Monday, December 25, 2006

Good Shepherd

No, not Jeebus, Matt Damon.
My mom and I just watched The Good Shepherd which was a very good movie. While Bobby had heard it was slow (it was) the slowness was necessary. 2.5 hours long, it was very involved and decently complicated. I'm sure I'd benefit from seeing it again, catching all those nuances I missed.

Last night I saw Invincible and that was entertaining too. Mainly I hoped for Vince and Janet were going to do it (the evening before "the birth" of Jeebus always brings out the worst in me...) And of course, being a freakin' Disney movie, I was let down.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

My First Night on Raymond

Twas the night before Xmas (Eve) and something something something.
We got the beds and essentials moved over, now just the big stuff. It's nice to be in the house now. We still don't have heat in our apartment, and we won't be having any soon either.

We're watching LGrill's cats while she's in Mexico. While they're cute, they're also rambunctious. Marli is better behaved than Oscar, but they both still knock shit over and get into stuff they shouldn't. Still, cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Unscrewing cabinets from walls can be hard

So it's best to just bash them with a hammer.

And, Afrika Bambaataa & John Lydon - World Destruction:


And, my new favorite song:

Sunday, December 17, 2006

I'm playing soccer again

Bobby and I went to a 8am indoor pickup game this morning and had a shitload of fun. It would have been nice to warm up some, as my lungs were killing me 15 minutes into the game. Once I almost threw up and caught my breath back I was ok. I even scored 2 goals. My ball handling skills come from somewhere. Not sure where, but I felt like I could actually play.

In January we start our indoor league which I'm really looking forward to. Just need to get a comfortable pair of shoes and I'm golden.

Update:
(12/18/06) Holy shit I'm sore. Even the arches of my feet hurt. Soon I'll be the mayor of New Shoe City.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Business is Good!

I haven't taken many business trips, and those that I have taken have been pretty plain. Well, tonight I'm up in Seattle, in my room with a king size bed and a bitchin' jacuzzi. This is pretty much how I want my room someday.

Oh, and tropical rolls are my new favorite sushi. Imagine mango and salmon on top, avocado and strawberry inside, in a blueberry sauce. Goddamn it was so good. I just need to find a place down here that has that, or maybe make my own?

Sunday, December 10, 2006

I love selling books

As you know, I bought a house. So I decided to go through my books and sell some off. Powells ended up paying me $170 for the books they could re-sell, and the rest I just tossed or gave away. Freakin' awesome.

Is there a business model for picking up books and selling that shit? Maybe... at least for some extra scratch every once in a while.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Trail of Dead

Gotta love free tickets!
A few weeks ago I was listening to The Bottom Forty on 94.7 FM at work, streaming that over the interweb. The host said he'd hook someone up with 2 free tickets to the Trail of Dead show if the correct city of origin was emailed in. Knowing they're from Austin, Texas I sent that email within seconds of hearing the question. I didn't hear anything back for a few days, when I did get hooked up on the guest list.

So, Celebration and the Blood Brothers opened up. I had seen the Bros before, and their obnoxious screamo sounded familiar. It's not that I didn't like it. I did. C'mon, Set Fire to the Face of Fire is a TIGHT song.

I had never heard of Celebration, and I really liked them. They had some of that New York punk mixed in with the psychedelic sounds you'd hear from the Mars Volta. I liked them a lot, and hopefully I can get their cd soon.

AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD
What a killer name. The first 3 songs I recognized from Source Tags & Code
and a few I recognized from So Divided. After that, I didn't really recognize the songs, which was really too bad. They have so many I'd love to hear live. Maybe next time!

Friday, December 01, 2006

The key is MINE!

That's right, this morning the real estate agent picked up the check for the house and left me with the key to my new house! It's here. I have a little work to do, but I'll be moved in by the first of the year. Exciting to say the least!

Monday, November 27, 2006

I'm following next time

I was coming home from the PRG tonight and almost got into a really bad accident. I had a green light, but I saw a red pickup truck going about 40 blast through the intersection I was about to enter, blowing through the red light. If I hadn't slammed on my breaks I'd most likely be in the hospital right now.

I should have followed that crazy fucker, but I didn't think of it fast enough. I did call the cops, which hopefully they tracked him down. Hell, he was heading for downtown over the Morrison bridge.

And it's just going to get worse. I say this because Portland drivers suck, and it'll be in the mid-30s this week.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

I still have my van

I say that because...
  1. I drove to Powell's Technical
  2. I read magazines for 45 minutes or so
  3. I didn't feel my keys in my pocket when I got close to my van
  4. I saw the lights were on
  5. I heard the motor running
  6. I opened the door, and realized I had left my van running, unlocked.
I'm um... lucky. I'm lucky because I parked my van at the Park Blocks, which has a drug recovery center on it, and my van was still there.

Yeah.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Day after Thanksgiving

and I don't feel fat. A little lazy, maybe, but not fat. I met up with some friends at the Circuit for a little afternoon bouldering session. Got warmed up pretty quickly and sent. Did a v7 pretty easily, but I wouldn't really call it that. It's damn hard to measure my performance when I don't feel like the numbers I've been climbing recently are accurate. WTF ever, just numbers.

I watched a Harry Potter movie today, the Goblet of Fire one or something. Really wasn't that good at all. At times the story line jumped so far from where it was that I was left asking what the fuck just happened. Done with those flicks.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Puma has it all wrong

Or do they? On my way to Powells tonight I passed the Puma store in Portland. I noticed they were using Wild Country carabiners and slings to hang items from the ceiling. I believe they were Wild Wires. Anyway, I thought that using those biners was a pretty cool, stylistic, expensive way to hang the items. I estimated about 100 biners, and at $6.50 a pop (retail for the red ones) that's a pretty penny. I might stop in and offer $2/biner when they take them down. Maybe I can turn around and sell them for a little profit huh? Jeez, I sound like my dad!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Ticked another

Today's climbing session was interesting. I wasn't feeling that strong at all. I was having a hard time getting warmed up, so I took a long break, ate a fruit/nut bar, and rested. I did a warm up problem, then failed to send a v5. I was feeling pretty frustrated, so I moved to another wall, where I sent a v7 in a few tries. Just yesterday Garry and I were talking about how easy a hard problem feels when you send. I felt like saying it was v6, but decided to keep my mouth shut. 2nd v7 has been done. Feels good to push the numbers a little.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

We have a new CHAMPION!

Tonight was UFC 65 "Bad Intentions or something like that.

The under-card fights were pretty good. I'm sure they'll be up on YouTube soon enough. The best knockout (of the under-card fights, mind you) was James Irvin vs Hector Ramirez. Hector was killing the boxing game, but Irvin managed a badass knockout.

Sylvia vs Monson wasn't too exciting, except for the 3rd round. Sylvia didn't do a whole lot, and in the 3rd, Monson got on top, but submission attempts didn't work, and his reach wasn't long enough to make strikes count. Sylvia, in another decision, won.

St. Pierre vs Hughes was awesome. GSP was using his superior standup to control the fight. Seconds left in the first round, GSP was knocking the shit out of Hughes. If there were 5 seconds more to the round, it would have been the end of the bout.

As the second round started, I could tell GSP would pull it out. After a nice high kick to Hughes' head, GSP pounced and the fight was stopped. I freaked. I was so psyched Hughes lost. He's a good fighter but too cocky for my likes. GSP deserved it.

Ok, for the 2 best quotes of the night, from some dude named Adam that we didn't even know:
  • "I don't own a gun, know how to use a gun, or even like guns. But I will bow-and-arrow a motherfucker for a PS3!"
  • "Know what I like about Hooters? The excitement. These girls are one rent check away from becoming strippers."

I done swum

Nathan, my friend Garry and I did Fish to Bob's on the Clackamas today. The river level was higher than normal flows, but nothing unmanageable. I was in an Eskimo creek boat, which was kinda strange. The outfitting kinda sucked, but it was easy to roll. Like other creek boats, it wasn't too easy to keep going straight, but I managed.

We stopped above Carter Bridge, the first of 3 significant rapids on the run. My heart rate was too high and it was hard to catch my breath, but once I settled down, we went for it.

Carter Bridge is where I swam last time I did this run. There are some significant drops and a large pillow at the end. This time, we went left, avoiding the drops (which were HUGE today) and shot across the face of the last pillow. I was very surprised I didn't flip. It felt good to go through with no issues.

Rock 'n Roll wasn't too much of an issue. I picked a line just left of Nathan's and avoided a last pillow that may have flipped me. Feeling good, my confidence level was high for Toilet Bowl.

Toilet Bowl is deceptive. You can't see the drops until you're in them, and it kinds sucks if you flip. Well, I flipped on the last one! I tried to get into setup position for my roll but had a hard time, since the water was pretty powerful there. I stayed under for as long as I could, then, instead of attempting a role, I exited. Not only was I cold, but I was a little frustrated. And, I was cold.

After that the run is pretty much done. I got out and took some pictures with my mom's camera, almost falling into the river 2 or 3 times. Carley took some pics too, so I'll try to post those up on Google/Picasa soon. Here are the pics from my mom's camera.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Buying a house can be hard

It's not so much that it's difficult to make decisions, it's hard to coordinate. I agreed to a 7 day inspection period, which will be over in a few days. I wouldn't mind so much if contractors (whom I need to bid on repairs) would call me back. Luckily my mom is helping out. Not sure if I could do it without her.

I'm also using Basecamp to manage this project. It has an easy to use interface and does enough of what I need to be worth the measly $13/month or whatever. I've been mostly using the To-Do list, and some of the file management. I could probably stand to organize it a little more.

But, tonight, I'm going to bed at a decent hour. I've been having a hard time getting up in the morning and I haven't been feeling as productive at work lately.

Monday, November 13, 2006

I just bought a house

Well, almost. My counter to their counter to my original offer was accepted, or was to be accepted. Looks like my dad was right: play hardball and you can get it at a good price. I'm glad I listened.

Yes, it's 3:20am. I worked late. Took my first trip to the Hot Cake House on Powell. Hit the spot!

Monday, November 06, 2006

I don't like kids

Tonight was the Thursday concert. Billy Talent played first, followed by Circa Survive. I wasn't sure if Circa would put on a good show, but I was thoroughly impressed. I went down into the pit for Thursday, figuring I could move a little. The fucking kids in the pit were too busy pushing instead of dancing, which got really annoying. Coupled with Geoff's mic not being loud enough and the crappy acoustics of the Roseland made for a show that could have been a little better.

I didn't stay for Rise Against. It was kinda nice being home by 10. Am I getting old?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sunday Rainy Sunday

Nathan and I went to another pool session today. We demo'd the Bliss-Stick SCUD, the Wavesport Diesel 65 and the Fluid Solo Small. The SCUD is a cross between a play boat and a creek boat, and it kinda strange. I think I'd have to paddle it in moving water to get a good feel. While the Diesel was nice and comfy, and easy to roll, the Fluid was amazing. Super easy to roll, on and off-side, and I was hand-rolling it very easily. Nathan and I would both like to get one, but they're pricey and probably hard to find used.

After the pool session we went to see Borat. Not much to say except it was fucking hilarious and well worth seeing. It was almost hard to watch at times, but I persevered.

And all night I've been thinking of a house I want to buy. I think the price is right, and the house is very nice. I'm already pre-approved for enough, I just need to see if I have enough for 20% down and if my monthly payment is doable.

Tomorrow night I'll be enjoying the pit for Thursday. Can't wait!

HEAVYWEIGHT DUB CHAMPION!!!

Sooooooooo tight...
Yosh, Polina, Brian, James, Andy and I went to Lola's Room to see HDC tonight. The opening act, Resident Anti-Hero, was a 2 man act of an MC and a DJ/MC. They had some good sounds but their songs didn't vary as much as I would have liked. Still, good shit.

Then, HDC came on for 2 hours. 2 hours of movin', dancin', jammin'. So much fun. Most of what they played was new, as it's been 5 years since they put out their first album (go buy it). But they did play a few songs I knew. Natty white dreadlocks YAAAAAAH MON!

Friday, November 03, 2006

probably the last time...

I go to a Deftones concert. It was an amazing performance by the masters of the their craft. Let's start from the beginning.

