|This log represents the Life and Times of the Las Vegas Dude.|
09/16/2005 06:01:53jim I copied my logs over from Cutlar Enterprises
Not too bad...
09/12/2005 19:46:24jim Vegas,NV-ExCalibur Becky
09/12/2005 17:34:28jim Excalibur-TournamentOfKings-Sonny,Jim,Becky
09/11/2005 14:46:26jim Gabriel,NV-Jennifer,Becky,Squirt
08/31/2005 19:58:13jim August 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 07:02:13 <Jim>
I'm running low on cash, and that's a good thing!!!
It gives me the drive to get my classifieds going. I'm in the do or die mode where failure is not acceptable.
I like the feeling!!! I've been working on this laptop, laying code at Mach 5, with my hair on fire.
STRESS IS BEST!
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 06:27:50 <Jim>
- Added a Categories table for the ads.
It's got flexibility for ad pricing built into it. Plus it has a suggested heading format, and all of the possible ad category names (I got them from the paper).
- Added the pixel height of an ad to the Log table.
The Server has no idea how big the ad is on the Requester's screen. It has to know how many Ad entries it needs to serve up to fill the Ad page. Unfortunatly, I've got to get Becky to go in and update every ad for it to be updated.
- I've still got to come up with a more understandable billing scheme.
FREE is what people respond to. I've got to balance the FREE Ads with competitive ad pricing. No one will enter ads on my site if I don't offer free ads (at least not in the beginning). No one will come to my site if it has no ads.
So I need to balance Free ads with the money ads.
- I realized that all the auto ads can easily go to Google images for pictures using the ad title
EG: If the ad heading says "1999 Ford Mustang", I can plug that into a Google image search and it will pull up 100's of pictures. I've been trying to figure out how to allow a user to copy and paste the Google image into the ad, without getting it's associated link to Google link.
In other words, if someone clicks an ad's picture, I don't want it going to Google.
- I don't want to store images on my site.
The maintenance and bandwidth would cost too much. Besides, the internet has images parked all over it. Why use my bandwidth when I can use Googles!
So, all that said, it will take the rest of September to finish this site.
But, it will be the best ad site on the interent. I should add that it is not my intention to compete with EBay or the newspapers. That would be a battle I couldn't win.
I want to own 100's of sites.
- If one site gets a bad name, the other will continue to operate.
- If someone wants to buy one of my sites, I can sell it.
I'm not going to associate www.LVDude.com with say www.SeattleClassifieds.com.
Who knows...maybe I'll end up selling Franchises!!!
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 06:10:02 <Jim>
I was sick all day yesterday.
I guess I have been sick and didn't even know it. Coughing thick flim, head feels woozy, throat is sore, nose is wet and scratchy, body feels like it got hit by a Mac truck. BTW-The new word for cool is 'SICK'.
So if I'm sick, I'm cool...hmmm.
I tried to get Paul's PC setup for Internet Sharing...
Monday, I gave Dustin a laptop for home school. All I needed to do was to get Paul's internet sharing working for wireless. His has a wireless card (I gave him), but he can't find the software. Plus he doesn't have his Windows cab files installed so the card won't reinstall itself.
Paul's got pop ups everywhere. What a mess! Frustrated, he said he'd just buy Dustin a new PC. hmmm. I told him Dustin's laptop works fine, getting it on the internet had everything to do with his PC sharing the Internet. sheesh! Some people just don't get it.
I was hoping to get everything up and running in 10 minutes
It's going to take several hours more. This makes me think of that joke where a woman calls Microsoft because her PC wouldn't work due to a power outage.
I've been sleeping long, odd hours. My LVDUDE site is coming along very nicely.
I get up a 2am, do 2 hours of work on LVDUDE, sleep for an hour and get back up. It's kind of handy.
Most of my best ideas have come from my dreams. This way, there's no lag time between sleep and my project.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 09:04:15 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
No new entries here from Mr. Jim in three days.
You out there, and ok, Jimmy? I have been without Internet access at the hotel for the past two days. - Their system is a bit wacky. Not as stable as the other hotel chain's.
Thinking of making a change.
Cut my head off and go around as the headless horseman.
Have a dr. appointment for 9/12 (Monday) afternoon
For a physical. Have not had one in about 5 years. I'am dirty minded, so I won't go into hoping the young, attractive nurse does the dirty work. Cough, Cough!!! Sorry Ms Rebecca. I am just in a dirty mind phase in my life.
You hear anything from Jamie?
Interested ears waiting to hear something positive, here in Orlando.
Sunday, August 28, 2005 19:39:16 <Jim>
I'm am SO Burnt out.
I keep wanting to sleep, catching 10 zzz's here and there. Got so many things to do.
Gotta go gotta go gotta go right now, gotta go gotta go right now.
Sam's Club wouldn't give me the 80" screen my projector was advertised as coming with.
I realized that is had to be a mistake when I bought it. The time I was there before, the display kiosk had a $1,000 projector that came with an 80" screen. When I picked up my projector, it was in the same kiosk, but it sold for $780. Large projector screens cost $300+. If they had any of those screens in receiving, I would've gotten it for free. Anyway, I did my good deed. They tore down the kiosk immediately.
I do have a problem with not having a screen for my projector.
My walls aren't big enough. It could easily be seen with a 20' screen.
If we ever do hit rock bottom.
I'm buying a motorhome, and we're going to go from campgroud to campground showing movies on the motorhome's awning. We'll sell popcorn, cola and beer. LOL
Sunday, August 28, 2005 17:45:50 <Jim>
Yesterday was a blast! Robert, Joy, Amy, Dustin, Gma were all here.
We had Black Forest cake for Robert's 22nd birthday. I couldn't stay awake (passed out on the couch). Somewhere along the line, I offered Robert my big screen Tv for $700. I've had my eye on a projector system at Sam's Club for awhile now.
I picked one up. I now own a projector screen TV.
Actually, it's a 1,800 lumen, monitor. It hooks up easily to a VCR though. It's awsum. With my speaker array, TV watching is now better than going to a theater.
The screen is over 120". That's twice the size of my Big Screen TV.
Plus the image is brighter. It hooks up to a laptop for easy presentations. The controller acts like a mouse (like a Power Point mouse). The cost....$780, but the extended 3 year warranty brought it up to $850. That's excellent. It weight 3 lbs.
Once again now, I'm throughly burnt out.
I need to sleep for a DAY!
Friday, August 26, 2005 17:43:24 <Jim>
I know most people are sick of me by now.
I'm obsessing on LVDude. I've coded up an Ad Charge routine.
Next, I've got to set up Ad categories and billing strategies.
Becky read me all of the ad categories from the RJ last night. I keyed them into Access...
When I keyed the categories in, I realized how old their system is.
They've got so many categories and codes. I can see why a clerk has to key in the ads. It's so big, that they had to squeeze Mortgage Loans into Business opportunities.
So that's where my head's been at.
They system just keeps getting better and better everyday. I'm going to take tommorrow off...at least until 9am. I am so burned out.
We're having Robert, Joy, Amy, GMa, Dustin, and Jennifer over tommorrow for Robert's birthday party.
It should be fun. I tried to bribe GMa by telling her I have a 60 cup coffee Urn...haha
Thursday, August 25, 2005 19:09:52 <Jim>
Man, Tandem Cobol would be a blessing!
Creating something unique on the web is a real bitch. I'm pushing myself to finish this site because I'm going to need $ in my cash account soon.
Working back in the Tandem arena would be a break.
I've been thinking about what I'm getting myself into. This website is going to turn out exactly like every job I've ever had. BURNING OUT!
Insurance turned my down.
They said I have to prove I've gone 10 years without a drink. I don't know anyone that doesn't drink in 10 years. Even Becky does. They said I need to get a doctor to sign a note. What the? I pay $100 to see a doc, and tell him I'm not an alcoholic, he writes it down, and 5 years from now I can get insurance.
The insurance/medical systems are so screwed up.
Becky was logged on to LVDude as me.
I thought I was teaching her how to clean up her menu, and she was deleting mine....shoooottttt! Its not her fault.
Thursday, August 25, 2005 18:57:10 <Jim>
I'm so burned out. Been working 16 hours a day on this website.
I'm getting ready to do billing. I did a compress on my access database today and it quit working on my Test Server. It turns out that by design (Microsoft says), Access screws up the security. I had to do security modifications and even a regedit. I didn't even realize Registry keys had security on every key. hmmmm.
I had to ready 20 documents to figure it all out. Finally, I renamed the directory, created another on, then copied in the Access database.
Then I went to My Computer|Manage|Services|Internet Services|Websites|Default Websites|lvdude|1and1|db|All Tasks|Permissions Wizard|.
The magical user name to use for IIS access is IUSR_JIM.
PHEWWWWWW! That just seems sooooo DUMB!!!
Thursday, August 25, 2005 08:32:10 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Trip to Tampa for a fac-to-face interview
Given the way things are these days, employers not paying for much of the out of towners interview expenses, you're stuck. I only checked one aeroline, my favorite Southwest, and a last minute ticket from LV to Tampa costs $299 one way. So, with taxes and such, and roundtrip, you are looking at $600 to $700. If you stay the night, tack on another $30 to $40 tops for a car rental and $50 to $90 for the room. This money is tax deductable, come next filing, whether or not you get the job.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 22:29:38 <Jim>
I told Becky, she was the last person I every wanted to see on this planet.
That was a complement. It should be anyway...
I told Becky I wanted to nail her on the wall.
That's a good thing. When the light starts to cystalize and fade into blackness, I want her to be my last vision.
So why is it on TV, when someone says "I hope they nail him to the wall", it's a bad thing? What does that mean, anyway? Nail someone to the wall...lol.
I worked on LVDUDE from 2am and all throughout the day.
The site just keeps getting better and better. Its the little things that are killer, like trying to find out how big an ad is on the screen. That sounds easy, but it's not. Nothing is easy without a little creativity. I only wish I had someone else to collaborate with. I haven't gotten stumped yet, but I probably will. I keep thinking of when I go public, and a 1,000 users are hitting my site. How am I going to handle the help desk. I don't want to give out my phone number.
I will need a Q&A log at any rate though. That should help a lot.
Plus I'll need a transaction log just to cover my but.
If the design continues to get simpler, it will end up being the best. I will have a thriving business.
I guess I'm going to bet the house on it.
I replied to Jamie (the Headhunter) about the Florida job at JP Morgan.
She said they wouldn't let me work for free, on a two week trial basis, but they would want a face-to-face interview with me. Now lets see, if I worked two week for free, it would cost me around $3,000. If I flew up there and back for an interview, it should cost me $1,500 on short notice....hmmm.
I not only want to make LVDUDE profitable, I have too!
If I don't, I'll be working for pointed headed cretins the rest of my life. I'll have to put up with the humiliation of applying for a bricklayer job, flying across the country for an interview, just to be turned down because I'm not an electrician.
This headhunter submitted me for a Tandem job, and asked me IBM 370 questions. The IBM 370 was the 2nd most powerful business computer in 1970. Now, its a dusty old box that should be sold in a garage sales.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 16:31:19 <Jim>
I talked to Skip's cousin and his nephew today.
Separate calls. They both said I'd done more for Skip than anyone else. They both called Dave (Skip's Dad and my Step-Dad) a piece of crap. They both said Skip's mom was pure trash and that Skip was too.
My point is, even if they were trash, is the day after Skip's suicide the right time to say it?
Trash calling trash trash...lol.
I hope these people never give anyone a Eulogy....cause they SUCK!!!
At the very least, when someone dies, you either say something nice or nothing at all.
Some people, like myself, don't go through life hating people, and we really don't want to hear other people spouting their hate out.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 14:37:03 <Jim>
I talked to Kevin...
Of course he said they had the experience guy in mind before he even submitted my resume.
It was a nice thought though.
Meanwhile, in the land of Jamie...
I don't know about that girl. She sent me a questionaire for an IBM 370 programmer.
Just today she noticed my resume said that I'm in Las Vegas. She sent me an email to verify it.
In my reply to her I mentioned that I'd pay relocation expenses and work for 2 weeks for free.
She's said the following:
"I am going to work on looking at your resume and start preparing for a manager to view."
Then she wrote "Are you currently in Nevada? Somehow I thought you were living in Orlando…could you please set me straight? ThanksJ
So, apparently she hasn't submitted my resume to JP Morgan yet.
I've always thought that a person's work ethic should be to always do the best job possible.
It kind of looks like Jamies reading my resume at the rate of one line-per-day. wow.
Maybe I'm confused about how these people work. hmmm.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 16:49:11 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
What be happening with Jimmy?
I hear Kevin Callanan called you.. Like he told me, hopefully next time. And there is a guy here who claims to be really unhappy, after two short months, because he is a TAL/Base24 person, and he doesn't like Cobol. It's more like hecan't code a line of Cobol, if his life depended on it. So, he is talking about taking a Base24 contract somewhere. Any news from Jamie?
Monday, August 22, 2005 13:09:49 <Jim>
David Callahan Leblanc Jr. (Skip)
I'm not sure where he was born, but I think it was somewhere in Louisana.
I'm not sure when he was born, I think it was 1942.
His son died in his arms from cerebral palsy.
His Dad (my step-dad) died in 1985. He was hit by a van on his way to a poker parlor.
His Mom died in 1970 from cirosis of the liver.
His brother, Terry, well, I'd be surprised if he's still alive. He favorite thing was stealing from his friends.
I knew Skip in his finer years, when he tour the country as a pool shark.
I've never seen anybody out shoot him in a game of pool. He was San Diego Dave on the circuit.
He told me he beat Minnesota Fats. Skip said Fats was a better hustler than a player.
I met Scatman Cruthers here in Las Vegas. Skip and the Scatman used to hang out.
Skip used to deal drugs, you see. He'd smuggle them from different countries when he was on tour.
He never got caught. He had a way about him, an aura, that let him slide past anything.
Skip lived with me for over a year.
I tried my best to help him. I guess Ol' Granddad got the best of him.
We drove him to San Francisco in February, where he checked into Rehab. He stayed there until a couple of weeks ago. Then he went on a bender.
He called me in a drunken stupor from a hotel room.
Skip said "Hey Jimmy, I love you bro. Can I stay there?". I said "I don't know Skip, Becky and I are probably going to move to Florida."
He said "Well, I guess thats it. Guess I'm gonna jump".
I told him to sleep it off and call me back.
He must have found his way to an elevator, then stumbled up a stairway to the roof.
I'm sure he jumped with tears in his eyes.
I hope his last view of the world was the San Francisco Bay. Its beautiful.
He's dead now, in our lives.
I'm sure, in what will seem like a split second to him, billions of years in the future, he'll be back. Just like something changing the course of the Virgin River 2.5 million years ago, and now there's Zion National Park in Utah, everything has purpose, everything has an effect, and nothing, nothing, is ever wasted.
Life is a force that replicates itself. He'll be back in some other form.
Monday, August 22, 2005 15:51:03 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Tell me it ain't so Jimmy
About Skip. Not again, someone in Jimmy's life pulls at his heart and hurts him. Jimmy, I am so sorry to hear about Skip. It isn't your fault, so if you're think that, then stop. You helped him all you could. We are all individually responsible for most of what happens to us. I am sadden that he felt this was necessary. But in the end, there would have been little if anything anybody could have done. I'll call you this evening, Jimmy. In the meantime, consol with Ms. Rebecca.
Monday, August 22, 2005 11:44:16 <Jim>
SKIP IS DEAD
He called and wanted to move back in. He mentioned me being his last chance. He mentioned taking a jump.
He did it. He jumped. I got a call from the coroner today.
I'm sure he was drunk.
What a waste. I sure will miss him.
Sunday, August 21, 2005 17:26:24 <Jim>
Wow...it seems people have discovered LVDude and are placing ads in it, already!
I didn't expect that really. Here's the ad.
I am in need of good qualified people
with STABILITY, for many job openings
of every kind except labor. Please E-mail
your resume to email@example.com
Isn't that GREAT! I'm not sure how duffy found the site, but appearantly it looks believable enough to fool a job recruiter. I suppose that means I can't wipe out the database anymore. youch!
Sunday, August 21, 2005 13:43:02 <Squirty's Alert Ego >
I ony went in my lasr entry that...
telling a headhunter that your resume is doctored, can cause them to not want to represent you. And maybe tossing the resume on the spot, without consideration of your talent, enthausaism, etc.
Sunset Park is studly.
A very nice park.
Saturday, August 20, 2005 22:56:11 <Jim>
Roberts party at Sunset Park was a success.
We had a blast. Becky and I picked up Amy's birthday cake and met them at the park. We played frisbee with 5 frisbees, one of which Dustin threw in the duck pond. That kid is something. I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up some programming books. He picks up a book and reads the title. He totally botched the word "Historical". I asked him what it meant. He said he didn't know...WOW. Then I asked Becky and Jennifer what it meant. Both of them knew, but couldn't come up with a definition...wow...anyway. I was surprised.
Sunset Park has some very interesting ducks and fish!
This one duck, I called Einstein, had a big bush on his head (some kind of fluke by nature I guess). There were albino catfish, all kinds of birds and rabbits. Its was cool.
What I like best, was that everybody was so friendly. I invited some guy walking by to play frisbee with us. He played and was pretty cool. The whole event was a HOOT!
Speaking about HOOT, I bought 9 episodes of Green Acres at the store for $9.99
What a Hooterville Bargain. Green Acres and Get Smart are two of my favorite sitcoms.
Saturday, August 20, 2005 10:13:31 <Jim>
The kids are here
Talking kiddy talk. wow.
The more I learn about ASP programming, the more I need to learn.
I'm going to end up with one of those Big Fat Books that are three times the size of the Bible, and are only valid for a few years. I keep hoping I'll find some decent documentation for commands on the web.
I have been relying heavily on intellisense to get me through, but it only works half the time. And its easy to get the wrong idea from the command names.
AddNew...how it works:
Wrong: rsUser.Open("Select top 1 * From User") : rsUser.Fields("User")="Jim" : rsUser.AddNew
Right: rsUser.Open("Select top 1 * From User") : rsUser.AddNew : rsUser.Fields("User")="Jim" : rsUser.Update
Somehow, that's just not logical to me.
I would think the AddNew for the right way would get a duplicate key.
I learned AddNew doesn't add a new record, it repositions the current record to the end of the file.
So I need a manual to explain this bizarre logic.
What I'm trying to do is so simple...then I get hung up on some bizarre ideologies for days.
boo hoo damnit!
Friday, August 19, 2005 14:54:38 <Jim>
I got a questionnaire from Jamie for JP Morgan.
It asked how many years I'd been a Systems Analyst, experience with Cobol, Cobol II, Cobol 370, and MVS.
They said they prefer Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
Cobol II and Cobol 370 and MVS are all ancient IBM terms.
SDLC is Analysis, Design, Coding, Testing, Implentation and Support.
Apparently, there are still dinosaurs out there that still draw projects out for years.
In 17 years of coding, I've never seen the following used:
- Coding Sheets
- Block diagrams for a system.
- Pseudo code from an analyst
- Test specifications.
- I've been a System's Analyst and still don't know what that is. LOL.
I have seen the following used, It works for any idea:
- You meet with the users.
- They present an idea.
- You discuss their ideas and come up with some notes and maybe a few screen drawings.
- They formalize a request.
- You write the code on a test system.
- You enter into an interactive loop: The users try it and you make changes.
- When everyone is satisfied, you implement it.
- You follow up with the users and correct any oversights.
- The users are always more than happy to document the system that they helped design.
I like this article about Life Cycle Development...because it's true.
Life Cycle Development Doesn't Work!
The waterfall model is well understood, but it's not as useful as it once was. In a 1991 Information Center Quarterly article, Larry Runge says that SDLC "works very well when we are automating the activities of clerks and accountants. It doesn't work nearly as well, if at all, when building systems for knowledge workers -- people at help desks, experts trying to solve problems, or executives trying to lead their company into the Fortune 100."
Another problem is that the waterfall model assumes that the only role for users is in specifying requirements, and that all requirements can be specified in advance. Unfortunately, requirements grow and change throughout the process and beyond, calling for considerable feedback and iterative consultation. Thus many other SDLC models have been developed.
The fountain model recognizes that although some activities can't start before others -- such as you need a design before you can start coding -- there's a considerable overlap of activities throughout the development cycle.
Creative thought can not happen in a vacuum.
Your input should come from a variety of sources. Your creation should change during development (unless its extremely simple). Testing should always include time from an actual user.
A person designing a system for Bricklayers must know what they need, not what they say they need.
If you design a system without actually getting out and seeing what people are doing, you are dooming yourself to a never ending project. And you will never create great systems solely from a manager's viewpoint, unless the manager is the user. You need people on the frontline, the actual users.
