Archive for November, 2005

Should Be Fixed Now

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

OK, I think I got it working again.  Not sure what went wrong, but I believe something was changed server-side that screwed it up.  After resetting some permissions on a cache directory, it seems to be back to normal now.  Let me know if you see anything else wrong.

Quick note – Broken

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Yes, I know none of the thumbnails work, including the one on the sidebar there to the left.  I’m working on it.

So Full of Turkey

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Megs and I went down to Long Beach yesterday for Thanksgiving with Grandma and Grandpa Brunner and Uncle John. We had your typical turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, green beans, corn, gravy, candied yams, and pie. Very full of food that afternoon. We spent the rest of the day just hanging out. It was quite nice, and thank you to Grandma and Grandpa for having us over.

Unlike most folks out there, I have work today, so I’m sitting here in my cubical doing this and that with very few people around. Today I’ve done some more work clearing out cube 355C for a new hire, and I’ve begun blanking out some old PC’s before they get put back into the available pool of computers. This afternoon I hope to make some progress on a programming project I’ve been assigned, so we’ll see how that goes. I can blank out hard drives in the background while I’m doing that.

On my lunch break, I went out with Megs to get some cards ordered for the wedding. There’s an alarming number of options out there for this kind of thing, so it took a while. We should have the proof back on Tuesday or so.

I’m still getting used to this new text entry thing I’ve got set up here. Right now the problem, aside from not having a current version of aspell installed on the server that can recognise HTML and UTF-8 encoding, is that when it saves it into the database, it doesn’t store the “br” tags, so that when I pull it out to edit it, it’s all smooshed together with no paragraph markers. I’ll have to update how I have something set up to resolve that.

EDIT: I’ve updated my wishlist per request of various family members. I’ll be adding to it over the season, so if you want a bigger list, check later.

This and that

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

So, after reading about a new text entry applet on Penny Arcade, I thought I’d check it out. It went in remarkably smoothly, except for the server-side spell checking. I’m currently working with my site’s hosting company to get this worked out, but in the meantime I’ll make do with my tried and true method of “guessing”. Anyways, this thing basically makes the window I type the news in look like MS Word, so I’ve got nice little toolbars with bold, italics, fonts, bullets, links, spell check, etc. all right there. All runs in a combination of JavaScript and PHP. Pretty slick, really.

So last weekend was Grandma and Grandpa Brunner’s 60th wedding anniversary. That’s such a long time I can’t even begin to fathom it. I hope Megs and I can achieve the same. Anyways, it was nice seeing all the family last weekend; in attendance was me, Megs, Grandma, Grandpa, John, Paul, Mary, Matt, Kim, and Dad. We had lunch at a nice place on 2nd street, and then hung out at the house in the afternoon where many of us watch Oregon kick OSU’s ass at football. 56 to 14, baby! Good way to end the regular season, I’d say.

On Sunday Megs, Matt and I met up with Jacques and Other Megan at Disneyland and we all had a good time there. Unfortunately the winds were unfavorable for the fireworks show, which was a bummer. We had a really good spot marked out to see the show, too. At least we got down to the park before the crazy holiday season kicks up starting this weekend. Last chance to see it all before the attractions are obscured with thousands and thousands of people.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, and Megs and I have been invited down to the Brunner’s for a bit o’ the turkey and such. Should be another pleasant day with family. Megs gets Friday off too, but I don’t. I’ll be one member of a skeleton crew here at the office that day, but I should be able to finish up a project here that I’ve been working on now and then for a few weeks, I hope.

Last thing, check this out cuz it’s awesome. Make sure you have your speakers turned on.

OK, let’s see how this new text entry system holds up when I actually try to post now…


Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

mething for a wedding gift. Which reminds me, it seems that Megs and I need to “register” at various stores for the convenience of people who want to buy us congratulatory gifts on the occassion of our wedding. Any ideas on where to do this? We were thinking of Home Depot, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Fry’s Home Electronics, but apparently we need some kind of housewares place on the list, too. =)

Since I spoke of weather last time, I figured I should update you on the latest of L.A. in November. It’s currently sunny, light breeze, and 83 degrees out here. Couldn’t ask for a more gorgeous day!”

