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Dry WeatherAugust 22, 2014 - So out here on the west coast we're in the middle of a drought and oh-my-effing-gosh you would think it was the end of the ever loving world. The media, who've gotten in touch with their deep inner need to dramatize any little news item, have totally blown this out of proportion. It's no longer a drought, but rather the "WORST DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY!!". Guess these freaks never heard of the drought that happened here in the 70s... everyone thought it was the end back then too, but eventually it started raining again and the sun continued to rise, birds resumed chirping, and who wouldn't guessed - life went on.

I was casually talking with a friend that sucks up TV news and was startled to hear her concern that the Bay Area was going to burn to the ground - because of the drought... PLEASE - TAKE A CLEANSING BREATH!!

Then you have neighbors who start judging each other based whether their front lawn is dead or not. If you don't have dead grass in your front yard you run the risk of someone reporting it to the "authorities". And if you do have dead grass it's like you're some sort of public martyr making the great noble sacrifice for the good of our exalted evironMENTAL god. There's an actual social media movement called drought shaming that posts green lawn pictures and addresses of those who dare to question the catastrophic "WORST DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY!!".

This is the west. We do dry weather... it's part of why people like it out here - there's little to no rain or humidity, and every once in a while we go thru a dry period.

But what really kills me about all this is how little attention is drawn to the lack of water reservoirs. California hasn't built a major reservoir since the 1970s. In fact, our foolish wisdom has lead us to tear some down. Why? Because of the environment. Every time a major building project is proposed the environMENTALISTS have a coronary about some butterfly or weevil that will supposedly be threatened. My God, these nuts go over the edge when a freakin pigeon dies!

I know it's hard to do, but keep in mind that the rain will return even if it takes a few years. And for the love of all things reasonable, STOP watching the TV news... those bastards will sell their mothers into forced slavery if it would get more viewers.

August 17, 2014 - Wow - it's been over a year since I updated the front page... a lot has been going on, which is normal.

At work I lost my boss - he went to another company. Too bad, because I passed on other opportunities last year mostly because I liked working for him. Now that he's gone we're supposed to get a new manager at the end of the month. The new guy has been hired from the outside, plus he has no experience w/CAD software. We'll see how this goes...

Went on several vacations this year. In early June the McFalls got together for a Mexican cruise... very enjoyable. Weather was good, food was decent, but spending time together as a family was the best.

Later in the month the Trans rented a huge cabin in Tahoe and we spent 4 days in the mountains above the lake. Went on a few hikes, did a little casino gambling, and generally relaxed. It was nice - again, lots of good food... very enjoyable.

Still doing the P90X thing, though now I'm on P90X3. I find X3 to be good because the workouts are limited to 30 minutes, and when trying to exercise in the morning, 30 minutes is just right. So far, injury free... and staying pretty consistent too.

July 7, 2013 - Been too long since the site has been updated. The contact page was messed up and after many frustrating failures I gave up trying to fix it. Months passed and yesteday I ran across a website w/simple instructions for a contact page. Played around with it this morning and BOOM! It's done - contact page restored and all is well with my online life.

Tunnel Vision

So yesterday I ran across a headline about Justin Timberlake's new video being BANNED from YouTube... wow - how bad could it be for YouTube to pull out the censor stamp? Well it's pretty bad. Sure, you have the usual naked girls running around with breasts a flopping and everything. Sad to say, but most kids have seen much more graphic things online... if it isn't on YouTube then it doesn't take a web master to find worse else where.

The worst, though, is 20 years from now people will watch this "controversial" video and wonder why the hell nobody told Justin to pull his pants up. Seriously - this is a 32 year-old man...

At The Fillmore East

November 16, 2012 - Friday nite celebration... it was a long week, even if it was only 4 days. Still, worked my butt off. Allman Brothers, gin martini, and a 7" cigar without a label - if it isn't worthy of a Friday Nite Special then I'll snuff it out and pick another... no sense wasting Friday on a bad cigar.

UPDATE: The 7" cigar wasn't very good... and I think it was one of the "Cubans" I smuggled back from Mexico. Dammit.

Anyway, switched over to a Padilla Miami Oscuro Limitado with much better results. Now that's a real cigar...

My test server was refreshed today and that is cause for celebration. Refreshing a server means taking a recent backup of a production server and loading it on a test server. I've done this about 4 or 5 times in the past year and every time I've run into problems and needed to call tech support. I had a procedure to follow, published by the software vendor, and added to this my own meticulous notes whenever there was a problem. The result is a 9 page step-by-step instruction manual that STILL wasn't good enough. Every. Single. Time... a new problem would come up requiring a call to tech support. This was frustrating to no end - what should take a half day to do was requiring up to a week. But today I completed it in 2 days... suffice it to say I'll take the hollow victory with the understanding I won't ever have to do this again (we're dumping the database software for another vendor.) Victory none the less... a good reason to celebrate on Friday night!

November 12, 2012 - Have the day off today (gotta burn some saved up vacation otherwise I lose it) and just finished the yoga session of P90X. Actually I did the first 30 minutes of a 90 minute workout... which is sort of being flakey but I determined a LONG time ago that 90 minutes of yoga is way WAY too much. And even after 30 mins I've worked up a good sweat, so I'm not gonna sweat it (pun intended).

The yoga workouts have gotten better as I've built up strength. Honestly that was most of the argument against doing the whole workout - I just wasn't strong enough to hold the poses. I can appreciate it more now that I'm stronger... balance poses were the hardest, especially when you try to twist into various positions without falling - now I can hold the pose longer and begin to focus on stretching instead of worrying about collapsing on the floor.

Yeah, it's all good...

November 10, 2012 - Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 cigar, gin martini with 3 olives, and Allman Brothers music. It's all classic tonight...

I did my best to clean up the website tonight, creating a bunch of archive pages and moving stuff off the main site. I do all of this manually, so it takes some time to make changes and mistakes are bound to happen. No doubt there are programs out there that can simplify the task, but by doing things this way I at least have a basic understanding of what has been done. Plus I learn a little each time I update the website.

It's mid-November and a big project at work is coming to a cressendo finish. The go-live date is 12/3, which means the team will be working over the Thanksgiving weekend to make sure things go right. And it will - good people on this project who make the sacrifices necessary to get the job done.

Injured my elbow and shoulder in the 10th week of P90X... dammit. The lesson learned is don't let your elbows flare out when doing pushups. Keep them close to your sides, and if that means not doing wide-fly push ups then so be it. I was feeling a little pain, but by the 10th week I'd built up some good strength and tried to muscle my way thru it. A little voice in my head said I wasn't doing something right, but pain is something you live with when working out and instead of going away (as usual) it got worse... to the point that I couldn't lift my arm over my head. Sort of had to fling it up to accomplish that, at which point I realized I was going to be on the shelf with an injury for a while. Again - DAMMIT.

The Number One Rule when working out is NOT TO GET INJURED. Once an injury occurs you can't really do anything until it heals. Yes, you can work around it, but I knew better and yet still messed up. Crap.



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(Really this is mostly the number of times I've refreshed this page while troubleshooting a boatload of problems.)