Friday, April 29, 2005
After lunch the bureaucracy kicked in so it was into the car for a trip out west then a u-turn to go almost all the way downtown. The some phone calls to creditors to work things out.
The end result is maybe, just maybe, we will have some insurance for this delivery!
Now its time to set schedules with my clients and get back to programming
To which she replied "I know!" as she ran through the puddles to the bus.
That sums it up quite well.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Yesterday....my troubles were so.......
Noah was sent home sick and I managed to get him a doctor's appointment for 12:45. Slipped in a trip to the DMV after that to renew the tags on the Jeep which had expired in January.
Tommy had to be picked up from school at 3:15pm to make his 4-5:30pm group therapy. During that time I was supposed to go pick everyone else up from the house but circumstances changed the plans. I picked everyone else up at 6ish, Sarah choosing to stay home and work on "vote for me" posters, then we headed out to slip in some dinner at IHOP before moving on to get Tommy to his riding class from 7-8pm.
Since I had been up since 1am I crashed soon after arriving home. Needless to say, my deadlines were not met.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Words of Wisdom
Click here for the related article Things You'll Never Hear From Your Wife with the infamous quote "I'm just trying to have a conversation!" (you really didn't think that was a link did you?)
Where are you?
Things to NOT say to the pregnant woman
Pick a job you enjoy and never work a day in your life!
Monday, April 25, 2005
Time of Renewal
So here recently I've been introspective. I've acknowledged that I have become Alice in the crossroads.
"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" asked Alice.
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where," said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
-Alice's Adventure in Wonderland Chapter 6 (read it online)
I evaluated my life and realized that I was out of control with growing dysfunction. I was not living my life, my life was living me. I have problems that cannot be fixed instantly. I carry debt that keeps wearing out my pack mules and crushing them. I am running out of mules. I have home repairs and improvements that need to be completed which will require enormous resources but other things are devouring my resources as quickly as they become available. The light at the end of the tunnel appeared to be fading and I was to a point that the walls wanted to start closing in.
Integrity. It wanted to slip.
Yes, I have a yes problem. I want to help everyone. I want to save the world. I want to teach and help all people grow. But I can't feed my family and still volunteer for every organization in town. I can't fight George Bush's destruction of the environment and fight for my son's education at the same time. I can't work on my yard on the same Saturday that I help build a bridge for the in-laws. I want so badly to be everything for everyone but in the end trying to do so makes you nothing as you cannot possibly live up to all the commitments. (mind you, I have the skills/training to delegate, empower and enlist the aid of others to make great thing happen but that is for another post; I cannot use those skills until I have pulled myself up first.) For awhile I must say "no"
Integrity. If I say I will do something, I mean to do it. If I fail on that commitment, I feel a great emptiness inside.
What have I done to change things? Things have changed for the better. My stress is down. I feel more organized. I could not pull myself together enough to read so I looked around and found my tapes for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People I started listening to them in the car. I really enjoy listening to Stephen R Covey and his words reminded me of so much that I've tried to instill in myself over the years. After getting through the 7 Habits I began listening to First Things First.
Integrity. Time to clean the slate.
As an independent contractor managing cash flow is absolutely my greatest challenge. When I have a project my fulltime effort needs to be on that project but I also need a fulltime effort on finding the next project. That's living in Quad I (Important and Urgent) which leads to exhaustion. I also have a problem with trying to be too nice. I underbid projects or often allow the client to "feature creep" which is to allow additional requirements to be added at no cost nor extending the deadline. Allowing feature creep is a sure fire way to over promise and under deliver as the client will be living on original expectations of deadlines and cost.
All my life I've prided myself on honesty. To mismanage a project, ie. allow feature creep or charge too little, is not honest. It is deceptive to the client in that I promise something that I cannot deliver without significant sacrifice to family and/or health and it is dishonest to myself as I am doing work without recompense. I resolve myself to a new level of communication with my clients.
Integrity. Never be in debt.
I cannot make my debts magically disappear. I cannot even stop the accumulation of new debt as the pregnancy is racking up a bill with the doctors and hospital. I can, however, be in touch with my creditors. I can get them good faith payments and show a willingness to pay.
Integrity. Ask for help.
As I mentioned above, I love to give help to others. I love my talents and abilities. I've always enjoyed the themes of "Man Against Nature" and "Man Against Self." As for "Man Against Man" I generally prefer to be a passive observer preferably through a movie or book. Since I know I can do things for myself, I don't like to burden others with asking for help. It's my greatest weakness. If I would ask for and humbly accept help, I could put myself into a better position to offer help. What goes around comes around.
Integrity. Know where you are going.
When I was 8 I wanted to be an architect. This came after a brief desire to be an astronaut and firefighter of course. What boy doesn't? As I grew older my direction became less clear. I had brief purposes in life. For a short stint I was going to be a software mogul. Then I was planning on putting AOL out of the dialup business. But even these purposes were short term goals. Like Alice, if we don't decide on and write down an overall purpose for our lives, we will be destined to allow circumstances to decide our path. That is not to say that having an overall purpose to life limits you. In steering toward that purpose there can be many side trips and adventures. At one point I had consciously decided to "just go where the wind takes me." I cannot live that way anymore. It will take time and be difficult but I am going to develop a personal mission statement and live by it.
