Saturday, June 23, 2007

It drives me nuts when...

...some jackass is trying to look smart by using big words, but doesn't know what they mean, so he uses them incorrectly.

...when people place large, "professionally" designed signs outside of their business that say "Congradulations class of 2007". (If you don't know why this is annoying, I'm not going to tell you."

...some idiot has to slow down to a crawl and swing out in the other lane to make a right hand turn with his compact car!

Because I have some new toys...

My present to me...

I bought myself a brand new Paiste PST 5 16" thin crash cymbal, to replace the ancient and shitty Camber 16" crash that cracked a couple of weeks ago. (That I was still using anyway until a large chunk of it flew off and stuck in my bandanna while I was playing earlier today.) It sounds fantastic. I really want to get a 14" too, but I need to wait until I have the cash for another stand and the cymbal.

I also got a Tama add on cymbal clamp, so that I could attach my 12" Wuhan china cymbal to one of the good Pearl stands while still using the main mount on the stand for the new crash.

Hopefully my mom will be purchasing a nice used Paiste 10" splash that I can throw up on the other stand as well. (Saw one for $30 at the local Guitar Center)

Happy Birthday to me!

I'm 25 this year! OK, OK, I'm really 32. Blah.

On the upside, my wife got me a brand new digital camera! Now I can post pictures and annoy my readers twice as much!

And on that note, I wish to finally share a picture of the messed up way my cat sleeps in her bed.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Again with the Mr. Beer!

Yeah, so I just got done ordering a dozen 22oz bottles, 2 dozen 12 oz bottles, another Mr. Beer brewing keg, a UME mix for making some dark beer out of a pale ale mix I have here, and some raspberries for my wheat ale. I guess I like this home brewing thing just a little.

Thank you for the birthday money, Mr. and Mrs. Becht. It has purchased me quite a bit of beer.

Mr. Beer! Mr. Beer!

So, I bottled up my first batch of home-made beer today! It's an Oktoberfest Lager that I darkened a bit by using a good amount of brown sugar. Of course I taste-tested it while I was filling up the bottles, and it actually tastes pretty damn good, even without the carbonation or the final conditioning phase.

I threw it all in some 22oz glass bottles, capped them off, put them in a case (in case some of them explode), and stored them in my second basement so they can carbonate.

Now I'm already working on my second batch of beer. It's a Canadian Draft brew mix, but it's getting darkened up by the addition of blueberries! It also has a cup of honey. This beer actually smelled good while I was brewing it. (My first beer smelled like rotting socks...) I can't wait until this ferments and is ready to bottle, although this is going to take considerably longer than the last batch.

The New World

I just got a chance to watch this movie today.

I can't remember the last time I was this eager for a movie to be over. I actually fast forwarded through the second half of the movie, just to see if anything interesting started to happen. Nope. There is very little dialogue, very little action, and a shitload of very pretty, but very boring cinematography.

Avoid this movie like the plague, unless you want something to fall asleep to.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Happy Birthday, Twiz!

Just wanted to wish my buddy Pat happy birthday. I think he's 40 today. :p

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

This is a great Sci-Fi/Military book in the vein of Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers. I got it in the mail yesterday, I finished it today. I couldn't put it down, it was that good.

The basic premise is that in the future, old people sign up for the Colonial Defense Force so that they can get a chance to be young again. They don't know anything about what is out in space, since the Colonial Union keeps it from the people of Earth, but they do know two things about signing up: They can't come back to Earth, ever, and their bodies will somehow be fixed so that they can fight for the CDF.

Old Man's War is filled with interesting sci-fi premises, and it has its share of action as well. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi, it was a fantastic read. I'm looking forward to reading the sequels, just as soon as I finish I Am Legend.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Thank you D-Link!

I was getting disconnected over and over again from my Verizon Online DLS service every time there was a thunderstorm in the area. Which, living in the Binghamton area as I do, is about every other freakin' day. One hint of thunder, and the DSL started going on and offline like some disgruntled employee was rapidly flipping a switch somewhere. It's very annoying when you're trying to play a game online, or do any research.

Since my service has been great up until now, and Verizon never shows any service interruptions to me, I figured it had to be the cheap piece of crap DSL modem they gave me, a Westell 6100.

I searched high and low, and finally found a D-Link DSL-2640b DSL modem/router/wireless AP combo box. It was about $100, but it let me go from three boxes on my desk to one, and everything runs great with it. And now that I've been through a couple of thunderstorms with it, I can say without reservation that the crappy Westell modem was indeed the reason I kept losing my connection. The D-Lin k has yet to drop the connection.

So, thank you D-Link, you have yet to let me down!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Day Break Finale

Spoiler Warning! If you read this and complain that I ruined the show for you, you're an idiot.

Watched the series finale of Day Break finally. All I can say was that it was excellent. They tied up just enough loose ends to make it satisfying, but they left a lot unanswered, so I didn't feel spoon fed.

Lots of people are complaining that they didn't explain why the day was looping for Hopper, but I think that is fine. It was a plot device, the driving force behind the show. Anything they used to explain it could have turned out hokey and ruined things, so it was better left unexplained. Personally, I think it was Jared. Why else would they show him at the very end of the series, with an expression that said he knew everything?

Whatever the reason for the looping, it gave us a great show. I only wish that Diggs hadn't gone on the that stupid medical show spin-off so that there could be a second season. Who knows, though. Maybe a second season could involve other characters, and Taye Diggs could guest star in one or two? I'd love to see Adam Baldwin as the main character.