Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The fastest Windoze laptop.....

The fastest laptop computer in the world to run windows comes from APPLE! Too funny. :-) LINK. And as the article points out:
MacBook Pro's PC WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 88 beats Gateway's E-265M by a single point, but the MacBook's score is far more impressive simply because Apple couldn't care less whether you run Windows

SCORE ONE FOR THE GOOD GUYS! Those nutty bastards that call themselves a church were ordered to pay $2.9 million (so far) to the family of a soldier who was killed protecting idiots like them. STORY

Finally.. somebody found a good use for the PS3.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tuesday.

-THIS is just great. it is a SD memory card with wi-fi built in. You shoot on your camera and it uploads to your computer and if you want it to, it will log into your Picasa or Flickr (or whatever) account and upload them there also. That is a lot to jam into a little tiny card. I am impressed.

-HERE is a girl that plays piano quite well. Oh, yea. She only has 2 fingers.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sunday

-First off... HERE is a great blog. He takes everyday objects and gives them simple arms and legs. No big deal. But they all have meaning and are doing different things and it makes it really cool.

I got the patio blocks done today. Now that I am done with it, I know how I would have done it if I knew what I know that that I am done with it. I also got the drain dug in. There is a pipe that is buried beside the patio. It catches the rain from the gutters on the house on that corner. Then as it passes the corner of the patio there is a "T" so that when I get the drainage under the top deck, it can tap into there. The pipe runs down the hill and empties into the yard. It will be nice to have all water taken away from the house.
I went to Menard's today. No, really. The new store opens Tuesday and they have everything 40% off. OMG. It was a zoo in there.
The only things left to do is a hand rail going up to the middle deck and put the carsiding on the part of the second deck. I had to get the blocks down first because the siding goes down to the lowest deck. It will look much better once you can't see all of the crap I have stashed under there.
Today we had about 150 geese in the pond. That is cool. They come over the house really low and land. We had a guest visitor though. It was a huge bird of prey that hovered around the pond looking for fish. He crashed down into the water 2 times and must have missed. On the third time he got a fish. It was really cool. My neighbors (the cookie lady) said it was an osprey. I grabbed my camera when I saw him. I had the big lense on it already. Cool. I got out there and I had let the battery go down. DAMNIT. That would have been so cool to try to get that shot. I will put one on from the web and you can pretend that I shot it.




Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday

I took today off from work so I could have 3 days to get the patio part of the project done. It went well. I needed some more sand so I headed out to S&D. The last 2 times I have gotten sand I told them to give me a load and they put .75 tons in. I have hauled a full ton in the Dakota before, so that's cool. Both times it cost $5.30. Today I got on the scale and the guy says it is almost $10.00. Wow. So I look at the ticket and the guy put in 1.4 tons of sand in my poor truck. I really thought 1/2 ton would be enough, but thought I would get 3/4 just so I did not run out. Now I have WAAAY too much sand and will have to find a place to dump it.
I had to drive to menard's to get some 3/4" PVC to use as spacers so I could screed off the sand. I did not feel like putting a strap on them on the back so they did not slide around. Instead I opened the window and passed them through. I have done that before and it just saves time. Well.. there was still sand in the bottom of the bed from the last load. I got up to speed and all of a sudden it started swirling in the back and all came in the window. DOH!
Our neighbor Marcia always brings us cookies. Today her husband saw me out shoveling sand and brought over a tray of spider cookies. They are funny looking and very good. Taste like Nestle Crunch bar.
I spent about 10 hours working on the patio today and got it about 1/2 done. But I had to make 2 trips to Menard's and one to the sand pile, plus pick up the kids. Tomorrow I don't have to do any of that so I should easily get it done tomorrow. Well.. maybe not easily. But it will get done.

-I love the show Scrubs. Here is a bunch of interesting trivia about the show. I found it because i wondered if "janitor" had a real name. He does not, btw. There is a lot of quirky stuff.. like this..
In the Season 4 episode "My Malpractical Decision" (409) Dr. Chris Turk, played by Donald Faison, changes his cellphone number to 1-916-Call-Turk. Unlike other shows and movies, this number is actually a valid number that most of the times will take your to a voice message telling you the latest info about "Scrubs" (2001). However, as the phone is placed on the set where Scrubs is being filmed, every now and then, people from the cast or crew answers the phone to have a word with whoever is calling.

