Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Free Rice?

If you ever wanted to send some money to charity, here's an easy way to do so at the banner ad people's expense.

you can Get Smarter by doing this as well!

Post your highest score below. I've only played for 10 minutes, but I never broke 40. A coworker is at 45.

I hope everyone is having a merry Christmas, and that my willpower stays strong so I don't cave and purchase something like this. I keep wanting to offer $600 for it, but I'm afraid they'd take the offer. Anyway.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 03, 2007


Wow, look at that. Mile marker twenty two.

I've got a long road ahead of me. Too bad I can't see further than a mile or so in any direction. Often not even that, depending on the scenery. I've not come far.

In the past month or two decisions have been made. Suddenly I'm confused on why those decisions were so difficult in the past. It's not like I don't take a step back now and then. And so I stop and ponder. I've had a number of these moments over the past year or so, but I've not shared them here.


I have a good life. Great even. I'm afforded opportunities that many do not have. Will never have. I lead a life of blessing and comfort.

As I think it is with many, it's easy to think "I want that" and believe that by obtaining a goal, even a heartfelt goal, that your troubles will be over. That if you can reach that end, life will be good. It's too bad that is sold so often ("sold" being the key word here...) because I don't believe that is true. Because there will always be something out there. Something to stretch towards. Something to work for. Regardless of where you're standing. There's always another ridge to cross. There's always someone ahead of you. Better, smarter, more capable people than you succeeding without thinking where you stumble and struggle.

It's not about what you've done. It's not about where you live. It's not about who you're surrounded by. It's not even about where you're going.

Now that's not to say you shouldn't continue forward. That's not to say you shouldn't set goals. That's not to say you shouldn't work.

It's about you.

Nobody can tell you where you are in your journey but you. Be honest with yourself. Figure out where you're going. Where you are. Where you've been. Take a step back. What's really important to you? Why do you spend your leisure time the way you do? What do you spend your "you" time on?

It matters. And I realize today, again, as I write this, that it doesn't matter what you've done, where you've been. It doesn't particularly matter where you're going. It matters that you are. That you are doing (or not doing as the case may be) right now. In the moment.

It matters that you choose.

You are what you make yourself. Yes, everyone has limits. I can't sprout wings and fly away outside. But within my limits, I have choice. I have will. I am. I exist. It doesn't matter where I have been before. It matters where I am now. It matters what I choose to be. The future hasn't happened yet, and the past has simply set my circumstances. Now is what I am. It is when I exist. It is who I am.

The only thing I really, truly am, is an agent of my own will.

And I am making choices. Choices in which I try to be intelligent about.

Are you?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Cultural Correctness

I read this speech, though there's an audio transcript of it. This was years ago, but rings true today more than ever.

I'm not usually pro-hippie pro-protest and all that. However, the guy has a point. There's a time and place for this kind of thing. I'll leave the protesting to other people, but that doesn't mean I can't live my personal life under this philosophy. Or at least try. (Once I get over my fear of people, though slowly but surely that's going away... but that's for another post)

I'd love to hear thoughts on if you agree or disagree with what he is saying and why.

Monday, November 12, 2007


I think that this guy's quote from the WWII veteran pretty much nails video game nostalgia.

Yeah, I know, I'm such a loser. Oh well. =)

Until later.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


So, I stumbled across this link a few days ago.

Or this page sums it up better.

Sleep paralysis, or more properly, sleep paralysis with hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations have been singled out as a particularly likely source of beliefs concerning not only alien abductions, but all manner of beliefs in alternative realities and otherworldly creatures. Sleep paralysis is a condition in which someone, most often lying in a supine position, about to drop off to sleep, or just upon waking from sleep realizes that s/he is unable to move, or speak, or cry out. This may last a few seconds or several moments, occasionally longer. People frequently report feeling a "presence" that is often described as malevolent, threatening, or evil. An intense sense of dread and terror is very common. The presence is likely to be vaguely felt or sensed just out of sight but thought to be watching or monitoring, often with intense interest, sometimes standing by, or sitting on, the bed. On some occasions the presence may attack, strangling and exerting crushing pressure on the chest. People also report auditory, visual, proprioceptive, and tactile hallucinations, as well as floating sensations and out-of-body experiences (Hufford, 1982). These various sensory experiences have been referred to collectively as hypnagogic and hypnopompic experiences (HHEs). People frequently try, unsuccessfully, to cry out. After seconds or minutes one feels suddenly released from the paralysis, but may be left with a lingering anxiety. Extreme effort to move may even produce phantom movements in which there is proprioceptive feedback of movement that conflicts with visual disconfirmation of any movement of the limb. People may also report severe pain in the limbs when trying to move them. Several recent surveys including our own suggest that between 25-30% of the population reports that they have experienced at least a mild form of sleep paralysis at least once and about 20-30% of these have had the experience on several occasions. A few people may have very elaborate experiences almost nightly (or many times in a night) for years. Aside from many of the very disturbing features of the experience itself (described in succeeding sections) the phenomenon is quite benign.

