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October 1, 2006

park


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October 2, 2006

fu again

Tonight marked the return to kung fu. I mostly instructed newbies, but ran a couple of strike drills along with them and did some animal sets. I can't kick to save my life and my stances aren't exactly low. But it was good to start some activity again. And so the recovery continues...

October 3, 2006

it is greater than the sum of its parts

There's this big *it*, see? And I need to figure out what *it* is. So I've been chipping away at it for almost a year now. But I come to find out that *it* isn't *it* but is rather a whole mix/mileu/gestalt. And there is no nice clean "answer", but rather just living a bunch of questions.

Oh, and it turns out that I'm traveling heavy. When you agonize over every single decision, trying to make the "right" or "perfect" choice (like which cell phone to buy for instance), that get's added to the cargo. No wonder I'm tired...

October 4, 2006

now...with shoes

The experiment continues. Today marks the first day of shoes and socks. Feels odd after 6+ weeks of bandages and Tevas. Hurts a little, but we'll see. I have to get used to it before flying to DC next Monday...

October 5, 2006

smacking the wall

That guy was passing everyone, but nobody noticed. Except me. Well, until he went too deep into the corner and smacked the wall. Hard. Then they noticed. But they kept saying he was fine. Umm, hate to tell you, but getting up, staggering around, then falling over is not ok. I'm no doctor...oh wait...yes I am. Strike that last comment.

October 6, 2006

forever man

How many times must I tell you, how many bridges Ive got to cross?
How many times must I explain myself before I can talk to the boss?

It's off to screaming start, this Friday night thing. The iPod is taunting me, reminding about all the music I haven't made. The caffeine from Peets is propping up a tired facade fresh from a crash into the wall. The good doctor indicates that it is probably pretty important to figure out who/what part is totally out of control...totally devoid of any inkling of mortality or danger or the laws of physics.

Then there is the hanging chad. Do I stand up and occupy the moral high ground at the risk of long, recurrent plane flights to who knows where? No more every other day? A diminshing part in the ongoing concern? I suppose that is quite a choice. Evidently I have to think about it...

October 7, 2006

done blowed up

Looks like Michael Schumacher will not finish is amazing career with his 8th drvier's championship. He was leading Fernando Alonso by about 6 seconds after the second and final round of pit stops when smoke started coming out of the left bank of his Ferrari V8. Slowly he pulled off-line as Alonso went by. It was sad to watch. There is something about going out on the highest of notes, but maybe he actually did just that. When he came back to the garage, he went around and embraced all of the mechanics with a smile on his face. Then it was to the pit wall and Ferrari race control, with more hugs for Ross Brawn and Jean Todt. Perhaps that is the highest of notes...accepting bad luck gracefully, and giving kudos to those that worked hard to make all the greatness possible.

October 8, 2006

last time seen

A cut up, a card
kissing the darkness
embracing a doorway
in a dream not blessed
with a street named mercy

Driven the loop
a faded dash
warped from the heat
and years that passed
a decade down

You never know
the last time scene
and sand between
walk up the stairs
last time seen

bye bye tower

Tower Records is going away. I grew up with Tower Records, going as a kid in San Diego, then to the (in)famous big Kahuna on Sunset while a grad student. Untold records, then cassettes, the CDs were purchased over the years. But times change. No more big yellow sign...

October 9, 2006

hangin' with bush

Due to the wonders of time zones, I'm posting this at 1:35am except its only 10:35pm. Greetings from the lovely Hiton somethingorother in Tysons Corners, VA. Here for a DHS-related projected to observe a sassy sim demo. Long 5 hour flight...not sure how the hell I made it for 13 hours to Shanghai back in April. My knee was throbbing on and off, and I had to take my left shoe off as my foot had swollen but it's all good. Well, maybe not all good, but I'm in one piece, so it's all good. Tomorrow I hope to hook up with some Pelicans. Oh, and work too...

October 10, 2006

on the mall

I usually don't do the sightseeing thing, but it seemed silly to fly all the way to DC for work and not at least go see *something*. Of course it helped that writer colleague Bob called me up at 11am or so (est) and said he was heading into town. So we took the Metro into DC, had some lunch at a random place in the city, and walked a loop from the White House to the Wahington Monument. Had a quick conversation with a Secret Service officer outside the WH. I noticed his Sig and asked it it was a p229 (it was). Turns out they are chambered in 357Sig as there was a problem some time back with a perp getting filled with a clip of 9mm and he was still running. But he said if things get really sticky they just call they heavy hitters stationed in various places with sniper rifles, etc. Fun, eh?

