Where did all the spare time go?

Yes, it has been several months since I last posted to the site. Part of this was just life getting stupid busy, part of this was technical glitches. Busy life + technical glitches = lack of desire to fix technical glitches. Such is life.

I have been reading though, working my way through The Three-Body Problem. I had almost given up on the book at a third of the way through. It's written so oddly that I found it difficult to enjoy. When I heard that it was being made into an online show, and the story picked up the pace a bit, I decided to stick with it. I hate seeing adaptations of books I haven't read yet, and didn't want this to be another.

On life getting stupid busy: we're buying a house! I am simultaneously terrified and beyond excited. We've only been looking for 2.5 years, and in every city within 15 miles of Los Angeles. The past 3 months we spent nearly every weekend looking at houses, visiting open houses, putting in offers, getting rejected... Buying a home these days is an emotional rollercoaster. It sort of takes the fun out of something that should be fun.

I visited my first Karaoke bar last month. Is that the right term, "visited"? I certainly did not partake. I'm way to stodgy and boring to do anything that exciting and fun. It was a friends birthday party and thankfully many more people were not stodgy and boring, so it was mostly fun.

We enjoyed some Shakespeare in the park last month. It was Twelfth Night, one I hadn't seen before. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and made a decision to do more of these fun things more often. Although a new home may get in the way of that for a bit.

Written on Jul 25, 2023

Finding those peaceful moments

I'm an early riser, typically up between 5 or 5:30 AM weekdays and sometimes even on weekends. I like giving myself time in the morning to relax wake up slowly. It's one of the few peaceful moments during my day where I am alone, with nothing demanding my attention.

Written on Nov 1, 2022

bah, another bright idea?

Trying out yet another service.  I’m already on twitter, so I have no idea how much difference there is yet. Really, though, this is more of a pathological attempt to make sure nobody else is using my name on anything else. hehe…

Written on May 18, 2007

Summer is coming

I can feel it in the air, and so can the boys.

Written on May 18, 2007

Macbook Cord Holder, Double Use

It’s the little things in life that make me happy. This little cord holder was nice when wrapping up the power brick, but now I’ve found another nice use. I kept losing the cord behind the desk when disconnecting, so now I secure it to my laptop stand. It works really well.

Written on May 9, 2007

Do Your Homework

I received an email today, from a Yahoo! email address, asking if I’d like to purchase the domain. Here is the email below:


I own the .COM version of your domain name and I am wanting to sell it.

I was wondering if you would be interested in buying this domain for $95 from me seen as though you own the same domain but in another extension ?

If you are interested please get back to me. 

I remembered looking into that domain back when I bought up all the kellysims.whatevers that were open and that I wanted. The .com address was taken then. So when I got this email, I was happy. $95 was a bit high though. So first, I decided to do a Whois on the domain, and see if “Shawn” really owned it or not.

For those not in the know on these things, there is a web service called Whois that allows you to pull up ownership details of a domain. Many domains are open for viewing, but many are closed to prying eyes. Using the Whois at Network Solutions revealed it was not actually owned by anyone at all, let alone anyone named “Shawn.”

So I logged into my account at, and bought the domain for a whopping $5.99/year. Within a few hours I had it pointing to my main address, http://anotherbrightidea.orgas I do with all my other kellysims domains.

The moral of the story: Do your homework, and don’t ever, ever, ever trust an email.

Oh, and “Shawn”, thanks buddy. You saved me $89.01 today.

Written on Apr 4, 2007