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30 January 2006

How Detroit Won The Superbowl

The coach had put together the perfect team for the Detroit Lions.

The only thing missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn't find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl victory.

Then one night, while watching CNN, he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan.

In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan Muslim soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a window from 80 yards away. Then he threw another from 50 yards down a chimney, and then hit a passing car going 80 miles per hour. I've got to get this guy!"

The coach said to himself. "He has the perfect arm!"

So, he brings the young Afghan to the States and teaches him the great game of football. And sure enough the Lions go on to win the Super Bowl.

The young Afghan is hailed as a hero of football, and when the coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants to do is call his mother.

"Mom," he says into the phone, "I just won the Super Bowl!"

"I don't want to talk to you," the old Muslim woman says. "You deserted us. You are not my son!"

"Mother, I don't think you understand," pleads the son, "I've just won the greatest sporting event in the world!"

"No! Let me tell you," his mother retorts. "At this very moment there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn't get raped!"

The old lady pauses then tearfully says, " I will never forgive you for making us move to Detroit"
Posted by rickroot at 7:23 AM | Link | 2 comments
29 January 2006

Back from the Happiest Place On Earth

Today, we returned from Orlando, where we spend 3 full days at Walt Disney World.

Instead of flying or driving, we decided to take the train, which was only $80 round trip per adult (and less for Emily).  It's a fairly tolerable trip - 14 hours overnight - but the return trip was less than pleasant because we were at the front of the car, which makes it exceptionally loud and bumpy.  Plus, the door in front of us didn't close properly so it kept banging and making noise all night.  Emily slept pretty well from 9pm to 6am, but Adrienne and Erin and I did not.  Oh well.  At least we had today to rest up.

I took a couple hundred photos, you can download the zip file here.  The photos are all 1280x960 and so are suitable for nice 4x6 prints if you want to make some prints.

Anyway, our train arrived in Orlando around 11am, we picked up our rental vehicle and then picked up Mom, who flew in for the trip.  Then we headed to our living quarters for the rest of the week - the Fairfield Orlando at Bonnett Creek.  We were booked in a 2 bedroom deluxe suite, thanks to my mom.  Don't confuse the Fairfield name with Fairfield hotels, they're definately not the same!  This resort is the only privately owned resort in the heart of Disney property, and let me tell you it's pretty sweet.

That evening, we went to Downtown Disney to do some shopping and to give Emily her first taste of Disney.  She was pretty excited.

We spent the next day at the Magic Kingdom, starting with breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table, where Emily got to meet numerous princesses.  Most of the rest of the day was spent in Fantasyland and Toontown, riding rides and meeting characters.  The night came to an end around 7:30 when it got too cold for Emily in just her little Cinderella dress.

The second day was also spent at Magic Kingdom.  We started the day a little later, taking the 10:20 bus instead of the 9:20 bus, and we made sure to dress Emily warm enough for the evening festivities, including the Spectromagic Parade and the fireworks.  By the end of the day, she was so worn out, she fell asleep in my arms around 8:35 while we waited for the bus, and she did not wake back up.  She was out for the night!

We ended up doing all of Magic Kingdom except for Tomorrowland.  We probably could've pulled off the whole park in two days had we been there open to close both days, but I'm not sure Emily could've handled it!

We spent day 3 at Epcot Center, which is my favorite park.  Emily enjoyed the rides, and we got to meet a few more characters, including the Beast, and Alice.  We also got 2 beautiful silver pearls from one oyster in the store in Japan - very cool!

Overall, this was a great trip, and Emily had a fantastic time.  4 was the perfect age to take her!

Posted by rickroot at 5:53 PM | Link | 1 comment
17 January 2006

the Truth About Ray Ornhay's Rabid BlogCFC

A friend of mine, who authored another coldfusion blog product called BlogFusion, pointed me to a discussion going on in the cf community about Ray Ornhay's Rabid_BlogCFC software.  You see, Mr. Ornhay took Ray Camden's BlogCFC product, made a few changes to it, and is distributing the code under the name "Rabid BlogCFC" as encrypted source code.  If you want the unencrypted source, he wants you to pay for it - even though the vast majority of the work was done by the original author.

Not that he's not legally entitled to do so under the various open source licenses, probably including the extremely informal one that Ray uses.  Still, it violates the intent of the open source movement - especially given how few changes he actually made to it.

As you may know, I wrote the blog software that this blog is based on - BlogCFM.  I used a very unrestrictive license because I felt if someone wanted to put a lot of time and effort into my basic blog tool to develop something worth paying for, then I don't have a problem with that.  I'd like it if they asked me but they wouldn't have to.

But if someone downloaded my blog, rebranded it as their own without making a lot of changes or updates.. well, that would kinda tick me off.

At any rate, I can say that Ray Ornhay has taken someone elses work and is trying to profit from it.

Don't use his blog.  try the original blogCFC:

 Because my blog uses the nofollow attribute to help dissuade comment spammers, I'll post any interesting links posted below here: 

Joe Rinehart
Dynamic Flash
John Beynon
Wayne Graham  good point about Copyright and Intellectual Property
Stephen Collins
Sean Corfield
Ray Camden (official blogCFC author)

John Wilker
Robert Blackburn
Pete Freitag (Open Source Licenses)

Posted by rickroot at 12:47 PM | Link | 24 comments
05 January 2006

Pets Gone Wild, Volume 1

Happy New Year!

Because the holiday season is upon us , I'm sending these graphic pictures of overdose victims not for shock value, but rather in the hope that you will have a frank discussion with friends and family about respecting moderation, understanding limits, and knowing when to just walk away.


This did NOT have to happen ...

Posted by rickroot at 8:34 AM | Link | 1 comment