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May 31, 2005

Block Island, The 31st

Everyone is gone now. It's just us and Arrow our kitten. We have an 8:15 a.m. ferry off the island tomorrow (Wednesday the 1st). Today is just periodic cleaning, and packing up. We are planning on doing nothing but that, and work today. Tonight is packing up the car. We should be home in PA by 2 p.m.

I'm tired.

May 30, 2005

Block Island, The 30th

We launched my Rockets today with the kids. Wife-y recorded the launches for me. The kids were there, and I let them do the launches and recovery. I just readied them for launch. The "Heatseeker" fell apart in flight. It came down in two pieces. I was concerned about this putting it together. I knew I should've replaced the questionable part in the beginning. This particular Estes rocket comes with a basic material flaw. The shock cord. This rocket comes with an elastic shock cord. Not good for heat. It catches fire and burns. I'm going to replace this upon getting home with a rubber band. They are more resistant to heat. Proof of concept is the "Outlaw". It has a rubber band as a shock cord.

We had good launches with the "Outlaw". It's had five launches with light damage to the parachute so far. Not enough to effect it's flight down. Easily repairable. Estes rockets come with plastic parachutes, so they are cheap to replace if need be.

Oh, there was A LOT of wind. I had to angle it to a point where I was worried about it hitting another house. I moved it another five feet to my left. It worked. And drifted back onto the launch field. :D The kids enjoyed it, but I think I enjoyed it MORE.

Mom and Dad have left to the ferry to head back to N.Y. One of the children stayed with us. The older boy G. Everyone else headed to the beach for a bit. After that it's to Club Soda for snacks, video games, and drinks. Yah!

Our ferry is planned for Wednesday, but we might try to catch one of the Tuesday ferries. The Tuesday leaving is iffy.

May 29, 2005

Block Island, The 29th

Today we biked from home into town to Rebecca's. A nice little take out place. They have great tuna steak sandwiches, and great BBQ chicken sandwiches. After eating we biked over to Scotch Beach to meet the rest of the family. We hung out there for a quite a while. I let my little nephew do flips off my legs. *chuckles* He kept doing it till I was SO tired. Aunt Kayetie called for a Time Out. After hanging out for a bit we headed back home on the bikes stopping along the way to take pictures, and rest. Lots of hills here, and they can give your legs a nice burn. After dinner, a beer, a few glasses of wine, and ice cream - I'm ready for bed now. Play a bit with Arrow, and read till I fall asleep. It's raining now (lightning and thunder). I haven't been online for a while now. I'm kind of feeling like a junky wanting a fix.

Block Island, The 28th

We went to the beach today. It turned out to be a sunny day after all. We went out to dinner at the Oar, after that we came home. I had a couple of Mud Slides, and a huge chicken ceasar salad. Was quite yummy. I've taken so many pictures so far since being here. I can't wait to share them when getting home.

May 27, 2005

Block Island, The 27th

I woke up around 6 a.m. from a horrible nightmare about wife-y. Errr. It was bad. I rolled over to snuggle up with wife-y to feel some comfort after it. She wound up saying in her sleep (Her also dreaming of being terrorized by kitten in her sleep), "Stop shaking the bed! Get lost!" Arrow the kitten gave us a ruff night. More her though. Ugh. I just got up and grabbed my book and read on the floor for a bit with the kitten curled up in my lap.

Today turned out to be a sunny day after such horrid weather. I actually got a bit of sun burn on my face today when we walked up to the shore with the kids. It was quite enjoyable. I finished off my black and white roll of Tri-X film, so that is sitting in my bag for when I return to PA for developing.

Earlier in the evening a wonderful dinner was made by the family. After was the birthday cake. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to me, and I blew out the candles. With ice cream also. Gifts followed, and I had a wonderful evening.

There was a bit of rain, thunder, and lightning this evening. But it seems to have cleared.

May 26, 2005

Block Island, The 26th

The storm last night was hellish. The bedrooms upstairs swayed and vibrated in the 50 mile an hour gusts of wind. It was disturbing. I've been through hurricane Andrew, so this was a bit odd for me. It made me nervous. So, I read my book and listened to music on my iPod. I also watched a bit of the Sponge Bob Squarepants movie, then turned the light off and went to sleep. I'm glad that storm is over.

