"Murphy was an optimist!"
Deep Thoughts October 5, 2015 1:27 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Deep Thoughts, Philosophy
Ah, comfort food. Doesn’t mean I’m not still having a panic attack.Just means I’m not hungry during my panic attack.add a comment
What does it take to be a programmer? October 4, 2015 9:22 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
About 137/91…on medication.add a comment
I did not help him October 2, 2015 9:41 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
As a teenager, I knew my purpose in life would be to change the world for the better. I may have been overly optimistic.
Any philosopher will tell you that your interaction with another human, however minor, can change that person’s destiny forever. Perhaps that friendly ‘hello’ made a suicidal stranger rethink his terminal plans and he went on to create a foundation to reach out to suicidal people saving countless lives. Who changed the world there? Stephen R Covey’s Book First Things First he writes that people have a need "to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy." When you influence someone’s life, positively or negatively, you leave that legacy.
Today the weather is wet. Rain is pouring from the sky. October has brought lower temperatures than just a couple of weeks past. As I turned into Tyson Park, I saw a man sitting in the first parking space of the park, on the asphalt. My first thought was a runner was in distress so I slowed the van. As I approached him, I realized he was a homeless person. His plastic bags were on the ground beside him. His pants were pulled down over his thighs. He sat bare assed on the asphalt. A bridge in sight 50 yards to his left and another 300-400 yards to his right. He was drenched. As I passed him, his head turned and we made eye contact. I have nothing for him. No umbrella in the van. Nothing. Ah, in hindsight, I did have a tarp. However, he was not seeking shelter. Is suspected he might be relieving himself. In all likelihood, we was working the system. It’s a game those of us one paycheck away from homelessness don’t yet know how to play. I suspect he was hungry and cold. His behavior is certain to get him a stay in a jail cell with a few meals. So I made the call. I spoke with the non-emergency number of the Knoxville Police Department and asked not if they could arrest him but if they could help him. In his case, it is probably one in the same.add a comment
What would you tell your younger self? October 1, 2015 10:07 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
If I could travel back in time, I wouldn’t tell my younger self anything. I’d look me in the eye and punch me in the face then walk away. This may have already happened.add a comment
… September 30, 2015 7:59 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Spoiler free Doctor Who commentary September 27, 2015 7:29 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Doctor Who, Of Interest, TV / Movies
From the mouths of babes September 26, 2015 10:46 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Communications, Daily Life, Gadgets, Technology
Me: “Alexa, play Dr John Radio.”
Alexa: “Playing Latin jazz on Tunein.”
Aunt Mary’s ghost: “Enunciate boy!”
Our police watch too many movies. September 16, 2015 10:46 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
Holy crap! I just found a bomb on my wrist! Oh, wait, the skin is white. Everyone can relax.
For those who do not understand, read about this future rocket scientist (yes, that’s a NASA shirt he’s wearing in front of his handcuffs)
This is NOT how we inspire future scientists. This is NOT how we progress as a society. This is NOT how we make students excited about education.
This IS how we instill fear. This IS how we control future generations. This IS how we stagnate intellectualism. This IS how we destroy innovation.
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So long… September 15, 2015 8:46 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
…thanks for all the fish.add a comment
More cord cutting September 14, 2015 12:45 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Communications, Daily Life, Technology
I did it. I committed to being a Comcast customer for the next 2 years. $109.95 per month set in stone. 50Mbps down/ 10Mpbs up. Unlimited. $200 installation fee; $150 rebate. And yes, if I terminate in less than 24 months, I’m on the hook for 75% of the remainder. So if 6 months remain when I cancel, I’d owe $495.
Negatives? No television whatsoever. Positives? No more data cap.
My overage charges alone in July were $110.
Now, saying, “I’m going to pay $2638.80 for two years of Internet connectivity” sounds ludicrous. Add in Netflix roughly $20 a month. $3118.80 and Hulu ($7.99/mth) $3310.56. And now add cellphone service: $12,358,56. So, if my family wanted to cut out all entertainment and phone services, in two years, I could take them on one of the cheaper Disney vacations. Or, we could skip Disney and stay current with The Walking Dead.2comments
Why did they put Doug in a padded room? September 13, 2015 9:20 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : .NET, Daily Life, Programming, Technology
Because "The type or namespace name ‘ScriptManager’ does not exist in the namespace ‘System.Web.UI’ (are you missing an assembly reference?)"add a comment
Genuine Dad September 13, 2015 8:02 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, Of Being Dad
I played catch with my son with a football and discussed proper kicking technique. I leveled up as a dad today.add a comment
Simply Pleasures September 13, 2015 6:07 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
Nothing is quite as amusing as joking with the cashier about the year supply of discount condoms in your purchase.add a comment
How to program effectively September 9, 2015 9:11 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Programming, Technology
Coding is so much better when it includes wine or beer.add a comment
Trapped in Knoxville September 9, 2015 12:23 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
And then there was that one time I drove to the airport with nothing but the clothes on my back intent to leave…and the airport was closed.2comments