Monday, December 19, 2005

The best multiple choice test I ever took

Once a month at work, we invite our affiliates to join us for some type of interaction. This evening, with the holidays just around the corner, was a more relaxing event and we spent the bulk of the time tasting chocolate thanks to a fair trade-focused group called Chocolate Dividends. The founder guided us through a blind, bracketed, taste-test competition of eight dark chocolates and eight milk chocolates. Two chocolates would compete again each other and slowly but surely, the winner, Organic Swiss Dark Chocolate from Whole Foods, emerged victorious above the rest.

As an added treat, there were also nibs to try out.

Chocolate Dividends is but a month old...but I think they will find many friend here in the Bay Area. If you would like to organize a tasting for your own company/organization, give them a shout!

Holiday Party 2005

Last night, my company had its annual holiday party at the Hiller Aviation Museum next to the San Carlos Airport. This was my first trip to the museum and the place was filled with more planes/helicopters than I expected. Very educational and for a info-geek like me, I was quite happy. No less than three people asked me to be more social (I was off in various corners reading placards. :-)

They have the front end of a 747 outside and you can go inside, sit in first class and watch a movie (we were playing Top Gun during the party). You can also go upstairs and check out the cockpit: sit down and grab the controls, flip the levers, push the pedals and adjust toggles as long as you want. Inside the museum, there were several interactive areas where you could fly a virtual helicopter or a virtual plane or watch how planes take off and land.

The food was buffet-style and we were treated to a chocolate fondue fountain for dessert (I'm told that these are pretty popular at Crate & Barrel this year, which means if you buy one, you'll use it once and then put it in storage for 20 years. From time to time, you'll think about it, wish that you used it more, but it will stay in the same place. Guaranteed!)

We had a raffle drawing and oddly, one family won 43% of the prizes. Note to still owe me $20 for fixing the raffle for you! ;-)

All in all...a good evening. I would recommend going to the Museum if you get a chance.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The fine *art* of pleasing a woman...teach yourself via a videogame!

My colleague at work, David Pescovitz, posted this little story on Boingboing today.

For those who don't know what they are doing in the sack, this can help as a guide...

From a CanWest News Service article: The more (players) stimulate the bunny, the happier he becomes until eventually he begins flying through the air. But Lapis is also an unpredictable creature who needs a variety of sensations. Sometimes, no amount of stimulation is going to work.

I'll give it a try tonight and report back later. ;-)

[Update: I couldn't get the software to work...wonder what that says about my skills?]

Monday, December 05, 2005

Orange Bowl Bound!

It's a done deal...Penn State is headed to the Orange Bowl! I'll be there with some of my friends...from Dec 30th to Jan 4th. Not sure where we'll be on New Year's Eve (Ft. Lauderdale, South Beach or the Everglades), but plan on meeting up with many old pals.

Also, here's a good PSU Sports Blog & not suprisingly, Penn State's is the most popular of all of them!

See ya in Miami!

Thursday, December 01, 2005