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 Shell Game Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, November 10 2003 @ 09:53 AM PST
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TechnologyAbout a week and a half ago, at about 2AM, I was reading in bed when the phone rings. Now, even with my particular penchant for being nocturnal, it's very rare that the phone rings that late, because pretty much everybody that has my home number understands that I also have a roommate that isn't particularly nocturnal. Needless to say, I knew something was up.

My next clue was what my CallerID told me: it was my boss calling, which simultaneously eliminated the possibility that it was a drunk dial, and meant that something at work was very broken. I knew it was going to be a long night before I even hit the talk button.

 Succumbing Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, October 29 2003 @ 12:36 AM PST
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In the spirit of putting more of myself up here (admittedly, in a fairly low-risk way), here are some things you probably didn't know about me.

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 A Tale of Two Cities Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 03:53 AM PDT
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LifeWe Boston fans do a bit of bitching and moaning about the postseason prowess of our local ball club. It seems like every time we've got a chance to make it, things just fall apart at the last minute. In my lifetime, each of these events has had a name associated with it. This year it's Aaron Boone (or Grady Little, history will tell). Last time it was Billy F^(%!#@ Buckner. The time before that it was Bucky F^(%!#@ Dent. Sure there were a couple of other near misses in the past few decades, but those are the ones that stand out. Interestingly enough, all three of those games were against a New York team.

New York, however, is not the second city to which the title refers.

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Most Recent Post: 10/25 01:49AM by matt

 A List Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, October 12 2003 @ 05:16 AM PDT
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BooksThe Guardian, a british paper, has an article where they rate the top 100 novels of all time. The good news is that I've read a bunch of them. The bad news is that I haven't read a lot more of them.

Not having read them all, I can't say for sure that they're on target with their ratings (which seem to have a reasonable bias toward british authors: Steinbeck and Hemingway don't even make the list), for the most part I'd say that the books that I have read that are mentioned are certainly worthy of the distinction.

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Most Recent Post: 10/14 10:31AM by Forrest

 I never thought Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, October 04 2003 @ 05:06 AM PDT
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Sports... I'd see the day that I would agree so completely with a Jets fan.


 Anticlimax Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, October 01 2003 @ 05:04 AM PDT
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LifeI was thinking about it tonight, and I realized that somewhere along the line, my life got incredibly boring. I haven't had a completely random thing happen to me in a long time. It's kind of odd.

I guess to really appreciate what I'm talking about, it's probably going to require a history lesson.

It's worth pointing out that some of this may sound like I'm trying to evoke sympathy, but I'm not. I recognize that almost all of the major events that were bad happen to every family at one point or another, so no cookie for me.

It's also worth pointing out that this is a very long post, and may contain more than you wanted to know about me.

 Hump Day Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, September 30 2003 @ 09:32 PM PDT
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LifeTomorrow is my first day at my new office, which means that I'll spend pretty much the entire day doing nothing that is particularly productive. I'll probably spend the entire day setting up my temporary workstation and arranging furniture.

By "new office" I mean an empty bedroom in my boss' apartment (as opposed to the empty bedroom in my apartment where my office is now.)

From what I can tell, office hours are going to be from 10ish to 7ish. It's a R&D-only office, so the schedule is pretty flexible, and the limiting factors are basically the fact that my boss lives there, so we can't be there at all hours.

Of course, he tells me this today, when I'm on an even more vampiric schedule than usual. I woke up today at about 5:30PM.

Tomorrow should be interesting.

 I have not the words Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, September 30 2003 @ 05:27 AM PDT
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PoliticsI just got done reading this article.

It's as if the entire DOJ is taking each new law and stretching its meaning until somebody (hint: six guys and a girl) gets around to telling them to stop (assuming due process, a couple years later).

Everyone, please please please, as a favor to me, read this, this and this a couple of times each, even if you've seen them before. I think that the more that people read them, the more likely it is that they will remain true. Call me a romantic.

Some days I feel like Don Quixote.

 Favorite Book of All Time Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, September 27 2003 @ 07:12 AM PDT
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BooksMost people fall into two categories when it comes to their favorite book of all time. On the one side, there are those whose favorite book is one of the great cornerstones of literature that we all had to read in high school (A Catcher in the Rye, for example, or in areas with slightly more conservative mores, perhaps Deuteronomy). On the other side, there are the people whose favorite book is written by someone whose work may never be taught in a high school class but is special to them for some reason that seems to have been lost on the general public (maybe A Spell for Chameleon, or The Hunt for Red October).

I fall into a strange place in this whole debate, because my favorite book of all time was written by someone whose works include one or two of the aforementioned cornerstones, but it isn't one of them. It's a "B-Side" to the author's career, because even among the really literate people I know, only a very small percentage have read it. Right about now, I'm probably sounding like one of those self-righteous, elitist windbags that sit around coffee houses and roll their eyes at the thought of people not knowing every single track on every obscure recording of a given band. If you hadn't already guessed, that's not me... but I digress.

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Most Recent Post: 09/29 11:29AM by Forrest

 Slacking Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, September 27 2003 @ 04:16 AM PDT
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KitschI formally and publicly admit that I've been slacking off here lately.

I just can't bring myself to post a bunch of links every day, which is what most people do when they're running a bit short on content. That's what Fark is for.

I guess I could post a link to Fark every day, but that'd get old pretty quick.

Part of the problem is that this site doesn't have any real focus. I've got so many kinds of things that I try to keep track of in my own mind that the waters get a bit muddied when I try to make this a sort of "best of" compilation. I end up struggling with some obstacle that's preventing me from writing the story that I want to write, then giving up on it because I can't devote the time to that one topic, when I've got nine others to keep track of.

For example, I've been trying to write a review of the Dresden Dolls for the past two weeks. I've thrown out two nearly completed versions out of frustration, and my computer was good enough to handle throwing the last one out on its own.

In absence of any real direction, I guess I'll put it to a vote (not that I've gotten more than four total votes on a poll yet, speaking of slacking off).

For the previous paragraph to make any sense, you have to look at the poll on the left. Just thought I'd point that out.

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