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Last Build Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2004 11:40:36 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2004 mcgyver5

Sun, 27 Jun 2004 11:40:36 GMT

Update: Due to software problems, my weblog is now here:

Mon, 14 Jun 2004 04:16:53 GMT

question: when I write an inernet enabled java program for my PC, my firewall (zone alarm) asks me if it is OK for javaw.exe to access the internet. How do I tell my firewall that I want that particular java program to access the internet but perhaps not other programs running under the java virtual machine?

Mon, 14 Jun 2004 04:16:52 GMT

Here I am in Ottumwa, Iowa. I made an important discovery while driving last night. If you are falling asleep at the wheel, start talking to your wife about your relationship and you will wake the hell up. The wilder the accusations flung, the wider awake you will become. TIM: (eyes rolling to the back of his head, swerving out of his lane) "unnnhhh...You spend too much money." KATE: You mean like buying books at the book store that I could get out of the library? Oh wait, that's you. TIM: Ahhhh....the burning... I am so awake!

Fri, 11 Jun 2004 22:31:32 GMT

I rode the bus this morning and for some reason remembered this time in 3rd grade where the teacher, Mrs Kawecki, handed out a packet of mimeographed pages, about 20 pages long, that contained detailed instructions for a bunch of crazy exercises. The teacher said it was very important to follow the directions for this packet and that the first direction was to read the exercises first, the whole way through. Of course, every kid began to do the exercises right away. I was too lazy to start right away, so I started browsing through the packet, curious to see if the exercises on page 20 were as bizarre as the ones on page 1. When I got to the end of the packet, there was a page with the instructions: "Do not do any of the exercises. hand the blank pages back to your teacher" I did that and sat there while the rest of the class enthusiastically completed the exercises like draw 20 ears of corn on one page and draw a large circle with 45 smaller circles inside it, write the alphabet with one a, two Bs, three Cs, etc. When they got done, I was singled out as the only person who followed the directions. I felt some pride at this even though it was purely by accident that I read to the end of the packet. I can't think of an exercise that could be better at teaching the class that our work was meaningless, that our ability to draw nice looking ears of corn was meaningless in comparison to our ability to follow directions automatically and completely.

Fri, 11 Jun 2004 02:01:59 GMT "Mexico's estimated 375,000 freight trucks have been in service for an average of 15 to 20 years, compared with 5 years for most U.S. trucks. Industry leaders say it would take annual investments of $1 billion over the next 10 years to get Mexico's fleet into an age bracket similar to that of U.S. trucks." "It scares you (when the brakes goes out), but in Mexico you constantly face scary situations going down the road. Driving in Mexico is much more dangerous, so we could definitely handle driving in the United States." :-O

Fri, 11 Jun 2004 02:01:58 GMT

The Supreme Court removed the last legal roadblock to Mexican trucks rolling across U.S. roadways, siding with the Bush administration Monday in a long-running dispute with labor union officials, environmentalists and consumer advocates.

Fri, 04 Jun 2004 17:08:22 GMT

homeschooling cartoon:

Thu, 03 Jun 2004 21:48:45 GMT

Exotic plants:

Sat, 29 May 2004 17:34:02 GMT

The sun came out today in full glory. Maggie and I set out for the kids beach, but somehow got lost in the two blocks to the kids beach and ended up walking two miles to a full fledged adult beach. Oh the sea shells. we collected buckets of them. Maggie has only experienced sea shells as untouchable tchotchkes. Today she saw driveways paved with the things, seagulls dropping them on rocks, and mounds of intact ones of all shapes and sizes littering the beach. and enourmous severed crab legs and crab bodies.

Slept like dog crap last night. Stupid bullshit insomnia. I was awake from 2:30 to 6:00 while the worries of the world were paraded before me. Also, there is a dwarf in the heat duct running some kind of after hours metal shop, grinding away all night. I got up and read the New Yorker from cover to cover. Inspiring article on Barack Obama.  The following made me laugh from the article:

"Jan Schakowsky told me about a recent visit she had made to the White House with a congressional delegation. On her way out, she said, President Bush noticed her "obama" button. "He jumped back, almost literally" she said. "And I knew what he was thinking. So I reassured him it was Obama, with a "b" And I explained who he was. The President said, "Well, I don't know him." So I just said, "You will."

Last night was great. We had dinner at Lowell and Betsy's house (notice the first name basis!), who are Amanda's parents. They are great hosts. I felt so comfortable there, I could have frisbeed the steak across the lawn to the dog and still felt accepted. They have a yard with sandy trails leading off in all directions through scrubby terrain. And the fog rolled in, so the kids, the dog, and some adults went out to get "lost" in the fog. great fun. Maggie tried steak for the first time and decided she liked it. Reminded me of a baby eagle getting nursed back to health at the Raptor center, choking down hunks of meat. I do wish that Kate, Frank and Maureen were here.

Fri, 28 May 2004 17:39:20 GMT

Ho. Here I am at the Nantucket Public Library. I had a vague memory of a book about Nantucket from when I was very very little. It featured a walrus living in a lighthouse and a man with a very salty beard. I searched and searched on the internet to remember the title, but I couldn't find it. Just now, I browsed the Nantucket shelf of the children's section and recognized the book by its binding: John Tabor's Ride by Blair Lent Out of print since 1980 what a warm feeling to find this book.

Fri, 28 May 2004 16:17:01 GMT

Here I am on Nantucket. I am in a cabin at a place called Point Breeze. Today, instead of a breeze we have driving rain. We also have a box of phonics cards and some hot chocolate. Yesterday was gorgeous, though. We ran into my Aunt Claire on the ferry and Claire initiated a reeling dance on the ferry deck which Maggie continued long after the adults made themselves sick. We had a lobster dinner last night at the Lobster Trap. They have their own beer out here called Whale Tail Pale Ale. This ale tasted about the same as the Steel Rail Pale Ale we had in Springfield the other night. 4 lobsters delivered to the table all at once kind of blew Maggie's mind. I made mine wave its claws around and talk to her to try to make her comfortable. And to top off the night we watched South Park, which Maggie found hilarious. The South Park episode featured some homeschool kids..... I slept like crap last night. There is no reason for it. I carefully avoided any caffiene after 9:00 am. Is it possible that a lack of caffeine kept me awake? My new theory is that my body produces lots of caffeine antidote every day and if I don't overdose on coffee on a given day, the antidote keeps me awake. Could also be the beer keeping me awake. Other complaints? My camera won't take a charge any more for some reason. Either the battery is messed up or the charger is messed up. Besides that, Nantucket is really cool. Old weathered cape cod shingled buildings all built close together and you can walk everywhere. A kid's beach is right around the corner and we are going to go make the greatest sand castle evah as soon as the rain lets up. Great to see Mike in all his robustness, ready to get married. Great to see Amanda.

Thu, 27 May 2004 01:58:27 GMT

Here I am in East Longmeadow, Mass, at my dad's house. Not much to report. I chopped wood for a while, but my back wasn't sure how it felt about that, so I quit and helped Maggie with phonics. I watched two northern mocking birds dive bombing the family cat for a while. These aggressive birds do not rest while a predator is nearby. If the cat looks out the window, the birds are there frontin' on the other side. If the cat crawls under a car in terror, the birds post themselves at opposite ends of the car and scold. If the cat is in the open, they swoop down and peck his tail. I have to wonder if they are wasting all their time and energy on this cat and failing to do their other work just because of a flashing "CAT" signal in their brains. ...and just now came back from 14 oz of steaky goodness at the Springfield Country Club.