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Date:2009-09-25 00:13
Subject:Humor for Friday...
Mood: amused

Let's protest Obama's burger bias
From the Monterey Herald, 9/5/2009

I'm shocked, shocked, to learn that the Democrat Party's president, B. "Hussein" Obama, ate a hamburger while working at his desk, writing the speech he will use to brainwash American children.

I learned of his dastardly behavior, much in line with all his activities since overturning the real American presidency last fall, from a blog on the Intertubes or, perhaps, from a neighbor's cat.

This foreign-born so-called "president" couldn't have shown more disrespect for American food, like pizza or tacos. We all know that hamburgers are named for the city, which I believe is in Germany or Australia, that spawned Hitler and the Nazi party and caused so much suffering in America and some other countries in the first World War. I can just imagine the glee with which B.O. sank his teeth into that communist sandwich.

I call for an immediate protest and blockade of all McDonald's restaurants (but not of Wendy's because their American patties have the decency at least to be square and also they give you those little cups for ketchup). This heinous gustatory act must not go unpunished!

--T.W. Theodore, Monterey

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Date:2009-09-21 11:34

A note of congratulations to my friends David and Maggie for their wedding!

It's been 16 years for myself and Mrs. Guru, and I can tell you that it only gets better.

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Date:2007-04-18 16:18
Subject:Ceilidh's Car

I saw the car again.

I only had my Treo, but I got a picture. It's grainy as hell.

I'm pretty sure the owner would be a techie person, his license plate frame (not visible in the photo) reads "My other car is a Firefly".

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Date:2007-04-11 19:55

Keerist. Everyone around is getting snowed upon. It dripped a bit today while I worked on the car...

Road trip tomorrow. Taking the second rodent and the wife for a much-needed long weekend at Pismo Beach.

Hopefully we get some reasonable weather. Weather map showed the only warm places in the whole country were Ellay and Virginia. Virginia? Eh?

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Date:2007-04-09 02:03
Mood: surprised

Oh, my god, I couldn't believe I saw this today. I wish I had brought my camera.

I was picking up the young rodent from piano class, and I was driving up San Tomas Expressway to run an errand before heading home.

I had a White Toyota Avalon pull out in front of me. With a California license plate that said "CEILIDH".

I kinda went "Za?" before I had really figured out what I had seen.

This one's for you, staedtler

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Date:2006-10-25 16:04

Holy cow.

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

With that I have nothing to say.

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Date:2006-09-23 01:55
Subject:Speaking of sucking...
Mood: frustrated

Well, I tried using Public Transit to Emeryville today. There was a meeting up there, and decided I'd check out the new digs while I was up there.

Drove to Fremont, about a half hour, hopped on BART. Jeez, this thing used to be much nicer last time I rode it. No, wait, I was twelve at the time. I guess these things show their age after awhile.

It pulled out to all the cool Star Trek sounds it used to make, and the rails started SCREEECHing. All the stinking way to North Oakland. (MacArthur Station, for those of you taking notes) I sure don't remember my teeth vibrating.

Anyhow, checked out the new office, it is going to royally SUCK. All the cubicle walls come up to my chest, so it's going to be noisy and distracting. I'm going to have to put a cardboard box over my monitor or something so I can get some work done. Cone of Silence, anyone?

Meeting went well, hopped on the bus to go home. Damn, Pixar is one impressive looking place. (shuttle bus goes right by their front gate.) Back on BART, zippy zappy, off we go, no screeching this time, and the A/C is even working this time.

Back to Fremont, about an hour to get back to San Jose to pick up the kids. Zip onto the freeway and WHAM. Bumper-to-Bumper traffic. What the hell? None of the radio stations even MENTION this. Oh, maybe it's just Fremont still rebuilding every stinking overpass that goes over the freeway-- they were doing that 10 years ago the LAST time I had to drive up this way. It should pick up in the next 5 miles or so. 5 miles later, it picks up to freeway speed, and WHAM, bumper-to-bumper AGAIN. This time, all the bloody way into San Jose. I was only a half hour late picking up the kids.

