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05/02/2007 11:42:15
 jim  Life is full of coinkidinks
I ordered asthma medication on March 1st, through the internet.
There was some problems with the shipping, and it looked like I'd gotten burned on the deal.
Last night, I told Becky that today, I'd just run up to CVS, get a prescription and pay what would work out to be $200 for a bottle of combivent.
This morning, UPS knocked at the door. They had my 6 months worth of asthma meds.
What are the odds of that?
I think its a major coincidence that I was drawing the line today for biting the bullet on meds,
and they just show up after 70 days.
BTW - I got 4 bottles for $100, and it works wonderfully!!!
05/01/2007 16:06:11
 jim  Vegas,NV-Mustang-Jim,Jen,Becky
05/01/2007 15:38:38
 jim  BoulderDam,NV-Lake-Becky,Dustin
05/01/2007 14:52:10
 jim  BoulderDam,NV-Jen,Becky,Dustin
05/01/2007 09:32:21
 jim  Microsoft Astoria, in so many words
On Monday at Mix '07, Microsoft revealed yet another piece of its puzzling cloud-programming puzzle: "Astoria."
Astoria is a set of patterns and infrastructure for Web data services, explained Pablo Castro, technical lead with Microsoft's database group.
Castro showed off Microsoft's Astoria work during his session on "Accessing Data Services in the Cloud"
on April 30 at the Las Vegas conference.
Astoria as one of a number Microsoft technologies that are designed to allow users to make their data
available over the Web via a REST interface and using open formats such as XML, JSON or RDF.
Astoria is built on top of Microsoft's ADO.Net Entity Framework.
Developer Division General Manager Scott Guthrie's "layperson's explanation" of the framework
(provided at my request):
The entity framework allows you to model data in a database.
The entity framework is designed to make it easier for developers to model, publish and program against
their data over the Web.
What the $^*%$%#?
Isn't EVERYTHING a set of patterns and infrastructure for something?
I still don't know what Astoria does different (besides creating new buzz words)

I guess what they are really saying is Astoria makes it easier for web programmers to access data
I think one of the most annoying things about working with computer techs these days is
they just don't know how to talk to people.
This is how I sum up the above article (in my mind)
1-First I boil down all of the synonyms
   ASP=The old BASIC language with commands for the internet
   ADO=The old BASIC language with commands for accessing data
   XML=The old FILE structure with a different way of storing its DATA.
   JSON=The old FILE structure with a different way of storing its DATA.
   RDF=The old FILE structure with a different way of storing its DATA.
   REST=Another way to let the old basic talk to microsofts new commands.
   Microsoft's ADO.Net Entity Framework=ADO=The old Basic language.
   The old BASIC language = a computer language.
2-I take out all of the ridiculous statements
   Accessing Data Services in the Cloud
3-I reread everything that was said and I sum it up.
   Microsoft introduces Astoria.
   Astoria gives Basic easier ways to access data on the web.
4-And I understand.

What really gets me is these people get paid highly for talking crap, inventing new words, and embelleshing old stuff.
I don't care how you slice and dice it.
Computers still do three things and its simple:
-Find out what you want
-Get data if necessary
-Show the result.
When I dropped out of the mainstream of computer technologies I realized a few things
Computer languages were popping up everywhere.
New words were being invented.
If a new version of something was created, developers gave it a new name instead of a new version number.
Now we have a million new words, most of which have died (like the old versions numbers did).
Now, instead of having BASIC 2007x, we have ASP, ASP.NET, VB, VBScript and a slew of other names.
The addins in the old days, (like XML,SQL,ADO) we'd just call libraries. To upgrade, you changed 1 line of code.
Its become more complicated, not because it is more complicated, but because developers got confused.
It all should have gotten simpler.
When Windows 3.0 came out, it was truly different.
When Windows 95 came out, it acted  like an improved Windows 3.0 with items moved around or renamed.
When Windows 98 came out, it acteded like Windows 95 with things moved around.
The same holds true for 98SE, NT, Windows 2000, Millenium, XP, Longhorn and Vista.
They're all just different just improved versions of Windows, aren't they? Why don't the names reflect that?
The names should reflect the product's origin. At least say Windows Vista.
When Basic came out in the 60's it was incredibly easy to learn
It stayed that way for 2 decades.