The first system I ever wrote was a Sports Book system
I thought it worked GREAT! It was logical, fast and extremely easy to use. Then I presented it to the users. I found out real quick, that you can't change the world. They sports betters would stand in line, come up to the clerk and say 110 for $10. The clerks screen was always on the Straight Bet screen, so they'd just key in the number (110 for the Packers), the bet amount, and press enter. Very quick.
My system was designed for ease of use, not speed of entry. In my system, you'd press Straight Bet, Football, select Packers from a list, then enter in the bet amount.
What I didn't realize was what the clerks and customers actually did. That was my first, and only design folly.
I learned my analysis techniques in college. I wrote up the specs, designed the system flow, laid out the files and coded up the system. It was a major FLOP!
Ironically, the specs would be great 15 years later, on the internet. It was simple enough for anyone to use.
My point is, SDLC looks great in a bottle, but its a formula for disaster.
Friday, August 19, 2005 11:26:30 <Jim>
haha...I just got off the phone with Jamie
Its a contract that's already signed! LOL.
I feel like a puppy chaising a butterfly at this point.
Friday, August 19, 2005 14:17:03 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
SAE is warm, dry and comfy... Me like that. Now, where is that pussy kat I was playing with yesterday.
Friday, August 19, 2005 10:24:00 <Jim>
No way Mikey. I'm responsible for what I say. :)
And proud of it. All I need is one job. If that requires using headhunter, then so be it.
Besides, I never signed a contract with TSI. I didn't need one. I trust them. I've known them since the 80's.
Did you like the wording on that little addendum?
Ya know, I remember fishing with Rob and his brother at Puffer Lake, UT in 1989.
They used silver lures with red spots on them and they caught a lot of fish!
Now, I know fish don't need to see color, so they probably don't, so I asked Rob why they picked that lure.
He said the lure's reflection and its pattern seemed to catch the fishes attention. hmmm
That's really all I want to do.
I want to draw attention to my resume.
I know that the people examining my resume will talk about my offer. I just hope it's original enough.
All I want is one minute of their time. I want them to make a phone call.
Friday, August 19, 2005 13:23:18 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
You've made me one proud, happy (somewhat) SAE.
I'd prefer working with you here at M2, but maybe this is the next best thing. Don't turn the headhunters onto my comments about "doctoring your resume" and similiar statements, but you have no background with here, so good.
Friday, August 19, 2005 08:58:31 <Jim>
I called Headhunters: Kevin and Jamie this morning.
I talked to Kevin this morning. He said a candidate was probably selected for the openning. The candidate has experience with their systems already. I told Kevin, if I were hiring, I'd probably hire that guy.
I called Jamie at Tek Systems and left her a message.
I'm going to send Jamie a resume that includes the following:
I am offering you my services absolutely free, for a two week trial period. I will pay all of my expenses.
This offer is exclusive to JP Morgan. My hopes are that you will place my resumè on top your list.
There must be 100’s of qualified applicants for your positions.
I believe I am one of the best programmers available. Let me prove it to you.
* I will sign any Waivers, Release Forms, or Non Disclosure Agreements you require.
Friday, August 19, 2005 09:43:28 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
What be happening with Jimmy?
Anything happening Jimmy? I just talked to a "Jamie" at a headhumter firm (TEKSystems) about something with JPMorgan Chase bank in Tampa, FL. The reason I bring this up, is if you want to persue what she is talking ot me about, I think that'd work. She's is looking to Tandem Cobol/Scobol/Pathway/Std Utils/etc. She doesn't know about your resume being "doctored a bit", and it sounds like JPMC is doing A LOT of hiring. Might be worth your try, Jimmy. The office # is: 888-275-2398.
Thursday, August 18, 2005 14:29:59 <Jim>
But I'm not a 100% pure Columbian Supreme Bean...haha
Be happy Mikey, while your coding in Cobol. In the web world, there must be 100 ways to Insert a record.
I got up this morning, intent on coding all day, tweaking and debugging my website.
I got stuck on this one bug, where a new user registers.
This is the bug:
I select top 1 * from USER to prefill any data not included on the screen, then I change some fields,
and do an rsUser.AddNew instead of an insert into.
It sounds good. It looks reasonable...
It adds the new record, right on top of the one I selected. It's must be using the relative key for an update instead. sheesh. I don't even mess with the relative key even.
I know what's happenning, and its not logical. if AddNew finds a record out there with its primary key, it updates it, instead of throwing an error.
I was talking to Lewis about Microsoft last weekend.
He seems to be under the impression that Microsoft usually makes there stuff work. Man, don't I wish that was true. I've found all kinds of commands that exist, but aren't implemented. They are EVERYWHERE in Microsoft's stuff. Its like they had a meeting and said 'Ok, lets do this', they started it, but forgot to finish it.
Its just bizarre.
Thursday, August 18, 2005 11:40:56 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Gee, that coffee was well named for you, Jimmy..
You are the sumpreme being? In my book, you are.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 18:39:50 <Jim>
Becky is great...she just brought me some Supreme Being, 100% pure, Columbian Coffee.
hehehe...It just sounded funny they way she read it.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 18:22:50 <Jim>
We just got back from Sam's Club. Our coffee pot broke.
Two things happened:
-Becky hurt her back lifting a coffee pot. wow.
-Sam's Club offered, and I'm not kidding, "Naturally Flavored Bottled Water".
The world has gone mad.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 12:46:17 <Jim>
Becky babe got back from Jury Duty.
They obviously don't read their own mail! The letter says (on top):
UPON RECIEPT OF YOUR SUMMONS YOU MUST CALL 455-4472.
We did, and it said to come in at noon. The jury manager said Becky was supposed to come in at 8:30am. She said she called the wrong number. LOL.
They obviously don't know what they are telling people to do. There was another number listed (after the TTY instructional paragraph) that gave another number to call. Plus there was an 800 number too.
This world is somekind of messed up. I think its funny.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 11:09:15 <Jim>
Thanks Mikey. I sent you an in depth Email
I decided I'd lay my cards out on the table to Susan Stone. I invited her to partner up with me.
I sent her the same plans for the AC unit that you now have.
What can I say...its a shot. There's a lot of things in life that I really don't want to do. I don't like working on cars, fixing plumbing or mowing lawns. I also don't like dealing with business issues, such as tax planning, or setting up meetings. I don't like sales, unless its truely friendly.
Well...I've got to run Becky off to jury duty...
I'll talk to ya in a few.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 13:01:34 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
News from SAE, for what it's worth to Jimmy...
Ran into Kevin Short (the programmer here, whose from Hazzard, KY - well, close enough) in the cafeteria today. I asked him if Jeanne had decided on someone yet, like namely, that guy whose worked here before.The reason I asked him is that he got stuck with running all new hires through the paperwork mess the first day here with M2, sometime before I got here. So, if Jeanne had hired some one, he would have been notified to prep for another spiel.
He said he knew Jeanne was talking to people, but no decision...
That's good news for JRC. Not because you didn't belong at the top of the list, just that other beat you there. I have high confidence, that she will get with you in good time.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 08:55:16 <Jim>
Las Vegas is this country's oasis for employment opportunities.
If you can't get a job here, there is something wrong with you. You either learn and conquer, or you settle. Skip wouldn't learn job searching techniques. I told Skip that bosses hire, not personel offices. Applications can land you a job. Resumes certainly help. A common reference or having a drink at bar with an employer goes A LOT FURTHER.
Applications generate stacks of paper. They all look the same. Employers will thumb through them and look at one line on the whole application.
Resumes add to that stack of paper. If nothing else, the paper feels different in the stack of apps. Theres a small chance a resume will get your application placed on top of the stack. Some employers would rather read a resume than a bland application form.
A call to an employer from someone he knows gets you out of the stack. Your application doesn't even have to be in a stack. If the employer likes what he hears from his friend, he'll call you and tell you to fill out an application. His friend is a second hand contact.
The best way to land a job is by having a conversation with the hiring boss. First hand contact works. First hand contact can happen at a bar, a grocery store, or even online. People, like animals, seek out familiar surroundings. You can tell a conscientious hiring manager from one who isn't, just by looking at the people who work for him. A happy employer surrounds himself with people like himself.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 08:18:04 <Jim>
I got a call earlier. I ran to the phone hoping it would be an interview notice.
It was Skip. He's in motel somewhere, loaded, and he's talking suicide. Sheesh.
Some of the people that I've helped do well. Some don't.
I helped Skip out for one year.
I tried to pull him out of the sewer. I gave him clothes, a place to stay, money, and my time. I got him a Tams card and helped him with his drivers license. I tried to coach him on how to get a job in Las Vegas. He just wanted to gamble and party. He mistook the love I gave him for charity. We could have helped each other, but instead, for a period of time, he wasted both of our lives.
Time can be a commodity. All of us are running out of it. Skip wasted mine.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 19:25:53 <Jim>
It's a strange world. The news just said you're better off leaving the country for health care.
They said Singapore offers better care at 1/6th the cost we pay.
Also in the news - People on their second career in life, chosing to drive trucks.
They had an older couple that bought a rig, and now drive their truck for a living.
The news said trucking companies prefer older people, and older people love it because nobody wants to hire them. wow.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 12:29:38 <Jim>
Right now, I'm not seeing it...I don't see how these ideas can fail.
I'll let each member sign up other members, using their buddy's email and name.
Once a week, until they respond, I'll send their buddy (from them) an email.
When that person comes into the site, they'll see their name: EG-John's Edition on the paper.
I'll have a special message that asks them to finish registering.
And of course, the email will let them delete their name from the list.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 11:25:08 <Jim>
Great ideas keep building up. I'm developing marketting strategies.
I think these ideas will work, and won't cost a fortune. Man, with any luck, I'll be selling franchises in a year.
Here goes the plan:
The attractions for a self starting site.
-I'll offer $20 of free ads just for signing up.
-The balance will show on an Account screen.
-I'll set up a PO box, where ad space can be prepaid. Credit Cards won't be necessary for ad space.
-Checks and credit cards will go directly to Cutlar Enterprises.
-Ads will allow ficticious entities, as long as the client keeps their account current.
-Ads will cost $1 per day. That's at least 80% cheaper than everybody else.
The About Page
-I'll state my purpose for the site in an About page.
-It will be sweet. I'll explain how I created the site for myself.
-I'll explain that I just wanted an inexpensive place to advertise my products.
-I'll state how I didn't want to pay $7 a day for a three line ad.
-I won't supply a phone number. All interactions will come through the site or through email.
-I'll say I wanted to key the ads in myself and I wanted to be able to change or delete them on the fly.
-And finally, I'll state that I wanted a site that would be useful.
How my site allows links to other sites besides my own.
The Growth Plan
-I'll mention how the success of any ad depends on the circulation of the paper.
-I'll have an area where a person can sign up their friends.
-All ads will be text only, unless paid dearly for. All ads will have an equal chance.
-The persons log will contain their ad heading.
-Responses will follow the ad.
-Clicking on an ad will take you to the persons log of the ad.
-It will allow you to respond.
-Responses can selected as private or public.
-In the response, details of the transaction can be worked out.
Monday, August 15, 2005 22:16:55 <Jim>
Coolio. I'm in the loopio. haha
We ate at the great Fiesta. The change girl beckoned us to play slot because they have a Beeg Yumbo Yackpawt. I teased her about the way she talked. It was cool.
What a great deal. It was $26 for three people. The only thing I didn't care for was waiting for a smoking section. I still remember the days when there was a black section. I guess it reminds me of those days. Nothing ever changes much. The smoking section is just 2 feet from the nonsmoking section. 20% of the population smokes. So they dedicate 20% of the tables to smokers. But smokers come in with non smokers. Anyway, the government should not be dictating to small business. In that sense, I'm a republican.
!!!LET PEOPLE RUN BUSINESSES, LET THE GOVERNMENT PROMOTE BUSINESSES!!!
And let consumers regulate supply and demand.
Humanahumana...yip yip haraaaah. LOL.
Monday, August 15, 2005 17:25:08 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Now the question is....
If you can do the LVDude thing from Pudacah, could you still do it if you were on the great, eastern side of KY. Say, in Dukes of Hazard country...
My misunderstanding then on the call then.
Just "Be cool man" as one gang memeber says to another in "West Side Story". It may just be a day or two before the call happens. Then I have complete confidence in you. I don't know the way it is in LV, but even there, I bet things don't happen yesterday, all the time. Relax Jimmy, my buddy... You're in the loop now.
Monday, August 15, 2005 14:25:54 <Jim>
What I am seeing in my latest website format is its enormous potential.
Creating something that is unique gives me a special feeling. I know the site needs a little buffing up, but what I'm seeing in my mind is enormous potential. If I'm not filthy rich by next year, its because I've been incredibly lazy or stupid.
Monday, August 15, 2005 13:51:23 <Jim>
Oh heck no Mickey...I'm on the top of the world.
I've been thinking about LVDude...and have 100s of thoughts circling my mind. I'm far from being depressed. I didn't mean to sound like that.
I've been stewing around with ideas. Most of them are excellent.
Its kind of nice. If I need a board meeting, I talk to all those little guys in my head...haha.
Advertisement could be expensive, but I've got a very low overhead.
Placing a pretty ad takes a minute, tops.
I could easily set my beta site for somewhere like Paducah.
I've noticed their newspaper rates for classifieds are $6.60 for 2 lines...for 1 day.
There's no reason why I can't compete with $1 for 3 lines for 1 day.
I, HAVE VERY LITTLE OVERHEAD...haha.
I need to add those credit card hooks onto my site. That should be fun. I think I'll make that tommorrows project, though. I'm feeling lazy.
Monday, August 15, 2005 16:24:05 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I can't stress enough that you are being WAY TOO QUICK to judge the situation. If Kevin or I made it sound like you were going to get an interview without him calling to arrange a date and time, then I apologize for both of us. If you thought the interview was going to be done and over within a day or two, I again apologize. They did speak to their first candidate today at 3PM, someone who worked here before. Several years ago. I cannot predict what sort of result will be forecoming when up against someone who may have left here on good terms. A lot depends on how they like him, and if they think his previous exposure is good enough to stop with him. M2 has tended to react quickly, once "their mind" is made up. But Friday, they were not even 100% they were going to interview/hire anybody. Today at 3pm (Noon Pacific Time), they interviewed their first candidate. Several hours ago, I again put in a good word on your behalf. Kevin is reachable, but in Seattle on business. I spoke to him this morning, and he said he'd check with Jeanne late this afternoon about you. Please (for me and Ms. Rebecca both!!!!) do not equate the lack of a call yet to your worthiness. That call may come in 10 minutes or as late as Wednesday afternoon. When you start thinking that you are worthless because things don't happen at lightening speed, they you're only setting yourself up for suicidal thoughts, and I am too afraid you'll find yourself drinking or pulling a trigger. None of this has to do with your worth to anybody.
Monday, August 15, 2005 12:12:08 <Jim>
Don't tell me I'm so worthless, I don't even rate a call.
Hmmm. It's noon here, so its 2pm in Florida. I should have gotten a call by now.
Part of me cares. Part doesn't.
Once I get the hooks in for my website, I'll be making money in a different way, and I'll most likely get job offers and contracts awarded. I should have it all wrapped up by Friday. Part of me is questioning the part that wonders if its worth going back to a dying trade.
In 10 years, there will be no offers for Tandem programmers.
If client/server keeps its current pace, the Tandem will be an ADO connection. Old style applications should be history by then. Business logic won't even need to be compiled. Why would it need to be an installed DLL?
When you separate the application from the data, you create a demand for a DBA (data base administrator). When you do that, every field, every column, every table has to be generated via a request to the DBA. When you do that, you slow development down immensely.
I coded LVDude in one week. Its unlike any other site I've seen to date. If I see one like it, and I like its features, I can code my site with its features (improved). I'll be able to do that in hours, not months. That is why I will excel in Web development.
Currently, to change an ATM screen, it takes an act of god. If it were web driven, it could take an hour to change. One hour! With computers, generating an idea should be the time consuming project, not development.
Headhunters have asked me if I have any commercial sites.
I will have one. My site will be commercial. And, right now, its hard to tell if its real or test data being view. That's because it is real.
Monday, August 15, 2005 10:45:13 <Jim>
The only thing to fear is fear itself - JFK (a phobiaphobic)...lol
Well, here it is, 10:45am, and the only calls I've gotten are from my big dadio.
Dad is all paranoid about my sister driving out here.
I guess he thinks she'll be drinking the whole trip. I really of doubt that. He's worried she might not have enough money for the trip.
I told Dad not to trip any alarms with her.
She's very fragile right now. She's fallen, and just needs to be helped back up. We all fall. It's not pleasant. She's doesn't need to hear how she's fallen or what she did wrong. I believe she would resent anyone trying to think for her.
Background on Kelly. What I'm going to have to deal with.
She mixes things up in her memory. She remembers things that didn't happen. She constructs her memories from bits and pieces of other memories, and then she tells everyone what she remembers.
In 1995, she told everybody I knew that I drove her from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs on LSD. Most people reasoned that that was not possible. LSD makes you hallucinate. You can't drive. I drove her to Colorado Springs taking NoDoz. Its a 22 hour drive. She drove for 25 minutes and got pulled over. The cop told me take over the wheel. I got 25 minutes of sleep. She sticks to that story, even though its ridiculous. I can agree with her, or argue with her. My tendency is to argue, but what's the point. If you challenge a persons memories and they realize that their memory has failed, they may realize that most of their memories are false. Any sane person knows not to depend their on memory. Pencil and paper work much beter. Memory is fallable, and plyable.
That's the kind of mind I've got to deal with.
It shouldn't be a problem. I think of the problem as a gift. Imagine, being able to implant memories into people through suggestion. Imagine what you could do with that ability.
I think my sister and I can help each other.
She comes off as a very polite, very self conscientious person. She's a good thinker at times. When she's not under someone elses control, she can be creative.
Monday, August 15, 2005 11:57:14 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Insanity is a way of life.
Sunday, August 14, 2005 22:47:50 <Jim>
Genius is the ability to make insane ideas a reality.
Sunday, August 14, 2005 18:54:33 <Jim>
So now. I have a really good idea. And it works.
I've got maybe 100 more lines of code to write.
Here are my options:
-Submit my site to the search engines and sell affiliated products.
-Sell/install my site to local customers. Charge $500.
-Advertise LVDUDE and let it pull in daily cash.
As it sits, if I scale down the logs for text only (unless you're an administrator), and I go with my own ad site, then administration would be cheap. No involvement.
If I sell my website to business owners, it may be too flexible. In other words, someone could buy my software and create their own LVDude and compete with me. hmmm.
Sunday, August 14, 2005 14:07:16 <Jim>
Where the HELL do you find Personal Ads these days...
I can't believe I'm having a tough time finding some. The paper doesn't seem to carry them anymore. I haven't found anyone that does. Sheesh!!!
Sunday, August 14, 2005 14:01:55 <Jim>
Yea...that would be interesting...Kelly moving in while I'm moving out!
I think that's funny. Kelly comes off as a very sweet person. She has manners and she's smart. She has off periods when she gets all religious, or remembers the past totally different from reality. Haha.
However, she could be a good rep for my ad site.
I could put her on my payroll, and since the site is easy to set up, she could do that too.
Right now, it takes me 30 seconds to set up an ad. It takes about a minute to set one up with a picture. It's incredibly simple to do.
Sunday, August 14, 2005 12:28:55 <Squirty's Alert Ego (SuperEgo and ID)>
I guess I am saying two different things...
First off, the position at M2 is really for Dave, the VP - but I believe Jeanne and Bryan might still do the interview. And I was told (by Jeanne) that the spot will be for both Symmetrix (I'd not sure on the spelling,the other company owned by Mike Muscato, the owner of M2). They are across the hall, and do the Tandem processing on behalf of M2, whose client is JPMorganChase Bank. The main point I wanted to get across was how the interviewing process goes. I can pray that my good words for you helped to keep you on the top of the candidate list. What will NOT happen is M2 calling you without getting a date and time from Kevin, that he has gotten from you, that you are available. And M2, I bet, does not have your phone number until which time a date is made.
Why no "X" rated movies?
Need I say more?
Your sis moving to Lost Wages...
Very Interesting... And if you get in here at M2, you'll be in Orlando, not Tampa. JPMorganChase, the client is Tampa, about 85 miles down Interstate 4 (I4).
At Robert and Joy's??? WHy didn't you saving the "bombing" of chemicals, abd just debug the place. HaHa..
Time for me shower. Me dirty from working out, and 3-5-ing..
Sunday, August 14, 2005 07:18:31 <Jim>
So what you're saying is:
I shouldn't act like a puppy with two peters when I get the interview. HEHE. I will tone it down.
Its funny how things flow.
My sister is coming up to live here. That's cool. I offered to come down there to pick her up, but she wants to drive. And that's cool.
The way everything is goind to work is, if I get a job in Tampa, she'll move here, and I'll move there. LOL. Who knows, maybe I'll have her promote LVToys. She'd be good at it. She's got a very nice phone voice.
