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February 27, 2006

Please excuse our dust...

Action Hotdog Go!Well I finally upgraded to Moveable-Type 3.2. I was still running the very old 2.661 version from like a billion years ago. The main catalyst behind this move was to get my self better acquainted with MT3.2 for an upcoming project I'll be working on at FeedBurner. But the real reason I've been gearing up for it and the best reason is to finally shake away my old RSS 0.91 feed and replace it with something respectable. Yay! Finally there is formatting and links and pictures and more doo-da la-la-la-la laaaaa la-la-la-la! in my feed. Now it actually warrants being burned. I'm not happy with the new color scheme, but then again my old look was utter crap too. And I'm not really any kind of a designer so I guess I'm stuck with it unless someone out there wants to volunteer to make it awesomer.

February 23, 2006

Media vs Games

Gamers are now considered on par with crack addicts by the news media.

You wanna know why the news media is putting news pieces like this together? Because they are scared. They are losing viewers to video/computer games at a steady rate and it's unlikely stop. God forbid they produced a show worth watching, or when they did actually kept it on the air (ie Firefly) to get us to watch. No instead they have to use scare tactics to try to keep people from playing games and we will have nothing left to do but go back to watching the boob tube.

Priest Love in 1.10

I'm very excited about 1.10. Like WOW! The changes they are making to our talent tree I'm very pleased with. There are some neat things at the end of the trees. I'll still be going tri-tree but with the changes I'll be able to pick up a couple new tricks in the process. Pretty cool! So with out further delay, my respec will go like so.


Meqi's Current Spec

Discipline Talents - 23 point(s)

# Unbreakable Will - rank 5/5
# Improved Power Word: Shield - rank 3/3
# Improved Power Word: Fortitude - rank 2/2
# Mental Agility - rank 5/5
# Mental Strength - rank 3/5
# Improved Mana Burn - rank 2/2
# Meditation - rank 2/5
# Inner Focus - rank 1/1

Holy Talents - 17 point(s)

# Improved Renew - rank 5/5
# Spiritual Healing - rank 5/5
# Subtlety - rank 5/5
# Improved Flash Heal - rank 2/2

Shadow Talents - 11 point(s)

# Blackout - rank 5/5
# Improved Shadow Word: Pain - rank 2/2
# Shadow Focus - rank 3/5
# Mind Flay - rank 1/1


Meqi's Future Spec

Discipline Talents - 29 point(s)

# Unbreakable Will - rank 5/5
# Silent Resolve - rank 5/5
# Improved Power Word: Fortitude - rank 2/2
# Improved Power Word: Shield - rank 3/3
# Inner Focus - rank 1/1
# Meditation - rank 3/3
# Mental Agility - rank 5/5
# Improved Mana Burn - rank 2/2
# Mental Strength - rank 3/5

Holy Talents - 11 point(s)

# Healing Focus - rank 2/2
# Improved Renew - rank 3/3
# Divine Fury - rank 5/5
# Holy Nova - rank 1/1

Shadow Talents - 11 point(s)

# Blackout - rank 5/5
# Improved Shadow Word: Pain - rank 2/2
# Shadow Focus - rank 3/5
# Mind Flay - rank 1/1

So I will have virtually the exact same build as before but will gain the following things: Holy Nova!! + Half-sec faster GHeal + Reduced Threat from Damage Spells. And I'm losing the extra 10% on my healing spells, but given that GHeal will be a 2.5 second cast, I'll take it!

February 21, 2006

Make Friends With Your Fast

My fast likes the windows down. God I love Volkswagon's new commericals. If I was in the market for a new car I would absolutely be test driving the new GTI from VW. Their new commercial campaign absolutely works for me. I love it! I couldn't find the commercials any where on the Internets so I went ahead and transcoded them off NBCHD tonight during the Olympics. I really want to make friends with my fast.

Sometimes, my fast doesn't get along with my girlfriend.

My fast thinks delivery is for the weak

Sometimes, my fast doesn't get along with my girlfriend

Sweetie, it's really hard for me to enjoy the sound of the engine with all that yackin. (0:28 MP4 3M)

My fast thinks delivery is for the weak

Pickup or delivery? (0:28 MP4 2.9M)

February 16, 2006

The Rolling Stones

Thank god I'm not the only one that feels this way about the Rolling Stones (MP3 1.4MB). Seriously I just don't get it. Yeah they have some good songs but not enough to the point that they are "worshipped" the way they are as if they are the best band ever and will always be. I mean come on seriously.

February 09, 2006


To quote my brother:
Jay-Z and Lincoln Park....I don't really get it, but ok....

Jay-Z, Lincoln Park, and Paul McCartny doing Yesteday?

Put a fork in me...

