Monday, December 29, 2003

Time to clean up the blog

I'm on vacation this week and going to find time to do some clean up
of my blog.

It should all be unseen to the reader, but this will now use some
handy blosxom plugins - meta, entries_index_tagged,
strip_unix_comments, texrite, theme and better support for rss, rss10,
atom. (liferea doesn't validate m
y rss feed
which is the real impetus for this)

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Holiday Pictures

Before the children descend (25 Dec 2003)

The kids at 6:45am before they attack (25 Dec 2003)

The kids are all up asleep/watching videos so I'm here ripping the
new Talking Heads' href="
Once In a Lifetime [Original Recording Remastered]
x boxed set
and reading Anne Rice's href="
Blood Canticle

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Happy Birthday Baby Mithras!

Today is the birthday of Mithras the Sun God!

But the actual choice of December 25 for Christmas was made under the
Emperor Aurelian because this was the date of the Winter Solstice and
was the day devotees of Mithras celebrated the dies natalis solis
invicti (birthday of the invincible sun).

Mithraism, like Christianity, offers salvation to its adherents.
Mithras was born into the world to save humanity from evil. Both
figures ascended in human form, Mithras to wield the sun chariot,
Christ to Heaven. The following summarizes the aspects of Mithraism
that are also found in Christianity.

"Mithras, the sun-god, was born of a virgin in a cave on December 25,
and worshipped on Sunday, the day of the conquering sun. He was a
savior-god who rivaled Jesus in popularity. He died and was
resurrected in order to become a messenger god, an intermediary
between man and the good god of light, and the leader of the forces of
righteousness against the dark forces of the god evil."
- Pagan Origins of Christmas


The great festival of the Mithraic calendar was held on December the 25th, and
the 16th of every month was kept holy to Mithras.

Now that Wendy and I are done with our annual late night parental duties, it is
time for bed. Look for holiday pictures here later today.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

2003-12-18 Bloggercon irc transcript is here

More from href="">Berkman Thursdays
meetings webcast/irc chat. href="">G
the IRC log if you want it

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

LOTR: Return of the King

Amazing sweeping battle scenes, but if you are a Tolkien purist, you'll hate it
I saw the 8:40-12m showing last night and it was a pretty full theater.

The Orange County Genealogical Society Quarterly / Volume 33, Number 3 Quarterly (November 2003)

[What is this?]

  • Historical Fund to Memorialize Roger King

  • Holiday Meeting Program

  • Lost: Blooming Grove Archives

  • Donations: Jacob Youngblood, Revolutionary Verteran, His Ancestors and D
    donated by author Dale J.C. Youngblood

  • Ancestor Table: Nancy Elston Schimmel

  • Orange County Wills

  • Bible Records: William Thompson Family Bible

  • Civil War Veterans Buried in Phillipsburg Cemetery

  • Obituary of Mary Ann Phillips Arnot

  • Where They Went: Wayne Co, Pennsylvania

  • Newbury Directory for 1858-1859

  • Orange County New York Early Marriages

  • Records of the Town of Wallkill, Orange County, NY

  • Programming: 6 Dec 2003 Special Holiday Meeting, 3 Jan 2004 No Program, 7 F
    eb 2004 Program not yet confirmed

Thursday, December 11, 2003

2003-12-11 Bloggercon irc transcript is here

More from href="">Berkman Thursdays
meetings webcast/irc chat. href="">G
the IRC log if you want it

Thursday, December 4, 2003

2003-12-04 Bloggercon irc transcript is here

I listened in via realplayer and was in IRC during href="">Dave Winer's href="">Thursday blogger
meetings. href="">G
the IRC log if you want it

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Howard Dean rally in Merrimack, NH

Last week a postcard arrived alerting us to a Howard Dean event at the
Merrimack High School for this morning. Here are some pictures and my notes.

Howard Dean at Merrimack High School (30 Nov 2003)

Howard Dean signing autographs for Spencer, Griffin, Trevor (30 Nov 2003)>

Howard Dean scratching his nose ;-) (30 Nov 2003)

[Notes later -- they are on my palm pilot and I have to find the cable to sync
it, long weekend, tired, blah, blah]

10th annual Nashua Downtown Winter Holiday Stroll / John Edwards

Saturday we braved the New Hampshire cold and wind to see John
Edwards' appearance at the Nashua Downtown Winter Holiday Stroll. The
boys had a great time handing out candy canes from the campaign.

John Edwards at Nashua Downtown Winter Holiday Stroll (29 Nov 2003)

Wendy asking a education question of John Edwards

Related Links:

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Dismantling of the Sand Mandala of the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery

This afternoon we all went to Nashua North High School to watch the
dismantling of the sand Mandala representing Compassion. After about
25 minutes of overtone chanting (beautiful and impossible to describe)
to mark the beginning of the ceremony the head monk gave some
background on Buddist beliefs, Tibetan culture and thanked everyone
involved. Then rather quickly the sand mandala which took four days
to create was swept up and then marched down the the river and
dispersed onto the water. The idea is the compassion embodied by the
art will be carried by the water to everyone who needs it in the

Completed Sand Mandala by the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery at Nashua Hi
gh School North (click for larger image)

Sand Mandala (click for larger image)

Sand Mandala (click for larger image)

Sand Mandala (click for larger image)

Sand Mandala (click for larger image)

Sand Mandala (click for larger image)

Deconstructing Sand Mandala (click for larger image)

Deconstructing Sand Mandala (click for larger image)

Deconstructing the Sand Mandala (click for larger image)

Related Links:

Monday, November 17, 2003

New Hampshire Public Radion and KUNI (Iowa) Public Radio Election 2004 P

I was surfing Google News and
stumbled upon this joint NHPR/href="">KUNI public radio website of href="">'penpals' which are
really just MT powered blogs.

Check it out -- Primary Frontl
ine PenPals

(RDF |
RSS 2.0 XML)

Sunday, November 9, 2003

Joe Lieberman Town Hall Meeting at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH

This has been quite a New Hampshire Primary weekend for the
Nozell/Thomas family!

We just got back from the Joe Lieberman event at Daniel Webster
College (Nashua, NH).

Overall: He is looking to run a much more socially conservative path
in hopes of getting the "Reagan Republicans" back to the Democratic
party, is the pro-war alternative, playing on the religious/family
values theme. Also has the angle of 'you may not agree on everything,
but you know I do this because of what I believe not because of
polls/who contributes to me'.

Joe Lieberman in Nashua, NH (9Nov2003)

Random Notes: (hey, they are cryptic notes from the palm pilot)

I'd guess there were about 150 or so people at the event that was held
at the rather small student union on DWC. One the way in the advance
man asked us if we wanted to sit in front on the floor and by the way
sign this video release form. So far everytime we've taken all the
kids to an event like this, they want to use us for eye candy in the
front. So we were right in front of the podium and had a nice little
chat with Dick and Katrina Swett (former congressman for NH). They
have 7 children and she was pulling out her photos of children ;-)

Lieberman didn't have much in the way of a prepared talk, just a
bit on intro on how the US could do better to take care of our
veterans and how Bush isn't.

