Archive for September, 2006

Get My Life Back

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Jury duty is finally over.  We pronounced the defendant guilty of murder of the first degree.  Not an easy thing to decide, and it was surprisingly stressful in the courtroom when the verdict was read out loud, even though we had just filled out the form minutes before.  I was the foreman, so it was my signature on the paperwork.  If I never have to sit on a murder trial jury again, it’ll be too soon.

Tomorrow I get to go back to work again.  I hope they remember who I am.

I Can’t Believe I’m Still on Jury Duty

Monday, September 25th, 2006

The subject says it all, really I’m forgetting where I work. I’m going to start putting down “juror” on forms that ask for my occupation. We’re down to deliberating, and that’s probably all I can say on the matter. I really, really hope we’ll be done tomorrow one way or the other, but I honestly don’t know if that’s going to happen.

In other more happy news, Megan’s birthday is coming up on October 30th. Her birthday list can be found on her site if anyone cares to read that information. Also, if anyone wants to buy any professional photos from the wedding, those can be previewed and purchased on this site. Log in using the box on the right; the username is “295Brunner”. Lastly, if anyone took any photos at the wedding PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I can always use more. =)

In computer news, I’ve decided to take the plunge and “upgrade” to the latest build of the new Windows OS, Vista. This is RC1 Build 5728, and it just came out the other day. Latest and greatest you might say. It’s pretty slick looking with a lot of new little bells and whistles everywhere. I’ve only had it up and running for about 24 hours, so I don’t know much about it yet, but the most obvious stuff are the snazzy GUI, the ever-present security stuff, and the expanded built-in multimedia apps. I can now crop photos and remove red-eye without having to pirate–err, install Photoshop. So far, I haven’t had any problems with application compatibility, althought I did have to get a new version of my VPN client.

OK, enough tech talk for now. Last weekend was fun times hanging out with Cindy, Anna, and Anna’s Matt. We’ve found a new bar in the Valley that we really like, so that makes us happy. Our cat is well, and the weather is behaving itself around here. Can’t ask for much more.

Except maybe a verdict.

Still in Court

Friday, September 15th, 2006

As my headline suggests, I’m still on jury duty.  I have today off from the court so I’m at work now, but I’ll be back downtown Monday morning to continue with the trial.  Obviously I still can’t discuss any details of the trial until it’s over, but I will say that it’s been both interesting and mind-bogglingly boring at the same time.  The hilight of my day is going out to lunch with some of my fellow jurors–we’ve formed a small social group to help pass the time between sittings in the court room.

In site-related news, as you can see I’m still tweaking the layout and design of this place.  I’ve implemented another theme and I’m working on configuring it to my liking.  There’s still some photos missing from the pics library, but I hope to get those in there soon.  Also, for some reason WordPress isn’t emailing me notices when comments are posted, so if I don’t see your comments right away, that’s why.

Hanging with Friends in LA

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Just wanted to take this opportunity to mention how cool it is to have more friends down here in the LA area to hang out with.  Megs and I hung out with Cindy, Matt, and Anna on both Friday and Saturday evenings, and we all had a great time.  I’ll probably have to get some release forms signed before I can go into too many details of what went on, but luckily only a few pictures were taken–by me.

In other news, the Ducks won against Fresno State yesterday.  Woo hoo!  Go Ducks!  Let’s keep it up against Oklahoma next weekend.

More Jury

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Well, I’m back home now from my first day of jury duty. They’re not done with the jury selection process for this trial I’ve been assigned to, so I gotta go back at least tomorrow to see that through. I obviously can’t discuss any details of the case itself, but being as this is LA, it’s certainly not a boring dispute over condo ownership. The court house is this big 19-story boring box of a building, typical of LA architecture. It’s real near City Hall and all the other civic buildings downtown. I took a walk over to Little Tokyo during lunch today, but it was hot out so I was glad to get back.

I’ll write more later as I can. In the meantime, where are the comments!?

Jury Duty

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

So here I sit in the jury assembly room waiting on further instruction. It’s as exciting as I’ve been led to believe. It’s also ass-early in the morning and I’m posting this from my cell phone, so if I sound brief, there you go. There’s quite a few of us here–a couple hundred I’d say. LA’s a big place it seems. Not much else to report so far, but I’ll try to write more if the Court allows.

WordPressed

Monday, September 4th, 2006

As some of you might be noticing, this site has undergone another major change. I finally came to the conclusion that I don’t have the resources to keep up with all the new features that are being introduced into the blogging world on my own, so why re-invent the wheel? This site is now by-and-large powered by WordPress, a blogging/site-management package that my service provider already provides. It allows a whole lot more nifty features than I could ever hope to implement on my own, a lot of which I am still in the process of discovering. It took some doing to get my old custom database imported in, but I should have all the old news posts and comments retained from day one. Got links, bio, comments, and archives up and running, which leaves the guestbook (meh) and the pics, which I hope to have running soon. Does anyone know of a pics management system that dovetails in nicely with WordPress? I’m not looking to host my pics elsewhere (e.g Flickr, etc.), so something local. I can always hack my old pics page to work here, but it’s not as clean as I’d like.

Anyways, check it out and let me know what you think. I’m still tweaking colour and layout, so we’ll see what changes. Most of this is still the default settings. I know some of you are still out there, even though the comments have dried up. I can hear you breathing! 😛