Stupid Wasps

So I brought the boys home this evening and noticed a dark spot on the mini-blinds.  A closer inspection revealed it was a wasp, although a fairly tranquil one.

I went to get a flyswatter to take care of the intruder, but when I returned, I saw two dark spots.  Bugger.  Before I could act, the second dark spot hid behind the blinds.

So I smacked the first one, and when he hit the floor, I saw another one buzzing around under the end table.  So I killed that one too, then finished off the first one I smacked.  Then I decided to go after the second one I saw on the mini-blinds.  I opened the blinds and smacked that one, which totaled three.

I saw another one crawling on the floor and killed it.  Four.

Then I saw two up on the window sill, each curled into a ball.  I knocked each of them down onto the floor and whacked them too.  Five.  Six.

Then I saw another one taking a nap on the telephone adapter in the corner.  Smack!  Seven.

I thought I was done, but saw one more going for a stroll on the window itself, so I killed that jackass too.  Eight.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?  What the hell were eight wasps doing in my house, and how in the hell did they get in?  I hate wasps, and I hate how stupid they get in October.


Around 3:30 this morning, Toliver woke up barking like a seal... the sure sign of croup.

Poor Toli has suffered from respiratory ailments since he was born, basically.  When he was little, he had two trips to the hospital for RSV, one only two months after he was born, and then again in August 2005.

Ever since then, he gets croup at least once or twice a year.  Usually it's at night, which always makes for a fun evening.  Unfortunately, it also is "provoked or worsened by agitation or crying", which pretty much describes a pissed off kid at 3 in the morning who can't breathe.

Lucky for Toli, I'm a dad who comes prepared.  Due to the respiratory problems that both he and Carter have had, I own a personal nebulizer kit.  Unlucky for Toli, all I have is albuterol, which isn't effective (epinephrine is probably the only thing that DOES work effectively, but has limited life.), so I used saline instead.  So, we spent quite a bit of time in the bathroom this morning attempting to get Toli's breathing under control.

If he's still having trouble in the morning, off to the doctor's office we go...

Foo Fighters and Three Days Grace

On Friday, August 29th, a bunch of us headed down to Milwaukee to see Foo Fighters and Three Days Grace play.  It was an awesome concert.

Parking was a small nightmare.   Thankfully Proton had the GPS unit that I won and he stole from me installed so we were able to navigate around.  We found some parking and walked through the park, down a steep hill, and then headed to the concert site.

We got there early enough that we had some extra time to kill before the gates opened up.  When we headed in, we each received a wristband that granted access to the 200 feet or so closest to the stage.

The best part of getting in was when Kris decided to smuggle in his camera.  Cameras were prohibited, so he “tucked it away” in an attempt to hold on to it.  The guards didn’t even bother to pat him down.

The show was great.  Unlike the great smuggler Kris, I did not have a camera, so I tried using the camera on my phone.  I’m sure you can guess how well most of those turned out, but I did have success on a few pictures.  I tried taking a few videos but haven’t looked to see if any turned out.

It was a good pairing, they sounded great, and it ended up being a really good night.  Our parking issues from earlier worked out well, as we were able to hit the highway pretty quickly.  Special thanks to Proton for driving and to Kris for his valiant attempts at remote stalking!

First Thoughts on Google Chrome

In a word: responsive.

Google Chrome is pretty slick. Built on top of WebKit with independent processes, it seems to be pretty reliable. I’ve run it pretty hard over the last day and a half in an attempt to break it, taking it to sites that have caused me issues in the past. Nary a problem.

The Chrome Task Manager is a good idea that’s long overdue. Being able to determine how much memory each web application takes up is extremely handy information. Some have suggested that from a developer angle, the best bet is to utilize WebKit.  While that’s not a bad idea, testing in the application that end users are likely to use just makes sense.

Of course, plug-ins and extensions aren’t available, so applications like LogMeIn, AdBlock, and Better Gmail 2 don’t work with it right now… this will slow down mainstream adoption a bit. I’m sure that won’t last long, though. The fact that Google Gears is included right out of the box is also telling. 

The trend over the past few years obviously is to move towards web-based applications that are rich with features and responsiveness thanks to repackaged technologies such as Ajax, JSON, etc.  Expect Google Chrome to quickly move to the forefront of application delivery, as Google has a vested interest in ensuring web applications are working smoothly.

Three Credits Down

About damn time.

I completed my last test today, so I have earned three credits from Fort Hays State University.  I enrolled in April in order to obtain a bachelor's degree, although I am currently undecided as to my major.  While this may not be a big deal to you, it is to me.

Back in 1996 when I decided not to attend college and just go with it, I made a promise to myself that I'd be back in school within ten years.

Oops.  Maybe I should have said twelve years.

I'm pretty happy with what I've done so far, especially considering all that has happened over the past 3 - 4 years.  Wait... what the hell do you mean, there's 121 left to go?  Bugger.

Well, with any luck I'll have my degree by 2016.  Bloody hell. that's a long time.