Sunday, September 30, 2007

First Frost

On Saturday morning there was actually a light frost on the deck railing. I always like when the hot summer finally yields to fall. October is the best month. I think it will always be so for me, due to my undergrad days at Va Tech. Something about those warm sunny days and brisk nights with changing leaves that is impossible to beat.

It also reminds me that someone I know from Tech (and pre-Tech) will be 40 very soon. Boo!

Monday, September 24, 2007


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Education System in America

What is wrong with the Education System in America?
  1. Administrators
  2. Teachers
  3. Students
What is right with the Education System in America?
  1. Administrators
  2. Teachers
  3. Students
Just when I am about to pitch in the towel for good, I meet a student working three jobs to buy textbooks, a teacher covering supply expenses out of pocket, or an administrator working weekends to develop strategic partners to increase funding.

These people keep me going when I meet administrators who could care less, teachers that think students are a drain on their time, or disengaged students who show up and waste everyone's time.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Rain and Rainbow Friday

It rained finally :-) I know this is a crappy picture off the back deck, but a rainbow defeats crappy photography in my book :-)

Lots of things defeat crappy photography in my book...self-serving, but otherwise I would have much less to post to the blog.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Buddy Simpson

Well, my paternal grandmother's maiden name was in fact Simpson. When I saw this link I had to try it out.

Not a bad rendition. I actually wish it wasn't so accurate.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Vista for the e-machine

Well against all recommendations I did it. I upgraded from XP to Vista... It really was not bad at all. I had to locate 2 drivers myself, but that was it. The only program that had a challenging number of service packs, patches and upgrades to install was Visual Studio 2005.

The machine is a late 2004 emachines with 2GB of Ram, an upgraded video card (256MB PNY of some cheap model number(nVIDIA GeoForce 6600? I can't remember what was on sale at Tiger Direct )) and a newer power supply. The processor is an AMD AthlonXP 3000+ 2.17 GHz.

So far I really like it. My computer actually seems a bit faster. Probably because I did a clean installation and the registry is probably a lot more nimble now. The interface is really slick. It kind of reminds me of the PowerMacs with OS something or another I used a couple of years ago in an applied computer graphics course I took.

...and for once wallpaper I like came installed.