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December 31, 2005


This looks pretty darn cool.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 04:59 PM | Comments (0)

December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 09:37 PM | Comments (0)

December 23, 2005

Woken Furies

I just started reading

Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs Novels)
Amazon Price: $24.95/
ISBN/ASIN: 0345479718
by Richard K. Morgan, which is one of my more favorite cyber-punkish series. Morgan's main character Takeshi Kovacs is an interesting blend of neurotic secret service, private investigator, special forces characters all rolled into one. His previous two books Altered Carbon and Broken Angels were both extremely good and so very different from each other in their overall feel that I'm interested to read this third installment to see if it feels different as well. What is interesting is that through all of the differences, the identity of the main character is kept intact. Almost as if the author were trying to portray for the reader the same disjoint feeling that the characters have when they are resleeved.

I also finished:

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
Amazon Price: $28.00/ $18.48
ISBN/ASIN: 0553801503

which had an interesting ending and still more suprising deaths and entire storylines that ended abruptly and without real closure. I'm still unsure if I like that about Martin or not. Let's face it, sometimes people in life fail. It doesn't matter if the quest is big or small. The problem is, it's a fantasy novel, and we root for the good guys...they're SUPPOSED to succeed in their quests.

So, I'm split on the whole thing. I'm going to have to wait for the last book to know whether or not I'm happy about it.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 02:38 PM | Comments (0)

December 22, 2005

My DAMN Winter Jacket Broke

I went to go out side today, pulled on my zipper...*PING* The original pull broke last year and I replaced it with a split ring (thanks for that idea, Pa Adams). This afternoon, however, the entire zipper seperated.

The irony, if you can call it that, is that I was on my way over to REI to get a new face/neck gator because my blue one was coming apart at the seams. I got a new grey one, and looked at all the nice new coats that I can't afford.

I was thinking that I would use any gift certificates for clothing that I got to get a pair of wind pants to wear over my dress pants so that the walk to work in Chicago wasn't so cold. Of course now, I'll need to use them to get a new coat, cold legs be damned!

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 05:25 PM | Comments (0)

December 19, 2005

my darlin's home for Christmas

Chuck is home for the next few weeks to spend some time with me for the holidays. It's good to have him around. We had a nice weekend - Christmas party, shopping, lounging. We have a few last-minute things to do this week before Christmas with Chuck's family. Then we have a week to chill before we head to Wisconsin to celebrate with my family. Then, all too soon, Chuck will be back in Chicago. I think I'll enjoy the time we have.

Posted by sla5150 at 04:06 PM | Comments (0)

Happy Anniversary

I love you Mom and Dad!

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December 15, 2005

I was grumpy

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 09:07 PM | Comments (0)

December 13, 2005

The .NET Developer's Guide to Windows Security

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 12:17 PM | Comments (0)

December 10, 2005

RIP Richard Prior

You might not have enjoyed his comedy, but he helped to change the face of the art.


Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 07:32 PM | Comments (0)

Grey's Anatomy

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December 09, 2005

The Hunt for a Headset - and other Bluetooth toys

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 10:16 AM | Comments (0)

December 08, 2005

Out The Window - let it snow, let it snow

here wasn't any snow this morning This is what it looks like out my window this evening. Around six inches already on the ground, and it's still snowing, although maybe a little slower.

I'm really happy that I didn't end up having to travel today. I would rather be ANYWHERE than in the airport during a delay. People REALLY suck in situations like that. My flight took off ninety minutes late (I looked)...*sigh*.

I mean really, I'd rather be at home with Sara, snug in bed or sipping some coffee at Borders, but it would be AWESOME if I could just, you know, nightcrawler it home...*BAMF*

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 09:42 PM | Comments (0)

The FitDeck

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December 07, 2005

Christmas songs

1. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" U2 from A Very Special Christmas
This would be nice...miss you baby.
2. "O Tannenbaum" Vince Guaraldi Trio from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Good times with the Peanuts gang
3. "Someday at Christmas" Stevie Wonder from Someday at Christmas
I'm with you, Stevie.
4. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" the Pretenders from A Very Special Christmas
This song alway feels like home.
5. Happy Xmas (War is Over) John Lennon from John Lennon Collection
10/9/1940 - 12/8/1980

Posted by sla5150 at 07:22 PM | Comments (0)

my car

I finally drove my car home today; what a relief. Keep your fingers crossed that this does the trick and I won't need any more repairs.

Posted by sla5150 at 07:11 PM | Comments (0)

December 05, 2005

I'm just here for the food

Sara and I bought Alton Brown's

I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking
Amazon Price: $32.50/ $21.45
ISBN/ASIN: 1584790830

which is AWESOME. I read through just about all of his descriptions (though not all of the recipes) while sitting in Barnes and Noble. The way he talks about the science of cooking and the way he explains things precisely but with large doses of humor make this an amusing and interesting read whether or not you enjoy cooking. If you like grilling, you'll definitely enjoy his suggested mod for your standard kettle grill, not to mention the 'ice cube test' for cooking the perfect steak.

He talks about turkeys and roasts and all SORTS of great things, not to mention adding a sweet selection of trivia related to everything from how Henry Ford was an contributing factor to the Kingsford charcoal fortune, and how Buoys became the perfect kettle grill.

I've always enjoyed watching his show on "The Food Network" and now I'll enjoy his books as well. I'm thinking about getting his DVD collection, but it's a little steep.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 03:27 PM | Comments (0)