Saturday, September 29, 2007

Order of the Stick

I have now caught up to the current issue of Order of the Stick (489), which means I can't read it when I want; I have to wait for another issue to come out. Grr. Oh, well. MAybe I'll spend less time reading it this way.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Oops.... OoTS!

I forgot to mention, that since about 3 weeks ago, I've read 414 Order of the Stick comics (I believe the PC term is "Graphic Novels"). So, basically, I've read 4 years worth in a couple a weeks. Here's the Order of the Stick comics. Have fun!

Last week...

This is for you M. Filly, a recap of last week...

At Luther, we have these study carrels that can be "checked out" for a semester. So a week earlier I checked one out. Someone else's stuff was there, so I asked for a different one, but the student worker said that it was checked out to me so I couldn't. Well, after a week of dealing with this guy's stuff still at the carrel, I went again to complain. The front desk manager said that the guy still wanted it, so they checked it out to him. Oh, and by the way, there aren't any more. Even though there were last week when you had originally asked for a different one. Grr.

I can't remember what it was, but I was pissy because of something similar to Monday. Oh, just a general pissy day... I had a bad voice lesson. It all goes sour when that happens.

a normal Wednesday, but I had to go to this "cluster" meeting. We don't really do much, and furthermore, Wednesday is my day to work at church. I was stuck at this pointless meeting for 2 hours and got little done at church. Rehearsal, however, went fabulous!

This is the kicker.
I was driving to St Olaf (Luther Music Students drive there 2x a week for music classes) and I looked at my gas gauge, 1/4 tank. Plenty. We got to Ole and had a regular class... on the way back, I looked and it was at E. Knowing that I have a lot of gas after E I wasn't worried. Plus, my passenger had to be at school by 1:10 and we would be cutting it close. Anyway, I kept going and going and ran out of gas about 2 miles from home on 280! The detour for 35W! Arrggh! COMPLETELY illegal and STOOPID.
After about 30 seconds, a friend passes by, slows down, then realizes that she can's stop either so she takes off. I call her and she delivers a can of gas and I drive back. (There's more, but this post would be 15 screens long). I will NEVER do that again!

I went to a party at a fellow musician's and that was fun. Becky went out-of-town. That was less fun, but...

I went to the library for about 5 hours and got a lot caught up. I'm not caught up, but I'm closer.

Our 2 year anniversary. (I got her a pearl necklace... the real kind). She has never had one, and I've heard that all women need to have one, "They're so versatile." We hung out all day and went shopping. All in all a good day. We also had dinner at Tucci Benuuch and the MOA. It was our "fancy" restaurant when we were dating, so it was fun to go back.

This week hasn't been shaping up to be much better than last week, but I'll keep plugging away. "I think I can..." Maybe I'm getting sick.

Have a great week, Y'all.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sue happy?

Apparently, you can sue anyone. An OK congressperson is suing God. It seems as though he doesn't like running for his life when a tornado comes around.

Please read the story before commenting...

Saturday, September 15, 2007


I hadn't seen my parents in a little while and Becky hadn't seen them in a little longer, so we decided to go over there. Now, every time I just stop in, they are gone. In fact, I stopped in yesterday afternoon and they were gone. So, Becky called to see if we could "hang out."

We get there and my mom is unusually excited to see us and met us in the kitchen. We talked for 10 minutes or so when the topic moved to a cousin's child's health problems which are documented in a blog that I don't have the address to, so we went to the computer room. Well, after a couple of minutes, my mom was busting, "what's the real reason you guy's came over?" She exclaimed (there's no interrogative exclamation mark). I looked at her and said, "We're not pregnant, if that's what you are wondering!"

She was C-R-U-S-H-E-D. She really enjoys being a Grandmother. And to make it worse, we all giggled about it (even Mom). But we teased her. Then she told me that she thinks my brother Eric, from California, might be sneaking in on us with my brother Ryan has us over for dinner on Sunday. I laid out a metaphor for her.

I said, "Mom, think of this as Christmas. Mom and Dad put all the presents in their bedroom, so you could go in and look. But, unfortunately, Mom doesn't write on each bag, Ryan's or Eric's, so you could look in and see that you are getting a PS3, but it's really for Ryan. On Christmas day, if you don't peek, you'll be excited for what everybody got instead of just disappointed that you didn't get it instead."

Damn, now if I could only take my own advice.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


I'm shocked, but a friend posted his scored, so I thought I would too.

You know the Bible 100%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
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I just wish the Bible Proficiency Test were like this.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Hey, your shoe's untied!

Made you look!

