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Posted By Mike on Sun-8-nov-2009 || Title: USA || (0) comments
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."

--John Quincy Adams

Our government was built on Christian ideas. It is pretty easy to see this from what our country's creators wrote and spoke. Even in the Declaration of independence.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal(1)(2)(3)(4), that they are endowed by their Creator(6)(7) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life(8)(9), Liberty(10) and the pursuit of Happiness(9)(11)."
--Declaration of Independence

The ethics and morals of then, and today, were built from those of Christianity. Even for those few atheist that existed in the government back then.

Note: Below are a few, definitely not all scriptures that pertain, that I found tonight.

(1) Deuteronomy 10:17(New King James Version)

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.

(2) Galatians 3:28(New King James Version)

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

(3) Acts 10:34 (New King James Version)

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.

(4) Romans 2:11 (New King James Version)

For there is no partiality with God.

(6) Genesis 1:27 (New King James Version)

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

(7) Genesis 2:7 (New King James Version)

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

(8) Exodus 20:13 (New King James Version)

You shall not murder.

(9) Psalm 16:11 (New King James Version)

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

(10) Galatians 5:1 (New King James Version)

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

(11) Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 (New King James Version)

Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God. For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I? For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight;
Posted By Mike on Thu-29-Oct-2009 || Title: Made in the USA || (0) comments
You want to help our economy. Buy "Made in the USA". It is that simple to do.
Posted By Mike on Thu-24-sep-2009 || Title: That mouse || (4 ) comments
The darnest thing... that mouse. I had never seen a mouse that bold before. First terrorizing Aaron. Then terrorizing Anne. Then me chasing the mouse with two shoes in both of my hands and later a broom. He/she may have put the fear in Aaron and Anne, but trust me, I put the fear in that mouse. Unfortunately, I did not kill it. Trust me, I wanted to. But upon Anne's request, I did not. I don't think that was a sound choice. I'm sure he/she will find a way back into the house.

Last night, Aaron came running down stairs to tell me he saw a bug in his room the size of his fist. I started teasing Aaron saying this must be the famous monster bug that August and Paige have spotted. Anne makes the remark that it might have been a mouse. Aaron goes back up stairs. 15 minutes later, I heard a noise from Aaron that sounded like a cross between a horse whinny and a squeal. I then burst in laughter at Aaron because of the sound. (I'm sorry, I could not help it). Aaron informs Anne and I that he just saw a mouse run across his bed. So I tell Aaron, 'Lets go up and have a look', half not expecting to see anything. When we get up there, Aaron exclaims, "See! There! It just went under my pillow". The pillow is laying on the floor. I pick up the pillow and to my amazement, there is a mouse. The mouse looks at me for a second and runs under Aaron's bed. I tell Aaron to go to the other side of the bed. We try to find it and flush it out, but can't find the darn thing. I thought it must have gotten away with out us seeing it OR it was hiding somewhere in Aaron bed. I open the drawers on the bed, beat on the bed, etc. No luck. I tell Aaron we will put traps under his bed tomorrow.

Now that all the kids were in bed, Anne and I play some Farmville. After that, we call it a night and go to bed. Anne falls a sleep pretty fast, but I'm not ready to sleep yet, so I get up. I leave the room for no more than 2 minutes when I hear Anne scream "Mike!" I come running in to see what is wrong. She tells me to turn on the light. Anne claims she could swear she felt a bug in her hair. I tell her I don't see anything now, thinking it was her having a dream. She asks me to look at her hair, which I do. I tell her that nothing is in her hair. Anne swears it was not her imagination. She turns around and picks up her pillow and screams. There was that dang mouse, hiding under her pillow. It then takes off for the side of the bed.

