Month: March 2009

so i’m sure everyone’s heard about it by now — the shamwow dude got in a scrap with a hooker

i don’t know what was more shocking: the fact that vince is 44 years old, that he rolls with $1,000 ballers (in jackson’s), or the fact that he was kissing the hooker (blech)

good god, man… you’ve got a good thing going — you’re ahead of billy mays with respect to selling crap on tv… why throw it all away by exposing your tongue to a whoo-ah

well at least it wasn’t as bad as ronaldo’s experience… sure you didn’t know they were TV’s (ha.. that category has a double meaning!)

for those of you who do not know what that title means:


anyway… today’s the last day (in california) to buy stuff at the 7.75% sales tax… in most cities, sales tax will increase by 1% to 8.75% — but some cities will be higher (like LA) — check out the other cities (thanks to the oc register)

so if you’ve been thinking about buying something or other… it’s best to do it now to get the most out of your money…

i was also thinkin’ about it — some people use the outdated method of tipping their waiter/waitress by doubling the tax (that’s kinda crap by the way — that’d only tip the person 15.5%… lookin’ out for you, greg)

so now with a 8.75% tax (and higher), you’ll be doing the slightly better 17.5% tip… food for thought (no pun intended)

so i cap off the weekend by picking up the guitar and playin’ a bit…

i’ve been meaning to record some random stuff i play just for posterity i guess… and to listen to it later and say, “damn.. that was terrible”

so i basically just had the laptop right next to me, recording on the built-in mic (yep — it’s super high production), then used adobe audition to take out the weird hisssssss in the background — for some odd reason, the recording would skip a half a second sometimes… i probably shouldn’t be running memory hogs (photoshop, firefox) in the background while i do it next time

so we start with some covers, as i’m wont to do:

sparks (coldplay) – fairly easy/fun to play (capo – 6th, drop d for the high e string) [ tab ]

you are the best thing (ray lamontagne) – i heard an acoustic version on xm the other day and it was awesome… i don’t play it the same way he does, which kinda irks me — he definitely plays it drop-d. now if only i had a old-black-dood-smokey voice like him [ tab ]

and here’s the cool little jam i’m messin’ with:

jam – i need to loop this and then put a cool electric solo on top of it… make it all sexy


so microsoft has this new online app thingy called mesh… it’s similar to dropbox in that you can share a folder/files with other people… buuut, it also has a cool remote desktop feature

this prevents the need to email files (or flash drive) so that you can access it from another computer — you just sync a folder that you want to access elsewhere and then sign on to mesh from that other computer — boom!

the coolest feature is remote desktop — you can actually connect to another computer and see the desktop (the other computer needs to have it installed, duh)… pretty neat-o

the coolest part about it is that it works well with vista… ha!

speaking of microsoft, there’s some talk about them buying out facebook… damn… that punk’s gonna be richer than rich (so you n*ggas come and get me) — i’m just jealous

is it odd that the highlight of my day is getting my car to sears for an alignment, wheel balance and rotation? my car used to shake like michael j. fox when i would press the brakes at pretty much any speed over 30 mph…

i figured… after 2 years of ownership… i’ll take it in to get it workin’ like new — and it is… runs (and stops) like a dream…

what else happened?

  • got new kicks, pants, and a shirt — i thought to myself… “wwsd” (where s=sarmad)
  • tried out windows mesh — as geoff states, “Windows Live Mesh. Think Remote Desktop meets file share meets file backup/sync. In other words, awesome.” (more about this soon)
  • saw “still waiting” — wasn’t that great… they relied too much on the first movie — too many references back to that one…
  • got a “save the date” postcard for my 10-year high school reunion… jesus christ it’s already 10 friggin years?
  • california burrito and a coke — gotta love san diego

so i noticed that dane cook and jim gaffigan are twittering (or as andy would argue, their publicists are twittering)… either way, they’re not really funny… it’s kind of a letdown — they pretty much use twitter to whore their new cd’s comin’ out.

it’s pretty annoying, they’re on the bubble right now of getting removed from my list unless they bring the funny

what a linkfest…

"why things always go wrong"
"why things always go wrong"

yea… a book review — deal with it

so geoff suggested it because he thought that i’d relate to the different topics discussed… and damn, i related a bunch to it

the overall principle states that “In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence.” [wiki] — this basically means that you’ll keep getting promoted until you hit a job title where you just suck

i’ve seen this before — a great salesperson will be promoted to a managerial position and since they have a sales background and not a managerial background, they’ll suffer at that position

the book details how fast one will move up the ranks… this is where it gets similar to my life…

peter defines pull as “an employee’s relationship–by blood, marriage, or acquaintance–with a person above him in the hierarchy” — it’s similar to the phrase, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”… kinda sorta…

anyway, the patron is a person who can help me to rise — we’ll call him chaunce in this case… ha — peter states, “an unmotivated patron is no patron”

“see that the patron has something to gain by assisting you, or something to lose by not assisting you, to rise in the hierarchy” — i guess he gained many free zj’s with my recent move upstairs… so there you go. congrats, chaunce

shoot… i hope i haven’t hit my incompetence level… LAL (i totally stole that from amir)… ok fine, LOLerskates!

more "weizen" than "dunkel"
more "weizen" than "dunkel"

store: kashtan bistro
type: dunkelweizen
abv: 5.80%

another unique one from kashtan bistro…this beer both hurt and helped me during andy’s poker night last friday…

with no food in my belly… this beer got to work quick — it kinda gave me a ‘drunken master‘ vibe… the others in the table couldn’t find any tells cuz i was gettin’ sloshed. i also blame the chip conversion rate… i realize also that i suck at math (pfft.. some kinda asian i am)

anyway… the beer was drinkable, but if they just called it a hefeweizen, i wouldn’t have been the weiser (get it?) — it tasted like any other hef, which i’m not really a fan of… hefs are generally drinkable, but they taste fruity (you are what you drink, har har) and have a feeling of summer

beeradvocate: B+
me: B-

"tastes like sunshine" - andy
"tastes like sunshine" - andy

store: kashtan bistro
type: american blonde ale
abv: 5.00%

strange… it’s a domestic… coulda sworn that this guy was from… umm… ireland?

well if you’ve had hoegaarden and liked it, then you’ll probably like this one… it’s a light flavored beer with similar taste. another one that would be great in the summer time.

i think i’m up to 4-5 beers at kashtan, which is pretty pathetic… i kinda slowed down a bit. but it’s a marathon, not a sprint… i gotta pace myself — i really want that crown-prince title, dammit…

beeradvocate: C+
me: B-

esco's finest
esco's finest

store: bevmo
type: american porter
abv: 5.90%

this bottle’s been hangin’ out (or chillin’ would be more appropriate) in my fridge for quite some time… something about drinking a 22 oz. bottle by myself that makes me feel odd

check out the pic above again… look at that pour… boo-ti-ful… great head and no spillage

as for the taste… superb. i’ve been a fan of porters in general lately… and stone generally has awesome quality — smokey, oakey, roasty… all of the above.

beeradvocate: A-
me: A

on the topic of microbreweries, looks likeĀ  a documentary is comin’ out pretty soon about their battle with the big breweries like anheuser-busch… it’s called beer wars and it’s gonna show in a movie theater near you… looks pretty interesting