May 31, 2006
Jennifer fishing in Clear Creek County
May 30, 2006
After the TSA strip searches the passengers, bullies them around, and generally asserts alpha dominance, the passengers are shunted into perfectly symmetrical autonomous trams in the bowels of Denver International Airport. There are no drivers. No one to tip. No one to ask for help or directions. Just autonomous meat-space gondolas, ferrying hapless deracinated mongrel herds through subterranean tubes machined through granite.
Glass and steel. Overexposed, chamber-of-commerce, government-subsidized adverts for something no one cares about. Eventually, the morons figure out that they're facing backwards, and, after the train makes a couple of unpredictable turns and accelerates to a dangerous speed, they turn around and face forward, like pigs turning to face the blades.
This is not a bluebird
May 28, 2006
Memorial Day at St. Mary's Glacier
Note that Jennifer is decked out in her heaviest winter ski jacket and pants in this photo taken on Saturday, May 27th. t's weird to think about how cold it is up there in the mountains. On Saturday, it was 75-80 degrees at my house (elevation = 7,450 ft). But, when we got up to 11,000 feet in Clear Creek County, it was cold. The trails to Chin's Lake and Loch Lomond were both still closed due to snow pack. Probably within the next month they should be open.
Note that there are 2 ATV's in this photo. When you're up in the mountains, it's more fun if everyone has their own ride. Jennifer did a fine job on hers. When the pass opens up over Webster Pass, I may let her drive her little 70 cc ATV across the contintal divide. How cool would that be?
May 27, 2006
Cool Sand Animation
Posted by Peenie Wallie on May 27, 2006 at 3:20 AM | Permalink
May 25, 2006
Free Tennessee BBQ Grill
As every Tennessean knows it's time to get ready for that all important cooking technique of the summer ---outdoor Grilling! I have found several stores where you can get a FREE Bar-B-Q Grill! This is not a joke.
The upper rack can be used for keeping things warm once cooked! Available in silver chrome or natural rust.
Note: Portable accessory kit available (not shown in picture), includes a set of four wobbler wheels for the legs and "ham harness" for the warming rack! Just make sure to get the metal one.
Available free now in any of these fine stores' parking lots near you:
May 24, 2006
The Old Stone Fort
Hillary Rodham has wants to kill thousands of Americans by rolling back the speed limit to 55. Unfortunately, it has been widely demonstrated that people don't want this, and it will actually result in an increase in fatalities. Although the bureaucrats swore up and down that 55 "saves lives", in fact, the opposite was observed. Raising the speed limit actually reduced the traffic fatalities. The reason is that people don't drive in bunch up little clusters like sheep as much. Faster drivers move through packs of slower drivers, breaking them up into safer, disparate entities. This is the same effect observed by sheep farmers. They keep goats with sheep to keep the sheep from all huddling together and suffocating.
But, Hillary wants to tell you what to do. From cradle to grave. At least, she's beginning to show her true colors.
Postmodern Generator and the Dada Engine
Just when I thought that I had the trackback spam blocked, they started spamming my comments. I'll have to come up with something to block the comment spam. There are a few options I have at my disposal, but I'd like to focus for a second on how creative these people are. They're using something called the "Postmodern Generator" with the "Dada Engine" to randomly generate seemingly valid, coherent text comments.
I only know this because one of the comments said:
What do you think? Not bad, considering it was randomly generated by the Postmodern generator using the Dada Engine
So, i've actually heard of this software before. But it is fairly impressive how advanced the technology has become. Go here to see a randomly generated essay. If someone didn't tell you this was randomly generated by a computer, it would take you some time to figure it out, I would think.
May 22, 2006
Tennessee - Take 2
May 20, 2006
Basic Firearms Training
Brian found an excellent basic firearms training web site (with photos).
May 18, 2006
May 14, 2006
My sister calls and tells me that her little urchins made her some presents out of Floam, and I'm like what the h3ll is Floam?
Turns out it's basically stinky playdough that sets up like quickcrete. They run informercials for it day and night on all the children's channels. Apparently, you can make a hot-pad out of it, or you can ingest it to cure everything from acute osteoporosis to Parkinsons. Basically snake-oil for kids, circa 2006.
Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Happy Fun Ball.
Caution: Happy Fun Ball may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.
Happy Fun Ball contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at.
