Monday, February 07, 2011

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Fire up the Zed PM

As I have tweeted, I've been on a Stargate Atlantis kick lately. I've been watching at least one episode a day for weeks.

It's had a cool byproduct - more sci-fi dreams (which never happens to me, so it makes for more entertaining nights).

I was in bed this morning, thinking. I was wondering: since dreams are basically your brain unspooling and processing your day, exactly how would it find the sci-fi content useful or applicable?

Moments later, Michelle stirred and I thought to myself "Better take my shower now, so the engines have time to re-heat the water for her".


Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I dub thee: BeardyNet!

Spanish Moss is taking over. I found some trying to break into the house Tuesday night and was forced to devour it whole while it was still wriggling. Some may say Spanish Moss doesn't wriggle, that it was all the bugs inside it - but I disagree.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hello Stranger

I had every intention of getting back into blogging in a big way this year. The past few weeks have not been a good demonstration of that, and I hope to do better.

I work, I sleep, I do laundry... You know how it is. Really, I had plenty of time this weekend to blog but I was too busy watching episode after episode of Stargate Atlantis. Did you know that Jewel Staite was on an episode of SG-A as a Wraith before she played Jennifer Keller? I didn't.

I've been training for the 5K that's coming up, and also taking a lot of walks during lunch. I wander around in this housing development behind my work during these walks, and I discovered this very cool path - it's about five feet off the ground - like two walls that have been filled in and turned into a path, it just goes on and on.

Monday, January 17, 2011

"By the red bridge"

I love addresses like this.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I see you!

The cat and I play a game under the door where she snags a sock out of my hand. She's so cute and inquisitive!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

I love 'How I Met Your Mother'!

Great, great show. I love the episode with the Teen Wolf.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I was cleaning the aquarium at work...

And my wedding ring slipped off my finger. The thing is extremely loose if my hands are wet. I paused just long enough to snap the photo, then fished it out with the net.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Snow Peas Rule!

I finally gave in to the hype and installed Plants vs. Zombies a few days ago. It's a very cute game, well designed, great music, and all elements designed and delivered with a grin.

If you haven't checked it out yet, you should really do so!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011


I'd really hoped to post a little something every day, but for some reason that's harder than it should be. For one thing, I'm sleeping in later than I used to. Is blogging worth getting up an hour earlier?

Not that it takes an hour to write a post (though it certainly can) but I like a little time elbow room, you know? Who wants to feel rushed?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

1) So Cute! 2) What's wrong with me?

This penguin is super cute! I couldn't help thinking maybe he had a parasite on his butt that he was trying to shake off. Hopefully he was just a happy penguin.

Happy little penguin Celebrating The Holidays brought to you by Videobash

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Strange News

More than 1000 blackbirds fell dead from the sky over Arkansas. My theory is a sudden blast of freezing wind from a high altitude air current.

Also, we call Arkansas "Arkansaw" but Kansas is "KanSes". Did they call it "Kansaw" back in the day?

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Rock Band

As with most trends, I have come late to Rock Band - I played for the first time a few weeks ago at friends Kelly and Brandon's house.

It's a surprisingly (expensive) fun game, considering all it really consists of is pressing a matching colored button when a moving blob of color hits just the right position onscreen - and repeat repeat repeat.

The fact that you're playing with controllers that seem to be the real thing is a big part of the immersion. If I wasn't playing with a very realistic guitar but instead just tapping buttons on a normal XBox controller, the impact would be a lot less and a lot different.

Somehow when I'm playing the guitar controller, it really feels as if I'm performing the song that's playing - it's a weird sensation especially since I have zero musical skills, no coordination or dexterity, and no rhythm. Playing a Jimi Hendrix song to a virtual crowd of screaming fans is not something my psyche was prepared for. Is this what a flying dream would feel like? I don't have flying dreams.

For the moment, I'm stuck on 'easy' mode, since my cold limp yellowed withered claw of a left hand is about as responsive as a coma patient. It's my own fault - my left hand does a little typing, a lot of scratching, and not much else. For some reason, chords that require two widely separated buttons to be pressed simultaneously are as out of my reach as a Nobel Prize (red and blue, my old nemesis, we meet again for the last time!). If I want to graduate to medium without making all my bandmates fail out, I might have to resort to the kid buttons closer to the body of the guitar.

We played for about five hours yesterday, and I'm ready for more!