I've had this happen to me a couple of times, once in the last year. It's quite scary in that you cannot move. Add the "waking dream" portion of this and it can be positively nightmarish.

Has this ever happened to you?

Friday, November 09, 2007


So I'm a big atari fan. It's a big part of my early childhood. I've been thinking about starting an atari-based project, but I've not decided if it's worth the effort or not. It depends on a lot of things. I might talk more about that later.

I came across this article two days ago and it's taken me that long to get through it. But it was totally worth it.

For instance... did you know that Williams pinball came out of atari? That steve jobs and steve wozniak (founders of apple computer) worked at atari and even offered atari the opportunity to get into the original apple computer? There are so many early technology ties to this company that it's amazing.

Check it out if you've got any interest.

Until later.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

You know you're a geek when....

You think something like this is cool.

Also, I want one of these.

Things are happening, I just don't have the time to blog them right now. Suffice it to say that things are going quite well around here and even though life always has problems, I'm happier now than I have been in some time. Thanks for stopping by. It'll get more interesting around here eventually. =)

Until then.

Friday, October 26, 2007


So, a few months ago (okay 4...) I mentioned I was going to post about food and that I have a video clip about that.


I should start this out by saying that I feel like this sometimes when I'm around people with either very bad table manners or people who just plain eat loudly.

It drives me crazy.

So I thought I'd share. This movie only has 3 scenes in the "corporate world", so I've included all 3 to help give it more context. It's an interesting sub-plot. Pay attention to clip #3, that's how I feel sometimes. =)

The clips come from this movie. It's pretty good, I'm not usually into the romance/drama genre, but I liked this one.

Until next time.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Wednesday, September 26, 2007


So I got a GPS for my birthday back in August. Now that september's almost over I figure I should get off my can and post about it.

I've used it as a travel mate once and found about 25 geocaches with it so far. (There are a bunch close to work, so that works out well for a break)

I think one of the most valuable things I could have done with it is take a trip with my grandfather up into the mountains where we used to go when I was a child. We stopped at a number of old campsites and I marked their locations so that I could find them again. Maybe in a few years when my children are older we will go up and camp there.

I've also done a lot of geocaching for the short 2 months I've had this GPS. Some of the caches are fantastically hidden. Some are... well, kind of surprisingly still there in regards to their location. However, I've always been a sucker for a treasure hunt.

I'm not going to review the GPS unit I got, though I'm happy I went with the model I did. It was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but I think it's about perfect for me. It's got all the features I'd want and a few more that I'll probably never use. At the right price it was hard to pass up.

Incidentally, I did a little research on batteries and found cell phone batteries that appeared to be exactly compatible with the unit. So I spent $25 for 3 batteries when one "official" battery would have been $40. It pays to do your homework I guess.

One of these days I'll start my own cache. but until then, I'll be happy just toting the GPS around and finding geocaches of my own.

Until next time.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


... I wish I remembered how to post.

I wasn't in love with the questions on this one, but I thought the result was interesting so I thought I'd share.

The Movie Of Your Life Is An Indie Flick

You do things your own way - and it's made for colorful times.
Your life hasn't turned out how anyone expected, thank goodness!

Your best movie matches: Clerks, Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Not dead

No, I'm not dead. Yes, I still remember I have a blog. No, I have no meaningful post today. Yes, there are posts I'd like to post about. No, for some strange reason I have a block where I just can't do it right now.

It'll get better. Eventually.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

More games...

Yeah, I'll get off the game thing here shortly.

I am really looking forward to team fortress 2. It's pretty amazing that they can to this video from within the game engine. I saw this today and thought I'd share.

Can you all tell that I'm avoiding reality at the moment? =)

More later.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The World of Warcraft Addiction Test

Your Score: Well on your way!

You are 63% Addicted!

