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Thursday, December 4th, 2008
7:34 pm
I feel quite proud of my vices score.

The Life Experience Test

Overall, you have partaken in 102 out of 169 possible life experiences.
Your average life experience score is therefore 60%.

The average score is 52%, making your experiences more than 72% of the people who have taken this test.
The average for your age group (36-55) is 56%.

Broken down by category:
Art: 1/17 (6%)

Career & Work: 10/13 (77%)

Civics & Technology: 4/7 (57%)

Crime & Disarray: 9/11 (82%)

Education: 10/18 (56%)

Fashion: 5/10 (50%)

Fitness, Health and Sports: 4/7 (57%)

Life in General: 10/14 (71%)

Relationships: 11/14 (79%)

Religion & Politics: 1/4 (25%)

Social: 18/22 (82%)

Travel: 8/20 (40%)

Vices: 11/12 (92%)

Take the test and see how YOU compare

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Thursday, November 20th, 2008
10:26 am - Mini E Field Trial
I received an email to from MINI USA about the Mini E Field Trial. It is an all electric Mini Cooper that you can lease for a year. Unfortunately, it requires the participant to live in LA or NY/NJ metro areas.

For a moment there, I was tempted to move.

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Monday, October 20th, 2008
5:02 pm - All the cool kids are doing it...

You Are 84% Evil

You're the most evil person you know.

The devil is even a little scared of you!

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Monday, September 22nd, 2008
10:40 am - Great Customer Service

It sounds like an oxymoron but it happens once in a while.

When we moved down to Texas, mollidog picked up AT&T U-verse. Now the technology is great and all but the best part is the customer service.

The installer was on-time and worked all day on the solution for our home and it was pretty complicated. There was just one outstanding item when he left that night (an Ethernet connection in Jimmy's room) which he came back the next morning to do.

I have called their customer support twice now after adding services from their web site. The web site sets the delivery date for new services a week out even though they don't require a technician. The first time I called the representative canceled the order and set up the new services with a better price immediately. When I called today, they added the service immediately.

The best part though is that they are genuinely friendly. Hell, they are so friendly and polite, I find myself saying "sir" and "ma'am" when I am talking to them.

Comcast was never like that.

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10:24 am - Like you would be surprised...
You are a

Social Liberal
(73% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(76% permissive)

You are best described as a:




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

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Monday, September 1st, 2008
1:53 pm - Boozapalooza

I picked up the domain Boozapalooza.org and set it up with Google Apps to help coordinate for next year.

Let me know if you want an email address.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
12:28 pm - DrunkFest '08 Questions

Thought I would post my questions and see if anyone would have any answers.

1. Are we all leaving together or or are we making our own way there? Since I am coming from the north and picking up Thom, it may be more expedient to go across the narrows.

2. If we are all leaving together, what time are we meeting on Friday? Where are we meeting?

3. Is anyone traveling ahead to pick the camp site?

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Sunday, August 10th, 2008
6:43 pm - Television

What I am watching now:

Burn Notice (USA, Thursdays 10 PM, online): This just a fun show about a spy that was blacklisted. And Bruce Campbell as the boozy, lecherous sidekick is, well, priceless. So far the second season seems better than the first and the first season was pretty good.

Mad Men (AMC, Sundays 10 PM, iTunes): The first season I really thought was amazing. Not just the acting, which is very good, but the attention to detail by the cast and crew for the period. That makes the characters even more compelling and enjoyable to watch. I'm not certain yet if the second season can match the first but the first season set a very high bar.

Coming this fall:

Eli Stone (ABC, Tuesdays 10 PM, Starts Oct 14th, online): I like this show mainly because of the lead actor, Jonny Lee Miller. I liked him in Trainspotting so when I saw the ad for the first season, I gave it a shot. It has a good cast and it usually has clean, happy-ending episodes. It can be a little sappy at times but Miller is great to watch.

Life on Mars (ABC, Thursdays 10 PM, Starts Oct 9th): I am giving this one a chance but I am not sure about it. I really liked the BBC series this was based on but I'm not sure about an American version. Unfortunately, I missed the second season of the BBC version when it was on BBC America so hopefully they may play both seasons of the original on BBC America this fall. I don't know if this show will be available online or not.

Chuck (NBC, Mondays 8 PM, Starts Sep 29th, online): Another fun, campy show that doesn't take itself serious.

Heroes (NBC, Mondays 9 PM, Starts Sep 22nd, online): Of course, I going to watch this.

Life (NBC, Fridays 10 PM, Starts Sep 29th, online): I really liked the first season an I expect that the second will be better. I like the main characters quirkiness

My Own Worst Enemy (NBC, Mondays 10 PM, Starts Oct 13th, online): This looks interesting and I like Christian Slater so I will give this one a shot.

