Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Second: These announcers are annoying. Could they have found three guys who disliked the Bears any more than these guys?
Third: The refs are terrible. The penalty right before the half for a hit out of bounds was yet another gift to the Vikings. Right after the review taking away the TD from Moose (who was nice enough to actually catch a ball that Orton threw to him)
Fourth: According to the Daily Herald Orton was supposed to have the full package. Way to many passes for 5 yards. C'mon - stretch the field!
Update #1: Whoever Jaws is - what an ass!
Update #2: C'mon Bears - tackle!
Update #3: The announcers really need to remove their lips from the Viking's rears. Could they just be a little impartial? And could the Bears stop the one yard passes to the wide receivers? Go down the field!
Update #4: Kyle - please settle down. That was an easy pass. Had McKie wide open.
Update #5: That was really bad Chicago. Allowing a cold QB to run the ball in like that.
Update #6: The refs blew the intentional grounding call. Orton's leg is being pulled as he strides into the throw and the pass goes short. Are they trying to make sure the Vikings win? It doesn't help that the Bear's D seems to be giving up.
Update #7: So close. A little more to the center of the field and it was a TD.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
- you need that boy like a bowling ball dropped on your head which means not at all
I was hooked. As a father of a 16 year old girl I wanted her to understand that as well. So I bought Beauty from Pain and gave it a listen. Awesome. Gave it to Thing2 and it went right on her iPod. Great music for anyone but especially for girls. Lots of girl power in those words.
Last Sunday Superchick headlined at a concert in Naperville at the Harvest Bible Church. I got Gold Circle tickets for Thing2 and myself. The wife doesn't like Christian rock so it was just me and my girl.
Harvest is in a office park area in Naperville. The build seemed like a converted office building with the sanctuary in the basement. We got there ~90 minutes early as it was general admission and we wanted to get as close as possible.
First the bad: Edan Concerts in the promoter of Christian music in the area and the crowd control was terrible. The doors didn't open till 15 minutes before the show started and people were able to walk right up and get in front of people who had been there for an hour. Even with this mess we ended up in the second row.
Now the good:
Starlit Platoon led off. IMO this is a band with great potential. Tight music with excellent lyrics. Thing1 would like these guys.
Jimmy Needham was next. Just him and an acoustic guitar (and his wife for two songs) I was so impressed I bought the CD afterwards.
Next up was KJ52. Did I ever mention I really don't like rap. Or hip-hop. On the other hand they were kind of fun. Thing2 seemed to really like them. She got their autographs afterward.
And then there was Superchick. The only bad thing I can say about Superchick's performance is that it was too short. Other than that they were great!
And now for some live music. I apologize for the audio. It was my wife's point and shoot Canon and the mic on it is very sensitive.
Rockin around the Christmas Tree
It was great to see all the girls there singing every word right along with the band and bouncing to the music. Great music for kids. Girl power all the way. Just what a dad should want for his daughter.
Go see Superchick. Starlit Platoon and Jimmy Needham as well. And if hip-hop is your thing KJ52.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thing1 is home for Christmas break today and we have over 30,000 Lego pieces to work with. I can't wait for the book to show up!
Of course YouTube has examples:
My thanks to Chris on the KTOG list for the pointer.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday nightwas the wife's company
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
She says to the clerk, "May I have 50 Christmas stamps, please?"
Knowing many people are still buying $.02 stamps to catch up to the recent postage increase the clerk says, "What denomination?"
The woman says, "God help us. Has it come to this? Give me 6 Catholic, 12 Presbyterian, 10 Lutheran and 22 Baptists."
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
- Miss America 2008 contestant
Summa Cum Laude graduate
Utah National Guard member
Sunday, November 25, 2007
- A grade school teacher in upstate New York asked her class how many of them are ‘Hillary fans’.
Not really knowing what a Hillary fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raised their hands except one boy.
The teacher asked Johnny why he has decided to be different. Johnny says, “I’m not a Hillary fan.”
The teacher says, “Why aren’t you a Hillary fan?”
Johnny says, “I’m a George Bush fan.”
The teacher asks why he’s a George Bush fan.
