I'm just a guy at a house

It's a long story. :)

We just finished watching Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was awesome. I loved the ending. There's nothing like a story that wraps up all the loose ends in the end. Uh oh, except for that one about Zuko's mother. Hmmmmmm.

Me and Jen and Brendan are all playing a game called Mabinogi right now. We've been playing it for a few months. It's really quite a lot of fun. Jen and I are both around Lv 100. We belong to a guild called Celion and we have some good friends in there. It's a good diversion, but it sucks time.

Celion doing Barri Advanced 2

Dune is an outstanding epic. I've just finished the Audiobook. Now I'm listening to The Cat who walks through Walls, by Heinlein. Good too.

The people are spammers. I have two test mailing lists at work that I'm the only member of, and I got their emails on both today. They obviously trawl websites for emails addresses, or else they bought a list from a company that does so. I hate spammers. I will never buy anything from them.

Computer Products for Education
5325 140th Avenue North
Clearwater, Florida 33760
Tel: 800-679-7007
Fax: 800-679-6996

I just started reading EnglishFAILblog. Its great. Reminds me of Engrish.com

I'm going to leave to go get Jen and the boys in Waco tomorrow morning and I'll be taking photos with my new iPhone along the way and Geotagging them, so take a look at my Flickr box to see what I see! ------- >

My first iPhone photo!!!

I got my iPhone 3G today. Woo Hoo x 2!

Thing I love about it:
iTunes Remote
Speakerphone able to play music off the iPod portion
Pandora Radio on iPhone
Free apps out the kazoo
Google maps integrated with GPS

Not so hot on:
face grease

But I really, really love it. Steve Jobs, you are awesome.

I was watching Kent Couch's recent flight on his site and an ad on there took me to Spot, which is a really neat little satellite survival/rescue gadget. They have good videos of how it works. I expected it would be like $995 or something but it's only $169. You have to pay for "service" as with a cell phone, but it isn't too bad. It's not cellular based though. It's satellite. Woot for satellite!

Well, that last one was my 1200th post. I've really slowed down my blogging lately. I don't really have a reason, but I just haven't been devoting time lately. I haven't been checking email or myspace much either. I have however been doing Wii Fit, and I've lost something like 20 pounds. That's cool. We're on a low carb diet right now, and it is also working quite well. I'm beginning to hate cheese however. :)

I'm playing a ton of Mabinogi while the family is out of town visiting my parents. Woot!

My mom and dad are buying me a terabyte hard drive for my birthday. That's 1000 Gigabytes. What great parents!

It's on its was from Newegg as we speak. I still can't believe storage has gotten so cheap. My first 1 GB drive was $317 and man was that a lot of storage!!!

I love this....freaking awesome!

The wedding song is annoying, but the rest is great.

I'm listening to (actually just finished today) Exile by RA Salvatore.

I really like the Drizzt books, but this reader's pronunciations are so different from mine that it is kind of annoying. I'm going to take a short break before the third one, though, b/c I think there's a new Secret World Chronicle out that I need to listen to.

Jen and I are palying Mabinogi lately. Lots of fun. I bought her a pet, but she hasn't picked it out yet.

Here are snapshots of me. I like all the different colored clothes. ^_-

#1 is what I'm currently wearing. Jen has the same armor and we match. Kawaii!!!!!

Jen and I are also reading The Golden Compass together before we see the movie. You can figure out what your Daemon looks like at their site like I did.

I just got one of the more amusing wrong-number phone calls that I've had.

Ring, Ring.

VanGo: Uh, do ya'll carry painter's pants?
Me: Well, you've called a house, so I think that'd be a no.
VanGo: Oh, hehe. *Click.*

I WISH I would have thought to say "No, I wear them" but I didn't. Oh well. Delayed humor. Hehe.

Happy Friday the 13th!

