Archive for January, 2007

We have a whiteboard near our cubicles that we keep important issues and current projects as well as who'd handling them. Under Critical Issues someone wrote Global warming = Al Gore
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/31/2007 2:26:07 PM | Feedback (1)
In this case, it's Kevin Federline, but we'll cut him some slack. This Nationwide "Life comes at you fast" commercial is, like their other ones, hysterical. The fact it contains the former Mr. Britney Spears is even better.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/30/2007 12:54:36 PM | Feedback (3)
Or, more precisely, my clutch coming through my wallet. Just spent $1200 repairing the entire clutch system in my car. Master & Slave cylinders, linkage, tubes, etc. Have to admit, I never knew what I was missing. The clutch is smooth as butter and takes 0 effort to depress. The shifting is a lot smoother too. However for $1200, someone else should be doing the driving for me. Oh, well. At least it's been paid off for years.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/29/2007 5:21:16 PM | Feedback (0)
Found my first gray hair on my head. I never counted the ones on my chin or in my nose. At least it's all still there with no signs of thinning. I guess another 2 or three years and I'll be sportin' a Mister Fantastic.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/29/2007 5:19:11 PM | Feedback (0)
At least for me Hat Tip to my Brother-In-Law Tracy who I don't think has a blog yet but should.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/29/2007 11:54:23 AM | Feedback (2)
Why is it that you always see stories like this? The Mecklenburg County District Attorney will now decide if a McDonald's employee will face charges for shooting and killing a robbery suspect. The employee did shoot, but the robber is only suspected. Why don't they write "A McDonald's employee is suspected of shooting and killing a robbery suspect"? Why is someone walking into a store, pulling a gun and demanding money considered a suspect yet the person who shoots the criminal is practically...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2007 10:54:09 PM | Feedback (2)
Really? Here's several hundred stories that say differently. Yes, I'm turning this blog into a Gun blog. Because there are a lot of hoplophobes out there that need to be slapped around with as much hard logic as possible. Not that it will help as most anti-gun people are emotional about guns and no amount of logic can defeat illogic.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2007 10:49:47 PM | Feedback (3)
To be civilized is to restrain the ability to commit mayhem.To be incapable of committing mayhem is not the mark of the civilized,merely the domesticated. – Trefor Thomas From my new found friend Kevin over at The Smallest Minority This is something that I think is wrong with our society as a whole. Pacifism is a self-defeating premise. There will always be someone willing to take advantage of the weak. I'm not saying violence solves all problems and I'm definitely of the mindset that it...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/26/2007 1:51:21 PM | Feedback (0)
I meant to blog about this earlier, but I seem to be out of motivation. So here it is, finally. I moved the Abbey Normal Chimay Red Clone into secondary over the weekend. Now, during brewing I totally failed to take an original gravity reading so based on my ingredients and calculations, it should have been around 1.068 which is considered a high gravity brew. During the move to secondary, I took a hydrometer reading and the final gravity was 1.009. This indicated about a 86.76% apparent...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/24/2007 9:16:20 PM | Feedback (1)
So the other day at work, a group from HR was walking around selling donuts to raise money to combat diabetes. Isn't that like selling hypodermic needles to fight drug use?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/23/2007 4:19:57 PM | Feedback (2)
But the pair of undies I'm sportin' right now seem to have a 'flap retention' problem and I've been "threading the needle" all day, so to speak. Hope that image doesn't get stuck in your head.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/23/2007 3:14:25 PM | Feedback (8)
I'm not a big Ayn Rand fan, but this quote is worth tattooing on my forehead The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/22/2007 3:05:06 PM | Feedback (5)
