mood lights

29 09 2006

It got cold.  It’s raining, but there are orange leaves skipping across the sidewalk.

the new reading

28 09 2006

I remember hearing an adage some time ago that went something like “Read a book a month, a magazine a week, and a newspaper a day”. I have no idea who that saying can be attributed to, but I always thought it was a good idea. I read the WSJ almost every day, I read a magazine or two a month, but I don’t really read a book a month. So what have I been reading?

  • Get Rich Slowly. This guy has some great advice. Plus, it is usually geared toward the younger crowd and it helpful for people getting ready to graduate from college, who are looking for a job, and who want to become financially stable.
  • Financial Advice for my Son. Another financially geared website.
  • The Dilbert Blog. Scott Adams writes the best comic strip that’s currently being written and his blog offers humor and philosophical musing that keeps me reading.
  • The Uganda Conflict Action Network. Yes, I get Google News updates on Uganda, but this site offers some additonal things and also states where information is coming from.
  • Lifehacker. Lifehacker is just fun. It has so much stuff on there that I don’t even subscribe to the main feed, just the Friday one. I check it occasionally through the week, but it really does have some great stuff on there.
  • Money and Values. Here’s another real life personal finance blog.
  • Joel Maxwell. This guy is working himself out of debt. It’s a great story.
  • Ask a Bartender. Hilarious.

Remember, always use a RSS reader to check up on blogs.  Don’t be dumb and always visit them.

I’m going to go read a book.

pencil washing weirdo

27 09 2006

I just walked into the bathroom and one of the independents on the hall was standing at the sink washing three pencils. Pencils. The wood kind that you insert into a pencil sharpener. Pencils.

If you can think of any reason why this isn’t extremely weird, let me know.

things that intrigued me today

26 09 2006
  1. Why do people steal paintings?  Yes, they are worth money, but they are paintings.  Let the rest of us look at them.
  2. Google Transit is really cool.  The thing that makes it really sweet is that Pittsburgh is one of the cities that it works for.  This would have been really cool to have when I lived in Pittsburgh and rode the bus everywhere I went.
  3. Who knows, maybe Dan Brown is right.  They’re going to be doing some scans on the Mona Lisa.  I don’t think they are going to find any mysteries there.  And while, we’re on Dan Brown, I hate him for strictly literary reasons.
  4. I was wondering what would happen if I died to my email accounts.  Would someone be given access?  Would they be forever lost?  Would my emails be published one day in some sort of volume of my personal correspondence?  Now I know.
  5. I really enjoy the BBC News.
  6. Santorum is going to lose to Casey.  This is interesting.
  7. While we are on the subject of art, who know that Hitler was actually a painter, not a dictator?  I think the paintings are quite good.  I need to get around to reading Mein Kampf.  I’ve read the first part of it, but I need to finish it.

That’s all.

why don’t you write me?

25 09 2006
  • I did homework at a truck stop last night.
  • I slept through lunch today, making up for the sleep that I lost last night doing homework at a truck stop.
  • Neuch showed up today and took four guys with him for a road trip to a concert in Columbus.  They went to see oh Montreal, who I have never heard of.
  • What the heck is a press gaggle?

Egg in the Basket

25 09 2006

1 egg
1 piece of bread
butter (the real stuff, it comes in a stick)

Use a glass to cut the center out of the bread. Heat the pan and grease it with the butter. Put the bread into the pan and leave it there for about 30 seconds. Break the egg into the hole in the bread. Wait until the egg white cooks almost to the top of the egg in the bread. Flip it over. Do not flip this more than once. Wait another 30 seconds or so.

I tried greasing the bread and greasing the pan and I found that I liked it better when I greased the pan and not the bread. I use the bread that was cut out to mop up egg yolk. You can break the egg yolk after you crack the egg into the bread if you’re anti runny egg yolk.

BBQ Grilled Chicken

25 09 2006


2 tbsp. Gulden’s mustard
2 tbsp. apple vinegar
1 bottle Zesty Italian salad dressing
1/2 c. onions, sliced
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. lemon pepper
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 can warm beer (I just used a whole can of Heineken)
Combine above ingredients and marinate chicken in refrigerator for 5-7 hours. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, turning frequently and basting with marinade. Strain the marinade so the chunks don’t clog your baster. Toss the chicken on the grill, basting with the rest of the marinade. Cook until you get those sweet grill marks and the black goodness that is little bits of charred marinade.