Moving to Orlando Was the Warmest Idea We Had to Rid Ourselves of the Winter Blues

When I was young I could take long winters. I did not think much about them. Then the cold started to bother me. However, what really got to me was the lack of sunshine. The short days got even worse when Daylight Savings Time would end, and it was dark outside before I even got home from work. That really worked on me. Once when we were video chatting with relatives in Florida; it was still daylight when it was dark up home. They live in some really nice Orlando apartments. I was wondering how they could be in the daylight when they are on the same East Coast time. Then I figured it out.

The angle of the sun was now coming up from the Southern Hemisphere where it was now summer. So, they would get a little longer time of daylight even in the winter than we would up north. I was jealous. Read More

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The Scourge of the Grey Geese

There are few things in this world as dangerous as a twenty pound terror with wings. It’s a well documented military strategic fact that air superiority is the most effective method for an application of power. This is why geese are such a deadly enemy of mankind. You laugh now but this isn’t a joking matter. In 2012 a man in Chicago was killed by a Swan when the beast forced him from his kayak and into the dark waters until he drowned. Bird control in NJ is absolutely necessary if we want to curtail these beasts from our cities.

There’s also the concern of Avian Flu. Read More

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A Magician with a Lot of Personality

I am not the kind of parent that has to outdo other parents. If someone has a pizza birthday party for their child, I am not going to top that with something even tastier. However, I am the type of parent who wants my child to be as happy as possible. That is why I wanted to make my son’s birthday party really nice for not only him but his friends too. When I first heard about a kids party magician for Brisbane, I knew that I wanted to find out more to see if this was something that would be appropriate for children. Read More

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My Friends and I Bought Some Land

Jacob, Bert and I have bought a nice piece of land in the mountains. It is about 15 acres, but it is on the South face of a pretty decent sized mountain between Asheville NC and Black Mountain NC. We talked to a couple of guys who run their own tree service in Asheville NC about what it would cost to clear off parts of the land for a bigger lodge. Right now it has a little cabin on it. The story we have is that this was built about forty years ago and it was obviously used for a hunting lodge. The place has a collection of vintage beer bottles, although a lot of them have been victim of target practice rounds. We are going to have to clean up that sort of thing, there is quite of bit of junk which has collected up there. At some point a pick up truck was abandoned up there. It had a camper shell on it and was apparently used as a storage shed. Read More

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Bed Bugs Were in My Home

When I started scratching my arms and legs, I knew something was wrong because I have never done that before. I am not the type to run to the doctor when something happens though. Instead, I went online and did some research. That is when I knew that I had bed bugs, and I had probably brought them home from an overnight stay in a hotel a few weeks ago. I wanted to take care of the problem quickly, so I started looking for a company that does bed bug control in NYC. Read More

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Why Using a VPS is a Better Deal Than Using a Dedicated Server

I develop my own custom software to run my website. I have used a few off-the-shelf applications to run my older websites, and I still do make use of a core of a content management system, but the operational plugins that control how my customers receive and interact with the data I sell is all done through proprietary software that I write myself. For my hosting I use a Seattle VPS provider. I got away from shared servers back in the early days. For the websites I have dedicated servers can be a bit too pricey. Using Virtual Private Servers is a better option for me.

The websites themselves do not have any single one that is getting a huge load of traffic. Read More

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Got a Free Laptop Today

I do not really need it, but I went ahead and took this laptop from my sister in law. She did not know how to repair errors in the operating system and just went to get a new one. Of course I know very little about repairing laptops, but in this case I was not attached to anything in that laptop and I figured that I would just take the hard drive out and replace it with a solid state drive. I got a really cheap one, with only 128 gigabytes of space and then I reinstalled the operating system. Of course the laptop is about three or four years old and in reality it is hardly worth anything. It was a relatively expensive piece of gear back then, I bet she paid around eight or nine hundred dollars for it. Now you could get a better one for around half as much. Read More

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