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Posted by heymoe on June 19th, 2007

Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on Spider Webs

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The Gutters Are Clean!!

Posted by heymoe on June 17th, 2007

Casey and Lindsay offered the use of a pickup truck yesterday to try and bring a ladder home that was tall enough to reach my 2nd floor gutters. After looking over the ladders that were tall enough and the size of the bed of the truck we decided that it was not going to be safe since over half of the ladder would end up sticking out from the back of the truck. I do want to thank Casey and Lindsay for taking the time out of their weekend and for offering the use of the pickup. In any case I remember seeing over at Lowes that you could rent trucks for hauling stuff home so I headed over there today to see what my options were. Sure enough they rented trucks for $19 / 75mins and it was more then long enough to safely stick big ladder in the back. Since I don’t live too far from the Lowes I decided to buy the 28 foot ladder with the idea that I would have enough time with the truck rental to get it home make sure it was tall enough and if not return it for the 32 footer. I hopped the 28 foot would do it since it was 20lbs lighter then the 32 footer which would make it easier for me to maneuver the ladder by myself. Sure enough I got it home and set it up and it was just the right size for me to get up to the 2nd floor gutters. It’s not tall enough to reach the tallest part of my house but I figured the gutters are really the only things I need to reach so I returned the truck to Lowes. Once I got back home I started to clean out the gutters. Sure enough pine straw was cause of the clogs at both ends of the gutter. Now all my gutters and clean but I noticed some rotting wood most likely caused by the over flow of the clogged gutter so I’ll have to take care of that now. It did not look bad so it should not be to big of a job to fix.

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Conversion Night… Again…

Posted by heymoe on June 13th, 2007

Well, we are converting another new customer to our system so I’m up late working the conversion. Hopefully this one will go smoothly and not keep me up to late past my bed time…

…Two hours and thirty or so minutes later…

Well, this took a lot longer then it should have. Between not knowing which way a web site needed to be pointed and radius changes which took way too long, the conversion is done. Freaking VoIP phone or Time Warner or conference bridge started to piss me off since I kept getting dropped but nothing told me I was dropped until I got an IM from the on-site guy asking where I went. Blah.. Time for bed.

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Beware of Pirates

Posted by heymoe on June 12th, 2007

Dang Pirates

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Modern Management…

Posted by heymoe on June 11th, 2007

Modern Management

… So True.

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Update: Sunflowers 2007

Posted by heymoe on June 10th, 2007

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Sunflowers 06-10-2007_4

Well with all the rain and sunshine we have been getting since the last update, the sunflowers have grown quite a bit. The tallest plant which was 2 feet 8 inches in my last update is now 5 feet 2 inches. Including the pot, it’s almost as tall as I am now. One of the plants next to the mailbox is now as tall as the mailbox (About 4 feet). I’ve noticed that even though there are no flowers yet, the plants seem to attract ants and other bugs. As far as I can tell they don’t seem to be hurting the plants so I let them be. I wish I had a better camera so I could take some good closeups of the critters but I’m not done with my research yet. I will tell you one thing for sure, they drink a lot of water. I was watering them every other day until I can home and found them very droopy. They perked up quickly though after a good drink so now I water them everyday.

More Pictures

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I’ve Got Power!

Posted by heymoe on June 10th, 2007

At around 9pm last night my area got hit by a severe thunderstorm that seemed to come out of no where. Granted I did not look at the weather channel yesterday so it might have been predicted but who knows. In any case we had heavy winds and rain. I even think their might have been some small hail from the sounds I was hearing off the roof and windows. One of my sunflower plants got knocked over but seems to be doing fine after I placed it up-right again. Of course power got knocked out which sucked since it was only around 9pm. After trying to find something to do in the dark, I ended up trying to go to bed earlier then normal for me on a weekend (10:30pm instead of 2am hehe). In any case I was sure that by time I woke up power would be back on.. Wrong. I got up around 8:30am to the sound of my neighbor’s power generator. I should get one of those someday. Any ways I decided to take a shower (thank you gas water heater) and then head out to grab some breakfast. By time I got out of the shower the power was back on.. YEAH! This was around 9am so I was without power for around 12 hours. Hopefully the stuff in my fridge survived. Good thing I did not buy that ice cream last night.

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OMG, Fear It!