Rainy Los Angeles

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

It’s been raining down here in L.A. these past couple days. Looks like it might be clearing up now, but it’s nice to have weather once in a while. We DO have weather here once in a while, in spite of what folks may have told you. The streets all flood and everyone hides indoors when it happens, but hey man, you might get wet!

Oh, and in case any of you have been having trouble reaching Matt’s new site be advised that the “web server” it resides on is just a computer in a dorm room, and sometimes Jacques needs to play World of Warcraft, so down it goes. Priorities.

Trying to figure more stuff out for the wedding. Apparently we need to decide on some kind of dresses for Megs and her bridesmaids. I also need to figure out what to do for some kind of bachelor party. And we need to work out decorations and catering for the reception. And get a photographer. And plan a honeymoon. And a million other details. AHHHHHHHHH!!!



Cruisin’ for Pirates

Monday, November 7th, 2005

I know that it’s no laughing matter and all, but how often do you read a news report on a cruise ship being attacked by pirates on the high seas? ARRRRRRRrrrrr….

Last weekend Megs and I went to the church to take a quiz on how alike we are. It was multiple choice and close to 200 questions. There were about half a dozen other couples there and the whole thing was presided over by an elderly Irish Nun, whom I think would have rapped our knuckles with a ruler had it come to that. Anyways, the quizes will be sent off to the midwest to be scored and then returned at which point we meet with Sister Elizabeth to talk about where we differ. Fun times.

After the quiz, Megs and I went out to the mall to go see the hot, new Disney film Chicken Little. Although some review may be a bit tepid, Megs and I found it to be an enjoyable movie. It pulled in $40.1 million over the weekend, which beats industry expectations. So yay, go us.

The rest of the evening was largely spent watching season 1 of “24”, which is a cool show. If anyone else has seen this, feel free to chat about it, however no spoilers past 11:00 a.m. on the day of the California Presidential primary.

Sunday was productive around the house. Megs and I managed to both do our laundry, as well as clean the kitchen and the bathroom, plus do the dishes. Not too shabby, and it needed to be done.

Since I already put a fun link up at the top, I guess I don’t need more linkage down here…


The Shame of Life

Friday, November 4th, 2005

As depressing as the headline sounds, things are actually going well. It’s mostly referring to how long it’s been since I’ve posted something. Kelly, Megs, Kim and Matt have posted something more recently than me, and that’s just a shame I can bear no longer. The headline’s also a good song title by an unfortunately-named band.

I’d like to address something I mentioned in the previous paragraph that needs repeating: Matt posted something! Now, before you go checking his site, know that it has moved. The link above is the new place to check for his semi-annual (bordering on yearly) updates. Please update all bookmarks accordingly.

In wedding news, Megs and I now have a church, a priest, a date, a time, and a tentative guest list. We also have a tentative wedding party (groomsmen/bridesmaids) in mind, so some of our readers might be getting a phone call soon. Don’t pretend you’re not home–we know you’re there! ;-P

Last weekend was Megs’ birthday, so we decided to take a trip to the nearest island we could catch a boat to, which turned out to be Catalina. There’s a ferry from Long Beach harbor to the town of Avalon on Catalina island that takes about an hour and a half, so we hopped that early one morning. The ride out was fun and refreshing with the wind in our hair and such. After landing we got some breakfast at this little waffle house there and did a little shopping. Around noon we took a glass-bottom boat tour and saw all the fishies. After the boat we rented a golf cart and drove all around the island. These vehicles seem to be the choice method of travel for locals and visitors there, and we had fun tearing about on ours. “Tearing about” may be a bit strong–I could probably jog faster than the thing could drive but we took it up to max speed as much as we could. The afternoon was spent eating ice cream and relaxing on the sand, followed by a bit of walking around before the return ferry trip. The ride back was a bit less fun because we were kinda dehydrated, tired, and it was dark out. The waters were noticeably choppy, too. Still, all-in-all a fun trip. Pictures can be seen here.

Tomorrow Megs and I are going by the church for some kind of pre-marraige compatability quiz. It’s supposed to be some kind of discussion piece once we’re each done taking it, I think. The reasoning being we can see where we might differ and thus have a chance to fight it our or something. Actually, I really have very little idea. We’ll see tomorrow morning. Hopefully I’ll post again sooner to tell you about it.

And now some fun linkage: blogs by Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher from Star Trek) and Scott Adams (draws Dilbert comic).