Saturday, May 17, 2008

Dinner Time!

This is the duck pond behind Ragin' Cajun in Sugarland. Turtles, ducks and a crane.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Snake Cake

Tomorrows the birthday party with snake in the grass cake!

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I have nothing more to say on the matter except: Get this dead cat off the couch!

Oh MY the time has Flown!

Just noticed: we're past our two year anniversary!

Yay me. Here's to another year of wasteful indulgence.

DRM - Somebody Gets It

Over there on the right you can buy 256Kbit MP3's from and do whatever you like with them. Burn to CD, put on whatever player you have, etc.

Don't steal.

Frankly, the best value for me has to have been getting CD's at the Pawn shop for a buck or two, but since you don't want to get your fatt butt off the couch, then 99 cents a track is a good alternative, and you're not a slave to iTunes and the iPod.

Your iWallet will thank you.

Even further out on the limb is Nine Inch Nails, who have (has?) released their latest for FREE and even in "higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE" for you audiophiles out there.

Kiss it RIAA lawyer /Fatcat radio executive!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Smile and say 'per diem'!

Wichita , KS Hotel

This is the Broadview Hotel in Wichita. Nice place for a 19 hour layover eh? And the river festival is going on basically right across the street. Time to spend some ill gotten per diem on beer and some sort of food on a stick.

900 lbs of crawfish

We don't get much freight but today we had 900 lbs of supposedly live crawfish. Going to Minneapolis.

Damn Yankees.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Cheap Gun / Pistol Safe

Update 12 May 2008:

A lot of people were wondering about the issue of being able to open it in the dark. So I rigged a little reflector to see how much light the LED is putting out. This is just a little piece of foil and some tape.

I only let my eyes adjust to the dark for a minute or so and it lit up the top row of keys enough to see the numbers, and to see where the bottom row is. Further, the LED is in the exact middle and above the row of keys, so it's easy to orient on which keys you are pressing.

The bottle cap is included for scale. They are fairly large keys. You creative hackers might mount something better, add a white LED, what have you, but it works. The LED might just be a lens because it will light red, green, and IIRC orange while you are programming it.

Original post:

If you want a cheap electronic pistol safe you can open in the dark, Fry's has one for $29.99 until Tuesday. Actually it's marketed as a laptop case, but they can't tell me what to put in it.

If you don't have a Fry's, these safes are still somewhat cheap for an electronically opened pistol safe at Here's a couple:

More info:

This is a Honeywell model 3040D. (Yes, that Honeywell.)

Price good til Tuesday, normally $50. Placed with the security products at the front of the store if you are at the SW Houston store on 59.

It's advertised as a laptop safe, but I figure it's a good underbed pistol safe. It probably wouldn't fit in a bedside drawer unless you had a fairly big drawer.

I just wanted it to mainly keep my kids and firearms separate. Better than nothing for a casual thief, plus it does have a cable if you wanted to cable it to something.

It has 5 push buttons and a * to enter, so only 6 buttons. Two rows of 3 buttons. Easy to feel in the dark, and you can set a variable length custom electronic code. It unlocks then you turn a large knob to open it.

Of course has a key override. Comes with 2 keys. BATTERIES INCLUDED.

This is the cheapest I saw using Froogle, and for a gun safe, I didn't see any cheaper with an electronic lock.

It's also fire resistant and has eggshell foam on the bottom. You could get into it with a hammer probably but again, it's more of a safety item with some anti theft benefits for a good price in my book.

Would easily hold 2-3 pistols or extra clips etc.

Of course, it's also a pretty decent lock box for any sort of light use.

From Wal

# Large enough for laptops up to 17?
# Includes a 48? security cable (torque strength of 660 lbs)
# Double Steel Wall Construction with Fire Retardant Insulation

Other info from various sites:
5.62" x 17.56" x 12.81"

Rated well on the few reviews I could find, I'm happy with mine, and I think the price is good for the product and great for a 'gun safe'. That adds a bunch to the cost just like when you put 'aviation grade' on something.

The Turtle Project

We marked and clearcoated his shell. Now we can visit him. Too bad we didn't have any Turtle Wax.

I prefer Meguiar's anyway.
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