Archive for December, 2005

Construction electric woes

So, I was working at home. I have two exams this week and a project due on Friday, but no classes today, so I was staying home and working, right? Meanwhile, the construction is still going on, though I must admit it’s not as loud as it used to be.

So, I’m sitting here at my computer, when all of a sudden the power goes out. (I’m using my laptop, so the battery lets me keep working, but my music was playing on my desktop, so that turns off.) I go outside to see what’s up, and after a minute I see my landlord walking around. I tell him my power went out, and he said one of the construction men turned it off, just for a moment. I said that I was working on my computer (no mention of the laptop battery), so hopefully he got the message that warning-free power outages are bad.

This isn’t the first time this happened. One night, a fellow resident was having problems, so in solving them, he kept turning our power on and off. Because we’re using a home-built PVR, our TV kept stopping recording, which got very annoying. Not only did we miss stuff while the power was out, but we had to wait for the computer to boot up again. So, we eventually bought a UPS to keep it running for a few minutes, so that a minor power flicker wouldn’t stop the recording, and we wouldn’t miss anything. Fortunately, in this case (its first real test), it worked perfectly. Unfortunately, it wasn’t recording anything, so no one cares.

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Crazy-ass survey

I just got a crazy survey, from the “Investor Protection Association For America.” It has some funny questions, and I think it’s definitely not intended for people like me, which is exactly why I have to send it back. They say they’re presenting it before Congress, and I think they want to provide a distorted view of what Americans want.

Anyway, here it is:

  1. Which of the tree items below do you feel is the most important issue for congress to act on at this time?
    1. Deficit Reduction duh
    2. A Storng National Defense
    3. Social Security
  2. Do you believe the federal government should provide equal tax cuts at all income levels?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Undecided
  3. Do you believe Congress should adopt an affirmative National Energy Policy? What does that even mean?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Undecided
  4. Do you believe that the United States should continue to import over 50% (a day) of our domestic energy needs from the Middle East? I don’t know why they specified per day.

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Undecided
  5. Should the federal government provide more tax incentives for domestic oil and gas exploration? WHAT? Our domestic oil companies aren’t making enough money without tax incentives?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Undecided
  6. Your occupation/employment may best be described as:
    I’m not including these, because they’re boring.
  7. Which of the following describes your primary method of investing?
    I’m not including these, because they’re boring.
  8. Which best describes your financial retirement status?

    1. I am comfortably retired
    2. I will be comfortably retired within 5 years
    3. I will be comfortably retired within 10 years
    4. I will be comfortably retired within 15 years
    5. Other Shouldn’t most people fall under “Other”?
  9. Which best describes your annual investment range including retirement?

    1. $10,000 to $25,000
    2. $25,000 to $50,000
    3. $50,000 to $100,000
    4. $100,000 and above

    If they’re polling so many retired people, shouldn’t they expect to see at least SOME people who aren’t saving at all?

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Don’t cry over broken lightshades

Shortly after Kate left this morning, the hammering on our wall was punctuated by the sound of something falling. I had no idea what it was, and couldn’t think of anything in our apartment that would be knocked down by just a little bit of hammering. Then, 15 minutes later, I heard the crash of breaking glass. This time, I was curious, so I looked around the apartment. Sure enough, in the bathroom, the glass shade from the light fixture had fallen into the sink.

I called the landlord, and he said he’d be here in 10 minutes to fix it. Of course, that was about 15 minutes ago. Anyway, I took some pictures and then made sure the apartment was roughly presentable.

It’s not such a big deal. I didn’t feel much about the light fixture one way or another. It’s just kind of weird, and it will require some careful cleanup in the bathroom to avoid cut feet. It also drives home the point that they’re hammering on our wall hard enough to knock light fixtures off it.

[Edit] The landlord came by and checked out the light. He then bought a new glass cover and replaced the old broken one. (I cleaned up the broken glass myself, because I didn’t want to make my landlord clean my messy bathroom.)


Cute pig pictures

Our new digital camera card came today. It’ll hold around 600 pictures at the highest resolution! So, I played with the camera for a minute, and found that it took rather dark pictures in “continuous mode.” On the plus side, it takes a whole bunch of pictures pretty fast.

So, without further ado, I give you a series I call, “Louis acts cute and then runs away.”

A bigger picture of Louis being cute.