Tuesday, August 13, 2013

epic phishing phail

Just got a random call from some telemarker/scammer based in Florida, telling me that they were calling from Microsoft and that my computer was infected with many viruses. This amused me and so I allowed them to pitch to me on the phone for a while.

First, the woman who could only speak in broken English with some sort of Indian accent, told me to loard up eventvwr, and to start counting out error statements.
(Windows+R, eventvwr).

Then she told me a great load of junk about how they could fix it, and they would allow me to become conencted to a 'genius' who worked with Microsoft and Cisco.

Finally, they transferred me to her supervisor, who told me they were based in Boca Raton, FL, and that there address and phone number was 4400 north federal highway, boca raton, fl


They wanted me to go to ammyy.com, which even has a warning on there web page about malicious use! Anyway, too funny. But be careful out there. If some random person calls you up and wants you to install software on your computer to connect you to a genius who works at microsoft and will fix the various problems you didn't know you had, well, be sceptical.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

late night eating party

I have been night eating for some time now.  It is a difficult thing to explain, how you can go through the entire day and be good and not eat, and then go to bed and wake up, with this monstrous hunger and no will power.  For the most part my family has adapted pretty well.  Some time ago, my kids learned to hide their candy, lest "Mr. Hyde" would come and eat it at night.

We also lock up the food at night.  I have a chain around the refrigerator door, and another around the pantry.  So then when I do wake up and come downstairs, I am like some sleepy, grumpy, pissed off bear waking up from hibernation, looking for something to gnaw on.

We usually leave out some kind of snack food in the form of compromise.  Oatmeal, or my favorite, popcorn.  Real stove popped, olive oil and kernels in a stainless steel pot kind of popcorn.  "Dad's burny popcorn" they call it.

Unfortunately, my children, at least the boys, and especially PJ, share my love of the stuff.  So any time I start making popcorn, the burnt popcorn pheremones start wafting through and suddenly PJ is down there with me, asking if he can have some popcorn.

I share the popcorn with him, and we sit by the TV.  I feel like we need to watch something on TV.  I pull up Netflix and play some episode of Futurama.

Then Anna comes down.  I don't know if she was asleep already, or if our noise woke her up.  She is a teenager though, and teenagers generally sleep by vampire rules, so she was probably up doing something.

All the kids know the combination to the locks on both chains, the one for the fridge and the other one on the pantry.  Its a running joke with us, I am always asking them to tell me the combination and they always say "no dad."

Anna goes to the pantry and unlocks it, and gets some cheese its.  I tell her to hold the door open for a second, and I look inside.  There is a large package of Oreos on the third shelf.  At this point I am awake enough to know that am doing damage to my diet by eating, but its strange, it feels like we are in some kind of twilight zone and what I eat now won't matter.  Plus I have already fallen off the wagon, so to speak, for the evening, and my resolve is gone.

"I didn't know we had these?"  Anna says, and she has a couple of oreos as well.  PJ comes over and has a couple.  We stand there munching on cookies, and after some silence, Anna locks up the pantry and we head back to bed.

The next day no one spoke of this.  It was like fight club.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I set mom up with a Roku–video directions.

Ok, braving the wrath of my immediate NY family, I installed some new choice tech up at my mom’s this weekend.  It’s a Roku!  But how to use it?  This video explains all.

It couldn’t be simpler! Or could it?  

Friday, December 21, 2012

These are the boys at Harper's Ferry, we stopped while going to get our Christmas Tree.  Happy Holidays!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

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Sunday, June 03, 2012

thoughts while hiking the C&O

Hiking with PJ is like following a butterfly. He tends to bounce around on the side of the trail back and forth, as his imagination wanders. He starts and stops and starts again and looks at something. And asks a question -- and then he comes up with some random thought. Some video game he has been playing.   Or he's looking at  something and then asks a question about some odd thing.  What the difference is between pistols now and in the 15th century.   His brain races back and forth as we walk, cris-crossing itself.  It's all very tiring and entertaining than time.

Pete Shaw
You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.
  -- Mark Twain

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Scott Hanselman's guide to personal productivity

<a href="http://hanselman.com">Scott</a> The great Mr. Hanselman was lamenting how he is ranked below Scott Paper if you do a google search on "Scott". So here is the link to his page. Also, a great presentation on how to not waste your life on twitter and how to actually accomplish things.

PJ's first track meet!

Boy - we did not realize how long it takes for all those little kids to run around that little track.  Next time I must bring a book or 2.  But PJ had a great time!  And he had enthusiasm and spirit, and we are all proud of him.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Coffee with no cream

I am attempting to stop putting dairy in my coffee - supposedly, two weeks and you get you get used to it.  The upside would be that at, say 50 calories per cup, I could save roughly 54,000 calories per year.  Cowabunga!  

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Grrrrrrr... Not a great week for weight loss!


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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Pj at a friends this weekend


I sent this from my iPhone. Please excuse my brevity.

Glass is half full: I jogged 2 miles on the treadmill yesterday, buring about 297 calories.

Glass is half empty: I woke up last night and ate half a box of Dos-I-Dos, for about 495 calories.

Oh snap! One step forward and two steps back.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

PJ, Sam, and I up on Skyline Drive at Bacon Hollow

Just an absolutely gorgeous day. What a great time.