Friday, May 27, 2011

random complaints and observations

- It never ceases to amaze/frustrate/depress/scare me that people who are unable to remember a password longer than 24 hours, spell the word Password, or even tell the difference between logging into a web page and logging into a computer are trusted to keep dangerous people and things off our flights.

- If pressed i'd have to say I don't like John Madden.  Not for any particular reason, but when I think about things I don't like about him I can't find anything I do like that would cancel it all out.  My biggest 2 strikes against him are 1, making it possible for Frank Caliendo to have a career and to open the door to him ruining my enjoyment of Sunday Countdown and 2, I find him as an announcer to be way overrated. 

- this isn't directed at any one person.  i've had plenty of people say plenty of things along the same lines.  OK, that being said.....  everyone needs to get it thru their heads that acknowledging the cause or the blame or the unavoidability of a bad situation DOES NOT CAUSE IT TO BE LESS BAD.  example.  i know damn well why i have a job that erodes my soul and sucks the will to live from me.  i have it because my stupid ass decided to go to ITT Tech instead of getting a fucking real degree and getting some certifications to go with it.  I have it because I decided to live in a metro area with a total shit IT job market.  I have it because I sat on my ass for almost a half year before I took job hunting seriosly.  Now then.... knowing all this doesn't change anything.  It doesn't mean I regret all my choices, It doesn't mean i don't regret some a LOT, but most of all it doesn't change the fact that the job still sucks.  Being in a shitty situation is bad enough, but people reminding you it's your own fault or even if it isn't your fault doesn't make it less shitty.  I don't complain because i'm looking for meaning or root cause or blame or anything like that.  I complain because it is unpleasent.  I am fully aware that my shitty job, shitty outlook on life, lack of a future, lack of a career, fat ass, and marital status are all my own fault.  I made the choices i live with the results. 

- at some point there's going to be a giant shift in the dynamics of business, telecommunications, entertainment, and how they all combine or clash to come to us.  Sooner or later the internet companies are going to realize they can't nickle and dime us and bleed us dry.  Sooner or later Hollywood and the Music industry will have to give up fighting the internet and accept that as long as they continue to charge outlandish prices for increasingly bland content, we're going to keep stealing it.

- man, Mother Nature sure has been a bitch this year.  Japan, Mississippi, Missouri, here.....  She will fuck you up!!

- The female body can be such a magnificent work of art some times.  I mean, just amazing.  I regret a lot in life, but never a second that I've spent enjoying the optical feasts the female form has to offer.

- I don't see why everyone thinks getting in shape is hard.  I mean, you just need to stop eating fast food and instead resign yourself to driving by a McDonald's and fighting the urge to jump the counter and eat every meat-based product they have until they cops drag you away.  Instead you get to mix powder with water and drink your meal twice a day.  Nom nom nom.  You also just need to hit the gym 6 times a week lift till your body hates you and grind away on an Elliptical because you're too fat to job and know that if you run, you might as well save your knees the trouble and just shoot them off.  Then a couple times a week you dodge harpoons and float your gelatinous blob in a pool.  Not that hard right?

- Why do TV and Movies continue the path of crappy crapiness?

- I love having USAA as my bank.  It's all done online.  Now even depositing checks.  I just got a check from the Honda Dealership for an overpayment from my trade-in.  Thanks to the USAA app on my Droid, I logged into my account and after snapping pictures of the front and back of the check... BAM!!!!  In my account.  No muss no fuss.  In a time where banks seem to be going out of their way to fuck over customers and squeeze any possible money they can out of them, it's nice to have a bank with some fucking integrity. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

One thing i learned

If my current job has taught me anything (it's taught me quite a few things, most of them I really really could have done without learning) it's that I now know I would never be able to hack it as a teacher.

I respect teachers.  It's a job that is thankless at times and with a few exceptions is not a very well paying job when you consider what is being provided.  I'm sure I could write a longer post about what level on society's fucked-up-o-meter it is when the people who are teaching our kids to read a book and add are paid like a server at Applebees and the people who are teaching your kids that dressing like a nimrod and getting wasted and locked up is cool if you're famous are paid more than all the teachers they'll ever have.

Anyways.  My main point is that I've found out just how frustrating it is dealing with people who are ignorant and not only have no motivation or incentive to learn, they are not expected to.  I listen to these people day in and day out who are nothing but apologetically stupid.  They don't care that they're idiots because nobody expects them to.  They aren't going to make an effort to get smarter because nobody really cares if they do.  The system has been set up to cope with their level of knowledge.  It runs and it runs, turning gears composed of apathy and profit driven by people who are only interested in fixing problems that only impact their personal being.  Teachers have to cope with students who don't want to learn but they also have to deal with some students that not only don't want to learn but are not expected to.  I was reading this article about a girl working hard to succeed in school and in it it says she actually overheard her dad tell her teacher "it doesn't really matter what she does now she will eventually give up." and that he expects her to fail sooner or later.  If I lived to be 1000 and spent all those years trying, I'd still never be able to comprehend how a father could possibly let those words leave his mouth.  Most likely because my dad didn't see failure as the finish line in life.  My dad sure as fucking hell didn't just settle for growing up poor and spending the rest of his days making himself feel better by rolling around in his kid's failures like a pig in shit.  That's just one girl in one class in one school.  It begs the question, how many other students fail or are going to fail because they won't ever try to succeed and no one will ever care if they do?  Now take the person that has to try and reverse all that.  Who has to stand up there in class and shoot basketballs of knowledge at the rims of these kids minds knowing that the shots are sometimes heavily guarded by the system, the parents, and the students who just don't care about the scoreboard.  (I'm not sure if that analogy is brilliant or insanely stupid)

I sympathize with the apathy.  I'm not really any different.  Most of the time if you've removed all incentives and reasons for me give a damn, nary a damn shall be given.  My frustrations were born from my own unhappiness in my environment and when I sat and thought harder and deeper to the "why" of it all I was forced to take a hard look at my job.  The more I looked and more I thought, the more it became clear that nothing is going to change because nobody in a position to change anything has any reason see changes happen.  In a lot of ways it's a liberating conclusion to come to.  It's easier to cope with stress when you know exactly where the stress comes from and that it's not because there's something you're doing or not doing.  Of course it's also equally depressing knowing that there's stress there and nothing you can do will change it. 

You take the good you take the bad and there you have.... my crappy life.  sit ubu sit.  good boy.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

My picks

I think Obama getting another term is a foregone conclusion unless something HUGE happens.  That being said my friend Chris says the GOP should put Palin up just for laughs.  Funny thought but.... I say if we're going to go for "aw fuck it" picks..... let's get creative.

- 2 gays guys.  change the mascot during the campaign to a pink elephant.

- 2 firefighters or soldiers.  one from NY the other from Boston.  theme of "if we can set aside our differences so can you"
- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.  let's go for the hottest looking ticket.
- 2 porn stars.  theme "if you're going to elect someone who's going to fuck people and suck up.... let's get real professionals!!"
- James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman.  It'll be better than Obama.  Black, but even MORE pleasant to listen to the speeches.  Since being all talk is all the rage in Presidents now.
- Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  Honestly, no matter who the GOP puts up these guys are far better.
- The Rock and Stone Cold.  theme of "fight you for it"
- Jeff Foxworthy and Rodney Carrington.  theme of "if the right is going to be called redneck hillbillies no matter what, let's get guys that are hilarious."
- Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta.  or....  Ving Rhames and Bruce Willis.
- Christopher Walken and Will Farrell.  chris does all the talking, will follows him around with a cowbell.