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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Yahoo! Was Hacked!

Thursday, 12 July 2012 @ 2330 hours -

Okay, according to the news, Yahoo! was hacked and 1/2 million passwords were stolen and dumped on the 'net for all to see.

If you have a Yahoo! account, change your password! Now!! Apparently Yahoo! doesn't encrypt the passwords. How dumb.

Kellan, the old warhorse

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

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Something To Ponder

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

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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.

Sincerely,

Raffi Sosikian, MBA

Founder & President

Sosbuzz, Inc

http://www.sosbuzz.com

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so, I will now post my reply.

(post)

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,

Kellan

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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.

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Trip Number Two to the DMV for "The Buffalo"

Today I made trip number two to the DMV to finish the registration for the vehicle known as "The Great White Buffalo". Previously I had paid $195 USD for various fees and today, I spent another $305 USD to finish up.

An even $500 USD was a lot of cash to trade for one year's registration but I guess there's no fighting the Gov't. The bad part is our Explorer "The Exploder" and "The Buffalo" are both due in the same month next year so registration will cost maybe a cool grand. Grrr . . .

Take care,

Kel

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.

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Housekeeping ...

OK, so it's an electric water heater ...

Stuff stacked against a water heater  

Those green things are dust mop heads.

Oh Well ...

Kellan, the old warhorse

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday's Thoughts

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, a view from your home is worth everything. Including jail time.

It seems a homeowner on Regency Court in El Cerrito wanted a better view of the bay and the San Francisco skyline. So much so that they saw fit to poison 13 California Live Oaks in El Cerrito's Hillside Nature Area, a public park.

This heinous crime has been going on for over two years and was perpetrated by a person with a power drill, a long auger bit, some poison and wine corks. The evil @$$hole drilled the trunks below ground level and poured poison in, corking the hole afterwards. That my friends, is a felony. I hope he goes to jail. For a long time.

The city says it will replant so the perpetrator doesn't get that view he/she was after. If he/she ends up in jail, it will be a moot point for him/her.

That's all,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, August 17, 2009

Another one for my silver-hued canid friend ...

Let's take a step back from that closeup of the 66 block and take in the view just to the left ...

Nice and neat! NOT! Can you say, "Hack Job?" I knew you could!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday's Nonsense

Well, this one again is for my friend in SoCal, The Silver Coyote

What a mess!  

Not how I want my work done! I'm sure SC will have a word or two to say about this!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thurdsay's Blurb

This Thursday's blog is dedicated to my friend, The Silver Coyote. His response of "WTF" to Tuesday's pic prompted me to post this one:

 

I hate to say it, my canid friend but I haven't even scratched the surface. The red wire in that can, upper right is fire wire. Not ever to be mixed in with communications/clocks/bells/etc.

You have to understand our Project Managers don't work for us. An outside firm hires these jokers to make sure it's done on time and under budget. Screw the fact it needs to be right.

That's where I come in. I flat out tell them it will not pass inspection like this! They are also warned they will be reported to the State Fire Marshall if they sign off on it!

If I seem stressed from time to time, this is why.

Kellan, the old warhorse

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An Unnerving Situation

Well, the old warhorse is sitting here on pins and needles this Wednesday night, wondering what tomorrow will bring ...

Tomorrow is technically the last work day of the month but that's not what worries me. As some of you well know, I work for a school district. I work as a Communications Technician, which means clocks, bells, public address systems, cable television, intrusion alarms, fire alarms and to some very small degree, telephones.

My department is part of maintenance. Always has been. Tomorrow, however says whether I will still be in maintenance or not.

You see, the director in charge of computer/internet technology has decided that he should have phones and cable television in his little empire that he's building for himself. That means the money that was in our budget goes over to his budget, along with one technician. Possibly me. Or not.

As I have said, I'm not the low man. Our leadman has said it should be offered and passed over by seniority, since we are a union shop. We think the director has eyes on the best phone tech but we can't be sure of that right now. That would not be me, by the way. At any rate that means the leadman would pass, The tech that has the most experience would pass, then I would pass. That leaves the 'new guy', who has said that he would move over to the other department just to keep his job. I know, that deal stinks. Don't think I don't feel bad about it because I do.

Honestly, if I had the skills, I think I would move on over to the other department, if not just for the fresh air. I just don't have the skills, which is a long story for another day. It suffices to say, this deal stinks all the way around.

