5/31/2005 8:02:13 PM Tuesday, May 31, 2005 12:15:25 <Jim>
Today, I'm learning ASP programming.
But these popups are driving me CrAzy! They must be coming from some game site. I'm not sure, but, they are a complete pain-in-the-ass. I wouldn't buy something from them if they paid me (most say they will pay you). What gets me about these popups is they are for quality companies. Oh well.
SSI Includes. hmmm.
I want to use them for a common menu, but I keep running into problems with CSS. Also, I'd have have to strip off the html tags encapasulating each called program unless I intend to have each html doc embedded into each html doc. I know this is jibberish, but, I'll figure it out in the next hour.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005 11:43:20 <Jim> Yesterday: We went to a pool party, ate at Grandmals, and watched Navigator with Sonny.
The day turned out to be half planned, half accidental, as usual. - Robert
Asked us to bring our shampooer to his apartment. He rented a Uhaul and is moving ALL-THE-WAY-ACROSS-TOWN into a friends house! On a sad note, they're going to have to give up DOG, my guess is he'll be put to sleep. We'll miss all of them. He'll be living near Ann/Lone Mountain road. - The Police
Eight police cars whizzed by us when we were going to the pool party.
And We followed them for the heck of it. They ended up about a mile from Sonny's condo. Apparently they were looking for a suspect on foot. We ended up standing outside of the condo with Sonny, watching the police setup a road block. I doubt if they caught him. You can always tell by the circling helicopter. - Michelle's Pool Party
There were some kids there, but mainly it was a eat BBQ and lets get hammered party. We fit in nicely even though we don't drink. Michelle was lit up like Fremont Street. She told us her shake roof had no plywood under it and a bunch of other things I won't believe until I see it. Rico asked me to pick up some fireworks. Their neighbor harassed about parking near his house. lalala. - Doris
Doris asked us to bring some of Grandmas food to her. She wasn't feeling well enough to come to Grandmas to join us for dinner, but later she called us and said to forget it, she was throwing up. I worry about her. She's 76 years old. - Sonny
We bumped into Sonny at Hollywood Videos. It amazes me when we bump into him. We never see anybody we know anywhere any more. Sonny rented the Aviator (a story about Howard Hughs). It was interesting, and LONG. Sonny had to go home before it finished. He was passing out. - Mikey
We chatted for hours. It's interesting that his laptop is having DVD decoder problems. Mine is too. They were working. All kind guess is it the drivers were removed by a virus protection program. Bummer.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 21:31:55 <Jim> Mikey...Sorry about that 80 buckeroos
It's Mammorial Day tommorrow. We're going to a pool party, then a BBQ, and then we're gonna be burn out.
I'm going to see if I can give you the credit for hooking me up with 1and1 though. So far, 1and1 is giving me everything that I want...however, the news links and such that they are suppose to provide, I could have gotten them easily myself, by using frames. I used to do that a million years ago on one of my site versions. GraMal saw Store Wars III with Paul.
Now, she didn't like it that much, too much violets. Why Why Why didn't we go to Area 51. I was SO CLOSE!
I'm insane thats why. I am in Dreamland.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 13:30:15 <Jim> I just tried to locate Becky's mom.
Delores called me back about Beckys mom.
She said that Becky's Mom may have gone to Mesquite without telling me. We were supposed to bring the kids back at 7pm last night, and we tried to get in touch with Becky's mom by phone, and by a message hung on the door. Nothing. Hmmm. Amongst other things Delores and I talked about, she said it was okay for BADD to open Renee's letter and to take my letter out...because I'm not saved. What's wrong with these people. Have they read the Bible so much that they've forgotten that great old piece of paper called the Constitution of the United States of Americe? When a letter is addressed to someone, only that person has the right to open it unless they gave up their rights. It turns out Paul cut a cable that was sticking out of the ground.
Ummmm. He didnt' know what it was for. It turned out to be for his cable TV and telephone. Now, um, he's an electrician, and um, I'm not...but it cost 40 cents for a coax connector and you can respice it with a pair of pliers. hmmm. No comment on that. So, everything was alright.
We ate over there and I attempted to fix their sliding glass door. Unfortunatly, Paul, on his day off was called in to help me lift the door off the track. The door just needed a couple of $7 rollers, BUT, Home Depot has 100s of them. You have to take the time to match them up, and Paul seemed like he was in a rush. We got the wrong ones. :(. The door ain't fixed. Renee just called. Her number is 213-479-8827, but she couldn't give that number out.
She also doesn't know where she lives. Apparently, and this crude, Jesus doesn't like his followers to be educated. She's living in a trailer in Camp Joshua. It's a bunch of trailers, with clothes washing day on Thursday. They have to ask their overseer if its okay to give out its address and phone number. They have to get an okay for someone to visits I asked her if they called it a compound, but Renee didn't know what that meant, lol. hmmm. What a cCrRaZzZzYyyyY circle of people I've surrounded my self with.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 20:20:21 <Squirty's alter-ego> HOWL!!!!! Great Movie....
Saw Steer Wars, Episode III - The Revenge of the Seth... Great movie. Fast paced, good story line, that closed up all the lines leading to Episode IV - New Hope, which was the first Steer Wars movie back in 1977. Graphics wonderful and in the process George Lucas didn't use even 1 inch of film (digitally recorded directly to HDD). Well worth taking Miss Rebecca to see. JIMMY!!!!!!
You lost me 80 buckerinos?!?!?! And you know I would have split it with you. Well, you'll have to find another way to get the 80 luckerinos for me, so we can split it. You should have gone deep onto Area 51 property.
I hear you get Military Cops on you pretty quick. It would have been a great test of that understanding. And a shame you couldn't swim. But you should have brought along Grand Mal and tossed her into the water.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 12:34:00 <Jim> Every muscle in my body hurts!!!
After several passes, we finally hooked up with the Sheppard family and the (Ergon)party. We totalled to about 12 adults and 7 kids, and Squirt. It would have been a nice little outting BUT, and this is a big BUTT:
We couldn't swim in the lake. It had parasites in it that would EAT you!
Out there in the middle of nowhere, there was no place to set up out 16' tent (with exception of Area 51 that is).
Bugs were everywhere!
The lake was pretty small.
The law enforcement people out there love to write tickets.
- Alamo is where Rob got his DUI (which in many ways, led to early his death).
- Tommy Sheppard got a ticket for not having a front license plate.
- A park person harassed me for stopping near a sign that said no parking. I wasn't parked, the engine was running, it was obvious I was looking for someone with my binoculars, and above all, we were in the middle of nowhere with a no parking sign next to us.
I told everyone there, that only 20 minutes up the road, was Area 51's 50th year anniversary party. You could see Groom Lake from the party campsite. Some of the most interesting people in the world were probably there. They had a band playing, a barbeque, and probably 1,000 people were camping out on the edge of Area 51. George Knapp was probably there along with Channel 8 news.
I couldn't believe it: nobody was interested in taking the 20 minute trip!
Well, we had no place to sleep, so we left at midnight. Some strange things did happen, but they weren't UFO related.
Lights kept flickering over the nearby mountains.
Even though we were 90 miles away from Las Vegas, we could still see its glow.
The birds at the lake are migratory, and are very pretty.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 12:22:04 <Squirty's alter-ego> Squawk Ident
More pilot talk Jimmy. Just can't help it as the past keeps creeping in and out of my wicked little dog brain (mish mash in dog talk)... What be TO?
