Monday, June 30, 2008

Sushi For Lunch

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Inspired by someone else's "sushi for lunch" posting, I decide to have sushi for lunch and post it here. This was the "Ichiban Sushi plate" from Ichiban in Pensacola, FL (http://ichibanpensacola.com/). The plate consists of: Chef's choice 10 pcs. nigiri and choice of dragon roll with soup or salad.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

USB Wine


The French have invented a way for you to download wine straight from a web site and I have ocean-front property in Arizona.

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It Grows Buds

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My mystery plant has now grown buds. I'm waiting for it to start asking me to feed it.

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First Tech in the Morning


What is the first piece of tech that you grab when you wake up in the morning?

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Goodnight Folks

It's past midnight and I have decided that I will do no more web coding and/or debugging for the evening. I'm beyond the definition of tired. My brain is "M.I.A.","K.I.A.", and "D.O.A." If I keep going, I will start to seriously hate my job and my life, and that would be unfortunate.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Drunks In Storms: Natural Selection in Progress

While I was driving home tonight, I noticed that the car in front of me was straddling the two lanes of the road. What made things worse was that it had started to rain really hard with lightening and thunder all about. The car would then start to speed up and then slow down and start speeding up again and then slow down. Then they ran a red light.

At that point, I figured that I was behind someone drunk and kept my distance from them. The world has a way with dealing with stupidity. I just hope their insurance is paid off.

The Truth About Facebook


Facebook is powered by the CIA??? I love conspiracy theories.

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Virgin buys Helio for $39 million

Yesterday, Virgin Mobile USA announced that they will pay $39 million in stock to buy the high- end niche wireless mobile service provider, Helio.

Will this mean that Virgin Mobile users will have access to the fancy phones that Helio offers? I guess only time will tell. Since both company utilizes the Sprint Network, any improvements in coverage and call quality is in Sprint's hands.

Personally, I've been using Virgin Mobile since Hurricane Ivan hit Pensacola, Florida in 2004. The category five hurricane made me realized that everyone in my family needed a way to keep in touch in the event that we were separated during an evacuation. So, I headed out to the Target store and bought a couple of phones.

I managed to get the phones set up just in time before the storm made landfall and the powers went out. Luckily, we didn't have to evacuate out of the state. The cell phone did prove useful in contacting our relatives and friends to let them know that we were okay since the phone lines were down for several weeks.

Even with my post-paid mobile phone service with Cellular South, I still keep a Virgin Mobile pre-paid phone in my hurricane kit just to be safe.

To read more about Virgin & Helio, click here for PCWorld.com's article or Helio Press Release page

iPod goes 80's Retro Tech

Remember in the 80's when rival gangs would find each other "fighting" in the streets or subways, but the fighting wasn't actually violent fighting. It was actually break dancing?

For those who do, the company Lasonic has something for you. It's the i931 High Perforance Portable Music System which not really that portable if you look at it. What you're seeing is a full sized 80's-style boom box that has a docking bay (resembling a cassete tape bay) where you can plug in your iPod classic.

It also has the obligatory FM/AM radio and supports USB flash drives, SD/MMC cards to playback MP3 files.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Truth in Marketing



Take a walk into the minds of those who work in the field of Marketing! Please be warned that there is foul language in this video. So, keep the kids away!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Baptist Hospital buys out West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida

I just finished watching part of a televised press conference announcing that one of the local hospitals, Baptist Health Care, has announced the purchase one of their major competitors, West Florida Hospital.

In Pensacola, Baptist Health Care, West Florida Hospital, and Sacred Heart Health System fought to be the people's choice for health care services. With this announcement from Baptist, it would seem that there will now only be two choices for medical services in the area.

I feel for those who will find themselves redundant in this merger. Whenever large companies do this kind of thing, they always look at the big picture and never seem to concern themselves with what happens to the little people that work for them. I wish anyone that has found themselves seeking a new job good luck.

For more about the buyout, click one: PNJ.com article or InWeekly.net Article

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thursday!

