Mostly about my amusement

Month: September 2008 (page 2 of 2)

Rove should know about “truthiness”

This is how you know Senator McCain will say and do anything to get elected.

Rove has leveled similar criticism against Obama. “McCain has gone in some of his ads — similarly gone one step too far,” he told Fox News, “and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the ‘100 percent truth’ test.”

Rove: Some McCain ads don’t pass ‘100 percent truth’ test.

When Karl Rove is saying you’ve gone too far, then it’s ethics game over.

Dropbox looks interesting

I just installed the client software from Dropbox and it looks very slick. I already back up my server data in two places but the idea of having a (free) place to just drop some workstation files might be useful. I’d played with other free storage tools before but they were all a little cumbersome so I gave up on it.

With Dropbox, you just place files and folders into your “My Dropbox” and the client just syncs it up.  It feels like rsync without the setting up of ssh or the CLI geek knowledge needed.  Just drag and drop.

This uses Amazon S3 as the storage medium and encrypts the data.  The web page is a little like Facebook and shows you your activity.  It’s all third party so I won’t be putting oh say, bank data, on it but most of what I use is available on the Internet anyway.

Wonder how shared folders work? Have to try that.

In between weather

Hot and muggy summer weather does not bother me.  I once dragged Lily through Washington D.C. in 101 degree weather and did not realize she was suffering, I was fine.  Summer in Las Vegas was great with it being over 100 and no humidity.

Autumn is very cool and New York winter never gave me a problem.  I’m not saying Minnesota winter would not wipe me out, but even with cold snaps I can’t get into too much trouble weather wise.  Our winters here are just mild and lately getting milder.

The transitions are a pain.  This is damp but not wet, colder but not cold.  One day it’s summertime and spring like the next. Then back to hot followed by cool evenings.

This weather is “in between” and it always bugs me.  For the next few weeks until fall settles in, I’ll be irritated by Mother Nature’s lack of making a decision. The changes give me headaches and my muscles hurt.  I’ll be more cranky than usual.

Sigh, I’ll have to deal with it by playing with the kids more.  The girl just started kindergarten and claims she is not happy.  She likes the bus ride, that’s very cool.  But she says she does not like the work (it’s her second week).

For 3 years she attended half day pre-k and knew everyone.  There were not many girls in her school and she was treated like a princess.  Once she told me she was going to marry one of the boys in her class. When I asked about another boy, she said she’d marry that one later.

I wonder if we are raising the next Liz Taylor?

At her new school she’s just one of hundreds of kids.  It’s good for her but she needs to adjust. She will learn to make new friends and enjoy being in class. She’ll be cranky and we’ll deal with her maudlin behavior.  For now she’s just in between.

Old ID software games

ID Super Pack

I’m a sucker for the old games.  For me the id super pack was too much to pass.  It comes with virtually every id game up to and including DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil.

When Steam came out, the idea of downloading games from the Internet was just plain silly.  Now I can get games via Steam and never worry about having the CD in the drive or re-installing and not finding the original disks.  Patching becomes easy too.

Looks like Valve software was ahead of their time. Since I can log in from all my PCs, I can pick which games to install and play them when I want.

Soon I’ll be heading out but when I come back I hope to be playing Commander Keen.

But I do have the authority to reject things

10 years ago, I had to be careful about what Dilbert cartoons could be put up in my cubicle since some of them were dead on accurate.

This one hits close to home for any one in Network engineering:


In my current job, this is more funny as we get lots done. But in my past life this kind of road block was a daily event. Putting up this one would have gotten me another talking-to.

Rain from Hanna

Yesterday when Lily and I got home, we went and took in the patio umbrella.  My parents had taken most of the stuff from outside already so I did not have much to take in.

Good thing we did that.  Go into your shower and put the water on to it’s maximum pressure and speed.  It was like that last night outside our bedroom.  It came down hard and woke us both up.  This morning I found out that it did not rain in Manhattan but it will.

I really like storms, especially if there is lots of lightning.  When I get a break today (I’m doing some WFH) I may look open up the garage and take some pictures.

And it’s raining too!

Ohhhh boy.

The announcement was intended to counter rumors by liberal bloggers that Ms. Palin had claimed to have given birth to her fifth child in April when, according to the rumors, the child was her daughter’s.

Palin’s 17-Year-Old Daughter Is Pregnant – The Caucus Blog –

So. A group called Focus on the Family jokingly ask that people pray for rain on Senator Obama’s acceptance speech.  It not only did not rain but the opening day festivities of the RNC have been canceled to focus on providing support for the fallout that hurricane Gustav will be bringing with it.  Even the Whitehouse is getting it’s act together for this one.  Good thing they asked only for rain.

So. The Internet was bouncing around with the rumor that her youngest son is actually her grandson.  And to counter that they release that her 17 year old daughter is doing a Jamie Lynn Spears?

How is that going to play in Peoria?  Any odds on Palin pulling a Harriet Miers and dropping out?