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Rejoice, rejoice!

Yeah, the laptop is back in operation! Looks like the power supply brick crapped out on me (it was a replacement for the original which also crapped out) and I ordered one from Ebay. There were some third party one available in the stores but they cost 10 time more than what I paid. It came in a few days ago while I was in Florida and I just did a interstate drive-by and got it (and hugs and kisses) from The Wife as I was passing through my hometown. Now I can blog! Now I can use my GPS and mapping program! Yay!

Right now I’m blogging offline using OpenOffice and I’ll upload when I get some Wifi again, whenever that will be. I’m down for the night in Carlisle, IN, waiting for one-half hour prior to sunrise so that I might pull this oversize load through the outskirts of Chicago (got to be out of IL before 1200) and up into Wisconsin. No load scheduled after that (surprise, surprise) but I’ll be able to get a 34 hour break, preferably some place with Internet so that I might waste much time browsing and Twittering.

Rejoice, rejoice! The laptop is back!

Happy 2009: Don’t Drink and Blog

I’m still at home, enjoying the hometime but ready to get back to work. I’ve run out of vacation time so this time off is all unpaid. Must do better planning next time.  If a load does not come up tomorrow, I’m pretty much stuck till Monday…

So I’m blogging and drinking beer but I really wanna drive! Sober, that is…

BTW: New Years resolution? Same as last years… 1024 by 768!

testing BloGTK

I’m getting ready to switch from Windoze to Linux. Right now I’ve been playing with the Ubuntu distribution and so far I’m digging it. I won’t be able to drop MS completely, I can’t run my GPS map program in Linux and so for I’ve not found anything in Linux to do the job of Photoshop Elements, but I’m looking.

Right now I’m using BloGTK to write this blog entry offline. I tried Drivel, another offline editor and found it a bit wanting in features. BloGTK is not WYSIWYG, but it has a preview that seems to work.

I’ll keep at it with BloGTK till I find something better. Or I get seduced back to the Dark Side

Sucker for a Meme #3

I’m even later to the party than Jay G but I thought I might play along. I’m not tagging anyone either but if this moves you to do one yourself, let me know.

100 Thing You Have Done.

  1. Started your own blog. (Back in 2001 I posted my first drivel on a blogspot blog.).
  2. Slept under the stars. (Lots of camping in my youth.)
  3. Played in a band.
  4. Visited Hawaii. (Lived there for five years, in fact.)
  5. Watched a meteor shower. (Many times, usually in the cold clear skies of winter.)
  6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
  7. Been to Disneyland. (Actually DisneyWorld twice. First time when I was in the Navy.)
  8. Climbed a mountain. (Only while driving my truck…)
  9. Held a praying mantis. (Then I lost track of him, I found him an hour later, he’d been sitting on my head the whole time!)
  10. Sang a solo. (Does Karaoke count?)
  11. Bungee jumped. (whaddayou, crazy?)
  12. Visited Paris. (Italy, Spain, Sri Lanka, Kenya, England, Scotland, but never Paris unless you mean the one in Texas.)
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. (While in the Navy, over the North Sea, I think.)
  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. (Photography, I guess.)
  15. Adopted a child.
  16. Had food poisoning. (Everytime I eat at a TA truckstop…)
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. (No, but walked to the top of the Scot Monument in Edinburgh.)
  18. Grown your own vegetables. (Ended up with TONS of tomatoes. I love tomatoes, but not that much.)
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
  20. Slept on an overnight train. (The only train I’ve EVER been one is a touristy one in Strasbourg, PA.)
  21. Had a pillow fight. (As a kid.)
  22. Hitch hiked.
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill. (Here’s the point where I say, No comment.)
  24. Built a snow fort. (In a cemetary in Virginia.)
  25. Held a lamb.
  26. Gone skinny dipping. (Once, with the wife.)
  27. Run a Marathon. (Not this smoker, but I did a 16 mile “Walk for the Whales” when I was a kid.)
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice.
  29. Seen a total eclipse. (First one was in Hawaii.)
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. (Too many to recount, love them.)
  31. Hit a home run. (I’ve always sucked at baseball.)
  32. Been on a cruise. (If four years in the Navy and two trips halfway around the world count.)
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. (Well, my ancestors are from Indiana, so I guess so…)
  35. Seen an Amish community. (Near Lancaster, PA.)
  36. Taught yourself a new language. (I’ve taken stabs at learning Spanish, to no avail.)
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. (As long as a have a place to live and food to eat, I’m satisfied.)
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
  39. Gone rock climbing.
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David.
  41. Sung karaoke. (With enough booze, anything is possible…)
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
  44. Visited Africa. (Shore leave in Mombasa, Kenya. Lovely place, really)
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight. (Once on the East Coast watching a comet, many times in Hawaii.)
  46. Been transported in an ambulance. (Cut up my finger in the hydraulics of a school bus door as a kid.)
  47. Had your portrait painted.
  48. Gone deep sea fishing.
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (What’s all this bias toward all things french?)
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling. (In Haunama Bay, also in Hawaii (of course).)
  52. Kissed in the rain.
  53. Played in the mud. (Just last week… ;) )
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater. (Last one was in Memphis, TN, twenty plus years ago.)
  55. Been in a movie. (But only on Super 8.)
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
  57. Started a business.
  58. Taken a martial arts class.
  59. Visited Russia.
  60. Served at a soup kitchen.
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies. (I didn’t know I could!!)
  62. Gone whale watching.
  63. Got flowers for no reason.
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma. (Only once, I’m allergic to needles and chickenshit besides.)
  65. Gone sky diving. (See #11.)
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
  67. Bounced a check. (Not on purpose!!)
  68. Flown in a helicopter. (No but I was shot off an aircraft carrier’s catapult.)
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
  71. Eaten Caviar. (Once, hated it…)
  72. Pieced a quilt.
  73. Stood in Times Square.
  74. Toured the Everglades.
  75. Been fired from a job. (Yep, and I deserved it.)
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London. (More shore leave fun.)
  77. Broken a bone. (Never, I drink lotsa milk…)
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle. (Right before it tried to kill me.)
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
  80. Published a book.
  81. Visited the Vatican.
  82. Bought a brand new car. (Never, in all my years, have I bought new…)
  83. Walked in Jerusalem. (But I walked in Memphis, my feet ten feet offa Beale…)
  84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
  85. Read the entire Bible.
  86. Visited the White House.
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. (Fish only.)
  88. Had chickenpox. (Or so I’m told…)
  89. Saved someone’s life.
  90. Sat on a jury.
  91. Met someone famous. (Jack Lord of Hawaii 50 fame, Hairiest knuckles I’ve ever seen on a human! A few years ago saw Dawn Wells (Maryann) at a book signing in a grocery store (how the mighty have fallen).)
  92. Joined a book club. (Science Fiction Book Club, if that counts.)
  93. Lost a loved one. (too many…)
  94. Had a baby. (Now, THAT would be a trick…)
  95. Seen the Alamo in person.
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake. (No, but I’ve seen it in person.)
  97. Been involved in a law suit.
  98. Owned a cell phone. (A must-have in my work.)
  99. Been stung by a bee. (A few times, I’m slightly allergic, but no bad incidents, just more annoying than anything else.)
  100. Read an entire book in one day.(Lotsa. I’m a reading fool…)

My Internet Credentials

A tweet from Michele about how her kid thought she didn’t know what STFU meant and her reply, “I WAS USING INTERNET ACRONYMS WHEN YOU WERE STILL IN DIAPERS, BOY!”, got me to thinking about my own ‘Net credentials. I’m a 46 year old truck driver now, but for many years previous I was neck deep in all things computer-wise. And being a part-time blogger, I figured I’d post about it. Go figure…

Back in the late ’80s I ran a dialup BBS called “Digital Dreams” out of my then employers office. One phone line hooked up to a blazingly fast 2400 baud modem. I even got people to pay for the priviledge of umlimited access (as long as I wasn’t working on that PC at the time). I remember being hooked up to a system (whose name escapes me) whereby my users could send emails and files back and forth with other BBS users all over the world. This was some heavy access to have and way before the Internet was in any way ubiquitous.

That BBS died with the company I was working for and to get my communications fix I tried other online services, first Prodigy (hated it) and then the expensive, but all encompassing (at the time), Compuserve. All done from my work PC. I worked for some very understanding (or ignorant) folks back then.

I never owned my own home PC till the mid ’90s, when I managed to cobble together some old discarded parts of dead and obsolete work machines and get myself a real Frankenstien system. It was an old IBM PS/2 with and aftermarket 386 motherboard and a tiny hard drive that always seemed to be on it’s “last legs.” When dial-up internet finally make its way to our isolated neck of the woods, I bought a new modem and a second phone line and I was hooked.

My first Compuserve web pages are lost to the old bit bucket of time, but some other of my old pages are preserved in Archives.org’s Wayback machine. In 2002 I bought my first domain name (greeblie.com) and ran my own personal web pages on a succession of web providers before I settled at GoDaddy.com. Later I bought my current domain (I figured if anyone is gonna own my name it might as well be me) and have been running these lame pages for a few years now. I still own Greeblie.com but that name has lain fallow for a few years. One of these days I’ll figure out what to do with it.

