Today there is supposed to be a huge "gas out". People are supposed to avoid buying gas. This is somehow supposed to teach the oil companies a lesson, by shifting one day's worth of demand to the days around it. I don't understand how this effects the oil companies since they still sell the same amount of gasoline.
I bought gas today. I only remembered the "gas out" after I was home. But since I think this "gas out" boycott is stupid, futile, and utterly ignorant of the economics of energy supply, I don't care, and in any event I was not planning to avoid buying gasoline just because a bunch of weenies think it'll make a difference. It won't. Gasoline is expensive because of the law of supply and demand.
Do you want the oil companies to notice you not buying gasoline? Go without it for a week, or--even better--a month. Pare down your car usage to the absolute bare minimum and drive like grandma. If everyone in the United States didn't buy gasoline for a month, that would have a serious effect on gas prices.
Anyway, it cost me $30.03 to fill my car up. My little 1995 Ford Escort with a 10 gallon gas tank--I put in about 8.5 gallons--and I paid $3.56 per gallon, which is the absolute most I have ever paid for a gallon of gas, adjusted for inflation or not.
In the summer of 1987, gasoline cost $0.87 per gallon for 87 octane "regular" (ie leaded) gasoline. Unleaded was a few cents more per gallon. I drove a 5,000 lb 1975 Chevy Impala which got 18-20 MPG. At less than $1 per gallon, it wasn't a problem.
Fast forward twenty years. Add a bunch of stupid EPA regulations, shut down a few dozen refineries, refuse to allow the exploitation of domestic resources--fuck.
Thanks a motherfucking assload, you shithead eco-nazis.
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Today I finally got the speakers I bid on last week.
At work they had a silent auction for some leftover stereo equipment, stuff that had been display items. Most of the time, display items are donated to charity; I don't know what the deal was with this stuff. Anyway, I bid on a pair of speakers which had garnered no bids from anyone; I ended up getting a $150 pair of speakers for $20. Yay me.
The problem was, the overnight execs didn't know anything about the silent auction--so I had to wait until I could talk to a day side exec...and that did the trick.
So now I'm going to be rearranging all the speakers hooked to my stereo. The new speakers will replace the current main speakers; the displaced pair will move to the "center surround" channels, and the current "center" ones will move to "back"...and the "back" will go into the basement.
The new ones are bigger, though, and won't fit where the old ones went...so I have to rearrange my shelves, too.
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After a few episodes I can say that Yume Tsukai is less than enthralling. People with magical powers fight nightmares--and somehow they have integrated all sorts of technological stuff into the equation. They have this hissatsu waza (finishing move, ultimate attack) which involves a gun being downloaded to PDA-like devices and then somehow materializing from nothing, which fires a person at the nightmare...and the person punches the nightmare, which incapacitates it...? It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. And the girls aren't all that cute, either, which doesn't help matters any.
There may be more than meets the eye, here, but so far I'm not impressed with it.
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Finally, here's more dumb-ass spam:
robin advises me that I have astounding opportunities with options. Damn! How many people can say that their opportunies have options? I wonder what kind of options they are. Power windows? Air conditioning?
Hew Bowman--you know, there is a joke in there somewhere--tells me that I can "test the sweets of the life yourself with Viagr@"! Hot damn! Here I thought testing the sweets of the the life was beyond my reach--but if I just get me some Viagr@, I can do it myself!
As an aside, just how should I pronounce that? I'm leaning towards "vy-ag-rat", myself. That would be a good name for a cartoon character: "Hi, kids! It's me, VYAG RAT!."
Click HereThis was unable to supply a subject for his e-mail. In all probability it's because he's stupid. Or perhaps he's too busy testing the sweets of the life himself with Vyag Rat and his band of merry hoodlums. Anything is possible on the internet!
Rivas L Penny advises me that the leader of the free world was...something...by a profound question.
Considering that the "leader of the free world" is George W. Bush, and considering that "Rivas" is a communist name, I'm betting that this spam was a thinly-veiled threat against the President's life. Mr. Penny, your horoscope today says, "Watch out for the FBI and Secret Service today! They're going to arrest you! You might be shot!"
Villanueva Y. Christina sez "Migrate your Sun Java Studio Creator 2 Update 1 applications to NetBeans Visual..." There is so much wrong with that subject I don't even know where to begin.
So, screw it.