Tuesday, December 22, 2009

10 gone

Really odd hearing others talk, it just sunk in that the end of the first decade of the 21 century has past. Even saying it still means nothing, everyone is reflecting back. Imagine if we reflected on the past like this year round. Maybe we would stop repeating the mistakes of the past. Or maybe we would be more empathetic towards one another. Nope we save it up for the end of things once the mistakes are made once it is to late to turn back. Of course the other thing is people are reflecting on things on like Lindsay Lohan posing nude or if Brad and (insert womens name here) will do this or that. Kinda makes me ill, I hear everyone talk of free will but they celebrate when they are told, they are kind when they are told and mean when they are told. Surprisingly things do look better to me down the road. Conformity will always be the standard thats OK. I have learned from my past is I really do not want everyone liking the things I am doing. I hope they continue to think whatever I am doing is dumb or crazy. I do not want to watch things I like get hijacked by the masses. they have already hijacked the "punk" aesthetic there are skateboarding coaches now not long before it is a school activity. That is just wild to me.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Circus is in Town

I have been remodeling a bathroom for some extra work. The thing I find odd is that between jobs(I was laid off two weeks ago) I was able to wear whatever I wanted all day, I as comfortable. Now that I am doing this current job I am wearing clothes I do not care if I ruin. What I find is that I feel like most of the jobs I work I am in clown outfits(the current job included), That is what I will remember as I look for work, do I feel like I am in a disguise, do I feel like a bozo.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

yeah new days

We have a new Mayor in Dayton, I am excited to see what our new mayor brings to the table. I was very happy to see that issue 4 and 40 passed. Over all it has been a good day. Wish Esrati would have won, maybe next time, he gave it a hell of an effort.

ubuntu 9.10

Ubuntu I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.10 this week and have been real happy with it on my desktop. The default theme seemed fresh and not so brown, I changed the the window borders to a black over glossed theme. I have been happy with the little things it is snappier, I am using Evolution it is a good replacement for Thunder-bird, it syncs with my Google calendars. A lot of things I am happy with I believe have as much to do with Gnome development. Nautilus just gets better, the back button works no need for xbindkeys. The biggest tweaks I did were a startup firewall script, use my keyboard to wake from suspend and change the xsplash to an all black field(the spotlight theme was not for me). I have not witnessed the fast boot times, that was never a big concern on my Desktop. I can see the boot times being more important to me on my netbook maybe. Over all I am happy with the new Ubuntu.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

C Lee

`Tis the gift to be simple, `Tis the gift to be free, `Tis the gift to come down. Where we ought to be . And when we find ourselves in the place just right. `Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I`m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

These are some things that my father had written down in one his sketch books, I`m not sure if he wrote them, or if they are quotes ?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Music, more and fun

I am going to see Robert cray this weekend looking forward to that. I heard to new bands this week worth checking out one is Lightning Dust 
heard of them on Carrie Brownstein's blog Another one is Jono Bacon from Ubuntu he has a band Severed Fifth . Installed Sabayon Linux on a extra partition it runs pretty well the package manager is a bit different, I have more experience with apt and pacman pacakge mangers. I will keep messing with Sabayon to see how it runs it seems slick and clean.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Amazing we are in full eco marketing mode.

Today I saw a car ad using yet another remade 80's song pushing "eco". A car company that has been about bravado and bling, not conservation and conservative, but; big and bold. Now even they are selling it all back to us, even if you do not want it. Gill Scot Heron said "the revolution will not be televised" now not only has become televised. It is wrapped, packaged advertised to death and sold back to everyone as innovative and original. And we buy it hook line and sinker.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It wasn't me

This is a photo of my Boston Terrier Zoe when she was about 6 years old and could still hear and see. She is pretty much blind and deaf now, but; still pretty springy for her age and limited senses.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


I need to finish my math requirements to move on with my degree. I am stuck because at Sinclair Community College math department they require you to buy and use MYMATHLAB which last I checked only worked in Windows in IE. I do not use Windows, I use Linux, but; what is annoying to me is that I believe most of the technology used in MYMATHLAB is java and flash. So their proprietary plug in is used for login's I would guess maybe server connection. I wonder why they would not just use SSO. There is no reason I can see why they have choose to be OS dependent(other than money). Java and Flash work in most modern browsers, Firefox works on Windows, Linux and Mac. I think it is even more annoying to me because it is a community college who gets funding from taxes, they should strive to to be accessible. Using software that is OS dependent when it is not needed is wrong. If you are in a degree program that has an industry standard then you may end up having to use one platform or another. What I am talking about is elementary math, math at this level is not dependent on anything, but; pencil and paper. This has been a huge road block to me I guess I will have to move on and find another way to fulfill the math requirements needed. I am sure my college will not change their ways.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I feel the reality of life has the surface strength of a soap bubble. We as a collective are all walking around continuing our act of "who we are" . The moment we let go of that, is the moment all of reality falls apart. I would guess it to be like taken that first step before falling of a cliff, but; never hitting the ground.  You may never take the first step, but, the thought of it provokes a feeling of fear and curiosity  of the unknown. In the same sense there seems to be a comfort on the other side of the soap bubble. I believe we have all spent small moments on the other side, when a situation becomes bigger than ourselves and we just exist without our ego driving us into a brick wall.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Quick Reply and Broccoli Flowers