Today the family arrives after 7 p.m. Most likely 8 p.m. if they catch the 7 p.m. ferry. We went for a walk today up to the beach near the house off of S.W. Point. I took both cameras. Took my Canon A85 (with Telephoto lens) for any color automatic shots, and my OM2-n for any black and white film shots. I'm almost done with the Tri-X black and white roll. When I get back to PA I can send these out to get them developed. This will take a week though, so I will try to drop them off the following day after returning. It will be interested to see the black and white photographs. Supposedly the Tri-X has better contrast, but the automatic/color black and white has a deeper black. I can't wait to compare the photographs from each roll.

May 25, 2005

Block Island, The 25th

Woke up today to a gray rainy day with hellish wind. All ferries were cancelled. No one is going off or on island. It's that bad. We did some errands with Arrow, and he rode along fine. He slept most of the time, which was good. We came back and the maids arrived to clean the house a bit before family arrives tomorrow evening. Of course one of the cleaning ladies was all gooey over Arrow. He's such a stud. *LOL* They are gone now, and we are making dinner while the boy slumbers. He's had a big day, and we are tired as well. Black beans and rice is for dinner tonight. Mmm.. And Pie for dessert.

May 24, 2005

Block Island, The 24th

Today is cold and rainy. So, there are no rocket launches today. I'm feeling so tired. I can barely keep my eyes open. I need a nap. Maybe I'll take one after a bit. But first I must do work.

May 23, 2005

Block Island, The 23rd

Today was a good day. Went into town to pickup some Duko Cement glue for my rockets. I didn't feel the Super Glue would hold long term. Anyway, I now have two rockets built. The Astron Outlaw and the AGM-57X Heatseeker. So far the Outlaw has had two successful launches. I have pictures, and a video that will be up soon. The third rocket I have I am going to wait till I get home. It's more involved, and I want to get some good paints at the hobby shop in PA.

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Video to come when I get a chance to go to the island library.

Now I have pie!

May 22, 2005

My Birthday Today

I woke up and opened up my Birthday presents from C. and P. C, gave me a beginners Estes Rocket Kit. It came with the Astron Outlaw (Blasts 600 FT high - 183 m), and the Black Diamond (Blasts 1400 FT high - 427 m). P, gave me an AGM-57X Heatseeker Rocket, and a SHIT load of engines. It goes up to 800 FT (244 m). I'm going to take some pictures after building them to put up here. Thank You!!!! :D

I'm in the process of building the Astron Outlaw today, and will be finished today. It will be my first launch hopefully sometime this week. Yah!

I had some homemade baked potato soup a bit ago. And we are going out for drinks soon. While out we will order out from Eli's. I pretty good restaurant on the island. Mmmm... And bring it back here to munch down.

May 21, 2005

Block Island, Friday the 20th

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Pictures of Arrow our cat, a parasurfer, and the Block Island Ferry.

Saturday... The 21st

Woke up a bit late today. I was SO tired. Spent most of the day so far playing and interacting with Arrow. He seems to require it for now. Went a bit ago and picked up some extra items from the grocery store. For dessert... Blueberry pie, and a pumpkin pie for my Birthday tomorrow. Mmmmm... PIE!

I had a couple of bad DNS servers in my DNS setup, so this is fixed now. I can get anywhere now, although it's REALLY damn slow. While at the house I'll be on dialup. So, I won't be online for too long. Just long enough to check my email, and do my Admin work. Can't keep the phone line tied up. Oh, how I loathe being on a dialup modem. :( I'm hoping that we can pop into the Public Library for a bit sometime while here.

It's been overcast here on Block Island, and chilly.

May 20, 2005

Today...

We are on Block Island. Resting now. Really tired the both of us. About 12 hours in the car, and we arrived on BI around 6 p.m. We went out to Club Soda for a few beers, and a big salad. Now back at the parents resting upstairs with Arrow. He handled the car trip surprisingly well for a kitten at his age. He required one of us to hold him through the trip. Either in arms, or in his little kitty bed. He didn't like being alone in his carrier. While in arms he was quiet, and content. If he needed to use the litter box he informed us by scratching the bottom of his carrier when in there. Now, I'm off to bed. I just can't stay awake any longer.

For some reason I can not reach any other domains other than mine while here. Another puzzle we'll have to figure out tomorrow when clear headed.

May 19, 2005

Our New Kitten...

arrow051905-re.jpg So, this is Arrow. We just got back from the vet from his check up. And everything is A-OK. Yah! He's a little over 2 pounds. He was born 3/10/2005. And he's a chick magnet. :)

May 18, 2005

Early Birthday Celebration For Three...

