26. June 2006 13:45 by Rick Glos
Hot Hot Hot!
Not sure where the weather came from but we've been having HOT tempuratures. 92 Sat, 101 Sun, and Forecast today is for 103. Strange thing is that it drops back down at night to the low 60's. That's a large swing. Back in MKE you would not have that typically. If it's that hot there it doesn't cool down that much unless a storm front blows in with high winds, tornado conditions, etc... At this point I can only guess the elevation and ocean have something to do with the weather pattern here. Since we don't have an A/C we spent Sun afternoon hiding out under the large tree in the backyard. Thank god it was windy. Homemade Sangria and Mojito's helped too.
I did ride some trails in the afternoon. I took a couple pics so I'll post the story abit later.
In the morning I finally got my OR drivers' license and vehicle plates.
For some reason the DMV is not open on Saturdays. Only one DMV in the entire metropolitan area is open. Lame. So the place was a madhouse with a line extending way outside the building. It took about 2 hours to get this done. Can you say government beauracracy. I jinxed myself in the DMV though. I had to take the written test for both auto and motorcycle. As I was taking the auto test a guy came up to the desk to get his results and the woman said he failed "see you next week." I giggled to myself (an slightly out loud), because it seemed the test was so easy. And it was since I passed the auto with a 90% but when I came to the motorcycle I guess I missed the finer nuances in the questions and perhaps should've slowed down. I failed with a 72% on the motorcycle. Ah well. I don't own one and I'd like to retake the course anyway since it's been over 3 years now since I've even ridden one... So I just went ahead and got the license with the auto classification only.
23. June 2006 16:00 by Rick Glos
10 years of FPS...
"Late on 22nd June 1996 Quake was uploaded to cdrom.com's archives in the form of 7 1.44MB floppy disk images. Though it wasn't until the 23rd that everyone realised (or at least, that's my excuse for being a day late with the news submission). Cue much aggravation on the newsgroups as eager downloaders experienced glorious 2 FPS gameplay."
Now I feel like an old fart. Seems like only yesterday I was playing that FPS game. Course it bugged the shit out of my best friend, social butterfly, and then roomate at the time, Ray, when the phone line was tied up... And this morphed into Capture the Flag (CTF), Team Fortress (TF) and league play sitting on the edge of your seat, sweating, and the exhiliration of fraggin someone else sitting behind another monitor who knows where. Yea, geek, nerd or Internet Rick as I was sometimes called. It's all good.
22. June 2006 13:40 by Rick Glos
Oak Creek Canyon
Read in the news today that Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, AZ is on fire... strange after having been there just 3 weeks ago. There's alot of nice houses down along the stream/river that runs in the bottom of the canyon that are going to get burned up. Not to mention all the great trees, scenery, etc. According to the article:
The blaze started Sunday in a camp used by transients and spread quickly
Hard to believe that this (pic I took while in AZ)
Will end up looking like this (photo taken from yahoo AP photo titled [The Brins Fire burns along a ridge of Wilson Mountain in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, Ariz., Wednesday, June 21, 2006]
19. June 2006 13:37 by Rick Glos
Friday's band, Built to Spill, was ok. We left before the show even ended. The 2nd band was cool though with the xylophone or whatever it's called. The girl playing it had two sticks in each hand. Rest of the weekend was recovery on Saturday - I can't handle all the drinking anymore. Friday's dinner at Henry's was good though. The fish and chips rocks. Sunday vegged out. Currently engrossed on this game called Galactic Civ 2. Watched 'Walk the Line' Sunday. Pretty good movie. B+. Heidi and I are dying for some New Glarus beer. You can't get it anywhere but Wisconsin though! On the trip out to Oregon we tasted some of their Raspberry Tart (they use berries from Oregon) and man was it good.
Lots of stuff on the list to do, get some mtn bike races in the calendar, get the new pc spec'd and purchased, finish working on the 2nd bedroom/office area, and scope out some camping/outdoor adventure trips.
15. June 2006 12:35 by Rick Glos
Going to see Built To Spill Friday night at the Crystal Ballroom. They're from Boise, Idaho. I guess they have a strong following here in the Pacific Northwest.Their website allows you to listen to three tracks off their new album. The first two of them are surprisingly good. Get this, they are putting on a show in Boise to help save the Buffalo... seems so foreign to me but yet enlightening at the same time. I love finding out about music I've never heard before - one of the primary reasons I moved to Portland. Too bad the boys from back home can't join me to see these guys.
14. June 2006 08:37 by Rick Glos
I like this movie. I've seen it before but Heidi and I watched it last night. Heidi likes it as well. In fact she picked it out.
Allow me to step onto my soap box for a moment and rant about something. Why is this movie so damn popular with women? Most women I've talked to love this movie. It's violent.Extremely violent. And the same woman who will refuse to sit down and watch Saving Private Ryan or Braveheart will watch Pulp Fiction. Do those "guy" movies really have more violence? Generally there's a reason why there are channels like Oxygen or Lifetime TV, which states they are 'geared to women', and we have channels like SpikeTV or TNT, which you may have channel hopped past on a Saturday or Sunday and saw them running "Movies for guys who like movies." Women tend to prefer romantic comedies and guys tend to prefer action/war type movies. (I'm speaking in very very general terms here... yes there are exceptions - one of my favorite movies is Return to Me as well as Kate & Leopold - starring the champion of all romantic comedies, Meg Ryan).
So it's surprising to me exactly why women have such an affinity for Pulp Fiction. Let's go over some of the violence. In the first 15 minutes we get to watch Samuel Jackson blow away the "flock of seagulls" guy on the couch followed by offing 'Brett' while he sits in his chair. Then we get to watch Uma Thurman overdose on drugs, watching blood spill from her nose and vomit out of the corner of her mouth, followed by John Travolta jam an adrenaline needle into her chest. There's also the brutal man on man rape scene with the wonderful S&M guy that they keep in the box. We watch Bruce Willis kill John Travolta and slash up the rape perpetrators with the samurai sword. And last but not least lets not forget the accidental shooting of guy in the back seat by Travolta which splatters brains all over the back of the car... So which movie really is more "violent"? I would submit that we're splitting hairs here and that the difference between Saving Private Ryan and Pulp Fiction isn't quite as far as some women would have us believe.
13. June 2006 13:17 by Rick Glos
Here's another shot laying around. I took this one while driving home from work. Mount Hood lies to the East of Portland. I took this shot while driving south into Portland on Interstate 5.
13. June 2006 13:14 by Rick Glos
I was going through some pics I've yet to post and saw this one. This camera, Cannon PowerSHot A520, although relatively cheap, does a couple of cool things. Movies and panoramic shots. To take a panoramic shot you take like 2 or more shots in succession and later use software that came with the camera to 'stitch' the shots together.
Below is a cool shot of the Columbia River Gorge. Actually I think it's 4 shots stitched together. Perhaps this can convey some of the beauty of the Gorge. I can't remember the name of this outlook and I think it's about 1000 feet up from the floor of the Gorge.
9. June 2006 08:02 by Rick Glos
Looks like blogger has been down the past few days which has prevented me from posting so there's a few posts for today.
9. June 2006 08:01 by Rick Glos
Pedalpalooza - June 8 - June 24, 2006
I've been doing alot of solo riding lately ~ this looks fun. 2 weeks of events with stuff going on all day. Sorta reminds me of the Critical Mass phone call I got from Butch where he outran (pedaled) the policeman chasing him and another rider down (I guess the other guy got tackled). What do you know - Critical Mass is part of the event schedule. Hmmm...