Friday, April 28, 2006

Blogger sued for his reporting

This is pretty sad. It would have been so easy for the advertising company to admit a mistake, take responsibility, and move on. Instead the file a lawsuit. With any luck an intelligent judge will get the case, realize it has no merit, and dismiss it.

Marine Pride

Via the finger.

Mel's a funny guy

Three consectutive frames from the Apocalypto trailer

Mel's a funny guy. Can't wait to see the movie.
Thanks to Cad Daddy on LGF for the tip!

Ipso Facto on Gun Control

Thursday, April 27, 2006

"We want full amnesty, full legalization for anybody who is here (illegally)," Rodriguez said.

Absolutely not. Hopefully Congress will show some balls and Just Say No!

Here's a thought: How about, since immigrants want to shut down major cities on May 1st, those who oppose full legalization for illegals, not go to any Mexican resturants to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? It's just a token gesture but if everyone stayed away it might be impressive...

One of those days

I had planned on it being a nice, quiet, simple, morning. Get up and get moving when the alarm went off and come in to work and upgrade a few servers during a network outage before the regular work day started.

Couldn't sleep. Just one of those nights where there was too much going on in my head to relax. Finally doze off and the alarm went off. Off came the covers, the cold air hit (the wife likes the window open), covers went right back on, and back to sleep. 30 minutes later I realize I need to get moving.

Made it to work around 6:00. A bit late but nothing terrible. Started the service pack install on 4 servers and went to my office. Logged in and I got a message that Windows Update had installed a patch and was rebooting my computer. Hmmm - I don't have WU configured to do that. And then it hits me - I had to reinstall Update Services on my WSUS server and I redid the GPOs to cover machines that aren't in the usual OUs (like mine) and I managed to leave some WSUS required patches enabled. Crap! Disabled them as my pc was rebooting. Oh well - at last count only a few hundred machines needed these patches so the damage might not he too bad. I suppose I could always blame the networking people. :-)

As this was all going on I was expecting the server upgrades to choke but all 4 succeeded. Yea!

The best part is that there will be snacks at the meeting today so the day will get better.

David Beamer Speaks Out

You may recall that name. It was Todd Beamer, while on Flight 93 on September 11th, 2001, who said "Let's Roll" when the first Hero's in the War Against Terror tried to take the plane back. With United 93 opening up in theatres this weekend Todd's father chose to speak up.

    United 93
    The filmmakers got it right.

    Thursday, April 27, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT

    The calendar says it's April 25, 2006. At noon, my wife, Peggy, and I are walking around Battery Park--near the Tribeca area--in New York. It is our first time. The flowers are blooming; kids are fishing; people boarding the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Kids are laughing and noisy. The sun is shining. The vendors are hawking T-shirts, pretzels and some "designer" wares. And just up the street there is a hole in the skyline and in the ground.

    [Continue at source]

Since I have time to kill Saturday night as the wife and her sister are going to see Tim and Faith in Rosemont (and I get to play driver) I think I'll head back to Schaumburg and see this movie.


Sydney and her dad are talking in the kitchen-

Dad - You shouldn't leave edged weapons within reach of a baby. especially Bristow women.
Sydney - She's only four weeks old. She can't even hold her head up. I think we're safe for now.

Meet the baby sitters - Rance and Dalton.

They come complete with explosive detectors!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Remodeling update

No I havn't finished but it's really messy now.

See my pretty wall

And my beautiful floor

And my devoted helper

Painting in earnest starts this weekend. Then it's time to remove the carpet and put the wood down.

Kerry is such a Carter

Wussadem has the details.

Thanks to GM Roper for the link.

Gas is cheaper than in 1980

See for yourself.

Tony Snow as White House Press Secretary?

I have to admit I like watching Tony Snow on Fox News. Ok liked appears to be the word now. It will be interesting so see if the same calm demeanor that he has shown on Fox News will carry over? Will the wit that pops up now and then come out in a reasoned response to the multitude of stupid questions that come forth from the White House Press Corp?

I sure hope so. It'll make the the press briefings interesting to watch.