To keep it simple, the next 15 minutes was me sealing doors with towels while I chased down this mouse with energy that I had not had since I was young. I was determined to get rid of this mouse. If I did not, Anne was not going to go back to sleep. That would mean I would not go to sleep. Knowingly, that would be a long night and we both had to work in the morning. I finally forced the mouse out of the house onto our back porch. But, like every mouse.... the varmit will be back.
Posted By Mike on Thu-10-sep-2009 || Title: Cisco Classes || (0) comments
I so want to recode the posting process of this web site. Hopefully soon. But that is not what I'm posting about. What I`m posting about is....Cisco! I'm happy to says that I'm finally going to take the Cisco Classes that I was originally to take in June, now at the end of this month. I'm kinda excited about this because I hope to take this to a new technology learning tree for myself. I have already started studying and learned a lot already. I'm also ready to start hacking these new protocols. Oddly, it dose not appear to many others are inclined to want to know the same details at the delivery level. Or at least that is my opinion from my observations.
Posted By Mike on Wed-02-sep-2009 || Title: A little update || (2 ) comments
First, We have a new "family member". His name is Rodger. He is 16 years old. He is very quiet and laid back. He love to eat fruits, veggies, and worms. He loves to dig and sleeps under his water bowl. Roger is a Western Box Turtle. He is set up in a 100 gallon aquarium with a sunning rock, coconut shell soil, along other things.

As of today, August, Paige, and Aaron are now in school. August is in the Pre-K program and the grade school. Paige is in first grade. Aaron is in eighth. Aaron and Paige of course started two weeks before August. So far, so good.
I have been programming my genealogy software again. I have made some nice changes to it. If you want to look at my CVS on source-forge, you can see some of the changes I'm making. The biggest features are the internal and external search abilities. There are a few other things I'm fixing that was bugging me, but not really hurting the GEDCOM files or anything like that. I will have some screen shots up soon on my website. I'm still using my custom GUI libraries. Some day, I may still port it to standard win-32 and GTK GUI. But right now, how I see it, my GUI works on most everything, and easier. I just still lack a few things that the more advanced GUIs have.

Posted By Mike on Tue-11-aug-2009 || Title: House update || (0) comments
Yesterday when I got home from work, the North side (garage side) and the West side (front side) of the house looked drastically different. I took a quick photo of the front of the house.


Here are some before photos taken quite a while ago:

old photo
old photo
Posted By Mike on Thu-06-aug-2009 || Title: Problem-Solution || (0) comments
Today I had to run a jumper and came across this problem - one inch of water that I did not feel like wading in. Notice the APC sitting on a concrete block and the cord is in the water :( I refused to get my shoes and socks dirty. I was also afraid of getting electrocuted.
[rest of this post has been marked private]
Posted By Mom + Dad on Wed-05-aug-2009 || Title: New front door || (0) comments
The roof is done. The siding and trim on the north side of the house is pretty much done. The siding on the dormers are done. We have new gutters. We also have our new front door, side lights, locks, and glass screen door installed.
Here is a photo of the new door from inside.
Posted By Mike on Mon-03-aug-2009 || Title: House status || (0) comments
I'm sorry. I have not been keeping this up to date. So I took some photos of the house this afternoon when I came home from work (August 3rd, 2009). As you can see, the front of the house is starting to wrap up.
Front of the house.

Front of the house again.

surface of the front porch.

We still need:
o gutters around entire house
o new front door installed
o railings on front and back
o screen on back porch
o siding on the front of the house
o new flood lights on 3 of 4 sides of the house
o new porch lights
Posted By Mike on Tue-21-jul-2009 || Title: Stick Gibsons || (1 ) comments

Posted By Mike on Thu-16-jul-2009 || Title: Start || (0) comments
The house project has begun. Work on the front porch and roof has started, but not the bricks yet. We have two bins in our driveway and some type of crane parked off the side of our drive way. Pictures will be posted soon.

Here is the door that we will probably purchase.
Posted By Mike on Sat-27-jun-2009 || Title: mobility || (2 ) comments
Lazy butt has now decided that it is OK to walk from furniture to furniture. If speed is necessary, crawling is the way to go.

As I finished the last sentence, Maddison just walked across the whole living room - passing the furniture all together. I guess to show me that I am wrong.
Posted By Mike on Fri-26-jun-2009 || Title: Jesus Description Part I || (1 ) comments
Jesus Descriptions from Eyewitnesses

A description of Jesus Himself is found in "The Archko Volume" which contains official court documents from the days of the Messiah. In a chapter entiled "Gamaliel's Interview" it states concerning Jesus (Yhshua):

"I asked him to describe this person to me, so that I might know him if I should meet him. He said: 'If you ever meet him [Yhshua] you will know him. While he is nothing but a man, there is something about him that distinguishes him from every other man. He is the picture of his mother, only he has not her smooth, round face. His hair is a little more golden than hers, though it is as much from sunburn as anything else. He is tall, and his shoulders are a little drooped; his visage is thin and of a swarthy complexion, though this is from exposure. His eyes are large and a soft blue, and rather dull and heavy....' This Jew [Judahite] is convinced that he is the Messiah of the world. ...this was the same person that was born of the virgin in Bethlehem some twenty-six years before..."