October 11, 2006

me and GW

Or not. Did a quick walk through DC before meetings.

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October 12, 2006

i loves me the metro

You know me...I'm a sucker for a subway


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October 13, 2006

another week down

Travel always screws up the regular schedule, but I've been told in the past that perhaps I'm too much a creature of habit anyway. No matter, as Thursday's dearth of sleep leads to Friday's state of exhaustion. And the good doctor didn't help matters, but she rarely does. Not what she's there for. I'd like to go shoot but I'm too tired...don't want an accident. So instead a quiet night. And hopefully the stiff neck will go away and the sleep will come willingly...

October 14, 2006

seeing grace

I saw Grace again. She was beautiful, but the circumstances were...odd to say the least. It ended with a plea from her for me to save her. To rescue her from her imprisonment and terrible fate. I have my interpretation of that, but the good doctor of course focuses on the first part of the dream, and my intense fear of catching something. Which she says is actually about me being terrified that *I'll* be the one doing the infecting of others, due to my past. Interesting. I suppose I have to think about it...

elephant

Just watched this Gus van Sant film. It is f'd up. Interesting way to cut it though. More questions than answers. If nothing else it should be a wake up call to parents...it is to me. I'm not quite sure exactly how to answer that call though...

October 15, 2006

3:59

Well, that would be a slow lap time at most tracks, at least the ones around here. No, instead that was the wake-up time. Then to the couch to try and calm the devil mind, or at least distract it from trying to save the world (never said my dreams aren't touched with some grandiose elements). Finally back to sleep around 6am or so. Not quite enough really. But when ya gotta get stuff done, ya gotta get stuff done. Hey, I'm actually ahead of schedule. I give a talk this Thursday, and I wrote out the slides for it while at the playground today. Funny, but I tend to get a lot of stuff done at the playground, be it lyrics, listening, or work. What exactly does that say about me? I suppose I'll have to think about it...

October 16, 2006

reboot to moto

After 7 or so spontaneous reboots today (the cingular chimes coming from my pants pocket), I rid myself of yet another windoze experiment. Goodbye cingular 3125, hellow moto v3i. Every so often I try the latest iteration of a windoze-related device. And it is really cool...for about a week until things start getting weird. Never fails.

Hello moto...

October 17, 2006

rehearse the worst

Sometimes...well, I suppose if you have nothing good to say, then you shouldn't say it. I'll just offer that if you say that you want to rehearse "for about an hour" then you shouldn't spend a bunch of time going back and forth about the changes or who played with who when, or...

Just play the ink.

October 18, 2006

i spit words...

...that could decrease your oxygen

snoop rocks - dogg pound gangstas live and pushin'

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October 19, 2006

she's back

After the lovely $40 cab ride from the westside to NoHo, I paid my repair tab (smog and some oil/exhaust leaks fixed), climbed back in my 911 and drove to ACC to give my talk. Then after much discussion, drove to pick up the boy, then to meet the plumber. I love that car. And thankfully my leg is in pretty good shape, so driving it is not a problem. It is obvious that I'm going to need to put a few miles on it to get my leg back into racing shape. Luckily my next event is two short track series, and I'll just take it easy getting back into the swing of things. The "real" deal will be in December when I do my second race clinic, hopefully leading to my provisional wheel-to-wheel license...

October 20, 2006

talk the talk

Too much talking during a 24 hour period. First was my "DIY Series" talk at ACC, then this morning was dog and pony for 20+ engineers from Northrup/Grumman. I'm tired. Evidently I'm good at this though.

October 21, 2006

hurts so good

Today was day three with my chiropractor. I've never gone to one before, but after a solid week of a stiff/painful neck that wasn't getting better, our IT guy said I had to go see his. So I did. And Rika has been abusing the crap out of me. She's been working the neck, but also my quads and hamstrings on my legs. My left leg is still pretty messed up from a flexibility and muscular standpoint. She aims to fix that. One scream of agony at a time.

And in the small world department, it turns out her husband runs with POC, and I've instructed him in the past. Crazy...

