Comment #3420 by: Dave playing catchup at about 08:22 on January 29, 2009
Congratulations Grahm and Gayle

Congratulations (knock on wood if it is not yet the second trimester) Jason and Kristen

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, MLK day and any birthdays I might have missed

I have felt very isolated from everyone as of late. I would like to think it is because I have been so busy at work, but alas, I am woefully behind there as well. I am starting to believe that I have inherited seasonal affective disorder from my father. The last few winters have resulted in a heavy case of "the doldrums" for me. The trip helped some... yes, Adam, the honeymoon was lovely apart from getting to and from the ship. In retrospect, the few hundred we saved booking the airfare independently from the cruise line was not worth it. You all read of our adventures on the way over, on the way back Air France made us clear customs and security in addition to running nearly a mile in 40 minutes. The thing that made me the most angry was we were merely switching from one air france plane to another and were lied to every step of the way. From before boarding in Spain to the final security check every single person assured us we had ample time to make this connection, but they had to literally re-open the plane to let us on we were so close to missing it. As a result they gave away our seats to standby passengers and we were unable to sit together for the 9 hour flight home.

All airplane nonsense aside the cruise itself was awesome. I highly recommend this form of travel, not just for the on-board amenities which are well known, but there is absolutely no way you could come close to seeing as much as easily or cheaply. Even after the excursions and on-board charges (which can be a bit of surprise at the end of the trip) the total ended up being less than a hundred dollars a day per person. When you consider that included lodging, transportation, unlimited food and guided tours to more than ten cities in five different countries that is pretty incredible, even for tight ass like me. Not least of which when you consider that everything we tried to do outside the itinerary of the ship ended being incredibly stressful and traumatic (if ultimately enjoyable) the peace of mind that comes with cruising is also a bonus. It may seem a bland way to see the world, but sign me up.

  Comment #3419 by: Adam at about 10:27 on January 27, 2009
Dave, how was your cruise?

  Comment #3418 by: The REAL Secrets of the Dead at about 08:59 on January 26, 2009
You better get home before ma' yells at you again for being late for dinner again. Again.

  Comment #3417 by: Secrets of the Dead at about 17:33 on January 25, 2009
Wait, wait, hold up... you saw a Broadway show in 1776?

You some kind a vampire a sumthin?

  Comment #3416 by: Bo8b at about 16:43 on January 25, 2009
I saw Pat Hingle on Broadway as Ben Franklin in 1776. He was awful. I'm 99% positive he was drunk, high, or both. Brent Spiner, however, was playing John Adams, and he was terrific.

  Comment #3415 by: gB at about 12:24 on January 25, 2009
Pat Hingle died on January 3rd.
Who's Pat Hingle?
He was Commissioner Gordon in Tim Burton's Batman flicks.
He was also the bartender in Sam Raimi's genius spaghetti western flick The Quick And The Dead.
He, Khan and The Prisoner all gone within weeks of each other. What a sad time for nerds.

  Comment #3414 by: Facebook Secret at about 20:10 on January 23, 2009
Wanna bet?!

  Comment #3413 by: gB at about 18:45 on January 23, 2009
There are no secrets on Facebook.

  Comment #3412 by: Nordmann at about 09:53 on January 23, 2009
Tussen takk, gB!!

We haven't really told that many people - Kristin wanted to wait until after the first trimester had passed - but, yes, she is pregnant. If all goes well, there should be a third member of our household in late July.


  Comment #3411 by: gB at about 09:31 on January 22, 2009
Congratulations på babyen, Jason & Kristin!

  Comment #3410 by: Adam Pilon at about 22:47 on January 18, 2009

Even if you're not into Star Trek, the quality of the preceding website is quite impressive.

  Comment #3409 by: Bruce Boxleitner at about 16:15 on January 18, 2009

  Comment #3408 by: gB at about 09:53 on January 16, 2009
No, it's a tiny xylophone with large scissors jammed through it.

  Comment #3407 by: Adam at about 11:22 on January 15, 2009
Is that a steak knife set on his belt?