Now I drive a truck for a living and if I’m not near Wi-Fi, I can still get my fix via my internet-enabled cell phone. In fact, this blog post is being tapped out on the tiny QWERTY keypad of my Samsung Blackjack 2 while sitting at a frozen truckstop in Ohio. And that’s why there are no hyperlinks here. HTML is a pure bitch when you have to go through 5 keystrokes to get to the essential “less than” sign.

There, I guess I feel better now…

State of the Blog

I read lot of blogs through Google Reader and I’m noticing a slowdown in some of my regular reads, mostly in the “personal” blogs. I’m not complaining, believe me. If I didn’t have Twitter plugged into my own blog, weeks and months could slide by without updates. Sometimes I think this site is just a placeholder for my domain name, so some other Dave Worley won’t get it. Well, its as good a reason as any.

But it does seem personal blogs are slacking. I’ve been reading some as far back as 2004, and a few of my regulars have just disappeared or become very intermittent… just like me, I guess. I really miss Cranky Chick, she always was a great read and very interactive.

Some of my “old” regulars came back from the dead. Andrea Harris has returned with “The Return of the Twisted Spinster” (dammit, ~ forgot the URL). Michele, formerly of a small victory is back with a vengence at A Big Victory and plugging away.

And while I’m plugging blogs, two others I’d like to send some link love: Og at Neanderpundit and the self-titled Rachel Lucas blog.

Dammit, batteries running low. Blogging from a cell phone is not easy, even if my phone as a QWERTY keyboard. Can you touch type with YOUR thumbs? How many keypresses do YOU need to get a “greater than” sign (mine is seven).

Later.

Stolen Numbers

Some dickhead stole my CC numbers from “a website” and the bank canceled my card, that’s why my old web provider kakked my site. Fucking goons… There aren’t any suspicious charges on the card so I doubt anyone had time to use them. Anyways, it will be seven to ten days before I can get a new card and restart the worleywideweb.net site…

But then again, why bother? How may websites does one person need? Maybe I’ll check out the HostMatters provider that Stacy pointed me to, but I notice the plans are a little steeper priced than what this (cheap bastard) blogger is used to.

I need to settle on one name, one site and to hell with anything else. But what name do I keep? Greeblie.com, which I’ve owned the longest? It’s a made up name and so far pretty unique in the web. WorleyWideWeb.net is one I bought to host the WorleyWideWeb list a few years back, it’s unique too, but a little long and unwieldy. Then this morning I was thinking of buying my real name as a dot com. It’s available and cheap and it would really be me… Shit, I don’t know…

Any ideas?

Time to Change

I read a lot of blogs, most likely a microscopic fraction of what’s out there, but a good representative slice of the spectrum. There are a lot of news blogs, who pretty much point out stories and maybe a comment or two. Then there are the blogrollers, this folks who tell you what all the other blogs are blogging about. A lot of the big blogs, like Instapundit or Dailypundit, are good examples of those two functions.

Davelog is great example of a blog that picks out the silly, the funny and the down right weird that the web has to offer. And we all have seen the war blogs, tracking all the hate and discontent generated on both sides after 9/11.

And the there are the personal blogs, Lilek’s Bleat being the big daddy of that genre (at least in my book), but Beers Across America is a favorite of mine, too. Also high on my list is Blogatelle, she’s got a great mind (and a nice rack, oops, did I say that out loud?) and it’s always enjoyable to read her thoughts. I’d love to have her “do” my website like she’s done so many others, but alas… sucks to be me…

Anyway, I’m gonna change the direction of this blog, I think.

“But Dave?” you say, “What real direction did this blog ever have, anyways?”

Well, none, I guess. I think that was the point! I have times when I’m just blogrolling, then I try to get onto some news stories that haven’t already been done to death by every other “piss-ant prairie pundit” with a blog. You know? I just don’t have time to keep up with all the blogs and certainly don’t have the time, or the inclination, to track news stories about the crappy world we live in. The news these days really drains the spirit, you know. I’ll let the others out there look for me.

“All right Dave,” you sez “so what in the nine infernal levels of hell will you write about?”

Me, of course! That is really the only subject I know so much about. The original point of me having a journal was to improve my writing skills, so that’s what I need to concentrate on. My life isn’t that glamorous or exciting but at least there’s a lot of it. The reason I wanted to better my skills is because I want to be a writer. I’m so tired of computers, service work, deadlines and paperwork. Writing makes me feel good, passes the time in a productive way, instead of worrying about the sad state of the world or watching the mind-dulling stupidity of the idiot box.

My life is probably not going to be all that interesting to the majority of readers out there. So be it. I’m writing for myself here, but I’m not so shy that it bothers me that other people are gonna read it.

But I gotta be me (stop me before I break into song…)!