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I'm tickled by the juxtaposition of tone between
- ...expose "glib Nazi comparisons or Holocaust references to the harsh light of interrogation," raise the level of internet discourse, and not dilute the horrors of the Holocaust with "poorly reasoned, hyperbolic invocation"
- By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis
I've been busy recently and neglecting #scificlub. Recently life has been quite social and interesting. I have a new coworker and friend that does that thing where they live their days to the fullest, but actually does it. Like never letting a free afternoon go un-utilized, and exploring every nook of the interesting area we live in which i always take for granted. I'm trying to have some of that rub off on me.
I also visited the Bay Area this past weekend and hit Napa and all that. We got wasted tasting wine and other stuff on mutiple occasions. I have some cool pictures and stuff that I'll have to upload once I get a chance.
It's kinda hard to say anything that's gonna top the Comey hearing happening this morning. This past half of the week I was at a conference in Indianapolis, and I just got back last morning (when pubski was fresh). The conference was great. My boss got a big award, I got to meet up and hang out with my old lab mates. The whole environment felt very comfortable and I felt valuable and optimistic. I'm still in recovery/recollection mode, so #scificlub will be a bit delayed. I still have to figure out what our next material should be.
Work is going well. I'm finally getting results of the quality I want from the instrument setup I've been working on for the past few months, and I'm feeling confident I can get this project to where it needs to go.
I've also been having fun with recording stuff. I acquired a pair of studio monitors from a friend that needed some quick cash, and I've been having lots of "make a 1 min composition and record it this evening. GO!" sessions.
I can relate to the built-in activity connection. Being in a band means there's a group of guys I see multiple times a week, the extended connections of those people I see with less frequency, and the built-in comraderie that comes with it. Thanks to that I think I am a lot more connected than I would expect for my personality and lifestyle. I also don't have kids which I suppose helps a lot. That said there's only a few relationships outside the ones affiliated with an activity that get much attention.
Last week I had another car issue that I was able to resolve quickly. I had previously changed put the ignition coils and all was running well, but one afternoon coming home from work I got barely half a mile away and the car started shaking violently and the check engine light went on. It was a major "oh shit" moment.
After some quick googling and driving back to the work parking lot, I deduced that another coil had gone bad/something was wrong there. I cursed the cheap Chinese coils my friend had hooked me up with and got a ride back home (where all my tools and the old coils were stashed).
The next day I got a Lyft to work with my tools in tow. In the work lot I swapped out the old coils (which were worn but usable) and confirmed that it was an issue with the new coils.
While doing this swap I found one coil had a bit of plastic sheared off on the inside, and I was able to confirm that was the one that had gone bad. I swapped it out with the least-worn of the old coil set and all is good again.
You really do feel super manly when you can pop the hood in a parking lot and fix a barely-functional car without a mechanic or tow.
I'm also still thinking about music names still. I realized I should sift through some literary muses for ideas. Repent, Harlequin! has a nice ring to it.
It really was pretty obscure.