Monday, December 29, 2008
Of course, as soon as he was done, his little sister wanted in in this deal too. She too showed great patience and was rewarded for her effort.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I was very proud of her. She was not afraid to jump right in and wrench on stuff. She was in charge of stripping down each case and re-mounting drives and motherboards while I wired everything up. She even pinned out the control wires for Zach's computer. Obviously, this was a big turn on for me.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Just a little wiring left to clean up.
Ready to plug in and install an operating system.
Look at those cores ready to work. I spent the day doing some video stuff and this thing is really fast. I rendered 24 minutes of 1920 x 1080 progressive HD video (h.264) in about 10 minutes. My old computer probably would have taken 6 or 7 hours to do that job. I used to have to plan renders around sleep. Now I can just take a quick break.
Intel Core i7 920
EVGA socket 1366 Motherboard
EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX260
6 Gigs of DDR3 1333 RAM
I reused my case, power supply and drives.
In the end, I did this for 1/3rd the price of a Mac and it benchmarks out faster.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
This is my mom and I at the docks, probably in San Pedro. My dads friend was a Merchant Marine captain. We would go check out his ship whenever he was in the country.My sister Linda, me and my Brother Bill in 1967.
Yes, even a swimmer back in 1965.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Next it was smoker time. This is by far the finest way to prepare the bird.8 Hours later
Mmmm, that's good bird.
On Thanksgiving we got a hand me down scooter from my brother. My niece has her learners permit and is no longer interested in riding scooters. After about 2 hours of cleaning, repair and a couple new tubes; it was roadworthy.
After all that fun, our friends the Thurman8ers came over for homemade sushi. It was tasty goodness.
Thurman8er enjoyed his sushi a lot.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This is the hole on the top. Not very impressive. This is where the doctor took the biopsy and then later covered that hole with his thumb as concrete came squirting through.
This is the other side. Yeah, that is the gnarly side. This is where they opened the hole and put in all the cool titanium. I told the doctor that my friend Jim Healy has a titanium bike. He told me that this little piece most certainly cost more than Jim Healy's bike.
I was totally surprised to hear it but I am released to get back in the pool next week to swim. (No polo yet)
Monday, November 17, 2008
One of the things that I do every year at the conclusion of the season is to make a video recounting the season. We show this on the night of the awards ceremony and then every senior is given a copy as a parting gift. It has kind of become an institution and every year I feel pressure to improve over the past year.
For the past 6 years I have started the movie with the old THX introduction and rotoscoped out "Lucasfilms" and put in "Sunnyside Films." This year I made a new introduction. (Yeah, I had to learn to use the mouse with my left hand)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The dark center part of my radius is where the tumor was. The word tumor is really scary.
In a matter of 2 weeks I had just about every possible scan and pre-op procedure done to me. At one point, I even had a local doctor tell me that I needed to be mentally prepared to have my hand amputated. My local doctor referred me to a specialist at UC Davis and that is where I went for the procedure. The plan was for the doctor at Davis to remove the top 4 inches of the bone and replace it with bone from my leg or hip. The doctor at Davis said that the way this tumor presented itself, he was very confident that it was a giant cell bone tumor which is a benign tumor. He also felt very confident that he could get it all and save my bone.
Once he got the tumor open, he took a piece and under the microscope he confirmed it to be benign. With that behind us, it was just a matter of scraping out all the tumor (he said it is like butterscotch pudding) and then scraping and lasering the bone to be sure he went deep enough to get it all.
After the scraping, there was not much bone left so he used some special cement and titanium hardware to put me back together. For the future... I will be getting to know the UC Davis campus pretty well. I need to follow up with the doctor at Davis every 4 months for 2 years and then every 6 months for another year.
Many of you were praying for me and my family through this ordeal. I thank you for this. If you know my wife, you know that she is a worrier. She truly had peace through this time and I am sure this is due to your prayers and God answering prayer.
Please continue to pray that this chapter is over. There is a chance that this could return but I hope that is not something that is to come.
This picture is from yesterday. Lisa and I are home now recovering with my family.