Q1) from a student in a suit and tie about the Paul Wellstone funeral
and how some say it was turned into a political rally (question was
more accusatory). Answer was along the lines that it was an unusual
night, he agreed and Paul would have too that booing the Republicans
that attended wasn't appropriate, but the Pro-Democratic cheers were
Paul's friends just wanting to keep his work going.

Q2) What are the top 3 issues you would address? Answer,
assuming domestic issues, 1) Economy, 2) Public Schools 3) Healthcare.
A 4th would be to address the international arrogance of the Bush
campaign which is responsible for why everyone hates us.

Q3) A visually impaired person asked if Lieberman would support a
requirement for matching funds to be to provide campaign info in
braille and/or audio formats. Asked his staffers to talk to the
person afterwards and will think about it.

Q4) Question from the "Save Our Syrup; Stop Global Warming" folks (href="">
about global warming. Answer: it is a real problem and the
Republicans are always trying to say that it is unproven. Said that
in a few years those reports will end up in the wastebasket along with
those from the tobacco industry saying their product is safe. George
W. Bush is the worst environmental president in history. Enforcement
is down, ref: EPA(?) told to drop investigations on polluting power
plants. Pulling out of Kyoto talks showed that GWB is not
responsible. It goes goes against the US's basic values.

Q5) Health care: does not want a Canadian style program, but wants to
use large pool of participants of uninsured in the USA.

Q6) Mental illness? It should be covered like any other medical

Q7) Please highlight the differences between you and the other
Democratic candidates. It is healthy up to a point to talk about
differences, but the point is to put a Democrat in the White
House. Differences of course ont the war, but also in health care.
The other's health care plans are too expensive or too big. Taxes,
specifically Dean and Gephardt want to roll back all of Bush's tax
cuts, he wants to keep the taxcuts for middle income folks (up to
$200,000 which is the start of the 2% of Americans). Mentioned Dean
not accepting federal matching funds and hopes that Dean will keep
within those guide lines for the primaries.

Q8) Free trade? Lieberman says we need fair trade and the NH depends
on free trade. Need to encourage other countries to raise their work
standards. Mentioned Clinton's take on it that the USA is only 4% of
the world and we need to trade with the other 96% of the world.

Q9) Business ethics? The goverment needs to have a a roll in this.
Republicans say let the market take care of it, but goverment needs to
have a roll. Would want to have pro-investor and pro-consumer people
on company boards. ref: mutual fund scandal that was broken by the
ATGs of Massachusetts and New York, not by any insiders coming

Q10) asked a question about how to improve special education.
Lieberman asked for more information and to have a staffer follow up
with her concerns.

Q11) H1B Visas? Make the point that he wasn't against immigration,
but we should take a look at if H1B are still needed for high tech.
Mentioned some bill/ammendment he was working on related to this.

There was a question about his support of a Palestinian state as
quoted from a talk to the Arab-American group a few weeks ago. The
tone of the questioner was that she wasn't much in favor of it.
Lieberman said the US needs to be strongly involved, we are the only
country both sides trust.

Katrina Swett (ran for congress a couple years back) had a
question/comment about 'why vote for joe' -- Basically need someone
who can work the middle of the party and attract Democratic leaning
independents so he can win next year. Someone that the Republicans
can't characterize as not in keeping with the main stream social
issues, not strong on defense and eager to raise taxes. Lieberman
agreed that can't/shouldn't let the Republicans to portay as
anti-religion, anti-family values.

There were more Q & A but the kids were getting hungry and a little
restless. At the end Spencer, Griffin and Trevor wanted to shake his

Joe Lieberman in Nashua, NH (9Nov2003)

Joe Lieberman in Nashua, NH (9Nov2003)

are some pictures of Joe Lieberman at a Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N

BTW: Check out tomorrow's Nashua Telegraph and New York Times -- the
Telegraph may have some pictures of Wendy, Logan, Addy and Emma and
the Times may quote Wendy (the reporter said she looked great for
having six kids -- Wendy would kill to see that description of her in
the Times ;-)

Saturday, November 8, 2003

John Kerry talking to a Veterns' group in Manchester, NH

This morning on the way to drop off some of the kids at art lessons at
the Currier I saw a small film
crew outside a restaurant on Elm Street in Manchester. I walked down
to see what was the happening and John Kerry was meeting with a
veterns group. He was just finishing up and working the room of vets.

John Kerry in Manchester, NH (8Nov2003)

are some pictures of John Kerry at a resturant in Manchester, NH.

The Presidential Staffers are swarming in New Hampshire today

John Kerry's people said he will be speaking at a Vetern's rally
this morning at Independence(?) Park in Manchester.

On the walk back from the John Kerry event, I ran into a bunch of
Howard Dean staffers looking for a place to eat -- sent them to the
Hungarian restaurant on Elm St, not the diner Kerry was at ;-) One of
the young women was from Rochester, NY (Bloomfield actually) -- it is
funny how after all these years I can still pick up the hard R accent
from there.

The Joe Lieberman staffers were out too. He will have a Town Hall
Meeting on Sunday November 9th at 4:30pm in the Common Thread Student
Union of Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH. "Come hear about his
plans to restore progress and prosperity to the country and integrity
and fairness to the White House". For more info, call Andy at
603-889-4009 or href="">

Friday, November 7, 2003

John Edwards Town Hall Meeting at Martha's Exchange in Nashua, NH

are some pictures
from this lunch time's href="">John Edwards Town Hall Meeting
at Martha's Exchange in Nashua, NH.

John Edwards in Nashua, NH (7Nov2003)

Related blog entries:

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Matrix: Reloaded == Wrath of Khan / Matrix: Revolutions == Whales

It is 12:01am and I just got back from a showing of Matrix
and wanted to rave about it. While the special
effects were outstanding the movie wasn't satisfying. There wasn't
enough explanation of why it ended the way it did and what, if
anything, was the next step.

If Matrix Reloaded is Wrath of Khan, Matrix
is more like the one with the whales. Nice to see
everyone again with their new toys, but it doesn't give the thrill you
were expecting.

Tuesday, November 4, 2003

John Edwards' November campaign stops in New Hampshire

We got a flyer in the mail a few days ago from the John Edwards
campaign with all their NH stops.

