Monday, May 18, 2015

I've lost my wedding ring

I'm so pissed off right now.  My wedding ring has been missing for five days and it's totally my fault. When I get home, the first thing I do is change out of my work clothes, and place my wedding ring on the wing of this Archangel Michael statue I was given as an RCIA present 15 years ago.

However, last Wednesday I decided to continue working on something in the garage.  I figured Nightingale would be home any minute so I might as well wait for her and help unload Moose & Squirrel from the car. 

I have a vague memory of removing my ring and putting it in my pocket because I was working with a drill.  However, that memory - of putting it in my pocket -- could just be a vestigial remnant of  some other memory since I do that all the time.  Yes I know that vestigial and remnant are synonyms and thus redundant.  That's just how pissed off I am: I'm breaking grammar rules!

[I don't break many grammar rules but over time language is updated. It evolves and changes, and we know this because none of us say thou in our daily speech. ]

Because we are currently so sleep deprived, it is getting harder to function.  That means some things just don't get written to hi memory in our brain.  Nightingale will ask "what time did we feed Moose & Squirrel last night" and I honestly cannot remember.  It might have been 2 am.  Or that could have been two days ago. 

So it is quite plausible that the memory of putting my ring in my pocket is days or weeks old.  Just an old memory file that was accessed when I asked my brain to search on "where is my ring'.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

So this happened

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But at least my drafts folder is getting cleaned up:  I'm way behind on posts here because of the twins.  I always envision writing posts for this blog when I'm WFH on Fridays but every Friday the day gets away from me.

If I'm to keep up with my goal of ten posts a month, then I'm gonna have to start hammering some out quickly.

I mentioned that Moose and Squirrel are essentially sleeping through the night. Except when one of them is sick and cannot breathe through their snot clogged nose.  Or one is teething.  Or if they suddenly decide that they didn't eat enough during the day when food was offered so they want a 3 am snack.

And sometimes even when the kids either sleep through the night or go back to sleep quickly, Nightingale or I don't and then we are miserable the next day.  Now imagine a week where this sleep deprivation goes on, interrupting your REM cycle and  zapping any semblance of energy you might have for the next day.


Nightingale's Trail Blazer had been acting up for a long time and was pretty much on its last legs around Christmas time.  We had an emergency repair while in Grosse Pointe and we really hoped the car would survive until after we sold her condo.  No such luck.

Last month it went from bad to terrible, skipping worse altogether. So we decided to get a Chrysler Town and Country minivan.  We considered a Dodge Journey but Nightingale decided the sliding doors of a minivan trumped the coolness factor of a vehicle that wasn't a mom car.

I had a strange dream. I was working back at the No-Name Software Company and one of my bosses from TopFive was actually my boss there.  There was an incident and he or someone wanted me to get in trouble for it but because I did technically follow the proper procedures and had vetted/documented my part, there wasn't anything they could do.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lots of good stuff here

 I know nobody wants to read a hundred pleas per year for the kinds of things a dude with a blog is supposed to request. I appreciate your patience with the following paragraphs.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

400th Post

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According to my admin dashboard, this will be the 400th post on this blog.  That doesn't include the drafts I haven't finished or any deleted posts.  I've been writing this blog for 6 years now, ever since Vox went bust and transferred out blogs to typepad. [The domain has re-emerged as a media monitoring blog/aggregation site of its own.]

Is this significant?  Who knows.  On my professional blog I have published around 175 posts in one-third that amount of time and have easily ten times the audience.

To keep things interesting this year, I have kept to 10 posts per month.


Boris and Natasha are a little over 7 months now and are finally (technically) sleeping through the night.  They had colds last week would meant they would wake up when their little noses were stuffed with nose-stuff and they are starting to teethe so sometimes they don't eat their "dinner bottle" and wake up in the middle of the night absolutely starving.

At least now that the weather is nicer we can take them for walks in their stroller on weekends and wear them out. 

There are some things going on at the home front which I'm not inclined to write about at the moment.  The Life Events in question, while awesome once it is completed, can be a grueling ordeal when you are on the front end of it.  It's usually not until you complete that you can breathe happily, so I'd prefer not to let the cat out of the bag yet.