Check this out: Urban Prankster

I'm listening to Shinedown right now. Damn good band. Where'd they come from? I hadn't really heard of them. Also enjoying some old stuff - the Ventures. When I was a kid, my folks had a 78 vinyl that I listened to over and over... :)

Well, it's bachelor week for me. Had pizza tonite, did laundry, and studied for my next MCSE test. Only a new more tests and I'm re-certified. After that, it's on to the new cert called MCITP. "Hi, I'd like a McITP and a large fry, please." I go really sleepy at about 8:30 and just went to bed. Woke up again at 1:20 and now I'm up for a while. I'm dying of thirst for some reason. Maybe the Italian Sausage was overly salty. BRB...need watta.

Ahhhh, now I'm all set. I have a lovely water from Canada, eh, and a nice bowl of cherries. Cherries were on sale at our local Sun Harvest. I love cherries. They're so much fun to eat.

Tomorrow is going to be busy but fun. I'm attending a dinner honoring my good friend and the former president of OLLU Sr Elizabeth Anne Sueltenfuss. She was president for 18 years I think. She's really a great woman. Then, I'm headed to Sam's Burger joint to see Budo Grape. Jose Luis saw them at A-kon this past weekend and really enjoyed them. They have music on their MySpace.

Well, I think I'll play some Mario Kart and then hit the sack again. More later.

I love photos with funny people in the background. Like this smiley cat behind Barack Obama...

Well, now that the crisis at OLLU has mostly subsided, I managed to get sick. I have lost my voice and have badly congested everything. Oh well, it had to happen after all I've been thru. The first week back Tuesday night thru Friday, I worked 56 hours. I didn't even have to submit any vacation time for my vacation!

Now it is Memorial Day weekend and I can afford to slow down and be sick for a while.

I finished listening to all of the Secret World Chronicle that is out and also just finished listening to Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey. I love that book. I highly recommend it.

Playing games with the kids this weekend. Had JoseLuis, his Jen and Jeremy over Friday night and we played all kinds of Wii games and rock band until the wee hours. Have been sleeping late and enjoying.

Bren's keyboard is hurting my wrists and I'm hungry, so I'm going to pause now...

Been playing a lot of Mario Kart Wii lately. We love it!

OLLU has set up the “Our Lady of the Lake Rebuilding Fund” to accept monetary donations. Those interested can visit any Frost Bank location and donate to account number 01-0494593. Donations are also being accepted at ollusa.edu through checks or credit cards.

Make checks payable to OLLU.
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I just ate my first Moon Pie... a strawberry mini one, to be exact. I bought a box in the Food Lion in Wallace, NC and hauled it over two flights and a taxi ride back home to Texas. :)

I really do. The last 3 days have been the highest adrenaline I think I've ever had. I really am at my best during a crisis where there are many things to do and I know how to do them. I have been keeping people's spirits up, fixing things, mega-multitasking, and working my butt off to help my team rebuild our data center.

This terrible experience has taught me a lot. I've been calling it "phoenix week" because we will rise from the ashes.

I got off the plane from North Carolina (RDU to BNA to SAT) tonight at 9:10 and when I turned on my phone, I got 7 voicemails. Before listening to them, I called my mom and she told me my beloved Main Building at work was on fire. Oh shit.

Glad I got my vacation in before.

We are enjoying our last full day in North Carolina today. Tomorrow we fly home. Am standing in Jen's mom's front yard watching Andy play in the wading pool while traffic and thundery storm clouds meander by. Its nice here.

(This is my one actual post from my phone during this vacation. The others were written weeks later after what happens in my next post.)

We had a good time staying in Wallace. We visited one of Jen's friends somewhere south of there, ate boiled peanuts, went to a Food Lion store for the first time, went to the tiny Wallace library. We ate at a fast food joint called Andy's, which was fun, and just generally lounged around doing not much.

You need that once in a while.

I climbed to the top of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse this morning. We then travelled South along the outerbanks and did two Ferry rides. At the southernmost point, we saw another lighthouse. One ferry ride was rather short and one was 2 hours, 45 minutes. That was a lot of fun. Me and the boys walked around and around the ship and we had a picnic out of the back of the car on sandwich makings that we'd bought in Williamsburg.

