Ramblings

Ann Shopping in London

This is great. I love this stuff. This just goes to show what fantastic value can be delivered by the combination of video and broadband Internet connection. A few weeks ago Ann and Anja went on a Christmas shopping trip to London, after which Ann wrote about it on her Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Springer Christmas Party

Photoset on Flickr Let’s face it. Most of the time, office parties blow. You stand around, the CEO or some bigwig who you never see gets up and makes a speech. People always look like they have that nervous “the HR Gestapo could be watching me” smile on. Everyone stands Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Tree Trimming 2006

Photoset on Flickr Christmas is always a unique time of year. In years past I would always use Christmas as one of those benchmarks to compare the current year to years and times past. Sometimes I would remark on things like a distinct lack of Christmas spirit one year versus Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Welcome to Life Luca Julius Kerlin

YAY! My friend Michael Kerlin and his wife Ellen just had a beautiful baby boy named Luca Julius. Here is a picture of the cute little tyke. Judging from the lack to hospital decoration, I am guessing they followed the Dutch tradition of giving birth at home (and probably without Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Dutch vs. Klingon

While we were at lunch the other day with some native Dutch speakers, it emerged from our discussion that there was actually quite a similarity between the Dutch language, and Klingon. I could not find any immediate proof for this relationship on the Klingon Imperial Dimplomatic Corps‘ website, but I Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

Heard While Driving

I bought a car a little over a year ago. It was a crappy, old, automatic. I had to look around quite a bit for an automatic as I can’t drive stick and 98.5% of the cars in this country are manual. I had the car for less than six Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

401k

Today I did the twice-yearly task of evaluating my 401k and rebalancing it. I love the fact that I can push money around from one fund to another, analyze the relative performance of my investments against each other and against other funds, and generally feel like the master of my Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

New Floors!

Sorry it took so long to post about this, but I now have brand new hardwood floors in my apartment! Okay, so they’re not really wood. They’re laminate. But they’re painted to look like wood! That has to count for something right? I never knew what was involved in putting Read more…

By Brian, ago
Brian

Fantasy Football 2006 – Week 13

Well, if you don’t count the defenses, Guze and I tied. Unfortunately for me, Guze has powers of precognition that enabled him to forsee that the Chicago Bears would score two touchdowns and a safety, as well as making four interceptions and causing two fumbles. Even though my own defense Read more…

By Brian, ago