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Reach for the sky, pilgrim [Sep. 10th, 2009|04:10 pm]
Daniel Boone
I've been watching a lot of Clint Eastwood westerns over the summer, and up until now.

I started with the good 'ol classics of spaghetti westerns: "A Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More", and "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". Along the way I also picked up the spaghetti western comedy classics of Terence Hill "They Call Me Trinity", "Trinity is STILL My Name", and "They Call Me Nobody".

I segued from spaghetti westerns, but back to Clint Eastwood westerns by watching "Unforgiven" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (which I just watched today), both also directed by him.

I've never really appreciated westerns, but this run has been pretty good. I have two more Clint Eastwood westerns ("Hang 'em High" and "Pale Rider") and then this run of movies will end for me- I'm fairly saturated!

And at that point I will have to decide what to watch next. I'm trying to decide between having Netflix send me the old Forever Knight reruns, or if I should revisit all the Fellini movies I used to like.

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Keepin' in "Shape" [Aug. 19th, 2009|12:29 pm]
Daniel Boone
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I feel obligated to comment about the fact that I do have a shape... just not my (or anyone else's) preferred one ;).

Since I started the MBA program, my metabolism has completely shifted. Partly due to long hours of "working hard and playing hard" some things are innocuous, and probably societal, since I now have a taste for beer and coffee that I never had before. Along the way I also started drinking red wine, instead of white, as well.

Other things probably have to do with my age and make me grumpy. While I still weigh the same as I always have (165-170), now it's all settled around my waist. It's not a car tire, but it's definitely past a bike tire. I also eat a lot more often than I used to. No-one likes a scrawny guy with a pot-belly, so I knew it was time to do something about it.

I tried a couple different ways to get going (since i want to "get in shape", not truly diet) and have found a couple that seem to be working:

"Diet": I now eat only one dessert a day. The big catch is, since I'm trying to keep under 50grams of added empty sugars a day, that I also force myself to count a bottle of soda as "dessert". I'm not cutting out dessert entirely, and I can always have that special treat *tomorrow* if I've unfortunately already drank that bottle of soda *today*, so I seem to be able to fool my brain into going along with this approach. When I started counting soda as dessert (really, what else can it be?) I was quite surprised at how many "desserts" I was eating a day: one candy bar in the morning, a couple of sodas in the afternoon, and not to forget an ice cream after dinner. Desserts add up quite quickly when you're not paying attention.

Exercise: So I'm taking care of the "diet" (more or less) to shed empty sugars and still treat myself once a day, but what about the exercise? Using StumbleUpon I came across "The Official British Army Fitness Programme." I've been a lot more successful following this than anything I've tried to do on my own- mostly because it builds up rather slowly, with every other day being a rest day in the beginning. I'm only a few weeks into it however, and its definitely starting to kick my butt. I'm no 19 year old army recruit, so I imagine I'll just repeat weeks as necessary and take it slow.

But I'm more optimistic about getting in shape than I have been since high school!
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Notes on Swiss Family Robinson [Aug. 10th, 2009|05:00 pm]
Daniel Boone
I have been reading a lot of classic books that i have never read, but should have, as well as revisiting the occasional book that I haven't read since childhood. Recent books finished within the past month include "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne, "2001/2010/2061" by Arthur C. Clarke, and "A Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame.

Today I just finished "Swiss Family Robinson" by Johann Wyss.

Well. It was a surprisingly dense and difficult read for a kid's book. It sat on my bed-side stand for a month as I read it in snatches before going to sleep- which it was quite good at helping with. I would even call it poorly written, which is surprising for something considered a classic! Part of this may possibly be due to bad translation- my version is a 1940 fifth printing- and it is possible that the grammatical awkwardness is attributable to that. Frankly however, the story itself is just as bad. The story is really just a tale of how every conceivable useful plant and useful/dangerous animal from *every* continent was found on the island. Unfortunately for the animals, the common result of metting the Family Swiss was to be killed or, extremely rarely, forcefully domesticated.

You scoff, but there were probably, literally, over 200 animals killed by the family in the course of the narrative. Everything from porcupines, to boa constrictors, to alligators, to jackals, wolfs, bears, elephants, ostriches, lions, warthogs, seals, whales, doves, ducks, geese, penguins, monkeys, orangutans.... ad nauseum. It was amazing- even if you discount the amazingly laughable density and variety of animals (which is duplicated by the fauna, but at least the plants can't be shot!). Every chapter is a natural history lesson in how to defeat and colonize the land, mainly by butchering it's natural inhabitants or drastically altering the landscape to be more useful. Literally EVERY TIME a group of animals is stumbled across the family does its best to shoot them all, and then extremely occasionally they domesticate a lone wounded survivor! On more than one occasion after killing every animal in a herd/flock/pride/whatever they introspectively comment that it would have been nice to capture one instead.... ... ... the mind boggles. They even kept a museum of their stuffed and preserved conquests.

I completely recognized that "it was a different time" but the book seems insanely horrible now. Halfway through the book I was reading it just to see what new and exciting animal they would shoot dead next!

I did try to find online a list of the animal deaths in Swiss Family Robinson. I imagined that someone other than me has probably been just as startled by the sheer slaughter of everything the family came across, but no joy.

One good think came out of reading it: I now have the urge to add the move to my netflix list. I loved it as a kid!
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Life Update [Jul. 15th, 2009|08:22 pm]
Daniel Boone
Hi-de-ho, good neighbors. It's been almost two years since I actually posted! Much has happened, but the primary reason I have been less active online than I have ever been since college is that I was getting my MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

At the time two years ago, I figured that with the economy souring that it was a good time to head back to school. By the time I graduated, the economy would be picking up again and it would be easy to find a job in a new field. Well... that plan obviously didn't work out too well ;).

I graduated with concentrations in New Product Creation, and Finance, and a couple of academic awards. I hope all the money spent on it will pay off in the long run!

So, while hunting for a full-time job, some friends and I are doing management consulting on the side. Mostly in strategic management, including both corporate strategy and strategic marketing and sales, but also some innovation management and some IT Project Management, It's interesting, but getting the work is slow and unpredictable, and until we build of a solid book of business and get a significant number of recommendations from satisfied clients it doesn't pay that great either.

In other life news, I am volunteering as a project manager for the local historical society. My current project is managing the donation of a 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition Indy 500 Corvette Pace car. It's been driven only 9.7 miles... very cool. It was donated with the intent for the historical society to auction it off and there's a lot of logistic involved in transporting the car, promoting the event, and determining how we want to auction it.

I've also taken up geocaching on my weekends, and I've become quite the home handyman over the past two years. And during the high-pressure work-hard/play-hard experience of the MBA program I've also learned how to like beer. Scary, that.

That's about it for me. 60-80 hours a week of classes, homework, projects and team meetings didn't leave much spare time for more hobbies!

Lady K is still in medical school and taking board exams in a week in a half. She's been hiding at her parents house in Silver Spring, MD for the past month studying for insanely long hours. She's stressing and worried, but I know she's going to do great!

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Sadness [Sep. 7th, 2007|03:28 pm]
Daniel Boone
And another piece of my childhood passes on: Author Madeline L'engle dies at 88.
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Well, that's just whacked... [Aug. 24th, 2007|12:30 am]
Daniel Boone

You are The Devil

Materiality. Material Force. Material temptation; sometimes obsession

The Devil is often a great card for business success; hard work and ambition.

Perhaps the most misunderstood of all the major arcana, the Devil is not really "Satan" at all, but Pan the half-goat nature god and/or Dionysius. These are gods of pleasure and abandon, of wild behavior and unbridled desires. This is a card about ambitions; it is also synonymous with temptation and addiction. On the flip side, however, the card can be a warning to someone who is too restrained, someone who never allows themselves to get passionate or messy or wild - or ambitious. This, too, is a form of enslavement. As a person, the Devil can stand for a man of money or erotic power, aggressive, controlling, or just persuasive. This is not to say a bad man, but certainly a powerful man who is hard to resist. The important thing is to remember that any chain is freely worn. In most cases, you are enslaved only because you allow it.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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El Gato Curioso anagrams [Aug. 7th, 2007|09:53 pm]
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Wow [Jul. 24th, 2007|08:31 am]
Daniel Boone
Siem Reap, Angkor City, and Angkor Wat are amazing. I guess that explains the crush of tourists, but it was definitely worth it. Think of the biggest
ruin you've ever seen. Now multiply it by at least ten times and
you might come close to how big this anthropological wonder is. It's an entire ruined city that used to be home to over a million people. A lot of
it is gone, because the houses of normal people were built of wood, but the surrounding moat, city walls, and dozens of temples (including the astonishing Angkor Wat) remain.

We took 1GB of photos a day here, and we still wish we had a larger memory chip!

We're done now. A month in Southeast asia, and it's been amazing. We're ready to be back in the U.S. though, with friends and family, and much more reasonable temperatures! So, home again, home again, lickety-split!

"There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home!".
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Siem Reap [Jul. 21st, 2007|10:07 pm]
Daniel Boone
Well, we're in the Kingdom of Cambodia now. I swear that our pilot was some kind of topgun wanna-be. We made some crazy stand on the wing turns, which I'm pretty sure that a Airbus 320 isn't designed to do. About 5 seconds before touchdown he also accelerated the heck out of the plane and for a heart-thumping moment I thought he was trying to take off again. But no, he touched down and slammed on the brakes all that much harder.

The first impressions of the airport were "Wow, it's beautiful". And Siem Reap IS beautiful, but then we hooked up with our tour guide and (because of the lateness of our flight) we immediately headed out of the city down to Tonle Sap lake. Tonle Sap is a pretty amazing geologic feature (check out the Wikipedia article) and was truly interesting to visit- but the poverty of the boat people is astounding. Our tour guide says that very few of our tourism dollars actually goes to local Cambodians which makes it even sadder.

We're off to Angkor Wat itself in the morning. See you tomorrow; same Bat Time, same Bat Channel.

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Leaving Vietnam... [Jul. 21st, 2007|10:24 am]
Daniel Boone
Livejournal can be so slow from here in Vietnam! I've given up on a couple of attempts to connect over the past few days.

We just spend a two-day "tour" of the Mekong River Delta. It's quite interesting- a truly different lifestyle. Having a boat there is as necessary as having a car in the U.S. If you don't have one, you really can't get anywhere!

We're are now heading out of Vietnam on our way to Cambodia. We're going to be there for only two nights as we visit the great religious center/ruins of Angkor Wat. After that we're heading home. It's been a long trip, and as much fun as it has been I'll be glad to see our house again!
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