Friday, April 24, 2015

My choice of Presidents

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When it comes to commuting, I prefer Jefferson to Kennedy.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Why college costs so much

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This Why does college cost so damn much article, this time in the NYT is making the rounds.  The
author discounts the argument that states have slashed funding for higher education by emphasizing that adjusted for inflation, state support is much more extravagant today than prior to 1980.

Ed from Gin and Tacos says "there [are] definitely are too many administrators and they have a terrible habit of paying themselves too much."  But he also maintains that's not the whole story, though,  The rest of it is a result of two legitimate problems:
  • One is that competition for students is intense (at private schools, "desperate" doesn't go far enough to convey the enrollment situation these days) and colleges increasingly look to compete by turning the experience into a playground."
  • The second part is the one people only whisper about. More and more students are going to college over the past two decades, partly driven by the availability of loans and the inability to enter most fields without a degree." 

"Those of you who went to college in the ancient past can attest to how austere the accommodations were, how barebones the support services were, and how little "fun" universities paid to provide."

Arslan Says: The sad fact is that many jobs which should require no college degree are requiring them for no explicable reason. You see this all the time: Requirements- "four year degree." No specification as to the field. It could have absolutely nothing to do with the field, but no matter how much real world experience you have actually doing that job, it's a non-negotiable requirement. --

When I was at the No-Name Software Company a couple of coworkers were vying for a Team Lead position.  Between the two candidates there was the very smart guy who had been there longer and knew what the hell he was doing.  He was also working on his Cisco Certification in his spare time.  The other guy had some type of college degree but not nearly as much experience.  He was technically competent and also a charmer.  Guess who got the TL position?

Other Guy went on to become a Director there but before that, he was instrumental in hiring Director Palpatine who directly and indirectly was the cause of so many people leaving or being forced out, including the guys who selected Other Guy for the Team Lead position.  And that is what we call Corporate Irony.

Some rebuttal to the above that I mined from Gin and Tacos comment thread on the subject:

--GunstarGreen Says: The reason the generic "four year degree" requirement appears on more and more job applications these days is because having a degree — any degree, the field is entirely irrelevant — speaks to the applicant's ability to withstand staggering amounts of bullshit. The vast majority of American college degrees aren't worth the paper they're printed on in terms of describing a person's knowledge or aptitude in a given field, but they do signify that a person was able and willing to go into substantial amounts of debt, put up with a ton of academic and bureaucratic horseshit, and in general be a good little peon that did as they were instructed and seal-clapped when appropriate for four or more years. This is all that most American employers want from a prospective employee these days, actual skill be damned.--
Now look at it from the young person's point-of-view.
They graduated!
So, new college degree in hand, they go looking for a great paying job – that was the point of college, no?
Only to find that, unless they had a great special skill, or had gone to a top-level college, jobs 'don't pay so good.'
What happened?
Hey, they had fulfilled their end of the bargain! They had gotten their degree!
So why couldn't they find any jobs besides being entry-level CSR's making just a few bucks more than minimum wage?
This wasn't how this game was supposed to go!
"I went to college, dammit!"


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Is It REALLY worth that much effort

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When I drop Moose and Squirrel off to daycare, I notice the other parents dropping off their kids.

They'd run us over for that spot

Everyone attempts to get the Good Parking Space, the one right in front of the building.  I can understand doing this in the middle of winter when it is the only shoveled spot.  But on an average day when it isn't raining?  People still struggle to back into this spot even if it means holding up traffic for a few minutes because some people just never learned how to parallel park.

Just after I took the photo above, I saw someone struggle to get their vehicle -- don't remember the make but it must have the worst turn radius ever -- into this spot in front of the silver vehicle even though there was (at the moment) a football field worth of space behind the silver car.

This is of course the same type of person who would park equal distance between cars and hog two spaces, or when driving at slow speeds, would still try to keep two or more car lengths between them and other vehicles, thus preventing you from entering the turning lane before your arrow expires.