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25 Apr

Idle thoughts #0342

Rain, sun, rain, sun. The weather can’t make up its mind this April. I suppose when an area has become used to long drought periods, one tends to forget that rain in April, in California, is not actually abnormal. I do love rain, but I also love seasonal change. Today was very nice, however. Maybe we’ve seen our last major rain? One can hope.

Baby-kitty keeps hanging on. I’m becoming half-convinced that he’s going to outlive my two dwarf hamsters. He limps more and walks slower all the time, but he really doesn’t want to leave us. :)

I saw the cutest golden retriever in the backseat of a small SUV the other night. He was staring out the window with this sad, soulful, doggy expression that was adorable enough to make me consider dog-napping. Not a dog person at all, but certain breeds are very cute. If I were to ever get a dog, golden retriever would probably be it.

My mood has been decent overall, but motivation is still lackluster. Also been feeling more tired than usual. Probably allergies.
Decided to try a fixed-width format for the main content area of the blog. Don’t like it that much, but again, with today’s widescreen monitors it feels like the best solution…for the moment.

Baseball season has been going on for almost a month now. The Red Sox haven’t been doing too well overall, yet. All the changes, all the flux. I am happy for every win, however, and I’m happy for every exciting moment they have.
The Ortiz situation makes me sad tho. Times they are a changin’…

The SF Giants are doing pretty good too. And the A’s. But that’s probably the fluke of early season and small sample sizes. We shall see.

Was going to write something more comprehensive tonight as my first post after a long absence…post a few pictures too…but it’s become late, I’m tired and my brain is all mushy-squishy, so…maybe tomorrow.

13 Oct

Large monitors and websites

I just wanted to touch upon the fact that ever since I bought this 1920×1080 widescreen 23″ LCD monitor, my RAW photos look very nice on the monitor. That’s what high-resolution does for you. (Although I’m still not a big fan of LCD monitors in general…just saying…) The downside is I now have a harder time telling if a crunched down photo, for website sharing, is going to look ok on a monitor with much lesser resolution. I can, of course, still set the monitor to lower resolution settings. But with LCD’s, any resolution that isn’t the “native resolution” means everything starts to look like fuzzy crud, so it’s useless for determining whether a photo looks ok in a lower resolution or not. Does this matter? No, not usually. But it preys on my mind at times, simply because that’s the way my obsessive mind works.

Another, unrelated problem is that my website, when fully expanded, now looks a bit silly. Since I have the pages set up to “expand/contract” elastically depending on what size your browser window currently is, at full 1920 screen -and assuming your browser/pc recognizes my ‘elastic’ way of doing things - the center text/post area is now humongous. Either you have lots of empty white space, or you have to move your head a lot to read the long horizontal lines of text. It is a bit overwhelming.

And yet, I am too lazy to go into things and create a fixed page format size. Even if I assume everyone has at least 1280 horizontal resolution these days, fixed page-styles have their own set of issues that I dislike. Still…the main problem is I’m simply too lazy and can’t be bothered to geek on my hardly-used blog software these days. Sorry. If you have large, widescreen monitor and don’t like the wide main-content area, you can always do what I do…scrunch your browser window to about half desktop size. After all, what’s the point of having such a large desktop size if you aren’t going to multitask with some windows on one side of the screen and other windows on the other side? Hmm?

13 Oct

Fall leaves, rain & rocks


The first big rainstorm has hit the West Coast, the leftover remains of some tropical storm. It’s been rainy and windy all day. It’s also made me realize hubby never got around to clearing out the small sections of rain gutter this summer, since there’s one spot in the back of the house that has become a near-waterfall.

Anyway…the rocks we put down in the front yard, combined with the falling maple leaves, made for a pretty picture.

13 Oct

Baseball season is over…

…at least for me.

The Boston Red Sox made it into the division playoffs as the wildcard, but were swept by the LA Angels. Closer Papbelbon gave up the runs in the third game, turning what seemed to be a series-extending win into a heart-crushing loss. Thus ended the 2009 season for the Red Sox…a season filled with many great games, but also full of inconsistent playing, injuries, and various other issues. Sure, I could watch the rest of the playoffs, and I’ll probably check in on the games now and then…but meh. It’s not like I care about the Dodgers or Yankees or even the Phillies (tho I do love Shane Victorino).

And thus, so far this week, around 4pm, I find myself thinking “What do I do with my late afternoon/early evening, there’s no baseball game!” Wah. Winter will be long, and Spring far away.

23 Aug

KOTOR2 syncronized lightsaber swing

So, going through an old PC and all it’s ancient files, I came across a very short .avi file of the game KOTOR2. In case you don’t know, I loved that game to death and was completely obsessed with it for a while. The video bit shows Atton, Disciple and my main character all swinging their lightsabers at the same time. Don’t ask me how I managed that, I’m sure it was extensive use of the pause key and at a lot of luck and timing.

Anyway, it amuses me, it’s very short & small (500kb), and I placed in my random-junkyard media gallery here.


23 Aug

Pier 39 & Fisherman’s Wharf



These are a couple of pics from when hubby and I went up to San Francisco to spend some time with his sister and brother. Pier 39 has the one area for seals to hang out in, and there were a lot of them that day. The other photo is a random shot of a man and his daughter near a bit of beach, close to Fisherman’s Wharf.

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