Gotta get one of these…
Gotta get one of these…
The Folks in the MMC don’t know it yet, but tonight is Donna and my last Club meeting. Regular readers will remember that a couple months ago I was virtual car shopping, well we have decided on a car. It was not on the original list in either category because it fell outside the theoretical budget limit, and if recent events have taught us anything it is you only live once, so you might as well enjoy yourself while you can.
The local dealer didn’t have what we wanted, but a quick search turned up almost a perfect match, satellite radio instead of the Ip Odd interface, in Charleston, SC. We will be able to pick it up on Friday at Taylor BMW in Augusta. With trading in the Emperor, $2k additional down, we ended up financing $28,000 @ 3.95% or $475 a month for the next 6 years…
Meet Little Boy Blue: a BMW 128i Convertible.
Burned up almost a full tank of gas and drove around 300 miles just to find an ammo can hidden near the Museum of Western York County. We found 7 others today, but the Museum was the real objective, you see, it is located on Page 20 of the DeLorme atlas of South Carolina.
Tonight after entering all the data and running the macro that produces the image on the Challenge Page appears broke. It showed we only had 3 pages completed, a far cry from the actual 34 we have done. I updated GSAK the other day and when it did it gave a warning about backing up your database because it was going to be making big changes. Those changes must have hosed something in the macro.
Because we drove all that way just to fill the square, I manually photoshopped the image and hacked the HTML to make it look like it should. Only then did I think that maybe I should check the forums to see if the macro had been updated, it had. At least I’ll be ready for the next square.
I have often spoken here of hitting the trifecta, but that is in reference to eating out all three meals in a single day. Today we hit the Geocaching Trifecta. We hid a cache, found a cache and we DNF’d a cache.
In other Tri news our neighbor the ultra-marathoner saw us dragging out the tandem for our caching adventure and mentioned that she had gone for bike ride yesterday and has given some consideration to maybe trying Triathlons.
This prompted Donna to say later in the day we had done our own triathlon today, we rode 14 miles on the bike, took a 1/2 mile walk checking on a cache and then taken a shower.
This “button” has been sitting here in the upper right corner of my WordPress admin page for the longest time. Tonight I clicked it and it installed something called Google Gears. I’m not sure if it is supposed to speed up the blog for me or you, but I do know if it keeps asking to connect to the Google mothership it is coming out.
The trunk on the Miata looks like someone dusted for prints using yellow instead of black powder,there are yellow tire tracks on my garage floor when I back out in the morning and Tiger Woods’ Green Jacket is now a neon lime green. Pine pollen season and the Masters are in town.
Four for four on Friday. Thirteen for 14 with one change of heart on Saturday and we can cross off 4 more counties and four more DeLorme pages.
Once a year Donna and become golf fans, we watch the Master’s on TV. I guess because we have been there in person…
On our way home from Georgetown this morning we made two quick caching stops to pick up the last DeLorme pages we needed for the eastern part of the state. And just outside the town of Eutawville (YOO tah vil) the Emperor passed the 106,00 mile mark.
Back in August a bolt of lightning fried our tube TV so we bought a one of those new fangled flat screens. I let it find all the channels and was happy as a clam. Then 3 weeks later I had to reset the TV and when I ran the channel find function this time I let it look for digital channels. It found some, the Music Choice channels that came with the digital package, nothing with a picture though.
I was home sick with some flu stuff today and thought I would tune into Soundscapes, the New Age Music Choice channel to help in starting a nap while on the couch. It wasn’t there. I remember wondering if the cable company knew that folks with digital TV were getting that music for free. Maybe they did and decided to cut it off.
For the heck of it I ran the channel setup again. It found the music channels. They were occupying the recently, with no notice, vacated ESPN Classic channel spot at 34. Not only that it turned up the HD broadcasts of the 6 local TV broadcasters. Now I won’t have to unplug the cable and plug up the $20 rabbit ears I bought so I can watch TDTVS in full widescreen HD glory. Then plug the cable back in after the show is over.
While channel surfing this evening I flipped through 3 straight stations that were playing Iron Man 2 commercials. One of which was actually a car ad (admittedly, I think if Iron Man were a Transformer he probably would change into an Audi R8 V10 convertible.)
As much as I loved the first movie and the trailers look good for number 2, they do look a little over the top in places. I am starting to get the feel this franchise might be going the way of TDPM.
The Emperor is filthy. Tree sap from parking in the wrong spot somewhere, pine pollen, dead bugs and mud from an aborted geocache attempt cover the exterior. The inside isn’t much better, pine pollen there too, plenty of dirt and debris in the mats, plus some stray M & M Minis under the seats.
I need to wait though and get the driveway cleaned off first. Adding water to it’s current coating of pine pollen (surprise), oak pollen clusters and dogwood blossom petals would create an awful soup.
I need to wait on cleaning the driveway until I blow off the roof, which is covered in, well, you can guess.
When we got home tonight you could barely tell I had cleaned the driveway, enough oak pollen clusters had fallen to leave a sparse coating the whole front yard. Oh, well, I was still going to wash the car, had to because the MMC has abreakfast event tomorrow and we couldn’t very well show up in the pigsty the Emperor was. Plus I have that awning-carport thing that will at least keep the stuff off the car *while* I’m washing it.
The the past week or so, maybe longer, the wheel on mouse of the desktop PC was acting up. When you scrolled down it would jump and jitter, sometimes huge chunks of pages. Scrolling up it was fine…so Saturday we went to Staples and bought a new mouse. We opted for a corded mouse for a couple of reasons, its eco-friendly (no dead batteries filling the landfills) and cheap at twenty bucks. As a bonus it had a PS2 adapter which I used so as to free up a USB port and now I don’t have to crawl under the desk and swap out the cables for the web cam or scanner depending on which one I need at the moment.
Today while sitting on the screened porch listening to the FRS getting their hats handed to them 7–1 by the Tampa
Devil Rays the cordless mouse on the laptop quit working. 6 weeks and kaput. The cute little receiver which barely sticks out of the USB port was HOT to the touch. Just to be sure I swapped the AA battery out of the mouse with a different one, I tried the receiver part in another port on the laptop (I had to pull it out with a pair of pliers it was so hot) and tried it on the desktop PC and it still didn’t work. Guess I’m going back to Staples tomorrow.
Because it is Patriot’s Day the FRS game started at 11:05 AM this morning. By 11:08 they were losing by one run. At the end of the third inning they were trailing by eight.
I had an idea for tonight’s post, but before I starting writing I did my usual check of select links from the sidebar and there it was in the second panel of today’s Soxaholic, I’m not the only one thinking it.
I missed celebrating 420 today. Bummer man, might have helped watching tonight’s episode of TDTVS.
I was upgraded to Office 2007 at work yesterday. My cubical neighbor (Hi, Jim) has had it for a few weeks and has done nothing but complain. I have to admit I am not in love with the new interface, it does look like it might be helpful to novices and today’s big button/colorful icon lovers, but I’m old school and like the drop down menu thing better. I quickly figured out how to hide the Ribbon and add my wanted buttons to the top menu, so I can deal with the changes.
Office 2007 turns on Microsoft’s ClearType automatically which they have designed to make text look crisper on LCD screens by blurring the edges. Some people love this “advancement”, most don’t even notice and another faction hates it. I thought I fell only in the hate column because at work and home when I have run into Clear Type in the past the first I did was to disable it. To me the slight blurring of the characters, just makes them look out of focus.
Off to the web to see about shutting off the Blurr Type in Office 2007. Before you jump in to let me know Microsoft has Control Panel App for tuning ClearType, I tried it and it didn’t help.
Depending on which version of Windows you have there are different ways to turn off ClearType. For XP you have to:
1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display.
2. On the Appearance tab, click Effects.
3. Click to select the Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts check box, and then click Normal in the list. This turns it off for a lot of things, but Office 2007 still uses it.
To shut it off in Office you need to follow these instructions:
1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click program Options.
2. Click Popular.
3. Under Top options in working with program, click to clear the Always use ClearType check box.
4. Click OK to close the program Options dialog box.
5. Restart the 2007 Office program. This is all well and good, but Outlook is still holding out!
To bring Outlook into line you need to go to View -> Current View -> Customize Current View -> 1) Other Settings Button — Change the 3 fonts, Column, Row, Auto Preview & 2) Automatic Formatting Button — Change all 5 rules. Then go to Tools -> Options -> Mail Format Tab -> Signatures Button — Change the font if needed. Then select the Personal Stationary Tab — Change the three fonts there. I changed them all to Tahoma and left the point size alone. Arial would work pretty well here too.
