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Monday, October 30, 2006
Kayla's Halloween Costume!

posted by Ricky @ 6:45 PM   12 comments
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Dumb. Ass.

posted by Ricky @ 9:06 AM   5 comments
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I haven't shared this with anyone...

So I figured I would share it with everyone. Let me first start off by saying, I'm not a morbid guy. So, yeah. But for the past 3 weeks, I've really felt like my time was up. Like I'm going to be taken out of here via a car wreck or some other quick method like an aneurysm. It's weird. I can't shake it. Maybe everyone goes through this once in a blue moon, but I can't ever remember feeling like this. It's unsettling.

Anyway, here's a picture of Kayla standing all by herself on the couch. At 5 months of age. Thanks, she's incredible.

posted by Ricky @ 7:52 PM   13 comments
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Awwww, look at my little pumpkin....

posted by Ricky @ 5:30 PM   12 comments
Monday, October 23, 2006
Seriously God? A Sandstorm?!

Pump It Up, the place I work, is holding it's National Convention in San Jose this week. And if you read my blog last week, (just scroll down a few posts) you'll remember that I worked a lot of overtime creating two videos for the convention. One video on Autism, and one video for our new concept "Pump It Up Jr." which is just like PIU, except it's for the ages of 3-7, instead of 6-whatever.

Now look. Even though you may think I'm the type of person that goes around looking for pats on the back and recognition for certain things, I'm not. When I make a video, I don't even care if the people watching it know I'm the one that made it. Seriously. I get more of a rush and satisfaction from watching people's reactions to my videos, than any "good job" can or will ever do. It truly moves me to watch how different people react to the images and sounds I create and put together in order to make a video. Whether it be humorous, or not, I just enjoy watching the human emotion take place.

So, today at the convention, my Autism video had just played, and there were a few people that were moved by it. However, it was a very short video, and it was most certainly not the video I was wanting to watch people watch. (With me still? Is this making sense?) At 4:15PM, the video I created for the PIU Jr, was to be played. Since last week when everyone at the corporate office watched it and said they loved it, I was eagerly awaiting the 300 people at the convention to watch it. I was extremely anxious.

Around 3:00 one of my co-workers came up to me and said "I can't call the office, or my extension, the phones are down I think". So I called the office myself, and sure enough the phones were down. "No big deal" I thought. I'll just go tell Andrew and we'll figure this out. Someone's at the office anyway. I walked over to Andrew (the other IT guy) and told him. About 15 minutes later he emerged from the secluded spot he went to and said "You need to go to the office and reset the phone system". (Mind you, we're in San Jose for the convention and our office is in Pleasanton). I sat there for a minute, thinking that there had to be some other way to fix the system. So I figured that since our receptionist was at the office and surely just as capable as me to flip a switch from off to on, I would call her before I went out there. No reason to waste a trip, if that was it, right?

As the current session ended and people started walking out for a break, I went up to another co worker and asked her for Esmerelda's (the receptionist) cell phone number. But before I could even get out my entire sentence, Andrew came running and yelling and said "I TOLD YOU TO LEAVE TO THE OFFICE. YOU NEED TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW". First of all, Andrew is not my boss. Second of all, I'm in IT as well, and I was trying to figure out the problem on a different path. So Gordon, the CEO, overheard Andrew and asked me what was going on. Guess who answered? Andrew. He said "The phones are down and I told Ricky he needs to leave right now. He needs to STOP TALKING TO PEOPLE and leave RIGHT NOW." So, being the semi-mature person I am, I just looked at Gordon and said "I'm on my way."

(Andrew didn't give me a chance to suggest any other solutions or means of fixing the problem other than his own suggestion. We weren't sure if Esmerelda had a key to the phone room, which definitely needed to be opened in order for the phone technician to come and fix the problem, but I was going to call her and see if she in fact did have a key, saving me a trip.)

I got to the office about a half hour after I left San Jose, and sure enough, Esmerelda did have a key to the phone room. And sure enough, she could have just as easily opened the phone room and reset the system. So I bit my tongue, opened the door and reset the system. But it didn't fix the phones, and we had to get our vendor to come out. Again, all of this was something that Esmerelda could have handled. That's exactly the reason we left her at the office this week while we were at the convention.

