25 July 2006

'wipe that smile off your face'

but i feel the gravel move beneath my feet
the smell of the gasoline mixed in with the trees
when my faith is strong i know my strength
the threats will be screamed when the vultures feel threatened

~rocky votolato

to-day i am getting a passport. new picture too. i even shaved, first time in two weeks. not that anyone could tell. i am the worst facial hair growing irishman i know. yesterday i was pouring through old photographs to see if any of them could be used for my passport, and i noticed two things: in most of the photos i am smiling, and i look exactly the same as my last year in high-school.

however, since the photographs with burnt in images of me show myself smiling, i need a new picture. england does not accept anymore passports with smiling faces. either does canada. sourpusses. something about biometric scanning and photo doctoring- neither of which i have, i am as healthy as a bow legged ox. but i tell you what i do have: a new pair of socks. i should use a picture of those new bad boys for my secondary picture.

customs: name...
me: socks, socks mckinstry. i know, i know- it is a bad picture, i tried really hard not to smile.

but my flight will be to england- under $300, then i go up north and take the ferry across. or just take another plane, i have not made up my mind. therefore i need a passport without my pearly whites. and why is it pearly? why not eggshell, or off-white, or ultrawhite, or even dingy, stained, discoloured white? maybe the perly reminds them of the ocean. so then i cannot show off my salty-whites.

18 July 2006

på vei til norge

all around me are familiar faces
worn out places
worn out faces
bright and early for the daily races
going nowhere
going nowhere
~gary jules

this week i am working on getting out of here. though it won't be for about seven or eight months, the way gas is going, national deficit, ridiculous heat and the likes- it is time to change the scenery. phone calls and maybe even the purchase of a plane ticket or two, and i will be all the closer.

one more international trip this year, and one for next. culture, culture, culture.

07 July 2006

levi- this one is for you (mostly)

did the clown make you smile
he was only your fool for a while
but now he’s gone back home
and left you wandering there
~nora jones

imuffs came in to-day. they are great. i can go thirty feet without loosing the signal. and twenty-five feet if there is a wall inbetween the imuffs and ipod, and about fifteen feet if there is a door and wall seperating me from the imuffs and the ipod. they work well with my bluetooth razr, and i can use them with my mac as well. i love them.

speaking of macs... why not get one. i know they seem pricey, but think about it- would you get a kia over a mercedes just because the kia had a bigger v-6 engine and two cubic inches more trunk space? i think not, or i should hope not.

i had a pc that i built myself. it was awesome, for about two years. then it kept getting slower and locking up here and there. then i bought a mac. this mac has lower numbers compared to the pc i had (1.5ghz and 1.67ghz, respectivley). however my mac did laps around my pc.

here is a price comparison:

dell's xps 700
Pentium® D Processor 930 with Dual Core Technology, 3.00GHz, 800FSB Windows® XP Professional with re-installation CD
2GB ram (most people do not need more)
500GB Serial ATA Harddrive
Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capable
1GB NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 Dual-GPU Graphics Card
24 inch UltraSharp™ 2407FPW Widescreen Digital Flat Panel
Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeMusic (D), w/Dolby® Digital 5.1
NETGEAR WG111 54 Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter
3Yr Ltd Warr,At-Home Service,and HW Warr Support
Dell On Call 13 month includes 30 Day Unlimited +1 Yr 5 Incidents
Microsoft Office Small Business Ed.- Basic plus PowerPoint and Publisher
McAfee SecurityCenter with VirusScan, Firewall, Spyware Removal, 36-months (stupid not to, all those viruses, right?)
Combo: Roxio Creator Deluxe and MyDVD Deluxe (DVD+RW only) (how else would you make those dvds?)
Deluxe Entertainment Pack -Starter PLUS superior Photo and Music management (to compete with ilife)

apple's g5
dual-core 2.3ghz powerpc g5 processor (next one up is quad-core, and that just wouldn't be fair) 1.15ghz frontside bus per processor (faster than dell)
2GB ram
500GB Serial ATA Harddrive
nvidia geforce 6600 256mb ram
apple cinema, 23-inch cinema hd
apple airport bluetooth wireless
applecare protection plan (same support as both of the dell plans)

notice how the apple seems to have less? it is missing speakers (another 100-200 if you want) and it is missing virus protection- because you will not need it. everything is included, minus microsoft word, which you can get for 150, or get iworks (which has a word processor) for 70. but the mac is in a quiet, aluminum case. dell is in a plastic case. so, yes- it can be a bit more, but would you buy a kia over a mercades if you had the money? the interface is easier, smoother and cleaner. my old pc would scream like a mother f*er if it had to do what my mac does. and levi- specail offer, i will pay the $158 diff, and show you how to use it and other cool stuff.

04 July 2006


you closed the door and stumbled down to the street
where you wring your hands and you drag your feet

remember when i had too many email addresses? just about all of them have closed. let's see how many i had:

ethiopboy@hungryfisherman.com (that was a good one)
ethiopboy@dbz.com (good 'ol dragonball z)
ethiopboy@gastroenterology.com (i was dr. harry ethiopboy- until they closed it because i am not a real doctor.

well, i cannot remember them all, i know that there was over fifty of them. most shut down though, or wanted me to pay for the use of the email. and i just got tired of checking fifty some email.

about me

  • i'm billiam
  • from prague, Czechia
  • where capital letters have been executed! let's see... i really dislike sunny days. i love precipitation of all kinds. snow is my favorite. i wish that it could be no more than fifty degrees fahrenheit, and clouds covering the sky. i enjoy friends and beer- in that order. i dislike wearing shirts. my random thoughts and unanswerable questions keep me up at night. when i sleep i have dreams; long epic dreams. i believe that it is important to be fit in mental, physical, and emotional capacities. any food worth eating should be as organic as possible, without additives that have letters p, k, x, c, h in close proximity without vowels. save a cow- eat a vegetarian.
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