Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Still no cure for cancer, btw....



Cause this will definitely help you get elected president.

UFOs and Alien Life - The Fix

Happy Halloween, Thrillers

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Big Cat. Wit Spotz.

Leopard installed. Photobooth cool. More to come.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Good night, sweet Classic.

Well, with the release of OS 10.5 today from Apple, all classic support/classic emulation in OS X is gone.

Goodnight, sweet OS 9. You served us well.

It's So True...

Click to embiggen.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

News thats fit to print.

I thought i was reading the onion for a second. Then realized i wasnt. Wow.

Crowder learns he won't need translator in London | Inside the Dolphins

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


The 24 reboot after last years slack in quality is looking to be TOP NOTCH.

Wow. Cant wait.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I'm Addicted

Dolphin Olympics 2

Been playing for a while. Current top score, 12,463,647.


Record Year?

Its amazing, i never really have a posting schedule anymore, i just post when i have time and/or when something pops up that i think warrants it. Occasionally, ill have some long, meaningful post(at least to me) of which i have one in the pipeline.

However, its looking like this could be a record breaking year in terms of post counts at the wags blog.

2007 - 147 so far
2006 - 139
2005 - 185
2004 - 24(could you tell that this was the year i traveled alot?)
2003 - 147 (tied today!)

So i think i can crank out about 40 more posts this year of quality material. Who knows. At least i think its quality material. if i could hit 200 posts this year, that would be a milestone. I think, however, if one was to do a rating based on word count, this years would be in first place.

Monday, October 22, 2007


To: My Department
From: Wags
Subj: Candy Thievery

Group -

I would like to bring to your attention a grave issue. While i have no issue supplying candy, specifically original flavor jolly ranchers in my USG Building Mug, i am disappointed in the antics that ensued while i was out of the office at training.

I ensured to see that the mug was full when i left the previous friday while i was out for a week at training, and yet i come back to the office this morning to see that all jolly ranchers have been taken....except the grape ones. Is this any way to thank someone for providing a service? Leaving him the disgusting ones? This would equate to having a container of Runts and leaving only the banana ones for he who offered them. Simply rude.

I ask nothing in return for the services of my candy mug, however, i am disappointed in the candy that is left over.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Select a Candidate 2008

While its a cute little tool, everyone who thinks they know what the candidates stand for should use this and answer truthfully. Find out who you should vote for based on values instead of what the media says.

Select a Candidate 2008

Also, no surprise...mine picked:
Fred Thompson
Score: 45

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Work. What a pain in the ass right now.

Been working lots of 12-14+ hour days the past 2 weeks, hence the lack of posts. Im taking a quick break right now from it before diving back in. Yeah, its almost 11pm.

The reason for the tons of work is because we are wrapping up a big project...where the scope keeps balooning because of more and more issues we are finding. Not fun. Random deadlines created. Random deadlines missed. New random deadlines made. Etc, rinse repeat. It has been a HUGE lesson to me in project management. Especially with managing a project that has over 20 different contacts in over 10 different departments.

To top it all off, im also in a training class this week. Audit and Security of Unix systems. Its about as fun and exciting as it sounds. Its also being taught by the kind of guy you would expect would teach a Unix audit class. The kind of guy who thinks that the "Bourne Again Shell" is a funny Unix/Linux joke. Shoot me now.

I did manage to get Transformers in HDDVD and Top Gun in HDDVD. Since getting this drive late this summer, oddly enough, these were the first 2 HDDVDS i bought. The rest i have just rented. Transformers was on while working tonite...the picture is pristine for the most part. Some of the darker scenes get a bit grainy. The audio mix is very center channel heavy, and a bit low on the surrounds. That could be the xbox audio hardware, though. Not sure. Top Gun....pristine sound, pristine picture. Benchmark disc for any HDDVD owners.

Not much gaming going on. Beat portal and HL2 episode 2. Both games are spectacular. Orange Box for GOTY. pretty sure portal was a prequel to HL 1, and that its going to play a HUGE part in HL2 episode 3. Cant wait to see whats going to happen. Its nice to see it is FINALLY tying together with HL1 and the black mesa happenings. Also....Team Fortress awesome. So. Freaking. Fun.

Ok, back to work. Writing about this work stuff is making me want to eat my own face.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


[10:05] waggoner98: transformers score
[10:05] waggoner98: helps me work better
[10:05] waggoner98: im like
[10:05] Jason Likert: amen dude
[10:05] Jason Likert: i get all pumped
[10:05] waggoner98: I MUST FINISH THIS AUDIT
[10:05] Jason Likert: YES!
[10:05] waggoner98: AND HUMANITY IS DOOMED

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Contest over, I win

I have the cutest nieces ever.

Friday, October 05, 2007

I Love Band Of Brothers Part 2

Is everybody happy? Cried the Sergeant looking up
Our hero feebly answered yes, and then they stood him up
He leaped right out into the blast, his static line unhooked
He ain't gonna jump no more!

Glory, glory, what a hell of a way to die!
Glory, glory, what a hell of a way to die!
Glory, glory, what a hell of a way to die!
He ain't gonna jump no more!

The risers wrapped around his neck, connectors cracked his dome
The lines were snarled and tied in knots around his skinny bones
The canopy became his shroud, he hurtled to the ground
He ain't gonna jump no more!

Glory, glory, what a hell of a way to die!
Glory, glory, what a hell of a way to die!
Glory, glory, what a hell of a way to die!
He ain't gonna jump no more!

He hit the ground, the sound was SPLAT, his blood went spurting high
His comrades were then heard to say, A HELL OF A WAY TO DIE!
He lay there rolling round in the welther of his gore
He ain't gonna jump no more!

I love Band Of Brothers

We pull upon the risers,
We fall upon the grass.
We never land upon our feet,
We always hit our ass!
Highty tighty, Christ almighty!
Who the hell are we?
Zim-Zam god damn! We're Airborne Infantry!

Out Of My Element - The BWags High School Story

So, im posting this after seeing it on Myspace. I normally think most of these survey things are kind of pointless...but this one actually made me think back to high school and realize how long ago that was. Here we go.

1. Who was your best friend?
This is a tough one. If i had to pick one person, it would be Martha Finkley. I dont know that i had ONE best friend, but a good tightknit group of good friends. Jim Pace, Stefan Kyselica, Brandon Lewis, Alison Daigle, etc.

2. What sports did you play?

3. What kind of car did you drive?
My parents Green Lumina(which i eventually got my soph year in college) and their green van.

4. On a Friday night what were you doing?
In the fall, Marching Band @ football games or prepping for a competition. Winter/spring - out on a date with my girlfriend.

5. Were you a party animal?
Not in the traditional sense. Our group of friends hung out alot, but it wasnt a "party"

6. Were you considered a flirt?
Not that i know of.

7.Were u in the band, choir or orchestra?

Marching band, concert band, jazz band, pep band and symphonic orchestra.

8. Were you a nerd?

I wasnt A nerd. I was THE nerd.

9.. Did you get suspended/expelled?
Ha. No way.

10. Can you still sing the fight song?
Sing? No. I think the only people at my High School who can do that are the football team. And by sing, i mean shout the words. I can still hum it since i played it over 400 million times in 4 years.

11. Who was your favorite teacher?

I would be lying if i didnt say my Dad. I spent 2 periods a day with him, 3 in the fall and loved every minute of it. However, if i had to pick another teacher non family related...I would pick Kathy Gabric. She was the best science teacher and a great mentor.

12. Where did you sit during lunch?
Either the band room or with our group of friends in the cafeteria.

13. Name the school's full name?
Hinsdale High School Township Central.

or Hinsdale Central High School.

14. School mascot?
Red Devil - Rawr.

15. School colors?
Red and White...however, Red and Black were used alot as well.

16. Rival high school?
Hinsdale South.

17. Did you go to Prom?
I did. I took my girlfriend, Alison Daigle. Was a great time.

18. If you could go back and do it again, would you?

Hmm. Senior year, probably. Alot of good times going on then. Frosh - Junior? Ill pass. Too much work and teenage angst.

19. What do you remember most about graduation?

Seeing my dad get choked up. While for me it was a culmination of 4 years of work, for him it was the signal to the end of an era, of 8 continuous years of having his kids there to help him do things he loved and he knew that it would be a huge change starting in the fall of 1999.

20. Where did you go senior skip day?

Funny story, and im pretty sure the statute of limitations is gone now. My dad and i made a deal. I didnt do anything stupid or try to ditch on senior ditch day, and he and i would both mysteriously get ill on the Wednesday that Star Wars: Episode 1 came out in late may right before the end of the year. Was one of the coolest things. I saw the movie 4 times on opening day. Midnight, then 3 times during the day. Was awesome.

21. Favorite memory?
Definitely performing at a Bands of America regional competition in St Louis. It was pretty much the culmination of all the work my dad and i had done for the competitive marching band program. Was amazing...and the best moment of my senior year.

22. Were you in any clubs?

I think all the music stuff i did qualified for that :P

23. Where did you go most often for lunch?

Cafeteria. Couldnt leave the school.

24. Have you gained some weight since then?
Ha. Im sure of it.

25. Who was your Senior prom date?

Alison girlfriend during senior year.

26. Are you planning on going to your 10-year reunion?

Probably not.

27. Who was your home room teacher?
We didnt have homeroom in highschool.

28. Who will repost this after you?
NA..since this isnt on ghetto myspace, but thanks to Diana showing me this.

29. Who was your high school sweetheart?
Alison Daigle.

30. Do you still talk to people from high school?
Not really. I burned alot of bridges because my dad was a teacher. I dont regret it, but it put me in alot of difficult situations. I still talk to Martha Finkley from time to time, not as much as i should...but in general, no, i dont.

31. Where did you work at in high school?
The Technology Internship and at Blockbuster Video.

32. What were your grades?

Decent. Overall B average, if i remember right.

33. How many people were in your graduating class?
Somewhere in the 400-500's.

34. Did you have a secret crush on anyone?
Naw. I was dating the person i had the crush on :)

There we go. Quite a different post!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

"i cant stop it, nathan..."

You guys remember Peter Petrelli in the finale of Heroes, Season 1? When he absorbed Ted's nuclear power and couldnt control it? Thats me with sneezing lately. I get it under control with claritin or zyrtec, then it comes back and im like.....


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Better have the tennis ball gun...

"BURBANK – October 3, 2007 – Wrestling legend and television icon Hulk Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”) will flex his hosting muscle for NBC’s latest midseason primetime offering, the return of the competition series “American Gladiators.”

I cant handle it. Too exciting!


Im dying a slow, allergy riddled death.




Monday, October 01, 2007

Epic Update: Kay, maybe not so epic...

Yeah, as a personal note, i hate blog posts that start with "So i know its been a long time since i posted, but...(insert dumb excuse here)". So i wont be doing that, i will however mock those that do.

Consider yourselves appropriately mocked.

Work last week was insane. Big deadline that came and went and wasnt met, but its somewhat ok, it was a "soft deadline", whatever that buzzword means. On tuesday, i worked until 2, took a train home and changed(not at the same time) and then drove up to Wood Dale(about 45 min away) to do a Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Exercise. That was scheduled to go from 4pm-12am, but it didnt go the whole time, thankfully. Still, was a long ass day. Add on top of that 545am wake up times to get to work early, the week wore me out. Im glad its over, but ill be even more gladdeerrr(i just made that word up) when this project is in the bag. The imaginary "done project" bag.

Am i shocked there was a switch to griese? No. Was i happy to see him start on sunday? Meh...i dunno. Do i feel better about our offense now? No. Whats worse is that when you put an older veteran QB in that position, you take away 1 thing that keeps teams and fans going. Hope. Theres no future hope at QB right now. I realized that with Rex, i always had hope that he would get better, that he had time to mature and time to learn. Now with griese, all i have is hope that he will shake the rust off and become the QB this team needs. With detroit and green bay as good as they are, NFC north isnt the normal pushover they have been. However, the disappointment parade in Chicago takes a back seat to San diego and New Orleans. Talk about shockers there. Lots of suck coming from those 2 ball clubs.

New TV Season.

Heroes - Slow start to a potentially good season. Too many questions, not enough answers. B+
Chuck - Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? The Main female character is smokin hot? B
Journeyman - Love it. Great potential. Like quantum leap but with a spookier story. A-
House - Perfect start to the season. I forgot how much i missed this show. A
NCIS - Interesting start...but the show is so predictable now, im getting disinterested. C
Bionic Woman - Better get moving quick and not seem so stiff. C+
Life - Great cast, love the premise, not sure if it has the staying power. B+
CSI - Predictable season premiere. Cant wait until they get in the swing of things again. A-
The Office - Great premiere. Not ROFL funny, but still funny. Seeing Jim and Pam together finally...seems fitting. A+

Weekly happenings.

Notes - I need to start writing things down. I see or hear something and go, "Man, i need to BABAI(blog a blog about it), but then when i get in front of my computer, i forget.
iPhone Update - Its ok. WiFi music store is ok, but its not the mobile iChat i want.
Allergies - Suck. I sneezed so hard and often this weekend, i think i pulled a muscle in my abdomen.
Britney Spears - Still hot, i kind of like her new song. Maybe im brainwashed, but shes still hot. Hot hot hot.
DVD - 28 weeks later, Top Gun in HD, Transformers in HD all this month. Woot.


TF2 - Havent played this in a week or so, but last weekend i played a ton. Game is so fun. Its definitely my favorite MP FPS at the moment. Its just a blast to play.
COD 4 - Cant wait for this game. Beta was awesome, Fun military Shooter.
World In Conflict - Was king RTS for me for a while. Its RTS but not RTS. No base building and fast paced action makes for a very different game. Fun all around.
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts - Takes a kickass game and makes it more kickerasser. I played a 4 hour multiplayer match with a friend this weekend vs 2 computers. The AI is wicked smaaht and adapts. Its crazy.
Halo 3 - Played it for about an hour. Not overly impressed. Graphics not that great, it runs native in 640p(??WTF??) and the story is kind of blah. Ill eventually finish it, but so far not impressed for all the ridiculous hype it generated.

Thatll do it for now. I know im forgetting some things i wanted to blog about...other than women being crazy. Not a newsflash there.