Time for a bigger monitor

It must be time to get a bigger monitor.. All the junk on my Desktop is approaching 30% of the visible area again. Maybe another fix would be to delete some of the stuff, but what fun would that be?


Posted on November 28, 2006
Filed under: General, Humor, Random Comments

Waiting for Wiidot

I don't know why, but this idea came to me while I was in the shower. Don't ask - I have no idea ;). My apologies to Samuel Beckett fans. (If you don't get it..)

Waiting for Wiidot

A tragicomedy in one act

A Wal-Mart parking lot. A bench. Night.

Estragon, sitting on the bench, is trying to warm up his feet.

(enter Vladimir)

Estragon: (giving up) Nothing to be done.

Vladimir: That’s what I’m saying.

Estragon: And might I inquire where you just went?

Vladimir: Behind the dumpsters at the back of the store, in the bushes.

Estragon: That’s disgusting you know.

Vladimir: Of course. But what else are we to do?

Estragon: You could wait. Like me.

Vladimir: Ah, how well is that working out for you?

Estragon: Not that well.

Vladimir: I doubt you’ll make it until they open in the morning.

Estragon: I have to.

Vladimir: It’s too much for one man.

Estragon: Suppose we gave up.

Vladimir: Now? It’s two in the morning; we’re half-way there. And we have a good spot in the line.

Estragon: What if they run out? Do we wait another week?

Vladimir: We don’t have anything else to do.

Estragon: So we wait until we get one.

Vladimir: Of course.

(enter Pozzo)

Pozzo: Cheerio!

Estragon: Are you handing out the Wii tickets?

Vladimir: He doesn’t look like a Wal-Mart employee.

Pozzo: The what tickets?

Estragon: Wii tickets.

Pozzo: You tickets?

Vladimir: No, we’re in line to buy the Wii, you see.

Estragon: ..and we thought you might-

Pozzo: In line to buy yourselves? I say, that sounds like a strange thing to do.

Estragon: Nintendo Wii.

Vladimir: It’s a game console.

Pozzo: A what? You’re making no sense.

Vladimir: I don’t think it’s us.

Estragon: Look, it’s just called Wii and we’re in line to buy it. At some point they said they were going to come around and hand out tickets to people in line.

Pozzo: I don’t have any tickets.

Vladimir: And you’re not in line?

Pozzo: No.

Estragon: Why are you here in the middle of the night?

Pozzo: How would I know?

Vladimir: You’re cracked.

Pozzo: Am I? You’re the ones waiting in a line to buy yourselves.

Estragon: No, the Wii is a gaming device -

Vladimir: Let’s just drop it.

Pozzo: Drop what?

Vladimir: Nothing, we were just confused.

Pozzo: I’ll say you were; I’ve never heard such boffo. Anyway, I’m off! Adieu.

(exit Pozzo)

Estragon: That was weird.

Vladimir: Maybe he’s been in line for a few days and just lost it.

Estragon: I didn’t see him when we walked by.

Vladimir: Or maybe he waited for a PS3 and didn’t get one.

Estragon: At least it passed the time.

Vladimir: It would have passed either way.

Estragon: Yes, but not so rapidly.

(Long silence)

Estragon: How much longer?

Vladimir: Still six hours.

Estragon: I’m so bored I could hang myself.

Vladimir: Do it.

Estragon: What would you do?

Vladimir: Laugh.

Estragon: I knew it.

Vladimir: Do you hear something up ahead?

Estragon: I believe I do.

Vladimir: I think they’re handing out the tickets for the Wiis.

Estragon: It’s about time.

(enter Wal-Mart Employee)

Employee: .. 52 .. 53 .. 54. (stops)

Vladimir: What about us?

Employee: That’s it.

Estragon: But we didn’t get tickets. Where are the rest of the tickets?

Employee: We only got 54 Wiis delivered. You’re number 55.

Vladimir: But the other lady said you had 75.

Employee: The day manager? She’s a little flaky. I counted them. 54.

Estragon: How could you only get 54? That’s not even a round number.

Employee: I just work here.

Vladimir: But we have to get one! We’ve waited all night.

Employee: We’d still have the same number of Wiis if you’d waited a year.

Estragon: This is crazy! Off by one.

Employee: You could try the Beaverton store. Or wait until we get another shipment next week. Sorry.

(exit Wal-Mart Employee)

Estragon: Should we wait?

Vladimir: Are you nuts?

Estragon: I will be if we don’t get a Wii.

Vladimir: You could hang yourself.

Estragon: (looks up at light pole) I could, you know. In fact, I think I will. (gets up, takes off belt)

Vladimir: Is it long enough?

Estragon: I think it is. (pants fall off)


Posted on November 20, 2006
Filed under: Games, General, Humor Comments

Retreat Pics

Here's some pics of the Leavenworth retreat. I might write up a more detailed description later if I fail to get a Wii tonight 🙂

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There was a lot of snow on the bus ride up

Pic 8

The lodge

Pic 1


Pic 2

You got a cot if you failed in the scramble for beds

Pic 3

The power went off for the first night, which was lots of fun, especially when we discovered that the toilets and showers were on a water pump, which was also off

Pic 5

No Fishin'

Pic 5

Rope traversal across a "chasm" of wet horse poo

Pic 6

Getting lost on the compass & map activity (I'm in the back)

Pic 7

Class activities

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On the bus ride back we learned a bit of Mandarin Chinese. When we learned numbers there was an argument about whether we should learn 1-10 or 0-9. Can you tell we are programmers? 😉

Posted on November 18, 2006
Filed under: General, Travel Comments

More news about false religions

I got back this week and found this on my chair.  Looks like one of my co-workers was concerned that I didn't get the message :).  The usual suspects claim it wasn't them, so I'm still figuring out who it was...

In other news, comments are re-enabled.

More False Religion

Posted on November 17, 2006
Filed under: General, Random Comments


I think I have OCD. Now that I have them all lined up, right side up and facing the right way, I am annoyed that I forgot to sort them by color...

JPG Starbursts

Posted on November 9, 2006
Filed under: General, Random Comments

Tootsie Roll Sphinx

For the second year in a row, after all the kids picked through the mixed bag of candy, the only things left were Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Roll Pops. I sort of agree with the kids - they do get kind of gross after you eat about two of them.

So, what to do with all the extra Tootsie Rolls? I know what you're thinking, and I was thinking the same thing. Sculpt a sphinx out of them!

Sphinx 0

Sphinx 1

The Tootsie Roll sphinx sculpture

Posted on November 1, 2006
Filed under: General, Humor Comments



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