Thursday, October 1, 2009
The difference in time claimed another victim when I called someone back in California. To me it was 9:45am, perfectly fine for calling someone I knew would be up and around by that time. Wrong, I forgot it was 6:45am over there…and I woke them up, opps.
It’s a very busy house where I am staying. 7 kids in the house! With me there, there is now 10 people.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
As far as updates on traffic that may come here from my sister's site, I finally started on my new knitting project for those fiber enthusiasts out there. It's the beginning of a cup cozy/holder, or whatever. I'll take a photo of what I have and post that when I get home tonight.
Since I noticed my sister had a link to my blog, I thought I better put something up before everyone thinks I'm dead.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
I have a huge respect for long distance truck drivers after a long drive. I just finished a 7 hour drive up California and not sure if I could have gone much longer without stopping to rest. The countless semi trucks I passed on the road I know have been driving much longer than I probably ever will.
Though the laws for truck drivers are confusing, there are limits up to 15 hours of driving. Its hard to imagine driving that long, resting for a certain time outlined in the laws, then getting back on the road all over again.
Be nice to those truckers, they will most likely appreciate the break from all the road rage and won't release the trunk monkey on you.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Now, if you could only build some sort of crossbow into a flaming chainsaw you'd have a pretty good anti-zombie weapon
Engineering paper totally makes me feel like a badass
Alaskan Flavored doom makes your moose burgers taste just right while releasing Sarah Palin on the immediate area
Preschool UNIX, the latest trend in Santa Clara daycare centers
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
My next project is a few cup cozies similar to this, minus the plants.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
By the way, my sister knitted that pillow.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I won’t be able to attend the audio competition he is attending Saturday, but hopefully he comes home with a gigantic trophy.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
For that haven’t seen the 1995 film Hackers, you are missing out on some hilarious stuff, but when Phantom Phreak sees Acid Burn’s Macintosh he finds it holds the future of networking.
“Yo. Check this out guys, this is insanely great, it’s got a 28.8 BPS modem…I want it to have my children!”
And yes, that is Angelina Jolie in the blue.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I walked into the kitchen tonight and heard someone watching a program on the TV. I then heard, “They then use their powerful sucking stomachs to drink the liquefied insides of their prey. Or cocoon them and keep food for months to come.” Sorry, but while opening the fridge for something to snack on, the last thing I want to hear is a narrator telling me about a spider slurping down some liquid yumminess.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The only systems I can program are C and Fortran. He knows and uses far more. I don’t know how some of these names are chosen, but there is one named after a household cleaner. I guess your computer must be dirty if you start using Ajax on it. He says with code that dirty, you have to have the best detergent to clean it up.
Then there are the animal names, among them Python, Squirrel, and Caml. The machine language Caml has a nice little camel walking around in the logo. Camels seem to be popular in the programing world, with Perl also using a camel in its logo.
xkcd would ever handle regular expressions.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
If you are susceptible to moles, and have had them removed you know the importance of looking for suspect skin. Living in Northern Siberia and rarely seeing the sun doesn’t mean you won’t ever get this serious tumor. Family history can contribute to your risk besides exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
Check your skin often for anything that doesn’t look right. Use a mirror to check where you can’t see such as your back. If you see a mole or skin mark that is not symmetrical, different colors, ragged borders, or larger than normal moles you should contact a doctor immediately. There are other signs, but without all the information and experience of a doctor I can only say what I have been told by my doctor.
Sorry for the disturbing pictures, but if you catch it early you can get rid of them without many problems. Be proactive about this, skin cancer is very serious.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Evil Dead 4 is scheduled to be released in 2010, along with an another likely cameo role for Bruce in Spider-Man 4 released in 2011. Let’s just hope Peter Parker is a lot less emo this time around.
