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Personal and Humor

Extreme Blog Makeover

January 6, 2006

So I'm just minding my own business, surfing my own blog yesterday when I noticed I received some Google click-throughs (referrals) directly to a blog post I just wrote yesterday, ironically about Google that apparently was picked up by Google just hours after I posted it. I was curious how the heck Google was picking up my blog post titled "New Google Adsense Graphical Ads" so quickly, so naturally I Googled "new google adsense graphical ads" the blog title - nothing. Hmmm, that's odd. Why is Google giving me referral links directly to such a new blog post?

Beer and VoIP a great combination

January 4, 2006

Beer and VoIP go hand-in-hand like New York Yankee championships in October.

Bob McKenzie: "No way, hoser. You mean Red Sox."

Doug McKenzie: "Take off, eh. Aaron Boone walk off home run against the Red Sox. That was beauty, eh!"

Bob McKenzie: "You hoser, that was 3 years ago. 2004 was beauty, eh.

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee

January 3, 2006

This past weekend my wife and I picked up a used (2000) Jeep Grand Cherokee. We hadn't planned on buying a Jeep for at least a couple months, however when our Ford Taurus was side-swiped smashing in both passenger doors and my 3000GT's clutch died in the same week, our plans changed. The ironic thing is that we planned on trading in the 1999 Ford Taurus until we learned it was probably worth only $500 due to its 150,000 miles. While I am never a fan of getting into an accident, "Providence" must have been on our side since the car that side swiped the Taurus was at fault resulting in $2700 in damage to the Taurus.

Nero, Microsoft, Linksys - what a busy day!

November 10, 2005

Yesterday, was an extemely busy day for me as I had conference calls with both Microsoft and Linksys. Two huge big shots in the computing and networking worlds. I also an in-person meeting with one of my favorite software applications of all time, namely the good folks from Nero, who develop the popular Nero 7 Ultra Edition CD/DVD-burning software application.

Nero stopped by TMC to talk about their VoIP softphone application called SIPPS Connect. As far as I know, I was the first to discover Nero was offering a VoIP softphone application when I wrote about Nero back in October 2004.

Yoda break dances

October 31, 2005

Parking ettiquette rules

October 12, 2005

I am pretty anal about where I park either of my two sports cars. No, I'm not the type to park diagonally and take up two parking spots - those "people" deserve any vigilante justice they receive such as getting their car keyed. Ok, maybe they don't deserve such a severe punishment, but they certainly annoy the heck out of me. If you want to read about "scoring" various parking spots to determine the optimal parking spot, check out this link - a fun read.

In any event, I went to a diner the other day with my wife and I spied two parking spots in the corner of the parking lot.

Terrorist hunting dolphins on the loose

September 26, 2005

Apparently, 36 dolphins trained in anti-terrorism and trained to shoot special toxic darts at divers were carried away into the Gulf of Mexico from Hurricane Katrina. Although I'm sure many disgruntled Americans at the cost of gasoline and oil would love to see the oil companies shot for price gouging, I just hope any damaged off-short oil platforms don't require any divers to go down to repair them.

Maybe the CEOs of Mobile/Exxon, Chevron, or other oil CEOs should volunteer to dive along with the dive repair teams as an act of good faith that they are willing to risk their lives with their employees - as well as a symbolic charitable gesture since they have profited immensely from the hurricanes. That's a much better charitable offering than if the oil companies offer to give billions of dollars to hurricane relief funds, don't you think?

From the Guardian Unlimited:

It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico...

Massachusetts turns its back on Hurricane Katrina pets

September 23, 2005

Massachusetts, my friendly neighbor up north, known for its generous and even notorious liberal nature (See Ted Kennedy) has decided to turn its back on any animals from areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, including Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Their excuse? That because there are no vaccine records for the animals (they were destroyed by Katrina, knuckleheads!) they don't want to chance the spread of disease to their beloved Massachusetts animals.

From the Massachusetts Katrina Emergency Animal Order:

NOW THEREFORE, by authority of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 129, Section 2, as of this date, and until further notice, no dogs or cats will be permitted entry into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that have originated in Alabama, Louisiana, or Mississippi unless through mechanisms and processes approved by the Department of Agricultural Resources.

Yes, because Massachusetts animals welfare is so much more important than the welfare of displaced Gulf State animals. And I guess Massachusetts' animals and pets are more important than the other 46 states that have willingly accepted displaced Gulf State animals.

So, let me ask you, are you going to require any Hurricane Katrina-displaced people entering Massachusetts to have all their shots up to date as well?

UCONN the safest school in America?

September 19, 2005

According to Slate, my alma mater, the University of Connecticut (UCONN) is the safest school in America. I guess Slate didn't know that UCONN was rated one of the best party schools by Playboy - not that I read that magazine or anything, I just heard word of mouth. UCONN has a series of dormitories nicknamed "The Jungle" for it's renowned party animals.

Also, Slate neglected to mention that UCONN is just about the slipperiest (such a word?) campus in America in the wintertime. The sidewalks become sheets of ice and even the grass becomes one massive ice-skating rink. You take your life in your own hands if you walk on campus without a good pair of hiking boots.

Spring time?

Egging me on with a Bugatti Veyron? that's not funny

September 16, 2005

Rich is egging me on by pointing out that my Viper is slower than the Bugatti Veyron - a car of which I am quite familiar, then rubs it in by stating my baby expenses with prevent any Viper "upgrades".

Rich writes:
The bad news is that if you drive the (Bugatti Veyron) car daily you’ll likely spend as much money on gas each year as you did for the car. This probably isn’t so important though as the only people that can afford one are oil Sheiks and oil company executives.

Somehow I think Tom is going to come by my desk soon and ask for a raise as his Viper seems to be getting (relatively) slower every year. What he doesn’t realize yet is that his sports car fund is about to be drained as he’ll be making weekly diaper and formula runs soon.

That's it Rich, I'm skipping lunch for the next 6 months, I'm selling the 3000GT, and then I'm buying either a Roe Racing Supercharger or a Hennessey Twin Turbo which has the following specs:

  • 0-60: 2.25 sec.
  • >1000HP
  • 1/4 mile: 9.75 sec. @ 148+ mph

  • A former TMCer told me once "You will never get a Viper, you keep saying you're going to get one but you're just all talk," and as you know I showed him, and now I'll show you!

    Actually, I think I'd have to skip lunch for the next 12 years and sell my 3000GT to pay for the $50,000+ twin-turbo package, plus I'd have to send my Viper down to Hennessey and be Viper-less for several months.

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