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March 1, 2011

Hey lawmakers

Filed under: My World,Rants — steegness @ 5:28 pm

I get walking out so that there’s no quorum, and no business can be conducted. I do. I think that sometimes, it’s a necessary evil so that actual discussion can take place on a bill that’s being seemingly rammed through; a consensus can be reached (or at least adequately explained) on an issue that deserves a few extra moments.

This type of stunt though, where you decide to stall other things so you can get your way on something unrelated: not cool.

Work it out.

April 24, 2009

A Rough Go

Filed under: Family,My World,Rants — steegness @ 8:59 am

There are myriad ways I’m a lousy father. I do my best, but I know I fall short. Providence has landed me in the arms of a great woman who is both able and willing to pick up my copious slack in that department.

One way I know I miss the mark is believing my older daughter. She never made it particularly easy with her penchant to exaggerate, just as I know that my fondness for teachers and a general belief in their absolute desire to do what’s best for the children in their care exceeds realistic levels. I kept telling Emma — and myself — that it couldn’t ever be as bad as she describes it. I don’t know what clicked, in her and in me, but something did, and I’m grateful.

To that end, today is my daughters’ last day at Middle River Baptist Child Development Center. I’ve watched this daycare:

  • Let my five year old autistic daughter run a quarter mile home
  • Lose my daughters’ things and try to blame them, changing their story no less than three times in the process
  • Have its teachers set my older daughter up for ridicule and embarassment
  • Send writeups home bearing witness to the bad behavior of my older daughter, only to learn that none of the people who signed as a witness actually saw my daughter do any of the things they described
  • Break their OWN policy in informing the parents that ringworm was discovered in one of their kids, and not see an ounce of apology in the letter that finally did come home

There’s certainly more, ranging from ‘things that got on my nerves’ to ‘why are you a teacher again?’, but I feel that’s a decent bullet point list.

I’m sorry that I didn’t believe my daughter more the first time through, and I’m sorry that my inaction caused her grief. (And if you’re reading, MRBCDC, that is an apology. Not apologizing for how people feel, but rather apologizing for the actions that were in the wrong.) I’ll be working to make it better.

February 5, 2009

Stimulus Response

Filed under: My World,Philosophy,Rants,Thoughts — steegness @ 1:03 am

I’m fairly well off, but I’m not horribly affluent. The economy affects me, but hasn’t crippled me. So I think I’m decently qualified to take a stab at what a decent stimulus package ought to do.

For the bored: Keynes is right. Tax cuts do jack, and in a time like this, they only stand to exacerbate the situation. Tax cuts come when everyone has money. First, we need to get some. I’m frankly loathing hearing anyone talk about tax cuts and how it puts money into the hands of the consumer. No, it doesn’t; leaving you with more is not the same as seeing that you have more, especially when people are scraping to get by (and are likely least affected by taxes in general).

Create work. Create jobs. Pay people. THAT puts money into pockets, and lets people spend again.

October 23, 2008

Grumble Drivers Grumble RARRR

Filed under: Rants,Technology — steegness @ 12:38 am

The process for upgrading video drivers need to be easier. Much easier. “I should be done with this” easier.

dlkjrlghrghgp4 lknljgrehg.


April 30, 2008

Tiny letters

Filed under: Rants — steegness @ 9:39 am

Somehow, everyone seemed to vision enhanced but me. That’s the only explanation.

How else can I look at “NO LEFT TURN 7AM-7PM” and not see the “except for you, douchebag in front of Sean”?

March 12, 2008


Filed under: My World,Rants — steegness @ 7:00 am

Me, yesterday (though it could apply anytime in the past three months or so):

If boogers were dollars, I could put my kids through college.

February 1, 2008

I wish I liked Radiohead more

Filed under: Rants,Reviews,Thoughts — steegness @ 2:21 pm

Radiohead makes good music that I’d enjoy if I were trying to sleep, or maybe if I were tripping on mescaline or peyote or something. The lyrics are vague yet meaningful, and the music itself is unlike most everything I’ve heard. Trouble is, there’s rarely a hook, and as nice as Radiohead is to listen to while feeling introspective, it’s sucks for everyday use.

That is all.

November 29, 2007


Filed under: Rants,Work — steegness @ 1:18 pm

Today was notification day for the reduction in force.
I got tapped.

More to come, believe it.

October 9, 2007


Filed under: Family,Rants,Thoughts — steegness @ 2:07 pm

Rationally speaking, I don’t mind Julie staying at work for lunch, really I don’t. But I hate it because I always forget to stop and eat on my own.

September 10, 2007

On A Noose and Outrage

Filed under: My World,Rants,Thoughts — steegness @ 10:05 pm

The background: ‘Speak-out’ urged over noose at UM (

The reaction: WHA?

I like to imagine myself as a pretty tolerant fellow, and one who can recognize intolerance when it rears its ugly head. But man, the media circus that’s following around the indignant outrage circus has got me totally baffled.

The assistant editor of the Black Explosion newspaper, who reported the noose to police Friday, said Monday that it appeared even smaller in person than it did in a photo published this week in the Diamondback student newspaper.

“Whoever tied it wasn’t a great noose-maker, let’s put it that way,” said Ajan Brown, 21, a sophomore journalism major from Seattle. Still, Brown said it resembled a lynching noose “enough to be offensive to me.”

There’s a frenzy over a small poorly-knotted rope. An honest-to-god frenzy. I’m still shaking my head at this. There are calls for a community forum to voice outrage over a badly-made noose that no one noticed for two weeks.

Here’s what you should take to the forum: the knowledge that you’re looking at a piece of rope, as well as the knowledge that reading any more into it than that ascribes more to the onlooker than the ropemaker. If the ropemaker is a racist (which I’ll conjecture for the purpose of the rest of this sentence), you can say that he is a pox on society and does not represent his fellow racists well, as he can’t fashion a good noose, nor put it in a more visible area to express his racism.

It’s a rope. If it were put there by a racist, then the racist did a poor job, and you have nothing to fear from his narrow (and apparently small) mind. Please get back to class.

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