Brian and Kailey Sitting In a Tree…

My brother Brian and I had a little heart to heart. After wishing me a happy birthday, he went on to announce he had a girlfriend, Kailey, and to “use the pirate picture” since he knew I was going to blog about it. Smart man. I ended up not using the pirate picture. Brian reports that they have been dating 2-3 weeks. And that’s all I know.

So, quick recap: Brian. Kailey. 2-3 weeks. Go Dawg, Go.

Bone Bruise

I have a bone bruise on my right hand right below my ring finger. I got it during handball. When I tried hitting the ball (just to make sure it wasn’t a regular bruise…smart move Andrew), it hurt like nothing else.

From National Institute of Health – National Library of Health:

A bone bruise results from compressive forces incurred during an injury. The damaged area occurs in the medullary portion of the bone and can be accompanied by bleeding and swelling.Bruises are often caused by falls, sports injuries, car accidents, or blows received by other people or objects. Bruises can last from days to months, with the bone bruise being the most severe and painful.

I’m off to eat.

The 20’s

Oh hey look, it’s my birthday! Imagine that, 20. That also makes me 14 in hex and 24 in oct.

Well, I’ve shed the dreaded “-teen” suffix and entered into the terrible two’s. For those keeping track at home, the Fergix Time Stamp function will return 631152000 at approximately 15:49 -800 UCT. For your viewing pleasure, I have included a picture of what someone might wear if there were in their 20’s…I mean, the 20’s (click for a bigger version).

Feel free to leave a comment below to congratulate me on managing to stay alive for 2 whole decades!

Also feel free to mail me something, I like getting mail.

Matt is Going to Get a D50

I spent an hour and a half at Matt’s house in Littleton just now, convincing him to get a Nikon. Looks like he’s sold! Congratulations Matt, I think you’ll like it a lot!

The coolest thing was that all his old lenses fit on my Nikon D70 and worked!

If anyone else is interested, CompUSA has the Nikon D50 for $599.99, which 25% off, at the register (i.e. No mail-in rebate, you pay $600 + tax):
http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=336361

[tags]Nikon, D50, Nikon D50, CompUSA[/tags]

WaMu Door Access

At the Washington Mutual that I use in Golden, there is an after hours ATM machine secured by a Magstripe reader. I’ve always just slid my Debt/ATM Card through it and it let me in. However, the the process was instantaneous…a little too instantaneous.
Up until now, I had always assumed that when I swiped my card, some information on my card was transfered back to a database somewhere, my access was confirmed, and the door was opened. But that would have taken too long. Perhaps there was some ‘code’ on my card that identified me as a Washington Mutual customer. Perhaps.

So I tried my United Airlines Credit Card (operated by Chase) and the door opened. Curious.
I tried my school ID card: door opened.
I tried my Costco card: door opened.
It tried my Colorado State Drivers License: door opened.

It looks like any card that has a magstripe on it with ‘valid’ data will open the door. Interesting.

[tags]washington mutual, magstripe, card[/tags]

Ten Reasons Why You Should Date a Geek

Maryam Scoble, Robert Scoble‘s wife, goes to bat for us geeks in “In Defense of Geeks or Ten Reasons Why You Should Date a Geek“. Thanks Maryiam, we need more people like you fighter for us:

