Sunday, December 31, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
To all the folks who gave me cash.
I bought a Dell and got a rash
Note: I did not get a rash...
But several people have given me money for my birthday or Christmas. Tuesday, I ordered a Dell Inspiron 6400 (it's the same system as the Inspiron E1505, which is more expensive) . Here are the high points.
- Intel Core Duo processor T2050 (2MB/1.60GHz/533MHz)
- 15.4 Inch TrueLife Wide-screen WXGA
- 512MB, DDR2, 533MHz
- 80GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Service Pack 2, English
- 8X DVD+/-RW Drive
- Dell Wireless 1390 802.11b/g Mini Card (54Mbps)
- 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
- Microsoft Works 8.5
- 3 Year Dell Hardware Warranty Plus Onsite Service
- Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module (2.0 + EDR)
- ExpressCard Media Remote for Bluetooth-enabled Notebook
- Express Upgrade to Windows Vista Home Basic
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
(The above portion of this message was sent directly to Blogger via MMS (this is often called picture messaging). The picture existed on my Treo and I just added the text. I then sent it to Blogger and after claiming the address of my phone, it was placed on my blog with no other intervention. This will enable me to get back to blogging as my schedule hasn't really allowed it, but I have my entire lunch hour to blog now. That means you can expect to see more content (not better content - this has to do with quantity over quality)
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
I have had several bad experiences with Verizon Wireless, some of which I have mentioned in this blog before and some I haven't. I will list them here to inform you and refresh my tired memory.
At the time of purchase, I was lied to a couple of times at the store, and contemplated canceling my contract. I didn't because another store made me a believer again.
After I started working for the company where I now work, I learned that I could get 25% off my bill. I filled out the paperwork and started getting the discount. However, I was only getting a discount on my voice service, not the data plan or insurance. I called Verizon when I noticed that they had a plan for $80, which included voice and data, so since it was a single price, I assumed (and customer service assured me) that I would get the discount on the full amount, At that tine, my two year contract had to be renewed to make that change. After this, my bill was virtually the sane and when I've complained, everyone has apologized that I was given bad data.
2-3 months ago, Verizon called me and said that my text messaging had gone over my limit and I should get a different plan, which would provide more sms / mms usage. That change never occurred,
Last week, Verizon called me and said that my text messaging had gone over my limit and I should get a different plan, which would provide more sms / mms usage. I made that change and before the guy hung up, he asked me how I liked my phone and I said I didn't and I was counting the days till I could replace it under the New Every Two plan. He said that I didn't have to wait and if I went by a Verizon store, they would make me a great deal because of the holidays and it would be even cheaper than if I waited until April.
Saturday, Amy and I went to the Verizon Store. I had narrowed my choices down to the Motorola Q and the Verizon (Audiovox) VX6700. I stood and waited for the next salesperson who said that I was due no discounts, so the Q would cost me $419 and the VX-6700 was $519, Now, if I were not a loyal Verizon customer, the Q would have cost me $99,
I really like the phone service that Verizon provides. Most of Amy's family is on Verizon and it works and save my minutes because 'in network' calls are free.
I am sick to death of the price gouging that I am enduring as a long time Verizon customer. I am considering what my options are (as I've discussed before), I could get a new phone from Verizon and get a PDA fron someone else (TMobile will sell me their version of the VX6700 for $24, a $495 savings). My plan is to go to a store and explain my situation and see what they offer me.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
From their website:
AirTran Airways is one of America's largest low-fare airlines - employing more than 7,500 friendly, professional Crew Members and operating almost 700 flights a day to 50 destinations.
The airline's hub is at Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport by passenger volume, where it is the second largest carrier.
AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings (NYSE: AAI), is the world's largest operator of the Boeing 717 and has America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline recently added the Boeing 737-700 aircraft, one of the most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft flying today, to its fleet.
More information available at Wikipedia.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
When I was in the Houston area, I rented a bright white Dodge Magnum wagon. I had signed up to get a Charger and got this instead. It looks like it should be fast. This one wasn't, but I'm sure it had the base engine, a V-6. It was very comfortable to drive and I was able to park it as easily as my pickup (which is to say: not very easy). I was a fan of the car before, but after experiencing it, I felt underwhelmed.
