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Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
7:36 am
Last Easter
This is what I started to write last April.  Apparently LJ has a draft saving feature now.  Unfortunately, I didn't finish it, and it's not worth finishing now.

It's been awhile. I don't feel like covering everything that's happened just now, so instead I'll just outline what I earned during Easter.

  1. Catholic Easter mass takes forever

    My sister received full communion into the Catholic church the night before Easter, so I got a cool, three for one bonus: Easter mass, confirmations, and baptisms. Sweet! I can't tell you how excited I was, but the three (four?) hour ceremony exceeded all my expectations.

  2. There are kids who don't enjoy hunting for eggs on Easter

    This is the first Easter that Connor is aware of, and my niece was with us too, so we had a lot of fun getting ready.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
9:00 pm
I've been listening to the Rent Broadway cast recording on Launchcast for awhile, and I just don't get why it's so popular. Granted, I haven't seen it, but the music really sucks. It's sort of operatic in that the characters are singing normal dialogue, but there is no leitmotif, or even any recognizable melody, holding it together. What am I missing?

And I'm incredibly impressed with how much Livejournal has improved in my absence. Much better than the crappy Expression Engine we use at Transbuddha.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005
7:05 pm
Taylor sucks
Taylor is a bastard, and his series is making my life hell.

Current Mood: tired
Thursday, September 30th, 2004
6:34 pm
"Back to You" and other dumb Segways
Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza recently saw the opening of a retail store for the worst invention ever, the Segway.

The Plaza, the nation’s first planned shopping center and essentially an outdoor mall, is a mess of winding streets and tastefully disguised parking garages. Aesthetically free of stoplights or stop signs, drivers are expected to slow down as pedestrians dash across four lanes (or saunter and chat across four lanes, as the wealthier visitors are apt to do). The Plaza is a good example of our irrational dependence on cars. People have to walk to get to the stores anyway, so why let cars in at all? They could more than double the building space if they made people park on the periphery and walk in. Around 20,000 people live within walking distance of The Plaza, yet it has not one grocery store, not one pharmacy. This is a strong symptom of the lack of community in the area. People don’t want to gather in The Plaza because it is a dangerous, uncomfortable place for pedestrians.

Cars make distance travel, from the supermarket twenty miles away to a cross-country move, trivial, but that ease of mobility severs the ties that a person has with his area. Who cares if the corner market goes out of business when the supermarket is only ten minutes away. From this loss of local investment to streets scarring the landscape, cars are toxic to community. The Segway has been touted as the cure for our ailing communities, but it is, in fact, the worst invention ever.

Read the whole article here
Sunday, July 18th, 2004
3:16 pm
We had the baby on Friday, July 16 at 1:01 PM. He was 7 lbs. 4 oz. My mom put some pictures up here. I'll put some more pictures up when I have time, in about twelve years.
Friday, June 25th, 2004
11:59 pm
Disturbing ads
Apparently, public brutal beatings are frowned upon in Calgary. A couple of ads used this cultural quirk to cast shame on domestic violence. Click here and here. Please note that these ads are so graphic that they were not allowed to air on Canadian TV.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004
1:45 pm
A few announcements
I've started "working" at this site, which is mainly a blog right now, so I'll be posting funny things, weird things, basically anything for the public, there. I'll still post stuff here, but it will be for me, or stuff that is too bizarre for TransBuddha. It's a cool site worth checking out; register and comment! We'll be adding a lot of features to the blog, and rolling out a line of animations, videos, all kinds of fun content.

My bike got here, and it is awesome. It is beautiful, fast, and so responsive. Picture insideCollapse )

No baby yet, but we've had a few false alarms. Casey in the hospitalCollapse )

I'm borrowing my dad's new digital video camera right now, so I may inflict video upon you if I can get it to transfer to my computer correctly.

I made some fudge using this recipe from the great show Good Eats on Food TV. It is wonderful, and it was very easy to make. Just some stirring and watching the thermometer. I have a digital thermometer for meat and frying, and I rigged a black paper clip to hold the probe at the right level in the mix. It was pretty cheap too; I think the chocolate is the most expensive ingredient. I recommend both the recipe and the show.
Friday, June 11th, 2004
7:06 pm
5:10 pm
Could you imagine having Bush give your eulogy? I wonder if Reagan wanted to hold on for another seven months to avoid that.

Ray Charles died this week from liver disease. He never saw it coming.
Wednesday, June 9th, 2004
1:13 am
Je suis en colère
I'm having a lot of trouble with the different French "ooh" sounds. For example: Tu veut manger l'oeuf pour le petit déjeuner has four different versions of "ooh." I think I can make some semblance of each one, but switching between them is a bit of a tongue twister for me. Throw in the weird R, like cruche, and I'm gone. I think I'm doing pretty well with the nasals, but don't even get me started on linking. Sure, it makes the language sound a lot more fluid, but it also makes a billion homonyms, depending on context. Sometimes I think there was some Norman conference ages ago on how to make the language as difficult to understand as possible. They had to review each word to make sure it sounded like at least fifteen other words depending on what came before or after it. There must have been subcommittees assigned to issues like, "How many meanings can we assign to the letter 'a'," and "Changing the meaning of words by appending a silent 't'."

No wonder a sack of bile is called a gall bladder.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2004
9:15 pm
More pictures
I'm borrowing my mom's digital camera for awhile, so you'll have to endure (or ignore) more pictures.

My new haircutCollapse )

And yarnCollapse )
7:21 pm
A man. A plan. A tapeworm.
This story is fucking hilarious. It's by a guy who got a tapeworm, and how he got rid of it. I know it sounds gross, but it's written so well it's very worth the read. An excerpt:

"Monsieur," he finally said, "ce n'est pas grave. Je pense que vous avez un ver solitaire."

I had un ver solitaire? What was that? A solitary worm? A lonely worm. A worm that kept to itself; a moody worm. My kind of worm. An individualistic worm that had taken up residence in my intestines. A worm of character. The English term suddenly snapped into my head. "You mean ... I have a ... I gotta ... there's a para-- a parasite ... a living thing ... in me?"
Monday, June 7th, 2004
11:16 am
Digital camera
I want this camera. It's way too expensive though, even refurbished on eBay. Oh well.
Sunday, June 6th, 2004
8:01 pm
Survive the nuclear apocalypse? Nah, I've read that comic book
Now you can find out which survivor of the coming nuclear apocalypse you will be. I'm Arnold Schwarzenegger. Apparently Death couldn't spell my name so he left it off the list. Or California will be so awful by then, even Death won't go there.

Ironic, isn't it?
Which Survivor of the Impending Nuclear Apocalypse Are You?
A Rum and Monkey joint.
Saturday, June 5th, 2004
6:41 pm
I'm an idiot
I keep my protein bars in the refrigerator so they don't melt, but I don't like to eat them when they are cold and hard, so I put one in the microwave to soften it up a bit. Unfortunately, I forgot that the wrapper is made of foil. I turned on the microwave, turned to walk away, heard a crackle and saw blue sparks in the corner of my eye.

Witness the carnageCollapse )

I think the microwave is okay, and the bar was still tasty, so no harm done.
Friday, June 4th, 2004
10:10 pm
Fascinating study
Finally, we are getting some solid research on the pop/soda language issue. Go here to read about it (or just look at the colorful distribution maps).
12:14 pm
Michael Moore's new movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, is finally being released on June 25th. See the trailer here.
Thursday, June 3rd, 2004
10:57 pm
Trailer Park Party!!
This last party done turned our trailer inside out! Go see some pictures I shot of Casey here.

Also, check out some pictures that I forgot I had from my two last Scouting outings in 1996 linked from here
Sunday, May 30th, 2004
6:03 pm
Thursday, May 27th, 2004
8:04 pm
What the hell happened to mp3.com? It looks like they only have signed artists now, and only link to other sites that will sell you a song.
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