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Feb. 19th, 2008 | 03:50 am


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For all of you that had the pleasure of being jumped on, shed on, farted on, sat on, or most often vigorously licked by our wonderful dog Lexus, I’m sad to report that she passed away earlier today.

Over the last few days we noticed she had stopped eating and vacating. She had labored breathing and was lethargic, but she was also drinking and peeing normally. The vet seemed relatively unconcerned and we all thought it was just constipation. Obviously something more was going on inside.

We got Lexus as a young dog from a friend who found her wandering on the street. She was obviously abused and neglected, but turned out to be a wonderful and patient dog. Poked, pulled, lied on, and rode, she was the best dog possible around kids. And adults too!

Lexus is survived by three hundred pounds of hair embedded in our


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random code

Feb. 5th, 2008 | 03:13 pm

I love the random code I find when I’m doing house cleaning. Like a php script to display the current listeners from Duane’s radio station. Or “cylon.jpg” as part of production data. (I had to test the file upload, right?). Or this bit of highly useful code:

var ctrl = Application(”ctrl”);
if (ctrl == null) {   
    Response.Write(”Failed to retrieve setting”);
} else {


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Jan. 31st, 2008 | 02:14 pm

Last nights episode of Lost might be one of the best they have ever done. I thought MST3K had hijacked the national ABC feed or something. “Sawyer is a bit surly today…”


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itunes meme

Jan. 31st, 2008 | 10:13 am

Instructions: Open up your iTunes and fill out this survey, no matter how embarrassing the responses might be.

How many songs total: 7281 songs
How many hours or days of music: 23.8 days

Most recently played: “Let’s Work” - Prince
Most recently played while I was still listening: “7 [After 6 long Version]” - Prince
Most played: “Kiss (from rave un2 the year 2000 dvd)” - Prince
Most recently added track: “Lyrics Undercover: Stay (I missed you)”
Most recently added song: “Such Great Heights” - Ben Folds Five

Sort by song title
First Song: “A” - Barenaked Ladies
Last Song: “Zviroto Zvangu” - Chunki / Mateo / Phillip / Thabani

Sort by time
Shortest Song: “Yo Vanilla” - Vanilla Ice
Longest Song: “Big Beatch Boutique - 13th July 2002 - Brighton Beach” - Fatboy Slim

Sort by album
First album: “Abbey Road” - The Beatles
Last album: “Zoot Suit Riot” - Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

First song that comes up on Shuffle: “Feeling So Real - Ray Keith Mix” - Moby

Search the following and state how many songs come up:
Death - 6
Life - 81
Love - 458 (63 of those match Lyle Lovett though)
Hate – 20 (10 of which match on “whatever”)
You - 683
Sex – 30


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gimme a break, google

Jan. 29th, 2008 | 03:47 pm

Among the myriad ways I can save, export, and share my google docs files, none of them include simply emailing it. Integration among their own products continues to suck.


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Jan. 22nd, 2008 | 09:45 pm

If you happen to come across the special edition “chocolate cherry diet dr. pepper” DO NOT DRINK IT. You might want to buy some just so someone else doesn’t buy it by mistake. Or maybe to compliment your collection of frankenfood. But certainly don’t buy it to drink it.


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Do I have to turn in my man card?

Jan. 22nd, 2008 | 03:56 pm

I voluntarily returned my randomly selected “mid-size” rental of a Ford Mustang. And I returned it for a station wagon. It’s a Dodge Magnum, which is a pretty damn nice station wagon, but still. :)

I left the airport in the mustang and headed straight for Walmart. (replacement sunglasses, check! Warmer gloves, check! Long johns, check!).  It had what I assume is a “sportier” feel, like not responding much when you touch the accelerator, then *really* responding when you touch it some more. But I was super close to the ground, and the cockpit felt cramped and cluttered. And the instrument cluster was pretty distracting. The gauges were at the bottom of these huge wells. Either way, it wasn’t my cup of tea. More importantly, I was traveling hundreds of miles further north (minneapolis being entirely too warm for my ancestors), and it just didn’t feel right doing that in a tiny little sports car.

So, I went back to the airport and switched cars. I *love* the Magnum, it’s much more my style. More space, more cupholders, and an aux port right on the radio.


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Grandpa John

Jan. 20th, 2008 | 12:18 am

My grandpa passed away this morning, in his sleep. He was 82. He lived a good, full life, but had a stroke in the last few years that left him altered and in a nursing home. My grandma, his wife and best friend of almost 60 years, died last year. Now I can hope they’re back together again.

He was a better role model than anyone can hope for. He’s the only answer I give to “Who are your heroes?”, and he will be be missed.


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Little Man Go Long Way

Jan. 14th, 2008 | 02:16 pm

Isaac and I went on our first big post-training wheels ride today. In fact, it’s only his 7th time without them at all, and his 3rd trip on a road. I kept asking him if he was getting tired, and not only was he not tired he seemed eager to keep going. So we did! We ended up riding over 9 miles, which seems damn impressive for a 5yr old on a 16 inch wheels.

I put together a little Google Map with a few pictures and even a video to commemorate it.

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[Technical note: I hate the zoom level it saves as, but I can’t figure out how to fix that. Apart from that, it was pretty darn easy and nifty to create the google map an integrate some flickr and google video into it[


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