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This is an archive collection of entries from  my main personal blog, My Mundane Mid-Life.

This collection of entries is from January 2004.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Columbia diary found

I guess part of a diary that Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon wrote while on Columbia's final mission were found.

posted at 07:03 PM | Link | Space § |
Still more snow

This morning was the worst drive yet. The snow started around 4am and we're in the middle of a possible 2"-4" accumulation, and it's messed up traffic big time. "They" are reporting triple the normal rush hour travel times, and O'Hare & Midway have already had 300 flights canceled. Had to pickup Juliet again, but this time I got a free breakfast buffet at her hotel before we took off. At least today is going slightly better than yesterday. At the end of the day, Juliet (who was outside taking a smoke break) called me and told me there was a beautiful sunset outside. No one believed her after the morning rush hour we had. Sure enough - there wasn't a cloud in the sky and there was a really nice, colorful sunset. Made a better end to the day than the beginning.

posted at 06:59 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, January 26, 2004

More snow

Wow, the snow this morning was rough. I had to pickup Juliet at her hotel to get her to work, but the snow has really messed-up the side streets and even slowed the tollway. I am totally out of it today. I'm screwing up everything and I'm not retaining anything - like the tape is moving but nothing's recording. It almost feels like my brain is buzzing. Literally. Brought Juliet back to the hotel after work and took the not too unusually long drive home. Turns out Carol's not feeling well - getting a sore throat.

posted at 06:57 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Golden Globes

OK, so the Golden Globes were on tonight. Eh. Why the hell is Sharon Stone everywhere with everyone in every shot? I thought that The Office was a nice surprise, as well as Lost in Translation. One thing's for sure - I don't like the TV categories. They have multiple categories for the movies that they award, but the TV awards are all lumped together (why should you award an actor in a TV movie in the same category as an actor in a series?)

posted at 09:51 PM | Link | TV § |
Mars Bedrock

This 360-degree panorama is one of the first images beamed back to Earth from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shortly after it touched down at Meridiani Planum, Mars. The image was captured by the rover's navigation camera.
Opportunity already sent back it's first pictures, and it looks like it found a rock ledge or even bedrock in the small crater that it landed in. Really cool photos.

posted at 11:20 AM | Link | Space § |
Sunday Morning 25th

I woke up this morning and flipped on the TV and couldn't figure out why there was stories about Charles Kuralt on. It took a while to realize that CBS Sunday Morning was celebrating their 25th Anniversary. What a great, uniquie, wonderful show. And wouldn't you love to have Bill Geist's job?

posted at 10:12 AM | Link | TV § |

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Opportunity on Mars

I watched the landing of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on the Internet (and CNN - I prefered the NASA Select feed, as I always do, for the lack of commentary, even though I like CNN's Miles O'Brien). It's still absolutely effin'™ amazing that we have landed two rovers on Mars this month (OK, one's not exactly working right now, but I just can't believe that they're just going to lose Spirit). I'm just trying to figure out why Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger are doing in the mission control room...

posted at 11:47 PM | Link | Space § |
Cousin Jimmy

My cousin Jimmy is 39 years old, married, with three daughters. An IT guy, like a lot of people in his family. Anyway, last Wednesday, he had just come back from home Depot and was playing with the kids on the floor when he lost feeling on his right side. He didn't think too much of it - he had been having kidney stone problems, but they called 911 anyway. He walked out to the ambulance when it got there.

Turns out he had three mini-strokes. He had ruptured a vein in his neck. Normally this is either inherited or happens when the person has been in a serious car accident, where the head moves violently. In this case - he doesn't fall into either category.

The feeling has returned. He's on Coumadin to thin out the blood so it won't throw another clot. In the meantime, he can do absolutely nothing for 6 months - no travel, no playing with his kids - NOTHING.

