2013 Garden

In February, I had all the stumps that were crowding up the garden, ground down and cleaned up. The only issue I had, was the garden sloped down into the parking lot.

So, in order to fix that, I’ve built a stone wall extension of the current raised bed. All in all, this added about 7 feet of length and 7 feet of width to the garden area.

This year, I’m growing Corn, Cucumbers, Dill, Walla Walla Sweet Onions, Lettuce, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Garlic and attempting to grow Watermelon 🙂

There won’t be a garden cam this year (at least not yet. the old laptop I was using to power the cam, finally died). I will be posting pictures of everything as it all starts to sprout.

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Idiots shouldn’t drive!

It’s time for a bit of a rant about idiotic drivers.

1. Don’t be an ass, if you’re going to park your vehicle, use one spot like the rest of us. Damages to your vehicle should be expected as people attempted to park next to you. And, No. Those aren’t marks from a baseball bat, it’s collateral damage.

2. The on-ramp was created to give you time to get up to highway/freeway speeds.. so when you enter the highway/freeway at 35mph don’t expect me to slow down to let your lethargic ass in. Either get up to the proper speed, or get off the road.

2a. MERGING.. Holy crap, people. Merging isn’t that hard. If you’re already on the freeway/highway, there is NOTHING that says YOU need to slowdown for the traffic entering the highway/freeway.  The person getting onto the highway/freeway needs to be responsible for either speeding up or slowing down to get into traffic. When idiots who are already in traffic slow down to let someone who isn’t up to speed into traffic, they cause people behind them to slow down, which causes a big slow down. You can always just change lanes to get around the idiot who just entered a freeway/highway at 35mph.

3. If you’re going to drive, DRIVE. I am sick and tired of seeing people who are too busy fumbling with something in their hand or the radio and either not staying in their lane, or driving way too slow. If you cannot correctly navigate your vehicle and do whatever it is you’re doing in addition to trying to drive, then don’t do anything but drive!

4. I can understand the mind set of an elderly person wanting to continue to drive until they physically are unable to anymore, but sweet baby Jesus! Some of these people! Moving along at a snails pace in the slow lane. There should really be annual driving tests for anyone over the age of 70 to ensure their still capable of properly operating a motor vehicle without  issue. How many times have you seen an older person driving way too slow OR they “mistakenly” press the gas instead of the brake and plow into a business? Exactly.

5. Can their be a mental evaluation included in driving tests? Are we able to rule out the people who are just too stupid to be driving? I swear to God, I’ve seen a lot of people recently who have that deer in the head light look on their face while their driving, they pay no attention to their mirrors, their heads don’t move while their driving to assess the area around their vehicle, they just go forward. Cutting people off, or not obeying traffic signs, blowing red lights, changing lanes without looking to see if someone is next to them.. Ugh. sometimes I wish my car had a battering ram on it.

6. For the love of God people, if there is a cop that has someone pulled over, THERE IS NO NEED TO SLOW DOWN! However, Washington State Law does state that we need to provide the officer with one lane between us and them, so change lanes to do so. BUT, You don’t need to slow down to look, or be freaked that he’s going to somehow, stop what he’s currently doing and chase after you!

6a. STOP SLOWING DOWN TO LOOK AT WRECKS!!!!!!!! It’s obvious what happened, someone who wasn’t paying attention, crashed their vehicle into another vehicle or object. YOU don’t need to slow down to look at the scene. If you’re so damn curious, park whatever it is you drive on the side of the road and get your rocks off.

6b. The police will always see you before you see them. Just because you suddenly notice a police officer on the side of the road, there is no need to slow down! If you’re obeying the law and driving the speed limit, he shouldn’t have a reason to pull you over (unless of course, you have a problem with your vehicle that he deems unfit and wants to inform you.. i.e. light out). Seriously, if you were speeding, the cop saw you a quarter of a mile away and has already got his eye on you and is probably already getting in his car to pull your ass over.

7. Your vehicle comes with these wonderful things called LIGHTS. You have head lights, turn signal lights, brake lights, emergency flasher lights. A. Make sure they ALL work correctly. Bulb out? it’s like $4 dollars to buy a replacement bulb! B. USE THEM!! Your head lights aren’t there just so YOU can see, their also there so I CAN SEE YOU! If it’s near dusk and it’s getting dark, don’t be an asshole. turn on your head lights. What’s that? You’re changing lanes? There’s a little thing behind your steering wheel you can flip UP to indicate a right turn or push DOWN to indicate a left turn. What’s that? Your hands are too full to do that? Excuse my french, GET OFF THE GOD DAMN ROAD! It’s people like you who don’t deserve to drive!