What of the union? I dunno. I think they're still scrambling to figure out what to do. I think it's too little, too late.

And what of Human Resources? Again, I dunno. They've been out of the loop ever since this little fiasco started.

The bad thing is this; if we all pass on this move for some reason, the money is still gone. One of us will get laid off (the new guy, who has a family to feed) and the job would go to the outside. Again, this stinks to high heaven. I guess I should point out the fact the 'new guy' as I refer to him by has actually been with the district about two years.

The real scary part is the possibility that I may be forced to move over to the new department against my wishes and then get let go at a later date because I can't do the job. That sucks but it could happen.

I really hate to see someone forced to move like this. It's wrong on so many different levels. I guess it's just the way business is done these days. Screw the employee, he/she will get over it in time.

I guess you can see why I'm on edge.

Kel, the old warhorse

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunday's Blog

Well, we're going over to Stanford University's grounds for a 'Try The Caber' day with our local athletes. I suppose I will lift no more than my video camera but it might give you an idea what Scottish Games are all about. I will post pics/vids.

Still working on Chapter 29 of "A Loss Of Rights"  and it seems to be slow going at the moment. I'm hoping a day out of the house will inspire me to write.

My friend The Silver Coyote has been busy so he hasn't been posting in a forum we haunt. I hope his Mom-in-law is doing well after having a pacemaker put in to help her aging heart. SC, we're still keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

As a side note, my wandering minstrel friend turned up at another hospital Saturday. They were wanting me to go retrieve his medications for safe keeping. I let his roomie know this because I'm almost at the point of washing my hands of this mess right now. Grrr ...

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Musings and Venting (advance apologies are in order)

I was just sitting here, attempting to work on one of my STORIES and the events of the past few days kept playing in my head.

OK, my friend that was in the hospital was trying to get himself released last Wednesday, I found out. His doctor recommended against it and his roommate finally had to go down to the hospital on Wednesday night to convince him to stay another day, at the very least.

He finally got himself released Thursday morning and took a taxi cab back to Hayward from Santa Clara. The taxi ride cost over $120 USD so he gave the cab driver everything he had in his pockets and told him that's all he had. Most likely not enough, if I know him.

Anyway, his room mate came home Thursday to find the house torn up and my sick friend standing in the doorway to the roommate's room, stark naked. The roomie tried to get him to get dressed so the sick one went into the kitchen, trying to use the refrigerator as an air conditioner. When the roomie suggested he go back to the hospital, since he wasn't acting rational, the sick one responded by pulling a kitchen knife on him and telling him to "Leave me the **** alone!" (you fill in the asterisks)

Anyway, roomie called the sick one's niece and between the two of them, got him headed for the hospital again via ambulance The EMT crew checked his vitals and found his blood sugar over 560! Maybe the extra large pizza he had consumed by himself had something to do with that?

So, he goes to the hospital, but checks himself out of the hospital Friday (yesterday) morning. He hasn't been seen or heard from since and this bothers me. He's obviously not thinking rationally so in a way, he's a danger unto himself. Nobody has seen him and his cell phone is out of minutes so he has no way to communicate with us.

I fear he has done this because he is just irrational/delusional.

Wish him some luck, will you?

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Update

Well, we went horseback riding Sunday and it was a great cleanser for my mental well being. How am I doing Physically? Not bad right now (after a few pain pills). Ask me later on, tho. I will update you all.

My mount, Dusty is a very gentle palomino filly that is colored just like Willi Marie Delancey, a character in my "Immortal Warriors" series of stories. We went up to Cerro Este, riding with the eagles. Speaking of eagles, we were very fortunate to observe a California Golden Eagle in flight! What a rush! I was so engrossed in watching that magnificent avian soar that I forgot to take a few pictures! Oops!

Anyway, the camera kind of let me down with the usual battery issues so it's time to junk the existing battery packs and pick up a half-dozen fresh ones. I've noticed these Kodak batteries aren't the longest for lifespan.

I'll post a few pics over in my Cerro Este Gallery  for you to enjoy.

Slainte Mhath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

*Note-edited gallery hyperlink

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:26 AM
Edited on: Monday, May 25, 2009 11:14 AM
Categories: Family, General Blogging, Health, Sheer Stoopidity

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday's Oddities ...

Have you ever seen this?

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General Error

SQL ERROR [ mysql4 ]

Too many connections [1040]

An sql error occurred while fetching this page. Please contact an administrator if this problem persists.

[/paste]

I believe that someone is attempting a brute force attack against the forum I host here and on another family website.

How goes your Sunday?

Kellan

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Reasons to pick your contractor carefully

I will not say where these pics were taken but it suffices to say, if you hire a contractor, make sure he's qualified.

 

Does your contractor stay properly hydrated on a hot day while he uses a nailgun?

 

Whaddamean? Those are the short nails!

Slainte Mhath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, May 03, 2009

It started very innocuously ...

This all happened on a forum that I belong to, just to set the tone for ya -

A new poster to this forum did the classic "Wall Of Text" by posting a story via a thread on the main section of the forum. they added a poll for us to express our feelings about the story.

I started to read it but had to stop several times due to "Wall Of Text" induced eye strain. I kept thinking to myself, "I have read this story somewhere before." By the way, the poster gave a link to the story on Scribd.com, where they had uploaded this story to.

I guess I should state that this was an incomplete story that the poster alluded to completing either by the original author or they would complete it, if enough interest could be generated.

Those people that read the thread on the forum warned the poster that completing the story w/o the original author's permission was treading on thin ice. Those warnings were answered by some very angry responses.

By this point, one member posted that he stopped reading the story. The poster asked why. The member stated it was boring. The poster typed/said, "How much did you read? The first sentence?" It was out of hand by now.

Meanwhile, I found the original author and got the straight scoop. The story wasn't abandoned as suggested by the poster. It was a filler for a magazine called American Journal of Anthropomorphism. Apparently there wasn't enough illustrations to fill 128 pages of the magazine so he used his story as a filler in issues #1 through 3. By Issue #4, they had 128 pages of illustrations and didn't need it. Issue #5 wasn't printed due to issues with the publisher. He wasn't amused by the theft of his story, unfinished or not.

Back at the forum, the admin/moderator had had enough of this person's arrogance. He locked the thread and issued a warning that further abuse, etc. would result in the "Fall Of The Banhammer." OK, problem solved, right? Nope.

The poster starts a new thread, using the admin's name for the thread name, and calls him out. No shit. I cringed even before I opened the thread to see what had been typed.

In the largest font possible, the poster pretty much told off the admin. I won't go into specifics (those of you that know him can ask him directly) but yeah, as you can guess, the banhammer dropped. Account deleted, posts deleted. It was deserving.

The owner of the story went to Scribd.com and had the story removed due to DCMA violations. Good show.

According to the admin in question, this person tried several times on our forum to drum up support for this story. Why they just didn't finish it w/o permission, I don't know. Why they didn't contact the original author (which took me all of 5 minutes to locate, btw) is beyond me.

Anyway, there's your little piece of drama for the week.

Slainte Mhath,

Kellan, the old warhorse

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.

______________________________________________________________________

Sincerely,

Leema Dk

501 VERDUGO WAY

WESTLAKE VILLAGE , CA

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, December 09, 2008

Tuseday's Ramblings

Tuesday's News

As some of you may well know, our city is trying to lure away the Oakland A's to the City of Fremont. This is bad because we have no places anywhere near transportation where they can build a stadium.

The real bad part is our mayor is so hell-bent to see the A's here to the point that he doesn't care if they still use the moniker "Oakland A's of Fremont."

Now anybody can see that this would be confusing as all get out. We would be advertising for Oakland and nobody will remember the A's are in Fremont.

This is what happens when Public servants have no clue when to step down. He openly admitted we have only 9 policemen at night to protect the city. How will they referee the after game melee's that occur?

Oh Well ...

Take Care,

Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:09 PM
Edited on: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 11:01 PM
Categories: Computing, General Blogging, Ranting, Sheer Stoopidity

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I'm Not Sure How I Feel ...

I have finally lost all faith in my fellow shoppers. This is something I thought would never happen. Read on ...


Sought: Wal-Mart shoppers who trampled NY worker

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer Colleen Long – Sat Nov 29, 11:48 am ET

NEW YORK – Police were reviewing video from surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify who trampled to death a Wal-Mart worker after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at a suburban store and knocked him down.

