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Saturday, February 03, 2007

I Got A New Toy!

The Bubblehead family finally entered the last half of the Naughties and got a laptop with wireless Internet access -- and a built-in webcam. Here's a picture of me blogging from my kitchen table:

In answer to CDR Salamander's earlier query, no, we did not go in the Apple direction; we got an HP Pavillion with Windows Vista. So far, I like it OK; it seems faster (but that might just be because we got 2 GB of RAM).

Next I have to go find some coffee shop and see if the 'net works from there, or if I have to do something with getting a Wi-fi ISP.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Adam Graham said...

Welcome to the club. I got a laptop for travelling recently and will soon have a wireless router, so that my wife can surf from home.

2/03/2007 3:21 PM

 
Anonymous Istand1337 said...

Old man, I could have tested that whole "I wonder if it will work from a cafe" from where I am sitting now.

n00b

And... bxr

2/03/2007 5:59 PM

 
Anonymous sonarman said...

Yawn. Been there, done that. Got the laptop. I also went with an HP. You won't be sorry.

2/03/2007 9:21 PM

 
Anonymous rebootinit said...

Joel, sorry, didn't need that picture. You look like a wanna be Jihadist out of a British spy-cam capture......

2/04/2007 4:36 AM

 
Blogger CDR Salamander said...

Kind of look like a, ahem, better fed version of these guys in the back. ;)

2/04/2007 5:35 AM

 
Anonymous Byron Audler said...

Oooohhh...can't wait till BH does the wakey, wakey, rise and shine thing, CDR :)

2/04/2007 5:40 AM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Dammit, I'm looking thoughtfully into the future! You guys just don't know anything about art.

2/04/2007 6:37 AM

 
Anonymous sonarman said...

...And is that your bikini hanging on the wall behind you from days gone by? EEeeewwww. My, you're awfully brave.

I didn't get the impression you were looking into the future. I got the impression you were counting the number of toothpicks that just got spilled on the counter, while you were calculating some nuclear propulsion equation...

You're right, I don't know art, but I know what I like when I see it. And that bikini looking thing isn't it.

2/04/2007 12:19 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

What bikini-looking thing? The thing at the bottom is three wooden hearts displayed in an artsy way, and the thing on top is the Uncle Sam's beard portion of an artsy woodcut. You're not dissing Uncle Sam, are you?
And you didn't even mention the picture of SubBasket and I with President and Mrs. Carter that's visible...

2/04/2007 1:13 PM

 
Blogger bothenook said...

man, these guys just aren't cutting you any slack, are they joel? me, i was just fixating on whether you had any nose hairs showing or not.
and by the way, COOL! new toys are so much fun

2/04/2007 8:26 PM

 
Blogger loddfafnir said...

I have to cut you slack just for posting a current pic of yourself. Not many around these parts'll do that.

2/05/2007 1:27 AM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

OK, Sonarman, SubBasket just read your comments, and she's all sorts of p-o'd about you dissing her wall hangings. Stand by for incoming from a perturbed Submarine Wife, unless she sees a sincere apology. (And we all know how we don't want to upset Submarine Wives.)

2/05/2007 6:16 AM

 
Anonymous sonarman said...

You're such a WIMP. I knew they took away officer's balls when they signed their commissioning papers. Me, I've actually had my spine removed, but I have yet to get a call from the MCPON to recall me to Active Duty to advance me to Chief. Maybe it's those titanium rods...

Anyway, my submarine wife has been all kinds of upset with me from Day One - before we were even married - when I was in High School and I had just enlisted. So, why should I be afraid of upsetting your "O-Ganger Dept Head" wife? If she's a TRUE Submarine Wife, then she should have a thicker hide. Sorry, BH, sounds like bilge to me. I'm not afraid of her. And an apology? Hah! What's she gonna do? Not invite me to the "O" Club Cottillion Ball or something? It is to laugh.

Oh, and uh, I have my Navy plaques and memorabilia hanging on the walls in my office - not my wife's artsy-fartsy stuff.

2/05/2007 11:09 AM

 
Anonymous Todd Knapek said...

I knew it! You WERE my old Shift Eng in Charleston. I couldn't tell from the original picture on the site because of the ridiculously cheesy mustache - but this picture gave you away.

I was MM2 Knapek when I was there. I think we were on crew B together - before I got shipped off to Crew E.

2/05/2007 3:13 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Sonarman,
Stand by for incoming...

2/05/2007 5:37 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Todd,
How the hell you been doing? Yep, it's me; I'm surprised you didn't recognize me, since I'm pretty sure I grew the mustache at least once in Charleston before it was banished forever.

2/05/2007 5:39 PM

 
Blogger SonarMan said...

Standing by, AYE!!!!

What're ya gonna do, have your wife fight your battles for you? Oh, she already does that. Sorry.

2/05/2007 9:15 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

I'm sensing, Sonarman, that you're not engaging in this "FMFU" pseudo-"argument" in the same good-natured way that I've been trying to, so I'm going to cut it off. If I misread your tone, my apologies.

2/05/2007 11:22 PM

 
Anonymous sonarman said...

No apologies necessary. I was taking it in as good naturedly way as you intended. I was just "twitching your tail", as an old friend used to say.

I took no offense to our exchange, in fact I found it quite humorous, and I hope you found it humorous too. I have a very thick hide. It takes a lot to get me ruffled. I offer my apologies if I have been misunderstood as well. It's sometimes hard to convey expression via text. I'll make good use of emoticons in the future. ;-}

And you guys talk about being "fast attack tough"? Pul-lease! :-D

2/06/2007 6:25 AM

 
Anonymous istand1337 said...

Dude, Dad, weak. As the first person to question the satire of a FM,FO! argument, you get to be gravehumped...

Here, the old man can be seen in blue

Here, sonarman got an ally...

BOOM, HEAD SHOT

2/07/2007 7:03 AM

 

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