I am stepping forward. I have begun cleaning my desk both physically and metaphorically. A burden has lifted from my shoulders. As of today what has passed is behind me. I am putting First Things First.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Questions to which I do not want answers
Just incase you missed it...
Anyone seen my glasses?
So how far can eye glasses and a cell phone ride on the roof of a car? 3.9 miles (6.2 km)
The cell phone actually rode on the roof about another 3/4 mile where it was discovered still on the roof. Turning around in the car the glasses were found at a 4 way stop and survived appearing to have only been hit by a car once perhaps.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Macromedia / Adobe Merger in English
Daring Fireball has a fantastic translation of the Macromedia (MM) / Adobe press release regarding their merger.
Wahoo! Quad II!
Living in Quad I
|Important||Quad I||Quad II|
|Not Important||Quad III||Quad IV|
An overly simplified view of Stephen R Covey's time management system called First Things First (the 3rd habit of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) is that we want to strive to life in Quad II where things are important but not urgent. In reality most of us life in Quad I where things are urgent and important and Quad III (urgent but not important--what a terrible place) and Quad IV (not urgent and not important -- television is a good example) devour our lives. How do we get to living in Quad II? Stephen says, "steal from Quad III and Quad IV" so even if its small steps the end result will be a huge improvement in your lifestyle.
For instance, last night I choose to spend some time in Quad II with my wife. We would spend quality time in bed watching television. It would be quality time because we would talk and catch up and bond. However, television sucks the quality out of quality time giving you just time which is Quad IV. As we silently watched CSI I found sleep.
A classic example would be that of the gas for the grill. I used to always have a spare tank of propane for the grill but the law prohibits the refilling of my older tank now. Refilling the gas tank should be a Quad II. It's important that the tank be filled so we can cook dinner but not urgent since we won't grill out for several days. However, procrastination can turn a Quad II task into a Quad I task in a heartbeat. We bought steaks. Steaks having a shelf life turned getting gas for the grill into both an urgent and important task.
Quad I...not a comfortable place to live. Quad I makes you fatigued. I live primarily in Quad I and frequently get sucked into Quad III (yesterday was totally Quad III) and often find myself wanting to retreat to Quad IV (last night). My time in Quad II is minimal yet I really enjoy Quad II.
Irritated with self
I had us budgetted to the penny and things were working. Got blindsided yesterday and suddenly there is big trouble. To top it off, my client that was going to "put a check in the mail Wednesday" sounds like he hasn't done that yet.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Where did the day go?
The Windows 2000 machine will ping the router, ping yahoo and even show www.yahoo.com if you type the ip address into the browser. Domain names will not resolve! It is definitely a DNS issue with the machine as his wireless laptop connected to the access point with no problems and the other desktop connected via cat 45 no problem.
The day thus far
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
The one that made me laugh today
Mom and Dad decided that the only way to pull off a Sunday afternoon quickie with their 8 year old son in the apartment was to send him out on the balcony with a Popsicle and tell him to report on all the neighborhood activities.
He began his commentary as his parents put their plan into operation:
"There's a car being towed from the parking lot" he shouted.
A few moments passed.
"An ambulance just drove by"
A few moments later, "Looks like the Anderson's have company" he called out.
"Matt's riding a new bike....."
"The Coopers are having sex!!"
Startled, Mother and Dad shot up in bed!!!
Dad cautiously asked, "How do you know they are having sex??"
"Jimmy Cooper is standing out on his balcony with a Popsicle too."
Fort Wayne Open Container Law Bans Everything
The day thus far
Yahoo or Google?
Today's Waste of Time
Doing and Not Doing
- Invoicing clients
- Emailing clients that would have liked to have heard from me Monday morning
- Picking up two powersupplies from a client
- Talking to the IRS
- Balancing the books
- Programming for Client A
- Documenting for Client B
- Programming for client B
- Calling the school to make sure the bus is not causing my son tardys
- Calling the transportation department to find out why the school bus is picking up after school has already begun
- Arranging for the hospital for the baby that could come at anytime (ie. Medicade/TNCare etc)
- Cleaing the house
- Trying to figure out why the car won't start
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Parenting 101: Could you pass this test?
I'm stunned just trying to imagine it...
Is Yelling Worse than Spanking?
This generation has sworn they wouldn't hit their kids. The problem is, the same anger and frustration that fueled the old model of corporal punishment didn't magically vanish merely because a generation of well-meaning parents wanted it to. Instead of letting anger lead to hitting, it now often leads to shouting. But that simple act of raising our voice, depending on what we say and how often we do it, can hold the potential for long-term harm, says Murray A. Straus, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire.The article asks the question "would you yell at a co-worker or a bumbling bagger at the grocery?" Our society allows for yelling at children but in other circumstances that doesn't apply. Why not extend this courtesy to children? I like their "9 Anti-Yelling Tips":
- Defuse with humor (and that doesn't mean sarcasm)
- Send your kid outside
- Invade your child's space (I don't like this one although I'm employed it)
- Insist once, act immediately
- Put yourself in time-out
- Create a key phrase
- Create a no-yelling rule
- Assess emotions
- Accept anger, behave well
- Gauge intensity
- Who and what?
