Tuesday, August 01, 2006

the old man has a hernia

so the old man has a hernia - i know all about that. god, it seems like it was yesterday. 33 years ago. boy, that thing really let my innards out. what a bulge! the doc just kept telling me to shove it back in with my little fingers, but i kept forgetting and one day the dam burst. yes, the surgery was a success! i was up and about within minutes. even had selfless tendencies back then as i hobbled out of bed in immense pain to help a fellow hospitalmate manchild put his toy train together. god, i wish we were still friends he and i. oh, well. i healed and so will my old man. hope he doesnt rush off and mow the lawn the day he gets out of the hospital at the badgering of his old lady - as i was peer pressured by my sister to climb a tree and ride my bigwheel when i got home.
in other news, the bike is riding swell uphills. still tough, but manageable and will be good for me. still a bit of chain rub, but i'll live. i cant stand going back there anymore. looks like castro is gonna die soon. do the cubans care? we dont want to think about it. my little bulbous succulent is making a cute wee flower. immense disappointment in an almost comical sense as news of lecharles' patellar tendon tear keeps sinking in. utterly dumbfounding. smell has been solved as the discovery that receptors in the nose send electrical currents through the odorous molecules to read vibrations between atoms which are then sent as specific signals to the brain for interpretation. death valley is very dangerous in the summer because of the heat. atlantic cod are near extinction - what will we fry?? ambien causes uncontrollable eating during sleep in some patients. the wiki is the way to go big, but is frought with infighting and punks trying to debunk the trunk. finally got rust never sleeps by neil young, an album i always remember seeing around the house when i was a kid. its better than i remember it to be.

Saturday, July 29, 2006


fog blog entry as the heat wave subsided - has fog ever been to blame for numerous deaths (aside from maritime accidents and driving in pea soup) ?
may develop a screenplay about heat waves called Heat Wave 06 - Hades' Oven. Jeff and i have been bouncing around some ideas such as the main character is in a race against time to deliver ice cold iced tea to the people in overheated and pretty stuffy apartments. Tom Berenger will play the wise but surly sun tea brewer who says stuff like "Get off your ass and get me more tea bags. Go on and save someone!" Jack Black will play the air conditioner repairman who is always a shade too late, and becomes angry and cynical towards the heat and towards life itself. In an ironic twist, his van breaks down because the air conditioning fails. He is left to be saved by our hero, perhaps played by Matthew Modine. In the end, a cool rain falls and the bodies are bagged and a mass migration of people move northward to cooler climes, cooler lives, igloo coolers.
my new bike is giving me the creeps. the shifing in the front is screwed up after trying a smaller chainring. i go yet again to the shop in hopes of spending even more money on making it right so i never have to ever step foot in there with a problem again. it really is hard to pedal that fucker up a steepish hill. would a compact crank help? god if i know. i have a feeling it is the right thing to do. do i? yes, i do.
also, apparently i have a laissez faire attitude about new jobs that require sitting in a hot cramped room with teenagers doing glorified data entry and i dont ask enough questions of people. that takes the cake. i do know i am pretty bad at handing elite triathletes water as they run fastly by me for all the glory. i still cringe at the gatorade that doused that one lanky dude. they started to run past me and get it from the next people. i held the cups too high. to high!
other things: sapsuckers are an integral part of a forest ecosystem by tapping the sap they create food for other insects and hummingbirds and they in turn pollenate and are added to the food chain, you can make water by covering a bunch of leaves with plastic in a bin and letting the condensation drip into a cup in the middle, banjos originated in africa, new borat movie comes out pretty soon, rutting deer are very dangerous, and google is in the news every single day.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

aw, nothing

just sitting around in a relaxing outfit two shades of grey. it is getting late tilting towards another week of safe and static. could a change be a tootin' a whistle at us passersby? denver sure is nice. some pretty sweet oldish places there. some tall and untamable terrain there. i like it here, but all the routes are the same - getting to places unexplored is too involved. it is fun but unpracticable.
saw strangers with candy movie today - it started off pretty good, and a few one liners here and there gave it some levity, but matthew broderick is so lame now - such a large gap between ferris and broadway. he seems a tool to me. and hoffman's character is such a lame one. just buy the dvds of the show and quit bothering me. i am disappointed, okay. hollywood always fucks good things up. they think everything has to be so much more than it needs to be to sell more to masses of soulless posers.
i think i am becoming a stodgy crabbyface older curmudgeon. i really think that the big reason i will eventually leave SF is the aviators.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

