Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Admits". . . . ?

I'm not normally one for celebrity gossip, but I almost burst out laughing when I saw the Yahoo headline "Labeouf Admits to fling with Megan Fox". And the word that jumped out at me to make the whole thing ridiculous, as my title indicates, is "admits". Shia Labeouf, that nerdy little weed who only has a career because directors need an inexpensive actor to poke in between giant robots, Indiana Jones, and scantily clad women is "admitting" that he had a fling with a woman who is widely considered to be among the hottest on the planet?! That's like me "admitting" to being a secret agent for the CIA.

When you admit to something, it means you're telling people a truth you had tried to keep secret and/or are probably not too proud of. Claiming you "hooked up" with a sex symbol in her prime is not a good example of such a thing. In all reality, it sounds more like something an insecure little wiener would make up to make himself sound cooler than he actually is. And since I already consider Labeouf to be a little wiener who deserves virtually no credit for the success he's had thus far in his career, it's not very hard for me to believe that that's exactly what this story is. I realize that word may not have been choice, but when you already dislike somebody, it's easy to just assume the worst.

Monday, June 27, 2011

What's this "morning" thing I've heard so much about?

I am, as I may have already mentioned, not a morning person. And by that I mean I usually drag myself out of bed around noon. It's not that I sleep all day: I get about 7-8 hours most nights. It's just that I am an extreme night owl. Typically, I don't get to sleep until after 4am.

All that is going to have to change pretty dramatically now. The new job I just started has me getting up at 5:45am, so if I don't want to fall over dead, I'm going to have to start getting to sleep much earlier than I have in years.

I realize this probably isn't terribly interesting to read, but right now I'm feeling a bit too tired to really think about anything other than how early I have to get up tomorrow.

p.s. as a follow-up to my previous post, we did win the Dominion round. Just thought I'd share that. I really will try to get back to posting things people might actually want to read, but lately I find myself getting sidetracked far too often.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Eventful Update

Going to see the Red Sox vs Pirates tomorrow. Normally I'd root for the Pirates, but I just traded for Lester in my fantasy league, so I'm torn on that. I guess I should see it as a win-win situation: either the Pirates win or my pitcher wins.

Saturday the Steel Valley Super Nats are taking over Salem, so I'll be surrounded by classic cars all day.

Also happening tomorrow, the end of the current round of Dominion. It's a text-based war game with 50-day rounds, and my brother and I are primed to win for the first time after years of playing (and no, that doesn't mean we're bad players. Around 15,000 people have played over the years, and only about 60 have ever won a round). This win means nothing at all to 99.9999% of the public, but after all this time playing the game, I'm excited about it.

The week after next, I'll be going on a 5-day trip with my family to Toronto. I've spent only a tiny amount of time outside the USA, so I'm looking forward to that.

I've started writing again. What I mean when I say that is that I've started writing fiction again. I'm nearly finished with the second chapter of my novel, and so far I'm feeling better about it than I have about anything else I've ever written. It will surely be a mess that could never be published, but after all the time I've spent working on various writing projects that I never finished, I just want the sense of accomplishment from knowing that I saw one through to the end.

Finally, I got a job today. Well, more accurately, my brother got me a job. I'd been looking for summer work until I went back to school in the fall, and his company was looking to hire a short-term grunt. So beginning on Monday, I'll have to start actually getting up in the morning. It's already been discussed that I'll miss that week when I go to Canada, so it's all set and it's just what I wanted.

And that's that.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day (late)

Happy Father's Day out there to everyone. I spent most of the day at a car show with my dad, and we also watched the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival dvd that he got as a present. Seeing all those great blues guitarists on stage together has put me in the mood to watch The Blues Brothers.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pirates and Indians

Just got home from a ballgame in Cleveland. Unfortunately, the Pirates lost 5-1, but if I expected to see my team win, I wouldn't be a Pirates fan to begin with. So even though the bucs lost, it was a fun time. My sister and both my brothers came, and we had a good evening out.

Friday, June 17, 2011

I'm Back

That hiatus lasted a little longer than I had originally planned. I'm back now, though. In recent news, I got in my final grade reports and I carried a 4.0 this quarter. I'm spending the summer at my parents' house; I'll be moving into a different apartment when I get back down to school in the fall. In a few weeks, we'll be heading to Canada for a week or two, so that should be fun.

In beard related news, today marks 7 months since my last shave.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Well so far (knock on wood) the internet seems to have recovered from its troubles. I don't expect it to stay working, but for now I still have it.

The big item of news for me, as of last night, is that I'm probably moving into a different apartment in the same complex soon. It would be a slight upgrade since the other place gets much more natural light in the daytime and mine is slightly cave-like. Basically there are 3 apartments clustered together, with room for 3 tenants each. There's going to be some shuffling now that the school year is ending so that all the remaining people can get into apartments with the roommates they want. I'm a bit of a wildcard in this whole affair since I'm the only person who isn't attached to anybody so it's really up to me if I want to move and make everybody's life easier or stay and make my own life easier.

There would be some advantages to moving. As I mentioned, this apartment's orientation is different so it's very dark inside. Also I got stuck in the middle bedroom so I can hear noise from both my roommates at once, which can be annoying. So if everything checks out I'll probably make the switch. In any event, that means I'll have to move all my stuff, and consequently I'll have a period of time where I'm not able to get online. So even if the net stays alive until then, I'll probably be out of touch for a little while anyway.

UPDATE: My internet is back down. I have preparation for finals on Friday anyway, so I'm just going to call a full hiatus until early next week at the soonest.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Net Problems

I know my posts have been short and uninteresting recently, and I apologize for that. For the next week or so, they may become totally non-existent. I've been having a ton of trouble with my internet connection, and it looks quite probable that I won't be able to get online until next weekend. Hopefully in the mean time I'll come up with a few interesting things to say so my posts are worth reading when I come back. See you then.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Summer Project

I've recently decided on a summer project for myself. I haven't got all the details lined out perfectly, so I don't want to say more right now. More details will be forthcoming in a few weeks, though.

Friday, June 3, 2011

What a Weird Day

Have you ever had a day where you don't seem to have anything to do, yet somehow you've been in the middle of something all day? Well today was one of those days for me. It's a weird feeling.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Ok, that's not entirely accurate since I still have finals to do, but in terms of regular classes I am finished for the school year as of today. Part of me wants to go celebrate, but another part of me would rather just sit at home watching TV and eating donuts. Knowing me, that latter part will probably win.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Muggy Metal

The weather here has been incredibly hot and sticky of late, and I find that weather has an odd way of affecting the music I listen to. During this past winter I found myself frequently diving into Viking metal and black metal. The sounds of the cold, hostile north suited my environment perfectly. Well, with this temperature shift I find myself sliding toward the opposite end of the pole. The hot, gritty south has come to dominate my musical listening habits recently: the oppressive fuzz of Weedeater, the Texas swagger of ZZ Top, and even the good-ol'-boy twang of Waylon Jennings. Thanks to Kelly's post on Full Metal Attorney I'm currently listening to Belzebong. Despite being Polish, their style suits my mood quite well too.