Preliminary Ultimate Bumblebee Photos

I’ve been a Transformers fan since I was little, and I have to admit that the new movie and toy line has sparked a resurgence of that fandom, and stimulated the toy collector parts of my brain. Every time I go to a store that might stock Transformers, I have to check and see what they have, looking for good additions to my collection. I’m kind of picky – I generally avoid any characters that weren’t in the movie (there are a lot of them), unless there’s something special about them (like Arcee, one of the only female Transformers).

Anyway, here are a couple of quick shots of one of the coolest gifts I received on Christmas day – Ultimate Bumblebee. He stands about 14 inches tall as a robot. I’ll have more (and better) photos, and probably some video soon.

Transformers Ultimate Bumblebee
Me and Ultimate Bumblebee
Ultimate Bumblebee in Car Mode

Christmas Pictures!

Update: I’ve uploaded the rest of the pictures I had, up through us opening presents on Christmas morning. 89 photos total in the set now. Tons of cute shots of Emma and Gabe. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

I’ve been taking a ton of photos this Christmas season. They’re all available for your enjoyment in this photoset on Flickr, my favorite photo sharing service. Remember that you can click on the “All Sizes” button on each photograph to see a bigger version, up to and including the original size.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was awesome. Hung around in our pajamas all day, played with new toys, ate whatever we wanted, and generally enjoyed the heck out of the day. I’m sad that Christmas doesn’t come again for a whole year!

Here’s a rotating slideshow of all the photos in that set. There’s close to 60 already, and that only includes the ones I’ve processed and uploaded so far (up to and including Christmas Eve). So the set is going to get bigger.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.


Christmas Eve Emergency Room Visit

Christmas Eve Emergency Room Visit

Emma bonked her face on the fireplace while we were at a friend’s house for Christmas Eve dinner, and cut her lip pretty badly. So, we’re at the emergency room, to get it looked at. It could have been worse – no teeth knocked out, etc, but it might need stitches. She’s very brave, and very talkative. She’s going to be fine. πŸ˜‰

They ended up supergluing it back together. Good old cyanoacrylate!

Thanks to everyone on Twitter and elsewhere for the kind words. Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚


Elvis Sighting?

Shades, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

Got an eye exam today, going to get new glasses. Shot this with my iPhone while I was waiting on the optician.


Happy Birthday To Me – New Car (94 Taurus SHO)

My New Car - 94 Taurus SHO

We’ve been planning to get a second car for a while. For a long time, we’ve had just the one car (a 2002 Subaru WRX wagon that I love), but since we no longer live near the MAX light rail line, most of the time Rachel would have to take me to work in the AM. With Emma in preschool, and Rachel having more and more places to be, it was a no brainer.

There was a sweet BMW 5 series I was going to buy from a friend in Utah, but that didn’t end up working out. So, I was back to digging around on Craigslist and Autotrader, looking for something I like in our price range (we saved up some cash).

I’ve always loved the second generation Ford Taurus SHO (93-95). I’m not surprised if you’ve never heard of it, or know what makes it special. Besides some unique body elements and a sport suspension (from the police interceptor version of the Taurus), it has a unique 3.0 liter (manual transmission) or 3.2 liter (auto transmission) Yamaha V-6 engine. It’s the only car I know of with a Yamaha engine. It was originally designed for a mid-engined sports car that Ford was planning but scrapped, so they put it into a Taurus sedan, and made a cult classic.

The one I got is a 94 with only 125K miles (and apparently, it had a completely new engine installed at 90K miles). It’s very quick – almost as fast as my WRX. And it’s loaded up with all the luxo options like leather, moonroof, etc. The color is Opal Frost, a kind of bluish-silver, which I found out was only available in 1994, and only 1306 were made in that color. No wonder I’ve never seen one this color. I see green, blue, red, and white ones all over. Very occasionally, black (which looks NICE on this car!). But I think this is the first Opal Frost. I’m just going to call it silver.

Yeah, it’s a 10+ year old Ford Taurus. It’s nothing fancy or exotic, but it is rare, and it is unique, and it is fast and fun to drive. And it was pretty cheap. I’ve been in love with the SHO since it came out, and wanted one desperately. I feel lucky to have found one in good shape in my price range, so today, we went out to the Ford dealer in St Helens, Oregon, and picked it up.

One thing I love about the SHO is the fanatical community that surrounds it. There are owners clubs all over the country, and there have been very active mailing lists and web communities dedicated to the SHO from the very beginning (see and as examples). So there’s lots of help from “my people” if I ever run into problems with it.

It makes my geeky parts feel all tingly when I think about the fact that the size and level of activity of a vehicle’s online community was a major factor in my purchasing decision. I’m such a geek! πŸ™‚

Now Rachel won’t have to get up and get the kids ready extra early in the morning to take me to work. So everyone’s happy! πŸ™‚


Apple updates hammering Google, or are they just being sensitive?

Teh Google is Borken, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

All of a sudden in my house, we’re getting this error on every Google query, from different browsers, on different computers. No viruses here, so, WTH, Google?

We were out running errands all day, and only got online tonight. The two computers where we’re seeing the problem are an iMac running OS X Tiger, and my MBP running Leopard. Both recently had Software Updates installed from Apple, and Scott Beale of Laughing Squid says on Twitter that he’s noticed the same thing after installing the latest updates.

Is something in one of the new Apple updates hitting Google too hard, or are their Denial of Service attack defenses just being a little too sensitive?

Is anyone else seeing this problem?

Update: Adam Nelson mentioned in the comments that he’s using OpenDNSthread over at Mashable, where people are reporting in on the issue.