Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Circuit Diagram

This just brought back some memories and I'm sure if you've done any circuit level troubleshooting you can appreciate it also.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"C" is for Cookies

I had already cut the front and backyard though it's still 90 frigg'n degrees out in the middle of Sept. I think we have had only one week since the beginning of the summer where it hasn't been so damn HOT! I can't wait for Fall, but I did look at the long-range forecast and temperatures should start trending down after this weekend.
Still trying to be semi productive on my day off I decide to make some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and to use up some oat I purchased for another dish.
I've already tried a couple the cookies semi warm and they are pretty damn good. Here is the recipe if you want to enjoy some for yourself. I found it on the website Epicurious.com.  I hope you have fun making them and sharing with friends. If you wanted to be stingy I wouldn't blame you ;-)

Trout Dale Oatmeal-Raisin  Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) raisins
  • Special Equipment: Cookie sheets (not insulated); baking parchment or Silpat or other nonstick baking mats (optional); flat paddle aattachment for electric mixer (optional)
  • Pan Preparation: Line the cookie sheets with baking parchment or nonstick mats or coat with butter or nonstick vegetable spray.

Divide oven into thirds and preheat to 350°F. Bake 12 to 16 minutes. Prepare the cookie sheets as directed.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
In a large bowl, using a sturdy spoon, or in the bowl of an electric mixer, preferably with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until soft and creamy, then beat in both sugars. Scrape down the bowl and beater, if using, and beat until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla and scrape down the bowl again.
Stirring slowly, or with the mixer on the lowest speed, gradually work in the flour mixture, then the oats and raisins. The dough will feel very stiff. (You can make the dough ahead, cover, and refrigerate for several hours.)
Drop the dough onto the prepared cookie sheets by the heaping tablespoon, placing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 16 minutes (or for the time indicated for your altitude in the chart), or until the cookies are golden brown; the longer they bake, the crisper they will be.
Cool the cookies on a wire rack. If the cookies were baked on parchment or a baking mat, simply slide it off the cookie sheet onto the wire rack to cool. When the cookies are completely cool, store them in an airtight container.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Trout-Dale-Oatmeal-Raisin-Cookies-240345#ixzz10CRRYi5R

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lady Gaga on DADT

I'm not a huge Lady Gaga fan, but her music is cool, its just some of the stunts that she has pulled are kind of annoying and somewhat disrespectful of others. I think with this she has regained some of my respect. She really lays out the truth about this policy and how it harms individuals and the military readiness. It's nice to see celebrities take an open stance on such a controversial subject.
The US Military's policy of  "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is a policy that does more harm than good. I like many of fellow sailor, soldiers and airmen have served this country with honor. I don't know why many people think that if the military allows gay and lesbians to serve openly the barracks will become some mad gay orgy. We only want to serve and be ourselves and not have to hide who we really are. Living in or out of the closet in many cases is a personal choice, but we should be the ones that are able to make that choice. Mentally it is healthier to those sailors,soldiers and airmen, not to have to look over their shoulders and worry if they will be outed.

TODAY: Veterans, Lady Gaga Go to Maine in Grassroots Push to Break Filibuster and Pass “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) will be holding a grassroots rally with young people near the University of Southern Maine campus on today at 4:00 p.m. ET, at Deering Oaks Park, Portland, ME, in a major Senate push to break the expected filibuster by Sen. John McCain of the National Defense Authorization Act, to which repeal is included. The key U.S. Senate vote is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Keep updated on Twitter with the hashtag: #4the14k Sign up here.

Answer Lady Gaga's call for action!

Tell your home state senators to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by voting the week of September 20 in Washington, D.C.

Here’s the phone number to the Capitol switchboard – they’re staffed 24 hours a day: (202) 224-3121.

Need to know the name of your senator? Ask the operator and you’ll be transferred.

What to say while on the phone:

--Tell your senators to vote with Sen. Reid and Sen. Carl Levin in opposing the filibuster, defeat amendments to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments.

--Senators should follow the lead of Sen. Carl Levin who will be managing the defense bill.
Join the fight and keep updated on repeal! Sign up now.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pirate Day

 All hands scurvy dog ye Battle Stations!!!
Its speak like a scurvy pirate day 'n we need to find a few pints 'o ale if we be goin' to do 'tis properly. So have a grog-filled speak like a scurvy pirate day!!! 'n yarr thar be a day fer that :-) So, ye band 'o pirates off th' coast 'o Somalia, prepare to be boarded 'n run through. ye be givin' us harrrd drinkin' band 'o pirates a bad moniker.

An easy way to celebrate is to...
STEP1: goto bottom of ur Facebook page.
STEP2: Click on English (US)''
STEP3: When all the different Languages appear,Click on English (PIRATE) So funny!! arr
Confused give this translator a try.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

How Fairy Tales Really End

I hope that everyone had a good weekend and a better week. Here's something to put a smile on your face and get the week going.


