Archive for December, 2005

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20, 2005 by stephenhuey

I should be in bed, but I think I laid down before 6 pm, and then after
a friend called me at 10:30, I haven’t been back to sleep since. 
I wanted to wait a good week or two before posting, because I think my
topics have been so blah, but at this late hour I’m suddenly feeling
spunky enough to share some interesting driving experiences with you
after a conversation I had last night.  Mind you, these are the
car stories that I feel like I *can* share about…

1.  Riding in the front passenger seat with Ryan Truxton in Jos,
Nigeria:   he was crossing the street into our high school, and
there was a car coming.  Everything seemed to be in slow motion,
and he decided that we wouldn’t make it and started turning us to go
straight, but then he thought we would and turned back toward the
school gate, and then he thought better of it again and tried to
straighten up, so by the time this car hit us, we were at a 45 degree
angle in the road and it slammed into the front ride side ahead of the
wheel (so I wasn’t crushed or anything like that).  We both
slammed into a culvert, and I found myself face-to-face with an angry
driver. 

2.  Also in Nigeria, but out in the middle of nowhere with my
mom:  the right tire ended up on the dirt shoulder, and then the
road suddenly rose up 6 inches from the shoulder, and I tried to get
back up onto it and due to some overcompensating back and forth, we
ended up pulling a 270-degree turn and skidded.  There was only
one car as far as the eye can see, and we barely missed it!  My
legs were shaking so bad I had to get out and walk around the car and
let my mother drive. 

3.  In the Great 2004 Snowstorm of Southeast Texas, I was driving
to my grandparents’ house late at night at about 50 miles per hour
through tracks in the snow and suddenly there were no more tracks and
it was all snow snow snow everywhere aaaaaahhhhh and I was spinning and
watching and waiting for the end to come–it was like an amusement park
ride or something, and I had this feeling that all I could do was sit
back and watch because nothing would help stop the spinning.  All
so quick, and yet it seemed so long:  720-degree spin, I
think.  No cars in sight, completely flat land (even the ditches),
and only one tree as far as I could see, but I didn’t hit it! 

4.  Upset about a girl (see below), and I had just seen Star Wars
II where Anakin is flying fast on all these cool hovercraft and he
angrily kills the whole camp of those bad guys who killed his mother,
AND I was running late AND I had sat for a whole hour in construction
traffic around the Woodlands, so there were TONS OF EMOTIONS flowing
through me all at once (hard to believe, I know)…I made it to Dallas
in a couple of hours.  Well, not exactly.  I got stopped on
45 when passing through some town that had jurisdiction over the
freeway about 15 minutes south of Dallas.  “Are you on drugs?” was
the first question out of this angry officer’s mouth.  They had 3
cop cars parked behind me, and had clocked me at 97 in a 65 (in my
brother’s stickshift Focus hatchback).  “Don’t you know I can take
you to jail right now?”  I told him I was sorry–really, I didn’t
know they were following me for 3 miles!  He added on Failure to
Signal Lane Change as well, so the grand total came to over $400. 
I spent 8 hours driving up there and back to Houston just to go to
court. 

5.  In college in the USA, 70 mph on a highway in the middle of
the night:  I glanced at the road every once in a while,
occasionally terrified that I might run my brother’s stickshift Pontiac
Sunfire off of it at any moment.  However, I’m not sure it’s
possible to enjoy more electrifying kissing than in a situation like
that.  To this day, it baffles my mind that our lips were enough
to allay the fear of death for those few minutes that seemed to last
forever.  

I’ve had a more interesting run-in with some policemen, but I don’t
know if I’ll share about that one this side of heaven, so ask me
then. 

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2005 by stephenhuey

Hey, a friend of mine
is teaching Spanish up north and having problems with racist attitudes
exhibited by some of the students.  She said she’d welcome ideas
for handling this from any of ya’ll…

In other news, I’ve had lunch with oatwoman twice in the space of a week!  Nice to have her around downtown if only for a little while.

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2005 by stephenhuey

It’s hard for me to get away from work, what with how many names of things in the “real world” have been stolen by the gazillions of technologies developed in the last decade or so.  Here are some examples of names of “real things” that have been commandeered by geeks.  If you try to look up info on java, you’ll be inundated with tons of results related to a programming language.  Struts just used to be something that architects and the like knew about.  The first result for tapestry on Google has nothing to do with any sort of woven material.  Try Googling any of these terms below and you’ll see what I mean! 


Java
Eclipse
Ant
Struts
Spring
Hibernate
Tomcat
Red Hat
Jakarta
Cactus
Oracle
Apache
Resin
LAMP
Turbine
Velocity
Watchdog
Tapestry
Maven
Ajax


I don’t use all of these, but I have used a majority at some point or another, and many of them are my bread and butter at the moment.  Technically, you could run across an application that required the use of just about all of them (minus one or two that are sort of mutually exclusive).  So, in case you can’t already tell, I do have some *light* days at work.  That’s why I decided to try to write a very short story using all of these names:


Few know the story of how the legendary Ajax journeyed to Jakarta in pursuit of the famed Apache resin.  Along the way, he was shipwrecked on the island of Java and lost every article of clothing save his red hat.  Fortunately the weather reminded him of spring back at home, so it was not too cold.  That night, he saw a lamp burning on a hill and when he drew near to investigate, he found a watchdog guarding a cave.  Before he even had to decide what to do, a voice inside invited him in, so he entered to see an old man offering him a tapestry to wrap around his body.  “I am the maven who rules this land, and my oracle told me of your presence.  You’re fortunate that you found me so soon, for tonight I shall begin to hibernate for 3 years, and tomorrow morning will be your only chance to go home.”  The sage placed a huge white ant in Ajax’s hat and lined the rim with cactus juice to keep it from getting out.  “At daybreak you must climb to the mountain’s peak where a giant turbine always turns and a dangerous guardian struts back and forth.”  So when the sun rose, Ajax reached the summit and saw a ferocious tomcat pacing back and forth beneath the turbine.  Soon the eclipse that the maven had told him about began, so he knew he had little time, and then suddenly the tomcat saw him and began charging.  He gingerly picked up the ant and flung it straight at the oncoming beast.  As the tomcat roared in pain upon being bitten and dug his teeth into the spot where the ant had landed, Ajax ran past and jumped into the trebuchet powered by the turbine.  The tomcat roared in anger and turned for him, but he pulled the lever and the powerful spring launched him at an incredible velocity into the highest reaches of the sky.  The only thing that saved him from getting burned by the sun was the eclipse.  Soon he saw his native country below him, so he unfolded the tapestry and glided down to safety just in time to join the boats headed for Troy (but he stopped by his house to pick up some more manly clothes first).


Um, this is more for me than for you.  Yes, this is the height of nerddom.  Gotta go now…gonna step out for a doctor’s appointment (thanks for the ref, Mindy). 

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2005 by stephenhuey

Great news:  went to court for my August crossing-the-highway-on-the-emergency-road violation in Sealy, Texas this morning and the nice Czech woman gave me an extension so I can still take defensive driving!  Gotta get that done ASAP…


Someone introduced me to this website where you can put in your name and it’ll come up with a slogan for you.  Try it out and share yours with us in the comments section.  Here’s mine:


Top Breeders Recommend Stephen.
 

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2005 by stephenhuey

I’ve been tagged to share 5 random habits, but I’m not a creature of habit.  I mean, I enjoy repeating things that I like, but lately (for many months, or maybe years?) every day is completely different.  It’s hard for me to point at a day in one week and then find a day in another week that looks like it (except for a couple of regularly scheduled things–but I never know what time I’ll get up or when I’ll eat). 


Like this morning, when I had cereal in the pantry, and eggs in the fridge, but I ate neither of them.  Instead, I had leftover Starbucks pastries that I found in my fridge.  I can’t even remember the last time I’ve had eggs, and while I’ve probably had cereal a couple times in recent days, I think I went weeks without eating any before that.  I often eat other things, but it’s not likely to be the same from one day to the next.  I’m unpredictable, even to myself.  No habits here, quod erat demonstrandum. 


Ok, now that I’ve dealt with that, I can finally get around to what I was going to post to begin with.  I’ve got a friend many of you know who can accept that Jesus is a form of God, but to say Jesus is God is completely different to him, and he can’t accept that.  I told him that God says if you seek him, you’ll find him, so please ask that he’ll be filled with the desire to do that. 


If you *think* you know of any random habits of mine, feel free to share (and no, blinking doesn’t count).