Criminal charges were possible, but identifying individual shoppers in Friday's video may prove difficult, said Detective Lt. Michael Fleming, a Nassau County police spokesman.

Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers stepped over him and became irate when officials said the store was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said.

At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries. The store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening.

Police said about 2,000 people were gathered outside the Wal-Mart doors before its 5 a.m. opening at a mall about 20 miles east of Manhattan. The impatient crowd knocked the employee, identified by police as Jdimytai Damour, to the ground as he opened the doors, leaving a metal portion of the frame crumpled like an accordion.

"This crowd was out of control," Fleming said. He described the scene as "utter chaos," and said the store didn't have enough security.

Dozens of store employees trying to fight their way out to help Damour were also getting trampled by the crowd, Fleming said. Shoppers stepped over the man on the ground and streamed into the store.

Damour, 34, of Queens, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 6 a.m., police said. The exact cause of death has not been determined.

A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital, where she and the baby were reported to be OK, said police Sgt. Anthony Repalone.

Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like "savages."

"When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling `I've been on line since yesterday morning,'" she said. "They kept shopping."

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., called the incident a "tragic situation" and said the employee came from a temporary agency and was doing maintenance work at the store. It said it tried to prepare for the crowd by adding staffers and outside security workers, putting up barricades and consulting police.

"Despite all of our precautions, this unfortunate event occurred," senior Vice President Hank Mullany said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those impacted."

A woman reported being trampled by overeager customers at a Wal-Mart opening Friday in Farmingdale, about 15 miles east of Valley Stream, Suffolk County police said. She suffered minor injuries, but finished shopping before filling the report, police said.

Shoppers around the country line up early outside stores on the day after Thanksgiving in the annual bargain-hunting ritual known as Black Friday. It got that name because it has historically been the day when stores broke into profitability for the full year.

Items on sale at the Valley Stream Wal-Mart included a Samsung 50-inch Plasma HDTV for $798, a Bissel Compact Upright Vacuum for $28, a Samsung 10.2 megapixel digital camera for $69 and DVDs such as "The Incredible Hulk" for $9.


This is just a complete tragedy that should have never happened. I realize you need to get out there, spend like crazy and beat your fellow shopper to the best buys, but to kill to get that best deal? Come on, people! This is utter BullShit! This is why I avoid shopping on Black Friday like the plague!

My only hope and concern is these people get prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and by my thinking, the store manager should be included for hot keeping the shoppers in check!

Years ago, here in a nearby K-Mart, a manager was arrested for inciting a riot. He was standing in the doorway to the stock area, throwing Cabbage Patch dolls to a very agitated crowd. He was told not to do it again only to start back up before the police were out the door. They returned, arrested him and put three pallets of dolls out for the crowd to calmly pick through with police standing to keep control.

*Shakes head in disgust*

What is this world coming to?

On a lighter note, we went to get a Christmas tree with my brother and his wife in the Santa Cruz mountains. I will post pics in the gallery in the next few days.

Saying a prayer for that unfortunate Wal-Mart worker,

Kellan

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday's Ramblings

Here's a little piece out of the newspaper for you:

"SAN FRANCISCO — California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

The California Supreme Court accepted three lawsuits seeking to nullify Proposition 8, a voter-approved constitutional amendment that overruled the court's decision in May that legalized gay marriage.

All three cases claim the measure abridges the civil rights of a vulnerable minority group. They argue that voters alone did not have the authority to enact such a significant constitutional change.

As is its custom when it takes up cases, the court elaborated little. However, the justices did say they want to address what effect, if any, a ruling upholding the amendment would have on the estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages that were sanctioned in California before Election Day.

Gay rights groups and local governments petitioning to overturn the ban were joined by the measure's sponsors and Attorney General Jerry Brown in urging the Supreme Court to consider whether Proposition 8 passes legal muster.

The initiative's opponents had also asked the court to grant a stay of the measure, which would have allowed gay marriages to begin again while the justices considered the cases. The court denied that request

The justices directed Brown and lawyers for the Yes on 8 campaign to submit arguments by Dec. 19 on why the ballot initiative should not be nullified. It said lawyers for the plaintiffs, who include same-sex couples who did not wed before the election, must respond before Jan. 5."

Maybe this will all get all straightened out soon.

Take care till I blog to ya next,

Kellan

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday's Strange Blog

OK, the old warhorse is a few dollars lighter this morning. I received an email from a Chinese Internet registrar company asking if it's OK for them to register one of my domain names with a 'Kendon Group'.

It seems this 'Kendon Group' told this company that they were affiliated with me in some way. Well, I had to shut this down fast. I fired off a return email to the contact, who I might point out used excellent English in his message, that any attempt to use my domain name in any way would bring the old warhorse's wrath down upon both Kendon and themselves.

To that extent, I registered the .org, .net, .info, .biz and .us too, just in case. Can't get the chinese .com.cn one or the Taiwanese .tw but I think I have all the major players covered.

Some days it just doesn't pay to read your email. Now I need to do that with 3 other domains. Whee!!

Have a nice week,

Kellan

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Quick Update For You ...

If your curious how my fellow Californians voted, here's the link to map of how the vote went.

Proposition 8 

Aslaug, thanks for the kind words. As I grow older, my horizons seem to be getting broader. It may have something to do with having some very wonderful friends that help me to open my eyes. That includes you, Aslaug.

My daughter told me her core beliefs over this situation (prop. 8) and they were as follows: (her words, not mine)

"I hate it when a bunch of religious f**ktards screw things up for the rest of us. They need someone to walk up to them and slap the living sh*t out of them and tell them to get a life! This is not the dark ages! Why can a man and a woman that hate each other vehemently get married and nobody gives a sh*t but let two men or two women that love one another deeply try to get married and they get barred from doing so!"

*starts getting up on soapbox*

You can probably tell she feels strongly about this matter. So do I. What really p*ssed us both off was this issue the naysayers were using, stating that marriage is taught in schools and therefore gay marriage will be taught in school. Between my daughter asking her online friends and the fact that myself and a number of my family work for our local school district, this is total BS that gay marriage will be taught. It sounded pretty convincing on television, though. Gah, I hate politics ...

*climbs off soapbox*

(edit)

See my comments for clarification, if it really will clarify it. Here's what I commented:

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I guess I should clarify this because I agree with Aslaug wholly in this matter.

What was said was marriage is taught in 95% of the schools so gay marriage will be taught. That's what pulled all the votes to get Prop 8 passed.

What we were mad about is the fact that as far as we could research and determine, marriage was not taught at all in school. Another lie to get what they wanted, Prop 8 passing because of lies as far as mydaughter was concerned.

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I'll still say it again- I don't have a problem with it and I will agree that if gay marrigae were discussed with our young children, maybe prejudice would not prevail. I still see nothing wrong with it.It's not my cup of tea but hey, that's just my opinion. I say if they love one another, let them marry!

Hey California, are you listening?

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Kel

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Saturday's Blog, the last one for May 2008

Just a (not so short) blog from the Old Warhorse himself ...

I had intended for some time to send a present to an on-line friend overseas. I didn't think it was such a big issue to do such a thing until I went to the post office to send it. What I was confronted with once I arrived was just beyond belief to the Old Warhorse.

  1. I went in search of the appropriate forms and a Priority Mail mailer of some sort that might hold the object in question. What I discovered was something that shouldn't have been: a huge mess and no forms or mailers.
  2. I went to the front counter to ask for the desired items only to be told by the lady behind the counter in poor, broken English that the items I desired were somewhere in that mess I had just rummaged through. BTW, I straightened the mess out to some degree just to make it easier to see where I had searched.
  3. After three or more requests that included the information that there were no forms or mailers in that mess only to be told to search for them again, I asked for the manager. It was apparent that the manager had consumed a bowl of stupid that morning for breakfast, telling me I needed to go to the pile of stuff on the shelf and look again. I left the post office in disgust, thinking I will never try that again.
  4. I went across town to the UPS store, walking in with the item in question. I was told Yes, they could sent this item to Denmark for me. They were very helpful in helping me to find the right size mailer to put the item into and weigh it for me. I was at that point informed that it would take $130 USD (one hundred and thirty!) to send said item!
  5. After they propped me up against the counter and heavily administered smelling salts to revive me, I was shown other less-expensive ways to send said item. After a still substantial amount of $$$USD was exchanged, the item was sent on its way to its destination in the town of Nibe ... via the US Postal Service ... 8-(

OK, so I finally got the item in question off in the mail with a promise from them that it would make it there at some point in time. At least I feel vindicated in a way, the item did get mailed as I had promised.

