I Put The Mess In Domesticated

What can I say, I lead the glamorous life. I got home, whipped up a plate of leftover pasta, installed Ruby on Rails on my iMac, did laundry, watched Top Chef (a RealiTV show whose outcome is somewhat based on skill) and then when to sleep. Who could ask for anything more?

You Can Teach An Old Dog A New Trick, But He May Not Like It
While listening to a recent episode of Grammar Girl I got excited when I thought that I had heard Grammar Girl make a grammatical error. In the podcast Grammar Girl uttered the sentence

I wonder if Squiggly would loan me his marimbas.

“She used loan in a place where she should have used lent“, I thought. As it turns out, the word “loan” can be used as a verb, although I have always believed differently. Don’t expect me to use it as such, however.

It’s 2007 (And A Half), Why Can’t I Find Pens That Work Properly?
Yesterday I had to throw out two fairly new pens, each of a different design, because neither would write. Isn’t “writing” Job #1 for pens? Shouldn’t pens be able to write 100% of the time, especially in their infancy?

The first pen, a Uni-Ball 207 (Signo), was just purchased as part of a two-pack from Target. It was one of the “next generation” of ink-pens. The fit and feel of the pen was fantastic. I initially got frustrated when the ink smudged easily, and then when the pen sporadically dispensed ink as I wrote. When I later attempted to write a note and it flat-out refused, I tossed it into the trash.

The second pen, a generic pen given out by my employer at career fairs, never even started an ink trail no matter how hard I tried. I scratched out lines; I scrolled in circles; I tried writing perpendicularly to the paper; I tried writing at a severe angle to the paper; nothing but shredded paper resulted. It quickly joined its faulty writing brethren in the trash.

Fuck if I buy another pen anytime soon after the rest of the pens on hand start to fail. I think that I am either headed back to mechanical pencils or electronic notes.

ITP Flickr Pic
Before the Uni-Ball pen was trashed it allowed me to sketch this. This is an (extremely) rough sketch that I am using to plan out the header for the photoblog that I plan to launch this summer.

Jalapeno Beach

Do you think that it stopped working in protest? Do you think that I killed a sentient being?

All artistic critiques can be sent to bitemyass@insidetheperimeter.com which is a non-existent as my art skills.

Tonight My Glass Will Be Full
Then half-full.
Then empty.

And then I will repeat. Because tonight is “free” glass night at Taco Mac and I will be paying to get one.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – perturbed
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Ben Kweller — “Sundress”
Website Of The Day – Good news! I found out that Canada uses electricity and outlets which are compatible with the United States. How did I find this out? I went to What Plug? of course.
Exercise (b)Log – My nose is running, does that count for anything?
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

May Goals
1) Lose five pounds. (starting weight 200+ lbs)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to I Put The Mess In Domesticated

  1. Andrew says:

    fyi, The folks behind the Aptana IDE recently acquired (or merged) with a Ruby IDE. This was recently but there is a beta of the new product, Aptana RadRails, available here: http://www.aptana.com/download_rails_rdt.php I haven’t downloaded it, but I assume it’s also based on Eclipse as is Aptana. Eclipse is written in Java & SWT so it’s cross platform and there are mac, win, linux downloads available for RadRails.

  2. Martha says:

    It must be the repressed engineer in me but I love mechanical pencils…the finer the point the better (0.5 mm is my fave). I use them almost exclusively at work.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Andrew – I think that you just blew my mind. Thanks for the info, it’s going to take this old dog a little while to digest what you just typed.

    @Martha – I’m a 0.7 mm guy; that along with a retractable eraser.

  4. Barb says:

    that was some serious computer geek speak.

    I like the Pilot Precise V5 & V7 rolling ball pens. Extra fine is better, but fine is needed sometimes. They have lots of colors, and different colors are fun. I’m writing with a pink one today, tomorrow will be green or purple. I know, I’m really weird.

  5. Stacy says:

    He actually looks kinda tasty. I think I’ll eat some of his friends tonight.

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