Now that the first of the month has passed, it’s time for some more serious news.

Mrs. Hurin and I are expecting a little girl in August!

We’re very excited. . . and terrified. So far Mrs. Hurin has suffered almost none of the ill-effects so common in pregnancy. And she’s doing great. We can’t wait to meet the little bundle of joy!


Been a bit busy. But this is not another downward spiral into nothingness again. Well, actually, everything, when you think about it, is a downward spiral into nothingness. Except this.

Because I said so.


Many of my friends and family are tired of me going on my “Roman Emperors” rant. Essentially, I argue that “Every single one of us lives better than Roman Emperors and all we can do is whine about how the Emperor on the other side of town has a fancier purple toga.”

Seriously, every single person among the billions who have ever lived on this planet over the course of human history would look at the way even the poorest of us live today and consider us to be incredibly wealthy and. . . well. . . lucky. Yes even our “poor” are unimaginably wealthy by any reasonable, historical standard.

My guess is that anyone from these prior eras would probably also see the “inequality” among us (where even our folks “below the poverty line” have housing, food, cars, cell phones, and cable TV) as inconsequential considering the benefits of living during this era of prosperity. They’d probably be aghast that we seem ready to up-end this system and try something new because some folks have nicer indoor plumbing than others. If you came from an era where even the concept of refrigeration and readily available ice was an unimaginable luxury. . . the fact that we all live like Emperors but some Emperors live better than others probably wouldn’t bother you very much.

Anyways. . . I’ve ranted about that many times before. We’ve totally lost perspective. Especially this latest generation.

So, without any further ado, here’s Louis CK with the funniest bit I’ve seen in a long while. And one that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It starts a bit slow but just keeps getting better.

In case that link disappars, here it is (without the intro commercial) on Youtube. Though the quality isn’t as good.

I realize this is from October. So I’m a bit late to this party. But if you’ve already seen it, it’s still worth seeing again!


. . . vs those that are paid to pretend they are geeks.

I’m currently living this experience as well. A friend of mine is having me re-do much of her home theater system. Problems included:

  1. DVD Player connected to HD TV via in-wall composite video cable (think “yellow RCA connector”). Yuck! Related to this. . .
  2. There was no other high-quality cable run through the wall (no HDMI, no Component).
  3. Center Channel appears to be routed into the right speaker. And vice-versa.

She was going to be charged $300 by a local installer to run a component video cable run through her wall. Instead, I convinced her to spend that $300 on a blu-ray player (when in doubt, upgrade!), $40 on a monoprice HDMI switch, and then just use the HDMI run for her DirecTV box to watch both the DirecTV and Blu-Ray. We got the stuff installed and she’s thrilled with the picture quality (as you’d expect since her frame of reference was DVD over composite).

Still haven’t had a chance to swap the speaker wires in the back of her receiver though. Should be quick and easy. But I only noticed the problem on my way out the door and scheduling a follow-up visit has been an issue.

But where was I? Oh yeah, Best Buy’s Geek Squad will charge you $325 to just mangle things.

The ironic part is that she has thanked me for my help by generously giving me a Best Buy card!