Archive for January, 2006

Slow Pace Around these Parts

I realize it’s been slow around here. Apologies for that, but I’ve been wanting to focus my time/energies on other projects at the moment. Tonight, I spent some time getting together some Flash files for Ben, as I’m walking him through creating a dynamic XML-driven Flash photo gallery tomorrow, after work. I promise to have some more photos and whatnot…

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I’m Submitting a Short Film?

I spotted a call for entries today for the Chicago Underground Film Festival. And you knwo what the crazy thing is? I might actually submit something! I’m not sure if my current experiment will qualify, but I think it will. I think it constitutes a “short film,” or at the very least an “experimental” one. So I’m pretty excited. Not…

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Come get your poetry on!

Attention poets from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin! Check out the Poetry Center’s 12th Annual Juried Reading and Awards. And the final judge is none other than one of my favorite poets, Billy Collins. Big thanks to Matt for hooking me up with this link. I’ll definitely be submitting some poems in. And yeah, I know….

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The Quintuple Defense Fails…

I tried to defend my possession of the Lord and Master Stein™ today for a record FIFTH time, but alas… Kashif ended up the victor. Dang! Played several games today, post-work. Chris, Justin and I ended up doing several $2 games. I won one, and Justin came in to win the last two in a row. In our last game,…

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Well, shit

A long, long time ago I stumbled across rachelleb.com. Her blog is one of the few out there that updates on a daily basis, and she lives not too far from where I’m at. It’s interesting to see another blogger go about documenting their life on-line, especially someone in such close proximity. It’s rare, too, for someone to update daily…

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Call me lord and master

Played a bit of poker after work today, with Ben and Chris. And guess what? Yours truly became the first successful FOUR TIME defending champion of the Lord and Master Stein™. At the end, it was me and Ben going heads-up. In two instances today, he took a bad beat when he clearly should have won. On the final hand,…

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I am robot and proud

The CD’s that I ordered arrived today! I’m a little miffed it took over two weeks for them to get here, but whatever. I was pretty excited to get these guys, as I’ve been checking my work mailbox daily. I haven’t had much of a chance to give these CD’s a listen, but I’ll let you know as soon as…

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Bubble

Well, that was definitely an experience. I was pretty nervous the whole time, and ended up chewing gum like a madman. Towards the end of the game there, my jaw started hurting because I was just chomping away like a starving cow. I didn’t touch any booze, and so all I really had was the gum. Oh, and did I…

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Instead…

I don’t know whether it will bring me good or bad luck (since I’m doing this on the Chinese New Year), but I’m headed to enter a Texas Holdem tournament in a few hours. I’m pretty excited, and fairly hopeful. I plan to be patient and play smart. But, well… I’m guessing the other 99 players who have signed up…

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Happy New Year!

Today marks the begining of the Year of the Dog. Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! While I’m not going to Chinatown to take photos, I’m including a link to my first ever Chinese New Year Parade in Chicago’s Chinatown. For those who haven’t seen that entry, think fireworks and dragons and Raeleans. A wonderful day shooting pics with Alex. Go…

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Decisions, decisions, decisions

Spent the day doing more work on the new experiment. Getting closer now, and I even got official permission to use the music track I’ve had my ear on these past few days. Sweet! Working on a design/layout for the thing, and I’m not feeling all that inspired. It’s ok I guess, but part of the look makes me wish…

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First Tourney

So… I decided to enter into a Texas Holdem tournament this weekend. It’s to take place on Sunday at 2 PM. It’s inside a bar (back in a private room, apparently), and well… I’m a little excited, a little nervous. It’s a $65 buy-in, and so far the rumor is that there are 100 people who have signed up. I…

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Unexpected Gifts

I found a wonderful surprise waiting for me at my door, when I got home yesteday. Gretchen totally sent me this on the sly, and it caught me off guard. Included in this surprise package was a great letter, a copy of Stash 15 and an I Ching coin. Once again – thank you, Gretchen. You rock!

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