Boo! Hey all.
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I’ve been doing well; very busy at work, which is a good thing to be sure in this economy. But it’s left little time for other activiities, such as writing here. I seem to have gotten either a spare moment, or I’m just taking a moment, to take a breath, so I thought I’d give you all an update.
Not even sure if I’ve mentioned it here before or not, and I’m too lazy to go check the archives; in any case, I’ve moved in with Joy and things are going well. I’m almost unpacked; there are a few boxes here and there but it’ll just take another couple hours of dedicated cleanup and I should be moved in!
One of the things I’ve been unpacking is my computer, my trusty old G4/733 Quicksilver. It recently had what I think is a videocard failure; thing is, I replaced the video card with what I thought was the stock card (ebayed for $15), and now it’s giving me a kernel panic upon boot. It’s got Tiger (10.4) installed on it, and I tried booting from a Leopard (10.5) install cd, but no dice. I’m suspecting the card I got from eBay was bad, so I’ll be looking for another shortly to see if I can get my computer up and going again. Optimally I’d like to have it working before the next OS X release is out (Sept?), so I can advertise it on Craigslist as having the “latest OS” 🙂
That’s all for now.. more to come later.

Okay, this is just to get a few words down…

…on paper, because I think it’s the pictures that have been weighing me down the most. This here computer isn’t as fast as it once was, and I think iPhoto is beginning to choke at 29,000 photos.
Music: EM006 – 04-12-1993 – Future Sound of London, Studio Session (thanks Davin)…
Yeah as I alluded to the past entry’s comments, the past four weeks have kind of been crazy. Just in quick bullet point (and I’m not even going to make them proper HTML bullets, cause I just want to get it down):
-Sonia’s birthday party! (Jan 18)
-Going to the circus! (Jan 19)
-Photography meetup group with Louis & Tori (Jan 27)
-Hockey (Lightning vs Canucks, Jan 31)
-Hilary and Brian visit (Jan 31-Feb 3, Feb 8-10)
-I ask out Joy and she says yes, woohoo (Feb 14)
-Work gets crazy (Jan 4-Feb 19)
-I’m in Tampa for a week for our annual trade show (Feb 17-21)
-My team makes it to the city-league championships in Ultimate (Feb 21)
-I get pretty sick, first experience with a US walk-in clinic, turns out to be an upper respiratory infection (Feb 23)
-Hockey: Lightning vs. Bruins (Feb 23)
-Mostly better (Feb 26)
So there it is in a nut. I really need a new computer, hahah…
Update: Okay, the entry just didn’t feel right without a pic… this one is from Sarasota’s beautiful Lido Key Beach. Clicky clicky!

Great weekend

So… by all accounts HPSN was a great success. I’m pretty happy 🙂
I had a pretty great weekend, too. After finishing off some work on an unrelated project on Saturday afternoon, I headed over to Cam and Melissa’s, where we binged on fantastic, handmade pierogis (perogi, perogy, piroghi, pirogi, or pyrohy) by Melissa. And, oh yeah, salad, bratwurst, chips & salsa and beer. Mmmm. Not the healthiest stuff in the world but hey it’s okay once and while, right? Went to the video store, picked out Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed — what a great film! The parts I was awake for, anyway. We started the film at 10:30 though so I think I have a good excuse 🙂 Stayed the night and slept in until noon (they have good curtains!), and enjoyed another round of pierogis and sunny-side up eggs… oh comfort food how I love thee.. watched an episode of Buffy, then went upstairs and helped assemble their new desk. Man. Why are the instructions on assemble-it-yourself furniture always so bad? Anyway, after some consternation it all came together, and it looks great! Got me thinking of buying some new furniture…
After that, got my things together and went out to Ultimate Frisbee for the first time in more than a month. That was great.. and I wasn’t as dead as I thought I was going to be. And apparrently Cam and Melissa hadn’t had enough of me, because I went right back there for dinner and enjoyed some great grilled chicken while we watched the Oscars. And I’m delighted to say The Departed won Best Picture, because I still have the rental for another three days… haha. Going to try and watch it again tonight if I have the time.
Anyway time to go to work, I’ll leave you with a few images from Ultimate last night. Have a good day!

