wade simmons (unbalanced and biased... oh... don't forget, unfair)

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Invisible Dog Fence

So I decided to try an invisible dog fence since we have 3 acres that are currently unroamable (that is not a word is it?) by the dogs, except for Adelle who digs out of the dog yard and does whatever she pleases.

The hardest part of this thing is cutting groves through the driveway and then patching the asphalt after inserting the wire (antenna). I bought 1500 feet of wire which should be enough to let them run a bit.

Now a friend of mine said that his friend put one of these things in and the dog would stand close enough for the warning tone to sound. He would stand there until the sound went away (battery drained) and then just go were he pleased.

My dogs are really smart and I hope they don't figure that out. Well one dog has a tangerine for a brain so she will be ok.

Does anyone have experience with this type of dog fence? Please enlighten me on the best methods of training and use.

Also, I'm burning though masonry blades on my skill saw like crazy. Should I just break down and buy the expensive diamond blade? I've already spent the price on the cheap blades.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Dead Milkmen -- If I Had A Gun

Would I be amused
Would you be impressed
That I had the power
To put a hole into your chest?
When the kids are crying
And the welfare check's been spent
Would I rob a liquor store
To get some money for the rent?
If I had a gun
Would I start smoking Marlboros?
Would I stop smoking Kents?
Would I gain some new respect?
Would I gain some confidence?
Would I suddenly go crazy
And shoot my family?
And see myself years later
On some crime show on TV
If I had a gun
Would I wear it in a holster?
Would I keep it concealed?
Would I put it on the table
Every time that I'm misdealed?
When I hear a nearby gunshot
When I'm up at night alone
Would I feel a little safer
Here in my urban home?
If I had a gun

How to kill someone

First get a hazmat suit. Put it on and shower with water then acid then water. Supprize your victim or better yet, don't let them know you are there. Shoot them in the head with a small caliber weapon. Leave the scene and acid etch the barrel on the gun. Now dissamble the weapon and melt each piece separately. Through the pieces in separate water bodies at great distances from each other. Go to a different country and take off the hazmat suit. Burn it. Wash youself completely. Go live in yet a different country.

Or, just don't kill anyone.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Jane Mann -- A wonderful person

On August 10th my best friend's mother died due to complications of encephalitis.

It was a very quick and unexpected turn of events. I need to write my friend and his family, but I can't seem to start. It is a selfish thing not to reach out to a friend at a time like this. Jane was a mother to me as well. She was best friends with my mother. Since I was 4 years old I felt like I had two loving and caring mothers and two extended families that became a single unit.

I miss Jane very much and I don't know what to say. I will say something to her family soon. I hope it conveys the depth of my affection for all of my "family."

Grapefruit anyone?

I can't wait until these
babies ripen.
I love a nice grapefruit.

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Monday, August 22, 2005

I cut my hair a lot

If you don't like my new haircut please let
me know because I would be happy for you
to come and shave my noggin every morning


HTTP Pipelines: Securely Implement Request Processing, Filtering, and Content Redirection with HTTP Pipelines in ASP.NET

ASP.NET is a flexible and extensible framework for server-side HTTP programming. While most people think of ASP.NET in terms of pages served, there is a lower-level infrastructure sitting beneath this page model. The underlying plumbing is based on a pipeline of app, module, and handler objects. Understanding how this pipeline works is key if you want to get the most out of ASP.NET as an HTTP server platform, while making your process more efficient, and keeping your server secure. This article introduces the architecture of the pipeline and shows how you can use it to add sophisticated functionality to an ASP.NET-based app.

or whatever

HTTP Pipelines: Securely Implement Request Processing, Filtering, and Content Redirection with HTTP Pipelines in ASP.NET

Life Without Refresh

Microsoft Ajax -- you be the judge.

Life Without Refresh

Seems like a good aproach, but I think we can do better.

Jesse James Garret's Essay on Ajax

Web interaction designers can’t help but feel a little envious of our colleagues who create desktop software. Desktop applications have a richness and responsiveness that has seemed out of reach on the Web. The same simplicity that enabled the Web’s rapid proliferation also creates a gap between the experiences we can provide and the experiences users can get from a desktop application.

adaptive path � ajax: a new approach to web applications

Modern Software Development: Use Visual Studio 2005

Some possibly interesting webcasts to watch.

Modern Software Development: Use Visual Studio 2005

Back by popular demand for his third series of webcasts, author and teacher Dr. Joe Hummel dives into the development of smart client applications using Microsoft .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. Tune in as he focuses on the architecture and design of Smart Client Applications. This series builds upon Dr. Hummel’s two earlier series and each webcast builds upon previously discussed content. Online homework exercises will help reinforce the content. If you wonder whether your graphical user interface should follow the Model-View-Controller design pattern, which N-tier design is best for you, how .NET remoting impacts that design, and more, then register today.
Bonus: Attend any live webcast in this series to qualify to win a Portable Media Center (official rules) pre-loaded with our best webcasts. Offer open to U.S. residents only.

