June is over?! 
Monday, 30 June, 2008, 23:40
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This month was, for some reason, the shortest month EVER. I realize February was one day shorter but this one flew by.

I got a new workstation in the office. It's pretty quick -- for some reason it feels quicker than my home machine, even though the specs are pretty much the same. I'm glad I switched back to a desktop, though; I missed the dual 20" displays when I was using the laptop. For some reason 1680x1050 on a 15" display just isn't the same as 1680x1050 on a 20". The other cool thing is that both monitors look exactly the same -- I guess connecting them both to DVI ports helps.

Saw Wall-E over the weekend. I have recommended it to pretty much everyone I have seen today, simply because it rocked my socks.

Still lovin' the Civic Hybrid -- no buyer's remorse! The funny thing is that I've needed to explain the difference between the Honda and Toyota hybrid systems to pretty much everyone I meet.

This concludes my final June post.
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Firefox 3.0 
Friday, 20 June, 2008, 03:20
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I downloaded Firefox 3.0 yesterday, contributing my part to the 8 million+ downloads. Drop in the bucket, yes, but ZOMG IT'S NEW AND EXCITING

Not really .... oh well. I think it's more interesting that Firefox 3 was hacked shortly after its release. Well, maybe not hacked ... but a vulnerability was discovered. Oh well. It was bound to happen.

I'm taking Julie to her first baseball game on Saturday. Our local real estate agent (she lives near our house) sent a Cubs/Sox game calendar to us in January. Earlier this year I asked Julie to point to a date on the calendar and she pointed at June 21st -- Cubs/Sox at Wrigley. So I grabbed 3 tickets (Bob, Julie, and me) and we're going. It will be fun times, I don't give a damn if it's raining or anything.

So ... good times.
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Friday Friday 
Friday, 2 May, 2008, 14:47
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Hooray, it's Friday!

On the drive to work I have concluded that "Forgotten" by Sworn Enemy is the most metal 2 minutes and 45 seconds I have had all day. That, of course, makes me happy.

I have also concluded that the Civic Hybrid is underrated. Yes, it has a slow 0-60 time, but I'm not racing anyone so I don't care. Yes, its fuel economy is not as great as the Toyota Prius, but I'd personally rather have a good car that doesn't draw attention to itself. Averaging over 42MPG combined is an added bonus, as is the built-in GPS.

In all, I'd have to say I'm happy with my decision to trade in the RAV4. I don't have the interior volume anymore, I don't have the moonroof, I don't think I even have the folding rear seats, and my engine is a full 1.1L smaller, but it's a good car.

Looked out the office window just now and it looks like it's raining. Weather radar says it'll be pouring soon.

Happy Friday!
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Thursday, 24 April, 2008, 02:02
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I want one of those shirts. That is HILARIOUS.

Richard -- do you know where I can buy one? :)
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Construction is Never Finished 
Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, 01:11
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Ideas. Lots of ideas. That's all I'm coming up with for this house Julie and I bought. Some are quite feasible, and some are bordering on criminally insane.

For starters, we have the economically feasible ones. Last week Jeff came over and we put up some ceiling fans, which required hacking some of the wiring in the attic -- at least over the master bedroom. Minor work, really; the worst part was that Jeff got all itchy from the insulation. While up there he discovered a burnt-out attic fan, which will be replaced. I thought it was going to be done this past weekend but it rained, so that was put on hold. Hopefully the weather will be nicer this time around.

Next we have the flower boxes in the backyard. Those need to go, because looking at them pisses me off, not to mention mowing around them. I like patterns, and work in patterns. The boxes break the patterns. Besides, there's a nice area for a garden near the patio. Grass needs to be where those boxes are, and therefore they will disappear. Still economically feasible, and will definitely happen.

Another one that will definitely happen is a new interior for the garage. I don't get why there is drywall in there, much less painted drywall. That's got to go, but not just because I don't understand the need for it to look "pretty" -- the insulation in there sucks. The two bedrooms above the garage take on the characteristics of the weather: if it's below zero out there, you cannot go into the rooms without shoes on, and if it's hot I need to remove clothing in order to use my computer. Not something I want to do. The ceiling fan in the northwest bedroom (for lack of a better term) should mitigate that, but the fact remains that the insulation is absolute crap. I'm going to bring down the ceiling in the garage, throw all the old insulation out, and put new stuff up there. The only thing I have yet to decide is whether or not I'll leave the vapor barrier exposed; if I don't leave it, I'll probably stick pegboard up there.

Now to an expensive proposition: to replace the siding with EIFS, a.k.a. synthetic stucco. I hate siding, but every single house Julie and I looked at a year ago had it, so it's not like I had much choice in that matter. Along with the EIFS, though, would have to come new windows, which makes this even more expensive. Even worse, I think a bay window would look pretty good across the front of the house -- I'd love to push this room out a little bit -- further increasing the potential expense.

The insane ones: to extend the top floor (not bloody likely -- it's a split level) or to convert the ceiling in on the main floor to a cathedral ceiling. Those will get me killed.

Good times.
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