Monday, May 28, 2007

Celebrate good times

COME ON!

I finished 4 out of 5 rooms in our house this weekend - bathroom, living room, kitchen, master bedroom. Yes, our house only has 5 rooms.

Go Hopkins lacrosse - National Champions!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Accomplishments

Finished the entire bathroom - cleaning, sanding, painting, reorganization. w00t! Washed all the windows (looks SOO much better), washed and re-hung the drapes, cleaned out the fridge and pantry, threw out about 5 bags of junk, did all the paper filing.

Tomorrow the plan is CLEAN. All the hard core dusting/vacuuming, scrubbing the stove/oven/hood, scrubbing the kitchen counters and floor, spot-cleaning the walls, and organizing closets.

Dang I'm tired. Anyone want to come over and rub my shoulders? They really hurt from painting the ceiling.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Really not amused

In fact, a little disgusted. Because America has lost, the troops have lost, and Bushco wins. I am referring to, of course, the kow-tow spending bill that authorized $90B with absolutely no strings attached - no timetables, no requirements to adhere to standards of troop training, readiness and rest. Oh, but there are required benchmarks that the Iraqi government has to meet. Except that Bush can keep the spending going even if the "required" benchmarks aren't met. So, to sum up, we've funded meddling in a civil war for another 4 months with billions of dollars and who knows how many more lives, and allowed the Iraqis to continue to dictate our military policy and spending (because heaven forbid that CONGRESS tries to dictate it). And the Iraqi government, instead of expressing their gratitude and continued pledge to strive to stabilize their country, thumbs their noses at us and gives themselves a two-month vacation. The entire thing makes me sick.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Not amused

I was late to work today (why do things only make me late when I have to be somewhere at a certain time? Is this like always finding something in the last place you look?) I, along with 15 other cars, got trapped behind a farm vehicle taking up 3/4 of the road (so that oncoming traffic had to drive on the shoulder/grass to get by) averaging 15-20mph for NINE MILES.

Now I know that I am from podunk KG and the definition of "traffic" is getting stuck behind a farm vehicle. But at least in Virginia they have the courtesy to pull over once 4-6 cars stack up behind them.

Also, I saw one of those "Baby on Board" signs in someone's car window and it made me wonder if people actually take those things down when they don't have their baby with them. I'd hate to think of a rescue worker going back into a burning vehicle thinking there's still a baby trapped inside because they saw one of those signs. That's what they're there for, right?

I'm planning on "spring cleaning" this weekend...washing windows, organizing closets, finishing the bathroom vanity, etc. Anyone want to come over and help? :-)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I want to be on the making up words committee

I just noticed that the cool new emotionally-charged word for "fetus" is "pre-born human" or "pre-born baby."

I say, why stop there? Why not "pre-pre-pre-born Harvard graduate"? Or as Matt pointed out, the more likely "pre-pre-pre-born McDonalds employee"?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Bullet Points

Hey, it's late.

* Updated the links sidebar...now bigger, better, and more organized.
* My first Fark main page headline!
* Dad starts chemo next Thursday.
* Julie was elected junior class prom princess.
* Got new stuff from Old Navy, w00t.
* Did I mention that I finally found the shoes at Payless?
* Wow, this is rather boring.
* I thought I had more to post about.
* Oh well.
* I'll stop now.
* No, really.
* Okay, really, now. Goodnight!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Weekending

Matt took me to the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate me being so S-M-R-T. I mean, S-M-A-R-T. We went hiking on the Seneca Creek trail (about 5 miles) and then went to his cousin's 13th birthday cookout. His uncle isn't going to sleep for the next 5 years. Sunday we went to an upscale diner called Jackie's for brunch with Sean and Jen, and then went to Warren Brown's pastry shop, Cakelove to get dessert. It was super tasty and he was filming an episode of his show "Sugar Rush" in the shop's kitchen, which was pretty neat.

I bought a dress for Matt's cousin's HS graduation next month. This is the cut of the dress. This is the pattern. Oh, and did I mention that I got it for $15? :-D Now I'm trying to find some inexpensive navy sandals to wear with it.