- Perspective check
- Time and place
- Avoid coalitions
- Express appropriately
- Listen actively
- Admit fault
- Brainstorm solutions
- Pros and cons
- Decide and plan
- Do it
- Parents Anonymous - It's ok to seek help
- Tired of Yelling : Teaching Our Children to Resolve Conflict by Lyndon D. Waugh, Letitia Sweitzer
- The Encouraging Parent : How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids and Start Teaching Them Confidence,Self-Discipline, and Joy by ROD WALLACE KENNEDY PHD
The first hour
No coffee today. Maybe a coke or two.
Stephen R Covey encourages 30 minutes to an hour of stretching and cardiovascular exercise as a step toward effectiveness. I want to exercise. I like it. I have more energy and less stress. Despite all that, I can't justify it until I get a couple of things off my plate. Oh the dichotomy!
Brain - over easy please
"I love it when a plan comes together."
Monday, April 18, 2005
Is your fire insurance up to date?
"The male patient, who was not identified, went up in flames after alcohol poured on his skin was ignited by a surgical instrument."And now for bureaucratic cya and spin:
The patient died after the surgery but that was due to heart failure and not the fire, said Dr. Robert Caplan, medical quality director of Virginia Mason.Dr. Caplan. Don't you think, in your professional opinion, that perhaps, just maybe, the patients heart failed because he was ON FIRE!?
Adobe buys Macromedia
Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion.In their press release they spell out a very clear mission which I feel is very good news for ColdFusion developers like myself.
The combination of Adobe and Macromedia strengthens our mission of helping people and organizations communicate better. Through the combination of our powerful development, authoring and collaboration tools – and the complementary functionality of PDF and Flash – we have the opportunity to drive an industry-defining technology platform that delivers compelling, rich content and applications across a wide range of devices and operating systems.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
So you think you know?
The India Daily reports "Thousands of Missiles Fired by Russian and American Forces over Earths Arctic Regions – completely unannounced – Are we fighting extraterrestrial UFOs?"
The article mentions that several news services have stated that Russia and the United States are jointly participating in a previously unannounced war game for missle defense systems but questions the secrecy.
Could a war be going on above our atmosphere? Was the Iraq situation not about oil but perhaps the location needed to better deploy our EDS?
The Columbia space shuttle could be the public's first glimpse at what was to come. Perhaps the first attack was on the Columbia which could explain why no other launches have occurred. The Columbia may have sustained phaser damage but having no defenses had to escape into the atmosphere and attempt an emergency landing. Why not escape to the space station? Simply put, under these circumstances, it certainly has been destroyed.
There are also reports that someone is manipulating the earth’s weather systems in a massive scale.We have seen this evidence in the tsunamis. The 10 story "freak" wave that hit the ocean liner yesterday was obviously caused by a large, intergalactic space craft crashing into the ocean (congrats to the doughboys on that one!); or perhaps an enemy space to earth missle intended to hit a continent went off course and exploded in the ocean.
The cosmic bursts hitting the earth are also strange. The Solar flares in recent days have shown extreme abnormal behavior.
The increasing earthquakes, floods, droughts and landslides may have been caused by some artificial agents.
Look folks! ET has come home!
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Quote of the Day
- Henry Fielding
Friday, April 15, 2005
Unusual Technical Images of Equipment Used in WWII
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Sympathethic Calf Cramps
So at 3:30 I open my eyes and lie in bed listening to someone wandering about. Shortly later Amy wanders into the bedroom. It's only natural that I want to stay in bed and keep her between Cathy and I for safety.
A few minutes later I'm punished with a calf cramp that makes me want to scream.
At 4:30 I rise to get to work. I'm particularly happy because the dog has chosen to stay in the bed with Amy and Cathy which should make Cathy very happy. I have this happy thought as I climb the stairs and by the last step the dog is behind me. I close the gate trapping her downstairs. She'll punish me by spoiling the carpet I'm sure.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Kids do the darnest things!
As if a scene taken right out of a movie, Wierd Science perhaps?, one of the boys had his underwear on the outside of his sweatpants! When confronted on this his reply was "I didn't know [they were on the outside]" but he quickly rectified the situation. I really don't want to try to imagine why they ended up on the outside.
Blink goes the time!
TN Lottery has the Cash 4 drawing starting on April 17th.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
I hate asking for help
I made strides today. I swallowed my pride, picked up the phone and began making phone calls to see if I can get on Medicaid or (the defunct) TennCare or something. Shoot. Maybe someone has a grant money that could come our way if we were to do some gestational diabetes study for them. The news seems to imply that if superstars give out $10k and $20k for the right sob story but you won't catch my children spending the night with any of them. Anyone know a superstar needing a good tax rightoff?
In 15 days...
a laughable sum of money to cover an absurd financial burden
ps. Your referrals for web design and computer maintenance are much appreciated! I'm looking for real estate agents that want a professional website for only $65 per month plus some setup costs.
Home Deliveries are the Best
Dry erase addiction. I love to work with a dry erase board. I'm very visual so it helps in my teachings and presentations to draw and a dry erase board is just such a beautiful medium for planning.
