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The Indefinite Article.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

All Hail the Uber-whore!

I’ve Clearly under estimated the power that is Barbie
…After assembling California Barbie…
Dare I say it? I love this bitch and I think I covet her life…I believe I shall have it and it make my own! She reeks of skin cancer…er I mean sunscreen…yeah that’s it sunscreen. She’s kicked that loser Ken to the curb and adopted these uber-whore quasi blonde streaks in her hair, but the best part is...

She comes with a BAR!

Woohoo! This set comes complete with coconut shell cocktails, highballs with umbrellas, and a blender! Lush-tastic Barbie has stopped pretendin and now fully embraces the lifestyle that will undoubtedly lead to "Swinging Sex Party Barbie", "Maybe skipping the condom wasn’t such a good idea Barbie", and lastly, "Genital Warts Barbie".
Be who you is, BARBIE…Be who you is….

*Note this shall be my last Barbie post of any sort. I aplogize for even doing this much, but come on y'all.. THIS IS RICH!

Friday, December 30, 2005

using setInterval()

I've been trying to wrap my head around setInterval() for the past couple of days. I was examing a little piece of java script that Pablo wrote for todd's BigSeason site. (To see what i'm talking about click the big season link and then view the page source. There is a bit of javascript in the head tag that loops through a series of quotations.) Looking at the source, i figured that i had to use setInterval() with a loop to get it to cycle through a function a certain number of times. I could get simple things to dwork:

function doThis(words:String) {
setInterval(doThis,1000,"trace this!");

But i wanted to control a whole series of functions: load a series of movieclips from the library, put them in a particular place, slide em in, slide em out on click... all sorts of stuff. I struggled with it in between phone calls at work and at todd's new place with a Dr. Pepper. Finally, today, while i was gnawing on a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken at my mom's(which i hadn't had in forever!) it hit me: setInterval() IS the loop. duh!

so i finally got three balls (draggable) to tween onto the stage. See the .fla file with the code here.

Paul & Adolph: could i get a coding critique?

Sex or Salad

"Sex without soul is like salad without dressing."
-Tom Robbins, from Villa Incognito

p.s. how do I send a blog invite to 2 of our friends from Southwest: Amy and Jeremy Chichester? Here are their e-mail addresses:

Neato Burrito

My brother's music was used throughout a film that documents a film-maker's trip to Argentina
--> the footage is great, and the message is sweet and uplifting
---> check out part 3 here

A Passage (Un Paso), By Austin Lynn (Kovarova)

A Passage, Part 1
A Passage, Part 2
A Passage, Part 3
A Passage, Part 4
I was broken up into 4 parts to allow space for commerical breaks, as it was shown on television in Mexico...

Also, for all you Mac geeks out there, it was made with Final Cut Pro on a G5 PowerMac...

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Best in New York 2006

Check out this very cool write-up in Shecky's, a travel guide to NYC that you can buy at Barnes & Noble locally:


Star Gardens

You plantin’ for me? Chances are, your version of an “urban garden” consists of a half-dead ficus tree and an unidentifiable housewarming plant. Amber Freda, owner of Star Gardens – a landscape design and installation company – (and Robert De Niro’s personal gardener!), knows a thing or two about plants and pledges to “transform the concrete jungle into an urban paradise!” She offers private consultations to determine your particular needs (a two-foot slab of concrete that gets no light? Bring it on!), then installs, prunes, and presents it while you watch from the comfort of your sofa. Amber will return to your garden four times a year for seasonal maintenance so all you have to do is enjoy. (Although it’ll help if you water it.)

Letter to Santa

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Happy Holidays from the Mountains!

Internet Marketing

I've been doing pay-per-click advertising on google for about a year now and have found it extremely frustrating, for while it does bring in a fair amount of traffic, it doesn't lead to a lot of actual work.... maybe my keywords are too general, or maybe I'm getting a lot of do-it-yourselfers who want to see photos they can imitate, and very few real customers. probably am paying even for my own competition to click on my banners...

so, i'm looking into other methods. site-targeted ads seem like a hit-or-miss proposition as well.

is it better to use the same keywords on each page of your website or to change the keywords to address the subject of each individual page? which leads to more traffic?

any other thoughts on marketing?

referrals still seem to be the best way to get customers -- free community bulletin boards have brought me more business than pay-per-click. if only there was a way to broadcast referrals to a larger audience instantaneously....

Tuesday, December 27, 2005


While reading the NYTimes article about Freeport's mining operations in Indonesia, I came across this gem:
Freeport says it strives to mitigate the environmental effect of its mine, while also maximizing the benefits to its shareholders

I read such a sentence and wish that lighting-bolts would form in my hands...

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas From Denver!!!

Christmas With Mom!
So far Christmas has been wonderful! First, the guys went to Mile High stadium to see the Broncos stomp the Raiders. I had not been to an NFL game in ages, and my oh my was it fun! I mean, the stadium fits over 70,000 people and it was packed and everyone was yelling and waving flags and such and then I ate this big huge hot-dog and some peanuts and then the game was over. Then, the whole family assembled for a Christmas Eve extravaganza dinner which featured the Mercado family's favorites: tamales, taquitos (flautas), rice, beans and for desert, a million different kinds of cookie. Oh, we all ate too much and then the neighbors came over for some egg-nog and beer and caroling and a swell time was had by all. This Christmas morning the babies got us all up pretty early and after a traditional waffle and lil' smokies breakfast we tore in to the presents. I walked away with some swell new books and a hefty gift-card to Target which I can't wait to blow on some premium Fruit-Of-The-Loom socks...

Tonight we are going to feast on a big huge turkey, which is great because I missed out on Thanksgiving this year...

I hope everyone is doing well, and I wish you all the best on this beautiful Christmas morning!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Happy Holidays From Handwire

So Todd, Diana and I went to the Handwire Holiday Party last night; It was loads of fun! The food was catered and tasty, the booze was plentiful, and the White-Elephant session was full of the happiness, joy and vengeance. I think Todd and Diana walked away the big winners with the Dish-Towel and 2024 hours AOL cd that they won. I scored a sweet Ponce DeLeon pen-holder. The other fought-over items were the Serentiy DVD, the Big Foot autobiography and T&D's cutely be-potted plant.
Alot of fun was had on the Karoake machine. As you can see from this foto, Todd loves him some Karoake--whatever the genre! I heard him sing from classic country to Motley Crue...

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Rock and Roll

I saw a rock and roll show at the Parish last night. First up was the Stellastarr, and their amazing wall of sound. All the molecules in the room were moved by their mighty wall of sound. It was fantastic.
Following them in the lineup (but preceding them by 10 years musically) was the main act, Austin's own Spoon. Wow. What a show. King Kong's troubled heart beats like this band does. Oh how my knees ached after the hours of swinging and swaying...


Well, I guess my Christmas shopping dollars won't be going into the NYC economy. Reading about all these people walking to work over the bridges reminds me a lot of the blackout. Except that it wasn't cold. And it was dark.

Amusingly, the transit workers have talked themselves into believing that New Yorkers will support them. I doubt this for two reasons. One, the pension package they are fighting for is far more generous than they would get anywhere in the private sector. So few people will be able to relate to it. And, two, whenever there is a fare hike people spit on and throw things at the MTA workers. If they do that over a fare hike, why would they have an opposite reaction over a strike?

enough snow for a sleighride!

Originally uploaded by shanedenson.

Monday, December 19, 2005


So I was thinking today about domain names and whatnot and had the thought, "why doesn't everyone have a domain name and telephone number that is the same as their social security number?" Then I thought, "why does a social security number have the same number of digits as a phone number?" (It doesn't, yeah, yeah, yeah.) So my social security number is available. Should I register a domain with it? If someone else does, can they exert copyright over my social security number?

Bloggalysis part deux

So, upon reading Amber's post about Bloggalysis, an affliction we have all suffered from, I was struck with an idea: Why not service my bloglines addiction by doing what Blogger has so far refused to do: set up an RSS feed for the comments!

But how, pray tell? Well, it turns out that you can configure Blogger to send out an email alert when a comment is posted to the blog. I examined the format of this email and figured that it would be possible to strip out the good stuff, cram it into data-structure and make a feed out of it.

With a little bit of Ruby magic (about 90 lines), I managed to get the job done! I pointed an email address at a ruby script that parses the email, crams the data into an embedded database, and then writes out the most recent comments as RSS feed...

I present The Chunky and Conglomerated Chairjockey Comment Feed!

If you use Safari's RSS reader, here is your link..

If you use some other reader (like the aforementioned bloglines) just point your tool to http://odacrem.com/rss/chairjockey-comments.rdf

Enjoy the RSESSY goodness!!!

My first cartoon

The Movie Post

Alright I saw Brokeback Mountain. I loved it, and I’m secure enough to admit that I squeezed out a tear or two. The heterosexual couple in front of us were so broken up that they were actually consoling one another…This made me feel a little better about myself, because the breeder guy turned out to be a more of a woman than me. Some folks feel it doesn’t move quite as fast as they’d like. If that’s the sort of movie that they want…I’m sure there’s a movie about a Giant Gorilla that can accommodate them. This is a love story. It will most likely make you feel like sitting in the tub with a Pearl Light, piecing together all the places where they could have skipped off together, holding hands, to the land of happy endings…Yeah shut up…so what if that’s what I did…yes there were bubbles. We spent the rest of the weekend driving around listening to country music which I usually don’t have an ear for.

Anyway, great movie. This is the first movie that really addressed the plight that gay people had to endure in that specific environment. I’m not going to go into the particulars, but this movie is important and I recommend it to people over 18.

That said, I actually saw some guy take his 11-year-old (approx) daughter into the BBM and felt really uncomfortable with that…It’s a rated-R movie about two gay cowboys, it’s not like he didn’t know what he was getting into…
There’s a line when it comes to exposing your child to new things that just shouldn’t be crossed. I remember being in the same room with my mom and watching Dirty Dancing and feeling really really creepy…This I imagine made that experience look like an afternoon of ice cream and tickle-fights by comparison. That little girl was looking for the ejection-button on her movie seat. I think I heard her praying once.
“Dear Jesus…Anything, flying monkeys, gypsy abduction, anything!...Amen. ”
…poor little lamb, I wonder if she was told she was gonna see the Princess Diaries, and instead she got the Princess Mammaries. (That’s right, Anne Hathaway breaks out the twins.) I pray she was spared the “discussion” after the movie with her old man.
“Well honey, sometimes cowboys are secretly frequently fond of one another…and when that happens, one cowboy takes the other cowboy and…”
That therapy bill is gonna be huge.


So I got really worried this weekend because I couldn't ssh into the-little-iBook-that-could up at the office. As it turned out, some vandal had pulled the master power switch for the entire building. After I found out about that I fretted that before power was restored the iBook would run out of battery because I still couldn't ssh into it, but I checked in on it this morning, was able to log into it and it kept running!
 9:54  up 627 days,  1:38, 5 users, load averages: 0.11 0.08 0.07


Saturday, December 17, 2005

A harangue, if you like.

If you've been waiting for a long "stop telling me how PERSECUTED Christians are" harangue, wait no more.

Note: Not safe for work. Or home, really. Maybe safe for a cave far, far away from sensitive eyes.


I think the blogging experience could be greatly improved if you received some sort of an update on the list of current posts -- like, "this post has received 2 new comments since the last time you signed in." Because now I'm not sure if I should respond to JP in the comments section of my last post because I don't know if he'll click on it, or should I start a new post? But then, I wouldn't want to take up valuable public blog space with all the personal details of, "have you seen so and so? where'd you get that nifty haircut? who's frank? where out west are you going?" ..... etc., etc. ...

will paul really read his comments to see that I'm eager to catch up and see what new and wonderful creations he's devising with his life these days?

and will adolph ever go back to that "mountain livin' " post to read the long response I gave, or did I just type into the wind, so to speak? Am I the only one experiencing bloggalysis?!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Teh Suxxors: Quicken

So I thought I was going to do the right thing for once and get Quicken and get my financial stuff organized. Quicken sucks.

I have really basic needs and mostly track on three accounts: checking, savings, credit card. I haven't imported the retirement stuff into Quicken yet. The money goes in the checking account and out to savings and credit. All of my financial institutions offer .qif files for download and they import into Quicken easily enough. However, Quicken doesn't seem to offer a way to tie a withdrawal from the checking account to a payment in the credit card account. If I put the category of [Credit Card] in the withdrawal, an entry on the credit card account automagically appears and vice versa. Since I didn't read page 64 of the user guide beforehand I didn't know this when I went through and categorized the last year's worth of transactions and wound up with a year's worth of duplicate payments in the credit card account record. Then when I saw them in the credit card account record, I deleted them on the credit card side without realizing (b/c I didn't read pg 64) that the checking account entry would be deleted too.

For me this breaks a clear rule about how an application should work: it should not do stuff to a document (account) that the user is not focused on without user permission or at least a one-time click-through.

Additionally, this application behavior is useless to me because I want Quicken to be a vehicle for understanding what my financial situation is. The raw data comes from bank data, not data entry on my part (even though applying categories is very laborious). In Quicken I can't tie a withdrawal from one account on one day to a deposit on another account that may not post for another couple of days. The workaround would be to delete the payment entries in the credit card and savings accounts but this would defeat the purpose of the data imports--having the same records as the banks, only all in one place.

Other things about Quicken that suck:
  • Sorting transactions: doesn't work
  • Find: works like a word processor from 1999
  • User interface: bad blend of old-fashioned grids and "make it look like a web browser" underlined text

There are some decent things about Quicken, and I think that it is pretty tightly focused on the kind of person that regularly balances a checkbook and validates their own data entry against bank records.

Name or Marketing Slogan?

I would rather that pieces of legislation had neutered borg-like names, like Act 1234B, rather than names such as "Patriot Act" or "Healthy Forests Restoration Act" or "Clean Air Act". Most names assigned to legislation are pretty good labels, in that they seek to describe the purpose of the legislation. But some names are clearly devised primarily as marketing slogans. The name, "Patriot Act", for example, was clearly chosen for its marketing value. It feels creepy to have legislation marketed to me.

Rocketnaut - D3 in 3D!

As you can see D3 (David Fernandez) continues to accumulate mad skills out in San Diego. He did this one in Maya.

Mama Mexicana

Carol just left me a message in Spanish and I had no idea what she was saying!! ... that's after 4 years of spanish in school. i haven't used it since i left texas. one thing i miss SO bad up here is mexican food.....

anthony was amazed by all the mexican food restaurants in texas -- everywhere we looked there was mexican, mexican, mexican, and more mexican!!! yummmmmmmm ... i ate it for just about every meal while we were down there!

new york may have the best restaurants in the world, but in the entire city there was only one good mexican restaurant -- Mama Mexicana in the Village, where it's seriously gourmet (sort of a laid-back Fonda San Miguel where you pay at least $20/entree) ... yum, they have Pistachio Chicken, excellent mole sauce made with blackberries and chocolate, etc.

There are lots of these "fast food mexican" places that used to tempt me when i first moved up here. i would walk in, salivating over the prospect of a really good burrito for lunch, only to look behind the counter and see all asians working there -- hm, sort of strange, i thought, but i believe in giving everyone a fair chance, so i would order a burrito and wind up with something that tasted like stir-fry vegetables (i could even swear i tasted a hint of -- what was it? soy sauce? ginger, maybe?) with canned beans. Disgusting!

There are even fewer Mexican restaurants in Pennsylvania -- "God's Country," they call it, but I think if I were God I would have a chef that knows how to make salsa fiery enough to impress the devil!! You think the devil eats beef stroganoff for dinner? Nah, he knows Mexican food is the spice of life... I bet he'd have someone like Carol cooking for him every night -- now THAT'S real food!

They do make pretty good cheesesteaks around here, I have to admit. And if you've ever had a New York pizza, well Domino's just doesn't deliver after that! Ummmm, now I'm thinking about New York Italian food -- maaaan, Anthony and his dad make the BEST homemade meatballs -- I'll never be able to eat at the Olive Garden again ...

So, thanks a lot, Carol!! You ruined me for life with your kick ass cooking ... who knows, maybe if I'd been born and raised in New York or Pennsylvania I'd think Mexican food really was supposed to taste like stir-fry after all!

btw, JP, i always figured you'd wind up on the east coast someday. go figure. maybe i got it all wrong somehow. ever hear from radio randy?


Would love for you to do a re-design on our websites -- please send me an e-mail at ambant@earthlink.net


Thursday, December 15, 2005

Syntax Errors

I hate syntax errors.

UPDATE: Upon todd's request, i added a small reset button so that if you blow it up real big and then scroll around and then scroll back down and lose the iamge outside of the screen, it'll bring you right back to where you started.

I created a slider that would control the scale of a movie clip, but had some difficulty sending the scale value to a dynamic text field on the stage that was created at author-time. I kept getting a syntax error with this command:

//percent being a variale that holds the scale value
scaleText_txt.text = "Scale value: " + percent + " %";

Turns out that this works perfectly for dynamically placed text boxes, but not for text boxes that are placed there at author-time using the GUI tools. The correct syntax, it turns out, is:

scaleText_txt.text = 'Scale value: ' + percent + ' %';

Apostrophe's and not quotes? Is this subtle difference documented somewhere? cause i can't remember running into this before.

UPDATE: before the previous code, i had a trace command that would send the value to the output panel, coded as such:

trace('percent '+percent);

this has always worked. on a scooby-doo-like hunch, i changed the apostrophes to quotes and it still worked. so then i changed apostrophes to quotes in the scaleText_txt box and THIS TIME IT WORKED! so, the moral of the story is stay consitent. If it works, keep on doing it. This really throws me for a loop as i thought that all characters had a really specific function (i.e. square brackets as opposed to curly brackets as opposed to parenthesis) and couldn't be interchanged.

UPDATE 2: I updated the file so that you can now scroll the image once you enlarge it (up to 999%) and scroll around the body. Eventually, the user will bea ble to choose a body part/area and get some displayed information.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Bearded Warbler

The Bearded Warbler
Originally uploaded by Pablo Mercado.

the bearded-warbler is warbled and bearded
he lives in thorny tree
he loves to sing and sing he does
his sing-songy song with glee:

"oh, i am the bearded-warbler
I live in a thorny tree
I only eat popcorn and nachos
anything else just won't meet with my approval

just kidding i like to eat bird food
like worms and seeds and such
but if you should feed me some nachos
I would not eat them

unless the nachos are cheesy
in a bowling alley or movie theater type way
because then I would eat them because I love those kinds of nachos

oh, i am the bearded-warbler
I live in a thorny tree
I love to sing and sing I do
my sing-songy song with glee"


When I am dictator of the Earth and all Allied Planets I will decalare that all Ape-Movies should feature an appearance by Charlton Heston. Ape-Movies that were created before this edict should be retro-fitted with Charlton Heston scenes.

If the science of cloning has not advanced to the point where we can clone Charlton Heston for the purpose of putting him in Ape-Movies, then it will be acceptable to merge old-footage of him into the film.

So it is mentioned. So it should be done.

Mountain Livin'

I always wanted me a mountain man ... and check out that quality kid, too!

Wow, I can feel the love in the room ... I miss you'se guys. When is the next reunion?? Why doesn't everyone come to see us in the Pennsylvania Poconos?? Man, we would have such a blast snowboarding/skiing/etc this time of year -- and NYC is only 1.5 hours away ... there's plenty of room here for everyone!! And in summer there are lakes and waterfalls and hiking since we're on the Appalachian Trail ...

Todd, I would LOVE for you to take our websites to the next level!! How much do you charge?? What ideas do you have? Please send us an e-mail at ambant@earthlink.net

I was racking my brain trying to think, who is JP?? Is that JP the old copy editor from The Star? And then I looked at the profile with the snazzy photo -- it's John Padgett!!! How are you?? You look great! Which advertising agency are you at -- not GSD&M with Jeremy Chichester?

Carol, do I still have a New York accent or is it Pennsylvanian now?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

What's New

Hi everyone,

Long time no type! Now that winter has officially arrived here in the mountains, I have time to take a break from landscaping and catch up on catching up. I'm working on one very interesting project this winter -- a 40' tall by 25' wide completely vertical garden. It makes perfect sense in NYC, where all the horizontal space is taken at premium prices. So it's a challenge to get plants and soil mounted vertically, using a hydroponically-intensive drip irrigation system. It's for a hotel, so it could get some press and even possible become a tourist's destination of sorts....

Mountain living is just breath-takingly beautiful. The air is so clean here ... I wake up every morning and see the deer and turkeys frolicking in our backyard and the snow sparkling on the lawn (I've never seen snow so white! Well, okay, in NYC it would last about an hour before the morning rush hour dirtied it completely) ... I feel so alive here, so full of possibility and creative drive! Antonio feels the rush of freedom, too, as he can run and play in the woods, in the snow, on his sled, and to the lake in the summer. Anthony has become quite the mountain man -- he's so into being outdoors now and doing "yard work" -- he's even got a full mountain man beard!

Will write more when I have time to sit and think some more.

Check out what's new on our websites:


Monday, December 12, 2005

My first class

I wrote my first class following Moock's Essential Action Script. I've added a couple of extra functions (the alpha change on click and the 'dragability' as well as the text field on each that displays the height) and then ran the class through a for... loop in a .fla file, resulting in a series of randomly sized, randomly placed boxes on the stage. If you refresh your browser the box sizes/placement/text will change.

As of now, the randomly generated numbers are variables in the .fla file and not the class. I thought that putting them in the class would limit the class somewhat, but now that i think about it:

if( h == undefined) {
height = Math.round(Math.random*1000)/2;
} else {
height = h;

On to chapter 5: Authoring an Image Viewer class


Todd, Ryan and I saw Syriana last night. I really enjoyed the movie. I think it stretched itself a little thin towards the end, but not enough to entirely break the thread of plausability. In addition to the entertaining and stimulating narrative I thought that the movie was visually and audibly pleasing. It had nice pace. The acting was superb. The popcorn was tasty. etc.

Sweet, Sweet Victory! Game 13 Versus Verity FC

This last game of the season was great fun! I played center-mid the entire first half, and managed to contribute to our lone-goal: a sweet 4 player, 4 touch combination...

With this victory we secured our first place standing and kept our 10 game unbeaten streak alive. It is a very nice feeling to part of winning team; all the more so because our victories were due to hard-work, rather than sheer dominance. I hope we continue to do this well in the State Cup and the spring season...

