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 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, April 15 2005 @ 07:01 PM PDT
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KitschDon't ask me how I got on the subject, because I honestly don't even remember, but I found out a few interesting things about my lineage today.

As it turns out, my mother's father's family has been in America almost as long as you can be and still be a colonist. Francois Girouard and his wife Jeanne-Anne (Aucoin) arrived at Port Royal, in the french colony of Acadia sometime around 1645. I had already known a bit about the family history in Acadia - for example, that a lot of family members made their way down to Louisiana after LaSalle claimed it for France (as an aside, the word "Cajun" comes directly from the word "Acadian". Just say "Acadian" with a New England accent a few times fast - it'll become obvious.) What I guess I never realized was just how early that was all going on. Another thing I never realized is that a distant cousin of mine has already done the work for me - He wrote a series of five books detailing the Girouard family that I think I feel obligated to buy.

On the other end of things, I read a reasonably convincing argument that about 1100 years ago, one of my other ancestors was the High King of Ireland. Weird, eh?

 Be afraid Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, April 13 2005 @ 12:31 AM PDT
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KitschWhen a hard drive company resorts to a three minute flash movie in the style of a poorly done Schoolhouse Rock episode to explain its new drive platter technology, we're all in trouble.

No, really.

 Unabashed cynicism Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, April 11 2005 @ 07:20 PM PDT
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KitschThis may be the single most cynical thing I have ever laid eyes on. It's just wrong on so many levels.

I laughed so hard I think I peed a little.

 Random access Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, April 07 2005 @ 01:46 AM PDT
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TechnologyA/V Geek Warning
If you're not interested in the intricacies of wiring home entertainment systems, skip this entry entirely.

Cool - Setting up a ReplayTV in your home.
Cooler - Performing hardware modifications to a ReplayTV to increase its storage capacity and overall effectiveness.
Coolest - Using software to skip the entire process of doing a hardware mod and have better overall results.

After some recent improvements, I have built an entertainment system that's powerful and flexible enough that I still haven't figured out all the tricks it can do. The only thing it really can't do is handle HDTV, but that's just because I'm poor. Here's my recipe (so far):

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 now: for your enlighten -ment Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, March 30 2005 @ 01:30 AM PST
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Lifea poem
by ee

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 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, March 10 2005 @ 04:20 PM PST
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LifeWhen you're sick, don't pull an all-nighter unless you can't possibly avoid it.

I finally went to bed yesterday afternoon. I woke up and went to a 24 hour CVS for various things, ate something and went back to bed. My fever finally broke around 8AM (I could tell because I woke up lucid, albeit groggy), and after another eight hours of sleep, I'm back to where I was when I wrote the previous entry.

I'm guessing it'll be at least another day or two before I'm reasonably recovered, which is unfortunate because I have another deadline that I'm now very behind on, and, for reasons that I won't go into, I really didn't want to have to work over the weekend, even before I got sick.

I think I'm going to sit in front of the TV and wait for my meds to kick in, because writing code is much more interesting when you're on medication.

 Carp Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, March 08 2005 @ 06:59 PM PST
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LifeI feel like crap. Crap, crap, crap.

Maybe crap doesn't quite capture it.

I feel like carp.

A twitching fish packed on ice in the cooler of an overweight angler.

I got about three hours of sleep last night, and I've spent the whole day sneezing and coughing and generally wallowing in my own crapulence.

This is not how I intended to spend my day.

At least I get to drive home in a blizzard.

Most Recent Post: 03/08 10:54PM by csniezek

 A theme Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, March 04 2005 @ 11:04 PM PST
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Kitsch...or two. I finally added a couple of themes that I made ages and ages ago, but until now weren't compatible with the software I'm using.

Overall, they're pretty crappy, but there's novelty to be had.

"Burly" and "NiteGlo" are new. There may be bugs in them. Let me know if you run across one.

 Makes me sick Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, February 15 2005 @ 03:18 PM PST
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PoliticsRead This.

I'll rant about it later.

 XXXIX Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, February 07 2005 @ 12:31 AM PST
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SportsI feel bad for Philadelphia fans.

It's not because they lost - every Superbowl has a loser too - it's because the Eagles stopped trying with about four minutes left.

Instead of running a no-huddle to preserve what little time they had left, they nonchalantly dawdled before each play. They didn't even spike the ball or run out of bounds to stop the clock.

Now, I recognize that being down ten points with only a few minutes left and no timeouts is a tough place to be, but therein lies the real test. Mounting an offensive push when you're down is really the only way to measure heart.

It's no coincidence that the games people remember the longest most often have a come from behind story attached to them. In battle, the quality is known as valor, and those who possess it are respected by their foes and honored as heroes by their comrades.

I have the utmost respect for the skills and training of the Philadelphia players. They are arguably the best team in football. The one thing that they don't seem to have is a leader with the heart to pull them through the last four minutes of an important game.

I believe that at the end of the game there were ten guys in green jerseys that were willing to give every ounce of their remaining energy and break every bone in their body just to get that ball across the line twice. The eleventh man, whether he was aware of it or not, whether he will ever admit it or not, simply gave up, and his name is Donovan McNabb.

If I were Jeff Lurie, I'd do everything in my power to find a quarterback that has an indomitable spirit and fantastic leadership. Maybe he should also be able to throw the ball well, but that's almost beside the point. If I found somebody like that on Tuesday, McNabb would be riding the bench or released outright by Wednesday morning.

I am not a Philadelphia Eagles fan. I am a Patriots fan. The two teams played amazing football for 76 (56*) minutes, but I'm disappointed that it wasn't 80 (60*) and starting to wonder if maybe there's a good reason they lost the past few NFC championships.

I'm not sure who would've won if McNabb hadn't decided to take an early vacation, but I really would've loved to watch that game.

As it was, at about the three minute mark, instead of sitting in rapt attention, I went outside to smoke a butt.

* Apparently I was smoking crack and pining for hockey when I wrote this originally. Quarters of a football game are 15 minutes, not 20.

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