Archive for March, 2011

M. Ouattara’s opportunity

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

In Cote D’Ivoire, it looks like the battle is coming to a head between incumbent, but reluctant-to-leave president Laurent Gbagbo, and incoming, UN-supported, supposed election-winner Alassane Ouattara. Ouattara’s supporting rebel forces have captured the capital Yamoussoukro and they reportedly have entered the country’s largest city Abidjan. Apparently the military’s support for Gbabgbo is dwindling. Hopefully […]

Dodgum Latinum Comprendum??

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

So I knew that the Dodge Cummins Internet fori (better get my latin right) have a different modus operandus than the ole Ford bulletin board, but this is silly: I tried to sign up for a Dodge Cummins forum and had to pass a latin test!? Of course I failed promptly and now I am […]


Sunday, March 20th, 2011

This weekend was supermoon weekend and the weather was beautifully warm and clear here in NC. We stayed up late with the kids and the horses playing in the moonlight. Click on the photo above – it links to a gallery of some of my recent moon-lit night photos (including the shots from this weekend).

St. Paddy’s at Dain’s Place

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Ah … the Irish. What can I say – they know how to party. Dain Phelan and Zack Wheeler yesterday at Dain’s Place in Durham: I don’t much care for catholic saints, but David Plotz’ story about Ireland’s patron saint is pretty interesting: According to Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, Paddy’s […]

Doughman 2011 race

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

We’re in! I registered the 11-foot-8 Doughman team today – Team Overheight When Flashing! We’ll be competing on Saturday May 28th with 75 teams from all over the country in the DOUGHMAN race – the world’s premier Team Relay Quadrathlon, combining competitive eating with a traditional triathlon. Part of the challenge is also to raise […]


Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Friday morning, around 2:00 AM, I was at work dealing with a major email server problem, when I started noticing the news headlines about the disaster in Japan. It sounded bad, but I was too tired and too preoccupied with my work for the magnitude of that disaster to really sink in. Later that morning, […]


Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

kalunkalunkalunk …. That’s what that truck said on Sunday. I knew it was a bad sound. Expensive. The sound of money down the drain. Well … this is the 1″x2″¬† hole where 5 grand of my hard-earned cash disappeared Sunday morning. My mechanic says it was a connecting rod that broke and punched that hole […]

Big John

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Yeah – another one of those weeks were “challenging” was just not good enough. At work we have to re-build our main file server and so we’re shuffling Terabytes of data around the networks, checking file permissions, backing up data, bla bla bla … Julia had a viola recital today with all the other students […]