Archive for February, 2005

New Season Starts off Nicely

And so starts a brand new season. Two new expansion teams too, and so now there are 4 games on Wednesday nights: 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30. I’m going to die whenever we’re scheduled for a 9:30 game.

We Snipers beat the Leafs 8-2. Must not have been a good team this season, because I managed to get 2 goals and 1 assist.

Browser Speed Comparisons

An interesting, unbiased test of browsers on multiple platforms.

Some interesting finds in these tests:

Firefox is NOT faster than IE, as it claims (although with all the security flaws and non-support of web standards found in IE, Firefox is still the better choice).

Opera, a favorite of my dads probably since version 1, is the fastest browser overall on all platforms, Linux, Windows, and Mac.
If you look at the graphs for Windows browsers, Opera is at the top of every test.

Boys are sick

So Caleb is doing really good. He is eating and drinking normally again. But Tim is now in bed with a 100.9 fever, plus the other symptoms that Caleb had. So we are back to the beginning again over here. Hopefully we won’t end up in the hospital again. So keep those prayers coming just where you were saying “Caleb” now insert “Tim.”

A New Rebel

News leaked about a brand new Canon Digital Rebel XT, lighter and smaller than the original Digital Rebel, is 8 megapixels AND it’s $999, the same price as the original Digital Rebel. It’s got a lot of the same features as my 20D including the DIGIC II image processor, virtual instant start-up time, 3 focus modes, and ETTL II. The original Rebel was my first Digital SLR camera and it was great. Canon never stops improving on their products.

UPDATE: Digital Photography Review has put up their in-depth preview.

Home At Long Last!

Caleb did really good today–they took him off the IV fluids last night and today he was eating and drinking like normal. We had to wait around late in the afternoon until Dr. Coulson came by, but as soon as he saw Caleb he let us go home.

We’re all tired, and it’s nice to all be home again. It’ll be really really nice to sleep in our own beds again too. The only dumb thing is that I have a fever now…

Thanks everyone for all the prayers. Caleb had no shortage of concerned friends and relatives.

Diaper Rashes Hurt the Whole Family

Chesney and I spent the entire weekend changing Caleb’s diapers and clothes. Caleb somehow acquired a stomach virus and because of the constant diarreah and vomitting, he was very dehydrated–the doctor said on Saturday if he was still dehydrated and lethargic by the next day we should bring him to the ER.

The hardest thing for us is treating Caleb’s pretty bad diaper rash he developed because of his constant dirty diapers (he’s only had a diaper rash one other time in his life). Even though it’s for his own good, it’s so painful to see Caleb in pain when we change his diapers. Poor kid. Fortunately, he drank enough yesterday that we didn’t feel like we needed to bring him into the ER, but he’s still not 100% yet. So keep praying for the little guy.

It’s true that you can never fully understand parenting (and appreciate your own parents) until you become one yourself. Just a year ago I didn’t appreciate my own parents as much as I do today! This first year of being is a great, rewarding experience, but is also challenging and down-right brutal at times.

UPDATE: 11:30 pm
Caleb is now at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. Chesney’s staying with him tonight while I sit here at home for the night and worry. Apparently, while I was at work today, Caleb got worse and stopped eating and drinking anything altogether.

Chesney took him to the ER where I met them earlier this afternoon. His doctor advised that he should stay overnight and get some fluids in him.

He seemed to be sleeping peacefully when I left. If you have a minute, please pray for him and the next couple days.

Happy Valentine’s Day to Us.

UPDATE: 15 Feb 2005 11:45 am
Caleb’s improved a lot this morning. He was active, playing, and most importantly, eating and drinking. This is much better than yesterday. Hopefully he’s doing well enough that we’ll be able to get him home sometime today.

UPDATE: 15 Feb 2005 11:55 pm
Unfortunately, the Dr. Coulson didn’t think Caleb had improved enough to go home. The rest of the day Caleb was up and down–sometimes he would be sleepy and not want to eat or drink, and sometimes he was alert and eating. He still has the runs, and that was the deciding factor for another night in the hospital.

They did take him off fluids to see how well we would drink on his own. Pray for Chesney too–she hasn’t gotten much sleep in the last 2 days and has spent all but a few hours of those 2 days in a small 8 x 12 room. It’s physically draining and emotionally exhausting for all of us to be in this situation.

New and Improved!

In case you haven’t noticed, the site is different.

Learning CSS and designing with web standards has added fuel the fire of my obsession with web design. First with Manuel Camacho.com and now with this one, I’ve been enjoying the freedom that CSS allows.

Since this is a simple weblog, I decided to go very minimalistic on the design elements and instead emphasize the fantastic, informative content.

