Finland, Finland, Finland

The country where I will be for the next week. I will be starting my journey later today. Hopefully the batteries in my devices will hold out that long. :)

QotD: Timeless Albums

What are some of your favorite, forgotten albums that have stood the test of time?
Submitted by PeterGibbons.

Perhaps the most timeless album is Dark Side of the Moon, mainly because it's as old as I am and is continuing to sell very well. Some of my other favorites include:

  • Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive
  • They Might Be Giants: Flood, Factory Showroom
  • Eagles: Their Greatest Hits, Hotel California
  • Supertramp: Breakfast in America
  • Pink Floyd: The Wall, Animals, Obscured By Clouds, The Final Cut
  • Roger Waters: The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking
  • David Gilmour: About Face
  • The Beatles: Abbey Road
  • Frank Zappa: Joe's Garage
  • Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  • Van Halen: 1984

There's probably a bunch I am missing here.

Old Posts

You may have noticed a few posts "disappeared" from the front page. They were some old posts I had migrated over from I had to change the date on them so they were "chronologically correct" and thus appear in the right spot on Vox. My apologies for the confusion.

Zoo Pics

Took advantage of the day off and the nice weather and dragged the kids to the zoo. Snapped a couple of pictures. Unfortunately, we didn't have a ton of time today as house hunting kind of got in the way.

QotD: Mmm...Brunch

What do you like to make or order for brunch?

Without a doubt, Eggs Benedict. Though you can keep the English Muffins and even probably the Canadian bacon. I just like the poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

My mom tried to make fresh hollandaise sauce a few times. It was quite a production if I remember right and I don't recall if she ever got it "right." Then again, anything made with a boatload of egg yokes is going to taste good, even if it doesn't look right. It's sort of like my wife's Fettuccine Alfredo, which is also quite a production, and also tastes good, even if it doesn't always look right.

Mmmm… food. Artery-clogging food.

House Hunting

My wife went out for a evening with other moms, as she does on a regular basis. She ended up finding a couple of interesting houses near her friend that would be a step up from what we're living in now. It would be a bit further south in Gig Harbor, but I don't consider that a bad thing.

This whole road/fence thing in our current house is going to be a problem if we continue to stay where we're at. The fence the land company is putting up right now isn't a fence, but rather a "privacy screen." So while it might keep the headlights out of our windows at night, it will do nothing to actually keep my kids from running into the road, which matters to me a hell of a lot more than headlights shining in our bedroom window. Getting a proper fence put up is proving to be damn near impossible thanks to the lovely CCRs we have to deal with.

In any case, I see some house hunting in our immediate future, especially given we've got a three-day weekend.

Three Day Weekends

One thing I do near the end of a calendar year is figure out how much vacation time I have to take and, well, take it. My employer gives me a ton of vacation days that I have to take--or else I don't get any the following year. I am allowed to bank two weeks, which I do. The problem is: everyone takes Christmas off and I don't want to be one of those people. Also, Christmas is a nice time to work because, well, things are "slow" at that time of year. I can actually get things done. :)

The best compromise is to basically work four days a week until the end of the year. This along with previously taken vacation time usually works out. This year, however, it doesn't, and I need to take even more time off. Fortunately there is a week where Jaden only goes to school half-days all week and that sounds like a good week to take off. That along with Thanksgiving Week end up being good weeks to take off. That gets me just under the bankable limit.

Since Monday is a school holiday for Jaden, it will mean some extra kid time this weekend. Yay, vacation!

I Tried To Podcast, Really I Did.

At the end of May, I finally got off my duff and recorded a couple of podcasts. I have submitted them to T.W.A.T. Radio,which is best described as a community-host daily hardcore techpodcast. This podcast has covered a lot of different topics, fromhacking payphones to using obscure software on Windows or Linux. Thisis people sharing their tech passions with others.

The firstone I recorded was on Garage Band, which is a Macintosh audio editingprogram. I used it to show off my rather pathetic ability to make musicusing the program. The other was a process using Gabcast and your telephone in order to record your own episode of T.W.A.T. Radio.

I don't know what happened, but after I sent the stuff from them, and confirmed they got it, my stuff never got played. I think I pinged them a couple of times without a response. Between that and their irregular production schedule, I decided I didn't care enough to pursue it.

Meanwhile, for posterity sake, I present both podcasts. I had the source files for the GarageBand demonstration and ended up redoing the ends to take out the references to T.W.A.T. Radio. I found the Gabcast podcast in my gmail account and uploaded it this evening without any editing.

So without futher ado…

Gabcast Podcast


Garage Band Demo Podcast

Marijuana Can Prevent Alzheimers!

How much more evidence do we need that marijuana as bad for you as a lot of people think?

Fence Update

Readers of my blog will know that there's a road going in outside my house, which necessitates a fence for our backyard. The primary reason: keeping my kids from bolting to the street. The covenants for the property pretty much restrict us from putting up our own fence without getting approval from a certain committee. We've been going back and forth on this.

Today, we get word from the powers that be that they will be providing a kind of fence between our backyard and the road that will run most of the length of our property. The fence will take the form of "privacy panels" (not sure exactly what that means) every few feet with plants and shrubs between them. The effect will be a fence, but it will look nicer.

Of course, this does nothing to prevent the kids from running around the sides of the fence. We will probably have to change our request to instead ask for "privacy screens" on either side of it to keep the kids contained in the yard. It won't prevent them from running all the way around the house to get to the road, but it will be good enough to prevent any accidents.