For more info, call 603-621-2300 or href="">

  • Wednesday November 5, 8:30am -- Goffstown; Breakfast at
    Travers Village Restaurant, 13 Main St


  • Wednesday November 5, 11:30am -- Concord, Policy Speech, NH
    Technical Institute, 31 College Dr


  • Wednesday, November 5, 3:25pm -- Lebanon, Workplace Town Hall
    Meeting; Graphics Data Technology, 11 Lafayette St


  • Wednesday November 5, 5:30pm -- Manchester, Planned Parenthood
    Candidates Forum ; Holiday Inn Center of NH, 700 Elm St


  • Thursday, November 6, 10:30am - Swanzey -- Town Hall Meeting ;
    Monadnock Regional High School, 580 Old Homestead Highway


  • Thursday November 6, 7:30pm -- Portsmouth; Town Hall Meeting ;
    South Church; 292 State St


  • Friday November 7, 8am -- Dover; Breakfast; Christopher David's
    Restaurant; 446 Central Ave


  • Friday November 7, 11:30am -- Nashua; Lunch; Martha's Exchange,
    185 Main Street (Good micro-brew. Get the Scotch Ale if they have it! -marc)


  • Friday November 7, 6pm -- Manchester; Town Hall Meeting ; Millyard
    Museum; 255 Commercial St


  • Friday November 7, 7:30pm -- Derry; Town Hall Meeting; Marion Gerrish Commu
    nity Center; 39 West Broadway


  • Saturday November 8, 9:30am -- Milford; Breakfast ; Milford Diner
    ; 63 Union Sq


  • Saturday November 8, Noon -- Concord; Town Hall Meeting; Home of
    Chris and Kristin Sullivan, 9 Pine St


  • Saturday November 8, 1:30pm -- Salem; Town Hall Meeting; Home of
    Lynne Snierson, 20 Lady Lane


  • Saturday November 8, 4pm -- Meredith; Town Hall Meeting;
    Inter-Lakes Elementary School; 1 Laker Ln


  • Saturday November 8, 7pm -- Gorham; Keynote Address at Coos County
    Democrats Truman Dinner, Town & Country Motor Inn, Route 2


(Note: Take the maps@yahoo with a grain of salt. Especially the last one.)

Friday, October 31, 2003

"The system is available 24 hours a day"

I was looking at internal-only benefits-related site at work today and
found this note hilarious.


The System is available 24 hours a day except during daily backups
Monday through Friday , 11pm - 11:30pm PST and during weekly backups
Sunday 3pm - 9pm PST.

So the website is available 24 hours a day except for those 5 1/2
hours a week when it isn't available.

Saturday, October 18, 2003

East Rochester NY high school graduating class of 1982

The East Rochester High School librarian/district webmaster sent mail yesterday asking folks to update their contact info on the updated website:

I dug out my old Gagashoan yearbook and here is a list of East Rochester, NY High School Graduating Class of 1982:

If you found this page by googling your name, drop me some email. I'd love to hear what you are up to.

Douglas R. Ahern
Linda Maria Alfieri
Gregory Scott Allen
Francis C. Argento, Jr
Laura Marie Anderson
John V. Austin, III
Inges B. Aquino
Mary R. Aquino
Varlerie Anne Bagley
James Baroody
Harland K. Beckwith, Jr
David C. Bellinger
Anthony C. Bingo, Jr
Theresa M. Billings
Keven K. Boden
Timothy D. Boon
Susan Linda Bourgoin
Edward G. Brezee Iii
Lena C. Cagliostro
David Cappiello
Kim Carl
David C. Carver
Darcy Ann Cassarino
Stephen M. Castro
Kimberly A. Conner
Mike Coursen
Rita A. Damiano
John S. D'Angelo
Mary Ann Diciantis
Carol A. Derosa
David P Dezio
Dianne D. Dianetti
Jamie Dianetti
Sue Ann Dimatteo
Aaron P. Estey
Ginny Filiaci
Susan Elizabeth Fitzsimmons
Todd P. Fitzsimmons
Hilary A. Fraser
Debbie Frohm
Marge Frohm
Lisa C. Galante
Nicholas Galante
Chris Georgantonis
Charlie Gorman
Susan M. Griffith
Ember Grummons
Marybeth Hagreen
Christine R. Hallings
Donal A. Herbst, Jr
Geoffery O. Kelly
Christopher Kemp
Thomas J. Kessler
Susan M. Kitchen
David Konopski
John F. Kyle
Cynthia A. Lapietra
Lauri A. Lausin
Karen M. Lazio
Thomas F. Leary
Marie C Leone
David J. Mackie
John Maynard
Lew Mariotti
Stephen Marshall
Jeff Masetta
Randy M. Mchenry
Stacy A. Mcphee
Patrica M. Merritt
Ronnie J. Metzger
Colomba Misseritti
Francis Monachino
Joe Monachino
Brad Moretti
Paul Noel Myers
David Nania
Marc E Nozell
Hoang Thai Nguyen
Tom Pagano
Rosemarie Pallini
Kathy Parravano
Chaz Parker
Robert John Pata
Annette Perrone
Sam Parrone
Martine Polizzi
Marisa P. Porretta
Suzanna H. Prong
Michelle A Prosperi
Jonathan Clifford Pullano
Linda Quenell
Daniel P Quinn
Thomas Raschiatore
Robin Lynn Robison
Byron A. Roby
Haley L. Rood
Ruby B. Roy
James R. Russell
Kristof Schaetzle
Mary A. Scheg
Donna Schicker
Herman Schojan
Kevin Schoonover
Karen A. Scura
Charles K. Shurtleff
Patrick Skillo
Julie Soregi
Donald Spinell
Edward J. Steve
Cliff Stone
Timothy G. Sullivan
Richard Tambasco
Jacquelyne A. Tokarz
Cindy Tando
Cassie Kiyono Titman
Mary Felice N. Tochelli
Lori Vandervoort
Craig Venette
John J Walzcyk
Karen Woodcock

It will be interesting to see if anyone from the class finds this page when googling their name.


Tuesday, October 14, 2003


Hi Google Community Content reviewers -- this ancient post has twice been tagged as Sensitive Content. For the life of me I don't know what could be considered potentially offensive.

Since I've picked up a hp camera, the kids and I have been going crazy taking pictures. Last Saturday while killing time while the kids were at art classes, I took a random walking tour of Manchester, NH.

  • WPA-era statue of the America Revolutionay War Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, formerly Marshall General of Poland. This photo was even taken on href="">the official General Pulaski Memorial Day!
  • Wagner Memorial in Manchester (Who is Wagner? Memorial to what?)
  • old fire alarm boxes
  • Lieberman NH Political posters
  • poster for the world premiere of 'Druid Gladiator Clone' a movie made in Manchester, NH (that has got to win for coolest new movie title.)
  • The Cadillac Motel: Rooms for a night or a life time (Rooms by the hour too?)
  • General autumnal pictures of New Hampshire
  • Take a look.

    Friday, October 10, 2003

    A 'Challenge Bush in NH primary' site is a blogger

    I was reading the local Merrimack href="">free newspaper and there
    was a letter to the editor by David Gosselin announcing his new site,, to encourage
    someone to challenge George W. Bush in the NH primary. The
    interesting thing is it basically a blog with trackbacks, pingbacks --
    the works! Dave Winer would be
    proud of this politico getting his message. ;-)

    Thursday, October 9, 2003

    Wednesday, October 1, 2003

    Free State Project has chosen New Hampshire!

    should make New Hampshire all the more interesting. It seems to me
    that in the last 20 years New Hampshire has become more progressive
    than it used to be, at least in the southern part -- mostly due to the
    shifting demographics of other newcomers from Massachusetts and other
    states following jobs up here. If 20,000 libertarian true believers
    move to the state it will be fun to watch!n

    Saturday, September 27, 2003

    New HP 318 Camera

    I recently picked up through my company's employee purchase program a nice HP 318 camera. It is only 2.31 megapixel, but it works out of the box with debian (thanks gphoto2 and gtkam!), has a CF slot so with a 256M card it can hold almost 300 pictures at its highest resolution. The kids and I have been going crazy taking pictures of pretty much everything.

