Dobsonfly

Last night my apartment was visted by a mature, female dobsonfly [whatsthatbug.com]. Being my first encounter with the humungous, vicious-looking insect, I was scared crapless and shuffled past it as quickly and quietly as possible as I carried SCUBA equipment and birthday presents into the building.

Upon recounting my horror story of being accosted by giant insects my cube neighbor instantly identified the creature. Apparently they’re harmless (to humans anyway). I’m just glad it wasn’t a male, if I had seen the mandibles on one of those, I would’ve gotten in my car and headed back to P-town (see pictures by following the link above, if you haven’t already).

It’s my birthday!

I am sick and tired of people coming up to me at Wal*Mart and asking me “Do you work here?” or worse yet, just assuming that I do and asking me where to find things. I think it’s the fact that I keep my keys on a lanyard that throws them off.

To live in a home shaped like a dome

For quite some time, I’ve wanted to live in a domed house. Yesterday, I was watching some show on tv about Palm Beach houses, and it mentioned safe rooms (remember the film Panic Room?). Anyway, while searching for safe rooms, I stumbled upon Monolithic Dome Houses, which are similar to geodesic dome houses, but made out of smooth, steel reinforced concrete.

The Monolithic website has calculators on their website for approximating how much the construction for a particualr house will cost. It looks like I’m going to need about $350,000 to build my nearly-indestructable dream home.

Scuba related fun with Bernie Chowdhury and UDNH

I brought a camera, but didn’t feel like taking any pictures.  I guess I just wasn’t in the photography mood.  That and it would’ve been weird to take a bunch of pictures of a guy at my table(thank you, Jenny, for picking out our seats).  I, being my usual self, was fairly quiet at the table.  We did come back with something to show for the trip though, I got my copy of The Last Dive signed, and Jenny won a tide clock and a dive-themed sweater in the raffle.  I’ll try to put pictures of those up in the scuba section of the gallery soon.  Bernie also gave out free (digital) copies of the fall edition of Immersed, which I’ve only had time to flip through so far, but maybe I’ll have time to sit down and read it this week.

I don’t have too much to say about the night other then that.  The chicken tenders that were served are quite possibly the best I’ve ever tasted (and so tender!).  Bernie is an excellent speaker, whom I hope to see again.  Some of the ideas that Bernie spoke about will me make reconsider my next few SCUBA equipment purchases and the direction I take with my training.  If I find employment in this area after December(anyone in New England looking for an entry level computer programmer?), I really ought to join UDNH.  I really ought to join DAN and get some dive insurance too.  

Piebald!

Piebald is coming back to PSU, thanks to WPCR.  Its a “best-of” show, so you’ll get to hear alot of old songs and some new ones too.  I’m not going embed the flash ad (more of a trailer, really) here, but its located over at http://www.piebald.com/ads/.  The show is Nov. 20th, starting around 7:30 in the HUB at Plymouth State University.  Its going to rock hard, so you’d better bring your rockin’ out shoes, lest some rock related injury befall you. rock.

Penny sale

Tonight, i went to the penny sale with Jenny, Adam, Mark and Emily.  Pictured are our tickets for the blue round.  Good times are being had by all(well, most) as i type this into my phone.

Blue tickets at the Penny Sale

Spread'em

Spread Firefox has collected donations from over 8,000 people as of today, October 27th, 2004.  Each of those donations is worth at least $10 (the student level) but I imagine most are at the $30 individual level.  If you do the math, we’re talking around $240k for the Mozilla Project.  While I don’t use firefox as my primary browser, I am now jumping to it instead of IE when I can’t use Opera, and the novelty of being in the New York Times for $10 seemed woth it to me, so I did cough up the student donation.  There’s still 2 days to get your name in the Firefox launch ad in the NYT.  Its too late to donate early, but you can still donate often.