Friday, March 30, 2007
Not our home Church but Willow Creek. We were talking at dinner about Good Friday services and then Easter at our Church when the wife mentions going to Willow on Saturday to see what it is like then for a holiday. Ok - why not? We've gone there a few times before and the kids and I really like worship there. The wife - not so much. This will be the first for a Christian holy day.
It should be interesting...
P.S. The tickets were free.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
- On a vast New Zealand sheep station, a reckless genetic engineering experiment goes horribly wrong, turning sheep into bloodthirsty killers.
You have to watch the trailer to understand.
I can't put it in my Netflix queue yet but when I can...
Monday, March 26, 2007
After she got home from the orthodontist a boy showed up. Not just any boy but a boyfriend! Grr Arg. The wife dropped them off at a local pizza place so they could have lunch. When I got home they were sitting in the living room talking. I sat down and we talked. The boy was polite at all times. Asked about where I worked and what we did there. When he reached out and took Thing2's hand I asked him if he liked old swords. It took a second but then he let go. I went on with the story of the sword my dad gave me years ago. He looked at little worried when I talked about the blood stains on the blade :-)
I took him home around 5:00. When he said good bye he said to expect to see more of him...
On the other hand when I mentioned to my wife that I needed a new gun ... she didn't argue...
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
As a IT guy I've made my share of mistakes. None quite this big.
- Perhaps you know that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disk drive containing information for an account worth $38 billion.
More at the source.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I guess this one might not be seen as warm and fuzzy.
Full auto. 300 Rounds per minute / Fires a 20 round drum in about 4 seconds. Oh yeah!
More at the Camo Store. (where I 'borrowed' the image from)
As seen on Future Weapons
Monday, March 19, 2007
- The desperate search for a missing Villa Park woman turned into a murder investigation after police found her body hidden in the trunk of a car in her garage.
Detectives are questioning a close friend of Rebecca “Becky” Klein’s to determine her possible involvement in the 32-year-old woman’s slaying.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
From the page linked above -
She was last seen Friday, March 16, 2007 around 7:00 a.m. in Villa Park, Illinois. Becky did not show up to work Friday morning, which was very uncharacteristic, and her boss called Becky's family out of concern. This prompted an immediate search of the neighborhood. Becky's work van was found abandoned blocks from her house. The van was unlocked with Becky's purse inside and the keys still in the ingnition. Police were contacted. Local law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the disappearance. Family, friends, police and local media are asking for the public's help.
Top-right is a recent picture of Becky and the following is a physical description of her as of 3/16/07:
- Age: 32
- Height: 5'4"
- Weight: 140-150 lbs
- Eyes: Hazel
- Hair: Dark brown, shoulder length
- Clothing: A grey Old-Navy sweatshirt with navy-blue lettering, grey sweat pants and a grey fleece jacket.
If you have any information whatsoever, please call 9-1-1 or Villa Park police at (630) 834-7447.
Video and articles from local media can be found at the following links:1. http://cbs2chicago.com/local/local_story_076000153.html
3. http://wgntv.trb.com (see video title: "Missing Woman - 03/16 Nine")
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thing1 and I got there early as it's a general admission show. We still ended up 5 rows from the back but stage center - which is ok as the auditorium is fairly small. Thing2 had to get something from the bands - it's just the way she is. Ended up with a Newsboys hat and buttons from Stellar Kart. Nothing from Kutless. At 8:00 the show began...
Stellar Kart is full of energy. Nice tight music and excellent vocals with meaningful lyrics (life is good but eternal life is better).
Thing2 captured a bit of one of her favorite songs.
They only played 6 songs but the energy was awesome.
After a 10 minute break Kutless came on. I wasn't expecting much as Thing1 had a bad review. They were great. Excellent mix of ballads and good old fashioned rock and roll.
And the it was time for the Newsboys. Paul Coleman came out and talked a bit while the stage was being changed. Paul discussed the Newsboys participation with Global Tribe to end poverty around the world. A few minutes later the Newsboys hit the stage!
I loved it. So did Thing2. Thing1 and the wife - not so much.
Cells phones rather than lighters
Some old school electronica Newsboys
And a spinning drum set
Awesome show. Good old fashioned loud rock and roll with a message.
If the Go Tour comes around - just GO!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
I started with a Kensington FM modulator from Amazon for the wife. Decent sound but there were too many stations around here so static and interference was a problem. I kept looking around and ended up at my old standby from a long time ago - Crutchfield. A few minutes there and I had a Harman Kardon Drive + Play on the way. I added the in-line modulator to maximize quality. After spending a Saturday afternoon putting it in her van she's a happy camper. Sound quality is pretty good with near zero interference. The wired remote makes it easy to select music.
For my car I did something a little different. Back at Crutchfield I found the USA SPEC iPod® Interface. Another afternoon spent hooking it up to the stereo (hidden in the trunk) and running a cable to the dash where the actual interface resides (behind the existing stereo control) my iPod is accessible as if it were the factory CD changer. Very nice.
Both products and Crutchfield are highly recommended.
Friday, March 09, 2007
- Disney is working on a new animated series that will replace Christopher Robin with a 6-year-old girl.
I don't care about Christopher Robin being replaced but the picture shown here has the girl with a bike helmet on.
It's a fantasy world. Let it be.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Before the show they managed to run into the K-Man. He plays keyboards for the boys. The wife had bought a bottle of Wild Bunch wine as a gift.
Then it was off to meet other MG fans at a local bar and then on to the show.
Afterwards they managed to close down the bar in the hotel. Good thing they had booked a room so they didn't have to drive anywhere.
As for the me, thing2, and Matt - well our day wasn't as exciting.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Open the door to the office and I hear - splot, splot, splot. Hmmm. Turn on the lights and look in the cube next to mine and there is water dripping by the window. I move the the paperwork and circuit boards out of the way, dry things up, and put a couple of buckets to catch the water. Called up the building manager and left him a message as well.
Turns out the that ice forms on the support beam above the window and, through various factors, picked today to melt. Nothing can be done. Great design...
- Update: The office next door has puddles on the window sill. We just get a slow drip.