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Saturday, December 28th, 2013

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Time:12:54 pm.


hi live journal. its been a while!

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Monday, December 31st, 2012

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Friday, February 4th, 2011

Time:6:21 am.
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Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Subject:Aaron-Carl
Time:10:23 pm.
Had some news this morning that Aaron-Carl passed away.

Here he is on his website discussing his very recent (within the last week at the time he made the video on September 25th) diagnosis of cancer.

So I thought I'd just post a few memories I have of AC. In case you aren't familiar with him he was a house music producer and DJ from Detroit. He was extremely gifted and several of his records managed to find their way into my record collection. I even have a signed white label of his release on Motor City Electro Company that AC gave me at Foran's one night back in 05'. He also signed my copy of "Down" that evening.

I later had the opportunity to attend his birthday party one night and got to meet his family and friends. I occasionally spoke with him via the telephone and he was a really good guy to talk to. He was always willing to lend a sympathetic ear to my troubles in life.

The last time we spoke, we were talking about getting together for chicken wings at his house if I ever made it back to Michigan.

Aaron-Carl was probably the realest and down to earth guy I've met in a long time. He was not afraid nor ashamed to be himself. Detroit has lost a major talent.
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Subject:BBQ 2010!
Time:12:59 pm.
Sooo I finally got tired of the little grill that I had bought back in April. I spent most of this summer making recipes from two cookbooks, The Thrill of the Grill and its sequel, License to Grill.
I did some research and settled on the Char Broil All American Gourmet Grill/Smoker (yea cheesy name). It's cheap, has roughly triple the cooking surface, and also the capability of working as a smoker as well. Unfortunately, it also happens to be discontinued. Although it is still stocked at many retailers apparently.

I looked into the big 55 gallon drums cut in half. There is a place in Decatur called Jay's Welding that sells awesome 55 gallon drum smokers and grills though if anyone ever happens to want one for some reason. A 55 gallon drum would have just been overkill for my backyard, although they aren't very expensive for what you get.

Yesterday I finally managed to locate the model grill I wanted (didn't want a used one). I probably could have mail ordered it easily, but I guess I just wanted to see it up close and personal before I shelled out money for it. The grill wasn't a huge deal, just something I kinda wanted and was on the back of my mind. So I've had my eye out for it. I basically checked the grill section every time I went to a store to see if I could find it, assembled, to look at. Jen and I happened to be at the Wal-Mart in Canton yesterday, oddly enough. We've never been to that Wal-Mart before and just stopped to get bug spray and some bottled water because we were in Canton to drop some paperwork off at my work. I walked over to the grill and and BAM there it was. I spotted the grill in a box, unassembled, with a clearance tag on it. And they only had one left. SCORE! Most mail order/internet sources were charging $200 and I got it on clearance at Wal-Mart yesterday for $150.



So I brought the grill home and started assembling it in my garage. It was too hot outside at 95 degrees, and my garage stays cool thanks to the AC. It turns out this thing is a fricking beast of a grill. Much larger than my old one, and exactly what I expected. I mean, a grill is a pretty straightforward product. The only thing I didn't like was the thin walls, but oh well. Its not like I'm using this for commercial use, and the Barbeque Beast will live in my garage when not in use (thanks to the odd rain cycles here in GA).

After scoring my new grill, I went ahead and procured a picnic. A picnic is a pork shoulder. A piece of meat that happens to be very cheap for a good reason. This is a cut of meat with tons of connective tissue, and if cooked hot and fast will turn into one of the toughest, hardest to eat pieces of meat ever. Cooked slowly, it falls apart, and is moist, juicy, delicious, and used to make pulled pork (really about the only thing the pork shoulder is good for). The problem is, cooking it slowly means cooking it for about 8 hours.



