Saturday, April 30, 2011

Song of the Day: Pink - Fuckin' Perfect

"Pink (P!nk) - Fuckin' Perfect (Music Video) HQ [2011 *NEW*]"

And the explicit version. Which, in my opinion, is WAY better. It just expresses the raw emotions of the song a lot better.
"P!nk - F**kin' Perfect"

Friday, April 29, 2011

Sneak peak inside a Google data center?

Google just released a video showing some aspects of their data centers. The goal of this video is to let people know that if you use Google Apps your data is safe and secure. From the Security page on the Google Apps site:

"Security First - Dedicated to keeping your data safe, secure and private"

Here is the video on YouTube:
"Security and Data Protection in a Google Data Center"

I can't comment on this video, but I will say that I sure like that motorcycle that is shown at 5:15 of the video!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rest in peace, Grandpa

I was very sad to hear yesterday that my grandfather, Eugene "Pat" (born on St. Patrick's Day) Weeden, had passed away at the age of 93.

He was a wonderful grandfather to me. As I got older it was fun to talk politics with him. He was very active politically. He was always writing going to county board meetings and writing letters to the editor to stir things up.

He had a number of jobs in his life. The one I remember him talking about most was when worked on toilets for the Kohler Company. He would explain how a siphon worked and how he had to be called back to the plant from retirement to get the toilets to flush properly when they changed to low flush toilets.

He was an extremely skilled craftsman. He built homes and he remodeled homes. He also built small models from scratch, particularly of ships. On one occasion he was invited to the commissioning of the U.S.S. Boone, where he presented the captain of the ship with a model of the ship. Very cool.

From the Sheboygan Press, Obituaries section:
"Eugene O. 'Pat' Weeden"

Rest in peace, grandpa.

P.S. I later learned that The Sheboygan Press ran a nice article about my grandfather.
"Pat Weeden, 93, fought for 'little guy'" by Bob Petrie

Links sometimes go stale over time, of course. Normally that doesn't bother me. But I think you'll understand if I post the full text of this article here.
Pat Weeden packed a lot into his feisty 93 years of life, a life he called "well-lived."
Weeden spent the end of World War II in the Navy; ran a TV repair shop in the early days of the medium, worked many years at Kohler Co., did electrical work, built several duplexes which he rented out, and spent four terms as a Sheboygan County supervisor, during which he fought against the closure of the old Comprehensive Health Care Center nearly a decade ago.
Above all, though, family members say Weeden — who died Wednesday of natural causes — always looked out for the "little guy."
"If he thought somebody was being taken advantage of, because they didn't have a position of power and authority, he would go to bat for them," said Jon Weeden, 61, Pat's son and a retired executive director of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
Pat Weeden's biggest fight was one he lost; as a county supervisor he tried to keep the board from closing Comprehensive, in the Town of Lima, where his son, Jimmy, was a resident and Pat was a regular volunteer, helping the residents learn woodworking.
Comprehensive, considered by officials as an outdated and out-of-code facility, was shut down in 2002 and the operation was merged into a new $10 million expansion at the county's Rocky Knoll Health Care Center near Plymouth. Then, after Weeden left the county board, he opposed the county's effort to sell the Sunny Ridge Nursing Home to a private operator. He fell short again, as Sunny Ridge was sold in 2007.
"He never was going to win, but he was not going to give up either," Jon Weeden said about his father's quixotic effort for the health care centers.
John Van Der Male, a county supervisor and a retired administrator at Comprehensive, said Weeden had a passion for the developmentally disabled.
"He was so dedicated to the facility and he had a compassion for the mentally ill," said Van Der Male, a longtime friend of Weeden, who continued to meet with him often for coffee over the years.
Weeden's volunteer work began after his retirement from research and development at Kohler Co. in his late 50s, to spend more time at Comprehensive with Jimmy, who was living with Down syndrome. One day, Weeden saw an old woodworking shop sitting unused in the basement at Comprehensive, and got management to let him teach the residents the basics of the craft — painting, gluing and sanding.
"He had this talent and he wanted to share his talents with the residents," Van Der Male said. The residents sold the wood pieces they made, and kept the money for themselves.
Weeden ruffled the feathers of fellow supervisors and officials on the health care centers issue, but those he battled understood and respected his drive and advocacy for the residents.
"I always felt he had the best interests of the residents we care for at heart," County Administrator Adam Payne said Thursday, adding that Weeden's opposition to closing Comprehensive "ultimately led to an even better thought-out plan for Rocky Knoll."
Eugene O. "Pat" Weeden was born in Sheboygan on St. Patrick's Day in 1918, which led to his getting the nickname "Pat" as a youngster. He grew up in Kohler, graduated from Kohler High School, and spent a short time in the Navy at the end of World War II.
In the early 1950s, Weeden operated a TV repair service in Kohler, with an electronics shop in the family's basement.
"There was a window that you could look into his workshop, and all these (TV) tubes were glowing because he was checking to see if they were OK," said son Joel Weeden, 60, who lives in Sacramento, Calif.
In 1994, at the age of 76, after some urging from a local taxpayers' organization, Pat Weeden ran for and won the Kohler seat on the county board.
"He was across the board on so many issues, not just the health care facilities," Joel Weeden said. "He thought that retirement benefits for public employees were maybe excessive."
Though Pat was defeated in 2002, Jon Weeden said his father wasn't terribly upset.
"He thought it would be more fun to be off the county board and irritating everybody," Jon said, laughing.
Pat Weeden continued to drive a car and live in the Kohler house where the kids all grew up until a year ago, when Jon said his dad began to suffer from the effects of dementia. The family moved him into assisted care at Libby's House in Plymouth, and in recent weeks, Weeden was receiving care from the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
Jon Weeden said Pat told the family that he wanted a short, simple newspaper obituary, which reads that his father died, "at the end of a life well-lived."
"He wanted his obituary to be like the guy down the street."
And the comments after the article.

