August 20th, 2009
Happy birthday to me! =D
July 30th, 2009
New 3GHz dual-core is fast. Also, not having thorougly corrupted ram is faster. =P
Now all I have to do is rebuild my entire system to clear out any broken compiles from the bad RAM, get the network driver working, get sound working, test WoW, plug my IDE hard drive back in, fix the bootloader...
Why yes, some days I do wish I was a carpenter.
June 13th, 2009
|10:59 pm - Mystery and intrigue...|
I went to an Austin Lounge Lizards concert on Thursday with Arwen and her folks. It was fun concert that helped make up for a bad day at work, which was nice, but that's not what this post is about.
During the concert, I noticed a middle-aged man sitting in the crowd who looked very much like me. Not just in a "Oh, I get mistaken for Brad Pitt" kind of way; he smiled the same way I do, his face was the same shape as mine... it was really unsettling. (An important point to note is that my dad and I look very much alike.)
I called my dad after the show to ask if we had any relations in Redwood City (where the concert was) that he knew of, and told him about this doppleganger. My dad said that he didn't know of any other family members that fit the description, but that his father was something of a player, and that my dad knew of at least one child who was supposedly his half-brother.
...I think I found my previously unknown half-uncle at a concert in Redwood City?
I couldn't decide whether to approach him, and eventually decided against it. However, I'm still incredibly curious and I hope he goes to the next Austin Lounge Lizards concert I attend. If I see him again, I don't think I'll be able to keep myself from tapping him on the shoulder and saying, "I know how crazy this must sound, but do you know a man named Bob Compton?" =/
In other, non-mysterious news, phase one of our plan to improve the feng shui of our apartment is complete. We moved our desks into the bedroom, and we're going to put the bookcases that are in the bedroom now where the desks used to be (in the "dining room" adjoining the kitchen). We anticipate that this will make the living room area much more open and pleasant to be in. Phase two is to swap the couch side of the room with the TV side, to make better use of the shiny new free space that phase one afforded. I like my desk's new home. :-)
Current Music: Eva Abraham - Until (SomaFM Lush channel)
May 24th, 2009
|02:02 am - Fanime!|
Arwen, her brother, and I went to Fanime today. It was quite a lot of fun.
I wanted to post some of the pictures we took that I really enjoyed.
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May 8th, 2009
|12:21 pm - Holy hell, Meghan McCain gets it|
The key, honestly, is communication between parents and children. At the end of the day, the worst thing parents can do is raise children who are not prepared for the situations they may encounter, especially when they’re not planned. (For anyone who remembers their teen years, you know what I mean.) Unfortunately, Republicans typically don’t like to discuss or deal with things they think are wrong or immoral. And that’s a huge mistake. If we can’t discuss birth control in addition to abstinence, and in a nonjudgmental way, kids will continue to make bad choices for lack of having access to informed, safe options. Not everyone shares the same beliefs, and more importantly, people don’t always react the same way to their circumstances. Which is why it is so important to encourage honest, open communication about the realities of sex within the party at large, and more specifically, between parents and their children. (italics mine)
Meghan McCain, The GOP Doesn't Understand Sex
I've been saying this for a long time--if you pretend to children that there's no such thing as sex, that doesn't make it go away. It just leaves the kids completely unprepared for the situations they'll find themselves in.
May 3rd, 2009
Building my own DVR computer has been a long, painful, error-fraught process, but it has its rewards.
I just overheard from the TV in the living room that a show was starting that I wanted to watch but was not already recording. I popped open the web interface in a new browser window on my desktop, scheduled the recording, and went about my way. Once the recording is finished, it'll automatically have its commercials flagged and then cut during playback, which I'll be able to control with a standard TV remote instead of a keyboard+mouse. If it's not convenient to watch on the real TV, I can transcode the recording and download it to a laptop or iPod and watch it there, or connect to the web interface and watch it streamed YouTube-style.
Suck it, TiVo.
April 30th, 2009
|08:47 pm - "Stay a while, and listen!"|
So it's been a long time since I posted, and I have a lot to catch up on. The most pressing thing is probably the events of the last two weeks, which included two urgent care visits, surgery, and a hospital stay, so I guess I'll start there.
Fair warning: gory details ahead.
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Aside from that, it's been an pretty good few weeks since I got back from New York. I love my new job and the people at the local office here have been really nice to me. I am slowly starting to feel like I have a clue about what's going on, which is good. I enjoyed the couple of Aikido classes I got to attend before my insides liquified, I've signed up for a gym so I can start working out, my commute is a gorgeous drive on a wide-open cop-and-traffic-free freeway, and I'm back home with my gorgeous and loving wife.
I'm glad to be home.
April 15th, 2009
What's the plan for D&D this weekend, folks?
April 2nd, 2009
Arwen will be here in just a couple of hours! I'm so excited! =D