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Monday, October 11th, 2010
4:49 pm
So Maxwell showed up three Sundays ago, and Alison's sister gave birth to HER son yesterday (they're really putting the 'son' in Sunday) so now Alison and her sister have managed to have girls exactly two weeks apart and now sons exactly two weeks apart.

If one of them ever gets pregnant again, it'll have the other running in panic for test kits.

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Monday, September 20th, 2010
10:01 pm - Well poop.
I just discovered that the sweet new game I've been waiting for (Civ V), won't run on my current system.

D'oh!

I may be hijacking my wife's computer. :D

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Monday, September 13th, 2010
9:46 pm - Cleaning up the garage...
So I needed to clean up the garage so we can get a proper stem wall installed between the house and the garage. About a day before the scheduled start for my cleaning fest, we watched a marathon of the T.V. show Hoarders, and I gotta say, I have never been more motivated to clean stuff up.

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Monday, September 6th, 2010
10:20 pm - Writing stuff.
Since I stalled out on my vampire novel, Alison suggested I try submitting a proposal to an e-zine that does short stories for 'hidden world' themes. The outline I came up with is much more a serialized novella than a series of 12 short stories, but it was interesting to work on. I'll send it off and prepare for the inevitable rejection, but it was definitely fun working on a 'hidden world' type concept, and not cloning Harry Potter. (Although my protagonist IS named Harold Kotter. Okay, not really. Okay, yes, really.)

Fun stuff!

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Monday, August 30th, 2010
9:52 am - Grrr...
I picked up a copy of Ovid's Metamorphoses for grins and giggles, and discovered that the commentary/translation was done by a biblical literalist who's explination of every fable so far has been "This is a corruption of the events accurately described in the Bible."

For instance, the war against the giants was the tower of babel. The war of the gods vs. the titans was the fall of angels.

Blah.

It's this translation that I have and I gotta say, the overt bible thumping in the commentary makes me doubt the accuracy of the translation efforts.

Is anybody familiar enough with Ovid to offer opinions on the translations?

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
12:51 pm - Listeriosis
Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York, has recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.

The products were distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide, according to the USDA's website.

The meats may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which was discovered in a retail sample collected by inspectors in Georgia. The USDA has received no reports of illnesses associated with the meats.

Upon learning of the voluntary recall, Wal-Mart immediately told its stores to remove the meat from their shelves, the company said in a statement.

"Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease," according to the USDA. "Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, long dreadlocks at the rear of the cranium, a liverpudlian accent, general slobbiness, an affection for the Rastabilly Skank genre of music, the unfounded belief that one can play the guitar, a propensity for breaking space corp regulations, and a generally sarcastic sense of humor."

If you suspect yourself of having contracted listeriosis, you should avoid any responsible work, operating heavy machinery, singing, but should at all costs make sure the drive plates are sealed properly.

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Sunday, August 8th, 2010
7:43 am - Nintendo Games
Hi guys! My Nintendo system is dead never to be seen again, so I figured before ebaying the carts to nameless dweebs on the interwebs, I'd see if any of the named dweebs I know would be interested in them. (They all worked last time the nintendo was working) (Note : You have to take them all and pickup or pay for shipping.)

Tecmo Baseball
Excite Bike
Gauntlet
Dragon Warrior
Super Mario 3
Super Mario/Duck Hunt
Mega Man
Spy Hunter
Zelda II : Adventures of Link
The Three Stooges
Final Fantasy
Super Spike V'Ball/World Cup
PaperBoy
Super Pitfall

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010
9:35 am - OMG.
Alison is in training, and the guy likes to use pictures of scuba divers as an allegory to software programmers (don't as me, I'm not in the class.) But apparently he has put up several pictures that remind Alison STRONGLY of the ol' Warhammer picture that I have conveniently turned into an icon for y'all.

I would be tempted to try this some day, just to say that I did it.

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Friday, July 23rd, 2010
2:33 pm - Does your dad ever make you feel like a failure?
I'm not talking about berating you for not hitting the game winning run, or beating your mom while you watch helplessly. I'm talking about rewiring the house, repairing the cars, re-roofing the garage, building us wooden puppets and toys, and being capable of fixing most anything around the house.

Every time we have to spend money on something for the house, I can't help but thinking of how dad would have been able to do it himself. Me? I have to scurry to the internet to try and figure out how to shim a door so it won't swing open or closed. Even then I'm not sure if I'll get it done right. I'm partway though trying to build Katie a little toy rack, but I'm stuck at the part where I need to start doing the chiseling and I'm nervous about messing it up, so I've left it stacked in the corner of the garage for a month and a half.

I'm taking my bicycles in for a tune-up because the last time I tried it, I made the gearing worse.

I want to be the dad who can fix things for his kids, like my dad was for me.

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Friday, July 16th, 2010
1:07 pm - Another picture that looks JUST LIKE ME!


I feel like I could govern a large state now!

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11:41 am
Time for a poll!



Poll #1593105 ScrubOrNot

Okay, is that Scrubbo in the photo or not?

