Archives for September 2006

HP buys Voodoo PC

Rahul Sood, President and CTO of Voodoo PC, let the cat out of the bag on “Project Vampire“.  Don’t ask me what the “Project Vampire” really means, as I seem to have missed that part.  What the really long post that Rahul posted says in a nutshell is that HP aquired Voodoo PC.

It would appear that the Voodoo PC line will be merged into the HP gaming division as Rahul is taking the reins of the gaming division.

As Rahul points out, the aquisition allows the Voodoo PC folks full access to the 3.5B R&D of HP and if his predictions hold true, we should see some rather fun innovations coming out of the gaming side of HP soon.

There wasn’t any talk in the post of a dollar amount, but I’m sure that that will leak out in a more official press release.  In any case, it’s a bright move on HP’s part and should turn out better than the alienware/dell fiasco.

I’ve thought that HP was the up and coming PC manufacturer to beat and this certainly helps me think that more.

Good luck to Rahul and the Voodoo PC crew as they begin what should be a fun and exciting new journey.

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Live in the Shire

Did you think the Shire was a place of fantasy? Did you fall in love with that Baggins fellow? Well, now you can live out that fantasy. You can own your very own piece of the Shire.

The ShireThe Shire” is a residential development community in Bend, Oregon. Each house is styled after the Old World cottages and prices start at only a little over $500,000. HobbitHole1Yowsa. I bet they didn’t even spend that much on that silly ring.

That’s not all. They even built in some Hobbit houses.

What are you waiting for? Live out your Shire fantasy now. Hobbits sold seperately.

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Mandatory Military service rears it’s head again

Rep. Charles Rangel(D-NY) introduced HR 4752. The bill, a mandatory military service bill for the U.S. would:

To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons in the United
States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform
a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance
of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.

I’ll be one of the first to say that something similar to this works in several other countries.  It will never happen in the U.S.  The citizens of America are way, way too afraid of anything that even closely resembles a draft.  It also is entirely too close to a major military action.  If it had happened before 9/11 it might have had a chance.  Might have.

Personally, if called, I would serve.  If it was mandatory, I would have to, and I would.  Would I serve by choice? Not a chance.  Some do and they deserve more respect than most people give them.

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Connor ~ 3 Months

Connor Sleeping in the pack 'n' playConnor,

You’ve grown so big in the last 3 months.  We haven’t had you weighed and measured since 2 months, but even then you were at 12lbs 13 ounces and a long 24 inches.  You’ve gained on those by quite a bit in the month since.

We took you up to Wal*Mart on your birthday and exposed you to the torture that is getting you picture taken at the picture studio.  Of course, the pictures turned out really well and we couldn’t help ourselves when we bought extras.  You’ll owe us for that later.  I’ve added it to your bill.

Just last week you began using consonant sounds in you cooing.  Secretly, I can’t wait until you begin talking.  At the same time, I know that it will mean that our language will have to get that much more clean and that you’re beginning to grow up.  You’ve already outgrown your 0-3 month clothes.

You also are beginning to grab at things much more successfully now.  Before you would grab at things, but using your thumbs was out of the question.  Now, you grab hold and refuse to let go unless you decide something needs to be thrown.

Connor SmilingAs yet, the best thing you’ve done in the last few months was to begin smiling.  Not just the “poop” grimace/smile either.  Full fledged open mouth grins whenever someone talks to you or plays with you.  It’s as if you don’t have a care in the world and everything is so darn funny.  I suppose at the moment, you really don’t have a care besides getting fed.  And you do that plenty.

It’s been so amazing to watch you learn new things and gain control over things that you had no control over before.  Little steps on the way to learning bigger things and gaining control over everything. Ok, truth be told, you control everything already.  But someday in the way to near future you’ll be making decisions that will affect the rest of your life.

Connor with MomEach day you a new piece of your personality emerges and each day you teach your mother and I something new about you.  And we love getting to know you.

We love our little man.


note: you can click on the pictures for larger versions.

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