Last Tuesday, the fortune cookie I got with my lunch read, "Keep your eyes open on Thursday for something unexpected."

Well in an hour, it will be Thursday for some reason I am filled with excitement and dread. It would seem like this little piece of paper has managed to get under my skin and unnerve me. What kind of "unexpected" should I be looking out for? Will it be the good kind where I get some kind of gift or prize? Or will it be the horrible kind where all my servers get fried by lightening?

Tomorrow, I think I'll make it a point not to eat anything with tomatoes or have lunch any place that serves a buffet. It'll just be my luck that I'll end up in the ER again for food poisoning and be hospitalized for four days. Then again, I might actually be lucky and win a million dollars or find a date that won't try to steal my car. Yes, lets dwell on the positive. No more negative.

Monday, June 23, 2008

I Hate Mondays

Jim Davis' Garfield the Cat said it best: "I hate Mondays"

Things to make anyone's Monday crappy:

  1. One of your company's websites gets hacked (vandalized) by zealous script kiddies making you realize that you need better defenses but you don't have the budget for it.

  2. Your cell phone won't accept emails from your server's hacking alert system.

  3. The network of digital signs that you maintain gets zapped by lightening.

  4. Learning that George Carlin died and that your dream of catching his show the next time he is in the South will never happen.

  5. You accidentally sit on your only pair glasses at work making you consider using tape to hold them together thus accentuating and validating your geekness

  6. Learning that the reason you can't call your relatives abroad is that a typhoon had just blasted through the country.

  7. Finding out that that 900 people are missing or dead from a ferry accident caused by the remnants of the typhoon in your mother land.

  8. Realizing that the day isn't over yet.

Why Facebook can't work in Reality

This is why Facebook wouldn't work if it was real life and offline.

World Loses George Carlin

utterz-imageToday, the world is less funny. One of the greatest comedians of all time, George Carlin, died of heart failure this past Sunday. He was 71.

I remember listening to tapes of his performances when I was in college. His comedy not only made you laugh but it also made you think. Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" is a great example of this and such is now a funny part of our cultural psyche.

Back in 2002, a friend of mine and I drove to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS to try to catch one of his shows. We went there knowing that his show had sold out, but we went there anyway and hoped someone would cancel on their tickets. Unfortunately, no one cancelled and we ended up spending our money at the casino. We never did see George in person, but we did see his limo.

I had always planned on catching one of his shows if he came back around the south again. I guess that will never happen now.


We will miss you George Carlin.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Rain

In the last few weeks, it has rained in Pensacola during the middle of the day. It typically starts as early as 11 am and usually lasts until about 2 pm. Except for a few days, the rain's arrival has been pretty consistent but it's intensity has not. Often, we are treated with a simple shower that cools us down from the sweltering heat, but other times like today, we are dealt with the kind that carries lightening and thunder.

When I was a kid, my uncles and aunts would tell me that the lightening and thunder was God being angry at the world, and that the rain were the tears of the angels as they cried for humanity. Despite now learning the truth about such weather phenomenons, I sometimes like to think that my uncles and aunts were telling the truth. Right now, I'd like to think that God is angry at the price of gasoline.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Breaking Even

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A couple of weeks ago, I bought a lottery ticket and forgot about it. As I now recall, I had placed it in my laptop bag for safe keeping, but as the saying goes: "out of sight, out of mind."

This morning, I went through my laptop back looking for my iPod charger. I didn't find my charger but I found the lottery ticket. I wasn't really excited in finding the ticket because I knew that no one won the jackpot and the prized had rolled over to the next drawing. Yet, curiousity got the best of me and I went online to see how far or close my numbers were to the winning ones.

To my surprise, I apparently got three out of the six numbers. This means that I won a total of $5 which means I broke even because that's how much I originally spent for the ticket.

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Name that Flower

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Can someone out there tell me what this is? It's growing in front of my house and I have no idea what it is.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Chocolate Rain

It's time to disrupt your normal life programming for some random insanity.