-We Didn't Start the Viral
is a pretty well done. I am sorry to say I recognized most of them.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

happy birthday, iPod.

Six years ago today the iPod changed the music industry. I remember watching this keynote and thinking "who needs 1,000 songs in their pocket and who would pay that kind of money for an .mp3 player" Well I guess I do and I guess I would.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sunday

If you are VanHalen, and they accidentally play back the pre-recorded synth part at 48K instead of 44.1K, this is what you get. It is not pretty.

man i can be stupid..

Last week I went to Menard's and looked at patio blocks. The ones I wanted were on sale for about a buck off. Score!. I need about 150 of them. I talked to the guy to see how much it would cost to deliver them. $40. Naw, I don't spend that for delivery. I am a man, damnit. So I loaded up 65 of them on the truck. Now I have loaded a full ton of gravel and stuff on it before and it took it fine. When I got those blocks on there it was REALLY saggin'. Got them home and unloaded them. I went back yesterday because I assumed the sale ended that day. They were not on sale. I guess I must have been there on Sat. last week and not Sunday, and THAT was the last day of the sale. I got 1/2 of the remaining blocks I needed and loaded them on the truck. I have to get one more load today. So by doing all of this work myself, I spent an extra $60 over what I would have spent buying them all on sale and having them delivered. Duh.
I have been using the riding mower to pull around a wagon. I haul tools back to the deck and cut off of it. The last week I have been hauling tons of dirt, rock, and soon sand. For some reason yesterday I thought, "I should check the oil in that thing". Then later I was loading some dirt in the wagon and smelled something. I looked up and it was smoking. CRAP. Shut it down and sure enough she was way low on earl. I put about 3/4 of a quart in and she runs fine. Can't beat an old Briggs.
Here is yesterday: Go to menards and get patio blocks. Unload blocks. Go to quarry and get one ton of rocks. dig up the yard some more so I can lay in the rock and then sand over that to accept the blocks. Moved the dirt I dug up over the to new flower bed. Dug a trench for the drainage tile. Then while I was doing that I threw on some of the big ass chicken fillet's that the neighbor gave us. Ate them and went back out with just enough light to mow the front yard. Then Mary and I went to Best Buy to look at TV's.
We are looking at a smaller TV for the living room. This one is just too big for the space. If we get a smaller plasma or LCD, it can go over the fireplace and the big one can go in the front room to mostly play XBOX and Wii on. That should be really cool. The 360 looks good on the tv it is hooked up to, but it is not HiDef. The big one is and it should look much better.
Today I need to work on the 2 hand rails. I want to get sand, but they are closed. So handrails it is. The reason I did not do them is because the code requires them to be a profile that is not like the rest of the deck rails and I want to keep that going all the way down. So I decided to make the rails the way I want and then I will screw on a piece of pipe to make it conform to code. When they leave I can take it off and go on with life.
I took tomorrow off from work so I can go out and get some sand and hopefully get some blocks laid. It looks like today will be another perfect day. Yesterday I had shorts and enjoyed the dry warmer weather.

-I liked this FARK tag: Two carjackers apprehended by police. From the mugshots, see if you can guess which one resisted arrest -LINK
Now leave me alone. I have too much to do to sit here chatting with you.

-HERE is a one of a kind car. 2002 White Chevy Mustang, auto. Dark Tint Windows Gray cloth seats, tires about a yr old, a/c gets cold fast, car is very reliable and great working condition. Non-smoker. 86000 miles Feel free to ask questions will send pics serious inquires only please.

Friday, October 19, 2007

FRIDAY!!!!


It stopped raining and I got some work done in the yard. I need to hit it hard this weekend. It is supposed to be clear both days. Photos soon.


This guy is just amazing. He builds TINY little four stroke engines. Yea, that thing runs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tuesday

Here is the short (9 min) film that inspired this guy to drive cross country in 32 hours 7 min. Yea, that is an average of about 87mph average. The end of the short film is great.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sat.

Spent the day digging in the yard. I am going to try to pour the concrete extensions by myself. It is a hell of a lot of work, but why stop now?
-Here is some really tiny art.

-But his skillz are nothing compared to hers.

-This is a very sad series of photos showing the downward spiral caused by drug addiction.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wed.

