Archive for May, 2005

However in today’s kinder and gentler environment, you only get a few years in prison. Prosecutors say the two men swore a formal oath of loyalty to al-Qaida as they conspired to use their skills in martial arts and medicine to aid international terrorism. The men were arrested Friday following a sting operation that the government said started in 2003. If convicted, each could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Wow. The mind boggles. 15...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/31/2005 2:46:00 PM | Feedback (1)
I’m trying to work on some new skins for Subtext. I’d like to stick with 100% CSS driven styles so that changing the flavor is simple instead of the nightmare it is now with .Text. However, I’m having a slight problem with certain containers actually containing other elements. Basically the issue is this. I have an outside <div> called container. Inside are two other <div>s called menu and content. The outer container has a background that should repeat under both...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/31/2005 12:16:00 PM | Feedback (5)
And I’m enjoying some rather deliciously marinated death right now for lunch.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/31/2005 11:58:00 AM | Feedback (2)
Hair is an interesting property of mine. My head is thick and full and in my 30’s there’s not a single grey one up there. My father is the same way. He’s in his late 50’s and very few grey hairs in his scalp. Since I didn’t get male pattern baldness from my mother, I feel confident my hair isn’t going anywhere and will probably stay primarily dark brown throughout my life. Now you would think a Hispanic guy with massive amounts of hair on his head would...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/31/2005 11:53:00 AM | Feedback (2)
Three thousand two hundred and thirty songs. That’s what I’ve got on my iAudio, waiting for me to listen to. Granted, probably 2000 of them aren’t songs I like that much (I rip every song off the CD, not just the ones I like), but still. If you average 3:00 a song, that’s like 8 days worth of music. Plus, I have Magical Trevor in MP3. I could listen to that a million times alone.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/31/2005 8:04:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Dear George, Saw Revenge of the Sith this weekend. I enjoyed most of it, even through the wooden acting. However, I was rather impressed with the reaction from the crowd when any politics came up. People giggled. No shit. They laughed. Especially at the ‘You’re either with me or my enemy’ part. And when we walked out, the overall tone of the conversations were ‘Not bad, but geez, what’s up with all the stupid political statements?’. Why didn’t you...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/30/2005 3:11:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I always used to joke around about once guns were demonized enough for being responsible for crime, steak knives were next on the left’s hit list. Looks like the joke’s on me. If you don’t think this will rear its ugly head here in America, just wait. And when they outlaw cutlery, only outlaws will be able to cut thick steaks. Also Rolling With It™Daily Pundit
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/27/2005 11:48:00 AM | Feedback (1)
I’ve never quite understood the cult of the iPod. I mean, I’ve wanted one for ages, simply because 20 gigs is adequate space for the music collection I have (I rip all my CDs for portability). Other than that, the price tag just didn’t appeal to me. And I don’t like the idea of having to use iTunes either. Enter iAudio. More precisely, my new iAudio M3L I’ve heard this one called the iPod killer. It’s smaller, cheaper, same storage, long as...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/27/2005 11:34:00 AM | Feedback (9)
I will never, ever, ever be able to go to a museum again after reading this. The temptation will be too great.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/26/2005 4:01:00 PM | Feedback (1)
The Mrs. went to dinner with a friend last night so I had Georgia for the evening. She was playing around but bumped herself in the lip. This started a small tantrum for her so I left her to throw it on her own. I went into the office to check my email and let her cool off. A few minutes later, she came in and stood by my side. I asked if she was going to be nice and she huffed ‘No’ and started to sulk, so I continued to ignore her. She walked away. After a few more minutes, I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/26/2005 8:11:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Thank you for being a great alternative to Outlook Express. Let me also thank you for checking my spelling every time I send a message. I’m not the best speller and it helps. Now can I ask a favor? When you’re done checking, is it so f#!%&* important that you let me know your done???? Crikey that’s annoying. Not quite as annoying as letting me know I didn’t make a subject line and asking if would I like to make one now, but pretty damn near...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/25/2005 3:13:00 PM | Feedback (4)
I read so much about Saturn and the other planets because I am geeky like that. And, I know for a fact that methane is a colorless and odorless gas.  Dimethyl sulfide is added to methane so you can smell it in case there is a leak. However, I cannot help the fact that when I hear a planet’s atmosphere is ‘primarily methane’ I automatically think that the place must smell like ass.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/25/2005 3:01:00 PM | Feedback (1)
When brewing beer, it is important that yeast have a good supply of oxygen available during their first phase of life. When you boil the wort (unfermented beer), you remove a lot of the oxygen. Homebrewers can add more O2 by vigorously shaking the wort for a few minutes before adding (or ‘pitching’ as it’s called in brew terms) the yeast. While this is usually adequate, it’s quite tiring trying to jiggle 5+ gallons of liquid around. Plus, air mostly nitrogen, so...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/25/2005 11:28:00 AM | Feedback (4)
I await the day when the only war you will find is in history books. I will cherish the moment that Muslims can sit down with Jews and share a laugh over coffee. I relish the time when there are no guns because there is no need for guns, when people realize that it is better to live in peace and harmony and help those who need it. Because, on this day when all weapons are gone, when all need for fear has been wiped off the face of the earth, I shall pick up my ‘shovel of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/24/2005 1:59:00 PM | Feedback (7)
From Instapundit- AL QAEDA SAYS ZARQAWI IS WOUNDED, and asks for prayers. Ok, here’s my prayer Dear Lord, I’ve not asked for much lately. You’ve provided me and my family well. My daughter is beautiful and intelligent, I have a job that allows my wife to stay at home, and our second daughter is on the way and doing great. I’ve recently heard of someone in need of your assistance, namely a Mr. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who was reportedly wounded in battle. Oh Lord,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/24/2005 12:06:00 PM | Feedback (8)
Brewed my first all-grain beer yesterday. Had a fantastic time doing it too, but there seems to have been a big problem. My strike temperature was off a little, and I ended up settling out the mash at 156° instead of 151°. No biggie. I let it sit for 75 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes or so. The thermometer indicated only a 2° drop over the 75 minutes. Afterwards I fly sparged until I had 6 gallons in the brew pot. I realized as soon as I moved the burner into place that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/23/2005 12:17:00 PM | Feedback (4)
I had a wedding to shoot tomorrow. I just found out I will be there by myself. The only camera. I’m reeeeealy nervous. Not about my ability to shoot pictures, I can do that with my eyes closed (picture quality may vary). I’m nervous because I’m not versed in the “Ok, Bride on the left, ok smile. Groom, grab her ass and make her smile” posed pictures. I’m a photojournalist and my style is different. Luckily for me, one of the ladies from the photography...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/20/2005 2:52:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Went to the doctor’s this morning. While I was in the waiting room, there was a group of Hispanics talking about their problems in complete Spenglish. It was fun to listen to because it reminded me of growing up. My Dad’s family would always switch mid sentence between English and Spanish, usually Spanish for the punch lines to dirty jokes. These people definitely looked the stereotypical part of Hispanics. But when they spoke in English, you could barely tell an accent. And...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/20/2005 1:00:00 PM | Feedback (1)
The Mrs. & I would like to extend our lanai. To do so requires laying a slab of concrete as well as taking up a few plants, a rock bed, and moving some sprinkler heads. I do not wish to do this myself. I would gladly pay someone to do it for me. Out of the 12 people we have called and left messages one got back with us and that asshole never even showed up to give us the estimate. Here I am with a gob of cash ready to give away and I can’t find anyone interested enough in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/19/2005 1:36:00 PM | Feedback (3)
Damn if that doesn’t sound familiar….. Then, I turned in receipts from my trip to Atlanta. Turns out I had to send in the actual receipts and not copies. I’m not told this until after the time to turn them in for the next paycheck has passed. The icing on the cake? They won’t take copies but faxes are fine….
