Wednesday, May 26, 2010

certs in ... no retsyn

You have to take Certs to keep your breath fresh. You have to have certs (certification) to get ahead in the job market. If you have both, you are that much better than me.

I got the results of my certs test a few days ago. I did well in 2 out of 3 areas. That same day, I had 2 out of 3 tell me my breath was fine. But it only takes one part to keep you from getting that good job ... or that great kiss.

I'm studying again. Next time, I'll even take some Certs with me!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Close the door! A bit of privacy please?!

The uproar lately has been concerning Facebook's privacy or lack-thereof. has just published a list of 5 tips that everyone should set in their Facebook accounts. Here's that vital list.

gift for me?

What can you get me for a Father's Day and/or as a wedding present? I'm about to combine my family with my fiancée's which means we are putting together a combined fifty years of accumulated ... stuff. There is a DuraMax DuraMate 8x8 Vinyl Storage Shed Kit 00314 which would be a good start for me. Not to store possessions in. I just think I'm going to need a man-cave for me to hide in ...

video games

My fellow engineer looks a bit like Ralphie from "The Christmas Story" but is unlikely to shoot his eye out with a BB gun (with one of his new robotic design is another story). He is extremely hard-working, not one for fun and games during working hours. So he completely surprised me when he bounded in with his new toy, a Sony VAIO and proceeded to show this great gaming site, which has popular games for the PC and Mac, several around $10.

Though part of my professional career was spent repairing the early video games, I just haven't had time or the money to play this decade's gaming systems. But now, I don't have an excuse not to buy at least buy some of the good games that I've been wanting to play. Now if I could find a site that gives me free time ...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

My Little Niece

My niece is expecting her second litter of children - twins - in July. While she has been very anxious about these new additions to her family, she lives just a few minutes from Nashville where the hospitals and doctors are all top-notch. (They even have guitar-playing singers during delivery belting out tunes such as "Hockey Tonk Diapers", "My Baby's Leaving Me (so cut the cord already)", and "The C-Section Saga") Still, the developing babies were taking a toll on her even though she has been faithful following doctor's orders of getting lots of rest, eating well, and taking prenatal vitamins.

Then the floods hit Nashville a few days ago. (No, her water did not break!) Her body, not accustomed to the increase blood system in system, went into labor just as waters buried the roads to the hospital. She was in such a state that the emergency crews had to airlift her to the Nashville Medical Center. (What some people will do for a free helicopter ride!) The medical team pumped her full of drugs to try and stop the contractions. They also injected her with enough steroids to make several athletes jealous. But in my niece's case, the steroids are to speed up the development of the babies' lungs. Fortunately, she not competing in the Olympics any time soon. But I am buying a set of weights for the twins after they're born.

On Friday, the hospital sent my niece home and confined her to her bed. Monday, we'll learn about the blood test that determine if the doctors will take the babies prematurely. We're all hoping for the best. A few more weeks of womb service would do the babies good.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Line between Lazy and Barely Motivated

A friend said that he would go on "The Biggest Loser" if they didn't make you work out so much. What? I'm not saying he's lazy. But his concern for his weight only extends to searching for diets that work while he doesn't. He's the kind of guy who puts popcorn in his pancakes. Not only does this save him the work of flipping his pancakes but this gives he a reason to add extra butter for the popcorn.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Obama's promise of a threat

I just watched Mr. Obama give his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. He promised the Jonas Brothers that, if they tried to take out his daughters, he would have them taken out by a Predator drone. I rarely agree with anything Mr. Obama says but here is the first time that he has an issue that I completely support. In fact, why wait, Mr. Obama, for your daughters to even remotely approached by the Jonas Brothers?! I say, strike first and spare us all!


Sometimes I have to wonder about sites that I'm sent to. Take this one linked to abs workout. I deal with various foreign sites at my day job and Google Translator does a great job of giving the English version of different languages. But "abs" site not only has untranslatable paragraph starting with "Quisque eget turpis erat." but it has this paragraph three times. Click on the "abs workout" or "about us" page and you get repeats of the home page. What is the point of type of web site?