Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Let's Recap

I haven't written much lately with substance as to what's going on, so here's an update.

Climbing
I did my first v8 tonight. Yes, it was on plastic... regardless, I'm very stoked. I started training a few months ago, and I can feel a real improvement. 5s and 6s are taking me only a few tries, if even that. 7s are getting dispatched in a day or two, and this first 8... took me 3 days. It has been a great experience because I've never worked a single problem that long. Did it first try today, felt easy. Good stuff.

Work
We just moved into our new office! We took a few loads before our big move on Friday afternoon. All went well, and we all feel really good about it. I hooked up my 3rd monitor (finally) and we've been building a content management system in RAILS. Oh hell yes! Only took a few years to try it out, and it's going very well. I think it's going to become part of Swipht's toolbox, which is a very good thing.

Family
Nathan has decided to pursue his bachelor's in nursing. He's taking the pre-requisites now and will apply next year or something. It's still a little confusing to me. He seems very happy with his path though, so that's good.

Art
I thought of a cool art project: photos of the nice/cool neon signs around Portland. I took a few pics already but my camera isn't very good, so when it gets nicer out I'll buzz around some night with my mom and get some better ones. Should be fun.

Ok, that's it. I have a dentist appointment tomorrow morning... so that's fun.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

"Don't taze me bro", meet "I know my rights!"

Classic hick. Can't you just let a guy pee a little?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Best game of the season

Yeah, I know... this was the FIRST game of the season. Regardless, it was a fantastic game. We tied 3-3, and that's quite ok with the team. Jon Wong scored 2 and Rose scored her first! Curt and I had several good shots but no luck. Their keeper is probably the best keeper in our division. With just a few seconds left, I took a high angle shot low to the right side, and was off by just a foot. That would have been sick to pull out a last second goal. Our team is still slightly under-staffed but we're working on it.

After the game... Saburo's for sushi. I'm sooooooooo full. Salmon Belly is my new favorite.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Last Game of the Season

We've been having discussions about our team, in that not everyone is dedicated. So, we got a little more hardline and we're cutting loose the fat. If you can't make it to 80% of the games, you don't get to be on the team. Money is due at the 2nd game, and it's $5/game for subs. Werd.

So, the game on Friday... We were playing the buddy system, and Michael Lary was my buddy. We'd play ~4 minutes then sub out. I scored a wicked bouncing one-touch from a high angle for our first point. I subbed out for ML, then on my next turn in, let an alternate, Joel, go in for me. He scored almost immediately! They scored a few, and in the 2nd half Joyce scored our 3rd goal to take it home. We kinda beat up the other team though, and we felt bad. They didn't have as many subs, and one girl hurt her ankle. I was challenging a guy, probably their best player, and I kicked him REAL GOOD in the back of the ankle. He went down and couldn't play for a good 10-15min.

Anyway, Sunday we have our first game of the next session, and we're all psyched to play.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Project Euler, back at it again

Most of you haven't heard of Project Euler, a series of math challenges that you solve using computer programs. I found it in college and solve a few of the problems probably using Javascript. I picked it up again last night using Ruby, as it'll be a good way for me to combine 2 interests while getting to know Ruby a bit better. This also might be a good way to learn Haskell or Factor, or even Python. The stats are interesting.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Factor may lead to Murder

Zed Shaw, creator of the wonderful little Mongrel application server, wrote a rant the other day. While there are plenty of responses to that rant that have to do with Ruby, Rails, business and community ethics, this "response" has to do with my bad night of sleep last night, BECAUSE of Zed. That's right, I'm blaming you.

Lemme preface with my curiosity of languages. When I hear of a new language (well, new to me) I look it up and make a snap judgment as to whether I like it. If it's familiar (and by that I mean syntax like C# or Javascript) then I'll like it. If there's some badass framework that 1) makes my life easier and 2) is just cool in general, then I'll like it. Otherwise, I hate it.

I had heard about Factor a few months ago. In Zed's recent rant, he mentions he'll be looking into Python, Factor and Lua in the coming months. So yesterday I did some research into Factor, and found it to be interesting. Zed also mentioned that he was hosting a Factor hackfest in NYC.

