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An Uncut Gem: Harper Lee's Novel, Go Set A Watchman

Reconciling the characters in Go Set A Watchman with the characters of To Kill A Mockingbird was a conscious effort that consistently pulled me out of the story. I found the dissonance between what I understood the characters to be based on the first novel, and the characters that were presented in the second novel to be a major source of discomfort because they don't truly align. There are echoes and shadows of the familiar characters within the characters in Go Set A Watchman, but at times they feel like wholly separate people.

Terrible Customer Service At Stein Optical Express: Karma Comes Through

Last March, at Stein Optical Express (a brand of Eye Care Centers of America, Inc.), I had the worst customer service experience of my life. The poor service extended from the staff at the store to the corporate customer service rep who "handled" my complaint.

With the exception of the optometrist, the staff at the store displayed incompetence, lack of problem solving skills, and condescension. The corporate customer service representative took the route of empty platitudes followed by simply ignoring my subsequent communications.

Spammers Suck (AKA: Admin Now Has To Create User Accounts)

Unfortunately, due to the a$$hat spammers, users will no longer be able to create their own accounts on PugsNet. If you would like a user account, please use the Contact Us link to request an account. Include the following information:

- Username
- Real Name (First & Last)
- Valid E-Mail Address

You will receive an e-mail from an administrator with your login information once the account has been created.

New Hardware for PugsNet! Woo-Hoo!

It's been nearly two years since my last blog entry.


It honestly doesn't feel that long, but system generated date/time stamps don't lie... Have I run out of stuff to say? Has my life been so boring that there's nothing of note to blog about? Have my fingers all been broken and I wasn't able to figure out the voice-recognition software?

No... Sadly it's been simple frustration with the performance of PugsNet. PugsNet has been running for six or so years, non-stop, on an old Pentium II, 233MHz machine with 256MB of RAM. This same machine has been running the PugsNet Exchange server and the Active Directory domain controller.

My New Nephew Trey at Thanksgiving

So, here's my little sister's new baby, Trey, at Thanksgiving.

The Fallacy of Biological Bonds

We've recently experienced a horrid happening here in the Milwaukee area. An infant boy was beaten to death and his two year-old sister has been hospitalized with injuries that speak to months of systematic abuse. The individual charged with the abuse of the children and the murder of the baby boy is their aunt who was legally their foster-mother. I won't relate the horrid story further, but if you want to hurt your heart, you can read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. The litany of the abuse these children suffered is too horrific and painful for me to recount.

Packers Rule

The Packers are better than my Bears...

Geez... That really hurt to say!

Oh, yeah... a picture of me in a Packers jersey is coming, too... GAG!

Ugh... Here's the pic:

UECPC Annual Competition

My friend Tierra and I joined the Urban Ecology Center Photography Club a few months ago. We're both amateur photographers who've recently moved into the digital age and are developing our skills and trying make a go at having photography become a source of income as well as a hobby.

As I've mentioned in a previous blog entry, my "Big Brother" from the Big Brother Big Sister organization gave me my first real camera when I was a teenager and I've been trying to be a "real" photographer ever since.

A Busy Weekend

Reading back through this, I probably should have broken this into several blog entries, but my lunch break is almost over and I'm lazy.

This weekend was a busy one with Beth taking Sandy to the vet, photo-shootus-interruptus, a trip to the range, the UFC and Baby Baier, standing up my favorite stylist, and Beth putting in twelve hours of work on Sunday while I took Rocinante for a ride and forgot to do the laundry.

The Price Of Oil And The Problem With Being "Green"

Several times in the last few months, I've heard people say things to the effect of, "I'm glad that oil prices are rising; it'll reduce petroleum use which will help slow pollution and global warmng, and force the development of alternative energies!"

I don't know that people realize how elitist and priveleged a viewpoint this is.

Apparently the economic damage done while the R&D into alternative energies is happening is not important.

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