Misc blog postings

Misc Postings

Earliest: July 28, 2003Latest: January 6, 2019Total: 115

July 1, 2015

Daycare Drop Offs

Earlier this week I had the experience of watching 2 different parents drop off their children at a local preschool daycare. Both of these parents did the same thing, they said good bye to their child gave them a kiss and left. The whole drop off time was less than a minute. What surprised me was the teacher was watching and both families didn't even say hello to the teacher.

Come on!

Remember, this is the person that you are going to trust your child for the next eight hours and you can't even take a few seconds to say hello or good morning? That really surprised me.

I guess some people are caught up with their morning routines and in the work zone that they basically ignore what's going on around them. Perhaps this is just part of their morning task and they see no value to engaging with the teacher.

I try to engage with some conversation with the teachers when they are available to talk, and I have a very limited window during drop off. I actually get into daycare early just for that purpose, so that I don't feel the need to rush through. I need to rush because I literally have a train to catch.

My advice to the other parents is to engage in a quick conversation with the teacher and let them know that their work is very much appreciated. You could even mention that you really like the creative art work they been working on.

June 4, 2015

Jingle the Dog

A couple of years ago we got the "Jingle the Dog" book with the husky puppy toy. The husky would make noise based on some of the saying as you read the book. This is a list of all the known phrases the husky pup is awaiting for you to say:

  • And Jingle was a good dog.
  • That made Jingle very, very happy.
  • Jingle, you're a good dog!
  • Jingle even loved to sing.
  • Sorry, Jingle! I've gotta go home!
  • Silly dog! Jingle, you've gotta go home!
  • The very thought of finding his friends made Jingle want to sing
  • but suddenly Jingle felt very, very happy.
  • Jingle, you're such a good dog!
  • Jingle, Stay! And Jingle did.

I haven't found any other list of additional phrases that the Hallmark Jingle dog says. If you know of any hacks let me know!

September 9, 2014

Fish Trophy

Fish Trophy

If you're using the Review Board for code reviews, you may notice that every once in a while someone will get a Fish Trophy, here's the explanation from the Review Board Blog:

It's always nice to have a little reward for milestones. Developers sometimes compete over cool bug numbers, revisions, etc. Initially, we were going to use quips to add some fun to the site, but we ended up settling on our current trophy system.
One of our first Review Board instances started to approach review request #1000, which was a huge milestone for us. I decided to commemorate the event by staying up and quickly hacking in a hidden feature for showing a trophy for review request #1000. The way we implemented it, you'd see the first ever trophy at 1,000, and from there you'd see it at every milestone number (1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 10,000, etc.). I didn't want to stop there, though, so I added support for the second type of trophy, one that has confused people with its appearance to this day. Mission complete.

October 31, 2013

On Halloween

Doc McStuffin 'On Halloween' song:

What'cha gonna be, 'on Halloween?
To go trick or treat, on Halloween...
Stuffy: You could be a fireman, a doctor, or a Ballerina.
Lambie: A robot or a bumblebee. Or a monster named Edwinna!
Doc: There's nothing really scary, its all just make-believe..
The ghost that just said Boo is still your best friend underneath-
So what'cha gonna be, on Halloween?
To go trick or treat, on Halloween.
What'cha gonna be, on Halloween?
To go trick or treat, on Halloween.

November 16, 2012

Stars Stars

From Doc McStuffins' Arcade Escapade (Season One, Episode 6), this is the first part of the catchy song...

Hey that a rocket
Hey there goes a comet
Ooo.. Looks like a party on the moon

Stars Stars Planet and Stars
I can see Jupiter, I can see Mars
Up there every where you see
Planet Stars and Galaxies

All those dots light in space are there places far away
Let go searching past the sun...

July 5, 2012

Send in the Cavalry

Send in the Cavalry

Couldn't believe that I wasn't able to find a graphic for 'Send in the Cavalry.' I quickly put this one together.

April 18, 2012

Doomsday Prepper TV Show

Last night I saw some of the Doomsday Prepper show on the National Geographic channel. I couldn't believe that people were seriously getting ready for the end of the world. They were spending thousands of dollars to build fallout shelters. They also were spending lots of money for food and supplies.

My question is what do they really think will happen on December 12, 2012? How will the world come to an end? Why do they think what they are doing is going to make that much of a difference? The TV show didn?t really provide answer to those questions, just showing what people are doing to prep for that day.

Are people really going to rely on a particular date of when the world is going to end from a civilization that doesn?t exist anymore?

If you?re really paranoid on what is going to happen on December 12, 2012, make sure to update your countdown clock.

November 14, 2011

Long Words

The words "uncopyrightable", "dermatoglyphics", "misconjugatedly", and "hydropneumatics", are the longest words in the English language that do not repeat a letter.

Only uncopyrightable and dermatoglyphics are acceptable words in "Words with Friends" or Scrabble? games. Good luck trying to ever generate that word during a game!

September 15, 2010

This Date in History

Lots of exciting things happened on September 15, read all the events that happened today on Wikipedia. There's no real major event that happened today, such as the landing of the moon.

September 13, 2010

Mysteries of Wikipedia

There are a couple of strange stories worth reading about on Wikipedia. Can you solve the mysteries?

The Bloops is a name given to the strange sound picked up by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1997, while listening to sounds near the south Pacific Ocean. The origins of the sound appears not to be man-made.

Wow Signal
On August 15, 1977 a strange sound was heard on the Big Ear radio telescope which was setup to listen to sounds in space. This sound hasn't been heard again. What was this sound? Why hasn't it appeared again?

You should also check out these Websites that talk about other weird and strange sounds: