Archive for June, 2009

8 hour sleep

Posted: June 30, 2009 in Baby, Short

I know it’s not going to be the norm, but Zachary slept 8 1/4 hours straight last night (2 hours more than he’s ever slept before). It would be nice if he does this more often!

I don't get Twitter.

Posted: June 30, 2009 in General

I really don’t get Twitter. I mean I understand what it is, but honestly it makes no sense to me. Maybe it’s because I’m an introvert, or maybe it’s because I’m not all that prolific. Here’s my problem: My blog isn’t really meant to be consumed by the public. Occasionally I may have a nugget of wisdom, but really it’s more about recording my thoughts and getting them out of my head. I do this for me, not because I have a following (because I’m pretty sure I don’t have much of a following). Blogging is permanent and public (for the most part).

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Updating the baton

Posted: June 29, 2009 in General, Movies/TV/Music

A little over three years ago I made a post about my iTunes library as part of an internet meme. I thought I’d post and update.

As a note I’ve added 1,633 songs in three years (that’s just about 1.5 songs a day). My library has increased in size almost 10GB.

*Total volume of music files on my computer:*
107.33 GB (stored on a RAID 0 hardware array)
17,618 songs
51 days, 4 hours+ of music

*Last CD I bought was:*
Chickenfoot by Chickenfoot

*Five songs I listen to a lot these days:*
(I rarely listen to singles, I usually listen to mostly complete albums, so the five albums).
* Chickenfoot: Chickenfoot
* Worlds Collide: Apocalyptica
* The Sound of Madness: Shinedown
* Way To Normal: Ben Folds
* Indestructible: Disturbed

As an additional note this doesn’t include the movies and TV shows that I have in my iTunes library (which is an additional 36GB).

The walls come falling down.

Posted: June 27, 2009 in General

Friday Jr, and I went and saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Although I’ve decided that putting movie reviews up on my blog really doesn’t serve a purpose, this is a movie wort talking about. First, though, I have to say that I like Michael Bay, almost without fail his movies are some of my favorite “popcorn” flicks ever produced. Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, and the first Transformers movie are some of my favorite guilty pleasure movies.

That said, Transformers: ROTF is a train wreck. It’s so much of a train wreck that I don’t even know where to start with its problems. With a run-time of almost 2 1/2 hours it’s an exhausting ride.

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Cool gMail trick: you can add a “+” and extra text after your name in your email address and it will still get to you. Then you can filter your email based on this. For instance jons+spam@gmail.com would still be delivered to jons@gmail.com. This is extra cool because it works even on domains that use gMail for their domain email (like I do for driestone.com).

Printing Shirts

Posted: June 16, 2009 in General, Tee a Week

For Justin’s bachelor party I decided to print up shirts commemorating the event. I wanted to do something unique, so I decided that I would print up funny quotes for each shirt (so each shirt is different). I also wanted to print a custom logo on the back with the year and the event name “Fin Du Monde”

As I’ve mentioned before I get a little insane about things. I could have printed this stuff on white tee shirts for super cheap and been done with this, but the artist in me didn’t like that idea. White shirts are cheap because you can print on them just like paper (a la Cafe Press). Darker shirts require screen printing or creating a white base to print on, which is why I did both.

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Progress

Posted: June 2, 2009 in Baby, General

Earlier I mused about the progression of age, and how my son will always be 37 years younger than me. That started me thinking about the things that he will see (or the things that we will both see in the future).

To judge the possibilities I started thinking about things in regard to “how long before I was born”. What happened in the 37 years before I was born? 37 years before my birth was 1935. In the mid-30’s the jet engine was built, the photocopier was invented as was FM radio (not to mention the thousands of things since then).

It’s a little bit of a useless exercise, but it does encapsulate the idea of progress pretty well. I think that’s kind of amazing. (more…)