Deadsy, the opening band... how you say... sucked. I shouldn't say that. Their sound was kinda like Orgy which I actually like a lot. It's just that they were SO LOUD. I've never worn earplugs at a show but went immediately to purchase some tonight. It's like they had 3 bassists and they are all cranked up the the max.

Then the Deftones came on stage. I haven't been in a pit in a long time, but felt like it was necessary to pay my respects to a band that's given me so much. Sounds fruity but it's true. They played pretty much every song I wanted to hear besides one: Battle-axe from the self-titled album. Regardless, it was a great show.

However, I did get elbowed in the back in the same spot like 2 or 3 times, and now that shit is cramping. Time to hit the shower and get other people's sweat off of me.

Edited (the next day)
I forgot to comment on a few amusing things I saw at the show. First, I think my first human moth. There was a guy, a big guy, that had that look on his face like he was drawn to Chino like a moth drawn to light. He kinda had his mouth half-open all the time too, so he looked rather funny.

Then, there was the Pit Love. This little girl (maybe 16) was in the pit with her boyfriend, clutching her arms around his neck for the WHOLE SHOW. She looked mighty uncomfortable as she was slammed against others. Hell, she rarely ever faced the stage to see the band. Her boyfriend didn't seem to pay much attention to the music either, like his sole purpose was to hold on to her or she'd be sucked into the black hole of pit-death. I'd figure your sole purpose at a concert is to see the band, but maybe things have changed.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

overweight people confuse me

So I'm waiting for my lunch at Nike today when I hear an overweight women ask for a Garden Burger. I immediately think to myself "Cool, she's trying to do something about her weight. Good for her." The food service worker (or wtf-ever you call those people) told the woman that they didn't carry Garden Burgers, but had a black bean and something else burger. I figured the woman would go for it.

Instead, she ordered a bacon cheeseburger. With fries. Seriously. I mean, have a little self-respect. I guess that's the problem in the first place.

While I was eating, a group of people sat down at a table next to me. I noticed the woman in black. What I noticed was that she was pretty. She had a very pleasant face. Yet she was probably 80lbs overweight. She seemed to have a good personality, which made it all the more tragic.

Portion control, snacks control, soda control... There's a new commercial out for a fat burning drug called Lipozene. Contrary to what the skinny bitch says, it is your fault. Take ownership for your body and do something about it.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

the day she left

It's been 9 years since we met. Turns out it's been 5 years since I last saw Laeti, not 4 like I originally thought. Have my feelings changed? Nope. I know she's with Eric; he's a great guy. I only wish I had a friend like him in the States. He's one of those guys I could go climbing with, kayaking with, skydiving with... play soccer with, etc., but it still kinda hurts that it's not me she's with.

Talking to Bobby tonight, I happened to say that maybe I should have moved to France. He pointed out that "should haves" aren't worth thinking about, and I think he's right. It's still hard to turn my thoughts when they drift that way.

If there really is only one person out there for me, one soulmate, at least I know who she is. If there's more than one, then at least I know what to look for.

It was a good week, but very trying toward the end. I thought I was handling it pretty well, until yesterday. I could feel something bubbling up, so I isolated myself for a while. The last thing I wanted to do was be upset around her, since she didn't deserve it. She saw through it though. Of course she did... she knows me all too well.

I didn't even know how badly I needed to see her until she was gone. Figures...

Saturday, October 28, 2006

I jumped out of a plane today

and it was a hell of a good time! I had told my friend Eric that I would go skydiving with him while he was here. Today happened to have the nicest weather, so we decided to head out to Skydive Oregon in Molalla (nice little town, don't ever want to go back)

It took about 10 minutes to initial every single fucking paragraph on the waiver, but once I got through it I was ready to go. Little did I know I'd sit around, waiting for almost 2 hours. What I noticed while I waited was my level of nervousness/excitement. The noticeable thing was that I was excited, yet not nervous at all. In fact, I didn't get that adrenaline rush until I started walking toward the plane.

The ride up was fine. Normal, cramped plane with a bunch of adrenaline junkies ready to get their fix. Eric was going to dive with some Austrian guy and I was hooked up tandem to an instructor. I was the last to jump out, and those first 10 seconds were fucking killer.

Once I got oriented, I could enjoy the free-fall. I had heard you couldn't breath while free-falling but I got enough in and out of my nose to be juuuuuuuuust fine.

When the instructor pulled the chute, we came to a nice little halt (going from 120 mph to 10 mph is, um, rough on the nuts) and coasted for a bit. He "let" me steer (ha, not really, but hey, it was nice of him to entertain the notion) and we chilled for a bit.

Landing was nice and easy, and that was that! All the damn spinning kinda made me motion sick, but luckily it wasn't too bad. All in all, a good day, mainly because I didn't die... you know, 'cause I jumped out of a plane. ;-)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

It's been 4 years

but tomorrow I pick up Laetitia and Eric from the airport. Laeti, if you remember, was a (very) long distance girlfriend of mine in high school and through junior year of college. Luckily we're remained friends over the years. I haven't seen her since the summer of '02.

Eric is her boyfriend of the last 4 years. Most people think I'm a little crazy that I'm so excited to see my ex with her bf, but the romantic relationship we had turned into the greatest friendship. I know Eric's a good guy, so I have no reason to be unhappy for them. On the contrary!

Hopefully I'll have plenty of pics to share.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Put yer PJs on

A friend from the climbing gym had a pajama jam last night. My first party consisting of a bunch of drunk people wearing their pajamas. I thought there'd be a little more nudity. Guess I was wrong. I did win a stupid-human trick game but kinda hurt my shoulder in the process. The respect was worth it!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

UFC 64... ass whoopin'

Hooters again. Nathan and Pam came up from school for the weekend and we headed out to Beav for the fight. Sherk dominated Florian, which wasn't a suprise. What was a nice suprise was how Silva DOMINATED Franklin. I figured it would be a great fight. I thought it would go a few rounds until one knocked out the other. Alas, Silva kneed Franklin so hard in the face Franklin's nose decided to shift about 2 inches to the right. Un-fucking-real.

UFC 65 should be a good one!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Storm and some Balls

Tonight I went to see Storm Large and the Balls. You may know of Storm from Rock Star but I had not seen her on that show. My friend Karen (who doesn't like live shows) wanted to go (actually, I think I still owe her money for the ticket!) and I figured it'd be alright.

