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Archived News for the Month of August 2007

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8-31: Once again with the Chili Peppers! Today I post last weeks entries to the Chili Pepper Gardner's diary. The Habañero harvest is booming and I've been forced to put a second drying oven into use for the first time ever. The Hobbies department is the place to be today.

8-30: I received an email from a reader of the Chili Peppers page in the Hobbies department. He wondered why I used an oven to dry the chilies and how long that took. My reply to him in email also added a couple paragraphs to the Harvesting Your Bounty portion of the Gardening page. Lots and lots of reasons to use an oven.

8-29: The NRA Archive is updated today with the monthly NRA page features for August: Armed Citizen, Standing Guard, and The President's Column. Each of these features are valuable, information packed columns that you will find extremely helpful and interesting even if you are not a firearms owner yourself. For one, it keeps you apprised of the relative honesty and the intentions of the politicos you vote for. For another, it shows you the value of owning your own firearm for protection, recreation, hobby, business, and because for now anyway... you can. The Archives are available any day of the month from the NRA page in the Extra department, look for the link down at the bottom of the table of contents.

8-28: Enjoy a laugh courtesy of the House of Wacks by visiting the Joke of the Weak page. Remember, laughter is the best medicine. Well, that's what comedians and entertainers will tell you. I'm pretty sure that doctors still think that medicine is the best medicine.

8-27: Team Crunchinator had a great week last week, crunching 12 work units and earning 2,470 points. I suppose it is because Termie is between computer games, or the rest of the planet is embroiled in them. View our folding@home progress on a weekly basis on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.

8-24: The Chili Peppers Gardener's Diary is updated today. Big harvests to report and problems encountered with solutions for next year proposed. Check it out in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.

8-23: A happy Thursday to you. My time to spend on today's update was spent yesterday at the beach. It's great to be me but I guess that makes it sucky to be you. At least somebody was enjoying themselves yesterday! I did leave you with a joke at the Joke of the Weak, so it's not like I'm totally shirking my duty... just mostly 99.99% shirking my duty.

8-22: John C. Sigler, president of the National Rifle Association has an article in the American Rifleman that is reproduced here. This months topic is "Support Your Local Law Enforcement". Good advice, and you can read more on the President's Column in the NRA section of the Extra department.

8-21: I just got another year older in my online Photo Album in the Extra department. You see, I have to wait a couple of years before I look at the picture, look in the mirror, then think, "hey this picture isn't so bad after all". See me at age 56 as I walk through the shadow of the valley of death into the sunlight.

8-20: A fair week for Team Crunchinator. Our Folding@home stats are now up for viewing in the Hobbies department. We earned 2,002 points by crunching 10 work units. I don't know why that is slightly low, perhaps a problem on the server side.

8-17: The Habañero harvest has started! 155 big, fat, red honchos of heat were harvested last week and I can just barely keep up with drying them. Feel the burn in the Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.

8-16: The High School Art page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department is updated today. Featured today is a pencil sketch of one of the first search engines. You have to be there to not be square. There will be no further warnings.

8-15: Today the Standing Guard page in the NRA section of the Extra department is updated. The Standing Guard column written by Wayne LaPierre, the Vice President of the NRA and is taken from one of the NRA magazines, "American Rifleman". This is always good stuff and this month's article is no exception.

8-14: There is some bad news in the Marathon community. The Lh'owon Ar'kives at have closed their doors. The Lh'owon Ar'kives were the largest and most complete interactive database of Marathon game files. Perhaps it might reappear as an FTP site, but it will never return in the same form it was. Because it is no longer online, I have gone over the Battle Cat's Litterbox and removed any links to the site and have replaced any linked to files with backed up duplicates I had on hand. Bummer.

8-13: Arf. Monday again... blah. OK, well... ::getting a grip:: here is the results for last week's Folding@home results. Team Crunchinator did much better last week than the week before, almost as if the CPUs were trying to make up for lost time. We earned 2,466 points by crunching 12 work units. That's impressive... for us anyway. It's happening now in the Hobbies department.

8-10: The week ends up with another stupid graphic I did as a high school kid. It's a representation of my best friend in my senior year, Joe Bennett. Just about the only thing left of it is the thick outline, all the interior lines have faded considerably. Hope old Joe is doing better than his pic. You can take a look at it on the High School Art page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department.

8-9: Read along as a certified hot head thinks out loud in his online journal. If you love hot chilies and want to grow your own, this is a real time guideline for you to follow. It looks like the Habañeros are starting to ripen! Check it out in the Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.

8-8: "Keep your powder dry, because we could be in for a new wave of attacks on gun owners' rights - based on misleading reports of "rising crime." Read all about it in the President's Column in the NRA section of the Extra department.

8-7: The Chili Pepper Facts page is updated today with another story about the fabled Bhut Jolokia (or Ghost Chili), the worlds hottest chili. This article titled Hot like No Other takes you into the Indian provence where the chilies are grown and talks about the chilies impact on the region. The good news is that they are that much closer to showing up on your dinner table to torment you with hellfire. Head for the Chili Peppers page in the Hobbies department before it burns to the ground.

8-6: Team Crunchinator over in the Hobbies department seems to be having a bad week. It must be because of problems at the Folding@home side of the project. I've been crunching away as fast as I get them, but I guess I'm just not getting them. Sometimes the servers are down and long waits for new work units means that my score goes down and I'm sure that is the case this week. We earned only 1,650 points by crunching a paltry 8 work units.

8-3: The Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary is updated today with another installment. The harvest is in full swing and is keeping me busy, it's been a good year despite the rocky start. Read all about Chili Peppers in general in the Chili Pepper section of the Hobbies department.

8-2: I spent most of the day doing systems maintenance on the computer network, so all I've got for you is the Joke of the Weak. If you are a feminist, you probably don't want to go there... but hell, nothing could spoil your day any worse that it always is anyway! Oh boy, I'm going to pay for that one aren't I!

8-1: Just as the song says, "When the log rolls over, we'll all be dead" and web page news is no exception. The heavy hand of time has rolled over the News of July into the News of August but these gems of wisdom and light are not lost to the ages. You can sift through the gruesome dried bones of carnal folly in the labyrinthine catacombs of updates past in the House of Wacks Archives. Play a ribcage like a marimba using the arm bones of yesterdays news. Who knows, you may find a few gold teeth you can stomp out with your ... er ... +5 Jack Boot of Seeking.

No news on the weekends. The Joke of the Weak is updated every weekday. As usual, the Team Crunchinator page is updated every Monday. The NRA pages: President's Column, Standing Guard and Armed Citizen are updated each month. To catch up on news past visit, the News Archives.

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