So the grill/smoker is assembled and sitting on my deck. I went ahead and seasoned it last night (coated all interior surfaces with cooking oil and fired it up for a few hours). I've got a nice supply of briquettes as well as hickory and oak wood I collected in the woods. This afternoon I am rising to the challenge of turning the picnic into a delicious pulled pork sandwich fiesta later this evening. I am cooking the picnic in the Eastern Carolina Barbeque style. Basically you rub the pork with dry seasoning (my own secret concoction based on an eastern carolina style rub recipe). Then you let the shoulder sit out for two hours to get to room temperature. I started that at ten this morning. I'm making the sauce from scratch. Eastern Carolina style eschews the use of tomato, and is heavier in the vinegar flavor (in fact its basically just a couple of different types of vinegar mixed together). I'm tossing a bit of tobasco sauce in to give the sauce a bit of zip.



The smoker in action. The pork went on at exactly 12:00 noon. Now I get to spend the next 8 hours resisting the urge to peek. I just need to keep my eye on the thermometer and add more fuel as necessary (and probably dump the drip can every so often). I'll see!. In the meantime. I'm making Tidewater Coleslaw and turning some leftover pasta into a cold pasta salad to go with the pulled pork.



A little later I'll be popping open this bomber of Heavy Seas Hang Ten I had been hanging onto. And appropriate keeping with the seafaring theme, I'll be munching on some sea salt and vinegar potato chips.

YO HO HO


But first, I need to go get a haircut.
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Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Subject:Spending this weekend filling the pool.
Time:3:58 pm.
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Here's the "Before" shot from the 24th. We spent 3 days repairing the dirt you can see. It is basically a sand mixture that sits on top of the georgia style red clay/dirt that's everywhere around here.

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Yesterday afternoon we FINALLY got the pool liner in and started filling it. The whole project has been a bitch to complete. Filling it with the garden hose is taking forever as well. It took 8 hours just to fill it three feet. Right now it is nearly 4 1/2 feet/ neck deep. It is 8 feet total in depth at the deep end. The pool holds around 28,000 gallons by my math (give or take a thousand). I have to wait for the water to get 2 inches in the shallow end before I can cut the portion of the liner you see covering the steps.

Back to work. I have to take the filter apart, change the filter sand, and get it ready to be running.

I had to stop filling it last night due to cooler temperatures and rainfall. It's been really nice, sunny, and 85 today. I got a hell of a sunburn on my back and I'm pretty uncomfortable sitting back in chairs. So I'm off to go putter around in the around and babysit my pool filling...
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Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Subject:workbench
Time:3:48 am.
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I'm in the process of building a workbench in my basement. The computer is an old gateway with a 21" monitor so I can check out PDFs while I fix shit (PDFs=Owners manuals/repair manuals). The cupboard on the upper left is something I picked up in someone's trash. It had some mildew but I sanded it all off, primed it with killz. I have the doors but I haven't mounted them yet. I'm planning on putting a lock on it and storing hazardous chemicals inside (i.e. bug spray/weed killer/etc). Otherwise the workbench is all built out of scrap wood. Even the peg board was something I salvaged. I mounted a 36" shop light under the top shelf to illuminate the work area. I am also going to be mounting the vice grips soon too. For right now it is serving as a glorified shelf. The big pile of stuff is from when I dumped one of my toolboxes out and started sorting the nuts and bolts. Its pretty boring sorting that crap though, so I'm just doing it a bit at a time.

I started building it two weeks ago. I finished the frame one day (2x4 and 1x6 scraps I had laying around). The next I cut and mounted the OSB as a countertop (leftover from my roof repair). Then I spent about 3 hours last night running the electrical wire. I mounted 6 plugs (two on the right and 4 on the left) altogether, all on their own dedicated 20 amp breaker. Pulling the wire was a real pain in the ass. I even managed to accidentally punch myself in the face while doing it and cause myself to fall off a ladder - fun times. It was worth it though.

Next is to reinforce the workbench underneath the vise. I even have a spare set of computer speakers so I can rock out. I'm also going to drywall the wall behind it to help keep spiders away from under the workbench area (I found 3 black widows and a brown recluse in my garage last year, so I'm trying not to give them a place to hideout and bite me in the legs).

