Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Hockey!

We'll my friends, you are reading the pen of a d-league hockey champion. Yes indeed! Sarah, Shelley, Jeff, and me. We kicked some serious ass on the ice. We led by one goal the whole game and finished 4-3, claiming the title and winning our much deserved t-shirts.

The game was extremely intense, with each of us taking a good hit (read: fall) and Jeff getting a penalty. The other team was ridiculously aggressive. Now don't get me wrong, I love playing super-aggressive, but these guys took it to a new level. They were skating and playing hard, they were just taking sucker shots and slide tackles. I lost track of the number of times we had multiple players go down as one of their guys slide into a group head first.

During the Shelley's first line, someone took the liberty of hooking her leg and yanking her down in what appeared to be a painful manner. It really was bullshit. The same happened to the rest of us a number of times. Jeff's penalty was even strength so no big deal. The other team had an additional penalty for all the crazy tripping, giving us a power play.

That should be a sign that something's amiss: penalties. We're in D league and haven't had a penalty the whole quarter until tonight. And the other team got TWO! Craziness.

Anyway, now were are invincible. ;)

Monday, May 30, 2005

Updates from the crypt

Finale time has come and gone, and let me tell you, what a season it has been.

7th Heaven

What a load of crap. Oh my goodness, I'm not sure I'll be able to express how terrible this was. I'm not even going to try. Instead, I'll just give props to the writers. I'm 100% sure this is how it went down:

Writer 1: OK guys, our show is so bad and we've been on the air so long that I bet we could outsource the script to our 4 year olds--
Writer 2: --or lets hire some crack hos!

Well, that's what they did. 'nough said.

24

This was a two-hour show. It was awesome for about 1:45. The show had been lagging a little bit but this finale was pretty good. That is, until (spoiler...) the jackass President decided that even though Jack saved the entire damn country (again, 4 seasons running) and was willing to be handed over to the Chinese government for some bullshit that happened 3 weeks hours ago, he's got to be killed because--get this--he knows too much.

Well pardon me, sir, but wtf? What a terrible ending! Basically, Tony and Bitchelle fake Jack's death so he can go into hiding and start a "new" life. That is, until next season tomorrow another terrorist does something that only Jack can handle.

That brings up a barely related point I've been thinking about. I think that they should codeword each season with a day of the week. So season one is Monday, season two is Tuesday, etc. If they're feeling really ambitious and worry that seven days won't cover it, they could start with a date Jan 1, Jan 2, etc. Just a thought...

Alias

Or as I like to call it, Jenny plays dress-up.

This show was really, really good the first two seasons. Season three and now season four were a little slow and repetitive. The last three episodes of this season, however, have been extremely good.

As an added bonus, they may have finally dropped all this Rambaldi crap.

Now about the season cliffhanger (spoiler coming...). Holy fuck! OMG! I was completely unprepared. We had been tivo-ing the show and watching several at once so I didn't realize that as we watched the final episode there'd be a ridiculous cliff hanger. It went something like this: Syd and Vaughn get engaged at the beach and are driving away when Vaughn says some stupid thing like "I love you, and that's why I have to tell you something--I don't want us to have any secrets. For starters, my name isn't Michael Vaughn." CRASH! Episode over. What am I supposed to do with that!? I'm still lift up my jaw.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

updates on the way...

I've got a lot to write about but it's going to have to wait just a little while longer. I've got a final test and a final project due this week and a whole slew of finals next week...

Anyway, things to write about...
  • moving/packing
  • hockey (GAME TONIGHT at 11:15! We're in the finals!) [6/1/05]
  • Graduation [6/2/05]
  • perl and php
  • Damon's
  • 7th Heaven and other things evil [5/31/05]
  • 24 Season Finale [5/31/05]
  • Alias Season Finale (OMG) [5/31/05]
  • Lost Season Finale [6/2/05]
  • Ike (the hampster)
  • Sofa Express [6/6/05]
  • etc.
So you see, I have been busy, just not talking about it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Racin' for the Cure