The Mentalist (CBS, Tuesdays 9 PM, Starts Sep 23rd): Looks like it might be ok so I will give it a shot. However, this one has a good chance of being dropped if the first couple of episodes don't catch my interest.

The Unit (CBS, Sundays 10 PM, Starts Sep 28th, online): It is the little things that make me like this show. Such as responding on the radio with "You're coming in broken and stupid, over".

The Shield (FX, Tuesdays 10 PM, Starts Sep 2nd): This was a great series and it is time for a final season. Oddly enough, it always reminds me of Jimmy. In the first season, Mackey's son was revealed to have autism which was around the same time Jimmy was diagnosed. Just one of those strange little coincidences in life.

Sons of Anarchy (FX, Wednesdays 10PM, Starts Sep 3rd): This series looks like it has some potential, where you both despise and cheer the main character, like The Shield.

Fringe (Fox, Tuesdays 9PM, Starts Sep 9th): This show looks to be creepy, intriguing and more than a little odd. I will have to take a look at this one.

Entourage (HBO, Sundays 10 PM, Starts Sep 7th): This show is a riot, especially with the supporting cast of Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrera and Jeremy Piven. Now, I just have to figure out if I get HBO in Texas or Washington. Probably Texas so Mollidog can watch it too.

Dexter (Showtime, Sundays 9 PM, Starts Sep 28th): If I had to pick just one show on this list to watch, this would be it. Now I just need to get my hand on a Dexter bobblehead.

Californication (Showtime, Sundays 10 PM, Starts Sep 28th): Originally, I thought this show would suck with David Duchovny as a womanizing, one-hit wonder of a writer. Then I watch the first season OnDemand. I was so wrong. The show is really great and I am looking forward to the next season. It is another reason for me to keep Showtime.

It looks like Sundays at 10 PM will be the busy time with 4 shows. Thankfully, the AT&T U-verse can record 4 show simultaneously.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2008
2:20 pm - You can call me Lardo

Some of you may know that after I quite smoking I gained a bit of weight. Roughly 30 pounds of weight.

So in Oct of 2007, I began taking Chantix to quit smoking. And it worked for me. At first I had some really strange and bizarre dreams but within a week I hated the taste of cigarettes and I didn't want one. I started to gain a little weight but I put it off more to the holidays and winter. Around Christmas of 2007, I quit taking the Chantix when I became sick. By the time, I recovered from my illness, I found I didn't need the Chantix anymore. My last cigarette was about 2 drags of one I bummed off of  Chordam7 in late January of 2008 at a bachelor party.

However, I must have started eating more or I was burning more calories that I thought going outside to smoke every couple of hours because I started to gain some weight. In October of 2007, I weighed around 192 pounds. When I saw the doctor in April of 2008, I was 223 pounds. The doctor pulled out this little cardboard BMI calculator and said "You're obese."

Now that was a bit of a wake up for me. Back in '87, when I joined the Army, I weighed 120 pounds. At 6 feet tall, that is pretty darn thin. By the time I finished Basic and AIT, I weighed 150 pounds which I stayed around until about '97. While I was in the military, I knew that if I hit 180 pounds, I would have to on the Fat Boy Program, our colorful phrase for the program to keep soldiers in the proper condition.

I got out of the Army and quit exercising. I began this slow climb up in weight then until I hit around 190 in '02. That is, until I quit smoking.

So I actually picked up my membership card for the Pro Club, the gym I have had membership with since I started working at Microsoft. They have a program called 20/20 Lifestyles to get people in shape and quite a bit of the cost is covered as a benefit. However, when I went to the seminar about it, they said that they didn't want me in it since I would be spending 2 weeks in Texas and 2 weeks in Washington and that was too large of a break in the program since it would run for 16 weeks in my case.

However, the guy giving the presentation was pretty good so I decided to cut back on my calories and see how that went. I started limiting myself to 1500 calories a day in five 300 calorie meals. This was in late April.

In May, I decided to add some exercise. I scheduled an appointment with a trainer at the Pro Club in Seattle on the 14th of May. At that time, we took my measurements and I weighed 211 pounds and my body fat was 17.7%. I started going to the gym 5 days a week with 30 minutes of cardio every day and strength training on 3 days. By mid-June, I was at 206 but then I started the move to Round Rock.

After I had been down in Round Rock a week or so, I found a gym close by to join to continue to exercise. It is really a bare-bones kind of gym. I only went there a few times before I came back to Seattle but I kind of like it. And it is dirt cheap in comparison to the Pro Club.

