More Evidence I’m a Twit

  • Tea and shortbread this afternoon. Christmas is now allowed to happen. #
  • Office for Mac updates are bloody huge. I am genuinely curious why. #imageek #
  • Merry Winter Solstice, everyone! And what oughta be Astronomical New Year's Eve! #
  • I'm screaming on the inside, falling asleep on the outside. #
  • Hey, if you're looking for fun stuff to listen to, Kesha's new Cannibal album is great! #owmybrain #
  • I've worked behind cube walls for about 4 months and I'm ready to tear them down. I don't like the isolation and staring at a wall feeling. #
  • I need to stop thinking because I get increasingly angry. #
  • I just blogged about politics. What the hell is that about? #
  • I dig my wife. She didn't kill me after I made a funny tonight. Always a plus. #
  • Say 'Doppleganger' with an English or Australian accent.

    Go ahead, do it.

    You sound like an idiot.

    Still fun to do, though. #

  • My mornings cannot keep starting like this. Unruly would be apt for today. #
  • I'll just say I'm glad I'm out of here in 10 minutes. Yeah. #
  • I go sleep now. If I don't wake up, good. #
  • Britain did not have forks until 1611. #
  • I'm completely hooked on Supersizers. Stuff like this always makes me ponder just what people of the future will think of us. #
  • My wife looks REALLY good. #
  • I just took a Mucinex pill. Not only was it only a shade smaller than a suppository, it had the distinct flavor of a toilet cleaning tablet. #
  • We need to return to calling people 'asses'. Someone is simply an 'ass'. No more douches, no more assholes. Maybe still some fuckwits. #
  • It's 9:30 in the morning, stop asking me what's for dinner. #
  • My kingdom for the powers of the Force right now. #
  • I'm eating soup! Happy day! #

Sick Again

I woke up feeling awful yesterday morning. I still braved going to work (and doing a band field trip to the city). Then I went home and crashed. Luckily other people were taking my kids so that made it easier.

Having rested so much, I woke up at 5 o’clock this morning. Running a fever, I grabbed some medicine and water and went back to bed. As I was laying there waiting to fall back asleep, my fever-addled mind was whirring.

I need to join up with three other jazz musicians to form a quartet again. My friends and I formed a group my final year of college and it was great. And we were a little different since we had an amazing guitar player rather than a piano player, as well as bass and drums.

I want to do it again. Four dudes playing jazz for small gigs. We did cocktail parties and weddings; very mellow stuff. If I can get a quartet together once more, I know just what to call us:

For Jasmine.

To Hell with Gerrymandering

After the 2010 Census, it looks like my state will be holding its 8 Congressional seats. Texas, however, has won big:

The Census apportions congressional districts every ten years, while state legislatures are generally in charge of redrawing the districts based on those apportionments. The population of the United States is now 308,745,538, and each congressional district will average 710,767 persons.

Texas, where Republicans have a supermajority in the House and Senate and hold the governor’s mansion, gained four new House seats with the population growing by 20.6 percent in ten years. However, the growth broken down by race will be released in February — the Voting Rights Act could mean that some of those seats have to be drawn with a majority of Hispanics that have accounted for much of the recent growth.

Florida gained two seats, where Republicans also have a supermajority in both legislative chambers and hold the governor’s mansion. Amendment 6, limiting the power of the legislature to redraw congressional districts, passed in the November elections, but it is being challenged in court by Reps. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).

My personal party opinions aside, I think this is one of the biggest factors undermining our Republic. The art of Gerrymandering will be in full-swing this year in the losing and winning states alike. Also, due to the WAH!-the-recession-make-us-hate-Congress sentiment of the 2010 midterms, there are a lot of single-party state governing bodies that have the district lines in their hands.

Gerrymandering needs to be rightly illegal. Completely illegal. There needs to be a basic formula of X people per Representative. Of course, I also take issue with even on average, each Representative covers over half a million people, some even get up to 1m. But then because the US is one of the largest countries in the world, lowering that ratio would balloon the House rapidly (500,000 per Congressman would mean 616 Members, a number I could live with as tops.)

My other silly idea is that metro areas should be based on proportional representation, because really the difference between us in the northwest metro and those in the west metro is nil. We’re not dealing with different crops, we just commute into the same cities from different directions. It’s a funny trick, but would be interesting to see a group of Twin Cities Congressmen, a group of CA Bay Area Congressmen, etc. That way we couldn’t be Gerrymandered into enough rural/conservative area that keeps the batshit crazy in office.

This may even do the silly thing of getting more minorities and women in Congress rather than Gerrymandering districts to ensure minorities maintain their minority status.

But that would be silly, wouldn’t it?

More Evidence I’m a Twit

  • It's stupid cold out today. #
  • I shoveled the deck and created a mountain of snow. Home bobsled run perhaps? #
  • This Star Trek joke = 100% guaranteed geek enragement: (tip of the hat to @Agent_M) (via @BillCorbett) #
  • Didja hear?? There could be an iPhone on Verizon sometime in the not-too-distant future! #
  • I can't sign into the Twitter website? Can my desktop app work still? #
  • Bizarre. #
  • Boss has been replaced by a fax machine. Seriously, he's not here and there's a brand new facsimile device on his desk. Today will be odd. #
  • For those who don't know, this is a fax: I know, the whole concept is bizarre. #
  • Have you ever done something stupid and then felt stupid for doing it? #
  • It's muthafuckin' tea time, nigga! #juxtaposition #
  • I was original teased with a Dual G5 PowerMac. Now I think I'm being mocked now that I have a pair of them. #
  • I'm going to go back to bed and wake up at 4:45 to try this day over again. #
  • My room is finally vacant and quiet. I'm not sure if I want to put on music at all. Doesn't help that I feel crappy on top of it. #
  • Forgot my wallet. Another great start to a day. #
  • When I write, I open up a text editor and nothing more. #
  • Noise-canceling earbuds, please! #
  • Wow. Some kids have brought some mighty interesting odors with them this afternoon. #
  • Is it too much to be asked to help? "The printer hasn't worked all day" tells me I'm not worth a question mark or a please. #
  • Seriously, it's like Mr Burns just rang a bell at his bedside and only said, "This soup is too cold." #
  • And I'm done. Toodles, Universe. #
  • Cupcake, it's time. #
  • Seriously, not the best start to a morning. #
  • It's time for some ass-kicking music. Dropkick Murphys, DO IT! #
  • And now if someone ever leaves a voicemail with no content as to why I should call them back, I won't. #
  • Out to lunch with my boy. I have a ridiculously great kid. #
  • I think that with 2011, the high five should be ended. I see it on every TV show and it looks forced and unnecessary. #