My First Celebrity Sighting Ever

I'm sitting here doing some work at Vancouver Intl Airport. I'm waiting for my 8 buddies to arrive for our annual ski trip. This year we chose Whistler. You probably know and accept that I am a poptard. I'm clueless about pop culture, although I've made some progress by sneaking dirty little peeks at Rebecca's People and Star magazines. I've been travelling regularly for almost five years, and have never recognized a single celebrity in the airport. Once I ran into John's fiance Sara randomly at OHare, which is notable. Put it this way: I was in Reagan National airport in Washington DC 2x/week for 2 years and never recognized a congressperson. So I'm typing away and some parents are encouraging their son to run down a blond guy who is walking past the small table I'm camped out at. "Can I have your autograph?" The guy uses the other half of MY table to write the autograph (oh yes, I was just tingles all over). He was really nice to the little kid, but I didn't really recognize him. I think they talked about Clint Eastwood, but I didn't (and don't) really understand the context. Kid: "Do you live in BC?" Dude: "No, I'm just up here filming a show." Kid: "What's it called?" Dude: "It's called Tin Man" Me: <browser address bar>, "imdb", <Ctrl-Enter>, "tin man 2007" <enter> So the face that I recognize and is now on my screen turns out to be this guy I used to HATE because in Guatemala, they featured advertisements for a show called "Medical Investigation". The premise was, "Jerry Bruckheimer succeeded by pushing the cheesy envelope with CSI Miami and CSI NY. How can we put this in a medical setting and give it such hackneyed one-liners that it would actually induce vomiting in David Caruso himself?" I remembered that the very guy in front of me would be featured prominently in the ads. He was Dr. Stephen Connor. A building would explode. Children are crying for their mothers. Oh no, the mothers are all trapped under rubble. Nurse Linda is puking in the corner - oh, the horror. Dr. Connor is the only one keeping his head. He Is A Leader. He commands the viewer (and the camera twists slightly and zooms in on his head),
"We MUST get the mothers out - or we're all dead."
End of ad. The Guatemalan announcer would drive it home in his Spanish accent with the title line, pronuonced such that the first and last syllable were of a medium tenor, but the entire string of middle syllables was an escalating pitchhike. Me-di-cal In-ves-ti-ga-tion. According to his IMDB page, he's actually been in a lot of recognizable titles, and I started to recognize more of his roles. CelebrityNeal.jpg I asked him if he would sign the blog post I was about to write but I don't think he heard me.

Rebecca is IN!!!

I have some really exciting news. Rebecca was accepted to BOTH Harvard and Stanford for graduate programs in School Leadership/Education Administration! I am so incredibly proud of my baby. Makes me want to dance every time I think of it. Now I just have to hold up my end of the bargain and be accepted somewhere.

Understand Your Site Visitors - For They Might Be Guatemalan Orphans

Friends come to the sites you create to connect and be entertained, regardless of value of content.  Random people visit the sites you create because of the information that you write about better than most others on a given subject.  I recently remembered to seek out the answer to "why do random people stuble upon my sites?"

Google Webmaster tools are easy, free, and answer this question.  Here are the keywords that generated visitors to this site.  Interpretation: Guatemalan Orphans are a hot topic and a big reason people value me. 

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Re-emergence

GMAT: taken. Applications: submitted. Technology Life Hacks session: presented, sucessful. I can resume life! and blogging. Things to write about from the last 6mo:
  • Speaker Repair
  • Current MCE Setup
  • Work: GE/IDX Centricity ImageCast RIS, or ECM
  • Europe Bike Trip: Prague, Vienna, Cinque Terre
  • Walti Wedding in Spain, and photos
Things to do:
  • Get some DJ gigs besides weddings. Get new music.
  • Update my blog look and feel
  • Organize computer files, revamp backup system with synctoy
  • Prepare for Doug's wedding: Uplighting cyc fades, fat-beam laser, Behringer UHF mics, LN2, CO2 or Dry-ice fog system
  • Read books again
  • Plan a backpacking trip
  • Reconnect with Hebs, Walti, and others
  • Hang out with Brad, Alex and our significant others
  • 2006 Taxes
  • Learn RoR
  • Get back on the running/work out train
  • Finish Whistler ski trip logistics
  • Redesign DJ equipment setup: LED Pars, rack solution

