Honey, Just Cuz I Talk Slow Doesn’t Mean I’m Stupid

Because we left Crawfordville yesterday with a slight sour taste (literally) in our mouths, we decided to revisit it today. Sweet Home Alabama is available as watch it now on Netflix.

Donna and I finished up our Christmas shopping for each other today. She got a spiffy new red velor top to wear to our many holiday soirees this season and I got me 3 new pairs of brown socks.

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Still Here, But

I’ve got frostbit hands so I can’t type.

They canceled Terriers and I’m too depressed to type.

We’ll be moving into the new offices out back of the plant next week and I’m too busy packing to type.

We just put up the Christmas Tree and now there isn’t enough juice left to run the PC.

I can’t type now because I’m too tied up filling out online surveys hoping to win a free gift card/shopping spree/haircut from all the merchants we visited the last couple of days.

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Moving Monday

I spent most of the day moving everything from my office/cubicle up front into the new digs at the back of the plant. It is kind of an adjustment because I have been in the same room (with various forms of furniture) since starting at ASCO in Aiken in 1989. I searched the ol’ blog here for a 180 degree panoramic photo I took of my work area several years ago, because I was sure I published it here, but can’t seem find it. So I will post it here and promise that tomorrow I will do the same thing for the new home.

Be sure to click the image to get a page with a bigger size, then select Full Size at the bottom of the page to view it in its full glory.

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Panoramic Photos Made Easy

Buy a camera that has the function built in.

Regular Reader Randy (that almost deserves its own acronym, RRR) commented on yesterday’s post wanting to know how I made that panoramic 360° photo of my cubical. Well Randy, I don’t remember, but I’m guessing by the photo’s vintage, circa 2001-02, that it was done using the Olympus D-40Z which had the function built right into the camera. The predecessor to that camera, a Kodak V570, had a mode that did it internally to three successive exposures quite convincingly. Sadly my current Panasonic DMC-TZ3 does have that function.

But I figured that with a little bit of web searching I could come up with a freeware solution. And I did, unfortunately they were either crap or so complex that it would take a rocket scientist to make it work. I found one, AutoStitch, where using their included sample images the demo worked great, but trying to use my images it only knitted two of the 10 photos. So I ended up doing it the old fashioned way, creating one really long blank image and placing each photo in it one on top of the other. Here you go, my new 9′ x 9′ home:

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Sith Lords Not So Much

One of my two Geeky Christmas Presents™ arrived yesterday and my what a big box it came in, I don’t know what I expected, but 14 inches long by 3 inches in diameter was not it. Included with my new Star Wars The Legacy Collection Force Action Lightsaber – Obi-Wan Kenobi was this helpful little piece of paper.

In case you lost said paper, right there near the On/Off switch was a sticker with the same CAUTION note. Closer to the pointy end was another sticker that read: !CAUTION! DO NOT poke or jab with Lightsaber. Sections are made to stick together in the extended position and will not easily collapse if jabbed into an object, individual or animal.

On the other end over the battery cover was another sticker with print so small that I couldn’t read it before I peeled it off like the other two. It probably warned me not to mix battery types or it might explode possibly causing harm to objects, individuals or animals.

I am armed with a Jedi’s weapon of choice (and partially on my way towards next Halloween’s costume), but don’t worry objects, individuals and animals, I’ll be careful around you. With Clone Warriors, Stormtroopers and Sith Lords, not so much.

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Happy No Leaf Year

We finally got a break from winter and had a nice day, sunny and mid 60’s. As tradition here at Domus Bogardi in Dunbarton Oaks, Donna and I raked up the leaves from the back yard. We do the front yard several times in November and December to keep up appearances in the neighborhood, but because no one sees the backyard we hold off until almost all the leaves fall off the trees before raking them up.

What time was not spent doing yard work was spent in front of the TV mainlining the TV show called Justified. This is another FX gem of a show, like Terriers, well written, with interesting characters, adult, intelligent and just the right kind of pacing. Someone told me I should watch it, but didn’t think I would enjoy it from reading the description, so we never tried it. Big mistake. We found ourselves with a coffee table devoid of red envelopes this Wednesday, so I cued up the first episode. We watched three that night, two on Thursday and the last 8 of season one today. Season 2 starts in February.

The McDonald’s Quarter Pounder to Justified’s Fillet Mignon is Two and a Half Men, which I didn’t think I would like either, but it has become a household staple with us between 7 & 8 PM weeknights. Donna naps through it while I try not to laugh so loud that I wake her, and sometimes that’s hard to do. I just love that the theme song, which consists of just repeating the words “Men men men men, manly men men men!” over and over, took three people to write it (Grant Geissman, Lee Aronsohn, and Chuck Lorre.)

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