Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Looks like I'll have to be careful and try to throw in some activity to balance things out a bit.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
This is just me goofing around over some slow jazz. One take, so there are mistakes. I'm playing my PRS SE Custom through my PodXT Live and into my laptop. Recorded it with the laptop's built in camera...not great quality...so I added the old time effects to make it look a little better :-)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
This phone was meant for me...it's on Sprint, which is the carrier I've been on for years, my 2-year contract for my old phone recently expired, allowing me to get the retention discount (basically same price as a new user contract), and it's Android, which has great potential! It's the perfect "eat shit, Apple" storm!
I've always said that the iPhone was revolutionary, but due to my irrational hatred of all things Apple, I'd never own one. Stupid, I know. But true. So I've been harboring some minor touchscreen jealousy for a while...until now :-)
With the recent announcements of all these fancy new Android phones on the horizon, I think Google is on its way up in the mobile world. Go Android!
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
- I'm already on Sprint and have great service (great coverage in the Bay Area, and EV-DO is peppy. Also love the all-you-can-eat Everything plan)
- Flash support
- Oleoresistant screen (minimal fingerprints and face grease)
- Multitasking Android OS has potential
- HTC Sense UI improves Android significantly
- 5 megapixel camera is better than my current Motorola Q
- Android Market - Cool apps and more coming
- I kinda prefer real keys, but a soft keyboard will help curb the temptation to answer texts while driving. Sad but true.
- Wi-fi/Bluetooth/EV-DO/CDMA - Many ways to connect
- I hate Apple and won't buy an iPhone. And I hear AT&T is...not so good.
There are actually many more reasons I want this phone, including that my current Motorola Q9c is showing its age running Windows Mobile 6.1. Ok, yes, I have touchscreen jealousy.
Is it October 11th yet?
Friday, October 02, 2009
Here's a pic of how my PRS Guitar tattoo is coming along. The first session was just the outline (left), and the second session filled in the muscle tissue (right).
The next and final session (scheduled for October 31st at the San Jose Tattoo Convention) will color in and shade the guitar, and finish up all the final details.
The artist (Jesse Deering from Lucky Stars Tattoo) is doing a great job on this! I came to him simply with a picture of my Paul Reed Smith SE Custom and the idea that I wanted it somehow coming out of my arm and attached with veins...and he went off and designed this!
I'll post another picture when it's finished :-)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Beef ribs, ham, Indian food, Italian, BBQ, fast food, you name it, I ate it. You could almost say I was on a bender...fell off the proverbial wagon...damn near ate the wagon!
The day after we got back, I weighed myself and my scale said I had gained just over 9 pounds. NINE POUNDS! In one week! Luckily, the next day it was only 4.6 pounds gained...the 9 pounds included water weight and bloat. I had several days to go before my next Jenny Craig weigh-in, so I followed the plan and behaved.
So I had my weigh-in yesterday (Tuesday) and I was still up 3.6 pounds, but considering how I ate, that's not too bad. Now I'm back on track, in my normal routine. :-)
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Of course, I'm taking a week off since we're going to the East Coast to visit family, and our families LOVE food! But I can bounce back as long as I'm a little careful and don't go completely crazy :-)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
I am now 1.8 pounds away from my halfway point. Yes, when I lose a total of 39 pounds, I have yet another 39 to go to reach my goal weight. I don't mind losing it slowly...easier to keep off that way. I'm learning to eat in a more balanced way, and to not consider my intake as a diet but rather a new way of eating.
That one day of pizza can still happen in the future, but not like I used to do it...pizza one day, burritos the next, then Indian food, then wings, then Taco Bell, etc. It's no wonder I used to have heartburn all the time!
This next week is all Jenny Craig (oh, and bugs on Friday...yes, a work event where we eat bugs...I'll post separately about that!), then next week we're off to Georgia and Florida where I'm sure the food will be delicious and plentiful...I'll just have to take it one day at a time.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
In any case, I may be reaching my first real plateau. And with our Florida/Georgia trip coming soon, there are some challenges ahead.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Sorry, I must sound absolutely terrible rooting for Apple to fail. Nah, who we kiddin'? :-)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Well this week we find out that they added a Zazzle API integration all on their own! After you enter your phrase and the site does it's translations, you can buy a t-shirt, mug, or other products, with the final phrase on it! Cool!
Here's an example...when entering the phrase "What would this look like on a t-shirt?", the final translation becomes "In this case, tshirt?"
My average per week is 1.2 pounds. Slow and steady. They say taking it off slow makes it easier to keep off. Here's hoping!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
2. The phrase gets translated into Japanese, back to English, back to Japanese, etc...until the translations reach equilibrium and match.
3. Hilarity ensues.
It's ok to fall off the wagon every now and then...keeps me on my toes. I have to learn to simply keep a balance in what I eat. If I go up a bit, I'll take it back off.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
My dad's book (previously announced in this post) is now available on Amazon.com! If you speak Spanish, I highly recommend this read. It chronicles a two year period in his life (1964-1966) when he embarked on an adventure to travel around the world on an old Indian Chief motorcycle.
He suffered many hardships, including being caught in the crossfire of a Bolivian revolution, being chased by the FBI in New Jersey, instense heat/cold/hunger, and a few accidents.
