Friday, June 29, 2007

Americans spent $15 Billion on bottled water

Hmm... let's see if my wife notices this post.


From digg:
"Americans spent more money last year on bottled water than on ipods or movie tickets: $15 Billion. A journey into the economics--and psychology--of an unlikely business boom. And what it says about our culture of indulgence."

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Guild Wars Update


Originally uploaded by FlipSide3.

Guild Wars: Eyes of the North (GWEN) is getting closer. In the build up to the expansion I'm trying to complete Nightfall with my necromancer Satine, who is the only character to beat the other 2 campaigns. With Nightfall complete I'll at least have gone through all campaigns once.

I started a new monk in prophesies with the lofty goal of getting her to level 20 before going post searing. Yup, I don't think that's going to happen. Getting up higher levels is a BIG pain and requires dedication, time, and playing with others (urgh, I don't like being forced to play with others).

So I think I'll shoot for level 10, which is hard enough. My other goal with this new monk is to gather the equipment necessary to have what is called a 55 monk. You do some tricks to get your health as low as possible (55 hitpoints) then use a skill that makes you practically invincible... until some sneaky enemy removes the skill or something.

They made some tweaks recently that makes Factions more fun, at least if you like farming faction points. I should have my warrior in a fancy new set of Kurzick armor pretty soon. I'm planning on making him look a little like Lucas, one of my favorite henchies.

Guild Wars is still tons of fun... when I have time to play it. That would mostly be late at night after the girls go to sleep (wife and daughter).

Nations who have not yet adopted the metric system (pic)

I think this also helps explain why the U.S. is the odd duck of the world.

Nations Having Not Adopted the Metric System

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Katie Meets Cow


Originally uploaded by FlipSide3.

The Chick-fil-a in Euless had an event for us City employees and their families. Free food, prizes, coupons, and dancing cows for all. It was warm a muggy, plus the mosquitoes were a bit thick, but it was fun. Got to show off our little girl to a few more people.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Religious Differences - Savage Chicken Style

I think this sums up the strangeness of conflicts between flavors of Christianity, as shown through Savage Chickens.

Savage Chickens - Religious Differences

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Monday, June 11, 2007

27 Skills Your Child Needs to Know That She’s Not Getting In School

"What follows is a basic curriculum in life that a child should know before reaching adulthood. There will probably be other skills you can add to this list, but at least it’s a starting point."

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Friday, June 8, 2007

William Kisner's 2 Month Pictures

2 Month Pictures

Originally uploaded by kisner.

My old roommate Tom posted his boy's picture. I love his ears. He's such a tiny little guy.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

4 Hearts

There are 4 hearts in my family today... 1 heart in blissful ignorance, 2 hearts filled with sorrow, and 1 heart that never learned to beat.

Katie's 1st Birthday Party


Originally uploaded by FlipSide3.

You give a baby (or is that a toddler now) cake, and you have yourself a happy messy child.

We had over 37 people show up at my parents house for my daughter's party. I didn't realize we knew so many people. Granted even more came to our wedding, so I shouldn't be that surprised.

Katie got lots of stuff we don't have room for, but overflow is what Grandma's house is for, right? The cake incident was messy fun and she was stained pink for a while.

Top 5 Tower Defense Games

I love Tower Defense games ever since they popped up on Warcraft 3, back when I actually played that game. With TD games you get the fun of blowing up the bad guys (an endless stream of bad guys), and there's strategy involved too. Just like Tetris, Columns, or Zuma these games are a life drainer. You start playing and a few hours of your life disappear never to return.

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

An Egghead for the Oval Office

Here, here!

From digg:

One thing that should be clear to anyone who's been paying attention these past few years is that we need to go out and get ourselves the smartest president we can find. We need a brainiac president, a regular Mister or Miss Smarty-Pants. We need to elect the kid you hated in high school, the teacher's pet with perfect grades.

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