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Pope's visit to Texas

Nov 4, 06:24 PM · from the mouth of Jim

With all of our political divisions and religious differences, I just couldn’t resist posting this one. I think it just totally hammers that last nail into the coffin and pisses all over two touchy subjects in one shot.

Bryan, you know that I love you. :)

On a tour of Texas, the Pope took a couple of days off to visit the coastal area for some sightseeing. He was cruising along the sea wall on Galveston Island in his Pope mobile when suddenly he noticed a frantic commotion just off shore.

There was John Kerry struggling frantically to free himself from the jaws of a 25-foot shark. As the Pope watched, horrified, a speedboat came racing up with two men aboard. One of the men, President George W. Bush quickly fired a harpoon into the shark’s side while Dick Cheney reached out and pulled the bleeding, semi-conscious John Kerry from the water. Then using (autographed Round Rock Express) baseball bats, the two heroes beat the shark to death and hauled it into the boat.

Immediately the Pope shouted and summoned them to the beach. “I give you my blessings for your brave actions,” he told them. “I heard that there was some bitter hatred between President Bush and John Kerry, but now I have seen with my own eyes that this is not true.”

As the Pope drove off, President Bush asked Dick “Who was that?” “It was the Pope,” Dick replied. “He is in direct contact with God and has all of God’s wisdom.” “Well,” President Bush said, “he may have access to God’s wisdom, but he doesn’t know beans about shark fishing….............how’s the bait holding up?”

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Cricket... ...cricket...

Oct 19, 01:10 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Good lord, do we all lead such boring or such busy lives these days? K, never mind – I resemble the first statement… boring. Now that the senior picture season is over, it’s just clean clean clean for my new roomate. Thrilling.

Awww, c’mon… one of you has to be doing something exciting and can let the rest of us live viceriously through you. :)

Well, in the meantime, chew on this particularly random and humorous short.

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The Fassihi email scandal - what do you think?

Oct 13, 07:45 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Have you guys heard of this little semi-scandal that’s been going on? Some Wall Street Journal correspondent in Iraq writes a personal email to her friends and family, it gets distributed around the internet and now everyone’s got their hands up in the air because she lightly expressed her personal view and opinions.

I mean, a) it was a personal email, so how can she be judged at all and b) I personally don’t find this to be terribly biased in the first place…

When you’re done with the email, follow this link to follow-up information.

You know, I may be fairly ignorant when it comes to this type of thing, unbiased press, freedom of speech, etc., but after reading this email I fail to understand why it’s such a big deal. Why can’t the press express a personal opinion to her friends? Even then, why can’t this type of email be considered main stream reporting? I realize that the press is supposed to maintain nuetrality and an unbiased opion, but isn’t it biased when we ultimately censor certain issues that we don’t particularly “need” to know about?

Anyway, I found this email to be one of the best pieces of reporting to come out of this war and I find it so depressing that someone can’t write something like this w/o having the whole country jump on her for failing her duties as an unbiased journalist. I’d personally like to see more emails like this as part of the main stream news. Even if I do have to deal with a little bit of her own voice coming out.

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It's gettin' real - the decline of film

Oct 5, 02:28 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Oy, well there Iaky-poo, looks you and I need to get ourselves some new cameras. Cuz if we don’t go digital soon, the film choices are just going to keep shrinking and shrinking. Kodak had announced that it was going to do some major downsizing and restructuring, and now it’s getting real.

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Job Update - continued employment

Oct 4, 01:05 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Moo,

Well, Maxtor made me an unofficial offer that I’ve unofficially accepted. (They’ve kept everything hypothetical for legal reasons – this way, if I had hypothetically declined, I would still be eligible for my severence with EDS – if it came to that.)

In any long-winded case, in about two weeks or so they will be giving me an official written offer. As far as I understand, the contract with EDS is being extended through the end of December, then we’re all starting as Maxtor employees (well, OK, not all) on Jan. 3rd. This’ll kinda be cool for tax and benefit reasons.

Anymoo, yay… I’m going to stay employed. Whoot. JOY.

OK, sarcasm aside, yay. I’m not very psyched about this industry anymore and hope that I’ll be able to escape it shortly, but having continous pay until then is exciting.

Hey, TyTy… how the heck is the new job-o?

