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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
8:34 pm
I look a bit different right now.
I have enjoyed being the long-haired accountant, but it's time for a change. Locks of Love will be getting a donation, and I keep wondering why my head feels funny.

I like the way I look now, but it's still a bit strange to me.

Shinbanger is a bit dubious, and sometimes seems to forget who I am. Silly dog.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
5:07 pm
Doggy!
Executive Summary:
This is not a drill! Canine Familial Unit arriving in 90 minutes or less!

So, Mimsy & I have been working on getting a dog over the last few months (starting in May-ish?) We've been visiting dog shows, breeders, and other dog-related events. (Breed - Shiba Inu)

Saturday, we went up to a dog show near Davis, and one of the breeders that we had spoken to in the past mentioned that they had a dog that they were looking to place, and they only lived about 20 minutes away (from Davis)

So, we went & met Sky, who's a 7-year old male, and we loved him. He's hits most of the Shiba stereotypes, except that he loves chasing balls. This isn't "I brought you the ball, I'm a good dog!" that retrievers do. This is "chase the ball! kill it! kill it! OK, it's dead. Hey, human! make the ball live!"

So, today, Mimsy & Maggie took Maggie's dog (Shimi) to meet Sky, since Shimi visits us often, and it would be bad if they couldn't at least ignore each other affably.

Sky apparently had to be told that Shimi wasn't in season (and never will be again), but he's a gentleman. He only had to be told no once, and no blood was necessary. (that's a gentleman by dog standards...) Once that got cleared up, everything went fine, and the breeder suggested starting the trial period right away.

So, they filled up the truck with dog-gear & headed on back. I'm off to clean some before Sky gets here.
Sunday, April 17th, 2011
8:55 pm
Friday, February 18th, 2011
4:45 am
Whisky-tango-foxtrot?

"Realmente blog informativo aquí mi amigo. Sólo quería hacer un comentario y decir que mantener el trabajo de calidad. He marcado tu ahora y voy a volver a leer más en el futuro de mi amigo! También bien elegidos los colores sobre el tema que va bien con el blog en mi modesta opinión:)"

This was a comment on my most recent post. (and yes, I have been lax.)

Do any of my regular readers speak enough spanish to read this?

Thanks,
Friday, October 1st, 2010
2:58 pm
News from Portland
Item the 27th:
In Oregon, the assumption is that you a) are a lumberjack, or b) bike to work. This is demonstrated by the size of meals. Last night, I had some "boneless chicken wings." I was expecting something a bit bigger than a mcnugget. instead, each wing was a half chicken breast, breaded & fried. The pancakes from this morning were about a foot across. I ate one, and was done.

Item the 2nd:
Powell's bookstore is awesome! Picture an ordinary block of shops. Now have someone drive a small bulldozer through each interior wall. Put floor-to-ceiling shelves in. fill with books, paint to taste.

Item the 365th:
my plane is delayed by 2 hours. sitting in a pub, with our IT boss.
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
5:56 pm
anyone need a lawyer?
A crackerjack young lawyer who has been advising our department is losing his job. If your company needs a lawyer, send me the contact info & I'll pass it along.
5:55 pm
When is emptiness truly empty?
when it is my wireless router. I keep trying different combos of rebooting, reinstalling & whatnot, and it appears to be completely hosed. My wireless card can see the network, but absolutely no communication.

I think the security settings are FUBARED, and I can't get the router & card to agree as to what security to use. (WEP, WPA, etc.)

One of the systems gives WEP & WPA as ooptions, while the other has WPA & WPA2, in both personal & enterprise flavors, and has options for how to encrypt same.

Bleah.
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
7:02 pm
For Gnomeregan!
Thank you, that is all
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
6:08 pm
A replacement for Hemlines as economic indicator
Since mini-kilts have not caught on, and there is no longer much uniformity in skirt lengths, we need a new way of predicting economic conditions.

ladies & gentlemen, I present the madison/gold index. During the early portion of a recession, you will see TV ads for "sell your unwanted gold." During the early portion of a recovery, you will see "buy gold to protect against economic uncertainty."

So, we should track the number of minutes of ad time bought by these companies.
Sunday, June 27th, 2010
9:43 am
question for non-warcraft players
Do any of you get world of warcraft related spam mail?
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
9:38 pm
tempest in the park
if you know the band Tempest, they are playing tomorrow (thursday) at 6:30 pm.

memorial park
Steven's Creek & Mary
Cupertino, CA 95014
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
4:44 pm
"pseudo?!?" gimme the *real* ephedrine!
Clan Rhylar will not be making any appearances outside our fortress of fortitude this weekend. I got sick & stayed sick all last week. Now that I'm better, my lovely wife(TM), and Dad-in-law, have come down sick. Mom-in-law still vertical.

There is the definite possibility that this is H1N1, since Mom is the only one who made her save, and she's had the vaccine for that, while all of us have had the regular shot.
Monday, December 14th, 2009
4:24 pm
Space wargame project: Fog of War
So, one thing that I've been thinking about is how much information is reasonably available to the other side in an honor-verse style space war?

I'm speaking tactically, not strategically. Think about what 2 commodores, both in the same star system, would observe.

Case 1: Bloody Obvious
An operational warship puts out a great deal of EM noise, and even on silent-running mode is warm enough to be spotted by IR telescopes. Drive systems include a fusion flame extending for miles behind the accelerating spacecraft.

Case 2: Sneaky
Optical computers, space-warp drives, and heat-sinks combine to limit detection range to something akin to an AU, and engagement range to hundreds of thousands of km. (earth-moon distance)

other cases? I'm thinking I'll eventually compromise on a situation where fleets can spot each other across a system, but not engage each other until they are fairly close.
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
8:18 pm
Book Review: The New American Economy
If you wonder why I'm suddenly reading a whole lot more about economics, blame Slothman. He loaned me this book.

The New American Economy, by Bruce Bartlett

Slothman described the author as a reality-based conservative, and as best I can tell he got it right.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2009
8:05 pm
PSA: Battlefield Ressurect
So, I have once again been given the authority to reanimate dead tissue with galvanic energy.

Some things to keep in mind about being the subject of the battlefield ressurrect:

Survival rate of CPR lasting 5 minutes 3-8%
Survival rate of CPR aided with defibrillator: 75-90%

If you want to get the electrical shocks from the defibrillator, I suggest you avoid having metal attached to your body anywhere on your torso. (draw a line from your right armpit to your left side just below the ribs. metal anywhere near there = bad burns)

If you do not want the CPR, please have a DNR order on your person. These must be signed, sealed & recorded every year. My instructor had a patients son produce 6 expired orders before he found the current one.
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
6:28 pm
Housewarming schedule change
Due to mimsy having class 4/11, the openhouse will start around 5pm. I'll be around if you want to come early & hang out, but the barbeque will happen around dinnertime.

openhouse may continue until about 9-10PM. we'll see what happens.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
5:40 pm
Housechill :(
I have been informed that there will be no housewarming this weekend. Sorry for the late notice.

hopefully it will be rescheduled soon.
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
10:40 pm
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
6:43 pm
Bleah
Mimsy, along with 10% of her co-workers, was laid off this week.

We'll be ok to deal, but its not happy news.

More when I have a chance to deal.
Monday, November 17th, 2008
10:56 pm
Because I'm crazy
Baltanok the Explorer, 71 Dwarven Hunter

200 deaths, about 12 hours running from hordes of undead, waiting to be rezzed after not running fast enough, jumping off cliffs with nothing but a parachute cloak on, and hugging penguins.

I am a happy hunter.
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