I met State Senator Jim Tracy, Chairman of the Transportation Committee, at the Fiddlers Jamboree in Smithville several years ago. He was campaigning the crowd. Of course I struck up a conversation with him about alternative transportation (bike/ped) and we started having a very good interaction. He finally asked where I was from. When I told him Nashville, he was almost rudely dismissive with me. That tells me either he didn't want to waste his handshaking time, or he's just not interested Keep reading [...]
September 1999 - November 20, 2013
I remember the first time I laid eyes on her. Donna and I had caught Jetty as a stray kitten and we thought he needed some company when we traveled. A friend of Donna's knew a guy Tom, who was renting an apartment and was moving. He had three "teenage" cats that he couldn't take so we decided to go pick one out. I've never really liked scaredy cats - a stranger comes in and they run like some kind of demon has entered the house. Honestly I never Keep reading [...]
So this is my BLOG. I write something once in a while, when there's something I want to broadcast. I write emails for work, for nonprofit work, for personal reasons. I write endless Facebook one or two sentence updates, sometimes I tweet. Recently I decided to hand write a few letters. I'm not sure how I really came up with the idea, but the Art of Manliness article says it best "Because sending a letter is the next best thing to showing up personally at someone’s door."
In my usual Keep reading [...]
There is a good kind of stress - the kind that makes you obsess, the kind that drives you to think, create, wake up on the middle of the night with a new idea, inspires, drives you to do more than you think you can do, the kind that motivates you to exceed the highest expectations you even set for yourself.
It's the new opportunity, it's the change that inspires. It's the freedom to be outside the box. It's the opportunity to search for the edges of that new box.
When have you had that opportunity Keep reading [...]
Back in 2004, my big thing was gardening. I had just starting to get into bicycling seriously, and my weekend time was beginning to become a scarce resource. I was collecting daylilies, hostas and roses. I had even joined the Middle Tennessee Daylily Society. The first River Ride I had ever heard of was that year, and it fell on the same day I had volunteered to be a daylily show judge assistant. The whole time I wanted to be at that ride. The next year, I volunteered to work registration. Keep reading [...]
One more challenge was actually getting the welder from Bristol to Nashville. I had to rent a pickup truck, drive to Bristol. The welder cart was so big I had to leave it behind. The guys I bought it from loaded it in the truck for me. After returning to Nashville, I went to my buddy Sal's place and used a chain hoist to unload it from the truck, load it on a furniture dolly and loaded it on a tilting trailer. Hauled it to the house and rolled it off the trailer.
From there, I spent Keep reading [...]
I started out with a John Deere tractor I wanted to trade for a TIG welder (I couldn't sell it.) Dad died in 1998, he worked in Mobile, AL in the summertime (between college to be an engineer) as a welding apprentice in the shipyard. Not a very good job. As I grew up, he had a stick welder, and was pretty good at it from his summer job. Every time we wanted to stick aluminum or stainless together, he would say "We would need a 'heliarc' for that." Since I was a kid, I always wanted one of those [I]exotic Keep reading [...]
So I've been trying to get WordPress - Android Market to work. I keep getting:
HTTP status code: 412 was returned. Precondition Failed.
I'm gonna keep trying for a little while. Apparently folks hosted on ICDSoft (which I am) are having trouble. I'm not sure I want to hack my WordPress code to make it work. I'll keep looking.
Turns out FactoryJoe has a fix, but it warns that it makes your site vulnerable. Don't do this.
Finally, I found this post that tells you to create a .htaccess Keep reading [...]
OK, so back several years ago, we switched our phone service from AT&T to Vonage. We saved a TON of money since then. But, occasionally we've had miscellaneous minor problems with the service, some were my home phone wiring. Well, we got a call from Comcast today about combining our voice service and upgrade to digital cable.
After quickly adding up our Cable and Vonage bills, we decided it would be worth doing it. During the disclosure rambling, the salesperson said they would charge Keep reading [...]