AuthorPatrick Lawrence

Yet Another Stupid Media Storm…

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This time, it’s Don Imus who is the focus. Imus made a bad joke and called the Rutgers female basketball team members a derogatory name. I don’t know much about Don Imus, nor do I really care. Really, let’s be honest, neither does anybody else since I don’t think the guy has much of an audience. We get to listen to Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson rail against Imus. Imus...

New Motherboard on the Way

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Well, it’s a *new to me* motherboard… 🙂 I picked up a D945GNTLR that came with a 3Ghz P4 and 512M of memory off ebay for around $100 shipped. Not a bad deal assuming it works 100%. I guess I’ll need to pick up a new power supply and probably some more memory for it. I’m curious how well the on board graphics will perform. Should be fun to play with for things like MacOS X...

MAME Cabinet Update

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Finally, I got around to making the monitor mounts for my 27″ monitor. I looked around for the proper mounts for ages with no luck. I went to Home Depot and bought fence brackets that I thought might work, measured and drilled some holes. Looks like it worked out pretty well. I also bought and updated chip for my “Opti-Pac(Optical Interface for Pc to Arcade Controls)”: so that...

Google Adsense

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I signed up for a Google Adsense account. This is so that Google can place ads on a site and they share revenue with you when somebody clicks from your site. I am curious to understand how it all works and maybe put it on “Amy’s site”: since he gets a good number of hits. According to the docs on the Google pages, ads should start showing up in the bottom left of the site in the...

Windows Vista

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I installed Windows Vista on my spare X86-64 box. The interface changes seem nice but unfortunately, I have a GeForce3 Ti200 in that box and it’s not a DirectX 9 part. It turns out that only DX9 and higher video cards are supported as anything better than “Standard VGA” video card. Too bad, since I was looking forward to checking out the “Aero” interface with all of...

Genealogy Software

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I started looking at genealogy software again. I have plenty of options for editing “GEDCOM(GEnealogical Data COMmunication)”:gedcom files such as “Gramps(Free Genealogy Software)”:gramps and “MacFamilyTree(Family tree software for the Mac)”:mft but what I’d really like is something integrated into this site for viewing and possibly updating family tree...

Blog Update…

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It’s time I started blogging again. I’ve wanted to get things updated and I’ve been working on it for a few weeks getting a theme I’m happy with. I’ll be cleaning things up over the next couple of days.

KIAI Grand Nationals – 2006

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The KIAI Grand Nationals happened this weekend in San Francisco. Amy was out of town for a conference in Dallas so the boys and I headed down for the weekend. We stayed at the “Miyako Hotel”: in Japantown. The boys did a great job at the tournament all day as I had to help out. I ended up placing first in kata but lost the first round of sparring and didn’t place. Another...

Some Jacob News…

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Jacob had a great progress report once again. He’s basically been done with Kindergarten since the first trimester. Jacob also had a field trip to the Sacramento Zoo. I was lucky enough to be able to go along. We had a great time on the trip. Finally, Jacob got is now a Little Dragon in karate. He graduated into that class last Wednesday. Great work, Jacob!

A Fantastic Progress Report

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Thomas came home with a fantastic progress report yesterday. Two B+’s, one A and one A+. The behaviors were all satisfactory with nothing needing improvement. Before the end of the year, there is a good chance that those two B+’s will be A-‘s. That will be awesome. We are so proud of him.

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