Thursday, December 29, 2005

An interesting read for you science types

This article came out in March, but I didn't see it until now. "13 things that do not make sense" is an excellent summary of a bunch of scientific mysteries—everything from the placebo effect to dark matter to cosmic rays that have too much energy. It'll probably take 15 minutes or so to read it but it's worth it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Speed of Sound

So we have all seen the basic formula for calculating the speed of sound through air. It is dependant primairly on air density. Well, it is obviously more complex and dependant on humidty and other simple factors. I have also read anecdotal stories in some physics books that it is dependant on the actual intensity of the sound itself (i.e. loud sound travels faster than quiet sound). I have never found a formula that takes into account the intensity of the sound. How loud is loud enough to observe a difference? I suspect it is somewhere around 130-140dB with very loud sounds 170-200dB traveling faster.

I have read that lould sounds are difficult to measure; they tend to blow out the human insturments for measurement and are often not sustanied long enough for the insturment to slew up to the full peak intensity. That is the measurement is limited by the slew rate of the insturment. The article I read was about high powered rifles and that they can get up into the 170dB range (ouch!).

I believe there was mention somewhere of the Navy using sonar up to 200dB and it actually killed some sea life by exploding their ear drums, maybe they know how the intensity of sound affects the speed of sound. Although the speed of sound in water is a very differnt thing than in air. I can see it now... (use a gruff voice) "Seaman give the ruskies one ping..." PING... "That should do it, they won't be able to hear anything for a while" That was probably the hight of humor duing the cold war, sneaking up an enemy sub and getting them with a nice loud (200dB) PING!

Anyway I have been distracted, other loud (read very loud) things include volcanos erupting, high caliber cannons, and Kali when I step on her. Can anyone find a formula or emperical data that details the speed of loud sounds versus quite sounds I have been curious about this for a long time but haven't found the data. Maybe the one of us who is at a University can get one of the physics grad students to take some data (ah to be able to expense a cannon to the University).

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Maps, again

yahoo has a new beta version of their maps. you can do multiple waypoints. i find this useful if i want to compare the mileage of different routes. you just have to find places along the route you want to explore to tell it to go through. the zoomed out view on the upper right is also useful for moving the map focus and a glance reminds you where you are looking. kinda cool.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Really Weird News

finding an owl in your christmas tree. weird
finding an owl in your christmas tree five days after you bought tree. weird & thought provoking
finding an owl in your christmas tree five days after you bought the tree & having the animal rescue people find the owl is high on marajuana. priceless.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

instant classic

Homer: Marge? Since I'm not talking to Lisa, would you please ask her to pass me the syrup?
Marge: Dear, please pass your father the syrup, Lisa.
Lisa: Bart, tell Dad I will only pass the syrup if it won't be used on any meat product.
Bart: You dunkin' your sausages in that syrup homeboy?
Homer: Marge, tell Bart I just want to drink a nice glass of syrup like I do every morning.
Marge: Tell him yourself, you're ignoring Lisa, not Bart.
Homer: Bart, thank your mother for pointing that out.
Marge: Homer, you're not not-talking to me and secondly I heard what you said.
Homer: Lisa, tell your mother to get off my case.
Bart: Uhhh, dad, Lisa's the one you're not talking to.
Homer: Bart, go to your room.

google proxy

so, you need onto a website but the library is blocking access.
consider and it's description of using google to access the page for you as a solution.
note: the graphics/files won't come through (duh, they are being served directly from the host, not the proxy...) but it may come in handy non the less.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

just like the real thing

yes yes, we need this:

oh, and the results from someone trying this

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

warm & safe

Found in today's Spokesman Review, how to stay warm & safe with the cold weather we're having...

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SciFi to Science, Almost

check out the latest research in antimatter and its potential for making a gamma-ray laser. physics letter article summary

Thursday, December 01, 2005

I love animals...

they're just great...

Quote to Contemplate/Laugh

The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling.

- Paula Poundstone

Monday, November 21, 2005

Incorrect directions to our house!

Directions to our house by are incorrect. They've not updated since the road changed this summer.

check your emails for proper directions...

Sunday, November 13, 2005


so, what does everybody want to eat for thanksgiving? Is turkey desired? I figure if we come up with what we want, we'll have an easier time planning meals...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Printing human organs

Were any of you folks at the colloqium about printing 3-d objects? This is sort of related, except that they're printing human organs.

Monday, November 07, 2005

tday, bring your armor.

I'm going paintballing wednesday night after board meeting. (we'll, actually i'm skipping out on part of board meeting to go)
500 balls are about 14$ or so at fred meyers.
so, having not even gone yet, OR purchased the balls (A friend is loaning me his gun and air) i managed to find a solution for thanksgiving.
check out my ebay bid.
i probably should have held out and got a better trigger / longer barrel, but the price seemed good. that's about 80$ less then buying it new if you DON"T count the aftermakert barrel.
I think i can get us another guy and 3 guns. anyone have one gun and mask they can bring?
i can see sarah and jen playing, but alodia will probably wimp out on us. we all have our strengths, hers is knowing what sports are worth engaging in.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Attention Catcher

it is difficult to differentiate organic chemistry articles sometimes. just browsing through tables of contents usually ends with one or two articles that i read the abstract and on average less than one article read. people do interesting things to get thier work noticed, make it seem more novel. i really liked the image this group chose to put in the table of contents along with the name in the title. mmmm pretzel.

Dynamic Chirality in Donor-Acceptor Pretzelanes
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Thursday, November 03, 2005

saving money?

i am pretty sure this isn't worth my time, but the 5% match did give me pause.
keep the change

right now i have a credit card that gives me back 1% on all purchases. i purchase pretty well everything on it. keep the money to pay it off in savings account (usually try to keep it in my high interest ingdirect account) and pay off all of it when the bill comes due.

bank of america is now offering this keep the change program. when you use a debit card (like a check) to pay for purchases it rounds to the next dollar for the total purchase price and then transfers the amount needed to get to a whole dollar to your savings account. big whoop. that isn't actually an advantage. but then i saw that they will match 5% of that. so for a moment i paused and thought 5% is better than 1% but then i remembered, it is just on that change amount... we're talking pennies per transaction regardless of the total transaction amount. definately not worth my time.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I did it

It was me that screwed up the page. I was making changes to mine, and I swear I clicked to change mine, but then it said nerdy tales, so apparently I didn't get mine... oops!

