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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
10:52 am
Too busy for April Fool's
I was up late last night making some last minute tweaks to a presentation I'm giving today. I was having trouble staying awake and I've spent the last 15 years developing an immunity to Iocaine Powder coffee so the 3 cups I had weren't really doing it for me. So I decided to take it to the next level.
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
4:59 pm
Battlestar Galactica: Spoiler-Heavy Complaints
The finale was fun to watch, but my inner logician is still shivering in a dark corner of my mind, refusing to come out and muttering something about "they earned it!"

Don't click if you don't want spoilers.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
9:44 am
Friday, March 6th, 2009
1:58 pm
Zildjian K Ride
Expensive. Perhaps I will get Guitar Center gift certs for my birthday and buy one. Every time I play my kit I frown when I hit my Sabian B8. It's warm enough to play in the garage again so it's time to tune up the heads and start getting back into the swing.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
10:59 am
Weekend Consumption
Friday night beer was consumed in honor of D's birthday, and though my stay was short it was nice to be out and about. My first visit to Carson City Saloon and they had some good beer on tap, attentive waitstaff and thankfully, good music that wasn't so loud that I couldn't hear the conversation.

Saturday we had dinner with lilostitch and her fiance at The Library. The company was much better than the food in my opinion, but the space was neat, the beer selection was great, and the novelty children's book menus were really cool. I didn't recognize the place at first since they changed their sign, it used to look an awful lot like the Carnegie Library System's logo but the consensus at the table was that they probably had some sort of legal trouble with that. The menus still had the old logo though, which made me believe that I'm actually not crazy.

Sunday I made General Tso's Tofu. I use a bottled sauce so I can't take too much credit, but it's still a chore to make- I have to bread the tofu, fry it until it tastes enough like something other than tofu that the ladies in the house will eat it, then mix it together with some veggies in a wok to cook while I fret over timing the rice perfectly. Someday perhaps I'll try to make my own sauce, but I like the Iron Chef stuff and so do my "customers" so I'm in no hurry. For dessert sonbanon and T made some Banana Nut Muffin/Bread stuff which I enjoyed with some coffee as I settled in for a mindless night of video gaming.
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
8:13 am
Power outages and the screaming wind you can only experience when you sleep in an attic bedroom atop a Pittsburgh hill make for a rough morning. The sound effects up there are staggering.
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
9:08 am
Go Steelers. It's like "May the Force be with you" or "God bless" or any other religious invocation that can be used in place of a standard greeting. Being a Steelers fan is not a choice for me; I was raised a Steeler fan and my formative years were the heyday of the 70's Steelers dominance. I've never wanted to stray and while I don't always show up for services (indeed I only watched a couple games this year), Black and Gold is my religion and I associate strongly with my tribe.

How are those other religions working out? Kurt Warner tried the whole Jesus thing and it didn't really work out.

The game was very exciting. I kind of agree with John Madden that James Harrison shoving the Cardinals player when he was down was uncalled for, and it's too bad that image sticks with me rather than his historic 100 yard interception return or Santonio's ballerina catches.

Best stat of the game though: 1 safety! That's got to make some unlikely football pool winners. I guess you could get to 23 with a field goal, 3 touchdowns and one missed PAT though so maybe it's not that uncommon.

I'm a little surprised we only beat them 33-27 on time of possession since their entire offense was basically quick passing drives. I guess we don't have the running game we used to have.

Ah well, as I drove home from my sister's place last night people were outside of their houses dancing, people were waving terrible towels out of their windows honking, and there was generally just a festival atmosphere in the whole city and it's hard not to smile when you see people so happy. Go Steelers!
Sunday, February 1st, 2009
7:27 pm
Parker is a Jedi
Did you see how Parker just waited for that guy to fall at his feet before he started running? Amazing!
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
2:30 pm
Water Cooler Talk
My office is abuzz with 12th-cylon revelation talk today. Is your office Battlestar Galactica crazy?
12:33 pm
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
10:40 am
Norwegian Wood
Go grab yourself a copy of the Beatles entire catalog via podcast before they make it illegal. Go Norway!
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
1:08 pm
I'm considering getting an iPhone and then using it as a tethered modem with my laptop, does anyone have experience with either part of this? Is it possible to tether your iPhone without jailbreaking? Is jailbreaking easily reversible?
Monday, December 15th, 2008
2:42 pm
Feeling incredibly blah this afternoon, probably my pasta lunch trying to put me to sleep. I did an online hearing test earlier, turns out I can hear 12khz clearly but not 16khz. Our stove emits a high pitched whine when the burners are on full that I can barely hear but the women in the house (and presumably the kittens) can hear all too well.

