av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
So, what's been going on the past month? Lots of the same uninteresting stuff, like trying to organize stuff around the house and get things unpacked. The PHP/MySQL project for work for which I've been up to my eyeballs finally seems to be clearing, so I may actually have time to start doing things like updating and Support again. It's been really interesting, and I've learned a lot about server-side programming, but probably not enough to help out significantly with DW/LJ because I still find Perl pretty impenetrable, and I didn't have to consider a lot of scalability problems for the work site.

For Thanksgiving Jamie and I flew back to see her family in Wisconsin. I found it amusing that the question nearly everyone asked was, "How was the security?" or "Did you get [frisked]?". What people who have been following the stories only loosely may not have understood is that not everyone is required to get scanned. At BWI and Milwaukee, for instance, I only went through the same metal detectors I always go through. The millimeter-wave scanners were there, and some people were going through them, but I couldn't see a pattern to it, nor was I asked to step through. So, you do still have a choice, and it's not exhibitionism vs. groping vs. arrest.

Anyway. Off to a full week of rehearsals for 3 separate concerts!
av8rmike: Mythbuster's Adam, text: I reject your reality and substitute my own! (reality)
I had an appointment with a new eye doctor yesterday (at a real office, not one in a back alley like last time). Apparently I've been wearing, for the last three years, contact lenses that I was supposed to replace every 4 weeks or so. They fit well and I can see fine, so there isn't a problem, but I'm getting a new set anyway.

They put those drops into my eyes to dilate my pupils, which took six or seven hours to contract. Driving around in the rain with sunglasses on must have looked a little weird. What was really freaky was that sometime during last night's rehearsal, my eyesight started to go blurry again. One of the flute players told me my right eye was still dilated, but my left wasn't. I took that as a sign I should probably go to bed early and let things sort themselves out.

I apparently have something weird going on with my optic nerves or retinas or something about a slight excess of pressure in side my head. Must be from my GINORMOUS BRAIN.

Cross-posted to LiveJournal

Eye Care

Apr. 6th, 2009 03:20 pm
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
My regular pair of glasses broke on Saturday afternoon... maybe it was one too many unscheduled trips to the floor, but one of the earpieces broke off inside the springy part. So, it can't be fixed; I have to get new frames. Well, maybe I could super-glue them back together, but they still won't be angled right. I've been needing an excuse to wear my contacts more anyway.

It makes me wonder what I'd do if I didn't have the contacts to wear, stumble around blindly until I could get the first appointment with a new optometrist? I had to schedule an exam because I don't have a current prescription. Does everyone carry theirs around with them?

Finally, wearing contacts all day and staring into a computer screen is never a good combination. However, I've tried, but I just CAN'T do eye drops. The last few times I tried, I blinked so hard my contacts came out. Annoying, to say the least.
av8rmike: Photo of pile of Korean money (money)
...And by "everyone", I mean "at least two people other than myself".

I want a laptop, for some reason. It's not because I'm a grad student and need to spend all my waking hours in a Panera or Starbucks (Hi [livejournal.com profile] helenseidolon!) Everyone has one these days, even my dad. He uses it while sitting in front of the TV, but that's because his desktop computer is 30 feet away in another corner of the house. And have you seen these widescreen HP models? They are beautiful.

Problem is, I really don't need one. It would serve more as a desktop replacement, but my existing desktop still works reasonably well, and is right next to my TV. Even with the discounts, it's still not an insignificant chunk of change. I guess I'll have to stick to spending my money on smaller things like CDs and concert tickets.
av8rmike: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and logo (steelers)
...but I woke up early yesterday morning and my stomach had other plans. There was no way I was making it to [livejournal.com profile] fuzzy_gizmo's party, as I could barely pull myself off the couch.

Still, that was a hell of a Super Bowl, wasn't it? Apparently, I missed all of the good commercials, either between nodding off or running to the bathroom. I'm sure you all wanted to know about that.

Happy Groundhog Day to those of you who celebrate. Looks like it's six more weeks of winter.
av8rmike: Futurama's Farnsworth, text: oh, I made myself sad (farnsworth)
Whee. Day 5 of a five-day weekend. I could have gone to work for part of the day, but since I was taking Jamie to the airport at 12:30, it didn't make a whole lot of sense to go in the morning.

Also, since I forgot November 1 and 2, that's only 28 straight day of posting, most of which aren't substantive (this one included).


Nov. 22nd, 2008 11:45 pm
av8rmike: (wtf)
Huh. I tried posting by text earlier, but it didn't go through?

