Category Archives: Recreation

Getaway

We’ve lived in Monroe for over 13 years. In that time, we’ve not taken advantage of many of the opportunities available in this area to get out and see the amazing beauty of the Puget Sound region. Late last summer, we finally started correcting that with hikes and drives to various attractions. Stephanie and I […]

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A Deplorable Development in the Tuber Arms Race

OMG. No, seriously. _O_ M _G_. Potato guns/canons? Pretty wicked cool. But a potato gatling gun????? Frakking YES.

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This is what I do for fun???

For the last three weeks, I’ve been on vacation. Much of that vacation has consisted of quality Xbox 360 time, both by myself (Call of Duty: World at War for Christmas) and with Steph and Chris. (Alaric had a friend over today and we had a nice six-way Halo 3 match; the adults totally dominated […]

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No, just the Doctor

After looking at a lot of options, Alaric has decided that he wants to be the ninth Doctor for Halloween. This is good for us — it’s a simple costume, in theory, especially since I’ve already got a sonic screwdriver prop I can lend him. The Ninth Doctor has very simple clothing, especially compared to […]

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Bad Nick

Nick has done a very bad thing. He bought me Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the Xbox 360 as a late birthday present. After the stress of this last week, studying for (and passing) the Microsoft 70-237 and 70-238 exams (two-thirds of the Microsoft Certified IT Professional – Enterprise Messaging certification; I passed 70-236, […]

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LJ random quote meme

One of my friends on LiveJournal posted a meme. Now, I’m normally not the kind to participate in various memes, but I like this one: go here and pick out five random quotes that somehow resonate with you (keep going until you find the right five), then post them. Here are mine: If you want […]

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Am I hot or not?

Stupid website, but it gives me a chance to taunt my co-worker Kevin. This morning I got a puzzled e-mail from him, asking me why this picture of me in Sydney from February (yes, that’s Sydney, Australia; we were there for training for work) was the most-viewed picture in his online galleries (warning, probably not […]

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A reality show I’d watch

On a break this afternoon with co-workers Jon, Kevin, and Ryan, the idea for a new reality show was born. I hate “reality” TV — but I might watch this one. It all started with Jon suggesting that it would probably be very entertaining to follow Wesley Snipes around prison, as he’d be likely to […]

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Dear iPod

Dear iPod, Over the years that I’ve had you (as your second owner), we’ve had our rocky times. You’ve worked well with both my Windows and Mac workstations — that’s a plus. Your battery life is damn near useless (and I understand that’s not really your fault), but with the appropriate adapter therapy we’ve been […]

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Two minor things you may or may not know

For the record, Aly & AJ’s Potential Breakup Song is one hell of an earworm, but it sounds really good on my work desktop’s speaker/subwoofer. I’ve got it cranked up loud before anyone else gets here.I have finally found out what is more annoying than getting your ass kicked online by a nine year-old kid […]

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Gary Gygax, requiescat in pace

E. Gary Gygax died yesterday at the age of 69. They say that anything you do more than once is tradition. I guess that mine is to offer the words written by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore and Fran Walsh, as sung by Annie Lennox, at the end of The Return of the King: Lay down […]

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Expanding Alaric’s world…and getting mine expanded in return

Recently, we decided to do something about a problem we’ve been noticing with our kids. While they’re both avid readers, they both tend to re-read the same books — tens of times serially if we’d let them. Alaric was not happy when we temporarily banned him from yet another end-to-end re-read of the Harry Potter […]

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Okay, this is cool

If you like the Discworld novels, you’ll think this is cool. If you like cake, you’ll think this is cool. You might think this is cool anyway. The Discworld as a cake Thanks, Nick! 

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Halo there, stranger!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged much. There’s been a few reasons for that, but I just finished the lastest one last night. Yes, that’s right, our Christmas houseguest and I have been working back through Halo and Halo 2 in Cooperative mode in preparation for Halo 3. Last night, Chris and I finished […]

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Games in the key of X

Thanks to the miracle of Cragslist, I have an Xbox. Not an Xbox 360 — that’s the plan for the family Christmas gift — but a regular Xbox, which is still more than enough to play all sorts of cool games I haven’t played yet. For $65, I got the following: Xbox console, A/V and […]

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Oh, yeah

For those of you keeping track, I’m 35 now. Yup, had my birthday Wednesday. Going by a literal reading of the Bible, I’m half-way through my life span (“threescore and ten”). Going by modern numbers, I could in theory be only 1/3 of the way through my life. Going by actuarials….forget that. I could get […]

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GENIUS!

