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Tuesday, March 30

Wishlist: Nat'l Academies Press: Leaving Earth: Space Stations, Rival Superpowers, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel  

From Nat'l Academies Press: Leaving Earth: Space Stations, Rival Superpowers, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel:
Leaving Earth: Space Stations, Rival Superpowers, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel

Robert Zimmerman

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Sunday, March 28


When The_Rose came home from the hospital, when I was looking at her dressing, I noticed that I was feeling an electric feeling when I rubbed her stomach around the incision, this with my feet on the ground. I thought that it was weird, and in fact about two weeks ago, I had checked it out with my fingers again. No shock! OK.

Then, this morning, The_Rose is rubbing my belly, and she says she's feeling an electric shock. And that it almost hurts. Hmmm. We talked about it a little bit after each of us using the bathroom facilities, and she lays back down in the bed, and I rub her belly again, sure enough, I feel the shock again. And it's also feeling a little stronger than it was before! I unplug the water bed heater, and try it again. No shock. Plug it in, get shocked touching The_Rose again. So now we've it unplugged for good.

Time to empty the bed, paint the room (while we can move the bed!), replace the heater and refill the bed.

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The Importance of...: PIRATE Act Reveals Sen. Hatch as Strange Ally of Pornography Industry  

From: The Importance of...: PIRATE Act Reveals Sen. Hatch as Strange Ally of Pornography Industry

Xeni Jardin of WIRED was, I believe, the first traditional journalist to write about the bill (Congress Moves to Criminalize P2P).

The essentials of the bill are actually quite straight forward. Instead of being required to bring only criminal copyright infringement prosecutions, the Act would permit the DOJ to bring civil copyright infringement lawsuits against copyright scofflaws. The bill does not change the standards for triggering DOJ concern under 18 USC 506 (basically, willful infringement for commercial advantage or a lot of willful infringement for no gain). The bill also establishes a pilot/training program and requires an annual report from the DOJ. Up to $2,000,000 may be allocated for the program.

There is one other important aspect of the bill. Once a copyright infringer has been busted by the DOJ and forced to pay a fine, the copyright owner can still sue the infringer for more damages. With a successful federal prosecution in hand, such a lawsuit would be a slam-dunk. Until the statute of limitations runs out (generally three years), a government-busted infringer is basically at the mercy of the copyright owner, who could likely bankrupt them on a whim. The only limitation on this is that any restitution payed due to the DOJ lawsuit would reduce or "offset" any subsequent civil action penalty. With a minimum penalty of $750 per infringement (and up to $150,000), this still leaves a major sword hanging over the head of DOJ-busted infringers.

Analysis and Commentary

Joe Gratz is absolutely right when he says this proposed act is simply rent-seeking (RIAA's Next Step: A $2 Million Gift From Taxpayers):

[The Act] shifts the costs of civil copyright enforcement from copyright holders to taxpayers. The direct cost is $2 million dollars — a quick, easy $2 million wealth transfer to rent-seekers from society at large. Perhaps the larger cost is the further erosion of the public's belief in the separation between government and big business.

Furdlog points out another cost of the Act; let's call it an "opportunity cost" (OK, That's It):

Maybe these legislators think that the FBI should be spending their time on KaZaA instead of helping to explain the threat of terrorism to Condi Rice and the rest of this administration?
This is all too true. The RIAA is going to have to go to court some day, and that day is not going to be a pretty day for them. Not at all.

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Friday, March 26

Archival: BugMeNot.com  


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PBS | I, Cringely . Conscientious Objector  

From: PBS | I, Cringely . Conscientious Objector:
I must have hit a nerve with last week's column on the travails of EDS and the Navy and Marine Corp Intranet (NMCI). Reader response was not only great -- a lot of new information came to light that puts me in a much better position to link this example back to the whole idea of outsourcing, which appears to have changed its fundamental intent over the years in a way that hasn't been noticed and isn't good. In this case, NMCI is just one example of a trend that is both pervasive and sad, not just for the military, but for all of us. Once again, there are no bad guys here (well, there is one, but he's gone), but plenty of lessons stand to be learned about when it is right (or not right) to hand over a job to someone else.

