Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ike's still hittin' Tina or as we call it, Houston

The eye has made landfall. Had some high winds here but not horrible yet. I'm hungry. What's in the fridge...


Friday, September 12, 2008

Hurricane Tip #1

Just because the electricity is out doesn't mean the water is. Duh.

Ike Update #2

Video at 712pm CST.

Hurricane Ike Update #1

Our sucky power just went out. But it never was very good. It isn't even raining.

If its out long I'll setup the generator.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thanks to Morose Media for Providing a Free License...

...for WMWifiRouter.

This turns your cellphone with WiFi into an Internet access point. They donated it for me to use during Hurricane Ike or any other forthcoming emergencies to provide nearby residents or any drive ups with emergency internet access. They were very quick to do so with no questions asked.

More info here:

Thanks MM!

Hurricane Ike Emergency Internet Access

If you live in Sienna Plantation, Missouri City, I will have my Wifi network up and connected over a cellular network at:

3906 N Bank Ct

No guarantees. It might be broken, slow, etc. the cell towers might be down.

Make sure you have a good charge on your laptop and park close to the house. **This is not an open house** :)

The rules:

1. Please just use it for emergency emails and the like. Not because you're bored or anything frivolous.

2. There is VERY limited capacity. Do your email, tell the relatives your state, and disconnect.

3. It will be named IkeEmergencyWiFi or something similar.

4. Turn off any programs that may use excess data:

5. Please don't ring my doorbell asking about it unless you have sort of important emergency.

-anything that automatically updates like Windows update, Mac OS's updates, etc. etc.

You can use Skype BUT ONLY for chat NOT for voice.


It will be setup as an Ad-Hoc network. You may have to configure your Wifi specifically for that. That also may change, but probably not.

Print this out for reference.

You can text me at:


Preferably, Email me.

Suggestion: try sending test messages via your cell to the relatives if you can't call or my network is down.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Damn Thieves

I was looking at houses online because my insurer claims it would cost $303,000 to replace my house. Riiiiight. Oh, and the garage counts as living area. Really?

You see we had a claim (minor water damage due to a leaky A/C drain tube stoppage) so now of course the house is under-insured all of a sudden, so the premiums would have to go up. Funny how that works. The tax assessor seems to tax it based on about 505 square feet less. THE GARAGE.

I hate to say it, but the TAX MAN sounds more fair than USAA!

Here's a rather shallow quote I found when looking at new houses:

"Finally, a closet roomy enough to neatly display all the gorgeous clothes, hand bags and shoes you've acquired!"

Barf. Rampant consumerism anyone?

"Finally, a closet deep enough to show your equally shallow friends how shallow YOU are."
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