Recent Ken Edwards Posts

October 6, 2008

Always tastes better when it's free

As I walk into McDonalds today I see J.D. Pooley taking photos of the new McCafe setup (think Starbucks inside McDonalds, which is very odd since the new store layout seems very Starbucks-y) and J.D. says "hey you gotta try one of these."

I ended up getting a free mocha for free out of it. Right place, right time. Of course it helps knowing the photogs at the local paper, too.

Time Warner Cable, not very proactive

So my cable modem has been working like crap lately. Have had to reset it once a day, sometimes more, because I could not get on the Internet.

I finally called them and find out that my modem is in "very bad health" and that the green/yellow/red indicator light for the health of my modem is in the red zone. Really nice of them to tell me.

I could have someone come out or I could just take it down to the TWC store and swap it out. I chose to go down to the store, as I don't want to wait four days for the appointment and have to be home "between 9 and 5" for the guy to show up at 4:58 PM.

While swapping out and getting a new cable modem the lady at the desk tells me that my account has "old codes" on it and that she is updating my billing, and it will save me $5 a month. I was "grandfathered in" and was under a plan they no longer use. Really, I wonder how long I could have been saving $5 a month. Scratch that, I do not want to know.

So not only does TWC not tell you when they know well and good when THEIR cable modem is failing on you, but I would not have gotten $5 off a month had I not made the trip the TWC store. So, why the hell couldn't the CSR I talked to on the phone have caught the fact that I was not on the correct monthly plan? Gee, I wonder.

Really wonderful ISP, that.

September 29, 2008

Breaking 20,000 Gamerscore

I have been meaning to post this for about a month now, but at the end of August I broke 20,000 Gamerscore points. Yes, this is another notch on the useless-achievements-in-life list. Oddly enough it was harder than you would think. I actually was sitting at 19,999 for a couple days before I sat back down and got some achievements in Assault Heros 2 (see, I am not as obsessed with these things as some people I know).

September 22, 2008

Block Premium Text Messaging 47941 or get $9.99 Charge

OK this has just been a wonderful day. I have Verizon Wireless. Today they had nice customer service that was helpful to a point. They blocked this "Premium Text Messaging" for me but cannot refund the $9.99 that has been charged to my account.

So do this, call up Verizon Wireless (or whatever your carrier is) and have them block premium text messages. Then you won't get a rogue $9.99 charge on your bill.

If you call the phone number on the text message (I got it Aug 31 and disregarded it as spam, so did not even look at it) you get a mumbling voice that tells you he can help! He then gives you instructions to stop the service (text STOP to 47941) and then says any other inquires should be sent to their email address, So there is no human being at the phone number, that being 1 800 510 1468. That is right, the flipping company is called Too Lazy. And they sell horoscopes.

The Verizon billing specialist I talked to tells me they used a double opt-in method, where someone has to text the premium number, 47941 in this case, from the handset. Well that never happened. I don't need to pay $9.99 for ONE text message to tell me that I am a son of a bitch (I am a Taurus, thanks for asking).

Right now I am looking for a place to lodge a formal complaint about Too Lazy LLC. So the moral of the story is to call your carrier and have them block premium text messages. Then this shit won't happen.

June 30, 2008

The UPS Rant

You will have to excuse me, but this is not going to be a PG-13 post. The seething anger I have right now for UPS, oh I am just pissed at them. And this is not the first flub they have had. You can hit the jump for a purposeless meme that is sure to only satisfy me. Though you might read it as a warning not to use UPS. Because, well, it is.

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June 6, 2008

National Eagle Scout Registry

About a month ago I got a phone call out of the blue, it was a marketing firm for the BSA, they are putting together a Eagle Scout Roll of Honor. They are producing a book with a directory listing, and even have a CD that comes with the hard-bound book. 

The problem is they want close to $60 for the book. So while I am glad to be included in the directory (Eagle Scout, 1995) I am not forking over $60 clams for a directory. If they sold the CD for considerably cheaper, I would consider it (which is what I told them). Still, it is great to see the national BSA office doing this, as aparently there is not any such directory right now. 

I just got my confirmation email/spam telling me that if I would still like to purchase the book, that TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Thanks for the service BSA, no thanks for the wallet rape.

April 25, 2008

The start of a new decade, my 30th birthday

Well, I guess you can say that I am still young enough to find birthdays exciting. I turned 30 on the 24th. So now I am older and wiser. HA. I am heading home for the weekend, to try and relax a bit. So see you all on Monday.

April 23, 2008

LinkedIn "your account is restricted" is not handled well

Lets be honest, LinkedIn is not the pissing contest that MySpace or even Facebook is. LinkedIn is about professional networking over social networking. I really like LinkedIn. I recently wrote a letter to customer service, and since I spent such a lot of time writing it, I figured I should post it here. You can read it in its entirety after the break.


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April 17, 2008

So, Where did Ken go?

You may have noticed that I have not been posting much to Breaking Windows lately. I have not been online much lately, in all actuality. Well, other than work of course. I have been so busy with projects, I have decided that I will not be online until I get them under control.

This includes online gaming. My Xbox 360 is pretty pissed at me too (If you do not have a account, you may not understand). I am still here, just knee deep in web projects. That is not entirely a bad thing.

And if I could talk to my 360, I would piss it off even more because all I have been playing recently are Hot Shots Golf Out of Bounds and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.

March 5, 2008

Having Bad RAM Sucks

My G5 is three years old now, yes, I know, it is ancient in computer-years. But man is it a workhorse. Until I can't turn it on Friday. I run the Apple diagnostic CD and it tells me I have bad RAM. I took it to the Apple authorized dealer in Toledo, they tell me I have bad RAM.

So off to Crucial I go. The RAM arrived Monday. I installed it. Life is (basically) back to normal. Monday things were still very flakey and because of that, I did not get much done. Tuesday we were back to the races, a full day of work.

Although in man-hours I just completed Friday's work. So I am behind. I hate computers sometimes. What sucks even more is that my G5 is just outside of the three-year AppleCare Protection Plan I purchased for it.

Doesn't it always work like that? It is a conspiricy, I tell you. 

February 17, 2008

I am Blu-ray Certified and So Should You

I guess AVS posted about this a while back, and Matt passed it along to me. You sign up for an account, then "watch" all the movies, take the quiz, and get a free Blu-ray movie. And a Certification pin, and "Blu-ray Disc Pocket Guide."

Anyways the training videos are a riot and you get a free movie out of it. And a cool pin.

February 15, 2008

The Verizon Wireless Rant

If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you might have heard Matt or I sound off about how "wonderful" Verizon Wireless is. But this one takes the cake.

I do not know who to be more pissed off at, Verizon Wireless, or 2 B Mobile, the Verizon Wireless store downtown. A few months ago, as in, four, I switched from a 450 to 900 minute a month plan, because I had gone over (way over) two months in a row.

Last night I called Verizon Wireless tech. support on an entirely different matter (good fodder for another rant actually, they could not help with my problem unless I called them from a different phone -- my cell phone is my only phone.

The lady I talked to was at least nice and very helpful. She looked into the problem best she could without having a tech. call my cell phone to figure out the problem. She noted that my bill was coming out and it was rather high, because I had severely gone over my minutes. "How the heck did I go over 900 minutes!" I ask.

Here I have gone four months on the 450 minute plan. Now, those who know me know I do not get irate, I have a pretty high boiling point, but that lit my fuse. The smart ass, cocky, pimple-faced prick down at 2 B Mobile never changed my plan to 900 minutes a month. And I sure as hell would like to know what he was doing because it took an age to sit in the store while he was "working" on my account.

Needless to say I was credited $78.55 without too much bitching, and was *told* I was put on the 900 minute plan. I am not trusting anyone connected to Verizon any more so will be calling them back to double check. That or login to my account on their web site. Or both.

Kind of makes you want to switch carriers. You know, to AT&T. And get an iPhone. But its not like they are any better.

My Apartment Heater Died

It sure was cold Sunday night. Colder than it has been in a while. I know, I was up playing Devil May Cry 4. I also know because the electric heater that brings much warmth to my apartment in the winter died. It made some rather awful sounds a machine should never make, then went kaput.

The repair guy was so busy Monday he could not make it out until Tuesday morning at 11, my landlady said. She left me a heater for the night. I figured it was a nice sized space heater -- no, it was a warm-your-ass-while-sitting-on-the-john heaters.

So it was cold Monday night, inside my apartment. It got fixed Tuesday and now life is back to normal. And by normal of course I mean my apartment has heat again. If you were thinking of any other kind of "normal" than you don't know me well.

