Thursday, October 26, 2006

testing problems with feed

this is a test post to see if the feed is working properly

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Now heres a blast from the past...
heres a picture of me with my brother and two of my cousins, Scott & Andrew. I cant remember when this picture was taken... but it was around 81'-82' Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 27, 2006

1970's Whale Beaching

Heres a hilarious little news story about a dead whale beached on the Oregon Coast in the 1970's.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Mo:Blog testing post.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Internet is for... wha?... Really?

Google Movies is great for finding all those crazy, wacky movies!
Case in point... This little number!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

My Love/Hate Relationship with Apple

light #2
Originally uploaded by blakie.
Most of the time I love Apple, their OS has found its mark, the consumer and pro software is making noise and can do incredible things. Their hardware??? up until today... I wasn't so pleased, but I could over look it.

There used to be a time when I would stay up all night before the macworlds sifting through the apple site for "prereleases" of information. Now I've come to realize that there are more important things in life. Sure the toys are cool but do I hafta be one of the first to know?

Okay maybe, in a small sence I do... I kept a chat window open as a macrumors reporter sent out small tidbits of info on the new developments. I even watched the Steve Jobs Keynote later last night so I could actually see the software and devices I had read about.

They have a way of making you love them, and just when you think the honeymoon's over they do just that little thing you've been hoping for. Believe it or not, this is one of the things that makes me hate them.

Apple is a tease. sure they make great product, but only so great... not over the top "OMG! Im dying of orgasm" great but "you can look, but dont touch" great. they have become that tease of a first girlfriend you had in middle school. People will rush out to stores to buy it and find that its lacking that one key component that would put it over the top.

They almost NEVER take that last step. its so disappointing at times. and yeah I feel that way with iLife '06. once I actually have a copy in hand I'll review each app and give it a proper review. until then, I'll say this. I like the suite, (otherwise, I wouldn't buy it.... right?) but from what I've seen and read... its missing some key elements that could have made it... insanely great!

Stay tuned...
More info is coming

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Back to Blogging?

Yeah, my Blogs have been sporatic the last several months.
Work, promotions, family, and many other aspects of life have drained me of any ideas to write about.

But that will be changing here in the very near future. And speaking of changes, I have a new blog coming soon! I won't revel the URL just yet but stay tuned as I'll soon be laying that on ya!

I'm still trying to figure out how the separate the two properly. Thinking on that a bit.... will experiment with a few Ideas I have floating around in tho old noggin. But you'll be hearing from your hubble narrator soon enough!

Til next post,

'Asta la Vista!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

My First Blog in Weeks...

I've spent a good portion of time looking at Ajax over the last few weeks... the more I see it... the more I love it. There are many examples of it on the net these days heres a good one. a web spreadsheet!

Neat huh?

Num Sum: Throwaway Web Spreadsheets: "Num Sum is a new ajaxian web spreadsheet in the 'Ajax Office' vein, brought to us by TrimPath.

You can simply create spreadsheets on the fly and name them if you want to keep and share for awhile, or just have one use and move on.

Since this is the participation web 2.0: You can view others spreadsheets See spreadsheets via tags

Or, you could just use Excel and share that? ;)


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Sunday, September 18, 2005

All the States I've been in

create your own visited states map

I know its been a while but heres the map all all the states I've spent time in...

More Later

Friday, September 09, 2005

Skepticality on hiatus

This morning as I was starting my work day I heard the news. Derek Colanduno of Skepticality has suffered an injury that is life threatening, the show has been put on hiatus. Needless to say my thoughts are with Derek, his family and His co-host, Swoopy who gathered enough stength to deliver the news personally.

It's my personal hope that Derek has a speedy recovery. Their show is a breath of fresh air in a world that is bogged down with opinion, they strove to deliver fact. Until then, I'll catch up on the past episodes I've been meaning to catch up on.

Please join me in sending messages of encouragement to them
Link to Skepticality.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Have moved my Google ads...

Yeah as you may have noticed I've moved my Google ads to a more predominant area...


Yeah, I know, but its done in hope that folks might click on them... I'd like to see if I could make a few bucks from it before I decide to retire from regular work and become a full-time blogger. (Yeah, thats highly unlikely, although I do have a few plans for some additional income that way)

We'll see how well this goes :)

iTunes 5: Still waiting for one simple feature...

iTunes 5
Originally uploaded by techsavant.
iTunes 5 came out today and it's more like a point release that a full-fledged version upgrade. I'm thinking this will be the way of things to come with iTunes. Lots of small tweaks in features rather that large monumental leaps we used to see.