In case you didn't read last week's column, the Department of the Navy decided to outsource most of its shore-based IT activities in an effort to standardize a broad array of systems and to get costs under control. NMCI was a competitive bid eventually won by EDS, which hasn't done either a very good job of pleasing the Navy or making money on the deal.

Part of the problem is standardization, which looks great if you are part of a command that hasn't had much in the way of IT resources, but looks terrible if you are with a leading-edge unit that had all sorts of toys, only to have NMCI take most of them away. One size definitely does not fit everyone, and it was a grave mistake on the part of the Navy to even pretend that it could.
Very interesting article that I thinks the mark.

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Wednesday, March 24

P2P programs an optimizations that would help...  

It might help for P2P programs do some prioritization of how rare an particular item is. If I search for something and I find only one source for it, the priority should be to for that source to fill it over trying to fill somebody's request that also exist in 50+ places. It's a thought.

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Crappy day...  

The_Rose has been laid off/terminated/reorganized what ever you want to call it. Gee she worked in her new department a whole 2 days before she went into the hospital, comes back one day, and has her hat handed to her.


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Some lyrics for Sparx to think about  

(Linkin Park)

I'm tired of being what you want me to be
feeling so faithless
lost under the surface
i don't know what you're expecting for me
put under the pressure
of walking in your shoes

[caught in the undertow/just caught in the under tow]
every step there i take
is another mistake to you

become so numb
i can't feel you there
become so tired
so much more aware
i'm becoming this
all i want to do
is be more like me
and be less like you

can't you see that you're smothering me
holding too tightly
afraid to lose control
'cause everything that you thought i would be
has fallen apart right in front of you

[caught in the undertow/just caught in the undertow]
every step there i take
is another mistake to you
[caught in the undertow/just caugh in the undertow]
and every second i waste
is more than i can take


And i know
i may end up failing too
but i know
you were just like me
with someone disappointed in you



"(I Hate) Everything About You"

Every time we lie awake
After every hit we take
Every feeling that I get
But I haven't missed you yet

Every roommate kept awake
By every sigh and scream we make
All the feelings that I get
But I still don't miss you yet

Only when I stop to think about it

I hate everything about you
Why do I love you
I hate everything about you
Why do I love you

Every time we lie awake
After every hit we take
Every feeling that I get
But I haven't missed you yet

Only when I stop to think about it

I hate everything about you
Why do I love you
I hate everything about you
Why do I love you

Only when I stop to think
About you, I know
Only when you stop to think
About me, do you know

I hate everything about you
Why do I love you
You hate everything about me
Why do you love me

I hate
You hate
I hate
You love me

I hate everything about you
Why do I love you

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Outsourcing discussion... Insanity?  

I grabbed this from Kuro5shin.org.

OK, first up we have Daniel Drezner talking about how good outsourcing is here from Foreign Affairs.org.
Summary: According to the election-year bluster of politicians and pundits, the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries has become a problem of epic proportion. Fortunately, this alarmism is misguided. Outsourcing actually brings far more benefits than costs, both now and in the long run. If its critics succeed in provoking a new wave of American protectionism, the consequences will be disastrous -- for the U.S. economy and for the American workers they claim to defend.
That's a nice summary they give us of the article.

We are also set up with a critique of the above article here from The IT Professionals Association of America that throws some water on this.
The greatest mistake Drezner makes is the assumption that only low-value jobs will go abroad. "The parts of production that are more complex, interactive, or innovative -- including, but not limited to, marketing, research, and development -- are much more difficult to shift abroad." Difficult? If so, then the financial analyst positions that JP Morgan-Chase outsourced last September, and the design unit Intel is building in India prove that it is not as difficult as Drezner would have you believe
Then, Mr. Drezner's blog has the reply to the critique here.
However, it's worth pointing out that the current direction of capital flows bears no resemblance to what either Roberts or Kirwin fear. The U.S. currently runs a massive capital account surplus, which finances both our budget and trade deficits. When restricted to foreign direct investment, the overwhelming majority of U.S. outrward FDI goes to other OECD countries. This objection is the reddest of red herrings.
Captial account surplus? Let's see, we are having massive deficits, and most of the money that is floating this deficit is foreign investment (don't ask me for cites, I just remember reading this somewhere on a government site, and I've googled, and I haven't found anything worthwhile there either...) and we still have a capital account surplus? What about our trade deficits? This link is nice, as it has links to comments, and near the bottom somebody asks Mr. Drezner to explain if and how the trade deficit works to our advantage. :) I'm still trying to figure out how somebody gets "in the long wrong" out of "in the long run" unless it's just one of those typos.