February 7, 2008

Rear Bumper Accident

As promised, here is the damage to my rear bumper. The Bumper cover shows the damage, but the Absorber and Reinforcement are what are really damaged.

Click for a 640x480. Hit the jump for a picture of how far I can push the Bumper cover in where the kid hit me.

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January 23, 2008

Fender Bender (Damn College Kids)

Driving to work this morning, I am dealing with a hosting crisis, and I get nailed in the rear bumper pretty hard. The bad luck just continues through the day, too.

I am stopped at a red light at the corner of South College and Wooster, light turns green so I put my foot on the gas - but not right away, you know, because the guy in front of me still has his breaks on.

And WHAM I am struck in the back, about choke to death on the seat belt. A red Sunfire hit me right in the middle of the bumper.

Some young college kid, on his way to get flowers for his fraternity (I didn't ask). He says he saw the green light and just hit the gas, yes, he sure did.

My foot was on the gas too, and so I shot forward pretty fast, but I had enough clearing distance that I did not hit the guy in front of me.

The kid got sighted for not enough clearing distance. I got his insurance information, all of which is in his fathers name.

No major damage on the outside, just a blemish on the rear bumper. The Sunfire's license plate buckled my bumper. You can still see the impression of where the numbers on the license plate hit the plastic bumper.

At the Theyer Body Shop I got an estimate. $889 for Rear Bumper, Bumper Cover, Absorber, Center Bracket, and Reinforcements.

Like I said I was busy today dealing with web sites being down, so I did not get further than that. State Farm tells me to call this guy's insurance, Property and Casualty Insurance of Hartford, which I believe is, though I have never heard of them.

Yea, the 800 number I was given is The Hartford.

Hope they do the right thing and repair my bumper, of my one year old car.

I will post pictures tomorrow, it is too dark right now, even in a well lit parking lot.

Ironically Burnout Paradise is out this week, where you are supposed to crash into people.

April 24, 2007

You know it's your birthday when...

You know it's your birthday when you get 392 emails from forums all over the globe wishing you a happy birthday!

Now, 392 might be a little exaggerated, but I do frequent quite a few message boards. I got an email from every last one of them this morning.

Cheap Ass Gamer was the best, they actually took the time to edit the standard template (DP did a good job in changing the standard form email too). I am going to enjoy my cheap ass birthday, thanks!

So, yea, I turn 29 today. Yay.

February 27, 2007

Paprocki Got a HDTV

I really don't know why he hasn't posted this yet, but he just got a new HDTV. It is a Westinghouse 37" LCD that does 1080p. I bet he wishes that was a PS3 standing vertical next to the Wii and not a PS2 right now.

Congrats on getting a HD set over a year after you bought you Xbox 360. Just think of all the games you missed out on seeing in their "Full HD" glory.

January 8, 2007

Detroit and Cleveland NAIAS

There are a couple good reasons to live in this part of the state. Well, OK, I can only think of one: It takes less than an hour to drive Detroit or Cleveland.

This Saturday, the 13th, and Feb. 24th are two of the biggest auto shows held in the U.S. Yes, they are the Detroit and Cleveland North American International Auto Shows.

And I am going to both. I will be going with fellow Scion owners from across the state. I can't wait to go, I have never been to the Cleveland NAIAS, and I know full well how much fun the Detroit NAIAS is.

You can expect literally hundreds of photos. Now, if I was smart, I would have tried to get a press pass for Detroit through Blogcritics. That way I could have gotten much better pictures (it is going to be jam packed Saturday) and would have been able to write a news piece for BC Magazine. Oh well.

January 6, 2007

My Scion tC in Pictures


January 5, 2007

My 2007 Flint Mica Scion tC

Please take special consideration of the before and after shots. Hit the jump to see my new car, a 2007 Scion tC. It was raining pretty good when I got it home, so sorry for the crap quality. When we get sun or better weather (this is Bowling Green, so likely better weather) I will take some nice shots of my new ride.


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January 4, 2007

Neat Facts About Scion tC

The panorama moonroof has the same standard welding as a car with with a solid roof. The design exceeds federal roll-over requirements.

The rear seats recline from 25 to 45 degrees back. With headrests removed, both front seats recline to be even with the rear seats, creating a "social space." The rear seats also fold forward, flat with the cargo area.

The tC utilizes Toyota's first ever driver's knee airbag.

The tC braking system is virtually identical to that of the Celica GT-S.

The tC has more sound deadening material than anything built by Toyota that's not a Lexus.

Turn the key once in the drivers side door to unlock only that door, twice within three seconds will open all doors simultaneously.

The driver's seat has seat position memory for when you load rear passengers or cargo.

The headlights automatically turn off when the car is turned off and drivers side door is opened, and will automatically turn back on when the car is started. Oddly, this is only true for the driver's side door.

You have access to open/close the power windows after the car is turned off, but only if you DON'T open any doors.

November 6, 2006

My Gamerscore Tops 10K

It only took 11 months, and 77 games (!!) but I have past 10,000 Gamerscore Points. Now, I am not the Gamerscore whore like Matt (he is close to 30K right now), but 10K is a milestone.

Does the Gamerscore work? Yes, it does, I don't think there is any question about that. Achievements give you more reasons to play your games. Beyond artificially lengthening the game, it really squeezes more out of your $60 purchase. That is a very good thing.

November 4, 2006

Out of Touch With Reality

Ask any of my close friends, especially ones I play games with on Xbox Live, and they will likely tell you that I am out of touch with reality.

Well, I really can't dispute that. Case in point: I thought for sure that it was Sunday night. I went to the newsroom and only two people were there. So I asked, "awfully quiet, don't you have a paper due in a few hours?"

No, this is Saturday. I was so sure this was Sunday night. My days are becoming blurred. That is out of touch with reality I am.

Of course this means I have an entire extra day to get work done. For that, I will do a happy dance!

October 13, 2006

It Snowed Yesterday! And Other Stuff

When your father notices you have not updated your blog in a while... there is a problem. So this update is for you, dad.

I have been quite busy with many different things. But I am not here to get into all that. And of course when I went to post today, I found out that I had no privileges to the MT CGI scripts. For some unknown reason (spam hitting the CGIs).

Yesterday it snowed in BG! Sure, not unusual for snow in North West Ohio in October, but its the beginning of the month!

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August 18, 2006

Going to the East Coast Gaming Expo

Today Aaron and I finalized plans to attend the East Coast Gaming Expo. I hope to have a couple articles for Blogcritics covering the show. It is going to interesting, to say the least, meeting Rob Hardcore.

I forgot to ask if the Quality Inn had Internet access. I will have to call back.

Two GameCube Gems

One day I hate eBay, the next day I love it. That is how it goes. This time the find was Ikaruga, complete. It wasn't cheap (it's only money), but I got it. And it is good.

I also recently picked up O~3's Chaos Field. I played the Japanese version of this game, and was so glad the 'Cube was getting a US port.

Both are great verticle shooters, though Chaos Field did not score too well. But we all know how wrong video game critics can be.

I am glad to have both of these in my collection, and my GameCube is actually being played again!


I signed up for GamesnFlix on the 8th. Two days later I got my first three selections. It costs $16.99, and I love it for being able to rent games and movies.

I rented V for Vendetta, Munich and Stacked for the Xbox. You should watch V for Vendetta -- great movie. I need to review Stacked, because I sent a review copy out, and never received a review in return -- not a good thing.

I sent the two movies back and today got Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel and Chibi-Robo.

Wonderful service so far. They have a warehouse in PA, and I get stuff in a day or two.

August 15, 2006

Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?

I just picked up a DVD set from one of my favorite cartoons of all time. Pinky and the Brain Vol. 1 shipped in July, but our Meijer just got it. From the Wiki entry, it looks like other DVD volumes are planned. Goody!

Vol. 1 has 22 episodes, and one lone feature. It is a four-disc set. Watching them on my HDTV sure makes me realize how far saturday morning cartoons have come.

I will surely be looking out for vol. 2 this Christmas.

July 22, 2006

I Found the Bottom of my Inbox

I have major news to tell you today. I found the bottom of my Inbox! This has to be a first time in well over a year. It took a couple days, but I actually have less than 10 emails in it right now. That is down from who knows how many. 100? 500? Blame the great sorting and coloring options in Entourage 2004.

It is such a good feeling to have Entourage organized again. Now to get my Blogcritics Inbox down to that same level...

July 21, 2006

Jordan got a new laptop

The other day Jordan and I found one heck of a deal at Best Buy. He needed a laptop on the cheap, and this one is on the cheap!

Costing $600, after a $150 in-store rebate, this 15" Toshiba Satellite is one nice find. It has a Centrino chip (1.43 Ghz if I remember correctly) plus 512 MB RAM, 80 GB HD, DL DVD-RW, and 128 MB Integrated Graphics.

We found similarly priced Acer and HP laptops, but they both had Celeron chips, which suck compared to Centrino. Now all Jordan needs is a wireless signal he can steal use.

iPod Shuffle Replacement Found

While helping Jordan find a dirt cheap PC laptop, I found a replacement for my iPod Shuffle. A 2 GB Kingston DataTraveler USB pen drive will fit the bill quite nicely -- on sale for $55 at Circuit City.

Why they see the need to put all this crap software on these things is beyond me. It has all this U3 software pre-installed, plus more I can download from the site! Oh boy, I'll go do that right now.

A whopping 45 MB of software is was on my Kingston drive. What is the purpose of this crap? There is also a virtual CD that mounts with the pen drive, it has an EXE on it to install this U3 software. Absolutely worthless.

Who knew buying a USB pen drive would net you as much crap to uninstall as buying a name brand PC laptop.

July 18, 2006

R.I.P. iPod Shuffle

My iPod shuffle had a good life. It was even replaced for free when it fell apart. But Apple is not going to replacing it this time. Not when I leave it in my pants pocket and run it through the washing machine.

I need the USB drive more than I need the MP3 functionality, so I think I have found a suitable substitute.

April 21, 2006

I Am Turning 28 On Monday

Monday, the 24th, is my 28th birthday. Yay me. I will be heading home in a little while so I leave the site in Matt's hands (BWA HA HA). Please don't brake anything.

Now, if you wish to send me a present, I would suggest the GP2X Power Supply, GP2X Custom Joystick Cap, or the GP2X Screen Protector (I sense a theme here).

April 8, 2006

Mario Pranksters From Ravenna Won't Be Charged

It seems some sanity still exist in this world. Charges will not be filed against the six girls who strewn Super Mario question mark blocks all around their tiny Ohio town on April Fool's day. According to Portage County Prosecutor Victor V. Vigluicci, "I do not believe that they had any bad or malicious intentions ... [the girls] were not thinking about the consequences of their actions in this day and age."
Source: Joystiq

I figured they would not get any kind of reprimand for this. I can't believe that Portage County is that concerned "in this day and age." They just wanted the media attention, and they sure got it, nation wide. Too bad it makes Portage County and Ravenna look like a bunch of hicks without a clue.

Oh wait...

April 3, 2006

Tiny Ohio Town (Ravenna) Freaked Out By Mario Prank

Yes, Ravenna Ohio, my home town. Njiska alerted me to this article on Joystiq. Funny thing is, he had no idea Ravenna was my home town!

You can also read the story from the Record Courier, and this story from the Akron Beacon Journal.

The bomb squad, HAZMAT, Kent and Ravenna fire, Portage County support offices were all called in. This is going to cost Portage County a lot of money. All for some cardboard boxes! The crux is the girls may see criminal charges from the Portage County Prosecutors Office. How wrong is that, its an April Fools prank!

The quotes from the police chief are just priceless: "This game is evidently being played all over the country.”

This is a joke most people get. But in Ravenna, the bomb squad is called in. Yes, I am such a proud (Ravenna) Ohioan right now. I called my good friend who works at the Record Courier was not available for comment. Oh well. I will keep calling to see what, if anything, comes of this.

Placing the boxes on the steps of the Catholic Church in downtown Ravenna might not have been the brightest idea. Turning themselves in was a smart move though, I will give them that.

The "official" site of the mario question boxes even picked this story up, having this to say:

To clarify some of the points in the article: this is not a sinister 'game', it is supposed to be a comment on public spaces being routinely used for advertising (billboards, etc) but not for art (these boxes). Also, despite what Ravenna Police Chief Randall McCoy says, the purpose of these boxes is not "just to see what kind of response you get". It is to bring a smile to people's faces, to get them to connect with their neighbours, to bring colour into an otherwise grey urban landscape. Posterchild and myself are both deeply sorry that things are not working out in Ravenna.

March 30, 2006

Sam Goody Closes Doors In BG

It is no surprise that Sam Goody is going out of business, or rather changing their name to FYE. Hopefully FYE will not be any worse than Sam Goody was.

At any rate, the (s)mall's Sam Goody in Bowling Green is having one of those nifty bittersweet liquidation sales. Most everything in the store is 20% off, while other things are 25% off. The games are only 20% off, and I saw nothing I truly needed. Yep, that is correct -- you heard me -- I walked out of the store without a game.

That is more than I can say for Matt, considering the last time we were there (his first) he bought $20 of clearance items that I would classify as "junk," other than a cheap copy of NFL Street 2 for the Xbox. This was a trip I get yelled at for too, because I made him spend the money. Yea, that's it.

So maybe it is a good thing Sam Goody is changing to FYE. No more forcing Matt into buying any more junk that he already bought two days before for twice the money. That is a plus.

What really sucks is the Replay Points that I have at Sam Goody. I need to call them and inquire about those. It is really nice getting $5 and $10 off on new video games, like Oblivion, which I just bought from Sam Goody last week.

Swindled on eBay

I guess I had it coming. It has been at least five years since I got screwed out of an auction on eBay. On March 10th I bought Ultimate Block Party for the PSP, a Buy It Now auction. On March 15th I got a USPS notice email, as I payed immediately via PayPal -- this all seemed very normal and acceptable to me. Only the USPS email only gave me a tracking number, no actual package tracking included. I checked in a couple days, but nothing. On March 23 I sent an email. On March 27th I sent another email. It is now March 30th and all I have received is an automated email telling me to use the eBay message system as the seller gets a lot of spam otherwise.

No I don't know about you, but I get quite a lot of spam that looks like it came from the eBay message center. So I do not know how a personal "hey what's going on with my game" email could be construed as spam. At any rate I used the eBat message center and fired off both of my previous emails that way.

As I said, it is March 30th, and still nothing. In a few more days I am going to go ape-shit on this seller, because I want my game and I worked hard for that money. 98.4% positive feedback or not, don't buy anything from "moviecheapnet," I never will again.

I notice the game is covered under PayPal Buyer Protection, so I may have to go that rout. Just a FYI, you have 45 days to file for it.

February 2, 2006

I Lost Weight!

It has been (about) a year that I have been on medication for having a low thyroid. I had to go in to the Health Center to get a new prescription and have a check up. I learned that I lost 15 pounds! This is great news. It means the medication is helping a lot. Now if I could just make the time to get off my lazy ass and exercise. Then I might lose even more weight.

Hooray for me!

December 28, 2005

I Am Back Online!

It has been a wonderful Christmas! And I have not minded being off line for the past few days. I am not too sure when I will be home either - or when I will be back online again before I head back to BG. We will see.

I will have to run down all the goodies I got for Christmas later, some great stuff, a banner year for sure.

And no, I was not going into withdrawal from no Internet access. At the moment I am at my dad’s house and he has broadband, something my grandmother does not have.

October 18, 2005

BG News Celebrates 85th Anniversary with Reunion

This is quite old news, but I wanted to post it anyways. During Homecoming weekend this year (September 30th - October 1st) The BG News held their 85th Anniversary Reunion with festivities Friday and Saturday.

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August 1, 2005

The rising cost of health care

I am really getting tired of seeing "the rising cost of health care" in a letter from Anthem, my health care provider. This time it is rising from $158 to $185. This has got to be the 4th rise in my premium since I started using Anthem in Sept. 2002.

I really need to get a full time job. Health care is killing me, figuratively of course. If I change my deductible from $500 to $1,000, I can bring my premium down to $152. This is not the best, but I have no choice because I cannot afford an extra $30 every month.

Now for the good news. Good news at the cost of a higher deductible of course. I got my first bill at the new rate, and it is only $133. That took an extra glance. I called just to make sure! The rep. I talked to quoted me too high. In 3 years I have never had to use Anthem for more then an office visit, so right now that $1,000 deductible doesn't look too bad.

We will see.

*crosses fingers*

July 18, 2005

It pays to call Time Warner

I cannot tell you how pleased I am after getting off the phone with Time Warner cable today. I don't even mind the 20 minute wait this time.

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June 25, 2005

New Dunham Hiking Boots

L.L. Bean no longer carry my favorite boots. The boots I have been buying since 1999. Not only do they no longer carry the boots I like so much, they have stopped carrying size 14 all together. Thanks L.L. Bean. I guess it could not last for ever.