Do you realize how lucky he is? Man I hope he's going to be OK...

posted at 11:56 AM | Link | Family § |

Friday, January 23, 2004

Photos of Spirit landing site

The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit Landing Site. The white spot at the bottom is Spirit. The white spot in the upper left is its parachute. The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit Landing Site
Oh, how cool is this?!?!?!?!!! JPL released photos from the Mars Global Surveyor satellite that actually shows where Spirit is on the Martian surface from 248 miles up! Not only can you see where it is, but they found the parachute and heat shields and - get this - they even show where Spirit bounced when it landed! Very cool.

posted at 08:29 PM | Link | Space § |
First Major Snow

Yes, the snow hit, and hit with a vengeance. Getting to the Tollway was a lot longer than I had anticipated - Buckley wasn't plowed. At all. Took me almost 25 minutes just to get to the Tollway. Once I got on the Tollway, everything was moving. That's what I had anticipated - the one positive thing that I've always felt about the Tollway Authority is they always kept the plows out and keeps the roads passable, if not clean. By the Time I got to Lake Cook, traffic had stopped. I sat there for a good 15 minutes, which is the worst I've experienced in this commute. Traffic started to move - slowly - after I crept up to Willow. Knowing that the side roads were going to be hell, I stayed on the Tollway. Total commute time by the time I got home: 2 hours 40 minutes.

So what do I do when I get home?  Why go back out in the snow to go to dinner! (In case you hadn't figured this out by now... we go out to dinner on Friday nights. Doesn't matter where, just someplace cheap). You what today is? Why, it's National Pie Day, so it's off to Bakers Square. (At least Carol drove, so I could recover from the commute!)

posted at 08:21 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Bunny Rabbit is sad...

... Captain Kangaroo died. Wow, the second Children's Television icon of mine to die in just a few days. I barely remember the show when I was a kid, but it made an impression. Bunny Rabbit. Mr. Moose. Dancing Bear. Mr Green Jeans is long gone now, and now the Captain. Bob Keeshan seemed to be a gentle man. I hate seeing these guys pass... I'm just hoping Bill (Jackson) is OK....

posted at 03:19 PM | Link | TV § |
DNS Update

Looks like the DNS nameserver changes are complete for the website, but now I've got a bigger situation (I think) - I may need to reconfigure MovableType. Looks like it'll be a while before I can post here...

posted at 10:00 AM | Link | Blogging § |
Slow traffic to no traffic

So, this morning's commute was one of the fastest I've had - hardly any traffic at all compared to last night. I think everyone is just traveling at different times or actually using public transportation because we're supposed to get hit with snow later.

posted at 08:57 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Why is it so slow?

Traffic home tonight was terrible - the worst traffic day in quite some time, and there wasn't a weather problem to cause it. No accidents either, just a lot of really slow moving traffic. I hate commutes like that.

posted at 06:55 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Spirit goes quiet

Nuts. Looks like JPL lost the Spirit Mars Exploration Rover. They thought it was a thunderstorm in Australia at the main antenna causing a comm problem, but that's not it. Damn. They went from this glorious, flawless landing and startup, getting everything working and actually rolling off the landing vehicle for about 10 feet and up to the rock "Adirondack" - and then nothing. Damn Martians.

posted at 02:53 PM | Link | Space § |
Cold morning and drunk elephants

Another cold, winter morning - it's 3 degrees outside with a -17 wind chill.  Traffic was terrible on the Tri-State Tollway this morning - all because of an earlier accident that was on the left shoulder at Willow that everyone had to slow down and look at before we could finally go on. Then again it was semi, 2 SUVs and a couple of cars, so there was a large group of vehicles to look at.

I'm in the car in the morning at the right time to be able to hear a certain legendary Chicago Radio shtick. Uncle Lar' (Larry Lujack) and Li'l Tommy (Tommy Edwards) are doing Animal Stories every morning around 7:47am on the Real Oldies station 1690 AM. If you grew-up in Chicago in the 70's and 80's and used to listed to WLS (back when it was rock and not talk), you know about Animal Stories (hey - did you know that there are 3 CD's available of Animal Stories bits?) Anyway, Uncle Lar' and Li'l Tommy had a old story this morning about elephants getting drunk on rice beer in India and killing 6 people. The story was little old, but it's still one of those odd little stories that fits exactly into the Animal Stories format. The station is pretty low power and if you can't get it (or are a former Chicagoan that would like to hear the show), the station's website has streaming audio available.

posted at 08:50 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Wednesday, January 21, 2004