songs to learn and sing

hello. i went CD shopping today (and orthotics shopping and vintage clothing shopping and ebay shopping - got the Japan 81 journey shirt, amongst others in a lot that some vintage resellers were warring with me on; i am very excited to own another example from the herbert auction that i missed out on)
and it was one of the more eclectic days for me in amoeba
pink floyd - wish you were here: god it is so good and ahead of its time. beautifully produced and written and composed. crank up welcome to the machine sometime and you will quite possibly cream your jeans.
the softies - holiday in rhode island: a pretty little duet of ladies that sounds really pretty and lovely when you are in the mood for mellow and lovely
the lucksmiths - happy secret: the bass player is so great in this australian group - recommended in the amoeba music we listen to and i thank them for that shit
deftones - white pony: since i got team sleep, i have been pretty obsessed with this chico moreno character. hard and smart and well produced. cool stuff
echo & the bunnymen - songs to learn and sing: a classic from a long time ago that holds up so so well. i saw the video for killing moon on the dubdubdub and loved it. this is one fine album start to finish for you modern rock folk. nope, for anybody. how could anyone not like this? i could see the deftones angering someone, or the softies making someone feel uncomfortable with their sensitive side rearing up, or floyd may be too lumbering and trippity. but this is universal and catchy and outright good. just get the thing and play air guitar to it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

hand scab

this is prominent in my daily goings on - a very small yet tantalizingly painful scab on my left palm from stumbling on the steep ravine trail sunday. right at the bottom of the ladder, i hit the ground running and immediately kicked a rock - stayed on my feet except for a bit of ground scraping with my hands. it was a close one i must say okay! the new balance 872s i have are great but rub a spot on the ball of my right foot big toe side. so i ordered some montrail odysseys and eagerly await their arrival. have taken a couple great rides around the city on the roubaix rc lately and i have to say its real great. there are some new trails opened up in mission bay and indian basin that will soon connect down to foster city and beyond. on the way i stopped by this one little park in a more decrepit part of the area - warm water cove park methinks - and it was filled with scruffy looking skateboarders, black-clad hooligan-looking muther fuckers and unkempt lifelong boozed. the graffiti and overgrown grass was a nice touch. it was pretty harmless, but no need to hang out there really. that whole area is getting plowed and smashed in efforts to rejeuvenate and recommunitize the bayshore with the sanfranians. it will unify us all with a glow so warm and bright.

oh, what else? timothy leary was a shrink and turned on many other shrinks to LSD therapy. britney finally posed nude. the strangers with candy movie is finally coming out and shall be a laugh-riot. dad makes fine wine bottle lamps. clumps of trees trigger each other to release seed so as to glut the area with seed so there are some left to be sown and all not get eaten by birds and cute crafty squirrels - it is yet to be determined how these trees activate themselves, when, and which one goes first. the mt. tam water district has some excellent running trails. the al gore movie is a must see. it will make you mad or scared or frustrated or judgemental or skeptical if you are an asshole.

Friday, June 09, 2006


i love the game but now its been harder to find the cool free versions on the web. go ahead and try searching for it on goog. see? got lots going on, including scoring some unwanted, unsold swag from herbie herbert's memorabilia. i missed the real good stuff which really pains me, but i was fortunate to land at least a couple things. though, they arrived today only to be really bad sizes for me. the framed photo is so great tho. if my apt. werent so tny, i would hang it prominently right this minute - screw the bloggin' also got me a new road bike which i have to say is super great fun ride. sleek and light and not as much of a change effort-wise than i anticipated but i do cover a lot of ground and feel great when i get back. dont need no doan's, man.
gotta go fetch the mtb over at tom's tonight. left it there after covering over 27 miles in the night and day challenge. we sure got fucked in a harsh way for being late. yet we were greedy and i got locked in the shitter at the golden gate bridge. nonetheless, we did great and i still cant believe i was able to comfortably deal with that mileage. never did that distance before, nor have rarely have exercised for 7 hours straight. so much for all my issues of late feeling like i am anemic, riddled with cancerous goo, and operating on a gunked up heart. i still got it and i am gonna keep gotting it until i puke and die or something or other violent,

