Nullified In Exile

Monday, January 02, 2006

New Blog

I have a new blog. It's at my new website. It's http://blog.ungroundedoutlet.com.



That should be the last move for a while. I think you're the only person who reads this, Ash, so I guess this is a message just to you. :)

The Simple Things

Drinking sweet tea out of a wine glass amuses me greatly.

The reports of my phone's death are greatly exaggerated

My phone's working this morning. I'm happy about that. (At the same time, I was really looking forward to getting a new phone...oh well!)



Still, I know water (nasty chicken water from the kitchen sink, in fact!) got behind the screen. Even though it's working now, I'm not going to put any money on it's working for much longer. I believe that it will start to corrode rather rapidly. I could be wrong though.



Anyway, I'm glad Cingular was closed yesterday and I didn't end up dropping $100+ (which I don't really have) on a phone (which I didn't really need). I really need to learn to not make such rash decisions. I just can't figure out how to stop it.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Mourning the Phone

I drowned my phone today. :*-( I'm too clumsy to own electronics! (I can tell you that the iPod will be living its life far, far, far from the kitchen sink).



And both Cingular places that I know how to find are closed today. So I can't even get a replacement.



Fortunately, my parents came to visit me today. My dad lent me his phone for emergency use. Naturally, he didn't bring the charger with him. So I'll have to go out tomorrow morning and drop some cash on a new phone. Bleh.



Not that I'm particularly happy about buying a new cellphone. This is just a crappy weekend all around.



I'm very, very, very tempted to just say "Screw it" and get a RAZR and a Bluetooth headset to go along with it. But I really don't want to spend that kind of money. At the same time, those phones are so shiny...



I hope it's not a sign of 2006-to-come. Because there's still 364 days left to go.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

No Links Because They Suck

Comedy Central has been advertising their "Mother Load" portion of their website like crazy recently. At the end of the ads, they show some logo with several Powerbooks.



Unsurprisingly, the site won't actually work without Windows.



Bastards.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

What I Did On My Christmas Vacation

I finally hooked my stereo up. I've only been in my apartment for seven months, so I don't think I procrastinated too badly on that.



I was going to hook it up a month or two ago and couldn't find the needed cables and sort of lost interest. I found the cables today and decided to go ahead and do it. Especially since I now have an iPod to plug into it. No fancy docks for me, though. Just a ghetto cable plugged into the headphone jack. Lacking a charger, the battery is draining, but so what? It'll recharge the next time I sync up to get the latest DNDS.



I did discover that the iPod pauses itself when the headphones come unplugged. I'm sure this is old news to everyone else, but I thought it was a nice touch. I also have no idea if other MP3 players do that (having never owned one). If they don't, they should. If they do...well, good for them. Because I'm an Apple Fan Boy, I'll pretend that Apple did it first and ignore any evidence to the contrary.



I also discovered that, at some point in the distant past, my stereo's bass was turned all the way up and its treble turned all the way down. That's almost the exact opposite of how I listen to music (I prefer to have the treble turned up higher than the bass, though never to those extremes). I wonder how that happened. One of life's great mysteries.

Friday, December 23, 2005

I'm Calling This A Christmas Story

I went to Georgia to visit my grandparents yesterday. It was a nice trip.

While there, I was reminded of a Christmas from the distant past. Well, actually, it may have been my birthday; gifts were involved and if it were my birthday, then this story would not be particularly applicable. For the sake of argument, we'll call it Christmas.

Many years ago when I was just a little tike, I went to spend some time with my grandparents. Perhaps it was a week; I don't remember. But I was there and I guess I had fun. There were two kids my age next door so I spent a lot of time playing with them. Anyway, while there, I discovered the box for a Sesame Street playhouse under my grandparents' carport!

Oh joy! My brother and I are their only grandchildren, so I deduced that were were going to get a Sesame Street playhouse for Christmas! I was very happy! I was so excited, in fact, that I must have mentioned it to my grandmother.

She told me that sometimes, she gets boxes and puts completely unrelated things in those boxes to throw little boys off the gift trail; just because I saw a Sesame Street playhouse box doesn't mean that the playhouse was actually in there. In fact, she said, it was something else entirely.

Oh noes! I spent weeks afterwards trying to figure out just what my grandmother could be hiding in that box. I couldn't guess. It was such a big box, but what could it be?

It turns out that my grandmother is a liar. It was the very playhouse pictured on the side of the box. I was so surprised! Using her cunning deception (and other stunts, like distracting me with fruitcake), she had ensured my surprise and saved Christmas!

Anyway, this year, I'm giving my mother a gift which I have put in an entirely unrelated box to throw her off the trail. I'm not sure if deception is the lesson my grandmother meant to teach me all those years ago, but deception is the only thing I took away from it.

Too Many New Blog Messages

I think this might be the fifth "welcome to my blog" message I've made. I keep moving them around. Right now, I've got some things to say, so I might as well post them here.

Thanks for finding me again!