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A Rare and Coveted Innocent Bystanders Endorsement April 24, 2017

Posted by skinbad in Family, History, Technology.
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My dad has quite a few pictures on slides. When I was a little tyke, he would sometimes shoot them up on the wall for the viewing pleasure of me and my brothers–which I remember being a lot of fun. Some were from his tour of duty in Japan with the Army and many others were from his college days and the early married years with my mom. Over the years, I’ve occasionally thought about those and thought that “someone” really needed to get on the ball and digitize all those slides before everything is lost and dad and mom aren’t around to remember any of the details of the pictures.

Well. It is finished. My wife’s sister bought a little machine and did her dad’s slides and we got our hands on it. After doing all the slides, Mrs. Skinny got started on all the negatives she had in boxes and we got all those done as well. We’ve probably scanned about 5,000 total. I’m sure there are competitors to what we used that would work well, but I have to say I’m fairly impressed with the gadget. It’s a “jumble All-in-One.”

There is less handling with negatives, so they go quite fast. Of course the slides are handled one at a time, but still, if you work at it for an hour, you’ll get a lot done. If you have been dreading such a project, I recommend getting something like this and getting it done. They are about $130 on Amazon.

A Coveted Innocent Bystanders Endorsement November 19, 2016

Posted by skinbad in Heroes, Technology, Women Ranting.
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No, not a political endorsement–merciful SMOD, please give us a few months’ break. This is some free software that saved my daughter’s bacon and made old dad look like a hero. The story goes something like this:

I was headed to bed the other night and checked on my daughter who was working on some homework on the computer in the study. I was just going to tell her “goodnight” and be on my way when I noticed something wasn’t right. Being a sensitive male, I picked up on the subtle clue that she was sad by the tears rolling down her face. Upon further investigation, it appeared she had deleted about 50 photos from her thumb drive. These were for her photography class and she had spent a lot of time editing them. She thought she had moved them to the computer before clearing off the thumb drive, but apparently not.

I had never had a need to try to recover files, so this was new to me. I wondered if it would be possible to get the photos back by (gasp) PAYING for some expert help. Then I thought, let’s do what any normal person would do and “Google It.” I’m leery of downloading software after a couple of experiences with my teen daughters who got a lot more than they bargained for (ransomware) when downloading games that sounded fun.

Anyhoo–at the top of the list was a program by Piriform called “Recuva.” Get it? “Recover,” like I might imagine a Northeastern moron like laurREDACTED would say it. I recognized Piriform as the “CCleaner” company and have used that quite a bit over the years at the recommendation of IT people at work. So, I figured we could trust it.

I downloaded and installed the free version, chose the type of file to look for and then selected the drive. Bing, bang, boom, there the photos were. Ecstatic daughter, hero dad, grateful Recuva user. Also, thoughtful dad, in regards to just how “deleted” files are that you try to delete. Two thumbs up from a very satisfied user.


Two Centered Pictures September 26, 2016

Posted by skinbad in Ballistics, Food, Handblogging, Nature Shit, Personal Experiences, Technology, Women Ranting.
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I know I’m behind the times, but the times for me have a-changed. The IT guy took my trusty Dell doorstop away and replaced it with this:


It’s an Intel NUC. Kind of cool, I think. When is the last time you used the DVD player in your computer?

And furthermore: A neighbor called Saturday afternoon and asked if we wanted a hindquarter of an elk. My thrifty wife got very excited. Of course we do. That was about 3 p.m. We finished the kitchen Clorox wipe-down about 9 p.m. Elk are big mofos.


I should have weighed it before starting. It had to weight 80 lbs. This was a new experience for me–thanks youtube. Also, a neighbor I called and asked if I could borrow his knife sharpener came over and helped me bone it (huhhuhuh). New respect for butchers gained–my hands and back are stiff, but there is a lot of meat in the freezer and on the shelf (we bottled a canner load).

The Continuing Adventures of Super Whiz Tech Guy March 20, 2016

Posted by skinbad in Personal Experiences, Stupid shit, Technology.
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Alternate title: Wherefore was I to this keen mockery born?