I decided to contact an old friend via email recently, I was nervous doing this because lately it seems like email has become a one way system. So I was amazed when I received a reply with in a minute or less. The irony was that is was just a courtesy email, saying they would be back in the office in two weeks. It gave me a little chuckle, it was a reflection of my own neurosis.
I had never considered broccoli as a flowering plant. I suppose  broccoli florets should have been a clue. Anyhow here is a shot of a flowering broccoli.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Reverse Scheduling

Ah Summer, NOT! I landscape for a living so when the weekend comes I do not want to spend more time in the Sun. During the day I stay inside or at least in the shade. Now on the flip side, my friends an family all work inside so when the weekend comes they want to be outside in the sun on the beach taking vacations (which I can not hardly do because summer vacation are a no go). So it is a SNAFU, in the summer communication i.e. email and such drops off and spending time together in summer spikes. Since I do not want to be in the Sun so much I end up feeling like I am in some odd communications black out.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The First sting of the year

Received my first Yellowjacket sting it got my left ear, ouch! Although ouch was not what I said, went to a care facilty to get a cortizone shot in my rear. I had to wait a bit for care, once I got in they took care of me. I have a feeling that this will be a multiple sting year. I would not care as much, but; when I get stung I swell up pretty bad. Luckliy I do not go into anaphaltic shock.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009


We sold are house last week! Yeah, it was a house my wife renovated with help from friends and fam. When I met her it was what defined who she was well at least half of that the other half was Antioch. She put her heart and soul in to the place so we lived there for a short while after we were married. We realized that we could live cheaper in Dayton and have similar benefits, we do not have children so Yellow Springs school district did not benefit us nor was the Dayton school district a negative. We were also under the impression we would sell her house quick. This is that lesson "do not make assumptions", we had a realtor for 6 months she had 6 showings in this time period. She never advertised in the local paper nothing, left a bad taste, plus when figured out how much she would get for the very little work she did we broke the contract and rented the property so we could make the house note. We then decided to go FSBO, this year we had a renter whom was OK with having the house up for sale while she lived there. She received a discount for this, everyone benefited. We were finally able to have the house on the market at the right time for a long enough period of time. The lady we worked with she loved the house and is already digging to develop her landscaping. She was straight up from the start I personally am very thankful that she purchased the property. One because it takes a load off our shoulders, but; also so the property now will be a home, not become a run down rental property as it was when my wife bought it.

Monday, June 22, 2009

ssh curiosity

my ssh configuration has been driving me nuts, I had changed my default port, but; it kept insisting on on sending connections to a server through port 22(unless I was root) so my first thought was privileges were wrong. So I made sure I had as a user sufficient privileges. I checked the files in /etc/ssh with ls -l and everything seemed correct. It would accept connections from a client in the new port with no hiccups. I took a look in my /etc/ssh dir and saw two odd files, one was ssh_config~ and the other was sshd_config~, I removed these two files and that fixed the issue. The only thing I can figure was when I called up ssh as regular user it did not know which file to select so it just went with the system default of port 22.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Clipped wings

Schools out ! And it has brought trouble to my boss at home, his step son is now 18 and promptly went out and got a new truck payment, cell phone payment and insurance. He thinks his parents owe it to him to pay his debts,so he can go to school. even though his High School grades were not great. He has just being a slacker( as I was at his age) the boss wants him gone and the kids Mom does not see that as fair. I am torn, I think if he made an honest effort to go to Sinclair get registered and pay for it up front, than yes he should get to stay until he graduates college. On the other hand I think the kid would be happy as hell if he would get his on place and set his own rules. I lingered at home for a couple of years after HS and when I finally moved out I remembered thinking "why the hell did I wait so Long?". Not sure what will come of this the boss and his wife are in big fight over it the "D" word has been thrown around, unfortunately he has never been aloud to discipline the boy. Now it is all coming to a head, I think it is time for his step-son to spread his wings and fly away. Another reason why I am glad I do not have kids.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

quiet please

Class is over in three days, I have a debate on Nuclear energy tomorrow yippie! Wish i was looking forward to the summer, but;I am not. Having the summer off between school years was such a blast a few chores and the day was yours! I miss that, having the whole day to myself nothing to do , but; ride my bike. I try to keep Sunday's like that were I have nothing to do no chores no family events nothing but nothing. A little quit does me well!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

