John's Musings



Filed under: General — John @ 5:44 pm

Filled up my tank today.. $2.96, the station across the street… $3.15 for regular… What the heck? 19 cents difference!



Filed under: General,Holidays — John @ 8:11 pm

On this night of nights may all who have felt sorrow and loss find peace and solace.


Oh I’m getting nuttin for Christmas…

Filed under: Accomplishments,General,Holidays,Pirate — John @ 12:03 pm

MUAHAHAHA!!! I opened my mail today and what to my wondering eyes did appear, but a… nope not a miniature sleigh nor eight tiny reindeer… but 2 photos from the Port Washington Holiday parade!

I have scanned them using the low quality scanner I have and posted them. When I get a chance I will be using a better one to get better scans, and will replace these.

Santa and the Pirates

Santa and the Pirates

Cool Story

Filed under: General — John @ 9:25 am

Dr Who fans, I stumbled across a cool Christmas Dr. Who story and wanted to share it. Enjoy.


Here we come a copying among the…

Filed under: General,Work Stories — John @ 9:16 pm

At 7:49 pm the copier let me know the “copy bandit” was at it again. Today before leaving I setup a program to poll the page count hourly. I now know how many copies this person is making in addition to when they are making them.

I contacted the cadets who actually seemed excited to go catch the person… I feel like an ass in some regards… I mean it is Christmas time, I really don’t want anyone to loose their job or anything over the holidays. Thing is, I don’t want to come back to work and have a broken copier either…


Copier Update

Filed under: General,Work Stories — John @ 7:36 am

Yesterday I called to check up on my report to security regarding the copier. It seems there was no report filed by the night cadet. The two cadets during the day opened a report and did some investigating. When they stopped over at the library they asked, “So, where is the wrapper from the ream?”
No, I hadn’t mentioned that the 1st thing the copier told me was that tray 1 had been opened. The only reason that would have been the 1st message, would be if the person using it removed the normal paper, and put their own paper in. So, I responded to the cadet, “Well, considering it was probably the cleaning crew… I’m sure they emptied their own trash , but I’m curious to know how you knew there should have been a wrapper. ”
“We have someone on the security cameras coming in carying a ream of paper that is not the same as you guys use.”
“Oh really? Well that certainly fits with the emails I got from the copier. The first email I received was one telling me Tray 1 had been opened by someone.”
The second cadet chimed in with, “The only people up here at the times in question were the cleaning people”
“Well, thats no shock… they are always messing with things. Our razor knifes disappear out of desks and reappear all the time. The first aid kit vanished a month or so ago, the coffee disappears at an alarming rate…”
cadet 1: “This is the 1st we have heard of any of this, you need to be reporting all of this”
my Boss: “We have, to [their supervisor].”
me: “He frequently insists it’s it you guys doing it”
Cadet 2 rolled his eyes, while cadet 1′s blood pressure obviously rose just a twinge.
“Well, we will continue to look into this, and make sure the chief is aware of all of this when he gets back.”
me: “Thank you!”
boss: “If you need the emails let us know we can send them to you”
cadet: “Ok, thank you”

So, thats the latest on the copier story. I love our copier… :-)


Copier Love

Filed under: General,Technology,Work Stories — John @ 12:45 am

I love the new copier at work, not only does it make copies, it makes books, scans, acts as a printer, AND it is a nice tattle tale on late night campus staff.

Tonight, at 11:15 the copier emailed me to tell me it was out of paper. Strange… The library closed at 10:00pm. It then a minute later emailed me to let me know it no longer was out of paper. ??? uh… interesting… 10 minutes later, it was out of paper again… then it once again had paper… uhhh… stranger… a few minutes later, it emailed me to tell me it had a paper jam… At that point I called the campus cadets and asked them to look into who is over there… “I’ll take a walk over there a bit later and take a look”, “Ok.. I replied” 20 minutes later the copier emailed me to tell me someone had removed the duplexer… I freaked, and called the cadet again. “Look, something is going on up there! someone just removed parts form the copier that should not be removed!!” “I’ll head over now!” “Thank you” “Wait.. how do you know this is going on?” “The copier emailed me for help…” “uhh… ok…”

Hopefully the cadet found out who was wrecking our brand new copier… I will be emailing the logs to both the chief, and to the head of maintenance.



Filed under: Fun & Games,General,Holidays — John @ 11:52 pm

The caroling party was a lot of fun. The few pictures I took are up. We sang a lot of songs and I think everyone had a good time. As always there was lots of food, we don’t have a party without gluttony :-)

The caroling also left room for some hijynks including some snowball fights, and a bit of wrestling in the snow by the ladies of Bounding Main.
Bounding Main Ladies


When your carpet absolutly positivly needs to be clean in a hurry… Call 911

Filed under: General,Technology — John @ 10:53 am

Today while on the road, I saw a car in the ditch. I pulled out the cell phone and dialed 911 to report it. The phone rang a few times and and then the voice on the other end said “Hello, Vac – N – Clean”.
I said, “What? What was that?”
“This is Vac-N-Clean”, the voice repeated.
I, shocked, responded “uhhh…. Thats not right, I dialed 911″
The voice on the other end responded: “WHAT!! WOW!! Uhhh good luck in your emergency”, and then hung up.

I dialed 911 again, the phone rang, and rang, and rang, an rang, then the answering machine picked up, “Thank you for calling Vac-N-Clean…”.
I hung up.

I then called 611, and got in touch with a technician. I’ve never seen a support call escalated so quickly, within 10 minutes I was at the highest tier of support, and they were all sounding a little panicked.


A new term…

Filed under: General,The Duh! File — John @ 12:17 pm

A quote:

“(s)he doesn’t speak in stream of consciousness… (s)he speaks in retention pond of consciousness”

Thinking about it, a stream tends to imply they are going somewhere with what they are saying… This conversation was definitely not going anywhere… therefore retention pond… hehehe I like it…


The Ice Storm

Filed under: General — John @ 2:14 pm

Well so far it hasn’t been to bad. Theres a lot of ice on things, Waubonsee closed, and I’ve been doing projects aroudn the house.

I did snap a few pictures because things do look pretty cool. (no pun intended)

This image has glowing blobs in it, those are water droplets that dripped off my porch and got caught by the flash. Pretty cool looking.

Here it comes

Filed under: General — John @ 12:29 am

I’m pretty sure the storm has started… I jsut heard what sounded like ice hitting the window… oh goody…


A rose by any other name…

Filed under: General,Pirate — John @ 12:28 pm

Finally, after almost 2 full years of playing around as a pirate at various festivals, managed to find a character name I really like.
I give you:
John T. Hawser

I don’t know what it is with me that I cannot come up with names to save my life…


Home Safe

Filed under: Accomplishments,Fun & Games,General,Renaissance — John @ 1:45 am

I’m home safe, the normally 3.5 hour route home from port, by way of the girlfriends house, took an extra hour due to the weather. Boy am I glad we left at 8 when we did.

Thank You to those who contacted me, a meetup was just not in the cards. The parade, and post parade activities turned into an all night event. :-) I’m really glad she went with, it was fun having her there.

I’ll post more, when I have slept… But WOW was this a fun trip, and worth it.


  • Picture with Santa Clause and the pirates!
  • Us becoming the #2 attraction at the photo shop while we were there
  • Helping the fund raiser to teach teddy bears to drive :-)
  • Jack Sparrow and the Beauty Salon
  • Having a fellow pirate who could handle “yes and…” and run with it. Ian you rock
  • Cute wee little lass who wanted to talk and talk to us pirates. That wonderment, and glow is just amazingCute Kid
  • Boy who shouted… “HEY I REMEMBER YOU!!!” while grinning from ear to ear.
  • Chasing after the horse drawn carriage, shouting about my ship leaving with out me


  • Weather on the way home.
  • Having to leave early casue of the weather, and distance



Filed under: General,Holidays — John @ 9:15 am

Today is the day of the Port Washington Christmas Parade. The parade starts at 3:00, and I’ll be leaving to head up there about 9:30. I’m going to be in the parade for the Pirate Festival, then hang out a bit afterwards to hand out flyers, pose or pictures, etc. Not sure what will be on the agenda for the way home, but if anyone on the 94/294 corridor wants to get together, give me a call on the cell, It will be me and the girlfriend.


For my musician friends

Filed under: Holidays,Music — John @ 11:47 pm

I stumbled across this song by John McCutcheon today, the version I heard is sung by Robbie O’Connell. Wow, what a tear jerker. I can see a number of you doing this one, in non-faire settings…

Christmas in the Trenches

Wow what a day

Filed under: General,It's all relative,Work Stories — John @ 7:16 pm

Today was . An administrator had wiped and re-installed windows on a laptop they were getting rid of, but they couldn’t get the WiFi working. It turns out somehow the cards driver had the smart card setting turned on, once I turned that off all was well. After that, I went down to the vending machine to get a cookie, because sometimes you just need a cookie. I needed more than a cookie…

Meme thingy

Filed under: Fun & Games,General — John @ 3:15 pm

did it again… :-)


Mmmmm Sushi

Filed under: Fun & Games,General — John @ 11:14 am

So, Thursday I went with Kilted, and for sushi dinner for ‘s birthday. Yum.

While talking sushi today in a chat, pointed me to an evil little time waster… “Sushi Go Round

Have fun folks :-)


Inbox Cleaning

Filed under: General — John @ 12:14 pm

I have hosted my own email server in my house for longer than I can remember. It was a nice way to learn more about the internet, and to keep my skills fresh. It did have one downside… Maintenance of the hardware. With as much mail that comes in (spam, etc) the drives got quite a workout and needed to be replaced more other than I would have liked. Recently I started noticing the server reporting problems with the main hard drive, again. Rather than rebuilding the server yet again, I made a decision. I signed up for, and have now moved my mail hosting to Google for domains. I had considered doing this before, but Google was not offering map support. Without that, there was no way to migrate all my existing mail over. No Google offers IMAP support, and so it seemed that the time was right for a change. As of this morning, I have now managed to migrate all of my important email over to my GMail for domains setup. In doing this I actually managed to clean up my inbox, organize my mail, delete unneeded mail, and trim my inbox from over 500 messages, to 8.

What does this mean for all of you? Nothing… My email address has not changed, only the physical location. I don’t have to worry about backups, drives failing, etc… I also now have a nice calendar, chat, and document storage. Overall, I think this was a nice change. One of the best parts, I didn’t have to retrain my mother how to use it, with IMAP nothing on her end changed. :-)

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