I'm still of a mind that outsourcing is not a good policy for the US. I don't have a clue as to how to stop it, or even if we should try to stop it. I think education might be the better way to handle the issue, but with bunches of people spouting off that outsourcing is such a great idea, the point becomes education of what? Good sportsmanship? More thinking needs to be done here. I have a flood of ideas, all too quick for me to put done into this entry. Ideas that I have no idea if they even make sense. Intellectual property security, national economic issues, morality of cutting people's jobs so that the rich get richer by pocketing a percentage of the savings.

I just have to wonder what the pundits and economists and consultants that push for outsourcing would say if their job were suddenly outsourced. I truly believe that George Will would be a good first subject for this.

From this (the Indiatimes!) comes this article (4 pages down to one printable link, but they've got it bobby trapped, so I'm quoting the whole damn article!)
Printed from economictimes.indiatimes.com >News By Industry >Infotech >Software

Will US tech pay fall to Indian levels?


Ultimately, says economics, America could become India, thanks to offshoring.

Say what?

OK, so we're exaggerating, as all theory tends to do when considered in isolation from reality. But an increasingly louder voice of warning is being heard in the US, saying that the creation of a global pool of knowledge workers - where Seattle is no different from Bangalore - will equalise compensation level for such workers.

So long as they're equally productive - a big if there, of course, depending on who's measuring - there is no logic behind an Indian software programmer being paid a sixth of his American counterpart, says economics.

Today's famed "labour arbitrage" - a typically verbose American way of describing the simple business decision of giving a job to the guy who asks for less - would then force American salaries down to Indian levels.

Ah, but why not the other way round?

That's a simple function of demand and supply. As jobs flow from the US to India, there will be more out of work programmers in the US than there are jobs. Naturally, salaries will fall. Not so in India, where there are more jobs than programmers.

Once that happens, theoretically, of course, American companies will be perfectly happy to hire in the US rather than in India. The question, though, is that what American companies really want?

Meaning, do they really want American consumers to earn less? Don't forget, it's because Indian consumers earn less than Americans that multinational companies are forced to price their products according to Indian wallets. In sheer column terms, Indians may consume more of many products than Americans do, given that India's population is about four times that of the US's.

When it comes to dollar revenues from those sales, though, American consumers serve up much more to companies there than Indian consumers do in terms of rupee revenues here. So, a sharp drop in Americans' personal income - starting with tech jobs and then moving across industries - can only hurt the cause of corporate America, eventually.

Maybe that's the real factor which might stop offshoring!

Seriously, though, this is only what theory suggests. And theory would be proved right only if all jobs could be transported freely around the world to take advantage of a global work pool.

It's true, of course, that the knowledge worker essentially needs only a computer and an Internet connection, neither of which is moored in a particular part of the world. They no longer have to work in a specific location because that's where the factory is.

But the proportion of such jobs is not yet high, even in an economy as service-led as that of the US. The folks at Forrester, whose prediction of 3.3 million jobs - and $136 billion in wages - being shipped by US to countries like India in 10 years could actually help John Kerry become the next US President, say only 290,000 jobs have actually left US shores since 1999.

Given the 130 million jobs that the US economy comprises, that's a drop in the ocean, isn't it? Why, even the annual outflow of 220,000 jobs predicted by Forrester is roughly the number of jobs created - yeah, created, not held - in a month when the US economy is firing on all cylinders.