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Tagging Systems, Ontology

Can't sleep so started reading about tagging systems, folksomononies and such. Came across this essay called "Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags". Found it to be an interesting read. Has not helped me sleep though.
Well-managed, well-groomed organizational schemes get worse with scale, both because the costs of supporting such schemes at large volumes are prohibitive, and, as I noted earlier, scaling over time is also a serious problem. Tagging, by contrast, gets better with scale. With a multiplicity of points of view the question isn't "Is everyone tagging any given link 'correctly'", but rather "Is anyone tagging it the way I do?" As long as at least one other person tags something they way you would, you'll find it -- using a thesaurus to force everyone's tags into tighter synchrony would actually worsen the noise you'll get with your signal. If there is no shelf, then even imagining that there is one right way to organize things is an error.

Meaning is agreement. Most people disagree with the crazy person.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Italy and the Czech Republic? Yikes!!!

sweet looking World Cup ball (130 dollars???!!!!)

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Am I right to be a bit weirded out?

I feel weirded out, and by weirded out I mean flippin grossed-out to the flippin max.
Here’s how it went down~
I’m doing my usual gym routine. I leave at lunch to lift heavy things, as is my habit. When I arrive, the charmingly underpaid and most likely underage person behind the desk lets me know that there are no clean towels and that I’ll just have to work out without one. Not overly keen on this, but it’s all I got, so I just won’t work out as hard as I’d normally like.
Anyway, so I get through my gym stint and I make my way to the locker room to find an Older Guy toweling off. It was definitely a gym towel, you can tell cause they have this blue stripe down the center that let’s you know they’re not yours. That said:

JP: Hey did they have more towels?
Older Guy: No. They had like four when I got here and I got one of the last ones.

He’s looking at me and continuing the “toweling”

JP: Ahh. Oh well.

OG at this point is really going at it. Toweling himself off, like the wetness just won’t stop a’coming, south of the equator not withstanding. He really got that part dry.

OG: Hey, you know you can use this one when I’m done if you want. I don’t think I got that sweaty up there.
JP: Hey, you know as tempting as that offer may seem…

I didn’t need to finish, Older Guy pretty much put it together that there are limits to the phrase “caring means sharing”.
Had I taken him up on the offer, I can’t imagine how much further to the opposite end of the spectrum from clean I would have felt. I venture to guess OFF THE SCALE!

What is it with older men and just “hanging out” in the nude? I guess it’s cool that they’re all cool with who they are and the way god made them and everything, but there comes a point where it’s just excessive. One of the older guy’s friends managed to bring a towel of his own and they were talking for couple minutes…just naked…as you do. Then, little friend excuses himself to the toilet, still nude, but with towel in hand, but dragging it behind him…on the locker room floor… and then into the toilet stall!
*wretch!* *urp!*
He dried off with it later…
Now I’m the farthest thing from a Germaphobe, but if I had to give prize for disgusting, that would take the soap cake.
Where are these people from, and why hasn’t their race died off from some feculent-ridden illness?

I’m so weirded out…
Someone please call my pharmacist.

My Lovely Robot Humps!

I read about the Black Eyed Peas "My Humps" song in Slate this morning and it had a link to this great robot remake of the video.


I found this interesting tidbit whilst reading about the Giant Killer Jellyfish That Are Terrorizing Japan:

via boingboing

This post is composed of 100% Recycled Parts

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

24 ways

24 ways, pretty interesting.

Workspace Javascript

Often times I want to display similar but mutual exclusive information within a web page. For example, a view of an address and the form to update the address. Displaying the address in a form is functional but isn't very nice because it doesn't look great and the web page user can't select the entire text and copy it for use in other things. On the other hand, the traditional model of web pages would mean that you have a "view" web page and an "edit" web page with a form and so on. This isn't really great because the user is looking at a wrong address and then clicks "edit" to get the editing web page with the same data but different html markup.

I guess, you could get all fancy with AJAX and whatnot, but I already have something that will take an array of Javascript data and plug it into html. I just need something that will allow me to switch from the view to the update display without recoding in a bunch of onclick="changedisplay(edit_view)"'s. Enter the workspace switcher. Basically, you point it to where the workspace is and where the menu should be added and it seeks out the divs within the workspace. It hides the divs that don't have an attribute of class="active" and makes a menu with the ID attribute of the divs (capitalized and with spaces for underscores, rails-style). Very simple, very easy, now I can get back to whatever it was that I forgot about while doing this.

Type html in here and then click on Html Output to see the HTML:

Below is a second workspace within the Html Output element of the first workspace:

Somebody please...

slice open a Tonton and shove me in its belly! It's cold!

1 hour later...

I am not sure how accurate the widget is...it feels like it is minus a bazillion....

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I recommend this silliness

to soothe the savage beast.

British people talking about monkeys. podcast

Lifetime Movie of the Week

Wow. I haven’t been this offended in quite some time…

Unbelievable…Lifetime movie of the week, aka “Burning Bed” pulls up into my cube and starts lecturing me about How EVERYBODY hates Texas.
As a native Texan I take offense. Granted, in my adult life, I’ve moved, and traveled around the globe and then moved back to Texas. I enjoy being a Texan. Until we got that numb nuts as President, people from all over the world would appreciate our eccentricities. Being a Texan stood for integrity and pride, and southern hospitality and knowing your neighbors, and playing outside until it was dark. Now it may not be the same place it was when I was a little boy, but don’t get up into my personal space and start trash-talking Texas. Especially if you’re not really a New Yorker anyway, you’re from South Carolina. Jealousy isn’t a color that suits you honey. She even rips on Austin, and says how much she thinks it sucks.
Then as if it ain’t enough to kick me where I sleep, she goes on to pontificate about Prop 2…A VERY sore subject with me…So tread lightly ‘cause I’ll mail your face to France to have it glued onto somebody else’s grill. For all of you who don’t know, Prop 2 is a bill that restricts same sex couples from getting married in the state of Texas.

“I overheard these two people in the grocery store talking about Prop 2. You know, there was absolutely no way Proposition 2 was not going to pass. I just wanted to pull those two people aside and tell them that there just wasn’t any way. I just felt so sorry for them. They actually believed they had a chance.”

She took this patronizing tone that begged for the tongue lashing of a lifetime.

We all have our own little hot buttons, these little clicks in our heads that go off when someone has taken you just one step too far and you’re gonna flip out and go Julia Sugarbaker on their sad self. You have absolutely no control over the carnage. The Incredible Hulk ain’t got nuthin on me. If this were a movie L7’s “Sh*t List” would be playing in the background.

I’m biting my tongue so hard I’m tasting blood. Breathe deeply JP. Now speak:
“But you do realize how important it is that people have this dialogue, right? You do realize how necessary it is that people like you, don’t open there mouths and discourage them from trying right?”

“It doesn’t change the fact that this is Texas. And it’s never going to change here.” She has this sort of Stevie Nick’s airy lilt to her voice that makes you want to serve her a beaker full of drano and tell her to gargle. Instead I come back with:
“My recommendation is that gay people all over the state should stop paying their school taxes. Gay people have no say in the curriculum and the state is clearly conspiring to keep these people from adopting any children of their own, so they shouldn’t feel obligated to pay those taxes. To put it into terms that the government can understand, fiscally cut them off. Yes it’s illegal, but it’s civil disobedience.”

She wasn’t even listening to me at this point. I could tell that she was merely thinking of the next clever thing she was going to say. I was looking for the trap door that maintenance was supposed to install. I put in request for it weeks ago. My eyes were quickly darting around my cube for the button…Button button…where’s the button? Crap! Still no trap door.

I told her I needed to go and…uh…do something and left. Good Lord, are you kidding me with this crap? No matter where you go, people are generally the same all over. At the core, and there are a few exceptions, there are no evil people, there’s just a lot of stupid people who don’t understand, or have been given bad information stemming from fear. Sure, Burning Bed may feel like the people in Texas are horrid people, but then I’m wondering if she knew this beforehand, did she move here to be with her own kind?

Toys For Tots, Booze For You

Some of the fellas on my soccer team have organized a Toys For Tots, Booze For You Holiday Party. You bring and an unwrapped toy (no toy guns!) for the kids, and in return you get to drink all the beer you want! The party will take place on the 16th, right close to Barton Springs Road and Lamar...

See here for details...


So I payed 25 dollars and stayed up real late to see MF DOOM put on a show at La Zona Rosa. It was not worth it; He came on late and put on a lackluster performance. The entire set seemed hurried, and ended abruptly an hour or so after it begain...

It was not all bad though. Some of the tracks really bounced the place- particularly the stuff off his latest release, MM Food. But, all in all, I was disappointed and will be hesitant to make the effort to see him the next time around...

Monday, December 05, 2005

Game 12 Versus The Fire Monkeys

A tough game. The Fire Monkeys have made a series of smart acquisitions during the season, picking up a couple of fellers with South American accents, which, as we all know, adds a +3 to dribbling and shooting.

With the wind at their backs in the first half, the Fire Monkeys came out strong. Their constant pressure payed off and they managed to sneak a goal in off a corner-kick deflection...

In the second half we got our offense together and spent most of the game camped out in front of their goal. We were unable to finish very well, and only barely managed to equalize off a stroke of good luck on our own corner-kick deflection...

The Fire Monkeys did get some good counter-attacks going but our defense held pretty strong. In the cases where they slipped by, our keeper Adam made some amazing saves.

There is more game left in this half of the season. If we win or tie, we keep our first place position and get the invite to the State Cup. However, depending on the result of our rival's match yesterday (they faced a tough Babaganoutch side) we may already be a lock...

Friday, December 02, 2005

i am a child

i don't know how to bring this to life












Puerto Rico

Todd Stop complaining.
Pablo Stop hurting your computer.
I hope everybody likes my new hat.

Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Justice Staff Saw Texas Districting As Illegal
Voting Rights Finding On Map Pushed by DeLay Was Overruled


Thursday, December 01, 2005

Ancient Art Of War

This was my favorite pc game ever. Next came this one.
Here is page dedicated to the game and why it was so great.

Try Ruby

For those of you who do the programming thing (even if it is only every once in a while) I recommend that you check this out (Try Ruby!). It is pretty neat introduction to ruby and programming in general...

Automobile-Sharing coming to Austin?

Flexcar, which already has a partnership with a nonprofit car operator in Chicago, will next go to Atlanta; Austin, Tex.; Boston; and New York City.

from: nytimes

A service like this would be great for no-car-having, taggart-and-todd-calling, bicycle-riding,foot-monkey like myself.

the snowman

the snowman
Originally uploaded by shanedenson.
We had snow over the weekend!


Random applications have been crashing periodically on my computer (Safari, Textmate, Mail.app, etc). This prompted me to run the diagnostics (check permissions, check disk, etc) that uncovered the minor hard-drive problem that I posted about yesterday.

This hard-drive problem does not really explain the frequent crashes, however, so I decided to see if my RAM was ok. I found a pretty sweet utility called memtest that runs some tests against available memory. Sure enough it found all sorts of problems with my RAM. I pulled the 1 gig card that I had put in a couple of months ago and ran the tests again. The tests found no problems with the built-in 256.

Perhaps the problem is occurring because the built-in RAM speed is 266mhz and the chip is 333mhz? This seems unlikely because before putting in the gig chip I had a 512 333mhz chip that ran just fine (and runs, I assume, sin problemas in Todd's ibook).

Did I get a bum chip?

Did the bad memory somehow corrupt my hard-drive?

Online XMAS shopping

Saw this on BoingBoing. Has anyone ever had this sort of horrendous online shopping experience?


Hi everybody, I haven't had much time to write lately. Just wanted to let you know I got the scholarship I've been sweating over for the past 5 or 6 months! The German National Academic Foundation is going to fund my PhD dissertation for the next two to three years, starting now!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Failing Harddrive

The internal hard-drive on my ibook may be failing...

The 'verify disk' command in 'Disk Utility' is unable to complete, so I booted into Single User Mode, and ran fsck -yf. This completed without problems. I then booted back in and tried to 'verify disk' again. No dice.

Is my hard-drive failing? Yikes! No AppleCare!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Firefox 1.5

One of the reasons I do not choose to use Firefox on my mac is that it seems to take forever to start-up. However, I just downloaded Firefox 1.5 and it seems to start-up about a million times faster.

I will probably not switch from Safari though, as I have gotten so used to Safari's key bindings...


pati y yo
Originally uploaded by Pablo Mercado.
Went ot Mexico City, Queretaro and Guanajuato last week. What a wonderful descanso it was.

Monday, November 28, 2005


where the hell are all the pictures?!?

a long weekend of gluttony/family/guacalote/etc. and no one has posted any photos?

you people are taking your cameras for granted. one day you will wake up and experience the hollow existence that is no-cameraness. and then you'll see. you'll all see!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Lady in the WHAT????

Okay, M. Night. Shamahooligan is at it again.
The trailer for this move "Lady in the Water" is watchable from
Apple's quicktime site or when you see Harry Potter.

The Sixth Sense was a great movie.
Unbreakable was a great concept.
Signs was the key indicator of where Night's career was heading.
The Village was unbearable.

I am somewhat amazed that they are allowing him to write and direct another movie.
maybe direct.....but write.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Game 11 Versus Deuce

We lost 2-nil to this team the last time around; I think it was our second game. Anyhow, this morning we corrected the record by taking Deuce down.

It was an extremely physical game- they have a lot of eager, young bruisers on their squad, and they play smart football. We faced a stiff wind during the first half, and it was all we could do to keep their attack at bay; thankfully they did not really have any real chances, but because of the wind and the speed of their strikers, they always seemed to be threatening to to break through our line. It was hard and stressful work.

But our defence is solid- we play a 4 man configuration, with a stopper and a sweeper. Our principal defenders are the fastest guys on the squad, which makes the difference on a day like today when we are being bombarded by through-balls, and long-balls...

In fact it was the speed and experience of our star sweeper Nate that both saved and almost doomed us:

It was early in the first half and Deuce was on the attack; they brought the ball down the left side and about 20 yards outside of the box they crossed it over; my right halfback was (thankfully) marking his man and he had position to block the ball. But inexplicably he totally whiffed the stop and in a split second the attacker was past our line- it seemed like a sure thing, but then Nate comes flying through and performs a brilliant tackle, sweeping the ball into the corner and taking the unhappy striker down. It really was a clean tackle, a great tackle, but the ref (who made a series of bad calls the entire game, both for and against us) called penalty kick...

It was horrible. I thought that it was going to be sure goal; not only did the striker have a solid shot, but he had the wind at his back; it was a perfect set up...

But our goalie is awesome and he guessed right, diving to his right to smother the low-burn strike...

It was a great save and inspired by this, the momentum swung in our favor. We contained them for the rest of the half, and went into the second-half full of fire and with the wind at our back. We scored a sweet cleanup goal off a free-kick in the 60th minute and again in the 85th minute off brilliant right side run...

Man it felt good to win today.

Friday, November 18, 2005



In Case You Were Wondering

The world record for longest skid on a bicycle is 337 feet, 6 inches. It has its own web site.

And if you want to try to break this record, remember that you must wear a helmet.

A scannerificator?

moi, la vache morte

I am thinking that I might be wanting a scanner, so that I can produce better images of my drawrings. Any recommendations? What are the important specifications?

