The last relationship I was in, she didn't have a car (for some reason, few females in Southern California seem to) and I had to drive about half an hour to see her. I usually got there very stressed out and not happy, and stayed that way. I bitched about the drive, I hated it.
In the relationship I'm in now - which is with a way better person, I drive 200 miles to see her for reasons other than her not having a car. And you know what? It seems shorter.
I guess there's a light at the end of the tunnel when I drive to Fresno. [ 5/03/2003 04:48:46 PM ] [  ]
Friday, May 02, 2003
...all i ever wanted
The one thing I actually wanted for my birthday, I didn't get. It was too expensive for the person giving it.
The person who really ruined my birthday (and a whole bunch of other things) last year had the gaul to email me a happy birthday today.
A whole lot of things are bothering me and I'm about ready to rip whoever pisses me off next a new asshole. I'm more pissed off an hopeless than I have been in a long, long time. Color me emotionally vulnerable. [ 5/02/2003 07:23:36 PM ] [  ]
Of course, [this] is even better. [ 4/29/2003 10:37:01 PM ] [  ]
So last night I decided to up and treat myself to an Xbox and ordered one online, with Splinter Cell, Halo, and Robotech, which should keep me busy for a while. I'm only getting one controller so far, I haven't seen a 3rd party one that looks interesting yet. After doing a little bit of research it seems that [this modchip] with [this mounting kit] is the best one around for hacking. With the mounting gadget they say it doesn't require soldering, which is always a nice thing. Considering I haven't played much console game stuff since I had both a PSX and an Atari Jaguar, it should be fun. If it wasn't for Halo, I could probably go either way in the great PS2/Xbox war - Halo rocks, and sadly it's still not out for PS2, Mac, or anything but Xbox. [ 4/29/2003 01:07:16 PM ] [  ]
Sunday, April 27, 2003
Iraq Offline Reading List
Since a few people have asked, here's an offline reading list for those who want to have a little more background on Iraq. These are all books I've personally read, and I can recommend them without reservation. The Threatening Storm is a very good, unbiased look at the factors leading to the current conflict. The author was a senior member of the Clinton national security team whose responsibilities included Iraq. His writing is very accessible - part of his job function was making things understandable to those not in the intelligence community - and he presents a number of different perspectives on each issue. A very good book overall. Saddam's Bombmaker is the story of one of the senior physicists in Iraq's nuclear program, who had been with it from it's inception over a coffee table discussion to when he and his family escaped Iraq. This is his first person account of the Iraqi WMD program and the people and personalities involved, and gives a good look at Iraq under the rule of the Ba'ath party and later living under the UN sanctions. Well worth reading. Every Man a Tiger is the account of Gen. Chuck Horner, the man in charge of the air campaign for Desert Storm in 1991. There is a lot of good material on how targets were selected, how the war was executed, how the US forces viewed their Iraqi counterparts, and the day to day operations of a US force stationed inside a "friendly" Muslim nation. Plague Wars is a broader look at a number of covert biological weapons programs, with a lot of material devoted to South Africa's PROJECT COAST, as well as a very good look at the UN biological weapons inspections inside Iraq.
For those of you that are looking for thrills, the upgrade to Blogger Pro has brought an RSS feed for this blog- http://quellish.blogspot.com/quellish.xml It's still experimental- NetNewsWire doesn't show any of my links, for example, so when I've figured it out better I'll make it more obvious. But if you want to use the feed, be my guest [ 4/27/2003 04:29:46 PM ] [  ]