Friday, January 2, 2009


That means good afternoon in Japanese. Why am I speaking Japanese you might ask? That's a excellent question. Unfortunately I will be traveling to Japan this month for business. Unfortunate because I will be there for the whole month of January. Unfortunate in many aspects:
- Away from my family. I will miss my kids dearly. My wife will be a *single* parent (which is difficult if your not accustom to it).
- It will be COLD! ~33-50 degrees. Brrrrr. Will be taking long johns for sure.
- There is a lot going on at my work and being away will put extreme pressure on the few co-workers that are left behind.
- I will be standing 12 hour mid shifts which is not healthy and is difficult on the body as one gets older (and I am feeling old).
- I will miss my small group bible study.
- I don't like traveling. Even though I love Japan and have lived there for 4 years, the thought of traveling invokes anxiety. I have always hated (business) traveling and post 911 does not help in any way shape or form. I do feel safer with all the new measures, but the added stress/delays/inspections makes me wonder if it is worth it.

So 1/12 of this year will vaporize in a nanosecond but I am sure it will feel like eternity while I am there. I didnt fight my bosses request to go on this trip (although I could have due to medical conditions) so I guess I will do my duties with a smile and remember that in the long run, God's will is fully in play and I must work to my full potential as if my imediate supervisor is Jesus himself. Keeping this type of mindset does relieve anomosity, reduce stress and helps me to focus on the end of teh race itself instead of the few steps right in front of me.

Nihongo o benkyou shiteimasu - jaa mata

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

If I've said it once, I've said it a million times. I LOVE CHRISTMAS music. One song I've come to love is the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. I came across it on my daughters Disnay Song Along Christmas video that I got from my sister in law. The VCR tape is pretty old, but I think the recording predates me.

Here is a Youtube version of the one I have:
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

And I found a Harry Connick, Jr version:
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

And another version by the Ronettes (I think):
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

Here is a little tip for Youtube users: If you find a video you like but you want a better sounding/looking version, go to the end of the URL and type "&FMT=18" without the quotes. It means "and format is high quality". Of course Google doesnt want all videos to be streamed at high quality since it would kill their bandwidth.

And if you find a video you want to keep, download "Youtube downloader". This handy dandy little utility lets you download videos to your hard drive. See, the videos on youtube are FLV files, or flash video, that only allow the viewing of video. You need a special application to save it down. And once you download the FLV, the same utility lets you convert it to MP3, AVI, MOV, WMV and several other formats. Good for getting songs, comedy,etc on to an iPod or just archive on your local hard drive.

Mele Kalikimaka

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Guess the earlier blog was a little premature.

So Obama wins. Everyone wanted change, well here it is. All hail Socialism.

Monday, November 3, 2008

McCain wins presidency!

Exit polls show McCain won by the slimmest of margins in the race for presidency. Unlike the Bush/Gore debacle, McCain won both electoral and populous vote resulting in a win and is now the 44Th President of the United States! Congratulations.

I just wanted to get a ahead of the game and call the election early, just getting it out of the way. McCain/Palin 08!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Blank Post Perpetual

ME: See, this should be a blog. This is the blog.
YOU: What?
ME: This. Just blogging.
YOU: Yeah, right.
ME: I'm really serious. I think that's a good idea.
YOU: Just blogging? Well what's the blog about?
ME: It's about nothing.
YOU: No story?
ME: No forget the story.
YOU: You've got to have a story.
ME: Who says you gotta have a story? Remember when we were waiting for, for that table in that Chinese restaurant that time? That could be a blog.
YOU: And who is on the blog? Who are the characters?
ME: I could be a character.
YOU: You?
ME: Yeah. You could base a character on me.
YOU: So, on the blog, there's a character named me?
ME: Yeah. There's something wrong with that? I'm a character. People are always saying to me, "You know you're a quite a character."
YOU: And who else is on the blog?
ME: You could be a character.
YOU: Now he's a character. So everybody I know is a character on the blog.
ME: Right.
YOU: And it's about nothing?
ME: Absolutely nothing.
YOU: So you're saying, I go in to GOOGLE, and tell them I got this idea for a blog about nothing.
ME: We go into GOOGLE.
YOU: "We"? Since when are you a blogger?
ME: We're talking about a BLOG!
YOU: You want to go with me to GOOGLE?
ME: Yeah. I think we really got something here.
YOU: What do we got?
ME: An idea.
YOU: What idea?
ME: An idea for the blog.
YOU: I still don't know what the idea is.
ME: It's about nothing.
YOU: Right.
ME: Everybody's blogging about something, we'll do nothing.
YOU: So, we go into GOOGLE, we tell them we've got an idea for a blog about nothing.
ME: Exactly.
YOU: They say, "What's your blog about?" I say, "Nothing."
ME: There you go.
(A moment passes)
YOU: (Nodding) I think you may have something there.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Blank post

This is a blank post. But because it has words, it is no longer a blank post, it is really a post about nothing. However, this post has described its lack of information, therefore it is no longer a post about nothing because it is about something. The something is nothing and therefore has no meaning. But as nothing does not have no meaning, it must mean something. The question is, what is the meaning? Feel free to reply to nothing in this post that means something.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Obama's ignorance

I am starting to feel like a political analyst. Anyways....

Nevertheless, I must bring this to light. Obama is ignorant. If elected, he will be president. That means he will be the Commander in Chief, of which there is only one CINC in the US. What that means is he will be in direct command of 2 million people (active, reserve, national guard, civilian support, etc), equipment costing over $100 billion and a heritage that spans over 230 years. Military operations should not be announced in advance, which he alludes to. He has never served in the military, never commanded a military organization (Palin has with National Guard at least) and by the sound of his comments, has no clue what the US military is capable of or how to command them. If his impression of the military is based solely on Hollywerd, then God help us. We will all need it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Biden buffoon, Palin sailin'

OK, so here we go. Palin vs Biden. Ding! Ding!

The last week has been abuzz about the "most anticipate debate" of this campaign. But was it? What I observed about this debate is what we already knew: Biden is a quick thinker and an eloquent speaker with a long (35 years in the Senate? does he even know what a real job is? public defender doesn’t count) history in the Senate. I would bet that if someone with a law degree and 35 years of public service, with countless press conferences, that one SHOULD be a good public speaker. So what else did he say, or not say? I can summarize it in 3 simple words; blah, blah, blah. Long-winded, Bush bashing rhetoric. I will give Biden 8 points for having a deep understanding of world affairs (unlike Obama - who has strictly superficial understanding) but take away 3 points for having a highly skewed perspective. Judges score: 5

Palin, on the other hand, stood her ground, talked directly to the camera (aka US - the voters) and showed that she truly understands our ( US ) situation. She may not have experience in DC, but what is wrong with that? I think everyone can agree that when you stare at a problem long enough, eventually a fresh set of eyes is needed to see clearly. And THAT is what Palin does. I give her a solid 5 for her speaking ability, poise and moxy. But, I give her 3 additional points for going toe-to-toe with a formidable opponent that did not get a TKO. I think it is important to understand that by her standing tall and holding her own is a character trait that is needed for someone running for VP.
Judges score: 8

Winner: Palin

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Palin Rocks!

I tend to view myself as a Republican, unapologetic. I believe the GOP has values that align with Christianity. And thats a good thing, especially in todays day and age. But I was a little on the fence about John McCain. He is old. Old enough to cause concern for me. I have read Faith of my father, and firmly believe this man has more patriotism in his little finger that I do in my whole body, and I serve my country full time and part time. But John has such a deep and ardent affection for America, so much that I can not fathom. But he is old. He carries scar's from domestic and foreign infliction, badges of courage. But he is old.

And then came Sarah.....

Concern, no more. An NRA member that believes in SHOTGUN weddings! Yeehaa! Belittled for not having experience in the Beltway? Thats a PLUS. She hasnt been corrupted, influenced, swayed, brainwashed or otherwise ruined by the establishment.

McCain/Palin, the only choice.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Where have I been all my life?

