Friday, December 30, 2011

Processing work email with the Phantoms pregame show on Ustream. Life is good. (It'll be even better when WNYQ restores their audio stream.)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Copycats! Synchronized Sleeping

That's Stanley in the foreground, and Captain in the background. When I say they do everything together, I'm not kidding. They even nap in harmony. :-)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Yay! I ordered a 12x telephoto lens for my iPhone. It arrived in time for the outdoor hockey games. :-) Yes, I'm a geek & easily amused. ;-)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Well, Merry Christmas to all of them, even the ones I didn't know I was texting. :-)
LOL. I just responded to a "Merry Christmas" text msg which, unbeknownst to me, was to a whole group. Getting "Who is this? responses now.

Buon Natale to all!

A particular favorite Christmas song of mine -- which, regrettably, does not seem to make it into the rotation on the All-Christmas, All The Time radio stations.

Welcome, Christmas! Christmas Day!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Every gift is now bought and wrapped. And as an added bonus, I came home from my errands to find work in my inbox. Yay! :-)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Yes! Work email = Inbox Zero! I just completed a week's worth of work in 2.5 days. Go, me. :-)
I keep seeing Phantoms ads during Flyers games. They serve to remind me that three years later, I STILL miss my team. Nothing replaces them.

Monday, December 19, 2011

I hate when I eat something too hot and scald the roof of my mouth. Ow. Note to self: next time, let the food cool off longer.
Last week's system outage made for a dreadfully slow work week. This week seems poised to make up for it. Thank You Lord. I like being busy.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

You know it was a bad game when the only legit
reason you have for cheering, outside of some fights, is that your injured player got up.
You know, I really do loathe that "delay of game" rule. Seriously.
Nothing freakish about Boston's 2nd goal. Grr. But the fans are chanting so the WFC crowd is still "in" the game.
Holy cow. Jody Shelley fights literally the biggest guy in the league. And takes one of the league's best D off the ice for five minutes.
Aw, Jiminy Cricket! A freak deflection lease to an early Bs goal. Well, time to start some freak deflections of our own.


Dear Joan,

We all still miss you, but particularly on the anniversary of the day you left us.

I heard this song for the first time recently, and I thought of you instantly.

Enjoy Heaven. We'll see you when we get there.


D, J, & J

Friday, December 16, 2011

I wish it was posible to un-see things

Yesterday, I went into a Walgreen's and, since the umbrellas were hidden in plain sight, I went over to a clerk to ask where they were. She answered with a location, then turned her back to me and bent to pick something up off the floor.

Her low-rider pants revealed at least a quarter-moon. I had to bite my tongue not to blurt out, "Also, where is the eyewash?"

What is seen, cannot be un-seen. Regrettably. Think of me as an Old Phart if you will, but I just don't appreciate seeing the posterior cleavage of total strangers.
My Friday aide job was cancelled today, but I was productive anyway. Prepped 2 gifts for mail & made ALL jewelry I was commissioned to make.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

&)€#¥%*?•!!!!!!! Pronger is out for the season with severe post-concussion syndrome. As a friend of mine used to say, SOAFB. :-(

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

YAAAY -- FCC moves to squelch extra-loud TV commercials

Those of us with a long memory will remember that in June of 2009, I posted THIS ARTICLE about a proposed bill that was before Congress, to limit the volume of TV commercials.

Well, freaking FINALLY, the FCC is telling TV advertisers to lower the volume of commercials. Gotta love bureaucrats -- it only took two and a half years from the time of that first article until there was concrete action to report today.

FCC tells advertisers to CALM down, lowers the volume on commercial breaks

Pretty soon, you won't have to scramble to lower the volume during noisy commercial breaks -- that's if you even watch live TV. After making its way through Capitol Hill, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (or CALM) -- which aims to keep the sounds coming out of your flat panel even-keeled -- has just been adopted in a ruling by the FCC. Starting next December, ads and promos will have to remain in-step with the audio levels of scheduled programming. While the affected parties have a full year to get their acts together, the main burden of enforcement lies with broadcasters and MVPDs like Comcast and Verizon FiOS. So, come next holiday season, you'll be able to tune in and tune out without being blown away.
I always coil my earphones neatly when putting them in my pocket. So why do they come out looking like someone knitted a scarf with them?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What a ripoff that TicketB@st@rd wants you to pay MORE money to use YOUR OWN ink and paper to print tickets. Will Call Window, here I come.
FINALMENTE! I got a shipping notification from an item I ordered at the end of October. 'Bout time!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sitting in the car listening to the song about Snoopy &the Red Baron. It came on while I was parking the car. I waited to hear all of it.

