post 400

i hate paying rent. actually, hate isn’t a strong enough word. every time i write my rent check i know i’m throwing a large chunk of money away never to be seen again.

as such, i’ve been looking for condos and townhouses to buy. my current lease is up at the end of december, and the deadline for the awesome $8000 first-time homebuyer tax credit is the last day in november. i’m really hoping i’ll be able to buy something about mid-november. that’ll qualify me for the tax credit and leave me with a good bit of time to move, yet minimize any overlap of rent and mortgage payments.

unfortunately, i’ve only been able to save any significant amount of money since i took the new job about 7 months ago. before then, i simply didn’t make enough to allow for serious saving. consequently, getting enough for a down-payment in time is really going to a challenge. i have a good start, but maybe not good enough.

post 399

i had to shut down a machine at work today to move power cables around. before i shut it down i did a little digging:

$ uname
$ uptime
  09:13AM   up 874 days, 23 hrs,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.02, 0.04
$ date -d "875 days ago"
Sun Feb 18 09:13:32 CST 2007

post 398

dear comedy central,

michael ian black isn’t funny. please stop giving him tv shows. just because you keep making them doesn’t mean anyone is going to watch them.


kris knigga

post 397

man, if i had only one motivation to get a pilot’s license, it’d be so that i could be up in the air the night of the fourth of july. i have a suspicion that the fireworks are unbelievable from above.

speaking of fireworks, i think that most people forget the significance of fireworks when it comes to independence day. i think most people think that fireworks are just a pretty way to celebrate the fourth, but it is much deeper. fireworks are a beautified representation of artillery, of gunfire, of war. our national anthem, the star-spangled banner, mentions “the rockets’ red glare” and “bombs bursting in air”. it is this warfare that is remembered with fireworks on the fourth of july. it is to remind us that, though clich├ęd, freedom isn’t free; that many men died in war earning and protecting our freedom. to all the men and women who have taken it upon themselves to keep our country and its interests safe, thank you.