Snow White

Little Red Riding Hood

The Little Mermaid 
I had her for Dinner Saturday Night ;-) See Life isn't as bad as you think, So keep your chin up and smiling.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Another New Theme

I had this whole weekend off. I have to say I didn't do a damn thing that could be considered constructive. Well maybe I did do something I implemented a new template for my little blog here. I hope that you like it. It had to be done, since I was tinkering around with the design editor and I accidentally deleter the last one without backing it up. Opps, but shit happens. Since I couldn't find my last back or the original code for the previous I had to start over. If you have any constructive criticism on how I may improve it please let me know. I guess next time I have this much time off I better have something planned, before I tinker around with anything else :-) I hope you all had a good weekend too.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Still Remebered

Nine years ago today America and the World suffered a great loss. When the planes flew into the buildings in New York we were all left a gasp. We could not believe that this was really happening and we wondered when we would settle back into reality waking from the bad dream. Instead we were left in horror and realizing that our simple world had changed.

A few delusional radical element had committed us to a path that were are on today. It's these radical elements in society that are the greatest danger. It's intolerant for customs and cultures that feed our fears for lack of knowledge. We blame all because of these extreme bad apples in a group. This is not a new clash of societies, it has been raging since man walked upright. But how do we overcome this? How do we make the world a better place? When do we set religion, politics and ethnicity aside and shake the hand of the other.

Right after the events that occurred nine years ago we were there. The world had rallied in support of ridding the world of these radical elements, but it wasn't long after that we had strayed from that path. I only hope leading in to the tenth anniversary we able to back track and find that path. We need to put new and old grudges aside to work through the current problems that our world faces. If not in memory of those lost but for the future generations that will follow.

Friday, September 10, 2010

It's a wrap

 Yesterday's news day ...As of right now the Wingnut Pastor has put his plans on hold. Thank Goodness! We'll just have to wait and see if that is true or not. I guess there is some drama around the circumstances that made him get a grip of his senses. Maybe he was told about Salman Rushdie, and how he still has personal security for death threats because of a book he wrote. Either way 1 person died yesterday in Afghanistan in protests to his plans and that is one too many. 

In case you had not heard, a federal judge in California ruled yesterday, that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’’ policy toward gay members of the military is unconstitutional. This ruling was for a lawsuit that had been filed back in 2004 by the Log Cabin Republicans. Early this year the US Congress passed a bill to remove the policy, it's just been tied up in Senate committees that have been letting the Pentagon conduct studies. I'm sure the US Government will file an appeal, because you know they are not ready to act, not as long as the Senate is dragging their feet. Just will have to wait and see shat happens.

Another week is almost complete, I actually have the full weekend off which doesn't happen to often. I had taken it off because my friend Clark said he was going to get Braves tickets, but forgot. No big deal, though I would have liked to go the game they need all of the fan support they can get right now. If the Atlanta Braves do not take the rest of series this weekend from the STL Cardinals I really fear they will be out of the playoffs.

Hope everyone has a great weekend how about a few pieces of eye candy...

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


Seriously? Is that what we need more radicalism? So at time when we should be building bridges between religions and cultures we have some Wingnut Pastor in Florida that wants to burn the Quran on 9-11. What is this going to prove? Beside that Hate is alive and well in the US. One more bad apple, that will paint a bad image to the world that Americans are ignorant and disrespectful to other cultures. Like they need any more help.

But maybe he's not going far enough maybe he should include the Torahs, The book of Mormon, all bible that are not the King James version, do the Buddist and Druid's have a holy text? If they do we should include those to since they are not Christian. Maybe, just for good measures lets throw a few copies Harry Potter and The Origin of Species into the fire too. This whole act is more proof that radical fundamentalism Christians are just as ignorant as the Taliban. 

The only thing that I fear is that this crackpot's following might grow and that it would be more detrimental to the safety of Americans and our troops overseas. This why I have strayed away from religions. What a fucking Waste of Flesh this Pastor and his congregation are. I hope they won't be able to get the soot out of their white gowns and hoods. Damn Wingnuts!!!
Fla. minister: Sept. 11 Quran burn still planned
By MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writer Mitch Stacy, Associated Press Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy said Wednesday he was determined to go through with his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, despite pressure from the White House, religious leaders and others to call it off.

"We are still determined to it, yes," the Rev. Terry Jones told the CBS Early Show.

Jones says he has received more than 100 death threats and has started wearing a .40-caliber pistol strapped to his hip since announcing his plan to burn the book Muslims consider the word of God and insist be treated with the utmost respect. The 58-year-old minister proclaimed in July that he would stage "International Burn-a-Quran Day."

Supporters have been mailing copies of the holy text to his Gainesville church of about 50 followers to be incinerated in a bonfire on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Gen. David Petraeus took the rare step of a military leader taking a position on a domestic matter when he warned in an e-mail to The Associated Press that "images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence."

