Trip to Dry Creek


New camera, same pals.…

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Back to School


I just signed up for an online class at Berkeley (Intro to Statistics). I'm pretty psyched, because I believe all card-carrying lib-ruhls are supposed to have studied "at" Berkeley. I'm also just interested to take part in the whole MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) revolution. Class doesn't start 'till January so I have time to lose interest in the whole thing. I also have to admit that every time I say "mooc", I think of this great scene: Mean Streets - Pool Hall Scene…

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NAHBS 2013


Well, after years of wanting to go, I finally got to attend the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, and it was worth the wait. Started in 2005 by framebuilder Don Walker, NAHBS is an annual trade show featuring bespoke bicycle framebuilders and accessory manufacturers. This year, with the show right down the road in Denver, it was easy (and cheap!) to finally attend this fascinating assembly of bicycle lovers and creators, both new and old alike. I spent several hours at the Denver Convention Center yesterday, ogling the bikes as well as the crowd. I was able to shop for my next pair of hipster glasses, got tattoo inspiration, and learned that wallet chains are still cool, in addition to…

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Elk Insanity


You'd think that after seven years of living in Boulder, CO this shit wouldn't faze me anymore, but, alas. Since there's no way this made the national news, let me tell ya what happened here in our little hamlet of Boulder on New Year's Day. An on-duty Boulder cop shot and killed an elk that was within the city limits. Said elk had been visiting the neighborhood -- which is at the west end of town, right up against the mountains and open space -- for the past few weeks, and apparently the townsfolk had grown fond of the majestic creature. Said cop claims that the elk appeared to be injured, and he euthanized it out of mercy for the…

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The Way it Should Be


Today I stopped in at my credit union, to get a credit card. I had recently told Bank of America to go fuck themselves, and to take the credit card account I had with them for years and shove it up their asses, because they are the devil and all of their upper management should die. Hopefully, my wish will come true. The card is canceled, at least; we can hope for a positive outcome on the execs who should all die. Meanwhile, I'd still like to have more than just my debit card in my wallet, especially when I travel, so I have at least two magnetic stripes to get me access to food, plane tickets, booze, hotel rooms,…

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Intern Punks, and the Failure of Science to Teach (Movie) History


The education system in the United States is broken, we all know that. There are several theories about why this is, but that's not what this post is about. This is about intern punks. I work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and I am happy to do so. I also commute by bus more often than not, which I'm also happy to do. But now that we're into the summer season, a huge influx of dorky college kids have flooded into Boulder, and we all compete for seats on the "GS" regional bus from Boulder and Golden and back each day, and this has been a source of irritation for me these last couple weeks, as the intern population…

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Next to Normal


Yesterday Brenda & I trekked down to Denver to see "Next to Normal" at the Denver Center. It's been a while since we've seen something there, and even longer since I've seen a musical anywhere. It was great. I know, I'm generally known for liking hardcore punk rock, grunge and anything on the far side of commercial. But you know something folks? Along with professional baseball games, sunsets, and airshows, a big loud musical performed by pros and bolstered by lights and sets -- all under a towering opera house roof -- is simply magical. These are all live events that involve power and emotion and skill, and you just gotta see one once in a while. And so on…

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Cause for Paws 2010 Pledge Request


Hi folks; asking for money. It's not for me, it's for the animals. I am raising pledges for A Cause for Paws Doggie Dash on September 11th. Your support will help the Humane Society of Boulder Valley provide food, shelter, medical treatment and behavioral rehabilitation to animals in need. I'm not gonna pull a Sarah McLachlan on you and show you a bunch of doggie and kitty sad-eyes here, I'm just going to appeal to your greater sense of kindness and throw on a heaping dose of guilt. I was baptized as a Catholic, after all. That shit works. Some of you may know that my beloved dog Hooper was sprung out of the Boulder Humane Society a few years…

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Revamp


You know what the problem is, the reason for my site's appearance looking like a front for the mob (like the candy store in my hometown that had all this old, shitty candy because the real business was being transacted in the back room)? It's Facebook et al. pulling me away. Same reason I don't do Digg or Twitter, or post enough pictures. Some stuff ends op over here, other stuff over there. I only have so much time in the day to come up with this shit, and I feel like my fantastic wit should always end up back on my website. So I've been thinking lately that I should redo my website with a setup that pulls in…

