Archive for November, 2004

Crazy-Mad Comment-Posting Frenzy

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

Well, well, well. Seems Annie’s stepped up to the plate to fill the void of comments for November. Now all news posts have at least one comment on them for this month, which makes me feel more at peace for some reason. Thanks to Annie for that and thanks to Mike for pointing out this need. I know I’ve been posting a lot lately, and I promise I’ll slow it down a bit in a week or so. It’s nice to know some folks are still out there, and for the rest of you just remember that this only increases Annie’s already substantial lead in the crude stats.

So Megs and I have started watching a new show from a premium cable channel. Now that we’ve finished with the last episode of season 5 of HBO’s The Sopranos, we’re moving on to Showtime’s Dead Like Me, which is a bit lighter than the former’s mob fare. I’ve only seen the pilot so far, but it appears that Dead Like Me follows our recently-deceased main character around as she learns to cope with her new job as a grim reaper. It’s got a quirky sense of humor and an interesting cast and premise. If you don’t get Showtime, check out the DVD at your local rental place if you get a chance. Or just BitTorrent it like we did. =)

Some Fun Links

Monday, November 29th, 2004

Here’s a couple of links I found over at MacHall. One’s a cool and funny car commercial and the other is a music video done in Flash to a Radiohead song that demonstrates some very talented animation. Check ’em out and write some comments here.

More Fun For You and Me

Sunday, November 28th, 2004

A couple things to mention today. The first is a funny pirate song that I think many of my readers will need to listen to. It’s called The Last Saskatchwan Pirate by a Canadian group called The Arrogant Worms. I know that many of you out there have some kinda thing going for pirates, so check it out.

Secondly, due to requests from multiple family members, I have once again posted my Christmas wish list for your perusal. I may add more to it later, but this is all I could think of at the moment.

Pictures For All

Sunday, November 28th, 2004

Just a quick note to let folks know that I finally posted the pictures I took in Colorado. These are all from the Wedding Anniversary/First Communion ceremony and the following reception. Lots of family members I don’t get to see often enough and a few people I don’t recall meeting ever before. Good times were had by all. Also, here’s another ChrisCam shot that I grabbed with my cell phone a couple weeks ago when Megs and I went out to Venice beach by Santa Monica. Nice sunset. It was actually more red in person, but my cell phone’s not exactly a perfessional camera. It’s good for quick snapshots, though.

Long Weekend

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

Yesterday Megs, Matt and I went with dad and Estelle to go see The Incredibles. This was the second time for me and Megs, but it was still a lotta fun. We went to a nice Italian resturaunt afterwards and then came back here, where dad, Matt, and Estelle hung around for a bit, and then took off. After that I decided it was time to nuke & pave the computer and start fresh again, so I formatted the C: drive and reinstalled the OS. Things have been going pretty smoothly since, but I’m still reinstalling applications and games.

Today, I’ve spent most of the afternoon playing Half Life 2 some more. Still really into the game, but I think it’s time to take a break for bit. I might play some Counter-Strike with Peter once I get it installed. I might need to go grocery shopping before that, though. Chris needs food, badly.

Full of Turkey and a Head Cold

Friday, November 26th, 2004

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, as I’m sure much of my American audience will realize, and I had quite an enjoyable time down in Long Beach with Megs, Dad, Estelle, Matt, Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle John, Uncle Paul, Aunt Mary, and Cousin Tom. We did what one expects on Thanksgiving: we ate turkey and watched football. I didn’t really care about who was playing in the games I saw, but I still had fun.

As the evening wore on, Megs, Matt and I went back to Megs and my apartment and we played video games. A bit of Soul Calibur 2 for a while, and then Matt and I each played our respective games of Half Life 2. Megs watched TV in the same room and played The Legend of Zelda: Ocaraina of Time: Master Quest. I wasn’t planning on playing Half Life 2 for so long, but four hours later is when I went to bed. I haven’t had this much fun playing a video game in a long time.

My delayed bedtime was unfortunate because not only did I have work the next day, but I also had (have) a cold. I don’t get sick often–usually about once a year or so, food poisoning excluded–but this seems to be my time for the year. Mostly nasal/sinus/throat stuff. Bit of coughing and sniffleing, and my ears and nose are stuffed up. Joy. I’ll survive, I guess.

The Turkeys Are A-Comin’!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

Today is Wednesday, which means tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Megs and I will be going down to Long Beach to celebrate the holiday with dad, Matt, Estelle, Grandma, Grandpa, and I assume Uncle John and maybe Uncle Paul and Aunt Mary. I look forward to the fabulous food and good company. In this week and last, I will have seen nearly all my extended family I know. I’ve got two more cousins and their families out there, and two step-siblings, but that’s really about it, I think. Good times.

Last night I stayed up two hours playing Half Life 2, which I still say is an amazing video game. I finished up the Route Kanal chapter and I’m now working my way through Water Hazzard. This chapter revovles around driving a fan boat up a river of sometimes-toxic water, and it’s a lotta fun. I’ve heard that the vehicles in the game are a blast, and I must agree now that I’ve screwed around with this first one. Good physics involved in the implementation, too. There’s some parts where you need to jump a wall with the boat, but there’s no ramp. There’s one in particular where you need to swim around and submerge some floating barrels under this thing to get the ramp up. Another one has you push an old oven off a ledge onto a suspended cart over a shaft. This is connected to a ramp via a rope, so when you push enough weight until the cart, it raises the ramp and you can jump the boat off it. Lots of fun stuff like that in the game where you need to puzzle out how to get by obsticals using the crap around you. Pretty addictive, I hope to get some more time in it this weekend.

Oh, and I’m going to try to post more ChrisCam shots now that I have a cell phone that takes picutres at 640×480. Here’s one of my littlest cousin Marissa.

Crash Pictures

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

A friend of Rachelle’s sent me some pictures of what’s left of her car after the crash. Apparently it looked even worse in person. I’m not putting them in a gallery or anything, but I’ll like them here: one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. Good thing for seatbelts and airbags. Quality Japanese engineering, folks.

Made It Home Eventually

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

I’m back in North Hollywood now. Sorry for not posting last night, but I was tired after I made it home. That last plane I was on didn’t actually leave the airport for some time. It was one of those things where they were fixing something and the pilot kept saying “Just a few more minutes, folks, and we’ll have you on your way.” every few minutes. When I did eventually make it into Burbank, Megs was there to get me, and it was good to see her. My luggage made it as well, which I was concerned about with the delays. It’s a lot warmer in Burbank than in Denver, even at 23:00.

Last Plane

Sunday, November 21st, 2004

I’m finally on the plane for the last leg of my flight. I was late getting in to Phoenix, so I would not have made my connection, except that this flight was delayed as well. As it was, I only had just enough time to rush over to my connecting gate, use the facilities, and give Megs a quick call. At least they let you use cell phones on the plane right up until takeoff, which allows me to post this quick note. I might post one last time once I get home just in case anyone has been tracking my progress home.