December 25, 2003

A Christmas Story

Randy lay there like a slug. It was his only defense.

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December 24, 2003

Happy Holidays

I've got 24 cans of Coke, chips and salsa, and a pile of games and anime. I'm all set for Christmas.

Ho, ho, ho. Green giant.

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December 22, 2003

I think we're alone now

On Squawk Box (CNBC) this morning, they started making jokes referring to the movie Deliverance. The conversation went from a company that does business in hogs, to several variations of "boy, you got a purty mouth." Is it just me, or is that a sign that they think no one is watching?

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Wallace was right

Wensleydale cheese is great. Picked some up from Draeger's yesterday. Saw a wedge of it randomly, then saw a Wallace and Gromit brand (that was twice as much). Jocy reminded me that Wensleydale is Wallace's favorite cheese so I decided to give it a try (the cheaper, generic stuff, of course). It's a really good snacking cheese. I might buy some of that Wallace and Gromit brand once just to support the franchise, but I'll probably be buying the cheaper stuff on a regular basis.

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December 19, 2003


Haven't seen Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, yet? Go see it. It rules. More of the same cool ass stuff as the first two movies. They did a great job.

Haven't played Final Fantasy X-2, yet? Go play it. It rules. Full of the standard great FF-style RPG play you've come to expect. More geared towards girls without really being offensive to the football lover in me. New battle system again and it seems pretty cool so far.

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December 18, 2003

T-Mobile Sucks

I use T-Mobile. I'll probably be switching to Verizon soonish. Why? Because T-Mobile's signal isn't good enough around here for my cell to be a landline replacement. The service is ok on the highway, but the reception is unbearable in at least three different major residential areas on the peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. ATT seems a little better, but still spotty where I live now. Verizon seems to be the only one with strong signal around here. I didn't like any of the phones I saw on their website, though. Oh, well. Signal matters more. They better have a phone that supports Bluetooth. I don't want to give up my wireless headset.

Update - 12/19/03: Verizon might be out of the running. They don't seem to have any Bluetooth phones. I've heard that ATT GSM might be a little better around here than the ATT TDMA. If that's the case, I might just switch to ATT.

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December 17, 2003

Windows File Search Sucks

I've used the Windows file search before. It seemed to work fine then. Perhaps the last time wasn't on XP. Usually, I search for terms within a file and not just for a filename. I tried it just now. It failed miserably. I looked in some files in the directory I was searching and found the term I was searching for. But the stupid search dog couldn't find it. It just sits there with its animated wagging tail. Windows, you make me mad sometimes.

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December 16, 2003

7 Days Intro

I like Seven Days and all, but the new intro with Frank Parker's voice isn't very good. I liked Talmudge's intro better. Frank's voice is a little nasaly for the intro. Booming bass is nice in an intro.

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December 15, 2003

CSS Lists

This site is a great resource for understanding how to manipulate lists with CSS.

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December 14, 2003

The Place to Go for Help with CSS

This site rocks for CSS needs.

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Po Man's Crabcakes

Tuna Cakes (a.k.a. breadless tuna fish sandwiches)
-2 cans tuna
-2 whallups of mayo
-1 whallup of relish
-little bit of chopped onion
-pile 'o bread crumbs
-2 eggs
-couple dashes each of mustard powder, paprika, ground black pepper, and salt
-dash of cayenne

Mix everything together (use about a 1/4 cup? of the bread crumbs in the mix, we use panko). Dump out a large-meatball-sized bit of mix onto the pile 'o panko. Pack on the panko, and form into roughly round shapes in the x-y plane (can be squished in the z-axis after you put them in the pan) and repeat. As for size, when you're done, they should all be able to fit into a 10" skillet. Get some butter/oil (1 tbs butter + 2 tbs canola) ready in a frying pan and fry all the cakes on both sides until golden, brown, and delicious (GBD). Remember to lay them in s.t. any oil that might splash splashes away from you.

Serve with some cocktail sauce and enjoy.

tuna_cakes_lost_small_web.jpg Dropped one on the way from the pan to the plate.

tuna_cakes_small_web.jpg The rest of the tuna cakes with some lemon wedges as a memorial for those lost but not forgotten.

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December 12, 2003

New Section

Yay! Finally got around to putting up a projects page. Not much content now (only one article so far), but definitely more to come.

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December 10, 2003

Captain Picard Day

I like the way the "Captain Picard Day" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation starts. Lots of little kids' drawings of Picard. And even a stuffed doll that Riker puts a voice to.

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December 08, 2003

Emacs + PHP

HTML Helper Mode claims to handle PHP. I used the latest version to date (3.04jolly), and it was not good. Found something else that works well so far.

Don't forget to add something like the following to your .emacs:

(autoload 'php-mode "php-mode" nil t)
(setq auto-mode-alist (cons '("\\.php$" . php-mode)

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December 05, 2003


I end up not liking most technical books. I have shelves of disappointing programming books. If I didn't feel bad about sitting there and reading a whole chapter in the book store, I'd probably have better books. Since then, I'm on a personal boycott of tech books unless they're way on sale or I know for sure they're great.

This book seems like a winner on the subject of Ant (or at least Ant and JUnit). That link is a download for chapter 4 of the book - the one that counts for those of you out there with basic familiarity with Ant and just starting to learn JUnit. The chapter is so good that I'd actually consider buying the book full price.

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