We're struggling to get machines to stage at work. Data from the user community is just not coming through. We're struggling to get 20 machines to stage. Lunch today was... interesting. For some strange reason, the team members that are from DC want to go to White Castle for lunch. It's been years since I've had a Slider, so I went along. I knew we were in trouble when I went to get into the back seat of their rental car and found McDonald's French Fries all over the back seat - like an entire large order of fries all over the seat. *blech* So, off to White Castle where two team members buy a Crave Case of 30 burgers to eat now and save for later (the advantages of staying at a Suites hotel). Never saw a crave Case before - the burgers are in little cardboard boxes (the way they normally come) and the 30 little boxes interlock and fit together within the larger attaché-like cardboard box. Ingenious. The only bad part about the trip is being a non-smoker with three smokers in the car. Oh, that was such a joyful trip back to work... When we get back to our building, we are greeted with new staging data! But it's only for 12 seats... but then another segment comes in of 129 seats! Yes, life is good as we finally will have work to do.

posted at 02:31 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, January 20, 2004


Tonight was the annual Chicago Wolves Season Ticketholder Party, but instead of holding it at the Allstate Arena like the usually do, it was held at Gameworks in Schaumburg (we were happy - Gameworks is much closer to home!). The problem with Gameworks, though, is that it's a much smaller venue. Every machine and game in the house was busy (it was all free while we were there), but it was hard to maneuver around - the lines for the buffet upstairs were huge, not to mention the lines for player autographs were much worse and much slower). We found out there was a second buffet in - of all places - the restaurant and hardly anybody was in there. It was an OK time, but it was quite a bit different and I'm not sure if it was "better" or not. I could tell by our friends John and Carol that it might not appeal to the "older demographic" - crowded, noisy, multiple floors...

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posted at 10:19 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Work is sloooooowwww today. There's just nothing to do, with only promises of busy-ness coming later in the week. Gives you more time to surf the net, check up on job postings, update the resume... you know, important things...

posted at 11:38 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, January 19, 2004

Moving it back and forth

Spent most of the day just moving data back and forth between the old host and the new host. I was on Stand Down for the day due to the holiday, though Carol still had to work. Not a lot of fun FTP-ing stuff around, but it keeps you busy.

I'm still worrying about finances, as it's getting more and more dire. My contract should be up within 6 weeks, so I need to line-up a job ASAP as well.

It's all too scary.

posted at 08:35 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Time to move the blog...

My hosting company sucks and I'm moving. The performance sucks, and the outages are just way out of hand (The site was down fort over 10 hours today... for no reason...), so I'm moving the blog.

That means that you won't see any activity here for a while while I move this monster as well as making the DNS changes.

I'll see you in a few days!

posted at 09:50 PM | Link | Blogging § |

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Wolves 5 - Moose 1

Chicago Wolves Manitoba Moose

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posted at 10:09 PM | Link | Wolves § |
Is it too late for dinner?

Well, I picked-up Carol from the airport. It's Black Ice out there in the northwest suburbs, so travel was a little slower. We're both starving so we're having dinner - at 1:30 am. She's exhausted. Hopefully she'll be able to catch up later today...

posted at 01:48 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, January 16, 2004

Friday 5 - Your Mark

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. What does it say in the signature line of your emails? My personal email? Nothing. I don't like sigs at the bottom of my personal email. My company email? Typical name/address/contact info stuff
2. Did you have a senior quote in your high school yearbook? What was it? If you haven't graduated yet, what would you like your quote to be? Our yearbook never had quotes. Oh well...
3. If you had vanity plates on your car, what would they read? If you already have them, what do they say? I was thinking something about my last name or initials & address... I don't need to have anything else... oooo, wait...maybe "Mundane"?
4. Have you received any gifts with messages engraved upon them? What did the inscription say? Yes, an award that loks like an Oscar, but isn't... and I can't remember what it says right now...
5. What would you like your epitaph to be? "He tried to be above average, but never succeeded"... hmmm, too depressing, I need to figure out another one...

posted at 06:40 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Too many photos...

I've spent hours working on tagging didgital photos inside Adobe® Photoshop® Album 2.0 to classify them into certain categories. I still have hours to go and the fatigue of looking at all of these photos is amazing... or maybe I'm just not getting enough sleep...

posted at 11:31 PM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment § |

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Wolves 3 - Maple Leafs 3 (Overtime)

Chicago Wolves St. John’s Maple Leafs

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posted at 10:39 PM | Link | Wolves § |
Oops... I forgot to eat...

