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See the Humor

camouflage shorts

See the Humor

camouflage shorts

Not My First Time

act like you've been there before

Not My First Time

act like you've been there before

Decision Made

graphic from wpbeginner.com WordPress or Blogger, that has been my dilemma since I let the LunarPages site expire. I tried Bluehost, briefly, but I'm just not feeling it. I want something less. How often do you hear me say that? I've decided that I don't want the options or the work involved in going with another WordPress blog. So, until I run into something that changes my mind, I'm sticking with Blogger. I've pointed the arohen.com domain name at the Creative Investigator site and that will be my home for the foreseeable future. I've started moving the archive over, but I'm doing it manually, one post at a time, so it will take awhile to get that stuff all moved... My first posts were from 2003, that's 13-years of stuff. I find myself being grateful that I'm not a more regular blogger. Anyway, that's what I'll be working on this weekend.

Decision Made

graphic from wpbeginner.com WordPress or Blogger, that has been my dilemma since I let the LunarPages site expire. I tried Bluehost, briefly, but I'm just not feeling it. I want something less. How often do you hear me say that? I've decided that I don't want the options or the work involved in going with another WordPress blog. So, until I run into something that changes my mind, I'm sticking with Blogger. I've pointed the arohen.com domain name at the Creative Investigator site and that will be my home for the foreseeable future. I've started moving the archive over, but I'm doing it manually, one post at a time, so it will take awhile to get that stuff all moved... My first posts were from 2003, that's 13-years of stuff. I find myself being grateful that I'm not a more regular blogger. Anyway, that's what I'll be working on this weekend.

Basic Refrigeration - Done

Went into class tonight thinking I was pretty well prepared for the final exam. I did not feel that way when I walked out. It was a 50 question test. The questions were divided into sections: multiple choice, true and false, and fill in the blanks, and a diagram to label. Walking out of class I would have said that there were 10 questions that tripped me up. Which means that if I only get the 10 wrong I'm worried about, that's 40/50, or 80%, which would be a low B. Not happy about that. The final grades haven't been posted yet, but the exam grades were just posted online and I did better than I thought. I pulled off an 88% or 88/100. So only six wrong, which is better than ten. Now if I could just get a look at which questions I got wrong...

Basic Refrigeration - Done

Went into class tonight thinking I was pretty well prepared for the final exam. I did not feel that way when I walked out. It was a 50 question test. The questions were divided into sections: multiple choice, true and false, and fill in the blanks, and a diagram to label. Walking out of class I would have said that there were 10 questions that tripped me up. Which means that if I only get the 10 wrong I'm worried about, that's 40/50, or 80%, which would be a low B. Not happy about that. The final grades haven't been posted yet, but the exam grades were just posted online and I did better than I thought. I pulled off an 88% or 88/100. So only six wrong, which is better than ten. Now if I could just get a look at which questions I got wrong...

Welding Update

Last night was the midterm for my Basic Welding class. I don't want to keep everyone is suspense, so I'll just come right out and tell you, I aced it. That works out to an A. 100%. None wrong. I'm feeling pretty good about that.  After the test, we had the option of leaving or using the lab to work on any of the welds we still needed to get completed. I chose to stick around and managed to get all four of my welds done. So, I'm all caught up. I'm feeling pretty good about that as well. an evenings work

Welding Update

Last night was the midterm for my Basic Welding class. I don't want to keep everyone is suspense, so I'll just come right out and tell you, I aced it. That works out to an A. 100%. None wrong. I'm feeling pretty good about that.  After the test, we had the option of leaving or using the lab to work on any of the welds we still needed to get completed. I chose to stick around and managed to get all four of my welds done. So, I'm all caught up. I'm feeling pretty good about that as well. an evenings work

Photos Makes Animations

Google Photos is a thing, right. I mean, people use this thing. I decided that I'd move some of my pictures to it and see what kind of benefit I get from it's use. I don't have high expectations. Much like Amazon Photos, I expect it will be a place where I can put pictures and then never find what I'm looking for. As an added bonus, Google Photos makes these nice collages out of some of your pictures. You can make your own, but it makes some all on it's own, you know, to get you inspired. It also takes pictures and makes animations... which are essentially the same thing as an animated gif. Not all of  the results are, shall we say, complimentary. Take this one for example... Sometimes you'll get something like this... Or maybe it'll put together something a little bit more along these lines... Whatever it decides to put together, just be warned that some are better than others.

Photos Makes Animations

Google Photos is a thing, right. I mean, people use this thing. I decided that I'd move some of my pictures to it and see what kind of benefit I get from it's use. I don't have high expectations. Much like Amazon Photos, I expect it will be a place where I can put pictures and then never find what I'm looking for. As an added bonus, Google Photos makes these nice collages out of some of your pictures. You can make your own, but it makes some all on it's own, you know, to get you inspired. It also takes pictures and makes animations... which are essentially the same thing as an animated gif. Not all of  the results are, shall we say, complimentary. Take this one for example... Sometimes you'll get something like this... Or maybe it'll put together something a little bit more along these lines... Whatever it decides to put together, just be warned that some are better than others.

