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8:12 AM Friday, April 1, 2005
Memex is live. It's a work in progress though, so stuff gets filled in as time goes on, and I get around to it. D.E.B.S. was a lot better than I expected, which isn't saying much, but I was entertained. Indian food with Tracy tonight, party for Bryan, headed out to Woodstock tomorrow for my Godson's first birthday. Gonna try and see Steamboy and Oldboy on Sunday. Oh, and Happy April Fool's Day. And to put a damper on the weekend, Sunday got to spring those clocks ahead 1 hour.
9:14 AM Monday, April 4, 2005
Friday night Tracy and I went for Mexican instead, headed over to Cesar's, then over to Bryan's. Played some Catch Phrase and watched some Beer Pong. Saturday headed out to Woodstock, going through Lake in the Hills to get there. Brought my Dad's new iMac home and set it up. Very nice machine. Looks great too. Watched the Illinois game over dinner from Chop Suey Hut before heading back in to the city. Sunday did 6 loads of laundry. Been a long time coming. Also watched some Dark Angel and started ripping more DVDs for use with the Roku Photobridge. I also created some applications to more easily view TV Shows. Having DVDs available instantaneously is pretty cool. And a new site I've been reading that's really funny, The Impulsive Buy.
7:49 AM Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Forgot to mention, Tracy took me to a concert last night at the Metro, Ray LaMontagne. He was pretty good. I'll be picking up his album shortly. Also his opening act, Missy Higgins, was awesome. Australian singer songwriter. Very good. Very new. I'll definitely be picking up her stuff as well. Amen for the iTunes Music Store. I've got a 20% coupon that expires today for Express. So, gotta use that. Also, since I'll be in that area, I'll try and stop by the New Balance store to pick up a new pair of running shoes, for use the next time I go to the gym, whenever that might be. Tomorrow might be headed out to Homer Glen for some suburb fun. Thursday, might have to go to the Duke of Perth, just because it seems like a good weekly tradition to have.
9:58 AM Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Sleeping is so good. So good. Got a pair of pants at Express. That's all. Replaced my running shoes, which is good. Finished off the ham from Easter, well, the part that isn't in the freezer. Which is a good thing, cause I'm tired of ham. Had an odd craving for apple juice last night. Well, maybe not too odd. Going to Hollywood Boulevard with Tracy tonight. Should be fun.
10:14 AM Thursday, April 7, 2005
Hollywood Boulevard is pretty cool, eating and drinking at the movie theater? Genius. Watched Sin City. Great movie. Listened a bit to Missy Higgins in the car. She was much better, to me, live, when it was just her and the keyboard or the guitar, with no backing vocals, drums, or violins. But that's just me. Headed to the Duke of Perth tonight, since it is Thursday, and maybe a movie after. Looking forward to a quiet Friday night tomorrow, and headed out to Woodstock with Tracy on Saturday. My Mom flies back in from the Philippines today. Here's hoping she brought back a giant wooden cutlery.
9:13 AM Friday, April 8, 2005
I think Duke of Perth on Thursdays is going to be a regular occurrence. It's nice there. And it's close to home. So, didn't get to see Steamboy, which is a problem since it's no longer playing at the Landmark. Oh well. I did sneak in another episode of Dark Angel last night, and then finally set up my remote control to work with the DVD changer and made put the more frequently used components in more available spaces. Much better. Just have to work on the macros, that's all. I think I'm gonna start working on moving furniture around tonight, which should be exciting, tiring, and maybe a little annoying. 1st step? Move the home theater.
9:32 AM Monday, April 11, 2005
Started moving things around at home. TV's in the living room. And that's about it. Tracy helped a bit Friday night, then we watched Real Genius. Got myself a haircut from my hometown barber. Showed off Woodstock. Got to walk around my old high school and junior high as well. Also jetted up to Lake Geneva for a bit. Think I've figured out a decorating scheme to try, gonna involve getting actual artwork to hang on the walls. Oh, tried a new crepe place that opened near the courthouse on The Square, La Petite Creperie. In Woodstock. Did some shopping in various places on the drive back in. Had a craving for Steak Frites, which gives a little hint to the decorating scheme. Watched Arrested Development, Desperate Housewives, and Grey's Anatomy. Sunday nights are busy TV nights. Don't think I have anything planned for the week. Except to finish moving furniture around.
