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Casual laundry room banter

If you have sensitive ears, don’t read any further. Though this conversation was overheard (or rather, passively participated in) in a public laundry room, it is not suitable for everyone. And my telling it forces me to dive far below my normal level of verbal decency. However, I felt it was a tale worth telling.

I went about my bi-weeklyish laundry ritual this afternoon. Usually this time of day the laundry room is empty. However, today, I had a companion.

It started out as a normal I-don’t-know-you-but-I’ll-be-friendly “hello”. I’m a strong advocate for those sort of hellos, so I fired the first shot. She replied as one normally would, with a “Hi, how are you.” I politely ignored this request for information, wishing to convey that I had a job to do, and started sorting and loading my clothes into the washer.

Then behind me I hear a sound. What is this? A conversation starting with me as the recipient? Why, I don’t recall giving you permission to engage me in conversation miss fellow laundryroom person. Fine, I will parlay, though whilest pretending to be far more engaged in my laundry task than is normally required.

Unfortunately, these first few words are lost in nothingness, for my brain had tagged them as inconsequential blabbering and thus set them for immediate deletion. However, the first word I *did* hear and remember clearly was not something I should mention here. Suddenly less interested in my clothes, I stopped really sorting them at all. Fully engaged now, my brain started recording the conversation.

For about five minutes she talked to me about her relationship with her recently ex-ed boyfriend, involving several details about sexual acts and practices.

That’s some serious stuff to throw on a stranger. All the while I’m loading the clothes in the washer about as quick as I can without ripping collars and pocket rings, hoping to get out of there as fast as possible. Then, as I’m loading the last bit she asks me a question (up until now the only I’d said was hello): Do you know how I could get this stain out?

Believe you me, I had the same thought as you – and my immediate instinct was leave the clothes and high-tail it out of there! However, against the activation in my frontal lobe, my primal cortex forced me to look at the object of her query. Phew. Just a backpack that looked to be splattered with something brown. Maybe blood. At least it’s not what I thought it’d be.

I tell her I have no clue how to get that stain out, ram the quarters in the slot, and head quickly back to my humble abode, all the while thanking the powers that be that I don’t have to stay in the laundry room with her and read a magazine or something.

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Article on Berkeley Innovation

The Daily Cal finally wrote up something about Berkeley Innovation. I’m quoted too. Cool.

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Server HD died, recovering

Right, so now I think hard disks are a pretty silly idea. I mean, why should I own a $200 piece of equipment that heats up to no end, makes noises, and eventually suddenly dies for no reason and to much regret for not having backed up anything.

The good news is that it may not actually in fact be dead. While I can’t boot the sucker, I can see the files. Maybe I’ll be able to recover them. Or maybe it’s just dying, and it’s like being able to see your loved ones through a window in a sinking car. I think I saw that in a movie once or something.

An this has happened to me before. Hard drives are bound to fail, I know, and each time I say – never again will I trust them to never fail! I will back up each and every day! And then I don’t, because backing up almost 1 terabyte of data is a -shall we say- boring thing to do. HD size has easily overcome backup media size. Why is that?

I really think the next step is massive online data. Maybe provided by goggle. They seem to have this whole storage thing down. I’d store my stuff on google. Not even backup, really. All I should need is a fast connection and an account on some limitless server hard disk somewhere. I’d even *pay* for it.

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Tombstone Hold-em

On Saturday October 15, 2005, Graveyard Games will be in Colma, San Francisco’s very own City of the Dead, so you can meet the living and play with the dead.

You’re invited to the Italian Cemetery to get to know your local dearly departed, pay your respects, and learn Tombstone Hold ‘Em โ€”the secret poker game you can only play in a cemetery.

http://avantgame.blogspot.com/2005/10/play-with-me-graveyard-games-october.html

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Idea: more free web sites, please

We’re very lucky to be living at a time when some web sites are still charging. It used to be that that was the primary income model – but with the costs of internet construction plummeting, and the availability of income-producing advertising increasing, it’s seemingly less necessary to charge, at least for basic features.

That means, to me, that there are areas of the net that can easily be conquered by free sites that accomplish the same thing. Take online dating for example. I’ve tried Yahoo personals and eHarmony. Both work reasonably well but are also reasonably expensive. Are there any free-as-in-beer dating sites out there? Not any that do a reasonable job. Now all it takes is for me to build a good dating site that’s free, and people will like it. What other areas of the web haven’t yet caught on to the trend?

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Staged Kindness

I’ve set up a quick web site detailing my Staged Kindness concept. The premise is that if you stage acts of kindness in front of an audience of strangers, the world will become a happier place. People will see your “play kindness” and may indeed repeat it in real life the next time they encounter a similar situation. I’ll be posting pictures and videos soon.

Let’s pretend to make the world a happier place.

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Where the negative is actually a positive

I think the reason I don’t post much on this blog (or any other blog that I’ve created in the past) is that I rarely have anything to say that I want to say to everyone that I haven’t already told to some people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I think I’m going to adopt a theme. Rather than shout out random thoughts, ideas, and events, I’m going to restrict postings to ponderings on thinking positively about negative things. It’s so easy to immediately go to the negative when presented with a new bit of information – heck, politics these days is rife with stuff that makes me angry and depressed. But there are always two sides to every coin – sometimes it takes a bit of effort to lift, but I’d prefer to gaze at the shiny side if I can. Wouldn’t you? It’ll take a bit of creative effort, but that’s what I’m going to attempt to do from now on. Positive ways of looking at negative things. I like it.

So if this is the last post, it means I’m an evil, hateful person who can’t see the positive side to anything!