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  • New Toys at Work!

    I won a Call of Duty: World at War tournament yesterday at work that was sponsored by the Microsoft Hardware folks. Yes, we had a CoD tournament at work.  They were demoing all their new Sidewinder products and how they actually played, and I took home a large black box.  Here’s the unboxing video: Pretty […]

  • San Francisco for a Day

    Had to run to San Francisco for a one-day work trip this week.  Luckily, my work wrapped up a bit early and I was able to go act like a tourist for a bit.  Took a drive up to the Golden Gate Bridge, drove and hiked around the Marin Headlands, and had dinner with some […]

  • Sailing on the Sound

    Some friends invited Diann & I for a bit of sailing out on the Puget Sound today.  The weather cooperated: our first day of the year in the upper 60’s, and beautiful blue skies.  Pictures are available in my Flickr gallery and I took the following video using Qik:

  • FASB Rules Changes and My Mortgage

    So, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today changed the rules on bank accounting practices, specifically related to asset accounting.  Banks can now report asset values that are not in line with current market values – essentially, they can say that your $200k house you bought a year ago that now has a market price […]

  • The Last 3 Months

    Here’s what the last 3 months of my air travel looked like: (Seattle – Copenhagen – Oslo – Aalesund; Seattle – London – Munich; Seattle – Houston – San Antonio; Seattle – Amsterdam – Dublin)

  • Amsterdam

    The last three days (including today) I’ve been in Amsterdam on business.  Very cool city – I wasn’t looking forward to this leg of my trip, but I’m glad I got the opportunity to come here.  More pictures from the trip can be found here. While in town, I visited the Van Gogh Museum (neat), […]

  • A brief interlude

    I decided to take a count of how many pages the last nearly 9 years of Playboy magazines have been.  Makes for an interesting chart: I think it’s interesting to see it declining over time (the black line is a linear trendline).  If I’d had more time, interest, or data, I’d try to correlate to […]

  • Xbox Live Milestone: 30,000 gamerscore

    Just over 2 years ago I crossed the 10,000 mark.  Yesterday, I hit 30,000. The achievement that put me over the top? One Bad Gato from COD: World at War.

  • Wells Fargo corporate trips to Vegas

    In the last few weeks, I’m really surprised to read this article.  Wells Fargo, which has received approximately $25 billion dollars in federal funds, is “planning a series of corporate junkets to Las Vegas casinos this month” for some of the company’s “top mortgage officers”.  The best part of this is the explanation a Wells […]

  • Snow day!

    We’ve got snow here in Bellevue.  Probably 3 or 4 inches overnight, and it’s still coming down.  Makes for a pretty view!