Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Moving Computer Programming Content

I started this blog thinking about posting Technical Articles. The focus would be around Programming in .NET and other Technologies.

Over time I found myself too busy to blog so I mostly Tweet on Twitter.

A lot of times I found myself just posting jokes or rambling rants here so I decided to keep it that way.

"A Little Something About Nothing" will continue as it is, a blog about nothing. Whatever I decide to post here will get posted when I get time. This could be anything... jokes, news or just general rants.

All of my Programming or Technical related posts will now go to my new blog:


I opted to go with a .NET Domain as my primary focus is with Microsoft .NET Technologies, including cross-platform Development using Mono and C#

For my followers who are also Bloggers, you might be interested in where I have hosted my new blog.

I considered just using Google's Blogger as that is where this one is parked and it suits me well.

A lot of people are using WordPress these days and their are tons of Themes and Widgets for it but it doesn't work well for hosting on your own domain, that is unless you actually pay for a Hosting Service, install WordPress and run it all on your own. Well, that costs money, something I don't have much of.

So one day I sort of stumbled into Tumblr

I really like Tumblr as it was designed to deal with all sorts of media. You want to post a video? Most likely it is not hosted by you... probably YouTube or Vimeo. Just copy/paste the URL into a new Video Post and Tumblr will figure out what to do to embed the Video right on your site. That's right, no futzing around with HTML or Scripts, just copy/paste a URL and you are done.

The same applies for posting Photos and Music. Each are equally easy to do.

Tumblr also is RSS Feed Friendly. By this I mean that if you want to syndicate content to your blog from somewhere else, just add a Feed and you are in business.

I played around with it for a while and then made the easy switch to hosting it on my new domain. I bought the domain for only $7.95 for a year so not much to put out for what I now get out of it with Tumblr.

Setting up Tumblr to use your own domain or sub-domain is relatively painless. You simply login to your Domain Registrar's web site, go into the DNS Entry Administration and simply change out the A Record to point to Tumblr's IP Address. Once that change takes affect (from minutes to hours to days, mine took a couple of hours) you can tell Tumblr to use your Domain and you are in business.

All in all, I am happy with Tumblr and will be posting all my Technical/Programming Articles there.

Check it out, follow me or subscribe to my Blog Feed to keep up with my posts.

Enjoy :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Pasta Diet

Here's another one from an Email I received recently. -Enjoy :-)


' The Pasta Diet '

The Pasta Diet and Your Health

ITALIAN PASTA DIET -- IT REALLY WORKS!!

1.. You walk
a pasta da bakery.

2... You walka pasta da candy store.

3.. You walka pasta da Ice Cream shop.

4.. You walka pasta da table and fridge.

You will lose weight!


AND....


For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health.


1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than
the English.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English.

5.. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats
and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English.

CONCLUSION

Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Good-Bye Mom

A Friend of mine Emailed this one to me so I thought I would share with everyone.

I hope this touches you the way it touched me!

GOOD-BYE MOM


Take Time To Smell The Roses



A young man shopping in a supermarket noticed a little old lady following him around.

If he stopped, she stopped. Furthermore she kept staring at him.

She finally overtook him at the checkout, and she turned to him and said,

'I hope I haven't made you feel ill at ease; it's just that you look so much like my late son.'

He answered, 'That's okay.' 'I know it's silly, but if you'd call out 'Good bye, Mom' as I leave the store, it would make me feel so happy.'

She then went through the checkout, and as she was on her way out of the store, The man called out, 'Good-bye, Mom.'

The little old lady waved, and smiled back at him.

Pleased that he had brought a little sunshine into someone's day, he went to pay for his Groceries.

'That comes to $121.85,' said the clerk.

'How come so much? I only bought 5 items..'

The clerk replied, 'Yeah, but your Mother said You'd be paying for her things, too.'

Don't trust little Old Ladies!!!


Don't Trust Little Old Ladies

GOTCHA!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fireworks Now And Then (aka I'm Old)

On this New Years Eve as I sit in my house with my faithful dog cowering behind my computer desk in fear from all the loud noise from the obscene amount of fireworks outside, I am reminded of the fact that Fireworks are indeed illegal.