Doesn't really matter, I can always set the date back so this post show up on the right day. ;) And all I had to say was something about drinking a wine called "Limerick" that I'd never heard of before.
av8rmike: Aqua Teen's Frylock, text: Bitch, are you for real? (frylock-forreal)
I expect to get dozens of comments on this entry telling me just how wrong I am, so don't disappoint, people! Here's why:

I didn't think The Dark Knight was that good.

Sure, Heath Ledger was good. Not Oscar good, though. I think the people that are saying that are just blinded by the fact that he died oh so tragically and this is his "swan song" and he must get recognized for it. Fortunately, as Leonard Maltin reminds us, the people who believe in this "wish-fulfillment rumor" have no say in the actual process. The Academy doesn't like comic-book movies, and the Oscar season is hardly over by this point, either.

Now, the rest of the movie? It was about forty minutes to an hour too long and the plot was too complex. Spoiler cut... )

Maybe I'm just colored by the Tim Burton series and the fact that I didn't see Batman Begins. Was that movie so different from the first four that my perception is all off? Or is it just the fact that Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin were so horrid that anything is better? A glance through Metacritic shows that I'm not the only one that thinks this way, although I am surprised Roger Ebert and the Onion A.V. Club had such high praise.
av8rmike: Futurama's Farnsworth, text: oh, I made myself sad (farnsworth)
I got called to jury duty yesterday and ended up actually having to serve in a trial. It only lasted until about 6:00 PM, though.

It's a weird feeling, knowing you (and 11 other people) just sent a man to prison, when he probably thought he had a chance to get off.
av8rmike: (webcam)
I've hardly updated at all in the last few weeks. Rest assured, I am still alive, in case anyone was concerned.

I got some of that Stephen Colbert ice cream, but I actually wasn't all that impressed.

I've been trying to get into the music of John Adams, but some of it is less approachable than others. I really should start practicing again.
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
It's not that I don't have time to update any more, it's just that I feel like I have nothing interesting to talk about any more.

Ask me something instead?
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
Weekend was very long and tiring.... for good and bad reasons. ;)

I'm really starting to get disappointed by my personal performance at these concerts, but maybe it's OK that no one other than myself seems to notice.

I need to get some of [livejournal.com profile] gingy's recipes.

I wore jeans and work boots to the office today, thinking I'd be doing manual labor. So far, have not needed to.

I want to wash the crap off the side of my truck, but no way am I paying another $15 for a mediocre job.

No rehearsal tonight. Practicing instead.

Life Update

Nov. 8th, 2006 03:59 pm
av8rmike: (webcam)
In case anyone was concerned, I am still alive... just haven't had much to say lately. Things are going pretty well; I still have rehearsals twice a week, one of which is not challenging, while the other takes almost all my concentration.

That warm, wooly feeling I had last night that I'm attributing to civic pride, but may have been my leftovers coming back to haunt me, was quickly supplanted with disgust at the results of the Maryland elections. A Republican voting in Baltimore City? Pretty much a fart in the wind. Let's just hope that Governor O'Malley isn't as ineffective as he was as mayor.

As it is twice every year, we're in that period where it's not cold enough outside to leave the heat on all the time, but too warm inside not to turn on the air conditioning.


Sep. 18th, 2006 02:23 pm
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
I am all kinds of tired today... I wish it could have been because of better reasons.

I don't even have anything interesting to report on from the weekend, since I spent way too much of it watching a building get torn down. I wish I could say that a hot girl tried to pick me up at the bar on Saturday night, but she wasn't that hot (more like ditzy) and wasn't actually trying to pick me up.
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (Default)
Yet another mostly uninteresting weekend. LĂșthien called Friday night, noting that she hadn't heard from me in a while. Yeah, maybe it's because I've gotten tired of calling and getting interrupted (which happened then too), asking her out and getting nothing but excuses, etc. The part about watching the Olympics opening ceremony I already covered.

Saturday I went to a music store for some sheet music and ended up coming out with Mendelssohn's violin concerto and the first 5 Hungarian Dances by Brahms. Surprisingly, I can actually play the Mendelssohn, but the Brahms? Forget it. I went to Columbia (MD) Mall for the rest of the day, and bought a big Calphalon saute pan and some steel canisters at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Today I discovered in one of my cabinets some potatoes that had been rotting away for the better part of the week. Also, what I sincerely hope are not mouse droppings. I cleaned the stuff up, wiped down all the flat surfaces and coated everything with Lysol. Now I'm afraid to put my bakeware & stuff back in there.

About the Chinese food: I went to Dad's place for dinner, as usual, but they were going out to the usual Chinese place. I thought my fortune was so appropriate, I kept it to show to all my loyal readers =):

"Everyone agrees you are the best."


av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (Default)

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