This Day In History: 08/12

Monday, August 12, 2002

I spent today in fun pursuits such as backing up the computer and getting papers signed at school. Now that most of the grunt work is out of the way, I plan to start writing on my thesis again tomorrow. Hopefully the extended festering period will erupt in a cacophony of ingenuity.

On the side, I'm reading The Fatal Shore, a book recommended by my dad as an interesting history of Australia. Before that, I read two books by John Douglas of the Investigative Support Unit of the FBI, detailing how serial killers are caught. The books are really fascinating, but you'll want a strong stomach and a morbid sense of curiousity to get through them.

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Friday Fragments

  • I buy the 50-bag variety pack of snack chips at Costco which I then keep in my office to snack on for a month. The worst part of these packs is always the Nacho Cheese Doritos -- they have no real taste, and why eat Nacho Cheese when you can eat Cool Ranch? Apprently I'm in the minority, because there's always twice as many bags of these chips as there are any other type. My feelings changed this morning when I half-heartedly tore into a bag (you have to spread them out so you don't end up eating nothing but Doritos in the last week of the month) and discovered that they've changed the flavour. Now, Nacho Cheese Doritos have a very mild zing to them which greatly improves their quality. The Cheetos and Fritos are still better though.

  • A man is sitting in the lobby munching on a wheel of cheese when a starving bandit snatches it away and makes a run for the door. The man shoots to his feet and yells, "Hey! That's nacho cheese!"

  • Sorry.

  • On Wednesday, I couldn't decide what to have for dinner and I had no cheese, so I cooked the last half of a pack of bacon and two soft-boiled eggs. Booty came up to me and said, "Hello, I would like some of your bacon, sir." I ignored her so then she said, "I'm going to sit on your newspaper until you give me bacon. You will never know how this story turns out because you cannot turn to page A21. HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?" I then pushed her off the coffee table and she punched Amber in the face for no good reason. Amber said "Ow, you bitch" and both cats went tearing down the hall away from my bacon.

  • You can always identify a cat-liker because they tell stories involving their cats. You can always tell who the cat-lovers are because they make up cute dialog for what the cats are thinking during the story.

  • Instead of further whining about Tatu, I've decided to devote some energy to improve their dolphin-speak. I have found the perfect song for them to license instead of the Smith's How Soon Is Now. It's John Cage's legendary song, 4'33" . I would definitely buy the single and play it all day long.

  • There's a local company called College Hunks Hauling Junk . "You're not a real man until you go to the dump," Suzuki said. "That's my philosophy". I approve of the rhyming couplet approach to naming a company. Fashion designers opening outlet stores could be "Fops With Shops" and Florida-Mike could call his web design business "Non-Jewish Whites Making Sites". If I ever get around to starting my own record company, I would probably call it "Post Grad Stud Producing Duds" and payola my way into an Ashlee Simpson hit. Incidentally, I loved when she got boo'ed for her halftime performance last year, but I really wish the audience had gotten violent. How ironic would it have been if her career had ended with Pieces of Me? All over the stage?

  • One of the reasons I like J.J. Abrams shows like Lost and Alias is that he spends a lot of camera time on the faces of his actors. With good actors who aren't just phoning it in, this gives an added layer of subtlety to the emotions of the characters. I don't think this would work as well on a show like The Simpsons, but if anyone could do it, it'd be J.J.

  • In the movies and on TV, there are specific camera procedures that must be followed when the protagonist is looking for something out of the ordinary. First, you film the actor from behind as he enters the storage room or graveyard (the most popular places to find stuff). The actor will pretend to be at a loss, and glance in all directions. At this point, you fast-edit to a camera on the actor's right, usually at ground level looking up. From here, the actor will look straight ahead (the thing is never there), then look to the right past the camera (never left!). The actor will then squint a little bit and realize that they've found something. The camera cannot cut away until the actor has milked the dumb expression on his face and starts walking towards the treasure, doohickey, or tombstone. For added artistry, the actor will shine the flashlight directly at the camera before finding the object.

