Today we laid my grandfather to rest. The service was very well done, and a big chunk of the family was there … it was strange to say goodbye, but we’ll be carrying what we learned from him with us for the rest of our lives. Here’s from his obituary:
Robert P. Kershaw, 89, formerly of Riverton NJ passed away Jan. 25 in Melbourne Beach FL. Bob was a prominent businessman in Palmyra NJ for over 50 years serving in the Kiwanis Club and many other community groups. He is survived by his wife, Thelma, sons, Roger and William, seven grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
He really left behind a legacy. And it’s hard to believe that he was married to my grandmother for 69 years …
Continuing the home-improvement bent, taking advantage of the (now past) break from classes … Jeff came up this weekend and we spend 20+ hours running CAT6 cables. Yep, I now have a wired network and a house full of holes ala Swiss cheese.
Why a wired network, you ask? In today’s age of 802.11N and mega wireless bandwidth? For starters, I have a lot of media devices. There’s an Xbox 360 that can link to my desktop Media Center, a TiVO, then there’s the old Xbox running XBMC … The desktop and the server and the hardwired VPN have to be hardwired anyway. So there’s a good list of reasons. I had wanted to do a gigabit network but it turns out the only things supporting it are my actual computers. *sigh* But now I’ll at least be able to stream movies to my 360 (and my bigscreen) without having to worry about plaster or EMF interference. And, even fat wireless doesn’t net you as good a throughput as a decent hardwired network connection …
There were some big ol’ obstacles to overcome, though. Fortunately Jeff had done this at his (old) house, and at work, etc, so he was always coming up with nifty ideas to keep us moving. Like when we had to find a way through 16 inches of solid flooring to get from the 1st floor closet to the 2nd floor, and to the attic. We basically carved a channel through the wall (using knives, chisels, files, scroll saws, drills, a screwdriver, and eventually a circular saw) and embedded a cut-to-fit aluminum conduit. The end product was a slick solution which helped get those lines up to the attic.
The attic is scary, by the way.
This in from Zack, at work:
I had suspected that something like this happened with the drinking glasses in hotels all the time – that’s why I always drink out of the bottle! But I must admit that I have not been as careful as I will be from now on.
The link is to a new channel video story, should be SFW. *shudder* I’ll bring my own bottled water from now on …
I’m thinking about ditching this whole home-hosting thing and going with a service. I admit, it r0xx0rs having my own web server and email server in-house, but the ADSL pipe I pay for — which is how I get static IPs — is $120 per month. I can get FiOS or cable for a fraction of that.
Hosting for icebrrrg.com with GoDaddy is like $3 per month. And I could migrate my pics to Flickr (I’m already experimenting here). They have a cool interface. I also have to admit I like the fact that other people’s servers have more of a chance staying up than mine, sometimes.
This one from Eck, who recently sold his sold to the dark side and became a Lucasite. Nah, I’m just jealous.
It’s a Star Wars style 2008 Presidential Candidate run-down. It’s almost funny, even. I think it’s SFW.
I’m still trying to find “Shake That Bear”. The site was taken offline (probably by PETA).
I now have … a DRYER! Paulie came over yesterday and we added a new 30A 220V two-pole breaker, ran conduit (to code), installed a box and outlet, wired the puppy up, broke out a window and installed the vent and hose … and the dryer that Mike gave me for free last year is finally operational! Woot!
Of course, it blew the breaker once already, but hey, I have a dryer.
Sorry it took so long … pictures of the week in KDH are now up for your enjoyment! Duck is in the house. I particularly like the series of Jamie with the hot cocoa. Start here and click for each next picture.
The whole album can be found here. Check out all of the rock stars. =P
Mmm. Tonight I made some simple sautéed shrimp in a lemon garlic sauce, served over pasta with some caesar salad. It was fantastic — easy to make, nice and light, and very fragrant. I highly recommend. We used 1.5 lbs of shrimp, and have a few meals left over. Keep your pans hot!
Quick! Go to SPEEDtv on the web and scroll down to the poll … select “MotoGP”. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get more MotoGP coverage here in the USA. Sweet, sweet MotoGP coverage …
Happy Moo Year!
Another NYE has come and passed, and another lovely week down in the OBX has been thoroughly enjoyed. Much was the enjoyment of the food and videogames and hot tub. The games of the year were Rock Band and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Sigh, now I have to buy that last one. I’m addicted. I guess I never played enough last time Jeff was over.
So I got my grades for last semester … I didn’t get the A+ I wanted in Orgo, but I’ll settle for the A. Another 4.0 in the books, hopefully I can do the same again this semester. Wish me luck!