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My kid brother had a baby!

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Or rather, his wife did. It’s small (hand-held) and stuff.


Mr Brooks and Shoes for Dogs

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

The girl and I went to the mall today and saw Mr. Brooks. It was only marginally interesting in that it is a decidedly different moral perspective on serial killers than usual Hollywood fare. They usually don’t portray a nuanced serial killer and it’s the first film I recall in which the serial killer’s struggle to control his urges are center stage. But enough about that, I have something more interesting: dog shoes.

My girlfriend bought shoes for Harry. They are little blue sneakers that lace up and I was sure he’d kill himself if he had to wear them. But he didn’t mind them much and ran around sounding like a horse. I’ll post a video of him and his new kicks when I get around to it but he’s more comfortable than I imagined he would be.

But as I expected, he’s too boisterous to keep them on, if he’s energetic he’ll run till one falls off and if not he’ll untie them all and knaw on them. My girlfriend says they are for his weekly outings to the park but I think I’d be mortified to walk a dog with shoes on in public, even if I think it’s very funny in private.

How to reduce your smoking

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Ok, so working in my own company, Horizontal Verticals, means I get to smoke when I feel like. Since you can smoke in any bar and restaurant in Costa Rica and I can now smoke at work that has led me to smoke too much.

So here’s the plan (and I’m writing it here as much to remind myself to stick to it over the next few days as much as anything else):

- I am allowed to smoke only 5 minutes before or after the top or bottom of the hour. If I miss a window I am not allowed to make up for it.

Pretty easy. It keeps nicotine levels while separating smoking from other triggers and is an easy rule to keep. Later I’ll reduce it to the top of the hour only and from there I can get to the right number of cigarettes I want a day (not yet interested in quitting).