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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Job Satisfaction vs. Money

A coworker of mine and I have been having this conversation lately about jobs, money, and job satisfaction. We both acknowledge that we make good money at our current jobs, and the work isn't that hard, yet our job satisfaction is pretty low. We've also talked about jobs that we really enjoyed, yet paid low wages. He sent me this diagram as proof in point.

One of my favorite jobs involved working in a pizza joint. I basically lived off pizza and tips, but my co-workers were awesome, we had lots of fun, and political correctness never entered into our interactions with each other.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Songs That Make Me Wish I Were Def

Sometimes a band comes out with a song that sucks so much, in some cases it makes me usually end up not liking any of their music, or in more extreme situations makes me want shove a pencil in my ears to stop the pain of listening to that song.

Pearl Jam - Last Kiss (remake): I know living in Seattle that I'm supposed to love Pearl Jam, but come on, Eddie Vedder singing Last Kiss makes me wish I were the dead girl in the car.

Del Amitri - Roll to Me: This song made it to the top 10 list back in 1995 and has haunted me ever since. If you don't know what I'm talking about, listen to a clip on Amazon and this song might make you want to go on a shooting spree as well.

Bryan Adams- Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman: the them song for Don Juan DeMarco, and when it came out there was nowhere I could go that wasn't playing it: malls, grocery stores, the radio on most all pop stations, my college campus, and in my nightmares.

Dave Matthews Band- Too Much: you know what is too much Dave, the number of times you say those words in this song.

The Beatles - Ob-la-di, ob-la-da: The thing with the Beatles is, they have come out with some of the best music of all time, yet also come out with some of the worst. "Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!" Yeah brah, life does go one, just hopefully without ever hearing this song again.

John Lennon - Give Peace A Chance: Speaking of the Beatles; yes we should give peace a chance, but we shouldn't have an entire song that just repeats those lines over and over again. Maybe someone should have played this for Dave Matthews before he embarked on his writing career.

Eric Clapton & Babyface - Change the World: First of all, Eric Clapton is a musical god. Now having said that, even a god can make mistakes, and this time he did when he decided to appeal to a younger audience in teaming up with Babyface on this stinker of a song. "I would be the sunlight in your universe" No you wouldn't, because my universe wouldn't have this song in it.

Train - Hey, Soul Sister: The band has the name Train. Right there that puts them on a crap list, just for having a crappy name. But When Hey Soul Sister came out and was played constantly that solidified it for me. This band blows!

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love you & Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go on: I'm going to group these two because, well they go together in the same pile of garbage. If you were alive when these movie songs came out, then you know what I'm talking about. They got so much airplay that even now I cringe at just thinking of them.

Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away: Yes Lenny, please fly away and take this song with you.

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder - Ebony and Ivory: Another stinking up the charts post Beatles musician. But hey, at least it wasn't a theme song for an equally crappy movie.

There are others that I could add to this list like anything by New Kids on the Block, or any number of other bands that were so bad their entire collection of music sucks. But I wanted to limit this list to people who some consider good musicians most of the time. Except for the Del Amitri song, that song sucks so much it makes me hate all their music, even though it's the only one I've ever heard from that band.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Karma, Bad Weather, and the South East

So there is such a thing as Karma: Oxfam America has recently published an interactive map of states within the U.S. most likely to be effected by global warming. The states most likely to feel the effects are populated by the people least likely to believe in human caused climate change.

"The intensity of Atlantic hurricanes is likely to increase during this century wit higher peak wind speeds, rainfall intensity, and storm surge height and strength"

"The number of freezing days in the Southeast has declined by 4 to 7 days per year since the mid 1970's"

"The home state of our last two republican presidents will be heavily hit by high levels of drought.
The intergovernmental panelt on climate changes estimates average temperatures in Texas could rise by about 5.85 degrees by 2100 ad the current rate of global warming."