The boy says, “Well, my mom’s a George Bush fan and my dad’s a George Bush fan, so I’m a George Bush fan!”
The teacher asks, “If your mom was a moron and your dad was an idiot, what would that make you?”
So Johnny replies, “That would make me a Hillary fan.”
Went online to order some tickets for a local performance of the Nutcracker. Instead I get:
- Exception Occured. System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: The log file for database 'unity' is full. Back up the transaction log for the database to free up some log space.
Nice error handling.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
But giving thanks is something that I believe we should do every day. Think about it - if you're anything like me you probably have a long list of things to be thankful for. Looking out my office door to the dining room I see my wonderful kids, my wife and my crazy dog. For all the health issues that our family faces I am thankful that we are alive and kicking. I have faith that all that we face will work out in the end.
I'm thankful for my job. It's not perfect but it fits my life right now. I'm thankful for my family and friends. I'm thankful for a country that is blessed with people who only want to make it a better place to live. I'm thankful for the men and women who willfully go in harms way to make the world a better place.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
P.S. - If you're looking for a easy way to say thanks to the men and women of the Armed Forces Xerox is sponsoring the Lets Say Thanks program. Please take a minute out of your life and spread the love.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Teenager Daughter Owner's Manual
Instructions for all those with teenage daughters or daughters who think they are teenagers or who will eventually be teenagers.
Congratulations! You are now the proud new owner of a teenaged daughter. Please read this manual carefully, as it describes the maintenance of your new daughter, and answers important questions about your warranty (which does NOT include the right to return the product to the factory for a full refund).
IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR TEENAGER IN ERROR:
To determine whether you were supposed to receive a teenaged girl, please examine your new daughter carefully.
- look very similar to your original daughter, only with more makeup and less clothing?
- refuse to acknowledge your existence on the planet Earth(except when requesting money)?
- Sleep in a burrow of dirty laundry?
If any of these are true, you have received the correct item.
When you first receive your teenaged daughter, you will initially experience a high level of discomfort. Gradually, this discomfort will subside, and you will merely feel traumatized. This is the "Break-In Period," during which you are becoming accustomed to certain behaviors that will cause you concern, anxiety, and stress.
Once you have adapted to these behaviors, your teenager will start acting even worse.
To activate your teenaged daughter, simply place her in the vicinity of a telephone or Instant Messenger. No further programming is required.
Several hours after activation, you may desire to shut down your teenaged daughter. There is no way to do this.
CLEANING YOUR TEENAGED DAUGHTER
Having a teenaged daughter means learning the difference between the words "clean" and "neat." Teenaged daughters are very clean, because they take frequent showers that last more than an hour. They will scrub themselves with expensive, fragrant soaps which you must purchase for them because like I'm sure I'm going to use like the same kind of soap my mom and dad use. When they have completely drained the hot-water tank, they will step out and wrap themselves in every towel in the bathroom, which they will subsequently strew throughout the house. If you ask them to pick up the towels, you are confusing "clean" with "neat." Teenagers are very busy and do not have time to be neat. They expect others to pick up after them. These others are called "parents."
FEEDING YOUR TEENAGED DAUGHTER
Your teenaged daughter requires regular meals, which must be purchased for her at restaurants because she detests everything you eat because it is like so disgusting.
She does not want you to accompany her to these restaurants, because some people might see you and, "like I'm sure I want my friends to see me eating dinner with my parents". Either order take-out food or just give her the money, preferably both. If you order pizza, never answer the doorbell because the delivery boy might see you and, "ohmigod he is so hot!" Yes, your daughter's idea of an attractive man is the pizza boy.
CLOTHING YOUR TEENAGED DAUGHTER
Retailers make millions of dollars a year selling stylish and frankly sensible clothing which will look adorable on your daughter. If you enjoy shopping, you will love the vast selections which are available to you. Unfortunately, your teenaged daughter wants to dress like a lap dancer. You may be able to coerce her into putting on a cute outfit before leaving the house, but by the time she walks in the schoolhouse door, she will be wearing something entirely different.
Teenaged daughters require one of two levels of maintenance:
"High," and "Ultra High".
