Category Archives: Random

My usage of the word defies it’s true definition (just like any self-respecting child of the 90s).

Bridal* Falls

Yesterday we went on a little excursion up the Columbia River Gorge. While it was gorgeous and lots of fun, we were surprised that one of the falls was named Bridal Veil Falls since we could think of at least one other falls named something like that (Niagara). So I took to Google to try and find where else waterfalls had taken on a matrimonial nom de plume. https://www.google.com/search?q=bridal+falls&oq=bridal+falls&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.6073j0j4&client=ms-android-att-aio-us&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8 Apparently it’s not that easy. So I thought I’d try and compile a list here. Oregon: Bridal Veil Falls (Colombia River Gorge) http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=107 California: Bridalveil Fall (Yosemite) https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bridalveilfalltrail.htm Colorado: Bridal Veil Falls (Telluride) http://www.visittelluride.com/activity/bridal-veil-falls British Columbia: Bridal Veil Falls (Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park) http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/bridalveil_falls/ New York: Bridal Veil Falls (Niagara Falls) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridal_Veil_Falls_(Niagara_Falls) New York: Bridal Falls (Allegany State Park) http://falzguy.com/bridal-falls.html Arkansas: Bridal Veil Falls (Heber Springs) http://www.heberspringsparksandrec.com/bridalveilfalls.html Washington: Bridal Veil Falls (Lake Serene) http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lake-serene North Carolina: Bridal Veil Falls (Nantahala … Continue reading →

Scott Adams goes Inside Out and a Geographical Oddity

Build a Habit-Robot in your Brain (from Scott Adams’ Blog) I find myself further and further fascinated with Scott’s musings, but this one was especially poignant given the number of “what’s going on inside their head” things that I’ve encountered this year (Disney Pixar’s Inside Out and Kristen Anderson-Lopez/Robert Lopez’ Up Here!).   Where the Palm Meets the Pine (from A Geographer’s Scrapbook) This was a fascinating article to read that was randomly posted in an internal work email and something I’ll have to remember to keep an eye out for next time I’m driving north!

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cloud

Shortly after I first started working at DreamHost (Fall 2011), there was a lot of talk about “the cloud” and because I’m never tuned into the right channels, I couldn’t help but feel like DreamHost was just enslaving themselves to some kind of marketing buzzword and we wouldn’t be doing anything significantly different. The continual mention of “the cloud” made me laugh out loud like Candace Flynn anytime anyone said anything about writing letters to Santa Claus. And I didn’t think twice about those thoughts until I stumbled across this recent Dilbert comic strip (almost a year after I initially had those thoughts about “the cloud”) and I was amazed and somewhat humbled to realize how much of a cloud nut I’ve become since then. So I started poking around to get some more information about “the cloud”. First I read Who Invented The Cloud by TelecomTV.Com to try and … Continue reading →

Wait…The Cost Of Oil Did What??? And Costo Did WHAT?!?!

Here we go. A straight-forward-ish explanation of what’s going on with the price of oil. So Iran is posturing and the price of oil spikes?!?! Grrr. But even more grrrr was our experience at Costco today. We pulled into the line at the Fullerton Costco gas station (which seemed fairly straight-forward for a Saturday), but soon we were engaged by a Costco employee. They told us that the back pump of each lane was Regular only and the front pump was Premium only. This effectively means that everybody (except the few who don’t want to wait in the line and get Costco employee guidance to queue up for the front pump) is waiting to use one pump per lane. The next opportunity we had we bailed because that’s garbage. As Laura and I waited for the next available opportunity to exeunt the premises, we discussed why on earth Costco would … Continue reading →

SOPA/PIPA!!!

**ADDENDUM 1/11/12** WordPress has broken their *personal* vow of political silence to speak up about this issue here! And I’m slacking for having not visited Stop American Censorshipyet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it!!! **/ADDENDUM** **ADDENDUM 12/30/11** Oh wait, sorry that’s the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA wants to give Congress the authority to create a new enforcement agency that police’s the Internet looking for copyright violations and giving them the authority to shutdown sites like YouTube and Facebook for “having a vauge definition of piracy” as it were. O.o Really Congress? Really? I mean sure it’s job creation, but who really wants the job of policing the Internet? Besides that job is reserved for XKCD stick figures who can’t budge from their computers because “someone on the Internet is wrong!” 😉 **/ADDENDUM** SOPA is a bill by Congress (those lovable, out-of-touch coots) that wants to … Continue reading →

Three Letter Pie (Or Why My Wife Is AMAZING)

The first time we randomly encountered WordWorld on public television while on vacation several years ago, we thought it was a very cute concept. Flash forward to the present where the entire series is available on Netflix Instant Watch. We had just recently completed the episode where Pig makes Three Letter Pie when my wife announces her intention to make said pie. Her pies are delicious, so I’m excited but not getting the connection. Soon enough, the pie is finished and she puts it on the cooling rack. I walk by and look at it and think, “Oh cute!”, but I still haven’t made the connection. She says that I’m not looking at it, so I look again and see this. Laura’s Homemade Three Letter Pie Pig’s Three Letter Pie (from Word World) Needless to say I immediately hug and kiss my wife (having FINALLY got it…I’m so slow sometimes). … Continue reading →

An Open Letter To Hugh Jackman

Dear Mr. Jackman, I am a passionate fan of your body. Of work! Body of work! Sorry. *sheepish grin* Anyways. Several years ago I was lucky enough to perform in a college production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which rekindled my love for the original 1954 film with the indomitable Howard Keel. Ever since then, the idea has been slowly gestating in my brain that I’d love to see the film remade, but Howard Keel is just so bloody incredible. Then it hit me: you would be the perfect person to do justice to the role of Adam Pontipee. Not as any sort of replacement or commentary on his performance, but as a modern-day counter-part or complement. Then as I continued to think about it, I started to fill out my “dream cast” and settled on Anne Hathaway as Millie (plenty of spunk and talent). I think Chris Evans … Continue reading →

Flight Thoughts (7/5/9)

Superman Movie Who wrote the music? Was DC inspired by the movie to turn Kandor into New Krypton? Why was it SOOOO melodramatic??? Of course human machines can’t read aliens just because they look physiologically similar…yeesh… Immaculate Baking Co “Bikes” Jimmy Lee Sudduth Does Grease have an ultimate home release DVD/Blu-Ray with the original songs? *tear* Palin resigns and MSNBC says that it’s a bad move – no track record VP Biden says Obama misread the economy Michael Jackson – insomnia + diprivan (anasthetic/knock out drug)…Anna Nicole Smith style ZUCA suitcase – wheels, 5 removable pouches, square flat top that supports humans