Monthly Archives: December 2006

My joystick is just a bit eager. :)

Jumping the gun

My Saitek X52 flight control system has an LCD panel that shows the date and time. You can tell the time setting to adjust for a timezone from GMT (I’ve got it set to EST at the moment, as one might find useful), but the date display is stuck on GMT — and it’s now 1/1/07 there. :)

Chargers finish 14-2, clinch the AFC home field advantage!

The San Diego Chargers won’t leave San Diego for the duration of the playoffs except, God willing, to go to Miami for the Super Bowl. ;) It came at a price, though — both Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson — winner of this year’s NFL rushing title — got injured in the game. Good thing they’ve got that first-round bye to rest up. Hopefully they’ll be alright.

Kudos to Jake Delhomme, for coming back for his first game in a month and ending on a high note as the Panthers beat the Saints in a pretty meaningless game. It’s something to build on, at least. Rumors are swirling that Keyshawn Johnson is seriously pondering retirement — check out Jay Glazer’s report. I’ll talk more about the Panthers as the offseason moves begin.

This 49ers/Denver game is like watching a football game in 1997 — primitive graphics, standard definition cameras, no yellow line…eep! Good game though — in fact, Joe Nedney just hit a 36-yarder to win the game, and just like that, the Broncos are out of the playoffs. The Chiefs are in as a result. Crazy. I kind of wanted the Broncos to get in, because the Chargers beat ‘em convincingly both times. The 49ers’ Frank Gore is an impressive runner — I haven’t seen much of him this season. Alex Smith has clearly come a long way (quietly, too!), and Jay Cutler clearly feeds off high pressure, but it just wasn’t enough for Cutler today. Good things will happen for him, though.

The Lions and Dallas…well, that’s why Week 17 is always interesting. Wonder what (Really) Drew Bledsoe will have to say on the subject. ;)

Tonight will be a Brett Favre orgy on Sunday Night Football as the Packers travel to Soldier Field to meet up with the Bears. This game is pretty meaningless, too, as the NFC playoff field is settled and the Packers are out, and the Bears have had the number one seed wrapped up for a while now.

So that’s it for Week 17…going to record tonight’s game. I’m off to get ready to do…something. I think.

Another late night on the Internet(s)…

You know, with my return to work just a few short days away (Tuesday, to be exact), I really should be working on getting my sleeping patterns in better alignment. However, with New Years’ tomorrow night, perhaps this will work out to perfection. Tough to say. I’m still debating on what to do. I’m leaning toward the walking to a random bar thing though. At least it’d be something out of the house for a change.

In any event, last night was the night of bullet points. Tonight, paragraph-sized blurbs, sans bullet points, but with bolded subject headings in all caps.

FOOTBALL: So Week 17 has arrived, and the Giants, for all intents and purposes, are in the playoffs. Three NFC East teams in the playoffs…pretty amazing how that all went down. Wow, the NFC is a terrible conference. With this in mind, the Panthers need to start Brett Basanez tomorrow, though it appears Jake Delhomme is healthy and will go. Meh. Low-impact game in New Orleans. It’s interesting; if the Panthers lose tomorrow, this will mean that in every even year of the John Fox Era (2002, 2004, 2006) they will have gone 7-9. Every odd year brings at least an NFC Championship appearance. So, by virtue of mere year numbering, things are looking up in Carolina next season. :)

I fully anticipate the Chargers finishing their season 14-2 with a win over Arizona tomorrow. Then again, the Cardinals have actually started to put together something resembling decent football, though this week they’ll be without Leinart. I hope Marty leaves the starters in — maybe play LT a little less in favor of Michael Turner (this may be blasphemy, but letting LT have half the game off in favor of Michael Turner doesn’t really take that much away from the Charger offense — Turner is a fantastic runner in his own right and would be a starter on over 3/4s of the teams in the NFL) — but he needs to give Philip Rivers time to tune himself up for the playoffs. He certainly could use it, though the comeback win in Seattle was more than encouraging.

One random college football thought: Tommy Bowden hasn’t been fired yet? LOL.

PERSONAL WEEK OFF REFLECTION, ETC: It’s been nice to have a week off, though I’ve felt kinda crappy for most of it. Maybe it’s the whole being sedentary and wandering around the house thing. Who knows. It’s been a nice break though. I’d like to think I actually accomplished a few good things, especially with rearranging the room. I really do like it better, but there is one thing that is blowing my mind: My Bluetooth mouse has not performed very well on this side of the room. In fact, I relocated the receiver to the monitor which has made it better but there is still some interference over here that is nuts. I’m tempted to get an RF meter to see what’s going on, though that’d be one expensive tool (though it may be worth it in the future as well).

One thing that didn’t happen was the relocation of the Nightwind server to my room in favor of Healer running the weather station, but that will be postponed indefinitely as I continue to work out the power situation. I also need to change the light bulb of the overhead light. Not having the overhead light is — wait for it — low value. Though I will say this: I hate replacing overhead lights that are extremely high up. First, I have a thing about ladders — not a big fan. Second, this is one of those glass things I have to carefully rotate off, and yeah…ugh. That’s going to be fun.

MOVIES I WILL CLAIM TO BUY IMMEDIATELY BUT NEVER GET AROUND TO DOING SO: Snakes on a Plane comes out on DVD January 2. I never saw it in the theater, so I totally missed out on the cult aspect of it. I’ll still probably get it, though — just not on January 2nd. I’m not sure when I will — depends on when my impulses find Amazon. :)

COMING UP: I’ll be working on a “2007 Predictions” post of some kind to be scheduled for later on today, I think. That could very well close out the blogging of 2006, though!

