Friday, February 23, 2007

Attention Weather Geeks

Are you a fellow weather geek who always likes to have the outside temperature displayed in the taskbar of your computer? Tired of ads in Weatherbug or the Weather Channel Desktop? Want more weather map options? Well, then, I have a solution!

I'm seriously not getting paid to say this, but I did recently find a desktop weather product, ad-free, that I really like. It includes a variety of map options, from different sources, including a ton of international satellite options that most weather desktop products don't offer. It can be downloaded here, and it is completely free.

Of course, part of my interest in weather is professional, but part of the reason I have stayed in my career field this long is that I think meteorology is cool. In that respect, my personal formula for career happiness is aviation + meteorology + computers = cool.

Unrelated to weather, I am sadly forced to conclude this blog has become rather boring lately. I mean, I look at recent posts I've done vs. some early posts I did and I'm like zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I can't point to an exact cause. I do have some interesting things to write about, when I can sit down and make myself write...some of the stuff I'd like to write about is sort of personal, and I've been struggling with how much I want to put online. Which, for me, turns into "putting off posting." I'll work on it, though.

Diet is still going ok. Exercise program...been kind of lazy. However, the weather is getting really nice here, so that should help with my motivation to go outside.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Diet Update

One week in, four pounds lost. I actually was down a bit more and cheated on Valentine's Day, which I know is bad, but when someone brings in my favorite kind of cake to work and is giving out pieces of it...well, at least I only had one piece.

I am currently on a mostly-vegetarian diet, and have eliminated caffeine, Nutrasweet, and alcohol completely. Which, for those of you that know me, is saying something. We'll see how the coming week goes.

A Technical Question...

Has anyone else had issues with Firefox 2.0.0.1? I was having lots of issues with drop-down menus not working properly. After looking through the Mozilla website, finding the archives, and rolling back to version 2.0, everything is fine again. Which is good, because I use the RSS "live bookmarks" feature to monitor most blogs I read that have RSS feeds, and it hadn't been working since I installed 2.0.0.1 very well, if at all. Hopefully, Mozilla will get this issue fixed before the next update they do to Firefox 2.0...but just to be safe, I'm keeping a copy of the original 2.0 install program saved if I have to roll back again.

UPDATE: Be sure to turn off your "auto-update" setting if you copy what I did. My FF 2.0 automatically updated and installed 2.0.0.1 just now, so I had to uninstall 2.0.0.1, then reinstall 2.0 again...well, I never claimed to be a computer expert. I waited to see if I had the same problem with my live bookmarks when 2.0.0.1 reinstalled, and I did. Once Mozilla fixes that bug, I'll be happy to update.

2ND UPDATE: Well, I figured it out, folks...it wasn't Firefox, it was the theme I was using, which evidently wasn't compatible with the latest Firefox versions. Once I reinstalled a new version of the theme I like, everything works great, and I'm now running Firefox 2.0.0.2.

I like that Firefox is so customizable, but sometimes this customize-ability causes issues...but it still beats the pants off of IE, in my opinion.

Monday, February 12, 2007

100 Facts in 100 Days #10

I am not much of a winter person. I do like snow skiing and snowshoeing, but I prefer not to deal with cold on a daily basis in winter. I have lived in two fairly cold states (New Hampshire and Wisconsin) and now that I'm living in a warm one (Texas) I really don't miss the snow and ice at all.

Yesterday, I went walking (trying to exercise more in conjunction with my diet) and it was a bit chilly, but I warmed up after a block or so. It was definitely no worse than sweatshirt weather. When I got to work, someone said they were sick of the cold weather and hoped it warmed up soon. I said, "This isn't COLD!" But who knows, after a few years of living here, I could begin to think temperatures in the 50s are chilly also. I definitely don't miss the sub-zero deep freeze weather I went through last winter.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Diet: Day 1

Well, I have put off starting this for long enough. Originally the date was February 1, then I decided to wait until after Superbowl Sunday, then I decided to wean myself off caffeine before starting the actual diet...so anyways, here I am.

It's definitely time for this, as I'm at around the heaviest I've ever been. Having a car is nice but not walking has made more weight creep on...so exercise (which I haven't been doing enough of) is called for also...but first I'll get the diet on track. I will miss beer, but it will still be there when I'm done with my initial, strict first phase.