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Monthly Archive for December, 2007

Rock Solid Happenings

I had a great mixture of happenings and relaxing this weekend. I finally got to see the lights on 34th Street in Hampden. I’d seen pictures, heard accounts, read blog entries… but they’re better in person. Christmas had already passed, but it still made me feel like a little kid. For the older appreciator in […]

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I am being flooded with comment spam. Now I know I’m not special in this regard; everyone who uses the Internet has to deal with spam. Whether in email or comments, removal is always more tedious than detection. I’m not a huge fan of closed-source services, but Akismet has been doing an excellent job of […]

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Home for the Holidays

I had a nice time at home with the family. Went for a bike ride before presents and dinner. It was my first bike ride in years, which made me consider — as I have been lately — getting a bike and getting some exercise thataway. It’s low-impact and I always enjoyed riding as a […]

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Fondue Pots for Christmas Eve

I was in Columbia last night for a potluck dinner. There was Italian bread with two plates of seasoned oils to dip in: Parmesan and a Tuscan spice blend. There were baked meat/sausage roll type things which reminded me of pigs in a blanket, except less flaky. Very yummy. The main course was the two-pot […]

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The pile of bills and invoices on my desk piled up high enough that I felt compelled to organize. Aided by a rather eclectic mix of Busta Rhymes, Cake, Hooverphonic, Wyclef Jean, and Thievery Corporation I set out to file everything away properly. I have a system for it already, I had just been neglecting […]

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Charlie Wilson’s War, Suprisingly Good

Even though there was a lot going on last weekend, it didn’t mean that we wanted to stay home. So we headed to Hoyt’s last night and saw Charlie Wilson’s War. In a word… wow. The movie was supposedly based on actual events both frightening and telling and poignant, the CIA-aided whooping of the Soviets […]

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For those who need additional reasoning to have some of the late-night weekend sex or a horrible (but sourced, damnit) pickup line for trolling, here it is (courtesy of them thar Intarweb tubes). Tomorrow, December 22 at 6:08PM GMT is Global Orgasm time. For us East Coasters, that is 1:08am 12/23/2007 (Sat night/Sun morning Saturday […]

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These Lights are Really Blue

A few of us did a holiday potluck today at the office. I brought two crock pots, one with mulled cider and the other filled with half-ounce meatballs and marinara sauce (for subs). Other dishes present included Carnegie salad, cheesy corn, broccoli and rice casserole, a chocolate yule log, green bean casserole, buffalo chicken dip, […]

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After a non-stop jam-packed kick-ass weekend — including, but not limited to a holiday party at Evelyn’s Cafe (which I’d like to get back to to eat sometime), seeing (and liking) Scythian at Mick O’Shea’s, eating at the Papermoon Diner for the first (but not the last) time, going to a subwoofer shootout, DJ/MC/attending a […]

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It Was Beautiful and Now It is Gone…

I heard a very slick remix of the love theme from The Godfather today on WPGC just after 4:30. It was very chill, down-tempo with just a little hint of hip hop (not industrial) drums and bass. It was part of Big Tigger‘s afternoon mix so naturally I can’t find it anywhere. There are lots […]

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The overhead fluorescent light in the kitchen has been acting up for several months now. It hums a little more than normal and the tubes flicker dimly when you turn them on. Light output is cut in half. Besides complaining I haven’t done anything about it until the other day when the single flood in […]

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Since Google Maps allows us to do custom layers, all the smoke free places on the list so have been plotted on a map. I was going to do this via the Google Maps API, but this was so much easier than dealing with the XML plus it allows collaboration. The Map (which has a […]

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It’s Going to Be an Aural Weekend

Saturday, anyways. On Saturday afternoon I’m going to a subwoofer shootout at the IDS-Shoreline shop. It should be an interesting (if not thunderingly loud) display of various sub cabinet designs and pairings with various amps. Think home theatre or car audio, but large enough in size and quantity to fill a stadium rock concert. Turn […]

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On November 19th, the Maryland General Assembly voted to increase the state sales tax 20% (from 5% to 6%). At the same time they added computer support services, data center support, custom programming, consulting, and disaster recovery services to the list of services that will be taxed at the new rate (up from 0% previously). […]

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I’ve got to research some options for remote access. The goal is to provide a Windows-based application — which is rather expensive to license and tedious to manage per-seat — to a group of remote users. The licensing is all taken care of from my perspective, so the remaining requirements are as follows. Sessions must […]

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