the prodibase max

WP tells me this is the 1000th time the post-writing skeleton has been set up. A while has gone by, my friends.

[from a sticky note that has been sitting on my desk since its date, February 10th.]

2:37a 2/10/8
the prodibase max
250w video recording device from the
’70s that recorded onto hot dogs

From Tim Lindenschmidt’s World’s Longest Hot Dog | source: Wikipedia

I was up late one night, and Mare had fallen asleep but briefly woke up long enough to tell me about the prodibase max, a 250-watt video recording device from the ’70s that recorded onto hot dogs. 😀

the compliment of talking about questionable charms

Here are some quick highlights for each category to keep you in the loop.

life: wake up, go to work, go home, eat my one good meal for the weekday with Mare, stay up ’til it’s time to go to sleep, sleep, repeat until the weekend, then the weekend flies by in two days and the cycle begins again.

comics: (new this week on the reading list of Sig & Mare) Cable #6, Hulk #5, Wolverine: Killing Made Simple, Echo #5, The Amory Wars (volume 2) #3

computers: c0rey is back up and running. ASUS is giving me a bad time for not getting a tracking number for my RMA, so I purchased an ABIT mobo compatible with my Phenom and it’s performing better than ever minus the strange start/restart ritual it likes to go through when loading Ubuntu. k0rma & 1nertia are scheduled to move offsite which will either happen tomorrow or some time over the weekend. Diode has been upgraded with a Maxtor 750GB SATA II/300 internal hard drive with 32MB cache for a total of 1TB disk space. w00t!

DVDs: One of the August project is to back up K$’s collection.

food and recipes: I tried Dan’s Hamburgers for the first time a couple weeks ago, and they are so much better than Mighty Fine and cost so much less, too! Dan’s has made my Top 5 burgers in Austin. I’m still finalizing that list, but off the top of my head in no particular order: Dirty Martin’s, Burger Tex, The Crown and Anchor Pub, Bagpipes, and now Dan’s. Suggestions are welcome.

movies: The last one I saw in the theater was The Dark Knight at Alamo. Joe finished his short film, but I can’t indulge you with the details ’til after it’s official screening.

music: Delay the Inevitable (DxTxI) is an amazing band.

work: Same ol’ gig that pays the bills. I have a review and a raise pending, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

That’s what I have for now. I really want to update this more often, but we’ll see. Peace out.

the alley oop

I finally had the chance to watch Semi-Pro on DVD tonight. I enjoyed it. I don’t watch enough comedies. I’m looking forward to the midnight showing of The Dark Knight tomorrow night.

I’m winding up for that explosion I mentioned at the end of last month. I’ve just been really hesitant to sit at the computer working at home like I do at work, and updating what you’re reading here right now can feel like work sometimes.

I’ll give you the quick life update, since I’m not sure when I’ll be writing in this again (but I will soon I promise!).

Work is pretty much the same as usual. Tomorrow is my literal nine to five, but I can enjoy the afternoon into the evening with the few extra hours I get to savor. Thursdays fly so fast, too. Then it’s Friday then the weekend. My workload has been lightening up some, and it’s not so hectic as it was a few months ago. I still have to deal with fixing human error all the time, but that’s part of the job description.

I’ve been trying to read more and more. I’m into the third chapter of The Worthing Saga which isn’t very far but it’s the farthest I’ve gotten in a novel in a long time and these chapters are long.

I’m working through reading my recent back issues of series that are still going right now. Let me just mention a few: Young Liars, Cable, X-Force, Young X-Men, 1985, The End League, Transhuman, Omega the Unknown, and Hulk. Those are the fresh titles I’m keeping up with right now. Uncanny X-Men #500 comes out next week, and it has something like four variant covers of course. One is by Alex Ross, but I’m sure that’ll be one of the rare ones. I’m just going for the one the regular one, because I only read Uncanny X-Men in 1991 when they were about to hit the 300th issue. You know… when Bishop made his first appearance in #282.

I’ve also got a stack of Asimov pulp that I’ll be slowly churning through for summer reading.

I RMA’ed c0rey’s motherboard. I think I mentioned that in an earlier post, but I’m too focused on getting this done and going to sleep to wake up way too early tomorrow for work to check if I did or not. They said a ten business-day turnaround. It’s been way longer than that. I called them up, because their RMA search engine does not work at all for me. They know they have it, but they told me that they’re still working on it. I hope it shows up next week. It’s been too long.

The Twin Machines are doing well. k0rma folds 24/7 now. When they’re both on, the case gets way too hot. I haven’t fired on 1nertia in days, because the fan on the heatsink it too loud for my taste when the processor is on full load. I’m thinking of getting a silent HSF, but I’m still thinking about it. The one on c0rey is pretty quiet. I’ve also been looking at a Thermaltake, but I have that dilemma of having an X2 5200+ with 1MB L2 cache that gets really toasty and the Thermaltake I’m looking at is really designed for low-wattage processors.

Gas has practically hit four bucks a gallon. I have posts from not too long ago where I’m surprised it was three bucks a gallon. The summer is too hot for me. I’m not really an outdoors person during the summer except at night.

