Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

We carved some pumpkins a week ago.  The spider turned out pretty cool I think - not too hard to do when you are just following a pattern.  Heidi's kitty turned out good as well.


Heidi and I went out for Halloween this past Saturday.  She went as Marilyn Monroe and I went as a "Milton Waddams" from Office Space.


She did a really good job.


In a surprising turn of events.  The geek gets the girl.



Monday, October 23, 2006

Oregon is Skateboarding Mecca

Just got done watching a DVR'd episode of Oregon Field Guide (episode 1803). I guess Oregon is the Skateboarding mecca. People come here from Hawaii, California, and around the world to skate here. Primarily because of the concrete skate parks. It all started with a park built illegally under the Burnside Bridge. My buddy at work has mentioned he used to skate there. I guess guys carrying concrete bags built the place so they could skate even when it was raining and to this day it's still squating on the land but the city lets it be. Even towns with small populations, like Burns, Oregon with less than 2,000 people have concrete skate parks. The guys that build the parks now go all over the world to build them. The coolest part was watching guys skate down Mt. Tabor slalom style - now that looked like fun.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

IE7 Released Today...

If you're not using Firefox then you should be getting IE7 now...

HOWTO: Find all classes that implement an interface

So I'm coding along and I run into this nice error:

SideBarList control must contain an IButtonControl with ID SideBarButton in every item template, this maybe include ItemTemplate, EditItemTemplate, SelectedItemTemplate or AlternatingItemTemplate if they exist.

Now the question is. Just how do I find all the classes that implement IButtonControl. Just from memory I know there's the LinkButton and Button. I'd forgotten about ImageButton. I tried googling, both the web and groups. Point is, there's no easy way using either Visual Studio 2005 or the MSDN Library.

Thankfully there's Lutz Roeder's Reflector to the rescue.

How To Find Classes That Implement An Interface

This handy tool will let you see all the classes (classes you have loaded into the tool) that implement the interface either directly or indirectly.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Lazy Weekend

Heidi went to Sisters, OR to visit a childhood friend for the weekend and I proceeded to have a nice lazy weekend.

I caught up on my Lost episodes. 16 of em. Well if you count the 2 for this season that's 18 episodes in total. It sounds crazy (maybe it is) but it wasn't that hard. Ever drink beer and watch football all Sunday? Anyway. Kevin, if you're reading, we have some talking to do...

Heidi spent the majority of Sunday napping (I did join in for abit) so I got pretty deep into the The Historian. It was a slow start but it's getting really good now. Maybe it was more because i was reading like 2 pages at a time before passing out right before bed. What a nasty guy Vlad the Impaler was. Cool.


Best Friday Ever?

So when I awoke Friday I had no idea how great the day was going to turn out. Nice cycle into work. Then in the morning my girlfriend makes reservations to go to the coast for my birthday. We're staying in this nice bed & breakfast, Heceta Head Lighthouse, that was the old lightkeeper's house. We get a free tour of the lighthouse and I guess there's even a ghost in thrown into the mix. Supposedly the room we're staying in... Finally at lunch, because our company had the highest sale ever, we had Mexican and Corona's. That's right, every employee (about 25-ish of us) we're in the 1 large conference room eating taco's, chips & salsa, burrito's and washing it down with a cold beer. At work. Did I mention how cool the Pacific Northwest is?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The beauty of Portland

Here's five shots stitched together at the top of the I-5 bridge over the Columbia looking East to Mt. Hood.  I promised a shot 2 weeks ago but it was so foggy that all you saw was white out... that was kind of eerie but a photo wouldn't of done it any justice

Mt. Hood & Columbia River At Dawn

Cold ride, beautiful sunrise


It was a cold ride in to work Tuesday morning. 45. Not as cold as it's going to get back home though. It's harder getting up when it's dark outside. Makes it easy to say... "nah I don't feel like it". That's what happened to me last week. Skipped riding the whole week. This week is a different story. Since I've somehow gained 10 pounds since moving out here I feel commited now to getting that weight back off. I can definately tell when I ride.

Mt Hood at sunrise overlooking the Columbia river. This is the view from atop of the I-5 Bridge.

