Finished First NYTimes Crossword 10/09/06

I have made my way through a whole NY Times crossword, and only needed help with two words. Granted, it was a Monday, but I still think that’s pretty good.
The two words:
53a. Three Letter Combo (7 letters) I had TRI _ _ A _ (I hadn’t heard of the word at all)
37d. Travelers (8 letters) I had V _ Y _ _ _ E _ _ (though, after seeing the answer, I feel dumb for not getting it)
Next, onto Tuesday!!

Continue…

Doing My Part ’06

–AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl

–AZ-01: Rick Renzi

–AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth

–CA-04: John Doolittle

–CA-11: Richard Pombo

–CA-50: Brian Bilbray

–CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave

–CO-05: Doug Lamborn

–CO-07: Rick O’Donnell

–CT-04: Christopher Shays

–FL-13: Vernon Buchanan

–FL-16: Joe Negron
–FL-22: Clay Shaw
–ID-01: Bill Sali

–IL-06: Peter Roskam

–IL-10: Mark Kirk

–IL-14: Dennis Hastert

–IN-02: Chris Chocola

–IN-08: John Hostettler

–IA-01: Mike Whalen

–KS-02: Jim Ryun
–KY-03: Anne Northup

–KY-04: Geoff Davis

–MD-Sen: Michael Steele

–MN-01: Gil Gutknecht

–MN-06: Michele Bachmann

–MO-Sen: Jim Talent

–MT-Sen: Conrad Burns

–NV-03: Jon Porter

–NH-02: Charlie Bass

–NJ-07: Mike Ferguson

–NM-01: Heather Wilson

–NY-03: Peter King

–NY-20: John Sweeney

–NY-26: Tom Reynolds

–NY-29: Randy Kuhl

–NC-08: Robin Hayes

–NC-11: Charles Taylor

–OH-01: Steve Chabot

–OH-02: Jean Schmidt

–OH-15: Deborah Pryce

–OH-18: Joy Padgett

–PA-04: Melissa Hart

–PA-07: Curt Weldon

–PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick

–PA-10: Don Sherwood

–RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee
–TN-Sen: Bob Corker

–VA-Sen: George Allen

–VA-10: Frank Wolf

–WA-Sen: Mike McGavick
–WA-08: Dave Reichert

What I’m doing this weekend:

Fuel Valve
Ignition
Neutral
Engine
Choke/Clutch
then when done:
Thumb
Key
Valve
Already aced the written portion, just need to ride for 4-5 more hours tomorrow, and apparently I’ll be street legal.
Update: Passed the driving test with a 91. Anything above an 80 is passing. The biggest “mistake” was taking a right hand turn too wide by about 2 feet. For some reason I can do that much better turning left than right.
I went to the DMV today and got my temporary license with a “END 3″ addition to it, and should have my real one in a few days. Now it’s time to find some gear and a bike!

Threadless & Design

I finally put in an order at Threadless, which I’d been meaning to do for a while. A couple popped up that I couldn’t resist.


Rayguns - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
My Pet Human - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Of The Dead - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Maybe if I think of something good, I’ll submit my own designs and see how they do. Pretty good payout if your designs get picked. I’m in the middle of redoing my portfolio site, for realz this time. I figure that with all the new Bungie stuff, I should try and make a site look a bit cleaner and professional. We’ll see how it turns out.
Chad (aka Shishka) pointed out to me today that I’m listed on Moby Games directory of people in the video game industry. Though they mixed my entry with a Creative Designer for a Splinter Cell game.

Live Show reminders

I was checking out Google Calendar the other day. One of the neatest features is the ability to import other calendars from around the web. I was able to get the KEXP event calendar as well as other Seattle calendars integrated right into my own. So this, and the fact that I always miss live shows of bands I want to see, got me thinking.
What I need is a service that I can input the groups I like to go see, the Go! Team, Paul Simon, Johnny Clegg, etc. and it gives me an RSS feed or email reminders when these bands are planning to come to town. I never remember to check these individual bands sites to see when they’ll be around, and often they’ve come the week before I check, and I’ve already missed out.
I suppose the trick is to get bands to submit their schedules to a site and keep them current. They all want the traffic to their own sites, and promoters the same. It would probably take someone in the industry with connections to get something like this set up. Maybe creating it semi-wiki style with fans submitting dates for artists…
Maybe I need to figure out how to start it myself. Just grab a Stranger each week, start a database, and get it going for Seattle…and see how it goes…