Friday, April 3, 2009
A local newspaper holds an annual contest started in 1987 to write a short story in 55 words or less. The New Times accepts entries from anyone and selects some to publish in the weekly paper. The idea of writing a story in 55 words or less is not as easy as you may think. New Times criteria for the stories include a setting, one or more characters, conflict, and resolution. They are really fun to write though, and I suggest anyone give it a try.
For one year I wrote and submitted two entries, which unfortunately did not get chosen for publication. I encourage any reader to write one for fun. Much of my writing is a little ambiguous, but I find it fun that way. The second one in 49 words is called The Duel, enjoy!
Stoic statues faced each other in a dusty street.
Windows boarded up for a storm under blue skies.
A thundering roar heralds a pinnacle's crumble to dry earth.
It was over, and the other moved away.
A glint of light from a forsaken sheriff's badge discarded in the dirt.
By the picture you might see this has to do with a shootout in Western town. Leave a comment if gave it a try or what you think of the idea of super short stories.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Quite a few internet April Fool’s jokes came out today, some of them quite creative. For the Star Wars fan you could pick up a Tauntaun sleeping bag at Think Geek, complete with intestinal lining. Warm and lightly scented I bet.
Expedia offered a flight to Mars for the reasonable price of 99 dollars. According to the offer Expedia has dropped all booking fees, including fees on flights to Mars. The deal offers savings of over 3 trillion on a Mars vacation. Oxygen and spacecraft probably not included, just a shot out of a giant canon.
Second 55 word fiction story will be posted later.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
For one year I wrote and submitted two entries, which unfortunately did not get chosen for publication. I encourage any reader to write one for fun, and I will include one in this post. The next post will contain the second. Much of my writing is a little ambiguous, and this is in the same vein. I won’t say the exact meaning of this story here. If you want to know and don’t see it from the story it will be below. The first one in 53 words is called Passage, enjoy!
They go in. They don’t come out.
Watching from the hall two went in. None came out.
Menacing doors swallowed them all.
An emptying hall, all go through the gaping hole.
I couldn’t help myself. I had to see, slipping through the closing doors.
Fellow prey stood to my side, “Level two please.”
I wanted to make an everyday occurrence seem suspenseful. In this case a person is watching people walk into an elevator, then going in as well. I hope some of you try it out. Leave a comment if gave it a try or what you think of the idea of super short stories.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The logo sure looks like it’s a fox that has caught fire, the size of a planet too. Who cares about meteorites, we have giant foxes, which is much more devastating.
A Firefox falling to earth is probably the answer to the mysterious cause of the Tunguska event.
Safari makes a little more sense I guess, going around the inter-tubes on a safari enjoying the scenery. Safaris also are full of animals though, particularly some dangerous ones. I am a little scared I will be browsing some website about zoos, and a hungry lion jumps out of the screen and eats my face. Perhaps reading political news and a stinky wildebeest starts munching on my monitor.
Most bundled applications in OSX are pretty self explanatory such as Mail, Automator, and TextEdit. But there are far too many “iPrograms.” iCal, iChat, iSync, iTunes, iWork, iPhoto, iWeb, iMovie, which are a part of iLife, all of which are bundled with the operating system, not to mention the iPod, iMac and iPhone. Maybe not iWork on some computers, which is an office productivity suite.
Third party developers are also obsessed with iPrograms and iPeripherals. You can pick up an iClock, an iMicrophone, and pretty soon I am expecting to see the BMW iCar, complete with an Aqua user interface.
Pets too, can you imagine an iMongoose?
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I will be up at her place, so the terror may be quite severe. Waking up to find Tony the Terror Cat about to pounce from kitty treats on my face. There is no escape from the Doom Kitty, you can run, but Tony can smell your fear.
Perhaps on my drive north Steve will call to let me know of a RFID device wired to explode if I drop below 90 MPH. Speed 3, Revenge of Keanu! In a desperate attempt to avoid the semi-trucks dominating the freeway, my speed drops to 89. Speakers play his recorded laugh followed by N’SYNC on endless repeat, the horror, the horror!
The pressure building every year until something snaps, and California falls into the ocean.