Archive for April, 2008

My Hometown is Gone

April 17, 2008 By: erik Category: Family, Geeky, USA, Weird

This morning, I went to check something on my Mac OS X dashboard, which contains several weather widgets for various locations that I care about. One of them is my hometown, Morganton, where my parents still live. So you can imagine my horror when a javascript malfunction in the widget code produced these values1:

Pass The Pigs

April 17, 2008 By: erik Category: Funny, Partying, Photos, Weird

PiggyI had forgotten this little set of photos from my February trip stateside. One of the participants (the 2008 champion, in fact) of our little golf outing brought a little “dice” game to the party. He pulled out this little black case and proceeded to extract two tiny rubber pigs and set them on the table. Now, Dennis is a pretty charismatic and eccentric fellow, so we weren’t really sure what to think. He began explaining the rules…

Jing Project: Best App Ever?

April 16, 2008 By: erik Category: Geeky, Stuff I Found

Every once in a while a computer application comes along that ends up saving you hours and hours of time over the period you are using it. For the Mac, a good example of this might be Quicksilver. For a developer, it’s an IDE that does extensive refactoring for you. I do believe that I have found a new application that fits into this category: Jing Project.

El Pico de las Nieves

April 15, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Family, House, Photos, Spain

King of CantabriaLast Sunday, my inlaws, wife, and I climbed a mountain peak that we can see from our house: El Pico de las Nieves. According to the info panel, there has been some sort of church on the mountain dedicated to the cult of the Virgin of the Snow since 1356. The peak is 778 meters above sea level. The tiny little chapel is clearly visible from my window in Colindres. The church there is called the Ermita de las Nieves. Ever since learning about this church, I’ve wanted to take my camera up there on a clear day and take panoramic pictures. Sunday was that day.

Afternoon Walk in Santander

April 14, 2008 By: erik Category: Family, Food, Photos, Spain

Bollard BoyAfter an amazing meal at Laury, my wife, her parents and I took a three hour stroll around Santander to get the digestive juices flowing. It was so nice to have some sunshine finally that I got a little shutter happy and took a bunch of photos. Believe it or not, I’m not posting all of them.

Laury Restaurant

April 14, 2008 By: erik Category: Family, Food, Photos, Spain

Tiramisu!What a weekend! My in-laws came to visit and we spent Saturday in Santander, and on Sunday morning we did something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. But let’s start with Saturday first. The store where my father-in-law and I bought our suits for our wedding is owned by a man who also owns a really posh restaurant in Santander. With our purchases, we were each given a 70€ voucher for the restaurant. Saturday we cashed them in.

Stormy Friday

April 11, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos

I took some photos just now on a grocery errand. It was so sunny when I left the building, but when I turned the corner, I found this dark looming storm cloud ready to pounce on me. If a storm pounces, does that make it cumulonimble?

How to change the color of objects in Photoshop

April 11, 2008 By: erik Category: Flickr, Geeky, Photos, Photoshop

Easter PeasI know very little about editing photos in Photoshop, and am far from being an expert, but I enjoy playing with it and figuring out how to accomplish the alterations that I’m imagining. Earlier this week, I saw this friend’s awesome photo of a pea pod and thought it would be cool if the peas were all different colors. So I downloaded the photo and opened it in Photoshop.

I have sleep apathy, not apnea

April 09, 2008 By: erik Category: Musings, News, Spain

My mother-in-law was diagnosed with sleep apnea a couple years ago and uses one of those machines that blows air into your nose when she sleeps. Several of my parents’ friends have similar diagnoses and machines. Recently, my wife has started telling me that she notices that sometimes, as she listens to me snore, I stop breathing for several seconds at a time. This, of course, is the definition of sleep apnea. So I went and told the doctor, and the doctor set me up an appointment with a pneumologist. Today I had that appointment.

Sunday Lunch

April 08, 2008 By: erik Category: Family, Food, Mondragon, Spain

I introduced my in-laws to my new camera on Sunday. Here are a couple photos from Sunday lunch.