9:34 AM Tuesday, April 12, 2005
I got plenty of sleep, but I'm still tired. Go figure. Did nothing yesterday. Nice and quiet. In random web news, Veronica Mars got picked up for a 2nd season, I found out who died on Lost because of a blurb on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, I guess I should try and watch some of those episodes. Tiger got announced today, I already put my Family Pack order in. Now the question is if I should work on updating the Cube to be the home server before or after Tiger gets here.
9:42 AM Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Last night did my home exercises, ordered a pizza from Pizza Hut, watched Scrubs and an episode of Dark Angel. The one productive thing I did was setup a gmail account to archive all my mail. Well, my future mail anyway. Basically, all my email gets copied and forwarded to a gmail account. I still get and process it at home. I knew those 50 invites were useful for something. Now, I just have to process the rest of my archived email up to the gmail archive account, which should be interesting, since it goes back 8 or so years. Wow. Made it to the gym again this morning. Hanging out with Tracy on Thursday. I really should be moving stuff around, but I'm waiting for after tonight, since I'm recording Lost and Alias. So this weekend I should be able to take down the computers and move the computer desk.
9:40 AM Thursday, April 14, 2005
Finally got around to moving the rest of the furniture to different places last night. Of course, I didn't start until 10:30pm. This was after I realized that Oxygen didn't record Lost and Alias. Ugh. Wish I had a TiVo, or something like it, instead of my half-assed setup. Anyway, I managed to get the new episode of Alias about 2 hours after it aired, and Lost was a repeat, so no loss there. Ha. I with I could also record Jack & Bobby, because that show is just awesome. Anyway, almost broke a mirror while moving stuff around, I've still got lots of things to put away and organize, like the return of the Data Center. I'm headed out to Hollywood Boulevard again tonight with Tracy. Hopefully better on a Thursday. I also think I'm finally gonna try and finish up that digital photo frame I've been working on.
8:59 AM Friday, April 15, 2005
Watched Guess Who last night. Listened to Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American and Avril Lavigne' Let Go. What does that tell you? I like pop culture. I admit it. I like Top 40. I like mainstream humor. And there's nothing wrong with it. There, step 1. Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow. But I do have to get rid of my old electronics at a recyling thing (pdf). Finally. And having a friend working for Apple is great. Everyone should get one. Birthday party to go to tomorrow night. I think that's it.
10:42 AM Monday, April 18, 2005
Good weekend. Friday did some grocery shopping, basically snacking foods, that was after going to the gym for a run. Saturday changed the url scheme for Memex, much prettier now. Finally got rid of my old computer stuff at the City of Chicago recycling thing, which was really well organized. Went over to the Russells, brought over some of my mom's Sweet and Sour Meatballs. Nice lazy Sunday with Tracy, brunch at Nookies Tree, some napping, and some grilling out at her place along with the standard Sunday night television, all in HD, all via their new Comcast DVR. So jealous. I do have to call RCN though and ask if HD's available now.
9:45 AM Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Puck's good. Running fine. Watched a couple more episodes of Dark Angel while working on the digital picture frame. Would be nice to have a jigsaw. Tried to finish off some more ice cream, trying to clean out the freezer. Decided to go running outside this morning, so instead of the treadmill, I ventured down to Diversey. Was a whole lot harder than then treadmill. Go figure.
9:02 AM Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Got some wood glue yesterday and put together the backing box for my digital picture frame. Next step is mounting the laptop inside it. I finished cutting up the back cover piece, using a Dremel Tool isn't the best way to make long cuts, but it works. Finished up the first season of Dark Angel. I noticed a couple similarities to early seasons of Alias, like taking down the big bad that sort of formed the origin of the main character, bad guys switching sides, main characters thought dead but actually alive. Good stuff though. Used iChat for the first time last night with my brother. They've switched over to Apple powerbooks, although Nicole's seems to be a lemon, which is never good. Oh, and I fixed up the Roku Photobridge to mount nfs shares of dvds and tv shows on boot. Headed to Greektown for dinner with Tracy tonight.
