Archive for the ‘Vacation’ Category

Scottsdale, Arizona

Monday, July 20th, 2009

So far this is the most beautiful place in Arizona. Flagstaff wasn’t all that impressive. Here’s a shot of the mountains around Scottsdale…

My Fiji

Monday, July 20th, 2009

What’s the furthest place in the U.S. you can get from Michigan before you have to turn around? OK I guess I don’t know the exact answer to that, but I’d like to call it Arizona. 😉 One day I’d like to call Arizona “home”…

St. Louis arch

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

It’s definitely a lot bigger up close… 🙂

Camaroon benefits from .com typos

Monday, August 7th, 2006

And my week-long vacation starts off with a bang…

For those that don’t get it, the top level domain for Camaroon is .cm. What they have done is changed their DNS records to include a wildcard so that if you type a URL with .cm instead of .com, it redirects you to a generic page. If you click to search for anything, it will give you the results of the search…sponsored results that is.

Though this is fairly clever, they have a flaw in their “click” script that allows one to redirect to any site you want:

http://www.slashdot.cm/click.php?b=zQmE%2BQ3Pc00%3D&term=slashdot&position=1&to=aHR0cDovL2l0c3R1ZGVudC5vcmc=

Encourage everyone to blacklist their TLD until they start letting their people use it for real content, which will happen as soon as someone is in control who understands (and cares) that the nation will benefit more from it. Hopefully the Camaroon government will wake up to see that redirection such as this is not a good thing. Just like with any address you will never want to visit, you can just block it. For example, I never will visit ad.doubleclick.net, so it’s blocked. I have very little reason to visit Cameroon. I will just block all of .cm.

Need a more “techie” reason as to why DNS wildcarding is bad? Here you go.

Americans need more vacation days

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Seriously, we need more vacation. If we got more vacation, we wouldn’t need to slack off at work at all. We’d be rested enough to do our jobs. But we don’t get nearly enough. We’re not slacking – we’re dog tired, burnt out, whatever you want to call it. Give us more time off and I’ll bet productivity will go up more than enough to compensate.

And cut out PTO while you’re at it. Only thing that does is lump your vacation days and your sick days together. It’d be a good idea if we got enough of them but we don’t. So every time someone at the office gets the flu, they think “If I take sick days off I’m losing vacation days – and I want to go to the Bahamas this year” and come to the office anyways. And get everybody sick.

Stop treating time off like a loss to the company – it isn’t. Healthy and happy workers make for a better company.

Merry Christmas – geek-style

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

better !pout !cry
better watchout
lpr why
santa claus town
cat /etc/passwd >list
ncheck list
ncheck list
cat list | grep naughty >nogiftlist
cat list | grep nice >giftlist
santa claus town
who | grep sleeping
who | grep awake
who | egrep ‘bad|good’
for (goodness sake) {
be good
}

WINTER IS TEH SUX0R!!!1!

Friday, December 16th, 2005

I live in Michigan…and I hate Winter. Mainly because of this.

I need a vacation…I’m planning another cruise after Winter semester. 😉

Blog News! My old blog…

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

I happened to find an old CD with my old blog database on it when it was hosted using B2 blogging software. Back then my blog was never intended for the web – I never entered it in any search engines, I never did a ping-o-matic ping, nothing. It was all word of mouth as it wasn’t linked from the main page or anywhere else on my site.

Disclaimer: Due to the graphic nature (the language) of the posts, some will be edited as my web site’s URL is on my resume. Some of my views can be un-politically correct sometimes, but I don’t implement those views in a business setting. So uh…yeah…you’ve been warned about the content, and I’m really not an evil asshole…I leave that on the ‘net. 😀

Midland balloonfest

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Last month, I attended the Midland balloonfest and thought I’d post some pictures. Pretty cool stuff!

First, the balloons took off during the day and landed a short distance away:

Balloon takeoff 1
Balloon takeoff 2
Balloon takeoff 3
Balloon takeoff 4
Balloon takeoff 5
Balloon takeoff 6
Balloon takeoff 7
Balloon takeoff 8
Balloon takeoff 9
Balloon takeoff 10
Balloon takeoff 11

Then came the sky divers:

Sky diver 1
Sky diver 2

Oh my…

The balloons were then carted back to the fairgrounds for the next show. After dark, they tied the balloons to the ground and let the flames “flicker”:

Flicker picture 1
Flicker picture 2
Flicker picture 3
Flicker picture 4
Flicker picture 5
Flicker picture 6
Flicker picture 7
Flicker picture 8

Vacation pictures – MORE

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Friday – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Getting ready to board the plane…

Side view of the plane

Yikes!

