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When in Rome…

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Well, today was a lot better than yesterday. We did the Rome on Your Own excursion, which was great since we didn’t get herded like cattle. Granted we got a bit bewildered as to where we were and how to get where we wanted but we managed.

First thing we saw was the Spanish Steps, which honestly I’m not sure why they’re so special, but they were nice looking I guess, for steps.

Next thing we saw was the Trevi Fountain, which was pretty nice, at least it looked more extravagant than other fountains I’ve seen, unlike the Spanish Steps. While there we also had some gelato, which was very good.

After that we made our way to the Colosseum. We did take a guided tour there, but that one wasn’t as bad as the Vatican City tour. The guide waited for people and she spoke more clearly. Also, getting the tour we were able to bypass the line to get in, so if we hadn’t have done the tour we wouldn’t have had time to go into the Colosseum. Although, like the Sistine Chapel yesterday I actually thought the Colosseum would have been bigger.

After that we decided to get a taxi back to where we needed to meet the bus instead of walking since it was mostly uphill from where we were. And actually it wasn’t that bad, only about 5 euros. Now I’m not sure how far it actually was, but it was worth it not to have to walk back.

After we got back to the ship we had the lifeboat drill, and then dinner. Fortunately, tomorrow the excursion I’m on doesn’t start until later in the morning so I’ll get to sleep in.

Mediterranean Meandering

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Yay! The day is here. I’ll be leaving for the airport in a couple hours and then after a layover in Chicago we’ll be on my way to Italy. We’re leaving Saturday afternoon but won’t arrive until Sunday morning. We’ll also be arriving before we can board the cruise ship so we’ll be doing some sightseeing when we get there to kill some time. I plan on checking in while on vacation as well, assuming this ship is like the last one and has internet access. I hope so, because not checking my mail for two weeks would mean needing another vacation when I got back to go through and delete spam, both in my inbox and from the comments. Thank goodness for comment moderation ;)

More Podcast Goodness

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Just found out that another podcast I used to enjoy is planning on coming back after an almost 10 month hiatus. Not exactly sure when the next new episode will be out but hopefully soon the Domestic Life with John and Kacy will start producing new episodes soon. Their podcast was one of the first, if not the first, podcast that I ever left feedback and comments on and also probably the first where I kept up a dialogue with the hosts, so I’m definitely excited to listen to them again.

Got Me A Car

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Picked up my new car today, it’s niiiiice. Now.. I have a whole new category of “toys” to drool over. I’ll try and post photos.. sometime.. I hope.

Vroom, Vroom

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Well folks, it finally happened. Yes, I bought a car. It’s a used silver 2006 Ford Taurus. I’ll be picking it up Monday morning after work. It’s very nice, lots of leg room which is important for me. I do plan on replacing the radio eventually though with one that will integrate with my iPod.

They Live Again!

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

I picked up the new Gargoyles comic the other day at my local comic shop. I’d seen an ad for it a couple months ago and had added it to my pull list, but I hadn’t realized until a couple days ago that it was written by Greg Weisman, the creator of the Gargoyles tv show. Yes folks, that means that this comic is the first canon work for the Gargoyles universe in about a decade, give or take.

The first two issues are pretty much the same as the first episode of The Goliath Chronicles, which was the only episode that Greg was involved with, but starting with issue 3 there will be a completely new, never before seen by the public, story arc.

I-Manicon 2006

Monday, July 17th, 2006

Got back from my trip to California this morning around 1 am, long cramped flight, but the trip was worth it. I went to attend I-Manicon 2006, the annual fan club members only convention for The Invisible Man put on by the I-Maniacs.

I had a blast, I arrived Friday afternoon, though a bit later than planned due to a flight delay, and when we got to the hotel we hooked up with some of the others who had already arrived than went to get some food. Afterwards I took a nap for a bit before helping put the goody bags for the con together.

The hotel was very nice, and from what I hear unless something better comes up before then, the con will most likely be there next year as well.

Saturday, the day of the con, was awesome! Was nice to see some of the attendees from previous years, got to catch up with some of them. Also got to meet some new people. Once everyone arrived we watched an episode of the show and some music videos made by a fan club member. We also played “O Crap” a themed version of bingo which was neat, and not just because I won a prize, a magnet.

After that we went to lunch at the Encounter Restaurant, which is inside the Los Angeles International airport. The food was ok, but the place made up for it with the sci-fi/space theme.

After lunch we went back to the hotel, and we watched an unaired pilot that Vincent Ventresca, the title character on The Invisible Man, did that a fan club member was able to get ahold of.

