Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader announced this morning that he's running for president.  Some people blame Nader for leeching democratic votes in 2000 and 2004, giving the election to George Bush over Al Gore and John Kerry.   I do not blame Ralph Nader for giving us George Bush.    I blame the people that voted for George…

Bullseye

From the New York Times: Completing a mission in which an interceptor designed for missile defense was used for the first time to attack a satellite, the Lake Erie, an Aegis-class cruiser, fired a single missile just before 10:30 p.m. Eastern time, and the missile hit the satellite as it traveled at more than 17,000…

The Hillary Matching Game

Match the politician with the observed behavior:    1.  ______  Refuse to acknowledge you're losing despite evidence to the contrary.    2.  ______  Put all of your chips on state(s) with large number of delegates; lose big in the rest.   3.  ______  Stay in the race after the prospect of winning becomes impossible or…

Freaks and Geeks

Last week, Hugo ordered Freaks and Geeks DVDs from Blockbuster Online. I had never seen it before, but I decided to give it a spin. Despite the fact that I was working like crazy last week, I still found time (mostly by not sleeping) to watch the nine episodes that we had in our posession….

Austin’s Mayor Endorses Obama

Austin’s mayor endorsed Barack Obama on Thursday. The mayor of Austin is named Will Wynn. A good omen if you’re a betting man. Sage Kitamorn

Overheard …

"I would love for my job to be to count beans, because I think I could do that pretty well." – someone walking past my office   "First he made me ashamed to be a Texan.  Then he made me ashamed to be an American." – a stranger at the Latona Pub, who was also from…

Rock the Caucus

So it looks like my vote will matter after all 🙂 I want to go buy an American flag and hang it from my balcony, along with a big sign that says Caucus Saturday at 1PM! A lot of people will see it since I live above a pretty busy intersection which is also a…

Emergency Dental Floss

I just realized this fact in a time of urgent something-is-stuck-between-my-molars-and-if-I-don't-get-it-out-I-will-need-to-go-home-early need: In a pinch, you use use a teabag for dental floss.  Sage Kitamorn

I Choose Two

On Sunday, I decided to it was time to step in and support for my chosen presidential candidates. Candidates, you ask? Yes. I have chosen two. One of each. I have selected Barack Obama as my top choice for President. After observing closely for the last year, I strongly want Obama to be the Democratic…

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse, originally uploaded by Sage Kitamorn. This is my first try at Chocolate Mousse. The sauce is black cherries reduced with tawny port. I got the idea while shopping for wine with Kayla back in Texas. Sage Kitamorn

Counting Homophones

Forty percent of the first ten counting numbers are homophones.   One = Won Two = To, Too Three Four = For Five Six Seven Eight = Ate Nine Ten   After we won the game, we went to Gatti's for pizza, which we ate.   This could be a fun little encoding for a Puzzlehunt puzzle.  Sage…

Presidential Candidates

Last weekend, a few friends gathered over at my place for a presidential debate watching party. We cooked up some home-made pizzas and settled in for a great night of politics. For your reading pleasure (yes, you future Sage), here are my thoughts on our candidates. According to this 2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz, here…

Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper Fountain, originally uploaded by Sage Kitamorn. I’m not a real big fan of soda, but when I do feel like one, I usually feel like a Dr Pepper. It is discouragingly difficult to get fountain Dr Pepper here. Since I’ve been in Seattle, I’ve replayed this conversation way too many times: Waitress: “Would…

Year in Review: 2007

I got this set of questions from my sister, who makes it part of her routine to answer every new year. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?Led a project at workBought a new carGot pulled over for jaywalking Worked an 80-hour week Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and…

Rudy Giuliani as Beowulf

Last night, some friends and I watched Beowulf in IMAX 3D. The plot of the movie is notably different than the epic poem we read in high school. Looking at some of the traits of the warrior in this new interpretation, I notice several coincidental and amusing parallels between the flawed heroics of Beowulf and…

Podcasts

New Zune owner Eliot asked me last night which podcasts I listen to.  Here's the answer, shared for the greater good.   New York Times Front Page KEXP Song of the Day MSNBC Countdown with Keith Olbermann NBC Meet the Press NPR: Car Talk NPR: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me Pandora Podcast Real Time with…

I couldn’t resist

Welcome to Overstock.com's Customer Service Live Chat! You will be joined with a chat representative as quickly as possible. (Less than 2 minutes) Welcome to Overstock.com Customer Service, you are now chatting with Brynn.Brynn: Thanks for visiting Overstock.com, this is Brynn. How can I help you?you: I'm writing with regard to an order I placed…

Thanks, iTunes. ‘Preciate it.

A few days ago, I noticed that I was almost out of diskspace on my 110 GB “sage” partition. I wasn’t totally surprised, since I do take a lot of pictures, and my new download habits with my all-you-can-eat Zune Pass subscription was sure to be responsible. I don’t have a Zune, but I’m switching…

Bald Eagles

Conservapedia. For a site created to be a pro-American and pro-Conservative alternative to Wikipedia, I would expect a decent article for bald eagle. Sage Kitamorn

Cecks and Balances

Two topics in this post.   Topic 1: A week ago today, I got pulled over.  It was the first I've been stopped in over seven years.  I got a ticket.   Topic 2: Today I wrote my ninth check since moving to Seattle.  I've had this checking account since February 2005.  With electronic bill pay…

Making Over My Office

Last week, I decided it was time to start “personalizing” my office. Here’s what it looks like after one weekend of work. Later phases will add a small ottoman, some speakers, and art in lieu of the whiteboard above the couch. This is the back half of the office. See the front half here. Sage…

Romeo and Maria

This morning I was driving to Redmond and rocking out to Tchaikovsky.  I was listening to the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, which you probably know from the incredibly famous love theme .    There's a part near the very end of the twenty-minute piece  that caught my attention.       Listen to the low…

Daylight Saving Time

So much for having more daylight … Seattle's northern latitude, plus the fact that we set our clocks back, means that the sun will set tonight at 4:47 PM.   It will keep getting worse until December 21, the day the sun sets at 4:20 PM.   But it does balance out.  There is always…

The best-tasting things I’ve put in my mouth

This is in response to Kayla's post on my Facebook Wall:   A few weeks ago when describing some food I said, "This is one of the best-tasting things I've ever put in my mouth." And then I thought about how you might think that was funny and that I should tell you. but I didn't remember to tell you…

Seems to Me

It feels like this song has been trying to find me. Last week it was on the radio in a friend’s car while we were driving home. Last night it was playing outside of Ralph’s Grocery and Deli as I walked to meet Stephen downtown for dinner. Today I read the full lyrics and it’s…

Speakers: This is what they look like

A picture may say a thousand words, but it will not give you any idea what these works of art sound like. I’ll have to have some kind of listening party soon. (This is not my living room.) Sage Kitamorn

Speaker Shopping Playlist

If I were going to make a CD to take with me speaker shopping, this is what I would put on it. Dave Matthews Band – #41Breakestra – Stand Up!The Betales – Blackbird/Yesterday (from LOVE)KT Tunstall – Silent SeaPaul Simon – Diamonds on the Soles of Her ShoesFrank Zappa – MontanaThe Good Life – Lovers…

Disclaimer

Today I got a piece of semi-spam at work.  The hilarious part was this disclaimer at the bottom, especially the ominous first sentence.  Important – This email and any attachments may be confidential. If received in error, please contact us and delete all copies. Before opening or using attachments check them for viruses and defects. Regardless…

Organizing mp3s

I'm thinking about once-and-for-all cleaning up all of my mp3s.  The scope of the task:   Half of my music is ripped from CDs.  These are very well tagged and organized.  And then there's the 6,700 "acuired" mp3s dating back to the days of original Napster.  Most of these live in an "unsorted" directory, with horrible metadata, inconsistent…

Posting to Blogger from Word

Hi Imma, Posting to Blogger from Word has been a challenge. I really love writing in Word, especially the 2007 version. It sure beats Blogger’s online editor. There are three things I do a lot, and only one of them works: 1. Write a new post. This one works. The best I can do to…

Picture Posted from Word?

I remember from some past posts that I had trouble with inline pictures when posting to Blogger from Word 2007. If you see Jennifer below, it works. For those of you not on Facebook, this picture is from yesterday’s lovely Saturday afternoon. Sage Kitamorn

Musical Scavenger Hunt

A few weeks ago, I happened upon an outdoor concert at Volunteer Park.  Between bands, they played some classic rock, including The Door's song L.A. Woman.  Even though I was concentrating on reading my book, I had one ear tuned to the paino solo, which I have probably heard forty six times before.      On this Sunday, hearing this solo was like…

Life Balance

One of the great things about working at Micrososft is that work/life balance is measured and considered a metric of health for a group. In the last few weeks, I had the opportunity to discuss with my manager “how do I measure work/life balance” in an effort to get an individual understanding and work toward…

