Saturday, June 30, 2007

i have a camera - woo hoo

for our 11th year anniversary - killy bought me a camera and a shuffle - pink
so he made up for all the forgotten gifts
and then a steak dinner
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Friday, June 29, 2007

My Simpsons Avatar

Make your own here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

This one is for Todd

via xkcd

An Opportunity to Compare Ketchups


Loving on the Girl
Originally uploaded by killy
Today, I had Chik-fil-A waffle fries from the hospital cafeteria. At the Chik-fil-A stand, they offer you Heinz ketchup packets with the Chik-fil-A logo on them; however, just past the registers is a hospital condiment station that offers Hunts ketchup packets (among other things). I thought this would be a cool opportunity to see if there was a difference.

Reading the ingredient list, there isn't much difference; Heniz uses ripe tomatos and Huntz uses vine ripened tomatos. If i'm not mistaken the order of the ingredients is an indicator of how much of that particular ingredient is in it. The second ingredient in Heniz is vinegar and the second ingredient in Huntz is high fructose corn syrup.

Indeed, the Huntz was a little sweeter. Heniz had that lovely familiar vinegar-y sting, which i imagine is what Adolph associates with the taste of vomit. While i don't enjoy vomitting, i do enjoy the sting of tomato-y vinegar. So...

Winner: Heinz.

Speaking of ketchup, I don't put it in hotdogs which is what we had at Liz and Chuck's birthday party this weekend, where the picture above was shot.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

Doddmentum

You really dated Princess Leia?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

PaperLantern 1.5 Works With Chairjockey!

The latest version of PaperLantern works with chairjockey (and other blogger.com blogs).

Set the rpc url to be http://www.blogger.com/feeds/4105774/posts/default

Set the protocol to be gdata

hurray!

The Bird IV

Adolfo has taught himself to whistle.

After day camp today, as we drove down North Shepherd, he says, "daddy, how's this?"

He pursed his little lips together and blew and a fully, well-formed whistle echoed through the car over NPR.

"Watch this, mama!" He said when his mama came home. Again, he whistled. This, coupled with a perfect day at the zoo, has prompted us to search for this:

The hotwheels crazy croc

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Happy Birthday To David Fernandez!

Join me in wishing good ol' D3 a Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Commuting and IPodding

It has been a long time since i've listened to ipod 'on-the-go'. Most of the time, it is plugged into the stereo at the house or in the car - and even then it's usually blaring out Adolfo IV's playlist (a mix of Raffi, The Muppets Showtunes, Beethoven's Wig, and John Lithgow).

Recently, though, I've plugged myself back in after buying myself a pair of squishy, noise-cancelling Panasonic earbud headphones. I had abandoned all hope of listening to the iPod on my commute. The Medical Center is just too damn loud. With the apple-supplied earbuds the mixture of music, conversation, train station alerts, roaring cars and their impatient horn blowing, occasional emergency vehicles, busses was an unlistenable, headache-y mess.

These new earbuds, it would be enough to just put these things on with nothing. Rather than the medical center yelling back at me, i can hear my footfalls, my breath, and my backpack rubbing against my shirt. Then, when i turn on the podcast or the music. It's like not being there at all.

I used to ignore the people on the train. Bombarded with their conversations (cell phone or otherwise) i could tell exactly who was talking, where they were in relation to me and in some cases a little about their personality. Now, with my dark sunglasses on, i keep my head up and look directly at poeple's faces and watch their lips move and their eyes dart about, with music overlayed on top of them.

Monday, June 18, 2007

A Gallery Test

Dude, Our Solar System is Just One of Those Floaties in a Cosmic Glass of Water

Things are moving pretty fast. Every single day, paola looks different to me. Her movements are more and more intentional. She grasps at food with the intention of putting it into her mouth and not uncontrolably rubbing it in her hair; she grabs toys with the intention of playing with them.