Wheel of Lunch

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During one of my drunken web surfing sessions, I found a cure to my indecisiveness when picking a place to go to for lunch. Behold, the WHEEL of LUNCH! Go to http://www.coverpop.com/…eloflunch/ and enter your zip code and a query parameter which can be a type of restaurant or food like "Taco Bell", "vegetarian", "chicken" or "babies." Then click on the proceed button to spin the wheel.



Link: http://www.coverpop.com/…eloflunch/

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23 Flavors of Dr. Pepper?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you combine 23 flavors to create the unique taste of Dr. Pepper, then doesn't that combination of flavors equate to 1 actual flavor? So, Dr. Pepper actually only has one flavor.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Anna

I miss you. I miss your voice. It's been so long that I've started to forget what you sound like and it's tearing me apart inside. I miss our late night talks about nothing and everything. Some nights I wish that everything since that day was all just a long and horrible dream and that I would wake up in a world where you're still with us. So far, the dream continues and I'm still missing you.

ByteMonkey on Tumblr

I decided to try out the tumblr ultra-simple, micro-blogging service to see if my picture messaging service is compatible with their system. To my surprise, it does.

So, if you're curious at what I'm snapping pictures of while roaming about town, check out http://bytemonkey.tumblr.com.

Yes, I know. Another blog.

Thinking Too Much?!?!

Someone at work told me that I was "thinking too much" on one of several small projects that I was working on. With that remark, I take TOTAL offense.

What am I supposed to do? Not use my brain when I work on my projects?

If that is the case, perhaps they should hire a sock monkey to do my fucking job. It is this type of irresponsible attitude (stupidity) that is causing our whole planet's social, cultural, and economic state to decay to unrepairable state. This is not even mentioning the lack of optimized and effective productivity at my workplace. Everyone just wants their shit done yesterday for half the cost (sometimes for free) regardless of the resulting half-assed quality of the product.

I'm sorry but I don't ever plan to "not think too much". In fact, I plan to think so much for the rest of my life until it kills me. If more people thought more, perhaps we wouldn't be in Iraq and the price of gas would still be $1.45.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tumblr - The Documentary Video


Here's a funny video about the blogging service Tumblr.

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Custodial Empowerment and You

Celtics Win

I'm sorry for the late post about this subject. I'm still recovering from the heart pounding excitment from last night's NBA championship. It was a Cinderela story. A team considered to be the worse a year ago rises to the top to claim the glory. In the end, the Celtics' defense strategy proved to be the key to their victory over the Lakers' fancy offense. Score: Celtics 131 Lakers 92.

Monday, June 16, 2008

My New Camera

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Here's a picture of my new camera. This is a Canon PowerShot SD750 Digital Elph with 7.1 Megapixels. It's not cutting edge but it's new to me. Besides, Maria Sharapova told me to buy it.



I took this picture using the camera on my new Motorola ROKR z6m. As you can see, the picture quality is ok. On my previous post, the picture was taken with this camera and the image is awesome.

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My New Phone

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Finally, I have taken a picture of my new Motorola ROKR z6m to post online. It's not as sophisticated as my old Nokia 6265i but I think it's a worthy successor.

So far, I’m trying to get over all the apps that I’m losing by switching to this phone. Nokia was very accommodating to the open-source program development community. Motorola is not. Phone call quality on the Cellular South network seems to be pretty good with this phone. The MP3 player is cool but I now have an iPod so it’s not that important to me. The reason I chose this phone was because it is a slider like my now defunct Nokia 6265i.

Now if only the picture messaging system on Cellular South would work right with Blogger and Utterz, then I think I’d be happier.

By the way, I took this picture with my latest shiny purchase – a Canon PowerShot SD750 digital camera. I've been wanting an ultra-compact digital camera for a while now. Then, I saw Maria Sharapova on all the ads on cnet.com telling me to get one. So I did. Yes, this monkey is a sucker for a pretty face.

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Happy Monday

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ByteMonkey's Utter: New Phone, Old Problems


I wanted to add a picture, but how do you take a picture of a camera phone with the camera phone itself?