Je suis en enfant

Waiting for the roofer

About a week ago Carol came into the office and said, "What's that?" I follow her finger to the quarter-sized moldy wet spot on the ceiling about a foot from the from the wall. Oh hell, i thought to myself. Some of you might remember the trouble we had right after adolfo iv was born in our apartment on McDuffie st: the roof in our bedroom collapsed after a hot water pipe burst in the ceiling at about 2 a.m. Luckily, carol heard it and woke me up. She got Adolfo out of the room and I was able to get our bed out of the room before the giant sheetrock bubble in the ceiling burst nearly over our bed.

I put my finger to it - it was dry. (There hasn't been rain here for weeks. When did this happen?)

It's position was telling, it was no where near the a/c in the attic, so it wasn't from that. Are there pipes up there? I had never seen any. I took my Craftsman flashlight into the attic and inspected the plywood and beams and found what looked to me like a drip spot.

Could i have gotten shingle damage from Rita? I called my insurance company who suggested i call a roofer first to have them inspect the damage and then call them back.

He's late. Louis, where are you?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Sudoku Generator

This is a Sudoku generator for InDesign CS and CS2. I had never heard of this game before dinner at Maudies last night with Taggart, Liz, Todd and Diana.

Shout oot

Hey y'all. Just thought to do a quick Drive-by and say hey.
so "hey".
Thanks for the induction to the blog.
go bobcats...uh..[insert fierce bobcat sound here] *scratch* *scratch* .

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Why is pablo so happy?

pablo is happy
Originally uploaded by buttercup_.
Because Home Slice Pizza is fixin' to open!

I was lucky enough to be a trial-run guest for dinner last night, and let me tell you, the place is great! I give it top marks. I ate an enitre 14" inch pizza by myself, not only because I have a hungry tape-worm in my belly, but also because the pizza really was delicious.

Props and admiration to Joseph And Jen Strickland for having the courage to make their dreams a reality!

As soon as it officially opens (maybe wednsday or thursday?) I say we head down there and get a slice!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Doooooo the right thing!!!!!

This Post is dedicated to Elizabeth.
So there I am in Savannah.
In the Executive Suite, with is built in library.
Several bookshelves filled with tom clancy novels, "the celestine prophecy", and other bargain basement novels
interior decorators buy in bulk to fill out in-home and commercial libraries.
(yes they do this because people who make enough money to hire interior decorators dont
have time to read fiction)
I see a book on the shelf.
It says "The Orchard Keeper".
It has a Green Hardback cover.
I like Cormac McCarthy novels.
I know that it is his first novel.
I pick it up and go straight to the edition page.
It is a First Edition.
I put the book back on the shelf and suppress all of my inner desire
and think what a Riddle would do. Be a Riddle.
I got home Thursday and waited till Sunday and got online and looked it up.
Depending on it's condition without it's dustjacket it's worth is between 650 to 1000 dollars.
I called the Hotel's sales director today and told them to retreive it.
I did the right thing. Outright. I didnt cave into the grey-ness of it all.
About how no-one would miss it.
How theft of an item from a large bussiness that has no percieved value of something in
it's possession is not grand-theft.(At least in my head)
It's paramount to walking into a starbucks and seeing a Matisse (a small one is worth about 1,000) sketch hanging in the bathroom and Starbucks not knowing what it had.
knowing what it had.
I cant deny I had the thoughts.
But I did the right thing.
and I owe it to my wife, she makes me a good man.


One of the nice things about having an office downtown that faces Congress, is that you get great seats for the many parades and protests that pass by.

A couple of days ago we were witness to a well organized march by several hundred Ethiopian-Americans, Ethiopian expatriates and other supporters, who sought to bring attention to the crisis that is developing in Ethiopia. The march was co-ordinated with similar protests in other cities around the globe...

The nytimes has an article on the situation in Addis Ababa...

lookit the first thing i ever did on my wacom

i have a wacom
i have a wacom
wee wee wee

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Game 10 Versus Cameron Road United

Our very first game of the season was against these guys, and we played them to a nil-nil tie. It was a pretty frustrating game, as I recall, filled with all sorts of kick-ball and sliding around, the kind of game played by a disorganized squad.

Today's game could not have been any more different. We started the game with only 7 men, but 10 minutes later our side was up to full strength, The other team scored first, but we quickly answered with a pretty nice equalizer. From there, we went on to dominate the first-half, going up 4-1. I even had several break-away shots on goal, all really weak ones. I really need to learn how to kick the ball...

The second half of the game was much more interesting and difficult. CRU really turned their game up a notch and generated plenty of good chances. They scored on a really fantastic counter-attack, and for little why even though they were down by 2 goals it seemed as if they might be able to come back.

But their hopes were crushed in the latter part of the half as we put in another sweet goal to finish the game at 5-2.

Barcelona to form a Major Leauge Soccer team?


Friday, November 11, 2005

drawing with actionscript

Hey Killy, I got i-net access this afternoon and thought I sent an email but it turns out it doesn't let me connect to an smtp server or something, so this is the link. If any Flash jockeys out there want to see someone learning how to use flash to draw, check out the .as file. I'll give you a call when I get back to discuss.

Arrested Development, Canceled?

I just finished watching the Season 2 DVDs. It disappoints me that this very smart and funny, no-laugh-track show has been cancelled.


Blog...with these hands...?

Hi all,

First post in a long time.
It is good to see Paul finally has an outlet with this blog thing.
Look at all those posts.

I like hearing about the soccer games, I can't play right now, my knees are way out of comission.
They have always given my low grade trouble, complaning if I don't really stretch out, always having some sort of comment on all my activities. But was in a game about a month ago and I had to walk out in the middle, I knew something was not right. Been putting off going to the doc.

The Snow is starting to fall on the mountain, they opened a couple of runs at one of the resorts this last weekend, I don't know if my knees will permit me to make it up there this year.

I just posted some of Laura's etchings to my flicker account. go take a look at them and send her an email.


The girls are getting bigger, 6 and 13. I will send some photos soon.

How do you know where to find the Uploader, so I don't have to ask eack time I want to use it. Where is it kept?
Is it like the Rancor, kept in Jaba's basement only allowed out to devoure the technolgically un-savvy.

blagh blagh blagh

Diana is now (officially) a PA-C!

after a whole week of low level freak out she got the results of her big PA test and she passed! i know that comes to no surprise to anyone but her, it just seems important to tell everyone.

and if everyone could send me a current vCard i would be very grateful. Mark lost his blackberry in Mexico and a lot of contact info along with it and has asked me to help him rebuild a small part of his vast network of freinds, associates, cronies, henchmen and the like.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A Feast For Crows

Finally, George R. R. Martin's A Feast For Crows is out in bookstores.

It is the fourth book in the excellent A Song of Ice And Fire series.

East Austin Studio Tour

I came across a brochure (they are getting fancy!) for this year's East Austin Studio Tour.

This event is always great fun, especially if you do the tour Gob style on your segway.

I would even go as far as to say that it is worth the trip up from Houston to check it out...

I am not happy with how the vote turned out

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


I can see why so many people think this city is wonderfull.
There is a park every 4 blocks.
Proximity to water. Beach.
Southern Hospitality.
I am glad that I have seen it because I dont think I will be back here before I am 60.
There is a pretty cool school here.
Savannah College of Art and Design.
Top six in the nation.
However the city is predominatley made up of old people.

UPDATE: This is probly the most beautifull city I have walked in after dark.
And I mean the city. San Fran's building and streets are enhanced by the hills and fog,
Savannah's parks and streets are well lit, (sort of like Guanajuato's). And their buildings are very pretty.
The dark has put to bed the older population and it seems the ART students have come out of the woodwork.
I think this would be a great place for you Pablo....Judging from what was in the coffee shop (Gallery Espresso).

