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Written By: Gary on July 31, 2006 5 Comments

(Pick the word that is familiar to you or add one of your own)
1. Soda, Soft Drink, Soda Pop or Tonic – Soda
2. Hoagie, Sub, Po Boy, Grinder – Sub
3. Goobers or Peanuts – Peanuts (Goobers are chocolate covered peanuts around here)
4. Candlepin or Ten-Pin bowling – Just Bowling
5. Dungarees or Blue Jeans – Blue Jeans (or just Jeans)

6. Shopping Carriage, Shopping Cart, Buggy – (Shopping) Cart
7. Frappe or Milkshake – (Milk)Shake
8. Jimmies or Sprinkles – Sprinkles
9. Hot Dog or Frankfurter – Hot Dog
10. Relative or Kin – Relative
11. Soda Crackers or Saltines – Saltines
12. Rubbish, Trash or Garbage. – Garbage (sometimes trash)
13. Rotary or Traffic Circle – Traffic Circle (but we don’t really have them here so people don’t call them anything)
14. Barbeque, Grill Out or Cookout – Barbeque/Grill
15. Funnel Cake or Fried Dough – Funnel Cake (Elephant Ears are the same, right?)
16. Flapjacks, pancakes, or griddlecakes – Pancakes
17. Bedroom Suite or Bedroom Suit – Bedroom Suite
18. Bundles, Sacks or Bags (of Groceries) – Bag
19. Front Entrance or Front Stoop – Front Door (Porch)
20. Frying Pan or Skillet – Frying Pan

From Miss. Elaine.

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Written By: Gary on July 31, 2006 No Comment

So last week I wanted to go see the Stormbreaker movie. It’s the first of the Alex Rider books being made into a movie (I’ve mentioned Alex Rider before). It was supposed to open July 21st but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So then I looked around some more and found this:

July 21, 2006 (UK)
September 21, 2006 (AUS)
October 6, 2006 (USA)

–from Wikipedia

I’m a little disappointed but I’ll get over it. I still don’t understand why it’s opening here last (and why that isn’t clear on the site). For those of you that don’t remember, the movie stars Ewan McGrager, Rutger Hauer, Alica Silverstone and some new actor actually named Alex playing Alex Rider.

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Written By: Gary on July 30, 2006 2 Comments

So I haven’t been blogging lately, but I did do a new background. Since it’s almost August it was really time to get rid o the 4th of July theme. I liked the bright colors so I tried again. I’ve been SO hot the last few days I thought the bright sunny layout was appropriate. I’m nowhere near as happy with the sun layout but I’ll stick with it for now. I got the background image from

I’ll try to catch up on some blogging soon…

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Written By: Gary on July 26, 2006 2 Comments

So MagsForLess.com has Wired for $1.99 for 12 issues.

It looks as if it’s $4.99 if you do 3 years! Obviously, I have no control over when/if this offer ends…

Actually if you look around they have a few deals at this price.

  • Family Fun – You can do 4 years for $5.99 and this is a great mag.
  • Rolling Stone – Four years for $7.22.
  • Seed – A new cool science magazine I’ve been meaning to mention for ages ($2.98 for first year $4.97 for two).
  • Popular Science – A new cool science magazine I’ve been meaning to mention ($2.75 for first year).

    There’s a few other men’s/women’s/entertainment mags for $1.99 (or close) so poke around their site.

    Some of these (including wired) are sometimes available as freebies, but these is a pretty good deal.

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    Written By: Gary on July 20, 2006 One Comment
    Onesome: Cooked to?– Okay, the easy one: if you’re having grilled meat (steak/hamburger) this weekend, how would you like it cooked?
    Well done. I don’t need it like a puck but I don’t want any red. I don’t want any indication this was on a living creature at some time previous to my eating it….
    Twosome: Medium– to large? …too large? What do you think of the big ol’ plasma screen HDTVs available now? I mean, would you if you could?
    Awesome, but if you’ve got a room you can dim you can probably put in a projector for lots LE$$. Mine is 105 inches diagonally!
    Threesome: Rare– Footage: one of the major news services recently announced they would make archived news coverage available for personal purchase on DVD. Is there any one piece/segment/area of old news (or new) you’d like to have on your bookshelf to view “whenever”?
    Yes, I’d like all the times I’ve made it on TV for one reason or another on one DVD (and others in my family too). But real news? Not really.