Earlier tonight while reading my LiveJournal friends’ posts, I saw this video: The Mean Kitty Song This video has been cracking me up for hours now. I’ve watched it, like, a gazillion times, and I still am laughing my ass off. I’m also madly wanting a cat, but that’s partly Ryan’s fault, since he just […]

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To J. K. Rowling

Wow. Thank you for sharing Harry’s story with us. It was amazing, and I am grateful.

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Recycling content: I don’t think I’d want to be a cave troll.

I was looking back through my LiveJournal and found this piece from 2004 Jun 30. For some reason it struck me, so first I’m going to repost the content here, then I’ll add my additional thoughts after. Put on the extended version of Fellowship of the Ring tonight to help grease my mental wheels while […]

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Painfully shiny

While Steph and I were getting our Battlestar Galactica[1] fix last night, I did something I haven’t done since mid-December 1992: have a shoe-shine party. I’ve got four pairs of nice black shoes that were in various states of repair, but before we figured out which ones were worth keeping and which ones need a […]

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Spoiler ettiquette reminder

This isn’t aimed at anyone in particular whose blog I read, or who I know reads this blog, but more of a general comment prompted by the reaction of a friend who just received a huge Battlestar Galactica season 3 (the current season) spoiler on Digg: If you’re talking about the current season of a […]

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Good-bye, Alias.

Steph and I finally watched the last of Alias – The Complete Fifth Season this week, thanks to Netflix. We really enjoyed the first two seasons, but season three felt like it started to go a bit downhill, and season four was a definite disappointment. After watching the season finale/cliffhanger for season four, I was […]

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Arvin Clone!!!

I’m down at the Seattle Convention Center today for day one of a four-day training conference I’m attending for work. One of the gentlemen in the registration line behind me looks just like Arvin Sloane (a character from the TV show Alias, for those who don’t get the name). I’m keeping a close eye out […]

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The Tenth Doctor

We recently finished up watching the 2006 season of Doctor Who. I walked into this season with a chip on my shoulder; Christopher Eccelston, the ninth Doctor, was in my mind the perfect Doctor and frankly I resented losing him after a single season. My first five minutes of “The Christmas Invasion” assured me that, whatever […]

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Drive-by memeing

First, I would like it to be known that I am only doing this under protest. I don’t usually participate in blog memes, because most of them are damned silly. However, I got tagged on this one by Paul in what looks like a fairly typical spree of spreading the love, so I’ll go ahead […]

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Transformers!!!

When I heard that Michael Bay was tapped to be the director of the forthcoming live-action/CGI Transformers movie, I was skeptical. However, earlier today my co-worker Ryan pointed me to Yahoo’s exclusive trailer. All I have to say is, I cannot wait for July 4th.

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Two new friends

My mother got me an Amazon gift certificate for my birthday back in September, and it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago I decided which books I wanted to purchase: Dzur by Steven Brust, and Hood: Book I of the King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead. My wife and have now both devoured these […]

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A Father and Daughter date

Hello, readers! Devin and Treanna here. We’re trying an experiment in which we attempt to co-write a blog post. So you can follow along at home, Devin will be posting in normal type, while Treanna posts in italics. I’ll start. Or do you want to go first, T? Yeah. …okay, go for it. I said, […]

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A brief note on Dark Angel season 2

I’ve heard from a bunch of people that Dark Angel season 2 wasn’t worth watching. Well, it had its flaws — it was no Battlestar Galactica by any means — but Steph and I both enjoyed it immensely. I think part of the reason people had problems with it is that it drastically shifted gears. […]

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Random weirdness

I don’t do random lists of weird stuff nearly often enough. So, I thought I’d show you one funny picture and a bunch of videos from YouTube. Enjoy. Steph says that the new Mac Pro looks like a shaver (see the picture next to the Get to know Mac Pro heading). Doesn’t that look like […]

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This time, it’s our *final* final mission…

I have no words. Just go to this site, pick your jaw off the ground, then hoist a cold one in memory of the once-interesting franchise. They’ve marketed and promoted all things Star Trek right into the ground — ridden it there on the flaming remains of Voyager and Enterprise. This, however, made me laugh. […]

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That would be why I love her

I’m still chuckling about the words that passed my wife’s lips fifteen minutes ago: “I try not to read books that encourage my homicidal tendencies.” You see, I’ve finally gotten around to getting A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) from the library and have just started in on it, […]

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One more thought on Firefly

You may have noticed that I posted a disclaimer in the comment thread on my previous Firefly review stating that I would delete comments that were personal attacks. Unfortunately, that wasn’t a theoretical warning. I’d been given good advice — which I full intended to heed — that my comment was sufficient and that I […]

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On the Care and Feeding of Browncoats (or, my reactions to the ouevre of Firefly)

Introduction For a long time, I’ve actively avoided watching (or thinking about, or even listening to people talk about) a short-lived SF show by the name of Firefly. I had my reasons; they were good ones and I liked them fine. I had enough people, though, ask me what I thought about the series (and […]

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Looking up

I had a pretty nice weekend than has gone a long way toward getting my attitude back close to being fit for human consumption. On Saturday, despite the now-standard insomnia and sleeping in late, we got out of town up into the mountains to a party at a friend’s house. They’ve got a lovely place […]

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You said it, buddy. You said it.