The music was a strange mix of covers. You'd hear the music from one song and the lyrics from another, in a lounge-ish style. It was half cabaret, half concert. All in all, it was fun. Friday the 13th!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Yes, I did actually go back to Smith

It had been over 2 years, but I made it back down to Smith Rocks. Karen, Lola and I drove down Friday night and camped in the clear Oregon "desert-ish" skies.

Saturday, though I didn't really eat breakfast, I warmed up by sending an 11a. The supposed crux was right off the deck, though I didn't think it was that hard. Later however, I went a bit right instead of going a bit left. This definitely made the route 11a, if not a tad bit harder. Needless to say I hung on and sent. It was a great route, and Patrick took LOTS of pics. I'll post some as soon as I get them.

I also (for shits and giggles) got on Chain Reaction, classic 12c cover of the guide book. Up to the first crux on the arete was easy. The first crux? Hard. I didn't even make it past, though I'm pretty sure I could do the rest if I did make it past. Anyway, it was fun to fall on bolts again.

Sat night was Jaime's birthday party. I didn't watch the slideshow, as I was comfortable by the fire. Bad jokes and good conversations flew about.

Sunday I ate enough for breakfast then met up with Amy and Dave for some bouldering. The one boulder we found was quite nice. In fact, I'll be going straight there to warm up instead of waiting forever for easier routes to open up.

After my tendonitis kicked in I met up with Karen, then we bolted. She had a BADASS mix of songs from middle school, which was quite entertaining.

All in all, a very good weekend!

Friday, September 29, 2006

It's my party and I'll send if I want to

The bouldering gym has a DJ come in Friday nights. It's a nice was to start off the weekend. So, it being the day after my birthday, I asked some people to come climb.

Joe, Joe, Karen, Christine, Jane, Bob, Andreas, Brent and Johanna all made it down. We had quite a bit of fun. Mickey was there too. It had been a while since I had seen that character.

After I send my first v7 (yeah, I know, plastic... and I don't think it was a real v7, so I'm not really counting it) we went to the pool hall and chilled for a while. For some reason I suck it up at Uptown Billiards. Not sure why. Alas, it was fun.

Glad everyone could make it out. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Guess how old I am?

If you ask my dad, he'd say "A quarter of a century. How's it feel to be a quarter of a century years old? Wow, a quarter of a century. Can't believe it's been a quarter of a century since you were born."

Yoga was fun tonight though.

Tomorrow? PARTY! Ok, not really. Plans are to hit the bouldering gym.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Cats are expensive

I was on my way to the climbing gym when I got a phone call from Bobby.

J: "Yo, what's up?"
B: "Pierre's about to die."
J: "Um, ok. wtf? I'll be right home."

Well, it was a little different than that, but you catch the drift.
So, Pierre was about to die. We took him to the only animal hospital open, DoveLewis, which is swanky and expensive.

Ended up that Pierre had a urinary tract blockage and he had basically backed up with pee. So, they put him under and removed the blockage. Next day, he came home.

It's better that he didn't die the day before my birthday.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Beacon Again

What a great place.
This time, Karen (and Lola of course) , Joe Chicka and I met up at a breakfast spot on Mississippi before heading out. Once we got out, Joe lead the first pitch of Young Warriors (no gear all bolts makes it a bit quicker) then Karen and I did too to warm up.
We then walked over to Cruisemaster, the most 5.9 5.7 I've ever climbed. A delicate, good sized finger crack with smears for feet lead to a tricky bulge for traversing. The rest was chill. On the rope throw to rappell, of course I get the shit STUCK in the tree. Like, really stuck. Like, wrapped around branches that won't break stuck. Awesome.
SE Face, the first ascent at Beacon was then lead by Karen, her first gear lead. She did a great job. Joe cleaned, then I lead it. Good stuff.

Hopefully the rain will let up and we can make it back!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Beacon Rock

Karen, Joyce and I climbed at Beacon Rock this weekend. They had never been there, and I had only been once before, a few days after moving to Oregon, but I didn't climb.

After going to the wrong side of the tower, we finally found the area that had a route we wanted to do. Free For All is a 5.8 trad route that has some minor face climbing and some pretty interesting crack climbing. I'm not much of a hand-jammer, so I tended to climb the crack like it was a face. The route is 150 feet long, so needless to say I was glad to finally reach the anchors. Joyce followed and then was lowered, where Karen climbed and was lowered. I rapped off and called it a day. Karen and Joyce both got on an interesting looking 10d/11a, Free For Some top rope and then called it a day.

After paying $16 (yeah, that's right, SIXTEEN DOLLARS) for what was the last open campsite at Beacon Rock State Park, we chilled with a few games off Hoopla. How the hell was I supposed to Soundstage accurately Harrison Ford?!?

After getting a so-so night sleep with a shit-ton of strange dreams, we ate breakfast then headed over to the rock. Cruisemaster was already being climbed, so we opted for Young Warriors, a 5 pitch 5.9. Joyce lead the mixed first pitch. Karen followed, then I swung the lead. The 2nd pitch was kinda hairy...

So, I'm not a trad climber. I, you know... boulder. Occasionally I do some routes in the gym. While I love the thrill of gear climbing, I have a lot to learn to make me a better climber. I forgot took a sling off a draw that I REALLY should have left on. Luckily I didn't generate the 50lbs of rope drag until the end, which was a pretty easy scramble. I did almost fall of once at what I'd call the crux.

With a high right foot, I locked off on my left hand and luckily found a good right side-pull. Shifting my weight, I moved my left hand up to pretty much nothing. A bit of figiting and I slipped my left hand onto a jug, then hung out. That might have been the sequence that slightly pulled my groin, not 100% sure.

So, once at the Tree Ledge, with Darren from Climb Axe (new store at 28th and Sandy!) I took a bit too long and kinda upset Joyce and Karen. It was hard to hear, and the rope was acting like an ass. Plus, Darren and his crew were chatting it up. Regardless, I should have talked over the communication signals with K & J before we started climbing anyway.

