OBX Day Trip No.1


No sleeping in today! For it’s day trip number one to the Outer Banks, NC. The wedding planning is officially underway. If all goes well we will have a date set by this evening. It’s pretty exciting! Driving from RVA to OBX takes about three hours, so we’re in for six hours of ride time today, but six hours of ride time is better than a pile o’ money for a hotel. We’re sitting here obsessing about the prospect of rain on our wedding day and how that will certainly put a damper on the outdoor reception plans. What to do, what to do. Anyone have any experience with an OBX wedding? Wisdom is always appreciated.

-Kamen


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Car Talk and iTunes… at last!


At long last, NPR has come through with something I have been looking forward to for a long time. I grew up listening to Car Talk and love to catch it when I can. I can’t always catch it on Saturday mornings and I have been too cheap to fork over the bucks to pay for it on Audible.com. I use iTunes frequently to load up my iPod for the many hours I spend driving every week for work. I am very happy that NPR added Car Talk to the list of available Podcasts in iTunes. Between American Life, Car Talk, and my other nerdy Podcasts, my Podcast subscriptions now feels complete.

-Kamen
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Transformers Movie

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I am not a total geek, but I think this movie is going to be awesome. The best part of this trailer is the noise Optimus Prime makes as he transforms. Boy does that sound take me back a few years.

-Kamen

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Will it Blend? – Glow Sticks!

This is just awesome! I want one of these blenders, but it’s probably better that I don’t, I would probably ruin it on the first day!

-Kamen
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It depends upon whom you depend……..

So a while back I referenced the 70/30 split of the general population. I am here today to expand on this notion. This idea is not mine, I happened upon it by accident, and it was delivered to me in a comical frame. The problem, however, is that the older I get the more I can identify with this idea. So here it is…..
The notion is this, only 30% of the general population is tolerable. It’s simple, kinda rude, and funny. I won’t go so far as to say that I hate the other 70%, but I find myself in more situations these days that make me wonder what has gotten into people. Look in any direction at any given moment of the day and if you are surrounded in some capacity by the general public, I can assure you that many are moments from doing something annoying. Whether it’s being overly aggressive on the road, jumping to the short line in Sheetz without yielding to those who have been waiting, taking three if it’s free, and the list goes on and on. Bad follow through is a big one and if life were a golf game, there would be a whole bunch of really bad golfers. I seem to be victim of this phenomenon on almost a daily basis. It seems that the things I ask for from others is not often important enough to do completely and on time. If I have promised to deliver something to someone else by a certain time or day and then someone, whom I am relying on, lets me down, I am up the creek with no paddle, high and dry, and whatnot, left to break the bad news to someone that is relying on and trusting me. Something happened within the last decade or so, because not many take the responsibility to take something from beginning to end. Not many take pride in the end product they produce. It’s sad.
So I guess what started as a joke, seems to be playing itself out to be real and true. I guess I’ll just have to look harder to find that 30% I so truly enjoy being around. Good news though, I happen to be only three short months away from marrying a 30 percenter. And for that, I am truly grateful!

-Kamen

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Buy a House, Get a Free Truck

I have been a homeowner for almost three months now and I have to say, I don’t know how so many people own homes without owning something to carry junk around. I know lots of people that only own cars, but also own houses. What do they do? We have a Pathfinder, which has turned out to be very handy, but it still doesn’t do the entire job. How do these sedan people get by? I know it helps if you know someone with a truck, but doesn’t that get old? I am sure some of this is stemming from the fact that we have just begun the new homeowner process and once we get settled the need won’t be as high, but the grass doesn’t stop growing and the needles don’t stop falling off of those stupid pine trees. It looks like a trailer of some kind is in our future, but it would have been easier to get a truck when we bought the house. It should be a standard issue part of the closing. You get the deed to your new home and the title to your new truck. Simple as pie! Back to thinking about how many weekends it’s going to take to get the yard up to snuff.

-Kamen

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Joost and what’s funny about the internet

So I was listening to my favorite podcast, Extra Life Radio, being taped live tonight and something funny happened to me. It happens to people everyday on the ole’ interweb, but today it happened to me. I was in the chat room for the taping and I decided to offer up some of my many Joost invites. Joost is TV for the internet, for the uninitiated of the group, and I not only got accepted to the beta, but I now have 999 invites to give out to those in want. So I offer them up on the chat room and the first response I saw was along the lines of, “Kamenlee want to sell you some Nigerian gold”. First off, I laughed because well, it’s funny, but it also raises an interesting question about the state of the internet in general. It seems that the internet has caught up with, or even passed, the real world in the idea that if it’s offered to you, you probably don’t want it. Seriously, no banner is worth clicking, no random email is worth responding to, and for the last time, AOL will not ask for your password. But there are people out there on the internet, and in the real world, that are actually willing to give something away or do something nice for nothing in return and I have to imagine that they are mistaken for Nigerian scammers frequently. Sucks doesn’t it?

