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Sunday, November 09, 2008 11:17:18 PM
Mood: Relaxed
Dad's Bass, Election Birthday, Facebook

LunkerLast Friday was unseasonably warm so I did a little bass fishing with my dad. Our expectations were low since I had been skunked in my previous two outings, but that set the stage for what turned out to be a great day on the lake. We both caught some nice fish, the highlight being Dad's lunker weighing in at nearly four pounds. All fish were released as usual. I hope we get another warm day because I can't wait to get out there again.

Tocci Ponders: When you're a teenager, why is it cooler to ride in the front seat of a car but the back seat of a bus? Nobody's ever yelled "shotgun" on a school bus. Even as an adult it is cooler to ride in the front of the family sedan but the back of a limo.

I turned 33 on Election Day and the voting public gave me just what I wanted: a brand new President. I'm excited for the Obama presidency and hope it goes well. I certainly don't envy him for the task ahead, with the economy in a downward spiral. But situations such as these provide an opportunity for heroism. We'll see if Obama has it in him. Regardless, I hope I can find some material to have some fun with in the next four years. W may not have been a popular President, but he was comedic gold.

Random Thought: The field of Martial Arts instruction is one of the only professional fields where people refer to you as "Master" when you're at work. That alone makes the job kick ass.

A couple weeks ago, I finally gave in to the peer pressure and joined Facebook. I'm not antisocial, but for the longest time I was antisocial-networking. Since I've always had my own site, I never had a need for anything like a MySpace page. But I heard Facebook was different, and after three people in the same week asked me if I had a Facebook profile, I had to give it a try to see what all the buzz is about. Now kids, cover your ears, because f&ck do I hate that site. It makes my skin crawl and yet it's strangely addictive at the same time. While it's great for reconnecting with people I haven't seen in a decade or two, for every long lost friend I find there are two long lost A-holes that I had hoped never to see again popping up in the sidebars of almost every page. (Facebook is a relentless friend pimp.) But despite it's shortcomings, it is a step in the right direction from MySpace. I have yet to be bombarded with crappy music on flashing pages, and I can get a sense of what people are up to. I'm going to stick with it for at least a little while. It will be good to learn more about how it works so I can design my sites to work better with all the social networks out there.

Random Thought: Halloween teaches children that blackmail is OK as long as you limit your payoff to miniature candy bars.

Yesterday I learned that I am a horrible drummer... way worse than I had thought. My immediate family came up for a belated birthday visit. We did the usual cake and song and went to dinner at La Vecchia Napoli, one of our favorite little Italian places. One of the gifts I received was Wii Music, a cool new game. At first I thought it was too easy until I started up the drum mode. I never knew how uncoordinated I am. I can't seem to move more than two limbs at the same time to any semblance of a rhythm. I guess I need to practice.

Tocci's link list starts immediately after the sentence you are currently reading.

  • Some of these vanity license plates are really creative.
  • Just in case you really want to look like an anime character...
  • Taskbar Shuffle - I like to be able to quickly find programs on my Windows taskbar, so I used to open programs in a certain order after rebooting. Now I just drag the little boxes around. Why this isn't built into Windows, I have no idea.
  • This link is a little overdue but these pumpkin carvings are still worth checking out. Thanks, Mom.
  • Dickipedia - It's kind of like Wikipedia. Gotta love the logo.
  • Font Conference - If you're familiar with your typefaces, this one is pretty amusing. Mailbox!