Friday, December 21, 2007
I'm not sure what I was thinking, but I thought that I Am Legend would be a good movie to see. Now, in all honestly, I had some idea what the movie was about, but I didn't do too much research into the plot, etc. That was a mistake. Here's a little pointer, just in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation.
If you've just had a baby and are emotionally and physically drained. Your internal reserves are near zero and you have trouble keeping a coherent thought in your head for more than a minute or two, do not, I repeat DO NOT, go see an emotionally draining movie about the end of the world. This will not help you or make you feel any better. In fact, if my experience has any reliability as an indicator, it will almost certainly make you feel physically sick and almost make you vomit in response.
Yes, I have no idea who I am or what I'm doing. I guess I had just thought that my old hardy self was still around and could withstand the abuse. I was wrong. Oh so wrong!
Maybe I should have gone to see Enchanted instead....
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sometimes the internet seems like a very small place...for instance, take this article from the GE Elfun Volunteers Binghamton Website, http://www.binghamton-elfun.org/news.htm
I went to high school with her...but she was actually Christine Cheresnowsky back then...
I didn't know she could fly!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but that isn't something that non-geeks do, is it? I'm pretty sure that most people don't. Nor do non-geeks want to include naming polls on their blogs either. But we have both.
Go see for yourself....don't take my work for it!
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I'm now please to say that I've graduduated. I've completed all 50 phases of the medium level! Hurray for me! (Lets face it, I'm sure you're not saying that, so let me have a little self-congratulatory praise for a minute...sheesh.) Although, even though I completed all the phases, my score still doesn't rival some of the board leaders. I'm a little confused...I only let 4 creeps through, yet my score is a couple of thousand less than the leaders. How is that possible? Can anyone clue me in?
Anyway, I figured I'd share my maze with you, although - after looking at hundreds of other mazes, I've come to realize its less about how the maze looks at the end than it is about how you put your maze together in the first place. And in what order you upgrade your towers. At any rate, here's what I looked like at the end...
Basically, once I'd created the majority of my maze, I just started upgrading one of each of the towers - one at a time. All of the little Pe towers you see upgraded (the ones that aren't fully upgraded, that is) I upgraded during the last phase, just to try to deal with the onslaught of creeps. Aside from that one breach of ettiquette, I adhered to my ground rules - one tower at a time until it was completely maxed out.
My advice comes with no guarantees, but if it helps you beat my score - more power to you! If it doesn't help, well, I just don't know what to say to that.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
As you may know, we have three big dogs and with big dogs comes big poop. Yep, I said it, poop. These dogs sh#t like its their darn job - and they do it with pride. (Come to think of it, maybe there's a dog union...but if there is, I guess we're doing ok, because none of them have stepped forward asking to have their wages increased or working conditions improved...then again, they don't do any work and they only get paid in bones...)
For the amazingly small fee of $25 a week, K9 Waste Management will come out to our house twice a week and clean up the dog poop. I think I must have died and gone to heaven. Now, how can we find $100 a month in our budget to pay for this...there simply has to be a way!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Stability results were low which suggests you are very worrying, insecure, emotional, and anxious.
Orderliness results were moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly flexible, improvised, and fun seeking at the expense of reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.
Extraversion results were moderately low which suggests you are reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and secretive.
My trait snapshot:
messy, depressed, introverted, feels invisible, does not make friends easily, nihilistic, reveals little about self, fragile, dark, bizarre, feels undesirable, dislikes leadership, reclusive, weird, irritable, frequently second guesses self, unassertive, unsympathetic, low self control, observer, worrying, phobic, suspicious, unproductive, avoidant, negative, bad at saving money, emotionally sensitive, does not like to stand out, dislikes large parties, submissive, daydreamer
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
But that's exactly what my parents saw yesterday! In their backyard! Of course, they live in the heart of the Endless Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so bears aren't all that uncommon, but still...in their backyard?
Don't believe me? Check out the video clips they captured for proof!
Bear + Parents in Towanda = Panic
Monday, June 25, 2007
Truth be told, it's a very sweet and endearing gesture! I was also amazed that they (and my Aunt Totsie - the real person and not our feline-namesake) managed to send cards that were both delivered today. How do people do that?
Yes, for those of you who know me, it's really a two-part question. First - how do you send something these days? I don't even know what the price of a stamp is... Second - how do time it so that it actually gets delivered on my birthday? Is it luck, or is it simply being a master of the ins-and-outs of the U.S. Postal Service? Is there an online guide somewhere that will help you figure mail delivery time? I'm so confused...
But at least I'm older...now there's a consolation prize for you.
Friday, June 22, 2007
In fact, I was just griping about this very fact earlier tonight (while also accepting an offer to trade a chandelier for an iPod mini). Then I come home, my complaint fresh on my mind, and plug in "video podcast zune" (my version of a hail-mary search) in Google and what to my wondering eyes should appear, no, not a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer, but something called FeedYourZune (interestingly enough at feedyourzune.com, go figure).
Well, I've just downloaded it, but I'm not sure I want it on my laptop, so I think I'll probably try it on my workstation first. (All 300+GB of my MP3s are housed on a dedicated server - for the obvious reason that they don't fit on anything else, duh! - and my Zune is primarily linked to my workstation so it can take advantage of the gigabit network connection when transferring content.)
All I can say at this point, is that I'm so excited that I might actually be able to get some decent video sync'ed to my Zune that I can barely contain myself! In fact, the only reason I'm writing this on my laptop is that due to a power outage earlier this week (thanks DP&L - I appreciate that...) one of my HP NetServers is beeping every second and I haven't had the energy to fix it. I think I've figured out what it is, but I need to reboot it and check some of the bios or NetRaid settings and I don't have a monitor or keyboard hooked up to it at the moment. I know, I really should have a KVM, but I just haven't gotten around to it...(although, someone once did give me a round tuit, but I'm pretty sure I lost it. Anyone know where I can find another?)
That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it...
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I guess in their opinion - any time at home with them OK in their book!
Monday, June 11, 2007
Toward the end of last summer, Debra approached me with an idea. Usually, her ideas are pretty scary and involve the purchase of a mini-horse. (Thanks for that, Amanda!) However, this time, I have to admit that I got wrapped in her idea, and as usual, made it a much more complicated affair.
Put simply, Debra wanted a video that she could air on FlyerTV, UD's campus channel, that would provide some publicity for her office, the Office of Community Standards & Civility. She wanted something subtle and funny. One afternoon, we took the video cam out and spent about two hours driving around in the setting sun filming for her video. Yes, I did make her sign a release - no illegal, hidden spycams here, no siree bob!
Then the editing began. That's pretty much what delayed the release of her video until today. I happened to be cleaning out some old hard drives and found the 75% completed video and decided it was high time that I actually finished it for her. I hope I've managed to build some kind of suspence and excitement about just what her idea was...cause I've run out of vague, ambiguous terms to describe it.
So without further ado, here's Debra's first starring film role (at least on a public release!):
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Yes, I know you've been very patient waiting, but I've been working to resolve some technical issues (and some time issues), so without any further delay - here's Audrey & Alice!
So, was it worth the wait?
Current TV airs 3-7 minute pods of content in constant rotation. I hardly ever see the same pod twice (thank the blessed stars!). The really neat thing is that the pods are user-created - they use the term viewer created content. It's almost a professional-version of YouTube. Anyone can create an upload pods, the everyone can vote on the pods to determine which of them will be aired. It's awesome!
Want to see if your cable company offers Current TV? Check out their web site at http://www.current.tv and start uploading, voting and watching!