Okay, a few things

…since this “not updating until I get my post about the trip to Victoria up” thing is getting a bit out of hand.
I am:
-Less sick than the last post
-Still sick
-In the middle of a busy time at work
-Owner of The Altima, which has decided it would like to only intermittently start
-Biking to work (two days in a row!)
-In not as good shape as I’d like
-In good enough shape to have an HR of 84 six minutes after the most recent aforementioned cycling trip
-Proud to say I played Ultimate yesterday for the first time in almost a month and didn’t die
-In the process of getting the Victoria photos into a gallery 🙂

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Update on me

Hello readers.. how goes it? I have been keeping myself pretty busy over the past few days as you’ve doubtless guessed. We had pickup (all welcome) Ultimate Frisbee on Thursday, that was an unexpected surprise: 22 people showed up! That was nice, considering the week before attendance was around 13.
Friday, Cam, Melissa and I went over to Eric and Angela‘s for dinner, and met up with Greg, who came into town the night before to visit. We watched the first couple quarters of the Bucs-NYC Jets preseason game, before getting bored and switching to Making the Squad. In pre-season games, typically the first string plays in the first quarter, second in the second quarter, third in the third, etc. So usually things go downhill. That may be so, but at least the third string finally made the score higher than 3-3! The Bucs went on to win 16-3.
Saturday I spent a good portion of the morning and early afternoon at work, then a group of us went over to Darren‘s for a traditional night of NHL2006, frozen pizza and beer!! Yeah 🙂 Haha. I think I like the 2006 version, it was fun… now if only I could figure out a way to prevent my thumb from going numb. We of course also drank entirely too much. But hey it wouldn’t be tradition if we didn’t. 🙂
Sunday Cam and I got up early and went out to Lakewood Ranch Highschool for a game of early morning pickup Ultimate. There was just six of us, so there was a lot of running. Met Sean (Shawn/Shaun?) there, a high-school teacher and recent transplant to the area from the midwest. He’s got a good sense of humour and is a pretty good Ultimate player to boot 🙂 Gotta say though, playing under the 11am sun is draining; we played half court, and took shadow/water breaks every 20 mins or so and still only lasted about an hour and a half. We cooled off with a stop at 7-11 for slurpees… ahhh… so good. 🙂
The afternoon was spent in the apartment complex pool, where we played a game of “whip the ball across the pool in order to knock down their plastic beer steins” and I had fun playing with Joe. Melissa and Cam had Patricia and I over for dinner, grilled marinated chicken, tomato/mozarella salad and ice cream 🙂 Mmm.. We watched Liar Liar, which felt a little too much like a vehicle for Jim Carrey‘s physical comedy, because the plot was utterly simple: Lawyer can’t lie. Hilarity ensues. I preferred him in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. There were some pretty funny outtakes at the end though.
Anyhow, expect updates this week to be on the light side, as I’ll likely be working some late nights, but I’ll try and get in at least one. 🙂

Sorry, been

very busy lately. Past weekend included Crystal Method (ha, no, the music group), an Ultimate tournament that lasted two days (Sarasota Pre-nats), and meeting Nkosi’s dad (funny guy!). Been at work quite a bit too.

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We Win!, An Inconvenient Truth, Serenity/Equality Now

My Ultimate Frisbee team (aka “Butch’s Team”) won its first game of the season this past Thursday night, so I’m pretty happy about that. Yesterday’s 5pm pickup game at Lakewood Ranch got lightninged-out.
Work is busy. A new schedule has been set, so the heat is back on.
Friday night I saw An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, with Cam.
The film is a passionate call to action, for everyone — particularly Americans — to reduce their CO2 emissions. Skeptics say that with the 2008 election coming up, it’s an attempt to bolster Mr. Gore’s image. It may end up having that effect, but I don’t think that was the point. This Slate article says Gore currently has “no plans” to run for re-election. Of course that doesn’t rule it out, but if you see him in this film, his passion for the topic comes across and you genuinely believe that educating the public is what he wants to be doing.
I have one minor nitpick. The film implies a casuation between rising temperatures and increasing disease. But could it be that the reason we’re seeing an increase in disease is because it wasn’t until recently that human society started recognizing diseases?
Otherwise the film is excellent, plainly explaining the complex topic of global warming and its effects through a series of clear visuals and a discussion of findings. I had no idea Al Gore was such a good speaker.
Saturday I met up with Nkosi and saw Serenity as part of a international fan-organized effort to raise money for [Serenity writer/director] Joss Whedon’s favorite charity, Equality Now.

“Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.”

Lots of fun, a good cause and I discovered a restaurant-movie-theatre hybrid in Tampa I’m going to have to keep an eye on, the Tampa Pitcher Show. Plus I won a raffle prize! I am now the proud owner of a complete set of Serenity trading cards. Not exactly sure what I’m supposed to do with them. 🙂 Oh yeah, the reason Serenity fans chose this past weekend for the charity screenings? It was Joss’ birthday. Joss responds.
Today’s photo is brought to you by the letter “C”, as in gee-I-wish-I’d-turned-the-lights-on-before-racing-outside-to-see-the-fireworks.