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November 26th, 2005
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Checking off the dumb things I gotta do
So much of my life falls under the broad umbrella of TMBG references.



  • Dinner Bell Thanksgiving this year was with Mom and Dad, and Dad's buddy Ron, and Ron's friend (girlfriend?) Jane. My pecan pie worked out well this year - pre-baking the pie crust for 5 minutes, and starting the full pie at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, followed by about 40 minutes at 325. The crust was flaky and crisp, not the soggy mess that my pecan pies have been in years past.

    I still haven't found my old cake/pie server. Still thinking I left it at work a year ago. Oh, well.

    I need to learn how to steer conversations with Mom now and then. She's just recently discovered topics of Too Much Information, which she punctuates with Unsolicited Advice On Dave's Life.

  • Boss of Me I did try to "go in to work" on Friday, but discovered the software that I needed to use to get my one task done relied on a license that had expired. So no work was done this weekend.

  • I Palindrome I One of the projects I intend to do one of these days involves a computer with both visual input and output. The input will probably come from a webcam, the output may end up being lasers. Lasers are cool. I had considered getting a cheap video projector off eBay, and found one that I thought might fit my needs - but in the end, the thing needed repairs and parts that were no longer in production. So much for that plan. Back to lasers.

    But, having scrapped the projector plan, I still had a huge projector to get rid of. Fortunately, there's a place nearby that recycles old computer components, so I started making a pile of stuff I needed to get rid of. Projector, check. A couple old cases, mostly empty. An old Macintosh - still works, runs OS 7. Oh, I can finally get rid of the old laptop I bought back when Windows 95 came preinstalled.

    Before I scrapped the laptop, though, I did zip up all the old files that were lurking there. These included my thesis from college, a few pieces of old game projects, and some Zone travelogues. Whee!

    Along the way, though, I realized that I had two SuperMac keyboards - and I had a hard time figuring out if I still had the old SuperMac kicking around. Guess it's time to get rid of some stuff.

  • Man, It's So Loud In Here I saw both "Capote" and "Good Night, and Good Luck" this weekend. I've been meaning to see GNnGL for a while, and I heard good buzz about Capote about the same time. Both were well done - I expect each to get Oscar attention, and I'm pleased to have them checked off before the nominations are published.

  • Don't Let's Start You may have heard yesterday referred to as "Black Friday", because that's the day that many retail businesses begin to turn a profit for the year. People often claim that it's the biggest shopping day of the year, but the two weekends prior to Christmas each consistently outsell - people don't plan ahead very well.

    Also, Friday was "Buy Nothing Day". Leaving out the movie ticket I bought, I managed to resist all temptation to buy things on Friday, so that's good. Today, though, I realized that a day set aside to buy nothing is awfully similar to the idea of a one-day gas boycott - not very effective, and you end up rearranging your purchases so that it all averages out anyway.

  • Robot Parade Dad sent me email saying that he couldn't find my Amazon wish list. It's really not that hard, Dad. And, for that matter, most of what's on my Amazon list isn't anything I'd ask someone else to buy for me. Guess it's about time to make a useful list. It'd be nice if the rest of my family did the same, but when I ask for suggestions, I keep getting "Oh, you're so good at picking thoughtful, imaginative gifts" - which doesn't help.

  • Cyclops Rock ... and, with that, I'm off to do some of that dancing thing.

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From:celisnebula
Date:November 27th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
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::: shakes head:::

Your computer components sounds about as diversified as my comic book and novel collect (tons of stuff that was really useful and cool at one point in time, but getting old).

I should have taken your route on Friday, but I got talked into going out. Have lovely bruises and scratches from psychotic shoppers to prove it. Also had all the joys of shopping with friends who seemed to think they know what I need (by pretty much asking my poor, beleaguered brother-in-law's brother if he knew any single co-workers he could set me up with while we were hassling him at work), it's enough to scare a girl off dating for life. Next year I'm going the normal, safe route and buying via Amazon, Overstock, and Ebay {I hate shopping).

"Capote" was good? I think the last good movie I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman in was "The Talented Mr. Ripley"; he often plays very understated characters. Not that I'll be seeing that any time soon, as my movie date usually requires things of a PG-13 rating or less. I think our next two movie ventures will be "Yours, Mine, and Ours" and "Chronicles of Narnia."