8:14 AM on April 29, 2011
A good man who fought the good fight and stooped to help those who had fallen behind. I didn't agree with all of his concepts and ideas, but you could not question his integrity or determination. R. I. P.
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10:06 AM on April 29, 2011
A fond farewell to a man who fought the good fight with civility and passion, something a lot of people could learn from today.. Mr. Weeden you will be missed and may your legacy live on.
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2:20 PM on April 29, 2011
He was a wonderful sweet man. He will be missed.

P.S. I later learned that the Sheboygan County Board later passed a resolution honoring my grandfather. Here are the pertinent documents:

Classic Dilbert

Here's some classic Dilbert. For some reason I'm focusing on Wally today.

First a video, describing engineers' love of donuts:
"Dilbert: Job Interview and Donut Downsizing Video"
"The first two were great. The third was papery."

And a classic cartoon. I need to do this, just to regain some sanity:

Speaking of having things figured out, turtles have it figured out. From XKCD:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Ride!

On Easter I took the opportunity to take a little motorcycle ride. Very relaxing and very much needed. Here's the route:,-83.995972&spn=1.563745,3.532104&z=8

The mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina are simply beautiful. Just an amazing place to ride. I can't tell you how lucky I am to live within easy riding distance of such a beautiful area.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What happened to the global warming refugees?

I haven't had much time to post lately, so here is a great post from a great blog. From the Marquette Warrior (amen) blog:
"Embarrassed UN Panel Backs Away From Blundered Forecast on Global Warming Refugees"

This blog post references a story from Der Spiegel:
"UN Embarrassed by Forecast on Climate Refugees" by Axel Bojanowski,1518,757713,00.html

"Six years ago, the United Nations issued a dramatic warning that the world would have to cope with 50 million climate refugees by 2010. But now that those migration flows have failed to materialize, the UN has distanced itself from the forecasts. On the contrary, populations are growing in the regions that had been identified as environmental danger zones."

"But now the UN is distancing itself from the forecast: "It is not a UNEP prediction," a UNEP spokesman told SPIEGEL ONLINE. The forecast has since been removed from UNEP's website."

"Official statistics show that the population in areas threatened by global warming is actually rising. The expected environmental disasters have yet to materialize."

On one hand, this is amazing that they got their predictions so wrong. But, on the other hand, this is all too predictable. When global warming proponents do put their predictions on paper ... they are wrong.

Back to the Marquette Warrior blog post, the author is spot-on with the following points:

"True believers in anthropogenic global warming will insist that silly forecasts coming from a UN panel don’t really cast doubt on 'the science' of the issue.

"But of course, average citizens, even rather well-informed ones, don’t know the science, they only know the media hype, including media hype coming from the United Nations. Learning to discount this hype is an excellent first step toward sanity on the issue."

Read that last sentence again.

"And unfortunately, the people who 'know the science,' climate scientists, have shown themselves to be badly biased. Not only do they have a vested interest in global warming, they constitute a rather closed community with strong community norms. That’s what Climategate showed."

"The fact that the true believers have acted like an Inquisition, threatening and punishing people who dissent, also does not engender confidence. Don’t people who are confident in their position usually seek to debate and engage, rather than stiffle opposing opinions?"

Fabulous post by John McAdams. Well done.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A relaxing drive?

Looking through some of my old YouTube favorite videos, I found this gem. Fabulous video. Watch his face--priceless! I can't even imagine how much fun he was having. Oh wait, I guess I can! I might have done something similar before!

Ricardo Patrese drives his wife crazy in Honda Civic Type-R