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May 20, 2005

No UT job for me

In December of 2004 I applied for a Web Developer position at the office of Marketing and Communications at the University of Toledo. The only reason I applied is because I know someone who works there. I figured I did not have a chance, but what the heck.

In February I found out by my contact at UT that I did not get the job. They liked my resume, but they cannot hire someone that does not have a degree. I figured as much.

Last week I got an official letter in the mail from UT that says I did not get the job. I know universities are slow at this type of thing, but three months for a rejection letter? At least it is now official.

May 8, 2005

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there, especially to my mom and my step-mom Melodye.

May 7, 2005

Disc Golf scramble and the 4B

This past thursday (Cinco de Mayo) the Unigraphics and Production staff, plus me, had a Disc Golf scramble over at Carter Park. The first time I have played this summer. It was a little windy, but then its Bowling Green. It was warm, and that is a rarity here. I mean it was snowing at the end of April after all.

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May 2, 2005

27th birthday weekend

Well, its been a week since my birthday. My stuff is still sitting in my living room waiting to be put away, most of it anyway. Maybe I will put it away tomorrow.

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April 28, 2005

Busy with web development

Wow have I been busy since getting back from my birthday weekend. Let me tell you, that was not the weekend to take off. Any other weekend would have been better. But I am not about to not enjoy my birthday. More on my birthday later, including a crazy ending to the weekend.

Right now I am working on a web site for the Center for Photochemical Sciences at BGSU. This has been a pretty big project. There is a designer, web developer (me), videographer, and a Flash developer. Getting to the final design has been a long road, to say the least.

I am also working on this site for the BG News Alumni Society. They need a message board and a content management system. I found MyBulletinBoard a very good rip off of vBulletinBoard. vBB is very good, but costs close to $200. I mainly wanted the ability to have customizable fields for the user profile page. vBB has this feature, but so does MyBB. For the CMS I am using Movable Type, of course. I thought of using Word Press because it is free, but MT is so low cost and I have years experience with it.

Other then that, I haven't even unpacked from my weekend at home. NBA Street Showdown arrived for PSP. I had that pre-ordered since March. Its a great game. But I haven't had time to play it for more then maybe 30 minutes.

So if you are looking for a reason for no new posts from me, those two web sites are pretty good examples.

April 22, 2005

Taking the weekend off

I do not plan to post much, if anything, this weekend. Sunday is my birthday and I need some time away from work. I am going home to visit friends and family. See you all when I get back.

Hopefully Matt won't break anything.

April 19, 2005

A gift from & the NBA Store

Way back in October of 2003 I purchased a LeBron James jersey. I ordered a replica, as they were much cheaper, and said they were in stock. I did not receive my jersey until February or March of 2004. Even then, it was not the jersey I had ordered, it was a cheaper and inferior quality jersey. But I was not about to complain, all I wanted was the LeBron James jersey. Thank goodness that I did not purchase this as a gift.

So today, April 19th, 2005, I get an email from (they handle the NBA store merchandise) and they are giving me a credit of $16.05 on my Visa. I really don't understand why, as I only payed for the cheaper jersey, but I am not going to complain.

Locking the keys in the car

Again, today, I locked my keys in my car. I must admit that it has been a while, I am so proud. But I am glad I put an extra ignition key in my wallet.

Years ago I locked my keys in my car. Thankfully I knew someone who worked at AAA, and did not have to fork over the cash to get the car unlocked.

Ever since I put a key in my wallet. I cannot tell you how many times that has saved me.

So that is my advice to you. Even though it sounds like common sense, no one does it. Put an extra car key in your wallet. I would say put one in your purse too, but your milage may very as it is not on your person all the time.

This saves headaches and cash at the same time!

February 24, 2005

Diet Coke with Lime

I am a Pepsi person in the Coke v. Pepsi debate. I do not like Coke at all. In truth I am a Dr. Pepper person. Since I have decided to cut back to only diet pop, something I have upheld very well, I have been sampling the various diet flavors to find the ones that don't taste the worst.

Diet Dr. Pepper is great, since it really does taste like regular Dr. Pepper (no, I do not work for them). But I need variety. I was working at the Toledo City Paper one day and needed some caffeine and the only thing diet they had was Diet Coke with Lime. I tried it. I had never heard of it.

Diet Coke with Lime is entirely different then Coke. I imagine Diet Coke tastes good too, but Diet Coke with Lime is great.

Funny thing is that even though I like the taste of Pepsi over Coke, I don't really care for Diet Pepsi.

It has been 3 months on diet pops and it has forced me to do one thing, which is good. I am drinking more iced teas and fruit drinks.

February 22, 2005

New York hotel hell

Guest submission by Rob Griffiths (Webmaster of Mac OS X Hints, and author of Mac OS X Power Hound). Feel free to copy, as long as author attribution and site link remain intact. Posted with permission by the author.

Travel day to NYC. Flights were fine — somewhat bumpy, but not too bad. First plane was absolutely packed, though. Chicago weather was very low ceilings, under 600′ they said. After I got off the plane, I walked a ways to find a flight board for my connection, scanned it, and found that my departure gate was … my arrival gate. Yep, back on the same plane — only one row in front of my prior seat! Thankfully, this plane was only about half full, so I had the row to myself. Landing at LaGuardia, we were racing a snowstorm in. Apparently, we barely beat the snow — runways were dry and no precipitation while de-planing, but it was snowing when I caught the cab.

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February 9, 2005

50 Questions Meme

I have not done one of these in a while. This one found by way of Neil, he found it from Dave who got it from Chris. Hopefully more people will fill this out. Its always nice to get legit trackbacks.

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January 17, 2005

Wow, my stomach hurts

Holy cow I feel like crap. I am not sick, I don't have a fever or anything, but my stomach hurts like hell. The hurtin' is coming is spasms too. I was gonna go to the Auto Show in Detroit with my friend Mike yesterday, and I really needed to drive up to Toledo to get work done for the Toledo City Paper this weekend too. So much for a nice long MLK weekend. Hopefully I will feel good enough to work Monday up at TCP.

Right now I hurt too much to sleep. I'm watching "Junction Boys" and thanks to Mike he brought me some stuff for my upset stomach. After all, what are friends for. I don't know if the meds are working, as its still coming in spasms. I swear it has taken me at least a half hr. to write this.

I feel much better now. Before I went to bed I threw up, that was joyous. Took some more Pepto and called it a night. I feel much better today. I think I got some food poisoning. It sure put me out of commission and made me feel like crap.

November 22, 2004

My Keys: Lost & Found

When it rains it pours, doesn't it?

Today I parked out in the College Park lot, a nice 5 minute walk from West hall. Today walking back to my car from West Hall, I lost my keys. They were on my belt loop as usual, and I did not hear or feel them come off my belt loop. I did not hear it because I was listing to my iPod. You would think I would have felt it, they weigh a ton.

I get to my car, reach for my keys, and my stomach sinks! You know the feeling you get when you loose your wallet? Its so much worse when you loose your keys.

Thats a long walk to backtrack from College Park to West Hall! I call the BGSU Police and a very helpful officer helps me look with his Mag Light. It did not take 2 minutes to find my keys, thank God. They could have dropped anywhere. They choose to drop next to the sidewalk in plain sight.


November 21, 2004

What an eclectic Sunday!

It takes a very cultured person to start the day at Cabelas, then take in a few hours at the Toledo Museum of Art, top that off with Greek cuisine, and finally end the day watching the Bills/Pats game with a beer in hand. This is the eclectic day that my buddy Mike and I had last Sunday. Hey, it was a long week! For the record I did write this Sunday night.

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November 11, 2004

The Cub Scouts tell the mother of a retarded boy her son's no longer welcome

I cannot flipping believe this bull! This pisses me off. I take this very personally.

I am a very proud Eagle Scout. I fear that in 1995 when I got my Eagle award, the Boy Scouts of America was a very different place that it is now.

This makes me sick to my stomach! It is another tarnish to the BSA name and makes me feel ashamed to be associated with a group that discriminates against developmentally disabled children.

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September 30, 2004

200 Answers

This is one heck of a meme, commandeered from Neil who got it from Daisy. The following are 200 statements, the ones that apply to me at the moment are in bold. A lot of these are due to the fact that I was a Cub Scount/Boy Scout since the time I was in grade school, and I am sure some of this you did not want to know, but, touch luck! And yes this is the truth, Scout's Honor.