Hero: Cop responds to save kid from drowning. Asshat: Same cop sues family because she slipped and fell on some of the water that was on the floor from the drowning boy who suffered brain damage from the near-drowning. -Source-

-Wow, video from inside a four stroke engine. Damn impressive.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

More Tuesday FIXED LINK, THANKS, STOVE

Here is the most bad-ass Jeep you will see all day.

-It would really suck to get a pod for your birthday and find the box full of rocks. But wait.. it gets better.. LINK

Tuesday.

The shocks on my Dakota sound like the bedsprings in the honeymoon suite, so I am headed over to Ranger Rick's after work. He is going to help me put them on, and I am going to look at his iMac which is not playing nicely.
If you have been following the huge x wing model those guys built, it flew today. I am not so sure flew is the right word, but it was spectacular.

And this is a great demo of one of those cool ladders that bends into all of those different configurations. I gotta get me one of them. Especially after seeing that demo.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Sunday

Good thing Marty McFly did not crash at 86 mph, because 40mph is bad enough.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

the DD&D diet.


Right before I started this whole deck project I found out that Diet Mt. Dew is actually quite good. I switched over. Well between the diet dew and spending every spare moment I have building on the deck, I have lost 30 lbs. as of Tuesday. I weighed in at 205 when I started this thing and I hit 175 a couple of days ago.

I have to work last this weekend, so I won't be getting a damn thing done. Yesterday I went to work at 4:30 a.m. Came home at 1:00 and started in on the deck. Picked up Alex at 3:30 and then came home and worked on the deck. Took Tim to the football game at 5:00 and grabbed some Mickey D's on the way home. Went back out to .. you guessed it. work on the deck. It started getting dark and I was out of wood, so I cleaned up they yard and shot a photo. Then I mowed the yard as the sun was setting.

That was a long day.
Here is a photo that is kind of cool. Lots of glowing apples. :-)




So this guy calls McDonald's claiming he is a cop and tells the manager that she should take an employee in the back and strip search her. She does. Then he tells her to bring in other people and watch her. She does. He tells one of them to have her jump up and down naked on a chair to shake anything out. They do. It goes on for over 3 hours. WTF? He has been calling these places for 10 years and people actually do it.
The manager gets probation, her boyfriend gets jail time and the guy on the phone... he gets off in several ways. This is wrong.
So they go to civil court and they sue McDonald's. McDonald's told the managers about these calls. So sue the manager. Oh wait... no money.. sue McDonald's. Everything about this story is just wrong.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

So today..

I made a door for the underside of the deck. Here is what I learned: Don't do it the way I did. I measured all of the carsiding pieces to the exact length. Then drilled the holes for the screws. Then I mounted the top cross piece and bottom one. Okay. Now I need to add the cross brace to make the Z. It was a pain in the ass to get it square once I stood it up because it wanted to rake. I should have cut them long, made the door and then trimmed the whole thing off. Now I know.
I ran out of daylight today so after I got the door made, I had to pack it up. Tomorrow is another day.....

-If you have not seen the video of the South Korean crowd flipping cards, it is damn amazing. And here it is.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Wed.


First off.. I gotta say the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is just the biggest friggin joke around. Grandmaster Flash got nominated this year. If I remember correctly, RUSH, Stevie Ray, and Genisis are not it. But Donna Summer is. Somebody could say (incorrectly) that SRV played blues not R&R. But Donna Summer was DISCO! Disco tried to kill rock and roll. So letting her in is like saying that Lee Harvey Oswald was a great president.

I had the day off and got the underneath done on the deck. That turned out well.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

wow


-Here is a civic with close to a million miles on it.

-Here is a great riddle somebody made. The image here holds a hidden picture. Try to find it. Or better yet, save yourself a lot of trouble because you won't get it. Instead save it and open it in Photoshop and look at the histogram. Here is how he made it if you want to know.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Monday.




I did not feel so good today and barely got through work so I did not work on the deck today. Yesterday I got a lot done. I got some of the carsiding on the front. I got the tin back up under the old part of deck2 to shed the water off. Then I dug under the extension of deck 2 and put left-over 2x6 in channels I dug. Then I poured some concrete under them. They will be like joists for the decking under deck2. I saved the old decking off of the original deck and am going to use it for under there. I was not sure why I saved it, but I thought it might be a good idear. I have Wed. off from work and hope to get some landscaping done that day. (click picture to enlarge it)

Here is a short funny clip. I think a now ex-employee cued up the wrong video.


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