February 01, 2006

You are invited to D&B

My birthday is this Saturday. I'm turning the ripe old age of 28. :-) I invite you all to celebrate with me at Dave & Buster's in Chicago this Saturday, February 4th. It's short notice as usual, but hopefully you can make it. I plan to show up around 7-7:30. If you want to join me for dinner at 7:30 let me know incase I need to make reservations. Otherwise show up some time after and I'll see you there. The address is 1030 N. Clark, Chicago, IL.

I love you Mommy, Part 2

It was a long day on Monday as my Mom's surgery was bumped to a later time because her operating room was needed for some other emergency. Despite the delay, in the end it was successful and we are all thankful. Six months ago the plan was for my mom to have a bisection to remove the right lobe of her liver and the two tumors in it. About a six weeks ago though, the CT and PET scan's showed that a third lesion had developed in the left lobe making a bisection impossible. This was very bad news at the time. On monday though, the surgeons were unable to find the third lesion at all. They proceeded and completely removed the larger of the two remaining tumors including a full centimeter of healthy tissue all the way around it (about the size of a baseball in all.) They then used a procedure similar to radiation therapy, but that is administered directly while the surgeons have "access", to "zap" and kill the second tumor. Removing this tumor was too dangerous to remove due to it's proximity to a major vein. I went to see her again tonight and she is doing very well. She is doing her best to break all the recovery time records she can, the over-achiever that she is. Time will tell if the cancer is gone for good, but keep the prayers coming and my mom WILL beat this. Read my Dad's email that he sent to all our family and friends after the jump.

Begin forwarded message:

Dear Family & Friends:

Thanks to all of you so very much for your prayers, thoughts, concerns, etc. for Natalie. The bottom line: they have worked very well. THANK YOU GOD. The surgery went as well as could have been expected or hoped for. Dr. Wayne, the surgeon, was well pleased.

I wanted to write last night, but just needed to get some sleep. Yesterday was a very long day. Left for the hospital at 730 AM and got home at 1130 PM. Natalie's surgery was delayed because of an emergency surgery that needed to be performed. Thus, her surgery started at 245 PM, and we saw Dr. Wayne at 6 PM for a short summary of the operation. We could not visit her in the Recovery Room until 830 PM, and then she was moved to her regular room about 945 PM. We left the hospital at 1030 PM.

Dr. Wayne removed one of the lesions by surgery in the right lobe of the liver. The other lesion was treated with radio frequency ablation therapy because it could not be removed by surgery. Until I became involved with Natalie's situation I had never heard of this procedure. Basically, it is very targeted radiation while she is on the operating table. Both procedures went very well. Dr. Wayne said they got all the cancer they could see with the human eye and detect by ultrasound.

And then there was a surprise! The most recent CT scan and PET scan showed a new lesion in the left lobe of the liver. The ultrasound, done yesterday, and visual inspection by the surgeon could not find or locate any of the cancer in the left lobe. Gone, disappeared, not there. Your prayers certainly worked. I was so excited by that news that I am surprised I did not wet my pants! I am still jumping for joy.

Natalie's address while in the hospital is: Olivia Baker, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 251 E. Huron, Feinberg Pavilion - Room 1101, Chicago, IL 60611. Phone is 312-926-1101. She should be in the hospital 5 - 10 days. The hospital uses her first name for their records.

I talked with her twice this morning, and once this afternoon. I am leaving about 6 PM to go for a visit. She has already been out of bed and starting to walk, but is having some difficulty with nausea when she stands up. I'm guessing this is just a reaction to all the anesthesia and pain medication. I think it best to let her get her rest today, and only short phone calls or visits tomorrow. Anybody wanting to visit can come Wednesday, Thursday, or later. Visits/calls can be a little longer on Thursday. Based on her last hospital stay, if you are visiting on Saturday or later, call first to make certain she is still in Northwestern Hospital. She was in the hospital for only 5 days after the colon surgery when most people are there for 7 - 10 days.

All in all, things have gone as well as we could have expected and hoped for. Please keep the prayers coming. She is going to need them. I think this road to recovery and being free from cancer is still going to be tough, but Natalie will be just one hell of a lot tougher with the love and support of family and friends. As I said when this whole thing started: these Missouri women are tougher than an old boot! And she is certainly proving that.

Keep the prayers and kind thoughts coming. Thanks again for all your support. God's Speed and God Bless.

Bob Baker & Family

PS We had one other pleasant surprise yesterday. We went to lunch in the hospital cafeteria after we had to leave Natalie so she could go to surgery. Mayor Daley was on the elevator. We got to exchange pleasantries with him for three floors. By the way, the food in the cafeteria is excellent; the best I have ever had in a hospital and this is not a joke. I would eat there anytime.