What a sucky day. I need some iced tea. Feh.

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Date:2006-09-05 22:17

Pitched a few new ideas for projects to someone at work. He liked 'em. I'm soooo happy right now...

If I could just get *one* of these ideas out it would be so excellent...

OTOH, first day of school for the gremlins. They came back bouncin' off the walls with joy, so I guess it's gonna go OK at least for the next few weeks...

My son just started middle school. We got him a new backpack that is so freakin' huge it probably just barely qualifies as carry-on luggage-- and it barely holds all his stuff.

I can remember when I actually took a book home occasionally. He has 6 classes of homework every day. Times have changed.

Back on the work front (can you tell the ADD is in full swing this evening?) they have finally decided to merge my office with the main office in Emeryville. My 15 minute commute will go to 90+ minutes in the middle of October. Feh.

I told my boss that driving every day wouldn't be in the cards-- I'll go somewhere else before I do that-- just because I'll end up wrapped around a guardrail somewhere if I have to duke it out with trucks every day on 880. He was open to the idea of flexing my hours so I can take transit up there and back, and leave early enough to pick up the rodents from school.

Probably be the 6am to 3pm shift. Ah well, I've done that before... I just wish transit worked better than it does-- I'm commuting from the main transit point in San Jose, the biggest city in the Bay Area, to the main transit point in Oakland (Emeryville station is where you end up if you take the train to San Francisco) and I *can't* get a train when I want it. 5 million people in this area and I can't get between the two biggest places in it in a timely manner without driving. That, my friends, SUCKS.

At least I can get lunch at the Emeryville Public Market once in a while...

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Date:2006-06-09 01:58
Mood: optimistic

Helping out with a field trip Friday. Taking the fifth-grader and some of his class to the Rosecrucian Museum in San Jose.

I've never been. Sounds cool.

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Date:2006-04-28 19:26
Mood: giddy

Well, I promised Animal, so here goes.

About 3 1/2 weeks ago, I got a contract position at a rather cool place. I really liked it, liked the people I worked with, and the job.

Then, after my first week working on the contract, another job offer at a different company came through. (When it rains, it pours.) Not quite as nice of a job, but it was a permanent job. With two kids, I kinda can't overlook that.

I told my boss at my contract job about it, that I was gonna have to leave after one week to go to this other job.

They hired me on the spot, into a permanent position.

Soooo, what am I doing?? Glad you asked....

TOYS! I got a job designing TOYS!

Damn damn damn damn damn. I am *so* loving what I'm working on. Only job I've ever had where I can be interrupted on the phone by my co-worker's test system singing in Spanish in Dora the Explorer's voice. It's a pretty surreal work environment.

I know i'm in the "honeymoon period". After being out of work for a year and a half, I'm expecting a one hell of a grab-the-headboard kind of honeymoon. (thank you Wapsi Square) Still, it's cool people, a good environment, the boss seems to be a great guy, and they want me to work on really neat stuff.

Anyhow, I've landed a job working as an engineer for LeapFrog, an educational toy manufacturer in Emeryville. (My division is in Los Gatos-- I have to go to Emeryville occasionally, like on Monday, but at least Los Gatos is a bit closer to home.)

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Date:2005-05-25 09:51
Subject:Resumes here! Getcher Resumes here!

Job Fair today! Wish me luck.

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Date:2005-05-20 23:51
Subject:cellularly impaired no more!
Mood: jubilant

Haah. My cellphone, which I unfortunately lost last week, has finally been replaced by the insurance.

I had a Kyocera Smartphone which I've been using for about 4 1/2 years now, which is a EON in cellphone terms. Since the thing is so old, the insurance company insisted on replacing it with a refurb phone.

I toldthem I've had bad luck with refurbs; they didn't have a choice. So, off it went, and when I activated it, it didn't work. No microphone at all, the Verizon techdude couldn't hear me at all.

I called the insurance, they belted off another phone. I never even tried to activate it, it was so bad it wouldn't even boot the PDA aide of he phone.

I called Verizon, who called the insurance *for* me. Verizon insisted I be given a non-refurb phone, and the only non-refurb phone they had that was comparable was the Treo 600. I certainly wasn't complaining about getting one of those.

It just arrived in the mail. It is *so* kewl compared to my old Kyocera. I'm just jazzed as hell about this. Makes it less of a pain to have to buy all new accessories...

So, if you've been trying to get a hold of me, I'll wade through the voicemails as soon as I can...

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Date:2005-04-26 17:44

So, um, hey.

It's been so damn long that I've updated I'm just going to dispense with the apologies. Life's sucked the last few months, I didn't think I needed to raise the collective angst of the world with it, and I'm getting over it anyway. There. Things just get better, yannow?

I have a question for my arty friends (and I've got a lot of talent to pull from there, especially in livejournal-land.)

My wife is getting *very* into her Photoshop CS class; she's learning how to retouch photographs and is doing flippin' *amazing* things with it. (I got the Video processing tools as well, but I haven't even had a chance to *install* them. Feh.)

Problem is, she's getting to the point where she could use a tablet. I'm trying to find out which ones are good, and which ones to stay away from.

Perusing the local Fry's Electronics (I know better than to ask questions there) came up with a variety of sizes, from 4x6 to 6x8 to 9x12. Acreage costs dearly, especially when looking at Wacom tablets. How important is acreage, and will it be as important for photo work as opposed to drawing?

Also, they have some low-end ones from Aiptek, which seem to be either $70 for any size below 9x12, with the 9x12 one going for $130. They *looked* pretty cheesy, but they are a fourth the price of the Wacom tablets, so I can't completely discount them. I've found quite a few products like this that turned out to be quite ok.

So, long winded for a first post, anybody have any ideas?

Thanks for your help, guys, I appreciate it.

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Date:2005-01-03 11:12
Subject:X-treem goodness...
Mood: hyper

Against my better judgement, I filled my x-treem mug with coffee today. Damn. I worked it out, it takes 12 sugars and pseudo-cream-thingies to equal the normal sucrose/moo content I usually have. That's pretty scary. It also surprised the *hell* out of the 7-11 guy when I dumped most of the pot into the mug.

The good: I can type really really fast now.

The bad: Bladder approaching critical, RSN...

Oh, hey, back now. Travelogue coming soon. Still on Oz time, unfortunately...

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Date:2004-12-06 05:03
Subject:The flippin' WEIRDEST my life has ever been. Seriously.
Mood: weird

So, it's been a long time. Damn.

I found out why they didn't send me to Georgia the second time for my job-- they laid me off the week afterwards. I guess they didn't want me to come back and have to say to me "thanks for putting your family through hell by being out of town for two weeks, now you can go pack your office."

Hey, business has been slow, and I was kinda expecting it; you can't expect to work forever anywhere, these days, and it was very obvious (at least to me) that the company was *not* going to be getting a bunch of work from the new owner of the Land Warrior contract. I'm not actually too stressed out by it. My wife is about as unfireable at her job as you can get, I can find another job after the holidays, and I can *definitely* use the time off to clean up around the house.


I can't seem to get motivated to *do* anything. This part of it sucks. I've been home for a month or so now and I can't get myself to get anything *done*. I can't exactly justify lolling around the house and not bringing down a salary without providing *some* form of benefit to the family. I gotta do some attitude adjustment.

...which brings me to the ultimate attitude adjustment; in 12 hours, I hop onto a plane with the family, and off we go on our holiday vacation.

To Australia.

It just seems like my life has gone from just odd to completely surreal. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is one of the most expensive places, apparently, in the U.S. to live in. I'm out of a job, my wife just bought a new camera, and we're flying to the other side of the freakin' planet.

