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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thingamablog Is Dead! Long Live Thingamablog!

Well, the time has come for this blog to be retired. As of January 21, 2015, The new blog will be found at Ramblings From The Old Warhorse I had to retire Thingamablog due to the software being obsolete with no commenting support.

I will leave the old Thinga archives up for you, just in case there was something you wanted to read from it.

Enjoy the new blog and feel free to leave a comment!

Kellan, The Old Warhorse.

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 8:27 AM
Edited on: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 1:51 PM
Categories: General Blogging

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Chapter Up!

Hey y'all!

Letting you know, Chapter 16 of "Scribe" has been posted.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:48 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Chapter 15 of "Scribe"

Well, guess what? Got a new chapter for you!

Chapter 15 of "Scribe" has been posted for your reading pleasure.

BTW, I'm still looking for a commenting system that will work of my blog. Any ideas?

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Friday, May 16, 2014

RIP Raccoon's Bookshelf

A friend of mine has finally thrown in the towel. The Raccoon's Bookshelf, a great repository of furry writing, has been shut down. The owner of the site felt it wasn't worth it to continue maintaining it.

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say this was a sad day for the furry writer's community as a whole.

Had I known this was coming, I would have taken over hosting the Bookshelf on my site, since I have tons of webspace that is not being utilized.

Goodbye Raccoon's Bookshelf; we will miss your presence.

The sad old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 8:44 PM
Edited on: Friday, May 16, 2014 9:17 PM
Categories: Friends, General Blogging, The Soapbox, Writings

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Chapter 14 of "Scribe"

Well, this is the first post of the New Year.

I thought you might like to know, Chapter 14 of "Scribe" has been posted for your reading pleasure.

Enjoy!

Kellan, The Old Warhorse

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of my family and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Chapter 13 of "Scribe"

Hey All!

It's been a while, held up by the need to get the Tigress laptop running again.

Chapter 13 of "Scribe" has been posted for your reading pleasure.

Enjoy!

The old warhorse, Kellan

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Chapter 12 of "Scribe"

Hey All!

Anyone ready for another chapter?

Chapter 12 of "Scribe" 

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:22 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Chapter 11 of "Scribe"

Hey All!

Just a quick note, Chapter 11 of "Scribe" has been posted for your reading pleasure.

Stuff will now hit the fan. Really!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 6:08 PM
Edited on: Thursday, August 01, 2013 6:15 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Chapter 10 of "Scribe"

Well, I know it's been a while so with no further delay,

Chapter 10 Of "Scribe" has been posted.

Read if you dare - trouble ahead.

The Old Warhorse, Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:41 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Friday, May 17, 2013

Chapter 09 of "Scribe"

Hey Y'all!

Well, the old warhorse had to take a bit of time off to recover from a bad cough and a bit of skin cancer surgery. That's why things have been delayed.

Anyway, here's Chapter 09 of "Scribe" for your reading enjoyment.

Take care! 73's to all of you!

Kilo Echo Lima Lima Alpha November 8)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I'm A HAM Radio Operator Now!!

Well, went to take the HAM radio exam yesterday.

Passed Technician, so I could take the General license test for free. Passed that, so I could take the Amateur Extra test for free. Passed that, with no study, so now I'm a top level HAM operator! Wow!

Once I have my call sign in ten days or so, I can talk around the world if I want to.

"Scribe" should return this Thurday with a new chapter.

CL for now,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Chapter 08 of "Scribe"

It's that time again!

Chapter 08 of "Scribe" has been posted for your reading pleasure.

There might be some understating of the truth in this chapter. See if you can find it!

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 9:58 AM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Friday, March 29, 2013

Chapter 07 of "Scribe"

Hey All!

Well, I forgot to post this yesterday, so here it is!

Chapter 07 of "Scribe" has been posted for your reading pleasure.

Be forewarned; there are some very graphic moments in this chapter, not in a sexual context.

Enjoy, if you can.

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 8:10 AM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Chapter Of "Scribe"

Hey All!

Here it is, another chapter of "Scribe" , chapter 06, for your reading pleasure.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:30 AM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chapter 05 of "Scribe"

Well, I suppose I have made all of you wait long enough.

Chapter 05 of "Scribe"  has been posted.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 6:22 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chapter 04 Of "Scribe"

Hey All!

Here it is, Chapter 04 of "Scribe" has been posted.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chapter 03 of "Scribe"

Well, It's been a while but here it is;

Chapter 03 of "Scribe" has been posted to your reading pleasure.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 9:23 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Chapter 02 of "Scribe"

Hey All!

Just a note, Chapter 02 of "Scribe"  has been posted for your reading pleasure!

