Monday, May 23, 2011

Mardens

Searched 2 extremely long short-sleeve men's racks and
found it on the lastest little 5th of number 2
after seeing nary a glimpse along the way
in size too small
too SB XLII
too mauled
too SB XLII
There was like no channce!
forget about XLII!
And there it was! x 7
The first Pats t-shirt x 2
Woot x 2
that actually fits.
woooooooooooot x 44 ! x 46

In delight, I returned
You had found an orange blouse
That looked like fire and it was cool.
You tried it on!
You took it home!
You will wear it!
But wash it first.
But wash it firrrrrrrrrst!
It was cool! x 11
That's still pretty cool! x 3
cools are better than woots! x 2

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I knew I only had 48 hours

It occurred to me afterward that I should have taken pictures. Sucks to be you, friend. I have all the pictures in my head.

My Neon's radiator was leaking, friend. LEAKING! You think time traveling is fucking roses? You think I have the cash for a fucking RADIATOR? It is winter. There was snow. There was a holiday holiday thanks to Christmas falling on Saturday. Fuck yeah. And there was Wednesday afternoon, when back to work I must go, and my radiator dumps 7 litres of water onto the driveway every 24 hours - water because I've since stopped using the green shit. I'll say I've switched due to the cost, but I'm really more concerned about the environment. It's Monday morning. The storm has passed. Yeah. A FUCKING STORM JUST PASSED!

Wait. Water in Winter? Am I fucking mad? Pffffft. Fuck your winter! Me and my block heater fuck your winter!!

The Extraction.
Now, I don't like to dramatize when the more mundane recounting will suffice, but extreme pain and extreme misery marked day one! The rusty bolts! The biting wind! The cursing and the swearing and the constant stomping to the computer to read up on fans and plugs and headers and footers and then there was the fucking HACKSAW! Yeah, it's that kind of story. Deal with it, fucker! and finally I get those fucking bolts off, those fucking wires unplugged, the fans removed with the utmost gentleness so as not to completely frak them out of their usefulness (thanks to my attractive brunette roommate for actually doing that part. You've got nimble fingers! .... too weird?) Those hoses carefully covered with plastic bags and elastics. And the radiator comes free and i am finally able to actually attempt to actually fix this stupid fucking leaky radiator! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! That took way too long! TOO LONG!!!!!

The Inspection
Thank you DannysCam for allowing me to pressure test my radiator free of charge. A. Fucking. One. Found the leak on day two. The outlet for the radiator cooler tube, located in the rad's footer (reservoir)was loose. A home made o-ring fashioned from a piece of rubber and a screwdriver (Hey, I couldn't find my hole-punch, jackass!), a couple twists of a 3/4in wrench and the radiator is fixed.

Retrospection on the Anticlimactic Rad Inspection
I'm disappointed. I'd come looking for a fight. JB Weld. Duct Tape. Whatever it took. I was going to OUT MAN that radiator and feel my whiskers grow 1/2 an inch. Who am I kidding? I was fucking ECSTATIC! The horrors of yesterday were nearly almost kinda sort of not on my mind all the time anymore! We were going to lick this thing!

Reconstruction
I couldn't wait till morning. I dragged my hot brunette roommate outside near midnight to reinstall the fans, after spending the better part of late afternoon reinstalling the radiator and hooking up the hoses. My trusty strap-on LED head light helped us fit it in and reattach the wires from underneath.

And here, let me take some time out to give props to ramps. Ramps are cool. They aren't jack stands; they're ramps. And one day I'll drive right over top of them and destroy my front end, but not just yet.

The Last Hours
I awoke to a snag. After reassembly, I knew I must refill the system with liquid and keep it liquid or the whole system would be too frozen to start tomorrow. I refilled with water and plugged the block heater back in. If all went well, the levels would be steady in the morning and I could drive to Canadian Tire and buy some antifreeze. I smoked too much dope and passed out watching Conan so as to pass the time. In the morning, the coolant levels were steady. But the car still OVERHEATED! I did not panic. YES I DID!!! I got scared! I envisioned a seized water pump or a plugged heater core or any other destruction beyond my capability. I fretted and worried and put the car back on ramps to inspect. There were no leaks.

And then I was calm again. This wasn't so bad. Let's just take the rad cap off, run the vehicle a little on low idle ... STEAM! CRAZY STEAM! STEAM FLYING OUT LIKE MADDDDDDNEESSSSSSSS!!!!!! And then suddenly, WHOOSH and the liquid sucks down into the system and I know it's WORKING! Operating temperature was maintained, the fans were both fully operational and the drive to Canadian Tire was uneventful, save for there being absolutely no heat.

There's always something, isn't there? I'm on like, hour 55 now (I'm always late, time is meaningless, blah blah blah). So I buy my antifreeze. I pick up a new three-dollar wood/plastic ice scraper/brush on impulse (you know what I'm talkin' about!). I drive home. On the way I sort of desperately and mentally WILL the heater to start working, but to no avail: maybe there a little warmth? Still cold though. I hope and wish and wishy wishy wish that it's something that'll work itself out.

Draining the water was another story. So awful, I shan't repeat it! SHAN'T! This time, I poured in the entire 7 litres of antifreeze while the engine was running AND I did it very slowly, allowing the pump to suck it away so as not to waste a drop of that sweet green wash. So green. So pretty. So good-smelly. So awful that so much of it has poured into my driveway. Also slowly to prevent air bubbles from forming, which I have optimistically theorized as the cause of my no heat problem.

And I drove to work. And the heater started working almost immediately! Hooray! Then, I bragged to all my friends, who were reasonably impressed and wearing new sweaters that their moms got them for Christmas, and work was the same old shit it ever is.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dome Teams are DOOMed Teams

Domes are stupid; c'mon Minnesota, you want a wussy turf ballet or do you want some FOOTBALL?!?! And retractable roofs are stupid too; Minnesota's going to build a stadium for JUST their football team, and open it up twice a year. What a frakking waste. Chicago will hopefully kill this team so hard that even Zygi will clue in that DOME Teams are DOOMed teams.*

*Unless they have homefield advantage a la Saints/Colts**
** Colts won the Superbowl in the rain you say? Pfffft. Miami Rain! You call that rain? NO!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Quite a jump. And now there's no one. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there's no one left but me. Verner Vinge was right. The singularity has taken us, hopefully, to a higher plane of existence and now I must face the world alone.

Well. That's what it says on my answering machine, anyway. And with the ringer turned off, the illusion is complete. I will talk to the world after the Midterms. I already know what happens and it ain't pretty. See, I've got a sure bet I'm right no matter who wins. Here's a hint, though. Stephen Harper is now Speaker of the House in the US Senate. Yeah. It's going to be that crazy!

It's difficult to write after a year off. Even if it only took me one day.

Or Whatever.

Sigh.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Windows 7 Review - Six Months into the Future!

That's right, punks! You're getting a review, from the future, and I'm doing you a serious favour!

How, you ask, can you possibly do this? Well, first off, let me just come right out and thank you for not immediately dismissing me as a total fraud. It may surprise you to learn that not all blog surfers take this as the serious cry for help that it truly is; some have accused me of writing comedy! But not you, friend. You're one of the good dudes/chicks. At any rate, I believe I have answered your question.

And now,

Windows 7Royalty Free photograph of Bill Gates using Windows 7 on his trusty 386
From the Future
A Review!


First of all, why did you buy Windows 7 in the first place? Your computer isn't good enough to run Windows 7. Buy a new computer: it will come with Windows 7. You never had a choice. This review is so fucking moot.

It's better than Vista. But you didn't need six months to figure that out. Keep in mind that certain temporal mechanical something-or-others prevent me from revealing important future occurrences, so I have to be careful. Ok, here we go, I can say this:

Windows 7 is okay now (your now), but it's even better 6 months from now (still your now, but my present) when the major bugs are dealt with and hardware developers start delivering drivers that aren't completely worthless and/or stench-ridden.