    Self portrait

    The Beast

    Picture of our living room rug -- suitable for screen background (click t
    o download)

    Monday, September 15, 2003

    Verisign pulls a fast one -- All .COM / .NET domain names now exist

    VeriSign added a wildcard A record to the .COM and .NET TLD DNS zones. The IP address returned is, which reverses to

    That means when someone mistypes a URL or non-existent domain name it will go to Verisign's advertising/search engine site.

    So a clearly bogus site ( will resolve in DNS.

    $host has address

    Spammers 'hijacking' domain

    It looks like some spammer is using my domain name as for the return
    address. Starting yesterday I started getting a bunch of bounced email
    allegedly from addresses like this:

    Here is a selection of the crap that they are sending out:


    Subject: Re: fioricet, soma, buspar, prozac, and more prescribed
    online and shipped to your door jnk ngc vktv lsgqp uredu jb r
    nclh qovnbcdpzdvygvotdzljdt yqlis pvhq diijybv djkxitmhw xksh


    Subject: Fwd: get prescription meds to your door - no prior
    prescription needed rbthixw juminx wuzeh y m kywdghdyb tt xx
    dfzlztjajjzhz lyhnjufi omhb tsntghowomc gjm guuhleytw


    Subject: Re: get prescribed viagra, diet pills and much more online!
    overnight shipping id pjvunfslev daqrksw qck lrrpqarma tlpkb
    ym q tu nk bgl lsc pmppwvlxiageo

    Subject: Fwd: ever wanted real soma pills rrvkmqjohenzzvowgseyb


    Subject: Re: order status
    number%random_number%random_number) fph mbnyhhpbequue zaty
    zlhifzh ivb wdgfhbkgoyaw rjoslyduhrh xhrzphcp kbl
    aitqveaefytihoir lghshjqs

    The last one is interesting because it looks like the jerk messed up
    his spamming software.

    Friday, September 12, 2003

    Adelphia's experiment with Microsoft TV

    There is an excellent new show in Merrimack, NH on Adelphia channel 22:

    Program D:TRMSDisplayEngine.exe

    Program D:TRMSDisplayEngine.exe dialog box

    It says:

    Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library
    Runtime Error!
    Program D:TRMSDisplayEngine.exe
    abnormal program termination


    It gets bonus points for the time not changing. Apparently the app crashed 10 1/2 hours ago and hasn't been noticed...

    Tuesday, September 9, 2003

    John Edwards Town Hall meeting in Merrimack, NH (08 Sep 2003)

    Last night John Edwards was in Merrimack, NH holding a town hall
    meeting/rally. Since we liked what we heard last July down in Nashua,
    we took the kids to hear him again.

    One the way down to the gazebo, I saw someone that looked familar,
    although I couldn't place where -- it was blogger Dave Winer. To be honest, I think it was his
    that caught my attention first. Afterwards we had a nice
    talk and introduced him to all the little ones. Emma really won him over ;-)

    Christopher Lydon (formerly of the excellent NPR lunchtime radio show, now occasionally on some other public radio show that I forget the name but is still excellent when I catch it) was also there. His impression and a recording of the event is on his blog.

    Personally I liked his passion for civil rights/civil liberties.

    And Wendy was quoted
    in the Nashua Telegraph.
    Spencer has a weekly school assignment of writing about a current events topic, but somehow quoting mom wouldn't be the best option.

    Wendy Thomas, a 44-year-old mother of six in town, said she had to
    come see Edwards again after a similar event in Nashua and tested the
    candidate's support for making it easier to get rid of incompetent,
    public school teachers. "My biggest concern still is nobody has heard
    of this guy. I keep telling my friends, 'You've got to meet this
    candidate, John Edwards. They say, John who?' " Thomas recalled.

    Here are some of my photos from the event. Griffin is proud of
    some pictures he took too.

    John Edwards answering Wendy's question wrt education

    Pepsi Product placement at townhall meeting ;-)

    Griffin (middle) and Spencer (right) waiting to get an autograph

    Brush with blog fame: Dave "scripting.

    Winer (yellow shirt, partially obscured) and Christopher Lydon (headphones)

    Griffin getting an autograph

    Spencer getting an autograph

    Wednesday, September 3, 2003

    netjuke from source on debian

    The debian/sarge package for netjuke didn't quite work out of the box and it was a little dated so I decided to install netjuke from source.

    Dependancies -- apt-get the debian packages for mysql-client, mysql-server and make sure php4 and php4-mysql are installed.

    Be sure to follow the post-installation steps of php4 in /usr/share/doc/php4/README.Debian.gz.
    In particular, un-comment the line:

    LoadModule php4_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/


    AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .phtml .php3
    AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps

    and add index.php to the line like this:

    DirectoryIndex index.php index.phtml index.php3 index.html

    Remember to restart apache (/etc/init.d/apache restart)

    Now you need to create a database to hold the netjuke tables. If you
    have an existing database and user, you can use that. I have fresh
    MySQL install with no table nor any non-root database users, so I did

    • By default debian's MySQL server doesn't listen on the network
      port but netjuke wanted to connect that say, so edit /etc/mysql/my.cnf
      to enable it by commenting out the skip-networking line and
      restart MySQL (/etc/init.d/mysql restart)

    • Check to see that it worked:

      $ mysqladmin -u root password 'sekert'
      $ mysqladmin -u root -p create netjuke
      Enter password:
      $ mysql -u root -p mysql
      Enter password:

      Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or g.
      Your MySQL connection id is 6 to server version: 4.0.13-log

      Type 'help;' or 'h' for help. Type 'c' to clear the buffer.
      mysql> grant all privileges on netjuke.* to netjuke@localhost
      identified by 'othersekret;
      Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.01 sec)

    • Now you are ready to install netjuke.

      Go to the top of the web space, by default on debian it is /var/www
      and unpack netjuke (tar zxvf ~/ netjuke-1.0-rc2.tar.gz).

      Now as the netjuke docs say, go to

      and click through the GPL license to the installation page. My
      answers were:

      DB Type: MySQL
      DB Host: localhost
      DB User: netjuke
      DB Password: othersekret
      Sys. Admin. email:
      Admin Password: moresekret

      After a submit (be sure javascript is enabled, netjuke uses it
      heavily) it will offer to save inc-prefs.php. Copy that to
      /var/www/netjuke/etc/ and you may need to set the privileges to the
      web server can read the file
      chmod 444 /var/www/netjuke/etc/inc-prefs.php

      You are almost done, so take a look at http://localhost/netjuke and
      log in and poke around some. Don't worry that there aren't any music
      files there, that is next.

