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Friday, December 19, 2008

Heroes Volume 4 preview!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Decorating for Christmas

Christmas TreeThe Christmas decorating started a little late this year... but the Christmas tree is up and it's beautiful!


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Star Trek XI | Trailer 3 - different ending

This trailer has a different ending from the other trailer, showing old Spock. It's also widescreen and available in high quality.

Black Friday Deals


We got up early on Friday and got in line at Fry's at 3:30 AM for their 5:00 AM opening. As you can see from my iPhone snap, we weren't too far from the front of the line once it condensed down.

Once we got in, we went straight for the Sony BDP-S305 Blu-Ray player for $178 and the Canon SD1100 Camera for $139. We also picked up a $19 digital photo frame. We got our stuff and went to the checkout and were out of there within 15 minutes!

We also stopped at Sam's Club, which was completely dead. They didn't really have any good items.

We also stopped at Best Buy, which was crazy. We were there to pick up a video game for a relative, but we couldn't figure out which was the right one and it was absolutely packed, so we got out of there.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Polo's New Outfit

Polo (mini schnauzer)

Polo the mini schnauzer got a new shirt for the holidays. It's a blue and yellow rugby style shirt. It was on sale from -- they have a "For the Pup" section.

He is so handsome!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Star Trek Official trailer #2

OH MY GOD. This looks amazing....


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Day

I got up early and voted today. The wait was a little over two hours.
Not too bad.

The guy in front of me (not visible on this picture) talked on his
phone the entire time. He was so loud and then when he got tired of
holding the phone to his face, he put it on speaker! Hello, rude!

I took this picture around the time the guy came by counting the first
time. I was like 328th in line.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Polo, Miniature SchnauzerPolo, our Miniature Schnauzer, got groomed today. He is always extra cute when he is freshly groomed. Miss Claire gave him a cute Halloween bandanna. She is so sweet to him and always does a great job. When Polo went in, there were two other schnauzers waiting for Miss Claire too!



Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Heroes Season 3 Preview



Saturday, June 07, 2008

Battlestar Galactica

OK. So LOST's season 4 has been incredible.

In contrast, BSG's season 4 (which is also the last) has been very spotty to me.

It's like they have an awesome episode one week followed by a lame episode. This week's episode was superb. But last week's episode was one of the all time worst. I mean as bad or worse than the horrendous "Black Market" episode. Is it a coincidence that they both featured Lee acting out of character? What makes it worse is that they should have known better. Also, it's the last season and we want to find out about the final 5. They don't have time to waste on a vanity filler episode.

In the episode ("Sine Qua Non"), they dedicate nearly the entire thing to Lee trying to find a replacement for the President, presumed dead after disappearing on the base ship. You can see what they're doing from a mile away. It was like they thought "We need an episode featuring Romo Lampkin so let's bring the story to a screeching halt to do it." For the record, I hate the character of Romo Lampkin.

I'm very interested in listening to Ron Moore's podcast for this episode to see what he says about it.


16 Meg Broadband Rules!

I upgraded to 16 Mbps broadband service today from Charter. I had to swap my old cable modem (which I have had for 5 years) for a new model to support the faster speeds.

The speed increase is pretty nice... 3 times faster than my previous speed.

(Downloading HD movie rentals from iTunes on Apple TV still sucks even with the bigger pipe. For the love of God, Apple, add some extra servers or something!)


Thursday, June 05, 2008

My New Job

So this week I started a new job. I'm now a Sr. Developer at AGCO Corporation.

It was difficult leaving my previous position, but I feel that the time was right to make a change. While I'll miss my former co-workers, I am very excited about my new opportunity.


Saturday, May 24, 2008

Apple TV Fun

So I got an Apple TV for my birthday.

I got it for an awesome price. I found the last one in the clearance rack at a Sam's Club. They were selling it for $179. I took the card to a register and paid and went to the customer service desk to pick it up. They couldn't find it. They called someone over from electronics and they looked and couldn't find it. So he said they'd sell me the floor model and the customer service manager said she'd sell it to me for $125. (HELL YEAH!) So then he couldn't find the floor model. I must have been there for at least a half hour. They apologized over and over and then started to give me a refund when another CSR came back from break and said "We used to have a ton of these." She opened the cage and moved a box and there it was. The last one. They ended up giving it to me for the $125 price for my trouble.

After hooking it up to my TV via HDMI and connecting it to the Ethernet switch in my entertainment center, I got it up and running. I have it synced to my Mac Mini, which has some movies and TV shows on it. It also is syncing my photos from iPhoto (the photos are actually stored on my Windows Home Server box).

It came with Software 1.0 and had to download a software update to version 2.

Viewing photos and videos on it is an absolutely amazing experience. It is so much nicer than the TiVo Series2 I currently have conected to the TV for home media. (I watch and record TV with the Moxi DVR provided by Charter.) Even the TV shows purchased from iTunes look good. Not as good as real 720p files, of course, but still much better than they look over the TiVo.

You can watch YouTube videos on it as well. As you can imagine, they look like ass.

I've rented a couple of high-def movies on it from the iTunes store. Apple says that with a broadband connection you should be able to start watching movies within a couple of minutes. That is such a joke. Apple apparently needs to beef up their servers. It takes HOURS before you can start watching a movie. They really need to fix that. My movie renting is spontaneous and I want it to start now not in 7 hours. But once you are able to watch it, the picture quality is pretty amazing.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Happy Birthday to Me.

I am old.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Star Trek: XI Teaser Trailer

I can't wait for this...


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Let it Snow!

It snowed last night. There wasn't much left by the morning...

I took the picture on my iPhone. It takes surprisingly good pictures. When the lighting is good, of course.