January 29th, 2004

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Local boy done good...

I was looking at the Tribune's sports section this morning to see how North's basketball team did this week (they're 16-3 (5-0), and learning how to win games when Jon Scheyer gets contained) and saw a summary of a story about the Blackhawks that referred to a goalie named Craig Anderson. I thought that was funny, because I remembered one of my classmates, Carrie Anderson (going all the way back to kindergarten) had a little brother named Craig born about a year before my sister Holly. And both of Carrie's brothers played hockey... Sure enough, same kid.

The Andersons moved to Barrington not long after Carrie and my class graduated from high school, which probably explains why Craig's career stayed under the radar. It wouldn't have received any local press in Northbrook, and I honestly haven't followed the Blackhawks since junior high.

It's also funny, he says in his Blackhawks bio, if he wasn't playing hockey, he'd be racing cars. Like his dad, who used to race on the same SCCA circuits as my dad way back in the day.
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Someone needs to die

I just got a call from a Republican National Committee pollster. It had no Caller ID, and they knew my name, meaning someone I've done business with and felt a legitimate need to give my phone number to has sold it to the GOP. My voter registration does not have my phone number on it (and it identifies me as an independent anyways,) nor does the NRA have my number, so it wasn't them.

I was gonna hang up, but the droid's script said that after the recorded message from Tom DeLay played, he'd come back to ask a poll question. Okay, that's an opportunity to use the Republican's own means to tell them they're a bunch of knobgobblers. That's probably one of the best ways to do it.

The recording plays, and it's DeLay railing against "Hollywood liberals" led by Hillary and financed by Soros, using organized Labor to "reload the Democratic machine", wah wah wah. The single poll question asked was, "Do you plan to support President Bush and a Republican majority in Congress?" Easy answer: "No."

"I'm sorry to hear that, sir." Yeah, I'll bet you are.

AOL and Time have a Presidential Candidate Matching site. They poll you and compare your answers on issues to the stated views of the major party candidates. The big table of their views is here. I come up 100% Dean, 98% each for Kerry and Sharpton, 95% Kucinich, 92% Clark, 90% Smiler Edwards, 78% Lieberman, 27% Beast Shrub.

I'm willing to accept loosened nuclear power plant regulations if and only if Shrub agrees irrevocably to move his entire extended family, his staff, and their entire families, permanently, to reside at the site of the first affected nuclear plant to suffer an accident.
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I think this author was reading kim_jong_il__'s journal and treating it as fact.

I had my car in the shop Wednesday and yesterday for warranty work on a coolant leak. My rental was an Ion 2, the successor to the SL series sedan. The 2.2L 4-cylinder is definitely better than the old 1.9L's they used to use, even the upgraded ones they introduced in '95. For some strange reason, they put the battery in the trunk, next to the spare tire. There was plenty of room for it under the hood, so I don't get the reasoning. Mostly, the car is pretty nice. However, the center-mounted dashboard is still fucked-up to use, and it's still a deal-killer.

Mom and Dad sold the old house today. By the end of March, we'll be out of it. I'm going to schedule a trip home for a week or two around the closing to help clean stuff out.

At the comic shop yesterday (actually, a week ago, I just forgot to mention it then,) I see they've come up with "C.S.I." trading cards. To my shock, it is not a collectable card game. I thought this was illegal now.

A note to fellow DVD-R-burning folks out there. If you're using a Pioneer drive (including the DVR-104 also known as the Apple SuperDrive,) you might want to stay away from media that is only faintly purple. The Matrix stuff I bought from shop4tech.com has been useless. 19 discs burned, 4 were coasters, all the rest had significant numbers of errors. Disk Copy can't make image files of them, and video playback has frequent freezes and dropouts. It doesn't matter if the discs are burned at 4X or 1X. The Ritek media I started with (also bought through shop4tech) and the Fuji stuff I bought as a stopgap works like a champ.

Speaking of Pioneer/Apple DVD drives, the DVR-106 can drop-in replace the Apple drive now. Prior Pioneer releases had slightly different firmware, so iDVD wouldn't write to them unless you could find a way to write Apple firmware to them. But the current 106'es work out of the box. (Older 106es need to be updated to v1.7 of the firmware. There's a link on the iDVD 4 page at macintouch.com) Fry's had these marked down to $139, with a $30 rebate. Amazingly, they still had a boatload of them on the last day of the sale (Tuesday.) The rebate continues, but I think the shelf price rose back to $150.