This is a reprinting of a letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar describing the physical appearance of Jesus. Copies are in the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.

Posted By Mike on Thu-04-jun-2009 || Title: Teaching my children || (2 ) comments
A new book that I read to my children at night after the Cubs blow a 5 point lead in the 9th inning.
Posted By Mike on Wed-03-jun-2009 || Title: Happy B-Day || (3 ) comments
Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy ??th Birtday Anne!!!
Maybe next year you can have Cheese cake in bed with 2 egg and cheese sandwiches!
Posted By Mike on Tue-02-jun-2009 || Title: Happy anniversary || (1 ) comments

On our anniversary, another page in our life.

Now is printed in our hearts as husband and as wife.

Another year is not the only thing we share.

Raising four siblings with the best of our care.

It is no surprise that I'm bad with poem and ryme

So I leave this post alone and just say "I love you" this time.
Posted By Mike on Tue-19-may-2009 || Title: Are you ready for summer || (3 ) comments
Are you ready for Summer? Are you ready for the greedy oil companies to spike the gas prices?

This summer I'm betting we don't go over $4 again, but I expect we see $3.50.
Posted By Mike on Mon-18-may-2009 || Title: at last || (0) comments
At last...

I have posted again. :)

I made it to the 'Hey Days' after years of living in Heyworth. The Paige and August enjoyed it more than anyone. Other than the garage sales, it was kinda lame. At least what we saw on Sunday.

Maddison has more than 2 teeth. Now she has 6. Just like that.

Posted By Mike on Tue-21-apr-2009 || Title: photos of..... || (0) comments
I just put of 102 photos on Anne's flickr site. Photos of August's birthday, Paige's birthday, Maddison's Birthday, and Easter. You must be in the friends and family group to view them. If you can't, ask and we will set you up.
Posted By Mike on Wed-08-apr-2009 || Title: Cool Tech || (0) comments
At work I get to play with some really cool technology. On my new MacBook Pro (which is a great computer), I wanted to run Windows and Linux. To do this, I turned to Virtual Machines. So I decided to play with the options out their for Mac OSX. Most out there use Parallels, a few more use VMWare's Mac Solution. Sadly, both cost money and are limited on what Operating Systems I can run. So I looked on and found some very nice flexible free software. They may be free, but they are not cheap on what they can do. The best by far was Sun Microsystems's VirtualBox. http://www.virtualbox.org/ I believe this VM software actually performs as well, if not better that the two commercial VM mentioned previously. I had only one issue with this software; Full screen does not form fill to my MacBook Pro screen. This is a very minor thing. It is kinda like watching 720 TV show on your 1080 TV. Another solution that received an A in flexibility, B in configurability, and a C in performance was QEMU for Mac OSX. http://www.kju-app.org/ The configuration for this version of QEMU is much nicer than it's Windows and Linux counterparts. In fact, I would have stuck with this software if it was not for the fact other software had better performance with the same configuration. Anyway, my 2 cents on the matter.
Posted By Mike on Tue-07-apr-2009 || Title: Big Bunny Head || (0) comments
Yesterday I put up a ton of photos on Anne's Flickr account. For the best printing sizes, make sure you click on 'All sizes' and then 'original'. Today, I may put up a few more photos. Until then, here is a big bunny head to look at:
Posted By Mike on Sun-05-apr-2009 || Title: This weekend || (2 ) comments
First, Big news for Paige. She went up a belt in Karate and broke two boards at the same time. Yes, I made photos (with my new phone). She insist though this is her last month of Karate.

All the kids went to go see the easter bunny to get their pictures made at the 'E mall'. Since they were all cleaned up for the bunny we took them to Sears to get Spring photos. Individually and together. I will have these photos up soon on Anne's Flickr.