I’m reaching the end of my ramble ’cause I’m done with things to type for tonight. Peace out.

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the tired and uninspired

[ [ [ Countdown to 3hirty Posts in April: THREE! ] ] ]

April has come and gone.

I’m hoping that May is more productive in my realm of creativity. I would like to do more writing that doesn’t involve spending more time on what you’re reading here than I should. Then again, I offered up the thirty-post challenge that I surely can’t allow to defeat me.

I’m hoping to be in the process of churning out something involving comics next month or at least be very close to making something happen. I also have a small video-like project that will be put together next month that you should be seeing posting here.

I’d also like to get caught up on my comic-reading, but it seems like I buy more than I should and create a huge backlog that will take me a very long time to work through. It’s the collector in me.

I haven’t been watching a whole lot of movies lately. Sleepytime involves putting on some classic cartoons and fading out to them. They bring back memories of my childhood. I thought I’d never get to see some of them, but fortunately the dollar DVD industry has picked them up and released a bunch of them.

Rock Band would definitely consume my time if it was here at the apartment.

Mare had a test that went on ’til 9PM, and Neil and the gang went to a Spurs game. Pluckers was canceled this week. I hope it resumes next week. We had that terrible waiter last time. He was so bad that I wrote a review about it (see: the pluckin’ good time 4/15). I also had the nerve to fill out their comment card online and refer the post to them. Surprisingly, the general manager of the location we went to responded and also hooked me up with a gift card. Bonus!

Work is going well. Our mainframe was upgraded and going faster than ever. This is helping production and making my job much easier. We also got a new director of operations, and he’s a cool guy. He listens and offers solutions. Our last boss seemed like he was going along for the ride and only lasted something like six months. Then again, that particular position seems to have a tremendous turnaround considering that it’s had the most people fill in the place since I’ve been there and it’ll only be two years this July.

I’ve done my rant for the night. Today’s the last day of the month. I have two posts left to go. Peace out.

the celebration trifecta

This weekend was a success. I’d like to thank K$, Mare, and Neil for orchestrating the events so well, and the memories will stay embedded in my mind.

Friday night was the kick-off for the birthday celebration. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Trudy’s and some quality drinks. I had my complimentary Mexican martini as well as a Cuban martini. It started out with Neil, K$, Mare & me. Dirty Fingers joined us a little later, then Rhino showed up. Later in the night, J-Bone and Justin joined us. We stayed ’til close enjoying each other’s company.

When we first arrived, the parking lot was packed. Unfortunately, the spot I located was underneath a tree. The parking lot that Trudy’s shares with the shopping center next door seems to be a place where all of the birds in Austin love to spend all day and all night up in the trees. We only spent about four hours at Trudy’s. By the time I made it back to the car, it must have been hit twenty times by birds caring less.

Driving around a car with white-accented bird feces is kind of embarrassing. I hand-washed my car for the first time in two or three years the next day at my brother’s before the party.

The party was great. Neil has a big grill, and we made a bunch of burgers and bratwurst. We also had a keg of Ziegen Bock, and ROCK BAND! I’ve never played Rock Band before, but I found it quite entertaining. The drums are difficult, because I’m not a drummer but it sure was fun. I scored a few presents that I really enjoy. K$ got me four graphic novels. Score! Erin got me a humorous coloring book about ’90s pop culture. J-Bone got me a device that plays Name That Tune using an MP3 player. My sister gave me a Buddy Christ bobblehead. I wasn’t really expecting presents, but I got some indeed.

We killed the keg before midnight, but we had other beer floating around the place plus some liquor. I felt everyone had a good time. I hope we have more barbecues in the near future. Maybe not with a keg and too many people but definitely with the core of us.

After recovering for the most part the next day, Neil, K$, Gunner, Mare & I made a trek down to the Salt Lick in Driftwood to complete the celebration trifecta. We all had the all-you-can-eat family meal and stuffed ourselves ’til we couldn’t stuff anymore. I absolutely love their ribs. We also had brisket and sausage. The sides included: coleslaw, mashed potatoes, bread, pickles, and onions. Everyone else loved the bread, but I know it’s just filler.

The best part after we were about to burst was that they let us take the leftovers home. Buffets normally don’t let you do that, but you know they were just going to throw it out anyway. Another bonus for the Salt Lick is that it’s BYOB, so I picked up a twelve-pack of Dos Equis for us to enjoy while we ate. We didn’t drink them all, but I figured it was ’cause we were so full plus we had been drinking a lot the day before. I scored that twelve-pack for twelve bucks at the convenient store. The grocery store normally sells it for fourteen. Dos Equis twelve-packs were less than Shiner Bock twelve-packs surprisingly.

Afterwards, I just went home and spent the rest of the day recovering from my awesome weekend. I read some of Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 1, watched some Aeon Flux, then put on TMNT: The Animated Series Volume 5 Disc 2 to finally fall asleep. The Case of the Mondays would return when the sun rose again.

the birthday boy

I was planning on getting my haircut today, but I figured that I’d go get it tomorrow. The barber I normally go to is located near my mom’s house, and I have to pick up the food for the party that I’m keeping in her fridge. It’ll save me some gas if I do it tomorrow before I visit my mom’s.