    Update: The unmedicated IMAO has more.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Carnival of Cordite #56

At the Revolutionary War Veterans Association Weblog

Stupid Parents

Thing1 called last night to say hi and to tell me about his latest movie experience - Silent Hill. While he said he enjoyed the movie there were, once again, little kids (as he put it they were as tall as the seat back) there with Mommy and Daddy.

Stupid, stupid, stupid. The parents that is.

I love this [expletive]

One misplaced cell phone and one savvy interpreter equaled one dead insurgent, several pieces of intelligence and a whole lot of captured weapons. Great story.

Thanks to Right Thinking From the Left Coast for the link

Friday, April 21, 2006

Screaming Eagles = Angels?

I think so. Decide for yourself.

Via BlackFive

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Carnival of Bauer! #8

AKA 'The Carnival of Jenny' at Justin's Random Thoughts

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Animals Cams

Peregrine Falcon Nest at PGE

Eages in British Columbia. With audio!

National Zoo PandaCam

It’s the Kurds in Northern Iraq. They’re cool.

Michael J. Totten - Back to Iraq.

I was wrong

About Audry. Unless she's bleeding for the cause she's not part of the dark side.


  • Heller getting the drop on Jack. Nobody hits Jack Bauer and lives to tell about it

  • Chloe - "Miles is a idiot". She speakth the truth

  • Chloe swiping Miles' ID and staring down the nutso redhead

  • Logan is a slimey lying sack. And he's really good at it


  • Chloe getting owned by the nutso redhead

  • Aaron - dead or dark side?

  • Mrs. Logan - soon to be dead?

I really enjoyed this episode. Unlike some of the whiners over at Blogs4Bauer I liked the character development.

As for the weekly carnage - I counted 6 confirmed and 2 probable (1 bad guy and Audry).

Bonus - from Fark - the Blank CTU Badge Photoshop File

BTW - Flight 93 looks awesome!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Carnival of Cordite #55

At Gullyborgs

Jack Bauer Appreciation Day

It's coming soon so get ready!

How to celebrate? Buy a new gun. Growl at people.

I'm not sure - yet.

Lego Aircraft Carrier

This is very cool.

Thanks to Gullyborg for the orginal link.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

This works too

We did something similar with Thing2 when Thing1 came home for spring break. $20.00 went a long way to keeping the peace over sitting in the love seat when watching movies.

Happy Easter

New Floor

Ok - it needs some work but 20% off is 20% off. Dining room, living room, and the main hallway. Fun, fun, fun...

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

American Idol - 2

I can't believe the wife put it on tonight. I came into the family room in time to be treated to the Queen medley. I think that the next time Idol decides to pay tribute to a band I suggest something like Wham.

No one will care how badly they sing their songs.

Wait - Rod Stewart? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

American Idol sings Queen

I've never watched American Idol. Just not my kind of show. With all the promo about the current singers performing the songs of Queen. Queen. Fabulous Freddie Mercury.

The wife and I were lucky enough to see Queen live twice. Once from the rafters of the Rosemont Horizon (now the Allstate Arena) and once from the 20th row at the former Popular Creek Music Theatre. Queen was one of those bands the just brought it every time they performed. Freddie Mercury set a pretty high standard. Will anyone come close?

Bucky sang "Fat Bottomed Girls". One of my all time favorite Queen songs. Missed it so I'll have to listen to the mp3. Ok - the review wasn't bad. Still need to listen to the whole song.
Ace destroyed "We Will Rock You". 'nuff said.
Kellie - "Bohemian Rhapsody". Some didn't like it. I thought she nailed it. Right down to the prancing.
Chris - "Innuendo". Didn't do anything for me.
Katharine - "Who Wants to Live Forever". Nice singing but nothing special.
Elliot - "Somebody to Love". Great singing but it wasn't Queen.
Taylor - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". Decent signing but a terrible performance. Simon's comments nailed it.
Paris - "The Show Must Go On". Awesome voice. Not a Queen performance but very good.

I know I'm being a bit mean comparing these people to Freddie Mercury but you can't sing his songs and not expect it. Kellie was the only one that brought some memories back. She rocked.

Time to watch the Queen Live DVD and push this stuff from my brain.

Still clueless

Not me. John "I'm a sore loser" Kerry.

To set a timetable would be admitting defeat. One would think that a decorated veteran of Viet Nam would understand that...

