Shivering on the 49th Parallel
Tuesday, November 30, 2004

...well it's fucking justified!

I JUST got a phone call from Tropical Shipping again a few mins ago. They called to inform me that my 1995 Jeep Wrangler was involved in a motor vehicle accident while being loaded aboard the ship! Did I want them to send it anyway and I'll deal with the claim down here, or did I want to have an estimate made up there in Port Everglades and have it fixed up there?

I emailed back (after looking at the pictures of the damage, it got rear-ended) to send the damn car down here and I'll claim it as damaged when it gets here. It cant be more then a day or so's work at a repair shop, but if I get it done there, then I'll miss at least one more sailing and push the delivery date back at least another two weeks.

I'll be SO happy to celebrate New Years Eve this year, if ONLY so that I can KISS GOODBYE 2004, because it's been nothing but a big pain in my arse!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2004 10:59:43 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [1] | Cayman | Jeep | Rants#
My jeep was supposed to be here by now. I called Thompson Shipping yesterday to inquire about it, and they didn't have any record of me ever having delivered a car to the port. Here's a timeline of yesterday's events
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 6:50:20 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [2] | Cayman | Jeep | Rants#
A best friend will always be there to bail you out of jail. A wingman however will be sitting next to you saying "What a hell of a ride!"
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 5:37:14 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Links#
Friday, November 26, 2004
Holy Crap! Mega traffic to the site since September 1st!
Friday, November 26, 2004 5:49:14 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [2] | WWW#
This is a very long post about the day after the storm, Monday September 13, 2004. I wrote it up from notes I kept in a notebook I had with me. It's a very long post. Bear in mind that I wrote it strictly from notes and refrained from inserting little notes like "we later learned that this was bullshit" and instead at the very bottom are some observations based on knowledge I have now, as opposed to that day.
Friday, November 26, 2004 5:27:02 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [1] | Hurricane#
Thursday, November 25, 2004

Good thing about a turkey dinner for lunch at work: A turkey dinner at lunchtime at work!

Bad thing about a turkey dinner for lunch at work: Nowhere to crash when the tryptophan kicks in.

This is going to be a long afternoon.. (until dinner, when I WILL have somewhere to crash after turkey dinner at The Ranch)

Thursday, November 25, 2004 10:42:27 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | #
Walk without rhythm, you won't attract the worm!
Thursday, November 25, 2004 6:20:06 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman | Links | Rants#
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Estimates on the number of cars damaged/destroyed/written off due to Hurricane Ivan run anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000. Why is it that with that many cars off the road is there still so much traffic in the morning?
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 8:45:37 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman | Jeep | Rants#
Saturday, November 20, 2004

I've been messing around for awhile trying to make my 1gb USB flash drive bootable. I found some instructions here and there, and I couldn;t get any of them to work very well. Too much jacking around making a disk image and then copying it and yadda yadda yadda.

I was Googling today for it because I need to go take a look at Renee's laptop tonight. The poor girl is still without power, running a fan and a few other necesseties off a generator (it's been like 12 weeks now since the storm!) and went and got a GPRS/EDGE wireless card for her laptop. Those things are $229CI and then $50 bucks a month for 40mb of traffic, and then you get charged per kb after that! Add to it the fact that GPRS top speed is 115kbps and you get a slow, expensive connection to the net.

To make matters worse, she jumped off a dock onto her boat and nearly broke her ankle. While she didnt actually BREAK it, she did enough damage that she's in a cast. Someone told me that it was exactly one year to the day that the same boat “bit” her and broke her hand. Sounds like two good reasons to sell the boat, to me.

Before I went over there, I sat down to finally put together my “portable toolkit” on my USB flash drive. Things I might need to fix a computer, especially one that can't get online. Spybot S&D and the latest signatures, F-PROT antivirus for DOS and it's latest signature files, Belarc Advisor, KILLDISK, GetDataBack, those sorts of things.

As I was searching around today, I came upon a message board post for a utility for making a bootable USB flash drive. From Hewlett Packard no less. I've attached it to the bottom of the post if you want to use it. One thing to keep in mind is that it's a FORMAT tool, so whatever is on your flash drive WILL BE ERASED when  you format it! I copied everything off of it first, just in case. :)


SP27213.exe (1.98 MB)
Saturday, November 20, 2004 2:19:45 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Links | WWW#
Thursday, November 18, 2004

I read today on BoingBoing about a band called the Kleptones. They've gone and remixed Queen's A Night At The Opera with hip-hop. The result? Pretty friggin cool. 23 tracks, with various rappers (so far I've recognized ODB ,Biz Markie and Eminem rapping over Bicycle Race!) and also mixed in soundclips as filler between the tracks. It's one hour and 20 minutes long.