Monday, November 07, 2005

productive weekend

so i cleaned up my hard drives for a reeeeeally long time this weekend. important and frustrating work that i feel better for having done. While the space savings and general increase of tidyness is pretty overwhelming, i only did my two client folders (piston and starepod clients do not mix. think sheep and cattle, or oil and water). next up is my fonts folder. then on to my personal stuff.

and, hi! long time no post.

Game 9 Versus Babaganoutch

I woke up Sunday morning with horrible sinus pressure and a 9.3 on the Richter scale headache. Were allergies the cause? Was it a cold? Was it my old enemy, the Todd Mold?

The game was not until 11:50 against our chief rival, Babaganoutch. I felt so crappy that I was not sure that I was going to be able to play effectively. So I just laid around and whimpered all morning, bemoaning my fate, something I am really good at, and enjoy.

By game time, amazingly, I felt ok. Maybe it was the 18 Advil I swallowed or maybe it was the freakish 90 degree temperature outside, but by the time I got out to Pflugerville, I was feeling pretty good.

And I am glad that I felt ok because the game was super tough. Babaganoutch is the team in our division that seems to have all of the big dudes on it. They had big dudes up in the front, and big dudes in the back, and big dudes in the middle. Even their goalie was this big dude. Anyhow, I played right full-back and we had a heck of a time containing their attack...

They scored first, maybe in the 25th or 30th minute. Their center-forward type guy (who is kind of a big dude, but not that big) made a sweet turn to beat our sweeper and then went in to high gear and zoomed towards the goal and put in a fantastic far post strike.

I think this goal kind of shook our team up a bit, because in the second half we started to play a lot tougher, and by the 60th minute or so we managed to equalize...

The game swung back and forth for the next 20 minutes or so. We managed to have quite a few more chances on goal, but their goalie did a great job of frustrating our offense...

Then, something strange happened. I am not sure how, or why, but somehow I found myself right in front of the goal, running on to a sweet through-ball from our center-mid. I only needed only 2 more steps to strike the ball...

I could see a defender on my left, I had him clearly beat. I could see the goalie on my right, he was out of position to stop a left post strike...

I was one step away from the ball.

I stepped.

And then the world started spinning. I felt my self fly through the air like 7-Eleven coffee cup flung out the window of an 18 wheeler doing 70 down I-35.

I landed and rolled and rolled and rolled and rolled and rolled and rolled.

What happened? I have no idea. But everyone started yelling and the referee started blowing his whistle and our team was awarded a penalty-kick.

Mike our star forward took the kick and we held on to win the game 2-1.

So my 20 year scoreless drought continues. But each game I seem to get a step (or two) closer.

So with this win we maintain our number one position in the table, with 6 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. The most amazing statistic is that in 9 games we have only allowed 5 goals.

Saturday, November 05, 2005


Is this a way to get last.fm to play through Airport Express speakers ?

Thursday, November 03, 2005


Handwire votes
Have you?

Yahoo Maps Beta Is Pretty Sweet!

I was checking out the beta version of Yahoo! Maps. It is pretty slick! It seems to run more smoothly than Google Maps (probably because it is powered by Flash, not DHTML), plus, you can set up multi-point routes, which is fantastic. Check out my typical Tuesday/Thursday:

Also, Yahoo! has exposed all sorts of sweet apis, including a Geocoding API, that allows you to find the longitude and latitude for an address, and a fancy ActionScript-Flash API for using Flash to interact with Yahoo! Maps

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Y'all gonna vote, right?

A buddy of mine had an interesting interaction with a feller who would like you to vote a certain way about a certain amendment to the constitution of Texas...

I hope y'all are going to take the time to vote on this one...


Dave just sent out a great illustration of his take on Cupid, the winged archer of love.

The word of Dave:
due to my romantic history i had suspected that my
cupid must not be very advanced.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


I am mostly posting this for Killy who has been salivating over buying a digital camera for some time now.
The D200 was finally announced by nikon today.
Killy take a loan out on your non-focusing eye and buy it.


Industry-leading image processing for exceptional color performance: Incorporates Nikon's industry-leading advanced imaging processing engine of the D2x, which allows color-independent pre-conditioning prior to A/D conversion to work in symphony with advanced digital image processing algorithms to achieve fine color gradations with exceptionally smooth, consistent transitions.
I am not saying that canon isnt guilty of the same kinds of statements.
But if everybody makes them.....do they actually mean anything.?????

Crazy Cool Japanese Animation Song Type Thing

The music and the animation is great!


We Represent

We Represent, originally uploaded by snailbooty.

see here

Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

Lets see some pics of the costumes! The jack-o-lanterns!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Game 8 vs Havoc

3:40 game at Northeast Metro Park (NEMP). We won 4-nil, but it was actually a tough game. I managed to bruise up my right eye-socket (going for header-goal; i missed the ball completely and hit this poor fellow's head instead...) and tear open my left knee-cap.

With these 3 points we might have moved into first place in the division, which is swell because at the end of the season the first and second place teams go on to a state tournement....

Remote control device 'controls' humans

Check it out: this sounds like fascinating and scary stuff.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Good News

As a Phillies fan I am very excited about this news.

Teh Radio

Dang, Last.FM has a sweet OS X client for their on-the-fly streaming radio service. It's swell! Their algorithm for finding related music works really well. For intance, if I put 'Talib Kweli' into the search field, it builds a stream with tracks by Mos Def,Common,The Roots, Black Star, Gang Starr, etc...

Anyhow, its real swell. And its free!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Cheese Eating, Bike Race Losing Surrender Monkeys

Shortly after the conclusion of both the 2005 Tour de France and Lance Armstrong's professional career a story surfaced in France that claimed urine samples from Armstrong had tested positive for EPO. The samples were fairly old. I don't recall what year they were from, but they had been frozen for some time. They were being tested as part of a study, the purpose of which was not to catch doping. After this story broke people piled on Armstrong. I found that sort of suprising given that 1.) The study was not being conducted according to protocols that would be in place if it were designed to catch dopers and potentially result in suspensions or fines and 2.) There is no scientific evidence that the samples would be stable given the amount of time that had passed and the method of storage.

I am continually shocked by the apparent lack of respect for sound scientific principles in the process that is employed to catch doping in professional sports. I am also continually shocked by the behavior of many prominent figures in the professional cycling world. Check out this statement from the organisers of the Tour de France that was released in conjuction with the unveiling of the 2006 route. Oh, and by the way, the company that runs the Tour is owned by the same parent company that owns L'Equipe, the paper that broke the Armstrong doping story.

The trees are full of goats.

A friend of mine was telling me about his trip to Morocco, and how in that strange and beautiful country the trees are full of goats. Trees full of goats! Fantastic! And in today's NYTimes there is an entire article about this amazing phenomenon...

I must go to Morocco. I must see this.

My dream is to watch a bird, who is peacefully eating seeds under a tree, get pooped upon by a goat- just as I have been pooped upon by so many of bird-kind...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Buy Prints From Flickr = Nice!

You can now order prints from flickr! And the interface is sweet! And you can either get the prints mailed to you, or you can pick them up from Target! Nice!


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What is everybody reading? I need a new book!

Monday, October 24, 2005

My new sobrino, David Preston Weltz


Adorable, and babtized!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Game 7 Versus Fusion

It as an 8 am game at Zilker park and the weather was perfect.
We played on the same field that we scrimmage on every week, so it kind of felt like we had home-field advantage. I played right mid most of the game, and I would like to think that this unusual lineup contributed to our 4-nil victory, but the truth of the matter is that the other team was just greatly outmatched.
I did get a sweet assist though, and I think that this may convince the team to keep me in right-mid instead of my usual position at right fullback...

