Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season starts tomorrow. I hope we have a quiet year. The last two in a row, here, have been very quiet.

I have quite a busy day today, I have to take some scuba tanks to get hydro-ed, I have to go to see a man about some building supplies. I really want to get the apartment started. (I have plans to add an apartment to the house, to supplement my income). And I have to go to work on a transmitter. I have a problem that is a real doozie. Plus I would like to go to the beach for a little while, seems like I haven't been to the beach in a long time. I rekkon almost two weeks.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

My name is Mud

I ruined all my wifes new work shirts by washing them with something red.
It would be better if she go mad and whooped me like a stepchild but she just got sad.
I feel really bad.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday

Today is the last day of Inner Space. The deep boat is going to my favorite dive, Funky Town. I am on the shallow boat.
I can't think of much to say lately.
Sunday night I have a job to do for work. I will be taking three stations off the air, one by one, to do an upgrade to an attenuator, and repair and upgrade the third.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

My fingerprints quit working

My fingerprints quit working. On my computer, and an external hard drive, there is this fingerprint scanner thing so you don't have to type your password. It used to be that my left finger worked better than the finger I use on my right hand. Then it switched, and it seemed like the left worked better. Now neither work. I have to type my password. Since both fingerprint scanners quit working, it proves it is my fingerprints that have gone bad, not the scanner. Bummer

Inner Space is almost over, and I am getting my usual depression that all my friends are about to leave. Tomorrow is the last official dive, and everyone starts heading out Saturday.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Finally- Rain

Finally it's raining, when I don't want it to be...
Inner Space is going on, I am diving every day, and it is much nicer diving when it is sunny than when it's raining.

And I can't find my raincoat.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Inner Space 2011

Today is the first day of Inner Space 2011, I am diving every day. I'm running a little late this morning....

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Random Photos

My view for most of the day on the 'Shark Boat'
Stingray City
One of the satellite beacons we were supposed to attach to the sharks if anybody caught any, which they didn't

Friday, May 20, 2011

Blog Neglect

Today I'm neglecting my blog
Tomorrow, I'm starting vacation, my first vacation since I started the new business. I am on vacation from 6 AM till 1 PM every day for a week, I'm diving. I will be available for work in the afternoons.
Yesterday, on the shark boat, we didn't catch any sharks, but it was the first time I went all the around the island in one shot. I've been offshore at almost every point around the island, but yesterday was the first day I went all the way around in one trip. It was a pretty nice day.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Shark Tagging

Today (and maybe tomorrow,) I am going out with someone from the Department Of Environment to tag sharks. It might be boring, hanging out on a boat off of East End all day. There is a big fishing tournament here this week, and if any of the boats catch a shark, they are to call us on the radio, we rush over, take the live shark from them, tag him, take a tissue sample and release him.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday is Hump Day

I have nothing to post about again. I woke up early. Drinking my first cup of coffee.
I'm diving this morning, then on Saturday Inner Space starts. I am working on one of the boats that week, not the deep boat that I have been on every year prior.
Last night The Wife and I were at the registration for the Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament. My Wife had to be there for work, I was a volunteer. It was pretty nice. I will get the opportunity to go out with the Department Of Environment and tag White Tip sharks. That will be cool. It looks like I can only go one day, I'd like to do all four. They're doing it during the tournament.
I feel kind of neutral today. I feel boring. Maybe if I threw in a few exclamation points in it would perk things up.
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Bah, just gimme some more coffee.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Life Savers

I woke up this morning thinking about Life Savers. What ever happened to them? You can still find bags of Life Savers, individually wrapped in the candy aisle of the store, but those ain't no good, REAL Life Savers come in a roll, like the pic, and you keep them up by the cash register, for important impulse buying!

I guess this is a company that has fallen into complacency, or been purchased by a larger company that doesn't give a rats ass about the good 'ol days.

As I recall, most common was the Five Flavor pack, with Coconut (Yuck) Lemon and Lime, (OK) Orange (Better than OK) and CHERRY! (The KING of Life Saver Flavors) I remember looking down the hole in the center to see how many I had to go before I got a cherry. If a friend wanted a Life Saver, they couldn't have the Cherry unless it's a girl you really really liked.

I also remember that on a rare occasion, you could find a store that had rolls of all one flavor, like your Peppermint and Spearmint, Wintergreen, Butterscotch (yuck) and GRAPE! Nothing is better than that Artificial Grape Flavor!

All my Aunts and my Grandmothers had Life Savers in their purses, and they'd make a roll last a week, instead of crunching up several packs a day like you were supposed to.

