I went on a fairly long walk tonight (take a look at the topological map too, there were some decent hills) - I am in Seattle with one of my customers who is having their annual retreat, and invited me to come along.

We are staying at the Palisades Retreat Center, which is a lovely place to be - my bedroom faces Puget Sound (basically the same view as in the picture on the above link), and it gets dark at 10 or so, and light at 4 or 5.   (More)

Posted by Jon Daley on June 13, 2007, 1:30 am | Read 1949 times | Comments (5)
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We got our gas bill for February - the highest we have gotten in a long time.  Apparently, the average temperature was eleven degrees colder than last year, causing us to use two and a half time more gas than we did last February.

We did leave our heat on more last month than usual, but that was because our furnace can't quickly (in less than eight hours) raise the temperature of our house ten or fifteen degrees like it can when the temperatures are warmer.

I hope this global warming trend doesn't continue - otherwise, I'll probably have to spend the time and money to insulate my house.

Posted by Jon Daley on March 5, 2007, 3:41 pm | Read 3004 times | Comments (0)
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Good thoughts here: Fast and Feast in Lent

Posted by Jon Daley on February 22, 2007, 12:04 pm | Read 7755 times | Comments (5)
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I never knew Josh Harris had brothers, but I recently found out about their web site, and a survey they have published - the questions were based on questions and comments from women who were interested in what guys thought about different articles of clothing, make-up, etc.

The survey results were published today.

But, before you read the survey, check out the common misconceptions.

Posted by Jon Daley on February 14, 2007, 8:43 pm | Read 57602 times | Comments (7)
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Note to self: when going to bed, and walking past a heating vent that is blowing cold air, double check that the furnace is working.  52 degrees in the house this morning, and it isn't that cold out (27 or so). (More)
Posted by Jon Daley on February 14, 2007, 8:39 am | Read 3668 times | Comments (7)
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One of the LifeType users reported a security problem in the RSS parser that allowed any file on your system to be read.  ick.

Oscar has fixed it and 1.1.6 will be released tomorrow.

Everyone on my server has been upgraded already and it probably isn't too critical for them, at least in the case of retrieving their mysql password, which was the reported problem, since mysql doesn't allow remote access, so it would have to be a customer of mine.  Though I suppose since any file could have been read, it is possible that some other file could have been opened.

Actually, I just checked the server logs, and no attempts were made to get any files that had a ".." in them, so everyone should be alright. 

Posted by Jon Daley on February 13, 2007, 10:19 pm | Read 18698 times | Comments (1)
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I finally got around to taking apart our radio in our car that has had a CD stuck in it since we purchased the car.  The dashboard came out unexpectedly easily, so I should have done it a long time ago -- I had been intimidated by not seeing any obvious screws, but when I yanked on it, everything just popped off. 

Posted by Jon Daley on February 13, 2007, 6:52 am | Read 2660 times | Comments (4)
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A friend of John Kuhns was asked some questions about marriage and what the point of it is.  This was his response: (More)
Posted by Jon Daley on January 17, 2007, 9:11 pm | Read 50252 times | Comments (6)
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For those of you who read this via RSS, you might be interested in the new RSS feed for comments - that way you won't miss the new comments that show up after you read the post.

Now I just need to get the rest of you to use LifeType, so I can easily read your blogs and comments too.... 

Posted by Jon Daley on December 24, 2006, 10:00 pm | Read 8202 times | Comments (3)
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The Concord Monitor wrote a front page story about my grandfather and the place where he (and my great aunt) live, Havenwood-Heritage Heights.

I thought this quote accurately describes his outlook on life:

Whether I live long enough or not, I don't know. But it's worth a try.

-- Carl Daley 

Posted by Jon Daley on December 24, 2006, 8:55 pm | Read 2239 times | Comments (1)
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Your Language Arts Grade: 100%
Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know "no" from "know." Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).

Are You Gooder at Grammar?
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Thank you for taking my little quiz. If you scored high, I promise not to twitch over your typos. If you scored low, please tell me it's because you're a programmer. Hopefully the goofy grammarian I used to work with isn't seething over some misspelling.
Posted by Jon Daley on December 18, 2006, 8:22 am | Read 4199 times | Comments (3)
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Like those lists of song titles if we sung what we really meant (like "I Surrender Some", etc), here is an all-new worship-me cd: It's all about me
Posted by Jon Daley on December 14, 2006, 9:38 am | Read 5562 times | Comments (1)
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I heard about bump keys recently, and had a little time to play around this morning.  I read an article about them, and watched a youtube video, and away I went.  It took about 15 minutes to hand-file a key.  And then another 20 minutes to try the "pull-back" method, file the key a little more and switch to the "minimal-movement" method, spray a little WD-40 in the lock -- tada!  I was kind of surprised that it actually worked.

I tried again, and it took me maybe 10 minutes to open it.  You have to bang harder than you might expect.  The next time was maybe 2 minutes, and then 30 seconds.  I switched to the door handle (I had been working on the deadbolt -- there apparently is some risk of breaking the lock, and I figured if I can only choose one lock to have working, I would rather have the handle lock working) and I opened it in about 10 seconds. 

Posted by Jon Daley on December 13, 2006, 7:20 am | Read 49057 times | Comments (6)
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My mother shared this story in response to an article about "bump keys" and someone suggested that we should all move to NH, where people leave their doors unlocked anyway. (More)
Posted by Jon Daley on December 10, 2006, 8:44 am | Read 5663 times | Comments (1)
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Tonight, due to the Steeler's game, the first snowfall, and regular silly commuters, my trip home took an hour and 15 minutes, resulting in an average speed of 3.5 miles an hour.

The last mile and a half took 45 minutes.

Posted by Jon Daley on December 7, 2006, 9:07 pm | Read 3020 times | Comments (12)
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