Well, my first night without Carol was uneventful... I went to Best Buy to use a Gift Card I got from B&B for my birthday and picked-up Adobe® Photoshop® Album 2.0. While I was in the store, Carol called my cell phone to check-in (something she didn't have to do, but was nice). Then I went home and spent the evening starting to organize my didgital photos. I'm getting close to the 20,000 mark so let's just say it's going to take some time. Of course, I took some time to feed and be with Indy (she's such a demanding bunny). Carol called again later in the evening to let me know that the local news in LV is reporting that the lights have been turned on at Binion's (they've been dark since they shut down a few days ago). There's also a runmor that Harrah's is seriously thinking about buying them (only for the Horshoe name and then sell it) and the World Series of Poker will happen, but they don't know when/where.

When I woke-up this morning, I realized I was ravenous - because I had forgotten to eat dinner (not like I'm going to wither away if I don't eat - my winter layers of fat help out in that regard). It was a little odd waking-up and doing the normal morning stuff in the empty house. It was garbage day so I had to take care of that, refill all of the humidifiers in the house, feed & pet Indy(that demanding thing again, only this time she let me know she was neglected by grunting at me when I stopped petting her).

I'm going to a Chicago Wolves game tonight and I forgot my jersey that I usually wear. I think it's sitting on a chair downstairs, right where I put it... so that I wouldn't forget it. Nuts.

It's supposed to snow today. Great. It'll be in the 60's in Las Vegas. Great.

posted at 08:04 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Windows 98 gets a reprieve

You know, there comes a tiume when you've just got to "cut the cord"... Microsoft was supposed to end support for Windows 98 this Friday, but has extended support through June 30, 2006. (Windows Millenium Edition expires December 31, but I think they rolled support into the Win98 timeframe. Windows 95 support ended in 2001.) Here's a stat for you: "About 20 percent of all Windows-based computers still run Windows 95 or 98."

I wonder what kind of resources Microsoft will have to retain just to support (and patch!) Win98 and WinME for 2½ more years? And can we just please kill Windows ME? Talk about a worthless opertating system...

posted at 10:38 AM | Link | Computing § |
Temporarily wife-less

Carol saying goodbye outside Terminal 3 at O'Hare
Well, I dropped-off carol at O'Hare. She's flying to Las Vegas this morning to work a trade show this week. Am I jealous? Hell, yes! But, there's no way we could have afforded having me go as well. Nuts. So, I'm home alone this week. Should be interesting...

posted at 08:04 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, January 12, 2004

Survivor: All-Stars Cast Announced

Survivor: All-Stars THEME
The cast for Survivor: All Stars was officially announced on The Early Show this morning.

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posted at 09:54 AM | Link | Survivor § |

Sunday, January 11, 2004

People's Choice: Survivor

The cast of 'Survivor: Pearl Island' and creator Mark Burnett pose with the award won for favorite reality based television program at the 30th Annual People's Choice Awards Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004 in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Survivor: Pearl Islands won as Best Reality-Based Program tonight on the People's Choice Awards on CBS. You want to know what was really scary? Seeing the entire cast dresed-up in formal wear!

I never watch this show - I find it too... cheap. I don't know, I just don't "trust" it. Yes, I know it's voted on by the public (allegedly), but I don't buy it. Sorry. If it's not an industry awards show (Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and I'll even "allow" the Golden Globes), I don't view it as a "legitamate" award.

posted at 09:25 PM | Link | Survivor § |

The neighborhood is nice and sunny
The sun has been out all day and it's actually 36° - almost downright balmy.

It's occurred to me that when we had cable (*blech*), we actually tuned-in to The Weather Channel pretty regularly. Now that we have DirecTV, we never turn to that channel. I guess one main reason is that the satellite feed doesn't have any customized data for the local area - just generic info for the region.