So, how could Factor lead to murder? In my dream last night, I was at work (I know, eww) and I heard there was a local Factor group meeting in like... 10 minutes. The main presenter was in my neighborhood and it wasn't far from work, so we drove down there. [THIS is where it starts getting weird] But he pulled off into a field and started playing catch with a dog. I had some money in the door handle of the car, and when another guy came over, I got out of the car and put the money in my pocket. They ended up wanting me to stick around, but I was nervous, so I escaped.

Once I got onto the street, I saw my friend Yosh and his wife Polina eating. I shouted at them to get in their car but they moved too slowly. So there's me, running down the street, being chased by these 3 guys. I finally whip out my pocket knife and turn to face them. We get into a minor scuffle, but I'm able to flag down the authorities. Of course there's someone in the crowd working for these gangsters, and they relay a bogus story to the cops.

Then I'm in my mom's house in Chesterton Indiana. I'm cleaning my feet in the bathroom as she lectures me about using butter while I cook. [Random] The 3 guys knock on the door with some girls, asking to talk to me. My mom tried to shut them out but they started to barge their way in. I ran over and started beating them with a workout machine carabiner, and finally pushed the leader over a balcony. Then, to teach the rest a lesson, I pushed one of the girls over too. Pretty sure I killed them both.

So, I woke up in a very cold, wet sweat. My bed was soaked and I was quite annoyed. At that point I decided to just get up, it being 6:30. As you can see, it's all Zed's fault. If he hadn't written Mongrel I would have gotten a good night sleep. Thanks you conceited, smug, hateful motherfucker!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year to Corry and Rochelle!

Last Friday I took my first redeye flight down to Houston for Corry and Rochelle's wedding. I met Rochelle my freshman year of college, where we threw the frisbee and climbed rocks together. She's actually the one that suggested I hook up with the outdoor club to hit Upper Limits in Bloomington. Corry I met at the climbing gym, where we worked together for quite a while.

Saturday: I arrived at Corry's apartment around 7am CST and slept for 3 or 4 hours. Most of the groomsmen were already there; I was the only bridesman. We went to a Japanese restaurant where Rochelle's "Aunt" Sandi, her mom's co-worker Randy and his partner Alex treated us to a delicious bento lunch. We then went down to The Chocolate Bar and ate way too much cake and iced cream. Picked up the tuxes and then went to Marilyn and Randy's (Rochelle's parents) VERY nice, new house. Family and friends came over and the guys played the Wii.

Sunday: We checked into the Hotel Zaza and then went to the rehearsal. I could tell the room would be pretty much perfect. It was actually the same room Marilyn and Randy got married 30-some years ago. Rehearsal went smoothly then we went to the rehearsal dinner. The speeches were decently short and mainly sweet, except when Uncle Dennis ripped on Matt and his junk. Totally inappropriate, TOTALLY hilarious (for me.) We partied then went back to the hotel and chilled in the Conspiracy Room until late.

Monday: I woke up around 11 and a group of us went to Rice Village for brunch. Afterwards, it being 70 degrees or even warmer, we hung out by the pool. I got some much needed sun. Tuxes were donned and more pictures taken. Corry and Rochelle signed the ketubah and I talked with her grandfather for a while. The wedding itself was amazing. He walked, we walked, she walked, she circled, he circled, the rabbi praised and the cantor sang. The groom stepped on the glass and we were out of there. The hors d'oeuvre were incredible: sushi, ceviche, lamb chops, button mushroom thingies... so tasty. Dinner, more speeches, then dancing. I usually am not one to dance, but I had a great time on the dance floor. Mind you, it's New Years Eve, so at midnight we did the countdown and then danced until 2 or so. I took pictures with girls that thought I looked like Jesus, then went to bed.

Tuesday: Headed down to brunch at 11am and stuffed myself. Checked out and went back to Marilyn and Randy's until my flight. Everyone was very nice and I'm amazed at how good a time I had. I'm going to try and compile the pictures, but I'll post more as they come in.

Corry and Rochelle's Wedding (Dave's pictures)