Sunday, April 30, 2006

This Just In...

Every 15th and end of the month, I will post stuff that I wanted to post here, but it didn't seem like I have enough data to post a full entry about it, or is about something that is coming up in my life or anything that I just wanted to post and just forgot to post when I had the time but ended up forgetting... Hopefully you get the point.

- You may have noticed that I have links to other web pages that are entries on Wikipedia. However, there were pages that I had to start/create because no one had done so before. Here are the pages/entries I have had to start because there was nothing about them:

Napoleon Dynamite Festival
Zack Ward
Trevor Snarr
Super Saver

- Back in February, JoAnna asked me if I had any phobias. Although this is not a phobia, it is something I fear... Car batteries. This is one reason I do not like to work on my car, or any other car, when it involves working on, near or around the battery. I nearly did fatal damage (twice in one day) to my battery and to myself about a year ago while I was working on my car.

- Annie was recently interviewed by Utah Sports Magazine about her being sponsored by KUTV and running in the SL Marathon in June. I have no idea when the article should be printed, but it should be in the next or following issue. I will post an entry about the article when I receive a copy of the issue. But I want you guys to go buy an issue. I noticed it at my work, so I know it can be found (except in other states...).

- Let me repeat myself: DO NOT, call me "Doctor Beavis". It annoys me for some reason. You call me that, I will not be respond to Beavis, when you call me Beavis.

- Update: As you read earlier, I bought Milo a new iPod Nano because I messed his up. Well, a few days after I gave him the new one, I then retrieved the new iPod box from Milo and I took it and the damaged iPod to Wal-Mart. Before I went in there, I was originally trying to see if they would trade the whole thing (opened box and damaged iPod) for a new one (unopened box and new iPod) so I could take it back to CompUSA to get my money back. Well, they only let me switch the damaged iPod for a new one, but made me keep the old box. Hey, at least this iPod works and I feel that I didn't waste my money on nothing. (And yes, I have learned my lesson...................................................................................................... For now.)

- I recently found out that since Albertson's sold themselves (that sounds wrong and dirty) to Cerberus, I found out that their spokesperson is former Vice President Dan Quayle. ...Crap! If they can't get spokespeople right, then we are doomed!

- For those of you who have a My Space account, you may have noticed that I have placed a couple of things on the bulletin board. Well, sometimes, they will be doubled. This is not intentional. It's just that when I go to post something, it doesn't show up. So I wait the 5 minutes (or even longer), and the posting is not up. So I try reposting again. Then, it may or may not work. But know, this is not intentional...

Friday, April 28, 2006

I Couldn't Wait Any Longer

Well, I finally did it. I caved in and purchased the new video iPod just a few minutes ago. Right now, it is in the dock recharging and uploading my music AND videos... He he he... I'm giddy. I didn't know I was going to get one today. It was just a random, "Fine, let's go get it" sort of deal.

Oh goodie, I can see how those news clips that I have posted on Annie's KUTV site look?
Plus, all the other video clips I have posted here on my blog.

Finally, I can now watch Napoleon Dynamite and any other movie I convert, on my iPod. Do you want to know the sad thing about that movie? I had ND already converted to be uploaded about a week ago. ........What? I wanted to be prepared and to test out that software that converts the movies. Now I have to convert all the Star Wars movies and see if I can do Lost and Titus... SWEET! But dang it! It takes around 3 hours to convert one movie... Well, I better get started.

Oh, and if anyone is still interested, I'm still trying to sell my 4G iPod. Tell you guys what? Since many of you guys like to read my blog, I'll give you a break. If you write me, tell me you want it, and mention you saw this on my blog, I'll drop the price down to $200! Plus all the music that I am offering and the AppleCare! If you are still interested, let me know... Otherwise, in about a month, I am going to put it up for sale on eBay... (Oh, if you live elsewhere other than in the SL valley, you'll have to pay for the shipping...) I finally sold it...

(Updated on April 28, 2006 @ 23:11 MST)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Bon of a Sitch!

Yesterday (4/26), when I got in my car to go to work, this is the first thing I noticed when I sat down.

