Archive for November, 2005


November 29th, 2005 | Category: General

Tomorrow I will be having my tonsils out. Although I’m not thrilled that I’ll be having an operation and suffering for the next two weeks, I will be happy once it is all over–because hopefully I will be a lot healthier.

For the last couple of months I’ve had irritated and swollen tonsils. It drains me throughout the day. In the morning I’m usually OK but they just seem to wear out as the day goes on. Typically when I get sick I tend to hang onto the sickness longer because my tonsils just seem to get infected to easily. I met with an ENT a few weeks ago and this was the solution that we came up with.

So the next week in particular will be the most difficult. I will have nothing to eat but liquids. Cream of Wheat, Malt-O-Meal, Jell-O, Chicken Broth, Water, pop-cicles, Juice and whatever else [ice cream] is easy to deal with on my throat. Hopefully, I will heal quickly.

Anyway, don’t expect me to call or talk to you for a little while.

I’m going out with friends tonight to have a good hearty meal before I can no longer eat solids.

Ta Ta!


Travis Latke Returns

November 27th, 2005 | Category: General

Travis Latke and Friends

Some of you may remember the official Dreamworks web page for a great film called Galaxy Quest.. It featured the mad web skillz of one Travis Latke and was launched in tandem with the film.

The film itself is specifically an intelligent spoof of the popular cult sci-fi show, Star Trek. At the time, the web was littered with hundreds [possibly thousands] of Star Trek Fansites–many of them written by exuberant fans with little or no html skills. Although some of these fan’s skills may have improved over the last 6 years, many sites like this exist even today. These sites allow them to express their enthusiasm for things which ‘fans’ truly appreciate–including our beloved Star Trek. However, the sites also often yield information about the individual that may or may not mark them as–shall we say–eccentric?

Travis Latke’s Galaxy Quest Page is one such page. Dreamworks created this page much as they did the film. It’s a spoof! It is a parody of evey fan site complete with graphical hard rules, blinking text, flashing bullets, animated ‘new’ buttons and even a copy of Travis’ resume. It is brilliant. It was up for a relatively short period of time and then dropped. Since then, there have been other Galaxy Quest sites–some are actually pretty good! Dreamworks still maintains the name registration for–however it no longer produces a web page when entered into the location bar in your browser.

On occasion, to have a good laugh, I would I visit the wayback machine to see the site. The wayback machine is a web archive that has been around for a long time. It tracks as many sites as possible archiving the pages as they were written. Some of mine exist from as far back as 2000. However, they are often missing graphics or other items that the Wayback Machine couldn’t harvest. Recently, I decided to visit every instance of the website to glean every graphic and item available to effectively mirror the original site here at my own domain:

So finally, it is with great pleasure, I give you in it’s entirety (with the exception of that darned quicktime trailer):

Travis Latke’s Galaxy Quest Page

It will also get a place in my links section to the left. So if you decide to come back to look for it–it’s right there. 🙂

Thanks for reading,


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November 24th, 2005 | Category: General

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

Tell me what you have to be thankful for. I don’t have to share with you that which I am most thankful for but I will! 🙂 Of course, any of you who have lost someone close know that you realize best what to be thankful for only when they are gone. Well, not exactly–but it at least makes you think a little more about what you have, what you have had and what you will have. My immediate family on my Mom’s side were all here this day… I am thankful for that. I’m most thankful today for my wife Heather and our new marriage. I do hope we are able to spend a lifetime together. I’m also thankful for all of my friends and every one of my family members new and old. You all mean the world to me. So let me know what you’re thankful for…

…or comment on my blog header. I decided to make a blog header which was approriate to society’s tendency to make each holiday sound ‘up to date’ while completely disrespecting the original meaning of the day. Christmas is one holiday that has gone through the politically correct machine. Companies, organizations and individuals alike–at some point decided ‘Happy Holidays’ is more appropriate. I say, “BAH, HUMBUG.” Christmas is Christmas whether you’re Jewish, Hindu or Buddist. Regardless *note my eloquence in not using IRregardless*–Anwyay… Regardless of your religion Christmas is a holiday which was invented with specific celebratory means in mind… if you don’t like it then don’t celebrate it. If you do? Then wish your neighbor, “Merry Christmas!” Anyway, the blog header is sort of the ultra-minimalist view on what people have started to refer to as “Turkey Day.” Turkey Day [as it were] is completely inappropriate. And so I give you “T-DAY!” and you all should enjoy the humor in that which is my blog header. Alas, it will probably be gone before you get a chance to look at it so if you didn’t see it…

Here it is. 😉


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