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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

Hey hey!  How ya doin?  REALLY?!??!  ME TOO!

Proud Papa

Once again, I get to brag about my amazing daughter.

This past weekend she participated in a Texas State thing called UIL Solo & Ensemble.  We’re in Region 26.

This is where a bunch of band students in a specific area (called a region) go and play for judges individually and/or with fellow band geeks.  They can choose to play Class 3 (easiest), Class 2 (harder) or Class 1 (hardest) piece for their grade level (High School).

Last I checked, High School is comprised of four grades, 9th through 12th.  Caitlin is in 9th grade.  Yeah, this little fact plays a role in the bragging.

So she chooses a Class 1 piece.  Did I mention that was the hardest level for High School?

Then, she plays it… get this…  memorized.  TWO PAGES of blank ink splattered all across the page like it was taped on the wall during the shooting of Dune, when Baron Vladimir Harkonnen gets his face treatments.


The judge then assigns a rating of 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 (Superior).  The highest rating is a first division or superior performance.  This represents an elite performance given by a student.

If you’re still wondering by now what she earned, you don’t know my writing very well. 

She achieved a Superior Performance! And that also means she’s eligible to compete at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest later in the school year!

She worked very hard on this and we’re so glad all that practice and effort paid off.

Wii Fit Blog Badges

Speaking of bragging…. I wonder why there aren’t Wii Fit Blog Badges yet.  When I lose a ton of weight in the near future, I want to brag about it.  But since I’m lazy, I want my blog to brag about it for me.

I uttered about this recently, but I also wanted to put something up on the blog about it.

If you notice over on the right, my sidebar shows off my Guitar Hero stats.  I have badges that show off how many Expert songs I’ve completed, my ranking, etc.

I wish Nintendo / Wii Fit folks had a similar system.  I envision online profiles, so that your progress (however you measure that) could be uploaded and turned into badges that could proudly show off one’s achievements.  Some might want to show off their Fit Credits, their scores on the balance games,  yoga games, and others might even want to display their weight and BMI.

I, for example, would dare to show off weight and BMI because as vain as I am, I know I’d work out harder to lower it.  I need humiliation to help motivate me.

Everyone, please join together and laugh at my obesity so that I may improve.

Tales of Venus Retrograde

Nick Dagan Best’s traveling multi-media presentation has received rave reviews at astrology conferences across the continent. If you’re in Austin tonight, you can check out this presentation for free!

Tales of Venus Retrograde
by Nick Dagan Best

Venus goes retrograde in Aries on March 6 this year, revisiting an eight-year cycle that is parallel to a pattern found in human history. With this special edition of “Tales of Venus Retrograde,” Nick Dagan Best discusses the background behind this particular section of the Venus retrograde cycle relative to U.S. political history and many notable biographies.

Nick Dagan Best is an exoteric astrologer who uses storytelling and a visual presentation to illustrate how astrology reflects life unfolding in time. A student of astrology since 1995, Nick is known as “the human ephemeris” for his uncanny knowledge of dates in history and their corresponding astrological features. He lives in Montreal, Canada.  This website is http://exotericastrology.com/

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Time: 7:30-9 pm
Location: Plum Blossom Wellness Center, 1700 S. Lamar, Suite 230
Cost: Free

Best of LOLcats

Work has really stepped up it’s noticible presence in my life.  We’ve got some big-time remodeling going on at the office, meaning some last-minute quick deadlines and drastically altered schedules, but hey, it’s work and it’s all for a good objective.

Props; the sequel

Remember how last week I was bragging and saying how proud we were that Caitlin made 4th chair in District for her middle-school flute playing and was able to go on to Region?  Well, she competed at Region this week and achieved 3rd chair there, and also achieved Orchestra, which is the highest level you can reach as a middle schooler!  So she bypasses the whole Region practicing and concert and gets the honor of playing with the Orchestra. 


Way to go, Caitlin!

Scanning in photos

I spent a bit of time scanning in old photos from that archaic time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the floral DNA was unaltered by Man’s greenhouse gases and our family didn’t have a digital camera. We probably have thousands, so it’ll take quite a bit of time, but I’ve been impressed with the CanonGear CS software that came with the scanner I’ve been using.

I use Googles free Picasa software to store, sort, organize the photos, and of course it integrates with any scanner, but what I’ve liked in particular is the ability to set 2-5 photos on the tray and it automatically detects where the photos are and separates them into Picasa as a separate file so I don’t need to draw boxes, crop or really do anything but set, click, wait and then do it again.  Sometimes if I put the pictures too close, they fuse to become one (kind of like those unibrows you see on some men) so I definitely can say I’ve learned the art of multi-photo scanning.

Walgreen’s has a service where you can pay them, oh… I think it’s 30 cents per picture and you can ship them your photos and they’ll send back a CD or DVD of all of them perfectly scanned, corrected if necessary, and cropped to the right size if needed.  But now that this is so easy, I don’t need to do that. 

I can pay Caitlin to do it.

So while doing this, I A) scanned in 329 photos and B) found some pictures I figured I should share.  Feel free to submit your own captions for these in the comments.


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