-Kamen

PS – If you want a JOOST invite, send an email to joost@kamenlee.com



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Zed Cafe

Zed Cafe is located in Lakeside, just down the hill from the Bryan Park entrance and directly across from Roy’s Big Burger. I have been to Zed Cafe twice and am ready to throw my two cents into the pile.

Friday Night Dinner:
I had the hanger steak. It was served with mashed sweet potatoes, garlicky greens, and wild mushrooms.

Pros: The food was awesome! Oddly enough, the wild mushrooms were my absolute favorite. They had a great texture and the sauce they were served in could not have been better.

Cons: Ordering a beer was a might challenging, they were out of a few things, which meant multiple trips to the back to hunt for the next selection. We found ourselves looking around, wondering why the service was slow, since there were very few people dining. When it came time for desert, Mel was disappointed to find out they were out of the Coconut flan, which she was looking forward to for the entire meal.

Sunday Brunch:
I had the french toast with fresh fruit.

Pros: The french toast was very tasty.

Cons: Apparently, “served with fresh fruit” means “served with one strawberry cut into four pieces”. I was disappointed to find that the only protein available for a side dish was chicken sausage. I tried a bite of Mels and was not very satisfied with the texture or flavor. Mel asked for a pear soda, which was listed by the waitress as an option, only to find that they were out of it. Someone at the table ordered the scrambled eggs with cilantro and it turns out the egg / cilantro mix was about 50/50, which was too much for the diner to handle. They did replace the scramble with some plain scrambled eggs however. Lastly, the service was, again, very slow even though there were very few people present.

Summary:
I can still say that I like this place. I think the service and stock is what needs the most attention. “I’m sorry we’re out of that” on both trips was a definite disappointment. Attention to the amount of time a table sits unattended is also very important. As far as the food goes, I have to say they still get high marks. Some of the options and flavors presented, in my opinion, are for people that enjoy organic foods. I think I would take a liking to the chicken sausage if I had it a few times and the cilantro eggs may be excellent to someone that does not label themselves as a picky eater. If you like organic foods, you should certainly add this restaurant to the list of new places to try, just don’t be surprised to find they are out of your first choice of something.

-Kamen
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09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

This little number has caused quite a storm over the last few days. The short story is this. This Hex code is the key to unlocking and copying HD-DVD disks. The powers that be are unhappy that the code has been leaked and have been sending cease and desist letters those who have published the code on the web. Digg.com is a social news site and is completely user driven, which as you might have already guessed, is a great thing, but in practice can be dangerous. Once this handy little code was released to the Interweb public it spread like wildfire. The problem that Digg had was that they received one of these handy cease and desist letters and decided to comply with the request and take down all submissions that had to do with the HD-DVD hex code. Well, the users of Digg had a HUGE problem with this censorship. You see, Digg.com built itself on the notion that the community was for the users, by the users, with no outside editorial control. The users are responsible for submitting, promoting, and burying stories. It’s original intent was to give the tech community a place similar to Slashdot.org, but without CmdrTaco and his staff having the last say as to what will appear on the front page of the site.
So what did the Digg community do to show it’s disdain you ask? They flooded the site with VERY creative references to the above mentioned code. At one point, the front page of Digg had only stories related to the code on it, THE WHOLE FRONT PAGE! It had to be one of the most active topics Digg.com has ever seen.
Kevin Rose, of Digg.com, posted a blog entry saying that due to the backlash of it’s users, he gets the message that the Digg community would rather see Digg.com go down fighting than to comply and face legal consequences.
On one hand I say AWESOME, fight the man and whatnot, but I’m not sure I would have responded the same way if Digg.com was my site.

To be continued………………..

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Virginia Tech Orange and Maroon Effect Day

I’m a little late posting this, but it’s meaningful enough to post anytime today.
Today is the national Orange and Maroon Effect Day. So wear something Orange or Maroon today in remembrance of the 32 people that lost their lives earlier this week. I can’t even imagine how the people directly affected by this are feeling right now. There was a moment of silence today @ 12:00 noon and I hope everyone took a moment to reflect and send a few good thoughts and prayers towards those who need them.

It’s a beautiful but somber day.

-Kamen
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