"Murphy was an optimist!"
It’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Do you know where your mind is? June 30, 2009 5:09 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Health, Mental
Who Watches the Watchmen? June 30, 2009 1:23 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Of Interest, TV / Movies
I dreamed in bits and bytes June 30, 2009 9:07 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
Last night in my dreams, I dissected some code for a client to produce a quote for a new project. I awoke muttering, "database abstraction layer." The Matrix has me!2comments
Rewards for being social June 30, 2009 12:08 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Cool Sites, Of Interest
I’m checking out Vyoom. It’s social media with a point/reward system. I’m generally apprehensive about these types of systems. None-the-less, sign up with this link and I’ll get 1000 points. For a limited time, they are giving new subscribers 75000 bonus points. What do points mean? Not sure yet. The review is coming.add a comment
Atlas’ Journey June 29, 2009 3:08 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Philosophy, Poetry
Hopelessness clings like a straitjacket
Constricts like a boa
Weights the feet like walking through watery mud
The legs gave out long ago
But the mountain must be climbed
And I trudge on
Hopefully I will see the summit
If the sun sets without me
I will savor all it illuminated during my journey
and fertilize the trail for the hiker behind me.
From the mouths of babes June 29, 2009 10:31 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
Evan, 4 years old: "Dad, I gotta go!"
In case you are unaware of why you teach your children to walk, it’s so they can run away. Embrace them at every opportunity. There will come a day you have to let them go.add a comment
Spidey’s in da house! June 29, 2009 10:04 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, Of Being Dad, Publishing, Video
Regarding parenting, they don’t tell you these things June 28, 2009 10:31 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, Of Being Dad
Nothing feels better than having a little guy or girl snuggle up in your arms, tuck their head into the crook of your neck, and totally relax as they fall into a deep sleep. The small child totally surrenders themselves. They give their full trust that you will protect them and keep them safe during their slumber. It puts you on top of the world!
Evan must have had a rough night last night at the grandparents. Either he was up late or they had a serious fun at church. Evan drifted off in the car on the way to the grocery. When I picked him up, he had turned into a rag doll. Wiped. Zonked. Gone! Playing in the land of Zs. Snoozeville. I could have skipped the store and gotten by on whatever is in the pantry but instead I parked Evan on my hip, gently rested his head on my shoulder and went into Kroger for a couple of quick items. Standing in the coffee isle grabbing the very last item on my list is when I felt liquid puddling in my flip flop under the heal of my left foot. I glanced down and about the same time I saw something dripping off Evan’s big toe, the left side of my shirt turned very warm…then very wet.
Something happens to the brain when you have children. The processing goes haywire. I don’t think we get dumber but perhaps more reactionary. For instance, in college, when your drunk friend starts to gag, you simply turn them away from you and give encouraging words as they turn into a human geyser. There’s not a parent on the face of the Earth who hasn’t cupped their hands and placed them in front of their child’s mouth in a similar situation. So what happened between college and parenthood?!
There’s four things that go through your head when holding a small child and simultaneously feeling urine run down your leg:
- Is it me?! (no, I’m not that old yet)
- Yuck! Pee anywhere but me! (This is associated with using both hands to hold the child as far away from you as possible. The child remains rag dollishly deep asleep. The urine no longer is disguised by your clothes but instead drips from the child’s ten toes resembling a garden sprinkler.)
- Has anyone noticed? (This is associated with the action of bringing the child back to your hip. Saying a prayer that he’s almost done. And hoping your cotton clothing is very absorbent.)
- Get me the hell out of here! (This is associated with running away from your cart and the puddle on the floor, and bee lining it directly to the restroom where you stand a sleeping child at the urinal while nothing happens.)
If having a child sleep on your shoulder is one of the greatest feelings in the world, having that same child pee on you in aisle 8 of the grocery stores is one of the most disconcerting.3comments
We went to the mall yesterday June 28, 2009 12:23 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
Cathy covers it in her introvert/extrovert post.add a comment
School in July? June 27, 2009 5:41 pmPosted by utterz in : Daily Life, Podcasting
Today’s Mystery Picture June 27, 2009 1:57 pmPosted by utterz in : Daily Life, Podcasting
3000 over 259 June 27, 2009 11:01 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
It only took a week of being off my blood pressure medicine to remember why the doctor put me on blood pressure medicine in the first place. I hate taking those pills but apparently not enough to actually exercise.2comments
Ultimate Boot CD for Windows 3.50 out with 1 error June 26, 2009 8:50 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Hardware, Software, Technology
If you ever have to do some serious troubleshooting on a Windows XP machine, you need the Ultimate Boot CD (Linux version) and the Ultimate Boot CD (Windows version) (see also Ben Burrows blog). The windows version recently released version 3.50 and may have an error. If you get the following error message:
Cannot find folder: wnt5
Cannot find folder: wxp
Then follow these instructions. In summary:
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Click the Plugins button.
Select # DriverPacks.net – BASE
Press the EDIT button.
Change: CONFIG=DPs_BASE.exe /API: /settings:
To: CONFIG=DPs_BASE.exe /settings:
[Source, ubcd4win forum, hilander999]
My last juggling performance with my brother was 15 years ago June 25, 2009 8:42 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Health, Juggling, Of Interest
The 20th Knoxville Kuumba Festival begins tonight at 5pm. The last time my brother and I did a juggling performance on stage was at Kuumba Festival roughly 15 years ago (I may be off a year more or less). I was wounded at the time with a splinted finger so much of the performance for me was done with one hand. They had a camera crew but didn’t start filming until the end of our performance. So if it’s truly been 15 years, does this mean my brother and I need a reunion tour? Or do we have to wait another 5 years?add a comment
jQuery experts and Flash experts and Silverlight experts please discuss June 24, 2009 12:48 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Technology
I have created a Friend Feed discussion forum to talk about the pros and cons of using Flash versus jQuery in situations that involve overlaying one or more images upon a master image without page refreshes. I should have included Silverlight as part of the discussion. Please add your commentary at Friend Feed.1 comment so far