Thursday, June 26, 2008

No more heckling me... it's science!



Really! Give this guy credit for finding a reason to be playing his lvl 29 human, and ending up with a presentation to back it. Finally, finally, an explanation for the relativistic effects of time distortion in Azeroth *evil grin*.

Monday, June 23, 2008

In honor of George Carlin.

You'll be missed Mr. Carlin.

In honor of one of Carlin’s more memorable routines, here now are the 7 words you can’t say on television: Shit. Piss. Fuck. Cunt. Cocksucker. Motherfucker. Tits.

And the old Baseball vs. Football... enjoy.

Backfired?

With the kids getting older and my iTunes/MP3 collection growing I introduced the kids to burning CDs. I brought each one down to my work Mac and had them select enough of their favorite songs to fill a CD. They have been a smash hit. Each of the kids bedrooms has their own radio (with CD player) that they can listen to whenever, but usually at bedtime. I've been hearing the CDs at bedtime, on the main stereo, and even on my eldest's walkman.

And there's the problem. My little system in the office downstairs can belt out the tunes, but it can't compete with three kids and the home audio system upstairs. May be time to invest in a headset.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dancing with the Stars...



What? You thought I watched the TV one? You don't know the power of dark side....

Poor Calvin



Found the link over on Reddit. That's about as depressing as it can get for a Calvin fan.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Kung Fu Panda

Was more than I expected it to be.

Jack Black as a Panda had me picturing a different movie. Still, curious, the family went to see it for Father's Day and had a blast. A very enjoyable romp, with the kids leaving the theater trying to do the Wuxi Finger Hold to someone the entire way home (or trying to evade it as Dad tries to get their fingers).

The credits floored me. As with any movie I want to see, I avoid the previews, trailers, and review sites. So I didn't know the names that were voicing the Five or their Master. Worth the watch. Even the Kung Fu was well done.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Yes, they did.

I got one of the, now famous, rock emails today. If you haven't seen the work of Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II you want to check it out (and the Snopes entry saying TRUE). Every Memorial day, starting in 1999 he has repainted a rock on highway 25 in Iowa.

I have seen these before. For whatever reason, I had never read the rock. I guess I had seen but not looked. Here's the image:


In case you can't, or like me didn't, see it the caption reads:

All gave some. Some gave All.


Finding the original author (if you say Billy Ray Cyrus you get a free boot to the head) has proven difficult. There are many quotes, requotes, and reuse of this quote all over. I did see one attribution to a Korean war veteran, but nothing definite.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Mac Tools...

As promised, no introspection posts for a bit. Instead, lets see what Mac tools are on the dock these days.

TextMate - My programmers editor on the Mac. More pieces than I know how to use atm.
Adium - Trilian on the Mac. AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!, GTalk? Yes, and more.
Things - The only way to track tasks, imo. You want to GTD, sure you can, otherwise home brew!
QuickSilver - When I changed from PC to Mac. This was a lifesaver. Now it's an addiction.
Pixelmator - PaintShopPro on the Mac, mostly. Still growing, very useful.
Skitch - The only way to take and annotate screenshots
SSHKeychain - Let something else worry about those SSH keys. Nice OSX integration.
iTerm - Forget the regular terminal... I missed my tab bar.

Those are the non-standard tools I use the most. TextMate and PixelMator require registration at some point. Skitch and Things are still in beta, but will be looking for cash. The rest are free.

Downloaded, but untried:
MeerKat - allegedly a big brother to SSHKeychain, but with a price tag.
IceClean - System tuning helper.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Creatively running....

It's annoying. While running I'm composing these cool blog posts, by the time I get settled in I've forgotten them. Write them down while running! Uh, no. Running is for running, not stopping to write (although maybe while doing intervals). Part of what I'm trying to achieve while running is not stopping - taking notes would defeat that. Ah well, lets see if I can figure out where I left off.

Last year I always had my iPod with me. The cadences were a big help keeping me moving in a good rhythm. This year I've been leaving it at home. Not that I don't start screwing them up, but my goals have been different. I've been forcing myself to deal with myself and not hide behind the music. Think of it as a running meditation.

The results have been fun. On days where my mind is all over the place, my runs are horrid. Days where I can empty my mind and stay focused on the run, I do well. The experience has helped me to push past some of the stress that I've been incurring at work and with certain friends.

Where ya going with this dude? Well, what cracked me up today was the broken cadence that kept cropping into my head:
Up the hill! Down the hill! Around the hill! Back again!
3 Miles. You can do it! If you try! Guts! Pride! Loyalty!
Yes, it was a three mile route. I kept hanging up on that "Loyalty" one. After being zinged with the "You teach by hurting" I've been stuck in a self evaluation mode on my teaching skills. If it were any one else who had said it, I would have laughed it off and moved on, but someone that was once so close to me shook me up. I think I have an answer, though, and we'll let G'n'R put it into words:
I know you don't wanna hear me cryin'
An I know you don't wanna hear me deny
That your satisfaction lies in your illusion
But your delusions are yours and not mine
We take for granted we know the whole story
We judge a book by its cover
And read what we want
Between selected lines
My promise: back to the normal babble on the next post. Enough of damning myself. Silence isn't golden when I'm holding it inside...

... I wonder if the RIAA is gonna hit me up for quoting lyrics?