The (Not-So) Worst Day of the Year Ride

Sunday, February 12, 2006. Matt and I woke up and donned our cold-weather bicycling gear, preparing for some cold and wet weather. We had multiple warm layers, rain gear and head-lamps in case it got dark during or after the ride. I even got Godzilla (circa 1995) strapped to one of my “CityBike Buckets” to act as my bicycle security. (see pic) We then met up with 1,500 other riders at the “Lucky Lab Pub” near downtown Portland. We lucked out and had 50º+ weather Continue reading →

Death of an Anonymous Feline

On the night of January 9, 2006, while I was riding my bicycle home from work, passing through downtown Milwaukie, Oregon, I saw a cat lying in the middle of the road. At first pass, I thought it was already dead, huddled over it’s feet, eyes closed like it was trying to keep itself warm from the 50º rain. My heartstrings tugged at my conscience…I couldn’t leave an injured cat in the middle of the road to be flattened by another vehicle. I quickly pedalled Continue reading →

Bicycling Thoughts – Winter Commute

People are still riding bikes Portland and surrounding area has been receiving a lot of rain all winter. There are areas all along the coast that are flooded, the Willamette River was quite high and any non-paved surface is very mushy. Back in December, we did have a day and a half of ice and a bit of snow, mostly ice. Despite this inclimate weather, people were still riding bikes. Not the casual riders, but the people that rely on their bikes as their sole Continue reading →

Black Friday: Report

Black Friday Report This is probably the first “Black Friday” that I’ve willingly and purposely drove to Best Buy, CompUSA and Walmart, all in the same day. In contrast to driving around the Detroit Metropolitan Way, I hit the strip of 82nd Avenue of SE Portlandia in rather quick time. 7am, I called Derek for some recon as to what was on sale. 8am, Dropped off Connie at Joanne Fabrics while I skipped over to Jack in the Box for some breakfast burritos. 8:15am, Connie Continue reading →

I am a KILLING MACHINE, one view

According to some people , I’m a thoroughly trained killing machine because I have the played some video games and have become highly proficient in all manner of weapons and crime. Below is a list of all the games I’ve played that have trained my killing and other non-violent skills. Skill: MASTER-SNIPER and SUPER-SOLDIERHalo 1 & 2Max PayneL.A. CrimeDoom 1, 2, 3Turok: Dinosaur HunterStarseige: TribesRatchet & Clank: Going CommandoSOCOMJedi Knight 2America’s ArmyHalflife 1, 2Counter-StrikeQuake 1, 2, 3Rainbow Six 3Robotron 2084 (arcade)Silent-Scope: Dark SilhoetteHouse of the Continue reading →

This makes me a sad, Sad Panda

I really do like Wallace & Gromit, despite selling the original DVD. I still plan on seeing W&G: Curse of the Were-Rabbit this week and buying the reprint DVD in the near future. What makes me sade is a good deal of the original props from their adventures were burned in a fire early monday morning. See this Article from the BBC Gloomy-gloom. -TQ

BK Says “Hello”

This is my first flash animation to incorporate sound and lip-syncing. This project took me about 6 hours or so with some trial and error as well as some research into shapes that our mouths make when saying certain sounds. Using the knowledge I’ve gained from this experiment, I can make more animations in less time. Make sure your speakers are turned on. BK says “Hello” Feedback on this would be appreciated. Enjoy! -Tomas

Serenity Movie

I saw ‘Serenity’ with Matt this past Saturday. Wow. Go see it now! Even Orson Scott Card, author of the Ender’s Game series, loved the movie. And I’ll tell you this right now: If Ender’s Game can’t be this kind of movie, and this good a movie, then I want it never to be made. I’d rather just watch Serenity again. I think that speaks volumes. His Words Enjoy!

Animation Fun

Behold, my first experiment with Flash. A bouncing Ballistic Kitty. I know it’s not much, but it’s a start. In fact, I mean to do a lot more with my good friend BK and Macromedia Flash. I’m working on becoming a “Certified Flash Designer” and eventually a “Certified Flash Developer”. But first things first…need to do more animation!

Still Pedaling

Perhaps you’ve already read this? “The solution to obesity is not that everyone should run a marathon,” said Michael Earls, co-author of the study. “It’s the little things that begin tomake a dent in the problem, like taking the stairs instead of the elevatoror riding your bike to work.” Clicky CNN Article! Yup, I’ve been riding to work…Why do I talk about bicycling so much? I find it fun and challenging. It meets my need to do something physical and be practical. I can attach Continue reading →

It just makes sense

Coding has taught me to look for ways to be efficient. Why do we write dates as MM-DD-YY? or now MM-DD-YYYY or MM/DD/YYYY? We write time as HH:MM:SS, right? Each set moving left is a power of the set on the right. So why don’t we write YYYY-MM-DD? Or just YYYYMMDD? I could even incorporate time into the date: YYYYMMDDHHMMSS providing we are using 24-hour clock. Example: 20050913153600 is the time of this post.

I Can’t Do That Anymore

Ever reach a point in your life when something you’ve been doing for some years, months, weeks or days, can no longer be done? Back in 1994, I was working at a rental hall for over two years as a kitchen staff slash handyman. It was sometimes hard work with awkward hours on the weekends, a couple of weeknights and occasionally a minor holiday like Memorial Day. I hated it. There was nothing challenging about it that a simple teen couldn’t do. I felt it Continue reading →