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Don’t use GymPact

UPDATED 27 Aug 2012: See end of post.

Short story: GymPact has problems, and don’t use them.

Long Story: Ordinarily, I wouldn’t care if GymPact’s service is less than stellar in providing features that work.  But this particular app is different.  And the difference is that they charge you money if they screw up.

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My standing desk!

I have a standing desk now!


I totally stole the design from these guys, as they do not offer nationwide shipping. So I made it myself!

Of course, I added the monitor shelf, which was not part of Tinkering Monkey’s design.

I will be reporting on how I am doing with this desk in the very near future.

By the way, if you are wondering why anyone would need such a desk, check this out.

And if you want me to make one for you, leave a comment!

The Kidney Stone Diet

Last week I had a kidney stone attack. No warning, no build up to the attack, just a back spasm gone horribly wrong. 4:30 AM, steadily increasing pain in my lower back. No amount of moving or lying on the bed gives me relief. It feels like someone put a wrench on the right side of my lower back and started torquing it. Angelica gives me a leftover Percocet pill from some previous medical event of either mine or hers, and I barely swallow it. After about a half-hour to about 45 minutes, the pain starts alleviating.
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The 99% are not soaking everyone else. The Federal Government is. And it’s our fault.

I’m tired of one party blaming the other party for the county’s ills. Everyone is going to believe what the believe regardless of who’s to blame. The real problem is America’s entitlement mentality. Americans LOVE their entitlements. Be they named Social Security, subsidies, health care, tax shelters, or otherwise, Americans feel they are entitled to a lot of things (be they Republican or Democrat pet programs). But there is a price tag for all of these entitlements. All these wonderful government programs need to be paid for; they don’t just magically appear because a law was passed. And who pays for all the wonderful benefits of being an American? China.
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REVIEW: Prometheus

I have mixed feelings about Prometheus. On the one hand it’s a gorgeous movie; on the other it’s not as “transcendent” a moviegoing experience as I would have liked it to be. Of course, I’ve had 30 years to go gaga over Blade Runner and build up all sorts of unrealistic expectations for this movie. But still, it’s the story of Prometheus that bothers me the most, not the set, the special effects, or even the great 3D elements. Visually this film is a treat; story-wise, it not too much different from what you’ve seen before.
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Juggling source code version control systems

I don’t like CVS. I never really have, even when CVS was the only source code control system to be used. So when newer source code control systems came out, like subversion, I embraced them heartily. For years now, people have been using Git, which is a distributed source code control if you don’t know the difference between source code control systems you wouldn’t understand what a distributed one is versus a non-distributed one. Suffice it to say, Git excels at maintaining source code with a programming team that is “distributed” across the Internet or across the world.making these two systems talk to each other, on the other hand, is a bit of a chore.

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The Machete Brouhaha

Again, people are overreacting.  Not surprising, but still amazing.  MACHETE is a REALLY fun, over the top Mex-ploitation flick by Robert Rodriguez.  Rodriguez never really had any political statement to make before this film, and his films reflected that (El MARIACHI, DESPERADO, THE FACULTY, SPY KIDS 1,2,3, and SHORTS).  Now, Rodriguez has chosen to take a stand on something that is clearly personal to him: illegal immigration.  Since he’s chosen a Grindehouse-type movie to do it in, people are overreacting to it all over the place.  And again, it’s not surprising.

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Christopher Hitchens’ New Ten Commandments

Here’s Christopher Hitchens’ NEW ten commandments:

1. Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color.
2. Do not ever use people as private property.
3. Despise those who use violence or the threat of it in sexual relations.
4. Hide your face and weep if you dare to harm a child.
5. Do not condemn people for their inborn nature—why would God create so many homosexuals only in order to torture and destroy them?
6. Be aware that you too are an animal and dependent on the web of nature, and think and act accordingly.
7. Do not imagine that you can escape judgment if you rob people with a false prospectus rather than with a knife.
8. Turn off that fucking cell phone—you have no idea how unimportant your call is to us.
9. Denounce all jihadists and crusaders for what they are: psychopathic criminals with ugly delusions.
10. Be willing to renounce any god or any religion if any holy commandments should contradict any of the above.
In short: Do not swallow your moral code in tablet form.

GymPact and Check In Issues

I was very excited about using the GymPact app to get myself into the gym by hitting me where it hurts: my pocketbook. GymPact charges you for not keeping your “pact” to hit the gym, but it also pays you if you do keep the “pact.” But I soon discovered that the app has its own issues, mostly with checking in and where the location of your gym is. So as of right now, I cannot recommend using GymPact to get you into the gym because you may not even get to the gym, according to the app.
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Money is a drug

I’m sick of these Occupy movements. They aren’t really movements, they are nuisances. Healthwise, spacewise, brain-wise. They get nothing done and accomplish nothing. All they do is spread disease and trash around our public parks, and give tree-huggers their 15 minutes of fame when the local TV station has nothing better to cover. If you are really angry about Wall Street and the government screwing up the economy, then you shouldn’t be whining because your over-developed sense of entitlement makes you mad. You should be removing your money from for-profit banking institutions, getting a financial education, and studying the tax code to get as many tax breaks as you can.
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