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Sunday, March 27, 2011

blah blah blah

I haven't written anything here for a while for several reasons. And I probably won't write anything here again.

I have posted 2 things in the last 2 days at wgold.posterous.com. I think that will be a superior situation for almost all the reasons I don't post anything here anymore.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Update

I live and work in Stamford, CT now.

Seems like a decent place with no shortage of people using the words "amenities" and "calibrate".

We'll see how it goes.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A list I made

Ever since May 31st 2008 I've been poor. I've been poor in Troy and poor in Trinidad. I've been both happy and unhappy being poor in both locations and the one thing I've learned from it all is that I really want to be rich. And stay rich.

"One day I'll be rich and never have to put up with this shit again". I've said this to myself on numerous occasions in the recent past. Probably too much. So I've decided that I should make a list of things to help me define what exactly I mean by rich. A list that will let me know when my desires are getting out of hand: a list to which I can hold myself.

The first goal I set myself was to determine the number of items on the list before I started making it. To do otherwise would just be one small step from giving myself the freedom to append to the list at my own convenience and that would defeat the purpose of having the list. A disproportionate amount of lists have 10 items and I didn't see any particularly strong reason to buck this convention.

Anyhow: I hope to never complain, aloud or to myself, about not having enough money as long as I can afford all the items on the following list.

1. being well-fed whenever I feel like being well-fed
2. not having to worry about where I'm going to get money to pay for my primary residence
3. hassle-free transportation in my day-to-day activities
4. a comfortable mattress
5. appropriate footwear for any sport or recreational activity that I'm participating in regularly at the time
6. a comfortable chair
7. a nice computer monitor (as judged by the standards of the day)
8. regular doctor's appointments
9. nice bookcases that actually hold all of my books
10. season tickets for a professional sports team

(Despite the use of the first-person singular in the wording of these items, I would also like to extend these things to any future members of my household.)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Goodbye Arrow

The composer and original singer of the biggest hit ever in the history of the soca music genre died this morning.

Every time I come across soca from the early 80s I'm astounded by the length of the tracks. Routinely in the vicinity of 7 minutes.



Sunday, August 29, 2010

Caterpillar

Last week several of the trees in my yard were covered in caterpillars. Today I only saw one.

Comments and Spam

Previously I used to get a notification email every time someone left a comment on this blog. Over time a higher and higher fraction of the comments were spam.

So a few weeks ago I changed the settings to enable comment moderation. Only problem was that I don't get notified that comments are submitted. I have to go check for comments periodically and then approve the non-spam ones. After non-spam comments are approved they email me to notify me that a comment has been posted to a blog i.e. blogger instantaneously reminds me that I just approved a comment.

In any case I think I've found the solution I needed all along: word verification. In fact the root of my confusion lay in the fact that I just kinda assumed that an entity posting to my blog would be required to do the word verification exercise that I seem to have to do to post on anyone else's blog. Apparently that feature was disabled for my blog and I had no clue because I'd never posted to this blog as a non-admin.

I think it's straight now.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Miss Universe

It's strange for me to be living somewhere where the Miss Universe contestant is in the newspaper for weeks leading up to the pageant. Or where more people than not seemed to watch the show last night.

Beauty pageants are stupid. They're like dog shows with really attractive women instead of dogs. And the idea that the fact that the contestants have to answer some sort of question makes the whole thing less stupid is, well, also stupid.

According to the internet, the winning final question answer, in response to a question about unsupervised internet usage, (provided by Miss Mexico via translator) was:

I do believe that Internet is an indispensable, necessary tool for the present time. We must be sure to teach them the values that we learned as a family.

Not exactly high discourse.

Whatever. That Guatemalan chick is pretty hot.