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So I’m about to start going into heavy debugging mode, and before I do I wanted to post to LJ. So here I am 🙂

Y’all should really check out del.icio.us – I was gonna write why it’s so cool, but this article (found on del.icio.us!) does a pretty good job. You can check out my bookmarks there, too.

I’m hosting gamenight tonight, so that should be fun.

Just had a meeting that I ran that went really well, which is always a nice pick-me-up. Now if I could just figure out what the heck is going on in this code…

Going to pick up destroyerj from the airport soonish. Flights from Houston to Austin are funny – he’ll be leaving Houston around the same time I leave here to pick him up 🙂

ASMC rehearsal went pretty well, as djedi mentioned. Hopefully they’ll rehearse my scene Thursday…

disney world pictures!

So, first things first, I put the Disney World pictures up – check them out! Good to take care of that…

Poor djedi‘s laptop hard drive died today (at first I felt really bad because I thought my upgrading of iTunes had caused his computer to go nuts, but it turns out it was just a hardware problem…), so we went to Fry’s and got a new one, and we’re almost done with installing various bits of stuff. Anyway, so I’m gonna backup my stuff now, and y’all should too! Hard drives die all the freakin’ time, it seems.

Work was pretty good today – I’m back working on more familiar ground, and it’s a nice feeling…

Tomorrow djedi and I are going to the Pride Festival downtown, and then we and wildrice13 are going to see the Homestar Runner Live show (warning: annoying quicktime movie or something embedded there) at the Alamo Drafthouse, which rocks, if I haven’t mentioned it lately. I think that might have been a run-on sentence, but it’s hard to tell with all the HTML bits. Time will tell!

-verb agreement

Howdy all! I think I’m finally caught up on sleep from the trip and stuff, which is nice. Work is going decently, although it’s definitely frustrating at times (i.e. right now).

Rick Perry – "Texans have made a decision about marriage and if there is some other state that has a more lenient view than Texas then maybe that’s a better place for them to live" (via Andrew Sullivan). Ugh. This just in: apparently Perry was talking about gay war veterans (thanks to Andrew Sullivan). That’s freakin unbelievable. Kinky for Governor!

Neat stuff done with Google Maps. One of the neat things is a script that generates a satellite image that can be any size. I might play around and make it a background at work. Good stuff 🙂

If you search for pictures of sinkholes on Yahoo, an image of mine comes up fourth. Neat!

last days of trip

Wow, nice to be typing on a real computer again! Neat.

So, we got up early Saturday morning to head to the Magic Kingdom. We got to the park just about as it opened (9AM), and immediately headed to Tomorrowland and rode Space Mountain (there was like no wait!). It was pretty good – I had been in Disneyland, but this seemed more intense (and I later found out that it has been redone somewhat recently). After that we checked out “Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin”, which was less of a ride and more of a moving shooting gallery – there were two people to a car and you had a laser gun to shoot targets. And you can spin your car around, which is always neat. Then we did “Stitch’s Great Escape” which had us sitting in a theater while various things were done to us (spraying water and foul-smelling something), and rode the tea cups.

We then rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain (although I passed on that one), then went to the Hall of Presidents. Animatronic people are creepy, and nothing was more creepy than the animatronic George W. Bush talking about freedom and equality (and listing a bunch of non-discrimination things for gender, race, etc., while obviously not listing sexual orientation…) – you could cut the irony with a knife. Did the Haunted Mansion, then had lunch (BBQ pork sandwich – mmm!), then rode “it’s a small world” (which has also been redone), which did not drive me crazy. Did Pirates of the Caribbean and walked through the Swiss Family Tree House, David got a nice looking necklace (picture to come!) and then we were about done for the day. Headed back to the hotel (we were pretty exhausted by this point), relaxed for a bit, then went out to IHOP for dinner (someone was craving waffles or something), then we went back to Magic Kingdom for the fireworks show. The show was very impressive – there was a voice-over by Jiminy Cricket that had lots of Disney soundtrack music in the background, and a fair number of the fireworks were synchronized with either the music or the talking. I got some pictures of these too 🙂

After that, back to the hotel for packing, then to bed! For we got up at 5:30 Sunday morning, and left the hotel parking lot at 6:11 – 4 minutes ahead of schedule! (woohoo!) Due to the fact that we were up very early and the timechange, we had lunch at 10:30 local time, which was kinda weird. Anyway, drive drive drive drive drive, and we arrived in Houston (at abstractseaweed‘s place) just after 11 PM, exhausted. We got up this morning at 6:30 or something and drove back to Austin, and I took a nap, had lunch, and went in to work.

All told (from Austin back to Austin), we went just under 2500 miles on the trip. I haven’t crunched the numbers yet, but I think we averaged around 45 MPG for the trip.

Sorry that was kinda dry – I have some more substantial thoughts about the trip and stuff that I’ll post tomorrow, probably.

*yawn*

no park day! stuff! trogdor!

No parks today! For the morning, see previous post.

After posting, we went out to lunch at Johnny Rocket’s (50s-style place…decent hamburgers) (and djedi wanted me to add that he had a really great Oreo shake, and got to pick a Sonny and Cher song to listen to. So, there…and now he’s gone 🙂 ), then over to the Sheraton (the host hotel for Gay Days) for the expo and pool party. By then it had started to rain again.

