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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
2:42 pm
New direction
On Monday, my boss was laid off. Those of you who know about my work life last year know that it was not a big loss.

It means that the few employees who are left will be charting the direction of the company. I'm nervous. But, for the first time in over a year, I feel like my destiny is mine to control.
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
11:21 am
The Backfire Effect
Interesting article. Two political scientists gave two politically similar groups (such as both conservative or both liberal) a statement they were inclined to believe and then one group was given information that refuted that statement.

As a group, liberals tended to ignore the refutations that ran counter to their beliefs. So, the percentage that believed the original statement was similar in both groups.

As a group, conservatives who heard the refutations were MORE likely to believe the original statement than the group that didn't (by a significant margin).

The theories about why this happens are interesting.


http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2008/09/the_backfire_effect.html

A Q&A with the authors of the paper: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2008/09/14/DI2008091401308.html
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
8:18 am
Saturday, July 14th, 2007
12:11 pm
YouTube humor
Breaking News: All Online Data Lost After Internet Crash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vail4Uk85Lw

Be sure to read the ticker at the bottom of the page.
Monday, July 2nd, 2007
12:42 am
iPhone fun
Nothing funnier than stupidity and greed.

Video here
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
10:27 am
Saturday, April 14th, 2007
2:05 pm
Vegas baby, VEGAS
As some of you know, last I left my job at "big e-commerce company" to work for a small startup.

This week is the show (NAB, National Association of Broadcasters) we've been working towards. It's make-or-break time.

I'm at the Las Vegas convention center getting ready for the show. We just got our electricity. Now we are waiting for our tables. It's going to be long, boring day.

Most likely followed by several days of complete chaos.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
3:30 pm
This is a hellbob kind of story, but he's strangely silent today.

Michael Jackson is in discussions about creating a 50-foot robotic replica of himself to roam the Las Vegas desert firing laser beams, according to reports.

http://music-news.com/ShowNews.asp?nItemID=13535
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
9:05 am
Life with teenagers...
When I let my daughter use my cellphone, I never explained that there was a limited number of minutes per month.

$175 in overages later, we HAVE had the conversation.
Saturday, October 28th, 2006
8:26 am
Star Wars Robot Chicken
LucasFilm is financing a half-hour Robot Chicken special to air during the Superbowl:

http://www.tvsquad.com/2006/10/27/lucasfilm-financing-robot-chicken-special/

This makes me very happy.
Friday, October 27th, 2006
7:14 pm
Surgery update
Surgery and recovery has been going very well. I spent Tuesday night at the hospital and even thought I was approved for morphine, I never needed anything stronger than Tylenol 3.

I'm feeling pretty good. Other than the ice pack on my throat and the raspy voice, you wouldn't be able to tell that anything unusual happened. I heard a lot of horror stories about getting your tonsils out as an adult but it looks like I'm lucky to be on the low end of the pain scale. Days four through eight after surgery is supposed to be the worst, so we'll see how the weekend goes.
Monday, October 23rd, 2006
9:50 am
Tonsilectomy
Well, between insurance company issues and scheduling delays, I'm finally going in for surgery tomorrow morning. They are keeping me overnight in the hospital and then home to recover.

I have no shame in admitting that my Mommy and Daddy are coming up to take care of me during my recovery.

On top of this, I'm also changing jobs. So between finalizing some things with my soon-to-be old job, doing some night and weekend work for the new job and preparing the rest of my life for up to two weeks of recovery from the surgery, I've been completely off the radar.

I will at OmegaCon, so I hope to catch up with some of you there.
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
7:13 am
Physics of Superheroes
Dr. Jim's book has been reviewed on Slashdot here.
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
9:43 am
Sleep Study results
In July, I went in for a sleep study. I reviewed the results with the doctor yesterday.

It seems after 41 years, I'll be getting my tonsils taken out.

I've always had big tonsils. I should have had them taken out as a kid, but our family doctor didn't believe in removing tonsils. When I drop into REM sleep, my airway closes up and I choke. A CPAP machine won't help because there isn't enough of an airway for the machine to push the air through.

I'm waiting for a referral from my primary physician to a Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. I have to schedule an appointment with them and then schedule the surgery, so I don't know exactly when it will happen.

Considering what my friends have been through (hi gingerpook), this is minor. But it will still suck.
Friday, July 21st, 2006
10:00 am
Ten random questions
Stolen from the gingerpook and MagicMarmot:

Ten random questionsCollapse )
Friday, June 30th, 2006
6:38 am
Transformers live action movie
It's a Michael Bay production. Scheduled for release on July 4th, 2007.

The teaser trailer is on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFsjxPkw0Qk&search=transformers%20teaser
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
3:35 pm
Sunday, June 18th, 2006
2:05 pm
India
I'm currently at the Newark, NJ airport on my way to Pune, India. We were supposed to leave yesterday, but missed the cut-off for the flight because picking up everything from the various homes and offices took longer than we thought.

We just had our first two hours of 19 hours of flight time. Because of the missed flight yesterday, we had to add a lay-over in Newark in addition to the lay-overs in Amsterdam and Mumbai, IN.

Our business is supposed to last through Thursday, which leaves us Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday for sight-seeing.

If anyone wants a postcard or some (small) gift, send me an e-mail or leave a comment.
Friday, May 5th, 2006
9:38 pm
Last chance to RSVP for the brunch
I'm going to buying the food for the brunch this Sunday, May 7th tomorrow (Saturday). This will be the last chance to RSVP. Either leave a comment here or send me an e-mail.

I've already got over two dozen confirmations, so there may not be enough food if you just show up.
Monday, April 24th, 2006
1:02 pm
Sunday brunch on May 7th
Bumped for those who missed it yesterday:

It's time again for a Sunday morning brunch with friends. It will be in two weeks on Sunday, May 7th.

We'll start cooking about 10:30 on Sunday morning. You can start showing up anytime after 10:00.

My plan for the menu is not elaborate, just basic comfort food. There will be scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, toast, and hashbrowns. Drinks will include milk (skim), orange juice, and water. I have caffeinated coffee and a four-cup coffee maker (only used by my parents when they visit). If you would like decaffeinated coffee, please let me know so that I can see about borrowing another coffee maker.

If there is anything else you would like, volunteer to bring it.

As with most of my invitations, this is an open invitation. The more the merrier. I currently have no furry pets, so those of you with pet allergies shouldn't have a problem. There will be small children, so if you are allergic to small children, take whatever precautions you feel necessary.

Please either park on my front lawn, in my driveway or down on Scenic Heights. DO NOT park on the gravel easement road. It is the only access for two of my neighbors.

If you don't already know the directions to my house or the parking restrictions, please ask. I live slightly off the beaten path and the web maps will only get you close.

I just ask that you RSVP here, via e-mail (thogan at pclink dot com) or phone (nine five two - nine seven five - zero three two four) so that I have some idea how much food to buy and how much table space I will need.
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