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 1:23 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Saturday, November 17, 2012

New Story, "Scribe"

Alright, here it starts for the new story line.

"Scribe", Chapter 01 has been posted for your reading pleasure.

Hopefully, I will be updating it on a bi-weekly basis, as long as my new kidney stone allows my attention for writing.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 4:57 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Friday, October 05, 2012

The Epilogues

Well, it's a sad day but all good things must end.

Epilogue 1, "First Day And Some Unexpected News" 

Epilogue 2, "Why?", penned by a good friend, The Silver Coyote 

Epilogue 3, "Truth On A Quiet Street In De Pere, Wisconsin" 

This is not to say, no more of Torvald and Victoria, I will pen some short stories for them from time to time. It is, however, time to start on "Scribe", my latest story arc.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:26 PM
Edited on: Friday, October 05, 2012 7:36 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Friday, September 14, 2012

Chapter 28 Is Up!

Hey All!

My muse rewarded us with Chapter 28 of "Redemption" 

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:38 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Thursday, September 06, 2012

New Chapter Up!

Hey All!

Well, how about A New Chapter of "Redemption"? 

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:33 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Well, That Was Different . . .

Sometimes, you don't need much warning to stay away . . .

Quibids warning from WOT  

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, August 20, 2012

Chapter 26 Is Up!

Hey All!

Just as a quick note, Chapter 26 of "Redemption" has been posted!

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:09 AM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

New Chapter! Number 25 To Be Exact!

Okay, here it is; Chapter 25 of "Redemption" has been posted.

Sorry for the delay but Real Life has been kicking the Old Warhorse's tail dock.

Enjoy!

Kellan, The Old Warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:58 AM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rebuilt At Last!

Okay, the new laptop is now back to a condition that I can finally use it, no thanks to Dell. If you're in the market for a new laptop, do not purchase a Dell 14R, 15R or 17R. I can say from experience, unless you want to rebuild it before you use it, look elsewhere.

Anyway, it looks like I can get back to work now.

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 6:33 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Technology

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Of Laptops And Lost Time . . .

If anyone says, "I'm buying a new laptop", feel sorry for them for they have just bitten off what may be more than they can handle.

As I have indicated before, my old Dell Inspiron 1501 has a failing inverter for the screen. When it fails, the screen still displays graphics but there is no backlight to see said display. A flashlight shining at a high angle to the screen will allow you to see enough to shut it down or reboot it. Happens every three or four hours.

Okay, so my Significant Other and I go to our local Staples© and I buy a Dell 17R, otherwise known as a N7110. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium, 8 Gb of ram, 750 Gb of hdd, a luscious 17.3" display and a Dual Layer DVD-burner.

The laptop came with a plethora of rated useful to totally useless utilities and Office 2010 Starter edition. This one is rated completely worthless by the Old Warhorse. It is a stripped down version (Word and Excel only with advertising in the right pane!), barely good enough to catalog your DVD collection and/or type up a few recipes.

Dell DataSafe Online - A free service (maybe) to back up your precious data "To the cloud". Yeah, put it out there to be hacked, lost, corrupted.

Dell DataSafe Local Backup - Only to the Hard Drive, unless you pay a premium. What a joke.

Wild Tangent Games - Play a few levels free, then pay through the nose. Uh-huh. but I digress . . .

So anyway, I began to put it together, adding a few programs at first, just to 'get by' for the moment. I am not a fan of sitting down in one session and 'stuff' the computer with programs. I believe that one should slowly add programs, just to be sure that one of them did not cause a problem for you, such as a driver conflict of some kind. I am also a firm believer in setting restore points before each "Windows Update", just in case one of them carries a corrupted file.

Getting along, I had the system running fairly well until an install of either Adobe PhotoShop or LightRoom 4 corrupted some driver. Now I was getting a 'grinding' sound, sort of like the amplifier was being driven to saturation. This happened during any kind of playback, including YouTube (or should I say FailTube?).

Much ripping and earing of hair later, it looked like I needed to start over. Yeah, the Old Warhorse went back to factory fresh via F8 at startup. Not fun. It took about 2 hours to complete this little foray only to find the DPC Latency totally unacceptable.

If you want to know about DPC Latency, go Here and read up on it.

If you want to check your own machine, Download the DPC Latency HERE  and just run it.

So back to my rant in progress. I've gotten it back to a usable state but I have noticed the Latency goes away when I turn off my WIFI radio. Hmm, no new driver, either. So I'll keep all of you up to date as I tear into this critter, attempting to make it a multipurpose rig.

Take care and wish me luck,

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

To all of my family and friends, wishing you all a Happy 4th of July!

