First Yardwork Day of 2008 
Thursday, 17 April, 2008, 01:08
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When I moved into this house, my dad gave me a Honda HR17 lawnmower -- new, and in the original box -- from the mid 1980s. My dad and I put it together, pulled the cord, and it started on the first try.

It was 70 degrees outside today, and slightly cloudy. So, perfect day to do some yardwork. Once again, and somewhat unsurprisingly, it fired up on the first pull again.

Ran down the snowblower -- don't need it anymore this season -- I'm going to "summerize" it and put it in the crawlspace so it's out of the way. Hey, if you can "winterize" a lawnmower, you can certainly "summerize" its winter counterpart.
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The Home Improvement Special 
Sunday, 13 April, 2008, 03:22
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Jeff came over to my place today ... we finally took care of the two ceiling fans I couldn't put up when Julie's uncle was over.

The first was in the northwest bedroom. When Julie's uncle was over, we couldn't figure out why we couldn't get power to the box in the ceiling. The wires were all strange -- we had black, white, and blue. It took a good 10 minutes for Jeff to figure out what the blue wire went to, but when we figured it out, it turned out to be completely unnecessary. We replaced the double switch with a single one, wired up the fan, and it worked perfectly.

The master bedroom was the other task ... that took a couple hours to do. The first thing we had to do was figure out why the double switch was next to the single one right at the door ... turns out that one controlled power to the exhaust fan in the attic -- quite stupid. We ripped that thing out and put a blank in its place. We then ran some BX from the single switch over to the middle of the bedroom, knocking a hole in the ceiling for a box in the process. The fan's on a remote control, which is totally sweet. Unfortunately, 3 15W CFL bulbs don't generate enough light in the master bedroom, so I left the 3 40W incandescent bulbs it came with in there. Perfect.

I replaced the 60W CFL bulbs in the other three bedroom fans with 15W CFLs. They generate just enough light for bedrooms of that size. I also replaced the four 60W CFLs in the kitchen fan with four 40W bulbs.

So, I had a bunch of 60W CFLs left over ... I put 6 in the light fixture in the dining room, one in the master bedroom closet, one in the coat closet by the front door, one in the northwest bedroom closet, and 3 in the old standing lamp my mother gave me (it still had the original 75W CFLs that my mother gave me with the lamp 9 years ago, which still work). That leaves 2 incandescents in the other two bedrooms, 2 on the back of the house (illuminating the back yard), 2 in the crawlspace, and a few small ones in the two upstairs bathrooms ... my plan to convert all bulbs in this house is working quite well.

Julie showed up not too long ago and Lilo jumped on my face ... Adam came here too. Tomorrow it's time to help Bob biuld a computer, which is going to be cool.

So ... busy day.
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Technology rules 
Saturday, 22 March, 2008, 01:55
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I'm a geek. Plain and simple. So when my brother-in-law Adam told me his iPod Touch didn't sync with his computer I had to take a look.

Long story short, the wrong driver was installed. For some reason the computer thought the iPod was a digital camera. So I forced the right driver to load and presto, it worked.

After a couple of hours the entire collection was transferred. After some additional setup the thing connects to WiFi, and that is how I am bringing this post to you today. Took me a good 10 minutes to type, though...

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Green is my favorite color. 
Sunday, 16 March, 2008, 03:52
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Can you tell? I call this theme "Green CRT." You remember what those are, I just know it ... do you think it fits?

Big update now, since I haven't updated for months.

Julie and I are both using Nokia 6100 Navigators. Hers is pink, and mine has a black front and white back. They're great phones, and T-Mobile thinks we're using the old Nokia 6190s. The only downside is that we can't download ringtones to them ... no biggie, Bluetooth is my friend.

Julie's working at a different hospital now, but kept herself on the old hospital's payroll as flex.

I hit a monstrous pothole in February and screwed up both driver's side wheels on my RAV4. Insurance took care of it, and I'm in the process of filing a claim with IDOT. Thankfully, there was no damage beyond wheels and tires -- with my luck I thought the suspension and/or frame would be damaged as well.

It is not that incident, though, that is leading my wandering eye to other vehicles. I have decided that I will be buying a Civic Hybrid in the next few months to replace the RAV4 -- city driving is killing my mileage and, in this day of $3.50/gallon gas, I'd love to be able to forget which side my gas tank is on. Yeah yeah, all you Euros who pay that much per liter can kiss my ass.

Formula 1 season is starting right now, quite literally. The cars are lining up on the grid in Melbourne as I type this. I'm excited to see the result of the rule changes; practice was interesting to watch with the cars sliding around everywhere, and the front two rows look pretty interesting.

So ... now that I have this site working again, I can post. Good times.
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One more time. 
Sunday, 16 March, 2008, 03:26
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Let's see ... is this page happy now?

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