Yea, 1and1 seems to be pretty good, and cheap. Volume is what itr's all about in the hosting world, I suppose. Bark at them for a good service/price. That John character is weird.
If he were there when you were, you would remember him. He is down right weird. DVD in my liptop.
WOrks ok on all other discs (video) I have bought. And was playing that one (ER Disc 1) fine for 84 minutes before it went kooky. But then the same symptoms happened last night when I watched a DVD I burned back in decembe 2004 entitled "SAE does Hawthorne at Midnight", the sequel to "Debbie Does Dallas". I think it may be a transite problem. When I am checking into a new Extended Stay place real shorty, and have that external unit with me to try. Bark!! Better get going
Want to unload the car, so I can go see the new Steer Wars movie this afternoon. HOWL!!! Darth Vader. Now, there is a guy GrandMal could love... Personally, I like the Senator/Queen who ends up being Luke and Princess Lia's mom by Darth Vader. A Harvard Grad (so she's brainy) and an Israeli by birth. Plus her daddy is a big time dr of medicine of some kind in NYC, so he's got loads of $$$. HOWL!!!!
Saturday, May 28, 2005 13:58:48 <Jim> After getting all apathetic, I told everyone that Becky and I would go after we took the kids home.
I told everybody, that if I'm the one with enthusiam, and am going to pay for everything AND do all of the work, it just wasn't worth the effort.
That must have done the trick. Dustin even helped load the truck. It's taking 2 hours, but, it'll be worth every bit of the effort. The only bridge left to cross, is getting GMa to agree. It is a rather special weekend.
Aliens, a factory party, our neighbors, bands, George Knap, maybe even the Channel 8 News crew will be out there in the middle of the desert. Some might even call it a once in a lifetime experience.
Saturday, May 28, 2005 12:00:57 <Jim> I realize I don't have to be in Area 51 to be in Dreamland. I'm surround by a dreamland.
Everyone here is playing on the laptops. I tried to get everyone's attention by having them help me create a list of things we need for camping. I heard paper, pen, football, and no pillows or sleeping bags. Then I tried to get everyone to imaging 50 tents, kids, people eating, a band playing and Alien costumes. It didn't go very well.
This is all too strange. Throw in Grandma's love for trashing outings...
We have to get Grandma's approval, and her contribution to the event. I think this event is a waste of mental effort. Last week we simply wanted to go swimming, but we had to buy bathing suits, but they had to be one piece.
The trip to LA with the travel trailer got ruined, because Becky and I would have been sleeping in the Truck bed on the ocean while they slept in the trailer.
The trip to Disneyland got trashed because Grandma changed her mind at the last moment and didn't tell me. I'm in a world where nothing makes sense.
The kids said Grandma was at the mall buying shoes for Dustin. I just bought Dustin some shoes 3 weeks ago. Then they said no, she already got them.
So I give up. I'm not doing anything! Days like today are why I want to get drunk.
Saturday, May 28, 2005 08:10:01 <Jim> So, Ellis got divorced, and is out there someplace all alone...lol. He should live here!!!
I haven't heard from Ellis. I'll try to contact his butt to offer him consolation or congratulations (whatever applies). I just learned that Area 51 was is having a party this weekend, near ALAMO, NV!
Now why couldn't have my neighbors told me that. I mentioned that the only reason I'd go camping in Alamo would be to see a parade UFO's flying over and eat an Alien burger. We could still go camping, but now, the time is so late, we'd have to jerk everybody around to get situated. Sheesh! Jim McGnee..hmmm.
I don't recall him. But if he worked there when I did, he would have known me. I was like a god there. I controlled Valley Bank's Inn Switch and Atm Networks in Nevada, Arizona, California and Utah.
I got all the calls, had all of the logons. It's too bad I'm not a crook. I had every (barely) encrypted pin for every account they had! At one time, I could have drained every Atm in Vegas from their $'s if I wanted too.
Those guys were so lost! Sounds like you may have an invalid Dvd decoder.
Only time will tell. They're invisible until they screw up. I'm setting up my 1and1 accounts.
Thanks for T.O. Mike. They offer alot more for the same price as Earthlink. I can do ASP programming now. Beats the heck out of what I was doing. I was renaming my Html's with a PHP4 extension, just so I could use Server Side Includes (SSI). But Earthlink (the host for Cutlar Enterprises) only has a fraction of the services that 1and1 has, or they charge a million bucks for the addon. I can use SQL 2000 on my sites now....Yippee
I'm going to leave my blogs in text format, because its simple data and you never have to convert Ascii files. I an still read my old diary from the 80's. I wish the same were true for jpgs and gifs though. BTW - Knowing what I know about JPGs and GIFs
Its a good idea, if you've switched to digital photograpy like I have, to swing over to Walmart and print your pictures out. It's cheaper than printing them at home, and hard copies won't disappear when industry standards for photo's change. None of my nudie pictures from the 80's display and I really miss 'Anabella'.
Saturday, May 28, 2005 09:18:22 <Squirty's alter-ego> You didn't take LVStud???
Seems that is the best one to describe Jimmy. You are studly, right? Bark, Howl and Scratch...
Sitting here in a Starschmucks... Arpanetting away... Oh, what a good thing.. Go to get an eyeball exam at Noon and need glasses. And a new prescribion for Eye Ball Covers (contacts). The glasses I wear whn I don't have my contacts in are old, the prescription is old, and the frames don't fit right. The contacts have been bugging my eye balls of late, which prompted my exam. Me don't know, as an ignorant Alter Ego
Like my english? Excuse me, I went to LV schools. I just found out yesterday that Mr. ELlis V. Hicks is no longer at that hospital in Antelope Valley, north end of LA, and that he got a divorce. One of my coworkers is a "bro" of Ellis's going way back in LA. Jimmy, have you heard from Mr. Hicks? Oh, and this coworker of mine contracted briefly at Valley Bank in Vegas, back in the late 80s. His name is John McGnee.. Do you know him? He says your name sounds fimiliar.. Going to go and see the new Steer Wars movie this weekend
HOWL!!!!! Ordered some DVs from Amazon a few weeks ago.
One of them was first season box set of "ER". Love the show, and began buying "First Season box sets" of a lot of my favorite shows. Well, I was watching the pilot episode which you may imagine is on side 1 of disc 1 (of 4 discs). About 90 minutes in, my liptop goes wacky, and cpu usage goes up to 99%, the screen freezes and audio stops. I had to hard reboot. Went and tried it with a different software (DVD movie reader) package and same thing. So I sent Amazon a note saying I think I have a bad disc. It looks ok, and it is clean. This was with the internal DVD+/-RW dual layer DVD drive internal to my liptop. I have a Plextor external DVD+/-RW reader/writer I bought about 9 months ago that is currently in a storage unit. I am going to plug that in and see if I get the same thing. But AMazon is great. Within and hour, I got an email that said they are sending me another copy of the box set from a different batch and if the problem exists with that copy, I am stuck. Maybe go to Warner Bros (producer of the discs). But the replacements were sent within hours, free of charge (pending my returning one copy or another in a prepaid package within 30 days. Bark, Lick..
Friday, May 27, 2005 23:29:20 <Jim> I just acquired 5 websites.
They are lvdude, lvdarlings, lvshots, lvirus and lvtoys. This should be fun!
