Thursday, June 30, 2005

Management Training

An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand pulling a male buffalo with the other and says to the waiter, "Want coffee." The waiter says, "Sure thing, coming right up." He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee. After drinking the coffee down in one gulp, the Indian turns and blasts the buffalo with the shotgun, then just walks out of the place!

The next morning the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand, pulling another male buffalo with the other. He walks up to the counter and says to the waiter, "Want coffee!" The waiter says, "Whoa, mister! We're still cleaning up your mess from yesterday. What the heck is all this about, anyway?"

The Indian smiles and proudly says, "Training for upper management. Come in, drink coffee, shoot the bull, leave mess for others to clean up, disappear for rest of day."

Wednesday, June 29, 2005


One of the cool things about War of the Worlds is that it features the preview for king kong. This can also be seen on the web at the following site:

You get to see Kong!!! Here's a snap. Casey, you can take nifty screen shots like this by pressing these three keys apple (it's on either side of your space bar), shift, and 3. It should save to your desktop. PC users...not sure how you accomplish this task. In this particular seen Kong is fighting a T-Rex. Sweet!!!!

War of the Worlds

I saw it tonight. It was very good. The effects were excellent. The aliens and their ships were great looking. Buy some popcorn and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Ok, so despite the mentally ill scientology-sickened Tom Cruise going nuts on the sidelines, War of the Worlds is pulling excellent reviews from all walks of critics. I'm going to try to see it tomorrow!

"If Jurassic Park was Jaws with claws, War of the World is E.T. gone bad, a big, scary sci-fi-thriller and a dazzling display of movie technology at its best"
-- Emanuel Levy, EMANUELLEVY.COM

Video chat mow session

I was video-chatting with Mullins when I had to mow my yard. I spun my webcam to point out the window and Mullins enjoyed this incredible "Yard-Mow-Cam"

iTunes gets Podcasting!

For you Dad, this doesn't mean anything. For me, it's sweet! It's kind of like getting 300 channels of great content that I can listen to whenever and wherever I want. This will change my gym experience. I'm going to try Al Franken's ultra left radio show tonight.

Microsoft slow on the RSS draw

This is cool and all, but the Mac Safari browser has already been RSS (really simple syndication) savvy for months! You PC users are going to love it in a year or two when Explorer can handle it!

June 27, 2005 6:17PM
Internet Explorer users accustomed to surfing the Web will be able to use a future version of the program to make waves of information come automatically to them.

Microsoft Latest News about Microsoft said yesterday that the Web browser in the next generation of Windows will be able to detect, display and subscribe to streams of news and information in a format called RSS, an increasingly popular method of receiving content online.

Friday, June 24, 2005

More on Zombies

Well, I saw Land of the Dead and it was ok, but I was a little disappointed. I would recommend the 2004 Dawn of the Dead as the best zombie flick, or if you want a zombie comedy making fun of zombie movies, I enjoyed "Shawn of the Dead".

I was on a good 4 man tug of war team tonight. We won two matches before going down. My obstacle course team did pretty well too. Tomorrow I run 5k with Yuki as the community olympics continue.
Community Olympics sees increase in registrations
By TODD GOTTULA, Hub Staff Writer

KEARNEY — Following two straight years of declining participation, the 2005 version of Community Olympics will be the second largest in the event's 10-year history.

Kearney’s three-day sports festival will include 26 teams and 685 participants. Only the 1999 version, which had 30 teams and 790 competitors, was bigger.

Sponsored by the Kearney Park and Recreation Department and Good Samaritan Hospital, the Community Olympics begins Friday and ends with a Sunday evening barbecue and awards banquet at Harmon Park.

Conducted each June, the three-day event includes teams from businesses, organizations and other groups. Teams and individuals compete in numerous athletic contests, games and other activities at parks, gyms and other locations across the city.

“The concept is simple, and it’s the same today as when we started 10 years ago,” said organizer Scott Hayden. “The goal is to promote healthy and active lifestyles by offering a variety of activities that show people different ways they can get exercise.”

Hayden was the driving force in starting the Community Olympics in 1996 and modeled it after a similar event in his hometown of Los Alamos, N.M. Good Samaritan Hospital sponsored the event the first year and has remained involved each year since.

About 130 hospital employees, city seasonal staffers and volunteers run the event, said Hayden.

“One of our goals is to support healthy communities and play an active role in doing that,” said Good Samaritan’s Carol Smith. “The Community Olympics is obviously an important part of promoting health in Kearney, and its something we’re proud to be a part of.”

