Archive for March, 2009

Two famous pianists

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Here’s Loyal Reader Number One with a portrait of the great Liberace. LRN1 is the one on the left.

Extreme Short Shrift. My Tuesday evening meeting went WAY long and it’s long past my bedtime.

All is well, nothing is new.

I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this report of what may be the unluckiest man in the world.

See you tomorrow.

Awning lights

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Here’s the world-famous Bobcat at this weekend’s campout. Check out those awning lights. Part of my famous Camping series.

Welcome to the Morrowlife Blog’s seven hundredth post! That’s a whole lot of Great Art and a whole lot of Marginal Content. And there’s more where that came from.

The Blog is back! Pleasant long weekend. The campout was pretty much as I had hoped – pleasant weather, lots of reading and relaxing, and very comfortable. We got home a few hours before it started raining hard, so even the timing was just right.

This was my second visit to Dos Reis. It’s a small campground of a single loop with roughly 25 sites. I believe all of them have full hookups, which is rare here in California. It’s really nice to be able to turn on the lights without worrying about the battery and run the water without worrying about the tanks.

The campground is on the river and has a boat ramp, so it’s populated mainly by fishing people, who are nearly uniformly quiet good neighbors. No loud music and only one hillbilly family shouting nasty words into their cell phone. And that lasted only about half an hour, anyway.

We went to the scout spaghetti dinner on Friday evening, as planned. I think I may have mentioned previously that they hold a spaghetti sauce contest in conjunction with the event, which ensures the sauce is plentiful and delicious. They held a small silent auction, at which I successfully bid on an electric toothbrush. My dentist had recommended one the previous day, so the timing was perfect. I got it for a scandalously low price.

The toothbrush kit actually came with two toothbrushes and a single charger, a huge bottle of Listerine (which my dentist had also praised for its antibacterial properties), a bunch of toothbrushes (including several princess models that will be ideal for Loyal Reader Number Twelve), another bunch of little tubes of toothpaste, and about a gazillion little containers of floss. It was all donated by our friends who run a dental office or two. I have no idea what I’m going to do with all that dental floss.

Speaking of LRN12, she and Loyal Reader Number Five came over for a visit on Saturday afternoon. They’ve both been quite sick (Loyal Reader Number Six has avoided it so far – I have no idea how) but they were both doing much better by Saturday. It was a delight to have them over.

Sunday was extremely busy, but I did manage to put in a couple hours of work on my downstairs media center PC. The newly-named Shemp machine was unable to take my new video card, so I dusted off another hand-me-down computer now named Joe. It didn’t have a working OS, so I got a copy of XP Pro from Loyal Reader Number One, which I got installed. There’s lots more configuring left to do, but I think it’s going to work.

Some important toilet news came up in my absence: the space toilet is on the fritz again. Suddenly, my desire to be an astronaut has dropped even more. I guess it’s better than being in Brussels, though.

See you tomorrow.

Mill pond

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Here’s the old mill pond at the Science Olympiad. More lions, so I’m calling it part of my famous Statue series.

The vacation has started! I’m in the train heading for home. Plenty of work today, and I didn’t get much of it accomplished. No problem. There’s always next week.

Lots to do before we start camping. I need to find a new taillight lens for the trailer, if possible. If not, I need to find and install new taillights on both sides. Also need to check the trailer out in general terms. And check the truck’s various fluids. Also hope to get to the library and grab a few books (optional – I have several books on the Treo and two new paper ones I received for Christmas and haven’t yet gotten to).

Bloggage on Thursday and Friday is highly unlikely. Our campground has hookups but, sadly, no wifi, alas. I’ll make up for it next week with extra-high-quality posts. Trust me.

My nephew Joe was scheduled for surgery today. Best wishes and exclusive Morrowlife Concern Rays to Joe. Loyal Reader Number Sixteen mentioned that she was on her way out there yesterday or today. Let’s hope we get a status report or two in a day or two.