Damn cat somehow snuck out again. We're trying to find a hole in something somewhere that she might be using to get out because we were overly cautious today to make sure she wasn't able to sneak out the garage door. She's no longer in the house. Hasn't been for hours. I'm hoping she shows up again in the morning. I'm not sure what to do as this rollercoaster ride of emotion is wearing thin. Crate her until I want to pet her, I dunno... -- UPDATE -- Was just about to go to bed (after spending...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2007 7:35:17 PM | Feedback (1)
We found her! She had apparently snuck into the garage and must have been startled by the cars and the garage door sounds and hid. This morning we heard loud mewing and when we opened the door she came running in. So, everything is fine! --ORIGINAL POST-- Sloane appears to have run away. She must have slipped out an open door at some point and nobody noticed. I have little hope that she'll find her way back as she's never been outside. She's chipped so if someone picks her up and takes her to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/20/2007 6:55:52 PM | Feedback (3)
I hear it all the time. "If you have guns in your house you're only adding to the guns in the streets since your weapon could be stolen". This is a major argument for removing the right to bear arms in the U.S. I guess the hoplophobes are going to start requesting the FBI disarm themselves for the same reason. Seven weapons, including two submachine guns, were stolen last weekend from an FBI agent's vehicle in Southwest Washington, the agency said yesterday. Also taken were ammunition, a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2007 12:31:40 PM | Feedback (2)
Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, Detroit & Chicago cops need guns. Washington DC's low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis' high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control are "just statistics." The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994 are responsible...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2007 12:05:18 PM | Feedback (2)
That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me! You know what that is? It's a porcelain gun made in Germany. It doesn't show up on your airport X-ray machines, and it cost more than you make here in a month.  - Bruce Willis, in Die Hard 2 (1990) Now, Hollywood isn't renowned for it's portrayal of reality, but I cannot believe how many people still believe there is such a thing as a 'plastic pistol, undetectable by x-ray machines'. Most of the time when people talk about "plastic" guns, they are referring to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/18/2007 3:46:37 PM | Feedback (0)
I was once taken out of my car and handcuffed at gunpoint by what at the time appeared to be every cop in the state of North Carolina under suspicion of recently having committed armed robbery. Wrong guy, of course, but a very, very interesting hour of my life. I had went to visit my girlfriend at the time at her college. Her roommate was supposed to have left for the weekend but ended up leaving a day later, so I had to find a place to sleep on my own. I was broke and just decided to park in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/16/2007 3:59:20 PM | Feedback (1)
No more Mexican carry for me! Got the C-T.A.C. in on Friday and it's a hit! Very comfortable. I'm attempting to wear it at 3:30 - 4:00 ish position if I'm going to sit anywhere, but I might try a more 'upfront' position to include crossdraw to see if it works. Not all of my clothing support it as they're getting tight as it is. When I got it, I put it on, tucked in my shirt, and had my wife try to see if she could tell where it was. She couldn't see it and she knew it was there. The funny...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/15/2007 9:42:14 PM | Feedback (2)
Saturday's brewing session went pretty good. One thing I have to now take into consideration is that just because I have a 15 gallon keg to boil in doesn't mean I have to boil the ever loving heck out of the wort. I ended up boiling off way too much and had to add water in at the end. Forgot to take a gravity reading too. Oh well. Even though I didn't think I'd have time, I went ahead and made a yeast starter. Turned out to be a good move as the yeast was extremely active and I had activity in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/15/2007 10:04:28 AM | Feedback (5)
Looking up some information on Open Carry movements in Florida and I see this This is the honest truth. Some years ago, perhaps around 1997, I was stopped in North Central Indiana by a State Trooper for speeding (67 in a 55 FWIW). The first question he asked upon arriving at my window was this: "Do you have any knives, guns or hand grenades in the vehicle?" My problem would be my smart ass would say something like "define {quotation fingers}hand {quotation fingers} grenades".
