Thursday, July 30, 2009

Seen on Facebook

"Why Oh why did I vote for Obama? That hope and change seem like a bunch of BS. Trillion dollar healthcare plans, higher taxes , and endless lies about ending wars. Don't even get me started on Americorps."

I'm not gloating.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

80072efd Windows Update

For the sake of posterity, I'm posting this. Hello Googlers!

Ok so it turns out I had the remnants of a virus on my machine. The virus is long gone, but when I did a "netsh winhttp show proxy" it showed that I was pointing to localhost:7171. Fortunately whatever virus did that is now gone.

So here's the deal. First of all, I'm NOT responsible for what happens to your computer, I'm just offering advice that worked for me. Anyway, If you get this error and you've gone through everything else to no avail, fire up a command prompt. That is, go to Start--Run and type "cmd.exe" and hit enter.

At this point type "netsh winhttp reset proxy" and hit enter.

Enjoy your new Windows updates.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Anger Management

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should and let go of what you can't change.

Monday, July 20, 2009


1.38T for SS/Medicare/Medicaid + 758B for housing & commerce (bailouts) + 690B defense + 106B unemployment = apprx 4 TRILLION dollars government spending. in 1 year! YOU voted for this, America! Hope and Change sure is expensive.

Sorry Joey, Emma, and Andy. You and your kids will have to pay for this. :(

4 of these:

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Texas Drivers!

When on the open highway, Texans have a few unique characteristics. And I'm not just stereotyping, I've put myself in the habit of not looking at plates. I can immediately recognize someone who is from Texas. Look at their plates and 8 times out of 10 they are from Texas. 1 time out of 10 they're from Kalifornia.

Cat and Mouse:
A Texan will come up behind you like a bat out of hell, then get right on your ass, but will not pass. If you gun it up to 80 or so to put yourself a hundred yards ahead of him, he will gun it to 90 to catch up with you, get back on your ass, and stay there.

If you happen to get into traffic and play the passing game for a while, he'll probably fall way behind you. Within 10 minutes or so you'll completely lose sight of him in your rearview mirror. 20 minutes later, here he comes, zooming past you at 90. At this point, he'll either get in front of you and slow down (see Pass and Slow), or he'll get out of sight in front of you. If he gets out of sight in front of you, chances are 50% that you'll pass him like he's standing still later. Then we go back to step 1.

None Shall Pass:
Texans HATE to have another vehicle in front of them, except for when they're playing Cat and Mouse. If you attempt to pass a Texan, they will speed up. It never fails. NEVER. The only way to pass a Texan is to speed up 7 - 10mph and take the chance of getting a ticket. If you do happen to get past a Texan, they will either begin Cat and Mouse or Pass and Slow. This WILL happen to you if you pass a Texan and don't want to change your speed to about 7 - 10mph faster than you were going before.

Pass and Slow:
This is a trademark Texan move. Like I said, Texans HATE to have another vehicle in front of them. When a Texan is finished playing Cat and Mouse or if you happen to overtake him and get past his None Shall Pass, then you'll fall victim to Pass and Slow.

The Texan will decide that he wants to go about 5mph faster than you. He'll pass you (without using his turn signal of course), and he will get back into the right lane just soon enough to make you have to tap your breaks. In other words, he'll cut you off. Here's the kicker. He'll then slow down about 1-2mph SLOWER than you! Yeah. He will.

So what do you do? Go past him? See None Shall Pass and Cat and Mouse.

You would think that driving from STL to Madison and back you wouldn't run into too many Texans. Texans are like West Nile, there's some everywhere you go.

Here's the worst part. I don't think they realize they do any of the above. But they almost all do when on the open highway. In fact, when they do a Pass and Slow and you pass them, maintaining your speed and not cutting them off, they get pissed and they think you got in front of them and slowed down! It's true!

Next time you see one of these maneuvers, take a look at the plate. I betcha it will be Texas!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Overheard on Facebook

Person 1: Why does really good news have to be tempered with a minor glitch
Person 2: For the same reason really bad news has to be tempered with a silver lining.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Another reason I dislike iTunes

Ok so this month's Guitar World has Round and Round by Ratt transcribed. If you know me then you know that I probably like this song and that I probably liked it before the 1980s were cool again. Ok, bad word choice. The 1980s weren't even cool in the 1980s.

So I sat down and started messing around with it. I've always been able to fake my way through that song, as I could pretty much any other 3-chord pop-rock song. But now that it's transcribed in front of me I can attempt to play it note-for-note, and that song actually has a pretty darn cool guitar part to it if you just listen to the "first" rhythm guitar.

I then decided it was time to listen to it. Ok lemme go throw it on my iPod. Oh wait. I don't own a LEGAL copy of that song. And I'm trying to legitimize my music collection. So I pull up iTunes.

A stupid song by a goofy band from 1984 should be on iTunes' cheap list, which means it should go for $0.69 or something like that. But I expected with this 1980s revival thing going on that it would be a $0.99 download instead.

Nope. $1.29. Yeah, the expensive one for popular music.

Amazon: $0.99. Even for the 2007 remastered version which does sound significantly better.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ron Popeil - The OG of Pitchmen

So I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to go on living in a world without Billy Mays. Who will peddle useless junk to my stepfather now?

Vince? Hell no. He stole from Billy. He will burn in hell.

Then I realized that Ron Popeil is still around. Yeah. He's the OG of pitchmen. If he hawks it, my stepdad will buy it.

We love you Ron. Don't die on us.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mason School of Academic and Cultural Literacy

"We have some wonderful news for the upcoming school year! Mason has been approved to be a pilot school. Our pilot school will focus on academic and cultural literacy which is why we are updating our name to Mason - School of Academic and Cultural Literacy. We will be exploring the world around us and celebrating our unique diversity that can be found within our building."

Hmm. Interesting. We'll see how this goes. I still plan on pulling them and sending them to St. Joan of Arc once they're all old enough to be out of the babysitter.

High school is going to be EXPENSIVE!