Archive for April, 2005

Apr 29 2005

It’s my little sister Nuala’s birthday!

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Happy Birthday Nu!

Enough? 🙂

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Apr 24 2005

Illinois Trip – Visit with Kevin’s Kevin

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We got to see my brother Kevin’s son Kevin:

He’s the one in the middle.

Dig the cool PT Cruiser in the background! I upgraded to that. They are very comfortable. Unfortunately, they are not immune to being hit while parked at the end of a driveway when the people you are staying with forgot there was a car there… 🙂

Anyway, we hit the Red Lobster with Little Kevin:

And when we dropped him at home, he showed us some of his skillzzz:

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Apr 24 2005

Illinois, more than just White Castle lust…

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Just got back from a whirlwind week in Illinois.

Nathan, Erin, and I went back to Illinois. Elaine was still in class (a likely story…), so she couldn’t join us.

We flew in to St. Louis on Saturday the 16th, and drove to Elaine’s mom’s house and were greeted by the cousins from Kansas City and the St. Louis area.

Nathan hangs out with Grandma and her pootch:

Uncle Matt and his youngest, Lucas:

Aunt Jean held court in the backyard:

Jake gets ready to jump in the pond:

Uncles Matt and Kevin watch Jake jump in the pond:

3 girl cousins – Candice (Kelly), Erin, and Zoe:

Ryan plays some Scooby Doo!

You just KNOW these guys are up to no good…


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Apr 24 2005

Back from Illinois

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This says it all:

6 Double Whiteys with Cheese for lunch, then a DoubleDouble from In and Out for dinner. I think no one should sit near me tomorrow. 🙂

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Apr 15 2005

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

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Win Big
B:Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?
P:I think so, Brain, but where are we going to find a duck and a hose at this hour?

Where Rodents Dare
B:Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?
P:I think so, Brain, but where are we going to find an open tattoo parlour at this time of night?

Battle for the Planet
B:Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?
P:Wuh, I think so Brain, but if we didn’t have ears we’d look like weasels.


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Apr 14 2005

Internet Archive Link to Cory Doctorow talk at UCSD

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I got to meet Cory Doctorow last month. He was coming to San Diego for the O’Reilly Emerging Tech conference, so our very intrepid librarian James R. Jacobs asked him to stop by UCSD to give a talk on DRM. If you follow his stuff for EFF or BoingBoing, you probably know he seems like a pretty cool dude. Well, he is. 🙂 I only got to spend a little 1:1 time with him as I drove him back downtown for the conference and he was great to talk to. Really busy dude. He travels all the time. He’s got a great passion for what he believes in and it comes across very well in the video.

From the IA site:
This was a talk given by Cory Doctorow at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Libraries on Monday March 14, 2005.

Doctorow talked about Digital Rights Management (DRM) and the new Access to Knowledge movement underway to safeguard the rights of archivists, disabled people, and educators. This movement has been successful in helping to create a development agenda at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). For some background see “WIPO to convene meetings on ‘development agenda’”.

Get the movie here

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Apr 05 2005

Nathan and I are part of a bank robbery! (kinda)

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Nathan and I went to see a movie last night. As we were driving to the theater, I noticed a stack of cash in the road!

I stopped the car, grabbed the loot without being run over, and continued on to the theater across the street to call the cops.

The stack had a band around it saying $2000 and the top bill was a $20. It sure didn’t look like a hundred bills, so I rifled through it with my thumb while driving, but it was all kinda stuck together. At another stop in traffic, I looked closer and saw the bills had a rubber band or something embedded in them, holding them together. Then I noticed that a lot of the bills in the middle of the bundle were hollowed out and there was some sort of box in there!


I parked at the movie theater and call the nonemergency police number and told this story. It takes a while… 🙂 I carefully put the bundle on my back bumper and wait. People passed us in the parking lot and Nathan shielded the cash with his body. I could just imagine trying to explain the $2000 on my bumper…

A cop showed up in about 10 minutes and told us that a bank down the road was just robbed and started asking lots of questions. Where did you find it? Who touched it (I’d had Nathan take a look, carefully, too)? When did you find it? Did you see anyone else near it? Did you see anyone throw it? We answered his questions and asked him a few. Can we play with your tazer? Can I tazer Nathan? Does he have SCMODS?

He was on the radio with his sarge and the FBI who are at the bank. They asked him if he’s got a witness elimination kit! Cool! We’re gonna be disappeared! Not really, he just needed our prints to eliminate us as suspects when the checked the bundle of cash for prints.

So, picture this scene: A father and his son making print sheets on the back of a police car in front of the movie theater. Just for fun, as we’re doing all this, some lady comes walking up to report that she’s found a missing person from some other case up at the theater. The poor cop was trying to manage us, talk to the other officers and FBI on his radio, and now he’s got some runaway to take care of. He calls in another unit and gets us finished up.

One last episode – as Nathan and I went to a food place to clean up, a tv cameraman came up and asked if we’re the people who found the money and if we want to be on the news. I say, not really. They still don’t have the bad guy captured and he might be a whacko. He says, “I can just shoot your hands, no faces.” I ask the dude if he’s independent (my wife’s an independent artist – only earns when she can sell something) and he says yes. I also thought Nathan would get a kick out of seeing himself (well, his hands) on the news. So, we did it. After the movie we raced home and they ran the footage! I didn’t have any recorder set up on that video tho… Bad geek…

Today I looked around at local coverage and found these reports below. It’s funny how messed up the facts get. The packet did not explode. There was no bag of money, just the one bundle.

Bank Robber Loses Loot but Escapes Arrest
04-05-2005 6:35 AM

(San Diego, CA) — An armed man got away with about 2-thousand-dollars from a Mira Mesa credit union branch Monday afternoon but dropped the bag holding the stolen money when a dye pack exploded. The gunman entered a branch of USA Federal Credit Union in the 10000 block of Black Mountain Road abut 5:40 p.m. Monday and handed a note demanding cash to a teller. He is described as a white male in his teens or early 20s, wearing a baseball cap and blue jeans. A passerby found the bag of cash near the intersection of Mira Mesa Boulevard and Black Mountain Road and called police. San Diego police and the FBI are investigating the robbery.

Mira Mesa Bank Robber At Large
Last Updated:
04-05-05 at 8:47AM

San Diego police report this morning that a gunman robbed the U.S.A. Federal Credit Union on Black Mountain Road yesterday evening and stole $2,000.
A local San Diego resident found the stolen bag of cash and turned it into authorities.
Police say the gunman robbed the bank yesterday evening and apparently dropped the bag after an exploding dye pack was set off.
Nearly 15 minutes later, police say a man called police to report that he found the dyed bills.
The robber remains at large.

Nathan also blogged about it:

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

well, sin city was interesting. on the way to the theater, we found a stck of 20s in the middle of the road. of course, my dad had to pick it up. turns out it had blue dye in it and had been dropped into the road by a bank robber. so we called the police, learned about said bank robbery, and got fingerprinted. no, i didn’t do it, it was to cross me off the list of suspects. at some point during all the questioning and paper work, someone came up to report that they had found a missing person. at this point, the policeman’s head exploded. as we walked away, we were jumped by some indie journalist guy and got our hands taped. that’s right. part of my hand and arm were on tv for a whole 2-3 seconds. i’m famous now; leave the sacrifices at the door. now, i leave it to you to figure out which parts of this are true.

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