Nay, friend, not only the beta testers are guinea pigs! Enjoy your torment at the hands of the world's largest collection of douches and out-of-touch assholes! Remember when they wanted to buy Yahoo!? LOLZ!!!! What a sucker you are - wanting to be ahead of your friends in the all-important OS status club, and yet lacking the subtle savvy and smugness of your fellow Linux users.

In conclusion, don't buy Windows 7. One way or the other, it will eventually wind up as your OS through no conscious effort of your own save for buying a new computer. It's six months from now and that has already happened ... for some of you - MM

Morton Milton has no formal training in Journalism or Computer Science and yet is a master of both. Fall prostrate at his feet, mortals!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Yes, I am still skipping through time. Yes, it is still very inconvenient.

But I've given up on telling you, friends! You never believed that I could actually write to the past, which is your present, and try to run a simple blog about my boring life! No, I can't change anything, I can just post to this stupid blog in an oh-so-after-the-fact excruciation and forever curse my terrible misfortune! I think there's some paradox I made up to explain the whole thing; it's somewhere down below. \|/ I'm too lazy to bother adding a link. What, you got a problem with that avid subscriber? pfffffft.

But. Rest assured, time travel for me contains absolutely zero positives.

Now, I'd like to discuss Public health care in the province of New Brunswick.

A friend of mine and I were having a conversation. Yes we were. One said, I don't feel well. The other said, better make an appointment with your family doctor. One replied, yeah it would suck to wait at the emergency room for hours. And then one of us had a brainstorm: why can't we go home and let them call us when they are ready to see us? Give us 1/2 hour to get back! We go home and sleep instead of sitting with a bunch of strangers for anywhere from 10 mintues to 15 hours! No, sorry, it's against policy to give out average wait times, doctor, triage, blah blah blah.

Yeah, screw you New Brunswick, we just pwned our health care system.

No doubt tomorrow will be next Wednesday or some such nonsense.
Morton.

Oh right, here's that link.
Now it's next Wednesday

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How to fix your computer

This applies to 70% of you (maybe more!).

It's called Factory Reset.

Does this sound like you? You bought your computer in a big box store, took it home and took it out - of that big box - and turned it on. Windows XP or Vista loaded up and asked you a bunch of obvious questions. Now, it's anywhere from six months to five years later; everything is slow or screwy or both.

Oh, the crazy stuff you did to fix it! Did you enjoy anti-spyware hell? Did it really solve your problems or was it all in the mind? And what about all those ghosts of programs past that you've already deleted? And yet they torment you by loading but not really loading and never leaving your program list! Some of you have even attempted complex registry editing to "fix it at the roots" but all you did was make it worse. Sifting through the crap on help forums left you feeling exasperated and helpless.

Someone out there told you I was a computer genius. In actuality, I am a third-rate hobbyist, but I still know more than you! "Hi, I'm Whoever, Someone told me you're good with computers?"
"I'm ok, I guess."
"My computer is slow and blah blah blah," you go on to describe a multitude of buggy Windows behaviours - everything from "hesitant response time" to "Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)!!!
"Great news!" I confidently assure you, "Do a simple factory reset and all your problems disappear. It'll look and run exactly as the first day you brought it home and turned it on."
"But wait!" you whine, "All my music and pictures are on there! I'll need to back them up first. That's a big job - is there an easy way to do it?"

But before I can answer, some other dude has loaded a website to show you the latest cleaning product. Its flashy colours and bold claims suck you in. Oh, so much easier than backing up all that data (not to mention putting it back on!). This one is so comprehensive: it cleans spyware AND the registry AND blah blah blah.

Well, just remember this, ingrate: your hard drive is slowly dying and one day it will quit for good. All will be lost. Have fun wasting your time with XP CLEEN ULTRA MAX and losing all your precious data. I gave you the opportunity to both revive your computer and backup your stuff and you brushed me off like so many Subway sandwich crumbs.

Rot.
Morton.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Alcohol Sensitivity Syndrome

Sufferers of ASS can find a surprisingly sophisticated support system in Usenet Newsgroups.

I forget the address.

the saki sockey game

|\|uff said. I am interwebz.

copyright 2009, Morton Milton Publishing. All rights reserved.
Use of the Saki sockey game in intellectual or actual form is prohibited.

Apparently, there was more to say.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Unhinged

unhinged as an iron stove door
crashing to the masonry
a glass front splatters tiny shards across the room
and no one dares move for fear of blood

flames lick the carpet
the glass is forgotten in the scramble
the cowards watch the house burn down

and one fool asks:
"Do you have fire insurance?"

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Hey Obama

You won.
Well done.
You'll probably pick Hillary to run
with
her demographic blocs and such.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Sorrows of Young Morton

My Dear Geoffrey,

Glad to hear that you've finally read George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones! I'm sure you're now willing to admit that A Song of Ice & Fire makes The Sword of Truth look like a steaming pile of ... uhhh ... what's the phrase I'm looking for here? Right: steaming pile of poorly written novels.

When I was reading Wizard's first Rule and discovered that Richard was, in fact, the chosen one, well, I just went with it. After all, someone has to be the chosen one, right? I mean, God forbid a fantasy novel not have an unlikely hero that gets swept up into a epic struggle between good and evil. Why the fuck not? Jon Snow doesn't count, btw. No Stark was ever an unlikely hero. heh heh heh.

and when we find out that the head evil guy, good ol' whatshisname, is in fact Richard's father because he raped Richard's mother and so the hero and villain are connected in this most heinous and convenient way, well... I was starting to get annoyed, but I've read far more predictable plots. That crazy ol' Zed is the most powerful wizard in the world, you say? Never would have guessed it!

And then there's that 150 pages of S&M bullshit where Richard discovers that only deep feelings of love toward his dominatrix can give him the power to kill her. Thanks for the tip, daddy! Terry Goodkind, please seek therapy.

At that point, I made some decisions. First, I would finish this novel because it's pointless to read 4/5s of any novel and not finish. Second, that I would not read any of the sequels. Third, that since I bought a box set of the first three novels, that I would have to burn them all to ever really feel free of these terrible, terrible books.

Actually I cheated and read the first third of the second book. Un-Fucking-Readable!

Stop by for coffee and twinkies so that I may continue to hurl vitriol face to face.

Kindest Regards,

Morton

Monday, October 08, 2007

Homemade Firewood

There are no leaves this Autumn.
We stole them all
and burned them for heat.
Every hour on the hour
until precious maple
, and birch,
could be loaded for the slow dark burn.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

A letter to Martha Stewart (Holiday)

Dear Martha Stewart (Holiday),

I was pleased as usual with your latest Halloween installment. If I had any artistic talent at all, your ideas would have been ├╝ber cool. Instead, I'm going to smash, like, 40 pumpkins on my deck and tell kids that I was attacked by hobgoblins. What a terrible waste of food in a world of such unbalanced prosperity.

Yours in uncertainty,

Morton Milton, Esq.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Isaac is gone.

Isaac is gone. I know I promised to fill you in on Carl's meeting, but that sordid affair is long in the telling if you'll allow the saying, and I've a mind to fill you in on something of more import (I've also been using Lord of the Rings as my toilet reader). I'm sitting in the lunch room at the tail-end of break, waiting for a chance to get outside without making a fuss, and reliving the entire incident in brooding silence. Again, Carl was at the forefront, filling in the high school staff with the gory details of the firing while Shawn (our Night Shift Supervisor) escorted Isaac off the premises. Shawn had done all the talking during the closed-door dismissal, Carl was the first to admit in his thin, whiny voice. "I just couldn't bear to do it! I couldn't look him in the eye and take away his paychecks! He's got to live just like the rest of us!" Carl never cried, but he wailed a lot. There weren't many teachers around at 10:00 pm, so Carl pretty much had the building to himself. We were his captive audience.

