Monday, June 25, 2007

Centralpark? LCD/Radio/Anything on a Side by side Fridge?

I am not sure if I can credit this to my friend, John. Either way, a dockable refrigerator is something I have been a proponent of. If this is yours, John, congratulations.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


Seems facebook got a ton of publicity with their recent addition of an external api as well as offering to those outside of college. Some other's think that face book could fall flat.

You'd think I have a ton to write about...

Not much really has been happening. I did the deck project last weekend. This weekend I was going to do some pruning and then paint the picnic table. Well, I started to paint the picnic table and realized that I had not bought paint. Or least one with very little pigment. Turns out that I had bought polyurethane. This isn't bad, but not something I had planned for. So now, I need to run to Lowes and pick up white paint when then leads to a couple of future projects around the house as well. If I run to Lowes today, I should pick up a couple of ceiling vents for the bathrooms as well as pick up some PVC pipe to create a sensory table for Miranda.

So once I have the white paint, then I can apply the polyurethane so my table can last forever. In fact, I think that I need to sand the table again so that the surface is rough enough to pick up a paint coat.

Miranda is still Miranda. Eating is getting better. Sleeping is getting better. I am pretty sure it will never reach "perfect". Just have to keep stimulating her. Yesterday I flipped on the radio which didn't exactly make her happy. I am not sure what she was looking for but... that was not it. I guess she doesn't like U2.

As for reading, I have finished 3 John Scalzi books, Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony. These books are definitely in the fun range of Science Fiction reading. They tended toward a slightly light form of science, with a smattering of politics. I think Andy would enjoy them. I might even be tempted to call it Heinlein light. Except it really isn't watered downed like light beer. Just light and airy.

Otherwise, I have recently picked up Accelerando by Charles Stross. I am just starting so I really don't have much to say yet.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Welcome Summer

Well the first day of summer was absolutely gorgeous. Here are to many more.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

iPhone ... heh.

Somehow this strikes me as funny. I am not certain I know anyone who is that violently pro-Apple. But anytime you can distill down the world of Apple from the view of someone who could give a rat's ass about Apple... I appreciate that.

Here's to the iPhone sucking!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day

landscape deck 4

Well, my second Father's Day, and I can definitely say I am exhausted. Miranda has been going like crazy today (with some downtime for crying...). I was also able install some safety lattice work on the back deck rail to keep Miranda from falling through. Overall, I am pretty happy. Just finished talking to my Dad to wish him a happy Father's Day. It sounded like he had a good day as well (my brother stopped into town to visit).

Michelle made me Irish stew, which was awesome. I had made some cappuccino scones the night before which were really good (not as good as specialty bakery, but I try).

May happy wishes go out to Jeff, Jay, and Dan who are all celebrating 1st and 2nd father's days.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Free game...

So last night I tried out Aegis Wing, which was developed by a bunch of interns at Microsoft. I should say that I tried it out for the second time. The first time I tried it, I was not impressed. It seemed quite difficult and not really compelling. Last night though, I got to team of with AlphaCog and wife, as well as JOT3 and it suddenly got much more compelling. This is a game that is utterly dependent on the multi player, for one to make it even feasible and two that it can be a very social game where you can team up to form your own version of Voltron.

So if you don't have it, get it, if you have an Xbox 360. And send me a message, it will be fun.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Another rainy weekend

Yesterday, was just another rainy day in the Pacific Northwest. That's fine. It helps things stay green out this way considering we haven't really had that much rain this spring. It seems like the start of winter got a lot of rain, but it really has just been gray since.

Miranda seems to be getting her second top front tooth. It is slow going and has caused her irritation since Thursday night. So she has been a tad whiny and sometimes outright upset. Feeding during these times is in serious not cool.

Oh yeah, a big congratulations go out to Jaimee and Dan the Man on the birth of their child, Madison Elizabeth. She was born Thursday, June 7th at 3:53 pm weighing in at 6 lb, 11 oz and 20 inches in length. And that folks is the tale of the tape... Of course this is all from the person in high school that swore that it would be a cold day in hell before she had a kid :).

Friday, June 08, 2007

Amanda started it...

You Are Apple Red

You're never one to take life too seriously, and because of it, you're a ton of fun.
And although you have a great sense of humor, you are never superficial.
Deep and caring, you do like to get to the core of people - to understand them well.
However, any probing you do is light hearted and fun, sometimes causing people to misjudge you.


You Are 20% Evil

You are good. So good, that you make evil people squirm.
Just remember, you may need to turn to the dark side to get what you want!

All as seen on Amanda's blog.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Misc Miranda post

Argh, I hate teething. I wish that there was some magic cure to teething, but right now with one tooth coming in every two months, it is going slowly and she is not enjoying it. Overall, she is vocalizing a bit more and moving like a pro. This week saw the addition of climbing to her set of tools, which has completely destroyed any hope of my turning my xbox on again.

Unless she is asleep.

And then I am usually asleep.

So how do they have so much energy especially when they should be using it to grow and all those other amazing early things? I think they had it right in the Matrix when they harnessed humans to create energy. I mean stare at a 15 month old and tell me that is not a completely renewable source of power.

So as a video, here is one of Miranda reading her book to me...

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Backyard landscaping...

Well, we knew that we wanted to get some landscaping done in the backyard prior to the cookout we had recently. I managed to find all the pictures that I had created in regards to this project. It is not perfect, but should give you an idea of the progression.

June 20th, 2006

May 24th, 2007

May 25th, 2007

May 28th, 2007

And there we have it. Currently love it and enjoy our backyard much more, although I am still looking for some extra muscle to help me move the bench swing to the round patio.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Dave visit + random

Well, one of my fellow troupers from MTU, Dave. Found out he was out here in Seattle and we finally worked out a time to hang out and chat. We went to Pizzeria Fondi and had the excellent Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza, Margherita Pizza and a pitcher of the Fondi Lager. Delicious all around!!! Dave seemed to have fun and he had Miranda laughing hysterically.

Thanks for everything Dave!

Also, I saw on George R. R. Martin's blog that he did a book talk in second life. Much more interesting is that he went as Tyrion the Imp. I like the "slip" that Tyrion would fly. Does he end up riding a dragon?