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Apr. 20th, 2011

Jimmy Buffett at the Time Warner Music Pavilion

I am not a full-fledged Parrothead but I do like Jimmy Buffett.
I have been trying to go to at least one concert of every group that I like to listen to.
So last night I went to the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion.

It was the "Welcome to Fin Land tour" which if you know Buffett is a play on one of his songs.
got a bit Verbose. Hiding to save space. )

As noted at the beginning I enjoyed the music. Disliked the Venue

Was it worth the money? As I stated at the beginning I have been trying to go to a concert of every band I like. If Jimmy plays in North Carolina again I will make an attempt at seeing him again. Just not at the TWC Pavilion. I will NOT go back to the pavilion unless it is the ONLY site for a band.

edit: added Group Ilo Ferreira

Mar. 12th, 2011

OMG Funny The Boob Clamp

I Feel for the girl at 1:50  but you know she had to get paid for the commercial.

As one of the comments states; "Corsets are not really a "new" idea."

Dec. 23rd, 2010

Pictures of the Lunar Eclipse at Solstice

Sat outside at my apartment's parking lot. Not a very night photographer friendly place but I could not find any other that was

1. dark enough and
2. not bothered by cops every 5 minutes with "What are you doing out here?"

So anyway. I took 149 pictures. Lots of cloud cover.

Interesting thing is that the "Mark I, Eyeball" saw mainly a white moon the whole time. Yet the photos clearly show a red moon. The only thing I can figure is that at night in low light the rods which out-number the cones in the eye fed "white" to the brain. The cones which are less numerous could not get the "color red" past the overwhelming "white" signal.

I also found out that I need a better tripod if I am going to do something like this again. I would adjust the camera and Center the moon. Let go and flop the tripod would drop it somewhere else.

The pictures were taken at a resolution of 3872x2592. They have been compressed for the web. If you are interested in any specific one Let me know and we can work out a way to get you the full picture.

Whyy's Photos

Nov. 22nd, 2010

Boosting the signal on this one.

Stealing ClueGirls's phrase.

Boosting the signal.

Oct. 26th, 2010

2010 NC Renfair videos

Belly Dancers  Short clips

Harp players  Short clips

Just short clips of the Belly Dancers and the Harpists.
Just samples

2010 BalloonFest Pt II

Videos from the BalloonFest taken on my Canon 780i

Oct. 24th, 2010

2010 NC BalloonFest

Went to the NC Balloonfest yesterday.

For the 37 Annual it seemed very unorganized. 

Will add more later.

Pictures at

Pictures are a bit disjointed. Beginning pictures were taken with my Canon handheld as the Balloon Chase started prior to my getting there.
The naming convention put those at the end of the pics.

Oct. 14th, 2010

Google Image

It is kind of interesting how many people find the "new and improved" Google Image Search a Pain in the Ass.

I really don't like doing a search, seeing a thumbnail, clicking on the thumbnail, then getting a new page with the SAME thumbnail that I now have to click on AGAIN. If I had wanted the damn thumbnail I would have kept to the results page.

It has almost driven me from Google. I use Chrome as my browser and like it pretty well but I like Firefox just as well.

A look at the help forums to find an easy way to go back to the old version is stunning. Several hundred forum entries with ten to twenty entries each.

The easy answer is "Do it Google's way." Google did add a "Switch to basic version" button. Of course it is at the BOTTOM of the search page. Pick a popular image and you have 10 pages of 5 rows each with 7 pictures in each row. 350 picture to scroll past. Oh and keep your mouse away from the actual pictures if you are using a scroll wheel mouse. Each picture you hover over stops you. VERY BLEEPing annoying.

From the Forums

FireFox has a fix that lets it go direct to the basic version of Google Image.
IE 8 has a "compatibility" mode that you can set to force it to ID itself as IE 7 and drop to the basic version.

Chrome as a Google product has no such 'easy' work around but it does have this.

Past that in the URL and bookmark it. When you want Google Images click it and it will bring up a search for Einstein with Auto-complete turned off.

complete=0   q=Einstein

Replace Einstein with whatever you want. It is just a safe search term.

This is the same type of issue Google had with the Auto-Complete and it now has an option at the top of most screens. Why not do the same for Image search?
Who knows?

Yes, I have sent in suggestions and added my voice and vote to the forums but will Google listen? So far I have had no response and there is nothing in the forums.

Oct. 8th, 2010

Potato Soup

I like to cook. I just don't really like to cook just for myself.

So I got a craving.
Growing up we did not have a lot of extra money.
We were clean and fed enough but there were times that Mom and Dad were worried.

One of the meals that I can remember from these times is Potato Soup.
Mom would peel and cut potatoes, with me stealing and eating chunks of the raw potato.

Potatoes, milk, a bit of butter and as I grew up bits of onion. Real simple fare.

Yet in over 20 years I did not try to make my own. Not sure why but I have been resisting making my mom's recipes.

So, I came home Monday night hungry for Potato soup.

