Scooped from [ profile] potch1214...

The surviving members of Python (Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam) are reuniting for a six episode series called Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) which will air in October on IFC!

And yet another example of porcine aviation...
pfloyd: (Default)
( Apr. 3rd, 2009 12:27 pm)
Okay, so... Colleen and I are up until about 1am last night. She's working on grades, I'm helping her a bit.
Marcus didn't get to sleep until late, so dinner was delayed until about 10pm. The ER finale was on, but I decided to bin it since I haven't watched it in 1.5 years, so I changed it over to the most recent ep of The Mighty Boosh that was DVR'd from Cartoon Network. (The Office wasn't on last night, damn.) Strange show, reminded Colleen of The Young Ones, and we decided to watch it again. So after that was done, I watched a show on secret societies while helping with the report cards, then Robot Chicken, then The F-Word Meets Top Gear on the DVR, and ended with the last half hour of a bio on Guns n Roses. Colleen finished a stack of papers right then, and decided to get some sleep...
Fast forward to this morning. Tired alarm wakes me in the morning, 530am. Rouse Colleen and she rolls out of bed around 545. She starts working on comment labels for the report cards. (Did I mention they go out today?)
Skip ahead to just about 7am...
Lights go out. TV switches off.
From the computer desk I hear this anguished scream emenate from Colleen.
Yep. Power down.
Went outside to check the extent. My upstairs neighbor was out there, and asked if I lost power. So the building's out
Street and traffic lights at the intersection in front of my building are out as well. Nifty!
Colleen's in a panic, and rushes off to school to redo the comment labels.
I get Marcus ready about half an hour early, and get him over to my parents' house early.
Since I'm running early, I stop at a Honey Farms to get myself some liquid energy (grape NOS), and a chocolate/raspberry iced coffee and a raspberry stick from the Honey Dew Donuts inside the place.
By the time I get to the school, she's calmed down, and surprised by my refreshments for her.

So now I'm sitting here at work, feeling loopy from lack of sleep, stiff muscle in the back of my neck, eagerly awaiting lunch when I can make another visit up to Five Guys.
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( Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:56 pm)
Mental Floss quiz -- name as many states as you can in five minutes.

I got 49... and I won't tell you which one I forgot.
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( Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:49 pm)
New lunch spot in Marlborough!!!!

The new Five Guys in Marlborough opens today!!!!

Boston Post Road West, same plaza as the Hannaford and Panera.
Ever wonder what the extent of the damage would be if your town got nuked?

Check out this Google Maps applet... choose the town, choose the bomb, and away you go!
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( Feb. 19th, 2009 01:36 pm)
Okay, after four nights of futzing about... I finally got it so that we have sound from the DVD recorder going to the TV.

How, might you ask?

The folks at Sanyo and I had already run through everything, determined it wasn't the TV...
As a part of my testing, I took the damned thing into the living room, hooked it up to the TV there, and lo and behold it worked... after a Level 1 flunkie tech at Samsung (maker of the DVD recorder) kept pushing for me to take it into service.
I took it back to the bedroom, reconnected it, and tested --- sound!

The only thing I can think of?
Unplugging to power cord.

Apparently cycling the power strip wasn't enough. It needed to be completely devoid of power.

Weird, but it works.
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( Feb. 16th, 2009 01:47 pm)
So on Sunday, we purchase a new Sanyo 19" flat panel HDTV. Picture and sound quality are really good.
However, I've got one problem...
The cable video and sound are terrific -- video coming in through the S-video, sound through the red/white RCA cables. That's block Video 1.

However, the DVD recorder's having the difficulties.
I'm using the Blue/green/red component cables for the video -- no problems there. Video playback is great. However, the problem is with the audio. I'm using the red/white RCA cables for audio. I get nothing. Nada. Zip.

I've tried swapping around ports between Video 2 and Video 3, which have the components plugs...

