Less clean, less often

Go back to work and keep the house immaculate? Sure, once you get those 32-hour days up and running. It’s certainly not happening now:

I used to vacuum 3 times a week. Now I vacuum once a month and tell myself I’m not doing it more often because it “scares the cat.”

People ask me why I paid extra for these nifty hardwood floors. It’s mostly because I wanted my vacuum cleaner to be able to retire gracefully. (It’s a Hoover upright, age 40.)

You think they bought that? Me either.

OKC vs. Urban Renewal – Part I

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Just down the road, consequences of the curious belief that what people really want is more retail.

Ghosts of The Oklahoma City Skyline

History is amazing, isn’t it? Even more so when it’s not preserved. It becomes like excavating a great civilization or unraveling a mystery. Who knows what the layers of history are hiding? After hours of digging you may find that a locally esteemed hero did not always deserve the pedestal on which he’s placed, or even that your local chain store sits in the middle of what was a large lake! The latter is true of the Walmart at Belle Isle Station. Have you ever wondered why it was called Belle Isle? Where is the “isle” part? Researching the name is how I found part of the story. But there is definitely more to it than an old filled-in lake. It was one of the most popular recreation spots in Oklahoma City in the heyday of the streetcar. It took many hours of research to unravel the whole timeline with…

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Let’s play with live data

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I find this more than a little scary:

What happens when you take away the quality assurance team in a software development operation? Fewer, not more errors, along with a vastly quicker development cycle.

That, at least, has been the experience at Yahoo, according to Amotz Maimon, the company’s chief architect, and Jay Rossiter, senior vice president of science and technology. After some small changes in development processes in 2013, and a larger push from mid-2014 to the first quarter of 2015, software engineering at Yahoo underwent a sea change. The effort was part of a program Yahoo calls Warp Drive: a shift from batch releases of code to a system of continuous delivery. Software engineers at Yahoo are no longer permitted to hand off their completed code to another team for cross checking. Instead, the code goes live as-is; if it has problems, it will fail and shut down systems, directly affecting Yahoo’s customers.

Now I’m wondering if maybe I shouldn’t have signed up for another two years of Flickr Pro. Then again, Yahoo! is about to send itself through a financial meat grinder anyway.

Pants, schmants

You know, if I were married to the likes of Gabrielle Union, I probably couldn’t keep my clothes on either, so I shall not even mock Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade:

We can now stop wondering what NBA players wear when they’re home alone, because Dwyane Wade has the answer — nothing. But for the face of the new Naked Underwear’s Naked Truth underwear campaign, that wasn’t the case until he turned 30.

“I’ve got this saying now — I’m always naked,” he tells PeopleStyle. “But before, I was never one of those guys who ever felt comfortable naked. I was always the kind of guy who, even in my house by myself, I used to have shorts on. And I got to a point in age where I started feeling more comfortable being naked. But it took me until I was 30 years old until I felt comfortable — I’m 33 now.”

That’s part of the reason he’s involved with Naked, the underwear brand, which he’s the Creative Director of. “One thing I like about the name [of the brand] … when you think of being naked or what it stands for, it stands for freedom — those moments when you feel free. There’s no worries, nothing holding you back. And the confidence comes with it as well.”

I admit to, um, not wearing Mr Wade’s brand of underwear at the time of posting.

Why Blogging is Better than Dating

And let’s face it, I do a whole lot more blogging than I do dating.

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Last year I told you how blogging is my new boyfriend, second only in my heart to tennis. And after a year of bloggng, I’m proud to say that our relationship keeps getting stronger. I think that’s why I’m in no hurry to find someone. Because blogging is a much more suitable parter in many ways. For example:

1. Blogging is a much better listener. I talk a lot. I want to share every thought that I have about what book I’m reading, what new insight I have from my latest therapy session, what happened in my last tennis match. In my relationships I usually started conversations with, I have a bunch of stuff to tell you! Usually stuff that they didn’t find all that interesting. Go figure. But in my blog I can talk as much I want, whenever I want, and in whatever level of detail…

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Why I Don’t Vote

The right to complain should never be questioned — nor should the right to ignore the complainers.

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Why I Don't VoteIf you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

So if you DO vote, you get to turn into an asshole? There are constant Facebook statuses of the Government wasting money, the state of welfare and immigration. Nothing but complaints, on and on they go. So get out there and vote! Vote in someone new! Go vote for Trudeau!! Do it! I dare you!

Bored.

Truly, the idea of voting for ANY of these people is laughable. You think I’d actually vote for Justin Trudeau? I’d rather vote for Justin Bieber at this point. Ok, so I’ll bring Harper back for another few years, um, please no.

If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

I will put my trust in the Canadian people and on Tuesday I will see what has been done. Luckily, no matter the outcome, you can’t blame me for that shit. Don’t worry, I won’t complain, I’ll just…

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Columbus Day Sale! Indignation 50% Off!

Personally, I think we should move Thanksgiving to this date, aligning with the Canadians, and giving that black hole at the end of November to someone really undeserving. Like, for instance, me.

Nihilism is Pointless.

I hate Columbus Day.

Not because it celebrates “a mass murderer”.

But because my internet gets filled with so much terrible, rotten history.

Not from the people on the Right who want to scream and shout about “Political Correctness” but from those people who claim to be the smarter, more rational, and more intelligent, the Left.

Firstly, this joke has shown up more times in my Twitter feed than a feel good hashtag should.

“I assume that a Columbus Day sale means that I can just walk into the store and take whatever I want”

The fact that this joke has been stolen by so many people today is truly what defines both the words meta as well as irony.

It’s also patently hilarious to me, that I actually have people who are members of Native American tribes on my Facebook, and strangely they seem to be quite quiet today…

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