I’d like to know if there’s any problems with the site. Things may look a little out of place on older browsers, so I’m eager to hear from Internet Explorer 5 users like Dave.

Hope you enjoy. If you want to compare, here’s the previous incarnation. Be on the lookout for redesign of timches.com sometime soon. If I ever finish it.

Trading in 2 Doors For 4

It was ironic that we got our sporty 2-door Honda Accord a couple weeks before we found out that Chesney was pregnant. Had we known THAT, we might have chosen a car differently…

Anyway, decided we’d had enough of contorting ourselves just to get Caleb in and out of his carseat in the 2 door Accord and having to borrow a truck to lug big things around.

So, after 3 years of running the poor Accord into the ground driving Highway 17 and/or the treacherous, winding Bear Creek Rd every day, it was suffering from a failing transmission, brakes that needed servicing, and a set of bald-as-caleb’s-head set of tires. Rather than paying a bundle, we traded it in for this 1999 4runner. Yes, it’s got a large backseat AND enough room in the back for a stroller, a playpen, a travel highchair, and a diaper bag. And maybe a suitcase for Chesney and I.

It was either this or a Nissan Pathfinder. While the Pathfinder was a little less expensive, we decided to go with Toyota’s reliability and quality.

So now I’ve joined the ever-growing club of SUV owners. Wow, I feel so trendy. It seems like showing off new cars is the thing to do at our family gatherings, so now I can participate in that too! Yay.

Smell

I was putting away the rice tonight after dinner and something occured to me. The rice bowl smells just like all Malabuyo’s (and Camachos) houses. So next time you make rice in a rice cooker smell the bowl and then you will know what I am talking about.

Thoughts on The Big Game

Yay, the Patriots win…again. Actually, I was hoping the Patriots would win, not because I particularly like them, but mostly because I T.O. really irks me. The whole time he was with our 49ers he was a pain. I thought the Eagles actually played better than the Patriots, if not for the turnovers that killed them.

Nice halftime show
Who can not like Paul McCartney performing Beatles hits that everyone can sing along to? It’s a lot better than the over the top antics of the past couple superbowls that I’ve kind of half-watched. Paul should’ve taken off his shirt though and shown a nipple.

Is it just me, or are commercials becoming less of a big deal? The best commercials this year were the “You’re getting robbed” and the spaghetti sauce and cat ones, though I don’t think they served their purpose because I can’t remember was it was advertising.

Superbowl XXIII is still the best Superbowl of all time.

“Why Does Windows Still Suck?”

I know I’ve been touting the awesomeness of the Mac recently, and you’re probably sick of it, so I’ll let SF Chronicle columnist, Mark Morford do the talking:

Why Does Windows Still Suck? Why do PC users put up with so many viruses and worms? Why isn’t everyone on a Mac?

I like this guy’s style of writing. He brings out some great points. In regard to all the PC viruses, worms, trojans, security holes, etc, he writes:

“…And with very few exceptions, every Mac owner everywhere on the planet simply looks at all this viral chaos and spyware noise and Microsoft apologia and shrugs. And smiles. ”

I use both Mac and Windows machines in the office, and I really have to agree with this guy about the Mac’s elegant, intuitive GUI deisgn on the front-end as well. Apple’s OS X is just a breath of fresh air after using Windows ever since I was a nerdy 11-year old when we started using Windows.

I know Lem loves OS X. Has anyone else used a Mac? What were your impressions on them?

There Goes the Championship…Again.

That’s right, for the 3rd time in 4 seasons that I’ve been playing with the Snipers, we come within 1 game of the Championship and LOSE.

I think this has been the best Snipers team yet, and we had a real chance this time. We were leading 2 – 0 in the first 15 minutes, but never scored the rest of the game. Meanwhile, the Bruins caught up and we went into sudden death overtime. The Bruins, of course, scored that last goal. Horrible way to play a game, if you ask me.

Now I know what the Eagles must’ve felt like. At least they made it to the Superbowl this year, so there’s still hope for us, I guess…

Ok, Who Doesn’t Have an iPod Yet?

This Article says that 80% of Microsoft employees sport iPods…not surprising considering how popular they are right now. What’s even more funny is that the management is getting mad about it and have even sent out company memos discouraging their use.

If I worked for Microsoft, I would definitely carry my iPod around. I would wear apple T-shirt and use my Powerbook in all of the 80 lunch rooms while I sipped my Starbucks mocha. I’ll decide what products I buy, and the company I work for isn’t going to tell me I can’t buy something that I want.

…that privilege is reserved for our wives and girlfriends.