The sites are all MS .Net configurations with SQL 2000 and Access if I want it. Plus they have 10 chat rooms. It'll take a week or two to set up, but, once I get through it all, I could make some money. I told Becky she could be the madaam at lvdarlings.com
The plan would be to get high class call girls to sign up for the service, and then market to Japanese tourist who'll pay to connect with them...hehehehe...just kidding (maybe). Ya know, I probably should have taken lvguy over lvdude...lvbabe was open too.
It's hard to come up with catchy Domain names. KewlThings, lv69, lvstop, lvgo, lvguns, a bunch of them were available.
Friday, May 27, 2005 14:27:02 <Squirty's Alter Ego> I don't know...
I don't know how I do that. Looking the same. I know I've packed on a lot of pounds recently, but otherwise, I'd agree I probably look a lot like I did 10, 15 or 20 years ago. Maybe longer. That's why....
I think I look at pictures of friends I've known most of my life, and I think they look older than me. And by a lot. Or when I see someone, say a business leader or politician, or some such person being described on television, and I say to myself, "Damn, he looks like he's 75". And he's really 48, 3 years younger than me. Has something to do with me making a pact with the devil that the closer you are to me, the quicker you'll start to look old. Just Kidding. Me just dun't know why, as the uneducated would say. I'll call you over the weekend, Jimmy.
Have only three things planned for the long weekend. Wash my clothes, go and see the new Steer Wars movie and move back to one of the Extended Stay places closer to work. Will probably try and clean my storage unit a bit, as it has gotten to be a mess. And then, just maybe, I can go to Disney World next weekend. HOWL...
Friday, May 27, 2005 10:20:27 <Jim> They say there's a twin for everybody in this world. - Looking at my pictures from 4 years ago, I'm not even my own twin!
I've had blonde hair, red hair, brown hair, black hair, short hair, long hair, a perm, a beard, a goatie, a mustache, no mustache. I had no eyebrows (I accidentally trimmed half of one off and had to balance them out). My teeth change color daily, depending on how much coffee I drink. I've weighed 160lbs, 205lbs, and now I'm back to 185lbs. - You should see the pictures of Becky 4 years ago!!! LOL.
She had school teacher glasses and brown curly hair. Now she's hot to the touch! - Mikey, I noticed you still look pretty much the same. How do you do that?
Friday, May 27, 2005 12:01:17 <Squirty's Alter Ego> Oh, by the way....
There is a contractor here who is a dead ringer for Sonny. Looks alot like him, and even kinda walks like Sonny. Twin maybe?
Friday, May 27, 2005 08:39:52 <Squirty's Alter Ego> Terrible commute and oversleeping
Howl... Extended Stay America is that hotel chain I used a lot in Basten (aka: Boston, the Hell Hole of America) in 1999/2000 and a bit in LA while I was at Northrop. That place we went during your Malibu trip, where the guy was humping the window was one of their properties.
Well, I had stayed about 2 in each of two of their properties that are right next door to each other, 5 minutes from work. Both these locales had hi speed wireless Internet for 3.99 per stay (yes, per stay). Well, the rooms were ~47/day plus 11% tax. They have a property on the other end of town for 31/day with no internet. That is, unless you want to deal into an ISP.
Traffic in this town makes LA, NT or LV look like a pie of cake. Down right terrible traffic. The place is 20 miles away from work and it takes 90 minutes. Plus, I've just been tired and sleeping too much.
Met your friend face to face for the very first time Wednesday. Yea, Kevin came to town to kiss M2's behind. I couldn't lay into him in the 5 minutes I saw him in the office, with people around. But I told him I wanted to talk and I wasn't too happy. Whatever comes from it, I am upset that he can and did treat my friend Jimmy, the way he did. He needs to hear that that isn't the right way to conduct business, even there in the Hell Hole of America, where he lives, Massachusetts.
Well, time to get to work. That darn four letter word, that ends in "k" and has a vowel as a second letter.
Thursday, May 26, 2005 21:32:53 <Jim> We got invited to a campout with 50 other people...In Alamo, Nevada
Now, I gotta ask anyone out there, what the heck is in Alamo. I can't even get population statistics on that place. These people work for a company thats having an outing at Lake Pahrampa, or something like that. It's a small lake with few fish, and I think its a salt water lake. Anyway, the only redeming thing I could find about the place is its 20 miles from Groom Lake, and 15 miles from Racheal, Nevada. It could fun to have an Alien Burger.
I think we'll pass though. It's 110 miles away, which would cost $50 in gas round trip. We saw Jennifer sing in her chorus tonight
Those hour long skits are SO CUTE!!! I always laugh, smile, and cry abits. Allen is headed back to Missouri tommorrow morning.
He said he's HATES big cities. According to him, Virginia has too many spics (is it spics or spooks). I guess he means Hispanics.
Me, I appreciate the diversity of ethnic origins in Vegas. I love the different styles of cooking, but I hate the different styles of music. As long as its not blasted at me I don't mind. I haven't heard from Mikey in awhile.
Hopefully everything is alright. I hope he's not blowing me off because of that headhunter, or what Becky said. I think of him as a brother, and a brother to me, is always a brother, through good times or bad.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 23:32:54 <Jim> Becky mentioned my blog, that I talked about dying.
Well, I do think about it. I guess I'm kind of irritated about when I was born. If I was just born 50 years later, I'd have a chance to be immortal.
Unless there's a radical change in our thinking, big business and politics will kill billions of people by inaction. The main goal for mankind should be this...to extend life.
Not a petty little five years of it, a million years of it. We have the technology to do it. The world is dragging its feet. 120,000 people die everyday of old age related symptoms. Old age is a curable disease. Maybe not today, but tommorrow or perhaps in the next 50 years.
I don't want much from life, if I can't have more of it. I've seen my death 1,000 times in my mind, from 5 years to 500 years past my end.
So, what's the point of hanging out if you can't have fun. That's all I'm saying.
All I'm doing right now, is having a good time and I love it! And I'm going to take Becky with me on my little magic carpet ride. Wherever we end up, it's going to be an adventure. And it sure beats looking at cubical walls every day.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 21:45:54 <Jim> I should apologize for myself.
- I'm not afraid of dying, and I'm not afraid of living. I should be more like everybody else.
- I'm not opposed to eating cows, pigs, mushrooms from a pasture, or anything I've never tried before. I should hate everything I haven't tried. I should find reasons to dislike food.
- I should hate a group of people for their color, religious beliefs, sex orientations or ethnic origin. That's the way we were raised, and we shouldn't change.
- I should stick with a career for my entire life. If I am good at something, I shouldn't change.
My Grandfather called black people niggers.
I know people that hate rice and others that hate potatos even though they are flavorless.
My Dad has lived his whole life being afraid of death. Every inch of the way, he was deathly ill.
My Uncle was an engineer for the railroad all of his life. He was good at it. That was all he did. It's our own fears, dislikes, and unfounded beliefs that limit us in this life.
To let go of life is to live.
Everyone will be saved, but not by some guy wearing a sheet.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 21:07:46 <Jim> I slapped together 4 more Simpson Video Poker game today.
I'm thinking of converting them to use php. The problem I have with making sweeping changes to my website is its inability to cut and paste items. I can't move items. I have to copy, then delete them. I suppose that's what MOVE doe anyway, but, it would be nice if I could keep the traffic localized to the web server. It's been a quiet day.
