Saturday, June 30, 2007

Posting from the Wii!

Hello everyone! I'm currently posting from the Internet Channel on my Wii. Now that I have a 37" OLEVIA LCD, I figured I'd couch web surfing a try. So far, it's not so bad. Typing is a pain, but the web looks good. I was on my Picassa page and the pictures look nice. I can't wzit to hook up my Mac Mini to this thing!!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Binocular Astronomy: The Moon and Jupiter

I was cleaning out my car and as I was rummaging around my trunk I came across my Orion 8X42 binoculars. As it was night and fairly clear out, I decided to have a look around the sky. The moon was out and almost full so I started there. I quickly realized that the binoculars would not work with my glasses on so I took them off. After fidgeting around with the focus and adjusted the eyepieces it looked pretty awesome. Almost like it was 400 years ago and I was Galileo. I quickly moved to left to check out Jupiter and saw two of its moons to the left side of it. Next, I moved across the street to a vacant, unlit parking lot and looked up at some stars. I didn't really know what I was looking at, I just enjoyed seeing more and more stars pop into view as my eyes became more dark adapted. A Lear jet crossed my sight and I followed it for a while as it took some fat cat to his business meeting the next day. The jet let me to the constellation Lyra, where I saw Vega and the famous double-double star, which in my binoculars was just a double star. I rounded off the night looking north at the Little Dipper, but cloud cover at this point made the North Star all but invisible. Still, it was a lot of fun I hadn't been stargazing in ages and I look forward to the next clear night. There's lots of things to be seen with binoculars: Faint planets like Uranus and Neptune, double stars, comets, different phases of the moon, some brighter nebula and globular clusters, open star clusters, some asteroids. I look forward to seeing what my little 8X42s can do in my suburban environment. Clear Skies!!!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Media War Reporting: Negative or nothing

If the Battle of Midway was fought today, here's what the headline would be: 342 sailors killed today, U.S.S. Yorktown sunk. There would be no mention of the fact that 2,500 Japanese sailors were killed, and 4 Japanese aircraft carriers were sent to the bottom of the Pacific in the turning point of World War II. This will probably come as news to some, but there is a major offensive called Aarowhead Ripper ongoing in Iraq. Dozens of Al-Qaeda operatives are being killed in what is potentially a turning point in this war. Have you heard about it? Probably not. The liberal media refuses to acknowledge the success of any American operation as is it conflicts with thier anti-war, let's elect Hillary to fix everything agenda. What people need to realize is modern day terrorism cannot exist without a complacent press to showcase their decadent crimes. It's no accident that New York City and Washington D.C. were hit on 9/11 as the majority of the media are based there. If we are serious about winning the war on terror we need to tune out the negative reporting of the modern media and concentrate on outlets that actually report what's going on in victory and defeat. If we can do that, then there will be true victory in the global war on terror.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Return of the Black Bomber

Today I got to drive for the first time in 4 days as the Saturn was suffering from a dead alternator. On Saturday I was left stranded in West Tinley and forced to call STAT Towing, the same guys who brilliantly lifted the Black Bomber out of the middle of Harlem Avenue back in 2003. I had it towed to my Dad's mechanic (I don't let the Saturn dealership touch my car after the aforementioned 2003 incident) and I now have a working car again. I actually rode my bike to work the past couple of days, enduring a 20 mile round trip in 90 degree heat. Fun! It certainly makes one appreciate a car more, even if it is 11 years old and louder then a B-17.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Sopranos Finale. The Ending about nothing.

When the Sopranos finale ended, I was so shocked, I seriously called my friend Jeff to see if he saw the same show. Not because the ending had some crazy twist, but because the ending had... nothing. Nothing happened. I actually thought maybe my cable had gone out, but no, the end credits rolled, ableit without sound. I feel stunned, empty. That being said, David Chase has some real sack for ending the show the way he did. Unlike so many finales that feel they have to go over the top with the mandatory wedding/graduation/epic goodbye, there really wasn't any of that. Sure there was a whacking, but that was par for the course, especially how the series was wrapping up. The show ended with the most mundane scene ever. And everytime I hear Journey's "Don't Stop Believing", not only will I remember the 2005 White Sox, but how the greatest drama in the history of television ended.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Boots

Timmy holding Boots

Lollapalooza Last Band Standing Update

Alright! Gentleman Junkie is now 71 in the last band standing rankings! Keep those votes coming in and spread the word!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Last Band Standing 2007 - Vote for Gentleman Junkie!

Well you know what the saying is here in Chicago: Vote early and vote often. They are letting one local band play at Lollapalooza 2007, and I think it should be Gentleman Junkie. They really are good and I would love to see them on the stage in Grant Park. Go to Gentleman Junkie's Lollapalooza page and vote!

Boots video!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Boots Picture Album

Here is the link to our new kitten Boots Picassa web album. I'll be adding more pictures tomorrow.

You have new Picture Mail!

Our new kitten Boots!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

You have new Picture Mail!

We now have a kitchen computer for the iPod, and it is also our media hub where all the mp3s reside.

update

Hello everyone! Busy week, here are the highlights: We're getting a kitten! One lady from work is giving them away. We were going to get one today, but Roxanne is going to some birthday party, so it will have to wait until tomorrow. Angel came home! She was MIA for a couple of days but eventually came home. I'll be taking her to a Target job fair so she can get a jobby-job. Return of the Mini-Fridge! This way I'll have a ready supply of water and Red Bull to wake me up in the morning. I'm putting it right next to my bed. Also, I'm starting to sleep in my running shorts so I can hit the ground running, literally. New Media Player! It's called Songbird and it's still in beta. It looks sharp though and it works on my Mac. OK that's enough for now there's a lot of stuff to do!