Thursday, July 24, 2008

Classical Intermission

We interrupt your normal thinking and bring you something completely different.

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My Eee PC is Delayed

So, I ordered my Eee PC last Tuesday from because I figured that I could save with them by getting free shipping and having no tax charged to me. Now, I think I would have rather paid a little more than be in this not-so amusing nightmare.

I check my email and find out that my order has been delayed because my credit card was declined. So, I go and check the credit card information on Amazon and discover that I had not updated my credit card with the new expiration date. I then quickly fix this and try contact Amazon to retry to charge my card.

In a little while, I get a message that says that my card refuses the charge. Apparently, my card considered Amazon's tries as attempts of fraudulent use. My credit card now doesn't want to take any orders from me at

After three days of waiting for and credit card (Chase) to resolve the issue, I decided to cancel my order and use a different credit card. I won't get any points for my order and I'll be getting the bloody thing a lot later than I planned.

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College Advice from a Ninja

Somehow this is amusing to me.

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Fun at Carrabba's

There is nothing like having to go back to work the next day, to appreciate the amount of fun you had the night before.

Last night, the gang and I went to Carrabba’s Italian Grill to cash in a couple of gift certificates that an “industrious” angel dropped into our laps. I don’t think I’ve had so much fun (and wine) in such a long time.

It was “Wine Wednesdays,” and any bottle of wine was $10 dollars off which is a great deal if you’re a wine lover. Regrettably, my group did not inform me until we were at the restaurant that they had no intention of imbibing. So, I ended up tacking a bottle of Chianti by myself. Yes, this monkey loves the wine.

I ordered the Seafood di Venezia as my meal. It was awesomely wonderful. I’ll be posting a review of that dish on sometime this week, but for anyone planning on going to Carrabbas any time soon, I’d definitely recommend it. I think the dish is not a typical menu item and it’s only available until September.

I finished the meal off with some Tiramisu. I say to you, that this is Monkey Kryptonite. If you’ve ever made me mad, you can make amends by either buying me aa yo-yo, a transforming robot, or some Tiramisu.

Amongst the highlights of our dinner, Rodney somehow managed to earn the nickname “Chocolate Dream.” Our resident paranoid schizophrenic freak, Schwab, revealed to us that he lives in area that is tantamount to being in a war zone. As for Jen-o-Saurus, she revealed that she prefers beer over wine and any red sauce is not her thing. As for me, I revealed to everyone that I really am the Batman. I was pretty buzzed with the wine, so I probably said a lot more things that I can’t remember.

That’s all from me right now. This is Bat-Monkey signing off.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

0 to 200 in 6 seconds!

Joan was expecting a new car as a birthday present from her husband Bob, but by the end of the day she realized that he had forgotten her birthday. She left him a note the next morning saying, "When I get home from work today, I want to see something in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds!"

When she arrived home and looked in the driveway she found a bathroom scale.

Joan is currently listed by police as a "person of interest" in Bob's disappearance.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

EEE PC 901 ordered! Let the Waiting Begin...

For a few months now, I’ve been fighting with myself on whether I should buy an ASUS EEE PC. Well after much internal debating, my inner-geek has won and I have just ordered the little computer. I’m excited and I can’t wait for it to arrive.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Catching the Batman!

I'm getting ready to go see the new Batman movie. I didn't go last night because all the showings after work were sold out.

So far, everyone I have talked to today says the movie seemed a bit too long. I guess I'll find out for myself.

This post is let y'all know that the ByteMonkey will be unavailable from 7:45PM CST to whenever I get back to my pc. Don't worry though. I'll probably be twittering and posting pics on the photoblog through out the night.

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How do I Pwn Thee?

Computers connecting to weakly secured Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth-enable phones with unchanged passkeys, and even the microchip inside your passport or ID badge are all putting your personal data at risk.

At yesterday’s Last HOPE hacker conference, hacker “RenderMan” gave a presentation titled “How do I Pwn Thee? Let me Count the Says” which discussed how vulnerable we all truly are.

I recommend reading’s report about the presentation. (Also, I see no reason to rewrite and repost something that is already posted. That's what whe have links for!) Maybe you’ll learn something about protecting your data. If it doesn’t make sense to you, then you should track down your neighborhood computer geek and have them explain it to you

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Which is worse?