Then Microsoft came up with Visual Basic and you had to rewrite everything.
Then it came up with VB 3.0 and you had to rewrite everything.
Then it came up with VB 4.0 and you had to rewrite everything.
Then it came up with ASP and you had to rewrite everything.
Then it came up with ASP.NET and you had to rewrite everything.
For 20 years, you didn't have to rewrite anything.
COBOL is/was the same way.
You didn't have to rewrite anything.
It was sweet.
04/28/2007 12:37:10
 becky  Actor James Doohan
New Mexico, April 28, 2007
The ashes of "Star Trek" star James Doohan are sent into outer space, April 28, 2007, as a rocket blasted off from a remote launchpad in the New Mexico desert near Upham. Doohan\'s ashes were accompanied by the remains of former U.S. astronaut Gordon Cooper and those of 200 other people. 

James Doohan played "Scotty," the chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise, on the original "Star Trek" series as well as in several films. The Canadian-born actor died July 20, 2005 at age 85. The cast of TV\'s Star Trek (1967)
The crew of the Starship Enterprise, boldly going where no one had gone before. The series, which debuted on NBC in 1966, only ran for three years, but it spawned several other television series and a slew of films that continued the exploits of man\'s exploration of space.
The ashes of "Star Trek" star James Doohan are sent into outer space, April 28, 2007, as a rocket blasted off from a remote launchpad in the New Mexico desert near Upham. Doohan's ashes were accompanied by the remains of former U.S. astronaut Gordon Cooper and those of 200 other people.
(CBS) The cremated remains of actor James Doohan, who portrayed engineer "Scotty" on "Star Trek," and of Apollo 7 astronaut Gordon Cooper soared briefly into suborbital space Saturday aboard a rocket.
It was the first successful launch from Spaceport America, a commercial spaceport being developed in the southern New Mexico desert.
Suzan Cooper and Wende Doohan fired the rocket carrying small amounts of their husbands' ashes at 8:56 a.m. local time. "Go baby, go baby," said Eric Knight of the commercial launch company, UP Aerospace Inc. of Farmington, Connecticut.
Since it was a suborbital flight, the rocket soon plummeted back to Earth, coming down at the White Sands Missile Range. The payload with the remains descended by parachute.
"We nailed it. We stuck the landing," said Knight.
UP Aerospace launched the first rocket from the desert site in September, but that Spaceloft XL rocket crashed into the desert after spiraling out of control about nine seconds after liftoff. Company officials blamed the failure on a faulty fin design.
Family members paid $495 to place a few grams of their relatives' ashes on the rocket. Celestis, a Houston company, contracted with UP to send the cremated remains into space.
Charles Chafer, chief executive of Celestis, said last month that a CD with more than 11,000 condolences and fan notes was placed on the rocket with Doohan's remains.
Doohan died in July 2005 at age 85. The remains of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry were sent into space in 1997.
The launch from the fledgling spaceport currently a 100-foot by 25-foot concrete slab in a patch of desert more than 50 miles north of Las Cruces keeps the New Mexico project ahead of its nearest competitor, in West Texas.
Jeff Bezos, founder of, is said to be developing the spaceport north of Van Horn, Texas. Bezos' Blue Origin is working to develop tourist space flights.
British billionaire Richard Branson also has announced plans to launch a space tourism company, which is expected to have its headquarters at the New Mexico spaceport.
04/27/2007 04:52:29
 sae  .Back from Disneyland.
Well, it sounds like a great stay, there at Dinneyland.. See, if you had flown me out there, I could have gotten you those passes, because I still have my Studville (California) Driver's License. So there... See what you've been missing, driving the F150. You can go a long way further with a tank of gas in a passenger car. Did the kids enjoy it? It was their first time, wasn't it? I plan on being in Heavensville (LA) the third weekend in October. Maybe I can get you those passes at that time.
04/27/2007 22:15:50
 sae   (Reply)...Back from Disneyland.
I am attending the UCLA football game against North Damn-It (Notre Dame). It's on Saturday October 20. I will be attending the game with Dominic Lewis, one of the contractors I worked with at Northrop, who I also worked in the very early '90s. During the late '90s and early '00s, he worked at Microsoft, and is back there again. His family (wife and kids) are up there in the Seattle area.