I told Kelly, I've only got one rule.
Be nice. Do unto others, and everything will be just fine.
Robert, Joy, Amy, Tony, Dustin and Jennifer were our guests yesterday.
I picked up Robert and them. He was bug bombing his apartment. Tony followed us, but he already knew the way. The timing was perfect. I'd just picked up 16 bananas, ice cream, shredded coconut, strawberrys, chocolate chips, and some "G" movies. We pigged out on banana splits.
I populated LVDUDE with ads I found from here and there.
I can't seem to find anything anywhere that has Personal ads, that's cheap/free.
SWM seeks SWF For romance and adventure.
Remember those? They used to be the standard. I think they even made a movie called "SWF". I was looking for the format used in those old ads. Hmmm.
In one hour, I'll have it coded where the person who entered the ad can change it.
If someone else clicks on the ad, an email will pop up, allowing them to send the ad owner an email. It sounds pretty logical to me, and, damned handy.
By the time I get done (in two days), everything in the paper will be clickable.
And it will link to something logical. Sounds cool to me. :)
Sunday, August 14, 2005 07:36:20 <Squirty's Alert Ego (SuperEgo and ID)>
If you think the world is too complex. How do you think it looks to a Puppy Dog AE!!!!
Howl... I am overwhelmed by the complexity.
Jimmy.. You make me laugh... The way it woorks, is the manager tells the headhunter that they are interested in someone, and their availabilty for interviews (days/times). The headhunter calls the potential employee and sees which of the manager's days/times fits. One is chosen, and the manager is called back and the phone interview is scheduled. M2 tends to work fairly quickly. At least from interview to offer of employment. Jeanne, the manager who'd be doing the interviewing, told me that Dave Macloud (her boss, the VP) is creating this new position and it is still in question as to how the person who fills the spot will be kept busy. Whereas she and Bryan (the other IT manager) keep us busy most of the time, but this new position will have more direct contact with Dave and the other part of the companies business.
Ms Rebecca - Keep Mr. Jimmy calm and collected so he doesn't sound too hyper (high)
I am looking forward to hopefully seeing you both here in Florida...
Saturday, August 13, 2005 20:41:07 <Jim>
Now I know this sounds like attitude but
The world is too complex to understand. It's intricacies seem to be designed in such a way that, everything is simple enough for everyone to understand how to survive. Our survival techniques are handed to us.
That being said, if you consider the fact that half the world is below normal, anyone with above average intelligence should be able to flourish.
I don't know how my latest project will work out.
But, everything I've done so far has worked. It would be odd to think that at 49, all of the sudden, my new efforts will be all failures. LVDude should provide enough income to surpass my previous efforts. $1 a day, per ad, at 500 ads, should provide $182,500. That should provide plenty of capital for things like advertisement. Plus there should be plenty of perks, such as permanent ad space, and full color ads that'll kick in even more income.
But my plan isn't to be a local advertiser. I want to hit every major city in the United States with a format that's easy to read, and easy to use.
It starts with one. With faith, it turns into many.
And I've got faith that I'm not going to become an instant failure. I've got balls.
Saturday, August 13, 2005 05:54:21 <Jim>
An interesting note is that I have 155 entries now and the Access Database (mdb) file is still .568 mg.
I like that...that means I won't ever even come close to the 4 gig maximum.
Saturday, August 13, 2005 05:47:36 <Jim>
I also need to add descriptions to the pictures.
It'll be kind of like "A day from Las Vegas" kind of thing. Just to keep things interesting.
- I also need to throw in special features for the ads...such as highlighting and borders.
- On the Credit Card side, I need to have a way to reverse charges, in case the site is down, or an entry fails.
Since Ad Menu Items can be created on the fly, I'll need to monitor this system as it grows.
It shouldn't be difficult. I'll handle all interactions through email...maybe, but I doubt it, I'll provide a business contact phone number.
Saturday, August 13, 2005 05:45:42 <Jim>
Oh...and I need to add a favorites list to the User's menu.
With the ability to bookmark any page that's displayed in the body of the paper.
Saturday, August 13, 2005 05:40:00 <Jim>
Alright...The LVDude ads are populated
It sure looks a hell of a lot better than the RJ ads. Data entry is simple and straight forward.
- I need to add a format filter and a dictionary to simplify the ads. Otherwise, people will put in all caps, and all kinds of silly things out of laziness.
- I need to put in the hooks for Credit Card processing
- I need to throw in the ability to edit the ad after its been place (piece of cake).
- I'm thinking of making each heading an email link to the ad owner. If the person clicking on it is the owner, then it will let them edit it. Owner ads will be highlighted differently.
All that being said, this site is 80% ready for publishing.
I should probably remove the blog entries, since those things are kind of personal.
Friday, August 12, 2005 18:49:37 <Jim>
I can't wait Mikey...
Monday interviews are always weird.
Last night, we didn't see any UFO's...
We couldn't even find the croud. Well, that's life. I had my airplane goggles on for nothing!
LVDUDE classifieds works now.
I must have spent a whole hour on it today. But, it's functional. A few more tweaks and I've got it. Somehow, it doesn't seem as big today as it did yesterday though.
My enthusiasm for new things makes me feel happier than a puppy with two peters.
Friday, August 12, 2005 13:25:47 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I saw something streek over the house (Cutlar Residence) last night, heading west - towards the Silverton Hotel. There were 6 silver bullets, in a diamond formation - that must been traveling Mach 25. From my vantige point from up on the roof, I could see them stop over the Silverton for about a minute, then take a right turn towards Fly's Electronics. Once they appeared over the Fly's store, it looked like they dumped their porta-potties. Then they went vertical and disappeared into the sky. I saw on one of them, as they went by at the Mach 25 speed, writting on the side that said "We're here to visit LVDude.com". Jimmy - That is great advertising. My question is, how did you enlist them to provide this level of exposure? Oh, I know. You've got the ear of Tom Cruise, the actor. And as a Scientologist, he is really an alien from another land some where.
Let me know when you get the ear of the management here in terms of an interview. And knock them dead, Jimmy.
Thursday, August 11, 2005 20:15:31 <Jim>
We're going UFO hunting tonight, along with 1,000 other people...lol
The Amazing Kreskin (whose book is one of the few I've ever read) has predicted up to four UFO's will hover over Southern Nevada tonight. An area is set up just south of the Silverton Hotel (where Kreskin has a show).
I'm not expecting to see any Unidentified Flying Objects's.
I am expecting to see Uncategorically Freaky Observers. To me, they are the alien life forms!!! I'll be one of them.
C-Ya'll on Pluto!!!
Thursday, August 11, 2005 19:37:33 <Jim>
I talked to Lewis, Newberry, Becky's Mom, Mikey and my brother.
They all saw my site. Everyone thinks it could be a winner. I know I sure do!
I'm sure its going to make money. Just laying the code, and keeping it simple,
that's all I've got to do. Everything is in place, my corp, my accounts, my abilities.
Every think everything you've done in your life has led you to a particular point.
For me, that would be the point where I'm in harmony with the world. That won't be where this website will put me. I'll come to that point with the money I make off of it. My intentions are good.
Thursday, August 11, 2005 13:57:01 <Jim>
Sheesh...I'm SO EXCITED....
Whereever I'm working...what I've done with LVDude.com will follow me. I'm looking at the premere page, and I'm thinking of how much money it will make. Each page should pull in over $400 a page in income. And, since I wrote the code, I can reproduce something like this for every city in the US.
Thursday, August 11, 2005 13:37:19 <Jim>
I'm all jazzed about Florida...this is a Jazzy day...
Florida will be great!!! I'm waiting for that phone to ring...bouncing around in my chair even. I have an interview battle plan, and I think I've rehearsed most of the possible questions and answers in my mind. Things look good.
Check out LVDUDE.com.
It's layout is extraordinary. It's not fully functional, but, for display it is. The major difference will be, I'm going to have User definable sections. Each section wiil be a log (EG:Ad category). The guest category will be predefined.
Thursday, August 11, 2005 08:55:28 <Jim>
Another note: The classifieds format could be sold.
It will have a better format than any blog I've ever seen. It'll be in columns, not rows.
LVDUDE is special, because the use can customize it.
Right now, the menu is customizable. The page will be customizable next. The sections in the Editions will be whole blogs, in column format. There's no rush on finishing that part.
What it has, is the look and feel of a newspaper. It can be easily printed. Since its almost completely data driven, most of it can be altered by the user.
Thursday, August 11, 2005 08:51:34 <Jim>
I noticed that I can copy and paste pictures into LVDUDE's blogs.
That seems so strange. I didn't expect that.
Thursday, August 11, 2005 08:05:43 <Jim>
This is my plan to generate fast income.
I've set up LVDUDE as kind of a half-assed newspaper. It dawned on me that I haven't found a single site that offers classifieds ads that are simple, straight forward, and free.
A 3 day ad in the Review Journal cost $26.
I've been looking around. Any ad costs over $20.
What if, the purpose of having classified ads is to get people hooked.
Here's the idea:
A person keys in their ad, much like they would a blog entry. It is placed immediately on the top of the classifieds.
An email is sent to them for verification. If they don't respond in a certain period of time, their ad is deleted.
As new ads are placed, their ad eventually scrolls off the screen. When this happens, another email is sent, and a notification on their Edition of the classifieds is displayed. At this time, they have the option of upgrading the ad, or letting it drop.
The ads will be free, but to keep them visible, they'll either have to be reentered, or purchased.
This system can be developed in a week.
Every user will have their own customizable Edition.
For example, John Doe can have Automobile ads appear on his front page.
Rich Japanese guys can have Personals appear on their front page.
The ads will be essentially, a scaled down version of my current blogs.
I want to generate immediate income. I think this could do it.
If it works, it could provide income for years to come, with very little maintenance.
Why do I think I can do better than other websites out there?
Because I can actually program any detail I want. I have all the nuts and bolts in place. My design didn't come from a template. It came from raw, completely customizable code.
Thursday, August 11, 2005 07:59:24 <Jim>
Have you ever just known you are doing the right thing?
I know the AC thing will take off. I also know it's going to take a while for it to turn into income.
What happens if I approach Rainbird with it with a royalty clause and they do nothing with it?
What happens if in those 2,500 worthless patents that get filed everyday, there is something close to it.
What happens if I throw $25,000 into it, and it fails.
I think it will work, but its timing is off.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 14:55:40 <Jim>
Now, I know it doesn't sound like much but...I worked on the floor today.
It's a better way to work out and get back into shape. There's something that seems strange about running on a machine inside of a health club that just seems so unnatural.
After touring the atheletic clubs last week, I realized the following:
The YMCA is far cheaper and much better and they don't commit you to years of membership.
Also, it's better just to work around the house. The accomplishments accumulate that way.
My goal for the week is to finish LVirus...its a classified ad paper.
I should be done very soon. Hopefully I can make it turn a quick buck. I can't believe how easy it's turning out to be. If it works, it'll provide a steady stream of income for years. If it fails, all I've lost is time.
Someone else owns LVADS...but its a flop.
It's too hard to use. Mine will have logs, just like LVDUDE although better. Each page will essentially be 25+ entries from a log. Each log will contain grouped items such as Automobiles for sale, Antiques, and so on. My plan is to offer advertisement space and memembership for FREE. For special ads, or for persistant ads, you have to pay. The free ads will scroll off as new ads appear.
In my mind, it seems like a good idea. At any rate, when I finish it, I can move on to something else. It'll be maintenance free.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 07:29:32 <Jim>
Me too. I seem to want a nap everyday around noonish.
This growing older stuff stinks. LOL.
At least I'm not growing in Squirt years.
He got ripped off at birth and doesn't even know it!
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 08:39:34 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I find myself wanting to sleep at the most unusally times. Convinenced it's medically based.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005 14:47:30 <Jim>
Hush puppies....do they even sell those shoes anymore?
I've even forgotten what distinguished them from other shoes.
I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm sore, surely, but I'm so sleepy today.
Wow...it's 2:45pm. What is wrong with my HEAD! sheesh...WAKE UP HEAD!!!
Tuesday, August 09, 2005 11:36:12 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Everytime I see "Hush Puppies", I think
you're eating shoes... Isn't that something a puppy dog is suppose to do? Not humans..
Any kind of physical activity you're not used to
will make you sore. Oh, those unused or underused muscles.
What's the news on the visit with the Scumbag Attorney
About your AC unit?
Tuesday, August 09, 2005 08:03:21 <Jim>
It was fish night at Hush Puppies again last night.
It's always fun, when we go there.
Every muscle in my body is screaming at me.
Laying the dining room's wood floor was easy, but it was awkward.
Monday, August 08, 2005 19:14:26 <Squirty's Alert Ego (SuperEgo and ID)>
Howl... Found a new decent mexican restaurant close to the hotel...
Now I know where to go on Saturday afternoons, late, with the intent of staying until midnight, drinking frozen mexican drinks. Yummy.. Jive puppy Jive Talk.
I am looking into several opportunities, among them, one in Tampa...
Jimmy. You want the name and email address of someone (a programmer) at JP Morgan Chase Bank in Tampa. She is the one I replaced at M2. She says JPMB is looking. She may be of help, and since she isn't a headhunter, no headhunter bullshit (at least, until which time, it is necessary..)
Tell ya, her name is Teri Sears (no relationship to the department store) and her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org - maybe send her your resume if you're interested, and tell her I sent you.
What'a the latest on the AC unit?
And what did the scumbag (attorney) have to say last week?
Monday, August 08, 2005 10:10:40 <Jim>
The United States sends mixed messages on drugs.
It seems to me that 1 out of every 3 commercials on TV is about alcohol.
Here in Las Vegas, there is a bar on every street corner. This city is built around alcohol abuse.
We see people everywhere drinking. We drink it in church, at the lake, in the mountains. Every 7-11 sells beer.
So, it's ok to drink alcohol, but its bad to smoke pot?
WHY? Doesn't that sound a little like the pot calling the kettle black?
It's okay for Mommy to pop valiums and take sleeping pills.
But its bad for her son to drink.
Its okay to drink at a bar. Its not okay to drive away.
Isn't that insane?
Monday, August 08, 2005 09:52:50 <Jim>
I am not an alcoholic.
I abuse alcohol. I don't crave it. I don't drink it everyday. Rehab would never help me.
The best description for my disorder is being a substance abuser.
However, that seems like a slang term to me. A more adequate term would be a thrill seeker.
Honestly, I don't see anything wrong with that.
I enjoy programming, so I write a program everyday. Does that make me a progaholic?
No. That would be a new, and stupid term for what I am.
One problem with todays society is that it tries to lump a people together with a phrase.
Nigger, whore, asshole, gang banger, beaner, smoker, alcoholic, nut, bum, bible thumper, trailer trash, ass kisser are all terms we've heard to describe people in a derogatory way. People go to extreme lengths to avoid being labeled. For instance, a black person might say he's not a nigger, then call another person a nigger just to avoid being labelled.
My problem is that alcohol is so widely available.
It has never been my drug of choice. I don't even like it that much. I'd much rather be smoking pot, tooting cocaine, or popping a valium. However, society deems those drugs as bad. Alcohol, however, is accepted as a national standard for drug abuse.
And that is a mixed message.
Monday, August 08, 2005 08:50:20 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Where was I when Frued was looking for patients???
Damn...In those days Cocaine was much more available. Manner of fact, it was even an incredient of Coke, the beverage (Coca Cola). I believe that is why, in part, it got its name. HOWL!!!!
I hate computers... But not as much as Mr. Kevin Short does
Kevin is the the bloke here at work, who is from eastern KY, near the town of "Hazzard" - the home of the Dukes...
No wonder I had dreams I was sliding around or skiing. It was Squirty on the new floor.
Sunday, August 07, 2005 22:27:55 <Jim>
We were watching "Wanted" on TV tonight. It parallels that Chinese movie "Flying Daggers" for stupidity.
In this episode, there's a brutal bankrobbery where a woman, baby and the manager get their heads blown off by a half a dozen guys with machine guns.
The unit finds where a gun was purchased, check the stores reciepts, then go to the address of the credit card owner who purchased the gun.
So, at that address, they have a big machine gun shootout with an idiot that's too stupid to live, obviously.
Who would be stupid enough to buy a gun on their CREDIT CARD, then use it to rob a bank, and then, and then,...and then...go home. Now that's pretty stupid.
Who write's these incredibly stupid shows. Wow. They're an insult.
Sunday, August 07, 2005 20:25:09 <Jim>
Freud was a cokehead. He treated his patients with Cocaine.
So much for the Ego, Super Ego and Id. Maslow was my hero!!!! Yip Yip Yip Yipeee!
Hey, insanity should be shared, not kept to ones self. What fun is that.
And to date, I've never heard a single sane joke. They're all based on absurdity!
Meanwhile, back in Sherwood Forest
Squirt keeps sliding all over that wood floor. It sounds like he's tap dancing...LOL
Sunday, August 07, 2005 21:42:43 <Squirty's Alert Ego (SuperEgo and ID)>
Thanks Jimmy. It's great to know someone cares.
Me crazy.. But not enough to do anything serious. Maybe that's the problem. I am full of problems that need resolving, but I either can't or won't deal with them anytime soon. One thing I won't do is subject any really sane person to my craziness. I don't want to be blamed for taking someone down.
Sunday, August 07, 2005 17:04:36 <Jim>
Just checking on ya Mickey.
Glad to hear everything is honky dory (whatever that means). lol.
Sunday, August 07, 2005 17:31:59 <Squirty's Alert Ego (SuperEgo and ID)>
I know have the additional functions of being Squirty's SuperEgo and his "ID" as well.
The responsibility of it all is truly overwhelming. But hell, anything for my little doggy buddy. Psychobabble terms are so much fun to say..
I am still Barking, Howling and licking my belly.
Sorry I missed your phone calls, Mr. Jimmy. I am fine. THe thirty (1.5 litre) bottle of wine aren't helping, but hell, at least my tonque is wet and red. No, all I had was a small glass of the one bottle I've got. I always go through those thoughts when something kicks it off.
Back to "Friends" marathon... Howl...
Howl are Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kidrow!!!!
Sunday, August 07, 2005 13:15:23 <Jim>
David came by today to visit. He's got a degauzer that I can use for a TV that a neighbor threw away.
That should be fun.
We've got most of our hardwood floor down. It's a snap!
Moving things around is the worst of it.
It's interesting to see what's been on the floor since 1962.
Saturday, August 06, 2005 09:20:30 <Jim>
I talked to Dad yesterday. Man, he is pretty lucid for 82 years old.
He hears well, is getting around on his own, he see's ok.
He told me he's got diabetes, heart problems, on oxygen and gets physical therapy.
I suppose that's perfect health for an 82 year old.
We talked about Kelly. She must be in rehab. We both think its the best place for her.
She's so screwed up with religion. She's been trying to please a god that's impossible to please.
When will she learn those voices in her head are her own, not God's. And we all hear them.
I told Dad I offered to pick Kelly up and I'd take care of her.
Dad said, "that's asking for trouble".
I said, "I know, but it would be a good thing to do".
Why wouldn't a good person rather go to hell where he could do the most good. He'd just be visiting.
Along those lines, he mentioned "Jim, have you ever asked anyone what their concept of Heaven is.
With all the religions having a heaven, wouldn't you think they could agree on what it is?".
Man, I laughed so hard, he got that from me and doesn't even know it.
I said "Yes I have Dad".
If a person's goal is to go to Heaven, shouldn't they know what that goal is?
When I started asking that people thought Heaven was like, I heard things like:
Its a beautiful place. People will be healthy.
People with missing arms will have them back. For what...what are they going to do with them.
Its got green pastures. Who cares about pastures. When we lived near pastures, we rarely walked in them.
There's a pearly white castle. Castles are cold and nasty.
Angels have WINGS! That's not even a good design. I do love paintings of Cherubs though.
Its funny if you listen to them and watch their eyes when they describe heaven to you.
They have no idea what they're talking about, but they love to hear themselves say it.
Saturday, August 06, 2005 08:23:23 <Jim>
I talked to Mike (Squirt's Alter Ego) for over an hour yesterday.
He's all concerned about his friend who seems like Dustin in his 50's. From what I've heard, his friend is egotistical, irresponsible, suicidal, and whimsical. In other words, you wouldn't want to be a rider in his car if he was driving.
As far as Mikey goes, I thought of this song by BJ Thomas
Hello darlin', my, it's good to hear you. I'm at the railroad station in St Paul.I couldn't imagine moving around the country without someone special to share my experiences with.
How are all the folks I'd love to see them, but girl I'd love to see you most of all.
I've been staring at the rain and I've been thinking, ever since the train left Montreal.
You know I thought I'd love this life I'm living. But now I know I love you most of all.
Many times before, I know I swore that I'd come home to stay,
but it always seems foolish dreams and trains got in my way.
Tomorrow, there'll be snow in Minnesota. But I won't be around to watch it fall,
I'll be headed for an old familiar station, just hoping you still love me most of all.