Late, late we finally made it to Wallace NC. The driving is beautiful, but damn, the speed limit is 35 or 45 in every little bitty town, and only was I able to get to 55 rarely. Once again, driving took drastically longer than we expected.

Today we drove from Williamsburg (bye, bye) down the Outer Banks. But on the way we crossed and came back across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. That was great. It was one thing I really wanted to do on this trip. So neat to be driving below that much water.

We proceeded South stopping various times thanks to crying Andy (thanks bub) and finally late in the evening got to a motel in Cape Hatteras. We drove thru Kitty Hawk in the dark and didn't get to see anything of the Wright Brothers museum except the closed gate. Oh well.

We spent two days exploring Colonial Williamsburg. We took the Governors Mansion tour, saw Patrick Henry speak, saw the reading of the Declaration of Independence, went to the cooper's, the shoemaker's, the apothecary's, chatted one-on-one with a servant girl character about how she was treated and about her family (very cool). We ate Welsh Rarebit, which I will never touch again unless I'm starving, and paid way too much for sodas. But it was all good. We had a very good time. I bought lots of souvenirs, including a mousepad that I haven't found yet.

I enjoyed it immensely. It was beautiful there.

We've finally finished our flights, which were fun except for a little ear trouble. We got a nice dark red Ford Explorer and were met at the airport by Jen's mom. It took much longer than we expected to drive from RDU to Williamsburg, but we finally made it at about 1:30am. We're staying at Great Wolf Lodge, which I've decided has to be the most awesome hotel ever. It's so kid friendly and we are having such a good time.

While we were there, we went to Colonial Williamsburg of course, but we also played at the hotel a lot. The Magiquest game was AWESOME, the indoor water park fun, and the breakfast buffet good. It was really really cool.

Today is our eighth anniversary. Happy happy joy joy!!! :)

We're leaving today for Williamsburg VA, then traveling down the Outer Banks and to Wallace NC, where Jen's mom lives. Looking forward to it!

We just today bought Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Animated Series (1983). I loved that as a kid. I can't wait to watch it again.

If you haven't seen the Lip Dub of “Flagpole Sitta” done by the gang at Connected Ventures (the company behind CollegeHumor and Vimeo) then watch it! It's awesome. Me and Bren have watched it over and over.

Then see the neat ones that Digg and Rev3 did here.

We're going to Virginia soon. I'm driving thru this. We're doing some other stuff too.

All I ever wanted
Had to get away

Thursday I passed a certification test and in one fell swoop got my general Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) cert and my MCSA: Messaging cert. So now, I have proven that I know my shit when it comes to Exchange Server. And fuck you Martin for insinuating that I didn't know it back in the day too. Cuz I did, ya schmuck.

I am very happy. A few more tests and I'll have my updated MCSE.

Someone asked me today in a Starbucks what I blog about. My answer: oh not much in the last 6 months, but mostly my kids. She said she keeps a craft blog. Hmmm, sounds about as interesting as my kid blog. hehe.

I was wearing my Blogger T-shirt, which is why she asked.

While we're on the subject or Starbucks, am I the only one that feels like an outsider there? Every time I've gone in one (which must be only 4 or 5 times ever), I feel like I'm not supposed to be there and that I'm an idiot. I don't know what their stupid size names are -Venti, Vici, Vodi or something. If life were up to me, all sizes would be in ounces and you'd be able to specify exactly what you wanted.

"Hello, welcome to Micky D's drive thru window."
"Yeah chicky, I want two 3 ounce burgers with cheese, a 6 ounce fry, a 14 ounce strawberry milkshake, and 2 ounces of ketchup, no make it 3, please."
"Yes, sir, commin right up."

That'd be my ideal drive up window.

Speaking of drive up windows, where the heck are the outsourced order takers that I read about months ago. The people who are trained to take orders fastly and correctly? And where are the ordering kiosks if you want to go in? I don't want to talk to some minimum wage moron that is going to get my order wrong anyway. Let me tap it into a machine instead, please.

