Still no NEW SCIENTIST.
Rainy day today. As planned, Karl, Todd and I headed to the house during lunch. They helped me bring the grill up from the landing and into the living room (where I can more easily maneuver it toward the kitchen) and then we spent an hour or so playing Wii. It was a lot of fun. They wanted to see what Wii Fit was like, so we played some of that, too.
I’m trying to reduce the amount of paper I use and so today, I downloaded a demo copy of DevonThink to see if it will work better for me than paper in collecting notes from reading and other things. It is supposed to be very good at collecting and organizing this type of information. How well it actually works depends on how well you can hierarchically organize your information, and last night I got started playing around with it a bit. If it turns out to be a useful way of capturing and finding information, I’ll end up buying a license for it. It only works on Macs, but I could end up using it at work also, since I have a Mac there, too (on which I run Parallels).
Last night was TV night. We lazed around when wegot home. I watched new episodes of Smallville, The Office, and Life on Mars.
Today’s reading: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (through page 88.
Last night was poker night at Todd and Jenn’s. We arrived there at about 7:45 PM. Karl and Lee arrived shortly after us. It was a lot of fun. For a while, Kelly, who was a newcomer to the game, was kicking everyone else’s butt. She had amassed a massive pile of chips, but ultimately went all-in and lost. There were a total of 7 of us playing. I played fairly well and lasted quite a long time. I was the 4th one out, and I went out with a bang. I was set up to get a straight, which I got on the river card. I went all-in. Turns out Jenn had a straight as well and hers was higher than mine. Ah, well!
I ended up with one of the worst stomach aches I’d had in a very long time. Kelly also said her stomach wasn’t feeling great. Could it have been the brownies we made? I’m not certain. The only other thing we ate in common yesterday was the salsa at Baja Fresh. In any event, I felt much better when I woke up this morning.
Last summer, I did my first acting gig playing a reporting in a 48-hour film challenge movie directed by my friend Todd and his friend Chris. They do a lot of these movies and film challenges, but so far, this is the only one that I’ve been in. Chris and Todd recently started uploading these to YouTube. While the entire movie has not been uploaded, you can catch the 3:30 minute trailer below. It’s pretty amusing (remember, this is when cicadas were taking over DC last spring). Oh, and you can catch a brief glimpse of me in the trailer somewhere in the last 20 seconds.
If you liked that, check out a couple more of their short films:
Suck-u-buster 4000 commercial (Todd is the guy in the commercial. The woman who drinks the vodka is Todd’s wife.)
Slasher: The Musical, a trailer they did for the 48-hour film challenge and it’s hillarious. (Incidentally, all music was written by Todd, who is also a member of the rock band The Shimshaws and whose debut album is available on the Apple Music store.
And their lastest, Snakes In a Minivan!