My Personal Little Corner of Insanity

Because I need help like I need a bullet to the brain

When the world ends, Jason is totally moving to the wilds of Montana/Wyoming near Yellowstone. He's gonna have a cabin by the river with the back towards the mountains. I have a pic to upload later.

Thoughts on Uber the ride sharing service
Uber and Lyft are, conceptually, great ideas. The technology behind it is pretty brilliant. The real issue I have is that while user reviews can help filter out the good from the bad, you don't know if a new driver is bad until after you get in the car with them.

Uber, for example, only earlier this year started expanding background checks to all of their drivers rather than background checks on just their "elite" services. They have also shown reluctance in the past to take responsibility for their drivers while their drivers are "working".

Not to mention that their actual corporate policy appears to be rather flippant, especially when it comes to laws and regulations. For example, they recently moved into Virginia where existing laws ban ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft. And Uber did it knowingly and willingly.

As for their insurance, Uber and Lyft depends on the driver's personal insurance to cover things first before they step in with their "best in class" insurance. The problem with this is that almost all insurance companies will only cover you if you have a private insurance and you are driving as a private individual. They consider services like Uber and Lyft to be commercial and thus you need a commercial insurance. If they catch you, they can drop you and good luck getting car insurance again.

That said, I can't trust a company that acts in such blatant disregard for the law and tries to absolve itself of all blame (thus throwing a driver under the bus) when something happens while a driver is looking for fare. Nor does it exactly seem willing to actually help drivers out with training and what not. On top of that, they do not have fixed rates for their services.

So yeah. I like the concept but Uber the company leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Lyft's been playing it smarter but I still feel sketchy about the entire thing.

Not good ways to start a day:
Waking up a hour late because alarm went off at the right time for the wrong time zone.
Getting a call from work while trying to leave for work because of vtc issues.
Getting to work nearly a hour late because of dealing with said issues.
All on 5 hours of sleep.

A summer project
DNA Sequencing for tracing ancestry:
GPS tool for tracking down the physical location of said ancestry:

#firstworldproblems Dilemma
One of my favorite bands (The Gaslight Anthem) is going to be playing at a local joint next Thursday. Next Thursday is also a raiding night and I'm missing the following Thursday (and possibly Tuesday) already because of ACen. Normally I'd be 50/50 on going but they just finished recording their newest album and a part of me is wondering if they'll play a preview of it at the show...

Ugh. WHy a Thursday TGA?!


Putting some serious consideration into obtaining some bowties for personl wear...


Pens pens and more pens
My current Do Want list include the following:
Visconti Homo Sapien. I have not decided if I would like the Bronze of the Steel Age better. My inclination is towards Steel largely because the Bronze is an oversized pen. While I have giant man hands, I don't think I'd be comfortable writing with oversized pens. But if I can give it a try, I'd like to test both of them.

Pilot Vanishing Point. I am intrigued about these pens and I would LOVE to love these designs but they're all so incrediably boring. The metallic colored ones just look cheap to me, maybe it's the photos though. The only ones that I really like are the two Raden pens and the 50th anniversary wooden version seen here.

Otherwise, I've pretty much have most of my current 'must have pens'.

I am, however, also considering the Visconti Merry Go Round. It's way cheaper than the homo sapien as it's built off of their Rembrandt line and money gets donated to a children's hospital in Italy for every pen sold. It's being marketed as a 'child's first Visconti'.

There's still a couple pens on my 'would be nice to have' list, largely a vintage Mont Blanc and a vintage Waterman and/or Scheaffer. I own a vintage Parker Vacumatic (that I need to get some nib work done on) and a vintage Wahl-Eversharp, so there's no BURNING NEED for another vintage pen really. But would love to get a few more gold nibbed pens. Right now only the two vintage pens and my Platinum are gold nibbed. 

Note to self:
Get some of the prints from this chick.

Basically need all of her Sabriel Arts.

(Maybe not the one with Terciel and baby Sabriel and maybe not just Sabriel but definitely the landscape one and the 9 gates).

Things I notice during breakfast
My sausages lool like little uncircumcised penises.

Sleep and dreams
Slept like shit but had an amazing dream that I wish was completely real. I like to think that this is me getting a glimpse of my life in another dimension.

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