Yes! I would recognize that right earlobe anywhere!
1(11.1%)
No, obviously not. Where is the aura of awesomeness?
2(22.2%)
I have no idea! It sure LOOKS like him!
3(33.3%)
I don't care, that hair shirt scares me!
1(11.1%)
Turbot!
2(22.2%)



For the record, the image came from Regretsy

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Friday, July 2nd, 2010
4:12 pm - Follow up on Airbender...
So, The Last Airbender currently has a rotten tomato score of 9%.

Seems like my prediction that Shammalammadingdong was going to absolutely blow at actiony/chinese cinema is pretty accurate.

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3:28 pm - Busily locking the barn after the horses got out...
So today a security company came and installed a security system, which means I can't go home until Alison get back from running errands to show me how to work it.

Also, we ordered a behemoth of a fire safe. It should clock in at 1400 pounds and will get crammed in the corner of our garage nestled against 2 concrete walls.

Now I just need to dig a batcave in the back yard with an exit concealed in our giant shrubbery and our home protection plan is complete!

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Monday, June 28th, 2010
11:20 am - What a twist!
It's pretty pathetic that I can see the previews for The Last Airbender and think "All right! A movie embracing the whole Chinese Epic Cinema thing, that could be cool!" and then see the director's name pop up as "M. Night Shamalamadingdong (or however you spell it)" and immediately lose all interest in the movie.

Bummer.

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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
10:10 am - Everyone's an 'art' critic.....
Giant Jesus 'statue' struck by lightning and burns down! Church plans to blow $700,000 rebuilding it.

First off, Styrofoam and fiberglass do NOT a statue make.

Second of all, if your religious symbol gets destroyed by an 'act of God' PERHAPS you should rethink rebuilding said symbol.

Third of all, $700k for a giant flammable Jesus? How many hot meals could you serve the homeless with that kind of cash? And that's just for repairs! How much did the original cost?

These people are why I dislike organized religion. They're like organized crime. The more organization, the more damage they inflict and the more money the cost.

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Thursday, June 10th, 2010
5:04 pm - Ouchies!
I hurt my back wrestling my child into a car seat.






Man... I'm gettin' old.

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Thursday, May 20th, 2010
9:21 pm - Ooooh ohh... my pink eyed girl!
Katie has pink eye!

She got it right before her daddy is supposed to go on a 3 day motorcycle riding trip. If he gets pink eye and has to lounge around the hotel room all weekend, he will be annoyed. :D

In the meantime, feel bad for our lil' bean!

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010
8:11 pm - Livin' on the hill... (Don't know how I made it hoooooo-oh-ome!)
It took me considerably longer to ride my butt home on Bike To Work day. I wound up using my lowest gear on several sections.

Now, my brother Derek would call me a girl's blouse for complaining about these tiny bumps that I call hills, but for somebody who was used to long flat commutes and is considerably heavier than he ought to be, these final hills were butt kickers.

My first mistake was trying to power up the first hill I hit. I didn't want to drop to my smallest ring on the crank because it would be too sissy. Well, I ground to a halt about halfway up that hill at a stopsign and put my foot down. I then decided since it was my first time riding the bike on this route I needed to pull out my iphone and check the route to make sure I was going the right way. Suuuuure, that's what I was doing. Not resting because my legs were feeling like goo. When I started back up, I dropped down to the lowest ring and cranked it up to the top of that hill and coasted down to the little 'town center' catching my breath.

The next leg up to the lake was better since I didn't try and power up the hill, having learned my lesson, but I still wound up dying on a pitch up around a corner I had to hug because of a car behind me. I stopped for a water break and a breather, then pushed on to the flat spot by the lake. That left a reasonably rolling transition to the last hill, which I already knew was the steepest part. I tried to rest up as much as possible, coasting through the rolling part as much as possible, and then dropped down into grunty gear for the whole trip up the last part.

I wound up stopping after another steep pitch through the apex of a corner. I now understand why those corners blow people off the lead groups in the bike races. Good gravey, it felt like the hill jumped 2-3 degrees through that corner. After getting back on the bike, I got up to the last steep part and tried to push through, even getting off the pedals in my lowest gear to try and keep going, but stalled out again. I admitted defeat and walked it up the last of that pitch, then got on and pushed the last 100 feet to the flat area near our house.

Ugh. Seriously, ugh.

On the other hand, I didn't call Alison and make her come get me, so that counts as a win, right? RIGHT? Please say right!

I need to do this more often. Alison and I are talking about at least one day a week I get to ride. Whee! Hopefully I'll be able to bust out the whole hill in one go before the end of summer.

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11:44 am - Bike to work day.
It's bike to work day! HOORAY!

So, since the last time I commuted on my bike, we have moved up into the hills. That made the trip to work pretty easy. I got up to 20 mph by coasting down our road, and managed to get all the way to El Camino without having to do more than pedal to keep the speed up. The rest of it was flat except for the quick ramp over the freeway.

The ride home, however, promises to be painful.

I'm going to avoid Jefferson on the way up the hill and take the back roads in to avoid being nearly stationary on all the blind curves. That's a pretty scary road to be going uphill on. Downhill is no problem.

If you don't see another post from me, assume either :
A) I had a coronary
B) I stopped at Sanchos for fish tacos and ate until I exploded.

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
11:27 am - Baby name.
Alison won't let me have Diggory Douglas, but she suggested an even better name.

Danger Rocketface!

THE NAME IS PICKED!

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