I also realized that I regularly don't have a clue about the extended forecast for the week. I'm starting to wonder if I really care about winter weather. I mean, it's cold, windy, and occasionally snowy. In a nutshell - miserable. I guess I don't really care until baseball season when it directly effects me.

posted at 01:57 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Saturday, January 10, 2004

23 points

Saw this in Erin's blog:

Pholph's Scrabble Generator

My Scrabble© Score is: 30.
What is your score? Get it here.

posted at 10:59 PM | Link | Memes § |
Wolves 3 - Mighty Ducks 5

Chicago Wolves Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

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posted at 10:06 PM | Link | Wolves § |
Binion's Closed

A couple walks by the darkened Binion's Horseshoe Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 11, 2004. The Nevada Gaming Commission signed an emergency order January 10 suspending the operation of table games and slot machines at the casino in downtown Las Vegas until it posts the required bankroll to pay off winners. On January 9, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Internal Revenue Service agents seized up to $1.9 million in cash from the property because of debts owed to the pension and welfare funds of workers at the 52-year-old casino. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Deputy U.S. marshals entered Binion's Horseshoe late Friday armed with two court orders authorizing them to seize up to $1.9 million in cash from the casino, an action that forced the closure of the 52-year-old property's casino. That place is a keynote place downtown and home to the World Series of Poker every year.

posted at 11:39 AM | Link | Gambling § |

Friday, January 09, 2004


Washer fluid at the Oasis
I'm not sleeping well - our financial problems have gotten to my psyche and it's messing with my head, and, in turn, my sleep. Got up early and went to work an hour early today. The flip side of this is that I got quite a few things done today and feel good about my accomplishments.

Being right on the lake means you get those lake effect snows every once in a while. It's been snowing all day today. It's that huge, fluffy flakes that just dust everything. It accumulates, but not really - it's just a thick coating of nothing, it's so fluffy.

Had to get gas at the Oasis on the way home tonight - the price of gas has gone up 13 cents a gallon in one day, and the Lake Forest Oasis is now the cheepest place to buy on my route to and from work. 13 cents a gallon - what the hell is going on?

posted at 05:45 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Thursday, January 08, 2004

The Shizzolator

OK, I'm not really up on things, but I was sent this link to The Shizzolator and tried it out on and then my own blog. Holy crap, I can't tell you how long I laughed at seeing a website translated to Snoop Dog-ese...

posted at 09:21 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Celebrity Mole Yucatan - Episode 1

Celebrity Mole Yucatan THEME

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posted at 10:04 PM | Link | The Mole § |

Driving into the sun Most of the snow is off the top of the truck before I got this picture...
Well, yesterday it was -3° but today it's all the way up to 7°. It's almost balmy, or at leat it feels that way, since the winds seemed to have died down a bit.

I'm into that weird driving time again where the sun, as it's rising, is hitting me square in the eyes just over the horizon in the tollway. Makes for interesting braking! At least no one seems to be tailgating.

The other thing that I've just experienced for the first time this season are the semi's with a foot of snow on top of the trailers that are being whipped off the top, leaving a plume of white-out behind them. That's always fun trying to follow them.

posted at 08:30 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, January 06, 2004


Oh, so THAT'S how they get Grape Slurpees to 7-Eleven
-3° this morning when I woke up. Wind chill: -35°

OK, this is way uncomfortable. I should have filled-up my gas tank on the way home last night, though I have to admit that doing it this morning wasn't as bad as I've experienced in the past.

This is the weather that I hate about Chicago. I just can't stand the severe cold.

At least the car works.

posted at 09:17 AM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment § |

Monday, January 05, 2004

Sadly, it's not "What is Electricity?"

Joe returns as champion Well, it's the end of Double Jeopardy and it's not looking good
Well, my buddy Joe returned as 1 Day Champion on Jeopardy today after his $14,800 win on Friday.

He was in second place throughout the game, and just couldn't pull it out in Final Jeopardy, so he reign as Champion only lasted a day.

Anyway, good job, Joe! It's still pretty damn cool even being selected to be on the show, let alone winning!

posted at 07:10 PM | Link | Friends § |
Back to work

Well, it's finally back to work time. I - just sort of - was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it was another day of no data, which means no machines to stage, which means that the crew that we normally have to do the staging won't be in again, and that just sucks.

The weather is still sliding downhill, with the temperatures dropping through the day and overnight. I'm not looking forward to this.

Oh, and to top the day off, while I was driving to the tollway after work, while the car was still warming up, a flock of geese flew overhead. Big deal - happens all the time, right? Well, I've never been under a flock of geese and have one of them - from altitude - crap on my car! What's worse? I find out that it's cold enough that my windshield washers are frozen, so all that happens is my windshield wipers just spread the poop over the windshield. Oh, great, what a drive home this will be. Fortunately, close to home, I was able to get the washers working.


