Year: 2006

  • Astronaut Memories

    It is absolutely pouring here in Boston. However, I’m not really all that wet, thanks to my rain gear; just my feet a bit (I need a pair of those shoe covers), and the lower half of my face (the part under my goggles). Doing a full seal on my goretex jacket, plus putting on […]

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    Last night, I went over to REI to pick up my cycle trainer. It’s a little frame I can drop my bike into to provide some resistance while riding inside. I plan on making all of my Star Trek watching a little more productive. I’m also hoping a little evening exercise will help me sleep […]

  • Last 24th before 24

    Tomorrow I turn 24. I suspect that, like last fall’s 22 -> 23 transition, it will seem like nothing happened. Word on the street is that a card from Grandma is in the mail. I spent the weekend in Detroit, hanging out with high school buddies Gus and Markus, and generally being lazy drunken oafs. […]

  • Employee Communication

    On Tuesday, I received 78 e-mails at work. This is over an order of magnitude above normal. This is what happens when there are two things being evaluated in my group next week, and lots of planning for future projects. On Wednesday, we had an All Hands meeting. It was very long, but interesting. There […]

  • Transit Meme

    They definitely need to have the Seattle Monorail on there. Got at! “Penny Lane” from Anthology 2 by The Beatles

  • Dreaming

    A few recent posts from others on their dreams reminded me – I haven’t had any vivid dreams lately. I’m not sure if it’s work stress, or not enough sleep, or too much caffeine, or just growing up, but it’s kind of word. The last one I remember was a requel dream – by which […]

  • Requiem for a Dream

    and I just finished Requiem for a Dream. It’s hard to call a movie like that “good”; I usually say “well-done”, because it was. It’s just not the kind of movie you want to see. I thought back to the incredibly lame and cheesy “scary” anti-drug movies we watched in health class in middle school. […]

  • Dialing Wands

    I was on a business trip down to D.C. this week, and at the hotel I saw something I had never seen before: elevator dialing wands. Every elevator panel, inside the car or at each elevator lobby, had an 18″ wooden dowel attached to a chain with a convenient velcro holder. Obviously, they were intended […]

  • D&D Meetup

    So I tried out a D&D Meetup ( at the Boston Beerworks near Fenway. Five other guys showed up; they all seemed pretty cool, although unfortunately most of them live way oot and want to run games in the ‘burbs if they can. One guy is running a game at MIT, but I’m not sure […]

  • The Hatred Frequency

    I have discovered what I call the Hatred Frequency™. I call it that, because if you hear it long enough, it will cause you to hate everything, and eventually slip into an inescapable murderous rage. I’m not sure how long that process takes, because I have no experimental data, but I was definitely slipping into […]