I remember the Fruit flavors would melt in your pocket and get sticky but the mint ones were good forever. That white chalky substance was impervious to everything but water. Thats why most of yer fruit flavors were best when stored in an old ladys purse.

So yeah, they're still around, in those stupid bags, individually wrapped, but the real Life Savers, in the rolls, are not as common as they used to be.


I think everybody's thought about it, and would like to go back in time, and know everything they know today. I know I sure would! When suddenly things pop into my brain that I re-remember, it makes me wonder how many things I'm NOT remembering. I know there are tons of memories I have that I cannot access, because there's no reason. Like Life Savers when I was a kid, it was just in my brain when I woke up this morning.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Not much today

I don't have much to post about today. Yesterday afternoon the Wife and I went snorkeling. Above is a pic I took of myself.
Last night was a weird night, I couldn't sleep but I was very tired. So I took a sleeping bag out on the back porch. Then I slept. I was having tons of strange dreams, none of which I can remember. I woke up and thought it was almost morning, but it was only 2AM, and I was freezing. So I went back into the house to bed.
Today is Discovery Day here. A Holiday. Columbus sighted Cayman on this day in 1503

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blog Backup

After the Blogger screwup last week, (I still don't have some of the comments I had) I went to Wordpress.com and created a new blog, IMPORTED this one, and now I have a backup.

DO NOT BE CONFUSED, THIS IS STILL MY BLOG.

I only made a backup.


Here's my post:

This is my WordPress.com backup to my blog.

These are some links that were already here.

  1. Find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.
  2. Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting page you read on the web.
  3. Make some changes to this page, and then hit preview on the right. You can alway preview any post or edit you before you share it to the world.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Explain something to me

I went to a new website, Bing. I had never been there before, but my name was at the top, like I was already signed in through Facebook.
How does that work? Do they have my name, or does it just show up on my computer because of my Facebook cookies?
Who else can get my info? does anybody know how that works?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger lost posts

Looks like Blogger lost everyones posts from yesterday......

Thursday, May 12, 2011

3 AM: The Damnedest Hour

Woke up at 3AM from bad dreams, it's always 3AM. 3AM is the worst hour. It's the loneliest hour.
I was dreaming that everyone was making fun of me.
"Yeah, you're fucked up" "You're the cause of everyones problems"
3AM is good for studying. I used to love it when I got up at 3, turned on my little lamp, and studied. Maybe I should take some more online courses. I kind of have been studying a little, I've been studying this audio editing program called Audacity. It's free and has a lot of good features, in fact, it seems to do everything anyone could need an audio editing program for.One thing that I find shocking is the sound of my own voice. I sound mean. Learning this program means I have been recording my own voice, and hearing my own voice a lot. Peoples voices sound differently when they are played back on a recording than they are coming from inside your own head.
My wife says I sound like a Sergeant. A few people used to call me Sarge where I used to work. I am surprised by how mean and impatient I sound, even when I don't feel mean or impatient. Another thing that always used to surprise me, is when I would walk past a building with a window, and I'd see a reflection of myself, I'd be very surprised how angry I look. I'd almost jump out of my own skin when I'd unexpectedly see my reflection.

I think I appear totally different on the outside than I feel on the inside.

Last night we were having trouble with the internet. I called the help desk, proceeded in dialing my way through their automated phone system, got put on hold, then disconnected after being on hold for 5 minutes. This seems to happen every time I call. Now I have to call back, I'm pissed. I don't even want to deal with those people. So my wife calls, 30 seconds later she's talking sweetly to the tech on the phone, and they promise to have it fixed in 12 hours. We were discussing it afterwards, and she was telling me I can't be pissed off on the phone. I wasn't pissed before they disconnected me. It's hard for me to not get irritated. I've mentioned it many times on this blog. But part of the problem is that I sound angry when I'm not, then the second party gets aggravated, and I think, "What's your problem? I haven't done anything to upset you!"

Anyway, this is it for this post. It's 6 AM now, blogger went down in the middle of me trying to post my post and I just found it was back up. Maybe I should call them and give them a piece of my mind?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Talking Dog

I love this video so much, I can't stop thinking about it and I keep having to watch it again.
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Poor poor doggie!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Freedom TO the press

Freedom of the press, freedom of speech. Two basic American rights. The lack of which compelled the founders to form the country.

