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Happy fifth birthday, blog

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Five years ago today, at this very hour, I blogged the fateful words: “This is a test.”

Okay, maybe the words themselves weren’t so fateful. But that was my first-ever blog post, and it’s hard to believe it’s been half a decade. Yet here we are, on my fifth blogaversary.

Excessive amounts of navel-gazing — and a nifty colorful chart! — after the jump.

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Wedding video highlights

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Yesterday, on Becky’s and my first anniversary (which was very nice, BTW, and thanks for all the good wishes), I said I would post some YouTube highlights from our wedding video, probably “sometime around midday.” That proved impossible because of technical difficulties (YouTube took freakin’ forever “processing” the uploads) and other issues. But now the videos are finally online for your viewing pleasure.

I’ll start at the end, instead of the beginning, because if you’re going to watch anything, you should watch the first three minutes of this eight-minute collection of highlights from the reception. Why? Because those three minutes contain my parents’ wonderful musical performance of “Galway City,” a silly Irish song that they also performed at their own wedding. Funny stuff. Also in this clip: the groomsmen’s goofy message, the SHA girls singing their school song, Andrew dancing a jig to Great Big Sea, me dancing with Andrew (heh), and various other scenes of dance-floor revelry. Enjoy:

Moving backwards chronologically, here is the video of Becky’s and my first dance. Our song is probably one of the more unorthodox you’ll ever hear as a wedding song: it’s an obscure country ditty called “In Spite of Ourselves,” written by John Prine in the late ’90s for the movie Daddy and Them. We heard it on a country radio station in Kansas while driving across the country during college, and immediately loved it and thought it was a great song for us. It was a big hit at the wedding, as you can tell from the laughter in the background. (Also listen for Becky’s mom saying “WHAT?!?” after one of the funnier lyrics in the first verse. Heh.)

Finally, back to the beginning: here’s a clip showing three key moments from the wedding ceremony — Becky’s dad giving her away, us saying our wedding vows, and the priest pronouncing us husband and wife — all spliced together into 2 minutes, 41 seconds of video. No, the ceremony was not really this short. :)

Like I said before, the whole video can be viewed chapter-by-chapter here (you’ll need to turn off pop-up blockers), or you can view the whole thing in its raw ASX-file form here.

P.S. Several months ago, I posted a clip of our introduction at the reception — to the strains of Conquest. You can watch that video here.

Happy Anniversary to us!

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

One year ago tonight, I was blogging this and getting ready for the biggest, happiest day of my life: Becky’s and my wedding day. That’s right — today, Saturday, December 30, is Becky’s and my first anniversary.

In honor of the occasion, here’s something I’ve been meaning to link to for a while: our wedding video, in streaming-video form. You’ll have to turn off any pop-up blockers, or set up weddingdvd.com as an “allowed site.” Also, please note, the “Play Movie” feature doesn’t actually work; you have to play the movie scene-by-scene.

If you can’t get it to work at all — personally, I have trouble in both Safari and Firefox on my Mac — you can also try loading the video directly at the URL http://www.weddingdvd.com/movies/meta/46976_1_gold.asx. That file contains the whole video, all 90-plus minutes of it.

And of course, our full, extremely extensive gallery of wedding photos can be found here, as always.

Anyway, Happy Anniversary to us! :)

P.S. I’m working on extracting some “highlights” and uploading them to YouTube, for people who don’t want to wade through an hour-and-a-half worth of video (which I assume is, like, pretty much everyone). So, stay tuned for that. I’ll probably have them online sometime around midday.

Trojan pride bride

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

I’ve been waiting for more than seven months to blog this video… and now it’s finally here! Enjoy, fellow Trojans… cringe, fellow Domers… it’s the introduction at Becky’s and my wedding reception, with some very familiar music playing in the background:


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You have to remember, we got married five days before the Rose Bowl, so in addition to being very excited about getting married, we were also very pumped about our Trojans. :) Plus, there were a number of Domers in attendance, so we had to rub it in their faces just a little bit… hehe. (Actually, one of my very few regrets about the wedding is that Chris and Nick missed the intro. Their flight was delayed, so they didn’t arrive until later. I really wanted to see their reactions when “Tribute to Troy” started playing, and whether they would have been able to bring themselves to cheer for the bride & groom in spite of the music. Heh. Oh, well.) We did have the DJ play the Victory March during dinner, so there was something for Domers to cheer about, too. Hey, it was an Irish Trojan wedding, what do you expect? :)

Anyway, it’s barely audible in the video because we weren’t mic’d up, but if you listen closely (or just read our lips), you’ll notice that Becky and I both yelled “BEAT THE LONGHORNS!!!” at the appropriate moment in “Conquest” — which happened to be the exact moment that we were being introduced. Perfect timing! Alas, the whole beating-the-Longhorns thing didn’t go quite so perfectly. But thankfully, our first seven-plus months of married life are going a lot better than that game went!