    From the Thursday Threesome

    Written By: Gary on July 18, 2006 One Comment
    What is your dream car?
    Oh, I was going to say a hybrid convertible (we’ll stick with that as my practical option).

    But since someone else expanded answers to include other options like a driver or self driving (which would be great) I’m going to say I’d like the “traditional” flying car.

    From Question of the Day.

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    Written By: Gary on July 18, 2006 No Comment
    What is the furthest North and the furthest South you’ve ever been?
    North would have to be somewhere along the coast of Alaska. South would have to be Egypt or Costa Rica (I’m going to guess Egypt since it’s a lot hotter there). Coincidentally, they are the first and last places I’ve traveled on my own.

    From Question of the Day.

    Written By: Gary on July 18, 2006 No Comment

    I don’t really have to add anything to clarify that do I?!?

    Weatherhilojuly182006Actually, I just looked at the highs and lows today and they’re only in the high 80’s. But it sure feels hotter than those 90’s days this weekend. I just noticed on Weather Bug (at school) the Hi and lo for today were both at 3:41 AM and PM respectively :)

    Written By: Gary on July 17, 2006 No Comment

    So if you’ve every wanted your own domain name it’s only $2.99 for the first year ($9.95 after). You’re not committed: you can host your site just about anywhere (not just Yahoo!) and you can always move your name somewhere else later. (This was a better year the first time around, they’d let you do 5 years at $2.99 each!).


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    Written By: Gary on July 16, 2006 3 Comments

    I slept nine hours last night, so I feel pretty great. The problem is that I didn’t fall asleep until after five (no, I wasn’t doing anything exciting, I just wasn’t sleeping). So now that that I woke up after two I’m going to need to make myself tired with drugs early tonight (Ambien will be my friend) so I can get back on schedule or I’ll never get to work on time this week. And it’s night night I’m goign to be tired at all come 10 or 11 tonight…

    So yesterday: I roller-bladed, ran all sorts of errands, drank only one bottle of coke (it was early in the afternoon and much below my normal intake) so why couldn’t I sleep?!? Sometimes I’m just like a little kid and I fight it off, but I’m nit sure why…

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    Written By: Gary on July 14, 2006 One Comment

    Languageweek4Srah has decreed that July 24-28, 2006 is Language Week. This means that once a day for the week you blog at least once a day (at least a few sentences) in a language you usually don’t blog in. Read her blog for the rest of the rules.

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    Written By: Gary on July 14, 2006 One Comment

    I finally hooked up my Oregon Scientific Weather Station and I really like it. It’s got a remote sensor for outside and shows the humidity and temp for both inside and outside (or I guess you could put the sensor inside somewhere else in the house if you wanted). It shows the moon phase and sets itself via the atomic clock. The instructions read as if the atomic clock sends out a signal constantly (I thought it was a once a day thing). I know it took awhile (overnight) for mine to get the signal (and then I had to go set the time zone). It even makes a weather forecast based on the barometer and the humidity and temp. It’s a nifty little device and it’s well worth the money I spent on it.

    It’s got an alarm clock and backlit display built into it too. Plus it shows if the temp, pressure and humidity are rising, steady or lowering. You can calibrate it for closer readings based on your altitude too. I think I paid more for just the little temp/humidity sensor I bought a few years ago.

    FYI – It starting saying it’s got a connection with the Atomic Clock, I’m not sure how/why…

    Written By: Gary on July 14, 2006 4 Comments

    So on a slight tangent in class tonight (I give a tech leadership class at a local university) I was passing on some ways to get cheap inexpensive technology (or other freebies you can get). And I gave away some of my best savings sites so I thought I would share them here too:

  • SlickDeals – they have all sorts of forums with free stuff (including free magazine subscriptions)
  • Woot – A daily deal at 1 AM EST every day (generally a tech-ish deal)
  • Grupare – Deals on all sorts of stuff
  • DealMac – which has great Apple & accessory deals and links to their PC, Camera, Memory, Ink and Coupon sites too!