Tough to stay motivated with the exercising in the winter months but I've fired up ddr a few times in the past week when the weather outside was frightful. Max 300 on standard from ddr max2 is out of reach now, I remember barely being able to do it at one point but that may just be wishful thinking.

Went to Erie yesterday to celebrate my Sister's birthday, and had a nice meal with the family. Making that trip again in 2 weeks. It's funny how on a very long drive of 6+ hours you sort of resign yourself to the fact that the end is nowhere in sight but on the 2 hour trek to and from Erie, it's so short that you expect it to be over right away but it still takes the full two hours.
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
9:02 pm
Annals of Good Problems to Have, Vol. 11
My clothes are all too big for me.
10:47 am
Python 3.0 Gripes
I understand there were many language features that needed to be changed now that version 3.0 is coming out. A few just seem like change for change's sake though:

* dict methods dict.keys(), dict.items() and dict.values() return “views” instead of lists. For example, this no longer works: k = d.keys(); k.sort(). Use k = sorted(d) instead

Uh, why? This is a really common operation, I don't understand at all why "view" objects can't have a sort method analogous to what lists have instead of this new syntax.

Old: print "The answer is", 2*2
New: print("The answer is", 2*2)

I have complained about this before. The print function worked conveniently with its special syntax. Parentheses are annoying to type, plain and simple, and print is something I use so much that this is a really downer for me. I wish there was/hope there will be an import statement of some kind that will allow the old print behavior. Yes I know there's a 2.x->3.x converter that will do it for me, no that doesn't satisfy me.

Just to be clear I don't mind that there's new print syntax, I just wish they'd allow the old syntax too.

Removed <> (use != instead).

Again I just have to wonder, why? It seems to me that this is going to break old working code more than it's going to beautify new code.
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
2:24 pm
He's Good Enough, He's Smart Enough...
And I'm sure he's sick to death of hearing that catch-phrase, but Al Franken is leading at this moment in the Senate race recount for the first time.

This was pretty widely expected. Coleman's official pre-recount lead was about 200 votes out of some 3 million. That's like 200 pennies out of $30,000.00 - literally a rounding error. The thing is, Minnesota uses optical scan ballots that, like most machines, are good but not perfect. They pick up clear signals (i.e. darkly filled in bubbles), but the law allows in a close race for the counting of ballots where a choice was marked in a way that is obvious to a human being but not to a machine. Guess who's likely to make a lot of those sort of errors? Inexperienced new voters. Guess which party new voters generally supported?

This race is far from over, but if you wondered why the vote total appeared to be moving towards Franken, that's why; his votes were disproportionately undercounted the first time around. We'll see what happens.
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
11:01 am
Back for the Attack
We've returned stateside. Had a blast, lots of pics and detail to come, but first, we have to spend the next 5 hours waiting for our flight home. It's warm and sunny there too, right?
Thursday, November 13th, 2008
4:40 pm
Vaca Is Go
Begins in 5... 4... 3... bah starts early
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
1:06 pm
Wednesday fun
As borrowed from zare_k:
If you saw me in a police car, what would you think I got arrested
for? Answer, then post to your own journal if you want, and see how
many crimes you get accused of.
Monday, November 10th, 2008
3:08 pm
Only a few days until I leave with the radiant sonbanon for our long-delayed honeymoon. It will be a week packed with no cell phones, no web sites, no video games (not even World of Warcraft!) and no work. Just a week with my wife on a cruise ship and zero obligations.

We planned a few excursions for early in the week, one to look at some Mayan ruins and another to go 2-seater parasailing. We left the later half of the week open in case there were other excursions we would learn about from staff or other passengers that seem appealing.

I am bringing enough books with me that I could spend the entire cruise relaxing on the deck with some fruity umbrella drink just lounging, but I predict I'll barely finish the new Neal Stephenson one and not touch the others. There's also apparently lots of stuff to do on the ship at any time. Eating, drinking, gambling, swimming, etc.

Plus of course, we got ourselves a nice little cabin in which to spend some quality time. Maybe I won't even finish the Stephenson now that I think about it.

We have been talking about the possibility of jogging on the track to keep ourselves from losing all our hard-earned exercise progress, but it is vacation after all so we'll see how our good intentions translate.

We bought a new camera just for this trip, so if we do manage to venture out of our cabin long enough we'll be sure to share some photos with you upon our return to civilization.

Wish us bon voyage! We set sail this Saturday.
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