Welcome to 2004. Is this an omen?

posted at 06:29 PM | Link | Work § |

Sunday, January 04, 2004

Snowy birthday

Diane, Carol and Mom talking over dinner That's me blowing out my candles Looking out at the new snow Melinda tries to clean the car off before everyone leaves for home
Well, the snow came, and I was trying to shovel part of the driveway, when Diane pulled into it. I really didn't expect them to come. They didn't have to, but Diane & Melinda picked up Mom and they came anyway. The weather wasn't the greatest, but it was great having them over. (Got the Rat Pack CD/DVD combo and the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD!). It was great having them over. They really wanted to come out. My birthday has been canceled before due to weather, so I wasn't all that hopeful. Hope they get home in one piece.

posted at 09:18 PM | Link | Mundane § |

How did I get so old?

I found a birthday card jammed into my keyboard this morning. It was from Carol.

The front said: "Sometimes I'll hear you doing something in another part of the house and it will remind me that we share a life together, and I smile."

Awwww. Then I open it. Inside it says: "Then I hear a thud, a crash, and cursing. Not quite as nice, but I still smile. Happy Birthday."

Yep, that's our life!

posted at 09:41 AM | Link | Mundane | 2 comments § |
Where's the damn snow?

It's just starting to snow
We were supposed to have 2" of snow by morning. Well, it just started snowing now, and they're saying maybe 7" by tonight. Great.

posted at 08:18 AM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment § |
Spirit first images

Spirit snaps a 360° mosaic of istelf and the surrounding landscape Spirit's 360° mosaic of istelf is unfolded into a panoramic image
So far, the mission is going very well. Data from Spirit is being relayed through Mars Observer just like it's supposed to. The first images are interesting. The landing area seems smoother than Pathfinder's was. This is going to be cool to follow.

posted at 08:16 AM | Link | Space § |

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Spirit Alive on Mars

Artist rendering of Spirit bouncing across Martian surface inside inflated airbags
I was watching the TV feed from JPL. I'm not sure if Europe's Beagle 2 had this kind of a setup, but Spirit broadcasted a series of tones throughout the entire entry and decent phase, each signal told of a specific event - atmosphere entry, G's force accelerations, parachute deployment, heat shield separation, radar lock and retro-rocket firing. It was really cool hearing everything tick off. Then a short signal saying that the craft started bouncing on the surface (if you know anything about the mission or the prior Pathfinder mission, you know that this is normal, bouncing across the Martian landscape surrounded by airbags).

Everyone knew that it survived the entry. Now it was just a matter of waiting for a signal after it was all settled.

Then it came - the signal that the craft actually made it. The place went nuts. I can't wait to see the first pictures!!!

posted at 10:47 PM | Link | Space § |
Spam sleepers

I may have spoke a little too soon yesterday. The spam is back again, though it might be slightly less than "normal". I keep forgetting that the bastards work during the week and Spam on weekends. Those who are unemployed (or who are using Spam mailing as there only source of income) work 7 days a week.

Bloody rat bastards...

posted at 10:31 AM | Link | Internet § |

Friday, January 02, 2004

Spam Shy?

Has anybody experienced what I seem to be experiencing?

I'm still receiving some, but the number of Spam emails I'm getting is way down since the first of the year. I'm hoping it's because of the "CAN-SPAM Act of 2003" (actually called the "Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003").

It just seems way down.

Good, ya bastards...

posted at 09:55 PM | Link | Internet § |

The nucleus of Comet Wild 2 taken by the Stardust navigation camera within a distance of 500 kilometers
Well, so far, the NASA exploratory missions are going well.

This afternoon Stardust flew within 240 kilometers and flew through the particle and gas-laden coma around comet Wild 2, The really cool thing is that this is actually a sample return mission (it picked-up material when flying through the comet's "tail"), and the craft will land at the U.S. Air Force Utah Test and Training Range on January 15, 2006 (or in 744 days! - It was launched February 7, 1999.)

Now, let's see how the Mars landers do...

posted at 07:11 PM | Link | Space § |
Weather hell?

Carol & I went out tonight to grab a burger for dinner (nothing fancy).