I know I'm getting old when I say this, but when I was a kid, you got small firecrackers or bottle rockets (if you were lucky) and sparklers and you were happy. Fireworks were illegal due to safety concerns.

Now, there is a Fireworks store/tent setup on every other corner and some actual Fireworks stores that stay open 365 Days out of the year. Keep in mind that the laws haven't changed, Fireworks are still illegal but our very own government has created a massive loophole to allow the sale of pretty much any form of "fireworks" one may desire.

This loophole says that it is not illegal to sell Fireworks, it is just illegal to use Fireworks. However, there is one provision which makes using Fireworks perfectly legal. The one caveat, you have to be a "Farmer". Yes, our government has decided that "Farmers" may have the need for deadly explosives to fend off dangerous rodents which may destroy their crops.

When you go to a Fireworks store or road stand, you can buy wondrous things that are as powerful and at times even more impressive than what you may see at a "Professional" Fireworks Display. All you have to do is sign a little form that says "I am a Farmer".

Keep in mind, that it is illegal for non-farmers to actually use Fireworks but that is the brilliant part about the "loophole", nobody checks.

That's right, you can set off a Fireworks Display in your very own front yard that rivals that "pro" Fireworks Display downtown and no cops will ever come to verify that you are a "farmer" and attempting to use the Fireworks to fend off rodents. Sure, your neighbors may get upset and they may even call the Police but nothing will ever happen.

This just doesn't seem right. I remember once when I was 10 years old I was foolishly playing outside on July 4th with a friend that had a miniature gun powder cannon. It was about a foot long, nothing big. We fired it off and then instantly a Cop showed up to warn us of the laws we were breaking. Being kids and stupid, we did it again later and yet another Police Officer showed up to make sure we understood the laws.

Today, that just doesn't happen. I could stand outside with a Roman Candle in my hand and put myself in the Hospital and never so much as get a warning or worse, a ticket for the violation.

Am I getting old and losing my sense of adventure? Maybe, but a law is a law. If we casually turn the other way and toss in "loopholes" to make ourselves feel better about lawbreakers, where will that end?

Every year Fireworks use grows more and more around July 4th, Christmas and New Years. And every year more and more people end up in the Emergency Room because they were drunk, stupid and shooting off Fireworks.

Fireworks are so easy to purchase and obviously cheap because around my house people start shooting off Fireworks anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks before a holiday and continue shooting them off for the next 1 to 2 weeks following the holiday.

I remember a story from New Years a couple years back where a friend of mine couldn't get to sleep because it was 3:30am in the morning and some fool was shooting off Fireworks like there was no tomorrow. After walking around the neighborhood it was discovered that some guy was sitting out in his driveway completely drunk shooting off Fireworks and he had absolutely no idea what time it was. He didn't even have friends or family around him.

Am I making too big of a deal about this? Maybe so but again, if the government is going to create a Law they shouldn't follow that up with a loophole that allows any idiot to go blow his paycheck on explosives and beer.

That's my rant for the Evening.... Happy New Year :-)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Give Me The Good Stuff

So I went to the break room here at work this morning and while I was waiting on my coffee, I opted to check out the vending machine.

The service people had refreshed it's contents over the weekend.

I look around for a Snickers Bar but none can be found and then just before giving up, I notice a pack of Skittles with a Twix Bar behind it and then directly behind the Twix, you guessed it, the beloved Snickers Bar.

Why oh why must they torture me by hiding what I want behind assorted snacks?

Not that I really wanted a Snickers this early in the day but its the principle of the thing :-)

I think I should go buy all three and take the Skittles and Twix Bar up to the front desk and ask for my money back since I only wanted the Snickers because as you know, "Snickers really satisfies" :-)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

People Say The Darndest Things (Ignorance Is Bliss)

I spent a good part of the day at the Mall with my family today. It was crowded as you would expect for the weekend but even crowded as we are getting close to Christmas as well.

