Thursday, June 26, 2008

One Month of Braylon

Braylon turns 12 weeks old tomorrow (and 3 months on July 4th). He is big and growing like a weed. Everyone who's seen him looks at his massive floppy paws and tells us how he's going to be huge. It's probably true. But as of today, we've had him for a month.

He's a very determined puppy who often wants to JUST EXPLORE DAMMIT STOP PLAYING WITH ME. But he's also a very smart puppy who figures things out very quickly. He's known the come-sit-stay routine for a couple weeks now. Last week we added "down" and it took him all of ten tries to learn it correctly (as long as we have treats). Here he demonstrates with a pheasant wing:

He's very good at going on walks now and doesn't run ahead to see people ss much anymore. He knows when we get out the choke chain that it's TIME FOR A WALK OH YES and knows the (two or three) paths we take. We know his favorite spot to lay (on the folded comforter) and second favorite (on the floor of the bathroom, since it's cool), the difference between the "hey guys let me out" whine and the "NO SERIOUSLY LET ME OUT I GOTTA GO" whine. As of this week, he now sleeps through the night. Sometimes he'll go into his crate even when it's not bedtime.

Sophie has adapted very well by finding new places to lay. Her favorite one is curled up in the sink. It is hard to get her out, because even when we turn on the water, it only bothers her after a few seconds when she realizes that she could be drinking from the faucet.

It's been a different month for me, having never had a puppy before. Braylon's happy fun times far outweigh his annoying stubborn ones. He is a good boy and I'm glad we have him.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Meet Jeff

This is Jeff, the first creature I created in Spore. I'm mostly doing this to see how easy it is to capture video from the game and embed it in the blog. The answer is something like three clicks. They did a great job with the YouTube integration.

I didn't play around much, besides creating this seven-legged beast. I had no idea how he was going to walk with a single, ten-foot long hind leg with a knee above his head. But that was for the game to figure out. So far, this is pretty fun.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Suddenly June is half over

Much has happened in the last 3 weeks. We spent a weekend in Oxford visiting Matt and Phil and their families. Then we spent one in Pittsburgh:
Good times and great food, including the Primanti Brothers sandwich shop where the french fries are on the sandwich. Genius.

Braylon has been growing and learning at an alarming rate. He's considerably larger than when we got him 4 weeks ago and noticeably taller too. He slept through the night twice last week, and even when he wakes up at night, it's for a good reason. So he's essentially potty trained, at least in that he always lets us know when he has to go. Since he doesn't quite have the muscle control yet, we have to let him out NOW when he wants to. Still, the only accidents have been the fault of his neglectful parents.

Also, we're in the process of buying this house:

An offer was accepted last week and we're negotiating based on the inspection results. It is a 3-bedroom 1.5-story bungalow style house (where the entire upper floor is a finished attic-turned master bedroom) with a huge backyard and detached 2-stall garage. Everything about this house is appealing to me and my snobby requirements for positive residential living spaces: A mature neighborhood with huge trees lining the streets, hard wood floors, a garage set back, a solidly constructed house built with materials worth caring about, and within walking distance from a meat market, a few local restaurants, and a 300-acre park along the river. Danielle has more pictures on her camera that I'll include once it's all finalized. Between the loans, the realtors, the traveling, the dog, the mortgage meetings, and work, it has been a busy few weeks. Oh yeah, and we're getting married two months from yesterday.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

DeltaPlex vs Van Andel

My boss is suing the Kent County Convention Authority, which owns the Van Andel Arena (our larger competitor in Grand Rapids). Earlier this year someone at the DeltaPlex, where I work, was accidentally sent an email containing an agreement stipulating that the midwest's largest concert promoter must pay the Van Andel Arena 1/3 of its profits for any concert booked anywhere else in the area. This is being investigated as a violation of federal antitrust laws as it has allowed Van Andel to monopolize the concert industry for years.

It might get ugly, but that just means publicity in the form of headlines where the DeltaPlex is the little guy fighting for justice. Give 'em hell, Joel!

Thursday, June 05, 2008


There's a cool new Wundermap feature on that is basically a large radar mashed up with sensor data from local stations and Google Maps. Besides the wealth of accurate, timely information it presents, I like it because its presentation makes thunderstorms look absolutely hellacious.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

ClearBlue pregnancy test

I see this ad every single day during the morning news, and I laugh every single time.