The Big DumpTruck

Throwing Little Thought Pebbles at Your Windshield Since 1996

Month: August, 2002

As Seen on TV

I’ve gotta tell you that Allen L. is the Dumper of the Day. Maybe of the week. He has done an amazing thing: Found me 4 places where I can buy Ginsu knives. I know you are chuckling to yourself thinking “Cheap commie bastard buying Ginsu knives when Amazon can speed you some Wüsthof Classic 10-Piece Knife Set with Block for a mere $369. Why, the Ginsu knife set of ten knives is only $2! Barbarians! Why not just tear your food apart with your hands?!”

Well, because the Ginsu knives are just the best I’ve ever used. In fact, my mother has been begging me to find her another set. They aren’t easy to find, but Allen, bless him, sent me lings to 4 sites, and then I found the $2 bargain (plus shipping) over at an amazon z-shop. If you want information on other sets, there’s a site called I can’t vouch for their prices.



It feels a lot like Thursday, actually.

Hey, I’ve made one small space over on the right where you can purchase an ad. It has to be 150×120, and I have to approve it, but the price is cheeeep. Click over there for more details.

I think I’ve also built a link for code so you can put a button for this site on YOUR site. I may have done it wrong. If I did, I’ll fix it.


404 from the future

I was on looking to see if my recent blog update was listed and saw a listing for what appears to be William Shatner’s blog. In the grand tradition of Wil Wheaton’s blog, I’m sure. The site isn’t configured properly, but I just want to be one of the first people to link to his site, if and when it’s up and running.


Still Deathmatching

I still play Paranormal Deathmatch about once every 2-3 days. Just to see how badly I’ve been beaten while I was away. The other night I was killed 5 or 6 times, which is something that can happen to you in a game. You get killed, and then reincarnated with lots of lovely health. That should happen in real life.

Oh, and yes, I wrote a letter to the FCC about this Opie and Anthony thing. It may surprise one or two of you, but I wrote a pro-O&A letter. Now I’m the last person to condone people having sex in a church, be they employees or just tourists. But I happened to be listening to the show that day. Unlike most of the people who wrote or called the FCC, I actually know what was going on. And trust me, nothing that was broadcast over the air was indecent. You’re going to have to believe me, because I have no reason to lie. I never even believed that all the couples participating were actually doing anything anyway. I mean, there’s be a cell phone call…”they just did it in the stairwell at XYZ and now they’re doing it at ABC.” C’mon, are these humans? Who can have sex 10 times in 3 hours?

Anyway, hearing someone say “Okay, they’re doing it in the cathedral” isn’t obscene in and of itself. Nor is it necessarily true. We’re talking about a cell phone call on a radio show. They could have been in the next room.

If the couple in question was caught doing something they shouldn’t have, well, that was their choice. Nobody told them to a) participate, or b) go to the church. At what point are the participants responsible? I mean, the prize wasn’t even anything that great.

Oh great, I just read this on the newswires: “The New York-based shock jocks, criticized by Catholic groups for broadcasting a live account of a couple allegedly having sex in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, had their nationally syndicated show canceled Thursday. ”

You know, there were a lot of really horribly offensive things they’ve done on their show that should get them fired, but I don’t think this was it.


Another Fine Thursday

Got my last direct deposit from my last job today. I love direct deposit. I’d like to kiss the feet of the person who invented it. I love waking up with fresh new money in my checking account.

My library books are officially 2 days overdue. I wasn’t feeling up to returning them yesterday, and then all hell broke loose with the passenger-side window of my “new” car…it won’t go up. So I had to get it to a garage, get them to take it (Hey, I don’t want it exposed to the outside universe with the window stuck down) and then get a ride from my mother. Not really how I was planning to spend the evening, but people don’t normally plan these things anyway.

And now I just found out there’s something wrong with the server that hosts this site. I wonder when I’ll actually get to post this message?


Current Webcam Photo

In case anyone is wondering, the contributors to the Top Five list were comparing coffee making methods this morning, and that’s a photo of my new setup. I just put the grounds in the filter in the top, and pour hot water in the top. It drips out a hole at the bottom. Basically it’s the basket from a one-cup coffee maker if you removed it from the water-heating-up part.

And that’s my Mickey cup. It’s from 4 years ago. *sigh*

Note: If you are reading this in the future (hello!) the picture is probably not of my coffee cup. It might be of me. Do not pour hot water in my top. Thank you.


It’s All In the Details

On day 3 of the jobhunt, I found an interesting listing on Thing is, I was hoping to keep my commute 45 minutes or less, so I actually ran a search on mapquest to see how many miles away this one job is. What I thought very interesting is that the driving instructions actually being in my driveway. That’s a level of detail I didn’t expect to see. Yes, it tells me to

Start out going Northeast on [my street] towards [other street] by turning right.

Whew! What if I had gone the wrong way exiting my drive? I might have been lost forever!


Cool Massachusetts Information

I had no idea this page existed before today, but it’s VERY cool. It’s a listing of all the unofficial names of Massachusetts towns, sections of towns. Around here we have Whalom and Cleghorn on the list. Very interesting info, although I don’t know how useful it is. Unincorporated and Unofficial Names of Massachusetts Communities


An Interesting Job Opportunity

Like a good little unemployed person, I’m doing my daily job search. I found this listing on Monster and am now contemplating a career change. To heck with learning PHP and writing for a living.


Gee, thanks Google

“”it” is a very common word and was not included in your search”