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Year: 2005

The More You Know

Count the number of cricket chirps in 14 seconds and then add 40. The number will be very close to the air temperature. An alternate approach is to note that they chirp 72 times per minute at 60F. For every additional four chirps, add a degree to 60F, and for every four chirps less, subtract a degree for 60F.

Ahh, the things you learn working at the Air Force Combat Climatology Center, surrounded by meteorologists.


Slacking off

I’ve slacked off here on the old blog lately. Sorry ’bout that.

So what’s been happening?

Well, I’ve rediscovered the joys of Winamp. I stopped using it a while back when iTunes came out because at the time, I thought iTunes was cooler. For a while it was. But I downloaded Winamp last week because I saw Chaaa using it and it looked like they had beefed it up. The amount of free TV, video, and radio they have added is great. Plus there is a free plugin that allows me to use my iPod with it, which was the key ingredient.

I broke 100 for the first time when playing golf on friday – I scored a 97, which on my 8th time ever out on the links was pretty exciting. My buddy Paul hooked me up with a set of clubs that are longer than most, and it had an immediate impact on my game. The problem I have is that because of my height, the clubs I was using were too short, and most of the time the ball would just go rolling across the grass. Now though, I am getting under the ball and driving it much better.

We went to the midwife today for Alicia’s appointment and things are looking good. We are about 4 weeks from the due date, still with no name chosen for the boy that will soon emerge. We do have some ideas, but nothing set in stone. Gray seems to think his name should be Ian. Gray also seems to think he has a baby in his belly too.

Other than that, I’ve been super-busy with side jobs, which is good. Need a web site?


On the heels of the newly posted Undermine MP3’s comes an exhaustive list of shows I played while in Louisville bands. This list is complete, from Substance to Crain. There are also anecdotes as they were originally written by me back in the day.


Some yokels from the site asked me about some rare Undermine tunes I had played on and recorded during that band’s last days. Luckily, I found the CD that contained them, and I have posted them on my music site in MP3 format. As always, they are free to download, but donations to pay for the bandwidth are highly encouraged 😉

Calling for Creativity

I bought this domain name a while back, and I think it has potential, but I don’t know what to do with it. So I am turning to you dear readers to give me ideas (preferrably lucrative in nature) for a web site to put there.

The domain?

So far, all I have thought up is some kind of Google treasure hunt game, but I’m not sure how it would work.



Been enjoying the fact that I have a job for at least the next 5 months, which was the nature of my last post.

Been working on Paul Pieper’s site; still in progress.

Also been working on a New version of Compassion Books. Just started, really.

Played drums for the first time in about 2.5 years last night with some guys. It’s fun when you can all just fall into a groove, and there aren’t any rules or genres or expectations to have to play by. Hoping to do this again, not with the intention of playing gigs or ‘making it’, but just to play.

Other than that, boy #2 is expected to emerge within about 8 weeks. Alicia is not feeling that great, but we are hanging in there. Still no name chosen for this one, and we are beginning to wonder if we even need one.