Monday, April 10, 2006


The plot twist thickens. The President is up to his neck in it and Jack Bauer will bring him down. With any luck good ol Aaron as well as the creepy V.P. will have a part in the takedown.

Nice gun battle at the end. I counted 9 more for the kill counter. I'll have to review the tape. Well the mpeg. Video tape is so 2004.

Update: Looked at the mpeg and, depending on the fate of Evelyn and her daughter, it looks like 9. Blogs4Bauer says 10. I still think it's 9. But then again I picked 9...

I'm begining to think that Audry has something to do with the President. Or at least the days events. Look at this picture. It's like "Oh no - I have to kill Jack Bauer"

Wait - that really means "Crap. Jack Bauer is going to kill me. Slowly. Painfully"

The New Wall

My weekend project. With any luck it'll be sanded and primed for the weekend visitors.

Rimfire Roundup #8

Found this in the latest Carnival of Cordite. As much as I enjoy shooting my Glock and Keltec weapons .22s are so much fun for the money. From my ancient H&R 865 to my el-cheapo Jennings to my most excellent Ruger Mark II - I truly enjoy shooting my .22s.

Check out the roundup.

I knew it

The political description that fits you best is....


LIBERTARIANS support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.

According to this quiz.

Something for those who need to gamble on something

Wedding Betting

For Firefox users

If, like me, you're one of the enlightened using Firefox for browsing the web, you may have noticed that Firefox uses a fairly large chunk of memory when you get lots of tabs in use. For me the memory usage usually exceeds 130MB. Today I came across this tip for trimming memory usage:

  1. Open Firefox and go to the Address Bar. Type in about:config and then press Enter.
  2. Right Click in the page and select New -> Boolean.
  3. In the box that pops up enter config.trim_on_minimize. Press Enter.
  4. Now select True and then press Enter.
  5. Restart Firefox.

Memory usage for me when minimized is under 20MB and when in use around 50MB. Nice.

Thanks to Right Thoughts for the link.

Carnival of Cordite #54

Hopefully Gullyborg is done with April Fools day...

Carnival of Bauer Week 6

At Blogs4Bauer

24 Producer "reveals all"

Well some at least.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Separated at Birth?

Uncle Jimbo wants to know.

Monday, April 03, 2006

A Face Made for Radio

One of my favorite blogs is BlackFive. Matt's blog was the first milblog that I ever read and has helped me understand whats really happening in the Global War on Terror.

One of the things that Matt does is highlight 'Someone you should know'. The people he introduces you to are amazing. Matt is now bringing this series to Pundit Radio. Be sure to check it out.

Bush Was Right

So sayeth The Right Brothers.

Via Blackfive

Nurses....God love 'em!

The wife is a nurse. According to her most of these are very true...

  • Did you hear about the nurse who died and went straight to hell? It took her two weeks to realize she wasn't at work!
  • You know you're a nurse if... you would like to meet the inventor of the call light some night in a dark alley.
  • Your sense of humor gets more warped each year. Almost everything can seem humorous...eventually.
  • You know the smell of different diarrhea to identify it.
  • You can tell the pharmacist more about the medication they are dispensing than they know.
  • You check the caller ID on your day off to see if anyone from the hospital is trying to call and ask you to work.
  • You've been telling stories in a restaurant and made someone at another table throw up.
  • You notice that you are using more 4 letter words than you did before you started nursing.
  • Every time someone asks y ou for a pen you can find at least 4 of them on you.
  • You live by the motto "to be right is only half the battle, to convince the doctor is more difficult."
  • You've told a confused patient that your name was that of your coworker and to holler if they need help.
  • Your bladder can expand to the size of a Winnebago's water tank.
  • You find yourself checking out other customer's veins in grocery waiting lines.
  • You avoid unhealthy looking shoppers in the mall for fear that they will drop near you and you'll have to do CPR on your day off.
  • Your finger has gone places you never thought possible.
  • You have seen more penises than any prostitute.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Count to six

On Wednesday of next week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.

Carnival of Cordite #53

Is up for your reading pleasure. Remember what day it is...

Penn and Teller on Gun Control

On Google video. Take a look.

From the video:

    Jackie Mason: "I think anyone who is in favor of gun control is a f**king moron"