You play a lot, and you're starting to get hooked. Keep it up and soon you too will be part of the ever-growing group that is totally addicted. Or, see the warning signs now and get out while you still can!

Link: The World of Warcraft Addiction Test written by survivedestiny on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Gone but not forgotten.

I have lots of updates to post, but they will have to wait.

For some reason I've been anti-blogging lately. I've been playing escapist every second I can. That's probably going to change here soon.

But until then. I'm still here, and I've not abandoned you.

Oh... and by popular request. This is me simpsonized.

Until later.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Empty promises...

Yeah, I know.

I have a post attached to the video clips I have been talking about I just haven't taken the hour or so to write it all up for you all. So I will ask, do you want the videos now or the post when I get around to it?


Our annual trip to bear lake comes the beginning of next week. Should be a blast! I'll let you know how the arcade is at the complex we end up staying at. =)



Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Blogarita had a personality test on her blog, and per usual I have to share. I am generally an INFP, so it's interesting how this one worked out. However I hear that INFP's alter egos are ENTJ's, so maybe I come by the J honestly. I've been pretty angry lately. =) Besides, at the moment the description fits me well.

More is coming, I'm just way too lazy to update you all.

Oh, and Sushi... I've been ignoring your tag for a while. No offense. =)

Your Score: Freak- INFJ

6% Extraversion, 80% Intuition, 33% Thinking, 53% Judging

Well, well, well. How did someone like you end up with the least common personality type of them all? In a group of 100 Americans, only 0.5 others would be just like you. You really are one of a kind... In fact, I do believe that that's one of the definitions for the word "FREAK."

Freak's not such a bad word to describe you actually.

You are deep, complex, secretive and extremely difficult to understand. If that doesn't scream "Freak!" I don't know what does. No-one actually knows the REAL you, do they?

You probably have deep interests in creative expression as well as issues of spirituality and human development.

You've probably even been called a "psychic" before, because of your uncanny knack to understand and "read" people without quite knowing how you do it. Don't fret. You're not actually psychic. That would make you special and you'll never accomplish that.

You're also quite possible the most emotional of them all, so don't take this all too hard. Nevertheless you most definitely have the strangest personality type and that's not necessarily a good thing.


If you want to learn more about your personality type in a slightly less negative way, check out this.


The other personality types are as follows...

Loner - Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving

Pushover - Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging

Criminal - Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving

Borefest - Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging

Almost Perfect - Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

Loser - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving

Crackpot - Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

Clown - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving

Sap - Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging

Commander - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving

Do Gooder - Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging

Scumbag - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

Busybody - Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging

Prick - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving

Dictator - Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

Link: The Brutally Honest Personality Test written by UltimateMaster on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Saturday, June 30, 2007


Work has been a bit nuts lately.

Thursday night, 12:30 AM I realized something. I was sitting at my desk (yes, at work) with cool ranch doritos on my right, a mountain dew on my left. I looked down at my growing gut, and wondered when I was going to have the time between everything else I do to exercise more and eat a bit better.

Did you know that you can keep a legion of programmers locked in a dark basement with only cheetos and mountain dew for sustenance, as long as they have internet access?

Yes, some stereotypes are based loosely on the truth.

Well, I thought it was pretty funny, in a self-deprecating sort of way.

I've not forgotten you all, but time has been tight lately. I have too much I want to do and not enough time to do it all. We are slowly recovering mentally from our hospital stay. Our youngest is pretty well back to normal at this point, so it's a matter of finding our groove again.

But tonight my wife and I are actoually going out. Together. Without kids. It's going to be wonderful! The last time this happened our youngest was un a drug induced speel fest in the ICU. We need to get out together more. Here's hoping this begins a new trend.

How often do you get out with just your spouse? Or if you're not married, how often do you get out on a date?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Hang in there. I've gotten the video, ripped the appropriate segments... I just need to string things together. Sometime in the next few days.

While I'm thinking of videos, there are a few that I'm really looking forward to this summer. I already saw spider-man, I thought it was very good, better than some said, though I think spidey 2 was the best one.

Anyhow. On with the show!

The Bourne Ultimatum.

Ocean's 13.

And lastly, Harry Potter. Though I felt the last movie was a bit lacking, I'm willing to give it another chance.

Thanks for stopping in, more later.

Friday, June 08, 2007

New Day

So, despite that I really -DID- feel that crappy yesterday, today is shaping up to be much better.

