Thursday, September 30, 2004
First Presidential Debate
I can now understand why they were pushing so hard to prevent the networks from showing Bush while Kerry was speaking.
Where spam originates
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
More Old Pictures
I previously posted pictures from his 1st Birthday Party, his 5th Birthday Party and his 6th Birthday Party.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Drew's Fall 2004 Schedule
Code Dept Num Days TimeWhen I was in college, I always loved a schedule that finished early on Fridays and started a long weekend!
03055 DRAMA 40A M W F 09:00-09:50
03155 DRAMA 130A T T 01:00-02:50
03177 DRAMA 148A T T 08:00-09:50
21045 WRITING 30 T T 03:30-04:50
total units enrolled 16.0 0.0 p/np units
Drama 40A: Development of Drama-Greek Drama through Shakespeare. Readings from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and the anonymous playwrights of the medieval theatre.
Drama 130A: Intermediate Acting-Rehearsal and presentation of at least five scenes from contemporary material. Exercises in developing relationship communication and character-to-character contact.
Drama 148A: History of American Musical Theatre-Discusses the composers, librettists, directors, choreographers, and performers in the American musical theatre. 1700s-1940s: ballad opera, minstrels, vaudeville, burlesque, operetta, revues, and musical comedy.
Writing 30: Beginners' workshop in the writing of poetry, evaluation of student manuscripts, and parallel readings.
Monday, September 27, 2004
Cameron Park Country Club
Lew Gasper and I played in the Sutter Indian Summer Golf Classic at the Cameron Park Country Club. This scramble tournament is a fund raiser for the Sutter Medical Center Foundation. We played with vendor representatives from Dell and Western Blue.
We ended up shooting one over; we had three bogeys and two birdies. The opposite of the Sutter Hospice and VNA Tournament in June, I had a few good drives that helped us, but did not make any putts of any value. As a group, we just could not putt to save our lives.
There was a contest on the tenth tee to guess how far you would hit your drive. With my 5 wood in hand, I guessed 205 yards and hit it 201 yards. The prize for the top five closest guesses was a nice driver. I figured that I was going to win for sure with a difference of only 4 yards. Unfortunately, I did not win; two people were exactly on their guesses and three others were within 3 yards!
On the way back from the golf tournament, I caught up with Hunter, Connor and Geselbracht at Logan's Roadhouse while they were eating dinner. I had a chance to catch up with them.
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Good Shepherd Festival
Sharon spent two hours working in the Cakewalk booth at the Good Shepherd Festival, while Jack and I wandered around played games in the different booths. Afterwards, Sharon served as eucharistic minister for communion at the 5:00 p.m. Mass.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Nine Doors Restaurant
I spent the afternoon cleaning out the garage. Sharon bought some cycling shoes and then went to the American River Bike Trail for a long bike ride.
Soccer Week 2
"Kings guard Doug Christie, known for his durability as much as his defensive prowess, will miss the team's training camp that starts next week after undergoing treatment on his left foot Friday to ease discomfort from plantar fasciitis. Christie is expected to be sidelined for up to five weeks."
Friday, September 24, 2004
Culinary Institute of America
Christmas 2000 and 2001
"Los Angeles will also be without center Vlade Divac for a while. He has a herniated disc in his lower back and is not expected to be ready when training camp begins Oct. 5.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
2004 InformationWeek 500
Sutter Health ranked 205th in the 2002 InformationWeek 500 survey.
We jumped to 53rd in the 2003 InformationWeek 500 rankings.
Sutter Health IT was rated number 44 in the 2004 Information Week Top 500 Innovators annd Number 4 in Healthcare! This is the fourth year running that Sutter Health has made the list and has improved its ranking every year.
I love our CIO's quote in an article in the same issue: "My IT employees aren't making widgets, they're saving people's lives." The truth of this quote makes this a very rewarding place to work.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Continuing to cross-train
I incorporated two more old photos from my web site into the blog: the 1998 Christmas Card and the 1999 Christmas Card. Brun took both of these photos.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
2004 Management Symposium
There were also a number of booths. One of my teams was showing technology for monitoring applications and hardware, while another team was partnering with engineering to show Blackberries, Toshiba Tablet PCs and IP Video Conferencing.
There is a huge amount of interest in the Blackberries by managers throughout the organization. As I said when we met with HP in July, I believe that the Blackberries are going to deal the Windows CE based PDAs a death blow.