Here is a bit of worthless trivia, a list of all the places I have lived:
Wisconsin - 8 years
New Mexico - 2 years
Texas - 10 years
Cali - 1 year
Chicago - 1 year
Japan - 2 years
Okinawa - 2 years
Seattle - 1/2 year
Oahu - 14 years

Stay tuned for places I have visited! I should charge people for this amount of fun!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Rich Fewell, finally a household name

Rich Fewell is finally a household name. Possibly in 3, maybe 4 homes, but none the less, for he has been immortalized in the mass media - we are talking about the infamous MidWeek! WOOHOO! Sure, its not the New York Times or the National Enquirer, but it is a (local) news print read by at least 8, maybe 9 people on the islands. He was listed under the "Geek Meet" article. Now I don’t know if this is a title I would like to be known under, but hey, there is no such thing as bad publicity! Or so they say in Hollywood. Technically, this is not the first time his name has been in the mass media. I have a feeling this is a breakout moment and within 10 to 20 years Rich will be easily forgotten as George the V is taking headline news by finishing the job his granddaddy couldn’t finish. Wooo, that was a wild tangent. Anyways, since Rich is probably the only reader of my blog, I say hats off! Keep on hamming, or geo-ing or geeking, whatever they call all that strange stuff you do. Toodles.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

...juggling balls & spinning plates while riding a unicycle

At least thats what my project felt like. Although I am an IT person by trade, I really feel like I should be reclassified as a fireman. Because all the stuff I do is like putting out fires.

The server move happened this last weekend. After a tumultuous month, it finally happened. One item of very interesting porportions happened when I informed our end users of the outage.

Issue #1 - The Burma typhoon just occured and my servers were needed to assist.
Issue #2 - "I" informed the end users. Big mistake. A contractor was telling government staff that I was shutting them down. Doesnt sit well with the military to do that.
Issue #3 - I didnt get permission from higher staff to bring down the network. This was probably the worst item of all. Before informing end users of an outage, permission has to be granted first, which I didnt do. Ouch.

Once the dust settled from this 1 little e-mail, all forward movement came to a streching halt like a Yugo playing chicken with the shinkansen.

I had to regroup and plan a different plan. And I did. I ended up moving half the servers without anyone noticing (he, he). Then, with persmission, I had 3 scheduled outages, 4 hours each. I ended up completing it in 8 so I got prop's for being "the man". In hind sight, I should of asked for 24 hours, complete it in 8 hours and REALLY be the man. Hhhhmmmm. Maybe next time.

All in all, I am glad its done. Next item up is the bandwidth upgrade. That should be a cinch. Stay tuned, same bat time, same bat place.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Project Management is like......

OK, here is the situation. A co-worker that has 4 years experience in my office was transferred to another position, making me the lead systems engineer for his network. The network consist of 50+ servers, numerous web applications and literally hundreds if not thousands of users world wide. The space the servers are in is an office, so environmental controls cannot handle the load, so the government is moving the servers to a new server room. And guess who gets to be the lead project manager for this moumental move? Ding! Ding! Ding! we have a winner in the front row! ME! Now this might sound like a simple task: power down the server, carry to the new rack and presto! Server has moved. Aaaaaaainntt! Wrong asnwer. The network reqiures 24x7 up time (or there about). Not to mention the wide area network is also getting a bump in speed from 6Mps to 15Mps, aka a new circuit. AND I have to integrate a new virtual server package to cut the hardware footprint from 50+ to ~35. Hmmmm. So how does one move 50 servers to a new space with a new internet connection without being down? I am glad you asked that question and when I find the answer we will both know.

Friday, March 14, 2008

AI 08

OK, American Idol is back! For all the junk on TV today, American Idol is a refreshing change. Premise: Find talented people that might not have the time or means to get into the music business. Shortfalls: wading through waves of people with limited or no talent, but are convinced they do have talent because of thier tone deaf relatives who dont want to hurt their feelings by telling them the trueth.

So, the line up thus far has been pretty good. I dislike the cut from 24 people down to 12. Lackluster, too safe, using personal clothing and hairstyles that dont really add up to star quality. But now its over and we are now seeing high quality talent on the big stage. Some interesting characters this year. First off is Amanda. She is a 1 trick pony. She has a raspy janis joplin voice. Not sure if she is strong enough to last. Limited vocal ability. David Archuleta. Good voice, but the pressure may get him. He is only 17 and last week was a good example of why he might not make it (forgot the words twice - not good at this level).

The are 9 others that could possible take the title. Thing to remember is that it is a single elimination, so each and every person needs to sing like it is the last time they will ever sing in public. Time to bring the A game.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Random Rants and Raves


Been a little while since I last posted, so here you go.