It's 61 degrees outside!!! (normal is supposed to be 30). This is Chicago - it's not supposed to be like this!!!!

Tomorrow starts the slide - Cloudy Rain/Snow colder - 39 degrees, then on Sunday the weather-critters are saying 30 degrees and MAYBE 3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW

Then, by the time I finally go back to work on Monday, the high is supposed to be 16 degrees...

posted at 06:17 PM | Link | Mundane § |
What is Playing Banjo?

Joe looks a little stiff at the beginning of Jeopardy The players at the end of Double Jeopardy Joe wins Final Jeopardy and the game!
Back in October, when I was up in Wisconsin with "The Away Team", My buddy/former co-worker/former boss Joe told us he was going out to Culver City, California back in October.

So what, you may ask?

Well, he was going to compete on Jeopardy!

The show aired today - and he won! Took him to Final Jeopardy to do it, but he did it! Next week I think is Kid's Week, so he won't be back for another week. Of course, in accordance with his agreement, Joe can't talk about it. But, how cool is that?

Here's a link to his "Hello to Chicago" video from the Jeopardy website.

Here's an MPEG video (6Mb) of Alex Trebec and Joe talking during the intoduction segment.

posted at 04:08 PM | Link | Friends § |
Friday 5 - Looking Forward

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
What one thing are you most looking forward to . . .
1. being lazy!
2. ...over the next week? My birthday on Sunday, and (believe it or not) returning to work on Monday
3. ...this year? Getting some kind of job that actually pays a decent wage, and celebrating our 25th anniversary
4. ...over the next five years? Slowly getting out of debt
5. ...for the rest of your life? Spending it with Carol, perhaps traveling perhaps relocating, not working for a living and being retired and having a enjoyable life together

posted at 11:44 AM | Link | Friday Five § |
SI quotes

Reading the Sports Illustrated Year In Sports issue and found a quote that put me on the floor...

After people wearing hot dog costumes collided during a footrace at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Brewers manager Ned Yost said, "I just looked over and saw our wieners in a wad."

posted at 11:31 AM | Link | Mundane § |
Morning fogginess

Morning fog
A bit foggy in the neighborhood this morning. A little foggy in my head, too. I think I'm catching-up on lost sleep from yesterday. I'm just trying to figure out why I'm awake right now ... I'm missing good sleep time!

posted at 07:05 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Happy New Year

Two eyes staring at us from the car next door The spread of appetizers for the get-together Watching "After The Thin Man" on TCM Carol watching the ball drop in Times Square
Well, Happy New Year, everybody! I'm trying to figure out when I'm going to stop saying "Good riddance to (insert last year here)" every New Year's Eve. Seems like just when you think you've turned a corner and you have hope for the coming year, when you look back on it you just can't say it's been a good year (on so many levels). *sigh*

We spent the evening at B&B's for the annual New Year's get together. This year, the food was all appetizers (which we did for years in the past) instead of an actual meal like last year (steak and lobster! A little pricey!). We watched After the Thin Man on TCM. I had never seen any of the Thin Man movies, and this was a hoot! Then we started watching the New Year's coverage and spent the entire time slamming all of the revelers' choice of clothing. We couldn't find anybody who was dressed well - it was all a bunch of people under-dressing or... dressing in things that they shouldn't be caught dead in because of either 1) poor taste, or 2) body shape. Yech. Did our annual toasts at midnight and we left at about 1:15 this morning.

The drive home was uneventful. First off, we have never ever seen so many cabs in the Wrigleyville area compared to all of the years in the past. May have been because of the very mild weather just brought out a hell of a lot more people. The expressways and tollways were good - only one maniac driver that almost wiped out us, a van, and another car on the Northwest Tollway just west of 53. Bastard.

This morning, I'm a significantly groggy and in significant back pain (no idea why - could be because of the way I slept? or didn't sleep?). Stomach is all acidy. I'm just kicking back and watching the Tournament of Roses Parade without commercial interruption on HGTV. (Oh, jeez... I just saw Trista and Ryan go by on the FTD float - "Love Songs"...)

posted at 10:20 AM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment § |
*nose wiggle* Toot! Toot!

"Rabbit, Rabbit!" and Happy New Year - 2004! Whooo Hooo!!!!!

posted at 12:01 AM | Link | Memes § |


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