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

New X-Files Movie


I am a excited. I found out last night that a new X-Files movie is coming out on July 25th. I am a big fan of the television series for 15 years and seeing it come back on the big screen is like giving a hungry monkey a ripe banana. Oh happy days!

Father's Day Tribute




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ByteMonkey interrupts your regular life progamming to wish all the dads out there a wonderful and happy Father's Day!!!

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Hulk Smash Good!

I'm just getting back from watching "The Incredible Hulk" movie at the Bayou Rave Theatre. I'm happy to report that the movie does not suck. The imagery/graphics was well done and the story/plot was very entertaining. I always enjoy the tributes to the past tv series ("lonely walking" theme and cameo of Lou Ferrigno) and the required cameo of Stan Lee. I also love how they tie-in this movie with Iron Man and Avengers movie.

I give it two thumbs up. Go see it! Maybe you should take your Dad with you. It is Father's day after all.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Inside My Coworker's Mind

One of my coworkers came into my office on Friday and told me about a dream that they had.

She said that someone bearing a resemblance to me (but not exactly me) approached and invited her to join a video game competition. When she agreed to join him, my doppleganger apparently added, "By the way, we're competing against the Devil Incarnate."

Before the game, the Devil turned into two teenagers from the International Baccalaureate program. I asked how she knew they were from IB and my coworker said they acted like they were from IB. As a scarred veteran of IB program, I instantly recognized what she was talking about. It was the snobish, high-intellectual elitism that we were all supposed to have.

During the so-called video game competition, the fight evolved into a ideological debate between Catholic and Protestant theology. After this event the dream becomes somewhat hazy as most dreams do. My coworker said she remembers digging through her closet looking her Disney World All-Access Pass for some reason that she couldn't remember.

After she tells me this whole story, I ask her what she had for dinner. Perhaps, I thought that she had eaten something that would upset her stomach and cause her to have bad dreams. Calmly, she tells me that had had a Krystals sandwich before she went to bed.

How many times do I have to tell you people? Don't eat fast food before you go to bed. If you do, then you'll end up dreaming about the Monkey and the Devil playing video games for the sould of humanity. People never listen.

Cleaning Up this Monkey's Mess

Well, I have come to conclusion that picture messages from Cellular South to Utterz will not work. I'm sorry for everyone who had to endure the garbage text that my picture posting has left on Utterz.

I'm now making an effort to clean up these posts off of Utterz. For those who listens to posts on your phone, you will no be free of what sounds like computerized demonic chanting or a math teacher high on whiteboard markers.

I have stapled a note on my tail to remind myself not to send pictures to Utterz. Occasionally, I may slip up, but I promise to clean up what I leave behind as quickly as monkeyly possible.

Looking forward, I hope that one day Cellular South, Blogger, and Utterz will able to play nice together, but I won't hold my breath. I will give bonus points to Utterz for actually acknowledging that I have problem and for giving a glimmer of hope that someday this will all work. The other companies just gave me bovine droppings for answers or just totally ignored me. So, good work Utterz. Two thumbs up and a wagging monkey goes out to you!

Now, let me go back to my cleaning.

ByteMonkey signing off!...

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Photobucket Works!

Well, it looks like Photobucket's photo sharing link works, but this doesn't solve the problem of not having a direct way of posting photos to my blog or even to Utterz. I guess that I'll be stuck doing old fashioned text-posts and voice-posts until I figure this out.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Cellular South does not work with Bloger and Utterz

If you have Cellular South as your cellphone service provider, you might be interested to know that their picture messaging system does not work with the popular blogging services, Blogger.com and Utterz.com. Simply put, you won't be able to send your mobile phone pics straight to your blogs.

I have talked to the techs at Utterz and they will try to create a work around from their end. It will be a few months before we see anything if they are successful. As for Blogger, I've gotten no response except for the standard automated reply.

Cellular South has claimed that they have not changed anything on their end, but based on a simple analysis at the changes in the format of MMS messages. Anyone with eyes can tell that there is a change.

