One Thousand Posts

According to my current iteration of my blog, this is my one-thousandth post.

I never thought I’d see the New England Patriots lose Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants. I gotta say, that was the best Super Bowl I’ve ever seen. Down-to-the-wire drama and a huge upset — perhaps the biggest in Super Bowl History. Plus, I’ll get to tells kids in twenty years that I saw the greatest team in NFL history lose the only game that matters.

I saw the game with a couple of friends from church (Aaron & Jessica) — two of the few people my own age. They have a lot of friends there age which was nice. Also, I will not complain when I’m invited to social gatherings that include even one available female my age. It’s probably the first time that’s happened since I moved here.

HDTVs rock. I want one, but then I think about starving children in Africa. But I don’t think starving children anywhere are able to consume HDTVs so I feel a little less bad about wanting one.

So FLAC files sound awesome. I decided to rip Radiohead’s new album In Rainbows to FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) to see if the sound quality is really that much better. It does sound a bit better. At some point I want to repartition my hard drives and perhaps slap a fat 1TB (Terabyte, baby, Terabyte = one thousand gigabytes) drive in my computer so I can go crazy on backing up all my albums and DVDs in the best quality possible.

The only problem with FLAC is that it’s complicated if not impossible to get iTunes to play FLAC. So what I’ve done is I’m using Winamp is the player/library for my FLAC files and storing them all on one of my other drive partitions to keep it all sorted and simple. Of course, I also created MP3 copies of the files for use w/ the iPod. With the demise of DRM though, I’m more open to considering other portable media players, but I can’t say I’ve seen anything more impressive than the iPod.

I’m considering purchasing a laptop I can load up w/ Linux. Partially to be nerdy and indie and open source, but I’ve become a lot more familiar w/ the command line over the years and it’d also be a much better machine for doing web development. Anyway, this also feeds into the desire to find alternatives to iTunes/iPod because Apple isn’t exactly friendly w/ Linux.

Of course, I’d take a Macbook if I could get one, but cost remains prohibitive. It’d cost me twice as much to get the Apple as it would for a comparatively powerful Dell w/ dual-core Athlon chips, 2GB RAM, DVD-burner, 120gb hard drive, wifi.

I’m impressed w/ how busy I’ve stayed this weekend. I spent 15 hours out on Friday, 9 hours out on Saturday, and 9 hours out today.

Social Life FTW!!!

This Has Been/Is Being a Very Good Weekend

This weekend has been going great so far. Last night, went down to Saturday House (even though it was Friday) to hang out w/ some guys down there to do some hanging out. I bought some books at Borders beforehand about Ruby on Rails (web programming framework) on flipped through them a bit. I think we were on a caffeine high while we came up with some ridiculous business models involving animal-breeding dating services via the internet (and crazy enough most of the name ideas we came up with were registered domains and probably ones you wouldn’t want to visit).

Woke up this morning after dreaming about Ruby on Rails syntax and went to a web committee meeting at church. We made some progress w/ identifying goals for the new church website and created questions for a survey about the project that will be given to the church pending session approval.

Had breakfast w/ Matthieu at Denny’s after the web meeting this morning. It’s nice hanging out w/ somebody who is about my same age and offers a positive influence on my life. He’s a year young than me, but his third kid is on the way now so he’s had a bit of maturing that I haven’t had to face yet.

Went down to actual SaturdayHouse after breakfast. Studied Rails, had some random conversations, hung out w/ Sean a bit. Went down to this used PC store w/ a couple of the guys, but no decent laptops were on sale. I was going to buy Isaac’s but it’s keyboard has some issues that are going to cost too much to fix to be worthwhile. I’m looking at other refurb laptops online and I’m thinking about checking Fry’s out, but I’m not entirely sure if I trust Fry’s. Martin (roommate) bought his computer there and he pretty much had to take the whole thing back and exchange it today due to some issues w/ Vista sucking and his monitor having some dead pixels (bright green, yay!). But at least they exchanged it I guess.

Jenny blogged today. You should go check that out. (No links ’cause they’re trying to hide from the Search Man while Phil job hunts, but they’re still linked in the sidebar if you look closely.)

I’m gonna go watch a movie and rot my brain now. I bought “Before Sunrise,” and I’ve got “Pi” and “The Lake House” from Netflix right now.

The “Juno” soundtrack is awesome. Half of the soundtrack is Kimya Dawson songs which I can best describe as folksy, catchy tunes w/ a creative sense of imagery and a dash of I-Hate-The-President liberalness. There’s an excellent song from The Kinks – “A Well Respected Man” – that I will be singing loudly to from now until the day I die.

Oh, almost forgot to mention I’m having surgery on 2/11. Chop chop! Removing the cyst in my arm should help prevent future infections. As long as the surgeon doesn’t snip a tendon or cut a nerve, it should be okay. I’m more worried about my subconscious freaking out than I am about the doc doing his job.

LOLCat Bible Translation

In a humorous bit of sacrelige, some crazy people are translating the Bible into LOLCat. Behold, the LOLCat Bible.

I can already hear you asking: yes, this is for real. No, I don’t think they’re trying for accuracy.

e.g. God = Ceiling Cat

John 3:16 –

“So liek teh Ceiling Cat lieks teh ppl lots and he sez ‘Oh hai I givez u me only kitteh and ifs u beleevs in him u wont evr diez no moar, k?”

Excerpt from the Lord’s Prayer (Teh Ceiling Cat Prayer) –

Giv us dis day our dalee cheezburger.
And furgiv us for makin yu a cookie, but eateding it.

Get Political Now

Campaigning in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Friday, the former president [Bill Clinton] brushed aside suggestions his wife [Hillary] would prove to be a divisive nominee for the Democratic Party, pointing out how she has successfully worked with Republicans in the Senate — including one of the current GOP presidential candidates.

“She and John McCain are very close,” Clinton said. “They always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history, and they’re afraid they’d put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other.”

via CNN

This pretty much says why I wouldn’t vote for either of them. Too similar.

Update: Obama’s crushing victory in South Carolina will keep things interesting. It probably adds additional fuel to Edwards’ trip towards the exit.

… Gets My Vote

Juno was awesome. 5/5. Serious topic, serious actors, biting sarcasm, and excellent music. Probably my favorite in-theatre viewing since Stardust (and I saw that twice). So yeah. Juno.