So anyway, the Old Warhorse has been at home this week, having thrown my back out Tuesday. My back is very sore and tender to the touch at the zone of L4 in the lower back, making it hard to even sit down in my easy chair. I've been taking pain pills (Vicodin) so as a result my mind has been dulled slightly. Consequently, I haven't been very productive as far as the current Immortal Warriors story is concerned. I did post Chapter 3  for your reading pleasure but I'm still working on chapter 5. I hope to become more productive in a few days once my dependence on pills lessens.

At any rate, that's where things stand at the moment.

SC, you're still in my thoughts and prayers. Drop me a line or two if and only if you have time to do so. If you're too busy, I understand fully.

Aslaug, keep your eyes peeled for a care package. 8-D

Bye for now,

Kellan

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Strange Things

OK, so many of you know I'm riding my bicycle to work several days a week now. It's good for my cardio system and it saves several gallons of gasoline a day.

This morning (Tuesday morning) I was on my way to work when I came to an intersection at the same time as a mini-van driven by a very distracted mom. We had eye contact (I'm sure) as I waited for her to go. I was at the point where I was (not so successfully) trying to balance and wait on her. I finally gave up and just as I started to go, she went. Just like that. Unbelievable.

Some of you know I work in a school district as a technician, fire alarms being one of my specialties. I had a problem with a heat detector and it's monitoring module. I found the detector but no module underneath it in the electrical box it was mounted to. After a several hour search, I found it under a strobe on the wall! Unlabeled, too! Oh Well ...

Picture below

module

Take care!

Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:40 AM
Edited on: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 12:44 AM
Categories: General Blogging, Ranting, Sheer Stoopidity

Friday, April 18, 2008

Freeware

Do you use freeware?

I have some architectural drawings that I have to work with to perform my job. As such, sometimes I need to print them out, modify them, etc. Because these documents exist only in PDF format, I have to use an imaging program that understands them.

This is where GIMP comes in. GIMP (Graphic Image Manipulation Program) lets me do what I need to these files. I was installing this program on my laptop at work when Mr. Not-So-Savvy asks if I'm modifying(!) a co-worker's laptop! What an idiot! The desktop should have said it all-it had my name prominently displayed on it!

Some people just don't have a clue, I guess ...

GIMP  and Ghostscript (needed to open PDF files)

(A thoroughly disgusted) Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:29 AM
Categories: Ranting, Sheer Stoopidity, Work

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Bulletin Boards are NOT all the same ...

So ... I was trying to get my Phorum software to configure and the site was getting slower and slower. I plowed ahead, trying my best to configure the site for my family's eventual use. I was trying to get the avatar function to work when I noticed that I had too many registered users. Like thousands too many!

I deleted a bunch only to have more show up. I noted that my logs showed somebody trying to re-run setup, trying to take over the board. Not good at all. My only line of defense was to take it down, physically. Yeah, I deleted it.

It was a tragic end to my BB, teaching me a lesson. A hard one. You must have "Captcha's" on your site to stop bots.

Anyway, I have a new BB up, powered by PHPBB. I have been working with it to make sure it's bulletproof and stable. To that end, I am running a mirror version of it on xampplite on a sandbox machine. It has already shown that one styles set breaks the code, stopping you from posting. Once I have it dialed in, I will put a similar one up here at My Site to discuss things related to my writings.

The BB is here: RayStankewitzDotCom

Check it out and tell me what you think.

(A tired) Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:33 AM
Edited on: Thursday, April 03, 2008 12:38 AM
Categories: Computing, Sheer Stoopidity

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Just a little Oops...?!?

OK, so here goes ....

Thingamablog says to put in your top domain in the setup box provided. In my case it's http://www.kellanmeigh.com OK, so don't ask me why I added a subdirectory called blog. That just freaked out the system to the point that nothing worked right except this main page. No archives, no catagories, no nothing.

Why did I do this, you ask. I really can't answer that question. Since my muse went on vacation, I have not been thinking clearly at all. This was just another in a long line of HTML errors that I have made recently.

On a brighter note, I have put a warning Panda on my front page letting all know that my website's NC-17 rated for various reasons. Like it really stops all those little perverts from reading my works.

Blog at ya later, then.

Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 6:08 PM
Edited on: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 6:12 PM
Categories: Sheer Stoopidity