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Monday, September 07, 2009

Not at the ol' homestead

I have been recruited to babysit my parents through various medical issues. I've been with them for the last two weeks and I'll be here at least another two. They don't have an internet connection and my service provider no longer provides dial up so I've had to drag myself into town to Starbuck's so I can take advantage of the free WiFi connection. The folks are doing as well as can be expected and the Prodigal Son has been left at the ol' homestead to tend the cats. So far, none of the cats have called to complain about being neglected.

Cat lapping milk from bowl
funny pictures of cats with captions
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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Vet scare

Whether you call it FUS, FLUTD or FIC, Horus has it. And it only cost $230 to find this out. At 8:30 this morning. After being worried sick all night 'cause Horus was such a miserable cat yesterday.

But he did enjoy his trip to the vet's office. Didn't much care for the ride there and back, but he liked the vet and his assistant, and he just loved the exam table. Rubbed and drooled all over it. He also didn't raise much of a fuss about having his temperature taken - just gave a startled, annoyed rrrowl and then laid still while the assistant held him and the vet talked to him. He also wasn't bothered with getting two shots. He was only mildly put off by the vet squeezing on his bladder to make urine come out so they could see if there was an actual blockage and to run tests on it. And he was perfectly content to lay on the chair in the waiting area while I dealt with the bill, etc.

He was definitely feeling better this morning than he felt last night. He was so much more his normal self that I almost didn't take him in after calling at 8 a.m. to get him an appointment.

Oh, in case you're interested, the little brute weighs 13 lbs 15 ozs.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

You go, girl!

cute pictures of puppies with captions
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Urine turned into hydrogen fuel

US researchers have developed an efficient way of producing hydrogen from urine - a feat that could not only fuel the cars of the future, but could also help clean up municipal wastewater.


Monday, June 22, 2009

Neda, young girl brutally killed in Iran, becoming symbol of rebellion

BY Helen Kennedy

Updated Monday, June 22nd 2009, 7:17 AM

Her name is Neda, which means "voice" in Farsi, and her death has become the central rallying cry of the Iranian rebellion.


Monday, June 08, 2009

My Resume

Approximately 12 years experience acting as Great Plains Administrator as well as approximately 9 years experience acting as a Microsoft SQL Database Administrator.

Great Plains, MS SQL, DMI Compliance Suite, Crystal Reports, Windows network
• Maintained Great Plains, MS SQL, DMI CS, and Windows network security
• Installed, upgraded, and maintained Great Plains and MS SQL software, service packs and Great Plains tax updates on servers as well as client PCs
• Designed, developed, deployed, and maintained ancillary MS SQL databases including table design and writing stored procedures, views, and triggers
• Wrote stand alone Borland Delphi programs to perform department specific confidential functions
• Created and maintained several reports using Crystal Reports
• Modified several Great Plains standard reports using the Great Plains internal Report Writer
• Reviewed client requests and proposals for Great Plains enhancements and made recommendations
• Researched, reviewed, and made recommendations on Great Plains 3rd party software
• Network administrator with regard to scheduling and verifying backups, network security, and logical drive assignment
• Researched, recommended, and / or evaluated software and / or hardware to enhance Great Plains, MS SQL, and / or the Windows network
• Performed non-specific client training for use of PCs, Great Plains, various Microsoft Office products, DMI Compliance Suite

• Database: Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, and Borland Paradox
• Platforms: Microsoft Windows NT, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 2003, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista
• Productivity: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint
• Web: Microsoft IIS, Macromedia Cold Fusion, Macromedia Dreamweaver
• Languages: Borland Delphi

System Administrator 2005-2009
Kaneka Nutrients L.P.

• MS SQL 2000 database administration including security, backup, and restore.
• Great Plains administration including security, report modification, and non-specific user training.
• DMI Compliance Suite administration including security, Crystal report creation, electronic work instruction coding, order creation, problem investigation/resolution, and user training.
• Acted as primary help desk technician resolving various client issues.
• Acted as primary Windows 2003 network administrator with regard to network security, backups, and logical drive assignment.

Great Plains / Database Administrator 1997-2005
GSI Gulf States, Inc.

• MS SQL 7 and MS SQL 2000 database administration including database design, security, backup, and restore.
• Great Plains administration including security, ancillary view creation, report modification, and non-specific user training.
• Part of the team that migrated Great Plains from Btrieve to MS SQL.
• Converted, enhanced, and maintained an in-house mechanical estimating system from the IBM/36 written in RGP to a DOS based Borland Paradox system.
• Acted as a purchasing agent for IT department.
• Acted as secondary help desk technician resolving various client issues.
• Acted as secondary network administrator with regard to network security, backups, and logical drive assignment.

Data Operations Manager 1984-1997
Gulf States, Inc.

• Responsible for IBM/36 running CMAS software including supervising from 2 to 6 people working multiple shifts.
• Coordinated and scheduled data entry, job queues, print queues, and backups.
• Coordinated and scheduled monthly, quarterly, and yearly accounting processes.
• Part of team which migrated data from the S/36 to Great Plains.

Programmer / Data Entry Clerk 1979-1984
Gulf States, Inc.

• Helped design, code, and implement a mechanical estimating application on the IBM S/36 using RPG.
• Performed data entry functions for various accounting departments.
• Performed bank reconciliations.
• Created and posted correcting journal entries.

Pan American University 1974-1978
Edinburg, TX
• No degree but studied General Business

Edinburg High School 1974
Edinburg, TX

Course 2559: Introduction to Visual Basic .Net (2004)
Course 2073A: Programming MS SQL 2000 Database (2003)
Course 2072A: Administering MS SQL 2000 Database (2003)
Course 1026: Admin MS Exchange Server 5.5 (2000)
Course 832: System Administration for MS SQL 7.0 (1999)

Supplied on request

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I thought it was Friday...

