Thursday, March 30, 2006

Walk in the Park

Today was a nice Spring day, starting to get warm. Andrea and I both happened to get out of work early, so we went for a walk in Ft. Tryon park, then stopped into the New Leaf for a drink.

It was nice.

PS: I love my camera.

Another exciting day at the office...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Neurotic Food Log...

Here's today's consumption items:
  • Yogurt with granola and strawberries on top
  • Decaf hazelnut coffee with half & half and 3 Splendas
  • Chicken parm sandwich
  • 2 diet cream sodas
  • One Marlboro Light (smoked, not eaten)
  • 1/2 bag of soy chips (crushed in coffee grinder then snorted...ha ha, I'm so funny)
  • 1 3/4 veggie corn dogs (I believe these were invented for my family...)
  • Glass of Crystal Light
  • 1/2 can of non-fat yogurt, flavor of the peach
  • 2 snarf-sized bites of top-quality romano cheese
  • Leftover roasted carrots and onions with dill
  • About 10 fresh baby carrots with roasted garlic (see below)
  • Good-sized splash of Knob Creek on the rocks
  • Couple of handfuls of microwave popcorn
  • Couple of ounces of roasted chicken breast
Once again, a not so delicate balance of tweak-addiction/indulgence and health-consciousness. Note that most fractional portions are due to Andrea's single-bite-then-put-back-in-fridge tendencies...

Roasted Garlic


As mentioned below, I recently got a new job, so I'm in the lame duck period of my current gig...

Monday, March 27, 2006

I got a new job...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Friday, March 24, 2006

Offspring of GWB and Jeff Spicoli

Funny vid of GWB's nephew

Heard about it here

Monday, March 20, 2006

So I stayed up too late and watched that Michael Keaton movie called White Noise, about this guy whose wife dies, and he starts to hear her voice, etc. So I google this phenomenon, and find the site for the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomenon.

That's a link to the pages people have made for loved ones they lost, even including some recordings from the other side.

What can I say?

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Pix from Dad's Bday Party

Saturday, March 18, 2006

More B&W tests...

Idn't she lervley...

Click on image (then on that image) for full size.
This is my foot...testing the B&W on the new camera.

I'm often inclined to shut myself away from all the news of the world. My interest in a story - why people do the crazy things they do - is brief. Each story immediately loses its identity and becomes an emblem of how insane the world is.
  • Milosevic taking medicine to counteract his medicine so he can escape...oh, but it turns out he wasn't, so someone else had to be dreaming that one up.
  • A ex-inmate of Abu Ghraib claiming to be the hooded man, wires dangling from all extremities, in the infamous photo...oh, but it turns out it wasn't him, although he does claim he was subject to the same torture.
  • Hurricane victims being busted for double-dipping on relief benefits.
  • Virtually everything our president does or says
I can only sigh/shrug/roll my eyes. I bet if I stopped reading the paper, then picked one up after 20 years, I wouldn't think the world had changed, just that people were still as crazy as ever.

So, big deal. I'm jaded and cynical. Who cares? One might say that I continue to read the papers to shore up my aloof sense of sanity. One might be right. Although, I guess the sigh/shrug/eye roll isn't really a sign of not caring.

Whatever...this isn't worth the ink. More pix of my cat to come...

After reading this post, I fully realize the absurdity of my calling that chick's pictures self-indulgent...apologies to the universe. (I already apologized to the chick.)

Friday, March 17, 2006

Karaoke Night

Andrea and Betsy belting it out to Pat Benetar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"...I forgot to adjust the white balance for flash, so they're a bit blue...our cable system has karaoke channels, how cool is that?

Posting the Cat

According to this, my blog was lame from my first post, and continues to be so...

"There's a stereotype that goes like this: When somebody running a website has run out of useful things to say, they post a picture of their cat. When they don't feel like writing one thousand words on their blog, there's always the option of posting Fluffy and pretending that she's somehow of interest to anybody. When the boiler of thought is out of steam, out wheezes a kitten." Full article here...

Screw that. I'm not trying to be a thought leader. I like posting stupid pictures from my cell phone about when I eat soysages with sour cream, and I love taking pictures of my turn the channel if you don't like it.

Thursday, March 16, 2006


Cats don't like to sit still...

New Camera

Not an exciting picture I know, but one of the first pics with the new camera, which is so hot it makes me tremble. Click on the image to get fuller sized version...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

I read that Milosevic was furtively taking meds to negate the effects of his prescribed hypertension medication so he could sell the ruse that his treatment in The Hague wasn't working and somehow be released.

