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  • The Black Donnellys

    Posted on May 6th, 2012 Alan No comments

    Best show on TV that got cancelled.  Watch the entire first season on Netflix!

  • Dog For Sale

    Posted on December 6th, 2011 Alan No comments
    A guy is driving around the back woods of  Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: ‘Talking Dog For Sale ‘He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.
    The guy goes into the backyard and sees a  nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.
    ‘You talk?’ he asks.
    ‘Yep,’ the Lab replies.
    After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says ‘So, what’s your story?’
    The Lab looks up and says, ‘Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA.
    In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.’
    ‘I was one of their most valuable spies for eight  years running…
    But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.’
    ‘I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.’
    The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
    ‘Ten dollars,’ the guy says.
    ‘Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?’
    ‘Because he’s a  Bullshitter . He’s never been out of the yard’
  • I don’t always eat breakfast but when I do

    Posted on November 23rd, 2011 Alan No comments

  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Accolades

    Posted on February 11th, 2010 Alan No comments

    Unstoppable: Longest killstreak
    Sharpshooter: Most headshots
    Wingman: Most assists
    Devastation: Highest multikill
    Clutch Player: Match Winning Kill
    The Feared: Most kills
    MVP: Most kills/Fewest deaths
    Overkill: Most kills/Most headshots
    Steamroller: Most kills/Longest killstreak
    The Show: 10 kills/No deaths
    Supernatural: Kill/Death ratio over 10
    Decimator: Killed entire enemy team without dying
    Immortal: Highest kill/death ratio
    Juggernaut: Fewest deaths
    Pathfinder Most UAVs
    Top Gun: Most airstrikes
    Air Ops: Most helicopters
    Flanker: Most kills from behind
    Blindfire: Most bullet penetration kills
    Vengeful: Most paybacks
    Avenger: Most avenger kills
    Rescuer: Most rescues
    Marksman: Most longshots
    Upriser: Most kills of higher rank
    Revenge: Most last stand kills
    Executioner: Most execution kills
    Genocidal: Most multikills
    Rally: Most comebacks
    Lifer: Longest life
    Statuesque: Most stationary kills
    Lights Out: Most tactical insertions prevented
    Shell Shocked: Most explosions survived
    Unbreakable: Most bullets deflected
    Blinder: Most flashbang hits
    Stunner: Most stun grenade kills
    Hot Potato: Most grenades thrown back
    None Spared: Killed entire enemy team
    6th Sense: No deaths from behind
    Switchblade: Most knife kills
    Hard Boiled: Most pistol kills
    Grenadier: Most grenade kills
    Fragger: Most frag grenade kills
    C4 Killer: Most C4 kills
    Semtex Pro: Most semtex kills
    Ambusher: Most claymore kills
    Butcher: Most throwing knife kills
    CQB: Most SMG kills
    AR Specialist: Most assault rifle kills
    Explosivo: Most rocket kills
    Buckshot: Most shotgun kills
    7.62MM: Most LMG kills
    Sniper: Most sniper kills
    Smoking Gun: Most pistol headshots
    SMG Expert: Most SMG headshots
    AR Expert: Most assault rifle headshots
    Boomstick: Most shotgun headshots
    LMG Expert: Most LMG headshots
    Dead Aim: Most sniper headshots
    Survivalist: Most equipment kills
    Magnifier: Most scoped kills
    White Hot: Most thermal kills
    Exterminator: Most thumper kills
    Crowd Control: Most riot shield kills
    Hairtrigger: Most ADS kills (Aiming Down Sights)
    Sprayer: Most hipfire kills
    Alpha Male: Most kills of lower rank
    Loaner: Most kills with enemy weapons
    Nomad: Longest distance traveled
    Runner: Most time spent sprinting
    Sneaker: Most time spent crouched
    Grassy Knoll: Most time spent prone
    Spy Game: Most time watching killcams
    Lock & Load: Most reloads
    Weapon Rack: Most weapon swaps
    Trigger Happy: Most shots fired
    Lockdown: Most time spent in one place
    High Command: Highest average altitude
    Low Profile: Lowest average altitude
    Nearsighted: Most friendlies shot
    Grudge Match: Most kills of same player
    Arsenal: Most weapons used
    Undercover: Most time near enemies
    Evolver: Most classes changed
    Starter: Most killcams skipped
    Participant: No kills/At least 1 death
    Accident prone: Most suicides
    Blindsided: Most deaths from behind
    Clay Pigeon: Most deaths by shotgun
    Terminal: Shortest life
    Deathrow: Longest deathstreak
    Hijacker: Most stolen kills
    AFK: No kills/No deaths
    Protester: Most deaths by riot shield
    Warming Up: Just getting started PLUS the warming up accolade is for getting no other accolades in a private match, so you have to play a full length match in a private match and get no other accolades while doing it.
    Bomb Expert: Most bombs planted
    Defuser: Most bombs defused
    Destroyer: Most targets destroyed
    Bomb Blocker: Most bomb carrier kills
    Bomb Threat: Most kills as a bomb carrier
    Bomb Runner: Most bombs carried
    Dominator: Most points captured
    HQ Capturer: Most HQs captured
    HQ Destroyer: Most HQs destroyed
    Flag Capturer: Most flags captured
    Flag Returner: Most flags returned
    Flag Runner: Most flags carried
    Flag Blocker: Most flag carrier kills
    Double Threat: Most kills as flag carrier

  • Home Videos on your TV

    Posted on January 29th, 2010 Alan No comments

    I posted before my goal of having all my home videos available for viewing on my HDTV in the living room.  The XBOX hasn’t quite delivered.  Lo and behold I recently gave my PS3 another try and it does circles around the XBOX! I can view all my MPEG2 video using the free TVersity Media Server application running on my PC.  I can now get rid of all the lower quality .MP4 files I created for the XBOX.  Maybe the XBOX will one day be updated to allow it to stream the same MPEG2 files; or perhaps it would work today if I knew how to set it up better.  I wonder if the iPad with iTunes running on my PC will be able to stream my video; if it can it will probably be limited to what formats it will stream (QuickTime).

