Five minutes ago I completed and submitted the last of my coursework for my masters degree.  Today would mark the classroom end of the journey towards my masters degree.

I believe I’m going to try and walk in the fall graduation ceremony, that is of course assuming I get all of the remaining program papers turned in and take the comprehensive exam covering all courses taken so far, and all pre-requisite courses that I skipped.

Its over and this moment is so good I’d buy it a drink and maybe go home with it.

Dog hate cat


Lilly is definitely not always a fan of emma.


Our future worries me.


I understand the occasional lawsuit.  A long time ago I thought the dumbest thing I’d ever hear about was someone spilling hot coffee on themselves and seeking money from the coffee maker.

The gauntlet has been thrown down by a teenage girl and her parents.  The girl was dumb enough to walk into a manhole because she was txt’ing and not watching where she was going.  Now the parents are filing suit against the city because their daughter is literally to dumb to walk down the sidewalk.

Many people reading about this blame the city, or the road crew for there not being ample barriers up preventing this.  I disagree, when you’re walking down the street; it is your job not to step in front of the bus, trip on uneven sidewalk, step on the small child playing with chalk, or fall into a freakin manhole.

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Evil faxer of summer’s past


“Hey I’ll get it” Mike said as he answered the phone at our new CRESH office in sioux falls back in the summer of 2005. And as he answered the phone his face contorted into the shape one might form upon receiving a wet willy.

The cause of this facial contortion was some idiot constantly sending faxes to our main office line.  I’m not saying someone who accidentally sends a fax to the wrong number is an idiot.  I am however going to say that if you send faxes at random times of the day, to the same number, and never realize that whoever you are faxing is not getting your faxes, you probably should look at the importance of your faxing.
This became irritating over time.  In our excitement to see Batman Begins, we’d begun watching lots of old Christian Bale movies.  This lead to watching American Psycho a few times.  Which lead to an obsession of business card quality, and feeding cats to machines.  Naturally the following image is what we decided to reply with every time someone attempted to fax our voice line.

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Top Gear Top Picks


Last week Andrea, Traci, and Barb came to drop off Sharla’s new car and hang around for a bit. I lent Andrea some how I met your mother dvds to give her and traci something to watch when bored, and during our bored time Andrea and I watched the Top Gear Vietnam, Botswana and Lorry challenges. This lead to me thinking, what would the best “must see” top gear episodes be to recommend newcomers watch.

First and most obvious are the Vietnam, and Botswana challenges.

After that what comes to mind are the “Best Road in the World” vacation, and the second “Turn cars into boats” challenge.

Which other memorable episodes am I missing?

(I am by no means saying that what I’ve listed are the only good top gear episodes).

For those who have no idea what Top Gear is:

Wedding v. Initial Pictures


I’m actually pretty impressed at how streamlined you can go from RAW to online album of jpegs with picasa. This is just a chunk of the pictures from the wedding/honeymoon. We haven’t even met with the photographer again since we’ve gotten back, everything pre-honeymoon in the album was taken by Jay.


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A quick message (from captivity)


Day 1 in captivity.

I’m alive and well. Trying to get out a quick message to those who may be worried while I have the opportunity.

It is different in captivity, in contrast to what one may expect, it is much more calm and friendly compared to the few days prior to capture. Things are oddly cordial and affectionate, this may be a clever ruse…

Opening office 2007 documents in 2003


This is just a link for the others I know still using office 2003 that have to deal with people assuming absolutely everyone has already upgraded to office 2007.  I have to deal with crap like that fairly frequently and where its an easy fix I don’t think its smart to send things out to a group of 10+ people and assume they all have already upgraded.

Office Compatibility Pack


Repetitive task is repetitive


We have a database that stores all the little details about how utilized our network is.  It has information at 5 minute averages, 1 hour averages, and 1 day averages.  The software that does this is supposed to keep only 3 months worth of 5 minute data, 6 months worth of hourly, and a year worth of daily.  You’d think that since the feature shipped with the initial product that by version 5 it would work.  


It doesn’t.

So here I sit going through table by table looking at the definition of the table, finding what the timestamp column is named and telling the table to delete everything more recent than a certain second.  This task is not hard, this task is boring though.  Someone email me some sudoku’s.



I’ve had an iPod nano nearly since they came out.  Its been quite the reliable little device over the years.  Unfortunately it is becoming less so :(

When listening to music or podcasts my ipod has develop a bit of a sniffle I guess, it randomly after an hour or so of playing will start to skip.  This is annoying but I’ll live with it for awhile.  Maybe thismeans an iPod touch or some such in the future :)