  Comment #3406 by: gB at about 17:54 on January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalban -- RIP

  Comment #3405 by: Mitchell at about 22:09 on January 11, 2009
My theory suggests that Ronnie hated cocaine.

  Comment #3404 by: Adam at about 20:25 on January 11, 2009
If President Reagan had anything against the former USSR was that it was a Communist nation. He capital-"H" Hated communism and spent most of his political career trying end it, both in the USA and abroad.

  Comment #3403 by: Randy at about 17:33 on January 11, 2009
"The true Cold War?" A mission to stop cocaine flow from Russia? Not an Arms race? "Totally cool."

That is among the most bizarre explanations for the Cold War that I've ever heard!

  Comment #3402 by: Mitchell at about 15:49 on January 11, 2009
People we're feeling good and doing a ton of cocaine for Jimmy Carter told everybody it was legal and "totally cool." Then, in 1981 Ronald Reagan was sworn in and and really really messed up Russia's cocaine pipeline that ran directly to Cuba and from Cuba to Florida. That was the true Cold War. Please do not mistake this.

So I'm guessing that the players presented on these 2 audio tracks are really screwed on cocaine and are feeling good. And that was totally cool.

  Comment #3401 by: Adam at about 22:05 on January 10, 2009
Last year I purchased a 1981 Cordoba. I've been restoring it to driving condition, and she is nearly complete. It runs real good now, has new paint, and only needs a little more polishing before I'm satisfied.

The original radio was an 8-Track player, still working. The car also had an 8-Track tape included with it, called "Chrysler Corporation Sound of Stereo," produced by RCA records. This was included with the original purchase, I suppose, to demonstrate the superior 8-Track technology.

I've since updated the radio to something more modern. That afforded me the opportunity to hook up the 8-Track player to my computer and create an MP3 album of the 8-Track tape. I would like to share with you a couple of tracks.

First, may I present "The Living Voices," and their version of "Dancing Queen

Dancing Queen

A chior ernestly, ERNESTLY!, singing Dancing Queen. Beat that!

And now I'd like to present "Anita Kerr & The French Connection" performing "Tambourine."


What can I say? This was made when the world was a very different place, no doubt.

I'll post pictures of the Cordoba after I get the wheels polished.

  Comment #3400 by: Apple corp. at about 14:10 on January 8, 2009
You'll be hearing from my lawyer; you son of a bitch.

  Comment #3399 by: The "Real" McCoy at about 12:46 on January 8, 2009
Behold: The MacBook Wheel.

  Comment #3398 by: Proxy Server McGuillacutty at about 12:44 on January 8, 2009
Greetings from the Norwegian Jade. We just Left Civitvechia Italy. We had quite the adventure getting here, but we are safely on board and ready to begin enjoying the rest of our cruise. When we arrived at O’hare on Saturday we were informed that the plane was delayed coming in from Rome and that we would miss our connecting flight to spain. After a very long time on the phone with expedia (who Caciona vows never to use again) the best they could offer us was a connection that would add a second connection through Madrid and still get us there after our shuttle had already left from the ship, leaving us two hours to find our own way to the ship. While Caciona was leaning toward this option, I felt we would be better off just waiting in rome for the ship which docked there two days into the cruise. After some fighting and crying she agreed and we had our bags sent to rome and got off there, however, we were not in rome, we were in fiumcino which is around 30 miles from rome, so we hopped a train for the city, wandered around for a while looking for a hotel when we were accosted by a man posing as a cab driver who offered to take us to a hotel. There were no markings or meter on his car and we probably could have wound up robbed in a ditch. However, apart from charging us, what I later found out was, about twice as much as an actual cab, he did a really good job and actually got us a discount at the very nice hotel hiberia in central rome. The night man, dino, was actually a Brooklyn native and saved our life as far as helping us find our way around. We slept most of that day had two delicious dinners that night and spent the next day sight seeing in rome. All the major sights are close together so we probably did not benefit greatly from the hop on hop off tour, particularly because the busses seemed to travel in no discernable pattern. We rode most of the afternoon and saw some of the stops three times and others we did not see at all. This was particularly problematic because the route was supposed to take us very near our hotel, but never did. As a result we did a lot of walking. We spent a very long time on the phone trying to reach someone from the ship with no luck as the international number they gave us was invalid. We were finally able to reach priceline, but they were unable to contact Norwegian as they were closed due to the time difference. Caciona was understandingly nervous about finding the ship so we decided to catch a train to the port at civitevechia and look for a hotel there so we could get to the boat first thing. We found that nearly no one in this town spoke fluent English and after looking around for about an hour we finally settled on a hotel that was a bit more expensive than we had hoped to find, but more disappointingly, had no one to help us with the location of the ship. This morning we had very nice 83 year old german woman who told us that we were the only three guests in this rather large and opulent hotel (marble stair cases and everything). After taking a very long walk down the pier, we were able to flag down a shuttle bus that took us to the Jade where we were welcomed on board. We have mostly napped and ate so far today. We are very happy to be on board but just found out today that Israel invaded Gaza so we are a little nervous about our Egypt/Turkey excursions. The internet access is expensive on ship, so we probably won’t be sending too many messages.