Quick life update... Basement is still on hold pending finances, though I will probably finish off the wiring since that's for the most part paid for. By this fall I hope to have enough cash to get at least the insulation in for the cold season. But the window wells need to be dealt with. We had a nasty rainstorm and both window wells leaked. Again. I've done a number of things to get this taken care of but it looks like I'll ahve to just bite the bullet and crawl down there with a half-size shovel and dig them out a coupl efeet in order for them to actually drain water. Not looking forward to that.

I've had a sore throat/cough since Sunday. I keep thinking it's almost done but then it keeps moving on me. Throat, nose, lungs, cough, etc... new place every day. Bleh.

This weekend I am hoping to do some video ripping and get a video clip up on here for you all. I think it'll be worth the $5.50 I paid for the DVD plus the effort. We'll have to wait and see though.

I ordered Super Paper Mario from a seller on yesterday. I happened to look and got it for $23 shipped -- about half price, which isn't bad considering I've been considering paying more for it. On that note, I'm about 16 hours into the new zelda game. It was a bit slow the first little bit, but it is definitely picking up. I think I am about 1/3 of the way through it.

I'm also working on.... work stuff for some extra cash on the side. Hopefully doing some side jobs will allow for a successful adventure to Disneyland later this year. I've been torn on this issue. These "moonlighting" projects that are offered through work are roughly $30 an hour minus (bonus typed) taxes. This on the surface seems pretty good until you understand they are flat rate off of hour estimates. Some are easy and well worth the money... some are not. The owner also has pushed a lot of the work I enjoy off into this category, so it cuts both ways. But hey, it makes our vacation still a possibility this year. That's a plus. =)

My new exercise bike has gathered dust these last 6 weeks or so due to the hospital taking over, a week of pseudo-recovery and now being sick for a week. I'm looking forward to getting back into a routine with that. I think in the few weeks I had good workouts that my weight was affected. We shall see though. I also hear that you feel "good" in general when you are exercising which I could use some of right now.

I am trying to figure out a good time when I'll have to work on the pinball machine. I need to fix one of the pop bumpers and I am thinking of diving into fixing the playfield overlays which would be some unknown work. But it should be fun to do so. The machine doesn't get daily play anymore so I'm probably safe to rip it apart for a few weeks.

There are arcade projects that can come into play as well, though I'm not as certain of what will happen there. Likely the next thing to do is re-solder the mess I've made before and remove the hacked switch that never quite worked right. That and get player #2 working properly with the xbox, it never has worked right. I'm still keepign an eye out for a strider jamma board, but I hear they have a "suicide" battery, so I might have a hard time coming across one. Maybe I'll get lucky.

Thanks for dropping by.

Until later.

Thursday, June 07, 2007


This is how I feel today.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Is this really me?

I tend to think this is about 75% accurate. Those of you who know me well can leave comments about if I'm correct or not. =)

Thanks to Nobody for pointing this one out, I am a big fan of personality tests.

Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion |||||| 26%
Stability |||||||||||| 50%
Orderliness |||||||||||||| 56%
Accommodation |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Interdependence |||||| 23%
Intellectual |||||||||||||| 56%
Mystical |||||||||||||| 56%
Artistic |||||||||||||| 56%
Religious |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Hedonism || 10%
Materialism |||||||||||| 50%
Narcissism |||||||||||| 43%
Adventurousness |||||| 30%
Work ethic |||||||||||||||| 63%
Self absorbed |||||||||||| 43%
Conflict seeking |||| 16%
Need to dominate |||||||||||| 43%
Romantic |||||||||||||| 56%
Avoidant |||||||||||| 43%
Anti-authority |||||||||||| 43%
Wealth |||||| 30%
Dependency |||||||||||||| 56%
Change averse |||||||||||| 50%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||| 70%
Individuality |||||||||||| 43%
Sexuality |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||||| 56%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Physical Fitness |||||| 30%
Histrionic |||||||||| 36%
Paranoia |||||||||||| 50%
Vanity |||||| 23%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||||| 70%
Indie |||||||||||| 45%
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Stability results were medium which suggests you are moderately relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic.

Orderliness results were moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly organized, reliable, neat, and hard working at the expense of flexibility, efficiency, spontaneity, and fun.

