Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Years, everyone!

When you guys are out celebrating and welcoming the new year, please review this video for some insight on the inner workings of your stomach.  Think of this as a public service announcement.

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I pissed someone off somewhere...

I mean, I've had to.  Literally, it's been one thing after another.  Here's some of the things I've been dealing with during my last week of 2007.   And, this is only the stuff I'm willing to share.

The bad stuff...

Christmas Eve: My laptop blue screens and has an irrecoverable error.  So, I need to reformat then restore from a backup.  The real problem is that I need a backup that doesn't exist.


Last Friday: My garbage disposal has corroded through and has pretty much all but damaged the cabinet beneath the sink.  Cheers to disgusting sink water!

This Morning: The turtle tanks Fluval 305 filter has a bad O-ring and leaked close to 10 gallons of water on our newly installed wood floors, last night.  Double cheers to disgusting turtle water!

The good stuff...

Though I hadn't full copied over everything, most of the important stuff on my old laptop is now on a Latitude D820.

The garbage disposal has been replace with a newer, more powerful unit.

The turtles are fine and still hungry as ever. 

The floor?  Well, that's another story...  I'll deal with that later.

Moral of the story?

There isn't one.  If I had to think of one, it would be "Chin Up." 

Anyway, I plan on taking 2008 on just like 2007... just roll with the punches and take things one step at a time.

Friday, December 28, 2007

It's 4:50pm...

It's 4:50pm on the Friday before the weekend before New Year's Eve. 

And, Where am I?

I'm at work.

How much do I suck?

A whole freaking lot!


I've heard this word way too many times over the past couple of weeks and it's really disturbing.  Usually, it's in reference to something medical, obviously cancer related...  but, tonight while watching Larry King Live, the word "metastasizing" was used to describe the current situation with Pakistan in reference to terrorism, the taliban and Al-Qaeda.

Personally, with everything going on, I'm feeling overwhelmed and, now, I'm deeply saddened over the events that have and are happening in Pakistan.

Benazir Bhutto waves to her supporters in Karachi during a rally against the Pakistan government 
(AFP Photo/Amir Qureshi, Copyright AFP/Corbis)

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated yesterday.

Not only was she the youngest and first woman to ever head the government of a Muslin-majority state, she was also a wife and mother to three children.  Her life was filled with many obstacles and challenges, but she stood by her convictions and lost her life doing what she believed in.  And, as with any loss of life, there is tragedy, but Bhutto's death has world wide repercussion. 

What's going to happen in the upcoming days, months, or years?  No one really knows.  Analysts are speculating, presidential candidates are still campaigning and people are questioning.

All I know is that while my kids are worried about having to eat their vegetables, I'll be worried about getting them better prepared for a scary and very uncertain world.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007


In the time it took my to post my last blog...  Miss Sherrie D has played another bingo.


sigh...  So, yes...  four bingos in five move.

BTW, for those of you not in the know, acerose is an adjective for needlelike, as in the leave of pine.

I'm sure I could say some naughty reference to some sexual euphemism, but my brain is pretty spent just trying to keep up w/ Sher in this game.

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How does one compete...

... when their significant other is a walking dictionary?


Here's the play by play.


Yes, that's three bingos in 4 moved... and, YES, I'm getting my A$$ kicks on Scrabulous

If you're a facebook user, check out the application and feel free to challenge me to a game.

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I like pictures... I take 'em, it's what I do.

I am by no means a photographer.  I don't lump myself in with the people that actually plan to and actually take beautiful pictures. 

Hot and Crusty

I can't categorize myself as a photographer because I know that I just do a whole lot of pointing and shooting.  There's no consideration for lighting, definitely no thought in composition or all that other foo-foo.  I just point, click and hope to get a good picture.


With the point and click mentality, I do take a lot of photos.  And, if you know me, it's not all portraits, drunken escapades or landscapes...  I do have like to capture images that make me laugh or I find interesting.  Since it's all digital, I don't have the cost associated with printing or using "consumable" film.  So, I just snap away.  Sheesh...  Hard Drives are so cheap now a days. 

Now, with 2007 coming to an end, I have to archive my photos to my archive hard drives and cut a DVD, just in case.

Doing a quick inventory, I have photos dating back to 1999. 

Holy moly...

Looking back at over eight years of photos, has gotten me to think more about the things I've been able to do, the relationships I've built, those ones I haven't nurtured and all the people that touched my life.  Overall, I do feel lucky.  I may never win the lottery or become the multi-billionaire I long to be...  but, I do surround myself with good people and have lots of good times with them.

If you're interested in seeing some of the photos I've put together in the latter part of 2007.  Check out these links:



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Monday, December 24, 2007

Guys, need last minute gift ideas?

I know... it's old, but I still get a kick out of it.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hey, here's something you can do... on a link to support the fight against Breast Cancer.

Every year over 40,000 women die from breast cancer... one in eight women either has or will develop breast cancer if their lifetime.

If detected early, survival rate is increased dramatically. So, the reason for this post is that I committed to telling at least 10 people, at least once a month. The goal is to continue doing this until I run The Columbus Race for the Cure in 2008.

So, Please tell ten friends to tell ten today!

The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman.

It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "donating a mammogram" for free (pink window in the middle).

This doesn't cost you a thing.
Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.