Gen. Ray Odierno, the former top commander in Iraq, said Wednesday he fears that extremists will use the incident to sow hatred against U.S. troops overseas.

"This feeds right into what they want," Odierno said on NBC's "Today Show. Odierno now heads of U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Jones responded that he is also concerned but is "wondering, 'When do we stop?'" He refused to cancel the protest at his Dove World Outreach Center but said he was still praying about it.
"How much do we back down? How many times do we back down?" Jones told the AP. "Instead of us backing down, maybe it's time to stand up. Maybe it's time to send a message to radical Islam that we will not tolerate their behavior."

Jones gained some local notoriety last year when he posted signs in front of his church declaring "Islam is of the Devil." But his Quran-burning idea attracted wider attention. It drew rebukes from Muslim nations and at home as an emotional debate was taking shape over the proposed Islamic center near the ground zero site of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York.

His actions most likely would be protected by the First Amendment's right to free speech. The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear in several landmark rulings that speech deemed offensive to many people, even the majority of people, cannot be suppressed by the government unless it is clearly directed to intimidate someone or amounts to an incitement to violence, legal experts said.

The fire department has denied Jones a required burn permit, but he said lawyers have told him he has the right to burn the Qurans, with or without the city's permission.

The Vatican on Wednesday denounced the planned Quran burning as "outrageous and grave."

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during a meeting Tuesday with religious leaders to discuss recent attacks on Muslims and mosques around the U.S. called the planned burning idiotic and dangerous, according to a Justice Department official. The official requested anonymity because the meeting was private.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton added her disapproval at a dinner in observance of Iftar, the breaking of the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"I am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from American religious leaders of all faiths," Clinton said.

Local religious leaders in this progressive Florida city of 125,000 anchored by the sprawling University of Florida campus also criticized the lanky preacher with the bushy white mustache. At least two dozen Christian churches, Jewish temples and Muslim organizations in the city have mobilized to plan inclusive events — some will read from the Quran at their own weekend services. A student group is organizing a protest across the street from the church on Saturday.

Gainesville's new mayor, Craig Lowe, who during his campaign became the target of a Jones-led protest because he is openly gay, has declared Sept. 11 Interfaith Solidarity Day in the city.

David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Barack Obama told CNN Wednesday morning: "The reverend may have the right to do what he's doing but it's not right. It's not consistent with our values ... I hope that his conscience and his good sense will take hold."

In Afghanistan, Jones' planned burning continued to provoke outrage.
"It is the duty of Muslims to react," said Mohammad Mukhtar, a cleric and candidate for the Afghan parliament in the Sept. 18 election. "When their holy book Quran gets burned in public, then there is nothing left. If this happens, I think the first and most important reaction will be that wherever Americans are seen, they will be killed. No matter where they will be in the world they will be killed."

Kabul resident, Rajab Ali said, "If this (burning of the Quran) happens there will be chaos in Afghanistan and being a Muslim, if we don't defend the Quran then what else we can do?"

The Quran, according to Jones, is "evil" because it espouses something other than biblical truth and incites radical, violent behavior among Muslims.
Muslims consider the Quran along with any printed material containing its verses or the name of Allah or the Prophet Muhammad to be sacred. Any intentional damage or show of disrespect Quran is deeply offensive.

Jones' Dove Outreach Center is independent of any denomination. It follows the Pentecostal tradition, which teaches that the Holy Spirit can manifest itself in the modern day. Pentecostals often view themselves as engaged in spiritual warfare against satanic forces.
The world's leading Sunni Muslim institution of learning, Al-Azhar University in Egypt, accused the church of stirring up hate and discrimination, and called on other American churches speak out against it.
Last month, Indonesian Muslims demonstrated outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, threatening violence if Jones goes through with it.
Jones dismisses the response of the other churches as "cowardly."
The Slate has a great article on this subject I highly recommend it "We Didn't Start the FireYou aren't responsible for Quran burners. Don't hold Muslims responsible for 9/11."
Thanks to my friends Emily and Sarah for finding it.

Friday, September 03, 2010

End is Near

Labor Day weekend is upon us and even though there are still 19 days left of summer this is officially the end of summer. So I hope that everyone has a safe weekend. If you are headed to the Atlantic coast, Cape or the Island be-careful out there. Hurricane Earl has weakened but still has dangerous currents and winds as it head to the North East. As always please don't drink and drive. We have no real plans just an average weekend for us, I have to work today, on Sunday and Monday. So enjoy the baseball and college football games this weekend. I hope to see you all back on Monday.

Also thanks to those of you that voted in the poll regarding Eye Candy and the con sense was to bring it back once a week. So I will, it probably will not be the same day each week but I may work on a schedule for that. So here is a teaser for today... 

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