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Sorry About That. I Got Hacked.

[caption id="attachment_11414" align="aligncenter" width="735"] a redirect hack... dammit![/caption] Saying I got hacked sounds worse than it really was. Some code was inserted into my site that was driving the traffic away to some garbage sites. I have cleaned my code, removed some unused files, and generally straightened things up behind the scenes.  I would have caught it sooner, but I haven't checked the site in more than a week. My Bad. Should be all better now. No thanks to BlueHost. First thing I did when I noticed everything going to arohen.com was being redirected was go to my hosting service, BlueHost, and ask for some help. They offered no help. They offered to sell me a 12-month security package for $49 a month. Perhaps had they fixed the problem and then tried to sell me something I would be less annoyed, but that's not how they played it. They went from "hello" to "give us money" about that fast. Color me less tha

Goodbye Glen

I'm going to talk about my uncle Glen. I don't talk much about family, because I never know who it's safe to talk about and who it's not. That's why you don't see much about the kids, the wife, or anyone else in my extended family. But today I'm going to make an exception. Glen Edward Nichols January 19, 1951 – April 13, 2018 I lost my uncle Friday night, or rather he passed away. I can’t really say that I lost him, because I don’t know that I ever really knew him. I liked him. I enjoyed the time I spent with him. But I wasn’t really involved in his life or that of his family. Facebook doesn’t count here. This is a situation that’s much the same for most relatives outside my immediate family. I think we’re all guilty of this to one degree or another. When he was diagnosed, I was quietly dumbstruck that a man who was so healthy and full of life could get such horrible news. As he went through chemo and then the cell transplant, I was happy to see him posting

Empathy vs Apathy

regret is the price of dissociation

Another Friday the 13th

Wednesday night I cut and fitted the trim pieces for the bathroom. I figure I'll paint them before I put them up. Then it'll just be some caulking and touch-up. Which should make things easier. Still haven't sanded or painted all the pieces yet... I guess that'll be a Saturday project. Thursday, well, that's a school night. So what I'm saying to you is that nothing got done on the bathroom. Although, now that I think about it, I did do a bit of shopping on amazon for shower curtain rods. I want a curved one, or two, that won't rust. Because, when they say moisture resistant, what they're really saying is, this thing is gonna rust. Trust me. That's what they're saying. I've been down this road before. Tonight, I installed the medicine cabinet and picked up my tools a bit. It's still a mess, but my piles of tools are a bit more organized. Now I'm waiting for my Chinese dinner to be delivered by the wonderful Lady Ronn. No pictures tonig

Functionally, It's Done

Oh sure, there's lots of stuff left to do. Floor trim and quarter round on top of that, towel bars and paper holder hung, medicine cabinet and vanity mirror put up, gotta do something about the bath fan, then there are doors for the shower and the bathroom itself, but functionally; functionally it's done and everything works. [caption id="attachment_11389" align="alignleft" width="169"] vanity is set to go[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11390" align="alignleft" width="169"] cluttered with tools[/caption] The walls are up and finished. The floor is down. Shower is in and plumbed. Toilet is in and plumbed. And as of last night, I can say, the vanity is in and plumbed. The office, however, is looking a little worse for wear as the project closes in on completion. It's probably time to put some of these tools away.

Truckcast #125: Bits from the Bin

This one is a podcast scramble of bits from five different recording sessions that just didn't have what it took to go the distance. Some of these tracks are simply to showcase the noise levels I'm fighting against out here on the road. You could think of it as a bunch of junk, but I'd prefer it if you'd be kind and think of it as bonus content. Whatever you want to call it, this is the last of my file of unused clips. Buckle-up. It may get rough.

