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February 2009


I am apparently 1,056,347,758 seconds old! (and easily amused) #!/usr/bin/perl use Date::Parse; my $birth = str2time(“07 Sep 1975 07:06:01 EST”); my $now = time; print “I am “, ($now-$birth), ” seconds old.\n”; It’s coffee time!

Open Office

So somewhere in the ancient technological past when we still had water-powered web servers, AKA 1998, I got handed this CD of something called Open Office. It was an open source document suite in the style of Microsoft Office. And this was in a time when anything open source was instantly considered cool. Sadly, it […]

A presidential day

So apparently I got George Lincoln’s birthday off? Or was it Abraham Washington? Oh well. At least he was born on a Monday for a convenient three-day-weekend. I’ve been in need of a few good days off. I still am, but I’ll take what I’ve got now. I went through all my back copies of […]


True and good computer security is an interesting balance. You have to come up with good solid security rules and procedures that are livable or your users will not follow them. It’s a lot like speed limits. If the speed limit sign is sane, say 50 MPH for a section of highway that has edged […]


From “15 Reasons why Mr Rogers was the best neighbor ever:” Mister Rogers seems to have been almost exactly the same off-screen as he was onscreen. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, and a man of tremendous faith, Mister Rogers preached tolerance first. Whenever he was asked to castigate non-Christians or gays for their differing beliefs, […]

Simple gifts!

My thanks to whomever at Grados designed a pair of headphones that can reproduce bass without blasting your ears out. I needed fun and bouncy this morning and am now jazzed.


I think today is one of those wonderful days where the weather messes with your head and you just can’t seem to turn the brain on. It probably didn’t help that we had a new coworker and that IT didn’t have a phone, login or computer for him. For about half the day he entertained […]


Enough of Ranty Mc Rant-Rant in the last post. If you have a young nephew or cousin or such, I think this is one of those perfect gifts for a kid. Hell, it was a perfect gift for me: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/b308/ It is a hollowed out coin. A real coin with a spy pocket. Much like […]

Dear Mr. Sales Engineer at my company…

Two thoughts I wish I could share with the sales exec at my company: #1) When talking to a room full of your coworkers, don’t exclusively thank another sales engineer for “completing $difficult_project” when about 75% of your audience did the heavy work on that project, including late nights coordinating with international customer reps, etc. […]

Sue Sue’s Studio…

It’s kinda fun to have the shoe on the other foot. For I don’t know how long now, I’ve been dragging Sue (and others) out to the concerts and sometimes rehearsals I play. Band rooms, music groups, and concert halls have a feel. There is a personality. The sound of instruments warming up. The dry […]