Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Birthdays and cars, oh my!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Holy crap, I’m 30 now! I can’t believe I started this silly blog thing when I was 19 and I’ve been keeping it up all this time. More than TEN YEARS for ol’ ChrisWeb here! Sheesh! You’d think I’d take better care of it then. Speaking of things that happened over 10 years ago, remember that Daytona of mine? My blue car? Yeah, so I finally got a new one:

Chris' BMW 330Ci convertible

Chris' BMW 330Ci convertible

Click for more pictures. Call it an early mid-life crisis (you wouldn’t be the first), but as I am now actually driving to work, I needed something more reliable (i.e. from this century), so I figured I may as well get something a little nicer and fun. Also, CONVERTIBLE! 😀

For my birthday this year, I dragged all my friends out to the woods to go camping in February. Here’s the proof:

Chris' 30th Birthday (Camping)

We all had a good time (or so I’m told), and it didn’t get below freezing over night, so that’s good. We were up north of Santa Barbara in the San Padres Nation Forest at a place called Paradise Campground. It was nice and we had a respectable campfire. Thanks to Megs, Donut, Kim, Ozzzy, Anna, Matt, Gilmer, Megan, Kyle, Jacques, Hanh, and Asha for coming out! You guys are the best!

Work is still going great, but of course I can’t tell you any details. Just know that it’s challenging me in ways I haven’t been challenged in a good while. I’m certainly keeping busy!

Stuff is Happening

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

So, there’s like stuff going on, but I can’t really say much about it right now. I’d hope to be able to write more sooner, but these things take time. Expect bigger news here in the weeks to come.

In other, less mysterious news, Matt’s visiting for Christmas, which we are HOSTING this year at our apartment! On Christmas Eve mom and Kim will be joining us and staying the night in our living room. Christmas morning, Grandma and Grandpa Gallagher will be driving up and we’ll do the whole gift giving and big meal thing. Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), Matt, Kim, Megs and I will be driving down to Long Beach to visit with a whole lotta Brunners. I think it’ll be Grandma & Grandpa Brunner, plus ALL their descendants & families; minus dad who’ll be in Eugene, but that’s OK cuz we saw him yesterday for mini-Christmas (dad-related gift-giving only.) Dad gave me a really slick remote control that will control everything in our living room, which if you’ve ever seen our living room, is quite a feat. He also gave me and Megan Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii, which I have yet to try out, but am looking forward to quite a lot.

That’s it for now. As I alluded to earlier, there’s more news, which I hope to be able to share soon!

PS: No, it’s not baby-related. 😛

Rocktoberfest VIII and w00tstock 2.6

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

First off, HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!! OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s see what Chris has been up to lately.

Last Wednesday was the variety nerd-fest w00stock 2.6, and it was a hell of a lotta fun! I took pictures and posted them here:

w00tstock

Last weekend was Rocktoberfest VIII, which is basically an epic house party celebrating rock music, BBQ, beer, and good friends. Started with Matt C. and a few friends in Eugene eight years ago, and has continued annually ever since. This year, the gathering was held at Badier’s house up in SF. I took some pictures, but will NOT be posting them here. 🙂 Had to be there, sorry.

In other news, we’ve had a few house guests over the last month or so: Badier, Kelly, Kim, Annie, and Matt B. The ever-popular Hotel Brunner, North Hollywood! Great seeing folks.

Yesterday was Megs’ birthday, and we saw the movie “RED” and then went to a nice Japanese restaurant overlooking Hollywood. Very nice!

Tonight we’re planning on watching some Halloween-themed movies with friends. Good times.

Portland Weddings

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Got back from vacation earlier this week and I just now got all my photos uploaded. Got four sets, the first is general stuff taken with my iPhone:

Portland Aug 2010

Next is Matt’s bachelor party, which was held at a rented house in Lincoln Beach, OR right on the coast. We drank beer, BBQ’d meat, and stayed up way past our bedtimes. Good times:

Matt Chorpenning's Bachelor Party

Now the main event, the reason we went up there in the first place: Matt & Anna’s wedding!

Matt and Anna's Wedding

Lastly, Maomao wanted to have her “American-style” wedding while Anna’s family was still in town, so she had her wedding the next day at a lovely boutique hotel in Portland:

Maomao's Wedding

Whew! What a trip! Congrats, you guys! May you have long and happy lives!

Last-Minute July Post

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I made a promise to myself that if I ever missed a month in posting here, then that’d be the end of the blog. I’m not quite ready to close up shop yet, so here’s July 2010!

Tomorrow morning Megs and I catch a train (yes, TRAIN) north for Portland, Oregon. We’re going up for Matt C. and Anna L.’s wedding, which should be a blast. The reason we’re taking the train is because we had such a nice time on our last train journey, we wanted to do it again! Expect various pictures to be posted over the course of our journey; probably on Facebook and/or Twitter. There may even be free Wi-Fi access on the train itself!

In other news, Megs just finished her second-to-last term of law school the other day. One more to go! So close, we can almost taste it…

I’m still totally digging on my iPhone; it’s magical! I love it! The screen is so pretty and it does so many neat things! Megs hates when I call it “magical”, which I why I never miss a chance to say so. 🙂

Lastly, here’s an awesome drawing by someone on DeviantArt of the various Disney Princesses “posing” for a picture:

"Smile for the Camera" by Bri Chan

Another Summer

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Another summer quickly approaches; a time for long sunny days and uncomfortably warm nights. Once again, Megs and I will be tempted to buy a free-standing A/C unit for the bedroom as we are every summer, but as usual we’ll likely not do so. Maybe this summer we’ll check out the pool on the roof of Jacques’ place.