BoingBoing linked the story from who have been slapped with a cease and desist letter and threat of lawsuit from Disney of all places, because Disney owns Hollywood Records, who own the rights to Queen's catalog) He points out that he isnt even hosting the files, just links to other servers, but he still got slapped with the order.

If you like it, apparently there's something else along the same vein called The Gray Album by DJ Dangermouse, who's remixed The Beatles White Album with Jay-Zs Black album. I haven't heard that one yet, though.

There's a great comment on the post by Matt: “If no one makes any money on something, the record label considers it a loss” bunch of arse.

If you know what a torrent is, click the link below to get your hands on it before it disapears forever because of the RIAA. If you don't know what a torrent file is, DON'T click it, and DON'T ask me to explain it to you, that's what Google is for. :-)

The.Kleptones.-.A.Night.At.The.Hip-Hopera[1].torrent (39.67 KB)
Thursday, November 18, 2004 3:24:08 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Links | Rants#
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
A rather long rant/story/diatribe. No links, even though they'd be beneficial in places because Im just too tired to make them all. Maybe I'll go back and edit this tomorrow or something, but don't get your hopes up :-)
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 4:20:17 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [1] | Cayman#
Thursday, November 11, 2004

I got HALO 2 tonight, Joanne was in Miami and picked me up a copy of it. I read over the little instruction booklet while the roomies were finishing up a movie, and then when they were done, I went and plugged in the Xbox and fired up HALO 2.

That was many hours ago.

Only by sheer willpower did I force myself to put the controller down and step away from the Xbox. Seriously, it's such a cool game. Thankfully the controls are the same as the first one, so I could slip right back into it. I played about 3.5 hours tonight, I think I made it to the 3rd “level” or so, Im not really sure yet. I got as far as the part with the warthog and the tunnels leading to the bridge. Im glad now that George & I spent so much time screwing around with the Warthogs that I was able to tuuune my driving skills and get through the level relatively unscathed.

Now, however, it's sleepy-time. I don't wanna get into work tomorrow all red-eyed and lack-of-sleep zombie-lookin. :-)

This weekend I'll get some of the boys over for some Slayer deathmatch. Maybe throw some things on the grill, fill up the cooler with beer & ice and WREAK HAVOC ON THEM. OH YEAH!

Thursday, November 11, 2004 9:08:30 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Gaming | Microsoft#

I was informed today as I was leaving work (with a splitting headache) that my work permit has been approved by the Immigration Board. Woohoo! Now I don't have to worry about a renewal like I did 3 months ago for another TWO YEARS. The only crappy part is I have to go down to Immigration one more time and stand in line with the plebs for an hour or two with the notice and get my passport stamped.

Vehicle-front looks good, too. Found a Jeep Rio Grande in Miami and had it all checked out and it's looking good. Found out today what I need to do as far as paperwork to get it put on a ship and sent down here, too. More on that tomorrow.

Thursday, November 11, 2004 3:26:15 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman#
Tuesday, November 9, 2004

According to PC Magazine, over 60% of xbox owners have purchased HALO since it was released in 2001. I can't speak for other people, but two years ago when I went home for my 30th Birthday, I went to a BBQ and someone brought over an Xbox and plugged it in to a Sony 70” projection TV and we played 4-player Slayer mode deathmatch.

Needless to say, I got my ass handed to me that night, but as I was driving home I said “oh man... I am SO getting an xbox...” the next day I went to EB in Brentwood Mall and got an XBOX, extra controller, HALO,Splinter Cell and Project Gotham Racing. Since then the # of games I have has swelled to about 10 or so, but I was always waiting for HALO 2 to come out.

I think it's first projected date was supposed to be last March or so and Todd was going to bring it down for me. Then it was delayed, and delayed again, and delayed again. I was starting to think that HALO 2 was turning into “the next Duke Nukem sequel” that's been years and years in development and is turning into vaporware.

Joanne is up in Miami at the mo, and if she finds a copy she's going to grab it for me! w00t!

The icing on the cake is not just that we have power back, and a/c back, but we re-installed the home theatre 5.1 speakers, the dvd player, my bigscreen TV, the prismiq media hub and the wireless network. Woohoo! HALO2 deathmatch party at Oceanside this weekend!

Tuesday, November 9, 2004 1:05:40 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [1] | Cayman | Gaming | Microsoft#
Friday, November 5, 2004

OK, now this is the funniest thing I've seen since that tragedy of an election earlier this week:

Marry An American

It might take a try or two to get through, as the site is getting HAMMERED with visitors and seem to be exceeding their capabilities. As satirical as it is, if you go to the View Pledges page, there are hundreds of pledges already, and don't forget to check out the Aboot page! Har Har Har!