If you don't read Spanish, stay tuned for the English version, hopefully sometime this year. I am working on the translation...a slow but very rewarding process. Kindle versions will also follow.
Check out the book's webpage at http://www.huellasyhorizontes.com
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Hot sauces ranging from mild to OMG WTF were tasted. And Eric brought in his own special recipe...homemade fire he calls W263 (it's about the hottest thing I have ever tasted!)
Check out the vid!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
My dad wrote a book in Spanish, called "Huellas y Horizontes" ("Tracks and Horizons"). It's an autobiographical story of a trip around the world on a motorcycle in 1964. Very entertaining read! I designed the cover art and helped him publish it online.
The Spanish version is now available through CreateSpace, and soon to be on Amazon as well. I am currently working on the English translation.
Check out the book's webpage at http://www.huellasyhorizontes.com
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
As I stated in my previous post, I recently purchased five 1TB drives to expand my home NAS system (a Thecus N5200). I had two ways to set this up:
1. Replace each of my old drives separately, one at a time, with a new drive. Rebuild the RAID with each drive replacement. When all new drives were in and all old ones out, I would click "EXPAND" in the NAS's admin screen and it would use all drive space.
2. Remove all old drives, and replace with all new drives. Build a new empty RAID5 on the new drives. Then copy over all my data from an external backup.
#1 has the advantage of keeping all my data and NAS settings intact during the process, but would take infinitely longer since I would have had to rebuild the entire RAID at least three times, most likely 5.
#2 would be way faster, but would require copying all the data from backup, and the files would not be accessible until the upgrade was complete.
So I chose #2. I didn't want to rebuild the RAID tons of times, when each time could take many hours, if not days.
Now here's the kicker...my backup included everything from the NAS, including NAS system files. I figured copying those back could keep my settings and modules intact.
Long story short...I replaced all drives at once, started copying the files back, and all seemed fine. Until I rebooted the NAS.
After a reboot, I noticed that all the data was there, but it was read-only. I couldn't write any files onto the NAS at all. Plus, all the modules I had installed (like SSH support, FTP server, etc) were showing as installed, but would not work. I couldn't even uninstall and reinstall modules. When I tried, nothing would happen.
I quickly realized that copying the modules back from my backup probably overwrote the proper permissions/ownerships on all those files, causing the NAS not to be able to read them correctly. If I had SSH access into the box, I could fix that, but SSH access was only available as a module. Crap.
Plus, why was it all read-only? Uggg!
Anyway, after resetting to factory defaults, updating the firmware, and other non-successful rescue attempts, I did some research. Luckily, I found a script someone wrote that I could install on the NAS (through the firmware upgrade screen) that would simply rename the old modules database, causing the NAS to create a new empty one. Perfect. This would allow me to reinstall all my modules and get SSH working. (Script is named Renmod and can be found here)
That worked beautifully. Now I was able to SSH in and start changing permissions and such. Well, I changed all the permissions and owners of the data, but the filesystem was still read-only.
So last thing I did was edit each share through the NAS admin. I had to disable the public flag, edit the ACL to add all my users to the share, then re-enable the public flag. That did the trick!
Now I have all my data, tons of space, and a scripted nightly backup to an external 1TB drive connected through the NAS's esata port. Sweet! I'll have to create a How-To at some point to explain how I got the nightly RSYNC to work. It's an interesting bunch of scripts :-)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Well, the price of hard drive storage has gone way down, and I finally decided to go the distance. I purchased five 1TB Western Digital Caviar Green drives from Amazon for a total of $424.95. Not bad!
Haven't installed them yet, but it will be nice to have 4TB of usable space!
Sometimes you need these little setbacks to break the monotony and keep you sane. Plus, it's really hard to say no to cheese, guacamole, steak, and brownies!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
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Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Here's a few of my first doggie designs:
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Oh well. I knew what I was getting into, and kinda figured it would be a bad week :-)
Maybe this coming Tuesday will fare better!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
It could have been way worse...probably was, actually, but I didn't get to my Jenny weigh-in until three days after we got back. So I probably lost a bit those three days since I was back on the diet.
Anyway, nothing to be upset or alarmed about. I'm back on track now, and very happy to be back in the States!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I tested myself to see if I could make good choices on my own. Since we were only going to be there for a few days, I thought it was safe.
Overall, I did well, except on the last day I just HAD to get a slice of NY pizza! IT...WAS...AWESOME!
Anyway, the bottom line: I still lost 1.8 pounds! That's a total of 18.6 so far!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I actually took a walk at work the other day...yes I actually did an activity! I need to keep that up!
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I recently installed Windows 7 Beta on an old laptop of mine (Pentium M, 1.69 GHz, 1GB RAM) to see how it runs on older hardware and basically test out the new OS from Redmond. I'm very impressed at the overall feel (it's quite snappy!) and seems to be running great.
The most noticeable change is the Taskbar. Here's an article from arstechnica.com that does a great job outlining the functionality of the new Windows 7 Taskbar, and even talks about how it's different than Apple's OSX Dock. Worth a read!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
But now it's 2009. A fresh start. And I need to do this for me. For my health as well as for my self image. I turned 39 this month, and I don't want to go into my 40's being overweight and lacking energy.
I'm blogging this simply to make myself accountable. The more people I tell, the more I feel obligated to follow through.
I'll post some results when I have any ;-)
Monday, January 12, 2009
“WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.”