One of the major changes that I have noticed is that pictures are a now embedded in the message as opposed to being attached when you send an MMS. All MMS messages before June of 2008 carried attachments. Everyone of the ones that I sent to myself after the end of May have the pictures embedded.

Now, I've been a big fan of Cellular South since 2000, but the lack of communication about this change has been a seriously disappointment to me.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Success! Vector Linux Install Complete


Here's another laptop that has been resurected from the trash heap and turned into a light web surfing and wordprocessing machine through the miracle of Elvis and Vector Linux.

A long time ago, I was afraid of Linux because I wasn under the misconception that the installation would be ultra complicated. It turns out that I just need to find the right flavor of Linux that would work for me. Vector Linux from http://vectorlinux.com/ was the one that has worked out for me. So, now I have another computer to add to my personal computer lab. Maybe, I'll use this machine for company events to use as a kiosk for people to surf my company's website. Maybe, I'll use it just for blogging.

The Sounds of Elvis

Sometime after 2PM in my office, my mind went into "wacky-mode." (It was probably the Subway sub sandwich that I ate for lunch.)

Around that moment, I realized that the building that I work in is relatively new. It wasn't there when Elvis was alive. Its walls had never heard his ballads and songs.

So, I decided to remedy this by blasting Elvis from my iPod through a speaker amp that I found in the storage room when I first started working here. I played it so loud that a coworker came to close my office door.


I find Elvis very useful when installing Linux on a old computers to salvage them. I think his voice has the miraculous ability to bring back dead computers and give them new life. When I play his music, I run into very little problems installing Linux as compared to when I don't. I think I'll petition for him to become a saint for geriatric computers. He's like a Jesus for computers!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Congress Gets Hacked

Two House members said Wednesday their Capitol Hill computers, containing information about political dissidents from around the world, have been hacked by sources apparently working out of China. Click here to read the article.
"The problem has been that no one wants to talk about this issue," said [Virgina Representative Frank] Wolf. "Every time I've started to do something I've been told 'You can't do this.' A lot of people have made it very, very difficult."

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ghosts of Old Friends

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It seems like a long time ago, but I lost a very good friend on this day. She was one of the first "girl" computer programmers that I had ever met in person. At the time, I didn't think girls were into programming. Oh, how young and naive I was.

Now, it seems that she is haunting me. Somewhere out there, someone has probably found her old laptop and hooked it up online because I just received some really old emails from her this morning. For a moment, I wasn't sure what to make of it. So many emotions just started to flood inside of me. I really miss her. She made me laugh. That's what I'll always remember about her. I'd like to think that my wackiness with computers is something that I got from her.

So, wherever you are .::M::., I want you to know that I haven't forgotten you! Leave it to you to haunt me when I'm feeling lost. Thanks!

C-Ya on the Flip Side!!!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Becoming Vested and Beyond

Oh how time flies! In about a month, I'll be one year away from being vested with my current employer. With that in mind, I feel like I'm staring down a long winding road where I can see that there's definitely a fork in the road up far ahead.

This means, that I have roughly a year to decide if I want to stay or break away to find a greener pasture. Don't get me wrong. I don't dislike my current job. It's a fun place to work at and the people are nice. I can see myself staying there for awhile, but, I'm just worried that I'm not growing there.

The industry that my company is in is notoriously known for being a sloth when it comes to adopting current technology let alone new ones. I'm just worried that I'm falling behind and that I'll end up being a washed-up code monkey before I'm 40.

There had been many times when I was offered the opportunity to work somewhere else that seemed very exciting, but I decided that I would be prudent and stick it out until I become vested. I have no regrets.

So now here I am staring at the loaded barrel of a life changing moment set to go off in a little over twelve months. Will I stay or will I go? I'll have to assess my life in about six months and see how things are going. At that point, I'll know what to do.

Is My Moblogging Days Coming to an End?

I just discovered that Cellular South has changed the way they process images being sent via MMS. As a result, I am unable to post pictures to Blogger or to Utterz from my phone. I will still be able to do voice postings on the go, but I'm not going to be able to share any pics on the fly through those services.

