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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008
damn my scheduling.
for some reason I decided it was a good idea to schedule a two hour meeting for 3:00 pm on a Friday.... gah!

(My boss has been gone since 11:30 today! .. stupid meeting...)

American History 2000 - Present

Monday, January 21, 2008

On Sunday morning I woke up and said: "Today I am going to delete my Friendster account." I got around to it today. I will now be focusing all of my social networking energies on LinkedIn.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Oh! Oh! It continues!

Dear friends,

With the deepest apologies, I am resending the present invitation due to the mistake made informing that the celebration would take place on “December 18th” instead of the Friday, JANUARY 18th, which is indeed the correct date,

Sorry for the impertinence,


José Iván


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

While TimN is busy selling out to the U$/Israel Death Machine, I'm getting emails like this:

Queridos/as amigos/as,

Cumplo en extenderles la presente invitación, en la expectativa de que nos acompañen en tan sentida celebración. Todos están invitados. De ser posible, inviten a amigos/as, compañeros/as que juzguen pertinente,

Pedimos disculpas si ya han recibido este correo e invitación. Adicionalmente les pedimos que nos confirmen vuestra asistencia por esta vía.

Saludos cordiales,

Dear Friends,

Hereby, let me share with you the attached invitation for this coming Friday 18th at the Residence of the Embassy of Bolivia. Everybody is welcome. If you consider pertinent, invite as well your friends to this celebration,

Our apologies if you have already received this invitation and mail. Additionally, we kindly ask you to confirm your presence at this celebration,

All the best,

José Iván Dávalos

Embassy of Bolivia
1st. Secretary
3014 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington DC - 20008

Embajada de Bolivia
1er Secretario
3014 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington DC - 20008

No seriously, this is the exact text of an email I got today.

Sucker for Obama

Maybe it's because I'm just starting to get homesick, but doesn't this make you shiver just a little bit? It must be my inner moderate trying to get out.

Monday, January 14, 2008

After decades of violence, and while still remembering their brethren slain in that bloody conflict, North Side and South Side Goshenites united for cookies.

Thanks to erini for the photos. Sorry about the browser-based compression. Suggest you right-click to 'view image' if you want to see everyone's beautiful faces all natural-like.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

fledgling - finally updated.

Sim City comes to life
As some of you may or may not know, I have an addiction: Sim City.

While hiking at point reyes, I noted how the elk on the hills looked exactly like the woodland creatures in sim city 4 that bound across the hills before a city is built.

Looking out my window as my plane landed at LAX, I made notes on how to construct my next gigantic suburb - not the most interesting of cities, but it is fun to play with.

Both experiences were extremely thrilling as the line between real life and sim city grew increasingly fuzzier.

Then yesterday I found out the original simcity source code has been released to the public!

And now!!!! for the piece de resistance:

Russia is building the city-buildings they had in simcity 2000!!!!! soo cool.


Friday, January 11, 2008

January 11, 2008

Crime Victims Compensation Bureau
Office of the Attorney General Lisa Madigan
100 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Dear Ms. Madigan:

On July 3, 2007, I was the victim of a strong-arm robbery at 1400 South Blue Island, Chicago, Illinois. I am writing this letter to file a claim for resulting costs which are compensable under the Crime Victims Compensation Act, 740 ILCS 45/1 et seq. Enclosed with this letter please find my Crime Victims Compensation Application, along with supporting documents.

My medical insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois, has already paid the bulk of my medical expenses. I am seeking compensation for the cost of medical services that I have paid out of pocket, a total amount of $1,176.30.

Aside from medical services, I have incurred the compensable medical expense of prescription medications, a total amount of $53.38.

Finally, I am seeking compensation for transportation expenses to and from medical and treatment facilities incurred on two occasions: (1) a taxicab ride from the emergency room after midnight on the day following the robbery, in the amount of $28.25 and (2) parking at Rush University Medical Center on July 6, 2007, in the amount of $11.25. I traveled by public transportation to receive medical services on all other occasions. I am not seeking compensation for those costs.

In total, my claim is for $1,269.18.

In support of my application, I have attached copies of bills for the amounts I am claiming as medical services expenses which are, in all but one case, accompanied by a copy of the check by which I paid the bill. The one exception was an instance on July 6, 2007 where I paid a $20.00 co-pay by credit card. I am including a copy of the receipt from that payment. Please also note that this $20.00 co-pay is noted on the August 31, 2007 billing statement I received from Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, LLC, which is also enclosed.

