Thursday, January 22, 2009

If this isn't pronounced coo-GAR, I don't know what is: Cougaar Software, Inc. I got an email from them this morning asking to schedule an job interview. Naturally, I'm going to ignore it, but I couldn't help laughing at the company name given how my grandmother pronounces certain words, like coo-GAR, ken-YA, swea-TER, and my personal favorite, boy-SCOUT-troop.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I suppose all this CHANGE nonsense has some truth behind it. I mean, for the first time since before I was born, there won't be a Clinton or a Bush in the White House (if you count Bush Sr's vice presidency under Reagan). I mean, sure, Hillary will technically be in the White House regularly as part of her Secretary of State duties, and if some horrendous disaster were to occur, she isn't too far down the line of succession. But let's just find comfort where we can, knowing that our new administration is being run by alumni of the cafeteria's popular kids table.
Don't get me wrong, I hope Obama is the best President we've ever had. I just question several of his appointments and have this nagging feeling like we've just elected the most popular boy in school to be student body president. You remember, right? He pledged to make the cafeteria food taste better and put an end to all the gym-class-bullying. Well, in actuality, we all knew those things were quite unlikely to happen, but everyone voted for him 'cause he drove a Camaro or had cool hair or whatever.
So let's hope that Obama can do even 50% of what he's set out to do. Certainly I've been wrong about elections before. Back in the olden days (pre-blogs, but Brian may remember, as we were watching the returns in Woodies and both pleading for Nader not to accidentally become president via some as-yet-unknown hanging chad fiasco), I infamously said that I thought Bush would be nothing but a status-quo President, a care-taker of the office if you will. Whoops. Love him or hate him, there's no question that the office and the country are in a very different place today than they were 8 years ago.
So, Mr. Obama, here's to the future! Please don't fuck it all up. We know where you live.

Rapid Update:
The rest of my holiday was fun. Emily and I had a quiet Christmas Day by ourselves and then had dessert with my parents. We had dinner the following night with family friends who we missed in London, but walked by their flat without realizing it. We went to see West Side Story at the National Theater, which still needed a bit of fine tuning, but I really liked that most of the spoken and sung parts by the Sharks were actually in Spanish. A few of our other theater-goers seemed somewhat less enthusiastic about this change, but I thought it gave the musical a more authentic flavor. The trip to Atlanta was nice, even though Tech got demolished in our bowl game. We got to spend some quality time with Michelle and Brian, and we saw Tim and Margaret and a couple of her friends from Melbourne while we were there. We discovered the glory that is Taco Mac and wish that there was one in the area, preferably next door to a Sonic (if you're interested in opening either franchise, call me, I've got our locations already scouted out). We took in the new World of Coke and the King Tut exhibits and got some Chick-Fil-A and Flying Biscuit action. We stopped by Charlotte on the return journey to see my cousins and get the scopp on their engagement. I made friends with their new baby parrot because I have shiny, dangly things in my ears. We've watched a lot of football, but are now transitioning to basketball season (though thing don't seem to be going so well for Tech this year). Work's been busy and the weather's been crappy. The city has been a mess since we got home in preparation for Obama's coronation. I can't wait for today to be over so hopefully things will start to die down a bit.

Worst Idea Ever. Almost as bad as trying to drive from VA to DC today since you have to go through MD to get there now. I could not be happier that I have zero reason to hang out downtown in the freezing cold with 2 million other idiots and that I have no business reason to be driving anywhere but away from the city today.

Friday, January 09, 2009

This guy's various videos to the tune of movie theme crack me the up. Be sure to check out his Star Wars, James Bond, and Back to the Future vids also.

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