Monday, May 29, 2006

welp, such a hiatus. i tried to make myself accountable for this creative endeavour. i will continue, strive. work has begun and i am glad for that. cnet is a great place to be. the product is cool and they have a vision and even an elevator statement. but goddam the tools are some kind of complicated. i look forward to knowing anything at all so i dont feel like a useless laggard all the day. i got a new road bike and as the tweaks happen, so goes the speedy smoothness of this lean ride. i love it and i will log many miles of work on it. sometimes i just stare at it and admire its kickass construction - cruised the marin headlands over the bridge and up conzelman to look over the many military batteries up in yonder beauty. felt much less beat up than i thought i should. i think i may be anemic. frail and weak as of late, but did have the ride yesterday and a 1:15 run today and feel good. gotta get the full marathon in sometime soon. okay byebye

Thursday, April 20, 2006

lying deliverers

when you say you will deliver a package and specify that you will come at a certain time of day by putting a circle around the letters 'am' i think you should be able to be here then. i am so trapped here because of this. its sunny and cute out and i sit here all dirty and in my jammies in the middle of the afternoon. i just want my danish modern chair so badly - to rest my weary body upon it and to admire its sleek lines as i walk by it from room to room.
since i have accepted a job at cnet, i am interested in doing something between now and when i start - thinking about camping in kings canyon or something. i want to see ol' general sherman and maybe even climb into her canopy. it has been said that its the largest living organism on earth but apparently that record is now held by some fungus in oregon. aspen groves can be big too. but when you look at one of those trees towering over ye, it wins for best drama. amazing.
there are a lot of hair pullers out there that have calloused fingertips from all the yanking, worn teeth from the chewing, and digestive problems from the eating. its unbelievable.
SF celebrated the 100th anniversary of the big quake. its amazing that much of the city, from the embarcadero out to the mission was torched. van ness was used as a fireblock as they blew up many of the buildings along there to keep flames checked. there was a firemans parade and thousands gathered at lotta's fountain - i saw one woman put a note in one of its crevaces as they did after the quake in hopes of finding friends and relatives. its kindof neat. as is the case with any anniversary like this the fearmongers are out in full force telling us we will all die or be in real bad shape when it hits. i agree, but it will be a good opportunity to get some perspective and get the community to work together - that is if we dont all die. i intend on going to the NERT training soon.
okay, back to waiting and waiting for these big dumb jerks that have my stuff.

Sunday, April 16, 2006


foraged on the web are such morsels as that excellent Titanic 2 trailer. you can find it on YouTube which is in fact a great place to find funny or pertinent videos on the web. dont bother looking for smut there - its void of it and amen to that on this day that jesus decided to leap into the sky for us. i had not one bit of ham today, unless you count pepperoni as ham. well, do you?
other things heard: a mom note arrived and she is pleased that i am reading LOTR. being pleased about her pleasings makes me pleasy. ocean beach is a real big mess after all these storms. looks like a beach cleanup is in order. when you get your gall bladder removed due to stones, you get a constant drip of bile so fatty foods can be pretty disagreeable - experiment and be smart. if your computer is slow, you may have some issues with your RAM. people are paying good money to live in quaint little communities of 400 square foot prefab cottages - they dont suit the riff raff either. there is a movie called "The Glove" starring rosie grier. the indians are showing that they are not so special after all and hence my excitement for the team wanes. cavs playoffs will be nice, but no way they come close to winning more than a game if they end up against detroit - detroit sure knows how to distupt anything cavs try to do related to playing basketball. there are dozens of books for women on how to reduce stress and anxiety and begin to feel some sort of self worth, while there were none specifically for dudes.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

