Thursday, September 29, 2005, posted by Q6 at 11:09 PM
It hasn't been an easy week, by any means: computer troubles at work, computer troubles at home, a raging head cold (which decided to go on tour and play a few dates in my chest), and John Roberts is Chief Justice. Things have, thankfully, improved: fewer idiots are opening the computer virus at work, my home PC is working just fine (obviously), and my son and my girlfriend were instrumental in nursing me back to health. Seriously, if you haven't put your clogged head in the lap of a beautiful woman while she reads The Phantom Tollbooth to you, well . . . you just haven't finished living yet. So I'm much more relaxed, much more at peace.

I don't have a solution to the Roberts thing yet, though.
Saturday, September 17, 2005, posted by Q6 at 10:37 AM
Like I don't already have enough to do: I have a job that is time-intensive, I have a 13 year-old son who I already feel I don't spend enough time with, and I have a kick-ass girlfriend I'd like to spend more time with. Now, I have to become an assassin in my "spare" time.

There's a rat living in my garage.

I have to hunt down its hiding spaces, block them, remove the little crawlspaces created by the boxes I have stored in there (to say nothing of determining how much of my stuff has been damaged by the thing)--in short, I get to re-configure my whole garage. And my dog used to be SO good at killing these damn things before they ever made it to the garage door . . .
Thursday, September 15, 2005, posted by Q6 at 10:13 PM
My reading habits of late--when I get to exercise them--go beyond "outside the box" thinking. Freakonomics (Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner), recommended by someone whose opinion I trust implicitly, takes a mathematical look at things not often analyzed that way. It left me trying to look at things in a manner I am very unpracticed in. Everything Bad Is Good For You (Steven Johnson) is what I'm reading now, and the "Devil's Advocate" approach to things like Dungeons & Dragons and the Internet is, in a way, refreshing. It's an education for me in a few ways: I not only get to see a completely different perspective on things, but I am also surprised to find how closed off I've been to the opposite point of view. And I thought I was such an open-minded guy.

When that's done, I'm moving on to Blink (Malcolm Gladwell). It's supposed to be about how the mind works on an intuitive level, and I'm planning to read it for two reasons. The first reason is that the premise reminds me of a book I absolutely love and recommend to everybody: The Gift of Fear (Gavin DeBecker). The second reason is that I don't think it's healthy to read an entire string of books by people named "Steven."
Tuesday, September 13, 2005, posted by Q6 at 12:08 AM
Ever have one of those days where the sum total of good things and bad things that happen to you over the course of the day leaves you with the distinct feeling that you've been hit smack between the eyes with a rake handle?

Today felt a lot like that.