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August 24, 2004

Shipment notification for order # 7010376136

The following products shipped on 08/22/2004. Transit time will depend upon whether you have chosen standard or premium freight options. If your order is shipping standard freight, it should arrive within 10 days of shipment.
Yay! The FedEx page says it will be here Friday. Of course that page said Thursday yesterday, so I hope it is not pushed back any more. I have never waited this long for a Mac before in my life. But its all worth it, thats for sure.

August 20, 2004

RE: Your Apple Order # 7010376136

To Our Valued Apple Customer: Thank you for ordering the Power Mac G5! The demand for this item has been incredible. We are shipping them as quickly as possible, but cannot meet the ship date we previously estimated for you. We now expect to ship your Power Mac on or before August 30th. Your satisfaction is important to us and we appreciate your patience and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this delay has caused you. Please rest assured that we fulfill all orders in the order they are received. If you do not contact Apple Sales Support to indicate that you consent to the revised shipping date, Apple is obligated by law to cancel your order. If you have prepaid for your products and we do not hear from you before August 30th, we will cancel your order and refund your payment promptly. We apologize sincerely for any inconvenience. Contacting us is easy...
Wow, another delay? No way! I really didn't think my G5 would make the 8/20 ship date, but I had hoped it had. I have now given up hope. I wish Apple would just tell their customers the truth. If they are not going to ship most of the dual 2.5's until September... October... whenever, just say that. I assume the delay is because of poor yield rates on the 2.5 Ghz chips, and/or the water cooling unit is causing problems. Will we ever know? I am just glad I didn't have a video project to do, or a DVD project to create before I go back to school on Monday. This PowerBook just does not cut it for DVD Studio Pro work ya know. I have received all of my order: the 23" Cinema Display, the Airport Express and AppleCare. I ordered RAM from Crucial, I got that a while ago. What if that does not work? Are they going to take it back after having the RAM for over a month? Crucial will probably understand but what about other companies if things need to be sent back? I am not happy about all this. Apple needs to treat their dyed in the wool customers with respect. I will put up with this because I want my G5, but what about people who are not so sure about getting an Apple computer, those who have never bought an Apple before. I also do not understand why I need to tell Apple that YES, I want them to deliver my order. If I did not want it - you know what - I would not have ordered it! I was talking with Rob and he tells me it is because of a federal law. Since the ship date of my order will be after 60 days Apple has to confirm with the customer (me) or cancel the order. Thats just a load of crap if you ask me. I placed the order for the 23" Cinema Display AND a Dual 2.5 Ghz G5, I think I was sure I wanted it.

July 29, 2004

Your Apple Order # 7010376136

To Our Valued Apple Customer: Thank you for ordering the new Dual 2.5GHz Power Mac G5! The demand for this item has been incredible. We are shipping them as quickly as possible, but cannot meet the ship date we previously estimated for you. We now expect to ship your Power Mac on or before August 20th. Please rest assured that we fulfill all orders in the order they are received. If we do not hear from you prior to shipment, we will assume the revised date is acceptable, and will ship your order. We will notify you if there are any changes to the revised ship date. To check the status of your order, visit . When your Power Mac ships, you will receive a Shipment Notification via email explaining how you may track the package. We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this delay has caused you. Thank you for your interest in Apple products! Sincerely, The Apple Store Team

July 24, 2004

Video Games are back!

I have been so busy. It has been months (read: more then 3) since I have touched a controller. Those poor neglected consoles... I got out SSX 3 (my personal favorite PS2 game) and am back playing that. That game is so fun. I am a little rusty, but there are a few characters I have not maxed out yet. And there are still plenty of Platinum medals I need to get. Its well worth a purchase out of the used games bin if you do not have it yet. Its been about 4 months since I have bought a video game (I think that is a record!) but the last time I checked they cost $50 a pop. The new NFL 2k5 is only $20. What are they thinking selling it for $30 cheaper and 3 weeks prior to the release of Madden 2005 :P The Mega Man Anniversary Collection was $30 too. What is going on here? Its nice to pick up two great games for $50. I told myself I was not going to buy another game until the new GTA came out, but not at these great prices. I can't work this hard and not have some time to veg out and play video games. Bottom Line: ESPN NFL 2k5 is worth $50. Just go buy it. Mega Man Anniversary Collection is worth the cash if you are a fan of the series. You get 8 Mega Man games and two unlockables on top of that.

June 28, 2004

Downgrading Time Warner Cable

G4 + TechTV does not equal a good cable TV station, we have gone over this fact many times, in many places. I am also not using my DVR as much as I used too. This is because Meancode Media business has picked up, and I am going back to school. So I am downgrading all of it. I am getting rid of all the tiers, the DVR and even getting rid of the digital cable. What is left is channels 2 through 77 which leaves me with what is important - ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic. :) I also get CNN, TNT, Comedy Central, USA, A&E, History Channel, Discovery, etc, etc. Not to mention ABC, NBC, and CBS. All I watch are the ESPN channels though. I do not have to buy any super duper tier to get ESPN either, nice. I am saving $9 by not having digital cable (and since I am giving up all the movie channels I had, digital cable is not doing anything but putting a pretty GUI on the TV to select stations). In all I am saving $79 a month! Since I had the movie channels I was getting a deal on Road Runner, so the price of internet went up $5. I will now be paying $46 and some change. That is a heck of a lot lighter bill to pay each month. And since I am going back to school, and not working as much, I really don't need to be throwing my money away like that. This is all fine and good to think about, but to actually get to a human being at Time Warner, then explain to them what you do not want any more, that is another thing all together. Going from Digital Cable to a DVR box? Sure thing, right away sir. You want TechTV? Let me flip a switch and now you can watch that. But now I want to get rid of all this crap. Getting to the option to talk to a human being when calling Time Warner Cable is hard enough, but they make you select the category you fall into. Think "To talk to a human being to change your service please press 99." That was after 6 other menus. They do not have 'change' in their vernacular. They want me to take my DVR into the office on Main Street. I am then informed to check my bill from when they put in my DVR, they charged me $15 to bring it to me, when I could have avoided that charge by just taking my digital box to the Main Street office and swapping that for the DVR. Brilliant. This guy kept going on and on about what I needed to do, that they could not take off the movie channels et. al. until I took the DVR to the Main Street office. Total bull shit. After a fair bit of bitching this guy sends me to this very helpful woman in customer service, the place I needed to be in the first place. A technician will be out Wednesday to take care of everything. The way they treat their customers does not sunrise me one bit. It should. Because it is sad that I am not surprised. Customer Service all over the spectrum should not treat everyone like they are dumber then dirt. It makes the customer irritated when they are being talked to like they are dumb. For one I am a geek, and I used to work at a TV repair shop, I know how to connect and disconnect cable. It does not take a lot of effort to tell over the phone if you are talking to a novice or not. I do this all the time dealing with phone based tech. support myself. If I can deduce this stuff, the person on the other end can do the same thing. It is very simple - you explain more if you need to. That being said the second person I talked to was very helpful, polite, and conversational while she was making all the needed changes to my account that were needed to drop a ton of tiers and movie packages and deals and switching this and that around. So for that, I happy to be a Time Warner customer. As of Wednesday I will be getting high speed cable internet and basic cable TV for $46 a month. That makes me happy. Since G4TechTV and The Screen Savers have gone south so much in the last few months, I am not going to miss them at all. That show was such high quality. It is a shame what happened to TSS.

June 8, 2004

ColorWare Paints iPod, iBook, PowerBook

It paints some pretty ugly looking PC desktops and laptops as well. I saw the iPods, iBook and PowerBook paint jobs on The Screen Savers. Yoshi seemed to like the paint jobs, all were very impressed. I also learned that my Alien Green AlienWare rig got its paint job thanks to ColorWare. I sent in my 2 iPods in to get painted. I got one painted Candy Apple Red, the other Dragon Green. Getting an iPod painted does not cost much, only $50 bucks. My reasons are more then aesthetics. Although having a red iPod is so much more unique then a white one. After painting the iPod there is a clear coat that is pretty scratch resistant, as the hosts of TSS keep telling us the clear coat has kept up over time. This is great, because I am getting tired of my iSkin. The iSkin is great, but it adds bulk and you cannot use the iPod Dock with the skin on. I will have photos when they return. Should I get my PowerBook painted? Sure it costs $400, but to have a blindingly bright yellow PowerBook? Thats priceless, right? Let me know, be sure a vote in my poll.

