Archive for May, 2004

Memorial Day 2004

I took a break manually updating entries from two years ago to go to the park and toss the ‘bee for a bit. What started out as a sodden day turned out better than expected. I enjoyed the weather, my time off from work and some thoughtfulness.


My hosting company,, was hacked last Thursday. If you missed it and would like to see what the hack ended up looking like, look at this. I’m keen to think that they were nice hackers.

Spaghetti Con Vino

I don’t think I’ve ever written about food. I’m on an eat what I’m hungry for diet. This is not diet used in ‘what I eat to lose weight’ instead it is used in the ‘what I eat cause I’m hungry’ sense.

The Lathe of Heaven and The Silence in Heaven

I read two books in two days. Yes, I’ve already finished the books I picked up Sunday at the library. Besides both having the word ‘heaven’ in the title and both using the word ‘milquetoast’ in the exposition, they are very different. The Silence of Heaven by Peter Lord-Wolff is a pretty decent first novel. […]

An Open Letter to All Women

Dear, Everything is going to be alright. I finally understand. Yesterday I had an epiphany and reached enlightenment of a sort. I know you are madly in love with me; and that is okay. I’m writing this to tell you that being totally consumed by the fires of your ardor is a good thing. You […]

Running Into Things

I ran into near rush-hour traffic this morning on the way to work and then discovered that many people must have decided that Monday was get to work ass-early just like Adam day. Yesterday, I ran to the library and picked up a couple of books, [The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin and […]


I’m going to get a new window in my apartment. I should be terribly excited I suppose, except that my apartment also needs new closet doors, new cabinets, new carpet and a good scrubbing by a HazMat team. Also, the communication of the landlord to the tenants is of the highest technology. Someone slid a […]


I woke up today to this on my weather page: But I’m not going to let that get me down. This weekend is the Cleveland Music Festival, and while GWAR is no longer headlining, I’ll still get the chance to see The Misfits and avoid Mushroomhead. Tonight I’m going to see one of my ex-coworkers […]

The Tale of the Snut

Once upon a time, in a galaxy, far, far away, there lived a small and determined band of heroes who fought evil for reasons concerning Truth, Justice and the American Way. Since Truth and Justice are, at best, subjective terms whose definitions change depending on who has power and since no one who they fought […]

A Case for Suicide

Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape, form or manner planning, thinking about planning, planning of thinking about planning or attempting suicide. Quite a bit of time in my anthropological learning process was devoted to the study of suicide, this stems from that. Some bits and pieces also come as a result of my delvings […]


It is probably pretty obvious, but I am filled with feelings of inadequacy. Like most things, it has its positive effects and negative effects, but I think, for the most part, that this/these feeling[s] hinder more than they help. [sometimes when i write, i have far too many weird things going on in my sentences, […]

Thoughts on Beheading and Torture

I saw a video of the beheading. I’m not sure if it was uncut or not, as it was a bit jumpy. It definitely stuck in my craw to watch it, but I don’t feel the outrage that so many others seem to feel. I’ve cut the heads off of living creatures before [mostly just […]

Sexual Mailbox

A loyal reader writes†: I’ve been reading Organic Mechanic for a long time but I’m disappointed that you don’t talk about sex more than you do. A man of your dashing good looks and roguish personality gets it on all the time, I am quite sure. Please tell us about your sex life. I want […]

War Dream

I had many dreams last night but the one I am going to tell you about involves me going off to war. I was living on a planet that might as well have been Earth but wasn’t. I say that it might as well have been Earth because if you had been born into that […]

Ratatat and Clinic

I saw Ratatat and Clinic at the Grog Shop last evening. Ratatat was surprisingly good. Just two guys and their guitars, some groovy bells and whistles [and a cool projected psychedelic accompaniment] and lots of jamming. They didn’t have any lyrics but since each song seemed like a blend of experiment, improvisation and virtuosity, words […]

Incoming Assault

Friday’s adventures in the land of Habitat for Humanity were alright. Since the weather forecast was a bit random we started out working in the HfH headquarters and I cleaned old drywall sealer and primer out of buckets with the kid of the guy who is getting a house built. There were a bunch of […]

Well isn’t this place a geographic oddity.

This week is a bust as blogging goes, since tomorrow I’m working on a Habitat for Humanity house with some coworkers. I’ve obviously changed the stylesheets around a bit and hopefully they are a bit more readable. Thanks to A List Apart for giving me the necessaries. I still can’t figure out why there isn’t […]

Well I don’t want Fop, godammit! I’m a Dapper Dan man!

Rapid catch up. Friday I ate a mushroom forest, played pool with pool sharks and other deviants [including a goatherder and coxswain] and won at poker. Saturday and Sunday nothing happened. Yesterday my redesign went live and now has groovy style sheet switching on the right side. Whichever style you choose should remain that way […]

2004 Haiku Contest Results

Here are the winners, the placers, the showers and the rest of the magnificent few who were privileged to enter the 2004 Organic Mechanic haiku contest. All entries are the copyright of the authors, they just happen to be here.