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    Sunday, January 28, 2007  
    Movie: Monster House

    Monster House was one of the Sony movies we got at the end of the year. It is a performance capture -- meaning the actors were captured electronically and then special effects were applied.

    The movie is a lot of fun and kind of scary.

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    Travel: Vegas
    We went to Las Vegas for an artifically long 4 day weekend. We stayed at the Venetian Resort and went to see the Cirque du Soleil show O (at the Bellagio) and the Blue Man Group. Both shows were great. We would have liked to have been able to pay to see the technical side of "O".

    The hotel room was really fine. The location is fairly central on LV Blvd. The attached casino big but mostly with $10+ minimum tables. Sadly, the pools were in the shade which meant not so great swimming opportunities. I would likely choose a different hotel -- pick the one with the show you are going to see.

    Note, the casinos will rob you with their ATMs; so watch the fees and additional percentage they extract. Take as much money as you plan to spend (and some little bills for tips). Bank of America ATMs: Forum Shops At Caesars and Ethel M Chocolates.

    Join a players club: the Mirage seems to include quite a few casinos. And then ask for comps (food or room discounts). We didn't this time but next time that will be my goal. For the simple...The drinks are free - tips expected. And remember to tip the dealers at table games; the slot machines don't need to be tipped. But tilting one may cause you to be removed from the casino.

    We went to see the Mirage's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Not good value for you money but a decent distraction. The most value for our money was likely playing Dance Dance Revolution at the Mirage Arcade -- $1. We missed the volcano; it supposedly happens every hour but it wasn't clear that this meant ON THE HOUR. I think we tried on the half-hour.

    Overall, it was a great trip, even if Sophia didn't get the cute shoes.

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    Monday, January 22, 2007  
    Books: Online and everywhere
    Some links to books online (and not just places to buy them):

    And some places to store your books:

    It looks like I will start using Libary Thing to track the books I read or audio books I listen too. And someday, perhaps all of the ones on the shelf will get added. Go go 43 folder power!

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    Technolgy: Sync Toy
    Microsoft has a tool called Sync Toy that works like robocopy and can be used to keep two directories synced. Perfect for a mirror backup. I plan on using it to backup the photos and other data. The task is scheduled daily.

    Too bad you can't schedule a task for when the computer is being shutdown. I'll work on that one.

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    Saturday, January 20, 2007  
    Sports: Rugby at Petco
    The International Rugby Sevens World Series will have its USA event in San Diego Feb 10-11. 16 nations and 44 matches in 2 days. The games are 7 minutes halfs and the description of 7 man rugby is that it is fast and athletic. The first game is at 10am and the last one starts around 6pm. I'm planning on going. Interested?

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    Sports: NCAA Basketball
    Besides already going to our first game together this year (UCLA vs Humboldt), I was hoping we would get to another game. SDSU or University of San Diego? I imagine we can walk in to any game except again Gonzaga and get 12-14 tickets at USD. The tickets are $20 for SDSU and won't be as close. As my parents are now just a hop, skip, and jump from USD, it may be time to introduce them to Toreros sports!

    USD
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    Potential dates: Tues Feb 6 - SDSU vs AirForce

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    Music: Lost and found and perhaps live at the Casbah
    Cashbah schedule. Because I'm thinking about going Sunday night. Now I just have to figure out if Sophia will go or if I have to talk someone else into it. I'm sure a concert won't help my ears to stop ringing but I promise to wear earplugs. The target band: Ryan Ferguson

    Geggy Tah was the first thing I thought of. I once saw them at the BellyUp with about 12 people in the audience. But even though there are links on the web, it looks like the chance of finding them on the road is still and in San Diego, approaching zero.

    Amd one more band to track down -- Gregory Page. He has a new album and was just at the Casbah. Of course I didn't realize either. And we'll be out of town when he's doing a houseconcert. If you get a chance, go see him! And remind me to buy his records.

