2005-04-27

If I could be a ... Meme

Tagged by Glimpse of a Grrl

If I could be a scientist...
If I could be a farmer...
If I could be a musician...
If I could be a doctor...
If I could be a painter...
If I could be a gardener...
If I could be a missionary...
If I could be a chef...
If I could be an architect...
If I could be a linguist...
If I could be a psychologist...
If I could be a librarian...
If I could be an athlete...
If I could be a lawyer...
If I could be an innkeeper...
If I could be a professor...
If I could be a writer...
If I could be a backup dancer...
If I could be a llama-rider...
If I could be a bonnie pirate...
If I could be a midget stripper...
If I could be a proctologist...
If I could be a TV-Chat Show host...
If I could be an actor...
If I could be a judge...
If I could be a Jedi...
If I could be a mob boss...
If I could be a personal trainer...
If I could be a professional race car driver...
If I could be a stand-up comedian...
If I could be an artist...

Mine:
If I could be a scientist...I'd want to research practical things that helped people - like gadgets that help blind and physically challenged - and ways to fight cancer, especially in kids - research on brain decease like Alzheimers - or maybe a rocket scientist, no really! Space technology would be cool! I'd want to invent practical commercial space travel, retirement communities on the moon before I retire, Faster-Than-Light space travel!

If I could be a farmer...I'd want to run an organic-style, shares based farm - with time and room for some trail-riding.

If I could be a musician...I'd want to create music that made people feel good

If I could be a painter...well, I've done the house painter bit once. Not very emotionally rewarding. I was very meticulous. But I can do it.
Of course, maybe I could be an artistic painter. That might be fun. I used to do lots of artistic drawing when I was in school. Some of it was not bad. But I'm not sure I could be a flat-canvas painter - I'd want to paint things that were unusual, like painting on sculpture.

If I could be a gardener...I'm not much into flowers - but I do sometimes enjoy vegetable gardening.

If I could be a missionary...I'd convert everyone to Linux! ;-)

If I could be a chef...I'd probably specialize in pasta dishes - except during Passover.

If I could be an architect...I've toyed with this - some of the sketches I've done were on the idea of designing buildings. I've even wondered if it would be a practical career if I ever decide to get out of computers. I have a 2nd cousin who designed his father's house - it is an incredible house. I think I'd love to design solid, open houses - and homey office buildings - and maybe even special museums and show-houses.

If I could be a psychologist...I'd be very good at listening - but I'd probably be too good at empathizing, and not good enough at steering people towards decisions.

If I could be a librarian...I'd probably get too anal and stressed out by it. But I'd probably read more, different things.

If I could be an athlete...Well, competitive sports do not do much for me at all. I'd like to play more raquetball, hike and bike more, ski more. So I'd like to be more athletic - not that I'm too bad for a mouse-jockey.

If I could be a professor...I'd want to be a lot like my C professor back in NJ - smart, and he was great about teaching people how to read the code so it made more sense.

If I could be a writer...I'd want to write great Science Fiction - and maybe some comedic fiction like Douglas Adams or Spider Robinson. Or maybe write good technical books about robots or web programming or some such - books that would put you to sleep in no time.

If I could be an actor...I'd love to be in a good science fiction show - like Star Trek TNG or Star Wars or something of the FX caliber of I, Robot.

If I could be a Jedi...I'd be an actor, as above :) . I'd probably be really tempted by the Dark Side, but I wouldn't let it get me!

If I could be a mob boss...I'd speak with an Italian accent, and make sure lots of people owed me favors. But I don't think I'd like having people whacked or worrying about getting whacked.

If I could be a professional race car driver...I'd want to ad an ejection seat :) - but it sounds exciting!

If I could be a stand-up comedian...I'd have a hard time with hecklers, they'd get my goat - but I think it would be fun to be part of a duo - take turns being a foil.

If I could be an artist...now this is a great addition - I'd love to be able to turn my love of digital photography into a real career, artistic pictures, gallery shows, maybe commissions to do a study of different places - I'd also like to try my hand at sculpture: recycled metals, active mobiles like Calder, interactive hands-on sculptures.

