As Far As I Can Tell

Sensitive to Perfection

I’ve often refuted the statement that I’m a perfectionist, but just now I described myself “sensitive to perfection”. Even I have to admit that’s the same thing.

I finally bought the parts for a computer upgrade I’ve been thinking about for months. I haven’t spent my birthday money and it’s almost Thanksgiving so I’m start to feel a little “sensitive to saving” and need to disprove my cheapskate ways. I got it all from NewEgg and hopefully I’ll have it in time to install it over the vacation weekend. The shopping list is:

That final item is a silly addition so that all my components will be black to match my black case. I’m replacing enough that I’ll nearly have an entire computer left over when I’m done. I haven’t upgraded these core components for years, eschewing them in favor of external accessories or case upgrades. Currently technology has finally gotten fast enough that my computer feels sluggish. It doesn’t help that my machine at work is currently faster than at home.



I keep telling myself I need to wait for the new OS windows will put out. Iím holding on to the old till I can get new everything, but your new system does sound awesome. Let me know how the DVD burner works out for you. daveb

Posted by: daveb on November 25, 2003 6:36 AM

Unfortunately that won’t be until late 2005. There is a large upgrade in the form of XP Service Pack 2 coming third quarter 2004 though.

Posted by: simon on November 25, 2003 8:16 AM

and i’m not lazy. i’m “sensitive to sleep and comfort”.

Posted by: miguel on November 29, 2003 10:46 AM

i miss your writing, simon.

Posted by: jim on December 11, 2003 4:03 AM

agreed… let’s see how “sensitive to harrassment about his weblog,” simon can be

Posted by: eric on December 11, 2003 2:48 PM

or “sensitive to making his readers sad” even, “sensitive to my foot up his ass if he doesn’t write more” haha!

Posted by: jim on December 11, 2003 3:56 PM

Put your number on this paper

I don’t think it’s the weather making me feel bad, but today’s brief heat made for a happy lunch. Paper in hand I walked with my coffee and scarf. There was just enough chill to justify tying it in a tight knot around my neck instead of letting it blow free. Lunch breaks are a necessary savior. I can’t take my break inside with a packed lunch, or go somewhere with co-workers; I need that hour for escape.

I’ve given in a bought a cell phone. For years I’ve been against them, mainly as I watched people become more and more careless and disregarding of others in their use. It’s bad when your Grandpa tells you “Welcome to the modern world”.

It’s nice. I knew it would be. I’m stubborn.

Last weekend I saw Magnolia Electric Company in Chicago and hung out with Ivo, Eric, and Ed. All weekend I listened to rap or electronic music except for the show. The contrast was extreme, but normal as of late. B.I.G. and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Fuck it, I’ll put them on a mix cd together.



yo, hit me up with that mix… i tell you. when i’m rollin’ in the range… and i’m not talkin’ ‘bout the rover… i’m talkin’ where the deer and the antelope play… and yo, i need those fat beats to keep me in the saddle. ah, yodel ay hee hoo… and he don’t stop.

Posted by: e on November 20, 2003 7:21 AM

so simon’s got a cell phone. can i also say “welcome to the modern world”? ;-)

Posted by: miguel on November 20, 2003 5:59 PM

oh man. I love Songs:Ohia. Although the Magnolia Electric album is not my favorite S:O album, I would love to see it live. Every time I’ve seen S:O it’s just him solo with a guitar.

Posted by: Brendan on November 20, 2003 7:37 PM

I think he’s playing consistently with the band now. Songs:Ohia has officially changed their/his name to be Magnolia Electric Company. One cool thing is that at the show they played only songs off of their new album they were recording that week.

Posted by: simon on November 20, 2003 7:52 PM

For the next album won’t they become The Pyramid Electric Co.? I have so much bootleg S:O material it’s not even funny.

Posted by: Brendan on November 21, 2003 1:53 AM

hit me up with some of that shit, Brendan. jason molina is *so* amazing live. on top of his heartwrenching performance skills… he’s also so damn cute. he’s like a little elf, smiling away… crooning… this is the first time i’ve seen him as the M.E.C. saw him one other time solo w/ gtr. the other time, the guys from arab strap backed him up. he should play kraftbrau. i’ll work on that.

Posted by: e on November 21, 2003 7:56 AM

eric, sshhhh… it’s a secret; PAYDIRT!