Hooters has a good version.
Lone Star steak house has a good one.
Campbells soup is not too bad.
But most of them are "creamy", include cheese or other items that fill it out but take it far away from simple fare.

And all of them are closed at 2am.


No potato soup for me.

That mean I needed to start digging.
Opening my freezer I found a package of Ore-Ida Steam-n-Mash potato chunks.
Originally made for mashed potatoes I realized that they were just chunks of potatoes in a bag to heat in the microwave.
They had been in the freezer for quite a while but were still under the expiration date.

They called for microwaving for 8min with 2 min cooking in the bag after. then mixing and mashing.

Inspiration hit. Microwaving for 6 minutes the potatoes were semi-soft in the bag.
Dumping them into the pan, I added milk and started heating it.
Stirring it to keep it evenly heating I got the milk hot and pulled it from the stove.

putting some in a bowl with diced onions, shallots and some butter. I pigged out.

The potatoes package says that after it is mashed there 'should' be enough for 7 servings.

This made one serving albeit a HUGE serving. I kept eating as I was not quite sure how to keep and reheat it. :-)

Very good but simple meal. Thanks Mom.
Maybe one of these days I will break down and cook her roast beef and noodles.

Closest recipe I could find on the net was,2248,154180-224203,00.html

They dump part of the water used to boil the potatoes out and replace it with milk.
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Sep. 29th, 2010

"The disease called "Perfection"

Damn good essay. Spread it around.

Jul. 13th, 2010

I write like ????

Well I used this bot.

Interesting results

With my posted stories I got
First story
I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Second story
I write like
Isaac Asimov

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

With two stories I have been working on since '92    
I write like
Douglas Adams

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

This I also got twice for two different stories one in queue '95 
I write like
Kurt Vonnegut

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

a really ecelectic mix huh?

Mar. 25th, 2010

Writing advise that actually might be useful for TV.

If only we could get more writers to read this.

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Mar. 22nd, 2010

Nature at its finest

The Owl Box

Carlos put up an owl box in his yard.
In the box he put one color camera and one Infra-red camera.
Color for Daytime, IR for night.
He switches the live feed and it runs on the net.

A female Barn Owl moved in (Molly) and her mate (McGee) visits.
5 eggs were laid and one has hatched (Max).

It is kinda addicting watching her nest and take care of Max.

Guess some people are born owlcoholics.
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Mar. 12th, 2010

My mind just went Daaaa What?


Ok news from 2008 but I just found it.  )

this is the state where some schools still hold seperate proms, one for whites and one for blacks

Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom - in 2008. Until then, blacks and whites had had separate proms even though their classrooms have been integrated for decades
Why this suprised me I am not sure.
Ever the Optomistic Pessimist (Absolutly 100% sure things will go bad) and Still I am dumbfounded by things like this.

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Nov. 30th, 2009


I can haz sleep?

Nov. 29th, 2009


Well, it has been a interesting month.
Dumping all the dumping behind a break. )

Maybe I get a life as a christmas present.

Nov. 9th, 2009


Nekocon was this weekend.

Not a bad anime con but the Embassy Suites that they have near the Coliseum just does not seem to be up to it.

Three elevators seem limited but not too bad. Wait times this year were not excessive.
Last year during the con they had a elevator breakdown, This year at least they did not have that problem but there were still some wait lines.
Not sure how many rooms they had set aside as reserved for the convention but as usual they never seem to have enough.
They also charge a lot for the room, then charge for the internet connection.

I traveled over quite a bit of TX in October and stayed in several Hilton owned hotels. All month none of them charged for internet. Yet here was a hotel doing so. $229 PER NIGHT for a 'suite' sitting room in the front, bathroom  and a bedroom in the back. and $9.99 for 24 hours connection. 34k up/ less than a meg down. 

It is just enough that I may be turning my back on Neko-con. Kinda depends on my daughter as walking around the cons buying things for her is my chief task. Taking photos like these are just my hobby :-)

I guess we will have to see what Katsu-con (feburary), Animazement (May) Otakon (July-Aug) bring.

Nov. 2nd, 2009


Well NaNoWriMo has started.

Ideas kinda bubbling but nothing really fit the plot I had in mind.
Stopping every few minutest to write down a plot bunny is .... different.

Space saver and sanity saver for the rest of you )

Sep. 14th, 2009

eBook readers

Most of the PDA and handhelds that I have bought over the years have been purchased for two reasons.

Writing and reading. Due to the fact that I can read and do some other tasks at the same time they were mostly used for reading.

Some were better and some were worse but the biggest issue was that each would only read a few types of things well.

Spacesaver )
this lead to

An eBook reader that does almost every ebook format with a 16GB SD card reader and a user replaceable battery. For $199 til Sep 30th.

I got mine last week. So far only a couple of the ebooks from the Usenet have caused any issues.
seems really well constructed


Sep. 7th, 2009

The Guild - Do You Wanna Date My Avatar


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