Sure, job creation numbers have been low this time around after the recovery kicked in, but a rebound is only a matter of time, say analysts. That public perception is way out of sync with the real numbers is evident from a Gallup poll of 1,005 adults in the US, in which 61 per cent were either very or somewhat concerned that they, or a friend or a relative, might lose their job because it's being moved to India or a similar country. And lest you don't believe it will matter in the November elections for the next US President, hear this: 75 per cent say jobs are very or fairly important as an election issue.

Perception aside, it's obvious that the overwhelming majority of US jobs aren't coming to India or any other country anytime in the foreseeable future. So, that business about American salaries falling to Indian standards isn't likely to materialise either - even if an out-of-work American programmer turns to pizza-tossing and makes about the same as the Indian he lost his job to.

That's probably good news for everyone concerned: the American consumer, the American corporation and, crucially, the Indian tech pro. For so long as there's no pressure of the kind economic theory describes, those jobs will keep flowing to Bangalore.
© Bennett, Coleman and Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.

Another set of interesting articles is here, along with another one here. Another take on outsourcing, because the laws in other nations aren't as employee protective as the US' from USA Today here. Here's a blog dedicated to globalization and labor (added to my blogroll).

This is an issue that could possibly affect the elections this fall. Possibly, but not very likely. Even so, I don't think anybody up for a vote has a cogent plan to deal with it any case, especially the incumbent. :/

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Tuesday, March 23

Bush and WMDs  

From : Politics News Article | Reuters.com:
(Former weapons inspector David) Kay on Tuesday warned that U.S. credibility at home and abroad was in grave danger and urged the Bush administration to own up to its intelligence failures.
I have a feeling that W. is already uttering a mantra from his father. "Wouldn't be prudent."

Which is why I find this much more applicable:

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Monday, March 22


Might as well herd cats!

Had my big talk with the eldest set of twins. Stealing. Lieing. Swearing. Who owns what. Responsibilities.

I'm not particularly happy with either one. Garfield and I have worked out some of our differences. We probably still need to keep working together on that.

OId habits are hard to break. They both have them. Garfield is further along on working on his. Sparx still has a way to go with his. Unfortunately, with Sparx, I don't think I'll be seeing much change until he gets away from his girlfriend. He doesn't want to hear it. The fact of the matter is, if he really looks at the person he was before she came into his life and what it currently is, it's two different things. She is not good for him. I've told him. His mother has told him. His brothers have told him. The girl's father has even told him! Unfortuntely, what I think that he thinks that if he gives her up, he'll never find love again. Truly sad.

Fun, fun.

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As the blog matures...  

Well, as it tries to mature at anyrate...

I've turned on pinging of updates to weblogs.com, and I've joined Technorati as well. My profile isn't showing up. I try to view it, and (not surprising since it's now in beta) my profile isn't showing up. But it should at least be showing the text, and it isn't. I may move where I've got it and see if that helps. :/ Which means modifying the template. Again. Looking at it, yeah, it's corn-fused because of the blogchalking (which isn't even uptodate now, since I've turned 46!), so I've moved it. I'll post this, then republish everything. Again. And then maybe my profile will be working. Maybe. Then I guess I'll set up a watch list for this blog and see what happens.

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Sunday, March 21

By William Rivers Pitt Editorial - 3/13/2004  

Catching up on reading some of the more political blogs. What can I say? <shrug>
From: By William Rivers Pitt Editorial - 3/13/2004:
"I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you. This is not a message of hate; this is a message of redemption. But a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It'll bring about terrorist bombs; it'll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor." - Pat Robertson, speaking of organizers putting rainbow flags up around Orlando to support sexual diversity, Washington Post, 06-10-98. For the record, Orlando remains undestroyed by meteors.
This guy has some nice excerpts from a book he listed.
These quotes, and about a thousand others equally as preposterous, can be found in a new book by Bruce Miller and Diana Maio titled 'Take Them At Their Words.' The next time our valiant conservative leadership bemoans the "corruption and fall of the nation," remember that, by and large, these bemoaners are the clowns who have been running the circus for the last several years.
I can't underscore enough what his last sentence -
A few are also up for re-election in 2004. Bear that in mind.

