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Monday, November 20, 2017

Who Survived?

  1. WWE Survivor Series 2017 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights
  2. What's Next for Triple H, Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman After WWE Survivor Series?

Taking Inventory

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the information below about my drives. I feel like I need a plan for how to get all of my files organized. With the purchase of the 4 TB EHD (drive G), I think I now have plenty of total space. I don't think I will need to purchase another EHD until at least May 20, 2018, which is 6 months from today. I also hope that by that date, I have consolidated all of the following drive information into an organized system for backing up my files.

I would also love to remove drive A - the 3.5" floppy drive - from the Windows 10 tower. It makes a lot of noise when I am doing work unrelated to it. I suppose a case could be made for hoarding when I think about that drive. I went quite a few years without having any computer with a 3.5" floppy drive and, during those years, I purged my collection of 3.5" floppy drives. I didn't see the point in keeping them when I had no way to access the data on them. Now, they are in the landfill or someplace other than the den.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The King of the Big Four

Op-Ed: Anthrax Have Quietly Become the Coolest Band of the Big Four

One Down, One to Go

This is the relevant part of an article in the Iowa City Press-Citizen about the State Championship football games today. As of now (almost 3 PM), the Regina game is over & Regina lost. The Iowa City West game is tonight at 7 PM.

The paper predicted a Regina loss and were correct. Will it be correct about the Iowa City West game as well?

Teeter Teeter

Sounds a lot like Crowbar. It teeters on the edge of what I will listen to repeatedly. Saw a Craigslist > Des Moines > Musicians ad that they are looking for a drummer. Nope. Not for me, but as I said, it teeters on the edge.

If you understand death metal vocals, you may hear some occasional adult language.

Laptop Battery Advice

Should I Leave My Laptop Plugged In All The Time?

How to Write a Drum Solo

Warning! There's some brief "Adult Language" in this video:

It's still funny...

So Bad

After reading this - Justice League Is So Bad It May Cause Brain Damage - I wanted to leave a comment.
I clicked in the comments field:

and was then prompted to log in with either Google or Facebook. I chose Google. I set up my user ID and returned to the article. I clicked in the comment field and saw this:

I clicked in the comments field:

and then saw this:

I clicked Continue.
I clicked in the comments field:

and then saw this:

I clicked Continue.
I clicked in the comments field:

and then saw this:

I clicked Continue.
I clicked in the comments field:

and then saw this:

I clicked Continue.
YES!! Hamster wheel code sneaked into the page!
So then, I didn't leave a comment.

I like Erick Erickson's political writing. I still plan to go see the movie on Tuesday for $5 at the Coral Ridge Mall theater.

Editor's Note: Eventually, this was worked out and a comment was left:

Required: 4 Weeks

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Specialized Humor

Last night, I showed Karen the picture of the t-shirt I ordered for Alex & I, which is going to be delivered soon:

I find the shirt to be hilarious - as does Alex - but Karen? I don't think she thought it was very funny. It may not be as funny as my all-time favorite Dilbert cartoon.

Editor's Note: In 2013, you wrote this: Favorite Dilbert of all Time - please keep your story straight.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This Drummer is Good and all but...

I got kind of bored the more this went on and on.

Editor's Note: Uh, people who suck at the drums ought not bitch about people who do not suck - this isn't, after all...

All Marvel Trailers for movies Released between 2008 and 2018


The man finds a lucky penny in the first panel and marries a woman in the last panel. The gist is that because the man picked up the lucky penny, he met his wife.
What if the man hadn't picked up the penny? Would the comic end with his wedding? Luck was on my side in a similar vein way back in September of 1988. Luck introduced me to Karen. Going back to that day, it was luck that I was on the Mount Mercy College bus trip to see the Minnesota Twins play the Chicago White Sox. I had agreed to go with Nieman, my friend, who was a Chicago White Sox fan. The 'what if' game is a rabbit hole I'll dip my toe in for 5 thoughts:
  1. what if Nieman wouldn't have wanted to go on that bus trip?
  2. what if Nieman and I had never met?
  3. what if Nieman had never asked me to go?
  4. what if Nieman had been a - gasp - Chicago Cubs fan with no interest in the Chicago White Sox?
  5. what if my manager at work - the Spring House restaurant - had not given me the day off?
Thus, I think this comic is relevant to me on a deep level.

Sounds Like a Terrible Situation

Advice like "You should have made a backup of your external hard drive" is not helpful in this situation.

a Science Tip and the MVP

If I was a high school science teacher, I would get this as a poster and put it in my classroom:

No comment about the hero of NYC.