Google GIFs

Welcome to the new, Blogger powered incarnation of RonnMcCarrick.com. I'm not sure if this is the way I want to go, but so far I'm satisfied with what I'm getting for my money. It's free. And while I do not have the same options and customization available in WordPress, I also don't have the headaches of dealing with all that customization. As an added bonus, I don't have to pay for a host either. I know this isn't writing related, but I've been playing around with Google Photos and I wanted to share. Some of the things it does when you upload your pictures is to sort your pictures with facial recognition, generate animations, put together collages, and make what it calls movies. That last thing is really little more than a short slide show, but I haven't looked into it much. I'm amused by some of the animations that have been generated, and under the guise of introducing myself, I thought I'd share a few of them. So here for you enjoyment an

Google GIFs

Welcome to the new, Blogger powered incarnation of RonnMcCarrick.com. I'm not sure if this is the way I want to go, but so far I'm satisfied with what I'm getting for my money. It's free. And while I do not have the same options and customization available in WordPress, I also don't have the headaches of dealing with all that customization. As an added bonus, I don't have to pay for a host either. I know this isn't writing related, but I've been playing around with Google Photos and I wanted to share. Some of the things it does when you upload your pictures is to sort your pictures with facial recognition, generate animations, put together collages, and make what it calls movies. That last thing is really little more than a short slide show, but I haven't looked into it much. I'm amused by some of the animations that have been generated, and under the guise of introducing myself, I thought I'd share a few of them. So here for you enjoyment an

Moments

just go with the flow

Moments

just go with the flow

Paperless Workplace

i don't think paperless means what you think it means

Paperless Workplace

i don't think paperless means what you think it means

It's a Little Different

I picked this collection from audible.com   earlier this week, all 22 of the Oz books written by L. Frank Baum. Outside of the classic movie and those Wicked novels, I really haven't had any exposure to the Land of Oz. I didn’t read those books as a child, but as an adult I find myself being curious about the whole thing. I've finished the first book and better than halfway through the second at this point. These are definitely, unmistakably children's books. They are not unenjoyable, but they don't hold much for an adult reader to bite into. The first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was fun, because I was comparing it to the movie. The are definitely differences. I'll let you read, or listen, for yourself to discover what they may be. But the second book holds less interest for me and I find myself becoming a little bored with it all. Not good, given that I have 21 more books and something like 85-hours of audio remaining. I'm certain that I will not be list

It's a Little Different

I picked this collection from audible.com   earlier this week, all 22 of the Oz books written by L. Fank Baum . Outside of the classic movie and those Wicked novels, I really haven't had any exposure to the Land of Oz. I didn’t read those books as a child, but as an adult I find myself being curious about the whole thing. I've finished the first book and better than halfway through the second at this point. These are definitely, unmistakably children's books. They are not unenjoyable, but they don't hold much for an adult reader to bite into. The first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was fun, because I was comparing it to the movie. The are definitely differences. I'll let you read, or listen, for yourself to discover what they may be. But the second book holds less interest for me and I find myself becoming a little bored with it all. Not good, given that I have 21 more books and something like 85-hours of audio remaining. I'm certain that I will not be list

Money, Money, Money

Our state refund was deposited this morning and the federal refund showed on Wednesday. I used H&R Block again this year and filed electronically. It only took 10-days to get the refund. They had predicted a 21-day wait, but I'm not going to complain about money showing up early. There is part of me that wants to go on a shopping spree, but I think it's going to go towards paying off some credit card debt. Because that's the responsible thing to do. *sigh* Oh well, easy come, easy go. a windfall of coin

Money, Money, Money

Our state refund was deposited this morning and the federal refund showed on Wednesday. I used H&R Block again this year and filed electronically. It only took 10-days to get the refund. They had predicted a 21-day wait, but I'm not going to complain about money showing up early. There is part of me that wants to go on a shopping spree, but I think it's going to go towards paying off some credit card debt. Because that's the responsible thing to do. *sigh* Oh well, easy come, easy go. a windfall of coin

Looking Back on Things

we were pretty lucky

Looking Back on Things

we were pretty lucky

Sometimes

so very angry

Sometimes

so very angry

Change of Plan

Tonight, at school, I met the two guys who are in charge of the HVAC program at GRCC. Don Steeby was the substitute in my refrigeration class and Ron Stevenson was in the lab as we were wrapping up. This gave me an opportunity to talk to them about the summer semester, and after that discussion I've decided to do both of the HVA classes that are being offered this summer. Today is the first day I qualify to register, so I came home and registered for the summer semester. I'm going to take 8 credit hours and my schedule looks like this. Spring HVA 174 HVAC Blueprint Reading/ Design, Tuesdays and Thursdays HVA 246 Mechanical Codes,  Mondays and Wednesdays Summer PS 110 American Government, Mondays and Wednesdays It won't be like having the summer off, but I should still have a chance to do something around here this summer; even if it's just nap.