      I keep my music files in /DATA/Music/ and didn't want to copy them to
      where netjuke wanted them (/var/www/netjuke/var/music), so I used
      ln to make them available like this:

      cp /var/www/netjuke/var/music/* /DATA/Music
      rm -rf /var/www/netjuke/var/music
      ln -s /DATA/Music /var/www/netjuke/var/music

      Now back to netjuke's web
      to import the files. Follow the links Admin->Recursive
      Audio File Finder->Start Scanning and then watch as the mp3/ogg/etc
      files are found and added to the netjuke database. If you have a lot
      (I have around 11G) you may need to import them a few at a time using
      the Admin->Music Directory Browser route and bring in a few
      directories at at time.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2003

    John Edwards will be campaigning in Merrimack, NH on September 8th

    We just got a call (two actually) from the NH John Edwards' presidential campaign about a rally in town next Monday at 7pm at Abby Griffin park.

    I first asked if the info was on the John Edwards website ("not yet, the venue was just confirmed his morning") and if they were considering adding a weblog to the site. The NH staffer said he didn't know if the ational campaign would, but they are thinking about having someone from the NH organization to start one.

    Just tonight I found a picture of Addy on the North Carolina News Observer newspaper website
    from the last time John Edwards was in Nashua.

    Monday, September 1, 2003

    Using MTRG to monitor kid's bandwidth

    We just added a WinXP system for the kids to use. We were tired of saying: "Stop playing neopets on Mom's computer" and "Enough of the Strong Bad email, get off of my computer". In order to keep an eye on how much bandwidth they were using, especially if they inadvertently get install some spyware, I'm using MRTG to watch for spikes in traffic.

    • On the windows systems, install SNMP (in the control panel->Add Software->Add/Remove Windows Components).

    • On the home linux server install mrtg
      and then do this:

    • Create a mrtg configuration file:
      cfgmonitor public@kidspc public@wendypc > /etc/mrtg.cfg 

    • Create a index for the top of the web area:
      indexmaker /etc/mrtg.cfg > /var/www/mrtg/index.html 

    The debian package already took care of creating the directory and a
    script in /etc/cron.d/mrtg to run every 5 minutes.

    Using X10 to control the kid's lava lamp

    Installed bottlerocket (comma nd is br) and setup cron to turn on/off the boy's lava lamp so it is on when the wake up and go to bed.

    My root crontab looks like this now:


    # Turn on Spencer's lava lamp at 6:00am and off at 7:30pm
    0 6 * * * /usr/bin/br A3 ON
    0 7 * * * /usr/bin/br A3 OFF

    # Turn on Spencer's lava lamp at 7:30pm and off at 8:30pm
    30 19 * * * /usr/bin/br A3 ON
    30 20 * * * /usr/bin/br A3 OFF

    Thursday, August 21, 2003

    The Orange County Genealogical Society Quarterly / Volume 33, Number 2 Quarterly (August 2003)

    [What is this?]

    • Attention All Genealogists from Bull Family Assoc [they are looking for a n
      ew William Bull and Sarah Wells Stone House Association genealogist]

    • Free Genealogy Seminar -- LDS Church -- Lake Katherine, NY

    • Blauvelt Family Reunion

    • Some Helpful Information [how to submit queries, etc]

    • Donations: Ananias Ballard, Benjamin Babcock, Robert McKune, etc

    • Queries

    • An Old Genealogy Puzzle

    • Answers to Queries

    • Ancestor Table: Stanley Allen Drake

    • Orange County Wills

    • Bible Records: Horton Family Bible of John B. Horton Bible, Davis Bible of
      Joshua Davis 1818

    • Mortgage Sheds Light on David Smith, Miller, of Monroe, NY

    • The Sadder Side of Genealogy [reprint of 1854 letters found in OCGS collect

    • The Identity of Major John Wood's First Wife

    • More Gannon Information

    • Where They Went: Wayne Co, PA

    • Newburgh Directory for 1858-1859: J through L

    • Orange County New York Early Marriages

    • Records of Town of Wallkill Orange County, NY: Births 1881-1909

    • Programming (not confirmed at press time)

    Sunday, August 17, 2003

    Saving bandwith with new blosxom plugin

    Tatsuhiko Miyagawa just announced a cool new blosxom plugin, href="">gzip . In a
    surprising small amount of code, it will transparently compress pages
    served out by blosxom. Get it!

    Friday, August 15, 2003

    Updated blosxom plugin 'find'

    My lunchtime hack was to extend href="">Fletcher
    T. Penney's blosxom plugin href="">'find' to
    allow the last few search terms to be displayed by the blosxom

    Use href="">my version of
    the find plugin and put $find::recentsearches in your head.html

    Wednesday, August 13, 2003

    Scam Spam from

    I was amused by this scamming spam I got this email today.

    Delivery-date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 17:55:01 -0400
    From: Fethard-biz Manager
    Subject: You credit card has been charged for $234.65

    Important notice

    We have just charged your credit card for money laundry service in
    amount of $234.65 (because you are either child pornography webmaster
    or deal with dirty money, which require us to layndry them and then
    send to your checking account).

    If you feel this transaction was made by our mistake, please press

    If you confirm this transaction, please press "Yes" and fill in the
    form below.

    Enter your credit card number here: ____________________

    Enter your credit card expiration date: ____________________

    Yes No

    Phone: +5982 902 5627
    Fax: +5982 902 3114
    ICQ: 156746629

    If you were foolish enough to enter your
    credit card number and expiration date, it would have been sent to The good news is it looks like that site is off
    the net.

    Printing to a microsoft windows-hosted printer from debian

    Our HP
    PSC 750 color flatbed all-in-one printer/copier/scanner
    connected to a Microsoft Window2000 desktop and I want to print to it
    from the home linux server as well as my laptop when I'm home.

    First 'unix printing' support needs to added to the w2k system. Go to
    Control Panel->Add/Remove Programs and then select 'Add/Remove Windows
    Components' on the left sidebar. From there install 'Other Network
    File and Print Services' where you will see 'Print Services for
    Unix'. Then under the Printers control set the printer as Shared and
    name it something, I chose 'allinone'.

    Then install the following debian packages:

    cupsys — Common UNIX Printing
    System(tm) - server
    cupsys-bsd — Common UNIX
    Printing System(tm) - BSD commands
    cupsys-client — Common
    UNIX Printing System(tm) - client programs (SysV)

    And then point a web browser to http://localhost
    http://<homeserver>:631), authenticate with the root password.
    From there, follow 'Manage Printers' and add one as follows:

    • queue name: allinone or whatever you like. Description and location are op

    • Device: LPD/LPR Host or Printer

    • Device URI: lpd:// -- That is the local IP
      address of the w2k system and allinone is the Windows name for that

    • Pick the appropriate printer driver, in my case it is HP then 'HP New Deskj
      et Series CUPS v1.1 (en)'

    • Then configure the printer options if you want to.

