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Well, one of the biggest headaches I had to deal with when I got back to the US was the failure of my Sony Vaio. I am the first to admit that it wasn’t the top of the line model, but a couple of years ago I paid right around a $1000 for it. It was nice enough for me. It had started acting weird before I left, but I attributed that to a virus or corruption…but no. 

When I couldn’t find a solution, I took it to a computer repair place here in Seattle. So I get a call from the shop. My hard drive was failing. Not an all together out of the ordinary problem I suppose. “How much for repair,” I ask. $79 for a new, better hard drive. $90 an hour for labor with 2-3 hours of labor. “Oh…” I say. And then I proceed to discuss the pros and cons of spending the cash on this particular laptop. In the end, I could go out to BestBuy or the like and buy a faster, newer computer for a comparable price. So I had them recover all the data, transfer it to a new Maxtor 320gb portable hard drive. Still cost me a pretty penney to have all the data rescued and transfered. But we have all of our pictures for the last 5 years or so on the computer.

So I started the search for a new laptop. And I started with the $499 crowd. Nice laptops. No doubt. But you add a couple of options, and soon your $499 laptop is now $899. And of course I was having the whole “Should I switch to Mac” debate. The new MacBooks are cool. Anyway, back and forth back and forth. I was searching the big box stores, the internet, craigslist and eBay. I finally found a black MacBook, still under its factory warranty (which meant it is eligible for AppleCare for 2 more years) and all for less than a nice Dell.

I did it.

I own this now:

Very pleased with the decision. 

It lives in this bag from BuiltNY :

I did so much searching on craigslist for a good deal, I ended up finding a little G3 iBook for our son for super cheap. He’s happy to have a computer. 

I so satisfied so far that we’re now looking for a G4 iBook for the wife. 

And one final note on my rampant consumerism patriotism. These are all in the mail:

If You Want Blood You’ve Got It 

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max.

And on the advice of the iGenius or whatever they’re called, Mac OS X; The Missing Manual

Fun.

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Been a long time

So let us get right to business…

Although it might been an indication that I’m a sci-fi kind of nerd, I’ve made it through seasons 1 & 2 of Battlestar Galactica. Tonight I’m watching season 2.5. I’m trying to get caught up for season 3. Like I said. I’m a nerd.

I’ve enjoyed reading Kyle’s blog since he’s been gone. Check it out. And if you can help him with some of the items of his list, then hook a brother up. Maybe an Anthrax t-shirt, some M1A mods or donating some ink time.

And since our above friend is currently in N.C. doing some training, here’s a related story: I think that it’s more about idiot reporters than it is about Blackwater.

I’m not a big fan of myspace, but I did make a little page not too long ago. And I’m glad I did. In just a few days, I’ve added three of my cousins and my best friend from high school. None of whom I’ve talked to in years.

Check these guys out.  It sounds like they’re doing a great thing.

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Back again…

Well. That’s how it goes. I write for a bit. Get side tracked and start again. So… I’ll start back up with a must read of the day. Here’s a photo essay about the recent events surrounding the wackjobs that inhabit Berkeley, CA. I do like that the “pro-troops” side used funnier stuff that the nutjobs.

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Misandry

I know that I’ve linked to The PsychoExWife before, but it bears another link. And a permanent spot on the blog role over there on the right. Although I have never experience what these folks are going through, it is not hard to imagine. I’ve been interested in this topic for the last 5 years or so. Not coincidently, my son is now 5.  Go figure.

Here are some links to a couple of books and websites that I have found of particular help:

Books-
Bringing Up Boys – While I’m not a huge fan of James Dobson, I did like this book. If you read some of the reviews of the book, especially the one and two star reviewers, labels like “sexist,” “homophobe,” “hate monger” get thrown about with little regard for the overall context of the book. I don’t believe that this is the case at all. Again, while I don’t agree with much of Dr. Dobson’s opinions regarding his Focus on the Family agenda, i did like this book.

The War Against Boys -Christina Hoff Sommers- If you want to become seriously worried about the future of a boy in this country, from public school to the military, read her book.

Websites-
ANCPR – If you want to hear some of the truly f-ed up stuff going on in the courts as it pertains to fathers… and their blog is here.

ICGI –  While we are not activist on this particular subject, we do believe that is inhumane and our son is “intact”

Blogs-
Toy Soldiers – Right here on wordpress. Nice.

Glenn Sacks – He writes, he talks and he blogs…pretty smart for a guy.

And on a final note, Dr. Helen has a story up on the Pajamas Media about sexism in the church. I know it doesn’t sound like a new topic, but this isn’t the sexism your thinking of.

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Daily Reads

Yeah! What he said. Big Mac does deserve the hall of fame. When was the last time you turned on any kind of “professional” activity (football, soccer, baseball, tennis, table tennis) and thought “man, I really hope to see some mediocre players doing just alright…” Never.

I know that I have him linked over on the right side there, but if you haven’t been reading Michael Yon, start with this post. You’ll be hooked. Promise.

Between sports and the war, you should have plenty of reading tonight.

g’night

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Read this

I try not to kid myself about the fact that next to nobody will ever read this blog. Fine with me. It’s an exercise is self discipline and a sort of esoteric therapy. Anyway. I don’t know if I’ll have much to say. I’ll link to a couple of things everyday of so. Things that I find interesting and that I feel are worth reading. And maybe a picture or two.

Well, this is a very sad thing. Major Andy Olmsted killed in Iraq. He had prepared a blog post for just such an occasion.

60 miles a gallon and 600 horsepower. WOW. If this guy can do this stuff with off the shelf parts, what could Detroit do if it wanted to?

And finally, a new blog. The Psycho Ex-Wife. I just found this blog tonight and I’ve been reading it for two hours. Sitting here reading about the plight of this family and how screwed up The system is when it comes to boys, men, masculinity and every other aspect of being the stronger side of the species.

Cheers.

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Morning reads

The Belmont Club reports that the American death toll in Iraq is the lowest it has been. Ever.

And yet another reason to get your CCW permit. From the IndyStar.com (hattip to Glen Reynolds)

Finally, suggested reading for some people I know. Maybe it could help solve the “everything I know about leadership I learned in two weeks of reserve OCS” mentality that has plagued so many lately.

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