June 30, 2002

So yesterday, while doing some quick shopping, I managed to partake in a large sale at KMart in Ithaca and I purchased an outdoor bar set complete with a “bar”, a bartender’s stool and four bar stools / chairs. The set is very attractive and should be a lot of fun for throwing outdoor parties. It is handy just for eating outside. The “bar” has two layers of shelves for holding all kinds of things. Dominica was really excited about it.

For anyone who is interested, Loopy and I have a scanner for Windows 98 that we are selling for $20. We don’t use it anymore since we are no longer running Windows 98. Scanner works fine.

Yesterday I also managed to get another big haul of awesome movies! I have added Dune: Director’s Cut, Twelve Monkeys, Gosford Park and A Beautiful Mind. So I am very excited about all of the new movies that I have.

Matt moved in today. Now there are seven people living here for the next six weeks. What a full house we have.

Today has to be cut short as I have two papers to write for tomorrow.

June 29, 2002

Finally some updates to the site have been showing up. Rumor has it that a high speed internet connection is going to be going in to the house in Maryland which will make working from there SO much easier. Until now, we have been using AOL dial up which is unbelievably annoying. It is one thing to use it from a hotel room but really awful as a primary connection.

Can you believe that Sheep Guarding Llama is almost two years old!?! Only a few more months and we will be celebrating our second birthday. That is pretty exciting. We must be one of the most popular BLOGs around. Thank you all for keeping us popular.

Before I forget to mention it… Niagara Telecom (who pays our bills) is going to be providing free web hosting for churches so if any of you know of a church that would like to be able to have a web site but can’t spend the money that it takes to get one up and running, let us know. We would be happy to contact them. Niagara Telecom is already hosting sites for two churches.

Today I am taking my first real stab at doing some editing with Dreamweaver 4. I am hoping to be able to use it instead of Frontpage 2000 as my WYSIWYG HTML editor. I am still editing SGL on HTML-Kit, however. I have also been going back and touching up things that have been left out over the last week so don’t be surprised if it looks like you had missed something.

Dominica seems to be off of her massive reading kick (like ten books!) and is now hooked on watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD. She has watched close to 36 hours of Buffy already. I am looking for “As Time Goes By” on DVD. Currently, I think only season four is out but soon I hope that the rest of them will be. That is a great TV show.

For those of you who are big fans of Franka Potente (Run Lola, Run (Lola Rennt), Blow, The Bourne Identity, The Princess and the Warrior, etc.) here is her webpage… Franka Potente’s Official Web Site.

It is going to be a hot summer. Already the air conditioning is not able to keep up with the house. Those of us living on the top floors have resorted to putting fans on the air vents to help pull the air upstairs. It keeps it reasonable but it is a bit warm by late in the day once the sun has been beeting down on the house. Now I know why I never want to own a tall house:)

Emily and Craig will be here on Tuesday – of course, I will be in DC. So I will miss them. But, they will be moving to Ithaca later this year. Craig’s job is relocating him to Ithaca so we are all very excited. They are looking for a house while they are down this week. Eventually, everyone moves to Ithaca.

It looks as though IthacaEats.com has finally shut down. They have been limping along for a long time and I can no longer get to their server. So, I guess that they have finally given up the ghost and gone away. At least that makes IthacaPortal.com the strongest restaurant ratings around.

Sunday night, tomorrow, Nate, Bob, Zach and another teach from Boynton, Eric, will be playing Open Mic Night at The Nines. It would be really nice if everyone could make it out there to support them. This will be their second concert appearing after having played at the Boynton Middle School Talent Night. And speaking of performances, the neighbors in the attached house to us are working with the Hangar Theatre this summer doing sets and costumes, electrical and carpentry. So, if you get the chance, head on out to the Hangar and see what they have been up to.

I managed to get some updates into IthacaPortal.com like a new restaurant review, a summer header and updates to the restaurants page since so many restaurant web pages have disappeared recently. It is really depressing to see Ithaca loosing its online presence instead of building it. If anyone knows of any web sites that need to be added, drop me a line.

Loopy wrote his first program for the Zaurus yesterday. Just a small Java applet that didn’t really do anything. But enough to show that he was able to get it working. Speaking of Loopy programming, he contacted someone who he is going to use for the music in his new game.

