Sunday, July 31, 2005

Of All The Times To Be Sick...

...the weekend is the worst. I should feel better just in time to go to work tomorrow.

On a side note, I'm still amazed at how a single shot of NyQuil (Big N, small y, BIG FUCKING Q) can knock me flat on my ass.
posted by S.C. @ 9:16 AM | 2 comments

Friday, July 29, 2005

Getting Ready To Get Married

I spent some time on the phone with various advisors today, making some arrangements for the pending marriage thing.

- Save money by combining our car insurance policies
- May be able to save money by combining our health insurance policies
- Preparing documents for joint accounts
- Researching the tax implications of getting married.

I tell you what, everyone needs to have:
- a lawyer
- an accountant
- a banker
- an insurance agent

And you need to be on good terms with them.
posted by S.C. @ 3:06 PM | 0 comments

Avoiding the Shaft

Ok, so, it's partially my fault I got suckered...

That having been said, a little bit of advice to car dealers:

If you're giving someone the shaft, it had better be on something they're driving off the lot, not something they're waiting to have delivered.

After a bit of research, I found a dealer 45 minutes away that'll sell me the same car for $2,500 less.

The car, BTW, is my wedding gift to my fiance.
posted by S.C. @ 11:54 AM | 0 comments

Murphy's Other Laws

I don't have a source for this, but found it funny.

1. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.
2. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
3. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
4. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
5. Back up my hard drive? How do I put it in reverse?
6. I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
7. When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.
8. Seen it all, done it all. Can't remember most of it.
9. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
10. I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
11. He's not dead. He's electroencephalographically challenged.
12. She's always late. In fact, her ancestors arrived on the "June flower."
13. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be
misquoted and used against you.
14. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
15. Honk if you love peace and quiet.
16. Pardon my driving, I'm reloading.
17. Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so
popular?
18. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
19. It is hard to understand how a cemetery can raise its burial costs
and blame it on the higher cost of living.
20. Just remember... if the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.
21. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting
something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
22. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them.
23. You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
24. Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world population.
25. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.
26. The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by
those who got there first.
27. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish andhe will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.
28. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.
29. The shinbone is a device for finding furniture.
30. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
31. It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats.
32. Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter since nobody listens.
33. I wished the buck stopped here, as I could use a few.
34. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
35. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
36. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear
bright until you hear them speak.
posted by S.C. @ 11:38 AM | 2 comments

Big Weekend Plans?

Not really. Going to try and workout tonight and tomorrow (my arms still hurt from Wednesday.)

Got an appointment for platelet donation tomorrow at noon (mmmm, 90 minutes strapped in a chair with needles in both arms).

Other than that, nothing on my schedule. It's a nice feeling not to have much to do, we've been going full-tilt lately...
posted by S.C. @ 8:09 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, July 28, 2005

No Words Necessary


It Came From The Sears Catalog!
posted by S.C. @ 2:52 PM | 4 comments

30 Minute Meal : Turkey Burgers

Tried my first intentional 30-minute meal last night, and it went pretty well. Stopped at the store after my workout and stocked up (we were out of a lot of stuff), and did some impromptu menu planning at the same time. I ended up with:

- Grilled turkey burger
- Roasted rosemary potatoes (red)
- Spinach salad with fresh grape tomatoes from my garden

Not bad at all. Instructions below:

1. Put a couple of cups of water in a pan and start it boiling.
2. Preheat oven to 400.
3. Light the grill and let it heat.
4. Quarter the potatoes, and add to pot once it boils. Set timer for 10 minutes.
5. Put ground turkey in a bowl.
6. Dice half an onion and add to bowl.
7. Select favorite meat seasoning(s), add to bowl.
8. Squish it all together, then form patties.
9. Once the timer goes off, drain the potatoes, then toss in a bowl with some olive oil and rosemary.
10. Place potatoes on baking sheet, put in oven. Set timer for 16 minutes.
11. Place patties on grill. Turn every four minutes.
12. When timer goes off, remove potatoes from oven, then patties from grill.

And, voila, you've got a pretty quick and easy dinner, and you can expand the servings from 1 to 4 without changing the overall cook time.
posted by S.C. @ 11:41 AM | 3 comments

Not As Good As Air Guitar, But...

Ok, so there are some perks to be had by living in the #1 city for "second-tier" conventions (I'm not making this up, Louisville has more second-tier conventions than any other city in the U.S.)

While driving in to work today, I overheard the D.J.'s on the radio talking about all the people walking around downtown (where the convention center is) in golf attire. Turns out the National Putt-Putt Championship is being held here, with a grand prize of $50,000.