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    Friday, January 19, 2007  
    Flash: click to enable
    http://www.amarasoftware.com/macromedia-ie-solution.htm Rich pointed out that at bobandsophia.com, all the navigational flash needs to be clicked first. Bah to Microsoft and software patents that changed the functionality. The link shows how to resolve it. But now I have to go change some code and html. On the list.

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    Thursday, January 18, 2007  
    Blog: Blogger2 or GoogleBlogger
    I updated to the new google version of Blogger.com today. Hopefully you won't notice.

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    Tuesday, January 16, 2007  
    Theater: Yellowman
    This weekend, we went to another Cygnet Theater play: Yellowman. An African-American woman dreams about a life beyond her Carolina town. The real story though is about the racial tension within this community. Some of the play is hard to watch because it is so forceful and haunting. If you ever needed a reason not to drink alcohol, this might be one way to find it.

    An excellent two person performance. Go see it. And if you have any doubts, read the reviews at Curtainup.

    One interesting note, I found the polay at Dramatists Play Services. This site lets you apply for rights to perform these plays. I guess they don't really mind you reading them outloud at home without a performance license.

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    Monday, January 15, 2007  
    Science: Brightest comet in 30 years
    Amazing Comet. Why wasn't the normal news media reporting this? While it is likely too late to catch this comet in person, I am going to try today. Supposedly by looking southwest just before/after sunset we might be able to see it. Of course, we have been watching the sunset -- we just didn't know we should be looking for a comet too. Further reading suggests it may be too late to catch unless I plan a quick trip to New Zealand.


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    Sports: Chargers Choke
    I think the headline explains it. Foolish penalities, 1 interceptions, 2 fumbles, a muffed punt, potentially bad play-calling, and certainly one too few stops from the defense. Should the Chargers have won? That's why games are played on the field and not on paper. The better prepared team won. And Marty Schottenheimer is now 5-13 in the playoffs. I'd say blame the coach this time.

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    Thursday, January 11, 2007  
    Food: Restaurant Week
    Many San Diego restaurants are running a special this week. Three course meals for $30 or $40. We went to Indigo Grill on Sunday and Bali Hai on Wednesday. The view from Bali Hai was better. The food at Indigo Grill was better. That's not to say we wouldn't go back.

    The drinks at Bali Hai are strong. And the shrimp appetizer that we got would have been a fine meal. And the atmosphere is very San Diego -- casual, fun, spectacular.

    I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the Indigo Grill menu. Yummy.

    I don't think we can fit anymore food into us. Otherwise, we might be trying for a third night out in one week. Are we crazy? Are we still dating?

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    Wednesday, January 10, 2007  
    Hardware: NAS and a slug?
    This time, NAS means Network-Attached Storage. The slug is really a Linksys NSLU2. The hope and rational is that $250 in hardware (the slug, a new 320GB drive, and a USB 2.0 enclosure to convert an existing drive) converted into a simple backup solution AND shared network drives will make life better and safer -- especially in case of data failure and when I get a laptop. The bonus of a potential iTunes server and a linux box (toy depending on your opinion) makes this an easy investment of some holiday money. If it works, I may suggest the same setup for my parents.


    The kingwin external enclosure has some great lighting. The red bar is for access and the blue one is for power. Newegg had them fairly cheap. In the long run, I expect this device to be used as the offsite backup -- unless I decide to push the backups out to our Dreamhost space. Once a month (or so), I'll copy the important backup data to it and leave it offsite. Until then, the server room (guest bedroom) will look more and more like a laser-light show.

    The primary USB drive is a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 320GB External Hard Drive. The photo is correct, it looks like a hardbound book. A little silly but a great thing to have on the bookshelf.

    Everyone needs a backup strategy! Reuse an existing drive and this solution comes in under $150 with shipping.



    Add a network laser printer to the mix and you'd think we were starting our own internet company.

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    Monday, January 08, 2007  
    Online Games: Square 2
    Square 2 is developed by Gavin Shapiro. You can find it lots of places, including at Shockwave. Square 2

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