Welcome to ToTG!

December 31, 2010

I'll Take a Pig in a Poke

Hogmanay\ hog-muh-NEY \, noun;
1. a gift given on New Year's Eve.
proper noun:
1. New Year's Eve in Scotland.

Not sure I'd want a pig for New Year's, but a rasher of bacon would be nice.

Oh wait. That'd contradict last years resolution, to give up pork.

And I Will

As usual

You Should Stay Home for New Year's Eve

By the time New Year's Eve comes around, you are usually exhausted. You just need to rest.

That doesn't mean you won't celebrate, but you'll definitely be toasting the new year in your own low key way.

You'll reflect on the year that's passed and make plans for the year to come.

And when the clock turns over at midnight, you'll be cheering along with anyone else. You'll just be in your pj's!

Southfork Longhorn

Taken w/ a cheap film camera, then transferred to digital.

From 2000, a trip to Southfork, the ranch from the hit TV show "Dallas", with my big sister Sharon and our British friend "Elle".

December 29, 2010

Beep! Beep! Beep!

That's the sound of me backing up...well, I already backed up, but the "beep beep beep" sound is still in my head.  Come to think of it, it was in my head a LONG time before I even got a computer.

Yup, I found my brand new but year old external hard drive and hooked it up.  Was really easy, just plugged it in, nothing to install.  It took a little while, but I copied almost* all the stuff I wanted to the HD; my photos, my music, my porn and nearly everything else.

*I say almost because I couldn't copy a folder;  it's my "work" folder I keep on my Desktop.  I create a folder each month, like "Dec-10" and save everything for that month in it, then after the month is done, I create another and drag the previous month's folder into the current one.  After trying several times and getting an error message, it dawned on me that I must have met some limit imposed by Windows, either the number of nested folders or perhaps maxing out the length of a file name due to that.  Doing a little research, I found there is a limit of 65,536 entries in a directory--that's what I found, whether that's the problem could be debatable.

What's not debatable is I am a cyber-pack rat, saving nearly everything and seldom throwing the stupid stuff away. (which is nearly all of what I save)

Whatever, I got my stuff saved now.  Whew.  I would've hated to have lost my photos, although the "best" have been uploaded to Picassa.  What would've made me sick would have been losing my music, especially the six different versions of "It's a Long Way to the Top (if you want to rock and roll)".

December 27, 2010

Why Didn't I Think of That?

Actually, I have, but didn't figure it would pay.

Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers

I DID have cruel fantasies about chopping off their hands, though.

December 23, 2010

I Would've Thought "Bah Humbug"

You Are Merry Christmas

You are a traditionalist when it comes to the holidays, and you aren't going to be politically correct about it.

You celebrate Christmas, and you don't think there's any reason to hide it. Most other people celebrate it too.

You are content to wish everyone a "Merry Christmas." It doesn't have to be a religious thing.

"Happy Holidays" is just too generic for your taste. You aren't going to tone down your greeting for anyone.

12 Creative Christmas Ads

From Odee: 12 Creative Christmas Ads

The first one caught my eye because it reminded me of our dear, departed friend Brad. I think he would've liked it.

(click for larger image)

From the site:

Origami Christmas tree ball made out of newspaper, with a special advertisement for Christmas.

This Christmas all readers of the Almere Vandaag get an extra present. This free morning newspaper for all Almere residents gives away due to this festivity an origami Christmas tree ball made out of newspaper. You have to fold it yourself, of course. Gladly, the Almere Vandaag also provides the readers with a 2-steps folding instruction for beginners. So it's not complicated and you'll enjoy building it.

December 22, 2010

Strange Christmas Facts

From the Photobucket archives:

Saint Nicholas of Myra, the original Santa Claus, was the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers.

Based on previous surveys, 17 percent of you will embarrass yourselves in some way at your office Christmas party.

A Mongolian wild ass can run 8 mph faster than a reindeer.

It's Donder, not Donner.

Christmas pudding should be stirred from east to west.

56 percent of Americans sing holiday carols to their pets.

53 percent of Americans plan to "re-gift" this year.

1 in 3 men will wait until Christmas Eve to finish their shopping.

1 in 6 men would like to get rid of all the "gift-giving nonsense."

A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

On Christmas Eve in 2001, the Bethlehem Hotel had 208 of its 210 rooms free.

It's "God rest ye merry, gentlemen," not "God rest ye, merry gentlemen."

There are 1.76 billion candy canes produced every year.

Kris Kringel, a man in his 40s, lives in North Pole, Alaska, and delivers pizzas for a living. He drives a 1984 Ford Tempo.

Based on a 1999 estimated population count of North America and Europe, on Christmas Eve of that year Santa Claus had to visit 42,466,666 homes in a 12-hour period -- that's 983 homes per second.

December 21, 2010

Spot On !

Your Attachment Style is Dismissing

You are confident and extremely independent. You honestly don't think about others' opinions.

You believe that you are worthwhile and deserve the best. Getting it is a whole other matter.

You have trouble getting close to people. You've been burned before, and you're not eager to be burned again.

You tend to spend a lot of time alone. You're much more comfortable when you're by yourself.

December 19, 2010

Might Be Gone

My hard drive is making funny noises, so I might be gone f/ a while. Sad thing is I have a brand new external drive, but never did hook it up. -sigh-

Getting worse as I type this. Yikes.

Might be time f/ new PC.

Love to all

UPDATE: Seems to have sorted itself out; was probably just a dust bunny in the bearing. Still, I need to hook up the ext. hard drive, not that it would help this computer, but I would like to backup my music and photos.

December 14, 2010

Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!

Found a cool trick at Firefox Facts:  

25 Most Popular Firefox Support Tips in 2010

For those of you playing with Firefox 3 – Beta 5, try typing about:robots into your address bar and hit enter.

Which will bring up a page with this: (click image for larger view)

December 12, 2010


gallivant\ GAL-uh-vant \ , verb;
1. To wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
2. To go about with members of the opposite sex

It's been so long since I've gallivanted, I think I've forgotten.

December 11, 2010

Orange You Glad?

You don't have to kiss me?

Any raspberry kissers out there?

Your Kisses Taste Like Oranges

You are cool headed in all aspects of your life, including kissing. You don't rush into things.

You make sure to put others before yourself. You're an excellent kisser, and you don't kiss and tell.

You are always smiling. You're optimistic and cheerful, even when your kisses are rebuffed.

You and a raspberry kisser will experience true romantic bliss, but a peach kisser will be too much drama for your taste!

December 1, 2010

Draw Poker, No Joker

I was playing a game of poker earlier today; I threw away a queen out of a pair, hoping to at least get a flush, but drew into a Royal Flush

I was afraid to bet it too big, but my computer opponents insisted upon raising my fairly modest wager.  In hindsight, I wish I had bet more.

Yep, read 'em and weep.