Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

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

Christmas 2009

Monday, December 28th, 2009

This year, Megs and I decided not to travel far for Christmas, so instead we stayed in the greater LA area and visited mom up in the mountains and then the various relatives down in Long Beach. A great time was had by all, as well as great food. Enjoy the pictures!

Christmas 2009

Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Last weekend Megs and I hosted Thanksgiving at our place. Mom came down from her mountain home and cooked dinner for us, Matt, Kim, Grandma & Grandpa, and Matt’s girlfriend Laurel. A good time was had by all, and much food was consumed. Behold! The photographic evidence (click to see album):

Turkey

Turkey

Let’s Do This

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Well, it seems that blargs are going once again, (see: Kimi, Kelly, Annie), so to fend off future mocking, I post!

As usual, life goes on. The past few weeks have been fairly normal, the one exception being Megs’ 30th birthday at the end of October. We gathered up the usual suspects to play laser tag and eat cake, and both events were a success. No pictures this time because: a) it’s dark in the laser tag arena & there’s no time for cameras in battle, and b) I already have a lot of pictures of us hanging around our living room eating cake and drinking tasty beverages. Suffice it to say, that fun was had and we’re glad everyone could make it.

Later this week, Megs’ folks are gonna visit for a few days and will be staying at our place Thursday and Friday nights. Megs and I haven’t seen them since last Christmas, so we’re glad they could get down south for this. Not sure what we’re gonna do, but I’m sure we’ll come up with something.

Also, in a couple weeks it’s Thanksgiving already, and for the first time we’re hosting it at our place! Mom’s gonna bring & cook food, and we’ll also have the siblings, Grandparents G, and a few welcome friends. Aside from the expected turkey feast, mom, the sibs, and I are going to be going through old family video footage to try to edit together some kinda family DVD. A while back I digitized the old Video8 camcorder tapes, so now it’s finally time to go through all the raw footage and put together something nice out of it. I’ll see what I can do about posting some clips up here when we’re done.

Lessee…. what else… Megs and I have still be playing World of Warcraft, which is fun. Always more enjoyable together than solo. On the TV has been 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Community, The Big Bang Theory, Mythbusters, Castle, Glee, and of course The Venture Bros! I recommend all of these shows, however Venture Bros is a little… odd. But in a good way! Wacky show.

I’m still working for Disney and Megs is still in law school, but she’s nearing the end of this particular journey soon, and I think we’ll all be glad for that! Law school is *hard*! Who knew?

Lastly, I leave you with a terrifying picture (this is not me in the picture):

My worst I.T. nightmare

My worst I.T. nightmare

Another Quick Post

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Last weekend was Grandpa Brunner’s 90th birthday, so a bunch of us gathered in Long Beach to celebrate. I took pictures of the events, and here they are:

Click for more pictures

Click for more pictures