If you're curious as to whether this is really spam or not... check out this site for more background information:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


hulu logo

I finally got my invite into the hulu beta site. 

And, I'm so happy I did.

What is hulu, you ask?  Hulu is a company/website, based out of Los Angeles.  They have partnered up with some big name networks to provide access to premium content "across all genres and formats - television shows, feature films, clips and more."  Their interface is slick and sharp and finding content is nice and easy.

Basically it's nirvana for the television/movie junkie. 

The big plus is that its content is not limited to current shows...  for example, I'm currently watching the first season of Roswell and have Doogie Howser and Airwolf (w/ Ernest Borgnine) next on my playlist.

Now, how can I talk Santa in getting me both a vacation to Belize and a new multi-screen display set-up for "work".


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Thursday, December 13, 2007

a blast from the past...

So, I googled myself today and found a posting I did over eight years ago. Yes, I googled myself... just wanted to make sure you guys can't find my super secret double life site. Sorry, let me get back on track. So what did I find? Apparently, back in 1999, I was researching mysql performance and it's ability to handle large data sets... it's funny to see it now. Why? Around the time of the posting, almost all of my clients were using Microsoft SQL server or Oracle... mysql was still a big "I dunno". Today, the majority of database clients are on MySQL and only a handful are using Microsoft SQL Server and only one of our clients uses Oracle. We develop for smaller, price conscious clients, so it's to be expected. Here's the post? 2 million rows? puh-lease... I just got done bulk inserting closer to 5 times that amount for one of our bigger clients. My how times have changed.


I’ve found that the one most important step in my quest to simplify my life is to purge the unnecessary things that causes complication. Specifically, I’ve been addressing the clutter and disorganization, which is the cause of *my* complication.

From reading other entries on this particular “Thing to Do”, it’s looks like that’s the overall feeling everyone has, as well.. whether it be a physical thing that is being remove or an emotional one.

As an update, I’ve purge many “physical” things that have been cluttering my office and living space. I’m becoming less of a pack rat, only keeping those things that I cherish or have sentiment for. It’s been an ongoing process that has taken up a better part of past two week, however, I’m already seeing some immediate results.

Getting up in the morning seems less stressful, getting to bed a night is a lot more relaxing. And, things are getting done.

It’s a beautiful thing.

Purge, Prune, Purify.

Monday, December 10, 2007

An "I'm sorry letter" to my blog.

Dear Blog, I feel slightly insane. It's been very busy last week and it's only getting busier. Just so you know, everything I planned to get done last week has been pushed over to this week. Which really sucks for the both of us. But, don't worry, I still care about you. Please don't think my silence means I don't care. I just have slightly more important things in my life, such as putting food on the table, paying bills, and keeping the business moving along. Plus, you're not alone... even though I'm not around, Google Analytics and Feedburner are keeping tabs on you. And, I'm sure all your trusted subscribers won't drop you off their list. Don't worry, as incentive, I have a good christmas gift for you... time permitting, you might have your own domain and a new look! To add some value to this post... since I've been sapped of every ounce of creative thought I'm piggy backing off of iJustine's recent post about We Feel Fine by Jonathan Harris and providing links to both her blog and the project's site. I'm sure many of your readers will get a kick out of it. Yours, jcd

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Human Race, In General.

It's easy to get lost on the Internet.  Consider this scenario; You wake up your suspended computer to "quickly" check e-mail and all of a sudden it's a couple of hours later, and you find yourself viewing some YouTube video of some random person doing some random thing.  For me, many times I'm left in disbelief with my jaw dropped opened, wondering "What The Fuck?".

Other times, I'm just go into an Internet Trance.  Someone sends me some link which I review and then I continue from one related link to another, absorbing as much information that my eyes can see.  Albeit, useless information, but information nonetheless. 

This completely wasteful use of time is interrupted by a phone call, email notification or, more embarrassing, someone asking me what I'm doing.  To which, I promptly reply, "Nothing!".  Which is completely, but sadly, true.

I could lie to myself and say that really all I'm doing is studying human nature and it's raw, truthful and sometimes disappointing portraits that are painted on the electronic canvas called the Internet.  I say disappointing because many of the videos that I stumble upon are of people doing really stupid things.

What are there people doing?  Are they looking for attention? fame? eternal glory?  C'mon kids, let's not kid ourselves... *eternal* on the Internet is the better part of 5 minutes.  Either way...  if some superior alien race was to snap up a portion of YouTube's most popular videos I don't think it would make much of a testimonial.

Now, I know access to the Internet hasn't really changed how people are, what it simply has done has allowed ease to provide and get information, is this a good thing?

Here are some videos that make me worry about us...  and our future generations...

Kid versus Fire Ants

It's uncanny and disturbing the number of rooftop jumping videos.


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Saturday, December 1, 2007

It's official. Google wants to play.

Google announce yesterday that they will participate in the FCC's auction of wireless spectrum in the 700 MHz band.  This is 3 days before the FCC's deadline to file an application to participate in the auction.

See their press release here: Google Press Center: Press Release

What's that mean if they win the C Block?  Only Google, really knows...  either way, regardless who wins, we as consumers will be seeing a lot more flexibility with our wireless Internet service. 

The auction starts on January 24th...  and it'll be interesting to see the outcome.

Check out this blog on, which has some good hypothetical situations, concerning the whole thing.

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