June 4, 2004

FridayQ: Escape

Friday Five is no longer around. And I hardly have time for these, but today I do. The FridayQ seems to be the hip thing to do now, so here we go: FQ1: What is your favorite way to escape from everyday life? Playing basketball on the outdoor courts across from the Harshman and Kriesher Quads on campus is always fun. I used to play in high school, and still think I can play. There is a Disc Golf course right next to my house, and thats always fun. My driving is horrible but my short game and putting are pretty good (quite ironic to real golf). But I am usually way too lazy to go out and play bball (although I think I might today, after I finish this). I usually just sit in front of the tube and veg out. I have way too many video games and not enough time to get through them all. Right now I am playing Onimusha 3 as well as making my way to the end of Morrowind, oh and I need to finish Knights of the Old Republic before KOTOR 2 comes out. FQ2: When was the last time you made an escape? Where did you go? Hmm, I haven't had the time to play basketball or even be lazy enough to sit on my ass and play video games. I have not played a video game over a month! I don't have the itch though. I am back to college, which is a good thing, and have been working on a number of clients' web sites, so I'm not jonesin' for a video game fix. God help me when I am though, it will probably be a weekend sitting on the couch getting nothing done! FQ3: If you could escape to anywhere on earth right now, where would that be? LA, to see the NBA Finals Game 1 on Sunday. I have not been to an NBA game in a while. I used to go the Cavs and Bulls playoff/finals games all the time. I have never been out of the country, well Canada but that doesn't really count. I would like to go on a vacation to get away from technology to the Carribean. Some day that might happen. FQ DARE: Post your passport photo (or your driver's license photo if you don't have a passport). Not gonna happen. I would have to take a photo or scan it. Too much time, I am too busy. I am going to play bball since we have decent weather today!

May 6, 2004

I won a 15 GB iPod

I entered a drawing for an iPod mini a week ago at the Student Union. I won a 15 GB iPod, they could not get a mini. Oh darn. I never win stuff like this. I can't remember winning anything as valuable as a 15 GB iPod. Killer! People want me to give it to them, or sell it to them. NOOOO! I won it it is mine. True, I do have 2 iPods now (MUA HA HA HA) and they ain't gonna be sold. Well unless someone wants to give me close to face value. What should I name my new, smaller iPod? iPod 2.0 or iPod Jr?

May 1, 2004

Happy Birthday to Me (2004)

This past Saturday (the 24th) I turned 26. The payoff for 25 was a major cut in car insurance payments, too bad I will see nothing like that this year. This weekend I went back home to Navarre even though I was as tired as I was. I am finding that working 2nd shift and then trying to have a normal weekend is hard to accomplish. For my birthday dinner my Dad suggested Cici's Pizza, a new pizza joint that recently opened in Massillon. That sounds good to me! Cici's is a chain, although I have never heard of them. I highly recommend it though. It cost $5 and some change for this LONG buffet of different pizzas, a couple kinds of pasta, salad, and they even had desserts. Good stuff. Anyway... Grandma made an angel food cake, (my favorite) I opened my loot and then we ate cake :) I got a bunch of great gifts this year, thanks to all! From my Aunt Lois I got 3 books. Commercial Photoshop with Bert Monroy, Dreamweaver MX 2004 Magic, and Don't Make Me Think. All are great books. Bert Monroy is on The Screen Savers a lot, and he always has great tips. I have had these books on my Amazon Wish List for a while now. I have all of the Dreamweaver Magic series books, and they are great. I would recommend them all without even looking at the projects they have. The MX 2004 version of the book has some great new projects I can't wait to try out. Don't Make Me Think is thus far a great book. I am about 50 pages into it, and it is nice to read a web usability book that is not by Jacob Nielsen. I read Designing Web Usability years ago and while it is a great book, it is a thick read. On the other hand Don't Make Me Think is a very light read. I cannot wait to finish this book so I can give it a full review. From my step brother Max I got a car charger for my cell phone. I have actually already used it this week. From my grandma and step mom Melody I got a Wahl Designer wet/dry pair of hair clippers. Melody who is a beautician tells me this is a lot nicer then the one she uses at work, so she is jealous. From my Dad I got a bunch more mobile accessories. Dad got me a travel charger, which is great because I no longer need to unplug my standard charger when I go somewhere for the weekend. He also got me an extended battery which was sorely needed. Thanks everyone for such a great 26th birthday! Now a birthday isn't complete without buying something for yourself. I bought a digital video camera. Why? Who knows, just for the fun of it. More on my new dv cam later.

April 19, 2004

It's getting hot up here

It is hot here. Its been 70 degrees for almost a week. Now for some of you 70 might not be hot, but in North Western Ohio, that is hot. We have not had a day yet this year to wear shorts until this last week. Its great. Monday it is supposed to be 80 out. I actually had to turn on the AC and the overhead fans. Just watch, it will snow within a week. Saturday my buddy and I went up to Grand Rapids, and you all thought I didn't move from in front of my monitor. So there :P

April 16, 2004

I bought an Xbox (Again)

This is funny, on so many levels. I sold my Xbox a year ago. To be honest the market for Xbox games at the time was rather stagnent. So I sold it and got a cell phone. I got rid of my land line phone. That was one of the best decisions I have made in recent years. Now that Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow and Ninja Gaiden is out, not to mention some other nice exclusives, I am in need of an Xbox again. So I am now playing both Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow and Ninja Gaiden. I am to the 5th mission in SC: PT and having fun playing the online version of the game. I am not too far in Ninja Gaiden, that game is HARD. Its fun, just hard. So now you could say I am a true game addict. I am not an insane game addict, that role is reserved for Matt Paprocki. But I will admit that I have the following: Playstation 2 Game Cube (w/ GameBoy Player) Game Boy Advance SP Xbox But like I said, this is not anywhere close to this.

April 6, 2004

New Tires for My Car

Joy! Car expenses! But hey, I am not going to complain about the price for these tires. $200 for 4 all weather 40,000 mile tires. The last set of tires did well, of course my car is 11 yrs. old and just got to 75,000 miles earlier this year.

December 14, 2003

Christmas Five

1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays? I don't mind it at all. Here in Bowling Green we get a ton of wind as well, which makes it even better this time of year! 2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect? It would be ideal to have the entire family home, and be able to have a week or so off of work. Unfortunately, as a network administrator, these are the times that I will be hard at work. One thing I need to do when no one is at Student Publications is update to Panther Server, and restructure our HD Raid, and share point structure. It is something I have wanted to do for a while, but its something that takes more then a Saturday to do. 3. Do you do have any holiday traditions? Open presents on Christmas morning :-P. Eat a lot of food. Make New Year resolutions. In other words, not really. 4. Do you do anything to help the needy? I just took a bunch more old cloths to the Salvation Army this month. And I always try to buy canned goods every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I contribute to the canned food drive on campus. 5. What one gift would you like for yourself? A dual 2 Ghz G5 with an ATI Radion 9800 :-D.

November 30, 2003

My New Game Cube

About 6 months ago I sold my Game Cube (GC) and Xbox, because I was not playing them. Now half a year later I should have never sold my GC, because I just bought another one. As I stated earlier, Wal-Mart (which my brother likes to refer to as the Nazi Regime) had a one day sale on Game Cubes on Black Friday. I could have gotten a used one at the local game store, but it would not have come with the Zelda Collectors Edition for $80. See folks, I still have not grown up, I still love video games. And this Zelda Collectors Edition disc has 4 great Zelda games all in one package. This is a little bit of nostalgia here, you get The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II, Ocarina of Time, and Majora's Mask. You also get a playable demo of wind waker, which has had me frothing at the mouth over the its cell shaded goodness. I am gonna have to get wind waker now, it looks beautiful! I remember playing Zelda I and II back in the day, but never played completely through Ocarina. And I have never even touched Majora's Mask, so this is a great disc, and it was free with the GC! So why did I get a GC again? For the games! I can't wait to play Viewtiful Joe, Rogue Squadron III, Zelda wind waker...

Grandma's New TV

I talked grandma into shopping at Wal-Mart today, mainly because they had a one day sale on the Game Cube (more on this later). Dad, myself and grandma had talked a little about getting her a new TV, but not really acted on it. Well there is nothing better then a good ol' Wal-Mart sale to get a new TV. The RCA that we wanted to get (the one I bought) was out of stock, so we got a Sanyo 27" flat tube set. The reason i am blogging about this is this one cool feature I have never seen on a TV before. You can set an Initial Channel. This is wonderful because my grandma watches CNN a lot. So every time she turns on the TV it is automatically tuned to CNN. What a great feature I have never seen before.