I'm wearing my freakin' awesome Blogger T-shirt. I just wanted everybody to know that.

I saw this video a long time ago and really thought it was cool. I almost can't believe that this is real.

This morning Jen and I went to a $100 per person brunch. We were given tickets by the big, big boss at my place of employment. It was a charity even that raised about $85K, according to the emcee.

Lo Bello de San Antonio Women’s Club
April 20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. El Tropicano Hotel, 110 Lexington Ave.
Do you like bling? Do you like bubbles? Then you’ll love Lo Bello de San Antonio Women’s Club’s annual Champagne and Diamonds Brunch. You will have a fabulous time with old and new friends and sip champagne with Fiesta royalty! This unique event combines an incredible breakfast buffet, champagne and a chance to win a one-carat diamond. No other Fiesta event features a GRITO contest between the Fiesta Commission President, King Antonio and Rey Feo, Mexican folkloric performers, and great music and dancing. You definitely do not want to miss this Fiesta event!

Tickets: $100 for the brunch and chance to win the diamond; $50 brunch only.

Wow! Talk about expensive. We dressed up nicely and had a good time. Jen enjoyed champagne and I settled for orange juice. The brunch was OK, but certainly not worth $100. (Golden Corral has a better breakfast buffet.) Everyone picked a glass with a clear gemstone in the bottom and then was given that gem in a bag along with the number from the glass. At the end, the winning number (#111, by the way) was called. Neither of us had the number, but we still had a good time.

We brought home the bagged gem each of us got, and some champagne glasses, and I snagged the sign from my employer's table as a souvenir. I appreciated being able to go and had a good time there.

Lately, I've been listening to the Secret World Chronicle by Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey. It is really very good. The fact that it is free certainly doesn't hurt, but it is good enough to pay for, I think. The quality of the recording varies early on, but toward the end of book one, both the story and performance really shine. I'm in the last chapter of the first book right now.

Through that, I also found the art work of Douglas Shuler, a fantastic fantasy artist. He really does great 3D modeled characters, not to mention the hand drawn stuff.

Check out both!

I just did a survey of customer satisfaction for my preferred webhost, 1&1 Internet. I feel that I need to air the opinions I shared with them, so here they are. Comments welcome.

I have been using and recommending you to my consulting clients, but your *nasty* policy of sending things to collections so quickly makes me feel like finding another host to recommend. It is embarrassing to get calls (two of which I've received already) asking me why my recommended host has sent a bill to collection. In both instances, the person's credit card on file had expired and they forgot to update with the new one. You need to institute a last resort phone call before you send something to collections, or you risk losing customers. Everyone gets a new credit card periodically, and you really don't deal well with that. I hope you will work to improve.

Hell yeah! Who doesn't like the A-Team? No one, that's who. And I pity da foo who say dey don't! Watch season one and two streaming in your browser legally. The A-Team is awesome.

Going dark for Earth Hour...see ya on the other side.

We need more of these: http://www.nevadasolarone.net/
They have a good promo vid at :http://www.nevadasolarone.net/newsroom/videos

Bren, lately, has been watching on TV the commercial for Alvin and the Chipmunks. But, his 5 year old self can't say that name yet. Yup, to him, they're Albin and the Chick Fucks!


My little baby Brendan turned 5 today. I can't beleive it. Time sure flies.

We went to Chuck E Cheese's and played lots of games, and when we left the nice girl gave Bren a bunch of balloons!

Jen played Deal or No Deal and won the big 80 ticket prize with Brendan's help. Andy and I were playing a little catapult game and we won the 79 ticket prize. I have a video of Andy pulling and pulling on the tickets here.

I'm starting a new expieriment today: I'm giving Brendan our old camera and am going to post his pictures on Flickr. My intention is to do this for the next year, but we'll see how that goes. If he really likes having a camera, it might be easy. I think he will because he always wants to take pictures with ours.

Yesterday I spent about 3 hours fighting a virus called Trojan Backdoor Generic4.HUH. Apart from the small snicker I got thanks to the whole "Trojan" and "Backdoor" think in the same sentence, it was a very annoying troubleshoot.

This trojan basically infects a computer and then infects any flash drives plugged into the machine. On the flash drive, it hides in a folder like d:\recycler\recycler and is named autorun.exe. It is 24kb. The folder is a hidden and system file, so you have to go into Folder options and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" just to see it. Once you do that, go to the Processes tab of task manager and find a task called "KOfcpfwSvcs.exe" and kill it. Then you can delete the autorun.exe that lives in d:\recycler\recycler and the folder too if you want. If you don't kill the process first, the recycler folder will just come back.

DO NOT DELETE the Recycler folder on a hard drive. That's part of Windows. You can delete the folder called Recycler that's inside the normal Recycler folder safely, but you still have to kill the process first.

I also found this file on the hard drive in c:\windows\system32\KOfcpfwSvcs.exe. I deleted that the same way.

As of now, McAfee Virusscan doesn't detect this, but AVG does. I've captured a sample of it and am sending it in to McAfee for addition to their next DAT.

Don't forget to recheck the box for "Hide protected operating system files." We don't want users dinking around with those kind of files/folders.

Also take into account that the file may not always be named "KOfcpfwSvcs.exe" on the hard drive. I would expect it always to be named "autorun.exe" on a flash drive because that's what propagates the infection back to a PC from the flash.

Here's one link I found.

I loved this email that my friend sent me. The last is the best.


Smart man + smart woman = romance

Smart man + dumb woman = affair

Dumb man + smart woman = marriage

Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy


Smart boss + smart employee = profit

Smart boss + dumb employee = production

Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion

Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime

A man will pay $20 for a $10 item he needs.
A woman will pay $10 for a $20 item that she doesn't need.


A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.

A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.

A successful woman is one who can find such a man.


To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.

To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.


Married men live longer than single men do, but married men are a lot more willing to die.


A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.

A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.


A woman has the last word in any argument.

Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.


Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next." They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.

I'd love to ask my pointy haired boss for one of these: http://www.skyscapes.biz

With work in the morning, what the heck am I doing up at this time?

I'm crazy, obviously.

I'm trying something new. Click below to leave me a voicemail message. Your phone will ring and you'll be connected for free.

When you click, fill in a name and your phone number.

I've been to two house parties in the last two days. That's more than in like the last year! :) Friday night, JL, Jen, Josh, Christopher, and Charles came over and we had lovely queso, fajitas, tamales, and fresh baked cookies. We played Wii (Mario Party 8) for a long time and it was a blast. We're gettin a Wii. (Dreaming.) It was superfun. We were up until 5am playing Halo, DoA Xtreme Beach Volleyball, and Soul Calibur. My enjoyment decreased as the time went on and I eventually dozed in the recliner. I really don't care for games like Soul Calibur - I suck at them and don't find them enjoyable at all. The last fighting game like that that I liked was Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle for SNES. But that was for the characters, not the gameplay. :)

Then last night we went to Jen's friend Ann's house - well, really Jen's friend is Sarah, Ann's sister, but it's all the same. There, we ate fajitas (!) and Marie Callender's pie, and Jen took tasty Brownies (my fave). We played Wii there too, which made us want one even more. We played the normal sports games, but what was really fun was Guitar Hero III. I have got to have this game. I only played one song, Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar, but I did pretty well. For my first time playing, I think 85% is respectable! It was on easy, so it was only green, red, and yellow, but it was loads of fun!!!!!!!

It's nice to do something different on occasion!

This is awesome and scary!!!

Now I know why they stop them in high winds...

I saw Jumper tonight. It was great. The entire movie was exposition though. I hope they make a #2 so that the guy can actually do something with this ability. Like saving the world or something...

Yech, Myspace is annoying! But it is where all the people I want to talk to lately are, so I go there. Such nasty looking pages, but that's not the site's fault - it's the users with no design skills!!! hehe.