Unfortunately, we are forced to provide today’s toilet violence report: They’re hitting each other with loo roll holders. Can’t we all just get along?

That’s all for now, Vladimir. See you Monday.


Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Here’s a happy, peppy duck couple observing their duck friends. Photo taken at Loyal Reader Number Two’s Science Olympiad event, and part of my famous Bird series.

Happy St. Patty’s day. One of our many meaningless holidays. I celebrated by wearing my pale green shirt. Must honor my Irish roots, don’t you know.

Otherwise largely uninteresting day. Got up an hour late, commuted, worked, and commuted again. Evening plans include more fussing with the new remote control and a few more girls camp phone calls. In the event that my other goodies (DVD burner and video card) arrive, I’m sure I’ll find time to install and test them too.

Loyal Reader Number One’s iPhone application has been submitted. Let’s hope it turns out to be a little more lucrative than the Morrowlife Blog has been (still at $13 and holding!). Remember me when you’re rich, LRN1! Better yet, support me when you’re rich.

The Stereo Stream website is making progress too. There are pretty much just placeholder pages at this point, but that’s a start. I expect he’ll have a version of the desktop server available for download Real Soon Now.

Speaking of the iPhone, version 3.0 of the iPhone software was announced today. Developers can already get to it, and it will be available to the public sometime this summer. Lots of people have been looking forward to some of the improvements they’re putting in, like cut-and-paste (finally!), push email, and tethering. I think the most important change, though, is peer-to-peer connectivity. Why? Thank you for asking! I see Apple subtly positioning the platform as a competitive portable gaming machine – especially the Touch, with its other functions becoming more and more secondary. With peer-to-peer capability, tons of fun new games will quickly become available, resulting in a lot more hardware sales. It’ll be interesting to see what comes along. Your opinion?

How about a little controversy? It’s been a long time since we’ve had any controversy. Consider this: Have you ever seen a stupider idea than this? My answer: not that I can recall.

And speaking of stupid ideas, I definitely think my Loyal Readers and I should pool our money and buy this. I volunteer for the position of “Lord of the Manor.” There are plenty of “Serf” opportunities available.

See you tomorrow.

Spitting lions

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Here are a bunch of spitting lions. Part of the bridge over the pond at CSU-Stanislaus in Turlock, where Loyal Reader Number Two’s Science Olympiad was held. Also part of my famous Statue series.

The blog is back. I have no idea how my Loyal Readers survived.

Interesting wedding. The Liberace Mansion was surprisingly nice. It’s in a residential neighborhood near downtown, and the neighboring houses are surprisingly . . . ordinary. Maybe even a little rundown. The mansion itself is simply a fairly nice, reasonably large house with a very large ballroom added on in the back where the swimming pool used to be. The furnishings are original, and there’s a lot of Liberace’s personal memorabilia. Kind of interesting. Groups who rent the place have basically the run of the house. Also kind of interesting in this day and age. Nobody seemed to ruin anything.

The wedding itself was a little unusual in that it was quite casual. The guests sat at the same tables used for the reception, and there was applause and cheering where most traditional weddings might have been more sedate. Presumably, that’s how the bride and groom chose to do things, and it was just fine. Traditional ceremonies are getting more and more rare.

It was great to see family, especially Loyal Readers Numbers One, Three, and Fifteen. They’re all doing well. For that alone, it was definitely a worthwhile trip. And then there was everybody else too!

No Friday post. There was Wifi in the hotel, but there was no time. Spent the evening with family instead. Don’t regret the decision.

Normal work day. Lots to do; did some of it. Couldn’t get out early enough for the early train, so I’m getting home at 7:30. Too bad.

None of the cool stuff I’ve recently ordered was here as of this morning. I’m excited to get it and try it all out. Soon.

Breaking update from home: the remote control and Treo charger are here! The remote works great! So far!

Let’s have a quick look at today’s utterly disgusting toilet news: consider getting a bluetooth.

And I’m especially gratified to see that my program has already started to spawn spinoff applications.

That’s about it for Monday. See you tomorrow.