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Monthly Archive for November, 2009

The UPS Truck in House

Instead of risking life and limb by venturing outside on Black Friday, I opted to re-watch the first season of House. A fantastic invention, television series on DVD. There are multiple aerial shots of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital — which is actually Princeton’s student center — throughout the season, normally used during openings and transitions. Though […]

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Taking the Long Way Home

After a night of zombie movies up in Wilmington, I crashed in the guest bedroom. There’s something about sleeping in your own bed that’s comforting. But there’s something to be said for leaving all your cares, troubles and responsibilities at home, too. I had the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a week, maybe two. […]

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A group of my friends were in town for Thanksgiving, so we all went out to dinner at Pad Thai last night. The restaurant is located on West Street in Annapolis, just across the street from Stan & Joe’s Saloon and a brief walk from Rams Head Tavern. Warm and inviting, Pad Thai is filled […]

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Upcoming Tech Workshops

Listening to my RJD2 station on Pandora, I’m feeling upbeat and slightly introspective. Learning by example — by doing, really — is my favorite way to learn, and that is how I learned most of what I know about the technical side of theater. I’ve sat in on a few classes at Towson, but that’s […]

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Just Saw a Skit on PBS

I’m a big fan of educational programming. I think it’d be really difficult to write educational materials that are enlightening to both kids and parents, which actually promoting learning. I especially like the ones that have pop culture references. Just like Mathnet was a parody of Dragnet whose characters taught mathematical concepts to Square One […]

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Importing an Archive

I’ve been blogging since 2001. After a brief stint using my own PHP-based blogging platform, I started using an external blog host in 2002. Then in 2004 I started using MovableType, hoping to provide a more polished and professional-looking site. Back then, my writing was mostly technical in nature (mostly scripting solutions, hardware troubleshooting, and […]

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In the now-that’s-awkward department, there’s a picture from the White House’s photostream depicting a woman — described as an aide — wearing a Motorola XTS 5000 clipped to the back of her dress. In my experience these radios are neither slim, lightweight, nor subtle. The handset alone weighs 1.35 pounds. It makes me wonder whether […]

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Perl Return Code -1

If your Perl system() calls are returning -1, be sure to check whether $SIG{CHLD} is set to IGNORE. While useful in some situations, it makes troubleshooting a bit tedious. Especially when the calls execute flawlessly on the console. I ran into this while working on inherited code. I thought I was losing my mind for […]

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You’ll find fresh appetizers, good food and decent service at Los Portales, across Aviation Boulevard from the BWI airfield. I would eat there again, but only if I were in the area. If I were catching a movie at Hoyt’s or taking someone to/from the airport. The margaritas — supposedly the best in the area […]

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When I signed up for the Boh Knows Movember pub crawl, I knew that there would be a pub crawl involved. I knew that I’d grow a mustache, or at least attempt to. I wasn’t quite sure whether we’d raise awareness about men’s health issues or not. I also wasn’t quite sure how participating would […]

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I just received a call on my cell from 269-768-2213. An automated call, wherein the recorded voice — belonging to someone named Rachel, supposedly — informed me that there are no problems with my credit card but that I’m eligible for a lower rate of 6 point something percent. My eligibility will expire soon, so […]

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The Diary of Anne Frank at PHS

Last night I saw The Diary of Anne Frank as performed by The Pikesville Players. It’s a two act play based on “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” recently re-adapted by Wendy Kesselman. Set in the hidden rooms of an Amsterdam office building between July 1942 and February of 1944, this adaptation depicts […]

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Bank Shot Bar & Grill

After playing host to a truck driving school for a few months, the former Utopia club is now home to Bank Shot Bar & Grill. Make no mistake, it’s a pool hall that happens to contain a bar and a grill. Weekends and tournament nights the place is packed the rafters. You’ll find the parking […]

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Damages Season One, In Two Days

A friend loaned me the first season of Damages several weeks ago, but it sat untouched on the TV table until this weekend when I watched the entire thing. It’s not that I didn’t have other things to do, but that it was that interesting. Posit, a legal drama circling around attorneys that doesn’t take […]

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Treated Like Everyone Else

When eating out, I prefer not to mention payment terms until the bill comes due. If you were comped a meal or have some sort of discount coming your way, it shouldn’t have any affect on the quality of food or service. Yet in my gut, I feel that it will have an impact; that […]

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