After all that, the documents now use the crisp sharp fonts I know and love, but guess what, all the menu text in Office 2007 still looks fuzzy. Turns out Microsoft commissioned some new ClearType friendly fonts to be use in the Office interface. Bastards!
There may be a different way to cure this issue, but I opted for the brute force method, my Google searching turned up a site that listed those fonts and I moved them and all their variations from the windows font directory: Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Constantia, Corbel and Segoeui.
Why are the ferns the first to poke out of the ground after they do a prescribed burn in the woods.
This picture is from last weekend’s walk in Hitchcock Woods.
We grabbed a cache on the way home from dinner out in Augusta on Friday. We got a find and removed one of our DNFs. We didn’t find this one a while back, but we weren’t the only ones, the container had gone missing. The owner has since replaced it and we found it.
Saturday we got up early and headed north and east with the goal of finishing up our SC Challenges in that part of the state. One of the counties we needed was Chesterfield which is where Cousin Laurie resides, so instead of our typical breakfast at Cracker Barrel meets in Florence, we did a lunch at Subway in her home town of Chesterfield. She even joined us on a caching expedition behind the town’s high school. We were gone for almost exactly 12 hours, covered a touch over 400 miles and got to check off the 3 counties and 4 DeLorme pages that we needed with the 11 caches we found.
After yesterday we were at 392 total. We needed to get just 8 to get to the next milestone and there were 8 relatively fresh caches along the bike lane they added along side the new I-520 section in North Augusta. Seemed like somebody was trying to tell us something. At first we tried to resist, but by after lunch the pull was too strong. We parked at the DMV and started along the trail. Donna’s idea was to walk to the furthest cache and work our way back (this strategy worked well yesterday when we went all the way north and east before working our way back home.) And that is almost exactly what we did, the pent up desire to do something caused us to pick up #2 before walking the whole way. We found all eight giving us exactly 400 finds. Turns out there was a cache right there behind the DMV building where we had parked, oh what the heck, might as well start on the next hundred, plus 401 is a prime number. By the time we were done we had walked 4.7 miles.
Added a link in the Miata section called Miata Mondays. It is from a site called Cold Track Days and features a photo every Monday of a tricked out Miata.
Watching LOST last week, every time they showed Jack standing there in his dark blue t-shirt I couldn’t help but notice the resemblance to the protagonist in that video game Another World that I so loved, but couldn’t get to work back in December.
There are only 3 episodes and the two hour finale left of TDTVS and then it will be all over on Sunday, May 23 (why Sunday?) But that’s OK maybe they will make Saturday morning cartoon of the show.
You know how I spent a couple hours the other day ridding my work PC of ClearType after the Office 2007 install? Well guess what is running on the home laptop and hasn’t bothered me one bit?
House viewers must buy a lot of trucks or someone thinks they do because the big three have all run truck ads during tonight’s show.
It is no secret here that I loved the first Iron Man, SOI have been eagerly awaiting IM2 for some time now. The trailers have looked awesome.
But now I’m not so sure. I’ve now seen a couple of clips from the Iron Man movies and I think it may suffer from the same fate as TDPM series (the first was great, the second sucked and the third was an embarassment.) In the second trailer the Stark Expo entrance entrance takes 20 seconds, in the actual movie it takes 2 minutes which is about a minute too long.
In the car race sequence where Whiplash chops Tony Stark’s car in half we get introduced to the new portable armor, the suitcase suit. The suit is a marvel (pun unintended) in that it is light enough for Pepper Potts to toss out of a car 20′ away to Tony’s feet and it is strong enough to withstand ferocious electrical whippings. Then it takes 20 seconds for it magically expand and then snap back shut bit by bit. It must have some hypnotic qualities as well because Whiplash just stands around waiting for the thing the finish coalescing into a complete suit before attacking.
The movie has actually had it’s world premier yesterday in Hollywood and the early reviews are mixed. I’m thinking that a week from Friday I may just pop the DVD of the first movie in and savor it.
Before I broke.
Yesterday I loaded up my now unused thumbdrive (thanks DropBox) with Winamp Portable and about a Gig of tunes, so now I’m back listening to music at work.