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Sunshine idiots

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Oh the best laid plans gone awry: I thought I would go down to Golden Gardens this afternoon for some Sundazed dancing. Unfortunately it’s a beautiful day outside so everyone and their dog had the same idea. Skype and I showed up a little after one and spent a good 20 minutes parking.

Everyone was being rude and idiotic about parking – driving slowly, waiting excessively long for people to get into their car, cutting off people waiting excessively long for a parking spot, stealing parking spots from people, and parking in the middle of the road when they got sick of it. I’ve never seen more moronic assholes at once, let alone all trying to vie for the five remaining parking spots in the whole wide world!

In Seattle any time the weather changes people drive like idiots. When it rains for the first time in a while people freak out. When it’s sunny, people freak out even more. I’m not sure why this problem exists, but at times it drives me insane.

Upon getting down to the park I discovered that nobody was down there that I knew, nor any equipment. I walked around with Skype and checked out the off-leash area for about an hour before getting ready to leave. Just after giving up my parking spot I of course saw someone walking with a Mackie, but after dealing with the parking idiots the first time it was just too much effort to go through it all again.

Now that I’m home I’m at least thankful that Skype and I got to enjoy at least a little bit of this beautiful Seattle day! I have some work to do around the house anyway so it’s probably for the best that I didn’t spend all day out in the sun.

Two more weeks

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

The DM602 S3's Black Baffle
Two more weeks…

Happy birthday Bre!

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Last night ended up being a blast. After dinner with Brien I had passed out on my couch, but then got woken up by and email from Bre reminding me that it was his party to celebrate being 34 years young. I went out and joined him and Jake at the Bus Stop on Pine and we raged for a couple of hours.

Somehow we ended up at the Cha Cha Lounge where this series of shots was taken in a photo-booth. Fun stuff mixing drinking with cheap photography and random scary straight people at a bar on a Friday night.

I also acquired a scanner today (which is what I used to scan in those photos from the photo-booth. I was walking Skype this morning and came across a yard sale that had a cheap Canon scanner for $10. It’s not the greatest thing in the world, but for a USB-bus powered mini scanner that works with photoshop you can’t beat it at the price.

After last night I’m certainly in the mood for a much more quiet day today. Scott is coming over to play video games and watch movies and we are both going to rest up for outside ventures tomorrow at Sundazed.

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But daddy, I want them NOW!

Friday, July 14th, 2006

The week is over and I’m video-podcasting again! This week I try out my new camera, and take a crash course in video editing. Sorry that it’s quicktime video, and not an embedded Flash video but I was having problems with re-encoding it and am too drained to futz with it. You might have to upgrade to Quicktime 7 if you are on Windows to see it because I encoded using h.264.

I’m happy with the camera quality, but my workflow needs a lot of work to avoid the compression artifacts that you will see in this video. I managed to have to re-compress it twice, both times losing significant amounts of quality. I also need to figure out how to wrangle audio – something went horribly awry right, but then I seemed to keep it under control.

Anyone have a recommendation of a lossless video codec that’s Mac friendly? I’m doing the editing using iMovie HD because it’s both slick and handy. Video editing in general seems to have a bit of a steep learning curve, but I’m always up for a challenge.

Still got it

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Even with a few extra pounds in the trunk I am pleased to say I somehow still have it going on. While waiting outside the Green Papaya (a fabulous Vietnamese restaurant on Capitol Hill) with Skype while my friend Alissa got us nummy sandwiches for dinner I got cruised. Now when I say cruised I mean newspaper delivery guy hanging out in front of the restaurant for 2 minutes before coming over with an obvious boner to say hello. He then proceeded to fumble around trying to make a conversation for several minutes finally giving up to my somewhat tepid response.

Mind you – before I let all this nonsense get to my head I’m not that hot and I have to remember that he was a little scary, not to mention not seeming like the brightest fork in the cutlery drawer.

Must be the dog that still brings them in… Good boy!


Sunday, July 9th, 2006

I really hope I’m not getting sick. It might just be allergies, or Brien may have passed on his plague on Friday night when he helped set up my receiver. Either way I’m firing off sneezes in rapid succession and it feels as if my brains are draining down out my nose as well.

Between not feeling well and having a new air conditioner and receiver to keep me company I think today is going to be a very quiet day in my little cave spent mostly keeping my couch on the ground, my water cold, and my puppy cuddled.

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Glide on through

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

It’s been a while since I’ve posted – I’ve been busy entertaining Adam and catching up at work. It’s actually been a pretty fun week (Suzuki driving aside) and I’ve been up to all sorts of things.

Most likely the two most exciting events from my week both relate to audio: I got Electroplankton for my DS, and a surround receiver for my entertainment center. Not much to say about the receiver except that I like it and it falls into that beautiful category of things in my life that are big, black, and sexy. Now I just need to get some better speakers and I’ll be set.

Electroplankton is far from a “typical game” and is more of a user friendly sound toy and I have been having a lot of fun reviewing it and creating all sorts of little soundscapes with it. Think a touch sensitive synthesizer with a marine theme. I’ll be posting a more through review to Gearlive at some point in the near future so keep an eye out for it.

This morning I had to wake up rather early to take Adam to the bus stop in Yakima and pick up my precious GLI. After driving the Suzuki for an entire week I had almost gotten used to it and it was so nice to get back into my car. Zuki really did help remind me why I love the GLI so much – driving home on I-90 was a true pleasure, gliding over the pavement smoothly listening to my iPod and sportily flirting with motorcycles.


Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

I got back from Walla Walla on Sunday night after a nice day with the family. I ended up bringing my friend Adam back up from Walla Walla so he could get away and spend a week up in Seattle. When I go back to Yakima next weekend to reclaim my precious car I’ll drop him off there where he’s a short bus ride home.

Monday morning the best thing ever arrived: My Windchaser 12,000 BTU air conditioner. It’s big, it’s black, it’s rubberized, and it’s freezing cold! I set it up in my bed room and let it go. It’s so powerful that it glows blue and gives me radioactive special superhero powers!

I must say that after suffering through the heat last summer I’m quite glad to have something that will help me chill on through this year.

Now I’m off to go enjoy the 4th of July. I will be headed out to a BBQ at a friends on Lake Union to go watch the fireworks and relax before catchup mode starts at work tomorrow morning.

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The culprit of my problems

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

This is the ignition switch that went bad in my GLI. You can see a slight bit of melting on the casing of some of the wires, and the exposed copper in the middle of the hanging switch is where the main wire melted straight through.

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