I'll try to fix it. I don't know how to do the most recent comments stuff on the side though, so anyone who knows how to do that, feel free to add it in...

Monday, October 31, 2005


British woman gives birth to twins from two wombs...

Thursday, October 27, 2005

from the 3rd amigo

Glad to be of assistance.

It is amazing what a step back and a new day can bring.

So, for those of you that are woundering what the third little amigo is doing these days.... let me fill you in and clear up any ghaustly rumors.

I David do will my.... oh wait that is for another posting.

I am working for a company called CAD Solutions. We have been hired as a sub-contractor to do the CAD work for JHKelly one of the largest, and definatly most worth-while mechanical contractor on the west coast to work for. JHKelly has been sub-contracted to do the mechanical portion, and duct work insulation ?!?, by Turner Construction (TCCO) on the Sacred Heart Medical Center project. The hospital is being constucted for somewhere in the ball park of $350M. My cut is much smaller. Of course that was before $ change orders $. For any of you familuar with the little building project that went on down in Reno a few years back you can rember how many contractors make ALL there profit on change orders. We both smile and groan when changes are made. Lots of money.... a pain in the neck to change.

So, now that I have established the higherarchy of my working environment.... My official title is Project Engineer. I didn't know that until my buisness cards showed up. My primary responsibilities are to keep the field current with what they need to proceed in layout of sleeves and inserts. (Sleeves are sheet metal cylinders used to keep the concrete away from where a pipe will penetrate the concrete slab being poured. Inserts are what is know as bangers. These are used hang strut by providing a screw permanitly poured into the concrete.) Another primary responsibility is to go to coordination meetings every Wednesday and argue over who gets to run through that one inch of ceiling space.

The main portion of the hospital is has grids 1-20 north to south with 32 ft between each grid and B-M east to west with 24 ft between those grids. The garauge level (which is by far the lightest floor and easiest to coordinate) had almost 8000 sleeves and inserts.

A third responsibility is to track all RFI's, ASI's, Addendums, constructability logs, and any other official instructions we may have that can make the install differ from the blueprints as issued to us.

Thus far I average about 44 hours a week at work. My highest week was 48 hours. My shortest that I actually worked 5 days was 43. I typically try and leave at noon on Friday to start a precidance for later in the year when the days get shorter.

I have my own appartment. The address can be found from alternate forms of communication. I am convinced that if I ever upgraded to a car that looked remotely new or like it actually could run a few years without some serous maintnence, I will need to move to a different neighborhood. It take several blocks before you find an even remotely nice car. But I am right off a nice city park and everyone around seems nice. It is a quiet part of town. I like that.

I think that might ward off the biggest of rumors. I am tired and going to bed.

the little amigo,

--reposted on behalf of the third forgetful amigo as he forgot what is blogger account was--

You say it's your birthday, It's my birthday too...

well, not really. But a few of us can claim that.

So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Janell & Jen!!

Hope you both have a wonderful day.

* yay for the Beatles

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

selling house

The latest update on our house sale is that the investor guy may not do a structural inspection (wooohoooo) which may mean he won't have a stupid list of crap for us to fix. not that there would be anything. we have done just about everything we can find but at least the pressure is off.

turns out this 'investor' guy, doing a 1031 exchange to buy our house (trading one rental for another) is buying seven (7) houses. It kind of feels like getting put out of business by walmart.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Keep the Sabbath

a commentator i enjoy most of the time did a piece on keeping the sabbath. pretty interesting to hear. listen to it at this npr link.

Saturday, October 22, 2005


i was playing solitare set and had 15 cards on the "table" aka couch. odds are ~2500:1 that there is no set with that number of cards. i couldn't find one... can you?
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Thursday, October 20, 2005

ftp search

remember that file search from lycos? is pretty scary.
someone implemented an interesting idea very well.

Monday, October 17, 2005


Why does my straw come in a paper wrapper, and my CD come in a plastic one? I can't think of a single contimant that won't permiate the paper.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

round 2: get the fat lady with the voice in here

well here we go on round two of selling our house. someone is buying at 3.6% below our original asking price. we had already dropped the 3% when the market flattened out in the fall. so this time it is an investor doing a 1031 exchange which means they have to close a deal within a certain amount of time in order to not pay capital gains. so that means they are more committed. however i think the time limit is 180 days so it isn't exceptionally restrictive. it isn't airtight until after the inspection. we fully expect the inspection will go well, but one never knows...
closing would be nov. 15 so we would be a month and a half out from our closing on the new house (29th dec). a good cushion of time to make sure all the money is in the right place. and not so long that we'll get sick of the in-laws.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

no, we really mean don't do it here...

out on our walks in the neighborhood, we found the following sign. It amuses me every time I see it...

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

USA de-nerdifying?

an interesting report on how the usa is falling behind in funding (employing) and educating in science research. here are a few quotes i found particularly interesting.

Last year, more than 600,000 engineers graduated from institutions of higher education in China, compared to 350,000 in India and 70,000 in the United States.
The cost of employing one chemist or engineer in the United States is equal to about five chemists in China and 11 engineers in India.
a couple of the reccommendations:
The Research and Experimentation Tax Credit, scheduled to expire in December, should be made permanent and expanded. It goes to companies that increase their spending on research and development above a certain level.
The proposed actions include creating scholarships to attract 10,000 top students a year to careers in teaching math and science, and 30,000 scholarships for college-level study of science, math and engineering; expanding the nation's investment in basic research by 10 percent a year for seven years; and making broadband access available nationwide at low cost.

full report ny times article

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

On Demand TV

its about time. now you can buy a tv program for $1.99 commercial free the day after it is broadcast. assuming you now own the video, can watch it as many times as desired, and it is of good quality this is a deal i look forward to. hopefully more programs will join and there will be some sort of subscription discount for pre-paying for episodes or the like.


I never did get the subatomic particle physics, but it seems someone came out with a language (drawings?) to describe it. its kind of pretty.

solar challenge

not a car, a house.
check it out

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


in case i get ambitious and have spare time (hahaha) i'll make one of these for my brother for christmas.