In the past few days, I have been in multiple states almost every day. It's crazy!
- Saturday: Georgia -> Alabama -> Georgia
- Sunday: Georgia -> Texas
- Monday: Texas
- Tuesday: Texas
- Wednesday: Texas -> Georgia
- Thursday: Georgia -> Alabama -> Georgia
- Friday: Georgia -> Tennessee -> Alabama
- Saturday: Alabama -> Georgia
- Sunday: Georgia -> Alabama -> Georgia
Thursday, November 23, 2006
She has sold her house and will be moving to Fort Payne, AL in early December, Yesterday, I got estimates from three moving companies to pack and move her, We now have that booked.
She's been getting stronger over the past couple of days, but she cannot (yet) reliably get up from a seated position without assistance. Because of that, she is moving to a nursing home for the next 10 days.
At that point, Amy and her mother will fly out and coordinate the packing and moving and bring Mom and her cat to her new home, which Amy and I decided to buy on Tuesday.
At the Iron Bowl, there were 11 family members and five of them are Alabama fans and the other 6 are all Auburn fans. My birthday was the Tuesday after the game, so this is the perfect birthday cake for the occasion. In case you don't live in Alabama ... Auburn won for the fifth consecutive time.
Monday, November 13, 2006
We have tickets and we're going to see the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa with family. There are 10 of us going, so it should be a hoot. It will cause us to miss the Ohio State vs Michigan game that should be fantastic.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is Austin's only independently owned and operated movie theater. We serve a full menu of dinner and drinks to your seat while you watch the movie. The theater is laid out like a traditional movie theater, except every other row of seats has been replaced with a long narrow table for your food and drinks. Those who have never been to the Alamo may worry about disruptions during the movie, but we have devised an ordering system that minimizes interruption during the film, allowing you to order, eat and enjoy the movie with minimal distraction. We recommend arriving 30 minutes early so you can order while the lights are up (it gets tough to read the menus in the dark). seating begins 45 minutes before the show and there is always pre-movie entertainment on the screen while you wait for the movie. We have waiters that serve you at your seat; orders before the movie begins are taken in the traditional way. Once the movie starts if you need anything at all, there is paper and pencils at the table, write down what you need on the paper, stand the paper up on the card holder attached to the table. This acts as a flag, your waiter will only come by if he sees the card, otherwise he will stay out of your way so you can enjoy the film.Last night we went to the Buckhead Backlot 6. This is an AMC theater which they described similarly:
Do you love movies? Do you enjoy going out to restaurants? How often have you done dinner and a movie? Then how would you like to do both simultaneously? At AMC Buckhead Backlot you can enjoy a first-run movie while having food brought to your seat by our friendly servers and staff. Located on Piedmont Road at Tower Walk, we offer a full bar-style menu, plus a wide range of draft and bottled beer, wine, and beer alternatives. Buckhead Backlot is the perfect spot for a night out with your significant other, or for a casual night out with friends..
Buckhead BackLot is also available for special events and business meetings. Details are available at the theatre.
If you would like to download our regular in-theatre menu, click here.
Here's how I would say they compare:
- Parking: Backlot has a parking garage and they validate, so parking is free. However, it's a hassle and really only is an advantage when it's raining. Alamo just has a plain parking lot (like most other theaters). Advantage: Tie
- Pre-Movie Entertainment: Backlot plays still commercials and trivia like most theaters. Alamo plays bizarre, old, film clips which may or not be related to the movie that you're there to see. Advantage: Alamo
- Drinks: Both serve beer and wine and have a good selection: Advantage: Tie
- Food: The Alamo has wonderful food. It compares favorably to restaurants in the area. Backlot has food. It compares favorably to frozen dinners. Advantage: Alamo
- Waitstaff: The Alamo has perfected how to make their waiters blend in and not be obtrusive, that wasn't the case last night at the Backlot. Advantage: Alamo
Friday, November 03, 2006
When I had my badge made at work, the printer wasn't working, so my badge is blank. It works and I hope to get a picture on it today. One of my new coworkers said he could save me the trip to security by just drawing a picture. This is that picture.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
I've lived in Round Rock for 11 of the past 13 years and have never seen a Round Rock Pine. At least, I don't think I have. I guess it's possible that I've seen one, but couldn't tell the difference between that and an ordinary pine tree.
