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Musings on life, liberty and the pursuit of pursuits. You'll enjoy these, if you enjoy musings like these.

Updated: 2010-04-11T15:47:30.425-07:00


Don't Jackson my Server, Bro!


Lots of web servers seem to be straining and in some cases failing under the stress of press from MJ's death. I foresee Jackson becoming a verb. Will the next super celebrity who dies Jackson everybody's servers?

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Chatter

New Weekly Hoop Jam


From Douglas "Snowflake" Robertson:

Hi Everyone,

We are being brave and setting a standing hoop jam at Mckay Park every Saturday from 3-5pm. Spread the word. It's a weekly invite open to everyone to come get your hoop on with your fellow Bend hoopers. Music system provided. Bring your ipods to share music if you like. I hope to see you all every weekend!!!

Hoopfully yours,

166 SW Shevlin Hixon Drive

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: News



From my friend C Blaha...1. Maybe . . . we were supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift. 2. Maybe . . . when the door of happiness closes, another opens; but, often times, we look so long at the closed door that we don't even see the new one which has been opened for us. [Didn't Helen Keller say this? - dkg] 3. Maybe . . . it is true that we don't know what we have until we lose it, but it is also true that we don't know what we have been missing until it arrives. 4. Maybe . . . the happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. 5. Maybe . . . the brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; after all, you can't go on successfully in life until you let go of your past mistakes, failures and heartaches. 6.. Maybe . . . you should dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go, be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you dream of, and want to do. 7. Maybe . . . there are moments in life when you miss someone -- a parent, a spouse, a friend, a child -- so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real, so that once they are around you appreciate them more. 8. Maybe . . . the best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had. 9. Maybe . . . you should always try to put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that something could hurt you, it probably will hurt the other person, too. 10. Maybe . . . you should do something nice for someone every single day, even if it is simply to leave them alone. 11. Maybe . . . giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they will love you back. Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart; but, if it doesn't, be content that it grew in yours. 12. Maybe . . . happiness waits for all those who cry, all those who hurt, all those who have searched, and all those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of all the people who have touched their lives. 13. Maybe . . . you shouldn't go for looks; they can deceive; don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile. 14. Maybe . . . you should hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy . 15. Maybe . . . you should try to live your life to the fullest because when you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling but when you die, you can be the one who is smiling and everyone around you crying. Maybe . . . you could send this message to those people who mean something to you, to those who have touched your life, to those who can and do make you smile when you really need it, to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down, and to all those whom you want to know that you appreciate them and their friendship. And if you don't, don't worry; nothing bad will happen to you. You will just miss out on the opportunity to perhaps brighten someone's day. Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: BlatherComments[...]

We Need Older Soldiers!


From my buddy T-Poe:

New Direction for any war: Send Service Vets over 60!

I am nearly 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military. They've got the whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.

For starters: Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry' We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10 a.m. Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, 'I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical s-of-a-b....

If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone out run a bullet.

An18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.

These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way.

Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.

***How about recruiting Women over 50 ... with PMS !!! You think Men have attitudes !!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my God!!!

If nothing else, put us on border patrol....we will have it secured the first night!

Share this with your senior friends. It's purposely in big type so they can read it.


Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Humor

How to Make Your Mom's Day


Written by our friend Laura:

How to Make Mom’s Day

Spend some time with her, just the two of you
Tell her something about your day
Share something you’ve been thinking about
Offer to help with something around the house or yard
Ask about her day and listen as she shares
Share a meal, a movie, a game, a walk, something
Tell her about your friends: who are they, and what do you like about them
Tell her about something that makes you happy or sad
Share photos
Share about something you are planning, hoping or dreaming about
Talk about your work
Share artwork, poetry, music, whatever you enjoy, especially if it’s yours
Plan something to do together
Tell her something you enjoy about her, or about a happy memory you share

An easy fill-in-the blanks version for the time-challenged

Hi Mom,

Today I ___ .

Lately I’ve been thinking ____.

The friend I most recently spent time with is ____. What I like about _____ is ____.

What we did together was ____.

Something that made me feel happy recently was _____.

Something that made me feel sad recently was ___.

I have been hoping or planning ______.

Mostly I have been working on _____. I feel ____ about this.

Here is something I enjoy (link)

Here are some recent photos of me with ____ at _____ doing _____.

I will be seeing you _____. I enjoy doing _____ with you, and hope we can _____ together. I would like to help you with ______. I remember when ______.




Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Chatter

New Restaurant Opening!



A new restaurant is opening tonight at 916 NW Wall St in downtown Bend, where Bistro Corlise used to be (next to where Merenda was, soon to be 900 Wall). Joolz is opening tonight with a menu they describe as "a fusion of Lebanese and Southwestern cuisine".

We had the luck of sampling their menu the other night, and the food was outstanding. Connie and I even tried dishes we didn't expect to like, and were surprised to find them tasting great. My favorite, though, is the chicken kebab.

In addition to the food, the service was excellent, the hostess was warm and charming, and the decor was amazing. I spent half the night just admiring all the exotic touches, like the beautiful lamps and the collection of hookahs.

We'll be eating there often. (image)

916 NW Wall St.
Bend, OR
Open 5pm to close

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Reviews

Wilson's Warbler


(image) We've had these flitty little birds in the yard for over a week now. They're hard to photograph because they don't like to stay in one place or hold very still. This was taken at over 10x zoom. They're so bright and colorful!

Wilson's Warbler

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: chatter

New Music Blog


The Bulletin has a new music blog, visible to everyone, with RSS feed and Twitter even! No paywall. kewl! (image)


Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: News

RIP Guiding Light


Guiding Light is Going Dark

And therein lies a tale. Around the turn of the century (about eight years ago), I was one of the co-founders of an Internet startup working on a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game. Our big hope was centered on our ability to generate storylines on the fly for players and non-player-characters, and on the advanced AI of the automated characters. We were making good progress, and had demos working.

We had an agreement with Guiding Light, the soap opera, to create an online virtual world where fans of the show could create a character and "live" in the world of Guiding Light.

On the eleventh day of September, that all changed. The news of September 11 pre-empted Guiding Light for a week or so. They lost a lot of money, and cancelled our agreement. Between that and the dotcom crash, we were unable to raise more funds, and our company was no more.

It used to be, when I lost a job, that I'd take a break and then find another job, or it would find me. It was never a problem. But with the market flooded by out-of-work programmers, and more and more programming jobs going overseas, it took me over a year to find another job.

My life was momentarily derailed by the odd confluence of a struggling soap opera, high-tech outsourcing and a douchebag scheming in an Afghan cave. But our current situation is wonderful, we love our friends and family and busy lives, and who knows where we'd be if that hadn't happened?

I'm sad to see Guiding Light going dark. We almost had a nice thing going. But I've never watched it.

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Chatter

Whole Foods April Fools


Whole Foods Market Nice. (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Links

El Pollo Gordo


New restaurant across from the Wagner mall. Like El Pollo Loco. yum (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Reviews

Coulda Been Me


A man on his bike was hit by a car at 1 am yesterday in southeast Bend. They say the cyclist was wearing dark clothing, and did not have a front flashing light on his bike. Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver.

It wasn't me.

But it could have been. Could have been you. Countless times since moving to Central Oregon I've seen bicyclists and pedestrians in dark clothing at night with no lights, traveling where there are no streetlights. I've complained about this before.

Some bicyclists are proposing that they be allowed to run stop signs. I propose that law enforcement should give a ticket to any bicyclist traveling at night without lights and reflectors.

I'd propose the same thing for pedestrians, but I'm guilty myself of walking at night in dark clothes without reflectors. But at least I'm sober and I stay on the sidewalk.

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Opinion

Cool Flash Game


Check out Music Catch 2 (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Links

Don't Do It!


From the eMusings mailbag (thanks, Connie!):


1. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of shit.

2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.

3. How about never? Is never good for you?

4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.

6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.

7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.

9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a damn word you're saying.

10. Ahhh... I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again...

11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.

12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.

13. I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don't give a damn.

14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.

18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!

20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.

21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.

22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.

23. And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be...?

24. Do I look like a people person?

25. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.

26. I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.

27. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.

28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?

29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

31. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.

32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.

33. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #1?

34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?

36. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done.

37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?

38. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.

39. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?

40. Oh I get it... like humor... but different.


Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Humor




If you supply a local zipcode to, the local news is now supplied by the Bend Bulletin. Previously it came from a TV station in Springfield, if I recall correctly. It's nice having more local news, it's just annoying seeing BEND BULLETIN at the start of every headline. Seems like a personality disorder, something done by a guy who has to get a bright red corvette and put blinky lights all around it. (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: News

Google Nonsense


Despite my earlier euphoria over getting my contacts to sync from Thunderbird to Gmail, and thence to Blackberry, I discovered that not all the info would sync. Minor things, like the CITY! and the STATE! wouldn't sync when trying to import csv files into Gmail. oy

Googling this issue revealed that many poor souls suffered the same lot as I, but I didn't find any good solutions. There were many suggestions for editing the top line of the exported csv file from Thunderbird, but while this could convert the display name to the name, it didn't address (hah hah) the city and state issue.

