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"Save me, oh God, from people who have no sense of humor."
— Ludlow Porch

Running

Those of you who see me on a daily basis know this, but I am NOT a runner.

My neighbor gets up early every morning and runs; and it pisses me off. What's he running from!? If I wanted to punish myself with pain over an extended period of time I'd ... choose not to.

Maybe he's training for a race. Does he not know that the first runner of a marathon, Philippides (My namesake) died immediately?

Running is what I do after eating Thai food, and at the end of my run is a toilet.

The only reason marathons are still around is so that a thousand white people can chase three black people through the streets of their city, like the "good ol' days". No white person will ever beat a Kenyan. They have been running from things their whole life. "Lions and Tigers and AIDS, Oh My!"

 

 

Joe Paterno's career dies with a whimper

Joe Paterno is quite possibly the greatest coach of all time. Now, at 85, his career ends with a whimper. 

Apparently he knew that Jerry Sandusky was a perv and was knowledgeable about his escapades, but didn't let anyone else know.

It is a terrible shame that Joe Paterno's career ends in such a shameful way. Let this be a lesson to all of us. If we ever see someone behaving in a way that brings shame to us, we should ALWAYS speak up. Especially in a situation like this where an innocent was being harmed.

Though Joe Paterno isn't guilty of Jerry Sandusky's crimes, he is guilty of complicity and should be held liable. 

If Jerry Sandusky is guilty of the alleged crimes, he should be executed. Crimes against children are an especially horrendous offense and should be met with an especiallly horrendous punisment. 

Brad A Ohlemeier; childhood friend

I went to grade school, Junior high and high school with Brad Ohlemeier from Denton Texas. His father and my grandmother were good friends and for a short period, he and his parents lived with my grandmother while their house in hidden valley was being built.

Just tonight I called Brad and actually got a hold of him on his phone. It was really good to hear from him and I am really happy to have reconnected with quite possibly my oldest childhood friend.

I met Brad when I was in grade school and his father was recently out of the military and interested in the real-estate business in North Texas. My grandmother took him under her wing and helped him get his start in the business. Brad and I were the same age and both attended the grade school in Lake Dallas, Texas.

While we were in grade school, juniior high and late high school, Brad and I were good friends. Through my life I have often thought of Brad and wished we hadn't grown apart.

Tonight while searching for "Brad Ohlemeier" on my facebook, I decided to venture off onto the interwebs, and I stumbled across his real phone number. I called it on Skype on my iMac, and he answered. We had a nice conversation and I was a teenager again.

It is so good to connect with old friends. I heartily recommend you do it if you have the chance. Call Brad Ohlemeier, or Tammy Fox, or David Teichmann, or Mike Adkisson, or David Hineman, or John Carter, or any of my old childhood friends... or maybe even better, call your own childhood friends instead of mine.    

To Brad's wife, My phone number is 719 357-MAGNUM. Please make sure he calls me from time to time. I think it important that we stay connected; as quite possibly the oldest relationship outside of famiy. His phone number is in my cell. I'll be sure to call him from time to time.

Enabling Aero Glass Transparency in Windows Server 2008 R2 on VMWare.

I am building a new development environment on Windows Server 2008 R2. I have followed the steps outlined on Win2008R2Workstation.com but couldn't get Aero Glass transparency enabled. I finally figured it out and so I thought I'd share it, because I see that many people have this problem.

Getting Aero transparency to work in Windows Server 2008 R2 in VMWare.

By default, 3d acceleration is disabled in VMWare. For some reason this doesn't adversely affect Windows 2008 Server or Windows 7; just Windows Server 2008 R2. The fix is to force VMWare to enable 3d acceleration. TO do so, add the following lines to the VMX file for the virtual machine...

mks.enable3d = TRUE

svga.vramSize = 67108864

I put them at the very bottom. It doesn't matter, because VMWare will rearrange the file to its liking.  

Save the file and restart your VM. When it comes up, you should have Aero Glass transparency.

Enjoy!

The FBI's new Vault.

The FBI just opened up a new website at http://vault.fbi.gov. Then they released thousands of previously classified documents under the freedom of information act.

I logged in and searched for myself. I am not in any FBI docs... whew!

Then I searched for UFO, and UFO related stuff. This is the most compelling document of all that I have read...

http://vault.fbi.gov/hottel_guy/Guy%20Hottel%20Part%201%20of%201/view

Go read it and make up your own mind. Remember that this isn't a kooky, new-age website. It is the FBI! 

"Rejected ACH Transaction" NACHA Spam

I have been receiving about two of these per week. They often point to different domains, many of which have been shut down by the time I receive the message.

<http://nacha.org/images/nacha_logo.gif> 

The ACH transfer (ID: 283291090211), recently initiated from your checking account (by you or any other person), was rejected by the other financial institution.

Rejected transaction
Transaction ID: 	283291090211	 
Reason for rejection	 See details in the report below 	
Transaction Report 	report_283291090211.pdf.exe <http://witheld>  (self-extracting archive, Adobe PDF) 	

13450 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 100 Herndon, VA 20171 (703) 561-1100 

2011 NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association

Research indicates that most of these lead to a ZEUS infected website with the goal being to infect your machine with the ZEUS malware. ZEUS is a very dangerous trojan that is designed to steal banking information from you as you log on to your bank accounts. ZEUS contains an advanced keylogger and phones home with your banking login information, username, and password. If you have followed a link in a NACHA message, it is likely that you are infected with ZEUS. You should immediately take steps to rectify the situation. A good antvirus like ESET's NOD32 is an absolute MUST! 

If you haven't received one of these yet, you will. When you do delete it immediately. DO NOT follow the links. NACHA.org will NEVER send an email like this to you. If you receive an email from NACHA, IT IS A SCAM! DELETE IT!

Dang! I Wanted GMail Motion to be Real.

Last Friday, I was sent the link by a coworker and was initially fooled by GMail Motion and I wanted it! The further I got into the video though, the more I realized that the date carried an ominous message.

Microsoft's April Fool's joke was easier to spot, but didn't make me cry, "WANT!" like the gmail one did.

I now DEMAND that Google make a GMail Motion product that at least allows me to gesture in order to manage my gmail messages. The part about actually typing messages using gestures is stupid, unless it can learn American Sign Language. A great first step would be the ability to open, reply, reply all, delete, etc..

Google... GET ON IT! You pranked me and it tuned into work. MAKE IT SO!

Update: 4/7/2011
A hobbyist took his Kinect module and wrote up a little code that allows him to control GMail with gestures. Mostly like in Google's April Fool's day joke! See the video here.