Thursday, July 31, 2008
I started out the month just getting home from Catalyst and going right to Webelos Day Camp for two days. Then Diana and I saw some reindeer (Elk) and Sid had to correct me not once, but twice. Diana and I started our Woo nights this month, see what I mean, hasn't it seemed like we have been having Woo nights for a long time? I saw the Godfather trilogy for the first time in its completeness. We did fireworks for the 4th of July and all the family came in for a couple weeks. We went to the mansion and Lagoon. The family went to a Bees game and I hung out with my best friend for 5 minutes. I adopted Ingrid for a night. Chloe and I went to Sacramento (got to take a 10 hour car ride). Chloe went 4-wheeling. I saw Dark Knight, twice. I bought the Augustana CD and it has quickly became one of my very favorites. Estelle Getty died. I finally got Mario Kart for the family. Got the license plates for our new cars. Lastly, I had to pay over $4 for a gallon of gas. BOOOOOOO!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I left the house (a little bit later than usual) this morning and got in the car. I had to stop to get gas. I get out of the car at Costco and start pumping the gas. While the car is filling up I walk around to the front of the car and think, "My shoes feel weird." I look down and see that I am wearing one brown shoe and one black shoe. I couldn't believe it. Now I was wondering what I needed to do. Do I go home and change? Do I go to work with shoes that do not match? What would you do? I was already running late, and I had stopped to get gas. I had a meeting at 9am, so I could not be late. I didn't think I had time to get back home (Costco is more than half way to my work). I was stumped. I guess I could wear unmatching shoes, but then I would be wondering all day, "Is she laughing at my joke, or the fact that I am wearing unmatching shoes? I will never know." I spend some time wondering if people will even notice, I mean, your shoes are under your desk for a lot of the day. This might not even be a big deal. I am sure people have been to work with shoes that don't match and everything worked out. Maybe.
I do not want to belabor the point any further. I have made a choice. I decided to stop at the WalMart by my work and pick up some shoes. I was thinking DSW (there is one by my work) but there is no way it is open before 9am. I get to the WalMart and get my shoes. My stupidity has now cost me $21. I do like the new shoes.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I just hope all the stations around here are feeling good about gouging us drivers for a little bit more money. Do they not realize that people are just not driving. The country has actually stopped or slowed down their miles in their cars. The prices have actually stopped people from driving, which is something that I thought would not happen. I bet that prices never go under $3 again (maybe $2.99 to make people happy). People will then adjust and next summer when prices go back over $4 people won't think it is that big of a deal.
Apple is preparing new laptops. I no longer use Macs, I used to only use them. I can currently do anything that I want to on a Mac or on a PC. I do like to keep up on the Mac world, Apple makes great products and I like to see and touch them.
It is finally happening. All the people that love texting and IM are finally graduating college and think it is appropriate to write business emails like they text their friends. I rarely use an emoticon let alone write in text code when at work - or even for fun. I just cannot do it. I look at some things that people text and I can barely read it because of all the shorthand.
Jordan has nightmares when he reads scary books, movies, or anything scary. This experiment should have had Jordan participate and the findings would have been completely different.
RIM has announced the touch-screen Blackberry. I might want this.
It was a fun time. The kids like hanging out with their Iowa cousins and have a good time with them. They will be going home to Iowa soon so we really enjoyed being able to spend time with them.
Monday, July 28, 2008
We went to Auto Gallery (where we got the Pathfinder) at the end of last week. They did not ask about the car. Did not care. Barely even talked to me. Made it like a chore to get my plates for me. I felt like just another customer there. To be fair, I did not hate them, they just paled in comparison to Smith Family Motors.
The good news is that both the cars now have plates. We are street legal.
The whole Pluto not a planet thing really bugs me. If it bugs you too read this. This article lets you know what is going on in the universe and explains what is out there and what they are called. Call in the science geeks.
We make the kids read actual books. Just reading things on the internet is not good enough. Plus, reading books gives you the experience, reading online is just not the same. Check out the debate here.