Well, thanks to the a55h013, or in this case, a55h0135 (because it takes one person to drive the vehicle and one to throw the rock that did the damage), I now have to add "Replace windshield" to my things to do on my day off (tomorrow) because these idiots were dropped on there heads... repeatedly, when they were children.

In case you are wondering, I had my car parked on the street. I only pulled it onto the driveway to take the picture.

Happy Birthday Paul

Hey everyone, it's my father Paul's birthday today! If you know or see them, be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday!!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Things I Forgot to Answer

Another question that I asked, but forgot to answer.

"Did you ever expect your life to turn out like it has? If not, where did you see yourself?"

Not in a million years! But then again, I didn't know where I would be right now at this exact moment. I don't even know what my life will be like tomorrow. I have goals and plans that I want to achieve for the future, but that's the thing... They are only goals and plans. Who knows, something serious may happen tomorrow (with my own life, or someone I know personally) that completely throws my life into something I never thought I would plan on doing (possibly for the rest of my life...). Ever see that movie, Family Man with Nicholas Cage? That's what I am talking about...

If not, where did I see myself? ...Since high school, I saw myself and wanted to go into the field of photography. But since then, because of technology, photography has changed drastically. Sure, people still use the old way of taking pictures, but it's just not used very much like it once was. So, I don't think I would have made it through that. Plus, I did not know where to start with that field (schooling, I mean). So I sort of gave up on that and here I am...

Like they say on LOST, "Everything happens for a reason..."

(Updated on April 25, 2006 @ 13:06 MST)

Don't Blame Me For This Happening

I originally wrote what I am about to tell you on this notebook I found in my closet early yesterday (4/24) morning, but after I typed more than half of it down here, what I had wrote sounded like I was writing to myself... Like in a journal or diary. So I will retell you everything that happened as I remember it.

Around 2:21AM on Monday (4/24) morning, I was reading stuff on Wikipedia, when all of a sudden outside I heard this *BOOM*. The next thing I knew, my battery back-up starts beeping and I knew I had to shut my computer off. While I was shutting down, I noticed everything that relied on power to run, was now off. Something up the street from my house had blown out, causing every house on my street to be in pitch black.

It felt weird too, cause I could look out my front window, see the houses and light on the street were out, but the rest of the valley was perfectly lit up. Seeing how I couldn't do really anything (except write in the dark), I decided to call it a night.

My dad woke me up around 7:30AM to help him manually open the garage. As we were doing that, three service truck drove to the top of our street to start repairing whatever went out. Now that I think about it, I should have called to report it so they could have started earlier. Who knows....

After dealing with the garage and knowing there was still nothing to do, I went back to bed. I woke up around 2PM... I think.... And started to do anything I could do before I had to get ready for work. Well, around 3:10PM, the power finally came back on. Oh, that was a relief! Until the power went out, I never realized what you can and can not do without electricity. I guess it's been too long since the power went out for that long of time to remember what it is like to do virtually nothing. It goes to show you how much we all take electricity for granted... Especially right now.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Easy GIF Oven

As you may notice up above, I have now placed code on this page to randomly display 4 (at the moment) advertisement banners on this
(and soon) any page that I own (except the Napoleon and web page), because:

A) I thought this would help promote my business more, because...
B) Business has been really slacking lately.

So every time you visit this page, or refresh it, it will (hopefully) display a new ad. Even thought these took me a while to make, I would like to make some more. If anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate it if you sent your ideas or sayings in.

(Updated on April 24, 2006 @ 15:34 MST)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Things I Forgot to Answer

Another question that I asked, but forgot to answer.

"What is the worse thing that has happened to you last year (2005)?"

That I didn't get enough time to do stuff with JoAnna while she was here. Not enough time.

Plus, the Napoleon Dynamite Festival. Only JoAnna and Tristyn know why... And I will leave it at that. That is why I am now going alone this year.

UPDATE: Errr, me. I already posted and answered this question last year in December. Normally, I can remember what I have posted from early entries, but it looks like I have posted too much as it is to remember everything. My apologies...