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The Common Good Network  

From The Common Good Network:

A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5)

B. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

C. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)

D. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)

E. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)

F. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or
deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)

G. In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your dad drunk and have sex with him (even if he had previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female. (Gen 19:31-36)
It's only funny because it's true!

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Quote I like  

From deviantART: signature from pshwd
A good friend will bail you outta jail. A best friend will be sitting next to you saying "Dude, that was awesome!"

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Saturday, March 20

Bush Campaign Sticker Generator!!  

Mad Guerilla Brigade - Bush Campaign Sticker Generator!!

Got me a couple of stickers from this site. In fact, I've put one into use already....

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I was going to write something here.  

I updated the router firmware. Wondered why my IP changed. I finally go through settings and find out that it forgot my cloned MAC, so I set it up again. I promptly got another different IP address. Again. I'm using homeip.net for dynamic DNS naming, so it's not a big issue. My FTP program however needs to know what my current IP is, so I had to change that. I hate Linksys.

It took forever for the IM proggies and other associated internet programs running that my cable IP had changed. Also, my cable modem went from a mask of to, so I went from 512 posible users on the segment to 1024 users. Or is that 2048? Blah! Oh well. So much for 3 megabit downloads...

Sparx now has a second job. This should be quite interesting...

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Monday, March 15

Archival: RFC 1918 - Address Allocation for Private Internets  

From RFC 1918 (rfc1918) - Address Allocation for Private Internets:
3. Private Address Space The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has reserved the following three blocks of the IP address space for private internets: - (10/8 prefix) - (172.16/12 prefix) - (192.168/16 prefix) We will refer to the first block as '24-bit block', the second as '20-bit block', and to the third as '16-bit' block. Note that (in pre-CIDR notation) the first block is nothing but a single class A network number, while the second block is a set of 16 contiguous class B network numbers, and third block is a set of 256 contiguous class C network numbers.
Because I never can remember!

Permanently assigned IPs for the Price household1

I'm not going to include the laptop for now (I don't think I can configure it the way I want it to configure anyway!). all using submask I could probably tighten the mask down, but I don't care. I'd use the 10s, but since I already spy Comcast/AT&T using the 10 universe, I think I'll pass for now. This is in addition to the 192.168.0.xxx addresses that the Linksys passes out.

1 My next router will definately be a D-Link! Linksys support is totally worthless when I ask for/about assigning IPs according to MACs for internal use (they keep sending me information about setting the MAC for the ISP end. Duh! I got that! But D-Link has it working right out of the box, and that was some time ago!

Reminder, next time the Linksys router blows up on me (twice so far, never had it happen with the D-Link), update the firmware. Or sooner.

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Friday, March 12

City Pages: Built to Fail - No Child Left Behind  

From City Pages: Built to Fail:
By almost any measure, Edina boasts one of the finest public school systems in the country. Even average eighth-grade students in the district post test scores that rank among the top 20 percent in the nation. Ninety-one percent of the graduates go on to college. The district is run by Dr. Ken Dragseth, who was named National Superintendent of the Year in 2003 by the American Association of School Administrators.

No wonder a community survey revealed that schools are the number one reason people choose to live in Edina.

So it was quite a surprise last year when Dragseth received a call from Minnesota Commissioner of Education Cheri Pierson Yecke, informing him that Edina had been put on the state list of schools that had failed to make 'adequate yearly progress' under the terms of the federal No Child Left Behind law. The reason? State records showed that three of the 53 students categorized as 'Asian/Pacific Islander' in the Edina system had not taken the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments test, putting that subgroup below the 95 percent participation level required by nclb. As it turned out, the three students had taken the test--bureaucratic error was appealed in time to remove Edina from the failure list. But Dragseth is still rankled by the experience.