My Amazon saga

I got a damaged item from an Amazon seller last week. Two emails requesting an exchange went unanswered. Today I got an email from them requesting feedback. "Please leave a 5 in all categories".

I'll give them a 5. I'll give them five fingers in a knuckle sandwich.

I got back on Amazon and basically dropped the gloves. I told them i was displeased that they found the time to request feedback from me, while ignoring my two emails to them about exchanging the defective item. Moreover, if I don't hear from them by Wednesday, I will file a claim with Amazon and request a refund.

I think I'm being MORE than fair. More fair than they might deserve, frankly. But they get one more chance. If they don't start the exchange process by Wednesday, they're dead to me and I file a claim.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My phone recognizes, and offers to auto-complete, the names of Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky. :-) Smartphone

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Holy pinball shots, Briere! 1-0 Flyers. Wow. What are the odds of banking it off BOTH defensemen and in

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

For the 2nd time, our new railing's installation was rained out. Come on, Mother Nature! Send some SUN so we can get this railing put in!
Though I am going to keep using my Mr. Softee ringtone, I now have a backup. A Tardis ringtone. I love the internet.

OMG, I'm on Cloud Nine

 This Flyers/Rangers Alumni Game gets better and better!

Neil Little is playing. Lindros and LeClair are playing. Bobby Clarke is playing

Pinch me, I'm dreaming. On second thought, DON'T wake me up. This is like my lifetime fantasy Flyers team come to life.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Wow. When the doc said my incision could continue itching for a year after surgery, he wasn't kidding. It still does sometimes. Like today.

Monday, December 05, 2011

On Christmas Decorating Themes

I love the decorations, particularly the lights, that go up at this time of year. If it were up to me, the displays of lights would stay on for the duration of the winter. I find it kind of ironic that the end of the Christmas season comes during the time period when the hours of daylight are at their shortest. Christmas itself comes a few days after the Winter Solstice, and the liturgical end of the Christmas season comes on the Sunday following New Year's Day. At that point of the year, there's precious little daylight and those of us with Seasonal Affective Disorder would really benefit from leaving all the pretty lights ON when the sun goes down.

But I digress.

My main hint to all those who are setting up their Christmas decorations is this: it looks best when you choose either a secular OR a religious theme. Not both. Santa was not present at the Nativity, nor was Frosty the Snowman. Neither the Magi nor the shepherds were accompanied by reindeer, nor did they present gifts of candy canes to the Holy Child.

When I was walking my dog last week, I passed a display that included three snowmen, a Nativity, and three Santas. I thought, "What the heck is this? The Three Wise Snowmen? We Three Kringles of Orient Are?"

But even this mixture of secular and religious pales beside the display my friend's neighbor put up a few years ago. That house had an enormous illuminated Nativity on their lawn, and a couple feet away was a huge, also-illuminated sign: SANTA STOP HERE". The first thought that came to my mind was, "Santa didn't come down the chimney to stick gold, frankincense and myrrh into the Christ Child's Christmas stocking. Sorry."

Anyway, let me reiterate: please do decorate, as it makes the world a prettier place. But pick a theme and stick to it. It looks better and makes more sense.
I *finally* got print drivers installed on my laptop. I got tired of using the old, slow, senile laptop in the computer room to print.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Mini is on my tummy, snoring. Captain is above me on the back of the love seat, also snoring. Clearly, my pets are inspired by my presence.
Hooray for Boscov's free gift wrapping!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

I'm down to needing three gifts for Christmas. And I know what I'm doing for two of those. Dang, I'm good. :-)
See Donna. See Donna stay up late to watch the Flyers game in CA. See Donna wake the whole neighborhood when the Flyers SCORE IN OT!
Flyers @ Anaheim. The crowd has cheered Flyers goals so loudly, it sounds like a home-team goal. Wow, lots of our fans in the Ducks' house!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Dear IGNORAMUS who left their dog's mess on my pavement: I hope you step in ten canine land mines for every one you leave behind. Forever.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Watching La Streisand on public TV with Mark.
By the way, Café Valentino is phenomenal! Absolutely excellent food. I'd recommend it to anyone.
I had 2 inches of wine at the dinner meeting. That's about 2 inches more than I normally have, so now I'm sleepy. I think I'll take a nap.