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Brian sent our friends a backup article for a fascinating beer discussion we had during our reunion in Cape Cod. He made an analogy to the Benobo, a rare primate somewhat like a chimpanze, with some intriguing sexual escapades. For example, when they find a bunch of food, they get so excited that they just have to have tons of group sex before settling down to chow. From Brian's email: I've copied and pasted part of a much larger article I was reading at http://songweaver.com/info/bonobos.html "For my study, which began in 1983, I chose the San Diego Zoo. At the time, it housed the world's largest captive bonobo colony--10 members divided into three groups. I spent entire days in front of the enclosure with a video camera, which was switched on at feeding time. As soon as a caretaker approached the enclosure with food, the males would develop erections. Even before the food was thrown into the area, the bonobos would be inviting each other for sex: males would invite females, and females would invite males and other females. Sex, it turned out, is the key to the social life of the bonobo. The first suggestion that the sexual behavior of bonobos is different had come from observations at European zoos. Wrapping their findings in Latin, primatologists Eduard Tratz and Heinz Heck reported in 1954 that the chimpanzees at Hellabrun mated more canum (like dogs) and bonobos more hominum (like people). In those days, face-to- face copulation was considered uniquely human, a cultural innovation that needed to be taught to preliterate people (hence the term "missionary position"). These early studies, written in German, were ignored by the international scientific establishment. The bonobo's humanlike sexuality needed to be rediscovered in the 1970s before it became accepted as characteristic of the species. Bonobos become sexually aroused remarkably easily, and they express this excitement in a variety of mounting positions and genital contacts. Although chimpanzees virtually never adopt face-to-face positions, bonobos do so in one out of three copulations in the wild. Furthermore, the frontal orientation of the bonobo vulva and clitoris strongly suggest that the female genitalia are adapted for this position. Another similarity with humans is increased female sexual receptivity. The tumescent phase of the female's genitals, resulting in a pink swelling that signals willingness to mate, covers a much longer part of estrus in bonobos than in chimpanzees. Instead of a few days out of her cycle, the female bonobo is almost continuously sexually attractive and active. Perhaps the bonobo's most typical sexual pattern, undocumented in any other primate, is genito-genital rubbing (or GG rubbing) between adult females. One female facing another clings with arms and legs to a partner that, standing on both hands and feet, lifts her off the ground. The two females then rub their genital swellings laterally together, emitting grins and squeals that probably reflect orgasmic experiences. (Laboratory experiments on stump- tailed macaques have demonstrated that women are not the only female primates capable of physiological orgasm.) Male bonobos, too, may engage in pseudocopulation but generally perform a variation. Standing back to back, one male briefly rubs his scrotum against the buttocks of another. They also practice so-called penis-fencing, in which two males hang face to face from a branch while rubbing their erect penises together. The diversity of erotic contacts in bonobos includes sporadic oral sex, massage of another individual's genitals and intense tongue-kissing. Lest this leave the impression of a pathologically oversexed species, I must add, based on hundreds of hours of watching bonobos, that their sexual activity is rather casual and relaxed. It appears to be a completely natural part of their group life. Like people, bonobos engage in sex only occasionally, not continuously. Furthermore, with the average copulation lasting 13 seconds, sexual contact in bonobos is rather quick by human standards. That sex is connected to feeding, and even appears to make food sharing possible, has been observed not only in zoos but also in the wild. Nancy Thompson-Handler, then at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, saw bonobos in Zaire's Lomako Forest engage in sex after they had entered trees loaded with ripe figs or when one among them had captured a prey animal, such as a small forest duiker. The flurry of sexual contacts would last for five to 10 minutes, after which the apes would settle down to consume the food. One explanation for the sexual activity at feeding time could be that excitement over food translates into sexual arousal. This idea may be partly true. Yet another motivation is probably the real cause: competition. There are two reasons to believe sexual activity is the bonobo's answer to avoiding conflict. First, anything, not just food, that arouses the interest of more than one bonobo at a time tends to result in sexual contact. If two bonobos approach a cardboard box thrown into their enclosure, they will briefly mount each other before playing with the box. Such situations lead to squabbles in most other species. But bonobos are quite tolerant, perhaps because they use sex to divert attention and to diffuse tension. Second, bonobo sex often occurs in aggressive contexts totally unrelated to food. A jealous male might chase another away from a female, after which the two males reunite and engage in scrotal rubbing. Or after a female hits a juvenile, the latter's mother may lunge at the aggressor, an action that is immediately followed by genital rubbing between the two adults. I once observed a young male, Kako, inadvertently blocking an older, female juvenile, Leslie, from moving along a branch. First, Leslie pushed him; Kako, who was not very confident in trees, tightened his grip, grinning nervously. Next Leslie gnawed on one of his hands, presumably to loosen his grasp. Kako uttered a sharp peep and stayed put. Then Leslie rubbed her vulva against his shoulder. This gesture calmed Kako, and he moved along the branch. It seemed that Leslie had been very close to using force but instead had reassured both herself and Kako with sexual contact. During reconciliations, bonobos use the same sexual repertoire as they do during feeding time. Based on an analysis of many such incidents, my study yielded the first solid evidence for sexual behavior as a mechanism to overcome aggression. Not that this function is absent in other animals--or in humans, for that matter--but the art of sexual reconciliation may well have reached its evolutionary peak in the bonobo. For these animals, sexual behavior is indistinguishable from social behavior. Given its peacemaking and appeasement functions, it is not surprising that sex among bonobos occurs in so many different partner combinations, including between juveniles and adults. The need for peaceful coexistence is obviously not restricted to adult heterosexual pairs. ... At the San Diego Zoo, I observed that if Loretta was in a sexually attractive state, she would not hesitate to approach the adult male, Vernon, if he had food. Presenting herself to Vernon, she would mate with him and make high- pitched food calls while taking over his entire bundle of branches and leaves. When Loretta had no genital swelling, she would wait until Vernon was ready to share. Primatologist Suehisa Kuroda reports similar exchanges at Wamba: "A young female approached a male, who was eating sugarcane. They copulated in short order, whereupon she took one of the two canes held by him and left." The last paragraph suggests that Loretta is sometimes a whore, and bangs pimp daddy Vernon for food.