Do not automatic until the manual process works! A dry erase board also helps you work out processes that can later be automated. My database designs, business rules, etc all begin on dry erase.
Yesterday I re-hung a dry erase board that had be tucked away in the garage. I instantly felt like a saved person!
It's not the fall that kills you...
The cool part of the dream is I would wake before ever hitting the ground. I would always wake with a gasp like I had been underwater. And I would be on my back bouncing in the bed as if I really fell and the bed caught me. It was an exhilarating experience and for awhile happened most nights.
Like others, this dream has long since ended.
Because of this dream, for much of my teens I was convinced that my death would be from a high fall probably in the mountains although I presume tall buildings would count. When riding my motorcycle through The Tail of the Dragon (see also) I often would ponder how easily it would be to speed off one of the cliffs and just soar through the air. I bet you could get an incredible amount of hang time! Can you imagine the inner turmoil as the ground rushed up and you mentally fought to stay in the air or struggled to convince gravity that you'd changed your mind?
It is no secret that I'm a thrill seeker; an adrenaline junkie. I like the edge. I like to try to explore my limits. Spelunking, rappelling, and rock climbing have all put me on the verticle side of cliffs. Although I've had the pleasure of stalling a glider plane at 1219 meters, I have yet to experience a hang glider or parachuting.
Shortly after my nervous breakdown I took a job in downtown Knoxville at a building with a 5 story parking garage attached to it. The people I worked with were serious smokers and would take their smoke breaks upon the roof of the parking garage. The edge of this parking structure was a nearly chest high with the top of this wall being flat and nearly 40 cm across. I did not smoke but would join them for conversation. My favorite place to be was on this wall and I would get there by taking a few quick strides and launching myself atop it. I guess as I looked down this roughly 16.5 meter drop that I received some thrill. I don't know why I was doing it. One slip. One trip. One mistake would have fulfilled that childhood prediction of my end.
Don't get me wrong. I wasn't hoping for a mistake. I know my bounds and stay confined to them. My margins of safety just extend a little beyond the comfort zone of most people. I'm still a thrill seeker. I like the rush. Now that I have a wife and children who depend on me, my margins have been reeled in a bit but probably are still outside most people's comfort zone.
The dog has taken to using our mulch bed as an hors d'oeuvres tray.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Lost Phone Found
Where's my phone?! Must have left it in the red car. Rush back to the house call Cathy. "Nope. I just tried calling you and would have heard it ring." Walk around the house dialing my phone over and over but its nowhere. Even if it was on vibrate I'd hear it. So tonight our errands had me phoneless.
Finally upon getting home I search the house once more and resolve myself to walk the neighborhood in hopes that it fell from the hood into a nearby neighbor's yard. I get the urge to check the red car once more and on first try hear nothing. Then on the second attempt I think I detect a vibration. Sure enough. Third attempt and I start triangulating the rhythmic pulses but can't seem to narrow it down. It's not between the seat cushion or in the car seat nor in the back of the car or the floor boards. Slowly, my eyes look upward. I gaze at the ceiling as the vibration seems to emanate ever so loudly. Slowly I exit the car and as the climatic music of 2001: A Space Odyssey plays in my head I peer on the roof of the car to discover my cell phone with its little LED flashing "12 missed calls".
The Day Thus Far
This morning Sarah missed the bus again. My fault for leaving the house late and it took a full hour to get her to school and back (that included some sitting and waiting for the bus time). I returned to find that I had written down my client meeting in my calendar as 9:00am but was basing my travel time on the 9:30am written on the family calendar. Met the client for 2 hours then went to KUB and got frowned at. Apparently my offering wasn't large enough. Returned home to try to save Cathy from Amy the Destructor. Two days of folding clean clothes have been launched from the couch and all bedrooms demolished.
The next 45 minutes will be on lunch and trying to slip in some cleaning. Then I spend the rest of the afternoon frantically trying to get programming done.
Yesterday's Home Repair
Monday, April 11, 2005
I'm denying her the outside. That's evil!
Afternoons are hard
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Hiking in the Smokies
We started out by using my favorite shortcut through Metcalf Bottoms to get to the Sugarland Visitor's Center where the Girls Scouts had the unique pleasure of speaking with Toni, the oldest Ranger in the park. Toni's grandmother raising 13 children by herself owned acreage across the street from where the Visitor's Center now sits and sold the land to the government for $11 an acre then turned to servantship for the rich women of Pigeon Forge. She spoke to the girls of "Leave No Trace" and took questions. It was quite a treat for the girls (although they may not appreciate it for years to come) and I've never heard them so quiet. I followed Toni's talk with a quote from the forward of Caves of Tennessee
Take nothing but pictures;*I remembered the quote wrong. "Waste" should have been "Kill".
Leave nothing but footprints;
[Waste]* nothing but time.
I could have listened to Toni for hours!
We started our hikes at the Sugarland Nature Trail which is a paved path slightly less than a mile long and circular. The book Great Smoky Mountains National Park Scavenger Hike Adventures and Mountain Journal by Kat LaFevre and John LaFevre kept the "I'm bored"s at bay and encouraged the girls to move along the trail.