Busy day!

Well, today was a busy day. It started off with my first interpretation of the new Mass translation. Today was the day that the Church began using the new translation of the Roman Missal. I had the opportunity to read through everything last night, so I was not bombarded by brand-new things this morning. Everything went all right, but I'm still aggravated that they changed some of those things at all. Some parts of the Mass, they should have left alone. MHO.

So from there, I headed over to the fourth meeting of the Italian Museum committee. We had a dinner meeting at Café Valentino. First was meeting, then was dinner. We got a lot accomplished during the meeting part, and the food was absolutely fantastic. When I say phenomenal, I mean it.

I even had 2 inches of wine. That might not sound like much, but my norm is 0 inches of wine. I can't even remember the last time I had more than a sip. The last time I can think of was about eight or nine years ago. So now between the work, the food, and the wine, I'm very sleepy. I think I'll take a nap. :-)

Well, I survived interpreting the new Mass translation. It helped a lot that I was able to read through ALL of it in advance last night.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Ahahaha! "Olé olé olé olé..."
Color me Very Happy! I just saw that Neil Little is on the Flyers Alumni roster! :-)

Stupid Criminal Tricks

It's baaaaack! I have a stupendous example of Stupid Criminal Tricks to post

Burglar Breaks Into Home to Dry Off, Check Facebook Page

Too bad he won't be able to check his Facebook page from JAIL!

My dog is not a morning person

On Thanksgiving morning, I had to get up about two hours earlier than normal. (Ouch.) I also had to get Mini the Wee up equally early, because I had to walk and feed her before I embarked on what promised to be a long day.

When I opened up her crate door, Mini was still half-asleep. She toddled out of the crate slowly and carefully, as befits a little old lady doggie. But one part of her was moving normally. Her tiny little tail was wagging like mad.

I said to Mini, "I see your TAIL is awake. The rest of you, not so much, huh? I can relate. I'm not a morning person, either." :-)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hahaha! I just dictated a text msg via Siri, and she knew to spell the word "Flyers" properly and capitalize it. Yes, this IS a SMART phone!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It was already late when they mailed it to me.

This missive arrived on November 22. Before I even opened the flipping envelope, it was already 12 days late. I love bureaucrats. Like I love a hole in the head.

Just got a tax form accompanied by instructions dated 11/18/11, telling me to return the form no later than 11/10/11. :facepalm: :headdesk:

Monday, November 21, 2011

No false alarms this time! DOOP DOOP DOOP! Flyers cut the deficit in half: 2-1 Carolina.
Someone seated near me absolutely reeks of smoke. It's all over their clothes. Either they're a chain smoker or they're on fire.
The anthem singer filling in for Lauren Hart did a really nice job.
Want to see closed-captions of the PA announcements in the Wells Fargo Center?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Per the radio broadcast, Jagr is done for the rest of the night. Shoot. :-( Not what I wanted to hear.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cont'd from previous post: So Thank You God for my 2nd chance. We don't always know it when we've gotten a 2nd chance, but THIS one, I know.
November 16. The one-year anniversary of my surgery. As well as the anniversary of my return from crisis later that night due to med issues.
How music helped Gabrielle Giffords heal.
Beware of ripoffs masquerading as deals on Black Friday.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tiny Chihuahua snores are emanating from the love seat. :-)
GRRRR.... freaking Niaspan side effects of itchy heat all over. It's my own fault for forgetting last night's meds and taking them this AM.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Didn't there used to be a Lancaster County smorgasbord whose name started with a Z? Does anyone recall what the name was? Thanks!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

OMG OMG OMG chocolate pecan pie at Miller's Smorgasbord OMG OMG OMG
th the new words.
Well, there you have it. I've just interpreted a Mass with the old words for the last time. In 2 weeks, my next interpreted Mass will be the first day wi

Saturday, November 12, 2011

e update.
Now that I'm updated to iOS 5.0.1, we'll see if the battery life of this phone has improved any. Although really, my battery life was fine even before th

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's Veterans Day, and I'm thinking of my 89 year old father-in-law who served in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hooray! I found a way to report the robo-calling bastages who keep calling my freaking cell phone!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The only thing so far that got the Emergency Broadcast System test was WBEN FM. My TV, SMS alerts, & NOAA radio gave no sign of the test.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Congrats, Mayor Nutter!
My 6ABC app just broadcast a headline saying the New York Times reports that PSU is planning JoePa's exit. Wow. I'm floored.

