I’m sitting here right now watching Extreme Makeover Home Edition. I love the show, and yes, I am aware of the drawbacks that the show results in for the homeowners, but I honestly think that the positive difference outweighs the negatives. Not once have I seen a show where the owners were undeserving.

However, the construction manager in me looks at all the administrative work involved in any type of construction process and realizes that this does not happen in just one week like the show portrays. There has to be some sort of selection process for the prime contractor and the like, the plans have to be drawn up well in advance and checked for a variety of adequacies. Building permits must be obtained, the project must somehow be insured, the equipment and workers scheduled, materials need to be selected and obtained, and hundreds of other steps that construction projects will go through.

So there’s some of my classes coming to the forefront of my mind. Structures also came to mind recently. I’ve got a loft I built on Friday out of some 2x4s and screws to hold it together. It supports my bed and I easily, but unfortunately, there are some long cracks forming around the screws. I’ve got to pick up a few more 6′-11″ pieces of wood, and possibly a few more other odd lengths.  I also am thinking of figuring out some other way to support the long beams that support my bed lengthwise (the members that are cracking).

It’s all good.


September 28, 2007

On the marrow I shall;

  • Wake around 9am to make my 10am class (9am and 2pm class are canceled)
  • Get back from class
  • Study Structures for the afternoon
  • During some part of the afternoon, possibly meet someone from the Pavement Enterprise to get back a RAT device
  • During some part of the afternoon, head out to the lumberyard to get some loft wood and bolts.
  • During some part of the afternoon, hit up the post office for a passport application
  • Head to my 3pm class
  • Around 4pm hit the gym with Solo
  • After that, build my loft with Lee
  • After finishing the loft, kick back in my room. Enjoy the extra space.
  • During the evening, plans are in the air. I kinda want to just relax all night. I might just do some studying and play guitar/mandolin all night

Saturday is also a bit odd. I will be doing something with Habitat for Humanity, I’m just not sure where. It could be doing some interior trim up in Laurium in that house, which is nearing completion, or heading down to Marquette to participate in the blitz build (2 houses in 24 hours!). Depending on my choice, I may get to play in our flag football game (playing both sides of the ball no doubt). I also want to get in a few hours for Flock. I’ve been pretty good this week, but I still need to step it up.

Sunday is church-football-homework day. Lions play the Bears and USA plays Norway in the Women’s World Cup consolation match. Man, if you followed the US team, you know how furious the normal US team goalie was. Each and every goal should have been an easy save, and the goalie who was put in place instead of Solo (the normal goalie) just did not put in the effort that she should have. I really think that had Solo been in the game, it would have been 2-1 Brazil (we would have lost, but it would have been bearable). Got a Structures assignment and exam to study for. Next week is not going to be that great.

The only thing that is keepin me going right now is the hope that Jill comes up soon.


September 28, 2007

Halo 3 is short. It takes about half the time you would take to beat Halo 1 or 2, but it is just as good. By the way, stick through to the very end, after all the credits (especially after beating it on Legendary!)

Aurora Weather

September 24, 2007

There’s been an upswing of auroral alerts lately, meaning one thing: it’s time to get back out to the breakers for some late-night spacewatching. I haven’t had the best luck up here getting to view them, but I have definitely seen some amazing ones.

In other UP-ish news, I might be on some Dirty Jobs footage. Over the Memorial Day weekend, Mike Rowe and his crew were on the Mackinac Bridge doing various jobs. I remember seeing the chopper flying very close to the bridge and thinking, “What the heck is that thing doing so low?” I didn’t see the entire episode, and I doubt my car is in it, but it is likely I could be in some footage they cut. Very neat.

Going to start light workout tomorrow at 8am with Solo at the gym. Going to lift the bar and do light lifting in general. I feel pretty out of shape right now, gotta get back into it. I’ve been off pain meds (read: ibuprofen)  fully for two days now, and I barely hurt unless I lay down funky. I hope that by Thursday I am able to actually participate in my running class.

Computer parts will finally be ordered this week, by Tuesday at least. I might have a nice new machine by this weekend! Only thing I am worried about is my hard drive. The current one I have is 200gb but IDE, while the motherboard I am getting (ABit Fatal1ty AN9) only has one IDE channel. While I suppose I could use that to run both my DVD drive and my hard drive, I really don’t think the cable will reach in my case. I may have to spring for an IDE to SATA adapter, or a new drive entirely (a 250gb Seagate is only 70 bucks or so where I’m looking).