This I Believe

NPR is running a series called "this i believe." modeled after a series run in the 50's by the same name. it is pretty interesting to hear what people believe in one relatively small essay and i enjoy hearing people read their own writings. this week was dr. benjamin carson (yup that one from that book). you can hear it or read it at there is no job more important than parenting.

Acrobat Reader as a Presentation

one of the things that can be done with LaTeX is make a presentation viewable in adobe's acrobat reader. ah whatever i thought when i read that. i'll probably just use powerpoint or the word perfect version since those are designed for that.

however, today i thought i would just have a peek at what you can do with LaTeX presentations to see if i am missing anything.... and i think i'll use it. download (to get full effect, but can just view it in broswer) "An example using many features" (name of file:beamerexample1.pdf) from the beamer sourceforge page. check it out in full screen mode (ctrl-L or there is an icon on the bottom left of adobe reader). looks pretty normal until you start clicking on the outline at the top of the screen. now i am sure there is some way to do that in powerpoint. but i don't know how and to be honest don't care. i know how LaTeX does it. you tell it at the beginning you want that to appear at the top and based on your headings that you tell it for each slide it auto generates your outline. i'm going to try it out for my presentation next week.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

What We Look At

interestingly, your culture can influence how you look at a picture. americans look at the central item in a picture while chinese look at the background details. in other words americans think of the central object being independant of the context while chinese think of things as being defined by the surroundings. if you have access check it out in the proceedings of the national academy of sciences, vol 102, no 35, p 12329-12633.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


I think I want an echidna

Thursday, September 29, 2005

fake google

check out and see if the simplistic presenation rings strangly familiar.
poor google, having to fight IMPOSTERS.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

geo coding

application: church outreach. if you want to mail a postcard invitation to the christmas service to all those around your emediate church (say, within .25 miles) then import the names from your quest cd (haven't done this yet) and map all addresses to a lat and long, choose your box, and run the query. seems to be fairly accurate when cross referenced with my research for my wedding invitation from a few years ago. maybe part of the tools have already been found!

for our mail certification software we're reviewing; to geocode addresses it costs us 1000$ a year. not too bad considering i saw our church member purchase about 400 addresses around our church for about $400.

Monday, September 26, 2005

VI Editor

i needed to use a text editor in unix today (one of the NMR machines uses a unix interface and i wanted to add a parameter to my print view). so i went looking on the internet for a basic guide on how to use vi. i found this guide over at the university of hawaii and it is great! if you ever need to know some basics on how to navigate in vi read this! i printed out the pdf and took it with me and found it invaluable.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

power of 9

I learned a nifty, i mean really NIFTY trick in accounting class last night. ohh.. and by the way, kev, I got new respect for your 'business' degree. this accounting stuff is crazy! I thought senior engineering class was hard, these acocuntants go to EXTREME measures of 1940's style book keeping to keep from using a negative sign. and i'm not just talking aobut using parenthesis to designate negative, i'm talking about these guys hate negative!

ok..... have you guys heard of the divisible by 9 trick? turns out if you are summing two columns and the numbers dont' equal, if the difference is evenly divisble by 9, then you transposed some numbers.

I know you can't officially prove anything by example, but i'll give you an example
123 213
34 34
56 56
77 77
-- --
290 380

90/9 = 10

I played around with it a bunch in class and i can't quite figure out why it works. jen, see if you can puts your sets class to work and prove it for us!

yup topology was useful because it taught me to write better proofs. =) click on the image to see the full proof (a simple one and a generalized on that shows any two numbers switched, they don't have to be adjacent). sorry 'bout the quality... is a really nice pdf, but didn't take the time to convert to a higher quality png or something, just used print screen.
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For a quick laugh

Yeah, I'd seen a lot of these but they still made me smile (fair warning: not important, exciting or lifechanging... just a little fun): "Zen For Those Who Take Life Too Seriously"

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Google's Expansion intio Books

looks like google is having a bit of trouble over indexing books out of libraries. i am most interested in the statement in the story:

But Mr. Aiken said that offer turned longstanding precedents in copyright law upside down, requiring owners to pre-emptively protect rights rather than requiring a user to gain approval for use of a copyrighted work.
i think people shouldn't be exploited by default, they should be protected by default. the author's have a lot more to loose in many cases than gain in terms of being on google. many non-fiction books used for researched aren't read though; rather quote are selected out and small sections or chapters read. the books are priced the way they are because people don't have them sitting on their shelves and one could argue if parts of the books are distributed free on the internet even less libraries will have them.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Type Faster

apparently those clicks on the keyboard don't all sound the same. a computer program can analyze the sounds of the keyboard typing and get 96% of the characters back... but only if you type at approximately 300 characters or less per minute (as far as i can gather that means 60 words per minute). time to get those typing fingers in better shape =).

Monday, September 19, 2005

pet robot
Kondo robot with 17 joints. cute little guy. i was hoping for more, like that one that could react to someone pushing it.

Friday, September 16, 2005

It Electric!

i'm not quite sure if i believe this story about static electricity or not... nerdy opinions?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

the weight of the world

I found this article on another blog regarding Hurricane Katrina victims.

Check out these other stories listed as well.

It's appalling how things can be...

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Way Cool Printing

i'm probably the only nerd that regularly prints journal articles, but this may be useful for something else too.
using the printer drivers that hp supplies, i can print my own little booklet of the article. instead of printing one sided full page of the article it will print two sided booklet. once at the print pop-up i select properties. then finishing. change to two pages on one paper. two-sided printing (manual in my case) and booklet. instructions come up on how exactly to move the first sheets printed back into the paper tray for the other side to be printed upon. then ta-da. fold your sheets together and it is like a little book. so cool.

diy ups

in reading about diy ups's, i came across which included:

"A bench power supply is also a generally useful thing. I use mine all the time when I'm building and testing things, or when I just feel like setting fire to a pencil."

this author has good taste. there's nothing like more tools to start fires. i like it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 is a fun read.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

angela and jerel showed this to alodia and I.

Friday, September 09, 2005

random txt?

need some random txt? this image stolen from blogger seems to always come up with somehting new. hit refresh and see for yourself.

white meat

heard on a radio commercial while on the way to work:

"pharmicists, the other white coat"

Thursday, September 08, 2005

thanksgiving approved

I got work off, taking monday, tuesday, and wednesday as vacation. so. that means jen and I will drive or fly up on late fri, sat, or sun, haven't decided yet. whats the work schedule like in spokane?


brian from work (he's selling magazines today) showed me this webiste
i rather like it. desktop anyone?

Space Available

1 + 1 = 1 terabyte
plenty of room for your cattle to roam with a 3 year warranty.


Well, as we all grow older, we tend to grow bulges (especially mid 50s ladies I've noticed). Appears Central Oregon is also growing older and developing a bulge.

Monday, September 05, 2005

startreck voyager

check out star trek voyager first assistant director... does any one we know KNOW this person?

ahh. nevermind, acording to this he died. the article goes no to say that the actor that plays tom paris is a director. cool.

/end of star trek update.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Something's not right here

Hey why the long head Kali?

Friday, September 02, 2005


I have taken the pic out just in case those invovled didn't find it as humerous as I did.

Jen and I are going with our friend mike this weekend to hike the 15-20 mile ridgeline of mt rose. it should be alot of fun, or pain ,we haven't decided which. its a 3 day event. camp 2 nights, backpack the rest. while looking through some pictures, we ran across kevs proposal.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Would you have been a Nazi?

stumbled onto this quiz, fairly interesting.
i probably wouldn't have been a nazi but i wouldn't have joined the resistance either... apparently i would most likely have fled the country.

Friday, August 26, 2005

New blog announcement

Randy Creitz now has a blog: Senseless Wonderings of an Insane Person.

He graduated from WWC in June I think with a masters in Education (Elementary? I'm not sure) and is living in Payette, Idaho now. He's about to start the school year teaching at a 1-8 SDA school, and he intends to blog it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The rumors come to fruition

Google Talk is on the loose. Somebody install it so I can test out the new IM contender (my username is bookchiq... shocking, I know).

Saturday, August 20, 2005

chainmail armor

I was reading some storys here about how people broke into the game industry. for some reason this one made me think of kev. can anyone figure out why?

I was selling chainmail armor at our local farmers market when a lady hopped down in front of my booth and asked me if I knew any artists because her and her husband were starting a game development company in town.. So I told some friends about them, then got to thinking that they would need more than just artists, but also writers, designers, etc. Now I had always loved gaming and telling stories, so I applied for a design position which I now enjoy daily.
-Lyle Anderson, Hermit Works Entertainment Corporation

long way around

we watched long way around. a 6 episode series about obi 1 kinobi (ewen mcgreggor) and his friend that got sponsored and road motorcycles around the world. KTM backed out of the sponsorship, citing the fact that they wern't prepared, but BMW proudly stepped up and gave them 3 1150 GS's. 2 for them, and one for their camera man. the series is plenty full of cursing. but it does show the ability of the bikes and a few design points that needed to be addressed. all in all it is a good series, although I wish they'd tailered it more to demoing the capabilitys of the bikes. 2 of the 3 bikes broke the rear subframe in the same point, partly due to design defect, and partly due to the fact that when you try to drive around the worl you carry alot of junk with you that inevitably overloads the tail. supposedly BMW fixed that flaw on the new 1200 GS, which I have been riding for the better part of the summer, and now has almost 7,000 miles on it. I have been riding a yellow version of this....

this fall they are suppose to have out the HP2, same basic 100hp bike but with more an an enduro emphasis. its such a pretty bike, but i'm thinking the basic 1200gs is still much more alaska (high milage in a day) worthy, than the HP2. I don't have that kind of money anway, but one can always dream. see the HP2


we've a new house. we want you all to see it. anyone up for coming here thanksgiving to meet our new cat, Norman?

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(yes, his collar does have little bones on it. the cat collars were just dumb)

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update 2
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update 3, because i like odd cat pics

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Sunshine on a stick.

We were at bible study last night and mike the concrete guy was talking about his 'sunshine on a stick'. I thought that was quite a nifty name. it was the name of his self contained light poles so they can do midnight poors of concrete and still see what in the world they are doing.

a web search revealed sunshine on a stick was a health comercial by some lemmon looking thing, and that is what they dubbed frozen make it yourself fruit popsicles. I'm sure I was around in 83, but for the life of me, I can't remember Timer or his sunshine on a stick

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Random rodents

Haven't you always wanted to see 30-second reenactments of famous movies (performed by bunnies)? Of course you have.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

forget the fort

i'd guess we've all built something out of saved popscicle sticks, but i bet none of you built something as cool as....
a full size viking boat!

Thursday, August 11, 2005


we use to dig tunnels when we were little, but nothing like this and more here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


okay someone else's turn to update the header =)

Monday, August 08, 2005

homemade riding lawnmower

in my email i got this joke from a coworker.
the image was funny.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

A great quote

The quote, "The squirrel did not survive," at the end of this news story makes up for the rather dull way in which it was written.

US stinks at saving

personal savings rate for the us in june was 0 %. yup a big fat 0. my understanding is that this doesn't take into account pre-tax deductions (i.e. a company retirement plan). this is just a net after tax minus what people are spending. no matter how you slice the bread this can't be good in the long term. some people claim that it isn't so bad because nationally the savings is at something like 14% but this article clears up a couple things. maybe the "end times" will arrive because nobody will be able to buy or sell since nobody will have any money saved. haha.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

bouncy body

thanks to for the link to the bouncy body physics demo thing. if you click on the body you can drag it around. lots of fun!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

the beginning of the end

during a recent windows update at work, i noticed it was trying to figure out if i had a pirated copy of windows. so, the rumers two months ago WERE true: MS is chopping off support for bootleged copies of XP. this can only enlarge their black eye: yet more boxes will be security risks. who thought this up?


for quite some time i've considered spending some time learning RUBY.