To substantiate my claims for compensation for prescription medications and the taxicab transportation, I am including receipts for those costs. Unfortunately, I do not have documentation of my payment of $11.25 for parking on July 6, 2007.

To summarize this cost information, I have prepared a spreadsheet, which I have also enclosed with this letter. Please note that amounts noted in the column “Covered by Insurance” comprises both payments by Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois and discounts on medical services that I received because of agreements between Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois and the respective medical services providers. Please refer to the enclosed bills or call me for details.

I have also enclosed a copy of the police report related to the robbery which caused my injury. While officers of the Chicago Police Department contacted me several times during July and August about the crime, as far as I am aware they have made no arrests. In the event that arrests are made, I would be glad to cooperate in appropriate proceedings.

Please note that on September 30, 2007, I moved from xxxxx, Chicago, Illinois to xxxxx, Chicago, Illinois. Most of the enclosed supporting documents show the xxxxx address, as I was living there at the time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at (312) xxx-xxxx. I would be glad to provide you with any additional information or documentation you might need. I look forward to your response.

Yours truly,



my grandpa dances to "baby got back"

I don't know how many of you out there are cubicle dwellers (I'm not,thanks god) but this game seems like a great way to spend 5 minutes.

Thursday, January 10, 2008
MY MOM GOT MARRIED!!!! (last week)

here are some pics

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My ABCs of URLs
I'm currently waiting on work to appear (which it has, it's just not here yet) so I'm a little bored. I shouldn't be because I just moved to a new apartment and I should be organizing/doing laundry/building shelves. But I'm not. So instead I'm blogging. Hurrah! So here's what I get when I type each letter of the alphabet into my firefox browser. I think it's pretty telling of my web habits. I was just going to give you the list, but since I'm still awake, I'm giving comments also.

Apple - Downloads
My favorite downloads: Golly 1.3, ClassicMahjong, Tangle, Lumens, and SuperTuxKart

Boing Boing
Duh! Like the best blog ever

Always a good resource

The place to go when you're really really bored

Handmade awesomeness for sale

You know you like it too

refresh, refresh, refresh

Indispensable tool

The Internet Movie Database
I spend way too much time here

Elise Derstine's Cousin makes some pretty knarly things

Kevin Kelly -- Cool Tools
Tool Porn

MySpace for boring adults

Meg Schrock

[האייפוד רעב]
the best place for music

Overheard In New York
Probably the most entertaining site on the internet

I've got a secret I've been hiding under my skin. My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain I.B.M.
It's like they put a lens on sliced bread

SeeqPod Music beta
Tunes on the go.

A good way to keep up to date on the latest viral videos and internet memes

Virgin America
My most favoritestedest airline ever, even though they sent my luggage on a week-long vacation without me

One day, One deal!

A good way to get stupid quick

A funny box/bag/onwheels/with/chair/thing - I want one

move to chicago
why look.. what a great little apartment to rent...

seriously, anyone want to sublet my apartment?

it's cheap.
and I'll love you forever.
(or give you cookies, your choice)

(I'm just going 10 minutes north to Evanston)

In case I missed anyone, I am having a cookie-baking party at my house on Sunday.
Call me for details.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008
the next big thing
That's right. Dancin' like a monkey to bad music under strobe lights in Gtown.


Good to see several Shoupers In Good Standing over break. Thanks for the entertainment, all.

I'm working on plans for an East Coast Tour this spring/summer to see anyone I can, details TBA.

Pacifist WoW

link (via boingboing)

so continues my love-hate relationship with monkeys...
Monkey Tea.

.. seriously.

I want this... but I don't know about drinking it...
I don't think I want to put anything in my mouth that a monkey touched.
monkeys are gross.

(I just copy-pasted this from my personal blog...)

Monday, January 07, 2008

At Ashland the guy in the white and black Nike windbreaker and the Cubs hat stood up and gave a speech to the train. I could follow the Spanish well enough to know there was something about buying something to eat and also something about a mental hospital. After finishing, he sat back down like a drunk. I could smell him from two seats away, though somehow he had managed to keep his clothes clean and otherwise pass for a sober person. Either Spanish speakers are more generous or the majority of the speech that I didn't understand was really compelling because three people gave him money.

Saw ericam last night. Glad to hear you're doing so well, ol' pal.

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