Sunday, July 31, 2005

Baseball Trade Deadline

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 4:00 the trade deadline will expire. Rumors have been circling around Boston's Manny Ramirez who may or may not be tied up in a three way deal with the NY Mets and the TB Devil Rays. Adding to the rumor is the fact that Manny was taken off the starting lineup on saturday just 10 minutes before the game. This could go three ways: (1) we lose manny and his ~80 RBI's and don't get anything 'good' in return, (2) we lose Manny and his ~80 RBI's and we get a deal like Nomar's last year (we traded Nomar to the Cubs, the Cubs traded someone to the Expo's and the Red Sox got Orlando Cabrera... it was a good deal for the Sox). or (3) we keep Manny and his bat and we never know what could have been. I personally would like to stick with option (3). On top of that we acquired Gabe Kapler, back from Japan where he thought he could make a bucket load of money. Apparently he wasn't happy there and we welcomed him back. We also got Jose Cruz Jr. from the AZ Diamondbacks. Two new outfielders to make up for Trot Nixon's placement on the DL and Manny's wishy washy attendance. The Sox also designated Alan Embree for assignment a few weeks ago and on friday we let him go. Unfortunately the evil empire struck again and snatched him up. Embree now wears the dreaded pinstripes and we'll no doubt see him in the post season.

The Nationals continued their slide into oblivion tonight. They have dropped 6 of their last outings which has lost them their lead in the NL East and taken away their chances at a wild card run. These guys are just imploding before our eyes and it's kinda sad to watch. Hopefully some hard questions will be asked in the off season (with a rolled up phone book).

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Odds and ends

so last night I watched part of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Afterwards I put up an away message that mentioned that I would be sleeping with the lights on. For those of you still wondering if I slept with the lights on... I am no wus. The lights were indeed off all night. I did however, not close my eyes. MOVING ON.

I watched the new show on FX tonight called Over There. It's about a squad of troops over in Iraq. It's definitely worth checking out if you didnt' watch it tonight.

That's about it for tonight. Move along people, nothing to see here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Up to no good vol. 1 issue 3

So I decided the other day that I was done with Juno and I was done with webmail. I have now successfuly (after much time and setting up) created a Gmail account and am using Mozilla Thunderbird as my mail program. This means I will never have to check my mail through a java website EVER AGAIN. I'm very excited about this. I can't offer a review of thunderbird yet because I've only had it for a couple of hours, however it's got outstanding reviews (along with Mozilla Firefox, my default browser). These two programs will hopefully one day kill Outlook express and IE. For those of you who don't have my new email address, and would like to have it, I won't post it online in this blog. However, take heart. All you have to do is leave me a comment and it will be sent to my inbox and I will gladly reply with my new e-mail.

It took some time to actually move away from Juno. I've had the same e-mail address since about 9th grade. At that point Juno was free (still) but it would only dial in and check email. Which meant that every time you checked your email you had to dial into a number, download the messages and then you could read them. If you wanted to respond to something you had to dial in again. It was rather difficult having a thread going for a long period of time. So it's on to something bigger and better in terms of email. GMAIL.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Weekend Wrap up Vol.1 Issue 3?

So it's been a mostly quiet weekend of Halo2, phone calls and looking forward to the Ben Folds concert.

My Grandma moved out of her house this past week. The Dickson 'estate' has now been turned over to someone else. In a way it was nice to always have that connection back to Connecticut and have what amounted to a permanent home. My grandparents moved into that house, Meadow Rock Farm, in 1976. It was not their first home, but for me it was the only place I know of them living. They had moved around quite a bit before settling in rural Pomfret Connecticut. This past Christmas my Grandma sat down with her 4 sons and talked about moving. It was an uneasy disscusion made easier by their (the 4 sons) willingness to accept the move. The rest of that break was spent talking about the innevitable move and what it would mean. For the past few years before hand my Uncle Andrew would often say; "well this might be the last Christmas here..." So now Christmas will not mean Pomfret Connecticut. The long drive through the mountains in New York, the quick but snowy roads of Massachusetts and the bumpy winding roads covered with sand of Connecticut. This year the trip will be a bit different, taking us north to Ottawa Canada (I'll need a passport to celebrate Christmas this year...). My Uncle John's website (Pop's Weekly Letter), tells the story of the last few days of packing up. It's in my links but for some reason never works, so use the link above if you'd like to read and see some pictures. It was a beautiful house in the rolling hills, several red barns and a parking lot like driveway. I learned to ride my bike there, played winter football in 60 degree weather in the field. Went sleding up in the hills and took many pictures of deer running through the trees. There was the annual walk through the snow, testing the ice (it always broke under foot) and the dinner table conversations that would last through the night. Sitting by the fire in the 'big room', watching movies in Pop's office. While I'm saddened by the loss, I'm happy for my Grandma. She has moved south to Princeton NJ. She'll be in a large retired community with her own apartment.

