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 I survived the Crimson Permanent Assurance* Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, June 06 2004 @ 03:44 PM PDT
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Life"Something is wrong", I thought.

I sat up, as if to grab my cape and head out into Gotham, and instead had a sudden realization of what the problem was. The change in position had triggered a searing pain in my head and a vague sense of nausea. I had a hangover.

Waking up in a hotel room in the insurance capital of the world was a little unnerving for some reason. I knew where I was, why I was there, and (unfortunately) why my head hurt so much, but I couldn't help thinking how everything seemed a little strange. The statehouse was a bit too ornamented, the grass a bit too green, and the streets a bit too clean. It didn't feel like Massachusetts. It felt like I was in a different country or something, though even in the dense haze of my hangover, I noted that people drove on the right side of the road in what were predominantly american cars, so I had at least stayed on the same continent. It actually reminded me quite a bit of Ottawa.

I fumbled for a cigarette while I waited for the remaining three or four hangover symptoms to manifest themselves. The statehouse flag flying at half-mast reminded me that Reagan had died yesterday. More pertinently to the subject at hand, Forrest and Angel got married yesterday.

I won't get into the gory details of the alcohol consumed last night. I don't really feel like remembering the two Bass Ales, glass of champagne, amaretto sour, jamaican stout, pale ale, and four or five pints of unfiltered wheat beer that I had. I don't need to relate stories about telling the waitress, "I need two shots of your harshest tequila" and "Bring me a kamikaze on the rocks in the largest glass allowed by the state of Connecticut" (about 16 oz., if you're curious), and then there was the whole drinking from the beer tap thing. None of those things are important.

What is important is that I absolutely fell in love with that family all over again. There's a certain easiness I feel with them that I had expected with those that I already knew, but it seemed magically to extend to the others as well in a way that made it seem (and this may well be the case) that it didn't so much extend to cover them, but that it was innately of them.

Being around that family causes all sorts of emotions for me. I'm happy that my friends have found love and joy in their lives. I'm in awe of the fact that both brothers have found the most amazing women (and vice-versa, I might say). I'm jealous as hell of all of the above. I'm grateful that they let me into their lives, and I'm going to miss them when they move out west.


Most Recent Post: 06/08 05:51PM by matt

 I'm just a bill Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, May 24 2004 @ 04:25 AM PDT
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PoliticsToday's rant topic is simultaneously idiotic, scary, and ironic. It concerns a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in March of this year.

First, there are some basics we may need to go over.

There is, outlined in a relatively obscure document called "The Constitution for the United States of America", a system of checks and balances that are to be ensured within the government to which that document applies. Basically, it breaks down thusly:

 Boo-ya Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, May 21 2004 @ 10:48 PM PDT
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LifeA buddy of mine just asked if I wanted to go to the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival at Six Flags this year.

In a word: "Hell", but one word isn't enough.

In two words: "Hell, yes."

From the Six Flags site:
The hugely popular Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival returned in 2003 after a six-year vacation. And we plan to keep the good times rolling in 2004. Planned enhancements for 2004 include: two full days of Blues, Blues Rock and Southern Rock music, a true Craft Brew exhibit featuring 20 of New England's finest microbreweries and brewpubs, such as Paper City Brewery in Holyoke, MA. Plus, more BBQ vendors and the first ever Rock 102 Chili Cook-Off!

Potentially good music? Check.
Good beer? Check.
Spicy food? Check.
Roller coasters? Check. Check. Check. Check. Check. Check.

Oh yeah, and that weekend is also my birthday. Sounds like a good way to spend the day to me.

Most Recent Post: 05/22 02:44PM by Dan4th

 Fun with photoshop Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, May 18 2004 @ 03:27 AM PDT
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KitschI got my scanner hooked up tonight (finally), and while conducting an experiment, I ended up with a funny image. Some judicious cropping, a half dozen or so overlay layers, and a little bit of luck later, I ended up with 1940s newsreel footage of me in my jeep stuck in a river.

(click to pop up bigger version)

 Let freedom ring Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 09:53 PM PDT
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PoliticsAs of tomorrow morning, the city clerk's office in Cambridge will start accepting applications for marriage licenses, regardless of the genders of the two partners.

This is a good thing.

There is a caveat that not everybody is aware of. Apparently there's a law on the books that says that out of state couples cannot get married in Massachusetts if that marriage would not be honored in their home state. That being said, there are some clerks who will almost certainly ignore this statute, as it hasn't been enforced in quite some time. There will be, no doubt, people that will attempt to get married in spite of this law for no other reason than to force a legal case.

 Concise Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, May 14 2004 @ 04:08 AM PDT
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LifeThe software I'm working on now is my baby, and this is the lullaby I sing to it.

 The Movable Type 3.0 debacle Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, May 14 2004 @ 01:31 AM PDT
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TechnologyY'know, maybe it's because I write software for a living, but having the entire intarweb thingy let out a collective Lucy whine over the fact that the company that wrote Moveable Type wants to start making some money is pretty much the dumbest thing I've seen this week (I keep missing "She Spies").

I'm a huge fan of free software. Love the stuff. I frequently use it when I'm doing projects that make me money and if there's a commercial use clause, I obey it.

Six Apart, the makers of Movable Type, are still offering a free version that has some restrictions. In addition to the usual "no commercial use" type stuff, they're limiting the free version to one author and three blogs. People, apparently, don't like the fact that they will no longer be able to run large-scale publishing operations without a thought toward expenses other than the fifteen bucks a month they spend on hosting. Oh, dear me, what ever will we do?

Here's a thought exercise for those people:

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Most Recent Post: 05/14 02:49PM by stacey

 Diarrhea of the blog Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 04:11 AM PDT
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KitschIt's the crack, but you knew that already.

In other news, I'm getting large numbers of hits to the most random posts, and I have no idea where the links are that I assume exist somewhere (and my referrer stats are messed up at the moment).


Most Recent Post: 05/11 10:27AM by Dan4th

 Godzilla, we hardly knew ye Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 04:10 AM PDT
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MoviesYou know how growing up, we had this stereotype of japanese movies? You know, abysmal plotlines, awful dialog, oversized monsters squishing short little people who are running screaming through the streets of Tokyo?


It turns out that the original version of Godzilla was actually a fairly well thought-out science fiction movie with a bit of actual social commentary... right up until they decided to ship it here and the geniuses involved cut most of the subplots and social commentary, spliced in some footage of Raymond Burr and had themselves a movie fit for an American audience.

I think I'd like to watch the re-edited release, but I don't think I'm going to make it to the Castro so I hope there's a DVD in the works.

 dead... lines Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 04:09 AM PDT
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LifeLate Tuesday night I logged into a development server, and this is what it said:
Last login: Tue May 4 21:51:39 from localhost

Q: Know what the difference between your latest project
and putting wings on an elephant is?
A: Who knows? The elephant *might* fly, heh, heh...

Oh, how true.

We were supposed to deliver another beta release Wednesday morning, but some last minute bugs (vicious, nasty creatures with teeth and sharp eyesies), well, fucked us. Sans lubrifiant. The customer was not amused.

Earlier tonight I managed to get things to where they need to be for minimal acceptance, but we've really got to get more than that in the release to help restore some comfort level, so I'm going to be working through the weekend.

Hopefully someday I'll be able to look back at this product through the halcyonizing filter of old age and say, "but it was worth it." I'm not holding my breath.

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