Your daughter is "Ultra High." This means that whatever you do won't be enough and whatever you try won't work.
This product is not without defect because she has your genes, for heaven's sake. If you think this is not fair, talk to your parents, who think it is hilarious. Your teenaged daughter will remain a teenager for as long as it takes for her to become a woman, which in her opinion has already happened and as far as you are concerned never really will. If you are dissatisfied with your teenaged daughter, well, what did you expect? In any event, your warranty does not give you your little girl back under any circumstances, except that deep down she's actually still there--you just have to look for her.
Monday, November 19, 2007
- Chuck Bartowski - Is there nothing sacred to you?
John Casey - Just the right to keep and bear arms.
Delivered in the classic Adam Baldwin deadpan way.
- A Recovering Sailor or Marine
National Naval Medical Center
Marine Corps Liaison Center
8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20889-560T
- A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001
The word via Blackfive is that there is a need of Christmas cheer at both hospitals.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.
Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.
You can't tell a vet just by looking. What is a vet?
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.
He is the bar room loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL.
He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.
He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravating slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier, and a savior, and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, the greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say, "Thank You". That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded. Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU."
author- Father Denis Edward O'Brien USMC
Sunday, November 11, 2007
We went to the Last Shot Bar and Grill in South Elgin, Illinois. Not to far from home so we went a little early to get a decent seat as the person on the phone said it was a small place.
Walking into a small bar when you're not a 'local' is a strange experience. Everyone looked at us as we walked in. The wife poked me and told me to go first. Cold beer solves everything :-) The barmaid told us where the band would set up so we kept moving seats as people left to get well positioned for the show.
After a while some guys showed up and started setting up. I asked one if he was with the band and it turned out to be Chase Daniels himself. He talked with us for quite a while. We got to meet his wife, other band members and the site webmaster. The wife told him about seeing him in July and he shared the story of the band coming out at Joliet and being shocked at the size of the crowd. Anyways he was a real nice guy as was everyone else we met. Well except the woman next to me decided that her rear end was supposed to be in my lap much of the evening...
Once the show started it was pretty enjoyable. A mix of covers and original songs. Some of the audio may be a little distorted as I was ~3 feet from one of the speakers.
And just because the drummer is a fan of #24 don't hold it against the band. #20 is our guy and we still enjoyed the show. In fact the wife has made plans to go see them again next year.
We left at the end of the second set. We were up way past our bedtime... Chase and his wife thanked us personally for coming. Real nice people. One of the guitarists and the webmaster did the same.
If Chase Daniels and Western Star are ever in your neck of the woods give them a listen.
I'm incredibly happy to say that Google decided to (finally) create a special logo for Veterans day.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
- Thanks and Praise: I photographed men and women, both Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. John’s Church in Baghdad. They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome.
More about this event from the incredible Michael Yon.
May all God's people say Amen!
One of them should be familiar...
- Effort Award: Patti Patton-Bader, Pasadena, Calif. Soon after Patton-Bader began sending care packages to her son in Iraq, she started a group of volunteers to “adopt” soldiers. Since then, the group’s 100,000 members have sent tens of thousands of care packages and hundreds of thousands of letters to make sure no soldier is forgotten while serving. Its motto: “May no soldier go unloved.”
The group she founded? Soldiers Angels.
Don't forget - there is still time to get involved in the the annual fund raising drive for Project Valour-IT.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $2 and I was digging fo r my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried.
Why do I tell you this?
Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:
- Teaching Math In 1950
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
- Teaching Math In 1960
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?
- Teaching Math In 1970
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?
- Teaching Math In 1980
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.
- Teaching Math In 1990
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of$20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers )
- Teaching Math In 2006
Un hachero vende una carretada de madera por $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Jeff Emanuel has their story at The American Spectator
After reading consider a donation to Project Valour-IT
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Time to give.
Project Valour-IT is simply a way for the average American to give something back to the brave men and women who, while in service of our great country, have lost the ability to communicate. Valour-IT provides voice driven laptops and software to those in need to help them stay in contact with their loved ones. As a geek I think this is a awesome idea and one worth funding. It is run by Soldiers Angels and, as before, the fund raising is a competition between the services. This year my money to the Team USMC in memory of my dad.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I did some research on his car and found that this is a common problem on late 90's GM J body cars. At least there was some hope of a simple solution :-). The solution was either the headlight switch, a bulb socket, or a wiring fix.
