Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SSH Todo!

Here is a great tip from the most recent Gentoo Newsletter:

Using TODO lists with your shell

Love the shell? Want to know what else you can do with it? This tip is for you!

An old issue of the GWN featured a tip on using app-misc/devtodo. It's great for creating TODO lists, but what about keeping track of them?

If you set PROMPT_COMMAND="todo" in your environment, the TODO list of the current directory (if there is one) will be displayed before every shell prompt.

If you use PROMPT_COMMAND="todo --global --global-database ~/TODO; todo" you will see your global TODO list followed by the current directory's TODO list. This makes keeping track of your tasks much easier.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Drive Home

Here is photo from my 2 hour drive home. It normally takes me 45 minutes, but as you can see the weather was pretty bad. It did not help that the roads were completely unplowed!

First Snow of this Year!

Well not actually this Calendar year — but the first snow of this season. I knew it before I even opened my eyes this morning at 4AM because of the plow scraping the tiny bit of snow off the road. They sure are crazy about plowing in my town!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Angry Dick's Employees!

I found this group on facebook today — I gotta say that it makes me not want to shop at Dick's! I wonder if the corporate heads know about this. They will now cause I am going to let them know.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

MUCC - kanashimi no hate

Kiyoharu and TMRevolution duet

For you enjoyment, Kiyoharu and TMRevolution duet

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cumberland Farms Salami Slicing Its Customers &mdash 1¢ scheme?

On the way home from work today I stopped at my local Cumberland Farms to buy gas. I swiped my debit card and lied to the machine and told it that the card was not a debit card. I pumped exactly 10.000 gallons. Now my hand is off the pump. A few seconds later I watch in disbelief as the pump adds an additiona .002 gallons to my total raising the amount I am charged by one cent! I suppose the valve on the pump could be malfunctioning, but I did not hear any more gas being pumped into the car!

Now I really don't care about the 1 cent — but if they did to every one of their customers it would add up quick. I still buy gas there as it is the cheapest even after the 1¢ scheme.

Just as a warning to others -- keep a sharp eye out when shopping at Cumberland Farms.

Yahoo!! 3rd Season of Shakugan no Shana!

According Dengeki online it was hinted at the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival. If so I will be quite happy — that show has such great writing, artwork, and voice actors!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Awesome 404 page on Hasbro's Web Site

I love it when a large corporation can have a sense of humor and Hasbro's 404 (page not found) error page is a great example of it. It defused what could be a frustrating experience. I did find what I was looking for in the end too.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

$2 Paperboy

The paperboy from "Better off Dead" has to be one of my favorite movie characters. I feel bad that he doesn't get his $2 in the end, but it sure is funny! Especially the part where John Cusack yells KEYS!!! Thank you Yano Anaya for your portrayal!

Distrubing Axe Commercial

This commercial freaks me out

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

This has to be the most AWESOME video I have ever seen!

Grave Digger, Rally Truck, Dirt bikes, in one huge buffet of awesomeness! Let's not forget AC/DC music in the background!

Just Discovered "Dirt Bike Rider" by Hot Action Cop -- Awesome too!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Cheap Skype Router at Wal✭Mart

Since canceling my home phone I have been using skype to make calls from home. I never really liked using a headset on my PC, just something weird about it. Also you are chained to your PC. I know that there are a few USB cordless headsets out there, but none of them work in Linux.

I really wanted a router with a wireless headset, but they were so expensive! Recently my local Wal✭Mart was carrying GE 2 in 1 - Internet & Standard Phone 28319EE1 — for $179.99. It wasn't selling for that crazy price and so after a while it went to the clearance rack. I watched the price drop $10 a week and I said to my wife that if it went under $50 I would buy it. Well it did it hit $45!

The phone works very well and the sound is great. The only problem I had was once it locked up, but I pulled the batteries and it worked fine afterwards. I particularly like that it uses standard rechargeable NiMH AAA batteries so I know that I won't have any problems finding replacements in the future.

Here is a link to Wal✭Mart's page for the phone -- you can check to see if your local store has it in stock — you might be able to get it for $45!


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Driving with Welding Goggles

Not really -- but I sure wish there was something to be done -- This is what I see all the way to work in the morning and all the way home in the evening. It gives me a wicked headache!

These claim to be a help -- but with the sun is directly in front of you the only thing that I can see that would work would be welding glasses! I mean if the company wants to give me a pair to review I would try them and review them.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Panic of 1819

It is just so strange how history repeats itself:

  1. War
  2. Easy Credit
  3. Real Estate Expansion
  4. Inflation
  5. Banks in Trouble
  6. Congress throws money at the problem

Panic of 1819 - Wikipedia

It only took 18 years for it to happen again:

Panic of 1837 - Wikipedia

So maybe we aren't doing to bad. LOL I think not.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Awesome Wall Stickers for your Kids Bedroom!

I found these great wallstickers while browsing the Web this weekend, If I had money like Gates I surely would have one in my kids room!

I have updated my NESp site

To celebrate the 7th anniversary of my NESp and its Web site I have done an update to the design .

Not a whole heck of a more to say, but I think I will be finishing the NESp V2 and P64 in the coming months.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Crick-Ettes... Ew!

My wife's friend from Arizona sent us another weird food item from there -- Crick-Ettes. Yes that is just a box of crickets for eating. But these are Bacon & Cheddar flavored. I will not be eating those almost cockroaches! Awesome gift though! I love it!

Mmmmmmm… that looks yummy (bleh!)