What if the USA made it illegal to read or listen? For example, you can print your newspaper, but it is illegal for anyone to read it. Or you can say anything you want, but everyone caught listening will be arrested. What if a government tried to deny its citizens freedom TO the press? Or, on the other side of the coin, what if the government tries to control the information you have access to: if you don't want to read THIS newspaper, you can't buy a different one. If you don't like what you hear, you can't listen to something else. If you don't like any of the programs on TV, you can't go rent a movie or watch something on the internet?

To me, it seems possible that this is what the US Government is aiming for.

A lot of people here watched the World Cup on a website, www.atdhe.net. The cable TV showed some of the World Cup Games, but a lot of games were played at the same time. Cable TV here didn't have the capability to show them all, even if they wanted to. ATDHE showed them all. Live. At the same time. Here in this multinational society, there were people watching every game.

Then American football season started. ATDHE showed every game. TV here showed two, or maybe only one game at a time. I watched the game I wanted to watch on ATDHE. But I could tell trouble was coming. The games started getting cut off before they were over. Then there would be a message the stream was stopped because of copyright violations.

In February, 10 sites were shut down by US Homeland Security. Read the article HERE. What does streaming sports on the internet have to do with homeland security? Nothing! I think someone, probably the NFL, "persuaded" homeland security to close the sites. Like the movie industry years ago apparently "persuaded" the FBI to spend their resources tracking down people who copy DVD's.

The NFL broadcasts I was watching weren't pirated, the game was live, there was Norwegian or Finnish or Icelandic or some language I didn't even recognize during the breaks. There were foreign commercials, and foreign commentary. If the NFL doesn't want anyone streaming the football game, why don't they go to the guy with the camera there at the stadium and tell him to stop? It's all crap. The NFL doesn’t want me to watch the foreign streaming video, but they authorized the stream. The foreign broadcaster (apparently) has permission to broadcast the stream, but somehow it becomes a copyright violation simply because I choose to watch?

Apparently nobody got arrested, the websites just got different URLs. Nobody apparently was doing anything illegal, except the Department of Homeland Securitys' seizing of peoples websites. ATDHE is HERE now. In the article, it says another site was already up on a different site by the time the article was printed.

Very recently, Department of Homeland Security asked Mozilla (the makers of Firefox web browser) to remove an app that allows users to bypass the websites the Department of Homeland Security has illegally seized, read that article HERE. Mozilla said no, Hurray! Imagine that: the Department of Homeland Security asking Mozilla to assist them in their illegal activity! It's getting complicated! And you can bet that Homeland Security will pressure Mozilla to comply.

I think the USA is heading down a terrible path to corruption. A long time ago, the movie industry influenced the FBI to spend it's resources on copied CDs and DVDs. And now it seems that someone, probably the NFL or some US sports industry, has influenced the department of homeland security.

I have to say that I agree that the intellectual property issue is a valid concern, but it is not a job for the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security.

Since 9-11, The US Government has the illusion that it has the power to do whatever it wants whenever it wants to whoever it wants. As long as the US citizens allow the government to do this, the illusion is reality. Now it seems the US Government is angling for a way to control the media its citizens have access to. US law enforcement agencies are being swayed by big corporations, (if that's what you call the Movie Industry and the Sports Industries).

It starts small, by testing control of the sports, but this is the beginning of an ever tightening grip on what information sources we have access to.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Mothers Day Phone Photo Dump


First of all, Let me start by saying Happy Mothers Day! If it weren't for Mothers, none of us would be here!


I like to move my photos on my phone to my computer regularly. They tend to accumulate and get deleted if I don't. So here's a few.

This is how a pair of shorts came, compressed into a brick, we had to soak them in water to get them to open. They are my new jammies.
A cat my wife is trying to tame. I like to call her Big Titty Kitty. But only when the wife's not around.
A pollen-y cactus flower. click to enlarge
Creme Brulee after dinner at the Ritz on our anniversary.
Hope you had a good weekend and have a Wonderful Week!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Wailers! Great!

The Wailers Were Great! It was a good concert and everyone had a fantastic time!

I knew every song except the first two, and My Wife was wearing a T-Shirt with name of the second on it.
I give it a 9.9 out of 10, and if they had actual trumpets and saxophones instead if keyboard driven trumpets and saxophones, it would have been a perfect 10.
Here's a video I took, the sound quality is pretty good!
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We wanted to have a nice dinner before we went, but it seems like every restaurant downtown is closed, and we had to eat at Subway. Not what I had in mind..
We got home about 1 AM which is not too bad and overall it was a fantastic evening!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Boy, is my face red

Yesterday I whined about my computer giving problems, someone commented that maybe the date was way off, causing the certificates to seem invalid. "Sure!" I snortled laughingly. But lo and behold, I looked and it was exactly one month off. I must now repeat the somber ancient magic chant with increasing speed.
OOOWAAA TAAA GOOO SIIIAAM
OHWAAAA TAGOOOO SIAM
OH WAAAAT AGOOO SIAM
OH WHAT A GOOSE I AM!