November 22, 2003

Accomplish By The End of The Year

1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year. Get laid! Low bandwidth template for The BG News Final rollout of the Unigraphics Invoicing System Switch The BG News over to smoothly running OS X full time Finish the COMSTOR web site 2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again. Jim Redfearn Jamie Simms Sherry Garret Bill Stewart Steve Reedy 3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do. I would love to learn how to whistle! Drive stick shift (better) Spanish, Japanese, French Sky diving Cocoa programming 4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit). Invest at least half if not 2/3 Give a portion to the American Lung Association Pay off any debt I may have Get the latest Mac, and yes, even the latest PC Buy a vehicle with room, unlike my current one 5. List five things you do that help you relax. Like Neil, I too, blog to relax Playing video games, of any kind Draw - if I ever finish it, I will have a minor in drawing Play basketball Listen to music, or read news sites/papers

October 30, 2003

Adobe PDF Printer Missing in Panther

Here is another problem I did not notice at first. But when I checked, sure enough the Adobe PDF printer was gone from the list of printers. Following these steps worked, I am now able to print to the virtual printer again in Panther. Another great tip from MacFixIt. Yesterday we covered an issue where installing Panther disabled the Adobe PDF Printer virtual printer; we directed readers to an Adobe Forums thread where Adobe had made available a shell script for recreating/reinstalling Adobe PDF Printer. Reader Len Goff passed along a set of manual instructions for recreating this virtual PDF printer: 1. Launch Printer Setup Utility from the Applications/Utilities folder 2. Hold down the Option key and click the Add button in the Printer List Window 3. Select Advanced from the Printer conncetion drop down menu 4. In the Device Field, select Adobe PDF (pdf) 5. For Device Name, type Adobe PDF 6. For Device URI, type pdf:// 7. For Printer Model, select Adobe 8. Click OK

October 17, 2003

Five things around my computer

Since I did not get a chance to do the Friday Five last week, you all get treated to two today (if and when they actually post the questions for last week, I cannot remember then). Aren't you so lucky. 1. Name five things in your refrigerator. 12 Pack of Killians Peach Snapple Pepto-Bismol A1 Steak Sauce AA and AAA Duracell Batteries 2. Name five things in your freezer. Chocolate Chip Mind Ice Cream Chicken Patties Hot Pockets TV Dinners (various) Venison Steaks 3. Name five things under your kitchen sink. Garbage Bags Skillets and Grill SOS Pads Dawn Power Dissolver (works very well, btw) Large Coffee Pot (when 4 cups at a time is not good enough) 4. Name five things around your computer (Home Office). FileMaker Pro and Dreamweaver books Spools of blank CD-R's (great prices) Different Colored Sharpies "Chord Bin" with you guessed it, chords, FireWire, USB, etc, etc Filing Cabinet (oh how I just love paperwork) 5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet. Stay awake pills Put me to sleep pills Aspirin Listerine Band-Aids

October 3, 2003

My Car

1. What vehicle do you drive? A 1993 Plymouth Colt Vista. It is aqua blue, that was the most popular color for that year. It gets great milage and it only has 72 thousand miles on it. 2. How long have you had it? I bought it from my aunt in 1995. 3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle? The coolest feature by far is the fact that this car is easy to find no matter what crowded parking lot it is in. Why is this? It's not because of the color. It is because no one drives a Colt Vista. That and it just plain looks weird. 4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle? Parts are expensive! It has a Mitsubishi engine. I had to have the transmission worked on, and that was expensive! It is also a car for small people. Not for people that are 6'2" :-P. 5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now? I would stay with Dodge that is for sure. I would drive a Dodge Dakota. I will probably end up getting this once this Colt Vista turns into dust. If I had money to burn? I like the look of that Dodge Razor (of course it is only a concept car).

September 27, 2003

First Web Site

There is no Friday Five posted today, so I went back and answered the August 15, 2003 questions. 1. How much time do you spend online each day? Oh lord! This is scary. This changes daily depending on how much web work I do at work, this could be 2 to 8 hrs. at work, then when I get home I could be doing web work for my business, or be online to chat, check email, etc. I would say I spend at least 10 hrs. a day online, and no more then 24 :-P. I guess when your work in web design/development its OK to be online that much. Well at least I tell myself that. 2. What is your browser homepage set to? Nothing at all. I have a google search built into Safari. I hate when a browser opens up and loads a page. It is always something I don't want. 3. Do you use any instant messaging programs? If so, which one(s)? I use Trillian on my PC and Fire and iChat on my Mac. I can't stand having multiple IM apps open at once. If only all my contacts would use AIM, there would be no need for things such as Fire and Trillian. But that never happens. There is always that person you need to talk to for work who only using Yahoo IM, etc, etc. I am using iChat more and more because of voice and video chat. The voice chat is really nice. The video chat is only great if your upload speeds are pretty good. But I have done video chat with my iSight and as long as it stays on this side of the continent (East Coast) it seems to be OK. Part of the reason I spend so much time online is because of IM. I utilize IM for my work all the time, it really helps. 4. Where was your first webpage located? My first web page was located on my Dad's web server, that was a long time ago. My Dad is the Network Administrator for Plain Local Schools. The entire reason I started to learn HTML and how to run web servers was because of Plain Local Schools. Plain Local got a grant as I believe from the OhioNET program to be one of the first districts in Ohio to get internet access. I know Plain Local had internet before the school district I went to, Ravenna City Schools, had any. I was always jealous of that, and I loved going down to my Dad's house on the weekends to learn what I could about the Internet. There were other reasons of course, but now that I look back at it, I learned a heck of a lot about the Internet because of dad's toys. My first real Web site was at at what is now Net Identity. Then I got (way before I started my own business). 5. How long have you had your current website? I have had since January 2003, when I bought my first PC. I have had for 4 or 5 years now. Before that I had for about 2 yrs. and before that I had pages on my Dad's web server. I am so glad I never had to deal with the likes of geocities or tripod, etc, etc. Well that is not true, I had to deal with friends who had accounts with those services :-P.

August 30, 2003

Cleaning out my Closet

I cleared out my closet this weekend. More then half (that I no longer wear) are out of my apartment. The Salvation Army now has more shirts to sell :-D

June 27, 2003

I got my car back

It sure is nice to have my car back. I can do things like go to Meijer again. Its always nice to have food (and beer) in the apartment again. It cost me $300, but it seems that it works better. So it was well worth it. It rained yesterday (the problem was that the car would not start after a rain) and started just fine. So I am happy about that!!!

June 23, 2003

Nike Shox for Sale

When the Nike Shox first came out I bought a pair. I wore them for maybe a half an hour and decided I could not use them. What a disappointment. I have flat feet, and the arch in these shoes is unreal. If you know anyone who would want to own a pair of size 14 Nike Shox BB4 please email me ken[at]meancode[dot]com. Thanks. Also if you would pass the word around that I am selling them. if you know anyone who would want them let them know too. They have been sitting here in my bedroom and I want to get them out of here. i'm willing to negotiate the price. I will give you a fair deal since these are the old style Shox. So, any takers?





June 13, 2003

Frisbee Golf, First Time This summer

The other day Paul and two of the Unigraphic interns, and myself went disc golfing. Its the first time I have played this summer. The course is right next to my apartment. I should get out there more often. the Unigraphics crew plays once a week so I am going to join them. Its a ton of fun. I wasn't that great off the tee, but short range and shots "on the green" were pretty good. I went to The Shed and picked up a golf frisbee for myself so I don't have to barrow one again.

May 22, 2003

Car Insurance

One of the nice things about being 25 is the cut in car insurance. I got a refund check in the mail last month for $45 which was prorated from my last bill. I just today got my bill for the next 6 months and it is almost $200 cheaper! Kick arse!

