Wrong But Clever

Which one is your favorite? I'd have to say either the elephant or the expanding one...I was never this clever in school, I always tried to get partial credit : /

Wrong But Clever

Refueling at Saturn

Cool story about Titan, one of Saturn's moons, having huge seas of methane. While I'm not normally a big fan of hydrocarbons, at least here on earth, I wonder if this fuel source couldn't be used in say, a few hundred years, for space travel?

Wouldn't it be great if some day we could all cruise about the solar system (no Uranus jokes, please) and fill up our space ships with Saturn's methane? I bet Dick Cheney already owns stock in it, and Halliburton is probably poised to win a no-bid contract on harnessing the natural resources. Ah well, it was a nice dream until my cynicism took over.

No Fuel For The Next 100000000000 miles

Virginia and Santa Claus

I'm so tired of reading articles with headlines connecting Virginia and Santa Claus. So I'm not going to write that tonight. Besides, if Santa Claus had anything to do with the game today I'm guessing the UVa kids are on his naughty list. How else to explain that ridiculous 3 pointer the Tennessee player hit (off the backboard, AND off the rim as the shot clock was expiring); meanwhile Singletary's open look three at the buzzer rims out. I am going to miss watching JR playing along side him...those guys were such a great tandem together. Sorry to see the season end, but I have to admit they performed well beyond my expectations. Best of luck to graduating seniors Jason Cain and JR Reynolds, and go Hoos.

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Dell 70 Watt Warning

Before I decided to return this product I figured I would Google for "70 watt warning" which is the warning the Dell laptop gave us when we plugged in the cable. It turns out that there is a fairly easy fix for this, posted here: 70 Watt Warning

So, I took a twistie-tie, stripped it to get just the narrow wire, cut it to about 1/2", and connected the upper prong to the empty bottom right hole. Now the laptop's three contacts all receive current. The battery is taking a lot longer to charge, but it is charging and the laptop will function fine as long as it's plugged in (the battery holds almost no charge and hasn't for years). So, now we have two working power cables and a working laptop. The last step now that I've tested the theory will be to make a small groove in the plug and glue the wire in place.

Cable4Less is actually Cables4Pc.com

So, the package we got from Cable4Less (Amazon store listing) actually had Cables4PC.com as their return address. And they didn't send us what we ordered. Unfortunately, their shipment didn't come with a receipt. Looking at their website, Cables4PC.com they look like a pretty junior outfit. There is no contact information that I can see, at least not under the "contact" tab. Weak. Continued in next post...

Frustration with Cable4Less

So, in my last post, I detailed the frustrations of dealing with Dell and their crappy power cables for Jen's computer. Trying to avoid using Dell, we went online and found a retailer from Amazon, Cable4Less, that sold what was supposedly the same power cable for a fraction of the price. Happy at not needing to use Dell, we went ahead and bought the cable. There was a surprising lack of information about them online, but feedback appeared positive and Amazon has a refund policy with their affiliates.

The cable came on Friday, and it turns out it's not compatible with the Dell Inspiron 5100, even though on the website it said it would work. It's only a 70W power supply and the Inspiron, even though it's a relatively old laptop, needs more juice. So now we've got two useless power cables and a useless laptop. Our next step will be to contact Cable4Less and try to get a working cable. Argh.

Frustration With Dell

This will be a two part rant, so if you want to skip this post and the next one, be warned. Hopefully this will help someone in the world wide web since I didn't have much luck finding information, especially with regard to my next post (concerning Cables4Less from the Amazon Storefront).

My girlfriend has a Dell Inspiron 5100. The computer itself has been fairly reliable, but it came with a cheap flimsy power cord that needed to be replaced after only about a year and a half. The way I learned it needed repair was by plugging it into the back of her computer and subsequently being shocked (literally, although the effect of the spark also resulted in the figurative meaning). So, I figured I would help her out and buy a new one, and thus found myself at the Dell website. Surprisingly, this power cable cost me about $90 with taxes and shipping. Grumbling, I went ahead and ordered the cable.

Well, now, a year later, history repeats itself. The cable is broken, and the laptop is useless without the cable because it can't charge. Upset, I posted a review of the cable on the Dell website. I refrained from profanity, but did mention I would never buy another product from them again. I think under the "pros" section I said that their power cables would be good on a camping trip, because they start fires so easily. Not surprisingly, my review never appeared, but enough reviews have shown up to show that many, many people suffer the same problem with those power cords. So, if you're thinking of buying a laptop from Dell, add another couple of hundred dollars to the bill for the price of power cables.