Had an early Birthday celebration this evening. Dinner, which was yummy. And three early Birthday presents. And a wee cake. *chuckles* The presents were; A small bottle of 12 year old single malt scotch, 1 box of Arturo Fuente Rothchild cigars, and a 4GB iPod Mini (blue). *huge cheesey smile* Swank!

Thanks for the early Birthday celebration P. & C. !!!

:)

May 17, 2005

Good God...

I've had this song stuck in my head most of the day so far. I can't make it go away. Meh... Help! Download file. I'm hoping this isn't some sort of sign. *laughs*

May 16, 2005

Cause I'm Bored...

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OS X 10.4.1 Update...

The 10.4.1 Update delivers overall improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.4 and is recommended for all users. It includes improvements for:
• file sharing using AFP and SMB/CIFS network file services
• using DHCP in wireless networks
• user login when accessing LDAP and Active Directory servers
• core graphics including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
• synchronization with .Mac
• Address Book, iCal, Font Book, Mail, and Preview applications
• Dashboard widgets: Address Book, Flight Tracker, Phone Book, and World Clock
• creating and burning disk images using Disk Utility
• compatibility with third party applications and devices
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n301517

May 15, 2005

Pixel Art

I've created a few things so far playing around with Pixen for OS X. It's open source. Here they are. A green box, and a guy.

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Sunday And The Gremlins In My Head...

I feel completely exhausted, sensitive to light and sound. Lethargic after yesterday evening with a migraine. I still have a bit of a regular headache. More ghost pains I suppose. I couldn't sleep last night at all. I finally fell asleep in the wee hours of this morning. Didn't want to get out of bed AT ALL. But I laid there for a bit just staring off into space.

I'm just glad I finished my work for the day, although it did take me a bit longer to complete it.

May 14, 2005

Damn Migraine...

Right when I was going to relax and have a beer I come down with a migraine. Ugh. My head is still killing me, and my stomach is giving me the finger. I'm heading back to moping now, and to take some more pain reliever. If no one answers - leave a message at the beep. *looks cross eyed* Oy. *wanders off*

Ip Audit Is Finished... Yah!

Thank god, it's done. What torture it was. Tedious. Now it can just be maintained with strict editing rules. Now to find something fun to do.

May 13, 2005

Ugh... I'm In The Middle Of An IP Audit

And it's going to take another full day to complete. *sighs* I've put it aside for the rest of the day though. I'm a bit manic from it. Wired. *shivers* Time to put on some music, and have a beer to relax.

Talk Of Closing Willow Grove Reserve Base...

They say it will save everyone tax dollars. Ok. What about the occasional Willow Grove Air Show that you take your kids to see that they always enjoy? If it really closes, then this fun family outing will be no more. I enjoy going to the Willow Grove Air Shows. It's a nice day out, and you get to pig out on junk food. And buy trinkets you really don't need while enjoying the high flying acrobatics of the pilots. This will be a sad day.

May 12, 2005

Kitty Cannon

This is just so sick... LOL

Kitty Cannon

I've scored 526 feet so far.

May 10, 2005

We Went Shopping For Kitten Supplies...

Holy Shit! We spent lots of money on toys, food, grooming supplies, and other added stuff. *laughing* I haven't had this much fun shopping in a long time. We pick him up from the breeder on the 17th of this month. He is a Seal Point Siamese. Yah!

May 9, 2005

I Scanned The Photos

Even though it was a bit of a bear to do. It's not a point and click kind of thing. LOL Weird things kept happening. Like for some reason I was having difficulty scanned the negatives to a file. It kept saying, "Can not find negative". So, I'm sitting here fighting with this damn Epson scanner. I swear the damn thing behaves like SCSI logic. LOL Next time I will pay extra for my photos on CD. Or maybe I'll send them to a friend of ours to scan professionally.

Anyway, they are up on my photoblog.

May 8, 2005

Ran Out A Bit Ago...

I dropped off my roll of black and white over at CVS, and my pictures will not be ready until 8 p.m. or so. There was a woman in front of me printing out over 100 photographs. Ugh. Anyway, I have to run back out at 8 p.m. to pick up my pictures. Oh well. I'm hoping this girl that was doing the processing wasn't yes'ing me to death. I'm going to be so cranky if she did.

Update: Yah! I have the photos. I think a have a couple that are ok. Will see how they come out after scanning the negatives tomorrow.

PVR-H140

This looks cool.

User Friendly

LOL ...

User Friendly

Happy Mother's Day

That's right... You Mothers!