I tried looping it back through the way it was set up originally, with the DVD records output going as an aux input to the cable box -- no joy... no video/sound

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( Feb. 13th, 2009 09:57 am)
So last night, my 15-year-old TV in the bedroom has decided that it's going to start going tits-up on us. The image will randomly carry any of the following symptoms:
1. Static, ranging from light to heavy. In other words, picture would become snowy, black and white, etc.
2. Vertical orientation pushing image to the bottom of the screen
3. Vertical picture compression.
4. Audio would be nothing but static.

Providing blunt force to the unit worked, but very briefly, then not at all.
I tried the following troubleshooting procedures:
1. Removed the RF adaptor from the equation, putting the cable box directly to the TV. No joy.
2. Swapped cables between cable box and TV. No joy.

Since the TV in the living room did not suffer any of these problems, I think we can rule out cable problems.

So, we're going to look for a new TV. SInce Circuit City is also going belly up, we're going to go there tonight and check out flat panels.
I'm looking at anywhere around 21", hopefully under $200 or so.
If that fails, I'll settle for a flatscreen tube that's under $200 from anywhere else.
I'm already building my comparison grid.
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( Feb. 11th, 2009 09:01 am)
Nine years ago today, Colleen and I met face to face for the first time, at the arrivals gate at Dulles.

Look how far we've come.
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( Feb. 10th, 2009 10:40 am)
My legs are so sore...

So we got a Nintendo Wii between Christmas and New Year's.
Soon after that, we obtained a Wii Fit. We've been using it pretty much every day since we got it. Well, Colleen has, I've skipped a day here and there.

One thing I don't like about it is that it relies on the Body Mass Index, which is a load of horse$#!+, since it only takes height and weight into consideration, not muscle mass or bone mass. It has me above 30, which is the obese level. I'm 5'11"-ish and average at 215lb... that's not obese. Overweight, perhaps, but not obese.

You have four sets of exercises: Yoga, Strength, Aerobics and Balance. I start off with the Ski Jump in Balance. My record is like 328m (combined from two jumps). I do Ski Slalom as well, then get into Strength training, running five or six exercises there.
Then comes Yoga... Half Moon, Warrior, Chair, Palm Tree... only four or five exercises.
Right know, thanks to Lunge and Chair, I'm feeling it in my front thigh areas... so much that I haven't done my Fit stuff in a couple of days. Well, when you throw in pulling a nearly 50-lb child up a hill on a sled four or five times...

All in all, a good investment.
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( Jan. 29th, 2009 11:24 am)
Getting out of the driveway this morning for the both of us was hell indeed... the strata are pavement, ice (from previous storms), snow, then thin ice again...

