Archive for October, 2007

One of the organizations I give to is a science support org called Earthwatch. They’re pretty neat, and they do something that really warms my heart–they sponsor scientific expeditions all over the world, for a variety of studies.

And something even neater: you can volunteer to go on an expedition and contribute as a researcher. Part of being the volunteer is physically being there, and part is paying your own way. I haven’t gone on any expeditions yet, but I have contributed money. Now they have a way for you to donate, and at the same time it saves up as a fund that goes toward you going on the expeditions of your choice.

So, for Christmas, Birthdays, etc.–feel free to contribute to my Expedition Fund, instead of other kinds of gifts, if you’re feeling froggy. And feel free to donate, or volunteer, yourself. I’d love to see you there!


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Hanna, we hardly knew ya

The Internet Hanna-Barbara Fashion Database

I don’t know what to say about this, except that I know it’s sooo wrong, but I just can’t help myself…

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Annual Fall Party

Yup, it was that time again. Yesterday was the “Annual Colwell Fall Party.” Hosted by my friends (and former co-worker) Josh, and his wife Kai. Good peeps.

It was a lot of fun, and I ran into people that I used to sail with and haven’t seen in like, a year, as well as Kai’s relatives; her mom and brother, his daughter Julia, etc.

There were fireworks. There was grilled meat, and other eats. A bonfire. A zipline–that no longer goes over the bonfire :). An extensive treehouse system. A trampoline. I met a guy who knew Chesley Bonestell, has written a book about him, and who is an astronomical artist himself. He invited me over to see a collection of Bonestell’s stuff, before they pack it up and send it to a collector/curator. Awesome! I definitely want to do that!

The clouds had parted, and it turned out to be a beautiful, warm, sunny day, then a beautiful, clear evening with a good breeze but still relatively warm. Later, we had the bonfire going and it was just right.

I ended up being pretty much the last person staying, taking off a little after midnight. I have to say, it was a nice, relaxing evening, seeing old friends and catching some up.

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GEOINT 2007 Logo

Okay, so I went to San Antonio Sunday night for GEOINT 2007, the “Nation’s Premier Intelligence Event,” or so they say.

It was, in fact pretty good. Some good keynote addresses, and panels. A particularly outstanding keynote was from Lt. General Russell Honore’. I won’t get into his talk here, but it was excellent. Motivational, but not in a pep talk kind of way–more of a “this is who you’re really working for” way.

My travel partner Dave had to go see “Disney’s High School Musical On Ice,” (no, I’m not kidding) with his daughter on Sunday, so we didn’t leave until like, 1900. Got into San Antonio around 0100, finally to bed around 0200. Hey–we were freakin’ hungry, so we had to do a Denny’s call.

As well as the keynotes and panels, good times were had, and networking was done. Lots of vendors there, so we toured the booths when we weren’t up listening to briefings, etc.

So for our crew, there was me, Dave, and Doug. My ol’ buddy and co-worker Jimbo was there, and our OSSIM crew, Dave B. and Scotty.

Monday night was “GEOWalk Hospitality Night,” which is geekspeak for going around the Riverwalk with a big plastic sheriff’s badge on, so that you can stop into some of the bars and get free food and drinks. Which is not really a bad thing.

The highlight of GEOwalk for me was that we had an old friend Jennifer along. Jen used to work with us up at our current customer site, but her husband (who’s in the Army) got relocated down to San Antonio.

He just got sent to Iraq, and she is newly with child (numbah three :), so I think we helped her a little with a little grounding in familiarity, if that makes any sense. But for me, it was sooo good to see her again! And a good time was had by all. She didn’t drink any alchohol, naturally, but she did wear a star, ‘coz Doug needed a night in (he’d been there with his wife since Friday).

It was mainly Jennifer, Dave, and me, but we ran into Jimbo, Dave B, and Scotty. Tuesday night we went out with the whole crew, including Doug (but not Jen–she only had the sitter for one night). There’s a big fish story here, but I don’t feel like writing it right now. Maybe later…

Anyhoo–Dave wanted to get back in time to go down to Blacksburg for the VT game, so we left 1700 on Wednesday, and I didn’t get home until 0300 Thursday morning. Man–what a long day! But I’m here.

I slept until the crack of noon (well, it was more like 1100), and later had a good PT session. Yup, ye olde kettlebells again. Did a relatively high-intensity interval session, patterned on Pavel Tsatsouline’s “Man Maker” from his “Enter The Kettlebell” book.

Basically, 10 minutes of high-rep kettlebell lifts; do the lifts until you’re breathing good and heavy, then do some active recovery to let the heart rate come down a bit, then back at it. Active recovery was light jog/walk and/or stick and heavy bag work. The lifts were the basics: snatches, long-cycle single arm clean and jerk, single arm swings. Rinse and repeat ’til finished.

Before that portion I warmed up with stick work (which I find really seems to loosen me up, especially the shoulders) and a set of bent press, which I haven’t done for a while.

After the interval session, I did a little more stick, and some various cool-down stretches. Nice.

Today’s workout was very light… I helped Nancy and Walt move the last of their stuff to a friend’s house. We put their ladders, a wheelbarrow, and a snow blower in my truck, then took it over to the friend’s and unloaded. Not a heavy effort. But something, at least.

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Hello world!

So, this is my first post here. I’ve been on Yahoo! 360 for a while, but it looks like they’re changing some stuff up. Also, I’ve been told that friends who want to post comments, can’t, unless they’re also a 360 user.

I’ve thought about Facebook, etc., but again, you have to register as a Facebook user, and I’m not sure that everyone wants to be locked in that way, and it’s only open to those who you’ve already connected with.

So, I’m trying WordPress out; if I like it, I’ll move over here. I’m an Open Source kinda guy anyway, so I like the philosophy of using it in just about any application.

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