I'm basically just tired of trying to fix stuff sitting at the kitchen table. Hopefully now I'll be able to work on stuff with all my tools in easy reach. Plus I won't have to run from the computer to the kitchen table and back constantly.
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Monday, December 28th, 2009

Time:1:35 am.
experimenting with whether i can keep my house warm using wood fuel. uhh...not working out so well yet...
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Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Time:3:12 am.
okay so it's christmas riiight

I've basically got the next week off which is nice. I had to work Christmas eve on the nightshift so I didn't get off until 7am, and then I got pulled over leaving work because I had a headlight out. WTF

Anyways.

dildo baggins

Let me tell you bout Dildo Baggins. Its this nurse I work with on nightshift on the med-surg floor. HE WILL NOT SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT DRINKING WATER!!!!! Yea okay motherfucker, I know, water is good for you. But seriously. Sorry, red bull fucking and coffee rules (especially when one follows the other). Shut the fuck up about water, ok?? He's roughly 5'3", bald, and fat. And anytime you bring up drinking anything, he says, "That's so bad for you, you should drink more water." I mean seriously, this douche says this shit like once an hour. I think he used to be an elf at the north pole that got kicked out for talking about water all the fucking time. Just STFU DUDE!!!

my yard

My yard is still fucked up. I have a really funny neighborhood. I live at the end of a cul-de-sac. Anyways, behind me are a bunch of houses but I can't see them most of the time. Unfortunately with fall, all the leaves fell off the trees so I can see them now (Oh well bla I don't swim in my awesome fucking pool at this time of the year anyways). That's besides the point. The point is, back behind my house is another subdivision. It's funny because my sub doesnt have an HOA, but the sub behind me does. Their HOA outlawed leafburning. So I burned this huge pile of leaves and I had this asshole in the house behind me peeping at me with fucking binoculars as a Iburned my leaves HAHAHA

okay fuckit
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Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Subject:some ants eating a cheezit in my backyard
Time:3:26 pm.
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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Subject:The HTC Droid Eris
Time:4:27 pm.
In October, the deadline for my "new every two" deal with Verizon happened. So I started shopping around on the website for a new phone. It was actually really hard to pick one. I decided I wanted to get a "smart" phone this time around. After using the LG eNV for 2 years, and being generally more dependent on my phone for entertainment lately. The problem with the eNV was that the screen was small, the browsing sucked, the 2.5mm jack, the 2gb microsd card limit, every program costed tons of money. I could go on and on about the drawbacks to it. It was a very cool phone when I first got it.

So I basically got to the point where I was going to pick between the HTC Ozone and the HTC Droid Eris. Mostly because they were both free under the plan (it gives Verizon license to rip me off for the next two years, but overall they're not a bad wireless carrier and I'm happy with the service).

After checking out the windows and android OSes for phones, I decided that the android seemed a lot cooler, and faster. So I went with the Droid Eris.

  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 8gb microSD out of the box. Upgradeable to 16
  • 3.5mm jack for headphones
  • Trackball/mouse
  • Touchscreen operation

Honestly half of what got me hooked in was the 5 megapixel camera. The ozone only has a 2 megapixel camera. Also the ozone was a little too blackberryish for my taste.