I can say with no uncertainty, that it was definitely not pre-lit.
I'm sure that by the time Christmas rolls around, I will have seen hundreds of inflatable Santas riding choppers with broken forks, but this was the first.
So much for Santa being a role model! I would have expected him to wear a helmet.
Santa, who knows when you're naughty or nice ?
Thursday, October 19, 2006
- Smothered --Onions
- Covered -- American Cheese
- Chunked -- 'Hickory Smoked' Ham
- Diced -- Tomatoes
- Peppered -- Jalepeno Peppers
- Capped -- Mushrooms
- Topped -- Bert's Chili
- 'Scattered All The Way'
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
CBGB (Country, Blue Grass, and Blues) was a legendary music club located at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. Founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973, it was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became legendary as a forum for American punk and punk-influenced bands like The Ramones, Television, Blondie, and Talking Heads. The club closed on October 15, 2006, following its final concert by Patti Smith on the same day.
Whenever Auburn people gather, the battle cry "Warrrrrrr Eagle!" is almost certain to be heard. Although little is actually known about how the battle cry originated, it has been a part of Auburn's spirit for more than 100 years. Since the first War Eagle, there have been five other birds throughout Auburn's history which have served as the school's symbol and kept alive the legendary battle cry.
- Read about Tiger at AuburnTigers.com
- Read How Auburn's battle cry became 'War Eagle' — maybe at AL.com
- Read about War Eagle at Wikipedia
Here are the lyrics to WAR EAGLE (FIGHT SONG)
War...Eagle, fly down the field, Ever to conquer, never to yield.
War...Eagle fearless and true. Fight on, you orange and blue.
Go! Go! Go!
On to vic'try, strike up the band,
Give 'em hell, give 'em hell.
Stand up and yell, Hey! War...Eagle, win for Auburn,
Power of Dixie Land!
Monday, October 16, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Terrell Owens: "Get the ball in the playmaker's hands." T.O. utterred this gem after a game in which he caught 3 of 13 passes thrown to him.
Read more about this overpaid jackass at Fox Sports.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Friday: Job interviews at 10:00, 12:00 and 12:30. Lunch at some point. Drive to Auburn, AL.
Saturday: Watch Auburn beat the Razorbacks of Arkansas. Tailgate with family and friends.
Sunday: Brunch with Family. Head back to Atlanta. Anniversary dinner with my lovely wife.
Monday: Fly to Austin. Take care if ticket.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.On the other side, it said:
Vote Nov. 6 for Prop 4I just haven't seen a fortune before with a political agenda. The worst part of the whole experience is that it seems like the fortune was urging me to keep my mouth shut about the whole sordid affair.
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Saturday, September 30, 2006
It will be expensive. I think it will cost me $104 plus a defensive driving class to keep it off my record. That's about the same amount to just pay it, but that might cause my insurance to go up.
I went out to the truck and decided that I had been wronged. I called the company and spoke to Matt in Customer Service who was very helpful and is speeding me a check for the $2.07. He not only made me feel like they cared, he also gave me the technical explanation of the problem and how they are changing the service to fix this.
Wonderful experience, in spite of the problem.
- MP3 Player
- Web Browser
Some of the above tasks are performed better than others.
- The phone is not great. When using it without a headset or headphones, the phone gets warm against your ear after 20 or 30 minutes. If using headphones, the sound is OK, but the sound quality that the other person hears isn’t great.
- The PDA is excellent; it is as good as Windows Mobile. The problem is that the synchronizing software (HotSync/Pocket Mirror) is not nearly as good as ActiveSync which is what Windows Mobile uses. For example, all my Outlooks contacts are categorized and when I sync them to a Windows Mobile device, those categories are honored. All my contacts, calendar, tasks are included here and are sync’d daily to my desktop PC.