    There’s lots more around but these are the ones I check daily.

    Wait!!! I almost forgot MacZot! a cheap mac software ware deal every day. Today (and for the next few days) they are offering the MysteryZot 5 which is 5 pieces of software bundle for $5. Who knows what you’ll get, but it’s only $5! I bought one. Now I have to wait until it’s over to find it out.

    Actually, I had to mention the class tonight because they kept asking me about the blog and I specially said I never mention the class. They asked about my blog address but I said they’d have to use a search engine if they really wanted to find it.

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    Written By: Gary on July 8, 2006 2 Comments

    So I’m at Einstein Bros Bagels getting lunch and they’ve got the little sign where they list the soups they have that day (they removable pieces so they can change the sign depending on availability). Now today everyone seems to want Brocolli Cheddar (including me), which they happen to be out of, but it’s still on the sign. They actually have three choices: Leave it (the likely choice), remove that soup from the list, make more soup. I don’t think Mr. Einstein would be very impressed with their smarts…

    Written By: Gary on July 6, 2006 2 Comments
    1. What do you think of space? Do you think we should explore it, or stay here on Earth and tend to matters here?
    Definetly explore it. No question about it. (Because it’s there!)
    2. If you could travel anywhere off Earth, where would you go? Why?
    Assuming I’m on a tour of sorts I would assume Saturn would offer a bit of choices for this solar system. If I have no restrictions it’d probably be to see a black hole (up close of course).
    3. Do you think we’re doing enough to facilitate science? Why/why not? What would you do to change things?
    Not a chance. We need more budget for NASA and for the private developers.
    Bonus Question for Comments: What are some of your favorite movies about space/take place in space/etc?
    All the ones that come to mind are kids movies: Explorers, The Last Star Fighter, Flight of the Navigator (of course). I’m sure there are more but not coming to mind right now.

    From 3x Thursday

    Written By: Gary on July 5, 2006 No Comment

    So my Mom called because she heard (from Chuck) that you could see both the ISS and the Space Shuttle go by tonight and she knows I like stuff like that. So I dug around and found this which tells you when you can see cool stuff like that. Sure enough, I saw the ISS exactly when they said although the shuttle was a minute late. The times do vary slightly from city to city so be sure to look up your town. The shuttle I’m slightly less confident on due to delays, but it was definitely something. Tomorrow, I see they are passing at the exact same time, I’m assuming they’ll be docked! I guess I’ll be able to tell via this tracker tomorrow.

    And you can find your city too! Be sure to check out SkyWatch after you look up your city (it’s more detailed and complicated so do the simple one first).

    Written By: Gary on July 4, 2006 No Comment

    Bluetoothlogo2So I love my iPod but I hate the cords (the same goes for the cell phone). It needs bluetooth! It’s be better for the car (if the stereo from car had it) and it’d be better for walking, running, rollerblading, etc. I know people make some adaptors but Apple is such a BT supporter it really needs to be integrated (you could even sync via BT if you wanted).

    Now BlueTooth is not as universal as it really should be so they need a way for companies to add some firmware to make it more compatible (who isn’t going to add a drive for the best selling iPod?)

    And this is how I want it to work/look (be sure to roll your mouse over the image). And if we’re adding video, I want a 160 GB version!

    Written By: Gary on July 4, 2006 No Comment

    ItunesredwhiteblueThe iTunes song of the Week (this week) is Red, White and Blue by Rockie Lynne. If you’ve got iTunes click here and scroll down to the lower left to download it for free.

    It’s country, which isn’t really my thing. But the thing that caught my eye in the description is when it said “it’s willing to admit that flag-waving isn’t enough anymore” and it preaches tolerance “but doesn’t shove it down your throat”. I’m patriotic in that I’m incredibly grateful for this wonderful country we live it (even with it’s flaws), but I’m not a huge red/white/blue kind of person. I was the same way at college too, I loved it at MSU and raved about it to people, but I was a student much more that I was a spartan and my green and white ward robe still suffers.

    Happy 4th of July!!!

