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Jun 20, 2004 - Music

No Doubt and Blink 182 Concert

One of the New Years Resolutions that Leanne and I have is to see more concerts than we did in 2003. Since we only went to 5 concerts last year this should not be too difficult of a task. Last night we went to our second concert, and it was great. Phantom Planet, whose claim to fame is the theme song for Fox’s “The O.C.” TV show, opened at just after seven o’clock.

Jun 18, 2004 - Gadgets

Dyson DC07 Cyclone Animal Upright Vacuum

I have in my possession what I like to call my bachelor vacuum cleaner. It is a little Dirt Devil that you could mistake for a small twig from a tree. Since Leanne moved in over a year ago she has been asking me to get a new vacuum cleaner. I think mainly because my bachelor one does not do a good job. This week I was shopping on Amazon looking for a CD that my sister wants, and I found that the Dyson, that I know Leanne secretly wanted, was in the Gold Box special.

Jun 16, 2004 - Science

Quantum Teleportation

Six long years ago I walked away from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. I promptly got a job in the Silicon Valley writing programs that nobody has ever heard of or used. What have I been using my degree for then? Aside from the occasional DirectX video game (linear algebra truly is important in this hobby along with classical mechanics) I use my degree for tricks at parties.

Jun 16, 2004 - Film

CQ

The year is 1969 a young filmmaker is an editor on a Science Fiction movie based in the year 2001. When the director is fired because the ending sucks (I wish this happened more often) a new director takes over. This new director quits and the young editor gets his chance to direct. The main concern in the movie is how will he end the movie. Once he figures it out someone takes an exposed can of film.

Jun 15, 2004 - Food

Coke C2 -- The New New Coke!

Roughly twenty years ago Coke decided to make New Coke and remove the Old Coke from the shelves. This resulted in pretty much every evil act of the mid to late eighties. Coke got the hint and removed New Coke and replaced it with “Coca-Cola Classic.” For those of you not from the US, that is why we have Coke Classic and you have just Coke. Now Coke is getting on the diet bandwagon and it isn’t happy with having Diet Coke, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, Lemon Diet Coke, Lime Diet Coke, Lemon Caffeine Free Diet Coke, and Lime Caffeine Free Diet Coke.

Jun 14, 2004 - Fun TV

Jimmy Kimmel's show gets canceled over a joke.

I have never watched the Jimmy Kimmel show, but it has a rich tradition of controversy. I believe this was the show that ABC got rid of once before because some people complained that he had audience members drinking beer during the show. I think that was just a publicity stunt to get more viewers. This time, though, he went too far. Jimmy Kimmel, a comedian, made a joke at the expense of other people.

Jun 1, 2004 - Music

Van Halen's New Song "It's About Time"

Eddie Van Halen is arguably one of the greatest guitarists to ever pick up an ax. At a very young age he and his brother Alex would play together inspired by their father who was a classically trained musician. Eventually Alex and Eddie met up with a bassist named Michael Anthony and an ego named David Lee Roth. Together they changed guitar rock forever. You can hear their influence in just about all Rock and Roll today.

Jan 30, 2004 - Fun TV

NBC's First Show to End - Ed

The first show on Wednesday nights moved to Friday nights. This is a sure sign that a broadcaster wants a show to fail. Instead of petering out, Ed ends gracefully. After four years Ed finally ends up with Carol. The story began with Ed returning to Stuckyville to ignite a flame with his high school crush. I will miss this show. It was one of my favorite parts of the week for many years.

Jan 11, 2004 - Fun Games

Rayman 3

Bored with the games that I currently have for the GameBoy I went in search of something new. I had seen a review of Rayman 3 for the PlayStation 2, and it was very positive. However, nothing was said of the little portable version of this game. The screen shots included on the reverse of the box looked incredible. I bought it and plopped it into my GameBoy Advance SP. The screen shots that are included on the back of boxes are not usually a good measure of what the game is actually going to be like.

Nov 24, 2003 - Food

dn-L the Experiment - Popsicle's

After being totally disappointed with the new 7-up drink I set out to find at least one redeeming feature of this drink. I simply poured the drink out into an ice tray and froze it with a couple of tooth picks floating in them to give me something to hold on to. After freezing for a couple hours I pulled one out and tried it. It was great, wonderful, and very very good.

Nov 24, 2003 - Food

dn-L The New and Improved 7-up!

dnL or a flipped version of 7-up. Is another soft drink what we really need? How far did they go when they flipped it? Sitting on the shelf of my local grocer that finally got a decent stock of Mountain Dew Code Red was a bottle with the label of a 7-up bottle only the label was upside down. Very interesting. Then the magical word that I dream about popped out to me, “caffeinated.

Jun 5, 2003 - Games

Has anyone seen my GameBoy Advance SP?

The one major flaw with the Nintendo GameBoy and more so with the GameBoy Advance was that a person had to be in direct sunlight to see what was going on in the game screen. The image was so dark most of the time that you were forced to squint to see the image. This problem was lessened with the scores of lighting options that plugged into each of the GameBoys.

