Happy Birthday, Internet!
Posted in Tech
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:53 am)

We won't tell everyone that you're 40. Oops, I just did.

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Cafe Chulo
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:16 pm)

I haven't posted about Cafe Chulo yet, but I've been there many times for some good Mexican food. Their sweet pork is super tasty, and you will develop cravings for it. They make all their own tortillas on site, and you can often see them mixing the dough, flattening out the tortillas, or cooking them when you walk in.

Their burrito meal is gigantic, and you have a good choice of additional stuffings. Their tortilla chips are always fresh. I also really like the enchiladas, which I typically order. I only order the burrito when I'm really hungry because it's that hard to finish. If you get the burrito, make sure you get it Chulo style.

It's not usually crowded if you go a little early or just after the normal lunch rush, but there can be a short wait right around noon. I've never had to wait for more than a couple of minutes, though. Make sure you try their Chili and Lime sauce (next to the soda machine), it's terrific!

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I Just Trached It
First watch, 7 bells (11:45 pm)

Tonight Wes, Lorien, and I went out for slurpees to celebrate Lorien's birthday, and to break up a 50 round Mario Party 8 game on the Wii. The 7-11 employee was new, but he was cool. He mentioned Lorien and I didn't have the anodized aluminum slurpee straws like Wes did. Wes mentioned he had to drill out the lid to fit the straw down, and the employee said "I just trached mine"—it was awesome.

PS Slurpee in Chinese is 思樂冰: Ponder Happiness Ice

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Happy Birthday Wife!
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:06 am)

Today is my wife Lorien's birthday. I love you, happy birthday!

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-10-25
Posted in Twitter
First watch, 8 bells (12:03 am)
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What If I Said It?
Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:30 pm)

We went to dinner last night with Ellie and Gwen (Ellie's daughter). Ellie's husband Wade was using our 'net connection at home to teach an online seminar. Ellie, Gwen, and Lorien were waiting for me at the restaurant, and when I arrived I was sorely tempted to tell the hostess "I'm meeting my wives here for dinner" just to see what her reaction would be.

I resisted, but only barely.

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Where The Wild Things Are
Posted in Reviews
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:39 am)

Let me save you the trouble:
Boy throws snowballs at older sister's friends. Older sister's friends whitewash boy. Boy trashes sister's room, bites mom, runs away. Lives with socially maladjusted and emotionally crippled monsters for an indeterminate time.. Boy leaves monsters in the same state in which he found them. Boy returns home and eats chocolate cake.

PS Don't take your kids. I saw kids playing on the stairs during the movie. It didn't hold their attention very well.

PPS I fat-fingered the name of the movie on my iPhone yesterday, the typo was Where the Wild Thongs Are. I did catch it before posting, though.

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Restart Purgatory
Posted in Tech
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:58 pm)

My laptop is in restart purgatory right now after it attempted to install Vista SP 2. I'm at my second reboot and it's still saying Service Pack did not install. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer.

This is why people like me have jobs. Thanks, Micro$oft!

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Happy Birthday, Mom!
Posted in Warm and Fuzzy
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:33 pm)

Today is my mom's birthday. I don't think she reads my blog, but just in case—happy birthday, mom!

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A Slow Starter
Posted in Hobbies
Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:43 pm)

I recently got another starter from my uncle (I accidentally killed the last one—with insecticide believe it or not, but I digress…). I fed it, and took a bit out for a loaf of bread, but it came out really dense, and didn't rise much over the 12 or so hours I left it alone.

So I decided to experiment a little. I took out a cup or so and fed it some flour, water, and about a half teaspoon of sugar. Nothing happened for about the first day, but then it started picking up pretty good. Last night I put it in a bigger bowl and fed it some more. This morning it was still bubbling away happily. It is a bit slow, but has great flavor. I think I'll be ready to make up a batch later tonight.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-10-18
Posted in Twitter
First watch, 8 bells (12:03 am)
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Best Time of the Year
Posted in Creepiness
Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:41 pm)

To whack somebody, that is: Dead man on balcony ignored.

A 75-year-old dead man sat decomposing on his Marina del Rey balcony for days because neighbors thought the body was part of a Halloween display and didn’t call police.

I'll just file that away as useful information if I ever flip out and need to hide a body—do it around Halloween!

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The Good Block
Posted in Strangeness
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:18 pm)

Er, book. The Lego Bible. Man the Internet is weird…

Plus, it's snarky!

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RSS Fixed
Posted in Tech
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:56 am)

Well, that was interesting. I heard from @Enfors that my RSS feed was truncated. Turns out there is a setting for Full Text in RSS feeds that wasn't set. I can only imagine that it was running in default mode, I've been running this blog for over six years now and this is the first time I've heard about it. I supposed I should have subscribed to my own feed 🙂

Okay, now that that's fixed, time to figure out Google Wave…

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How I Deal With Voicemail
Posted in Tech
Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:21 am)

This is how I deal with voicemail. You have been warned.