At 3:55 PM I jumped back in my car and started heading to San Jose again. I wanted to see my video. Badly. I knew they were running a little behind in the presentations, so I thought even if I'm 10 or 15 minutes later than 4:15, I might still be able to see it. As I was driving on 680, my gas light went on. There was no way I was going to be able to get 20 more miles with my gas light on. So I pulled over and put 10 dollars worth of gas in Fremont. As I'm pumping gas I hear on the radio that the Brokaw Road exit off of 880 (the exit I needed to take in order to get back to the convention) had a major injury accident, and the exit was blocked, causing traffic delays of up to a half an hour. So, I decided to hop back on 680 and go the alternate route. (Adding about 10 minutes to my trip) I got back on 680, and no less than a mile down the freeway, a truck carrying sand had spilled it's load all over the place. It was windy, and sand was flying everywhere. It was a sandstorm. Cars were dead stopped. It was at that point that I just laughed out loud to myself and said out lout "Seriously God? A sandstorm? Why are you doing this?"

By the time I got off the freeway, it was about 4:25, and I had about another 10 minutes to go in order to get to the convention. Now I know people say this next phrase a LOT, but I'm completely serious. I hit every single red light possible, on the way back to the convention. I was so angry I couldn't even get angry. Do you understand that level of frustration? I finally parked my car in the hotel parking lot around 4:35, and ran faster than I've ever ran in my life (which is about as fast a one-legged sloth) up to the hall where we are located for the convention. As soon as I climbed up the stairs, the doors opened, and people started exiting the hall. My video had been played. I missed it. I saw Andrew across the way. My first instinct was to go over to him and shove him against the wall and rip him to shreds. I felt like I could have defeated Mike Tyson in his prime. I was fuming.

But I took a deep breath and walked away. A co-worker of mine called me and asked if I had finally gotten there yet, and I told her yes. She apologized that I had missed my video, but assured me that it had a huge impact and people were moved by it. I told her "Thanks".

So now I'm sitting here a good 6 hours later, still upset about the situation, and more importantly trying to figure out just what in the hell God is trying to teach me through this? I really have no idea whatsoever. None. In the 6 months I've worked at PIU, the phone system has never done this. In the 29 years of my life, I've never seen a sandstorm on a freeway in the bay area. Not to mention the exact exit I needed to take on my original route was closed due to a wreck.

So if you have any thoughts or opinions on what I'm supposed to learn from all of this, please enlighten me. Bottom line for me is, that Andrew could have most certainly handled it differently. I never went up to him the rest of the night. I think he knows I'm pissed off at him. And, I'm okay with that.

Good night.
posted by Ricky @ 10:11 PM   5 comments
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Stats on dying...

There is a 1 in 13 million chance you will die from someone carrying a bomb on an airplane. However, there is a 1 in 32 billion chance you will die from two people carrying a bomb on an airplane.

So, I have decided to carry a bomb on board with me anytime I fly. Because lets face it, what are the chances someone else brought one on board too? I like the 1 in 32 billion odds a lot better than 1 in 13 million.
posted by Ricky @ 11:09 PM   0 comments
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Besides working for Pump It Up Management...

I also make videos for my church. Some are humorous, some are not. For some reason, I'm particularly fond of the video I just made tonight, about single parenting. I think the song goes beautifully with the message and tone of the video, and I especially like where I faded up the music when the questions appear during the video. My favorite part is how it ends though. With the fade to white, then black, along with the end of the song.

If you're curious, the song is called "God Moving Over The Face of Water", by Moby. And you can find it on the "Heat" soundtrack.

You can view the video, here.
posted by Ricky @ 9:35 PM   2 comments
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Manual Labor.

I hate that guy. I've been working a lot lately. And I mean a lot. Videos, Pump It Up, being a dad, husband, Church, etc etc. I'm tired. I haven't had a vacation since Nicki and I went on our honeymoon 5 and a half years ago. I'm drained. I need a week of nothing. Just to sit on my ass and watch the ocean. Then I'd like a few days of Disneyland. Not necessarily in that order, but that's what I want.

Remember this: A person who burns the candle at both ends burns out twice as fast.
posted by Ricky @ 9:23 PM   6 comments
Sunday, October 15, 2006
I need your help, so please comment on this post.

I am making a video for my church and need movie clips of parents yelling at kids. Please leave me suggestions.
posted by Ricky @ 4:50 PM   8 comments
Friday, October 13, 2006
Eric Chavez, WHAT?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???

The A's sense they're up against something special, too."We're running into a better team and they're knocking down everybody in their path," A's third baseman Eric Chavez said. "It's not frustrating, they're better than we are."

Maybe if you were batting better than .229 they wouldn't be so special.
posted by Ricky @ 7:14 PM   0 comments
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Tina Fey (AKA Stacey Smith)...

Is probably the 2nd or 3rd funniest girl on earth. (You know who you are, #1) I just watched "30 Rock", the new show with Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, and Alec Baldwin. It's hilarious. Now I officially watch two shows. The Office, and 30 Rock.
posted by Ricky @ 7:17 PM   1 comments
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Matt, you'll like this.

