A new look

Testing a new look, primarily to delve into Responsive design. The current template is only partially responsive from my tests. I also need to fix my logo up a bit... keep an eye out.Read more …

The Problem with Internet Filtering

I'm finding this puzzling. The Government has decided that the best thing they can do "for the children" is attempt to force the use of an Internet Filter in schools and public libraries by withholding grants and discounts unless a library or school implements a software or hardware filtering solution. In order to get grants and discounts on Internet access, we MUST install these obscenely expensive filters because... it protects children? Allow me to debunk your junk "facts"... 1. Filters cannot tell what is obscene and what is not. FACT: there is no…Read more …

Automobile Roulette

Well, the lease on my CX-7 is just about up, so I started the process of shopping for a new vehicle. I'm going to share my experiences here so maybe others can learn about things, but mostly just to outline my thinking... I realized I wanted a vehicle with better gas mileage than I was getting. The CX-7 varied from 16 to 23 mpg. On the Highway, sometimes you could get 24 or 25. Decent, not spectacular, and mostly hovering between 17 and 19. This meant a 4 cylinder. I also realized I…Read more …

March – Onward?

March was one hell of a month for me. I can't recall the last time I worked that hard. I worked almost 16 days straight with a day off to start the month. Tons of projects came to completion. I became haggard, whiny, and angry. I snapped at people. But... what an ending to the month. The last 2 weeks of March have been like a waking dream of epiphany to me. Finishing RFID has felt so professionally satisfying, these words only scratch the surface. BOTB was such a smashing success (literally... witness…Read more …

Confrontation and Confusion

I do not do confrontation well. There was an incident where we found someone doing something they shouldn't do. It should have been simple. I should have simply ejected the person from the place. I mean, they were violating the code of conduct, and more to the point, likely breaking the law. Instead, I froze. The kid was really good, and I was impressed by what he was doing. It took me a few moments to figure it out, and when I did I was like... whoa. Okay. Wait a second... This is…Read more …

Movies and Books and More

Just a few random movie reviews... Zombieland: AWESOME movie. I want a sequel. or a TV series. Really well done. Moon: GREAT sci-fi. Sam Rockwell deserves an Oscar nom for this movie. I mean, he's the WHOLE MOVIE. Maybe a bit of a slow build, but it pays off well. Twilight: Nothing on tonight, so I watched this... atrocious excuse for a waste of celluloid. Well, that's harsh... it wasn't really SO bad... dopey writing. unattractive actors and actresses in a "love" story (pronunciation required).. and horrible HORRIBLE directing. What was with that…Read more …

Summary and Upheaval of Fabric

So everything in my life seems to have changed drastically, and I lost my voice to speak here. Now I'm struggling to regain my voice. My mom passed away in November after a bit of a battle with Renal Cell Carcinoma, a shitty piece of disease that creeps up and infects your body so insidiously, that the doctor have no real way of knowing it's there until it's already done it's damaged. She spent the last month of her life in the hospital, and the preceding month undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments for...…Read more …

Bugatti Veyron vs Smart ForTwo

Images: Price: Veyron = $2.1 million ForTwo = $15,000 Winner: ForTwo For the price of 1 Veyron, you can buy 140 ForTwos. Horsepower: Veyron = 1,001 HP (w/Hi Octane Gas) from a 8.0L Turbo Charged W16 Smart = about 90hp from an 1.0L inline 3 cylinder Winner: ForTwo If only because the combined HP rating of 140 ForTwo's is around 12,600 HP Gas Mileage: Veyron = 8.5 MPG ForTwo = 35 MPG Winner: ForTwo With 140 of these, you're using more fuel per mile, but... Passenger Capacity: Veyron = 2 ForTwo = 2…Read more …

How Well Do You Know Me?

Recently, I made a quiz for Facebook using the popular "How Well Do You Know Me?" application. Almost no one tried it, and no one passed. One of my friends called Shenanigans on my quiz, stating that I don't know myself well enough to produce a realistic test. Is he right? Who knows... Your cheat sheet follows (Correct Answers in BOLD and Explanations, if any, in Italics): 1) How many slices of pizza did Mike eat during a HS band pizza party? a) 9 b) 3 c) 27 d) 42 I realize this…Read more …

Update from the Netherworld

Well, I haven't left a message in awhile. However, my site isn't dead: I just haven't had anything momentous to share. Over the last few weeks, I've been able to take a vacation It was a driving vacation, and I quite enjoyed it. Here follow some thoughts on the states I drove through in chronological order: Ohio (Northern): Defective by design? Boring? Ohio isn't a destination: it's something your drive through to get where you're going. West Virginia: Gorgeous scenery, literally the whole state is covered in hills and mountains. Very beautiful, but…Read more …