October 11th, 2003


The last month or so...

So it's been a while since I've come along with a substantial LJ post. Just haven't felt like doing it, really. Also helps that iJournal is buggy enough that I'm balking at installing it on my laptop. I finally went and got lj-update for emacs, so here we go.

A slew of posts coming up, on various and sundry topics. I doubt anyone will find things of interest in all the upcoming posts, but I imagine some people will find some good stuff to read.

  • Current Music
    DDR Max

On politics

Well, deanites.org has been slowing down quite a bit. I just don't have the energy to write new stuff in there daily, and on top of that, news is just slowing down. Or maybe my interest in the news is. I can't bring myself to write daily updates on the "white house leak" now that the story's out there.

I don't want it to be another one of those blogs that just regurgitates the rest of the political blogs out there. I want to have a new take on the things that are happening out there, and that takes time and thought.

Most importantly, I find some of the ideologism (is that a word?) in other blogs to be... dangerous. And I want to fight that tendency with my website, to try to see both sides of the issue, when the opposing side exists. So often I'll read a blog and it'll be mindless attacks, as if it were written by Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly. And I'd prefer it if a moderate Republican could come along, read one of our blog sites, and instead of saying "Look at how one-sided their ideas are," say "Hmm, that's not a bad point. They're wrong, but I can see how they would think that."


On gaming (video)

Well, let's start from the most recent bit. I got me a copy of DDR Max last night, and this morning I'm playing... So far according to workout mode I've burned 270 Calories, but it sure feels more tiring than 800 Calories (1 hour) on the elliptical trainer at the gym. Wow. I hope I can keep this regimen up, maybe do this every other day... I wonder if workout mode lets me unlock anything; I'm guessing not.

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  • Current Mood
    exhausted exhausted
elan montage

On the diet

Well, Thursday night I ate way too much at the bar... Lots of cheesey fries, cheese curds, chicken sandwich, and beer. I had three beers, and was pretty buzzed for some of the evening.

But the weird thing (or maybe not weird at all) was that the next day, for breakfast, I made sure to eat only a little... and then I had a healthy lunch, and... well... I didn't snack at all during the day. No urge, not even a little. So maybe my urge to snack during the day is honest-to-goodness hunger.

How... do I use this information?

I've got a ton of frozen veggies in my fridge, and I'm going to make some of the really good spaghetti sauce one of these days, and... I've got onions I've been putting on sandwiches, and, um, tomatoes... I've been trying to eat at home, be healthy, and... Ah, whatever. I'll see how this week goes.

Last night at my mom's birthday dinner, I had been planning on ordering a steak... At the last minute I switched over to the "all-you-can-eat fish fry"... The good news is, the fish was easily seperated from the breading, and it tasted better without it, really. So even with that mistake, that moment of weakness when I ordered the fried fish. I do think I would have enjoyed the steak more, now; it just turns out that I happened to pick the healthy thing. Totally randomly.

  • Current Mood
    hungry hungry
elan montage

On a new laptop

I've been going back and forth on this computer for a week or so now, ever since the eMachines laptop got all, y'know, lame seeming compared to this. (For those not following the link: Compaq Presario X1010US Notebook PC (1.30-GHz Pentium-M (Centrino), 512 MG RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive) - it has an ATI Radeon Mobility 9200 3d chipset in it, and a nice wide screen (1280x800). Somehow, seeing that eMachines laptop at Best Buy has convinced me that I want a wide-screen laptop.

The price of this thing is $200 cheaper than at Best Buy, and I was tempted by it at Best Buy... And looking at competing brands, IBM, Dell, Gateway, Apple, it's miles cheaper... Hmm. blah blah blah.

When it comes down to it, though, the laptop is like four trips to Boston. I'd rather have the trips.