Conflicted

September 4th, 2008

As I was driving home the other day, I saw a BMW with the license place H8PRIUS.

The enemy of my enemy, who is also my enemy, is...well, yes, still my enemy.

But if a BMW driver hates Priusi, and I hate them...boy, talk about staring into the abyss.

Lies, damned lies...

August 26th, 2008

On the way home from work last night, I listened to a few minutes of NPRs coverage of the Democratic convention. Just before I got bored and switched to my ipod, a female reporter/commentator/random voice asked a male r/c/rv about Hillary Supporter support for Obama. The guy responded that female support for Obama was "tepid."

At this point, dear reader, imagine what sort of percentage value you would assign to "tepid."

Because the male r/c/rv went on to explain that female support for Obama was "only" at 72%.

Now, ok, 72% on a test is a low C. I could understand calling that "tepid," I suppose. But 72% is pretty darned close to 3/4, which, you may note, is well above 1/2. Which means that Obama can count on votes from a strong majority of these unidentified "women" (I don't recall them explaining which women, or if they really meant "all women able to vote in the US").

How the hell can you call 72% "tepid support"? If a candidate won with 72%, would they call that a "marginal" victory?

Things that I strongly do not like

August 26th, 2008

I've long disliked BMWs rather intensely, based on the behavior of the vast majority of BMW drivers. Recently, however, that knee-jerk dislike/annoyance (it's hardly up the level of a good, sincere "hatred") has shifted to Priuses.

I really, really dislike those damned things. And not just because they're hugely, painfully ugly. (Honestly, that is supposed to be the future?)

No, it's because Prius drivers are smug bastards with a superiority complex. "Oh, look at me! I'm getting such good mileage! And I'm saving the environment!"

And, even worse, you can just hear them mocking, in their whiny voices, "I get to use the carpool lane, because I'm so morally superior!"

Then they cut in front of you and coast, slowing everyone down just so they can eke out another mile or two per gallon.

Bastards, the lot of 'em.

Advice for homeowners

August 25th, 2008

Or anyone doing repairs, really.

It's something that I've had to learn multiple times before it finally sank in: Do not screw around with the annoying crap that you can replace easily, just because the annoying crap is there, and a trip to the hardware store is mildly inconvenient.

The latest case of Learning Through Aggravation occurred when I was installing the new dishwasher. The contractors used a copper pipe to connect the machine with the hot water source. Which works, but caused a few problems:

  • The pipe doesn't bend very easily, and presents a bit of resistance when trying to push the new machine into its slot under the counter.
  • Since it doesn't bend much (and you don't want to bend it enough to crimp the damned thing), I had to push the dishwasher most of the way in, and hook up the connector in the tiny open space underneath the machine. That being about 3 inches or so in height. Thus, I wasn't able to judge the connection. Which meant, of course, that water sprayed everywhere when I opened the valve.

The smart thing to do would have been to say, "Ah! A copper pipe! That could present a bit of a problem, and/or slow me down, and just generally be a pain in the ass to deal with. I'll get rid of that damnable hindrance immediately!" Instead, I went to the hardware store, and let the floor dry.

Trust me: Spend the money for a nice, new, much more convenient part. $15 was a small price to pay for a braided metal hose that is 72" and flexible. I could install the thing while the connection was easily accessible, and it was so much easier to push the dishwasher into place.

It's always safe to assume that the last person who worked on your house was trying to make your life as difficult as possible.

Appliance gymnastics

August 20th, 2008

Our dishwasher is almost dead. At this point, it just sprays some water towards the dishes, and does a half-assed job of that. Any specks of food on the plates will remain on the plates. And since this appliance came with the house, one can safely assume that it was one of the cheapest models the contractors could acquire. So, really, it's pretty impressive that it's lasted nine years.

So we went to buy a new one. And that one turned out to be just under 1/4" too tall. Since I didn't want to either tear up the floor or break away the countertop, we selected another model. Which should arrive in a few weeks.

But the washer and dryer came a few days later.

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