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9859 – Tuesday

Today we wet on a quick trip to my mecca – Micro Center.  Picked up RAM for Chris’s laptop, a cable tester for me, and a SD card for our Wii. I also have an extended life battery for the PSP now – the old one lasted 2 years of fairly constant use, so that’s not too bad.

After the computer store, we were mighty hungry, so we decided to forgo game wizards and the consignment shop, and instead hit the vegetable garden. the crispy “beef” was fantastic as usual, the eggplant and sesame “chicken” were terrific too. I love eating someplace where I can nosh on anything on the menu.

I still want to try –


Ingredients: Veggie sable(made of soy protein), red onion & white mushrooms wrapped & baked in puff pastry sheets.  Garnished with steamed snow peas & carrots.  Served with organic maple syrup.

We were out for a much longer time than I expected… dark out on our return, so I replaced the memory and ran tests while we digested the rest of tonights meal.

1 year ago – fire, robots next door, nutshell day backwards, 88% of IT admins steal passwords

2 years ago – went to rennfest (bullet points and pics), pictures of pye and newt kitty

3 years ago – the tick / pajama police, Zoom, car projections

4 years ago – Got fresh paid links, July 2002 Lumbee Entry (Active just 2 days ago!), Palm doodles, head photos and newt, foamy, Mind controlling death parasites, help Katrina critter

5 years ago – dream cartoon linker, The Forgotten, sample email from a stranger,Mountain Dew: Pitch Black, First Grade, Reiger resigning as chief of DCF, Stream of thought alphabet

6 years ago – Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, Red Haired Barbarians, Aunt Jemima, $100K fart, esteem meme, dynamite magazine, Newt pic, flex points, cookie puss, annoying or not, bro stuff, blogshares, earthquakes, toontown, Frankie bugs me

7 years ago – heroclix, art fair, jellybath, skyscrapers (here’s Maryland), Ambient Findability, web hits, bike in the meter room

8 years ago – adultery, lj, rollercoaster

9 years ago – playing with html, long day at work, September b’days, Sacrifice to the Horned Goat, pesky work poop, coffee, bearded sadness, road trip, headache Geotarget

9803 – TGIF

Today we’ll be celebrating Adam’s 20th birthday a day early.

I was born on the day of a full moon, 40 years, 5 months, 15 days ago, about an hour after sunrise on the 33rd day of 1969. Candlemas, Groundhog Day, National Change your Windshiel Wipers Day. (I really dig wolframalpha)

We’ve got to butter his nose today, and get him some razzles. Grill up some hot dogs, give him a cake to munch – maybe some ice cream.

It’s cloudy, but hot as heck.. thankfully it rained to cool tihngs off during Adam’s party.

We left so BHK could finish her studies – just as well, my back is really crimped today.

Walter Cronkite has died; he was 92. CBS News has a nice remembrance.

1 year ago – Bengies Drive-in, Mosquito / Hive game, Pipeline, Aaep, Bro got 2 years probation

2 years ago – tasty garden foods picture, family tree math, too much soda-pop, fox news hates mr rogers, human-sized penguins

3 years ago – defective materials, algo march 2, control freak, McCain on Lieberman, Michigan fairy doors, random flickr

4 years ago – Kev day, pictures of train station/toys/etc, mr moonlight

5 years ago – mind flayer doodle, travel plans, blue ink, Warriors…., phone posts

6 years ago – odd dreams, Gary hart, pizza box solar oven, hunting for Bambi hoax, walnut walks with a belly dancer

7 years ago – CHiPs, Spreading rumors

8 years ago – Music Mystery Solved, exegesis, evil news, Earhart’s wreck perhaps found, I discover Google image search, sea creature poll, why poop is brown

9 years ago – Scheduled Departure time set in stone, something at Archie McPhee no longer there, sitcom nudity-logic Geotarget

9769 – Tuesday

job fair – some possible hits there!

After, we visited twilite zone comics and then games and stuff – got micro mutants. Wargame with a tiddlywinks mechanic. looks fun!