Posted by heymoe on June 8th, 2007

It looks like the Creation Museum in Kentucky has opened and I have no words to describe my disbelief. I must say this picture of Eve standing in the Garden of Eden in a nice sun dress next to a “vegetarian” Velociraptor says a lot.

Eve and Velociraptor



Links
Ars Tech Article
More pictures from the Museum
Some music to go along with your visit
Link to the Museum’s web site… If you dare..


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Silly Sunflowers

Posted by heymoe on June 4th, 2007

Well it pretty much rained all day Sunday, which was nice since we really needed the rain but it looks like the added weight of the rain on the leaves of three of my sunflower plants was more then their stalks could handle and they bent right over on their sides. I was able to get those standing up right again by using some support and today when I got home I was able to remove the supports and everything is back to normal. My biggest plant stood strong and did not have any problems while it was raining but to my surprise, when I got home, it was bent over so now it has supports. Silly sunflowers, make up your mind. No pictures for this update but will have some soon.

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Camera Research: Part 1

Posted by heymoe on June 4th, 2007

Well I’ve been doing what I normally do when I want to buy something and that is research, research and more research. I’ve never really owned “nice” camera before and most of the time I tend to borrow a camera from my friends when ever I go on trips but I’ve been told I’ve been cut off (cough.. Justin). I decided to skip over the Point-n-Shoot style cameras and go right to the Digital SLRs (Single-Lens Reflex). Prices of D-SLRs have come down quite a bit since they were first introduced and now you can get a starter D-SLR for not much more then a top end Point-n-Shoot. From there the sky’s the limit.

Even thought I’ve never owned a SLR camera I have used them in the past and I am a quick study so I’ve decided to look at the cameras in the Prosumer / mid range category. This way I have something that I can grow into instead of growing out of one to soon. I’ve set my budget to be no more then $1500 which needs to cover the cost of the body and a lens, a case, memory card, and an extra battery. Later will come a flash and more lenses as I need them. This is where a SLR really shines by being able to swap lenses. Its like getting a whole new camera. Plus being that a SLR has a larger sensor then a point-n-shoot, image quality is, in theory, better even if the point-n-shoot has the same Megapixel (MP) rating.

From my research the main players in the D-SLR Prosumer market are: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus and Sony. After my initial research I’ve pretty much dropped Pentax, Olympus and Sony from my list due mainly to the lenses they have to offer for their cameras. They may make great D-SLR bodies but if you can’t get great lenses to go with it, then you’ll loose out in the long run. Since lenses tend to only work with a specific manufacture (IE: A lens you buy for a Canon does not work on a Nikon and vise versa.), you tend to pick the body based on the lenses you want to use. Lenses also tend to out live a body so when its time to upgrade you will either have to 1) by a new body from the same manufacture so you can continue to use the lenses you already own or 2) switch to a different manufacture and have to re-buy all new lenses. Granted you could sell your old body and lenses but you would still most likely end up paying more for all new gear again. Since I don’t have any existing lenses, I’m pretty much free to pick whatever I want but once I buy one I better be happy with it.

Both Canon and Nikon have a great lineup of lenses for their bodies. Some say at the low to mid level, Nikon has the best lenses that money can buy without breaking the bank while Canon’s low to mid range lenses might cost a little less but the image and build quality just can’t compete with Nikon at this level. Things more or less even out between the two when when you compare their High end Pro lenses though.

Any ways, the contenders for my research are.. In Canon’s corner we have the XT, XTi and the 30D and in the Nikon’s corner we have the D40, D40x, D80 and D200. All of these are currently available as of this writing. Now there are way too many features to list for each of these cameras so I’m not going to recreate the wheel and cut-n-past them here. A simple Google search for any of these cameras will provide you all the information you will every want to know. I will list the Megapixel rating and retail price for each camera since these tends to be the main things people look at initially. If you spend time shopping around and looking online, you can find these camera below their retail price.

Canon:

  • XT: 8.0MP – $699*
  • XTi: 10.1MP – $799
  • 30D: 8.2MP – $1299

Nikon:

  • D40: 6.2MP – $599*
  • D40x: 10.2MP – $799
  • D80: 10.2MP – $999
  • D200: 10.2MP – $1699

NOTE: The Canon XT and the Nikon D40 (*) include a 18-55mm lens, the rest are bodies only. Also, a higher Megapixel (MP) rating makes not a better camera (/Yoda) 🙂

Well this is the end of Part 1, stay tuned for Part 2.

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