May 21st, 2006


Casa Howton Cinco de Mayo

The grill is the stove I never had. It's just massive. We had a Cinco de Mayo celebration Friday night. I was sauteing on the side-burner and boiling stock for the chicken chipotle soup on the left two burners and grilling THREE quesadilla's on the right. It was fantastical. The weather was perfect (if not a little warm), salsa music was playing on the deck and Carla was mixing up margaritas! The chips were crispy and the salsa cold. The neighborhood kids stopped by in droves and each left with a slice of quesadilla. The chicken chipotle soup was way to spicy for the ladies, so I've been eating on it the last three meals, and it leaves my belly hot for several hours after each meal - fantastic! Anyway, tons of fun.

So we watched Lord of War. Tom saw a trailer which made the movie look like a comedy. It was anything but. Anyway, great soundtrack, lots of good, hard-hitting songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Now this part - is funny. Normally, when I'm looking for a score, I usually only find the soundtrack. This time, I was actually looking for the soundtrack, but got the score! So, bonus. Sorry galinda822!

These cats are worse than children! They are into EVERYTHING! Both of them have just started this habit where they will climb me. If I am standing still, they will leap at me, then make their way up my person, usually laying down once they've reached my shoulders. And today, while wearing a $75 Polo, Niobe tried to eat a hole through my shirt! Grrrrr. (heh - incidentally, the same shirt in my grill avatar; that's it - these wildcats are after the beef smell infused in the threads!) Then Daisy disappeared. That pissed me off. She doesn't do it often. Showed up again just before midnight. I love my Daisy.

Dreamed I had an Italian dinner with celtmanx and his folks; he ordered the same thing he always orders, the Cannilloni. Also dreamed the wife and I went back to Germany together on vacation. I wanted to bypass traffic, so I was driving a tiny yellow dune buggy on the sidewalks. Until it ran out of power. Then we marched up this enormous parking garage to get to the car rental place, but I kept thinking, "Why not just take the train?" They had a kiosk in the German car rental place in which you could rent mac mini's at 65 Deutsch Marks a day. I thought that was a pretty good price.

All I have to do today is mow the lawn.

That picture reminds me. Our Missori neighbors were open the first time I unfolded that chair with the Texas flag on it. I asked them, "Now that I live in St. Louis, might as well get a chair with the Missouri flag on it. Think they make one?" The answer was, "No." It was sitting next to my cooler with the Texas flag on it. "What about one of these?" Again, "No." Now, I've lived a lot of places. Why are us Texans so damn proud of our flag?

Also, discovered 13x2000 First Edition Hot Wheels, 16x1999 First Editions, and 3x1998. Also 4 more Daytona's. Previous entry updated with this new information.

BSG Season Two Score Preview

Cancelled my order with Amazon on BSG:Season Two score. Placed an order with La-La-Land Records (the label) who ship 10 days earlier and, autographed by the composer! For all you non-soundtrack types, that would be Bear McCreary, who took over from and worked with Richard Gibbs of the mini-series. What might you expect to hear on this second season album? Here are my notes on the few preview tracks provided:

Remember the documentary of the Galactica by Lucy Lawless? Remember the theme music of the clip they showed? It was the 70's original theme. It's included here on the first track as Colonial Anthem

There's an Allegro on track five which is in the same orchestral style of, and contains some of the same bars as our past favorites The Face of the Shape to Come and Passacaglia.

Track eight, Pegasus at first sounds kinda gay, like 'Endless Love' until I remembered the scene where they first discovered Pegasus and everyone was disembarking onto Galactica; very exciting suddenly as I filled with the emotion of the moment.

Lords of Kobol is the first vocal track (track 9) on the disc and as is all their vocal tracks, in some foreign tongue - but nothing like the mini-series fav To Kiss or Not to Kiss, harder, and with more force. Oh, and electric guitars too. Pretty cool, it was from the episode 'Pegasus' but I couldn't place it.

So Roslin and Adama (track 13) starts off simply with solo synth piano and a solo violin. It adds a couple of acoustic guitars and maybe a cello which crescendo's into something reminiscent of Firefly. Pretty cool.

Prelude to War (track 17) is a very fast-paced piece with violins, snare drums (on nearly all battle themes) and bigger drums. Here Bear goes back to his ethnic drum line but the addition of the snare rolls behind the frantic violins makes it very exciting.

Track 18 (Reuniting the Fleet) is the same Irish-themed track (6) on Season One (A Good Lighter) with the addition of drums, snare, and a bass.

Black Market is a middle-eastern-esque piece which starts with classical guitar and ends with electric guitar and drums. This is the last track, track 23.

I for one, can't wait!

Here's the link for your own copy and to give the preview tracks a listen!

Updated Firefox on teh max0r which fixed the gif viewing issue.

Watched Ultimate Avengers with my son, which was pretty damn good. I wasn't planning on actually paying attention when I put it on for him, but it was great.

Wrote a little script and made a cron entry on xirr to rotate my banner picture on LiveJournal.

Grilled chicken.

galinda822 came for a nice visit.

Mowed the lawn.

Played countless hours of Hot Wheels with my boy.

Brought all primary systems down at J:42 yesterday and swapped the master bedroom and the office. Miraculously, my clock started working again and everything was back up by 1900.

Installed a new MFP for my wife on the XP uber-box, and shared it out only to discover that OSX can only connect to OSX-shared printers. I assume the same can be said for connecting it to teh max0r and trying to connect to it via XP.

For the first time in a month, considering going to be at 2200 so I can be well rested for my day tomorrow. I haven't played DS2 in a week, nor even cracked my new Strategy Guide...