Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Okay, so I woke up this morning with a great idea® Cryptospecs! Everyone's worried about encrypting data, and there are solutions for data that exists on filesystems, web pages, over networks... but what happens when that data is displayed on a users screen? EXACTLY! It's UNSECURE! Now, don't get all huffy and start talking about privacy screens that don't allow shoulder surfing etc - that's all Poppycock. What corporate america needs to invest in is CryptoSpecs! Don't be fooled, I know they look like the lame 3d glasses you get at the movies. These use specialized encryption algorithms that syncronize between the horizontal refresh rate of your SVGA monitor (or LCD screen) and the CryptoSpec security key, using 127, or 128 bits. whatever it takes...) So, dig deep into your pockets, your data's safety depends on CryptoSpecs!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Rain, rain and more rain.

Been stuck in the house all weekend with Sara. We feel like the 2 kids in Dr. Seuss's "Cat in the Hat". Stuck indoors on a rainy day.

Laura's uncle Jerome passed away this week, so Laura's been busy with Wakes, funerals and clearing out his apartment in Hoboken. Of the things she deemed worthy of salvage were 2 curio cabinets (slightly worn) a bunch of Waterford Crystal and some wedgewood plates. Amongst the wedgewood were some presidential Busts. (no, you pervs, not boobs, Busts) JFK, Abe Lincoln, Eisnehower and George Washington. A quick perusal of eBay shows them to be worth somewhere between $80 and $150. The plates are worth between $25 and $50. Certainly not enough to put Sara through college. Be lucky if their combined worth will bring enough for her to buy a textbook.

I think i'll keep the busts. They'll look nice on bookshelves in my office, give me an air of intelligence (lord knows i need all of that I can get)

In other news, the window guy's nearly finished. He put a bow window in our living room, and it looks quite nice really. I was staring out of that very window this morning, watching the rain, when i saw a glint of gold shining out from under the rhodedendron (sp?). I donned my boots and gathered up an umbrella, and investigated. Lo and behold, there was a hoop earring lying in the flowerbed. It looked like a ladies earring, however, i've seen movies with pirates that have similar earrings, so I was thinking that

  1. Pirates have been hiding/burying treasure in our flowerbeds.
  2. Perhaps the builder, or one of his men lost it, in which case, they may be either crossdressers or pirates.
  3. Perhaps the builder or one of his men is a crossdressing pirate!

Wow, what an exciting world we live in where crossdressing pirates can become tradesmen. I blame NAFTA!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Run in with "The Man"

So there I was, riding my ZRX1100 down Powerville Road when I get pulled over by Boonton Township's finest in a police issued SUV. Now, I'm certainly no saint, but I'd seen the cop before he had seen me, and I was travelling at a GPS certified speed of 34 mph, in a 35mph zone. So you can imagine my surprise when the disco lights went on behind me.

Being the law-abiding citizen that I am, I pulled over as soon as I saw the lights, there was plenty of space on the side of the road. I was expecting the cop to pull behind me, turned out to the street to put the engine block between me and him, however he surprised me by pulling up to the side of me and rolling down his window. He told me that he'd run my plate wrong, and the person who had my plate transposed, had neglected to pay his registration fees. At this point, I was asking myself "What exactly does this have to do with me?" Well, it turns out, the answer to that question is "Absolutely NOTHING" The cop told me that it was his mistake, that I had done nothing wrong, and he'd just pulled me over to tell me that. Now, I am happy we have policemen out there "on the job" making sure the world is safe for us and our children, and in the grand scheme of things, there was no harm done. I just thank the lord that I didn't get a summons.


Friday, April 14, 2006

Sara Comes home

I have to leave for the airport in a few hours. Laura and Sara are coming home. Sara called me this morning, nearly in tears. She said she missed me soooo much. I can't tell you how much I love that little girl... Posted by Picasa

Thursday, April 13, 2006

More stuff

I've been a bachelor this week. Laura, Sara and Gloria are down in Florida on vacation. I had to work, so I stayed back in New Jersey by myself. It's been nice and quiet, I've been able to watch what I want, do what I want and not get nagged about it.

Did you ever use your webcam to see inside your ear? I've got an old 3-Com homeconnect USB webcam. It's been discontinued for about oh, 4 years or so, but it still works so I keep it around. Anyway, it's not much good at peering into ears. Takes a pretty good eye-shot though.

Smallville might have just jumped the shark

Okay, I just finished watching this weeks Smallville. This may sound strange, seeing as how i'm okay with all the man of steel, xray vision, won't slip it to Lana Lang etc... I can manage to suspend my disbelief for all of those unfrigginbelieveable things but i cannot, i repeat CANNOT believe that Lex Luthor would actually use AOL.

Here is the head of a multinational corporation, supposedly tech-savvy and he's viewing video over an AOL connection? Product placement be dammned, those goddamn bean-counters have ruined the show for me.

Oh, and by the way, Erica Durance is the hottest chick on the show.

Oh, and what's with Blogger crapping all over my dropped cap CSS? you'd think that whatever nazi-javascript css scouring process they put in place would leave my goddamn <span> alone dammit.