Upon rapping down, the rope got tangled in a tree. Then, I got tangled in the tree trying to get the rope untangled. Terra Firma never felt so good!

a lot more...

here's a bunch of links I've wanted to post to for quite some time.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Almost worried

Last night, while bouldering, I heard a pop in the knuckle of my left middle finger, when I re-adjusted on a hold. It hurt, but it was on the top of the knuckle, so I figured I didn't pop a tendon. It's a little swollen this morning, but not too bad. I'm hoping to head up to Squamish in a few weeks, so I'd rather not be injured!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Great week climbing

Last Monday... flashed v5, v6 second try
Tuesday, flashed 5.11 (a/b ish)
Thursday, flashed 5.11 (c at least, if not d)
Chilled over the weekend
Today, v6 on first REAL try and did a v5 first try (only tried it once before)

all in all, I'm psyched!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I wanted to switch

to Blogger Beta hooked into Google Accounts, but they wouldn't let me. Teases!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Reggae on the River, 2006

Well, Reggae was hella fun
We left last Thursday at midnight (we shot for 6pm but that didn't happen!) and Brian drove for 6 hours. We slept, then drove the other few hours after meeting up with Yosh and his crew.

The campground was really nice. Even though it was close to the highway, it was quiet. It was just a short walk to the river, though we only hung out on the river on Sunday.

Friday night... good music. Sean Paul got on late, and really wasn't that good. I'm sure he'd be better in a club. Heavyweight Dub Champion was supposed to close but got pushed back to Saturday. Lucky for me really. HDC was awesome. Probably the best shit there. I'll be purchasing their CD very soon.

Saturday was good also. I took a 3 hour nap while the others played hold'em. We played keep-away with the frisbee for a while too, which was hella fun. That night at the site, Andy, Nathan and I watched a drum circle and some people dancing African style for a while. There was a lot of dust being kicked up but it was cool to see people having fun to some cool African beats.

Sunday we chilled on the river by the campground. It was nice to just relax in the warm water. Nathan and Yosh saw a snake while crossing and snapped a few pics. The highlights of the music were Stephen and Ziggy Marley. Stephen has great stage presence but ran off at a point because of (what I think were) technical difficulties. Ziggy crushed it, but we actually left before he finished.

The drive home on Monday was relatively quick. I drove most of the way then Nathan drove the last bit. He liked Brian's truck. Who doesn't?

I uploaded the pics, and I'm trying to upload the videos of Stephen and Ziggy, but they're not going. Soon.

Nathan's pics
Yosh's pics

next year, same time, same place, good music, great friends, one hell of a time!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

I've been meaning to write

but I haven't. Nathan and my mom moved here on Tuesday. I looked at a house today, and I'm thinking of buying it (if I get approved for that much!)

Nathan and I have a kayaking safety/rescue course tomorrow and Sunday. Should be fun, and I'm sure we'll learn a lot. His friend Jordan is visiting too. Fun stuff!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

that movie I promised

here it is

Hindsight reveals it's totally lame.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

my first open letter is coming

it'll be about a guy, a guy that picked a fight with me at a basketball game. No, not in high school... tonight. And what's really kinda funny? I have it on video. Soon.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Wikipedia get hacked?

I was gonna check out the Wikipedia homepage and I saw that the logo was some chick in bondage. Anybody else see this?

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Heartburn sucks

or whatever I have going on... freakin' 4:30 in the morning and my stomach is on fire!

Fighting at Hooters

Normally I wouldn't go to Hooters. Tacky and still unrefined, and the food doesn't agree with me.

However, they do get the UFC fights, so of course I had to go. Tonight's Rivals was mediocre at best. While Ortiz did punish Shamrock in less than 2 minutes, I was disappointed in the ref's stoppage. I've seen fighters get pounded worse than that and come back to win.

Sylvia vs Arlovski was almost boring. It went to decision after 5 rounds of dicking around. I feel that Arlovski could have won if he took Sylvia down but he stayed up pretty much the whole time. Whatever...

Then we went to the Dolphin II. Slow when we got there but it picked up. Cute girls, pretty good music... a strip club is a stip club is a strip club.

Now it's time to get some rest before the World Cup championship tomorrow. Adidas is hosting a viewing down in Pioneer Square so that should be fun. But maybe I'll just watch it from the comfort of my couch.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

fizicks

Ok, I know I just posted, but then I saw this on slashdot: Physics of Superman. It's an entertaining read.

water, hot, hot water

A while ago a co-worker told me someone had harnessed nuclear fusion to make a welding machine that ran off water. I didn't believe him, of course, but the technology he was talking about was pretty freakin' cool nonetheless. Denny Klein worked on a process to turn water into a combustible gas, which I thought couldn't happen. I was wrong.

Hydrogen Technology Applications has a working welder that was showcased in this news clip. Take a look and let your jaw drop. It's ok. Here's the patent too.

We'll also have to see how well the water-powered Hummer goes over for the government. Hopefully this technology will help alleviate even a little dependence on oil. Wouldn't that be swell?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Imminent Redesign

that's if I actually design something I like, and then can make it happen. I'm, how do you say, not so artistic. We'll see what happens!

If you have the extra change between your cushions, you should think about getting one of these new, fancy beds. Of course, you won't be able to sleep because you'll be fearing the breaking of the guide cables and your bed shooting out of your 20th story apartment window, only to crash to the ground.

Ok, maybe not.

I did install Visual Task Tips today and it's pretty cool. Not quite as cool as Expose or anything but still neat.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Git yer BumpTop on

BumpTop is a pretty slick way to look at a user's desktop. Having a 2D desktop is pretty played out in Windows. Nothing all that cool has happened since Windows 3.2, and I don't think Vista will offer a whole hell of a lot. While Apple has done some nice things with the floaty taskbar thing, or dock, or whatever it's called, it's still in the X-Y plane. I'm sure there are other 3D desktop mods out there, but I haven't sat through any of their 7 minute vidoes like I did with BumpTop.

However, I don't know how much organization a user really does on the desktop. Regardless, it's pretty and probably fun for a while. How long till someone does something like this in Flash for the web? Maybe it's already been done? Maybe I need to look around some. Maybe I already did... though it's not a web/flash doodad, here's another 3D desktop: Kororaa and here's a video of it in action.

Thank You SWR

Thank you for another great show.

Tonight I got to see a favorite of mine, Mellowdrone, and a crazy good band, Ima Robot, open up for She Wants Revenge. I had no idea Mellowdrone was opening, so I thought it synchronistic that I listened to both their EPs earlier today.

