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September 14, 2008

We saw this at the Solano Stroll:

Bark Obama

February 12, 2008

I've known it for years, but now the U.S. government agrees; Ania's too good to let go! Today, after living here for more than eight years, Ania was officially sworn in as a Citizen of the United States of America.

Ania's a US citizen

March 02, 2007

Mustard flowers add color to an already gorgeous day. Spring really wants to arrive!

PHOTO SUMMARY: Manginis mustard flowers

August 06, 2006

Ania went out of her way to make my birthday an awesome day for me. I had a really nice time with my family, and got some really cool gifts!

The Friday before my birthday, I got an Xbox 360 (Taylor's and Carter's bad influences didn't help my attempts to resist and Ania & my parents thought I should treat myself), Halo 2 (I always regretted not having an Xbox because I wanted to play this game), and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (The game's as good as I thought; thanks, Mom & Dad!), so that laid the foundation for video gaming fun over my birthday weekend. ;)

Update: Jené and Carter sent me the game Prey for my birthday. I agree with Carter's review; it's sometimes dizzying, but fun! Thanks, guys!

XBox 360 Halo2 Ghost Recon AW Prey

The morning of my birthday, Ania led me out to our backyard. My mother-in-law, Wanda had conspired with Ania and our friend Marlena (who let them use her SUV to carry it home) to get me a European White Birch tree! It's my favorite kind of tree, and I enjoy seeing them every time we're in Tahoe. I really like the sight and sound of the leaves rustling and fluttering in the wind.

Next, we went to Rutherford Grill (which is happily becoming a bit of a birthday tradition for me) and my parents treated us to an indulgent lunch, after which we went home and Ania and I played video games & relaxed for the rest of the day. :)

PHOTO SUMMARY: My 34th Birthday

March 28, 2005

No spam 

We just got fax spam entitled, "Stock Alert: XXXX* Brand Awareness".  (I replaced the company name with XXXX, just for good measure.)

Unfortunately, thinking I'd accidentally printed a picture I was looking at, I pressed Cancel before it finished, not realizing it was a fax (ringer on silent for that line).

I get fax spam sometimes at work, but this is our home phone line.  It's only ever answered by our fax, since we use our mobiles for incoming voice calls.

Guess we'll have to get on the Do Not Call list, but it'll be interesting to see if this starts to happen more now that one company has made a successful (they found the listening fax on our line) connection.

Update: 2005.04.13

Well, it may be that we ended up on some list; we received our 2nd fax spam today.

March 06, 2005

A record of my growth in the use of technology

I think it's useful to be aware of and be able to look back on how I use technology, as a "metric" on a specific area of self improvement. It's by no means complete, but I'll probably update it at least some, if not continuously. Right now, (2005.03.06) it's just got whatever occurred to me in the 5 minutes it took me to write this initial post.

November 2006

  • Created a Category Feed template for my blog, and added a feed for each category (automatically done by Movable Type, since I added it to my set of archive templates).
  • Learned more about the ATOM syndication format & created my first "hand-crafted" ATOM feed.

October 2006

  • Borrowed from an example and hacked together my own Google Personalized Homepage Grazr gadget, with customizations I wanted. Generally learned about creating Google gadgets.

June/July 2006

April/May 2006

March 2006

February 2006

  • Migrated blog to my own domain & started using Movable Type hosted with Yahoo Web Hosting.

December 2005

  • Switched from Furl to for saving & sharing links - more on why later.

May 2005

  • 2005.05.20 - Started using Furl to clip, save, & share web content. This means I can create individualized & topic-specific feeds!
  • Started using a "thought pad" to record ideas in draft form.

April 2005

  • 2005.04.01 - Started tagging my own information.

March 2005

February 2005

  • 2005.02.25 - Created my first blog
  • 2005.02.25 - Began migration to Gmail
  • 2005.02.23 - Began using a content aggregator/feed reader, Bloglines, specifically because of the clip blog (link saving/sharing) feature.
  • 2005.01.12 - Began using a desktop search/index tool (Copernic)