Extraversion results were low which suggests you are very reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and secretive.

trait snapshot:
does not make friends easily, secretive, introverted, reclusive, observer, dislikes leadership, somewhat socially awkward, does not like to stand out, dislikes large parties, values solitude, solitary, avoidant, ambivalent about fitting in, not dominant, unassertive, suspicious, prudent, unadventurous, worrying, weird, intellectual, frequently second guesses self

Saturday, June 02, 2007


Hey all.

I finally took the plunge to update my blog template to the "new" blogger templates. It seem spretty slick so far. I'll be playing around with things a bit for a while I think. I'm annoyed by my stock blog. =)

Also I've been meaning to update my links lately and I'm just not doing it.

If you have links you'd like to see on my sidebar (i.e. your blog) please drop me a note here.

Lastly... I've got a post in the works which should be interesting. You know, assuming anyone cares about what I think. But you're here, reading my blog so I suppose you all at least care a little.

Or something.


Leave me a link. It doesn't have to be your blog, but it does need to be worth visiting, that's all I ask. This could be fun.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Yeah, so...

...I was curious okay? Sushi had this up on his blog.

Your Love Life is Like Pretty Woman

"I want the fairy tale"

You believe that love is truly blind, unpredictable, and surprising. Two very different people can easily find true love.
At least, that is how it will happen when you marry a gorgeous billionaire someday ;-)

Your love style: Sensual and flirty

Your Hollywood Ending Will Be: Surprisingly happy

And also...

You Are 64% Gentleman

You are definitely a gentleman. You're very considerate and you have excellent manners.
Occasionally, you slip and do something foolish... but usually no one notices!

I'll leave it up to my wife to comment on if this is accurate or not.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Out of the frying pan...

Just a quick update on the family medical situation.

Our youngest is still in the hospital. Some of you may remember the allergic reaction that our middle child has had in the past to drugs. Well, our youngest is having a worse reaction. It's not red spots on pale skin, it's the occasional piece of pale skin in the red. Ouch.

So the good news is that her throat is fine. The bad news is that she is almost completely covered in hives. Here's hoping the doctors actually let us go home soon. I'm headed to the hospital soon, wish me luck.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wierd Wednesday

Since Nobody™ didn't get to a wierd wednesday this week, I thought I'd post this. Not quite the same kind of thing, but pretty crazy nonetheless.

A Brawl In The Safari - Watch more free videos

Gotta lvoe mother nature!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Things should be interesting for a while around our place. I may be missing a bit more from my blog. And I was just starting to ramp up as well.

I'd like to thank everyone who has helped, prayed and otherwise wished us well in this time of hospitalization for our youngest daughter's welfare.

I've read 3 and a half books since last thursday, put a few hundred miles on my car, and didn't get a ton of sleep. Not much interesting to report.

Oh, they announced that Halo 3 will be out september 25th of this year. That's sooner than I expected. I'll have to start saving my nickels and dimes for... well, for insulation for the basement before winter comes. But after that... Hm. Well, I'd better start saving if I want to play it in the next 5 years. =)

Not being one to just post a little blurb I felt like I had to throw a link in here... This link... I've got to say... I'm surprised it took someone this long to do this.

just for fun

Vaguely entertaining if you're into that sort of thing. Gets wierd at the end, but definitely some cool action in this one.

Sunday, May 06, 2007


I'm not really sure this is very accurate as far as personality tests go, but it was fun to check out.

Which SNES Game Character Are You?

Megaman - The boy in blue. You're a true hero, strong, determined, and adaptable. But you really were never designed to be a hero. You'd be much happier living a simple life. But programing is programing.
Take this quiz!

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I also wanted to mention this, as it's pretty out there. But kind of cool if you're into that kind of thing.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Wii Mini-review and miscellany

So, I've decided rather than procrastinate my wii review, I'd break it up into a couple of pieces. That way people get to actually hear about it. Oh, and it'll keep me posting.

This morning we ate some buttermilk waffles and hit the basement for 30 minutes before our youngest took a nap. (She had been up for a couple hours last night, from 1-3ish...) Not exactly my plan, but at least I got the boxes up and a small portion of wire run for the smoke alarms, my last wire I need to run. Unless we decide to run speaker wires, but I'm leaning away from that at the moment. Anyway. So we all went outside to work in the yard before it rained. It looked like it could start any minute.

Well, it never rained today and our youngest slept for about 4 hours. I got the lawn mowed and edged and my wife and I got a ton of the weeds removed from the flowerbeds among other things. The place actually is starting to look cared for again. If it wasn't so dark outside I'd post a picture. Maybe tomorrow.

