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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Something To Ponder

Okay, so I received this email and felt obligated to share it with my 'net friends.


RE: kellanmeigh.com

Please forgive the interruption. One of the members of my staff found your site, and I think it may be a good match for Sosbuzz. Sosbuzz is a moderated marketplace search engine where members look for products and services. We're experiencing exponential growth in traffic, and our members may be interested in your offering. Just a bit about us (you can read more on our site below). We're the search engine that filed the patent for the Pay-After-Confirmed-Sale model, which eliminates the entire risk in advertising, as it costs businesses nothing up-front to advertise their products and services, and get the traffic they need. In our model, businesses, even service-based businesses, get to advertise at no charge until AFTER we get them a confirmed sale. Additionally, when our members make a purchase from a seller on Sosbuzz, we donate 25% of our proceeds to the Causes that our members select. This patent-pending invoicing and search model has already started to turn traditional search advertising on its head, as it benefits all parties concerned.

For more details and to register, please visit the page below:

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Do not miss the traffic we can drive to your site. I encourage you to register your site today. Please feel free to reply back with any questions you may have.


Raffi Sosikian, MBA

Founder & President

Sosbuzz, Inc



so, I will now post my reply.


Mr. Sosikian,

After having received your email concerning your business, I read it closely a few times before I decided to reply.

I am flattered that one of your staff had seen fit to bring my website to your attention. I will admit that Sosbuzz might actually drive traffic to my website, but . . .

As you might surmise by actually surfing my website, I do not sell a thing. Nothing. Nada. Zip. I'm not sure what your staffer saw in my site but I can tell you, it wasn't products or services for sale. I would almost suspect this person of just going to a site, maybe a bulletin board or forum and copying the links from that site to submit to you. I would doubly-so suspect that if that person worked for an SEO organization at some time.

So, being listed on Sosbuzz would actually be a waste of time for the both of us. I have nothing to sell, therefore my listing would be a dead end for you. In the meantime, your site would look bad for listing a site that obviously does not sell anything on the 'net.

I suggest you talk with the individual that suggested my site and explain to them, a site needs to sell a product or service to be of any use to your company. As far as I'm concerned that individual will cost you time and money that could be better spent elsewhere. If it were my business, I would be sending that person down the road with their last check right about now.

I own several other sites that do not sell products or services so I will be interested to see if you make the same offer to those 'webmasters'.

Good day,



As you can see, Mr. Sosikian probably gleaned my website from my posts on a forum. It's very obvious that he (or his alleged staffer) never visited my site. Not surprising, probably an SEO taking things to a new level.

I get the offers all the time for 'reciprocal links' where th person puts your links on a page that is not found on the website's main page, but expecting you to put their link front and center. I think this guy is just a better version of the same scam.

Hope you all got a good giggle from this.


Kellan, the old warhorse.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Tuesday's Mishap

Across the street from my work, a truck decided a fire hydrant was in a wrong location . . .


Taken with crappy cell phone. Sorry, the good point & shoot was MIA at the time. that's my pickup-truck's tailgate in the second photo. Alameda County Water District and the Fire department were not impressed.


Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Few Photos

Okay, a few pictures for you-

The recent storm we had here-looking towards my shop (that construction trailer). Note the fine weather!


And looking over towards the old warhorse's personal ride-


And lasty-how blatant does a sign need to be?


Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:46 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Humor

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Sunday Sillyness

Just some sillyness for my family and friends.

Q. How do you fix a Jack-O-Lantern?

A. With a pumpkin patch! *groan*

Take care-

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:48 PM
Categories: Family, Friends, Humor

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Of Interest To My Gearhead Friends ...

Hot Rod Grilles 


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday, Saturday ...

Just a short update and some musings for you-

I thought I would share this with you all:


Yeah, the hardware in our schools are modern, up to date equipment ... NOT! Note the build date on that clock mechanism.

A good friend made a comment about that last pic I posted. I smiled, then giggled, then busted up laughing for some unknown reason. She managed to lift my spirits on what had been an otherwise tedious day. I smiled a bit the rest of the day because of that little comment. Thank you, Aslaug. I needed that.

Now, on to the actual reason I started this post after my bit of digression was to inform my friends that Chapter 32 of "A Loss Of Rights" is posted for your reading pleasure. I admit it's a bit short but it sets up the next chapter.

Enjoy the weekend,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Found on a 'modular' classroom:

spray paint art  

Nice work, Chauncey!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 8:14 AM
Categories: General Blogging, Humor, Work

Monday, August 03, 2009

Monday's short blurb

Thought I would share this with all of you-

Not something you want to see on your fire alarm panel. Same as BSOD on a window$ machine.

FACP in trouble  

Sorry about the quality-taken with my cellphone. Found on 03 Aug 2009 like this. Nobody at the site OR the monitoring company(!) bothered to call us to let us know.


