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Saturday, December 29, 2007

New England Finishes the Season 16-0

I guess cheaters do prosper after all.

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After All, We Must Have Priorities

The flesh market off Magnolia is in full swing.

The open air drug markets are operating at full holiday capacity.

And the waitresses at Hooters are asking for Kevlar T-shirts.

But the citizens of Knoxville can sleep easy because their City Police department is engaged in an all out effort to make sure nobody speeds on I-40 between West Hills and Papermill.

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Monday, December 24, 2007

The Christmas Meme

Frank Murphy, family man and funny man, tagged me with the Christmas meme. SO, here we go:
Rules for the game include:

1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share Christmas facts about yourself.
3. Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Welcome to the Christmas edition of "Getting to Know Your Friends."

1. Wrapping or gift bags? Diabolically deceptive wrapping. My oldest son Adam has an uncanny knack for figuring out what is in the package before unwrapping it. I once wrapped a set of drumsticks in a dur-dur tucked inside 5 nested boxes, along with a couple of bricks to disguise the weight. ( A dur-dur is the empty cardboard tube left inside of a roll of paper towels. You use it to sound the trumpets for a charge. "Dur dur du dur doo dur!")

2. Real or artificial tree? Both. This year we only had time to put up the artificial tree, but I usually put up two trees.

3. When do you put up the tree? As soon as I get time. Usually the day after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? As soon as I get time. Usually the day after Thanksgiving.

5. Do you like egg nog? Absolutely!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? All of them.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes.

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? For 5 years in a row, every Christmas Eve, when it was time to assemble the toys, I got a stomach bug. One year,my wife and I were both too sick to make it back upstairs after arranging the tree so we just slept downstairs on the couch and surprised the kids when they came down to scope out Santa's handiwork.

9. Mail or email Christmas cards? Three years ago,I mailed out over 50 Christmas cards to friends, family, and acquaintances. The following year, I got one card.

From my life insurance agent.

I don't do cards anymore.

10. Favorite Christmas Movie? Die Hard

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Today.

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Seven layer cookies.

13. Clear lights or colored on the tree? The proper term is "African-American", not colored.

14. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night

15. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home.

16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid Donner and.....there are only 7 left. Donner got hungry.

17. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel.

18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? When I get presents under the tree, I'll let you know.

19. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Folks who not only don't get into the Christmas spirit, but want to make sure you don't get into it either.

20. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color? Nope, but that's a neat idea.

21. What do you leave for Santa? Nothing. His cholesterol is elevated and he needs to drop a few pounds.

22. Least favorite holiday song? The Chipmunk Song.

23. Favorite ornament? I don't have one.

I'm not tagging anybody because, well, you probably all have more important things to do today and tomorrow. Spend time with you friends and families.

Posted by Rich
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

My First Haiku

Dinner with good friends
Means adult conversation
Without the phone bill.

This may also be my last haiku.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Congress In Action.

Or maybe "inaction" would be more accurate. Let me see if I have this straight. The US Congresscritters can't manage to pass the general spending bills on time, and lack the political will to pass the bill funding our military at a time when our forces are in harm's way, but they get together to talk about baseball.

Sometimes there just aren't enough words...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Getting Started with ExpressionEngine

Thank you for choosing ExpressionEngine! This entry contains helpful resources to help you get the most from ExpressionEngine and the EllisLab Community.

Technical Support:

All tech support is handled through our Community forums. Our staff and the community respond to issues in a timely manner. Please review the Getting Help section of the User Guide before posting in the forums.

Learning resources:

Getting Started Guide
Quick Start Tutorial
Video Tutorials

Additional Support Resources:

ExpressionEngine User Guide
Knowledge Base
ExpressionEngine Wiki

If you need to hire a web developer consider our Professionals Network. You can also place an ad on our Job Board if you prefer that professionals find you.

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See you on the boards,

The EllisLab Team

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Monday, December 10, 2007

The Mist

Rhymes with "I'm Pissed."

Why take an excellent short novel, one with some excellent characterization and a compelling storyline, then tack on a completely superfluous ending that has nothing to do with any of the above?

The movie did a great job of conveying the fear and claustrophobia of the novel,right up until the last 3 minutes, when writer/director Frank Darabont stole an ending from a bad episode of The Twilight Zone.

I'm not going to spoil the ending here, but for any of you that have read the story, think of the most trite, implausible, hackneyed and manipulative ending you could come up with to tack on the end of that story,and you'll know exactly what to expect.

Spoilers below the fold

Posted by Rich
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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Vols Still Best of the East

No, it wasn't a great game, and no, it wasn't a heart breaking loss.

And no, it wasn't a moral victory.

Tennessee played just ok against a wounded LSU team and when the final whistle blew, the better team walked away with the win.

The Tennessee defense played an excellent game for the most part, with the glaring exception of third downs, which they allowed LSU to convert with alarming frequency. Even so, they held the Tigers to 21 points, a major accomplishment against a team that averaged almost 38 points per game. Unfortunately the Big Orange offense wasn't up to the challenge, scoring 20 points less than their 34 point per game season average.(These averages include overtime points.) Ainge made a couple of key mistakes, one of which, an interception for a touchdown, gave the Tigers the margin of victory.

Cutcliffe showed he was willing to gamble, bringing in wide receiver Gerald Jones at quarterback twice, resulting in two carries for 38 yards. Unfortunately the Vols weren't opportunistic enough to take advantage of multiple scoring opportunities, including two missed Lincoln field goals.

In short, I still get the feeling that this team is not playing the caliber of football that they are capable of. This team is better than they way they are playing.

Posted by Rich
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