Bald? Eat McDonald’s Fries

Interesting article. This is where you have to weigh your options if you are bald and want to pursue this: Hair or Health?

Your call.

Posted: February 5th, 2018
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Algorithms for the Cube?

I don’t know – I may be over-astonished by this, but Gavin walked out of his room Friday night with this in his hand.

I was a little taken aback. Tina was like ‘oh yeah, he did that earlier today, too.’

Gavin was home all day Friday, in bed. Was sick. You know, everyone’s freaking out about the flu that is going around. Thursday night he was coughing and had a fever. Friday morning it was determined that he should remain in bed. Apparently, he had the cube in his bed and since he wasn’t able to use his computer his mind went to solving. And there you go.

Posted: February 4th, 2018
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A Crown for the Fight for Net Neutrality

If you haven’t heard … Net Neutrality was killed by the FCC.

How will it impact us? See Burger King’s genius video here. Sadly, this is how most consumers have to understand this important legislation … through a fast food analogy.

Posted: January 24th, 2018
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Getting Old(er)

Alright – I’m not old. Just getting older. We’re all getting older. Get off my lawn! er, Get off of my rocks (I live in the desert). No, that sounds bad. I have digressed into a twisted chasm.

I’m getting older.

I hate it.

Yesterday I sneezed and I pinched a freakin’ nerve in my back. I am not kidding you. All day I was hobbling around carefully and whining and moaning about my back – when it started with a sneeze. I woke up this morning with the pain at a much lower threshold and feel great. I feel normal. I feel younger. I take these moments now when my body doesn’t hurt and am so happy and appreciative of these ever-minimizing windows. As such is this morning as I drink this huge cuppa coffee and feel so much better. Which leads to my second point about getting old that I thought of this morning, prior to firing up the beast …

I seem to be getting up earlier and earlier, and going to bed earlier and earlier. By Choice.

My Friday night is spent reading my tablet in front of the fire (oh – old(er) people don’t like to be cold, either), listening to the TV about our president’s latest faux-pas on the news … waiting to when Tina and I determine it’s ‘bed-time’. It’s a glorious hour, folks. Those of you who are old(er) know this.

But slumbering past 7am is practically impossible the next morning, and 5am is now practical. Jeesh – this is crazy. I’m scared that soon I will be approaching (as a wake up time) the hour which (earlier in my life) was my actual bed-time after a night of bar-hopping and almost-illegal activities!

All of this just serves as a reminder to Seize This Day. I don’t want to get all philosophical here, but it is so very true. I’m going to finish this up (it’s still before 7am and the sun is not up yet), so I still have some time to finish this cuppa joe and get things planned for the day … I have a lot to get done today and I’ve got an early bedtime tonight, yo.

 

Posted: January 13th, 2018
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Um … whu?

I promised in our 2017 Holiday Update that I would spend more time with /dope updates … but when logging in today, noticed things have gone awry and the formatting/auto-condensing is not functioning properly. May have to reboot /dope.

Posted: December 27th, 2017
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Never Forget

 

For the first time in a very long time (in my career), I’m off the week after Christmas and before New Years Day. It’s pretty incredible, frankly.

With the Big Move this year, my other 2 weeks of vacation time were spent preparing to list our former home and the other was spent actually moving into our new home. Since that time, we have been moving in slowly but surely. Still, we have about 30 boxes or so that we haven’t seen the bottoms of. Functionally, we are in and good; however, there are still many loose ends and pieces that we are still putting together.

Yesterday, I spent most of the day completing ‘The Network’ – WiFi extenders, add-on routers and hubs, printers, network drives, etc. I also spent time in my office getting the wiring/monitors/shelving set. Today, I have other things to accomplish around the house (like watching more bowl games), but was tinkering around in some remaining boxes in the office. Then came across this …

Okay – what the hell? I know when we were packing up in the summer, we got a little sloppy towards the end – but this just gave me flashbacks of the chaos. I really don’t remember winding up all of my cords in my old office and tangling everything up. This sucks.