Having served in our nations' armed forces, the 4th of July has a very special meaning for me. Our forefathers fought for our independence and I have served to continue our freedom. I am proud every time I see a soldier in uniform.

Hoping you all have a great 4th,

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chapter 24 Of "Redemption"

Here it is, a treat just before Independence Day!

Chapter 24 of "Redemption" has been posted!

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, June 25, 2012

Another Update

Just a short-ish update;

I've been dealing with this new laptop for a bit and work has been kicking my hiney real hard. So far, it's been a 'relatively' smooth transition to Window$ 7, now that I've done some 'tweaking to the (L)user interface.

I have had a few programs not work or fail to install, but I think that was to be expected. Most depressing was the failure of my Visioneer 9420 scanner to install. It works with everything up to Vista but 7 is enough of a different animal to not accept my scanner.

On the up side, it found my networked HP ink jet with no problems. Go figure. Windows XP fought me tooth and nail to configure it. My old laptop still doesn't like that printer, taking as long as ten minutes to send a print job to the printer.

Anyway, "Redemption" Chapter 24 might be ready by this weekend but don't hold your breath. I have family coming in this week so any writing will be put on hold once they arrive. I'm sure you will all understand this stance.

So, we might buy an Epson workforce 7510 ink jet for the house. It scans 11" X 17" and prints 13" X 19". What a beast. It all hinges on finding a place for it to live other than the closet, since it will do wireless networking.

Take care all!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Friday, June 08, 2012

General Update

This is just a short update to let all of you know, there will be no update this week due to the continuing agony of setting up a new laptop.

Have a great weekend,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Friday, May 25, 2012

Chapter 23 Of "Redemption"

Hey All!

All I have to say is, "Look Out!!"

Chapter 23 of "Redemption" has been posted.

Enjoy!

The Old Warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 6:40 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A General Health Rant

Sorry for this rant but I must get this off my chest.

Recently, I was having trouble with high blood pressure and a high pulse rate after waking up at night for no apparent reason. At one point, my heart rate was over 100 (!) and my blood pressure at that time was 180 over 91 (!!). I had my tigress take me to the hospital emergency room, since my numbers were not coming down very fast.

While we were there, my better half offered up that I would stop breathing at night. Well, to make a long story short, I was diagnosed with moderate obstructive sleep apnea. This is when your muscles in your throat and tongue relax, allowing the tongue to slip back into the throat, blocking the airway. Your body then wakes you up enough to begin breathing again. I had one-hundred and forty seven such event in seven point two hours of sleep on my test night.

I have Kaiser for health insurance so they supplied me with a CPAP machine to try for a few days, one week, to be exact. This machine works by increasing pressure to your airway, opening that blocked area to keep you breathing. After the first night, the effect was dramatic. I finally felt rested for a change.

I started using the loaner CPAP machine on a Monday night and by Saturday morning, I was out of bed and ready to go by 7:30 am! Normally, I didn't get out of bed before the crack of noon on a Saturday.

Anyway, I had to give back the Kaiser loaner and that night, I tried to sleep normally. No go. I woke up this morning feeling like crap. I was tired, achy and grumpy. Just like before.

I was told by Kaiser that it would be five to ten working days before my personal machine arrives via FedEx or UPS. That means all of the good that the CPAP machine did for me will be undone. In talking to a fellow worker that has been diagnosed, he informed me that he had been waiting two weeks so far, but the machine was on its way, according to a message from Kaiser Sleep Lab.

Did I mention this machine is being fulfilled by a company in my city? I can't just go pick it up, because it's not done that way. The order has to go from my city, to a city four cities away that has FedEx and UPS terminals, then back to me. I can't rent one, since that would need a prescription. Said script could be obtained, in a week for a Doctor to write it out, then mailed to me, another week. Can't just go get the script, either, according to the Lab.

Oh Well, maybe I'll get lucky and my machine will arrive in three days, like I was told in the first place, not the five to ten working days that my co-worker has waited (so far).

Sorry for the rant.

A disgusted old warhorse

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Next Chapter Of Redemption

Hey All!

Get ready for the last and final piece of the puzzle!

Chapter 22 of "Redemption" has been posted!

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Friday, April 27, 2012

Another Fine Chapter

Hey All!

Here's something for your Friday - "Redemption" Chapter 21 has been posted.

Enjoy!

"Старый боевой конь, Кeллан"

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 8:22 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Friday, April 13, 2012

Chapter 20 Is Up!

Hey All!

Well, how about Another Chapter of "Redemption"? 

Enjoy!

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Friday, March 16, 2012

New Chapter Is Up!

I guess my muse had been very generous!

Chapter 18 of "Redemption" has been posted for your reading pleasure!

Enjoy!

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:30 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Chapter 17 of "Redemption"

I guess my muse was in a generous mood.

