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Gypped. Jipped. However it’s spelled, it’s how I feel…

Friday, November 10th, 2006

My recent visit to Silicon Valley has given me two new goals for the coming years:

  1. I want to bring the culture of high technology (back?) to the city of Chicago
  2. I want to open a brewery 🙂

Life altering, huh? I hope to expound on these ideas more, at a later time. Stay tuned…

    Death Valley Photos

    Friday, June 2nd, 2006

    Just wanted to let everyone know real quickly that you can now view 280 of the choicest photos from Death Valley on my Flickr page.

    I have not begun to caption them, yet, but I hope to get to that over the weekend. Check em out!!

    The Desert May Claim One Yet

    Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

    I hope Matt and Greg are doing well after the big trip to the desert… I certainly am not.

    After getting back from Death Valley on Sunday, I had been wiped out every day by early evening. Both Monday and Tuesday I came straight home from work to go to bed. On Tuesday, shortly after going to sleep I woke up in absolute agony, unable to breathe properly and with a fever of about 104.3. Unable to get out of bed, unable to eat and with barely anything to drink, I laid in bed, delerious, until just a few minutes ago — Midnight, Wednesday.

    For a while, I thought I was back in the desert, laying in the tent, thinking how hot it was and how I would never get to sleep. At one point I actually sat up in bed and was very confused, thinking I must be in a motel room, or something. As I drifted in and out of sleep, I went between being in the desert, to being in a house I lived in 10+ years ago, to being some sort of general contractor or something building cookie cutter sub-divisions outside of Las Vegas (don’t ask). But at no point did I actually realize that I was at home, in bed, in my bedroom.

    So now, nearly 30 hours later, with no food and just a few ounces of water, I am still in agony with a slightly reduced fever of about 102. I have no idea what this could be, but I hope to get in to see a doctor tomorrow. I just can’t help but think this is somehow related to the trip. Death Valley just made my shitlist.

    On the record

    Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

    With 0% of precincts reporting, Pete Fuller is able to declare Al Gore as the next President of the United States. Congratulations to him and his running mate, the next Vice President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

    You saw it here first…

    Sweet Peaceful Sleep

    Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

    My sister, brother in law, niece and nephew are all out of town on vacation, and early this morning I had to take their 15 year old dog to be put to sleep. What a horrible phone call to have to make.

    Sweet dreams, Kauai Dog.


    Lousy Smarch Weather

    Sunday, March 5th, 2006

    I just wanted to check in real quick and take the blame for bringing this apocalyptic snow storm upon us. Yesterday I took advantage of the beautiful 50+ degree weather to wash my car.

    Obviously due to my chronic sinning and blasphemy, God decided to pay a good Fuck You upon me and my beautifully sparkling automobile by dumping a craptillion tons of snow on me while I was driving to work.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, the nice 1.5 hours it took me to get here were a pleasant kick to the nuts, but I still take solace in knowing that my until recently clean car is making millions of other people miserable as well.

    Take THAT, suckers!

    Reason #623,948 Why Pete is a Liberal Whackjob

    Monday, February 27th, 2006

    At some point during the 2004 primary campaign season, I declared that support for Bush is a character flaw. I remember at that time, some people became angry at what they considered to be me making a broad generalization about Bush supporters, and knowing how I myself hate broad generalizations, thought me to be a hypocrite.


    This tastes like PBR

    Sunday, February 5th, 2006

    Pete: So, you know how we have qwerty keyboards, right? Well —

    Dan: Qwerty?

    P: Qwerty.

    D: What?

    P (Pointing frantically at the keyboard): Q-W-E-R-T-Y

    D: Oh! I’ve never heard them called that before…

    I need a beer.

    Long live the protest song!

    Thursday, January 12th, 2006

    Update: I just heard this song played on XRT. Good stuff. Glad it’s getting airplay somewhere. If you haven’t heard it yet, I urge you to listen to it now, below.

    Despite a desperate need for them, there has been a sadly noticeable lack of popular protest songs over the past five or six years. It seems to me as if the large corporations who run the music industry are too afraid to produce music which might lead to a backlash amongst a small, but vocal opposition. But the protest song isn’t dead yet. James McMurtry has recently released a powerful new song depicting the lives of soldiers, single mothers and the working poor all at once. The song is called “We Can’t Make It Here” and you can download it from his website, or through the links below. I recommend giving it a listen…



    Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

    As Greg mentioned already, a few of us attented an interesting symposium over the weekend. Of the many topics covered, I was particularly fascinated by a presentation made by the Milosovich Brothers of the Boiled Wieners research group from Toronto.

    It seems the Milosoviches are from the former breakaway republic of Vladigascar, which I can’t seem to locate on any of my maps, and can only assume was absorbed by another, larger republic during the tumult of the early 90’s. Presumably, because of the persecution these scientists faced in their homeland, they emigrated to Toronto where they were free to perform their research in relative peace.

    At the symposium, the brothers presented the findings of their latest study, which quite frankly I find to be rather astonishing. According to the team, a whopping 60% of all Torontoans are homosexual or transgender!

    At first I was rather skeptical, but throughout their presentation they presented irrefutable evidence of their hypothesis. Now, clearly, you might be having a hard time believing this as well, so I invite you to listen to a recording of the actual presentation or watch as Goran attempts to deliver his findings to a group of childish, snickering, and clearly gay Torontoans (just a tip: it is very rude to openly laugh at a scientist’s presentation, regardless of whether or not you agree with his or her findings. For shame, Toronto!).

    (Let me point out that the Brothers Milosovich believe that science should be accessible to the lay person rather than boring and unappealing, and they do so by setting their findings to music.)

    I will try to keep you updated on these findings, and will post back here as results from other research projects on the matter become available. Clearly a fascinating development in Canadian culture.