Category Archives: Grab Bag

Obligatory Catch-Up Post

I’m finally getting better. About a week after I turned 40 I felt an all-too-familiar pain. Back in 2006 I had a kidney stone and for one day, I was in agony. When I felt it again I knew immediately what it was. And I got very upset, not because of the pain, but because it was Jack’s 8th birthday and I didn’t want to take away from it with all that I knew I would go through over the day. So, I put on a smile and dealt with it as I got him off to school. Afterwards I turned to Ann and told her what was going on and we began our day-long trip to the doctor’s office, to the pharmacy, to the place to get a CT scan. At 5 to 9 at night, we even managed to make it to the polls to vote in our primary before I had Ann drop me at the Emergency Room (on my doctor’s recommendation) where I spent the night on a morphine drip.

I spent the next two weeks in varying states of pain and finally the stone passed last night (though it hasn’t hurt in over a week — it had left the confines of my ureter and entered my bladder) and it only hurt for a very brief, very intense moment as it came out.

Of course, now I have a wicked bad cold which is annoying. But aside from that I finally feel life returning to my otherwise battered body. I had no idea how constant pain can just wear you down (which is probably why I caught the cold in the first place — I usually have a rock-solid immune system). So, long story short: kidney stone bad but I see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

In other news, I have the following items to share:

  • Endless Ocean for Wii rocks. Jack and I both love the zen-simplicity of just swimming around and checking out the gorgeous scenary.
  • Easter’s been fun so far. Mr. Bunny left Jack a nice clue-trail around the house leading to a basket and some toys in the dryer. We also went to church and then to a friend’s house where, among other things, we got to watch three little boys dance to Kraftwerk’s “The Robots”
  • I’m going to be presenting at a conference this summer, I’ll have a real post about this soon. But the short version is that it’s about podcasting so I have to get off my butt and get back to podcasting so I have some practical and current experience. I’ve decided to take my game to the next level and will be investing in some real equipment. More on this later.
  • A friend gave Jack “Heroscape” for his birthday. I’m really enjoying it. Not sure how much Jack likes it yet. He’s far more obsessed with his Bakugan ball things (which appear to be THE hot toy right now. He bought some on Thursday with his birthday money and when I… I mean, the Easter Bunny… went to get some yesterday, they were all sold out. I must admit, they are pretty cool.
  • I’m very sad about Arthur C. Clarke. I just re-read 2001 and am now re-reating 2010. I will then re-read 2061 and maybe even buy a copy of 3001 and read that.
  • My friend Jon gifted me in iTunes MIKA, Life in Cartoon Motion and it is in heavy rotation now. My God I love it. It’s the second coming of Freddy Mercury.

I think that’s enough for now. I want to get back to my book…

Separated at Birth

Courtesy of elspeth comes this gem. Separated at birth! Syndrome and Jonathan Papelbon!


Why I no blog?

Why I no blog? Mainly because I’ve been busy but also because we’ve been dealing with a lot of stressful life events. And when that happens, my desire to post dwindles to zero. Since February, we’ve been dealing with the declining health of my father-in-law and the rehabilitation of my mother-in-law’s broken knee. The net result of which is him in a nursing home and her moving in with us (later this week). But the journey from there to here over the last three months has been fraught with all kinds of stress, pain, drama, trauma, and other fun things which really don’t make for entertaining blog reading.

Now that things are starting to settle again, I hope to get back to semi-regular posting shortly. In the meantime, there’s new pictures in flickr (see side-bar of main blog page) and those of you who are on my LJ friends list can read about the above stress in far more detail than I’m presenting here (there’s public and then there’s public…)

What a Twit

Gods help me. I’m playing with twitter. Now you too can stalk me!

Among Madmen

Ajw-MadmanSo, I got this incredible email today asking if a certain picture of me that was found via google could be used for an article. See, for one of my co-ed fraternity composites in the years after I graduated but still hung around, I decided to have my picture taken as I was hosing a pledges blackbook (either you understand that sentence, or you don’t. I am not explaining it further.) I did. And that was that. It was about 15 years ago.

Ajwa-Madman2Well, this person contacted me about using my picture for an article in which they need a picture of what looks like a crazed evangelical. I’m all for it so I said yes. When I posted about this to the fraternity email list (what, I’m too old to be on such a list? Tell that to all of the other alumni on said list) someone asked if I should update the picture. So, I figured, why not?

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I choose funny…

In the “Funny or Disturbing” Category we have the spam I just received. (Click for full size version)


Kudos to gmail (through which I route all of my mail these days so I can read it at work and at home) for having excellent spam filters and trapping this one. I only caught it doing a routine scan of my spam folder to find any false positives.

Now I need to wash the joining of “Smegol” and “Sex Partner” out of my head.

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Various Bits and Pieces

A grab bag of stuff…

  • The Friends Zone celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary last February and this past weekend had a small gathering in Washington DC to celebrate this. It was a great deal of fun and I met people I’ve known for the better part of a decade who I had never met in person before. Go figure! So, that was much fun. And I got to take some fun pictures of DC by night.
  • I was served earlier this week. I’d never been subpoenaed before and the guy who served me looked like he would have fit in far more in a sleazy casino than standing outside my driveway in my little suburban cul-de-sac. He stood there complete with mesh tank-top, gold chains, and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. I can see the lawyer spared no expense on the process server! I hope he didn’t scare my neighbors. I probably shouldn’t say much about it except to say that it was related to some legal action a friend of mine was going through which, thankfully, was settled soon after. Which is good since we had planned a trip to Rhode Island for when they wanted to depose me. They had no flexibility in the schedule as they waited until the last possible minute to subpoena me. But it’s all moot now and I’m glad.
  • I’m enjoying a free month of T-Mobile Hotspot access so while on my trip, I am making liberal use of the Borders Cafe here in Cranston, RI. If you happen to frequent this Borders, say hi. So far, I’ve been the only mac user hanging out here. And my iTunes library is wide open. Enjoy some good music. Say hi via Bonjour/Rendezvous in iChat.
  • For the price of my townhouse in VA, I can buy a split-level, single family with more bedrooms, bathrooms and an actual yard? It’s true. Of course, it would be nice to have a job to pay for the mortgage. I’m working on that part.
  • It’s nearly 2:30 and I have now completed an 8 hour work day (I got up early). So, now begins a fun weekend. I told Ann that for Father’s Day, I wanted to travel around Rhode Island and visit the places I love. So on Sunday we’re off to Newport and my favorite bookstore, the Armchair Sailor, the beach, kite flying at Ocean Point, and Sakonnet Vineyard and lunch at the Provender, nearby. That’s such a long list that maybe we’ll get started on Saturday. Monday, I’m back at Borders and back to work (and not returning to DC for a deposition, thankfully!)
  • Finally, I have recently discovered Iron & Wine and highly recommend you check them out (favorite song: Woman King). Amazing.

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This is fascinating: Wired News: AI Seduces Stanford Students. In a test, a VR person pitching something was far more likely to be listened to and agreed with if that person mimicked the movements of the listener than not. The details are in the article and the implications are very interesting. I have to try this during my next job interview…

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Bad Project Warning Signs

Andy Budd created a fantastic, and all-too-true list of the 10 Bad Project Warning Signs

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Airbus A380 “Superjumbo” Plane Photo Gallery

Pictures of the Airbus A380 “Superjumbo” Plane. This plane looks incredible. These pictures remind me of something else… let me see… what was it again? Oh yes, I remember…

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