Monday, August 27, 2007

End of House Season 3

Melissa, we can talk about the third season of House now. :) 

So, is there going to be another season? What do you think?

Tough Love

I feel quite sorry for whoever has to follow this password policy:

( Thanks to worsethanfailure.com for the image! )

Thursday, August 23, 2007

By orders of His Majesty

Brenton ordered everyone to make a blog post right now so I'm doing so.

Unfortunately, I don't have time write now to think about something important to write, so I'll leave you with what's entertaining Megan and I this week:
  • We're watching House, M.D. - Season 3 ... about 5 episodes a night!
  • I'm reading the Halo series, since I only got to read the first two books last time. ( I have all 4 now! )
  • Megan's working on the sequel to Mistborn! I'm really excited to read this, because Mistborn was SO INCREDIBLE!
Okay, got to get back to work... I hope I've met Brenton's requirements!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Compiling

Just because I like it :)

Who wants a twin bed?

Santa Barbara has got to be one of the only cities in the world where you cannot give away a perfectly function twin bed! I've been to three different thrift stores and none of them would take a bed that wasn't brand new.

If no one volunteers to take it, it's going to the dump. ( Which means I have to spend $15 to get rid of it... how lame is that! )

Code Monkey

A friend at work just pointed me at Jonathan Coulton's work. I really like the Code Monkey song! I'll leave it on auto-play for a bit, but I'll probably turn that off once everyone's heard it a few times :)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Freaking reporters

Here's my personal list of problems I frequently find in bad reporting, sorted in order from most to least harmful:
  1. Intentional mis-representation of facts ( lying )
  2. Negligent mis-representation of major facts ( negligence )
  3. Exposing personal bias irrelevant to a story
  4. Exposing personal bias relevant to a story
  5. Poor grammar, spelling, format, or organization ( elementary mistakes )
From time to time, I may mention a story that demonstrates one or more of these flaws. The reason I bring this up now is a relatively minor flaw in the grand scheme of things: 

I just read a story from CNN about some tourists who were injured by the wave caused by a collapsing chunk of ice from a glacier near the North Pole. The story moves along quite well, providing the facts regarding the incident and other related useful information, until the last paragraph. The final paragraph consists of one sentence, which begins with some useful information, and descends into a political viewpoint of the author that provides at most very little further value to the story. It's a case of either #3 or #4 from the list above, rearing it's ugly little head.

I'll try to point out more of these types of problems in the future - at the very least, it should provide some small measure of entertainment. At the best, who knows? Maybe it will inspire a reporter to provide better reporting in the future. 

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Photos

Just a quick FYI update: I've placed a bunch of photos from our wedding reception and honeymoon up on http://photos.chphilli.net ( Yes, photos is a cheap URL forward to picasaweb; no, I'm not sorry ). 

There are two albums: 
Sorry, I haven't provided any comments or captions on the photos in those albums yet. Hopefully Megan or I will have time to add some notes to them sometime in the near future.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 

Monday, August 06, 2007

On Romance and Adventure

Gosh... so I have a ton to say - I'll see if I can keep it down to something that someone might actually be willing to read.

If you're here, you're probably well aware that Megan and I were joined in Holy Matrimony by the Most Rt. Rev. James Provence on July 22nd. Yup, that's right, I'm married! The ceremony was absolutely incredible! I don't know what else to say about it!

Afterwards, our reception was fantastic! Our photographers actually managed to make me not hate being in a gazillion photos, our DJ kept things moving at just the right pace, our food was incredible! Eric gave a brilliant speech ( in fact, I'm not even sure I'm entirely convinced it was Eric giving the speech! ), Kerby speech was hilarious! ( Even admitting that Megan is as funny as he thinks he is! ) So many people there to celebrate with us - the only downside was that I couldn't spend more time with everyone!

Afterwards, we spent a day and a half lounging in a hotel by the beach in Santa Barbara ( saw Die Hard 4! ), and then dropped by the condo to finish packing, and hang out with Michael, Becky, Colin, and Eric for a couple hours, then off to Alaska in a full day of planes and airports.

I'll be brief about the rest of the honeymoon, since Megan will do a better job explaining details, but in short: our weather was great, we loved the people guiding and serving us, and we had a blast for 10 days in Alaska. Yet, it was about the perfect length, because we were both ready to come home by the time it was wrapping up.

Now we're back in Santa Barbara, trying to restore some sort of order to our condo, which was thrashed by guests and the remains of moving from the Jesmary house. But it's so nice to have a place to share with my lovely wife that we call our own!