Kellan, the old warhorse.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday, under the weather

OK, so the old warhorse is home on a Tuesday, not feeling so well. Something I consumed in the past few days backfired on me.

Anyway, I'm still working on chapter 30 of "A Loss Of Rights" and so far it's slow going. Still have a few pages to go.

To make up for that, here's some picture humor for you.

Poster by Scholastic News, a huge purveyor of academic textbooks and teaching aids.


Note the bicycle's fork is on backwards!


You communications techs will like this; the 'neat' workmanship by our contractors. They claim they're finished. What do you think?


Typical mess found in a custodian's closet


Sign on that panel in the picture above-



Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 5:22 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Health, Humor, Work

Thursday, June 25, 2009

What the ???

All your base are belong to us

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 11:42 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Humor

Monday, June 08, 2009

Monday's Quiz (and blog)

Hmm ... No guesses? *shakes head* These were easy questions for those who have been reading my stuff ...

Q. Who the heck are Hrist, Gunhildr and Elin?

Use the comment system below to make your best educated guesses.

So, last Wednesday's quiz was, "What islands did Joan Elfsborg suspect Torvald was from by the sound of his accent and the language he used to speak to her?"

Joan Elfsborg, the tall, blond filly, thought Torvald was from the Faroe Islands. She also thought he might be Icelandic. It seems (according to my sources) this would be her best guess. Ancient Danish was different from modern Danish, which Joan can speak.

I will hold off on answering Friday's quiz until Wednesday.

We did go to "Try The Caber" day, having a wonderful day in the process. The weather was nice, The company excellent and the food was outstanding. I have about 2 hours of video to pare down into 9 minutes and 55 seconds for YouTube. There might be a blooper reel, too. We had a couple of minor injuries but you have to remember, we're playing with tree trunks, heavy stones and modified exercise equipment.

Still working on chapter 29 of "A Loss Of Rights"  so don't expect it before this weekend.


Kellan, the old warhorse

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday's Quiz (and blog)

Friday has arrived so here's the quiz;

Q. What was Victoria's major complaint after being captured by the mage Terrance?

There were no guesses on Wednesday's quiz so I will wait until Monday to give out the answer. Please use the comment system below to make your guesses.

On another note ...

My friend that's been sick is out of the hospital now. (*edit* he didn't get released, like I thought) How he went from sick and on the ventilator on Tuesday to going home on Wednesday, I'll never know. He did wait until I had gotten home from work and taken some pain pills to call for a ride home. I was a little upset that he got all indignant when I told him I wouldn't drive in that condition. Grrr ... Just another example of his bad timing.

Anyway, my tigress hasn't decided what we will be doing this weekend for entertainment, so I will report later what transpired.

Slainte Mhath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:07 AM
Edited on: Saturday, June 06, 2009 12:30 PM
Categories: Friends, General Blogging, Health, Humor, Work

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Wednesday's Quiz (and blog)

OK, here's Wednesday's question;

Q. What islands did Joan Elfsborg suspect Torvald was from by the sound of his accent and the language he used to speak to her?

And here's the answers to Friday and Monday's questions.

Kellan Meig'h is the author of the "Immortal Warriors" series and SRE65 got it right; Pamela Benelli is the culprit! Not that Torvald and Victoria didn't want to keep their 'extra' children ...

As a side note, there will be a new story coming coming down the pipe after the current one, "A Loss Of Rights", that will take a very dark tone. It will become apparent that you just can't be celestial troubleshooters without garnering the attention of the authorities that control the universe. The current working title is "Retribution". And you thought "Loss" was dark ...

My back is not in as much pain this morning so that's good. Y'all take care!


Kellan, the old warhorse

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday's Quiz

OK, here's the first question.

Q. Kellan Meig'h is the author of what series of writings?

If the answer is not found on my website, I will direct you to the proper site. Use the Haloscan comment function below to submit your answers. I will post a question on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

On a more somber note, my friend that sick is doing worse. I will be going to see him tonight after work and I hope he's still with us for his roommate's sake. His roomie is very distraught over this and it was him that suggested we go see him tonight.

Take care and have a safe weekend,


Kellan Meig'h

Thursday, May 28, 2009

What? No guesses?

So ... nobody figured out it was duck-tape holding the wipers to the wiper arms? Sheesh ...

Now, to get the vehicle maintenance people to admit that they did this ...


Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 11:05 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Humor

Monday, April 27, 2009

Something Of Interest

Just something I want to share with all of you-

I keep getting this spam in my inbox on another website I own/maintain.

<paste in crap body text from spam email>

Dear Website Owner,

65% of people searching the Internet will never find your web site unless you're ranked on first page of Google, MSN, or Yahoo. If I help you obtain as much as 4 times more WEB traffic to your online business by promoting you to the first page of the search engines would you be interested?