I should've played more putt-putt...
posted by S.C. @ 8:11 AM | 1 comments

Music On Hold

I must say, QWest Communications has some of the worst hold music I've ever heard...
posted by S.C. @ 7:52 AM | 0 comments

Ouchie!

Went to the gym last night, first time in a couple of weeks. We just got a trial membership at the local Jewish Community Center (no, we're not Jewish, but it's like the YMCA). After some time in the weight room, I went and swam (swum?) laps. Swimming illustrated very clearly just how out of shape I am.

I hurt this morning...

:: sigh ::

In other news, going out with one of my brothers to see Little Shop of Horrors tonight.
posted by S.C. @ 7:47 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

I.T. Tips #1 : Firewalls

Here's the first of what I hope is another series on this blog, I.T. Tips. As many people in the blogsphere have at least a passing understanding of technology, I thought it might be nice to dispense some of the wisdom I have gleaned from years of computer work.

Today's subject is Firewalls.

What does it do?
A firewall is a piece of hardware and/or software that helps defend your computer from intrusion from the outside world.

How does it do it?
A firewall works by selectively opening and closing channels to and from your computer, called ports, that may be exploited by hackers trying to plant viruses into your computer. For example, in Windows XP, there are several ports that, if left unprotected, allow remote parties (hackers) to take control of the system without anyone knowing it. While these security holes are continuously being identified and patched, it's still important to have a means in place to protect from the unknown, and that's where a firewall comes in.

Firewalls also provide an important service by masking you from being seen. There is a method, called a Ping (like sonar in The Hunt For Red October, I love that movie...) that, by default, your computer will answer to. Kind of like Marco Polo. The remote computer says "Marco" and your computer says "Polo." The thing about this is, if your computer responds, people know that it's there. And, if they know it's there, they know they can try to hack it. So a firewall protects your computer by not even letting it hear the first "Marco."

Ping masking isn't the only service firewalls provide. They also provide something called IP Masking, which means that it hides the computer's true address from the Internet. For example, let's say you live in a house with 6 apartments (apartments are computers in this analogy, keep up). Junk mail will probably get sent directly to the street address, 101 Sunnyside Dr. A firewall acts like a sorter, dropping anything that isn't destined for a specific apartment within the building straight into the trash. Even if there's only one apartment in the building, the firewall will only pass along messages that are adressed to "Apartment #1", thereby cutting out a significant portion (40%+) of the crap that's tying to come in.

Let me pause for just a moment and mention that this mail analogy has nothing to do with email.

The IP masking function goes a step furthur in protecting you by only allowing data that's in response to something you sent. Kind of like blocking phone solicitations.

What's the difference between hardware firewalls and software firewalls?
Well, first off, think of a hardware firewall as a mini computer that only has firewall software on it. Hardware firewalls have the advantage of being separate from your computer and specifically built for the task, so they help protect your computer in a static, unchanging environment (like your home). Software firewalls travel with your computer, allowing you to be protected even when you're away from home. They also have the ability to be more easily configured by the end user, which is a nice feature. My personal suggestion is to have both a hardware AND a software firewall.

Pffft, firewalls are for sissies, I don't need one, right?
Sure, as long as you don't mind having your computer ass-raped on a regular basis. I like to use the following comparison to illustrate why EVERY computer connected to the Internet should have a firewall:

Surfing the net with a firewall is like swimming in your backyard pool.

Surfing the net without a firewall is like swimming in a urine trough at a local sporting event. You're bound to catch something you don't want.

A recent study found that the average infection time for a brand new computer running Windows XP Service Pack 1 was 45 SECONDS after connecting to the Internet.

Anyhow, I'm out of things to say about firewalls. I'll update this with some useful firewall links a little later in the week, stay tuned.
posted by S.C. @ 3:27 PM | 0 comments

On The Pod #1 : Dark Side of the Moon

In this segment, we'll look at whatever happens to be playing on my iPod when I decide to post one of these.

Today's entry, Pinky Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

The album is a classic. Indeed, it holds the all-time sales record for a single album. I'm curious as to how much of this is caused by stoners trying to do the whole Wizard of Oz thing (sidenote: I've done it, it's awesome, and I didn't even have to get high to enjoy it), but regardless of the reason, it's a fantastic album.

This album is a shining examble of what albums used to be about, namely production and story. The vast majority of albums sold these days are just random collections of the most annoyingly virulent (see: Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash) songs that they can coax out of a singer and slap onto a CD. An album used to be a work of art, a carefully crafted arrangement of songs that led you along a path chosen by the musicians. Alas, I digress...

