Geek of the week

Seems I’m swinging by for my monthly blog post. One of the things I’ve been working on over the last few months is moving our web sites from the VPS we have had for the last few years to a dedicated server. Between the two, we are spending a couple hundred a month and I’m looking forward to eliminating one of them. Server Beach comes highly recommended for dedicated web servers. If you are in the market for one, I have a coupon code which will give you a break on your hosting bill.

A few weeks ago I put my name in to be featured as SB’s geek of the week. I got the message through twitter this morning that I was being featured this week.

About a week ago both Andrea & I were nominated to the WP Rockstar Showcase. We have been sitting in our current position of being on both the highest list and most rated list for the last few days. We wouldn’t object to you stopping by and giving us a boost tho’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have also been sharing the writing with Andrea over on the WPMU Tutorials blog which is definitely one of the reasons I’ve been writing less here.

I’m not expecting to be less busy over the next few months. But, Andrea & I are considering a westward bound weekend trip in July. We just have to firm a few things up before we say too much about it.

quiz time

Yep, still the same. (HT: Andrea)

You Are An INFJ

The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.
Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision – no matter what it is.
You are an excellent listener with almost infinite patience.
You have complex feelings, and you take great care to express them.

In love, you see relationships as an opportunity to connect and grow.
You enjoy relationships when they are improving and changing. You can’t stand stagnation.

At work, you stay motivated and happy… as long as you are working toward a dream you support.
You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

How you see yourself: Hardworking, ethical, and helpful

When other people don’t get you, they see you as: Manipulative, weak, and unstable

Groundhog Day

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. When I was growing up the folks where I lived paid attention to the weather on Feb 2. I can’t remember a winter back then that Feb 2nd did not reflect how the rest of the winter went.

In the last 10-15 years, I’ve found that it has been somewhat less reliable. (Bear in mind, that it is unusual for us to not have snow at the end of March and that the “end of winter” is relative.) Last year was a bit of an exception in that it was sunny and we did have a long way to go before the snow was gone. Tomorrow it is supposed to be warm and mixed sun and cloud.And that’s how I expect the remainder of winter to pan out. We may still have winter conditions with snow, etc., but I think the harsh part of winter is over for this year.

Let’s hope the groundhogs agree.

My Rides

I saw this at Chris’s over 3 weeks ago. Since then samuel has done it. Before actually making the list, I expected it to be longer. I think I must have been counting some twice. I include motorcycles in this list because I bought them primarily for transportation rather than leisure.

– 1981 Kawasaki 440 LTD – I bought this from a guy who went to school with one of my older brothers in 1985. I had been acquainted with him since grade 6, but, knew all of his siblings better than him. Him and 2 of his buddies had all bought bikes at the same time. One of them had an accident and this bike had sit in his fathers garage for 2 years before I bought it. We had to tow it with a car and drop the clutch (several times) to get it to start. This bike was incredibly good on gas, consistently getting over 80 CDN MPG. It wasn’t a great winter vehicle though. By the spring of ’89 Andrea and I were engaged and I discovered that she was afraid of motorcycles. So, it didn’t see alot of use after that. Sometime in the mid 90’s I gave it to my nephew.

– 1980 Ford Econoline short wheel base 3/4 ton van – I bought this in late 1986. It had almost 200K km on it when I bought it from the local telco. It had a couple extra spring leaves on each side on the rear axle because at the time the telco’s service guys had at least 1500 lbs of equipment and supplies that they carried around with them, so it looked jacked up. It was hard on gas and brutally cold in the winter, but it was a good running vehicle. During the first few months I had the sentra below, I hardly used the van. My brothers did use it. The transmission died because the transmission fluid got way to low (I’ve always assumed due to a leak).

– 1983 Datsun Nissan Sentra – I bought this from my brother in 1989. If I remember correctly, his wife bought it new. It got better gas mileage than most of the hybrids on the market today. In a way, it was a free car because it and its running costs were less than the gas I had been putting in the Ford van. If I could buy a new one of these today, I’d do it in a second. After driving it for about 2 years, I sold it to a second brother who later sold it to a third brother. (Just to keep that straight, the car went through 4 brothers). We all thought it was a great vehicle. It had over 300K km (185K miles) on it before it was totalled in an intersection in Fredericton.

– 1990 Nissan Kingcab – This is the only new vehicle I bought in my life. Andrea and I put almost 300K km on this as well. Other than the gas mileage not being as good as the sentra, I liked this truck every bit as much as the sentra. I sold it about 14 years after I bought it.

