Archive for February, 2006

Wedding Prep

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Last weekend Megs and I were at an Engaged Encounter retreat from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. We got to spend a lot of time writing and talking with a bunch of other couples. For more details check out the wedding blog.

This coming weekend, Carl is coming to visit, so that should be fun. Not sure what we’re gonna do, but I was thinking of some touristy stuff like checking out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which Megs and I have yet to do. We’ve also got a local sushi place we like take guests to. Carl if you’re reading feel free to chime in with any ideas. L.A.’s a big place. =)

I think my big plans for this week are to file my taxes and to take care of that stack of papers on my desk. Some of those are bills from my recent hospital visit, so I’ve been putting them off. I have this sinking feeling that my insurance doesn’t cover the ambulance, however it does reduce the costs of the ER stay itself significantly. Still–ouch.

No Late Late Show For Us

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Monday afternoon was a bit of a let down for Megs and me. We went out to the CBS studios, but they had overbooked the show and we were unable to get in to see The Late Late Show as planned. I was pretty bummed out about this because there aren’t many days off from work that the show tapes on and we wouldn’t have better plans. In my opinion it’s not worth burning a vacation day for, but it is worth an otherwise uneventful President’s Day afternoon. Apparently a lot of other people had the same idea. Anyways, we’re gonna try to go some other time, perhaps next week.

Went down to Long Beach on Saturday to hang with the family for a bit, which was nice. We finally got dad to watch the pilot to Firefly, and he said he enjoyed it. If there’s anyone else out there in ChrisWeb-reader-land who hasn’t seen Firefly yet, for God’s sake why not?!?! I think I know my readership pretty well, and I know that you would ALL enjoy this show, so go watch it now! Best show ever!

Speaking of good TV, Megs and I have started watching the new Battlestar Galactica on DVD. Now, I never watched the original series, but I have to say this new one is excellent. Now, it’s no Firefly, but in lieu of any other good Sci-fi out there, it’s a damn good show. Babylon 5 good, I’d say. Got a similar character-driven space drama thing going on. Now, we’re only seen season one so far, so for those of you who’ve seen more, no spoilers please. =)

President’s Day Weekend

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Megs and I have a rare three-day weekend ahead of us, so we’re going to try to make the most of a Monday off from work. She’s going to an optometrist appointment in the morning and then we’re going to attend a taping of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in the afternoon. The scheduled guest is none other than William Shatner! The episode airs 12:37 a.m. Tuesday morning (that’s late night Monday, btw.) Anyways, check it out; we might show up on camera.

In other news, you may have noticed already, but I’ve changed the main page here slightly. For one, I made the font on the local weather conditions slightly smaller. I’ll get around to changing it on the other pages too, but I wanna do it in such a way as to not have to make changes to multiple pages in the future. It’ll take more time, so it’s gonna way. The other thing I changed is that the front page will always show the last 10 most recent post, regardless of month. It used to show all of the current month, then when the first post of the next month showed up, the last month would no longer show up. Anyways, this should be a little nicer for folks who get behind and it’ll keep the main page at a somewhat consistent length month-to-month. The archives should function the same as always.

Lastly, I’m excited because I just got VPN access for work. This means that I can securely connect to the work network from home now. I have one of those SecureID keyfobs that has the ever-changing numbers and everything! Very spiffy.

Quarter of a Century

Monday, February 13th, 2006

It appears that yesterday was my birthday and as you might be able to guess from the headline, I am now 25 years old. I had a good weekend that began on Friday down in Long Beach with Grandma and Grandpa Brunner, dad, Megan, John, Jacques, Matt, and Other Megan. We had food, ate cake, and I opened some nice gifts. Thank you, everyone, for a nice little get-together and for the presents.

After hanging in Long Beach for a while, Megs, Matt, Jacques, Other Megan, and I all drove back up north to our place in the Valley and set up shop for a weekend of games and fun. We played a bit of the World of Warcraft, and I know that shocks many of you. Through the course of the weekend, we also went out for lunch, went and played outdoorsy stuff at the local park, and had an excellent tabletop game of Catan in which I came out as the victor. I don’t know if folks just let me win because it was my birthday, but I had fun nonetheless. 😉

I just finished chatting with Shelby online and she mentioned Smarties candy. Remember Smarties? It calls up memories of many a Halloween haul, but other than that I almost never see these mini Sweet Tart wannabe candies outside of a Dairy Mart. Since there are no Dairy Marts down here in LA, it’s been a while. I bet I could find some if I looked around a bit.

I’ve noticed a trend lately of computer monitors having built-in USB hubs. This to me is a stupid idea and the wrong way to be going with this train of thought. First of all, monitors are not USB devices in themselves, so using them as a hub entails running a cable to your monitor and then hanging all your USB devices off of your screen. I’ve never seen anyone actually do this. What does make sense is using a keyboard as a USB hub. Keyboards by and large are now all USB devices, often with available space inside of them that could be used for USB hub hardware. And best of all the keyboard is already plugged into your USB port and sitting on your desk near all your USB devices! I know there are some keyboards out there with this feature, but they’re fading in popularity while USB-enabled monitors are growing. What’s wrong with people!?!

Oh, and lastly, I found a neat site linked from Wil’s site that I wanted to repost here. It’s some quick writing tips for non-professional writers. It’s a pet peeve of mine how once people hit the Internet all grammar and other writing skills just disappear, so I think everyone out there could benefit from a quick read here.

Enough ranting. Have some random.

My Hyperdrive Goes Up to Eleven

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

This is certainly one of the coolest things I’ve seen so far today.

Because I’ve always wondered what would happen if the cast of Star Wars formed an 80’s hair band.

EDIT: Oooo! Megs just sent me a link to this animated image and I am now re-hosting it here at my site. Perhaps one of the funniest things ever. Even better if you’re listening to the 80’s song “What is Love” by Haddaway.