Ric Bretschneider

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Archive for July 2005

Hammock

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Set the hammock up in the front yard, under the shade of the
liquid amber tree, just in front of the porch.  Lovely. Get in it,
lean back, and look up to notice the unpainted roof eves that I’ve been
meaning to get around to finishing…
 
Damn, where’s my paint?  Something weird about me not being able to relax in sight of an unfinished task…

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July 24, 2005 at 9:43 am

Headphones

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eVen at an eBay bargain price, even though they were new in box, spending $300 for a pair of headphones sounds pretty crazy at first.  But when you hear new stuff in every song you have in your collection, when all your old albums sound brand new, the price kinda gets spread out over a bunch of new experiences. 
 
It’s sorta like redating a bunch of old girlfriends, only now they’re prettier and nicer.
 
So what are they?  Sennheiser HD 650s.  I was borderline buying a pair of 600s for $300, but when I saw an auction for a new pair the 650s on eBay I figured I’d give it a go.  I just got lucky.
 
The sad thing about new headphones is that you can’t really share them.  Show them to a friend and you only make them upset with their current sound.  Share them for a bit, and there’s still the "ok, give them back now" moment.  Talk about them on your blog, even though they’re totally the most impressive thing you’ve been exposed to and you just want to write a bunch of run-on sentences about how nice they are and how much you’re enjoying yourself with them and how you wish everyone could have a pair and experience what you’re experiencing… well it still comes out sounding like bragging.
 
Oh well…maybe you’ll get yourself a pair and join me in nerdvana.

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July 22, 2005 at 11:01 am

Posted in Geeking around

Insight

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Want an insight into me?  Listen to the first four bars or so of Jackson Cannery by Ben Folds Five.  That will ALWAYS get me going.  Damn, that’s good piano.  The remaining bars are pretty cool too…

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July 20, 2005 at 11:43 pm

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Button

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This one is just for Debbie and Justin.  Push the button Max!  It’s everywhere!

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July 18, 2005 at 8:16 am

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Picture

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..says it all…

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July 15, 2005 at 1:48 pm

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Monitors

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Recently got ahold of a semi-free 10" flat-panel display.  What to do with it?  Hey, my video card supports two monitors…
 
Now I’ve got some place to put all that cool Konfabulator stuff that clutters my standard desktop!

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July 13, 2005 at 2:20 pm

Posted in Geeking around

Bike

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Justin went off to Angel Island recently on an overnight camp out/bike excursion.  I got pictures from one of the scoutmasters last week and published them on the BSA 318 site I maintain for the troop.  Here’s a sample with everyone’s favorite tall scout.  Geez that kid is almost as tall as me, but he still only weighs 130 soaking wet.

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July 12, 2005 at 8:30 am

Posted in Travel

Vacations

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are always too short. 
 
 

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July 10, 2005 at 9:56 pm

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Shakespeare?

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We’re leaving Bend Oregon this morning on our way to Myrtle Creek Oregon by way of Ashland.  Heard of Ashland? (You certainly haven’t heard of Myrtle Creek!) Yes, Ashland – home to The Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  (http://www.orshakes.org/). 
 
But it’s the wrong time of the year for the big festival doings, so why go out of our way to drive through this sleepy little town?  Well, Ashland is also home to the World Famous Funagain Game Store.  (http://www.funagain.com) One of the most complete and professional web sellers of games also has their brick-and-mortar store in South Ashland.  And if you ask nicely, they let you walk through their warehouse looking for stuff they don’t even have up on their web pages… 

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July 5, 2005 at 6:24 am

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Sales

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There’s no sales tax in Oregon.  This makes shopping here for a Californian like a permanent 8.25% sale everywhere.  That coupled with sales around the 4th holiday and other bonuses a real deal.  The only problem is the lack of electronics stores.  Sure they’ve got Wal-Mart and Best Buy and Costco, but nothing like Magnolia or even Frys for real depth.  Purchases yesterday were mostly at Barnes and Noble. But hey, 20% off on the item, plus 10% member, plus that phantom 8.25%… it adds up!

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July 3, 2005 at 7:57 am

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