March 30, 2011

The Ice... It Just Won't Go Away

There are any number of icy/snow piles hanging around. There was so much snow this winter that a few weeks of mere 50 degree days are not enough to make it all go away. On the whole it is looking much the worse for wear with lots of sand and gravel mixed into any remaining patches.

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But if you get a little closer with the camera it can look kinda pretty.

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Still, I’m ready for it to be gone.

Unfortunately we’re supposed to get 3 more inches of the stuff tomorrow night. Time to go put on another heavy sweater. sigh

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March 29, 2011

Cleanup On Branch 2

One portion of a usual walk route takes us past some forest land donated to either the city, county or state - still don’t know which. This last year they were thinning out some of the trees. From the previous signs they had up it looks like this is done every 10 years. As we were walking past the other day, we saw this…

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On looking a bit closer I had to laugh.

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Click for larger but top 2 lines of the sign says:

Forest Care in Progress
Please pardon our appearance

Ha. I think they're sleeping it off somewhere.

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March 28, 2011

Return of the Pictures

It’s been quite a while since I’ve managed to find time to work on pictures so I could post them. I’ve been taking some, just haven’t had the time to do anything with them. Of course now that I’ve had a minute to download to my computer I’m not really thrilled with what I got. But here ya go - the great meltoff from the past 3 weekends.

When things started melting it looked a bit like this…

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The next week it looked like this…

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Yesterday it looked like this…

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There are more pics of course, but I shall have to work on getting them uploaded. We shall see.

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March 22, 2011

Let's Do Some News

First we must start out with the badass hero of Japan. Meet Hideaki Akaiwa the man who takes on tsunamis to save people. (if you have language filters at work, you may want to wait until you get home to try reading it).  A true hero indeed.


The headline pretty much covers it

Chavez says capitalism may have ended life on Mars

Alrighty then.

Well, this should cut down on all that extraneous sex... right? Pretty soon it will be considered too dangerous for any legal participation - just wait and see.

Heart Attack Risk: Does Having Sex Really Tax the Ol' Ticker?


Seems the Dept of Homeland Security is dumping the color coded threat levels.

Color-coded threat system to be replaced in April

(personally I think they'd do better to work on the name of the department rather than worrying about color codes, but that's just me)

Really though, it's being dumped because most people have no idea what the colors mean or what they should do if things change. They should have listened to Frank J back in 2003 and it would all be very clear.


No wonder there aren't enough iPad2s.

Moscow Catches iPad2 Smugglers

In their suitcases? Really? And this bit:

Officials declined to identify the young men and said they would face administrative violations for bringing in goods worth more than €1,500 without declaring them.

Sure they will.


And last of all, you may want to consider carefully when deciding to use the bathroom on an airplane...

Airlines pull oxygen from plane restrooms

Hmmm... maybe they are going to use the soon to be defunct threat level color codes on airplane bathroom doors.  I mean... aren't government types all interested in recycling?  It would be perfect.

That's it for tonight.  Tomorrow rapidly approaches (technically I guess it's already here since it's now after midnight).  Later taters.

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March 20, 2011

It's Good to Get Out Once In a While

Yesterday we headed to Boston to catch the college Hockey East final game.  It was so fun.  And it was great to get away even for a night. 

We were only a little disappointed because we did root for Merrimack College to beat the powerhouse Boston College, but the game was great even if BC won.  It's  fun to pull for the underdog in these situations.  This was the first time Merrimack had been to the final game and that made them definite underdogs.    

We stayed at the Hotel Marlowe right across the Charles River from the TD Garden.  It was walking distance at least for us (we like walking).  A chance to stretch the legs and move about.

Better yet it has a bar that turned out to be very nice indeed.  Not like other hotels where the bar is dead - there were people at this bar.  Not packed, but pleasantly populated - we like that. Since it was late, we wanted a snack so we ordered their flatbread - perfect choice it was delicious.  When it took a while for our order to get to the table, the waitress brought us a free drink! 

Even better still, this hotel allows dogs.  We met several really terrific dogs while trekking in and out.  Notably a Golden Retriever, a Rhodesian Ridgeback (such a beautiful laid back dog) and a Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever - just adorable. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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March 18, 2011

Event Id 5782

For anyone who stumbles across this looking desperately for a fix.  If it is in relation to a service like SMTP in IIS, the short answer is:

Go to Computer Management --> Services and check to be sure the service is not "disabled".

The long winded or winding story of the is answer is below the fold.


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March 16, 2011


Yes, my husband and I were married 32 years ago today.   It can't have been that long!  Wow where did the time go?

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March 14, 2011

Was Going to Post Something...Again

But ended up working until about an hour ago (that would be about 10:30pm). Now I'm too tired.  My boss is still working and since I'm remoted into the session I'm still watching him try to tackle a very stubborn mail server.  Gah there are days I hate computers.

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March 12, 2011

My Spring is Sprung

/begin curmudgeonly rant

I’m so tired of all the “time hopping” can we just pick a time and stick with it? My preference would be for year round Daylight Savings Time, but at this point I’ll take Standard Time if we can just stop all this back and forth.

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I'll reset my clocks tonight. *sigh*

/curmudgeonly rant

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March 11, 2011

Mother Nature is not Happy

One way or another it’s been a hell of a week. Today’s news of the earthquake and resulting tsunami hitting Japan coming so shortly after the terrible earthquake in New Zealand… it’s almost too much to comprehend.

For Japan it’s still too soon to know how much help is needed. I’m sure there will be donation sites galore. I’ve already donated a bit to the Red Cross through their usual text message set up. As George Takai says:

RT @georgetakei: Today we are all Japanese. Give $10 to help. Text REDCROSS to 90999, or click Pls RT!

One day I will get to Japan. It’s a country I have wanted to visit for a long time and yes, even after an earthquake, I would still like to go visit. It will be a long recovery for them, but they can do it.

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