November 20, 2013
June 26, 2013
The long and short of it is, life with a toddler is busy. He's trying to get my attention through the glass door as I type.
The big thing at the moment is working on a move. Not far, but into a house that has room for us.
I've been tossing around ideas in my head for what to do with this place (the blargh that is), and nothing has struck a chord. As it is, nothing is really going to take off until the move shakes out anyway.
Anyway. That's an update, if you can call it that. Maybe I'll throw up some pics if time allows.
June 23, 2009
(picture-heavy below the fold)
May 28, 2009
May 26, 2009
May 19, 2009
December 02, 2008
(Thank kami-sama they're not a litigious culture)
September 26, 2008
Finished the third volume of Gurren Lagann, Just as good the 3rd, 4th, 5th time now? I've lost track. It really is good to see a character shed the emo-nebbish funk in such a fashion.
I guess I stopped putting up new content right around the time my A/C gave out. That tends to put a helluva damper on things. Given how much heat both my computers pump out, I shut them both off that week and read a book while they ordered the new compressor. Thank god for home warranties.
I've got plenty of thoughts on the bailout, but none of them are fit for a blog with anything less than an X-rating.
Got tripped into World of Warcraft by a friend. I find it fun, but I'm also glad to discover I don't carry the gene that causes people to ruin their lives over a damned video game.
Thinking about a mini-one-day road trip up to the cool pines for a classic car show this weekend. I haven't decided it it's going to be worth the gas. Then again it sure would be nice to get the hell out of Dodge for a bit.
August 05, 2008
To augment poor cell phone coverage when we're gallivanting around the hinterlands, I've been talked into Amateur (Ham) radio. After blasting through the Technician-level test a couple weeks back, it took the FCC almost two weeks to get me in the ULS. (No, I'm not going to put up my callsign. I'd like to keep a fig-leaf of Internet annonymity. You can get a lot more than a name from a callsign.)
Until I figure out exactly how much vandalism I'm willing to do to the interior and exterior of my truck, I'm sticking to a (not-so) simple 5W handheld radio. (A base station is simply out of the question. I don't want to invest in that much equipment. I'm really not in need of another neglected hobby, and the HOA would have my nuts if I tried to put up a decent antenna.)
So far, I've been using the wide-band receive to listen in on a couple of nearby repeaters and some aircraft frequencies. I now know that the airport tower near me shuts down at 9pm and re-opens at 6. Beyond that I haven't so much as "kerchunked" the radio.more...
June 25, 2008
June 09, 2008
May 19, 2007
Where/when: AZ, various locales within the Phoenix metro all my life
I'm a 29 year-old half-redneck with a bachelor's in aerospace engineering, but a distinct distaste for the office non-sense involved with the engineering profession. I picked up drafting to cover living expenses while going to school, which lead to my current job in the drafting department of a construction company (which isn't much better).
I'm a jack-of-all-trades. I owe a lot of my knowledge to my dad. I've got a basic working knowledge of framing, welding, plumbing, electrical, "low-tech" automotive (ECU's and other modern electro-auto widgets are out of my league, but there's not much else on a car I wouldn't be willing to try and fix), and a hundred other little trade-skills I can't think to mention at the moment.
I've dabbled in more hobbies than I can remember:
The Manly - /flex
Hunting (guns, quads, camping, hiking (when I can manage to keep in shape))
Fishing (never learned to ski, but it's on "the list", knee-boarding's in there too)
The Rusty - hobbies I'd be hard-pressed to be "good" at again right off the bat
Horseback-Riding (a small bit of professional training in Western and English)
Radio-Control (planes, cars, boats, but helicopters were too expensive)
The Nerdy - that which only other geeks would understand
Computers (built 3 PC's now, and looking at converting an old machine to Linux)
WoW (picked this up late last summer, it's a welcome diversion from chores)
Anime (been on a general downward trend since late 2008)
Videogames (also cut way back since graduation)
Ham Radio (just started last summer, haven't had the budget to properly gear up yet)
Fantasy / SciFi literature (Tolkien, Jordan, Feist, Erikson, Scalzi; didn't really start in on this until mid-college, so I'm way behind my nerd contemporaries)
The List - stuff that just hasn't happened yet
Snow Skiing (loved it the one time I went, but hard to make stick in AZ)
Water Skiing (dad wasn't into when I was young, and it'll be a while until I can make it happen on my own)
Sky-diving (I have no illusions that this will become a long-term hobby, once or twice will do)
Philosophically, I'm a lapsed Christian with classical liberal values. I should explain.
My dad was not a religious man. Sundays were just the day to finish off the project you started Saturday (and couldn't get to during the week). My mom would have preferred we at least nod in the direction of the Sabbath, but if that's what she wanted, it was up to her to make it all happen. As it turned out, we did hit the occasional Easter or Christmas service, but regular church attendance was not in the cards.
*clicks save and bails for a bit*
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