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Today’s Useful Information for Women and Men February 28, 2006 3:02 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cool Sites, Of Interest, Sex
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For the ladies, information about a better sports bra. For the guys, simply a cheap thrill. Not safe for work. Guys may find their afternoon bouncing away.

And since we are on the subject of time wasters in the name of a good smile, here’s a safe for work (with sound) video of a European award winning commercial you might not see in the United States.

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Previous Post Retracted February 28, 2006 2:37 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, News, Of Interest
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Seeking more info. Bearden High School does not appear to be in lock down.

The shooting occurred at The Cove in West Knoxville. Looks as if a woman is a hostage of two hispanic males and an officer was shot. The officer’s name rings a familiar bell.

1:35 p.m. Authorities have closed the gates at Bearden High School while the suspects are still at large. The school has not been officially locked down.

See WBIR for more info.

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Of Grasshoppers February 28, 2006 10:08 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Grasshoppers, Philosophy
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Student: I work alone.
Master: People do not succeed in isolation.

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Lost Honor February 28, 2006 9:01 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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If I had a sword, I’d fall on it.

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Norton Antivirus 2006 Prevents Viruses By Making Computer Unusable February 28, 2006 8:58 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Software, Technology
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You know. Peter Norton was king of dos but when windows came out I think he got confused. But he’s reached new heights (er, lows) with Norton Antivirus 2006. Nav2006 brings WinXP to its knees! Symantec suggestions a solution. I just tried their solution and it is pathethic. Windows XP is totally non-responsive. To uninstall NAV I’m going to have to reboot into Safe Mode (F8 on booting) and run msconfig (start->run->msconfig) to turn off all Symantec references, reboot (since you can’t uninstall from safe mode), uninstall from the control panel, reboot, and install NAV2004 (in leau of nothing else for this client). Client recommendation: drop Norton Antivirus!

I’ve been an advocate of Symantec for years but this is the last straw. Do NOT buy or install any Norton Antivirus software. There are far superior products in Kaspersky, AVG, Avast, and Trendmicro. The other "top dog&quot, McAfee, has lost their mind too. If I have to deal with the McAfee SecurityCenter on one more machine I’m liable to go looney.

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400 meter relay February 28, 2006 8:01 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, History, Medford
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When I was a freshman in high school I participated in track. I loved the thrill of the pole vault, and the challenge of the hurdles. Although the high jump was interesting, I just didn’t do well. I would have continued the track team throughout high school but in my sophomore year I was offered my first regular job and had to choose between practices and money; money, the great evil, won and took me down the wrong path.

One small winter track meet has so few competitors that for the 400 meter relay we raced 4 boys teams on the inner lanes and 2 girls teams on the outer lanes but officially the girls weren’t racing the boys. I was set as the anchor which meant I could bring the race home! Our first runner did well as did our second runner. As I watched him hand off to our third runner I was certain that we’d win the race. Then it happened. Our third runner set off in a hard jog. He seemed to be thrilled but we were all horrified. All 3 boys teams easily passed him and moments later the girls who had lagged have a track behind passed him. My dreams of winning had been crushed to a paniced desire to simply pass the girls and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do that. I set off in the hardest sprint of my life and I beat the girls and brought our team in last.

Never would I have thought that race would become the metaphor for my life. I’ve been running that race for so long and I’m so fatigued. My race is different. I feel like I also have spectators throwing things under my feet trying to trip me. Can I even beat the girls at this point?

I have 11 minutes before the first team crosses the finish line;The first team just crossed the finish line. I have probably 2 hours if I’m lucky and not tripped before I’ll cross the first finish line. I’m not even on the track right now.

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Free Pancake Day Has Begun February 28, 2006 7:09 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Of Interest
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Remember, today is Free Pancake Day at IHOP from 7am-2pm.


It Starts February 28, 2006 4:15 am

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Let the day begin!

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Of Grasshoppers February 27, 2006 10:02 pm

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Student: I wish it was painless.
Master: If it was painless, you could be dreaming.

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This is a bad day February 27, 2006 12:49 pm

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I woke at 2am. By 2:30 I could tell that this was going to be a bad day but I told myself I was being negative and needed to imploy the power of positive thinking. I wasn’t being negative. This is simply a bad day.

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Spyware February 27, 2006 11:15 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Software, Technology
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For those trying to figure out if loadadv64 (probably in c:\windows\system32\loadadv64 is bad or not, it is bad. Delete it and the associated registry keys. See also and also.


More thoughts on the marijuana cave February 27, 2006 10:40 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : News, Of Interest
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So, when building a 47 meter tunnel to a cave from your garage, do you:

  1. buy a house that happens to sit on a cave, discover the cave, construct the tunnel, then sell pot
  2. Ask a real estate agent for a house that sits on a cave with a tunnel already built from the garage to the cave, then sell pot
  3. Find a cave, pay off local contractors/inspectors, build house on cave, sell pot
  4. Grow up playing in cave, smoking pot in cave as a teenager, have a marijuana induced vision of a house ontop of the cave to make smoking pot more convenient, fulfill dream but take it too far
  5. Wish that you had purchased your property in Denver

And do you think, just perhaps, the ususual amount of electricity that this house used might have helped investigators figure out something wasn’t right? It still amazes me that one, people go to this much trouble to take such great risk, and two, that with so much thought put into this that they ever get found out. I suppose they bragged to the wrong person. "Duuuude! I am the Potman! Wanna see my cave?" It’s not a secret if you tell anyone.

Updated (4/4/07): Pictures are circulating the Internet again.


BBrrrrrrr February 27, 2006 7:55 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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It’s so cold in my office my coffee won’t stay hot!

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Are your neighbors hiding something? February 25, 2006 7:17 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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Nashville Pot Bust

So in Nashville, this guy had a secret passage from his garage that was hydrolically sealed to a cave under his house complete with a Hogan’s Heroes style escape hatch that came up under a rock.. You know, I wouldn’t want to get busted for the plants but I’d love the hidden access to a cave! How do these people get busted anyway? I guess maybe they were doing surveillance on the house and the guy gophered out his backyard.

This is how they grow it in Tennessee . This grow was underneath a
house in a cave. The entrance was through a secret hydraulic door in the
garage that led to a concrete ramp that went about 50 yards into the
ground. Inside the cave was living quarters and a secret escape hatch that
led you through a tunnel that exited via another hydraulic door that
opened up a rock on the outside. It was very elaborate. The set up
allowed them to harvest every 60 days which resulted in multi-million
dollar sales. One of the guys busted was living in a house on the water
in FL and had a nice yacht.
One of the agents here in Nashville worked on this for 5 years
before the warrant was finally served in December.

Thanks to BoingBoing for this link and that link! (um, and the borrowed picture)

Update (4/4/07): Pictures are circulating the Internet again.
Update(5/7/07): How they got busted.
Update(10/9/07): Busted! High tech massive underground marijuana farm video


From the mouths of babes February 25, 2006 1:02 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Daily Life, Family
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Dad, home alone with the younger kids.
Amy, 3: "My gina hurts. There’s something all the way in there."
Dad: uhhhhhhhh

(Handing her a wet wash rag and saying, "wash it" seems to have been the magic fix)

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