Anne and I purchased new phones Friday night. I did not get the I-phone like everyone else. Instead I purchased an LG phone. My reason was that is was considerably cheaper, had a 3 MP camera, and many improvements over my last. Cheaper as in $100 instead of $250 or more. Unfortunately it is still on Mobile Windows. I'm praying this version is more stable than the last two phone I have had. Yes, I swore no more Windows phones, but the non-window phones are considerably more expensive.
Posted By Mike on Fri-03-apr-2009 || Title: Paige Drawing || (0) comments
Anne found this drawing by Paige on April 03, 2009. It apparently is a family drawing left on the kitchen table. Can you tell who is who? There are some interesting details. My hair. Maddie's bump. much more.... I find it kinda scary :) lol
Posted By Mike on Wed-01-apr-2009 || Title: Photo stuff || (4 ) comments
Nope, no April fool stuff. Just Flickr stuff. As usual mass photos go to Anne's Flickr and I have a bunch of new photos up. A few more from August's Birthday; A few from August's and Paige's birthday party in Kentucky; A few from Paige's Birthday. As with Aaron and August, here is Paige's special birthday breakfast cake.
Posted By Mike on Tue-31-mar-2009 || Title: Happy B-Day || (0) comments
Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy 6th Birtday Paige!!!
Posted By Mike on Sun-29-mar-2009 || Title: phones || (0) comments
Below: My primary Cisco VoIP phone on my bench. When someone calls my work number, my personal cell phone and this phone ring simultaneously. The screen that you see here is a color touch screen.

These are my phones on my bench. I have wireless, analog, digital, and VoIP phones. I use them to do general tests with and to test programming with.
Posted By Mike on Fri-20-mar-2009 || Title: Thanks for all the fish || (1 ) comments
Today is my last day at Milner. It is hard to believe that I'm going to work for another department on campus after working at one for nearly 15 years. I have worked with the greatest and the worst here. Overall it has been a great experience with great people. Working at Milner has taught me more than 7x what I even would have gotten with school or working at a place like some of the local corporations. It is a little scary leaving, but now I move on to a new experience with Telecommunications.
Posted By Mike on Thu-19-mar-2009 || Title: pics up || (0) comments
This post is just to announce that I have some new photos if August's birthday uploaded to Anne's Flickr site.

By the way, Nobody told me that the last four posts had the wrong date on them :P
Posted By Mike on Tue-18-mar-2009 || Title: Happy B-day August! || (0) comments
Happy 4th Birthday August!
Posted By Mike on Tue-17-mar-2009 || Title: St P || (0) comments
I have not seen any leprechaun today, but Friday when I took the family out for Mexican, I saw a leprechaun and Santa Claus in the same restaurant at the same time. Santa and Mrs Clause was sitting at the table next to us. The leprechaun was quite a funny looking fellow. No gold to be found, but he gave the girls rubber Corona/3 leaf clover rings that light up. And High Fives too. You never know what you will see at a Mexican restaurant!
Posted By Mike on Fri-13-mar-2009 || Title: What is new? || (0) comments
Friday the 13th.... been a quiet day at work, thus a lucky day too. ;)

Yes, it has been a long while between posts. What is new? Well, I have a new job at the University. I will be starting as a Certified Network Specialist 2 for the campus' Telecommunication Department.

I have also been coding at home for the last two weeks. I have created a package I'm calling TD-Jazz. It basically converts and formats plain text documents to RTF (Rich Text Format),PS (Post Script), PDF (Portable Document Format), and HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language). I may do LaTeX documents also. I'm testing the formatting and converting on text bible scripture and other texts.

Coming up is August's and Paige's birthdays this month. After that Maddie's on April 10th. That in itself should keep me busy. :)
Posted By Mike on Fri-27-feb-2009 || Title: Recent Photos || (0) comments
Aaron would like to thank everyone for the presents, cards, and phone calls on his 13th birthday. A few of his Birthday photos are up on my flickr site. You will note to be in my Family and Friends to see a few of them. I will have more up shortly.

