January 25, 2005

A Puzzle

Here's a fun puzzle for you!

1) Pick a number from 1 through 9

2) Subtract 5 from the number. (Negative results are ok)

3) Multiply the result by 3

4) Sqaure the result (Multiply the number by itself)

5) Add the digits of the results until there's only one digit (Ex: 64 6+4 = 10)

6) If the result is less than 5, add 5; if not, subtract 4

7) Multiply by 2

8) Subtract 6 from the result

9) Locate the corresponding letter in the alphabet (1=A, 2=B)

10) Pick a country that begins with that letter

11) Note the second letter in that country's name. Think of a mammal that begins with that letter.

12) Now think of the color of that mammal. What do you have?

Without looking at the comments, post YOUR answer. No looking until you've posted yours. PLEASE. :)

~ Happy Tuesday Night ~

January 22, 2005

I Love Snowy Days

Oh what a great day! All the snow, oh the fun. Here's a few pictures - incase you didn't make it out of your dwelling.

This is what I was greeted by as I stepped out my door

Then I had to get into my snow covered car
Driving around proved to be interesting, but I enjoyed the challenges, along with Justin
Seemed everyone was getting stuck
Perhaps that's why this guy was out
Storms like this should come more often
Too bad they dont. 

That's all for now. Go throw a snowball! 

January 19, 2005

General Disarray

I just had a dell tech here to replace my system board and bottom latch on the battery bay. I was having the system board replaced because I thought that it might eliminate the annoying 60hz buzz heard when plugged into the alternating current wall outlet. Now you know there's a funny story here, because otherwise I wouldn't have just told you that useless piece of information. (had to start somewhere).

Upon completing the replacement, she had to update the information in the BIOS. This is normally a simple job of pressing the 'Y' twice to agree to the changes, and you have to enter the service tag of the computer. She looked really confused and I laughed as I told her that Becky Blackmon had switched my letters around (she knows Becky from CU tech support). Soon later I hear several error sounds as she is getting frustrated. I went over to see what was wrong, and she was pressing the represented 'y' key, but in actuality it was the letter 'm'. This resulted in an error every time she hit it. She didn't realize that only the physical plastic was changed, and not the corresponding key character. She laughed again and was quite baffled as she scanned the top row - unsure of what key to press. She thought it might be the 'l', but the 'l' represented the letter 't'. I told her to hit the 'q', and sure enough a 'Y' appeared on the screen.

She asked, has that girl ever been cussed out? LOL, Better watch out becky, you made unisys tech mad! :) ha ha

Anyway, this is something I must deal with every day that I touch my keyboard. Fortunately for myself - I know how to type without looking. However I will admit, that if I do look, it actually confuses me. I think I might have just discovered a new way to teach typing! Hmmm...I'll get on that.

Thanks Blackmon for the funny words on my keyboard. It consists of the word MIX on the left side, below that in the home row is the word SPUD, and below that the word WAR. On the upper right is the word KNOT, and beneath that in the home row is my name JEFF.  The rest of the letters are randomly placed. Anyway - fun times! Anyone other than Blackmon notice anything strange about these words? Anyone?

January 16, 2005

Goodnight World

Tongiht was my companys holiday party. It's a little beyond the holidays, but it certainly is nice to not worry about the party during the stress and craze of the actual holiday season. It was held in a really neat older building in Kalamazoo. Much fun, great food, lots of laughs, good rewards - no complaining.

Last night was a success in four tandum and one repeat TP marathon. My favorite would be Krystal and Tracy as we barged into their third floor apartment at nearly 2am as they were watching a movie. Both of them on the couch in shock, mouths opened as several people entered the room and left just as quickly I wonder what movie they were watching - didn't hang around long enough to find out. Here's a quote from my IM conversation this evening:

[Saturday 23:35:05] krystal Herbert: hm, well.. seems we got TP'ed last night.. not our cars, not our apartment, but tracy and i

Now how can you not laugh at that? Definitely felt nice to be back in the prank business for an evening. I was left with the threat that it is on. We'll see what gets on, we'll see what comes around and what goes around - if you know what I mean. The identities of the team will still remain at large.

