Archive for August, 2006

Time for our annual meltdown :-(

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Here’s why this site has been down the past couple of days, in the words of Cubesoft tech support:
There was a total network meltdown, which began on or about 5 AM Aug 29th. A new router, not the main router on the external interface, was misconfigured very badly. It was passing both incoming and [...]

Sheridan on Auburn, Alabama

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Paul Finebaum’s Tuesday column is an interview with Danny Sheridan, USA Today’s college football oddsmaker and Finebaum’s favorite prognosticator. Sheridan picks Auburn as his favorite to win the SEC West, but says the tigers will pick up two losses somewhere along the way. He’s highly complimentary of Auburn’s coaching staff and recruiting, and predicts Auburn [...]

Two horse stories for the price of one

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Wendy and I went to the barn this morning for what we thought would be a quick trip. The horses had all spent the night in the pasture, so we thought we would put some feed in their stalls, bring them all in, wait for them to eat, then turn them all back into the [...]

Training Laredo

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Here’s a little video I made of Friday night’s training session with Laredo.

Training Laredo on Vimeo

Aspy and Genna

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Here’s Aspy, who continues to improve after we were afraid he would have to be put down:

We wish Genna were doing as well. Wendy got to the barn early this morning, only to learn that Genna was in the hospital with a bad case of kidney stones. She’s been released, and is on medication, but [...]

Nu Shooz

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Went out with Wendy today and picked up a new pair of shoes. What you can’t see from this photo is that these are high-top hiking boots. However, they are not for hiking. Ten points to the first person who can guess what specific activity I bought these for. (My immediate family and Jackie’s excluded [...]

Shouldn’t a professional know better?

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

I was just reading an Associated Press article at the Houston Chronicle about the one-day postponement of the launch of STS-115 due to a lightning strike at the launch pad. In the article, I saw this line:
Engineers wanted time to pour over data on ground and flight systems.
They want to “pour over” the data? What [...]

Family Guy takes on a-ha!

Friday, August 25th, 2006

The Fox cartoon series Family Guy has a mixed reputation at our house. Summer and I think it’s funny, but Wendy says it’s rude, crude, and disgusting. (Or words to that effect.) But every now and then the Family Guy writers and producers display uncompromised genius. Here’s an example…
Back in the eighties came a remarkable [...]

Bruce Schneier makes a load of sense

Friday, August 25th, 2006

I’ve been following Bruce Schneier since I read his book Applied Cryptography fifteen or so years ago. Since then he has broadened the scope of his expertise from information security into general security, and there’s nobody I know who takes a more pragmatic approach to the issue. Schneier has written time and again about how [...]

Engineer jokes

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Leigh Ann sent a bunch of engineer jokes. My favorite:
A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, “What’s with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!”
The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such ineptitude!”
The pastor [...]

The kiss of mediocrity?

Monday, August 14th, 2006

I don’t think much of ESPN’s Beano Cook. Some people seem to think he knows college football, but ignore the fact that he’s wrong more than he’s right. He’s especially wrong when it comes to Auburn football; he loves to trash the tigers, but strangely enough he never goes back to rehash how often he [...]


Friday, August 11th, 2006

Bryn rode Laredo tonight! It’s the first time any of us have ridden him (as opposed to sitting on his back while being led around with a rope). She rode beautifully — she walked and trotted him, but did not canter. Laredo’s been in training for about four months, and Bryn has been riding for [...]