make metadata

getting the hang of harnessing and wielding the various forms of metadata out there in the business world. the data about data and the relationships between the data and the data about data is key to revealing interesting content in relevant and relational way. there is metadata about the type of content, who made it, when it was made, what it is, and where it should show up. the semantic stuff is still a bit nebulous to me, and getting the servers and software to return the right stuff at the right time from various parts of the company (products and reviews and articles and price comparisons)
its complex but will become all the more clear with a shot of old grandad and a couple tokes on the old crystalmeth. just kidding. i dont care for such stimulants. i am on half caf and even know how to seal a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans. grab the top and pinch it all the way down to the top of the beans to get all the air out then get to rolling it and rolling it and when it meets the beans use the little foldy bender to keep it closed by tucking them under the little awnings on the side of the bag itself. its ingeniously anal.
there is a lot of hoopla surrounding the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. articles are being reprinted in the papers, one such stating that the military had the full go ahead to shoot any looters. there was also a real estate boom after the disaster cooled off. there are little fake camps in the presidio like the ones where refugees had to hang. the tents were much smaller and certainly more pointy back in those days we used to wear an onion on our belts, see, because that was the style in the time. anyway, the big question is when is the next one? trust a licensed psychic to tell you.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

man is tam great

had an excellent run up on mt. tamalpais today. its a great place with lots of ups and downs and flats and even some rocky terrain. much more so than the ultra-graded paths of the peninsula and santa cruz mountains. this is the route i usually do - it can take about 2.5 hours to complete if you stay hydrated, fed, trained, and focused.
start at mountain home and head down ocean view dropping into muir woods - take a right on the main path down there and dodge many fatpantsed tourists - go left across the first creek bridge and head up that trail that connects to ben johnson - climb for a long while to the nexxus of TCC and alpine - take the latter up to pantoll and have a free drink of water - barrel down steep ravine in a fun way - take a left at dipsea and climb again out of the ravine to emerge atop a grassy plain with grand views of the city and the ocean - dip into the woods and hang a left onto the TCC again - enter the van wyck meadow and go right to the bootjack trail for another technical downhill - reenter muir woods and look for the fern creek trail on the left - soon veer onto the lost trail which connects back to ocean view and up to whence you came. its fun and hard and there are these pretty little blue flowers everywhere and the moss is so bright green and the moisture! my head was drenched as was the trail which contributed to my falling and scraping up the side of my leg on a certain part of the trail that i shouldnt have been on due to some washouts. this is why i want to build trails, to prevent such trailrash, a poem.

Friday, April 07, 2006


the days of the computer mouse are numbered. we are trained to think that blasted device is the best way to click and cursor, but no. it is not. got my fancy new keyboard with the highly programmable touchpad and extras for making web browsing easier. get one today.
ergonomics are very important for preventing such outbreaks as hackers back, ranglers wrist, typie toes, and repetitive radii. seriously, i wanted to invent a fancy footmouse with little pads to kick to activate things - and you would have had to wear special comfy slippers made of the softest supplest fleece complete with sensors on the bottoms to make things move and prance on the screen. i wanted to but didnt know how i could do it without it costing over $600 quid.

mother would be pleased to know that i am engulfed with the fellowship of the ring, a tolkien joint. its rife with adventure and the sinisterness of otherworldliness. its great stuff indeed. sorta wish i had read them before seeing the movies. i keep seeing sean astin's dopey mug whilst reading. it sucks.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


playing in the SFDA has its merits. one gets to drink a lot and hang out with fun, sometimes quirky, and nice people. but then you have to play the game. and that can be somewhat enraging. you do everything right, you practice quite a bit, you concentrate, you have a good time. but all you have to show for it is average stuff. i have always found that when i am not thinking about the game, when i am distracted by chumming* around or am on autopilot - that is when i have my best throws. so, i need to not try as hard? dont concentrate? just let my brain stem take charge? that isnt fun either. if i set out to hit something big, i wanna size it up with my eyes and arm and get it in there. just hurling it up there and hitting it is nice but its sort of like sleepwalking. anyway, its a fickle game that gets in your head. its way too easy to make the game hard.

more: the fattest and laziest of mole rats get to mate, sisters of mercy concerts have too much smoke, the tribe will contend for the Central if they play as guttily as they did yesterday to win the series vs. the sinister white sox, and my nieces are the cutest little buggers ever.

Following is my “Only Chum Recipe.”

