lights! camera! etc!

September 29, 2004
As we enter the dark half of the year, I'm realizing I really don't have enough lights in my apartment. The place is kind of weird, with lots of switches that don't do anything, and few overhead lights...instead most of the rooms have an odd vent thing, cocentric circles in the middle of the ceiling. Maybe some fuses are blown or something, but it doesn't seem like the round vents do much, except for the one in the bathroom.

Anyway, I've grown rather fond of these florescent lights, the freestanding "Torchier" kind, similar the hoardes of halogen ones in the mid-90s. TAGS has them for a ridiculously low, subsidized price, like $7 or $8. (Not as much of a selection as they did during the summer however.) I find florescent light is wonderful as long as it is bounced off of a wall or ceiling. And I like that they use less energy. And if one tips over, it's not going to burn down the house, and probably won't become a little insect frying pan either.

In other news...I'm dabbling with using gmail fulltime, so my new address is kirkjerk at gmail dot com. (Hmm, maybe I should switch to a more professional alias?) All my old email addresses work as well. I'm surprised at what a leap of faith it feels like for me, switching from my trusty, rusty "crappy homebrew webmail system" to this. It handles attachments much better however, and has a lot of other cool features.

Article of the Moment
Trust me...historically speaking, your job isn't that bad.

Email Quote of the Moment
If under Saddam it was a 'potential' threat, under the Americans it has been transformed to 'imminent and active threat,' a foreign policy failure bound to haunt the United States for decades to come.
from this email, supposedly from Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ's Mideast correspondent in Baghdad, making the rounds.
It paints a pretty grim picture. (Slate points out no matter how good or bad a situation, it just shows Bush was Right, infallible in his own mind.)

Essay of the Moment
Another lovely Paul Graham musing: What The Bubble Got Right. Very amusing illustration at top, now that I think about it. Oh how I miss the dot com days...