'We have 7,200 kids in our district. The reality is, if just a few kids in a certain subgroup don't show up for the test, the whole district can be classified as failing and put under restriction,' he says. 'That's just asinine. I tell this to parents and they say it can't be so, but it is. I'm an old math teacher and statistician, and I know when I've been had.'
Unintended or planned? Planned I'd say. GWB should be tried for treason I think.

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Saturday, March 6

The home front  


My first discovery of the day is that somebody has come into the bedroom and swiped the last $20 bill out of my wallet. It's Sparx I know. I'm not real happy about that.

The_Rose and I are out doing lunch, and doing some shopping. We get some new sheets and a new curtain rod from Sears. The_Rose gets a sports bra (no wires to poke her in the incision).

We get home to find out that Garfield is now in the ER. I get there, and it turns out that he's torn a rotor cup muscle. So now he's off work.

I felt absolutely horrid that night. A friend calls from Columbus just before 11PM, acting like he's selling me Time magazine, and I tell him off and hang up. He calls again, and I tell him I'll call him later. I still haven't called. Sigh.


I get up rather early, still feeling incredibly bad. I take our Boarder in to work that morning (since Garfield is now unavailable to take him to work, since he's now working out every workday with his recruiting officer) and get home.

The_Rose gets up and sends me off to bed. I get up in the afternoon, feeling a little better. The_Rose is planning a nice dinner, London Broil, onions and peppers and mushrooms, brown and serve rolls and mashed potatoes. She runs into her stamina wall, and goes off to bed. I'm feeling much better, so I take up where she left off and I get everything going. Garfield has decided to cook the London Broil. Well, I think I've got everything going, in the right order, and on time. After 35 minutes, I'm assuming the meat was done. Wrong assumption. The meat isn't even rare, is raw. It's a bad cut of London Broil to boot, which really makes most of it inedible. I have it out with Garfield. There is no reason for the meat to be inedible. I trim the meat some more, getting a piece that should be big enough for everybody else that hasn't eaten the raw meat. I didn't even do a good job, as I should have trimmed all the membrane that was on the piece, but I was too angry, too hungry, and way too fucking short of time to even care at the moment.

I find that the grill, is barely warm to my touch. Which means Garfield browned the meat, and then decided to slow cook it, but obviously the damn grill went out when he set it. He didn't bother checking it again until he took it off the grill. Nice dinner? Not even close. I'm cooking in the dark (again). I'm finally eating 45 minutes after I planned on eating. Garfield either is stupid, lazy, or just out to sabotage the dinner.

I'm feeling no better by the end of the night than I was the night before. Not a good sign.


The morning starts off with phone calls start at 6:30AM. Garfield is calling collect because he's working out with his recruiting officer, but the recruiting officer was evidently running late. I was supposed to call a number for him, and he'd call back (collect!) to see if I got anything. Of course, all I got was voice mail. Then the recruting officer calls shortly after that (I didn't answer) to say that he was running late. No fucking duh!

The_Rose and I get up and have lunch with one of her friends. On the way out the door, I take my medication, thinking that I'll be eating soon enough. Wrong. We have to wait another 10 minutes after we get there for a seat, and by the time the first food gets there (a salad for me), the medication has turned my stomach against me. I get the rest of the order, and I hed off to the bathroom to see if I'm going to through up, or crap, both or neither. I do get a crap out, which has me feeling a little better, but not much. I feel better a little better, but it comes and goes in waves, and it has nothing to do with any kind of smells or anything.

Before we left for lunch, Garfield was left instructions to get the yard cleaned up. When we get home, he is finishing that chore. He comes in and starts bitching to The_Rose about me. Nothing new there. I don't do cleaning, I don't do this, I don't pay for this or that. Complaining that I've told him that this is my house (which I have told him, because it is true, something that he can't or won't understand). Complaining that he's cleaning up messes that he doesn't make (Garfield that mess out in the front yard is your fucking mess, don't even think about denying it). Do I do my chores around the house? You bet. Because they aren't the chores that Garfield thinks I should be doing, according to him, I'm doing nothing.

