Archive of <March> <2005> [reverse chronological]

10:03 AM Tuesday, March 1, 2005
There's 20 some odd days left in winter, and it still manages to snow. At least February's over. Forgot to mention that I managed to compile Mutt under OS X over the weekend. That's kind of exciting. Well, maybe not. Tracy made steak for dinner last night. Yummmm, steak. Otherwise, not much else going on. Got my replacement Varsity Blues yesterday. I wonder whatever happened to my original? Probably try and go swimming tonight. I think my exercise schedule is gonna be completely whack, and by whack, I mean non-scheduled. Just have to fit it in when I can. And maybe I'll actually get around to the mini projects I've got on my plate.
8:58 AM Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Took the night off last night. Frozen pizza, soda, ice cream, Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill. Just felt like vegging out a bit. Hopefully that'll rejuvenate me for the rest of the week. I did manage to back up my music to bring in to work. Formatting firewire hard drives under OS X isn't as easy as I thought it'd be. I also might ship out the hard drive to my brother and sister-in-law for use with their new iPod minis. Switched back to a backpack today, no real reason. Got to take public transportation in to work today. Been a while for that.
9:00 AM Thursday, March 3, 2005
Headed over to the FreemanGesoff household to fix their wireless network. Since I had set it up for them originally, I'm responsible for the upkeep. Caught up with the girls over dinner, Leah made Asparagus Potato Leek soup. Also I haven't done that circle of public transportation, Purple to Armitage, 151 up to Addison, in a very long time. So no exercise again. Decided to sleep this morning instead of going to the gym. Slacking, that's what I'm doing. Headed out for dinner with Tracy tonight. I really need some nicer shoes. I think I've decided on a new phone, the Sony Ericsson K750i. Won't come out for a another couple months, but I should be able to retire my small camera and phone with it. Watched a bit of Varsity Blues last night. That movie is so good. It was hard to stop watching and go to bed.
9:14 AM Friday, March 4, 2005
That's right. Ads. Why? Because I can. And I like Google. And it was really easy to sign up for their AdSense program. And I've always wanted ads. I had ads way back when I first started, but without any payment, just random banner ads that I liked and added to the bottom. Now? Google ads. Sweet. And the ads are automagically related to the content, with no work of mine. Awesome. Work's gonna be a bear for a week or so. Still got lots to clean up at home too. And that draft app is still on the plate.
8:18 PM Saturday, March 5, 2005
Headed out for dinner with Bryan and Kevin at Banderas after a quick shopping trip to the Levi's Store. I got some pants. And another pair of jeans. I love that store simply because everything's the same size for me. Makes it easy to get in and out really quickly. Watched movies, napped, and cleaned out my fridge today. Also finally started fixing up the draft app. Movies watched today: Starship Troopers, S.W.A.T, Varsity Blues last night, probably gonna watch Shade as well, along with some Gilmore Girls. I also got around to editing out the commercials of a bunch of TV I had recorded. Frees up a ton of space. Also set up NFS exports to use with the Roku instead of Samba sharing. Better performance. Have I mentioned how good Varsity Blues is? It's so good, even standing up to soooooo many repeated viewings. The chill scenes still get to me.
10:32 AM Monday, March 7, 2005
Finally got back to exercising. Tried the old school escalator stairmaster yesterday. That's rough. But not quite the same as running stadiums or stairs. I feel like there's more explosiveness with real life, rather than the plodding of the stairmaster. And my knees aren't happy about it today. So I don't think I'll be doing that again. And I went swimming this morning. Coming back after 2 weeks or so, it was rough. Made a run out to Shaumburg yesterday for some Dim Sum with family. Also to help my parents pick out a new computer (they're getting a new iMac). Shopping malls are funny places. Tracy came over to hang out last night. That was a pleasant surprise. Watched Arrested Development, such a good show. Great show. Making good progress on the draft application updates.
11:54 AM Tuesday, March 8, 2005
I'm actually happy that there's reruns on. It allows me to catch up on my HD recordings of Veronica Mars and Lost. I also realize that maybe I should try and implement an auto html link functionality, instead of always looking up and linking to the imdb. Have I shared my bookmarks yet? I also love the popular links from Good stuff. I like the folksonomies. I like tagging. I also like wiki's, and would like to set one up eventually for personal use. Oh, I managed to lose a musing yesterday, just disappeared into the ether. Going to see Hitch tonight with Tracy, cheap movie night at the ghetto plex. Started working on the draft app on the train. Makes the trip faster, except I'm adding another 45 minutes or so of computer time to my day.
