November 22nd, 2011

#3065: What am I doing out of bed?

I don't have to be anywhere before 6 PM today. I didn't get to bed until 4:30 AM. WTF.

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Congress is already working on stopping the automatic cuts. They're not even waiting until January 2013 to do it.

BIIIIG f-in' surprise. *rolleyes*

Rand Paul: "This may surprise some people, but there will be no cuts in military spending because we're only cutting proposed increases. If we do nothing, military spending goes up 23 percent over 10 years. If we sequester the money, it will still go up 16 percent. So spending is still rising under any of these plans."

I am not surprised. Disgusted, yes; surprised, no. Not one of those dickheads in Congress is interested in reducing the size, scope, and cost of government, and whenever any of them claims to be, he is lying.

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DOOM!

GDP revised downward. Yeah, economic growth is closer to 2% annualized (ie "multiplied by 4") than whatever fanciful figure was given out last month.

So: 3rd quarter growth, 0.5%. 2nd quarter growth, 0.33%. The economy is growing!

...of course anything less than 1% quarterly is effectively stagnant, because the population is increasing, but no one is going to say that. We can't be in a recession; there's a Democrat in the White House!

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OH MY GOD A GIRL KISSED A BOY IT'S SEXUAL ASSAULT CALL THE POLICE

...

*whimper*

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Guns! And some interesting ones, at that.

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I added another 8 pages to the current rewrite project last night. The story has finally gotten to the first of the spectacular scenes.

To make things even more entertaining, then, over the past few days I've been thinking about a story that I thought was unrelated to this one--not even set in this universe--but as the idea developed in my brain I realized that the whole thing fit neatly into the established framework.

I had originally intended--before reformulating the canon in 2000--to have one story take place in "Y10k", but gave up on it when I realized that the time scale was too long. But over the past few days I realized that I could still tell a story set in that universe in that time frame, and that it could kick some serious ass; in fact "Y10k" turned into "Y15k" because it gave more leeway for the f-in' cool stuff.

Further bulletins as events warrant.

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It's a crummy, cold, wet November day, and I don't have to be anywhere until 6.

My thought, right now, is to do a little more shopping (getting perilously low on bread and cat food). Though I've got 5 6-packs of Pepsi, if I could get more at that price, I might just do it. Pepsi runs about $4 for a 6-pack these days, and the sale that has it priced at $2.40 per pack ends today.

I managed to get bank #4 dealt with yesterday. At least, I got my business with bank #4 dealt with. It was handled with a modicum of efficiency and the bank didn't give me a lick of trouble. I don't know what problems my brother and sister are having, but really it's not my problem what they do.

Since bank #4 is dealt with, I'm at loose ends; I have errands to run tomorrow and my church activities tonight, but othewise I can do what I want.

I'd like to make apple crisp this afternoon, to take to Bible study tonight. I don't want the bag of apples I bought last week to go bad, but I don't want to make apple crisp when I'll have an entire caramel pecan silk supreme pie to get around.

Ah, crumbs.

...but to make things even more entertaining, I had an interesting thought: what if I were to make a 9x9 pan of apple crisp and--once it had cooled completely--poured a layer of instant cheesecake over the top of it?

I bet it will be incredibly tasty; I am going to try making that.

Just not this week.