Our record is now: 4-2-1. (wins, losses, ties - is that the correct order?)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

A friend of mine's house was destroyed by fire last night.

The cause? A rag soaked in linseed oil, that combusted spontaneously.

Fortunately they were awoken by a fire-alarm and managed to escape safely, with their pets.

So, check your alarms people! I have a tendency to pull the pilas out of mine because I constantly set them off when I cook. Also, beware the rag soaked in linseed oil! Dispose of it properly!

It is a strange ...

but what would make me most proud of my government, would be seeing half of it sent to jail in handcuffs.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005



Mr. Sarbanes asked whether she thought President Bush should seek Congressional approval for expanding the war to Syria, she said she did not want to "circumscribe" his powers to use military action as commander in chief.

From the NYTimes

I wish the Constitution would circumscribe the President's powers to use military action as commander-in-chief.

But apparently, the War Powers Clause is not enough. It is frighening, and infuriating to think that the "war" could spread to Syria or Iran.

related This is a fascinating read


I was thinking about trying to get someone to send me an invitation for a Gmail account (apparently people with an account can send out 100 such invitations, and the counter is allegedly set back to 100 periodically, so that this can go on indefinitely). Anyone who's heard of Gmail probably knows why I wanted one: lots of free space on the web--in the form of an e-mail account, to be sure, but convertible into an online virtual drive. But then I read this, and it made me reconsider whether this is something I really want.


Any thoughts on Aperture from our photographer friends?

I spy with my little i

On the way to work this morning, I think I spied the Serpa drive by with his little lady in tow...

If this is so, then Welcome Back To Texas Dianna!

Flying Toasters

Check it out: here you can get an old school screensaver--flying toasters!--for mac or pc. I installed it myself (WinXP), and it works!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Emergency Thanksgiving/Halloween Food Idea!

Ok, you are all familiar with the idea of the Turducken. Well, for us vegetarian folks I thought that maybe it would be neat to produce something similiar, with say a pumpkin, stuffed with a squash, stuffed with some smaller round vegetable, all the way down to maybe acorn-squash. The whole thing can be cooked up all tasty and maybe filled up with syrup and butter.

What would we call such a thing?

Game 6 Versus Barcelona

Despite the gaping hole left in our defence by my absence, PFC Quackenbush managed to beat FC Barcelona 1-nil. That leaves us within one point of first place in our division!!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2005


this is just way too cool. too bad that site is so awash in advertising. i recommend saving the automatic one 'til last.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Hello From Los Angeles!!!!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

gladbach fan

gladbach fan
Originally uploaded by shanedenson.
I've lived in Germany for over 6 years now, and I'm almost ashamed to say I had never been to a Bundesliga soccer match before two weeks ago. I had told Karin that I wanted to sometime, and she mentioned it to a friend of ours (who's a huge Borussia Mönchengladbach fan), and he talked us into driving out to Gladbach (about 4 hours away) to see them play Mainz 05. Gladbach won. And Ari is now well on his way to becoming a fan.

Frankenstein with legos

Honestly, I don't spend ALL my time watching Frankenstein movies. (I have to read and write about them too.) I just found something really cool, though, that y'all should check out, regardless of whether you're a big fan of Frankenstein films or not. Here's one made with Lego blocks, and it's really well done.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005




Monday, October 10, 2005

for 'ard march!

So i found a bunch of lovingly hand-rendered sprites from a variety of video games and decided to make a little animated gif. personally, i could watch this little dog faced gremlin march around all day.

update you can find the little guys here.

Game 5 Versus Texas MBA

Game 5 had a lot in common with the 8th inning of yesterday's Astro's game: We won 4-1 and the other team only had 9 players...

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Houston Wins

Houston Wins

Friday, October 07, 2005

Tio Pablo!

This morning my sister Sara gave birth to a bouncing baby boy! They have named him David, after my Grandfather, who passed away last week...

I am very, very happy because now I have another nephew to spoil!

So, Drinks are on me tonight!

Iraq Pictures

Linked to this site from CSPAN and as i was scrolling down noticed that there were two comments on a particular photo.

update:Only one photo on the front page has comments from real people. How does a blog get hit with comment spam? What is the mechanism?

update2: solutions???

another texas summer slowly wanders off.

it is a lovely cool morning, and should stay that way for the rest of the day. Looks like the temperature is going to creep back up, but it seems that summer is on the wane.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Today in Austin the weather is so wonderful!





Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Something on the Horizon

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Has anyone seen Serenity (besides Todd) ? I thought it was great! But, then again, I was a huge fan of the television series...

Here is an interesting review of Serenity by none other than Orson Scott Card of Ender's Game fame.

Hard Drive Problems - Redux

The new drive i received worked perfectly; it mounted correctly and took the data. Then, my computer went to sleep and even after accessing data from it, it would fail on resave. Weird. Another call to tech support has, this time, resulted in an upgrade. My drive will be taken out of this older enclosure (which apparently is simply unable to spin back up) and put into a newer enclosure which will spin up and down at my whim (as it should).

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Victory! Sweet, Sweet Victory! PFC Quakenbush 2, Veritas nil!

In game 4 we finally got our due. And by 'our due' I mean that instead of a crazy ball bouncing off 3 people's shins and then somehow landing in our net, the ball landed in the other team's net, putting us up 1-0 going into the second half.

And then, in the first play of the second half, Kurt The Left Footed Chain-Smoker steals the ball and rips a shot from 40 yards out that catches the goalie way-off guard and sails in far-post, putting us up 2-0.

What a fantastic feeling.

The rest of the second-half was meh. I was happy to finally win a game. Plus, I did not slide tackle anyone, so my knee came away un-bloodied.

Now I can peacefully go back to feeling sick with a sore-throat.

Thursday, September 29, 2005


KillyAndOhCarolina, originally uploaded by trudeau.


but the reality is - killy and i believe that our marriage actually started the day my parents gave us their blessing to live together - so that in the eyes of god we wouldn't be living in sin - that was sometime in july of 1996 - so then this would make today just any other day - except for the wonderful scene that was our wedding - this day four years ago that friends and family gathered to watch my husband give his life away to me and i got to wear a pretty dress

also - killy and i were already common law married anyway since we'd been living together - with my parent's blessing - for four years before we got hitched
the main reason we actually got married - killy says it was for revenge - i say it was because i wanted to honor my mother and father - also because i never had MY day - i mean - i'm a mexicana and i never had a quinceanera - so this wedding celebration was MY day to be a princess

underneath all of this folderol - killy and i are married - truly married - because we have have the blessing of those who love us who can see that ours is a strong union - furthermore - they understand that there is nothing that can separate us - that any problem or any obstacle will be overcome by the great love we share - and in killy's case - by the desire for revenge

so what did i learn during these four years - that the things about my husband that drive me crazy are also the very qualities that have made my home and my life a comfortable place for me - that no matter how much he wants to better himself - he will never stop biting his fingers - that his socks can be found all over the house in secret corners and nooks and crannies - that he eats with gusto - damn - you bet - that he has a green thumb and an electric touch and he really and truly is a handyman - that he is a wonderful father and loving husband and a truly selfless man

so what makes our marriage successful

i believe that the spiritual part of marriage is born by the strength of our love - that the social union that is our marriage is embodied by those who love and care for us - and finally that the legacy of our love will be kept alive in the memories that our children will have of their parents who continually love one another no matter what

i look forward to growing old with my husband - i will stay healthy and strong so that i can continue to pick up his socks from whatever corner they land in - i will celebrate my love for my beautiful husband every time he chews on his finger and i will patch up the bleeding with a bandaid