Archive for January, 2004

Co-worker Ted Trela sent me this droolworthy, Lego-related link from Wired news. [Editor’s note: December 15, 2005—It appears the link earlier in this paragraph is not working, try this related story this link instead.] Of course, I don’t get to build with Lego as a profession, but building software is almost as much fun, so […]

Where’s my Snow?

Posted: 28th January 2004 by LegoDoug in Doug, Home Life, Rants

I woke up before my alarm this morning, looked out the window and saw no new snow. Overnight, the weather forecast, which had disappointingly dropped from “snow, heavy at times,” to “3 to 8 inches of total accumulation,” had changed to, “snow showers, possible accumulation of 1 inch.” Last year Nashua got mountains of snow. […]

A Little Humor (I)—Temperature Conversion Chart

Posted: 19th January 2004 by LegoDoug in Humor

60°F – Southern Californians shiver uncontrollably. People in New England sunbathe. 50°F – New Yorkers try to turn on the heat. People in New England plant gardens. 40°F – Italian & English cars won’t start. People in New England drive with the windows down. 32°F – Distilled water freezes. Maine's Moose Head Lake’s water gets […]

DOS Air: All the passengers go out onto the runway, grab hold of the plane, push it until it gets in the air, hop on, and jump off when it hits the ground again. Then they grab the plane again, push it back into the air, hop on, etcetera. Windows Airlines: The terminal is very […]

Moving Day Details

Posted: 16th January 2004 by LegoDoug in Home Life

Many of you have asked how our move went, and we’ve been too busy to post any details. Stress. In many respects, this was the most stressful day I can remember in a very, very long time. We were just beginning to recover from the “this deal isn’t going to go through” incident on Wednesday. […]

[doug]We have a pellet stove, which is a nifty, attractive, low-mess way to heat/supplement the heat in our new house. In fact, Nichelle is getting spoiled by it, as it is easy to bring the house up to about 75 degrees, so when it gets down to our usual 68 degress, she complains about it […]

In MegaTokyo, This Would Be a “Dead Piro Day”

Posted: 13th January 2004 by LegoDoug in Humor, Politics, Rants

Okay, that’s a bit of an “in” joke. MegaTokyo is an online comic I read. Every now and then the artist gets behind schedule or is overwhelmed with other things, and posts a sketch instead of a comic strip. We’re wiped out from moving (but things are great!), but I need to get something up […]

One of Those Days

Posted: 6th January 2004 by LegoDoug in Doug, Home Life, Rants

I was on my way to Nashua to drop off the check for our insurance binder (only $368), when Nichelle called. She explained that there was a problem, and that I should call our agent So, I spoke with our agent, and it seems that, despite being given a commitment letter, Fleet is demanding $7,000 […]

Here, Naomi shows off one of her Christmas presents, and her destiny (Nichelle is too busy getting ready for our move to read this), with a “Geek in Training” t-shirt from She also received the TCP/IP creeper, but won’t fit into it for several months. Back at the Wilcox family, we are moving in […]