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Friday Afternoon Confessional: Pseudo

I confess that I view pseudo-ephedrin as a miracle drug and take it for virtually all ailments. Discovering its effect on my seasonal allergies changed my life completely.

I confess that while last week was a banner week on a lot of different fronts, including signing a contract to publish my dissertation and submitting the final manuscript, I am in many ways most proud of the fact that I totally reorganized the files on my computer.

To follow up on last week, I further confess that after using Drop Box for several months and wishing it had certain features — such as auotmatically keeping a hard copy of the files on every computer where I have it installed, both for backup purposes and so that I can have access to the files without an internet connection — features that made the difference between using it as an occasional expedient for transferring files between my office and home computers and using it for all my document storage needs, I discovered that it actually had all the desired features all along. I confess that if the computer people let me put it on my work computer, this will be a total game-changer for me, and it also makes it easier for me to consider getting one of those tiny computers that would fit so nicely into the new bag The Girlfriend got me for Christmas.

I confess that I have gotten into the habit of doing The Girlfriend’s laundry for her since staying at her place in December. I did it again this past weekend (our first since returning to weekend-only status) because I had left some dirty underwear there with the intention of saving myself the trouble of packing underwear every time and she hadn’t yet done laundry — but she noted that laundry has become such a staple of our relationship that she’s begun to suspect that I miss it (given my use of a laundry service in Kalamazoo) and am using her for her laundry. Perhaps she’s right! The dryers (plural!) in her laundry room are so nice and new — even the biggest loads are dry in one cycle.

I confess that my appetite for really cool videos on the internet appears to be much smaller than most people’s.


January 15, 2010 - Posted by | Friday Afternoon Confessional


  1. I confess that thoughts of this sort are not foreign to me, or perhaps I should simply say have not been foreign to me, since I seem to be less susceptible to the effects of beautysuch idealizations anymore.

    Comment by ben | January 15, 2010

  2. I confess that my appetite for really cool videos on the internet appears to be much smaller than most people’s.

    I confess that I would also like to confess to this comparatively small appetite. I confess that nearly every time I mouse over a link and see that the domain name is “”, my heart sinks a little. Why? Well, perhaps I am painting with too broad a brush here, but I just sort of get the feeling that if I do click on the link in question, I’ll be greeted with craptacular picture quality and shite production values–and worse, that the little counter over there in the lower right-hand corner will reveal that this shit will go on for SEVERAL MINUTES.

    I mean really–you think I’m going to let you monopolize my attention for that long? For some “cool video” that undoubtedly won’t live up to the hype?

    In conclusion, I confess that I am horribly biased against cool videos on the internet. I confess that I fear they will be a letdown, just like so much else in life.

    I confess that I have lusted in my penis.

    Comment by transportinburma | January 15, 2010

  3. I confess that two days ago, as I was contributing money to Haitian relief efforts through Partners in Health, I paused to think, “shouldn’t I use a card that gives me points or frequent flyer miles?”

    I further confess that once I had established that there was no reason not to, I went ahead and used the pointsless debit card anyway, out of shame.

    On the subject of cool videos: I confess that I prefer reading to watching video on the internet, mostly because I feel as though I have more control over my use and experience of time with reading.

    Comment by K-sky | January 15, 2010

  4. a private laundry room is a thing of envy
    I confess I keep rinsing manually my launderde items, and b/c it’s too much work I do laundry now nearly once a month
    if I were less lazy and did laundry every week in a small loads perhaps I could avoid the rinsing step, but b/c of rinsing I keep postponing it until I don’t have any change of dress and under
    a vicious circle

    Comment by read | January 15, 2010

  5. I confess I’m not sure I’m smarter than the dolphing described here –

    I confess I’m a little too excited about the new incarnation of my website finally being active.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | January 15, 2010

  6. I confess my stupid fingers almost always try to put a “g” on the end of words ending in “in”.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | January 15, 2010

  7. i confess i googled almost all lyrics in the songs’ thread, cz just don’t get songs in english just listening yet and my ds is someone in love
    and feel like compelled to warn about the perils of it b/c if others won’t who else like
    if two are competing in being in love it is a beautiful thing of course, just if one feels the feeling more than the other it’s bound to some later disappointment is my own experience, and there are symptoms of it, like letting do laundry in one’s own household, sorry, i should be less intrusive and please feel free to ban this comment
    i just say so b/c come from a more traditional culture i guess, and feel of course a bit jealous and closer to AK than TGF, i used to feel jealous of my sister before her husband, like don’t be a slave for him!
    but the thing is it’s all good while it lasts and sometimes it never ends

    Comment by read | January 15, 2010

  8. gog, i’m such a concern troll and i don’t want AK would change writing his posts the way it is, cz i like when he talks about TGF, and like her too and root for the couple’s happiness, sorry for the above again

    Comment by read | January 15, 2010

  9. So read, you’re concerned that doing The Girlfriend’s laundry is a sign that she’s oppressing me or taking me for granted?

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 15, 2010

  10. i think i’d say both, being myself that, compatibilist :)
    or it could be neither of two, then i would be even more like all including pantheisto-atheist

    Comment by read | January 15, 2010

  11. I confess that the acquisition of a twitter account has not radically transformed my life.

    Comment by ben | January 15, 2010

  12. i confess i never clicked on the question did you mean botsko? when sometimes was finding people there
    so am still intrigued who was botsko
    i can search maybe but it’s uncertain that it would be the same person and the last time i checked the question was gone and replaced with the explanation of how to retwttw
    i hope AK did not get upset b/c of my foolish comments, i know that TGF cherishes AK, i’ve noticed her present now and predict a wedding, but not in May

    Comment by read | January 15, 2010

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