- Terminator: The Sarah yadda yadda yadda. So far, I like what I see. I enjoyed it. But, I have 1 major criticism. First off, I totaly understand that "it is fiction, its not real" and so on, but, if someone is making a peice of work that is based on previous work AND plays with time/space, make sure it "works". Example, The Terminator SCC series, is timed during John Conners teen years, with a new protector from the future. Now, in the previous T1/T2/T3 movies, which the terminators came from the future, they knew everything from the past (historical) so whatever happens in the T SCC series would have been known during the movie series, so the series just doesnt work. Dont play with time if you cant make it work. But the show is pretty good from a production and acting standpoint.

GO GREENBAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Favre and crew are in the conference and Superbowl hunt. I hope they whip the New York Giants (every time I hear "NYG" I think of Madagascar "All hail the New Yorks Giants", ha ha ). It would be great for Brett Farve to get another superbowl ring. Having been born in Milwaukee, GB Packers are really the only team I can root for with any sort of social connection. GO GREENBAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Been sick this last week. Headaches, blured vision. Maybe sinus headaches, may need glasses. Getting old sucks.

American Idol is back (WOOHOO). Hard to tell any diamonds in the rough. Too many small snapshots. The bad singers are funny though.

Peace out!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Merry New Year!

Or is it Happy Christmas? Either way, they work.

Anyhot's, just out of curiosity, can everyone that reads this just post a quick "Yes" comment if you read my blog? Dont need your name, can use anonymous if you prefer. Just want to see if there is anyone out there. My blog feels eerily quiet, maybe its just my surroundings with the kids asleep. BOO!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas Music

I am not ashamed to admint that I LOVE Christmas music. Its the only time of the year that songs about Jesus are played on radio stations and stores. The cheariness of the songs is awesome and the catchyness is infectious. One of my all time favorites is O Holy Night. Seems to not matter who sings it, as long as it is sung without "artist interpetation". But I have stubled upon a new song that has become an ear worm for me. A version of "Do You Hear What I Hear" by a band named Spiraling. What I like about this version is that they successfully merged my all time favorite Who song, Baba O'Riley with a Christmas song. Those of you familiar with CSI:NY will recognize Baba when it kicks in. The bubbling keyboards and thrashing of Keith Moons drums are distinct to say the least. I first heard this song on KSSK and was able to find a Youtube video (live footage - not as good as the studio version on radio) and love it. Very impressive musicianship to pull this off. Even has the interlude (or what ever its called) of Baba O'Riley but with Do You Hear lyrics, very cool.
House Intro version
Spiraling version

Being a geetar dude, *hear* are some other Christmas songs by famous guitar players:

Jimmy Hendrix - Little Drummer/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne (classic Jimmy feedback)

Richie Sambora - O' Holy Night(Lead guitar for Bon Jovi (80's hairband))

Bing & Bowie -Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (No guitar, but an all time classic)

Joan Jett - Little Drummer boy montage - funny if you know KISS, Elvis, LOTR's, Obi Wan and such


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

My employment, the early ages

So I was thinking of what to blog, my mind running in circles trying to find something of significance in my mundane (yet very satisfying) life and decided to write about my job. However, like any good story, the stage has to be set. To know where someone is going, you have to look where they have been. I will exclude my teenage years since they are somewhat meaningless to today.

My first true job was the Navy. At the ripe age of 19 I enlisted as an Electronic Technician (ET). I figured out boot camp pretty quickly: be invisible. That was easy. Once boot camp completed, I immediately started training as an ET. The Navy has a fantastic training program. I knew absolutely nothing about electronics and within 6 months I could design, analyze, troubleshoot and understand complex circuits. They started by explaining basic theory (ohm's law, current flow, potential, etc) then progressed through all electronic components, such as resistors, cap's, coil's, diodes, etc. Circuits started making sense. I could look at a circuit and tell signal flow, filtering, gain and all the other stuff that was going on. Amazing. That was phase 1 of the training (with 2 remaining). The next phase is referred to as "A" be continued.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

New method of getting around the island

Found this on craigslist. Its a 2006 Harley Davidson Night Train. There arent too many on island and the person selling it had it priced pretty cheap. I call it my graduation present, but Lianne calls it my graduation present, and birthday present for the next 5 years, AND my Christmas present for the next 10 years and anniversary present for my next 25 years. Boy is she tough.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Its been a while

OK, I know I havent been posting much and I dont really have any excuse, so I'll just leave it at that.

But where to begin?!