Hi all :)
I ran in the Race for the Cure last weekend, a 5k road race in Columbus intended to raise money for breast cancer research.
I did better than I had expected - 24:06 (~8 min/mile), placing 33rd in my age group, out of 988 women ages 20-29 :) Last year I placed 155th (out of 983).
Over 26,000 people participated!
I had a great time - running with 26,000 other people is a very cool feeling. Michael has told me that he'll run in a 5k with me once we move to North Carolina...yay!
If anyone is interested in running in the Race for the Cure next year (in May sometime) let me know and we can try to get a group together - I'll come back to Columbus for it :)

Until then
- Sarah

Monday, May 16, 2005

music freeloading

In my quest for legal music, I've been doing quite a bit of research. iTunes looks great but has one serious shortfall. When you buy a track, you are locked in. This means that you must use iTunes or an iPod to listen. I've got a mac but I use linux more often so this would be a problem. Another problem with iTMS is that if you lose the files, you are sol. You cannot download them again. This may be true with other stores, too, but I don't know.

Most other stores support only windows (which I don't have at all) so that's even worse.

I looked into Napster and Rhapsody and found a common misconception. These services claim to offer unlimited downloads for $5-20/month. Wow, a helleva deal. Alsmost. That's a subscription fee, meaning that you can only play the music so long as you pay the fee. Thie makes the service more like subscription radio than like digital cd sales. Also, with these services you cannot put tracks onto an ipod (only certain other players). Since I have an ipod that's a problem. And again, no linux support.

I am annoyed that these companies downplay the subscription thing so much--it is very misleading. One particular commerical comes to mind...it pictures a chart that indicates filling an ipod from the itune music store could cost $20,000 while filling a similar player with their service costs only $15 (per month. If you don't pay, you can't play. I can't believe you actually enlarged this to read it, dork.). Sure it'd take you a while to get up to $20k on the monthly plan but still, very misleading.

So, until we have a music store that provides plain old drm-free music files that is compatible with linux, mac, and windows, i'll have to stick to ripping ol' fashioned cd's :)

hockey

We, believe it or not, made it to playoffs! Our first (and perhaps last) game is tonight at 1:15am at the OSU ice rink. I haven't played in almost a month so I am very much looking forward to tonight's game.

Hope to see you there.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Poker [updated]

The poker tournament went very well. We had 21 people show up for three tables of action.

The tournament paid 4 places ($5, $10, $20, $77). The final 4 at the final table were my brother Chris, his two roommates Justin and Greg, and my friend Jon. Justin and Greg were eliminated simultaneously as follows: Greg raised huge preflop. Justin raised allin. Christ re-raised allin. Greg called allin. Chris had at least a 4-1 chip lead over either Greg or Justin. Justin shows JJ, Greg shows QQ, and Chris shows KK! This made Chris a 67% favorite to win huge. No action came on the board and Greg and Justin were eliminated, Greg in 3rd (he had more chips) and Justin in 4th.

This left Chris and Jon to go heads-up for over an hour. There was some really great poker playing by both players. Chris was doing well in blind stealing and really taking a bite out of Jon...until...Jon doubled up with a pair against Chris' failed super omega draw to a straight/flush/pair.

The process repeated and Chris was left with a very short stack. The process repeated again and Jon took the title! Congratulations! Thanks to all the players for coming out.

And then on Sunday we both played in a 330 person tournament. I got 2nd place at my table of 10 and Chris got 1st at his table. He went on to the final table and played against Daniel Negreanu, a very famous poker professional. He played awesome the whole night and won so cool prizes! He finished 3rd out of 330. You can read all about it on his site. The pic you see is Chris with Daniel.

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Mike and Ike

Geronimo is gone now, and we're all very sad and miss him. He was a great pet. Because I was so sad about the loss, Michael went out and got another hamster! Despite my family's advice to just name him "Geronimo II" so we could keep his name on the cage, we decided on Ike. Ike the Hamster. Mike and Ike (and Sarah). We think it fits him nicely.

He is a little smaller than Geronimo (though we've been told Geronimo's large size can be attributed to his affinity for Cheerios), and seems to be a lot faster. We're still getting to know him, but so far he seems like a pretty cool little guy.

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

:(

It is with great sadness that I bring you this news.

Geronimo has passed away in his sleep to natural causes.

He will long be remembered as a happy hampster who loved cheerios :).

[Update: I added more pictures, by request.]