The Community Olympics attracted 352 participants its first year and grew to more than 600 competitors the second summer. After seeing participation dip to less than 600 people the past two summers, Hayden was pleased to see the event grow in popularity this year.

“One of the keys to keeping this popular is mixing up the events and doing different activities every year,” Hayden said. “There are certain activities that are very popular and will be around most years, but we also try to tweak events and throw in new ones.

“In the end, the thing that makes this so successful is the fun attitude all the teams bring with them,” Hayden continued. “There is a lot of competitiveness out there, but everybody keeps things in perspective and knows that having a good time is what this is all about.”

Bill's Movie Pick Of The Week; Zombies!!!

This weekend: "Land of the Dead"!! With reviews like the ones below, how can it miss? My only question is, will Romero's zombies be runners like in recent zombie flicks, or amblers like in the original "Night of the Living Dead". I do know this from the preview...the zombies are beginning to think and strategize making it all the more difficult for the remaining humans. FUN! US Population 15,000,000; 90% are living dead!

For those of you who would rather rent or buy, check out the 2004 release "Dawn of the Dead" on DVD. It's a great zombie flick. The first 10 minutes through the sequence cut to Johnny's Cash's "The man comes around" are alone worth the price of the disc!

"George A. Romero's Land of the Dead reveals that Romero remains the master of a genre he reinvented."
-- Kevin Thomas, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"The latest installment could well be Romero's masterpiece."
-- Michael Rechtshaffen, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"An excellent freakout of a movie."
-- Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES

"It's good to see [Romero] back in the genre he invented with Night of the Living Dead, and still using zombies not simply for target practice but as a device for social satire."

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

New Music Tuesday/Blog Access

I agree. Anyone who wants blog access can have it. Simply email me ( or Dad or Robert and we'll give you the password. It'd be fun for all the family to post.

I downloaded the new Billy Corgen (of Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan fame). I like his style so I'm looking forward to listening. I'm also going to go see a cool band in concert called "Motion City Soundtrack". They're great. Ever heard of them Jenny? I just got their new CD and it's good!

Looks like my special prosecutor case is going to go forward. They guy is charged with 1st degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Maximum penalty is 40 years in prision. Should be a fun trial.

I'm participating in the community olympics this weekend. I'll be competing at tennis, running a 5K (with Yuki), and playing water polo amoung other activities. Should be fun.

Monday, June 20, 2005


My bike trip was postponed because I didn't feel like leaving
on Monday. Maybe later. I would like to see all the cousins and
their parents given write access to this blog. That might help me stay
in touch a little better. Posted by Tangeman.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Batman Begins

I saw Batman Begins last night. It's a very good superhero movie. Definately a relief after recent Batman films. I think Robert and Dad would both enjoy it. Dad be forwarned, it is a long movie. I'm taking Yuki for a walk!


We're off for a short trip to Napa Valley to meet our friends Chris and Kara. Kara is back from London for a few weeks so it will be fun to catch up. Planning to go to Caymus and Robert Sinskey wineries for sure but who knows from there. More info later. How about the Huskers! First game is a win in the CWS.

On a more sour note - Georgia Tech's start point guard recruit has drafted and has signed with the Yankees. No point guard next year at Point Guard U!

Wednesday, June 15, 2005


I'm trying to decide whether to see Batman Begins tonight. It's only playing at the drive in theatre here. That'll probably change Friday. A trial here finished up today and an 84 year old man from Ohio was convicted of vehicular manslaughter when he rammed into a motorcycle underneath the Archway monument. Seems he was looking up at the arch and didn't notice the construction and slowing traffic. I've got a new case as a special prosecutor in Dawson County. It's a stabbing in a bar. Alex has moved into the basement and the arrangement is working out OK.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Two of our favorite cousins: Casey and Jenny have discovered the blog! Exciting stuff to be sure. Things are a bit slow on the news front. To celebrate the Michael Jackson acquittal some of the radio stations are playing lots of MJ stuff. Steph and I heard Man in the Mirror followed by Human Nature while carpooling into work this morning.

