Megnut

Sad about the Sixers

Boo hoo, are you sad about the Sixers? I am. Until last night, I tricked myself into thinking they might have a chance. I even told myself they were as good as the Lakers. But last night I saw it simply was not true. The Sixers got SPANKED. They were no match for LA. :(

P.S. My mail is all fixed now. Yippee!

Frontline on the energy crisis

I watched the Frontline episode on the California energy crisis last night and I came away more discouraged than ever. Everyone seems to blame someone else, people are denying and pointing fingers, and no one seems to be doing anything to actually fix the problem. It's so frustrating. So I've come up with a plan, which is temporary but may do something to ease the consumer's pain: Don't pay your bill. Think about it. Don't pay it. What if everyone simply ceased to pay their PG&E bill? Maybe we'd all get turned off. Or maybe we wouldn't. Or maybe we just pay what we feel is "just and reasonable," so something like 1/3rd of the bill each month we pay. Of course, eveyone needs to participate to get this to work, but there's strength in numbers. Nobody's looking out for the little (wo)man, we've got to look out for ourselves.

Interestingly enough, during Frontline last night, lots of energy company executives (the people whose companies are trading in electricity on the open market [read: buying low and selling high]) claim to not know who's making all the money on the California crisis. "It's certainly not us," many said with straight faces to the camera. Funny then to see this article in today's Chronicle: Power Kingpins Rake in Millions in Stock Deals. Of course, they were only exercising options because their companies were doing well, it may have no direct correlation with the possible price gouging. Right? Maybe the Grand Jury will get to the bottom of this. Somehow I doubt it.

Mail is down

Ugh, looks like my megnut mail is having problems again for some reason. If you need to reach me, try mhourihan AT yahoo DOT com. I'll try and figure out what the problem is...

P2P conference website is up

Looks like O'Reilly's got the website up for the P2P Conference in DC this September. I'll be speaking about weblogs as peer-to-peer journalism and also it appears I'm on a collaborative journalism panel moderated by Dan Gillmor. So that's September...then in October it looks like I'm off to Berlin for a few days for the Wizards of OS conference, where I'll be speaking with Rusty and Dries on P2P: Colloborative Writing. Should be a busy fall.

In the meantime, if the Sixers do any double-teaming at the end of the game tomorrow night while attempting a comeback, leaving Fisher or Horry wide open along the three point line, I will simply freak out. Freak out I tell you!

A long time ago

12 years and two days ago, I graduated from high school. How can it possibly be so long ago?

More on But I'm a Cheerleader

Where would we be without the help of megnut readers? Dawn writes in with links to not only the But I'm a Cheerleader website but also the True Directions site as well. Owen writes to share a little more information about Heathers 2, but not enough. Winona, if you're reading this site, please email me with the scoop. Actually, don't bother. Heathers was fine, but I've never felt a need for a sequel.

Time is flying by

June 5th! June 5th! Crap, what's going on? Time is flying by and I can't keep up. Weekdays and weekends are blurred together and everything's happening at once. By which I mean, I keep forgetting to update this site.

I watched But I'm a Cheerleader! last night and it was hysterical: over-the-top campy queery goodness with wonderful plastic outfits and sexually suggestive backdrops. It reminded me of Heathers a bit with its use of stereotypical characters. It was just plain silly in parts but it worked. And I liked the soundtrack a lot (which doesn't seem to be available, at least I can't find it on Amazon. Boo!)

Speaking of Heathers, did you know there's a Heathers 2? Not much info here, but it's the same director and writer as Heathers. I wonder what the plot will be this time? Same high school? Same red scrunchie? 12 years later? Or will it be a zombie movie with all the wretched Heathers returning from the dead? I'd go see that for sure!

Speaking of movies, Out Cold's status hasn't been updated in a while so I don't know what's going on, but if this comes out, I'm going to see it opening night. It's written by a high school friend of mine, Jon Zack, who's always been damn funny. At our reunion a couple of years ago, he was telling me about some TV pilot he was working on involving a remake of the Dukes of Hazzard. What did I tell you? Funny!

