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Friday, January 17, 2003  

273. Last post.

Update your bookmarks, Taco Shop Psychic has moved to http://tacoshop.no-clue.net. Toodles!

posted by Tacoshop | 4:03 PM

Thursday, January 16, 2003  

272. Hecticity.

Been an interesting day.

Since this is rent week, I made sure that I had a fully stocked fridge full o' meat (other things too, but this is about meat) going into it from last week. Five pounds of bacon, five good steaks slowly marinating themselves, and four (huge) boneless pork ribs.

And now I'm trying to figure out what to do with it all. I've already started frying up all that bacon so it could be used as bacon bits.

Early this morning, I took girlfriend to the hospital. She has been complaining of abdominal pains for a few days and last night they were severe enough to wake her up -- as opposed to prevent her from falling asleep, which is what was going on before. So the doc says she probably has a duodenal ulcer, and her diet is now severely restricted, at least for the next couple of days.

But my meat will go bad by then, because all those packages are already open, and I have a crappy freezer. I'm not going to eat all that meat -- at least not in front of her, and I would feel bad cooking it when she could smell the juicy aromas. The pork is probably okay, I'll fry that up tonight and use it as stew meat. The beef is most likely out because I've already marinated it -- so I'm eating the remaining three steaks, it looks like. And I'm about to have five pounds of bacon bits.

On the good news front, I may have a job interview coming. I hope I didn't jinx myself saying this. I'm already feeling jinxed by jf for her Tuesday Too questions a few weeks ago where she asked about no health insurance! (Humor, jf, humor :) )

I also might be moving this blog. Or maybe I won't be. We'll all just have to wait and see on that -- but if I do move, I have some ideas for interesting changes I'd like to do, that I'm keeping under wraps. (Hint! sya is a big influence here! That'll confuse ya for sure -- you'll just have to wait to see what I mean.)

posted by Tacoshop | 9:41 PM

271. Philosophies.

From: the Ethical Philosophy Selector, thanks to sya.

1. Aquinas (100%)
2. Mill (96%)
3. Sartre (91%)
4. Bentham (80%)
5. Rand (79%)
6. Plato (77%)
7. Aristotle (70%)
8. Augustine (62%)
9. Noddings (62%)
10. Cynics (58%)
11. Ockham (58%)
12. Hume (54%)
13. Kant (51%)
14. Epicureans (43%)
15. Hobbes (43%)
16. Nietzsche (38%)
17. Prescriptivism (37%)
18. Stoics (32%)
19. Spinoza (22%)

posted by Tacoshop | 7:37 AM

Tuesday, January 14, 2003  

270. Kathryn...

It was the Salt Lick and Dan McKlusky's, I'm pretty sure.

(For those feeling left out, my recommendation the next time you're stranded in Austin is to eat at Dan McKlusky's. The Salt Lick is okay, but I didn't think it was worth the drive out of town. I certainly don't think it was better than the finer barbecue establishments that the Seattle area has, believe it or not. If neither of those are your style, then I recommend that you drive up to the Big D and eat here instead.) Never eat here.

posted by Tacoshop | 10:15 PM

269. It WAS Voodoo!

That Huffington woman is an evil voodoo witch! My van started working just fine today! No one fixed it, no one looked at it, and it ain't moved since I parked it there when it broke! Her evil spell wore off! Voooooooooooooodooooooooooooooooooo-oo! She just feels threatened because it's an ordained minister and she isn't! Hallelujah!

(If there is a Christian hell, I am so there, they've got my seat reserved. But it is freaky that the van started working like that, out of the blue. Karma, I tell ya. Or maybe Vanma. Hmmm... white van, Vanma White. I should have thought of that before...)

posted by Tacoshop | 5:45 PM

268. Bloggin' Lovefest Day.

Today is Bloggin' Lovefest Day, which is something I should really take to heart. I've been angry (not really at anyone, just in general) and somewhat irritable to one or two or three or even four people I know, mostly in an indirect fashion through bad attempts at humor. Mayhaps even five.

I should take it to heart. But I'm not going to! Sorry guys, you're stuck with grumpy ol' me!

posted by Tacoshop | 2:49 PM

267. Death penalty.

Mary has an interesting post over at her site currently regarding Illinois Governor Ryan's commutation of the death penalty for the entirety of Illinois' death row. I hated to disagree with her (as I am in the quandary of not only supporting the death penalty, but also Ryan's decision), but I felt I had to. I encourage everyone to go look at it, but please, if you feel compelled to leave a comment, don't do so purely out of spite or anger with either of our positions - I only mention that since emotions on this issue are likely to run very deep, and I don't want to give Mary any unnecessary headaches.

