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Wow, a lot has been going on lately. First off, I’ve been on a shopping spree the past week.

I bought a DVD+/-RW drive for my PC. It’s the Sony DRU-500A, which is brand new and easily the best DVD burner for the price on the market. I got that installed without a hitch last night, although many of the instructions for the included software are wrong.

I also bought a new scanner from HP. I considered paying an extra $50 and getting the model that scans 35mm slides and negatives, but I didn’t. I do have some slides from my European vacation of 1985 that I would love to have in a more useable format, but I think I’ll pay someone else to scan them in. Also, we have negatives of our wedding photos and I’d like to scan some of those for my website. But based on reviews I read about the negative/slide scanning feature, I decided not to get that one.

I also bought a few new books from Amazon.com. The first, by recommendation of a Philosophy professor at CU, is Moral Relativism: A Reader. I think I already mentioned somewhere in my blog that I’ve had an interest in learning about moral relativism and so I figure a textbook on it would be a good place to start!. I also think I mentioned there’s a new edition of Roadside Geology of Colorado so I bought a copy of that.

And I bought “No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M’s Way” which is a new PC game. I played the first NOLF game and it was pretty fun. Lots of campy humor, nice visuals, etc. I hope this sequel is as good.

Finally, I got a Mike Kenneally CD called “Dancing.” I haven’t even listened to the whole thing yet, but so far it sounds like good clean Kenneally.

This Saturday, Beth and I are thinking about going to the Boulder Farmer’s Market for the first visit since springtime. That should be amusing.

Otherwise, this week has been very busy outside of work (Monday night workout, Tuesday night RPG, Wednesday night TFC, Thursday night 404 Not Found rehearsal) and not too busy at work (the usual meetings, some planning, some day-to-day management stuff, and attending a conference Tuesday afternoon in Denver).

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Wayne’s World – Sierra Club

Wayne’s World – Sierra Club – Looks like the Sierra Club thinks enough of Colorado Senator Allard to give him his own web page on their site!

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Earlier this week, I finally finished reading a book I started in Hawaii. It was “Hammerfall” by CJ Cherryh. I had wanted to get a sci fi book that was representative of current, modern sci fi. You see, I haven’t read much science fiction in the past 15 years, and I realized that when I did read a book I’d just get one by an author I already knew. So I figured I needed to get current. Cherryh not only has won several recent awards, but is (apparently) female. 15+ years ago, it was something a rarity for a female sci fi author to get ramous. Sure, there were a few, but all the most popular sci fi books when I was a teenager were from male authors. Nowadays, it seems like things are reversed! Based on browsing through the bookstore, it seems like there are actually more popular sci fi books from women than men. Anyhow, I chose this one and read it and enjoyed it. So I’m recommending it. To see what I may be reading next, see here.

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My scanner hates me. It’s now making rainbow plaid patterns out of blank white paper. I may need to get a new one. Maybe I’ll buy one of these.

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Desert Bighorn Trip

After I leave work on Friday November 1, I’m driving to western Colorado to go on a bighorn sheep hunt with my father. We’re looking for what are called “desert bighorn sheep”. In case you’ve never heard of them, desert bighorns are fairly rare compared to the ones most people see, which are called “Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep”. I’ve heard that rafters on the desert rivers (like the Green, Colorado, Dolores, San Juan, etc.) see desert bighorns a lot, but I have never even seen one. I’ve hiked or visited several of the areas in Colorado and Utah where they’re known to live, but even with all the time I’ve spent visiting the desert over the past 18 years, they’ve always eluded me. I’ve hiked in the Pollack Canyons, the remote western part of Arches National Park, and the even more remote Maze District of Canyonlands National Park. Those are all places desert bighorns supposedly live, but I’ve never seen one. So I’m really looking forward to it.

Dad and I went bighorn sheet hunting last in about 1984. (He says it was 18 years ago, but I can’t remember for sure) It was either the fall of my sophomore or junior year of high school. I drew a bighorn sheep permit and we spent many weekends scouting the area, then a couple weeks hunting. But I only got one shot at a bighorn ram, and missed. I did find the skull of a ram that died the previous winter, but that’s the only trophy I took home. I’ll try to get some good photos of this year’s trip and post them on my website for all to see. And I’ll see if I can dig up some photos from our first bighorn hunting trip.

It’s quite lucky to draw a desert bighorn sheep permit. In the area we’ll be hunting, which covers several hundred square miles, only 6 permits per year are given out each year. Dad says that given the number of applicants, there’s only about a 1% chance of drawing a permit each year you apply. So if you apply every year from age 20 to age 70, you’ve still only got a 50/50 chance of drawing. And once you draw a permit, you are ineligible to ever apply again. So it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime event!

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I just finished building a few new web pages of wedding photos. It never ends! I put up photos of some of the guys getting ready before the wedding, some photos of the wedding reception, and some photos of the day after. You can find it all here: http://www.toddbradley.com/photos/wedding/wedding_photos.htm. I didn’t write captions for any of the photos. Do you think I should? If so, leave me a comment to that effect.

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I woke up about 3 AM this morning. Beth was…well I don’t know how to describe it other than “patting me down” all over my chest and arms. No, it wasn’t amorous in any way. It felt like a cop looking for a hidden weapon.

“What are you doing?” I asked groggily.

“Looking for my file.”

“Huh? What file?” I couldn’t figure out if she meant a manila folder type file or an emory board nail file. “And why would it be in bed?”

“Oh, nevermind.”

When we got up this morning, she had no memory of the event whatsoever.

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Spastic Colon

I feel so productive. I just spent most of the evening editing the WAV files that make up the loops for 404 Not Found’s hit song “Spastic Colon”. Then I imported them into the BOSS SP-505 and did some more editing and now we can actually work on doing this piece live, something which has never before been attempted! (ooh, ahh)

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I’m finally selling off my old guitars. Believe it or not, I haven’t played guitar in over a year. So I pulled these three old guitars out of the basement and put them up on ebay. It’s kinda sad to sell them, especially the acoustic guitar which my parents bought me 20 years ago. But I just don’t use them. Assuming they all sell, I’d like to use the money to buy one good quality used electric guitar, which I may use with 404 Not Found. Scott wants me to try playing guitar some.

Well, time to go do some ironing and watch the Denver Broncos game.

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I found out a week or two ago that the 2nd edition of Roadside Geology of Colorado is out now. It just came out this month and updates the 1st edition which was published in 1980. Not that the geology changes, but the roads do! 🙂

Anyhow, that’s now on my Amazon.com wishlist, along with a bunch of other stuff.

Oh, last night I installed my new (used, really, but new for me) ZOOM 1204 and broke out my electric guitar for the first time in over a year. It’s pretty dusty. I’m thinking of selling my electric guitar, my acoustic guitar, and my electric bass guitar on eBay to try to get enough money to buy a better used electric guitar. We’ll see how that goes.