A Brief History of Hawking?
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Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:45 am)

Sounds like Stephen Hawking isn't doing too well. Hope he pulls through.

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First watch, 6 bells (11:08 pm)

I just finished watching Mitchell. It was a terrible movie with that terrible 70's wakachika guitar noise soundtrack. Mitchell, played by Joe Don Baker, is an edgy cop with a penchant to break rules. He follows a case he's been ordered off of, throws his hooker-junkie-girlfriend in jail, and climbs out of a helicopter onto a boat to murder two people.

I give it one permanently empty seat—Joel's. This was the episode where Joel took the escape pod and left the Satellite of Love forever.

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Last dog watch, 8 bells (8:25 pm)

I watched Gunslinger since for some reason I couldn't fall asleep. I figured a Roger Corman stinker should do the trick. Well, it almost did. I'm sure it would have if it wasn't for Joel and the 'bots' jokes.

I'm still not really clear on what the plot was, but let me try to sum it up: female sheriff vs. female bar owner. Yeah, I think that about does it. The bar owner is buying up land in speculation of selling it to the railroad company that is planning on building through the area, but they end up going a different direction. The bar owner hires a man to kill some people, but she falls in love with him. And he's in love with her, and the sheriff, whose husband died years earlier, hence her pants-wearing, gun-slinging old west attitude. Hit man kills bar owner, sheriff kills hit man, quits her job because she was in love with him and just couldn't take it anymore.

I give this movie eight empty seats, for the number of horses that weren't harmed in this film. Had it been the number of people harmed, I'd have to cite everyone that's ever watched it, which must be in the hundreds. Hehe.

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The Painted Hills
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Last dog watch, 1 bell (6:46 pm)

As I'm lying on the couch waiting for a nice afternoon nap, I put on The Painted Hills, a Lassie movie starring "Pal as Lassie as Shep." That's a talented collie, playing two parts at the same time.

This movie is about an old prospector, a young boy named "Tommy" (not Timmy), and a friend or two. The friend goes gold crazy and kills the old prospector, Pal as Lassie as Shep goes after him for revenge. It also stars a holy-rolling Christian prospector that provided the eulogy.

I give this movie fifteen empty seats, five for each of the three Indians they had in the movie spouting gibberish pretending to be some kind of language. At least that's what it sounded like me.

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Girl In Lover’s Lane
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Last dog watch, 1 bell (6:38 pm)

I watched this a couple of weeks ago and totally forgot to review it. This seemed to be another one of those "teen-sploitation" movies about some drifters that are accused of creating trouble in a town that has been peaceful for twenty years.

Girl in Lover's Lane was forgetful and pretty boring, which is probably why I forgot to review it in the first place. I give it 100 empty seats for each percentage of boring it had.

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Public Speaking Suggestion
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Forenoon watch, 6 bells (11:10 am)

If you give a speech in public, don't start it out with "I didn't really prepare anything to say."

Even if you really didn't. People (like me) instantly lose focus and stop caring when you admit you didn't take the time to prepare.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-04-19
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First watch, 8 bells (12:03 am)
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Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:57 am)

We played Mwahahaha! with Ellie and Wade (he just got home again) last night. It was a long game because Wade was learning how to play.

I was Doctor Dookie again, and slipped under the radar when everyone was worrying about Wade completing his doomsday device. I launched my attack from my Lunar Stronghold, threatened the world with raising the dead and won.

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Un-Wireless Internet
Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:14 pm)

My switchover to wireless Internet access at home is currently being held up by—yes—a wire. The cable they need for my antenna is on backorder.

This is what it feels like to be a prisoner of Irony. She's a mean one, people.

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Cisco Routers
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First watch, 5 bells (10:44 pm)

I spent several hours working on a new Cisco 881w 802.11n router today. It mostly seems to work great, but the firewall has proved to be really flaky. I suspect that using CCP is causing some of the problems (unpredictable behavior, mostly), but I can't be sure. I have several things to get done tomorrow, hopefully this router is resolved soon. Spent nearly four hours on it today, though.

I've got a lot of code to write tomorrow, and it's got to be in ASP, the bane of my existence. It has to be one of the worst thought-out commercial scripting languages ever. I suspect that if Microsoft's name wasn't on it, the language would be dead and buried. Instead, it gets an upgrade. Maybe aspx is better, I don't know. The problem is I don't really want to invest the time to find out—its predecessor is so poor I just don't believe it can be any good.

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Twitter Tools!
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Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:27 pm)

I added Alex King's Twitter Tools to my blog. Updated the stylesheet accordingly. You can see a few of my most recent tweets on the sidebar now.

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Pounds vs. Kilos
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Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:19 pm)

I just carried a rather largish box to my boss's office. It was on my side of the building, which is opposite his. I looked at it, saw that it said > 30 lbs, did a test pick-up, and decided to man up and carry it since I couldn't find a hand truck or a cart.

Well, I got it to his office and set it down to have him point out that the box really said > 30 kg, and in another spot said > 75 pounds. I probably shouldn't have done that.

I guess I'll know tomorrow.

Got 18 1/2 Minutes?
Posted in Recommendations
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:24 pm)

Might I recommend Nebula Nominee Ruth Nestvold's Mars: A Traveler's Guide from StarShipSofa?

Caution: Two semi-f-bombs, but this story was funny and well worth the few minutes it takes to listen to.

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Dear Microsoft
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:40 pm)

Thanks for writing a Server.URLEncrypt function for ASP.

You really suck for not writing a URLDecrypt fuction.

I hate you. I love PHP.

The end.

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Note To Self
Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:02 pm)

Get a subscription to Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine.

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