Great idea...

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Edgewater on a grimy day...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Aquatic Saturday

We went to the aquarium today. We saw a sea urchin poop and a frigging GI-NORMOUS walrus...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

OK. This thing is weird...

Totally busted...

Check out the comments on the post below...I got totally busted for calling this chick self-indulgent...I guess I had it coming.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Funny pix

The ultimate in Emo self-indulgence...check out this chick's flickr photos (click). I hope she doesn't somehow find some linkback to this post and bust me...she does have a blog.

I do admit I looked at every photo.
Went to karate, then when I got home I did the dishes and even changed the litter...woohoo.
Fixin' to leave work for the day. Gotta go to karate. The last few months, especially February, have been the laziest for me since I started going to karate last summer. I feel like I'm OK when it comes to life's bigger challenges, but a total wuss when it comes to the little, daily grind ones...a sink full of dirty dishes or cat litter that needs changing: these things cripple me. Wuss...
I'm getting to like this look better. Got the idea for this look from this site. Still needs some color...

Monday, March 06, 2006


I bet there are geeks out there who head up their blog posts with "stardates" as in Star Trek. Ship's logs, flight logs. Log: the following from Merriam-Webster:

Etymology: Middle English logge, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse lAg fallen tree; akin to Old English licgan to lie -- more at LIE
1 : a usually bulky piece or length of unshaped timber; especially : a length of a tree trunk ready for sawing and over six feet (1.8 meters) long
2 : an apparatus for measuring the rate of a ship's motion through the water that consists of a block fastened to a line and run out from a reel
3 a : the record of the rate of a ship's speed or of her daily progress; also : the full nautical record of a ship's voyage b : the full record of a flight by an aircraft
4 : a record of performance, events, or day-to-day activities log>

I believe definition number two is roughly the source of "knots" as a measure of a water-vessel's speed, as they would knot a rope at regular intervals and count how many (per unit of time) were reeled out into the water as the ship made way.

Doesn't capture direction least not as far as this landlubber can tell.

Today's Out of the Ordinary Log:

  • A car crashed rear-end first into one of the posts that holds up the awning in front of the Chase bank on 187 and Ft. Wash. No idea how the person backed into it, but he just left the car there. The cops came and had it towed sign of the driver.
  • In the laundromat, I mistook a customer for someone who worked there, and told her that my dryer wasn't working. She looked at me like the idiot I was. I felt like a schmuck.
Other than that, your basic Sunday. Laundry, lots actually, it had been a while. Day mostly spent puttering, snacking, petting the cats, futzing around with the blog/site pages, dozing. Then we went to Logan and Betsy's to watch the Oscars. We had a betting pool, and Logan and I tied, but Logan won the tie-breaker, because he accurately predicted more of the bigger awards. Oh well. L&B always have yummy food.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Less is More... least that's what I'm hoping. Going with the minimalist thing the idea from this site. I want the focus of my site to be the ABSOLUTELY RIVETING content, not the buttons and whatnot...I still need to add some color.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Good Karma in Ft. Lee, NJ

I walked over the GW bridge today. I have tons of energy when I get a good night's sleep, which I did last night. I was kinda pacing around the house and needed to get out.

This is me in Ft. Lee, after I walked over the bridge.

Its actually a cool little town, lots of shops and restaurants, especially Korean ones, since Ft. Lee has a large Korean population. Right before I took this pic, I found a cell phone on the street. It still had battery so I called the last number that had called it. Turns out a guy who had just come out of a nearby restaurant had lost it, so I left it there for him. He called me later and left a nice message saying thank you. Coincidentally, I lost my last cellphone, and it was the exact same make and model as this dude's that I found, so I feel like I filled my good karma quota for the day.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Andrea wig-fest...

OK. Making good progress. I love this shit. Stay tuned...big issue at this point is still getting everything to look right in Internet Explorer, which it doesn't, because Microsoft IE SUCKS!!!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I would say its little things like this that can get a guy excited, but let's be honest: this is no little thing.

I have officially integrated my blogger blog into the new TIB environment. I inserted by own code into the blogger template, etc. so that it now looks like the new site, which isn't done yet.

Yes, I still need to make it pretty and get rid of the too big header and make the fonts the right colors, but I'm on my fucking way.

BTW, the buttons won't look right for those in IE (read: 90% of the world), only those using Firefox will perceive all the raw awesome power that is my integrated online environment.

Efforting on the IE workarounds...stay tuned.

This one's for Tami...