Archive for April, 2004

Friday, April 30th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 4 Comments

so now that I’ve finally finished the four button version of the new SOVA page, and it’s live deadline has been publicly announced as the middle of next week, they’ve decided that it needs five buttons.

I guess my work load just got bigger.

Thursday, April 29th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 7 Comments

So as expected, I ended up at the Advisory Board meeting. Interestingly
enough, I met, or at least was introduced to one of our faculty’s parents.

Its an interesting and admirable collection of people.

Dr. Davis’ speech is quite similar to the one he gives to the faculty &
staff at the beginning of each semester.

Ray sounds like he’s from the Northeast.

Choclear implants are apparently a huge pain in the ass. Moreso than a
normal hearing aid. At least for the other people around the user.

Kelly so takes after her mother.

Apparently the Dean’s search report was a unanimous decision and has been
submitted to the Provost. He has apparently recieved it. (muted chuckle)

The topic of collaboration continues to be a loud topic. The provost is a
very eloquent and entertaining speaker.

A new UNT art gallery in the Metroplex, very interesting. It will focus
entirely on UNT & SoVA artwork. It will even be located as a part of the
Dallas Art Community, right across from the Kimball.

Well, that would explain it, SoVA is 2/3 female, 1/3 male.

The SoVA space issue is apparently still active and alive in the president’s
agenda. Thats actually a relief to hear.

Some of the new boardmembers have a very “pie-in-the-sky” spunkiness that is
refreshing and yet somehow redundant (asking questions to issues that have
already been resolved).

The University Master Plan is apparently online. I’ll have to look into
that, it sounds interesting.

I’ve been here 2 hours already and have just now been needed. Sheesh. Now I
wonder how long I will be here.

Thursday, April 29th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 3 Comments

As a result, I have recomended that Heather not donate any more money
to those forked tongued, guilt-tripping, hypocrites.

The rules:
Go to your 23rd entry back
Fifth line
Type it out in a new post.

Feel free to reply here with it as well.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 2 Comments

I was watching Wil Wheaton on the Screen Savers this weekend. It was a rerun of an episode last week, and he was talking about his blog and how he just tells stories on it. I started thinking how great it would be to write more, and more eloquently on my blog, but I find that most of the time my stories aren’t that interesting, or that my days do not really produce stories. I’m not politically or sociologically minded, so I can’t really do observational anecdotes either. I guess I’m just not enough of an intellectual to really make this journal worth reading. Well, at least not in the mass community that is. I’ve got 40 people that list me as their friend, which means there’s a possible 40 people, most close personal friends, that are reading this at any given time. I’d like to think that I could write something that had a bit of a wider appeal, but aside from branching out into fiction, which I’m not that good at, personally, I don’t really see what it’s going to be.

Wil’s lived a pretty special life and has made the best of it, whereas I’ve led a pretty average life, and stayed just on the up side of normality through most of it. I’m not bad off, in the grand scheme of things. I’ve married a wonderful woman whom I love to no end. We have our problems, but if I have to give up adventure for love with speedbumps, I’ll take love. I have an awesome house in a town that I think is great and only getting better. Sure, there are things I’d love to be doing to the house that we don’t have the money for, but its still the perfect house for us. There’s not a day that passes that I walk through the rooms and halls of that house and don’t feel happy and proud that it’s ours, that we are in the process of owning it, that it is our domain to do with as we please. I have (now) five animals with whom I share this personal space. All of which have their own unique personalities and quirks. They are all memorable and special in their own way and I wouldn’t give up any of them for a second, even though lots of people have tried to convince us to do so. I have a job that, while monotonus, stressful, and occasionally nearly unbearable, immerses me in an incredible, creative, artistic environment, where I feel very much at home. I have friends who work close with me and while a bit more money could make some of my dreams and desires come true, I’ve never gone hungry. In fact, I’ve gained weight, so I must be eating well. Sure, I’d like more money, I’d like more free time, I’d like more luxury, but I’m not living a bad life in the long run. Maybe it’s just not sparkly enough to be put into prose.

I think I will try to be more observational, I’ll try to be more thoughtful, I’ll try to be more insightful as I walk the walls of work and home, as I walk the roads of Denton. I will try to find the poetry and prose in the life I already have. There’s not telling what’s out there, waiting to be seen and remembered.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 2 Comments

well. I got the initial code and design down for the rebuild of the overly “Flash-y” site done. If you’re interested you can check it out at A lot of the links still go back to the old Flash based version, but I’m slowly replacing them. Its not to say that I don’t like Flash, I very much do like Flash. I just feel that in this case it was not very well done and was causing problems with our screen readers. It turned out that there were some simple work-arounds to get past the screen readers, but a few people, myself included, were not very fond of the navigation of the first version. My intent was to strip out the Flash and streamline the navigation. I feel I’ve done quite well at that. You can see the first version (the flash version) at

Anyway, the dogs are getting along better and better as the days pass. They’ve really taken to eachother quickly. I think that’s really good. The cats, on the other hand, have yet to figure out what do to with this new behemoth of a beast that has invaded their territory. Tashi, the first cat, has already decided that its her house, and no mangy mutt is going to keep her from roaming free. She doesn’t pay any mind to the dog, and runs away when he chases her, but otherwise, she’s unaffected. The other two however, are afraid to even leave the cat sactuary end of the house. So much so, that one litteraly exploded in a fountain of urine on the bed in the guest bedroom the other day. This is not the first time this has happened. When we first installed a “Cat-Flap” (that’s so fun to say, say it with me, cat-flap, cat-flap, catflap) in the door to the laundry room, where the cat “stuff” is (food, water, litter), one cat just didn’t understand the concept, so he never went, he finally just found release on the guest bed. Unfortunately, that was the week my parents were visiting. How embarassing.

