January 26, 2004
"My friends are my estate."
The move-around is complete...
I finally finished moving my website from the work server to my new home server. New is a relative term...it's new to me, anyway. It is actually an old PII Dell, but it seems to be doing okay. The configuration consists of Windows XP Pro, IIS, PHP, Perl and MySQL.
I'm still holding onto my hope of setting up a Linux server, but I've had to wait so I can learn more on running Apache.
January 25, 2004
From Cat's Moblog: "can't get up"
...don't want you to!
Also overheard in a chocolate factory...
"A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men."
A familiar face passes on...
Note: I didn't recognize the name, but the face reminded me.
Noble Willingham may not have been a matinee idol, but he was a hardworking actor who appeared in dozens of feature films. The Texas-native used his "distinctive voice and warmly gruff manner" to land supporting roles in movies like "Paper...
The last ping pong ball falls...
Robert James Keeshan, television's award-winning, walrus-mustachioed Captain Kangaroo, died on Jan. 23. Cause of death was not released. He was 76. "Captain Kangaroo," which debuted on Oct. 3, 1955, remained on the air for more than three decades. Wearing a...
January 23, 2004
Contemplating the dark side...
I don't think I could ever bring myself to vote Democrat, but if I did, it would probably be for this guy:
Outta here for the weekend...
This will be my last post probably until Sunday night. I am taking off for our astronomy club's first annual star party, and I will be camping in a land that wi-fi forgot.
Our club took our star party's guest of honor, John Dobson, out to dinner last night. What an interesting guy! Who else can say they left a job on the Manhattan Project to enter a Monastery for 23 years! We had a great time listening to his stories and life observations, as well as his thoughts on science and astronomy.
That's it...I'm off. So much still to do and so little time!
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
January 22, 2004
"California is a fine place to live--if you happen to be an orange."
January 21, 2004
From Jessica's Blog...
Another one of my favorite TechTV ladies, Jessica Corbin. Fans of The Best Damn Sports Show may also recognize her...she does segments for them as well. Again...easy on the eyes.
"Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them."
-Charles Caleb Colton
January 20, 2004
This is my first post using BlogJet, a new blog posting tool, and the first I've seen with a WYSIWYG interface. I kinda like it. I'll give the full scoop once I've had more time to test it.
From Cat's MoBlog
This is Cat Schwartz from TechTV. I don't know her or anything...I just find her very easy on the eyes. She also MoBlogs like a mother with her camera phone, so her fans get to peek into her life regularly. While some people (like myself) might feel a little freaked-out by posting so many personal pictures for everyone to see, she seems to enjoy it. It probably also helps to be attractive (I am not).
"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail."
Note: How true, though the politically correct among us may disagree.
"If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex?"
A Conservative's opinion on why Dean didn't win Iowa...
I know the world is just DYING to know why I think Dean did a belly-flop in Iowa, so here goes...
Dude is just too angry and high-strung!
He comes out with a powerful message, and makes some strong criticisms of the current administration in his early campaign days. Good job. He's playing the political game well, feeding on the feelings of many in his party. He continues on...getting angry a man at a rally who speaks up with a dissenting opinion. Not only does he give a rebuttal...he damn near rips the guy a new corn-chute (Get it? Iowa reference?) and shows what a true hot-head he is. Then he makes some strange comments about the capture of Saddam Hussein not being "important." Huh? We're fighting a war because of him!
And right up to the final day, he continues his public displays of temper on an early-morning FOX News appearance, snapping childishly at "weather-man" Steve Doocy when he asked about the day Dean found out he had been thrust into the role of Governor. Good idea, Howard...show how tough you are by attacking the "weather-man".
This guy's personality was built to self-destruct. You could see it in his flare-ups early-on. Rage may play to a vocal minority on the Internet (namely liberal bloggers who spew hate and bile without fear of repercussion), but it doesn't play to the typical, intelligent Democrat who will actually take time to go to the polls.
Take some anger management classes, dude. And by the way...quit inviting yourself to church with ex-democratic presidents.
January 19, 2004
My new favorite news aggregator
For several months now I have been using NewzCrawler to consolidate my RSS news feeds. When I first started into the wonderful world of RSS, I found it to be easy to use and very well built.
Lately, however, I have been getting a greater number of errors. It seems every time I update my feeds that more of them are unreadable. It also has a pretty nasty way of crashing which makes it extremely difficult to shut the program down.
Since I am a paying user of NewzCrawler I feel I am entitled to make the following statement: I just don't feel like paying for something that has, for all intents and purposes, been in a perpetual Beta-state since I started using it. Usually a program gets better over it's various incarnations. This hasn't been the case.
So after searching through recommendations I downloaded the trial of FeedDemon, made by the same people who created TopStyle (an EXCELLENT CSS editor). After using it for several hours, I am very impressed. The interface mimics the new Outlook 2004 (which I do not have installed yet), and the organizational features are top-notch. After I have had more time to become familiar with it, I may post a more in-depth review.
"If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking."
-Lyndon B. Johnson
January 16, 2004
Passing through the Paxil barrier...
I believe I have mentioned here before my adventures with Paxil, the social anxiety disorder medication. It is good stuff, but it can do strange things to a mind!
I now know my limit for number of days I can go without it, this due to me misplacing my bottle last weekend. The magic number is FOUR. I have been playing with the idea of discontinuing this particular bit of mental magic for about a month now. It seems with certain things in my life finally being out in the open (and as a result calming down), I don't need it as much as I used to. I first noticed this when I forgot to take it a couple of times. There didn't seem to be any of the normal side effects, and I didn't have the anxiety problems that I was used to.
So when I misplaced the bottle last weekend, I thought it might be interesting to see how long I could go before the side-effects became noticable. Last night was the limit. I started getting the recurrent "head-rushes" that are typically associated with coming off Paxil, and I also started to get twitchy. Believe me...I don't need to be any more twitchy than I am already.
It's kind of fun messing with your own mind.
Insults Spoil Orders At Burger King Drive-Through
This is freakin' funny!
Insults Spoil Orders At Burger King Drive-Through "Police believe one or two young men, possibly teenagers, are responsible for issuing obscenities and insults to customers at a Troy Burger King drive-through window. 'You don't need a couple of Whoppers. You are too fat. Pull ahead,' Officer Gerry Scherlink said is an example of what the hackers are telling customers at the drive-through speaker. The men are reportedly tapping into the wireless frequency at the restaurant located at 14 Mile and John R roads. Police believe the culprits are watching and broadcasting from close range. The pranks began last week and continued until Tuesday, according to a Local 4 report. They reportedly occurred around 3 p.m. Scherlinck said the men are telling customers who order a Coca-Cola that, 'We don't have Coke.' And when the customer asks what they do have, the hacker would say, 'We don't have anything. Pull ahead.'