Archive for April, 2008

April 29, 2008

Things to Put in Your Earthquake Kit

The first thing you must have in an earthquake kit is a pistol.

Those who are not prepared will resort to force to get resources out of those who have them.

So you want a pistol.

Most of the other items are obvious: food, water, flashlight, radio, cash, batteries.

And the other nice thing about the pistol is if you run out of anything, well, just grab the pistol and go find someone who has a robust earthquake kit sans pistol.

April 29, 2008

How to Save Water and be Green

One thing that really gets to me is when people hand wash dishes and leave the water running hard the entire time.

Although it adds more labor, I turn the water off frequently while doing my dishes. I’ve seen people leave the water running to go answer the phone, use the bathroom, etc.

Turn the water off.

April 28, 2008

Yahoo vs Gmail: Yahoo Email Sucks

I’ve had a Yahoo email address for years. I got a Gmail account this year.

Gmail is far superior for two reasons:

1. Gmail’s spam filter works (see image below). Yahoo’s filter sucks ass intentionally. Yahoo gives you a useless spam filter for free. Need more? You have to pay.

2. Gmail “rolls up” your email into one conversation, so you don’t see numerous emails for the same conversation.

Yahoo Email Sucks

April 25, 2008

The Question Again: Who is the Perfect Person for You?

While I was out for appetizers and drinks with some folks from work, the question that those of us who are single get popped up:

“Who is the perfect person for you?”

This is a difficult question to answer for numerous reasons.

First, define perfect. If I am still single, it might be because there is no perfect and I am unwilling to compromise (at this point).

Without the cynicism, I know one quality would be someone with a sense of astonishment for life. I don’t want to be with someone who goes through their days with a ho-hum, kind of bored, just grinding through life attitude.

That’s just one quality. Of course, then there are the physical attributes. Factor in all these high expectations, and you see why I am single after all of these years.

Maybe next time I am asked this question I’ll say, “I want someone as good as me.”

April 25, 2008

Suicide Hotline Volunteer Work: What I Learned

People have been asking me what I learned from volunteering at a suicide call center.

It gets tiring telling people to “hang in there” and that they have something to live for when you really know they don’t.

Which is why I am writing my new book (see below).

Give Up

I’d like to dedicate my book to the New Zealand Chess Team and the Polish Space Exploration Project.