Free-Busy Data Share

Some of us love the ability in Outlook to schedule a meeting and invite others based on when they are free or busy. This happens automatically when your organization uses Exchange Server, but it would be also useful if we want to have a meeting during the work week.about semi formal or personal topics like OTCR or wedding DJing. In Outlook, open your contact info for me. Most of my contact info is kept up-to-date for you if you use Plaxo, but please copy-paste the following line into the bottom of the “Details” tab, where it reads “Internet Free-Busy, Address:” http://www.jeffvyduna.com/freebusy/Jeff%20Vyduna.vfb Now when you schedule meetings in your Outlook calendar, on the scheduling tab you will be able to see when I do not have previously scheduled meetings. Want to set this up for yourself, or use a similar scheme for your entire company without buying Exchange Server? See http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA011477571033.aspx

Arizona & Utah - Car Camping Trip

For Rebecca's Spring Break 2006, we put 1750 miles on a Chevy HHR rental and toured the greatest parts of Arizona and Utah national parks, sans Grand Canyon (we're waiting until we can get a camping permit for the bottom during a good season). The pictures really speak for themselves - you have to check them out by clicking the links below. Furthering the budding photography hobby, I borrowed a coworker's Digital SLR, the Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D (really awesome). Stories too long to share here include going from desert climate to blizzard in 6 hours in the middle of the night, the love for the product called a JetBoil Stove, and getting pulled over by a scary-uneducated cop. Post production brought to you by Google's Picasa - gotta love it. I've been having fun learning new tricks lately. Enjoy.



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