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Merritt-Pop

Merritt-Pop

I went with my grandfather today to check out the popcorn crop. We met with Charles Johnson, writer/editor for The Furrow magazine (published by John Deere) and he interviewed us about the popcorn and how its grown, etc.

The crop is going to be lean this year, which isn’t good, but considering how dry this summer has been it could be worse.

Merritt-Pop 2006

Merritt Popcorn Company

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

28-30 July – The Porsche 250, Barber Motorsports
21-23 Sept – Deal’s Gap trip (tentative)
23-24 Sept – WERA Nationals, Barber Motorsports

Pictures and such will be posted post-event. Hopefully can work in a track day or two in the fall too.

Call out the fire brigade

Call out the fire brigade

I got called in to cover for one of the night shift guys last night; not my favorite thing to do but overtime pay is kickin’ rad, so I went in. Pretty quite night as far as work goes, but I got a call from my brother (David) at 01:45. He told me that one of the warehouses from Dad’s store was on fire — that might be bad enough, but to make matters worse, it was the building I use as my garage. It’s less than a mile from my house, so I keep my motorcycles and the Jaguar parked there as I don’t have a garage at home.

By some stroke of good fortune, I had one car with me at work and the other parked at my house, and both my bikes just happened to be parked in other buildings. There was a truck parked in there that David and Jason pushed outside, since the fire department wasn’t going to do anything about it.

The FD basically just did damage control to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings. Its a total loss, but somehow the front corner where I kept my tools, spare parts, tires, etc. for my bikes pretty much only has water damage, it didn’t burn.

All my stuff was basically salvageable, and of course the whole place was insured so I’m sure that will turn out OK. I’m waiting to hear back from the insurance agent now. Dad is out of town, so David and I are taking care of it.

Pictures after the jump.

Cell service restored

Cell service restored

Treo 650 Posting from my new cell phone – a Treo 650 PDA/phone. Switched back to Verizon because I’m sick of getting the run-around from Sprint.

Update: Yes, my number is still the same.

The Motorola H500 Bluetooth headset is worth its weight in gold.

Friday has come and gone, and I still don’t have a phone from Sprint. Still waiting. I don’t miss them already. Look for a Sanyo MM-5600 on eBay as soon as UPS shows up with it.

Dear Sprint: I hate you.

Dear Sprint: I hate you.

So after losing my phone in Vegas, I was assured by Sprint that I’d have a new phone in my hands today (Monday). Well, the day has passed, and no delivery. After calling Sprint, I was informed that my phone wasn’t due for shipment until NOVEMBER 9. This is ENTIRELY unacceptable, and made that very clear to them. They’ve again assured me that I’ll have a new phone by the end of the week, but now I’m very skeptical.

So here’s the line in the sand. Either I have a new Sanyo MM-5600 in my hands by 17:00 Friday, or I’m switching carriers. Again. I’m not paying $100/month to Sprint, including $5/mo “insurance”, and getting jerked around while I don’t even have a phone to use.

Medical Briefing

Medical Briefing

The external fixator and pins which have been a thorn in my side (or, perhaps more accurately, my wrist) were all removed yesterday by the fine medical staff at Vanderbilt. Now begins the task of physical therapy to restore a full range of motion and strength.

Alex took video while they pulled the pins and unscrewed the fixator. Interesting stuff, not too bloody. I’ll post the videos soon; I have to do a little editing first. In the mean time, I did post pictures:

FOLLOW-UP: Doctor says the infection in the middle pin site needs attention. Have to have outpatient surgery to go in and clean it up. Shouts to Allison and Crocket, my buddies at the Vanderbilt Hand Clinic.

Weekend snow

Weekend snow

We got a bit of snow this weekend. Nothing to get excited about, but it only comes once a year or so around here. Click more for pictures from my drive home from work Saturday morning.

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Taken on Highway 64 between Winchester and Huntland with my new Motorola V551 camera phone (thus explaining the poor quality). Motion blur due probably caused by taking pictures while driving 70MPH — not going to win me any safe driving awards.

A motto for life

A motto for life

Asked to describe his personal philosophy, car-sales-and-finance guru Jim Ziegler replied, “Never do anything you couldn’t picture John Wayne doing. He never lied, he never stole, he never backed down, and he sure as hell wouldn’t have driven a Saturn.”

Car & Driver, January 2005 (pg. 70)

And we’re back

And we’re back

After a nearly three-week hiatus, miklm.com is back online. I’m sure you’ve missed us during the absense.

First, lear got 0wned by some Romanians who also took down half of iGiles in the process. After getting iGiles back online, I didn’t even bother fixing my personal site. Now we’re back with a clean install of Debian, replacing the dated RedHat 7.0 install that I got tired of maintaining.

Next, effective today I resigned my position at iGiles. I’m taking a contract position at NABC as CTO. I’m also going to do more freelance consulting, something I’ve missed over the past couple couple of years.

At any rate, this site is now hosted at my house on a ADSL line from Butler Networks. It should be fast enough for what I’m doing here — mainly e-mail and development hosting. If it turns out to be too unreliable, I’ll outsource hosting somewhere (probably A+ Hosting).