9:53 AM Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Hitch was good, if a little sappy at parts. I should definitely stay away from trailers though, especially to comedies, they give away too many payoffs. As a side note, just installed the IMDB search under Firefox, so now I can select it instead of Google to do a search. Very handy. Dinner last night at the Golden Nugget. Not that good. Made it to swimming this morning. Drove in to work. Not sure what I want to do with my hair anymore.
9:49 AM Thursday, March 10, 2005
Late night at work last night. Got stuff done though. Good feeling when that happens. Postponed draft app work till tonight. Spilled a big glass of juice in the TV room, finally. Took me long enough. Watched a bit of Shade last night, err, this morning. It stars an Oscar winner. Also got my Photobridge updated with a new Beta Firmware and the newest version of MPlay. Took me a while to remember that portmap needs to be running to mount nfs. Guess I'm a little link happy. It also might be because of the Google's AdSense, better to have links than to not, I think. Thinking about finally making the call to RCN to step up and get some digital and hopefully HD cable, along with some faster cable modem speeds, and maybe picking up a SB5100 instead of renting the modem. We'll see.
9:41 AM Friday, March 11, 2005
Crazy. Not real insomnia, just lack of sleep, because I'm busy. Currently running on 8 hours since waking up Wednesday. I'm thinking of upgrading the home network, well, not really upgrading, but taking out xenon, the really old IBM Aptiva (circa 1997 or so) that's been serving as my router and firewall. I did some research, and really liked the Linksys WRT54G. Why? Third party firmwares. Like OpenWrt, among others. Except the one I got is V2.2, which isn't supported yet. This would mean I could get rid of xenon, which is loud and whiny, and move any server based stuff to the Cube I'm getting back from my parents, because that's nice and quiet. The SB5100 didn't work last night with the auto-provisioning setup from RCN, I might try it again this weekend before doing an exchange. Finished up most of the bugs/enhancements for the spring league draft app, just running issues into handling non-qc'd data. Still have to implement the 3rd buddy special case. Hitting Sai tonight with Tracy. Spring League Draft run through tomorrow. And lots of sleeping. Robots on Sunday. I did catch the trailer for Revenge of the Sith, tuning in for the last 10 minutes of The O.C.. Good stuff.
1:51 PM Monday, March 14, 2005
Caught up a bit on sleep this weekend. Saturday, Tracy met the parents for brunch. Then we went out, did some shopping at the Orland Park Mall, nice place. I picked up an argyle sweater from Express. Realized that I should probably update my closet, again. Dinner at Jin Ju. Had a Saketimi, good stuff. The whole parents meeting new girlfriend, it went well. Sunday was pretty lazy. Managed to go running. Ate some hotdogs. Had to fix the computer network, I guess my new cable modem does work, or the changes just took a while to propagate. After first trying the SB5100 out, didn't work, so the phone tech reenabled my old one. That was Thursday night. Worked fine until Saturday, the next time I checked. So, plugged in the SB5100, and works beautifully. Also, I'm at Mach7 (7Mbps down, 800kbps up). That's nice. Went and saw Robots. Okay. Did some more work on the spring league draft app. Java just doesn't treat strings like datatypes, more like classes. Also moved the antenna around a bit so I could record Arrested Development, which if I haven't already said, is a great show. Looks good in HD too. I've got laundry to do. I've got Boondock Saints to watch for the upcoming St. Paddy's day. And I'm leaving early Friday morning for BOTB.
10:50 AM Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Got laundry done last night. Fun thing, something blue decided to bleed, and since I don't separate, I've got a couple blue tinted undershirts. Exciting, especially when it was on cold wash to begin with. Not sure what it was that caused it, since I had a bunch of blue or new blue things in the wash. Next time, a whites only load with bleach. Definitely finishing up that spring league draft app, just some testing to do, and a full on run through tomorrow night. Watched Mumford last night. Such a good movie. Started to watch Who Am I? while finishing up folding. Didn't exercise, as I felt like I might have been coming down with something, maybe a cold, but sleeping made me feel better. I've forgotten to mention that I buzzed my hair last Thursday. Just got tired of it. So starts the long process of growing it out again. Headed out to the Homer G for dinner with Tracy tonight. My dad's iMac got delayed another 4 days. Here's hoping they push it back far enough to get automatically upgraded if and when Apple updates the line, which should be soon according to Macrumors Buyer's Guide.
