December 31, 2006 -
doesn't seem like an entire year has gone by but
it's New Year's Eve and that means it's party
time! This year we all converged on Mary Lou's
house to feast and discuss the events of the year
and of course to game... This year's competitors
in pictionary were Teresa, Kirsten, Lin, Mary
Lou and Christie on the girls team, and Bob, Brian,
Mickey, myself and Kristen Runyon on the boys
+ Kristen team which won by five points after
the second round. After pictionary a few competitors
went home or on to other parties leaving six of
us to play poker... We're not the most cut-throat
or knowledgeable poker players but with some guidance
from Mickey I think we followed the rules and
such and boy did I make a killing! By the end
I had all sorts of chips with which to stack.
December 29, 2006 -
was a day of problems. It started with the e-mail
going on the fritz and Jesse was out with the
flu, but I managed to restart the appropriate
server. Later one of the label printers stopped
printing for a bit at a time when there were lots
of label printing to be done.
afternoon was fairly quiet, but then after work
Teresa reported she had a horrible accident; She
had opened a pixie stick and sat it down... so
then a bit later she picked it up... and began
talking to Bob who was eating something... Bob
pointed and pointed and Teresa didn't quite understand,
but when Teresa finally noticed she had an empty
pixie stick because she had picked up the wrong
end and had poured it onto the floor.
way home was fairly uneventful until the very
end; I had a green light and I was making a right
turn... and right after I turned the car died
but I was able to make it to the side of the road.
I tried a couple times to start the car, but it
didn't sound right, so I called home- I'm very
lucky Dad is still on strike I guess, so then
a guy in a big pickup stopped and helped me push
the car into the DQ parking lot and he asked if
I needed to call someone, and I told him I already
had so I thanked him and he left- very kind of
him though, I tend not to stop for people....
Dad arrived a few minutes later in the truck and
he towed the Buick to the shop. I guess the timing
chain went out... and I guess that must be a significant
part to change given Dad pondered he'd just replace
the entire engine.
was also Sandy's next to last day at work, but
the last day most of us would see her at work
so we took a group picture of the pages and scanners
plus Teresa, and me but it hasn't been that long
since I was a scanner... and minus Meaghan...
OK, so for those that might not know who we are
from left to right: Teresa, Sandy, Kristen, Robert,
Bob, Angie and Me.
December 27, 2006 -
must things break? It seems I'm in the middle
of fixing a dozen broken technological items at
the moment, and some are being most difficult
blogged about algae biodiesel before, but I found
with statistics for just how much more productive
using algae is over traditional crops. The difference
is staggering; an acre of soybeans can produce
50 gallons of biodiesel a year, and that same
acre of algae can produce 10,000, and possibly
double that under the right conditions. That was
my focus last time; the right conditions would
be water with a high carbon dioxide content, which
if a coal burning power plants used algae ponds
to clean their emissions they would be creating
a huge resource and pollute a lot less. I feel
Congress should force the ball rolling by mandating
that energy producers use algae filtration to
clean their emissions, and the rest will fall
December 25, 2006 -
Day... I managed to procure a few nifty things;
a bag of choco to use to replenish my candy jar
at work for a while, a Star Trek day calendar,
PetsMart card, a couple shirts, and money earmarked
great website migration is over. I moved my domain
to a new server... I think everything is happy
in the new home, but if anything appears broken
please e-mail me.
island of Lohachara, population 10,000, has vanished.
It has been foreseen for some time now as the
rising ocean levels have submerged other uninhabited
islands, but this was the first inhabited island
to go under (at least in modern times) due to
rising ocean levels.
find isolinear, optronic and photonic technologies
fascinating as they are all used in Star Trek,
but IBM continues to make strides toward creating
that uses particles of light rather than electrons.
In the past few years they have learned to slow
light down, and to speed it up beyond what was
the theoretical limit.
December 23, 2006 -
we had an early Christmas at Grandma's house...
but I still don't feel like it really is Christmas.
I filled the dinning room with plants to winter
over, so we never got a Christmas tree... there
are already a couple trees there, and everyone
has been so busy we never put up any other decorations.
December 22, 2006 -
we had a game night at Lou's house. Teresa, Bob,
Mickey and I joined Mary Lou and her sister Sue
in a cut-throat night of Balderdash and Pictionary.
