Watermelon. To the face. 
Thursday, 9 September, 2010, 02:27
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Thought I'd share this here for the, what, 4 readers of the site? :D


That is all. Good day.
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Where'd August go? 
Thursday, 2 September, 2010, 22:23
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Seriously ... I woke up yesterday and it was September, but August was a blur. Absolutely crazy.

Lots of stuff going on. Finally got rid of the last of the old furniture, which the Salvation Army didn't take. We also called Vietnam Veterans of America but they never returned our call or left a message, so we were pretty much forced to purple sticker 'em and put them out on the curb. Last of the furniture left today. Now Julie can park in the garage again :)

Epic yardwork took place last weekend. We trimmed the crabapple tree in the backyard. I swear, if I could turn a profit from that thing I wouldn't have done that, because the amount of crabapples that damn tree produced was astounding. The entire patio was carpeted in crabapples when the day was out. Literally, carpeted. We swept them up and used the snow shovel to load 'em into a yard waste bag. When you're moving crabapples by the shovelful, you know there's a lot.

US Waterproofing fixed the water problem we had with the basement. Doesn't look like any water came in this time. I need to see more storms to see if it's truly fixed, though -- the rain wasn't nearly as epic as it was that one day I ended up toting it up in buckets for 7 hours straight.

Anyway ... not long 'til the baby comes now. Due date is October 2nd. I've got some furniture to build :)
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I've painted a ceiling now. 
Monday, 2 August, 2010, 02:03
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Believe it or not, I have never painted a ceiling before today. Nor have I painted walls, doors, or trim. Yet here I am, doing just that. It's messy; those of you who know me well know just how I feel about getting my hands dirty (literally). I guess it's high time I get over that.

We chose Behr "Premium Plus" paint. There are three colors in play. The ceiling, doors, and trim will be "Toasted Marshmallow" (beige for the dudes out there), the north and east walls will be light blue, and the south and west walls will be light green. So far I have only done the ceiling, though. I have concluded that I am jot a fan of painting ceilings.

The baby is quite active. Julie is getting kicked all the time. I'm sure he won't really care if I did a shitty job on the ceiling ... at least, not until he learns to speak.

In other news, the fridge acted up yesterday by warming up, which is exactly the opposite of what it should do. After much cursing (and moving the food into another fridge) we left it unplugged and open last night. Seems to be behaving better now. Why it did that is a mystery, though.

This post has been brought to you by a Google Nexus One running Android 2.2. The text box used to enter this post was too large to fit on the screen, so if I missed anything when proofreading, oh well.
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New Office Workstation 
Sunday, 25 July, 2010, 01:35
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Well, new to me, at least.

When I started building computers at MicroNet, there was no Pentium 4 or Athlon. We hadn't even passed the 1GHz "barrier" at that point. 500MHz was considered ridiculously fast, and 100MHz RAM was the fastest available. Remember AT power supplies? Yeah, I zapped myself on two of them.

Now, my wife has a faster mobile phone in her purse. My own phone handles 1GHz and 1GB of RAM better than the original 1GHz Pentium III.

The machine on my desk is now a quad-core with 8GB of RAM and a ton of hard disk space; even the servers I worked on at that point had at most two processors. My video card has more RAM than most of the computers I built in my first few years at MicroNet. And you know what? I actually use the power, and I notice the difference between this machine and my previous workstation (dual-core with 6GB of RAM).

We've come a long way in the 5 years since I left, that's for sure.
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That one game Americans don't like 
Friday, 18 June, 2010, 11:53
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I find myself watching the World Cup much more closely this time around. I guess watching the world cup at all qualifies as "more closely," though, because I didn't pay a huge amount of attention last time; I'm sure anyone who reads my Twitter feed in one form or another noticed (sorry Facebook). I'm following the US team by default, and Italy because of Julie ... Hungary's not in it, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about other teams. Perhaps I should follow Brazil, if only because I freaking love black beans & rice. I don't know.

Anyway, there have been some good games and some blatant slaughters that ended up not being enjoyable to watch (*cough* Germany/Australia, Argentina/South Korea). Looking forward to the elimination stage.
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