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Denmark’s New Laptop

I know it says that denmark posted this, but it was really Thad!!... But I like it. Now all of you can help me out :)I’m looking for a personal laptop. My criteria are:

Fast, Non-P4 processor
Good, ~15″ screen (SVGA, UXGA)
min. 20GB HDD
DVD-ROM and CD-RW
Integrated WirelessLAN
CableLAN

Preferred brands are Sony, HP and Dell

Can I have some comments and suggestions from everyone…?

Best Regards,
Michael

A Thousand Marbles

OK, that's it! Denmark is a goner... He's lost ALL his marbles. Before the age of 75 even!Sitting at work this weekend, I got to thinking about life and it seems to me that the older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of (usually) not having to be at work.

Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable. A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the kitchen of Chez Hugo for a bit to eat after a good night of beer, video games and good times with the room mates, and what began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it.

I came across a Saturday morning talk show. I heard an older sounding chap with a golden voice. You know the kind, he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business himself. He was talking about “a thousand marbles” to someone named “Tom”.

I was intrigued and sat down to listen to what he had to say. “Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter’s dance recital”.

He continued, “Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities.” And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a “thousand marbles”.

“You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now stick with me Tom, I’m getting to the important part”.

“It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail”, he went on, “and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.”

“So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had.”

“I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in my workshop next to the radio. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.”

“I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.”

“Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.”

“It was nice to talk to you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your loved ones, and I hope to meet you again someday. Have a good morning!”

You could have heard a pin drop when he finished. Even the show’s moderator didn’t have anything to say for a few moments. He gave me something to think about.

Follow-up: Denmark’s Triathlon

Hey Adam... you know the girls love a triathlon hardbody... keep at it and they will come...

As about a month has passed and I have fully recovered from my Santa Cruz Sentinal Triathlon on September 29th, I was urged to share a bit of the experience.

First and foremost, I’d like to thank Shannon, Cara, Joe and Sam for showing up to support me. It meant a lot to me to have people there cheering and to talk to after the event. It was a fantastic, sunny day in Santa Cruz and we had some time to enjoy it. Thanks for showing up guys! 🙂

Although practically prevented from training because of a hefty work load, I did manage to take more than two minutes off my personal best (PB); the new time is 2:37;56 for 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run. That distance is better known as the olympic or international distance, and is about 1/4 of a full Ironman race.

As I was competing in the Clydesdale Division (for portly gentlemen weighing in at 200+ lbs), I placed 9th in that class. However, my placing overall is hardly impressive: 397 of 900. You can see the results posted here. The Clydesdales are at the very top of the page…

Improving my PB without much training is most likely a product of the varying distances and difficulties of the courses. My previous PB was set on a very hilly bike and run course, where this one was relatively flat and I had a newer, better bike for this race. I credit better tools for my success 🙂

Anyway, it was a great event. I expect to compete more next year, starting in the late spring, and hopefully I can continue to get people to show up for these races. I only do it for fun, and I love when I have company for training and for competition.

Yours faithfully,
– the Triathlon Office Mouse

PS. For the original triathlon posting, please see the 20th of August posting in the archives.

TiVo Upgrade

Coming Soon: Girlfriend TiVo so you can pause, rewind, and delete arguments.Endless TiVo space has finally arrived. I just got a new bigger hard drive for my TiVo and now I have 4 times the recording capacity!

I ordered the drive from company in California called AmblerTech.com that does TiVo Upgrades and the hard drive arrived a few days later. It came with detailed instructions, including pictures for my unit, and I installed it in about 20 minutes. Being as I’m very protective of my TiVo, I was a little nervous to apply any pressure to open the case, but their tech support walked me right through slipping the screw driver into the back bottom corners and the case slid right off.

After that, it was just a couple screws and plugging in a couple wires. I went with the “A Drive Upgrade” in case anything went wrong, so I have my old hard drive sitting on my shelf. Next step was quickly running the guided setup, and then adding Season Passes….only this time in Best Quality and Keep Until I Delete.

I plan on keeping the whole 4th season of Sopranos on my TiVo now, so if you’re in the neighborhood…

Props To Geico

geico.jpg We’ve all seen their television ads when watching TV at someone’s house without Tivo, so I gave them a call today. I’m really glad I called Geico, because I just saved $490 over the next six months, and I increased my coverage.

Now our car insurance rates are more in line with what I had to pay in California. If you policy comes up, I’d highly suggest giving them a try.

Internetseer is the devil

I apologize to everyone that got an email from internetseer reporting that buzolich.com had broken links. Actually, I restructured part of my website when I moved it to my Linux server, and they are comparing old links to links that have moved.

My advice for email from internetseer, and all spam for that matter, delete it and NEVER reply back. Spammers will use your reply as acknowledgement that your account is active.