68 days until I'm in Colorado. Did I mention that I'm excited? :-D

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Mommy, it hurts

Okay, for the record.

Lolcats = super funny.

Lolcats comments = your head asplode.

I mean really, who can read this crud without crying from the pain:
Awww … de kitteh dint do it! De dawggie didit. I sawed. I swair.

Poor kitteh allwaze gitting blaym’d fur de dawggie’s baad beehaveur. Dat’s OKs kitteh, u kan cum to mah howse. It bes dawggie phree.

Juss u an meh an wee kan brayk al wee wunt. I is teh adolt sew noe won gits in trubble.

Ow, ow, ow!

Friday, May 04, 2007

In denial

Have you been following the HD-DVD crack code fiasco? It gets more hilarious by the day. Today I almost fell out of my chair laughing:
Michael Ayers, the chairman of the AACS-LA (the organization that sent hundreds of legal threats to websites that published the random 16-byte number that represented one of the keys for cracking the copy-prevention on HD-DVDs) has given an interview to the BBC in which he vows to use technical and legal means to shut down the 802,000+ websites that have reproduced the key.
Total lolz. He's also quoted as saying "...that the copy protection on the HD-DVDs was 'absolutely not broken.'" (BB Post)

How long can these people cover their eyes and ears and remain totally oblivious to the power of the internet??

I don't own a HD-DVD player or know anyone that does, but what the hell, all the cool people are doing it:

09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0.
Nanny nanny, nanny fricking boo boo.

Oh, and another thing. I read this article from ABC.com, "The First Amendment vs. Patents in Web 2.0" - and my newly minted knowledge from my Technology Transfer and Commercialization class (which I got an A in, thank you) showed me how the entire article is complete hooey. One snip from the author:
It was Abraham Lincoln who said that America's two greatest contributions to mankind were the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Patent (i.e., intellectual property) law. And while I empathize with the frustration of folks who find themselves impeded from the full use of the latest technologies, those morons who want to destroy private property (and that includes trade secrets) put at risk the very future of innovation itself -- not to mention that great creator of human freedom, entrepreneurship.
What's wrong with this paragraph?

The answer is, you can have trade secrets or patent protection, but not both. Patents give you the right to prevent others from using your technology without your permission for a set period of time; they do not give you the right to prevent others from creating "workarounds." In fact, the patent law was designed to *encourage* innovation by allowing this. Someone patents a mousetrap, someone else finds a way to build a better mousetrap. If you don't want to put information in the public domain and give up the rights to it after 20 years, you can keep it as a trade secret. Coke has done this for decades. But if information gets out, you have no legal recourse. Also, a 32-character code is not patentable, nor copyrightable (the protection technology itself, however, is patentable). It is no more possible to protect a character string than it is possible to protect the letters of a DNA sequence - in both cases, only the application can be patented.

UPDATE: As of 10pm, Google shows 1,420,000 hits for the HD-DVD code. Good luck with all those takedown notices, Mikey.

5PR34D T3H C0D3!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Gained opportunities, lost opportunities

I added a state to my "states I've been to" map last week - Louisiana. In July, I'll be adding another one - Colorado. Yes folks, after three years of applying, I was finally accepted to the AACR Pathobiology of Cancer workshop. w00t!! I'm really excited to go. It's going to be a crazy month...something for the 4th of July (no clue what, but I've never been to DC for the fireworks yet), Colorado from the 15th-22nd, VBS, and then off to the Outer Banks on the 28th.

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I went to the pharmacy today to pick up a prescription. There was a girl in front of me, 17 years old, trying to get medicine for her two-year old daughter. There was some problem with her Medicaid or CHIP card or whatever it was she was trying to use, and the coverage was denied, and the medicine cost $60, which she obviously didn't have. I didn't do anything...I felt like I should have though, later. $60 isn't exactly chump change but it's probably a lot smaller percentage of our monthly budget than hers. It actually almost brought me to tears when I was thinking about it on the way home; that I had the opportunity to help her and didn't see it in the moment for whatever reason.

Forgive me Father...for the things that I have done...and the things that I have failed to do.