Archive for February, 2008

Poka Yoke

February 29, 2008

We all definitely need this in our lives. Poka yoke is the Japanese term meaning “error avoidance,” or in more colloquial terms mistake-proofing. A good example is to put your cellphone or your keys in your shoes to ensure that you don’t forget them on your way out the door.

Why do I bring it up? Because I somehow misplaced my USB thumb-drive. It wasn’t where it was supposed to be, which was in my USB hub. In order to avoid issues in finding it, I always put it back into the hub as soon as I return. This way, it’s always in its place.

Well, it turns out it was in its other place. You know, the place where it is supposed to be when it’s not where it’s supposed to be, id est, with all my pocket change.

I bring this up only because having searched my book sack in the spot where I’d normally keep my USB drive, I found my friggin’ PASSPORT!

So somebody tell me what kind of Poka Yoke can I use for that because obviously what I got ain’t workin’!

garfield minus garfield

February 29, 2008

In my browsing of sites I like (this time Daring Fireball), I ran across a link that was interesting…  here was the excerpt.

“Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolor disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life?”

garfield minus garfield is pretty damn funny.

Ghost Ride the Whip…

February 29, 2008

Ghostriders…What will those crazy kids come up with next?  I wonder if Ray Parker, Jr. gets a cut of the royalties off this song…

Charlotte

February 29, 2008

Hey! What’s that in the cor…  MOTHER OF GOD!

garfield minus garfield

February 29, 2008

In my browsing of sites I like (this time Daring Fireball), I ran across a link that was interesting…  here was the excerpt.

“Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolor disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life?”

garfield minus garfield is pretty damn funny.

When the truth hurts… or… the difficulties of moving back in with your mom at 35.

February 27, 2008

So I ask you all (whoever and wherever you are) this question. Is it wrong to point out to one’s mother that she is mischaracterizing herself?

Today, we were having a fun morning, that is, my mother and I, admiring our work. We have been reorganizing the kitchen. We started with the pantry, then moved to the fridge/freezer, and finished off with the cabinets. I was going to post pictures, but lo and behold, that spawned a whole other argument later in the evening.

Anyway, to give some background, I’ve been living in California for the last five years. Now my mother’s house is impeccable when you see it. But she is a packrat. And behind every closet door and in every cabinet, there is an unorganized mess. I thought it’d be fun to help organize it all. So i put together this project list and placed it in the kitchen. Hopefully we get through a project per week at a minimum. Faster, of course, is better.

So my mom, in admiring her work this morning, states, “I am not the type of person who likes clutter. I like to organize things from the inside out.” To which I, of course, replied, “Your behavior doesn’t necessarily indicate that, you know.” Ok, ok. Total disclosure. It was more like, “You’re kidding, right? The fact that we are doing these weekly projects in the first place shows that that isn’t true.” In further discussion on the matter, I did, in fact, use the previous line.

Now, I’m not saying that my mom is a mess. She’s clearly not. But we had it out. She was immediately offended and started in with the “oh well, you’re so perfect” bullshit, and “now we’re going to what you just love to do, arguing arguing.”

While her first statement was certainly untrue, her second statement might be somewhat true. I like to “discuss” stuff. But I also will call a spade a spade. I asked her to reflect on the statement she just made and admit that she doesn’t necessarily live by her words that started the whole issue.

So this is the difficulty I face. The obvious thing is not to criticize one’s mother. Let her have her thoughts and just go along with it. But the thing that bothers me is that I wasn’t particularly malevolent toward her by any means when I made my initial comment. So what’s the harm in having an opposing idea, even when it’s your mom? What’s your opinion?

Update:  I’ve been coached by one friend to stop being such an obstinate SOB!  Sound advice, imho.

Slippas

February 25, 2008

My most recent purchase for the house. A house that is cold to my feet.

slippas

I never knew how much I would LOVE you, Slippas… So blue, warm, and fuzzy.

Reinstall Blues…

February 22, 2008

I had a strange harddrive problem.  No further detail is necessary except to say that I had to backup as much as I could, reformat the drive and reinstall the operating system.   Those were my blues.

But now my frown is turned upside down.  Because I have a Macbook, and getting all my apps up and running was a fairly simple process, although still somewhat time consuming.

Anyway… backup your damn files!  This a reminder to YOU!

Forget Fast Food… FOREVER!

February 21, 2008

Alliteration aside, who would have thought that I could go for weeks without fast food? Especially given that I was probably one of Taco Bell’s most frequent consumers of the Big Stuft Burrito. My last year in Los Angeles proved to be a feeding frenzy of fast food. With two and three jobs, I had no time to cook. Fast food was my only source of, dare I say, nourishment. And if it wasn’t fast, it was frozen.

Thankfully, mostly due to living at home and dear Mamma cooking the meals, I’ve been without fast food for over two weeks now, basically since my return to Atlanta. I like this arrangement. This isn’t to say, though, that I wouldn’t eat some fast food here and there. Au contraire, mon frère. That is until I saw this interesting take on ads vs. reality. While I can’t say that I’m cured, this certainly gives new meaning to Taco Hell.

PS At the bottom of the aforelinked (is that a new word I just created?) site is mention of the 16 ugliest men in Rock n’ Roll. Totally unrelated. But totally worth a look. The comments about Gene Simmons are knee-slappin’ funny!

2000 calorie diet & DMD

February 20, 2008

So I’m doing well sticking to this program. It’s not really a program, nor is it really a diet. It’s just minimizing my calories to 2000 or less per day. My mother is at 1200 per day. It’s sometimes hard to do, but we have been pretty good at it for the past two weeks by being calorie vigilantes. I’ve gone from 216 to 210 in the past two weeks. And I expect to get to 200 pounds by the end of April without much effort at all. I’ll keep you posted.I can only wonder, though, how many calories I must have been ingesting each day to be hovering around 215. WOW! And I’d like to see at what weight my body stabilizes on a 2000 calorie diet. That’s the $64,000 question.Meanwhile, a DMD update (That’s Diet Mountain Dew to the uninitiated). My experiment has gone completely awry! I have not reduced my soda in take much AT ALL. I’ll be working on that along with the diet.