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/19/2005 8:14:00 AM | Feedback (1)
First: We have new neighbors. They seem real nice, have two kids close to Georgia’s age and have put a lot of work into remodeling their house (which was a complete shit hole inside when they bought it). My wife met the husband and one of the daughters. I’ve not met them personally, but they’re quick to wave if they see us. I’m not sure they’re completely moved in yet because many nights, nobody is at home. Second: I view my house as my sanctuary. Nobody has...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/17/2005 4:06:00 PM | Feedback (4)
I need a Big Kat candy bar. Update:Some bastard ate the last one. Had to settle for a Pay Day.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/17/2005 3:05:00 PM | Feedback (3)
Darwin might be right. While I have had a hard time understanding how a complex system can spontaneously mutate from a simpler system and not only function without killing the host but also be a base genetic mutation that is passed on, it appears there is conclusive, verifiable proof this is the case. Take the dozen or so pens that I procure every few weeks. While this mass of molecules may appear to be lifeless they can and do spontaneously sprout legs and walk off in search of environments...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/17/2005 12:04:00 PM | Feedback (0)
On the way home I plan on taking a small detour and picking up five pounds of carbon dioxide. Now if I could only figure out what size of washer I need to put around the male portion of a half inch connector, I might be able to brew this weekend.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2005 3:58:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Everyone knows about SCUDs. They’re the people who look like they might be very attractive from a distance but when they get closer, you realize they are of the opposite gender than originally assumed or have a face that would make Medusa grab a pocket mirror and turn herself into stone. Take this one girl I ran into. From behind, you could definitely tell she was ‘goth’, but the frame and caboose suggested a little hottie. I ended up in an elevator with her....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2005 2:23:00 PM | Feedback (7)
Stupid virus writers. My email server as well as my email at work are being swamped with German Spam / Viruses (Sober variant). I don’t get virus writers. I guess they are ‘sticking it to the man’, whoever that man is. Usually hurts the common man / woman, but I guess they don’t care about that. So long as the man gets his…..
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2005 1:46:00 PM | Feedback (2)
There’s a dude at work who, I swear, eats for lunch every day a double-onion sandwich with extra onions and a side of raw onions. You can smell him 6 cubes away. I have to take the long way around to everything to avoid the stench. Bleh!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2005 1:31:00 PM | Feedback (6)
I usually don’t get to read too much in the blogosphere over the weekends. I have to spend some time with the family. This weekend was no exception as the Mrs. had a Woman’s Retreat to go to and I had daughter duty. Had fun taking her to the zoo and she was even pleasant when we had to go do a little shopping. Mondays, I have to be very, very selective of what I read from over the weekend. This is why catchy titles and well written first paragraphs are so important for me. I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2005 1:11:00 PM | Feedback (4)
I got two games included with my GForce 6200 video card: Prince of Persia – Sands of Time and Splinter Cell – Pandora Tomorrow. So I installed PoP. Had a good time and finally beat the game. Amazing graphics and having an Athlon XP64 helps. After I completed the game I decided to install Splinter Cell. You know, the game that came with my video card. The game told me my video card was not supported. Go figure!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2005 12:50:00 PM | Feedback (0)
After watching this. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but I cannot fathom how he did it, especially the last part.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/13/2005 12:10:00 PM | Feedback (3)
UN Dispatch: Roger L. Simon: UN-Balanced Blogging, Part II Finally, an unfortunate reaction from some bloggers is their willingness to simply shrug off the examples of UN-related issues listed in the original post. It's clear that many of these bloggers have become accustomed to knee-jerk attacks and are unwilling (or unable) to engage in a reasoned debate. They link directly to me and Confederate Yankee on this as the ‘some bloggers’. Tough shit. The day the UN actually removes...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/12/2005 6:57:00 PM | Feedback (3)
Got an email from a gentleman recently asking for advice about living in Sunny Florida. Hi Robb, Found you while searching for blogs based in Tampa, because I'm looking for inside info on what life is like in the TB area. I'm a {…} a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, and my wife and I are sick of life in this bad-weather-and-high-taxes hellhole. We're starting to think about our long-term plans for escaping, and looking for the right place to flee to as refugees, and Tampa seems...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/12/2005 4:23:00 PM | Feedback (2)
Cassini Finds New Saturn Moon that Makes Waves - May. 10, 2005In a spectacular kick-off to its first season of prime ring viewing, which began last month, the Cassini spacecraft has confirmed earlier suspicions of an unseen moon hidden in a gap in Saturn's outer A ring. A new image and movie show the new moon and the waves it raises in the surrounding ring material.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/12/2005 11:10:00 AM | Feedback (1)
So the UN Bloggers are pissed that someone is concerned about the UN Oil-for-Food scandal and cannot understand why Roger Simon is so focused on it. Maybe it’s because the UN is corrupt as hell and needs to be exposed so that we can all get off the silly notion that any organization that includes Libya as chair on human rights probably is exactly what the world needs for peace. Instead of refuting any claims made by Simon, the UNBloggers try to distract you with a list of things the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/11/2005 3:07:00 PM | Feedback (5)
Magical Trevor Sounds like They Might Be Giants – the greatest ear worm writers in the world.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/11/2005 1:15:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Happy Blogiversary SaaM!!! 797 posts 1812 comments 184 trackbacks 528 daily visits 7 regular readers Still no friggin’ idea what this is all about Most popular post:  EXCLUSIVE!!!! We have the John Kerry - Julia Thorne divorce papers!!!! with 27,992 hits. Most searched for from Google:  Show me your tits! and  Hot Steamy Teacher Sex. Amazing what a few, appropriately placed words will do for you! So join me in celebrating a full year of Sharp as a Marble! Party...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/11/2005 7:59:00 AM | Feedback (8)
Well, at least I’m happy that my daughter didn’t pee hers. She’s just starting potty training and it’s been frustrating to us because my daughter is quite bright (can you pick the cerulean crayon from the light-blue?) but she’s just not shown any interest in it. Until today. My wife called me today to let me know that Georgia asked to sit on the potty and actually tinkled! Then she said she wanted to pee on the potty again later! If you don’t have kids,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/10/2005 11:55:00 AM | Feedback (5)
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/10/2005 9:58:00 AM | Feedback (0)
I don’t suffer from mania, I enjoy it quite a bit. However my mania attacks often result in a ‘crash’ which usually is quite unpleasant. Sometimes they’re followed by panic attacks, but not all the time. But in the meantime, who wants a hug???
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/9/2005 9:23:00 AM | Feedback (0)
My new catch phrase courtesy of Scott Stanis
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/9/2005 7:45:00 AM | Feedback (0)
My photography business centers around children’s photography. So I was searching for some places locally to put out some brochures. Google’s Ad software can really freak someone out….