There was a dramatic pause. "I fought against it (another pause). But there were just too many complaints coming from the school board. Isaac and me and that Phil Norton had a meeting and he just let right in to poor Isaac about his high dusting! He called him lazy, an-and stupid, and he pointed out so many mistakes that Isaac was making. It was just awful! Just AWFUL!"
By now, Shawn had returned. "Come on, Carl, let's go grab a Tim's."

He lead Carl away and almost at once the chatter began. Suspicion of everything from dusty chalkboard ledges to petty theft lays on Isaac's once spotless reputation. Some of the cleaners mistrusted his spiritual approach to work, but he was otherwise well-liked until now. Faced with the real possibility that they could be fired at anytime without warning, they clung to the faint hope that Isaac had earned the termination. Otherwise, we really were at mercy to the whims of Carl.

Isaac knew this was coming. He had insisted I stop by his closet for 5:30 break, where he relayed his suspicions of a coming showdown with Carl. "Carl's wanted me gone from the time he showed up. I've actually been preparing for it. I have money saved in a high interest savings account (huh?), all the fresh food in the house is gone, bills are paid in full and set for long-term disconnect. All that was left was to show you my cart."

And there it was again, sleek and black, a janitor cart like no other. It seemed prepared for any custodial disaster, and yet retained an air of elegance. Accessible compartments for Scotch pads, wash rags, toilet paper, paper towel, liquid soap dispenser, refill bottles and three sizes of garbage bags lined the sides, although a panel door slid closed to keep it all hidden when not in use. The top tray was outlined with bottle holders to house his super quat, degreaser, window cleaner and one clear substance in an unmarked bottle. It smelled faintly of ammonia. A larger holder was saved for his rag and water bucket. His broom, pan and dustmop stood proudly upright, snapped into their holders. On the other side, the top of his snapped-in mop handle disappeared into the cart. Another swinging panel door revealed the bottom half of the mop resting easily in a matching black bucket.

"I want you to have it, Morton. It's my own cart, not the company's. I think you'll find that it gets the job - any job - done well."

"I don't know what to say, Isaac. Thanks, I guess. Are you sure about this? What's going on?" I guess I did know what to say.

"I'll be escorted out. When you get a chance, meet me at my truck."

How did he know? I'm still sitting in the lunch room agonizing over the riddle when I notice that most of the staff have returned to their misery, so I excuse myself from the lunch room. I leave Gail and Kristine to arguing over who is crazier: Isaac or Carl. Sure enough, Isaac waits for me in his truck. It's a beat up '89 Dodge Ram, but the engine purrs. Some old time jazz wafts tinnily from his stereo toward me as I approach. "Duke Ellington?" I guess.
"Today is a Dizzy day, Mort. I've another gift for you." He kills the ignition, steps out and thrusts the keys into my hands.

Too much.

"Listen ... Isaac ..."

"It's too late to refuse, Mort. the truck is in your name and the insurance is paid for 6 months. You've been pining for a half-ton. Pine no more. I won't need it where I'm going."
"Where are you going?" I have to ask. Ivan just chuckles. He would have told me already, I suppose. The urge to tell him the truth comes suddenly. There won't be another chance and he deserves to know, even if he doesn't believe me.

"Isaac, I know this sounds cracked, but here goes. Sometimes I wake up and instead of it being tomorrow, it's days, weeks, even months later. I'm skipping forward in time and I don't know why."

Isaac clasps me paternally on the shoulder. "I know." he almost whispers, and his grip loses its substance. He slowly dematerializes, his eyes smiling at me until he fades to nothing and I am left holding his keys.

How did he know?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Death to Stick Man Comics

My stick man comic is totally edgy. Not only is it poorly drawn, but the humour is low brow and mildly offensive. It has almost no redeeming qualities. I challenge you to create a more pathetic comic without breaking the law or leaving it blank.

"Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist's way of scribbling 'Kilroy was here' on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass." - William Faulkner

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Afghanistan speed history

If you think your country had it bad, there's one that's got you beat:
Afghanistan's a land that's had a lion share of heat.
First were those crazy Aryans, till Persia came around,
They hung out till Alexander and his army came to town.

Alexander was just passing through, but his Hellenists set up shop;
Buddhists tried to gain some ground, but the Hellenists made them stop.
The Kushans, Sassanids and Huns I s'pose deserve their due,
But then we'd have to stop and talk about all the warlords too.

During our middle ages, though, the Afghans did alright,
Some impressive Muslim kingdoms, whose brilliance parred their might.
But Ghengis Khan had plans to conquer all the world one day
And as before, I know you're sure, Afghanistan was on the way.

The next 500 years are marked by muddied Mughal rule,
A couple civil wars or so, all centred in Kabul.
And so Zaman Shah Durrani found himself in charge of all,
When up showed British redcoats armed with lots of guns and gall.

It took a century for the Afghans to drive the British out,
And even now it's hard to wash the taste out of their mouths.
A king or two named Shah took charge and made the Afghans glad,
Till the commies offed their family and things went from good to bad.

We're almost to the present day in case you didn't know,
When Bin Laden joined the Mujahideen to make the commies go.
And Jimmy Carter gave the Mujahideen the proverbial Yankee buck,
And anyway, by '89, the commies were totally fucked.

Inside the vacuum of yet another ideological collapse,
The warlords starting warlording in a familiar relapse.
Finally, the Taliban gained control of sufficient land
To proclaim themselves the sovereigns of the whole Afghanistan.

But where once a Muslim kingdom made poverty quickly flee,
The Taliban were Koran thumpers to the zillionth degree.
They covered up their women and threw progress to the wind,
And protected ol' Bin Laden as a hero, lord and kin.

So to no one's real surprise or awe, the Yankees came in waves
To catch Bin Laden alive or dead, but he fled to the mountain caves.
And so quite by accident it seems, the Yankees were in charge,
But too few soldiers stayed behind in a country much too large.

While the Afghans held elections and became a democracy for real,
The Taliban regrouped and started fighting back with zeal.
And now the Afghans fight each other and fight foreigners as well,
It's a close approximation if you've never been to Hell.

That's where we'll leave off for now, this history with speed.
I do hope you can appreciate the Afghan's present need.
About the same as yesterday, just different names and guns
and all those fucking land mines ...

Monday, April 16, 2007

Listen up. A quick scratch on Joseph of Arimathaea

People of earth: listen up. I think you've got the wrong impression here. I am not in love with my new job. I'm still the same fucked-up Morton. Yeah, I wrote a poem about mopping. Big whoopty woo bob! I'm missing pieces of time here, people! Do you have any idea how terrifying that is?!? Also, Diane still won't give me back my jacket and I'm a fucking grave-yard shift janitor! What else could possibly happen? Have you ever dared existence to kick you when you're down? Me neither.

Isaac, Jon and Carl aren't the only cleaners I work with. You should see this fucking guy named Ron. He claims to be hosting the spirit of Joseph of Arimathaea. That just blew me away when he first told me. Man. Maaaaaannnnnnnnn. You know, I looked into his eyes and saw absolute belief. Just for kicks, I've read the Wikipedia article and plan on testing his knowledge of Joseph next shift. He comes out and watches us smoke dope behind the bleachers sometimes. I figure being outrageously baked is the perfect setting.

Joseph of Arimathaea, as you may know, was obsessed with making sure Jesus had a proper burial, fit for a man of high stature. He was a man of some importance himself and ipso facto was revealing himself as a follower of Jesus. Yes, Wikipedia says that. My line of questioning will follow that vein. Should be a humdinging good time, yeah!

Carl's meeting in the lunch room was entertaining for all the wrong reasons, but I'll get into that later. I'm going outside to stand in an open field and see if I can't get struck by lightning. Ok, you're right. I'm actually going to get high.