Ima Robot was a pleasant suprise. I felt like they were a newer, male version of a crazy Blondie with more punk/hardcore or something. I don't know... hard to explain. Check them out.

And SWR... Justin and Adam are two extremely talented musicians. And the real reason for the "Thank You" is for covering Stripped by Depeche Mode. I haven't heard such a great cover live in a very long time. It was amazing. I couldn't help but wonder how many teenagers at the show even knew anything about the song or the band.

When SWR comes around again, I'll be there.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

a few cool links

the sweetest girl

Right before I went home for Nathan's graduation, a friend from high school got a hold of me via Facebook. Her name is Courtney and I hadn't seen her since my own graduation. We decided to meet up for iced cream on my first Sunday back home.

When I first saw her, I could tell something had happened in the past. She told me she had been in a horrible car accident and shouldn't be alive, which kinda threw me off. I vaguely remembered hearing about the accident but wasn't 100% sure that I had. The great part of it all is that she's the most motivated person I've yet met in terms of helping people in similar situations. She's studying hard at school to become a therapist so she can help people get through their ordeals and live their lives to the fullest.

I can easily say I wasn't only impressed with her commitment but knew with no doubt she'd get there. It was refreshing to say the least. She is still the same sweet girl from high school, but now with a known goal that's entirely within her grasp.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

How long...

before Coke uses this in an ad?

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Whatta party!

My brother had his graduation party today. It was a bit of work, but it was totally worth it. My uncle roasted a lamb. Nathan's friend's mom made ~80 lbs of caserole. Yeah, that's a lot. We only used 40. Lots of good food, lots of volleyball and lots of bags.

I saw a lot of people I hadn't seen in a while too. Mrs. Heisman, Mrs. Kilander, AJ Udvare, my Aunt Barbara, my cousin Jake! It was really cool to see so many people, besides all of my brother's friends I knew that had grown up. Hell, I didn't even recognize Timmy Kulchawick. Anyway, it was a great day. Hopefully pics to follow.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Could I ask for a better rainy Saturday?

Today was the day... the day I got to see X3 and it was spectacular. Ok, that's not quite true, but it wasn't nearly as bad as some of the reviews I read. I don't think it was as good as either of the first 2, but it was highly entertaining. Can't wait for X4!!!

I also saw Nine Inch Nails perform at the Clark County Amphitheatre. Totally slipped my mind that an amphitheatre was outside, but luckily we lawn-ticket holders got to sit in the last 5 rows. It was too far from the stage, but the show was still great.

I had posted on craigslist to share a ride to the show. I also found a few people that needed rides. One guy, Tony, needed a ride, so we met and it was good to go. Long story short, he told me 10 seconds too late he needed a ride back to Gresham (~20 miles out of my way, at least) so I could have saved a few miles. Then, he only had $2 for gas. Freakin' figures. From now on, if you want a ride, pay me up front!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Da Code

Well, I saw the Da Vinci Code tonight. I didn't really like it. Ok, I did like it, but I think I only liked the story. The acting was, imho, not nearly as good as either Audrey Tautou or Tom Hanks are capable of performing. I think the dialogue didn't lend itself well to good acting. It was formulaic and wholly predictable.

(spoiler alert)
And when Tom Hanks told Audrey Tautou she was the living heir of Jeebus, I actually started laughing. Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooof couse...

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Lobster sticks to magnet

If you don't know what it means, then find out

Brian's dad sent out an email with a bunch of sweet sidewalk chalk drawings. I had sent my mom the artist's site years ago and she kept the link. This guy is REALLY good. Kinda hard to imagine what type of spatial skills, let alone artistic talents, are necessary to successfully paint some of that stuff.

And, I up and went to a concert last night. The Rogers Sisters opened up for I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness and I enjoyed both thoroughly. I bought the Sisters' cd, and while I didn't get Chosen's, I do think they're a fantastic "live" band.

Tomorrow I'll go see X3, which I'm stoked about. And Saturday... Nine Inch Nails. I have a good weekend coming up!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

best 3 hrs of TV in my life

I just got done watching the season finale of Grey's Anatomy. Hands down the best TV since... siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiince... that one time they showed a porno on cable for free. I gotta say, when my brother emailed me to remind me that tonight's episode was 2 hours long, I felt proud, like I taught him well. Now, if only the season premiere was next week!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Lots of links to share

I've got a lot of stuff to share, so here we go:

Friday, April 28, 2006

ok ok ok

the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were damn good on Wednesday. The opening bands were not as good. The first, some strange fusion acidrock/punk/metal band with a Janis Joplin meets Courtney Love singer, was on waaaaaaay too long for me. The next band was tolerable, though nothing special.

Though I wasn't suprised at how good the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were, I was suprised by how much fun they seemed to have on stage. To be honest, Karen O smiling as much as she did really made the show THAT much more fun for me. I'll be seeing them again next time they come around. I don't know when, but it'll happen.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I's been around

I've had a good last week...

Went bouldering at Carver on Saturday with lovely weather and dry lower boulders, which were realy fun. My friend Christina was up from SLC with her bf Sundev, so that was cool. Played poker at Yosh's and proceeded to hit the strip club. We went to the Dolphin II, and it was kinda slow. RazorNips was hot though.

Went to Sauvie Island with Stacey on Sunday and just LAID OUT, which was really nice. I started reading Earth Abides which so far has been very enjoyable.

Yesterday I did a few routes and some decent bouldering. Tonight I had a great yoga class and got a lot of work done.

All in all, good stuff.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

allofmp3.com is pretty sweet

sound quality was fine, prices cheap, and the allTunes software is really nice for downloading the tracks.

museekster.com has a nice article into the supposed legality/illegality of allofmp3.com

it sounds like under current Russian copyright laws digital distribution is the loophole that allows allofmp3.com to do what they do. And US import laws validate the private/non-distribution use of importing the tracks you purchase from allofmp3.com

what does this all mean? most likely this is legal because of some smart people looking in the right places to do something cool.

Check it out.