Lunch/ Dinner at Gina’s Cantina – then off to Sam’s club – It turns out that my card from work got understandably canceled – semi annoying since it took a year to get the thing, but it was deactivated withing a week of departing. trouble of a yearly schedule, I suppose.

Tomorrow I do a callback for Georgetown gig? Wish me luck, dear journal!

Nokia developing phone that recharges itself without mains electricity

A new prototype charging system from the company is able to power itself on nothing more than ambient radio waves – the weak TV, radio and mobile phone signals that permanently surround us. The power harvested is small but it is almost enough to power a mobile in standby mode indefinitely without ever needing to plug it into the mains, according to Markku Rouvala, one of the researchers who developed the device at the Nokia Research Centre in Cambridge, UK.

The difference with Nokia’s prototype is that instead of harvesting tiny amounts of power (a few microwatts) from dedicated transmitters, Nokia claims it is able to scavenge relatively large amounts of power — around a thousand times as much — from signals coming from miles away. Individually the energy available in each of these signals is miniscule. But by harvesting radio waves across a wide range of frequencies it all adds up, said Rouvala.

The trick here is to ensure that these circuits use less power than is being received, said Rouvala. So far they have been able to harvest up to 5 milliwatts. Their short-term goal is to get in excess of 20 milliwatts, enough power to keep a phone in standby mode indefinitely without having to recharge it. But this would not be enough to actually use the phone to make or receive a call, he says. So ultimately the hope is to be able to get as much as 50 milliwatts which would be sufficient to slowly recharge the battery.

1 year ago – element gets hit with a tree branch, missed artomatic, missed trolley, hive, wishes were fishes, labyrinth, sex and indiana jones, giant movie monsters

2 years ago – Bugah and Neil Arrive, summertime fun, godzilla cheats, newtcam pics, courthouse artist

3 years ago – website gig, writing, newtcam, sleestak sounds,

4 years ago – Sleepy, lj tags, couscous w/Danny, high voltage, questions

5 years ago – audio blog test, bluetooth virus, Sue Dibney Croaks, Dreams of the old gang, Bloomsday, When the zombies take over, how long until the electricity fails?

6 years ago – paranoid dream (has since come true at least once), silly RP in There, sleepy newt pic, Abbie the Cat Blog

7 years ago – Navajo Talkers, Barbie collectors, I learn about this apartment, palm doodles

8 years ago – IMT becomes FMM, paying by the word, slaver, funeral-cast.com, photo poll

9 years ago – Taco bell folding & WhitesnakeGeotargetVisitor Map

9747 – Thursday

 Travelers insurance (worker’s comp) wants to send me to one of their doctors in July to see if I need surgery and to get a second opinion regarding my back. I worry that surgery might be the way everyone is leaning. 

news story – moment of horror – "Daddy ate my eyes." not for the squeamish.

Opera 10, available for download now, is looking pretty keen – certainly one of the faster browsers I’ve used in a while. Under the chrome, much of Opera 10’s focus is on speed. Already no slouch when it comes to page rendering, an overhaul in the JavaScript engine means that intensive web apps like Gmail or Facebook load and respond considerably faster in Opera 10. In fact Opera, claims that the new beta has a 40 percent speed gain over its predecessors.

1 year ago – super good quiche, mootpoint, oshi replacement piece, james earl jones counts and recites the alphabet, blog verbosity, bhk bad weather / tornado pic

2 years ago – gave notice at the county, grilling out, started Fluke (still unfinished), baltimore vs dc, yabba pot

3 years ago – on call, giza pyramid, bunny hop pic, finger people, cosmos animations, fallentoad song, fantastic

4 years ago – full vs goatee, bro & PO, vs & rr try to hook me up

5 years ago – Local con, ADP fix it, free wifi, bro issues, Crew north, Cartoon stuff, rain, bad case

6 years ago – bro goes to ER, Tony & Caroline bad news, pt issues, brothel free to troops, pirate doodle, kraft offer, FIA hoverboats

7 years ago – fumigation drama, pelican preference, cricket magazine, Google labs

8 years ago – life roles, evil news, Paranormal investigation teams that I’d join, Allen Walton, hobo names, $10 webcam, classic Scotto lunch, nice dreams, mammoth riding.