    Now you can print a job as simply as 'lpr -Pallinone filename.txt' or 'lpr -Pal

    While I was at it, I hooked up an old epson color printer to the linux home ser
    ver too.

    bottlerocket to control X10 'firecracker'

    I finally found some time to cleanup/mess around in the home office
    and plugged the X10 'firecracker' into the new home linux server.

    Now br A1 OFF turns off the light in my office and
    br A2 ON turns on the lava lamp in the older boy's room. Now
    to use cron to turn off the lava lamp so I don't have to worry that
    the boys forgot to.

    bottlerocket &mdash Utility t
    o control X10 Firecracker devices

    Monday, July 28, 2003

    More essential software for a home linux server

    Time to (re)install an IMAP server on the home server. Using

    -f {homeserver}inbox

    is much nicer than the
    ail -f

    uw-imapd - remote mail folder acc
    ess server

    While the debian package will create its own certificate, take a look
    at my old
    note at how to create a self signed certificate for IMAP

    squid also needed a little configuration to allow for the Using
    ssh to pierce corporate firewalls

    In /etc/squid.conf, add a line like this:


    Now this works again:

    ssh -f -C -L 8080: -l marc sleep 1000

    John Edwards for President Rally in Nashua, NH

    We happened by the John
    Edwards for President
    rally in Greely park yesterday and stopped
    in to her his stump speech. We liked what we heard.

    width="450" height="287"

    Senator John Edwards at rally in Nashua, NH and the Nozell/Thomas family<

    Sunday, July 27, 2003

    More essential software for a home linux server

    Amphetadesk is essential
    to keep abreast of the news/memes of the day. It isn't yet a debian
    package, so you have to manually track down dependancies -- which are:

    libcompress-zlib-perl - Perl module for creation and manipulation of gzip files
    - Various Perl modules for time/date manipulation
    www-perl - WWW client/server libr
    ary for Perl (aka LWP)
    libxml-sax-expat-perl - Perl module for a SAX2 driver for Expat (XML::Parser)

    Friday, July 25, 2003

    debian/linux home server essentials

    First pass at getting the re-installed debian home server back to
    being productive -- a whole raft of tools for admin, web, printing,
    email, genealogy, palmpilot, monitoring tools, music, etc.

    apache — Versatile, high
    -performance HTTP server
    aptitude — curses-based ap
    t frontend
    atop — Monitor for system reso
    urces and process activity
    bittorrent — Scatter
    -gather network file transfer
    blosxom — A lightweight y
    et feature-packed weblog application
    cdrecord — A command line
    CD writing tool
    cupsys — Common UNIX Pri
    nting System(tm) - server
    Common UNIX Printing System(tm) - client programs (SysV)
    darkstat — a network traff
    ic analyzer
    emacs21 — The GNU Emacs e
    ettercap — Multipurpose sn
    iffer/interceptor/logger for switched LAN
    ethstatus — Console
    -based ethernet statistics monitor
    fetchmail — SSL ena
    bled POP3, APOP, IMAP mail gatherer/forwarder
    gkrellm — Multiple stacke
    d system monitors: 1 process [client]
    iptraf — Interactive Col
    orful IP LAN Monitor
    jpilot — A GTK app to mo
    dify the contents of your Palm Pilots DB's
    Plugins for jpilot (Palm Pilot desktop)
    lifelines — Text-ba
    sed genealogy software
    Documentation for lifelines, a genealogy software system
    — Reports for lifelines, a genealogy software system
    links — Character mode
    WWW browser
    lm-sensors — Utiliti
    es to read temperature/voltage/fan sensors
    mutt — Text-based mailreader s
    upporting MIME, GPG, PGP and threading
    netjuke — Web-Based Audio
    Streaming Jukebox
    ndiff — Compares two nm
    ap scans
    pilot-link — Tools t
    o communicate with a 3COM Pilot PDA over a serial port.
    — Vote for your favourite packages automatically.
    samba — A LanManager li
    ke file and printer server for Unix.
    control and monitor storage systems using S.M.A.R.T.
    smbclient — A LanMa
    nager like simple client for Unix.
    snmp — NET SNMP (Simple Networ
    k Management Protocol) Apps.
    snmpd — NET SNMP (Simpl
    e Network Management Protocol) Agents.
    snmptrapfmt — configu
    rable snmp trap handler daemon for snmpd.
    spamassassin — Perl-ba
    sed spam filter using text analysis
    spamc — Client for perl
    -based spam filtering daemon
    squid — Internet Object
    Cache (WWW proxy cache)
    ssh — Secure rlogin/rsh/rcp r
    eplacement (OpenSSH)
    sudo — Provide limited super u
    ser privileges to specific users
    swat — Samba Web Administratio
    n Tool
    Virtual network computing server software
    usbutils — USB console uti
    wget — retrieves files from th
    e web

    Post install steps:

    • run defoma-psfont-installer

    • edit apache's configuration to set hostname

    • edit squid.conf to set visible_hostname

    • edit snmptrapfmt to catch traps from linksys router

    LinuxWorld 2003 preparations are complete!

    This morning the rack that I've been building out for LinuxWorld has
    started its cross-country trek. Putting together a couple of 1u
    servers, a bunch of blade systems of various types, iSCSI router, SAN
    storage, switches, with the appropriate software was fun, but a bit of
    work. Stop by and say hello August 3-7 at the Blade System
    Architecture for Linux
    section of the HP booth.

    Debian/sarge homeserver reborn.

    The home linux server has been rebuilt there were enough extra pieces
    to build a second PC that the kids will use.

    Since the debian needed to be reinstalled, I'm going to start tracking
    package additions here. Perhaps some other debhead will find the info
    useful/helpful and it will be handy to have around the next
    time I build a home server. So bookmark

    Hardware configuration:

    • AMD 1.8Ghz

    • 384MiB memory

    • ASUS KV7-333 mobo

    • 2x40GiB disk. Disk 0 has 8G for /, 512M for swap and the rest is
      /home. The second disk is in to 20G partitions, one for images (I've
      been scanning old snapshots) and music (I've been ripping our
      collection of CDs and using netjuke)

    • two crappy CD drives

    • old floppy drive

    • old floppy drive

    • cheap tulip-based NIC

    Started the install using dwhedon's debian install
    (only 10M) and pulled the rest across our DSL. So far just a
    minimal installation with no Gnome/KDE/X stuff since this server will
    spend most of the time headless.

    Wednesday, July 23, 2003

    Nozell genealogy manuscript is in the mail

    I just mailed out my updated 'Nozell Genealogy' to all known
    descendants (only 19 families!) of Anthony Vincent Nozell (b. ca
    1875). A whole raft of little ones have been born since it was last
    sent out in 1994.

    Geek Note: No Microsoft products were used in the creating of
    the booklet. GNU based toolkit: debian/linux, lifelines, LaTeX, cups,
    emacs, imagemagick, etc

    Updated to blosxom 2.0

    The update from blosxom 2.0rc3
    was pretty painless. There were only a couple plugins (clicktrack,
    breadcrumbs) that were newer than what I was running.

    Great job Rael!

    Wednesday, July 16, 2003

    Fellowship Baptist Creation Science Fair 2001

    From href="">boingboing.neta>
    a link to the hilarious href="">"Fellowship
    Baptist Creation Science Fair 2001". I like the first place
    winner at the high school level "Using Prayer To Microevolve Latent
    Antibiotic Resistance In Bacteria".

    Saturday, July 5, 2003

    Pictures of national and NH politicians and the family

    Merrimack, href="">NH always has politicians to
    our Fourth of July parades. Someone in town said it was because we
    have a good sized town, well educated and reasonably upper-middle
    class population and the pollisters think it gives a clue on how a
    candidate will play nationally.

    This year's parade included the NH Governor href="">Craig Benson (R), href="">Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and href="">Bob Graham
    (R-FL). The campains for John Kerry, Howard Dean, Dick Gephardt, John
    Edwards had a presence, but the candidate wasn't there.

    Here are some pictures we got with the ones that made it.

    height="400" width="400"

    NH Governor Craig Benson and the Nozell/Thomas family

    height="400" width="400"

    Joe Lieberman and the Nozell/Thomas family

    height="400" width="400"

    Cool Joe Lieberman car

    height="400" width="400"

    Bob Graham and the Nozell/Thomas family

    Back in 2000, George W. Bush and Pat Buchanan were at our local
    parade. Bush blew us off, but Buchanan stopped over to say hello.


    George W. Bush but not the the Nozell/Thomas family


    Pat Buchanan and the Nozell/Thomas family (1)


    Pat Buchanan and the Nozell/Thomas family (2)

    Sunday, June 15, 2003

    Create a new ssl certificate for imapd (imapd.pem) on debian

    It has been a year of using imaps and the certificate expired.

    On the imap server, do this:

    # cd /etc/ssl/certs/
    # openssl req -new -x509 -nodes -out imapd.pem -keyout imapd.pem -days 365b>
    Generating a 1024 bit RSA private key
    writing new private key to 'imapd.pem'
    You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated
    into your certificate request.
    What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.
    There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank
    For some fields there will be a default value,
    If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.
    Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:US
    State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:New Hampshire
    Locality Name (eg, city) []:Merrimack
    Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:Wildcat Learning

    Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:Home Server
    Common Name (eg, YOUR name) []:Marc Nozell
    Email Address []

    Wednesday, June 11, 2003

    Belief-o-matic says I'm...

    Beliefnet has an amusing href="">quiz
    that suggests which belief system is right for you.

    I expected to be closes to href="">nonthiest
    or href="">Secular
    Humanist, not href="">Unitarian
    Unitarian. Maybe changing the 'What priority do you place this
    item' would change things.

    Here is how I stack up:

    1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)

    2. Secular Humanism (98%)

    3. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (83%)

    4. Liberal Quakers (82%)

    5. Nontheist (82%)

    6. Theravada Buddhism (68%)

    7. Neo-Pagan (56%)

    8. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (48%)

    9. Bahai Faith (44%)

    10. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (44%)

    11. New Age (40%)

    12. Taoism (40%)

    13. Reform Judaism (38%)

    14. New Thought (36%)

    15. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (32%)

    16. Mahayana Buddhism (30%)

    17. Jehovah's Witness (29%)

    18. Scientology (27%)

    19. Orthodox Quaker (23%)

    20. Sikhism (23%)

    21. Eastern Orthodox (7%)

    22. Hinduism (7%)

    23. Islam (7%)

    24. Jainism (7%)

    25. Orthodox Judaism (7%)

    26. Roman Catholic (7%)

    27. Seventh Day Adventist (7%)

    There are some interesting href="">forums<
    /a> and news sect
    ions to check out.

    Catching up on blogging...

    Between Wendy at tennis camp, getting ready for a customer demo at
    work and attending to the kids by myself, blogging is taking a back
    seat. Here are some interesting links:

    Monday, June 9, 2003

    Lost bookmarks

    Damn! My linux laptop's /home partition filled up and galeon
    couldn't save my bookmarks -- so a truncated version (all header, no
    marks) is all there is. All those random blogs I've bookmarked for
    later reading... Damn, damn, damn.

    Maybe now is the time to use a dedicated bookmark editor like href="">gnobog to store and
    categorize the bookmarks.

    Thursday, June 5, 2003 script to see who links to you

    You life isn't complete until you write and post an httpd log perl script.p>

    Here is my offering:

    The output shows how people are coming to my site. This week's log shows:

    • Someone trying to advertise something about Thailand has two html files on
      their Windows
      G: drive (g:/oversea/country/Thailand/Thailand advertise inc.htm)

    • Searching looking for linux/debian/genealogy/random things such as:

      • genealogy linux KDE

      • xdmcp listen debian

      • photo scanner hp 1000 twain

      • genealogy blog

      • random images (

      • male eye candy

      • email addresses of CHIROPRACTIC DOCTORS in usa

      • sites geographically near themselves (

      • Merrimack Middle School picture

      • picture of Mastricola Middle School

    And most of those searches are coming from google's country-specific
    search engines: at, href="">ca, href="">ch, href="">nz, href="">uk, href="">au, href="">mx, href="">tr, href="">tw, href="">nl, href="">it, href="">fr, href="">lv.

  • What I assume are slime trying to advertise to me by way of my referer link





    • No they don't get linked to from here...

  • Wednesday, May 21, 2003

    The Orange County Genealogical Society Quarterly / Volume 33, Number 1 Quarterly (May 2003)

    [What is this?]

    • Death of Member: OCGS Vice President Roger A. King

    • Cemetery Law Project Update


    • Written on Stone (in memory of Roger A. King)

    • Donations: Horton Cemetery Tombstones (Kent County, MI);

    • Queries

    • Answers to Queries

    • Ancestor Table: Sarah Anne Emmerson

    • Orange County Wills

    • Bible Records: Knapp Family with Farley Family Information

    • Gannon Family Information

    • Golden Hill Race Course (from Goshen's Independent Republican 2 Jan 1878)li>
    • Benjamin Thompson's Civil Ware Experiences

    • Where They Went (Wayne Co, Pennsylvania)

    • Newburgh Directory for 1858-1859

    • Orange County New York Early Marriages (pre-1810)

    • Records of Town of Wallkill, Orange County, NY (1881-1909)

    • Howell Y-DNA testing needed

    • Programming (1 June 2003 'How to read a hebrew tombstone just about anywher
      e in the world' (Judith Langer-Surnamer Caplan); 5 July 2003 - No program; 2 Au
      g 2003 not yet scheduled)

    HP PSC 750 color flatbed all-in-one works great with debian

    Given that most of the new scanners from HP are not supported under
    Linux, it was nice to see that this printer/copier/scanner works fine.

    Here are the packages I needed:

    apt-get install hpoj hpoj-xojpanel hpscanpbm libsane-extras

    Scan directly from gimp (File->Acquire->Xsane), sane or the command line scanimage.