:D hehehehe... bleh... What a lazy day.

May 7, 2005

Tonights Dinner...

We had yummy food for dinner with wine and champagne. Mmmm. The food was tasty. We then went out to pickup dessert. Ice cream, or ice crea' like Friendly's says it. *LOL*

Errands, and Photography

Went out to get some red wine for dinner, and grocery shopping. Before doing that though we trucked over to Starbucks for some yummy coffee. Makes having to run through the grocery store on the weekend some what tolerable.

After that...

I went for a walk with the cameras. I took my Canon A85, and the OM-2n to finish off the roll. The roll is finished now, and it's waiting to be dropped off at the local photo place. Maybe I'll drop that off this weekend or early in the week. I have a few color photographs on my Canon that I downloaded that came out rather well. The bee shots we pretty hard to get though. They were VERY active. Meaning they would not sit for too long. I THINK I got a good shot in black and white, but won't be able to tell till it's developed.

I'll have my Canon digital photos up when they are edited.

Update: The photographs from my walk are up on my Photoblog.

May 6, 2005

Canon A85 Review...

This is another review of the digital camera I have. The pictures on my photoblog are from this little baby. Here is the review from Photobird.

TextWrangler for OS X

This was typed in TextWrangler for OS X - Barebones.com's free text editor. It's suppose to be good for Unix Admins. It's a bit like BBedit too, although I have not used BBedit in quite some time. One of the many neat things is that when you type it will always highlight the current line your cursor is on. That way you don't get lost editting. :D It will edit code and unix based file formats, and HTML code so's you don't muck things up. It even lets you Zap Gremlins. And has a spellchecker.

May 4, 2005

Tiger Printing Woes?

Tiger Won?t Print To Shared XP Printer.

The error? ?Connection failed with error - NT_STATUS_NO_MEMORY?

Then? says? ?Unable to connect to SAMBA host, will retry in 60 seconds?ERROR: Connection failed with error?

I even reset my printer and readded it... Grrrr! Could the errors be more unhelpful? I mean, I'm always looking to be MORE frustrated when working on printing errors.

Update: Apparently my printing issue was with my old Key Chain access from Panther. I deleted the key chain for smb, then restarted, then re-added my printer. It works now. For some reason OS X will still cache any bad connection data even though you delete these keychains. So, make sure you reboot after you remove the smb keychains.

May 3, 2005

Ugh? Tuesdays?

yellowflowers2.jpg I woke up from a night of nightmares and freaky dreams - Each time waking up with my head pounding for some reason.

I went for a walk today with my camera and an old OM2 film camera. We haven?t shot any film with it yet, and it needs to be tested. However, the automatic setting we think is broken. So, I just took my Canon A85 with me for any automatic pictures. I?ve taken 5 black and whites with the OM2 (on a 24 roll). When shooting with film I?m a little more selective with the shots. Plus I purchased this black and white film that is not the standard black and white film. It seems to be processed like the color photographs now. I wonder if it will be just as inexpensive as developing color now? And I wonder if it will be processed in an hour like the color film? Hmmm? Won?t know till I finish the roll and take it in.

When I got back I plugged in my camera and the Canon Browser application no longer works. Not compatible with Tiger OS. Ugh! So, I fire up the ?Image Capture? utility to change the application default to iPhoto. Done. Photos are imported. The one thing I hate about iPhoto is that you can?t have more than one location for your photos (without using some third party application), and you can?t have more than one Library loaded. I want the ability (APPLE?) to have MANY libraries loaded without having to mix all my photographs into one. I also design graphics, so this ability would really be pleasing.

Today... I also cut up some fresh pineapple, strawberries, and kiwi to throw together with some Non Fat Cottage Cheese. It was damn scrumptious, and healthy.

May 2, 2005

HHGG

?The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? I forgot to mention that I went to see this movie. It was quite good. *wiggles eyebrows*

May 1, 2005

Bleh? Sunday?

It?s a sunny day today, but a bit cool. I might go on a bike ride with my camera, and iPod. If I take anything good I?ll put it up on my photoblog, and link a few here. I have to try and find a bumblebee, or a bumblebee on a flower for a friend. No, I haven't forgotten. The past few days have been shitty for bumblebee 'capture'.

Update: Well, right as I was getting ready to head out of the circle a migraine comes on. I immediately start losing my eye sight. I only have half my vision. I head back inside to lay down. Wifey was sad that I couldn't go, and she was looking forward to a nice long ride with me. Sowwy! :(