We had lunch at Noah Ogle's house.(see picture and see some of the hike). The amount of vandalism was depressing. Please don't write or carve on historic structures! Your damage cannot be undone! We hiked the more rugged 1.2 kilometer trail. The girls were so noisy that I believe all the wildlife in the Smokies quite possibly ran to the Rockies. In trying to keep the group together and help them be observant of the nature around them, I was just as loud or louder than the girls. As if to prove a point to them, a deer showed up on the trail. After that the girls were very quiet! We also saw fresh, what we thought to be, bear cub prints in the mud. This makes me think perhaps it was a fox.
A great time was had by all! Of course, we ended our day at Little Rivers for ice cream.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
The lesson: Before publishing a post, cntl-a to select all, then if the post fails you can try again with a cntl-v to paste your post.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Each move to me represents a definitive chapter in my life telling a story of growth, moral lessons, trials and tribulations, happiness, sadness and an array of other Hollywood type themes. With each move, the extravert in me emerged more and more. My desire to have friends squelched any shyness until my junior year of high school. I was a sophomore in New Jersey and a junior in Tennessee. I started off with a desire to focus on studies and ignore people as we would just be parting company in a matter of two years. Little did I know that about half the 674 people in my graduating class would come with me to Knoxville. No matter; I could not contain the extravert.
A side-effect of the moving was that I didn't develop a history. I didn't get to know my family and could not appreciate their roots, my ancestors, nor could I carry on any of their legacies. Likewise, my friends could not know or share my history. Others, the hometowners, would tell shared stories that spanned their entire lives. I had trouble developing bonds with people. No matter how badly I wanted closeness of a friend or girl friend, no matter how badly I wanted to develop platonic or even emotional relationships I just could not overcome a sense of distance, unacceptance, separation, and alienation. Something always seemed to be missing.
When I was about 11, the neighborhood kids gathered for a game of baseball. I wasn't invited. In hindsight, probably nobody was...they probably just gathered. I had a red bike I named Mickey because it had a big sticker of Mickey Mouse on it; in a similar way I named our gray cat, Gray; and our cat with two different colored paws, TwoPaws; and this is why I'm not allowed to name our children. I rode my bike back and forth near the yard where the game was being played becoming more and more incensed that here I was in plain view yet I still was invisible to the people I wanted so desperately to call "friends." Finally someone, a girl named Angie I think, looked up and asked if I wanted to play. My reward had come! But I could not accept it. I had to snub them they way they snubbed me so I declined and rode off to spend some alone time. Yes, in hindsight it was a rather demented way to think.
I was always at peace with myself particularly if I was surrounded by nature. I would go to a pond, climb a tree and sleep in its branches. I found solace on the tops of buildings at shopping centers. I disappeared in acres of undeveloped woodlands trying to get lost. I hung out at Lake Pontchartrain playing on the levees and rested spread eagle on my back at the end of the airport runway watching 737s take off 100 feet over my head. I danced near the railroad tracks trying to convince myself to hop on a boxcar and see where it would go but in the end I was more interested in finding my smashed pennies than explaining to Dad why I needed to be flown home from Chicago.
Similar feelings and experiences carried over to college but that's a different story. In the past I intentionally kept myself closed to the world and was an emotionless husk. I did not want closeness. Today I am a far different person with great openness and emotionally exposed. However, when the stress and tension rises I find myself having to fight hard to not retreat within. It would not be healthy for my family but sometimes I just want to shut myself off from the rest of the world.
[Note: On the same day as the baseball game I found a key in the road in Kenner, LA that some 7 or 8 years later would open the trunk of my newly purchased Triumph Spitfire 1500 in Germantown, TN.]
Bizarre Error Message of the Day
First bit of research brings up to this site with these possibilities:
The message « Managed MAPI Service Catastrophic Failure » appears to come from a wrong configuration from the Anti-Spam feature of Norton internet security.2)
To test if this applies to you can:
Launch Symantec Internet Security from the “active icon bar” or how ever your PC is setup;
Click the “Norton Antispam” button;
Click on the “Allowed list” link;
Click on the “Configure” button;
Click the “Import Address Book” button;
In doing so you should see the message « Managed MAPI Service Catastrophic Failure » appear …. Answer OK (once or more depending on how many MAPI are wrongly configured)… And the last message would be “Norton AntiSapm did not find any new addresses”; click OK…. And “OK”; And proceed to next step….
To correct the problem you can configure your Anti-Spam and remove unused services:
From the area titled “Email”, click the “Client integration” button;
In this window, make sure only services you are using are checked; (Outlook, outlook express….); Click OK when done;
To test if configuration is correct, click the “Import address book” again, the message should no longer appear; if you have unchecked the correct services…
The response: OK, cool, that works.
It is an Outlook problem! Delete the 'Business Manager Contacts' data file and you are smooth sailing. It really is as simple as that. It took me 2 weeks to figure this out. I saw some info on the web that the Busines Manager Contacts feature causes probelms, but not3)
Are you using Outlook 2003.Mine went away through the use of magic. (And having Outlook already open when I tried to send email from MapPoint)
Symantec's web site says this is a known problem, run live update
Save a tree for my son
Once its gone, it's gone for good.
And what's more sad is that I don't have the time, money, energy or political prowess to do anything about it. In my apathy I haven't even tried calling the Greenways Commission.