(Updated on April 22, 2006 @ 14:41 MST)

Friday, April 21, 2006

Things I Forgot to Answer

Last March, I posted the questions that you guys had asked me earlier and had you reply by sending in your own answers. However, I posted some of my own questions below that.... And I never answered them. Luckily, there were only four questions I asked. So, I will be answering them over the next few days.

"What was your shortest/quickest relationship?"

I would have to say......................... Less than 2 weeks. It was this girl I met while, I'm embarrassed to say this, using AOL back in 2002. She contacted me first, and we got to talking on the computer and then on the phone. You know how it is with people you meet online. We met the next day and that day we started dating. But, it only lasted less than two weeks.

[SIDE NOTE:] By the way, I plan on posting the questions that you guys have asked me recently (January to now), sometime in the upcoming weeks. However, if anyone has anymore questions before I post those questions, then send them in. If not, I'll post the questions I want to ask you later...

(Updated on April 22, 2006 @ 15:03 MST)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

"Classify These as Good Times..." Willie Nelson

This is another question that Katrina asked me. Originally, I stated that I was going to split this question into two questions. Now that I look at it, I guess I could answer it as a single question. However, I am going to split the answer... You'll see what I mean.

"What is the most interesting thing you have seen or been to?"

I hope you are talking about destination/vacation spots... Because that is where I am headed (with the first half of my answer).

I am going to have to say... all the national parks that I have been to or need to visit. I mean, because some of them, take millions of years to look the way they do. So it always leaves me in awe when I see something like that. Plus, I like going into nature. For example, going up into the mountains during the summer time. No city noises, just nature doing it's thing.

I also like any place that has the sea next to it (>>>). So that is why I love to visit anywhere in California that has a coast line. I have never been to any state north of California, or any place east of Vernal... So, that is why I only say California.

However, to give another side of your question, in terms with some sort of events that I was able to see with my own eyes, would be two things...

The 2002 Winter Olympics (closing ceremonies) when they set off the fireworks at the very end. That was incredible because I was able to see them from my house. You could also hear the sound effects that the fireworks were making, all around the valley.

The other would have to be the Jazz-Bulls triple-overtime basketball game that I went to with my father (back in 1991, I think). By the way, the Jazz won that game...

I'm sure that there is more I could answer to this question, but these answers are the ones that stick out in my mind at the moment. Oh, and in case you can't tell, those are surfers, not animals of the sea.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Here is a question that Tristyn asked me.

"What got you into computers?"

Hmm, I wonder, Tristyn... Actually, the answer to this question (I guess) goes well beyond Tristyn teaching me what she knew about computers.

Ever since I was very young, I have always been fascinated by electronics and how things work (clocks, phones, small radios, etc.). I use to take things apart to see how they worked, and to see if I could put them back together. However, (I'd say) 90% of the time I was unsuccessful in doing so. Not a good ratio to start out at.

I also took things up real easy if I could take to them (setting or programming something that seemed challenging to others). For example, I could set the VCR's clock when I was (just guestimating here) 3 to 6 (somewhere in that time frame). (I'm not trying to brag here, I know that I was just able to figure things out like that at a young age.... Yet, I flunked [junior high and high] school, but graduated... explain that one to me???)

I remember when my dad purchased our first family computer when I was 7. It was an DOS PC. The only things I could figure out how to use it were to play a few games and document applications (Word Perfect) that was installed on it.

Well, as time moved on, I got into other things beside electronics (i.e., sports, trading cards, etc.). It wasn't until 1996 (when I first noticed it) when the internet was introduced to the public that I slowly started getting back into computers.

In 2000, Steve (my old friend) sold me his computer that lasted for a little while before the video card on that thing quit. Then in 2002, my parents bought a used computer for my sister to use for school work. Like all things that fascinate me, I ended up taking over that thing and using as my own. Tristyn taught me what she knew about computers when I had questions. After about a year and a half, it was finally infected by a virus (I didn't know at the time) and after enough withdrawals' of not being able to use a computer, I ended up going out and purchasing the computer I still use today. Because of the computer I have now, I finally understood how the computer works, what goes on in the back ground with software and hardware, and was able to finally modify my computer to do upgrades or fix anything that went wrong.

After working on a few computers for people I work with, I figured that I finally found what I am good at. So I decided to start my own side business in fixing computers. So, in order to advertise, I started a web page. I used a free program that came with deal I signed up for (with Yahoo!), but I was constantly working and updating it to make it look the way I wanted it to. But the web creating program I was using literally sucked! So I switched to using FrontPage. That helped me understand the language to write web pages. So because of the creating of web pages, it once again helped me find something else that I was good at, fun for me to do, and what I consider an art.

Lately, I have been messing around with video editing, but trust me-- That is a field I do not want to venture down. It's fun to post something I trimmed/edited or change one video format to another, but I don't want to spend $1000's of dollars in equipment that I would barely even use. I'll leave that heavy stuff to the professionals.

Anyone want to guess what the title for this entry says?

Monday, April 17, 2006

The $159 Hack

Recently, I took Milo's (a co-worker) iPod Nano to reformat it for him. Well, while I had it, I thought, "I wonder if I could use this program I found to make it so that I can put videos on a Nano"?

Well, I found the software and tried installing it onto the iPod. Well, something when wrong after the iPod rebooted, because all it did was either show a bunch of error coding when starting up or it will start up like it the day you bought it. However, after you restart it from turning it off or reconnecting it to the computer, it once again shows the error codes or does the fresh restart all over again. Plus, when you connect it, it sees the device, but it can't make the full connection to see it as a iPod. It just see a device is connected. So, this little adventure that I wanted to try, ended up costing me $159, God dammit!

So I have now had and/or purchased the following iPods:

- Apple+HP iPod 20GB (3G)
- Apple+HP iPod 30GB (3G)
- Apple iPod 30GB (4G)
- Apple iPod 60GB (4G)*
- Apple iPod Shuffle 512MB
- Apple iPod 4GB mini (2G)
- Apple iPod 1GB nano

* I still have this one...

... Well, once my AppleCare is no longer helpful to the iPod I have now, I plan on purchasing the new video iPod. But that will not be until next year.

(Updated on April 29, 2006 @ 3:00 MST)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter Everyone

Just wanted to tell everyone, Happy Easter. If you are not Christian (or in that area), I apologize... But we have to remember what is this day is about: You get to behead chocolate bunnies! Whoo-hoo!

If you are wondering where I got this clip from, its from one of my favorite TV shows, Mystery Science Theater 3000. I know this clip may be lame, but you have to understand the show to understand why I like it.

Update: There are no "Easter Eggs" hidden on this web page. I didn't think of that until just now. But then again, what would I hide... Code that you wouldn't understand? So, sorry, no Easter eggs this year.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

This Just In...

Every 15th and end of the month, I will post stuff that I wanted to post here, but it didn't seem like I have enough data to post a full entry about it, or is about something that is coming up in my life or anything that I just wanted to post and just forgot to post when I had the time but ended up forgetting... Hopefully you get the point.

- Props to Geri for having a killer party on the 2nd. Sorry I left early (4AM), but I am the kind of person to not stay very long at parties... Even family parties.

- Well, it looks like I am going to the Napoleon Dynamite Festival alone this year. JoAnna can't make it... Thanks to her work. Those cheese eatin' surrender monkeys! (JoAnna, if you can somehow sneak away, you are still invited.)

- Ever since my work has now required the checkers to check a persons ID when they want to use a credit card, I have noticed that 1 in 50 people don't even realize (or have not attempted to have it corrected) that their name is spelt wrong on either their drivers license or credit card.

- Annie and I are finally (yet slowly) sitting down and working on her web page together.

- Because I now have my glasses and I can see much better, I want to go back down to Moab (and around that area) again to see what I really missed.

- I will be heading back up to Idaho between the 22nd and 26th (hopefully) of this month. If anyone wants anything, let me know beforehand...

- For those of you who have not checked out my sisters site in a while (since or before April 13th), I have changed the main picture to her page. The main page is the big picture, so I sliced it into five photos (you can't tell, huh?) for people with dial up. Then when you visit the other pages, the picture is only the top three slices.

