March 28, 2006

Getting Rid of AOL is a PITA

So AOL comes pre-installed on my new Dell. Along with some trial versions of Net Zero and Earthlink. I don't mind, as long as they sit there quietly. I'll get around to deleting them. Except that AOL keeps having a stupid screen pop up telling me I need to get updates in order for the program to run smoothly. Since I am not even using AOL and have no intention of using it, I could give a rats ass whether or not is runs smoothly. I clicked the "later" button on the pop-up. The other option was to install the damn updates. Well, this morning, the pop-up kept appearing about every 5 minutes. It didn't even give me that "later" option anymore. My choice was to install or hit the little red "x" in the upper right corner. So, I would do that. Only to have the damn thing pop up minutes later. So, I have been trying to remove all the AOL shit from this computer. I would have better luck trying to rebuild an engine on a 2006 Volkswagen Toureg. I went through the control panel and tried to remove the files through the trusty add/remove file option. But, that didn't remove everything. I thought that maybe that would be at least enough to stop the pop-up. Nope. There it was again. I did, however, see an AOL add/remove file thing within their own program, while I was deleting files through the control panel. But, I couldn't find the thing anywhere in any of their folders. So, I am now removing what's left through Windows Explorer. However, several of the files are refusing to budge, claiming that I don't have access to the folder, or the file is in use. Shit! I just want this damn program off. I think I removed enough things to stop the damn pop-up. I am going to reboot and immediately try to remove these files that claim they are in use and see if I can get rid of them. Damn AOL! I wish that they wouldn't pre-install this shit on the computer. If I want AOL, I will go get it. Ah shit! As I am typing this, the pop-up window just appeared.

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March 23, 2006

I Thought This Was Kind of Funny

Since my new Dell is sitting on the living room floor, I need to clean off the surface of my computer desk in order for my old computer to be moved off. It had so much crap on it, it was getting hard to see the monitor. Anyway, I had torn the following article out of the local newspaper months ago. It's a column called, Lights and Sirens, where people write in inquiring about police activity in their neighborhood. The editors print the most interesting inquiries and provide the answers. This one cracked me up:


Q: Road Closure

I'm curious why we were turned back Wednesday evening at Golden Cove Shopping Center. We were on Palos Verdes Drive West. The police had the road closed off at Hawthorne Boulevard. We could not get down to San Pedro from there. Why was the road closed?

A: A driver trying to catch a glimpse of a model in a miniskirt caused a crash that resulted in the shutdown of the road for about 2 1/2 hours.
Deputies said the model was having her photograph taken at the side of the road at 5:15 p.m. A motorist came along Palos Verdes Drive South near the former Marineland location and slowed to look.
That caused the driver behind him to slam into his car and shove it into a fire hydrant. Water shot into the air and flooded the road.
Crews shut off the water, but the pressure caused a nearby hydrant to erupt.
Deputies closed the roadway until repairs could be made. The street reopened at 7:30 p.m.
No one was hurt in the crash.
The photo shoot is believed to have been illegal and points up to why the city requires permits for such activity, said Gina Park, Rancho Palos Verdes' film permit coordinator.
"Typically, for things like that the city would require screens (to block) the public's view," she said.


It almost sounds like something you would see on TV. They should have been looking at the other cars rear ends, not hers.

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March 21, 2006

My New Addiction

So, I'm on a local TV networks site, reading the news. They always have a featured game that you can download a trial of. I look one day and the featured game is one called Fish Tycoon. Another tycoon game!!! Woo hoo! I've already been addicted to Roller Coaster Tycoon and Zoo Tycoon. This one is along the same lines. You raise and breed fish. You need to try different crossbreeding until you get the magic fish. I've already found one. The trial version was running out. I was already attached to a some of the fish I had raised and couldn't bear the thought of them going into pixel neverland, so I sprung for the game. This is a screen shot.

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March 17, 2006

The Ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is...

(You're not going to like it...)

Is...

42

And that is how old I am today.

