Archive for November, 2006

What if you threw a hurricane season and nobody came?

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Today marks the last day of the 2006 hurricane season. If I didn’t know better, I’d think the season had been canceled months ago. It’s been so quiet this year, as compared to last year’s crazy season, that we might as well not even have had a so-called hurricane season.
Let’s review.
In 2005 we had 28 [...]

Honk if you coached at Bama

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Interesting writings over at ESPN about Alabama’s search for its next head chump coach.
Ivan Maisel, Tide have struggled to find the right coach:
“Alabama is not a factor anymore,” said a former Crimson Tide assistant who still actively recruits the South.
The Alabama merchandise is not in the sporting good stores nationwide the way that USC and [...]

Can a guest appearance on Letterman be far behind?

Monday, November 27th, 2006

What’s better than getting Slashdotted? What’s better than installing Linux on an iPod? What’s better than a Star Trek marathon followed by a Doctor Who marathon? Nothing, except possibly being named to a ten sexiest geeks list (even if that honor has to be shared with a guy named Dwight):
Dwight Silverman AND Jim Thompson @ [...]

Sue’s been up to some mischief

Monday, November 27th, 2006

From the article Thieves show strange Christmas spirit:
MILWAUKEE — They were only spreading Christmas cheer, might be the thieves’ excuse.
But a Sheboygan homeowner didn’t see it that way when he awoke Friday morning to a yard full of holiday decorations stolen from around Sheboygan County.
Dan Bogenschuetz, 49, said his fiancee noticed about 30 neatly arranged [...]

Congratulations Aggies!

Friday, November 24th, 2006

There’s been a bit of an upset in college football today, as the Texas A&M Aggies have defeated the 11th-ranked Texas Longhorns by a score of 12-7 in Austin. Coming into this game, I didn’t think A&M had a great chance of beating Texas, even though the Aggies have had a pretty good season at [...]

I am joining project Orion

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

I’ve always loved my job at United Space Alliance. I get to work with great people, I get to work with new technology, and I get to write cool computer software. I’ve written flight computer emulator code for Shuttle simulators, I’ve written programs that handle telemetry in Mission Control, but I never thought I’d get [...]

Bye-bye, Nolan

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Nolan, our latest in a long series of Sheltie foster dogs, has finally been adopted. I couldn’t find the time to blog Nolan’s photo when he first arrived here at Pine Gulch, but here he is in his last day with us. Nolan’s only part sheltie, as you can probably tell, but he was a [...]

A logical progression

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

New dishwasher

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

The dishwasher here at Pine Gulch finally gave up the ghost last week. After a mere five years on the job, it developed a leak in the motor/pump assembly. The repairman who came out to take a look at it said he could fix it, but that it would cost nearly as much as a [...]

Episode 14, in which our protagonist takes an ambulance ride and misses the Iron Bowl

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Leigh Ann got the title almost right. I’m not going to write much about my latest misadventure in riding because I don’t want to sound like a broken record. Here are the facts:
We were riding outside on Saturday, and doing some jumping again. I had already made my way around the course once, jumping the [...]

Zune review

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Dwight over at the Houston Chronicle made me their “featured blogger” today for my review of Microsoft’s new Zune player. Dwight’s own review is very good, as is his follow-up post on what Microsoft needs to do to fix the Zune. I have another week with the Zune before I have to send it back [...]


Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Check out the headline on this article from the Mercury News: