Saturday, July 21, 2007

Get da'Baby

I think my geekiness has completely rubbed off on my spouse. One of the first things she's done since finding out that we're adopting a new-born in October was to create a blog to share our joy with the world. (Yes, if this news to you, read more about it at

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

Desktop TD 1.5 Addiction - In Full Force

Okay, I've been struggling with Desktop Tower Defense. I've been frustrated, I've been thrilled. As Debra says "its all about hopes and dreams, hopes and dreams." Well, quite frankly, I've had a lot of dreams about completing just the medium level. And up until today, they've been just that, dreams.

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

Taking the Dirty Work Out of Owning a Dog?

I'm in shock. I never dreamed there was such a service. Then, today as a matter of fact, I happened to be perusing the pets section on Craigslist, and I found this ad. There is actually a company that offers the service of cleaning up after your dog. No, really! I'm serious! I had to read it twice myself, then I actually had to go visit their website to see if it was a joke or if it was a real company.

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!