Saturday, August 29, 2009


It turns out I'm not just a dork. I'm a really big dork. Remember how I started reading one of my textbooks before school started? (If you don't remember, look back a few posts.) Well, it turns out that we're not even going to start using that book until the very end of the semester. Instead, we're going to be reading this book:A lot of what this book teaches, as it seems to me, is how to protect against hackers by learning how to become a hacker. That's all good and fine, but I have now realized that I am an even bigger dork than I thought, for two reasons. 1, I'm really excited about learning skills that I will never be able to utilize unless I want to break the law. 2, Whenever I think about this class or I read this book, I can't stop thinking of Napoleon's thoughts on what girls want in a guy.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I'm feeling really sleepy this morning. I don't want to go to work. I just want to go back to bed and sleep for about another 4 hours. I'm not drinking caffeine anymore, so I can't use that to wake me up. I can't take a nap after work, and it's too long of a day for that to be effective anyway. What's something you do to wake up when you're sleepy in the morning?

Thursday, August 20, 2009


You know you're a dork when your books arrive in the mail a few days before school even starts and you open them up and start reading. It's ridiculous! Jenny and I were hanging out last night after we put the little guy down and I started reading the textbook for my Information Security class. I loved econ when I was studying it, but I never opened the book before the semester (sometimes not during either.) I think my computer problem may be worse than I thought.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A must see

A little over a year ago, Jenny bought me "Planet Earth" for my birthday (shown below).

I had checked it out before she bought it for me and decided that Blu-ray rather than DVD was the way to go. For those of you who haven't seen this series, it is incredible. The Blu-ray version doesn't have the special features like the DVD does, but I don't care because the picture is amazing. Jenny and I have been re-watching it the last few weeks after the little guy goes to bed. I was going to blog about how insanely scary the Great White shark is or how fascinating an octopus can be, but when I got on Amazon to find a picture, I stumbled upon this:

Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?! There's more?! I'm sure this will make it into our library someday, somehow. If you haven't seen any "Planet Earth", come for a visit sometime and have your mind blown.

I just saw this on Boog's blog. Go Nate!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mac v. Windows

I've been getting excited the last few weeks (or months) for Apple's new OS (that's operating system for those of you who don't get super excited about computers.) At the same time, Microsoft is getting set to release it's new OS, Windows 7. It's gotten me thinking and I think this period in computer development has shown a really good example of the difference between Apple and Microsoft. About two or three years ago, Apple released Leopard. Around that same time, Microsoft released Windows Vista. The difference between these two? Leopard is absolutely amazing and it only cost about $150. Vista? Well, it was wicked crappy and cost about $300. So, almost as soon as Vista was released, Windows starting working furiously to develop Windows 7 to cover up their mistake. Apple started working on Snow Leopard, even though there were no complaints about Leopard. So, now you have Windows about to release Windows 7 (which will probably cost a few hundred dollars to upgrade) and Apple is about to release Snow Leopard (which will cost about $30 to upgrade.) I'm not a Windows hater, they have their place, but does Microsoft really wonder why so many people are jumping ship and moving to Apple? I'll get off my soapbox now.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Jenny was cleaning out some old files today and happened to come across this little gem. This sure does bring back the memories. I have no idea where most of the people in this picture are today.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Old times

I was chatting with an old friend on the phone last night and it was interesting how things worked out. We haven't seen each other for a few months and those times when we do see each other are few and far between. We don't talk as much as we used to either. When we talked last night though, we got on a particular subject and it was interesting for me to realize that both of our opinions had changed regarding this particular topic and they had both changed the same way. It's funny because growing up (and now) people always commented on how different we were, but we were always able to connect and have good conversations and also get each other laughing. Maybe that's why we've stayed such good friends, even though we don't see or talk to each other much anymore.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wednesday blues, and something really cool

I know everybody gets the Monday morning blues, but how about the Wednesday morning blues? I don't get the Monday blues too bad because Mondays at work are usually the most fun. There's always a lot to do on Monday mornings. Where I struggle is on Monday mornings. By then, most of the work for the week is out of the way and things are starting to slow down. Also, I have the thought in my head that I've already gone to work two days, but I still have three more to go. Anybody else get this? However, I must say that I am really starting to enjoy Wednesdays after I get off work.

The second part is something that I discovered as I was going to write this post. I get excited about movies fairly often (Harry Potter, GI Joe, etc), but I don't see documentaries very in the theater very often. I think though that if you are much of a music fan, you have to check this out.

Friday, August 07, 2009

I held out for a while, but she got me in the end.

Well, I was pretty happy that I was able to get my car in the garage before it started to rain Wednesday night. It seems that Mother Nature was determined to ruin my clean car. As I was driving to work yesterday morning it rained just enough to somewhat dirty my car. Then, last night, it kicked up plenty of dust to cover the entire car. Now it is supposed to rain today, and I'm sure it will be a nice muddy rain. Mother Nature, why do you despise my clean car?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Summer rain

I headed out today to mow the lawn after work. I know what you're thinking. Seriously, who mows their lawn on a Wednesday? Listen, I've been busy! Anyway, I finished with the lawn and thought that I would do a little extra and pull some weeds out of our front flower bed. I'm kind of a slacker when it comes to weeding, so that was a big deal for me. Well, I was less than five minutes into the weeding when the massive downpour hit. So, despite my best intentions, very little weeding got done. At least I was able to get my car in the garage before any raindrops fell. On the bright side, I got to stand on my porch and watch a sweet cloud burst that reminded me of the typhoon season in Taiwan. When I was a kid I hated rainy days, but in the summer I always liked getting caught in a summer cloud burst. Now I just enjoy sitting and watching the rain fall, no matter what time of year.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The curse of the yogurt squirt....eliminated!

I was sitting here eating some yogurt (Orange Creme is the best) and I started thinking about what a pain it is to open the yogurt lid and get squirted by yogurt. Well, it was a pain, until a few years ago when I came up with a solution on how to open a cup of yogurt without squirting yourself. So, here is how you do it. All you have to do is take the edge of your spoon (or sometimes the bottom, depending on the type of spoon) and rub the yogurt lid until you have a tiny little hole. You will know when you've made a hole because you will notice the pressure inside the container is released. Then, all you have to do is open your yogurt and enjoy a mess-free treat! Woo hoo!