Thursday, October 20, 2011

Google Maps fun

Pointed out bye the local Perry Hall Patch site.

Pretty interesting Google Maps picture. A plane parked out back the local Elementary school.

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Always some fun stuff.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Raven's Games Sunday Night

I love going to the NFL games. They are still an event that I look forward to early in the week. I have have 6 friends who can stand each other long enough to hang out for 6 or so hours. We used to have 8 but 2 abandoned us.

The Ravens played the Jets Sunday night, and we were warned of the extended pat downs at the gate. We got emails saying to come in early. We actually thought we were doing the safe thing and left to go in 1 hour before game time. We waited in line for 45 minutes to get into the game missing the most of the introductions.

This increased security does not make sense. Who do they think they are protecting us from? God forbid someone with a gun or a bomb would have attacked the 5000 people standing in line trying to get into the game. It was ridiculous.

I don't see how it makes me safe. I would gladly get shocked with a stun gun in the game, if it meant I didn't have to wait for that line. Thanks to the dumbass at the Jets game week one.

It was a great night other wise. The Raven's played well, almost exclusively on defense, and everyone had a great time.

Hopefully they can do something for the future.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

HP I hate you

I have bought HP products for most of my life. Sadly I am done. The last printer I bought just does not work. It is called a HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One Printer. The drivers flat out do not work on 64bit operating systems. I have uninstalled and reinstalled them maybe 1000 times, both on vista 64bit and Win 7 64bit. They are there one time then you reboot and they are gone. You can't scan with this thing either. It just does not work. I have spent limitless hours trying to get this thing to work. I really want to take a bat to this thing.

Next I bought a refurbished HP laptop for 500 bucks. It is a nice laptop. About 2 months after the limited warranty went up it started blinking error messages on the keyboard. Very strange. They said it will be 450 to get the whole motherboard replaced. They are so stupid. If you sold the laptop for 600 that part is no longer worth 450.

Every time I contacted them they were no help. It is so frustrating. I am done with them. Any suggestions for a new printer?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Super 8

My wife and I were really looking forward to seeing this movie. We got to the theater 30 minutes early on opening day. There were 4 other people in the theater. By start time the movie filled up a bit but nowhere near full. This is more of a statement on movies in general and not Super 8.

The movie was produce by Amblin which brought us movies like E.T. and Goonies so I was expecting a movie that fell in that genre. It was for the first two thirds of the movie. The last third is not for young children.

It started with a way over the top train wreck which was interesting. Then the movie continued with a Goonies vibe. All the actors that played the kids were great. In fact, all the actors in the movie were great. I have alwasys liked Kyle Chandler starting way back when he was on the tv show Homefront.

The story was my issue in this case. The film was really well done. The beginning in the Goonies part of the movie was a great set up. The problem was it turned into more of a Cloverfield. It got too violent to stay in the Goonies genre. It felt like 2 different movies and it was a very abrupt ending. The monster felt like a cast off of Cloverfield too.

Overall I give it 3 out of 5 scooby snacks. It wasn't horrible, everyone should see it and you wont be upset you saw it.

Monday, March 28, 2011

MD Budget

The MD state government is raising taxes and fees all over the place this year. Why? They raised the budget 11.6%. I don't understand how they get away with it. As MD residents we need to vote these people out. I sent an email to my 4 congressmen asking them not to vote to raise any taxes. I got some very nice responses from the 3 delegates that represent me (Bromwell, Cluster and Bromwell) explaining their position. I was happy they took the time to reply to me.

My senator Katherine Klausmeier did what I have come to expect from politicians. This is her answer:

"I do the best job I can for the residents of District 8."

Why couldn't she take some time to answer my question? I hate when they talk to you in this matter. Shut up and take it. I know best and you are just my minion. Our state congress raised the budget 11.6% this year. How can they justify that in this economy? The answer is they can't. This needs to stop at some point. How many people in the state's wages went up 11.6%, very few. What justifies it?

I don't get it. Nobody is questioning them. Can't expect The Sun paper to say anything.

How about spending less? What a novel idea.

Friday, March 25, 2011


Went to see Paul last weekend and it was a pleasant surprise. We go to the movies quite often and there were not a lot of choices this weekend. There were a lot of movies out that I would watch as a rental but going to see in the theater is a stretch. On a side note I love the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost movies. If you are someone that loves SciFi it is an excellent homage to the genre. There are so many easter eggs in this movie I will probably have to buy it when it comes out on DVD. It has a high re-watch value because of this.

I am not much of a Kristin Wigg fan but she is actually likable in this movie. That was a nice surprise, maybe she just needs to get away from doing all the SNL movies.

If you liked "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" you will like this movie. My wife and I agreed this one is not quite as good as Shaun but much better the Fuzz So that is something.

I would give it 3 out of 4 stars.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Libya, Why?

Does anyone understand why we are in Libya? Does anyone understand why we are bombing target when this started as a no-fly zone?

I don't understand it. We are getting involved in a civil war. That never a good idea. So far the president has not kept his word on anything. Gitmo is not closed, he has not gotten us out of any wars, he has increase taxes, and he started a third. We need to bring our soldiers home. We can't continue to pay for these wars for political gain. Americans are dying on the front lines. The politicians say they sacrificed their lives to save lives that could have been lost. That does not sit well with me actual lives are being lost not "what if" lives.

These sort of actions need to end. I don't get it.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

MD Government

Our State government is so spineless. They keep kicking the problem down the road. O'Malley is the worst governor to have in a time when we have no money. So O'Malley can say he didn't raise taxes he raised fees to increased fees 67 million. It is so frustrating. How about spend less! How about actually cutting the budget. In a country where some governors are leading the way by standing up to unions and spending ours is continuing to spend and beg for money from the federal government. How about cut some programs and or some government workers jobs. We can't keep paying for this. I wish I was in a position to move out of the state, unfortunately I am not.

NFL vs. The Players 2011

I am a season ticket holder for the Baltimore Ravens. I am so sick of hearing about the labor problems the NFL players are having. I am sick of the players telling me what I should think about their plight. It ain't that bad. There are too many people without jobs nowadays to care about a NFL player not making 10 million a year. Stop telling me how I should think. The government has no business being involved in this. The problem is big labor has bought and paid for the Democrats so they are going to rule for the Players. That is what they are betting on.

My tickets went up 50% in 5 years. I am not on the owners side either. The fact that we have to pay full price for 2 pre-season games that are absolutely horrible will never put me on their side. I don't agree with the 18 game season either, they should stop saying it is for the fans. It is for them, the owners only, nobody else. They get to keep getting paid for 10 home games a year and fans only have to pay for 1 pre-season game. How about you cut the pre season games to half price or go back to not making us have to pay for them. Then there is the issue of PSL's. They are the biggest lie ever. The owners want new stadiums so they can make more money. They do it on the backs of the fans and tax payers. That is not right, but we continue to put up with it.

I can't root for either side. I know nobody will probably read this but just needed to speak my mind. The problem is I will keep paying for my tickets and keep supporting the problem. Until the league loses popularity nothing will change. We the fans as a whole have more power then we think we do. We need to stop showing up to the games. They are ridiculously expensive anyway.