Dining in Florida – nice resteraunt at the Marriot

Mmm…dinner

An uninvited guest arrives at dinner: Hello | Here’s a snack | Quit begging! | Sneaky… |
Ok, here’s more, but go away
| No, now go away!

Saturday – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – cruise starts

Sunday – Princess Cays, Bahamas

View of the beach

Another view of the beach

Yet another view of the beach (Hey, it was a nice beach!)

View of the ship

Someone’s running out of space on their camera already…

A picture of me…taking this picture

What…

Monday – At Sea

I can’t really remember if these were taken on Monday or not…so like uh…just pretend they did.

Me | Me in Skywalker’s

Tuesday – Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Love that barbed wire along the beach…

Horseback riding: Picture 1 | Picture 2

Beach at the horse ranch

The two-minute Jamaican storm (yes, it literally lasted about two minutes and the sun was back out)

A couple of horseback videos: Video 1 – (2.86mb) | Video 2 – (2.93mb)

Wednesday – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Short video from the balcony in the morning – (6.51mb)

On the way out to Stingray City

Ready to snorkel in the coral and feed some stingrays

Wait for a parking spot…and check out
a picture of the beautiful water and a tri-maran (sp?)

STINGRAY!

Cruising out to the stingrays video – (4.51mb)

Waiting for a parking spot video – (5.33mb)

Parking video…the stingrays are swimming – (3.36mb)

On the way back from snorkeling and the stingrays – (2.27mb)

Thursday – Cozumel, Mexico

Video of coming into port – (2.49mb)

Yep, the ship is still big…

Really big ship video – (2.76mb)

Other ships in port

More ships in port

Our ship (left) and a Carnival ship (right)…both really really big boats

Yep, they’re still big

A sea of ropes – the ships are held to port with, I’d say, 3″ ropes

The Carnival Miracle was the nicest Carnival ship I saw in any of the ports

You would think they were anxious to get going or something

Our excursion was a round-the-island dune buggy tour with four stops:

A snorkel excursion using an underwater camera – pictures need to be developed and then scanned. Sorry!

Then on the way to the second area, here are some pictures of the scenery on the side of the road: Passing by a couple of ships to the left which were seen earlier in this picture | waiting on the slowpoke | about time they sped up… | a moped?

From the road | Picture 1 | Picture 2 | Picture 3 | Picture 4 | Picture 5

Second stop – a scenic spot for picture taking:
Picture 1 | Picture 2 | Picture 3 | Picture 4 | Picture 5 – I like this one

Ready to get back on the road…

A couple of more pictures from the road: Picture 1 | Picture 2 | Picture 3 | Picture 4

Third stop – the private beach: Picture 1 | Picture 2 | Picture 3 – parked

Back on the road again…one the way to our last stop which ended up being the “PeePee Station” which, ironically, didn’t have a bathroom

Here is a video from Cozumel before the dune buggy ride: A hummingbird – (1.26mb)

Here are videos from Cozumel during the dune buggy ride: Video 1 – (3.68mb) | Video 2 – (0.31mb) | Video 3 – (1.42mb) | Video 4 – (1.51mb) | Video 5 – (0.31mb)

Leaving Cozumel water video – (1.98mb)

Friday – Day At Sea

Wake up and go to an art auction…why not. Here’s some neat art: Art 1 | Art 2 | Art 3

Looking out the window during a meal…I can’t get over the color of that water…

Some pictures of Skywalker’s Night Club during the day which is pretty much pitch black at night except for the flashy lighting effects in the video below: Picture 1 | Picture 2 | Picture 3

Skywalker’s from afar…

Yes, the ship had it’s own putt-putt golf course…and it actually got used too even though it sucked

My favorite two pictures on the ship: Picture 1
| Picture 2

Relaxed…after a few beers

Must havemore beer!

Hot tubs are cool

The balcony

Getting ready to go out

Ready…

…and coming back…

Someone saw me like this

and thought it would be funny if they did this

…nice
Video of riding up the conveyor to Skywalker’s Night Club…woohoo! – (8.44mb)