Archive for June, 2007

NAME the DEAD Contest

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Hello! I hope those of you that have taken the time to read Days One, Two and Three have enjoyed them so far. I’m considering changing up the format a little and actually trying to flesh out a few stories that take more than one day to occur. This means that I’ll need a way to differentiate the sections of the days that cover different people’s experiences and the best way I can think of doing that is by making sub-chapters within the Days under the name of the person. As you may have noticed, the people telling the stories don’t have names so far and I’d like a little audience participation if you would be so kind. So, I give you the NAME the DEAD Contest!

What I’m looking for are First and, if possible, Last names for each main character from the first three Days. Feel free to offer suggestions for one, two or even all three characters. If my panel of judges (which means me and the wife) choose a name that you have suggested, I will give you credit for it and link your blog or websiteif you have one. I know it’s not much of a prize but it’s all I got right now. Please feel free to submit your names in the comments for this post or you can e-mail them to me at cybrpunk13 [at) gmail (d.o.t] com.

I’ll take submissions for about a week or so, since I need to start adjusting how I’m doing this for a longer storyline that will take place around Day Five.

Yes, I know the young lady in Day Two didn’t actually die, but the mortality rate seems to be pretty high around these parts.
So she get’s included.

Camera purchased, etc.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

No comments on Day Three yet?  Awww….

I forgot to mention but we did eventually decide on a new digital camera for the wife. We went to the a little camera shop near my office called Hing Lee Camera on Lyndhurst Terrace to try out a few on our list. The guy working there was quite helpful and put together a good package for us. We ended up getting the Nikon D200 (just like Yoshi said) along with an extra Nikon battery, a Nikon SB-800 flash and a Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm VRII lens. In addition they hooked her up with a nice Nikon sling backpack and cleaning kit. I compared prices later and found that we came out just under the prices we would have gotten from most trustworthy online retailers.

It’s going to take her a while to get used to using such a complicated camera but she’ll do fine. She needs to practice with it though, *nudge nudge*.

As a bonus, I no longer have to buy her Birthday, Christmas, Valentines, Easter, Anniversary, or any other day’s gifts for the rest of her life! Woohooo!

Oh, and we finally got to see Ghost Rider last night. It was freaking sweet! Ghost Rider has always been one of my favorite Marvel heroes so I was definitely worried they would screw it up. But I was definitely happy with it. There were a few things I probably would have done differently but overall I think it was a good summary of the character and his powers. Unfortunately the rental copy was severely buggered in one section so it stuttered like crazy for about 10 minutes during a fight. I’ll be buying it though so I can watch it again then.

Busy then and now

Monday, June 25th, 2007

It’s been a busy weekend and today is starting out to be a busy day which will probably turn into a busy week.  Take a look at the wife’s list of all the stuff while our friends Matt and Mae were in Hong Kong to visit.  We had fun and I think they did too.  Well except for the Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride of a bus trip from Tung Chung to Mui Wo.  We were trying to get to the Pui O beach but we missed it or took the wrong bus or something.  We never made it to the beach.  It was too hot anyway.

Today I’ve been scrambling trying to fix a dead laptop PC and get another PC ready to replace it temporarily.  Or permanently as the hard drive seems totally dead on this thing.  Dunno, but I’m running out of ways to try and access the data.  Stupid hard drives….

On a positive note, Day Three is complete and will be posted tomorrow.  I’ve edited it as much as I can and just my Editor to check it over and tell me where the stumling points are. I’ve started using Microsoft Word to spell and grammar check in addition to the WordPress spell check so that seems to be helping quite a bit.  Although it just doesn’t seem to understand when I use bad grammar on purpose.  It’s longer than the last two but hopefully not too long as to become boring.  Day Four is also in progress and should be about halfway done by tomorrow as well.  Day Five is outlined but that’s about it.  Day Six and Seven have basic premises but no outline yet.  We’ll see what happens with that.

I am HUNGRY!  Hmm… need to find me some food.  Didn’t realize it’s lunch time.

Delayed / derailed / decomposed

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Day Three is coming soon, I swear.

I got my hand torn to shit by a stray kitten I caught last night. I was bleeding from eight different places on one hand. Three were deep bite marks. If I start foaming at the mouth, someone get me some aspirin or something. If I start craving tuna, make some macaroni and cheese for me as they go together oh so well. Mmmm….

We’ll be meeting our good friends Matt and Mae at the Hong Kong airport tomorrow afternoon on their first stop on the way to pick up their newly adopted baby girl! We are so happy for them that this is all working out for them. We’re also really happy that someone is finally visiting us, even if it’s only for a day and for ulterior motives. We don’t mind! Woohoo! We’ve made the trip a few times so we know how tired they will be. I only with they had more time to show them the cool things here in Hong Kong. Ah well.

So to pass the time today, I will leave you with an old joke. Because, if you think about it, are there really any new jokes?

“Hi, honey, this is Daddy,” …. “Is your Mommy near the phone?”

“No, Daddy. She’s upstairs in the bedroom with Uncle Frank.”

After a brief pause, Daddy says, “But you haven’t got an Uncle Frank, honey!”

“Oh yes, I do, and he’s upstairs in the bedroom with Mommy, right now!”

“Uh, Okay, then……here’s what I want you do. Put down the phone, run upstairs and knock on the bedroom door and shout to Mommy and Uncle Frank that Daddy’s car’s just pulled up outside the house.”

“Okay, Daddy!”

A few minutes later, the little girl comes back to the phone. “Well, I did what you said, Daddy.”

“And what happened?” he asks.

“Well, Mommy got all scared, jumped out of bed with no clothes on and ran around screaming, then she tripped over the rug and went flying through the front window… and now she’s all dead.”

“Oh my God!!!  And what about Uncle Frank?”

“He jumped out of bed with no clothes on too and he was all scared and he jumped out the back window into the Swimming pool… but he must have forgot that last week you took out all the water to clean it, so he hit the bottom of the swimming pool and now he’s all real dead too.”

*** long pause ***

Daddy says, “Swimming pool??? Is this 555-7039?”

Day off

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Today is a public holiday here in Hong Kong so I have the day off.  Big day for the Dragon Boat races.  Hotter than hell out there too.  I’m staying in the rest of the day.