thunderbirds

Well, as I mentioned the other day, the USAF Thunderbirds came to TAMU today. The show was pretty awesome. I took pictures of them a couple times: coming in and landing, the practice session, the Thunderbirds parked at night, and the actual show.

I think the practice session was a little better than the actual performance — the weather was completely clear during practice but we had low cloud cover during the actual performance. (The clouds were probably around 1000' AGL, while the hard deck for the flight was just 150' AGL. It was still a good show though — I hadn't seen the Thunderbirds before, but had seen the Blue Angels before at the Wings Over Houston airshow several years ago. I can't really compare them since I didn't get to see the Thunderbirds do most of their high-altitude tricks, but it's not every day an acrobatic group comes to TAMU.

time changes stink!

Ugh. It gets dark at 5:30pm. I hate this. The sun is up way before I am (as most of you reading this probably know, I AM NOT a morning person), and at 6:00am it tries to wake me up by blaring through the windows…

You know, I don't really have a problem with the concept of “Daylight Saving Time” and “Standard Time”. BUT STOP CHANGING THEM AROUND. You people are messing with my head.

another week bites the dust

… and another week goes by the wayside. This week was pretty busy and crappy. Test in my RF Circuit Analysis class, test in my Digital Transmission and Switching class… I'm ready to be done with school once and for all.

In other exciting news, the USAF Thunderbirds will be in town to perform at the Air Power Conference being held here at TAMU. I've got a class during the time they'll be performing on Thursday, but our prof has given us a walk so we can all go see them perform. It should be awesome, and I'll have the camera ready.

Sexploration

Background: One of Diann's classmates is getting married soon, and they're having a lingerie party for her. Now, if you knew this classmate, you would also know that she wouldn't be shocked by your average tacky gift — you have to go way overboard to shock her. We're trying our damnedest.

Diann & I had some Christmas shopping to do for the family in Norway, so we figured we'd combine these two shopping needs into one goliath day of shopping. We'd hit up the Woodlands and maybe a few other non-local places. So, Saturday morning at 10:30am we hop in the car and make the drive to the Woodlands, 80 miles away from home. Places like Victoria's Secret probably just won't do searching for tacky lingerie, but we make a go at it anyway. Nothing there. Off to Spencer's because they've always got terrible stuff. No luck there either. So, we do some Christmas shopping at Foley's and the like, and we pile back into the car and head to the Galleria, 40 miles away.

Now, if you've never been to the Galleria in Houston, it's in the ritzy part of town. Likely if there's something tacky here we probably can't afford it, but what the heck. We hit up the VS here with less luck than we had in the Woodlands and at home (which is really disappointing), then we find some Italian store that I don't recall the name of. It, too, was pretty disappointing.

Back out into Houston we go, and we head over to “Condom Sense”. It's a pretty tacky gag-gift supply store, but we're disappointed yet again. Then I recall that there was a Frederick's of Hollywood opening in Katy Mills Mall — 30 miles later, we arrive. Frederick's of all places should have something to fit the bill, but I can say honestly that this store is smaller than my living room. You guessed it, nothing there either.

So, back to the south side of Houston we go to our first of two really seedy places — Eros 1207 (45 more miles). We saw this place on a billboard while driving into Houston. It can't be that bad, right? I mean, it's got a website, a couple of billboards, etc. Well, we got ID'd going into the store. They had their share of tacky stuff (chain mail bra anyone?), but most “items” were packaged in plastic blister packaging. That was slightly disturbing. Back onto the road.

A few exits down was a place called “Fun Wear”. The short of it: this, too, was pretty disappointing. We made the 2 hour drive back home (140 more miles) and got home at 9:30pm at night.

11 hours of shopping for tacky lingerie, and we bought NOTHING! The state of brick-and-mortar tacky lingerie stores is very, very, sad.

The Basics

I've always enjoyed photography, and migrated to digital photography in June 2002 with a Fuji Finepix S602Z digital camera. The camera served me well, but with the recent (September 2003) introduction of the Canon Digital Rebel, I've upgraded and gone SLR. The Fuji has gone to a better home courtesy of eBay — it's in Hawaii now (hey… I'm jealous). Additionally, Diann has a Canon Powershot A60 that I bought for her while she was in San Diego. To compliment the A60, I bought Canon's WP-DC-700 Underwater housing that we recently took with us to Belize for SCUBA shots.

I maintain and host FAQ's for the Fuji S602Z and the Canon Digital Rebel:

hooray for movable type!

So I've been working on ways to get my static pages into MT and have followed Brad Choate's instructions as far as creating a second blog to hold static content. So far, so good.

But then came my problem: how to get data from the static blog categories into the main index on the normal blog? I found the tags for MTCategories, MTCategoryArchiveList, and MTCategoryLabel, but that would only pull info out of the main blog!

So, off to Google I went. Lo and behold, someone else had the problem before me and solved it with MTOtherBlog. Have I mentioned I love MT yet?

Oh, and I've donated some money Six Apart, the people who wrote MT. My website will now show up in their “Recently Updated” list every time I make an update. Snazzy, huh? And after a few days, my website will be listed on their Donor List. So, if you're seeing this after clicking my link off the MT webpage, welcome!

getting things back in order

Well, I'm still working on getting things punched back in. The FreeBSD pages are back online, as are the Home Automation pages (albeit not much to see in the Home Automation section). I'm still trying to find some time (ha!) to do some HTML and CSS changes to the site to make things look a little better. The banner at the top is first on my list of things to change, I think. It's a little, well, boring right now.

In other news, TAMU spanked Baylor yesterday 73-10. (Hi, Chris!)