Houses, Living Spaces and more — OH MY!

January 27th, 2013

So story time…

Just about a year ago I started seriously hunting for a house. I figured.. hey, going on 29 and still living at home.
Not a good idea.
So I found this sweet little gem not too far from here thanks to my new-to-the-family-aunt. She’s bloody awesome in my book.
It’s a short sale, needs a couple thousand bucks in tiny shit done all over. But for less than thirty grand I could have a nice home.

A week ago, I get an email from my Realtor. The goddamn selling bank is playing games and won’t even approve the short sale. Go figure.

So here I sit firmly entrenched in square one.

Yesterday I go and look at this absolute TURD of a house. After leaving we stop at my aunt’s old place in Allen Park. Took a drive around the neighborhood
and found one that looked pretty nice from outside. Get info, talk to Realtor again and setup a visit today. Love the place. Minor problems but easily remedied.
Even better — It’s NOT a bloody short sale. But sadly twice the price.

Go figure. BUT! There’s more room, and its a better neighborhood.

So here we go again — Let’s see what comes of this one. Frankly I’m sick of the housing games. I need my own spot about 10 years ago now.

Technology and its corruption…

August 22nd, 2011

I was listening to a song from 1969 by Zager and Evans this evening.  The lyrics kinda made me stop to think.  I don’t remember which year they quoted, so I will arbitrarily take one from the sky…

In the year 6565
Ain’t gonna need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube

The song itself is full of ironies of similar, what may have been seen as grandiose ideas in ’69, but really aren’t that far fetched now.  How much has technology corrupted human nature?  No, more correctly, how much has human nature corrupted technology?  We drive cars because we’re too lazy to walk.  We ride scooters and segways because we can’t walk a mile.  I’m guilty of this — I’m not innocent of this.  I doubt anyone is except what we would consider a third world nation.  But is it ironic that despite disease and parasitic infections,  these third world nations have some of the longest living people on the face of this corrupt earth?  I’m not preaching against technology, but we are abusing it in such a way that we are literally killing ourselves due to relentless laziness.

Thirty years ago, trigonometry was taught to students at a college level.  Now we teach it to 16 year olds who are aided by a calculator and are too stupid to figure it out longhand or by looking it up in a damn book.  I read an article earlier today that kids working fast food jobs have to use a calculator because they can’t perform simple math.

How far we have come…and how far have we set ourselves back because of our inability to rely on mans greatest growth, the human brain?

Just food for thought…

Mrph…

August 15th, 2011

Yanno… I’ve just been playing around with Apache2, Mysql and PHP and decided.. I’m creating and hosting my own blog.  I already host half a dozen other websites, so I figured what the hell is one more on the load?  Especially with this fandangled new server I just slapped together.

System Specs as follows:

  • Intel i7-960 @ 3.2 GHz
  • 4 GByte Crucial Ballistix DDR3 @ 1600 MHz
  • EVGA NVidia GeForce 430 w/ 1GByte RAM
  • Asus Sabretooth X58
  • 3x 500 GByte Western Digital Green Drives
  • 2x 2 TByte Seagate Black Drives
  • 1x 250 Gbyte Seagate Black Drive
  • LG DVD Writer

Final price after rebates?  About $550.  I already had the hard drives and the memory on hand.  Otherwise, I can’t complain for a SERVER computer.

Anyway — I’m  at work and supposed to be doing stuff constructive for them on their dime, instead I administer my own system remotely.  Irony? Why I think yes!

EDIT: Oh yeah — over there is my random pieces of writing that I sometimes get the urge to crap out.  Have a gander.

Holy shit — Google buys Motorola Mobile???

August 15th, 2011

Holy shit —

The news that Google is buying Motorola mobile comes over an instant message with my boss a few hours ago.

My first thought?  MotoBlur is finally dying.

My second thought? Unlocked bootloaders perhaps?

But is it really a good thing? I mean.. Motorola was already too big for its britches.  Their customer support was on the fall, their product quality was dying.  Hardware wise, the Droids are solid phones.  Software?  Because of MotoBlur it’s ABYSMAL. This could be a good thing — Google finally has a good platform to launch their own branded smartphones, and Motorola would stop breaking an already fully functional operating system with Motooblur. Oh well… for further reading see http://money.cnn.com/2011/08/15/technology/google_motorola/index.htm?hpt=hp_t1