And girl you know I love you most of all. I miss you baby
Most of all. - BJT
Mail, telephones, email, blogs, chat rooms and bars all seem to fill the gap.
I guess loneliness is why those things exist.
But when someone special is laying with you at night, and you awaken to touch that someone, it makes everything seem alright. It's a touch of heaven. Health problems, money problems, all the little problems seem to go away because you know your not alone.
Mikey, brother, you're not alone.
But couldn't you go out, find yourself a Florida Daisy Mae, grab her by the hand and say
"BABY, Be My Sweet Lobster!!!".
You're gonna need someone when we take a sail around the world on my yacht. ** Smiles **
Saturday, August 06, 2005 08:17:51 <Jim>
I'm pretty happy with the look and feel of LVDude.com
But, I need to put a comments section in it. It makes a good looking newspaper and its not hard to update it. With the paper being the first thing you see though, the rest of the site needs to be updated to match.
There are some bugs in it.
- If you have a cookie, but for some reason your user record was overwritten, it bombs.
- It's layout is confusing with the content I put in it.
- I need to figure out how to determine how long an article is. There's no easy way to do that.
- I need to put advertising in it somewhere that fits well.
Friday, August 05, 2005 12:28:12 <Jim>
Ahhhhh, LVDUDE is almost complete!
All I need to do is a few control entries and advertise it. I think it'll be a hit!
Thursday, August 04, 2005 21:07:39 <Jim>
So nice! I got my Casio camera back!
They said the camera lens was broke. BS - I soaked the camera in alcohol. hahaha
The inside of the lens had dust on it an the shutter sometimes wouldn't open.
Thursday, August 04, 2005 19:40:19 <Jim>
We checked out Las Vegas Athletic Clubs today
They are advertising (on TV) $19.95 a month. When we went there, I had dig everything out them.
It is $19.95 a month, but you sign a two year contract. If you pay as you go, then it's $70 enrollment fee, then $45 a month thereafter, but you can quit thereafter. Then the salesrep mentioned how 24 hour fitness charged much more. I told her she shouldn't have said that. Now I needed to see what 24 hour fitness said about them.
I checked out 24 hour fitness's website. Its a worldwide. There's is $50 enrollment, and $45 a month. hmmm.
You know what. The YMCA has everything for $25 a month, no contract.
Now, why would anyone in their right mind join either 24 hour fitness or Las Vegas Athletic Clubs?
YMCA has an indoor AND outdoor pool. Spa, steamrooms, gym, everything!!!
After the first month ($25), they charge $35 a month, which too me means, they think you'll like enough to stay with them. I've been there before, it was the best. Oh, BTW, if you only want to come for one day, it's $15.
Thursday, August 04, 2005 10:43:31 <Jim>
Evolution - Fiction or Fact?
I believe that in the first 10 years of life, we have enough data to surmise the workings of the nature. I think a genious with no arms or legs could figure nature out.
Of course, thats only what I think.
In the beginning, two cells met. They join to create a unique cell.
In a few days, they form a brain and a heart.
The brain is necessary for the formation of the organs.
A sort of evolution occurs. Blood vessels form, the backbone, hands, feet...all that we are.
When we discover new medical technologies, we aren't creating them, we are recalling what the brain already knows.
I've surmised natures purpose is to excellerate evolution through intelligent thought.
It's not survival of the species that's important, its survival of intelligent thought.
We will create something, that will be able to 'live' millions of years.
We will merge with it, as our beginning cells did to preserve all knowledge. And it will multiply.
It will create something better and join with it, and it will multiply.
At some point, evolution equivalent to what's has occured on this planet will take one second.
It may be something say, the size a single cell or a strand of DNA. Sound familiar?
Survival of the self and of the species is only necessary in this point of evolution.
Intelligent thought, no matter what form carries it, will greet God as a brother.
Thursday, August 04, 2005 10:20:29 <Jim>
A theoretical XYZ company with 100 shares and intellectual property as its assets.
The company seeks investors for its growth. Its prospectus shows a mission statement, a cute device, and a nice office building. It is essentially a shell corporation at this point. It offers 50 shares to the public, in traded stocks as an IPO for $1 It now has $50 assets in which he is entitled to $25. If nothing works out, say, the product hits snags - the owner can now sell a majority of his shares to the public (I think) - In effect, he has sold his company for $25, and produced nothing but a dream. If the product flies - He pays himself an excessive salary, say $10 a year If he doesn't hire people - Eventually, there will be a meeting to vote for a new president. - At this point, they have to buy him out. - or the company will fold. I'm sure this idea is wrong. People with experience, like the Enron group, would have figured out the loopholes. Hmmmm...something to think about.
Thursday, August 04, 2005 09:55:40 <Jim>
Credit, Interest Rates and the Economy
I learned in Economics that Bond Debt isn't serious.
Its money the government loans to itself.
When the government prints bonds for a project, offers them to the public, the public recieves interest.
The money is paid through taxes. The taxes come from working people.
The projects create jobs for people.
Its a debt that pays itself off. People get employment.
Working people make the dollar work. Anything that creates jobs, increases the value of the dollar.
The dollar has no value, except for what the world places on it. Its a trinket.
Its a medium for barter and thats all.
In todays digital world, everything is turning to computer credits.
When you borrow money to spend on something, you are creating jobs.
We are going through inflation, but not like you'd think.
People are paying off the national debt through their credit cards. The interest rates are low.
Everyone should have money in their savings (except for the stupid ones).
Disposable income is calculated by subtracting expenses from total income.
Guess what, disposable income has gone up.
It looks like everyone is doing better, but they're not. Its a bandaid for an ailing economy.
Total Debt for the American People has gone way out of proportion to their income.
Realestate has shot up phenomenally.
The value of the dollar is shrinking.
Smoke and mirrors is the game being played here.
We've seen depression, recession, inflation, stag-flation.
I wonder what future economist will call this game.
I'd call it Debtflation. LOL.
I think its a cheesy way to pay off the national debt.
Thursday, August 04, 2005 09:46:23 <Jim>
Discover Card problems:
I got a letter for my Discover Card, again, saying they were charging me $20 for being late. So I called the people, told them why...Why...WHY...WHyYIEYAaaaa can't you get your billing fixed? - I pay them 2 times a month, trying to be sure they are paid. - ALL of my other bills are paid automatically. - I keep filling out their autodebit papers and nothing happens. - I have 20 bills a month, around $2,500 sometimes, all are always paid ontime - I've got a perfect credit score and along they come and ding me with $20 for $190 I'd paid 2 times online. - They are the only thing that would ever show up on my perfect credit rating. The guy on the phone said they haven't recieved a payment from me since May 5th. I paid them by phone once again. Sheesh
Wednesday, August 03, 2005 04:15:56 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
HURRAY FOR JIMMY.. HURRAY FOR JIMMY.. AND MS REBECCA TOO...
I am so very glad to hear a few things from you. No more drinking, and you're joining a club and are going to work out. A buffed and toned Jimmy. Oh, my Gosh. You and Ms. Rebecca need to stock up on workout clothes now. No working out in jeans or tuxedos and the like. Maybe if you take up racquetball, we can play sometime. HOWL!!!!!
I wanted to hang myself at work because of the testing.
I am working on a program for the fourth time for one enhancement. It keeps getting kicked back by JP Morgan Chase Bank because with legit test data, it doesn't work. M2's test environemnts are all screwed up, and none of our test environments are well suited for testing because for some reason out timestamps are not in the correct format. So, I am using a special User ID to grab some test data from the bank's database. I spent the whole day looking for specific accounnt #s they had provided us on hard copy. I was looking in their production environment and it turns out it in their test environment. BOW WOW...
Me just want to sleep for a while.
Not my LV english... I have not been able to get a decent night's sleep in the span of 10 hours for a week or so now. I so much want to devote 24 hours straight to try and get caught up on my sleep.
Oh, and don't think badly about the devil (Drinking)...
It is just one of several devils that will kill you (along with cancer sticks) that is an a totally UNNECCESSARY. DOn't feel bad about giving it up. Swallowing nails, drinking house paint or eating rat poisin isn't something you'd do either, so just lump alcohol along with them. I am so happy to hear this revolation from you Jimmy.
Well, time for me to go for my morning workout.
Later, Jimmy and Ms R....
Wednesday, August 03, 2005 00:24:32 <Jim>
I told Becky how much I love her.
I told her I wouldn't be alive today if she wasn't in my life. I'm right too.
To have a girl like her is truly a blessing. She cried and hugged me. My Becky's a keeper.
My wish is everyone finds love in their life.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005 23:21:10 <Jim>
I think we're going to take Mikey's advice and join Las Vegas Atheletic Club.
We've got to get back into shape. Can't drink any more. Can't do a lot of things any more.
WE MUST GET BACK INTO SHAPE!
Four years of slumming has made my boney butt saggy.
Anyway, getting health insurance has given me hope.
The hospitals won't be cleaning me out the next time my gut explodes. That was the reason why I started spending down in the first place (four years ago).
Now I can get a host of problems fixed.
Going to a doctor and getting diagnosed with diabetes would knock an old guy me out of most driving jobs.
Doctors scare me. So does the Medical Information Data Base.
What they've done to me should be criminal. The threat of losing everything I've worked so hard for, so easily with one illness is scary. My fear was getting into an accident, getting hospitalized, and them charging me $500 a day for a bed and $5 for an aspirin is scary. I knew in 2001 that if I went in with a heart attack, I'd come out homeless or bankrupt or something else terrible. I think my gut busting cost around $200,000 with charges from people I never even saw. That's pretty terrible.
It's easy to forget how we got to where we are.
The fear, was a hospital wiping me out. I decided that was inevitable. I decided I'd spend my money first and enjoy it, rather than let something simple wipe me out. All it takes is for whatever happens to you TO NOT BE COVERED.
My Step Father, mother and grandfather were killed by the hospitals.
They even asked us to decide if we wanted to kill my Step Dad. Mom died from a heart attack 2 days before her insurance ran out. I find that odd.
A nurse asked my Mom why she wanted to keep my Grandfather alive. He was 92.
Hospitals are a business, not a charity. Try to leave one without paying sometime.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005 19:23:35 <Jim>
Why are you going crazy, Squirt Doggy Dog?
Sonny just left, we had Domino's Pizza, and I supplied the tube of anchovy paste...yum.
I gave him a Visible Man and he loves it. I told him eventually I'd get him a Visible Woman, and he could glue them both together. haha.
I'm still feeling a bit hungover after four days, so I thought it would be wise not to go out. Last Wednesday is going to be my last time drinking. The stuff's a killer in my hands. I never should have planned it for two weeks. Dumb idea.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005 17:04:39 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Where's that rope I need to hang myself...
Some things are harder than they should be, and that's driving SAE suicidally crazy. Where has Jimmy been with all his thoughtful entries in his blog?
Monday, August 01, 2005 15:32:24 <Jim>
YES...I've found a box for my AC thingy
I have one, but I need 10 more. I think my plan is close to flawless now.
I've just got to patent the idea.
Monday, August 01, 2005 10:00:30 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
And when CA finally annexs NV, they will outlaw the gaming industry
What the hell am I talking about? I must be crazy... But, it could still happen. Long live my dreams for utopia. Howl.
Monday, August 01, 2005 08:12:54 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
NV sells the electric power to CA, because Guinn is scared to death of Arnold (and CA in general). Arnold sells the electric power back to NV for 1/2 what CA was charged for it, merely because CA is too busy thinking about annexing (and laughingat) NV. Just kidding, I think...
Og, the pain... The pain...
Just call me Mr Smith...
Monday, August 01, 2005 05:05:52 <Jim>
Did you hear about Napolean
He blew his bone apart.
It's funny about these recruiters. They always ask if you've got any commercial sites.
If you had commercial sites, would you be looking for a job? People say funny things.
Monday, August 01, 2005 05:01:11 <Jim>
Hover Dam is quite a trippy place.
It's amazing what they've done. Nevada sells its power to California, then California sells it back to us. I wish I could plug myself into a loop like that.
Monday, August 01, 2005 04:33:39 <Jim>
As The World Turns - Another day in Jimmy's Little Life
We've just been ignoring the world as it fly's through the universe at 80,000 mph. I've been traveling through my innerspace (the bigger universe between my ears) for several days now. Did you know the word universe comes from the latin roots meaning 'one' 'statement'? hmmmm.
I wonder if Jimmy's brain was born that way, or it learned it in the imprinting stage, or it just learned it.
I sucked my thumb until I was eight. Anyway, I'm kooky. Having Becky's kids here for all that time (with lice) would drive anyone past the brink of insanity. No harm done though. Anyway, I was in control. I'd planned a two day vacation from life a couple of weeks before my little bender.
I would have given my left nut to see that shuttle take off.
That must have been quite a sight. I wonder if the shuttle took any oranges up with them.
They could seed the world...haha.
I'm baffled over how to proceed with the AC thing.
How does one invent super glue or postits and make the world notice? My invention isn't anything great, but it deserves merit. I'll see a patent attorney this week. Maybe he'll give me an idea on how to go. I need access to commercially available parts, and that kind of sux. But thinking about it, building the little units at home would be something Ms. Rebecca could do.
My lvdude site is headed in one direction.
The revolving pictures on Cutlar Enterprises is close to what I intend to do. I want to do rotating ads for the startup page. They've got be attractive. Its taking me forever though. Developing a style isn't easy to do.
Monday, August 01, 2005 06:58:39 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
My third opportunity to devirginize Jimmy's Blog...
Hello Jimmy.. You there?
08/21/2005 10:17:02jim SunsetPark-AmysBD-Robert,Jen,Becky,Ducks
08/20/2005 06:01:02jim SunsetPark-Jen,Dustin,Becky
07/31/2005 20:00:10jim July 2005
Sunday, July 31, 2005 09:10:51 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I like the lvdude site. I even added a Squirt log. Hurray for me... Very nicely done, Sir Jimmy
Dog and your TV
Well, I am glad it wasn;t the kids who did it. But a bit disconserting that the dog Ms. Rebecca saw could get into the house, like that.
The shaky wagon and Jimmy's grip
Hell, we all need some deversion occasionally. As long as it doesn't hurt us (or others). Since you got the money, sure - go blow a bit now and again. Without some pleasures, life ain't worth living. Now the hard part!!! It's a lot easier to say this, than it apparent is for Jimmy to do. But don't let the damn bottle rule ya. It'll kill ya everytime. And with no mercy. Gamble with a soda instead of the devil in your hand. No shame in that. Just stay away form the "the Shirley Temple" (remember those - 7up and cherry juice)...
Jeffrey and the unknown Russkey..
The guy Jeffrey, who I am working with now at M2, I worked with at Northrop and at Cantor Fitzgerald (the firm lost ~700 at the NY World Trade Center on 9/11) in 1987-1988 in Beverly Hills - met a Russkey on the Internet in April. In May, he decides to take a trip there to meet her. They only corresponded by email before his visit last week. Never had spoken to her, and their letters went through a translator. He didn't even know until he went there last week, that she actually speaks english fluently. They don't really know each other that well. She asks him, while taking a walk along a river there in Kiv, "Don't you have something to ask me?". He ignores the question until he gets back. So, get this.. He picks up his cell phone at the office on Thirsday, and calls her. He asks her to marry him. SHe says "yes". I can't believe getting a wife is so damn easy. Another issue is that he's 57 years old, has nothing to his name, and has a few emotional issues she'll find distrubing when she sees them come out. And she doesn't know him well enough to know he has them. She's 27 years old, nearly 30 years his junior. Manner of fact, he's got a 25 year old son. I think she's in it for US citizenship. Can't help myself to think otherwise. Maybe it might even work for a puppy dog's alter ego. But, I am too decrepit, and fat. I couldn't get myself to try this sort thing, because I know I'd only be used as a means to someone gaining a valued US citizenship/residency.
Well, the Starbucks is getting over run.
A bunch of young teenage girls (12-14 years old) being lectured by a 40 year old woman about the virtues of the bible. I wonder if it is legit or the Orlando, FL version of Renee's organization. I am moving back into the Extended Stay America's Lake Mary hotel today, after trying another place this past week. Didn't like the place I was rying. So, I have a car load of kaka, errands to run and more. So, maybe I should get away from this makeshift church.
Sunday, July 31, 2005 03:50:13 <robert>
hello jimbo glad to have you back
Hey Jimbo good to have you back in the world know lol. Well I have ben working a lot been out to redrock, pahrump, and hoover damn wow it is awesome especially going to redrock and spring mountain ranch at 11pm during a storm and watching the lightning hit within 50 - 100 feet of you i mean ur hair stands on end the power of it hitting the ground is so awesome i was scarred like crazy but yet amazed. everytime it struck i went blind for a few seconds becasue of the flash it wass o awesome i loved the experiance one of these days go out on the charleston road to red rock stop in between red rock adn spring mtn ranch by the huge grassy feild canyon area and watch and feel it is so great it makes me want to go out that way everytime their is a storm it was breathtaking, scary, and awesome!! I should have had a camera lol i could have been a storm chaser lol. hoover damn is kinda scary if ur clostraphobic. I had to go down by the maintence area and behind their, there is a chain link fence on the north part of the area blocking a long tunnel well i went down to that and inside is all dark no lights, the width of the tunnel was litterly mirror to mirror and prob about 12 ft high in height i went down atleast 12 miles into this they said i was litterly in the middle of the damn it was crazy but yet awesome i though man if this damn explodes i wont even know it lol. that was awesome i loved that trip but yet it was crazy too. well love u all ttyl good night and jim be good love ya
Sunday, July 31, 2005 02:46:55 <Jim>
Becky has been very good to me.
She's the sole reason that I haven't drinken myself to death yet. I don't know where I'd be without her. You need to get one of these little units (like Becky), Mikey.
Actually her kids are good for me too.
I have to revisit old thoughts with them, things I'd long forgotten about. They're learning about everything.
Sunday, July 31, 2005 02:41:44 <Jim>
Hey Mikey, take a look at my lvdude sight sometime
LVDude.com. Just messing around with it. It's unique because it lets you add to the menu. The colors are pretty bold though. It uses an Access .mdb file. It's nice to stay sharp in programming.
Sunday, July 31, 2005 02:28:51 <Jim>
I got the urge to gamble and drink at the Kopper Keg.
I think this was my third time I've fallen off the wagon this year. But that's enough for me any more. Stupid hangovers.
It turns out that Dustin and Jennifer didn't scratch the TV screen after all.
Becky told me a dog came in through the back door and started jumping on the screen.
My sister's in rehab.
It's almost funny. She talks like she hates alcholics, when she's probably the worst kind (a closet drinker).
I spent 4 hours looking for a box to house my AC gadget in.
You wouldn't think finding a decent plastic or metal box would be hard to find.
Saturday, July 30, 2005 09:53:15 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Tell me it ain't so...
Jimmy - While I am upset and disappointed in Jennifur and Justin for damaging you TV, I am sad ro hear you "fell off the wagon". I was just thinking the other day, about how good an influence Ms Rebecca has been on you since Feb of last year when she moved in. Not that I blame her for you fall, but I worry so much for what is good for youm that when you go into a drinking binge, it hurts me. One or two drinks, like the night we went to that bar on Sunset in Henderson, when we found out I was leaving for Northrop was great. One or two beers out with a dear friend, and the evil devil (liquer) is forgotten. For Ms Rebecca and me both, Jimmy, please watch it. We love ya too much to see you go south, even temporarily.
So, where are the scratches?
I assume if they ruined your TV, they scratched the screen. WHy and How? While I still think throwing Squirty around is more serious than damaging a TV, I feel this is a serious issue and deserves serious punishment. What are you and Ms Rebecca going to dish out? For me, please make it painful...
Saturday, July 30, 2005 06:38:22 <Jim>
I fell off the old wagon.
Didn't even enjoy it. What's wrong with me. I'm stupid I guess.
Other highlights --- Becky's kids ruined my big screen TV. They put 2 major scratches in it. sux.
Any thing worth having is worth destroying.
Friday, July 29, 2005 17:44:19 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
No hear from Jimmy in a few days...
Thursday, July 28, 2005 10:26:47 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Vivious, mean Howl...
Had my tooth worked on Wednesday afternoon. Ouch, that hurt my mush mush (Doggy talk for nose/mouth area). But good novacane. Then this morning, I go to leave for work, and I have a dead battery. Turns out if you tell the AAA that you think it is a battery, they'll send someone in a special tow truck with a bunch of new batteries in the back. If you want to buy one of their batteries (assuming it was your problem), they'll you one right on the spot and install it for you. Not much choice and you pay a premium, but hell - it saves time and trouble.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005 11:14:20 <Jim>
The kids are here...seems like forever.
They're kind of fun. I always wonder what's going on in their heads though (but usually its nothing).