- The MP3 Player is good. I use it to listen to podcasts, almost exclusively. I listen on my commute and usually at lunch. This gives me 2 or so hours of entertainment that I can’t get without carrying an MP3 player. I use an application called Pocket Tunes, combined with a 2G MiniSD card. This gives me enough capacity for several days worth of podcast listening. I do have to manage moving the data to it manually, but I have a pretty good system for that which has been perfected over the last couple of years (I was using the same system pre-Treo)
- The web browser that ships with the Treo is called Blazer. It is quite elegant, especially when using sites that are made for tiny screens. It is reasonably fast. There are some websites which make this browser even more valuable which I will talk about in a later article. I have a plan which allows unlimited data transfer, so I can use this feature as much as I want.
- The camera is lousy, but almost always available. Even though my Canon SD-450 can take nuch better pictures, having this camera around has been great for the blog, I have posted quite a few pictures taken with the Treo (even to my Flickr account).
- Better screen – The resolution on this one is 160x160 and even when the characters are big enough to read, they’re sufficiently blocky to make reading it difficult.
- Larger screen – In addition to wanting a screen with a higher resolution, I also want a larger screen.
- Bluetooth – When the Treo 600 came out, this was not something that was available to any real extent. When I bought the 600, I could have gotten the 650 (which includes Bluetooth), but it was $150 more.
- Camera – I believe that any device I would be considering would have a better camera.
- Ability for the media player to sync with desktop, so that my manual process can go away.
- Wifi – If the phone I choose has WiFi, I might be able to do without the data plan, saving me $40-$50 per month. 802.11b will be sufficient for connectivity
- Motorola Q – This device is closest in physical appearance and spirit to the Treo. Runs Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone OS, so it doesn’t include a touchscreen, something I like about the Treo. It doesn’t have 802.11b. It has better resolution than the Treo 600, and the screen is slightly larger. Cost to upgrade: $ 319
- Verizon VX6700 – This is larger than the Treo. It has much better resolution (320x240) and a larger screen. It also has 802.11b wifi, so I would have Internet service where wireless service is available. The screen is large enough to watch videos as well. It has a full slide-out keyboard. Cost to upgrade: Cost to upgrade: $ 419
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Twelve years ago, my Dad got me a AAA membership for Christmas and he and Mom have done that every year since. My dad passed away more than three years ago, but today my life was made easier because he always looked out for me.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
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Friday, September 01, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Welcome to KnowYourStuff.org, where you can download the I.I.I.'s new home inventory software for free! This software makes creating a home inventory fun and easy. Once you have completed your inventory, it is easy to keep your information up to date.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
CNN.com - New 'Survivor' to group players by��ethnicity - Aug 23, 2006: "New 'Survivor' to group players by ethnicity"
I went to the above link and voted in the poll, "New "Survivor" twist: Is it offensive to divide teams by race?". Please vote if you have a strong opinion one way or the other.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
KISS YOUR EXPECTATIONS GOODBYE. Dad is Gene Simmons – the legendary, tongue wagging demon of KISS. Mom is Shannon Tweed -- former Playmate of the Year, actress and model. And their kids, Nick and Sophie, are, well...surprisingly charming, well-behaved teenagers dealing with the trials and tribulations of adolescence, even though Mom and Dad are truly like no one else’s parents. A&E Network presents the original series GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS Mondays at 10 PM/9 PM C.
Monday, August 21, 2006
The new template looks great in Firefox on my PC and I hope it looks OK on your computer & browser. Please leave a comment either way, so I'll know.
Blogger finally supports labels! This is the one feature that has made me think about upgrading to a different blogging platform for a long time. This means I can tag a post with TREO (for example) and you can use the keyword feature to show only TREO labeled posts. This will take a while to implement fully, as I have to go back and tag 659 previous posts...
Sunday, August 20, 2006
This is a test of the Windows Live Writer, a blog post editor from Microsoft. It works (obviously) with Blogger, as well as Windows Live Spaces (and others). If this posts to the blog correctly, then I'm gonna give it at least a thumbs up.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
He's certainly not the only idiot involved in this fiasco (fiasco/fresco - interesting...). The following items he reported he later recanted.
- Passenger had a screwdriver
- Passenger had matches
- Passenger had a note that referenced al-Qaeda
- Passenger had "vaseline on her"
Enough bashing of Adam. Let's look closely at the rest of the story. The woman in question was 60 years old, unarmed and tied up. The plane was diverted to Boston and was intercepted by two F15 fighter jets.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Within just over 5 hours, I spent 3 hours in the truck and went no more than 25 miles. I could have driven to Houston or Dallas in the same amount of time.
