Croup

Around 3:30 this morning, Toliver woke up barking like a seal... the sure sign of croup.

Poor Toli has suffered from respiratory ailments since he was born, basically.  When he was little, he had two trips to the hospital for RSV, one only two months after he was born, and then again in August 2005.

Ever since then, he gets croup at least once or twice a year.  Usually it's at night, which always makes for a fun evening.  Unfortunately, it also is "provoked or worsened by agitation or crying", which pretty much describes a pissed off kid at 3 in the morning who can't breathe.

Lucky for Toli, I'm a dad who comes prepared.  Due to the respiratory problems that both he and Carter have had, I own a personal nebulizer kit.  Unlucky for Toli, all I have is albuterol, which isn't effective (epinephrine is probably the only thing that DOES work effectively, but has limited life.), so I used saline instead.  So, we spent quite a bit of time in the bathroom this morning attempting to get Toli's breathing under control.

If he's still having trouble in the morning, off to the doctor's office we go...

Foo Fighters and Three Days Grace

On Friday, August 29th, a bunch of us headed down to Milwaukee to see Foo Fighters and Three Days Grace play.  It was an awesome concert.

Parking was a small nightmare.   Thankfully Proton had the GPS unit that I won and he stole from me installed so we were able to navigate around.  We found some parking and walked through the park, down a steep hill, and then headed to the concert site.

We got there early enough that we had some extra time to kill before the gates opened up.  When we headed in, we each received a wristband that granted access to the 200 feet or so closest to the stage.

The best part of getting in was when Kris decided to smuggle in his camera.  Cameras were prohibited, so he “tucked it away” in an attempt to hold on to it.  The guards didn’t even bother to pat him down.

The show was great.  Unlike the great smuggler Kris, I did not have a camera, so I tried using the camera on my phone.  I’m sure you can guess how well most of those turned out, but I did have success on a few pictures.  I tried taking a few videos but haven’t looked to see if any turned out.

It was a good pairing, they sounded great, and it ended up being a really good night.  Our parking issues from earlier worked out well, as we were able to hit the highway pretty quickly.  Special thanks to Proton for driving and to Kris for his valiant attempts at remote stalking!

First Thoughts on Google Chrome

In a word: responsive.

Google Chrome is pretty slick. Built on top of WebKit with independent processes, it seems to be pretty reliable. I’ve run it pretty hard over the last day and a half in an attempt to break it, taking it to sites that have caused me issues in the past. Nary a problem.

The Chrome Task Manager is a good idea that’s long overdue. Being able to determine how much memory each web application takes up is extremely handy information. Some have suggested that from a developer angle, the best bet is to utilize WebKit.  While that’s not a bad idea, testing in the application that end users are likely to use just makes sense.

Of course, plug-ins and extensions aren’t available, so applications like LogMeIn, AdBlock, and Better Gmail 2 don’t work with it right now… this will slow down mainstream adoption a bit. I’m sure that won’t last long, though. The fact that Google Gears is included right out of the box is also telling. 

The trend over the past few years obviously is to move towards web-based applications that are rich with features and responsiveness thanks to repackaged technologies such as Ajax, JSON, etc.  Expect Google Chrome to quickly move to the forefront of application delivery, as Google has a vested interest in ensuring web applications are working smoothly.

Three Credits Down

About damn time.

I completed my last test today, so I have earned three credits from Fort Hays State University.  I enrolled in April in order to obtain a bachelor's degree, although I am currently undecided as to my major.  While this may not be a big deal to you, it is to me.

Back in 1996 when I decided not to attend college and just go with it, I made a promise to myself that I'd be back in school within ten years.

Oops.  Maybe I should have said twelve years.

I'm pretty happy with what I've done so far, especially considering all that has happened over the past 3 - 4 years.  Wait... what the hell do you mean, there's 121 left to go?  Bugger.

Well, with any luck I'll have my degree by 2016.  Bloody hell. that's a long time.

Movies and Such

I've managed to see two movies in the theatre in the past few months, which is amazing because I hardly go out to movies anymore thanks to Netflix... there just isn't a need anymore.

But, I ended up making an exception for two movies.  I went to see Hancock about a week ago with F.. although it wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, it was all right.  Will Smith did a pretty good job of playing a jackass.

I've also seen The Dark Knight with F and a bunch of other people from work.  The movie was absolutely great.  Obviously there was a lot of hype around Heath Ledger's character and whatnot, and hype aside, he really did produce a great performance.  The entire movie was well-written and very entertaining, and even with the 2 1/2 hour length, it was very easy to enjoy.

As far as movie prices... I just don't know.  We saw The Dark Knight for $6.50 each, so that wasn't so bad.  But catching the 8:00 movie bumped the price to $8.75...  that's a hefty sum for a movie, no matter how you look at it.  Even after you look at all the costs of running a movie theatre, it's still pretty expensive.  While I'm addicted to movies, at least I've been able to wait until the DVD release and watch them at home, which keeps me on budget.  Kind of.