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    Written By: Gary on July 2, 2006 8 Comments

    Have you heard of GoogleIdol.com? I hadn’t either until I stumbled on some “Lynne and Tessa” videos at Google. It’s amature American Idol-ish lip sync contest with your web cam.

    Yeah, it’s strange but I was entertained enough to see what else they did. They “covered” from No Doubt to “Tom Jones” to Avril (and more).

    I think they’re number 1 in the running so go vote for them. They have their own site (but it’s kinda bare) at http://www.lynne-tessa.de/

    Written By: Gary on July 2, 2006 No Comment

    So speaking of free products for your computer there is Open Source (this means free) Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Presentation sotware called OpenOffice and it’s no where near as daunting to install as Linux is. OpenOffice is available for Windows and Linux the latest Alpha of the Macintosh version was just released yesterday. The Macintosh version is called NeoOffice 2.0 Alpha 4 (for OS X 10.3 or better) (Alpha means it’s still in testing).

    By default it’s in English but 53 other language packs are available. It’s still an Alpha release (testing) but you can still get version 1.22 (but 1.22 doesn’t work on the Intel Macs). There is an actual version of generic Open Office for Mac but it requires X11 installed (which makes the process way more complicated) and it’s not as seamless IMHO. I’ve used this and recommend it to most of my Mac friends.

    Written By: Gary on July 1, 2006 No Comment

    In case you missed it:

    Paid incident support and critical security updates for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me will end on July 11, 2006. No other security updates will follow after this date.

    – Microsoft Web Site

    This is interesting and I’m wondering what kind of security risks will this lead to? Have all the security bugs been found in these versions of Windows? If people still have computers running this OS are those machines capable of running Windows XP? Or Vista? Probably not, so are they going to spend the money on a new OS just so they can run Windows 2000?

    I knew this was coming and I was reminded today by a Linux magazine called Tux (Tux is the penguin mascot for Linux) their “selling point” is it’s “The First and Only Magazine for the New Linux User”. I say “selling point” because like the Linux operating system, it’s free also. Do you see where I’m going with this? If you’re thinking of erasing your system anyways, why not try Linux now?

    Really the easiest way to try Linux is with some installation CDs or DVDs. Tux really likes the KDE environment but I don’t see downloadable disc images anywhere (that’s clear enough for me to make a recommendation for one distribution) but I do see them for Fedora so I’m going to recommend downloading RedHat Fedora which is what I use (when I use). But if you don’t know how to work with burning ISO images and such the easiest option is probably to just go buy a Linux magazine from some bookstore that comes with CDs/DVDs (but be sure if you don’t have a DVD play you get a magazine with CDs). Or you can pick up a book with a set of CDs or DVD so that you can try it out just make sure the copyright of the book is at least 2006 so you know you’re getting a recent version. Sure it’s different from Windows, but XP is pretty different from Windows 98…

    If you aren’t aren’t familiar with the terms “Open Source” or “Linux” you probably don’t want to dabble with this. So skip this and just cough up that $100+ for a new version of Windows (and the $200 for the new version of Office to go with it). That is unless you’re familiar with the term “Free”.

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    Written By: Gary on July 1, 2006 No Comment

    So after Audra Kubat played last night, she was selling CDs and signing them and stuff. So I went and picked up an older one and got it signed. She’s very sweet and was chatty with people and I found out she plays locally at a place downtown somewhere a few times a month so I’ll be heading down there. I haven’t played the CD yet but I really enjoy the other one that I had. The TasteFest was a lot busier when we left, I bet it gets pretty crazy there over the weekend.

    Plus, seeing her completes another one of my 101 in 1001 list items. You know, I just realized I never talked about her other than at the Aimme Mann concert, I put together some info and never posted it so here you go some info, reviews and probably enough mp3s to make your own little sampler CD:

    Info at Times Beach Records (including a few MP3s) and here’s a few more MP3s and a video and another mp3 and a few more samples. Here’s some reviews from MetroTimes 1 2 (plus a few more MP3s) 3, VenusZine, Adequacy 1 + 2. Here’s a few more downloads on Audra’s MySpace page.

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