And to add...
If I could start a new business...
If I could work any job...

If I could start a new business...I'd create a giant Science Museum in town - I'd learn how to get the financing, I'd help design the building (like making sure it isn't as noisy as most Science Museums), I'd make sure it wasn't just an expensive Science Museum: it would also host and run meetings, seminars and education on robotics, computers, digital photography, space, medicine and horticulture. I'd get it running and help keep it running. I'd be hands on with designing exhibits. I'd get involved with making sure things worked well and that people enjoyed and learned. Now if I add sculpture into the mix - I'd have almost the perfect blend of all the jobs above! Of course I don't have anywhere near enough business knowledge to drive it. And I don't think I have quite enough people skills even if I were to get some MBAs to drive the business. And then it would probably suck up all my time - and I don't think I want to lose the time with my boys. But it is neat to think about!

If I could work any job...I'd be involved in movie computer effects and special effects - like Pixar or ILM or the like. But I'm not interested in the California scene, and I don't have the background to really break into one of those places. Oh, well.


Tagging Tank's Girl, Aurorealis, Trinity & Girl of GirlAndGeek

2005-04-26

Taste in Music Taste Meme





Your Taste in Music:


Classic Rock: Highest Influence
Progressive Rock: Highest Influence
80's Alternative: Medium Influence
80's Pop: Medium Influence
80's Rock: Medium Influence
90's Alternative: Medium Influence
90's Pop: Medium Influence
80's R&B: Low Influence
90's Rock: Low Influence
Punk: Low Influence



From: Glimpse of a Grrl

Warning - High Voltage Inside - For Your Safety Keep Out


Warning - High Voltage Inside - For Your Safety Keep Out

There was just something about this image - and these words - that I had to take a picture of it. For your safety keep out - I guess saying high voltage isn't enough these days.

2005-04-24

Passover

We had first night of Passover last night. I spent most of Friday evening and *all* of Saturday assisting cooking and cleaning and setting up for our major Passover celebration - our Seder.
My wife worked most of this time - and a lot for days before too. Passover is a major spring cleaning and more.
We had a lot of guests - over 30. Not the most we've had, but pretty close.
My son invited a bunch of teachers. I invited a friend from Denver. My wife had some associates from her work and we had a few people from our synagogue too.

We do a fun, short version of the Seder - the telling of the story of the Exodous from Egypt. My wife added a play to the Seder, to give some body to the story. I think it went over well.

Keith's Pictures: 2005-04-24

We do the Seder in a simulated tent. Cloth strung along the ceiling. We sit on the floor and go around reading parts of the story.

Today I cleaned up the tent, and we returned the two tables and chairs we borrowed for the dinner portion of the evening.

TechChatter: Windows XP Recovery

I helped recover a friend's laptop from XP hell. Read more on TechChatter blog: Windows XP Recovery

2005-04-21

Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear


Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear

I always find things in the right-hand mirror look larger to me than they look in the other mirrors.
It might have something to do with the first 'car' I had was a van. It had a small, wide-angle mirror - that made things look really small. But no blind spots! :)

2005-04-20

Weekend in CA

This past weekend I was in California, for a cousin's wedding. I took off Friday and Monday from work. My eldest son came along for the adventure.

Seeing as I live in Colorado now, a land-locked state, it was imperative that I stick my toes in the ocean. :)
Of course, whenever I get near the sand, I almost always have to make a sand castle. This time was no exception - I made a dibble sand castle.

The others in our group - most from the east coast: NJ & MA, said the water was too cold to put you foot in. Well, I didn't find it that cold - I went up to my knees - and if I wasn't wearing shorts, I might have go in a bit more.



