Friday, August 18, 2006


Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - Amazing final

Probably one of the coolest finals on the show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?".

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Monday, June 05, 2006


The 212-796-0735 mystery

"On or around May 8, a personal ad appeared on the Internet classified ad site Craigslist (It has since been removed). Itâ??s a head scratcher to keep you National Security Agency analysts occupied in your spare time. Each block of numbers is repeated twice; but below I have transcribed them only once for clarity."

This crazy story is really me just testing the blogg from Digg feature.

Outside of that, this is just a funky story. Prank? Viral Marketing? Terriorists? Who knows.

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Personal Entry: Three years?!

I tend to think that after three years, I really shouldn't bother posting again. I mean, really. Three years? Almost to the date.

But, Once again, I need a medium for my thoughts. You see, it's been a crazy three years, and I'll forgo the usual "here's what I've been up to" crap.

Well, except for This one. That's my son, Aidan. He's currently lying in his mother's arms, sick. And he's taken up the greater part of the last 11 months.

I'm not going to promise to come back here often. That was my downfall last time. When a hobby tends to lock me in, like another job, I'll back away every time. It's why I now purposefully look to participate in things where I'm not in charge. I don't want the responsibility - I have enough of it at the three-letter company.

Yes, I'm still there. I'm the big guy now, Systems Manager. A wild ride for sure, but worth it.

But, I promised I wouldn't do this, so I'll stop now. But I have got some things to say, and at the end of the day, I'll want a place to post them.

Talk to you soon.

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Personal Entry: Long time, no see

Wow. Has it really been since Monday since I posted last?

Things got a little crazy at that three letter company I work for. Apparently I've jumped out of the frying pan and into the Fire.

So, two weeks ago, I was asked to start training on some new duties. I didn't think much about it at the time, but that following Friday, I was told to move into a new office.

I wasn't sure what to make of it. After all, I was being moved out of IT. I've been doing network operations for the greater part of five years, now I'm being switched to Ops.

I've worked the full week on my own now, at my new job. It's not bad, apparently everyone but me has been told I've been promoted. It is more responsibility. The paycheck of course does not reflect my new job, but that's how it goes in a depressed economy.

So, personally, I don't know what the Hell is going on. To be frank, it's a line of business that is recession-proof, and I'm entrenching myself with some specialized skills. I just might be okay.

Classes start on the ninth. The three-letter company offers a nice tuition reimbursement policy, and I might as well make full use of it.

Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Monday, May 26, 2003

Various Topics: Time to clean up the Assignment board

Once again, time to clean up all the stuff that's been on my to-do list:

Choice of a new information

ChoicePoint, a data mining company, has been supplying the FBI with all kinds of information about you. The problem? It doesn't have to be all that correct. Read this interesting article...including instructions on how to get your very own dossier.


It's easy to not understand why the Patriot Act is so bad. After all, if you are a white, upper middle class man like me, this kind of thing will never happen to you.

Keep Internet Tax Free

The Bush administration has this one right.

Yup, read that line again if you need to. I agree with Bush when it comes to Internet taxes. If only we could convince states to see the same logic.

Reality Bites

Reality shows are slowing down for next season. Why?

Some advertisers don't want their products shown after a contestant has gagged on horse rectum on "Fear Factor."

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Star Trek: Captain Picard

I'm not one to join in on the recent round of French bashing that is chic in today's pop culture, but I do have one interesting observation.

As I mentioned before, I've been having a little problem with my back as of late. This is keeping me out of my computer chair, and on the couch with a heating pad. Well, thanks to my netflix subscription, I can, and have, rented the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

That being said:

Number of times Jean-Luc Picard has mentioned his French heritage: 2
Number of times he's tried to surrender the Enterprise in the first 5 episodes: 2, once to Q in the premier, and once to the Frengi in episode 4.

[end geek]

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Santorum: Come on boots, start walkin'

Good for these kids. I know I would have been pissed if that jack ass was my commencement speaker.

About one in every eight graduates walked out of Sunday's commencement at Saint Joseph's University before the keynote address by Sen. Rick Santorum, who recently infuriated gay groups and others with derogatory remarks about homosexual behavior.

Santorum's comments are not just about gays. It's about the right to privacy of any couple, no matter the orientation. I hope the people of PA remember this when it's time to cast ballots.

Personal Update: I'm an old man

My body is getting back at me for 30 years of neglect, being out of shape, and stupid stunts.

About two days ago, my back started to twinge again. This is nothing new for the MeatBack. I had spasms for 4 months after a day of paintball during my bachelor party.

So, here we go again. I'm actually in a little better shape than I was then, so hopefully it won't bother me as long.

The downside to this is that just sitting in a computer chair tends to bother me, so I don't like to be at the computer. If I'm not there, I'm not gathering news for the blog. Ick.

Maybe it's time to get the laptop working so I can blog from my living room floor.

Monday, May 19, 2003

The Meatstack: We turn 1,000

If you use AOL, are in the Central Time zone, have been to The Meatstack on Sunday at 10:50 pm your time, use Windows 98 with IE 5, you were probably my 1,000th visitor.

Well, I want to thank you and the other 999 visitors who have come in to my mind since February.

I had been putting off posting this weekend because I didn't want me to be the 1,000th visitor. Consequently, I have a bit of a backlog. I'll get them rolling tomorrow.

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