- I wrote a letter to Joe Leblanc, telling him about Skip and his rehab.
- I'm crocking 2 cups lima beans, 6 cups water, 1/2 cup chopped onions and 1 ham hock. It should be good eating. I've never crocked anything before.
- I noticed yesterday that Long Horn's Casino has a 20oz Porterhouse steak dinner for $15. That would be $12 a pound if it was just steak. Anyway, I wanted to compare that prices with the local Albertsons, and found they don't sell Porterhouse steak there. WOW. Guess our neighborhood isn't rich enough. This fellow suggested I try a Mexican meat market (no, I'm not kidding) that's just around the corner from my house. Their meat prices were half that of Albertsons. I wondered how they could do that.
- We bought coke, sprite, sangria, and 7-up, IN THE BOTTLE
at the Mexican meat market. They were dated 1993.I think Coke tastes 100% better in a bottle. It was EXCELLENT!
I shouldn't play with colors...hehe.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 23:32:25 <Jim> It was a nice day. Robert squared up with me
I took him to cash his check (his car was repoed). We ate at the Long Horn. Watched the baby play with everything. It was cool. I saw Darla at the Long Horn
She barely noticed me, barely talked to me, but we exchange a smile. She's been working there for 14 years, and I knew her when she was a Rebel station clerk. It's funny, this girl, who I've known almost 17, who asked me if I'd loan her $6,000 one time, just barely acknowledged my existence.
Time changes all things. We took Joy and her baby to Quick Care
Two of them actually. They all now close at 7:30pm. Oh well, it was interesting driving around with a bag of baby doodoo in the back seat. LOL. Amy's had diarrea for 3 days now. I guess that's a big deal for babies. What do I know?
Monday, May 23, 2005 17:46:56 <Jim> I just got an idea for a free energy source!
Becky and I are both playing the heck out of that Video Poker game. The sound of mouse clicking fills the air.
My idea is to install generators on the mouses and hook them up to a battery. LOL.
Monday, May 23, 2005 17:39:40 <Jim> Well, I'm satisfied with my Simpson's Video Poker
It's under GAMES | Simpson's Video Poker
It's cool. I added a little ATM machine to it for realism, but, it wouldn't be immediately understandable to those not addicted to Video Poker, so I took it out. Sonny, Becky and I are going to Hush Puppies, I think.
Last week we broke with tradition and went to Applebee's. It was good. I think tonight I'll break with tradition and order Steak...lol. I am still a little disappointed about the headhunter week, last week.
I was programming when that headhunter was in elementary school. Where have I heard that before? Its too bad that younger people think 4 years is a long time. For me, it seems like a month.
Sunday, May 22, 2005 23:28:57 <Jim> We watched "What the Bleap Do We Know" tonight.
If ever there was a movie that targetted me, this was it. All the odd things that I've put on my blog about God, Love, People, Heaven, Life, Science...it was all in this movie. I'm so glad I'm not alone in my way of thinking. What I liked was how simple they made Quantum Physics
Nothing is complicated, unless you don't know how to explain it to yourself. The next dimension is where everything that can be possible exists before a given event happens. In other words, its the possibilities of anything happening. But to hear it explained, well, its mystical. After all, anything is possible, right?
This software I wrote anticipates certain keyboard entries with the objects I've provided. BUT, I don't anticipate a power outage, CTRL-ALT-DELETE, a plane crashing through the roof of my house, even though all of those things are possible. That, is the science of Quantum Physics. With that, quantum particles can exist in two places at the same time. It is possible. I liked what they said about atoms and the space between the proton and electron.
It was more than obvious in high school that somethings in physics was wrong. If a vacuum can't exist, if theres no such thing as nothing, if an element is the smallest form of matter, then what fills the area between the electron and the proton. Stupid question for a 10th grader to ask I guess. BUT...
Saturday, May 21, 2005 16:29:27 <Jim> Back from Walmart, the pool, and Albertsons
Picked up bathing suits at Albertsons and Sodas at the pool. The we swam at Walmart.
Wait. That can't be right!
Friday, May 20, 2005 13:18:51 <Jim> I reamed a headhunter, but he deserved it.
He decided not to represent me for whatever reason. Then he dodged my inquiries. Whether anyone thinks so or not, one of my options was to represent myself
. I shouldn't trust people who make their living brokering people.
The whole thing about dealing with headhunters: the secrets, the kissing up, the shady business dealings under the table; none of these are not my style.
Like I said previously, my style is to land a position before it opens up
, and that requires dealing directly with those responsible for making the hiring decisions. Middlemen just get in the way. I'm sorry I asked someone to lie for me.
That was wrong on my part. If someone offered to lie for me, that would be okay. But I asked someone to lie for me and that is not okay. I need to recheck my character more often. I still think the secret to landing a job is to do what everyone else is NOT doing.
If you do what everyone else does, you're decreasing your odds for success. You are competing with a crowd and there is always someone more skillful out there. My methods work for me, but if everyone used them, they wouldn't.
Thursday, May 19, 2005 14:21:46 <Jim> Bliss - A Perfect Moment in Time
We got back from the store the other day. Squirt jumped all over me, just like he always does. Then I went to the backyard and he started running in circles. His ears were flying behind him as he went from corner to corner. He was so happy! I came inside later and gave Becky a grateful hug. The world had a peaceful glow to it that I haven't seen in a long time. It was then that I realized that I have everything I had ever wanted in life. I wish the same to everyone who may read this log.
--- This is Your Life, So Enjoy It! ---
This may be your only life. Today may be your last day. So enjoy it while you can.
Thursday, May 19, 2005 11:33:20 <Jim> This is an important difference between how I've gotten jobs in the past.
All the rules about what I am supposed to do (mentioned below) are reversed.
- You always contact whoever you want to work for.
- You call your contact on a weekly basis.
- You only applying for a job, after you have it lock on it.
- If your contact doesn't come through for you, contact someone hirer in the organization.
- If the hiring manager is forced to hire you, he'll think you have pull from his boss, and he'll let you through.
To me, going through headhunters is like begging for work. I'm good at programming, and I don't feel I should beg.
With a little game playing, the whole process can be turned around.
Thursday, May 19, 2005 11:00:21 <Jim> What this whole job hunting procedure lacks is: CONTROL
It would be like asking St Peter to let you into the pearly gates when it's Gods decision. LOL.
For most of my life, I've pushed my own way into organizations through networking. I've never hired anyone to find a job for me. Now, I'm dealing with headhunters who do get paid for finding me a job, and it's added a level of difficulty to the process. Today, I found out that the company's name in Orlando, Florida is M2
Why didn't I have that in my notes? The Orlando position has always been referred to as "an openning in Orlando". That's all the info I had on the bank.
I haven't gotten to highlight my Base 24 experience or anything of my other experiences, simply because, I have not been adequetely represented.
- It is supposed to be my responsibility to keep track of who I've applied for.
- It's supposed to be taboo to apply for the same job twice.
- It's supposed to be out of the question to contact the place you're applying too.
And if you play this game, you may get hired, if the headhunter likes you.
Hmmmm...I'm baffled. I believe I can selectively land any job I desire with a list of busines names and contacts.
Isn't that exactly what the headhunters have that I don't.
I believe that the best strategy for landing a job is to contact the employer BEFORE a position comes available.
Or is that bad logic?
I don't have a list like that because it requires Cold Calling. I'm going to finish my little video poker game
I'm going to use it and my website to establish job connections. The time I'm spending on writing the game won't be wasted.
Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:35:48 <Jim> I left another message on Kevin Callanan answering machine
Man...this would not be happening if I knew who and where to contact in Orlando Florida.
I don't even know the name of where Mike is working.
I don't know if my resume has been submitted.
I can't get in contact with Kevin (who would be representing me)
The openning from Monday is probably filled by now. If, for some reason, a headhunter doesn't want to represent me, he should tell me.
I feel it is unethical to keep someone that is depending on your service, from seeking service elsewhere.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 09:11:06 <Jim> I found my camera.
It was inside the Sunday paper. How it got there is another good question.
Nothing like this would have never happened with my 35mm Minolta, lol. I sent an email to a group of people with a link to my Video Poker program
BUT, McCafee displayed a message complaining about it. Outlook says it was sent, but somehow, I doubt it since I was in the list.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 18:45:26 <Jim> It's FINISHED (after 3 days of dinking). My Simpsons Video Poker game has arrived!!!
Click Here: Simpson Video Poker
It's pretty cool. The first time it loads, it takes awhile though.
It was blast putting it together. The code was a breeze, but the graphics took forever to assimulate. Resistance was futile!!!
hehe. Larry Lewis mentioned that they hired a guy just because of the things he put on his website. I agree. The best calling card is a call girl
The best resume is a one that works!
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 12:35:59 <Squirty's Alter Ego> Jimmy... Check the email I just sent you....
Oh heck, I just looked in the mirror, and saw my "mush Mush"... Scary sight... SAE
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 04:18:23 <Jim> It finally dawned on me, how to get to XP's command window in any folder easily from file explorer.
Create a something.bat
file containing the following: cmd
Then click on it in the file explorer window.
Difficult problems most often have a simple, but easily overlooked solution.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 04:08:43 <Jim> Couldn't sleep. My new camera is missing. I'm sure it was stolen. I know who stole it too.
I could be wrong but I'm not. Robert brought one of his friends over. After they left, low and behold, my camera turned up missing. I keep it next to my laptop. It couldn't be more obvious who took it. That sux!We fixed Sonny's doors yesterday. He took us to Applebee's.
And the food was excellent (all except for their crusty bread pudding). Sonny was going to order Fish and Chips and I mentioned they had polupa. His eyes lit up! He ended up getting the polupa fish. What the hell is polupa fish?!?! The Orlando job was filled.
Shoot! The headhunter route is a bumpy road to travel. I'd be so much better off pulling myself into some place through upper level management. If I go this route, I'd be best off calling my local contacts and have them tell a few white lies for me (that I've been spot working for them). Hmmm.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 05:21:39 <Squirty's alter-ego> Kinda quite on the Jimmy BLOB
Sunday, May 15, 2005 19:07:09 <Squirty's alter-ego> Beatles.... Chic-a-go.... Maybe U2
You are the one who mentioned U2... But I am a Beatles, Chic-a-go and CLassical Puppy Alter-Ego.. How was Sonics? How was Sonics?
I laid down for a while, got up and started straighting up this room, and disconnected some of the more kooky hardware from my liptop like the zip drive, web cam.... Now listening to the great and all knowing Beatles. Some classics
Saw Richard Starkey (aka: Ringo Starr) on a infocommercial about rock 'n roll. And it got me in the mood. They are still so classy.
Out for now, Sir Jimmy....
Saturday, May 14, 2005 16:13:00 <Jim> Becky, Jennifer, Dustin and I saw the Centennial Parade on Fremont.
It lasted over 4 hours, and was WAY BETTER than the Saint Patricks Day parade.Jennifer made my day by losing my polaroid sunglasses.
I've had them for 10 years. She had for 2 hours. Lost. We started off the day all wrong.
I asked everyone if they wanted to go the parade. Dustin said he didn't want to go. He wanted to play Uno (the most mindless game on the planet). So, we all played Pachisi. But getting anybody to pay attention longer than one minute was impossible. Finally, after Jennifer left to yell at Dustin, I blew up.I said, "Hey Look", "Becky and I just want to have FUN!
If you want to argue, if you don't want to do anything we want to do, FINE! Your going home, and we'll have fun with Sonny. We don't need to you wreck our day!". After that, they decided to have fun.
Saturday, May 14, 2005 00:10:10 <Jim> Sonny, Becky and I went to the Fremont Experience.
There were at least 3,000 people there. They had 2 bands, 1 sax player, and a western town setup. We saw two shows. It was very nice. Its the Vegas's Centiniel Celebrations.Tommorrow they're cutting up a 130,720 pound pound cake at Cashman Field.
It's the worlds largest cake. But Why You Ask? hehe.I drove Sonny's new (old) car.
The more I'm exposed to that car, the more I wonder about my advice to Sonny. It still needs work. On the other hand, he's out $1,900 on it and it runs good. My truck cost me $30,000. Hmmmm. When I look at it that way, there's no way fixing up an old car can out cost the expense of a new on. He didn't really do so badly then.
Friday, May 13, 2005 17:04:56 <Jim> Pat Hill called. I changed around my Resume for Denver's SIS
I think thats the name of it anyway.
I swear, my resume has been changed more than my mind. I must be on version 15,000 by now. Sonny's windshield got replaced.
It only costs $125 for a new one (from South West Glass)
The more we learn about that car, the more we find busted. Strange things too. Right now, it needs a left front blinker bulb, a right front blinker lens, the drivers door lock replaced, the rear passenger door handle connected, a dome light, and a cover for a missing equalizer. I think that's about it though. My truck needs a few things too.
A windshield wiper module...well, that's about it. But that's enough I'd think. Sunday would be a GREAT DAY for going to a junk yard.
God I lovem!
Thursday, May 12, 2005 21:31:39 <Jim> Ho Hum. Sonny got his car smogged. It was (and almost always is) the O2 sensors.
That's what I've learned anyway. What a racket! They cost $100 each x 2, plus $120 to install, and they do almost no good whatso ever. They do help to adjust the fuel mixture at different altitudes though.
So, Sonny's set back:
= $1,300 car purchase
+ $300 for the smog
+ $125 for the windshield
+ $150 for a tune up, oil change and transmission service
The Blue Book is $3,700. He made out just fine.
That's very nice. He knows exactly what he's got now.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 20:14:51 <Jim> Hell-of-a-day for excitement.
Sonny came over and we went car hunting.
We came across a car dealership owner (Dave) on Nellis.
He said: for Transmissions work go to Dis or Dat (see Ernie)
...for Windshield replacement call Southwest Glass (Dan), $125, they come out. Sonny, Chuck, the Police, all the neighbors, EVERYBODY was here!
The police came about a truck that's been parked across the street for a month now. It's going to be towed. Rico, the neighborhood kids, and a bunch of others were hanging out for the excitement.
Chuck just flew by on his motorcycle. He said howdy, told us he is living at #391 Pueblo Del Sol.
Pretty cool events happenning everywhere. Sonny's car may have been a mistake. I led him into buying it.
It failed the smog check, and since it wasn't sold at a Dealership, its got to be tuned. It's a gamble. But, it's 60% off the Blue Book value. So, if Sonny had to pump $1,700 into it for a new motor, he'd STILL be better off than buying from a car lot.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 20:13:06 <Jim> Got it...I want that job too!
And I won't except NO for an answer...lol.