Journaling about Happiness

Some of the things that make me happy are . . . Mail. It brings me joy that everyday, except Sunday, there is a little white truck that brings me letters and packages. So that each day, when I come home from work there is a surprise waiting for me in my mailbox. It may be bills, advertisements, or statements, but everyday there is something. This is a hold over from my childhood, when there were few occasions when mail would arrive for me. Now, almost all the mail is for me, and no matter what that mail might be, it is always a box of surprises. And that box of surprises always brings me joy. Trash Collection. Surprised? Why wouldn't you be? To my adult mind, trash collection is magical. It is the opposite of mail, in that it does not drop off mystery packages, but instead removes things from my life that I don't want. Each week I gather things I don't want and place them in my big green basket on wheels. Then on Monday morning, or Sunday night, I drag that basket to the cu

Journaling about Happiness

Some of the things that make me happy are . . . Mail. It brings me joy that everyday, except Sunday, there is a little white truck that brings me letters and packages. So that each day, when I come home from work there is a surprise waiting for me in my mailbox. It may be bills, advertisements, or statements, but everyday there is something. This is a hold over from my childhood, when there were few occasions when mail would arrive for me. Now, almost all the mail is for me, and no matter what that mail might be, it is always a box of surprises. And that box of surprises always brings me joy. Trash Collection. Surprised? Why wouldn't you be? To my adult mind, trash collection is magical. It is the opposite of mail, in that it does not drop off mystery packages, but instead removes things from my life that I don't want. Each week I gather things I don't want and place them in my big green basket on wheels. Then on Monday morning, or Sunday night, 

2 for 3

We moved on to braze welding tonight. We were expected to complete three welds and I managed to get two of them done, really close on the third. But alas, no such luck. So at this point I'm 5 welds behind schedule. The instructor says it's to early to panic, but I believe that it is never to early to panic. I mean, these welds, they only make up 50% of my grade. some pretty gold welds

2 for 3

We moved on to braze welding tonight. We were expected to complete three welds and I managed to get two of them done, really close on the third. But alas, no such luck. So at this point I'm 5 welds behind schedule. The instructor says it's to early to panic, but I believe that it is never to early to panic. I mean, these welds, they only make up 50% of my grade. some pretty gold welds

Are You Ready

falcons vs. patriots I don't have a dog in this race. Neither team does anything for me. I'd like to see the Patriots lose just to torment my buddy Denis. I'd like to see the Patriots win and watch Brady make history. I'd like to see the Falcons win because Matt Ryan has had a lot of ups and downs. I guess I'll just watch the game and see what happens.

Are You Ready

falcons vs. patriots I don't have a dog in this race. Neither team does anything for me. I'd like to see the Patriots lose just to torment my buddy Denis. I'd like to see the Patriots win and watch Brady make history. I'd like to see the Falcons win because Matt Ryan has had a lot of ups and downs. I guess I'll just watch the game and see what happens.

You Just Have to Ride it Out

live in the present, show pictures from the past

You Just Have to Ride it Out

live in the present, show pictures from the past

The Secret Reality of Work

Every weekday, at 5:30, my father would walk in from another long day of work, pour himself a scotch, and retire to the living room with my mother. They would spend half an hour talking about the day’s work and discussing workplace politics. After seeing him suitably welcomed, my mother would finish dinner while my father read the paper until the meal was ready. We’d eat dinner as a family, then he’d watch an hour of gameshows before disappearing to do who knows what: polish his shoes, use the toilet, check sales quotas. What he was doing was eclipsed by primetime car chases and laugh tracks. At 10 o’clock, he would reappear to watch something boring with my mother, follow that with the news, and then retire for the night, only to get up and do it all again. As a family, we organized everything around him and he seemed to organize everything around work. The story was the same for all the fathers I knew. They were up earlier than us, left before school, came home right before dinner, a

The Secret Reality of Work

Every weekday, at 5:30, my father would walk in from another long day of work, pour himself a scotch, and retire to the living room with my mother. They would spend half an hour talking about the day’s work and discussing workplace politics. After seeing him suitably welcomed, my mother would finish dinner while my father read the paper until the meal was ready. We’d eat dinner as a family, then he’d watch an hour of gameshows before disappearing to do who knows what: polish his shoes, use the toilet, check sales quotas. What he was doing was eclipsed by primetime car chases and laugh tracks. At 10 o’clock, he would reappear to watch something boring with my mother, follow that with the news, and then retire for the night, only to get up and do it all again. As a family, we organized everything around him and he seemed to organize everything around work. The story was the same for all the fathers I knew. They were up earlier than us, left before school, came home right before dinner, a