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From:tsmaster
Date:November 27th, 2005 08:28 am (UTC)

tons of stuff that was really useful and cool at one point in time, but getting old

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I might use that as the caption for my next internet personal ad.


I'm going the normal, safe route and buying via Amazon, Overstock, and Ebay

Yeah, I might end up finishing my shopping that way this year. I've got a few things already taken care of through today's forays out into the Suburban Retail Insanity, but I've been thinking that the remainder will all be mail order, mostly because the first place I think of for the remaining items are all online anyway.


"Capote" was good?

Good, but definitely chilling. As was "Talented Mr. Ripley", come to think of it. Not exactly the same thing, but not a movie I'd take a sub-13 year old to. Or, probably, a sub-18 year old to. The movie revolves around the research for the book "In Cold Blood", which had some really gruesome subject matter. The visuals aren't much different than you'd see on an episode of CSI, but to see the movie in context takes a certain level of maturity.


"Yours, Mine, and Ours"

That movie reminds me of "Cheaper by the Dozen", which I managed to steer clear of - though I do enjoy Steve Martin from time to time. Which reminds me, I missed "Shopgirl" in the theatres, which is too bad. The reviews I've been able to find haven't been kind, which is also too bad.


"Chronicles of Narnia"

I'm looking forward to this one, but with that cringing anticipation when you're trying to prepare for disappointment along with great expectations. The trailers I've seen remind me very much of the cinematography of the Lord of the Rings movies. I did enjoy LotR, but if Narnia just ends up feeling like a ripoff of Jackson, that'll be a shame.
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From:celisnebula
Date:November 28th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)

Re: tons of stuff that was really useful and cool at one point in time, but getting old

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with that cringing anticipation when you're trying to prepare for disappointment along with great expectations.

I've grown very use to this sensation; actually had it burning in my gut as I sat in the theater with Brat boy watching "Goblet of Fire." A lot of people liked the movie, and had I not read the book, I probably would have too, but it was -- simply put a poor bastardization. So, I'm really not holding out much hope for the "Chronicles of Narnia."

You have a personal ad? But why?
Oh wait, your probably one of those normal people who actually likes going out on dates. *Shudders* I think I'd rather eat shards of glass than go on another date any time soon.
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From:tsmaster
Date:December 7th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)

Re: tons of stuff that was really useful and cool at one point in time, but getting old

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You have a personal ad? But why?
Sort of. That is, I've got listings here and there that I haven't been paying attention to. It's that whole "I'd like to meet new people" thing. And yes, potentially date some of them. The cute, funny, intelligent women.

If that's what you call "normal", then I guess so. ;)
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From:celisnebula
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)

Re: tons of stuff that was really useful and cool at one point in time, but getting old

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LOL what I meant was most 'normal' people like going out on dates.

The whole personal ad thingy shouldn't surprise me, I just sent an anniversary card to someone who met his partner on a MSN group designed specifically to get Americans and Brits together.

I'd rather meet new people online, I'm too much of an introvert irl and it's hard for me to connect with people I don't feel comfortable with (which translates into people I don't know too well). I've met 35% of the people I consider online friends in real life, and after that first initial awkward thrust that meeting face to face brings, we do alright.

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From:tsmaster
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)

Re: tons of stuff that was really useful and cool at one point in time, but getting old

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I'd rather meet new people online, I'm too much of an introvert irl

Yeah, I'm more or less of that same stripe. I've noticed that I'll often get very quiet in large groups - especially if most of the people know eachother better than they know me.

Part of me likes the idea of meeting new people online - people that are online are at least a little more literate than the general public, and probably a bit more intelligent. So that's nice.

But, at least of late, I haven't been too happy with meeting people that way. It always seems a little too strained. So, I've been focusing on activities that will involve meeting new people as a side effect. As an example, my interest in partner dancing. I'm not meeting a lot of people my age that way, but I'm having fun.

most 'normal' people like going out on dates.
Heh - yeah, I suppose so. I imagine that dating is always a little uncomfortable. That whole rollercoaster analogy. Ups and downs, throw your hands in the air, and try not to throw up.
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