November 3rd, 2004

vote libertarian


election party was fun but i'm tired as hell, so I'm going to bed. think it's going to Bush. bad for my civil rights, but good for my checkbook, so hey, whatever.

good news though - Mr. Rosile, our Kansas libertarian chairperson, received over 13,000 votes in the US Senate race, which is a pretty big deal for our little party. There were like five people running, it was crazy. good times. I've been so pissed off lately about people just talking about "the ralph nadar" party when they talk about anything besides republicans and democrats... it's nice to see that smart people who do their homework are voting libertarian. gives me some hope.

see you tomorrow, America.

the powerbook lives!

Guess what, everyone? I got my powerbook! And it only took three weeks. I got my tracking order Tuesday that said it had made it to in Kansas City, then this morning it left KC, then it got to Wichita, then it was delivered to the computer store, so after work I just showed up. Didn't call them, just went, and there were piles of boxes on the floor and some random guy who was like, "Oh, I haven't processed anything yet, I've been working on other things..." I told him that was no problem, I could wait. A few minutes later I was out the door with a gigantic powerbook box. I got it out and opened it at this Panera Bread location that offers wireless internet access. Turned it on, went through a bunch of happy-apple-BS, and now I'm updating my livejournal with my very own laptop! i'm terribly excited.

it's so new and shiny!

In other news, sorry to everyone who really hoped Kerry would win the election. I was kind of sickened by the fact that people had to wait 10 hours to vote in some states. Really, we need to fix that, I don't understand the problem. We can deposit thousands of dollars in checks using the internet and ATM machines, we can design airplanes with a 1 in a billion chance of crashing, but we can't make a voting system that's dependable, functional, secure and gets the job done?

truly I tell you, "government works" is an oxymoron.

oh, if I could give everyone online a homework assignment for today, I'd tell them this: look up who won all your local elections and write them a letter, especially if they're new to the office. Tell them what's on your mind. Maybe you don't feel like your voice was heard yesterday, but your voice is still there. Do not leave the country. Do not curl up in your room being all depressed. Politics is happening all the time, not just every four years, and if you got interested in the past three weeks stay interested because you can make a difference, okay?

sorry to blow sunshine up everybody's rear, but since I just bought a new computer nothing can make me feel hopeless for the world. plus, I'd kind of accepted months ago that badnarik wasn't going to win, so I've had time to consider the alternatives.

computer update

life is just so wonderful with hardware.

got home after class and struggled with the wireless router for a while... i'd halfway set it up a week ago, then things went bad so I got panicy and re-installed my ISP software again to just go straight to the cable modem. well tonight, after repeated attempts to get to the web-based setup, I called dlink tech support. It was wonderful. I didn't have to hold, and the guy on the other line was totally cool and we somehow got to talking about linux... he runs slackware. I told him I ran suse (SOO-SEE) and he was like, "SOOS"? funny how people who always read stuff end up talking differently.

got the router configured using static IP and everything was wonderful. got the new laptop online, all wireless and everything. it keeps discovering other wireless networks everywhere, which is funny.

also got my snaz-tastically adorable bluetooth mouse configured! it works great... you click the bluetooth icon and it finds the mouse and they (wirelessly) get it on for a second and then have this perfect bonded relationship forever. and it gives you messages the whole time... "discovering your device..." "pairing with your device..." "ooh yeah baby that's the protocol, yeah..." "we're very happy now".

lesson of the day though: optical mice don't work so well on clear glass tabletops. yeah, i know everyone out there is doing the "duh" thing about now, but this is my first optical mouse and I just don't think of these things.