Angry Little Tank

Rants, chants and cants....all written while wearing no pants!

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Will no one play with my Wii?

36 year old emotionally stunted gay man seeks other like minded individuals for long saturday afternoons handling my Wiimote. Feel free to bring your own peripherals as I'm extremely open minded. Interests include androgynous anti-heros, homoerotic JRPG side quests, and Guitar Hero. Bass players step to the front of the line.

Also looking for gay only Wii handlers to participate in my unique vision of a Mii gay parade. Prizes will be awarded for gayest virtual costume as well as most sexy and sexiest Mii bear.

If anybody has any idea what I'm talking about.....holla?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Here's your new f*@!ing post!

Blogging has been light recently due to a pretty crazy work schedule. I was taken to task last night about posting new content, so time to get back on the wagon.

Suffice it to say, life sucks right now. Long hours down at the client and a high level of stress. I was handling it well up to a point, but then I gradually just started to get more and more upset about it. A toxic brew of long hours, demanding requests and antagonistic attitudes all around.

This is the first weekend I've had off in a while, hopefully once I catch my breath my mood will improve. I'd like to think this whole experience is at least teaching me stress management skills, but looking back on some of the outbursts I had while on the job I'd have to say I let the stress get to me just a bit.

I long for the day I can retire and stop dealing with accounting. The crushing deadlines that force human beings to live in flourescent lit cubicle prisons. The insecurities that mask themselves in the form of arrogance and aggression. People weren't meant to live like this. The money is OKAY, but not enough to warrant this "lifestyle".

Of course this could just be a bad case of winter blues.

Compounding my foul mood is my recent distancing myself from the rugby team. I mean it was totally necessary as I can't play with my knee and treasury work was becoming a ridiculous proposition. I was beginning to feel taken advantage of. Still, seeing the rugby guys out now is just DIFFERENT. Was our entire friendship based on the team, the absence of which causes our reason to be friends to no longer exist?

Damned if I know, but that whole thing is bringing me down too.

The one bright spot? Tickets have been bought for a nice long vacation in May to France. A few days in Paris, a few days in wine country, a few more days in Paris. Its the only thing keeping me sane right now.

I promise more frequent and less maudlin postings in the future.

Update: Upon further reflection I'm going to guess that all of the above is largely due to my quitting smoking. Three weeks and counting, wish me luck.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Oh so THIS is what all those support the troops stickers mean...

Every once in a while the oh-so-serious far right "analysts" who have laid this country low with their ill conceived ideas and ruthless bullying let their mask slip a little. Then you get to see them for the manipulative and hateful bastards they are.

Take the geniuses at National Review, breeding ground for pretty much every ill conceived idea we've seen the last 50 years or so. Michael Ledeen has had just about enough of those gold bricking troops over in Iraq

Note that an increase in embeds doesn’t necessarily require an increase in overall troop strength. We’ve got lots of soldiers sitting on megabases all over Iraq. They should be out and about, some of them embedded, others just moving around, tracking the terrorists, hunting them down. I don’t know how many guys and gals are sitting in air-conditioned quarters and drinking designer coffee, but it’s a substantial number. Enough of that.

I'm not sure how many guys and gals over at the National Review are sitting in air conditioned quarters drinking designer coffee, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say all of them.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Fuck Disney and ABC

Not content to merely give a platform for right wing misinformation, it seems as though ABC, and by extension their parent company Disney, has now resorted to pathetically policing the blogosphere for anyone who dare challenge their god given right to spew hate driven, violent, and borderline psychotic filth over the publicly owned airwaves.

It seems as though someone who had enough of listening to a bunch of cackling jackels on a morning drive time program on ABC affiliate KSFO in San Francisco (!) joke about some oh so funny topics such as:

Sussman asking a caller to prove that he is not a Muslim: "Say Allah is a whore. ... Say that you love eating pig."


Rodgers on Indonesia: "Indonesia is really just another enemy Muslim nation. ... You keep screwing around with stuff like this, we're going to kill a bunch of you. Millions of you."

decided to do something about it and notify the advertisers for this morning program just exactly what kind of people their companies were supporting.

Well hath no fury like a fascist entertainment mega-corporation scorned. Disney soon unleashed the hounds on blogger Spocko and forced his ISP to yank his blog in protest of his including excerpts from this idiotic gang of violent troglydites.

Well here's your first lesson how the internet works guys. Click on the links below to listen to the some of the leading lights of the conservative movement. Warning: you may need a shower afterwards.

ABC wants caller to say Allah is a whore

Caller to ABC radio program wants Syrian mosques bombed

ABC radio host wants detainee fingers and penises cut off

ABC radio host and Ann Coulter (who else?) want liberals killed

ABC radio program asserts that Islam is a false religion

ABC radio hosts think Senator Obama is "halfrican"

ABC radio wants to attack the New York Times

ABC radio warns that "unpleasant things are going to happen to liberals"

ABC radio suggests that AP reporters commit mass suicide

Kind of takes the shine off that straight to DVD edition of "Little Mermaid 2"
doesn't it?