There, now my soul has been cleansed

My computer still won't search for images using Google, I had to use Yahoo to find the image below:
Tonight THE WIFE and I and several other friends are going to see The Wailers. Sure do wish Bob Marley was still around. I'll be wearing my Bob Marley T-Shirt anyway. I will probably be the only one wearing a Bob Marley T-Shirt.

Last night I was riding my bicycle home from a meeting and I encountered a body laying in a pool of blood on the road. He was laying all twisted up with a bicycle and my first thought was that he was hit by a car. But I couldn't see any squished parts.

He was just beyond the crest of the hill, and the first car that came by would definitely hit him, because by the time a driver would be able to see him, it would already be too late to stop. I turned my bicycle around at the top of the hill so my little flashlight headlight was shining down the road, and I called 911 for an ambulance. I was still on the phone when the first car came speeding up, and I started wiggling my handlebars to shine the light so they would see us. I didn't think they were gonna stop, and they definitely woulda run over my passed out dude had I not been there.

Finally after about 5 minutes and several cars later (none of which stopped to see if they could help), the guy started moving and trying to get up. His face was really messed up and there was a lot of blood.

About that time the police arrived, they came speeding up the road and I thought they were gonna hit us too.

The cops seemed to know the guy, and I left before the ambulance got there. Maybe I'll see that guy around.

I am glad I was on my bicycle and not my car, because I would have been the one to run him over. You'd have a whole different post from me today if I had run a guy over in the car last night...

Thursday, May 05, 2011

What's up with Google?

I've been noticing problems with Google for several days now, possibly a week already.
I do a search on Google Images, (Like for the telephone yesterday) and I get an error message.

"Your search - telelphone - could not be completed with the requested search options. Reset search tools"

The Reset search tools is a link that takes you to a page with no options, you can't reset anything from there.
Yesterday, another problem started, when I try to go to almost any page from Google, I get this message:And, if I go to an encrypted page, like to read comments on my blog, I get this:
Is anybody having these troubles? I start from Yahoo! and everything works fine. (Except Blogger, which is Google-owned)
Right now I'm on my Linux machine, The Windows one seems too screwed up.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

What Grinds My Gears

Yesterday, I called a "work associate" and he said he was in a meeting, could he call back in about half an hour? Sure, I said, knowing he wouldn't. He didn't, he always says he's in a meeting, he always says he'll call back, and he never does.
Him and many many other people, it seems like.
He called me earlier in the day yesterday, I was in the sun, sweating, holding up a satellite dish with one hand, while standing in a thorny bush, receiving multiple stab wounds, and I was able to answer his question then and there. If I can't take the call, I don't answer the phone.
If I say I'm going to do something, I do my best to do it. If someone tells me they're going to do something, I can bet that it probably won't get done.

I woke up in a bad mood over this, I find it very irritating. It really
GRINDS MY GEARS!

Monday, May 02, 2011

The Final Day of the Abridged Song Challenge

The topic is "A song from your Childhood". When I first heard this song, I decided that Rock N Roll was the music I like, and that I was going to like Rock N Roll forever. This is my first favorite song, Joe Walsh, Rocky Mountain Way. This song has always been very important to me, and is my favorite post on this Abridged version of the Facebook 30 Day Song Challenge.

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Video from HERE.

I'm glad this Song Challenge is over, I decided a long time ago not to do "Tags" or "Memes" or any of that crap that people pass around. I saw this song thing and thought it would be a pretty good idea, but I don't think it turned out to be. I don't think this is a representation of my favorite songs. I don't think it is a representation of the songs that I think are the best in the world. I don't think it's a representation of the songs that move me. The songs I picked are the ones that answered the question for that day, and that's about all. Glad I didn't do all 30 days!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

day 25 - a song that makes you laugh.

Weird Al Yankovic - Bedrock Anthem, it cracks me up every time! Where the hell is Wilma? Have ya seen her? she's got a baby elephant vacuum cleaner!
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This video is a sploof on the Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Give it Away'. Watch their original video HERE

Tomorrow is the last day of my "Abridged 30 Day Song Challenge.
I guess that's why they call it a challenge, because it's not easy to complete. Glad I did an abridged version!