I’m Back Up… I Think…

Well, it’s been a rough week. My old host kept going up and down, and at its worst, was DOA for a full day. Not good. I’ve moved my hosting to one of my own servers, and now it’s just a matter of waiting for DNS records to propagate. So, if you’re seeing this message, then things are ok where you are. If not, you won’t realize it anyway. I should be back to regular blogging within a day or two.

Getter Done? I Don’t Think That’s What They Meant To Say…

While driving home from somewhere the other day, I saw a sign for some sort of mechanic/tune-up joint. At the top of the sign were the words “Getter Done!” It took me a minute, but it finally occurred to me that the owners were trying to be funny and invoked the catch-phrase of Larry the Cable Guy. The only problem was they got it a little wrong. As any fan of Larry knows, the proper phrasing is “Git-R-Done!”

Printer Cartridges and Hard Drives

I resurrected an old HP printer today, but the ink cartridges in it had long ago, apparently, dried up. So it was off to Office Depot I went. Once there, I browsed for a bit, and then found the cartridges, paid and left the store. As I got into my car, something that I had seen whilst browsing came back to me. It was an amazing price on a hard drive. So back in I went to check it out. It was a Maxtor, 200 Gb, 7200 RPM drive, for $99. I just can’t get over how cheap drives are now. The first hard drive I ever bought was back in 1989. I paid $200 for a 20 megabyte drive. This drive today was $0.50/gigabyte; quite a difference.

Anyway, I thought about it for a while, since it was such a good price, but I don’t have any spare drive bays in my computer. I have already bought an external USB 160Gb drive, so I looked at buying an external enclosure for this drive, but they were $69, and I didn’t want to spend that much more. I actually left the store then, and was almost out of the parking lot, when it occurred to me that if I removed the 60 Gb drive that I use for backups from inside my computer, I could put the 200 Gb drive in, effectively gaining 140 Gb. So I went back and bought it. Once installed, this will bring my total disk space up to 460 Gb. Sweet. I’ll get an external enclosure later for the 60 Gb drive and strap it back on later…

W Billboards in Hollywood

This is too good!. Human Events is reporting that a group called Citizens United have put up two billboards in Hollywood, gloating over the reelection of W, and thanking Hollywood for their “support.” These billboards are right near the Kodak Theater. That’s the theater where the Oscars will be held, which means all the Hollywood types who show up will have to see them. That’s hilarious. I’m LMAO! The two billboards are shown below. Click on them for a larger version.

Schultze Gets the Blues

I just saw the preview for a new foreign film called Schultze Gets the Blues, and it looks great. It’s about a German salt mine worker who is out of work when the mine closes. With nothing better to do, he just sits around the house practicing his accordion. One day he hears some Zydeco music on the radio and is hooked. He ends up moving to Louisiana to learn to play Zydeco and, I would guess, lives happily ever after. IMDB has a rating of 7.4 stars out of 10, and Rotten Tomatoes has an 80% freshness rating. I can’t wait to see it. It opens in America on February 18.

Amusing Dialog

Yesterday afternoon, around 17:30, Thomas, my wonderful 6 year-old son, came into the Office of Death™ and the following dialog ensued:

Thomas: Hey, Dad. Whatcha doin?
Me: I’m about to quit for the day.
Thomas: Really?
Me: Yep. Hey, wanna shoot some hoops?
Thomas: Cool. Can I go to the bathroom first?
[Thomas leaves the room.]
Me: No! You can’t! [Imitating the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld] No bathroom for you!
Thomas: [From down the hall] That was a rhetorical question!

He’s so smart… 🙂