Sunday, February 17, 2008

Maryland 82, Florida St. 72

The Terps men's basketball team won yesterday, so weekend sports was good. Apparently there was some kind of automobile race today also, but it didn't involve Porsche, Mercedes, or BMW, so I wasn't really interested.

Anyway, everyone's healing, and it was overall a very restful weekend. Even though it did involve playing lots of COD4 (which is relaxing and stressful, but fun). Luckily, I either played enough or am actually getting better, so I made it to my assigned level.

Let me explain. As you may know by now, my son is an avid Xbox 360 player, and having been so for years, he has considerably more COD skilz than I do. So before he left for his sperm donor's residence on Friday, he left me with an assignment to gain 2 levels in COD. I actually made it past the assigned level, so I even get a smile from him. If you knew him better, you'd understand how rare that is.

So I hope your weekend went well, and here's to a new week - the start of something new, like any week, right?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Rough Week

So life isn't always easy - it's something I am reminded of constantly - yet fate has the task of throwing it back in my face. No one likes being sick - and Lord knows I have enough experience with that - but there's nothing I hate more than seeing the ones I love sick.

So while I dislike the times I have to deal with my own troubles, I find the biggest challange in knowing what to do with a sick slave. You understand that I do my best to make sure she is well cared for, has plenty to drink and eat, and takes her medicine. But when it comes to a lingering illness I feel the one thing I dread most - lack of control.

I should have recognized this long ago, as I've known for a long time this is why I don't drink to excess or take drugs. So while I think I've noticed this in one area, it certainly carries over to others too.

Well, learning something about yourself is always a good thing, right?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Another Test

Ok, Tapestry (and apparently Lady Esenem) are both big silly quiz takers, so here's the results of one for me. I hope you both like it. Let me know what other little quizes you have for me ;-).

And now that I'm over whatever I had last night (man, I haven't felt that bad since I had pneumonia), I'm looking to do some low-speed high-drag things until I have energy again.

I doubt that I'm up for more COD4, but I *want* to play...

You Should Be a Doctor

You are practical, sharp, and very intuitive.
Optimistic and energetic, you are a problem solver who doesn't get discouraged easily.
You are also quite compassionate and caring. You make people feel hopeful.
You're highly adaptable and capable. You do well with almost any curve ball life throws at you.

You do best when you:

- Are always learning new subjects
- Use your knowledge to solve problems

You would also be a good therapist or detective.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Call of Duty

Ok, so anyone that knows me knows of my love for military hardware. I do enjoy shooting guns and appreciate the tactics of Sun Tzu and the Art of War. My son also enjoys playing XBox360... a lot! So it was not a surprise to him when I bought a copy of Call of Duty 4 for the 360. The only problem was that in earlier XBox games, I would develop motion sickness while playing any first person shooter games, so I was thinking ahead to motion sickness drugs etc.

Luckily, it turns out that I can mostly get used to it - I still get hot and sweaty, and perhaps a little dazed, but then again - wouldn't you when you're being shot at by a dozen terrorists with AKs and RPGs? Well, so what if those terrorists were actually being played by 8 and 9 year olds with reflexes born of the Millenial generation? Of course, it's doomsday in more than one way.

I have been playing XBox Live, trying to keep up with (ok, trying to climb up towards) my son's skill level. And XBox Live has these headsets that players can talk back and forth with online. Apparently, though, the "serious" players all have a private network that I don't get to hear - all I get to hear is the 10 year olds singing off-key or learning to cuss in new ways!

So although I do have fun learning, sometimes it's frustrating both in trying to re-map my reflexes and in playing against little kids that have never lifted a real M4 or fired a USP45, but can beat the crap out of me most of the time.

Anyway, just like always, I learn to adapt and grow.

Sunday, February 3, 2008


1.) What time is it? 12:25am
2.) What's your name? PirateDaddy
3.) Of what are you most afraid? Being alone
4.) What is the most recent movie that you have seen on bootleg? Something X-Rated
5.) Place of birth? Washington DC
6.) Favorite food? Artichokes
7.) What's your natural hair color? Brown
8.) Are you a Neat Freak? In a few ways, about some things
9.) Ever been skinny dipping? Nope
10.) Ever love someone so much it made you cry? Sure
11.) Been in a car accident? Yes
12.) Croutons or bacon bits? Croutons
13.) Favorite day of the week? Saturday
14.) Favorite restaurant? Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
15.) Favorite Flower? None (not no favorite, but no flower - or maybe silk ;-)
16.) Favorite sport to watch? Redskins football
17.) Favorite drink? Absolut Citron & Seven with Lime
18.) Favorite ice cream? Homemade ice cream, or if I could ever find soy Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
19.) Warner Brothers or Disney? Warner Brothers
20.) Ever been on a ship? Yes
21.) What color is your bedroom carpet? Hardwood Bamboo Flooring
22.) How many times did you fail your driver's test? zero
23.) Before this one, from whom did you get your last e-mail? spam
24.) What do you do when you are bored? Play XBox 360
25.) Bedtime? Should be around 9:30, but usually 10:30
26.) Who will respond to this e-mail the quickest? umm this is not an email, N/A
27.) Who will least likely respond? no one
28.) Who is the person that you are most curious to see their responses? anyone
29.) Favorite TV shows? The Unit
30.) Last person with whom you went to dinner? Tapestry & Our son
31.) Park or Zoo? Park?
32.) What are your favorite colors? Red, black, and tan
33.) How many tattoos do you have? zero
34.) How many pets do you have? 1 Dog & 2 Cats
35.) Which came first, the chicken or the egg? egg
36.) What do you want to do before you die? be happy
37.) Have you ever been to Hawaii? Not Yet
38.) Have you been to countries outside the U. S. A./Canada? Not Yet
39.) To how many people are you sending this e-mail? N/A - whoever reads this blog
40.) Time this survey ended? 12:34am

Friday, February 1, 2008

Navy Testfires Experimental Rail Gun

Just a little example of the kind of high energy weapons the military will be fielding within the next 15 years! It's a very simple premiss - two electromagnet surround a single projectile and propel it as fast as 5360mph (in this case). All in all, it makes for a very large explosion.