8. See that sign that says, “Lane closed ahead”? When you wait to the very last possible moment to get over, I’m never going to let your sorry ass in. You had your chance to merge. Grow up and stop bitching when nobody lets you in. I can see you nearly tearing your steering wheel off when nobody lets you in. You now what that’s called? Me being satisfied. 🙂

9. Sitting at a red light? Good, WATCH that light! Because when you happen to look up from your phone and notice the car in front of you has suddenly gone missing and you turn into speedy gonzales and go flying through the intersection just as the light turns red, everybody behind you is wishing death upon your good for nothing sorry ass. Plus everyone else sitting at the intersection knows you’re the idiot they hate, or their just too busy playing on their phone to even notice.

10. For the love of God people, stop being egotistical moronic, sophomoric retarded morons. Have you consumed alcohol? Smoked weed? done any kind of drugs? You had better not drive! You seriously need a cab. can’t afford one? too freaking bad! God gave us legs and feet for a reason. Get to stepping twinkle toes!

It’s idiots like you who make life hard on the rest of us, you are incompetent and shouldn’t be allowed to operate a motor vehicle. It’s because of YOUR actions while you’re driving that causes wrecks, and traffic jams. If everybody that is operating a motor vehicle, did just that, OPERATE the motor vehicle and NOTHING ELSE there would be a lot fewer wrecks, fewer traffic jams and everybody would arrive at their destination when they wanted to be there.

Oh and one more thing, If you do not have a drivers license or insurance, and you hit my vehicle and try to talk your way out of it, rest assured, I will take the cost of the damage out on you.

Mark your calendar! May 21st 2013

Daft Punk’s long awaited album goes on sale May 21st 2013.  You can pre-order on iTunes. This is the first full length studio album from Daft Punk since they released Human After All in 2005.

After hearing the single “Get Lucky” this is going to be by far their best album to date!
I’ve already pre-ordered my copy 😀

I know that some of you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and have seen my ranting about how good “Get Lucky” is and think I’ve lost my mind. I’ve long been addicted to good music, and I’m simply in love with the way a DJ can blend music together and create something magical. As a kid, my musical taste was molded by my parents. My Dad, who listened to Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden and other Rock music, and then My Mom, who listened to LOTS of Country Music, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and other Pop music.

When I was in middle school, I found my Mom and Dad’s record collection, and started playing the hell out of them. Then, in 2000-ish, I found Techno and DJ mixes and I was forever changed. When I finally discovered Daft Punk in 2001, I put on my headphones and cranked it up, and listened to every beat, over and over again. I can’t wait to see if they tour the United States, the last time they were even remotely close to where I live, was when they were at Coachella in 2006. Here’s to hoping!

 

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Wrestlemania 29 Predictions

Wrestlemania is This Sunday at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. An estimated crowed of 80,000+ is expected to be on hand. Here is a list of the matches scheduled to take place: (as always, card is subject to change)

No. Match Stipulations
Pre-show Wade Barrett (c) vs. The Miz Singles match for the Intercontinental Championship
1 The Rock (c) vs. John Cena Singles match for the WWE Championship
2 Alberto Del Rio (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez) (c) vs. Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship
3 The Undertaker vs. CM Punk (w/ Paul Heyman) Singles match
4 Sheamus, Randy Orton & Big Show vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) Six-man tag team match
5 Ryback vs. Mark Henry Singles match
6 Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston (w/ AJ Lee) Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
7 Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. Triple H (w/ Shawn Michaels) No Holds Barred match; if Triple H loses, he must retire.
8 Chris Jericho vs. Fandango Singles match
9 Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay & Tensai) and The Funkadactyls (Cameron and Naomi) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow) and The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) Eight–person mixed tag team match
(c) – refers to the champion heading into the match

Here is how I expect to see these matches go down.