- I have just looked at the map of the course Annie has to run in June. Let's just say, the distance they want her to run, I drive that to and from work... And, good lord! I just saw on the map that they have to do a lap around Sugar House Park........... I- I- I can barely do that walking!!! (Which I have never even tried... and I do walk my dog there.)

- Very interesting article to read: CEOs say how you treat a waiter can predict a lot about character. Be sure to read the 32 items on the left hand side of the page. (Oh, and make sure you have about 5-15 minutes to actually ready this... it takes a while, but well worth it!)

Friday, April 14, 2006

Welcome Home, to Utah's 115th Maintenance Company!

Submitted by: Tristyn

I would just like to say welcome home to my cousin John who has been proudly serving our country in Iraq for the past 15 months. His company came home without loosing one man. I am proud to say that I was able to make it to the airport to see him come home. We are glad to have you all back home safely! We missed you and we love you very much!

Alright! Somebody Listens... And Responds!

Thank you Katrina! See, she listens to me (or in this case, reads) when I asked you guys to send questions in. She sent me two of them, but one of them I am going to split into two questions... If you don't mind. Here is question number one.

"How much time do you spend sleeping since you are always traveling or working?"

The truth is, I never sleep. I am always awake for when someone needs me. Yep, yep, yep...

I'm kidding. Well, the answer to that question depends on what kind of day I have had. Normally, I am on the computer doing something involving the web or using the computer to watch a movie (no, not Napoleon Dynamite... I just bought season 1 & 2 of Titus.... but anyways.) Since I am on the computer, I don't get to bed until 3 to 5 in the morning. I will wake up around 11AM to 1PM (depending on what shift I have). Go to work, the cycle starts over again. (I have no girlfriend and I'm a nerd... I have to do something to keep myself occupied...)

However, say I have a computer job. I try to schedule an early appointment so I can work on the computer as much as I can during the daytime just incase I need to run to CompUSA for parts or software.

Then, I have my days off from my main job where I usually do things that need to get done. You know, laundry, straightening up my room, helping my grandparents, going up to Idaho, helping my parents, etc. Those days, for some reason, I can be up early (9AM, per say) and be really tired around 4PM. If I get a power nap (10 minutes), I can be refreshed and go on working for who know how long... Like right now.

So, if you think I sleep all the time, you can see it like that, or understand that in the time that I am awake, I do everything within that small time frame that I have and then crash from exhaustion.

Sorry, the answer is anywhere from 5 hours to 12 hours... It all depends on the day I had (and if I took sleeping medicine).

Monday, April 10, 2006

This Voting System Sucks!

By 3PM yesterday (Sunday 4/9) afternoon, I had only received one vote. One flippin' vote. The vote was to shave it off. (Sorry, JoAnna... I received your vote after I got home from work, way after I had shaved it all off...)

Although, now that it is off, a few things have occurred...

One, I am going to let it grow back just a little bit. Try what JoAnna suggested. It doesn't look that great (all shaved off) as I thought it would be.

Two, Milo, I am not "Doctor Beavis!", gosh... Just, "Beavis"

Three, Brian helped point this out. Had I had it so that a "Shave It" or "Don't Shave It" selection (radio buttons) were available, I think more people would have voted then mess around with the fill in the blank sections on my Contact page. I'll mess around with this feature (radio buttons) for later voting...

Four, I started to think about my Contact page while I was at work and how much I wish I had a laptop to work on coding while on break/lunch at work... Anyways, I am currently updating my Contact page now. You now have four five selections to choose from (I will add more if needed later...). Go on, check it out...

(Updated on April 12, 2006 @ 16:16 MST)

Sunday, April 9, 2006

Happy Birthday Jo

Hey everyone, it's JoAnna (Escobar's) birthday today! If you know or see her, be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday!!!

