Monthly Archives: August 2005
Happy Anniversary Lance and Tina!

T-Minus Ten Hours
Originally uploaded by lantzilla.

Yesterday was Lance and Tina’s seven-year anniversary.  Congratulations you guys!  I rarely take the time to say this, but Jen and I are very grateful to have you as friends.  Actually, I’d go so far as to say that you are just as much family to us as our "real" families are.

Here’s hoping for many many more happy years for the two of you!

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Posted on August 31, 2005, 09:41 By
4 comments Categories: friends
Google Talk is live!

Google Talk
Originally uploaded by TedsBlog.

It’s been rumored and talked about for the last few days, and now it’s here.

Google’s chat client is pretty light on bells and whistles.  Just like everything else Google does, the interface is very clean and non-flashy.  It’s got voice capabilities as well, but I’ve been trying out Skype for the last week or so and don’t really need another VoIP client, but I’m willing to give it a shot once more people I know get involved with this thing.

Posted on August 24, 2005, 10:48 By
Categories: computers, geek, technology, work
What a Splendid Idea!

Looks like 15-20 authors are auctioning off something pretty cool on eBay.  If you win the auction (one auction per author), your name will be used in their next book!  I’d love to have my name in Stephen King’s next novel called CELL, but there’s no way I’ve got the disposable money to actually win the damn thing.

The authors are donating the money earned from the auctions to the First Amendment Project, which is a "nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition."  I hadn’t really heard of them prior to today, but they sound pretty cool and First Amendment rights are, in my humble opinion, the most important.

Posted on August 17, 2005, 16:10 By
2 comments Categories: books
Greatest movie EVER!


You must go to this site right now and watch this wonderful tribute to Rednecks.  It’s just a series of pictures set to the "Dueling Banjos" song from the movie Deliverance that, quite simply, kicks ass.

Via the good people at Boing Boing.

Posted on August 12, 2005, 15:52 By
2 comments Categories: wtf?
Google Searching for a new Head Chef

So, the head chef over at Google has left and they’re looking for a new replacement for him.  He was no run-of-the-mill ordinary chef, he was the road chef for the Grateful Dead for years and Google was so proud of him that they introduced him during all-hands meetings and when they’d have visiting bigwigs, they’d pull him out of the kitchen as well.

Google is going to have a cook-off of their top four applicants and hire the one they consider to be the best.  Is it just me, or does this sound like a great idea for a reality-TV show?  I’d watch it.

On a side note, I’ve had the opportunity to have a Google Lunch and let me just say this:  DELICIOUS!

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Posted on August 5, 2005, 11:06 By
Categories: technology
Congrats Mike and Missy! **UPDATED**

I got an email update from Mike this morning telling everyone that Amanda and Missy are doing fine and that Missy will be discharged from the hospital later today while Amanda stays for a few days longer in the hospital until she can gain some weight and is "doing a good job latching on to mom," according to Mike.

I’m glad to hear that as I was getting a bit worried about Missy and Amamda since I hadn’t heard from Mike for a few days.

Posted on August 3, 2005, 14:52 By
Categories: friends
He’s a Hell of a Guy, eh?

SEOUL (Reuters) –

North Korea‘s Dear Leader Kim Jong-il
never forgets a phone number, a cadre’s career or a line of
computer code.

According to an article posted Tuesday on a Web site run by
North Korea, Kim wakes up early every day for intensive memory
training where he sits down and commits to his keen mind items
such as the phone numbers of workers in his Stalinist state.

"I remember all computer codes and telephones that workers
are using now," Kim was quoted as saying on the Web Site
"Uri-Min-jok-kiri" (, or "Among
our People."

Kim surprised a group of North Korean officials attending a
meeting in 2002 by recalling all their phone numbers "with
lightning speed," the site said.

On a day Kim visited a cemetery, he looked around at the
tombs and he remembered the achievements, characteristics,
tastes and bereaved family members for hundreds of the dead by
a quick glance at the names on tombstones, it said.

"All the attendants were surprised at his incredible
memory," the site says.

North Korean propaganda is ripe with the amazing
achievements of its Dear Leader. The highly controlled state
also closely monitors its citizens to make sure they do not
speak out against Kim or challenge his rule.

Kim pilots jet fighters, pens operas, produces movies and
accomplished a feat unmatched in the annals of professional
golf by shooting 11 holes-in-one on the first round he ever

The Web Site said Kim told all workers they should develop
their ability to memorize. "The memory of a person gets better
when a person uses their brain often," he was quoted as saying.

Wow, what a guy, huh?  He could maybe take a little time to get a haircut, new glasses and maybe wear something other than pantsuits.  Ya think?

Posted on August 2, 2005, 12:26 By
1 comment Categories: wtf?