The Habitrail


The world at a 90 degree angle
April 23, 2007, 10:44 am
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So, last week I had a pain/pressure in my left ear. I was pretty sure it was an outer ear infection, a.k.a. swimmer’s ear… but of course in order to get some sort of relief I had to go to the doctor. He confirmed that it was, in fact, what I thought, and prescribed an antibiotic anti-inflammatory ear drop. Hooray for having to pay full price for a 10 minute doctor’s visit and medication… but $110 total is worth it for being able to actually sleep through the night and not worry about it getting worse or something.

However, having to hold my head sideways for 5 to 10 minutes three times a day is an odd additional price to pay for this relief. At least it got better after a few days. Sadly, as it is an antibiotic, I have to keep taking it for a week even though there are no symptoms anymore.

In other news, I’m in the midst of reorganizing the furniture in my room. I removed the table and moved the dressers to the foot of the bed where the table was, now I have enough wall space for one, maybe two more bookshelves. Vertical storage is sort of a necessity now as I’m accumulating more and more books and other stuff. More bookshelves also means more tops of bookshelves to put Star Wars legos on, as I was already one bookshelf short.



The post I keep forgetting to make…
April 13, 2007, 5:09 pm
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… since last Friday.

I made it through passover this year, it was made easier when I realized that El Pollo Loco was fair game if I didn’t get tortillas and I got the correct sides.

It turns out I’m getting money back from the government this year. This was a welcome surprise.

Today is the last day of one of my coworkers, a fellow back-end engineer. He’s going to work at Gaia Online, in a weird twist of fate.



Today’s random waking thought
April 11, 2007, 11:32 am
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Every once in a while I have the most random thing stuck in my head when I wake up in the morning. Most of the time I forget to post it but this is what I had this morning:

GPS driving directions in the Indianapolis 500. “At the next turn, turn left. Drive straight for 1 mile. At the next turn, turn left. Drive straight for 1 mile. At the next turn, turn left. Drive straight for 1 mile…”



… or is it?
April 1, 2007, 5:03 pm
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This post is an April Fool’s joke.

That is all…



Wave motion
April 1, 2007, 10:37 am
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Driving through L.A. is always an excercise in frustration. The traffic does not follow rules of normal traffic, it bunches up and lets up and bunches up and lets up ad infinitum, which is probably more frustrating than just traffic all the way because every 10 minutes you get your hopes up that it’s over. I’m guessing it has something to do with the extremely aggressive tailgating “can’t let anyone in front of me so I zoom up to the car in front of me as fast as possible” behavior that most SoCal drivers have.

So besides downtown to the Orange County county line taking twice as long as I expected, the drive was mostly uneventful. There were just enough people on the road who understand how to drive a two-lane highway and only a handful who didn’t, but most of them were going faster than me so they just zoomed past in the passing lane while I was in the right lane.

My mom, stepdad and I went to an Islamic Chinese restaurant, which had a customer base of the ethnic type you’d expect. My parents aren’t used to being an ethnic minority in a place they go to. I’m used to it by now.

This is also your friendly reminder to go see Meet the Robinsons if you haven’t already. I haven’t seen it yet, I’m going now. But you see, this guy, who has the “Adapted by” credit happens to be my cousin. I mean first cousin, share grandparents type of cousin for all you out there who water down the meaning of the word “cousin.” This means he didn’t write much of the screenplay that made it into the final film, but he was responsible for the overreaching story. (The original book the movie is based on has no semblance of story, it’s just a picture book that introduces you to the guy’s wacky family.)

So somethings odd with the wireless here, so I’m having to do this on my mom’s computer, hopefully I can figure it out…




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