  1. He can fix your computer. There I said it. Do you really need another reason? He is not a bum. He has useful skills that can make your life (at least the part that is spent on the computer, and let’s face it, that is where we all spent most of our time any way) run smooth. Not enough? OK, here’s number two.
  2. He has friends who can fix your computer. So now you are in a relationship and he knows he’s got you and doesn’t feel like he needs to jump every time you call. All of a sudden he is too busy for you? He has work to do and can’t get there fast enough? No problem. Call one of his buddies. They’d love to help out. Geeks are the most helpful friends you’d ever make.
  3. Not a computer person? OK, here’s the killer. He can also hook up the TV, connect the DVD player and Tivo your favorite programs. He’ll also hook you up with the sweetest sound system you’ve ever heard. It would be like angels singing to you.
  4. Looking further for another reason? Yes, you guessed it. He has friends who can hook up the TV, connect the DVD player, etc. etc. etc.
  5. And it gets better: Not only can he fix your computer and DVD player, he can do the same for your friends. All of a sudden your social life will pick up. Your phone won’t stop ringing. Dinner invitations come up every night of the week. You’d be as popular as if you owned a truck and you don’t even have to help anyone move.
  6. Sigh…you really want more reasons to date a geek? Fine. Here’s one for your vanity. He’ll make you shine every where you go. No matter how clumsy your sense of style, no matter how awkward your social skills, you’ll be a fashion star and a classy diplomat next to your geek. He’ll make you look so good; you’ll fall in love with yourself.
  7. So you are not into computers, TVs and DVDs and you don’t care about being popular and fashionable. What about the newest techie gadgets? Do you like cell. phones, digital cameras, camcorders, or MP3 players? Forget bling bling. Let me tell you girlfriend, you are going to be a proud owner of the latest gadgets if you ever decide to date a geek. Your cell. phone will not only have your best friends’ number on speed dial, it would also be able to take pictures, make movies and even do your nails. Your sleek, sexy, and very small digital camera will take pictures that will put Ansel Adams to shame and your brand new, top of the line MP3 player will make all the heads turn your way.
  8. Not satisfied yet? Ok, I hear you. You are saying gadgets and toys are fun, but they won’t keep me warm in the middle of the night, if you know what I mean. Well, I didn’t think I would have to tell you this, but I guess you are going to make me spell it out for you. Here’s the deal, sweet and simple: Your geek will worship the ground you walk on. He’ll be so happy that a pretty girl like you paid attention to him that he’ll be at your feet. He’ll adore you as if you were his queen. In his arms, you’ll feel like you are at the top of the world. Believe me, I know what I am talking about.
  9. I know I got your attention now, but wait it gets better. He won’t cheat on you either. You don’t believe me? Here’s a test. Place the sexiest woman on earth in a room with a geek, say Angelina Jolie in a Victoria Secret sexy lingerie. At the other corner of the room, place the latest model of some computer or other. I am willing to bet my bottom dollar that your geek would want to play with that computer much more than getting to know Angelina Jolie. In fact, he might not even see her if the computer is on and connected to the Internet. C’mmon he has to check his email, surf the web and blog about the fact that he is in a room with Angelina Jolie 😉
  10. Ok, reason number ten. Did I mention he can fix your computer???

Also check out Maryiam’s, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Dating Geeks“!

Four Things

I have (unfortunately) not been tagged by anyone to fill this out, but I’ve read enough people’s blogs to feel tagged:

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Student
  2. System Information Services Intern
  3. Web Developer
  4. Lawn Mower

Four movies I can watch over and over:

  1. The Boondock Saints
  2. The Passion of the Christ
  3. The Usual Suspects
  4. Chicago

Four places I’ve lived:

  1. Golden, Colorado
  2. Broomfield, Colorado
  3. Seattle, Washington
  4. That’s it, actually

Four TV shows I love:

  1. 24
  2. House,MD
  3. Mythbusters
  4. Star Trek: TNG

Four places I’ve vacationed:

  1. Colorado
  2. Arizona
  3. Canada
  4. Oregon

Four of my favorite dishes:

  1. Spegetti and Meatballs
  2. Salmon with Tom Douglass’ Award-Winning,Iron Chef Kicking Rub
  3. Steak
  4. Mashed Potatoes

Four sites I visit daily:

    Google

  1. AndrewFerguson.NET
  2. StudentTabletPC.com
  3. http://pls.mines.edu (it’s homework, you need a username/password, it sucks)

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. The Moon
  2. Skiing
  3. Europe
  4. Artic Circle

Four people I’m passing the torch to tagging with this:

  1. MattMatteson
  2. Audreyln
  3. NoneMoreBlk
  4. RockCandy13

Paradigm Shifts

“Paradigm shifts are for people too stupid to spot trends.”

In addition to being funny, the quote makes a good point. A paradigm shift is just a major change in the way things work. An example might be Apple switching from the Power PC chip to the Intel chip. However, if you looked close enough Apple was probably dropping hints the entire time about wanting to leave IBM and go to Intel. Thus, most people viewed the switch as a paradigm shift. Whereas it was really a trend.

Quote via Warner Crocker’s Life on the Wicker Stage: Act 2 via James Governor’s MonkChips

Updated to correct MonkChips link. Moved from “My Life” to “Seen, Heard, Said”