My lovely wife decided that we needed to eat out as it was mid afternoon, and went and purchased some food for us. We at some of the best grease around and then all sat down to play the wii.

My oldest is really starting to get the hang of some of the mini-games. Her favorite is the one where you turn the remote sideways and steer a cow back to the barn. (Get it? Steer? Cow?) You tip the controller to the left or right to turn and twist it forward or back to go faster or slower, similar to using a motorbike. You have to knock down scarecrows in the road for points.

Why am I trying to tell you this by typing? Geez, you'd think I were cooler than that. Bah.

Here, check it out.

I should metion that our 18 month old insists on "playing" the cow riding game. She knows she needs a controller and clutches it tightly in her fist while pushing buttons to play (even though the buttons do nothing on this one). She knows when it starts and ends and pretty much gets that she gets to move the cow around.

Well, I was impressed. Guess I'm a dad, what can I say. =)

This is one of 9 mini-games that comes with a wii remote, called "wii play". It has a short tutorial of how to use the controller the first time you use it as well, which would have been really nice to start out with.

It also comes with a duck-hunt-esque game with is kind of fun if a little basic. Air hockey, pool, table tennis, and some wierd bubble puzzle game are all pretty okay. My favorite is basically a remake of the atari 2600 combat with tanks. You use the wii remote kind of like you would a mouse, to aim your tank and then you can lay mines and shoot. Good stuff, I bet multi-player would be really fun with that.

The other smash hit is the fishing game. Fairly simple, but decently fun. These are all pretty mediocre to lame games by yourself, but make for fantastic social games as anyone can pick them up in a few seconds.

You can earn medals for scoring high points and you get to use the "mii" or avatar that you create for yourself.

The wii play has so far been the biggest hit with the kids, and especially after today, we are all happy we own it. Finally, a console that truly is for the whole family. It'll change your mind about gaming.

My wife, after just 1 hour of playing the wii said "This is hands down better than the pinball machine."


That's okay, I'll still get an addam's family. Someday. That'll show her!

Guess I have to finish the basement first though. Doh.

More later, happy weekend.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Public Service Announcement

So we were talking at work today about the Do Not Call List. If you don't know about that check out the site. It'll save you from the hassle of a ton of telemarketing calls. It won't stop charities from calling though.

Anyhow, I had a friend mention another site that is similar a few years back. Did you know that the major credit bureaus sell lists to insurance and credit card agencies tor marketing purposes? Did you know you can opt out of this list?

You can.

Go. Do it.

I've been opted out for about 2 years now and I have a noticeable decrease in credit card junk mail. I feel much more safe about my mailbox now -- identity theft is harder, I won't have to worry (as much) about some stupid company sending me a pre-approved loan application for 50k that someone else cashes then I'm liable for.

Why are you still here? Go. Do. Stick it to The Man™!

Friday, April 27, 2007

More later

Things are busy around our place, I won't be able to give a proper review for the wii until next week sometime.

Once I get the smoke alarms and the 2 lights + 1 outlet in the bathroom wired up I'll post some pictures of my basement. Assuming anyone cares anymore. =)

Next will be insulation and sheetrock, I'm afraid of the dollar amounts on that one, but at least we're getting closer to something that looks like real progress.

I'm planning on ripping some parts out of my pinball machine here soon as well. I'll keep y'all updated on that front.

And I'll be working in the yard sooner than later I'm sure.

This evening the kids and I are going to go out to eat and have a good time while mom celebrates her brother's graduation at a no kids eat out party. Should be fun on both sides.

Life is busy. At least I get Sunday off from the majority of church duties, so that should be good.

More later.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

So what's the big deal with a Wii?

I've had a few comments along these lines, I thought I'd share.

At first when I heard the news from Nintendo about their new system I was thinking... that's it? Just new controllers? Hmm. Sounds kind of lame.

That thing looks like a TV remote! How will I ever use that to play games?

(Wii remote and xbox controller shown below)

Well. The controller is motion activated, so maybe that helps. Hmm.


Maybe the motion sensor will work out, but most things like that in the past have been gimmicky. I'm still skeptical.

And then I saw this.

This is the first video that nintendo released about the wii.

I've been super excited to see how it really works out ever since.

Aren't you? =)

(Note: there are other more up to date commercials and trailers floating around, but this is the one that I saw first.)

Until later.

Friday, April 20, 2007


I saw this on a couple other blogs and thought I'd try it out.