We then watched some more music videos until our guests arrived. First to show up were Eddie Jones and his wife Anita, who was also in an episode of the show. They signed autographs and did photo ops with the attendees for a bit and then Mike McCafferty showed up. He also did autographs and photos, and he even remembered me from the Chicago con which was very cool.

Next Vincent showed up, this was actually his first time appearing at one of our cons, all the other guests had been to at least one before. He was very nice, as were all the guests, and he did the autograph and photo thing while we waited for our last guest to arrive. He also found out we had copies of a couple of his unaired pilots, something not even he had, so we gave him copies as well. Then when Paul Ben-Victor, who like Eddie and Anita, was at last years convention. When Paul arrived we switched from autographs and photos to a Q&A session for a bit, during which the last guest showed up, Jason Makiaris, who guest starred in an episode of the show, and who is a friend of Mike’s who was also at the Chicago con. Shannon Kenny was also supposed to attend, but something came up at the last minute and she couldn’t make it, but hopefully she’ll be able to come next year.

After the Q&A we did group shots with the actors as well as one big group shot with all the attendees. We had to rush a bit on that part though since Vince had to be out around 5ish to go somewhere, although he was nice enough to stay a tad later to finish the photos.

Afterwards we treated the rest of the guests to dinner at Cafe Pinguini, the food was decent although it was a bit noisy. Mike’s family met us there and joined as well, he has a cute kid.

After dinner we headed back to the hotel, where Mike and Jason joined us for a bit, and told us about some the stuff they’re working on, including Robots of Comedy, a humorous, albeit corny, internet video project. He also told us a movie he filmed around the time his son was born (approximately two years ago) is finally coming out in September. The ironic thing is, one of the actors in the movie is also in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, which was filmed later but is being released first, go figure.

I’m hoping to be able to stay longer next year and also attend Comic-Con, which is always the weekend after our con since quite a few of the attendees go to both and can’t afford to fly out to California twice.

There was also some exciting news that was sort of mentioned, but I can’t go into it yet, but once I can expect another post on it…

Scarlet Speedsters and Positronic Androids

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Went to Motor City Comic Con yesterday. Didn’t stay as long as I normally do though, had to do other stuff, so this will be a short report.

Saw John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen/The Flash on the The Flash tv series that was on in the early nineties. He was very nice and friendly, although I’ve not really met anyone at these conventions who’s been mean and grouchy.

After that we stood in a slightly longer than normal line for the con to see Brent Spiner, who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, among other roles. He was also nice, although since the line was long for him they kept us moving a bit more so than with John Wesley Shipp.

Merged

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Well, it took me a while, but I finally found a solution to my problem. What I did was download the WPexport plugin and used that to export the posts from my poetry blog into a Movable Type format and imported that file back into the main blog.

I still have to recategorize some of the merged posts, but that is still better than retyping each post one by one.

Update: Just finished with the recategorization. I’ll be leaving the former poetry page up for about a month before taking it down but anything new will be on the main blog.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

May the day find you happy, healthy and surrounded by family and friends. And remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.

Seeing Before Others See..

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Yay! Much DVD goodness will be coming in 2006. Not only will season 1 of Justice League in March. And I just found out that in April season 1 of The Sentinel will be out on DVD.

I-ManiCon 2005 Report

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Had an absolute blast at the con! Friday met up with I-Mom and Kersi, who is from Finland. I-Mom was running a bit late and had forgotten the business cards for the Frickin’ Friend ice breaker game, so my mom pretty much asked everyone who was walking by in the lobby if they had a business card until we had enough. After a few more people showed up we went to P. F. Changs for dinner. Afterwards some of us went to help put goody bags together for the con.

The con itself was awesome! Everyone who contributed to the goody bags did an awesome job. We did the Frickin’ Friend ice breaker after most everyone showed up, which is where you get half a business card and you have to find the person with the other half. We then watched some videos of stuff the I-Man cast had been in, including a Super Bowl commercial Paul Ben-Victor, a music video a fan had made and the episode of Talk Soup that Paul and Vincent Ventresca had guest hosted.

We also played an I-Man themed version of the Match Game, which got quite a few laughs from the audience. Hair care products came up quite a bit…

We also got to talk to Mike McCafferty on speakerphone which was cool.

After lunch at the Cheesecake Factory (good food, big portions, but slow service), we did the scavenger hunt which was lots of fun. My team tied for second, and the winners got homemade dolls of Hobbes and Darien.

A little later Paul Ben-Victor showed up a little before it was time to head to Sisley Italian Kitchen for the con dinner. He signed autographs and took pictures with us. We then all walked over to Sisley Italian Kitchen for dinner. We also met up with Eddie Jones and his wife Anita. The food was good and the service was excellent and afterwards Eddie also signed autographs and took photos with us.