I didn’t really do much of anything today. I woke up at 12:30. It felt great not having to go to work today. My bro, my sis, my mom and Mare all wished me a happy birthday. I got a text from my bro then my sis almost immediately after. I got these while checking my email where a message was waiting from my mom. Mare came by after school before work and wished me a happy birthday as well. K$ just texted me wishing me a happy birthday, too. Thanks, guys!

Mare picked up my package from the leasing office. I was hoping that it was my Cable Classic TPB that I won on eBay for half the cover price, but it was the Raphael one-shot that came out in 1985. When I received it, I thought it might have been fake, because the other three one-shots of the other Turtles are much smaller than this one. I verified it through the TMNT official website, so I’m content. It also arrived in excellent condition for being about 23 years old.

I spent the last couple hours being a total computer geek. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with making my sites W3C valid. My choice for achieving this goal has been to validate using XHTML 1.0 Transitional. It’s much more lenient than the others, but it can still be a challenge when a page is pretty code-heavy. I guess you can consider a fun game to play, ’cause it’s hours of entertainment… for me at least. The site I wasted to much time on was my old Swan Dive site that I put together in 2006 after I completed it for 24HCD. The entire site passed validation, and when that happens, I feel like I’ve accomplished something.

I’m going go with the fact that standards and rules are set that have to be followed in order to be validated. This page you’re reading is actually valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional. Yes, I know. It’s all flying over your head… for most of you. I get a kick of it. That’s why I wrote about it.

I was also planning on sketching out the first strip to the comic K$ and I are working on. I did some rough drafts last night, but I would like to complete a final before the weekend is over. I plan on sticking with these series like I’ve stuck to this online journal. If you’re reading this K$, keep on keepin’, bro. I’m really digging the material. We’re gonna make CB solid. The art won’t be great, but it’s all about the strength in numbers.

That’s right. I don’t draw very well. Neither does Jeffrey Brown, but he’s an accomplished cartoonist. All I have to say about drawing, art in general even, is that passion overpowers skill. Everyone will want to be a critic, but you have to know what they’ve accomplished and base the legitimacy of their judgment on what they’ve done. Some critics have cred. Most of them don’t, so can we agree that what they say doesn’t matter? Well, the free publicity is always good no matter what, right?

And to conclude yet another lengthy post from Siggy Wiggy the Birthday Boy, I should be going to Trudy’s tonight around ten to claim my free Mexican martini. This is a must-do tradition for Austinites ages 21 and over. Now that I’m thinking about it, I might get a Cuban martini, because I like those better. Wait. I just changed my mind again. I’m sticking to tradition. Peace out. PARTY!

the three-day celebration

I had the idea that my boss had canceled weekly meeting I have with him and one of our vendors every Thursday at nine in the morning. He had actually canceled the meeting for next week, because he was going to be in London.

I didn’t realize this, until I went to work at my normal time today, and Outlook gave me the message that my meeting was three hours overdue. The vendor was emailing wondering why didn’t have the meeting, but my boss replied saying that he couldn’t be there. Lucky me. I was off the hook with that one. I seriously thought he had canceled the one today and figured this would be one of my best weeks ever.

Actually, it kind of is. Work has not been stressful at all. I feel like I was so underworked this week that I’d stay up way too late punching away on the keyboard. I definitely didn’t get enough sleep a couple nights this week, and it made me dog tired the next day. I couldn’t even get myself out of bed this morning. I woke up at eight this morning with the intention of going in at nine anyway, but I couldn’t shake the sleep out of me. I went back to bed for a few more hours and went in at twelve.

Tomorrow is my birthday. I gave myself a present by cashing in eight hours of my hard-earned PTO to not go to work. I don’t have much to do tomorrow anyway, so it should be fine. I know for sure that I’ll be sleeping in. I also know that it’s payday, and I will be visit Mini’s to get a long overdue haircut. I seem to do that often… neglect getting my hair cut. I guess it goes with the fact that I don’t like to shave.

I don’t know what else I’m going to do during the day. Maybe I’ll have some time to catch up on my comic-reading. Speaking of which, K$ and I are getting back into the comic-creating, so my crappy art and his marvelous writing will see the light again! That’s all I’m going to say about that until our project comes to fruition.

Last night, Mare & I watched Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. I enjoyed it. I enjoy pretty much everything that Judd Apatow has something to do with.

Mare is currently baking my birthday cake. My weekend birthday celebration has been planned a little something like this:

  • Friday night: Trudy’s for my free Mexican martini
  • Saturday evening: Barbecue at Neil’s, plenty of friends, burgers, bratwurst, and a keg of beer
  • Sunday: Salt Lick in Driftwood for more barbecue!

YES!! It’s all gonna r0ck!

I don’t usually celebrate my birthday, but I guess it was about time I did for once. Plus, Neil hasn’t had a party at his house yet and now is the time. We’ll be grilling on his new grill and having a good time. I hope most of the people that were invited show up, so we can all have fun.