9 years ago – figured out how to hack the info kiosk as the mall of the deadGeotargetVisitor Map

9653- Wednesday

Bro’s girlfriend / possible mother to his kid Shannon has been found, and she and her baby are doing OK – Momster is distancing herself from the situation – and I think that’s a good thing.

Google voice – free phone goodies –

http://www.google.com/support/voice/bin/answer.py?answer=142423 – That sounds amazing… google… I hope you don’t turn too evil on me!

Ran a query to update about 20000 drivers for a client – amazing what a little snippet of code in the right place at the right time will do.


update driver_details set timestamp=’2009-03-18 20:10:00′


driver_details.MC_ACCT_NO =  ‘**account number**’ AND

driver_details.DRV_TERMINATED_DT is null


 That’ll earmark all the active users for that group and send an update file to everybody. Hooray for Triggers !


Chasing potential errors after, now. Seems to be working within parameters, save for one not splitting properly.

Chinese food from the Octagon tonight – this was try #2 – I suspect BHK’ll be leery of a third try, unless Little Panda or Grace’s are closed.

1 year ago – voice post, eating grapes, haiku, busy day, gaming with R/K/P, POTA, Will Smith Denies Scientology

2 years ago – Behind the Mask, Tigger Adopted!, whistle blowers get some clearance,

3 years ago – bethany, st patty plans sacked,

4 years ago – much work, webjay, Danny invite, George, potential condo piccies (many mock the pre-move decor)

5 years ago – Astronaut Jones, Square Bear, speak and spell, Frank R paul, I create an fdle syndicated lj

6 years ago – iwo jima in the rock garden, I start using jarhead, wish for peace

7 years ago – facemaker, cab stacking, poem tag, timeline, roles I’ve filled, cool bunker

8 years ago – cartoon logic that works, alice, I want tasty snack food, lone gunmen, workplace desiresGeotarget

9552 – Wednesday – Midweek

wednesday -what did we do today, aside from work, eat and now head off to sleep?? not a lot – just relaxed and snoozed by the tv with christmas specials going, and that is just fine by me.

BHK made some tasty Broccoli-cheese soup, and veggie taquitos, and it was scarfed down with great gusto.

In More interesting news – (via mental floss)

Ernest is a 15-year-old cat who lives at a shelter in Godshill on the Isle of Wight. He suffers from entropion, a condition where the eyelids roll inward and cause inflammation. Surgery might correct the condition, but veterinarians were concerned about how such an old cat would react to an anesthetic. The solution? Contact lenses! The lenses protect Ernest’s eyes from his eyelids. Before, he had trouble seeing where he was going, but now has a new lease on life, according to shelter workers.

1 year ago – christmas tree pic, programming brain buzzing, spencer the puggle, boardgame geek gifts, ed emberly, jumping frenchmen of maine, latah

2 years ago – Prezzie from kev, doom patrol, diabetes breakthrough,

3 years ago – king kong, nighttime pix, newtie pix, boosh quote, meme

4 years ago – Mel born again, good times, steak, spazzy newt pic, earthsea whitewashed, comic book art I like, Chipmunks Roasting On An Open Fire

5 years ago – Tree, political compass poll, air stiff, Trained MM, flight method poll, programming notes

6 years ago – Clinton and Demi?, Sounds of Christmas, planned epidural

7 years ago – Aragon’s verse, social crit, no *taunting*?!, WiD gig

8 years ago – Meeting Tarpo and Isis in a day, liberal actors don’t bail don’t leave, planet of the apes remake Geotarget

9513 – Thursday 2

Just as FYI – the prior entry was that of a pair of clowns being sucked into a pneumatic tube.

Was late to the Metro this morning, so BHK rolled me all the way in – we had time to get a hot chocolate and a cinnamon cake, one or both of which made us both a little on the ill side come 10:30/11am. Last strike for that place – just as well, since *$ is a real money sink, and the tassimo makes better coffee and hot chocolate.

