Saturday, September 24, 2011

Trying to keep track of this page without it getting lost in a bookmarks folder somehow: This is about pull-up resistors and the EZIO2X4

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I've been hacked because of a flaw I didn't know even existed in a one-time method of posting. Guess that's one of the hazards of laziness, the convenience opens up other problems.

Anyhow, it was obviously a considerate hacker because they didn't do anything malicious (that I'm aware of yet) but left a nice message instead:

Your Blog Has Been Hijacked

Don't use this method (cross-posting from Google+) to post to your blog because it reveals your secret email address that allows you to post content on your blog. If I was a malicious person, I could post some very bad things here. Please change your secret email address for posting.
Thank You, and have a nice day!

Nice, and thanks!

Friday, August 26, 2011

So far, and I say that like I can't believe it, because I really can't believe it, my old house that I had been trying to short sale for nearly 3 years has been written off by Bank of America with a deed in lieu of foreclosure. I haven't been concerned about that property in a while, but now that may appear as $200,000+ more income on my tax return, depending on how this statement is interpreted...

If you have owned and used the home as your principal residence for periods totaling at least two years during the five year period ending on the date of the foreclosure, you may exclude up to $250,000 (up to $500,000 for married couples filing a joint return) from income. If you do not qualify for this exclusion, or your gain exceeds $250,000 ($500,000 for married couples filing a joint return), report the taxable amount on Schedule D, Capital Gains and Losses.

One more bullet to sweat.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

just posting something because for whatever reason that Google+ test is really annoying to me. I suppose I could just delete it, but what's the fun in that? It's almost too easy.

So anyhow, been taking a shitload of pictures at Piccolo - 1200 in the last 2 days. Actually, I ducked out of the responsibility of taking the pictures so there are actually a few of me riding my bike in there, too. I'm the handsome one.

They're in the gallery on the left, somewhere. Look for "cone of death" and "1/2 bar, 1/2 superman" sessions.

Epic stuff.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lots of people have been alerting me that...

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this kind of shit is why people like Google+ more than facebook. Of course, if you drink the Google kool-aid, they already have this information, but at least you willingly gave it up.
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Lots of people have been alerting me that Facebook just launched a feature that sucks the mobile phone numbers from your phone into your Facebook account. Some have said it's showing you the phone numbers of all your Facebook friends. At first I didn't see it, and I thought it was just showing me the phone numbers of Facebook friends have chosen to share. (Like its done for years) But, Lo & Behold, they are there -- about 100 phone numbers that weren't there 5 minutes ago -- and NOT just the ones I have in my phone.

To see it on your own profile -- go to "Account" (Top Right) then select "Edit Friends". Once on the page choose "Contacts" and you'll see a list of most of your friends phone numbers. If you don't see it yet, wait a few minutes. I didn't see it when the "outbreak" of fear started either.

People are freaking out left & right -- on Facebook and on G+. Should they be freaking out? Did we all opt-in to or choose this at some point? I don't think I did. But honestly, I'm not sure. I'm not sure I was ever given a choice. But let's say I was, and I did it. As did all my friends. Maybe we were all confused and opted in. Maybe nothing to get freaked out over.

That said, doesn't somebody -- anybody (!?) -- at Facebook realize that people were going to go nuts and freak out when this happens? It's shocking that they didn't foresee this and explain things to people before this happened. Is somebody snorting coke over there in a rush to get features out?

For those of you have been reading my posts carefully, you'll notice that I am not a Facebook hater. I like Facebook. I like what the service provide, and what I think they stand for and what I think they're trying to do. They are a super smart group of people, who've made an incredible number of right moves. Why is it that they keep having these privacy gaffes? Honestly, I don't know. You'd think they could have seen this blowup coming from a mile away.
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

So this will post to

So this will post to from google+?
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Just a quick update. I am on the Silver Explorer in the arctic circle right now. I have added some pictures in the travel section under 'Longyearbyen, Norway' since that is where I am headed next. There are a couple of shots in Tromso, Norway but I couldn't be bothered to make it's own gallery.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Really been slacking on updating this blog. Right now I am in Papenburg, Germany doing an installation on the newest Celebrity Cruises ship, the Silhouette. Just got back from riding my bike at Germany's largest indoor skate park where I had a lot of fun. I put some pictures up here.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

In Trieste, Italy doing an installation on the Carnival Magic. Made a time lapse video of the antenna assembly that came out pretty well. I'll post it here if it ever finishes uploading.

Updated - the video is here!

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