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Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Well, it's obvious this place is falling apart... Visit my farm blog, Geek Acres, for further updates. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 07, 2008


I watched in disbelief as the family in this truck pitched their trash
on the ground before departing the auction we were attending.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Mobile blog test

The predictive text seems to work pretty good.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Living Estate Auction of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hunt

I'm helping my dad with an auction this weekend, the living estate of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hunt. If you've never been a live auction (ebay doesn't count) then come on out. It can be very entertaining, and you might find something to treasure. Their personal belongings will be offered starting at 10:00 AM and the real estate will be offered at noon. If anyone is looking for a nice home at auction prices, stop by!

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Intellectual Splatter

Please welcome and take a gander over at Intellectual Splatter, another local blogger, techno-geek, political activist, and all around nice guy. Jeremy, a friend and co-worker of mine, is passionate about many things and enjoys a good debate. Jeremy's latest series of posts covers his invitation to be on the VDJ show. I'm excited to get to hear him on the radio and listen to the exchange of ideas (hopefully thats how it turns out).

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Geek Humor

Thursday, September 20, 2007


I'm becoming addicted to browsing the local craigslist. I haven't actually bought anything or sold anything there but I have a couple of free classifieds posted. I posted our neighbor's truck camper for them, and it's generating some calls.

I noticed the other day in the "best of craigslist" category a really funny posting.

You're not looking for them, but I found your two dogs.
Date: 2007-08-16, 10:19AM PDT

Sigh. No one is looking for these guys. And I see why. They hump everything in sight, try to dominate our old doggies, try to eat our cats and pee on everything and bark at everything. Neurotic, lick constantly. They know no commands, either in English or Spanish. They are aggressive and probably lived in a puppy mill. You dumped them, probably, and we picked them up before they were killed by traffic. Unneutered, no tags, under 1 year old small males. I hate you, person who dumped these dogs. There are no lost ads on phone poles, no lost ad on Craig's list, no lost ad in the paper. We put signs up all over, put a found notice in at the local pounds and if you were looking for these filthy little ragamuffins, you would have found them. We are afraid to take them to the pound because under stress, your dogs were snappy and horribly afraid and dogs are judged by temperment for adoption placement. They would not have passed that test. However.....

They are, under their filth, mats and horrible habits, adorable. They have learned "Quiet," "Come," "Sit." They have stopped being so neurotic and we have broken most of their bad habits in just a few days. They are smart and sweet and are looking for guidance and WANT to be good little dogs. One is a purebred little white and buff guy with an underbite, the other is a brown little dog that looks almost exactly like a miniture version of a larger breed dog. They know each other and were obviously (by the same bad habits) raised (poorly) together. We will get them neutered, train them and get them into a good, loving home with people who use the brains God gave them.

If these are your dogs, come on by, I'd like to kick your ass.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Walgreens and policies

I lost my insurance card a few weeks ago. While in Walgreens it occurred to me that the last place I had it was there so I asked if they had a lost and found for such things. To my surprise they had a stack 3 or 4 inches thick of insurance cards, driver's licenses (several out of state), social security checks and other valuable personal items at the pharmacy.

Unfortunately I didn't find my card in the stack (I've since gotten a replacement). I asked the person behind the pharmacy counter if they planned on returning all these things to their owners, considering all the personal information that is needed to do so is printed right on the face. She told me "no," they just usually keep them around until people come back for them. I pointed at one social security check and commented that someone might appreciate the effort in returning such a thing. She seemed oblivious to the impact that a lost check might have for someone.

I walked away and ran into an assistant store manager. I asked him if they had a policy to return lost items such as the stack in the pharmacy. He also said no, and tried to go on his way. I continued my query, noting that there were checks and out of state licenses there and they ought to try to return them if they can. He backed up his previous assertion and said "we don't really do that," and hurried off.

I e-mailed Walgreen's customer service via a form on their website. That was last week, I've yet to get any response other than the automated "thanks for your comments." Their TV commercials tout that "we don't live in a perfect world, that's why there's Walgreens." In this case it doesn't seem like Walgreens is doing much to make it better.

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E-mail signatures

Having an email signature is a fairly common practice. For business emails, your signature should include your name, title, department/company, and phone number. It should include nothing more.

The graphics and colors draw attention to the wrong part of the email.

The cute quote that describes your life philosophy or something you think is funny gets less cute each time someone reads it.

The funniest thing is when people include a closing comment as part of their email signature. This is typically a "Thanks," or a "Have a great day." What's funny is that doesn't always work as a closing for every email. It works fine if you're really thanking the reciepeint or you really do mean for them to have a good day. But if you send a nastygram, the "thanks" or "Have a great day" somehow comes across a little sarcastic.

For example, this works:

So and so,
Could you get me that report when you a get a chance?

My signature
This does not:

So and so,
You're way out of line. Come see me in my office.

Have a great day!
My Signature

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1984, Ender's Game, and Obama's Audicty of Hope

I've finished listening to several audio books since my last posting on the subject. I completed Orewell's 1984, and enjoyed it very much. The reader did an excellent job giving different characters voices. I was dissappointed in the ending, however (spoiler alert), as I like the "good guys" to win. Having now digested it I have a better understanding when the term "Orwellian" is thrown around.

I also picked up and listened to Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. This was probably the best produced book I've listened to so far. It had basically a cast of readers. I also enjoyed the story immensley. It's a book you can easily enjoy as a child or as an adult. I found on wikipedia it's used in some courses at the Marine Core University at Quantico for it's study on leadership.

In my previous post on audio books I asked if any of my left-leaning friends would read/listen to Ayn Rand's Why Businessmen Need Philosophy. So far no takers. I did pick up Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope (thanks to Sniderman for mentioning it). I figured I should take my own advice and read something from an opposing viewpoint.

I did enjoy listening to the book, especially since it's read by the author. I feel like I have a good sense for who the guy is. I agree with a lot of what he writes about, but I still have some fundamental differences in philosophy. All in all I can see why folks like him. If he were president, I'd support him. That's not to say I'm willing to cast my voite for him, but at this point I'm not ruling him out. That is actually saying a lot considering my past positions and political views.

Does anyone have any other recommeded readings?

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