In other news, I’m finally becoming a property owner, as I started the paperwork this week on buying the house I’ve been renting since February. I think this is a good move (and Bob gave me a good deal).

Signing off after this test transmission. Going camping tonight (Halloween), and then headed to Knoxville for the UT vs. Duke game.

Of puppies and schoolbooks.

Of puppies and schoolbooks.

Monday marked the beginning of my first semester of enrollment at Martin Methodist College. Registration was Monday. After being used to a large school, this is quite a change. I miss the flexibility of scheduling that was offered at MTSU, and I’m not looking forward to 08:00 classes that I have three days a week.

In other news, I got a puppy last week. Max is a miniature pinscher. I always wanted a Doberman, but this is as close as I’ll get for a long time. Housetraining is starting to make progress, and he already understands SIT.

pictaur of teh dawg.

Just the facts, ma’am.

Just the facts, ma’am.

Haven’t updated in a while. A few things of note:

· Dad is getting married tomorrow night. David and I are groomsmen, ushers, and “gophers”, it seems.

Tracey & Slain got regan booting again. Yay for old SCSI knowledge, or something.

· The 4Runner is in the shop until next week. The alternator retired, and the A/C hose had a leak too.

· And in the “Other Things That Broke” category, we have macduff, who doesn’t seem to like its USB ports anymore. Guess I’ll get a PCI USB2.0 card for it and see how that works. Maybe I need a new mobo/proc…

· If that’s not enough, we’re trying to get all the loose ends tied up for our DS3 install at iGiles. Going to fiber optic has been fairly easy on us thusfar, but only because of a lot of hard work by BellSouth and Broadwing. The real fun starts when we roll wireless, coming soon.

Another dull, boring update.

Another dull, boring update.

· Dad’s wedding went off w/o a hitch. Even with David and I being involved.

· Finally got the 4Runner back last week. Got the A/C fixed with a new hose ($94 from Toyota dealer !?!) and a new set of brushes in the alternator.

· The DS3 install at iGiles went well, considering. Now if Frank would just stop hogging all the bandwidth with BitTorrent downloads…

· I’m planning on doing absolutely NOTHING for July 4th. I don’t even want to watch fireworks. I’d rather sleep, imo. Or catch up on all the work I’m behind on.

Random nothingness for a Tuesday

Random nothingness for a Tuesday

[1] Temporary Decrease in Performance Occurs When You Right-Click a File or Folder in Windows Explorer (from Tracey via Frank)

[2] Audioscrobbler.com :: Discover new music based on your listening habits

[3] I found a screw in my right rear tire yesterday. A quick stop by Stewart’s Tires this morning revealed that it didn’t penetrate all the way, so they pulled it and all should be fine.

[4] Hard Drives Instead of Tapes? 70 TB Backup RAID

Give a monkey a typewriter…

Give a monkey a typewriter…

Typing monkeys, but no Shakespeare
‘Experiment’ modeled on aphorism yields a big mess

ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON, May 9 – Give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters, the theory goes, and they will eventually produce the works of Shakespeare. Give six monkeys one computer for a month, and they will make a mess.

complete article

Kid in a kandy store, part 18.

Kid in a kandy store, part 18.

Today=g00d.

Well, it started off lame. My cell phone goes nuts at 00:53 telling me that our web server isn’t responding to our off-site monitoring service. Turned out to be about a 10 minute drop on all our T1s. So I have to come into the office and assess the situation and reconnect the audio stream. Bleh. It gave me an excuse to sleep in this morning, anyway.

So I get to the office at 10:15-ish and soon an NCR field rep shows up to repair my laptop that I decided to push off the counter yesterday. <3 some on-site service, or something. Good thing this laptop came with a 3-year onsite warranty that was transferrable — I’ll probably extend it for another year, because I’m sure to do something else destructive to it soon. New keyboard, new bottom plastics, and we’re back running. This also got my keyboard issue fixed where the left Shift and CTRL keys were going nuts.

Then FedEx shows up with my Kershaw Ken Onion Blackout knife.

Things got even better as UPS hit the door early afternoon with a new Blaupunkt DVD-ME1 DVD player. Instead of repairing the one I shipped back to them last week, they just sent me a new unit. The 4Runner is now rolling mobile movies again.

Today has been a good day for customer service, imo.

Bad poetry.

Bad poetry.

i debated with another whether pigs “grunt” or “gruffle”. i hold the former, my opponent the latter. thus, i wrote an haiku:

i delcare that pigs
grunt but they do not gruffle
as they swim in mud.

btw, i am right. definitions of grunt and gruffle.

Takes on the news

Takes on the news

Segway (remember “IT”?) sales slump, company forecast bleak.[1] But, you can now buy (overpriced) Progressive insurance on the thing.[2] Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha.

DSL customers brace for higher prices
Meanwhile, in rural TN, dialup customers are begging to get broadband at any price…

On a much more serious note —
At Least Three Dead in Alabama Shooting, Police Say


Update: 4 killed, one injured.

This one should get an entry in “World’s Dumbest Felons”: Police cornered the shooter “at his apartment, after [they] went to the address he had put down on his job applications.”