Snow has begun falling, perhaps I'll wake up to a beautiful 12 inches tomorrow morning. For now its off to bed - some of us have to be up by 6am.

Goodnight world.

January 15, 2005

Horace Walpole

I don't feel much like writing at the moment, so I'll leave you with this until later:

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

- Horace Walpole

January 13, 2005


Are you a Blogphile?

[a.k.a. blogger -or- blogrolling -or- weblog -or- Web log -or- blogosphere]
A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger." Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in chronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominantly.

-phile or -phil suff.
1) One that loves or has a strong affinity or preference for: audiophile.
2) Loving; having a strong affinity or preference for: Francophile.
[New Latin -philus, from Greek -philos, beloved, dear, from philos, beloved, loving.]

So I must ask, are you a blogphile? I must not be - I haven't posted within the past 24 hours, I have most definitely been neglecting my blog. There's probably enough blogphiles in the world, I certainly don't need to be one. Till next time.

January 12, 2005

Remeniscent Scavenger Hunt

Well, I was sifting through some old VHS tapes when I came across this. After laughing quite a bit, I digitized it and with much ado (yes WITH) placed it here for you to view. Thank you to Becky Blackmon for helping me by letting me use her site as a warehouse.

This is what happens when crazy freshman go out on a crazy video scavenger hunt. We made our own hunt, split into teams, and came back to watch the excitement. Here was just one of the funny events caught on video tape. You can imagine the questions we had to ask. Just watch, its worth it.

The direct link is below (it will pop up on your own computer) or you can try the embedded player, although I've been having some difficulty with it. Sorry for the poor audio/video quality - that was to keep it small enough for your benefit. Let me know what you think!

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::This file can now be found at Google Video::

January 10, 2005

It's a Monday

Today was a Monday - an average Monday. The DOW Jones was up 17, Sunday was yesterday, and I bought zippo lighter fluid at Meijer. Those are just some of the factors that made this Monday an average one. Today was going to mark the day I started working out again at the Powerhouse Gym, but I was quite tired and simply not in the mood to motivate myself once I finished with work. Hopefully I'll start the routine tomorrow. What's the rule of thumb? I think 6 weeks to make a habit - right? I use to work out regularly, apparently that's a habit I broke. I'll have to try to get back to that routine - besides, it will give me more energy. It may mean goodbye to the average Monday.

I was secretly hoping for some snow today, that would have made it a better average Monday, there's nothing like snow to make you feel happy. Well, at least for me that's the case. I'm sure there are plenty of you who hate the snow with equal or greater passion. I have one word for you - Michigan. Seems to me you are the one living in this state. I remember my freshman year (2000) when it snowed every day from Thanksgiving to Easter. That was a great year for snow! Still haven't been SBC (Sledding Behind Cars) yet this year. Been slightly busy, and lacking a good firm base with an overlaying soft snow. Someone is going to hate me for saying that. Oh well, perhaps the end of this week we'll be greeted with a great snow.

That about does it for me today - Hope the day finds you well.

January 09, 2005

The Beginnings

Well folks, four out of five voices in my head say go for it. Four out of five people also say go for it.

After posting the question "To xanga or not to xanga, that is the question" in my AIM profile, I was slightly overwhelmed with the level of interest. I didn't even know that my profile was viewed so often by so many people! Comments including "you should xanga...its fun, I even xanaga", "I would have to say that a Xanga created by you would be...entertaining", "go for it", and "everyone xangas" were the beginning of convincing statements. And now here I am, xangaing.

This weekend was a long and busy one as I attended my friend Jeff's wedding as one of his groomsmen. He is now married and on his way to Cancun with his wife Lauren. My parents, being good friends of he and his parents were also in town, so I was able to spend some time with them. Twas nice indeed.

So I think that is enough for a first entry. Wouldn't want to tire your eyes right off the bat. I have no idea what this will turn out to be, but as often as you check back - I'm sure we'll see. Be sure to leave plenty of amusing comments - I look forward to them!