Remember the excitement of going from version 2 to 3 and then 3 to 4! Dont get me wrong... I love iTunes, its the primary way I listen to music and podcasts. But this version release is a little disappointing.

One feature that SHOULD have been in this release... The one I've emailed apple for as soon as 4.9 came out??? The ability to individually set podcasts... Lets face it... I listen to podcasts like Earthcore, which I want to hang on to and then some are dailies that I listen to and dump right afterward.

Apple iTunes Development crew??? Hear my cries! This is a much needed feature for iTunes 5.1.


Okay, This one needed to be shared: Joey Hess: login:

One of the things that attract me to Linux and the open source environment is the "pioneering" spirit many of the users tend to have. The "lets see what happens if I try to do this..." attitude.

Its not always practical, its not always fruitful... but it doesn't have to be. Sometimes its just plain fun to try and see what happens, just because you can. Here we find a guy who wanted to see how many remote logins he attempt at one time. Below are his results.

Joey Hess: login::


This screenshot is what happens when I decide to try to log into as many
machines as I can all at once. Stats:
  • 41 successful logins
  • 11 failures
  • 3 ways to spell "Joey Hess" (and "grue")
  • 1 previosly unknown hardware failure (argh)
  • 2 other machines unavailable due to that hardware failure
  • 6 machines powered on remotely for login attempts
  • 1 remote hard power cycle needed
  • 5 ssh host keys changed
  • 1 machine unavailable due to firewall
  • 1 account I didn't know I had until reading a motd
  • 4 machines unavailable due to being turned off
  • 2 machines unavailable due to me not wanting to get up and plug them in
  • 1 machine unavailable due to broken netboot image
  • 6 first logins ever
  • 51 linux boxen
  • 51 debian boxen
  • 1 solaris box
  • 2 boxen smaller than my hand
  • 52 hunks of metal and silicon
  • an unknown number of countries
  • 3 continents
  • 1 hour wasted

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

My first (and last) Post on Religion.

Took the quiz, I was actually impressed with the questions asked. Got the results and found them interesting, so I'll post them here.

You scored as agnosticism. You are an agnostic. Though it is generally taken that agnostics neither believe nor disbelieve in God, it is possible to be a theist or atheist in addition to an agnostic. Agnostics don't believe it is possible to prove the existence of God (nor lack thereof).

Agnosticism is a philosophy that God's existence cannot be proven. Some say it is possible to be agnostic and follow a religion; however, one cannot be a devout believer if he or she does not truly believe.

agnosticism: 75%
Paganism: 63%
Islam: 58%
Satanism: 54%
Buddhism: 54%
atheism: 46%
Judaism: 38%
Christianity: 25%
Hinduism: 25%

Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
created with

Religion is a rather sticky subject and in almost all cases. I do not like to discuss my beliefs with anyone... All too often its a matter of "lets agree to disagree, and let sleeping dogs lie." But I found this quiz and felt the need to take it. It actually hit pretty well on the Agnostic portion.

Okay that said... this closes the book on my mentioning religion in the future and my willingness to debate my beliefs.
Debating Beliefs are pointless pursuits!

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Hadley Underground
Originally uploaded by techsavant.
In reality I probably spent all of two years in my hometown of London, and I was pretty young at the time. But I'll have to admit, lately I've felt a strong pull to return and experience the sights and sounds of London town.

So to quell some of the homesickness I created this. I remember I was always fancinated by the Map of The Tube.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005


Originally uploaded by techsavant.
Thanks to a friend, I found a site the allows you to create church signs. Yes, I'm sure there are tons of irreverent signs made at this sign daily!

Heres one of my contributions!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Yup, had to take the test. Heres the results!...

My computer geek score is greater than 94% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!

Yup, had to take the test. Heres the results!

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iBook Riot!

iBook Riot!
Originally uploaded by techsavant.
Today people climbed over each other to get their hands on 4 year old iBooks recently decommissioned by Hermitage High School, near Richmond, VA. Richmond International Raceway became the site for people acting crazy in the hopes to get a good deal.

This years students will be recieving brand new Dell Laptops! I'll keep my eyes open in four years to see if they cause the same type of distrubance when they sell for $50!

Try this at home Kids!

Try this at home Kids!
Originally uploaded by techsavant.
Can it a bug, call it what you will but there is a trick to finding a hidden little secret for what appears to be a feature to come...
For those of you with iTunes 4.9 and a Mac (of course) go into you display settings and drop the color depth to 256 colors.... Yeah I know its ugly... but then open up iTunes and go into the preferences... and check out that podcast icon now! Yup, it becomes an icon the strangely resembles a Cellphone.... Hmmmmm very interesting indeed!