Buy my mom's house

seriously!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

allofmp3.com

that's right, I'm trying it out. The initial credit on your account is at least $10 to a credit card. I'm not afraid of getting ripped off either, for 2 reasons.
  1. My buddy Mickey said it's sweet, and he knows what he's talking about
  2. I had heard of this site YEARS ago, and it's still around. So not being shut down is a big plus
I'm going to be downloading
  • Ini Kamoze - Lyrical Gangsta
  • Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
  • Queens Of The Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age
all for $3.95 USD. We'll see how it goes!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

sloooooooooooow

I hate it when my "high speed" internet connection crawls.
I also don't like crappy network hardware. DLink is definitely the worst company out there. I'm not all that happy with a Linksys router (WRT54G v5) either. You'd think by the 4th or 5th version they'd have figured out the features users want. Anyway, I'm just grumpy. Should have eaten dinner tonight.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

2 things I have to post about


  1. Auto Pilot on Rated R by Queens of the Stone Age - frickin' kickass song.

  2. Synergy - I had tried this out a few years ago. I don't remember which version it was in, but it's decently stable now. This desktop I'm writing on now is the server, and both my laptops (W2K and XP Pro) are clients that I can switch to. It'll share the keyboard/mouse with OSX, Linux, Unix, and whatever OS they've built it for. If you're running a few different computers, give it a try.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Holy Ass

My schedule is so whacked. Work on Saturday went from 1pm to 9am Sunday morning. We got things up and running. Yet it was a grueling process... something that could have been avoided if the right people were in the loop early on.

Our new place is pretty sweet. Once we get everything unpacked I think it'll suit us very well. I need to come up with an idea for my bedroom. It's not big, and it's very plain. I'm taking the doors off the closet for sure and I'll figure out something for my windowed doors.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

last post from Hancock

this is the last night we'll be here. Typical fashion that our place isn't packed up yet. But c'mon, that makes moving WAY more exciting. I'm lucky that my roommate and I agreed to throw/give away as much shit as possible. That's the way we roll.

Aight, back to sorting/packing.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

I've been REALLY busy

So far this month I've logged 196 hours with Swipht alone. Needless to say I'm tired. Basically I have a week left. A week that includes moving to our new place in SW Portland. Time to go back across the river. The new place is really nice. AND it has free laundry. How cool is that?

My friend Britt is a math teacher at Wilsonville High School, so Friday I took the day off and spoke at a couple of classes. 1st one was pretty low energy on my part. At least the kids sat through a proof that the square root of 2 is irrational. The 2nd class went much better. The kids were more interested and I changed up the material a bit. The 3rd class I spoke at was the last class of the day. This being the last day before spring break. A couple of kids asked some good questions but they were ready to be done. It's all good. At least I had a day off!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

2nd night in a row

that I've put in more than 14 hours and stayed until 3am.

awesome

Saturday, March 11, 2006

I've been busy

therefore I haven't been posting. Or climbing all that much. Still hitting yoga twice a week.

Tuesday I ran into a friend from college. I didn't even know she had been living in PDX for the last 18 months or so. Hopefully we'll hang soon.

She Wants Revenge concert is tomorrow night (or technically tonight) and I'm stoked for that. Kelley got tix for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs today too. While I'm not a HUGE fan I do like their music, and it should be a fun show.

Flashed a v5 today too. And didn't work too much. All in all today was a pretty good day. Tomorrow? packing and laundry.

cool link for today... how to de-DRM your legally downloaded files with Nero and my favorite utility: Daemon Tools. Works and works well.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Hot Yoga

Not that I did it, just that the girl in front of me was GORGEOUS and the girl in front of her was GORGEOUS and the girl across the room was GORGEOUS... see what I'm getting at?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Hectic is the word

We found out yesterday that our building has been sold. We have to be out by the 26th of March. My mom and I have been looking at going in on a plex, worse case du, best case quad. There are a couple out there, one's a dream, others in the doable realm. I have an appointment to see one duplex tomorrow and maybe another tomorrow evening.

Other than that... work work work. Tomorrow I'm climbing though, so f-off!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Where I'm @

I'm really struggling with this girl. Well, I was struggling with how I felt. Now I think I have it figured out and I think I have some closure.

Sounds like I've put way too much thought into this but it's bothered me way more than I thought it would. I guess I'm upset because I saw a lot of potential with this girl. She's cute, intelligent, cultured, likes to climb, funny... things I look for in a girl. Finally find one and it doesn't work out. There will be others, which I know.

So for some closure, I left a message on her phone. Just needed to let her know I wasn't angry and never wanted to get in between her and her boyfriend. Hell, why should I be upset if somebody I think is cool and would like as a friend is happy with someone else? But what got me the most is the sudden stoppage of communication. I really did think I at least deserved an explanation, but maybe she's not able to give me one.

Lesson learned. What's the lesson? Um, shit happens. Yeah, that's it.

Cool Stuff

Ok, here's a bunch of links to stuff that was either on Slashdot or Yosh sent me:

Monday, February 13, 2006

I shouldn't even be sitting in front of a computer

but I am.
a few links...
Wikimedia Commons is a great place to get free assets.
OMG that's a HUGE BITCH!!! Of course I wouldn't say that to his face, though he might not understand me anyway.

And in my personal life... I'm disappointed. I was hanging out with a girl who I thought was pretty cool. She told me she was ending things with a boyfriend and I told her I'd give her some space. After spending 4 out of the next 5 days together, I figured she didn't want/need the space. Last Thursday, after going to lunch with her, I called her. She said she'd call me back in a minute and I haven't heard from her since. Come to find out her bf came into town.

Do I care that she has a bf? No, she told me she did. Do I care that she never called me back and has pretty much dropped contact with me... yes. All I ask for is a little respect. I guess that's too much to ask.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Umm, big mistake

That's an awfully expensive house you have there.

I don't really care what happens to Valpo anyway, as long as it doesn't affect Cheese

Friday, February 03, 2006

Down the Shit Hole

I went to see What the Bleep: Down the Rabbit Hole and was sorely disappointed. Why was I disappointed? Because this was the same damn movie as the first one. I thought it was a sequel. I was fucking wrong, wasted 2.5 hours (1.5 hours longer than the first one) and got pissed for no good reason. Janna told me I'd be pissed. I thought she meant it wasn't as good as the first one. Guess I misunderstood...

final review: not worth seeing if you've seen the first one.