They remind of those toy dolls that randomly repeat what you say. The dolls, out of no where, would just say "Beats Me."..."Hello There". haha
Also, kids say things that make you think about everything. Things like:
- "Why do you put clothes in closet and not a clotheset?"
- "Why is the s silent in Arkansas and not Kansas?"
Tuesday, July 26, 2005 11:11:26 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Since Kennedy Space Center is only 40 miles from Orlando, we all went outside and could see the Space Shuttle once it was a couple thousand feet high. One HUGE BOW WOW..... Could see some of it's exhaust cloud and even hear it with your bare eardrums. Saw it ascend and perform it's roll program all live with my own doggy eyes. Nothing like it. Even in LV.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005 08:24:17 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
As long as it gets enough business...
You don't want to fight to get into the place, right? Or have success go to their heads, causing them to change. Do you? As long as they are doing well enough financially to keep doing what they're doing. Ruff!!!
Speaking of Sonny..
Is he still becoming a grandpa? And did he try the calamarie?
Kids still with you?
"Hi" to Jennifer, and a lick in the shorts for Justin!! From me...
Monday, July 25, 2005 23:16:37 <Jim>
We had fish night tonight at Monte Lago at the Lake Las Vegas tonight.
We had coupons for steak dinners ($5.95), but I'd think we were eating a $40 a plate meal. I ordered the Calamari appetizer. Sonny said never tried it! Wow! It was great. It was all great. It's too bad that place hasn't caught on yet. I don't know why they don't market it better to Las Vegans. At any rate, it remains Becky and my best kept secret.
I really like those valves Ricco brought over.
Their size alone opens up new thoughts. Its amazing how thoughts flow when the imagination is teased a little bit. Anything is possible in this life. Anything.
Monday, July 25, 2005 14:29:25 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I eat Lice for my afternoon snack. Yes, puppies will get ANYTHING!!!
And snails too. Even furballs coughed up by kitty cats..
Is Chucky, the famous Chuck Young - as in "Chucky Baby"?
But this Chuck Young is about 70 years old now. He headed up (as Channcelor) UCLA for 29 years - until his retirement about five years ago. He was studly enough to get the top UCLA job at 36 years of age. Now, there was Jimmy's chance for a great job. When Chucky retired, the University of California got the #2 administrator from Harvard to replace him. Should have gotten Jimmy instead!
Monday, July 25, 2005 09:53:44 <Jim>
If a group of people went to Mars, all sanitized
In 100 years, would lice evolve somehow?
I wonder this because human head lice only goes for human blood.
They're pretty specialized creatures.
Sunday, July 24, 2005 23:48:22 <Jim>
It rained today, on my shoes. Guess I can't dance. Daddio's got the blues.
haha. Good to hear from you Ida...always great to hear from you Mr Mikey!
We're stuck with the kids for another week.
Grandmal and me almost got into a knock down drag out.
It was about me wanting to leave them here while Becky, Sonny and I go to fish night. If they don't get yelled at about doing stupid things, they'll never learn. Spent an hour talking to Dustin about common sense issues when being left here alone, but he's as dumb as rocks.
What blows me away is that Granmal gives us rules that she doesn't even observe. She leaves the kids alone.
Oh well. Losing your mind must be bliss. I hope I never go there though.
Chucky's 22nd birthday party was nice.
Talked to Mark from Drastic Measures. Even smoked a ceeegar with him. It was nice. He said he's got 18 accounts, and I forget how many employees working for him now, in his janitorial business.
Here's something I forgot all about. He's got a Sole Proprietorship and he says he doesn't have to pay 15% Fica on his profit. Hmmmm.
I guess I'd forgotten how all of that works.
Took Robert and Joy to Super Walmart, where I picked up an Electric Lice Comb. Yippee!
I've had an electric brush before, but never an electric comb. It electricutes the little boogers while they are scurrying around.
Unfortunately, they don't work on the eggs.
We're gonna use Vaseline. The idea is, it's smoother the little guys, and...because it's so hard to get out, the child will end up brushing the nits out.
Monday, July 25, 2005 00:50:26 <Ida>
Missing my Buddy
Hi..........I wrote a real nice blog entry and hit the wrong damn button.......sooooo I lost all I wrote........sheesh.....does this mean I am blonde?
Anyway I had a date tonight....but after reflecting on past issues...I said "screw that!!".......
So I checked on Mom then .......and climbed my happy, sweaty, tired ass in my blazer ........blazing homeward bound.
I got home and checked my mail then drug Sam out of his room into the living room for movies....
He is on vacation until Tuesday so we watched "Into The Sun" & "Taking Lives"........
Omggggggg I was on the edge of my seat with that last one. After it ended Sam says "Mom I've seen that before but didn't want to ruin the ending for you".
What a kid!!!!!!! I love that little shit.......anyway he says tomorrow when you are out....... can you bring me some Pepsi home? I said NO!!!!
He looked at me...........then I laughed and showed him where I'd brought 2 cases of regular and diet home last night when he was still over his friend Dave's.
I asked him what he thought when I said "NO"...he laughed and said "bitch" well at least he was honest!!! LMAO....... I love that kid!!!!
Well If I happen to hit the wrong button again I am not writing any more tonight.....hmmm......let me see here........ok I got it....."SUBMIT"
....there we go.......
laterzzz.........LOVE YA JIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, July 24, 2005 14:06:14 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Jimmy.. You plans sound good. Just stay focused with them, and no more staying up all night playing computer games, and sleeping all day. Try it all as a job. Like the AC thing.
You gotta be kidding.
If I knew I was named in your will, the one you wrote while drunk, I would have knocked you off. Now, that is a huge LOL!!!!
Holly kaka pupu...
Ended up arriving at the same Starbucks as yesterday, right at 2pm, since it has a recycling bin in the parking lot and I had a bunch of recycling material (papers, magazines, plastic, etc.). So, I figured I'd go in for another Venti Ice Coffee and surg the Arpanet. The gut taking my order says "I wonder if it'll rain today". I look outside, and it's coming down lit it was literally going ot drop 3 inches in a HALF hour. Holly kaka pupu. I just made it before getting drenched. But, that's Florida, the home of a "Jeb Bush" (Brother of George "Baby" Bush and their sister, Hairy Bush).
GZOt a good spot.
Here in the Starbucks, where nobody can see my screen, so I think I'll surf for some porn. Just Jive... Damn, a guy just walked in with his Liptop, just like he did yesterday. He shouldn't spend so much time in this Starbucks with his PC. It looks bad.
Sunday, July 24, 2005 06:53:10 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Sounds like a plan Jimmy. You be busy...
Saturday, July 23, 2005 23:27:11 <Jim>
Sandy (from Mark and Sandy) is here...I had to water my Sauerbraten
Drastic Measures is playing at The Tailspin on the 13th.
Saturday, July 23, 2005 20:17:32 <Jim>
Granmal is funny.
A year and a half ago she told Becky that she needed her permission to see her kids. And granmal beats them.
I would too, but I just can't bring myself to do, but I just can't bring myself to hit a little kid. Anyway, now she's shoving them down our throats. hmmm.
I'm gonna go through some serious money here soon.
Its shit or git off the pot time. $$$'s will be flying around everywhere. I plan on installing at least 10 beta sites, so there's going to be an outlay of cash there. $500 unless I can get a bulk sale going.
I'm planning on seeing a Patent Attorney next week. First consultation is free. The second is not.
I drew up some plans today that look great (I gave up on Visio, too much work). The instructions are pretty well documented.
This is a do or die thing, kind of.
I'm filling out a will.
Pretty much leaving most of what I've got to Becky and Sonny.
Sorry Mikey, this one will supercede the one I wrote when I was drunk (naming you as my benificiary, lol).
Property Taxes are only $850 this year.
That's not a bad hike really, considering my house has doubled in value in the last 3 years.
Things are going slowly, business wise.
Ricco isn't exactly all over this business thing. He wants in, but he's a busy guy.
I may just take the easy way in and out, and approach Rainbird with a sneak preview myself (after yacking at the attorney).
We're going to Chuck Sheppards 22nd birthday party tonight.
I'm giving him a flying saucer. Last year I gave him a knife.
I'm making Sauerbraten and German Potato Cakes.
Now, if you've never tried it, that's a terrible thing. Sauerbratten is beef (in this case, London Broil) marinated in cloves, allspice, vinegar, onions and miscellaneous seasonings. The potato cakes have egg, clove, and onions. Its great stuff. It just takes forever to make.
Saturday, July 23, 2005 14:55:27 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Bow WOw from Starbucks in Longwood, FL
Here I sit Jimmy, sucking on a Venti Ice Coffee. Looking out the window at Central Florida's daily Thunderstorm. Powt!!!
Well, if you had a choice.
At least it isn't Justin that Grandmal wants to dump on you indefinitely. Jennifer is a good kid. But, this is more of that pushing more responsibility onto you and Ms R that maybe you don't want or whatever. If Grandmal wants legal custody of the two kids, she should find a better way to deal with it. There are parents who deal with kids undergoing cancer treatment, or some such dreaded disease and still find a way to keep their jobs.
What be Jimmy's plans?
Now that you got your resume updated, are you going to peruse anything? I don't know if I'll be in FL for any extended period of time, so if for example, you are going to nab something in Tampa (an hour from Orlando), it'd be great to get together. Since we did Dinneyland in April, we could do Dinneyworld in August??
I hate computers, yes I do...
'Cause they make me turn dark blue!!
WHat's up with Sonny's kid?
Did she have the procedure done yet?
How is my favorite Ms. Rebecca?
I think got a winner there....
Time to switch to eating corn....
For everybody else out there, that is a coded message for Jimmy and Ms. Rebecca. So there!!
Saturday, July 23, 2005 07:57:06 <Jim>
Another lousy day. Some lyrics about these little creatures.
Just wouldn't it be nice, if when they got lice,
I got lots of money, not hugs.
These nits grow to nymphs then to lice. And the nymphs sound great, if not nice.
But they all feed on blood, they come on like a flood.
For these kids I've paid quite a price.
In the end when the tingling is gone, you feel like a war was just won.
As you relax and you sigh, a louse finds your thigh,
And the war was a battle of one.
I bought shampoo, gel creme and spray. I bagged, vacuumed, shampooed all day
Then I picked up a comb, to straighten my dome,
And my hair finds a louse that did stray.
Another lousy day.
-- The Nit Wit --
Saturday, July 23, 2005 07:42:28 <Jim>
Grandma told us she wants us to keep Jennifer until she loses the lices.
SEEEEEE, I told everyone I thought that was what was going on.
Their AC works. Her excuse was, "What am I supposed to do, not work to take her to the doctors."
Saturday, July 23, 2005 07:39:37 <Jim>
This is cheating I suppose. Its been humid here, and hot.
I didn't record my last wet test, because I didn't save any energy at all.
My AC ran 80% of the time, which is normal.
Saturday, July 23, 2005 07:53:26 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Help, Help.. I am trapped in a "Looney" state (called Florida)...
Nothing worse than a Floridian... Except for the ultimate Floridian, Jeb Bush. What kinda name is "Jeb"? WHat was George Sr thinking?
Me overslept and have to punish myself.
Only two hours of playing my horn instead of three.
I'm persuing acouple of opportunities in So. CA
Can't stand being this far away from CA. Besides, both these opportunities are Full Time - and one is in a psycho ward, which means it's got my name on it.
Oh no, better change the channel. It's Michael Douglas.
It's not that I don't like his acting, it's his first name. I hate it.
Bow Wow and out for now
Let's do a chat sometime Jimmy....
Friday, July 22, 2005 16:57:33 <Jim>
That person who was in the looney hospital called.
She doesn't know she called me. I suppose, blacking out is a blessing.
Friday, July 22, 2005 11:51:47 <Jim>
Earthbound Angels - I must be gifted, because I see them everywhere.
They don't glow in the dark. They don't float in the air. They are not made of ether.
They have different religions. They have no race in particular.
I see them pushing shopping carts, selling shoes, and running companies.
Some of them are neighbors, some are friends, but most of them are strangers.
The angels don't know they are angels!
They are my angels, they are people like you, an Earthbound Angel.
Friday, July 22, 2005 11:50:19 <Jim>
What sound does water and vinegar make when it collides?
Friday, July 22, 2005 10:37:34 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
What happens when you mix oil and water?
You get oily water.. What else did you think you'd get... Haha, I have become a terrible comedian. Bow Wow...
Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:15:39 <Jim>
It's just another day here in paradise.
Yesterday, we went to the park to play some frisbee. It was 114 outside, so we all melted. The park had a baseball diamond, and we made up a game called Baseball Frisbee. You begin at the home plate, and throw your frisbee until it lands on first base...and so on. It would have been a lot more fun if it weren't for the heat.
I spent most of the day getting down on Dustin for his selfish outlook on life.
It had a lot to do with him not noticing that anyone else is alive on this planet. Its all about him.
When I was talking about my suicidal caller, he played with Squirt, laughing, and giggling, coming in between Becky and me. He heard. He just didn't care. If he bumps his arm, he makes a scene. If someone else is dying, he offers them a coke. Scrambled brains.
Two more days, today and Friday, then Dustin and Jennifer can go home.
I had a feeble nightmare
I drempt about lice being everywhere here. In my hair, in the bed, in rolls of toilet paper, coming out of Squirts ear. That's about as close to a nightmare as I ever get. It wasn't very scary. It just shampooed and sprayed. Boring, huh?
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 21:53:48 <Jim>
Someone called me tonight. I think she was calling from suicide watch.
Apparently, she got drunk. She only told me she was being held in a hospital.
She called me from her cell phone. My guess is, she's been deemed emotionally unstable.
The police don't do that unless they think you are a threat to yourself or others.
It's too bad, the thing that pride does to us. Pride doesn't let people call out for help.
My advice was, to be cool, sober up. In the morning just tell them you were being stupid.
Act normal, and apologetic, be nice, and they might let you out tomorrow.
Of course, that's not going to happen. They don't want the liability of letting an emotionally unstable person out early, so they'll keep her for 72 hours. Who knows, it may help her some how.
I'm afraid her problem is much deeper than her drinking though.
She's smart, but she has the emotional skill of a 10 year old. Dustin and her have simular problems. Dustin's on a 6 year olds emotional level.
I don't know if emotional growth can be taught to someone.
I know schizophrenics who are smart, but somehow, their emotions are that of a young person. Have a high IQ and a low EQ (emotional quotient) is a bad mix, and its very hard to understand.
I'll just give her support and offer her a place to stay if she needs it. hmmm.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 18:26:00 <Jim>
I guess you liked my poem
hehe. Hi Ida.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 19:53:42 <Ida>
In my life that is past, I reflect many times. But I chose only the positive for I bury the negative as I move slowly along making progress. And as I progress I am so happy for I am going forward not backward in time. We cannot go backward and change those things. So let it rest almost like death for it is past. No use seeking what can't be or what will never be. Moving forward and into the light of a bright new day in my life.Where I study hopes, dreams, wishes, of things to come as I have pep in my step, a smile on my face and serenity in my heart. For I spend most of my time with the ones who really love me for me. It may not be exactly what I wish but I am content at this moment.And who knows what lies around the bend in life.So I enjoy each day as it comes.....not caring what tomorrow brings for I am loved.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 15:34:44 <Jim>
Your knowledge of Memphis Famous Barbecue is excellent Mikey.
I'd bet you'd make a great casino host.
Ya know those guys, they're the ones you see leading a pack of rich people through the casino. They set up airline flights, room stays, comps, and they make $$$,$$$ from the casinos for doing it.
Hmmmm. I wonder if you know enough rich folk to do that?
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 12:38:00 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I know of the Memphis on Warm Springs (yea, my knowledge of LV streets is getting poor - due to memory constaints - I had to look the street up on the Internet). And one up near Downtown LV or NLV. Maybe others. I am sure there may have been others when I was in LV. And they may have added additional since I left. There was a BBQ place I stopped at in TX on my drive to FL that was the best me ever had. Jimmy would be hard pressed to cook that good.
I made another nasty entry in Justin's blog.
I do think Squirt will haul off and bite if provoked enough. But I hope Justin realizes that NOW, and stops his mistreatment. The kid's other problems pale compared to physical mistreatment of others. If this doesn't stop, he end up a socialpath murder.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 08:58:44 <Jim>
I didn't realize there were so many Memphis BBQ's in Vegas.
Sonny said he'd been to one and ordered the crawfish. He found out he was alergic to them.
I think that's strange because he's allergic to shrimp which is a sea bug. Crawfish are fresh water bugs.
All is forgiven about the BBQ ribs.
Becky didn't try them at Memphis BBQ. There's only 2 ribs left and they're small. So, she'll get a small taste of heaven when she eats them and she'll know why I got upset.
Memphis BBQ baby ribs (and I can't believe I'm saying this) are better than mine.
They are the best I've ever had. They've got the smoking technique down!
They must smoke the meat in a smoker that uses hickory for the smoke and heat. My smoke uses hickory chips. Electricity provides the heat.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 05:40:15 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Jimmy. You go to the Memphis BBQ by McCarren Aeroport? Not on Sunset, but darn. the next East-West road, by the new freeway. I could look up the street on the internet but I am too lazy. Whenever Fly's had a big sale (holidays for example), they'd bring in food for the employees. A ploy to keep employees on the property so they could overwork them and try and limit lunch hours. Many of those times, they'd cater from Memphis. Always decent food...
I just castised him in his blog. I will come out there and throw him against the wall if he hurts like Squirty again.
Kids wasting food
One way to avoid this is to take 1/3 of what they will eat, and put that down in front of them. They'll still hungry after that, so you put 1/2 of what they still want in front of them as "seconds". And that's all they get. I believe wasting food for kids is normal. Maybe even more so for girls than boys. Just don't lay a ton of food in front of them. Intintively, they will waste it.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 22:16:01 <Jim>
Sonny, Becky and I just ate the best baby back smoked ribs I've ever eaten at Memphis Famous Barbeque!
They had FRIED PICKLES! It sounds weird, but kind of taste like fried green tomatoes.
Very delicious. Sonny ordered the sample appetizer plate with fried onion straws, italian sausage, smoked chicked wings, and fried pickles.
The main dish (serves 4), had smoked baby back ribs, smoked brisket, and 1 smoked chicken.
On the side was the best coleslaw I've eaten in a while, creamed corn, and BBQ beans.
We took home a two doggy boxes.
Becky gave the kids a half rack, or I should say wasted a half rack.
Dustin wanted to put Heinz BBQ sauce on them.
That to me, would be equivalent to putting truffles in Campbell's Soup.
Seeing that they almost never finish they're eating, we might as well have just thrown them away.
So the moral of the story is...
Don't give exquisite cuisine to a child. They'll just waste it.
I found a rib in the trash that still had most of the meat on it.
I dug it out for Squirt to finish.
Everyone is sitting around playing computer games with themselves.
Its a great, exciting, sometimes irritating, sometimes sucky life, but I love it still.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 17:45:48 <Jim>
Hmmm. Jeese. Wow.
I just tried to read Dustin and Jennifer that little story about the glass.
They interrupted me, talking about their chicken nuggets. Animals.
I give up. There's better things in life to waste my time on.
At least I got the specs written for the AC pre-cooler.
One last test, and we're ready to install Beta test sites.
And we're almost ready to see a Patent Attorney.
I researched this device. A few things came close, but none of the devices had a solenoid controlled water valve. In other words, they were on all of the time.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 13:09:34 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Darn (I tempter my words here) that Justin... Maybe after breaking your glass, it was the time to give him the punishment I suggested. Again, it bothers me to suggest it, but darn, it'll be the only way the little brat learns. He doesn't care or listen. And to be throwing around Squirty. A living creature. How dare him. Myabe I should come out to LV and throw him across the room. To pick on a little dog.. BARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 08:24:08 <Becky>
Good Morning Jim
I really liked your poem that you wrote it was so moving to me. I got goose bumps when i read it. Most of all it came from your heart. I love you becky
Monday, July 18, 2005 23:14:56 <Jim>
I told Dustin about the life that glass he broke, had.
I told him my step-dad got it in Okinawa. Its been to Smithland,KY, Burna,KY, Paducah,KY, Colorado Springs,CO, and Las Vegas,NV.
It had been with me in every house I've owned. Its moved with me at least 20 times.
After all of that, it ended up broken on the floor because he wasn't paying attention.
The glass had a life.
Then I told Dustin about the life of the baby he's going to kill.
By driving a 3,000 pound vehicle through a stop light and hitting a mother and her child in a vehicle.
How saying I'm sorry, or explaining how his cellphone just fell into his lap and it wasn't his fault,
wouldn't reverse the damage he's going to do.
The baby, would have had a life, if only he had learned how to pay attention attention, now.
But he likes being stupid. He's probably more dangerous than a gang member.
I'm just glad he didn't break Squirts leg when he threw the dog at Jennifer, laughing.
Monday, July 18, 2005 20:35:34 <Jim>
Feeling so very very young again - A few songs
The Way of Love When you meet a girl, that you like a lot. And you fall in love, but she loves you not.