Monday, November 07, 2011

RIP Joe Frazier. My 6ABC app just gave me a bulletin with the sad headline. So sorry to see this news. :-(
Tostitos Scoops + Amish corn relish = happy taste buds. :-)
Dear Political Phone Calls: GO AWAY.
You know you and your friends are not wild partners when "one more for the road" means taking an extra after-dinner mint.

Just a bit of catching up

On Saturday, we had a meeting of a new PA-based deaf-blind group. We also had a tech demo there. One of the deaf blind members had created a special braille device when he was at Temple University. It allows for a very large display of one braille cell. This is useful for people who have limited finger sensitivity. They can connect the device to a keyboard or computer. Then they place their entire hand, or forearm, or any part of the body over that braille cell, and read the letters one at a time. Our deaf-blind friend JEJ, who lost the ability to read braille two years ago, was able to understand the braille letters on this device. He said he NEEDS this device in order to resume reading books again. He used to read constantly and he really misses doing it. So the engineering students at Temple are going to get a list of specs in order to build a device for JEJ. God willing, this will all work out. Let us pray.

I just dictated this entire post, with a few manual corrections for some unusual words, via Siri on my iPhone. My hands are killing me right now, so typing is tough. Technology can be a godsend.

Experimenting with the Vlingo app for the iPhone. It, like Siri, allows for voice dictation.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Saturday, November 05, 2011

And no sooner do I observe that the Blue Jackets goalie wasn't the issue, we score on the replacement goalie.
3-0 Flyers in the first period. Columbus is changing goalies, but he wasn't the problem by far. Without him, we'd have a bigger lead.
Per Tim Saunders on the radio, the Flyers' top line has been together for 7 games, with 14 goals and 30 points in that span.
Don't look now, but the Flyers are having a good game. 4:09 into the first, it's 2-0 Flyers. :-)
For what they're charging for these hockey tickets, I should think they would be able to afford filling the toilet-seat-cover dispenser.
We gain an hour of sleep tonight! Yaaay! Occupy Dreamland FTW!

Friday, November 04, 2011

FINALLY. The roofers came today to fix the skylight, which was accidentally sealed shut when we got the new roof months ago. 'Bout time!
Time to take part in Occupy Dreamland.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Talbot is awarded a penalty shot and SCOOOOOORES! 3-2 Flyers!
NJ ties it, causing dissent as the Devils fans sitting behinds get jeered by the Flyers Faithful.
Aaaand Parise cuts the lead to 2-1. Must be the night for guys named Za to score.
GIROOOOOUX makes it 2-0! :-) Don't look now, but the Giroux/Hartnell/Jagr line is scary good!
Rinaldo! From Couturier! Rookie players FTW! 1-0 Flyers! :-)
JVR was supposed to be in tonight's game, but was a very late scratch. Announcers don't know why. Shelley replaces him in the lineup.
Goalie matchup for tonight: Hedberg (NJ) vs. Bobrovsky (Flyers). Briere is on the ice for warmups, even as I type. I hope he plays.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, thank you for the parking space. Amen. ;-)

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Lappy is on the Flyers pre-game show as an analyst. <3 <3 <3 *Such* a nice, genuine, down-to-earth person. I can't compliment him enough.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Hooray, Bank of America bowed to pressure and nixed the $5 debit card fee!

Monday, October 31, 2011

OHHH NOOOO. The store is out of Kettle Corn! What if they've stopped stocking it? Ordering online is expensive. :-( FirstWorldProblems
OMG! IHeartRadio app has a Radio Manilow channel, including his music, his faborite songs by other artists, and his narration! Mega-LIKE!
I wonder if the field used in the pumpkin-flinging Punkin Chunkin competition turns into a pumpkin patch the following year?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

When did the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens get moved from Camden to Winterthur? Or is the one at Winterthur a separate collection?
When did the Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens get moved from Camden to Winterthur? Or is the one at Winterthur a separate collection?
OK already with the winter weather in OCTOBER. Can we go back to having autumn now?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

BOOOOOSH is in goal for Carolina! He's on my fantasy team, so I hope we have a low-scoring game tonight!