Want to make sure your digital audio sounds great? Read this article. The music matters. Let it sound as good as it can.
This movie was not very good all. The story was not good. This movie was not funny. I wondered if this was supposed to be a comedy or a drama, but I don't think anyone knew while they were making it. Also, Rick Fox cannot act. This movie should have been better, but it followed every cliche in the book.
I give this movie 2 out of 5 stars. I really had no hopes for this movie. Madea was also in this movie and it was very stupid. I am sick of Madea. I feel like Tyler Perry feels like she should just be in all his movies and hopes having her in the movie will drive an audience. Not this time.
This little movie store in the middle of a rundown neighborhood in New Jersey is not renting movies very well. They still have VHS, no DVD. The old owner is going away to celebrate a local jazz legend that the old guys says was born in the building the store is now in. Jack Black is a crazy mechanic that lives in the junkyard across the street. Jack gets in trouble and gets himself magnatized. The young fellow that was left to run the store cannot keep Jack out of the building and he erases all the tapes. Jack and his buddy do not want to ruin the store, so when one of the renters wants to rent Ghostbusters (which was erased) they decide the record it themselves. The renter loves the movie and comes back for more. They keep making more and more movies and it is hilarious the way they make the movies and the things they do while making the movies. Of course, the rental place gets super popular and everyone loves the movies they make (Sweded!). The movie companies get wind of what they are doing and confiscate and destroy all the movies. They decide to make their own movie and everyone ends up happy.
This movie is hilarious in parts - where they make the movies. The rest of this movie is completely idiotic. I could not even stand the other parts of the movie. I give this movie 2 out of 5 stars. I had much higher hopes for this movie.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Overall it was a good night. The kids went right to sleep when we got home. We tired them out, and that is always a good thing.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Matt is a loser looking for treasure. Kate is divorcing him because he is a loser. Matt finds a plate of a long lost treasure. Some bad gangster dude takes it from him (Matt owns the dude big money). Kate is working for a rich dude as like a maid on his boat. Matt needs the rich dude to give him money to complete his search for the treasure. The team goes to start searching but the bad gangster dude already has a team out there. Kate and Matt have a bunch of adventures, get trapped, get out of it. They do it in a church and feel bad about it. They hit people with shovels. They drive around on a scooter. They find the treasure and are very happy. They get back together.
This movie was better than I thought it would be, but that is only because I thought it would really suck. I give this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars. I think Diana would give it a slightly higher grade, but this is not her blog, so she doesn't get a say. You can contact her yourself if you want her view of the movie.
Microsoft is delusional. Here is a memo from Steve Ballmer, the guy that runs Microsoft now that Bill Gates is gone. This guy is crazy. Some of my highlights are when he talks about making the best sfotware in the world and how he is going to make people excited to use products.
If anyone is buying a digital camera (Littlkins), you should read this article on what is important when you buy a camera. It is the sensor that matters.
I remember the last time I got a new computer from Dell and the hundreds of crappy programs that were installed. It takes a couple days just to get everything you do not want on your computer deleted when you get a new one. This article talks about why it happens and what to do about it.
Click the link to view a bunch of pictures of high-tech graffiti.
New iPod Nanos will be mutli-colored and have more storage. I cannot even use the 8GB on my touch.
Here is an update on the computer guy that locked his own network down to blackmail his employer and still got paid while he was waiting in jail. He is full of excuses.
Next time you are over you can play with us, but be aware, we don't go easy on beginners!
My work is a nationwide, even worldwide, company and they do not have the 24th as a holiday. My friends think it is weird. I do not really mind it though, most of the things you do on the 24th are in the afternoon or evening, so working during the day is not a problem for me.
I am the type of person that tries to keep my inbox empty except for items that I still to respond to or items that I am currently working on. I was up over 200 messages, now I am back down to my around 30 amount that I am usually juggling.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Once we got in the air you get a not very good drink and horrible treats. We saved them to give to Jordan, not because they were horrible, but because Chloe and I shared a pizza in the airport. I might fly Southwest again because they were cheap. I really liked Jet Blue and I use Delta the most, so Southwest can be the number three airline that I use.