I also spent some time with my friend Deirdre this weekend. We took in the Post Office Museum, Burrito Brothers, The Hirschorn Modern Art Museum, some blisters, and a lot of walking. I hadn't seen her in a couple years and it was nice to know that there was someone else I know in D.C.

Also, the Nationals and Red Sox lost today. The Nationals need to get their act together and stop being shmucks... the Red Sox, well they just need to get it together. They're in first place, 1.5 games up on the Yankees and they're acting like it's no big deal. We need better pitching.

Lance Armstrong

So, Lance Armstrong won the tour de france again today -- 7 in a row. The fox sports story is HERE. On a side note, does anyone other than me think it's kinda weird that the link is MSN.Foxblahblahblah? Microsoft and Fox workin together now? What about MSNBC and Fox News? Aren't they competitors? Anyway I say it's weird.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Unrelated rambling

So I tried to upload some pictures of my newly reorganized room. Unfortunately the pictures came out too dark. At any rate I guess all of you who were hoping to see what my room looks like will have to do it the old fashioned way.

I came across this article HERE and thought it was rather interesting. Even if these two historians points are found to be false it still puts a rather different spin on what happened 60 years ago.

Also, for all those of you out there who are wondering. Halo2 is once again without cheaters. When I started playing again after a little vacation, I found that there was at least 2-3 cheaters in every game. They ruined it for me. Luckily, Bungie was quick in adding a patch and removing them (banhammering them) for good. While I was playing with the cheaters my level dropped down to 18 (out of 100). Now that they're banned my level has climbed to 22. This might seem low when taken out of 100, but you have to know how the rankings work. The first few levels are easy to get. You win one game your level increases. When you get into the 20's thought it takes 4-5 wins (along with some other game play statistics i.e. kills, flag grabs, etc.) to move up 1 level. So I'm pretty happy with my non-cheating accomplishment. Even if it is only a game.

Friday, July 22, 2005

The great move!

So I spent some time re-arranging my room the other day. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. The main obstacle is that my room is about 3' x 4' with a closet in the middle of the floor. Ok, so it's not that bad, but it's still pretty darn small. I would have a picture up for you to see, but 2 days after cleaning and whatnot... my rooms a mess already. So after I clean up a little I'll be sure to post a pic.

Nothing else is really happening around here. I find myself ending conversations on the phone about 15 minutes before other people. There's just nothing else to add!

Except... that I got tickets to the Odd Men Out tour. It's Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright and Ben Lee. It should be a night of some good music, albeit mellow. But that's fine. I'm looking forward to it.

But yeah, other than that nothing else is happening. I just figured I'd post for the hell of it and for reasons stated earlier about my love of reading updated blogs.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Health Food

So while eating a granola bar today I realized how deep this food type is. It really makes you ask the big questions in life. Like; 'Why aren't there more chocolate chips in this?' or 'What's with all this crappy granola?'

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Rove-anigans

So it's been made official... Rove is evil. It's true. I read it in not only the NYTimes but also the LATimes and WSJ. Maybe it was an AP story... but so what... he's evil. What a busy day the 24's had today! Not only was Chief Justice (can't spell his last name) in the hospital for a fever, but the Space Shuttle was [supposed to be] launched today AND Karl Rove was put on a spit and placed over the open [luke warm] fire we call the White House Press corps. My favorite part of the news day came when Matt Cooper (journalist for Time Magazine (not affiliated with this, my, publication)) had a press conference after his grand jury testimony. For those of you who watch west wing, you will know that while grand jurists, lawyers or judges involved in the case cannot speak about the details... witnesses most certainly can, and that is why C.J. should never have worried. Matt Cooper used his status as a witness to hold a press conference where he distributed a letter detailing his deal with the "source" allowing him to testify (doesn't that word just make you wanna scream 'AMEN'?). It was almost like he was trying to up the suspense on something that wasn't all that suspenseful, he sat there saying 'source' over and over and then at the very end he said: "KARL ROVE". It was almost like he said; "Look, I'm not gonna name names here KARL ROVE, so don't try to KARL ROVE trick me or KARL ROVE anything... KARL ROVE, ok? KARL ROVE...

News Conference pic
NYTimes article
AP Article

Monday, July 11, 2005

Big Amazon... Big

So I just spent about 45 minutes going through my Amazon.com recommendations and telling them what I liked and disliked. Some of those things though... I gotta say they can be way off. Because I said I owned and liked Greenday's American Idiot, they recommended Ashley Simpsons CD. How do those two mesh? Anyway it's always fun to go through and think about what you would buy if you had tons of money and no conscience. I ordered a book from there the other day and it should arrive wednesday. It's called A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. He writes or operates (not sure which) McSweeney's website. Which I think everyone should check out cause it has some great humor every once in a while.

