Thursday, March 23, 2006

Note to self...

Regardless of how good it sounds, when you have not eaten dinner, nachos are never a good idea at 11:00PM.

In other news, I found my gameboy, but had to hack it to work. Back in highschool when I was way into building speaker systems, I would remove speakers from everything in sight to use in my systems. Yes, sadly, I made a speaker box out of cardboard into which I placed the speaker I removed from my game boy. Boy did the room shake when I fired that one up. Speaking to how much of a packrat I used to be (and still am) I believe I still have it somewhere, if I come across it, I'll re-install it.

Headphones are a commodity that are hard to come by in this house. Fortunantly, in the same box with my gameboy was my Talkabout, complete with earbud. So, now I had the sound problem solved. But my rechargable battery was dead. No fear! I found my car DC adapter that has several tips, used the correct tip, and plugged it in. So there I am, in my garage (with the door open) with the gameboy plugged into the outlet in my trunk, sitting in my trunk playing my gameboy with my Talkabout earbud in my ear for sound. Good times.

The annoying thing was, I hadn't used one of the games in so long (Warioland) that the battery inside the game went dead, and it wouldn't save games. (Surely the engineers at Nintendo have heard of non-volatile memory... I mean, come on people!) So I cracked open the case, soldered some wires to the battery terminals, pulled out my workbench engineering power supply, connected up to the wires, flipped a switch, and voila! I can save games. I'll get a battery tomorrow so I can play Warioland untethered. Mario Land 2 still had a good battery though, so I retreated upstairs with another DC adapter that could plug into the wall so I could play. I didn't have the right size plug for it though, so I had to solder wires directly to another removable plug, which left bare wires sticking out the back of the gameboy. Everytime I came to some part in the game that required especially funky hand moves, I would get a little shock as my hand brushed the wires. Life is as it should be. So, soon my battery will be charged, I'll replace the Warioland battery, and I'll find the speaker. Then it will all be good. Until then I'll play with wires going every which way getting a buzz off the electrons.

Over and bzzzt! out,
-The Krunchy Krab

Red is in the air...

Well, thank you Duke... that was wonderful. Especially you, J.J. - great shootin' Tex. The left side of my bracket is all red now. And I cannot in good conscience root against Washington tomorrow, so if everything goes well, I'll be seeing red on the right as well. Oh well.



-The Krunchy Krab

Ok, I'm ready for it.

Let the games begin. So what if 1 of my final four picks is out? Bring it on! Let the red flow across my bracket, seeping into every corner and destroying my ranking! Who cares!

I got a raise today at work, can you tell? 21% in the last year. And the greatest thing is, my contract length was shortened to 3 months, at which point I'll get another raise or be hired as a regular employee.


-The Krunchy Krab

Sunday, March 19, 2006

The depths of despair

I imagine that a lot of people are seeing red on their brackets today because of Pittsburgh. It's horrible, oh the agony. I went from having mostly all green picks to having my chart covered in red.

And it looks like it's getting worse. Ugh!

-The Krunchy Krab

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Mmmm.... cookie.

The cookies are in the oven now, like little rotund brown soldiers going to a fiery doom. I could make several South Park jokes right now, but I'll avoid that. Let's just say that they are a monument to Isaac Hayes, who sadly will no longer be on the show.

I need to go check on the cookies.

They're thuper, thanks for asking!

-The Krunchy Krab

I've got a lovely bunch of babywipes...

One of our tulips committed suicide tonight. It was kind of like that Monty Python cartoon, where there's the tree on a hill in autumn, and a leaf starts saying it's so depressed and finally you hear it give in, and falls off the tree. I was just sitting on the couch and suddenly it began to drop petals. 30 minutes later, it was finished, and all that was left was a mass of pollen on a stem. Stupid flower.

My wife is wearing a solid hunter green sweatshirt, navy blue and white checked flannel pants, and baby blue and thin mint green socks. I may need to go put on my orange shorts to fit in. Oh wait, I donated them.

I'm in the mood to bake. That mood always hits me at 10:30 or so. I think I'll go make some cookies.

-The Krunchy Krab

A good start, but a poor finish

Well, the day started off great, with only Tennessee dropping. AND... the Huskies took down Illinois. All was well in my bracket, I was ranked at approximately 100th out of 376,000. All has changed. Now I'm about 1400th. Oh well. Gonzaga was not supposed to win, which has ramifications for the next round for me as well.

I still have a lot of teams in it though, so I'll bounce back. We'll just have to see how it goes tomorrow.

-The Krunchy Krab

March Madness

I suppose it is time to post my bracket, since I'm actually doing fairly well and want all my adoring fans to see.
If anyone wants to doubt the authenticity of my bracket since the tournament has already begun, you can see it on Fox Sports website, I'll try to provide a link. Since I'm actively in the tournament with this bracket, I had to have it completed before Wednesday.
Anyway, here it is:

Ok, well blogger isn't letting me upload the images. I'll try to put a link in.
There, I believe that worked. That should take you straight to my bracket.

Anyway, I'm doing fairly well. I've picked 27 correctly so far, and 6 incorrectly, with only 1 of my incorrect picks hurting me in the second round (the Salukis let me down).
I'll keep trying to post the picture version to make it easier to see.
My picks for today (Saturday) are:
Duke, LSU, Indiana, UCLA, Florida, Boston College, Tennessee, and Washington
My picks for Sunday are:
Connecticut, North Carolina, Villanova, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Texas, and sadly, Southern Illinois

My final four are:
Duke, Connecticut, Villanova, and Pittsburgh, with Duke and Villanova going to the finals, Villanova as the Champion.

-The Krunchy Krab

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

What's in a name?

You ( assuming this is not me reading it after I post this, you refers to the millions of adoring fans of mine who read this blog daily, hourly even) may be wondering where I got the name "Krunchy Krab"

Well, I'll tell you.

First of all, you have to agree that a crab is anything but crunchy. Unless of course you are an ocean predator who eats crabs whole and raw (ish!) in which case the shell does of course make them crunchy. But my attention is focused only on the meat inside the shell. Why? Well because that's what you dip in butter of course.
So, since a crab is anything but crunchy, and I am nothing like a crab (except maybe for my grip, but I really sucked at doing the crabwalk in gym class) then I must be crunchy. But I still share a few minute similarities to a crab (my grip, and I probably taste good when dipped in butter, if you go for that sort of thing) so I decided upon The Crunchy Crab. Then, since my wife hates it when businesses replace 'C' with 'K' (as in the Kompact Kar Korner, a Lynnwood front for a Mustang driving hate group) I settled upon The Krunchy Krab.

There, I hope that settles it.

-The Krunchy Krab

The room, the room, the room is all dusty

Note to self: if you have just dusted the pizza dough with flour to keep it from sticking, do not immediately begin tossing the pizza in the air.

Alternatively, if there is no other option than the above, make sure not to wear black clothing.

-The Krunchy Krab

Saturday, March 11, 2006

June 21, 2006

A day that will certainly live in infamy. On this date, the summer solstice, I will celebrate my halfway to AARP eligibility birthday.

That's right, I'll be 27.5 years old.

I don't want to hear any hee haws from you 80 year olds out there. You remember what it was like to turn 30.

So yes, celebrate I will.

-The Krunchy Krab