I've started listening to Stephen R Covey's audio tapes again. I feel that I need the review. Instantly I receive a gold nugget that I've longed since misplaced. Stephen advises that once a week we have our children teach us something they have learned in school. That by doing so, the roles are reversed as the parent becomes the student and the child has a greater feeling of self-worth and importance; the child takes a greater interest in the subject matter; and the child's performance will improve.
This morning I told Tommy I wanted him to teach me something he was learning in school and suggested math. His initial response was to mutter dejectedly, "you probably already know how..." But after I assured him I genuinely wanted him to teach me, he about jumped out of his shorts. He became energized and excited. He said, "I'm learning...well, I don't know what its called but I'll find out today." then he exclaimed, "Yippee! I get to be the teacher!" I was blown away. Now if I can only be a good parent and have the patience and memory to follow thru.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Progress! and delays
In other matters a project of roughly $X was delayed as the client recalculated their schedule and re-estimated the project at $3X.
ADHD - Distractable? Unfocused?
(and that's Murph in action! We needed the cell phones desperately yesterday!)
More reason for regular sex! Prolactin!
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Sex, cryptic crosswords and a good run could help ward off dementia and other degenerative conditions by stimulating new brain cells, an Australian researcher said Thursday.[Turn on your best Monty Python] Through careful and repeated experimentation researchers did find it inadvisable to try all three at the same time. One researcher commented, "We had decent luck with simultaneous crosswords and sex particularly with certain positions such as the 'doggie' and, my personal favorite, the 'woman on top'. Running and simultaneously solving crosswords sometimes worked but often ended with injury. Running and sex just plain looks silly. Doing all three activities at the same time proved to be disastrous!"
...mental and physical exercise helped create and nurture new nerve cells in the brain, keeping it functional and warding off diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
prolactin appeared to promote new cells in the brain and could be found in high levels in pregnant womenPerhaps that explains some of the more laughable behaviors of pregnant women. They are simply trying to learn how to use their new brains!
April 7, 2005 -- VIDEOTAPE of Jenna Bush in very high spirits at a bachelorette party is being sold and could end up on national TV by the end of the week. Luckily for Jenna, the cameraman missed "the high point . . . Jenna on all fours doing 'the butt dance' — and doing it very well — as guys were ogling her thong."You know, if my daddy was president I think I could keep a clean nose and act appropriately for a 4-8 years.
Tight Schedule Today
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Where does one find powdered resin?
MATERIALS: 2" hardwood, eye screw, resin powderTo those searching, the powdered resin that worked for us was simply the resin bag that a baseball player or bowler would use. Buy it at Amazon. Perhaps climber's chaulk would work also. We did not tear the bag open rather we placed it on the eye screw and shock the sack a little. When the screw was white with powder the scout put it into the block of wood for a 2nd time and chased birds.
Take a close grained hardwood such a rock maple or mountain ash, about 2" long.
Drill a hole in one end, slightly smaller than the screw threads of your eye screw. Turn the eye screw into it. Unscrew the eye, put a little resin powder in the hole. As you twist the screw back and forth in the hole, very slowly, you can make a chirp chirp or trill in loud, clear notes.
With practice, this device will produce an astounding variety of bird noises.
Paint or decorate if desired.
Elective 12h in the Bear Handbook
The calls do work and work well. I want to make one for myself now.
Why is there not a pill replacement for sleep?
On that note, I overslept last night going down about 10pm and waking at 6am. Thank you wife for the wakeup call!
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Domestic Terrorists Urge the Destruction of America Thru the Elimination of Civil Liberties and Basic Freedoms Without Checks and Bounds
The Bush administration's two top law enforcement officials on Tuesday urged Congress to renew every provision of the anti-terror Patriot Act. FBI Director Robert Mueller also asked lawmakers to expand the bureau's ability to obtain records without first asking a judge.FBI Director Robert Mueller of course is the reincarnation of J Edgar Hoover
"What are the dangers to a democracy of a national police organization, like the FBI, which operates secretly and is unresponsive to public criticism?" - The essay question that pissed off Hoover. It was optional question number 7 on UC's 1959 English aptitude test for high school applicants. See: Reagan, Hoover and the UC Red Scare - a SF Chronicle Special Report "Secret FBI files show how the bureau's covert campaign to disrupt the Free Speech Movement and topple UC President Clark Kerr helped launch the political career of an actor named Ronald Reagan"Let's review these words "asked lawmakers to expand the bureau's ability to obtain records without first asking a judge." Incase you don't get it, they are asking for unbarred permission to outright spy on the American people using "terrorism" as a scare tactic to encourage you to give up your rights. Terrorism has been around for decades. The Patriot Act is not helping.
He said that some of the most controversial provisions of the Patriot Act have proven invaluable in fighting terrorism and aiding other investigations.I'd like to see some evidence supporting this.
He also asked Congress to expand the FBI's administrative subpoena powers, which allow the bureau to obtain records without approval or a judge or grand jury.More requests to open opportunity to the abuse of privileges and the harassment of the American people without checks and bounds.
In one of his concerts, Bruce Springsteen said, "Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed." Never was a truer word spoken, and it is particularly correct at this time.Now is not the time for ambivalence. Now is not the time for apathy. Now is not the time for blind faith in your leaders! Now is the time to be political. Stand up for your rights. Contact your congress person today!