24 Facts about Sage

Inspired by Erin Dean’s “26 Facts about Erin“, I’ve compiled 24 Facts about Sage. 1. I organize my clothes by type of collar. 2. For exactly the same reason as Erin’s second fact, I have not bought a polo shirt since 2004. [edit] I looked into my closet and realized that was false. 3. When…

Kids these days…

(BELLEVUE , WA) Nude driver cited for drinking and 'embracing' while driving The incident happened when a state trooper noticed a sport utility vehicle drifting between lanes and driving at unusual speeds, sometimes speeding up then slowing down to well below the speed limit on Interstate 90, near Bellevue Way, about 1:20 a.m. Friday. When…

To Burgle

I learned today that burglary does not necessarily imply theft. It’s one of those things that I had assumed from when I was a child (see: Hamburglar). Well, as it turns out, burglary is just the act of illegally entering with the intent to commit some crime. Come to think of it, I kind of…

Colin Powell on Meet the Press

“If it was up to me, I would close Guantanamo no tomorrow, but this afternoon. I would close it. And I would not let any of those people go. I would simply move them to the United States and put them into our federal legal system. The concern was ‘well, then they’ll have access to…

Quick Poll: Where do you read my blog?

Choices:   a) Facebook b) http://sage.kitamorn.com c) live.com d) Some other RSS reader: ____________ e) I don't read your blog, but I'll leave a comment anyway just to be explicit.   Pleae leave a comment with your answer.   Why?  I kind of want to revamp my personal website, but I want to know if…

Where is my mind = Tyler

I just realized that Tyler by the Toadies is essentially the same song as Where is My Mind by The Pixies.    I was walking back from lunch humming Tyler, and by the time I got back to my office, it had morphed into Where is My Mind.  I mentioned it to Brian, and he…

Babies

I was talking with a coworker earlier today, and he mentioned "I hardly ever get downtown anymore."  I almost said, Maybe I could watch your (baby) son one day, so you can go out, but I realized immediately that I have no idea how to take care of a baby.    For example, here are just…

Police Interactions

Tonight I was stopped by the police. For jaywalking. Here’s what happened: Jennifer and I were walking south on Broadway. We decided to turn around, so we picked a nice, safe crosswalk. The light was green for the cars, and we had a don’t walk indicator. Jennifer crossed the street. I had seen a car…

Bad Rhymes, Good Rhymes

I am mad at Steve Miller for writing this verse.  Ever time I hear it, I want to go back in time and break his pencil.  It's like an itch I cant scratch.  Billy Mack is a detective down in Texas You know he knows just exactly what the facts is He ain't gonna let…

Coffee Commuters

I wondered today as I bought a mocha from the Tully’s which is in my apartment building… how far do employees of Seattle coffeeshops commute to work, on average? Or, to pose it as a question of motive, what are the reasons why a person does not work at any of the coffeeshops located between…

Name that tune!

Last Friday I bought The Essential Bruce Springsteen, and when I heard the song Badlands, I immediately recognized the piano part as coming from an older song. Take a listen for yourself … Badlands clip Do you know what song it’s from? Does it at least sound familiar? To be fair, I wasn’t able to…

Note to self…

Next time you're going to accelerate from zero to 100, do it with the windows up. Sage Kitamorn

Lyrics

Lately, I've been keeping a notebook of thoughts.  This is part of a larger effort to start writing songs.  There's been some trouble…   Most great songs, which aren't pure sunshine, are grown from a burning passion, which is usually the product of profound distress, pain, angst, or longing in the heart of the artist.  …

Memo Shmemo

As a matter of practice, I try to avoid blog filler the likes of quizzes and gratuitous re-posts. I cave occasionally, though. I started this more out of personal curiosity then a desire to share. It turned out to be a nostalgic and reflective research project. Originally from Holley via Facebook: So, here’s how it…

Nymphs and Sirens

For the most part, the walls in my apartment are pretty well decked. The dining room is full of Texas stuff. My living room has the Gerardo Arellano paintings, and downstairs I’ve got some Kandinsky prints. My bedroom walls are the last ones to be decorated. Today, I found a photo I took at the…

Undiscoverable dictionary feature in NYTimes.com

I just discovered a feature on NYTimes.com which I didn't even realize was available.    1. Go to an article page, like this one 2. Find a word you don't know (or any word in the body of the article).  My word was Pablum 3. Double click on the word   Woah!  Definition popup!  That's…