It's Finally Over, Almost

Despite what you may have seen on the news, the city of Philadelphia remains intact. It's certainly no more busted up than usual, anyway. We've got something of a non-stop construction and never-ending infrastructure repairs problem here. The sidewalks are all closed, and you have to walk in the street to get anywhere. Walking in the street is extremely dangerous, of course, due to the many bottomless potholes.

Did You See That Ludicrous Display Last Night?

It is cold, dark, and raining. Sleep runs through my veins. I've been fighting it off with caffeine the best I am able. There is nowhere to go but the bars. Everywhere else closed early because of the Super Bowl. The game is a major event in these parts; I live in Philadelphia, and the Eagles are playing the Patriots. But I'm not watching. American Football bores me.[1] Some people may wonder how I can find such an aggressive sport dull.

Here's Hoping It's Nothing

I am coming down with something...again! Precisely what I am not sure. I'm going to blame Russ since he came to work with a cold or flu or maybe the plague and then sat about a foot away from me all day. It probably wasn't the plague, I guess. He was only out sick for a few days prior. It's feasible I may have gotten whatever it is by taking public transit. Gopal says the bus is gross and smells of piss. This one stank alright as busses go, but it was still gross.

Nevermind, It's Freezing Again

Monday's high temperature was 0ºC, with most of the day enjoying subzero temperatures. Tonight it's going on 18ºC. It's a good thing too. Something I threw in the trash last night stunk like hell to high heaven by the time I got home from work today. I have no idea what was behind the funk, but I've had the windows open all the day.

Calling In Slick, Money

It literally is a point now where I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is truly where we are...If you feed the beast, that beast will destroy you. If you push back on it, we have a chance to control it and rein it in. And it is a point in time where people need to hard-break from some of these tools and the things that you rely on.

Site Redesign Party and Immediate Nap

The company I work for put all us contractors on furlough over the holidays. Furlough, in this sense, means they laid us off for a couple of weeks. I think it amounted to 12 days without pay. Counting weekends and a couple of paid holidays, I haven't been to work in 19 days. For most of that, I was trapped in my apartment by the sub-freezing temperatures outside.