Thursday, March 31, 2005

Two years for sensing samsara which was originally called Pick Lock's Brain, hence the address. Then it became outlining samsara then finally sensing samsara.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Labels... bah

Labels... bah

Anyone that still thinks the media is liberal isn't seeing the stories on this right to die case in Florida with headlines reading the symptoms of starvation, dehydration, covering every quote from the family who is saying anything trying to save her. These are stories that seem to go to bat to try and save this woman.

The media is pro-people. Any agenda that happens to conflict with a party's idea automatically makes the media completely opposite of the political party. People forget the media have been around longer than any political party so any ideology that is in conflict with it is the party's own doing.

The irony out of all of this is it should be the conservatives who should leave this woman in Florida alone. After all it is a Republican agenda to keep the government out of the people's lives. But they have a problem with someone wanting to end their own life. They have a problem with a woman's decision on abortion, they want to enforce family values that parents need to be favoring and they want to control the content of tv, movies, radio and video games. They also want constitutional amendments defining a religious ritual - all from the same party that supposedly wants less government. The Republican party is popular and the country is seemingly conservative because people quickly identify and support a party of common sense. The question is, whose common sense are we supporting?

That's why the political parties are hypocritical and no one should affiliate themselves with one that conflicts with its own agenda. Support the representative that best represents your ideas, not the party he or she is affiliated with because it could just be a cover. Our President is not a bad representative because he's a Republican, he's a bad representative because he's a bad Republican.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

You know you're getting old when you visit a website asking for your birthdate and you have to scroll down to get to your year.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Weekend At Lockies

Weekend At Lockies

Since the birth of my kid and a lot going on at work including doubling the staff on site, my posts have suffered. It's ironic that with the increased activity in my life that would give me something to talk about, I just don't have the time to talk about it.

I had a good weekend. Friday night we stayed in. I watched some of the NCAA tournament going on. Mrs. Lock had a friend over and the two of them put together a delicious dinner for us.

Saturday we made our rounds around the city as we visited Grandma Lock for her birthday. We gave her a framed picture of her holding her great granddaughter, Baby Lock. We visited for a few hours, went home for a breather only to head back out and visit friends of ours, some of the last remaining souls on the planet who haven't seen Baby Lock in person.

Tonight we spent most of the day at home, sitting on the couch and watching anything that was on the newly installed High Definition channels. I'm starting to see repeats already but the picture is so beautiful to look at, we are suckers for any programming as long as it looks good. Oh, Cannibal Goldfish? Turn it up. Latino Lady Secret Garden Tips? Ok mute that but don't look away.

Mrs. Lock's father and step mother visited us in the morning just to say hi and see their granddaughter.

After they left, it was back on the couch for six hours of HD TV.

We realized we needed some supplies before the week started, I need milk for my breakfast and Mrs. Lock wanted eggs for next weekend's Easter egg hunt. We packed up Baby Lock, headed out to Costco, the hippest place where we like to shop, only to find out they close early on Sunday's. No problem. We'll go tomorrow, but we were hungry.

Mrs. Lock suggested one of her favorites - P.F. Chang's so we stopped in for dinner. I had the chicken chow mein, Mrs. Lock had orange chicken and Baby Lock had a nap. During dinner, the water boy was gracious enough to come around and refill Mrs. Lock's Sprite and disappeared in a flash, off to ruin other drinks. Once we realized what happened, we flagged down our waiter to get her a fresh and not-so-watery refill. We got our usual fortune cookies. I couldn't get the paper out of mine. I'm used to breaking the cookie in half and pulling the strip out like a ticker tape but this time, it ripped off the end. I cracked the cookie open a bit more to grab hold of a new corner and promptly ripped that off as well. I smashed the cookie to bits, pulled the rest of the fortune out and pieced it together. I felt like a FBI lab tech piecing together parts of a ransom note. The fortune seemed appropriate in another example of the day's irony.

"You will put together something successful."

After dinner, we wanted to stop by Babies 'R Us to pick up a jump swing for the kid. Remembering the Sabbath to keep it holy means all the shops close early and the 'R was no exception. Turned away again by an unwilling vendor, we headed home not accomplishing anything we set out to do.

Back on the couch to watch HD for about an hour. We gave the kid a bath and since she turned my jeans into a spit swamp, I took a shower myself. Now she's swinging her way into oblivion giving me the opportunity to write that for my neglected blog.


Thursday, March 17, 2005

St. Patty Cake

I could've had Raisin Bran this morning but I chose Lucky Charms instead to get in the spirit.

I'm hoping to provide you this year the same theme I had last year at this time. It'll be even more special this year since Mrs. Lock's cupboard is stocked with Baby Lock natural formula.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Monday, March 14, 2005

"Your intuition about the nature of reality is very likely to be wrong. Instead, take a careful look at what you know. The answer is hidden there." --Jeff Hawkins, author of On Intelligence

Friday, March 11, 2005

I saw a Hummer on the road yesterday with a handicap license plate. Not sure how I would feel to see one of those parked in a handicap parking space.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005



I was trying to view a video preview for a video game title I'm interested in called Jade Empire. It's a title that's being published by Microsoft Game Studios. The preview was on an Xbox website, I was logged in with my .NET Passport, I was using Internet Explorer to view it which was employing a Windows Media Player plugin to load it. This was all on a PC that was running XP and I was navigating the site using an IntelliMouse. Guess what? The video wouldn't load.

Word of advice to megalomaniac corporations: if you're going to take over the world, make sure your products play well together.
Hey I haven't forgotten about you. I've just been busy at work which is where I always made my posts.

The newborn is great. If only we can get her to sleep through the night. It's funny, the library of books that used to sit next to my bed, the fiction titles, scifi, fantasy, astronomy, have been replaced by Bonky the Cowboy, Brothers' Grimm Tales and The Cottontail Rabbit family.

I love being a dad.