Sending out a letter and putting the wrong name on it or receiving a box of brochures with the name of your company misspelled?

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

I Hate Rain

This weekend blows. The rain has ruined my plans to see the Blue Angels air show yesterday and now it has struck down my small backyard barbecue. To make things even worse, the pizza delivery guy just called me and said that he will be a little bit late because of the weather. Damn it! This monkey is hungry. I guess I'll just chew on some celery sticks for now.

Tax Collector's Web site hacked

According to the, The Escambia County Tax Collector's web site has become one of the latest victims of a global online defacement epidemic carried out through an SQL injection attack. As a result, the site was taken offline around 4PM yesterday afternoon.

Prior to the site being taken down, visitors were greeted with the message: "Hacked by m0sted (Turkish) No War."

The Tax Collector's office claims that no internal or sensitive material were compromised and that any information available on the site were already public information.

The web site is expected to back online and operational by Monday.

Here's a link to the PNJ article. (You can read it while it hasn't been archived. After that, the greedy bastards want you to pay for it.)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Blue Angels Air Show Rescheduled Due to Bad Weather

This weekend's Blue Angels Air Show was cancelled today as the weather turned unfavorable for the show. Several area news agencies report that some people waiting for the show on the beach were struck by lightening. As a result, the organizers of the air show decided to cancel the event for the day.

As of this posting, the Blue Angels Air Show was to be rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Wine Wednesdays

A little birdie told me that Carrabba's Italian grill is starting "Wine Wednesdays" in their Florida restaurants and also a wine naming contest starting in July.

Since there isn't much to do in Pensacola, I think this could be an interesting distraction in the middle of the week. Plus, this monkey is always down for some good spaghetti or veal marsala.

So, if you order a bottle of wine during "Wine Wednesdays," you'll get $10 off the wine when you order it with your meal. Looking back, I wish they had this last month. I would've probably saved a lot of money. Did I mention I like wine? I like wine. A LOT.

As far as the wine naming, the contest is a national one. So everyone can enter that. You can read about the contest and the prizes at

So go eat pasta, drink wine, and name a bottle of wine. (You might win a year's worth of Carrabba's dinner! Try to equate that to gasoline money. I know. Mind boggling).

If you're from Pensacola, let me know what you think of "Wine Wednesdays." I’ll be packing my camera whenever I go so expect some pics at my photoblog. (Too bad utterz still won’t accept my MMS or I’d be posting it as I go there).

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Website Is Down: Sales Guy vs. Web Dude

It's funny because it's so true!

A Lesson Learned

ByteMonkey: Hey!

Maggie: Ugh. What's that smell?

ByteMonkey: Huh? It's probably me.

Maggie: What the hell are you wearing?

ByteMonkey: I'm wearing PineSol.

Maggie: What?

ByteMonkey: I wanted smell fresh and clean. And I heard that nothing smells more fresh and clean like PineSol can!

Maggie: Get away from me you freak!!! You smell bad and you're giving me a headache.

ByteMonkey: Heartless bitch.

Maggie: What did you say?!?!

ByteMonkey: I said, "My eyes itch!"

That was the last thing I remember before I lost consciousness and later found myself laying on my back on the floor with my face feeling very sore.

The lesson here: PineSol is great on floors, but not on you.

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Amazingly Simple Home Remedies

  • Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold the vegetables for you while you chop.
  • Avoid arguments with women about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink.
  • For high blood pressure sufferers: Simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes! Thus reducing the pressure on your veins. Remember to use a timer to avoid a fatal outcome.
  • A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.
  • If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives. Then you'll be afraid to cough.
  • Most of the time, you will only need to two tools in life: WD-40 and Duct tape.
    Remeber theses simple rules: If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40; if it
    shouldn't move and does, use the Duct tape.
  • For more complicated projects: If you can't fix it with a hammer , you're got an electrical problem!

Kool Aid Shoes??? Oh Yeah!!!!

I was walking through one of the malls and spotted these things. I laughed so hard that I think I broke a rib. I wondered if they also sold extra large jump suits to go with these shoes.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008


I love robots!

Sugar Overload

I don't feel well. My coworkers bought me a sugar cookie and I think it was more sugar than cookie. I don't feel well. My brain hurts and my eyes won't blink anymore. I don't feel well . . .