June 26, 2006
The Dangers of Tennessee Moonshine
You probably don't want to be the first one to taste test your buddy's new batch of Tennessee moonshine.
June 25, 2006
Al Bunny's Typing Tutor
If you're looking for a good program to teach your kids how to type, I would suggest Al Bunny's Typing Tutor. Jennifer likes it. It's shareware. I finally registered it I was so happy with it. Download it here.
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We celebrated Jennifer's eight and a half-birthday yesterday. Most people celebrate birthdays once a year, we do it twice. Twice works out better for me because, I've only got one kid, and she'll be going to college in about...two days it seems like, so I figure, why not do it twice a year? Christmas is just too crazy to focus any effort around a birthday. So, this gives her a time in the middle of the summer when we can focus on her. Normally, we don't do presents on her half-birthday, but this time, I bought us a couple of plane tickets to Hawaii, and got her some split-fin flippers, a scuba mask, a dry snorkel, and five wetsuits. I probably went a little overboard, but, she'd never been to Hawaii before so, I felt kinda bad for her.
Here's some photos of her cake before and after she decorated it with all of her bathtub wildlife.
June 21, 2006
The New Beater
1990 NISSAN MAXIMA, 220k miles, 3.0L, loaded, PW PDL CC PS, sunroof, CD AM/FM, runs gd, no minor damage, cream w/burgundy int, $1,500 obo, 502-767-XXXX.
Say 'hello' to beater number...hmmm...let's see....San Francisco '02, Austin '03-'04, San Francisco '04, Portland '04... I guess this is Beater Number 5. :)
June 18, 2006
At The Rodeo
At the rodeo, the sun found the hills and set early, the way the sun does in the canyons. It dropped behind a peak and the heat of June went straight up into space and we were left there in jackets, watching the children riding the ponies in a circle for a dollar. Not Shetland ponies. Not those horrible beasts. The Shetlands are meaner even than children and they bite and toss children onto the stones and the children burst like piñatas. No one wants that. Not even the parents.
June 17, 2006
The Egg Machine
F-14 Tomcat is retired
Looks they're they're officially retiring the F-14 Tomcat. This explains why they just put one outside the main gate at Arnold Air Force Base. I was wondering what the deal was because, they moved a plane that used to be there to a new pad outside Gate 2, and put the F-14 Tomcat outside Gate 1. I was wondering where it came from, like, assuming it was a non-flying piece of junk. Probably, though, it was in perfect condition they're just not going to use them any more. They brought it in on a flatbed truck with its wings removed. Looks pretty cool to see an F-14 on a lowboy with no wings on it. Wish I had a photo of that. Maybe the Air Force will release some of these images.
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June 14, 2006
Jennifer's Half Birthday
Jennifer's half-birthday is coming up, so I'm going to surprise her with a vacation to Hawaii. She's turning 8 and a half, and she's never been, so I feel bad for her. I've told her that I want her to learn to snorkel before we go, though. So I'm getting her a snorkel setup before we go to Florida in July, so she can practice with the equipment before we get to Hawaii. This is a good site for figuring out what snorkel gear you'll need. This looks like it might work.
June 11, 2006
June 10, 2006
US Hwy 129 - The Dragon
US Highway 129 forms the southern border of the Smoky Mountain National Park. It has something crazy like 318 curves in 11 miles. Basically, a twisty two-lane blacktop road with no shoulder. Big place for cruisers and motorcycles.
Whitewater Rafting on the Cheoah River
2006 is the first season for rafting on the Cheoah river in 70 years. The tree-huggers wanted to simulate spring floods on the Cheoah to help save the Elktoe Mussel, so they have controlled releases from the Santeetlah dam of 1,000 cubic feet per second. They scheduled the releases for the spring and fall. I ran the last run of the Spring releases on June 4th in the afternoon. Next release scheduled for some time in October.
June 9, 2006
Summer in the Rockies
"Path Too Deep" error copying files across LAN
I got this error message "path too deep" trying to copy across my home LAN with new Sony Vaio SZ120P laptop. Very frustrating. I have a 100 Mb router. Use Windows Workgroups for my network. Copying files wasn't working for some reason. Either got "path too deep" or "specified network name is no longer available". Tried setting speed of both LAN cards to 100MB/Full Duplex. Turned off Flow Control. Rebooted. Nothing worked. Checked cable. Said CAT5 cable. Replaced cable. Still no dice. Finally, used a 3rd cable, it works fine now. Two bad cables. Or maybe they just weren't rated high enough for 100 MB/sec? Who knows. Working now.
News from Middle Tennessee
Coffee County is a brutal place. In May, outside a local watering hole/boxing ring known as The Playing Field, I saw a man attempt to pull a knife in a fight, get beat unconscious, only to subsequently rise from a pool of his own blood, refuse medical treatment, and fade into the Coffee County night. No charges were filed, and the police refuse to investigate the assault. Can you say "malfeasance"?
The bar has since been closed. However, it was not closed due to this brutal assault. The Playing Field was an extremely rough bar. In 2005 alone, the police were called to The Playing Field over 100 times.
Now, the bar has been sold to a guy from Murfreesboro, TN, and the city of Tullahoma is trying to decide if they want to grant the new owner a license to sell beer. (Liquor sales are handled by the state.) Now, Coffee County is a dry county, but let's not sweat the details here, people.
And, apparently, beating people nearly to death isn't that uncommon in the area. I found this story about a some people from the general vicinity that were at a party in Northern Alabama (we're only about 20 miles from the state line as the crow flies). His friend got beat so severely at a party that he sustained head injuries that "if they weren't the cause of death were contributing factors." And who did they prosecute? His friend for trying to drive him to the hospital. Nice.
Meanwhile, just to the South and East of Tullahoma, halfway between the town of Sewanee and Sherwood, where they steal cars and haul them up into the hills into a clandestine network of chop shops, lies a vast limestone cave formation known as "Buggytop Cave" or the "Lost Cove Cave". It runs for miles underground. I know about it because they resuced a 300 pound man named "Tiny" from it two weeks ago. OK. His name wasn't Tiny. But he did get trapped down in there and have to spend the night. And there was some concern about hypothermia. Seriously. Even for a 300 pound man in Middle Tennessee in May. This is because the caves are about 50 degress or so, and he was soaking wet. (Page 1, Page 2).
I have been down into this cave and, I must say, it's very nice. I wandered around in it for 30 minutes, turned of my flashlight, say daylight, went for it, and came out a different entrance. I went in the Buggytop window, and came out the Peter window. There's a third entrace at the "Big Sink", which I've not been able to locate as of yet, but it's not for lack of effort. The cave goes for approximately a mile underground. There are no ropes. No steps. No gates. No fences. No guardrails. No lights. No admission. Just an open cave with a creek flowing through it that goes as far as you want to go and then some. So, if I disappear, and no one can find me, this is where I am. Send help. :)
Email from me...to me...wtf?
I recieved an email this week from me, to me, with the subject = '557' and message (body text) = '5556'.
June 8, 2006
How secure is your network
This story about how one guy infiltrated a Credit Union's network cracks me up.
June 5, 2006
Wish You Were Here?
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Swain County, North Carolina.