If a flame should start, as you hold her near, better keep your heart, out of danger, dear.
For the way of love, is a way of woe, and the day may come, when you’ll see her go.
Then what will ya do, when she sets you free! Just the way that you, said goodbye to me.
That’s the way of love. The way of love. - Cher
Babe, I really loved you, then and now.
Remember that special night when you were parked by the lake,
and the moon shimmered across the waters and your hands began to shake.
And you knew you were alone, all the fears of night had flown.
Then you looked into her eyes, but instead of making the move,
You said with a tear, "Babe, I really love you". - JRC
Dustin just broke one of two crystal glasses handed down from my grandparents.
Monday, July 18, 2005 16:32:02 <Jim>
I mailed/returned my Casio camera for repairs.
Anything beats waiting in a parking lot when its 118 degrees outside.
The doctor took a record 2 hours.
They'll do everything possible when Medicare is paying.
They got a blood/oxygen test, flouride treatment, shots, no blood pressure, order for a blood work (to check anemia), prescriptions for inhalers, iron pills, singular pills, juice for a nebulizer, checked for lice.
Poor ol Tex. He almost died here from cancer.
He wasn't taking that many meds.
Monday, July 18, 2005 14:35:12 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Me GPS unit works like a wonder
I don't know what I did to get it to work. It had been close to a week since I had played with it, but this morning, as I was leaving for work, I decided to take it with me. When I got out to the kar (good spelling?), I switched it (the PDA) on and started the GPS software. It took about two minutes to sync up with the satalites. Then it was tracking me perfectly, all the way to work. HURRAY!!!!! And it'a all in a hand held unit. No dangling wires or kaka.....
Monday, July 18, 2005 14:25:47 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Go do something fun while they are at the doctors....
If you're stuck taking them, find something fun to do. Or the very least, somewhere fun to hang out for a while. Sitting in the parking lot has gotta suck.
Monday, July 18, 2005 09:27:42 <Jim>
So, the day is pretty much trashed. again.
We're taking Dustin and Jennifer to see a doctor at Canyon Gates at 2:30pm.
If it works out like other times, I'll be in the parking lot for over an hour. Waiting.
At least I've gotten most of my Registration screen done. It is unique!
Monday, July 18, 2005 11:43:14 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Bow Wow from my lunchtime...
Hope you slept off the headache, Mr. Jimmy. Hope Renee didn't make it back to Victorville until 11pm last night. Sleep time. See ya...
Sunday, July 17, 2005 19:18:45 <Jim>
Major headache. Probably from frustration.
It's hard with these kids. I don't get a moments peace. I can't finish my projects. I'm constantly irratated, by things like Dustin constantly trying to get candy, soda pop, dessert and play games.
Maybe I'll drop what I'm doing and try to play a game with them. I'm not going to get any work done with this headache anyway.
Sunday, July 17, 2005 09:11:35 <Jim>
Renee's compound blows me away!!!
The compound is outside of Victorville, CA on a gated dirt road.
They exist off of donations given to them while on tours.
They have 8 trailers, 6 buses and 6 vehicles.
The trailers have no air conditioning and no swamp cooler.
Their power comes from the wind (generators with fans attached to them). It's stored in car batteries.
They hand wash their clothes.
They share one shower.
They often don't have necessities (like tampons).
I had to notice from a picture Renee showed me that all of the girls are cute.
According to Renee, that is by design.
The Daily Agenda:
05:30am: Clean up, eat breakfast, pray, go to the chapel (a doublewide trailer).
08:45am: Work or go to school.
12:00am: Eat lunch
01:00pm: Soak in a portable above ground pool, do same sex dance/do puppets/do reading exercises.
06:25pm: Jog 4 miles, then shower.
08:00pm: Go to chapel for Bible study.
09:00pm - midnight: is free time.
Monday: They may send letters. They dump their porta-potties
Thursday: Wash clothes and dump their portapotties on Thursdays
Sunday: Work half a day, have lunch, watch a movie, and its free time.
They fix the roads as needed (they call it raking lines).
Sometimes Renee cooks and makes "Beans and Rice and Jesus Christ".
If you break a rule, you're kicked out
Renee say's if she gets back later than 5pm today, she's kicked out.
The only communcation she has with the world is through the director's cell phone.
They have walkie talkies on them at all time. They are never left alone.
His wife has a nice mustang.
They live in their own trailer at the entrance of the gated compound.
He says he belonged to a motorcycle gang, The Hells Angels.
He used to drink, steal and fornicate. He say's he's killed people.
He says he's found god, and is doing god's work. Grandma thinks that's great.
They monitor incoming mail. They take out letters that don't please them.
They black out addresses on outgoing mail. It somehow makes it through the post office.
I don't know what to think. Is it good or bad?
Heres what I've deduced.
Doesn't the director sound like a hustler?
Couldn't it be he's found a better way than stealing to get what he wants?
All of the girls, are cute by design.
Doesn't that sound like they have a sexual purpose?
What does that mean? Why would you censor outgoing mail?
Doesn't that sound like they have secrets, that something illegal is going on there.
Sunday, July 17, 2005 08:48:51 <Jim>
Thank Mikey. I do know a way to show the time for where every your at.
But, the technique wouldn't stand the test of time, so to speak.
So far, Ascii documents stand the test of time.
I can still read the text documents I wrote in the 80's.
However, jpgs, gifs, Word Perfect docs, a database I stored my checks, diary, important dates in (I wrote my own system), can't be viewed today.
Saturday, July 16, 2005 19:26:06 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
OUSOB... The Mickey Mouse song. Same first name, but notice his last name. Another UCLA Band cheer said to oter schools... Then there is the one: "Horn Blows.. " that I better finish in an email (privacy is a good thing..)
Saturday, July 16, 2005 19:23:48 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
How's this for a solution.
Average the time between the person's local time and GMT. So, I am 5 hours behind GMT. If I make an entry at Midnight, it'll say 2:30am. If you make an entry at the exact same time, it'll say 4am. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Saturday, July 16, 2005 10:21:39 <Jim>
I know about the time difference on the blog. But it would be 4:58am here though...haha
It is kind-a-kooky. The first beta had the users local date and time, with their location.
I could put the location back in.
The other option would be to have the user put in the offset to GMT...but that would suck too. Most people don't know that offset. Another option would be for them to key in their time. But that would get goofy with DST.
So, I chose the option you see here. LOL.
I'm so close to getting LVDUDE.COM done. It's going to be pretty neat. I'm working on the Sign In screens right now, but with all of the distractions, its difficult to code anything.
I figured I'd alternate pictures, with affiliated web pages that meet certain standards.
BTW - Do you like the wallpaper quality pictures that come up? Are they too slow?
They come from LVDUDE.COM. They can be pictures or web pages. The links are stored in an Access Database.
I set up Missy Allred's computer, linked her to my site.
But when I went to the Add an Entry screen, it looked TERRIBLE. The headers ("Name:","EMail") didn't show up at all. The alignment was kooky too, and she's running IE. Hmmmm.
Saturday, July 16, 2005 07:57:42 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I had noticed this before, but... I just noticed it again.
Entries in the blog are timestamped with the person's local time. So, I just made an entry today, at 7:57am. If you make an entry immediately after me in real time, it'd be timestamped today at (say) 4:58am. Kinda kooky?????? Make it Greenich Mean Time (GMT) - Like Jimmy needs to be that darn picky. ANd add 3,000 lines of code to get the GMT time in there. Oh boy, Lindsey Wagner (the actress) just came on tv, hawking those sleep number beds. I am going to go and 3e-5 on the tv before I get to showering. Forget I said that...
Saturday, July 16, 2005 07:48:35 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I suppose I was PARTIALLY serious... Even if I was,
I'd probably look for another way to finally straighten out Justin. No reason why the kid should make Jimmy miserable.
Ice cold Beer. Ice cold Gin. Ice cold Duck (that cheap champagne stuff)...
A cheer from the UCLA Marching/Varsity Band, of which I was a member for 4 years in the early to mid '70s. "Ice cold Beer makes you want to Cheer. Ice cold Gin makes you want to Win. Ice cold Duck makes you want to".. That's the way it ended, and to this day I have not been able to figure out the word that's suppose to end with, matching up with "Duck". See Jimmy, you got me thinking about this, with your entry about Michelob. And who ever heard of ice cold gin. Beer and champagne, sure. But gin!!!
Well, time for me to hit the road...
Take a quick shower, dress and go out to cause trouble. Got to run some errands, go to the gym, and check out some facilities for racquetball I heard about yesterday. Howl!!!!!
Friday, July 15, 2005 11:40:06 <Jim>
Friday, July 15, 2005 12:09:35 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Remember SAE's motto...
If Justin causes problems, kick him in the groin. That'll stop him quick. I hate suggesting it, specially since he's so young. But, sometimes, nothing else works. I don't know if I am serious or not?
Friday, July 15, 2005 08:16:13 <Jim>
"Weekends were made for Michelobe"
haha. Remember that jingle?
Yea, it was very nice talking to you Mikey.
Dustin's already giving me problems here.
Friday, July 15, 2005 08:06:26 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Pressed the wrong button...
Also wanted to say: "Where is the best bar? I want to get my mush mush (again, puppy talk for "nose") smashed silly.
It was great talking to Jimmy last night..
And hearing Ms. R and Squirty in the back ground.
Hope the day (weekend) works out ok with Jennifer and Justin.
See, I have declared Dustin officially renamed to "Justin" as I feel it better suits his personality and besides, his name will start with a "J" to match Jennifer, just as Robert and Renee's names both start with "R"s.
Friday, July 15, 2005 08:05:31 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Bow Wow... It's Friday...
Finish off today, and I am free for the weekend. Hurray.
Thursday, July 14, 2005 19:23:26 <Jim>
Well, this has truly been another productive day.
- Jennifer got lice. I picked her up
- Sonny's 16 y/o daughter is pregnant.
- I got a call from my lawyer. He said:
If she has a baby, its not his responsibility.
The father just turned 18.
- I got another call from another lawyer. She said:
A patent would help, but could cost between $1,500 and $25,000.
Plus it will take up to 2 years to get it.
Is this the reason why the president (Thomas Jefferson) has more patents than anyone else to date.
I said the invention is an obvious attachment to an air conditioner. Would it still need a patent then?
She said I should talk to a patent attorney.
She did say maybe I should let Rainbird see it after signing a non-disclosure agreement.
- We went to Frys where I bought a cold heat soldering iron. Sonny came with us.
It doesn't work.
- We went to CVS where I bought a rechargable flying saucer.
I love it!
- Talked to Mikey about some resume changes I made.
We talked for over an hour.
- Now, I'm going to Grandmas to pick up Dustin.
Dustin and Jennifer have to stay the night.
Plus, Jennifer can't go back to her child care without a Doctors note saying she's free of lice.
It's a strange world.
Thursday, July 14, 2005 12:25:10 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I am a happy puppy AE now...
With JE's help, the fiasco that happened with Kevin won't happen again. Doesn't mean there are not flakes out there, who'll piss you off (Take R1 for example. They work hard to piss people off). I just believe the only thing Kevin did wrong was that he didn't respond to your inquires. But as far as presenting a resume with a four year gap, he in his professional opinion felt it was difficult thing to do and not get pooped on for doing so. Can't really blame a guy for not wanting a hiring manager to poop on you, for it'll probably mean less business down the road. I am sending you an email or two today about opportunities here in FL (Tampa, specifically) that sound good. Problem with M2 is that we're are fully staffed, and manner of fact, we all (perm programmers as well as contractors) spend maybe 25 to 40 percent of our work weeks waiting for an assignment, as work is kinda slow right now. And JPMC (JP Morgan Chase Bank) pays for x number of bodies or x number of hours each week, so hiring is based on that number. And "x" is getting met with current fullfilment.
Hurray for Rico
Even though he did leave his doggie home alone several weekends ago. Sounds like a plan, if you're doing a contract somewhere (hopefully here in FL so we can get together) and he does all the leg work on the AC thing and gets it off the ground, so you're making $$$.. HOWL!!!
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 23:40:04 <Jim>
I was surprised at my website when I pulled it up at Missy's.
The Name and Email headings about didn't show up. I looked at the code. Modified it a little bit. But, honestly, I don't see why it works on my IE and not theirs.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 23:11:27 <Jim>
My good deed for the day:
I moved Rob's old PC to Missy's room. We were going across town anyway to give Joy a ride to the store. She needed baby food.
Ricco and I are going into business for this AC thingy
Tommorrow, we'll find out what we need to know to get a license. Possible names are LVCool, Air Mister, Mister Cool, AC Helper, LVEnergy, Cool Mist, The Energist, Drop Zone, Energy Busters, Air Coolio, The Cooler Image.
My wk history has been resolved now. JE is going to help me with that.
Getting another consulting job should be easy now.
I'm going for affiliate sales for some of my web sites.
This seems like the easiest way to go.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 15:22:07 <Jim>
I'm signing up at affiliate sites to begin marketting
I bought lvdude.com, lvirus.com, lvdarlings.com, lvtoys.com and lvshots.com for the purpose of generating some extra income.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 15:18:07 <Jim>
A botched a dry test.
I meant to turn the water tower off, but didn't. From Sun,12:00am to Mon 23:30; OT:109; Elapsed: 47.5, RunTime: 28. RunPct: 58%.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 13:06:45 <Jim>
I talked to Larry Okin from Mgm.
Okin said he's a Director now. His big project is converting Mandela Bay casino system. He also said they've been working for 3 years trying to eliminate the Stratus and put it into an ASP.NET format. They want to do the system on a redundant Windows platform, SQL Server and all that. I told him I'm available, but he didn't sound that interested. I wanted to say "Hire Me! Hire Me!", lol. Interesting enough, Larry Okin worked for Caesars Atlantic throughout the 80's and 90's. He went to college and studied while he was an operator on the graveyard shift. That's my kind of guy, nothing was handed to him, he earned it all.
I called John Edwards at Transaction Software Incorporated.
He was out to lunch. Rumour has it that he may be looking for work sometime soon, but that's just a rumour and the details are very sketchy. I would be surprised to see him coding again though.
The person who answered his phone sounded familiar, so I called back. It was RAMBO.
Man, I like that name. Rambo said he was working on Mirage Tandem stuff still, and will remain there as long as the keep paying him. It was great talking to him. We shot the bull for awhile. It was pretty cool.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 12:02:00 <Jim>
A health insurance sales person called. I told her my problem.
I told her, I told one insurance company years ago, that I was an alcoholic, and they declined me.
Then, all the other insurance companies declined me because I'd been declined before.
The agent said, once you've been declined, no one will insure you, and I believe her.
So here are my options:
- Die the next time I get sick.
- Get a fake ID, just for use with the hospital.
- Get drunk, get on disability for alcoholism and let medicare take care of it.
- Act crazy, throw a fit in a public place, then go on disabilty as a nut.
- Give a cop the finger and get arrested when I'm sick.
- Go to the hospital, rack up a million dollar bill, then file bankruptcy.
- Go to the hospital, rack up a million dollar bill, and pay the minimum.
I'd forgotten about this problem. Its why nothing I do will help me get ahead.
My solution was to go broke.
That way at least I'd get to enjoy the money I've earned, rather than spending $5 for every aspirin I get in some hospital.
If I go to the hospital because I'm unconscious, I'm doomed. They'll run 100s of unnecessary test and expect me to pay for them when I wake up.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 11:45:52 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Aahhhh. CJ's, The Home of Fine Dining
Robert must have just completed a Gourmet meal there at CJ's.... HaHa...
Does anybody (Outrigger in HI???) still use their software? Or are they totally out of the picture these days?
Make a counterpart of your AC unit for heating too.
For February in Minnesota... HaHa???
That's all for now...
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 22:07:20 <Jim>
Robert called, he was stuck at Carl's Junior down the road and needed a shot from our inhalers. LOL.
I think he just wanted company cause his truck got broked. We hung around with him until his help arrived.
About the inhalers - Canada has shut down their borders for pharmaceutical sales
Becky and I order our drugs over the internet. Its cheaper, you don't need a $120 doctor visit or a $800 test thats needed only to protect the doctor from a law suit. They are quality drugs.
Shutting down the borders will probably kill people.
It will certainly decrease our quality of life.
I don't get that really. Is there an allotment for how much a country can recieve in drugs?
I assume the drug companies are making a profit off of their sales in Canada. Maybe its just greed, though. Maybe its just because they can make more money off of us.
With a currency market that fluctuates daily, shouldn't the prices for drugs be the same everywhere.
Or does it seem right, that someone can fly round trip from Germany to the United States for $300, but if we do it the other way around, it cost $1,200. Check it out sometime. Go to a German website and convert the currency yourself. Don't take my word for it.
Hmmm....there's an opportunity to be had there somewhere.
Okay, here's a good question.
My company makes toilet seats. I sell one to companies in Las Vegas for $20. I sell to companies in Canada for $10. Why would I do that? Its not shipping. If I do this, I'm effectively saying that a Canadians 20 hour work week is worth an Americans 40 hours work week. That seems so strange.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 22:05:30 <Jim>
Wow. I found a thrill for Catholic Priest!
I can blow out a candle from 20 feet away with my air cannon. Its great. If I had a room full of candles, I'd really love it. Its a challenge to aim the cannon.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 10:03:17 <Jim>
I talked to Larry Lewis yesterday. He offered some advice on my invention and its so simple.
Install several of them free of charge.
Have those people monitor it.
Those will be my Beta Sites where I can work the bugs.
Next, start a business and advertise.
Install the things myself until there's enough business to hire on more people.
If the business is successful, I should be able to sell it and make a fortune.
It seems to me that should have been an obvious formula for success. It just didn't occur to me.
McDonalds, Starbucks, Mary Kaye, and Mrs Fields all started with a good idea, and they all started small.
Now they are empires.
Those commercials that show the guy that says "Clap on, clap off", that was my idea but I didn't get a patent are so phony. If he actually got off his lard butt, made one, perfected it, and then produced a bunch of them, he would have gotten rich.
The Invention Rules Are:
- If you can't make a profit by selling one, don't expect to make 10,000.
- If you are confident you have the best product available, market it yourself.
- The big boys can't beat you if your product has already saturated the market.
- People patent everything imaginable. Enforcing a patent costs money and time.
- You can't patent an idea that should be obvious.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 09:09:50 <Jim>
"Fish Night" last night was SOOOooooo GOOOooood!
I had the all-you-can eat crab. I think I should write a purse book "How To Crack Crabs and Influence Strangers.". I've got crab cracking down to a science!
It was really tasty. Sonny and I had a lot of laughs. Becky had gas.
Renee is staying at Grandmals this weekend.
I've been pondering how I'm going to handle her religious babble.
I told Sonny that I am thinking about letting her "SAVE ME". That's always a hoot. LOL
I could try to get a bell to ring with Renee.
I could show her a Bible that says
- Exodus 22:20: He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord "Jehovah", he shall be utterly destroyed.
Or, while she's working in the kitchen this Sunday, I could point out that her Bible says:
- Exodus 31:15: Whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
I think I'll just go into that quiet place in my head though.
Thats the place where people talk, and what they say doesn't affect me. Kind of like when I talk to someone from Kentucky and they call all black people "niggers" (I hate that).
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 08:32:39 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Jimmy's math is too fancy for this Dog's Alter Ego
My little puppy eyes glaze over at your fancy math.... I am glad that you know how to "sifer" to quote "Granny" from the '60 tv program, "Beverly Hillibillies"...
How was fish night last night?
If fish is really brain food, I'd need an ocean's worth of it.
How is Sonny?
He staying outta trouble?
Oh, how I miss going to Fly's stores on the weekends
To harass the cashiers... Closest one around is in Atlanta, GA. I'll have to get there some weekend soon and get my harassment in. And not just on the cashiers. But with all the employees.
Monday, July 11, 2005 16:30:19 <Jim>
Just for my Notes
Power Bills for July: 2000-$192,2001-$263,2002-$267,2003-$189,2004-$322
Rates 2004: $0.09306 x KWH 2005: $0.09380 x KWH, almost 1% increase.
AC uses 4000 Watts per hour, or 4KW
LAST YEAR (2004):
19.06 hours per day * 4KW * .09306 (dry usage per day last year) = $7.09 per day
31 Days * $7.09 = $219 for last years.
THIS YEAR (2005):
14.89 hours per day * 4KW * .0938 (dry usage per day last year) = $5.59 per day
31 Days * $5.59 = $173 for last years.
I can't wait for my next power bill!!!
Monday, July 11, 2005 15:44:54 <Jim>
A/C wet test:
From Sun,12:00 to Wed 12:27; OT:103; Elapsed: 72.5, RunTime: 45. RunPct: 45/72.5= 62%.
Becky and I trimmed Squirt. That dog has got sheep in him! I think I may have trimmed his sprinkler system a little too much though. I gave him a bath yesterday.