Peace,

Morton

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Mop Mop Mop

Swimming lazily on the hallway gleam,
The fresh wax hurls my sneakers in mod;
My damp mop a magic, pivoting rod,
Balanced and swirling in a sanitized dream.

Swish. Swish. Swish. My mop glides over the freshly waxed tile so freely. The subtle flicks of my wrists, feet and hips remind me of dancing. Suddenly I back into my bucket. Stop. Dip. Squeeze. Kick the bucket further down the hall. A bad wheel causes it to veer into the lockers with a loud Bang! and water splashes over the sides. No damage. Swish. Swish. Swish. I'm rather pleased with my hall mopping method. Everyone has their own and mine is particularly satisfying. Isaac would not teach me how to mop a hall. He said I had to find my own way. When I have a good bucket that I'm used to (someone stole mine last week), I can kick it down the hall the correct distance to ensure an even rinse (there's no describing the sense of accomplishment. It is the blue-collar equivalent of wastepaper basketball). I've compensated today my kicking the bucket a bit harder to cause it to veer and crash in that vicinity. Admittedly, kicking a bucket of water into lockers has its own rewards.

Carl has called a meeting during first break. Although this will be my first one, I've been informed by several lifers that this has become an almost weekly occurrence, and furthermore, that each one is more bizarre than the last. "Flaming Hitler" Jon named him recently. Even Isaac laughed at that one, and he doesn't seem the type to go for jokes about national socialism and homosexuals. Jon's wit is infectious. And his dope is killer, man. Fucking killer. Whoever said custodial work is boring had the wrong boss and coworkers. Gun nut Billy would fit right in here. Shit, I wonder how ol' Billy is doing? Maybe I'll look him up later. For now, though, Swish. Swish. Swish.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Iranian crisis and the scuff mark trick

Isaac never ceases to amaze me with his breadth of knowledge. He seems to be a dabbler in all facets of existence, but to what end I do not know. Today he is discussing the current Iranian crisis (how many have their been in all of history, I wonder?), when he suddenly stoops in front of a scuff mark. "Black soles are a real bitch, but if you did your waxing properly, they are pretty easy to clean."

Isaac whips out a gold-painted metal pocket scraper and with a deft sweep of his arm, peels the scuff mark away from the wax. The entire mark comes up as one impossibly thin sliver of rubber, which Isaac casually tosses in the garbage can. The wax is flawless where he scraped. "You know, some cleaners actually use a floor buffer to do that. Imagine grinding at a harmless little scuff mark for 2 minutes and ruining your wax because you were too lazy to bend over."

"Not to mention that you had to haul the buffer out of the closet." I chime in.

Isaac turns and points at me. "Good point."

Back to Iran. "Right, so where was I?" mutters Isaac, eyes fixed on the ceiling in intense recollection as we stroll down the corridoor.

"You were saying that the Iranians aren't as nuts as everyone thinks they are."

"Right, right, right. You see, they captured British sailors instead of Americans. That wasn't just happenstance. The capture's got nothing to do with who crossed whose water lines. The Iranians are making a clear diplomatic statement, and they are making it to the Americans, don't you know? Kind of like a rival slaps your buddy in the face instead of you: clearly offensive, but not quite confrontational enough to make you want to strike back just yet, and your friend, smaller and weaker than you, waits for you to make the first move. The Iranians are saying 'We are still here. This problem isn't going away. We know you can't afford to fight us right now. We want something in exchange for peace.'"

I'm not convinced. "but what if they aren't that sophisticated? What about that whole multiple governments and multiple chains of command thing the Iranians have going on? What if this capture of British soldiers is just the work of some religious nutjobs who just like poking the West with a stick to see what we'll do?"

"I'm not sure I buy the whole multiple government thing. We'd like to think that the order might have come from some fractured lower level and not Ayatollah Kohmeini himself, but that's just wishful thinking. He at least gave his blessing to this escalation with the understanding that Americans were not to be involved. Structures of power always lead back to one individual. You know one of the State's top naval officers publicly stated that if the Iranians had tried that stunt on one of his crews, they would have opened fire? No one in the White House is denying that bold statement; in the crazy universe of diplomacy, no denial is the same as a confirmation of policy. The States in very clear terms have just said to the Iranians, 'You do that to me, and I'll hit back.' That's war! Diplomacy is over. There'd be air strikes on Tehran right now!

"No, Iran knows what it is doing and there is relative consensus in its highest levels of government. It knows that the British are a conservative nation when it comes to an escalating crisis. There is no chivalry, just calculation and patience and diplomacy until some bitter end forces itself onto the table. It also knows that the States is now being led by men who are just the opposite: rash, stupid and short-sighted. That's sophisticated understanding of the way the world works right now in this political climate. It might be a dangerous game to play with the Americans, but it's a game they can win!"

"Shit Isaac, then what does Iran want that makes it play this dangerous game?"

Isaac just smiles. "Well, this is where we separate. I want you to know that I don't begrudge you getting the shop wing section. Carl is doing this on purpose to turn us against each other. He is a vindictive and manipulating man, and he has reason to hate me especially."

He cuts me off before I can ask. "Another time, Mort. I'm on a tight schedule right now!" And Isaac is marching away, whistling some thoughtless tune as he disappears around the next corner.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

A poem about how it feels to get hit in the head with a foam bat

Kah-Thwiff! and Boing! and Sproing! and Ploof!
Your swings only hurt my feelings.
And even then, not very much.

...

...

...

Just what were you hoping to accomplish, anyway?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Art of Waxing

I'm not sure whether I want to tell Isaac the truth or not. He seems just wavy-gravy enough to take it well, like the old dude on the bus. I don't know if you remember him from a previous post (all two of you), but the old dude, besides telling me never to work for a contractor (guilty on two counts now, I'm afraid), also urged me to enjoy my trips a bit more. For him, experience was quality in and of itself. A lout might ask if getting kicked in the nuts is quality. To you, I say, read the My New Superpower post. I remember Isaac's speech about teenagers, and the similarities strike me. The old dude didn't wish his fate on others and so gave advice freely, drawing from past mistakes. Isaac shared his teenager avoidance manoeuvres when we first met. He too didn't want me to suffer as he had. So, I'm standing here watching Isaac teach me the subtleties of floor waxing, and his enthusiasm and perfectionism are a true sight to behold. I'm pretty sure he'd have no problem with it at all.


“Waxing a brand new floor is the best, of course, because you get it right the first time. But man, there is just something about restoring a beat up ol' floor and making it look like new. It's a true test of skill and imagination, you know?. No floor is the same to begin with, but you throw in a decade or two of different janitors using different techniques, all of them flawed, and sometimes you have a real challenge there. It's almost like antique restoration: patience and subtleness. You can't just strip the floor bare and start on naked tile! You'll get two days of shine and it'll go duller than PBS. The floor'll never be the same. Never.”


All of this while he waxes, happily enough, a brand new classroom tile floor. We are in our sock feet and Isaac is cool enough to let me help him despite my inexperience. Just enough wax on the broom, smooth, even strokes that leave a uniform coat that dries almost instantly. Rather than throw on one sloppy coat of wax, we will leave perhaps 7-10 thin ones on top of 3 similar coats of tile sealer. His monologue has left me calm and confident. I find myself admiring the transformation of the floor. Brilliant. I will say this: I am not willing to swallow Isaac's janitorial art thesis just yet, but I'll let him spoonfeed me some.


But is he cool enough to let me keep waxing if I suddenly say “You know Isaac, this might shock you quite a bit, but sometimes I accidentally travel through time. I just wanted to warn you in advance in case it happens again. You might have to finish my half of the classroom.”


Maybe some other time.


By the way, I just wanted to let you know that Diane died a few weeks ago. At least she's dead to me. Do you hear that Diane? You are DEAD TO ME! You know why, don't make me repeat it to my loyal readers! And I want my watch back. Enough of your twisted head games, just give me the watch and this whole sordid affair will be over!.