The expo was kinda neat – we looked around at various jewelry places and stuff like that, although there were a fair number of places for vacations and cruises and stuff (presumably because gays have, on the whole, more disposable income because they tend to not have kids) which we weren’t really interested in. The hotel, by the way, was like Gay Central Station, or perhaps Gay Central Park. Gays and lesbians as far as the eye could see and whatnot. It was pretty neat to see 🙂

After that we went over to the pool party, which had just kinda started for real because the rain stopped. So we hung around the edge of the pool, and eventually got in and people-watched for a while and stuff. Then, it started to sprinkle. Then, it started to rain. Then, it stopped raining, then sprinkled and rained hard. This didn’t seem to bother other people, but being rained on while in a swimming pool is pretty unpleasant for me for some reason (I have a hangup about getting wet or something). Then, I saw some distant lightning, and it rained harder, so we finally decided to leave (many people were leaving by this point). Made our way back to the car (very hard to find parking) and I was soaking wet, then had to drive back to the hotel. Ugh!

Then we showered (ahh!), played a few hands of Rage, got dinner at Subway and went to see the comedy show “The Naked Guy”. It was…interesting. I enjoyed it at first, but the style of the show was very Golden Girls (says David), and they took a lot of shots at celebrities to get a cheap laugh (or so it seemed to me). the plot was pretty predictable and so were a lot of the jokes by the end. But, it was still neat to see (and go back to Gay Central Station). Afterwards we came back here, played a quick game and are about to go to bed.

So tomorrow’s the Magic Kingdom, and it’s going to be crazy busy between usual Saturday traffic and the Gay Days stuff. But it should be fun. Unfortunately, we’re leaving early early (well, 6AMish) the next day to drive back to Houston, so this has two consequences:

1) We’re going to be tiiiired!
2) No LJ post until I get back, Monday at the very earliest.

I guess that’s it. I had fun, but as usual at the end of a vacation I’ll be glad to get back to my “normal life” and see people and stuff.

I’m not very good at winding down long posts.

Animal Kingdom/Pleasure Island recap

So, Thursday was the day for Animal Kingdom (which none of us had been to) and Pleasure Island. But first, Animal Kingdom!

We got out the door pretty on time, and made our way via shuttle to the Animal Kingdom. We spent the first bit of time in Africa, walking through a kinda nature trail with animal exhibits – saw gorillas, pelicans, and all sorts of good stuff (and I got some good pictures!) The other main thing to do in Africa was a safari, which was a ride that took us through a big savannah and stuff (driven by a cast member on the open road) – got los more good pictures there. After that, lunchtime! (mmm, I’m hungry now) So we ate at the Rainforest Cafe, which had a neat ambience, but the food was just OK, and gave my stomach problems later. *shrug* We then explored Asia and saw a few random things (a bird show), then left on the earlyish side.

I don’t like zoos as a rule (although a show on the Disney Information Channel we saw a few days ago declared that the Animal Kingdom was “Nahtazu”…ha ha ha), but this wasn’t bad. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other parks, but I did enjoy it more than I expected. Although it was a lot of walking, and we were pretty tired by this point.

So we came back to the hotel, relaxed for a bit, then went over to Seasons 52 for dinner. Still good, although the menu hadn’t changed as much as I had kinda thought it would. Anyway, after that we went to Downtown Disney, spent a little time there and then headed to Pleasure Island.

Pleasure Island, if you’ve never heard of it (me!), is an “adult” part of Downtown Disney that has clubs, outdoor music, and things like that. Thursday night was the official Gay Days night at Pleasure Island, and boy could you tell! (we saw some gay couples/people at Animal Kingdom, but nothing compared to this) The official club of Gay Days had a huge line in front of it (and they got filled to capacity pretty quickly, so we didn’t get in), and there were lots of clearly gay men in line (and occasionally lesbians, too, but that’s harder to tell because it’s more socially acceptable for straight girls to hang on each other, be touchy-feely, etc. than it is for guys). Even outside they were playing lots of “gay music” (“I Will Survive”, “I’m Coming Out”, things by Cher, theme to “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, etc.). So wildrice13 had been to the comedy club before and said it was pretty good, but we just missed a showing, so we wandered around for a while waiting for the 10:30 show. By the time we left the club we were in to get in line, Gay Days people were starting to come in and whatnot (since no one could get in to the official club). The comedy show was pretty good (it was an improv show, which are always interesting), and one of the performers clearly knew it was Gay Days and kept making jokes/innuendos, etc. to great applause from the audience 🙂 After that we went back to the club we had been in, and it was quite full, lots of gays and straights dancing, which was a pretty neat sight to see. djedi and I danced for a little while, then went home a little early (well, by that I mean 1 AM) because we were really exhausted.

This morning djedi and I got up (the others stayed out later and so slept in) and got to play a round of golf at Pirate’s Cove (like we had tried to do Wednesday) befor it started sprinkling and stuff, like it’s doing now. It’s supposed to rain in the afternoon, but we’ll see. There are some Gay Days related activities we’re gonna do this afternoon (pool party, comedy show, some sort of expo), so we’ll see how that goes.