I'm Dreaming of a White... Halloween?

Ok, what the Sam Hill is wrong with the weather? We've had slushy snow falling all freaking day! Since when is October 29 supposed to be slushy or snowy?

Fortunately, most of the mess has melted, though it's accumulating on cars and grass. And to call the temperatures "unseasonably cold" would be putting it mildly.

I hope it improves by Monday, or the local kids will have to go trick-or-treating in mukluks. Sheesh.

Mark's on one end of the sofa. I'm on the other. Mini keeps moving from one lap to the other and back. She can't decide. :-)
What the Sam Hill is with snow in October? I demand a recount! Snow, snow, go away!

Friday, October 28, 2011

This ref drove me nuts when the Phantoms were in Philly. We've been in ADK for multiple seasons & he's still at it. Some things don't change.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oh, ma fanabla.
Aaaaand we tie it yet again. 8-8. This team refuses to go away. At least that's ONE positive to take from this contest.
LOL. Tim Saunders on the radio: "It'd be easier to tell you who HASN'T scored in this game." No kidding.
THIS game is the ANTI-goalie-duel. They're scoring like an All-Star Game out there. Jiminy Cricket.
OH! EM! GEEEE! We went from trailing 5-1 to leading 7-6, with three of those goals coming in the past 4 minutes!
Ohhhh YEAHHHHH! Flyers!
MUCH better! Keep it up!
Aaaand here comes Bryzgalov.
Aw, come on, Flyers! Jiminy Cricket! You're better than this!
Hartnell from Jagr! Those two guys are en fuego lately! Gotta love it!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Aaaaand the Flyers are back in the "W" column! :-)
JAAAAAGRRRR! OMG I never thought I'd see the day when I screamed for Jagr in a Flyers uni. Just goes to show, anything really CAN happen!
DOOOOP! Hartnell scores again!
HartnellUP 2-1 Flyers!
I just saw that our GM said Pronger will not return to the game. &%#€!!! DIIISLIIIIKEEEE! :-( I hope his eyes are all right.
Jaromir just put the Ja in Jagr! DOOP!
The local Oldies Station now includes the 80s. Wait, what? 80s?! SINCE WHEN is that music "old"? I demand a recount!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Testing posts by SMS. Go Flyers and Phantoms!

On taking SEPTA to Flyers games

Last Thursday, Mark and I were waiting for the Subway train to go home after a Flyers game. Usually, the rides are uneventful. (And inexpensive. Tokens cost $1.55, so it's $3.10 to ride the Subway round trip, as opposed to $18.00 to park in the lot. But I digress.)

So anyway, there we sat, waiting for a northbound local train at Pattison AT&T Station, when I heard a plasticky clattering noise coming from the direction of the open doorway of an express train that was waiting on a nearby track. The Flyers-garbed young man who'd been standing in the doorway of the train leaned down to try and see whatever he had dropped. His companion came and leaned to see, as well.

To make a long story less long, this inebriated fellow had dropped his cell phone between the train and platform, and was quite angry about it. So much so that he began yelling profanity at top volume.

That's when the security guard told Cell Phone Boy to calm down, and after the train departed, someone would attempt to retrieve the phone. Cell Phone Boy had some snideness to voice to the guard. Which set off the extremely petite young woman who was also awaiting a local train. If cell Phone Boy was 3 sheets to the wind, Petite Female was 2.5 sheets to the wind. So the two of them got into a drunken debate, standing face-to-face like cartoon characters, till Cell Phone Boy's buddy literally picked him up and carried him bodily away from the confrontation.

Before the local train left the station, we did get to see the express depart and someone from SEPTA retrieve the phone for Cell Phone Boy. Goodness knows if it still worked. But wven if it did, seriously... would YOU put a phone up to your face if it had been on that disgusting floor of the track area? EWWWWW. I say no way!
An interesting article on OWS from someone who has actually seen it:

Friday, October 21, 2011

WinMo's latest OS: Mango. Google's Android iterations: Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich. IPhones: made by Apple. Tech news makes me hungry!

