Archive for December, 2005

So Long, Bailey

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Bailey got adopted this week. As you can see from the photo below, he was not eager to get in the car and drive away. Bailey was a young and very energetic dog who had been with us longer than any other foster sheltie. He was a handful, but we will miss him.

We’re also without [...]

A Strange Problem

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

I have emailed Jay Lee at the Houston Chronicle with the following unusual problem:
Here’s a Christmas challenge for you. I have a peculiar problem with my computer. I have my own theories about what’s going on, but I’m not much of a Windows guru, so I’ll defer to more experienced Windows users.
Every now and then [...]

What Happens When You Put Ten Gallons in a One-Gallon Bucket?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

“All-American offensive tackle Marcus McNeill wore the jersey of tailback Tre Smith during Tuesday’s practice. A variety of players swapped jerseys for the workout.” (Via Inside the Auburn Tigers.)


Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

We have finally signed up for VOIP, also known as “Internet phone”. We’ve gone with Vonage, and have signed up for their $15 package, which gets us unlimited local calling and 500 minutes per month of long distance. That’s far more long distance than we usually need, but that means that we may be calling [...]

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction, Chapter 12, Verse 19:

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

Where can we find a baby mexican wrestling mask?

Russell Makes the Paper…

Monday, December 19th, 2005

…and this time it’s NOT in the crime blotter!

Photographic Evidence that We’ve Lost Our Minds

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Here’s a photo Jackie took of the horses at their former home:

We don’t know which of the two Fred and Jackie will claim, and which will be left for us. It doesn’t much matter, because we intend to keep the two together and share use of them both. Fred has wisely suggested that we wait [...]

Why Yes, Now That You Mention It, We HAVE Lost Our Minds…

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

We now own a horse. Here’s how it happened: Fred and Jackie, our good friends from across the neighborhood were offered three horses. I won’t go into the details, but it should suffice to say that they didn’t want all three horses, so they offered one to us. After much discussion, debate, and deliberation, we [...]

Houston Gets Major League Soccer

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Good news for us from the Chronicle, The San Francisco Earthquakes are moving town: MLS brings fĂștbol to Houston. They won’t be called the Earthquakes, but what will we call them? My vote would be the Hurricane Evacuation Traffic Jams. Or just the Ritas.
Joke about football, the real kind: Why won’t the NFL give San [...]

I Put This Moment… Over Here

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Kate Bush dropped completely off my radar screen shortly after the release of her album The Red Shoes in 1993. It’s not that Red Shoes was bad, but, like The Sensual World before it, Red Shoes was uninspiring, a real snoozer. From anybody else it would have been a good effort, but not from Kate [...]

CSS Hint of the Day

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

This is the code I use to keep the sidebar (the narrow column at the right) from printing:
@media print
#sidebar { display: none; }
The “@media print” qualifier specifies that the enclosed style applies only when printing. The “display: none” turns off display of the element named #sidebar. It’s that simple.

Too Many Pages Need a Diet

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

The web page that’s too wide to print is one of my prime gripes. The most irritating pages are those that look like they’ll print, but when you get the paper off the printer, the words are clipped at the rightmost edge. The cause often seems to have one of two causes: fixed-width page where [...]