6:51.7

June 28, 2007 at 9:27 am (General, Sports)

You see that number, that number in the title? That number is the number of how awesome I am. And, just in case it isn’t absolutely pellucid, that’s pretty awesome.

Yes, dear readers, that is the length of time that it took me to run one mile today. Six minutes, fifty-one seconds and seven-tenths of a second. Four painful, brutal laps around the track, eight points where I considered quitting early, sixteen whole spots where I told myself that I was quitting this foolish quest for lost youth today whether I beat seven minutes or not. But I did not quit, and I have therefore reached the second of the two goals that I set for myself before turning 30. Read the rest of this entry »

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I passed!

June 22, 2007 at 10:13 am (Dissertation, Horror)

For those of you who read this blog in a valiant (if doomed) attempt to keep up on what’s actually going on it my life: It’s official, I have advanced to candidacy. On Monday, I successfully defended my dissertation proposal before my faculty committee, and they approved it. It’s not all roses and bonbons, though; now I have to actually write the darn thing… Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting Old, Fast

June 13, 2007 at 10:56 am (Family, General, Sports, Writing)

My 30th birthday is right around the corner. In fact, it’s two months from tomorrow. And it scares me.

Now, all of my older family and friends are going to laugh when they read that, even though they went through it, too, when it was their turn. After all, isn’t forgetfulness one of the true benefits of experience? Or is that one of the benefits of old age? Which is rapidly closing in on me? Ah, well, they say the memory is the first thing to go… Read the rest of this entry »

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A Weekend in Wine Country

June 12, 2007 at 8:29 pm (Travel, Wine)

Heather had a rare three nights off in a row this weekend, and I had been suggesting to her for days that we use the opportunity to get away, maybe camping or to my parents’ cabin. But when she countered with a weekend up in the Santa Ynez Valley, touring the Central Coast’s wine country, I couldn’t say no. So, we reserved one of the last open hotel rooms in Solvang, and away we went! Read the rest of this entry »

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“Gentlemen, we can rebuild him.”

June 6, 2007 at 8:04 pm (Comics, Computers, Horror)

I’m a little too young to have watched the original Six Million Dollar Man; I didn’t discover him until my teenage years, when reruns appeared (to my utter joy) on the Sci-Fi channel. I do remember seeing one episode (probably a rerun, since the show aired in ’77 and ’78) of The Bionic Woman on TV when I was a kid, although what I remember most is being scared. As I remember it, the Bionic Woman crashed her car at the beginning of the episode because she saw the apparition of a Native American shaman of some sort dancing in front of her, and that was close enough to ghosts for me to get absolutely terrified and turn it off, to the point that I’m still getting a bit of a chill remembering it, over twenty years later. Read the rest of this entry »

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iPhoto and ACDSee

June 5, 2007 at 9:04 pm (Computers)

A number of years ago, I was introduced to ACDSee on the archaeological dig, and have been enamored ever since. ACDSee is a photo-editing and archiving program for Windows, and it is a professional-grade tool; one of its main advantages is that lets you do batch edits to your photos, saving you time if you have to make the same change to a lot of images. When we’d be renaming photos or something like that on the excavation, that ability came in handy.

Unfortunately, it is a Windows-only program, and anyway, when I first got the Mac, the PC had just died, anyway, so I copied my “My Pictures” folder from the old hard drive over to the laptop and started using iMovie, the free Apple photo management software. This created a number of problems for me, however, since iPhoto works differently than ACDSee does. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cross-Platform Computing

June 3, 2007 at 8:12 am (Computers)

When I bought my Macbook, I knew that integrating it with my PC at home was going to take a little bit of work. After all, all of my techie friends cringed when I asked them if they had any suggestions about syncing up the machines, and one of them even made the sign of the cross and yelled, “Back, back!” But a quick search on Google turned up a number of open-source software solutions, all of which were touted as “extremely easy” and “it just works,” so I figured, how hard can it really be?

Here’s a hint, dear readers: Whenever you have to ask that question, it’s going to be really freakin’ hard. Read the rest of this entry »

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After a long silence…

June 2, 2007 at 9:28 pm (Computers, General, Writing)

Well, after a long silence, I have returned to broadcasting on the inter-waves! I could in theory claim computer troubles, since I’ve had a lot of those lately, but I work in computers, so it isn’t like I don’t constantly have between two and fifty computers readily available for me to use. Really, blogging takes time (at least, at the level of quality at which I like to write), and I’ve been prioritizing my time elsewhere, specifically, writing my dissertation proposal and working out the aforementioned computer kinks. I’m hoping that by spending less time editing and more time writing, I’ll at least get regular updates out; we’ll see how it goes, and please forgive my shoddy writing!

EDIT: I just posted this last night, and already this morning I’ve gone through, rewritten part of this post as a new post, and am planning on doing the same for the last section. Sigh. It’s tough being obsessive-compulsive.

EDIT 2: I’ve now removed the second part and made that its own entry, too. Much better!

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