Thursday, November 30, 2006

Move Over Caramel Cone!

I've found a new ice cream love!

Dove's "Give in to Mint." Yum!

Watching: Standing in the Shadows of Mowtown

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Internet Explorer 7

It stinks! Hey, we've got tabbed browsing now! Just like Mozilla's had for two years. Great. Know what else they did? They stuck the Forward and Back buttons on the left hand side, and the Refresh, Stop, and Home buttons on the right. They put the Menu bar BELOW the address bar. Don't all Windows apps put the menus at the top? Haven't they been at the top for years? YES! Put it back there! Oh man, it's awful. You used to be able to move your toolbars all around. Not anymore! And you know what Microsoft touted about this browser? You guessed it: toolbar customization! Ha-ha!

I'm a Mozilla user anyway, and I'll be staying that way. I do check websites I'm working on with IE to make sure they render right. But other than that, I don't touch it.

News! There's a regedit tweak to move the menu bar to the top where it freakin' belongs! If you'd like to see it, it's here. (Do be careful if you choose to edit your registry.)

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Northern Kingdom Music: Mac vs H.C.

The guys at Northern Kingdom Music made a new holiday ad. They used a spin on the Mac/PC ads. The cool thing is that Mac's name is, um, Mac, and the H.C. character is Harvey Curtis. It's their real names! Anyway, check out the ad on You Tube. Now all you people out of state can see what the great guys at Northern Kingdom really look like!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, November 27, 2006

Another NPR Mind Stir

So I'm listening to NPR again this morning, as is my custom. They were talking about some new anti-virus chip that will do what current anti-virus software does, but in hardware. This will enable such devices as cell phones and, ahem, microwaves, to have virus protection.

Did I miss something somewhere? Do some people have their microwave on their home network? Do you log in from the office and start reheating your supper before you get home? What if there were file sharing from your microwave! Your friends could download their favorite treats you make them, directly from your oven!

Honestly, have you ever heard of a microwave with a virus?

Feeling: My neck has a crink
Working on: The helicopter web site

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Heavy News Day

Now we're kicking people off planes for breastfeeding??? Man, we're messed up.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

My Thought Provoking Shower

Have you seen the story about the six muslim men removed from their flight? If you haven't I'm sure you will.

Now, have you heard the story of the British Airways employee who's not allowed to wear her cross necklace? The only reason I heard about it was a reporter on the BBC mentioned it in passing.

I bring these stories up as a way to provoke thought. I think these two stories encapsulate ideas that we as a country are working on/through/struggling with, or however you want to phrase it. It makes me think about our press, our freedom of religion, our right to protect ourself from terrorism and how we go about it, and about questions of what freedom is to be offered to all universally.

Just something I thought about in the shower today.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, November 20, 2006

Weekend Wrap-Up

I haven't done a weekend wrap-up in a while. How's about I do one tonight?

Well, Friday I played a gig at the Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor. Blind Albert usually plays solo gigs there, but once a year he books the entire band. It's a small place, with out any stage, so I took my cocktail kit. It was a fine gig, and everything went well. I was home about 3am I guess.

Saturday morning I slept in a little. I was doing laundry when I got a call from the office. Someone needed my assistance. I was about to go to the library with everyone, but decided I'd stay home to help this person. I can't really go into what was going on, but it didn't pan out the way it was supposed to. Susan took the kids to McD's after the library, and she called and asked if I wanted anything. After a 1/4 pounder, I headed to my afternoon gig: "Bye Bye Birdie" at George's Valley High. I played the same gig in the evening too, but did have enough lay over in between to get home.

Sunday was about the same as always. I had Sunday School and church in the morning, then to Mom's house for lunch. I took a little nap Sunday afternoon. Then back to church in the evening.

And that's a wrap!

Listening to: India.Arie

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Paddy's MI-5

Paddy says: "Given that Thanksgiving will be just a plump, pleasant memory by next Friday, I give you a Turkey-day themed 5."

1) What is your favorite part of your traditional Thanksgiving meal?
I really love Ma's sausage stuffing. She gave me the recipe (if you could call it that--there's not much to it!), and I could make it anytime I want. I never do. Ok, I did make it at home once or twice. But that's what I look forward to the most: the brown crunchy edges of the stuffing.

2) You can never have too much turkey ... but what do you do to "work it off?" Touch football? Walk with family? Sleep it off on the couch? Play board games?
When we have Thanksgiving at Ma's--which is close to home--we usually head back to our house and lounge around. Not nap, really, but a little "resting of the eyes." When we have it at Susan's parent's house, we usually watch some sports. Dad and Josh are huge sports nuts.

3) Are your family Noon, Afternoon or Evening diners? Would you rather have it different?
Noonish. Wouldn't change it, it's just right.

4) Was there one particular Thanksgiving that you spent that was particularly memorable? Good or bad ... happy or sad ... elaborate.
I agree with my sister. There's not one particular Thanksgiving that stands out. Instead, it's all the little things we do every year. Uncle Ash's bread (when he comes). Ma's meatloaf for Unk (who doesn't like turkey), and he and I arguing over the crusty end pieces. Sarah and the mystery Jello pie, which is always red, but could be any flavor. (Didn't she do red pineapple Jello one year?)

5) What is the one thing that you are most thankful for this year?
I have so much to be thankful for. I try to remember to be thankful in all things. Ultimately, everything I have comes from God. I have a wonderful, and rather extended, family. I have a very nice job. I have three cars. I have more drums than anyone could want. I'm relatively healthy. I have a wife who I can just not get over. Together since 1989, she still makes me smile. (In fact, I remembered something goofy about us on the ride home from the gig last night, and I had this crazy grin on my face as I was driving.) I have a home that, while not fancy, keeps me and mine warm and dry. I guess I would consider myself middle class, and when I look at all I have, and compare that to what others have, all I can say is "Thank you Lord for all the blessings you bestow on me."