We don't need salt to get rid of the ice... a napalm strike will do...
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( Jan. 29th, 2009 11:23 am)
1. What time did you get up this morning? Sometimes before 7am, I think
2. Diamonds or pearls? Neither, really... for gemstones, I would go with garnet
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Madagascar 2
4. What is your favorite TV show? Doctor Who, for one...
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Varies... sometimes a muffin, sometimes a breakfast sandwich, sometimes cereal, sometimes a full breakfast... but always with a can of Amp or grape NOS
6. What is your favorite word? Daddy
7. What food do you dislike? coconut, mushrooms, peppers
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Disintegration and The Head on the Door by The Cure
9. What kind of car do you drive? 1994 Nissan Sentra, named Sally
10. Favorite sandwich? Grilled Cheese with meat
11. What characteristics do you despise? Blantant stupidity
12. Favorite item of clothing? Duster, Hi-Tec Magnum boots, fleece pullovers
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go? Northern Virginia, always... if we're talking dream vacation, it would be England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
14. Are you an organized person? In some respects yes, in most others, no
15. Where would you retire to? Anywhere near my family
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? Few of them really stand out... my 21st is memorable as I had a Matrices/Linear Algebra exam at 8am... One from a couple of years ago is memorable because I got my SR71 jacket then...
17. What are you going to do when you finish this? Back to work...
18. Furthest place you are sending this? Wherever any one of my readers on LJ is...
19. Person you expect to send it back first? Don't know
20. When is your birthday? 23 Jan 1971
21. Morning person or a night person? More night than morning
22. What is your shoe size? 10 or 10 1/2, depending on the shoe
23. Pets? One kitten, Capt Jack Sparrow, who was a stray when we found him
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? My driveway doesn't need salt for the ice, it needs a napalm strike...
25. What did you want to be when you were little? Disc jockey... then an aerospace engineer
26. How are you today? Tired
27. What is your favorite flower? Not really into flowers
28. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? 14 Feb... Date Night!
30. What was the last thing you ate? Butter rum muffin
31. Do you wish on stars? No...
32. If you were a crayon, what color would you be ? Black or silver
33. How is the weather right now? Sunny, cold, icy...
34. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Colleen
35. Favorite soft drink? Mountain Dew, Coke, Dominion Root Beer
36. Favorite restaurant? Five Guys
37. Hair color? Dirty blond
38. What was your favorite toy as a child? GI Joe and Star Wars
39. Summer or Winter? They both have their neat factors
41. Chocolate or Vanilla? Dark chocolate
42. Coffee or tea? Orange or lemon tea, with five sugars
43. Do you want your friends to email you back? Sure
44. When was the last time you cried? When Marcus was born... and everything was sort of heading toward a crash...
45. What is under your bed? Don't wanna look, there are monsters under there...
46. What did you do last night? Read Marcus a story, lay down with him for a while, had dinner, watched American Idol and Lie to Me, then bed
48. Salty or sweet? The one after the other
49. How many keys on your key ring? 8
50. How many years at your current job? 2.something
51. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
52. Do you make friends easily? I try
53. How many people will you send this to? My LJ audience
54. How many will respond? don't know
55.What is your fondest memory of the person who sent you this? Colleen -- our wedding, when Marcus was born, when we brought him home, our first concert together, first trip to OC together, first meeting in person, first meeting online
So, here are a few things...

Wednesday, 21 Jan
Had to drive to Burlington for training. Distance was about 50 miles. Took me about 1.25 hours. Major backup was on Rt 3 until about Concord Road.
Drive back took longer. Getting onto 3 from I95 was impossible, so I cut onto the main drag where the Mall is, and took the back way. Rt 3 was still slow until 495, but we were moving.

Thursday, 22 Jan
Burlington again, drive in was a little over an hour, plus a quick stop at Finagle-a-Bagel to get breakfast. Class started an hour earlier, so it let out around 4pm.
Getting to Rt 3 from I95 impossible again, so took back way past the Mall to Rt 62. Getting onto Rt 3 from Rt 62 was impossible there too, so I took Rt 62 through Concord, Maynard, Stow, onto 117 through Bolton to 495. Ride home was approaching two hours. Yuck.

On Friday, 23 January, I celebrated my birthday. Mom and Bro-in-law were both up for a weekend visit.
Work was rather normal. I treated myself to breakfast from Hooligan's, a place just down the road from work. (Two eggs over easy, hash, bacon, sausage, hash browns, toast.)
Didn't really eat lunch.
Met up with Colleen, Marcus, the in-laws, and Dad at Bugaboo Creek in Shrewsbury. Drank an entire Mountain Man Margarita (forgot to ask for no salt). Ordered fish and chips (the tartar sauce is excellent! Has a sweet flavor to it.) but didn't eat too much of it. Took it home. And yes, they arranged for the Moose puppet to come around with cake.
In-laws got me cash, lightsaber attachments for the Wii controllers, and a half-yard glass with holder. Colleen and Marcus got me the Iron Chef game for the Wii, as well as a nice tanto from an Asian flair shop in Greendale Mall. Parents got me cash.

Saturday 24 January
Had breakfast at the hotel with the in-laws.
Went to Best Buy and picked up a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD for the PC, using my birthday cash.
Didn't really have lunch.
C, Johnny and I went to the St Mary School Winter Ball that night. We got several prizes at the "games," including two audiobooks.

Sunday 25 January
Breakfast at the hotel again.
It was a pretty easy day for everyone.
Tried a new place for dinner -- Royal Fried Chicken. It's a new joint up the road from us. Not too bad. Cheap eats.

Now, we have a Wii Fit as of this past weekend.
Colleen's addicted to it. She does at least a half hour routine each night.
I set myself up on it. My center of balance is off a little to the left. It also puts me at about 216lb, with my BMI being just over the line into... get this... obese. WtF????!?!?!?!?!?
I set a goal for myself: 16 lbs in 3 months.
My original Wii Fit Age was like 50...
In one night, that dropped to 35. BMI dropped a little too, but still not into Overweight.
I love the ski jump balance game... I have the record right now of 311m (two jumps per set, both are added together).

I may have pooed console game systems before, but I love the Wi.
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( Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:04 am)
Here are a few events from today...

Born on this day ---
1737 - John Hancock, American statesman (d. 1793)
1827 - Takamori Saigo, Samurai, leader of Satsuma rebellion (d. 1877)
1855 - John Moses Browning, American inventor (d. 1926) -- One of the most innovative firearms designers ever.
1832 - Edouard Manet, French artist (d. 1883)
1898 - Randolph Scott, American actor (d. 1987)
1919 - Ernie Kovacs, American comedian (d. 1962)
1939 - Sonny Chiba, Japanese actor and martial artist
1943 - Gil Gerard, American actor --- Buck Rogers himself!
1944 - Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor
1950 - Richard Dean Anderson, American actor --- COL/BRG/MG Jack O'Neill!!! (Oh, and Macguyver too...)
1957 - Princess Caroline of Monaco
1963 - Gail O'Grady, American actress
1964 - Mariska Hargitay, American actress -- daughter of Jayne Mansfield. Was in the cat when her mother was nearly decapitated in an accident.
1971 - Adam, aka pfloyd, American Geek of All Trades
1972 - Ewen Bremner, Scottish actor -- from Trainspotting, Blackhawk Down, Death at a Funeral, and a recent episode of My Name Is Earl
1974 - Tiffani Thiessen, American actress
1982 - Wily Mo Peña, Dominican baseball player --- late of the Red Sox

Died on this day ---
2003 - Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)
2004 - Bob Keeshan, American actor (b. 1927)
2005 - Johnny Carson, American television host (b. 1925)
2007 - E. Howard Hunt, American Watergate figure (b. 1918)

So there.
pfloyd: (pfloyd portrait)
( Jan. 14th, 2009 03:46 pm)
I feel like hell...

I've been told that I look like hell today to.

Managed to get that stomach flu that's going around. A few folks here at work had/have it. Colleen's getting over it. It started to hit me this morning as I was approaching work.

If it continues after a light dinner, a night's rest with nighttime cold/flu meds, and Idol, I'm binning tomorrow.

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( Jan. 12th, 2009 12:13 pm)
I love it when someone here at work gets stupid, gets himself with an AIM-borne virus that replicates itself across the network.

Communications are rather crippled now, as AIM/Trillian connections were ordered shut down UNODIR (UNless Otherwise DIRected).

If anyone's trying to reach me by AIM, you're currently SOL UFN (Until Further Notice).

That is all.
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( Jan. 8th, 2009 02:15 pm)

Your Word is "Think"

You see life as an amazing mix of possibilities, ideas, and fascinations.

And sometimes you feel like you don't have enough time to take it all in.

You love learning. Whether you're in school or not, you're probably immersed in several subjects right now.

When you're not learning, you're busy reflecting. You think a lot about the people you know and the things you've experienced.

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( Jan. 8th, 2009 11:08 am)
So yesterday morning, in the midst of a sleet/rain system, I pull into the shopping plaza up the road to get edibles from Hanaford's.
And what do I see is going to be moving into an empty spot further down the plaza?

FIVE GUYS!!!!!!!!

Great burgers!
Outstanding fries!

Hurry and open before we move!!!
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( Jan. 5th, 2009 03:54 pm)
Matt Smith is the new Doctor.

Quite literally, Doctor Who????

26 years old... the youngest man to take the role of the Doctor.

Still, I don't think he can top David Tennant, but it will be interesting to see...
So, where to begin???

Heading out... )

Heading back... )

So what did I get? )

Food )

There it is, in a nutshell. I'm sure I've forgotten something somewhere...


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