Adolfo IV is such a good kid. I'm falling even more in love with him more and more each day. He wants to play soccer with his daddy, wants to play monopoly, Life, chess, and read books. He loves his sister and affectionately talks jibberish to her. He is pleased when she laughs at him. He reads his own books, and writes his own shopping lists. He loves to get in the water.

It's been a wet few days here in Houston, so today will undoubtedly be a steamy, mosquito-infested mess; although, it is incredibly green around my house. The ferns out front are healthy and bright green. I noticed this morning that a vine had completely taken over my azaleas out front (note to self: remember to pull that out). The backyard is bright green. The jalapeno tree is blooming jalapenos left and right. Every week, i pull maybe 6 off the small plant. The potted avacado is getting taller and taller. I am considering putting it into the ground, but my average for things that go into my ground is not very good. That pine tree that i put out front is still alive but still just as tall as it was when i put it in the ground three years ago.

The banana tree that i put into the ground doesn't seem to be going anywhere. No new leaves, no explosions of banana goodness. I am an impatient man.

Speaking of impatience, carol is chugging away at algebra. Our evening schedule has changed dramatically to accomodate her school. I've got the kids from 7 to bedtime while she attends lab, and then class till 10:30. It's been working out pretty good so far. Carol gets home and feeds paola and then we all sit down to dinner and chat. Adolfo IV tells us about his day at camp and carol and i speed-talk about what happened at work/what needs to get done/etc..
Usually, carol can get in about 20 minutes or so of (warning: PDF) one-on-one play time with adolfo, which he cherishes.

We also had to get her aPC laptop so she could access the class online. I tried desperately to access the pages using Safari, but the site required Active-X control and Internet Explorer (despite the Active-X control plug-in for Firefox). A trip to Best Buy and $399.99 (clearance price) dollars later, we came home with their cheapest wirelessly enabled laptop. I ended up having to jam another gig of RAM ($60) in there to make it usable. She's enjoying it and is eye-ing a crop of Manga stickers for it.

Once she takes off, i usually finish off feeding paola and am able to put her down for a bit while i play with adolfo or get some stuff done around the house. For example, tonight i have to clean up Adolfo's room - he and Cole DESTROYED it over the weekend. It's the price we pay for a little bit of freetime while adolfo is distracted with a friend.

On a less child-centered note: yesterday was Father's Day and was rewarded handsomely for my tireless efforts at fatherhood. My wife got me a 4 burner propane grill! Of course, my first thoughts turned to Bob, who is a charcoal/wood cooker. How am i going to explain this to him? "I didn't buy it, bob! Someone else bought it for me! I swear!"

dang



our solar system is just one of those floaties in a cosmic glass of water
- Killy

Friday, June 15, 2007

Identity Thefted

I was reading this article about identity theft this morning and I remembered this crazy story that my roommate told me last week. I won't go into the whole thing, but the gist of the story is this: After a suspicious phone call that she received at work, my roommate checked in with her bank and discovered that during the last billing cycle someone in Canada had made over 3,000 dollars worth of charges onto one of her credit cards. Most of these charges were for airline tickets for flights within Canada, but among the charges there was also a purchase for 400 dollars worth of pizza. 400 dollars worth of pizza? Good times!

i got a new computer

all i have to say about it is
ha

ha

unpacking pictures will be posted later

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

first test results

so i got a 56
BUT
when i finish the homeworks
i will have 15 points added
and that will make it a 71
woo
of the
hoo

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

i started school

woo hoo
i'm a college student
again
my professor is younger than me
....
oh well...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Hand Signals

Hand Signals

what I have been up to...a bit

Hi all,

Here are some of the images I have been working on for a freelance job.
Working with a guy from ESPN....he want to do some apparel around the beginnings of ESPN.
One of the first things they broadcasted was cock fighting.



Sunday, June 03, 2007

Adolfo Fidel Chavez IV In The Backyard Pool

It's that time of year again. It's hot and it's wonderful.