Saturday, April 8, 2006

Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Well, I now have my glasses. Target Optical (where I got my glasses) called me yesterday (4/7) and left a message saying my glasses were ready to be picked up. So I went in and picked them up and wore them out of the store (redneck trait) which felt odd. When I got in my car, I looked out the windshield and jokingly asked myself, "When did this state get mountains?". It was just that they always appeared as a blur to me (Note: the mountains I was looking when I said this were the ones near downtown Salt Lake). When I was driving home, I was looking at the mountains (the ones near Big Cottonwood Canyon) and noticed I could see all the trees and they were crystal clear. The so-called smog around mountains was gone. Now I know it was just my eyesight causing this so-called smog...

As I write this, the only question that now remains about me having these glasses is, whether or not I should shave my goatee. I mean, when I have my glasses off, they make me look older and in my opinion, a little bad-ass (tougher, meaner)... But that is just me (lol). Then, when I put them on, I look like a freak with the goatee. Then, I cover my chin with my hand (while the glass are on), I look like I should be in one of the ads that they show someone wearing glasses... Or like I should be in a college or something... You get the point.

This is where you come in and get to vote: Should I shave it... or should it stay? Click here to cast your vote! Simply tell me, "Keep it!" or "Shave it!". I'll post the results here on Monday. (If you need help deciding, simply click on the picture and then move a couple of fingers over the chin... Sorry for the picture, but you try taking a picture of yourself in a semi-dark room.)

Updated on April 8, 2006 @ 13:32 MST
Updated on June 13, 2009 @ 01:49 MST

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Sorry Folks

Sorry folks, I really have not had anything exciting happen this month. Just working, working and working...

But, if I want you to keep coming back, I have to keep posting something. So, here is another question Tristyn asked me...

"What is the best thing that has happened to you so far this year?"

I would have to say......... Probably, being able to get away from work for five days, driving down to Moab, then driving up to Idaho to bowl my all-time high bowling score.

Although, getting a brand new bumper for my car was nice... That is a material thing. How long do material things last? Not very long. Memories last much longer... For example, can you name 5 things you got for Christmas in 2004 (not this past year, the year before)? Now, can you recall what you did on Christmas day (2004)?

Well, if anyone has any questions, I would love to answer them for you... Just send them my way. So far, it looks like it is going to be a slow month, so start sending those questions in...

Monday, April 3, 2006

Question Time

Tristyn recently asked me, "What's your earliest memory? And how old were you?"

Well, here is the thing... I have two of them and I don't know which one happened first-- So, I will tell you both of them.

The first earliest memory that I can remember was when I was three years old. I was riding in my parents Ford Bronco on the way home from Dinosaurland (Vernal, Utah). All I remember is looking out the window at this motel that we quickly drove past.

The second earliest memory I have was when my family (grandparents, uncle, aunts, cousins...) and I went up to Sun Valley, Idaho. My cousin had a balloon that he let go of inside the place we were staying (two story) and they put me on to of someone's shoulders to try reaching for it. I was unable to get it. I also remember being pecked at on the knee by a goose (which is why I sometimes get edgy around geese).

Funny story too about being up in Sun Valley while I am on the subject. My dad tells me this because I obviously don't remember it. Apparently, one night I had woken up because I was thirsty (for some reason I don't recall). Well, I came out and found a glass of wine that someone had been drinking and was just sitting there. Since I thought it was juice (it must have looked like apple juice), I drank it. Well, I guess you can say that this would be the first time I had hard alcohol... lol

Remember, if you ever have a question, send it my way. I love answering questions...

Saturday, April 1, 2006

April Fool's

I am hoping I didn't piss anyone off...

I hope you enjoyed my little April Fool's joke that I did to two of my web pages (the main page to and my blog page...). In case you missed it, I had it set so that all the links on the main page of Ryan, link right back to the main page. And for those that have my blog page bookmarked, I had that set to jump right back to the main page as well.

Just for your sake, you didn't miss anything major or exciting on my blog. As you can see below, I did not post a entry and I put everything back to normal around 14:30 (2:30PM MST)...

I was trying to find a way to convert my web page code so that it would display it backwards. I remember years ago that there was one web page that did this, but it is no longer available. So that is why I did it like this....

I was also debating on whether or not I should turn off the counter... But, I showed me how many times it viewed my main web page. By the time I changed everything back I had 48 hits to the main page...