Ruby On Rails may push me over the edge as I venture forth into the continued persuit of a flexible CMS that can be given to our churches, hosted here, and extensible enough to handle the future while standardizing on xhmtl.
their 15 minute quick demo at least has some cool ideas, like using the field order in the database to control the actual presentation for dynamic forms. i'm liking it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


it appears like yet another source of ideas.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


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this grape stared me down during lunch. i thought i'd share it with you.

psi, psig, psia

not letters of the greek alphabet
not odd names people pick for their kids

they are pressure abbreviations. pressure seems to be something that needs a lot of units for whatever reason. SI unit: pascal (Pa)... oither units: bar, pounds per square inch (psi), barye (ba), atmosphere (atm), millimeters of mercury (mmHg), inches of mercury (inHg), millimeters of water, centimeters of the water or mercury, torr... almost endless it seems.

well just in case you ever end up seeing some odd deviant of psi check out wikipedia on psi. apparently psig is just what the guage reads. you can get more specific and say if the guage is reading relative to a sealed chamber at 1 atm (then it would be psisg, for sealed guage) or relative to the pressure around the gauge (then it would be psivg, for vented guage). the psig doesn't specify vented or sealed. oh ya and psia is guage pressure plus local atmospheric pressure.

Monday, July 25, 2005

MSN in the map business

somehow i feel like a carteographic wannabe seeing how my posts seem to be about maps these days....

msn has jumped into the mapping world with virtual earth. there are a couple of things that make this service nifty. first off i figured out you can zoom using your middle scrolling wheel. i love the wheel. (did you know you can open a link in a new tab in firefox by clicking the link with the wheel?) it is slightly slow, but a good use of the wheel in my opinion. second is a service that google maps also has, but i didn't realize it had it until i tried virtual earth. you can overlay the road map with the satellite image. pretty cool when you overlay new construction since the roads aren't there on the satellite yet. google maps is still better in the contrast on the satellite photos though.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Google Maps Expands

wow check it out. now you can plan your next trip to the moon. doesn't seem to be any local services but check out what happens when you zoom all the way in on the image.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Jeremy in Kabul!

thanks to jeremy for posting a link to his blog on Here Jeremy talks about his impressions of Kabul after being there for 1 month. he's a civilan contractor.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Zombie Survival Guide

from get your very own Zombie Survival Guide!

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

Friday, July 08, 2005

house update

we've been seriously looking for 2 weeks. of the 5 houses i've really liked, only 2 have been on the market when we got there. 1 is pretty risky (BAD STEEP HILL) and the other is a bit more then i wanted to spend but we could swing it and it's not in the neighborhood where they show up to steal your tv - this neighborhood is upper crunch where they show up with a semi truck to take everything in your house and load your bmw up on the way out.
the mls for a house across the street from the 1 we just signed an offer on: mls 25017229

the house we just signed an offer on: mls 25017054
windermere link

the shake roof has about 4 years left on it (we'll verify this in the ispection) and the gates and fence post caps on the deck are leaving with the current owners. that is the ONLY thing bad i found about the house. open floor plan, valted ceilings, nice master with jetted tub and seperate shower next to the crapper. Awesome yard that meets alodia's desires (the selling point) and 11.1 miles from work with about 8 of those miles on the interstate - and less then 1.5 miles to church. end of a culdesac with LOW traffic neighborhood in the elite neighberhood of spokane 'south hill' where stuff has always been selling at a premium. i view it as a safe investment even if I don't end up there forever, but someplace that would meet my needs and desires if I were there longer.

our agent put up with us reading ALL the paperwork we signed for the offer. I don't think anyone has done that to him before. I asked him if he'd be comfortable not understanding the fine print when 1/4 of a million $ was at stake. he said he was. i was not.

we offered them about 2% less then the just reduced asking price, possible pushing us out of the running. We stenciled in some more stuff we wanted them to leave in the house (fridge, washer dryer, window blinds) - we'll see how it goes. IF God want's us to have it, it should be a shoe-in.; if not, there is still plenty of places this could get dropped and we're happy to move on.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

A Better Blue

those of you who are worried about getting a new storage technology that will let you back up your entire hard drive , worry no longer. blu-ray is just a slightly better implementation of dvd that will hold back progress a couple of years, it isn't actually cutting edge at all. after the market has played with that they will start marketing 3-d holographic storage. C&E News ran a very interesting article in the june 27, 2005 issue on data storage in 3-d. it isn't that far off. in fact they are already talking about taking over the tape market for long term backup storage stuff. and with these specs, backing up a hard drive looks like it will become possible again.

from inphase (spin off of bell labs)
200 GB per square inch
first generation avail. 2006: 300 GB disk
target 2009: 1.6 TB disk
transfer rate of 27 MB/s demonstrated (initially first generation for sale at 20 MB/s plan on achieving 120 MB/s for the 1.6 TB disk)

from aprilis
200 GB disk available
200 MB/s data transfer
already shown to record & retrieve at 1 Gbit/s

Friday, July 01, 2005

do not call

DON"T CALL ME! some idiot sold my contact info and has now called with a voice recording for a cruise to the 'mexican riverira' if you get a call from 800-662-1366 dont' waste your time. I wish I had written the contact info down from the message but I deleted it. they have called AT WORK on a hard line, and ON MY COMPANY CELL PHONE. some info about the phone number on news site says they have been targeting cell phones in el PaSO, TX

a little more searching has turned up this website which may help me track down the return number that they said to call. i've gone through some of my scraps of paper, and i THINK the return number to call was 575-5596. i'm not sure if this was 888 or 800 prefix. maybe they'll call again.

these guys called the wrong person for a fri afternoon.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Do Not Call

those of you that have cell phones may want to sign up your number on the do not call registry ( last night i got a "you have won!" call on my cell phone. i didn't realize the telemarketers were getting deprate enough to try cell phones now. they also tried the lab phone at work last week. the most annoying part of the call was that it was an automated message and you were supposed to call back a number for information. lame! if you are going to waste my time at least give me the opportunity to immediately waste yours.

Monday, June 27, 2005


on sunday keith was working on the shed while i was cleaning the kitchen when i heard a loud thunk. i thought something had been dropped on the house. i dashed outside, "what was that?" i asked keith. he didn't know and was about to ask me what i had done. turns out it was an earthquake!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Awesome storm

check out this site (you may have to create a log in) for info on the huge windstorm that hit us Tuesday night. It was awesome! It got eerily dark around 8:00pm, and then the wind came along, and blew everything around. Trees fell over, lost limbs, broke in half, etc. One that was split (two tops) broke off and landed up our little road. On the way to work Wednesday morning, we saw remains of trees that had fallen on the main roads, blocking them. Our power was off from 8 something until 4:00am.

