Last night I went to a party at Joe's house. I was talked into making blender drinks again. This is a practice which I first picked up at a party at Jay's house in D.C., at which the drinks were a big hit. Subsequently at Joe's house I make drinks every time, usually with good results. The first batch last night included 2 Baby Ruth bars, maple syrup, cookie dough, Bailey's Irish Cream, and vodka. It was popular. The second batch included several cannisters of frozen fruit juice concentrate, lemon infused vokda, Blue Curacao, vodka, raspberry preserves, strawberry preserves, and a small baked potato. It looked like algae or snot, and was not popular. It tasted great but nobody wanted it. Oh well, next time I make one batch and call it quits. I was particularly glad to see Kermit again, I haven't seen him for a while.
I've been interviewing for jobs quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. Several folks have asked how the job market is what with the layoffs and all. From my experience it is still very favorable, but I'm a techie with experience; I've heard that for folks in business development or marketing it's not so pretty. I am disappointed that the majority of interesting software companies are 1.5 - 2 hours south in the valley, but there are still a few interesting companies up here in SF. I'm talking to a number of them; I'll keep you posted.
BugSeeker looks cool. It's a standalone debugger for Java 2 applications, no need for a bloated IDE just to get a cool debugger.
I had a dream that I was Pitfall Harry in Pitfall II. It took me a couple of weeks to figure out which game I was dreaming about... I remembered the game but not the name until I stumbled across a retro Atari 2600 site.
Perhaps (if you ever had an older PowerBook) you remember the SCSI disk mode feature, with which you could make the PowerBook pretend to be an external hard disk to another computer for super-fast file copying. Well, it's possible again with a cool FireWire feature Apple added. Thanks to Jason for telling me about it.
EV Rental will rent you an environmentally friendlier car (electric or hybrid) if you're in one of the few cities where they are located. It's pretty cool but the prices aren't.
DynamicDrive has lots of cool DHTML snippets.
I got a new suitcase. This isn't particularly noteworthy, except for the fact that it's a pretty nifty suitcase. It's a carry-on size suitcase, meant to replace the one we currently have which is kinda lame in two ways. Way 1: the extending handle doesn't lock, so in long lines at the airport you can't lean on it. Way 2: one of the wheels is worn kinda flat, so it makes a lot of noise when rolling. It's pretty annoying to be the only one making a really loud CLACK CLACK CLACK noise in an airport... the new one has better wheels, a locking telescoping handle (17K image), and a strap to carry the old suitcase piggybacked on it. Cool.
We have arranged to share a house (70K image) in Truckee (which is very near Lake Tahoe and all the ski resorts) for the winter. (That's Dave "K.A." on the right and Fiid on the lower left of the picture.) We have already been up a couple of times and hope to ski a lot more this winter.
I took an intermediate skiing lesson and learned a lot. I'm eager to get off the bunny slopes so I can concentrate on skiing well rather than worrying about the hordes of snowboarders (86K image) threatening to fall down directly in front of me.
I rented Don from DesiFilrms and it rocked. It was not subtitled so I had to guess what the dialogue was, but I was definitely able to follow it. It's an action movie for cryin' out loud. The wife of the guy Don rubbed out, then the undercover double for Don, I was able to figure it out just by watching. The exploding suitcase thing is so cool. I love the Mustang convertible he has later in the movie. Sweeet.
Kim and I will be in D.C. and Richmond for the next week visiting friends and family for Christmas.
This past weekend, a bunch of us went to Lake Tahoe to ski. We had a great weekend. As a beginning skier, I have learned a few things that might be useful For Those About To Ski (we salute you!):
Deevar was great. Low budget, subtitled (not overdubbed), with an actual plot behind the action. The shovel fight scene rules - Vijay (one of the protagonists) takes on about 7 or 8 guys and wins, and a shovel is involved as a weapon in the brawl. Big B (Amitabh Bachchan, the actor who plays Vijay in this movie) rules. I will definitely be renting some more DVDs from DesiFilrms to see some more Big B movies.