Monday, December 28, 2009

updated wish list - post xmas

A few things...

Loose leaf tea. I'm too lazy to go down to the ID to buy it on my own and I don't think I'll want to bother choosing.
Half-decent computer speakers for the living room TV... because my TV is just a computer with a big ass monitor that happens to also get HD local stations.
Oil filters for my '93 Honda Accord SE... although I have a feeling I'll be riding my bike to pick up things from the auto parts store. It's on the way as I pass Kenmore.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

glad to see some ads?

From this twisted Chinese Facebook game of dog humping:

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I slept for about ten hours last night and it was filled with crazy dreams. Some cast members were:

Three people from work
Two teachers from middle school
My brother
The Simpsons

Random excerpts:
  1. A coworker of mine is getting worked up about how he went through some transcripts from a research study to learn more about bit torrent and all he found was a javascript function bitTorrent(). I was thinking how I can just explain what the function probably did. Thankfully, the dream didn't get into that.
  2. I get some snail mail from this girl who also works at Microsoft. It contains her ATM card (which is shared with her brother or some other family member). Apparently she owed me money? It also came with instructions to mail it to some other person that she owed money to. Thank you, BofA, for making it into my dreamscape. You still suck.
  3. The Simpsons cruising down some random road in the southwest in a red convertible.
  4. Lots of class. Lots and lots of classes. And with it, lots of homework. I was thankful it wasn't due till after winter break, and then I realized that it's already almost January! Dammit! The teacher varied from my 7th grade biology teacher to some random guy with floppy dreads. A colleague of mine was there. She seemed to be totally on top of it.
  5. My brother and I were folding mattresses and blankets. I got done faster, but mostly because mine was normal and his was needlessly complicated with multiple pieces held together with staples and cable ties.
  6. Mr. Federer was there. I don't recall why.

Monday, December 21, 2009

the economy is screwed

I thought I had written this before here, but I don't see the post anywhere...

This is why I think things are screwed... for any individual person in today's world, we expect:

$100k to go towards college
$300k to go towards buying a house
$1000k towards retirement (that would be about 50k a year for 20 years... puny)
$100k over a few cars over a lifetime

Total, that's about $1500k. Let's say that we have 50 years of making money. It's way on the high side, but even then we would need to have an extra $30k a year to cover all of this. This does not include any day to day expenses like FOOD, utilities, or having fun. At best, we're barely scraping by. At worst, we're blind to our complete insolvency.