In response to this, I have made all blog comment fields optional. Your name is nice, but I usually know your email address. If you would like to leave an email address for me to get back to you, please use an address that is not your work address. For example, I use my yahoo address for all web related fields, and protect my other accounts from spammers by only giving them to friends.

Again my apologies.

Great DVD Player

I bought my first DVD player this week from Crutchfield.com. It’s the Sony DVP-NC655P. It has a five disc changer that plays DVD, CD, VCD, CDR, and MP3 CDs.

Playing MP3 CDs is the second best feature after playing DVDs. You can burn over a hundred songs on one CD and the player reads the files for titles to display on the screen.

As usual, the Sony remote is top notch, and when I get a wide screen TV, this DVD player supports progressive scan.

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New Indecorum Section

Maybe I’m just kidding myself by thinking that buzolich.com is somehow a high class site or more likely I’m afraid what my parents will say, but I’ve added a new section: Indecorum. When I get a good joke, or run across something that makes me laugh, I’ll steal it and post it in there. I’m not that creative, I don’t write these jokes or design the flash, I just make them available.

Other good news: buzolich.com will hopefully be switching to my new linux box. Got order confirmation from Walmart today!

Editor’s Note: What a flash back, that linux box was a few servers ago.

Slammers

Yesterday in the mail I got a notice from VeriSign with the following:

Domain Name Expiration Notice
Reply by: June 20, 2002

I stuck me as odd that I was getting a renewal notice so quickly, I just bought the buzolich.com domain in January….and wait, I registered with EasyDNS.com, not VeriSign. This is pretty shady.

I’ve read posting about how companies are basically stealing your business when acting like a renewal notice. They do disclose in step three that you need to “Sign the form to authorize payment and transfer to VeriSign.” The first time through I missed the transfer part and I was looking for it.

There are too many companies using spam and posing like something they aren’t so it must be working…or tricking a lot of people. It’s pretty rare to get a real deal in the mail or via spam….I would have just throw the letter away if I wasn’t interested in writing an entry about it. In that vein, how do I get credit card companies to stop sending me credit cards? They don’t seem to care that I’m rather unemployed right now…

VeriSign has lost any future business I would have given them.

Editor’s Note: All domain registrations are now done with godaddy.com

Hot Pants

I’d like to thank Kramer for the idea of putting my pants into the oven to warm them up. I wouldn’t have done it if not for the fact that all of my clothes were still damp from the wash. Cold jeans suck, but warm jeans….

I sure miss the dryer at Chez Hugo, almost as much as I miss the “Hoolie” calls early on a Saturday morning.

Guy down the hall

The following was provided by Meghan:

“The guy, age 55, moved to NYC from Michigan about a year ago. After MANY years of marriage, he told his wife he was unfulfilled in his career (worked for GE) and marriage (had 3 grown kids). He moved to NYC and got a new high-paying job. He had over $40 million in the bank.

After neighbors reported the foul smell, the maintenance guys (God bless’em) attempted to entered the apartment and found the security chain in place. They clipped it (after ascertaining the smell WAS coming from within) and found a note attached to the chain stating that “I have killed myself”, etc. They entered the apartment and opened the windows to let some of the stench escape. The guy’s bloated corpse was on the bed with a mask on his face hooked up to a canister of helium/laughing gas. He basically gassed himself.

The detectives were called in. They took photos, etc. and then removed the body. The mattress (full of decaying body gook) is still there along with all the other evidence until the cops can determine w/o a doubt that it was suicide and not murder. (Which is why the place is taped up and air-fresheners are outside the door).”

Freaky! Hope this doesn’t keep friends from visiting.

Nuclear Powered

It’s the tail. It wags and wags and wags….We have a new rating for Cali, it is similar to the quarterback rating of touchdowns over interceptions.

Doggie Bonus = (cute girls drawn over) / (accidents in the house)

So far Cali is pretty far below 1, but she’s on the board!

Yes Dear

There is something soothing about watching the wisps of fog roll across the housetops in San Francisco. We had a warm, sunny day in Los Altos Hills with Sam’s family. We spent Easter coloring Easter eggs and then hunting for ones filled with candy. Dinner was lamb with mint jelly, asparagus, and potatoes with the optional ranch dressing (Thanks John). Arlene was nice enough to introduce me to a little deer named, “Yes”….I think we’ll be having an interesting relationship.

Many thanks to the Melens for a great Easter and to Chez Hugo for a great weekend. New York is supposed to be very nice in the spring… 🙂

Flip Side

Out on the West Coast this weekend. It’s nice to be back at Chez Hugo and see the boys. Wonder where Hoolie was last night? Planning on a good long hike to a waterfall and hopefully some nice beach time and kite flying. Kendall was a big fan of getting a dog. That makes the count: Lab 1, Sara 0.