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March 09, 2006

An Unfair Game of Tug-of-War

Shannon bought Max, the Great Dane, a new toy. It has a handle on one side, a length of rope, and a tennis ball on the other. She gives it to Max. We tell Billy, the Jack Russell Terrier, to go get the ball. So he obliges. And, his sidekick Sandy goes to help. The Russell's are tugging and tugging and tugging, with all their might. Max, is not putting forth any effort. If he did, those two dogs would be in the air.

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March 06, 2006

And the Oscar Goes to....

Thank goodness I didn't make any bets. Here's the results from the show. Bold are my guesses, italics are the winners. Bold italics and where we agreed:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote
Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line
David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck.

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

George Clooney in Syriana
Matt Dillon in Crash
Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain
William Hurt in A History of Violence

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Judi Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman in Transamerica
Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron in North Country
Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Amy Adams in Junebug
Catherine Keener in Capote
Frances McDormand in North Country
Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain

Achievement in directing

Brokeback Mountain - Ang Lee
Capote - Bennett Miller
Crash - Paul Haggis
Good Night, and Good Luck. - George Clooney
Munich - Steven Spielberg

Best motion picture of the year

Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Munich

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March 05, 2006

My Uneducated Oscar Picks

Every year, since I started keeping this blog, I make my Oscar picks. As with other years, I usually haven't seen any of the movies. And again, this year, I haven't seen any of them. So, without having seen any of them, these are my guesses. I list all the nominees, with my guesses in bold text. And, I only pick the main categories:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote
Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line
David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck.

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

George Clooney in Syriana
Matt Dillon in Crash
Paul Giamatti in Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain
William Hurt in A History of Violence

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Judi Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman in Transamerica
Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron in North Country
Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Amy Adams in Junebug
Catherine Keener in Capote
Frances McDormand in North Country
Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain

Achievement in directing

Brokeback Mountain - Ang Lee
Capote - Bennett Miller
Crash - Paul Haggis
Good Night, and Good Luck. - George Clooney
Munich - Steven Spielberg

Best motion picture of the year

Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Munich

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March 02, 2006

I Guess I Should Read the Instructions

So I bought Lynne's Fuji Finepix S9000, so she could get a new Canon. She sent me the Fuji and it arrived a couple of days ago. This camera is replacing my once, start of the art, Fuji Finepix 2.0 Megapixel. I pull out the new camera and see all kinds of gizmos and buttons to push. It looks like the cockpit of a 747. The instruction book is a novel. My old camera was basically a "point and shoot". So, without consulting the book, I took the camera to work today. I had no idea what the hell I was doing. I just put the sucker on "automatic" and shot away. I still think these came out good. Just wait until I really learn how to use this thing. By the way, the first three images are of our dog Violet's mother. The next one is her father and mother together. The next six images are of her father. After that, is two pictures of Cassy, a pug. The last is Rita. My boss found her abandoned when she was a tiny little kitten. I haven't tweaked these, or anything in Paint Shop Pro. This is how they came out of the camera.

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March 01, 2006

Ain't Nothing More Boring

Than sitting around waiting for UPS. My parent's house is sitting empty right now. My dad ordered something over the phone from the rehabilitation center where he is at right now. Instead of having it sent to my sister's house, he had it sent to his house. Whoever sent it, wants it to be signed for, in person. I found a notice on the door, when I went to pick up my parent's mail. I told my sister about it and figured she would get it taken care of. She would either wait during the designated time, or call the 1-800 number and work out an arrangement where she would pick it up. She has more time to do things like this, since she doesn't work. When I went to get the mail yesterday, there was a final notice from UPS. If no one was there to sign for the package it would go back to the sender. Called my sister this morning to see if she had made any arrangements. Nope. Nothing. She didn't even act concerned. "Oh that thing?" Shit!!! I ended up taking a long lunch from work and slummed around my parent's house for two hours waiting for the guy. The note said that he would be there between 10:30am and 2:00pm. I got there at 10:00, just in case he got there at 10:25. He got there at noon. My parent's house has no computer, no cable and they don't take the paper. There wasn't much to do. I watched regular TV and kept listening for the driver. One of the perks of my job is that there is no set schedule. I just need to finish my work. However, if I get there late, I get home late. A two hour lunch got me home around 8:00pm. The UPS man was apologetic. He said that usually he puts the packages on the back porch, but whoever sent this insisted on a signature in person.

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