Jun 5, 2003 - Food

Mountain Dew Live Wire

Mountain Dew in an effort to glean a little more money out of consumer’s pockets has come out with a new flavor for the Summer of 2003 only. I quickly snatched up a few bottles of this beverage to test at home. I didn’t do the same number of tests on it as I did to 7-UP:dn-L. That’s because I didn’t like dn-L and was trying to find a way to make it work.

Jun 5, 2003 - Food

Nestle After Eight Thin Chocolate Mints

I was anticipating that when Leanne moved to America that she’d bring with her some food from England that she cannot get here. Nestled among her candy bars were several boxes of a candy that just started appearing here in America. These were of course the After Eight mints. Curious I tried one, and at room temperature these little mints are just okay. They are not up to par with Peppermint Patties, but still really good.

Jun 5, 2003 - Fun Games

Sly Cooper and the Thievious Raccoonus

Sly Cooper is the story of a raccoon burglar. The game is played out in a comic book type cell shaded paradise. Well it is not exactly paradise but it sure looks great. Jumping from ledge to ledge dodging the bad guys and sneaking around are just more fun when you are playing a raccoon. The puzzles in this platform game range from the ridiculously easy to the absurdly hard. There was one puzzle where you had to jump and duck in the right order at the right time, and let me tell you I am ashamed of the fact that it took me a couple of very frustrating hours to get past that.

Jun 5, 2003 - Fun Games

The Legend of Zelda - The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda has a great history of games, starting with the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Wind Waker is the 10th game released in this series and we are taken to a land covered in water with a few islands scattered around here and there. The hero, classically named Link but that name can now be customized, find himself searching through these islands to find and free his sister who was kidnapped in the opening of the game.

Jun 5, 2003 - Food

Harry and David Strawberry Licorice Stix

A long time ago, I had a real job. A real job with real responsibilities. One of this job’s real responsibilities was to attend a weekly engineering meeting. One day a fellow software engineer brought these little red sticks in for people to munch on while new tasks were dolled out. From the moment my nose caught a whiff of them I knew that these would be a great treat. Make sure to keep these in an air tight container though.

Jun 5, 2003 - Food

Nestle Walnut Whip

A Walnut Whip is one of those candies that Nestle will not sell in America because it may cause spontaneous cooperation and equality for everyone. In other words, it would cause wide spread chaos if it were available here. These little treats are one inch in diameter at the base then form a puffy cone. Finally they are topped with a walnut. The cone itself is made of milk chocolate with a thick base of chocolate.

Jun 5, 2003 - Food

The Good Cookie by Tish Boyle

The Good Cookie by Tish Boyle is a book of cookie recipes. There are over 250 recipes from every type of cookie imaginable. The book is laid out into chapters of the different types of cookies with the first five chapters reserved for some great tips on equipment, ingredients, techniques and storage. There are two sections of full color photos with a listing of the cookie displayed and a page number with the recipe.

Jan 30, 2003 - Fun

The Misadventures of TheTodd - "The Screen Savers" Taping

Before we get too far into this, let me start by saying this. Yes, I know. There is a bus that would have taken me to the studio. I’m TheTodd. I had to find a more independent means of getting to the studio. The Screen Savers is a one-hour live television show that is on TechTV. Why are you surprised? If you are reading this web site, you know Im a geek.

Jan 29, 2003 - Film

Catch Me if you Can

So let us start with the stopping of the name-dropping. We know who built the film and who acted in it. Why don’t we just get to the guts of the matter? Was this film any good? Yes, it was. It was based on a true story, but I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying it. The characters were charismatic and loveable. The supporting actors were incredible, and the story flowed very well.

Jan 29, 2003 - Film

25th Hour

Edward Norton stars in this film that was directed by Spike Lee. This tells the dark story of a convicted drug dealer on his last night of freedom before heading off to the slammer for 7 years. We are made to feel sorry for this criminal, but Norton’s character knows that what he did was wrong and shows great remorse. However, things get a little hairy when people start pointing the fingers at each other making him wonder who actually turned him in to the DEA.

Sep 14, 2002 - Film

The Wedding Planner

Let me tell you the story that was overlooked in this movie. It’s the story of a little boy. This little boy fell in love with a woman at a very young age. Both of them were children. As such he did everything he could think of to impress her. To show her he was fearless he ate mud. Unfortunately, all this did was disgust the young girl. Many years later, still smitten with love for this woman, her father arranges a marriage between the two.

Aug 30, 2002 - Fun

Baseball Strike Averted - For the Next 4 years...

Today is August 30th and the deadline for the players union to reach an agreement on their contract. They reached that agreement at the 11th hour. That means that the Oakland Athletics can return to their third consecutive post-season run. Now the inevitable question for me. Aren’t you happy? I think they did enough damage by threatening the strike. We have no say in the negotiations. It’s not fair. In this economy people have less money to spend on entertainment.