Sunday, January 22, 2012

Eyes on the skies

We’re supposed to have a spring time severe weather outbreak here this evening so I’m keeping an eye on what is happening west of us. These storms in Arkansas, where there have already been confirmed tornado touchdowns, will be here in around 5 to 6 hours.

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It’s way early for this kind of weather but it’s also way too warm for this time of the year. It’s also way too early for me to have to start paying the roofers to repair storm damage.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Big Bang Thursday

Thursday means Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest. It’s also the only night of the week that sort of centers around TV for me.

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Since I got my refurb Dell Streak 7, I rarely use my iPod Touch anymore. I’ve been playing IHeartRadio quite a lot. I listen to a lot of 70’s music and I’m sure they will be inserting AARP and Geritol commercials into my feed at some point. You can listen to my Fleetwood Mac themed station here.

Other than that, I am still battling sinus woes. I woke up with another headache this morning at 4:15AM. It’s really starting to get annoying. And, the earlier I get up, the earlier I want to go back to sleep. I’ve also “wrenched” my back (that’s the only word I can think to describe the constant discomfort). Getting old is a real pain – literally.

At least there is just one more day in this week.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Weekend in Pictures

We still have a lot of coughing going on in this house as the upper respiratory crud is continuing to make the rounds. Everyone seems to be getting better but the progress is very slow. It’s annoyingly slow. At least we’re not having an upchuck fest like these people in Canada. I think I had a sympathetic stomach ache just reading about it.

The weekend for the kids started on Friday due to our massive blizzard that came in Thursday afternoon. Watch this video to relive the horror of the 1/2 inch of snow we got that closed down all of the schools and totally gridlocked all traffic.

Here is the pic from Friday night. I think we were on the way to Chili’s. It was o.k., average, whatever. I would have preferred Waffle House.

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I drove over to see my parents on Saturday. Check out all of the salt still on the roads!

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I got back home to find my pre-ordered copy of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars had finally arrived! I follow John Green on Twitter and Tumblr and I kept reading all of these incredible reviews of this book so I had to order it. I just started reading it today so I’ll post a quick review when I am done.

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John Green signed 150,000 preorders yet Walmart managed to get rare unsigned copies and sent me one! Am I special or what?!?

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I guess I could return it to Walmart for a signed copy (they had some left a couple of days ago) but I’m just going to suck it up and keep my ultra-rare unsigned copy.

And, yes, you might think I am a bit old to be reading young adult but John Green is nothing like the little bit of young adult I read growing up. Remember I Am The Cheese or A Separate Peace? The Young Adult category is nothing like that now. The big plus is that this will get handed down to the kids when they are old enough to read it.

That leads us to Saturday night and another picture. It was still pretty windy when I took this one.

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Now it is Sunday and we weren’t worth two dollars today. Driving west in the afternoon is no fun at all.

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For some reason, I felt the need to commemorate mile 143,538 in the amazing Ford Contour.

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That’s my weekend. I’m watching some Golden Globes now. Everyone but me is off tomorrow so I am quite jealous. There is a nice grocery list for them to deal with tomorrow so at least they will be tortured a little. That makes me feel better.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A new level in laziness – achieved

Why turn around to watch the news on TV when you can pop in your Hauppauge WinTV-HVR850 USB tv tuner in your laptop and stick an antenna up in the window?

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I bought this thing almost three years ago and doubt I’ve used it for more than 3 hours. I spent around 10 hours a day working on the laptop and I kept thinking – I wish I could catch the news or weather without having to stop what I am working on. Voila! I open WinTV and there is our local CBS station in a nice window right next to what I am working on.

Next, I just need to install a potty in my work chair and bring in a mini fridge.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hey, Twitter! Quit whining about Google Search+.

Skip reading this today if you don’t want to read another one of my tech-induced rants.
Earlier today, MG Siegler pointed out this tweet from Twitter’s General Counsel, Alex Macgillivray:
Twitter is offended because they feel that they are being “buried” in Google’s search results under the new Google Search+. I think that this is Google promoting their own service which they have a right to as a company. I don’t see Twitter freely promoting its competitors anywhere so I have no idea why they expect their competitors to do so.

Take a closer look at the picture:
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Now, look at what is just barely down the page:
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Twitter is actually the fourth result! They are whining about being the fourth result. Big whoop! I don’t think it’s hard to find at all. And, why would Google “showcase” a result for a competing service for free?

Finally, Twitter doesn’t even title the page “@wwe”. Why would a search engine index it as @wwe (and give Twitter the coveted top result) if that is not even the title of their page?

Should Google, again for free, create a script to insert that in there for them? I certainly don’t think so.
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Does Google have a responsibility to mankind to be Twitter-friendly? Give me a break.
People need to seriously get a grip. It’s business. It’s not a charity and it’s not an anti-Twitter conspiracy.

Twitter, stick a Google search box at the top of your page for free and maybe I’ll reconsider.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunless Sunday

Another typical Sunday here. We started with a fast food breakfast (McDonalds). We went to church. We had lunch. We came home and lazied around for a while. I clipped coupons. I emptied the dishwasher. I continued to play with my new gadget, the Dell Streak 7, and admired its new red case. I think I finally figured out while it has been eating battery power all night while it “sleeps”.

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Our youngest daughter started feeling puny so I stayed home from evening church to give her more time to rest. We’re both starting to get colds. It’s probably the wonderful weather (warm/wet/cold/dry/repeat) that is getting us.

I read some work emails. We ate Chinese for supper. I did not watch the news because I didn’t want to have a news-induced freak-out that I would then have to blog about. I did not watch football because it’s over for the Titans and I really could care less about the rest of the teams still playing. I did listen to some podcasts and I even read some.

That was Sunless Sunday. Tomorrow is No Fun Monday. Boooooooooo.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hump Day

I celebrated Hump Day by getting just a bit more busy and just a bit more stressed out and edgy. I needed to dial down the stress a notch so I busted into a bag of the Taco flavor Doritos tonight.

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I keep trying to remember if this is the flavor I ate when I was a kid. I don’t remember eating Cool Ranch until the late 80’s or maybe even the early 90’s. These are pretty tasty. I think you can only eat 3 a day or you’ll gain weight. I bet they transform into fat immediately upon digestion.

Thank goodness this is just a four day week. I just need to get through my five conference calls tomorrow and then I can ride the momentum right into Friday.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Quiet and Cold

Today marked the end of the holidays so the house was suddenly completely empty and completely quiet. Not only was there silence but there are also no holiday decorations. Everything has gone back to “normal” and what fun is that?

The other side of going back to “normal” is being back on conference calls all day long. A lot of people seem to be making up for lost time by scheduling as many as possible.

It was also quite cold all day today. We’re having our first arctic air of winter. It’s been unusually warm so far. Having temperatures below freezing all day is pretty tough when we’ve been spoiled by 50’s and 60’s for the last month.

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It’s also been quite windy lately. The wind brought in the cold and the wind comes back tomorrow to bring in the warmth. We’ll be back up to 60 again by Friday which means some more time with the next basketball goal. I am really quite terrible at basketball. It’s good to know that some things never change.

I also finally had to watch some Portlandia since this seems to be the show that everyone is talking about lately. They have posted an episode from the upcoming new season here and I really enjoyed the allergy parade at the beginning because I seem to be allergic to just about everything.

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