Mosaic Image Generator

I did this all by myself. It took 2 years to complete. Actually, I'm lying. You probably already know that I lie pathologically. It actually took 2 minutes and besides uploading the picture, I really had little to do with it.



Thanks to http://imagemosaicgenerator.click42.com/ for letting us all be pretentious artists.

Click the picture for a close-up.

Friday, March 02, 2007

A glimpse of the surprisingly sophisticated.

"Janitorial work is a hidden art form."

So says Isaac, my one day trainer. The ability to restore any three-dimensional space to its original pristine form takes years of training, but for now I will learn to master the high school dimension. "There are two important things to remember when cleaning a high school." says Issac. "Number one is that it is a large two-story building with numerous hallways and sections." One of those sections will be mine, and by the end of today I must find the available section that was meant for me.

"Some cleaners even like cleaning bathrooms the most. They enjoy the simplicity and repetition. Me, though," Issac points to his chest "I embrace the dynamics of a varied section. The difficulty level is stimulating and time goes faster. The shop wing would be perfect, but Ronnie has had that sewn up for years."

"The second thing to remember when cleaning a high school is that for six of the ten business hours in a day, the entire school is crawling with teenagers. They are dirty and unpredictable psychopaths who think adults are assholes." Issac has offered his full compliment of stealth techniques and avoidance manoeuvres. Aren't those the same thing, come to think of it? His best manoeuvre is staring at the floor when walking the halls, only looking up when the coast is clear. Funny, I used the very same trick when I was a student here. Maybe that glaring lack of self-confidence is the reason I've returned as a custodian ten years later? No. No. No. I'm forgetting the whole temporal issue. I can't burn bridges with decent employers. I'll have to be certain that I won't go falling into next month again before looking for a real job.

But still, amongst these dangers, I will bring health and cleanliness to these hallowed halls, this piece of modern art with its concrete and steel and central air. In the end, I don't actually choose my section as Issac has promised (actually, he rather aureately divined that the section would choose me). Carl returns, appearing suddenly around the next corner. He faces us, clipboard in hand, and with an offsetting half-smile asks "Do you mind doing me a favour, Morton?"

Turns out, they need a man to clean the shop wing. "I'm sorry Morton," Carl explains as he rushes me to the shop wing, "but Ronnie called in sick and none of the girls like doing this wing at night."

Issac's lesson was more spiritual than practical in the small amount of time he had to train me. I last saw him entering his closet. I caught a glimpse of neatly stacked cleaning agents and a surprisingly sophisticated janitorial cart. There appeared to be extra compartments for holding various tools and the entire cart was painted a monolithic black. I expect I'll get a closer glimpse at this cart in the future. Carl shows me where Ronnie's closet is, takes me on a whirlwind tour of the section, and we stop just outside the closet.

"You've cleaned before right?"

I know for a fact that I've told Carl before "Not very much at all, no professional experience," but right now, it's time to make a good decision, "Yeah, definitely."

"Great!" exclaims Carl, giving me a pat on the back and handing me the keys. As a parting shot, he yells back to me as he's scurrying away, "You know, I think this is the section for you. I think we'll keep you here permanently!"

What about Ronnie?

Monday, February 26, 2007

Elvis in 2004






Elvis Presley is a red-blooded American with a pure spirit, an honest disposition, and a generous heart. He has entertained millions with his beautiful voice, given courage to all with his rise to stardom from destitute poverty, and made us all feel safe and secure as a member of our mighty armed forces at the height of the cold war! Entertainer, warrior, brave and honorable, Elvis possesses every quality you have ever wanted in a president and more! In 2004, don't waste your vote on that dimbulb George W. Bush, and don't throw away your ballot on whatever born loser the democrats choose. Vote 4 Elvis, because he loves each and everyone of you!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Watching the superbowl and making instant and final decisions on certain things I observe, as is the style at the time.

Jim Nance is mentally disabled and Phil Simms is smart but wrong most of the time.

Dan Marino is secretly hoping Manning goes down in history with him as the greatest QBs never to win a superbowl. He no doubt volunteered to be the talking head that talked to Manning's talking head to "psyche him out."

As Hester returns the opening kickoff for a TD, I am suddenly thinking, Didn't Ohio State do the same thing to Florida? Who won that game, anyway?

At half time, it's still anybody's game, meaning that the Colts are going to win. Like every other playoff game, they have stopped the run, won the possession-time battle and the Bears D looks spent. The Pats D, older and way more banged up, had Tom Brady to keep them in the game. Rex Grossman is not Tom Brady. I'm not even sure Rex Grossman is an NFL QB.

I've never liked Prince, and I still don't like Prince, but his superbowl halftime show was way above par. then again, par is so despicably low...

Ok, I'm back and now its the 4th quarter (I fell asleep because the game got real boring) and I have two thoughts at the same time: Rex Grossman is just outtasite awful. He's actually worse than I thought he would be. The other thought is that the real superbowl happened two weeks ago when Brady and Manning slugged it out in one of the all time classic AFC championship matches. It all came down, literally, to Brady completing one pass to the venerable Troy Brown for a critical first down. Brown cut left when Brady thought he was going to cut right. The Patriots had to punt, Manning marched the Colts down the field and fulfilled his destiny, yadda yadda yadda.

Anyway, another boring superbowl that started with a bang and ended with me falling asleep before the game ended. Will Manning be in twice as many ads next year? One can only hope. His dumb "Aw Shucks" smile is nauseatingly comforting.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Carl - My Operations Manager

Carl's first order of business is to assure me that I am in no danger of sexual harassment, at least not on his part. It goes without saying that this scares the bejesus out of me, but since he's 92 lbs soaking wet (most of which is contained within his poofy hair, causing him to sway awkwardly when he stands in a breeze), I figure I'll be ok unless he approaches me from behind (pun intended).

His lips are red and squishy, and they purse and quiver in fear when he isn't talking. His eyes dart nervously around the classroom and I think I detect the faintest hint of shaky knees. Even when his voice raises in pitch and amplitude to a decidedly maternal and unbearable squawk (a common enough occurrence, especially during his lectures on the proper methods of spray buffing), I get the distinct impression that Carl is living life in constant and absolute fear. Whether this fear is present on a purely subconscious level or closer to the surface whilst remaining too terrifying to speak of openly, I cannot say.

I snap back to attention, suddenly aware that Carl is waving his finger around, accusing former custodians of deeds that led to their dismissal. "If there's one thing I will not stand for, it's SWEARING!!! Especially when a woman turns the air blue with that filth. It's so degrading to hear that come out of her mouth. Don't you think so?" I take the diplomatic high road. "It's pretty bad when a man swears too." I evenly respond. Carl smiles at me and reveals a gold tooth. "Then we understand each other. I see big things for you here, son. Stick with me and you'll do just fine." He claps me on the shoulder, spins on his heel and marches out of the room.

Later, I'm standing outside puffing on a joint that Jon from B-Wing invited me to share with him. "So ... what's Carl's story?" I carefully ask. Jon spits before taking the joint back. He takes a tremendous haul before answering. "Carl's a fucking lunatic: that's his story."

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Off to Work

Yes, dear readers, Morton has a new job! It was difficult to find a position that was compatible with my temporal fluxes, but in all truthiness, I haven't suffered a jump in many months, and the entire episodic nightmare seems to have passed. That being said, I cannot commit myself to any sort of career where lives might be at stake, where others will depend on me, nor where I might find a semblance of happiness only to wake up one morning and discover that I was fired three weeks ago.

A high-school janitor graveyard shift seems a perfect fit. My supervisor is a spastic and wrinkly man named Carl, with permed hair and knobbly knees poking out from under his white company shorts. More on Carl later. To celebrate, I have created this minimalist laser-light portrait using MS Paint. Your welcome.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Evil Inverted #23-b - The Cult of Personality Revealed

Another piece from my Silly Period. Back in 1996, I was convinced that these guys were the evilest men in the world. For dramatic and spooky effect, I inverted their colors.

Freeeeaaaaaaky!

More filler for aesthetic purposes. My Dungeons & Dragons Elf Fighter/Thief was killed last night in an unfortunate encounter with a 13th level Goblin Mage. Finger of Death?!? Grrrrr... if my comrades manage to raise me from the dead next turn, you're in big trouble, pal! I needed to roll a 14 or higher on my d20 for save vs. spells. Alas, even my cloak of protection wasn't enough to tip the balance.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

All but 254 were happy

Created before 9/11/01, if that makes you feel better. It doesn't? Well good. You should feel terrible about the state of the world every single second of every single day forever and ever. There's nothing like self-loathing and pessimism to bring about positive change in the world, jackass.


The following text is simply filler so as to balance the text with the image. This may or may not be a commentary on the state of mass media. God save the Queen.

Friday, December 29, 2006

The Postmodern Diddy

You say the world's past all epochs?
That the past can't be understood?
Maybe language is nothing but idioms,
And there's no such thing as good?

While you pace smugly in your tweed jacket,
Waving your book around like an ass
We call that "tootin' yer own horn" in my English,
Required reading in your own class?

For real? Your own fucking class? What a douche you've become!!!

But when I saw you last at Woodstock,
And the leather was more than a patch, A whole coat, even!
And we ate those sunshine blotters
Was it then that your idea was hatched?

Cause I made some flippant comments,
About the death of modern man.
I think I ridiculed Andy Warhol,
And his paintings of tin cans.

But it was all just drug-infused rantings,
I never declared hegemony dead!
And what the fuck does meta-history,
Have to do with what I said?

So don't forget this man,
Postmodernism was just a joke.
You were only supposed to laugh,
And pass along that toke.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Poem posted from Linux SUSE

Linux is rad! Linux is cool! Linux will soon be found in our schools!

All of my so call friends used to say, till I tried out this system

and then shot them all dead.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Haikus from the 400 series (and a limerick or two)

The wind must be drunk
Blowing all over the place
Bumping into me.

Al Gore grew a beard
To hide his eternal shame
Then he wrote a book.

Can you spare a ten?
Listerine sale at Shopper's
See you at the wharf.

God created Earth
Then he went on vacation
And never came back.

Transmission trouble
I have blamed my mechanic
But he blames my car.

My pants are dark blue
They cost me 30 dollars
They were sewn by slaves.

The calls did not end
They kept coming and coming
At midnight I cried.

Calling tech support
While I munch on slim jims
And crack my knuckles.

Stare at horizon
To rest my weary eyeballs
Screen flickers badly.

Free cable was grand
Till they caught me - Now I'm mad!
Commence venting - stat!

So much tart candy
I feel my lips puckering
Like old people lips.

Sharks swim very fast
Unfortunately, I can't
The Water is red.

There was this guy on the phone with a lisp
Who declared "ComCath sucth, you thupid bith!"
Then he slammed down the phone
And left the CSR all alone
To laugh at his physical disability

I tripped over the phone cord and into next week,
My girlfriend believes that I'm only a freak
My doctor's blue pills
Are always a thrill
The colors they cause when I'm taking a leak

Monday, October 09, 2006

Why? Let me tell you a story about Why

Why? Let me tell you a story about Why.

One day in the 1930s, a dude named Satre was having an espresso at some fancy-pants Paris cafe and was asking himself the same question.

"Why? Why am I here?"

Hearing no answer, Satre made a brilliant deduction. God does not exist. Then he wrote several long and boring philosophical tomes that said exactly the same thing in a more convoluted form. The following is an excerpt from one of his less coherent chapters:

Nah, just kidding. I wouldn't do that to you.

Natch,

Morton

Monday, September 25, 2006

If you are reading this email, then I am dead (or more likely fired)

Sent to the entire FuStar staff just minutes before being escorted off the site.

Dear Friends and colleagues,

If you are reading this email, then it can only mean that I have received my progressive discipline coaching ticket of termination (or whatever inane and innocuous term they use for "You're Fired!" around here). Either that, or I have flipped the bird to some low-level executive or two and walked out the front door. Believe me, that in either case, it is the best career move that I have ever made.

In anticipation of this momentous occasion, I have prepared this email in advance and stored it in my drafts folder, where it has waited for the perfect time to be sent to all of you. Apparently, that time is now. If for some reason I sent this by mistake and I am actually still employed here, well ...

I wanted to share this invaluable piece of wisdom that some old dude I met on the bus once shared with me. He said, "Son, don't ever work for a contractor. They will work you to the bone, pay you crappy wages and dump you when you're no longer useful. Your boss will be an idiot or a jerk, and usually both. Worst of all, you will work for two employers instead of one. The owner will want your blood, and the contractor will be there to bleed you dry. Take it from an old fart like me, don't work for a contractor." Now, I'm pretty sure he was talking about the construction industry, but I think you see what I'm getting at.

Whatever I did to get canned, I'm sure I had it coming. I take no issue with that at all. But something I have always taken issue with, and doubly so after working here, is the plight of the New Brunswick worker and the infestation of call centers over our employment landscape.
Those of you who have experienced the horror (or maybe relief?) of a sudden center-wide closure understand how fleeting these monstrosities can be. They are only here in the first place because our government subsidizes our wages and hands out lucrative tax breaks. We are cheap, expendable labour in a business that requires no special skills and minimal training (which our province also usually pays for). If a better deal from some other desperate province or country comes along, the call centre can pick up and move, leaving its workforce behind, at a much lower price than a more traditional business could.

To make matters worse, the so-called golden age of New Brunswick Call Centers has ended. Corporations have discovered that it is not only cheaper to manufacture goods in third world sweatshops, but also to export their customer service overseas as well. Despite FuStar's admirable intentions that it will try to open centres in locations that need the jobs (i.e., our town in the wake of the SMI fiasco), it is only a matter of time before FuStar will have no choice but to operate out of India and the Phillipines exclusively or go out of business entirely.

If the call center was but one part of a larger strategy of job creation, perhaps it wouldn't be so bad. If the money we poured into revamping our telecommunications and IT infrastructure in the 1990s had led to more than just these customer service sweatshops, then maybe New Brunswick wouldn't be one of the backwaters of Canada that it is today. Our population is actually dwindling, while our health care and public education consistently get low grades when compared to the rest of the nation.

We should be ashamed that we must bribe companies to come here and set up shop, herding hundreds and thousands of desperate workers into low-paying and unrewarding jobs. Our own governent actually advertises our high unemployment rate because it keeps turnover rates low (or so the theory goes)!

What will New Brunswick look like in ten years? Deserted. Deserted, but with really excellent high-speed internet access. One small reward for tens of millions of tax dollars poured into the vacuum of corporate bribery. Once again, we will be out of work and willing to take any job that will keep a roof over our heads and our children fed, no matter how meaningless, low-paying or degrading the work may seem. When this inevitable desertion occurs and when the next economic rebuilding project begins, I can only pray that we do things differently. It will be our responsibility, as personal witnesses to this drudgery, to ensure that it never happens again.

Take care of yourselves, everyone. As much as I hated it here at times, it has been a real pleasure getting to know many of you. Thanks to your friendship, I have as many good memories of this place as I do bad. I will keep you in my thoughts. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know how you're doing.

Kindest Regards,

Morton.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Escalation Ticket of Termination

My loyal readers,

Today, my services for both ComCast and FuStar Teleserives Inc. are no longer required. It is a sad end to a sad job.

Was there any dignity to the whole process at all, you ask?

Kent, my Floor Supervisor (FSU - the "U" stands for "FuStar University Alumnus") approached me and let me finish my call, before catching my eye, noting that I was in After Call Work (ACW), and saying with practiced sterness and humility, "Morton, I have a couple tickets for you to sign."

The first ticket (by which I mean an Intranet form that requires my and my FSU's electronic signatures to verify) was a coaching session for proper use of account adjustment codes. Apparently, I had incorrectly coded a credit for the technician being late on a repair visit, when he was really doing an upgrade (replacing a regular digital box for a DVR). The amount was correct, just not the code.

I will remember to use the proper adjustment codes when making adjustments to an account.

The second ticket was a written warning concerning my schedule compliance.

I will comply with my schedule by taking my breaks at the scheduled time for the day, and by not going over my allowed breaktime.

The third ticket was a one-day suspension for arguing with a customer. I listened to the call, and after the woman told me I was incapable of doing my job, I replied "Even if that is true, ma'am, the answer is still no. I will not fax you a copy of your statement, because there is no fax machine at this office."

I accept my one-day suspension and going forward I will not argue needlessly with customers nor reveal the limitations of the office.

The fourth ticket was a five-day suspension for lying to customers. I also listened to parts of this call. I remembered him. He was an old man with a sympatheic ear. The call lasted an hour. I got his Weather on Demand station working and the conversation progressed from global warming through George Bush, healthcare (because I'm Canadian, he was genuinely interested), atomic warfare, Adolf Hitler, the technocracic obsessions of Western society, and finally our favourite science fiction novels. I also revealed to him the problem that I was having with tripping through time. His reply has really helped. "Listen kid, it might all be in your head, but even if it's real, you'll be ok. At least something interesting is happening. Believe me, the past is really dull."

I accept my five-day suspension and going forward, I will not lie to customers nor make unecessary statements about my personal life while on a call.

And finally, I received my Escalation ticket of Termination. Kent again caught my gaze. "Morton, we're going to have to let you go, ok? Your ACW time is just too high, over two minutes per call. You know this is blatant call avoidance, right? Management feels that there is also enough justification to offer no severance."

I accept my termination. Per the EMPLOYEE/EMPLOYER contract Section 3 subsection 7, I understand that I will not be offered severance because I have breached the following signed agreements with my employer:

1) That I will not abuse call avoidance techniques such as ACW, AuxW and CML.

I will hand in my headset, my identification badge, and all other FuStar property and be escorted off of the premesis immediately.

Goodbye, my friends! Billy, I hope you raise enough money for that 9mm you wanted. BJ, I'll still want those seeds if you are willing to part with them. I might have to grow for the money.

Peace out,

Morton.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Armageddon: are Visa cheque cards the Mark of the Beast?

Biblical scholars will reveal to you (if you can catch one) the ultimate secrets of the end times. Actually, I couldn't catch one myself, so I just looked it up on the Internet. See the Endtime Timeline for more details.

Now, back to my point. As you are aware, dear reader, I am not of this temporal plane. Like the old man on the mountain, I look sorrowfully down on you all from a vantage point that few have ever experienced (Diane interjects that like that old man, I'm probably completely off my rocker as well, but nevermind her; she is just jealous. You're greener than Billy's homegrown, Diane. I pity you in spades). Getting back to my point here, I have stumbled upon an informational trinket that just may save your life. And this isn't another one of those, "Oh no! The world is coming to an end in three days! Race to your bomb shelters and pray for an alkaline miracle to wash away the sulfuric acid rain!" type of trinkets. I've read The Boy who cried Wolf and I won't tempt your trust again. I have also read Echo and Narcissus and I am totally convinced that the moral of the story is that Narcissus is totally gay. Totally.

Anyway, I was reading the National Post, and stumbled upon a most unnerving article. Apparently, Visa, acting on the FDA's approval of human microchip implants, is leading the charge toward the proverbial cashless society by creating the first cheque card microchip. I would link to the article that covers this most heinous example of scientific debauchery, but alas, it is not available to you! Yet. And where on the human body do these satantic Visa engineers plan to embed this chip? You can take it on your hand, or lacking a hand, on your head, because no one lacks a head except the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, and we all know that is just fantastial nonsense!!!

The Beast has revealed himself! He is the owner of Visa! Who is the owner of Visa, you ask? Well, let me just Google that and ... uhh ... hmmm ... apparently no one owns Visa, it is simply a joint venture of thousands of financial institutions. How is that going to fit into my conspiracy factuality? AHA! The Beast is international banking! Of course! It all fits!

Save yourselves, peons! If you own a Visa card, you've already enlisted in the army of the Beast! The microchip promotes you to officer status! We are all doomed! I myself own, like, five Visa cards and they are all maxed out from paying for my Clozaril®!

I offer no further advice but this: follow the clues. Escape the fate of 1.4 billion Visa cardholders. Pay off your balance and cancel your memberships before it's too late!

By the way, Diane tells me that Echo and Narcissus isn't a fable by Aesop, but rather a poem by Ovid and there really isn't supposed to be a moral at all. That's sooo gay.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Jedi Master Snazz


Instead of a long, long time ago, it's only a long time ago, and Jedi Master Snazz continues the war against the darkside with cunning flips, x-ray vision, and a blaster in the offhand. Watch him FREAK OUT on the old fashioned Sith lords with their namsy pamsy parlour tricks by comparsion! Clones? Master Snazz practises on clones when he isn't fighting more worthwhile opponents. Who can stop Snazz? No one can stop Snazz.

Beware, evil doers! This isn't just your ordinary arbitrator of petty trade disputes, but the dude they keep locked up until SOMEONE NEEDS AN ASS WHOOPING! You may not believe this, but in all his days of enforcing grim justice, Snazz has never soiled his uniform. Who has time to use the force to repel flying blood and guts while inflicting mortal wounds on his unlucky foe? Snazz does.

"May the Force Be AWESOME!" - Jedi Master Snazz

Hero Machine

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Dare I touch religion?

And speaking of mentioning Bush (count 'em, four!), doesn't religion fall into this category of must-have blog posts also?

But look! In the previous post I mentioned Jack Van Impe, that dear old doomsday prophesying machine. Ha! I have tread this thin ice covered in egg shells and reached the other side with nary a crunch or crack or sploosh! What else could I possibly say? The man speaks for himself:

"I am not sure whether [President Bush] knows all of the prophecies and how deep of a student he has been in God's Word, but I was contacted a few weeks ago by the Office of Public Liaison for the White House and by the National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to make an outline," Van Impe says on his website. "And I've spent hours preparing it. I will release this information to the public in September, but it's in his [you know who] hands. He will know exactly what is going to happen in the Middle East and what part he will have under the leading of the Holy Spirit of God." Christianity Today

Even if it isn't true, it's still true, you know? And I should know better than any of you, heavens yes.

Friday, July 14, 2006

If I die before 2008 ...


I must admit, dear reader, that living in the future does have its drawbacks. And I want you to know that I fully appreciate the fact that all I've ever done so far is complain about it, making the last statement rather flippant and equivocal. Take for instance, the growing dissatisfaction amongst the American public with Bush. (Note that I might have mentioned earlier that no blog is a blog without at least one Bush post. I never said I'd never bring it up again! The savvy amongst you will have noticed that this is actually the third). Sure, its slowly dawning on the wingnuts and hillbillies that their fearless leader is actually completely useless, but I can tell you with a measured degree of certainty that four days from now, or right now if you're me, or four days ago if you're me four days from now, a very remarkable number of white folks will be tuning into Jack Van Impe to hear his latest predictions of the apocalypse and what a wonderful day that will be, an even more remarkable number of rich and lonely advertising consultants will watch Bill O'Reily complain about two or three extremely irrelevant subjects, and finally, millions and millions and millions of us around the globe will bitterly complain about the weather.

What is your point, Milton?

Didn't I just say flippant and equivocal?

Friday, July 07, 2006

Rejected "For Dummies" title



Thanks to SignGenerator.org for making this so easy to create.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

All hail MP4.