Tomorrow's a big day, big interview with a big lawfirm in a big afternoon. I've set my big alarm clock so I can wake up in a big way. I'm planning a big shower, a big sittin round time, a big trip on the metro then a big stop off at the bank to deposit some money so I can finally pay my BIG rent. Then it's off to the big building on the big street where I'll take the big elevator up to the big suite. Then It'll be time for my big interview. Everyone wish me big luck at 3:00pm tomorrow.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Verizon is Evil

I found this funny, thought you might too: Verizon is Evil!

London

So I woke up this morning/late and turned on TV. I used to be in the habit of turning straight to the news. However after an hour or so of channel surfing I finally decided to see what was going on in the world. The news did an excellent (read=shitey) job of informing me of things. They had the Sec. of Homeland Security raising the terror level for mass transit. It wasn't untill about 3/4's of the way through his speach that they started showing footage of London and I was able to start piecing things together through the questions from the reporters.

On this note I'd just like to say it's nice to see people walking (not running) through the streets of London, they have this permanent calm over there that's applaudable. I was also happy to learn that my cousin, Johanna, was ok. Apparently she uses one of the train stops all the time but wasn't there this morning. Hopefully she was sleeping in late as well. As my dad told me this afternoon: "That comes in handy sometimes huh?" Yes dad... I would know about how useful sleeping in is.

My friend J has a pretty good collection of stuff to keep us informed so check that out here.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Capital - D Democrat

A great quote from Sarah Vowell (my fantasy girlfriend... so I'm a gigantic dork -- like you never suspected this.)

"My soft spot for strange bedfellows aside, I am a capital-D Democrat who still believes in the value of partisan politics. And I hold onto that belief despite the fact that I belong to a party whose only true talent is writing exceedingly eloquent concession speeches."

you can read the rest of the article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/06/opinion/06vowell.html?oref=login

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Live 8 revisited

I'll post later about the fourth of July, I've been trying to get pictures up and for some reason blogger is not cooperating.

I just thought that everyone would want to go here and see all the Live 8 concert that they want. It's got Jay z and Linkin Park, it's got Coldplay and Richard Ashcroft, its got Paul McCartney and U2 singing sgt. peppers lonely hearts club band, its got Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder and its got Pink Floyd... PINK FLOYD... go check it out and while you're there sign the petition.

Monday, July 04, 2005

for those of you who don't think the potomac is a beautiful river


This beautiful picture was taken at sunrise, because I cannot sleep (for 'cheney'* reasons...). Happy fourth of July... my second favorite holiday**


*cheney - undisclosed

**after halloween

Saturday, July 02, 2005

HOLY $#!T!

So if y'all were watching Live8 you would know that Pink Floyd reunited for the concert and they rocked the place. I'm not uncomfortable telling you that it brought more than one tear to my eye to see them all together again on one stage singing "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb". If you missed it then check it out here: http://music.aol.com/live_8_concert/live_now

live 8

So after quite the eventful (and late) night, last night, I've been nursing my knee and watching live8 on mtv. There's been some great music and anyone who hasn't been watching should be shot... or they should just start watching. I'm personally waiting for Pink Floyd's performance later tonight, but in the meantime I'm enjoying everyone else. I really hope they put out an album or a dvd of all the concerts, cause it would be great. For those of you who haven't signed the petition yet, DO IT. it really is important. www.live8live.com

Friday, July 01, 2005

Spamalot

I consider myself quite savvy. Internet savvy, I know what spam is and I know when not to click on it. Today though I couldn't resist. I got the sweetest note from a one Ms. Christa Parker. The subject heading was: "You're loved..." I couldn't resist, what exactly was the dot dot dot for? "You're loved...but not by anyone"? "You're loved... but we have to kill you"? So I clicked on it, and who loves me you ask? well just go ahead and read for yourself:

Loan Advisors Inc. would like to invite you to save money with us.

Over the past ten years we have been working with our customers
to find the most agressive rates from over 400 loan companies in the
US alone in order to help you.

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At the very least please stop by and take a glance, you WILL NOT be disappointed.

Sincerely,
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anti-spam coalition

Now, what was truly great about this, was that Christa had forgotten all about me. Jacquelin however was quick to take over. What a lovely woman Jacquelin is. The other great part is that they are apparently part of the "anti-spam coalition". It makes my brain hurt just thinking about it. But then all else is forgotten when I think of my lost love; Christa Parker... why hath thou forsaken me?!