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Google’s gears got me gagged May 31, 2009

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I got Geek Fever and survived!

For about a week now my computer was sick. Every time I tried to upload an image in WordPress, my browser, FireFox, would crash.

I tried everything including re-installing FireFox…nothing worked. I was at my wit’s end so I took a deep breath and asked myself, how would my spiritual guide approach this problem.

yogaI saw visions of wheat grass and nut milk bags and heard chimes and gongs and everyone was holding hands and chanting softly, gently drifting in the collective current of love.

Well that wasn’t gonna cut it for this crisis…I was on my own, alone…my tech-savvy guru was off having to-die-for hash browns while I was starving for a byte.

And then it came to me….WordPress Help forums.

I’m not one for actually being patient enough to forage through the wilds of geekdom to find a thread from another techno-retard like myself who doesn’t know his floppy from his hard drive…but I was desperate.  safetyfirst

I’m not a Catholic but I crossed myself anyway. I suited up, strapped on and plunged headlong into the abyss:

As soon as I pressed the search button I knew I was never coming back…I could feel my temperature rising as the geek fever infected me rendering my protective gear useless. This strain of geek fever was immune to every inoculation I had ever had…I was defenseless. I was succumbing. eyeprotection

The very first entry in the forum held the priceless answer to my issue…I now had my cure but would I be able to make it work. I mustered every last ounce of energy and flung myself headfirst back through the electronic portal which I had entered just moments ago. Miraculously, I had enough life left to escape the clutches of the vile place they call ‘the forum’.


I followed the decontamination protocol and proceeded to inject my WordPress site with the only known serum that could save us all. virusI shut my eyes as I pressed the ‘upload’ button knowing if this inoculation failed…all mankind was doomed.

What happened next was unbelievable.  A chorus of beautiful voices began chanting an angelic chord. Gongs and bells peeled a harmony so pure it made me weep. Everyone was supping a glorious green juice drink and my FireFox didn’t crash!!!

I’m so proud of myself…all is right in the world again.

The issue was with Google’s Gears add-on. I’m not quite sure why it just decided to start crashing FireFox since I had Gears enabled previously. The fix was simply to disable Gears and restart FireFox.

I Like Women May 29, 2009

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Mea maxima culpa!

I recently had occasion to take stock of my music inventory and came to the realization; I like women.



One of my recent moves into the 21st technological century was to upgrade to a Blackberry Pearl Flip. Besides being Internet ready and being a camera, it also has the great function of serving as my new Ipod. I splurged for an 8gb micro SD (replacing the paltry 256mb that came with the phone) and proceeded to download my music collection.

Having all your music in the same device that serves as a phone has made it that much easier to listen to music and much more frequently. During a recent multi-hour jag of listening and taking the occasional call, I realized my musical tastes really lean toward female voices that are; powerful, soaring, pure and sometimes downright angelic.

Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox, LeAnn Rimes, Deborah Holland, Celtic Woman, Enya, Lucinda Williams, and Nina Simone all have me awestruck. There are other voices that I enjoy, both male and female but these powerful and beautiful voices have gravitated to my favorite playlists.

LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes

I’ve had Lennox, Williams and Enya for many years and I discovered Holland when she fronted for Animal Logic on their two albums. I have since purchased several of her solo CD’s and while the genre is completely different, her amazing voice is still the reason I listen.

Deborah Holland
Deborah Holland

Just recently I was turned on to Simone by a friend and I have to give props to PBS for introducing me to  Celtic Woman (who put on one of the best concerts I have ever seen). If you ever have a chance to see them, do it.

LeAnn Rimes has fascinated me since she was first on the music scene back in 1995 at the tender age of 13. She was a child prodigy with a voice way beyond her years. It has only gotten better  since her breakout album ‘Blue’ and everything she sings is just awesome.

Celtic Women

Celtic Woman

Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

Thanks Alice! May 22, 2009

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Schools Out For Summer (almost)

I was 14 when Alice Cooper’s iconic homage to the end of the school year debuted. I can still remember the excitement that song generated. Suddenly I had an anthem to play long and loud proclaiming the joy that had been building in me since the previous Fall.


“School’s Out” became Alice Cooper’s first major hit single reaching #7 on the Bill Board Hot 100 pop singles chart and propelling the album to #2 on the Bill Board 200 pop albums chart. The song reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in August 1972. It also marked the first time that Alice Cooper became regarded as more than just a theatrical novelty act.

As I took my daughter to the bus this morning I couldn’t help hearing that song once again, jamming in my head. Today was the last day of classes before exams and I could sense my daughters excitement knowing the summer break was just a week away. I’ll put a copy of the song on her Ipod so she can rock out next Friday just like I did, 37 years ago…

Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Makin all that noise
‘Cause they found new toys
Well we can’t salute ya
Can’t find a flag
If that don’t suit ya
That’s a drag
School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces…
Alice Cooper

Mysterious Code Discovered and Broken in the same Day May 20, 2009

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Holy Hieroglyphic Hi jinks

I was out and about today sportin’ a new doo and feeling mighty fine.  Noon time came quick and I was jonesin’ for some sushi so I stopped in at my favorite little Chinese Hawaiian Oriental Westaraunt also known as C.H.O.W. and pigged out on raw fish and rice.  I regret it now but it sure did feel good going down! Anyway, I needed reading material so I had picked up a copy of today’s USA Today. Yesterday’s Today was old news but I like to be current so all the news that’s fits to print would be music to my eyes. Fortunately I was all ears when the waitress came and asked for my order. I honored her offer and was on her and off her all day…. It was during my second plateful of Moo-Shoo that I saw the future.



Right there on page 3B, just as plain as the nose cone on the plane that had just taxied up to the take out window; “New 2D barcodes put info at your fingertips” screamed the headline. Luckily my fingertips where already in my ears so I didn’t hear the scream. Thank goodness the article was written in English, second languages are not my forte. Anyway, the pictures were worth a thousand words so I figured I was gonna be there a  while. I poured another cup on Joe and this old dog set about learning a new trick.

PS  My fortune cookie crumbled before I could read it.

I’m on the case…more to come.

Technology vs. the 8-Track mentality May 6, 2009

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If ‘progress’ keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs except for the push-button finger.”—-Frank Lloyd Wright

I got a new toy the other day and I’m still trying to figure it out. I changed my cell phone service and splurged for a new phone in the process. T-Mobile, my new carrier, made it too easy not to upgrade to a Blackberry and all the joys that that entails. blackberry-pearl-flip The first order of business was to figure out this little bugger. I spurned the on-line tutorial and only glanced at the manual. The install CD had a step by step guide that seemed far to involved. I passed on watching it.

How hard could it be? It’s a phone for god’s sake.

Hours, then a day, then another day went by. I still couldn’t figure out how to e-mail from it. In the meantime, I had managed to: import my old phone numbers,  choose a stupid ring tone, accidentally delete all my imported old numbers and forget where I picked that stupid ring tone so I could change it.

I finally relented and called in an expert. My 15 year-old spent about 20 minutes and had me hooked up. Between the ‘Hey Dad, when do I get a Blackberry’ and the ‘this is way too much phone for you, you should give it to me,’  I  realized I had to do a much better job of keeping up with technology. My 15 year-old will eventually move out one day and then I will be forced to read the directions.

Before I actually owned a Blackberry I was publicly disdainful of all those ‘crackberry’ addicts; heads buried and fingers flying for hours on end. Now that I own one and know how to use it, it’ll take more than a twelve step program to save me.