(Just kidding, click here to
see my favorite quotes)
your hat?" - Rocky, 1976
the end of the movie, when Rocky's just done
the impossible and went the distance with (and
almost beat) Apollo Creed, Adrian runs through
the crowd and makes her way into the ring amidst
the pandemonium. She'd lost her red hat that
Rocky liked before the fight. Now, he's just
done something no one in the world has done,
reporters are all over him, he doesn't know if
he won or lost the fight, and all he cares about
is that his sweetheart lost her hat. Best movie
gonna need a hacksaw" - 24, Season 2, first
Bauer, a burnt-out agent brought back in to find
a nuke in LA, interrogates a witness at CTU.
The witness smirks and says he doesn't have to
talk, and Jack looks at him for a second, then
pulls a gun and shoots him. His boss goes into
panic, but Jack examines the dead-man's neck,
turns to his boss (after a small lecture), and
says "I'm gonna need a hacksaw." Whew!
This is NOT a man I'd want to owe money to!
I find myself with a spare $25, I'm going to
become a Doctor!
Gads, all the years I wasted at school...!
the Myers-Briggs Personality
Profile I'm an INFP,
a somewhat unusual and probably dysfunctional personality
style (2% of the population, although the estimates
vary from < 1% to 4%, with the later generally
thought to reflect that INFPs tend to take more
self-analysis tests than the other profiles, and
skew the data). Dang. But I'm in good company with
John F. Kennedy Jr., Jacqueline Kennedy (it's genetic),
and Mary, mother of Jesus (wait! was this test
available 2000 years ago? "Me is suspect").
been collecting CD's since they first came out,
and have lots and lots of them (space is my primary
problem now). I also have those old album-things,
although I don't listen to them any longer (I have
an AR-1 turntable but it needs a new belt, hard
to find). And I have a good collection of cassette
tapes that I've recorded over the years. Unfortunately,
I don't play any instrument except for the stereo.
I own a guitar, and it looks great leaning against
the fireplace in the living room. Folks have said
it needs to be tuned, but I don't know, it sounds
like "guitar" to me. Except when I play
it, that is. I tried to learn harmonica one week,
but even that proved too difficult, although I'll
admit that one week may not be enough time to come
to that conclusion. I sing in the shower though,
and it sounds just great. And I sing along with
the CD when I drive, and no one's done it better.
of course, I've been ripping
CDs and sticking them on my iPod and network
storage, so other than pulling a CD off the shelf
to rip it, most of the music now is on the iPod,
stereo, and my iPod. It's pretty cool! I may just
box up the CDs and stow them away.
is what I do. At work I
used to primarily use UNIX ® (HP-UX) machines
(read this UNIX/C joke,
which, after coding in C/C++ for years, agree completely with,
Pascal's still my favorite, but sadly has been
deprecated in favor of C and it's variants. Java holds
out hope, though). I dallied with Windows NT when
in the lab, but I changed positions at work so
most of my "dallying" now is at home.
I like playing with PC's, and in my off-time I
always tinkered. I now run/play with various OSs including
Win2K, WinXP, BeOS, Vista, Win 7, and I keep Linux
around. I'm, by any measure, a beanie-head when
it comes to computers, and technology in general.
If you're interested, here're some
specs & photos of the systems I use.
used to read a lot more than I do, but I'm still
addicted to it, I've just changed the "theme" of
my reading today. My favorite
authors occupy a lot of my time, but I spend
more time reading magazines,
technical manuals (unfortunately), billboards,
milk cartons, e-mail, websites, etc.
I also rekindled my childhood zeal for comic books,
around the time Superman "died." My
favorite, however, is Batman. "There's
good, there's evil, and then there's Batman..."
previous, but still beloved preoccupation. I played
as a kid, up through high-school, then took an
18-year hiatus. I've been back, playing now for
8+ years. My present USTA rating is 4.0.
(For a clear, and quite humorous description of "NTPR" tennis
ratings, see what Mike Hoye from usenet spent too
much time writing, here).
I used to post quite a bit on usenet, in the group rec.sport.tennis,
but drifted away.
like this stuff, I don't know why. It's something
I'm "good" at (deep within the realm of
complete amateur), so that must be the allure. I
keep a heavy-bag hanging up outside for when I think
Ali. But, like my reading, this has taken a back-seat
of late, and I'm not currently studying any discipline.
I'm an orange-belt in American
Kenpo karate, and I've studied other forms over
the years. I plan to take up Aikido "Sometime
was more-or-less kicked off when I bought my Casio
QV-4000 digicam in Feb '02. I've always been
interested in photography, and graphics in general,
especially digital graphics. The QV-4000 is a "Four
Megapixel" camera with some nice higher-end
features, and takes some dandy pictures (even with
me at the helm!). I've started a small sample gallery
you can see here.
The QV-4000 has some issues, however (size, and
a long delay between pics, makes it hard to
capture "those moments" of Alexa). So I
bought the faster and more portable Casio
Exilim EX-Z57. Very small, fast, and the downside
is it just doesn't take as good of pictures as the
4000 (small lens). But I carry it with me. I replaced
the Casio with a Canon 6 megapixal recently, smaller,
faster, lighter, so on.