Smart Client Developer Center: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Windows Presentation Foundation Beta 1 Release

Smart Client Developer Center: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Windows Presentation Foundation Beta 1 Release

Tim Sneath gives us a peek.

System.Messaging Performance

Ingo Rammer
Richard Turner


From the intro:

In this white paper, we compare the performance of the unmanaged MSMQ COM interfaces with the .NET implementation in System.Messaging and provide guidance on how to improve your messaging application's performance. The tests will highlight the differences in raw transport speed between the managed and unmanaged world, as well as the difference in serialization techniques offered by the two environments. The latter is especially important, because in most asynchronous messaging applications, the critical factor is the time necessary to enqueue messages. The complete processing time, by contrast, is only of secondary concern.

My take on the arcticle is that you might is well use .NET

Saturday, August 20, 2005

If you don't read the onion -- then maybe you shouldn't

I think someone's vagina is at stake:

or http://www.theonion.com/news/index.php?issue=4133&n=3

same thing

Friday, August 19, 2005


Even if you win, you are still a loser.


Please disagree

I have pissed off or alienated people who have disagreed with stuff on my blog.

This was intentional (sort of) as I enjoy a thorough discourse on any subject. Now, if you just look at the title of the blog, you will understand that I do not intend to pull any punches.

Having said that, I'm saddened that I receive no more rebuttal or comment from "brother Steve" because I relish the opportuity for different points of view to be aired. I will always, and sometimes unfairly, slam view points that don't agree with mine. It is my blog after all. But the real point is to get the view points out there. It doesn't matter how much of a dick I am to you. Your opinion matters and is as valid as any other opinion.

Plus, I love trashing your opinion in an open forum.

So bring it on, Bitch

Refi me baby

I'm trying to refinance the house to a 30 year fixed now that my personal hero Greenspan is committed to raising rates.

I've been playing credit card roulette now for at least 10 years. If you don't know the game it goes like this: get a new or existing credit card to do a balance transfer for a cheap interest rate (preferably zero) and when that balance is almost due, do it again and so forth.

It has been a great way to use free or very cheap money for the last decade.

Unfortunately the game is coming to a close and fast.

So I am trying to lock in a 30 low rate on my mortgage and get rid of the bulk of my revolving credit at the same time.

Wish me luck.

Linux Cluster

I'm thinking about a linux cluster.
openMOSiX maybe?

Anyone have a suggestion?

I can buy some old school servers on eBay for pretty cheap. This could be a fun project.
Who wants to help?

Limp Bizkit - The Key

Limp Bizkit - The Key Lyrics
Shut the f**k up! You shut the f**k up!
Who the f**k are you? Who the f**k are you? (I ain't nobody)
That's the question, the question at hand.
Oh, man, f**k this. F**k this! (I ain't nobody)
You know, I lost my place a long time ago
about fifty f**king rhymes ago
I'm wrecking again
I'm seriously considering checking myself in
Locked inside this key chamber
There's millions of keys inside
but only one can stop my anger
and I'm not fading away, so I'll just have to die
Unlocking the doors in my mind
How many doors will I find?
I think I got the key
I guess I'll just try another if that's the key
Unlocking the doors in my mind
How many doors will I find?
I think I got the key
I guess I'll just try another if that's the key

No SPAM posts please

I allow comments from anyone on this blog. Even anonymous comments are welcome. I will, however, delete comments that are SPAM posts or anything that really annoys me a lot on a given day.

SPAM posts always annoy me.

Thanks for your support, The Management

Friday, August 12, 2005

i pwn noobs

One of the funnier things I've seen lately.


Canadian slackers are 1/3 less filling than regular slackers.

The lizard and the monkey

The lizard looks up and says to the monkey, "Hey! What are you doing?"

The monkey says, "Smoking a joint; come up and join me, my cold-blooded friend."

So the lizard climbs up and sits next to the monkey and they smoke.

After a while the lizard says his mouth is 'dry', and that he's going to get a drink from the river. At the riverbank, the lizard is so stoned that he leans too far over and falls in.

A crocodile sees this and swims over to the stoned lizard, helping him to the side. He then asks the lizard, "What's the matter with you?!"

The lizard explains to the crocodile that he was sitting in the tree, smoking a joint with his new monkey friend. He then explained how his mouth got dry, and that he was so wasted that, when he went to get a drink from the river, he fell in!

The inquisitive crocodile says he has to check this out. He walks into the jungle and finds the tree where the monkey is sitting, finishing a joint.

He looks up and says, "Hey, MONKEY!"

The monkey looks down and says, "SHIIIIIIIIT, DUDE.........How much water did you drink?

[Joke from an email -- I don't know who wrote it]

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Swim to Eat -- Eat to Swim

 Are you full yet?

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Floating for peas

Ruth is learning to float on her back.
Claire would like to have world peace or maybe whirrled peas.
It is hard to say for sure.

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Pauly Does Dallas

I might have found a copy of Pauly Does Dallas. I'm giddy as a school girl.