Crud

08.15.2006

Over the weekend, and in to yesterday, I had a case of what my grandmother would always call "the crud". It being the 70's, when grandparents were automatically bestowed with an MD on the birth of the first grandchild, I always though of the crud as an actual illness. I felt bad. I was sick. I had the crud. I was given medicine and then I would feel better. Now that I'm older, I wonder just what the medicine that cures the crud is.

I only know I have the crud (maybe it should be "Crud"?) because it's not a cold, not a flu, not an upset stomach. It's some weird combination that, were I to ask my grandmother, she would almost immediately diagnose as the Crud (yes, I believe in this case "Crud" is more appropriate than "crud"). She would then give me the medicine for the Crud, which she would always have in a cabinet. Perhaps the Crud is cured by whatever left over medicine that is present in the cabinet? If so, I wonder if expiration dates are important?

It's been a while since I fell before the onslaught of the Crud. I guess I had gotten to the point of thinking of it more like a childhood malady, such as Chicken Pox, Polio, or the Black Plague. I remember often being diagnosed with "a bad case of the mully grubs" by my grandmother. The only cure I really remember for this was eating cookies at the kitchen table. I wonder if the Crud was immune to the healing properties of the cookie?

Slightly less fatal during my childhood were cases of:

I hope I can avoid the rest of my childhood illnesses. Maybe I need to go raid my grandmother's cabinet for some medicine?


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Trying To Take The Next Step

08.08.2006

I love playing around with computer graphics (or maybe that should be "graphics on the computer"). I always have. I've never been an expert, but I like to think I'm just a little better than the average person. The majority of my graphics work has been done using versions of Paint Shop Pro. Paint Shop Pro is now up to version 10, and I bought version 7 a couple of years ago and more than got my money's worth out of it - especially after using the trial of version 5 long after was "legally" allowed. With the latest version of Paint Shop Pro, it's changed ownership from Jasc to Corel. A couple of months back I got the upgraded version 10 and played around with it a little, but found myself going back to version 7 more often than not. It seems I just don't like Paint Shop Pro 10.

There's nothing really wrong with Paint Shop Pro 10 (or Paint Shop Pro 7, other than it's a little dated), there's just some subliminal part of the program that turns me against it. I've also been finding that there are things I want to try to do, or learn to do, that are difficult in Paint Shop Pro since all the cool kids are using Photoshop, hence most of the tutorials and explanations are Photoshop-centric.

I've put off diving into the Photoshop world due to the learning curve of getting me to my Paint Shop Pro-level of knowledge, but the more I look at what I would be able to do after that initial learning period is making me ready to commit myself to making the switch. So last night I went out downloaded a trial version of Photoshop to see how painful this is all going to be. Hopefully I'll survive. I just have to try not to fall back on Paint Shop Pro 7 too quickly.


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Pow Bam Snikt!

07.29.2006

Back in March I came across the what type of D&D character you are quiz, finding out to no ones surprise that I'm a Chaotic Evil Human Barbarian. For a change of pace I took a Which Superhero Are You quiz, even though there's about 10,000 of them out there. Here's what the first one told me:

Your results:
You are Batman

Batman
65%
Green Lantern
60%
The Flash
55%
Robin
52%
Spider-Man
50%
Catwoman
50%
Hulk
50%
Iron Man
45%
Supergirl
40%
Superman
35%
Wonder Woman
30%
You are dark, love gadgets and have vowed to help the innocent not suffer the pain you have endured.

Batman. That's pretty cool, I like Bats. I could handle being Batman as a superhero - just don't tell my parents what will happen to them. I wonder what a different test would tell me?

Wolverine
You scored 23% Batman, 23% Superman, 20% Spiderman, and 60% Wolverine!

The gruff Canadian with an unknown past. He kicks ass and takes names, but he also has a gentler side. A loner who can never settle in one place.

 

So now I'm Wolverine. I've got the "gruff" part of "gruff Canadian" down most when I need it - I think Jer refers to that side of me as "surly". Evidently my Wolverine-ness has dropped me to only 23% Batman as opposed to 65% on the first test, but I can twist that logic and combine the two to become 88% Batman! Maybe I'm an amalgam of Batman and Wolverine. I guess that would make me Dark Claw. Dark Claw doesn't sound as cool as Batman or Wolverine. Sounds a little too much like Darkwing Duck for my tastes.

Next I must find out what villian I am!


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To Boldly.. well, you know how it goes...

07.23.2006

I seem to be a little Trek-heavy on the blog of late since mentioning that I've started watching Voyager. Voyager is the final series of the Star Trek franchise available left for me to watch. At least until November 21st.

That's when Paramount is (finally) releasing the animated series. I remember the series being on, but to be honest I don't ever remember watching an episode. The closest I can remember to watching one is a tangled memory due to an old View-Master slide that I had.

This also coincides with the announcement that the next Star Trek movie is now slated for a 2008 release. Not only that, but there's a couple of Trek starship combat games coming out at the end of this year, too.

It seems Paramount is gearing up to plug the Trek 40th anniversary and get everything they can out of it. Nothing new there, though.

If you want to click around to see where the hard core Trek nerds go to educate themselves, take a look at Starfleet Academy!


movies/tv/dvd

A Pound of Flesh. Twice.

07.19.2006

After 4 months of non-negative progress on my diet, I was about due to take a turn for the worse. So, at the 17 week mark I've managed for the first time not lose weight, not stay at the same weight, but instead to gain a little weight back. Two pounds of doom have come back to live with me. After a dip down to 348, I am once again Tree Fiddee.

I guess I should be distraught, I sound distraught. But I'm not. I went a little overboard last week and ate a couple of things I shouldn't have due to some extra stress and (knowingly) slacking of willpower. Not the brownie pictured above, but I did dive into some nachos at Rosies, along with overindulging in my low-carb snacks a few times (eat enough of anything and it adds up). In truth, I'm a little relieved that it was only 2 lbs. If anything this should motivate me to diet a little harder in the overall sense. For the past 4 months I've just been eating the South Beach/Low Carb way. My excercise has been non-existent. I should really being paying more attention to the fat content of the things I have been eating (it's impossible to eat low carb and low fat, but minimizing the fat is important).

I need to get back into the groove of fixing myself a salad for lunch and bringing it in to work instead of frquenting McAlister's for their Chef Salad a couple of times per week. I do like those salads, though. Maybe a little too much.


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