Since most of the south doesn't believe in global warming, I guess the only other explanation is God must be pissed at you about something.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Yes on REF.71

I haven't posted much on this Novembers ballot measures or officials running for office, so to help support my cock sucking and pussy licking friends out there, here you go…

Vote yes, it is the morally and socially right thing to do.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Scary Stories About Climate Change

The British Department of Energy and Climate Change recently launched an add with the intent of warning about climate change, and hopefully scaring people a little into doing something about it. Of course people and their never ending need to freak out about things, are freaking out about the ad is scaring children.

I wouldn't say this is scary, in fact I'd say it was well done. But then again, I'm one of those crazy people who actually believe in global warming and the negative impact humans are having on this planet, and the need to do something about it.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Farmers Grow Hemp on DEA Lawn

Yesterday the Obama administration announced that the national government will stop interfering with states rights to legalize medicinal marijuana. With the government beginning to realize that marijuana is hardly a drug that should be prosecuted, some hemp farmers decided to plant some hemp seeds on the from lawn of the DEA. For those that don't know, it's not legal to grow hemp in the U.S. yet the government allows us to import hemp from other countries.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Facebook Lists

As much as I hate social networking sites such as Facebook. I will say that one fun thing fun to do is categorize the random people who friend me on Facebook. Not that I care much about grouping the miscellaneous people I know on the site, but a friend showed me his GILF (Girls I'd Like to Fuck) list, which got me thinking that I should create a few lists of my own. Besides the GILF list, the second one I could create would be the GIHF (Girls I Have Fucked) list, followed up by the GIFD (Girls I'd Fuck Drunk) list. and of course the GINF (Girls I'd Never Fuck) list. the final list I came up with has nothing to do with fucking, it's the RPWFMOFBINAFW (Random People Who Friended Me on Facebook But I'm Not Actually Friends With) list. This unfortunately is where most of my Facebook "friends" would get grouped.

Friday, October 16, 2009

No Help From a Monkey

This is why you should never ask a Monkey to do nice things for people.

My friend who blogs over at Seattle Feeze sent me an e-mail about this, “cool event I'm attending in two weeks that I thought you might want to join me for. Global Trauma Intervention.” An event to help trauma victims in India. Because we’re friends and she obviously knows how much I love helping people.

After checking out the link, and noticing that it’s being held on a Friday night at a church, I respond with a simple, “it's held at a church” knowing that she also knows my love of the cloth and being preached at.

At which point the e-mail turned into an IM conversation.

SF: Didn't notice that. Shit. So...that's a no?

CM: My concern would be bursting into a ball of flame if I ever walked into a church. Will there be booze provided?

SF: haha. I don't know. Hold on.

CM: And how much money are they going to ask me to donate?

SF: I don't think it's like that. No drinks, just dessert. I think.

CM: (After reading who will be talking) "Inspirational message by Dr. BJ Prashantham" they are going to preach to us!

SF: Yeah. Ok, ok, I'll count you out. Damn, a little inspiration never hurt anyone.

CM: It hurts me. All the way to my insides.

SF: Oh!

CM: Just thinking about it, kind of hurts right now.

SF: In that case, I’ll try to never inspire you. EVER.

CM: I think I’m going to go throw up real quick.

SF: Oh sheesh

CM: (after reading more about it) "Donate to the work of Global Trauma Intervention – your tax deductible contributions can make a life-changing difference in trauma victims around the world" - I grew up in Spokane, I’m traumatized. Where’s my donation?

SF: hahahahahahahah

CM: So anyway... yeah, that doesn't sound like fun at all. Maybe if it were to help lost puppies or something, I’d be into it.

SF: Of course. Damn. I’m kind of sorry I asked

I would have bitch slapped her to, but since it was over IM I couldn't.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Razor Clams are Edible This Year, But at What Cost

It's Blog Action Day today, and in honor of that I'm going to talk about Razor Clam digging tomorrow.

Along the Washington State coast each year, people come out in droves with buckets and shovels in hand to participate in the Razor clam digs. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has completed testing the clams, and approved the digs at five beaches after a series of marine toxin tests confirmed the clams were safe to eat. Evening digs are scheduled at Twin Harbors (Oct. 16-19); Long Beach and Copalis (Oct. 16, 17 and 18); and Mocrocks and Kalaloch Beach (Oct. 17 and 18) according to the wdfw website.