Some upcoming events for life:

  • This is happening and Megs, Jacques, Hanh and I are going to see it. I mean how could we not attend an event called “The Thrilling Adventure and Supernatural Suspense Hour”? With special guest Nathan Fillion!
  • E3 is coming up week after next. Always a tiring experience
  • Matt & Anna’s wedding up in Portland this August. Megs and I are going to be taking the train, which is a fun little adventure in itself.
  • I desperately want to get to a forest and camp with a camp fire at some point. Any advice on locations an hour or two from The Valley?

That’s all I got for now. Megs is still finishing up a few classes in law school, and I’m still working for Disney. Oh, and we’ve both been playing a lot of the Starcraft 2 beta. The cat is well and our friends are awesome. I’ll try to write here more often.

Zerg Rush chess

Some of you will get this joke

Moved Servers

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

ChrisWeb is now hosted by the good folks over at Dreamhost. I made the move last week and things seem to going OK. I changed themes too, so if you see a green header instead of a blue one, that’s why. I was growing more and more displeased with my previous hosting solution, and I’ve heard nothing by good things about Dreamhost. Also, Kyle works there, so there’s that. =)

In other news, last weekend Megs and I went up to visit mom for Easter, so here’s the pictures:

Easter 2010

My Birthday and More

Friday, March 12th, 2010

As my previous post alluded, I recently turned 29. Here are some pictures:

Chris’ 29th Birthday

I miss ChrisWeb; my posting schedule here is down from more than semi-weekly to monthly at this point. I’m tempted to ditch WordPress and go back to completely home-grown, but I’m not going to for a variety of reasons. For one, WordPress is a really well-put-together piece of software and anything I’d do would be re-inventing the wheel, and in a crappier fashion. I’ve done a lot of blog-type web development in the last 10 years (can you believe this blog is almost 10 years old?!?), and that was fun and educational, but that time is behind me. I’ve changed and the web has changed. All I originally did was to fill voids in functionality that I wanted. WordPress didn’t exist. Facebook didn’t exist. Hell, the word “blog” didn’t exist when I started keep an “online journal”. I just kept adding features like logging, comments, pictures, etc. as I needed them. Now there’s a plethora of free tools out there at my disposal with teams of people working on them full-time, so that need isn’t that driving force here anymore. Also, I have 10x as many people seeing my posts on Facebook than I ever did here, and now I doubt there’s more than half a dozen people who check this place regularly. Heck, this post will be linked automatically on Facebook and Twitter once I publish it.

Why all the web navel-gazing? No idea. Guess I’m trying to figure out the future of ChrisWeb here. I was thinking last night that perhaps I should try to have some kind of focus for posts here, rather than as a general journal. Facebook more-or-less fills the latter niche, but where FB is good for short life updates and quick picture-posting, the more traditional blog lends itself better to longer and more thought-out writings.

So, what to write about? Well, what I want is a programming project. Something short-to-medium term to start with. I was thinking about writing a plug-in for Pidgin or WinAmp to start with. Always good practice to work against someone else’s code base or API. But what to create? Generally, I’m at my most driven when I’ve got some kind of need to fill, so let’s see what kind of features I want to add/enhance.

No, I haven’t actually thought it through yet; I’ve been more-or-less writing this whole post as I think of it. If anyone has any suggestions on something neat to code up, please post any suggestions you might have. I’ll start writing about what I end up working on, and we’ll take it from there. Cool? Awesome.

Twenty-Nine Soon

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

It seems my 29th birthday is fast approaching and I have no idea what to do about it. Last year I was sick as a dog, so this year’s anniversary of me being born is already looking up! My last year of “twenties”, man, time flies. Seems only recently that I turned 20.

Not really much else to say right now. Life goes on, still workin’ at Disney, etc. Megs is nearing the end of law school, so that’s exciting. Also, Matt’s “Donut” is down for a visit this weekend, which is cool. I think Kim may come up some time, too. Always good to see family.

I feel bad for neglecting the blog here. Maybe I can write about more stuff no one cares about more often. Oh, I know; really technical stuff! Today, I wrote a nifty shell script that toggles a proxy on and off. I originally wrote it in tcsh, but then I came to my senses and converted it to bash. It actually runs in Cygwin, which is a unix-like shell for Windows, but it makes use of a Windows program called “Reg.exe” to make changes to the registry rather than have to go through a lot of Control Panel windows, which was the whole point. Anyways, I was pleased with how it turned out, so now I can share my joy with you!

And now, your moment of zen:

Caps Lock Fury

Rose Bowl 2010

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

So, yesterday was the University of Oregon’s first Rose Bowl in 15 years, so Megs and I went with Mindi to go see the excitement. Can’t say I’m thrilled with the results (we lost), but overall it was a fun day. It was also my first time tailgating, which was pretty awesome. Much thanks to Mindi’s friends for letting us crash their party! Pictures of the day are posted below.

Rose Bowl 2010