Click here for pictures on the windstorm.

Makes me glad our landlord had 7 trees around our place cut down just a few weeks ago. I have no doubt that at least 2 of them would have landed on our house had they still been standing.

Friday, June 17, 2005

kevs sick

I guess kev has been sick for quite some time. can someone give us an update on how he's doing?

Wednesday, June 15, 2005


oh where, oh where is my Dozer

Friday, June 10, 2005

MAC address's

I found the list of MAC address ranges assigned to manufactures. this is a unique prefix in the MAC system that designates the manufacure. I was glad to see my manufacture was legit and was listed
see this

Thursday, June 09, 2005

happy birthday to you...

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Wednesday, June 08, 2005


Everyone Hates Stoners.. no wait. thats not it. its Employee Health and Safety! I noticed the lead EHS dude where I work was outside SMOKING. I wonder if his death from the cancer stick will be covered since he was injured on company property?

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

apple = intel

yesterday apple announced that they are switching to intel chips. yup that's right. check out the press release here and the commentary on cnet here.

pretty interesting. i think one of the most interesting things is the last part of the cnet article that says that some people will run windows on a mac, but os x and jaguar will always be run on a mac. seems like they are excluding some people that may concievably want to run a unix based os but don't want a mac.

Sunday, June 05, 2005


so kev, tell us how the house hunt is going! after the cruise we were pretty sure you guys were serious about getting into something with 4 walls and a roof that you can beat up and call your own (just don't spill oil on the ground or the EPA can take it from you).

I hope you find something good! give us the MLS links to your current options and the lot o' us on nerdy tales will help you decide!

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Sarah finally got me a blog

Well more like she found a topic I might actually blog about and I thought it sounded like fun.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005


sonoluminescence is achieved by using sound waves from 20-40khz to implode bubbles. the result is very high temp and light.

chicken how you want it

alodia found

i told it to hump
and to lay an egg
and to peck.
what can you make it do?

Monday, May 16, 2005

Am not!

Since some of us nerds tend to lean toward argumentative, I thought Thirty - Eight Ways to Win an Argument from Schopenhauer's "The Art of Controversy" might be enjoyed.

Sunday, May 15, 2005


my day trader friend has cool analysis tools, but wants a bigger hammer.
he wants 6 months of daily's (open, hi, low, close, volume) for all stocks on the nasdaq so he can filter ALL stocks for current trends and then only have to study the top 10 doing what he wants in a given day instead of relying on someone else giving him 'ideas'.
this seems easy enough, especially given

who'd of thought google suggest is actually built on a tool that can be used as a screen scraper?! after some reading about ajax i discovered the Microsoft.XMLHTTP tool i was using to do the scraping actually met with some very good reviews (recent magazine i read) as MS started the foundation for making the ajax stuff possible.

so, when your own IIS server at home fails (don't ask. i've never seen one not work except this one), hope on over to and get baby web server 2.6. this baby does asp out of the box! awesome. give me an ado connection string for an access database and some regular expressions for some fancy parcing (thanks dan for the heads up) and now we're getting somewhere!

everyone likes to see cool colored code, so in the absence of patience to install a real developement environment at home, i opted for notepad ++.

about 70 lines of code and i get CLEAN histories of stocks i can cram into a database. i love regular expressions. i don't understand them, but that sure is not going to keep me from using them!

i thought this was going to take me longer to 'prove' (get a working beta with all major functions done) - but it only took about 3 hours. maybe i'm actually becoming more tallented?

if anyone wants the code, the server, the notepad++ all rolled up into one nice zip file for playing with on their own, let me know.

Friday, May 13, 2005

midwest, south, etc?

I've recently received much flack for what I consider east, west, midwest, far east, etc.... check out this Question and answer from goegraphics names information system a US governement entity.

25. I need to know the official names and definitions (extents) of regions. For example, what is “the Midwest,” “the South,” etc?
There are no official designations for regions at any level of government. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names, which is responsible by law for standardizing geographic name usage throughout the Federal government, is often asked for official names and boundaries of regions. However, there are none officially. Regions are application driven and highly susceptible to perception. Sometimes, people might agree on the core of a region, but agreement deteriorates rapidly outward from that core. The criteria or application would have to be defined, such as physiographic (this would include parts of States, but there is more than one system); political (definite disagreement based upon perception); cultural (unlimited variables); and other applications. Generally, geographers use four (4) generic requirements for a region to be formed: area, boundary (or transition zone), at least one factor of homogeneity or sameness, and a process to drive the region or to keep it functioning as a region. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has taken the same approach. One can be sure that if anyone or any organization announces standards for regions, it is only their own based upon their own needs or application.

It's New, kinda

i'm sure most of you have seen the "roach coaches" around some cities. you know, trucks outfitted to be a movable taco vendor or something like that. well now you can order a pizza that is cooked while it drives to you. mobile pizza doesn't actually seem like an idea that is that innovative, but kinda innovative at the same time. it is interesting to note that they use a computer program to divy up the orders based on where the trucks are and what other orders are already being cooked. and the driver does everything. wow.

Monday, May 09, 2005


See (and hear) the McGurk Effect in action. This is totally weird. I found it in O'Reilly's Mind Hacks book. This will take 30 seconds or less, though you'll probably think about it for longer and show co-workers even longer than that.

Earthquake Map

i noticed on unr's website that there was a release of a new earthquake map for the area where i live. surprise! i live in an area that actually has a pretty high potential for an earthquake. i thought we were only moderate. the map is pretty cool and worth a peruse.

Saturday, May 07, 2005


who wants to play sets with jen and I? you maggots need to logon and play, you know you want to.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

125 MPG

did you know harbor freight sells something that gets 125 Miles per Gallon?!! well.. kind of
see here


company cell phone finally arrived. I had trouble changing the number with att customer service (611 on the phone). I didn't know the billing address (its a company phone) so customer support basically hung up on me. one of my coworkers was able to coerce the address out of a CSR, so I was able to change my number to a broader region. (cool) actually save the company some money too. the phone looks like this

Sunday, May 01, 2005

alias intro

The disection of the alias intro is posted HERE so the main page of nerdy isn't too cluttered. which alias do you use?