  Comment #3397 by: Mitchell at about 13:56 on January 7, 2009
"Now my job is way less soul-crushing."

  Comment #3396 by: Adam at about 13:18 on January 6, 2009
Hey, you guys know who Billy Mays is? He's that bearded guy who does Orange Glo and Oxi Clean commercials. You know, the guy who is quite loud!

He's doing some commercials for ESPN360 -- kind of a spoof of himself -- which are very, very funny.

ESPN / Billy Mays Commercials

"The secret is in the Internet connection."

  Comment #3395 by: treefire at about 11:30 on January 1, 2009
Gratz to you and yours, and welcome to the world to the little one! Hope everything goes smoothly.

A happy, healthy, successful new year! We spent the night at home, just the two of us. They have fireworks here - and it was quite cool, we live in a valley, and, across the lake, we could see the fireworks people were letting off up and down the valley in the hills on the other side. Very different from what I'm used to.

Be great,

  Comment #3394 by: gB at about 21:26 on December 31, 2008
I brought my baby home tonight. She's gonna watch the ball drop with us.

  Comment #3393 by: Adam at about 18:44 on December 31, 2008
Happy New Year! Be Safe!

  Comment #3392 by: Fire of Norway at about 08:27 on December 26, 2008
Happy Holly Dayz, you fine folkses. Im at the in-laws, in sunny Halden, and its a balmy 2 degrees c. here... which I think is a fair sight better than it has been for you all lately. Its been a fine time, although I miss the mother state, as always. Wish I could get some gaming in with yawl. Nothing much else to add... holiday food here at chez Solli includes such things as rice porridge, copious amounts of julemarzipan, baked pork rib, and our contribution, Swedish prime rib. Luckily, Kristins family are not overly fond of the various sort-of-rotten-fish dishes that are common holiday fare in Norway. Tonight we get to go see Onkel Tuka, which should be fun.

Be great,

  Comment #3391 by: Casa de Bernstrom at about 11:55 on December 24, 2008
Friday December 26
bring cookies
we will have snacks, booze, and general holiday merriment.

all are invited.

see u there.

  Comment #3390 by: bo8b at about 09:13 on December 24, 2008

  Comment #3389 by: Caciona at about 08:40 on December 24, 2008
dave proposes friday the 26th...what say you to this date for festivities?

  Comment #3388 by: CACIONA at about 18:59 on December 23, 2008
we would like to host some sort of holiday shin dig. it just seems that we cant nail down and date that is good for most people.we are going we are going to sam and joshs for new years...and then we leave the 3rd and wont be home til the 17th...

  Comment #3387 by: bo8b at about 15:46 on December 23, 2008
Is there to be a shindig? Either shortly after Christmas or for New Year's? Enquiring minds want to know.