    I ran into the following error message on the PS3 while trying to connect to TVersity:

    Media Server Error: DLNA Protocol Error (501) has occurred.

    This thread lead me to this solution on the TVersity site.

  • Recovering GamerTag on a new XBOX

    Posted on January 20th, 2010 Alan No comments

    We just got back our XBOX that was freezing up. Turns out Microsoft was willing to fix it free of charge because it was a Core system.  This system has already been sent in for the red ring of death.

    This first Core XBOX I bought used, was a huge bundle. It came with a hard drive, wireless adapter, driving wheel, a custom Gears of War metal carrying case, lots of games, controllers, wireless headset, charging units, Memory Unit.

    Microsoft sent a replacement unit which has a new Serial #.  On boot up I had to answer some first-time questions as a brand new system.  I didn’t have any problem with my XBOX live profiles (FrostySlam and  SuperSlam2)  because I keep those on MUs so David and I can play on either one of our two systems.    If  I had kept our XBOX live profiles on the hard drive, it would have been another story.

    Tonight a friend called because he had just gotten back HIS XBox  from the Microsoft repair center, but after connecting his Hard Drive his XBOX Live gamertag was missing.  I suggested he needed to recover the gamertag.  I researched a bit and found out why he had to do this.

    When you download content, the content is registered to the gamertag that downloaded as well as to the XBOX that it was downloaded on.  That means ANYONE can use the content on that XBOX, like extra map-packs to Call of Duty or Arcade games (without having to connect to XBOX Live).  In addition, you can re-download and use that content on any other XBOX as long as you are logged in using the gamertag that downloaded the content.  That works out great for us because an extra purchase can be used by both David and I as long as we download on one XBOX, then take the gamertag to the other and download and  use it there.

    In addition, it seems that the gamertag is also somehow tied to the xbox on which it was purchased.  So simply replacing the hard drive isn’t going to allow the gamertag to be active on that xbox, hence the need to recover a gamertag on a new xbox even though you connect the hard drive that had the gamertag stored on it.

    My friend, having the worst luck, ran into one more problem as he was recovering his gamertag on the new XBOX. He got the message “cannot find a storage device or not enough space to recover game tag”.  He needed to go Settings…Memory…Gamer Profiles and delete his XBox live gamertag (it showed up THERE) because it was apprently corrupt.  That allowed him to recover his gamertag again.

    A few posts on the subject: 1 2 3

  • Blonde Joke #1

    Posted on January 6th, 2010 Alan No comments
    A blonde calls  her boyfriend and says, “Please come over here and help me.. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get started.”
    Her boyfriend asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?”
    The blonde says, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster..”
    Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle.
    She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.
    He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says,
    “First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.”
    He takes her hand and says, “Second, I want you to relax. Let’s have a nice cup of tea,  and then .” he said with a deep sigh, . .. . … . ….

    “Let’s put all the Corn Flakes back in the box..”

  • KLUX for Elevator Music

    Posted on September 15th, 2009 Alan No comments

    I don’t expect to get many takers on this but even though this will place an old fogie label on me, I’m secure enough in my music tastes to write that there is a time and place for even Elevator Music (besides the elevator).  Sometimes I just get tired of other genres.  Playing music at work, it’s easy to overplay the same tunes.  I actually discovered this station when we were staying at a Condo in Port Aransas.  The calming tunes just seemed to fit our laid back vacation and we kept it on this station most of the trip.  The KLUX website is here which contains several streaming links.

    This is a Catholic station so you will get religious service announcements. You’ve been warned.

    There may be other similar stations but I don’t know any, feel free to recommend others that would be worthy replacements.

    Update: Someone pointed out that those are an unfortunate set of call letters. True enough but I discovered things could be worse.

  • Watching movies in Windows Media Center

    Posted on July 22nd, 2009 Alan No comments

    I’ve transferred some of my movies to an external hard drive to make it more convenient to browse, select and watch a movie.   Windows Media Center makes it easy to select and play movies stored on disk.  First you will need to enable My DVDs by editing a registry setting.  Details are found in this post. It will instruct you to edit the following key:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\DvdSettings].

    and change  “ShowGallery”=”Play” to “ShowGallery”=”Gallery”

    You will next want to select folders to monitor for movies.  It turns out that the settings for My Videos are used to locate DVDs on disk as well.    Navigate to the My Videos Screen, then hit <Ctrl><D> or right click or hit the Info button on the Windows Media remote.  Select Add Videos from the popup menu.   You will be able to add or remove folders.

    WMC doesn’t show you artwork for your movies so you will have to manually provide an image to use in the main My DVDs screen.  I get all my artwork from CD Covers.  You will need to name the image folder.jpg and place it in the folder where your ripped movie is stored (the folder CONTAINING the VIDEO_TS folder).  Not the easiest process to go through but once you’ve done it you have a nice free  catalog for your movies.

  • Post Secret

    Posted on April 30th, 2009 Alan No comments

    Not kid friendly but fairly entertaining. This blog publishes postcards received of people revealing their innermost secrets.