Incidentally, if you’re wondering, the long delay in getting our wedding video from the videographer is primarily my fault, not his… but that’s a long story and not worth getting into here. What matters is, the video is finally done, and a full online streaming version will be available soon. Until then, stay tuned, because I will probably blog a few more highlights in the coming days and weeks.

Happy Blogaversary to me! (…and wedding photos!)

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Today is my fourth blogaversary… and I’m celebrating the occasion with wedding photos!

That’s right, it’s been four years since this blog sprung into existence with the posting of those four oh-so-profound words: “This is a test.” Meanwhile, it only seems like it’s been four years since I first uttered another set of fateful words that have been haunting me ever since: “Stay tuned for many, many more [wedding] photos in the coming days!” That was December 31; today is April 4. Getting Becky’s and my massive cache of wedding photos organized and uploaded has proven, for various reasons, to be a much more protracted, time-consuming task than originally anticipated… but, a couple of weeks ago, I had a brainstorm: I knew the wedding photos were really and truly going to be ready soon, and I figured, what better day to finish the job than my blogaversary? So I set that as my goal, and lo and behold, I met my deadline! The wedding photos are finally online!

More on that in a moment, but first, back to the blogaversary. Yup, it was four years ago today — April 4, 2002 — that I signed up for an account on something called “Blogger” and began tinkering with it, and publishing from it. At the time, I had no delusions of citizen-journalist grandeur, no thoughts of parlaying my website to any sort of fame, no ambition to gain an audience of thousands for my daily commentary on anything and everything that interests me. No, I was just looking for something that would make it easier to keep my website — which was geared toward friends and family — up-to-date with fresh content. (Related to that, I was also looking for something that would make it easier for me to post a sort of travel log on my impending cross-country train trip via New Orleans; note the odd coincidence, in light of later events, that my one and only visit to the Big Easy helped inspire me to start blogging in the first place.)

Anyway, when my “conservative friend Andrew” (that’s what I called him back then; if you’d told me that a few years later, some people would consider me a conservative, and also, that Andrew would be my Best Man, I’d think you were crazy on both counts — sorta like if you’d told me the New York Times would one day report on how much I liked to watch The Weather Channel when I was a little kid) mentioned this newfangled web trend calling “blogging,” which was being used largely by conservatives who felt unrepresented by the mainstream media, I didn’t give a damn about the ideological aspect of it, but the technical side sounded pretty promising. And so, on April 6, 2002, two days after those April 4 “test” posts that constituted the official launch of my blog, I wrote:

Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve revamped my website. I seem to have this urge every few months… or maybe it’s every time I have a huge school workload and I need some major non-school-related task to allow me to procrastinate. :) Either way, here it is: Brendan’s new and improved website! … The most important change…is what you’re reading at this very moment: my new “blogger” journal.

“Blogs” are a growing phenomenon on the Web these days. They are basically personal bulletin boards. The owner can post whatever he/she wants, whenever he/she wants, and it will immediately show up on his/her website. The technical aspects of the uploading process are taken care of by Blogger.com, which makes life much easier for the blog owner — in this case, me.

Unlike the tradition[al] method of updating my website — typing out articles in HTML format, playing with fonts, tinkering with the layout, etc. — blogging makes it very easy to update my website instantly, whenever I feel like it. The goal here is to actually keep my website fresh, with updates at least every couple of days, which is almost impossible to do with HTML, because I don’t have enough time. But with a blogger, I only need 5 minutes a day, if that!

I have to interrupt myself here, to laugh at a couple of different things. First of all, I made the same mistake that the Observer made last fall, referring to my blog as a “blogger.” Heh. Yeah, I wasn’t exactly up on the terminology yet. Secondly, “updates at least every couple of days” … spending “5 minutes a day” on the blog… LOL!!! Little did I know! Four years later, the blog is my chief hobby, practically a full-time job… my passion and my cross to bear… a blessing and a curse, consuming far too many of my waking hours, yet providing me with endless entertaiment, amusement and enrichment … cue Gandalf: “He hates and loves the blog, as he hates and loves himself”… :) The point is, I never could have dreamed — and clearly didn’t — what the blog would become. It’s amazing how much things can change in four years.