  Comment #3386 by: gB at about 20:41 on December 22, 2008
I think the boop was in front of the Port Byron Macha Project trailers.

  Comment #3385 by: Adam at about 14:53 on December 22, 2008
Yes -- I have both versions of Walls -- My college project for a media production class, and the Wade/Grahm 2000 version.

I saw the following product, Grahm, and thought of you: ION USB VCR. You know, there are several moments on VHS tapes (that I'm sure you still have) that are quite youtube-able. Or at least, they should be hosted on one of our sites. I was thinking of Dodge Diplomat jumping, and various ninja clips, etc, etc.

I almost forgot about the "4 - 3 - 2 - SAM(BOOP)" clip. I'm not sure I have that -- Do you recall what we put it in front of?

  Comment #3384 by: gB at about 22:47 on December 19, 2008
I remember you and I riding our bikes around downtown Port Byron, talking about this and joking about getting my mom to pose for us as a hot nerdy 1960's chick for our film countdown.
Years later, we made that happen, only with a picture of Sam. It's one of my favorite things we ever did. That and Walls. Does Walls still exist, Adam?

  Comment #3383 by: Adam at about 14:29 on December 19, 2008
For those of you who are old enough, do you remember watching films in school. Films, that is from a film projector? They had that countdown, from 10 or 9 or 8 down to 2. As a student of film, I understand why they didn't go to zero; Between two and zero is when the projectionist was to open the gate that allows the light to hit the screen. (The audience wasn't supposed to see the countdown.) And the "beep" that was often on the film was there to help the projectionist synchronize the audio with the picture.

What I can't seem to locate an answer to .. is why was there often a single frame of a woman at the very end of the countdown. Do you guys remember that? It was often of a blond woman with a bee-hive hair style.

  Comment #3382 by: gB at about 13:33 on December 19, 2008
I, on the other hand, both condone AND condemn ALL of Mitch's ideas.

  Comment #3381 by: Mitchell at about 12:27 on December 19, 2008
Would it be interesting to make the forum more personalized? Maybe giving the user the option to add an avatar, or the possibility to respond in thread form could freshen things up. I think the opening page is a good starting point to anybody's internet needs and really doesn't need tweeking. This is merely a suggestion, I do not condone or condemn any of these ideas.

  Comment #3380 by: Adam at about 09:21 on December 18, 2008
Ummmm, aren't there already about a billion sites to service your porn needs?

  Comment #3379 by: The dancing Yoda head industry at about 10:41 on December 17, 2008
More dancing Yoda heads! Lots more real live actual dancing Yoda heads!

  Comment #3378 by: The actual sex industry at about 21:08 on December 16, 2008
More actual sex! More real live actual sex!

  Comment #3377 by: The porn industry at about 18:31 on December 15, 2008
More porno! Lots more porno!

  Comment #3376 by: Adam at about 13:26 on December 15, 2008
I may or may not be able to make it.

On another topic, I just renewed my domain and hosting for two years. I haven't adjusted the page much in the last year -- but if there are any suggestions, I'll take them into consideration. As the weather gets (much) colder, I'll probably stay inside and play with the site a little bit.

  Comment #3375 by: gB at about 23:10 on December 14, 2008
Sunday the 21 is also possibly doable. So as to accommodate Bo8b.

  Comment #3374 by: gB at about 23:09 on December 14, 2008
Gayle and I could probably stop by in the late afternoon/early evening area on the 20th. The 27th - maybe, maybe not. We're due the 29th so who knows what will happen.

  Comment #3373 by: bo8b at about 15:58 on December 14, 2008
Next Saturday is not looking good for me... if you have it Sunday, though, or the weekend after, let me know. I'd love to see you all.

  Comment #3372 by: Caciona at about 13:58 on December 14, 2008
If we were to have a holiday get together next sat. the 20th, who would be able to make it?

  Comment #3371 by: Adam at about 11:38 on December 11, 2008
Dave -- Were you able to arrive at a consensus regarding a quasi-holiday dinner of sorts?


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