November!

Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:25 am
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (Default)
Whoops, I forgot that everyone is doing a "post for 30 days" thing in November, and I've already missed a day. My excuse is that SyFy channel was playing the entire 16-hour "V" mini-series, from which I could barely tear myself away. SO 80s.

Monday after Halloween = everyone bringing in leftover candy. And I'm having a cinnamon roll for breakfast. I'll be lucky if I have any teeth left by the end of the day.

EDIT: Also, HA! I totally did not make the connection that John, the Visitor leader, was also Mr. Wilhelm, George's boss on Seinfeld.
av8rmike: Optimus Prime on Obama poster; text: "Change into a truck" (change)
I haven't been in much of a mood to update lately, in case anyone has been concerned. I spent all of my working time last week in a sort of training session for some stuff for work. Fortunately the working days were shorter, so I was getting up and getting home at my usual times. Unfortunately, the training was at a Navy lab that's 45 miles away, on the other side of DC. So, I spent an hour or more driving each way. At least I could file for a local mileage reimbursement.

I left a little early on Friday so Jamie and I could drive up to Pennsylvania. One of my close friends from college was having her "pirate-themed post-wedding parrrrr-ty" on Saturday morning and we were staying at my mother's place. Not only would we have to drive into Pittsburgh early that morning, we'd also be missing Rosh Hashanah services. I know that I had a much better time at the wedding party, bees and all. Since the party was over mid-afternoon, we took a little driving tour of Pittsburgh, then a walking tour of my college and my old house. It's always interesting how much has changed and yet how little has changed.
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
It's so humid here, the windows are sweating.

Last night I managed to nearly get lost in Clarksville and King's Contrivance. I must spend half my life looking for places in which to turn around. I also somehow found the only major gas station in the area that does not take credit cards.

Getting to rehearsals from now on is going to be a pain in the ass.

Updates!

Aug. 6th, 2009 01:02 pm
av8rmike: Penny Arcade Jesus, text: Wooooo/What can I say? Jesus is fucking metal (metal)
When it rains, it pours: First, to explain all the squeeeeeing and "OMGOMGOMG", this happened. Then it made Carrie sick.

I awoke to find *both* my cable and Internet connection out at home. They said there were no other reports of outages and Sunday was the next available time a technician could come out. I'm assuming that it's bigger than just me and will be resolved before then, but in case I'm not around chat in the evenings, that's why. (Or I suppose I could look for some place that offers wi-fi.)

Then I came into work to find LJ down (DW still up, fortunately). There are reports Twitter and other sites are down as well (Apparently a DDoS attack.)

A project with a short turnaround time got dumped on my lap, so I won't have as much time to kill for the next few days.

My Realtor is starting to put pressure on to make an offer if there's a house we like. I admit I'm starting to have second thoughts about the whole thing.
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
  • @tidesong and I finally got around to seeing Star Trek this weekend.
    • Honestly, I didn't see why everyone seemed to think this was the best movie ever. Sure it was an action-filled sci-fi movie with names of characters and things taken from Star Trek, but it was not a Star Trek movie. Although I'm aware that that's probably what everyone likes about this one so much: lots of action, very little cerebral-ness (cerebrality?) and no speechifying from Shatner or Patrick Stewart.

  • Bilbo Baggins restaurant in old town Alexandria has lots of good beer, but the food is way over-priced for the quality.

  • Finding two flat tires on my car Sunday morning (one clearly the result of vandalism) was not the best way to start the day. At least there was a place that was open Sundays and could get everything fixed pretty quickly.

  • My hearing is noticeably diminished in my left ear and it's unsettling me. =(
av8rmike: Text: Resistance is futile (if < 1 ohm) (resistance)
Pic! )
One of my co-workers was in California last week and picked up this nice coffee mug for me. It's oversized and is a pretty pastel blue color, but while I was washing it I saw that it had a sticker* on the bottom. Apparently the glaze used on the mug contains trace amounts of cadmium and lead, which because of Prop 65, causes cancer in the state of California. I guess it's a good thing I live in Maryland.