A Quick Track Breakdown
1. Speak to Me / Breathe
2. On the Run
3. Time
4. The Great Gig In The Sky (I have a goal in life to make a woman make those sounds...I've come close)
5. Money
6. Us and Them
7. Any Colour You Like
8. Brain Damage
9. Eclipse


(By the way, the Wizard of Oz / DSotM thing really DOES work, you might want to try it sometime.)
posted by S.C. @ 1:22 PM | 2 comments

Good Sounds #1 : ILB

Something that has a permenant residence on my iPod is the entire ILoveBees audio collection.

For those who are out of the know, ILoveBees was an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) involving the 'net, a jar of honey, a ton of payphones, and one of the best "radio play" type productions I've ever listened to. The segments of the story were made available in mp3 form over time, first as snippets, then as assembled chapters. The entire point of the excercise was to drum up excitement for the impending release of Halo 2, but it really transcended that aim and became a phenomanon of its own.

The story is quite good, the characters engaging, and the production value outstanding. Think of it as an audiobook...without the book.
posted by S.C. @ 10:06 AM | 0 comments

Dark Foreboding

I had a sense as soon as I walked into the office that today would be an idiot day.

idiot day - N. A day where idiocy seems to run rampant.

And I was right.
posted by S.C. @ 9:32 AM | 1 comments

Past Lives

I was doing a little reminiscing this morning (slow morning), and thinking about my past life, i.e. that period of time when I worked in the theatre.

I miss the work, I really do. I was good at it, I got to play with really cool toys (can we say, "Intelligent Lighting"?), and the people were closer to my age (I'm under the median age at my current job by at least 15 years).

The downers were long hours, crappy pay, and no benefits.

:: sigh ::

We all make choices, and I'm happy with the one I have. Making the career change has allowed me to buy a house, get engaged, start flying again...things I woudln't have been able to do if I was still working 60 hour weeks for $400...
posted by S.C. @ 8:31 AM | 0 comments

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly : Summer T.V.

Ok, so here's my Good / Bad / Ugly for this summer's T.V. crop.

The Good
Battlestar Galactica. When the original mini-series debuted, I refused to watch it, assuming it was just more schlock from the Sci-Fi channel. Right before they started airing Season 1, however, they ran the entire mini as a 4-hour movie, and I got sucked in. It's STILL on my ReplayTV, I liked it that much. I found the first season of the show to be engaging, thrilling, and exceptionally well-produced.

That said, the first two episodes of Season 2 have blown me away. No sophomore slump for these guys.


The Bad
This is one of those times when you wonder, "what the hell were they thinking?" Showtime had a great thing going with Dead Like Me, and then they ditched it after two seasons. I know that there could be extenuating factors, something about contracts or writers or actors, but I still think it was a big, big mistake for Showtime to can the show.

The Ugly
FOX's Reality T.V. network. Like I didn't get enough of this crap thrown at me while I surfed channels, now I have to KNOW that there is a channel out there dedicated entirely to reruns of Joe Millionaire.
posted by S.C. @ 8:00 AM | 0 comments

Re-Read : Jurassic Park

Ah, yes, the bliss of a Michael Crichton book written before he sold his soul to Hollywood (I'll never forgive him for Jurassic Park II, the book or the movie).

Even though I highly enjoyed the first Jurassic Park, it was still missing some of what made an outstanding book. The movie was basically the vanilla-flavored, watered down version of the book, albeit with fantastic special effects (who's a special effects whore? Oh, yeah, me...), and I hadn't had a chance to go back to the book in the last, oh, decade or so.

The book is much, much darker, and I like that...
posted by S.C. @ 7:45 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Relief?

Thunderstorms due tomorrow, sometime.

Will it slow down the heatwave a bit? My soon-to-be grandmother-in-law had to go to the hospital for heat exhaustion last night...

She's fine, out and doing well. They pumped her full of fluids and sent her on her way.
posted by S.C. @ 3:53 PM | 0 comments

There's A Special Lady...

...Waiting For You At The Waffle House.

(Actual song title from the Waffle House Juke Box)

I'm looking at the Waffle House's tiny little post-it size application, and I'm wondering...why don't they ask if you're missing any teeth, since that seems to be a requirement to work here?
posted by S.C. @ 9:01 AM | 2 comments

Monday, July 25, 2005

You'd Think I Disliked Bush

And you'd be right.

The War On Terror As A Unix Command Line

via Hack-A-Day
posted by S.C. @ 12:24 PM | 0 comments

Another Reason To Buy Google Stock

Google the following (quotes and all):

"FAILURE"
posted by S.C. @ 11:44 AM | 0 comments

Blogito, Ergo Sum

"I blog, therefore I am."

