As you know I got tattooed yesterday — we rehit every line on my face a second time to get it perfect. Even though I did what I could to prepare for it, I think it hurt more than any tattoo I've ever had (maybe Matt freaked me out by telling me how he went into shock when he had his head done) — I was literally shaking from it, although I was able to keep my head still.

It was pretty weird since it's never happened to me before. I guess I've just been so exhausted lately that it took a harder toll than usual. I have so much more work to do than I can possibly fit into a normal day, even for me, and I just feel like I'm falling farther and farther behind, and I have so many started (neccessary) but unfinished contracts. I'm not complaining — to be real clear I chose what I do for a living, I love doing it, and I don't think I'd trade jobs with anyone — but I'm just so wiped out all the time. When you're always working, it doesn't really matter how successful you are, because you don't get to enjoy that success or even spend time with your friends and loved ones.

The photos above are literally the morning after (posted to submit to BME). It's going to look patchy like this for the next week still… At least now I can start to grow my hair again. I know my hair was pretty damn scraggly looking, but I really miss having long hair and will start growing it again now. That said, every time I've cut my hair I've wanted to regrow it — I just don't like the way the intermediate period looks so I tend to get frustrated and abort the mission.

Finally, I was watching Bush's speech in Missouri, I think the first one he gave after the DNC was finished. He was talking about how thanks to him the economy is the best it's been in twenty years, all the tax cuts he's given to the middle class, how he's cut the deficit, about how “America and the World are safer” thanks to the Iraq war, and the occasional quip about 9/11. Almost all of it was huge and obvious lies. Watching this as someone who's relatively well informed is highly disturbing because it makes you realize that the people voting for Bush are almost exclusively running blind. His lies are so obvious if you're even vaugely well-informed that to vote for him you'd either have to be profitting from it (ie. you're a multi-millionaire), or a fucking moron that believes anything he says as the Word of God.

I really hope Americans are intelligent and well-informed people and have the sense to eliminate him.

Am I hoping too much?

Anyway, I've got to go process a few thousand images, edit and render some videos, and get a totally new type of content management system written, to say nothing of the non-BME work I've got scheduled for [last month]… Lesson to all you entrepreneurs out there: if you're currently running a one-person company (or are the sole technical end of a small company), even if you don't think at the time it will ever grow large enough to require it, build everything you do with a team in mind. Designing single person projects by definition as single person could come back to haunt you if your projects become more successful (or simply larger) than you anticipated at the time.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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