Sunday, July 29, 2007

Like looking in a mirror

I saw this commercial and couldn't help but laugh, because this is the same type of stupid "arguments" that me and Jenni have.

A sad, sad day in the world of Dave

Since Jenni's out of town I had setup to "kill some aliens" (playing Halo 2 for those of you not familiar with the ways of alien killing) with my brothers this afternoon, but it turns out that my XBox 360 is busted. I called up the customer support and they said that the repair would be covered under warranty, but that it could take up to 4 to 6 weeks for me to get it back. Normally this wouldn't be that big of a deal, but Madden 08 comes out on August 14 and I've been looking forward to picking up a copy of it for months. I know, I know, I live a really crap and horrible life full of sadness and misery, but I guess I should just look on the bright side and be glad that I will have it back in time to play Halo 3 right when it comes out.
The one good thing that did come from this is that I finally got all of our pictures posted onto my Facebook and my Picasa Web Album.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

New and Improved

So I finally got the new template all done. It seems that there's still a quirk with it (the first post goes all the way to the end of the sidebar), but hopefully I can fix that.
If you want, feel free to use this new layout. It's setup so that you can use the standard stuff to change all of the colors, and I'll see if I can post the XML file with the template somewhere for easy access.

Update: I fixed the problem. It turns out that the template that I based mine on was inserting some "clear divs" that caused problems with the way I did the fluid layout. So the problem should be fixed now.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Dr Love and The Disco Duck

So last night Jenni and I went to a play/musical thingy at The Gaslight Theatre. We were a little worried that it might be boring/lame, but oh boy were we wrong. We saw "Secret Agent Man -or- Gangster's Away" (don't ask me why it has two titles) and it was just what you'd expect (an over-the-top, cheesy play with lots of puns, one-liners, and crowd involvement). We enjoyed the play and were ready to go, but then we were told that there would be a "disco olio". We had no idea what an "olio" was, and Merrian-Webster's Dictionary defines is as "a miscellaneous mixture", but after seeing one last night, I think that it's best described as "a bunch of random, REALLY weird crap". We were treated to an old man in a sparely, red suit and big hat singing some weird song (Dr Love) and a grown man in a duck suit disco dancing with two woman in yellow dresses (The Disco Duck). It was definitely a night to remember and reminded me of all of the crazy adventures we had in Utah with the likes of Bryce, Christina, and Cody.

And people say there's nothing to do in Tucson.

Here's a picture of me and Jenni at the show. I promise that my eyes are actually open.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Semi-new Template

So I have started cutting my teeth on this whole "web programming" thing and I started by playing around with my template. The whole CSS thing is pretty slick and is a DRAMATIC improvement over the table layout stuff from back in the day. So far the changes that I've made have been minor, but I'm planning on revamping the whole thing and I'm gonna start by getting rid of the stupid fixed width thing.

My rant for the day
I know that a lot of people say that liquid or elastic layouts are "harder" to read, but I really don't see any logic behind that. I mean if it's a non-fixed layout and you don't like how wide the text is then just run at a lower resolution or resize your window. Because then people are free to view it however they feel is best, instead of what you thought was best. I mean isn't that freedom and flexibility the whole point behind CSS?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Nominated for a MacGyver Award

So back in the day when I worked at the BYU MAGICC Lab I would occasionally "go flying" with the rest of the crew. There would always be a problem with something and we would give out a "MacGyver Award" to whoever could pull off some engineering magic to save the day.
Sadly, I was always on the lower end of mechanical skils (I was the code monkey that usually just sat back and watched), so I never got one, but today I was able to pull some mini-magic when I fixed the handle on Emily Blais's car door with a screw driver and some Making Memories wire (talk about fixing something with random crap). I don't know think it's worthy of a full-on "MacGyver Award", but I think it deserves at least an honorable mention.

Happy Birthday to me!

So my birthday was on Sunday and Jenni made a Jeopardy game that we played with Mark, Cami, and the Burns family (sadly I didn't win). We went a little non-traditional and had pie instead of cake and everybody had a good time. Here's a couple pictures of me trying to blow out the trick candles (it didn't work, but boy did the make a lot of smoke) and I think that Carter liked the pie and ice cream almost as much as I did.

Friday, July 6, 2007

My Ridiculously Loud Voice

I've been told by several people during my life that I have a loud voice and that I do a fairly poor job of controlling the volume level, but it looks like that may not be all that bad.

Plus, I usually kick butt at the game Blurt since I can yell louder than most people.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Giant Alien Robots

Some of you may not know this, but I'm a HUGE Transformers fan (I own the original movie and some of the seasons on DVD). I have been anticipating and fearing the upcoming movie, because it would either destroy everything good that I remembered about my childhood or be amazingly awesome. I'm relieved to be able to say that I loved it! I realize that as a Transformers fanatic I'm probably a little biased, but it was a GREAT movie. I wish that there had been a little more focus on the Transformers and developing their characters, but it was an entertaining movie from start to finish. In summary, it was a lot better than I expected and almost just as good as I had hoped for.

Monday, July 2, 2007

A good laugh every now and then

Today I stumbled on a webcomic that I am now an officially devoted fan of. It's called xkcd and while it will never win any contests, it's usually worth a good chuckle or two. Be warned that it's geared more towards the "geeky whit" type of humor, and some of the comics are odd or maybe even a bit "inappropriate", but here's one that I thought all of the bloggers out there would really appreciate (click on it to see the whole thing).