And what exactly is the point of this site?

This site has had several identity crises during its relatively short life. More accurately, I’ve had several identity crises relating to this site during its relatively short life. I have scribbled countless redesigns and overhauls on napkins in bars and restaurants all around New Jersey, yet I rarely bother to follow through. But this time I have some real plans that matter – and some of them are simple enough to be done immediately.

This begins with the links you may (or may not) notice to your right. Last week I removed a few outdated links to friends – primarily those who had completely abandoned their Diaryland accounts for the safety of LJ.
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But I needs my Moose Candy

As many in the WP Community already know, Nuclear Moose Candy (website of WP user, fanatic, and team member Craig Hartel) is no longer available. Apparently driven by incompetence, dotCanada has determined that WordPress is the cause of their server woes and discontinued their hosting of his site without giving anyone a chance to fix it. They now have the distinction of being the first host listed under “Bad Hosts” on the WP site. Not that many of you wacky neighbors to our North are out there listening to me, but I figured I would add my support by letting people know to avoid this host. I am also offering use of my server to Craig, although I’m sure he’s had enough people do that as well.

Gimme more of those bacon thingies

Mmmm… vino! Last night Lisa and I headed down to Philly to meet up with some of my family for dinner at my sister Suzanne’s house. She, Alex (her husband) and their kids moved in there quite a bit ago and I have yet to actually see the place. When you have a large family you tend to all meet centrally (at, say, your parents’ house) rather than each others’ houses. It was great to see them and dinner was of course wonderful, but afterward was the real treat. My mom, sister Kathleen, Lisa, and I all headed out to the Chaddsford Winery for a tasting of the lastest vintage (and some older award winners).
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Americans outclassing Canadians?

So in game 3 of the Montreal/Boston playoff series a bunch of Montreal fans booed The Star Spangled Banner. Obviously I’m not gonna bite on major stereotypes (ok, maybe I am) but that’s incredibly classless and something you’d more or less expect from sports fans over here. So how did their American counterparts respond. Aside from a few boos, Bruins fans cheered the Canadian national anthem. Wow, I never expected a group of Americans to actually take the high-road, especially in an incident such as this.

Page 23

Michael told me to:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 23.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

From Computer Systems Validation for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries by Richard Chamberlain (Alaren Press):

But it is important that one exist and that the users and developers of these systems be aware of it and understand it.

Now let me just add two quick thoughts: This quote seems almost transcendent on its own and boring in the actual context. This book is now selling for $180 used on Amazon – not sure why considering it comes with 5 1/4″ disks.

Sleep and taxes

I finally got Lisa’s returns in the mail this morning before work. I think that would be the latest I’ve ever mailed in taxes. I’m pretty sure the latest I ever filed a return was around quarter ’til midnight on the 15th, but I usually do the whole telefile thing, so there were no lines. Fortunately this morning I got in and out quickly as the mad rush hadn’t begun. We planned on finishing this up much sooner, but various speedbumps kept creeping in and blocking us – like work, sleep, and Mark.

Ok, I’m not really going to blame him, but two nights ago when he dropped by to print his taxes out, the entire event brokedown into a point-by-point comparison of guinea pigs and sugar gliders followed by trailers from the Upcoming Movies section of Rotten Tomatoes. Eventually the party broke up and I stayed up until 3am getting the necessary info for Lisa’s far more complicated taxes. Fortunately it all led to a bigger refund from the Feds for her and a greater understanding of mutual funds and stocks for myself. Unfortunately it also led to a fairly short nap for myself and sleepwalking through most of yesterday.

Today a great burden has thankfully been lifted and I can breathe a bit easier (possibly aided by starting the day with yoga). Happy Tax Day everyone, and many big refunds for all! 🙂

This one was pretty obvious

Take The Johnny Depp Quiz!

You Are Sam From "Benny & Joon."

You are very talented at physical comedy. People are in awe of your abilities. However, you have many quirks which can either win people over or completely annoy them. But you’re a sweetheart through and through, and it’s hard not to love you.

Not a surprise here – maybe this result can restore Sandy’s faith in the completely nonsensical world of online quizzes.