As we turned one corner a young man walked by wearing an Obama "Hope" T-Shirt. As we passed I noticed that the people behind us mentioned the shirt and proceeded to talk about the election and in particular the one woman was telling the other why she voted for McCain.

The one woman said "I really like everything Obama says and I believe he would be a good President but he supports Gay Marriage and last term abortions".

I could tell right away this woman was a firm church goer and thus had had her feelings on such subjects molded for her by the church. Don't get me wrong, I am a religious man myself but I know how hard the Church works to make their parishioners believe everything they do is a sin. I stopped going to church at the age of 15 because the Church I went to taught it's congregation that rock music was the work of the Devil. I'm just not that stupid. I started attending Church again at age 30 but much wiser and able to take from it what I want.

Gay Marriage is huge for the church. I'm sure everyone reading this has probably seen the outcome of the votes for Amendment 8, 2 and 1. All of these and other affected Gay rights throughout the United States.

The one thing homophobic people just don't seem to understand is that "gay" people aren't taught to be gay. It isn't something they "learn" and it isn't some sort of weird "behavior" they somehow pick up from being around "gay" people.

Homosexuality is something a person is born into. It is in their genes. Just as you and I were born male or female, homosexuals are born bearing the likeness of one sex but the genes of another. While heterosexual men and women grow up with an instinctual affection for members of the opposite sex, homosexuals grow up with those same feelings but for members of their own sexual.

Are such feelings right or wrong? As far as I'm concerned, it's not up to you nor I to decide.

I share the same feelings about abortion.

John McCain and the Republican party spent a lot of time and money throughout the election campaign to twist Barack Obama's words and his political actions throughout the years to make him out to be some sort of monster that favors last term abortions (late abortions).

Hearing people like those I heard today stating this as a reason for not voting for Obama lead me to search for answers again.

FactCheck.org has a good article listing the facts from all sides but alas it doesn't really come to any final conclusion. To say the least, Barack Obama's voting patterns in relation to Abortion and so-called "born alive" legislature has lead many to wonder what side Obama stands on.

In every case though, if you look closer at the actual laws being voted in, Obama's votes do seem to make sense. Barack Obama is Pro-Choice. While a lot of evangelicals and specifically Pro-Life (anti-abortion) activists falsely accuse Pro-Choice supporters of being "pro-abortion" this preposterous statement couldn't be further from the truth.

Pro-Choice in no way means a support for abortion. On the contrary, being a Pro-Choice supporter, I can say with all sincerity that I have never heard a Pro-Choice supporter say "yes, abortion is great". We are Pro-Choice meaning that we believe everyone has the right to choose for themselves. This goes along with my beliefs about homosexuality. You and only you can make such decisions. While a homosexual may be born homosexual, they could choose the easy route in life and try to "be straight" but they prefer to be themselves, homosexual, even though they know this is not the "preferred" way of living. The same goes for Pro-Choice when it comes to abortion. It would be easy to just say "no, abortion is not right, I shouldn't even think of such a thing, what would my friends think".

To be Pro-Choice means that you support the idea that a woman has a choice in her own life. It does NOT mean that you support abortion, it just means you support a woman's rights.

How would you feel if you went to buy a big SUV and were turned away because you were single and didn't have children? That's not right. What if you were told that you couldn't buy that new shirt, shoes or jeans you have been eyeing or maybe you were told you couldn't date that cute girl you have got the hots for "just because"?

Of course, none of that would be fair to you. You should have the right to do whatever you want to do within the extents of the law of course.

The problem with abortion is that certain people, usually evangelicals and religious extremists want to paint homosexuality and abortion in as grave sins against humanity. Churches use the bible citing passages from its texts that do not really discuss homosexuality or abortion but they are twisted to sound as if they do to "control" and "mold" the thoughts of their congregations.

The anti-gay rights laws that were voted in recently were all heavily funded by Churches, all of which claim Tax Exemption but yet they all used the money taken in from their congregation to push State Government agendas. If anything, these laws should be retracted due to the illegality of the pretense of the Church interfering with State issues.

