Archive for July, 2009

Rained out

Rained out

I planned on riding Apollo, my Yamaha FJR1300A, up to New York state this weekend to watch my friend Bond get married. Unfortunately the weather looks a little something like this: I don’t mind riding in the rain, and I don’t even mind riding in a thunderstorm. However, that’s a lot of consistent rain to […]

Posted in: motorcycling
Pandemic board game review

Pandemic board game review

With H1N1 (“swine flu”) still making the headlines, I thought it was time to write up Pandemic, a co-operative board game that pits up to four people against four diseases that threaten to take over the world. Made by Z-Man Games, Pandemic requires at least two people to play. The game starts out with all […]

Posted in: games, review
Rosie Update

Rosie Update

Rosie had a massive cluster of seizures almost two weeks ago. After two shots of Valium, I brought her home and immediately started her on a regime of phenobarbital. I am happy to say that after some initial sluggishness and “spacey” behavior (which my vet warned me about), Rosie is back to her normal self. […]

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Latest Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 preview trailer

Latest Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 preview trailer

Call of Duty 4 is my favorite Xbox 360 game of all time, and I am anxiously awaiting the launch of Modern Warfare 2 in November. Infinity Ward, makers of the Call of Duty “even” numbered franchises, released this trailer of the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3. Watch it […]

Posted in: games, link and run
FixUnreadCount for Windows Mobile: small application, big fix

FixUnreadCount for Windows Mobile: small application, big fix

My Verizon Wireless HTC Touch running Windows Mobile 6.1 kept reporting the wrong number of text and email messages. FixUnreadCount is a simple Windows Mobile phone application that resets an incorrect unread count for text messages and email.

Posted in: technology
100 Pushup Challenge 1, DrFaulken 0

100 Pushup Challenge 1, DrFaulken 0

After deciding to repeat week four of the 100 Pushup Challenge, I threw in the towel. I realized that I was holding back on my “rest” days and altering my workouts too much to justify the limited gains I was making during the Challenge. Yes, the sets were difficult, and yes I was getting better […]

Posted in: fitness & grooming
July Tybee Island trip report

July Tybee Island trip report

I saddled up my 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A and headed down to Georgia last Thursday. I needed to take a break and was anxious to meet up with some of my favorite people. I was also ready to put Apollo up to his first mid-distance road trip. I have a rule: never install anything new or […]

Posted in: motorcycling
Star Wars theme music played with a Yamaha Electone electric organ

Star Wars theme music played with a Yamaha Electone electric organ

I found this linked up from the Lounge forum on Ars Technica: a lady plays popular movie soundtracks on her Yamaha Electone electric organ. I wasn’t sure what I expected, but I was blown away by the performance. The lady performs all of the major parts of the orchestra by herself simultaneously using the Electone. […]

Posted in: link and run
100 Pushup Challenge Update: Week Five is Week Four Again

100 Pushup Challenge Update: Week Five is Week Four Again

The end of the 100 Pushup Challenge’s Week Four is an all-out stress test to see how many pushups you can do at once without stopping. I could do forty before I started the program, and figured I was sandbagging. I was excited to do the test at the end of Week Four; after all […]

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Shake, rattle and Rosie

Shake, rattle and Rosie

I came home early last Friday to get some work done and then start an early weekend. When I opened the door, my middle dog Rosie was convulsing on the floor. Her rear legs were fully extended and useless as she paddled towards me with her front feet. Her entire face and chest wet from […]

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