Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Adventure Thru Inner Space!

This ride's been gone from Disneyland since, like, forever, but it was (oddly) one of my favorites as a kid. Apparently others felt the same way; somebody has taken the trouble to reproduce it as a CGI experience on DVD.

Which, come to think of it, is geekier than anything I've ever done in my entire life.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

The new camera

I love it. Here's a preview of our (very late) holiday card picture. I was hoping for a different mood, but I think this picture captures Emma's relationship with Smudge perfectly.

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Friday, December 24, 2004

The Combined Birthday/Christmas Haul

Yes, I know, Christmas is a time for giving. But it's also a time for getting -- and all the more so when it's in close proximity with your birthday. So with no further ado: this year's haul.

The Birthday Haul:
  • From Ming: a bag of jumbo Red Vines (also known as "The Food of the Gods"). Not to mention some ginormous cupcakes and a huge container of tiny donuts.
  • From Scooter: over 30 years in the making, the long-awaited novelization of "Yellow Submarine." (And a burrito.)
  • From my mom: a check, which next to cash really is the best gift.
  • From my parents-in-law, a virtual treasure-trove: Buffy Season 6 on DVD, "Return of the King" (yes, the extended widescreen 4-disc set), and "When Pancakes Go Bad," by some dude named Muchnick. Hey! My name's in there!
  • From Kristi's sister Loria and her family: a CompUSA gift card. How perfect is that?
  • From my daughter: a home-made yo-yo. (Elastic, rubber bands and a large bead. "You'll put your eye out, kid.")
  • And, last but way far from least, from my lovely wife: a Canon PowerShot A85. Oh, yay!
The Christmas Haul (smaller, since Kristi's family draws names, but every bit as sweet):

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Good Friends

Tomorrow's my birthday. The day of my birth, plus or minus 46 years.

Because I'm taking tomorrow off, Ming brought treats in to celebrate. He also brought me a bag of jumbo Red Vines.

Of course, Scooter brought me a pumpkin pie for no particular reason at all some weeks back, and yesterday bought me a Chipotle burrito for my birthday. Plus he gives me books.

(If we were all gay, I'd feel a little like Bridget Jones. However, I'm pretty sure all of this being-nice-to-Larry stuff is purely heterosexual, so we can just chalk it up to me being such a great guy and all.)

Kristi, on the other hand, braved the pre-Christmas shopping madness that is Roseville to go to not one, but two major retailers in a (successful) quest to purchase a new hard drive for me (to make up for the Thanksgivings-day near-miss at CompUSA). And that wasn't even my birthday present. Now that's love.

So I'm sitting here awash in giant cupcakes and tiny donuts, which I'd happily share with you if you were here. But you're not. Losers.

Friday, December 17, 2004

I Am Canadian

Okay, actually, I'm not. But Eury is, and she dropped this into my comments where nobody will see it. So I'll share. Go look.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Caption It Yourself

Scooter provided the image. I honestly can't think of a caption that I wouldn't be ashamed to type.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Political Geography 102

As a follow-up to Political Geography 101: Scooter points me to this dailykos graphic, demonstrating that red states get their teen-age girls pregnant much more frequently than do blue states. I don't know what this means, exactly. I suppose I could draw all kinds of inferences about abstinence education, access to birth control and the like, but I'll leave that to you.

All I know is that it means a greater percentage of red state voters in the future, which I can't accept as being a good thing.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Canadian Bacon

Even as Michael Moore predicted back in 1995, we're gearing up for war with Canada. At least, Fox News is doing its level best to convince its horde of mindless viewers that Canada hasn't earned its place on this continent, and that the U.S. somehow has a right to make that determination.

If we hadn't already seen Fox and its ilk convince the great unwashed masses that Iraq was an imminent threat to our national security, this would be laughable. Given recent history, though ...

Geek Alert

If you want to buy me this, I wouldn't turn it down.

Redbull pointed it out, but hasn't blogged it yet, so it's fair game. :)

Friday, December 03, 2004

I'm Not a Huge Blogger Fan ...

... but it's unlikely Microsoft is going to make me pick up and move to MSN Spaces. They certainly haven't started off on the right foot.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

This Can't Be Shared Widely Enough

Linky courtesy Atrios.