So, my first grade year, I still didn't know how to tie my shoes. Then one magical day, my mother's double knot was only a single knot. I asked my teacher to tie it, but she refused, made a public spectacle of me and asked if anyone would teach me how to tie my shoes. Megan Novotny raised her hand and tied my shoe.

That's how I learned to tie my shoes.

Since then I've realized that my shoes come untied from time to time. More often than not, I have to retie my shoes once or twice throughout the day. I was getting sick of this and did not want to double knot them, since I would have to deal with the double knotting when the time came to untie my shoes. So, I dealt with it--until today!

I decided to search Google with the phrase: Why won't my shoes stay tied? And came up with a beauty of a site: "Ian's Shoelace Site". It has a great knot called the "Ian Knot." Now, I'm not a fan of naming something after yourself, but I liked this. I tied my dress shoes, walked 2 miles, sat through an hour long dinner, a 2-1/2 hour long concert and went grocery shopping and the shoes stayed tied. Now, you may not know this, but in these same shoes with my old method ("Standard Shoelace Knot") I would have had to retie at least 2 times, but more likely 4. I'm stoked, I'm ready to tell the world!

I think I'll just tell them it's the Fast Shoelace Knot, it's slightly less pretentious than naming it after Ian.

Yes, my 49th post was on shoelaces. At least I didn't devote an entire website to them!

Peer pressure of colossal size

Everyone else was doing it, so why not me.

Your results:
You are: Spider-Man

Iron Man
The Flash
Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test, everybody's doin' it!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Used Books

I went used book shopping with a friend from school today. We drove to Stillwater to go to two used-book stores that are owned by the same guy: a theological bookstore and a general bookstore. These bookstores are Loome books and are fantastic. The general store is closing sometime early next year which is sad, but the other will still be open for a while.

After we got back, we went to a Half-Price Books. They were only open for book-buying, they open officially in a couple of weeks. So I went back with some books to sell. Big mistake. I went with the idea that I wasn't going to get much for these 2 grocery bags full, so I was prepared.

Well, my low-ball estimate was 2x what they gave me. I took it, then bent over. Ouch! I love Half-Price Books when I'm buying, but I can't handle them when I'm selling. I should have just sold them on Ebay like I wanted to. Idiot!

PS I did get some good stuff at Loome. So I'm happy about that!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


So, a while back, I worked for a small credit union. A year-and-a-half after purchasing a new software system for the whole bank, part of which scanned driver's licenses and signatures into the system, they still did not have that feature working. I was asked to work on the project. It didn't take very long to get this done and implemented. This isn't the bragging part.

Before I went to the Ren Fest, I stopped at my old place of employment, which happened to be closed, but I saw my former bosses car out front. I called, he let me in. We talked. He mentioned that they caught a fraudulent check-writing ring partially because of these DL scanners! (That, I think, was worth the exclamation point). Because the people had used their driver's licenses to sign up for our services, we had a legal copy verifying that it was them. Moreover, we (I guess I mean they) had just installed color video surveillance (previously B/W) and caught the felons red-handed.

Now, I realize that I had little to do with this. It's like saying that because I put a tool in the toolbox of a NASCAR pit crew, that I fixed Jeff Gordon's car. But I still like it. They wouldn't have had this tool (at that moment) had I not been asked to deal with that particular problem. So, I'll justify my delusion. And in the meantime, bad guys beware of my little credit union. We'll catch ya!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Renaissance Festival

I went to the Renaissance Festival with two college friends yesterday and had a blast.
However, here are my thoughts on the Renaissance Festival:

I think that the MN Renaissance Festival is a historian's nightmare. The place is just a hedonistic pagan jungle. They completely miss out on things that happened during the Renaissance, which I find fascinating: the battles between rulers and the pope, the Reformation, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle artists, the sciences of Copernicus and Galileo, and the revival of all things classical. This is what the Renaissance truly is, but all we get are a group of horny men and women using all of their faculties to be naughty. Needless to say, that's a lot of fun.

I used to sing with the Elizabethan Syngers at this Ren Fest and, though I won't admit missing it, I did get to hear some great music. Our group is one of very few that actually performed "Renaissance" music. I must admit that some of our music was from the 20th century and sounded "Renaissance," but those were few and far between. We were asked by the people who run the Ren Fest, Mid-America Festivals, to dumb-down our show. I guess that they used to sing really high Renaissance pieces, but now are "forced" to do a semi-bawdy act for the hoi polloi. So, I guess my dream will continue as it stands and we all will enjoy the Renaissance not for what it truly was, but for what we think it should have been.