Sunday, June 25, 2006

Kakuro

Wow, second post in one day, its amazing.

If you enjoyed my sudoku post, then this one also for you. Kakuro is another number puzzle thats caught my eye. I don't think its as new as sudoku, and its also known as cross sums, but i really enjoy it. It involves a little more thinking that sudoku, because it has some basic addition in addition to just number elimination, which i think makes it that much more interesting.

In addition to my huge number of podcasts i've been listening to, i have picked up a few new tunes for the ole iPod.

most notably:
KT Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope ... yeah most of you have heard Black Horse and a Cherry Tree, but the rest of the album is also really great and I would say that the whole album is worth the price on iTunes if you're debating whether to just get the single or the album (like i was)

The Wreckers - Stand Still, Look Pretty ... You've heard Michelle Branch, and this is her with Jessica Harp, but it doesn't sound like anything she's done before. Its a cool country pop type cd. I think its great

Oh yeah, and we're building a house...how exciting is that? Very, i think! We've started a blog we'll both be contributing to and if you're interested, just let one of us know and we'll point you in the right direction.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Seems like there's a pattern here...

Of me being gone for a long time and then deciding to write something. So i guess we'll just say thats how its going to be. So there! Anyway, I decided to take out all my posts about *You-know-which-HS-Marching Band* because i'm tired of @$$hole teenagers posting expletives on my blog.

Anyway, I've been going extra geek lately since I started picking up a bunch of geek type podcasts. The fact that I have podcasts at all is pretty geeky, but the ones I have make it even more so. and so, On the iPod I have the following.

Escape Pod - Escape Pod is a podcast by Steve Eley, of Atlanta, GA (yeah ATL) and is a different Science Fiction short story each week. All of them are good, some of them are absolutely amazing. If you're familiar with the science fiction genre at all, you'll get this, they just ran 4 of the 5 Hugo nominated short stories as podcasts and they were all very good. This past week, they ran a story called Anyone can whistle which i personnally thought was one of the best stories they have run so far (go to escapepod.org to download or subscribe on iTunes). It had a very Matrix/Neuromancer feel to it (The Matrix concept is from a book called Neuromancer by William Gibson) but this story had a much more human element to it. I highly recommend checking this one out!

Dragon Page Cover to Cover - This one is really informative. They interview a Sci-Fi or Fantasy author each week and also discuss books they've received and/or are currently reading. Its turned me onto several authors and other podcasts. The same two guys, Michael R. Mennenga & Evo Terra, do Slice of Sci-Fi, which covers Movies and Television in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre, and Wingin' It, which is kind of a BS, beer drinking podcast where they talk about geeky Sci-Fi and get drunk, which is actually quite funny. Standard guests at these three podcasts include Summer Brooks and Joe Murphy better known as The Kick-Ass Mystic Ninjas whose podcast deals with classic Sci-Fi books, movies and television shows. They will read/watch older stuff and then discuss. Of course, as a result of all these geektastic podcasts, i have started going much geekier lately, including doing things like watching Battlestar Galactica, reading new and interesting books, and listening to some of the fabulous books at Podiobooks.com which provides free audiobooks through iTunes or any podcast grabber you might be using. Currently I'm listening to one called 7th Son: Descent, but I have about four in my queue. All of these podcasts, except Podiobooks, are part of the far point media group, which is the main way i found out about most of these.

Another podcast that I listen to is called Air Out My Shorts, which is two Canadians (eh?), The Word Whore and Preston Buttons, who read short stories of any genre, maximum length, 800 words....how do they fill up their time? They drink...a lot...and make amusing sexual innuendoes to each other. This one I enjoy purely for the foolishness of it. Occasionnally, the stories are interesting, often the only purpose they serve is to provide a topic for the hosts' constant tangents.

For a daily dose of funny stuff from theonion.com, check out their podcast, typically about 1 minute long, so you can fit it just about anywhere in your day.