Cons of the Eris include;
  • The complete lack of an operator manual. It comes with a "quick start guide" but no other form of documentation. HTC's website has no manual or documentation available either. So a lot of what I figured out took extensive googling / trial and error.
  • A lot of the programs either flat out don't work or seem to crash a lot.
  • The touchscreen keyboard is kind of a pain. I'm sure I'll get used to it. The auto-complete/spell check feature for the words you type can be more of a hindrance than a help too.
  • The antenna is weak. I have a pretty strong wifi router yet it barely picks it up when I'm in my bedroom less than 25 feet from the wireless router. Switches me over to the 3G network a lot. Also the telephone signal doesn't get as many bars as my eNV did.
Pros
  • It pretty much does everything I want it to.
  • The wifi connectivity in general.
  • Has a lot of cool yet useless and entertaining applications (best of all they're all free! so even if they do crash a lot its nothing to cry about).
  • Syncs with google.
  • Lots of real estate in the face screen.
  • Takes great pictures.
  • 3.5mm jack so it doubles as an MP3 player (I'm not a big fan of bluetooth gadgets).
  • About a pound lighter and slimmer than my old eNV - fits more comfortably in my pocket.
  • Uses the micro-usb port so the plug is cross-compatible with lots of my other stuff so I don't have to constantly unplug and replug stuff on my computer.
Overall it's a neat little gadget. From what I've read, many people that have used both the HTC Eris and the Motorola Droid and had the chance to contrast and compare, the Eris wins out. Despite the Eris being a cheaper phone (or maybe because of). There are a lot of reviews which name the Eris as the better of the two. I'm glad I didn't splurge the extra $99 for the Droid, although the Droid has an eNV-like keyboard and larger screen which would have been cool to have.
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Time:4:21 pm.
My furnace stopped working on Saturday morning. Interestingly enough, just happened randomly. So after spending a few hours this weekend troubleshooting and narrowing down the problem, I decided it was the ignition control board. I'd go into how I came to that conclusion but it is boring nerd stuff.

Unfortunately no appliance parts companies were open this weekend. So I had to wait until Monday. I called the Ruud dealership and the lady said, "I'm sorry, we don't sell parts, we just sell furnaces. There is this place you could get the part you need but they won't sell to you since you're not a contractor." Ha ha ha...thanks lady.

So I managed to track down the part at this store in Marietta. They had two in stock. Otherwise I would have had to order it online. Which I would have saved money but I really just wanted to get my furnace working, because I have a one track mind like that.

I drove down there, got the part, and sat down to replace it. Keep in mind, I'm not a furnace guy, just a homeowner that likes to fix his own stuff when possible.



The offending part.



The replacement.



45 minutes of careful rewiring (I admit, I took a 15 minute break about halfway through...so 30 minutes).



Piece of junk!!!



Ignition!!!

Works perfectly. A furnace company would have probably charged me $500 to do the same work. I got it done for $150 total.
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Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Time:3:26 am.
There is something scary living in the woods behind my house.

I hear it at night.

Not scary like, "Oh I'm exaggerating to be dramatic" But scary in the sense that I heard it last night and got a serious case of fight or flight. I had this primeval urge to get a butcher knife or rock and go back there and fucking kill it. I wanted to get my rifle but it was too dark. It sounded like it was killing something. it was really fucked up. I honestly have to say it is the first time in my life I've had the urge to kill something (very much unlike squishing a bug). It was this feeling that I needed to go kill whatever it was because it was scary and horrible.

I need to find out what it is. It is very disturbing. It sounds huge, it snorts, and breathes heavily. I can hear it from 200 feet away. Last week it was outside of my garage. I'm going to listen for it tonight.
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Time:5:05 pm.
trying to get all my pictures and stuff sorted and uploaded. ive got tons of stuff from over the past 3 months. my laptop is gonna die soon...i need to get everything backed up and off of it.
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Monday, August 24th, 2009

Time:12:22 am.
I watched a spider spin a web yesterday evening around 9pm. A big huge web from my kitchen window to the hummingbird feeder.

This morning I got up at 4:30am. When I went outside I watched the spider dismantle the web. The spider was balling the web up into little balls and flicking it away. When it was done, it was like the web was never even there.
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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Time:12:53 am.
Going over all the movies on the netflix watch it now feature. I didn't realize there were so many terrible movies in the world.

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What?? I just don't even know what to say about this

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Nobody cares about your shit movie either

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The Excalibur Kid caused me to lose all faith in humanity

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All about the first gynecologist in Africa
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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Time:7:51 am.
redefinition - we have the same birthday
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Friday, June 12th, 2009

Time:9:45 pm.
watching menace II society and videotaping an impending thunderstorm. awesome friday.
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