spare change

Here a couple of photos I took for the fun of it, nice being married to a photographer with the digital goodies!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

dog paddle

I talked with a friend who works for and IT company today about what things I could do to better build my resume. it was rather enlightening, things I knew where I was going to need to become more fluent in Microsoft technology exhcange server, and so on. He also said the little knowledge I had of ssh, rysnc and iptables will actually help me in the long run. So I am on track to reinventing myself, ye hah! This I would say it is a matter of sink or swim, and I am going to give it one hell of a dog paddle.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


worry, worry, my boss worries himself to death about paradigms that will never change. Than he gets very upset about it. I know I will get angry about something, but; yet I put myself right back in the same type of situation. I guess to change we have to first recognize the foundation of our problem and why we keep doing the same damn thing over and over again. A quote attributed to Einstein says "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is a definition of insanity." I guess we are all bit crazy especially when it comes to change. I think in my bosses case it has something to do with personal validation, he feels like no one is listening to him. I do not think they are and usually because he irate when he is telling his great ideas( I can relate, guilty of the same offense sometimes). I wonder if his delivery was calmer if it would make any difference? I do not think so in his case, in mine it almost always does. I was not raised to say " this is very frustrating for me when you do..." This I have had to change in my marriage, my wifes family clams up, if I get irate. They will automatically defend whom ever or what ever I go off about. If I stop and calmly say how it makes me feel they respond very openly. It is difficult for me I feel weak and goofy when I state my feelings that way, but; it works. I think there is a time and a place to raise your voice, it is just a matter of judging when that is appropriate. I know my boss struggles with this as well, hopefully he figures it out, and does not make problems for himself. Because our couch is not that comfortable.

original image from goodnight_photography

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I have not posted in a week, thought I should. I woke up today to find Yehuda Moon had two updates! Yeah it will return on June 17, it is hands down my favorite online comic.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Theist Alarm clock

I have recently reconnected with an old friend who is a devout Christian. I realized today that as I communicate with Christian friends, that in the back of my mind a clock is ticking. When will they drop the "J" word. I could of course stave of this inevitable question and then them bugging me about being saved, if I would say I am a believer. That of course would be a lie, it seems though my saying that is all I need, no card no medallion needed, no proof that I mean it. Of course I have chosen not to bet with Pascal, and do what brings me peace of mind. That is all that matters to me, if I can live with myself and sleep at night then I am doing well.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Procrastination oh the art of it. That is what I am doing right know I am should be reading about earth processes and nuclear energy. Instead I update my wifes music player rip a new cd. And now I am writing on this blog, I wonder what it is that motivates us to try to ignore the inevitable. I did this same thing growing up when I had a chore list from my Mom. It would drive her batty. She alaways said the time it takes you to avoid the chore you could be done and gone(usally to ride bikes or skateboard), so on that note I guess I will start reading for Geology.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My two dogs are crazy! The Boston Terrier is thirteen years old and mostly blind, but; full of spirit(which tends make for a lot of crashing in to things). The younger dog is a mutt whom thinks she has a pedigree, she is queen of the coach. She also loves chasing squirrels. Anything fuzzy is a squirrel to her, cats, raccoons, last fall a skunk(oh that was no fun for her or us) and even small dogs. She is also a little A.D.D. playing ball is impossible you will spend more time fetching than she will. They are good dogs, they frustrate me some days,but; they have kept me sane when know human had a good word to say. I have been very lucky to have both of them they make me smile with their goofiness.

Monday, May 11, 2009


I received my Linux+ certification book in the mail today. Looking forward to getting started, I am interested to see how much I already know and the vast amount I do not know yet. It will be a cool journey!

our iris's finally bloomed!

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hanging lights and installing AV

Went over to my in laws house yesterday we, installed three lights, and did some random fix it stuff for them for Mothers day. Installed a new anti virus, updated the bios and other updates needed, I have become the default system admin for the family. We had a nice day plenty of food as usual, our niece and nephew were entertaining a usual. Today we got up and did the weekly yard work, it has been a pretty good weekend overall.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

crappy truck

Today working with my boss we were cutting a customers yard and the neighbor came out and told my boss he that "he better not park his crappy equipment in front of his house again" The gentlemen did not use the word crappy and threw a few extra words in to boot. I do not understand this attitude that you can be a jerk to whom ever you please. I can understand him not wanting us in front of his house. If the neighbor would have said " I do not want you parking in front of my house" that would have been fine, he does not have to say please or thank you. To go out of you way to be an ass does not make sense to me. Oh well next week we park in front of the customers house I would guess.