From Alohalani's Philosophy
posted by S.C. @ 11:31 AM | 0 comments

I Hate Fashion

Why is it that women's clothing designers seem to think that ever woman in this country is a size 8 or smaller with B or smaller breasts?

(Yes, I know, I'm a guy, but it still irks me)

My fiance is closer to what's considered a healthy form for a woman, and she has breasts. Apparently, nobody makes clothes for women like that anymore.

This comes up because I wanted to buy a dress for my fiance that I was positive would look great on her. Lo and behold, the only sizes in the store were 4 and 6. Even the heavily made up girl behind the counter wouldn't have been able to squeeze in. So, they're checking to see if larger sizes are available, they said there's about a 50/50 chance.

Ok, WTF? Is fabric THAT expensive that they're cutting out the majority of American women from their marketing campaign?

[/rant]
posted by S.C. @ 10:14 AM | 0 comments

WWII Retold

Poster's note: Only part of this has been posted, follow the link to the original site for the full text. Funny as hell!

If World War Two had been an online Real Ttime Strategy game, the chat room traffic would have gone something like this:

*Hitler[AoE] has joined the game.*
*Eisenhower has joined the game.*
*paTTon has joined the game.*
*Churchill has joined the game.*
*benny-tow has joined the game.*
*T0J0 has joined the game.*
*Roosevelt has joined the game.*
*Stalin has joined the game.*
*deGaulle has joined the game.*
Roosevelt: hey sup
T0J0: y0
Stalin: hi
Churchill: hi
Hitler[AoE]: cool, i start with panzer tanks!
paTTon: lol more like panzy tanks
T0JO: lol
Roosevelt: o this fockin sucks i got a depression!
benny-tow: haha america sux
Stalin: hey hitler you dont fight me i dont fight u, cool?
Hitler[AoE]; sure whatever
Stalin: cool
deGaulle: **** Hitler rushed some1 help
Hitler[AoE]: lol byebye frenchy
Roosevelt: i dont got **** to help, sry
Churchill: wtf the luftwaffle is attacking me
Roosevelt: get antiair guns
Churchill: i cant afford them
benny-tow: u n00bs know what team talk is?
paTTon: stfu
Roosevelt: o yah hit the navajo button guys
deGaulle: eisenhower ur worthless come help me quick
Eisenhower: i cant do **** til rosevelt gives me an army
paTTon: yah hurry the fock up
Churchill: d00d im gettin pounded
deGaulle: this is fockin weak u guys suck
*deGaulle has left the game.*
Roosevelt: im gonna attack the axis k?
benny-tow: with what? ur wheelchair?
benny-tow: lol did u mess up ur legs AND ur head?


Full Text Here
posted by S.C. @ 8:51 AM | 0 comments

"Puppet Hospital And Burn Center"

Doesn't that sound like a band name? If it was a band name, what kind of music would they play?

(Review of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory to come...)
posted by S.C. @ 7:32 AM | 0 comments

Friday, July 22, 2005

An Attempt At Creativity

Author's note : This is a work in progress. If you're interested to see how it develops, bookmark the post, since I'll make any and all additions directly to it. This probably won't go where you think it's going to go.

Latest update: 05/07/22


The lights from the fair swirled and twinkled around them as they walked the midway, grinding popcorn and peanut shells into the grass with their sneakers. As they passed the cotton candy vendor, Jason's hand crept to hers and, after the briefest of hesitations, gently engulfed it. She turned to him, discovering a shy smile on his face as he stared at the ground, obviously hoping she wouldn't draw away. He was so shy it was cute.

Lucia smiled at him, and squeezed his hand, or tried to. His hands were massive, like the rest of him, the body a running back would love to have, though he had yet to brag of any sporting accomplishments. He really didn't brag about much at all, or even talk, which greatly endeared him to her. Most of her classmates couldn't shut up if their lives depended on it, cackling endlessly from first bell to last about boys, clothes, and pop stars (the girls) and cars, sports, and sex (the boys).

They reached the end of the Midway, and paused to turn and look at the bright, shining star through which they had just walked. The fair was always a big event in this part of the state, covering several farmers' fields with its ever-growing sprawl. Hazelton wasn't really rural anymore, more of a suburb without a city to be attached to, but it still felt good to get out to the middle of nowhere every now and again, and the fair provided an opportunity. It would be so easy to slip out into the darkness of the fields beyond, away from the eyes of everyone who has known you since you were born...

In a flash, Lucia made her decision. She gripped Jason's hand tighter, and strode away from the fair, out into the inky grass ahead.
posted by S.C. @ 2:29 PM | 1 comments

HelpDesk Call of the Week

Ok, so I'm going to start trying to post the best worst call I get each week here. Who knows? Maybe I'll write a book someday...

