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I mean nobody cares how beautiful the souffle is if the appetizer is turds in a blanket

Just came back from a week with Tracy's parents in Florida.

Christmas was great; I got everything that I asked for: some books (I'm a reading fiend), an additional CD case (my other two cases are full, and I have CD's just lying around), new boots, various stuff for around the house, etc.

We saw Mark and Amy and Tracy's parents while we were down there, which was cool. We generally hung out and did nothing for a week, but I did manage to see Star Trek: Nemesis and The Two Towers.

I'll give Nemesis a sympathy rating. It was fine and all, but it was essentially a long Next Generation episode with better special effects. If you're at the theater and it takes no extra effort to see it, then see it. Otherwise, it's very rentable.

The Two Towers was great -- lots of great fight scenes, and very detailed, intricate sets, etc. It's everything that it's cranked up to be. The only downer is that (and I don't think I'm giving anything away here) even though the movie ends on an "up" note, the good guys basically get their ass kicked throughout the movie, and you walk outta the theater feeling somewhat "blah". This has nothing to do with the movie, per se, it's the storyline itself. But the movie is excellent -- I give it 15 minutes.

When I fired up my IM client this morning, I had a pending message from Darrell reminding me to visit his parents while I was in FL. Needless to say, I had totally forgotten that they were right near Tracy's parents in FL, and didn't visit them.

Doh! :-(

My DSL switchover appeared to go without a hitch on 26 Dec. I came home from FL last night and put in the new DSL modem, switched my Linksys DSL router to DHCP, and walla! Happiness. :-)

I now have a new fixed IP address (I updated DNS last night; it's still propagating), and all my services appear to be working -- incoming ssh and whatnot still appear to work. Woo hoo!

The next challenge is with my old DSL provider -- I sent a disconnect request last night. Let's hope that when they shut it off, they don't shut off my new DSL service by accident...

Our VCR died last week for apparently no reason -- it simply refuses to do anything, even though it will power on/off. We have a "backup" VCR (read: an old one that still mostly works), but it only has mono audio out, and even though I'm not an audiophile, I can tell the difference, and it bugs me. This is doubly annoying because the cable box/TiVo feeds its audio through the VCR, so everything that we watch is now mono. Ugh! I probably need to re-think my audio wiring so that feeding through the VCR isn't necessary, but I haven't wanted to expend the effort :-).

While in FL, I came up with the brilliant idea of replacing the dead VCR with a cheap DVD/VCR combo (and moving the DVD player to the upstairs TV). But looking at bestbuy.com today, I see that the only ones that I would consider (feature-wise) would be several hundred dollars, which I'm not really willing to spend.

The cheapest solution here might well be to buy White Christmas on DVD, which was the only VHS tape that we've played in quite a while. :-)

I have made much progress on MetaMenu. Now I gotta make some progress on MailDB. :-) (both of these projects are early enough that they have really lame/non-existent web pages right now, so stay tuned for details)

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