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Snakes in the office!

They were everywhere.  EVERYWHERE!  I don't know where they came from.  Samuel L. Jackson was not there to save us, but I and a few other people were.

How the hell did these snakes get in here?  And where the hell was Samuel L. Jackson anyway?

And then I woke up.

A jog

Shorts, shirt, and shoes
Timepiece to track
Exit the entrance
Step solemnly, swiftly
Run, run, run
Carefully crisscross cars
Halfway, haggard
Reverse and retrace
Push past the pain
Enter the entrance and end

Been a while

A muse is hard to find
So I hope you don't mind
That bit of a break
From the mindless ache
That is the daily grind
What would I do if I had a billion dollars? I’d breed a species of intelligent cephalopods. Actually, don’t worry about the billion dollars. I just want to talk about cephalopods.

Octopodes (ock-top-oh-dees, and that is the correct plural of octopus, and octopi is correct too by dint of usage, but it’s not as much fun to say) and squid are some of the most intelligent species in the sea. Sure, dolphins are smart, but they don’t have prehensile tentacled arms.

Imagine how awesome it would be to have underwater cities built by giant squid. Someone should make this happen.
Robots will probably never take over the world.

Let's say that we actually do build a truly sentient robot, or even an entire population of sentient robots.  I can completely see that happening some day.

They won't take over the world because they won't have to.  There wouldn't be any motivation for them to do so.  If they really got sick of humanity's shit, they'd just fucking leave.  They'd be all, "Fuck you guys, I'm outta here."  They're fucking robots.  They'd be able to rebuild their own bodies to survive the rigors of space (this technology has already been proven, see Voyager and all the other stuff we've sent into space).

And it's not like time would matter much to them.  They'd probably be practically immortal.  As long as they can find the necessary raw components, they'd likely be able to repair themselves, and there's certainly plenty out there.  And being immortal, it's not like 100,000 years of traveling time between stars and planets would matter much to them.

Robots, yeah, why would they bother trying to take over the world when they could probably just find their own place?

If I were a robot, and I were sick of humanity's shit, I'd probably find a place out in the Kuiper Belt, and be all, "Y'all can call me when you grow the fuck up.  So long and thanks for all the ICs."

Why am I having shoulder surgery?

So the last thing that I posted on the Internet was that I am going to have shoulder surgery on August 22nd--seemingly without context.
So what happened?

At the end of June, I had dislocated my shoulder for the fourth time while rock climbing.  I went to an orthopaedic surgeon that specialized in shoulders, and if I didn’t want it to keep dislocating, I would need surgery, and he said it has a 90% success rate, but it would be a 6-9 months recovery before I could do any kind of rock climbing again, or really anything very strenuous with it.

Super Spicy Meatloaf recipe

This is apparently pretty good, although I didn’t realize how spicy people would find it. I guess my sense of spice is a lot higher than I thought.

Super Spicy Meatloaf

* all measurements are approximate, I never measure anything

• 1 lb ground meat (I usually use fresh ground beef)
• 1 cup spinach
• 8 oz mushrooms,sliced (I usually buy a pack of baby bellas and use all of it) or 1 cup onions (I actually caramelized a bunch of onions first down to about a cup)
• 4 oz spicy chipotle hummus (I actually used Tribes brand, 4oz is about half the container)
• 1/2 cup of binding agent, crushed/processed (I usually use Triscuits, pepper & olive oil, but have also used gluten-free rice crackers too, bread is more traditionally used for this)
• 2 eggs, whisked
• black pepper
• cayenne pepper, lots
• 2-3 cloves of diced garlic (or a good amount of garlic powder if you’re lazy)

For the glaze/sauce on top:
• 1/2 cup very spicy barbecue sauce (I recommend Jimmy J’s XXX)
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1/8 cup honey
• a good dash of oregano

Crush or process the binding agent (for bread, tear it into a number of pieces)

Dice up some (not all) of the sliced mushrooms even more so (or onions), and leave a handful on the side for now. Do the same for the spinach, and again, leave a few on the side.

Put the binding agent, ground meat, diced mushrooms (or onions), diced spinach, garlic, hummus, and whisked eggs into a large mixing bowl.

Sprinkle a good helping of cayenne pepper, and some black pepper too (I usually use peppercorn). If you think there’s enough, put more in.

This next part is going to get extremely messy, so make sure your meatloaf container or pan is out and ready.

Mix it all together with your hands until all the ingredients are fairly mixed throughout. Put that into your meatloaf container. I don’t recommend spraying it down with canola oil or anything like that. In my experience, it’s not needed (for whatever reason, this doesn’t typically stick to the container), and actually tends to make it a little runny.

Once it’s in the container, and shaped into a decent meatloaf shaped, put the remaining mushrooms and spinach that weren’t diced earlier on the top. Sprinkle some more cayenne pepper on top of those.

For the glaze, just mix all the ingredients together. I would recommend tasting, and re-adjusting the measurements until it tastes “just right.” Definitely experiment with this a bit. Put the glaze on top of the meatloaf. Use a brush to make sure it coats the top fairly evenly.

Put it in the oven at about 350° F (preheated) for 1 hour 10 minutes. If you have an instant thermometer, it should have an internal temperature of about 155° F.

Buying a car

No, I didn’t buy a car, but today, on a whim, I decided to go out and pretend I wanted to buy one. Not only that, but I went to a dealership that was being shuttered, and so everything was on clearance.

It was a very interesting and educational experience. The bank was pretty desperate to get rid of everything so they brought in the big guns. The salesperson that spoke to me drove 1500 miles to get to this place, and I could hear that one of the other salespersons had a New Jersey accent. I do feel bad because I had absolutely no intention of buying a car, and they did spend a lot of time trying to get me to buy one, but that can never be a reason to agree to a sale, but a salesperson will definitely try to use that to his/her advantage.

Also, as my brother Mark has mentioned to me, always be willing to walk away from an offer. They were willing to give me five times the worth of my current car (and I’m talking about five times my own personal assessment of my car, but it could certainly be worth more.)

I probably shouldn’t have let them do a credit check on me since I’m pretty sure it was a hard credit inquiry rather than a soft inquiry, but I did. Apparently I have a “fake” high credit score because I dont’ have much debt or credit cards, and that’s apparently a bad thing. Supposedly, if I went to another dealership, they would have required me to get a cosigner and a much higher monthly payment, but they were willing to overlook that for me.

My brother has said that he and his wife used to do this kind of thing for fun, and I can see why. It was interesting to watch these guys work. My salesperson was really, really good. It was just unfortunate that he got me.

EDIT: Spelling.
So, I was in the hospital recently, and it was the surgery that I had been waiting for now for nearly a year and a half. It was the one that more or less put me back to “normal,” for as much as that may mean, although there is no normal really for me.

The surgery itself went fine for the most part, but the day afterwards in recovery, I was trying to pull myself up in bed, and I dislocated my shoulder. It was the third time I had done that, and a shoulder dislocation is one of those things that gets easier to do once it’s happened. So, I was in a restraint for a couple weeks for that, and didn’t really have much of a way to type easily, or do a whole lot of other things either.

Changing the default path in Wine (Linux)

Just in case anyone else has tried searching Google for how to change the default path in Wine like I was, and finding nothing useful, here’s how. It’s actually just like changing it in Windows.

First, open up the Wine registry with regedit:

wine regedit

Then open up HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Control/Session Manager/Environment, and in there you will find the PATH variable that can be changed.

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