You know, for dorks.

Stuff, things

Those are some totally excellent (and crazy) endings y'all have provided. Thank you. Because of your efforts, I have a rough draft of a story that I put together on Sunday. I'll clean it up and post it here soon. Honest. Here are some other things I'm planning on doing soon, in no particular order:
  • Build soapbox derby car (hard to be motivated at spot 19 on the wait list)
  • Have yard sale (so much crap!!)
  • Clean the crap out of my house and fix up the yard so I can...
  • Sell my house
  • Buy new house
  • Move
  • Rebuild computer (it's never been the same since the evil virus, and Ransom's going to help me with a Linux partition so's I can know what all the kids are talking about)
There are other, lesser tasks like "redesign web site," but my ever-shifting priorities tend to put those things toward the bottom of the list. And now you are privvy to the thoughts running through my head. It's a thrill a minute, I assure you.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Buy low! Sell high!
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Also, you should just do a really bad job on the racer. Call it the Contemptmobile, presume you won't get to race it, and then but on a fantastic hat-eating tragedy of a race when you do actually get in.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
I keep thinking about moving too. Or I should at least refinance and quit paying that damn mortgage insurance.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
It seems the tiny house movement (linked above) may be the solution to all items on your list, less the computer rebuild. A 100 square foot house on wheels would make a dramatic soapbox racer. Load up the porch with your junk and sell it off at the derby in a perilous high speed rolling garage sale! Bank the cash from the sale of your place and become a nomad constantly in search of the next big hill for you and your domicle.

Alternatively, it might be an interesting challenge to try and build your soapbox entirely from items you want to sell. Even if you don't get into the race you can liberate it all in a high speed decent and avoid the pesky haggling over prices with seasoned garage sale goers.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Does the need for computer rebuilds reveal a frailty of silicon based lifeforms, or simply a frailty (or perhaps hubris) of the carbon based lifeforms that design them? It is interesting that although humans often gets viruses, we infrequently suffer the long term irreversible effects commonly experienced by MS Windows. Our bodies may require an organ transplant or some other major surgery as a repair, but it seems there is no human equivalent of reinstalling a clean OS (unless you count cult brainwashing, mass media propaganda or advertising). Personally, I don't look forward to the days when our identity will be established by whatever kernel gets loaded in our heads (Jet or Shark today?). Or, are we already there? How can we tell if we've been rebuilt? A fresh install is a happy install, right? Feeling better today compared to yesterday? Any visions of progress bars still dancing in your head?
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
I have a couple of 8' diameter spools you could use for your soapbox derby car's wheels. It would then be able to literally crush the competition.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Don't forge to add to the 8' diameter spools some wicked Ben Hur hubs, the kind with the sickle-shaped blades.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
You say multiple-personality disorder, I say dual-booting.

(And don't use very large blades on those hubcaps -- they're unweildy. You're better off using ickle sickles.)
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
(Though, granted, those are harder to get to stay in place. That's the problem: fickle ickle sickles.)
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
(The secret is to use just enough glue, and a sort of convex, enlongated kidney-shaped joint for the connection. Pour the glue slowly -- a sort of fickle ickle sickle pickle-trickle, if you will.)
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
(And don't discount your tongue as an applicator tool. If nothing else will smear the glue correctly, a lick'll. And if you can't do it yourself, don't worry -- Alan Thick'll.)
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Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Are you from Texas?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Dual booting sounds kinky.
And painful.