Weekend in CA - Waves rolling


Weekend in CA - Dribble Sand Castle - Seagulls watching


Weekend in CA - View through sand castle spires


Weekend in CA - Closeup on dribble sand castle


Weekend in CA - Bird flying over the Beach


Weekend in CA - Waves over Sand Castle


Weekend in CA - Dribble Sand Castle - Water rushes by


Weekend in CA - Beach

IEEE Robot Competition

The weekend before last, I had a chance to attend a Robot competition held by the regional IEEE group.
The competition was organized by the head of the Denver Robot Club.
Interestingly enough, he mentioned this competition a number of months ago at a really small meeting of the Denver Robot Club. He asked if anyone had any idea. I held back a little bit, giving others a chance to speak their minds.
Then I brought up an idea I had toyed with for a while - a robot warehouse. I wondered if I could do it with Lego Mindstorms. But I added a twist to my suggestion - I suggested that the robots should get orders about what work it should do.
Well it turns out they used my idea! So I had to go see how it worked!
At first they were going to do shelves too - but it was decided that was a bit too hard. Just as well - it turned out to be a pretty tough problem without the shelves.
They used standard radio-modems for the dispatch system.
The course was 8 rooms - 4 from-rooms, and 4 to-rooms, with a track down the middle with codes to help locate the position and direction.
The third level of the challenge also included warehouse 'workers' - Barbies on stands. Not only did the robots have to avoid hitting them, they had to not be fooled by the dolls when going after the targets. The targets were modified soda cans, partially ballasted.
It was exciting to see the robots attempting the challenge!
I was sorry to see that a lot of robots seemed to not do so well with the communications. The truth is, out of about 25 or so teams, only 4 or 5 robots really show the full set of skills needed on the course. None of them were able to consistently handle the course - but you could tell that the teams were working hard on many last minute modifications.
See My Roboton Blog for pictures from the meet.

2005-04-12

Phishing with a Blog Twist

Phishing twist relies on bogus blogs | Tech News on ZDNet
Nasty scammers are creating bogus blogs to lure people in. When you go to these blogs, a trojan horse can get downloaded into your browser and do key-stroke-logging against ids and passwords.

Make sure you have anti-BHO utilities. BHODemon can help scan and block them. The tea-timer fuction in Spybot Search and Destroy can also help block them.

2005-04-07

Cooking Something Different

I decided to be a tiny bit creative for dinner tonight. I started with the base elbow noodles. I was debating cheese or tomato sauce or even a noodle salad for dinner. I wished I had some ground turkey to work with, but I didn't.
So I started thinking about the frozen chicken breasts I will resort to. But I didn't want to do the same old chicken pieces.
Then I decided to slice up the chicken in the food processor. First I tried the shreader. I was not happy with the speed or result. So I went with the slicer. Better, but it wasn't working that quickly. I realized that the chicken was just too frozen. So a quick minute in the microwave, and yes - it worked much better.
I cooked up the shredded chicken, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it next. Gravy? I was leaning toward tomato sauce. Then it hit me - taco mix! But the kid don't like it too spicey - so I only used half the package and added some left-over tomato sauce from the fridge.
I also added some nuked frozen peas.
It went over pretty well. I added some hot sauce at the table for myself. All 3 boys ate it without a fight - and my eldest complimented it a few times. He even asked me what I called it.
I didn't know at first. I finally came up with Tiajuana Tubes. Mexican-based, but only a little over the border. :)

2005-04-04

Spring Skiing Copper Colorado

Spring skiing in Colorado. Do I need to say more?
Of course I do - it's a blog! :)

It was over 40 at the base. While they had a bunch of snow just a few days ago, the temperature and strong sunlight made the snow a little slushy. And for some this might have made the skiing worse. But for a guy who grew up skiing back East, it was nearly perfect.
I brought along a GPS unit. Okay, so I'm really geeky. GPS, cell phone, digital camera and my camel-bak (water backpack).
It was the first time I'd been skiing this year. And I haven't been all that active since I started my new job. So my muscles did not have as much endurance. I haven't been so sore since I hiked the grand canyon at 15.



Snow caps driving up from Denver

Contrails X over Copper Villiage

Copper treeline

Ski lift and sky

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