Save Scotch Valley Ski Area

Well I have finally done it, the small thing I can do to restore something that was a great benefit to my community.

That is what this Web site is, or rather will be. A motivating source for residents of Schoharie and Delaware counties, and other people who want to see Scotch Valley re-opened.

Scotch Valley gave me a lot of good times, great friends and a job for many years, it is the least I can do for it.

Where will this go? will it succeed? That all depends on you! I cannot do this myself.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My Wife's Yummy Appetizer Idea


cut cheese squares. Use a straw to make a hole (so the cheese doesn't break when you impale it later) put a ripe olive and a cheese square on a pretzel stick!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Just what I needed! (not)

I finally set up my server to take the place of my workstation with one sickly drive -- and as soon as it is set up -- before I can copy the data over -- the sickly drive gets worse! I am in the process of recovery, keeping my fingers crossed.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Quiznos Subs bad -- Mr. Subb infinitely better!

I was convinced to go to Quizno's Subs for lunch today. I always make everyone go to Mr. Subb so I felt bad. After getting my food I know why I don't eat there.

First, it is expensive. Second, they put almost no meat in the Subs. Third, the quality of the meat is sub par. Fourth, they taste like they are loaded with MSG -- probably in the from of modified soy protein. Just look at the pathetic sandwich I had to eat today.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cumberland Farms: Don't make me a liar!

I was on my way home today. I needed to fill up my tank, so I stopped at the cheap Cumberland Farms to buy $3.57/gallon gasoline.

I swipe my Visa Check Card and the pump asks me "Is this a Debit Card?" Of course it is a debit card -- but it can also be processed as a credit card. You have the choice, but if you choose to use it as a debit card you will most likely incur transition fees. If you use it as a credit card the merchant incurs the fees. Now I know that it is a violation of the agreement that the merchant signs with VISA to require a minimum purchase amount -- and I bet it is also a violation to make me lie in order to use my Check Card as a credit card.

I will be complaining to VISA about this.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Samurai Shodown Stationary

I am so going to use these!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Argh I'm Old!

Now I know I am old! I was in Wal✭Mart yesterday and I found a RipStik Casterboard out of the package sitting the floor ready to go. These things intrigued me, and when I see those young whipper-snappers using them it seems so effortless. So I thought I would give it a try.

And I couldn't even get started! I could not balance on the wheels, and I sure wasn't going to be the middle-aged man injuring himself trying a kids toy.

I put it away -- maybe I will give it another try.

How do you like them apples?

I have 3 apple trees in my yard, only one of which produced any fruit. And it made two apples, that is it! Well it is better than my pear, plum and apricot tree did this year. Since there was only two I wanted the kids to see them.

First we checked them out.

One was nicely shaped, while the other was craggy.

Janey went for the pretty one, but couldn't quite reach.

Go Momma help your girl!

Edgar latched right on!

He's got it!

Now inside Janey washed hers…

…while Edgar sniffed his!

They were both quite tasty, but a little small -- I sure love Fuji apples!

And now for the obligatory Good Will Hunting clip:

The best of both fruits

I was looking at my almond tree yesterday and contemplating that it is grafted on a peach root stock. I noticed that the fruit on the tree has two different looks - one just like a peach and the other smaller and more like an apricot.

Then I realized that a sucker from the root had grown to greater height than the almond! I have a tree that produces almonds and peaches! Now most people would want just the almond, but I am perfectly happy to have both! The also is the added bonus that the tree can cross pollinate itself!

The time to pick the peaches is when they easily separate from the tree. So it will be a day or two before I can enjoy them -- I cannot wait!

Coneucopia - Horn of Deliciousness

My wife and I love to come up with new food concoctions. One day while I was eating a waffle ice cream cone it hit me that it is a very convenient package for eating food! I wondered what other foods could be served in a cone. I first thought of putting the insides of a KFC Mashed potato bowl in it -- then I thought of replacing the chicken with ground beef.

My wife then suggested that I instead use the filling of a pilgrim sandwich. A Pilgrim Sandwich -- t he contents of which varies across the country -- is made from turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes (optional). It is one of my favorite sandwiches!

Thus the Coneucopia was born. It truly is the meal of plenty!


  1. Waffle Cones
  2. ½ Pound Deli Turkey (Thickly Sliced)
  3. Instant Mashed Potatoes
  4. Turkey Gravy
  5. Stuffing
  6. Cranberry Sauce (Very Important)
  7. French Fried Onions


Cut the turkey into 1½ inch strips as pictured.

Prepare the mashed potatoes and stuffing according to the instructions.

Warm the turkey in the microwave and then fold it into the prepared potatoes.

Cone Assembly

First take a teaspoon of stuffing and put it into the bottom of the cone. This will act as a dam to keep any juices from leaking out the bottom of the cone.

I found that a straw was useful for packing the stuffing into the bottom of the cone.

Now add a tablespoon of cranberry sauce and pack it down. This will be your dessert waiting for you at the end of the cone!

Next a layer of stuffing.

Add a little gravy on top.

Now a tiny bit of cranberry sauce and a scoop of the potato and turkey mixture. I found that in later cones it was even better if I did more smaller layers till I hit the top of the cone. And then topped it off with a big scoop of potato turkey.

Finally, make a small dent in the top and add a little more gravy. Then the top sprinkle with french fried onions.

And Enjoy!

Oishii! (おいしい)

Janey didn't enjoy it, at least in cone from. She had her turkey on a plate. She was really disappointed when we didn't put ice cream in the cones.