Below is this weeks match, I am beating the best team (once again). Hopefully it sticks.
All in all I think Chloe liked her time in San Francisco and really liked her time in Sacramento. It was a good week and we had a lot of fun. After Chloe and I picked up our luggage from the Hilton we got back on the BART and rode to Oakland where we then took the bus from the BART stop to the airport and flew home.
There is a super smart kid at MIT that is trying to get to Harvard. He is on cruise control at school until he impresses one of the professors, Kevin Spacey. Spacey has a card-counting ring going on in Vegas. He wants the super smart kid (I think Ben was his name) to be on his team. Spacey teaches Ben how to count cards and he is awesome. The team goes to Vegas and start making money. Ben just wants his $300,000 for Harvard and then out. As Ben wins more money he gets a bigger head and more reckless. Plus, he gets the hot chick, Kate Bosworth. One night Ben loses all the money and Spacey is pissed. Spacey rats Ben out to the security guys and Ben gets the crap beat out of him.
Ben goes back to school a loser. Spacey has ruined him and stolen all his money. Sad for Ben. Ben finally apologizes to Spacey and they decide to go for one more big run and get as much as they can. This time Spacey is actually going to play. The team goes to play and they win. A lot. They are happy but securty starts to run after them. Spacey splits off from Kate and Ben and gets away. Ben and Kate get away too. You then see that Ben had switched the chips so Spacey gets nothing, plus you see that one of the security guys is in Spacey's limo. He is busted. Then you see that Ben made a deal with security to get Spacey. Spacey is pissed, but he is screwed. Ben thinks he gets all the winnings, but the security guy (Laurence Fishbourne) takes the money for his "pension". At the end you see that Ben is telling this story to the scholarship committee for Harvard, as he has lost all his own money.
This movie was OK, not great. Diana wanted a lot better. I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars.
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That is not what you guys try to lead me to believe the definition is. You guys have a warped, sick, and twisted mind!
It is time for lunch and Chloe wants a churro. We start to head up to the churro truck and Chloe sees the Dreyer ice cream store. She now wants ice cream for lunch. I told her, "We were on vacation so why not?" She got a double scoop with chocolate and peanut butter cup. She loved it. Chloe wanted to do more shopping and we had to head back to the Hilton to get our luggage. We are heading back to the BART and we decided to not walk back (we would not be good pioneers), we just took a cab to the station.
After this small miracle we headed back to the BART to go to the Embarcadero and walk to Fisherman's Wharf.
I want to keep up my tradition of posting great signs I see as I wander through my daily life. Above is the latest and greatest. The best part of the sign is the homeless guy jumping around with the sign. Sorry I did not get a picture of the guy. I am not a very good walker and picture taker at the same time.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I like the image above because it is a trolley in San Francisco. I also like it because it is the 200th picture I have taken with my Curve. It is a pretty good camera. I have really liked having it. I don't think my blog would be half as cool as it is without the Curve.
Chloe was pretty shell-shocked as we came up out of the BART station at Powell Street in SF. This is a pretty busy neighborhood and I dont't think Chloe knew what to expect. We take about five steps and her hand grabbed mine as tight as she could. Right after that a lady with no shoes and clothes from the 60's came up to ask for change. It was a wild day and this was all in the first three minutes.
Bummer that she died, now we will never get that Golden Girls movie!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Some no-no's for the next (we all know there will be another one) Batman movie:
DO NOT try to bring back the Joker. No one can replace Heath Ledger. He is the Joker and anyone else that would even try would be shameful.
DO make Batman hunted by the police force, he can never have a safe moment while he is the costume, he needs to be hunting criminals while he is being hunted by the police.
DO NOT bring in Wonder Boy (Robin), he was the downfall of the earlier franchise.