Update: Apparently Spocko has found an ISP provider with some balls and is back on the web. In a world full of sycophantic authoritarian lickspittles, its nice to see someone unafraid to stand up and tell the truth, visit his site for the complete story.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

It begins...

Its hard not to have a glimmer of hope for this country while reading this letter newly empowered Democrats sent to the President urging him to get our troops the hell out of the mess he created. At long last, the days of Democrats meekly agreeing that "Iraq is part of the war on terror" or "Capturing Saddam makes us safer, Dean is wrong" seem to be over.

Of course bubble boy is going to plow forward with this war no matter what. His ego demands it.

Meanwhile the 30% of the country that desperately cling to the notion of a 1000 year Republican reich by refusing to admit the realities of the past six years have been busy trying to convince the rest of us that things are going A-OK. One particularly funny yet sad episode is outlined by Glenn Greenwald in this post which eviscerates the right wing blogosphere by pointing out how (yet again) their shrieking hysterics are proven to be wrong.

I'll let you read it, as Glenn nails it far better than I could summarize it. Suffice it to say that these people will go to any lengths, no matter how preposterous, in order to maintain the false reality they live in. There is literally no fact that will shake their unalterable world view that Republicans are our benevolent overlords and anyone who says otherwise is a traitor or worse.

Even this low trafficked blog gets its share of idiotic hate mail. One received this morning reads in part:

the war is not stupid, you are. If this attitude was around during WW II, we would now be seig heiling hitler.

I'm also called a racist and a snob because I don't watch football. Actually I'll own that one, but really who wouldn't seem like a snob next to Kindergarten level crap like this? These people make Pauley Shore look like Camus.

Bottom line? We have cause for hope but we have a long way to go before this country starts approaching anything resembling sanity again. I for one am looking forward to a very intersting year ahead.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Looking ahead

Well here we go with our newest year - 2007. Its so cliche to take stock at this time of year, but really how can you not? What happened in 2006 of note for me?

I finally received CPA certification after passing my test a while back. It involved basically scrounging my old company for any kind of attestation work I could find and then convincing my former boss to sign off on it, but after an interview in April I received my certificate in June. A milestone of sorts and a firm reminder that at the age of 36 I will most likely remain an accountant for some time to come. At least the money is decent.

To continue on the work related theme, I finally ditched the job I hated and got a new one in the consulting field. While I loved my old boss, I was bored out of mind surfing the internet the entire day. I guess that's what happens when you have a staff of four CPA's performing Sarbanes/Oxley related work for a company that was sold and no longer public. As 404 control identifications take a backseat, you become more and more obsolete. It wasn't a good feeling and I'm glad I'm out of the situation. While I certainly don't see myself doing consulting forever, it will allow me to get experience I never would have seen at the old place and it started my salary climb to something closer to market rates. Could be worse

If you're still awake after all that, we could take a look at the home front

After a very enjoyable ski weekend last February I was excited to start spring rugby practice thinking the knee injury I received last fall was all healed. In fact that was not the case.

The entire year was basically spent on the sidelines doing treasury related work for the team while wondering how in the hell I would be able to take four weeks off work to get the needed operation to fix it. Never really figured that out and the new job in September put the entire thing on hold.

So rugby is on hold for a while...but I did have fun with it while it lasted. I had a blast at Bingham Cup.

Thom and I celebrated five years together this fall. I couldn't be happier.

We managed to have a nice vacation in August, going to visit my mother in Florida and then flying up to Provincetown for a nice four day sojourn. Like everything else that seemed to happen this year, it was low key and enjoyable.

Who could forget the kitchen remodeling?. Between a contractor that disappeared for weeks on end and our friend who began to take the project WAY too personally 2006 will always be remembered as the year we broke our cherry on stressful home improvement projects.

I enjoyed the Winter Olympics in Turino, the World Cup in Germany and the Tour de France. Seeing as I watched NO NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL I believe that officially makes me a sports snob. Sorry, but American sports are rife with hype, my eyes glaze over after my 3rd truck commercial.

Of course the greatest event of the year had to be the November elections. Finally a sign that we've stopped seeing turbaned terrorists around every corner and see these people for who they really are. Now if we can just kill the idea that we need to keep fighting this stupid war forever we'll be getting somewhere. While I don't trust Democrats to do the right thing, at the very least we'll have slowed these bloodtirsty morons down for a while.

Looking ahead to the next year I'm looking forward to having more free time on weekends now that rugby has taken a back seat in my life. We just bought our plane tickets for a 10 day trip to Paris in May. The idea of that is what is going to keep me going through the winter. A co-worker of mine helped me procur a Wii, so I anticipate many Saturday afternoons while Thom is at work flailing away upstairs in front of the TV.

Here's hoping for the best for everyone in my know who you are. Here's to also documenting as much as possible on these pages.

Happy New Year