Friday, February 29, 2008

The Mutt Pack

My buddy Matt and his wife started a new company called "The Mutt Pack" and they make this dog organizer thing that is actually pretty cool. I'm helping him try to spread the word so if you've got a favorite pet store, let them know about it. If you've got a blog or website, I'm sure he'd hook you up if you put up a link.

They have a regular and a travel version that let you keep all your dogs junk together for trips to lake or dog park or whatever. You can check them out their site here.

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fox wins

Its a miracle. The third motherboard that I bought off ebay actually showed up, and was the correct one. I tell you what, consumer laptops aren't quite as user friendly to take apart as business class laptops. Luckily I found a bootleg copy of HP's factory service manual online (300 pages worth) so I had all the diagrams and procedures. It was stressful, and after I got it all back together (like an hour and a half later, for reference, I can change a Dell Latitude D600 motherboard out in like 20 minutes) the last second before turning it on was a big one. I fired it up and all the lights blinked, and we had sound but no picture. I was freakin. Popped the keyboard back off and found out i didn't have the connector plugged in all the way. Pushed it in, fired it up again, bam, we got video. So I'm rockin away on it and noticed that like half the keyboard isn't working. I do the same thing again, and notice the keyboard connector is about halfway out. Hooked it back up again and we're in bidness. 3.5 weeks and $216 later, we're rockin.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Decent, cheap desktop computer on WOOT today

If any of you guys need a halfway decent computer for a basic main machine, or maybe a spare computer for kids or something, Woot! has a deal today that is a fairly decent refurbished Acer desktop w/Windows Vista Basic and some ok specs for $255.00 shipped. There is an rss link to the daily woot on the links section of the page here, or you can click here. If you don't know the deal with Woot, they have one deal everyday and they run that deal until the end of the day or until they sell out. It's usually something technology related, but I've seen some pretty random stuff on there.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The saga of Sara's laptop

So last year (well, November 2006 actually) we decided that Sara needed a shiny new laptop. She's a big enough computer geek that she actually uses her laptop a lot, and is pretty damn good with computers. So we picked up an HP DV2000T, all decked out. Fast forward to about 3 weeks ago, it started shutting itself off randomly. It'd make a "pop" sound, then go black. She'd fire it up again and it would work. I'm a Systems Admin, but I did my time in desktop services working on laptops, and I almost immediately knew it was going to be a bad motherboard (as everything is pretty much integrated onto the board in a laptop). So the problem kept getting worse and worse, and two weeks ago it finally died. Its 4 months out of warranty, so HP told us to piss off. They'd fix it for a flat rate of $398.00 (a bargain compared to buying the board from them, which was almost $700). So, like any good nerd, I went to ebay, the land of new/newish computer parts.

Luckily, I found a few new specimens for around $200 (overstocks from distributors, etc). I bought one, happy as a clam. I was informed after I paid (two days later) that they in fact didn't have that motherboard in stock. Really, then why do you have it on ebay (along with 3 other auctions identical to it). Anyway they refunded my money, and I was set back a couple of days. I'm not a man of great patience, so I was pretty pissed.

But fortune was smiling on me, because when I pulled up ebay again, another seller (with almost perfect feedback) was selling the same, new motherboard for $150! I bought it immediately and he shipped it out the next day. I was all excited when I got home and the box was there. I open it up, and my excitement dwindled when I saw a 15 inch replacement lcd instead of a motherboard. Now I was really pissed. I email the guy and he actually called me like 10 minutes later, very apologetic. We worked it out and he emailed me a return shipping label for the lcd and sent me out the motherboard the next day. No biggie, now I'm set back what, a week?

Well, today was the big day. I get home and confirm that there is indeed a brown cardboard, motherboard sized box waiting for me. I open it up and VIOLA! Its a motherboard! I anxiously open the static bag, ready to do battle with a bagillion little screws and clips when I notice something funny...... a sticker on it that says "PC100/PC133 RAM". WTF? Nothing has used that for like 5-6 years. Oh wait, its a replacement motherboard for an ancient HP something-or-another, not the motherboard I bought. So I call the guy (who was kind enough to leave me his number) and explain the situation and am now waiting on yet another refund.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

John Cleese's letter to america

For those of you who don't know who John Cleese is, click here.

Dear Citizens of America,

In view of your failure to elect a competent President and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy), as from Monday next.

Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up “revocation” in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up “aluminium,” and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.

2. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘colour’, ‘favour’ and ‘neighbour.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’ without skipping half the letters, and the suffix “ize” will be replaced by the suffix “ise.”

3. You will learn that the suffix ‘burgh’ is pronounced ‘burra’; you may elect to spell Pittsburgh as ‘Pittsberg’ if you find you simply can’t cope with correct pronunciation.

4. Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels (look up “vocabulary”). Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as “like” and “you know” is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.

5. There is no such thing as “US English.” We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter ‘u’ and the elimination of “-ize.”

6. You will relearn your original national anthem, “God Save The Queen”,
but only after fully carrying out Task #1 (see above).

7. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. November 2nd will
be a new national holiday, but to be celebrated only in England. It will be called “Come-Uppance Day.”

8. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you’re not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you’re not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you’re not grown up enough to handle a gun.

9. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

10. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and this is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.

11. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric immediately and without the benefit of conversion tables… Both roundabouts and metrification will help you understand the British sense of humour.

12. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling “gasoline”) - roughly $8/US per gallon. Get used to it.

13. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call french fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called “crisps.” Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with malt vinegar.

14. Waiters and waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

15. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as “beer,” and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as “Lager.” American brands will be referred to as “Near-Frozen Gnat’s Urine,” so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

16. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors as English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in “Four Weddings and a Funeral” was an experience akin to having one’s ear removed with a cheese grater.

17. You will cease playing American “football.” There is only one kind of proper football; you call it “soccer”. Those of you brave enough, in time, will be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American “football”, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a
bunch of Jessies - English slang for “Big Girls Blouse”).

18. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the “World Series” for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable and forgiven.

19. You must tell us who killed JFK. It’s been driving us mad.

20. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty’s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due, backdated to 1776.

Thank you for your co-operation.
John Cleese

Saturday, February 16, 2008


So its a lovely, sunny and almost warm saturday afternoon in Minneapolis. I took the big bear out for a walk this morning, and somehow he still had the energy to annoy the shit out of me for most of the morning. I decided it was a good idea to take him to the dog park despite the fact that he is now (all of the sudden) snarly and growly with some other dogs (boxer's in particular). We have no idea where when or how this came about since he pretty much grew up playing with other dogs at the dog park, but we've been told its more than likely because he's not a puppy anymore. Its not like he'd ever do anything, it just scares people when he starts making noise.

So, we went and I bombed a bunch of 50 yard tennis ball tosses with the chuck-it to try to get some energy out of him. He did good, only got snippy with one Weimeraner sp?). I decide since its already 1:30, its time for some Summit's and a burrito. I head off to the liquor store by my house and who do I run into??? Chad DeGroot, the pro BMX'er. He had a name tag on, so he must have been at the Penn Cycle across the street for some promo stuff or something. Thats all I've got, so here are a couple random pics.

Saturday, February 09, 2008


....or you will never see Jesus again

Friday, February 08, 2008

It are kittah time!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

I'm sick as hell

Man, I feel like my sinuses are going to blow my eyeballs out of their sockets. So, because I feel like crap, I present to you a couple pictures.

Up first, my new computer:

Second, the Brain lookin sexaaaay!