Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Fri May 16 14:05:55 2003

Ok, my current place is the third floor of a house in Shadyside. It's a renovated attic. It's not a bad place, but, alas, I am very tall, and the slopy ceilings make for much head bumping. It's also very very small. It's cheap though, the landlord is nice, all utilities but elec are included, and there's free laundry in the basement. It has served me well. This is what it looks like:

   |-----| |--|
|---  K  |_|B |
|             |
|--|     |-|  |
|--|___ \| \--/
|--|     ----|
|--|         |
|--|  R      |

The K is the kitchen, the B is the bathroom, and room R is the bedroom/computer room. There are stairs going down from the Kitchen to a very small landing on the 2nd floor, where the door to the 2nd floor landing is. My new place, if memory serves, and note that if I'm off, I'm going to edit history (scary!) to correct this entry, is like this:

|         /O
|    E    |
|         |
\-       -/
/         \_/D
|             |
|        L    |
|             |
|             |
|     --------|
|           |    
|         R |
|           |
|     ______|
|           |
|         K |
|     ______|
|           |
O/          |
---   ------|
|           |
|        C  |
|           |

So, The main entrance is at the top, and leads into an entry room E. There's a slightly seperated Living Room L, with stairs down to the basement D. Then there's a bedroom R, a Kitchen K, and an exit to outside (a shared deck and a yard), and finally a room that was and will be again a computer room in the rear. My old place was $490 a month, my new is $695. It's amazing what a difference ~$200 makes. I've been thinking that it might be fun to start regularly adding pictures to my netdiary.. but I really need to get off my ass and finally redesign the program so the urls don't shift all over the place all the time first. Of course, I believe that in the end, I'm likely to want to toss the entire silly thing into a Postgres database somewhere so it can take comments and be less of a pain in the butt in general. I need to get a colocated server first though. I also probably should finally get around to tossing my website into CVS locally, and a number of other things I've been meaning to do but just never got around to doing. I should.. but .. I don't know if I want to bother anytime soon :)

There's so much to read, so many scientific journals that I'm subscribed to, and the task is so dull that .. I dunno.

I've been thinking about voting systems again recently, perhaps inspired by the Texas lawmakers in recent news. I've also been thinking about what precise governmental reforms that Israel would need to go through to make it a stable area. Each side needs to change their ways. Some particulars:

I think it's fortunate that the Knesset is organized how it is -- it should prove to be much more suitable towards a multi-ethnic country struggling with racism/cultural identity problems than a two-party system ever could be.

Anyhow, these are my current thoughts on the topic of Israel. When I get my stuff together WRT my webpage, I'll have categories of issues, with my thoughts on each, as well as, of course, this journal, and the more self-flowing form of my philosophy.