I put Becky onto finding items to sell on LVDarlings.com
Neither one of has any idea of what works, but I figure, since I know database in's and outs on the web, all we need now is product.
It's FISH Night tonight.
We're gonna go out and eat our cousins.
Bad joke. Sorry, I didn't mean to put anyone's gills in a tether. A lot of people don't believe in evolution.
Monday, July 11, 2005 02:29:20 <Jim>
Oh jeese-o-pete...I can't sleep.
Kelly seemed surprised today that my electric bill is usually $350 in July. I'm beginning to wonder myself after talking to several other people. It could very well be that the meter I had installed in 1985 isn't calibrated correctly.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 22:51:06 <Jim>
And here's another thought, related to water that's used on the AC unit.
I could use the water thats dumped every night from my water softener, since I'm using a drip line instead of misters. I anticipate problems from the water mongers. They only care about water they can see. They don't seem to know much about the internal workings of the house though.
Like those water saving shower heads with the washer that everybody removes,
and those water conserving toilets that require three flushes.
Instead of actually doing some good, they seem to be just advertising their existance.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 22:07:04 <Jim>
Here's another thought for anyone that wants to hear it. Its about our brain.
The Carotid and Vertebral Arteries feed the brain. Blood flows through those little arteries.
Why can't all of those wonderful scientist and doctors figure out what the brain needs, and supply it to the head without a body?
That doesn't sound too complicated, does it?
I keep thinking about that Starship Captain on Star Trek (Pike). His head came out of a box, but he could only answer yes and no.
Right now, heart surgery is done by diverting the blood through a heart/lung machine. Hmmmm.
Also, instead of embalming or cremating people, wouldn't it be better to dehydrate them?
At least there would be a that we could be reanimated sometime in the future.
If you are cremated, you have no chance for reanimation, other than someone going back into time and snatching you out.
I've always thought that's what the Egyptians were thinking when they mummified their Pharoahs.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 20:20:28 <Jim>
100 watts is enough energy to power 10 equivalant (lux) rated LED lights
The energy usage for LED lights is 10 x less than incandescent lights. They don't generate much heat.
And they don't burn out. Australians seems to be turned on to the idea.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 19:07:42 <Jim>
Some truly simple inventions follow that could simplify life:
I was talking to Sonny about various things. We came up with a couple ideas that seem profoundly simple.
A simple 12v lighting system for domestic purposes.
Just replace the circuit breaker and screw in new bulbs!
Lights are on separate circuits that the outlets. They are typically on a breaker that is 1 amp for each light bulb plugged into the loop. My 1,300 square foot house has 2 x 15 amp breakers for the lights. If I were to go outside, place a rectifier between the circuit breaker and the breaker box, my lighting circuits could be converted to 12 volts in less than 10 minutes. All that would be left would be screwing in the 12 volt bulbs.
Better than a 12 volt system would be a 4.5 volt led lighting system. They don't waste energy on heat. Simple stuff. Quick to do.
12 volt heat operated refrigerators, like Grandpa had.
If your old enough, you'd remember how Grandpa put a candle in the Ice Box every night.
That would charge the ammonia absorbtion system for the next day. These refrigerators are currently found in Travel Trailers and RVs. They can be powered by the sun.
Its a simple system with no moving parts.
A Water Valve With No Moving Parts.
My brother wanted a noninvasive way of stopping water flow to a line needing a replacement valve. The answer: Freezing the water. Liquid nitrogen might be a good pick here, rapidly applied to avoid problems with expansion.
When I was a kid, I came up with this one. I wanted to make a go cart using an old lawn mower engine.
The problem then, was the motor was vertical, while the wheels were horizontal. Then answer: A Ball on a shaft connected to the wheels. The ball rolls on a circular plate that is driven by the motor. The ball can be positioned from the middle of the plate the outside of the plate which makes it turn faster.
That was a simple design From a stupid little kid (me).
A Battery that is 100% Efficient.
Store energy from sun, wind or water with an endless amount of storage.
How? Pump energy back into the Electric Companies power grid. Your meter runs backwards for every kilowatt hour.
A Vehicle that Runs Off of Water
100 years ago, they called them Locomotives.
To simple to miss, all you need is heat, which could come from anything, even your trash. All that is needed is a way to clean up the soot.
My take on the above ideas is this:
We don't have them because nobody really cares about energy waste, the atmosphere, the burning of fossil fuels, or nuclear power. People like to complain, but nobody's thinking. If we can't get huge corporations to change the world for us, if they are stuck in a money making groove, then we should take things into our own hands. Some of the ideas above can be applied over a weekend.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 15:19:35 <Jim>
If I were truly a good person, wouldn't I want to go to Hell?
Wouldn't I be able to do more good there, than laying on a cloud in Heaven eating grapes and watching a Big Screen TV with a million remote controllers?
I've never thought that being lazy was a trait of being good, but I could be wrong.
Please read this with a smile on your face! It is my form of bleak humour.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 15:11:19 <Jim>
Kelly and I talked about Heaven
This is where almost everyone's logic falls completely apart. If they live a good life, they'll be rewarded in Heaven. When they envision it, its a place where people wallow in self absorbtion. All their loved ones will be there. The people they hate will be in Hell. Its all about themselves, their pleasure, their comfort. Its all beautiful. Everything is given to you. Green Pastures and all of that.
I think that's funny.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 13:55:49 <Jim>
I talked to Kelly this morning.
She does sound great. I think she got the help she needed too, which is great.
We even talked about religion for a little while. That is always scary for a guy like me.
I believe there's a god/creator, but I doubt anyone on this planet is smart enough to talk to him. And I don't think any religion owns the creator or can even speak for him. I think god could speak for himself if he wanted too. I don't think god is so pathetic that he has to talk through a preacher or on some stone tablets. Only cavemen would say cave writings were written by god.
Nobody has dibs on god. If anything, he's got dibs on us. And I certainly don't blindly believe Bible stories just because someone told me to.
These are just my beliefs. I formed them myself. As far as I know, nobody else publically shares them. Everything I believe is probably incorrect. I admit that I'm stupid. But I think we'll all look like cavemen 300 years from now.
My religious attitudes often get me into trouble. But I'm honest. All that I am is on these pages for all to see. I don't hide anything. So there it is...lol.
Kelly was a pleasure to talk to.
We talked about religion (rather open mindedly too), the legal systems, the law, feelings, repos, and Mom and Dad's divorce. It was nice, but her battery ran down. So, we'll talk some other time.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 13:49:25 <Jim>
I changed a few things on this website. It seems to have problems with different setups though.
It works great on my laptop and PC! Hmmm.
It seems like everytime I take out 10 lines of code, I end up putting 100 more lines back in, to cover some odd detail.
Here's what I changed:
- changed the Calculater (which I use a lot) to the latest version
- added links to www.lvdude.com (where a lot of this stuff comes from now).
- Changed the rotating pictures to point to lvdude.com/picture.com.
I'm having some trouble with that though. Cookies seem to be a problem, and so does the resize to fit your screen.
- The pictures now come from an Access Data base, using ASP programming.
- I expanded the width and height of the logs to fit your screen.
Hopefully most of the bugs will go away with the next release of IE. I hate to code around them (with 100s of lines of code) if they can be fixed at the source.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 07:59:50 <Jim>
My sister (Kelly) and my Dad (Dad) called yesterday.
Kelly called first. Life is in a slump for her right now, but she'll pull out. I can't help her again without crippling myself. Good luck sis!
I called my Dad for the first time in several years.
The last time we talked, he got so worked up. He liked to insinuate that I'm a failure for not doing enough for other people and that's just not cool.
I think the problem was we didn't have a good dialog going. Now, with my invention, we've got something to talk about that's not really about money.
If I can't do something valuable with this product by January:
I'm going to publish the plans on the web. Maybe that's what I'll do with some of the other ideas I have. Why not?
A 20% energy savings, which may improve with my next prototype, is excellent! It could increase the quality of life for many people, not by much, but by some.
Back to my Dad, He's coherent. He's 82 now, and his mind seems as intact as it ever was.
He said everyone of his organs was shot and that all of his friends have died. His wife is 89, and she's a mess.
But he also said he's received more attention now then he ever has in life.
Nurses come over, therapists come and so forth. It sounds pretty good.
He also mentioned that I should FREEZE my social security. I'd never heard of that. He said that time off counts against social security benefits. I knew that, but I didn't know you could do something about it.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 07:50:42 <Jim>
Becky loves the Yuban 100% Pure Columbian Coffee we got at Cosco
It is good. What I wonder is why do they mention its 100% Columbian.
Is there 50% Columbian and 50% Brazilian Coffee out there somewhere?
A newspaper article mentioned the FDA allows 5 pounds of miscellaneous material (bugs and fecal included) per every ton of coffee, so I'm not sure "100% Pure" wording applies.
Well, now that my observation has wrecked my perfectly good cup of coffee, I'll move on.
Saturday, July 09, 2005 15:19:55 <Jim>
Dustin was talking about rocket packs like they are real.
They are real, the problem is they don't hold much fuel, stay aloft for 20 seconds, then CRASH!!! Not the kind of thing I'd ride without a watch!
But, then I started to research other things. I came across this link
Rex Research.Com. It seemed interesting. Then I talked to Mike.
Its this E=MC2 stuff.
The formula seems to suggest anything is possible. Things like matter and energy seem to be interchangable. That bothers me, because I haven't seen it.
What I wonder is this:
If you have a sealed jar, is there anyway to make it lose matter (weigh less) without cracking the lid?
How long would it take the contents to turn into some form of energy?
I also wonder this...if you were floating in space, and you had something like a Yo Yo
Could you use it to somehow propell you through space?
Is there anyway to move your body to propell yourself in space?
If there is a way, it seems like an antigravity device could exist.
The little device I've created that saves 20% energy is incredibly simple.
How many other incredibly simple devices are being overlooked? Why would they be? Is this another example of man's greed?
A Better Light Bulb
It dawned on me that a simple rectifier for our lighting system could increase a light bulbs lifetime dramtically. It's occured to me that increasing from 60 mertz to 60 megahertz might increase bulb life. Certainly LEDs would last longer than lightbulbs since they give off no heat. Anything would be better it seems.
These old monopolized inventions seem to be everywhere. When I say I could invent good device every week of the year, I'm not lying.
Look around you. What couldn't be improved?
What is wrong with using a Spork? Why does everything motorized item have its motor? Why don't we have 3D TV, they have 3D Jesus pictures at Walmart? Why do all toilets look exactly the same? Exactly why do we have to have a front yard? Why is toilet paper white? Why is underwear white? lol.
Saturday, July 09, 2005 15:16:30 <Jim>
Sounds like a good plan.
Rico's dog humps but he doesn't go down. LOL
You're picking a good route Robert. If you can't afford to go to college, make the most with what you can do. Be a dealer, bartender, truck driver, whatever, but shoot for the best paying professions. It's a good plan.
Saturday, July 09, 2005 11:54:49 <robert>
Hey jim since you have rico's dog you said something about their body language well does squirt and ricos dog share the smae intrest lol as in .... (humping like squirt lol, stealing ur things and trading it for poop lol, and then theirs the other one kissing places they shouldnt be lol). anyways hehe off of the dog subject, I plan on getting experiance for about 6 months with ahern then leaving and working for the state i can drive a straight truck for 17.50 an hr then after training I can make 25 an hr I had offers and i talked to the GM at silver state public services he told me to come in when i get my 6 months in then he will discuss everythign with me cool huh.
Saturday, July 09, 2005 06:54:01 <Jim>
Home Sweet Home - The Wayward Dog Refuge
A dog strayed over yestereday, we took him in. Eight hours later we found out he belongs to a neighbor (Rico) who's in California for the weekend.
So now we are, dog sitters until Sunday.
Thanks Rico. You fulfilled my good deed for the day.
Rico's dog is a pomeranian just like Squirt is.
When these two pomeranians play, they interact using simular body language. I think that is fascinating. This feels like an opportunity to learn what they are saying to each other.
I've got way too much free time, don't I.
Friday, July 08, 2005 19:43:04 <Jim>
Intellectual Property - Information from an expert (Rob Allred's sister, Jari Brooks)
Intellectual Property - The right to protect a creative idea. It isn't specific.
Four kinds: patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets. They may be sold or assigned.
Patents - Instruct on how to make an invention. Good only for 20 years.
Copyrights - Books, software, movies. Good for 70 years, no registration required.
Trademarks - Protect reputations. A symbol, word or phrase. Registration last 10 years.
Trade Secrets - Protect formulas, techniques, programs, information lists. The rights expire when the information is released.
The US patent office recieves 1,000 patent applications a day.
Patents are a good way to protect an invention. Enforcing Patent Rights must be done by the owner. I letter stating to discontinue use, or a license may be sold to violators. Intellectual property insurance may be obtained to. Whatever, the enforcement is up to the patent owner.
WOW - Buying the web address WWW.ProcterAndGamble.Com is Evidence of Bad Faith according to the document I'm reading. Buying a name like that is considered malicious.
Friday, July 08, 2005 15:19:50 <Jim>
An additional dry measurment (for accuracy and my notes), and to calibrate at 3:12pm (real time)
From Sun,12:00 to Mon 23:15. Elapsed: 35.25, RunTime: 28. RunPct: 28/35.35= 79%. OT:102
New Wet Test with fresh filters: I'm alternating wet/dry test. I reset the thermostat: 7/8 3:12pm @ 77 degrees. Outside temp is 101.2 degrees.
Friday, July 08, 2005 10:46:44 <Jim>
Don't I know about senility!
I keep calling/Squirt Dustin and Dustin/Squirt.
EG: Dustin, quit eating dead bugs!
EG: Squirt is imitating cartoon characters!
I think Robert, Joy and Amy are doing great!
We watched a Discover show about life, from insemination to birth. It was amazing! Here's what I learned:
- If a fetus kept growing at the rate it grows in the first few days, it would be the size of the sun by birth.
- The heart and the brain are the first organs to form.
- In its early stages, the organs are indistinguishable from that of a chicken or a pig.
- The spinal column development is the most critical stage of our development.
- Our heads were designed to collapse when it exits through the vagina.
- Our eyes start out on the side of our head! Our ears were on our shoulders.
- The sperm is composed of 3,000,000 tadpoles that live 10 hours (poor sperm).
According to the show, our only purpose for existance is reproduction.
So, I committed genetic suicide by not having kids...lol.
AC Test results so far:
Inside temperature is 77 degrees.
Reset time (real time) is 15:00. Outside temp then has been 105.
Thermostat resets to Sun 12:00.
Wet Test: From Sun,12:00 to Thu 12:07. Elapsed: 96.1, RunTime: 61. RunPct: 61/96.1= 63%. OT:105
Dry Test: From Sun,12:00 to Mon 19:30. Elapsed: 31.5, RunTime: 25. RunPct: 25/31.5= 79%. OT:95
Increase in efficiency: 100*(1-(63/79))= 20.25%, Savings:1-20.25%=79.75%
Potential Savings: 79.75% * $350 last July's bill = $70
Hopefully I don't make anymore Date subtraction errors like I did in my previous blogs.
The nice thing about raw statistics is they can be recalculated when in error.
To make this test perfect, I've got to check again at 3pm or Tue 12:07 (2.5 hour from now)).
Friday, July 08, 2005 09:10:19 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Jimmy is already old and senile....
Just in matter of degrees. Like me. Anybody past the age of 43, right Ms. Rebecca?
Didn't want to imply
Anything negative about Robert, Joy and Amy... Just that Robert was mention several times, with out Joy and Amy's names being mentioned. Plus all the room mates names and so forth. I am an ignorant Alter Ego.. remember that when it comes the right time to pet me on the head.
Thursday, July 07, 2005 19:38:51 <Jim>
Nice poem Ida!
I reformatted it a little bit.
I haven't bumped into you online lately. Hopefully everything is going great since your move.
Becky and I have been the epitome of lazy. Well, that's not true. I ate lunch today...haha.
We took Robert down to get his 'B' class permit.
Unfortunately, he didn't have his medical exam papers with him. We got copies, then went back to DMV on Craig/I15. It took a couple of hours, but it was well worth the effort.
Robert says he'll get a raise for having the permit. Yaaahooooo!!!
He said he'd take care of me when I'm old and senile. haha.
Thursday, July 07, 2005 12:44:30 <Ida>
My Star Wish
As I slowly raise my pen to write, My thoughts of him all through the night.
The laughter we share and endless hours of conversation,
Cannot compare to anything in life I've known without reservation.
My face does hurt from all the smiles he brings to me,
But hey.....I could live through that type of misery.
For the joy and laughter he brings to me, Seems to brighten my world for all to see.
My dear sweet love.....of oh so far, You're like my bright and shining star.
That I placed a wish on one summer's night long ago, Not knowing if you'd ever show.
For in my past life I reflect upon, I leave it behind.......forward I have gone.
But I do think back upon that time, When I seen the brightest star that shined.
This is where I placed my wish, Feeling silly and all girlish.
For it seemed so childish to do this thing, But then again what harm could it bring.
So once again I may open my heart, And pray it will not be torn apart.
That he is the one I wished for, When I placed my wish upon that star.
By Ida P.Staley
Thursday, July 07, 2005 08:34:12 <Jim>
That's GREAT Robert. You, Amy and Joy have all taken a huge leap.
I missed what you are feeling, so I get to watch you and wonder what your eyes, attitudes and expressions are all about while you're watching Amy grow. LOL.
Sheesh! Dustin keeps eating holes in my head.
We finally came across the thought that he may be imitating cartoon characters. He's identifying with Sponge Bob and Pokemon, and using them as role models. DANG!
It fits so well, all the stupid things he says and does, his actions, imagination, and jokes, they come from watching lame TV cartoons.
I can't believe we missed that! When he watching cartoons, he's mesmerized and its hard to get his attention.
HE'S RECORDING THEIR BEHAVIOR FOR PLAYBACK.
Dustin isn't my creation. Dustin fascinates me in a very different way.
I like to fix things and he's broke. Now at least, I know why.
Thursday, July 07, 2005 02:10:07 <robert>
hello or WHAZZ UP!!!!!!!!!!
Hey Jimbo and Mombo, how are things at the house?
I am happy I am back to work again, lol. I can't stand not working, but I love spending time with my family (Joy and Amy).
They are two of the best things that ever happend to me.
I never thought of myself as a father this early, but for me, its perfect timing.
By the time I am 40, Amy should be already out and about.
I get to raise Amy through my young and still energetic self.
I love watching Amy grow up. It is so awesome.
There is nothing greater, no better feeling, than that of watching a piece of yourself grow up.
There is no other perfect creation in this world except for the one you bring life, too.
Knowing that she is the most perfect creation in this world, and then to watch, learn, and grow up with her.
It's like a mystery in a way. Wondering, watching, and guessing why she does this and that.
Wondering what her eyes, attitudes, cry's, laughs, and how she shows emotions and expressions for different things.
Like I said, it is the most wonderful, beautiful, and most awesome thing I think I will have in this life.
Thursday, July 07, 2005 00:49:30 <Jim>
My math is terrible!!!!
4 days and 3 minutes = 96 hours. So an AC runtime of 61 hours means my AC unit is running 63.5% of the time. Wow. And that's with a swamp cooler thing on it. Well, this is an experiment. Anything can happen!
Man, 105 degrees sucks up a lot of energy! My roof is like a styrofoam cooler with 4" to 6" inches of styrofoam on it (and it still leaks btw). It's the air conditioner that allows the leaks though. Not the roof.
Thursday, July 07, 2005 00:37:54 <Jim>
Wow...all my cookies got wiped out without my consent!!! What the?
Yea, Joy and Amy follow Robert whereever he goes. He's the man!
Tommorrow I'm taking Robert down for his Class 'B' license.
That will enable him to drive trucks over 25,000 lbs, street sweepers and funeral hearses. LOL.
Testing stats - With Water On
4 days 36 minutes...AC runtime 61 hours out of 120 hours and 36 minutes. Not so good. That means the AC has been running 50% of the time. That also means there is no way to double the AC's efficiency, unless a difference can be measured in amperage usage.
I need to hook up the meter to see if its drawing less current.
I may need to redesign the thing again, but that's pretty easy. I've got the water dripping from a drip line directly above the coils. It's got a drip hole ever 6". A cloth mesh is draped in front of the coil.
I'm thinking it would do better dripping onto the mesh with the mesh 1/4" away from the coil.
I am thinking the cloth is restricting airflow. But that, is very hard to measure.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005 07:14:02 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Good job with Justin!!! I love toughness. Justin needs it, along with a good shift kick below the belt.
What else can I say???
Wednesday, July 06, 2005 07:10:03 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Sniff....Sniff.... Puzzled look.... Sniff... Even Doggie AE's have inquiring minds,,,
Robert break up with Joy? I read alot about him moving from one place to another every other week and nothing about Joy and the baby. And that he has roommates everywhere he goes.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005 03:02:45 <Jim>
Invention Idea - I was chatting with Rober's roomie, John, about the "Flowbee"
I think we came up with a great idea. You'd swear we were high, but I wasn't.
We visualized a computerized chair you sit in that would cut your hair. It looked like one of those those hair drying chairs at the salon, but instead of blowing your hair, it would vacuum your hair straight out away from your head. Then it would cut your hair to whatever pattern you selected on the computer.
This idea sounds insane, but if you think about it alittle, its excellent.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005 02:53:06 <Jim>
We took Dustin and Jennifer home. I told Dustin he I'm not inviting him over anymore.
I told him he is to selfish, lazy, he doesn't try to tell the truth, he tries to do bad things and he's cruel. I told him I don't want people like that around me. If all he's going to do is come over, play on the computer, drink pop, eat candy, yell at his sister, and snear at everything we want to do, we can have a better time without him. It wasn't a lesson really, it was more like a promise.
We went to Robert's new apartment.
He paid me back what he owed me plus $70. I want to say I help get him signed up at Costco, but they wouldn't let me add him through my account unless I had a business account or he could show a bill in his name, with my address. Meanwhile, Robert was talking to another clerk. That clerk gave him a referral form, and we both got $10 for him signing up through my referal. Go figure?
We ended up at Walmart later on, to pick up some miscellaneous items.
We had good time.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005 13:24:38 <Jim>
I have one of those misters that hook on your belt. I put a drop of honeysuckle oil in it.
The house now smells like honeysuckle...yea...
Tuesday, July 05, 2005 12:00:25 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I made my own fireworks last night.
All in the confines of my hotel room with several well selected magazines..... Oops, forget I said that, for it ain't true. And besides I don't want to begin corrupting Ms. R's mind if she reads this entry.
Sounds like the 4th was good for Jimmy and Ms R there in LV, NV....
That's all from me, the Greatest doggy alter-ego in the world... Darn, no modesty here... I think...
Monday, July 04, 2005 23:29:50 <Jim>
It's 90 degrees outside. Hopefully all of the fireworks are done.
My palm trees were missed, so I guess I've got to get them trimmed this year, dangit. It's nice to hang out with people who have such different orientations.
I love America.
Monday, July 04, 2005 21:26:04 <Jim>
Ashley Allred's Wedding
The guest list was impressive. Bernie Lucido, Jimmy Leavelle, Missy Allred, all the Allred daughters, Adam Allred, even Jessica Allred flew in from Boston! It was a blast from the past. They had one of those blow up things for the kids to jump around in, and a trampolene.
About the trampolene. Dustin tried to do a flip and failed, and he screamed at the top of his lungs.
Wonderful, just wonderful. Then he laid next to the driveway and cried. He sux! 12 year old. Course I told him to get back on the trampolene and try it again, but he wouldn't.
Coming home, fireworks were shooting off everywhere.
Our street was blocked off, with fireworks going off right in front. This is such a cool time.
Sunday, July 03, 2005 23:15:30 <Jim>
I forgot to mention, Becky's ex is in town, and he's working here.
William Walker. What an ass. Robert spotted him at a work site and confirmed it.
His construction crew is working at Diamond Painting.
Now, in spite of all the messes this guy has created with his little pencil dick, he should contribute child support. The last thing the little worm said was that he's not the kids father. Becky needs to give Grandmal this information. Grandmal needs to give the Family Support Division the information.
Sunday, July 03, 2005 22:35:41 <Jim>
Kelly called, Sonny called, Allen called, Renee called, and we saw bands and fireworks.
Now tell me, does any of my time off sound boring. I don't think so!!! hahahahaha.
Kelly called. She was all upset about her kids not including her in their 4th of July plans.
She's got a host of other problems too, but this left her feeling depressed. She said she loved the way I answer the phone, because I'm always up! I told her I'm just glad be alive for another day. She was crying, all upset. I just told her hey, it this were your last weekend, would you sit around feeling bad for yourself, or would you go out and make this the BEST weekend of your life? She said, this may be her last day. I said, GREAT, THEN MAKE IT THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!!! Don't waste it. Use it!
Dustin was telling us Paul was probably at Electricians School today...on Sunday. He insisted!
Knowing how stupid that would be, for someone to go to class on Sunday, on a 4th of July weekend, I called Sonny and asked him to the question...LOL.
Sonny said "WHAT? ARE YOU CRAZY? NO ONE GOES TO SCHOOL ON SUNDAY!". I had to laugh.
Kelly called Sonny. He said she felt much better after talking to me (I like hearing that).
I told Dustin, that when ever he says something like it is a fact,
he should add the words "Ooompa Dooompa" to the end of it.
Instead of Dustin saying "Did you know there are a million policemen in Las Vegas"
He should say "Did you know there are a million policemen in Las Vegas. Ooompa Doompa!!!"
That way, people won't think he's stupid...hehehehehe
Allen called. I'm glad we're still talking.
I kind of put him down for having some of his fears. Paranoia is common with us geniuses...hahahaha. Maybe I should not have done that. Sometimes you have to risk everything, to gain any ground. I'd figured he was going to drop me as a friend. But, all is cool.
Renee called while we were watching Madanna perform on Fremont Street
Dustin said he had to use the bathroom. So we went to the parking garage. Then Renee called again. She said she was praying for all kinds of things. I wanted to tell her about a finger exercises she could do while praying, so at least she'll gain so muscles out of it (thats cold).
She said she got back from her tour not long ago. She went to someplace in Northern California, but she didn't know the name of it. Percedes, she said, or something like that. She said they saved 2,000 souls.
She was hoping we'd send a package with some monthly supplies (tampons) and some new sandals, but she didn't know what size she was...lol.
I told her we would, and that we sent her a package already. Both Becky and I forgot what we put in it though. She said she didn't get it. hmmm
So, I told her it would be nice to see her for even a half an hour, but she said she'd have to arrange that. I keep thinking WOW...what kind of compound does she live in? Sounds like a Jim Jones kind of thing.
RENEE, DON'T DRINK ANY KOOLAID!!!
That's what happened to the followers at Jonestown. They all committed suicide, on the orders of theirleader, who was high on cocaine.
Sunday, July 03, 2005 22:43:12 <Becky>
A Great Weekend
Hi Babe I wanted to thank you for taking all of us to the Fire Works this weekend I have been having a great time with you and the kid's. Jim you are a sweet man that I love very much. You do all good thing's for me and the kid's. I'm sorry I was being a bitch to you today. I am very sorry. Kisses and Hug's my Love. :)
Sunday, July 03, 2005 22:17:00 <Jim>
Yesterday - We rode a 1912 Passenger Train, and saw fireworks.
The train was in the Boulder City Train Museum. They must not advertise it. They run it between 10am and 2pm every weekend. It cost $7 for adults, $4 for kids. Seastrand Park Fireworks
The fireworks were excellent. The croud was huge, and it was hot!!
I believe this firework display is the best in town for families.
I timed Dustin, Jennifer and Becky running the bases in a baseball diamond.
It seems 18 seconds is an average for this family. Wow.
Dustin did the worst with a 24 second time, but he was running like a girl. I finally told him he should bend his knees and let the ball of his feet dig into the ground. And to not swing his arms around all over the place (its hilarious to watch, but he's serious when he does that). His time improved tremendously.
It feels really good to me, when something I say actually makes a difference.
We started to go down the Strip, but it was crouded, and Dustin and Jennifer were fighting.
They always fight about stupid things. I mean really stupid things.
Dustin: "Spider's have six legs".
Jennifer: "Spider's don't have six legs, they have eight legs".
Dustin: "I said spiders have eight legs JENNIFER!".
Jennifer: "No you didn't "
Poor Dustin. He doesn't remember last year. He doesn't know what he said one minute ago. He doesn't understand the simplest things. He's damned by his aptitudes. Its sad. We should all be grateful for the special abilities we are born with. Many people don't get any.
Friday, July 01, 2005 23:18:12 <Jim>
Time Travel - I'm just babbling notes.
Is that really possible?
Seeing into the past
We know that's possible. Pick out any star. The closest star we can see is 4 light years away. So, the light we see at the very minimum is 4 years old. We are looking at the star's past. If there was a mirror, 10 light years away that reflected light from this planet, we could see our Earths past, as it was 20 years ago.
Changing the past
If that could be done by mankind, it would have been done in the future already. Mankind makes and breaks its own rules every day.
There's evidence of particles that travel backwards into time. Isn't it possible the transmitter was actually acting as a receiver, and they botched the experiment. Mathematical formulas almost always follow the observation. So, they're saying if I aim a mu-meson flashlight at a wall, the light might appear there yesterday. Hmmm. Well, the ground is travelling in a circle at 1,000 mph, but I'm sure those lab boys realized that.
If these particles could be emitted and controlled, wouldn't we be sending ourselves information from the future already.
I'm sure, 200 years from now, our science will look like Petroglyphs or caveman drawings.
Travelling into the future
The moment we travel into the future, it becomes the past. If we froze ourselves, we would travel into a future in what would might appear to be an instant. However, if we can't go back into the past, we've simply existed normally. No laws of nature would have been violated.
I love science fiction, but everything that we've done can be pretty easily understood.
Nothing we've done is more amazing to me, than a blade of grass.
Friday, July 01, 2005 15:12:31 <Jim>
Crop Circles - I should write a book.
I was reading one of Sonny's books on crop circles. It was a hard bound text book. The guy mostly talked about himself, his friends and his feelings. He mentioned how a pilot buddy noticed a simularity between Stonehenge and real crop circles. The author went on to say he concurred. He also pointed out the differences between fake crop circles and real ones. It had some cool pictures in it though. My dad bought it, and sent it to Sonny. My dad thinks Ufo's are writing in corn fields. He must think the Aliens are stupid.
Then Becky was reading a romance novel by Ana Leigh.
She'd ask me about some of words she was reading. The author mixed in words that don't exist, French words, and rarely used words to appear more intelligent. The body of the book had no plot. It rambled on like senile person with a decent vocabulary. It too, was a hard bound book
My theme. The Nazi Conspiracy.
As we sit, the government is designing the perfect race.
Within their parameters for this perfect race is a certain height and weight, an IQ of 120, smoking is not desired. The elderly will be sent to death camps called hospitals. Those with IQs of 100 or less will be slaves, working in factories, cleaning floors and mowing lawns. If these people get sick and can't produce, they will die in the death camps. Those with higher IQs will be groomed as to how to behave in the futures perfect society.
Hmmm....sheesh, some of that sounds kind of true. Yuck!
Maybe I could just write about flowers.
Friday, July 01, 2005 14:51:44 <Jim>
Officer, I couldn't stop. The world is spinning at 1,000 miles an hour.
More reasons why I'm a bad American and a bad Christian. - I don't believe anyone can see the future. I think they can only guess. - If you actually read Nostradamus or Revelations, you'd know nobody can predict the future. - If you say cars are horses, nuclear bombs are great lights, China is a great power coming from the west somewhere, then maybe. If you say people are actually computers, then maybe. If you take the dictionary and shred it up, then put it back together however it lays, then the directions on an aspirin bottle can turn into the voice of God. - I think its hilarious when I hear people put a twist and a spin on words. I know, I'm no fun Rob told me I was going to Hell. I told him the concept was stupid.
Friday, July 01, 2005 14:45:59 <Jim>
I just want to say, I'm not mad about anything. I love this point in my life. Life is good!
I'd like to stay at this point in time for eternity.
This is my heaven on earth.
I don't think anyone has ever invented a better heaven than what I've got right now.
I don't want 80 virgins. Don't want to lie down in green pastures. Don't want anything more than what I've got at this very moment.
Life is good!
Friday, July 01, 2005 14:32:55 <Jim>
Here's one way we get lied to by the media. This is a classic example.
From the National Cancer Society. About 35% of US adults are overweight and another 30% are considered obese. Nearly 16% of kids 6-19 are too heavy; heavy kids are more likely to become heavy adults with a higher risk of developing cancer and other serious diseases. I think the objectives of the above report were determined before the report was ever written. Consider the following: - What if they used .1 ounce over the average weight as being overweight. Then 50% of the population becomes overweight. Now change that to 500lbs over the average weight. Then 0% of the population becomes overweight. - Now change the date when the statistics were takens. Say instead of July, the statistics were taken in January after Christmas and Thanksgiving. That changes everything. Especially if the average weight of everybody has changed. This report can be skewed anyway desirable.
Friday, July 01, 2005 14:02:30 <Jim>
Another Bad American, me.
- I think the Bush Administration lied about nukes in Iraq, for whatever reason. - I think they are lying to us about Social Security. You quit paying into Social Security after $90,000 - I think the measure of any great civilization should be how it treats the sick and elderly. - I think the government lied to us about Vietnam - I think people are being starved in Nigeria intentionally, to control population. - I think religion is, and always has been, a huge business. - I think the author of Genesis thought the world was flat. - I think that Moses, not god, wrote the 10 commandments on that mountain. - I think if Ufo's had the technology to fly light years through the galaxy, they wouldn't run out of fuel and crash here. - I think people built the pyramids, not Ufo's. - I think over 90% of what we read is useless. - I think the newspapers can't agree on the simplest of stories. Its all spin! - I think that people who pray for other people, are too lazy or stupid to do something for those people. - I think 16 year olds shouldn't be allowed to drive with a cell phone. - I think we should decide for ourselves if we want to wear a motorcycle helmet.
Friday, July 01, 2005 13:35:16 <Jim>
George Carlin, the Bad American
- I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some mid level governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican! - I'm in touch with my feelings and I like it that way, damn it! - I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you a smart American. - I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized. It does not entitle you to anything. - I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, try to do it in English. - I think that being a student doesn't give you any more enlightenment than working at Blockbuster. In fact, if your parents are footing the bill to put your pansy ass through 4 years plus of college, you haven't begun to be enlightened. - I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to. - I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor. - I think global warming is a big lie. Where are all those experts now, when I'm freezing my ass off during these long winters and paying, paying, paying? - I know wrestling is fake and I don't waste my time arguing about it. - I've never owned a slave, or was a slave, I didn't wander forty years in the desert after getting chased out of Egypt. I haven't burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks and neither have you! So, shut-the-Hell-up already. - I want to know which church is it exactly where the Reverend Jesse Jackson practices, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution. Can I get an AMEN on that one? - I also think they have the right to pull your ass over if you're breaking the law, regardless of what color you are. - And, no, I don't mind having my face shown on my drivers license. I think it's good..... - I'm proud that "God" is written on my money. - And what the hell is going on with gas prices... again? - I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don't want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years. - I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me crap or trying to guilt me into making "donations" to their cause. These people should be targets. - I think fireworks should be legal on the 4th of July. - My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and whoever canceled Jerry Springer. - I think the cops have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you're running from them. - I believe that it doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents. If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I'm a Bad American. --- We need our country back ---
Friday, July 01, 2005 09:36:52 <Jim>
I don't want to fall into the wishing well.
I'd rather do what I've done in the past. I like making things happen.
My thoughts don't always work the way I've planned them.
EG: In 1979, I wanted to retire at 40 with 5 acres of land, a solar powered dome house,
with $150,000 saved drawing 10% interest.
I pursued that dream by going to college for the highest paying profession.
I did that. I also divorced my partner, and a lot of things changed along the way.
However, I topped out and it still wasn't enough.
I laid myself off in 2001, with the feeling that I can't leave this life yet.
Something is calling me. There is something I've got left to do. It's an unnerving feeling if you've ever had it.
So, in this blog, I try to figure out where that feeling comes from, be it god or something I heard when I was a kid.
I can't tell anybody why I hear this call because I don't know why.
But I know I'm not going to be living in a shopping cart when I'm 80.
And what's the worst that could happen?
I go to San Fransisco, get drunk and check into rehab...lol.
I learned a lot from Skip.
In this life, everybody wins and everybody loses
Its all a matter of perspective.
Friday, July 01, 2005 09:29:46 <Jim>
I realize I'm writing a book here. This log contains my thoughts. They are all here.
If I end up average, rich or poor, these thoughts will remind me of how I got there.
I should be able to do whatever I did with reproducable results.
Wouldn't you like to read Bill Gates thoughts in a blog. I would!
If I go to work for someone, I can tell how my blog will read...
It will say things about daily life, daily problems, projects that I haven't figured out yet.
It will be accented by, I got a 10% raise or a $5,000 bonus every year.
The last entry will be about how I can't afford to run this website anymore.
Friday, July 01, 2005 09:14:00 <Jim>
So, how does a person go to get wealthy.
- You can inherit wealth.
- You can marry wealth.
- You can ride the wave of who's paying the best salary, but that will only border wealth.
- You can own a business, but if you're involved with its daily operations the results might depend sole effort.
I'd say the way to wealth, is by learning from the wealthy...and do what they do.
To me, a wealthy person doesn't just have $1,000,000 saved up.
A wealthy person is someone who can make $1,000,000 with a reproducible results.
If Bill Gates fell flat on his face, do you think he'd work as a programmer?
I don't. I think he'd start up another company and rise to power again. And I think he'd do it quickly.
And I believe the only difference between myself and Bill Gates, is the way we think about our limitations.
I think the way to wealth is through small percentages.
By setting people up to make money, then making a small amount of money off of each and every one of them. You can't do this by yourself. You need a lot of people to be involved.
Friday, July 01, 2005 08:58:31 <Jim>
I'd rather use gasolene than dollars as a measure of buying power over the years.
In the 70's, gas was 29c a gallon. I have picture of that. I was making $13k a year.
That's almost 45,000 gallons of gas.
Now, gas is $2.20 a gallon, and I could make $60,000 a year.
That's 27,0000 gallons of gas.
My 1999 truck today gets as much gas milage as my 65 Chevy Super Sport.
Friday, July 01, 2005 08:44:51 <Jim>
American's place in the world is to own and to manage.
That is what I've been reading between the lines.
Can you see my logic or am I crazy?
- Wages haven't kept up with the cost of real goods. That means working for wages is a fools game.
You are doing the same amount of work for less real gain. You are losing ground.
- The real winners in the stock market are the brokers, and the board members.
The owners of Microsoft and Enron have made out like bandits.
I don't know anyone who made it big in Microsoft that didn't lose big on some other stock in their portfolio.
If you worked at Microsoft and participated in their shareholding you did well.
If you worked at Enron and participated in their shareholding, you did terrible.
The stock market is a game for the insiders, not the players.
Here is some simple logic for the stock market.
The DJI is an industry average of 30 industrial stocks. It is priced at $10,299 today.
I believe the DJI has been hovering around $10,000 during the last 14 years.
If I'm reading this right, that means its value overall is not growing, its being shuffled around. Here's a chart
If you know where to be, its a good thing.
If you don't. It's still better than throwing money in CD's.
Money, on the average, will always decrease in value just by sitting in a coffee can.
I do realize that money only works if it is limited in supply. Therefore, if the Dow did go up constantly, that would mean inflation, meaning the dollar is worth less. Money has to be shuffled around to work.
YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR MONEY!
The creditors are betting that anything you can do with the dollar, is better than what they could do.
Friday, July 01, 2005 07:24:51 <Jim>
Well here's the thing...If its number you like, here they are:
With my credit lines, I can borrow more than 50% of what I've made in my whole life time.
I can take out another loan on my house for $80k more
- still have a smaller house payment than in 1985
- still have equity and leverage.
- still can rent this house out for $700 net income a month.
I could go back to work here in Las Vegas, but here's the math of doing that...
I'll make $60k a year.
I'll live cheap, mostly like I always have.
I'll save $20k tops each year.
In the next 10 years, I'll have $100k+ plus saved.
If houses and cars quadruple in value again, I'll be able to buy a volkswagon, or a time-share someplace...maybe.
Life is so much like the game of Monopoly.
Buying property is so much better in the long run than just passing Go.
Can you hear it? The government is screaming at you to buy a house!
My house has quadrupled in value since 1985. Has your income? Has anybody's?
In 1985, a 7-11 eleven clerk was making what? $4 an hour. Now they're making $7.
The automobile industry was in Detroit. Now its in Mexico.
Small farmers still existed. Nobody in their right mind would be a farmer today.
Thats what we have California for, and all their illegal migrant workers.
India, Australia and Russia are prominant producers of software now.
Take a look at who makes almost everything you own.
It says - Made in China, India, Mexico or Korea.
These people aren't getting rich by working a job. They are poor.
Almost nothing says Made in America.
Even the vegatables at your local grocery store were harvested by Mexicans.
--- This should be a message to you ---
Friday, July 01, 2005 08:03:08 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Oh my, I've managed to take away Jim's BLOG virtual viginity twice now.
Once was enough, when I found out what I had done. Twice be way too much. Jimmy - I sent you an email... please read.
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07/06/2005 00:49:07Robert Hey Robert
I'm at your house...lol
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