Anyway, continuing with the April 2002 post:

…I don’t plan to use my blog for ideological purposes, though. (Ashcroft sucks!) Mostly I’ll be blogging in my traditional narcissistic style, babbling about inconsequential details of my life, as if anyone really cares. :)

Well, at least I got that last part right. :)

Speaking of which… did someone say something about wedding photos? Yes, they’re online! All of them! Honestly! Finally!

I’ve organized the photos into three different levels of detail, in hopes of not overwhelming casual readers while at the same time giving friends and family, especially those who were at the wedding, the opportunity to view our many wonderful photos in all their glory. To that end, here are your three wedding-photo-viewing options:

A single, one-page “highlights” gallery containing 162 photos from the wedding and all wedding-related festivities. Unlike the other galleries, these photos have captions. This is the album I presume the vast majority of my readers will want to look at.

Sixteen topical photo galleries containing a total of 804 photos, separated into “rehearsal and rehearsal dinner,” “pre-ceremony portrait pictures,” “wedding ceremony,” etc. These galleries will presumably be of interest mostly to family and friends, especially those who were there.

All 1,781 of our photos — well, all internet-suitable photos, anyway :) — organized chronologically, with full-size versions of each photo available for download. I can’t imagine that anyone except wedding guests will be interested in slogging through this bohemoth gallery. The idea is, if you want a full-size version of a photo, e.g. a cute picture of yourself, you can get it here. Also, if you want to see how our army of digital camera-wielding guests produced about a dozen near-simultaneous pictures from different angles of, say, the sand ceremony, this is the gallery where you can see that.

Included in all of these photo galleries are the pictures from our official photographer, Steve Nissle — and yes, in case you’re wondering, we do have permission, copyright-wise, to make full-size versions of his pictures available on my website. We went over that in detail at the time we hired him, and paid for a higher-end package in order to be able to do that. The ability to put our wedding photos online was, for obvious reasons, a very important priority for us.

That said, an awful lot of these pictures, including the “highlights,” come not from Nissle, but from our various friends and relatives with cameras. I can’t thank you guys enough! Nissle did a great job, but it wouldn’t have been the same without all the pictures y’all took, too. Photo credits are given on the individual image pages. (I said “Photo courtesy of…” rather than “Photo by…” because all I actually know for sure is what camera was used to take the picture, not necessarily who took the picture.)

Incidentally, I think I weeded out all the non-Internet-suitable pictures (those of you who were at the jacuzzi know what I’m talking about), but if there are any potentially embarrassing ones that I missed, PLEASE let me know!

Anyway… Happy Blogaversary to me… and Happy Wedding Photos for everyone!! Enjoy!!

I no longer feel naked

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

I got my wedding ring back from the jewelers today, having brought it in on Monday to get it resized from a 10 to an 8 3/4, in hopes that it will stop trying to fall off my finger. I don’t know if my finger was improperly measured, or if I was just having a “fat finger day” when Becky and I bought our rings, but my ring was definitely too big; we had a Bree-like moment at bowling a few weeks ago, with my ring literally flying off my finger as I celebrated after getting a strike. Luckily, it didn’t fly out of sight, and the Nazgul did not notice. :) Anyway, as funny as it felt getting used to wearing a ring during the first few weeks after getting married, it felt just as funny not wearing one this past week. (It’s amazing how quickly you get used to things.) My ring finger felt very naked all week. So it’s a relief to have it back. Plus, they cleaned it, so it’s all shiny again. And as my friends from Trojan Hall know, I like shiny things. :) I now open the floor for “one wife to rule them all” jokes…

Happy Anniversary to us!

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

Six years ago today, on February 25, 2000, Becky and I started dating.

Six years! Holy cow! That’s, like, almost a quarter of my life! (And more than a quarter of Becky’s.) That’s an Olympiad and a half! A presidency and a half! A full senatorial term! :)

For the uninitiated, Becky and I met our freshman year at USC, when we were 17 years old. We both lived in Trojan Hall (which is where the picture at left was taken, en route to a dorm dance — on the eve of our first “month-aversary,” as it happens). We’d been friends since very early in the school year, and I had been trying to woo her since sometime in October, but it took her a while to be seduced by my obviously overwhelming charms. :) This picture is one of my favorites from our early days, because it perfectly encapsulates our relationship back then, hehe. But eventually, I got the girl (proving that skinny, funny-lookin’ nerds with big ears sometimes can do that!), and the rest is history. I remain today, as I was then, convinced that I’m the luckiest guy in the world!