    Tuesday, May 20, 2003

    More debian packages installed on the laptop today

    • dnstop -- sniff & watch dns traffi

    • dirvish -- multiple backups of onl
      ine storage, uses ssh. Currently my
      laptop gets rsync'ed to the work desktop, but it isn't done frequently
      or consistently enough...

    • springgraph -- creates graphs
      of nodes. It could be handy to use it to graph genealogy relationships.

    • jnettop -- sniffs and graphs netwo
      rk traffic. I'm a sucker for
      network traffic graphers.

    • pornview -- just because it has s
      uch a great name

    Sunday, May 18, 2003

    Gymnastics Village 1st place at New England Championships (Class 7, Age 6-7)

    Trevor's team from href="">Gymnastics Village placed
    1st at today's New England Championships in Stoughton, MA.
    Congratulations href="">team!
    Congratulations href="">Igor!

    Saturday, May 17, 2003

    Today was NH's Young Inventors' Invention Convention

    Today was the 17th annual celegration of the New Hampshire Young
    Inventors' program which is sponsored by the href="">Academy of Applied Science.

    Spencer's 'Heat Now!' invention was given the 6th grade
    'Environmental Award' and the Medical Special Award. The
    latter one is given by the New
    Hampshire Medical Society
    and came with a $50 saving bond. He was
    just beaming.

    The first guest speaker was Ken Hakuta, better known as href="">Dr. Fad, the inventor of the "Wacky
    WallWalker" who unloaded a boatload of his flag ship toy to each of
    the kids.

    The second guest speaker were Kati Fairweather, a local high school
    inventor who was recently awarded a patent for her href="
    Loss Lacrosse" (aka "Tethered practice apparatus") and href="
    by Brine..

    Tomorrow href="">Trevor
    is competing in the Class 7 New England Championships meet down in
    Stoughton, MA. Who said weekends were made for relaxing ;-)

    Friday, May 16, 2003

    Unintentional Guerilla Marketing

    I was IM'ing with Scott of
    Fuzzyblog fame about
    feedster and got to chatting about the work href=""
    my group does at HP. He thought
    it was interesting enough to give it a href="">mention on his

    Nice Mozilla extensions

    Thursday, May 15, 2003

    Lunar Eclipse tonight

    Our 6th
    grader's science teacher
    is giving out extra credit if the
    students see the lunar eclipse tonight. It took 10 minutes to wake
    and get Spencer outside, but unfortunately it is very cloudy and we
    couldn't see anything.

    Wednesday, May 14, 2003

    "MSIE - I command you to open the CD drive!"

    Right thinking people use Mozilla or other
    web browsers and, of course, are safe from this
    little hack. Add it to *your* website.
    (View source to see the 11 lines of VBScript.)

    Found this on Give them the cr

    I've pointed my windows-lovin' coworkers to

    Friday, May 9, 2003

    Who is

    I was checking out my access logs and saw that
    is referencing a bunch of images on my webserver. It looks like they
    are using blosxom as some sort of aggregator. Take a look at href="">

    Its nic
    e to be noticed, I suppose.

    I'm guessing their day job is at and it looks like
    they use a sun workstation to surf. :-)

    Thursday, May 8, 2003

    The final batch of 54 more genealogy images

    I'm finally done slicing and dicing those scans from last weekend.
    Here is a resolution reduced shot of me, my father and sister circa
    1969 by the regionally famous Long Island Big Duck. It is still
    around, but apparently it has been relocated from the original

    height="360" width="360" alt="Long Island Duck Building">

    Take a look at these other articles/shrines to the Long Island Big Duck:

    Wednesday, May 7, 2003

    362(!) new old genealogy images (the last bit tomorrow night)

    Wow I really cranked through the second batch of old family images!
    Over 220Mb of images tonight versus yesterday's paltry 124Mb. To scan
    it faster, I put as many photos as would fit on the scanner, now there
    is only one photo is in each file. After cutting apart some more
    scans tomorrow, the next step is to put names/places/dates to each
    photo based on the handwritten notes of my mother.

    If I've given you a username and password, take a look at href="">
    under 'day2'. As with 'day1', most of the images are from of the HULL
    and LENT lines and a few of the NOZELL, SMITH, ODELL lines.

    Off to bed!

    Tuesday, May 6, 2003

    121 new old genealogy images (more tomorrow night)

    I spent the evening cropping and organizing 121 old family images
    using gimp on my trusty href="">gnu/href="">linux href="">debian href="">laptop.
    If I've given you a username and password, take a look at href="">
    Most of the images are from of the HULL and LENT lines and a few of
    the NOZELL, SMITH, ODELL lines.

    height="443" width="369" alt="Dorothy HULL">

    Sunday, May 4, 2003

    family pictures -- including one of me naked!

    My parents were in town this week and brought a whole bunch of old
    family photos that I prompted scanned in. My mother was nice enough
    to sit there and write a description of each image. Eventually they
    will turn up in various genealogy mailings sent out to cousins.

    I've been trying to think how to integrate blogging, wiki,
    whatever to encourage various family members and genealogists surfing
    from search engines to collaborate on identifying and sharing images

    Without further ado -- here is a picture of me buck naked on August 18, 1964

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    alt="Picture of the author -- naked!" src="

    (Well, that should certainly drive up google search traffic to
    this blog. Now go
    away, there is no more nudity here.)

    Links about the Old Man on the Mountain

    I need to dig up some of our photos of the Old Man.

    Saturday, May 3, 2003

    The NH Old Man on the Mountain is no more

    It is a sad day here in New Hampshire. The evening news said there is
    a fund for the restoration of the Old Man. I can't imagine the state
    not rebuilding it -- the likeness is on everything in
    the state.

    Trevor is 4th in 2003 NH Class 7 State Championships

    Trevor did a great job at today's NH Class 7 State Championships and
    placed fourth for the 6-7 age group!

    FX: 8.2
    PH: 8.4
    R: 8.9
    V: 8.9
    PB: 9.0
    HB: 9.0

    AA Score: 52.4

    Trevor visits the hospital

    Two years ago we discovered the hard way that he was seriously
    allergic to bee and wasps and he carries an epipen with him at all
    times. Yesterday Trevor was stung/bit has an href="">anaphylactic
    reaction to something. He 'won' an ambulance trip and spent a few
    hours on an IV at the hospital, etc. Fortunately it wasn't as severe
    as the last time and his breathing was no affected. Because he has
    previously has had a 'rebound' reaction, we are on high alert for the
    next 48 hours.

    Still life goes on and he has his state gymnastics competition this
    afternoon and is going to a friend's birthday party at a href="">Nashua Pride game tonight
    (although now I'll be going with him to the game 'just in case')

    Thursday, May 1, 2003

    This NPR station having a fun-raiser? Time to switch to another NPR station...

    Another advantage of living in New England with its relatively small
    states is being able to listen to any of three public radio stations.

    Last week WBUR had their fund
    raiser, this week is it NHPR (aka
    WEVO) is having theirs. Perhaps href="">WGBH will be having theirs next week...

    Yes, I've donated to NHPR, but that doesn't mean I want to miss the