  • I like to take pictures of weird cloud formations and I don't know why. Usually I delete the pictures without ever posting them. On the way home yesterday, I saw a cloud that looked like a perfect 3D imitation of Goofy's head and face. I didn't have a camera though, so why would anyone believe me?

  • Last night we went to TGIFriday's for dinner where I had some tasty chicken fingers. There was a time when I disliked any breaded chicken products that weren't fake and from McDonald's, and when I wouldn't even consider dipping in anything other than sweet and sour sauce. This must mean I'm all grown up.

  • Tomorrow, I'm signed up for two separate poker games spaced four hours apart in opposite ends of town. Sunday, I have fun lunch plans and then I'm hosting a birthday party with the family for my sister. Monday, I'll be onsite at DISA in Bailey's Crossroad to support some testers. I have no plans yet for Tuesday but I expect them to involve the disabling of a nuclear device. If not, then maybe I'll just take a very long afternoon nap. Naps are key.

  • I also need to go shoe shopping this weekend. The soles fell off my running shoes at the first company soccer game in May and I still haven't gotten around to buying a new pair. This has led to the discovery that my brown shoes are the most comfortable shoes in the history of shoes, but it doesn't really help when I want to wear shorts outside, unless I'm going for the Japanese School Boy look.

  • On my way to work today, my elbow was itching from a hanging thread on my sleeve. I looked down to pull it out and saw that it wasn't really a thread -- it was a little albino spider pretending to be a thread. After driving off Wiehle Avenue and into a ditch, I killed it. If I go into encephaletic shock this evening and you need to make the antidote, the spider is probably somewhere on the floor mats, cooking in the Friday heat. I did not actually drive into a ditch -- that was a hyperbole. Hyperboles are key, because without them this site would be dull and only have boles, and really, no one likes tree trunks that much.

  • Here's a news story about a double bigamist who got caught when all his wives visited him in the hospital . If there are three wives, "double bigamist" seems like a rather confusing term. Maybe "Double Bigamist with Cheese" or "Supersizamist" would be better. Speaking of marriage, I sincerely hope that my future wife, wherever she is out there, does not turn out to be a blood relation . One more reason to like Caucasian girls!

  • Is my site guy-friendly or girl-friendly ? I think I fit both categories. Now all I need is an Ebert-esque figure to proclaim, "The URI! Zone is popular with the ladies!"

  • I think I need a haircut.

  • Yesterday's search terms:
    random vomit, urisat, tulsa welding school, bear hunting handicapped chompy

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    Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    5:28 AM: Cats get more anxious for breakfast when there are guest cats in the house -- you'd think they could just eat each other.

    6:04 AM: I always show favouritism to the other mirror when I do 12 of 12 -- this probably reflects badly upon me.

    6:20 AM: There will be no more sunrise pictures, since I've now moved to an office on the west side of the building.

    6:21 AM: Now it's time to unpack and set up the new office.

    7:28 AM: The office is now set up to be an identical twin to the old office, but with a much nicer view.

    8:24 AM: This corporate slogan now adorns the lunch room, reminding all employees to be at their best when they pig out.

    11:50 AM: The Tuesday Special (two pieces of chicken, a biscuit, and a side order for $3.18 -- a savings of over 30%)

    12:32 PM: Guest cat, Titan, watches flying beetles outside the window while I telecommute.

    3:34 PM: Working on a Wiki and watching an old episode of Alias.

    4:10 PM: Dinnertime for Kitties.

    6:11 PM: Sorting through old photo albums for tomorrow's Memory Day post.

    8:17 PM: Dinner out at Omia's Italian Restaurant. This was our first exploration, but we'd go back!

    See more 12 of 12ers at Chad's site!

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    MP3s to get you high

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    Wednesday, August 12, 2009

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    6:43 AM: Post-shower, pre-work.

    6:51 AM: Thawing some steaks for this evening.

    6:56 AM: Listening to "The Day I Died" by Just Jack on the way to work.

    7:24 AM: My office plant prefers the new office even though the view is crap. It's blooming and making little plant babies for the first time in five years.

    9:23 AM: Working hard.