04/25/2007 14:37:01
 jim  LA,CA-CaliforniaAdventure-Jim
04/24/2007 15:43:30
 jim  Scarey Stories from HELL

Maybe we saw The Andromeda Strain a few too many times in our formative years, but we can't help shivering when we hear about microbiologists reanimating long-dormant lethal viruses.
And those biologists working to make human limbs grow back: Haven't we seen that film? Don't the guys in lab coats all die in the first reel? They may sound cinematic, but the incredible research projects on the following pages are not imaginary. They're real, funded ventures by respected scientists. They have perfectly rational goals. They also happen to creep us out. Continue reading below for six of the scariest ideas in science.
Check out Popular Science
04/24/2007 10:40:18
 jim  TuleSprings,NV-Becky,Jen
04/24/2007 01:00:00
 sae  .Disneyland
Becoming Californians will only serve to make you even better. Californians, by nature, are highly superior to all other "species"...
04/24/2007 12:36:39
 sae   (Reply)...Disneyland
What are you doing to "become" Californians? Getting California driver's licenses with a  Needles/Barstow address? Be sure you do whatever it takes to satisfy Disney's requirements. Their criteria, as I remember from many years ago, and I don't know if they've changed, was you needed a California DL or ID card (issued by the DMV) for very SPECIFIC zips codes, in LA, Orange, SD, Riverside and SB counties. And in regards to Riverside and SB, not all zip codes may be accepted by Disney. Enjoy your time at Dinneyland as Larry Lizard would call it. Sounds great about the guy wanting to make use of Be Quick's services, beginning next week. I feel bad about that whole WLC thing. I had hoped, being in the situation I was in, to find a career option that would hopefully improve my situation. 
04/25/2007 08:51:05
 sae   (Reply)...RE:RE:Disneyland
That's Pasadena... Not Pasedena... Naughty... But, then again I spell every thing wrong too. Funny, that address on E Walnut is Jeffwee's old address before he arrived here in Florida. Right down to the apartment #. Look for the "stuff" hidden in the walls, inside the electrical outlets.
04/23/2007 17:45:38
 jim  Vegas,NV-Gabriel-Rainbow
04/23/2007 17:45:38
 jim   (Reply)Vegas,NV-Gabriel-Rainbow
04/23/2007 10:32:11
 jim  Oak Hill Mortgage Loan
Cell : 702-743-4258
Monday at 10am, will meet Jake or Zack.
Will verify on Saturday.
Says $902. $40,000 cash out. Balance will be $236,000 (80%)
Sounds good to me!
04/23/2007 10:03:50
 jim seems to be the TV Guide leader
Zap2it - Seems to be where most TV Guide providers get there information from. TV news, ratings and guide to television shows TV listings for broadcast, cable and satellite television

04/23/2007 03:53:52
 jim  Vegas,NV-Gma-Drama
04/21/2007 15:20:48
 jim  SunsetPark,NV-Becky,Dustin,Jennifer
04/17/2007 11:55:44
 jim  BoulderCity-Carnival,Dustin-FreezingToDeath
04/13/2007 19:11:01
 jim  Vegas,NV-JennifersBDay,Gma
04/11/2007 13:02:46
 sae  2003 Honda Accord EX
Jimmy... I got me a new (used) car. The Mitsubishi was beginning to nickle and dime me. Plus a bunch of other reasons. Ended up getting a 2003 Honda Accord EX (The EX is the top version) V6. Leather interior, sun/moon roof. Load of other goodies. Got a great car for what I paid. Or, shall I say, will be paying. I almost had the Mitsubishi paid off. But I figure I can get the Honda paid off in less than 2 years. The car had 1 previous owner and was a recent return from an expired lease.
04/12/2007 03:50:56
 sae   (Reply) like Honda Accords
Mine is white, is a 4-dr and has a sun/moon roof. I'll take pictures and email them to you this weekend. Long live good, operating gas caps.
04/11/2007 13:01:51
 sae  One the picture of the hand, where’s the ....
hair? Shouldn't there be hair on the palm?
04/12/2007 03:22:40
 sae   (Reply)..On the picture of the hand, where’s the ....