Our company is on the first page when you search on Google for our primary search term "SEO Company." We would like to do the same for your web site so you can come up for your main keywords as well? All of our processes use the most ethical "white hat" Search Engine Optimization techniques that will not get your website banned or penalized.

This special SEO program includes:

• No upfront fees

• A month-to-month program

• More traffic guaranteed

Please reply to my email and I would be happy to send you a proposal.



Leema Dk



91362 - USA

</paste of spam/scam/garbage>

OK, so this company wants to help me out by making sure that if somebody searches for "Kellan Meig'h", they will find me. You know, that's not a bad idea, just in the off chance somebody couldn't find me. And this sounds good dollar-wise, too. No up front charges seems to be pretty confident they can help.

So, try this: go to ask.com, msn.com, yahoo.com and google.com, the big four search sites. Type in Kellan Meig'h and see what happens. Amazingly enough, I seem to be on top of all of the search engines. Good metatags is all it took. No secrets, no hokus-pokus. I'll share this little secret for free, too. Don't send me any $$$ for this information-it's all free on the 'net!

The thing that stands out about this particular scammer/spammer is this: do a search on google.com for "SEO Company" just like they ask and check the output. Pretty scary, huh? Notice they never mention their company name? Did I mention the person sending this email used a gmail account that has no ties or suggestions that this mail came from an SEO Company? Did I also mention that the address is non-existant? Verdugo Way is in Camarillo, CA, by the way. The mail's originating IP address was in Tustin, for those that were curious.

If you need help with metatags, there are numerous sites on the 'net that will tell you how to optimize your site. You don't need this scammer/spammer to help you do what you can do for yourself. If you have questions, email me and the Old Warhorse promises that I'll help you out. Honest. No strings attached. Well, maybe a link back to my site ...

As a side note, the new pain management medication the doctor prescribed today seem to be helping as the Old Warhorse is not feeling that much pain tonight. A litle pain, but it's very tolerable. Now, if I can sleep better and actually get some rest, I will be one happy stallion.

Slainte mhath! (Scots Gaelic for Good Health)

Kellan, the Old Warhorse

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pushing The Envelope ...

OK, I'll go ahead and admit it, I'm in over my head here. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated.

I was asked by my brother to cook an apricot pie for Thanksgiving dinner at his place. Not a fresh apricot pie but a dried apricot pie made with dried California apricots It's been a while since I have done any baking to speak of so I'll be winging this one for sure. For those interested, here's the recipe, courtesy of my niece Karen

Apricot Pie by Karen, modified by Kellan, the old warhorse.

This pie, rather than being made from fresh apricots that would be unavailable at this time of the year, it's made from dried apricots instead. The fruit is somewhat chunked in the pie and it's flavored to be sweet and tart at the same time. It was a family tradition for Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was growing up. When my mother passed away, she took the recipe with her but after years of trial and error by Karen and myself, we have reconstructed the recipe.

Ingredients: (Sorry Aslaug, if I messed up on the conversions to metric for you)

  • 1 pound (.45 kg) of dried California apricots. Don't use Mediterranean 'cots because the pie will be different-a whole 'nother taste! (note* This actually worked out to 18 oz. of apricots, Sun Maid brand that came in 6 oz. packages)
  • 3/4 cups (177 ml) of sugar
  • 3 cups (710 ml) water
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) cornstarch
  • Pastry for 1 pie shell and top (9" to 9.5" pan)


Put apricots, sugar, water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Lower to a simmer for 45 minutes or until the filling is the consistency of warm, chunky jam. This cooking down process needs to be done uncovered to partly break down the apricots so you will need to add water from time to time.

Once the filling is at that proper consistency, put the cornstarch in 1/4 cup (60 ml) of cold water and stir in. This will thicken the filling for you. Cook for a about 10 more minutes until thickened and allow to cool. While the filling is cooling to room temperature, prepare lower shell and have it at the ready along with the top. You may make your pie dough from scratch or from a mix, your choice.

Put the filling into the pie shell and cover with the top, being sure to put at least 4 steam holes in it. Cook for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees or until the crust is golden brown. It will help if you cover the edges of the pie with foil or a burn ring to keep the edges from getting burnt.This pie will need to cool before being served. You will know that you thickened it properly when the filling stays completely inside the slice when served.

This is it, ladies and gentlemen. Your mileage may vary. I will report on the progress as I go. Stay tuned, y'all hear!


Note* Edited recipe quantities

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:08 PM
Edited on: Saturday, November 29, 2008 11:38 AM
Categories: Computing, Cooking, Family, Friends, General Blogging, Humor, Over My Head, Writings

Monday, July 07, 2008

Two Nuns walked into a bar ...

Ouch! Ouch!

(Sorry, couldn't help myself)


Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 5:04 PM
Categories: Humor