Last but not least, the amusingly titled Geek Fu Action Grip, hosted by Mur Lafferty. With her dry wit and intellectual geek related essays, I enjoy every second of her podcast. Normally she reads an essay of her own, occasionally she reads a guest essay or plays audio of a guest reading their own essay and lately she has begun posting serialized fiction which is also fun. All in all a very amusing podcast.

Friday, February 24, 2006

...and now for something completely different

OK, time for an actual blog now. First of all, Traci, its nice to know you actually read my blog and the wedding pictures have not been scanned in as of yet, but i'll be sure to let you know when they are.

Other than that, if anyone is wondering what we are up to, i can sum it up in one word. WORK! It feels like thats all we ever do. work work work. Oh, right, and SuDoku, which is a craze that i picked up on, and then Mrs. Piper picked it up and totally ran with it. Here is a (albeit simple) sample


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|4|2| |5|9| | | | |
|8| |1| |2| | |6| |
|5| |3| | | |7|9| |
| | |8|2| | | | |9|
| |3|2|7| |1|8|4| |
|6| | | | |3|5| | |
| |7|9| | | |6| |4|
| |4| | |1| |2| |8|
| | | | |7|5| |3|1|



If you're not familiar with the game, the concept to have exactly one of each number, 1-9 in ever row, column, and box (btw, the rows and columns are obvious, but the boxes are the 3X3 squares indicated by bold lines). Its a very simple concept, and easy to learn, but some of the hardest ones are nearly impossible. If you've never done it, here are a couple of tips. Think carefully about each move, remember that there can only be ONE of each number in rows, columns, and boxes. Don't guess, make every move for a definite reason. If you make a mistake, and base other choices on that mistake, it is virtually impossible to determine where and when you made your mistake. All puzzles are solvable in a unique way. Enjoy!

Beyond that, its My cat, Dillon's, 2nd birthday, Happy Birthday Dillon!! Unfortunately, even if cats could read, mine probably couldn't, he's a great cat, but about as dumb as a bag of hammers.

Finally, visit thesmokinggun.com for this most disturbing story *very disturbing in concept, not so much graphically disturbing* about a man who tried to get his wife to sign what he called a "Contract of Wifely Expectations" nevermind the face that at the end of the contract he states that it is a set of rules, not a contract. This story absolutely baffles me. How a man who supposedly loves his wife and (i have heard) mother of his two children can attempt to subjugate her in such a way is completely and totally beyond me. I won't really go into it here, if you're interested in the details, you know where to find it. I have been processing this for a couple of days and still can't get my head around it.

Anyway, i hope you've enjoyed this conglomeration of subjects...


Sunday, November 20, 2005

WoooHooo!

So, for me, a good day in college football involves a Vandy win, a UGA win, or a UT loss, a great day would include any two of those, a really great day includes all three of those, and an abso-freakin-lutely amazing day involves all three where Vandy's win and UT's loss are one in the same... GO MY GLORIOUS COMMODORES GO!!!! Jay Cutler, you are officially my hero....

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Hey...at least UT lost too!!