Work was steady today – and I’m brushing up on my Bash shell script powers – perl wasn’t the way to go on one of my projects, it seems. I’m developing new skills in GPG as well, out of necessity.

Lunch of veggie "turkey" roast on pumpernickel with gouda and spicy mustard did just the trick. root veggies make me happy too. Pumpkin pie yogurt is still weird, but November appropriate. Banana was out of sync, but yummy.

Recently St. Lucie County in Florida announced that it has teamed up with Geoplasma to develop the United States’ first plasma gasification plant. The plant will use super-hot 10,000 degree Fahrenheit plasma to effectively vaporize 1,500 tons of trash each day, which in turn spins turbines to generate 60MW of electricity — enough to power 50,000 homes!

– Is it wrong to think that it would be the source of a really perfect crime? What a solid way to dispose of a body, evidence, etc…

Topps announced that "WizKids will immediately cease operations and discontinue its product lines."

I guess that means no new Pirates, but it looks like Heroclix will survive.

1 year ago – noose dream, stick shifts and safety belts, logical fallacies, autumn remains, DIET GRAPE RETURNS!, perfervid,

2 years ago – punch buggy, meeting, craig james white, typo on sheet, work misc

3 years ago – LED clothes, K&K mime, Clavicus loves his pastry, doom patrol, quizzes, x-ing, newt pic, Red knows the score, cybermen, scotto avie

pictures taken 2 years ago – newt with the palm cam

4 years ago – bro call, sammich heartburn, remote control jargon, Eid, promenade in the park, FF movie looks like poop, comic book torrents, CoH sued by Marvel

5 years ago – Butterflies, Christ, Wind and Dexterity, my journal is in popular science, phonepost, back on call

6 years ago – expensive minis, misc whims, wacky news, bob hope

7 years ago – I live near blimps, medicine poll, Bad Elder Caucasian Dudes, marvel misfits

8 years ago – Des tries to take on the hive, whoville test, aok, Robbo’s last weekGeotarget Geotarget Geotarget

9428 – Wednesday

Back to work. Busy busy, but BHK made an awesome vegetarian shepherd’s pie and I got to snuggle while watching Eureka, so all is right with the world for the moment.

Both myself and Chris a Rita’s cone on the way home – soft serve vanilla chocolate – Chris had straight up vanilla.

Not much else happened today (save for a possible big bang via graypumpkin), but that’s a good thing. Time seems to be flowing front to back, as usual.

Oh! There was some really awesome weather today!

This Afternoon: Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Northeast wind between 11 and 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind between 8 and 13 mph.

That made it nice to go out and breathe.

The McCain campaign has accused Barack Obama of sexism, saying the Illinois senator was talking about Sarah Palin when he mentioned “putting lipstick on a pig.” Obama responded that the phrase is just a tired old joke, to which McCain shot back, “WHO’S a tired old joke???”

1 year ago – BHK and I skip dinner and movie, rough day for me, future 2007 in a nutshell.

2 years ago – slacker day, criminal into shoes, the Shield, light shirts, scottish superstition, foil helmet effectiveness,

3 years ago – schwag bag, tall scotto shadow pic, finished fdle year, weezle talk, burning life with hp, preference poll

4 years ago – Bag Lady, EN passes, Diarists more prone to illness, WoW pics, Hurricane Ivan, "because he said so", Puppy shoots man, KSC storm

5 years ago – RPC issue, Badger badger, baboon nose suitcase, RIAA sues a 12 year old, RI’s birthday, new opus strip.

6 years ago – Newt Play, vote day, traded some magic cards for heroclix/mage knight, lem-doodles, wobbly

7 years ago – got a lovely poem, found old family letters, cadmean victory, stayed home, assorted news, Anne Heche’s wacky interview, ‘mat event, observations

8 years ago – embarrassing fight club reference, ramen rant, everway, Chat ‘toon review Geotarget