Crazy Oregon Weather


This is a perfect example of how weather in Oregon is just crazy. I used one of my favorite utilities, Snag It, to grab this from the Statesman Journal website.  Inside of an hour, visitors are informed that snow is not expected and then that snow is currently falling. The side of town where I work isn’t so lucky. I’ve only been able to spy a snow flake or two mixed in with all of the rain.

It’s a girl!

Sarah and I just got back from the hospital where we got to take a look at our 20 week baby. We’re about half way through and everything is looking good. About 40 minutes into the checkup we learned that we’re having a girl. Yea! I was right! Alex is going to be outnumbered now 2 to 1, poor kid!

Here are the ultrasound pictures:

Ultrasound 1

Ultrasound 2

Ultrasound 3

Brinlee Madison or maybe Bailey Lynn Brinlee Marie Kester, we’re still working on names.

Woot woot!

Now mirroring for CDBurnerXP

CDBurner LogoI have a real respect for freeware and open source projects. It has to be tough to work so hard on something, have everybody critique it, and support it all day long while not making any money off of it. As I was going through my RSS a couple of days ago I came across an announcement from cdBurnerXP that they needed a new mirror for their downloads. I immediately shot an email off to Flo and this morning I setup an account for them to use at In just a couple of hours they have racked up about 1GB of bandwidth usage. Mediatemple, the host, advertises 1TB of bandwidth and 100GB of storage. I’m hoping they are serious about that, cause I’m gonna need it. 🙂

What is CDBurnerXP?

CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.

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12/1/2007 to 12/31/2007: 522,802 requests using 772.31GB of bandwidth

The worst question you can ask me

Single Page ApplicationsAuthor side note: I was originally going to sit down tonight and write part two of my “distractionless browsing” article. In short, I’ve had little to no success with the systems I outlined in my previous article. They are as different and quirky as the mainstream browsers they intend to co-exist with. Instead I’m going go on a little rant about my job as a web application developer.

So, what do you do for a living?

Great… cue eye roll. Here we go…

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Humans and their tools

We are the species that has mastered tools. Shouldn’t we be proud of ourselves!?

SOUTHWORTH, Wash. — A man trying to loosen a stubborn lug nut blasted the wheel with a 12-gauge shotgun, injuring himself badly in both legs, Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies said.

The 66-year-old man had been repairing a Lincoln Continental for two weeks at his home northwest of Southworth and east of Port Orchard and had gotten all but one of the lug nuts off the right rear wheel before getting frustrated Saturday afternoon, Deputy Scott Wilson said.

“He’s bound and determined to get that lug nut off,” Wilson said.

From about arm’s length the man fired the shotgun at the wheel and was “peppered” in both legs with 00 buckshot and other debris, with some injuries as high on his body as his chin, according to a sheriff’s office report.

“Nobody else was there and he wasn’t intoxicated,” Wilson said.

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue personnel treated the man at the scene before he was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with injuries Wilson described as “severe but not life-threatening.”

He said deputies were unable to get a full statement from the man, relying only on what they could learn while medics treated him at the scene.

“I don’t think he was in any condition to say anything,” Wilson said. “The pain was so severe, and the shock.”

Wouldn’t you have just wanted to have been there to see that? What was he thinking?

Source: Statesman Journal via AP