Price Chopper was had a
special on pomegranates so I got a couple in addition
to the normal game night necessities. I've never
eaten a pomegranate before... I've had the juice,
but it was very interesting to have the real thing...
I think the juice is better though- a lot less
work, and not so seedy. In the gaming Teresa had
tremendous success in Balderdash, but her luck
was reversed in Pictionary as the boys team defeated
the the girls. For New Year's we'll be having
another game night and I can't wait!
December 21, 2006 -
from a couple remaining computers I've updated
the spybot & McAfee on all the systems in
Library/Archives and I've also tinkered with the
network settings... I'm reminded of the Voyager
episode Unimatrix Zero where errant drones are
reintegrated back into the collective.
December 20, 2006 -
nothing like Christmas to bring out everyone's
competitive fighting spirit! Monday saw a white
exchanged that had Pat & Matt in a tug-o-war
over a nifty set of hangy glass thingies. Then
came the chair races in which Jesse and Doug brought
honor to Administration with their victory....
Library Archives lost in the first round with
Teresa & Matt Veatch in a pile at the finish
line. Dan pushed Blair nearly though the glass
wall the separates the museum from the lobby.
I started my update frenzy to all the anti-virus/spyware
software on every computer in the building...
That should keep me busy into early next year.
there was more updating, and then bingo in the
mission at the Admin party- it was super fun,
and I got some nifty things.
December 16, 2006 -
website has been down a couple days... I ponder
I'll try and move it this weekend to more stable
been watching Sara's TNG DVD's, and I've made
my way half-way through the second season. It
is a bit more primitive in production and storylines
starting out, but it's been a while since I've
watched it. I did learn a new fun fact about Data;
He has a storage capacity of 800 Quadrillion bits,
which is equivalent to 100 Petabytes. There are
a thousand Gigabytes in a Terabyte, and then there
are a thousand Terabytes in a Petabyte.
December 14, 2006 -
of these days I know it.... I'm going to get pooped
on. In the evergreen tree above the driveway each
morning when I go out to my car a bird suddenly
flies out over my head and I ponder one of these
days my luck is going to end.
December 12, 2006 -
Tuesday and I'm off, and so far it's been a super
week. I got my teeth cleaned today. I like having
the clean teeth, but who doesn't? It went well...
still no cavities, but it is amazing that even
when you think your teeth are super-clean, they
still do a lot of scratching on them! And then
you really feel super-clean! Today I ran a couple
miles on the treadmill... it's been quite some
time since I did that, well, just a week ago,
but before that it has been probably six months,
so that's something I shall try to do regularly
now. Tonight I did some online Christmas shopping,
and I'm now 1/4th complete!
Brent is going on my naughty list this year...
he sent me more photos for his website again...
which wouldn't be a problem, but he didn't resize
any of them before he stuffed them in my e-mail.
And I told him beforehand the exact specifications.
BAH! You shall be getting coal!
I fixed some random things, we had the annual
big staff luncheon where Bob Keckeisen provided
the entertainment.. I knew Bob was funny, but
that man is really funny! And Sara is so funny
too... I bet they just lie in bed at night and
giggle as funny things come into their heads.
December 10, 2006 -
been a super-busy week! Monday we had a party
for Donna at Lin & Brian's with some good
eats and pictionary was played. Tuesday a group
of us went to see Little Miss Sunshine-
it was good movie, I got a little bored of it
towards the middle, but it ended well and earned
a must see rating (and it's at the dollar theater).
Wednesday night I went over to Brent's to teach
him some Photoshop stuff, and then he took me
out for the Tuptim Thai. Thursday I went to the
volunteer dinner with Mickey, very good eats were
had by all. Friday I came home and watched the
BSG on Scifi, a nice quiet night. Saturday I went
with Bob to KC to see Eunjoo and the baby. We
ate at the Korean restaurant. I had the Tohsol
PiBibap, yum yum. Today I went to work and tinkered
on the server with Jesse & Art.
December 3, 2006 -
did I do this weekend??? Well... nothing at all
really. *ponders how to blog about not doing anything*
I cleaned some Friday night and watched the Battlestar
Galactica... got a pizza for Carrie and me...
she was happy... *ponders* and that was about
it... I slept, watched TV... and I played the
Homeworld 2 some... I'd not played it on my new
system yet- In the picture my squadrons of fighters
and corvettes overwhelm the enemy mothership.