06 Sep 2005

Another one in the can

in Dragon*Con

Dragon*Con 2005 is now done, and we all escaped amazingly unscathed. The 'con went incredibly well overall. I spent another 5 days honing my RegencyFu [tm]. I'll probably write more later, but right now I'll just say this: I had some really awesome people helping me in the room this year, and it continues to amaze me that they seem perfectly willing to for me to do nothing much more than just let them know what needs to be done next. These last 2 or 3 'cons, I've always considered myself just as much a technical grunt as room runner, but it's finally beginning to sink in that I'm probably most valuable concentrating on coordinating the room. If I continue to collect such talented help, I may be able to do just that.

12 Aug 2005

Another meme

in funny, memes

Shamelessly stolen from Joyce...

Directions: Type "(your name) is" , (with the quotes) into a Google search, cut-and-paste the first 10 responses that work. Just pull the answers right out of the excerpt google shows you, don't click the link and search around. The only rule is that each one has to start with "(your name) is".

Jeff is so wrong about this that I find myself shaking my head on this one.
Jeff is down! (I cheated on this one and had to look. It involves baby oil wrestling.)
Jeff is in a serious relationship with his boss Julia
Jeff is late, and interupts the class.
Jeff is also largely responsible for Newsgator Media Center Edition
Jeff is a remarkable talent making cool records
Fr. Jeff is experiencing rejection and betrayal from Fr. Steve; he is left out.
Jeff is the Primary Colorer at Coloring Outside the Lines.
Jeff is weak against fire!
Jeff is a contributing editor to MSDN Magazine, where he writes feature articles about Microsoft

02 Aug 2005

San Francisco

in deep thoughts, life events/news, Travel

For those that don't know, I spent all of last week out in San Francisco (okay, Burlingame, actually) on a business trip. Aside from the work I was there to do, I actually did manage to see some of the town. The visit has brought a lot of thoughts to my mind, but I'm only going to add a few right now. Read more »

16 Jul 2005

Amazing machines

in geekiness, linkfood

After my rant yesterday, I got curious and found a website (link defunct) that has some basic information on the SSMEs, or space shuttle main engines. These things really are fascinating. Be sure to click on the "Incredible Facts" link down at the bottom. You know you're talking about a big engine when its fuel pump produces over 70 thousand HP. They make the comparison that this is the equivalent power of 28 locomotives. Read more »

15 Jul 2005

Shut up and take the next call.

in geekiness, rant

You know, I'm not sure why I bother, but for some reason I just can't help myself. When I'm in the truck and the local NPR affiliate is playing something I'm not interested in, I'll sometimes flip over to a talk/sports radio station out of Birmingham. Inevitably, I end up turning the radio off in disgust (if not full out anger) within about 15 minutes. The people I hear on the air on this station represent possibly the most consistent collection of what I call "determined ignorance" that I know of. On the way out to lunch today I flipped over there, and this one was so bad I decided I had to post about it when I got back. Read more »