Possible punch lines:
- Thanks so much for spelling it out, I never would have thought of putting the "S" first.
- You lost me at "U". Could repeat that more slowly ?
- So, you're not an Indian tribe ?
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
- You will receive an unexpected gift from an aquaintence
- If given a penny for every kind act, you'd be a millionaire
The second is really an affirmation, rather than a fortune. The first one is a fortune and did come true on Thursday night. When I went to see tee Jabarvy, I was one of the first 100 people and they gave me a cool discgear CD case with the band's logo.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
What I don't understand is why anybody cares. These are people (in this case, men) who get paid to look pretty and pretend to be someone else. Why would I get my information on post partum depression from the star of Top Gun? Why would I expect the star of Mad Max to not have human flaws like the rest of us? I have (on more than one occassion) had too much to drink and had to apologize to someone I offended.
Thank goodness that each of us doesn't have to live their life so publicly. Who hasn't said things they wish they hadn't? Who hasn't said things that could be taken out of context? Who hasn't told a joke they wish they hadn't?
The unreasonable people here are not the actors (and other celebrities), but a society that hangs on their every word.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Jabarvy: "AUSTIN, Texas, August 10, 2006 - Following a number of live recordings, Austin-based jam/funk band Jabarvy is set to release their self-titled, debut studio album in Austin, Texas, on August 10, 2006, 10 p.m. at The Parish.
The doors to this highly-anticipated CD-release party open at 9 p.m. Cover is $5, or guests may pay $10 for entry and the new CD. The first 100 people in the door receive a free gift, and there will be free food and drink specials all night long. At 10 p.m. jazz/funk band About:Blank plays the opening set. Jabarvy takes the stage at 11 p.m. to debut the new album."
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Beggar: Hey, can you give me a couple of bucks? I'm out of gas and I'm trying to get back home to Pasadena with my wife and kid.
Me: Here's two bucks. That's all I can spare.
Beggar: Come on. Can't you do better than that ?
Me: I can take those two bucks away from you if you don't need 'em.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
The title will be The Dark Knight. Oddly, they've chosen Heath Ledger as The Joker. The movie will begin production next year.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
1. Our house should sell this week.
2. Last week, we moved to Atlanta
3. This week, I moved back to Austin to stay with friends (thanks BigMac & HeidiMac!), until I can get a job in Atlanta.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
I've been listening to Adam Curry's podcast (The Daily Source Code) for nearly two years. About a year ago, he started a company called Podshow. Here's their About Us page:
Podshow was created out of total frustration with current audio programming. The same songs, the same messaging, the same programming, everywhere, all the time, with no exceptions…
Welcome to PodShow, where you get to choose what you listen to and when and where you listen to it. We have thousands of programs ready to be heard on every topic imaginable, waiting to be downloaded, played, and enjoyed by anyone, anywhere, anytime. It’s your choice 100% of time.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Corrected: I thought it was 36oz, it's only 34oz.
Monday, June 26, 2006
- Refrigerator-Freezer (18 Cubic Feet) - $100
- Full Size Sleeper Sofa - $125
- 2 shelf bookcase - $15 (Sold for $10 to a lovely woman from Kyle)
- Big Blue Sofa! - $150 (Sold for $125 to a lovely couple from South Austin)
- 8 Drawer dresser - $35 (Sold for $30 to a lovely woman from Kyle)
- Workbench - $50 (Sold for $45 to a man from Round Rock)
- Workbench - $35
A friend at work always wears the latest hip tennis shoes and I've never seen him wearing something I could pull off. The other day, he was wearing these Ice Cream (brand of Reebok) shoes which are black with lime green dice on them. These I could wear...
Monday, June 19, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Thanks to TXU's blazing speed in responding to our power outage, we were without power for only 15 hours. Here's my timeline.
- 5:45am I wake up and see that there is no power in the house. I assume it's a temporary issue and go back to bed
- 6:55am I wake up again and see that there is still no power. I call TXU's automated emergency outage number and report problem and get confirmation number.
- 9:00am I walked down to the convenience store to get a paper and they were closed due to the power outage. This was my first indication that it was a larger problem.
- 9:15am I call to check on outage. I explain that I reported an issue 2 hours earlier. He asked if I had heard an explosion at the same time as I lost power and asked if I had checked my breakers. I explained again that I had a confirmation number from when I callled it in earlier. He said that I didn't and he will put in a trouble ticket and report the issue. He said he has no way to look up that number and that the ETA to resolution was 2:00pm.
- 9:45am I called back to see if the problem had actually been reported this time. It had.
- 2:05pm I called back to get an updated ETA. He said that the ETA was still 2pm. I asked for a better ETA. I explained that that the problem was with my whole block. He asked if I had checked my breakers. I explained that there aren't breakers for my entire block, but that I had tested my home's breakers.
- 4:00pm I called back to get an updated ETA and was told that they couldn't give me an ETA for resolution, but that she 'guaranteed' it would be resolved today.
- 4:30pm The temperature in the house has been rising steadily all day and it was 85 degrees in the house. We went to a friends house to wait.
- We saw on the news that the problem had been resolved at 5:00pm.
Storms knocked out Round Rock power
6/18/2006 6:33 PM
By: News 8 Austin Staff
Nearly a thousand people in south and southeast Round Rock spent most of the day without power.A transformer was hit by lightning around 2 a.m., TXU said.The outages also affected the Dove Creek, Green Slopes and Cushing areas.Power was restored just before 5 p.m. Sunday.
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Thursday, June 15, 2006
Example1: Turn the Page by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band from the album "Back in '72"
Most times you can't hear 'em talkCovered by Metallica on the GARAGE INC.
Other times you can
All the same old clichés
Is that a woman or a man ?
And you always seem outnumbered
You don't dare make a stand
Most times you can't hear 'em talk
Other times you can
Oh, the same old clichés
Is it woman, is it man ?
And you always seem outnumbered
You don't dare make a stand
Notice it ? The change is subtle. "Is that a woman or a man ?" is a cliche. Every guy who had long hair in the seventies heard that sentence directed at them. "Is it woman ? Is it man ?" is just a stupid line that doesn't fit the lyric.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Jeremy Zawodny's blog
- How to Take Good Pictures of Buildings
- Automotive fuel hack
- Compact Home Bar
- DRILLING AND SANDPAPER MACHINE
- Supa-Cheap LEDs
- Free plans for "One sheet boats"
- LED MEGA-Light
- Home-built recumbent tricycle
- Sonic Impact Eclipse Mint tin amp
- Homemade quadrifilar helicoidal antenna - (get your own weather images!)
- $200 Machine shop
- Access your home PC with a thumb drive
- How to win a prize at the claw machine
- Feed your family of 4 for $45 a week
- Geek to Live: Carry your life on a thumb drive (or iPod)
The Red Ferret Journal
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Hillbilly Housewife: "The focus here is on low-cost, home-cooking from scratch. The recipes are all tested in a real kitchen with hungry children, stalking cats, begging puppies and a playful husband underfoot. The ingredients are affordable and readily available in most areas."Lots of good stuff here.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
NXNW is one of the places we'll miss most in Austin.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Eric: SAME TO YOU!
Charles: you sent me a blank one first.
Eric: But that was before you let loose with the Obscenities
Charles: I love that you capitalize "obscenities" as if it's a proper noun, or major crime.
Eric: I think it would make a good band name. I think that will be the name of my next band.
Charles: the line about a proper name, or major crime would also be a good line about a band.
Eric: The new album "Proper Noun or Major Crime" from the hot new band. "Obscenities"
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
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Sunday, May 28, 2006
Randy was looking for a car to buy (he didn't have one) and Ron and I were both Chrysler fanatics. Ron and I were working in the tire center one day and a Dodge Coronet 440 drove by and he and I took off running after the car. We finally caught up to it and asked if he wanted to sell it. He did. We got his name and number and gave it to Randy and told him that HE ABSOLUTELY HAD TO BUY THIS CAR. I'm not sure if he ever called, but since he didn't really have any money, he wasn't able to buy.
Ron and I were disappointed, because we knew that we'd probably have been allowed to drive it. We were even more disappointed when we realized we'd have to continue to chauffeur Randy around for the foreseeable future.