Listening to: Masada Rock, John Zorn

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Family Hamburger Polls

A couple of quick polls. Leave me your thoughts, would you?

Wendys here in Rockland closed on Sunday. As far as fast food is concerned, we're left with a McDonalds and a Burger King. There is a KFC/Taco Bell not far away in the town of Rockport. So let's say Rockland has those three fast food joints. A new one is coming into town. What should it be?

We have two sisters who work here in the office. I noticed the other day that they frequently call family members by their first name. And in my family, I never call parents/aunts/uncles by first name. I wonder... Is this strictly a family to family trait? Is it a geography thing? If I ever called my mom by her first name, she'd kill me dead. When my boys say "Dwane" instead of "Uncle Dwane," we always correct them. So, how do you do it in your family?

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Commercial Craziness

Have you seen the ad for the sleep medication Rozerem? It's to help you fall asleep. One of the side effects? Drowsiness! I kid you not.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Working on the Web

Noontime. I've been doing some web work. For those of you who'd like to see what I'm up to...

Client #1, Footprint Farms. This was that non-profit site I was telling you about a few days ago. This was just a quick little site I threw together. It was only six hours from start to finish, soup to nuts, from initial design to put it live. I rather like it. It's nothing fancy, but it gets their message out there for a price they could afford.

Client #2, Scenic Maine Helicopters. Right now, it's just a place-holding page. I did have to do a bit of Photoshop work, though. In reality, the helicopter isn't in the picture with the background. I had to cut it out of another photo, then stick it in with the background. In the future, though, there will be a full site there. The owner has some real specific ideas of how he'd like it set up, and that's fine by me. I just have to translate his ideas into HTML. And that's the easy part. Coming up with an interesting layout, colors, photos, and that stuff is the hard part.

Client #3, Gourmet Foods of New England. This isn't really my site, but one I inherited from Paddy when he "retired." So the design is all his. They wanted to add the ability to take credit card orders to their form, so I just did some coding for the security part, and added a redirecting post-done page.

Other things done this morning? Well, I got up with the boys a little before seven. Not too bad, as I had an early gig last night, and I was in bed by 11:30 or so. Julia got straight As on her report card (woo-hoo!), so I made her whatever breakfast she wanted. She picked dropped eggs on toast, bacon, sausage, and hashbrowns. Matthew really chowed down! He had an egg, a slice of bacon, two or three sausages, and three slices of toast! He's a hungry, growing boy.

My plan is to take a little nap this afternoon, and tonight I'm playing at the Midnight Blues club in Waterville. Perhaps you'll be there?

Listening to: Masada Rock, John Zorn

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

My Predtictions Proove True

I said the Taxpayers Bill of Rights wouldn't pass. It didn't. I said Baldacci would win governor again. He did. I of course, voted on the losing side of those issues. My Rep choice (both state and local) lost. My choice for city council lost.* And in a result that suprised me, the person I thought would be a "no show" for sheriff ended up winning! All the talk I heard around town was between the republican former police chief and the independent current chief deputy for the sheriff's department. Donna Dennison wasn't even, I thought, on the radar. So that one fooled me.

Still though, I did pretty well in picking (and backing) losers.

I did vote for Olympia Snow, who got in easilly. That being said, I'd prefer someone a little more conservative.

*Jim Thompson the elder, my vote for the council, lost to the incumbent mayor. This was his first race, and only about 50 votes out of 2500 seperated them. For somone running their first race against the incumbent mayor no less, I think that's a really good result. I'm sure if he chooses to run again, he'll get a spot.

Reading: The Bible Jesus Read
Listening to: Election Results

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Election Night Blogging

I'm thinking this: If I voted for you, you're going to lose. It's not looking good for me. I'll let you know tomorrow if anything/anyone I voted for gets in. So far, according to WCSH TV, I'm a total loser.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, November 6, 2006

MI-5, Very Late

All About Things, courtesy of Gina

1. What one THING do you feel would make your life easier? And why?
Realistically, if Julia's school had an every day hot lunch program. As it is now, they have hot lunch as a treat, about once a month. If they had hot lunch every day, I'd have 15 extra minutes every morning. (It's not really a great answer, but it's the first thing I thought of.)

2. What was the last stupid THING you did?
I spoke badly about someone to someone else. It wasn't the right thing to do, and after I said it, I thought "That wasn't the way you want to represent yourself, Bill."

3. What one THING (not to be confused with actual people) could you not live without?
My new mattress is pretty amazing. Having spent a considerable sum on it, I'm now a believer in the whole "you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, so buy a good mattress" argument.

4. What five THINGS do you look forward to everyday?
Kissing my wife, hugging my daughter, nibbling the bellies of my boys, coffee, and bedtime.

5. What is the funniest THING about the city/town you live in?
Our sewage treatment plant is located on prime real estate on the harbor. Not really funny, I guess, but I'm having a hard time with this one, too.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

I'm Really Excited!

I had a lunch meeting today with a local pastor. He's involved with a new ministry called "Footprint Farms." This local guy saw a need. He found that there were no good detox centers for women in Maine. He decided to do something about it. It's really starting to grow. It looks like they've found a huge farm that they'll be able to use, and they're going to accept men and women. And they asked me to work on their website. I decided I wanted to help them out. I started working on it tonight, and I was really inspired. I knocked out a template in about an hour and a half, and I really like it! And that's sorta saying something, as I tend to be really be hard on myself. I can't wait to show it to you! I'll wait until it's all done though.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

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