Archive for November, 2007

My Chumby Arrived!

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

My Chumby arrived. I just opened the box and am registering it now. More to come.

Why I _love_ “Pushing Daisies”: reason #4

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Pushing DaisiesIn tonights episode of ‘Pushing Daisies‘, “Bitter Sweets”, we discover that a candy store opened across the street from the Pie Hole. The new owners of the candy store, brother and sister Billy and Dilly, are ruthless small business owners who stop at nothing in the name of competition. The candy owners do all sorts of nasty things to the Pie Hole and Ned. Ned doesn’t want to retaliate though. But Chuck and Olive do; and they do (retaliate, that is). Chuck and Olive break into the candy store (Olive puts on her riding helmet, she used to be a jockey, and runs head first through a glass door) and let rats loose. When Ned finds out, he goes over to the candy store to clean up the mess. He unfortunately finds one of the candy store owners, Billy, dead. Ned gets caught holding the Billy’s body and sent to jail for the murder. Chuck, Olive, and Emerson investigate to find the real killer and prove Ned’s innocence. Olive tries to distract the living candy store owner, Dilly, so that Chuck and Emerson can sneak into the candy store and look for clues. Dilly sees Emerson sneaking around in the candy store though, and tricks Olive into becoming a hostage and pushes her into a trunk of the car. Eventually Dilly confronts Chuck and Emerson in the candy store. Chuck and Emerson talk to Dilly and convince her that they are trying to help find the real killer of Billy. Dilly is convinced to let Chuck and Emerson go. She also says as she let’s Chuck and Emerson go, “And take your trunk monkey with you!”

Did I hear this right? Yep, she said “trunk monkey”. Awesome. Haven’t heard about trunk monkey? Trunk monkey was featured in a series of commercials for Suburban Auto Group. The commercials are pretty funny and were an Internet viral video.

Back to ‘Pushing Daisies’. Everything turns out all right and Ned is freed from jail.

Back to the trunk monkey. Here is the first “Trunk Monkey” video, “Road Rage“.

[Updated 11/29/2007]: Here is another perspective on the Pushing Daisies episode “Bitter Sweets”.

2008 Financial Resolution

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

I stumbled upon the blog Cash Money Life via a post at Get Rich Slowly. So here is my 2008 Financial Resolution for a Chance to Win an iPod. My financial goal is to pay off the remaining $7,000 second mortgage principal balance by November 2008. I will do this by paying a bit over $500 per month starting 12/2007.

Why this goal? It is probably more of a personal thing, but it was a loan for $22,869.00 back in August 2004. (It was for our new house so that we wouldn’t have mortgage insurance.) The loan was for a term of 15 years at 7% interest. How do I know how much to pay each month to achieve this goal? I have a Google spreadsheet that breaks out the interest and payment for each month out through 2019. So, it’s a no-brainer that if I pay it off sooner, I save a bunch of money on interest. But there are a lot of things vying for my money, so it is a balancing act. But the spreadsheet lets me track my progress. And, I have my Google Goal Chart gadget to provide a visual representation of my progress. It helps keep me motivated.

Trip Report: Pearson Technology Summit 2007

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

I am back from Denver, Colorado. I was out there for the first ever Pearson Technology Summit. I work in Iowa City, Iowa in the “A & I” group. We basically write systems to manage high-stakes educational testing. Things like the end of school year state-wide test. We provide the actual tests and score the answer sheets. I currently work a product called Pearson Access on the Identity and Access Management team. (Fancy name for the group that manages peoples user accounts; their usernames and passwords.) This is a rather detailed account of the trip which occurred Tuesday, November 6, 2007 through Friday, November 9, 2007.


My Google account was suspended yesterday

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

My Google account was suspended yesterday afternoon. The gadgets on my Google home page stopped loading. I then tried to log in to GMail and upon logging in I got a message that my account was suspended. I don’t know why? I sent an inquiry to Google Accounts yesterday but haven’t heard back from them yet.

In the mean time, I have opened another account.

This is very strange…