Still saddened over Georgia Tech missing the College World Series in Omaha yet again...oh well - Nebraska made it.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

scale buildings for new movie

the major toy train scales are
N: 1:160
HO: 1:87
O: 1:48
G: 1:28

i use N and some HO. you can buy plastic people, pets, buildings, cars, etc in wide variety
in both HO and N, which are the two most popular scales. is my favorite
source, and is also good. they have decent web sites. HO might be better for your needs as N stuff can be pretty tiny. I have some HO cows and an N train station, about 3 inches long.

hangin' with carol & the dogs

i'm none too accomplished at posting. but practicing. carol and i took her mom
to lunch saturday 6/11/05. wendy's spicy chicken sandwich is good. skipped supper after that.
i've been messing with trains, and doing a little cleaning. i've started doing a little walking recently
and i feel very good. our trip west has been delayed but likely will still happen. speilberg's 'into
the west' gets this bad review in usa today: " 'into the west' goes south". i agree. a flick like this has the main job in our day and time of being politically correct rather than good or realistic.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Monster movie in the works?

Huskers are headed to CWS as they blang Miami in two strait games! I'm going to see Mr. & Mrs. Smith tonight. I'll let you know how it is. Alex has moved into the basement. Should be a decent arrangement. Yuki and I went for a run.

Dad, what do you know about the little towns that go with model trains? Can you get a starter kit with some trees, buildings, and people for an inexpensive price? I'm thinking of doing a short monster movie where Yuki is blown up to Godzilla size. To do so, I'd need a small town for Yuki to destroy.

Week-end Fun

Things aren't looking so good for GT Baseball after falling to Tennessee in the first game. The ACC I believe lost every game yesterday...

Steph and I are going biking today and to a friends party in Sacramento tonight. We watched Attack of the Clones last night to get Steph up to speed for ROTS (revenge of the sith) later this week-end. The red Lightsaber arrived yesterday. It is pretty neat though at $100 it may be a stretch.

Friday, June 10, 2005

The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl

We went to a sports bar for lunch to watch the Huskers in action vs. Miami. Rain delays.

That's a nice picture of Kodak. The little creature looks hungry.

I might go see "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" this weekend with Brad Pitt. Which is getting decent reviews like this:

3/5 "In the end, star charisma and Liman's style win us over and we relax into a sophisticated summertime diversion that is noticeably intended for adults."
-- Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

It'll probably be better than "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl", which is getting reviews like this one:

"Avoid this at all costs."
-- Jon Popick, PLANET SICK-BOY

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Kodak will do anything for food including climbing all the way into the bag looking for the last kibble. Posted by Hello

Monday, June 06, 2005

Sony Monitor

Is worth maybe $50...that's the going rate on Craigslist. I'd say you are better off keeping it and setting up a dual monitor situation. May come in useful with all your editing.

Georgia Tech Ends USC Season!!

Georgia Tech Ends USC Season With 5-0 Victory In NCAA Atlanta Regional Championship

South Carolina's Season Ends With A 41-23 Record; Sixth Straight Year With 40-plus Victories

June 6, 2005

Columbia, S.C. - Number two national seed Georgia Tech shut out South Carolina 5-0 Monday night behind the five hit pitching of Tim Gustafson and Matt Wieters and the Yellow Jackets advanced to a super regional next weekend against the Tennessee Volunteers.

Georgia Tech, 45-17, will host the best of three super regional at Russ Chandler Stadium with the winner advancing to the College World Series in Omaha. South Carolina, which advanced to the World Series each of the past three years, ended its 2005 season with a 41-23 record. The Gamecocks won three of five games in the Atlanta regional.

The Gamecocks forced a Monday game by winning twice on Sunday. South Carolina eliminated Michigan 4-3 in a game delayed three hours and 32 minutes by rain and then downed Georgia Tech 8-3 to extend the regional tournament to Monday night.

Mac going to Intel, Huskers make Supers

Well now there will be no more reason for Robert to hound me to use a Pee-Cee instead of a Mac. By the way I got a new iMac G5 17inch running at 2Ghz. My aging G4 tower was crashing under intensive video rendering likely due to all the 3rd party upgrades I stuck inside it. The good news is I was able to trade in the old machine for $500 credit towards the $1400 new machine. A much better solution than simplying putting the old machine in a closet to gather dust (my past solution). By the way if anyone is in the market for an excellent 20 inch sony trinitron monitor (flat screen, not flat panel) I have one available for the trading block. Otherwise I'm giving it a shot on ebay.

Anyway, looks like the next Mac I buy in a few years will be a "Mac-tel" box.

Also, 3 cheers for Huskers clinching the Super-Regional. Hopefully G-Tech can follow suit tonight.
From Mac Rumors...
Monday, June 6th 2005

Who would have thought....despite healthy but apparently unwarranted skepticism, the vast majority of Mac (and indeed Tech) pundits were wrong and CNet was right. Bloody hell, even Dvorak was right for once!