Oh, and for those of you that are wondering about my mom's site, I'm working on it. It moved boxes and is in the process of getting set up again. Give me a few more days and it should be back online. Sorry for the delay.

I'm on TV

I apologize for the short notice, the weekend sort of crept up on me, but there's a TV program on CNN today and again tomorrow in which I'm interviewed about megnut. CNNdotCOM will air today at 2 pm ET and tomorrow at 4:30 pm ET and will feature a segment entitled "Reality Bloggs: These folks can't even keep their own secrets." I have no idea what that's supposed to mean, but if you want to see me on TV, now's your chance.

Disclaimer: I haven't seen it yet. I'm sure I sound like an idiot.

Go Sixers

I don't know who I love more today Allen or Eric. I do know that I can't wait until Game Six tomorrow night. I haven't cared so much about the outcome of a basketball game since the Celtics were good, back in the 80's. What's brought this on? Well, Jason "makes" me watch basketball, but it's Iverson who's won me over, Iverson and Snow and McKie and Mutombo and Hill and and and...well, you know what I mean. Go Sizers. I mean, Go Sixers!

Megnut is moving, again

Looks like megnut will be down again for a few days, the box is moving to another new location, but this time for good! Or at least, for a while. Thanks to Jason for the hosting. See you in June!

My to-do list

I've got a big day ahead of me. Now that I'm unemployed, I've got lots of things on my "to-do" list, as you can well imagine. First order of business: Money. I need some. And what better way to earn it than by being a contestant on The Weakest Link? I watched it for the first time last night and realized this could be my new calling. I'm filling out the application right now!

Thanks to everyone who's mailed about my cat, I appreciate it. He's all better now, and sleeping contendly on the sofa.

Jason has begun posting pictures from our vacation a few weeks ago. Since he took nearly all the pictures, I'm leaving it to him to post them all and write everything up. I'll just point you in the right direction.

An unemployed megnut is a lazy megnut.

Pearl Harbor, the movie, stinks

I saw Pearl Harbor yesterday, even though I knew it would be pretty bad. But I couldn't resist, there was something about it that drew me in. I think it was the scene in the preview where the woman is outside her home, hanging out her laundry, and the Japanese Zeros shoot past. It just chilled me when I saw it and made me wonder what I'd do and how I'd feel at that moment. Unfortunately, there was no other moments in the film where I experienced that sensation. But it was entertaining and there were some incredible special effects and some funny moments. I'd sum it up as: Explosive Hollywood blockbuster with historical innaccuracies that's about 50 minutes too long. Get it? Explosive? Har har.

Now if you want to see a good movie about WWII in the South Pacific involving nurses and love, you should check out So Proudly We Hail!. You can see how Hollywood glamorized war back in 1943. (Hint: less than now.) It stars Claudette Colbert and Veronica Lake and tells the story of army nurses in Bataan and Corregidor. If you like old movies, I definitely recommend it.

In threes...

In case you were wondering what happened to megnut, the Internet connection to the Pyra office (where the box that hosts megnut lives) was severed on Tuesday, bringing down many sites, including this one. If you sent me any email on Tuesday or Wednesday, I didn't get it, since my mail was also hosted there. Things are fixed for now, mail is relocated in one place, server in another. Bad luck example #1.

On Wednesday afternoon, "because of unfavorable market conditions and the Company's need to reallocate expenses" my position at work was eliminated "due to a reduction in force." I think the letter could have been written a little more truthfully, something along the lines of: "Because of ineffective management conditions and the Company's unwillingness to reallocate resources...." but that's just my opinion. Bad luck example #2.