The Old Stuff

I noticed tonight that all the old posts from arohen.com and ronnmccarrick.com have disappeared. I knew that would happen, but it sure makes for an ugly mess. I would like to get all those posts back up, but I'm not sure if I want to go through the headache of doing that before I decide if this is where I'm going to stay. If I go back to my own hosted page, I can go back to WordPress and it should be a simple matter of loading my archive back-ups. If I stay here, well, it'll be more complicated. I'll need to figure out what's what with the XML files and make some edits so that I can import to blogger. It all just sounds like a big pain in the ass. The other option is to just move forward from here and pretend that all the other stuff was destroyed. Still no decisions on that front. i could say it was all destroyed in the fire I did pick up rotors and pads for the Spirit today, so that'll be a thing this weekend. Now if I could just get my boy to bring back my ja

The Old Stuff

I noticed tonight that all the old posts from arohen.com and ronnmccarrick.com have disappeared. I knew that would happen, but it sure makes for an ugly mess. I would like to get all those posts back up, but I'm not sure if I want to go through the headache of doing that before I decide if this is where I'm going to stay. If I go back to my own hosted page, I can go back to WordPress and it should be a simple matter of loading my archive back-ups. If I stay here, well, it'll be more complicated. I'll need to figure out what's what with the XML files and make some edits so that I can import to blogger. It all just sounds like a big pain in the ass. The other option is to just move forward from here and pretend that all the other stuff was destroyed. Still no decisions on that front. i could say it was all destroyed in the fire I did pick up rotors and pads for the Spirit today, so that'll be a thing this weekend. Now if I could just get my boy to bring back my ja

Planning Ahead

The sign up date for Spring/Summer classes is almost here. The wife can sign up on the 7th, but I don't have as many credits as her so I have to wait until the 9th. But I've already figured out what I'm going to take. They are only offering two HVA program classes, and I don't have the prerequisites for one of them, which makes for an easy choice. I'll be taking HVAC Blueprint Reading & Design from May through June. That's three credits, so I need something else, I'm going to go for American Government. It's a required class for every degree, which makes it a reasonable choice. That'll be from The end of July until early August. That feels like a lite load, but I probably need to go lite this summer in order to get some other projects done. I asked my Refrigeration instructor about the Heating and Air Conditioning class schedules and learned that they are both offered next fall at night. Two days a week and set up as 7 week classes one after the

Planning Ahead

The sign up date for Spring/Summer classes is almost here. The wife can sign up on the 7th, but I don't have as many credits as her so I have to wait until the 9th. But I've already figured out what I'm going to take. They are only offering two HVA program classes, and I don't have the prerequisites for one of them, which makes for an easy choice. I'll be taking HVAC Blueprint Reading & Design from May through June. That's three credits, so I need something else, I'm going to go for American Government. It's a required class for every degree, which makes it a reasonable choice. That'll be from The end of July until early August. That feels like a lite load, but I probably need to go lite this summer in order to get some other projects done. I asked my Refrigeration instructor about the Heating and Air Conditioning class schedules and learned that they are both offered next fall at night. Two days a week and set up as 7 week classes one after the

Voice of the Tree

 “What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest, what still pulls on your soul? In the silence between your heartbeats hides a summons, do you hear it? Name it, if you must, or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there?” — The Terma Collective What is calling me? Is it my writing? That is the obvious and expected response, but if that were the case, would I not simply write? When all the noise is silenced, is it writing that calls to me? When the meetings are adjourned and the lists are laid aside, can I really say that writing is the thing that lingers behind and whispers to not be forgotten? Were I to find myself in the dark forest beside the wild iris in bloom would I have been summoned there by my desire to write or my need to publish? No, if I am honest with myself, that is not the bell that tolls for me. I have stories to tell and worlds to crea

Voice of the Tree

 “What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest, what still pulls on your soul? In the silence between your heartbeats hides a summons, do you hear it? Name it, if you must, or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there?” — The Terma Collective What is calling me? Is it my writing? That is the obvious and expected response, but if that were the case, would I not simply write? When all the noise is silenced, is it writing that calls to me? When the meetings are adjourned and the lists are laid aside, can I really say that writing is the thing that lingers behind and whispers to not be forgotten? Were I to find myself in the dark forest beside the wild iris in bloom would I have been summoned there by my desire to write or my need to publish? No, if I am honest with myself, that is not the bell that tolls for me. I have stories to tell and worlds to crea