Archive | January 2006

Kidney fluid

I just finished collecting 24-hours of fluid produced by my kidneys (that’s the less-icky way to put it), and stuck the required samples in the mail (courier, actually — I don’t think you can put stuff like that in the U.S. mail) to these guys. Fun times.

Now I’m off to work.

Birthday tempura

Julie, Mom, Dad and I drove all over Springfield yesterday after Ultimate, trying to find a resturant that was open. Seems strange that resturants aren’t open on Sundays. We ended up going to the Japanese place for Dad’s and my birthday dinner. The hot mustard sauce was awesome-hot.

They make me tempura vegetables special — though they only serve it for lunch. Yea! I was looking forward to having tempura. I was also interested in some sushi, but I already had so much food, I decided against it.

About ‘Face’

I updated the “Face Archive” project a little bit. I probably should have added more. I think I have more. But at least there are some more-recent pics in there. I’m surprised how much space I have over at, though it’s a pain to upload a lot of things at once or make sweeping changes to file names. [link]

I just deleted four comment spam messages left since Jan. 16. We’re getting regular comment spam, though most are on really old posts so most people wouldn’t run across them. I assume it is an attempt to make their pages come up higher on search engines. Pretty annoying.

Got a nifty 1981 Yoda puppet in the mail the other day. Ordered a couple Threadless shirts (“Communist Party” and “Potassium Alkaline”) [streetteam link]


Saturday afternoon, only two of us showed for practice, so we practiced our pulls and long forehands for a while, then we noticed a pickup football game starting nearby. They let us join them and I played for about an hour or so before I had to go to work.

The game was full-contact and I think many of the guys — there were men and women — were at least high school football players, if not college football players. So I got taken down pretty hard a few times. Between that game and the disc throwing and Ultimate the next day, my arms and shoulders were sore for about three days. And I kinda smushed my hand during one of the tackles. I can still feel that a little bit.

One of the guys playing had MacMurray stuff on, but told me he was in the seminary program at Lincoln Christian College. He also told me there is pretty competitive intramural ultimate at LCC.

Liz organized a last-minute, Thursday night game last week, which was nice though a little chilly. Not sure if we’ll have a game tonight or not at this point in the day. I’m worn down from working late the last couple days, and I haven’t seen much of Julie, so I’d be OK if we didn’t play tonight.

The annual Society for News Design (SND) contest entries were due this week. I pulled a few entries together on Monday. I did a portfolio entry (six pages) and a two or three single pages, but I probably should have put a couple more individual pages in from the portfolio entry. Oops. Too late now.

I went to the doctor Monday for the kidneys. I have stones in both, I guess. I need to drink way more water, which I dislike — but I’m trying. I have to get another test done soon, then a checkup in six months.

Back from the cruise

We returned from our three-day cruise today. We had a great time on the Disney Wonder, ate a lot of great food and had a blast celebrating our parents’ 40th wedding anniversary!

There were 22 in our group, all of my sisters, brother, and their families (see photos).

I gained three pounds in three days, the result of enjoying all the great desserts (see photos).

Not dead yet

No electrocutions this weekend. I have the waste and vent plumbing installed. I think the secret to the speed of the professionals is that truck of every conceivable part. I must have wasted five hours just going to Menards. I hope to start on the supply lines tonight. I am a certified PEX installer now! How ’bout them apples!

60 degree January

Great turnout for Ultimate on a weird, 60 degree January day, yesterday. We had 18 people out and it was sweet. I hope the temps keep agreeing with us like that. Afterward, Julie and I had Indian food for dinner with Josh and Amanda. — Great meal, Amanda! Dave came over and we all worked on Josh’s puzzle and played a short game of Mario Party.

For some reason, I recently started watching “Naruto.” Believe it! It’s kinda funny, but a little on the drawn-out side.

Steve’s keynote

I caught Steve Job’s keynote this afternoon. I was really looking forward to a new PowerBook. He started off with an update on the iTunes Music Store, iPod accessories, and then an update on iLife with new Podcasting and Photocasting features. After that, the hardware update, a new iMac with a dual core Intel chip (Core Duo) was shown to outperform a Power Mac G5, Cool stuff. Steve noted that Apple plans on transitioning their entire product line to Intel chips this year!

… at the last second, he does the standard “Oh, and one more thing”

MacBook Pro !!
“Its a new name because we’re kind of done with power, and because we want Mac in the name of our products”
Intel Core Duo, 4 to 5X faster than the current PowerBooks, and it starts with my beloved 15″ model which is exactly what I wanted!

MacBook Pro
iLife ’06

It’s too early for stuff like this

I’m working the night shift tonight, so I’m shortly going back to bed, but holy geeze … this news can’t be real, can it? [link]

Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity. .. Buried deep in the new law is Sec. 113, an innocuously titled bit called “Preventing Cyberstalking.” It rewrites existing telephone harassment law to prohibit anyone from using the Internet “without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy.”

Derek Kirk Kim started a new Webcomic, “HEALING HANDS,” and you can check it out over at his site. [link]

Tip of the day for 1-9-2006

When using a reciprocating saw, make sure and avoid all electrical wires. I accidentally cut through a hot wire today. Lucky I wasn’t hurt, but I don’t know what it went to. Everything in the house seems to work. I’ll patch it, but it could have been bad.