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Monthly Archives: December 2005

It’s the Christmas Season

Wow, what a Christmas! I hope you all had as wonderful a Christmas as I did. The holidays can sometimes be pretty hectic, and this one one was no exception; however, despite the constant business, all of the familial relationships remained more or less in tact. For any of you who know my Uncle Eric Bardall, perhaps I can help you understand just how smooth Christmas was by saying that not only did he not get really angry about anything, but he even went so far as to play four different games with the family.

As far as gifts are concerned, everyone got some really nice things. I am getting a Mountain Bike for Christmas, though I haven’t actually received it yet because I have to pick it out in California. Among other things, I also got a really cool poker set, a CamelBack (to use while biking or geocaching), a nativity from Jerusalem, some movies and some clothes. My sister got a new laptop, and I got my mom a really nice oil painting. I think she liked it.

Overall, I would have to say that this has been one of the better Christmas Days in recent memory.

In other news, I have started to use the Flickr website for some photos. I will still leave my Gallery up on this site, but most new photos will be posted to my Flickr account.

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Merry Christmas Eve!

+ It Snowz +

Originally uploaded by lyingsaucer.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! As the year draws towards a close we find ourselves on the cusp of Christmas Day. I was looking at some pictures from around the world and found this one from Germany, which I thought was really amazing. Notice how the falling snow looks a little like large stars in the sky.

Today I will be making the dessert for tonight’s dinner – a pumpkin roll. People generally have liked my pumpkin roll, and it is something of a holiday tradition, so I am looking forward to making it.

I’m wondering if today would be a good day to head over to the new Costco that was just opened about 32 days ago here in Bountiful. Somehow I feel that wouldn’t be such a good idea!

Anyhow, Merry Christmas Eve everybody!

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Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker’s Trilogy (Paperback))

by Douglas Adams

This is the third, but not final, book in the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy by Douglas Adams. Perhaps the most temporally confusing of the first three books, Life, the Universe and Everything finds our heroes spread out throughout space and time. The book joins Arthur Dent on ancient Earth five years after the end of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and follows him and his comrades to varied planets at varied times, sometimes separated by as many as a few billion years.
This is another brilliant work by Adams. One of my favorite parts is an encounter between Dent and a creature named Arajag whose various reincarnated forms Arthur has reputedly murdered over and over.
“What have you got against me, Dent?” snarled the creature, advancing on him in a painful waddle.
“Nothing,” insisted Arthur, “honestly, nothing.”
“Seems a strange way to relate to somebody you’ve got nothing against, killing them all the time. Very curious piece of social interaction, I would call that. I’d also call it a lie!”
This series of books is one that can be enjoyed by sci-fi lovers and non-sci-fi lovers alike. Layered with a remarkable sci-fi storyline and a hilarious social commentary, this is a story anyone can love.

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Back in Utah

Well, I arrived back in Utah today. I’ll be here for two weeks. It will be nice to be here for Christmas and New Year’s. I know I could have spent the holidays in San Jose with Jeanne, but there really is no place like home for the holidays. And no matter how much the Bay Area is becoming my new home, Utah will always have a special place in my heart.
Christmas is fast approaching. It is already Dec. 20! I can hardly believe it. Christmas is this coming Sunday. I’m pretty much ready, though I haven’t yet done any of my wrapping. That will happen sometime soon – tomorrow maybe.

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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

by Douglas Adams

This is the amazingly funny follow-up to Adams’ recently adapted book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. At time the story can be confusing, mainly because some of the elements are so foreign to the average reader, but you won’t be lost for long.
The pace of this book is never dull, and the writing is so witty that you won’t want to put the book down. What will that oaf Arthur Dent do next? And what about Zaphod – can he be any more self-important? While the book is highly enjoyable just as a story, when read as the social and political satire that it is, the story takes on so much additional meaning and even adds to the humor.
Join Arthur, Trillian, Ford Prefect and Zaphod (former President of the Galaxy) and all of the strange beings they encounter on their journeys for a great meal at The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

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Digital Fortress : A Thriller

by Dan Brown

So I just finished reading Digital Fortress tonight. Overall, I thought it was pretty good, but the end of the book was tedious, especially for anyone who knows anything about math, science or computers. And if you know something about all three of those, you’ll find yourself yelling at the characters for about the final 50 pages. Many of the plot points were predictable, and some of the less developed plot elements surfaced late in the story, making the ending even more frustrating.
But aside from the end of the story, the rest was pretty good. Taking place at the NSA, the timing couldn’t have been better with the recent news that the NSA has been spying on American citizens with the consent of the President. In the classic Dan Brown style, this book pairs two brilliant minds on a cerebral case, with many elements taking place in Europe – Spain in this case. Some of the logic and reasoning is exciting, and the story has several plausible elements, making the reader feel very present in the action.
Ultimately, I rated this 3 of 5. It is not Brown’s best work, but if you enjoyed Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code you will probably enjoy this as well.

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A few new additions

You will probably notice that I’ve made some additions to the new Journal. Inspired by my friend, Ryan, I added some new modules to display what I am currently reading, the movies I’ve recently seen in the theater, and the movies I’ve recently watched on DVD. I have also added a Reading List which will allow you to see all the books that I’ve finished reading recently.
I am currently working on a DVD list which will allow you to see all of the DVDs in my personal DVD Library along with the last time I watched each movie. Watch for that in the next week or two.

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A new look

I’ve just updated the Journal and am now using MovableType version 3.2. This new version has a new look and many new features that I will start taking advantage of in short order. Or long order… I am pretty slow with the major updates on this site.

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Thou Shalt Not Steal…

Think you can steal from Mr. Lance R. Johnson and get away with it? Think again!
I’m not sure who, but somebody decided that it would be a good idea to steal my Wells Fargo ATM Card and use it to make a purchase at a gas station in Morgan Hill, CA. I keep a close eye on my account activity online and when I noticed a strange check card purchase, I knew right away that it wasn’t mine. First off, I can’t remember the last time I used my check card to make a purchase. The second clue was that I have never in my life been to Morgan Hill, CA. I know where it is, of course, but I have never been there. Thankfully the unauthorized charge was only $20 and I noticed it immediately so I was able to cancel the card right away.

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Strictly Enforced!


Don’t even think of exceeding this – it could spell disaster for you cruising along Santana Row in San Jose.

I could hardly believe this when I saw it, to be honest. The people behind me on the sidewalk probably though I was crazy to be taking a picture of a speed limit sign, but I saw it and knew I had to have a picture to prove it was true. The only other time I can recall seeing such a strange speed limit is a speed limit I saw posted at Disneyland once. I can’t even recall what it was exactly, but for some reason “8″ is sticking out in my mind.
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