Sunday, December 21, 2003

Vacation wooooohooo!

Not much to say at the moment - Hawaii was awesome. Here's some photos...head over to the gallery!

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

holiday craziness

So finals are over. Some went well, some didn't. In the end, I say 'yay' for the end of another quarter. Besides, I have wonderful things to look forward to: Sarah and I are heading over to Hawaii on Saturday :). Woooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

In unrelated news...I've been having a good time with Christmas related stuff this year. Sarah and I did a lot of shopping and got lots of great gifts for family and friends.

We got a Christmas tree yesterday. This is my first time with a live tree -- I guess we'll see how it goes.

All this got me to thinking: it'd be nice to email Santa. I figure that since I know the guy pretty well, I could setup a page through which any random person could drop him an email. While I was at it, I called in some favors from the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny so now you can email them, too!

These letters do NOT go to me or ANY OTHER PERSON. They are read only by the person (or bunny or fairy) you designate. Now, if you are questioning their existence, let me ask you this: if they didn't exist, why would they have email address?

So click on the "email santa" button at the top to send the ol' guy a note.

Monday, December 8, 2003

2 down, 2 to go.

Finals generally follow a predictable pattern. Most finals I've taken are slightly more difficult than any practice problems you studied and always contain at least one surprise question. This required question just makes you raise an eyebrow, tilt your head sideways (picture it) and go "hmmp" as you realize that the question is based on a very small detail that was discussed for a very short amount of time and didn't seem to earn itself 17% of the final.

For a history test, things could go like this:
Q1, 20 points: Describe in detail everything that ever happened. Use dates and names.
Q2, 20 points: What was Thomas Jefferson's wife's middle name?
Q3, .....

This happens on multiple choice tests, too:
Q1, 5 points: Which wavelength has the highest energy?
>A. 450nm
>B. 500nm
>C. 750nm

Q2, 5 points: 2 aliens visit from Mars. Unlike, humans, their DNA consists....2 paragraphsdraw charts, and solve a 5x5 matrix using Gaussen elimination to find the most likely alien chromosome containing a mutation.
>A. 1 or 2
>B. 3 or 4
>C. 5 or 6

now those questions aren't even close to the same amount of work. I got too tired making up the question to even think about solving it. I think Q1 is A, 450nm, btw.

I think you get the idea. Anyway, off to my CIS 670 final.

Sunday, December 7, 2003

Finals. enough said.

I think I can summarize what everyone in the house is feeling this week with this:
>> Finals suck and school blows. Like Michigan, actually.
That's all for this post. Short and sweet.

Friday, December 5, 2003

Cell phone craziness

I just dropped SprintPCS for ATT. Thank you number portability. ATT gave me a free bluetooth camera phone (sweet) while Sprint doesn't have such devices at all! They did offer $50 towards a phone. Nice try. So far my service has been pretty good.

Anyway, Now I can receive text messages so I've setup an addition to the "contact me page" enabling any random person to send me junk, directly to my phone.

The program I wrote is simple but mildly intelligent. As such, if you try to send me a long message (larger than text messaging allows), no problem! I will get a text-message summary (read: truncated message), and the rest as a mobile email.

So, feel free to drop me a quick text-message -- they are free to receive.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

liquor before beer...

I just had the best birthday :). I got some great gifts and had such a great time hanging out all evening with friends. A bonus is that, being 21, I was able to drink copiously at the restaurant ;). Thanks guys!

Sunday, October 26, 2003

So this is the real world

OSU held a job fair a few weeks ago. I applied with 19 engineering companies at this fair and actually scored an interview! From what I hear, this is mythical.

Anyway, I consider myself very lucky. Even more so since I got the job. I'll likely be working for RoviSys beginning Winter Quarter, 2004 until Sprig or Summer 2004.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Wedding Pics up. sort of.

I've got some pics from the wedding. finally. I know, I'm sorry. it's more than a month later! These are even from a digital camera. We'll scan in the others sometime between midterms and finals :)...

check them out over at the 'gallery'.

Friday, August 29, 2003

Cell phone craziness

Try out the new cell-phone tracker ("waldo")! It's kinda like where's waldo. Thanks to Marijan for the Idea.

edited @ 14.58 15-Sept-2003: Waldo has been brought down for a while.

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Wedding craziness

Things are heating up a bit in the wedding department. Sarah is doing an amazing job of holding onto her mind through the whole thing. We're getting down a pretty good system of establishing daily to-do's. Things are coming together. I hope to see most of you there!

Bachelor party is set for Sunday - head on over to my dad's house that night if you're interested. It should be a good time with casino and bar games w/plenty of essential booze. If you're somehow reading this, chances are you're probably invited. Call me for directions.

I think i finally have a grip on the website now. I've hammered out most of the quirky little artifacts that each browser does to my pages. I've finally got inline-blog-pics working well (i think). Now i'm trying to clean up the code a bit, modularize it and add new content. my goal is to have a website that is worth existing. It'd be nice to have a practical reason for having this thing (todo, info, etc.).

Take care

btw: the picture shows a new dance that sarah created: The "Happy Waterfall Dance".

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Damn web browsers

I've been playing with the page a lot lately. Tonight i added pictures to recent events (scroll down the the fisrt events to see a better example than this one). Unfortunately, the layout is not consistent among the major web browsers out there. The pictures look best in Safari and worst in Internet Explorer. Not much better for Mozilla, either. I'll have a fix in place soon. Buy hey - since no one really knows what i wanted it to look like, i guess it's fine how it is - until i fix it.

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Okay, here's the long overdue update from the best bachelorette party ever! Windsor is amazing! As are my awesome bridesmaids!

12p- Shelley and I leave Columbus for Mentor to pick up her passport. One missed exit and two hours later we arrive, say "what's up" to Kyle and Shelley's mom, eat some cake, pick up Shelley's passport, and assure her mom we won't do anything illegal like drink or anything. Off to Toledo!

5p - Meet up with Abbey and Jenny in Toledo, quick snack/dinner, then off to Windsor! Yay!!!

7p - Still traveling to Windsor. The weather has decided to not cooperate, but Abbey does a fabulous job navigating through the pouring rain and we safely stop at an exit.
Sarah: "Better to be safe than..." (Abbey and Jenny nod)
Shelley (asleep in the backseat, decides to contribute): "...dead"

7:15p - Phone call to Brad for a tornado check: No tornadoes, we get back on the road when the rain slows down.

7:30 - Quote of the evening: While driving through the torrential downpour, Jenny comments on our surroundings. "You know, Detroit's a big piece of crap." Nicely put.

8:00 - On our way to the border, we get catcalls from two Detroit policemen. Nice start to the evening ladies J.

8:15 - At the border, the guard asks for our papers. I am sitting in the front seat praying that a non-official copy of my birth certificate will get me across. It does (phew). Jenny and Shelley exchange some money, and we're off to the hotel.

8:20 - Drive right on by the hotel, then turn the wrong way down a one-way street. Oops. Abbey drives back by the hotel (right in the middle of all the clubs, awesome location!!) and Shelley and I hop out to check in.

8:30 - Shelley and I sign a statement that we will not cause a "ruckus" and that there are in fact only two of us staying in our room. Abbey and Jenny are hiding around the corner.

9:00 - We're ready to go out. Shelley may pass out from starvation at this point, so we decide to go to the Bad Hare Saloon.

9:30 - After ordering drinks (we can drink!) and food, I receive a flower lei (purple, to match the bridesmaids dresses, of course) and a veil (yay!). All the girls have on the flower leis (including Shelley, but not for long).

9:45 - Food! Yum!

10:00 - Jenny and I have the first tequila shots of the evening. Awesome!

10:15 - We toast to everything we can, including hockey and our boys.

10:30 - We ask the waitress for advice on which clubs to go to. She gives us a few places, and then warns us to not take any side streets because we "might get attacked".

11:00 - We set off for our first club of the evening. It was no cover (ladies night), $2.50 Coronas (that's $2.50 Canadian, even!), packed, and awesome! We danced, we sang, we had an awesome time. And Shelley and I were never without a drink in our hands. Shelley raced me, kicked my butt-she's still got me on bottles (but I am the champ with a can).

12:30 - After an awesome 80's medley of songs, we decide to try the next club. It was also no cover and $2.50 Coronas. This place wasn't as busy, but still awesome. We heard another 80's medley and danced on the little stage.

12:45 - Suddenly, our little group is surrounded by a much larger group of guys. The veil acts like a guy magnet at clubs. Guess it's the challenge.

1:00 - One of the guys at club #2 decides that we would like him to strip for us. He and his friend promptly (and drunkenly) take off their shirts. We stop looking, but I get him to buy me a drink (I'm telling you, this veil thing really works).

1:30 - Last call for drinks at the bar, and we decide that it's time to go. On the way back to the hotel, there is a guy on the sidewalk playing Blister in the Sun. Makes me think of Michael and Hockey. I dance.

1:45 - Back at the hotel (fuzzy details here). Apparently I called Michael and then fell asleep in a chair.

9:00 - I wake up in the hotel bed, fully clothed (except shoes and veil) smelling like a big cigarette. I wonder if I called Michael, and then confirm that I did by checking the outgoing calls on my phone. Luckily he was the only one I called J

9:10 - I realize that my Driver's License is no longer in my shirt (where it had been all night) and start to worry a little; I will need this to get back across the border. I figure I'll look for it when I get up later. Get some water and advil, back to bed.

10:00 - Shower time, then the rest of the girls wake up.

10:45 - I ask when check-out is, and we decide it's probably noon. Shelley and I call just in case. It's 11:00 (oh, no!) Shelley and I look for the keys but can only find one. We turn it in (the girl doesn't ask for the second one, thankfully) and then go back upstairs to our room to finish getting ready. I find my ID in my purse (guess I was thinking the night before) and then I find the extra room key. How it got into my purse is still a mystery, because I was never in posession of the key...hmmm

12:00 - On the road again. We drive back through Detroit and confirm that it is, in fact, a big piece of crap. Breakfast at Bob Evan's (yum!) and then off to Toledo.

