I'm very good at integral and differential calculus.

August 12th, 2014 @ 8:50 am
Another Anniversary

Kathleen A. GagneI like this photo of my mom because I have to believe she liked it. It shows her as an adult and in probably the best shape of her life. Her only complaint, I bet, would be that my sister and I are not in it, and so it is not a true representation of her because we were her whole life.

She died on August 12th, 2012, which was two years ago. I remember collapsing to the ground before I even hung up the phone. To the end, to the very moment before I received the call, I believed that I would get to talk to her again; I believed with all my heart and clung desperately and unashamedly to the hope that everything would be all right. So I guess I am really not as smart as you might think.
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Sometimes you don’t know if you’re Caesar about to cross the Rubicon or Captain Queeg cutting your own tow line.
Anthony Kennedy

August 8th, 2014 @ 6:41 am
Friday Five: Single-Serving Websites

Five of my favorite single-serving websites:

  1. Definitely
  2. Down for Everyone or Just Me?
  3. No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
  4. Abe Vigoda
  5. Am I Awesome?
August 7th, 2014 @ 8:26 am
Throwback Thursday
August 20, 2000

August 20, 2000


You eventually learn that true priorities are like arms; if you think you have more than a couple, you’re either lying or crazy.
Merlin Mann

August 1st, 2014 @ 4:07 am
Friday Five: Weeks

CalendarMy five favorite weeks of the year:

  1. College Football Bowl Week
  2. Thanksgiving Week
  3. Shark Week
  4. The Week Between My Birthday and the 4th of July
  5. The First Weekend of College Football
July 31st, 2014 @ 8:01 am
Throwback Thursday

July 1, 2000

July 1, 2000

For a long time — a year and a half? — I had a webcam uploading an image to this website every minute of every hour of every day. It was a pretty ridiculous thing a bunch of early bloggers did. I have thousands and thousands of these 160×120 snapshots of those days floating around hard drives.


You can’t keep blaming yourself. Just blame yourself once, and move on.
Homer Simpson

July 25th, 2014 @ 7:50 am
Friday Five: Video Games

X-Wing vs TIE FighterHere are the five video games I loved most as a kid:

  1. Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter
    wikipedia, Amazon
  2. EA Sports NCAA Football
    wikipedia, website, Amazon
  3. Age of Empires II
    wikipedia, website, Amazon
  4. B-17 Bomber
    wikipedia, website
  5. Burger Time
July 24th, 2014 @ 9:13 am
Throwback Thursday

Michael and David

With my little brother Mike, 2001

Happy birthday (tomorrow) to my awesome little brother, Mike. It seems like he joined the Coast Guard yesterday!


“Cold beer is bottled God.”
Dylan Thomas

It’s been 15,000 days since I was born. It is a meaningless number, but I felt like I should mention it.

I wish my mom was around to celebrate this milestone. She’d undoubtedly think it was really cool.

July 18th, 2014 @ 8:04 am
Friday Five: Batman Villains


  1. Ra’s al Ghul
  2. Joker
  3. Riddler
  4. Two-Face
  5. Solomon Grundy
July 17th, 2014 @ 9:10 am
Throwback Thursday

At Longhi’s in Maui, 2001


I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends.
Mickey Spillane


I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
John F. Kennedy, Civil Rights Announcement, June 11, 1963

July 11th, 2014 @ 6:34 am
Friday Five: Weird Al

Weird AlMy five favorite Weird Al Yankovic songs:

  1. One More Minute
  2. This Is the Life
  3. Eat It
  4. Cable TV
  5. eBay
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:18 pm
Throwback Thursday
Coast Guard

David, Michelle, and Michael, 1994


To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
Gustave Flaubert

William Faulkner’s Review of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea