Friday, September 28, 2007

The Genius of I.T.

Well IT blocked our Meebo access so we all have to use the IM client of our choice and allow the company to monitor our conversations. I wouldn't mind BUT they can't get the monitoring right, so it is pretty much up to God's grace to get you logged in.

Googletalk doesn't work
Pidgin doesn't work

I finally gave up and went back to Yahoo Messenger to discover they also blocked our access to so we couldn't even download the client. I had a buddy outside the wall send it to me. I then had to undock and work, then redock my laptop and...

I can't log in to Yahoo.

So not only have we been effectively blocked from defrauding the company, but we also cannot communicate between ourselves for support. Very effective.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Maybe It's Just Me

OK, let me try to put this in a way a layperson can understand. For this scenario I am a mechanic and you are an operator of a car.

You bring your car to me and tell me it keeps running off the road. You are driving along great and suddenly, BLAMMO! the driver side front wheel flies off and the car runs out of control into the median!

You get out find the wheel and put it back on the car and drive the car to me.

Wow! I say. This is crazy, the wheel flew off? So I take a look and realize that on the driver's side front wheel there are NO LUG NUTS!

I tell you, oh man, here is your problem. You do not have any lug nuts on that front wheel. You should get some and put on there.

You say OK, you think you have some laying around and you'll do that. We then go our separate ways.

You call me a month later and tell me the same thing happened BLAMMO the Wheel flew off again causing you to lose control and your wife is pretty P.O.'d at you because you didn't fix the car.

Wow! I am amazed this happened again. You then point out that you still do not have lug nuts on the front wheel.

I tell you then your wheel will continue to come off. Why haven't you fixed it? You tell me something about your car being old and you don't have any spare ones and they don't make any of the old ones any more.

I tell you to get a new car or find someone who sells the old lug nuts.

We go our separate ways, but every time you wheel flies off you call me to ask what you should do.

Is this justifiable homicide?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wens At Home

Well I worked from home today because the wife and i had a meeting with Ben's teacher. This is the first meeting as part of his evaluation to determine how to handle his Asperger's Syndrome.

Following advice from a friend of ours we were determined to remain positive and sympathetic to the teacher and school. REALITY IS: the teacher is set in her ways and has labeled our kid as "Bad." Unfortunately for Ben the kids in his class has picked up on that.

The meeting began well enough with Ben's teacher meeting us in the principal's office. We discussed how much trouble she has in class with him. We in turn discussed how we work at home with him (praying the whole time they would have the good sense to admit they don't know what they are dealing with).

They didn't.

We have a school who doesn't understand how he thinks and is so mired in following procedure they will be doing paperwork until the end of time if we don't keep gently pushing them along.


EDIT -------

Due to a possible misunderstanding I am removing the poor joke I made yesterday. I want it to be perfectly clear, I do NOT think the teacher is bad, just uninformed.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Moment In Time

Jenny threw out a good idea. Her thought was how she is affected by such random things in photographs and how they make her feel. She sugegsted we send her our pictures and stories.

Here is mine:

This is my baby girl Sadie. She is the youngest of five kids and a sweet little girl. She always has a smile for me and is a snuggle bunny.

I thought I would always have my hairy legged boys (who I love) but when I got little girls I thought my heart would melt. This picture was taken by me with her asleep on my belly. As I have grown older I have learned to appreciate the little moments, a tiny hand holding mine, reading a book, talking about military tactics (that's with Christopher) and smelling little girl hair while they sit in my lap.

My wife has given me the thing I treasure most, all our children. Thank you Jen.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Don't Mess With the Chuck!

Chuck Norris tracked down the man who is responsible for starting the fad of "Chuck Norris" jokes which have populated the internet.

A Man About To Die!

Unfortunately the man died soon after this picture was taken.

Note the glee on Chuck's face.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Another Sports Contraversy!

OK, I have discovered some disturbing evidence about everyone's FAVORITE quarterback Peyton Manning. We all revel in his squeaky clean image, but disturbingly he is more sinister than even Michael Vick.

Michael Vick was involved in dogfighting, but look at the latest product sporting Manning's image.

Peyton Manning Dog Biscuits

Looks good and wholesome right? Look Closer.

Notice anything?


That's right! Made with REAL DOGS! How disgusting can one human being get?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Troll Like Proportions

OK, I am seriously thinking I am a freak or something. I am ALL TORSO. I have been checking it out and I am like a cross between Shrek and a dwarf, only 6' tall.

Look at the evidence...

Artist illustration. Not actual photgraph.

As you can see from the illustration, I am freakishly out of proportion. I need to sew two shirts together end to end to cover my freakish abdomen. I also HAVE TINY LEGS! This is not fair. I can't run from danger... I am like a penguin without the tux. Just label me victim and let me get my wallet out to hand to you Mr. Robber.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hooray for Me!

OK, so after yesterday's lunchtime debacle, I decided my wife is right. When I take lunch, I am at lunch. I usually eat at my desk where I can work on other technical things, so I need to POLITELY tell folks, I am at lunch and I will happily help them afterwards.

Ringer Mute is activated on my phone. I refuse to check the call queue until lunchtime is over (or course I have a test I am running this morning anyway, so the queue is secondary, but I still get paranoid about it).

I will be working on honing my CSS skills. I need to work out my STYLESHEETS baby!

HA! Another email into the ether of the AFTER LUNCH queue!

This is quite nice.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


YOu know, I usually try to do productive things at my desk during lunchtime. One thing I often do is catch up on my news blogs or work on my church's webpage.

I am a little frustrated though, because regardless of if I am stuffing food in my mouth, working on something or whatever, everyone comes over and starts barraging me with questions.

Today it was one of the supervisors here at work. He brings over one of his other guys, asks me, "What PBX is extension 1990 in in this network?" I modem in and tell him 1990 doesn't exist. He then calls the engineer from his group, draws the whole thing out on my whiteboard while I have to get the call flow information.

Nice lunch huh?

Wonder what time HE is going to lunch. I think I'll be calling him. Better yet, I'll call him tonight at 4:00 AM and ask him if he's awake.

Don't Mess With the Police

OK, so lets say you are a jounalism student who REALLY REALLY REALLY wants to ask a question. When the police tell you to stop and leave. It's time to leave or else you might get tazered.

Work to the wise. Being a moonbat and screaming "What have I done? What I have I done? Get away from me. Get off of me! What did I do? ... Help me! Help." won't deter the police when you resist arrest. The comments of the other students such as, "It's a perfect example of when officers take something to a level that is not necessary," he said. "The officers escalated that situation." is crap.


This is why Darwin was wrong. People like this should have been weeded out by natural selection a long time ago.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Four Letter Words

OK. I am admittedly childish and have a love of potty humor, but I try very hard to keep this blog relatively clean. I want it to be something funny, without having to resort to filth to be so. My kids, wife, friends (some from church) read it and I am proud of it because for the most part I succeed.

Sally Field is in the news because people are making a big deal out of her being censored during the Emmy's. Me personally I couldn't care less. If you cannot string together a coherent though process without taking God's name in vain or dropping an F Bomb on TV, then you need to be censored (by the way, this isn't like Fox is censoring her free speech, you can't say that even if you are Ann Coulter).

Part of the reason I cannot listen to the left is because so much of what they do is personal attacks (yes I know Ann Coulter does that too, how many others do?), foul language and surface arguments (meaning they make sense until you sit down and think about them for an hour or so). Ease up on the emotion and think logically. Listen to something other than everyone spewing what you agree with. That is what I did and I was CONVERTED from a hardcore Democrat to a conservative. I couldn't argue with the logic.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Old Dog, Old Tricks

OK, for those of you keeping score at home on Eric's case. There are new developments involving Eric's wife Erin.

Turns out she might have been chasing another student after getting a job teaching in Nashville. Turns out she kind of omitted the part about having an affair with a former student on her resume. She also applied for her job using her maiden name.

Please pray for Eric's kids as they are with this woman while everything gets sorted out. No matter where you stand on this, the kids need to be everyone's main concern.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Day at Home

Wife wakes up with a case of the Funky Creeping Crud, so I am staying home to help her with the girls and housework.

Of course she is much more effective without my "Help." I believe my beloved feels I take the day off just so I can observe and contribute to her misery.

I don't... Really! I don't!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Super Bowl Halftime Show!

Mister Vick and his puppy!

It's almost enough to make me pull for the Falcons!


Thanks to Justin from Justin's Random Thoughts who pointed out this has been used at Deadspin for a while now.

Got to give credit where credit is due, you know?

Ear Hair

Like eyebrow hair, as men grow older ear hair grows longer, thicker and more prevalent. Since ear hair is used to help keep bugs out of our ears, does this mean we should fear larger bugs as we grow older?

Networking Example

Saying you can't ping an IP address across the network is like complaining to Ford that you can't cross a river because the bridge is out.

Hint hint. Don't call me when your network is broken so you can't get your IP phones to work. If your description starts with "We changed a Cisco..." chances are VERY high it is NOT my problem.

(It's a metaphor people.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Never Ending Adventure

OK, so after my fun road trip, I am STILL working on a solution. Turns out we will not support the configuration they have (unfortunately it is the one we SOLD them) so I am trying a bunch of work arounds.

I am so tired. Things otherwise are good. COLLEGEGIRL came over the other night and we had a Balderdash-a-thon until I passed out at 1AM. I guess I am a long way from 19.

So anyway. No great fun. Nothing exciting. Nothing.

Rather dull actually...

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Freaky Ghost Video

OK, so my close friends know I am interested in the paranormal and love shows like Ghosthunters. So when I saw this video I totally freaked out.

I guess it could be fake, but who knows. You be the judge. - Watch more free videos

Jeeze Sorry Folks

OK folks. Sorry I haven't been blogging lately. I have been shipped out of town to fix a problem which appears to be beyond my control. Sadly it is not fixed and my engineering above me is taking their sweet time.

So I am back in Dallas now. On call. Of course I was called first thing this morning by a guy with a system down (one we don't make anymore). The first time he calls he doesn't have power. The second time he has power, but his switch keeps crashing (I got him stabilized and said "You've got some bad cards you will have to work to find". The third time the switch is periodically crashing and he is trying to track down the alarms (power alarms for the bad cards).


But anyway. I'm bad. My Vols lost the season opener. All in all, I am generally annoyed.