On July 9th, I had my measurements done again and I was fairly pleased. I weighed 202 pounds and my body fat was 16.3% but the nicest change was that I had lost 3 inches on my waist. That isn't too bad considering I have have been moving around quite a bit and I haven't been able to keep to my schedule as well as I would like. One thing I did not like was that I had lost half an inch on my biceps.

(Last Tuesday, I weighed 197 pounds but I was dehydrated from a hangover so I'm not counting that.)

So I have come to a bit of a crossroads about how to proceed. I could continue to keep my calories down and keep to the same work out or I could increase my calories and do more strength training. I am inclined towards the latter since my goal is not a particular weight but rather 12% body fat.

Any opinions?

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
11:28 am - Just to prove I am an Alvian
I feel kinda proud actually.


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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
9:47 pm - My Super Fat Tuesday

I found this animation about next Tuesday and thought it was pretty funny in a bi-partisan fashion.

By the way, am I the only person that noticed that Super Tuesday is on Fat Tuesday. Obviously, the Louisiana primary is not on Fat Tuesday. They have their priorities straight.

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Monday, January 7th, 2008
4:03 pm - Prediction of New Hampshire Primary

I am just predicting the order and not the percentage of votes.


  1. Obama
  2. Clinton
  3. Edwards
  4. Richardson
  5. Kucinich


  1. McCain
  2. Romney
  3. Huckabee
  4. Paul
  5. Giuliani
  6. Thompson
  7. Hunter

Nothing very surprising here. This is pretty much what the latest polling shows except that Paul and Giuliani would be reversed.

I will also predict that Kucinich, Richardson and Hunter will drop after the results are in.

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Monday, December 10th, 2007
10:23 am - I guess I will be voting for the Libertarian in Republican clothing...

Looking back through some friends posts, I saw this poll to determine your preferred presidential candidate. I took the test and here are the top 15.

1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100%)
2. Ron Paul (67%)
3. John McCain (65%)
4. Al Gore (not announced) (64%)
5. Barack Obama (63%)
6. Kent McManigal (campaign suspended) (62%)
7. Christopher Dodd (62%)
8. John Edwards (55%)
9. Rudolph Giuliani (55%)
10. Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (52%)
11. Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton) (51%)
12. Newt Gingrich (says he will not run) (50%)
13. Joseph Biden (49%)
14. Fred Thompson (49%)
15. Hillary Clinton (48%)

There were a couple of surprises:

  • Newt Gingrich was pretty high.
  • Steven Colbert was #26.
  • Hillary Clinton was in the top half.
  • Al Gore was near the top.
  • And I have no idea who McManigal (#6) and Augustson (#10) are.

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Friday, September 2nd, 2005
5:56 pm
My big budget filmCollapse )

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2004
1:21 pm - I know I post a lot but...
I saw this article and just had to put it up here. I think I see a new advertisement for Rainer beer.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004
4:14 pm
Now this one I like...

What Pulp Fiction Character Are You? .

Your name alone strikes fear into others; but maybe, just maybe, there's a little vulnerability and weakness beneath that stoic, fierce exterior of yours.

Take the What Pulp Fiction Character Are You? quiz.

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4:09 pm
I'm a little surprised.

My Inner Hero - Wizard!

I'm a Wizard!

There are many types of magic, but all require a sharp mind and a cool head. There is no puzzle I can't solve, no problem I can't think my way out of. When you feel confused or uncertain, you can always rely on me to untangle the knots and put everything back in order for you.

How about you? Click here to find your own inner hero.

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2004
3:23 pm - twin peaks quiz
Absolutely not surprises here. Jen emailed me as asked me to take it just to verify the result she predicted.

Albert Rosenfield
You're Agent Albert Rosenfield, the snide and
superior forensics expert. Your tongue is
sharper than your scalpel, and it doesn't take
long for people to start hating you for your
supercilious quips, but you are the very best
at what you do. You don't suffer fools gladly,
but you give respect when it's due. In fact,
you're a good guy at heart, but so wedded to
your sarcasm that you can rarely stand to treat
people kindly.

Which Twin Peaks character are you?
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Sunday, January 18th, 2004
12:23 pm - I really doubt the accuracy of this quiz
I am a Hippy

Which America Hating Minority Are You?

Take More Robert & Tim Quizzes
Watch Robert & Tim Cartoons

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Monday, November 10th, 2003
2:17 pm - This kind of surprised me
I was going over the posts I had missed and ran into this quiz that some of you did.

"You must remember this, a kiss is still a
kiss". Your romance is Casablanca. A
classic story of love in trying times, chock
full of both cynicism and hope. You obviously
believe in true love, but you're also
constantly aware of practicality and societal
expectations. That's not always fun, but at
least it's realistic. Try not to let the Nazis
get you down too much.

What Romance Movie Best Represents Your Love Life?
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