Filed Under (House, Life) by Justin on 2006-07-27

Lucky for me, I’m not allergic to these. I think I have a total of five stings, but only two of them are painful. The one on my right knee is swollen like crazy (almost looks like two knee caps) and the other is on my left bicep. The one on my knee makes me want to cut my leg off though.

At least I have a hot nurse.

Lesson learned: Be caution when mowing around the tree in our front yard and get the safety switch under my lawn mower seat so that it will shut off when I come running off the mower towards the house while pulling off clothing.

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Filed Under (House, Stuff, Website) by Justin on 2006-07-18

I added pictures to the gallery yesterday. They start off with the mess of a telephone system we have at work right now and then there are lots of shots of the landscaping we’ve done around the house, bunches of pictures of our nephew, and as always, some of “our children” – Apache, Pixel, and Java. So, get on over to the Q2 2006 Gallery and enjoy.

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Filed Under (House, Life, Stuff, Work) by Justin on 2006-06-23

From reading the title, you might’ve thought I was about to blog some silly meme about all the places I’ve ever travelled, but, thats not the case – sorry if you’re disappointed. I just thought I’d take a few minutes to bring you all up to speed on life in Shelby and more specifically, at the Moore household.

I’ve had my busiest two month period at work ever in May and June, and things show no signs of slowing down. Actually, things will probably get worse before they get better: my boss/co-worker/friend heads off to law school in a few short weeks, cutting our I.T. staff by 50%. While they may be the craziest two months on record for me, I would say they’ve also been the most rewarding. I feel much more like a real “I.T. Coordinator” lately than just a help desk, and thats a nice feeling to go home to at night. Our company has been growing steadily ever since I came on board, but in just a few very short months, we’ve grown from 25 branch offices to 28 (I think). Three new offices may not sound like a lot, but they are pretty geographically diverse and I’ve been solely responsibly for taking care of all their technological needs (phones, computers, internet access, and anything else that uses electricity or batteries). That being said though, I learn something new almost everyday it seems like, and its not always about computers. Sometimes its about people, and believe me – I’d rather deal with the computers.

Things at home are pretty ho-hum. With summer arriving, that means most of our regular TV programs are in reruns and lately it’s been way too hot to work outside in the afternoons. We have managed to reorganize our garage and basement a bit though, so at least we’ve been a little productive. Since we had Java spayed, she’s been starting to calm down a bit. I think the vet may have somehow slipped from her lower tummy area and severed a nerve somewhere in her head. While she isn’t quite as hyper as she used to be, she has become quite the brat and has an extremely hard time listening to commands now. We’re trying to teach her a few new tricks too. I was lazy with that through a lot of the winter, but now she’s learning to jump through a hula hoop. So far, it seems to be more challenging to my patience than to hers, but I’m not giving up.

I had a great birthday a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to everyone for the presents! I ended up with mostly cash and some gift cards from Lowe’s and Best Buy. Mostly on impulse, I picked up the Philips DVP3040 at Best Buy and that turned out to almost be a mistake. My six-year old Sanyo DVD player had optical digital audio out and an S-Video output as well and the new player has both. I could’ve sworn I saw an S-Video out on the display model, but apparently the sweltering NC heat is affecting my vision. Regardless, I had to run a new cable from my AV closet to my TV so I could connect the video output and then I scrapped around the house to find a heavy enough RCA cable to connect the coaxial digital audio out to my receiver. The main reason I wanted the Philips model was that I seemed to have remembered reading online about their excellent support for Divx encoded files. That turned out to be pretty on par. It takes it FOREVER to read a DVD-R burned in my PC, but once it does, the video quality looks pretty sharp.

I also treated myself to a “new” lawn mower. A cousin was selling a 1995 John Deere STX35 at a killer price, so I took him up on the offer. It cuts like a dream. The only picture I can find is of this STX38, but they look identical.
John Deere STX38
Until next time…

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Filed Under (House, Life) by Justin on 2006-04-08

Well, my neighbor and I had planned on going to rent some semi-heavy equipment this weekend and do some playing work in our backyards.

Bobcat Trackhoe

See, we have a nice little creek that forms the back boundary on our properties, but it’s pretty much a mess right now. We were going to rent one of these nice little mini-excavators/track-hoes and clear the brush off the banks and then drive the machine down the embankement and dig the creek out a little to make it deeper for Java to play in. The weather forecast wasn’t looking so hot yesterday afternoon, but this morning, it’s just a little damp with scattered showers hovering around. I called the rental place an hour or two ago to tell them we were on the way, and much to my dismay, someone picked up the last one earlier this morning. Guess it will have to wait two weeks (next weekend is Easter) or I might have to um, get “sick” one day next week and miss a day of work.

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Filed Under (House, Life) by Justin on 2005-08-15

I’ve got an idea drawn out for a piece of furniture I want built – and will probably end up building myself – but I’d like to do it digitally to see if I really like it. Does anyone know of a good open-source/freeware/demo 3d/CAD program I could use to achieve this? OS doesn’t matter since I now have Linux, Mac, and Windows in the house. You guys always pull through for me – leave something in the comments…

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Filed Under (Geekspeak, House, Stuff) by Justin on 2005-05-26

On my lunch break today, I was going to call and find out where near my house I needed to go to get a burning permit so that I could dispose of some brush and such that I’ve been accumulating. I ran a quick Google search to get some info and the first search result was to the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources for Cleveland County and much to my surprise, you can get a burning permit ONLINE. That’s just crazy. Good to know that my tax dollars are being used to embrace technology in a very positive way!

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Filed Under (House, Life) by Justin on 2005-05-12
my new weedwhacker

Yes, it’s an early one, but Bonnie went ahead and treated me to my birthday present last night. It’s fact that we’re both awful and trying to keep things from one another, and I really needed to go ahead and get this for some projects I awnt to do around the house over the next few weeks before it’s unbearably hot outside.

It’s a super cool power tool and is replacing a hand-me down that was just barely getting the job done. The new
Craftsman Weedwhacker is quite nice and cheaper than similar models found at your typical big-box retail stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.

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Filed Under (House, Work) by Justin on 2004-10-04

I just got an email from Vonage that was a bit surprising. They’ve lowered the price of their unlimited calling plan that we’re signed up with. We’ve been paying $29.99/month for a few months now for unlimited nationwide calling, caller-id, call waiting, call waiting-id, call forwarding, voicemail, and even more stuff, but now it’s only going to be $24.99/month.

I can’t recall the last time a company contacted me to let me know my rate was going DOWN. I mean, at work earlier today, when *the company* finally called me back, they told me that a while back they had a pricing change and we could probably get a full T1 for what we’ve been paying for a 512K line. Three times the bandwidth for the same price and no one bothered to tell us? Sigh… where has all the customer service gone…

If anyone is interested in Vonage, let me know and I’ll get you a referral code thats good for a free month.

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