October 29, 2012

A helping hand

The hurricane is here and doing what mother nature always does... making minced meat of man made objects.  There will be much cleanup required after it passes.  Many people will want to help those effected by the storm. If you are one of them,  Team Rubicon is an excellent option.

They exist to help where big government does not.  They exist to help veterans by giving them a real and valued way to help their communities. 

So if you are looking to give money.  Please help them out.  It's the best investment you could make.  Thank you.

Team Rubicon Donation page.

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June 08, 2012

It had to come eventually I suppose

Click and Clack are retiring.

I have loved listening to Car Talk for years now.  I can't remember exactly when I first heard the show, but they've been a fixture on the radio every Saturday morning for 25 years. 

With the advent of podcasts, Car Talk took on new life for me.  Now I wasn't having to tune in at a special time, I could grab the podcast and listen during the week. Excellent!

Over the years they have brought so much fun and laughter to so many people.  I'm sure there were days when they didn't feel like being  funny, but the show went on.  Those of us who have loved the show will always be happy these two guys decided to pick up a radio microphone and start talking.

They will continue on in reruns and the reruns will be funny, but it won't be quite the same as knowing a new show is coming out the next week.  I wish them both a wonderfully happy retirement with many a relaxing day.  These are two guys who can truly say they have contributed to making the world a far more fun place to be. Thank you so much for all the wonderful laughter.****

****I know they'll never see this, but it's always a good thing to add to the general good wishes headed out into the world at large

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October 05, 2011

Apples, Computers, and Steve Jobs

I seldom post about celebrities who die. Even if I loved their work.  I didn't know them or their families or even their friends.  Anything I say will never even be noticed which is fine - that's the way of the world and the internet.  I always hope that somewhere my good wishes will cosmically help the family and friends left behind... one of those whimsical ideas that float into and out of my head.  


However, this one man has done so many things over the years and changed life for us all in so many ways, I feel a  need to say something - even if I'm the only one who sees it. 

I can't do justice to commemorating the life of someone like Steve Jobs. Andy Ihnatko does a far better job (and so he should because he is a writer and words are his stock in trade - I just babble). 

Steve was larger than life, but very much a real person, at least that's how I saw him.  Few people ever make the effort to truly change the world.  Steve Jobs was one of those people. He had a vision and he brought it to us. He put it in front of us. He insisted we take notice. He insisted form and function could both be beautiful.  The end result were some amazing inventions.  

I will miss his innovative ideas, I think the world will too.  I hope someone else steps forward to do something similar, but I'm afraid that doesn't happen nearly often enough.

Rest in peace Steve. My deepest condolences to your family and friends. The world is a poorer place without you. 

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October 04, 2011

Thinking I Should Post This

I keep emailing this link to people and then I just found myself posting it in the comments over at Erica's place.  I shook my head and thought - why don't I post it on my blog?  Ha.  Shows you how much I've been thinking about blogging lately... 


Anyhow, back when I was taking tai chi classes, we did many different mediations, but the basic meditation was called "observing the breath".  You just concentrate on your breathing - that's it.  Kanani has posted a link to a most excellent 5 minute vid using this basic meditation but only for one minute at a time!  I love it.  Plus - the man who developed this, Martin Boronson, stays well away from all the touchy-feely and quasi-religious junk that generally comes around with any kind of meditation. 


I highly highly recommend you hit the link and watch the vid.  It's quick and painless I promise.  (although I admit to wanting to sneak a peak during the minute he does for meditation to see if his cartoon guy is making faces or something - LOL)  If you find it helps you that is fantastic. If it doesn't, well it wasn't too awful of a way to spend 5 minutes now was it. 

I also bought his book (because I have a kindle - I love my kindle). And contrary to his instructions, I read ahead. heh.  I may never get to the end point of the moment meditation... but it gives me some methods to consider.  Interesting stuff when it's done right.  

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May 10, 2011

Pardon My Dust

How are ya? I’ve been on a cleaning and organizing tear lately. We’ve been in this house a little over 5 years now and I suddenly decided that things need cleaning. So, I am going with the cleaning bug for a while to see how much I can get done before it departs.

The most interesting thing now clean and organized… 2 kitchen junk drawers. I found stuff dating back to 2005 when we moved in… a calendar, several notices from our trash collectors about schedules for 2005 thru 2008. Not to mention 5 rolls of Scotch tape, 2 rolls of electric tape, 3 nearly empty rolls of masking tape 1 roll packing tape (why all the tape? who knows - I think it breeds while the drawer is closed). 2 “plumber’s candles”, a large box of wood matches. A set of 5 screwdrivers, 2 pair plyers, several small octagonal things for those weird screwheads, a utility knife, a gerber all in one tool. Many many wine corks. Scissors, a wine screwpull, a bottle opener, 2 flashlights, large measuring tape, an old knife with a broken tip used to open delivery boxes. Many many many pens and pencils. Many different types of note paper, local menus from restaurants. Stamps of all sorts, return address labels with flowers, small animals and various years decorating them. Manuals from the washer, dryer, oven, the garage door openers and the programmable thermostat. And that’s just what I remember. I threw out a ton of other stuff.

I can’t believe I could get the drawers closed… heh.

In other news we still have a hole in our front yard. Apparently the health inspector isn’t all that worried about the overall health of our front yard or our septic system because he hasn’t managed to make time to come inspect the work we had done (that the government insists needs a permit - for our safety dontcha know…). Tomorrow I will be on the phone - AGAIN. I will not be happy. Friday marks 2 weeks since the digging commenced. If he doesn’t get here soon I’ll fill the damned hole myself because I’m tired of looking at it. If the rate of road work is anything to go by, I could be waiting for years before he decides to show up and do his job. Sheesh.

Oh well, here’s a pic of some flowers on a tree in Boston.

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Maybe we’ll have sun tomorrow.


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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 http://ow.ly/4ctzx 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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February 22, 2011

Fun with Teeth and other things

Had a dentist appointment today. Found out the crown I have had for over 20 years has finally decided to crack. It was almost funny... my dentist (who should know me better by now) seemed as if she was trying to convince me to get it fixed. While I was trying to tell her I'd be happy if I could get it fixed right then. It was a comical conversation.

So I go back in a couple of weeks and we'll see what happens when she looks underneath. I'm hoping it hasn't been cracked long (it wasn't on my last visit 6 months ago). But my teeth are notorious for not playing nice. Ah well, time enough to fret once we get to it. The good thing is they have all the latest toys and she can make my new crown right then. If there's no major problem I should be done that day.

Whew.

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While getting my teeth cleaned the hygienist had the news on. I was not able to find it online, but there was an actual comical story - yes in the middle of the local news not at the end! A man, somewhere around here, was arrested for using large firecrackers to blow up the piles of snow at the end of his driveway. Personally I thought it was an ingenious idea, but the police didn't think too highly of it. Heh.

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If you are into somewhat more techie stuff, this is involving the group Anonymous and Wikileaks. Here is the back story to get up to speed (it's a quick read)

Lessons Learned Thanks to HBGary and Anonymous

But this is the one that fascinates...

Anonymous Speaks: the inside story of the HBGary hack

Which just goes to show how very easy it is to let one thing slide... then another... until it's too late. The domino effect takes over. Had HBGary only missed one of these things, it would have been much harder to break in, maybe even impossible. But the chain had weak links all the way along.

It also shows that security companies are first and foremost "companies". They are in business. If business is too difficult to conduct on a day to day basis, humans tend to fall into habits that make the grunt work easier. This is not conducive to having a very secure system.

This is why, after all these years and with the full knowledge of what "should" be done to keep computer data safe, we still have high profile cases.

There will have to be a breakthrough in computer security methods before anything really changes. As it stands now, security is so cumbersome, time consuming, and such a PITA, I don't think it's possible to keep up with it. I hope someone really smart is out there thinking of some truly radical methods to change things. Or inventing some piece of hardware or software that will change things. Only time will tell.

I wish I was smart enough to do it.

Ah well, that's it for today. Maybe I can eek eke out more time tomorrow.

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December 18, 2010

Hello

Yes, I've been avoiding the blog. Sorry about that. I've been doing many other things in my "real life" which means I get to the blog and I'm too tired to make the effort.

Had a meeting earlier in the week and those always tend to throw me completely off my routine. I should get out more. Ha.

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I've been trying to figure out some online software that someone else set up. But without that person to explain what they did and why, it's taken me several days to unwind the process. It will now be tidied up and fixed to make it easier. I'll have to write some procedures so others can do the work without the same loss of time. *sigh*

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The rest of the time has been spent looking cross-eyed at our work network stuff. Trying to figure out which thing goes to what and what networks go to which. I think I just about have a handle on it and then find something that doesn't fit. Lovely. I need some large sheets of paper and then I need to draw pictures of it to get a better idea. Just haven't had the time so far.

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Bought some new boots that I really like - but they don't like me. I will be taping my feet up for quite a while until certain areas stop poking me. Most annoying.

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About 5 weeks ago I stopped drinking soy milk in my Starbucks beverage. This came about when I was talking to my sister. She hadn't been feeling "right" and went to the doc. Turns out she has very low thyroid hormones floating about. They caught it very early and she'll be fine.

However, while discussing this with her, we talked about how she now needed to avoid soy products because of the thyroid hormone (or at least avoid them for about 4 hours after taking them). She told me she had given up all soy about six months ago because it was causing digestive problems for her. I went searching around and reading about soy/soy milk after that and decided it might be a good experiment to see what would happen if I gave it up.

Turns out - lots happened. My digestion has changed completely. I am now sleeping through the night most every night (I was at the point where I was waking up every 2 hours with severe hot flashes). I have almost no hot flashes any time day or night. And in general I am feeling less irritable. I'd say it's been a success.

So now I've gone from a Soy Mocha every day to regular coffee with chocolate. I can't give up the chocolate.

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I think that's enough rambling for now. So here's a little bonus - rock wall picture. (click for bigger)


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August 23, 2010

I Know it Will Be a Severe Disappointment

But we didn't do any car/truck shopping this last weekend.  Decided to take a weekend and not think too much about it.  This week my husband will call the insurance company and run the current top 5 list past them.  We may eliminate some just based on insurance premiums.

Or  not.

In the meantime, I need to take some time to work on my smugmug site.  I've been very remiss about uploading pictures to it and it's a far better place to store pics than on my computer.  So that has gone onto the schedule.

Like I keep saying... the excitement... it never ends!

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May 08, 2010

It's Been a Sad Week

Two wonderful people have lost their fathers this week.  The world seems to work that way sometimes. 

Jerry, who moved back home when his parents reached a point where they needed help, is also one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He has been writing about his family for quite a while. Fun, entertaining, and sometimes sad.  With the passing of his father, both of his parents are gone.  They will be missed not only by those who knew them, but by those of us who got to know them through Jerry's blog. 

Then on Thursday, my dear friend Richmond lost her father to cancer.  It's been a long, very hard road for him and the family.  He fought to the end.  Richmond has been (as she says) "the shim" helping her mom.  This one is tough. Send good thoughts her way, say a prayer if you pray.  She is the one holding things together and she needs all the support she can get. 

Life is really something. 

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