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Mass


Good morning. First off, I would like to thank all of you who cared for Lena in these final weeks. Your service is the stuff of sainthood, and I thank you all: family, friends, social and hospice workers, nurses, all of you. Thank you. Second, I am honored, truly honored, to speak here about Lena. Thank you again. Lena's obituary (thank you Barbara) had one sentence fragment in it that said so much: "she gave more than she received". Indeed. And that, in a nutshell, is why this is all so hard. She was known by many names: Lee, Lena, to many; Grandma, Nana to some; Mom, to a select few. To me, she was Grandma. Lena was my grandma,…

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Obit


I still seem to be unable to talk about this, so here's the obituary, as I prepare to head back east. Lena GUGLIELMETTI (Mezzetti) GUGLIELMETTI Lena (nee Mezzetti), 86, formerly of NYC, Lakewood, and Westwood, NJ died on January 21, 2010 in the warm embrace of her family and friends. Predeceased by her husband Ottavio of 61 years, her beloved son Philip, and her sister, Mary Varvi. Survived by her loving daughters Emilie Morse and Maria Dina Giombarrese, cherished son-in-law John Giombarrese, all of Westwood, NJ and brother Bruno (Gloria) Mezzetti. Beloved grandmother of Christina (Bob) McNamara, Rob (Brenda King), and Andrea Guglielmetti, and Gregory and Douglas Giombarrese. Great-grandmother of Jordan Guglielmetti. Retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NY…

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Grandma


Goodbye, Grandma. I love you.…

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Happy New Year


Yeah, uh, Happy New Year. 2010 is already underway, as far as I am concerned, because the International Date Line rolled on through, hours ago. Here in Boulder, It's less than an hour away until my Timex ticks over to 2010. I'm not doing a "year in review"-type post, but wanted to wish everyone (anyone) still reading this blog a happy new year. 2009 was a crazy year and very much a mixed bag. 2010 promises more of the same. I guess I'm getting old. The cynic in me grows ever stronger and is provided more ammunition every day; all the more reason to reflect on all the good that has happened to me and my friends this year,…

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I don't get it.


Once again, I have had a humbling experience working with Radiance. Just when you think you know even a little bit about this program, you are told otherwise, simply by attempting to learn more about it. Details here: initial results with rtrace's multiprocessing feature 9QM93TAVDT59…

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Complications


Today has not gone smoothly so far. Hooper woke us up at 5:15AM, whining. He'd had gas all night, so I took him out, just in case. He leads me around on a tour of the neighborhood as he strafes the area. We get back, I try for another hour of sleep but he keeps farting and belching (which smelled worse than the farts), then Ellie our cat pukes on the carpet, presumably because we weren't paying attention to her. So I give up on sleep for the day and head downstairs to start working at 6AM, already deciding to work from home rather than repeat the two hour commute from my house to my house like happened last…

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Twenty Seven


The title says it all. Congratulations to the New York Yankees!…

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Your (sic) so Gay! (or, Baseball Fan Intelligence as Expressed in Facebook Status Messages)


I knew this would be a fun World Series, with two teams I like in there, and a good matchup to boot. With a large percentage of my Facebook friends hailing from the Philadelphia area, I detected a certain bias toward the Lesser League's team in the growing wave of "go team!" status messages over the last few days, and that's to be expected. After all, trash talking is how we as fans can participate in the game. Unfortunately, many of the sentiments expressed in the many Facebok status messages I saw last night ranged from infantile to eerily homophobic. Apparently, a favorite pastime is to call an opposing player a homosexual. For example, this zinger floated across my laptop…

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Thanks, Chase


Thank you Chase, for making my blood boil with rage enough to finally achieve enough inertia to log in to my long lost blog and post some bile. I should also give a shout-out to the asshole driving the cab to my hotel last week in Boston because that idiot is to blame for starting this little mess in the first place. Hi everyone! Yeah, so, I get in a cab at Logan and this guy takes me to my stately suite at the Holiday Inn; $23.30, the total. I swipe my card, feeling a pang of guilt over being so lazy (I probably had the cash, but didn't feel like digging through my wallet). Should have known. I…

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Life Imitatin' Art


A few years ago I wrote a little post on this here website about my idea for the Best Band Name Ever. Imagine my surprise when there was a comment on that post, this here mornin': did a google search of my band name... found this... So it appears that some one else passed all those highway exit signs in Jersey for "The Amboys" and figgered it was a cinch for a great name for the band! Folk rock, not my thing. But at least someone has the stones to put together a band and make some music under the banner of "The Amboys"! Check 'em out on this here myspace page, they might just float yer boat. It was…