Chapter 17 of "Redemption" has been posted for your reading pleasure!

Enjoy!

The Old Warhorse

Monday, February 20, 2012

Chapter 16 Is Up!

Well, it's here.

Chapter 16 of "Redemption" has been posted.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 3:18 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Chapter 15 of "Redemption"

Happy New Year to One and All!

Just a short note to inform all of my readers that a new chapter of "Redemption" has been posted for your reading pleasure.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, November 28, 2011

When It Rains . . .

Well, I guess this was coming . . .

The good;

I had taken a bit of advice from The Silver Coyote and started on a Chondroitin and Glucosamine regimen. Well, It actually did help things! My paws don't ache on a cold morning and my knees don't sound like Rice Crispies when I stand up. Thanks for the tip, SC!

The bad;

I am losing either the display inverter or the back light bulb for my trusty Dell Inspiron 1501. It's okay for a bit, then it just blacks out. I'm running it right now with a monitor backup, waiting until the screen blanks again. If I can shine a light on the screen and see images on it, the back light is bad. If it's entirely black, that would be the inverter. Just waiting now.

Anyway, still plugging away at chapter 15, some fun stuff happens in this one so maybe I'll have it hammered out soon. On a sour note, I've been called for jury duty again. No surprise, it's been thirteen months. Summons was right on time. Random selection my @$$!

Sorry for the rant.

Kellan, the disgusted old warhorse.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chapter 14 of "Redemption"

Well, as luck would have it,

Chapter 14 of "Redemption" has been posted for your reading pleasure!

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 11:55 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Chapter 13 of "Redemption"

Well, wouldn't you know, I managed another chapter for you.

Chapter 13 of "Redemption" 

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:54 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chapter 12 of "Redemption"

Well, as much as I can't hold off doing this,

Chapter 12 of "Redemption"  has been posted.

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:26 AM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Monday, September 19, 2011

Chapter 11 of Redemption

Well, it's been a while, almost two months.

Without further adieu, I present Chapter 11 of "Redemption" 

Enjoy!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 9:40 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sorry For The Rant, But . . .

Okay, I'll start by saying "If you continue to read this post, it is a rant." There.

Yesterday, August 20th, the San Francisco 49'ers handed the Oakland Raiders their collective asses on a silver platter. Score? 17 to 3.

It's not so much that the Raiders were steamrolled, which by the way, I predicted to my niece, but it's the fact that there was violence afterwards.

After the game, some dumb-ass or dumb-asses decided he/they didn't like his black and silver being defeated so he/they shot two persons for wearing Niners clothing.

It's not bad enough that we have to spend money to get to the game, pay an outrageous price for tickets, endure warm beer and cold hot dogs (it balances out, right?), but do we need to wear ballistic vests to protect ourselves from post-game violence?

I'll put this forth; I do believe in the Second Amendment. Those few words are what keeps our land free. What I don't believe in is our judicial system. Illegal gun possession is treated very lightly by our mollycoddling judges. Collectively they are afraid to send someone to jail for illegally possessing a firearm of any kind. All they seem happy with is to enact further gun restrictions to make it harder on the legitimate firearms owners to continue to possess weapons of any sort. But I digress.

It's a sad statement that violence has to occur after (or during) sporting events. First the fan being beat up and hospitalized after a baseball game, and now this.

I am losing faith in my fellow man.

A very disgusted Kellan

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Chapter 10 of "Redemption"

Without too much fanfare, I have done it.

Chapter 10 of "Redemption" is up for your reading pleasure.

It's not much but it moves the story along. Enjoy!

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Computer Is Dead; Long Live The Computer . . .

An update on the situation;

Further attempts to recue the ailing computer were made this evening to no avail. I hit it with a bunch of things that could not eradicate the problem rootkit and redirect trojan.

In the end, I could not get it to start up, despite using the recovery console. Looks like I'll be purchasing a new hdd and doing a rebuild. Oh joy . . .

Looks like my evenings will be full now . . .

Kellan, the very irked old warhorse

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Social Networking and Virus Distribution

Just a word of warning.

If you use Deviant Art, Gaia or Aiwa, be forewarned. My daughter managed to download an infection of the main computer. Looks to be a Google Redirect but may contain a root kit and a trojan.

I can't get on-line with it, as the CPU usage in normal mode stays at 100%. Safe mode, I can't start Avast AV or get on-line. I'll have to put some diagnostic/disinfectant on a CD so I can fix this poor, hosed computer.

If I were ever to get face to face with a hacker that was responsible, I swear, that would be the last time they would ever be able to use a computer.

Grrr!!!!!!

Kellan, the pissed off old warhorse.