On the cake below, some of the letters were pulled up when the plastic came off :(
Posted By Mike on Fri-20-feb-2009 || Title: Recent Photos || (0) comments
Just and FYI that I have put a few photos on my flickr site. Here is a funny photo of August wearing a mask last night. Also on this note, flickr will remain Anne's and my primary online photo house. Myspace and Facebook alter the photos and are only good for generic sharing. They are no good for photo printing and archiving because they destroy the original quality. Granted, these photos were taken with my camera phone and not great quality in the first place :)

Posted By Mike on Wed-18-feb-2009 || Title: Gone || (0) comments
Wagon style cars are out. The Chrysler Pacifica crossover, Dodge Magnum wagon and PT Cruiser - Gone.
A couple bad gas guzzlers are out. The Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen - Gone.

The worst seller last year, the Hummer - Gone. Either it will be sold, or it will be phased out.
The most disappointing sales, Saturn - Gone. phased out by 2011.
The smallest line, Saab - Gone. GM is trying to find a buyer, if not, the line will dropped. In the mean time, GM is asking for aid from the Swiss Govt.
Posted By Mike on Fri-13-feb-2009 || Title: Today's date is || (0) comments
Posted By Mike on Fri-06-feb-2009 || Title: Dancing || (1 ) comments
Posted By Mike on Tue-03-feb-2009 || Title: typing code || (0) comments
It has been a few days since I posted. On my 'spare time', I have been busy programming on my GUI window manager, GDEW. It now relies on absolutely no FVWM code and 100% my own code. I have also split the code into two very distinctive sub branches; GSXE and GAXE. Both are quite simple still, but I hope to have some decent screen shots and code releases soon.

I have also been playing with Dell's new 9 inch Mini laptop with Windows 7 Beta. The 9 inch mini is just too small for me. I don't have a problem with the small screen, just the small keyboard. I would love to try the larger 12 inch mini. As far as Windows 7, so far so good. I have not tested it with corrupt JPGs or mp4s to see if Windows still crashes on those like Vista does. Man, I would hate to like Windows ;)
Posted By Mike on Fri-23-jan-2009 || Title: Windows vs Linux || (0) comments
For many years now Linux as been superior to Microsoft Windows in three ways:

1) overall stability
2) graphical user interface features
3) low system resource use

It is my opinion (and many other's opinion), that Windows Vista has failed horribly in two ways:

1) the Operating System is not very stable
2) Vista is the worst of all the Windows when it comes to system resource use

Vista was the first real attempt to catch up with's Apple's OS X and Linux`s Gnome and KDE graphical user interface. But Windows 7 makes the first serious attempts at making improvements in all three areas. So far it looks like they have succeeded.

So my question is this; who will step up and put Microsoft back under their foot? Microsoft has always owned the market for desktop Operating Systems because they control the software. This is despite the fact that Linux has been both better in the three areas I have mentioned above and of course cheaper (lower cost) than Windows. OS X, may not be cheaper, but they have lead the way for both Linux and Windows in user interface over that last few recent years. Linux has never been able to overcome Microsoft on the Desktop. In the server market of course, Linux owns. The only place Linux has ever hurt Windows on the Desktop, and only recently, is in the laptop business. Linux has more than 30% of that market (not sure of the exact numbers). If Microsoft makes a really good OS and Linux entities like RedHat's Fedora or Ubuntu don't regain the upper hand, then Linux might completely fall on the desktop market. For that matter, so may Apple's OS X.
Posted By Mike on Thu-22-jan-2009 || Title: Basketball dreams || (0) comments
I just want to say that I'm quite happy with my Illinois Basketball teams this year. Both the Fighting Ilini and the Redbirds. Both UofI and ISU are 16-3. Both have a slight chance of making it to March. :)

Now some funny stuff:
Geek babies:

Mom sent me this funny joke:
A drunk man who smelled like beer sat down on a subway next to a priest. The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.

After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, 'Say Father, what causes arthritis?'

The priest replies, 'My Son, it's caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man, sleeping around with prostitutes and lack of a bath.'

The drunk muttered in response, 'Well, I'll be damned,' Then returned to his paper.

The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. 'I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?'

The drunk answered, 'I don't have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does.'
Posted By Mike on Tue-20-jan-2009 || Title: Political Guide || (0) comments
America appears split. Even among Christians. Often to the point that we don't treat each other nicely, with respect, and verbally attack each other concerning our views. Why?

