Friday, July 28, 2006

NMCI banned isntapundit.com so I'm trying to figure out why.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The First Open Source Animated Movie

"Elephants Dream is the world’s first open movie, made entirely with open source graphics software such as Blender, and with all production files freely available to use however you please, under a Creative Commons license."

If only my laptop could handle video editing. I attempted some with Adobe Premiere and my new digital camcorder, it took hours.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Amazon.com Sells Groceries!

The whole online grocery thing hasn't seen any profit yet but if anyone can do it Amazon can. This may actually be a really good deal for those of us stuck out in the middle of the pacific and missing a few staples from back home. Tack on free shipping and many hard to find specialty items and I can't see how you could go wrong.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

No Phishing

I was suckered into one of these websites once. Fortunately I realized it immediately and changed my login/password on the real website. If anyone hasn't heard phishing (ph for password harvesting) is usually done via email sending a link to a fake website mimicking a legit website. Like paypal, ebay, or a financial institution. One sure way to see if you are at a phishing website is to enter an incorrect password, since it is trying to steal your password anything you enter will be accepted. Things are not so bad to require this all the time, but if you are not sure it might be worth the extra few seconds to get an incorrect password error and then re-enter it.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

50 in 50 in 50

This is an amazing endurance challenge: 50 in 50 in 50. Running 50 marathons in 50 days in all 50 states. When I first heard this a few weeks ago I didn’t think it was humanly possible. Looks like I was wrong, he is almost halfway done.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Voluntary Separation

The Navy’s continued downsizing now includes officers through a new voluntary separation program. I could actually qualify according to the navadmin. 300 this year, 800 in 2007. All officers, enlisted are being dowsized by about 12,000.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A realistic alternative to gas guzzlers

Hybrids are starting to pick up steam. But, none of them are even close to being as cost effecient as your average vehicle. Finally someone is taking steps in what I believe is the most practical solution. The electric car has been overlooked while other technologies hit the media. Fuel Cell, Hydrogen, and Ethanol are all very expensive and will require a massive investment in infrastructure. The obvious drawbacks of electric vehicles are the batteries. They are becoming more feasible with new technologies and the first serious electric car company Tesla looks very promising. I won't be buying a non-gasoline vehicle anytime soon, I'd guess at least 20 years, unless there are some major leaps in technological breakthroughs.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Navy Millionaire

I ran into this guy in Guam.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Webcam Upgrade

Back in.... college I bought a set of logitech quickcam express webcams for one of my summer deployments so we could keep in touch. I think the logitech quickcam was one of the first commercial webcams sold. We finally broke down and upgraded yesterday. The video quality is no longer pixelated and while still a little choppy (30 frames per second) it is at least 10X better than our old webcams. Even I was impressed. We ended up both buying the Logitech Communicate STX and are very pleased with them. A little more expensive than I expected but well worth it.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

5 Weeks Down

It has been 5 weeks and I am just now feeling up to post. I haven’t really felt comfortable enough to talk. Deployment is definitely not easy and I needed time to go through my own thing.

Everyone wants to know how things are going and they are going. I am keeping myself busy as much as possible working three part time jobs. I work on the weekends every other weekend. The weekends I have been home have been spent either out in the yard or running errands.

Two weekends ago I spent 6 hours out in the yard. Today I spent 2 hours out in the yard. Yard work takes time. It makes it harder when you can’t do it on a weekly basis. I cheated a little too. Two weeks into deployment I asked a colleague and friend to mow my lawn. He comes by every two weeks or so to help me.

Deployment makes you realize not only how much you miss each other but how much you come to rely on your spouse. Deployment made me also realize that Nathan and I have assumed certain responsibilities. Yard work Nathan does. It has definitely made me see how hard it is and next time when I would like something done, I won’t be a nag about it, I will do it.

There were a couple of crises already. Two days after Nathan left the hot tub died. Of course I needed to reset it. It took me two weeks to get to it. The poor thing and poor me  The Food Saver that we bought before Nathan left for deployment didn’t work. I wanted to exchange it at the Navy Exchange, since that is where we purchased it, however with no receipt that wasn’t possible. I called the company since we registered it with them. They sent a replacement  I just need to send back the dead one.

I mailed Nathan a letter about 2.5 weeks into deployment. He got it in 10 tens. I was impressed. I wasn’t expecting him to get that for a couple of weeks. I also sent out a package to him on July 3rd. He got it on our Anniversary; three business days. I was completely shocked. I filled up a flat rate box, insured it and sent it without any home made goodies at 7:30am before work. Now that I have a new Food Saver I am going to attempt to make some goodies tomorrow.

I put my notice in for work. I told them November 30th. I am just not happy with my jobs. That and it will give me enough time to get caught up on household stuff before Nathan gets home and my parents head out for a visit. I am not going to get into it all because it would be too long.

Our anniversary was depressing. Spending the day alone without really being able to celebrate is some what depressing. My idea of celebrating was ordering pizza, having a soda and plopping my butt on the couch. Nathan and I did get to video conference which was nice. It helped make a lonely day not seem so lonely.

Mom comes out in 2.5 weeks to help me celebrate my birthday. I am thinking that it really won’t be celebrating but more like a chance for me to have a pity party. I am honestly looking forward to that.

I went out today after yard work and a shower to go shopping. I stopped off at the Exchange and bought a new web cam; the Logitech QuikCam Communicate STX. Definitely better than the Logitech QuikCam Express. It even can be positioned on top of the laptop.

Nathan pulled a little trick on me before he left. He wrote a couple of cards and placed them in secret spots. He e-mails or sends me some clues when we video conference as to where to find a card. I have also found two cards when cleaning. I told him that is pretty sad that I am finding them now because he placed them before he left for deployment. I am not sure how far in advance he placed them but it made me feel like I don’t clean this house well enough  Anyway, the cards are very romantic and very helpful. Yes they have made me cry. I have a very thoughtful husband.

My grandparents sent me a nice treat. They bought and had sent to me Whoopie Pies from the Northeast. I eat one every weekend. It is how I have spoiled myself on the weekends. There are a dozen of them so enough to get through 12 weeks of deployment.

I think that is about it. I hope that all is going well with all the other spouses that are going through deployment. I hope that all is going well with friends and family everywhere. A very quick thank you to all those that check up on me and to all those that offer a lending ear. Thank You!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A Hurricane By Another Name

My first typhoon: Ewiniar. It looks pretty weak and keeps moving to the West. Of course the forecasters keep pushing back the landfall date. Rikki and I have been through so many hurricanes and tropical storms now that they aren't very scary. Besides, there isn't a safer place to be. I'm on the 2nd floor of a cinderblock building, fridge is stocked, and no one can handle natural disasters as well as the military.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

North Korean Nonsense

Everyone has heard by now about the long range ballistic missile test that failed. It was supposedly aimed towards Hawaii, though it does not have the range to reach it. Followed by 6 short range missiles to make sure the World noticed. The ploy seems to be the typical saber rattling to force the US to conduct 1 on 1 talks to give North Korea concessions. Luckily we haven't fallen for it yet. I don't understand why people think appeasement is a viable form of diplomacy. The more we give the more they will ask for. You don't even have to have kids to understand that.

The real clincher for me is how North Korea has treated China. One of their only allies who provide them with aid. China recently stopped all shipments of aid to North Korea.... Because North Korea stole their trains. They sent the Chinese crews back over the border but kept the trains that were transporting the aid. They say the trains were part of the aid program... How can you negotiate with that?