* According to a different co-worker, these stickers are on everything in CA. How fragile are you guys out there? =P
av8rmike: Dreamwidth text in clouds (dreamwidth)
Whoops, I probably just spammed about a dozen people on the DW team by claiming 3 bugs and needing to go back and change the status from NEW to ASSIGNED.

Also, who used up all of my Scotch tape?
av8rmike: Photo of pile of Korean money (money)
Looks like economic problems may be hitting my company as well.



They've started to buy the cheap toilet paper.
av8rmike: Bob Barker holding "FAIL" sign (fail)
... so I'm just now getting caught up with the friends list. Also, I haven't posted since February.

What's new?
av8rmike: Futurama's Farnsworth, text: oh, I made myself sad (farnsworth)
"Zipporah Farnsworth"

Nothing much to add to that, really.
av8rmike: (wtf)
For some reason, we have in my office an Italian Yellow Pages, dated '95-'96. Not a Yellow Pages for anywhere in the U.S. that's in Italian, but a directory of numbers of businesses in Italy.

I have no idea why we might have this, or why we've kept it for 12 years. Maybe someone wanted to buy a proper gelato machine.
av8rmike: Futurama's Farnsworth, text: oh, I made myself sad (farnsworth)
There was a dude sitting on the curb outside my place. I nearly ran over his legs trying to park my car, because I didn't see him sitting in the dark.
Am I supposed to call the police or something?
av8rmike: Pumpkin barfing seeds (barf)
Somehow I got into a conversation between the grocery store employees on how to eat pig's feet. I said they are probably boiled down, like in some kind of broth or pork stock.
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
On the way home from Dad's place, I saw gas at a 7-11 for $1.99.

I almost ran over a man who was lazily crossing Calvert Street. He was carrying a big bouquet of roses, and ironically enough, it said "Safety" on the back of his jacket.
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
Two other things I forgot to mention:

The guy in front of me in line was at one point talking on his phone. Before we went into the library, he ended his conversation with, "OK, I'm going to get my vote on."

I'm not making this up: There was a girl a few people behind me in line whose name was "Willow".
av8rmike: Alton Brown with megaphone (AB-rant)
While walking back from getting my parking permit, I saw Geoff from Charm City Cakes walking his dog on Calvert Street. He's on the Food Network show "Ace of Cakes" and is in the first picture here. Funny thing is, he doesn't even live in my neighborhood, but it appeared that he and his friends were going into a (dog-friendly) restaurant on the street.
And no, I didn't talk to him or get all fanboy, I just kind of smiled and he smiled back. Not so oddly, a few weeks ago we saw Elena from the same bakery at Hampdenfest, but I didn't feel it necessary to talk to her either.
av8rmike: Aqua Teen's Frylock, text: Bitch, are you for real? (frylock-forreal)
There was a dude who passed me on the sidewalk yesterday, on a Segway. Ten minutes later, he was in the same grocery store as me, now using the Segway as a carrier for his grocery basket.

I'm not sure which of these things looked dorkier.

Really

Jul. 29th, 2008 03:31 pm
av8rmike: Photo of pile of Korean money (money)
If I can't figure out how to visualize what I'm trying to design, I may end up bringing in my LEGO Technics to work tomorrow.
av8rmike: (wtf)
Yesterday a co-worker was raving to me about some restaurant to which he had been in Chicago, which was supposedly the "best restaurant in the country". Of course, he couldn't remember the name of it, only that it was a strange name, they had very artfully presented food in little bites, and the coffee came served in a French press. That last thing is what started the whole conversation, since I make coffee in a press at the office. Does anyone know what place he might be talking about? I always thought that The French Laundry was considered the "best restaurant in the country".
av8rmike: Pumpkin barfing seeds (barf)
At a lunch meeting today, one of my co-workers, who is German, mixed up a half-and-half cocktail of Sunkist and Coke. He claimed it was popular with German kids and had a name, but I didn't catch what he said.

Surprisingly, it's not actually as bad as it sounds.

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