Disney Imagineering

I went to this tech-talk thing today and was pleasantly surprised by some of the cool things the engineers at Disney do at the park. Did you know that they have trackless rides that randomly generate paths for each run, in real-time?

They’ve got these things up at the park in Tokyo. The first of its kind state-side is opening up soon in Cars Land as Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.

Gonna have to watch the movies and finally go to California Adventures.

Nostalgia rig 2002

So… today I spent 19 dollars and got a Radeon 9700 Pro… and then I spent 14 dollars and got 2x512MB of Kingston KHX3200/512 DDR-400… which means I’ve finally got Winbond BH-5.

Spent another 12 dollars and got… an AthlonXP-M 2600+…

Nobody reads this blog, but to a hypothetical reader, who knows early-2000s hardware… I’ve just reached legendary status.

Just need a Chieftec Dragon and a DFI Lanparty NFII Rev. B.

2/14

I’m getting a lot of marketing emails reminding me to book a place for their Valentine’s Day dinners. I’d take Orchid, but I don’t think a betta can eat at any of these fine establishments.

2 more weeks

The Santa Hustle half-marathon in Galveston rejuvenated by love/hate relationship with running. Find me a scenic route in a new environment and I’ll have the time of my life. Put me on a treadmill or have me run on a track and all I can think of is… I can’t think, I am now a hamster.

So after winging the half-marathon in December, I’m now 2 weeks away from winging the LA Marathon. I must admit, I haven’t been training as hard as I should be, but I’ll be alright. Looking forward to all the food I’m going to eat afterwards.

Zombies

5 seasons into the show and I’ve only just realized that the zombies walkers in The Walking Dead are so inconsistent because they are plot devices that drive the story along.

This year has been full of other startling realizations. Did you know that the 76ers are named because of the second Continental Congress in 1776? Did you know that the heater at home is in fact not broken?

 

 

On health

An annoying old man once told me that

90% of your questions can be answered with, “Because people are stupid.”

Mom has this lump on her throat that’s pretty big. She’s been neglecting it for the past few years citing one doctor who said it was no big deal. If it’s fucking cancer, I’ll be crying and face-palming pretty hard.

I really wish people were more proactive with their health. I understand that some people may choose not to vaccinate due to their beliefs and that is somewhat acceptable. Sticking to your guns is a positive character trait.

We make choices based on a strong conviction, and I respect that. What I find infuriating is when people are willfully negligent. Laziness is unacceptable, especially when faced with choices that are already made for you.

Which woman wouldn’t want to dramatically decrease their risk of cervical cancer with an HPV shot?

Which traveler wouldn’t want to be free to eat delightful third-world delicacies with a Hepatitis vaccine?

Closing up 2015

2015, the year Jessica Chastain plays another space hero and Matt Damon gets to escape a desolate planet as the good guy this time. The Martian captures a state of mind that I love so much to be in. That is to recognize how grand the greater experience is when you look across the vast horizon. I guess it’s just another way of saying, “Don’t miss of the forest for the trees.” With these closing thoughts in mind, I’m looking forward to dreaming big and working hard in the coming year.


Aside: If powerful, MAV-tipping sandstorms can occur unexpectedly on the surface Mars, isn’t it a huge design oversight that the Ares ascent vehicles are left unattended on the surface, just waiting to fall over?

Near death experience!

I was really looking forward to barbecuing up some chicken today. Had a weird dream that Gordon Ramsay was swearing at me while I mad a banh mi. Woke up pumped. I went to my yard, laid out my briquettes, got out my torch (briquette’s have been dry for many years now), and got ready to go. As I’m torching up the briquettes, my butane torch’s leak got out of hand and now the whole top is on fire. Quickly unscrew the thing and threw it away. Holy cow!

Gosh, at least let me survive finals week. *Shakes fist at heavens*

I threw my chicken in the oven instead.