October 22, 2006

so sad

People mark time in different ways. I suppose most go by birthdays or holidays, but I've always hated both so I really don't use them as milestones. Instead for me it has been either about the end of the school year (when I was a student and professor), and/or the end of a sports season. Back when I was playing a lot of softball, I'd always get sad at the end of the season, as I loved playing so much. I can remember watching the world series for many years and often getting a bit misty eyed when the last out was registered, as I knew another year had passed.

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October 23, 2006

knee, neck, take your choice

Ack. If it isn't one thing it's another. My knee hurts. My neck hurts. I can't get any exercise because moving either one brings new adventures in pain. Back to the chiro on Wednesday, but this is getting ridiculous. Well, the knee I expect to be a slow rehab, but the neck should be fine. Maybe this is some latent soft tissue damage along with some PTSD mixed in. Why not, it is the party season...

October 24, 2006

end of the world as we know it

Today was moderating a panel discussion at Digital Hollywood. As usual, I have to be the agent provacateur. Repeating my apocalyptic vision: in 25 years 90% of colleges and universities will be out of business.

Well, interesting discussion around the room. Some scary "visions" of people talking about how the content that kids make is all crap. Mostly because it doesn't fit into the traditional definition of "quality." My argument was if their peers like it, then it is good. But others are a bit more dogmatic than me and want the traditional "great works" to be the benchmark. I say great, but why not let them remix Shakespeare? Mashup Mozart? Loop Liberace? Why not...

it's a beauty

Watching American Beauty right now. What a great film. One of my favorites. The interesting thing about media (movies, songs, poems, etc) is that if they are good, each time they are different. Considering that I haven't seen this film in quite a few years, I'm interested to see how I react to it. Because things are different. Different than they were 3 years ago. Different than 3 months ago. Different than 3 days ago. Different.

October 25, 2006

the deciding factor

My Chrio wants me to see an ortho. So I call to make an appointment. The first thing they ask me is my insurance details. They want to verify what my coverage is, then they'll call me back to make the appointment. WTF?!?

October 26, 2006

this is brilliant

graphical representation of scales

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October 27, 2006

beijing bound?

Possible new project on the horizon. Could be off to Beijing in two weeks to meet with the Chinese Ministry of Education. Crazy times...more will be revealed.

October 28, 2006

back on two

It was back on two wheels today. No, not another motorcycle. After another torture session with my chiropractor/physical therapist (they really are sadists), she instructed me to get on the bicycle to start slowly bringing my knee and hip back to "normal" (or hopefully better than normal because they weren't great before). I had actually gotten my YBBeat back into street riding shape a couple months back, throwing some slicks on it. So today is was taking it easy on a mostly flat 5 miles or so. I'm out of shape...

October 29, 2006

it's dark here

Yeah, that's it. I can blame the time change. Not.

Had one kick to the stomach that came out of left field, then got another one when I was perhaps expecting the opposite. There's that expectation thing again. But what the hell...it isn't like I'm dealing with very much right now. Just pile it on...

go shoot

Well, even in the dark there is light enough to shoot...


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it's a hoot

The Halloween Hoot that is. School carnival. 4 hours of hanging out and watching happy kids and parents celebrating the season. Yeah, like that really helped...

But the boy had a good time. Then again for $80 he should.

October 30, 2006

south africa next?

More work conversations with possible collaborators. This time African universities. May be some interest/crossover with people in South Africa. I'm going to get dragged kicking and screaming into this whole travel things, aren't I...

I'm still struggling with learning Mandarin though (even after listening to a discussion of ballot measures in Chinese). Always more to do...

October 31, 2006

15K

I finally got to 15,000 posts on the Pelican boards. I sat at 14,999 for awhile trying to figure out what to do for the 15K one. I've posted mostly on the Off-Topic board that I moderate over the past few years, but started on the tech board (on Sept 10, 2001) and also post on the auto-x/racing one. I've been trying to cut down lately because frankly I was spending too much time and psychic energy there. And after this one I'll probably expand that break and take the time and energy to focus on things that are more important now. It (the board) served its purpose for quite some time, but like many things, circumstance change, people change, and the things you do change as well. In the end, I didn't post in the OT, but instead in response to someone on the racing board who was frustrated about spending a bunch of money and getting beat by Miatas. I took the opportunity to do a little retrospective, and also a little introspection as the topic of racing has been in the mix lately. The post isn't perfect, but it is what I feel in *this* moment, and is, number 15,000.

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