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I have a doghead in my head

Oct 4, 12:55 AM · from the mouth of Jim

Ahh… finally found a six pack of Doghead ales this weekend. Got their 90 minute brew… I believe that was the one that Andy commented “was like drinking pure marijuana…” Not that anyone here would ever even consider marijuana, let alone smoke it.

I’m a goat.

Worship me.

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Yellow beaked green fish rule...

Sep 28, 01:10 PM · from the mouth of Jim

I was fishing with these little green fish with yellow beaks, like a straight version of a lobster’s claw, and they had little bright goldfish-orange fins and tails. I would catch them by hand, dangle a fishing line with a hook on the end in front of them, which they would clamp onto, then I would use them to catch bigger, somewhat translucent fish with red fins, tails and little stripes and spots.

And, the beauty of this is: I don’t need drugs to dream up shit like that. Anyway, I had to share my halucinations with y’all cuz it’s too bloody quite on this site right now.

-Me

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Killer music

Sep 22, 03:27 PM · from the mouth of Jim

The fourth annual Festival of the Mabon in Lyons Colorado this weekend was fantastic as usual and exposed me to two performers that I must share with you guys.

The first performer, David Wilcox, is a well known folk artist that can only be discribed as an extreme joy to listen to. To me, he embodies every bit of the spirit of folk music. His show included his guitar, his voice and tales of life. It didn’t take me more than 2-3 songs to know that I absolutely had to purchase his CD.

The show closers, Solas, once again proved themselves to not only be fantastic, but some could say, were the cause of this festival in the first place. I had the benefit of seeing them perform five years ago at the Folks Festival and they have done no less than grown into an even more incredible band. Celtic music fuels their core, but they branch into so many styles of music that they simply put on a spectacular show that my pathetic writing skills can not possibly do justice to.

Enjoy!

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And now for a political rant...

Sep 21, 02:49 PM · from the mouth of Jim
<soapbox>
I am so bloody disgusted by the pig-fucking barbaric animals known as Jihad. Humanity is doomed with worthless shit like these assholes wandering around the planet. I know that they’re pissed at our policies, and I can’t blame them for being mad at America, but c’mon folks, terrorism, beheading? Move the fuck out of the 18th century, assholes.

Take the most recent beheading for example. They’re demanding that we release all of their women from prison. Given the vile bullshit that we allowed to happen at Abu Ghraib, I can’t blame them for having their blood boiled. But isn’t there some better way to do it? How about cooperating, becoming civilized and peaceful – what a radical idea… I know this is what terrorism is about, but what if we were to pull the bullshit that they’re pulling, what would that make us?

I mean, if they think we’re evil now, what would happen if we came back and said, “hey mother fuckers, not only aren’t you going to get your women back, but we’re gonna cut their fucking heads off on video instead and send it to you. That’s what you get for fucking with America.”

Anyway, I feel better now. I’m just so troubled to my core when I keep hearing about this stuff. It’s disgusting to me that we’ve put ourselves in this situation and now completely innocent people are dying, and grusomely at that, for such a bullshit war in the first place. I wish we could just get the hell out of there and start saving the lives that matter.

Jihad doesn’t represent Islam and the majority of good human beings over there, but ya know what, why can’t America let them take care of their own trash for once?

</soapbox>

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Calling all designers...

Sep 17, 01:46 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Hi-diddly hidee ho!!! Word to your momma. How is my fine white brothas?

Umm, yeah.

So anyway, this is probably most aimed at TyTy, but I’m an equal opportunity employer. Sarah and I have a very large need for a vector logo and business card for our photography.

I’m in this catch-22 cuz I’m worried about spending too much money, but not having a good logo and business card is not helping me to make money. So, what would you estimate it would take to design a simple vector logo for me and possibly a matching business card? And how much would you want for it? (Sexual payments would have to be deferred until I next time I saw you.)

I can give you a rough (and shitty) example of approximately what we’re looking for. We’ve tried to make our own, but as always, my own personal inadequacies in design are crippling us. Every time we think we have a decent looking logo, we end up breaking it down and thinking “bleh, this one sucks too…” I think third party involvement will be critical.

Anyblah, I’d like to get this done within a month’s time frame or so, so responses would be appreciated.

I love you all!!! But not in that way… I mean in the way that most guys love April.

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