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.