Archive for October, 2006

No, You Can’t Have a Pony

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

There’s a minor running gag in some circles of the interwebs regarding permutations of this image of a sad girl who allegedly would like a pony. This cannot be, and so she cries. Dad recently lost his RSA SecureID badge, and so I made a gift for him along these lines. Megs suggested I share this with you, so here I am.

Oh yeah, and the 30th was Megs’ birthday. Yay! We went to Tokyo Delve Sushi Bar with Anna, Anna’s Matt, Cindy, and Jacques on Saturday to celebrate, and let’s just say my memories of that night are kinda hazy. Good times were (mostly) had by all. Unforunately, Megs had to spend most of her actual birthday writing a paper for school, but at least we had fun on the weekend. Happy Birthday, love!

E-Mailing Me

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Howdy y’all. Got a semi-technical update, but it’s applicable to ALL of you, so please read it.

I’ve been getting quite a lot of junk e-mail (spam) lately, like over 100 a day, so I’ve reconfigured my filters to be much more aggressive. Anything sent to the following at will be automatically and imediately deleted and not even make it to my spam folder: admin, administrator, accounting, billing, comments, contact, help, home, majordomo, mail, new_webmaster, postmaster, ris, root, sales, support, uucp, vote, and webmaster. So, for example if you send me something to, I will not ever know about it. For some reason, these addresses get a lot of crap sent to them, so I will be receiving them no more. For the time being, most other emails will still reach me, such as my first name at chrisweb dot us. If you would like me to add your email address to my white list (these will always reach me), please let me know and I’ll add you. Also, my work email address is a good alternative. It’s my first name dot my last name at the company I work for dot com. If you cannot fill in these blanks, then you probably shouldn’t be emailing me anyway. =)

That’s all for now about that. In non-tech news, I went down to San Diegon last Sunday with Anna and Cindy to visit Sally. We had a lot of fun just hanging out and seeing the nice part of town Sally lives in by the beach. I’m sure I’ve done some other stuff recently too, but meh.

Ramadan Wednesday

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

In an effort to have a greater understanding of what a Muslim colleague of ours is experiencing, a few of us in the office are partaking in what we’re calling “Ramadan Wednesday”. It’s a lot harder than I thought not to eat and drink during the daylight hours. I got up early this morning and made myself some oatmeal while it was still dark out, then I went back to bed. I also made sure to drink a lot of water before sunrise and I even had a lot of tacos for dinner last night. Still, I’m counting the minutes until 18:22 when the sun sets. It’s been an interesting day, in that I’ve learned that I tend to snack a lot, or at least really look forward to lunch and the afternoon coffee break. Anyways, my colleague’s wife is actually going to be bringing in food for us to eat after sunset, which is really cool of her to do. We then might be going out to an all-you-can-eat sushi place. 🙂

Not a Whole Lot

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

What’s been going on with me? Not a whole lot, let me tell you.

As usual, I’m sorry I haven’t posted much lately, but there’s not much to tell. I could talk about some new TV shows I’ve been watching (My Name is Earl and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, both good shows) and old shows that have resumed (Lost – eh, Gilmore Girls – meh, and Battlestar Galactica – ZOMG!!! TEH HAWESOME!!!11ones), but what good would that do anyone? The short answer is I recommend Studio 60 and BSG to anyone who reads this thing. The others are all right, too.

Also, I could talk about how I’ve gained another Tier One set piece in the World of Warcraft, or how I’ve (obviously) started playing a bit more again, but I know at least half of you or more tend to skim these paragraphs. Again, my name is Sesal and I play on the Hyjal server. I am über-l33t and I look forward to seeing any of you who happen to pop in and say hi. =)

In some real goings-on news, last weekend I went down to Long Beach to visit with dad, John, and Grandma & Grandpa Brunner for Grandpa’s birthday. As usual it was good to see the family. Unfortunately Megs had to stay home to study for midterms. She had one on Monday and another today, so best of luck to her about that. She’s been stressing about it quite a bit, so it’ll be good to move on from this. Her blog can be found here if you wanna leave her a comment and/or keep up with her goings-on.

I wish I had more to write about because I feel more like writing. So let’s try, shall we?

I may have generated more traffic with an update to the “old” site telling folks who might still be hitting that one somehow to come here. This should also show up on the old RSS feed for those folks. I’ve also posted a link on my Facebook page in case folks only think to reach me through there. Oh, and I *finally* got this thing set up to email me when someone leaves me a comment. Surprisingly difficult. So many ways to find Chris!

How about some details of work? Our game, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, is coming along well. I doubt I can say too much about it, but my jobs of late have involved me getting new animations and other art assets integrated into the game engine. I’ve also been working with the sound people on some new sound effects and soon voice-overs. It’ll be nice to get some real sounds in. I think we’ve still got quite a number of Toontown sounds in there for placeholders. I’ve also been doing a bit of tidying up around the model tree to get rid of stuff we don’t need anymore. It’s building now.

This weekend I believe the tentative plans are for Megs and I to hang out at Cindy’s place with Anna and Matt and have a bit of a pot-luck. Not sure what else, but it’ll probably involve a movie or something. Maybe we can actually locate a Pictionary game this time. Saturday afternoon I think Matt and I will go out to Fry’s to nerd out a little and do a bit of tech shopping.

I can’t believe these models are STILL building! Takes forever to build the Pirates model tree from scratch. It’s been about four hours now.

Megs posted this a week or two ago, but I figured I should too. And now your moment of Zen.

Football and Life

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Last Saturday was all about the football.  Megs and I went over to Cindy’s place where we watched the Ducks beat the Sun Devils 48-13 with Matt and Ozzy.  Anna joined us later after she got off work and the six of us eventually watched more football (the boys) and worked on Cindy’s cover letter for grad school (the girls).  Eventually we all went out for Chinese food at Dragon Street followed by renting and watching V for Vendetta.  Interesting film and worth a rent.

Sunday was much more low-key.  I spent the majority of the day in my sleepwear playing World of Warcraft.  I got two Tier One set pieces and a new level to my healing spell on an MC raid.  For those of you who have no idea what that last sentence means, just know that it’s good news and I was happy.  Eventually I got dressed and went out shopping with Megs.  While we found a couple items we needed, we were unsuccessful in locating a wine glass rack that will hold our impressive collection of post-wedding-gifting wine glasses.  We have something like 22 of them now, so it has to be big.  Also, something that doesn’t involve us drilling holes into the walls of our apartment would also be good.

This weekend I plan on visiting Long Beach for Grandpa Brunner’s birthday and to see dad, who will be in town.  Megs may or may not come down with me depending on her homework level.  Midterms are rapidly arriving, so watch out!

Work is going well.  We’re getting all the aspects of the Pirates game put together and ready to show to an ever-growing audience.  Still only internal testing at this point, but I’ll try to let the Close Personal Friends & Family of Chris know when/if I can share our work with you all.

Guess that’s it for now.  I’d post more stuff if I had more to say.  Not that that’s stopped me before, but it’s a convenient excuse and I’ll use it now.  Oh, and Kelly– MOCK, MOCK, MOCK, MOCK, MOCK!!!