It’s been a really busy and hectic week, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out exactly what it is that’s made it that way. So, as has become custom around here, let me do some catching up.

Stupid Corey inspired me (more like forced me) to get a camcorder. He traded up, so we now have the same model. I like the fact this camera has a built-in analog-to-digital conversion mode, so I can run a VCR through the camera to the PC and finally burn old home videos to DVD. (Incidentally, I like the fact that the Sony site highlights the features that are available on any given model versus the previous model.) Our “week of toys” also included getting the DVD burner and the hard drive for my Nomad that I mentioned last weekend. I’m going to be releasing a DVD within the next week that consists of an hour’s worth of footage of the inside of my nose, taken with the “night mode” on the camera. Pre-orders are being taken now.

Last night when I was installing my DVD burner, I looked down and my fingers were covered in blood. Apparently, I had cut myself on a piece of metal and didn’t even realize it. Computer-related injuries that involve bleeding are silly.

More ups-and-downs with Grandmom and my Aunt Helen this week. Things continue to be shaky, but we all remain hopeful.

I took Wednesday off to spend some time working on web and music stuff at home. It was nice to have that middle-of-the-week break and I managed to be pretty productive.

Huyen took her car in to be repaired this week, so she’s been driving rental cars to work. On Monday they were going to give her a front-wheel drive car, so she asked to upgrade to something that would do a little better in the snow. They gave her a Ford F-150. In case you can’t imagine what Huyen would look like next to one of these beasts, here are a couple pictures (note in the second one that the car’s mirror is bigger than her head):

Huyen and the F-150

Huyen and the mirror

The 30-second ads for You Got Served are enough to make me ill. I’ll even take Breakin’ over that overproduced crap… it basically looks like The Fast and The Furious with the cars replaced by breakdancers.

Paul want you to know that some companies are incompetent boobs.

The barrage of viruses this week is enough to make me want to strangle each and every person that clicks on unknown attachments.

Say what you will about Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton, but the Democratic debates would be downright boring without them. And an observation: the people who get the most positive crowd response during debates are the ones with the lowest numbers in the polls. If only applause translated directly to votes.

The Surreal Life is still freaking brilliant. If you don’t flip to the WB for anything else, do so for this show.

Paul is a meanie.

World66 looks pretty cool. It has potential. Just for fun: where I’ve traveled in the US (which includes my brief stop in Alaska on a plane but not states I’ve gone through on a train) and the world. The world map is kind of funny since the one time I’ve been out of the country it was halfway around the globe.

Two shows coming up: Monday Feb 9 @ The Ottobar, Sage Francis and Joey Beats (the Non-Prophets); Saturday Feb 21 @ 9:30, Spearhead and Ziggy Marley. Both should ooze niceness.

Had a nice lunch at the Afghan Grill which just opened up near my work. Sterling is hurting for good restaurants and this one definitely fits the bill.