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 A good news day Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, April 20 2004 @ 11:59 PM PDT
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LifeMy friends Mark & Jenn had a baby boy today. Ryan has got to be the cutest damn baby I've seen in, well, weeks (what can I say, I'm biased toward Ethan).

In other news, my brother won an Emmy award today. He works on ESPN's "NFL Sunday Night Football", which won an Emmy for "Outstanding Live Sports Series".

Not a bad day, overall, even if I am sore as hell from playing volleyball yesterday.

 Beatific Resonance Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 05:38 PM PDT
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1. A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience.
2. A release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit.
3. Sitting in my Jeep at a red light on Memorial Drive with the top down and the Underworld CD that I bought cranked up while appreciating the scenery that the river offers this time of year, and realizing, nay owning the fact that the world keeps spinning.

 Pump, Vitriol, etc. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, April 16 2004 @ 12:26 AM PDT
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LifeFuck 'em.

Fuck 'em in the ear.

Fuck 'em in the ear with a rusty icepick covered in Ebola infected blood.

Ok, now that the warmup is over...

 Exploration Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, April 02 2004 @ 03:04 PM PST
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LifeWhen I woke up today, I decided to check out the bruising that would surely be visible on my back by then. Once I lifted up my shirt, I started to have one of those disjointed reality moments because I realized that my bruise was talking to me.

It said, quite clearly, "Exploration."

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 Banner Week Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, April 02 2004 @ 04:30 AM PST
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Life"Cold, wet, tired, hungry and hurt is no way to go through life, son."

For no particular reason, here's some doggerel:
Cold & wet is what you get when you move all your crap in the rain.
Tired will happen when still moving your crap in six days later -- insane.
Hunger grips your tummy when you run out of money and from food you must abstain.
Hurt can appear when you walk out the rear and tumble down stairs: back pain.

So, I'm pretty much done with the moving bit. I've got a couple things left on the porch that I'm having a hard time figuring out what to do with. How does one properly dispose of gasoline cans? Empty kegs that have been around for a long time? Propane bottles?

 Camping Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, March 29 2004 @ 12:39 AM PST
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LifeAt this point, I'm mostly moved. I have a few carloads of stuff to go, but things are looking pretty damn spartan around the old place.

Mostly because I'm exhausted and didn't feel like dealing with parking (Watertown has an overnight parking ban until the end of April, and we haven't finished sorting out the arrangements for driveway space) and arranging furniture and such, I decided to spend another night in Brighton.

Conveniently enough, one of the few things that didn't get moved yet was my camping gear. I wish I could say I planned it, but it just kind of worked out that way. So I've blown up my little backpacking air mattress, pulled out my sleeping bag, and I'm sitting here on my work laptop blogging away.

It's really kind of a strange feeling to be laying on the living room floor in my underwear in a pretty much empty apartment. Now there's an image I'm sure you were looking for...

I dunno, I guess this is one of those stream of conciousness posts where a tooth or two is missing from the sprockets, so I guess I'll cut it short.

 Cigars all around... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, March 23 2004 @ 12:35 AM PST
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LifeAt about 11:20pm (a little more than an hour ago) I became an uncle again.

As Wil would say: \m/

His name is Ethan, and I'll be heading up north tomorrow to meet him, deadlines be damned.

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 Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, March 21 2004 @ 12:20 PM PST
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LifeRight now I'm engaging in a rare luxury. I'm sitting at my desk at home in my PJs, grooving to the Dresden Dolls album that finally showed up, and smoking a butt... indoors! I think the last time I typed and smoked at the same time was in the apartment in Malden, and that was like seven years ago.

I'm allowing myself this particular indulgence while taking a brief break from reality, which is fairly complex at the moment.

 Migration Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, March 01 2004 @ 11:43 PM PST
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LifeAs you may have noticed, it's been a long time since I've been able to post anything.

The Deadline
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had a bit of a crunch at work recently. Y'know, it's amazing how easy euphemism comes to me. "A bit of a crunch" is what you have when you have to work late a couple of nights. I had five consecutive weeks of wake up, shower, work for twelve or eighteen (or twenty-six, etc.) hours, sit in bed for a couple hours waiting for the caffeine shakes to subside, then finally pass out for six or eight hours. For me, each of those five weeks had less than seven days due to a rotating sleep/wake cycle induced by massive, MASSIVE quantities of caffeine. I haven't had that much caffeine since college.

Anyway, a week ago (a week late) we delivered a beta version of the software we've been working on. It sort of works, but at least it runs really slow.

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 Hmm... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, February 09 2004 @ 12:39 PM PST
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LifeI think it might be time for me to go retrieve my beard trimmer from my mother's house (where I left it at Christmas.)

Getting dressed today, I actually ran a comb through my beard.

That can't be good.

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