non-weekend post

So I added driving directions and a few other things (it should work in IE now) to my map. Now there are instructions on how to make your own, if you so desire.

Another neat google maps hack I found today is the Gmaps Pedometer, with which you can figure out how long your walks are, or whatever. Cool!

It seems like people are going to be playing World of Warcraft soon – a useful site I was pointed to is WoW Vault. And I’m going to be a priest. 🙂

This weekend djedi and I are going home to take my dad to an Astros game (for Father’s Day). So I bought tickets online yesterday through Ticketmaster. Ugh. Ticketmaster is a huge pain – you have like two minutes to decide if you want the tickets they assign you, and then three minutes to fill out all your information, otherwise you’ll lose the tickets. Then there are the ridiculous fees – the tickets were a total of $60, and I paid ticketmaster $78, for a 30% markup. Grr.

destroyerj mentioned this already, but you should check out Google Earth. They’re not letting people download it now, but I have a copy of the installer if you’re interested…

As I was driving to work today, I saw a Volvo that had a Howard Dean sticker on it, and had a chuckle at the stereotypicalness (is that really a word?). Then I realized that that was me before I got my Prius! So, I don’t know what that means.

weekend post

Back from the weekend! I had a good time. Friday and Saturday were spent with destroyerj playing (and passing) two gamecube games – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Battle Nexus and Fantastic 4. The Ninja Turtles game was pretty good, especially b/c the three of us could all play at once. Although some of the battles were pretty tricky. And the game got a tad repetitive after a while. But, good stuff.

Fantastic 4 was pretty fun – you got to control the various people and use their nifty abilities. Unfortunately it was only two player, but we switched out and whatnot, and eventually beat it Saturday night. Also, waffles Saturday morning (well, early afternoon…) were good!

Sunday was a well-deserved day of recovery. Monday we played some FFX-2 with wildrice13, then headed over to destroyerj‘s for burgers and general July 4 celebrations, at which I met a few of his friends that I hadn’t met before. Meeting new people is good.

Yesterday I ran some errands (djedi‘s birthday is coming!) in the morning, then met him on campus for lunch. Came back home and finished Metroid Prime 2 (finally…stupid boss battle), and made a Fry’s run. While there, we saw Tales of Symphonia for $20, which is a good price, so we got it. It’s an RPG for gamecube that’s supposed to be quite good (according to reviews and some of Peggy & Igor’s housemates). Went to gamenight at Doug & Teresa’s which was fun and tasty (there was fudge!), then back home to start Tales of Symphonia and sleep.

Now I’m back at work, which is…well, not going terribly well in general. Hopefully I’ll have some sort of breakthrough this week and I’ll stop dreading coming here. That would rock!

gaaaah!

Grr! Work is annoying me. I just spent like half an hour setting something up, and I finally got to try it, and it didn’t work. So I’m letting off some steam by posting!

Google released an API for Google Maps, which is neat. I’m playing around with it some – made my own map for experimentation. Fun! (I’m open to suggestions for other markers…)

AMD is suing Intel for abusing their monopoly position. The CEO of AMD took out a full-page ad in the Statesman explaining and urging people to read their full complaint, which I did yesterday. Fascinating reading! If it’s true, then they have very legitimate grievances.

Yesterday Canada approved gay marriage, and Spain did the same today. Woohoo!

I can’t believe July 4 is coming up so soon. I get Monday and Tuesday off, which totally rocks. Planning on a fun weekend!

Ugh

Ever since we got back from the Disney World trip, my allergies have been kinda bad. It started out as the usual stuff (for me) – nose stuffed up, which causes my throat to be dry and scratchy, with the occasional headache. The weird thing is that they haven’t gone away, and are getting worse. The last few nights I’ve had to get up in the middle of the night so I could stop coughing (sitting up helps), which means that today I’m tired on top of everything else. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was a cold (but I doubt that it is).

The optimist in me thinks that the problem is that there’s mold or mildew in the apartment (the air conditioning has been leaking like nobody’s business, and the maintenance people have come out a couple of times to “fix” it…), because then at least we could fix the problem and I’d feel better. I hope it’s not just “normal” allergies, because these suck.

Anyhow, despite feeling kinda cruddy, I managed to have a pretty nice weekend. Saturday was ASMC rehearsal, where we learned our last song and choreography (not bad…) and got out way early, so I spent the afternoon on the couch with djedi playing FFX-2. I’m starting to get into it a little bit – seems like a neat game. Saturday night we went out to dinner with destroyerj and then saw “Batman Begins”, which I enjoyed a lot. Afterwards we stopped by destroyerj‘s place to watch some Half-Life 2 stuff (which he had just beaten).

Sunday I came into work for a few hours, but beforehand djedi and I walked around the nature trails here at work. It was fun, and neat to explore the grounds a little more, although it was quite hot! Didn’t end up getting the work done that I had wanted (not my fault), but oh well. Then wildrice13 came over after supper for more FFX-2.

In other news, I’m totally hooked on the Python Challenge – I was a little discouraged when I needed hints on levels 5 and 6, but I made it up to level 12 (and now I’m pretty stuck!) Having a lot of fun with it, though.

Just took some Sudafed which should help my various ailments and make the afternoon more pleasant. Then ASMC rehearsal tonight again.

del.icio.us-only entry

At destroyerj‘s request, more del.icio.usness.

Last time I talked about the benefits of tagging your own bookmarks. But that’s not all del.icio.us offers!

First, the front page is just a list of the 30 or so most recent bookmarks that anyone has added. This is a great place to find lots of random stuff. There’s also a page of what’s popular (as well as populicio.us, which has a list of the most popular links that were not bookmarked before yesterday). I’ve found lots of good articles and useful websites that way.

You can also look at the tags for all bookmarks. So, if you’re looking for cool google-related stuff, try del.icio.us/tag/cool+google, or even just del.icio.us/tag/google. This to me is less useful than tags for your own bookmarks, but it’s fun to just pick a random word and see what sites come up. Like trogdor!

Also, all of the bookmarks show how many other people have that site as a bookmark. So, I can see that someone else has bookmarked my iTunes info. I’m famous!

You can also get RSS feeds for all of those sorts of pages, if that sort of thing is your bag.

Well, that’s about the cool things I can think of, so here ends the series. Play around with it for a while – I think you’ll like it!

flag burning, mostly

So the House passed the flag-burning amendment yesterday, and people think it has a chance in the Senate.

Quick poll on the subject:

I wrote my senators (Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn) just now.

I would urge you to vote against the constitutional amendment that would give
Congress the power to ban desecration of the American flag. I agree that the
flag is a powerful symbol of our country, that many have fought and died for.
However, they have fought and died for the freedoms that the flag represents,
including the freedom to disagree with the government. Free speech is one of
our country’s most important rights, and any curtailment of such should be
avoided.

In addition, flag burning is such a rare event that it seems foolish to amend
the Constitution to prevent it. Our Constitution has been amended very few
times in the history of our nation, and never has it been amended for trivial
or symbolic reasons.

All these concerns notwithstanding, the text of the proposed amendment is very
broad and open to interpretations. Does this mean that wearing or washing a
T-shirt with a picture of the American flag on it is “desecrating” it?

I hope you share my concerns about this amendment, and I would be interested in
hearing your thoughts on the matter. Thank you for your time!

In non-flag related news, I did another Python Challenge level, but I’m stuck on level 5.

ASMC rehearsal is tonight – hopefully it won’t be as tiring as the last one. Especially since I’m more tired going into it…