Monday, September 20, 2004
Well, we are back in a single piece! I think I had the only notable injury with a slightly pulled hamstring but Greg, John and Bobby pulled through as one would expect of such magnificently fine-tuned athletic machines. Sadly, we tied our first match with Boulder and then lost to Kansas City and Potomac in close matchs. The bottom line in that too many of our 45+ players are 50+ players…we are just getting a little long in the tooth. The one exception, of course, is Mike Comstock who seems only to look older but play younger each and every year. He also played with the 35+ on Friday.
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I went to Aspen and played in the tournament in 2002.
Home Computer in 2004
Quick Visit from Drew
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Two inches of rain in an hour
Jack spent the afternoon at a back to school party thrown by one of his classmates. Jack was a little ambivalent about going until he saw the bouncy house from the street; it was the biggest one that I have ever seen in anyone's backyard.
Due to roadway flooding, Sharon spent almost three hours taking food to her parents and getting back home. Downtown Sacramento got almost two inches of rain in the span of about an hour.
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Amazing Grapes Festival
Friday, September 17, 2004
Great Lunch Run
Subject: Eightfold Gig
I am sending out an email to get the word out that Pete Miller at Union Mine High school and I are going to put on a benefit concert for Sugarloaf Scholarships for Union Mine arts students. The show is going to be on saturday september 18th at the Union Mine High School Theatre at 7:30. the price is only $4 and all the money goes towards the scholarships. It features Thomas Cunningham, who has a great acoustic rock band, my band- Eightfold- me, matt lemaire and Kellen Garcia and we will also have a guest sitting in on sax with us- and last will be local favorite Bright Light fever- which is a dance/punk band. it should be a great event at a great venue. For directions go to the show- go here- www.andrewheringer.com/live. Thanks for your time- pass this on to anyone who might be interested! thanks weve got many new songs going! so come see some of the new stuff weve got going...
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Still Cross Training
Playing with the Data
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
When I first opened the box, I was surprised at how small it was; based on the pictures that I had seen, I expected something larger. Yet when I wore it for the first time today running at lunch, it initially seemed larger than I expected. By the end of my run, I had got used to it and it did not seem like a brick attached to my wrist.
I was very pleased with how well it worked. All of the features that I tried worked great, including the distance, stopwatch and pace. I really like the feature of being able to glance down and see how fast you are moving. I used this feature to adjust my speed up and down over the course of the run. There are a number of other features designed to support training that I will layer on over the next week; today, I just used the basic functionality.
My lunchtime work course is an ideal track for using a GPS; it is wide open out in the middle of nowhere with no trees and few buildings. It will be interesting to see how the forerunner works on some of my other courses.
One of the features of the unit is that it can download the data to a log program on your computer. This log program can generate XML files that can be used by other programs. I used this process to create the map shown below. You can see the runways of the Mather Airport in the center and lower left part of the maps. One of the programs actually allows you to plot your pace on the map.
Map of 9/15/04 Run
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
High hopes for Airport
Monday, September 13, 2004
At William Land Park Golf Course
I ran with Larkin at lunch. Although I can remember running with him since we moved out to Mather, it has probably been May or June of 2003.
Sunday, September 12, 2004
Morning of Work-outs
I ran hard on the treadmill and the watched the first half of the Raider and Steelers football game in high defintion. The game was broadcast on CBS. Although better than the 480i broadcast, their high definition broadcast does not seem as good as the ABC/ESPN high definition broadcasts.
All three of us went to the 5:00 p.m. Mass at Good Shepherd. Sharon served as eucharistic minister for communion.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Jack's 6th Birthday Party
We got a bouncy house, a balloon person who brought a face painter and a piñata, fed them pizza for lunch, opened presents and had cupcakes. Along the way, the kids played basketball, football, hockey and raced slot cars.
I originally pushed the idea of having the party at the house, rather than at somewhere like a skating rink or Chunky Cheese. Although we managed through it pretty well, this was a mistake. The boys are getting so active and physical that I felt like I needed a striped referee's shirt, a whistle and an electric cattle prod to keep them in line.
There is a photo album from the party at:
Pictures from Jack's 5th birthday party last year are at:
Friday, September 10, 2004
Next Generation Satellites
Thursday, September 09, 2004
NFL in High Definition!