On a side note, I'm available again now. :-)

Friday, November 5, 2004 3:45:45 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [2] | Links#
Wednesday, November 3, 2004

This was posted on the Seaview Hotel & Dive Resort website today:

News---Wednesday November 3, 2004

As of 11/3/04 the computers at the hotel are up and running.  Email will be up shortly.
We are now able to process refunds for prepaid reservations and expect all refunds to be completed by the 15th of November. Qualified refunds will be made by credit card or bank check from the Seaview.

Ron Kipp announced today that he has been advised the hotel property has been sold. Ron indicated that he was unaware of future plans for the property but stated that the current management team will not be involved in future operations.

The Staff, Alisha, Ron, Paul, Christina, Barbara, Everton, and M.J. thank all past guests and wish them great diving in the future.

Ron Kipp


What the hell is that all about? Stay tuned, faithful readers! I'll see what else I can dig up!

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 5:57:03 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman#
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 8:10:31 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Links#
Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Due to popular demand, Im posting links BACK to the stuff I wrote right after the storm. if you've already read them you can skip this.
Tuesday, November 2, 2004 1:24:21 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Hurricane | Links#

OK. Time for the Canadian to tell all the Americans something:

I've been reading a lot of things about the election lately, and how everyone is saying that voting is a right, and you should get out and do it.

I disagree. Voting is not a RIGHT. Voting is a RESPONSIBILITY. So go get out there, beg borrow steal or hitch a ride, stand in line for hours if you have to, but just do it. It's your duty.

...And don't vote for Bush. :-)

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 8:40:11 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [4] | Rants#

Y'know that song by Filter (the guys who did “Hey man, nice shot”) called Take a Picture? It vividly recalls a memory for me everytime I see it. When it was big on the radio about four or five years ago, I had just bought Betty (my '87 poweder blue with pink racing stripes Suzuki Samurai) and I was driving around to Rum Point, just because I could. I think I was somewhere past Bodden Town, and that song came on. I had the top off the jeep, and the sun was coming through the palm fronds dappling Betty & I with sparkly light, kind of like the reflections off a swimming pool.

Whenever I hear the beginning of that song, it instantly takes me back to that spot, that day, that everything and reminds me of all the good reasons I've lived here so long. Once in awhile, when I feel the need to be reminded of those things, that song just happens to come up either on the radio or on my MP3 player. It's kinda spooky that way.

Last night Z99 played that song around 6pm. It was almost dusk, and the sky was all reds and pinks from the sunset and I was driving home from Hurley's. As the guitars strummed and the drums kicked in, I had the image in my mind of driving down the Queen's Highway with the sun coming through the palm trees and through the open top of my jeep.

Pimp My Ride!

The only difference between then and now was the hoopty. I had to laugh a little, in comparing Betty with the car I'm borrowing at the moment. No sunroof. The driver's side window doesnt roll down, the a/c doesnt work, it almost overheats if I try to drive it during the day, and it has a few other little quirks and idiosyncracies. I'm sure that if I lived closer to Southern California, then this car would be a good candidate for Pimp My Ride.

Makes you wish for the days when car commercials were simpler. Like this one. 88dodgesaires.asf (1.17 MB)

Still, it's better than walking. I hitched a ride to Aqua Beach last night and I walked from Oceanside to almost 4-way Stop before someone picked me up, and he was only going as far as Public Beach. I walked from there (in the pitch black, which may have been part of the reason why no one would pick me up) to about The Westin before someone else picked me up and dropped me in front of Pizza Hut on Seven Mile Beach.

I got to the bar before last call and caught up with my friends. Paulie was there, I haven't seen him since the storm, John flew back in yesterday, Zac & Steph were there, Matty was there, J was there, and another guy I guess they work with were all sitting at a table. Little Bucket and her crew were there, too. Sue, my neighbour runs around with Little Bucket! what a small island! Uncle Daddy was around, too, following the girls around, tryin to hug n kiss on them and sweatin all over them. Ugh.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 6:00:08 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [1] | Cayman#
Monday, November 1, 2004
Uncle Daddy grew up idolizing guys like Fonzie and Vinnie Barbarino because they got lots of chicks. You know what happened to Fonzie & Vinnie Barbarino?
Monday, November 1, 2004 7:59:22 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman#
Cruise ships returned to Grand Cayman today. (pic)
Monday, November 1, 2004 7:22:33 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman#
HazMat Jenny dressed me up in a toga and took me to Aqua Beach for their Halloween Trailer Trash Bash, and it sure lived up to it's theme... (pics)
Monday, November 1, 2004 6:49:01 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman#
OK so I was a day late... I still did my part (pic)
Monday, November 1, 2004 6:21:59 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman | Underwater#
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