Seriously, I suppose I'd rather be a God behind a keyboard than a God behind a steering wheel.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 15:49:37 <Squitry's Alter Ego> Jimmy - check your email for something from me. Or call me on my cellulite #
If you are interested in trying to get in here where I am working, call me ASAP....
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 09:58:36 <Jim> Shakespeare added over 2,000 words to the English language. Microsoft and IBM added more...
Programs are programs, whether they are called a command, object, program, dll, server, requestor, library or whatever...Every program has input.
It can be called properties, methods, params, input, arguments, data or whatever.Every program has processing.
It can be a section, paragraph, function, method, subroutine or whatever..
Parts of a program can be triggered many ways.
It's just not called the same thing in every language. Every program has some kind of output.
It is all data. It can be data, returned, displayed, echoed, printed, written, alerted...whatever.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 08:53:49 <Jim> OMG - Pat Hill just called. He was concerned about my knowledge of OOP.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 19:05:00 <Jim> MMmmmmMMmmmm. We just smoked some baby back ribs!
They were delicious! Sam's Club had them on sale for @$2.13 a pound, and they were very meaty. We used hickory for the smoke chips, cooked at 220 for 3 hours. Tender, juicy and flavorful, and...better than the Stratosphere Restaurant.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:20:06 <Jim> This is a test. This is just a test.
I'm trying to find out where my date info went.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:18:32 <Jim> Wow
For some reason my software didn't add the date time info?
<Jim> COBOL - here are the commands
Accept, add, call, close, compute, copy, delete, display, divide, evaluate, exec, go to, if, initialize, inspect, merge, multiply, open, perform, read, rewrite, search, select, set, sort, start, stop, string, subtract, unstring, and write. I used these commands for 17 years. Why would I forget them in 3 years?
I just don't get how being out of the programming market for three years could be a problem. LOL.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:08:53 <Jim> Aw shoot. The Mirage has an openning I know I'd be a shoe in for. But it's QA.
The thought of testing a lazy programmers program kind of irks me. Especially when I know I could out code them at anytime.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:06:21 <Jim> Sonny could use a 'babe magnet' car.
But he's Sonny, after all. He's been happy with hand-me-downs all of his life. This is a guy who drove a Volkswagon with no radio and no air conditioning for 10 years. And he bought it brand new.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 07:20:23 <Squirty's alter-ego> From my car chasing experience...
My experience chasing cars helps I think in determining which car to get and thus, where you get it. I find Ferarris amd Massaratis great cars to chase because they pretty cars to look at, and draw alot attention. And my favorite thing is that they are usually driven fast enough to prevent me from over running them and my actually hitting the back end of them with my "mush mush" (dog terminalogy for "nose"). Sonny needs a car to attract the hot show babes there in LV
So, besides from picking from one of those two brands, pick on in cherry red. HOWL!!! Hot Vegas Babes!!!!
Buying from a private party or a used car lot has to be the worst. Maybe stick to a new or used car from a REAL dealership. Like go to a local Ford dealership and visit their used car lot. Those blokes are still used car salesmen, but they're leaps and bounds better than those corner lots.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 01:04:12 <Jim> In taking Sonny around car shopping, I've heard every kind of lie imaginable.
And we haven't even seen a car dealer yet! Everything amazes me these days.
One guy must have called me 'friend' 20 times. He told me he was going to sell his $1,700 car in the paper for $2,600 if he didn't sell it that day. Then he said we could have it for $1,400. Then he said he just put it up for sale, and he could hold it for $100. Then he said someone else offered him $1,500.
This other guy told us he was reselling a car for a car dealer. He said don't worry about the smog, you can get any car smogged with a little extra cash under the table. I didn't want to know anything more. We walked away.
These people who sell cars, can't they come up with anything more original?
"This car was owned by a little old lady who only drove it on Sundays" would be a refreshing lie.
Why do they think everyone how walks up is a blithering moron?
Monday, May 09, 2005 23:13:17 <Jim> Greed and stupidity
It's no wonder society's transportation is evolving towards mopeds instead of flying cars. You can see it clearly from the top of the Stratosphere. People, driving down the interstate, travelling at different speeds, rushing to the next inevitable impediment. They want to go faster even if it causes problems. They have no thoughts on society as a whole.
I watched people in a one mile stretch, bumper to bumper in the fast lane, travelling no more than 5 mph faster than the others. Don't they realize they will only be ahead 1/12th of a mile in one minute? Don't they realize the next traffic jam they will run into, will be caused by people just like them.
Everyone could go faster and life could be better, if it wasn't for greed and stupidity.
But then again, isn't this the problem with mankind as a whole?
With capitolism as a ruling power, greed and stupidity works. For people, it's all about screwing every species on this planet, even our own. That makes us parasites, and we don't even know it.
Monday, May 09, 2005 21:52:29 <Jim> We ate at the Stratosphere
I made reservations for 5:30pm and that was a mistake! The prices more than quadruple after 3:30pm. The cost, for three people, no alcohol, 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 soup, 1 prime rib and 1 fish filet....$180 with tip. Tea and coffee cost $20. WOW!!! Good thing Sonny was paying...lol. The views on the top of the Stratosphere at night were incredible.
However, the wind outside had to be at least 30mph. It was gusty.
The winds were so strong that:
...A jumper could end up in Utah!
...The Flying Nun could chase Nellis's fighter jets.
...I could swear that I saw light bending
...Marilyn Monroe would have lost her dress.
Becky was wearing a dress. She went out. Then came back in immediately...hahaha.
Sunday, May 08, 2005 21:15:58 <Jim> On airline flights? Does the leg go between the segments, or does the segment go between the legs?
I worked for Royal West in another life here in Vegas. Course they went Belly Up with me, Rob and five other people as the survivors, and of course Frank McDonald went on with TSI...blah blah blah. Anyways, while there, we had to learn the airline lingo. The legs of a flight go between its segments, very confusing. I laughed my ass off at your log entry Mikey!
I especially like the comedy skit about being so Fat!
I told Jennifer, Becky, Dustin and Grandmal today that I was just going to continue being Fat, Dumb and Ugly. Then Jennifer said that I wasn't Ugly. Then I had to tell Jennifer I was out of reward dollars. Being fat isn't half as much fun as getting there!
We just got back from the Outback. And I just made an ice cream/whipped cream, rasberry/chocolate syrup and strawberry thingy. It is incredibly delicious! I decided today that I'm going to live to be 55.
I'm going to die on a toilet from being constipated from having too much bleu cheese on my Outback salad.
WHAT A WAY TO GO!
By thinking that way, I realize I can smoke my brains out, eat a whole cow for dinner, and ride shakey old roller coasters. In short...I can ride the Stratosphere's Tower Rides and the Las Vegas Monorail without fear of dieing. YEAH! Sonny, Becky and I are eating dinner at the Stratosphere tommorrow
I'm gonna run Sonny around car hunting tommorrow and afterwards, he's gonna spring for dinner (its his turn). We're getting SO FAT that we'll probably have to take separate elevators. I wouldn't be surprised if we cause its rotating restaurant to malfunction like an out of balance washing machine.
Sunday, May 08, 2005 22:29:54 <Squirty's alter-ego> Yes, SF is where men are women, women are men and verybody thinks it's normal that way...
That is what is great about the far east bay (20 miles, maybe, east of Oakland). Much of that liberalism killed by conservativism... Hurray.. Trip back to Orlando a royal pain in the rump. HOWL!!!