It's interesting to note, that in the world we live in these days, we have to add restrictions on the number clams being dug so as not to deplete the stock, as we would eat every edible plant, animal, and fish to extinction if not for these restrictions. It's also interesting to note, that even in this day and age of EPA, people going "green", and government restrictions on business and industry, we still have to have our food tested for toxins and chemicals before it can be deemed safe to eat as we continue to pollute our natural environment with mercury in all our fish, great patches of trash in the pacific, and planetary warming to the point of melting polar ice into nothing.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ice Melt in the Arctic

An interesting video on NASA's studying of the decreasing ice in the arctic and it's effects on the planet.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Deuteronomy 22:13-21

Found this picture on the Huffington post. Thought it was a pretty interesting statement to the hypocrisy of the religious right and moral majority who are against gay marriage as per their belief in the bible.

Here's a like to the full passage.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Drive-Tard Tips

Some helpful tips for the typical drive-tard out on the roads.

The turn signal is to the left of the steering column. Click it up when turning right, click it down when turning left. The turn signal activates lights on each corner of the car that flash and notify other drivers your intent to turn or change lanes. Once the turn/lane change is complete, be sure that the flashing light in your dashboard has turned off. If it hasn't use the same switch to de-activate it.

We know that you are paranoid about hitting another car, but continually tapping the break is irritating. It also causes the person behind you to do the same, and in turn, it slows down the overall flow of traffic. If you are worried about hitting the car in front of you, don't ride the ass of the car in front of you. By providing a decent amount of space, you will be able to stop in time for an emergency.

The gas pedal is the one directly to the right of the break. It makes the car go faster. You will notice as you press the gas pedal that gauge directly above the steering wheel and below the dash, goes up in numbers.

Now this is where it starts to get tricky:

That gauge in the dash with the numbers is called the speedometer. It tells you how fast you are going. In the U.S. that is measured in miles per hour (MPH) so when the gauge hits 40mph you are driving at 40 miles per hour.

As you drive you will notice some signs on the right of the road. These also have numbers on them listed in MPH. what you have to do is read that sign quickly, and look at the speedometer in your car and attempt to match those two numbers. That's called traveling the speed limit.

Now, if you are really daring you can actually go about 5mph or so above that number and not get pulled over, depending on where you are. So, if you see a sign that says 60 when driving down the interstate, you make that dial in your car say 65, it's pretty unlikely that a cop will pull you over, and you will make the people behind you happy at not having to go to slow.

One final bit of advice for driving on the interstate. The reason it has more than one lane in each direction is to speed up the flow of traffic. One way this is done, is by the slower moving people (ones going 60 in a 60 zone) stay to the right side lane. The other people, the ones a little more daring and willing to exceed the limit by 5 or 10 miles per hour, should use the left lane to pass those slower moving vehicles. AND, if you notice a vehicle coming up behind you and you are in that left lane, you should move to the right lane and let them pass.

If for any reason you feel the need to go below the speed limit, and are not hauling heavy products, or in a vehicle that can't do the speed limit, you should take your car to the dealer, sell it, turn in your license and start riding the bus.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

One big Urinal

This last weekend a young lady and I are having breakfast at this hotel restaurant in Oregon. I walk into the men’s room and notice the largest urinal I have seen. These pictures were taken with my phone so the quality isn’t that great, but the thing to notice is the one on the left is your standard wall to floor urinal. Its height is maybe 4ft. The one to the right looks like a giant evil cocoon; about 5 ft tall if not more, that will open up devour anyone who attempts to use it, with space for more.

I did of course use it, and lived to tell the story.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Junk in One Hand, Dead Wood in the Other

So I walk into the men's room, as I often do throughout the day, and one of the urinals has a guy taking a piss. Yes, this happens in the men's room, that's what it is there for. The interesting thing about this guy was, with his left hand he was doing his thing (pissing), with his right hand he had a printout and was reading it. And that's where the odd part comes in. Personally, no piece of information on paper has ever been so important to me that I couldn't just wait till I was done pissing to read it… But that's just me.