Friday, August 20, 2010
So our friend John is a lawyer in Chicago, and he too is a big Dunny fan. There are only a couple people I can talk to about this obsession, and he's my go to guy. He's also been one of my big supporters on this Daily Comic. Thanks John!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
This week's comic features awesome design assists from my lovely and talented wife Leslie!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Facing a deluge of complaints from websites and consumers about iPhone 4, Apple comically announced that the formula that decides how many signal bars your phone is receiving has been incorrect on the OS since 2007! The Huffington Post quoted Apple saying: "[Users'] big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place." WHAT?! How is that acceptable?! AT&T's coverage has been crappy to begin with, but it turns out it's crappier then you think?! On Thursday, July 15th Apple released an updated version of iOS 4 that fixes the issues with the wayward bars. I updated my phone as soon as the update was available. My wife also has a 3G phone, but we held off updating her OS so we could compare the bars.
These are two photos I took with our phones inches apart, so they're receiving the same amount of signal from the local tower.
She has nearly full bars
And this is my phone. Just one bar.
(Yes, I have two Star Wars apps on my home screen. Don't judge me!)
All this being said, do the bars really matter? What difference does it make if you have full bars, or just one, as long as you can make and receive calls? I'm sure we've all been in situations where your friend had no bars and been able to make a call and we've had full bars and can't even dial out (and that's not a slam on AT&T).
And yes I realize that these are silly things to worry about. We could all live out our lives happily without ever picking up a cell phone again. In this capitalist society we have high expectations for the purchases we make, and more importantly we want to feel that we own the fanciest gadgets available. So it shouldn't be a surprise that when our tech-nerd status gets called into question we might lash out.
So once again, I'm exercising. But this time it's going to be different.
I know. I know. That's what I say every time, but I'm starting to learn what my limits are and what is or is not realistic for me. The last few attempts to get in shape involved gym memberships. Not only are they pricey, but I felt so self-conscious in front of other people. Plus there was the inconvenience of it. It's hard enough finding the motivation to exert myself, but now I have to get up and leave the house to do it? No way! So this time I thought I'd keep it close to home. Leslie and I bought the EA Sports Active Game for the Wii. How much closer to your home can you get then your living room?
We fooled around with it a bit and then it sat unused on our entertainment center for a while. Now I've got a program going with it. It's a 30 day work out challenge and I'm about halfway through with it.
That's the other flaw in my quest for fitness. Once I start working out I always brag to everyone in the world about it, how I'm doing this and that. Then because I made the mistake of telling people, they ask how I'm doing with it. Have I seen a difference? How often do I do it? Next thing I know it's all this imaginary pressure and I can't take it and I just quit. This time I wanted to keep up with it for a few weeks before I told anyone.
This week I completed the game's 30 Day Challenge, which is 20 days of work outs and 10 days of rest. With the 30 day challenge every day they throw a handful of exercises at you. Some are a little tough (fuck you in-line skating!) and some are pretty easy. Each session runs about 20 minutes and there's usually 18 or so activities. The personal trainer in the game is a bit of a douche, but otherwise the game is pretty fun. The activities are different enough that I don't get bored, and that's important to me. There is a lot of running in place type stuff, and there is also the sport stuff Wii is known for like tennis and basketball. What's frustrating is that the workout will start and they'll say, "Today we're going to focus on upper body!" and then you have to do 15 sets of lunges. And I fucking hate lunges.
My daily routine is that I wake up around 5 am, go downstairs to the living room to work out, shower and then go to work. The program suggests that you take a day off every two days, but I've been working out Monday through Friday and taking Saturdays and Sundays off. It doesn't seem to mind that I ignore its advice on rest, just so long as I'm not gone for too long. Outside of the living room I also make attempts to cut out some of the awful stuff I typically eat. Granted, I probably still eat a bit more than I should, and in a job like mine it's hard to turn away food, but I'm making an effort.
Now the big question: Have there been any results? Yes and no. I've noticed a slight difference in the way my clothes fit. Also I can tell that some of the exercises in the game are becoming a bit easier, so hopefully that means I'm increasing my endurance and/or stamina.
And that's where I'm at. I'm exercising. I'm never going to be a super thin or fit guy, but if I make an effort maybe I can get a bit healthier. Don't keep and eye out for me showing up at the neighborhood pool in a Speedo any time soon, but don't think I can't handle a nice long hike either.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I'm pleased with the end result. I used Sharpies for pretty much everything. When it was complete I added a thin coat of Mod Podge to preserve the work.
Half way through the work I noticed the toy came with two right arms, so then I had to make a decision. I was debating if I should make the wrong arm look like it was cut off or leave it off altogether and make the hole where it was look like it had been ripped off entirely. I decided to put an X-Acto knife to it to give it a nice severed look.
Oh yeah, and I'm still obsessed with glow in the dark stuff.
I used Golden brand glow in the dark arcylic paint for the eyes and the teeth.
The Munny definitely has a lot more surface area to work with than a Dunny. I think this was a successful first attempt and I look forward to my next design.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Los Campesinos! - Romance is Boring
Fang Island - Fang Island
Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental Hustle
Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
MC Chris - MC Chris Goes to Hell
Gorillaz - Plastic Island
Method Man, Ghostface Killa, and Raekwon - Wu-Massacre
I'm also leaving out awesome releases by favorites like Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, She & Him, MGMT, Flobots and MC Frontalot. And with new releases coming from both The Hold Steady, LCD Soundsystem and Broken Social Scene in the next couple weeks, there's no sign of relief coming for my wallet.
Some future releases that make me tingle in the gentlemen parts include Against Me!, Dead Weather, Sage Francis, Gaslight Anthem and the first full-length release of I Fight Dragons. I feel like the trend of the past few years has been lots of cool music from new indie acts, but so far 2010 has mostly been all about the return of some of old favorites.
Last year I struggled to put together a top 10 list for the year. This year I think it's going be difficult just narrowing it down to only 10 albums. 2009 left me mopey every time I turned on my iPod. In 2010, I'm now looking for second job to support CD habit. It's a good year to have hearing, my friends.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
10 Things Every American Should Know About Health Care Reform
1. Once reform is fully implemented, over 95% of Americans will have health insurance coverage, including 32 million who are currently uninsured.
2. Health insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny people coverage because of preexisting conditions—or to drop coverage when people become sick.
3. Just like members of Congress, individuals and small businesses who can't afford to purchase insurance on their own will be able to pool together and choose from a variety of competing plans with lower premiums.
4. Reform will cut the federal budget deficit by $138 billion over the next ten years, and a whopping $1.2 trillion in the following ten years.
5. Health care will be more affordable for families and small businesses thanks to new tax credits, subsidies, and other assistance—paid for largely by taxing insurance companies, drug companies, and the very wealthiest Americans.
6. Seniors on Medicare will pay less for their prescription drugs because the legislation closes the "donut hole" gap in existing coverage.
7. By reducing health care costs for employers, reform will create or save more than 2.5 million jobs over the next decade.
8. Medicaid will be expanded to offer health insurance coverage to an additional 16 million low-income people.
9. Instead of losing coverage after they leave home or graduate from college, young adults will be able to remain on their families' insurance plans until age 26.
10. Community health centers would receive an additional $11 billion, doubling the number of patients who can be treated regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10. "Affordable Health Care for America: Summary," House Energy and Commerce Committee, March 18, 2010
3. "Insurance Companies Prosper, Families Suffer: Our Broken Health Insurance System," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Accessed March 22, 2010
4. "Affordable Health Care for America: Health Insurance Reform at a Glance: Revenue Provisions," House Energy and Commerce Committee, March 18, 2010
5. "New Jobs Through Better Health Care," Center for American Progress, January 8, 2010
8, 9. "Proposed Changes in the Final Health Care Bill," The New York Times, March 22, 2010
10. "Affordable Health Care for America: Health Insurance Reform at a Glance: Addressing Health and Health Care Disparities," House Energy and Commerce Committee, March 20, 2010
*Here is the actual article at MoveOn.org if you want to send a link to your friends: 10 Things Every American Should Know About Health Care Reform
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Yesterday Leslie and I were getting really excited about buying a new front door. I sat at my desk at work and thought, "Is this what being an adult feels like? Getting excited over a new door?" I was able to rationalize it that we were ordering the door online and it has to be custom made and all this other nonsense that is far beyond what I think your average adult would do for a door. This doesn't make us extrodinary, just as obsessive about stuff like young folks, and that's what counts to me.
There's bound to be more new house news coming soon. There are even rumblings of a joint house blog that Leslie and I will write together. Stand by for more news.
Onward to mayhem!