My Hermit Life Continues

The rain turned to snow this afternoon, and gave us a few inches. Not a lot, just enough to make the roads slick. So the drive into Minneapolis for New Year’s Eve festivities isn’t going to happen. The people that I was going to meet decided not to go out as well. So I have only left my house twice this weekend… for my daily jogs.

I may still drive out to one of the Shakopee bars and ring in the new year. Even though I would be among people, I probably would feel lonelier then staying at home… so I am still debating.

Blogging Now

It is currently raining and 41 degrees at the Zoyx Compound. Let me double-check that calender… yep, December 30th. Thanks El Nino! We might get a few inches of snow Sunday night out of this system.

I am installing Linux on to a co-workers spare computer. I was thinking that Linux used less resources compared to your Windows. Not the case, evidently. The LiveCD for Ubunto did not like having only 192 MB to play with. An install of Fedora Core 6 was very sluggish as well. I had a spare 512 MB stick of DDR memory and slipped it into his box. Much better. I am installing Ubuntu over the initial install of Fedora as I type. One thing I’ll give Ubuntu is that it looks pretty, and orange. Much like a Hooter girl. Just there, I was trying to do a tie-in with today’s picture. Thats the best I can do.

I ran 4 miles today. This little run was the kick-off to lose weight. The new years resolution is to lose 30 pounds before the 25th high school reunion in August. I currently weigh 215 pounds…185 pounds would be at about my graduation weight. When I was 17 years old and weighing 185, I was overweight. Even though I was at my final height (6′ 0″), I hadn’t fully developed my bone structure at that stage of my life. The 185 pound mark is about ideal for me now.


I have been watching reruns of “Scrubs” on Comedy Central. Slowly getting hooked to this silly show. The clip below has Colin Hays of Men at Work doing and acoustic version of “Overkill” while the main characters give each other ugly looks. Yes, they are in conflict, like all good hospital characters are supposed be.

Condo Gone

I closed on the Little Canada Condo (aka… “Kurt’s Yogurt and Dirt Yurt”). So after 16 months of ownership, it is done with.

I did one more drive to the condo this afternoon. I had to return a key and some other things to the association. On the way there, I saw that the nearby Sinclair gas station was back open. Has to be new ownership. One of the improvements was that the broken tail of the Sinclair dinosaur was repaired. The dinosaur has now fully recovered from its troubling encounter with me.

Gerald Ford Dead Today

Gerald Ford Dead Today

A 1996 episode of SNL featuring Dana Carvey as Tom Brokaw, announcing the various ways Gerald Ford could die.

Looks like us federal workers will get a bonus holiday during this holiday season. Boy, I must be coming off shallow, if all I can think of is this comedy bit and the dead president day.

All right, Gerry was a good president. He did an admirable job of leading this country out of the post-Vietnam and post-Watergate blues.

Atari 5200

I didn’t get a Nintendo Wii for Christmas. (What follows is the obligatory Wii joke, I apologize beforehand) So no, I am not at home playing with my Wii. In fact, the only presents I received were some fudge and a modest check. Since I didn’t buy any gifts for anyone, I am not worthy of the gifts I did receive.

So I bought my own present. I hopped on to Ebay, and purchased an Atari 5200 game console. This is the console that was the follow up to the Atari 2600 (originally called the Atari VCS). The Atari 5200 hit the streets for the 1982 Christmas season. This system did not have a good run, even though it had far superior game quality. The reason? The controller that came with the system sucked. The controller was a non-centering analog controller that had a tendency to break quite easily. The Atari 5200 I purchased has only one working controller. It seems the best route concerning the controller is to buy a 3rd party replacement or get an interface that allows you to hook up Atari 2600 controllers. Here is a write up of the “curse” of the Atari 5200 controllers.

I went the route of getting the interface. I purchased the Redemption 5200. This is a device currently in production. I had a choice between this and the MasterPlay Interface. The Masterplay is what was in production when the 5200 was on the market. Now the Masterplay has reached collectors status. So you have to pay a bit of collector’s premium to buy.

I also purchased the Atari 5200 track ball. As opposed to the default controllers, the track ball is the “best controller for any video game console”. No, I don’t know what reviewer said that quote.

As far as games, I am taking a short-cut. I purchased the Atarimax 5200 128-in-1 USB Flash Cartridge. This device lets you upload 5200 rom files on to the flash cartridge via your PC. Then you plop the cartridge into the 5200 and have a choice of 128 games.

So this little project has started to cost me:

Atari 5200 console w/ 4 games: $75
Trackball controller: $30
Redemption 5200: $55
Flash Cartridge: $135

We are up to around $300, aren’t we.


The Muskrats have been busy. They punched a hole in the ice of my pond, and have been placing debris just outside of the hole. That alone wouldn’t be worthy of a blog post (who am I kidding, yes it would), but yesterday I saw a Bald Eagle perched on top of the Muskrat mound. Be prepared to be shocked and awed when you click on the thumb picture.


Moved the hot tub into the house last night. Just didn’t like it out in the garage. So it is in the basement spare bedroom. Some stats. It took about an hour and half for the water to flow out of the hot tub (via garden hose siphon). Took about 40 minutes to fill back up. The entire move took up about 3 hours. Takes 30 hours for the 52 degree tap water to heat up to 100 degrees. Hot tub should be ready for me to take dip in tomorrow morning.

I did a 10k run today on the path that is along the Minnesota River today. It was a sunny 40 degree day today. I should probably mention that I walked about 0.7 miles of this run. For some reason, I get this tired head when I run. This narcoleptic feeling hit soon after the 5k mark. So I had to walk for a bit. I think it has something to do with me not breathing hard enough, so my brain gets oxygen starved. When running, I get swallowed up by my thoughts. I then get the ultimate in tunnel vision where I am almost oblivious to my surroundings. My breathing isn’t deep enough in this meditative state. So I get the sleepiness sensation. Kind of weird, huh.

I had a hack idea for the Atari 2600 version of Joust. I made a forum post in the appropriate forum at Atari Age. I even included my own Photoshop of what I think the game would look like in that post. Seems like it would be a fun game. Won’t know until the game is actually made.

In the previous blog post, the article mentioned is about collectors of classic games. Well, there is local guy getting out of the collecting business, and all his games are for sale. He didn’t lose the love for collecting, just a nasty divorce forcing his hand. You can read the not so fun details, and a link to the Ebay auctions in this newsgroup post. I am very tempted to buy one or two up, but I just don’t think this is the hobby for me. I have three games, and I just don’t play them enough to make it worth while. Plus these games swallow up a lot of space.

There has been some positive movement on the sale of my Condo. Can’t make anymore comments beyond that. Especially since nothings been signed.