Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Friday, March 31, 2006

Almost the Weekend

The weather is overcast, the humidity is up and it feels like rain. The birds are singing even under heavy cloud coverage. A good rain on Friday will make for a great weekend. The ugliest fence is Lee County may be in its last year of life. The wisteria usually covers it in summer, but Morticia, Cousin It, Lurch and Gomez have nothing on me during the winter months.

Some time this weekend battle will be done with the smelly thing that lives in the SW corner of the garage. Since re-integration of the PDA (Palm Tungsten) a few days ago my desire to organize has increased. The patio needs work and the plants go back on the veranda this weekend. Springtime is casual.

Enjoy the weekend. Go for a walk. Ride a horse. Visit the zoo. Fire up the grill. Use that front porch swing. Plant some flowers. Just get outside. It'll boost that morale.

"Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn."
Lewis Grizzard, Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

Thursday, March 30, 2006

It's Just a Game, a Great Game Though

Just over at Slashdot and found an article that all my GuildWars compadres should read. The titles is How to Help a MMORPG Addict. LOL! Wish I had more time to spend in the world of Tyria. BTW, Slashdot is still the best blog on the planet.

Did you update your anti-spyware programs today? Do it! Don't let these creeps have their way with your PC and personal information.

"Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Orchard Litigation, OS Rivalry and Rambling

Looks like the Beatles are going to put Darth Jobs and Apple in their place. You can start reading about it at BusinessWeekOnline. Very deserving for an arrogant, ill-mannered liar and not nearly soon enough. Yes, Apple is trying to catch up to modern technology as is proven through their recent agreement with Intel. Yes, I do like Appple OSX and whatever has superceded it. Yes, I do hope it is made available for Wiindows PCs at a REASONABLE price.

At least they have one version and it is based on the super opensourced FreeBSD. Again, why didn't Windows learn from XP and the confusion about two different versions? Now I hear they will have EIGHT versions when Windows Vista finally hits the market. Rumors of pricing are indicating a horror story in the making. Hope such gossip is not true. Sheesh! Greed does funny things, huh?

Work will be late and long for the next several days. You have no idea how good that sounds. Most of the time will be spent around people that I really like and that helps. Lot of tasks ahead, but it's the best scenario possible for someone that is trying to stop engaging warpwhine. There's also the added bonus of dancing with UPS for supplies, tools, etc. Gotta' love 'em.

Due to the good heart of a friend there is a PDA back in my life: Lobotomy city without one. It'll take a few days to import data, but the prospect of hearing that alarm and checking notes makes even the first day of use a relief. What wonderful devices. They've come a long way since the days of Palm 3s and 5s. The Palm desktop is a great utility that is easy to use. Tried the Outlook sync thangy and that marriage won't work for me.

Time to get bizzy. Weather outside the beach house is beautiful. Get casual and enjoy the day.

"I can't complain, but sometimes I still do."
-Joe Walsh (uber guitarist for the Eagles)

Monday, March 27, 2006

New Approach

This past few months have not been easy. It's been tough trying to put stuff back together. Worry has stifled good thought process and getting to work will help alleviate a lot of problems. My anger is based on self disappointment and a few days were needed to align some goals. Thanks to all my friends and family for help during this time. Encouraging words mean a lot. I shall try to return to my sub or ab normal mode.

"The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology."
-Red Auerbach

Thursday, March 23, 2006

I Don't Want a Pickle

It's good to have friends that look out for you. Someone advised me after having the truck stolen not to broadcast when I'd be out of town. There were many things that referenced this site in the El Camino and one of the cretins might actually have a smattering of brains and check it out. My Palm PDA has been sorely missed since it was the viable part of my brain, lol. It contained a huge amount of data and will definitely have to be replaced.

I'd just like to inform everyone there are people watching the house and they own large caliber weapons. I have the best neighbors in the world! Also, you can stand on the veranda and see City Hall. The police station is located in that building. Why mention all this data? Call it a dare. Nothing would suit me better than for the creepy little thieves to show up and die. After all, this is Mississippi and we do have 'gunslinger laws' that allow us to carry weapons. One of these days I'll try to let this go...

Congrats out to Murf from Kentucky on the new Harley Heritage.

What a nice way to travel. Yes, it's likely I'll die dreaming of owning one of these darlings. Title to today's post? Think Arlo Guthrie.

"The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship."
-William Blake

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

To Schedule on Not to Schedule

Mozilla is talking about their new calendar program. Slashdot linked to them this morning and the working name of the project is Lightning. This means hope for small businesses everywhere that need a networkable calendar that can track events. Don't be too hasty about downloading and implementing this software. They say on their front page that there are known bugs in the program. Just watch. The Mozilla folks have been good about letting people know when their products are stable. The beach house will keep you posted.

"Time is the longest distance between two places."
-Tennessee Williams

Monday, March 20, 2006

Rain, It's a Good Thing

It's early, I am running late, the coffee is cold, it's raining outside, my aching back is activating the warp whine machine, but somehow I am going to get thru a bad start. Waiting for another PC to start up and thought it'd be a good idea to look around the web for tech news. No earth shaking revelations this morning so far. Mebbe a good thing, huh?

If you are local wear a raincoat or carry your umbrella. Look forward to tomorrow! Hang in there. Don't let a 'rainy day n Monday get you down.'

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, March 17, 2006

Green Friday

The luck o' the Irish to ya! The Celtic Woman CD is filling the house with Gaelic sounds. Suil A Run is currently making my ears very happy. This CD has been #1 on the international charts for 52 weeks! I love the new tunes, but the traditionals have such a haunting presence, conjuring images of Leprechauns and Druidic Mages meeting on green rolling fields under the full moon. And no, I haven't had a toast to Eire this morning.

This is a traditional day of festivity with good food and drink of all sorts abounding. Keep it festive - DON'T DRIVE DRUNK. Call a cab, or a friend, even walk. Just remember; the life you save may be my own.

"Humans are amphibians--half spirit and half animal. . . . As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time."
-C.S. Lewis

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Laugh and Lighten Up

These tests crack me up. I am addicted. Took one the other day: Which classic movie are you? It said Easy Rider! LOL! Sometimes it's good to laugh. Thanks Beagle, your the best!

Speaking of laughing, have you heard Cheney's Got a Gun. This is hilarious and I am a Republican! Everyone enjoy Thursday.

"Never say uh-oh, just say interesting."
-Billy Wobblynife

Monday, March 13, 2006

McAfee Users Beware, Googleites Rest Easy

Running the so called McAfee Antivirus? You best quit reading this now and go check out REALTECHNEWS. How do these people stay in business?!?!?! If you have heeded my warnings down through the years then this won't be a problem.

Google has some really neat pixs of Mars if you click on their titlebar today. Anytime the letters are altered it's a good idea to take a look at what they are highlighting for the day. You can look for another on the 17th. Bet it has something to do with green.

Heard about the online web word processor named Writely? It's now a Google property. Read more about it at BusinessWeekOnline. This is worth watching. For years it's been predicted that a lot of our applications would be web based. Well, the times, they are a changin'.

"To weep is to make less the depth of grief."
-William Shakespeare, King Henry VI

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Off With Their Heads

In the process of answering an email question let me say - no I am not abandoning this site. Having a vehicle stolen that contained 95% of the tools I used in work is a BITCH from which to rebound. Now there is the added worry of restocking the tools and repaying a loan. This is not my idea of fun and if I ever find the sorry creep/creeps that have devestated my life I will probably not prosecute. I just want their addresses so I can find them and kill them.

Now, please find something constructive to do instead trying to piss me off. I'll start posting again when the worry stops taking up most of my day. Go ahead, do idiot comments. It's expected. Now it's time to clean weapons. Later...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

30 Days Hath September n' Pass the Cool Whip

For years the search has been on for a decent calendar program. A scheduling program that can be used over a network for small businesses is just hard to find in the freeware arena. Well, it looks like Google is coming to the rescue. Read about it at CNet's Blogma. Hate we had to find out when the Googlemeisters were trying to keep it on the down-low, but nice to know it's in the mill.

Fasting Lab day is approaching. We'll see if the med is unclogging the arteries and I am sure something will be said about my inability to lose poundage. It's been hard to diet the past few months. I must get right down to it and push my lard butt away from the table and EXERCISE! Thinking about a serving of Breyer's Vanilla with chocolate syrup and strawberries makes me weak. Excuse me while I lapse into a sugar coma.

As that Texas philosopher Ed Coffin would say, "Have a better than expected day."

"Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie."
-Jim Davis, (from the comic strip Garfield)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Grand Music

Yesterday was David Gilmour's birthday. He's 60 years young. The new album is going to go thru the roof. The new album? On an Island. Who is David Gilmour you ask? Ever listen to Pink Floyd? How about Dark Side of the Moon or Wish You Were Here? Graham Nash and David Crosby sing on some tracks. Wow! How's that for backup singers?!?!

This album was recorded in his Thames River houseboat/studio and the orchestra tracks were laid down at Abbey Roads. Thinking back, I have been listening to Mr. Gilmour and the other Floydites all of my adult life. What tremendous musicians. Alas, never seen any of them in concert. I hope that changes.

Check out the neat video on David's site. Hats off to a major influence in modern music!

"A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence."
-Leopold Stokowski

Friday, March 03, 2006

Saturday AM Ramblings

It's Saturday morning and task of the day is to clean up around the pigsty, uh, beach house. The weather should be in the 60s today and the sky is clear and beautiful. Time to try and put everything back on schedule which will be hard to do without the Palm PDA. I REALLY miss it. Guess the car thief creep is using it to schedule his next theft or some other abuse. Sorry, I regress.

Think we will have another freeze? Be nice to get the plants back on the veranda. Enjoy this awesome day.

"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'"
-Robin Williams