Not Often See Do I a

... technical writer position located in Davenport. Thus, here it is. It doesn't look like a "bad" job, per se, but it's not one I would apply for now, when I'm enjoying my daily life at work. That said, I have some questions about the ad:
  1. Is there a job ad somewhere for a proofreader in their Human Resources department? There's obviously a need for someone to catch the first word in the ad is spelled wrong (which I highlighted below).
  2. I enjoyed this phrase - "Ability to take complex information and write it in an understandable manner" - because it summarizes what I have done every day in my career.

Technicial Writer

Cobham - Davenport, IA
Cobham is seeking a Technical Writer that will be responsible for researching, writing, editing, and proofreading technical data for use in documents such as Specifications (SPs), Procedural Documents (PDs), and Standards (STs) within the aerospace and defense industry. This position is located in Davenport, Iowa.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensures technical documentation is accurate, complete, meets editorial and government specifications and adheres to standards for quality, graphics, coverage, format and style
  • Handles contract data item preparation
  • Submits data items via customer portals
  • Prepares and edits artwork
  • Researches standards and specifications
  • Coordinates with engineering personnel on preparation of data items
  • Performs all operations according to prescribed safety principles
  • All other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3+ years’ experience working as a Technical Writer
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Technical Writing, Communications, or engineering
  • Advanced experience using computer software programs such as MS Office and Adobe Pro
  • Ability to take complex information and write it in an understandable manner
  • This position requires access to technology material, software or hardware that is controlled by export laws in the US. In order to be eligible you must be either a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1+ years preparing bids and proposals for new product development
  • Experience working in an aerospace or defense industry
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or MS Visio
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Effective verbal/written communications and interpersonal skills

Cobham's values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.

Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.

Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.

See all of our latest opportunities at or follow us on our LinkedIn page at

To be considered you must apply by going to
Job Category

Primary Location


Cobham Mission Systems Davenport
Schedule: Full-time

And, after that brief excursion, it's now time to resume my work on the disaster recovery documentation project in RoboHelp!

It's Been a LONG Time

I like to look back at the past. I like to look at a post like this one - - and recapture the frame of mind I was in when I wrote it. I like this specific part of the post in item #3:

...At work, we order CD-Rs in 100 packs for distribution of our releases to our clients. We use white envelopes - instead of jewel cases - and end up with empty 100 pack spindles. My (cool) manager has said that I could use those spindles if I had a use for them. Right now, there are 4 spindles. I could take 400 CDs from my rack and put them on the spindles. Then I would have more room. The only things to consider are that
  • I need someplace to put the cases and inlays for the CDs I put on the spindle
  • I need some way to not forget what CD is on what spindle
I can fix issue 2 with an up-to-date CD list. I don't know how I can store the inlays and CD booklets where I can know where they are. In essence, I already have this type of scenario with the existing CD-Rs I already have on spindles. The only difference to overcome is what to do with the booklets, etc. I can find a plastic Rubbermaid to put that stuff in, I guess, and use some sort of filing system to keep things organized.

I'm here to say that after 3294 days (9 years and 1 week), I don't have this figured out. I have 5000 CDs now - so that's awesome! - on 50 x 100 count spindles, but I still do not have an organization structure for the inlays and CD booklets. I have some sorted into file folders, but I'm not anywhere close to being complete. Maybe by the 10 year anniversary of the post, I will have it figured out. I can say I have completely abandoned Excel as a tool to store my CD information. I use Windows Media Player exclusively.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I Don't Speak Jibberish

SS 2017

This is a STACKED lineup for Survivor Series 2017! Triple H returned to Raw and inserted himself into the Survivor Series match!

Team Raw (from left to right)
  1. Braun Strowman
  2. Samoa Joe
  3. Kurt Angle (captain)
  4. Triple H
  5. Finn Balor


Team Smackdown (from left to right)
  1. John Cena
  2. Randy Orton
  3. Shane McMahon (captain)
  4. Bobby Roode
  5. Shinsuke Nakamura

Raw ended with Braun Strowman slamming Kane through the ring so, of course, the question has to be asked, "What will Strowman's condition be come Sunday at the PPV?!?"

Also, John Cena & Randy Orton have never been on the same page for very long. I fully expect Team Raw to win so that means Team Smackdown will win. <grin>

My Grandma's Sense of Humor

Without any doubt in my mind, I believe my grandma would have liked this joke. She would have been 110 today.

In other news, my brother turns 45 today.

Darkness Creeping Closer

Mandy Moore has a warning for "This Is Us" fans: "There's darkness coming."