Capture of bin Laden Close
ABCNEWS.com : Official: U.S. Capture of bin Laden Close
Netflix-TiVo deal is irrelevant
Why potential Netflix-TiVo deal is irrelevant
There are already two sites with limited libraries where you can purchase and download movies:
Every Kings game on TV
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
ESPN.com: Unfinished business
Kings Holes: Depth at shooting guard, small forward and power forward
Skinny: "Remember a happier time when the Kings sported one of the deepest benches in the league? Those days are now gone. While Sacramento continues to have one of the most impressive starting fives in the league, its bench is going to be a big issue this year. With the exception of Bobby Jackson, who is great backing up Bibby, and big man Greg Ostertag, who the Kings added to help Miller, the Kings are shockingly shallow this year. The team is looking for rookies and one second-year player to help out the rest of the team's starters. That's pretty scary considering the team's injury history."
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Netflix and TiVo
MSNBC - I Want a Movie! Now!: Subscribers who belong to both services will be able to download their Netflix DVDs over the Internet directly into the TiVo boxes in their homes, instead of receiving them in the mail.
PVRBlog: It's likely a ~700Mb DivX encoded movie would take around an hour to download for viewing.
Monday, September 06, 2004
It's Not About the Bike
Sunday, September 05, 2004
We talked on and off over the course of the day about calling someone to go out to dinner with us. With Matt in Southern California, we ended up calling Sherry Bell. Sherry, Madison, Jack, Sharon and I ended up going to Giusti's Restaurant in Walnut Grove. We had a great time! The place has a lot of character and the food was good.
Saturday, September 04, 2004
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A couple of days after we got back from the trip, I noticed Sharon reading a book about finches while we were getting ready for bed. As it got closer to Jack's birthday, Sharon started talking about getting him a cage and some finches.
I went down last Monday and ordered a flight cage. Today, we went and picked up the cage and two pairs of finches. We got a pair a pair of Lady Gouldians and Society finches.
The whole process took forever. The store (The Bird Stop) was packed with people and it took a while to get waited on. Once we got everything, I realized that we could not fit the cage and Jack into the Explorer at the same time. I ended up having to take Sharon and Jack home and coming back for the cage and the birds; a sixty mile round trip.
Eventually, we got everything home, got the cage set-up and the birds in the cage. I will post some pictures of the cage and the birds over the next week. I am still not sure that I understand how the cat is going to coexist with the birds...
Nooter Family in Tanzania: Safari Report - Part 5
Transcript: Jerry Reynolds Chat
Question: i hear that peja wants to leave, now i don't want him to go but if we deny his request might he not play as well this season?
Answer: Peja's request to be traded will not be met. He is a King and is under contract to be a King for two more years. Knowing the kind of person Peja is and the pride that he takes in his game, he will come back and play at an All-Star level. Whatever differences there may be with Peja and teammates I don't believe are of a serious nature and most likely will be resolved and not affect his play. Peja is a young, still developing, star and the best is certainly still ahead.
Friday, September 03, 2004
Pirates of the Caribbean
Sharon and I took advantage of this to watch Pirates of the Caribbean. When this movie first came out, I thought it sounded like the dumbest thing I had ever heard. Yet, everyone we talked to who saw it in the theater raved about it. Although I thought that Johnny Depp's Academy Award nominated performance was great, I felt like the movie did not live up to the build-up that we had gotten from other people.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
World's Smallest Political Quiz
Brun sent me a link to the World's Smallest Political Quiz. This quiz is produced by the Advocates for Self-Government, a libertarian educational organization. My results for this quiz are shown below:
According the quiz, I am a centrist.
"Centrists favor selective government intervention and emphasize what they commonly describe as "practical solutions" to current problems. They tend to keep an open mind on political issues."
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Giants versus Rockies
This is the first chance that I have had to go to the new PacBell Park and I was very impressed. I would like to go back for a Saturday afternoon game with a designated driver other than me... The area around the baseball has a number of new bars and restaurants and would also be interesting to explore.
The Giants lost the game to the Rockies by a score of 4 to 1. Bonds was walked the first three times that he came to bat; the Colorado Rockies have intentionally walked Barry Bonds 19 times this season.
Time is running out on forecast of major quake: The most scientifically credible earthquake prediction for California in years has just a few days left for fulfillment - or bust.