This week's winner is an old standard, not one I haven't heard before. An oldie but goodie.

:: ring ring ::
Caller : "Um, yeah, so none of the computers can connect to the wireless network."
S.C. : "Ok, and you've tried several?"
Caller : "Yeah, I can log into the computer fine, but I can't connect to the network."
S.C. : "Ok, you remember where the Access Point is, I showed you when I installed it?"
Caller : "Yeah..."
S.C. : "Can you unplug the power cord, let it sit for 10 seconds, and then plug it back it. Let's see if that takes care of the problem."
Caller : "Ok, hold on."
:: phone gets put down, and then picked up about a minute later ::
Caller : "Well, how about that."
S.C. : "Did it work for you?"
Caller : "Well, when I got there, it was already unplugged. The cleaning people must've hit it..."
:: pause ::
S.C. : "Thank you for calling the HelpDesk, have a nice day."

The moral of today's story is as follows:
More damage to corporate networks is caused by cleaning staff than all other sources combined.
posted by S.C. @ 1:17 PM | 0 comments

Weekend Plans

RELAX.

I'm looking forward to it.
posted by S.C. @ 10:16 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Checklist

Received an email from The Redhead a few minutes ago, we now have someone lined up to actually perform the legal aspect of our marriage.

The Redhead pointed out that the judge we will be using may be just about the most liberal person to ever set foot in my parents' house...all I can think about is "Star Trek", when they talk about matter and antimatter and what happens when they combine...
posted by S.C. @ 2:42 PM | 0 comments

Up To Date

Ok, I've got my blog caught up from my other source. Let's see how it goes from here...
posted by S.C. @ 1:55 PM | 0 comments

Welcome Back, Potter

Forgot to mention I picked up the newest installment of literary crack cocaine, namely "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Again, another fine book from Ms. Rowlings. Finished it in a day, and now I'm jonesin' for the last one.
posted by S.C. @ 11:46 AM | 0 comments

Wedding Planning Update

Ok, so here's an idea of where we are in the whole wedding thing:

Date
Set, 10/15/05

Time
Set, 10:30am

Place
Set, my parents' farm

Guests
Almost set, ~30, just immediate family and friends who would kill us if they weren't invited.

Caterer
Set, good menu, brunch.

Music
Set, string quartet (they play an awesome instrumental of Here Comes The Sun)

Officient
Not set, still trying to find an available judge

Dress
She says she found something, and it's being altered, so we're good there.

Honeymoon
Vague. We're going to Greece, but still unsure as to whether we got the cruise or not.

Vows
Whoa, need to get on those.

Announcements
Nope

Invitations
Nope

Cake
Tasted some, have some good ideas.

Decorations
Set

Photographer
Set

Rings
Set (got mine on my finger right now)



What am I missing?
posted by S.C. @ 11:12 AM | 4 comments

Practice Makes Perfect

Had a blast practicing my air guitar at the Allman Brothers / moe. show in Cincy last night.

Great seats, too. 8 rows back from the stage, to the right of center.

All in all, a really fine show. moe. was in top form, really psyched to be opening for the Allman Brothers. The only major bummer was the traffic jam on the way home.
posted by S.C. @ 11:00 AM | 0 comments

Prayers To Londoners

If it isn't just overhyped news media stuff, I hope that nobody has been seriously injured or killed in whatever has happened there today.
posted by S.C. @ 10:52 AM | 0 comments

Nothing Quite Like...

...getting stuck in a 6 mile long backup at 1am while they pave half of a major interstate.

TIRED.
posted by S.C. @ 10:48 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Heaven

Everyone is trying
to get to the bar.
The name of the bar,
the bar is called Heaven.

The band in Heaven,
they play my favorite song.
Play it one more time.
Play it all night long.

Oh, Heaven.
Heaven is a place.
A place where nothing,
nothing ever happens.

Heaven.
Heaven is a place,
a place where nothing,
nothing ever happens.

There is a party
everyone is there.
Everyone will leave
at exactly the same time.

When this party's over
it will start again.
Will not be any different
will be exactly the same.

Oh, Heaven.
Heaven is a place,
a place where nothing,
nothing ever happens.

When this kiss is over
it will start again.
Will not be any different
will bee exactly the same.

It's hard to imagine
that nothing at all
could be so exciting
could be this much fun.

Oh, Heaven.
Heaven is a place,
a place where nothing,
nothing ever happens.

Heaven,
Heaven is a place,
a place where nothing,
nothing ever happens.

