SocialScope Invite Giveaway

SocialScope Logo

This contest’s entry period is over.

I will post the entries that I received in a separate blog post so you can vote.

SocialScope is a BlackBerry app that features twitter, facebook, flickr, and foursquare integration with the ability to simultaneously post to multiple accounts. It is hands-down my favorite twitter client. The problem is, they have been in private beta since 2008. Many people have been waiting for this app…and will continue to wait. You could request an invite or…you could enter my contest!

All you have to do to enter is tell me why you are the one person in the world that deserves a SocialScope invite more than anyone else! It is that simple. There are two ways to enter, and it couldn’t be easier: Continue reading

So you Bought a Router, What Now? (For the Beginner)

So, you bought a router today? Not sure how to hook it up? The diagrams below will show you waht to do! Click the images for a larger view.

Follow the instructions that came with your new router!

  • Phone cord: thin (usually flat) wire with 4 pins in the connector
  • Cable: thick round cable with a metal connector and a single copper wire in the center of the connector
  • CAT-5: round cord thicker than phone cord, but not as thick as cable with 8 pins in the connector
What you have now (if you have DSL) diagram

If you have DSL

What you have now (if you have a cable modem) diagram

If you have a cable modem

What you need to do diagram

How you need to hook it up

Back of router diagram (what goes where)

Where the wires go

The Ten Commandments of Access

Microsfot Access 2007 LogoAnd it came to pass that the cries and lamentations of the Access newbies were heard on high by the gods of the Database, and their hearts were moved to pity for their followers. And they opened their mouths and spake, saying: “Nevermore shall the young and innocent wander witless on their journeys! We shall provide guidance to them, yea, and to all who wish to seek the paths of wisdom.” And they caused these commandments to be written and placed before the eyes of those seeking enlightenment. Continue reading

Marinating 101: Some Tips for the Beginner

A marinade is a slightly to moderately acidic sauce that you “soak” your meat and vegetables in before you grill it. It is used to give the meat and vegetables flavor and tenderize them. A marinade is not to be confused with a rub, which is usually a dry seasoning you rub into the meat before grilling…but that is another post for another day.

There are several way to marinade meat. Here are a few: Continue reading

What I Hate About Twitter for BlackBerry

Here is a short list of what I hate about #T4BB. Granted, right now I’m tired as hell and a bit irritable. Either way, here we go. Just off the top of my head:

  • The fact that there is no shortcut for “quote tweet” either on the keyboard or in the Profile page.
  • The way “quote tweet” looks all together. What was wrong with RT?
  • @replies show in my timeline WAY before they show in my @reply list.
  • If they can get DMs to show in my messages list, why the hell is it that my @replies don’t?
  • Why does the “integrate into messages” produce one thing only in my messages list “You have new tweets.”?
  • No multi-acct support.
  • It randomly scrolls. I can be scrolling up my timeline, then for no reason at all it just shoots to the bottom.
  • When I click a link in a tweet and it opens the page, when I hit the back key, it does not take me back to T4BB.
  • There is no day separator. When one scrolls through their timeline, there is no distinction between today and yesterday.
  • There is no “This person is following you” notification on the Profile page.
  • The fact that “Unfollow” is the first option in the Profile page. So annoying when I am trying to hit the RT link and accidentally hit unfollow.
  • You can’t scroll left or right to return to the top.

And that’s all I can think of at the moment. Got one? Leave it in the comments.

P.S. I MISS SOCIALSCOPE!

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Bay Breeze

One of my favorite mixed drinks.

  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1.5 oz coconut run
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • crushed ice
  • pineapple wedge (optional)
  1. Add ice cubes and all liquid ingredients in shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. The goal is not only to mix ingredients, but also to create a thicker drink.
  3. Pour over crushed ice.
  4. ENJOY!!

Some of my Favorite Quotes

  • “Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don’t ever apologize for anything.” – President Harry S. Truman
  • “Beer is good.” – thekruser
  • “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace” – Thomas Paine
  • “If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough” – Mario Andretti
  • “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” – Charles Bukowski
  • “Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
  • “I refuse to tip toe through life only to arrive safely at death.” – Anonymous
  • “Welcome to planet motherfucker.” – Rob Zombie
  • “Everybody should believe in something. I believe I’ll have another drink.” W. C. Fields
  • “What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch?” – W. C. Fields
  • “Money may not buy happiness, but it sure can rent it for a long fucking time.” -thekruser
  • “If life give you lemons, try to find someone whose life gave them vodka and have a party.” – Ron White
  • “It is not enough that I succeed, others must fail.” – Gore Vidal
  • “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

Charcoal Chimney Starter

In my last post, I discussed the difference between charcoal briquettes and lump charcoal. Now that you’ve chosen which fuel you will use, you must know how to properly light it. The first thing that probably comes to your mind is lighter fluid and a match. If that’s the case, then you have a long way to go before you can call yourself a Grill Master.

First, ditch the lighter fluid and stay away from the charcoal briquettes that have lighter fluid infused in them. Lighter fluid is toxic and can add a nasty taste to your food. In addition, using too much lighter fluid can result in a flare-up that could cause serious injuries.

Do yourself (and those you are cooking for) a favor and pick yourself up a chimney starter. A chimney is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get your charcoal ready to do its job. Basically, a chimney starter is a metal cylinder that has a rack on the bottom that the charcoal sits on. The rack has holes in it and underneath is where you put newspaper that will light the charcoal sitting above.

Chimney starters can be found at most hardware and big box home supply stores like Home Depot. They run about $20 bucks and they are well worth it. The only thing you need besides the chimney is a few pieces of newspaper and some matches and voila, you’ve got yourself a non-toxic way to light your charcoal.

Now, I’m not going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to use a chimney starter. If you can’t figure it out, you probably should leave the grilling to somebody else. However, what I will do is give you a couple of useful tips.

  1. Put the charcoal in the chimney before putting the newspaper in the bottom. If you put the newspaper in first, the soot from the charcoal bag will prevent the fire from reaching the charcoal above.
  2. Don’t use too much newspaper. I usually use three crumpled up pieces of newspaper, which is enough to get the charcoal started. Too much newspaper will prevent air from getting to the paper in the middle and you’ll find yourself adding more because it won’t burn all the way through.
  3. Light the newspaper in multiple places. This will ensure that you have all of the pieces of newspaper lit.
  4. Once you see flames coming out of the top of the chimney, your charcoal is ready to go. Don’t wait until all of the charcoal is grey or your just wasting it by burning it faster.

It usually takes a chimney between 10 – 15 minutes to fully light your charcoal. That is plenty of time to get your food prepped or to sit down and have a nice, cold beer.