Do not use Happy Fun Ball on concrete.
Discontinue use of Happy Fun Ball if any of the following occurs:
* tingling in extremities
* loss of balance or coordination
* slurred speech
* temporary blindness
* profuse sweating
* or heart palpitations.
If Happy Fun Ball begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.
Happy Fun Ball may stick to certain types of skin.
In any event, I'm sure I'll have to order some. You can buy Floam at Walmart, but my neice assures me that it's a better deal if you order it from the TV commercial.
We've got a new pet bunny. This site explains how to properly introduce two rabbits, so that a full-on melee doesn't ensue.
Coffee County, Tennessee
This slideshow is composed of images I shot over five days in May of 2006 on the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee. The images were captured at multiple locations in Coffee County, Tennessee, including Cascade Springs, Lake Ovoca, Ledford Mill, Cedar Point, Duck River, Normandy Lake, Rutledge Falls, and other local landforms. (Link: Tips on shooting waterfalls.)
The photos were taken with a Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, Canon EF 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens, and a Bogen tripod with a pistol grip. The presentation is mainly composed of wildlife and landscape photographs.
Click here to download the presentation. If you have an Apple, or you're running Unix, or if you're nervous about running a .exe file from my site, then click here to download the Macromedia Flash version. The resolution is not quite as good on the Macromedia Flash version, and you can't pause and go backward and forward, but it loads faster, and it's a fairly decent presention. Click here if you need help.
Lyrics in the extended entry.
May 9, 2006
Getting rid of Java/ByteVerify virus
My buddy got a couple of viruses on his computer, including the Java/ByteVerify virus. Grisoft's AntiVirus program (AVG) couldn't get rid of the Java/ByteVerify one. So, I found these directions on how to get rid of this evil bugger:
If you have the virus called Java/ByteVerify, your AVG Anti-Virus cannot get rid of this alone so if you are having troubles finding a way to get rid of it, here is a step by step guide for removal.
-Go to your control panel
-(if in windows XP change over to the classic mode by clicking the link on the left just under your toolbars)
-Open Java Plug-in
-Click on the Cache tab
-To stop this from happening again uncheck the enable cache-ing
This should clear all of these viruses right off of your computer and stop this from happening again.
If you don't have the Sun Java console or just don't have the cache tab, simply delete the files found by AVG manually, if they are embedded in an archive file, follow the directions for finding and deleting these in the Tip area of this post HOW TO CLEAN AN INFECTED COMPUTER.
This is really not a virus, it is an Exploit. Microsoft had issued a security fix for this long ago, if you find that you have this exploit, then you need to go to [www.windowsupdate.com] and fully update your computer. These updates are for the Windows OS and aren't just for Internet Explorer, always select all updates even if you don't believe they apply to you.
This worked for me. My buddy is virus free now :)
May 6, 2006
Nelson Rocks Preserve Disclaimer
Stellarium - Free planetarium for your computer
Stellarium is a free open source astronomy/planetarium program for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
There's another similar program called Winstars.
Yet another free software program called Celestia that shows planets and stars and allows you to pick a star in the sky and fly there.
Posted by Peenie Wallie on May 6, 2006 at 10:37 AM | Permalink
Four Second Fury
Four Second Fury is a time killing game designed for today's attention deficit children.
May 4, 2006
Bird Flu strikes Florida
Photographs of Chernobyl
Some one has posted some cool photos of Chernobyl. Looks like the graffiti taggers have been there.
May 3, 2006
Three cute baby porcupines?
Someone sent me this email of three "cute baby porcupines". I'll give you they're cute. But they're not porcupines. They're hedgehogs. This is what a baby porcupine looks like. This is what a baby hedgehog looks like.
Interestingly, if you do a google image search on "baby porcupines", you get this same photo about 10-20 times. Only they're clearly not porcupines.
This is possibly the greatest weakness of the internet. The verification seems to be somewhat sketchy, even on something as obvious as the difference between a porcupine and a hedgehog. If the internet can't be trusted to get something this simple right, how can we trust it to be accurate on more important matters?
May 2, 2006
FDA Picks on Cherry Industry
The FDA is telling the cherry industry that they can't advertise the health benefits of cherries. Thank G0d we have the government protecting us from the evils of fresh fruit. The FDA is even threatening to raid cherry orchards and reclassify cherries as a drug.