Supplies & Ingredients:
1 box of heavy duty zip lock plastic freezer bags
1 five gallon bucket
a garden hand rake or stirring implement
Garden Hose
1 gallon pure pogy (menhaden) oil
1 - 3 pound can whole kernel corn
Rice, oats, macaroni (optional)
12 cans Kozy Kitty cat food (sold at most stores 3/$1)
6 loaves of wheat or stone ground bread. Some bakery outlet stores sell old bread for 10 cents per loaf, you must ask for “critter food”.
Food processor (Warning: You may burn it up and don’t even think about telling the wife what you need it for)
Electric can opener

Chop bread in processor
Dump 12 cans of cat food into bucket, mixing in bread with small amounts of water. Consistency desired like thick soup
Stir in 2 cups of Pogy oil, evenly distributed
Take off gas mask and drink one cold beer a safe distance from bucket
Fill freezer bags and double bag
Lay bags flat in kitchen freezer (Warning: see Food Processor above)
Transport chum in designated chum cooler with ice over and under
Use ½ bag at a time ( fits perfectly into a standard nylon chum bag)

Depending upon your target species, chum deployment is the next issue

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

something is giving

i feel something forth. one must stick with it and i am doing such. it is important not to slack when jobs are needing to be found. i look every day and i must do more, but today was a fine start to the week what with the three prospects leading to next steps. i will make an employer very happy one day. as will a modern mid-century danish chair - they are very cool!
some other tidbits - devils slide is too deadly for travelers right now as calif. is saturated to the mantle - all gurgles around here and slugger is an anagram of that. hoopla!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

rain gets in the way

antique dealers dont thrive in the rain. they scatter and putter and frantically rewrap and box up shit. it is a good indicator to see the stuff they leave out in the rain, like paintings and furniture - my dick if they are actually worth anything.
then the mud got kicked up on my wettish run in the Presidio - i found some new trails in the last week, one behind the little cathedral up on the hill adjacent to the cemetery, and another by the nursery along Pacific St.
kate and i made a new recipe mother gave me that makes for real good eatin' - corn tortilla quesadillas filled with luscious ingredients to your liking. bake them for 20 minutes at 350 degrees and its a sure-to-please taste fantasm - after you cram the last monsterous bite into your throat dont be afraid if you see spooks staring at your bulbous belly when you black out on the couch: they are just digestive enzymes.
other tidbits: 30,000 men die of prostate cancer each year, fastrak is free and easy, meet the fockers is a load of flycrap, denzel does a fine job in the new hit movie "inside man" and indiana is now on board with daylight savings time - good riddance.

Friday, March 31, 2006

glaciology and og

luta grav. is good for tired and burning eyes. i dont know what it is so take that with a grain of salt (keep it out of your eye or things will get worse)
glen was washing windows for a glaciologist today and was able to get some further facts on how they study climate change. ice cores can hold data from as far back as 300,000 years, but as the ice gets deeper and more compressed, they can only get a glimpse at a century at a time vs say a year or a decade. greenland has more pollen than antarctica so it is more bountiful with its revealings.
looks like this just might be the rainiest march in recorded history in SF. again this day the sky spits at us.
i saw some BC, the comic strip, drinking glasses at an antique place in the mission. Og was on one of them cursing a boulder or something. i might have enjoyed a cool beverage from that vessel but it cost $9.00 and i am not a big fan of that strip. Mutts is where its at.

Thursday, March 30, 2006


Today I vow to begin writing about what I have learned each day. I come across so many tidbits of factoids that I forget some of them. Brain practice here now. Much will be rambled off but so rich the content may be. Then, let's get to sharing and see what comes of it.

its mid afternoon and already it has been a day chock full of facts. newspapers are still the rage on my end - i'd rather lick my thumb and flip a page than click mouse. though i do hate that they havent figured out another material to print the news on that doesnt reap havoc on all those fertile forests. sheet metal?
apparently, ugly teens are more likely prone to commit crimes than pretty ones because of fewer social and employment opportunities. jessica simpson is trying to be like angelina jolie by adopting poor children and dealing in charities. google doesnt seem to call on time when a phone interview is scheduled for 2:00pm. men are prone to be more dissatisfied with their mates if they make a habit of looking at pretty women in victoria's secret catalogs. there is a difference between selfishness and self-indulgence. and, finally slabsides is a slang term for tall skinny lanky types. (i suppose it could also be construed as a rustic cabin near poughkeepsie)