Hell has frozen over; but there is a lot of potential for amazing things along this new road we have suddenly found ourselves on. Once the shock wears off (which it still hasn't), we'll be posting on a very frequent schedule for the foreseeable future as efforts are made to begin to see what this means for the Mac community....check back often. You'll be glad you did, because as change is in the wind for the Mac, so too is change in the wind for Mac OS Rumors....

Next version of Mac OS X will be "Leopard," and will focus largely on the transition to Intel/x86. As Apple seeks to commoditize many aspects of its hardware, Leopard will focus on unique features including an extremely graphically-rich user interface revamp leveraging the meta-data technology (aka Spotlight) introduced in Tiger.

Apple has adapted Transitive's QuickTransit code morphing engine, as rumored, and will deliver it to developers as "Rosetta" which allows PowerPC binaries to run on Intel with reasonable performance. A developer kit with a 3.6GHz P4 Intel-based "Mac," OS X 10.4.1 for Intel, and Rosetta will begin shipping in two weeks.

Well folks, the big news we've all been waiting on has hit: Steve says that IBM hasn't delivered on its promises, no 3GHz and no portable-friendly G5's....and starting a year from now, Apple will begin shipping Macs with Intel processors. The transition to Intel will be completed in 2007, according to Mr. Jobs....

Tiger is completely ready to run on Intel, and is being demonstrated right now on a 3.6GHz Pentium 4.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

So far so good

In the world of NCAA Baseball things are looking up for the big 3. Nebraska, Arkansas and Georgia Tech all enter the day 2-0 so will await the winner out of the loser brackets and then need to win 1 of 2 against them.

GT vs. South Carolina or Michigan
Nebraska vs. Creighton or NC State
Arkansas vs. Texas or Miami of Ohio

Went to Sandra Dee's last night for some BBQ. It is in downtown Sacramento and rates as the best BBQ found so far in Sac. On a Couch's BBQ scale Sandra's rates a 6/10.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Yuki attacked!!!

Yuki and I went running. Coming down a neighborhood sidewalk, the bay of a wayward beagle sounded out. He was charging strait for us. Yuki and I kept running. The beagle began to snap and bite at the nervous Yuki, so I sent the hound sailing with a swift kick to the ribs. A girl came running trying to corral the beagle. Yuki and I made our getaway.

Robert's Picture

That's a nice feature using pictures like that. That HELLO picture program doesn't work with Mac but they offer a Mac alternative program. Maybe I'll try it out. I'm spending some time with Yuki this Saturday morning. I watched Creighton beat NC State last night at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. Later I ate at the famed "Lazlos".

Testing out this picture posting capability. So far it hasn't been easy and not sure it will work. If it does. This is a snap from the Chalk Art Festival at the Santa Barbara Mission Posted by Hello

a real shuffle

check out this real shuffle type flash memory MP3 player by sony. Click to Link

Lazy Saturday here in CA - just working around the house catching up on reading, etc. I haven't figured out to add pictures to this site. Maybe we have to pay for that option. If so maybe we should and send the bill to the lightest poster (eh dad? :) )

Tech barely beat Furman in the first game of the NCAA Tourney - moving to the winner's bracket to play South Carolina.

Friday, June 03, 2005


I saw a band called Pinback last night. They were pretty good. The opening act was called Pit Er Pat. They weren't as good. I'm going to see some baseball in Lincoln tonight weather permitting. I was ready for a jury trial Monday complete with a Keynote closing argument (it's Apple's new answer to PowerPoint). The defendant took the deal this morning though so the trial is off. The unemployed defendant punched his employed wife who was 5 months pregnant because he thought she took his cigarette money. Nice guy.

It's official. I'm getting a roomate. His name is Alex Strattman. He graduated from Texas Tech law school last year and has a job with a private firm here. He's originally from Kearney. He's getting the basement and I'm taking upstairs. It should be a decent arrangement that yields an additional 450 to 500 a month in my pocket.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Good Stuff

The mini Darth Vader movie was good. The sabre looks cool. My subscription to the Sacramento Bee ran out but I found a good deal on the Wall Street Journal - a much more substantial and overwhelming rag.

World Series Regionals start on Friday I believe.


You must check out 2 new items on my website. These include a new Star Wars movie I created called "I am Darth Vader". The movie shows off my new Force FX lightsaber and 3 dollar Darth Vader mask. The other item is photos from my trip to Randy's Donuts.

Let me know what you think.

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