Of course, February 25 isn’t our “main” anniversary anymore, as it has been for the last six years. That honor now falls on December 30, our wedding anniversary. But today is still a date well worth noting, and celebrating.

Happy Anniversary, Becky!

More wedding photos

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Amid all this caption contest silliness, here are four really nice Brendan & Becky photos from Nissle‘s collection. The second one is, I think, my favorite of all the 1,909 wedding-related pictures sitting in my iPhoto Library right now…

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why you pay the big bucks for an official photographer. :)

P.S. Much more to come, as I keep saying. The wedding “highlights” gallery is all ready to go. (I got it down to 160 photos, so that’ll be 4 rows of 40 thumbnails. Apologies to those with dial-up modems.) It’s just a matter of having a sufficiently robust server to upload it to. The new server should be online tomorrow… so by the end of the weekend, if not sooner, I hope to have those photos online.

Wedding photo caption contest #16

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Sean and my dad…

Wedding photo caption contest #15

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

From left: David, Mike, Andrew and Sean.

Fire away!

Wedding photo caption contest #14

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

All right, now that the official wedding photos are finally here, it’s time to get on with the caption contests. But first… I’m declaring Alasdair the winner of contest #13. Honorable mentions to JO and my dad’s 3rd.

Now, on to the new contest…

That would be Becky with her sister and matron of honor, Jen, just after the ceremony.

Suggestions?

YAAAAY!!!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Our official wedding photo CD is finally here!!! WOOHOO!!!!!

UPDATE: I just finished whittling down 1,909 photos of the wedding and wedding-related festivities (384 from our official photographer, the rest from me and our camera-wielding guests) into a “highlights” gallery containing 186 photos. I feel like that’s still too many to expect casual website visitors to wade through… but I don’t think I can possibly exclude any more photos! There are just so many cute ones!

As for those of you who were at the wedding — or others who, for whatever reason, want a more detailed photo tour of the festivities — never fear. I will actually be putting three different levels of wedding galleries online: one with all of the photos (at full quality), one with probably about half of them organized into topical albums, and the “highlights” album.

It’ll probably be a few more days before I can get these galleries online, depending on Charles’s and Brian’s progress with the new server (which is now online, awaiting a static IP address). But hopefully very soon!

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Happy Birthday to my dad, the Valentine’s baby who, had he been born a day earlier, would have been a Friday the 13th baby. (Calendar here.) That would have explained a lot, arrr. :) Anyway, he’s 58 today.

(If you’re wondering why I’m not making any old-fart jokes… I’m saving them up for February 14, 2008. :)

Happy Birthday, Dad!

P.S. And a very happy birthday from these guys, too:

:)

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Today my mom (seen here at the wedding) turns, um, some unspecified age. :) As she does every year, she has “caught up” to my dad; they’ll be the same age until Tuesday, when he “takes the lead” again for the next 361 days. ;) Anyway, Happy Birthday, Mom!

Wedding photo update & caption contest #13

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Our official wedding “proof book” finally arrived in the mail yesterday — but it didn’t come with a CD of all the photos, like it was supposed to. I called up the photographer, and apparently they simply forgot to include the CD. Gah. So they sent out the CD yesterday. Alas, this means my full online wedding photo galleries, combining the official photographer’s pics with everyone else’s, will have to wait until sometime next week.

(If you were at the wedding, and you have digital photos — or digitized versions of film photos — that you haven’t sent to me yet, now would be a good time to e-mail me so we can figure out how to transfer those puppies!)

In the mean time, let’s have another caption contest…

For the uninitiated, that’s my dad (Joe Loy) and Mike (Wiser), the latter of fellow USC and Trojan Hall alum/Stanford Ph.D. student/evoluntary microbiologist/nerdy (mad?) scientist fame… the former a noted Irishman, an elections official for three decades, and an alleged pirate. Arr. :) That should give y’all enough material to work with…

Oh, and I guess I should declare winners for the last several contests, huh? Okay… dcl wins #7 (especially appropriate since tomorrow is an “orange t-shirt day” at ND)… with an honorable mention to LaundraMatt. (I have no idea why I think that one is so funny, but I do.) Contest #8 goes to Jazz (his second victory). I win #9 (again with the biased officiating!). ChristineL wins #10, for looking past the obvious boob-joke possibilities and calling Andrew a nerd. :) #11 goes to Lojo (the first one), with Joe a close second. And LaundraMatt wins #12 with an exquisitely bad pun. Let the bitching about my poor judging begin… :)