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Wot Evr

Sorry for the lack of updates — between work and Ultimate I’ve pretty much exhausted all the energy I’ve got. And I should clarify, not just playing Ultimate, helping to organize a league of it. I’m in charge of the cashflow, and let me tell you, I’ve got a receipt book, balance sheet, savings account and everything. Brings me right back to Business Ed 10. Ha. 🙂 This all came about because the previous organizer decided to take a season off, so along with another player, we decided to get things rolling again. The first game was this past Thursday; attendance was a bit low but I expect that to pick up over the next couple weeks as word gets out that things are actually happening.
And of course the challenges continue at work. I’m working with Apache Tomcat/JSP/Javascript and Ajax, and boy howdy, put them together in the right way and… well, the potential is huge. Nice to pick up a few new technologies; not so much fun to do it under a deadline, but hey it can’t be all downhill all the time. Next week’s going to be tight.
Those 80s pictures from last week were from Helen‘s incognito birthday party; there’s actually an album up now.
Tuesday night I had Patricia and Yawen over for a movie at my place; we watched Wong Kar Wai‘s Ashes of Time; a good story, I think, but I’m really going to have to watch it again, because not only was it non-linear, but also, sometimes the subtitles whizzed by too quickly to read, or were too wide to fit on the screen.
Thursday night, I played Ultimate for close to four hours. I played again today for another two, this time with the college kids (Joe, Cameron, Ben, Phil, Dan, Roland and co). I used to play pickup with them when they were still in high school. Now they can all outplay me any day of the week. But a great, talented, humble bunch. Ton of fun. I have shin splints.
Last night Jeff had a few of us over for a goodbye BBQ for my coworker Allison, who’s returning to Cape Cod. I’m super sad to see her go; her sense of humor and world view is simply great. Jeff has a couple of pictures up of the aftermath.
Tonight I watched another of Kar Wai’s films, The Days of Being Wild, a beautiful piece about how people deal with their inadequacies, and how the choices you make affects those around you, whether you know it or not. It’s actually part one of a quasi-trilogy, the second and third parts being In The Mood for Love and 2046.
And with that I bid you good night. Sleep well and stay shiny!

Deadline city

No updates today as work is keeping me too busy, but in the near future: my experiences migrating blog entries from Blogger to Moveable Type, and of course, more photos from WMC.

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For the record, the backlight is still dead (but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get it fixed under warranty). As for the warped rim — thank you to everyone for the advice, I’ll probably be getting someone to look at it when I get back. Now that it’s been a couple days, I can tell you there is a faint noise.
In just a few minutes I’ll be hopping in bed for about 4 hours. Almost not worth it, but not quite. Then I’m carpooling up with Tampa with Hugo to catch my 6:50am flight. Wish me luck!

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Pot burner

It’s incredibly windy today, following a pretty wet last night. Not sure what’s up with that.
In other news, I burnt my favorite pot! No, not that kind. Found out last night while on the phone with Jeff:
Living room: BEEP…. BEEP…
Me (on phone): WTF is that? *realizes it’s the smoke detector* Hold on a second.
Me (offscreen): Fcuk!
Suffice to say, dinner was a bit late. I’m so mad!
Plan for tonight: hit up LOTR: The Return of the King. Thanks to Julie for the preview (no spoilers, don’t worry!).

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The Big Lemon

Tonight, I thought I’d share some of the more interesting pics from the past few days.
1. The Big Lemon

Cellophane box and nickel shown for scale. This giant lemon came from the back yard of John, our hardware test engineer. Made some damn good lemonade on Sunday. 🙂
2. Science is Culture

Remember me going on about String Theory? Remember how I participated in an online chat, after the TV show ended? Well, during that online chat, they were giving away a free issue of SEED magazine, covering string theory and other interesting developments in science. Arrived Saturday, can’t wait to read it. (Address modified to protect the innocent.)
3. Jeff Lights

Ho ho ho! Saturday night, lights at Jeff’s apartment complex.
4. Healthcare America

Like a mall, except, just for doctors. Probably pretty busy too, given the recent flu epidemic round here.
5. Quebec Caravan

The tourists are coming, the tourists are coming! Between December to April, car volume in Sarasota/Bradenton rises dramatically.
6. Barstools

Picked these guys up last night for my kitchen bar. Now, to get some of those /other/ bar necessities. 🙂

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Lots to say about the past couple days, stay tuned… update tomorrow. For now, bed is lookin awful nice.

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Happy Thursday

I’m alive, not to worry! Though I have doubts that Hallowe’en gallery will get posted tonight. Ultimate tonight is versus my team’s arch-rivals, “Dos Manos” (who we beat last year to take the league championship).
Went to the video store last night. I’m kinda disappointed; it doesn’t look like it’ll be possible to catch up on the first three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer through rentals. Ah well…. I’ll probably end up buying the box sets anyway. 🙂
Also last night, I picked up previously-viewed copies of Bowling for Columbine and Chicago. $20! Hopefully they’re in good condition. I’ve only got 10 days to find out (Blockbuster’s return policy), so I’ll probably be watching them both again soon.
Now, Cam and I off to kick some frisbee butt (hopefully). Wish me luck!

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It’s 12:36am: Do you know where your teenagers are?

Just a quick note to say hi before I go to bed. Hi! Quickly: Had a good day at work — had some big discoveries regarding the NSToolbar and NSToolbarItem classes. If that sounds like gibberish, don’t worry, it is.
I’m really proud of myself. I think I’ve reached some new plateau. Today, for the first time since I can remember, I made two unique meals out of the leftovers in the fridge instead of just going with my usual. And they were good! I think there’s a lesson there.
Finished Buffy season 4 tonight. Kinda sad about that. It’s a fantastically written show. Something to look forward to, though: season 5 comes out on DVD Dec 9th. 🙂

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Happy Monday

Had a decent weekend, hooked myself with internet access through trusty old AOL dialup. Don’t laugh! At least I can check my mail while the local cable-internet folks — Comcast — fixes their computers and calls me back.
Spent a good chunk of Saturday at a locally organized ulti tourney-mint. Eric J and I carpooled up, and things got started just before noon. It was a small thing, three teams there: New College, USF, and the local highschool, Lakewood Ranch. I regularly attend New College’s pickup games on Sunday. Both Eric and I ended up picking up with folks from USF (they were missing three of their players). Ran pretty conservatively so as to not further agitate my somewhat delicate right ankle. After playing for 4 hours, got some food, drove home and promptly fell asleep.
Woke up to a call from Cam. “Good morning!” Cam: “It’s 8pm, dude.”
Er. Yeah.
So after a peaceful Sunday, I’m heading back to bed again after listening to the Canucks try and pull another fast one on the Wild, but it didn’t happen this time.

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