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Ben Howland Plays Great Defense

Me and the Missus had a fun day together yesterday, mostly planting our rears in front of the TV to watch the basketball. She's a huge Hoosier fan, which was probably an unforeseen side effect of having gotten a couple of degrees from Indiana University. So anyhow, we're watching UCLA-IU and this game is painful, so painful in fact that my lazy ass is willing to go the extra mile and bust out the html tags for emphasis. That's painful! Indiana had 13 points at half. Not good.

Anyhow, they battled all the way back to tie it, and me and my girl were whoopin and hollerin, completely freaking out poor Snigs. Then came a possession where IU had to inbound the ball, and I swear Howland (the UCLA coach) was blocking the inbounder! He moved all the way down the sideline to where the inbounder was and stood right next to him! The inbounds pass careened off a UCLA player and went out of bounds, so he got another chance. And Howland did it again, stood right next to the guy, yelling and gesturing with his arms so that this time, when the player inbounded, the ball wound up in UCLA's hands. Ballgame.

I remember the flood of profanity that erupted from J's mouth last year, after Adam "Mr. Cool Lice" Morrison and Gonzaga beat them. That particular torrent of curse words was especially remarkable because she was doing it in front of her father. But that wasn't even close to this eruption. This ia girl who never swears, but I learned some new words last night. I just hope my Hoos come through for me in a couple of hours. The Sweet Sixteen, that's not too much to ask, is it?

Dinner 3/17

Teriyaki Chicken

Entirely too much Miller Lite

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Dog and Cat Food Recall

On the off chance anyone reads this, and has dogs or cats to whom they feed "wet" food, there has been a major recall of Iams and Eukanuba products. The source of the illness is not clear, but purchases from Kroger, Safeway, Wal-Mart, and PetSmart were affected. Read more about it from CNN:

Pet Food Recall

More Trouble With GoDaddy

This is driving me crazy...earlier today, I realized that Google was looking at my websites as two separate sites when there should only be one. Google thought that www.pitumbo.com and pitumbo.com were two different websites, for example. I corrected by using the "preferred domain" option under Google's webmaster tools. Next, in order to make sure other SEs didn't make this mistake, I set about trying to make a 301 redirect from www.pitumbo.com to pitumbo.com. GoDaddy clearly offers subdomain forwarding, but I can't get it to work. It's always been a blank page in my browser. And not only that, but for the past couple of weeks I've been trying to get one domain to redirect to an entirely different domain via GoDaddy's control panel, and I've never been able to get it to work. The best I could do was write a little html code to have the user click a link to get to the second, proper website. This is aggravating, to say the least.

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Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to All

How much do you know about Saint Patrick? Here are 5 factoids (credit wikipedia):

#1 He was actually born in Britain, and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was around 16 years old.

#2 Six years after his capture, he heard a voice in his head telling him to escape and that there was a ship waiting for him. He traveled 200 miles and ultimately found his freedom.

#3 Several years later, Patrick had a vision to return to Ireland to begin missionary work.

#4 By the eight century AD, he was deemed the patron saint of Ireland.

and #5, according to Wikipedia, "Pious legend credits Patrick with banishing snakes from the island, though post-glacial Ireland never actually had snakes." Is this true? No snakes in Ireland? That's very hard to believe.

Dinner 3/16

Bed of spinach and other greens
Roasted pine nuts in olive oil and sun dried tomatoes
Stips of chicken breast

Crane Lake Malbec (2005)

Mmm, another $3 wine from Henry's, this one being the Crane Lake Malbec. I think I had this last week, but the bottle didn't last long enough for it to make an indelible mark on my memory. In any event, I had it again last night (and the last glass just a few moments ago) and I'd have to say it's my favorite cheap wine thus far. By a long shot. It's hmm...how to say? Robust? I suppose it would be fair to say I like my meals light and my beverages heavy (Guinness, Newcastle, etc.) and this wine certainly seems to carry a weight to it. I will be picking up some more of this one on my next trip to Henry's.

Impressive Whiskers

I just found "StumbleUpon" (yes, I'm always the last to know) and have enjoyed it so far...this picture was so striking to me I just had to post it here. I wish I could give credit to the photographer, but the site seems to be in Spanish. That's about all I can figure out. Hopefully they don't mind me linking to it here. "Diario" is what my mom calls her table wine. Hmm. Interesting. I digress...

At the risk of sounding like a 12 year old, "aren't animals cool" ??
My What Big Whiskers

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