Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Is there a doctor in the house?

In all the websites that I have mentioned I missed a good one, WebMD. For me WebMD is like getting to ask a doctor all sorts of questions, without having to pay the co-pay. Recent good articles include "Are You Sleeping Enough -- or Too Much?" and "10 Tips to Get Better Sleep."

Monday, January 19, 2004

All That Glitters

For those who own white gold or are thinking about buying white gold, here is an article on what white gold really is and here is another article about why white gold may turn yellow over time.

Carmen Sandiego

Saturday was the 3rd semi-annual 2nd Floor LAN Party. The group was pretty much the same as last year, minus one. Things got started around 2PM when Lloyd, Chris, Jimmy, and Jerry arrived. We started with Unreal Tournament Deathmatch then decided to lower the twitch factor with a round of Age of Empires 2. After ordering pizza in the early evening, we went with some Unreal Tournament Capture the Flag until the food got there. During dinner we had Nuremberg on in the background. Not exactly your normal background movie, but it was in HD and actually is a pretty good movie/mini-series. After dinner we went back to Age of Empires 2 for another round this time a little more balanced. Around 11PM Taylor showed up and we decided to try out Rogue Spear. After a few rounds of one shot one kill we tried the mission mode and that got interesting. Let’s just say I am happy we are not in charge of this country's counter terrorism/hostage rescue division. And to top the evening off, we played BF1942 until around 4AM. It was a good night.

Continuing our Oscar hunt, Melissa and I saw Master and Commander Sunday afternoon. Both of us enjoyed it and agreed that it is an Oscar contender. Up until we saw the movie, the only opinion I had on it was from LeeAnne. She loved it, but then again she has this thing for boats and Russell Crowe so everyone saw that coming. However, she did say that the movie was an accurate portrayal of life at sea, and of all the people I know, she would know. Which leads me to a fun game, "Where in the world is LeeAnne?"

Alias continues to impress. Can you really call something a plot twist when it's the fourth twist in the episode?

Ever since we got married, Melissa and I have been in search of the perfect bedspread. It seems like such a trivial thing, but its something we see everyday so it’s important to us. A while back we found something we both adored, and then Pottery Barn discontinued it. We have searched other stores, but nothing came close to that one. I even tried eBay but never found a queen size in blue. Well today Melissa was flipping through the catalogue, and it's back. We are placing the order tomorrow.

And since I am in a quote mode again, "If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it." -- Marcus Aurelius

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Wanna Get Away

Wikipedia is a free online encylopedia and more importantly is what I spend the previous four hours of my life reading.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Messing with Texas

This audio commentary is for those who have been to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum but still don't consider themselves Texans.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

A Diamond is Forever

On Tuesday I worked from home, which, since there isn't much going on at work right now, meant I sat on the couch in my pajamas watching daytime television with a laptop on the couch arm. The last time I watched daytime television, Dr. Phil was still just on Oprah and the average age of the cast of Days was a lot higher. I quasi watched a few soaps. I think there was some plot line on one of them where three girls and an old lady were in a room where "time stands still." Seriously, the lady said that, and not in the metaphory type way. And let me tell you, the people on Dr. Phil aren't all that bright. First off they go on the show with nutty problems, then Dr. Phil says common sense things, and the people are all like, "I never thought of it like that. It makes so much sense now." Something just seemed off. And the ads, oh God. Daytime TV ads are the worst. All the ones on during Dr. Phil were all diet and self help and bad ones to boot. One of the guys actually said, "My wife and I lost 65 pounds and now she is hotter than this fireplace." I was swept off my feet.

The reason I was working at home on Tuesday was due to the big move at work. There is construction going on in our normal work area and it seems people were getting sick from all the fumes. I don't think the "Warning: Asbestos" signs helped either. It's a temporary move and because of that they decided to give everyone their own offices in the temporary space. Everyone, except me and my team lead. Due to a clerical error, he and I are sharing what would be two offices, if not for the lack of a wall. There are actual two doors each with a separate lock. All of this creates an interesting situation. On the down side, I don't have my own office and its harder to goof off since my team lead is right there. On the up side, he has been pulling me in on a few more things and asking for my opinion quite a bit. Also, I got to arrange my desk in such a way so that people walking in my office can't see my monitor, always a plus. Of course, they didn't move the lab where I work, so it’s a five minute walk to the lab now. I figure if I park at the end of the parking lot, walk all the way to the lab, then back to my office, that’s damn near my exercise for the day.

On the Internet side of life, I now know a lot more about elf sex than I ever wanted to. Thank you Taylor. Also, studies show that people like it when waitresses draw a smiley face on their bill, but not so much when a waiter does. And did anyone else know that the guy who funded the Rhodes scholarships made his money by founding a little company know as De Beers or that the money was intended to by used to form a "Secret Society" whose goal was to be the "extension of British rule throughout the world?" I have enough trouble worrying about the Masons and the Templars. Now I have to worry about Rhodes scholars as well?

I leave you with a quote used in the West Wing which is from Abraham Lincoln's Second State of the Union. "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present."

Monday, January 12, 2004

But it was a beginning.

For a few years now I have made a point of seeing all the best picture nominees before the Oscars. To that end Melissa and I went to see The Last Samurai today at Alamo. Strangely enough the last movie we went to see was Cold Mountain so the timeline matched up pretty well considering the movie started with talk about the Civil War. Melissa has not been much of a fan of Mr. Cruise ever since he broke it off with Nicole Kidman, so I was a little worried if she could put that aside. I knew it had been a good movie when she liked the movie, even though he was in it. The first two thoughts I had as I left the theater were: Did the story have any basis in fact? and What would someone from Japan say about the movie? With the power on Google and little to do at work, I should have a least the first question answered in a few days. Though I doubt it was the director's intent, I left the movie with a strong desire to shout out my New Orleans roots, something like, "I am a New Orleanian, like my father before me." Then again, anything I think about these days makes me think of moving back to New Orleans, so maybe that just says more about me than the movie.

Let's say you play golf fives times a year and furthermore let's say one of those rounds was a pretty good round. Did you know that your official handicap would be based solely on that one round? Having a decent handicap may be easier than I thought.

Oh right, one last thing. GEAUX TIGERS!!