Shout out to Jon Zeigler, who said it better than I ever could. Exactly, my friend. Exactly. (If this makes no sense to you, don’t worry.)

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Why the heck not?

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker! This Online Poker Tournament is a No Limit Texas Holdem event exclusive to Bloggers. Registration code: 5134341 All the cool kids are doing it. Now, if I could just figure out why the HTML is breaking and causing weird formatting issues […]

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Words fail me

I’ve never been a big fan of the whole zombie genre. However, I’ve finally found a bit of zombie-themed entertainment that makes me giggle. A very talented musician by the name of Jonathan Coulton has taken the basic zombie concept, mixed it in with office meetings and lingo, and set the whole tasty thing to […]

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Upgrade woes and date night!

How wonderfully frustrating, in a minor way.Last night, I upgraded from Community Server 1.1 to 2.0, which offers tons of new features, better performance, a hugely improved administrative interface, a better skinning model — in short, lots of crunchy goodness. Had a few minutes of panic trying to figure out why picture galleries weren’t showing […]

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Mac Humor Break

Back last year, I got my first Mac. I’ve been using it for the better part of a year now and am pretty happy with it overall. I’m using Microsoft Entourage for my email/calendar software instead Apple’s mail and calendar software, since I need to interact with not one, not two, but three separate Exchange […]

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It’s funny because it’s true; it hurts because it’s true

Thanks to net.friend larabeaton (from back in my rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan days, back when I still read Robert Jordan) I ran across this tender musical moment from Australian comedy group Tripod. This one was funny because it was a bulls-eye; even though I don’t own a gaming console, I all too often find plenty of things to […]

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Study monkey, but with good beer

I have to acquire some Microsoft certifications in a short amount of time. Not a full MCSE, although that’s always been in the gameplan, but at least one passed exam (and thus Microsoft Certified Professional status) from a specific list of exams, Real Soon Now. And hey, if I’m going to go into MCSE Study […]

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Mileposts

Today was a day of mileposts. It was my first working day of 2006. Because Paul and I got our various projects wrapped up before vacation, I went into the 3Sharp offices and spent a good part of my day doing something I’ve never done before — pack up my office. No, we’re not moving […]

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Back

The title of this post is appropriate in at least three different ways: Sometime this afternoon, my servers got knocked offline thanks to a transient power glitch. Normally, this is fixed just by rebooting the servers in the correct order, but this time it was made much more difficult by the fact that I’m currently […]

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Ultimate Lego!

Oh. My. Stars. And. Bars. Thanks to net.friend Mark (who goes by hasturcubed on LJ), I have now been made aware of the eBay auction for this one of a kind 8-foot long Lego Star Wars Rebel Cruiser. drooooool… It’s for a good cause, though, and the bidding is quite brisk, so I hope it […]

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Oh, snicker

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a big fan of wikis in general and the Wikipedia in particular. I do, however, think that the Wookiepedia is quite funny, because you can’t really do any harm to either Star Wars fandom or by combining them.

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A Doctor Who HOWTO

Fellow blogger, GURPS author, and all-around good guy Jon Woodward has written the essential Filling In for Doctor Who HOWTO. Says Jon of his efforts: -Making Light has a link to an article with the above title. Which, unfortunately, does not appear to be about standing in for Doctor Who. -I see a need. I […]

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Feeding the monkey on my back

Every now and then, I look up from the keyboard and wonder why the heck I’m blogging. I’ve been blogging for work for 14 months, and I still don’t have any really good feel for how many readers I have. Some days, it feels like five or six. Well, this morning I’m feeling pretty good […]

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More sf TV

It’s not the new Battlestar Galactica (what is, really?), but the first season of Dark Angel is proving to be an entertaining watch.

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The perfect time travel movie

I need to start up a list of my top 10 (or 15, or 25) movies of all time. If I did, Frequency (New Line Platinum Series) would definitely earn a place on the list. I consider it to be the perfect time travel movie. What makes it so compelling for me is the core […]

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