I installed Internet Explorer 7 today because I wasn't able to use my yahoo launchcast player without it. So tonight when I said to myself "What the hell, I'll give IE 7 a look", I opened it up for the very first time, and the very first time I opened it, my system crashed.

Firefox forever.
posted by Ricky @ 7:54 PM   2 comments

The A's had a nice modest celebration in the locker room yesterday after they beat the Twins to advance to the ALCS. The Tigers on the other hand are celebrating like they not only won the World Series already, but cured every common ailment known to man. It's been a good 20 minutes since that game ended, and the Tigers are still out on the field living it up. Good. Enjoy it Detroit. Because about a week from now the only thing you're going to be happy about are those memories.

posted by Ricky @ 5:03 PM   0 comments
Friday, October 06, 2006
This is infuriating.

Yesterday, EA Sports started offering downloadable content for XBOX 360 users. You can download two new stadiums, and some alternate jerseys for your team. Hooray, right? WRONG. They are charging $3.50 for each download. Not $3.50 for everything put together, $3.50 for each item. I cannot even begin to express in words, how infuriating that is. Writing this post in red was just one way I figured I could express my anger. When you spend $59.99 on a video game, it should include everything in it from the beginning. And, if it doesn't you sure as HELL shouldn't have to pay more in order to get it. The XBOX 360 itself was $400, not including a second controller or some other accessories. So charging extra for additional items in a game when they should be there in the first place is inexcusable.

There are two other things that REALLY bother me about this too. Two years ago, EA signed a contract with the NFL which stated for the next for the next 7 years that they will be the only company with the NFL license. Meaning, no other video game company can use players from the NFL, or the team names. Which brings me to my second point.

I used to buy the NFL2K series of football games. Which included 3 times the amount of content EA offered, and the game only costed $19.99!!!!!!!!!!! Now that EA is a monopoly in terms of the NFL license, they charge $59.99 for their game, and $3.50 per downloadable item. Competition is good for everyone. And now, since there isn't any, we the consumer are getting bent over. I can't wait for that 7 year contract to be over. In fact, I'd buy a football game from 2k sports right now if they offered one, without the NFL license.

Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should do it, EA. Shame on you.

posted by Ricky @ 12:03 PM   0 comments
Thursday, October 05, 2006

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Production on NBC's low-rated newcomer "Kidnapped" is set to shut down in a few weeks after the serial thriller completes its 13th episode, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The trade publication quoted sources as saying that NBC and producer Sony Pictures TV have agreed to wrap up the story line about a wealthy family, headed by Timothy Hutton and Dana Delany, whose teenage son is abducted.

The show remains in the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot, and the network has committed to airing all 13 episodes. Last week, it ranked No. 67 in viewership, drawing just 6.3 million people, according to Nielsen Media Research. The premiere episode pulled in 7.6 million the week before.

It was created by Jason Smilovic, who wrote the gangster feature "Lucky Number Slevin."

My commentary is this, how long were they really expecting a show about a kidnapped boy to go on for? Years? I mean, after a while people are going to become dis interested anyway. Like Gilligans Island. How many different times can someone come to the island to rescue them and then not take them, before we as an audience feel like the joke's on us? I knew when they started advertising this show(kdinapped), that it was going to be very tough to keep an audience for a few seasons. How many different people can you cast suspicion on before the show loses all credibility? Take "Friends" for example. The only love angle they never explored was Ross and Monica. And I'm pretty sure if they would have done another season, they might have had to in order to maintain their audience. A show about a kidnapped boy is nice if it's a 2 hour movie called "Ransom". Also, one more thing about that, Delroy Lindo, the black guy who played the cop in Ransom played the same exact role on "Kidnapped".

The writer of "Kidnapped" did write an amazing movie in "Lucky Number Slevin". You definitely owe it to yourself to go see it if you haven't done so already. That's all, good night now.
posted by Ricky @ 10:54 PM   0 comments
Today has been a very good day.

Yeah, you know why. Yes, I'm talking about you.
posted by Ricky @ 6:27 PM   2 comments
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Cocaino (cocaine)
(pronunciado 'coke-aye-ino')
Es una canción que escribí.

El Cocaino
es dios mio


El cocaino
es en la cocina
con leche y un zapato

mi esposa
es muy furete
de cocaino

por que?


y tu mama tambien
cierre la puerta
antes de la cocaino
dime adios

mire de national' football league
con la cocaino
es muy hermosa

la cocaino
es muy loco
en la biblioteca

- ricardo borba

p.s. jesse and melissa, feel free to translate!

posted by Ricky @ 5:38 PM   8 comments
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