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Did I take my medicine? March 29, 2015 10:54 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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As I sit here pondering whether or not I’ve taken my blood pressure medicine today, I discovered Timer Caps and bottles (Qty 2) – Child-resistant caps (CRC) with a built-in stopwatch LCD display, for pills and vitamins. This is a truly brilliant thing!

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Last chance to earn discounts toward a Narrative Clip v2 March 28, 2015 11:11 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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The Narrative Clip is drawing to a close. Click here to learn more. Enter your email address and both you and I can earn discounts toward the purchase of a Narrative Clip v2. What is Narrative Clip? Basically it is a camera that you wear which takes a pictures every 30 seconds. What it means is that you preserve those special moments in your life (particularly good for parents) without being distracted by holding a camera or camera phone between you and the event. It’s great for life journaling. By using my Narrative, I became acutely aware that I was spending too much time in grocery stores and changed my habits to regain time in my life. I highly recommend the Narrative Clip!

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Protected: Confessions of a programmer March 27, 2015 3:28 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Confessions of a programmer, Philosophy
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Of Grasshoppers March 26, 2015 6:01 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
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Student: Am I tired or weak?
Master: Does it have to be one or another?

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Blogging is not dead March 21, 2015 1:32 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Blogging is not dead. It’s just hard work. I’d explain, but that would take some effort.

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Baked March 19, 2015 5:13 pm

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Sometimes I smell cake for no apparent reason. I think it means my mind is cooked.

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Confessions of a programmer March 19, 2015 11:46 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Confessions of a programmer, Daily Life, Philosophy, Programming, Technology
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My job does not pay me enough to afford the quantity of alcohol required to do my job. #coap

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Watching Nobody March 18, 2015 6:50 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
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I want to add security cameras inside my house because I want to kick Nobody out.

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Bright and early March 17, 2015 5:22 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
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The students are on spring break. Amy’s school offered a trip to Washington D.C. so she got on a bus at 11pm Friday and returned at 5am today. Only the bus on Friday was an hour late and today it was an hour early. Amy, "I told Mom it was early." Me, "Did she reply? Considering she leaves her phone upstairs at night, perhaps you should have contacted both of us." Amy was not the last to be picked up but I had really hoped to have arrived at the school well before the bus. I like to step up and help unload luggage and talk to the other parents but c’est la vie. She had an amazing trip. And being up this early has reminded me just how much I enjoyed starting my day at 4am in the past. I’m just not certain I can do this on a regular basis.

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And thus the water wars began… March 15, 2015 10:21 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Environment, Touchy Subjects
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NASA scientist declares .

“And thus, the water wars. By 2017 mankind had scurried to build pipelines in an attempt to move water from one side of the country to another. Environmentalists stayed silent as bulldozers and eminent domain tore through protected lands and national parks in a attempt to settle the anarchy which had befallen California. By 2018, millions of Californians had died and the first water trickled through the continental pipeline. Between 2015 and 2018, naturally scientists and companies looked to the Pacific Ocean for desalinization but our technology just wasn’t ready. By 2019, the national stabilized. California’s water rationing was released and the remaining residents filled their pools, and greened their lawns. By 2020, the areas of the United States feeding the great water pipeline began to feel the pain as water rationing was introduced in their counties. Domestic terrorists began strategic attacks upon the pipeline. Countries around the world began experiencing similar problems as the United States. Desalinization attempts were begun again. In 2022, only the superrich remained alive in California as they could truck water in. One entrepreneur recognizing the hopeless demise of the polar ice caps had begun a glacier harvesting operation to haul polar water to the United States. Other countries followed suit and by 2030, what remained of the polar ice caps was a polluted, pillaged, undrinkable mess riddled with blood and oil stains and slightly irradiated from the ice harvesting tools and skirmishes. In 2035, a lone man sat in a desert, protected only by shade he created with the remains of a raggedy Coleman tent. A single jet flew low overhead. Little did he know it was the last plane to ever flew. It had been on a scouting mission for drinkable water and the pilot, devoid of hope, crashed it into the ocean. The desert man hummed a mantra, withdrew a stick from his backpack, and proceeded to use his divining rod where he sat under his shade. The stick pulled to the ground. 10 minutes later, with minor effort of digging, the desert man quenched his thirst. …”

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Doug’s Mantras March 13, 2015 7:34 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Doug's Mantras, Family, Of Being Dad, Philosophy
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"Trash goes IN the trash can, not ON the trash can."

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Protected: Life in a cube March 13, 2015 10:33 am

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Doug’s Mantras March 7, 2015 12:14 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Doug's Mantras, Philosophy
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My son is a speed demon in his math class. He tries to be the first one finished and it is damaging his grade. To address this, I have him repeat this mantra.

The winner at math is the person who gets the answer correct, not the person who gets the answer first.

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My regular morning  March 3, 2015 4:48 am

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I awaken at 4:30am. Head to the bathroom only to hear water running through the pipes. We have a leak which is one of the toilet valves. That’s a $14 part and an hour or two of my time of which I have neither so I mentally calculate the increased water bill and decide to live with it until the weekend. 

I make it upstairs to work. See I work two jobs: my day job and my freelancing on evenings and weekends. I get logged into my pc but the cats won’t leave me alone. I concede and feed them an hour early. The kitchen drips to further taunt me. And my MacBook decides it doesn’t want to boot. Ah, productivity!

Did I meantion I work three jobs? I’m also a full time tech support guru but I don’t pay myself very well.

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Deep Thoughts February 25, 2015 10:02 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Deep Thoughts, Philosophy
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Today I vow to be a better person than I was yesterday.

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