Happy New Years!

December 31, 2008 at 10:13 pm | Posted in Life In General | 1 Comment

Well, it’s been a wild wild ride.  I have met a ton of new people and discovered more about people I already knew; learned new things and forgotten some others; experienced a ton of change (some good, some not so much) gained some new habits and lost some others; been places I have never been; done things I have never done; learned more about myself than I ever thought possible; and *most importantly* lived to tell the tale.  I can only wish the same for the coming year.  God bless to each of you and I look forward to the adventure that is 2009.  Happy New Year Ya’lls!!


Music Nerd

December 30, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Life In General | 1 Comment

Zune Playlist

Zune Playlist

I officially broke 30,000 plays on the Zune.  I either love my music collection or need to get out more.  Or both…

Update (12/31/2008): Evidently the powers that be thought I needed some time away from my Zune as well.  As such I was striken (along with potentially a million of my closest friends) by Z2K9.  That’s right, due to a wonderful “bug” (not a feature,) BSOD company strikes again.  Thanks Wired.com for letting me know I am not alone.  Let the snickering from the Apple fanboys begin…


December 29, 2008 at 11:09 pm | Posted in Dear Diary | 2 Comments

My 30th birthday is coming up in a couple months (8 weeks and 3 days, but who’s counting?) and I am trying to decide what to do to treat myself.  Granting, because Murphy (he of the eponymous law) is a jerk, the economy has tanked just prior to my big day which may put a crimp in how much money I am able to throw at this event.  But I still would like to take a little time to commemorate my not becoming a meth addicted burnout or victim of some unfortunate tragedy (knock on wood…)

Any ideas?

Merry Chrismakwanzakasolstice

December 25, 2008 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Life In General | 1 Comment

That’s right ya’ll – it’s the holiday season and I would like to be the 4 billionth person since Thanksgiving to remind you that today is indeed, Christmas.  I hope that you all had a wonderful time surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones.

And I learned that you never really notice how much you’ve been working, and hence slacking on the home life, until you find yourself sitting at home with all of the local HEB’s closed without milk for cereal or meat to cook with and eating soup waiting to go back to the normal cycle again tomorrow.

In a completely unrelated note, there’s a great Flickr set paying homage to one of my favorite cartoons – The Far Side.  Enjoy it here…

Rover Strikes Back

Rover Strikes Back

Just another day…

December 17, 2008 at 10:36 pm | Posted in Dear Diary | Leave a comment

As a subscriber of SBC’s DSL service, they were kind enough to throw in all sorts of wonderful goodies – namely 2GB of email storage at a time before Gmail and when Hotmail and Netscape were offering a whopping 250Megs and later on the addition of a pro account on Flickr.  Sadly a mere three years after I stopped giving them money, SBC/Yahoo has decided to revoke my pro account.  And while it’ s been a good run, the thought of dealing with a mere 3 sets was unbearable for me so I started searching for another photo host.  Which, as a nerd, pretty much entailed googling photo host and hitting the first few pages of results.

Lo and behold I have decided to move my pictures to Google’s own host – PicasaWeb.  On the downside it only offers a gigabyte of storage for free (you can purchase more if wanted) but since I moved all my pictures *ever* and am still using less than half of that, I think I will be safe for a while.  One very nice addition is the ability to use a client application (Picasa 3 is pretty nifty AND it has a Linux client) which is far easier than Flickr’s web editing tools and it is whipcrack easy to sort photos by date taken – something that drove me crazy with Flickr.

And it was while sorting my wedding photos (yeah, I probably need to write more about that soon, eh?) that I discovered a nice little surprise.  My three year anniversary was this week.  Brief recap of the timeline – married in December, the real coldsnap hits and she leaves for good in less than a month, annulment filed by a lawyer with an unintentionally awesome sense of humor on Valentines Day, and officially annulled exactly six months after the wedding day.  A large part of me thought those dates would live in infamy, seared in scarlet across my brain.  And for a while they were.  But as I started to tell this story at work, I was met with a volley of “aaww, man I’m sorry” responses.  To which I had to point out that the point of the story was much happier than it would seem at first blush.  The date had crept up on me, jumped into my face, screamed “Boogity!!” and been met with a resounding “Oh… whatever.”  That’s right people, evidently time does heal all wounds.  In the words of a wise person I know, “This too shall pass…”

And thanks to MP for picking up lunch that day.  That really wasn’t the point of the story, but I appreciate you being such an awesome dude none the less.

Sheboygan = Wild Wild West?

December 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Posted in In The News | Leave a comment

“A staged shootout got a little too real when two people were shot with a gun mistakenly loaded with birdshot…” Awesome – I am so proud of my hometown today.


December 13, 2008 at 11:16 pm | Posted in Dear Diary | 1 Comment
Dogbert Explains...

Dogbert Explains...

So I did nothing today.  At least it feels like it.  Slept until almost noon – perhaps the sinus medication is to blame?  Cooked.  Did laundry.  But I guess it’s all the stuff that I didn’t do that bugs me at the end of the day…

Although I usually don’t mind being a lazy bum, today it struck me that I’m almost 30 and still seem to spend an inordinate amount of my time doing – well, nothing.  Is that normal?  Am I missing out?  What makes the average human being feel fulfilled, or feel complete?  Is it work and a career?  Is it friends?  A family and kids?  Religion?  Escapism?  A collection of stuff?  Hobbies?  Looking forward to the next vacation?  The acquisition of knowledge?  Having goals?

Things Bears Love

December 10, 2008 at 10:05 pm | Posted in Life In General | 1 Comment

Girl Scouts – defenses are easy to infiltrate, plus free cookies after mauling…

Things Bears Love - Girl Scouts

Things Bears Love - Girl Scouts

from thingsbearslove.com

Burnt Orange

December 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Life In General | 3 Comments

For those “student athletes” with priority problems, check out this from Sharapova’sThigh blog:

This is just flat out awesome.  For those of you who live under a rock, the Big XII South finished in a 3 way tie. The Big XII used the BCS rankings to send Oklahoma to face Missouri in the championship game.

Mack Brown doesn’t like the tie breaker situation. He wants to use the same sort of procedures that the other conferences do, although I’m pretty sure that BCS standings factor in eventually as one of the tie breakers for the SEC, ACC, et al.

What does Mike Leach want to use?

“I think they should break that three-way tie based on a graduation rate. I think the Big 12 conference should have an executive session tonight,” the Texas Tech coach said Saturday. “And I think when they do that they will find that no one’s more deserving than the Red Raiders to win Big 12 South.”

What makes this so awesome? Texas Tech’s graduation rate for the football program? 79% And the student athletes of Texas and Oklahoma graduation rate? 50 and 46% respectively.

Now I know that those two powerhouse programs have a higher rate of putting underclassmen into the NFL…but the can’t do better than half? That’s ridiculously bad. I love that Leach got a dig in at these two programs as the BCS b****ing and moaning continues.

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