To protect the cats, yet not restrict their freedom, we’ve installed a second cat-flap (teehee) in the door to the living half of the house (bedrooms and bathrooms) so we can keep that closed and create a barrier between the cat sanctuary and the free nation of canines. The cats can pass through, but the dogs have no access past the door. Unfortunately, I think the cats (or at least two of them) are still too scared to invade enemy territory, even though their life sustinance is at the opposite end of said realm. They’ll learn though. They gotta eat, right? What I don’t get is when the dogs are obviously outside or in their cages, the cats are still to afraid to go through. Pussies.

Anyway, as far as Ia and Knight, we pulled an old nylabone out of the back that we had saved for trips (it was a bit worn down, but not so much it wasn’t still safe) and now the dogs pretty much don’t have anything to fight over. They each have a bone, they each have places to sleep. We even fed them at the same time outside yesterday, and they were fine with it. Such good dogs.

I contacted Kathy Schaeffer about the Denton Dog Park project yesterday. Turns out the project is still in process, but the location has changed dramatically. Its now at the far south end of town, rather than the north end near us. So now it’ll be a drive to go out there rather than a brisk, longish walk. Its nice to know its still in progress though. She suspects it’ll be opening sometime next Spring.

Anyway, time to get back to some simple cut and paste coding. Maybe I can finish the top four pages today. Though, I was tempted to not come back today… hmm….

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | No Comments

Shit, looks like software I gave up on years ago is the sollution to all my media problems.

Looks like its time to put Premier back on my computer. Too bad there’s not an Adobe Premier LE or Elements.

Geeze, its only Tuesday

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | No Comments

Even though I did very little this weekend, I think the excitement of getting the new dog has really thrown off my day count already. I know in my head that its Tuesday, but for some reason it just feels later in the week. Unlike normal, though, I don’t feel like it’s some other day, it just feels like it should be like a late Tuesday, like Tuesday 2.0 or something.

Finally, I got my music detection to work again, somehow the plugin had gotten disabled in Windows Media Player. All is good now.

So yeah. If it wasn’t clear before, we got a new dog. When Knight came over to visit on Sunday, everything went well and he’s now living with us. Its a little wierd to have a second dog, and its funny how quickly I’ve become attatched to him. He’s very similar to Ia, and at the same time quite different. He’s much calmer than her (thank god) and is more apt to just sit and be in our presence. If you pet him, he doesn’t get all squirrely and twitchy. He just sits there and loves it. That’s not to say that Ia doesn’t love the petting, I think she loves it too much and just can’t sit still. I also have begun to suspect that she’s incredibly ticklish. Thats at least a really believable excuse as to why she squirms so much when you start rubbing her ribs.

24 is on tonight! I’m so excited I’ve been playing with 24 video files for the past week or so. The file types that I downloaded are proving to be a bit of a pain in the ass, but eventually I’ll get around all the problems and get what I want out of them. Maybe I just need some different software.

I got a new credit card the other day… Hold on now… Hush up and let me ‘splain. I got this mailer for CapitolOne (you know, “what’s in your wallet?” “the no hassle card”) and I started reading and for one, it has quite possibly the lowest APR I’ve ever seen. My car has a higher APR than this thing. My house has a higher APR than this thng. Anyway, it had the option to request ballance transfers to it upon credit request, so I decided if they were willing to take all my current credit cards (that have much MUCH higher APRS), and transfer them over to this one, then I’d go for it. Well, when I put in the application, it accepted everything, including the ballance transfers, but it didn’t tell me what my potential credit line would be (it promised anywhere from $500-50,000). Well, when it came in, it was 1/3 more than the combined ballances I owed on the other two cards, so I’ve since canceled all other cards, transfered all ballances (save one last payment to Discover) and am now down to one credit card, that hasn’t been activated yet. I’m going to see if we can survive without activating it.

See, we usually end up living off the credit card at the end of each month and paying it off at the beginning of each month, so in effect, we’re not really indebting ourselves, we’re just living 2 weeks off of our pay period. It’s hard to explain. Anyway, now we’ll have to see if we can push that two weeks and live without activiating cards (Heather has an inactived card as well). When we go on long trips, we’ll take them with us, but we’ll save activating them for emergencies.

Anyway, I know I get bored reading other people’s journals when they go to far, so I guess I should call it quits on this entry. I know what MTV has done to attention spans. So get out there and have a great Tuesday.

If you’re a 24 addict like me, feel free to stop by and watch tonight. Only 6 episodes left this season!

Saturday Morning Quiz Time

Saturday, April 24th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 1 Comment

Book and Country

Friday, April 23rd, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | No Comments

Ah Friday, and a lazy one at that. I had a lot of stuff to do, but the high priority stuff seems to have either been resolved or be slightly less priority today. I’m sitting back listening to the Office Space soundtrack. I be pimpin.

I’m trying to make a new “24” logo, but I need to convert the AVI to something that I can easilly get screen captures from. Thats turning out to be more difficult than just getting the video in the first place. Damn DivX.

I lost my drive to post, and why the hell doesn’t Semagic recognize my music anymore?

Friday, April 23rd, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 5 Comments

damn I need to pay for more icons, I just made three more, even though they’re not animated and they’re from some goofy avatar creator. I still like them so suck it!



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