So yesterday I started poking at the car. A check of voltage at the sockets show 12.8 volts with the lights on. That seemed ok so I ruled out the switch. No obvious scorching on the bulb sockets or adjacent wiring. Ok - its probably on of the junctions that are ~1 foot from the battery. So I grab the DVM and check continuity between the positive and negative leads of the regular beams. Positive was 0 ohms. Negative was 1.3 Meg ohms. Thats bad. Thats wiring.
So I started to unwrap the harness going across the front. Got the the junction area and no problems with the negative wire. In fact there was no junction for it. Hmmm. Then I looked closely at the negative wire from the drivers side. It headed in the harness over to the passenger side rather than back to the firewall socket. So I unwrapped the passenger side of the harness a bit and counted wires. Compared to the drivers side there was 1 less. And it was the color of the negative wire. There was another junction somewhere. So I unwrapped the center of the harness. In the middle of the car, right by the hood latch, there was another splice. This was for the negative lead for the low beam lights. And it was corroded. By the time I got it unwrapped it fell apart.
In a effort to clean things up I unwrapped the whole harness and cut back the corroded wire about 6 inches on each end. A little bit of spare wire, solder, and heat shrink tubing and the lights were on. Took some electrical tape and re-wrapped the harness. 4.5 hours after I started it was done. Just in time for cake! Smiles all around.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Free taco at participating Taco Bells on October 30th. See the MLB site for details.
Of course - maybe Taco Bell and MLB are really celebrating my birthday...
Instapundit linked to a James Lileks post and one comment cracked me up:
- Well, we spend $5 billion on Halloween and put the decorations out about a month beforehand. Sooooo, since we spend $460 billion on Christmas, let's see...that means the decorations for this Christmas should be set out in mid-1999. Or maybe this is just the rolling out for 2016.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
- Windows Server 2008 RC0 ist verfügbar!
According to a online dictionary verfügbar means available.
However when I glanced at the title in my RSS reader I saw (incorrectly)
- Windows Server 2008 RC0 is very fubar!
That would have been unusual considering the source...
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I remember getting up that morning and heading off to work. Three people from my group were at a conference so I had to run some meetings. I was sitting in my office creating some slides when one of the other people on the floor said that he had heard on the drive in that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers.
I remember looking for a live video feed to see what what going on in NYC.
I remember seeing the second tower hit.
I remember calling my wife to tell her to turn on the TV to see whats going on.
I remember seeing people jump...
I remember seeing fire fighters head into the towers
I remember seeing the aftermath of the attack on the Pentagon
I remember seeing the towers fall
I remember crying
I remember seeing the crash site of United 93
I remember Kathy Bantis
I remember getting home and hugging my kids and my wife
I remember September 11th, 2001
I will not forget
I will not submit
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
This is Peder:
He's a independent Christian artist from Minnesota who spends his time leading worship at churches and at teen gatherings all over the mid-west. This was the fifth or sixth time I've seen him perform and the first where it was really worship rather than a concert. He rocks, he rolls, lifts you up, gets you to look inside, and helps you remember that there is someone waiting for you - if you'll just look. For those you have never seen Peder - take a look.
All I Needed To Know
As Is. Listen closely to the words.
Some older songs
Rise. One of my favorite songs.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
I have the 2005 edition of OtW. Worth watching (and buying as it supports JD in Iraq). With people like JD, Michael Yon, Michael J. Totten, and Bill Roggio over in Iraq as well as other places where the MSM fears to tread one has to wonder who to trust for the real story about whats going on in Iraq.
The MSM and their stringers or the guys who are there embedded with America's best?
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
And there she was:
I guess she misses her boy...
Thursday, August 23, 2007
This is part of my next door neighbors tree
And one in the parkway. It used to be as tall as the one next to it
There was a bit of flooding in the streets
Some people don't know to slow down
The backyard took a hit as well
The second wasn't as bad. Lots of rain but no damage.
It did kinda flood the intersection. Again.
Once the neighbors started clearing the drains the water went away quickly.
After the water receded it was easy to see how far away from the street it had gotten. The debris line is about 10 feet from the curb.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
TruEmotion - Cute girls with nice voices. Great for the young teens.
Vicky Beeching - An import from England. I predict a big future for this girl.
John Reuben - To be honest I'm not a hip-hop fan but the words are worth listening to.
Seventh Day Slumber - New to me but a pretty good band. The last song of their set was really a testimony about the power of God. Incredible.
Me and Thing2 during a break in the show
Tree 63 - Another import. This time from South Africa. Great worship band.
And several thousand of my closest friends. Taken from the first base line up by concession stands
Barlow Girl - One of my favorite bands. We have seen them lead worship at Willow Creek (awesome) but in concert they are incredible.
Rebecca St. James - To be honest I wasn't expecting much. I like listening to her but I didn't think the performance would be much to watch. I was wrong. Great performance.
David Crowder Band - I didn't realize how many of his songs I knew and loved. Next time he comes through town I think I'll take Thing2 and see the show. Wow!
Here's David Crowd(er) surfing
Finally - Casting Crowns. Great performance. Awesome way to end the night.
What a great day! If you're into Christian music this is a festival for you. I hope it becomes an annual event.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Barlow Girl - My Gods Enough
Barlow Girl - Million Voices
Barlow Girl - Average Girl
Barlow Girl - Let Go
Casting Crowns - Glory
Casting Crowns - Lifesong
David Crowder - A Joyful Noise
David Crowder - Forever
David Crowder - Here Is Our King
David Crowder - Undignified
John Rueben - Trying Too Hard
Rebecca St James - Alive
Seventh Day Slumber
Tree 63 - King
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
- German’s survival is a story of numbers:
Burned over 97 percent of his body.
Nearly 17 months in the hospital.
More than 40 surgeries, and counting.
Practically everyone who has met the Marine describes him with one word: Miracle.
Sitting in the therapy gym, sucking on a “fentanyl pop” — a plastic stick tipped with a morphine-like painkiller — he pulls a T-shirt of his own design from his gym bag.
On the front, it says: “Got 3 percent chance of surviving; What ya gonna do?” The back lists four options: “a. Fight Through. b. Stay Strong. c. Overcome Because I Am A Warrior. d. All Of The Above!” The last one is circled.
Read the rest
Monday, July 16, 2007
Whereas my chosen form of transportation was just a bit faster.
After wandering the booths for a while and checking in with the wife and her sister who had staked our front row for the Montgomery Gentry show we went in to watch practice and the time trials. We are Tony Stewart fans so I did my best to get a picture of him flying by at 180+. Took ~15 trys to get a full frame picture.
After the time trials there was a USAC midget race scheduled. According to the track announcer the MG concert was to start after the race was over so Thing1 and I settled in to watch the race. About 10 laps in my phone rang. It was the wife trying (talking on a cell phone while cars fly by at 175 is difficult...) to tell me that the opening band was done and that I should get down there. Thing1 stayed to watch the race while I shoved my way up to the front where they were.
Time to step back a few hours: the wife and her sister met a couple of guys from Iowa named Randy and Travis that were there to watch the races. Neither had seen MG before so they asked my wife how they could sit that close as they wanted to go inside. Well my wife simply said "It'll cost you". One of them reached for their wallet and said how much? My wife just smiled and said "Beverages. Beer or water every hour or so" And so the wife and her sister drank for free all day. Randy/Travis brought them beer every hour and they joined us up front with their friend Doug. Nice group of guys. I hope our paths cross again some day.
And then it was time for show. I'm am not a huge fan of country music but the boys put on a pretty good show.
This is Eddie Montgomery with a flag my wife gave him. She was hoping to get it back but it didn't happen.
I stopped taking pictures around the time of the encore. People were pushing their way up so the guys formed a wall around the women to keep the crowd back. It was pretty wild there for a while. I was sure that a big fight was about to break out as some people would not take no for an answer.
In the end we survived. A fun but very tiring day.