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April 29, 2006

Currently Reading...

I'm currently reading 'The Da Vinci Code' by Dan Brown.

I had been wondering what all the.....commotion about the book was all about, so I decided to read it.

When I told my wife that I was thinking about buying the book, she immediately said YES, BUY IT! - it turns out that she wants to read it too so I'm plowing through it quickly when I go to dialysis.

I should be done with it by next week - I'll try to form a decent review of the book.....so far, it's interesting, specifically the interesting math/number facts involved in the history/back-story involving Da Vinci.

UPDATE: Just finished the book yesterday at dialysis.

Over all, I thought it was an entertaining novel; I especially liked the cryptological aspects of the story. Of course, it's the geek in me.

The ending of the story wasn't quite what I thought it would be, but it was still a 'page-turner'.

UPDATE II / ADDED TWIST: I was contacted by a reporter from the San Diego Union-Tribune - she wanted to interview me about what I thought of the book.

I'll keep my eyes open for the article and try to post a link to the article when it appears.....

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April 24, 2006

I Got Nothing

Nothing much happening lately.

Studying for my first midterm on Friday.

Getting annoyed with Mozilla Firefox because the latest update locks up my computer.

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April 19, 2006


Too tired to really blog about anythingi in the news, but the one 'interesting' thing is that my left foot hurts.


Well, I had what's known as a 'partial matrix' performed on my foot yesterday. It would seem that while I was in my coma that my toenails on my big toes (in medical terms it's sometimes called the great toe) decided to become ingrown.

What prompted the semi-surgical procedure yesterday was that I had developed yet another infection and the doctors are busting their humps to keep me away from anything else that would complicate a kidney transplant.

So...part of the toenail was removed. And dispite taking Percocet that was prescribed for the neuropathy that's brought on by dialysis, it sucks to walk.....at least for the next week or so.

Oh well - at least it wasn't another stroke, right?

Sorry if I grossed anyone out, but it's the only thing happening right now. I'm still working on getting my strength back and I've returned to school; I'm taking one (and only one) class this quarter.

So far, school is going okay - I've got my first midterm a week from this Friday so I'll be studying over the weekend.

And when I'm not studying, I'm helping my wife with her just-started insurance business - mostly updating her policy holder's files, faxing stuff, etc.

Oh and I finally did get my bass into the shop to get adjusted and re-strung. Now I just have to get my amp out of storage and work out a time to practice without annoying the neighbors or the family.

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April 17, 2006

Proud Banner Photos

The initial protesters setting up their 'Tents of Outrage'. That open spot between the tents and the tree (just out of the picture to the right) would be later filled by the tents of 'KLSD 1360 Air America Radio' and 'Activist San Diego' to occlude Protest Warrior from being seen.

The big-ass flatbed truck that's needed for....what was it again?

Oh yes - the obligitory 'Bush Lied' sign....the truck was used as a stage for the lame music that was played in between the various speakers venting their spleens.

And here's a shot of me after dealing with my messed up hair right before the protest began: Mikey sans hair

(I had to pretty much buzz off all of my hair since I left the hospital with what I referred to as a 'Flock of Seagulls look'....I'll post the 'before' photo as soon as I locate it on the computer.)

UPDATE: As promised (a little late though), here's the reason why I got that 'buzz cutt' last month.....the 'Flock of Seagulls' haircut that I had when I emerged from the hospital.

Ugh.....talk about bad hair days!

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April 14, 2006

Escape from Blogger

John and Charlie from The Officers' Club have broken the bonds of Blogger and have a new blog: OPFOR.

Update your bookmarks...

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April 12, 2006

Die Hippies Die!

Image politely glommed from Something....and Half a Something

Something I found posted over at Linda's place.

It's funny.

Watch it or I'll have to venture forth and club some baby seals.

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April 07, 2006

I'm Special!

Only here in California and in the minds of some twisted authors:

'Gays' history in the making

A bill requiring students to learn about the contributions homosexuals have made to society and that could remove gender-specific terms including "mom" and "dad" from textbooks is making progress in California.

The state's Senate Judiciary Committee has approved SB 1437, which would mandate grades 1-12 buy books "accurately" portraying "the sexual diversity of our society." It also requires students hear history lessons on "the contributions of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America."

It also precludes textbooks, teaching materials, instruction, and "school-sponsored activities" from reflecting adversely upon persons based on their sexual orientation, or actual or perceived gender.

"School-sponsored activities include everything from cheerleading and sports activities to the prom," said Karen England of Capitol Resource Institute, a traditional-values organization. "Under SB 1437 school districts would likely be prohibited from having a 'prom king and queen' because that would show bias based on gender and sexual orientation.

"Under SB 1437 school districts would also likely have to do away with dress codes and would have to accommodate transsexuals on girl-specific or boy-specific sports teams."

