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Time to Breathe

The past month has been so hectic that I’ve neglected this blog.  Angela has been keeping things documented so well over on her site that I haven’t been pressured into posting.

Last month we took a short but exciting trip to LA to see friends and family.  Angela’s relatives recently moved there and it was really great to see them.  We hadn’t really had time to see them since our trip to Taiwan in 2004.

Since then I have been busy at work, and so has Angela.  Jabber is as goofy as ever.

I picked up work on a new project in my free time, eXPlainPMT.  We use the tool internally at work, and it’s giving me a good codebase to play with Rails again.  In fact, I just put up a demo environment for people to explore on.

After getting frustrated with not having proper inputs in my car for my iPod, I finally replaced my stock deck with a new Pioneer.  It sounds good and has a dedicated USB input that actually handles my 13000+ song library on my iPod very well.  It does, however, rely too much on the remote for navigation, so I’m not looking forward to the inevitable day that I lose it.

In the garage, we finally cleaned out our old crap left over from the move in 2006 and I put some shelving up.  I think we gained a good 2′ of extra garage space on each side.

Inside the house, I got around to painting the kitchen nook.  It looks much nicer now, and since the paint has set in it no longer looks like the old Kraft Mac and Cheese nuclear waste orange.  I quite enjoy it.

I’m rambling, I know, but it’s been so long.  Last weekend we had everyone over for the KU-UNC game, and it was a great win for the Jayhawks.  On Monday I met up with Ethan, Donald, and Jeromy to watch the championship.  Amazing game, and I’m still in shock over Mario’s last second 3.

Alright, it’s time to actually get some work done.

Our House on Google Street View

Google launched new cities for their very awesome Street View last week and DFW made the release. If you haven’t seen it, online or in person, Google contracted a company to drive up and down essentially every street in various large cities with 360 degree cameras mounted to the roof of the car. This was paired with GPS coordinates and fed back into Google Maps with a very slick interface that allows you to click around the city and get 360 views from almost anywhere.

In fact, here is our house in Street View:
(easter egg, if you swing around to the other side of the street you can see my neighbor out for a walk with her daughter)


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Birthday Fun time explosion, with welts

Admittedly, this is coming a bit late as my birthday was almost two weeks ago. However, it’s high time that I finally write about it!

Angela surprised me with tickets to see Paula Poundstone at Bass Performance Hall (which explains the two mobile pics in the posts below). It was a great show and a wonderful time. It was nice to see Paula doing better and staying as funny as ever.

The 4th came and went without too much fanfare – we were still in the monsoon and I caught a quick break and mowed the yard. Oh the joys of adulthood.

However, come my birthday weekend, there was much fanfare. Angela got me an awesome package of fancy popping kernels (evidently the fancy way of saying pop corn) which are very tasty. Even Angela enjoys! She also got me a bluetooth headset and a spiffy Alton Brown grill kit. The grill kit contained: dinosaur water bottle from the show, grill gloves, and tongs. Good work!!

Jordan and Cathy came in town Friday night, with Josh and Kat arriving Saturday morning. The next morning would bring carnage (in paintball form).

Josh, Sean, Jordan, Eric, Griff, Ethan and I all arrived at the paintball field to be surprised by Brandon and Bryce. David eventually made it to the correct field and the game was afoot!

Well, no, the sweating was afoot. See, with all of the rain, we had to change locations as the original field was slightly underwater. So, we moved it to the (closer) North Richland Hills location which, while not underwater, was still quite muggy. I think Sean had it right by taking it like a man by wearing shorts and dealing with the welts later. Unlike Sean, the rest of us came in baggy pants and long sleeved shirts, which for those not accustomed to Texas in the summer is akin to having your own personal sauna at all times.

After many rounds and countless trees killed dead, and expiring not one but three boxes of paint between the 10 of us, we all decided that we’d much rather be showered in our bathrooms rather than from the sweat dripping from the facemasks.

That evening, we all returned back to our house and managed to squeeze around 18 folks into the house. I had no idea we could do that! If we sell the house, we’ll certainly have to put that down as a selling feature. I grilled burgers, and we had endless help and great food prepared by everyone else. Many thanks to you all, especially Angela, Cathy, and Kat!

Sunday came and went too quickly, but we did manage to catch Ratatouille and it was amazing. Love the Pixar films.

Last weekend was largely lazy on my part and hard work on Angela’s since she had to work. This coming weekend, Cathy says goodbye to Texas as she moves back up to Lawrence for the Fall semester. To celebrate, we’re going to watch HPATOOTP. Hah, toot. Anyhoo, I’ve been twittering more regularly than posting, and I’ve found that I really enjoy it. It’s not near as narcisistic as I thought it would be. Angela deemed it “blogging your AIM away messages” and that’s essentially how I’ve treated it. I need to get some more of you all tied in with it so I can keep up on the randomness in everyones’ lives a bit better.

As for now, I can’t wait for this weekend to finally get my hands on the new HP book. ?HP: HP(book) ? HP(movie). This, of course, means that I cannot look at any sites halfway related to HP until I finish it considering that it has already been leaked out to BT in image form. Counting down the days!!

Weekend fun

Hello all!

I’ve been twittering rather than posting and now it’s time to come back to the fold.

Two weekends back, Kat and Josh came up for a wonderful visit. They had planned on spending the majority of the weekend with Kat’s sister, Sarah, and Kat’s new baby cousin, Brandon. However, Brandon got a bit of a fever which meant we could steal some more time with the two of them. We had a fun time and caught “Knocked Up” which was freaking hilarious. Highly recommended for those of us who like their romantic comedies chopped up and fried with jokes about reproductive organs. I haven’t laughed that much at something other than myself in a long time. I just wish Angela didn’t have to work as much that weekend!

Last weekend, we made the trek down to Austin to see my folks. Cathy didn’t have much holding her in Houston, so she headed up, as well. Dad made brisket, the puppies played, and everyone had a great time.

We saw Pirates on Saturday night and I have to say it was much better than Dead Man’s Chest. I heard a bunch of grumbling online about At World’s End, but I loved it. The thing with these movies is that you have to take a complete departure from analyzation. You cannot infer anything extra into the movie. It is completely to be taken at face value. The minute you try and dig into why something is happening, you might as well be looking for philosophy in Pod People.

Alright, that’s all for now.  I’ll update soon about WWDC.