2:00 - Toledo, we separate again (Shelley and I in her car, Abbey and Jenny in Abbey's car) and head back to Columbus. Shelley and I decide that we need to go back to Windsor ASAP. After all, the Corona special is probably a summer thing. Maybe we'll go next weekend (J)

5:00 - Back in Columbus, then running, dinner, and time to see our boys (our real life boys). Life is good.

The weekend was awesome, and I couldn't have asked for a better bachelorette party. Thank you guys, you're the best!

Monday, July 28, 2003

Family Time

CLH -> PDH: You're louder than Sue Grindrod!

LPH -> PWH We should put you in a muzzle
CLH: You know, muzzles were originally invented for woem - then they found that they worked for dogs, too.
PWH: I'd actually believe that.

LCH: Hey Bill, Shut up.

LCH: I work at the shop, don't even get me started.

Sunday, July 27, 2003

The Natives are Getting Restless

Pat: you guy's shouldn't drink
Dad: patrick, shut up

So who's going jogging with me in the morning? dad
Ka-hahah - mom

she said yadaya? --mom
Dad said nunya......."None of your fucking business"

Mom- I'm going to bed soon...
Dad- It's 10:00!!
Mom- It is not! It's 11!
Dad- It's gotta be 10 somewhere...

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Boy Meets World

Pat: If I'm in Mensa, do I get discounts at the grocery store?

Friday, July 25, 2003

While playing bucket with the family, Dad is the only one who got hammered.

[Playing a 5 of spades] I need this trick! -- Larry

[After getting Dad drunk and playing cards] We need to get Dad drunk everytime we play cards! -- Chris

You wouldn't remember, you're drunk! --Patrick
No, it's all an act--have you ever seen sister act? -- Larry [drunk]

I have the power! -- Larry

Which one of these bags is blue and which one is green? -- Larry

Laura gets her own room -- Patrick
That's crap--that's discrimination -- Larry

Had to share a little bit of my conversation with Larry (yes, Michael's dad Larry) from Saturday night

Him: Why are you laughing at me?
Me: (Laughing) I'm not laughing at you.
Him: Yes you are. Michael told me to call you.
Me: I heard you've been drinkin a little.
Him: No, I've only been drinkin a little.
Me: Ah.
Him: Look, I've been driving all day, got up early, went to bed late, had a few gin and tonics.
Me: (Still laughing)
Him: Like 6.
Me: (Laughing harder)
Him: Tall ones.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

I find it strange that I worry about contact with chemicals and the cancerous effects everything seems to have and then go rub some crazy crap into my skin that somehow blocks the sun.

I'm headed down to NC for a week. It should be a good time. Nothing like drinking and playing cards with the family, right?

And more exciting news: I'm moving outta my ghetto--crime-striken--now-close-to-a-triple-homicide--and-twice-broken-into-house to a kickass house much closer to campus. We sketched out plans for a pretty neat bar, too. Hopefully I'll get some nice cad drawings made up. Or even a maya flythrough.

I'm pretty new to this blog stuff. This was originally created as a common place to post the ridiculous things we've been caught saying.

Friday, July 18, 2003

The following may be taken out of context and generally would require an explanation. No time for that.

From Sat night:

Eric (reading from Maxim): What's the largest penis you've ever touched?
Shelley (with Jon): I don't know, let me whip out my measuring tape.

He bit me on the bottom of my foot. -- Sarah

In reference to Jagermeister: I have no idea b/c I've never been that sick b/c I drink like a girl -- Jon

Screw you--no wait--NOT screw you -- Sarah

My beer's getting cold--errr--warm -- Jon

To Jon: You're NOT getting fucked tonight, sorry babe. -- Shelley

Shelley: This is what we normally do to other people.
Sarah: I know! I feel bad for them

I have to burp cause this is carbonated you know -- Jon

I hear Bubbles -- Jon

Eric: I'd never do that but it's tight
Michael: Eat pussy or get a tattoo (somehow related?)

Shelley to sarah: You know, you get a lot more hostile when your drunk

Shelley: I'd like to be functional when I leave (tonight)
Jon: Yeah!

We are going to lose twice tonight. What they don't know is they're going to lose tonight also. -- Sarah
I am going to the bathroom, then -- michael

well his brain won't be fucking....
yeah nothing else will either -- sarah

Shelley, i accidentally poured beer on michael -- sarah

hey, i have beer on my crotch -- michael

Thursday, July 10, 2003

The following may be taken out of context and generally would require an explanation. No time for that.

You guys haven't dranken enough.

You have to be one with the happy waterfall dance.

If we're real quiet, cats will come by and we can throw pretzels at them.

(Michael) Shelley, what's that round thing in your pocket?
(Shelley) It's my hair tie.
(Michael) I hope your hair tie has bigger plans than me.

But give me a mouthful and I'm golden.

I gotta take the cards inside so the birds don't take them.
I know it doesn't make any sense, that's why I said it.
-Michael's follow up