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  • Oh. My. God.

    You simply must be kidding me.  Is this really at the top of America’s priority list right now?  I’m speechless…
  • I *Heart* Wikipedia

    Wikipedia has become almost as important to me as say…Google is for searches, or IMDB is for looking up movie related stuff.  I won’t drone on about it as I’m sure everyone has been there at least once, but it’s really become very much a mainstay in my internet arsenal as of late.  Thanks Wikipedia!
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  • Scammed via eBay. Again.

    I’m a victim to yet another eBay scam.  Have lost a ton of money.  Details to follow, but very not good.
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  • Heading Off To Dallas -- Revised

    My trip to Dallas for my round of Microsoft interviews was pushed back a week; I'll be flying in on the 12th of this month, interviews will be conducted for most of the day on the 13th, and I'll head back home that evening.  I really wanted to try and stay over the weekend, but other obligations are preventing that from happening.  I'm as ready as I'll ever be, and as I've stated before no amount of studying can prepare anyone for the MS interview process.

    Sidenote:  I hate flying.  Actually, that's not true...I love the actual flying and landing parts, it's the taking off that really gets to me.  I don't know why...I used to fly a lot (half a dozen times a year or so for a few years) but around age 23+- taking off started making my palms sweat.  Maybe it's just the control freak inside of me, who knows.  If I get this gig I better get over that real quick!

  • I Blame Bush

    [edit] I made a mistake...they were actually trackback spams.  Not that it makes any difference.  [/edit]

    The comment spammers have f’d it up for the rest of you guys (95 spams today, a new record for me)…for the first time since I’ve started blogging (almost 2 years now), I am going to have to turn moderation on.  I’m pretty religious about checking email so the comment turnaround should usually be pretty quick if you choose to leave one.  Man the internet really pisses me off sometimes…goddamn spammers.

    The good news is that the next build of CS will support IP banning…I’ll get the newest build up and running within the next couple of weeks; I hate having to moderate comments.  Cheers.

  • Lots Of Strangeness Going On

    This post is basically just a wrap up of the past few day's events as it's been a week since I've written anything.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Moving SUCKS.  I'm all done now (but still don't have internet access at my new place, hanging out at TLC's for now), but getting there has been a total PITA.  I was supposed to have a 20' truck rented all day Saturday, but that ended up falling through due to reasons I won't get into.  Fortunately TLC's brother offered up his pickup truck to help out, unfortunately it's a whole lot smaller than a 20' truck...with a 20' truck it would have been 1 (maybe 2) trips, it ended up being 10 with the pickup.  My best friend and I started around 9PM on Saturday, and finished up at 9AM Sunday morning.  Bear in mind I had been up since 8AM the previous day, and even after finishing the move I had to go back to my old place to clean up.  It ended up being a 36 hour day, and unfortunately we couldn't figure out how to take my beloved desk apart, so I had to get rid of it.  I needed a new desk anyways.  I'm still catching up on sleep.

    So I'm all moved in and am in the process of figuring out where to put everything...I lost about 100 sq ft so it's gonna be a tight fit, but I'll be able to make it work with a little elbow grease and creativity.  I'm on a (well earned) vacation right now, so it'll have to wait.

    In other quite troubling news, right now appears to be a really bad time to have a dog amongst myself, family, and friends.  As you all know, my guy is quite sick (and is getting worse with each passing day...another post though).  TLC's girl is also a little sick, but even worse, both of my Mother's dogs died earlier this morning.  She's out of town visiting her fiance's family and had them boarded up...granted, neither one of them are spring chickens (Gidget is a Cairn Terrier, aged 13, and Bilbo is a Yorkie, aged 10).  They've both had longstanding health issues, especially the Yorkie who is seizure prone, but Gidget just recently started having some kidney problems.  Apparently she went into full organ failure around 9AM (and of course never recovered), and then due to the stress of that, Bilbo had a huge seizure which he never recovered from...but the vets aren't sure.  They were sharing a cage at the boarders, once Gidget started having her attack, they took her out to the emergency room...when they came back Bilbo was already gone so they assume that's what happened.  Regardless, this is a huge blow...we've had both of them since they were puppies, and to lose both of them on the same day when neither one of us were present is very upsetting.  I'm sure the vets did everything they could though.

    So yeah, some very strange times around here lately.  I guess when it rains it pours.
  • RFC: Good (Free) WYSIWYG HTML Editors For Mac?

    Does anyone know of a good (and free) WYSIWYG HTML editor for Mac OSX?
  • Christopher Reeve -- RIP

    Christopher Reeve (AKA the man of steel), has passed away.  I grew up with the Superman movies...IMO he immortalized the character.  Rest in peace.

  • I Digg AJAX

    Digg has implemented a really cool AJAX application over on their site; enter Digg Spy.  It takes about 10–15 seconds to kick in, so just sit and watch it…you’ll see it, and if you’re reaction is anything like mine the cosmos will suddenly make sense.  In all seriousness, AJAX is opening up doors that previously didn’t even exist.  Yes, I realize that AJAX has been around in one form or another for a while now, but it took Google to wake us all up to what actually can be done with it.  I was skeptical at first, but am totally sold on it now.
  • Sentiments on the 4th of July

    WTCAnother 4th of July is here, except this one marks the 10th anniversary of what was arguably the most spectacular 4th I ever had. It’s especially true as the place I celebrated the 4th ten years ago no longer exists.

    July 4th 1995 — Location: Lower Manhattan Island. Some friends of mine and myself decided to take a road trip to NYC that year for the 4th. I had never been in the city without my folks there, and it was the first extended road trip I had taken to date (having only had my license for a little over a year). After the arduous 12 hour drive to NYC, we checked into our hotel of choice, the Marriott located at the World Trade center. On the evening of the 4th, we made our way up to the roof of 2 WTC…it was raining a little, but that certainly didn’t dampen our spirits any as we arrived to the top of the tower. From our perch almost a quarter mile up, we could see several fireworks shows: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx…all the boroughs have their own shows. We could also see 2 displays over in Jersey. It was without a doubt one of the most breathtaking scenes my eyes have ever had the pleasure of taking in; leaps and bounds beyond what I’m used to in my small city. Six years and two months later, both the tower we were on and the hotel we were staying in would be wiped from the Manhattan city-scape.

    I was going through some old shoe boxes full of stuff about a year ago and stumbled across the room key the Marriott gave me for the room (yeah, I swiped it…come on, I was 17); it’s a little worn out after 10 years of sitting in a box, but in relatively good shape. I remember gasping out loud when I stumbled across it after all these years, I had completely forgotten I had it.

    So this 4th has a little bit more meaning, and in more ways then one. Ten years ago I was 17…young, naive (though I certainly wouldn’t have thought so at the time), innocent. And certainly never thinking anything remotely like the events of 9/11 would (or even could) occur. At 27 I’m still young, still a little naive, but am certainly aware of the atrocities that can be brought about by hate/misunderstanding/ignorance.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th of July. I know I will. Cheers.

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