12:22 PM Thursday, April 21, 2005
Ended up at Pegasus for dinner last night. Not bad. Got a tour of UIC, well, the parts Tracy's familiar with. It got cold enough to wear a hat, which I like. Hitting up the Duke of Perth, Whitney's in town, joining the usual crew. Definitely running out of space because of all the tv show downloading over bittorrent that I'm doing. Currently working on Robot Chicken and The Thirsty Traveler. Probably making a cheesecake and an apple pie this weekend. Also should get around to fixing up the Data Center. RCN is supposedly finally rolling out HDTV, but no DVR for a couple months. Hmmm. What to do, what to do.
2:47 PM Friday, April 22, 2005
Ah, the weekend. Right around the corner, mere hours away. Gonna try and do some laundry]4 tonight, been meaning to for a while. Duke of Perth was good last night, the shepherds pie was great, and seeing Bjorn again was good, along with Whitney, Tony and Russell. I'm getting tempted to call in and try and get RCN HDTV, but I'm still wavering. Probably try and finish up the digital photo frame sometime this weekend, and might even do some painting, of walls, and probably some baking. You know, exciting stuff.
12:09 PM Monday, April 25, 2005
Did some laundry Friday night. Finally. Got plenty of shirts to iron. Maybe I'll do that tonight. Also, new firmware came out for the Roku Photobridge, so installed that. Also figured out that antenna-out on an EyeTV 500 means cable-in, so I finally got that working with HDTV over cable. Which is good. Except that there's no UPN in HD over cable. Weird. Which means I still have to have an antenna to get Veronica Mars. Oh well. Also means I'll be recording anything and everything I can, which means my hard drive usage will go through the roof. Managed to watch Entourage over Saturday and Sunday. Tracy came over and helped to pick out colors to paint my walls. Interesting effects when dealing with lighting of the living room, how colors look when the blinds are open, which doesn't happen too often, how they look with just the lamps on, and how it looks when the light's off with just the TV on. I'll provide some colors when I finally settle down and pick some. Waking up this morning and checking the paint sample on the wall, well, it made me think twice. Tried to make an apple pie, not too successful. Sunday went up to Old Orchard to see Bryan on his first day. He definitely looks like he belongs in an Apple Store. Went and saw Fever Pitch at the River East and dinner at PJ Clarke's.
9:57 AM Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Sue me. I missed a day. Monday night made a cappuccino cheesecake, worked a little bit on the digital photo frame. Last night went to a Cubs game with Tracy and the Russells. Great seats, courtesy of my dad. Tonight going to see Oldboy with pre movie dinner at Duke of Perth. Wow, even with a missed day, this is a really short entry. Working on editing out the rest of my commercials on my Veronica Mars records. Just found out they'll be replaying the first season of Lost this summer, which means I do get to catch up on my missing HD recorded episodes. Sweet. Hopefully, they'll do the same for Jack & Bobby.
3:06 PM Thursday, April 28, 2005
Hmm, php stopped working for a bit there. Thanks to all the people that let me know, which was 0. Thanks. Anyway, got me started thinking on having a backup somehow, like maybe using Movable Type as an alternative, but still pulling from the same database backend, since MT writes out static HTML instead of dynamic php. Something to think about. I still have to get font sizes to match up between this and the Memex. Didn't see Oldboy last night, seeing it tonight instead, last showing. Getting Cold Stone Creamery to catch up with Katie Kelly beforehand. Bryan and Kevin came over and we watched Eurotrip instead. Headed out to the Old Orchard Apple Store for the Tiger launch event tomorrow. Exciting.
9:02 AM Friday, April 29, 2005
Really. The stuff that springs from the minds of some people. Oldboy. Good, as in well made, but damn. Ugh. Moving on. Need to get some more wood to better make a frame for the digital photo frame. Tiger day. No idea when I'm going to get around to installing it. Gonna try and finally get out, get some paints, and start painting this weekend. Otherwise, nada.
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