Thursday, October 18, 2007

Dear ladies and gents, I come before you to stand behind you to tell you something I know nothing about.

Since next thursday will be good friday, there will be a meeting for mothers, fathers only.
Wear your best clothes if you don't have any, stay home if you can't be there.

Tickets are free, pay at the door.
Have a seat on me, please sit on the floor.
NO matter where you sit, the man in the balcony will certainly spit.

I thank you for your kind attention and now pronounce the next act... The four corners of the round table.

Monday, January 29, 2007

"Found a new blog"

In the words of Huey Lewis, "I found (want) a new blog", okay that's not exactly what he said. -- I'd been there in the past, but didn't opt to them, because I had Blogger. Now that's about to change.
I have registered at WordPress and am thinking of blogging there. A few posts ago (I would link it if I could) I spouted about the shortcomings of Blogger. One being not having a way to back link to posts. Perhaps I just don't know how to use Blogger, perhaps it's too difficult. Anyway, I like the page layouts at WordPress and they have features I am looking for: Categories for posts, Titles, rss out of the box. Still don't get the rss thing here at Blogger, I think you have to pay for it. Well, like I said too difficult.

WordPress claims that they can read a Blogger site and import it. Come to find out it only works with the old Blogger version. I am sure that will change, or perhaps I can export xml from Blogger.

So the new blog address is, of course someone has brettski, and isn't using it. Wordpress had removed the content of the brettski blog, so it was probably the same advertiser who took The address I really wanted an missed by ten minutes or so, literary. So now a classmates tag sits there waisting space that I could be waisting with these stupid posts.

I don't know how much I will continue here at Blogger. Only time will tell

...and so it goes...
Sometimes its good to be a geek

Yes indeed.
Since I manage to IT department here, I was able to review my smtp logs for that darn alt-email address for Yahoo! Low and behold, there was the email they sent. So I had the alias re-setup and asked to have my password set once more. Less then a minute later, I had the new password sitting in my inbox. Back on Yahoo! again. Would sucked to loose a 13 year account. I have to say, I like the difficulty it is to get into a Yahoo! account, gives me a little warm and fuzzy about not getting hijacked.
Lost my password!

I am such a bonehead. Last Friday on the train, I was surfing as usual and thought I was at a phishing site instead of Yahoo!. Just in case, I changed my Yahoo! password, don't need anyone hijacking my account. Saturday morning comes around, and the wife and I are trying to get Billy Joel tickets online. Of course my account with the Sears Centre uses my Yahoo! email address. I don't think twice about this until I need to get my emailed tickets. I can't get into my account, I can't remember what I set it to. Of course I try to get my password sent to me. Yahoo! sends the password to an alt-address! I don't remember what my alt-email address is, I set this account up in 1993 and haven't twiddled much with it since then. At least I was able to get the tickets sent to another email address, but I still can't use my Yahoo! account, and I have to say, I am a little lost. :(

The Yahoo! security team has been in contact me and I faxed off this long list of answers to them to prove I am the owner of the account. It said in thier letter to me that the answers need to be *exact*. Well, since I can't remember what my alt-email address is, the answers will not be exact, and I think I will be loosing that account after 13 years of use.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007


I have been using blogger for some time now and am really starting to discover some of it's weaknesses. A really big plus would be a title line for each posting. Something that can be linked to, what would be displayed in a listing. I have been creating my own "title" but it's not the same.

Another great plus would be categories. Create different categories the posts will be referenced by, like, computers, cooking, gadgets, etc. Whatever the blogger talks about. So sure a crap category would definitely be used. :)

I did just notice that blogger has a text box on the screen for labels, I guess is kind of a way to categorize, I wonder if remembers ones used in the past?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Furrygoat's Law: Adobe Acrobat

Thank you Steve*

You Need No Further Evidence That Software Is Bloated... When you discover that Adobe's latest iteration of their Acrobat PDF Reader has a built-in RSS aggregator.

Yes, that's exactly what Adobe Reader needed.

>I couldn't agree with you more, Adobe Acrobat has just gotten worse with every release with the amount of bloat they add to that program. It's just silly.

I don't know Steve personally, but I have been reading his blog,, for over a year now.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Here, is a basic (base) recipe for French Toast. Not sure why, but I just had this large desire to have some this morning. My wife is usually the French Toast maker in the family, but her strep infection came back and she is sleeping in. Its not so hard to make, actually pretty easy and I think they turned out pretty good. Probably not as good as hers, but did the job, none-the-less. I call this a baseline recipe as it's the start to any French Toast derivative. Happy Eats!

[Borrowed from]
Basic French Toast

(This recipe yields 4 servings)

  • 10 to 12 slices white bread - preferably day-old (absorbs more egg mixture)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar - optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • butter - for frying
  • maple syrup or other syrup
Break eggs into a wide, shallow bowl or pie plate; beat lightly with a fork. Stir in sugar, salt, and milk.

Over medium-low heat, heat griddle or skillet coated with a thin layer of butter or margarine.

Place the bread slices, one at a time, into the bowl or plate, letting slices soak up egg mixture for a few seconds, then carefully turn to coat the other side. Soak/coat only as many slices as you will be cooking at one time.

Transfer bread slices to griddle or skillet, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side. Serve French toast hot with butter and syrup.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Man I love my kids--just more and more every day.

I have to say, they are the only people in this world who really "wow" me.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Public Bathrooms at Work

It has to be my least favorite thing about the office, those damn public rest rooms. The building I work in is close to 100 years old, so space isn't plentiful, specially in the bathrooms. The men's room has two stalls and a stand up, and the stalls could never fit a fat man. No not me, sure I am over weight by 20 pounds, but by no means a fat man. Of course the ventilation is practically non-existent, so once somebody goes number 2, you will know it for some time. I am sure I am spoiled, but I just don't like people next to me when I need to go. It is a relaxing time for me to do what I need to do; not worry if I fart to loud or plop. Who needs all that stress, there is enough crap (no pun intended) in this world.

Just this morning I really had to go. Grabbed some reading material and headed off to the john. I unlock the door, walk in and one of the stalls is being used and there is a distinct oder in the air. There is no way I can stay, I leave and hope I am not doing any long-term damage to my bowels.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year!

Figures, I am a day late _sigh_.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Strep Begone!

Strep has made it though my family this holiday season and it really sucks. My wife showed the first signs with a really, really nasty fever and swollen glands; she has strep throat. Tuesday, December 26th we went to the doctor she received antibiotics (previquin??) . The following day, I took my sons to the doctor, one for a follow-up and the other to insure he doesn't have strep. As soon as the doctor walked into the office he looked at my son's face, where saw some blemishes and instantly mentioned strep! I couldn't believe it, didn't even mention it yet and the doctor thinks my son has skin strep (streptococcal bacteria).

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Read it, Live it! If you develop software I hope you pass this simple test: