Misc blog postings

Misc Postings

Earliest: July 28, 2003Latest: August 5, 2018Total: 113

December 22, 2006

35 Pounds!

Yesterday I weighed in at Weight Watchers and have now lost a total of 35 pounds!

If you Google 35 Pounds, you'll see that other people have lost the same amount of weight, or at least have it as a goal.

What am I doing to loose that weight? What's the big secret? Well I attribute my success to:

Drinking lots of Water
I don't drink much soda any more, anytime that I am thirsty I get some water.

Watch what I eat
Using Weight Watcher's point system its easy to track what you eat. You can still eat at McDonalds and Burger King, but you can't go every day. Don't ever order the supersize meal, no matter how hungry you are! Its not worth it!

I don't have a gym membership, yet. Instead, I usually park far away from the shopping center, walk up the stairs at work, and just do a lot more movement than before. Key word is MOVEMENT!

Don't go alone!
Going to Weight Watcher's with someone is a good idea. Its even better if you see them every day. Having someone else along for the ride makes the journey fun and enjoyable.

December 7, 2006

Dioxin Carcinogens

My father sent me this a couple of years ago:

From Johns Hopkins...

Dioxin carcinogens cause cancer. Especially breast cancer. Don't freeze plastic water bottles with water in them as this also releases dioxin from the plastic. He said we should not heat our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This applies particularly to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.

Dioxin are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies. Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results ...without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. Just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

Remember when some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper? The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

To add to this: Saran wrap placed over foods as they are nuked, with the high heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into the food, use paper towels instead.

December 1, 2006

Holiday Songs

Couple of holiday songs that you might enjoy! Besure to check them out on iTunes!

The Twelve Days of a Guido Christmas
by How You Doin'? Boys


The Chimney Song
by Bob Rivers

March 22, 2006


Recently this site was hacked into, not once but twice in a two week period.

The hacker apparently used the site to distribute some unix files. No files were removed from the system, and there were no security files (Credit Cards or Social Security Numbers) files as risked.

Based on some investigation it also appears the hacker came from someplace in Asia.

I have added additional levels of security and monitoring to make sure this doesn't happen again.

If you have your website hosted, you should do a security audit to make sure that no one can get into the system. You never know when you will use your website for sensitive data.

BTW, a Hacker should not be confused with a Hack. A Hack is someone who got a easy high paying government job because they know someone in the current administration.

November 12, 2005

Seven Layer Magic Bars

Makes about 36
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup butterscotch flavored chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350?, (325? for glass dish). Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with a sheet of foil, making sure to cover the sites well. Place the butter in the baking pan and melt it in the oven. Sprinkle crumbs over butter; pour condensed milk evenly on top of crumbs. Top with remaining ingredients in order listed; press down firmly with fork. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars. Store covered at room temperature.

April 2, 2005

Pope John Paul II Dies

Pope John Paul II, the Polish pontiff who led the Roman Catholic Church for more than a quarter century and became history's most-traveled pope, has died at 84, the Vatican announced in an e-mail Saturday.

March 11, 2005

Thoughts of the Day

Wouldn't it be great if you can buy a food product in the supermarket where you can pronounce all the ingredients without a degree in chemistry.

Wouldn't it be great if you could visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Disneyland, New York City and buy a souvenir that's not made in China. This is true for most place you visit on Vacation.

October 6, 2004

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield died yesterday. I had the opportunity to see him in 1998 in Vegas. I was lucky enough to sit in the first row and had a great time at his show. Later I ordered one of his classic red ties and still have the delivery box that it came in.

Rodney will be missed.

From the AP:

Dangerfield is most remembered for 1980's "Caddyshack," in which he held his own with such comics as Chevy Chase, Ted Knight and Bill Murray.

After "Caddyshack," Dangerfield continued starring in and sometimes writing films such as "Easy Money," "Back to School," "Moving," "The Scout," "Ladybugs" and "Meet Wally Sparks." He turned dramatic as a sadistic father in Oliver Stone's 1994 "Natural Born Killers."

In 1995, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rejected Dangerfield's application for membership.

It was the ultimate rejection, and Dangerfield played it to the hilt. Public reaction prompted the academy to reverse itself and offer membership. Dangerfield declined.

"They don't even apologize or nothing," he said. "They give no respect at all -- pardon the pun -- to comedy."

September 23, 2004

Mr. Ed Humor

The state Supreme Court ruled today that Pennsylvania's drunken driving law can't be enforced against people on horseback, a decision that inspired the dissenting justice to wax poetic.

Here is the poem that Justice Michael Eakin, who is fond of writing rhyming opinions, summed up the lone dissent with two stanzas mimicking the theme song of "Mister Ed" -- a 1960s TV sitcom about a talking horse:

"A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
but the Vehicle Code does not divorce
its application from, perforce,
a steed as my colleagues said.

"'It's not vague,' I'll say until I'm hoarse,
and whether a car, a truck or horse
this law applies with equal force,
and I'd reverse instead."

July 1, 2004

New Audio

This past week I have been working on getting some new audio into the Real Audio section. Part of this project was to create a way for me to insert the new audio and yesterday I was able to finish that part of the project.

So over the next few weeks you should see a lot of new content in the Real Audio section. I have lots of sound bytes that I want to put up.

Some people want to know why I selected Real Audio as the audio format. In 1996 I purchased an audio package, Sound Edit Pro, and it included a Real Audio encoder. At the time Real Audio was the most popular format for streaming audio, so that's what I choose. With more people today using broadband, there's lots of choices of streaming media. So, I don't know how long I keep using Real Audio format, but for now, that's my choice.