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

bad days

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I was reading over on on the history of the flying car and ran across this gem. it crashed on the 3rd flight. I wonder why. it looks like they thought "hey, with some bailing wire and duct tape we can make a flying car!" 2 days later i'm sure the cheif engineer said "see! only took a few days!"

ohh wait.a little more research and I determined this design is not lost in the past. check out and you find this monstrosity.

chemists that poke their eyes out

I found this from one of the articles that was referenced from something epics post state of mind. I'm not sure how to link to it directly so I'll just reference it this way..

anyway.. onto what I found HERE

One of the most tedious tasks I have to do is review chemistry analysis logs for errors, and initial the bottom. Even if I just initial without even looking at them, it's a PITA (not to mention embarassing when I miss gross errors).

To make it more fun, I challenge myself to find an error, no matter how miniscule or inconsequential. Then I amuse myself by writing a huge harangue on the "corrections required" sheet, complete with fictitious explanation about the catastrophes that could have happened had I not caught this. Side benefit - the chemists enjoy reading their "errors" to each other, and actually fix significant errors much faster instead of ignoring them.

You would think it takes longer, but since I'm having fun instead of thinking about how I'd rather poke my own eyes out, it goes faster in both apparent time and, surprisingly, real time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


so one thing that is pretty neat about JabRef (program to manage references for use primarily in BibTeX) is that you can enter a DOI for a reference. so cool, because then if i happen to loose my pdf copy or share this file with someone else, just click and ta-da you are in the position to view (or buy viewing rights if needed) the document. awesome.
check out

Saturday, April 23, 2005

#1 result

I did a google search for "kevin xxx" where xxx = his last name and low and behold this picture was imbedded in the first result that popped up. note the PAIR OF SHOES. I think he still owns those some 4 years later.

now the uneducated in folklore of kevin, these things actually came from a dumpster and had a good 3 years of use prior to his intervention. they were then worn for probably 2-3 years BEFORE he graduated, making these the longest running shoes on the plannet. fill us in kev, you still got those uglies?

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Nerdy Word Processing

so i'm diving into the full nerdiness of LaTeX. thus far i am impressed. it means i can write my disseration and not worry about the format. instead of trying to number my figures, schemes, and molecules, i'll just reference them and let it do the numbering. instead of buying a program with mediocre reviews for at least $100 to track my references, BibTeX will keep track of it for me, free. most of all, i won't have to battle word or word perfect to get it to display my images or wait for either to crunch on my 200 page dissertation.

want to play too? i'm using MikTeX, JabRef, Eclipse, and the Eclipse plug-ins TeXclipse and a spell checker.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

something dead?

whats with someething epic being down? I tried to cruise over and it does not wish to respond to my inquiring persistance.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Ever wonder

whilst looking for some other information regarding the visible spectrum i came upon the reason why blue signs aren't as good as red signs for stores etc. check out the incomprable hyper-physics.

Saturday, April 16, 2005


Check out the Scion website and let me know what you think is wrong with it...

Thursday, April 14, 2005

How many could I help?

The place where I work sends out magazines and newsletters. I got a request the other day saying "Please stop sending these magazines to Jane Doe. She is blind and no one reads to her."

I wanted to cry.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

subaru - whining sound

spark plugs and subaru: don't get the high quality wires.
stupid plastic inserts AND the fact those spark plugs are so far in there it took alodia and I about 3 hours to get the plugs back in.
that aside, we started it up and it ran fine. then we noticed this high pitched sound that was pretty faint. hmm. wonder what that is. reved the engine a bit and by 2k rpms it was MUCH more pronounced. shut it all down, looked it over, and i'd failed to tighten a pully down (used to sinch up the belt to the air condition pump).
took it for a spin, sound great.
we'll give you a call tomarrow if we don't get to work in once peice. i'm pretty confident it's up to speed, but i've got this desire to pack my 3 toolboxes of tools with me, ya know, just to be safe.

overclock your toothbrush

Saturday, April 09, 2005

NASA's Return to Flight

Check out NASA's website. They has some pretty cool video on the newest shuttle mission and superficial but somewhat geeky statements on what has been improved. I had a fun time wandering around on the site.NASA's Return to Flight

Tuesday, April 05, 2005


I always forget the luxery of basic transportation. wheather it be walking, running, biking, motorcycling, or having a full blown car. you know... basic transportation. There are 4 of us currently on corporation travel and we share 1 car. thats not much of a problem in my book. we are afterall all businessmen at the same local, with basically the same schedule.. and wouldn't you know it, we are staying at the same set of condos.... so to me its not much of a problem.

this morning I made the not so unreasonable request to get breakfast on the way to work. well a 2 of the 4 would rather sleep (or work out) that eat breakfast so so that pretty much became the reason to get a second car. approx 310$ later for the rental, which we will pick up tomarrow will leave our party of 4 with 2 partys of 2. which now begs the question..... how much does the party of 2 schedule have to differ to justify a 3rd or even a 4'th car?

the company will pay for all of it. its business justified, where do you draw the line?

like I said.. i'm happy with one car. and I don't need breakfast, there is the water left over after you take a shower. it works for the kitty. see how smooth her coat is? imagine how us humans would be if we drank shower water from the floor.

so what should I do this weekend? I told dave I'd go to sunday church with him (check out his religion) but what should we do on the other day? I'm thinking of hitting the nasa meuseum or whatever it is. i'm near cleveland ohio, so if you guys come up with something interesting, or some weird soil sample for me to bring back let me know.

the ice is now gone from the lake, so I have to rule out hiking out on the lake like I did last time (there were cracks in the ice but that didn't stop 'smart' engineers)

its like 60 deg days, but rumor has it it will snow by the end of the week =(. i heard it may snow in reno to.. and we just took the studs off!

10:30 estern (local) time. after all this crap about no breakfast we just got called into the plant at 7am tomarrow so what we could have used for breakfast is now working time! how ironic is that...