Posted by: Brendan on November 21, 2003 6:43 PM

How about that number, dog?

Posted by: josh on November 26, 2003 12:59 PM

Give us a break, Chet

This weekend found us in a Jackson gas station eating microwave goodies while Bill’s car suffered indigestion from trying to eat a deer. It’s only dawning on me now that it’s probably dead from our unintentional hunting. We went on with our evening, slightly inconvenienced, though still generally enjoying ourselves. Deer’s don’t have insurance; I’m sorry Mr. 8 Point.

Our car was so full it took two to rescue us. Thanks or Lauren and Rosie we made it home without packing into Chet’s tow truck.

Things to note:

  • This is my 2nd post in a row with a photo of John Wagner.
  • This month is my first color continuation.
  • I haven’t posted since Halloween. Enjoy the photos.

John Wagner

The scene from the basement

Naoko the maxi-pad

Meredith and Bill

» See more Halloween photos



Things to note: -You have an obvious obsession with John Wagner. -Who doesn’t have an obsession with John Wagner? -The Mosquito Fleet is almost bigger than the Decepticons. -How do you feel about that? -The photos were great. Thanks.

Posted by: Brendan on November 11, 2003 5:59 AM

Now I realize why our hallowed-een party was a failure from the start… We did not have the Purple-est of Dave! nor a bear, banana, punkin’ head, or sexy sailor. On a side note, i’m not sure that a single person got a photo of me in my Tetsuo costume. How am I supposed to score with any cos-play chicks now???

Posted by: e_prime on November 11, 2003 8:09 AM

Brendan: Count our scouts. The Decepticons are spreading like a virus. Eric: Maybe the arm attachment was a bit too much to wear after a while, but it was definitely a cool. You should take a retroactive photo — do you still have the outfit?

Posted by: Simon King on November 11, 2003 10:13 AM

I see how it is. Playing dirty now, huh? I have to say those halloween costumes took much more effort than most of the ones I saw that haunted night here in Seattle.

Posted by: Brendan on November 11, 2003 3:08 PM

we may be spreading like a virus… but i think we need to shed some of our dead cells. our numbers are padded… and i think *that* is more embarrassing than being outnumbered by th’ fleet. i mean, isn’t that the nature of mosquitos anyway… they breed, breed, breed. they bite, bite, bite. they die, die, die.

Posted by: e_prime on November 12, 2003 9:30 AM

Dan and I just recently went through the list to move people to scout or retired as appropriate. I don’t think that our numbers are padding or misrepresented. Who do you think is mis-labeled?

Posted by: simon on November 12, 2003 12:38 PM

I’m sorry. You’re right several of the people that I thought were being misrepresented have indeed been moved to the appropriate slots… however… What about Brian Frain and Chafe? I was under the impression that Frain had sold his moped… and if not, was looking to sell it - as he no longer had interest in riding. …and Chafe? I don’t think I’ve ever seen him near a moped.

Posted by: e on November 12, 2003 2:56 PM

Those two were up for discussion, but we didn’t feel we could just move their status without talking with them/about it more. Brian may still be interested in getting another moped; I’m not sure. He’s existing in the grace period where he needs to decide if he’s still interested. Chafe apparently just got his moped that he’s had for years running and is riding it regularly. The thing that has always mattered to me more than if someone was hardcore into mopeds is if they are interested in the Moped Army. It’s the community I’m excited about, not necessary the moped obsession.

Posted by: simon on November 12, 2003 11:12 PM

you… me… chat about the moped army this weekend. alright? oh, while i’m here… do you think we can move my mopeds this evening… or at least, can i borrow your truck? maybe we should try to meet up with some of the cash money millionaires (peddy, peddy cash, y’all) this weekend?

Posted by: e on November 13, 2003 7:12 AM

please don’t make me a scout. i’m coming back. honest.

Posted by: miguel on November 13, 2003 3:12 PM

we are out and about scouting here….this town is ripe for the picking (portland,me)

Posted by: caleb on November 14, 2003 11:18 PM

you wanna meet up with us Peddy Cashers? Hit me up on my number thats on my members page if you come down here, and i have a few extra peds if you guys dont bring yours.

Posted by: deetka on November 21, 2003 6:09 PM

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