Terrible Choices

A recovered surveillance video from a Penn State fraternity house where a pledge died after a hazing ritual revealed the 19-year-old had been given at least 18 drinks within 90 minutes, leading prosecutors to file new hazing and manslaughter charges, officials said Monday.

Five Years Old Not Rock

Emmas Ringer is no more. Per their page, their first video was published in 2012 and their final video was published on Oct 11, 2016. If they played in the Iowa City area, I don't recall hearing about it. I like them.

More RC Info

Copying Data with Robocopy

Clawed Out of a Pit

The pictures say 10,000 words, don't they?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Great Wrestling Promos

About MoP


Look at the text in red below:


Requisition # 71933

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Friday, November 24th, 2017
Advertising Started on:Friday, November 10th, 2017
Organization:University Hospital
Department:Health Care Information Systems


Salary:$46,500.00 to Commensurate
Pay Grade:4A

Job Details

Percent Time:100%
Type of PositionRegular: A position which is considered essential for the effective long-term operation of the university. Persons appointed to this position will receive the privileges and benefits associated with regular employment status.
Duties:Position available to assist with the design, implementation and operational support of departmental AV systems that will be implemented at UIHC.   Will work very closely with Capital Management, AV contractors, Construction Trades during project implementation and provide daily support of installed systems.  AV systems will include Conference/ Meeting rooms, Event Spaces, Interactive Patient Care System, Digital Signage System, Patient Observation System, CATV / IPTV delivery, Centralized Clock system and other supported AV systems
Education Required:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
Experience Required:
  • Experience (typically 1-3 years) configuring, troubleshooting, and supporting workstations running Windows XP/7 and MS Office 2010.
  • Working knowledge of A/V control programs, touch panels, and/or digital signal processors.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in order to communicate effectively with a diverse population of technical and non-technical staff.
  • Working knowledge of audio and video equipment such as video conferencing, wireless technology, computers, televisions, LCD projectors, cameras and telephones to include set up and troubleshooting.
Desirable Qualifications:Highly Desirable qualification:
  • Experience with technical process documentation.
 Desirable qualifications:
  • Familiarity with Enterprise level A/V management software application in order to actively monitor all A/V components
  • Experience with wireless networking, wireless security, peripheral hardware (USB & serial), and/or computer networking.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with a strong customer service focus.
  • Working knowledge of CATV RF distribution and/or IPTV delivery
  • Familiarity with web based collaborative applications such as Skype/ Lync  and/or Go To Meeting
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD and/or Visio for creation of Scope of Work.

Album Title for My Ideal Band

I want to play drums in an Ideal Band and release an album called "Deafening Moronic." I would give Mark Arsenal credit for the album title:

Easy Transfer

After reading this article - Using Windows Easy Transfer - I want to investigate the power of this utility. It now appears that I could run it on our Toshiba laptop and transfer a lot of things to the Windows 10 tower.

This Trait of Websites is Known to Bug the Hell Out of Me (Answer "What Is Inconsistency?")

This is why I am driven insane on a regular basis as a technical writer. I see things like this website and wonder if I'm the only person in the world that thinks single sourcing a single short phrase like "report an incident" is a good idea. Here's what I'm talking about.

If I go to a web page and I search for "Report an incident" with the match case parameter set to "Yes," I see 7 matches on this page:

If I search for "Report An incident" with the match case parameter set to "Yes," I see 36 matches on this page:

If I search for "Report an incident" (lowercase "a" in "an") with the match case parameter set to "Yes," I see 43 matches on this page:

This tells me that if I am looking for the phrase "Report an Incident" on this web page, whether I capitalize the "a" in "an" or not will impact my results. I didn't go through all the iterations of capped / not capped, but I did think about them:
  • Report An Incident - all words capped
  • Report An incident - all words capped but incident
  • Report an Incident - all words capped but an
  • Report an incident - all words capped but an and incident
  • report An Incident - all words capped but report
  • report an Incident - all words capped but report and an
  • report an incident - no words capped
If "report an incident" was stored as a snippet and was referred to 43 times in the HTML code, there would be no need for a user to get different results depending upon the case parameter in their search. As a technical writer, small details like this bug the hell out of me!

Reddit Site Redesign

I cannot recall when I've ever had my Internet browser open to Reddit so if I did, it was not long enough to make an impression. I say that because I have no skin in the game if Reddit's CEO - Steve Huffman - wants to redesign their website. As the article points out - - there hasn't really been a site redesign for some time. I don't know how often a website should be redesigned so, thanks to Google, I found this article - How Often Should You Redo Your Website? by Joanie Ferguson, January 4, 2017 - which was inconclusive, essentially saying, "It depends." From the article:

The question ‘how often should I redo my website,’ yields some questionable results on Google’s results page. Article after article told me I should redesign my website every 2-3 years to keep customers happy and engaged.