Ready for the weekend already…crap…

Spiderman! at the Disco

September 22, 2007

Man, I hadn’t seen Spiderman 3 until today. Holy crap. I liked the movie (I love Spiderman in general, on par with X-Men), but apparently if you are really craving for revenge you turn flamboyantly emo with a large dose of notwithititis. And Topher Grace? Nope, not Eddie Brock Jr. Instead, Eric Forman turned in to Venom. Awesome, I suppose.

Waiting eagerly for the fourth installment X-Men and Spiderman.

As always


September 20, 2007

Two things to check out.

First, this article

Second, a short story by Asimov called “The Last Question” (sorry for the no-link)


September 20, 2007

“Now playing in select cities tomorrow.”

Now? Tomorrow? What?

2am Thoughts

September 20, 2007

  1. It is difficult to do Flock support on my temporary computer (256mb ram, 800mhz) which cannot run it smoothly
  2. While my computer specs are horrid, it magically can run Guild Wars at a level where I can chat in-game, but nothing more
  3. Lots of folks are going to need to update their tatoos; Dale Earnhardt Jr. is now driving the #88 Pepsi Co/National Guard car for Hendrick (what a scary team!). At least it isn’t the #6.7 car (foreshadowing anyone?)
  4. My ribs don’t hurt half as much as they did this morning. High protein diet with supplements and painkillers are to blame I believe
  5. I think I could get back in to the gym to do light lifting on Monday, back to the running for fitness class on Thursday
  6. Latest homebrew is barely drinkable. More like highly pourable
  7. While I believe he is guilty on all counts, I think O.J. Simpson would be a spectacular guy to interview and hear all of his thoughts. Also on the same line, Sadaam Hussein and Fidel Castro. Sometimes the bad guys have the best thoughts (don’t start on the “Castro could be the good guy and we’re the bad guys” thing. Just look at Cuba’s state).
  8. Need to loft my bed, but need to pay bills, etc first
  9. Detroit Lions are rocking so far!
  10. U of M may indeed come back, but definitely not against Penn St.
  11. Get to watch the first televised Red Wings game tomorrow! Preseason, but it will still be good!
  12. Detroit Tigers won’t make playoffs if they keep playing like they have the past few days
  13. Cannot wait to learn how/what new computer parts I can get. Hoping for a nice new AM2 system for around $500ish
  14. IME is looking primed for this year. So many amazing projects and opportunities!
  15. Flock 1.0! It is yes! Everything looks great so far, cannot wait to have a real computer to put it on.
  16. Donovan McNabb’s black quarterback comments are absurd. Listen to me clearly: THIS IS WHY RUSH LIMBAUGH GOT FIRED FROM HIS SPORTSCASTER POST. Why in Sam Austin would McNabb get away with it. Perhaps the reason black quarterbacks like McNabb and Vick get scrutinized is because 1) McNabb sucks a big one and 2) Vick did some sick, illegal schnat. Other black quarterbacks who are playing well are doing just that. McNair isn’t doing anything amazing, nor is Vince Young. They get the recognition they deserve. If you want to defeat racism today, it starts with eliminating the idea of “black quarterbacks” or “white quarterbacks” or “black candidates” or “white candidates.” Jesse Jackson’s claim that Obama is “acting like a white person” when it came to a racial crime case exemplifies this. My friends who are a different color (though they are few) are just that; friends. Not black friends or hispanic friends or Asian friends. They are human, and I look at them as such. Screw race; give it much thought and you perpetuate the very core of racism.
  17. On a lighter note, it should get to cider and donuts weather soon (again)

Bad Streak of Luck

September 17, 2007

Well, almost as if by magic, my desktop has broken down and left me with a grand total of zero working machines. And technically I’m not supposed to use campus computers for personal business such as Flock work, but I think I’m going to have to.

Not sure what happened exactly, but the motherboard completely died. Won’t post, and won’t output video.  It is about five to six years old anyway, so this doesn’t really surprise me. It’s time for an upgrade, but I’m not sure how to pay for the parts. It will cost me about 500 bucks to build a brand new AM2 system that will be decent for work and gaming. I have about 200 on hand, but some of it has to go to bills and utilities. Crap.

On the non-computer side of things, I’m still as unlucky. I have a badly bruised rib on my left side that just keeps getting worse daily. It was fine about a week ago when I got hit (running full tilt into Sean who was running as well, and put his elbow into my chest). I can hardly sleep on it through the night anymore, and taking full breaths hurts now. I kinda want to go to Portage Health to get it checked out, but they’ll just tell me to keep away from lifting anything or exerting myself in manners that would irritate it and prescribe me high-strength painkillers (I rarely take low-strength painkillers…).

I think I’ll buy a lotto ticket tonight; why not…

Flock 0.9.1 is out!

September 14, 2007

Flock 0.9.1 is out! Get it here.

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