Pretty interesting, though I wish they had a better variety of pictures.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


So, about 3 weeks ago I installed a program from a site that would check for the availability of a nintendo wii at various places on the internet.

Doue to the magic of the internet, And me sitting at my desk at the time of the alert, I was able to order a Wii. was sold out within 13 minutes of posting wii's available.

I'm still floored by this. Apparently nintendo has shipped over 5.5 million wiis. And you still have a very difficult time getting one.

I hear it's worse here where I am than other places, but still... It's been incredibly difficult to get my hands on one of these.

I'll let you all know how it works out once it arrives. =)

Saturday, April 14, 2007


If you've ever wanted a dance dance revolution pad here's an easy way to get one.

From Kraft.

Hard to beat for only $6.

Monday, April 09, 2007

So... yeah.

So, you know how I made this big speech a while back about where I'm going and what I'm doing?

I think I lied. I don't know what the hell I'm doing. And you're welcome to quote me on that.


This is what I came home to today.

Apparently the city turned on the water (or at least turned up the pressure) for the pressurized irrigation. We have a faucet out in the back, it was split in a couple of places and spraying water like a geyser.

I think I'm going to hire a neighbor kid to dig out the window well so that this doesn't happen, at least not immediately if water gets into it.

Work on the basement progresses. The roughed in plumbing is done for the bathroom. The air ducts are in. The wiring is all actually run (except for the bathroom which is waiting until later anyway). Some of it's even hooked up!

Yard work season has already begun, and I'm sure my wife will post more than I do about that. But rest assured I'll be plenty involved there.

The family is relatively healthy, though we continue to go to see doctors for our youngest's breathing problem.

And dare I post it...? World of Warcraft is fast coming to an end. It's probably a matter of weeks until I get completely fed up with the time it's taking away from everything else. You can have a look at my warlock if you're into that kind of thing.

Of course there's always Team Fortress 2... Another time I'll explain how and why that means anything to me. Probably means nothing to the rest of you with the exception of my wife. =)

Until then.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Wal... wha?

I am sick.

I've been sick for a couple of days.

Pretty much my entire family is sick.

Not a lot of positive stuff going on at our house right now. We'll get through it, but man, it's a pain to wade through.

Nobody was "nice" enough to tag me.... And though I just barely posted something like this, I thought I'd go through a few songs that I listen to off and on.

the first and top song is "Waldorf Worldwide". For some reason the lyrics have really caught my attention lately. (Don't let the first few lines throw you, heh) Which is wierd, I don't really like rap, but this is pretty rappish in a punk kind of a way. Reading through the lyrics never gets me with songs, I always want to hear them. So here you go.

Here are a few other songs that have been kicking around here and there. Most are not new to me, it's been a while since I listened to the radio. Unless you count talk radio in the car. But that's a whole 'nuther post.

"The Anthem" also by Good Charlotte.
"My own worst enemy" by Lit, with honorable mentions "Lipstick and bruises" and "Miserable". I need to mention here, that I really like Lit's style. Or... At least how they don't take themselves too seriously. =)
"Face Down" by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
"I'm OK, you're OK" by MxPx
"Meant to live" by switchfoot.
"Silver & Cold" by AFI. (I like the sound, the video made the song a bit worse for me, beware...)

Until later.

Friday, March 09, 2007


Dr. Schambaugh, of the University of Oklahoma School of Chemical Engineering, Final Exam question for May of 1997. Dr. Schambaugh is known for asking questions such as, "why do airplanes fly?" on his final exams. His one and only final exam question in May 1997 for his Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer II class was: "Is hell exothermic or endothermic? Support your answer with proof."

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

"First, We postulate that if souls exist, then they must have some mass. If they do, then a mole of souls can also have a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into hell and at what rate are souls leaving? I think we can safely assume that once a soul gets to hell, it will not leave.

Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for souls entering hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, then you will go to hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and souls go to hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change in volume in hell. Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in hell to stay the same, the ratio of the mass of souls and volume needs to stay constant. Two options exist:

1) If hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter hell, then the temperature and pressure in hell will increase until all hell breaks loose.

2) If hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until hell freezes over.

So which is it? If we accept the quote given to me by Theresa Manyan during Freshman year, "that it will be a cold night in hell before I sleep with you" and take into account the fact that I still have NOT succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then Option 2 cannot be true...Thus, hell is exothermic."

The student, Tim Graham, got the only A.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Old school

Got Link?

