Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kaiya gets her ears pierced

Went with her cousins, her mom, grandmother, and her aunt. As you can tell, she had a blast!

Parking "enforcement"

I should have blogged about this much sooner, but I kept forgetting. Instant classic!

When wifey was still pregnant, she had it pretty rough. Her feet had swelled up so much that she bought a pair of shoes one shoe-size larger than usual -- and they still didn't fit unless she had the laces untied, gangsta-style. She had back pains, and carpal tunnel in both of her wrists. Rough times, yo!

She took comfort in little things, like being able to use the "parking for expecting mothers" spots at the mall. Sometimes the spots are labelled "parking for parents with child" or "parking for parents with small children", but we parked in those spots too, because pregnant moms deserve them just as much as mothers of newborns. They've got strollers! She's got swollen feet!

This sets the table for today's story! We head to the Sheridan Center (map), a fairly ghetto mall, to finalize some baby stuff. My wife was 38 weeks pregnant at the time. We score one of the above-mentioned parking spots and head in. We weren't in the mall for more than 10 minutes, and we found this letter on our windshield wiper when we got back:

You can click for a larger version, but here's what it read:

Why are you parked
here, there is no
car seat in your car
This space is for people with infant's

Shame on you!

I have reported your
licience to the police

I already started chuckling before reading this note, because I could see from a distance that someone had left a message on the car, and that it wasn't going to be nice. I was laughing even more after I read it. What a loser! In less than 10 minutes, they snooped around the car, scribbled a note, and then scurried off like Chris Childs

First of all the grammar is off. "Infant's" is the possessive for "infant", not the plural, dummy! If you're going to punk me about being stupid, try not to look stupid in the process. Secondly, having a car seat in my car doesn't prove that I have an infant, it just proves that I have a car seat in my car. Lastly, there is no law that I'm aware of prohibiting people from parking in those spots. If jerks want to be jerks, let them be jerks, don't leave letters on their windshields! You run the risk of embarrassing yourself when a really pregnant woman walks out and reads your stupid note.

Any of you have similar loser stories?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Busy Day

Running errands all morning, and now I'm at Kar Kare getting Ruby detailed. I forgot my earphones! I downloaded a lot of new music last night as well ... crap-ola. I even contemplated buying new earphones at Wal-Mart, just so I could listen to music while I waited.

Mike and Michelle's Jack and Jill is tonight. Hoping I can play some poker and win some money! Also hoping I can spend some time with my baby Kaiya. She's a cutie!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wonder Twins from Chris Hardwick's Twitter, for the pleasure of interweb nerds.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Review: The Blueprint 3

A new Jay-Z album! Aw snap! Let's have a listen, shall we?

I downloaded it, popped it on my iPhone, and listened to it front-to-back. When it was done, I was so pumped that I listened to the whole thing again. Over the weekend I listened to it a few more times. If I wrote my review after the first listen, it would have gone something like, "ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod". I'll be a bit more objective, rest assured.

On the surface, this is an enjoyable collection of tracks. As per usual, Jay has employed the hip-hop super-producers to provide him with beats, a list that includes No ID, Timbaland, Swizz Beats, The Neptunes, and Kanye West (yeah, MTV video awards, Taylor Swift, blah blah blah. I'm not interested in K West the paparazzi punching crazy person. I'm interested in quality production. Let's stay on topic).

The beats are, for the most part, top notch. I like hip-hop that doesn't sound like hip-hop. Tracks like "Death of Auto-tune", "Empire State of Mind", and "Already Home" mix in non-traditional hip-hop instruments like the piano, guitar, violin, and what sounds like a clarinet (shout-out to Anthony Pasalic, circa grade 6). You mix in hooks from Rihanna ("Run this Town") and Alicia Keys ("Empire State of Mind") and you can call it a day. Done!

So, here's where things start to head downhill. Jigga's lyrical flow is always fresh, but the lyrical content on this album is non-existant. There is only so much you want to hear about Jay-Z swagger. Track after track he keeps saying the same things: Critics can hate all they want, he doesn't care. Everyone is copying his style. Nobody is doing anything new except for him. Something something haters. Yawn. Where's the wit and the charm? Where's the deep introspection? It ain't on Blueprint 3.

Mix in annoying tracks like "As Real as it Gets" with Young Jeezy and "Thank You", and what you're left with is an okay album. Oh yeah, and Kanye's verse on "Run This Town"? Booooring.

I'm still going to have a few of these tracks on heavy rotation, like "On to the Next One". What is it about Swizz Beats that I find appealing? I'm sure I'm the only one that doesn't find this song annoying. A Keys on "Empire" is sick!

Have you heard the new album yet? What do you think?

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Apple ain't all roses

I switched from PC to Mac a few years ago. I was fucking sick of Windows. I hated that my computer would boot up in 30 seconds after a clean install, and 3 months later my computer would take 10 minutes. I hated searching for drivers. I hated the taskbar. I feel sick just thinking about the hoops I used to jump through.

So I switched. I was using Apple computers at my old job, and found them easy to use, while still being extremely powerful. No more crashes, viruses, or slowdowns for me! And a slick OS to boot, with lots of interface goodies to keep me organized and productive. Yay!

But over the years, I've come to terms with the fact that I didn't switch to the best platform ever; just the lesser of 2 evils.

Apple constantly sacrifices function for form. Take, for example, the crappy 2MP camera on my iPhone. Lots of phones have 5MP cams with flash. But Apple wanted this thing to be thin.

Another example: My Macbook Pro is supposed to be a laptop, but be careful putting that thing on your lap! The bottom gets frigging hot, and it'll actually burn you if you tax the processor. But, it's thin and slick (rolls eyes). PS the batteries only have an 18 month or less lifespan. After that, they don't hold a charge. I've already purchased one replacement, and dem thangs ain't cheap.

Apple's rapid product releases and super secret launch dates constantly leave you in a situation where you pay full price for a product, and then they release a better product one day later at the same price. Fuck! This happened with my iPod nano, my Macbook Pro, and my iPhone(oh, I really wish I had the iPhone 3GS).

Apple also releases products that are missing features, knowing full well that people will still buy them, and also knowing that they can sell an updated version later and make more money. iPhoto, Apple's photo management application, couldn't group photos automatically by date until last year. Picassa, Google's photo management app, had this feature in version 1.

So there it is, I don't blindly follow the cult of Mac. I can grumble and groan about the cash I'm shelling out and the shortcomings I need to deal with. Buy I grumble a lot less than when I was running WinXP. Windows sucks.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Will work for Shadow Complex

I just watched the review of Shadow Complex from Attack of the Show. It looks fairly sick. I'm hoping to get an invite to Chris/Chin's place to play. I hope they still read my blog...

The closest I've gotten to playing video games in the past few months is watching Mike play Arkham Asylum while I ironed. Sigh.