-The Talking Heads
posted by S.C. @ 2:52 PM | 0 comments

In Other News...

I placed the order for my wedding gift to the Redhead yesterday.

Hopefully should be in soon...
posted by S.C. @ 11:53 AM | 0 comments

Greatest. Website. Ever.

It's great because it's true.

www.airguitarusa.com

Home of the National Air Guitar Championships.
posted by S.C. @ 9:53 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Life Is Unfair

When a mentally unstable man who attacked a police officer with an axe complains about being shot.

And then sues.
posted by S.C. @ 5:53 PM | 0 comments

One Thing I'd Like To Do

Is wear the RvB Nightmare Armor at one of the conventions.

To do that...

They'd have to have a convention near me (hey, Louisville has a bigass convention center! We need to have the first annual RoosterCon right here!)

And I need to lose 20 lbs.
posted by S.C. @ 2:54 PM | 0 comments

Waiting Game

So, we're on the wait-list for a cruise that we REALLY want to take for our honeymoon.

Apparently, yesterday was the final payment date, so if anyone drops out, now would be the time...
posted by S.C. @ 10:44 AM | 0 comments

Monday, July 18, 2005

Jamocha Goodness

Gotta love the Jamocha Shake. Just gotta.

Side note: There's a guy measuring in every cubicle for blinds for the windows. Every cube, that is, except mine, for I am the only person without a window.
posted by S.C. @ 3:49 PM | 0 comments

Ok, So, Cleveland

The Good : Cleveland has some fantastic architecture, both traditional and modern, downtown. It's a really impressive skyline, not overdone, but just about right. It's one of the prettier city skylines I've seen.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an awesome way to spend an afternoon (or a weekend, it's HUGE). Great exhibits and the like.

In the same vein, the Science Center (right next door) is a lot of fun. Right now they have an exhibit called Body Worlds 2, it's a whole bunch of donated cadavers that have been plasticised (mummified) and positioned to demonstrate different body systems. Way cool.

Great food. Had two fantastic dinners at local restaraunts (San Souci and Sushi Rock).

The Bad: The biggest naysayers about Cleveland are the people who live there. They need to take more pride in their city. Sure, it's got its problems, but every city does.

The Ugly: There is a huge homeless population in Cleveland, a result of a severe economic downturn in the region. In addition, all of the property taxes and income taxes have moved out of the city proper, so while the city uses more money than the county, the county makes more money than the city. They need to merge the city and county and share the load across everyone.

Overall, it was a neat little adventure to spend a weekend there.
posted by S.C. @ 2:49 PM | 1 comments

Travel Woes

So, Cleveland was a blast, and it will get its own post later in the day, but I have to discuss my travel woes right now...

So, the Redhead and I were booked on separate flights returning home, because I booked later and the one she was on was full. We decided that, since I had the later flight, I'd go to the Cleveland airport with her and see if I could at least move to her flight on the Cleveland to Chicago leg, my reasoning being I'd much rather spend time sitting in Chicago Midway than the Cleveland Airport. Anywho, I got my first flight changed, and all was well.

Going out of Chicago, she had a 5:30 flight and i had a 9:05 flight. I figured I'd get on the standby list for the 5:30 and, if that didn't work, just sit around and read Harry Potter for 3 hours. Oh, how naive was I...

Due to a massively bad weather system hanging over Houston (where about 50% of SouthWest's flight pass through on a given day), just about every flight that evening was delayed, because their planes were stuck on the ground in Houston. After many, many changes, the flight that originally was supposed to leave at 5:30 started boarding around 8:30. I didn't make it on standby, so I saw the Redhead onto her plane, and then went to my gate to wait for my (also delayed) flight.

Due to some crew weirdness, and computer stuff, the Redhead's flight was delayed at the gate. Because of this, our flights got into Louisville roughly 15 minutes apart. (Originally, our flights were about 3 1/2 hours apart).

Needless to say, I'm frickin' tired.
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Friday, July 15, 2005

HelpDesk Call Of The Day

Caller : "My printer is printing too slow."
Me : "What are you trying to print?"
Caller : "Color pictures."
Me : "What do you need them for?"
Caller : "To scan them into the network..."

:: pause ::

Me : "So, you're printing out these DIGITAL PICTURES from the network so you can scan them into the network?"

EDIT: I forgot to mention, but the caller got all pissy when I told her that this was an inefficient and wasteful way to do this. "My way works just fine, thank you very much."

I actually think I could justify her murder as self-defense...
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Thursday, July 14, 2005

And they're off!

The twins were born at 6:57 (Alexander) and 7:00 (Christopher) this evening.