If you just think my position is idiotic however, feel free to try and tee off on me in my comments here.

posted by Tacoshop | 10:12 AM

266. Tuesday Too.

I haven't done the Tuesday Too in awhile. Judging by the answers I'm going to leave today, I'm continuing this trend.

1.) Scientists have predicted the earth will be swallowed up by the sun in 7.5 billion years. Will humans still be around then? Have they already gone to another planet? Did they incinerate themselves eons before the sun ever sucked on the straw? Write 2 paragraphs on the last days.

I like ice cream. I mean, I'm sorry, but...

I'm sorry, but I really don't care about what happens 7.5 billion years hence. And if I wanted to write two paragraphs about anything, I'd have to get really worked up over it. What do you know about your great-grandparents? What did they do, how did they live? What were their personal triumphs and tragedies? I had the luxury of knowing my great-grandparents, and I cannot answer those questions about them. This tells me that in little more than three generations everything we do will be forgotten, even by our direct decendants. I think that's the scope we all need to keep in focus.

2.) What does the earth's tombstone say?

Can you imagine the hella-huge graveyard that must be in?

3.) Do something nice for mother earth today. What will you do?

A half-hour ago, I received a page telling me that there's a failure somewhere along the Tolt River water pipeline. I haven't the foggiest idea what that means, but it sounds bad. At the minimum, I shall wait to see if the powers that be need my help, and if so, I will go help. And if I am not needed, I will rest secure knowing that I was here, just in case.

posted by Tacoshop | 5:32 AM

Monday, January 13, 2003  

265. Meg and Jack White...

...never looked so furry! (Thanks to Becka.)

posted by Tacoshop | 8:14 PM

264. Oh, I almost forgot...

I'm an official blowhard now.

posted by Tacoshop | 7:50 PM

Sunday, January 12, 2003  

263. Genetically modified food

Jim Miller has an excellent rebuttal to a daft opinion piece here.

posted by Tacoshop | 5:09 PM

262. Southern Wisconsin.

I have my brother in stitches over this. It all started when I was perusing the site of my much-hated (at least by me) Congressman, the Honorable (snicker, snort, ha!) James ('Baghdad Jim') McDermott. I discovered that Mr. McDermott has an article by the renowned hater of his country, Gore Vidal, on his website.

My brother casually looks over my shoulder as he's going to the fridge and says, "Who would want to line themselves up with that moron, anyway?" He meant Vidal, not McDermott. I wondered aloud about what exactly it was about Southern Wisconsin that made people go wacko like that.

Brother looked perplexed. I informed him that I believe that Mr. Vidal lives (part of the time, anyway) in Madison -- if I am incorrect, then he sure spends a lot of time there. Or, well he did up til the point where he decided that his papers were not being kept with the organization with which he would expect by the University of Wisconsin.

So my brother asks me, "What, is he your cause celebre'?"

"Well, there's always Dahmer. And Ed Gein. And the entire Clown College at Baraboo* (which I think is now defunct, but the Hall of Fame is in Milwaukee). And Orson Welles. And let's not forget the fact that our bible-thumping aunt lives in Waukesha."

So am I off the mark here, or is Southern Wisconsin the weirdest place east of say, Oregon? We're now wondering what sort of industrial spill happened that contaminated the water there.

*Baraboo is also supposedly the hometown for the five original Ringling Brothers.

posted by Tacoshop | 5:19 AM

261. part four

My girlfriend has requested that I use my bully pulpit on this topic to point out the efforts of the American Humane Association with regards to the Tennessee matter.

posted by Tacoshop | 3:36 AM

260. Meet Keith.

As with anyone that I catch leaving a comment here who has a blog of their own, Keith from Lawrenceville, Georgia, has been added to the blogroll.

Keith has a cat.

posted by Tacoshop | 3:18 AM

259. Weird news from Oregon.

Baby formula thieves?

posted by Tacoshop | 2:24 AM

Saturday, January 11, 2003  

258. Arianna Huffington is an evil witch and she voodoo'd my van!

My beloved gas-guzzling, smog-belching, earth-killing big white van broke down (oil pump, methinks) early this morning while I was on my way to a search mission. It took me most of four hours to nurse and limp the poor thing back the twenty miles back into Seattle, fetch my girlfriend's truck and turn back around for the search. I showed up, five hours late. The missing hikers showed up as well, but they were more fashionable than me, I guess. Oil's well that ends well or something.

Gotta fix my van.

If I sound grumpy in my comments, that's why. I'm not really as grumpy as I am tired or something. I'll have more in the morning, I hope.

posted by Tacoshop | 7:18 PM

Friday, January 10, 2003  

257. 82d Babykiller Division

Why, just look at this awful spectacle. (Found via IP.)

posted by Tacoshop | 9:02 PM