I tried editing the top line manually several times, each time deleting all my gmail contacts and re-importing, but nothing worked. Gmail had some secret sequence it was looking for, but was mum on the details.

As a last resort, I tried something else. I imported all my contacts from Thunderbird into Windows Address Book, carefully mapping the fields, and that worked. Then I exported a csv from WAB and imported that into Gmail. It worked! huzzah

The sequence that WAB exported was this:
First Name,Last Name,Name,E-mail Address,Home Street,Home City,Home Postal Code,Home State,Home Country/Region,Home Phone,Business Street,Business City,Business Postal Code,Business State,Business Country/Region,Business Phone,Company,Job Title

That seems to be a field mapping that Gmail can digest. What a pain. But at least I addressed this issue of great import. (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Chatter

On the Go-Go!


On the Go-Go! is live. (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Links

Put Not Your Faith In Google


I love Google. Google is like magic. But I don't trust it.

I'm a big proponent of self-sufficiency. I don't trust online services. Now don't get me wrong, I use online services all the time. But I don't rely on them exclusively. I use Gmail for email, but I maintain my own domain name and email address that forwards to Gmail. That way, if something happened to Gmail or they annoyed me excessively, I could take my email elsewhere. I've had many, many email providers over the years, but I still have the same email address. I keep all my email on my own computer, instead of relying on the Google copies. If the Internet went down, I'd still have my email and contacts.

I hate media with DRM. All my music is in MP3 format. I've seen too many times that people with DRM-locked assets lose them when the DRM owner discontinued their servers.

I use Google calendar. But I sync it with Sunbird. That's a new trick I learned today. I use a Sunbird extension called Provider for Google Calendar to synchronize Sunbird with Google calendar. Then I use Google Sync to sync between Google calendar and my Blackberry. Now all my computers, and my phone, and my web calendar are on the same page (or date, if you will).

I use a Thunderbird extension called Google Contacts to sync my contacts between Gmail and Thunderbird, and the same Google Sync mentioned above to sync contacts with my Blackberry.

I use web services, "the cloud", but I have everything replicated and synchronized locally so I have copies if I'm off the net. I use the net to keep everything in sync.

So... are you asleep yet? (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Links

Local Tidbits


On the Go-Go! is a new Bend online magazine launching Monday. Looks like something to keep an eye on.

As of next week Taj Palace will have been open for six years in Bend. Look for some sort of celebration next Friday and Saturday (13th and 14th).

I noticed a liquor license notice on the Speedshop Deli downtown, so it seems they plan to reincarnate in some fashion or other.

Update: I'm told it will be a few more days before the new On the Go-Go! goes live.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with these establishments. I just call 'em as I see 'em. (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: News

Newspaper Logic


The local newspaper, The Bulletin, has an editorial today on a proposed life vest law that would require boaters to wear a life vest in more circumstances. Their rationale for backing that law confuses me. It seems illogical or even hypocritical. I'd link to the article, but it's behind their paywall. The free press isn't free.

They say, "In general, we believe that people should be free to make their own choices in life, healthy or otherwise, as long as they don't hurt anyone else in the process." Okay, so far. Laudable, in fact. I totally agree with that statement.

They continue by saying, "That's why we're typically suspicious of nanny-government policies that target smokers, chain restaurants and large retailers." WTF? Or rather, Huh?

Is The Bulletin really trying to claim that smokers don't harm anyone but themselves? That second-hand smoke is healthy? They oppose laws protecting people in bars from second-hand smoke but are in favor of a law protecting people from vest-less idiots? Maybe they're worried about running into submerged bodies when they fall off their boat.

I agree with The Bulletin that anyone with a lick of sense should wear a life jacket when negotiating rapids, and those who don't risk winning the Darwin Award by proving that stupidity is a "crime" often punishable by death. I'd even support such a law for minors, who can be considered "not in their right minds" until adulthood. But if an adult wants to be an idiot, should we stop them? It seems a slippery slope (or rapid) from there to a law mandating holes in buckets so you can't drown in a bucket of water.

I wish we knew more about the authors of this editorial. I've heard that The Bulletin hires mostly young kids out of school to save on salaries. I'm not saying that young reporters can't write well, but experienced reporters are more apt to ask good questions, to understand the ramifications of an event, and to connect the dots to past events that kids may be unaware of. Our buddy Duncan recently noted this lack of dot-connection in a post on home sales.

The Bulletin is all for transparency in government so they can sell more newspapers, but there's not a lot of transparency in their hiring so we can judge the acuity of their writers. It does no good for them to quote a statistic if they don't put it in context and give it relevance.

I must have missed the class on newspaper logic. (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Opinion

Woman Killed by Poodles?


I saw on TV the other night a news item about a woman almost killed by three pit bulls while trying to save her dog from them. Her dog died from the attack. I haven't seen this in the local paper or other media.

This isn't the first time those dogs have attacked. The owners had five or more pit bulls. This brings so many questions to mind.

Why do these people have so many pit bulls? Why do they have pit bulls at all? Why didn't they do more to keep these aggressive dogs from getting loose? Why hasn't the sheriff's department done something about this? Our neighbor has been attacked more than once by loose dogs, and yet nobody takes responsibility to make sure our streets are safe from loose and wild dogs. Isn't keeping our streets safe more important than more trivial tasks like issuing parking tickets? Why don't our county sheriff or animal control departments do more to control loose dogs and sanction the owners of dogs who attack others?

I like dogs. Connie likes dogs. We just take issue with people who raise dangerous dogs in family neighborhoods, who don't control their dogs and keep them from getting loose. Not all pit bulls are aggressive, but once one displays this behavior, you can't say he's harmless. Pit bulls have killed people. When's the last time you heard of a woman killed by a poodle?


Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Opinion

Fear of Senility


I've had family members suffer from dementia. It's scary when someone you love no longer recognizes you. It makes you worry about it happening to you. Whenever I forget something, it makes me worry that my mind is starting to go. Then I remember that forgetting things is normal. I've always forgotten things now and then.

The other night we went to the wedding of our friends Tony and Tina. We sat at a table with four people already there: Jane, Carol, Amanda and Clare. I remembered their names instantly from one introduction, and didn't even do my trick of shaking their hand, looking them in the face and saying their name out loud to memorize it.

Then two more people sat down. I thought, "Oh no! Two more names to remember." But I added Denny and Paula to my list of table mates. And I memorized the names of most of the family of Tony and Tina. I guess maybe my mind isn't going. Yet. (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Chatter

Fear of Tattoos


Tattoos don't scare me. In fact, they rather fascinate me. Part of the fascination is what a tattoo reveals about the owner. But I've never gotten a tattoo myself.

Part of it is the pain. I'm pretty good at handling pain. I had four wisdom teeth taken out at once with just a local. But I try not to subject myself to pain unnecessarily.

The biggest factor that keeps me from getting a tattoo is having to decide on what to have permanently inked into my skin. I try to be kind to my future selves by not doing anything that they might disapprove of. I guess you could say it's commitment phobia. Hey, I'm male.

I do occasionally draw a design on myself with henna. A week or two and it's gone. Nobody needs to know. Do you have a tattoo? What and where? Would you be more apt to get one if it could be removed easily? What would you get? (And where?)

There's a tattoo ink that can be erased easily with a single laser treatment. But I'd still have trouble deciding what tattoo to get, and trusting the artist. (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: News

Strange Karma


Debbie called us tonight with an odd story. She and her boyfriend were walking down the street in their new home of Honolulu when a little old white man approached them. He asked Debbie if she wanted one hundred dollars. She looks at her boyfriend (the black belt) as if to ask, "Is this guy a creep or what?"

The old man says he has one hundred dollars for each of them, and they wouldn't have to do anything for it. But...

The man says if they take the money now, it will be bad karma and they will lose out on a thousand dollars in the future. Do they still want it?

What would you do?

Debbie figures he's either demented, or a rich old guy giving his money away, or something. When I heard it, I thought maybe it was a sociology professor doing a study.

Debbie and her boyfriend both took the money. I've always told Debbie there's "no such thing as a free lunch", so when she told me about it she was worried I'd be mad. I wasn't. I was just thinking, "Why does this never happen to me?"

I'm not making this up, folks. (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Chatter

Easter Egg


If you have Google Chrome, enter this in the address bar: about:internets to see an amusing rendition of the Internet.

via 10 Really Cool Google Chrome Hacks (image)

Posted by Dave    Blog Tag: Links