Monthly Archives: October 2004

Flu. It sucks.

I have the flu.

This sucks.

Fever? Dunno. Maybe I should get a thermometer…
Headache? Sometimes.
Extreme tiredness? Yep.
Dry cough? Yep.
Sore throat? Just a little.
Nasal congestion? Yep.
Sneezing? Yes, but not so much anymore.
Body aches? Yep.
Little bit of an earache. Not good.

I feel like I’m trapped in my house. I missed THREE Halloween parties this weekend. Got a costume and everything…guess I can hold on to it for next year?

OK time for a fluids/drug run.

Midi Control

Hey, so I have some keyboards and I wrote a plugin to let you control Winamp from a MIDI keyboard.

I find this actually pretty convenient — Winamp can be buried underneath a bunch of other windows, and if Winamp starts playing song I don’t like, I just reach over and plunk a key on my MIDI controller, and I don’t have to minimize what I was working on. 😉

(Actually I wrote most of it 5 years ago, but last night I added a helpful graphic to show what keys do what, and also a neat MIDI device/channel autoconfigure feature.)

Check it out.

my dad and Wolfowitz

My dad mentioned to me a while back that Paul Wolfowitz was a childhood friend of his, all the way from elementary school through high school, IIRC, and they both went to Cornell for their undergraduate degrees.

Now, for those of you who don’t know my dad, he’s a professor, and a liberal Democrat. Paul Wolfowitz is Deputy Secretary of Defense, reporting to Rumsfeld, a so-called “neoconservative”, and is credited as being one of the prime advocates for invading Iraq, even before the 9/11 attacks.

How is it that these two boys, who grew up as friends in Ithaca New York, ended up having such a divergent view of the world?

I guess I don’t really have a great world-altering point to this, but I think for me it helps to ground the fact that the people that we read about on the news…they’re just normal people, ya know? And it means that we’re not that far removed from the decisions that people like Wolfowitz are making on our behalf. Just like my dad, these people make mistakes sometimes, except with far more severe consequences.

Even though there are only 3 degrees of separation from between me and George W. Bush (me –> Dad –> Wolfowitz –> Bush) I would like to endorse John Kerry for president. I hope especially that if you are in a swing state, you will realize the enormous harm the current administration has done to our economy, the deficit, our standing in the world, how it has botched the war on terror and the war in Iraq, and vote accordingly.

taking stock

You know, it’s really sobering when, looking at the 7 deadly sins, you can safely say 6 of them have been committed by you.

I just got a big reality-check yesterday on how I’ve been living my life. I think it’s easy to say “oh I’m a procrastinator” and rationalize why the little things one misses don’t really matter…and maybe they don’t but cumulatively they DO matter.

I guess one good thing is that I now know what my greatest flaw is: being self-centered and not thinking of others. At least now that I know this (and it’s been confirmed by outside experts) maybe at least that’s the first step in recognizing when I fall into that pattern and actively working to address it.

But this weekend I’m still back on my heels. Man this sucks.