Archive for June, 2005

Congratulations Cole

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Anna’s brother Cole is graduating from High School today. He’s really growing up.

Letters Slow My Typing Down

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

I saw a keyboard for sale on the internet that claimed to dramatically improve your typing skills. The keyboard was solid black and had no letters, numbers or symbols on any of the keys. Basically, there’s no point in looking down and away from the monitor since you can’t read the keyboard. It sounded interesting but I didn’t want to spend any money on it, especially since I have a few computer accessories lying around including an extra keyboard.

So I covered a keyboard with three different colors of spray paint and then two light coats of polyurethane. The keyboard came out great. It feels like a normal keyboard and no keys are stuck or anything.

After using it for a few days I found it to be very annoying. Touch typing where your hands are in proper position makes it hard for me to hit the backspace without having to reset my hand position. Passwords are the hardest to type. I keep my regular keyboard close by as a reference for typing passwords and in case I want to switch keyboards. My typing my have improved slightly but I still prefer my own style. I’m all over the keyboard using my index fingers a majority of the time but I type faster.

Got Stuck Pixels?

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Epileptic FunI own a Sony PSP. It has exactly one white pixel in the center of the screen that is stuck in the on position. It is only noticeable when the PSP is powered on and the screen fades to black. It’s annoying but it isn’t the end of the world. I heard about this video on the internet that flashes colors on and off very rapidly in hopes to un-stuck any stuck pixels. It doesn’t work on dead pixels (those that can’t display any color), so luckily I didn’t have any of those.

Apparently, you can play this movie that I like to call, Epileptic Fun, on repeat for hours and hours and eventually the stuck pixels will work again. I tried for two separate 10 hour sessions with no luck :(. Others are reporting that it works so if you have any stuck pixels you might want to give it a try. This isn’t limited to the PSP either and it can work on any LCD screen. Let me know how it goes.

I Don’t Speak Spanish

Monday, June 13th, 2005

I found a note on my car placed under my windshield wipers. It was written in pencil on a folded used envelope. I’ve tried translating it but it just doesn’t make any sense.

Can anyone make sense of it for me? Was I supposed to drive someone home? Or more importantly, should I call the number?

On the front of the envelope it reads:

por favor entvege este papel para el muchacho mauvu lazo fevnande.

On the back it reads:

antenta merte recado estimado awb mauvu espero que te encuetre bien de salu espero que no temaleste por esgrivnte esta lestra mai esevita mauvo quivo ablav con tigo por favor ya mame tel ###-####. no tenga miedo de Alar Conmigo. Parque yo nigun momento estoy enogodo contigo la Flaca medigo mucha casa. Pero no legro nada y gracia

UPDATE: I have scanned in the front of the envelope and the back of the envelope, in case you are interested in trying to deciphering it more.

Transplanting Maples and Growing Roses

Monday, June 6th, 2005

I’ve been working on my house lately and one of the things that I have enjoyed lately is landscaping.

This past weekend I transplanted an eight foot maple tree from the side of my house to the back perimeter. The picture you see is of the maple tree the following day. It doesn’t look too healthy at the moment but I think it will do just fine. The recent rain will help.

While removing some weeds I spotted a rose bush that had just started blossoming. One rose bud looked so perfect with the rain drops on its petals. I used a wire support to string the rose branches (and thorns :)) upwards.

I also laid down a lot of red cedar multch in between the grass and the house. The grass seed that I had been sprinkling around has come up like astro turf. I am very pleased with my landscaping efforts.