Spyjinks (aka How to Get a DSL Modem)

I now have a DSL modem for when the DSL to my appartment actually gets connected. It was a bit of an adventure to get the thing and I will explain the technique so that others can obtain DSL modems more efficiently.

  1. Call speakeasy
  2. Sign up for DSL service
  3. Don't be in when UPS tries to deliver the DSL modem
  4. Go to the UPS tracking website and ask them to hold the package for pick-up
  5. Get annoyed because Third Ave gets cut in half by a bunch of stuff at the Cambridge/Somerville border
  6. Take a long annoying detour to deal with the severed Third Ave
  7. Get your package
  8. Decide that you don't want to take the detour again
  9. Find the break in the barbed wire and hop the fence into the MBTA train repair facility
  10. Hide in the shadows while a train snowly backs some cars into a hangar because you are tresspassing
  11. Book it across the train tracks
  12. Find a gap in the barbed wire on the other side and hop the fence
  13. Jump down off a big stone wall
  14. Return home
  15. Congratulations, you now have a DSL modem

Ok, I guess that's not really the best way to get a DSL modem but that's how I did it.

Death by Peanut Butter

I remembered hearing, long ago, that peanut butter doesn't tend to go bad but that when it does, it becomes very carcinogenic. Not knowing the details of this little fact, I turned to the internet and found a bunch of sources to explain what was going on.

The molds Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus grow on a number of things and grow especially well on peanuts. These molds release a chemical known as aflatoxin, which is a strong carcinogen and has been linked to liver cancer.

The FDA monitors aflatoxin levels in commercial products and it turns out to be the case that the big brand peanut butters (Skippy, Jif, etc.) have the lowest levels of aflatoxin. Also, if you go to a health food store and get freshly ground peanut butter, you're dumping tons of aflatoxin into yourself.

So buy big brand peanut butter and don't let it go bad.

Bachelor Burgers

Having settled into the bachelor's life pretty solidly at this point I have recently discovered a wonderful new food which I have decided to refer to as the Bachelor Burger. Here's how it works; you start with cheap grocery store brand burger patties (all beef) and you fry them up on a griddle, then you drop a nice slice of pepper jack cheese on top (I'm using Cabot brand) and then drop it on a cheap grocery store brand bun. I don't bother with condiments (not my style) but the cheap burger, cheap bun and good strong cheese makes for a really tasty and inexpensive combination. Such is the Bachelor Burger and it's mighty good.

Application Away

I turned in my application for grad school earlier today; yes, that's singular. This year I am applying to only one grad school and if I don't get in I am going to go do something else. That is my plan and I'm sticking to it.

Anyway, the application is in and now I just need to worry about graduating. The rest of my future is out already determined as far as I am concerned.

I've chosen the track that I'm going to be on and now I just need to toss coal into the furnace for a while.

Myers-Briggs Typology

The friends have been doing up the Jung - Myers-Briggs typology test so I gave it a spin (go take the test; blog about it or something). It's a fun and interesting little thing and it's a better put together than most internet personality quizzes (certainly more informative than something that tells you which Britney Spears song you are).

I turn out to be ENTP, or Extroverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving. This type is sometimes referred to as the Inventor style. Descriptions of the ENTP type can be found care of D. Keirsey or M. M. Heiss and J. Butt; personally I think they've got me pinned to a "t" (or nailed to a cross if you want some tasteless humor).

I took this test once a few years ago and last time I scored as INTJ. I agreed with that scoring then and I still agree that it is representative of who I was a few years ago. Back then, I sure as hell wouldn't have seen myself becoming an extrovert or becoming less judgemental.

The return home

I finished the return trip to Massachusetts today and am writing this from my room in Concord. Total trip mileage was 3553 (keen, it's symmetrical). I'll probably get myself back into the city tomorrow, though it might take more than one day.

Today was an interesting one. I started at a rest area in Virginia where I ignored the two hour parking limit and got eight hours of sleep. Between there and New Jersey, things were pretty uneventful. However, an interesting thing happened when I stopped for lunch and gas in New Jersey, I picked up a hitch-hiker heading for New York. Mind you, this was no normal hitch-hiker, this was Ludovic Hubler (you'll want to click the British flag if you can't read French)(also, it's kind of flakey in some browsers). I'm sure you're asking who is Ludovic Hubler and why should I care? He's this French guy who is hitch-hiking around the world, trying not to spend any money at all on travel expenses. He started in France, hitch-hiked across the Sahara, across the Atlantic, to Antarctica, up to the US and I gave him a ride from the middle of Jersey to New York.

That's my exciting news of the day; I picked up a hitch-hiker. The first time I ever pick up a hitch-hiker and I get the hitch-hiker to end all hitch-hikers.

Da North needs Waffle House

I've come in contact with a new chain restaurant on my trip into the South, Waffle House. Waffle House is pretty much what you'd expect given the name and is pretty tasty. It's a little better than IHOP or Bickford's in my opinion.

Also, they have grits, which are a new thing for me too. Grits are good.

FL sure is a beaut'

I'm not lost but I'm somewhere in Southern Florida and I don't know exactly where I am. It doesn't much matter as my time is valueless right now and I am pretty good at figuring out where I am in strange places.

Truth be told, I am actually kind of glad that I am bushwhacking through unknown territories. This is a beautiful part of the world that I had never seen before. It reminds me of Southern California a whole lot.

I've found I-95 now, so all my problems are solved from here to Massachusetts.