I've been posting lots of pictures and comments there. It is kind of fun, but I just wish it was easier to navigate. Let me introduce you: myspace, meet web 2.0, web 2.0 this is myspace. Why don't ya'll go snuggle up.

I talked to my friend Les today, who has a relatively new 6 week-ish old little girl. Congrats again on her healthy addition to the world. They're doing well it seems, though tired like all new parents are. Oho, been there done that, and got the diaper!

From Redmond Report, a tech news email that I get:

Microsoft's original offer to purchase Yahoo, made more than a week ago, was valued at $44.6 billion, or $31 a share . The payment is structured to be a 50/50 split of cash and stock. Both sides would prefer a friendly deal, but Microsoft is clearly ready to do whatever it takes to become "Microhoo."

Microhoo...isn't that hilarious? Microhoo Office. Microhoo Windows. Microhoo Pudding. Microhoo Roast Beast! Hahaha.

My Friend JL posted this on another site, where I don't use my last name. I've edited it and posted it here because I like it so much.

Feb 11 2008 10:38 PM
I killed you Mr. H, I watched you die, with a certain sense of satisfaction I might add but then something happened, something I knew was impossible but it happened anyway. You destroyed me Mr. H. Afterward I knew what I was supposed to do but I didn't; I couldn't; I was compelled to stay, compelled to disobey. Now I stand here because of you, Mr. H, because of you I'm no longer an agent of the system, I'm unplugged, I've changed, a new man like you apparently free...But, as you well know appearances can be deceiving which brings me to the reason why we're here, we're not here because we're free we're here because we're not free, there is no escaping reason, there is no denying purpose because as we both know, without purpose we would not exist.

I love the Matrix!

I just returned from Ikkicon 2 in Austin where I helped run the arcade games. It was a freaking awesome blast of a time. Christopher, thanks for being one of the best mates a guy could have. You rock. Aaron, thanks for cheering up the world as the Happy Emo. That was a great part of the whole experience.

I plan to write the details of the day.

I really miss the ITEC computer expo they used to have here in San Antonio. Maybe some day I can go to one of the ones elsewhere. What I really want to do it go to another Interop. That was awesome!!!

We just finished watching the State of the Union address. We missed it last year, and I was mad, but we caught it this year.

President Bush delivers the final State of the Union address of his presidency
to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, January 28, 2008.

I was surprised at the number of finger-shaking admonishments that he gave to the congress. I was particularly amused when he said "I'm pleased to report that the IRS accepts checks and money orders." :) That was in response to Bill Clinton's recent statements about the fact that he should pay more taxes since he (Bill) was rich.


Bren: Can you put Pickle on my compeder?
Me: Yeah, I think so.
Bren: Ok so mom can have Pickle over here [points to her computer] and (conspiratorially) I can have pickle over here! [smiles big]

We really like Peggle. He just can't say it.

Who the hell has ever heard of a Guido? Not me. Stupid punk kids.

This is cool. Just the other night (the 20th) Andy figured out (I think) that he could communicate really. He makes conversation sort of now. He sings little ditties. He jabbers a lot. He tickles Brendan and then wrestle. It is really a surprise to me how it seemed like a "switch" flipping with Andy. One day he was whiney butt annoying as heck, and the next day it was like he realized that whining was only causing us to get mad at him. It was cool. I had to write down when it happened.

Bren has such an interesting laguage: it's not always english.

He just called her Dora Exporla...instead of Dora Explorer. Hehe.

I really like HDR Photos. I have to learn how to do this some day...

Hard Drive Dominoes

Brendan calls this "an amazing race!"

The finale should have been better, but it was fun to watch anyway.

Brendan and I were just playing Mario Kart on our good ole Nintendo 64. He has special names for the characters we were racing with - Mahio and Boozer. ROTFL. :)

I'm sick today. I slept about 11 hours last night after napping for 4 yesterday afternoon. The weather is grey here today. I need to play more video games to recuperate. And eat brownies. And cereal. Not at the same time.

Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy New Year!!!

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