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/8/2005 9:47:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Sorry for the utter lack of blogging, but I'm a little overwhelmed at the moment. Putting the finishing touches on the remodeling of the bathroom. Still have a few tiny things to complete, but nothing back breaking like the previous weeks. Yesterday saw the last of the baseboards going up and caulking around everything. Plus I had to mow the weedsbackyardI'm almost done with my Mash & Lauter Tun for my brewing. I've got most everything that needs to be sweated together done in the manifold,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/8/2005 7:38:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Dammit. Why can’t I have a camera phone like all the kids in day care do? This morning I stopped by a local gas station to pick up some coffee and I tell you, I witnessed the rare and beautiful Ulti-Mullet. This chick was 5’2”, 5’6” if you take the Def Leopard poofy hairstyle into consideration. But even better than the 1987 hairdo was the extreme mullet going on in the back. It went down to mid-calf. This is akin to a hunter seeing a 87 point deer and not having...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/5/2005 11:12:00 AM | Feedback (1)
I take about a mile walk every day after lunch, most of the time with a buddy of mine at work. Today it was raining so we took our walk inside the 5 story tall parking garage. He had sent me a movie earlier and we were discussing various things we’d seen before on the Internet. I recanted a specific movie and he said he’d not seen it and if I could locate it, to send it to him. It was one of those films that would have been easy to find with a Google search. That is, if I could...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2005 1:03:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Last night when I got home, I had a ‘Honey-Do’ list a mile long. All of it in the bathroom we’re remodeling. Sealed the slate floor (again) Repainted several areas of the wall that needed it Tacked up the baseboard behind the toilet Installed the toilet (I hate those stupid wax rings!) Removed all lighting fixtures Installed a lighting fixture above the mirror Installed a lighting fixture above the shower More of the same tonight. I have to cut the molding...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2005 10:54:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Anyone here ever write a screenplay? I downloaded some software that’s supposed to make it easy, but I don’t know the format. I honestly have a story I think would make a fantastic movie and I’m willing to invest the time in writing it, it’s just that I have no idea how the movie industry works and how the format of the manuscript is supposed to be laid out. I plan on looking at some books on the subject, but I thought I’d ask my 7 readers if anyone had written /...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2005 10:33:00 AM | Feedback (6)
Just saw this web site (via Daily Pundit) called Postsecrets. People send in homemade postcards with ‘secrets’ written on them. Some are quite humorous. Many are quite sad. And there’s even a few I can relate to. I’ve always felt you can achieve the greatest of honesty through anonymity. When there’s no chance of being caught, people will tell all. While it’s possible that some of these postcards are simply people trying to be creative, it seems to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2005 7:58:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Paul, from Wizbang Hillary was wrong. It doesn't take "a village" to raises a child. It takes responsible parents. When the government can figure out how to fill all the potholes and eliminate crime, THEN maybe we can discuss them raising children.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/3/2005 3:50:00 PM | Feedback (2)
Just now, at work, I received an email from my boss in the cube next to me. She was working with another female coworker. After reading the email, this was the following conversation shouted over the wall Me: What about the width? Female Coworker: Width is unimportant. Just don’t force it in. Needless to say the other workers in the area thought it a risqué exchange. We were discussing the resizing of an image that had been sent to me.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/3/2005 3:44:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Eiland's Theory Of Compensatory Misery "As human society gradually solves the problems of basic survival and reduces the amount of other miseries rooted in the reality of the human condition, the fringe elements of that society feel an increasingly strong compulsion to become obsessively angry about ever more trivial causes to recapture the sense that life is a painful struggle." That explains so friggin’ much. I think I might be able to ignore idiots with even greater ease now that I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/3/2005 2:20:00 PM | Feedback (1)
After getting a free refrigerator*, the next part to building my kegerator was to procure some kegs, CO2 canister, and the appropriate connectors as cheaply as possible. On eBay, 2 Cornelius kegs w/ CO2 and regulator usually run around $180 + shipping. CO2 bottles are not light, by the way. Needless to say, $180+ didn’t fit in with my ‘the cheaper, the better’ philosophy. Nor was the Mrs. going to go for it. Well, the lady I got the fridge from has a twin sister...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2005 12:17:00 PM | Feedback (1)
A lot of world events have surfaced over the past few weeks, many of which have intrigued me. While other pundits are happy to simply discuss these events, I usually try to delve a bit deeper into their meanings and how these events shape the world around us. While it’s true that discussion can often enlighten people, it’s a slow process and I’m a man of the new century, raised on overnight delivery, instant potatoes, and movies on demand. So I decided to embark on the fastest...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2005 10:57:00 AM | Feedback (0)
I guess I’ve calmed down enough to write about this. This event happened last week, but every time I went to blog it, I would get all bent out of shape. I was driving to work last week, something I’m wont to do on occasion, when I was cut off by some asshole who was in a hurry. Now, normally I just back off and let Mr. Idiot rush towards his impending demise, but this car caught my eye. On the back he had two bumper stickers that literally made my blood boil. Both stickers had the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2005 10:09:00 AM | Feedback (17)