Sunday, February 27, 2011

People in the Road

Today was grocery day, got about 2 weeks worth of food, so a pretty successful trip. On the way home I drive by a park of sorts, mostly a large lawn 1-2 acres where people go lay around like animals. So I am 200 yards away and I see some people in the street, as I get closer I see they are talking but still just standing there, when I get about 75 yards away they look at me but don't move, it's not like they have no where to go, there was no car parked where they were so they could have gone in the parking space, or onto the lawn. I ended up going in on coming traffic lane to drive around them. So what do you think, should I have honked at them, run them over, stop and rev the engine, yell?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

French Press Coffee maker

I live in a pretty small apartment with hardly any counter space, for a while I using a generic 12 cup coffee maker, but it took up 1/4 of the counter space. I threw that away a few months ago and was just drinking tea, but tea didn't seem to have the same kick that coffee does. I order a Bodum Brazil 8-Cup Coffee Press from Amazon, FedEx delivered it to the wrong place, but they fixed that after I called about it. Some observations, Bodum seems to think a cup of coffee is 4 ounces, my coffee cup which I thought was small is 14 ounces so that's kind of odd. They also say use 1 rounded tablespoon of ground coffee for every 4 ounces to be brewed which seems like a lot, but I never measured anything with the old coffee maker so who knows. I ran into some trouble trying to get beans though, the grinder at the store was broken so I had to buy the grounds, but there were no coarse grinds so I squeezed every bag trying to find the best, which turned out to be Dunkin' Donuts brand. I found a local roaster that will do a coarse grind and is only $7/lb so I will try to some of that. The coffee tastes better then I remember it being from the drip machine, but there is some sediment left over in the cup, not sure if that is normal, or just because I am using the the wrong stuff.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Card Readers...

I recently decided that my laptop was getting a bit old and it was time to upgrade, so I built a decent budget desktop. my problem is now I don't have a card reader, and trying to import 4 gigs of pictures over the wireless network from my printer with a card reader to my computer is slow and aggravating.  So if anyone has any suggestions for a card reader it would be appreciated, Preferably an internal reader, but I only have 5.25 inch bays so I would probably need a converter also.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Finally the weekend!

Well that's the end of one of the longest weeks of school I can remember. Slept till noon, then did a weeks worth of dishes, cleaned, and vacuumed. Rest of the day was spent sorting through ~3800 pictures from 2010, every once and a while I go through a delete anything I don't like, flag some to look at later, color code pictures for panoramas or HDRs, and then edit and export a few. In a month or two I will look at my exported pictures and not like them, but I guess that's the way you get better.

And now for something to complain about.  So this past week we got a lot of rain and hail around here. My commute is about 40 miles round trip and most of that is freeway, or driving though a city with no pedestrian traffic to think of, however when I get within a mile of my house I need to drive by a University. Now this street, runs parallel to the freeway so there is no reason for people to walking around except at the one pedestrian bridge that goes over the freeway. This bridge goes directly into a crosswalk with a stop sign, So I come to a stop, some guy walks up to the corner, and stops, so I start driving and then he decides he is going to walk out in front of me. he had an umbrella so I guess he didn't see me, but really who walks out into the street with out even looking? Last year there were some people that would walk out into traffic just to mess with the people driving, maybe that guy was just looking for someone to sue, but maybe he should pick something smaller than a 7000 pound truck to get hit by.

Monday, February 14, 2011

School and sleep.

I guess I already messed up what I set out to do. I had 3 papers due this weekend and 3 more due Wednesday, lots of writing that was pretty boring. I haven't left the house in 4 days, which coupled with staying up till 4 am and sleeping all day means I am tired yet well rested if that makes any sense. I also have nothing to eat except frozen ground beef, another side effect of not leaving the house.

Wow really tired of writing. How about some recipes for ground beef?

Friday, February 11, 2011

So a Blog?

Yeap, that's right a Blog. I have tried this before but always got tired of it after one posting, mostly because thinking about having to post something made me not want to do it. So why would I want to try again? Well I am thinking that having something to do daily or nearly daily might be a good way to develop a routine that could be useful for other things like working out, or remembering to eat. Also I spend a lot of time thinking about random things, come to a conclusion and move on. Usually by the next day I have forgotten everything form the previous day which seems like a waste of time, so maybe right them down at the end of the day would be useful. So expect rants on people I see while commuting, stupid stuff in the news, questions about why things are they way they are, and really anything else I happen to be thinking about.