    1:07 PM: Taking the toll road home because ten minutes saved is worth more than fifty cents. I later used the ten minutes to pick up a six-pack of beer and some mushrooms.

    2:17 PM: Titan, one of two babysat cats currently in my home, interrupts my telecommuting.

    4:39 PM: Drugs for kitties.

    5:29 PM: Steaks!

    5:43 PM: Sam, eating steaks.

    7:32 PM: Getting some more work done to get caught up.

    9:04 PM: Rebecca comes home from work!

    See more 12 of 12ers at Chad's site!

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    Sea creatures cause stir on Gower

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    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    5:57 AM: Mostly awake.

    6:13 AM: Showered.

    6:27 AM: At the stoplight in Herndon which either changes for you as you drive up to it, or recalcitrantly forces you to wait for five minutes.

    7:45 AM: Apparently the sun isn't planning on coming out today.

    1:31 PM: Driving home from work, listening to the new stereo that replaces my canceled XM account (they billed me for the next quarter anyhow, of course).

    1:51 PM: Amber welcomes me home.

    1:58 PM: A late light lunch.

    3:30 PM: Additional storms gather out my telecommuting window.

    4:43 PM: Surprisingly enough, I've actually managed to play my trumpet almost daily for the past three weeks. Fifteen minutes a day is still "daily", and on par with any music education major.

    6:21 PM: In the basement doing home improvement projects.

    7:41 PM: Just like last year's 12 of 12, tonight is Steak Night.

    9:15 PM: Cats waiting for dinner (they did not get steak).

    See more 12 of 12ers at Chad's site!

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    VisitBritain tells Londoners how to welcome visitors to 2012 Olympics
    Traffic stop saves cat from owner's plate

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    Friday, August 12, 2011

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    5:46 AM: Waking up early.

    5:58 AM: Multiple personalities.

    6:14 AM: The "g" in the sign keeps burning out.

    7:25 AM: My constantly multiplying window plants.

    8:01 AM: Artsy view out the window.

    9:11 AM: Working on the UNIVERSAL CORE!

    11:34 AM: Cats welcome me home for lunch.

    12:02 PM: Shells and cheese for lunch.

    2:00 PM: Done working for the day and relaxing with some TV time.

    4:45 PM: A nice afternoon for mowing the lawn.

    8:30 PM: Late dinner at the Tortilla Factory.

    10:25 PM: Closing out the night with Herr Metal (an 80s hair band) at Friday Night Live in Herndon. Free!
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    Penis injury from Gretna police dog attack was unjustified
    Brazil prison uses geese as alarm system

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    Monday, August 12, 2013

    Weekend Wrap-up

    On Friday night, post-thunderstorm, we rolled down to Herndon for their weekly free concert series. The opening band, Dr. FU, didn't really have much to offer, other than the arranger's ability to replay any popular song as frat rock, and the Thao Nguyen-esque ability to not quite hit the right pitch on any given note. Thankfully, Herr Metal was as good as they were two years ago, and had branched out beyond Guns n' Roses covers to Van Halen and Bon Jovi.

    Saturday was a quiet day, in which we took full advantage of our free month of Netflix. We may or may not have watched "Odd Animal Couples", about different species of animals that have befriended each other. In the evening, Rebecca went off to yoga while I dry-vac'ed two years of cobwebs out of the backyard shed.

    On Sunday, we drove down to Madison, VA for the wedding of Joe Ambrogne and Katie Augustine. Katie was one of Rebecca's classmates in PT school, and at one of the first social gatherings, I recognized Joe as someone that works at FGM on the far side of the building where I never tread. We drove back directly from the wedding because some crafts convention had booked all of the hotels in the area, and arrived home just before midnight.

    I took today off because I wasn't sure how long return travel would take, and am now puttering around the house doing a little telecommuting and taking 12 of 12 pictures. How was your weekend?

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    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    4:58 AM: Rugged beauty.
    5:17 AM: Autographing a log book.
    5:21 AM: Peaceful office.
    9:12 AM: Storms over Reston.
    11:45 AM: Driving home behind the Wu Tang Clan.
    11:59 AM: Welcoming committee.
    12:10 PM: Fried chicken and the newspaper.
    1:09 PM: Amber acting as storm chaser while I work.
    3:53 PM: Running to Community.
    5:00 PM: Playing Divinity.
    8:27 PM: Booty reheats leftover pizza for my dinner.
    8:44 PM: Dinner time with Robin-Williams-themed movie watching.

