Browse Month: April 2011

04/27/2011

Kyra just got back from Walgreens, where she went with a friend to shop for… well, who knows what teenage girls shop for.

But she was thinking of me, and bought me a whole bag of one of my favorite candies:

What a great daughter.

04/23/2011

This morning Laralee, Alex, and I ran the Longmont Mud Hen 5K. April is always sort of dicey around these parts, but I was a little surprised when I woke up at 6:30 in the morning to see snow! By the start of the race the ground was pretty well covered and it was still coming down, albeit not quite as hard as earlier.

It’s a run around McIntosh Lake in the northwest corner of town, and it’s pretty low-key. I guessed maybe five or six hundred runners participated.

I finished in 28:34 which isn’t really all that impressive a pace, but at least less than thirty minutes (which was my objective: sub-30). Considering I never train for these things and the weather wasn’t very cooperative, I can’t complain too much.

The old man still has it. Well, has something anyway.

04/22/2011

Yesterday I went to the dentist. It’s been two years since my last cleaning, so the guilt had built up to the point where I felt like I should go. I figured I’d have a mouthful of cavities, including several spilling out of my lips like drool or something, but as it turns out I don’t have any. Yay!

During the visit, the hygienist gave me the Standard Lecture on Flossing, which they’re required to memorize as part of Dental Hygienist School. I admitted that I only floss “occasionally”– although the fact that I floss at all is a big step up from, say, ten years ago.

After that uncomfortable conversation I couldn’t help but think of the classic Oatmeal comic called the Cycle of Flossing:

04/15/2011

I’m writing a proposal for a new project and found this gem in the RFP:

Provide site optimization with key phrase linking to maximize search engine optimization based on best practices.

Wow. That’s a long sentence with a lot of words that don’t really mean anything. How does one maximize something that’s optimal? How many times can “optimize” be used? Why would anyone not use “best practices” when building a web site? (“Yeah, we thought about it, but decided to use our crappy practices. The fee wasn’t large enough to justify our best ones.”)

Ahh, corporate speak. Gotta love it.

04/12/2011

I’m building a new computer for a client, and I noticed a little black box on the motherboard.

Sweet! This computer comes equipped with a magic box!

04/06/2011

We’re heading to southern Utah tomorrow for Laralee’s brother’s wedding. Unfortunately it looks like we’re going to have to plow through about a hundred miles of wet, slushy, snow-covered roads.

The I-70 corridor through the mountains– everything from Idaho Springs to Rifle– is marked blue on the CO-DOT maps. They just closed Vail Pass about 20 minutes ago (the red icon in the center) which is always a bad sign.

I guess we’ll see what the morning brings. Fingers crossed.