I've officially begun my Christmas shopping

That does it. I officially began my Christmas shopping.

It started a few weeks ago when I tried to purchase a particular item from ThinkGeek, only to find that they were out of stock. I set up an email notification for when said item would get back IN stock.

The notice I just got was that ThinkGeek was discontinuing the item. BOO. So I went looking around for the same thing elsewhere, and found ONE left on Amazon. Not wanting to risk another "This item is sold out" issue, I ordered it immediately. And thus begins my Christmas shopping.

Thank God for internet shopping. I would much rather do my shopping at home than run out to brave the insane crowds, limited stock availability, and terrible parking that the malls have to offer. It saves time and gas, too, and the fact that the online stores are open 24/7 means that it's easier to fit the shopping into my schedule.

But anyway, it's beginning to look a little like Christmas around here. But just a little. I won't be shopping in earnest until a bit closer to the holiday.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day Five With The New Toy

Well, I've had the iPhone for five days now. I have experimented a lot with Siri. I'm really loving all the commands I can enter just by using my voice. I have set my iPhone's alarm clock with voice commands every day. I can even dictate text verbally to the phone and have my words rendered into speech automatically.

In fact, I dictated this entire post with my voice.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Would a short fortune teller who escaped from prison be a small medium at large?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My iPod Touch says, "iOS 5 is IN THA HOUSE". :-) And my iPhone is slated to arrive tomorrow. It's a good tech week so far.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I'm gonna smack these fargin' referees. All the way from the second level.
Meszaros MESZes up Vancouver! 5-4 Flyers! :-)
The Flyers get their 4th of the night... Free Egg McMuffins for everybody! :-) Here's to a fattening season!
Egad. WTH are the Ice Girls wearing? I wear more than that to go swimming.
Ya know those CGI ads that appear on the glass behind the net for TV viewers? Now they appear on the Jumbotron image of the on-ice action.
GIROOOOOOUX! I <3 that boy! 1-0 Flyers!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Holy cow. I'm at Inbox Zero. It's a miracle. (And it surely won't last, lol.)

Friday, October 07, 2011

Figlio di puttana. NLDS
Looking forward to interpreting the Phillies game for my deaf-blind friend. The Phightins had better give me good things to interpret!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs.

Fittingly, I received the news of Steve Jobs's passing via a bulletin that came through on my iPod Touch. RIP Steve Jobs. 56 is too young to go.

Wow. Looking at my 6ABC headlines. RIP Steve Jobs. :-(
STL needs to borrow the cat colony from the old Vet Stadium. They've got squirrel infestation issues, lol.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Jiminy H. Cricket, the Phillies know how to get a fan wound up. Eeeeee. Thank God THAT'S over.
OK, Phillies, stop making it so freakin' interesting and just get the final out! ASAP. Kthx.
I'm Not Amused Apple is releasing iPhone 4S instead of 5. We'll see if I want to upgrade now or suffer w/my senile WinMo phone till iPhone5.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I just rooted a generic 7" Android tablet to run Android Market. Go, me. Tablet + keyboard case < $100. Not bad. :-)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Etsy, here I come

My order of silver-plated copper wire came in on Saturday, just after I used up the last of my previous supply making these:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dear jogging jaywalker: If you keep blowing through red lights while cars are coming, you'll be the fittest person in the Emergency Room.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jewelry polishing cloths, where have you been all my life? WOW do they make the metal shine, with next to no effort.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

'Splain This To Me

I just got home from spending the day at the Art Museum with JFM, JR, and Betty (hereafter "Mrs. B."); we went to see the exhibit about Rembrandt and the Faces of Jesus.

The exhibit extends through several rooms in the museum. There are guards in the doorways between one room and the next. Most of the rooms had doorways at "12"00" and "6:00", allowing a person to go in and then view the images by either walking clockwise or counterclockwise around the room. In most cases, I was able to tell which was the logical "first" image to view in the room, because of numbers posted under the image that corresponded to the audio tour.

