Zac's Pad

Tech, Toys, and Tidbits

Ya. So, we're moving.
Tav and Fishy are splitting up, so our little triumvirate household is going it's separate ways.
Move date is officially July 1, though I think we'll all be moved in the week before. Hell, Fishy's already carting stuff over to his new place.
I've found an OK apt on College near Ossington. It's small bachelor, fairly cheap, in an old building that reminds me of “Breakfast at Tiffany's” somehow. Has taaaaall ceilings, a gas stove, nice wood floors and bright east facing windows.
It's going to be strange living alone again…

First of all… Check this shit out! Great timeline of major population changes. Caught a few things while reading it…
First, the population bomb… Jeebus, but we're filling this planet up fast!
1825 – 1 billion
1900 – 2 billion
1950 – 3 billion
1975 – 4 billion
1997 – 5 billion
Notice the time between each billion falling every time. Scary stuff. Tempting to throw that shit into Excel and see where the curve is heading, but something tells me it would be waaay too scary, so I'm going to leave it alone.

Another (less depressing) thing I noticed was that major floods and disasters have been happening for as long as we've been keeping track. Hell, the recent thing in N'Orleans was just a drop in the bucket compared to 1931 in China when 3.7 MILLION died to floods. Yowza! So I should probably stop thinking that we're causing this shit with global warming… Not saying that we're not warming the planet, cuz we obviously are, but the disasters we've been getting recently are just par for the course. Part of the price of admission of earth.

Sadly, even when millions of people are starving to death it doesn't seem to affect our population growth. wtf. Black plague didn't even cause a slowdown!

So… A friend of mine – We'll call her Acey for this story, just had an insane experience…

Acey's mom, mom's bf, and her son – Acey's half brother, got booted out of their house a few months ago.

Acey, being the sweetheart that she is, put the three of them up in her 2 bedroom apt, which was already at capacity with her, her teenage son and her business. Even gives her mom a job, the sweetie!

On Friday aft her machine takes a call from MoneyMart (a local cheque cashing usurer business) asking to confirm an employee. By the time she gets the message and calls back, the shop is closed.

Yesterday her bank calls. She finds out a $1700 cheque she'd cashed for mom's bf (lets call him Asshat) last week had a stop payment on it. It was from a disgruntled client who wasn't happy that Asshat never came back to work after being given a cheque for materials.

Then she calls MoneyMart back… Not sure why they're calling at all, cuz the stop payment thing was all within/between banks…

Turns out, Asshat had taken a cheque from her desk, filled it out for $1500 to his name, and cashed it – or at least the $1350 of it that MoneyMart gave him.

Needless to say, Acey is furious, and heartbroken. Asshat gets a quick trip to the curb, with a fraud charge quickly following. But here's the real gut wrencher of the story. Acey talks to her mom, and mom is defending (!!!) Asshat while verbally attacking Acey! Then mom starts equating Asshat's fraud to Acey's son taking pocket change for video games… Wtf.

So… Now mom is out on the curb too. Chose her thieving Asshat over a daughter who was giving her a place to stay and a job.

Wtf.

Her mom, I actually have a little sympathy for. She's in a bad relationship and doesn't know how to get out of it. Asshat, however… He should be turned into soylent sausage.

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what
the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be
institutionalized.

“Well,” said the Director, “we fill up a bathtub, then we
offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or
her to empty the bathtub.”

“Oh, I understand,” said the visitor. “A normal person would
use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

“No!” said the Director, “A normal person would pull the
plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

Last weekend Sass and I went over to the island for a round of golf. The weather was perfect and warm, so there was really no other option than to go Island-side!

Here's a pic of us at “The 9th hole Office” which is a nice little spot to stop and have a bowl.

Here's a pic Sass took of me on the ferry.

And here's a mushroom. Mmmmm Mushroom…

As with the last tag I did, I nabbed this from Sass's blog.

I AM: laid back

I SAID: all that I needed to

I WANT: sex and chocolate

I WISH: I could fly

I HATE: greedy people, and walmart.

I MISS: The ocean

I FEAR: for the planet

I HEAR: Fatboy Slim

I WONDER: what to have for breakfast

I REGRET: not being there when needed

I AM NOT: in possession of all the answers

I DANCE: with my fingers

I SING: in the car, or when no one has to hear me

I CRY: at the beauty of the human condition

I AM NOT ALWAYS: motivated to get off my arse

I MADE: as many people smile as I could

I WRITE: illegibly

I CONFUSE: capitalists

I NEED: to win the lotto

I SHOULD: buy some new pants

I START: the day with a smile

I FINISH: the day with a smile. 🙂

*I believe: That people often behave like they think they're expected to

*I know: I'm only on this lovely blue ball for a few decades

*I can: do whatever I set my mind to

*I can't: understand why religious folks think war is ok.

*I see: beauty in almost everything

*I blog: to keep a record of my life

*I read: whatever I can get my hands on

*I am aroused by: Sass, my partner's pleasure, strong backs, chocolate, vanilla, tulips, arched necks, teasing… This list could go on for pages…

*It pisses me off: that corporate greed is the predominant evolutionary force working on our culture/species right now. *Grrrrrr*

*I find: everything interesting

*I like: touching

*I love: life, and (almost) everything in it

I understand: my head and heart

I fail to understand: why we keep rewarding greed and selfishness, while punishing peace and kindness.