Mt Hood at sunrise

So I'm wondering what to do about the cold feet... Sure I have booties. Those are OK but sometimes my feet still get cold. I could wrap my feet in a plastic bag then put the booties on. Or also put when of those heat packets on the top of my foot, then put the bootie on. But that feels so wasteful. Throw away two packets everytime I ride in the winter months? I wonder if a pair of winter/cold weather cycling shoes would do it? They are expensive and only a couple of manufactures make them though. SIDI makes a pair. Amazon has em. My size (43) well.

Kind of blurry but there's what's left of Mt. St. Helen's on the horizon there to the left (North) as you're going of the Columbia on the I-5...



Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Weekend Update

I already forgot what I did for dinner on Friday. I know we went out somewhere, came home, and I pretty much was out by like 10:30pm.

Saturday I went to a LAN party with a buddy at work. Basically a bunch of people (8 of us) get together and play PC games over the network. The guy's house was about 1 hour south in the town of Salem, OR. He had cleared out the living room and we setup our PC's on tables in the living room and kitchen and started gaming. We played F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon, Company of Heroes, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2, and Call of Juarez. Back in the early 90's when my Dad got me doing this they were called 'War-gamer weekends' because we'd start Friday night, stay up all night into Saturday until we passed out sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The other 6 guys I got to know were pretty cool. They get together once a month so I may partake in some of that.

Sunday we went out for brunch at MacAdams Bar & Grill (make your own bloody mary bar), ran some errands, and watched football. It was supposed to be a nice day but it ended up raining (a light sprinkle mind you) most of the day. That's when I did most of the book readin'. Nice to see the Bears kickin butt again. 5-0. There's a Bears fan club bar down the road from where we live that we need to check out.


Sunday, October 08, 2006

Book Review: Already Dead

Already Dead by Charlie Huston - A-

It's been a long time since I read a book. Don't think I've made time since the last one I finished in July. I guess that's not very long but it seems like a long time.

I poured myself into this one. The reading was light and easy. It's also about vampires and this is October and Halloween is on it's way so there you are... I got the shipment from Amazon with a couple books in it on Wednesday night. I picked up the book Thursday night to read it and, without trying too hard, had it read by today, Sunday.

It's a rated R novel. Beware. And if you don't like vampire stories, beware. The main character, Joe, is a detective sort of. And a vampire. He lives in New York. I find the story of how the author explains the vampire exists to be kind of interesting and that keeps me going until the actually story of why I'm reading about this particular vampire kicks in. I have only read one other vampire book. Interview with a Vampire. Long before it was a movie actually. I actually read all of Anne Rice's books in the Vampire Chronicles series up to #5 Memnoch the Devil.

Anyway, good book. Not a top ten. Maybe a top ten for vampire books though. We'll see. Next I'm going to tackle The Historian.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Weekend Update

I guess I was feeling 'midwestern'.  Check out the food I ate.  Friday we went out for dinner at Cheesecake factory.  They have a kick butt meatloaf with mashed potatoes.  Heidi went down to visit her parents Sat and Sun.  Sat night I cooked up some London Broil with mashed taters.  Sunday morning it was hashbrowns, bacon, eggs.  And then Sunday night it was pork loin... with mashed taters.  I think I have my quota of mashed taters in for awhile.  I also think I'm picking up a new hobby.  Cooking.  I guess if you like to eating it's a natural progression.

Did some gaming.  Company of Heroes - completed the campaign - it was 15 missions.  Awesome game.  I also did some  online play.  2 wins 2 loses.  Also played some F.E.A.R. online for some fast and furious FPS action.

It was great watching the Chicago Bears trounce the Seahawks 37-6 on Sunday!  Heidi even tried rooting for her home team... which was cute but wasn't helping because the Bears just kept scoring points.  It's great to finally see the offense helping out the defense.  Hopefully things will keep up and it'll be a great season.

Got 80 miles on the bike last week.  Let's see if I can keep it up.  It hasn't started raining yet although I'm waiting for the impending doom they keep predicting.  This time of year is my favorite.  Fall.  Football.  Halloween.  My B-Day.  Thanksgiving.  Christmas.