Monthly Archives: July 2008

Working offline…

I’ll be working offline for a while. Not by choice.

We had a storm yesterday and a bolt of lightning took a swipe at our house.

In doing so, it nailed the phones, the network, my computer, most of the surge protectors and a few other electronic devices that were blown apart–literally.

We are actually quite lucky the house (all old wood from the 1860s) didn’t burn. All the network gear was located in the back of the Master closet and some of equipment caught fire. For whatever reason, it extinguished itself before damaging anything else.

So, I’ll be blogging from my phone for a while until I get all the phone lines re-run and network replaced.

Until next time...


While I agree the satellite dishes we see stuck to the side of houses and mounted on posts out in the yard are an eyesore (trust me—we have TWO of them stuck to the roof of our house!), I in no way think this is an improvement at all:

You can see the wide arrangement of other “beautifying” stickers available for your satellite dish over at

Their tag-line: “Pimp your satellite dish with a Satellite Dish Sticker!”‘

Did some drunk redneck design these? Seriously? It’s like painting flowers on the hubcaps of your VW bug.

Although… maybe one of these with a large brown eye or a head-on view of some cock on it might be an interesting addition to the neighborhood.

Until next time...

Goodbye Joni

One of the Husbear and my hair salon receptionists—of roughly 9 years—died this past Thursday. Today [Sunday] was her visitation, and tomorrow [Monday] will be her funeral.

While I don’t really spend much time at the hair salon—that’s the Husbear’s place of work—I did know Joni over the 9 years she has/had been with us. She is/was part of our family.

I tend not to be overly emotional, but it was hard to watch the salon crew grieving. Joni has/had been a part of some of their lives as long as many of them have been doing hair.

Some of us went for food and drinks after the visitation. They were in better spirits sharing their memories of Joni with each other. They will at least always have that.

I just wanted to say goodbye Joni. You’ll be missed.

The only picture I could find with Joni and myself. Joni making me laugh, as always.

Until next time...

.me and Me

For those of you who didn’t know, the sales for the top level domain opened for “.me”. If you don’t know what a TLD is:

A top-level domain (TLD), sometimes referred to as a top-level domain name (TLDN), is the last part of an Internet domain name; that is, the letters which follow the final dot of any domain name. For example, in the domain name, the top-level domain is com (or COM, as domain names are not case-sensitive).

Taken from Wikipedia.

Anyway, sales of the names went on sale today at 10 AM CST. The AlphaForager from the Great Retail Empire and I were waiting for the gates to open. We’re nerds like that. Apparently we’re not the only ones. The registrar sites were as hammered as I was from the previous night of drinking.

I wanted and for the tattoo shop. Sadly, someone beat me to them. So I settled for instead. Great advertising and ease of referral potential… at least in my mind. The “4” can be made to look like a tattoo machine even. (Thanks to the AlphaForager for that idea!)

As with all dorks, we started entering names we thought would be funny .me names, such as,,, You get the idea. How could anyone resist? Great fun! To have probably one of the best Internet addresses of the next decade! Most of those were already sold—no doubt to some porn site owners.

Being the funny man I am, I entered Lo and behold, it was available. So I HAD to have it. Maybe I’ll start another bear social network site. Not. Better still—maybe one of the existing ones would like to buy it from me!

Then the AlphaForager—being his funny, straight self—said I should see if was available. Guess what. It was! Being the big ol’ geeky ‘mo that I am, I got it too.

I think I’ll put that one on a shirt and wear it.

(I’ll be pointing those address to my own websites tomorrow when I can add the nameserver entries.)

Until next time...