Had to change planes in Houston, with a 90 minute layover. Nothing to do, and the plane coming to take us to Orlando is late. Leave Houston an hour late. ANd I have gotten so freaken fat I can't barely fit into the few slightly larger seats in the front row and over the wings in Southwest Aerolines configured 737s. And another 1/8" in the gut, and I'll need a seat belt extender. OUCH!! On that Houston to Orlando run, I got the head flight attendant all upset. Cute, young blonde, but she kept calling the plane a "Series 700". Boeing Aircraft and the way they name their aircraft
The numbers you usually hear are "Series" numbers. For example 707, 717, 727, 737 up through the 777 are "Series". And many times they leave off the first "7". So, you have a "Series 747", usually called a "Four 7" by pilots, and such. There are many models within each Series. For example, the actual 737 (only type of aircraft SWA flies)we were flying that leg from Houston was a "Series 737, Model 700". One reason SWA is one of just several airlines making money, in part, is the fact that they only fly one aircraft. All airlines have to hire, say 40% more pilots, than they need to operate. Kinda complicated why, has to deal with FAA certifying pilots. Plus, SWA doesn't have to hire mechanics who also much be certified by the FAA (either Airframe, or Mechanical - engines, such) or buy parts except for "the 37".
Saturday, May 07, 2005 19:57:33 <Jim> Ahhhhh, San Franscisco. Where women are women, and men are too!
Just kidding. I think male cross-dressers dress better than most women!!!Jennifer, Dustin, Robert, Joy and Amy are here.
We had spaghetti and bana
It's been a movie kind of day. Bionicle is playing now, and actually its pretty good for a cartoon. The rest of the day was nice to. My brain got to sleep while Willy Wonka, Goosebumps and Baby Genius's was showing! OUCH! I just noticed in the time I was typing this in, everybody's eating their banana splits on the cOuCh!
What a mess: chocolate/rasberry syrup, chocolate/regular whipped cream, strawberrys, pinapple, and bananas..!
Saturday, May 07, 2005 17:26:53 <Squirty's alter-ego> Howl!!
Me down right tired. It's 2:30pm, and as soon as the KY Derby race is over, I will sleep for 2 or 3 hours. Then I will get up and work out at the hotel. They have a room set up with a bike, treadmill, etc. I will then shower and go out for din-din.
Ran my errands, went to Pete's, Fly's and got my haircut already today.
Me have not girls, no ports, just something to deposit in those ports. HaHa..
Geri and I discussed BB King's recent award here in SF, when I told her the joke I heard back in 1994, shortly after I moved to the bay area. BB's wife supposed gets a "B" tattooed on each butt and he gets upset when she shows it to him because he didn't know who was this character, BOB...
I am in the east bay, and "far" east bay - Dublin to San Ramon to Danville and Concord. I will be as close to SF as you will be to Hoover's Darn, so I probably won's see Skip to have him slap me.
Saturday, May 07, 2005 09:30:35 <Jim> I love to drift into thoughts about the future.
Imagine a possible future where: Minumum Wage will be $1,000,000 an hour. Cars will be illegal to drive in the city. People will be driving Mopeds or riding Ostriches. Your Family Doctor will be Lector (an animated web page). We'll elect Hal, from Microsoft, as President of the United States. Families will consist of a Father, a Father, a son, a clone and a bot. People will be genetically altered to never grow old. We'll actually be able to surf the web with all 5 senses. Computer keyboards and screens will be replaced with neuroports.
Saturday, May 07, 2005 08:58:09 <Jim> Bikes and Mopeds!
Sitting where I'm at right now, I can see the car port through the new storm door we hung. Yesterday, I was sitting here, when I saw Sonny pull up on his bike. He chained it to the carport (like a horse at the OK Corral).With all of the new bike lanes popping up, there should be more Biker Bars popping up too!
Ya think? I think Bike Lanes is a misnomer though. They should be called Moped Lanes. Since gas prices have sky rocketted:
Peps Boys looks more like a Moped Sales Lot than an auto parts store
They rebuilt a one mile stretch of Mtn Vista Blvd just to put in a BIKE LANE.
The cost of that project...over $1,000,000. It took them a year to do it.
They've painted Bike Lanes on most the streets, even the tight ones.
I still don't see many mopeds around though.
Aren't we supposed to be travelling around in flying cars by now? I guess mopeds are the wave of the future. Sonny and us had meatloaf and lots-o-laughs.
I told him that I called Kelly (my dear sister) and thanked her for the bread she sent.
I wonder if this is all a sign from God or something...Moped lands all around, and people mailing me bread!
Is America turning into China?
Saturday, May 07, 2005 08:52:43 <Jim> Mikey...what's going on? Do you have a girl in every port, or a port in every girl?
You always docking around some port. Hey, if you see Skip in San Fransisco, slap him for me..haha.
Saturday, May 07, 2005 08:06:51 <Squirty's alter-ego> Bark from the Bay Area... But Howl from ***censored, too dirty for Jimmy's eyes***. Jive
Jimmy - Left Orlando for a weekend in the bay area at 520pm their time and go into the bay area at 1120pm Pacific. Took Southwest, as I am working towards a free flight, plus they were holding $100 I had spent towards a LAX-OAK-LAX roundtrip I had planned for two weeks back. So, I applied the funds towards towards the $320 they wanted for this Orlando-OAK-Orlando. Staying until late Sunday morning
Getting a haircut at 10:30 this morning, and boy do I need it. Looking real hairy.. (Or is that furry?) Going to Fly's in Concord, CA
A store that openned in Feb. 2004, to harass a number of ex-LV store employees. Having lunch at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash in Danville, CA
Very popular restaurant three blocks down the street from Geri's place where I am getting my haircut. "There is no Brass Rail, no Car Wash and who in the hell is Pete?" is their slogan. Sandwhiches and micro brews.. Yummy Northrop and my loose lips
About two weeks after the project started early last year, Stacy (project lead) took us to meet one of the other managers, who had just been moved into the basement of our building. So, there were some 18 of us talking to this guy, and he had just discussed in very general terms how Northrop was involved in hundreds, if not thousands of projects. So, what does SAE say? He asks the guy about the alien spacecraft at Area 51 that Nprthrop is helping re-engineer. For months, SAE had these late model Chevy Impala's following him 24x7 each with 2 men in black suits and sunglasses. And you should have seen the look and silence he got from this manager. Oops!!!! SAE has a loose mouth sometimes!!! Best SAE just lick his belly if he has something stupid to say!
Friday, May 06, 2005 23:50:09 <Jim> Tommorrow, 20 vintage planes will fly over our house at 10am
Vegas is celebrating its Bi-Centennial (50th anniversay).
What's odd is we probably won't even notice them. We live near the path of McCarren Airport and 100's of planes fly over everyday anyway.
What I'd like to know is, where the parade of 8 helicopters flying over every day at 7am and 7pm are going. And I'd like to know what that expiremental heliplane was all about flying over Nellis Airforce Base.
Here in Vegas, we get great airshows all of the time.
When are the next Red Flag exercises anyway? "Curious Minds Wants To Know"
And did most of it from memory! However, it is accurate.
A lot of the Cobol commands I really didn't want to put in, but I did it anyway.
EG: evaluate var1 also var2 when condition also condition... I hate that "also" extension of evaluate. It's useless. So are the SORT-INPUT-SECTIONS and OUTPUT-SECTIONS.