In terms of Barack Obama's voting record and his views on abortion one has to understand the ideas of Pro-Choice. As stated above, being "pro-choice" does not mean "pro-abortion", it simply means you support the right to make one's own decisions. Here lies the answer to why and how Obama has cast his vote over the years.

Barack Obama supports a woman's right to choose when it comes to abortion. He also supports a Doctor's right to perform abortions as to do otherwise would restrict a woman's options when making such a choice. While Obama also supports "born alive" legislature, when the underlying laws would restrict a woman's rights or would in some way prohibit the practice of abortion, Obama always votes for the side of the woman and her choice. This may mean voting against "born alive" laws but when doing so protects a woman's right of choice, that is what Obama will do.

Just as Amendment 2 in Florida included verbiage to not only restrict Gay Marrige, burried deep within its text was verbiage to prohibit any sort of unions including "civil unions" that are popular among the elderly and youth alike. There are many couples that never actually fill out the paperwork to say they are "married" by law or church, they live in "civil unions". Many senior citizens live out the remainder of their lives in such "civil unions". The state and the evangelical backers specifically reduced the summary text for this bill disguising it as an anti-gay marriage bill and it easily passed. This and other similar laws voted in throughout the United States have now restricted the rights of Homosexuals everywhere. To make matters worse, in Arkansas, their new laws even prohibit gay couples from adopting children so immediately following the vote, children were torn away from their adoptive parents only to put them back in the system, many now of which are older and have a lower chance of being adopted any time soon.

These new anti-gay laws voted in across the country are just a precursor to anti-abortion and thus anti-choice laws as well.

I believe a lot of people that believed that Barack Obama would be a better President than John McCain voted for McCain not because they really liked him or Sarah Palin but just because they are homophobic and do not understand what "Pro-Choice" really means nor what Barack Obama's views on such topics really are. Senator McCain and the GOP worked hard at spinning these topics in angles to make people believe what they wanted them to. Much like the ancient Jedi Mind Tricks only work on the weak minded, the same goes for the lies spun by the Church and the Republican Party.

Many evangelicals and religious zealots believe that Obama's Presidency is the sign of bleak times for the United States. In South Carolina, a Catholic Priest actually told his congregation that if they voted for Barack Obama that they should not take communion because they have committed a great sin toward humanity.

Priest to Parishioners: No Communion for Obama Voters

I ask you, what is more sinful, voting for a candidate you believe in or using your power as a man of the cloth to make your parishioners feel guilty because of their choice?

The 2008 Election Campaign was an extremely ugly one and mostly due in part to the actions of GOP candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin. The amount of filth and out right lies extolled from their mouths is what cost them the election but for some reason, their supporters still do not understand that.

This leads to another discussion on Racism in America. Stay tuned later this week as I take us down a dangerous trail we as a nation are leading as we head back into the hatred and racism of the 60's.

Monday, November 3, 2008

An Open Letter To The Red States

Dear Red States:

We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes California , Hawaii , Oregon , Washington , Minnesota , Wisconsin , Michigan , Illinois and all the Northeast. It may even include Florida and Ohio , they are seriously considering it. We've given them until Nov. 4th to decide. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country. Since we're dropping the middle states we're calling it United America, or simply the U.A.

To sum up briefly: You get Texas , Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood. You can take Ted Nugent. We're keeping Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. You get WorldCom and Enron. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get Ole' Miss. We get Harvard and 85 percent of America 's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to try to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms, and the highest concentration of pregnant unwed teenagers. Please be aware that the U.A. will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq , and hope that the WMDs turn up, really we do, but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire. We'd rather spend it on taking care of sick people, and educating our children.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95 percent of America's quality wines, 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT. With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, most of the right-wing fringe types that believe the earth is only 6000 years old, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. We get Hollywood and Yosemite , thank you.

Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the war, the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy Redies believe you are people with higher morals then we Bluies..

Peace out,

Blue States

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Disclaimer: This is not an original work from me but something that has been floating around for a while so I thought I would share it on my blog :-)