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/11/2007 2:56:10 PM | Feedback (0)
You know, I've got the equipment and the CO2 to carbonate any liquid I want. I'm going to try Milk. Because I can.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/11/2007 2:16:21 PM | Feedback (2)
Well, I've not brewed in a while so this weekend I get to fill up one of my kegs. I'm going to do a clone of Chimay Red, which is one of the finest beers out there. I figure if I can even get 1/100th of the taste it would be fine. Here's my recipe Abbey Normal (Chimay Red Clone) 18-B Belgian Dubbel Size: 5.0 galEfficiency: 75.0%Attenuation: 75.0%Calories: 226.61 per 12.0 fl oz Original Gravity: 1.068 (1.062 - 1.075)Terminal Gravity: 1.017 (1.010 - 1.018)Color: 25.2 (10.0 - 14.0)Alcohol: 6.7%...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/11/2007 12:07:10 PM | Feedback (4)
Woke up this morning thinking today was Wednesday. All day yesterday I thought it was Tuesday. I know time supposedly flies by as you get older, but you start skipping days?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/11/2007 10:01:28 AM | Feedback (2)
James Brown is dead? I gotta start reading the news again...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/9/2007 9:08:26 PM | Feedback (0)
When the comedian can't contain himself, you know it's funny. Give it a minute or so (once the comedian starts 'interviewing' the guy in yellow) and if you're like me, you'll laugh until it hurts. Or until you wake up your kids. Hat Tip Speed of Thought
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/9/2007 8:49:51 PM | Feedback (1)
Just upgraded to Subtext 1.9.3.51. Like every other upgrade, my half-assed implementation of a skin broke when I applied the changes. That'll learn me. So, in the meantime enjoy the new look. Maybe I'll get pissed off enough to finally standardize Paperweight, add it to the skin site, then create a whole new one for myself.   Yeeeahh... That's gonna happen reeeeal soon...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/9/2007 7:35:33 PM | Feedback (2)
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2007 2:11:29 PM | Feedback (2)
Just checked my referrals. Got someone from Google searching for "Is beheading painful?". I'm going to venture a guess and say "Oh, it hurts like hell".
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2007 1:22:35 PM | Feedback (1)
Just purchased a C-T.A.C. holster from Comp-Tac. I've seen one in action and it looks nice plus it has a lot of adjustability which, being new in CCW, could make the difference between buying one holster versus a dozen trying to find the right fit. Even though the Glock 29 is considered a sub-compact, it's a bit wider than many other handguns. The C-T.A.C. doesn't add hardly any thickness (in the mm range) so I've heard it made it much more comfortable. I will be in a transition period for a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2007 1:07:06 PM | Feedback (2)
Got my new tire cover for my Wrangler. It came with installation instructions. In 4 languages.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2007 9:35:39 AM | Feedback (1)
Me? Had breakfast with the gang. Daddy & Donald And who are you? Goofy is the one with the white hat Breakfast of champions. Eggs, sausage, M&Ms Boop!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2007 8:55:15 PM | Feedback (0)
My wife is always trying to send pictures of the kids in email. The problem is that most of the pictures are 6 megapixels and too large for a simple copy and paste. So I wrote this quick application that will help her quickly put images into emails at the right size. It's called Quick Resize and here's how it works. You right click on any JPG image and choose "Resize to Clipboard" The image is then resized to a maximum of 640 x 480 (or 480 X 640 if it's portrait) and placed into the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/6/2007 5:16:47 PM | Feedback (5)
So, the wife wanted to go to Na'wlins to watch Notre Dame play LSU at the Sugar Bowl. So I took the rest of the week off (only worked on Tuesday) to stay home with the girls. Georgia went to school today, but she has a bad cough and is feeling miserable. Irelyn is teething like mad and is grumpy. And I'm happy as a clam. I love my girls. Love them with every fiber of my being. And I'm sometimes jealous that Kari gets to stay home with them all day. It's hard work - I can't get {insert mundane...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/3/2007 3:46:59 PM | Feedback (1)
Bacon-Band-Aids Now, if they were only scented.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/3/2007 11:17:26 AM | Feedback (0)
Yes I was watching the news today and there was an artist's drawing of a rapist you were searching for. Yeah, well I think I found the guy.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/1/2007 2:37:28 PM | Feedback (0)
But here I am lighting a big firework last night. (I really just wanted to try uploading to YouTube.) Happy New Year to all!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/1/2007 11:33:58 AM | Feedback (1)
Went to Knights Shooting Sports on Saturday to put a few rounds through the new Glock. The very first shot took out the X (@ 20'). The remaining 9 stayed within either the bullseye or the inner most ring. So, I'm confident I can handle the recoil of the 10 with no problem. The funny part is that since I've been practicing dry firing, there was 0 flinching for that first pull. I can't say as much about the next few ;) One thing that is really cool about the Glock 29 is that the rounds are...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/1/2007 9:50:06 AM | Feedback (0)