"Cooler heads can now see that the Patriot Act went too far, too fast and that it must be brought back in line with the Constitution," said Gregory Nojeim, associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington legislative office.
(AP) Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testifies on reauthorization of the Patriot Act before the...
The ACLU is part of an unusual coalition of liberal and conservative groups, including the American Conservative Union, that have come together in a joint effort to lobby Congress to repeal key provisions of the Patriot Act.
Among the controversial provisions is a section permitting secret warrants for "books, records, papers, documents and other items" from businesses, hospitals and other organizations.
...criticism has led five states and 375 communities in 43 states to pass anti-Patriot Act resolutions...
Even some Republicans are concerned.
...the central concern of opponents, which is that it allows the government to seize records of people who are not suspected terrorists or spies.
Gonzales also notes that the law has been used in non-terrorism cases.
Terrorists Supplant Jeb Bush
Make regular backups
I love the colors on Princess Ponderings! I typically don't like busy backgrounds but in this case it adds so much to her design. I think she did a great job!
There is a house, er parking garage, in New Orleans
Yummy and Dreams
Last night my dreams were technicolor, brilliant and vivid!
The dog didn't follow me upstairs this morning which is good. She doesn't spend as much time with Cathy as I would like.
Monday, April 04, 2005
A better solution would be a few extra links to Aspergerteen as its pagerank is 4. If we can get it up to 5 then Cathy shall have her well deserved tea!
In Tea Heaven...sort of
My page rank was 4 and I learned from my wife and Zero Boss so I took a little extra effort and made the banner ad above and the advertising square to the left. I didn't expect anything extra for those. I was sad that my wife was so terribly disappointed in not receiving her just rewards due to Adagio's poor instructions so instead of ordering Herbal which she would avoid drinking for now I ordered Flavors because I read somewhere that 4 flavors would arrive and she might enjoy some variety. The tea that arrived today was vanilla (4oz Tin of Tea).
(see also Catawampus, Serendipitous Reflections and my original post and the day I received the email notification incase you want to see the time frame it takes to get your tea)
Perhaps some of you kind folk could find a spot on your sites to link to TN Lottery Results (yes, it's ugly right now). If its page rank would jump from 2 to 5 I could get Cathy the ingenuiTEA Set.
On shaky ground
Stephen King Type Eeerie
Sunday, April 03, 2005
A different path
World's Coolest Dad
My computer repair is going well. If you know someone in Knoxville that needs a computer repaired, refer them to my via SIDesigns.com please.
I'm simultaneously fixing issues in the website that I am frantically trying to see released.
Local Blingo Winner!
2 hours ago Cathy N, Maynardville, TNBlingo is a search engine powered by Google that gives prizes for searching.
- First problem, I can't get a signal to the monitor. Did the video card die? Ah! Monitor cable wasn't plugged in all the way.
- Installed memory is a 128MB DIMM. Must check with Gateway TS to see what memory is allowed. Wow! Have to hand it to gateway. Surfing their support site for documentation is a breeze.
- 256 MB of memory installed. The memory doesn't have to be identically paired but I believe it best to put the larger DIMM in slot 1 so the 128MB DIMM was moved to slot 2.
- Checking Add/Remove programs
- Removed ViewPoint and ViewPoint Manager
- Removed Diet Kaza
- Removed KaZaA Lite--nix--uninstall file unavailable
- Uninstalled MediaLoads
- Uninstalled Morpheus--nix--uninstall file unavailable
- Running Spybot and Adaware
- Received new definitions.
- Running Norton Antivirus Liveupdate - Subscription expires on the 27th, must advise.
- Last full system scan was 1/11/2005. Scanning now.
- Spybot issues:
- Avenue A, Inc.
- Spybot S&D fixed all but Callinghome.biz and will attempt that on reboot. Time to start researching a manual removal.
- Adaware found 215 problems. I won't list all those but it does show that sixty pop six (\\windows\sixtypopsix.exe) is by a company called MediaMotor aka Roings LTD "a leader in targeted marketing" (their AIM is roingsmaster)
Operates in stealth. Downloads additional trojan downloaders and malware.Some of the names include:
- Done. Waiting for virus scan to complete.
- Virus scan complete. Symantec reports no viruses. Rebooting.
- Of 9.7 gb only 421 mb of harddrive remain. Must fix that.
- Spybot runs on boot. Results:
- unplugged Internet connection to prevent new trojans
- Used Partition Magic to remove the unused 3GB partition and combine it with the 9.7gb partition
- Partition Magic failed. Trying again with one step at a time. Deleting Logical partition within Extended partition. Success.
- Deleting Extended partition. Success.
- Resizing primary partition for the full 13gb. Boom.
- Restarting computer.
- Partition Magic blew up again. Let's try in safe mode.
- Giving up on Partition Magic.
- Re-created 3gb extended partition.
- Deleting temporary files and Windows uninstall information for antique updates
- Rechecking with Spybot SND. Reports clean.
- Rechecking with Adaware. Reports 10 objects.