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Change


I finished my last job on Friday, and for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to start the new one the following Monday. Guess that means I start my new job tomorrow, and to say I'm excited would be an understatement. Today was a study in change, an awakening of a dormant mind. I realized I had been on autopilot for months, if not years, and was unhappy about it. Sure, I chose to do something about it a couple months ago, but today I realized just how unhappy I was, how frustrated I was with my old bosses, how disillusioned I had become with my current work. Part of that stems from the way my…

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Blizzard


Been a while, I know. Will have more to say later. For now, we are having us a nice little blizzard here in Colorado. The best part is that my favorite bar is on top of things. Here's an email I received today: From: mtnsun@mountainsunpub.com Subject: Cold Rain and Snow won't close us Down!! Date: March 26, 2009 5:47:49 PM MDT To: rpg@rumblestrip.org Happy Spring Blizzard Phamily and Phriends We ARE open today at the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery. (11:30 AM till 1 AM) The Southern Sun Pub will be open regulars from 4 PM till 1 AM. The Vine Street Pub in Denver is open from 4 PM till 1 AM.…

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Everybody Knows


I'm listening to The Evens here while studying bacteria, and the song "Everybody Knows" just wrapped up. It occurred to me that I should have rigged up some loudspeakers to the roof of my car and rolled around town blasting this song at maximum volume on Inauguration Day. I doubt I'm the only one who still thinks about January 20th and smiles. The last lyric is great to listen to, now that the door has indeed hit Bush on his tired, phony ass. "Everybody Knows" - The Evens You arrive with empty duffel bags, hungry eyed You looked around taking measurements to move inside The capital it is your proving ground, your centering You and yours can keep your scores,…

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History


The cynic in me has taken a day off. Watching Obama's rig rolling to the Capitol has me in tears, for real. This is awesome.…

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Maneki Neko


The Maneki Neko, or "beckoning cat", is a traditional Japanese good luck charm, commonly seen in storefronts, placed there to attract business. During the migration process of taking my files from my old computer to my new one, I just took my trusty little Maneki Neko and placed it down in the corner of my desktop and it made me smile. A guy named Jeremy Hedley had a blog called Antipixel many moons ago, and I stumbled on a post of his which had a nice picture of a Maneki Neko statue that he photographed with his daughter on New Year's Day, six years ago, and turned into a Mac OS X icon, and attached to a .txt file with…

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Migration and Lance


awright, I got my iPhone talking to my new user account. All I did was tell the "Applications" tab to sync with my iPhone, and it copied the apps to my new iTunes install. Then I did the "wipe", letting iTunes blow out my iPhone's music library. At this point, my contacts and iPhone apps are synchronous with the iTunes install on my new laptop's new user account. I spent an hour or so copying the music from my old user account to my new one, and after all that things aren't perfect, but they are good. My old files from my old user account are on my new laptop, and after a little terminal action I changed the permissions…

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Oh, and...


now my Time Capsule is not recognized by my new user account on my new machine. Soooooo glad I tried using the "easy" migration fucking "wizard" to make all this fucking bullshit easy. GOD DAMMIT. Will hit this in the morning after a night's rest. I'm sure I can solve this in the way I want, which is to continue to build a new user account on the new machine, from scratch. God dammit.…

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Feel the Rage


I fucking hate this shit. New computer, started setting up, got my iTunes all dialed in, then realized my goddamned motherfucking iPhone is really not interested in syncing with my new setup. Apparently, I was supposed to use the Apple Migration Assistant. That utility is fairly impressive, but now my Mail.app is busted, and I have a crapload of duplicated bytes in the form of redundant applications and all kinds of extra shit. The whole point of the new computer was to start fresh, and now I have one halfway setup user account on the new computer (that does not want to speak to my iPhone), and all the binary turdlets from my old computer copied over, with a…

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Stuff


I got new stuff. Lots of new stuff. Plenty of fodder for posting in the future. For now you should know that in the last couple of months I got a new TiVo, an iPhone, climbing shit, rollers, and today, the big purchase of 2008, a new MacBook. The box was cute and small. They emailed me my receipt (which caused my iPhone to buzz with delight as I was walking out the front door of the Apple Store). Moments after firing it up, my new mac was already performing a full system backup, wirelessly, to my Apple Time Machine. Brenda's getting my MacBook Pro as soon as I get everything off of it and do a fresh install, and…

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Buff


The nice thing about learning to climb at the Boulder Rock Club is that the place is so packed with awesome climbers that you never, ever get it in your head that you are even in the same league as these people. Today Brenda & I were at the gym and I was totally mesmerized by these two women and one guy in particular. Muscle and tendon rippled underneath a thin veil of skin, with not a gram of body fat to be seen. These people owned the walls and I was totally amazed by their talents. At one point I must have said something like "holy fucking shit, look at her go!", because some dude standing near Brenda &…

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Photo


This is a door in my office; my office full of engineers. Is anyone still wondering why bridges fall down every once in a while? Oh, and if you're wondering, yes the door is locked. Jesus.…

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w00t!