I never: speak while angry

I rarely: put my needs before anyone elses

I occasionally: work more than once a week

I regularly: light my bowl

I often: forget to eat

I always: enjoy life to it's fullest – even if that means lazing on the couch

I without exception: love that she hates wearing underwear. *grin*

I laugh: as often as I can

I ask: what I can do to help

I trust: the universe

I am saddened: that the US spends half their budget on war while people go hungry on the streets

I listen: to waves and thunderstorms

I would: be the change i wish to see (Didn't even have to change that line from Sass. It's been my new fave rule for a few weeks now!)

Check this out!
“We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use,” he said. “What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.”

Personally, I suspect that any protective effect is just due to stoners being more relaxed than average… Stress kills, don'cha know!

…just eat a half jar of Nutella with a spoon!
(swiftly conceals chocolaty spoon in mouth)

Nabbed this off Sass's journal…

Things you have done:
Place an X by all the things you've done, or remove the x from the ones you have not, and send it to your friends/ post it to your blog.

This is for your entire life:
(X) Smoked a cigarette
(X) Drank so much you threw up (it's been at least 15 years)
( ) Crashed a friend's car
( ) Stolen a car
(X) Been in love
(X) Been dumped
(X) Shoplifted
(X/X) Been laid off/fired
(X) Quit your job
( ) Been in a fist fight
( ) Snuck out of your parent's house (never had to sneak. “Mom, going out… be back tomorrow!”)
(X) Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back
(X) Been arrested
(X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Lied to a friend – Only for their own good
(X) Skipped school
( ) Seen someone die
(x) Been to Canada (i LIVE here 🙂
( ) Been to Mexico
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been lost
(X) Been on the opposite side of the country
( ) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
( ) Felt like dying
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Recently colored with crayons (pencil crayons!)
( ) Sang karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with only coins
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Danced/Did something else in the rain
( ) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sun rise with someone you care about
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Made a bonfire on the beach (with 25' flames!)
(X) crashed a party
(X) Gone roller-skating
(X) Ice-skating

i'm adding a few i think are fun:
(X) been to europe
( ) kissed (with tongue) a member of the same sex
( ) learned to surf
( ) climbed a real mountain
(X) jumped out of a perfectly good airplane… while it was in the air
( ) bungee jumped
( ) hang glided
( ) had a one night stand
( ) danced in a snowfall
(X) made a snow angel (Nekkid!)
( ) watched a friend break their heart over you
(X) played disc golf
( ) played regular golf
( ) played footbag golf
(X) water skiied
(X) learned to sail
(X) kissed (with tongue) a member of the opposite sex
(X) been to asia
( ) been to australia/new zealand
( ) been the only one dancing
( ) been to africa
(X) been so cold you thought you would die
( ) been to south america
( ) been to the caribbean
(X) been addicted to a drug (Mmmmm Ganja…)
( ) won over an addiction (Trying to beat my oxygen addiction, but it's really got a hold on me!)
(X) smoked weed
( ) tried cocaine
( ) tried crystal meth
( ) tried Ecstacy
( ) tried heroin
( ) seen a rainforest (I wish!)
( ) attend church regularly (gads, no!)
( ) feel spiritual every day (Not spiritual, but certainly in awe of the beauty of the natural world)

Any nicknames? Nope
Mother's name? Mai
Tattoos? Nope
Body (piercing?) Yup

How much do you love your job? It's perfect for me! Easy, usually fun, and affords me tonnes of free time on my own schedule.
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Favorite vacation spot? Anywhere really!
What is your favorite drink? Mango Juice, Dr Pepper, Scotch, Dark & bitter beer, water…

Ever steal any traffic signs? No, but did nab a brass wind vane from the roof of a carousel…
Ever been in a car accident? No car vs car… Plenty of bike(me) vs car(blind fuckers!) tho.
2 Door or 4 Door? nope
Salad dressing? Sure

Favorite pie? Dufflet's “Squirrel Pie”
Favorite number? 9
Favorite movie? Yowza, so many… 2001, Blade Runner, Contact, Princess Bride, Casablanca, Rear Window, Breakfast at Tiffany's…
Favorite holiday? Summer Solstice

Favorite food? Chocolate
Favorite day of the week? Today!
Favorite brand of body soap? Ivory
Favorite TV shows? Futurama!

Toothpaste? Whatever's handy
Favorite smell? Lover's hair.. Cat fur… Mountain air… Ocean breeze…
What do you do to relax? Ganja, sex, video games, disc golf, books…
Message to your friends reading this? Tag, you're it!

How do you see yourself in 10 years? Older, wiser, and wrinklier, but still me. 🙂
Furthest place you will send this message: Teh Interweeeeb!
Who will respond the fastest? You tell me!
Least likely to respond? Me. :p

Auto or stick? Stick's the only way to drive!
Walking or cycling? Cycling
Dance or watch? Watch, ideally in awe.
Expect to live forever? At least until I get bored.

What time is it now? 1:15am