Thu Apr 26, 2007

Dinner with Woz

I have a weekly Monday night dinner club where some friends get together and have dinner at a different economical simple restaurant. It's usually some other geeky friends I know from work or the industry along with their wives or girlfriends.

This week, we decided to go to Jalisco's in downtown Campbell. One of our regular dinner club members said that he had seen Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple Computer) at that restaurant before. So, I decided to add him to the weekly email announcing the time and location of the dinner.

I soon got an email back from Woz that asked, "is this something I'm invited to?", and expressing that it was his favorite restaurant. I told him we'd love to see him there.

When I arrived at the restaurant at the posted time, Woz was already there. He had gotten there extra early so he could finish eating by the time we all arrived. He did this so he could spend the entire time talking to us.

Not only did he talk to us, but he performed magic tricks, and then explained how he did them. He kept insisting he had to tell us how he did them because he was a mathematician, not a magician. He also gave us some magic trick gifts, and told us stories for a full two hours. We all had a real fun time, and we hope to hang out with him again.

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Fri Feb 02, 2007

One year anniversary of not going on a date

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of not asking my girlfriend out on a date.

It was February of 2006. I had been hounding Stacie to go out on a date with me. Every month when she came to be a studio audience member of Keith Explains, I'd always be friendly with her and ask her to coffee. She would say things like, "I don't drink coffee" and "How old are you?" Finally, this month, I had wore her down. She gave me her business card.

More suave, non-geeks would realize that this meant I should call her. I was confused, and thought it meant I should pass her information onto prospective customers. Not a lot of women have given me their numbers, so I guess I didn't really clue in.

But apparently that adds to my charm, since we did eventually go on a date, and we've seen each other every day since then.

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Sat Dec 30, 2006

Don't let Apple Computer get beaten by a mall

Because I am a programming stud, I added a voting page to my girlfriend's web site for her dog. Every week she puts up two pictures of her dog being cute, and then visitors get to vote which picture they like. The dog who is in the winning picture wins a prize of dog treats or something like that. The catch is that the same dog is in all the pictures, so her dog wins, no matter what. Ha ha ha.

This month, there is a picture of the dog at the mall, and a picture of the dog sitting in front of an Apple Computer building. Because I'm a big Apple fan, I hope that the picture of the dog in front of Apple wins. Unfortunately, as far as "cute dog pictures" go, the picture of him at the mall looks more appealing. The Apple picture is losing by a wide margin.

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So I implore you, reader of my blog, to go to the voting page before the end of the week and vote for the photo of the doggie in front of the Apple building. The picture of him at Apple is going to win either way, the only question is whether it will win "fairly". Ha ha.

Posted by: jav on Dec 30, 06 | 8:18 pm | Profile

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Sat Nov 11, 2006

Ed Bradley is black?

I read online Friday that Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes has died. In the article, I read that he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. I thought to myself, "Ed Bradley is black?" I looked more carefully at his picture:

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I didn't think he looked very black, and I could see how someone like me might be confused into thinking he was Persian.

This is what a black man looks like. Notice the difference?

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Posted by: jav on Nov 11, 06 | 8:20 pm | Profile

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Wed Nov 01, 2006

Halloween Candy

I used to live in an apartment complex. I would only get about 4 or 5 trick-or-treaters come to my door, but I made sure I bought a couple bags of candy. It wasn't about giving the candy out, it was all about eating the leftovers myself. And I made sure there were lots of leftovers.

Then I realized that I was an adult, and I could act like one. This means that I can buy candy whenever I want, and eat as much as I want. I don't have to wait for Halloween as an excuse, and I don't have to ask permission. I started buying bags of "fun size" Milky Way and Snickers regularly.

Occasionally I'll try some other brands to see how they go. I like Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds chocolate bars, but the "fun size" versions are not nearly as good. So now when Halloween comes, I dig out all my candy and rank it. The favorites I keep in a jar beside the couch, and the candy ranked at the bottom goes into a bowl to give out to the kids.

I live in a house now, so I get a lot more trick-or-treaters at the door. I was happy to see all my lower-ranked candy go out the door, but I started getting seriously stressed as I had to start handing out higher-ranked candy.

But the night ended nicely, without me having to give out any of my top 3 ranked candy. I only had to give out the bottom 3 ranked candy. Phew.

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Sun Jul 30, 2006

I'm dating Sandra Oh

I've been dating a new girl for over four months now. She bears a striking resemblance to Sandra Oh, the actress who appeared in Under the Tuscan Sun, Sideways, and Grey's Anatomy. She constantly has people commenting to her on her resemblance to Sandra. Further, when we were backstage at an INXS concert, people were treating her "special", and someone apologized for interrupting "such a famous actress". I suppose if Sandra Oh did go to an INXS concert, she would be backstage. I told Stacie to go with it, but she had to admit that she wasn't Sandra Oh.

Guess which one is Stacie and which one is Sandra Oh:


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In 2005, Sandra was on People's 50 Most Beautiful People.

Posted by: jav on Jul 30, 06 | 3:18 pm | Profile

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Wed Feb 01, 2006

Pot

This past weekend I was offered marijuana for the first time. Of course I didn't accept, but it was nice to finally be asked.

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Sun Dec 11, 2005

I don't look completely unlike the sexiest man alive

People magazine recently announced who they thought was the sexiest man alive, and it's Matthew McConaughey. If you compare his picture with me, you'll see that I do not look entirely unlike him. That probably makes me sexier than most other men:

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I'll bet the only reason all the girls flock to him is because he's been on TV or in a movie (I'm unfamiliar with his work). I bet I'd become popular with the ladies if I appeared on some reality TV show like "Millionaire Geeks Who Can't Get Dates".

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Sun Mar 13, 2005

My Annual Caricature

Regular readers of my blog will recall that I started a new annual tradition last year to get my caricature drawn. I got this year's caricature drawn a couple months ago, and just got around to scanning it in now. So, here's what you've all been waiting for:

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Posted by: jav on Mar 13, 05 | 1:15 pm | Profile

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Thu May 13, 2004

The Sad Egg Story

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The Fake Story

The eggs were all on the egg shelf of my refrigerator. They were throwing a big party. It was late and I kept on having to go to the fridge and tell them all to keep it down. At one point, I heard a splat. It sounded like my brain was on drugs. And then everything got quiet. I looked in the fridge to see what they were up to, and this is what I saw.

The Real Story

DigitalFoto magazine held a contest each month. They would provide 3 abstract things that should be in a photo. The best photo wins something. So for this month, the 3 items were eggs, leaves, and hats. So a boiled some eggs, found some leaves, and made some hats.

I spent several hours working on it. I had to take a good photo with the right light, sharpness, etc. Then I had to PhotoShop the picture to take out all the tape I used to attach the eggs to the leaves.

I was ready to submit, and I went to the web site to submit my photo. Unfortunately the magazine had just folded the week before.

If that weren't bad enough, the hard drive that contained the original PhotoShop files died. Luckily I have a large JPEG lying around.

Posted by: jav on May 13, 04 | 1:05 pm | Profile

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