  1. The Miz beats Wade Barret and takes the IC Belt. (Result: The Miz wins with the Figure Four Leg Lock)
  2. Rock beats Cena. (Then drops the belt, possibly at Extreme Rules) (Result: Cena Wins)
  3. Del Rio holds on to the World Title over Swagger, but Dolph Ziggler cashes in his Money in the Bank and defeats Del Rio. (Result: Del Rio Wins. No Ziggler)
  4. CM Punk will defeat The Undertaker and end the iconic 20-0 streak, most likely ending career of The Undertaker. (Result: Undertaker Wins 21-0)
  5. Sheamus, Orton and Big Show, defeat The Shield. (Result: Shield Wins)
  6. I’m still unsure how the Ryback vs. Mark Henry match will go.. I kinda have a feeling it may be a squash match and only last mere minutes. My best guess though, Ryback loses to Mark Henry. (Result: Mark Henry Wins)
  7. Team Hell No will retain the belts against Dolph and Big E. (Result: Team Hell No Retains)
  8. I’ve always been a Triple H fan, so I’m a little biased. But I have two sides here, I want to see Triple H defeat Brock, however seeing as Triple H is now a corporate guy, I know Brock will beat Triple H and that will end his in ring career making way for his Corporate career. (Result: TripleH Wins)
  9. Jericho will defeat Fandango. (Result: Fandango wins)
  10. Tons of Funk will lose to Team Rhodes Scholars. (At least I hope they do. the gimmick they gave Tensai is retarded. Both Brodus Clay and Tensai were orignally billed as big monsters who could destroy anything are now, dancing idiots.. ) (THIS MATCH WAS SCRATCHED!!!!!)

I will be doing my best to live blog Wrestlemania 29 this Sunday. It starts at 7PM EST / 4PM PST

Wrestling and Drugs.

So, on the heels of Jack Swagger being pulled over after a Smackdown taping in Mississippi, and being charged with DUI, speeding and possession of marijuana, a lot of people are talking about the punishment for Jack Swagger (Jacob Hager, Jr.).

Now, Per the WWE Abuse Policy, (Here) it says in section 15b that a positive test for marijuana carries a $2500 fine, which is pretty minimal as a punishment. However, what really brings up a questions is section 14.

14. DISCIPLINE FOR VIOLATION OF LAW

Any WWE Talent, who is arrested, convicted or who admits to a violation of law relating to use, possession, purchase, sale or distribution of drugs will be in material breach of his/her contract with WWE and subject to immediate dismissal.

In addition to the penalties that may be imposed pursuant to his/her contract with WWE, a violation of this Section 14 may also be treated as a positive test for drugs prohibited by this Policy and therefore, subject to the penalties set forth in Section 15 of this Policy.

So, if WWE decides to uphold this part of the policy, Swagger could be done. But fining them $2500 dollars when they mess up, is pretty minimal, considering most of them make a lot of money. The punishment should be closer to $10,000, that way, if they think about doing anything stupid, it will be on their mind they have to pay a hefty fine if that get into trouble.

Jack Swagger isn’t the first guy to be in trouble for this. Here is a lost of guys who have been tagged for substance abuse.

  • Chavo Guerrero – 2 strikes (Now working for TNA)
  • Drew Hankinson, a/k/a Festus – 1 strike (now works for TNA)
  • Randy Orton – 2 strikes
  • Darren Matthews, a/k/a William Regal – 2 strikes
  • Charlie Haas – 1 strike (Works for ROH now)
  • Nick Nemeth, a/k/a Dolph Ziggler – 1 strike
  • Adam Copeland, a/k/a Edge – 1 strike (Retired)
  • Jeff Hardy – 2 strikes (Works for TNA now. had a major drug bust right after leaving WWE)
  • James Yun, a/k/a Jimmy Wang Yang – 1 strike (Works for TNA now)
  • John Hennigan, a/k/a John Morrison – 1 strike (Works the independents)
  • Shoichi Funaki, a/k/a Kung Fu Naki – 1 strike (No longer works for WWE)
  • Harry Smith, a/k/a David Hart Smith – 1 strike (No longer with WWE)
  • Gregory Helms – 1 strike (No longer with WWE)
  • Ryan Reeves, a/k/a Ryback – 1 strike
  • Oscar Gutierrez Rubio a/k/a Rey Mysterio – 2 strikes

WWE never releases the reason for suspension, but normally, a strike and suspension is given for steroids or some other performance enhancing drug. Marijuana and Alcohol both carry a $2500 fine, but no suspension or other punishment.

 

2013 Garden Prep

At the end of the season for 2012, I put much of the plants that I had grown, minus the corn, into a compost. Which I did by digging a hole in the middle of my garden, burying all the plants and then covering them with the dirt I had dug up.

