Goalie Fight!!

It starts off with a rather nasty hit on the goaltender.  Ok, so the actual goalie part of the fight is pretty tame, but this is a nice partial bench-clearing minor league hockey brawl.  Been awhile since I've seen a goalie fight, but my attention hasn't been at its peak these days.  If anyone has a better one, I'd love to see it.

Been going to the Maryland basketball games here, but it's not quite the same as the Dartmouth hockey.  I miss live hockey from the 3rd row.


Death throes

To complement the MIA superdrive, now half of my keyboard is toast, too.  So, I think it's time to put Charlemagne v2.0 to pasture, and upgrade to Charlemagne v3.0.  I'm looking at getting one of the "previous" generation macbook pros, for about $1600, whenever the stock here finally goes on sale.  Sure, I could get the new spiffy macbook pro, for more money in just a short while, but I like the look of the old one better.  And, well, it looked like there's no old (slow) firewire port, and Traveler isn't getting updated anytime soon.  That'd be my iPod.  Yes, I still have my iPod USB connector, but mostly, I just don't like the look of the new macbooks, and I like the discount on the older generation.

Bonus points to anyone who can find the subtle joke in this post.  Hint:  it's about the pasture.


"Missing" DVD drive

Yes, I'm still typing away on my 12" Aluminum Powerbook G4.  I haven't used the dvd drive in a couple weeks, and then put a burned music cd (created on a macbook) in.  It spun for a bit, but eventually stopped spinning and never loaded.  It's still in there.  Holding the eject button doesn't work, rebooting and holding down the mouse button doesn't work.  I've tried resetting the PRAM, NVRAM, and I've done a reset-all in Open Firmware.  The drive does not appear in the System Profiler, nor does it exist when using the eject cd command in Open Firmware.  However, every time I boot the system or open the lid to bring it out of sleep, I hear the drive spin the cd for a little bit, then give up.  I've confirmed the disk is indeed spinning by putting a business card in the drive and slowly applying pressure to stop the disk from spinning.  This doesn't eject the CD either, nor does moving the business card to the side to trigger the eject button.  I hear what sounds like the eject mechanism activating, but the disk doesn't come out.  WTF?  Is there anything I can do short of tearing out the drive and replacing it?  All I know is that September 18th, it worked just fine when I burned a back-up of my photos, and it didn't work when I put the CD in on Oct. 1st.

Mood : distressed  Music : nothing but crickets, from my DVD drive

Where am I?

Yeah, just got the following from campus security here at UMD - that's right, College Park MARYLAND:


July 31, 2008
There have been several reliable sightings of an animal fitting the
description of a cougar on the campus.  The description of the sighted
cat is: light tan and tawny brown, about 4 feet long with a 4 foot tail,
and weighing about 50 pounds.  Several sightings have been reported from
the area of Cole Field House, near the Clarice Smith Performing Arts
Center, and continuing through the wooded areas to the area of the
Comcast Center and Arena Drive Garage.  There has been no report of
aggressive behavior on the part of the animal, but community members are
warned that cougars are a predatory species and that, if seen, the
animal should not be approached.

If you see the animal, please contact the university police at
301-405-3555.  University police are working with other agencies to
remove the animal from the campus area.


A friend of mine has said that she's heard reports from reliable people of cougars in the woods in northeastern PA, and sure, I've been seeing a lot of deer here in College Park when I walk the dog through the "woods", but cougars?  Geez, where am I?

We're thinking of going cougar hunting, since the sightings are in the area of the astro building.