You can make your own on that site as well.

More later. =)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


I've been pretty busy with my gaming lately, so I've had little time/effort for this poor blog. I almost feel guilty. Almost.

Anyhow, the silence is a bit too long and uncomfortable, I thought I'd post my top 25 most played songs list from iTunes. This is kind of a skewed list as I rebuilt my iTunes library a few months back... but shouldn't be too off as far as style. Enjoy!

(From 1-25, I'm too lazy to reverse things and make it a countdown list)

Hit Or Miss - New Found Glory
Lights and Sounds - Yellowcard
Fat Lip - Sum 41
Be My Escape - Relient K
Forward Motion - Relient K
All She's Got - Sum 41
In Too Deep - Sum 41
Nothing On My Back - Sum 41
The Anthem - Good Charlotte
Meant to Live - Switchfoot
Swing, Swing - The All-American Rejects
Everywhere - Yellowcard
Times Like These - Foo Fighters
Little Things - Good Charlotte
Still Waiting - Sum 41
A Praise Chorus - Jimmy Eat World
Linkin Park - Breaking the Habit
Seein' Red - Elva
My Friends Over You - New Found Glory
Bush - Little Things
Glycerine - Bush
Send the Pain Below - Chevelle
Responsibility - MxPx
The Rock Show - Blink-182
In The Blood - Better Than Ezra

There's another song that hasn't made this list yet that has caught my attention recently as well, been thinking about posting about it. Maybe later.

Until then.

Monday, January 22, 2007

The burning crusade

Welcome to the end of the holiday season and the era of new year's resolutions. Best of luck with all that.

I should be hitting the basement again here in a week or two. I have all of the lights done (and have for a while), next is plumbing for the bathroom, air ducts and finishing the miscellany wiring, things like cable, ethernet, smoke alarms. Maybe sometime soon I'll get off my rear and get some more pictures going.

You may not see me much for a couple of weeks though.

I have the world of warcraft expansion to get out of my system.

Untill later.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


Have any of you ever visited an internet chatroom? Also known as IRC or internet relay chat.

I used to frequent an IRC channel when I was in college. Some crazy people hang out in those. People tend to socialize like it were a bar or resturaunt or soemthing. Maybe a more apt example is Denny's at 2 AM. Who knows.


I sumbled across a link to a site I had forgotten about for some time, They have funny snippets of chatrooms and a few stories like this one sprinkled in.

I thought I'd post a couple for you. You know, in case you get bored or something.


Sunday, January 07, 2007


So, now what?

That's been the story of my life the past 4 or so months. I've realized that pretty well every dream or want I've had as a kid has come true. Well, the reasonable ones anyhow. Some I've found without even knowing I wanted them.

This book for example.

Others I've never dreamed possible until recently.

Some decisions have been the most important I'll ever make.

Some are ultimately.... meaningless.

So then, now what?

Here I am at an intersection of sorts in the crossroads of my life. I've spent the past few months wandering around this crossroad, kind of daydreaming and trying to figure out where the heck I go from here.

It's like... Well, let's use a story as an example. I have a pretty good idea of where I'd like to be at the end of... well, what I know about life, the universe and everything.

We'll call that the north pole.

I just crossed the border of Mexico into the states and have my travel visa. It's been a long road since I left panama. I've seen tons of things on the way and feel as though I've just barely caught a glimpse of what's out there. There are cultures that are as alien to me as anything out of a sci-fi novel. There are people living like kings and slaves. There's a lot to see and I've barely scratched the surface.

Now I'm in a strange new world, sitting at a truck stop with no money, wondering what I'm going to do. I've gotten a glimpse of a map, and so I have some idea of where things are, but really no way of knowing how to get there. Sure, I know the general direction north is, but that doesn't help a whole lot. There's plenty more stuff to worry about on the way than just the direction I'm headed. Where do I stay? How do I travel? Do I take anyone with me? If a family member or friend needs help do I delay my trip (or even go back to help them) or do I forge ahead? Yes, plenty more to worry about than a simple bearing.

Somehow my subconscious, as it usually does, has started me on the way of an answer, I just don't know what it is yet. However, I am moving, walking down a highway that I don't know the beginning or end of. But I'm moving again. Here's to hoping I'm headed in the right direction.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Still here...

I'll write a post soon. I've got a few that just won't og away but I've not had a lot of time lately to put down my thoughts. I'm going to try and commit to something by early next week and see what happens.