Catch you all later…

J

Some feeding issues at the moment

My RSS/Atom feeds seem to be only exporting as a summary of my posts, regardless of the preference I set in the WordPress panel. I have a more than sneaking suspicion that this unwanted truncation of my feeds is due to the LiveJournal cross-posting plugin. As a troubleshooting measure, LiveJournal crossposting has been temporarily disabled. Hopefully this won’t be a permanent condition, as I dearly like that feature.

Update: Seems everything’s okay now…I’m not sure what’s up. Please, everyone, verify in your feed reader of choice. Thanks. :)

Dream Sequence

So Disc 2 of the Trammell Starks set of local forecast music is a sure cure for insomnia, at least for me. As soon as the music from that set kicked into my Winamp playlist about two and a half hours ago, I retreated to my bed and was out like a light…and then the weirdness began.

The dream started with Trammell Starks providing the background music. (Wonder why.) For some reason I was at my parents’ house, and my brother — well known within the family as being much better with females than I — came home with a girl I once tried to date. She and my brother both giggled and laughed at me, as I promptly began to freak out. I began to run around in circles, and then run to the nearest strip mall to find where the Trammell Starks broadcast was so I could turn down the volume as I needed to think. Then, I began to tell myself, “Is this a dream?” I woke up four times within the dream only to finally wake up for real the fifth time.

Guess it’s a good thing I didn’t call my friend about it for real, huh? So bizarre.

2006, In Memoriam

I must be at that point in my life where time begins to hit the third gear and accelerate a bit more, because 2006 just flew by. A lot changed again this year — but unlike 2005, this year started to show real strides forward toward serious improvement in my life. In many ways, 2005 set up 2006, and did it pretty much to perfection. So, in the tradition of many an insomniac blogger such as myself, how about a look back at the year that was 2006?

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Insomnia, For The Loss!

Random insomnia-borne observations:

  • A couple days after realigning the room, I’m really a big fan. Why didn’t I do it this way the first time?
  • I tried to watch Abrams & Bettes on The Weather Channel last night. Couldn’t do it. I like both their personalities, but I can’t watch the show. Something about it seems really forced, like they’re trying to crowbar a newscast into a lineup full of…newscasts. So, they make it extra newscasty, which, in my mind, just doesn’t seem to work. Watching A&B made me long for the days of the early-to-mid ’90s again.
  • I remember the last time a pitcher went to an NL West team for over $100 million. What are the odds of Barry Zito turning out like Kevin Brown in San Francisco? Zito’s magic avoidance of injury thus far in his career has been impressive, but any guy with a hook like he has is asking for arm problems down the road. The Giants paid a lot of money and once again took this offseason to ridiculously new heights, as if that was even possible. A pitcher the likes of Johan Santana should easily command $20-$25 million a year now on the free agent market. Look for small market teams to be much more guarded with their farm systems as the years roll on.
  • Nothing says Christmas like marshmallow-stuffed snowmen. Nothing.
  • Vacations that take a lot of work and are over-planned totally defeat the purpose, IMO. I’ve been talking to a friend for a few days who has been absolutely exhausted from her vacation in Florida, which was planned out point by point. What’s the point of a vacation where one MUST be up at 9:30 every morning? That’s low value. This friend is now taking a vacation from vacations.
  • Brian Goode’s calling it: Rain on New Year’s Eve. It’s looking pretty solid for that, too. The more I think about it, the more likely I am to stay in at this point, though wandering to a random bar to be selected is not totally out of the question (unless someone wishes to kindly save me from this kind of low value fate).
  • I signed into Classmates for the first time in about a year and a half this weekend, and was reminded why I stayed away in the first place: Errors, ads, and then not being able to do anything without paying a fee…in other words, it’s totally incompatible with Web 2.0. Facebook and MySpace effectively render sites like Classmates pretty much obsolete thanks to their unbridled FREE accessibility and more expressive profile options.
  • I’m looking forward to the new semester, real bad. I’m in several media courses and am really looking forward to getting into the meat of the major.
  • If you have LiveJournal, I’ve got The Blog crossposting to mine now. Add me to your friends list if you like. :)
  • Finally…I have a lot of work to do in Flight Simulator 2004. I’ve been struggling badly with my landings…

It’s bedtime for real now, before the sun comes up. :) Later folks.

In case you haven’t seen it in the news yet

Saddam Hussein’s been executed. I guess noose beats pen missile, huh?

I’m not sure if executing Saddam is going to have much impact one way or the other, but no matter how you look at it, justice was done. Maybe a glimmer of hope can arise from this — then again, knowing the situation there, maybe not. Tough to say, really. It’d be nice if a breakthrough could come as a result of his execution so we can start to draw down a bit but I’m not going to hold my breath for that. Somehow I think the insurgency really doesn’t care whether Saddam is breathing or not.

Notice the new WCBD theme music?

I guess a couple days or so ago WCBD (Channel 2 in Charleston, our NBC affiliate) introduced a new music package, replacing that familiar jingle we have all come to know and love over many, many years. Thanks to a tip from a frequent commenter, I’m pretty sure I know why, too.

Tyler, an avid follower of TV news trends who I chat with and posts in comments here on a regular basis, was telling me about some unbelievable price increases at Stephen Arnold Music, a company that specializes in news and other production music. These increases are prompting a lot of stations to drop their packages. According to the News Music Search Archive, WCIV and WCSC also use Stephen Arnold packages — in fact, WCIV switched to a new Stephen Arnold package just this year. I wonder if Albritton and Lincoln Financial will keep SA around on these stations as well. I guess time will tell on that — not that it matters to most people, but hey, you never know. :)