DO kill more main characters. When we know that anyone can die at any time then no one is safe. I understand that Batman won't die, but everyone else should be up for grabs.
DO NOT make the movie light and fluffy. Batman is a dark character, having things be light and fluffy is just not right.
DO let Bruce Wayne be happy, but his girlfriend does not need to know he is Batman.
Remeber that Batman is the hero Gotham deserves, not the hero Gotham needs.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Rarely does a movie live up to the hype. This movie exceeds the hype. It is everything promised and more. The only real sticking point is how come Katie Holmes did not come back to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes. I am not a Maggie Gyllenhal fan (not that I am a huge Katie Holmes fan either), so that was weird.
Heath Ledger was incredible. There was not one point where I said, "That is Heath Ledger." He is soooooo different from anything he has done before. This role really seems to have driven him mad, and I can see why.
I want to tell you so much, but I do not want to give it away. Just know that when you go you will be very happy. The movie is over 2 and half hours, but it does not feel long. You do not need treats or a drink or anything that will have you looking away from the screen at any point. This movie is action or it is the plot moving along.
The Dark Knight is above and beyond anything anyone has tried to do before with a comic book movie. This movie is epic, and it feels that way too. The Dark Knight leaves you wanting more and I cannot wait to see what Christopher Nolan does next with the Batman franchise. I hope Penguin is never in another Batman movie, but I would like to see Nolan's take on Catwoman and the Riddler. Jim Carrey was good as the Riddler, but a darker turn would be interesting.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Overall, Old Sacramento was pretty good. I enjoyed my time there.
That was it. Weird. John Stamos?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
If you do not have this album - you need to get it!
The Celtics are in trouble. They would not have won without James Posey, and they lost him because they would not add another year to his deal. They will be kicking themselves next June when they lose in the first or second round. This deal really improves the Hornets. They have quite a team, I see big things for them next year (if they stay healthy).
You should never take money out of your 401(k). Never. I know times are bad for the economy, but just do not do it. The money you lose is just not worth it.
Gil Grissom is leaving CSI? I do not know if I can watch the show once he leaves. I will have to see how they do this. He really is the heart and soul of CSI. When he left last season for like 6 weeks the show got harder to watch. It is good to hear that Sara will be coming back. I do not know how they could bring back the Miniature Killer, but this is TV, so whatever. I do not like Lady Heather so she doesn't matter.
I wonder how long until there is a copycat of this? I am surprised this is the first time that something like this has happened and made a big splash. I am sure there are plenty of people that could go out to the internet and lock down servers and basically hold their company hostage. I think we will see more of this in the future. At least this guy is still getting paid. Is there really not a way to stop paying him until his trial? Nuts.
I love my BlackBerry (you already know this). Something I thought was weird happened a couple weeks ago and I finally had time today to look into it. We call Lesley "LD", but when you type LD on the blackberry it inserts the day. Weird and annoying. I found this story on tips to use your BlackBerry, and it explains the LD thing. I wish there was a way to get rid of it. It is so much easier to type LD then Lesley.
Pandora, the internet radio station is a killer app on the iphone. I got to try and get this on my BlackBerry. I wish that I had it. This is a reason to get the iPhone.
I like jokes, I have a couple that are pretty bad that I can do. Here are some more bad jokes. Really bad.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
And now he is responding to this post.
The elk in your picture is a male. Female Elk, otherwise known as “cows” do not have antlers. Don’t even think about calling them “horns”.
I guess my irony does not comes through via the blog.
I do know that only male elk have horns.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Even after all my talk the group still went on the ride. Here is a picture of them at the very top of the Jet Star.
Kids are just too trusting sometimes.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Got this email from Sid today at work:
This is an elk. It is in the deer family, but is not generally referred to as a “deer”. It is especially not a “reindeer”. It’s in the velvet and a nice looking elk at that.