Then we have "dinner". The_Rose wanted to try these Thai noodle casseroles that we had bought. Again, Garfield is in charge of cooking. I walk into the TV room at 6:45. Nobody's watching dinner, it's already starting to smell burned, and I decide I'm not going to lift a finger to help. I'm not the one that is supposed to be looking after the cooking. I get out of the TV room around 7PM, and at 7:05PM, Garfield finally gets back to the kitchen and calls dinner. It would probably have been good cooked correctly, but having been cooked to death I found it pathetically inadequate. Garfield is trying to explain to everybody that it was supposed to be cooked for 5 minutes on high heat, and it wasn't his fault. I say that it was his fault for letting it go for at least 15 minutes longer than it should have. The_Rose told me that they were talking about girl friends and such. Fine. I went out and got a 2/3 lb hamburger from Hardee's. Mistake or not, after the previous night's dinner, I was very unimpressed.

Then Garfield goes out stalking Sparx that night. Sparx comes home with Garfield on his tail. I blew up. I've had it with Garfield's behavior. Especially when he's ranting about Sparx's behavior that is absolutely no different that his own! The_Rose decides at that time to tell me that Sparx needs to move out. I'm just pissed in general. Garfield planned this whole thing about getting Sparx to move back in. Now he's doing his damnedest to shove him back out in under a week. Somebody's acting very foolishly and stupidly here, and I don't think it is me.

Garfield is obviously jealous of me. I've taken over the alpha male spot in this house, and he still (after 3 years, if not really longer) doesn't get it. The two little ones are not his to raise, and I already know how much he disapproves of how we are raising them. I have to point out to him that beating up on them really is not a good parenting technique, I don't care who you talk to, except for probably his dad. And that's exactly where he's learned that. Why he thinks that is so good is beyond me. I would think that he should actually know better, but maybe he just doesn't have the perspective yet. He knows that I've told him that this is my house. He still doesn't understand that yet either.

As far as I'm concerned, if he thinks it is so bad here, he needs to move out. If he wants to continue living here, fine. He needs to do what he's told (no bitching about what anybody else does or doesn't do) and he needs to drop the attitude that he keeps coming up with.

I don't know what the short term solution is. Kick all three 18 yos out the door? In less than 45 days, two of the three are leaving for boot camp, in which case do I just keep sucking it up till they're gone? Should I have a chat with the recruiting officer and get him to work on Garfield about chain of command?

If Garfield has such problems with me, what's going to happen when he does get into boot camp and he finds out that he can't pee without getting permission first? With his current attitude, he's not going to last two weeks in boot camp, and my money is still on only two days. And if this pisses Garfield off, then all I can say is prove me wrong. I would love to be proved wrong in this matter. Because if I'm wrong, then things should get better between the two of us. If I'm right, that's when things are liable to go downhill between us very quickly. That is sad to say. But that's also the INTP in me speaking out.


It's almost 1PM, and The_Rose still hasn't gotten out of bed yet. I don't know when she actually fell asleep. We cuddled, cried and talked a bit last night. I'm stressed out over Garfield, lack of real rest and dealing with getting The_Rose healed, she's stressed out from trying to recover from the surgery, and now me being stressed out over Garfield.

Time to get some sustenance I guess.

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Thursday, March 4

There is just so much wrong with this.  

This POS WorldNetDaily: San Francisco and the Islamists: Fighting the same enemy is probably a defining point of what is "left" and "right" according to this a--hole. According to him, if you are for same sex weddings, then you are obviously rooting for the terrorists. And I'm not sure that if you are a "right" thinking person, that you are also an anti-Islamic by choice. I find this spiel quite repelling, if for no other reason that it makes both sides look ridiculous.

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Tuesday, March 2

Sparx update!  

Well, the quick summation is that Sparx is back in the house. What happens now is anybody's guess. Garfield and another buddy of theirs got him to pierce his mouth (between the chin and the lip, I foget what it's called) and that got him thrown out of his girlfriend's. Don't understand why it took that if he really wanted to get out, but it did.

He's now driving around in Garfield's truck, while Garfield tools around in The_Rose's Saturn. He is working. Now, to get him to work on some of things that he doesn't get right still.

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