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    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    5:02 AM: Ready for work.
    5:29 AM: Breakfast in the office.
    7:56 AM: Writing an ingester.
    11:35 AM: Driving home for lunch.
    11:49 AM: Squatters in my kitchen.
    11:57 AM: Turkey sandwich for lunch.
    12:15 AM: Back to work!
    1:00 PM: Time for a conference call.
    3:15 PM: Exercising with the last season of Newsroom.
    4:58 PM: Sydney and Booty learn to play.
    7:30 PM: Planning out the next D&D adventure.
    8:24 PM: Burger Night.

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    Friday, August 12, 2016

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    5:13 AM: Showered and ready for work.
    5:31 AM: Arriving in the office.
    6:51 AM: Excess heat flares over Reston.
    11:02 AM: Getting lunch at Chickfila, less because I was hungry and more because I needed to break a 20 dollar bill.
    11:22 AM: Lunch and news.
    11:39 AM: Back to work with Booty.
    2:00 PM: Running on the treadmill and watching the TV show version of Limitless.
    3:05 PM: Time for a humidity-triggered haircut.
    3:30 PM: Working on my Wiki.
    3:46 PM: Exercising Booty.
    6:35 PM: Burger Night!
    7:29 PM: Rebecca finishes up her documentation for work.

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    Monday, August 12, 2019

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    12 pictures of your day on the 12th of every month

    6:30 AM: Showered and ready for the day.
    6:47 AM: Bagel for breakfast.
    7:04 AM: Arriving in the home office.
    9:23 AM: Good morning!
    9:24 AM: Maia wanted to take a picture of us.
    10:28 AM: Home from Costco with the needs of the household.
    11:47 AM: Playdate with Aunt Sena and Nolan.
    3:19 PM: Running on the treadmill and watching the poorly named Money Heist.
    6:12 PM: Family dinner at The V.
    6:45 PM: Watering the plants.
    6:58 PM: Ice cream dance! Also, she is wearing Minnie Pants because "Minnie Pants match Watermelon".
    7:03 PM: Rewarded with chocolate ice cream.

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    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    12 pictures of your day on the 12th of every month

    6:05 AM: Showered and ready for the day.
    6:16 AM: Breakfast.
    7:59 AM: Drafting a proposal response.
    8:17 AM: Relocated to the satellite office (with ensuite kitchen) where my conference call won't wake anyone up.
    9:10 AM: Good morning!
    11:07 AM: Coloring in states.
    1:41 PM: Surprise! Your AC drain pan is clogged and has been overflowing into the basement carpets for at least a day!
    4:52 PM: Making a galette for dinner.
    5:46 PM: Dinner time during thunderstorm #1.
    6:16 PM: Maia took this picture.
    6:44 PM: Maia wants to do her own 12 of 12.
    7:15 PM: Enthralled with Frozen 2 during thunderstorm #3.

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    Friday, August 12, 2022

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    12 pictures of your day on the 12th of every month

    6:14 AM: Showered and ready for work.
    6:21 AM: Bagel for breakfast.
    6:41 AM: Reviewing a proposal.
    8:46 AM: Someone stayed up late last night to start a calendar shop on Etsy.
    8:53 AM: Off to Stroller Strides and the last day of Claude Moore Camp, respectively.
    11:48 AM: Leftovers for lunch: honey soy ginger salmon and two pieces of withered Red Robin pizza (bring your own olives).
    1:10 PM: Watching classic Whose Line Is It Anyways? while folding laundry.
    3:07 PM: Off to grandma and grandpa's house for the weekend!
    3:11 PM: Wondering what to do next.
    4:05 PM: Strolling at Lake Anne.
    4:31 PM: Reaching new heights like a bird in a spaceship.
    6:10 PM: Joe's for dinner, with Isabella photobombing in the background.

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