Then I got to the last room of the exhibit. My three friends had completed viewing everything, but I take my time absorbing detail so I was trailing well behind the rest of our group. I walked through the doorway into the last room, and found myself in a dilemma, as I wasn't actually sure which image to visit next -- the one on my left or the one on my right. So I turned and asked the guard which which picture I should walk to upon entering the room.

"Did you come in here from the Gift Shop?" (Which was located after the exhibit's exit.) "You know there's no re-entry into the exhibit once you leave..."

"No. I came in from that room." (Pointing at the room.) I wanted to know which was the first image to visit in this room."

"You know you're not allowed to re-enter the exhibit once you leave..."

"I *didn't* leave. I just got to this room. I wanted to know what order I should view the images in."

"Where did you come in from? The Gift Shop?"

"NO. I came in from THAT room," (pointing), "through THIS doorway," (pointing), "and now I'm in THIS room." (pointing). "I want to know if I should start viewing the pictures by going to THAT picture first" (pointing) "or THAT picture" (pointing).

"You can't come back in here after you exit."

"I DIDN'T exit. I came from THAT room."

By this time, JFM had come back to see where in tarnation I was, overheard the conversation, and said, "Start with that one over there."

Now why couldn't the guard do that? As far as I could tell, he was a native speaker of English. (Unless he has zero native languages to boast of, and after that conversation, I could very well believe it.)

And this guy has a full time job, but I have to work three different part-time jobs because I haven't been able to find full-time work. What's wrong with THIS picture?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My foray into Android

Well, I did it. I saw an EXTREMELY inexpensive Android tablet on sale at my favorite electronic store online, and I couldn't resist ordering it. You know you're in good shape when the tablet, the keyboard case, and the shipping total up to less than $100.

The only drawback is that the device is very generic and, even though it has a near-current version of Android (2.2), its half-baked version of the Android Market is less than ideal, and its native email and browser leave a lot to be desired.

So I am researching what I need to do to root the tablet. has got some methods to root the tablet and get it a more standard selection of Android apps, including the all-important App Market, plus better volume and faster performance. All for under $100. Then I'll be a well-pleased geek. :-)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Woo hoo, Fly-Boys! The Flyers start the preseason with a 4-0 win! I know, it's preseason. But a win and a shutout are always good things.
"Whisker Wars" is a reality show about beard competitions; the contestants look like ZZ Top. Is there NOTHING that's not Reality TV fodder?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The only negative to weekend starts to Flyers training camp is the place is a MOB SCENE. But I know it helps fans who are busy Mon thru Fri.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Taking part in the three-person team that's dismantling a funnel cake. Yum!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I'm really liking this baby goalie Houser! Flyers hang on to win 3-2!
Caps take advantage of one too many scrambles in front of our net. 3-2 Flyers.
It wouldn't be a Flyers home game without Dancing Shawny! Oh, and we resume play to a NICE stop by Houser!
Caps take advantage of one too many scrambles in front of our net. 3-2 Flyers.
DOOP! Hyka gives Flyers a 3-1 lead and another round of fisticuffs ensues. Our Hostetter vs. Their 71 who also got 2 for crosschecking.
Both teams change goalies with about 9.5 mins left in the second period.
Bout #2: Their Edmonsen vs. our Mathers. Edge: Mathers. During the ensuing break, Ian Laperriere was on Arenavison and got a Standing O.
We liked that DOOP so much, we scored again (Kessel) followed by a fight (Stevenson vs Elnyiuk). I'd score the bout as a draw.
DOOP DOOP DOOP! Brown from the Flyers fans on a shot attempt, connects on the retry and scores. Assist: Kessel.
Fans are now being directed to the upper level, as the lower bowl of the WFC is full.
Fans are starting to fill in the
PK looks excellent. Especially the 17 seconds when we were down 5 on 3. :facepalm: Not even preseason yet and the refs are calling everything.
Dang. The puck went off the post, off our goalie's back, and trickled in. Incidentally, WOW our goalie has a tiny blocker.
Flyers starters: 75 Phillips, 38 Lauridsen, 78 Kessel, 36 Rinaldo, 51 Ranford, 10 Schenn. Moment of silence for Yaroslavl & McCrimmon. Lauren Hart sings the anthem.
The Wells Fargo Center is offering free wifi again, as they did during last year's quotes. The lower bowl is at least half full, not bad for 4:45 on a workday. Surely some fans will arrive late.
Brad Phillips wl start in go for the rookie Flyers. Our other goalie is Michael Houser.
Orange and black faux dreadlock hats. Hmmm. I wonder if those fans handmade them or if they are an item available for sale?
Flyers rookie game: listen at . I am SOOOOOOO ready for this offseason to be O-V-E-R! Bring on the hockey!
Orange and black faux dreadlock hats. I wonder if those two fans made them, or if they're a new item for sale.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pray for peace. Work for justice.

