Working From Home? Setup a good work area first.

Working from home can be great. All you need is:

How NOT To Use Your Camera's Flash

I think my dog's left eye pretty much sums it up:

Tortilla Dip Recipe

This dip is absolutely delicious. It's not as thick as some cheese-based dips so it won't break the tortilla chips. On the other hand, you can't use it as a spread. It's a creamy, dairy based dip. The cumin adds that smoky flavor while the salsa and chili powder adds the smooth spiciness.

Man Law

We always hear "the rules" from the female side. Now, the guys' side of the story.

Please note, these are all numbered "1" on purpose.

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon
or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport.
And no, we are never going to think of it that way.


ZoneMinder Digital Video Security Server

Status: Ongoing
Started: Early 2008
Using ZoneMinder on a Linux server to monitor, record, and playback video from multiple security cameras. Currently testing various hardware configurations to determine where the greatest bottlenecks lie.


When you delete an event through the web interface, it might not delete the files from the HDD right away. Allow it some time and it'll remove them.

Loops as performance killers and DoEvents()

Loops are a performance killer. They shouldn't be used when they don't have to. On the plus side, the run time of a standard loop is O(n) which is linear. Nevertheless, know your language and the functions available. It's a mistake to loop through a data structure when it has a built in function call to do what you need more efficiently. I learned this the hard way as you'll see.

My coworker's been kidnapped!

I arrived at work one morning to notice a certain emptiness. Something wasn't quite right in the land of cubicle JE-4452. A spot on my cubicle wall lay barren. Candroid was gone!

Candroid was a popular employee.

Nikon test w/ Eva and background

Look at the difference in light between these two shots. It's amazing how different you can make the photo look just depending on how you use the flash or not.

PN = $$$ ?

Well, not that much, but it's still making me money. Beleive it or not, Google just sent me another $100 check for being in their AdSense program. Traffic to PN died down in the summer noticeably so I stopped paying attention to the traffic and bandwidth numbers.

To my surprise what looked like yet another rebate check was my AdSense money. I'll be damned.

Why I'm going to hell... Making people grovel for a free TV

Last night I posted a Craigslist ad for a free TV and have been inundated with emails. One guy said he has 8 kids and really needs it. Now I'm thinking of how to decide who gets it:
The first email I received?
Whoever can pick it up at my most convenient time?
Whoever's the most needy?

So I decided to play a little game with this. Here's the ad:


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