COMFORTABLY INSANE™
Recent
updated May '07

Recent Photo

Clowning around during Christmas break 2006
(cell phone pictures)

 

Recent Reading

None lately.

Recent Entertainment
Radio: Car: Whatever station has least commercials.
Rhapsody: Christina Aguilara, Nelly, Michael Buble

Movies (theater): Blood Diamond, The Good Shepherd.

Videos: Memoirs of a Geisha, Dreamkeeper, Eight Below

Movies on TV that I liked: Its A Wonderful Life

CDs:
Johnny Hawthorn, Pete Peter and The Band of Brothers, Michael Buble

 

Recent Travels

Home to Tulsa for Christmas break. Spent 5 days and 5 nights -- just long enough, but not too long.
High lights: Seeing family, opening presents, cooking roast for Christmas. Mother's holiday party and seeing cousin Kim and Debbie. Dad's birdies.
Low lights: Plane ride, traffic snarls, sun light hurt my bat-eyes, dad's downstairs neighbors' smoke coming in through the vents, missing Opus.


Marie, Gaylynn and I took a day-trip to Olympic Peninsula via car and ferry. Stopped at the Lucky Deer trading post and the S'Klallam tribal complex to buy art. Drove out to Port Angeles where we took a drive through the Olympic National Forest. Next we tracked back to Port Townsend where we had dinner at the Bayside Restaurant. Very nummy pot roast.


From the ferry. You can see the Olympics


Discovery Bay view from S'Klallam tribal museum


Totem poles


Driving through Olympic Natl. Park
Starting to see snow.


Scenic look-out


L-R: My blazer, Gaylynn, Marie


Heading back.

 
Personal News:


Moved to a duplex in Shoreline. Its way better than the apartment. Has a garage and a porch even!


Opus passed away April 14th.

Visit his tribute here

Meet the new kitty, Allie


Updating my Amazon wish list.


Birdies:

All the birds I've logged from my apartment thus far:
Mallard, Glaucous-winged Gull, Glaucous Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow
New! Cooper's Hawk and Pileated Woodpecker, both way cool. Also Black-headed Grosbeak.

A couple of other awesome bird sightings: In June in Santa Fe, NM I saw a Black-billed Magpie. Gorgeous bird. And in August, I saw an adult Bald Eagle sitting on the grass. I watched him for several minutes before he flew off to the water. That was so incredible.

Ah, Tulsa

For some reason, the Chicken Dance is huge in Tulsa. Why? For the love of God, why?
View [11mb mpeg]

I've found a version I like better:
Iroquois Chicken Dance

And what's up with the Cotton-eyed Joe? For a couple of times during the hockey games, the announcer will play the Cotton-eyed Joe and all the little boys (ages about 5-10) peel off their shirts, and go running through the arena swinging their shirts over their heads in circles. Some just stomp on the ground with one foot while twirling their shirts.

Crime: read March Madness


Oh, Seattle!

Vocabulary words:

Lahar
Subduction
Liquifaction
Geoduck
Uwajimaya
Pysht
Kalakala
S'Klallum

 

 
Recent Web work


Real Broadcast Network (RBN) sub-site redesign.
http://www.rbn.com

Non-work web work.
Sarah Underwood's homepage
Bill Stevens homepage

I'm somewhere on MySpace, but I'm not gonna tell where. Its too embarrasing. I still consider this site as my home base. I'm also on Face

Recent Web Surfin'

Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Maybe one of the coolest gadgets around the web!
Do you ever reminisce about the old days when the web first got started? Believe it or not, its been over 10 years since I began exploring the damn thing.

Here are some of my favorite archives of the good old days:

Old Web Haunts
Star Trek Continuum - 10/22/1996

A Call To Duty (ACTD) - 2/11/2003
From vTrek and beyond...where I started on the web
An old game transcript on google. I'm LTCAndo

The Hale Bop cult - 9/22/1999 They shedded their containers in March 1997

From my past
Oklahoma City Philharmonic (end of my last season) - 4/23/1999
Link to the people page - home page didn't archive well.
This is the oldest roster I can find - 5/7/1997
Page for OKC bombing CD - 12/31/1996 Did you know we played for the President at the service? He walked in right in front of me.

Real!
Real.com - 10/01/1999 Before site split in 2.
RealNetworks.com - 3/1/2000 After split. Enterprise portal
RN (5 days before I was laid off) - 8/2/2002

The Regular Joes (my old band) | more

OUHSC's Information Design Group (my first web team...awwww) - 11/18/1999

My Old-As-Dirt web page:
COMFORTABLY INSANE™.
Version 1, 1996, is now just a print-out in a folder, but here's the picture I featured on my very first website:

It was one page, no theme (although my old-as-dirt guestbook, circa 1996 or 1997, was and is still named "moonwind".
This picture above was at the top of the page, followed by a horizontal rule and a couple of links to the philharmonic and the OU Health Sciences Center where I worked.
I probably also had my email address and a web counter. That was it!
Eventually I created a couple of link pages, which wound up on Comfortably Insane™ but were never designed to match:
A sci fi links page | And a fun links page

Still live on server, version 2 - created 7/10/1997 This was the birth of the Comfortably Insane™ concept.
Yes, people, I thought of that phrase first 9 years ago, so you posers out there stealing the phrase are just copy-cats! (I'll eat my words if you can prove that you came up with it before July 1997)
My proof is in the site itself, which has time-sensitive content that could easily be validated.

The design was a slight improvement. Southwestern graphics and an obvious insanity theme. The name was an homage to my favorite Pink Floyd song, "Comfortably Numb."
Email at that time: LTCAndo@msn.com (that's Leutentant Commander Ando)

This is roughly version 3 - 06/04/2001 Tables.

Comfortably Insane today...you're here!

What I'd like to find:

Mahir - that first guy that whose site got propogated around the world with his personal ad of himself.

Surfin Archives


Strindberg and Helium
- really odd, but fun to watch

My Gay Boyfriend - just goofball and fun to watch.

New York Social Diary - this site will make you appreciate being a normal person. And its kinda funny laughing at the rich socialites too.

 

 
Job News


Working my ever-expanding butt off at Real.
Without annoying details, suffice to say that working 2 full-time jobs at the same time wears the hell out of me.

 

 

Recent Work

 

Web Dev and Design:

http://www.realnetworks.com (all of it: dev)

Other:

n/a

 

 

Something to think about!


Nothing.