This whole somewhat puts a hamper on my mobile blogging. It's really making me seriously think about leaving Cellular South despite my having been a loyal customer since 2000. If things doesn't get resolved, I'm definately going to start looking at the other mobile phone service providers that offering unlimited plans.

For now, I guess I'm limited to doing traditional blogging. How boring. *sigh*

Byte-Monkey.com Unofficial Theme Song


With my recent iPod infatuation, I've been listening to a lot of different types of music. Some of these tunes have been non-mainstream yet pretty awesome.

Very recently, I've been turned on to the music of Jonathan Coulton (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/). All I can say is that his music is hillarious, imaginative, and worth the money if you decide to buy his work.

One of his songs titled, "Code Monkey," was pointed out by a good friend of mine as the perfect theme song to by personal blog at byte-monkey.com. Since she bought the song for me, I've decided to adopt the song as the official unofficial theme to the site.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Utterz Gone Wacky

I just had to delete an entry that I posted via Utterz because it looked like "verbal diarrhea." (You can thank allicette for that lovely description)

It would seem that the pictures that I am posting via MMS are turning into long strings of text. I'm guessing there's a problem with the conversion program somewhere down the line. So, I reported the issue to Utterz a few days ago, and I got a reply today from Chris at Utterz that they are going to be investigating it.

Hopefully, we can get this straightened out. I'm really jonesing for the ability to post pictures on the go. You people have no idea what kind of things I see everyday. With this, I can actually share some of them.

Geek seeks Woman Who Can Use a Rice Cooker

After much deliberation (and sake), I have come to the conclusion that to support my rice addiction I will only marry a woman if she knows how to work a rice cooker.

So ladies, head out to your favorite appliance store. Pick up a cheap rice cooker and start practicing. The key to my monkey heart is through a bowl of rice.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Looking Back at My Life

The longer that I live the more I think about where I've been in my life. It's been a long and strange journey that has taken me from one side of the globe to the other bringing changes in my thinking and in the way I live.

Looking back, I realize that the language I speak now is not what I spoke when I was a child. My outlook on what my life was going to become is not the same as it was when I was living abroad. Even the word "abroad" has changed it's perspective.

I have lived through unique events that some people around me now only read passingly on web sites, world history text books, or trivia games. I have lived among a people that were no stranger to struggle and pain, but yet manage to dig out a smile from deep within their hearts while in the company of friends and family. It is the struggle to survive that is their common bond and in their unity they find strength to carry on and have hope within their hearts.

For a time, I experienced paradise with my very own eyes. No cable TV. No air conditioning. No complex technologies. No phones. The only connection to the outside world was a static-filled AM Radio broadcast and newspapers from other towns that would come three months late. We did not worry about the complexities of the future because we were all silently worrying about making it through the day. Grown ups worked in the fields and the stores. Children played and went to school. It was the simple unglamorous life during simple unglamourous times.

Pulled across to the other side of the world by fate and by birthright, I find myself living in a world I once could only imagine. It is a world whose images in my mind were shaped by movies and magazines.

In this land of dreams and promises, my eyes were opened to the complexities of the world. I have become educated to the nature of man. Its dark propensity for violence and self-destruction contrasted with a powerful capacity for love and brilliant ingenuity. Such knowledge has evolved my simple perceptions of the world; simple perceptions that once ruled my youth.

So here I am now working with computing machines and in a medium that I could not have fathomed as a child. I have lived and worked with people who's intellectual brilliance could only be matched by the beauty they show inside and out. But, I have also been in the company of the forgotten warriors, the lost who are trying to find their way, and the worst who I hope will someday see the light.

Despite the twenty years of living here, I realize that I have not travelled much in this country. I know that I have seen the neighboring states of Alabama where some friends of mine lives, and I have been to Mississippi to do some gambling in Biloxi, but I have not ventured any farther than this. I have roamed Northwest and North Florida, but I have never been to Disneyworld.