Now doesn't that Sid just think he know everything. The only thing he left out is if it is male or female.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
The movies starts with what looks like a pretty successful guy getting divorce papers. He goes to pick his daughter up at school, he gets her a couple days a week) where they had their first lesson on sex education. The girl had some questions (of course), but it was not about sex, it was about how her Mom and Dad met. The Dad goes in to the story, but the story is about three girls, and the daughter will need to choose which one becomes the Mom. The stories are cute and you see how he falls in and out of love with the girls and how life changes things. You get commentary from the daughter as the story goes along. The girl picks out which one is her Mom, but also realizes that her Dad is still in love with one of the other girls in the story. The daughter helps her Dad get back with April, the girl that he loves. It all ends happy.
As we were watching I told Diana how the show would go and I hit it right on. I picked the Mom out and said who the Dad would end up with. I am awesome, or I watch too many movies. I give this movie 3.5 stars out of 5. I do recommend this movie for someone that wants a fun, light, romantic comedy.
I finally got to mowing and the yard actually looks pretty good this year. Not too many weeds. I do have a lot of morning glory coming up though. Does anyone know of anything that will kill the morning glory in your yard?
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thank you for being a friend.
Travel down the road and back again.
Your heart is true your a pal and a confidant.
And if you threw a party, invited everyone you ever knew.
You would see the biggest gift would be from me.
And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend.
There is a group of hunters (did I mention that this was supposed to be in 10,000 BC). They have a prophecy around this girl they find, whomever is her "man" will be the best hunter and leader of the tribe. She grows up and a certain boy likes her. The boy is an outcast. As they grow they begin to fall in love, but he cannot have her until he wins her in the hunt. During the hunt the boy takes down the animal all by himself with mostly luck. He wins the girl and is happy, except the old leader knows that he did not really "win" her. The boy gives her up. That night the bad people come and steal a bunch of the villagers. The boy follows and while he is gone meets many people and has many adventures. He gains many friends and once he finds the girl and his other villagers he sets them free and all the other slaves. Him and the girl live happily ever after.
I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars. Like I said, it was just a movie. Time filler. This could have really been epic, but just was not executed correctly to be that great.
There is an alarm clock that will dial your friends via cell phone if you do not get up when the alarm goes off. Talk about embarrassing. The one thing the report does not say is what happens when the phone dials your friend.
You know those websites that ask you questions to login? Do you ever wonder what the long list of answers look like? It could be very interesting.
A slide-out keyboard on the iPhone would betray everything that Apple said when they launched the device. Apple, don't do it!
This just in: WallE is in honor of Steve Jobs? WTHO?
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
After the movie we went to Chik-fil-a and got our regular (Chicken Nugget combo with Lemonade to drink). Chik-fil-a is awesome and I think I should go there more. I love it.
We just got home and while I blog Diana is watching So You Think You Can Dance. When I have more time I will blog a little about this show. It is...how do I say this...interesting.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
We got off to a much earlier start today and made it to camp before 8:30AM. The classes do not start until 9:30 so we sat through skits and songs from the camp staff. Most of these were pretty horrible. A lot of the times I had to ask Jordan if the things were funny? He laughed and I just sat there.
The first class was Readyman where the boys learned about first aid. It was pretty good. Learning CPR, the Heimlich, and when to call Poison Control was all good info that kids need to hear. This class was two hours so it got a little long, but the boys were able to play a game for about a half-hour.
We then went to Geology where we learned about rocks and how mountains are formed. We also learned about the hardness scale which was actually interesting...considering it was developed in the 1800's.
At this point we took a long lunch because 1) Geology got out early, and 2) We had an hour set aside for lunch. We ate and talked and then went to the Trading Post where the boys wasted their money. The Trading Post is full of junk - but at least it is not overpriced. Most items were pretty cheap.
The last class was, once again, swimming. Jordan did not swim today, he did not want to. He read his book and played with his bow and arrow set (he got it from the Trading Post). He seemed to have a good time and the rest of the boys had fun swimming.
It was a pretty good day.
Overall, Jordan and the group fulfilled many requirements and had a good time, which is basically what I like to happen during Webelos.