Thursday, November 22, 2007

Mike Vick Dog Chew Toy Scam?

It has been recent brought to my attention that my previous post about the Mike Vick dog chew toy might be a scam, although the sources all seem to lead back to Kevin.  Shame on someone.

here are a couple references;

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Yellowstone Park - Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace - Liberty Cap

Liberty Cap is a [now inactive] 37-foot hot spring cone located at the bottom of Lower Terraces, in the northern portion of Mammoth Hot Springs. Liberty Cap was created by a hot spring which remained in one location for a long time, depositing minerals which built the cone. Liberty Cap was thought to resemble caps worn during the French Revolution and that is how it got its name in 1871 from the Hayden Survey party.


Monday, October 29, 2007

Yellowstone Park - Mammoth Village

yellowstone elkUpon our arrival at Mammoth Village we were greeted by the site of several elk. You could find the elk in the center of the village, around the visitor center, and the hotel, they were hard to miss.

The elk weren't afraid of the vehicles or people, nor were the people afraid of the elk. The yellowstone elkpark rangers were stationed around the elk and had to keep people a safe distance away, and the village had several signs warning of the danger. For some reason people felt no danger from these massive wild animals. We saw people walk right beside the elk without a second thought. We even saw a family park their car right next to the elk and get out of the car, the parents showed no concern when the barely walking toddler got out of the car and headed toward the elk, just feet away. No concern that is until the elk made took a couple aggressive steps toward the child.

danger do not approach elk sign

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Yellowstone Park

Our two day trip to Yellowstone Park took us through the park's only year round north entrance, boasting the historic Roosevelt Arch - dedicated by President Roosevelt on April 24th of 1903. From there it was a short drive and then a nights stay at Mammoth Hot Springs.

The next day consists of a slow drive through the park with many stops and pictures along the way to our last nights stay at the Old Faithful Inn, followed by our exit out of Yellowstone's west entrance.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Museum of the Rockies - Montana State University

Museum of the RockiesThe Museum of the Rockies was founded by Dr. Caronline McGill in 1957 and renowned paleontologist Jack Horner is the curator of paleontology at the museum. Known for its paleontological collections, the Museum contains the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the country, the largest Tyrannosaurus skull ever found and a Tyrannosaurus thigh bone containing soft tissue. The museum currently contains nearly 300,000 objects with collections in western history, textiles, Native American artifacts, and photography and details information spanning the earths 4 billion year history.

As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a federal repository for fossils, the museum is not only a college-level division of Montana State University but it is also an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution. The Museum of the Rockies is approximately one of 750 museums accredited by the American Association of Museums. To put this in context there are more than 16,000 museums nationwide.

The Museum of the Rockies is located on the south edge of the Montana State University campus at 600 West Kagy Boulevard in Bozeman Montana.


Friday, September 28, 2007

Missoula River Rock from Donaldson Brothers Ready Mix Inc

dump truckToday we had a truck of Missoula River Rock delivered from Dolandson Brothers Ready Mix Inc in Hamilton. We have a 3ft x 150ft strip along the driveway that has a border, it has recently been cleaned out and covered with a liner, this is where the bulk of the rock was needed. We also did the same with a 6ft x 16ft on the south wrock pilesest side of the house and a 22ft x 4ft area along the south side of the house. Providing Donaldsons Brothers with these measurements, at 2 inches thick they calculated that we would require "5 yards".

The rock varies in color dull shades of red, gray, white, and brown. A good percentage of the rock was dirty and there was a bit of dirt in the load but it shouldn't take long to naturally clean itself.

missoula river rock

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Spygate; Patriots cheat and film defensive signals

The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fined New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick $500,000, fined the the New England Patriots $250,000 plus a first round draft pick in the 2008 NFL draft. This is immediately following the NFL memorandum against this type of activity. It has been reported that Bill Belichick "misinterpreted" this memorandum, I bet. While some such as Jimmy Johnson and Howie Long try to justify Bill Belichick's cheating actions by speculating that everyone in the NFL practices these techniques, I think they should be ASHAMED; Belichick, Howie, Jimmy, and all other sympathizers/practitioners. I think this speaks volumes about Howie and Jimmy that they defend the actions of a cheater by diverting attention and speculating that everyone else behaves in this way. In this same show, Barry Switzer and Jimmy Johnson admit to practicing these techniques at their previous college jobs. Also Jimmy Johnson admitted to these techniques at Miami, although he did not admit to using these techniques while winning multiple super bowls with Dallas, right; just before and after.

So what other techniques do the Patriots use to win a game? Would this be the first time Bill Belichick's moral standing was brought into question? I surely hope this has nothing to do with golden boy's success and the Pats winning of several championships.

Roger Goodell's interview with Bob Costas went well even though Costas attempted to second guess Goodell's decisions. Roger Goodell didn't flinch and made it clear who is in charge. The owner of the Patriots Bob Kraft appeared to hide behind Goodell's decision stating that the penalty was the most harsh in the history of the NFL although Kraft made a statement implying that additional action maybe taken behind the scenes.

Personally I don't think the punishment was harsh enough, if caught cheating I think you should be banned from the NFL. This is a game where practice, discipline, and talent should be the determining factors. If you cheat to win you are a loser, plain and simple.

Sorry Tim.

Free Virtual Machine - run Windows on Mac

Mike Kronenbert wrote 'Q'; a free, open source virtual machine that can run windows and linux on Intel based Macs.
A completely rewritten cocoa port of QEMU, built directly on OS X, making use of Apples Core-technologies like Coreimage, Coreaudio and OpenGL for in- and output, saving the overhead of crossplattform APIs like SDL, FMOD or GTK.

This virtual machine is considered to be 'Alpha', it is considerably slower than other virtual machines such as Parallels but it seems fairly stable and you can't beat the price.

You can find this free emulator for Mac OS X here; Q

Monday, September 10, 2007

Bob Saget Song Lyrics - HBO special 'That Aint Right'

A song my dad played it for me on a tape one day, a crazy tape I loved, an old English folk song;
There was an old farmer who sat on a rock
Stroking his whiskers and shaking his ...
Fist at his neighbors who sat on their wricks
Teaching their children to play with their ...
Kite strings and marbles in the old days of yore
Along came a lady who looked like a ...
Decent young lady and walked like a duck
Said she discovered a new way to ...
Bring up the children to sew and to knit
The boys in the stables were shoveling up ...
Contents of stables left after the hunt
The car-man(?) was feeling a nice piece of ...
Straw from the stables cleaning the walls
In came the dairmaid(?) to play with his ...
Dog and the dairy where she did belong
If you think this is dirty you're F***ing well wrong.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Michael Bisping vs Matt Hamill UFC 75

During UFC 75 Michael Bisping fought Matt Hammil, which was highly anticipated due to the fact that the two were supposed to fight at the conclusion of UFC's 3rd season of their reality show 'Ultimate fighter'. The two were unable to fight at the time due to an injury to Matt Hammil.

Prior to the fight Bisping stated that he was going to beat Hammil and seemed upset that Hammil was calling out Bisping through various form of media, Bisping went on to state that Hammil was the most one dimensional fighter in the UFC. Bisping being a highly celebrated MMA fighter from across the pond, made this statement due to Hammil's wrestling background, not taking into account any of Matt's MMA training.

As Bisping entered the ring he seemed more concerned with pleasing the fans as he trotted around the ring, rather than his opponent on the other side.  All three rounds were primarily stand up as Matt Hammil took it too Bisping. At the end of the first round Bisping looked banged up and tired while Hammil looked solid; calm, cool, and collected. By the end of the second round not much had changed. While Hammil did take Bisping down a couple times he didn't do much on the ground. Bisping looked in trouble several times throughout the fight, although the third round seemed to go more in Bisping's favor than the other rounds, weather I would consider Bisping winning the third round is up for grabs.

The fight went the distance and much to my disbelief 2 of the 3 judges scored the fight in Bisping's favor. At the end of the fight, as Joe Rogan asked Bisping to describe the highlights, there wasn't much to show and there wasn't much to say. Bisping acted like he actually performed well in the fight and told Matt Hamill to go back to wrestling.

In my opinion Bispings actions that night spoke volumes about himself as a man. One of the top MMA fighters from England barely won over the 'most one dimensional fighter in the UFC'. If this fight wasn't in London I bet the outcome would be different.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Bitterroot River Rainbow Trout

bitterroot riverWe got a late start today and then I drove us all around looking for a small, out of the way fishing spot on the Bitterroot River but we never found it. We decided to go back to the public fishing access at the Florence Bridge which is close to our house but its usually packed with fishers, floaters, and people with their dogs. I don't think any of us were too hopeful as it was getting late in the morning. When we got there there were few people there and the river looked still. We decided to walk north and I kept walking until I saw signs of life and after quite a ways up river I found it. They were jumping all over and it was hard for them to resist the worm.

rainbow trout

We walked away with several rainbow trout.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Glen Lake Montana (Ravalli County / Bitterroot National Forest)

bearJust north of Victor on the east side of highway 93 you will find signs for Glen Lake. It is a nice drive up to 6800 feet (from 3400) with views overlooking Victor and Stevensville, if it weren't so smoky we would have had views of the Sapphire Mountains as well. On the way up we hit some traffic (see little black bear picture right).

At the trail head are 4 parking spots with plenty of room for additional parking. It starts uphill immediately and stays that way most of the hike in, approximately 2 and 1/4 miles in, going from 6800 ft to approximately 7700 ft. Any real hiker would consider this an easy walk but it was a little more than we expected; our 7 glen lake hike viewsglen lake hike viewsyear old son did very well though. Most of the hike consisted of views of the Bitterroot Mountains through the burnt forest.

There were probably 4 groups of people on the trail which was slightly disappointing but didn't present an inconvenience. reported over a dozen vehicles parked at the trail head back in '98 due to the trails easy status, maybe there were few people there due to all the smoke in the area but if there were a dozen people on that trail my opinion might be a little different. Despite all the burnt land and the other hikers; the views along the way and then reaching the lake made it all well worth it. glen lake

The 6 acre Glen lake sits back int he Bitterroots at an elevation of 7741ft. We packed our poles looking for the rainbow trout the MT FWP said existed but we saw no signs of life in that lake. Still a very nice place, probably better for camping than fishing. The hike in took us longer than expected (about an hour and a half) so our fishing time was limited as we needed to get back over the top of the mountain before the sun went down. deerThe hike back was quite easier than the hike in, as the hike out only consisted of hiking up the backside of the mountain, a couple hundred feet; the rest of the hike was all down hill from there. Back to the truck and back down the switch backs, we hit more traffic (see picture right).

Friday, August 31, 2007

Missoula Osprey Pioneer League Baseball at Ogren Park

Missoula Osprey LogoospreyYesterday we took a trip into town to see the Missoula Osprey take on the Great Falls White Sox.

The Missoula Osprey are the Pioneer League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Osprey are also the 2006 Pioneer League champions. Ollie the Osprey is the Missoula Osprey mascot (see picture right).

The Pioneer League is short season (June-September) minor league baseball found in the Rocky Mountain region and includes the following teams; Billings Mustangs, Helena Brewers, Missoula Osprey, Great Falls White Sox, Oren Owlz, Ogden Raptors, Casper Rockies, and the Idaho Falls Chukars.

ogren park

The Osprey play at Ogren Park at Allegiance field in Missoula Montana by , the stadium was built in 2003 and holds 3,500 people. The field bears the name of Bitterroot motors owner Kathy Ogren. The field is 309 feet to the left field line, 398 feet to center field, and 287 feet to right field line.

food and drinkWe had great seats (see picture left) behind the third base line immediately behind the home team dugout. These were the most expensive seats in the house at $10 a piece. Drinks and food were relatively expensive at over $3 a beer, peanuts were $2 a bag, but I managed to have a couple anyway. I know what you are thinking but I shared some of those peanuts with the family, I promise.

The Osprey started off shaky with 2 errors and allowing 1 run in the top of the first, but answered with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. The game slowed down a bit until the 6th inning where things started to get a little crazy.


In the 6th the Osprey had 3 runs only to give up 8 runs in the top of the 7th inning, yes 8 runs. They tried to mount a comeback but fell short with a final score of 12-10.

There was a friendly, light police presence, the crowd was well behaved, and Ollie was quite entertaining for the kids. Prior to the first pitch the coach walked out from the dugout turned around and called for my son, then threw him a ball, which my son caught with his glove. All in all a nice family friendly experience.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Lake Como Montana

Lake ComoSouthwest of Hamilton, Lake Como is a large irrigation reservoir that lies at an altitude of 4,500 in Rock Creek canyon which was the main trail of Idaho's Selway country in the late 1880's. There is a south-shore pack trail following this original route, and a north-shore foot trail join 1/2 mile below the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundary. The lake was considerably low (see picture right) and the smoke from the forest fires were moving in, still a nice place.

Lake Como

Budweiser Clydesdales

The streets of Stevensville were packed yesterday when the Budweiser Clydesdales visited from their home in Southern California. Budweiser has 6 teams of Clydesdale Horses; Menifee CA, St Louis Missouri, Merrimack New Hampshire, along with the three SeaWorld locations.

bud horse bud horse

bud horse

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bellawood Hardwood Floor Installation - Rustic Maple

Bostitch Floor NailerThis post will cover the installation of Bellawood "rustic maple" hardwood flooring from Lumber Liquidators; per Bellawood and the way it was actually installed. The flooring is 3/4 " thick solid, tongue and groove, prefinished hardwood strip flooring that comes in random lengths (from 10 to 82 inches). The flooring is nailed down with blind-nails (cleats), set with a specialized hardwood flooring nailing machine over a wood subfloor. The product I used to nail down the floor is the Bostitch MFN200 Manual Flooring Cleat Nailer.

The subfloor should be contructed of 5/8 inch or thicker plywood, when installed over 16 inch center joists. My subfloor was 3/4 inch on 16 inch centered joists

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Mike Vick Dog Chew Toy


In an effort to 'raise awareness of the atrocity of animal abuse' Aim To Begin² LLC has created the official "Vick's Dog Chew Toy".

vick chew toy

The company claims tht the toy is so strong and flexible that it will challenge every breed especially the pit bull.
Unlike other toys, our manufacturer is so sure of its durability they guarantee it against the most playful dog destruction. It Bends. It Bounces. It Flies. It Floats. And best of all, it lasts through the whole season and more!

Get Your Official Vick's Dog Chew Toy today!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Make money with no commission and no middleman by selling links on your blog with WP Text Ads and the Marketplace

After hearing about WP Text Ads and the Marketplace I decided to give it a shot.

wp text ads

WP Text Ads is a WordPress plugin that lets you sell text link ads directly to advertisers. This means you pay no commissions and get paid instantly. At the same time, advertisers save money from lower ad rates.

The Marketplace is a directory of WP Text Ads blogs. It provides a convenient place for advertisers to find relevant site and traffic information about your blog.

They recommend blogging and recommending WP Text Ads and the Marketplace so this is what it is.

We will find out the answer to the question; Does the WP Text Ads and the Marketplace rock?

Monday, August 13, 2007

Montana Forest Fires

With fires to the north, south, east, and west the views have changed. We found a small layer of ash on things left outside, and if we leave the windows at night ash forms on the window sill.

before after

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Burke Lake Golf Course at the Burke Lake Golf Center - Fairfax VA


The Burke Lake Golf Course at the Burke Lake Golf Center in Fairfax Station VA was designed by Dave Bennett and Leon Howard (ASGCA). Opening in 1969 this course is an 18 hole par-3 course that sports 2,843 yards of golf with a course rating of 50 and a slope rating of 113. There is also a 40 tee driving range at the Golf Center.

They schedule tee times 10 minutes apart at this course and they request that you arrive one half-hour early in case they can start you early.


pictures of Burke Lake Golf Course at the Burke Lake Golf Center in Fairfax Station VA ...

Monday, July 30, 2007

Bellawood home delivery

I ordered 17 boxes (360sqft) of Bellawood 3/4" x 3-1/4" Rustic Maple Flooring. A fedex semi arrived with a lift gate and pallet jack. Upon arrival damage to the boxes was observed.


The extent of the damage appears to be limited to the packaging, the wood itself looks very nice; straight and unscuffed.


Saturday, July 7, 2007

big dandelion

big dandelion

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Here lies Ralph Huckaba


He has some of the best seats in the house.
Some more views from the Bull Mountains here.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Home inspection was yesterday, it took 4 hours. Luckily I remember my camera and snapped a couple shots;

House Pictures

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

hey pig!



He wanted a pet, I wanted sausage and bacon ...

Monday, May 7, 2007

Whitehall, Montana

Views from our location in Whitehall, Montana. Click for larger view.

Bull Mountains;

Tobacco Root Mountains;

Highland Mountains;

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Popular Programming Languages

Tiobe Software's list of most popular programming languages;

1. Java

2. C

3. C++

4. PHP

5. Visual Basic

Monday, March 5, 2007

Windows Vista and VPNs

As if Vista didn't have enough problems already with hardware compatibility issues its been reported that Microsoft Vista does not support most VPNs currently on the market. If you don't know what a VPN is you have nothing to worry about, otherwise this puts a serious damper on the business user.

I was shopping a week ago and I saw Vista everywhere. This isn't acceptable, my next purchase will have Vista removed immediately. I just hope there are no issues with putting XP on a machine that is plagued with the term 'Vista Ready'.

Windows Vista; 'The "WOW" starts now.'

My experience with Kelly & Associates Appraisers Stafford VA

We contacted Kelly & Associate Appraisers on Thursday of last week, they said they would come on Friday if it wasn't pouring rain. Well it was wet on Friday so they said they would be here Monday at 1pm. Sunday comes and we do a little cleaning up, Monday comes and around noon we take off work and do some final clean up so that the place looks its best.

The waiting begins ...

Well at 2:15pm we get a call from Kelly & Associates when a very friendly gentlemen says 'We were just getting ready to head out your way and we just wanted to make sure someone would be there.' I told him 'we are no longer interested you were supposed to be here an hour and 15 minutes ago.' To which he responded in a highly agitated and sarcastic voice; 'OK GOOD LUCK' after which he immediately hung up!

Just one of the many fine quality businesses in the area.

Windows Vista and VPNs

As if Vista didn't have enough problems already with hardware compatibility issues its been reported that Microsoft Vista does not support most VPNs currently on the market. If you don't know what a VPN is you have nothing to worry about, otherwise this puts a serious damper on the business user.

I was shopping a week ago and I saw Vista everywhere. This isn't acceptable, my next purchase will have Vista removed immediately. I just hope there are no issues with putting XP on a machine that is plagued with the term 'Vista Ready'.

Windows Vista; 'The "WOW" starts now.'

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Ubuntu Mail Command

After receiving the message 'Cound not find the mail command anywhere.' I quickly discovered that the Mail command was indeed missing. Apparently this is the default for Ubuntu Dapper and you need to install the mailx package.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Ubuntu Server

Its been a while since Ive installed Linux and let me tell you this was a walk in the park. With little effort I installed Ubuntu with LVM across a couple disks, SSH, and Samba and it took no time at all.

Just look at the beautiful screenshots;

Ubuntu Server

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Lenovo - NMI: Parity Check / Memory Parity Error

Lenovo NMI

*** Hardware Malfunction

Call your hardware vendor for support

NMI: Parity Check / Memory Parity Error

*** The system has halted ***

At the time I was writing some code on my new Lenovo with an editor that has no auto-save.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Altimeter / Inclinometer

heres a BROWN inclinometer that is MOUNTED to the dash.

Friday, January 5, 2007

ARB Bull Bar from Iron Pigg Offroad

After searching around the internets I found many a dainty grill guard but then I stumbled upon the ARB Bull Bar. I called a local shop iron pig offroad and they had great things to say so i had them order me one. Iron Pig was very helpful with ordering and offering assistance with installation but I decided to tackle it myself. Much thanks to iron pig offroad.

Installation instructions went something like this 'remove old bumper and install new bumper', maybe not exactly but ... I had heard you had to modify the frame by removing existing bumper mounts, which was quite easy. Mounts seen here. Removing the mounts was relatively simple, I just had to smack it around a bit and grind it down. Then a survey of the existing mount locations on the frame, the ARB hardware, and the bolt holes on the bull bar fills in the missing instruction. I installed this myself which was the tough route, the bumper is a good 100lbs but luckily a channel on the bull bar can be used to rest the bull bar on the frame during install.

The front end is now like a tank, it was a great fit, great quality.

Now I want another 4Runner so I can get another one of these.