Funny how life works. I sure as hell didn't *plan* this this way. I figure I'll just enjoy the rollercoaster for what it is, and try to come back to the U.S. with a new attitude. I'll try to be hopeful.

So, there may or may not be updates here. I will probably find it easier to update this thing once I'm on the other side of the planet, who knows?

Hope everyone has a good holiday season. Wish me luck.

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Date:2004-11-30 11:21

Hey, it's not an actual entry (I'm workin' on that, things have been, shall we say, bad lately.)

If there is at least one person in your life who you consider a close friend, and who you would not have met without being part of an online fandom, post this sentence in your journal.

You have all enriched my life. I thank you all for your friendship.

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Date:2004-10-15 14:00
Subject:Awww man...
Mood: sad

My Mom and Dad always ate pretty healthy after my Dad was diagnosed with high blood pressure. Even with all that, he's had all kinds of heart problems.

Last time we saw my parents, my wife and I noticed that Mom and Dad were eating lots of red meat, stuff like that. Didn't think anything of it.

Now my Mom is lying in a "care facility" with a stroke. Not a good way to finish out the week.

Now, I'm not saying that their change in dietary habits brought this on-- they didn't. But I *am* saying that you want to stay healthy as long as possible. The minute you start that slippery slope, you head downhill *fast*.

Take care of yourself. You'll live longer, and happier.

Myself, I gotta start working out. Whooo.

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Date:2004-10-13 02:53
Subject:...I'm back!

...well, actually, I *have* been. *ahem*.

Well, Fort Benning went incredibly well. By the time Hurricane Jeanne got there, it was down to 35 mph winds and 3" of rain in 5 hours. *Glorious* weather.

...after that it was 90 degrees and 180% humidity. Feh. I almost preferred the hurricane.

I gotta say, I've got a lot of respect for our armed forces at this point. Watching a skinny rail of a guy slam around a 200lb weightlifter, and then seeing him later that day doing one-armed pullups off of a pipe, I was pretty impressed. This guy was part of the Ranger battalion located at Fort Benning.

Even more impressive was when you haul around the equipment we're testing. It weighs upwards of 20 lbs, and hangs off a vest that seems to do nothing but generate sweat.

Two hours wearing this stuff, and these guys are literally soaked with sweat-- because they not only wear this stuff, they're *using* it, running around, going on hikes, running up and down stairs, rolling on the ground, crawling, you name it. And they do this for 8-10 hours a day. And the guys doing our testing for us are *ex* military, retirees mostly. Damn.

We seriously wanted to buy them large quantities of beer after the session was over. Unfortunately, a little thing called Army Regulations got in the way, and since we're guests, and they have the guns, we decided to do it their way. Too bad. Those guys RAWK.

Speaking of guns, one of the projects we have rolling around at work is something that will eventually get shot out of a 155mm howitzer. They were firing one of those things when we were on the base-- everyone thought it was thunder. *Damn* impressive.

Hum, now I get to go back to sitting at a desk. Feh. Maybe my company will send me out again for the next series of tests. :-p

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Date:2004-09-26 22:04
Subject:I dream of Jeanne...
Mood: pensive

I haven't updated in a while, and there's been a lot going on...

Suffice to say it's the "lots going on" that's kept me from updating. Heh.

Right now, I'm in Columbus, GA... right in the path of Hurricane Jeanne. it looks like it might miss us, and I'm not expecting much but rain, but ya gotta love a company that sends an employee on a business trip right into the path of a hurricane. Heck, maybe they did it because the one-way plane fare was cheaper than severance pay.

Anyhow, I'm gonna be working over at Fort Benning this week, and hopefully I'll have some time to catch up.

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Date:2004-08-18 17:00

Here I was, looking at my LJ and thinking that I should update it, but with my current buriedness with work, the kids, and life in general, wondering how.

As usual, the master, Animal, shows us the way.

*ahem* "Update".

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