As I pack away my cds, having just copied them all to an external hard drive, I ask myself: Will these ever have more value than they do right now?

And then Diane pipes up "Dummy. Does anyone care about cassettes?"

I'll keep the rare ones; how is that for a compromise?

Stupid, smart-alecky Diane!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Amazing Tbag

The Amazing TBag: well to start with lets just hear whats on your mind about the war in iraq this is an open blog so just let out what ever comes to mind first



You know, I am glad you didn't tell me your opinion first, because now I feel I can say whatever the hell I want.

The war in Iraq is a symptom of democracy and idealism in decay. What I mean to say is that those in charge are some of the angriest, amoral and apathetic leaders we have ever had (AAA).

Bush especially represents all that is wrong with the world: born wealthy, knowing only one sort of lifestyle, raised to see a world of endless bounty that should be taken at will. Like so many children of Western society, greed and vanity seem to be the impetus for Bush's decisions. He cloaks his actions with religious rhetoric and that dopey, straight-shootin cowboy schtick, but deep down inside he is very small and shallow man, concerned with social status, his family fortune, and doing big favors for his buddies so they'll like him. He is the epitome of an MBA graduate.

Like I said, Iraq is nothing more than a symptom of a societal disease. The world is slowly dying in many different ways, yet our leaders can do nothing but play an endless game of oil economics.

The greatest minds in the world should be dedicating their time and energy to projects that would make life better: sustainable energy, the cure for cancer, locomotion without pollution, that would be cool! Instead, we get more meaningless crap like Sugar Twin or those sporty mufflers that make your car sound like you haven't got a muffler.

What the hell was I talking about, Iraq? Fuck Iraq. Its just a big fucking sham.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Nazis invented breakdancing

Nazis invented breakdancing

Thanks to Dharmabum27 for the picture, who borrowed it from someone else, and so on and so forth back through the long hapharzard decade of silly pics on the Internet.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Haiku #911

America Weeps.
Tears rain from F/A-18s,
forcing empathy.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Reminders of my own insignificance (self pity in three flats)

So the newness has worn off, and I have grown all too accustomed to living in this brave new temporal plane. Dr. Forbes has me on some new meds, and the nightmares, daymares, and seizures have subsided somewhat.

Perhaps this would be a good time to take stock of my situation and decide on the next course of action:

My ex-girlfriend keeps writing and calling me, but since I live four days ahead of her, I can never take her back. She will never see the world like I see it. She will never see herself like I see her, as a boring, slightly nosy, and altogether smart-alecky prima donna with too much trustfund and too little ambition. Fuck you Diane, for the final time hopefully!

I was unable to take advantage of the winning lottery numbers in last weeks Super 7 jackpot. Dr. Forbes has patiently explained to me that if I send the numbers back to myself 4 days earlier, I might accidentally rupture my already tenuous hold on this spacetime eddy. Like a jet ski ramming through a roped off section of the beach, reserved for Mrs. Harper's grade 3 field trip, the thrill of the moment would be overshadowed by the horror of future consequences.

My supervisor is coming! Yikes!

"Thanks for calling Comcast, this is Morton speaking, how can I help you today?"

"Cut my digical cable back on right now!"

"Did we cut it off, ma'am?"

"Yeah, you fuckers cut it off cause I ain't paid my bill, but I ain't received a bill yet! You cut it off, now cut it back on!"

"Ok, ma'am, I'd certainly be happy to take a look at your account for you, can I start with your home telephone number? ..."

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Now it's next Wednesday

Just a quick update on my temporal situation, folks. It's next Wednesday and very little has changed. The Ducks-Oilers series rages on! I guess I told you things were fucked up and all Hell had broken loose in a previous post. My bad. Believe me that I would never intentionally lead anyone on like that! Ahem, now if you'll excuse me, I have work to do.

And yes, Diane! It has occurred to me that it might really be next Wednesday, and this whole writing to the past thing is all in my head! Fuck you! My method of temporal communication is both foolproof and logically sound.

You see, if I haven't posted a mesage yet, it can't possibly be there, but as soon as I write it and send it backward through the spacetime continuum, it appears on my blog both in the past and all points up to and including the present.

It is always the last posting on this blog and there are never any posts from the present that appear before that post. Therefore, everything appears in the right order and is never further along than four days ago.

That chill you just felt was the long, cold grip of logic strangling all arguments withing you, Diane.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Kyoto Message Board Snippet (4 days into the future!!)

Lipstick Liberal
Even Canada is having a hard time dealing with the Kyoto accord.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060517/wl_canada_afp/canadapolitics_060517002543

offthegrid
Canada is having trouble with Kyoto because it procrastinated implementing real policy and now we have a bunch of Albertans running the country. (Your version of Texas, right down to the rodeos, oil, and general disdain toward the rest of the nation).

Lipstick Liberal
Canada CANT meet the obligation set by Kyoto not because the conservative minority government wishes to ignore Kyoto, its because YOU wont slow down on producing the pollution.

You must remember that your government is discussing a problem that YOU help create.


offthegrid
Oh, so its individual responsibility is it? That's very progressive of you.

Never mind forcing industry to curb emmissions, or implementing any kind of sound policy or strategy for reducing our consumption of oil over the next decades.

Its up to me to stop driving my car to work and take the bus instead! that'll solve everything!

Hey, here's an idea, I'll stop buying paper and wiping my arse and Irving will stop clear cutting the old-growth forest as well!

And my government isn't supposed to be DISCUSSING the problem. It's supposed to be honoring an international treaty that it signed in good faith almost ten years ago to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some shitty advertising campaign to reduce garbage (the infamous 1 ton challenge, which I am proud to say I accomplished - you should see my space age composting system!!!) isnt' the answer!

Bold moves, like expanding transit systems to make them worthwhile to use, mandatory composting and recycling (already done quite successfully in Nova Scotia), heavy enforcement of emmission controls in factories, this is what our government needs to do.

Take action! Lead by example! Raise the fucking bar!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

More time travel, and warnings from the future!

Friends! It has happened again! This time I tripped over a loose shoelace and fell into Next Monday. My God! What has the world come to? There is death and destruction everywhere! With the help of a brilliant scientist named Roger Forbes, I have devised a way to transmit my posts back to the present. From now on, I will always be exactly 4 days ahead of you. Heed my advice and live, friends!

From what I can glean from the local newspapers, the first catastrophe will occur in ...

Oh, why bother? It's not like anyone reads this stupid blog, anyway. Fuck you, world - especially you, Diane.

Morton out.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

What Dungeons & Dragons Character Am I?

I Am A: Chaotic Evil Half-Elf Cleric Fighter

Alignment:
Chaotic Evil characters are the most 'evil' people out there. They are willing to do anything to get ahead, and will kill anyone who stands in their way. A chaotic evil person sees no value in order and governments, and believes to the utmost in the tenant that 'Might Makes Right'.

Race:
Half-Elves are a cross between a human and an elf. They are smaller, like their elven ancestors, but have a much shorter lifespan. They are sometimes looked down upon as half-breeds, but this is rare. They have both the curious drive of humans and the patience of elves.

Primary Class:
Clerics are the voices of their God/desses on Earth. They perform the work of their deity, but this doesn't mean that they preach to a congregation all their lives. If their deity needs something done, they will do it, and can call upon that deity's power to accomplish their goals.

Secondary Class:
Fighters are the warriors. They use weapons to accomplish their goals. This isn't to say that they aren't intelligent, but that they do, in fact, believe that violence is frequently the answer.

Deity:
Talos is the Chaotic Evil god of storms, forest fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and destruction in general. He is also known as the Destroyer. His followers fear him more than worship him, and they revel in the destructive fury of nature - while praying to be spared from its wrath. Talos's symbol is three lightning bolts, of different colors, coming from a central point.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy of NeppyMan (e-mail)