No, not on the back of the hand. On the palm. As in too much time spent 3-5-ing,,,
04/11/2007 10:24:16
 jim  Take a Brake Break - from Brakes Plus
$760 for all four brakes. That sounds terrible to me, but they sounded so bad.
The rotors looked terrible.
I told them Mr Brake replaced the front brakes 2 years ago, and they have a lifetime warrentee on them.
But I also told them, Mr Brake should probably be called Mr Break.
They said they'd toss in the front rotors. Which would have been $220 more.
Sonny's footing the bill, which is darned decent of him.
I'm going to spring for a new stereo in that truck.
The last one got stolen 2 weeks ago.
04/11/2007 06:19:53
 jim  My sister is saving me.
She's trying to save me from Hell.
While her actions are noble, they aren't realistic.
Thats because I don't believe in Hell.
She repulsed me from any of the monotheistic beliefs (either of the Abrahamic, Jewish, Christian, or Islamic persuasions) with her evangelistic proselytisms, forty years ago.
She believes she's a devout Christian. She will do what ever her pastor tells her to do.
I owe a lot to my sister.
She inspired me to read the Bible at a very young age, just to verify half the things she dribbled out.
I doubt she really, really, read any of it. She just quoted it, out of text too, which is pretty meaningless.
Personally, and this is just my beliefs,
I think the notion of Hell should be sold with children's books, right next to the stories of Santa and the Easter Bunny.
I'd hope most people on this planet don't believe there's a red devil, with bull horns, cloven hoofs, and a pointy tail. That's just disfunctional. Nothing with hoofs has hands. LOL. 
And whats with the pitch fork? Did  he work on a farm? LOL.
Is that the best tool he could find to pitch bad people into hell with? LOL.
I would have used a hay bailer, but they weren't invented yet.
The devil looks like a character in a poorly written DC comic book and his concept just doesn't make any sense.
If this creature were born on a farm, it would be veal cutlets the next day.
The whole concept is just plain ol' dumb!
And I am sorry fo the adult who says these things to other adults, with either love or hate in their eyes.
They are the ones who are lost.
If you want to find god, just look in the mirror.
Figure out exactly what it is you see.
Maybe you'll see that we are devices, built from smaller devices, built from even smaller devices.
The more you learn, the more you'll realize that you don't know much at all, and that you can't quote god.
You are one of god's best works of art, not the other way around.
I would hope that someday, all religions could rejoice in their simularities and not their differences
If one religion has 8 gods, and another has 1 god, and yet another has a messenger, a god and a spirit,
they should all rejoice in that, because they all believe in a high power of some kind.
04/09/2007 13:25:46
 jim  The Hand
Image:X-ray boy hand.jpgImage:Gray1234.png
I put this in here for my reference. The hand is an incredible device! And the body runs on carrots! lol...
I get so excited when I see blueprints like this.
I wish life was longer, so I could have the time to debug some of these wonders. I'd love to explore the routines and functions in DNA. How it works, how cells create cells that create this, it is all very awsome. We will figure it out someday.
04/08/2007 19:27:22
 jim  Vegas,NV-Strip HawiianMarket
04/08/2007 18:45:14
 jim  Vegas,NV-Strip-SouthPoint
04/08/2007 18:08:04
 jim  Vegas,NV-BlackMtn
04/08/2007 18:08:04
 jim   (Reply)Vegas,NV-BlackMtn
04/08/2007 12:02:21
 jim  BlackMtn,NV-Mustang-Jim,Becky
04/08/2007 12:01:01
 jim  Vegas,NV-BlackMtnVeiws
04/08/2007 07:59:37
 jim  Advair works for asthma!!!
Thanks GMa for the sample!
It surely beats the heck out of paying another $800 for a doctor and coming out with 1 bottle of Albuterol (like I did).
Albuterol is better than Primatine Mist (which is bottled Epinephrine), but its not great.
Advair is Albuterol plus ipratropium bromide.
04/07/2007 21:24:23
 becky  Happy Easter
Happy Easter my love
                                        I Love You
04/06/2007 08:49:24
 jim  Vegas,NV-Gabriel-Jennifer-sleeping
04/03/2007 12:00:01
 jim  Vegas,NV-Wetlands
04/02/2007 04:14:48
 jim  Vegas,NV-Sonny

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