- 2 tracking cookies (http://landing.domainsponsor.com/ and http://domainsponsor.com - considering no browser has been opened since the cache was dumped this is interesting)
- A0079949.exe related to Win32.TrojanDownloader.Agent.Ay
- Installing VX2 cleaner plugin for Adaware
- Checking for VX2 issues. Reports clean.
- Checking CWShredder. Reports clean.
- Running Spybot SND. Reports clean.
- Running Adaware. Reports clean.
- HijackThis found:
- Ebates_MoeMoneyMaker under program files
- some other questionables
- Removing Morpheus Gone.
- Manually checking registry. Mainly looking under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ (Run, Run-, RunOnce, RunOnceEx) and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ (Run Run- RunOnce) Found newdotnet parasite
- Removed references to morpheus and kazaa within registry and program files.
- Reconnecting Internet connection.
- Checking HijackThis
- Task Manager won't come up via cmtl-alt-del or right clicking the taskbar. Troublesome. Ah! A registry hack to enable/disable the Task Manager.
- HijackThis reports clean.
- Final virus scan with TrendMicro's HousecallFound:
- TROJ_UR.A - \\windows\system32\sysdrc.dll
- TROJ_SMALL.AJM - \\windows\memmupdaterV2.exe
- TROJ_SMALL.ABT - \\windows\pi1_25.exe
- WORM_KLEZ.H - \Program Files\EarthLink 5.0\firstname.lastname@example.org\mailbox\003.msf "OffersData(7).pif"
- TROJ_UR.A - \\Documents and Settings\User C\Local Settings\TEMP\ICD8.tmp\sysdrc.dll
- TROJ_DROP.A - \\Documents and Settings\User C\Local Settings\TEMP\iF5.tmp
- TROJ_SMALL.ABT - \\Documents and Settings\User C\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\7PBF500\pi1_25(1).exe
- EXPL_IFRAMEBO.A - \\Documents and Settings\User C\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\7PBF500\counter(1).js
- EXPL_IFRAMEBO.A - \\Documents and Settings\User C\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\1RXAFK7L\counter(1).js
- TROJ_SMALL.UX - \\Documents and Settings\mb user\My Documents\backit\gmz\Tiberium Sun\TiberiumSunRAR.zip *Layer2 cctibsun\RAZOR.EXE*
- One final Spybot S&D. Clean with the exception of 3 tracking cookies (no big deal).
- One final Adaware. Clean with the exception of 4 tracking cookies (no big deal).
- Norton Antivirus caught:
I rose at 4:30 and while walking the dog
just had to stare at the sky.
The air was crisp and quiet.
The horizon was painted in soft clouds
barely visible through the still leafless, skeltons of trees
yet above the canopy of trees the majority of the sky was purple and cloudless
showing off the stars with absolute clarity.
The moon hung low still in the clouds
as not to diminish the brightness of the stars with its own light.
I could have stared at that sky for hours.
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Everything can be done online
Credit Card Debt - My Bane
Thirst begat NBC Visa;
Who begat MBNA Mastercard;
Who begat Capital One;
AT&T long distance begat the AT&T Visa;
Middle management begat an American Express card;
The TVA Employee Credit Union begat the TVA Visa;
Car repairs and tire rotations begat Credit First National Bank (Firestone card).
A suit begat a JCPenney store card;
JCPenney regular begat JCPenney Major store card;
A man's need for tools begat the Sears Premier card;
A washer, dry and ladder begat the Sears Plus card;
Business ownership begat the Fleet gas card;
Marriage begat a handful of pre-existing store and credit cards (which I paid off quickly and before all other cards..those cards of course left when the wife did);
The first wife begat Dillards store card;
Dillards begat Proffits store card;
Proffits begat The Limited store card;
The Limited begat Structure store card;
Vacation begat the Disney Credit Card;
Marriage begat GM Motors autoloan;
A cracked engine head begat a TVA Credit union loan (Jeep loan);
A desire to not pad the pocket of a property owner begat a Mortgage.
Proprietorship begat several personal loans.
Proprietorship begat a laptop computer lease.
Re-marriage begat two student loans.
- Homeowners Insurance
- Auto insurance on two cars
- Fire insurance
- Cable television
- Regular phone line
- Fax phone line
- Cell phone
- Two business phone lines
- Water bill
- Electricity bill
- Garbage service
- 3 post office boxes
- Internet access
- Gym membership
- $92 per month for a "Get out of debt" course - see the lesson?
- newspaper delivery
- medical expenses
- and food
I was having this discussionWhat I did about it was basically ignored my mail for a year. In that time of igoring bills (I was flat broke anyway) I nearly lost my house, had utilities cut off, skipped meals to save money and watched my debt skyrocket. My interest rates of 9 percent shot to 27%. The cards had late fees put on them which caused some of them to go over their limits creating over the limit fees. Mind you, the card company created the charge that caused it to go over the limit in the first place. I had one card with a $700 balance that over the course of 2 years in fees, penalities and interest would grow to be $2100! A $7000 card rose to $14000 without a single purchase!
In a taxi heading downtown
Rearranging my position
On this friend of mine who had
A little bit of a breakdown
I said breakdowns come
And breakdowns go
So what are you going to do about it
That's what I'd like to know
-From: Paul Simon, Graceland "Gumboots" (lyrics)
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