– 1984 Cavalier (technically Andrea’s but when she was given it, she didn’t have a driver’s licence) Andrea’s grandfather gave her her first car in 1993. He was getting a newer one and wanted her to have something to get her license with. The thing I remember the most about his car was that her grandfather never drove it more than 70 km/h and for the first few weeks it shook violently when the automatic transmission tried to shift into overdrive. We saw this one all the way to the junk yard.

– 1984 Volvo 740 – I regret buying this in 1997. I didn’t know that it was the European model until I started getting work done on it. So, getting parts for it was harder & more expensive (alternator – $600). When it was working, it was a nice car. It had had a fair amount of work done on it by a questionable backyard mechanic. I wouldn’t use this one to gauge the brand. I’ve known quite a few people who owned volvos and swore by them.

– 1989 Cavalier wagon – I bought this at a federal government surplus auction in 1998. It need some work at the start. But, I liked this cavalier quite a bit better than the 1984 version. We sold this to friends of ours at a very low price because they were in need.

– 1992 Chev Beauville van – When Emma came along we needed a vehicle that could carry at least 6 people. In early 2001, we were shopping for used mini vans and found this. For its age, it had really low miles and had only had one owner who only drove it in the summer. It cost about 30-40% less than comparable minivans. We sold it this year. It’s gas mileage was quite a bit better than the Ford van (due to a smaller engine) and except for fuel costs we did really well with this Chev.

– 1995 Yamaha 535 Virago – In 2003, I wanted to get a second vehicle because Andrea does alot more driving in the summer. This was a nice compromise on economy and enjoyment. If I’d driven the van the extra miles required to share the van and take me where I drove the bike, the gas cost alone would have comfortably paid for the bike. I sold it in 2005 for $300 less than what I paid for it.

– 2001 Ford Focus – I bought this last year and went for a newer vehicle because I knew I’d be travelling across the province twice a week for an indefinite period of time. I think we have put about 80K km on this since we bought it. Unless we have an accident, I expect we will see close to 300K km on this one too. I think the Focus may be a redesign/remodel of a European car. We are planning on buying a second vehicle next year and a Focus is on the possibility list.


I wanted to write a bit more about Canadian Idol. Since I last wrote about it I decided I would write about each of the competitors I mentioned in the previous post on CI.

Jaydee reminds me of Kalan Porter. In the previous post, Chris left a comment about a post of his where he talked about Kalan. Kalan held a record when he was competing in that he was the only CI competitor to have never been in the bottom X (2,3,4, etc.). I heard/read somewhere (at the time) that throughout the top 10 he had received the most votes in every episode. But, I’m not sure of that. And, from what I could tell, it seemed as though the only competitor who didn’t know that Kalan was going to win was Kalan.

I don’t think at this point that Jaydee has it in the bag already. He may not win, but I’ll be surprised if he does not end up in the top 2. Listen to this. Can you say Elvis? That was 2 weeks ago. It would be an understatement to say that this week he sang a song that most of the guys he’s competing with would find challenging. He sang it like he was the person who wrote it and that he was having fun.

Oddly enough, the way that Jaydee mostly reminds me of Kalan is that he doesn’t seem to have a sense of how he measures up with the other competitors. Earlier idol shows have affected the industry. Of all the competitors, the one who I think least needs to win CI is Jaydee. I’m sure there will be a line up of record deal offers. If you are in the US, you probably won’t have to wait that long before you see a CD with his picture on it.

JD Green

Don’t be misled by the title. Except Emma, everyone included this in their guess. And, I love the colour of JD tractors. When we had been talking about painting the tractor, I’d asked Meaghan how she thought it would look with a yellow mower and rims and the tractor green. I was also fairly sure that the brand of paint I was buying does have JD green.

Obviously, I’m not the only one who likes that colour as JD has kept the same colours for as long as I can remember. But, the same applies to Ford blue and International red.

Because I was getting a mixed response from the family over the ‘paint it like a big tractor’, I decided to pick up a white and keep it the colour it is. When I got to the store on Saturday I discovered that they had both a flat and gloss white. While I was trying to decide which to go with another colour caught my eye, and then another. You know how it goes. What I settled on was *drum roll please*

International Red

Due to suggestions on Andrea’s blog, I may add some detailing later ๐Ÿ˜‰


I decided to check Andrea’s blog while I stopped for lunch, Andrea’s posted about my recent toy project. Here’s a pic:

Andrea calls it Stanley

I bought the paint. I’m looking for guesses as to the colour. The hint I’ll give is that it will look like it’s aspiring to be bigger ๐Ÿ˜‰