Sunday, January 20, 2008

Another "Quickie" Update

I just thought I’d stick a quick update here tonight.

It’s been too bloody cold here to do a whole lot, so I’ve been fiddling around with some ideas for the website for the coming months.

Inspired by the moronic topics of most news these days, I’ve added a “Random Headline Generator” in the menu to the left (if you’re on my website). If you’re reading this blog and wonder what the dickens I’m talking about just go to and it will all become clear. At any rate, you can waste some time generating your own headlines featuring some of the most popular personalities of our time.

I have decided to remove the wallpaper section permanently. I now have a section on Webshots which you can visit at: I have a few 1024 X 768 wallpapers posted there, and will add more as time goes on. If anyone is interested in larger sizes, they may be made available for a small charge.

I will soon be offering portraits drawn from your photos. These portraits will be available in pencil as well as a number of other mediums. I hope to have more information on the new feature soon.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Early Wake-Up

Well this morning things were a little exciting in the neighborhhod. A little after 8:00, we were awakend by sirens getting uncomfortably close. The house three houses to the east of us had caught fire. Not a good way to start a Sunday. I did manage to get a few photos from the back yard; you can see them by clicking the title above, or the January link on the left (if you're on my site). I heard that they had to take a lady to the hospital - hope she's OK.

In other news....

I did finally get a useful response form someone at Canon regarding my transparent sheet issue. They gave me a phone number (non-toll-free of course) for the parts department, and said I could order the sheets. I might, but in the meantime, I've found a plastic sheet that works just as well. It's the plastic liners you use in 3-ring binders to put documents in. New ones (with no wear) can be easily cut to match the original sheet, and work just fine.

I had a couple appointments with my eye doctors last week, and everything is looking good. My eye surgeon, Dr. Dyer, took me off the eyedrops I've been using since November, and said the eye is doing very well. I have another appointment Monday with Dr. Moyes. And I have an overall checkup scheduled for the 25th with our family doctor. Jeeze - I'm about ready to take a break from all the medical stuff for a while. I'm not at all used to being the subject of all the medical attention. I'm usually the guy that taxis everyone else to doctors' appointments.


Monday, January 07, 2008

First Entry of 2008

Last weekend was a pretty decent one. The cold temperatures moderated enough to melt most of the snow and ice from the last several storms. Saturday was relaxing, and Sunday was a great day as well. We enjoyed a BBQ lunch with a couple of our insulator collecting buddies, Pat Scott from St. Louis, and Pat Barkwell, who lives a bit closer – about 5 minutes, actually. We gotta get together more often! Pat & Pat are not only great guys, but they actually read my nonsensical missives!

I had another appointment with Dr. Dyer today, to check on how my eye is progressing. He was very pleased with how it’s healing. I don’t go back until April for my next checkup. I have an appointment tomorrow with Dr. Moyes, and we’ll probably look into a prescription for new glasses. I know one thing – I’m going to get two pairs. One for distance (i.e. driving), and one for close-up stuff like reading, working with the computer, and other closeup work. I tried bifocals last time, and I don’t really like them all that much. They’re OK for things like driving, but for reading or computer work, I have to look through the bottom of the lenses. I don’t like having to tilt my head back to see my computer screen. I know it will be more expensive, but my neck will feel a lot better!

I’m going to be looking into building a new computer soon. I want to put together a system with a lot of power and storage for my graphics. The AMD machine is going on a couple years old, and is starting to be a little persnickety. I’m starting to get more and more indecipherable error flags, and it’s beginning to look like time for another format and reload – for about the 5th time. The old Gateway 700 W98 machine is pretty much useless for anything more than typing a Word document.

Anyway, it’s time for me to get my butt to bed and rest up for another fun day fixing copiers tomorrow.