Friday, March 30, 2007

A first for me

I just ordered tickets online to go to Church.

Not our home Church but Willow Creek. We were talking at dinner about Good Friday services and then Easter at our Church when the wife mentions going to Willow on Saturday to see what it is like then for a holiday. Ok - why not? We've gone there a few times before and the kids and I really like worship there. The wife - not so much. This will be the first for a Christian holy day.

It should be interesting...

P.S. The tickets were free.

I love you Dad

Have some tissues nearby when you watch

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Dukes of Fallujah

Created by Murdoc Online via Danger Room

Black Sheep

    On a vast New Zealand sheep station, a reckless genetic engineering experiment goes horribly wrong, turning sheep into bloodthirsty killers.

You have to watch the trailer to understand.

Movie site

I can't put it in my Netflix queue yet but when I can...

We again wait for spontaneous acts of violence

Assault Weapon Watch

Monday, March 26, 2007

An Interesting Day

Thing2 is on spring break starting today. She got to start by getting her braces off!!! She still has a semi-permanent retainer and one that comes out easily but no braces. The smile is awesome!

After she got home from the orthodontist a boy showed up. Not just any boy but a boyfriend! Grr Arg. The wife dropped them off at a local pizza place so they could have lunch. When I got home they were sitting in the living room talking. I sat down and we talked. The boy was polite at all times. Asked about where I worked and what we did there. When he reached out and took Thing2's hand I asked him if he liked old swords. It took a second but then he let go. I went on with the story of the sword my dad gave me years ago. He looked at little worried when I talked about the blood stains on the blade :-)

I took him home around 5:00. When he said good bye he said to expect to see more of him...

On the other hand when I mentioned to my wife that I needed a new gun ... she didn't argue...

USB Drive for dog owners

If you're not a dog person - you just won't get it.


Democrat Sytle

via LGF

Friday, March 23, 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007

$ 38 Billion disk drive

Thats right - Billion!

As a IT guy I've made my share of mistakes. None quite this big.

    Perhaps you know that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disk drive containing information for an account worth $38 billion.

More at the source.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Home Defense Weapon

Some say that a shotgun is the best choice for home defense. Easily defensible in court as it is socially acceptable.

I guess this one might not be seen as warm and fuzzy.

Full auto. 300 Rounds per minute / Fires a 20 round drum in about 4 seconds. Oh yeah!

More at the Camo Store. (where I 'borrowed' the image from)

As seen on Future Weapons

Monday, March 19, 2007

Search for missing woman turns into murder probe

From the Daily Herald:
    The desperate search for a missing Villa Park woman turned into a murder investigation after police found her body hidden in the trunk of a car in her garage.

    Detectives are questioning a close friend of Rebecca “Becky” Klein’s to determine her possible involvement in the 32-year-old woman’s slaying.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Beckers is missing

Rebecca Klein, known to Thing1 as Beckers many years ago when she baby sat him, is missing.

From the page linked above -

She was last seen Friday, March 16, 2007 around 7:00 a.m. in Villa Park, Illinois. Becky did not show up to work Friday morning, which was very uncharacteristic, and her boss called Becky's family out of concern. This prompted an immediate search of the neighborhood. Becky's work van was found abandoned blocks from her house. The van was unlocked with Becky's purse inside and the keys still in the ingnition. Police were contacted. Local law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the disappearance. Family, friends, police and local media are asking for the public's help.

Top-right is a recent picture of Becky and the following is a physical description of her as of 3/16/07:

  • Age: 32
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 140-150 lbs
  • Eyes: Hazel
  • Hair: Dark brown, shoulder length
  • Clothing: A grey Old-Navy sweatshirt with navy-blue lettering, grey sweat pants and a grey fleece jacket.

If you have any information whatsoever, please call 9-1-1 or Villa Park police at (630) 834-7447.

Video and articles from local media can be found at the following links:

3. (see video title: "Missing Woman - 03/16 Nine")

Thank you.

Terrorists are best when dead

Day By Day

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Go Tour

What a night. Since Thing1 was going to be home for Spring Break I got tickets for the four of us to see Stellar Kart, Kutless, and the Newsboys at Life Changers International Church. This was a first for the wife as she's not really a fan of Christian music - unless it's in the green book. Thing1 had seen Stellar Kart and Kutless before so he had given us a preview of what to expect.

Thing1 and I got there early as it's a general admission show. We still ended up 5 rows from the back but stage center - which is ok as the auditorium is fairly small. Thing2 had to get something from the bands - it's just the way she is. Ended up with a Newsboys hat and buttons from Stellar Kart. Nothing from Kutless. At 8:00 the show began...