Ok, I have a great hydroponic story, you haven’t heard one in forever so you can all bare with me. BTW, Basil is still doing well growing in my bathroom. He has been a little dry lately, probably due to the air conditioning, so I had to deflect the A/C away from him. But for the most part, he is doing well. Some time ago when I bought my first hydroponic kit and a copy of the Growing Edge, I was excited to see that a greenhouse only a mile from my then home was featured in that month’s issue of the magazine. I was so excited that I then ran out and got a subscription to the magazine. The next month I had to buy the magazine in the store since my subscription hadn’t started yet. That issue I didn’t get a chance to read and it got laid to the side for a while. Today, I finally picked it up and starting reading it. One of the articles in the magazine was about a basil production facility in Pennsylvania. I looked at one of the pictures and thought to myself, “Boy, that bag looks just like the one that my basil plant came in.” So I began reading the article. It turns out that the facility featured in the article was the very one that provides all of the fresh basil to Wegman’s. It mentions Wegman’s specifically in the article. I was very excited. Two consecutive issues talking about things that are so close to home. I looked at Basil and said, “This article is about you!” He was very happy.

Loopy has not been updating MyMiranda.net properly and everyone needs to bug him about this. Email him (email address removed in 2005) and let him know that we all want to see some new content there. If you think that I am bad about updating the site…

June 28, 2002

TGIF! It has been a really long week. I am looking forward to the weekend. On Monday, I have to head back down to Washington to work there for the week. So, Saturday and Sunday are my only days off. We are working on a truck mounted computer system in DC and it is giving us all kinds of problems.

Last night, Tim officially moved out of the house and today Zach is moving in. So, Zach has a U-Haul today and we will be moving his stuff and then the plan is to go to Dominica’s and get a load of her furniture as well. I hate moving.

Other than that, today is mostly a slow day involving web site updates and writing manuals and documentation. Some of my favorite things. I really want to just sit down and watch a movie but I just don’t have the time.

My cousin Gwen and her boyfriend Mike from Canton, Ohio are coming to visit in two weeks. This will be her first time coming down to my house. Speaking of visitors, Emily and Craig (Nate’s cousin) are supposed to be visiting us next week. Dominica’s sister Francesca headed home yesterday.

June 27, 2002

After having spent the entire day in Rochester yesterday, I had to drive back up today for a short meeting at the University of Rochester. Fun, fun, fun. Eric and I then grabbed lunch and headed for home. I finally finished listening to the last of the Harry Potter books. It was really good. I am anxious, now, for the next book to come out. I read one and three and listen to two and four in the car. The story really is addicting. Eric is even getting hooked on it now.

Slow day in general. I got home middle of the afternoon and decided to relax a little. Dominica and I did dinner at Sangam and went movie shopping. It is so nice having a Borders here in town. They have a nice foreign movie section that I pillaged today. And there is a new Hollywood Video that just opened in front of the mall where they have a good used selection as well. I am very happy. New movies include the following: The Princess and the Warrior from Germany and starring Franka Potente of Run Lola, Run and The Bourne Identity, La Cage Aux Folles which was later remade into The Birdcage, Magnolia, Iron Monkey from Hong Kong, Das Boot: The Director’s Cut and Chungking Express also from Hong Kong. The last film I already owned on LaserDisc but I wanted a DVD copy since I really love that film. Wong-Kar Wai is brilliant.

June 26, 2002

Today is the big golf tournament at Victor Hills Country Club in Rochester. Dominica isn’t able to play golf because of her back so Stephanie (one of the girls who have moved into the other half of our house) is going to play on the team with Eric, Josh and I. We tee’ed off at 10:00 am and played until 5:00 pm. What a long day. We had a good time though. We didn’t win:) It was fun, there was lunch served all day included in the price of the tournament along with free soda, water and beer and then a steak and chicken dinner. This was the first time for any of us being in a tournament and Stephanie’s first real game of golf although she used to be a Quench Wench for a course in Arizona. After playing all day, Eric headed home and Phil joined us for six more holes at Durand-Eastman County Course on Lake Ontario. DE is one of the earliest examples of Robert Trent Jone’s architecture. RTJ is originally from Rochester and is a graduate of Cornell. It got pretty late so we had to pack it is before we had finished. I can tell that my game is really improving, I am not good yet, but it is really improving.

Nate, Bob and Zach made it out to the Hangar Theatre this evening to see the Sound of Music. I am sure that they were really thrilled since Nate and Bob put on this show at Boynton Middle School already this year.