May 19, 2003

Wakin' Me Up

I cannot wait until my cell phone is my only phone (this will happen when I move, as my roomate and I are not getting a landline). I have been woken up about 4 times out of what I like to call deep sleep in the past week or so. I don't care if it is family that is calling, it still pisses me off to no end. Most the time it is telemarketers. And if I am coherent enough to pick up the phone I just love it when it is telemarketers. Cuz that is the time when I like to fuck with them and become the worst person they have on their call list. It will be so nice to turn off my cell phone and not have to listed to any ringing phone wake me up. When I am asleep and past the point of dreaming I like to stay that way because that usually means I am exhausted. OK rant over, it just really ticks me off when I am trying to sleep and my phone rings and I am not coherent enough to even answer it. grrrrrrr

May 3, 2003

Forgot the Philips Screw Driver

For the longest time I would carry around my Leatherman Wave (call it "a Boy Scout thing" if you will but it comes in handy in the most wonderful times) but I have not had it on my belt for a while just because it is a pain to carry around. Well today I need to do some server maintenance. Student Publications has an OS X Server and I need to install a PCI Firewire card in (we have more than 2 firewire devices, and I cannot daisy chain them). So I open the G4 up, get the firewire card out, and ya know what, this would go a lot easier with a philips head screw driver! So I will now go back to wearing my Leatherman with me all the time just for moments like these. This brings me to a realization: mere jeans are not going to be enough for my "Digital Lifestyle." So far I do not fancy carrying my cell phone around on my belt. I don't really like carrying my Leatherman Wave around on my belt. Lets take inventory as to what I might carry around on any given day: * Leatherman Wave * Cell Phone * Palm m505 * Canon S330 * GBA SP * Check Book * Wallet (duh!) And I am thinking about getting a Pocket PC, so add that to that list too (maybe). Like I said, mere jeans cannot hold all these things, or half of these things comfortably. Do you remember those Dockers commercials with the guy who had the slacks with those big ass pockets? Those are some snazzy Geek Slacks. They are much more stylish then the I'm-a-l33t-g33k cargo pants. So I either need to get some cargo pants/slacks or some big pockets slacks like those Dockers. These cannot be had in Bowling Green Ohio though. We have "The Small" (its a small mall, hence the name) and the ONLY major clothing store left in it is Elder Bearmen (JC Penny moved out a while back). They don't have anything with an inseem for a 6'1" tall geek. Well now I am just ranting about the BG mall. So I will stop. I will find a good pair of geek pants tho, I will have my Digital Lifestyle, We will reveal ourselves to the Jedi, oh wait, sorry.

Sold Game Cube & XBOX; GBA SP Rocks

I finally did it! It has been over 6 months since I have played either my Game Cube or my XBOX. I know some people are going to be shocked and amazed that I actually sold one of my beloved video game systems. Well I sold 2 of them :-P I guess the right time had come along. There is a CR Music Exchange store in town that has a lot of stuff: music, movies, games, mobile phones, tv, sterio, etc, etc. I got $265 for my 2 systems, extra controllers, and games. I ended up getting a cell phone, and a couple GBA games with the little that was left over. I kinda feed bad selling them, but I do not think I will be missing them at all. I have not had the urge to play them in quite some time now. I was gonna pack up my PS2 and sell that too, but didn't want to be too rash all of a sudden. So I decided to keep my PS2, and I will be keeping my GBA as well. I did however go to Toledo and traded my GBA in for a discount on a GBA SP. The GBA SP is great! and with the $40 trade in it was a heck of a deal. I got the silver one. That backlight screen is so nice. It makes me want to play the GBA so much more now that I do not have to hunt and work at finding/getting good light to play it.

May 1, 2003

Birthday Presents!

Well my "long weekend" turned into a "mini vacation" as I went down to my Dad's house for a week. Let me tell you - a week with out checking email is wonderful. Its the checking it when you get home part that is hell! I got everything I asked for an more! I got a green polo shirt and a book called Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers from my grandma. and from my Dad and Melody (step mom) I got a new pair of Devil Sticks, (yay!) another book I wanted The Graphic Designer's Guide to Pricing, Estimating and Budgeting, and a pair of reversable basketball shorts and a sleeveless tee. I wasn't expecting the cloths at all! Those two books are gonna come in really handy, I have already started to read them. and the forms are on CD. Allworth Press has a lot of great books for graphic design, business, as well as other subjects such as photography. For those of you who do not know what Devil Sticks - they are juggling sticks and are a lot of fun! I picked up a pair when I was at Disney in Orlando years ago and I have loved them ever since. I prefer the "flower sticks" style as they have sometimes have a ledge at the ends of the main stick. I have a pair like this but don't like them that much. I prefer these, which is the pair I got for my birthday.

March 31, 2003

Busy Week & Weekend

Wow have I been busy. I have not had time to post anything to my blog. But I will be getting a bunch of stuff up today.

March 26, 2003

Playin' Basketball

Today it is a little cool outside but the last three days it has been nice and warm. Perfect weather to get out the basketball, pump some air into it, and go to the outdoor courts on campus. The courts were packed, and pickup games were abundent. See, I do actually get out from behind my computer :-P I can still shoot pretty well too. (I played basketball in high school). But man am I out of shape. My knees were jelly after about an hour and a half of 3 on 3. I am going to have to go play basketball more often - it is a lot more fun than sitting in front of the tv/computer playing video games. I miss playin' ball.

March 16, 2003

Back to Video Games

Well not full on anyway. my PS2, Game Cube and Xbox are still sitting dormant as you can see. I have been playing my GBA though. i cannot wait till the GBA SP comes out at the end of the month! I got my GBA from Japan when it shipped over there, and was about to get the GBA SP from Japan as it is already out there, but I didnt feel like paying $140 for a $100 product this time arround. having a light will rock though. One thing that is great about the GBA is the prices of the games! they cost $30 for new games. So i can get 2 for just a little over when i used to buy ONE PS2 game for. I have picked up Yoshi's Island, Sonic Advance & Sonic Advance 2 in the last two weeks. Yoshi is as fun to play now as it was all those years ago on the SNES. And Sonic on the GBA is a Good Thing(tm) for sure. Playing Sonic on the GBA brings back memories of Sonic on the Game Gear. Yep so i am still a game nut, just a downsized one. I dont think i will be selling my consoles because i am sure some day i will get the urge to finish Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Splinter Cell, or Metroid Prime... but not now. i have Sonic and Mario on the same portable ;-D

February 27, 2003

Growing out of video games?

I'm not sure if I am growing out of video games, but I am sure I am going through a phase were I have no desire to even play them. and I am video game nut. I have subscriptions to and for gaming news, I get 3 video game/pc game magazines, and I have a ton of games. here is the run down: Playstation 2 - keyboard, arcade stick, 12 games Game Cube - wavebird, GBA connector cable, 7 games X Box - type "s" controller, 9 games Game Boy Advance - light shield, 9 color/classic games, 10 advance games PC & Mac - 16 games I just sold a bunch on eBay too. sold 17 PS2 games, 3 CG, and 5 XBox games. man thats insane. and the only thing I have played is the past month and a half is my GBA. and that was just when I got Metroid Fusion just after Christmas, I have only played it once or twice since. I don't know if I am "growing up" or what. I haven't really played games on my new PC. I have been busy, but not THAT busy. I don't know. I always seem to make time for video games, and I am not doing that any more. its just really weird! I don't know what to think of it. I guess if a month or two goes by I think ill think about getting rid of them, idunno.

February 26, 2003

Stealing from Meijer

This old guy (I'd say 60'S) thought I was stealing from Meijer today. the same greater dOOd I see every week I go there. so I have a tip for you all don't for any reason (not that it gets cold in BG) wear a big heavy coat such as a Carhartt Arctic that has BIG pockets in which to put heavy gloves and a thick wool hat in. the guy had me take my hat and gloves out (as well as the other crap I put in my coat). I have been shopping at Meijer for I don't know how many years now? and I have had this coat for over a year now. the guy approached me "can I see you're receipt?" "sure thing sir" "you aren't trying to shoplift are you?" "no I am not, Scouts Honor" (I am an Eagle Scout) this other Meijer employee walks closer, looks like manager material I guess. "can I see what is in your pockets?" "sure thing!" *Ken empties pockets of hat, gloves, pack of gum, pack of kleenex(tm), web site revisions for Chapman, box of penguin mints, digital camera, glasses case, and jewelers screw drivers set* this smart ass (younger than me I think) manager asks me if I can recite the Scout Oath and Law. geez all mighty. On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong; mentally awake, and morally straight A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Freindly, Courteos, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Breave, Clean and Reverant. "You get a bonus today, here is the Outdoor Code" As an American, I will do my best to - Be clean in my outdoor manners. Be careful with fire. Be considerate in the outdoors. and Be conservation minded I mean, come on, do you know how many years of my life I have recited those? I have been an Eagle Scout since 1995 and am still active in Scouting. I eared more than 50 Merit Badges, and have been a Merit Badge counselor for SUmmer Camp and an Assistant Scoutmaster for my troop. I have also been to National Jamboree and was on staff there one year. I explain this to these two. "um, well, i'm sorry" *smart ass manager hands ken back his stuff and Ken leaves Mejer* Will I be back, heck yea I am not about to drive all the way across town to go Krogering! not when Meijer is whithin spittin' distance. I took down their names in my Palm and left. cuz I got coding to do. fun fun I love it when I can be a smart ass and be right about it.

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