Asking when to redo your site is like asking how often you should call your mom. Well, how often do you call her now? Is she happy with the amount you call her? Are you happy with it? In what ways could you both benefit from talking more or less? The answer completely depends on your situation and can’t be answered reasonably without much more information from you.

I hope their website redesign is successful.

As for me and the work I've done on a daily basis for the past 20+ years as a technical writer, I don't recall more than a handful of times when I've redesigned my work. I'll ponder that thought another time.


I can't (yet) wrap my head around this exercise, which I read about here.

Here is a transcription of it:

Credit to Phillip Pringle for the transcription.


After giving up his red-shirt year to play for the team, CM didn't play in last night's victory:

Read more here.

Prey For Me

Warning: Adult language in this video.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Coming out of the PIT

Not a mosh pit, a pit of chaos.

We moved into our house in December 2004. We have two storage rooms. The larger of the two has our furnace (and my drums) in it; the smaller of the two has our sump pump (and my journals dating from 1989 - the mid-2000s) in it. Neither storage room has EVER been a model to follow when it comes to 'organization' in my eyes. Sure, there have been times when they looked good but that was usually after a major organization effort due to not being able to find something. Fast-forward to 2017. Even before taking that organization class at Kirkwood, I had the drive to tackle our furnace room in an effort to find a way to make it 'permanently' organized. Knowing that Karen would be on her Women's Weekend Away in Wisconsin this weekend - she left on Friday - I felt it was the right time to do this project. Thus, here is how I worked on it:
  • On Friday, when I got home from work, I went to the furnace storage room and started taking our stuff out. I started to figure out how to take down the wood cabinets I had hung in the storage room, but went to bed without getting them down.
  • On Saturday, when I got up, a lot happened. 
    • I asked Tom, my neighbor, if he could help me with the cabinets. He said "yes" and in the time between asking him to help me and when he actually got over to my house after eating breakfast, I had managed to get the cabinets down. It was almost like asking for someone to help me was a kick in the ass I needed to figure out how to proceed. 
      • When Tom came over, we ended up talking in a wide-ranging conversation about life, religion, politics, writing, organizing our stuff, and external hard drive crashes - I have found a kindred spirit in Tom. 
    • After Tom left and before the Iowa v. Wisconsin football game at 2:30, I went to Lowe's and purchased 2 x 5 shelf metal shelves. Each shelf set weighed 104 pounds. I assure you I cannot lift 104 pounds for an extended period of time but I managed to get them down the stairs by myself. 
      • I also went to Wal-Mart to purchase Speed Stick & a LG Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer to fulfill the idea I mentioned the other day about ripping CDs to MP3 faster. 
    • When I got home from my shopping trip, and with Iowa losing to Wisconsin in the background on TV (they eventually did lose the game, with the defense scoring their only 2 touchdowns!), I began putting the shelves together. I got stuck and sent a picture of what the box said I could do to Matthew, who then offered to come over and help me through my trouble spot, which without Matthew's help, I'd still be staring at the picture on the box so I am indebted to Matthew for his help. Instead of two five shelf structures, he helped me configure the shelves into a 3 shelf and a 2 shelf configuration. 
      • I also hooked up the LG Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer to the Toshiba laptop and set Windows 7 to look at it as the default CD drive. I began ripping CDs with the Toshiba as well as with the Windows 10 tower. 
    • I played drums at 5:15 Mass - there were three baptisms!
    • After Mass, I went to Falbo's and purchased a double pepperoni / Italian sausage Calzone, which I then ate when I got home.
    • After eating, I resumed working on putting our stuff back into the furnace room. As I began putting the stuff back in, it became apparent I needed to have 2 x 5 shelf structures. I had too many existing boxes that putting on a shelf was not the right choice.
  • On Sunday, when I got up, I started putting more of our stuff back in the furnace room. 
    • Quick update on the CD ripping. I have ripped enough CDs to create 325 files on the Toshiba and enough CDs on the Windows 10 tower to create 170 files. Obviously, the Toshiba & the LG Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer are kicking ass!
    • I took a break to write this post, but I need to get back to it. It's 9:49 AM now and there is still a lot of work to be done prior to Karen returning home later this afternoon.

Had this tune in my head when I woke up today

I used to listen to it with Megan & Alex when they were younger.

Who Survived?

WWE Survivor Series 2017 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights What's Next for Triple H, Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman After ...