Monday, January 30, 2006

CatThief

Mostly Crystal is my new favorite Firefox Theme. I was all about Noia Extreme for a while but this new one seems a bit cleaner and nicely brighter.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Shake, rattle and Quake

That's right. Around 6pm last night Portland had an earthquake. Bobby and I were watching tv and felt the tremor, which we thought was someone running around downstairs. Ended up being a 2.8-2.9 quake. According to KATU News the quake was centered in the Laurelhurst area. When I did some digging, I found the the epicenter to supposedly be NE 31st and Burnside.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

I think I'm going to buy a house

It may be about time. If I can get into a fixer for less than $250k I might be ok. Of course, less than $200k would be ideal. I'm also figuring that my dad could come up in the winter to help renovate. If anything it's fun looking!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hey Dude?!?

So the other day on KUFO someone asked for what I thought was Metallica doing "Hey Dude"

Ends up it was Beatallica doing "Hey Dude" which is a parody of "Hey Jude" in Metallica form. Pretty funny stuff really. While their songs are out there on p2p networks, you can check them out easily over at NPR.

Monday, January 23, 2006

No shit?!?

Why did ABC cancel 'Emily' after 1 show? Because we could all tell it was going to flop before seeing the pilot. I mean, c'mon! She's pretty but much better in movies.

Friday, January 20, 2006

better bookmarks synchronizer

Foxmarks is a great solution for synching your bookmarks across multiple computers. Check it out, use it, and DO IT DO IT!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

the Legacy of a "Stupid" President

Today I thought of something interesting: Are there former Presidents of the US that were actually viewed as stupid or having low intelligence. Not just bad governing... beyond that. And if there were, who were they and what did they do (or not do) to earn such a reputation.

It would makes sense to then ask what the notion of having an idiot president actually does to the longstanding reputation of the country? It might be interesting to ask a history professor or find it in a book. Maybe if I get bored I'll head down to Powell's and poke around.

I'd assume there's been no president in the past that reminded the people of their retarded cousin (not France... Belgium) as much as our current Bu$h does.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

I might be in trouble

Ok, so I went to play poker with a bunch of guys last night. Hella fun. We then decided to go to a strip club and the Dolphin II was chosen. I had never been there, and it wasn't too bad.

I saw this girl sitting a few tables away. I thought she was on a date with the guy she was sitting with. We smiled at each other quite a few times. Hell, I was looking at her more than the dancers on stage, and I think she could tell. She had a normal top on, but when she stood up, I saw she wasn't wearing any pants, just underwear bottoms. I was kinda suprised but not disappointed.

She came over and sat next to me, telling me she was up next on the main stage. We chatted for 30 seconds or so then she got up. She was a great dancer, actually dancing to the music instead of just writhing around. Seemed like she danced most of her set right in front of me. She bent down and gave me an eskimo kiss and Yosh was all psyched for me. When her set was over she asked me if I wanted a private dance. I said "Maybe later"

So she came over a little later and this other Jesse, who I had just met that night, bought me the private dance. I was led to the back and we chilled for a bit, waiting for the country music to be over. We were chatting about stuff... seemed like she had the typical dancer story: dancing is hard and she's looking for another job. Goddamn she was cute. I told her I was nervous, but not in a bad way. I think it was pure attraction, which I hadn't felt in a long time.

The dance was nice. I'll leave it at that.

After thanking her, I got up to walk back to my table. She asked me my name, which I told her. When I asked her her's, she told me... not her stage name but her real name. I didn't think girls in that industry did that. Maybe it was a fake real name... but still. Her stage name is Lacota/Lakota (sp?)

So we hung out for a bit and I heard she had another set coming up. The guys wanted to leave but I wanted to see her dance again. They started playing Damian Marley's All Night, which is one of my favorite songs on that album. Then they busted into Welcome to Jamrock which is so badass. I put up the requisite $2, then Jesse walked over and slammed down another $4.

When her set was done, I was going to give her my number (figured she'd be more likely to take mine than give me hers) but I chickened out.

Now, do I go back (seems a little sketchy) or get a # from a friend to get a guys # to get a dancer's # that works with Lakota?

Bobby thinks I should go through the network. DC Jesse thinks I should go back just to get her number.

We'll see...

post up them comments! I need help!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Medium flow? No, definitely High...

Well, Garry and I went kayaking on Saturday. We planned on running Fish to Bob's, which I had done once before at 800cfs or so. The gauge said 3400cfs on Friday, which is a lot of water, especially for someone of my limited skill level. Needless to say, I wasn't too shocked when I got tooled on pretty hard and learned that the gauge was actually around 5400cfs.

So we saw the waves under the bridge were pretty big. I held my own all the way through the wave but was a little too far to the left toward the end. I dropped off a big wave right into a pillow that hit me in the upper chest and face. Knocked me over right away and I tried to roll but brought my head up first, failing... wet exit lead to a little break, then back on the river.

Right before the next rapid, Rock and Roll, I got flipped and botched my roll again. I exited and tried to grab my paddle but missed. Garry tried throwing my paddle on the bank but didn't get it up there, and then he went after my boat. I ran upriver and swam across, making it just before Rock and Roll. I found Garry and my boat, no paddle. I hiked back to the van, no paddle.

Anyway, a rafter found my paddle and I'm buying my first 6 pack of PBR for him. At least I have my paddle back!!! Now on to the pool for some lessons... much needed lessons and practice!

Friday, January 06, 2006

M$ finally releases the patch

Ok, maybe finally is a bit windy but whatever. Just going along with the hype.
Get the patch here!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

she finally did something cool

Pandora... such a bad rap. Now, Pandora is very cool. The Music Genome People came out with a very cool application. Check it out and share your favorites! Mine are here

Good job Ramjet!

Wow... Reader is badass

I just found Google Reader today and it is WAY COOL. I've subscribed to only 3 feeds, so we'll have to see how it scales, but I'm sure it'll be fine. It's a nifty interface that I find much nicer than most of the standalone apps I've tried. Nice thing about it is I can log in and see my feeds from anywhere. Kudos!

And then while looking at some more Reader examples, I've found some other cool Ajax applications. Check these out!

  • retrievr - sketch in flash and get flickr pics

  • AjaxTrans - translate between languages in close to real time