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- Research and discuss hotel options in over 350 cities
- Share travel itineraries from any source or supplier
- Send e-mails to some or all members of the group
- Track who owes money
Saturday, May 27, 2006
All of the other streaming stations base what they play on songs that you've rated. If you've rated a particular song. they look at other users who like that song and recommend songs that those people like. Pandora is a completely different service. It grew out of The Music Genome Project. They have 40 musicians who listen to music critically, and map hundreds of characteristics of each song. It then suggests other songs that are characteristically similar to the song that you give it to start.
Once music is playing, you can click on the album cover to get the menu shown here.
"Pandora is a music discovery service designed to help you find and enjoy music that you'll love. It's powered by the Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Just tell us one of your favorite songs or artists and we'll launch a streaming station to explore that part of the music universe."
Thursday, May 25, 2006
|Your Linguistic Profile::|
|75% General American English|
|0% Upper Midwestern|
I was proud of my results, until I noticed that my linguistic profile only adds up to 95%. Not sure about the other 5%. I've seen others get the same 95%, so it might be a bug...
However, Coinstar now offers free coin counting, if you are willing to settle for gift cards or eCertificates instead of cash.
They offer the following vendor's gift cards and eCertificates.
- Virgin Digital
- Linens'n Things
- iTunes Music Card
- Pier 1 Imports
- Hollywood Video
You can also use Coinstar to donate to charity using the Coins That Count Donation Program.
You have to respect a company that can take such a mundane service and make it compelling.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Story links: Houston Chronicle Story, News 8 Austin
From the Antone's Night Club Myspace About Page: Antone's, the first club on 6th street, opened its doors in the summer of 1975 with the great Clifton Chenier. The venue, now located at the corner of 5th and Lavaca Street, was founded by legendary promoter Clifford Antone and has hosted such blues "greats" as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton and countless others. Antone's has helped launch the careers of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Los Lonely Boys, Ian Moore, and Bob Schneider to name a few. Antone's stage has been graced by everyone from Bono & The Edge, to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, to Eric Clapton, to Dwight Yoakam to Bruce Willis. The venue has won countless awards including numerous Austin Music Awards, as well as being named nightclub of the year by USA Today and the W.C. Handy Awards. The venue is all ages all the time and offers an unforgettable live music experience for everyone.People are leaving comments at the Myspace page.
The DVD for Antone's - Home of the Blues will be out in a couple of weeks. Here's a quote from their page:
Some of the biggest blues legends in the business have stepped onto the stage at Antone's in Austin, Texas. This documentary takes a look at the history of the club.
You can also read about my favorite Antone's music experience.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
In 1969 the US Senate had a hearing on funding the newly developed Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The proposed endowment was $20 million, but President Nixon wanted it cut in half because of the spending going on in the Vietnam War. This is an video clip of the exchange between Mr. Rogers and Senator Pastore, head of the hearing. Senator Pastore starts out very abrasive and by the time Mr. Rogers is done talking, Senator Pastore's inner child has heard Mr. Rogers and agreed with him. Enjoy.
Monday, May 22, 2006
"Cork’d is a free service for wine aficionados. You can use Cork’d to catalog, rate and review wines you’ve tasted. You can also keep track of wines you’d like to try and buy as well as subscribe to what your buddies have reviewed. It’s a new way to discover and share wine — and we think it’s perfect for people like you."
Sunday, May 21, 2006
This picture is a wonderful example of what you can do with a 5 Megapixel camera. This picture was originally taken with my Canon SD450. The resolution of that image is 2592 x 1944. The picture was bad, it was very out of focus (except for the leaf). I cut out the worst parts of the image and concentrated on the leaf. Now the picture is 608 x 703 pixels and it still has enough detail to be interesting.
Yesterday, Amy and I went to Petco in Round Rock and saw these kittens. Amy picked up the two that are fighting in this clip. She handed me the black one and it relaxed in my hands. Amy kept the white one and it climbed all over her and scratched her 5-6 times. If we didn't already have our limit on cats, ...
Toyota.com : Vehicles : FJ Cruiser: "The all-new FJ Cruiser is the latest in a long line of celebrated off-road vehicles from Toyota. And in the tradition of the legendary Land Cruiser family, the FJ Cruiser is not only engineered to conquer anything Mother Nature has to offer, but keep coming back for more."