Lets start off with the good (important) stuff. Heroes is back! Peter looked like he bulked up. He cant remember anything, which makes him brain dead, but he looks tough. Lets see how that pans out. CSI was lame, good thing I Tivo'd it, made a 1 hour show reduced down to about 5 min. Chuck looks promising. I always get a kick out of the he said, she said sitcom. Anyone see the movie Oscar with Stallone? What a classic, great crisis management movie. Anyways, Lianne likes Dancing with the Stars (which almost always runs for 1 1/2 - 2 hours) and always conflicts with my shows. My Tivo cant record two shows at once which causes some fighting between us :(

Rest of the minini: my company found me a job, so I am not moving and not unemployed. I finished my degree (and they all rejoiced - yea). Since school is done and Jenna can stay up a little later, I am back to small groups. Shout out to Waddanadda's (woohoo). and the timing couldnt be better - just started Revelation. My favorite book.

Last but not least, there was a time when parachute pants and Members Only jackets ruled the cat walk, Tom Cruise was an up-and-coming actor that couldnt sing "You've lost that loving feeling" and Don Johnson put the past in pastel. There was a time when rock bands could sell out 100,000 seat stadiums in a nanosecond. Break out the parachute pants, Top Gun VHS tape and get your Ticket Master online account updated because the greatest band of all time has FINALLY kicked off their North America Tour after a 22 year hiatus. VAN HALEN IS BACK!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A new life

Congratulation to Jordin Sparks. The next American Idol. I predicted several minutes before the results that she would win. Call it a premonition. Her life will never be the same again. For good, for bad, for everything it gives.

So all my shows ended this week: CSI, CSI:Miami, Heroes, Lost, American Idol, Dancing with the stars (oopppsss, thats Liannes). *sigh*. I guess I can focus more on my school work now. Only 3 more classes until I have a degree. Woohoo.

Oh yea, I got laid off today. :) ........a new life.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Agnus Dei ROCKS

I've been hearing Third Days rendention of Agnus Dei on "DA Fish" a lot lately. I LOVE IT. Why does music touch my core? How is it that a couple of geetars and skins can move emotions? I think MWS sang this song first, beacuse when I went to find the tablature (cheating, I know) all the google hits refered to Mr Smith. But the thing that I love about Third Day is the distortion of the guitars! Now I know that I'm stuck in the eighties, having been influenced by the notorious hair bands that have caused a major hole in the ozone, but why cant worship music have distortion? Petra has some, Third day has plenty, the News Boys have some and they are all very good bands with solid Christian lyrics. Shouldnt Christian music more closely resemble main stream music so it would attract secular people by not being too "weird"? Why cant there be a Christian AC/DC? *Sigh*

I still dont have a job. About three weeks away from being laid off. Such a helpless feeling. Not hopeless of course but helpless. Need some stretching inthis area I am guessing. Thought about moving to Texas near my family.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Another day, another dollar, er, 50 cent

So I turned down the only job offer I've had. :(
I did talk to my boss and he said the SPAM my resume to all the senior leaders on island to see if there is something available. Nothing heard. Silence is deafening. My boss did e-mail me back, said there was "chatter". I dont know if "chatter" will actually be accepted in lieu of cash when my mortgage is due.

I feel 9-5 work is meaningless. I think I should aim higher, not in the AF sense, shoot for the stars and see which ones God lets me hit. Maybe it goes back to adam and eve, struggle all my days. A lady at work wants me to look at real estate investing. At first I blew it off. Real estate is at its apex and basic investment says buy low sell high and an apex is not low. What is an inverted apex called? convex? But when I looked at what she had in mind, I was pigued. A Houston sub ranked #3 best places to live in America. Low crime, good schools, high income bracket, new division, low (relatively speaking) prices. Hmmmm. Trump did well in real estate, but not that well in hair. I'm not doing well with my hair, maybe I could do well in real estate. Status quo is low risk, mostly. Investing has high risk, else everyone would do it. But without risk there is no reward.

Haley left, Sanjaya stayed, Blake was good, Phil again was just OK.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Today, is still a new day

I found out last week my contract has ended. I need a job. Actually, I dont need a job, but I need a job. The hunter in me needs a kill to keep the clan sustained. Ugg.

Had an interview today. They offered me a job but with a 14% pay cut. Do I take a set back, or look for something else? A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. Or is it patience is a virtue?
Today, is a new day. Things to do:
  1. Read the word
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  3. Read the word