Misc blog postings

Misc Postings

Earliest: July 28, 2003Latest: November 11, 2018Total: 114

May 19, 2009

How Stuff Work Podcast

On the way to work I have been listening to the How Stuff Work Podcast. There's plenty of topics to choose from and each Podcast last as long as my commute.

I started listening to them after downloading their new spoken word album, "Stuff You Should Know: Super Stuffed Guide to the Economy." Its a good hour long talk about how the economy works.

If you looking for an alternative to listening to the radio, I suggest trying the How Stuff Works Podcast. You can find them by searching for them in iTunes.

May 14, 2009

Quote of the Day

Found this Quote in a book, thought it was worth sharing:

"I once complained to my father that I didn?t seem to be able to do things the same way other people did.
Dad?s advice?
"Margo, don?t be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.""
? Margo Kaufman

April 28, 2009

TruGreen Service

Yesterday TruGreen service came by and did their Early Season Application on our lawn. I was a little surprise that they came by. I was supposed to get a postcard to let me know when they were coming by, since our back gate is locked. I'll have to call them today to see if they applied anything to the back.

The Early Season Application only cost $29.95 which is a special promotion price. Here's the note that the specialist left:

What I notice:
Your lawn has quite a few violets and dandies. Some bare spot. Overall good health.

What you can expect:
Improved color/density and crabgrass/broadleaf weed control.

What I recommend:
Aerate/overseed to build turf density and improve soil conditions all more more oxygen/nutrients to the roots ($200)

They applied Barricade, for weed control and Triplet, for postemergent broadleaf control on our lawn. I'll keep everyone updated on the lawn condition using TruGreen

You can contact TruGreen at 800-888-9090 or www.trugreen.com. They are located in Franklin, MA.

April 17, 2009

Random Real Audio Playlist

I am working on updating some of the functionality on the Real Audio pages, including using a play list. This seems to be pretty easy functionality to implement based on some specs that I found.

The problem I am encountering is how the browser is mapping .m3u extensions. It turns out that if you have iTunes installed it will open the play list in iTunes. This won't work because iTunes can't play Real Audio sounds.

You can try a sample Random play list, which will play at least 5 random audio files from my collection.

I am working on making each Real Audio category have its own play list. Once its done, I'll add a new posting to the Blog.

April 15, 2009

Blood Donation

Today I donated blood at the Red Cross blood drive in the building that I am in. A question came up at the snack table afterwards:

How soon can I donate blood again?

Regulations in the United States allow people to donate whole blood once every 56 days. The waiting period between donations can be different for other blood components. For example, donating only platelets in a process called apheresis requires only a 3 day wait before a person can give again. Donating two units of red blood cells through a similar process doubles the waiting period to 112 days.

This means I'll be able to donate again on Wednesday, June 10, 2009. The whole process took less than an hour, some people took longer because they felt dizy afterwards. I had a slice of Pizza, some mini-chocolate chips and Grape Juice.

March 12, 2009

Blogging Ideas

If your are looking for a topic to blog about, here are at least ten ideas:

  • Find any productive websites recently?
  • Have you had good service at a store/resturant lately? Tell people about it!
  • What are your projections for next year? What new Technology will people be talking about?
  • Listen to talk radio and voice your opinion about the issue of the day.
  • What books are you reading now?
  • Read the latest Bills that the US Senate is considering.
  • Check out the latest Business PR Releases to see if there's anything worth commenting on.
  • Read a couple of Rec.Humor.Funny entries to get some ideas.
  • Use the Random article from Wikipedia to get a topic, or a Random News story from WikiNews for some news story.
  • Review some of your previous postings and add something new that you have learned since posting it.

February 11, 2009

Rush Limbaugh

Breaking News: Rush Limbaugh has never been to a Walmart, Ciruit City, and Bed Bath and Beyond.

February 6, 2009

Misspelled Words

I am not the best speller in the world, and that's why I am glad there's a spell checker in most applications that I use: Outlook and Firefox. Is there a reason Visual Studio doesn't have a spell checker?

I found a very useful link to the 100 most often words misspelled. This is very useful to know, and better to start memorizing some of the spelling rules.

December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!

The weather outside is a little bad in New England this New Years Eve. We are expecting about 8 inches of new snow. I wasn't planning on visiting Boston tonight, so I am not too worried about a little snow.

Have a great New Year! May you prosper in 2009!

December 29, 2008

New Years Resolution

Have you made your 2009 New Years Resolution yet? A quick Google search shows a lot of people have already started announcing their plans. To date there are 15,300,000 matches for 2009 New Years Resolution.

So what are your New Years Resolution? You should think like Charles Schultz:

One time Charles Schultz addressed the need for his readers to make the most of the current moment. He illustrated this with his cartoon characters in Peanuts. Charlie Brown was at bat. “Strike three,” the umpire bellowed. Once again Charlie Brown had struck out and so he slumped down on the player’s bench. “Rat’s” he said, “I’ll never be a big league player. I just don’t have it! All my life I’ve dreamed of playing in the big leagues, but I know I’ll never make it.” Meanwhile Lucy turned to console him. “Charlie Brown,” she said, “you are thinking too far ahead. What you need to do is set yourself on more immediate goals.” Charlie Brown looked up and replied, “What do you mean by immediate goals?” Lucy said, “You can start in the very next inning.” Charlie Brown was still confused and looked up at Lucy, waiting for her to explain. Lucy then said, “See if you can walk to the mound without falling down.”

Yes its good to have both long term goals and short term goals.

Another good inspiration is Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. He has a story about how affirmations was the root of his success. You can download a PDF of his Affirmation story.

Whatever your plans for 2009, think Faster, Better and Cheaper....