restaurant Meals 2 - 3 per week 0 - 1 per week
Laundry 1 - 2 per week 2 per week (3 in the brief experimentation period of cloth diapers)
Progeny 0 1

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Friday, June 04, 2021

Recent Events Day

  • I finally got around to ordering physical prints of our best online photos, which had been piling up since pre-pandemic. I used Amazon Photos which has a decent upload interface and is reasonably priced for small numbers of photos.

  • My company was acquired by Accenture Federal for some ridiculous price. No changes for me in the near-term although things always do change after something like this, regardless of how many times "business as usual" is chanted during the integration.

  • I got a new Purifier to Level 100 in Grim Dawn and it's so much fun that I'm having trouble getting the motivation to try other classes.

  • Ian is now 10.8 pounds.

  • Maia started summer camp four days a week and each session is 90 minutes longer than her pre-preschool. She gets frazzled towards the end but hopefully that will improve since she definitely enjoys the program.

  • The lawn is finally into the summer phase where I don't have to mow it every 108 minutes.

  • Maia and I have two Minecraft worlds, Maia Town and Rinurbia. We've built a castle with a pumpkin patch in the courtyard and a golden bell on a golden pedestal that you ring when you want to go inside. She still never wants me to go underground because I fell in the lava that one time. While she sleeps, I've been taming the lava flows and constructing a water elevator for safe passage to the depths.

  • We've ordered from Blackfinn Ameripub 3 times now and the food has impressed us every time.

What are you up to?

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