On Wednesday evening I returned home to find my cat was ill. Very ill. And I'm still not sure why. We took him to the all night animal hospital, where they kept him for observation and did bloodwork and took X-rays which didn't turn up much of anything. He seems OK now, but I'm still concerned. As such, we've cancelled our plans to go camping with friends up north so we can spend the weekend at home. Bad luck example #3.

But you know what? I'm fine with it all. I'll go hiking another time. My kitty is here with me now. And heck, I didn't like my job. Not one bit. It wasn't interesting. It wasn't challenging. And culturally it was a terrible fit, and I mean terrible! I'll miss working with some of the nice folks there, and I'll miss the paychecks, but that's it. That clueless train can head on down the tracks without me and Matt on board.

More on Kaycee Nicole

Here's a link to the Fourth!! Metafilter thread about Kaycee. Ay ay ay! Look for this story in the "regular" media shortly...

It begins.

Sorry I don't have more to share, I'm still "Hooked on Kaycee."

Lies and more lies

You know how for a while now I've been saying, "I'm going to redesign. I've got lots of ideas. Soon." Well it's simply a lie. It's time to face the facts: I'm not going to redesign this site in the near future. I'm not going to get my other content up (stories and about pages and links to webcam pictures, etc.), and I'm fooling you and myself if I say I am.

Ah. I feel so much better now that I'm not longer living a lie. Don't you?

Speaking of living a lie...the most excitement the blog community has ever seen is afoot over at Metafilter (links to follow, the site isn't loading right now due to the load). Did I fall for it? Yup. I thought Kaycee was real, and I read her blog on and off. And I'll admit it: this hoax stuff had me hooked all weekend, ctrl + R, ctrl + R. I simply could not stop.

Is anyone really what they seem online? Maybe I'm not even real.

That'll be some party

On the belt ahead of me at the market today: 1 bottle vodka, 3 packets Jello, 2 bags ice, 1 French rolling pin, and 1 packet Extra-Strength Tylenol Sinus. It was hard to avoid laughing out loud.

Some thougths on Bobos in Paradise

While on vacation, I finished reading Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very funny in parts, laugh-out-loud funny even, and his observations were keen. I found many of his thoughts echoed similar ones of my own, particularly concerning the search for community and connection that seems so prevalant these days. The one disappointment I found, overall, was a lack of stance. Brooks acknowledges at the beginning that he considers himself a Bobo, and while there was some finger-pointing, it was mostly self-directed and too kind. What I'd hoped for, at least by the end, was a global statement along the lines of, "Eek! What's happening to our culture isn't very good. Here's some stuff we can do to address it." But there wasn't, and the end felt flat because of it. I do recommend it though, if only because it gives one some interesting nuggets to chew on while sipping one's latte.

That was more of a book report than I intended.

Photos from our European vacation

Jason's been posting some nice pictures of our vacation. If you haven't seen them, you should check out these ones of the Tour Eiffel. We were lucky to see it all sparkly and glittery one night after dinner. Ah Paris...

Also while I was gone, Bryan launched Monolot, a site dedicated to reviewing all that's nice and good in food, lodging, and design. Or something along those lines. If I'm lucky enough to have my reviews accepted (the editorial policy over there is strict strict strict!), you may soon see some notes about delightful spots I visited in Paris and Antwerp.

A quck favor

Want to do me a favor? And quick? It's 10:07 am right now in San Francisco and (for something I'm doing this afternoon at 12:45) I need some "favorite" megnut posts. The problem is: I don't think I'm a good judge of the content here. And what's favorite to me might suck to everyone else. So if you recall a post or two that really stuck in your memory, could you send me the permalink? And if it's past 12:45 pm PDT, it's too late. (Sorry, I should have done this yesterday. D'oh!) Thanks so much.

Looking through my archives for the above "favorite" posts, I stumbled across this old page that's still up. It's funny to see the list of blogs, I remember when those were all the Blogger-powered blogs in existence. We've come a long way, baby!

Back from vacation

I'm back from vacation. Please be patient with me, I need a little time before I can get back into the swing of things.

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