In Remembrance

We remember all the victims of September 11, 2001, both the ones who lost their lives and those who, though they did not die, suffered internally or externally as a result of that day.

Pray for Peace on Earth

CLICK HERE for my post, written on the fifth anniversary, of my experiences of that day. It's long.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

RIP Brad McCrimmon and KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Dreadful news has come out of Russia today. The plane carrying the KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl has crashed, and aside from two survivors, one player and one crew member, everyone else on the plane is confirmed dead. That includes the team's coach, popular former Flyer Brad McCrimmon, part of the best defense pairing ever to don Orange and Black, and several other former NHL players.

Besides the pang of grief at McCrimmon's untimely passing -- he was only 53 -- I was also specifically saddened to see that one of the funniest people on my Twitter feed, player Pavol Demitra, was listed among the victims. RIP, sir, I always got a snicker from your tweets.

It's just a crying shame, no matter if you are an avid hockey fan or never heard of the sport. Of course, every accident with casualties is tragic, but in this case, there are additional layers of grief besides the losses to families and friends in ten countries. The victims were also a significant part of a larger community, all of which is reeling at their loss. Pro hockey in general, not to mention the Kontinental Hockey League, and every league for which these people played and worked in their histories, is hurting right now. And as a human being, as well as a hockey fan, I hurt along with them.

Thoughts and prayers to all the bereaved, be they families, friends, or fans. RIP to the many people who've left us far too soon.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Our Flyers tickets arrived today. The Winter Classic game is -NOT- part of the season ticket package. I'm not amused.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Best quote I've seen in a while: "We must save the Earth! It's our only source of chocolate!" :-)

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Moyamensing Avenue has everything from twigs to moderate-sized branches down. (And one BIG branch that I'm glad didn't land on someone.) It's still windy -- watch out for your screen doors when you open them! They might just keep going! ;-) Other than that, we seem to have come through the adventure in one piece.

Our house, tree, & neighborhood came through OK. Our region has many downed trees and flooding, though. Now for damage assessment & cleanup.
WIND! Our tree's branches are going a mile a minute in the teeming rain. Tornado watch extended to 5 AM.
Salem County, NJ has declared a travel ban. Only emergency personnel are permitted to be on the roads.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I'm listening to the Philadelphia Fire Department Radio's internet stream at
SEPTA and PATCO have suspended service. NOAA reports indications of a tornado at King of Prussia. Stay safe, all!
Philly-area friends, a tornado was confirmed in Vineland, NJ. Keep a TV or radio on so you know if there's trouble in your immediate area.

Raindrops Are Falling On My Head

Mark and I just got home from JFM and JR's. The rain isn't quite heavy yet, but it's steady and the wind is picking up. One block we drove through had green, leafy broken twigs all over the street. If that's what their street looks like now, I hate to think of what it'll look like when the REAL wind hits overnight.

We took our wind chimes indoors, so they won't become a projectile at any point during the night. We expect sustained winds of 50 MPH with gusts of 65-70. There have been easily a dozen flood warnings today on the NOAA weather radio. Now we're getting tornado warnings issued for all over south NJ, including Atlantic City, and for several PA and NJ counties south of Philly. DISLIKE.

I called my parents. They're doing OK. They have a sump pump in the basement now, so there's less concern of having a flooded cellar. Other than that, everything's relatively quiet. And rain-soaked.

Even Lawrence Welk got into the spirit. One of tonight's songs was Good Night Irene. The show was originally recorded in 1969; it's on WHYY.
Philly's getting the first of the rain. It doesn't look like much now, but I know better. It'll get interesting before the night is out.
Just for kicks, here's my Ustream broadcast of Irene in Philadelphia. So far we just have rain.
The necklace cords I ordered, thinking they were satin b/c the brand name is Silkies, are actually colored rubber. Dang it. My mistake.