Spent the afternoon at the movies. Yes, I watched Star Trek again - 9th time - but I had to after watching Terminator Salvation. Have to agree with everyone whose comments I've seen that Terminator is an OK movie but nothing to write home about. For the most part, I liked it well enough except I really hated the end. It was so trite - ordinary - predictable.

Spock Kirk

Friday, May 15, 2009

Angels & Demons . . . not

I had every intention of watching this film when I went to the theatre this afternoon, but, when I got there, I found myself asking for a Star Trek ticket instead. And after I finished watching Trek for a sixth time, I went back and watched it for a seventh. I think it's safe to say that I like this movie.

It took seven viewings but I actually like Kirk. He's grown on me.

Spock Kirk

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Star Trek . . . one more time

I watched it a fifth time today. Still love it.

And yes, it was Vadar who was assigned to the Hood.


Monday, May 11, 2009

Star Trek . . . again

Yes, folks, I watched it a fourth time today. Just can't get enough of it. Even Kirk is growing on me. Seriously. I actually kind of almost sort of like him . . . kind of . . . maybe.

Got a question about the movie . . . Was that Vadar who was assigned to the USS Hood? (I think it was the Hood, but I'm not sure.)

Actually, I had an ulterior motive for watching the film again today. I have a friend who commented in an email that she didn't know if she could accept Quinto as Spock since he plays the especially creep worthy Sylar on Heroes. I'd never watched Heroes so I had no point of reference for her concern. So I did the only reasonable thing. I watched season 3 of Heroes on I now have a point of reference and her concern is . . . well, it isn't one I would have had. If Quinto has the chops to pull off Sylar, he can certainly play Spock. And he does them both exceptionally well. I think I may have a new favorite actor to add to my ever growing list.


Friday, May 08, 2009

Star Trek

Go see the movie. That's an order.

(Watched it twice this afternoon. Still hate Kirk. Still love Spock. Crushing on Scotty.)


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spelling mistake discovered in Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagogg- chaubunagungamaugg signs

In an embarrassing mistake, officials in Massachusetts have been forced to admit that some road signs pointing to Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg have spelling mistakes in them.


(No wonder the locals call it Webster Lake. Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.)

Now playing: Duke Ellington - The Mooche
via FoxyTunes

Sunday, March 22, 2009

BBC News | Science & Environment | Pink elephant is caught on camera

Family of elephants with a pinkish baby walking amidst them

A pink baby elephant has been caught on camera in Botswana.

A wildlife cameraman took pictures of the calf when he spotted it among a herd of about 80 elephants in the Okavango Delta.


Saturday, March 21, 2009 | Retired barber promotes Christian salt instead of kosher salt

CRESAPTOWN, Md. (AP) - You've heard of kosher salt? Now there's a Christian variety.


There is one and only one response to this . . . No comment.

Friday, March 13, 2009

BBC News | UK | Military penguin becomes a 'Sir'

A penguin who was previously made a Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Army has been knighted at Edinburgh Zoo.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

BBC News | Europe | Germany stunned by shooting spree

Germany is in shock after a heavily armed 17-year-old opened fire on pupils and teachers at his former school in a killing spree in which 15 people died.


See also:

(It doesn't just happen here in the U.S.)

Lifetime Portrait Of Shakespeare Discovered

Professor Stanley Wells, Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and one of the world’s leading experts on Shakespearian studies, today announced the discovery of a portrait of William Shakespeare, which he believes is almost certainly the only authentic image of Shakespeare made from life.

cont. | Secret Message Found In Lincoln Pocket Watch

WASHINGTON — For nearly 150 years, a story has circulated about a hidden Civil War message engraved inside Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch. On Tuesday, museum curators confirmed it was true. A watchmaker used tiny tools to carefully pry open the antique watch at the National Museum of American History, and a descendant of the engraver read aloud the message from a metal plate underneath the watch face.


Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Prodigal Son has committed car!

Dark metallic grey Honda Civic

(I'll try for better pictures tomorrow. Just got home a little while ago and it's already dark and the Prodigal Son is at work. Took this picture with his phone so it's tiny.)

Monday, February 23, 2009

If I were a band . . .

New meme: here's a totally random way to make your new random band's new random album and cover.

Go to “Wikipedia.” Hit “random” and the first article you get is the name of your band.

Go to “Random Quotations” and the last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album. (Go ahead and hit the button at the bottom. It doesn't seem to refresh when you get on initially.)

Go to Flickr and click on “Explore the Last Seven Days” and the third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Band: Joseph Beltrami

Album: Deep Delight of the Blood

Cover: Click here for photo

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Just a quick update

My doctor has taken me off my medications because they are interfering with my liver. I've been off the one since September and the other since November. Needless to say, the psoriasis is back with a vengeance and the arthritis has decided to settle in my hands - which is good since it isn't anywhere else in my body, but it's bad because, well, it's in my hands. I can't do much of anything with these iffy hands. Today is actually a good day. I can turn the doorknob without help and I can type - hence this post. But what I would really like to do is knit and I just don't think my hands would put up with that. Oh, well. Life goes on. I'm just trailing a little behind it right now.

Friday, January 23, 2009


No comment . . .

. . . mainly because the notion the world has come to such a sorry state we now have to ingrain distrust into our children when they play.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

!! Happy New Year !!

May the best thing that happened to you in 2008 be the worst thing that happens to you in 2009.

Now playing: Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon