Tue Dec 10 08:42:33 CST 2013 The Culture of a Lifetime Since you have chosen to have yourself tattooed in to a culture that will be with you for probably the rest of your life, I want you to remember that I am not responsible for the attitudes, opinions, and prejudices of others. Unless you are preceeded by an outstanding set of credentials, qualifications, or reputation, it might be in your best interest to cover your tattoos while you're searching or interviewing for, or your first three months on a job. Wed Nov 27 10:44:33 CST 2013 Thankful to be a Nerd I'm thankful to be a nerd and to be paid for it. Wed Nov 27 10:36:22 CST 2013 Thanksgiving Day Menu "Alice's Restaurant with Arlo Guthrie" and the Judge with the seeing-eye dog. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" with Chevy Chase and Dennis Hopper. "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" with Steve Martin and John Candy. Thu Nov 14 12:53:14 CST 2013 Relief Aid for the Philippines Due to the immediacy of the crisis in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan and the immense distances by which donated goods must be transported from the U.S. to the Philippine Islands, donors are encouraged to make monetary contributions through reputable relief agencies and be wary of "text to this number" and other social media scams. Thu Nov 14 08:33:42 CST 2013 Typhoon Haiyan Pacific typhoons are always larger than Atlantic hurricanes because the Pacific ocean is SO BIG, especially at the equator. They don't slow down until they run into a continent. Leyte is an island province in the Philipine archipelago and an impoverished one, at that. Hence, the tragedy unfolding before our eyes. Sun Nov 3 17:26:00 CST 2013 Heaters and Heating Systems Everyone please remember to clean your heaters and heating systems before you start using them on a regular basis again. I reversed the hose on a shop-vac to blow the dust and dirt out of my space heaters and tested them both on low settings. Thu Oct 31 08:56:45 CDT 2013 Proud Parent Moment A friend from SF (well actually, East Bay) was in a Costco with his little boy earlier this week. X-mas decorations were already up in the store and the little guy looked up at his daddy, "Why Christmas? It isn't even Halloween, yet." MUSIC: Kathleen Edwards - Good Night, California Sat Oct 26 18:01:30 CDT 2013 Kickstarter For my all my dislike of panhandlers and panhandling in public places, I'm seeing more and more of it on the Internet.