Geek Prom

The Duluth Geek Prom is coming up. I now know a few people who have gone to this event in the past. Sounds like it would be fun, but I have to work the weekend it is being held. One person says she is going to nominate me for royalty. Any perks with that? Chicks / Babes? Year supply of Rice-o-Roni? That would be a good one, I need help feeding my tapeworm.

The Zoyx physician has her second cold of this season. She needs to take some of her own medicine. You know, a trepenation, tincture of mercury, you know the drill by now. You damn well know that cold medicine, vitamin C and rest is just pure quackery.

The computer is up and running. Finally managed to figure out why it was freezing up while installing Windows XP. The DVD-ROM reader was the culprit. So I plugged in another CD-ROM player and I was off and running. The read/write speed of the RAID 0 array is much faster than the speed of the array through that PCI card I tried. Now all I have to do resolve the issue with that XP-M processor not working correctly. Judging by the response on the HardForums, I have some work ahead of me. Since I am close to finishing the project, I thought it would be time to show you a picture of it.

As far as other activities today. I did some reverse shoveling. I shoveled snow from the lawn and threw it on my driveway. The sun was out and was heating it up nicely. So I took the snow from the sheltered north side of my house and threw it on the toasty warm pavement. This is what old people do. What does this say about me? I’m not old, just a geek.

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These neato effects were produced on this page.

Permission to Speak Incoherently

While I was trespassing over the bridge over the Kenny-Annie, I was drinking my bug juice for I wanted to see the movie Porkies. The ankle weights were heavy as I was spraying insect repellent into my eyes. The broken glass under my stocking feet made me wish that I could punch a lobster while spinning on a ceiling fan. Who are the Apple Dumpling Gang anyway, and are they on gravity system swing by? Meanwhile, the bag was under the flower child’s chair and the coffee house poet was reading his diary to the devil deprived Republicans. All the married men in the room were gay, they just didn’t know it yet. They just needed to watch the Home and Garden Channel to reveal there inner repressed sensations. This blog is preventing me from real human contact, and is actually a cry for help. That would be true if the hornless unicorn didn’t find out he was just a horse. Most people don’t feel comfortable flying with a pilot who is a Satan worshiper or a nipple sucker. It is in these cases that death becomes depressed, and takes workman’s comp because of a repetitive motion syndrome from swinging his sickle. If death would just use an aluminum bat instead, this wouldn’t happen. Plus they would make a nice pinging noise on contact with lawyers. Thanks for the memories Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.

Evil Spirits – Begone

I received the Chaintech Mainboard yesterday. Problems, problems. The XP-M 3000+ chip is not detected by the boards bios. So I am using the old XP 2100+ instead to get the ball rolling. Hopefully I can find a hacked bios that will let me use this chip. Installing Windows XP is a chore. Keeps locking up during the install. No clue why. I have just begun attempt number 10 or something like that.

Maybe the computer needs another trepanation. Or maybe the computer needs sacrifices. Here kitty, kitty, kitty…

Introducing, The Great Outdoors

I had a midnight shift last night. When I awoke at noon from my morning nap, we had partial sunshine (sun filtered by cirrus) and the temperature was already above 50. I typed up the last blog entry in an effort to help clear the cobwebs from my brain, then I went outside. Glorious outdoors, how I miss thee. By the end of the afternoon, the temperature peaked out at 59 degrees.

I drove the car out of the garage and went to work on cleaning out the interior. I don’t think I have vacuumed the car out since, well, this time last year. Was my car filthy? Nay, nay… barnyard gross is a better descriptor. You know that high pressure hose I used on the garage floor yesterday? I had no recourse but to hose down the interior of that car. About this next rhetorical question? It was totally unneeded for this discussion.

After that job was done, I was ready to goof off. I took the basketball hoop out of the garage and started putting my atrophied arms to work. The base of the portable hoop didn’t have any water or sand in it, so there was a lot of jiggle to it. I should break down and put some permanent ballast in. Maybe it won’t blow over and damage itself. One nice thing, with the driveway surrounded by piles of snow, I didn’t have to run far to get the ball after a shot.

