April 30, 2008

I Need a Vacation...

Let's see... one of the guys I work with has been gone for 6 weeks on this humongous blockbuster trip to Australia and New Zealand. This is very cool and I am very happy he and his family got a chance to do this.   Earlier this year he went to Costa Rica.

One of the other guys I work with is going to Peru in July.  He has also been to England, Egypt, and Mexico within the last year.

One of the women I work with just announced her vacation in July... she has been to Costa Rica - twice - (at  different times than the first guy), Wisconsin Dells, and Arizona within the last year.

I can't even get to Chicago without my husband having work issues.   He will soon be heading to Japan on business, but I have no idea when.  And therein lies the problem.  It's impossible to plan a vacation when you can't even figure out "when" might be a good time.

I give up.  I don't mean to say the others shouldn't go on their vacations - I'm happy someone gets a chance to do things. 

I guess vacations are not something I am not allowed to have.  I feel like George Bailey.  Other than the occasional weekend, I haven't been on a vacation for years.  (and no I do NOT count a week going to visit the family because I've done that for the last 30 years - it's NOT a vacation...)

Okay I'll stop whining now.   I think I'm just tired.  That and getting the second email from a co-worker within 2 days about a vacation...

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Creepy Story of the Year

Wal-Mart Greeter: 'I'm Not Dead'

The mixup apparently began at the funeral home, which got a message from Timothy Griffin who wanted to start final arrangements for his mother."

They used 'Timothy,' which I never do. That made it seem official. I haven't a clue about who did this," Tim Griffin said.

Rose Griffin was told that the call originated from an answering service physically located at Holy Family Hospital. A representative at the hospital said the service is not connected with the facility, and that death notifications are done by the treating physician. The hospital said they don't know where the call came from.

How bizarre is that!  Someone impersonated her son to claim she was dead.   But she has the wrong idea about protection...

"It's scary. I want a license for pepper spray and mace. If I need a permit, I'll get it," she said.

Rose darling... get thee to a gun range, buy a gun, and learn to shoot!  Really.  This is no time for half measures and oddly enough in Massachusetts (outside of Boston) it's not that much of a problem.

That is way too weird for words.

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The Things You Can Spot While Waiting

So I'm waiting for a callback about a work thing. Because I don't want to get up and go somewhere else, nor do I want to try and figure out the complicated problem I was working on when I know I'll be interrupted again, I decided to check out the headlines.

London blogger exposes life on the Underground

Cute story - right?  Well, I read it all the way through 4 or 5 times and, unless I'm just not seeing it, there is not a single link to her blog.  The url isn't even given! 

This means Reuters went to all the trouble to tell us all about her blog and then they make you google to find out where it is.  That's hilarious. 

I believe I've been to her blog a long while back.  It would probably have been during one of the award things and I'm pretty sure I went, read it, thought I'd get back to it, and never quite made it.

In the meantime, someone should bring Reuters and their staff into this decade. Perhaps they need remedial web classes starting with "how to post a link on a web site".

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April 28, 2008

I Keep Running Across These Stories

Oh look how wonderful it could be if you could make your own biofuel!

Home Brew for the Car, Not the Beer Cup

This got a bit long winded. If you're interested, the rest is below the fold.  If you aren't, I just saved you lots of scroll time.

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The class I was taking held its final session tonight. As it was a computer security type class, how appropriate is it that this is one of the first stories I stumbled across on Instapundit as I was trying to catch up on my reading.

Too much contact at this Reunion

It's about a woman who received an email from Reunion.com telling her that someone she knew was trying to contact her...

It said: "Hi, I looked for you on Reunion.com, the largest people search service -- but you weren't there." The e-mail instructed her to click on a link to see who else has been searching for her.

Curious to see if her acquaintance had left a message, Schmidt, 44, clicked on the link and found herself at Reunion.com's site, where she was prompted to register so she could see who'd been searching for her.

As part of the process, she submitted her name, gender, e-mail address, birth date and ZIP Code.

Then Schmidt came to a page saying that "we'll find your friends and family who are already members and also automatically invite any nonmembers to join (it's free!)." It instructed her to enter the password for her Yahoo e-mail account.[emph. mine --ed]

Let's review...

You go to sign up for a service, it asks you for information.  What do you do if it asks for your password to your email?  How about if it asks for your password to pay pal?  Your bank?  Any other account that is not part of that site?

Just say NO!  Then get the hell out - immediately.   Never give out passwords for any other place.  Ever. 

No one - not one single company should ever be given the password for your email  (or any other) account.  Go read the rest and see what happened to this  woman*** then stop before you get yourself in trouble.

Are we clear? 

*** I should make it clear right now that I have little sympathy for her.  Like most everyone, I'm sure she's been told not to give out her passwords - but also like most people she figured people like me were being too super paranoid... right. 

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April 27, 2008

Around the Block - A Few Weeks Later

More pictures... aren't you excited?  Okay, I thought not.  Yes, I admit, I NEED photoshop and some time to doodle around with these to make them look nicer, I have no time for such things for at least 6 more weeks.

I also need either new eyes, or an optical view finder on a camera that accomodates old eyes.  The Coolpix only has the LCD and quite honestly, I'm having a devil of a time getting focused pictures with the thing - I simply can't see the display that well. 

In any case, the walk and pics are below the fold. If you have a slow dialup connection - let me know if that makes any difference at all in your load time for the front page (and yes, I do know I have another pic in the very next post...)


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The Competition

I think it's been over a week since I posted my "houses I don't like and why I don't like them" post. Now that I have created a base line, so to speak, let's move on to other houses that are great to look at.

The first house I will blog about is one we walk past frequently.

Of course it was custom built. Whoever did the designing did an excellent job. Unfortunately, my poor little picture does not begin to do it justice. (for one thing, I need a better zoom. The Coolpix is a compact camera and therefore only has so-so zoom capability)

This house sits well off the road and there are trees - lots of trees. It adds to the charm of the entire living arrangement, but makes it difficult to take pictures (especially as I have no intention of trespassing on private property - and yes I worry about people getting the wrong idea if they see me taking pictures of their house). It is also downhill from the road, which is noticeable because it does look like the camera is on higher ground.

Although it's impossible to see with this picture, the walls are stone (or stone facade, doesn't matter, it looks great). The trim is a rust brown color and the garage doors are dark gray. I don't know why, but there is something about this house that always makes us stop to look as we walk by.

I don't believe I would want to live in a house that large, but it is certainly lovely. It's one of the few houses I've seen with a hip roof that looks just right and not stunted.

Compared to the rather dull houses of the subdivision genre, this one is a vast improvement.

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April 25, 2008

Mebbe Tomorrow

Yes, more ho-hummishness.  I meant to get  a small post up tonight, but I've got nuthin'.  I'm beat.  I found out yet again today (for the 5th day this week) that I am not on the same wavelength as the rest of the world.  I am now going to spend part of my weekend rewriting some code (yet again) because... well, let's just say I wrote it down as it was discussed, now things have changed.  Oh well, such is life.

In any case, I'm hoping to get my next house post up tomorrow.  I did change my banner, because it's spring and I didn't want to look at snow... but I don't like it much.  It's too busy.  If we get a chance to walk tomorrow, I hope to take more pictures (need new batteries!!!!) and maybe one will be better as a background. 

We shall see.

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April 24, 2008

Wine and a Movie

Back soon... I was trying to hit up blogs, but I must step away from the computer for a while or it will become attached to my hands permanently.  

Must stop typing for a few hours. 

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April 22, 2008

Save the Earth - Kill a Tree

The headlines are cracking me up lately.

Whole Foods, others to stop using plastic bags

Of course the reason they started using plastic bags all those years ago... because the over use of paper bags was causing the entirety of the rain forests to be cut down... all so we could carry our groceries home!!!  How could we be so heartless.

This meant an onslaught of zillions of plastic bags because plastic never did hold as much as paper. Plus the fact that they don't actually hold your groceries unless you tie the tops somehow. But they weren't paper - so we needed to start using them to save the environment!!!

Bring on the plastic! 

And 20 years later it's "OMG - too much plastic!!! It's killing the environment - go back to paper!!!"  How can we be so heartless!

Yes, the enviroweenies provide endless rounds of amusement as they gyrate back and forth between what the next apocalypse will be. 

Although I must say, it's annoying as hell to have to remember to get those produce plastic bags for the meat or anything that might be "wet".  Otherwise, I don't really care what kind of bag they want to use.

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