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So. I very, very seldom use this anymore. If you want to get in touch with me, this is a poor medium for it. I am around on facebook, and email. I'm easy to find on the net, yo.

I'll see y'all around...

The mooooon

I love it when the moon is nice and bright in the mornings...
The mooooon

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Our snowman, day four

I'm astounded, that's still a little chunk of our snowman... And it was Tuesday that the snow showed up...

That's some perseverance, lil' icy buddy.
Our snowman, day four

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aaaa end of the world

Dude. It's snowing. What the crap.
aaaa end of the world

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From a pub in Houston...

This has always been my thought...
From a pub in Houston...

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OH NOES! DE-NOSED!

So Nicole's grandma got Riley a lil' stuffed dog to chew on, right. And as I've seen with my hats, Riley likes to chew on buttons, and little pegs, and apparently toy noses... (we found the nose, he didn't eat it, and the toy's getting tossed out in a bit, but it was entertaining...)
OH NOES! DE-NOSED!

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Ho Ho Ho! Meowy Christmas!

Santa's ventriloquism cat requires mice. And candy canes.
Got nothin', I just find this statue unusual....
Ho Ho Ho!  Meowy Christmas!

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David Bowie has a permanently dilated eye, apparently from a fight when he was younger -- but they look to be different colors from an angle...

</interesting fact for the day>

and this copy of the response to his first American fan letter was amusing.

and AGAIN this stuff makes me laugh.

I got nothin', past that I'm amused...
and AGAIN this stuff makes me laugh.

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So. I want an axe. There are some little oak trees at my farm begging to be turned into firewood, and a chainsaw is no fun.

I've used a bunch, through Bonfire at A&M. Some are good, some are not. Some let the head fly off into the freaking woods.

I want a wood-handled axe, that holds a good edge.

Double bit axes are fun, but I kinda like single-bit better, mostly for the handle.

Recommendations? And these 200-dollar axes with bright paint on the handles I've seen in Men's Journal and Outside are out of the question. It's a working tool... I'm just going to wrap the ass end of the handle in cotton athletic tape anyway.

so. Good axes, easy to find, wood handle, not outrageously expensive. Suggestions?

Hobby Lobby, it amuses me...

30 percent off? Laaaaame. ( OK, in this case, it's lamé, like the gold shiny fabric, but still....)
Hobby Lobby, it amuses me...

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It's a sign! Of what, I got nothin'...

My dog has chewed a smiley face into his bone. See? (I thought that was kinda cool, actually...)
It&apos;s a sign!  Of what, I got nothin&apos;...

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Sounds like Bart's been phoning Moe again

Mr. Easy Lai? Seriously? This is from an Acer monitor help file, so it should be legit...
Sounds like Bart&apos;s been phoning Moe again

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microfroooog....

That, on the left, is a WEEEEEE-TINY frog. Our yard, apparently, is replete with these tiny little frogs. Aggie Ring on right is for scale. Yep.
microfroooog....

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11/2/09

I love full moons...
09

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why?

...because theater 8 nine!
why?

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Open Letter to whoever picks the music for all the Lincoln vehicle ads:

KEEP AT IT. Whoever picks that music knows exactly the music that I like...

The Cat Power one, singing "Space Oddity", would be AWESOME if it were a whole song, rather than just that clip.

Then there's another with "Coming Home"(originally Peter Schilling) by Shiny Toy Guns.

The newest one is "Under the Milky Way" sung by Nicole Atkins. Another good song...

So. Yeah. not going to buy a Lincoln, but I love their marketing department audio people.

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mental midgets?

It has amused me more than once to see that in this particular phonebook, MENTAL and MIDGET are the two headings... That _can't_ be entirely chance...
mental midgets?

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rileydoooogggg

Is that not cute? He just passes out all cool like that...
rileydoooogggg

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9/26/09

I need one of these...
09

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shoo fly.... Lobotomy?

so... I'm in the study a minute ago, and on Facebook, posting about the asshole terrorist in Dalla-- wait, that's another story.
So Nicole's singing in the living room, and I hear "shoo fly..."
and the next thing I hear -- in my half-deaf left ear-- is
"Lobotomy".

(same cadence as "don' bother me", it was....I'm not a moron...honest)

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It's actually really satisfying to put together something that functions as intended, when it's something that I'm doing for the first time...

I put a network together at work, see, and it's working as intended. In a whole freaking bunch of places. I WIN.

(now, granted, it's not elegant, but if they want elegant, they gotta pay someone who knows what the hell they're doing. I have some slight idea, but am by no means an expert.)

((and I'm still not cool with getting up on rafters and walking around. I could NOT be an insulation installer...))


The more I read about geocaching, the more I think it looks like a good excuse to go outside and go someplace with a purpose...


Y'all doing good?

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Aug. 13th, 2009

so. I broke an AC unit at work, right. I'm all "it's cool, I can change the thermostat, how hard can that be", and I change it out.

It then completely refuses to work.

I get irritated, and revert to the original thermostat. (this omits the part where I cuss the thermostat and the wiring for being crappy, what with that being the probable issue.)

Still nothin'.

I go look at the AC unit, flip the onboard breakers to reset them, try other things. Nothin'.

I attempt to call the air handler manufacturer.

Their phone system repeatedly, for an hour, hangs up on me every time I try to transfer to someone who can help me.

Eventually, I get to someone in tech support, who goes "have you tried replacing the fuse?"

*blank look from me* (yes, over the phone. pff.)

So I turn off all the breakers and go find the fuse -- behind, naturally, a panel labeled "NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS. CALL FOR SERVICE." or some other equally ominous warning.

It's a 3-amp regular automotive fuse. They're 3 dollars for a pack of five.

Lo and behold, I change the thermostat to the new one, and reinstall a new fuse, and we're good.

But I can see how some AC repair calls take three minutes, now.
I bet they still cost the same, but the effort is minimal. It took more time to reinstall the flimsy panel on the housing than to replace the fuse...

woo, bone-resonating hearing aids.

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/hightech-hearing-aid-the-ultimate-ipod-accessory-20090809-ee8p.html

Bone-actuated hearing aids.

We live in the freaking future.

And as someone who has pretty-damn-bad speech-interpretation-level hearing in one ear, I'm pretty excited to see where this goes.

My left ear sucks, in terms of the frequencies at which human speech is. High pitch? TOTALLY CAN HEAR IT. Low Pitch? sure, it's ok. middle frequencies? it's like hearing through mud.

So someday when this improves, maaaaaybe that's an option.

But I like that the tech is still being worked on.

*hhhhhh* *tsshhh* *hhhhhh* *tsshhh*

This is a rack to hold our tupperware. But to me it looks like (with the exception of the hole in the top middle) Darth Vader's helmet.
No, really.
*hhhhhh* *tsshhh* *hhhhhh* *tsshhh*

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7/22/09

Very relaxed right now. Laying on the couch in our new house, just decompressing from a long day.

I'm currently VERY much enjoying the lack of other-people-around-us sounds. And being in _our_ house is awesome.

Everyone doing good?

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So...flew back from Vegas tonight. Took off from DFW for Killeen just as all the fireworks were teeing off... And the pilot kept the plane at 4000 feet for 30-some miles, so we saw thousands of fireworks. Amazing, seriously. Won't happen often, since there's about a one-hour-a-year window to fly to be able to see it...
Anyway. If you can, do it. High point of the evening...

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suicidal food, round two

Those are chickens in a mural at the DFW Airport Popeye's Chicken, covering each other in tabasco. Genuinely creepy, when I first noticed it... At least the suicidal catfish in the same mural seemed dumbly happy, not manic...
suicidal food, round two

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7/1/09-- Caesar's palace

Ok... Pretty cool. But I still don't buy that the slot machines are random...
09-- Caesar&apos;s palace

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Well...cross that off the drinking checklist
Toby Keith&apos;s &quot;I love this bar&quot; bar... Mason jars and all...

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7/1/09

Ok, so... Caesar's is cool...
09

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Vegas!

View out the window of our room...
Vegas!

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Vegas, baby!

off to Vegas for the first time... Staying in the Monte Carlo until the 4th. Give me a call or an email if youalre around; maybe we can work something out....

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wow.. This was unexpected...

So I'm working on a computer that crapped out the other day, and I put the hard drive into another chassis we got at a police-seizure surplus auction, k? And today I'm working on drivers, and I see "TAE_BO" listed as the contents of the drive... And this was in it.

Odd...someone was watchin' Tae Bo when the cops bust in...
wow.. This was unexpected...

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cannibalistic swine...

K... Something seriously wrong with a pig enjoying a big ol' bowl of pork rinds...
cannibalistic swine...

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5/31/09

Only at Walmart; a Christmas tree in the back of a truck, the day before June....
09

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*tsss* AAA hey what the crap

So. There's a motorola batteryin the grass outside our apartment, a few minutes ago. I pick it up, if for no other reason than to throw it away. There was a cover sticker missing, and apparently a contact shorted somewhere, because it MELTED A SLICE IN MY FINGER.

wtf.

so. Science news for the day: phone batteries have enough juice to melt skin. Tadaaaa.

Everyone doing okay?

5/29/09

If you can't read all that...

Buy one, get one free, or 2.99 each.

*boggle*

what?
09

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Estes Pearl Spurlin, 1925-2009

My great-uncle E.P. Spurlin died this morning. And even though I know he wasn't aware of things, and I know this is better for him, I'm still sitting here crying at my desk. I loved that man. My aunt Frances and uncle E.P. (great-aunt, great-uncle, I referred to them without the "great-" except to explain who they were, even though they were great people) took care of me when I was sick as a kid, we went over there all the time, and ...they were just... cool people.

I don't think there's been a week that has gone by, since moving to Belton (six, maybe seven miles from where I grew up, give or take), that someone hasn't gone "Spurlin? Like, _____ Spurlin?" (where the blank is, better'n half the time, "E.P.") And it's always a family member. He was a banker for... man, like fifty years.

I had a man cut my hair the other day that remembered being in the VFW with E.P. .

Stronger than anything, and worked hard when he used to be able to.

Alzheimer's disease sucks.

And listening to him tell stories about J. Frank Dobie stuff, and just... kinda ramble like some older guys do... that was pretty awesome, really. Lived in the same town all his life -- well, once they moved to town from the farm -- fifteen miles from Temple... Married a girl from down the road from where he grew up.

That's the kind of thing that I think more people should aspire to. Seriously.

triboluminescence

Word of the day: triboluminescence.

Get a bandaid, those that come in the paper wrapper you peel open. Or a breath-right strip. DON'T OPEN IT YET. Go someplace really dark. Watch the wrapper as you open it.

See that glow? Triboluminescence. Look it up. Physics mystery, still...

</geekery> (oh, come on, you think it's kinda neat if you tried it...)

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new geek point-- telephone wiring

So. Wired a 2-line telephone extension today, at work. I think that's another geek cred/life skill point. most difficult part is determining what the hell was going on in the wiring panel. And the fact that there's about eight miles of unnecessary crap wired up in there...not helpful.

Eh. Made for a long day, but accomplishment's always a good thing.

Wall insulation and rafters are going up on the house... Woo!

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5/3/09 - Hot Damn, FRAMING

So. The house, she is being framed. And now it feels huge inside... It felt smaller before the framing, since you have less frame of reference. EXCITED ABOUT THIS, yo.

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Eli Young Band on Leno -- 5/4/09

It's weird to see a band on Jay Leno (Eli Young Band) that Nicole and I saw play in Gun Barrel City (no, really, that's the city name, honest)

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Happy Star Wars Day!

It's Star Wars day!

(May the 4th be with you!)

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May. 1st, 2009

so... I just rolled over 1000 friends on Facebook. I'm not sure if this is an indicator of JUST HOW MANY HOURS I have spent on facebook, or... yeah. I feel loved. Or at least, liked a great deal. Yeees.

(holy shit, my network is huge. My people are watching you right NOW.)
((wait, if you're reading this, you're part of the network. Heh. Keep a good eye out, y'all.))
((("Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me." </godfather>)))

May. 1st, 2009

Yeah, seeing something listed in a catalog as being made out of "polycarbonite" makes me immediately think not of, say, Nalgene bottles, but that big block of stuff Han Solo was entrapped in.

I'm not sure if this makes me a crappy materials person, or a really good geek.

(I know, I know, he was just in "carbonite", whatever. don't go all Star-Wars nazi on me) The material's supposed to be polycarbon-A-te, too. eh.

Everyone doing ok?

k, so. my eyeballs are... 99% ok, 1% MORONS

so. I have a respirator for work. if "respirator" is too scary of a word, think "gung-ho dust mask", since this is only for "fine particulate matter", effectively. Since we work with powder (plastic, some metals, some amorphous silica, but mostly plastic), airborne dust is a necessary evil. Aaanyway.

So. you can put different filters on it for different hazards. The ones I have are basically just for "non-hazardous, annoying dust".

I'm scanning the warning label, and this is what I read:

only for particulate matter. if you become lightheaded, notice it is hard to breathe, or a delectable odor...

AT WHICH POINT I STOP. Because... seriously?

*facepalm*

Upon review...

detectable odor. Delectable? Was I hungry when I read that?

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eetsa meee, Maaario!

So. The other day we're driving by Nicole's school, right. And I see the Marquee sign out front, and it says, in big block letters:

MARIO PTA MEETING


(PTA is the parent-teacher association-- for parents of the kids at the schools to collaborate with the teachers.)

And my brain goes "Mario...PTA... what?"

March 1-0. Meeting was on March tenth. I lose.

LJ, now with more cowbell!

Harbor Freight sells some weird things. Just sayin'. And the "added feature" totally makes it.

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