I also fit in my jog for the day. I have jogged 2 miles or more the past 9 days. Lemme think, I believe I have run 14 out of the past 16 days. The sad news, I have gained weight during this stretch… about 3 pounds. I have never seen a correlation between exercise and weight loss. In order for me to lose weight, I must count calories. But I like running. I hope to run in the Fitgers 5k coming up in a few weeks.

Damn Popups

In a post a few days earlier, I pointed toward savetoby.com. An ad on that page managed to launch a popup windows. The page itself did not produce the popup. How did the ad do this even though I have unsolicited popup blocked in my Firefox browser? This function of Firefox does not block unsolicted popups produced from a plugin, like a flash animation. So how do you block these popups? Follow these steps…

1. Type about:config into the Firefox location bar.
2. Right-click on the page and select New and then Integer.
3. Name it privacy.popups.disable_from_plugins
4. Set the value to 2.

This is what the values represent:
0 Allow all popups from plugins.
1 Allow popups, but limit them to dom.popup_maximum.
2 Block popups from plugins.
3 Block popups from plugins, even on whitelisted sites.

I noticed that most of the flash ads on savetoby.com are promising free ipods. Screw that, there is a much easier way to get a free ipod.

Medical Minute

Fecalith: A hard stony mass of feces. A fecalith can obstruct the appendix, leading to appendicitis. Fecaliths also can obstruct diverticuli. Called also a coprolith and stercolith. Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. It is thought that appendicitis begins when the opening from the appendix into the cecum becomes blocked. The blockage may be due to a build-up of thick mucus within the appendix or stool that enters the appendix from the cecum. The mucus or stool hardens, becomes rock-like, and blocks the opening. This rock is called a fecalith (literally, a rock of stool). Fecaliths and stercoraceous ulcerations are well-known complications of chronic constipation.

In the past, intrusive abdominal surgery was the only way to remove a fecalith. Now with recent breakthroughs in technology, a less intruding procedure has been developed. The leading technique currently used has been given the playful name of, “The Anal Surprise”. In this image, we see three patients receiving the procedure at the same time. Surveys have indicated that about 1 in 10 patients actually enjoy the experience!

Things Done

Besides the trepanation on the computer, I rearranged furniture last night. I was not allowed to bring out the throw rugs until two weeks had passed since the floor refinishing. The two weeks were up, so I brought out the rugs. The experiment with the arrangement is to have all the furniture, TV and computers in one section of the main living area. The remaining portion will only contain the dining room table and two chairs. This dining area is about twice as large as the area that I am designating as the living room.

Today I managed to wash some of the house windows. I only did a select few. The ones I selected had splats on them. The splats looked like some bird flew up to the window, hovered, then puked. I’ve been staring at these “puke” stains for the past couple of months. Nice to finally get rid of them.

I washed the exterior of the car today. First time since last fall. Looks pretty. The wax that I applied last fall still has its shine. Tomorrow’s project, weather permitting, will be to clean the interior.

There was a big slab of ice in the front of the garage. This ice formed in the large depression in the driveway, on the north side. In its deepest section it was two inches thick. Through the day today I took my shovel and chipped out bites of it. I threw these chunks into a sunnier section of the driveway. The filtered sunshine we had today managed to melt about half of this ice.

I swept out the winter dirt out of the garage. I’ve been parking the car in the garage all winter long and managed to drop some dirty ice chunks in there. The garage was dry today so I took advantage and swept out the dirt. I then took the hose with a pressure nozzle on it and hosed the floor down. The floor drain in the garage needs to be cleaned out. Took forever for the water to drain out.

The portable basketball hoop fell over late last year. It fell hard, bending the hoop into and oval and cracking the backboard. I took the car jack and some chunks of wood and tried to make the hoop circular again. Don’t know if it worked because after I jacked it into a circle, I just left the jack in place. I’ll release it tomorrow and see how it looks.

A little frost heave problem. The slab of concrete near my basement door is up about two inches. That can’t be good. We’ll let the frost melt out of the ground and assess the damage then. If it is still heaved after the melt, we will have to perform a trepanation on the slab. Trepanations cure all problems, kind of like duct tape.