Jul 262007

Your current weight | 268.2 lb
Weight change since your last recorded weight | +2.2 lb
Total weight change to date | -151 lb

Well poo.

I was feeling bloated today, but I didn’t expect to be up that much. Some of it could be water weight, as I realized about 4PM I’d hardly gotten any in.

Still. Kinda with the suck. Still staying beneath 270, but I had really been hoping to maybe be in the bottom half of the 260’s this week.

Oh well. Nothing to it but to keep plugging away.

Jul 232007

I was originally going to take the boys bowling on Sunday, but Alex got an invite to go to MOSI and opted to do that instead.  We decided to reschedule for Wednesday night, and I thought I’d see if any of you locals would be up for joining us?  We’re going to hit up Liberty Lanes in Largo.  Probably around 6:00 PM.

Jul 192007

I think it’s fairly safe to say that having a reliable internet connection in my home is pretty important to our household.  For one, I work from home several days a week.  In order to do so I connect through VPN, and those can be pretty finicky.  Krystalle’s job is also dependent on us having a decent internet connection.  Not only does she write for a weblog, but she writes for a weblog about an online video game.  If she can’t get on to play that video game, she can’t exactly write about it. 

Then there’s the entertainment factor.  I’d say that about 80% of our household entertainment is delivered via the internet. 

I have business class cable service in the house, and on the whole have been very happy with it.  Recently, though, we’ve had periods of brief downtime that have been incredibly annoying.  From everything I can tell, they pretty much started around the time that I upgraded our Netgear Wireless B router to a Linksys Wireless G router with Speedbooster.

Which amuses and frustrates the hell out of me, because Linksys is supposed to be the bee’s knees, yanno?

The other day I called my service provider to talk about our connection issues, and during that conversation they informed me that according to the modem records the connection had been stable for 26 days.  They also mentioned that there had been some problems with Linksys routers.  I made the decision while talking to them to upgrade our service.

I’m now paying 30 dollars a month more, for what is supposed to max out as 12MB down/2MB up service.

We’re still having intermittent moments of packet loss.

So this morning I made the decision to purchase yet another router.  I’m going back to Netgear products, and I should be receiving our new Wireless N router tomorrow.

We’ll see what happens.

Jul 182007

Shut it off.


If you don’t want it spoiled, turn off all media until Friday night. Between the number of people who I’ve seen trying to spoil it and the undoubted news coverage that is going to happen over people spoiling it, you’re almost 100% certain to have some aspect of the book spoiled for you if you don’t tune out the world over the course of the next few days.

I’d also wear an iPod with the volume turned up loud when you purchase your books. You know, in case you run into donwaughesq.

On that note – I’m really going to be glad when this series is over. From seeing far more of Daniel Radcliffe’s naughty bits than I ever really had a desire to see, to assholes who think it’s funny when a fanboy/girl goes head explodey over having a book spoiled, to people who say that they hope someone gets cancer and dies over spoiling said book….this entire thing is just nauseating to me.

It’s just a series of books. Good books? Sure. Great books? Maybe. Hours and hours of entertainment for those of you who enjoy them. Undoubtedly. In the end, though, they are just books. Getting so worked up over the possibility of someone spoiling the ending for you that you seriously wish for another human being (muggle or no) to suffer one of the most horrible deaths I can imagine is just…disturbing.

Oh, and to you Mr. “Ha Ha I ruined the ending”? It’s not going to be as funny 10 years from now, and you’re actually gonna feel like a real ass over it. That is, unless you never actually grow up and you still live with your parents 10 years from now.

And no – I haven’t read them. Because I got half way through the first book with my son and just didn’t care to finish it.

Jul 162007

So my boss has started making little mini-films for this web site called Meta Cafe. The latest is on, what he calls, the world’s biggest ripoff. I’m not sure if I’d agree that it’s the biggest ripoff in the world, but it’s pretty damn startling when you run the numbers.

He loves the “cha-ching” sound that he used in it. Personally? I think he’d have a much higher rating if he’d have showed some guy getting kicked in the Jimmy. I told him this, and he offered up that part to me in his next film.

I’m thinking not.

Honestly, I’m pretty impressed with the production values here. He used some great angles and editing, and I think the movie has a real “professional” feel – especially for one produced at home.

So check it out and see what you think. Kinda makes you wonder how easy it would be to put together an actual movie with a plot and stuff.