My cousin is now sleeping the sleep of the deserving.
posted by S.C. @ 11:50 PM | 0 comments

Laborious

Got a call from my aunt this morning, apparently my cousin has been in the hospital in labor since yesterday. I gave her a call (when you're in the labor ward for more than 12 hours, they let you receive calls) and told her to stop slacking and pop those twins out.
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Yup, still here.

Sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Chattanooga (love the wireless action), half day at the branch here, then a 5 hour drive home.

Then half day at work tomorrow, and heading up to Cleveland to meet the Redhead for the weekend.

I'm a travelin' man.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Greetings from the hotel lobby of whatever hotel we are in in Chattanooga. I had an interesting moment of deja vu driving in, though, and I finally figured it out.

The hotel is situated next to the big mall for the city, and it turns out I've been to the mall here before, back when I was on tour, to see the first Harry Potter movie when it came out.

Random memory.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Road Trip

Branch visit to Chattanooga, TN (6 hour drive). Hoo-rah.

In other news, the wedding planning is moving along. We have a photographer and a caterer, the venue is picked, the time of day is set...we're going to taste cake on Tuesday (yummy).

Still need to find someone to marry us, though.
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Sick Day

Took a sick day from work yesterday, but I'll share a secret, I wasn't really sick.

No, I had just gotten back from Indianapolis around 3am (my alarm goes off at 6) from the Big Summer Classic (if you have a chance to see it near you, GO), and I needed some more sleep...

So, anyhow, I was very productive on my sick day, at least. Cleaned the house, hung some storage racks, hung some blinds to I can store food in a room without it cooking in the cans, you know, that kind of stuff.
posted by S.C. @ 11:46 AM | 0 comments

Friday, July 08, 2005

50 Things...

50 Things To Do In An Elevator:


1. Make race car noises when people get on and off.

2. Blow your nose and offer to show the contents of your kleenex to other passengers.

3. Grimace painfully while slapping your forehead and muttering, "Shut up dammit, all of you just SHUT UP!"

4. Whistle the first 7 notes of "It's a Small World" incessantly.

5. Sell Girl Scout Cookies.

6. On a long ride, sway side to side at the natural frequency of the elevator.

7. Shave.

8. Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside ask, "Got enough air in there?"

9. Offer name tags to everyone getting on the elevator. Wear yours

upside-down.

10. Stand silent and motionless in the corner, facing the wall, without getting off.

11. When arriving at your floor, grunt and strain to pull the doors open, then act embarrassed when they open by themselves.

12. Lean over to another passenger and whisper, "Ever had a Wet Willy?"

13. Greet everyone getting on the elevator with a warm handshake and ask them to call you "Admiral."

14. One word: Flatulence!

15. On the highest floor, hold the door open and demand that it stay open until you hear the penny you dropped down the shaft go "plink" at the bottom.

16. Do Tai Chi exercises.

17. Stare, grinning, at another passenger for a while, and then announce:
"I've got new socks on."

18. When at least 8 people have boarded, moan from the back, "Oh, not now, damn motion sickness!"

19. Give religious tracts to each passenger.

20. Meow occasionally.

21. Bet the other passengers you can fit a quarter in your nose.

22. Frown and mutter, "Gotta go, gotta go," then sigh and say, "oops!"

23. Show other passengers a wound and ask if it looks infected.

24. Sing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" while continuously pushing buttons.

25. Holler, "Chutes away!!" whenever the elevator descends.

26. Walk on with a cooler that says "Human Head" on the side.

27. Stare at another passenger for a while, then announce, "You're one of THEM!" and move to the far corner of the elevator.

28. Burp, then say, "Mmmmm...tasty!"

29. Leave a box between the doors.

30. Ask each passenger getting on if you can push the button for them.

31. Wear a hand puppet and talk to the other passengers "through" it.

32. Start a sing-along.

33. When the elevator is silent, look around and ask, "Is that your beeper?"

34. Play the accordion.

35. Shadow box.

36. Say, "Ding!" at each floor.

37. Lean against the button panel.

38. Say, "I wonder what all these do?" and then push ALL the red buttons.

39. Listen to the elevator walls with a stethoscope.

40. Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers that this is your "personal space."

41. Bring a chair along.

42. Take a bite of a sandwich and ask another passenger, "Wanna see wha in muh mouf??"

43. Blow spit bubbles.

44 . Pull your gum out of your mouth in long strings.

45. Announce in a demonic voice, "I must find a more suitable host body."

46. Carry a blanket and clutch it protectively.

47. Make explosion noises when anyone presses a button.

48. Wear "X-Ray Specs" and leer suggestively at other passengers.

49. Stare at your thumb and say, "I think it's getting bigger."

50. If anyone brushes against you, recoil fiercely and scream, "BAD TOUCH!"
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Totally Leet!

