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{ Monthly Archives } December 2006

Breaking News

All the news that’s fit to break. Or something like that. And comments on the execution of Saddam Hussein, the death of Gerald Ford, a year-end wrap up or anything else that remotely resembles something newsworthy would require mental effort. I think this falls into the “those Americans will buy anything if it’s packaged right” […]

Another day gone by

I have remarked before about the irony of someone who writes three paragraphs to explain why he won’t be posting a blog entry. Short version:  Short-handed at work, interviews, background checks, personnel issues.  etc.   Among other things, I am continually amazed at the number of people who lie about previous brushes with the law when […]

When Real Life Attacks

As is often the case at this time of year, I have been attacked by a nasty case of real life.  There has been one day in the last 2 1/2 weeks that I haven’t been at work or been called into work.  I know that sounds like whining.  It isn’t.  It is just the […]


(High Def Happy Dance Watchus Interuptus) So the Head Rat’s health is not good and she isn’t able to get out much.  Since she watches a lot of TV, we decided to get an HD TV for the bedroom.  It’s nice.  I hooked up the good DVD player with an HDMI cable and the DVD […]

The dragon bites back

I sometimes get the feeling that there must be monitoring software hidden inside Windows XP that allows the Beast of Redmond to know when you have installed Linux.  After all the stuff I did yesterday, today the little icons in the notification area (down by the clock) started disappearing on me.  Actually the problem was […]

St. George and the Dragon

Picture the erstwhile knight, astride his noble office chair, spearing the Beast of Redmond with his Linuxlance. OK, the reference is a bit grand, but I do feel a bit like I’ve been battling the dragon. I’ve been playing with Linux off and on for about 3 years, but after reading the new EULA for […]

Why am I not this eloquent?

From Wil Wheaton’s Geek in Review column at There are just seventeen shopping days left until Christmas, and the holidays are now officially up in our shit like a drunken co-worker at the office Christmas party.


For most of my adult life I have assiduously avoided routine. While I often whine (mostly to myself) about the need for some discipline in my daily activities, I loathe rigidly imposed order, whether internally or externally imposed. I don’t do schedules, I don’t go to bed at the same time, I don’t get up […]

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