a weekend unplugged
i went away to the jersey shore for a while, my girlfriend went on vacation with her family and i joined them for the last few days (actually, one night, a day, and the drive home).  it was a gorgeous day, and strathmere, where her family goes, is so much nicer than the places i think of when i think "jersey shore", like seaside heights.  cleaner, friendlier, it dosen't have the atmosphere of being in an overcrowded mall on a friday night, but with more water.
the other side of this is that i spent the whole last week left to my own devices.  i didn't have time to do much, but it's always sortof nice to do nothing more than what you want, eat what you want and entertain yourself as you please.  and it's nice to get back to the person who left after a few days as well.
for some reason, it seems every day i don't log in for a bit blogger changes their layout.  these people are template butterflies, which wouldn't be so bad except every time they make a change, something else gets screwy.  all i want is to have a place to rant, i don't need all the fancy bells and whistles, and i think i can handle coding a bold font in html. 
but, to each his own, i suppose this works for some people, and as long as it works, i'm happy.  (see that!  hand coded italics!  frigging computer genius over here!)


howdy, thanks for stopping by. what you're looking at is the intermittent ramblings of an iraqi vet, college student, goth-poseur, comic book reading, cheesy horror loving, punk listening, right-leaning, tech-obsessed, poorly typing, proudly self-proclaimed geek. occasionally, probably due to these odd combinations, i like to think i have some interesting things to say; this is where they wind up.

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.

ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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