Category Archives: Grab Bag

Separated at Birth

Courtesy of elspeth comes this gem. Separated at birth! Syndrome and Jonathan Papelbon!


Why I no blog?

Why I no blog? Mainly because I’ve been busy but also because we’ve been dealing with a lot of stressful life events. And when that happens, my desire to post dwindles to zero. Since February, we’ve been dealing with the declining health of my father-in-law and the rehabilitation of my mother-in-law’s broken knee. The net result of which is him in a nursing home and her moving in with us (later this week). But the journey from there to here over the last three months has been fraught with all kinds of stress, pain, drama, trauma, and other fun things which really don’t make for entertaining blog reading.

Now that things are starting to settle again, I hope to get back to semi-regular posting shortly. In the meantime, there’s new pictures in flickr (see side-bar of main blog page) and those of you who are on my LJ friends list can read about the above stress in far more detail than I’m presenting here (there’s public and then there’s public…)

What a Twit

Gods help me. I’m playing with twitter. Now you too can stalk me!

Among Madmen

Ajw-MadmanSo, I got this incredible email today asking if a certain picture of me that was found via google could be used for an article. See, for one of my co-ed fraternity composites in the years after I graduated but still hung around, I decided to have my picture taken as I was hosing a pledges blackbook (either you understand that sentence, or you don’t. I am not explaining it further.) I did. And that was that. It was about 15 years ago.

Ajwa-Madman2Well, this person contacted me about using my picture for an article in which they need a picture of what looks like a crazed evangelical. I’m all for it so I said yes. When I posted about this to the fraternity email list (what, I’m too old to be on such a list? Tell that to all of the other alumni on said list) someone asked if I should update the picture. So, I figured, why not?

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I choose funny…

In the “Funny or Disturbing” Category we have the spam I just received. (Click for full size version)


Kudos to gmail (through which I route all of my mail these days so I can read it at work and at home) for having excellent spam filters and trapping this one. I only caught it doing a routine scan of my spam folder to find any false positives.

Now I need to wash the joining of “Smegol” and “Sex Partner” out of my head.

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Various Bits and Pieces

A grab bag of stuff…

  • The Friends Zone celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary last February and this past weekend had a small gathering in Washington DC to celebrate this. It was a great deal of fun and I met people I’ve known for the better part of a decade who I had never met in person before. Go figure! So, that was much fun. And I got to take some fun pictures of DC by night.
  • I was served earlier this week. I’d never been subpoenaed before and the guy who served me looked like he would have fit in far more in a sleazy casino than standing outside my driveway in my little suburban cul-de-sac. He stood there complete with mesh tank-top, gold chains, and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. I can see the lawyer spared no expense on the process server! I hope he didn’t scare my neighbors. I probably shouldn’t say much about it except to say that it was related to some legal action a friend of mine was going through which, thankfully, was settled soon after. Which is good since we had planned a trip to Rhode Island for when they wanted to depose me. They had no flexibility in the schedule as they waited until the last possible minute to subpoena me. But it’s all moot now and I’m glad.
  • I’m enjoying a free month of T-Mobile Hotspot access so while on my trip, I am making liberal use of the Borders Cafe here in Cranston, RI. If you happen to frequent this Borders, say hi. So far, I’ve been the only mac user hanging out here. And my iTunes library is wide open. Enjoy some good music. Say hi via Bonjour/Rendezvous in iChat.
  • For the price of my townhouse in VA, I can buy a split-level, single family with more bedrooms, bathrooms and an actual yard? It’s true. Of course, it would be nice to have a job to pay for the mortgage. I’m working on that part.
  • It’s nearly 2:30 and I have now completed an 8 hour work day (I got up early). So, now begins a fun weekend. I told Ann that for Father’s Day, I wanted to travel around Rhode Island and visit the places I love. So on Sunday we’re off to Newport and my favorite bookstore, the Armchair Sailor, the beach, kite flying at Ocean Point, and Sakonnet Vineyard and lunch at the Provender, nearby. That’s such a long list that maybe we’ll get started on Saturday. Monday, I’m back at Borders and back to work (and not returning to DC for a deposition, thankfully!)
  • Finally, I have recently discovered Iron & Wine and highly recommend you check them out (favorite song: Woman King). Amazing.

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This is fascinating: Wired News: AI Seduces Stanford Students. In a test, a VR person pitching something was far more likely to be listened to and agreed with if that person mimicked the movements of the listener than not. The details are in the article and the implications are very interesting. I have to try this during my next job interview…

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Bad Project Warning Signs

Andy Budd created a fantastic, and all-too-true list of the 10 Bad Project Warning Signs

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Airbus A380 “Superjumbo” Plane Photo Gallery

Pictures of the Airbus A380 “Superjumbo” Plane. This plane looks incredible. These pictures remind me of something else… let me see… what was it again? Oh yes, I remember…

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I am still such a sheep

Another goofy quiz. But I just loved the picture too much not to use it…

Sox Fan

I scored 44 Bostonian points


You’ve been here a while, and you know the intricacies of Boston life fairly well. Like any true Bostonian, you both love and hate the place; while there are some great things here, there’s also another world out there. You’ve lived here long enough to know how to carry yourself. The tourists on the Duck Tours amuse you. You understand why a five mile trip on the subway can take an hour. You know the only place where you can drink a Sam Adams and look at his grave. The Big Dig makes you cringe, and you’d probably hate to take a car into the city itself.

Link: The How Bostonian are you? Test written by gwentastic on Ok Cupid

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