England says the measure amounts to unneeded social experimentation.

"SB 1437 disregards the religious and moral convictions of parents and students and will result in reverse discrimination," she said.

Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Sheila Kuehl – a lesbian actress best known for playing Zelda in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" in the '60s – the legislation would add "gender" (actual or perceived) and "sexual orientation" to the law that prohibits California public schools from having textbooks, teaching materials, instruction or "school-sponsored activities" that reflect adversely upon people based on characteristics like race, creed and handicap.

"We've been working since 1995 to try to improve the climate in schools for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender kids, as well as those kids who are just thought to be gay, because there is an enormous amount of harassment and discrimination at stake,'' Kuehl told the San Jose Mercury News. "Teaching materials mostly contain negative or adverse views of us, and that's when they mention us at all."

"In textbooks, it's as if there's no gay people in California at all, so forget about it,'' she added.

Talk about stupid....

Every argument I've heard or read that's supposed to support gay rights always does the opposite: it brings unnecessary attention to gay/lesbian/transgendered/what the f*ck am I? groups.

Here at UCSD, there is a 'awareness day' event where people wear black t-shirts and will only communicate using statements written on index cards to bring 'attention' to the inner rage that they feel because they're made to feel different.

Different like when they constantly inject gay-gay-gay-gay-gay-gay-gay-gay-gay into society and then weep because society reminds them that they're different.

It's cliche, but there was a movie in the 80s - Pretty in Pink where the character played by Molly Ringwald complains that she's tired of being made to feel inferior because she's part of a clique at her school that's different than the other clique that's comprised of rich kids. The vice-principal that listens to her responds (and I'm paraphrasing here): "If you put out vibes that you don't want to belong....people will make sure that you don't". If these gay/lesbian/transgendered/what the f*ck am I? groups insist on making every person in the nation 134% aware that they're different (including dead people), then it's their problem when they complain that they're made to feel different.

It sort of reminds me of the dumb joke about a man that goes to see his doctor:

"Doctor, it hurts when I move my arm like this" and he starts waving his arm above his head.

The doctor responds "Then don't move your arm like that".

Here's a clue for those gay/lesbian/transgendered/what the f*ck am I? people: if you want to be considered 'normal' and just another part of society, then stop making a ruckus about being different.

Personally, I have no problems with these groups - I'm not gay, don't plan on being gay - I dig my wife too much. But if you insist on shoving gay-gay-gay-gay-gay-gay-gay-gay-gay in my face every three seconds....well, I'm gonna start to be annoyed with you and your 'message' and will start taking steps to keep you at arms length.

Honestly.....if you keep screaming 'I'm special! I'm special! I'm special!' at people.....they're gonna put you on the small school bus for the 'special' kids.

Enjoy the ride.

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April 05, 2006

KLSD in Action

There was one 'memorable' incident from the March 18th whine fest - I was sort of, kind of interviewed by KLSD 1360 aka Air America Radio.

The gentlemen that shoved a microphone into my face first asked me if I was here in support of the 'pro-war' movement.

Read More of "KLSD in Action"

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No Patriotism Allowed

Schools Ban Patriotic Clothes, Flags

SAN DIEGO -- In the wake of last week's immigration-reform protests, one school district is taking drastic measures, banning all symbols of patriotism, both U.S. and Mexican.

Beginning Monday, the Oceanside Unified School District is banning all flags and patriotic clothing. According to school officials, some students are using the garments and flags to taunt classmates.

Some critics of the move are calling it a violation of free speech protections guaranteed by the Constitution.

The really interesting fact is that a big chunk of the kids that are in Oceanside schools are dependents of the Marines stationed at Camp Pendelton.

Way to go school board - that's showing the kids that their parents are loved and supported.


And I'm betting that when the next school board election comes around that they'll be wondering why they got sh!tcanned.....

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April 03, 2006

Spring Quarter Begins

Today was the first day of the spring quarter and also my return to school since getting sidelined by the stroke almost three months ago.

No big surprises today - except that I'll have to remember how to do Laplace transforms for my Control Systems class.

And the only 'hassle' was trying to navigate around school using a cane and not getting tripped up by the skateborders.....

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April 02, 2006

Missing in Action Today

I wasn't able to participate in Operation Thank You this morning.....I got sidelined by some medical problems that my wife was very concerned about.

The problem cleared up later this afternoon - especially after sleeping a lot - and all is well again.

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Who is Mikey?
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Mikey is a forty-something U.S. Navy veteran that is currently taking a break from being a full-time student at UC San Diego studying electrical engineering.

He's also a husband, a father, a former Independent/Democrat and is currently dealing with dialysis and getting on the national kidney transplant list.

The words written here are his opinions and his observations on the stupid things in life. If you do not like them or do not agree with them: tough squishies. In America, you're entitled to Freedom of Speech not Freedom to Not Be Offended.

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