Many Christian Democrats bash Republicans for issues like:

1) Their supposed lack of support of God's resources that have been given to us. (Gen 9:12-17)
2) Their supposed lack of support of tax money for the government helping the needy. (Jer 22:16)

Many Christian Republicans bash Democrats for issues like:

1) Their supposed support for Abortion. (Psa 139:13-16)
2) Their supposed support for gay/lesbian rights. (Lev 18:22)

These issues are not really the point of this post. The point of this post; that I see political parties as a way for Satan to divide Christians. We should not see ourselves as Democrats or Republicans, but simply as Christians. Both parties do things that are right with God, but both parties do many things that are not.

Instead, this is what a Christians political guide/policy should look like.

Love your fellow Americans
John 15:12-14, 17
12. "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
13. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
14. "You are My friends if you do what I command you.
17. "This I command you, that you love one another.

Note: I'm sure these versus apply to all Democrats and Republicans alike :)

Pray for your fellow Americans and Government
1 Timothy 2:1-2
1. First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
2. for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

Forgive your fellow Americans and Government leaders.
Colossians 3:13
13. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Be Subject to your Government
Romans 13:1-2
1. Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
2. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

Posted By Mike on Mon-19-jan-2009 || Title: What work? || (0) comments
I'm at work today instead of taking a 5 day weekend. What better day to get things done when there is no one to bother you! :) The fact is, like I forgot that the kids did not have school today, I forgot I did not have to work today. :P

Posted By Mike on Sun-18-jan-2009 || Title: What school? || (1 ) comments
The last post I stated the kids were having a 5 day weekend. I was wrong. They are having a 6 day weekend. I forgot they have Monday off for MLK.

A funny thing is Paige believes there are ghosts. All because a girl on her bus had told Paige all about ghosts. This little girl lives with one. A ghost that she caught herself. Paige is taken back that Anne and I don't believe this girl lives with a ghost. We tried to explain that ghosts do not exist. If they did, you surely could not 'catch' one. Paige was upset that we could suggest that she was fibbing. In fact Paige is sure this little girl would never lie. Anne came up with the idea for Paige to ask the girl to bring the ghost to school. If she could catch the ghost, surely she could bring it to school. I'm curious where this one will go.

Posted By Mike on Sat-17-jan-2009 || Title: Cold || (0) comments
The kids are on day 4 of their 5 day weekend. Me? I'm on a 4 day weekend. I worked Wednesday. :P It is nice to have children to get time off of work. LOL :) Aaron and I have been watching Ridick and Star Wars movies. The girls and I have gotten some quality play time too.

Something I find interesting is the fact that ISU was closed Thursday due to extreme cold weather. I don't believe they closed the campus because they care about the students' well being. I think they closed because it was expected since everyone else in town closed. Why do I think this? I think this because ISU was open for business Friday. Friday was much colder than Thursday. At 7 am the temp was -20 with a WSF of -30. A 37 year old Normal Illinois man had died Thursday walking outside at -14 exposure. So if Thursday was too dangerous, why open campus on a more dangerous condition?

I'm wrapping up playing the on-line game Mobsters. Calling it quits. I became quite powerful at only level 159, but the game is no longer worth the effort where some of the other players are concerned. Currently I'm finishing up a war and using up the rest of my resources. Then I'm going to release the nearly 600 mob members. If I could I would delete the account.
Posted By Mike on Tue-13-jan-2009 || Title: MAME on Linux || (0) comments
For all those still looking for my Arcade/MAME site, it is still alive at:
I no longer update this area of my website at all and is only for archive and history purposes.

Watching all the hits on my site still looking for MAME hardware instructions, I started wondering about the current status of MAME on Linux. What I found was no binaries on the MAME site for Linux. But to my amazement, the windows binaries work on Linux quite nicely with modern Wine installed. With Ubunta, I can simply run the command to install and use the software. Just thought I would share :)
Posted By Mike on Mon-12-jan-2009 || Title: First Time || (1 ) comments
Ok, this is something only parents could get excited about, but Maddie has finaly learned to sit up fully and lay down at will. It was just 5 days ago Maddie had decided no one but her could hold her bottle.
Posted By Mike on Mon-12-jan-2009 || Title: Storm || (0) comments
"NASA warns of 'space Katrina' radiation storm. A study funded by NASA has flagged up yet another terrible hazard.." ~TheRegister