Stellar Kart is full of energy. Nice tight music and excellent vocals with meaningful lyrics (life is good but eternal life is better).

Thing2 captured a bit of one of her favorite songs.

They only played 6 songs but the energy was awesome.

After a 10 minute break Kutless came on. I wasn't expecting much as Thing1 had a bad review. They were great. Excellent mix of ballads and good old fashioned rock and roll.

And the it was time for the Newsboys. Paul Coleman came out and talked a bit while the stage was being changed. Paul discussed the Newsboys participation with Global Tribe to end poverty around the world. A few minutes later the Newsboys hit the stage!

I loved it. So did Thing2. Thing1 and the wife - not so much.

Cells phones rather than lighters

Some old school electronica Newsboys

And a spinning drum set

Awesome show. Good old fashioned loud rock and roll with a message.

If the Go Tour comes around - just GO!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

$1000.00 for a Pizza?

Yep. $1000.00 for a pizza.

I can think of so many things that I could spend $1000.00 on that wouldn't be such a waste.

Via Drudge.

Monday, March 12, 2007

More on 24

Is President Logan dead? No silent clock...

It must be a CTU lead thing. Neither Jack or Mike Doyle (Rick Schroeder) seem to like body armor during an assault. Silly, silly boys.

I should be getting a medal

Martha Logan after stabbing former President Logan.

A nice twist. Very well done.

Cute girls in Iraq

At Little Green Footballs

Michael Yon strikes again.

iPod's in the car

Since I got an iPod for Christmas I've been using it for most of my listening. Same with the wife. This was great at work or out walking. In the car - well that was a different story.

I started with a Kensington FM modulator from Amazon for the wife. Decent sound but there were too many stations around here so static and interference was a problem. I kept looking around and ended up at my old standby from a long time ago - Crutchfield. A few minutes there and I had a Harman Kardon Drive + Play on the way. I added the in-line modulator to maximize quality. After spending a Saturday afternoon putting it in her van she's a happy camper. Sound quality is pretty good with near zero interference. The wired remote makes it easy to select music.

For my car I did something a little different. Back at Crutchfield I found the USA SPEC iPod® Interface. Another afternoon spent hooking it up to the stereo (hidden in the trunk) and running a cable to the dash where the actual interface resides (behind the existing stereo control) my iPod is accessible as if it were the factory CD changer. Very nice.

Both products and Crutchfield are highly recommended.

Friday, March 09, 2007

A Helmet in the 100 Acre Wood?


    Disney is working on a new animated series that will replace Christopher Robin with a 6-year-old girl.

I don't care about Christopher Robin being replaced but the picture shown here has the girl with a bike helmet on.

It's a fantasy world. Let it be.

via Lileks

Chris Muir in Iraq

Yea - that Chris Muir. Go read about his experience.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Bullet proof Mac Book Pro?


I wonder what would happen if you used this?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Another MG Concert

Thats what the wife was up to this weekend. She was off with her sister, her niece, and a friend to see Montgomery Gentry at the Holiday Star Theater. Since she won't drive to Indiana, Thing2 and I got to go along and hang out with my sister-in-laws husband.

Before the show they managed to run into the K-Man. He plays keyboards for the boys. The wife had bought a bottle of Wild Bunch wine as a gift.

Then it was off to meet other MG fans at a local bar and then on to the show.

Afterwards they managed to close down the bar in the hotel. Good thing they had booked a room so they didn't have to drive anywhere.

As for the me, thing2, and Matt - well our day wasn't as exciting.

Friday, March 02, 2007


VISTA = Virus Inside, Switch To Apple


What do Zed and Dr. Ruth have in common?

This Zed. Yes - that Dr. Ruth.

It's spooky.
    Despite her diminutive height of 4 feet 7 inches, she was trained as a sniper..

Via Kit.

Ice Ice Baby

Came into work early (first one in the building!) figuring I'd get at least 1.5 hours of truly quiet time to work.


Open the door to the office and I hear - splot, splot, splot. Hmmm. Turn on the lights and look in the cube next to mine and there is water dripping by the window. I move the the paperwork and circuit boards out of the way, dry things up, and put a couple of buckets to catch the water. Called up the building manager and left him a message as well.

Turns out the that ice forms on the support beam above the window and, through various factors, picked today to melt. Nothing can be done. Great design...

    Update: The office next door has puddles on the window sill. We just get a slow drip.