After dinner we watched the pilot up in one of the hotel rooms and the first part of The Other Invisible Man so Kersi (who had never seen either) could see The Towel Rap. We would have watched the whole episode but most of us were beat and falling asleep anyway so we called it a night.

I took lots of pics of the con (and the trip in general), but I’m still sorting through them and trying to Remember names to faces, so it will be a bit longer before those are up.

Hopefully there will be an I-ManiCon next year, and if there is I’ll be there.

California Adventures

Saturday, July 9th, 2005

Well, been in California since late Wednesday night, and so far am having a blast. We went to Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday, which was cool. We took a tram tour of the back lot and got to see a lot of the actual sets, plus experience some “disasters” including an earthquake, a collapsing bridge, falling into an Egyptian tomb and an attack by King Kong. We also saw a lot of the shows including Shrek 4-D and the Back to the Future ride among others.

Friday a friend of my mom’s picked us up and took us sight seeing, some of the stuff we saw included the Hollywood sign, Ventura beach and a spot up on one of thee Hollywood Hills which had a nice view of the valley below.

Heading down for the I-ManiCon in a minute, pictures of my adventures will be up someday.

Of Podcasts And RSS, Of iTunes And Firefox

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Well, I’ve been getting my computer reorganized after my reinstall of everything and I have been able to eliminate a couple programs from my computer all together.

I had been using Doppler to download the podcasts I listen to, however with the release of iTunes version 4.9 Apple has added built in support for downloading podcasts. There are a few things I’m not sure I like, mainly the inability to easily convert the files to M4B format so make use of the iPod’s bookmarking feature. Support for Bittorrent would be nice as well but I can live without it. Overall though I have to say I like being able to eliminate a program and have all my audio needs in one place.

I was able to eliminate the stand alone RSS reader RSSOwl that I’d been using. I had been wanting to use one that was integrated into Firefox but I couldn’t find one that I liked. Well, I downloaded and tried Wizz RSS which integrates right into Firefox as a sidebar. A nice benefit of this is that ability to just drag and drop a feed into the reader instead of having to copy and paste a feed url like I had to do with RSSOwl.

Space!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Well, I know I’ve been sitting on it for over two months, but I finally switched the 100 gig hard drive with the 40 gig in my laptop. Actually I switched them twice, I had to re-switch them back so I could set the BIOS so the system could boot a CD, unfortunately Toshiba made it so you have to be in Windows to make changes like that instead of being able to get into the BIOS from a command prompt.

So I got that figured out and switched around and then my wireless card wouldn’t work, so took me a day but finally got that working. Had to download service pack 2 for Windows XP and burn it onto a CD on another computer and install that and then I was able to get the card running.

Kazon and Betazoids and Vorta and More Oh My!

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Went to the Motor City Comic Con on Saturday. Had a blast, got autographs and pictures with Patrick Kilpatrick, Marina Sirtis, Dwight Schultz, Robert Beltran and Jeffrey Combs.

Also did a little browsing of the dealers tables and bought a few HeroClix singles, a comic I’d been looking for and a t-shirt with an outline of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 (no bloody A, B, C, D, E OR J) and the word geek underneath.

And, as an added bonus I actually already have the pictures up, you can find them here.

Now You Don’t See Them, But Soon I will

Monday, May 9th, 2005

It’s official. The I-Maniacs, the fan club for Sci-Fi’s late great show The Invisible Man is holding a member’s only convention this summer and the main cast has said they plan on attending assuming nothing comes up.

Now it is a member’s only function but if you might be interested don’t fret my friends as it is free to join

After you join you can find more con info here.

More Monkey’s Jumping On The Bed

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Well, this is almost 2 weeks late but I’d like to send out my congratulations to Megan Morrone on the birth of her twin sons Milo John and Huck Brian on April 14th.

I Choose You

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Went to the Point of Grace I Choose You Tour. Had lots of fun, even got to do a meet and greet with the artists before the show. Got autographs from all the Point of Grace girls and a picture with each of them plus got a picture with the other two artists there, Scott Krippayne and Charity Von. Didn’t care for Charity’s music as much as Point of Grace’s or Scott’s but she is kind of cute, and her birthday is the day before mine so that was cool.

The concert was at a church so the seating was basically sit where you can find a seat and I was able to get a seat in the third row from the middle in the middle aisle of seats on the end, so got some pictures there too which I’m sure will be up eventually..

Overall it was a blast, got to hear some good music, found out about a new artist I like and found out that later this year Steven Curtis Chapman will be there doing a concert, woohoo!!

Happy Birthday To Me

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Yup folks, this sites webmaster turns 22 today, feel free to send birthday greetings.. or presents… presents are good.. ooooh ok, you can just send the greetings ;)

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