I've been working on a PHP manual started. I like PHP, it seems simple (except for they use a . instead of + to add strings together). Every language is weird. My purpose for creating these manuals is that info is hard to find on the web.
If it's decent, they want money. If it's hack, you have to decipher it. Either way, I'm better off documenting the languages myself.
Friday, May 06, 2005 16:17:31 <Jim> It's been so nice outside. Becky and I installed a screen door.
Actually, its a storm door. One of the windows slides open for screened fresh air!It was surprising to me that storm doors are cheaper than screen doors. The quality is so much better.
Oh well, we're going to invite Sonny over for a meatloaf dinner!
Wednesday, May 04, 2005 09:27:14 <Jim> Pat Hill called me. Fifth Third Bank tossed me because of my lapse in employment.
I'm still in for Raymond James in Florida and ADPS in Colorado.
I really wouldn't want to work for anyone that doesn't have common sense anyway. If they think that in three years, someone would forget 17 years of experience, well, they're not quite all there are they?COBOL85 has had, maybe, around 100 commands
I'd think 17 years would be long enough to learn them. LOL.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005 03:37:32 <Jim> I played a game called 20 Questions at Brookstones last week.
It was amazing. It guessed what I was thinking after asking me 20 questions. I'd respond to each question with yes, no, maybe and sometimes. Tonight, I found an online version of the game. It's free!Click here to challenge 20 questions!
I was thinking of a wall calendar, and the program guessed 'calendar'. At Brookstone, I was thinking 'vagina', and it guessed that too.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005 02:39:28 <Jim> With all of the playing around I've done with Perl, PHP and all
I never succeeded in getting a test bed going. I don't know what happened, but I took a short nap today and woke up with the solution to the problems I've been having. Everything is so spread out and disconnected with windows, it's hard to figure out where to find all of its little pieces.All along, I needed one environment variable for Perl to work with Windows.
But where do you put environment variables in XP? I found it finally.
If you right click My computer|left click Properties|Advanced|Environment Variables...there it is! This may not seem like a huge leap to find this, but if you were to quantify where Windows keeps items that affect the operating system, you'd come up with over 1,000,000 click options. And if find you need a command, you need to buy a book.Sonny's car was stolen today. Becky, Sonny and I went to Hush Puppies
We talked about a lot of things, but the most interesting thing was mathematics. I mentioned to Sonny how I thought mathematics was the first programming language. Mathematics was the first programming language for the brain!
In college, I looked at several, AMAZING formula's for calculating loans. I finally put them into a computer language. After translating these formula's, I found out they were incredibly simple! When you realize that multiplication is a addition loop, and squares are multiplication loops, and you code formula's up that way, they are extremely simple! The reason Math has the axiom that you can't divide anything by zero is that it works out to be an infinite loop.
The code for 6 / 0
would be: for (n=6;n<=0;n=n-0)
. That is a loop.
So is: for (n=6;n<=0;n=n+0)
, but programmers don't need an axiom to see that loop coming.The main problem Math has, is, that it's trying to cram everything into one single line.
Then the author creates axioms and other chicken scratchings for what would otherwise be, bad programming practices.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005 17:19:19 <Jim> Well, sir...Pat asked me for my References..which he should have already had.
So, that part got me confused. But he said he had sent my resume to Fifth Third Bank, and would submit it to Denver. What I don't know is who he is sending it to in Denver. Hmmm? He also said he'd find out if my resume was sent to Raymond James. I explained to Pat that Resource 1 seemed to be offline last week. Oh, I don't know, we'll see what happens I guess.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005 19:26:01 <Squirty's alter-ego> Bark... Howll. And one quick link of my belly...
Jimmy... Hope you gave Pat some good references. I will be talking to him in the next day or so. I will also tell him you are first class. Has he promised to submit you any where in particular? Howl... Has he been any help at all??
Off to tres cinco on the window in the hall way.. I am staying in a hotel of the same brandname as where you saw that guy wanking the window where I was briefly staying when you passed through from Malibu.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005 08:11:24 <Jim> I called Pat Hill this morning about working in Florida or Colorado
He said he was waiting on my references. Hmmm. I would give my left nut, no, my right nut, to live Denver, Co. The mile high city is a very nice town. If I do relocate for a position, these are my todos For less than 6 months: 1) Get Ricco to watch my house. 2) Cancel some services For more than 6 months: 1) Store my furniture ($1,000) 2) Replace the carpet ($2,000) 4) Get Ricco to landlord and rent my house out ($1,000) For permanent relocation: 1) Purchase a house or four plex in my new location 2) Ship my furniture 3) Replace carpet 4) Sell this house
Monday, May 02, 2005 21:02:11 <Jim> Ooops....Where did the day go?
I meant to call Pat Hill early this morning, but the whole day just whipped on by.
Monday, May 02, 2005 13:09:43 <Becky> Good Morning
Hi Jim. I want to thank you so much for takeing us too the Wynn casino. I thought it was very pretty inside it would be a nice place to stay in for a vacation. I looked up job's in Florida at Jobs.com. I did'nt see anything there thou sry. Are you feeling alright today? Love you babe. Becky
Sunday, May 01, 2005 23:56:00 <Jim> We went to Wynns Resort tonight!
It was very well done. The outside is stylish and the inside is classy. It looked like it would be a great place to vacation at.
Sunday, May 01, 2005 18:53:34 <Jim> Becky and I bumped heads today...
Just kidding. Or am I? A lot of this log is coded with ambiguity, because it is in the public's domain.
We did bump heads today, but not like you'd think. We're swinging by the Wynn resort tonight to see what they've done.
It's received a lot of media attention. I've heard both good and bad about it. Robert said it looked great from the outside, but inside, it was just like most of the other casinos in town.
Sunday, May 01, 2005 17:59:09 <Jim> We took Dustin and Jennifer home to Grandmal and...
She actually asked Becky to give her money (while looking at me) for a karate training course for Dustin. That's interesting, since she's going after Becky for child support and not their Dad. In most circumstances, I'd agree that both parents should pay for their children's care.
In Becky's case, I don't. Becky is fully functional as a parent.
- It wasn't her actions that caused her to lose her kids the first time. It was her ex's.
- It wasn't her actions that caused her to lose her kids this last time. It was her Mom's.
- Her Mom kicked her out and moved in. In return she got for free room and board, and government checks. Nothing Becky did prompted her Mom and brother to kick her out on February 20, 2004. Becky was taking care of her kids and everything was just fine. Her Mom was tired of living with Doris. It was too far away from work.It's easy to pick on Becky. It's easy use her kids as a financial tool.
Its sad that its her Mom that enjoys doing it.
However, if Becky was capable of using someone, her Mom would have been the perfect dupe. If Becky wanted access to her kids without the responsibility for them, her Mom would have walked right into the trap.
But it was Becky's Mom that took Becky's kids from her and she should pay.
She should be grateful she has a chance to redeem herself for what she subjected Becky to as a kid.
If I stepped into the legal side of this thing, everybody would lose. So I'll remain on the outside.
Sunday, May 01, 2005 11:31:14 <Jim> Ah, the first day of May. Its 76 degrees in Vegas
I love it. I wanna get naked and run around in it. This month has the best weather of the year here. But ooooh, then comes June, July and August. Maybe this year it'll get up to 130 degrees. Ewwe.