So I guess, ultimately, I am finding what is important and not important as we continue to unpack from the move. But a good reminder, nonetheless, of being appreciative of spending the week at ‘home’ and being able to enjoy our new home.

Posted: December 27th, 2017
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Good Guy Postman

So I’m driving home from El Paso and I guess Tina and the kids weren’t home. I see a package sitting on our front doorstep – it had been there for an hour.

We hadn’t ever had any issues with stolen packages, but with the season and the madness of all of the online ordering … you never know. Seeing that package sit on the doorstep for an hour was concerning me. Then this guy shows up! Nice Move (he put his own delivery in one of our flower pots – did the same with the waiting package), Bro – have a great Christmas!

Posted: December 21st, 2017
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Scam the Scammers

Ran across this earlier in the week last week – thought it was brilliant.

Be sure to add their email address to your contacts, then simply forward every scam email to said box. Delete. Done.

Posted: November 12th, 2017
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Walmart vs Amazon? Kidding Me?

Walmart is definitely sweating over Amazon – most retailers are. Latest stat I read was Amazon only held 14% of sales – so there is a much tougher road ahead. I hate that, but it is forcing retail to think creatively about the platform and new solutions. I think it is great for the consumer and it is fun to be a part of this as my career.

But Walmart?

The commercials are really cute and fun with the music and crap – but bottom line: they STILL CANNOT DELIVER.

I ordered online about a year ago, for ISPU (In-Store Pick Up) – and no dice. I showed up to pickup the video game I ordered for Elyce … had to walk to the back of the store, wait for help, and it had not been processed. Meanwhile, the product was on the shelf about 10 feet from us as we were at the ISPU desk waiting for resolution. Never Mind.

Fast forward to 2017.

Hearing a lot of news about WMT upping their game, getting things right, making it easier. Let’s give this another shot.

  1. It was a Sunday about a month ago, I went to walmart.com to order groceries. Can’t pickup today – try tomorrow. No thanks – what the hell is the point? You’re spending all of this money on ads, painting your buildings orange, have signs all around the parking lot … but NEXT DAY? I was in Seattle recently … Amazon does TWO HOURS.
  2. Okay, tried once again. Ordered some oil and a filter for the SUV (yes, I change my own oil. Long Story. And I’m Frugal, not Cheap). I digress. So ordered at about 10am on a Sunday for ISPU. No email stating ‘order complete’! But I had to go to get groceries and figured it would be ready by the time I was ready to check out. Nope. So I bought the stuff from the shelf, with my groceries. Got home. Changed oil. Ate dinner. Watched TV. Still no email. Cancelled order. Forget this crap.

Oh – and the cute cashier smiling on the commercial was not what I experienced at my Walmart – at any time. One was eating lunch with her mouth open, the other was missing many teeth (nothing wrong with that – just not the commercial), and the other time … well, I couldn’t find anyone for a while.

Walmart – you have a long way to go. Seriously.

Posted: October 24th, 2017
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Heads Up – world ending in about a week, yo.

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Just wanted to give you all a heads up about the end of the world on September 23. Thank me later?

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Posted: September 17th, 2017
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Finally Alive, deuxième partie

Okay … as soon as my computer was up a few weeks ago … it was down. Fatal System Error.

  • Tried Window Repair
  • Tried System Restore
  • Tried booting from USB
  • Tried booting from another hard drive (I have 6 connected to this monster, yo)
  • Tried unplugging everything (USB, drives, external, monitors [but one, obviously])

NOTHING.

Freakin’ got fed-up and purchased another SSD (1 tb) and reinstalled. Had a couple of days off, rewired everything on the desk, ensured cord management was tight, everything connected (now have a ‘server closet’ in the new house – where all of the automation hardware/hubs/external storage/printers — CONNECTED!). Also connected a Hue Strip to the back of the monitors – and with the help of DynamicHue, the lights will change colors based on what is on the screen. Sweet!

So – now I just have to transfer all of my old files from back-up and the old SSD and life will be somewhat back to normal.

Posted: September 1st, 2017
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Finally Alive!

Well – it’s been a little over a month now for my desktop computer to be alive. With the move, it’s been sitting in a box for some time now – along with a lot of other things. Slowly we are unpacking – tonight the beast was fired up in my new office area of the house.

Looking back at the calendar, I realized tonight that this whole process has been in one state or another since February! Wow. It’s been a long 6 months, folks. Will have more time to reflect as we get closer to the annual holiday update – but for now, we have more boxes to unpack this weekend.

Posted: July 28th, 2017
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Pretty Legit Weekend

It has been about 5 months now since we started our journey of moving into a new home. 5 months ago (ish) we started the process of looking. Then the offer, then getting our old home ready for market, etc. It was pretty tough, overall. More mental than physical, really. Things have settled down now.

Yesterday the internet was down in the house. It was weird as we all migrated closer together and hung out for the day … we were playing ping pong together as the evening came.

I will admit, I didn’t really try to spend much time trying to figure out the internet issue. Pretty confident there were issues in the area, but it could of been just the cable modem or router. Oh well – didn’t matter really.

Posted: July 9th, 2017
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Except Allison

Posted: May 12th, 2017
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Don’t Touch It

Posted: April 16th, 2017
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Always Get The Bigger Pie

Interesting article on the economics of ordering pizza.

In summary …

The math of why bigger pizzas are such a good deal is simple: A pizza is a circle, and the area of a circle increases with the square of the radius. So, for example, a 16-inch pizza is actually four times as big as an 8-inch pizza.

And when you look at thousands of pizza prices from around the U.S., you see that you almost always get a much, much better deal when you buy a bigger pizza.

Posted: April 10th, 2017
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Just Took a Little Polyurethane

Unbelievable! We’ve had our garage door up for about 7 years – 7 years of sun, rain, hail, etc.

Posted: March 26th, 2017
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Remove Cats Before Take-Off

Posted: March 25th, 2017
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Remember AOL?

ah … my first email address was toelius@aol.com. The memories …

Posted: February 17th, 2017
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No Treats For You

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Lucy DID NOT like Wallie getting near her rawhide candy-canes on Christmas morning …

Posted: December 29th, 2016
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Dongles

Posted: November 5th, 2016
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I Do Not Consent

This is actually quite entertaining …

Posted: October 18th, 2016
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Got a Tissue?

Posted: October 11th, 2016
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We’re Screwed

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Posted: October 10th, 2016
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Welcome Back Dave!

Ugh. Been 16 months since my last post. Here’s why: Database was corrupted.

Was one of those “I’ll fix it when I get around to it” things. I finally got around to it. Sheesh!

More updates coming! I’ve been away so long – I’m going to have to find myself around here …

Posted: October 8th, 2016
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New License Plate arrived today!

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Been wanting this for some time … a nod to Monty Python:

Posted: September 5th, 2015
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Just 3K More Likes, yo.

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Posted: August 9th, 2015
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#418 of Things I Will Never, Ever Do

The Illusion of Beats

Most should know this already; however, an interesting read on the psychology of the Beats product. Very similar to Apple.

Good Partners.

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Posted: July 1st, 2015
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OS Share – July 2015

As a former Mac user (13 years sober) who sees a lot of glowing fruit logos on silver laptops at airports and Starbucks while traveling, I was pretty surprised to see this news regarding Operating System share. It seems OSX is still stuck in the single digits.

I realize that many Mac users boot into and use Windows (which seems really silly to me, but I digress); however, I would expect Apple’s OS share to be greater than shown below:

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As a matter of fact, Apple’s OS has actually DECREASED from 1992-94 levels of >10% …

Posted: July 1st, 2015
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