Thursday, June 28, 2007

My Personality?

I just took an online personality test. I don't know why, I just get suckered into these things. Anyway, I figured that I'd share the results with y'all...if for no other reason than it gives me something to blog about...yeah, its just been that kinda day.

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

A Bear You Say? No way...

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 their backyard?

Don't believe me? Check out the video clips they captured for proof!

Bear + Parents in Towanda = Panic

Monday, June 25, 2007

What Would You Do...

if this message was on your voicemail when you came home? Trust me, these two parental units aren't going on American Idol anytime soon, I hope you find that somewhat reassuring!

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 there's a consolation prize for you.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Feed My Zune!

Ok, I know I've been complaining about my Zune to just about anyone who would listen...The inability to sync content with Windows Media Player, the poor battery life, blah, blah, blah... Well, at least one of my complaints appears to be resolved - the inability to subscribe to podcasts and have the content automatically loaded on my Zune.

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, 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

Delayed Flight = Happy Dogs

Delayed Flight = Happy Dogs
Originally uploaded by monkshac
What can I say? The dogs were thrilled with the fact that I came back from the airport so quickly! Not a frown could be seen, despite the fact I told them my flight had been cancelled but I was now leaving at 11:42am.

I guess in their opinion - any time at home with them OK in their book!

Monday, June 11, 2007

A Year in the Making...

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

Pics from Alice & Audrey's Wedding! (finally!)

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?

My Family!

Some pics from Steve & Jessica's Wedding!

Aren't they all so cute?

Addicted to Current TV

What can I say? I'm hooked. For the Current-virgins, Current TV is (as far as I can tell) a relatively new channel. (Or at least, I've never noticed it, which could be a distinct possibility as Tivo generally rules our household's television with an iron fist.) It unique broadcasting format is perfect for those of us with short attention spans who are turned off by network news that continually airs the same, biased stories in 10-15 minute rotation.

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 and start uploading, voting and watching!