I have a laptop that has to be six or seven years old. It did a good job for a long time, then I assumed the battery was dying a year or so ago, which was no big deal. It was mostly just an extra machine for whatever web-browsing or homework activity was going on in the house. As long as it was plugged in, it was fine. Slowly, slowly it went downhill, to where it wouldn’t even power on. I had thought about trying to replace the battery. One of my daughters had an iPod a few years ago and when the battery died I watched some intricate, watchmaker, type videos on replacing the battery, but, of course, Apple said to send it in and they would replace it for $50 or some outlandish sum. I never did send it in.


Touch Your Butt Sweater January 6, 2016

Posted by skinbad in Music, Technology.
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I was checking Amazon to see if they had a CD for “Touch Your Woman” by Dolly Parton–no, I won’t explain why. Well, the helpful search suggestions popped up and I had to save a copy. Search suggestions are indeed like a box of half-eaten chocolates that you find at a bus stop. You never know what diseases they could lead to.

Touch your butt sweater


Keep on Truckin’ July 29, 2015

Posted by skinbad in Humor, Technology.
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Not intending to stomp on the rare Humpy sighting below, but I crossed paths with something humorous today and, what can I say besides, GIVER.

The long and winding road goes something like this: I browsed through a recent Popular Mechanics magazine at lunch and flipped to their print version of click bait on how to buy a used car the right way. I always have to look at those. Just like I always have to take a quick look at the “Satisfy Your Woman Every Time” articles. Just to cover my bases, you understand. Sobek? Don’t rush to subscribe to Popular Mechanics. Those articles are in other magazines–and they really don’t help. A friend told me so.

So anyway, one of the short, accompanying car articles was on great, overlooked, used cars. One that caught my eye was the mid-90s F-250s with the 7.3 liter diesel engine.  I like the looks of those quite a bit and they are manly machines. I believe a certain gentleman farmer/sprinkler ninja in Idaho was an F-250 man. My F-150 is from the same era and, though it’s been a good truck, I’ve always been underwhelmed with it’s pulling and passing abilities. They said you could find the big diesels in the $6,000 range so I got on a local auto classified site to see what was out there*.


This is Fascinating June 27, 2015

Posted by daveintexas in Ballistics, Crime, Economics, Handblogging, History, Literature, Man Laws, Mufuckin Pie!, Nature Shit, Philosophy, Politics, Sex, Sitemeter, slutbags, Stupid shit, Technology, Terrorist Hemorrhoids, WTF?.
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And a little unnerving. A real time map of global cyber attacks.

Best Day of My Life September 21, 2013

Posted by Retired Geezer in Humor, Technology.
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Here’s a smile to try to counteract the awful things that are happening in other parts of the world.


Where’s the drink holder? January 10, 2013

Posted by skinbad in History, Technology.
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Just ’cause we need something:

Black Ops 2 on Black Friday November 23, 2012

Posted by digitalbrownshirt in Art, Ducks, Entertainment, Man Laws, Personal Experiences, Pop Culture, Stupid shit, Technology.
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Brewfan, Retired Geezer and I are going to try playing Black Ops together tonight. If anybody else out there would like to get in with us I’ll be on around 9pm CST on Xbox Live. Send me a friend request with the words “Innocent Bystanders” in it if you want to join us. I like Domination, Hardpoint, and Headquarters, but I’m pretty sure we can be flexible about what gametypes we play.

My user name is “AKA The Seeker”.

Yes, it’s my favorite song by The Who.

Portal: No Escape November 18, 2012

Posted by Retired Geezer in Entertainment, Movies, Technology.
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Portal is a breakthrough videogame unlike any that preceded it. The premise was that you had a ‘Portal Gun’ that created two different ‘ teleportation gates’. When you entered one, you came out the other one. You used the portals to solve platform escape puzzles. It’s a pretty fun game for all ages.
Here’s the Wiki:

I have no idea if there is a movie in the works but I just saw this video on YouTube.
It looks excellent.

Let’s Go to Mars November 11, 2012

Posted by Retired Geezer in Man Laws, Science, Technology.
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Screw all this Political BS. Hop on board.

Hat Tip to Purple Haze Trouble.