March 2009

Album Cover: Eyes Open

"It's hard to argue when you won't stop making sense."
Snow Patrol / Hands Open

Tweet Relief

March 29, 2009 10:58 PM

I've been much more active on Twitter lately, primarily because I've seen an uptick in both family members and friends using the service. Unfortunately, along with being more active on the input side, I've also been paying much more attention to the output, following as many as 53 people at the time of writing. What I've found is that, somewhat like the situation I'm currently in with all the feeds I'm subscribed to, it's getting harder and harder to keep up-to-date. I still can't even fathom how there are people out there following tens of thousands of people. To try and make things a little more manageable, I'm going to go through and prune the list of people I'm following tonight. I guess we'll see how it goes.

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Heroes

March 29, 2009 10:16 PM

I've been a loyal fan and follower of Heroes since the very beginning, when things were good. Since then, things have slowly gotten less good. I waited it out, though, hoping that the show, like one of its main characters, would find a way to heal itself. That just hasn't happened, though, and I find myself cringing as I watch nowadays, and with all the TV I'm already watching, I just can't afford to remain loyal to a show that isn't coming through on its end of the deal. So as of tonight, I've officially cut ties with the show. Maybe someday I'll "pick up" season one and relive the show when it was at its best.

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A New Day Looms

March 27, 2009 6:53 PM

Somewhere dark
A new day looms
Like a cold light bulb
In an empty room

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Finger-lickin' Dead

March 22, 2009 12:52 PM

And this is hilarious:

Again, via BuzzFeed.

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The Crisis of Credit Visualized

March 22, 2009 12:29 PM

This is great:

Via BuzzFeed.

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Skywalker

March 21, 2009 11:01 PM

A few months back, I completely reinstalled Windows XP on R2D2, my main home PC, hoping that it would alleviate some of the performance issues I've been dealing with for the past year or so. Unfortunately, it didn't make much difference, and the little delays and hiccups added up to the point where I started getting the itch for a newer, faster computer.

Because I had success building my first PC, C3PO, and had yet more success a handful of months later when I built my HTPC, Lando, I decided that I wanted to build a beast of a computer that would last me at least another five years, if not longer like my favorite computer of all time, Yoda. To do so, I knew I'd need to put an emphasis on the CPU, the RAM and the overall extensibility of the computer as a whole.

I spent a few weeks looking for the best deals and reviews on Newegg, even switching a few things up the day of my order (which saved me another $50 or so), and ended up ordering all of the parts I needed on March 15th. Because Newegg's got the kind of skills only Napoleon Dynamite could dream of, I received everything in the mail four days later and was ready to build.

Here's what I had to work with:

Pretty Motherboard I went with the same Rosewill power supply I installed in Lando because I was so impressed by it the last time around. I went with the GIGABYTE motherboard because it was so highly regarded by previous buyers, and partly 'cause it just looked so darn pretty (it looks even prettier up close in person). And as I mentioned earlier, I went with the Q6600 CPU because it's nothing short of an animal.

Luckily enough for me, the build went beautifully and after a couple of hours, I was ready for that anxious moment where you hit the power button for the first time and hope nothing blows up. The LEDs lit, the motherboard splash screen showed up, and next thing I knew I was off and running, installing the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Beta build 7048 as my operating system.

Since then, I've encountered many interesting issues, annoyances and pitfalls that I've either already blogged about or that I plan to blog about in the very near future. The bottom line, though, is that I'm now at the helm of a new, beast of a computer that will hopefully serve me well into the future.

Oh, and I can't forget one last, important detail. I've named the new computer "Skywalker," keeping with my tradition of naming my computers after Star Wars characters. I can already tell the Force is strong with this one...

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Logging On to Windows 7 with LogMeIn

March 21, 2009 7:14 PM

Despite what some might have you believe, logging on to a Windows 7 machine using LogMeIn is pretty easy. In fact, a comment on the aforelinked post sets the story straight.

Whereas you might be used to logging in with only your Windows username and password, Windows 7 requires a combination of the computer name and your username, and then the typical password. So if your computer is named "Boba" and your username is "Fett," you'd log in with "Boba\Fett" instead of just "Fett."

When you don't include the computer name, you'll get an error message that isn't very helpful, telling you that the supplied username and password combination is incorrect. Add the computer name, and you should be in like Flint.

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Trent Reznor on Ticket Scalping

March 15, 2009 11:33 AM

Back in 2003 I complained about ticket scalpers and wondered what types of scenarios allowed them to flourish. Nearly six years later, Trent Reznor has posted his thoughts on ticket reselling and scalping, and it's a very eye-opening and interesting read. If you have any interest in the topic at all, I'd suggest checking it out.

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Beware the Ides of March

March 15, 2009 8:51 AM

This photo was taken in my front yard about an hour ago:

Snow on the Ides of March #2

The snow has not yet let up, and I'd say at this point we've got about two inches at our house. Normally this would be okay, since it's Sunday and all, but we dropped Fiona off in Lynnwood this morning to get spayed. We're supposed to pick her up around 3pm, but now we're beginning to wonder if we're even going to be able to get out of our neighborhood.

It should be an interesting day (not that it hasn't been already). Oh, and it's my wife's and my first wedding anniversary today.

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21

March 11, 2009 7:43 PM

In an interview at MTV's site, Kanye West mentioned the basketball game called "21," and I suddenly realized there was a part of my past that had completely disappeared from my memory. I remembered that I had played 21 before, but had absolutely no recollection of the rules of the game.

The Wikipedia article, which just so happens to be one of the most poorly written Wikipedia articles I've ever stumbled upon, managed to bring back a few memories, but it also made it very clear that 21 is one of those amorphous games that never really has the same rules from one playground to another. I do remember that it was a great game for situations when my friends and I amounted to no more than three people and we wanted to play something a little more demanding than H-O-R-S-E (or is it G-E-I-C-O now?).

I also remember that we played countless games on the neighborhood and schoolyard courts and that it was one of my favorite things to do, short of playing an actual 3-on-3 (or better) basketball game. I'm glad Kanye West, of all people, reminded me of its existence.

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Back from the Southwest Again

March 07, 2009 12:21 PM

Phoenix Zoo Foliage Last year, my wife and I took a trip down to Arizona to visit the bulk of her family, and we had a great time. The week before last, with a new addition in the family, we took the trip down south yet again so everyone could spend some time with the baby.

The weather wasn't quite as hot as I hoped it would be, especially given the bizarre weather in Seattle lately, but it was still very nice. Visiting with family was fun, as usual, and it was really refreshing for me to get to spend the bulk of every day with my daughter, as opposed to the evenings-only agenda I face on most weekdays due to work. It allowed me to see more clearly just how much she changes on a day-to-day basis.

The trip coincided with quite a few family birthdays, so that made things fun, and we managed to take a trip to the Phoenix Zoo and the Children's Museum of Phoenix with Heidi and her cousin, Luke, as well.

The only unfortunate part of the trip was me coming down with a cold (which I'm still trying to kick) toward the end, just like I did last year, but luckily neither my wife nor my daughter have come down with it.

Since we're developing a pattern on par with Snowbirds, here's to another post on the subject next winter (hopefully illness-free).

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