I was tipped off to this nifty FireFox extension by my brother. It translates real words into leet-speek. As a demo, I've copied this paragraph below and then run the transform on it.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

I Would Like...

I would like for the world news media to stop referencing the religious beliefs of terrorists and criminals.

A terrorist is a terrorist, be he a follower of Abraham, Christ, or Muhammad. A terrorist is a shame to their family, their religion, and their nation. A terrorist may say he is acting in the name of God, but that claim is false.

My request to the world media is simple: Stop trying to match crime to religious belief. Please.
posted by S.C. @ 5:48 PM | 0 comments

We Are All Britons Today

I've seen this around, and I feel compelled to mention that we were never all Spaniards (the Madrid bombings), never all Israelis or Palistinians, never all Africans.

Yes, I stand with the British at this time. No, this is not something that they deserved. If you think I'm criticizing the statement "We Are All Britons Today", you're completely wrong.

What I'm having trouble with is the fact that we only seem to like the people who have been very, very nice to us recently.

Why is that?
posted by S.C. @ 4:48 PM | 0 comments

Good News

Toyota has announced that it will be upping its production of hybrid vehicles from 250,000 per year to 500,000 starting in 2006, with models including the Prius, Highlander, and Camry, as well as the Lexus rx400h and an unannounced luxury sedan all having hybrid options.

I'm a big fan of hybrid cars, I got one back before they were cool, and love it.
posted by S.C. @ 2:43 PM | 0 comments

My Brother, The Genius

So, my younger brother really can finesse the system. He came up with a set of flights that will take us from Cincinatti to Athens, and then return us from Cairo to Cincinatti a week later. Business class, no less.

How much are we paying for these flights? $199 per person (plus a buttload of skymiles)

My bro is a genius.
posted by S.C. @ 10:43 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Caterers

Ok, so our tentative menu for the wedding brunch:

Country ham
Cheese grits
Angel biscuits
Beef Tenderloin
Asparagus
Potato Cassarole

Also, turns out the caterer lives three houses down from me. Small world...
posted by S.C. @ 10:44 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Only In Kentucky

God, I love my home state.
posted by S.C. @ 5:44 PM | 0 comments

A Sense Of Entitlement

If this woman wins this lawsuit, the world will end.
posted by S.C. @ 12:45 PM | 0 comments

Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?

Um... I think so, Brain, but what if the chicken won't wear the nylons?
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Dualing Monitors

Yeah, baby, twin monitor goodness at work.

No, they didn't give me anything, but I had a spare monitor lying around from my abortive attempt to become a Linux user oh so long ago...

Anyhow, gotta love the monitor goodness.
posted by S.C. @ 12:41 PM | 0 comments

Monday, July 04, 2005

Day of Rest

The Redhead and I came out to my parents' farm and made dinner for my mother (my dad being out of town), and then stayed the night. Today, we're doing some chores, and then planning on vegging out until late afternoon, then a trip to the pool is in order.
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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Gentlemen, Light Your Fuses

Heading out to a friends' place to watch him blow up his house...I mean, entertain us with fireworks.
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Friday, July 01, 2005

Recipe of the Week

So, many of us will be entertaining friends and family over the weekend, so I thought I'd post a quick and easy entree for everyone's edification.

Dishwasher Salmon

1. Get salmon.
2. Wrap in tinfoil. (Multiple layers)
3. Put in top drawer of dishwasher.
4. Run full cycle, including heated dry. (~40-50 minutes)
5. Pull out, let cool.
6. Serve with dill sauce.

Yes, I've tried this, it works.
posted by S.C. @ 4:41 PM | 0 comments

Holiday

I hereby declare today to be a National Cowbell Day.

posted by S.C. @ 12:41 PM | 0 comments

Wilco / My Morning Jacket

Ushered a concert at the Palace last night...didn't know much about the headliners (Wilco), but I'm a bit of a My Morning Jacket fan, so I was excited to have them opening the show.

MMJ turned out a great performance, and Wilco was a hell of a lot of fun. Good times, overall. Except for the assholes in my section, but that's a different story...

EDIT: The cowbell-heavy version of "Don't Fear The Reaper" at the end of the show featuring Wilco and MMJ together onstage was awesome.

3 cowbells!
posted by S.C. @ 11:14 AM | 0 comments

Ground Rules

K, I'm creating this guy so I can port over some of my journal entries from another site.

My track record with blogs is kind of sporadic, but we'll see if I can keep up this time.
posted by S.C. @ 9:59 AM | 0 comments