Some of you must be saying that this is strange and some have told me that it is tragic and sad. Perhaps someday I will go farther. In fact, I know that I will for my journey is not at its end. But do not mistaken me for someone who is uninitiated. My eyes have seen more things from around the world that many of you never will. I would give up my chance to ever go to Disneyworld if I could only spend one day in my grandparents home.

From time to time, everything I have done here still feels like a fragile dream and that someday I will wake up and this life and place that I have come to call home will vanish into the whispers of oblivion as my eyes open.
But I am not afraid. For if this was to happen, I know that I would only find myself in the company of friends and family living an uncomplicated life. Though, rest assured that I will miss my new homeland and all the people that I come respect and love.

Chinese Proverb:

"If I am dreaming let me never awake, If I am awake let me never sleep."

This is ByteMonkey signing off . . .

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Monkey Gets Bluetooth

While I was roaming today about in Target, I spotted Skullcandy's iPod Bluetooth adapter called the "The Approach" and decided to pick it up. This thing has been out since January, but only now that I have a new iPod that I've actually paid any attention to it.

The Approach is a very simple device. Plug it in and it starts looking for something to pair with. There's really nothing to press on the adapter. Most of the work will be turning on the discovery mode on your headset

Right now, I'm using the Approach with my Plantronics Pulsar 590E Bluetooth headset and they both seem to be working great. I originally bought this headset a couple of years back to listen to music on my Nokia 6265i cellphone but later found out that the phone didn't support stereo sound on Bluetooth. I never really used it much since I wasn't happy with the sound quality.

Now that I'm using it with the iPod to listen to music instead of my phone, the sound quality is awesome. To top it all, the Pulsar 590 supports multiple device connections. This means I can have it paired to my iPod and to my phone at the same time.

Stupid Background Music

Well, I had to delete the post that was here before this one. The music that it autoloaded was driving me crazy. If you're looking for the monkey game that was here, then click here.

Where are all the Fedoras?

I have always admired the fedora hat and after watching the new Indiana Jones movie, I decided that I would dust off my fedora and wear it in public.
Recently, I noticed that the Walmarts in town were selling them, but when I go back to check them out, they always seem to have been all sold out. This makes me wonder who's buying them. I haven't anyone aside from and a few old chaps at the VA clinic wearing them.

I have always thought that fedoras have a certain level of class and sophistication to them. Not everyone can wear them, but if you're one who can then I think you should join my efforts to bring them back.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Someone Pushed This Monkey Too Far



I don't know if this video is real or staged, but if this is true then someone must've moved this monkey's banana too many times.
If you want to see this video from another perspective, click here. That is taken on a cell phone camera so quality isn't good, but at least there is some sound.

Monday, June 2, 2008

In Search of iPod Gear

Some of you who visit my site already know this, but some of you don't so I'll yammer on about it again because I'm bored.

After years of fighting it, I have succumb Apple's marketing ploys and have ended up buying an Apple iPod. Despite my faultering, I did manage to hold on to my senses and stay clear of the iPod Touch (iTouch??) which to me seemed too pricey for the amount of storage space that they offered. What I got was the black 80GB iPod Classic which has ample space for my music collection and some movies that I want to keep in it.

Now, I know that I am behind the social curve with iPods. Most of you probably own several of them and can navigate them with one hand tied behind your back. Well, it may have taken a while but now I'm on board and eager to learn what kind of neat things I can do with this gizmo.

So, how do you use your iPod? What kind of gear should a newbie like me be getting to keep it protected? What kind of cool gadgets and accessories should I be looking for? Let me know what your thoughts about this and help a monkey catch up in the iPod world.

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Annoying Disruptions

What does it take to make people quit disrupting me while I watch a movie on my iPod at work? If this keeps up, I'll never finish watching Charlie's Angels; Full Throttle and start Dead or Alive.

You would be surprised at how fast a work day made up mostly of writing code goes by when you have a movie playing in the background.

By the way, Demi Moore is one tough evil mother in CA:FT. (Yeah, I know. I'm a bit behind at watching my movies).