"...the world has forgotten the power of the sun" ~Slashdot

A newly released NASA report warns about solor storms and suggests that the modern world is setting it's self up for disaster. The report goes on to say we have created a technological society susceptible like never before to large infrastructure damage from solar storms. According the report, the world has grown so dependent on modern technologies without respect of what the sun can do ,and has done, that it's risking major communications, finance, transportation, government and even emergency services disruptions.
Posted By Mike on Fri-09-jan-2009 || Title: Daily Quotes.. || (0) comments
First, I just wanted to say that I finally did the quote logic on my website. Now the quotes will change daily. Yeah! It was not hard to do, I just never had gotten around to programming it.

With some Christmas money I received, I purchased a couple of books today (and two Whopper Jr.s :) ) The books are: J.R.R Tolkien's The Children of Hurin and Barack Obama's Dream from My Father. I started reading Barack's book at lunch. I have skimmed the book before and know some of it's contents, but I never really read it through. It is a very unusual book and written as Barack viewed the world in his younger years. Tolkiens book is one I hope to read on the first try. Sometimes that is not possible with his work. His books are often like old engines-- Hard to get started, but steady going afterward.

A Last note, while watching CNN last night, I found it humours that Flint was asking for a government bailout for the Porn industry. LOL :)
Posted By Mike on Fri-09-jan-2009 || Title: Ta da da daaa.. || (0) comments
This is so stupid, yet so awesome at the same time!

Posted By Mike on Thu-08-jan-2009 || Title: What car do you drive? || (0) comments
For Christmas, Aaron purchased some Cubs literature for me as a present. I was reading an article in it that was published in August 2008 regarding what the top Cubs players are driving. Before this article, I had never thought about what a MLB player could afford. I found this startling for some reason. So I thought I would share some of the contents.

Daryle Ward: '64 Chevy Impala, '69 Impala Wagon, Cadillac Escalade, and a Chrysler 300 SRT8.

Alfonso Soriano: Bently, Aston Martin, Hummer, and a Cadillac Escalade.

Aramis Ramirez: Maserati GranTurismo.

Derrek Lee: Bently and a Range Rover.

Carlos Zambrano: "I have three different kinds of cars here." Here as in just Chicago? Lamborghini, Cadillac Escalade, and a Mercedes-Benz.
Posted By Mike on Tue-06-jan-2009 || Title: New Year! New Code! || (0) comments
First, Happy New year! Six days in the new year before I have a post up. :P This is a note to state that a lot of new code is going into this web site. You may have already noticed (but I doubt it). Most of the code is functional and behind the scenes. But some of the code is, and will be, noticeable. There may also be brief breakages from time to time. If you notice any problems email me and let me know.
Posted By on 22-Jan-2009 || Title: Mark Folwer file 1 || (0) comments
Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ! (816) 426-4220 ! 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ! Kansas City, MO 64106
MAY 14, 2004
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Todd P. Graves, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to producing false identification that appeared to identify him as an officer in the armed forces of the United States. Mark Lee Lavine Fowler, also known as Col. Fowler or Dr. Fowler, 41, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon. Fowler admitted that he impersonated an officer at a "Support the Troops" rally at the Missouri Capitol on Aug. 2, 2003. Fowler wore a U.S. military dress uniform to that event, with the insignia of a colonel and a U.S. Navy identification badge. Fowler claimed to be part of the U.S. Aircraft Recovery Team, a unit he claimed assists in airplane crashes. "In reality," Graves said, "there is no such organization as USART in the United States Navy, and Fowler has never been a member of any of the armed forces, let alone an officer." Fowler, who has attended various events dressed as and impersonating an officer, also displayed many photos with him in his military uniform at his place of employment. In a search of his home, Graves said, law enforcement officers not only found the uniform, but various medals, award ribbons assembled for wear on a dress uniform, and dog tags in his name with a false unit. Fowler admitted he had constructed the fake ID badge himself after doing some research on the Internet. Under federal statutes, Fowler could be subject to a sentence of up to 15 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. His sentence will be determined according to the United States Sentencing Guidelines. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office. Fowler was originally charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury meeting in Jefferson City on Oct. 3, 2003. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Missouri State Capitol Police Department.

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