Friday, April 01, 2005

subaru - garage resident now.

the beloved subaru has blown some sort of gasket, or hose, or something and leaked all its antifreeze out. now when i try to turn it over (aka start it) it makes a very odd sound and it bothers me. i only tried this for about 3 seconds before i decided to take appart the engine before i tried THAT again.

alodia smelled what we thought was ciggerette smoke when we were driving today.
we got home and i popped the hood and smelled antifreze. as i kicked the drip pan BACK under the subaru (it had no been under it today) i noticed it had antifreeze on it at least 4 tablesspoons. these seemed odd, but no red flags whent up. I SMELLED antifreeze when i lfted the hooded, it smelled warm. so i pulled the cap on the radiator. bad idea. engine was still hot. anyays, i poked around briefly and found nothing. no big deal.

on the way to small groups tongiht i stopped at a stop sign, and when i excelerated it sounded like a stone was lodged in the drivers side front brake. as i accellerated the grinding squeeling sound got louder and sounded like the cycle became more rapid. hoping to dislodge the stone, i stomped on the breaks at the next block's stop sign and excellarted again and noticed no change. at this point i CLEARLY smelled something, like buring breaks. I went about 70 yards and pulled it into a parking lot (shopko, always were you need them).
i got out and found a pool of antifreeze forming under the font of the car. nothing leaking down the radiator, and liquid coming from the front of the engine in MULTIPLE spots (at least that is what the little droplets looked like - not just running down the engine and dripping from multple places, clearly multiple places leaking across the bottom front of the engine)
so i squeezed some hoses and checked the coolant level (not visible). turned the engine over to find the VERY bad noise that sounded like a compression leak or water in the pistons or something bad, who knows - and proceeded to walk to small groups.
they laughed at me when i showed up 20 minutes late and darin, my co-worker made a snyde remark about me having to walk there (no knowing that my car died) and i said 'oh no, just from shopko' - which was 2 blocks away. they asked why, and i said because my car died. that amused me.
Bill, from small groups towed me the 5 miles home after the meeting. good thing i had my chiltons manuel with me: i remeberd to pull a fuse and engage 'front wheel drive only' mode. subaru says the automatic transmission can be towed 6 miles with all four wheels on the ground as long as speed does not exceed 20 mph. looks like God was watching out for me. I didn't go to far, made it to small groups, and got home with my car. what more can you ask for?

Mmmm tasty

You all have seen Google's latest offering, right? :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

toshiba battery article on that discusses a new battey.

this new technology is VERY impressive. can recharge to 80% capacity in 60 seconds. stock prices for toshiba.

Llamas are cool

Ok really just wanting to share the insanity - it is late (early) but my friend just sent me this link and I've listened to this FUN song quite a few times now......... maybe you've heard/seen it but here it is... The over all page - i-am-bored is entertaining in itself. But I encourage you all to go listen. Llama llama.....

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Everybody needs one

In looking at the classifieds in the paper last night, I came across these great puppies. Definately need to get one.

Shihtpoo $400.

Friday, March 18, 2005

movie credits

rambo, first blood; movie credits:
Diane Minshall .... rat wrangler

Cool music video

Jack Johnson - Sitting, Waiting, Wishing. Maybe not the most technologically advanced video but I think it’s cool.
Don't know how well this link will work - I saw video on tv but thought I'd offer something.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Happy St. Patrick's day?

There's a lady I know who loves St. Patrick's day. Purely for the joy of getting to pinch people! She loves to wander around watching for anyone who is not wearing green. Then she runs up and pinches them! And most of the time they have no idea why... People resort to clipping on green pens or paper clips, taping green paper onto themselves, or grabbing a piece of green plant to avoid the pinch. Luckily I just happened to decide to wear a green shirt today, otherwise I would have probably gotten pinched.

I have never been pinched by her. And I don't know why her pinching people bothers me so. But it really does. She's a middle age woman, loving to pinch people. It's like, I'm not in 3rd grade anymore. This was fun/funny then, but it's not so much now.

Besides, in 3rd grade you kick them in the shins when they pinch you. I somehow don't think I could get by with that now...

email, the new way

ho ho ho - some more tools for my spam tests.

after reading about in a pc magazine, i followed one of the links there to

FINALLY i have a fast way of testing things with public email, and i can make it up as a i go along. check it out. you'll like it.

susposedly will do something similar.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

final events

i've had the oportunity of reviewing a new dvd from Amazing Facts.
The Final Events of Bible Prophecy
It's 43:36 minutes long, and hosted by Doug Batchelor.
the rest of the dvd is packed with bible study goodies.
At first I was taken back by the early 90's style graphics, but the message of the presentatin was steller. i recommend it to everyone.
I've heard churches buying these up for evangelism (one in our area orded about 17,000 dvds - i guess it made an impression)

check out for more info. and the teaser here:

Me? i'm taking this baby next door and showing it to Jim.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

I have how much longer?!

We have two people at work who are retiring this year, one at the end of this month. She sends email every so often letting us know she has x # of days left to work... A week or two ago it was 12 working days.

So, I started thinking about how many more days I had to work. Assuming I get to retire at 65, I have well over 7,500 days to work - or 39 more years. (This is assuming I will not have children, which is highly unlikely.) It was depressing. Some people are ending, and here I am just beginning... seems like it will be forever.

So, how many more days do you have to work?

Friday, March 11, 2005

Everyone sing along

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Alodia, happy birthday to you!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

firefox speed up

Open Firefox and in the address bar type: about:config

1. Find browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs and double click on it so it = true
2. Find network.http.pipelining and double click on it so it = true
3. Find network.http.pipelining.maxrequests double click on it and change it from 4 to 100

read it on a forum:

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Should we party or mourn?

According to Google, it's International Women's Day

I'm not rightly sure what this does for me/against me as a woman, but apparently it's quite important in places other than my little world...

Monday, March 07, 2005

nerdy tales descriptions

so I'm reading through the revised nerdy tales description and it looks like kev made it in there twice. as both a person that teaches people to hit print, and a person that works for a religious org. what am I missing here?

Saturday, March 05, 2005


Last night at our Bible study, one of our questions to ponder and answer was "what are you passionate about?"

so, I pose the same question to you: "what are you passionate about?"

Thursday, March 03, 2005

tie a knot in it

boys, don't try this at work... or home...

it's just not worth it

tax writeoffs

alodia found this article:

i like the fact the guy that hired somone to burn down his building reported the 10k "counseling cost" on his taxes as a writeoff.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Tuesday, March 01, 2005