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Quick and overdue Update

Dell XPS 630

Ok, It’s been quite a while since I updated my blog, so here is a rundown:

  • I’ve been working on my little backyard garden every weekend since it’s been warm enough. As a result, the lawn looks good, the vegetable garden is growing and our flower beds are weed free and has cedar mulch.  The Iris that our neighbor, Mrs. Chiu, gave us is really taking off. She planted that Iris in every house she owned, but finally moved to an apartment so she gave it to us. I have to call her son to let them know that it continues to grow (30-40 years!). It’s hard work, but it’s enjoyable as WE benefit from it.
  • Related, I striped apart our Weber Genesis BBQ cleaned it, replaced the gas line (old quick connect is not used anymore), and we are good to go. That grill is a hand me down from over 10 years ago. The good thing about Weber grills: it will last forever if you keep it clean. I can’t wait for our small July 4th BBQ.
  • We have so much Mint and Sage that we’re giving it away (Luckily our neighbor likes Sage). Since we have so much mint, we’ve learned to make an occasional mojito too.
  • Thanks to Janny, I’m finally learning how to cook. I’m starting with simple meals like Tilapia fish marinated with coconut curry and collard greens. I also can safely cook chicken and pork chops too. Anyone that knows me, knows what an accomplishment this is. Having a good Zojirushi rice cooker also helps.
  • Our home computer had a very persistent computer virus. The virus scaner (Two!) would ID the files but could not clean it as their was a persistent lock on them. As my brother suggested, I downloaded Ubuntu, burned a boot CD, booted up in LINUX and removed the infected files.  That was so easy that it was a bit ridiculous. Booting up in LINUX completely disables the threat.
  • After using our PC since 2000/2001, we decided now was a good time. So, Janny and I got a Dell XPS 630 and pretty much optioned it out (8gb RAM, 1TB RAID 0, Intel® Core 2 Q8300 (4MB,2.5GHz, 1333FSB), 24 inch Flat screen monitor, etc. ). To put it mildly, I’m really looking forward to getting it.

In summary, life is pretty good.

Music I’m listening to now:
Nothing at the moment.

Salmonella signs point to Jalapeno Pepers!

Jalapeno Pepers!
Originally uploaded by S.D.

That’s just perfect. First the FDA think’s it may be from Tomatoes, and now they think they might just be mistaken and it might be Jalapeno Pepers.

Best qoute from the article:

“There is a lot of frustration that the FDA cannot tell us where the tomatoes are from or even whether tomatoes are the cause,” said Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Glad I grow my own! My wife cuts them up and adds flavor to our food.

Yeah, cuting the budget for the FDA and USDA makes lots of sense now, doesn’t it?

Music I’m listening to now:
Nothing at the moment.

Time off from work

Finally managed to take some time off from work. Don’t get me wrong, aside from the middle of the night wake up calls (like last night at 1:00am…) I actually like my job and the work that I do.  I work on interesting projects, meet interesting people and help to solve a lot of technical problems. I get to play work with a wide variety of technology and literally solve problems in Europe, APAC and various sites in the US. If I don’t have a tool I need, since I’m a programmer, I tend to make any tool I need to handle the problem at hand.

But every now and then, I need a break to work on my house and or just to relax. This week, Janny and I will be painting two rooms, work on our yard,  and generally cleaning up the house. While I don’t particularly like painting, I’m looking forward to it.

I’m hoping that I’ll have time to complete this model too. It’s a Bandai MG RX-78-2 Gundam. You can see what it looks like assembled here at Dalong.net (A very cool Korean site about Gundam Models). I’ll also process and post photos I took to Flickr. I’ve been so busy at work that I’ve not been able to walk around and take much photos.

Music I’m listening to right Now:
Mercy” by Duffy from the “Rockferry” Album. You can see the video here.

Gardening time is here again

brocolli.jpgSpring is here so It’s time to prepare my vegetable garden again. With all the tasks at work (4 Projects Due at the same time *AND* late night calls 4 to 6 days a week…) I’m really looking forward to doing work that my wife and I can enjoy.

Also, for our garden, we’ve planted new mixed color peonies. That was a little amusing as my wife got the little shovel, put on gloves, dressed in old jeans in case it got dirty and then I did all the work.

She’s ready for a career in management…

Music I’m listening to right Now:
Beautiful Seed” by Corrinne May from her “Beautiful Seed” Album. You can see the video of her playing it live here.

Might be bringing Lazy to new heights…

Toro Ok, I’ve pointed out that I’m a programmer because I like to make the computer work for me. Recently, My old lawnmower stalled once too often and I got a new one from Home Depot (They had the best price) to replace it. My requirements are pretty simple:

  • Must be 6.5 Horsepower.
  • Must be able to tune it. The old one had a carburetor that could not be adjusted in any way which made tuning it impossible.
  • Must to be able to mulch.
  • Must be able to buy parts for it.

So we went shopping and I decided to go with a Toro. My reasoning is that they make fine lawn mowers, have a great reputation and you could order any parts for it.

Here is the lazy part: It has front wheel drive. That may not sound lazy until you consider our house is on a 40 by 100 ft parcel and the house and garage take up most of it.

Music I’m listening to right Now:

General Attitude by Collective Soul from the “Youth” Album.