Course Number-Section: EBIO 1210 - 302 Course Title: General Biology 1 Credit Hours: 3.0 Projected Grade: A-…

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Out of Excuses


Yeah so it's been over a month since I've posted, and it's not that I fell over dead from surprise that this nation elected a black President. Been busy, been distracted, been lazy. Lots of my friends whose blogs I read are either resorting to posting infrequently and populating their pages with twitter links and whatnot, or giving up altogether. But I kind of like this blog thing. I've had some sort of presence on the web since 1998 (starting with a crappy little static page on my old panix account that I can't even find on the wayback machine), and a "formal" blog, complete with archives and shit, since late 2002. I have documented some thoughts about 9/11,…

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Vote


I voted this morning, on my way to work. Paper ballot, hope it gets counted. Got the butterflies going, but I'm pretty hopeful--more hopeful than in '04--that we will right the ship this time around. Can't wait to see if Colorado goes blue here!…

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Vote


I know I haven't had much to say on the election this year. Maybe because I said so much about it in 2004. Luckily my friend sent me this video today, which has spurred me to at least share it with you all. See you on Tuesday.…

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Catching Up


I know. No action. Sorry. I have many things going on. Brenda & I just got back from Las Vegas; we finally did the town together (birthday junket for her and some of our friends who also celebrate Libra birthdays), and while we had fun, Brenda is definitely done with that town. Me, I discovered more craps bets I like, but I also walked away a loser for the second time in a row. But I'm up on points when you assign value to table time. I realize this is the entire business model for Vegas. I am killing in my bio class, two weeks and two aces on my tests, but I didn't have a great feeling from my…

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Wet Shaving Changed my Life


Back in December, I read an article on lifehacker that linked to an in-depth article on another website about the joys of wet shaving. This is the old-school practice of using a quality razor with a double edge "safety razor" blade, like my dad used to use. We're talking basic tech here, baby: a single piece of stainless steel, held in a high-quality metal handle, guided across a face covered in a lather that was worked in and built up by hand, with a beaver hair brush. I was intrigued by the idea of paying fifty cents for a blade, instead of three bucks a pop for Gillette's latest Mach IX Superturbo Ultima Luberiffic, Ultra Smooth, Ultra Fast, Ultra Sexy…

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Richard Jeni, R.I.P.


Richard Jeni, standup comedian, killed himself the other night. I always remembered him as one of those great comedians who sailed under the radar, one of those acts that you were proud to say "yeah, he's great", with the smug satisfaction of someone who was more plugged in to the comedy scene than the person you were talking to. Jeni's specials on TV were the kind of laugh-fests that you remember forever, the kind that have you with tears in your eyes and your sides literally hurting from laughing so hard. Interestingly, his interview & quote in the Bill Hicks documentary "Just a Ride" was very telling. He said that watching Bill Hicks, you really questioned what you were doing…

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New Stuff


You may have noticed, I changed the site's style. Based on this style, it's been a joy to add pages and look at the elegant php code the author used to create this style. It has renewed my interest in the site, in fact. Between the new WordPress version and the new style, I have a lot to play around with, here. Long overdue is my reinstatement of some very old bits from my older websites, and I'm in the process of doing that now. As such, the new/old content won't necessarily show up in the blog, so I will periodically post short links at the top of this page to new stuff that's been added elsewhere on the…

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Upgraded


It's been hanging over me like a dark cloud, upgrading to the latest version of WordPress. After reading the directions 1,000 times, I decided to just go for it. It was easier than I thought. (yawn). -The links ("blogroll") feature has been revamped, and the code that places my links on the home page no longer works, so that's a work in progress.- But everything else seems to work. Yay. (yawn.) More later. Later.…

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Assbutt


One time, in high school (not band camp), my friend Brian Scargill called someone an "assbutt" in gym class. I'll never forget it. I thought it was brilliant, to call a guy an amalgam of slang phrases for the posterior. While I never forgot the moment, or the expression, I've never, ever used it. But now I am forced to do so, for fear of calling this idiotic moron something far worse. Say hello to Assbutt "Breakdancing,White,In2006" Assholeface: This horrific image captures the New York City Twentysomething Financial Sector Asshole Jerkoff in its natural setting around this time of year, the office holiday party. My dear friend sent me this picture as evidence that she needs to get…

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