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July 19th, 2006

ABC Meme

I don’t usually participate in memes, but this one actually looked like an appropriate combination of the shallow and serious that I thought I would go ahead and be a vector.

Accent – Standard American Spoken English, i.e., none.
Booze of choice – Craft beer.
Chore I hate – Cleaning out the gutters.
Dog or cat – I love dogs, but currently have two cats.
Essential electronics – iMac, XBox
Favorite perfume(s)/cologne(s) – Romeo Gigli
Gold or Silver? - I used to think gold was rather over-appreciated, but over the years, it’s grown on me.
Hometown – A small harbor town on Puget Sound, Washington.
Insomnia? – Only when extremely stressed, or angry at my wife.
Job Title – Patent Weenie
Kids? - Oh GOD yes. Two of them. Boy and a girl.
Living Arrangement – We own our own home.
Most admired trait – I was going to say intelligence, but I think maybe self-sacrifice.
Number of Sexual Partners – At the moment, one.
Overnight Hospital Stays – None.
Phobia – Lots of fears and insecurities, but nothing that rises to the level of a phobia.
Religion – Nothing formal. Mostly agnostic.
Siblings – Four. Two older brothers (one now deceased), two older sisters.
Time I wake up – Weekdays: between 6:00 and 6:30 am. Weekends: After 8:00 am
Unusual talent/skill – I can cross my eyes independently. And wiggle my scalp.
Vegetable I refuse to eat – I don’t like parsnips.
Worst habit – Procrastination.
Yummy foods I make – I’m a pretty good cook, but in particular I turn out some good barbecue, and pretty damn good pies.
Zodiac sign - Pisces. But I can’t believe that anyone takes that crap seriously.

July 19th, 2006


Here’s a clip from ‘Portal’, a game by Valve. The game is built around a gun that shoots teleport portals. You can shoot to place a portal on a wall, ceiling, floor, under an object, etc. then shoot again to place the other opening to the portal.

This. Looks. So. Cool.

Portal looks to be a single player game that stresses puzzle-solving. GameSpy is reporting that it will ship with Half-Life 2: Episode 2.