Today, I had some free time and decided to go out and clean up the area a little bit, it was starting to get pretty dirty. The area that I put the compost was very soft and fluffy, the soil was very light and very dark. I am definitely doing that again next year! the only thing I noticed within the compost was the base portion of the tomato plants I had last year, which will be fine, when I run a rototiller through there, it will break it all down.

The stump at the end of the garden still hasn’t been removed, I’m hoping that in the next few days I can get a hold of a stump removal company to get a quote for how much it will cost to get the stump removed.

I’m in the planning stages of where I’m going to plant things, I’m hoping to start my corn from seed, I didn’t like the corn that I had last year, It didn’t produce as much as I would have liked. I’m also looking at building a pyramid for my cucumbers to vine up.

Since it’s only February, I have a few months to get everything in order and decide where I’m going to put things. However within the next month or two, I’m going to get some manure and rent a rototiller and get all of the soil mixed up and get some life into the soil. there is a lot of the soil that is very dense and heavy, that’s what I dealt with last year. Having just one year of gardening in this soil, I really hope to put some life into the soil.

I really hope to have a spectacular gardening year. I don’t plan on using any fertilizer outside of the horse manure, I had a serious problem with bugs last year and it wiped out almost all of my corn :-(.

I’m really hoping to go as natural as I can this year, I don’t plan on using anything that I don’t have to.

Thanks for reading!

Dan

The Hardware Of Jarvis: Sensors

With the development of Jarvis seeming to ramp up, I’m going to start getting into the development of hardware additions. After reading a series of blog posts by Rob Tennyson on building wireless sensor networks (http://www.robtennyson.us/post/building-wireless-sensor-networks), I decided that is the way I would go.

Then it dawned of me, instead of actually telling Jarvis that I am going to bed, like my prototype is setup right now, I would build something very similar to this wireless sensor setup, but have it be a single button arduino setup, that when pressed, sends a signal to Jarvis that I’ve gone to bed, then keeps track of the fact I’ve pressed it, so in the morning when the alarm goes off to wake me up, I can press it again it sends a signal that I’m awake, stopping the alarm and starting the “wakeupHandler” script that I’ve built.

Anyway, back to the original post idea. Wireless Sensor Building. The whole idea is to have a temperature sensor in each room of the apartment, and possibly one out front of the apartment. The end result I’m hoping for is to have Jarvis monitor the temperatures in each room and ensure the temperature stays above a threshold (i.e. 70 degrees), or a relative temperature to outside.

My hope is to get a hold of x10 hardware that controls a heater module, so Jarvis can communicate with the module in a room and only turn on the heater when it decides, rather than the heater kicking on by itself.

I’m also hoping to figure out how to use an IR (infrared) blaster to send commands to my Air Conditioner in the summer, but that’s down the road a bit.

Another neat feature I think would be fun to have is a series of sensors that monitor movement, if I’ve “logged out” of the apartment (for example, I leave for work) and the apartment is in “away” mode, if movement is detected, Jarvis can send me a tweet, instant message and email telling me which zone (or room of the apartment) that movement has been detected. At some point, I’d like to get cameras that will snap a picture when movement is detected and send it to me, along with an audible alarm, letting the person know the apartment is in “away” mode and that all of their activity will be noted and monitored.

Of course, the first step in this project is to really get hands on with the hardware that I will need, so it may be awhile before I can actually build my first sensor and once I get  it built, I will just duplicate the process a few times to create my network of sensors.

More to come on this

Thanks for reading!

Dan

Portland Wrestling Uncut – Jan 8th

On January 8th, 2013 Portland Wrestling Uncut held a live show. My wife and I attended the show. It was a really good show, here are a few pictures I got with some of the wrestlers. I unfortunately didn’t keep track of all the matches, however The Blanchard’s faced Exile and Wade Hess, Their manager the Grappler used a boot to hit Bubba Blanchard and Wade Hess got the pin-fall but the referee caught wind of the boot incident and reversed his decision. STILL THE CHAMPS!

blanchard-brothersThe Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champions
The Blanchard’s

Davari faced Big Ugly in a match with a one hour time limit, about 15 minutes into the match, there was a spot where Davari pulled the ref down to the mat, the ref landed wrong and blood started pouring out of his nose, he called for a disqualification and named Big Ugly the winner but Davari kept the belt due to DQ.

Davari The Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Champion
Former WWE/TNA Wrestler – Davari