10:44 AM Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Got myself a nice Irish Breakfast for dinner last night. Yum. Bummed around with Tracy at various shopping establishments. Fun. Lots of fun, actually. Puck's headlights keep acting up. First it was the left, then they both worked last night, and this morning the right was out. Odd. I'll get it checked out when Puck goes in for the 90K checkup. I don't think I've mentioned a new tv show that's caught my eye, Rescue Me. It's good. I've started downloading episodes via BitTorrent, along with Arrested Development (2nd current season), Entourage and Tilt. If any of these end up coming out on DVD I'll probably delete them and buy the official versions. Can't say I'd do the same thing for the HDTV that I record OTA. Finished up the spring league draft app finally this morning. Also, Safari has made it back to usage on my laptop because of Full Screen via Saft. I updated my mac+software bookmarks to reflect that as well.
12:03 PM Thursday, March 17, 2005
Happy St. Patty's Day. And welcome March 17th with snow. Sweet. Thank God I'll be in Florida in, oh, about 22 hours. New hard drives arrived, which is good, since Dad's new iMac shipped out yesterday. Sweet. Definitely need the space, for all those TV shows I'm grabbing. Realized that either I'm pulling an all nighter or I'm just not sleeping much tonight because of my travel plans. Should be fine as all I'm planning on doing tomorrow is laying out on the beach, in preparation for which I got sunblock. Yes, and I plan on using it. I went with Coppertone Sport Sunblock Lotion, as opposed to the Gel. Personal preference. Have a good weekend y'all.
11:58 AM Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Ugh. I did a big write up this morning, which disappeared. I'll have to work on my command line website updating tool. Anyway, spring break was fun, as usual. 4th year going? Good times. Early flight out Friday, Delta's a little odd with their seat request boarding passes. Enterprise was very personal, lots of human interaction to get the car, black Nissan Sentra. Should have brought the iPod because it had an AUX IN port. Next time I guess. A bit of traffic up 95 on the way to West Palm Beach. Got the house, chilled on the beach, got some lunch, got some supplies with Bryan which turned into picking up Carrie from one train station which turned into picking up Fritz fromt he another train station which turned into going to dinner at our usual, Aleyda's. It was good enough that both Tea & Strumpets and (Cowboy Up|Caps) went back on Saturday. Caps was played, Akira and I beat Court and Becky 7-5, then got destroyed 7-1 by someone I don't remember, and then I crashed early. Saturday was fun playing. Still able to walk to the fields. Lost our first game, won the next two. Lost our last pool play game Sunday morning and got knocked out first round in bracket play. Lots of down time, because of the format, 45 minute timed games with 2 hours between game starts, and for us, a 2nd round bye. But good times. Good to see and play with T&S Alums, Trudy and Lex and Sasha. A pretty quiet Saturday night. More chilling and beach time Sunday. Sunday night headed back down to Fort Lauderdale for the Kindred Soiree. Great food by MJ. Quiet though. The 3-1 Chicago team lost in the finals. Probably should change the team name to Always a Bridesmaid. I did manage to get some coconuts fresh from the tree on request. That was fun. And monday was the usual fun and refreshing Fort Lauderdale beach day with Carrie, Fritz and Becky. No problems getting home. It was really nice to sleep in my own bed last night, instead of with 2 other people or on the floor. Only thing planned for this week so far is Marla sitting this weekend.
9:18 AM Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Got to hang out with Tracy last night. Went to Silver Cloud for a celebratory dinner for Bryan's new job with Bryan and the Russells. I just signed up to be an Amazon Associate, so expect some more ads and probably an Amazon search box somewhere soon. Watched a couple episodes of Arrested Development recorded in Hi-Def via EyeTV 500 played back via a Roku Photobridge. Okay, so I've started using the Amazon Associate links. Anyway, first time watching an entire episode of something in that manner. Good times. Dad's new iMac arrived yesterday, got all the files transferred over from the Cube, ran Software Update. All I've got left to do is install iWork. And now that it's 2 days into spring, I've got to start planning on the painting and the redecorating, if you can call moving furniture around redecorating.
9:37 AM Thursday, March 24, 2005
Feels like Friday. Probably because I won't be going home until Sunday. Dogsitting Marla starting today. Got some 5.25" bay to 3.5" drive adapters from MicroCenter yesterday, along with some DVD-R and a couple cheap DVD's. Installing RAM and replacing the hard drive is super easy in my Dad's new iMac. Such a nice machine. Quiet and fast. Also installed a couple more hard drives in my firewire enclosure, I needed more space for all the TV I'm bittorrent downloading. That and I've got 208 GB of HD recorded material, so I was already running out of space just for the EyeTV. Now I've got to figure out how to transcode the avi's from downloaded shows to transport streams. I'm thinking about putting sidebar ads down the right side of this page. Might be too much.
11:05 AM Friday, March 25, 2005
I really need to get more sleep. I've been working on setting up my own version of Wikipedia using the Mediawiki back end. It's really really cool. Serious repository of personal information. Finally, an pretty easy way to go back and find out who was on my Summer League team in 2001, if I can find and populate that data. Watched The Ring last night with Bryan and Kevin after dropping by Piece to grab a beer with Becky and see Remy, all because I was in the hood. Marla's good, likes running around in the backyard now. Oh, it was snowing this morning. Snowing! Might hang with Tracy tonight, might just cook in, probably making a ham for Sunday Brunch tomorrow, and sleeping.
8:47 AM Monday, March 28, 2005
Nice to get back home after the long weekend in Bucktown. Dogsitting Marla was good. Went out with Tracy and met up with Ryan and Lisa and April at Four on Friday. Lots of lounging on Saturday, watching lots of movies. Sunday watched a couple more movies, including a new favorite, Love Actually, and the imported Ping Pong. Also went over to Bryan's for sourdough pancakes and some a movie quiz and a Star Wars Quiz. Worked a lot on my MediaWiki install, except I'm starting to question if I should go public with it, since it could contain all sorts of information about friends that they might not want on the web. Ah, wrestling with privacy issues. Think I'll try and do some laundry tonight. June's Arrival is playing on Tuesday, round 8pm, at Joe's. Probably showing up for that. And I think I don't have too much else planned. Which is good. I'm looking for a little downtime.
10:34 AM Tuesday, March 29, 2005
I'm figuring out how to include links to my wiki site from here on the Daily Dose, which means I will be rolling out the wiki eventually. I'm still adding content, and privacy be damned. Didn't get to laundry, so that's sitting in the hamper, waiting to get done. I did figure out a default setting to use with ffmpegx to get transport stream files to use with the Roku Photobridge from the bit torrent downloaded TV Shows. I've got the complete Space: Above & Beyond downloaded along with the 2nd season of Arrested Development. Tracy and I will probably head out to see June's Arrival tonight around 8pm. Definitely catching up on sleep, since I woke up at 6:25 AM this morning without an alarm. Probably time for me to start hitting the gym again.
9:21 AM Wednesday, March 30, 2005
No concert last night. Instead, Tracy and I just hung out, watched Gilmore Girls and Scrubs, had a nice Easter Ham dinner, and called it an early night. Nice and quiet. I've also started wikifying these entries, so when I decided to make it available, there will be a bunch of links available. That also means real links from here won't really exist from here on out, which probably means my AdSense ads won't make much sense anymore. Still working on transcoding the rest of the Arrested Development episodes, started some Entourage, and probably then start Tilt and Space: Above & Beyond.
8:40 AM Thursday, March 31, 2005
So much better than laundry, cleaning, or all sorts of chores. Did some more work on look and feel for the wiki, which I'm calling Memex. I think a roll out will happen sooner, rather than later. I thought about going CSS, and then redoing Daily Dose, but I've decided against it (CSS has trouble with footers). Recording Lost and Alias last night did not pick up any of those weather notices, I think, which is a pretty cool thing for HD. Headed to Duke of Perth tonight. Might see D.E.B.S. tonight, although Steamboy is also showing at the Landmark's Century Centre Cinema. That's mighty tempting.
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