Vandy - 42
Florida - 49

UT - 21
Notre Dame - 41

It seems like I've been saying that a lot lately. Vanderbilt has lost our last five games, but UT seems to keep losing too, and while I'd love to seen Vandy win, seeing UT lose is almost as sweet. Plus, every time we play down to the wire against a good team (Florida, South Carolina anyone?) I have that much more faith that this could be the year we take out UT. I still can't believe how well we played against Florida, and in truth, that game should have been ours. Its ridiculous how much the ESPN commentators were busting the officiating crew. You know when non-partison commentators are busting your chops that much, you must be calling some seriously shitty calls. That was some of the worst officiating I've seen in a while...Hey ref! you have replay review, F&%#ing use it!!! If MAYBE his knee was down on 4th and goal, MAYBE YOU SHOULD LOOK INTO THAT YOU STUPID BUNCH OF PRICKS. Granted we screwed ourselves over too, and that was huge, 3 turnovers leading directly to 21 points and of course the interception that ended our run in the 2nd overtime. it was terrible. If our offense had just been able to hang onto the ball, theres a damn good chance we would have won that game, because aside from that, we played amazingly well. I just hope that next year we have someone thats even close to Cutler's caliber to step in at quarterback. If you missed the game last night on ESPN2 (why they televised that game, i'm not sure, but i'm sure they're glad they did now) you missed an amazing run at the end of the game. Down two touchdowns with just a few minutes on the clock, we did an amazing quick strike down the field and actually recovered our onsides kick for another quick strike, leaving the gators with just 50 seconds to take us out. They couldn't, we got the ball back and took a knee to take it to overtime. 3 fast TD's and one interception later, we were back down to earth. Another loss. It was SO CLOSE. Nick and I couldn't even sit down it was so crazy. I love my Commodores!!! Now, we need to win out to be eligible for a bowl...but i have faith in my team that they can beat UT and UK. We can do it...We can do it....We can do it...GO DORES!!!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

So freaking cool

Mad props to Mike for pointing out this!! Freaking awesome!

Monday, October 31, 2005

just this and that

10/31/05
Currently on the iPod:
Brace Yourself - Howie Day

This weekend I went to the Vanderbilt Marching Invitational. If somehow you are unaware that i'm a big band geek, now you know. Anyway, i went to the competition and it was so much fun. I sat in the bridge (thanks John) and it was a really different experience to be sitting where i can actually see the bands for the whole day and am not responsible for anything. A brief history of my experiences at VMI

Freshman year - Selling ICE CREAM on event day, typically the coldest day in October, and it was. Ice cream does not sell well in 35 degree weather, in case you were wondering

Sophomore year - Being a bouncer, making sure people are where they're supposed to be and not where they aren't supposed to be, catching bands here an there when there wasn't much to do, driving the golf cart, 1st year in the press box! woohoo so much better than selling ice cream. On the exec committee

Junior year - Still bouncing, still in the press box, on exec committe as webmaster...that was fun

Senior year - Beginning to see a pattern here?

Super Senior year - continues

1st year out - popcorn judge - fun, but still with some responsibility, got to see all the bands, stay warm, and eat press box food

This year - watch bands all day, not in the press box, not warm, but still more fun than having to do things all day and be quiet because of the judges

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Return from the dead

10/27/05
Currently on the iPod:
Come Out Clean - Jump, Little Children
Whiskey Lullaby - Brad Paisley with Allison Krauss

Okay, so I realize I haven't blogged in quite sometime. Last time you heard from me, it was still Vandy's preseason, before we went up on a huge high of being 4-0 and then came crashing back to reality with our current 4-4 record with Florida, Tennessee, and Kenutucky the remaining barriers in our season. Personally, I believe we still have a chance at a winning season. While Kentucky's certainly no gimme, i think we can take them given how well we've been playing. Furthermore, UT looks terrible this year, and as much as Vandy hates UT, we might be able to pull off an upset. I don't really have any false hopes about Florida, but there's always the possibility of we'll be under their radar and surprise them, but I doubt it.

Anyway, my iPod broke the other day (the hard drive went out) and it was terrible. I'm used to having it at work, and it made my days very boring. Luckily, they were able to replace it at the Apple store in Green Hills, which brings me to my next point. If you want to hang out with some real geeks (meant in partially a good way, and partially a bad way) go to the Apple store. Its a great place if you want to see some seriously cool toys. Expensive cool toys, but still very cool. The new iPod kinda made me mad, since I just got a 30GB iPod photo, and now these new ones that play video have come out and I'm really happy with my iPod, its just that I've only had it about 2 months and now theres a better one out for cheaper. Oh well, such is the way with computers and their accessories. Despite my slight case of buyers remorse, I LOVE MY IPOD!! Its probably the most useful thing i've bought recently. Anyway, more later