It'll Work Out In The End

I did not get the vanity in place yesterday, or today, for a variety of reasons. First among those is all the wall opening, plumbing rerouting, and drywall repair that I was not expecting to do. But all of that is done now. The vanity fits. The valves don't leak. The valves are accessible. And you'd almost never know that I had to cut a hole in the wall. I had to cut a spacer for the side of the vanity and I'm staining it to match, but that's not going as fast as I'd like. I also had to order a side-splash thing, because my walls are not square and I have nearly a half-inch gap on the right side. Which is super frustrating, because I didn't frame either of these walls. Oh well, it' a old house. [caption id="attachment_11382" align="aligncenter" width="735"] shut off valves in place with plenty of clearance[/caption] As I had to wait for that stain to set up before I can darken it up, sand, finish, what-not. I took some time to

Quick Bathroom Update #3

I dragged the vanity and sink top upstairs and into the bathroom. I slid the vanity into place and realized that this isn't going to work. There is a center rib on the back of the cabinet that is there to hold the brackets for the drawers, it is also perfectly lined up with the drain and water line. I tried to think of someway to re-engineer the cabinet, but no can do.  So, plumbing is going to need to be moved. Let's cut into the wall... [caption id="attachment_11377" align="aligncenter" width="735"] it took a lot longer than this gif[/caption] I know that drywall patch looks terrible. I'll be putting a second coat of mud over it, but it'll be behind the vanity and no one will see it, until the next remodel. I feel bad about it, but not as bad as I feel about having to cut into my new wall. Grrr...

Quick Bathroom Update #2

Despite some uncertainty in the plumbing department--everything seems to be holding and there are no leaks--the toilet has been seated, filled with water, and tested. Everything checks out and is working properly at this time. [caption id="attachment_11373" align="aligncenter" width="735"] water closet set[/caption]

Quick Bathroom Update #1

Bathroom floor is down. And moving on to plumbing and getting the toilet set. [caption id="attachment_11369" align="aligncenter" width="735"] planks are down[/caption]

Flooring Has Begun

There were a few things that had to be taken care of before the flooring could start tonight. In particular, I forgot that the transition from the hallway to the bathroom wasn't finished. That required a couple pieces of particle board to be cut and fitted  in the base of the door frame. It's done, but not something I had figured into my plan for tonight. I also put up the light fixture above the forthcoming vanity, caulked the base of the tub in preparation for the floor, installed the wall diffuser, and spent way too much time cleaning the sub-floor of drywall mud, paint, sawdust, and other assorted goodies. But I did get started on the vinyl plank flooring. [caption id="attachment_11365" align="aligncenter" width="735"] vanity lamp[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11364" align="aligncenter" width="735"] allure vinyl plank flooring[/caption] And, yes, it is going far slower than I imagined it would. I could push a

Gotta Get My Gita

I drove all the way to the college in rush-hour traffic, only to find a "class cancelled" note taped to the door. Which is odd, because the college has a whole system for notifying students of things like that. It sends out emails and texts and everything. Heck, I'm even signed up to that system. I have the app and everything. I feel frustrated by the whole series of events involved here. To make the most out of a trip downtown, I picked up dinner at Gita Pita for Lady Ronn and myself. Of course, even that didn't work out quite as planned. Seems I don't pay enough attention to what she orders, because I got the right stuff; only without the proper toppings and sauce. I chose rice instead of hummus, picked the wrong sauce, AND I forget to get her a pita. I'm a horrible husband. I should be spanked. Mine was delicious. It always is. Their chicken shawarma pita is just amazingly good. I could eat there five days a week. I love this place. Just wish it was closer.

Truckcast #124: Structure is Good

This is a fairly organized, if rather long, episode of the Truckcast w/ Ronn McCarrick. This time around I'll be discussing a couple of movies--Warcraft and Justice League, how things are going on my bathroom remodel--drywall, and primer, and my thoughts on the future of the Truckcast--recording in one noisy-ass truck. So get comfortable (this one runs nearly 40-minutes), grab a drink, and allow me to entertain your brain.

That's Very White

It's Easter Sunday and I hope the bunny brought you lots of goodies and put all the colored eggs in not too difficult places to find. Yesterday, was a day full of white paint. It started with primer, which was just touching up all the bits of raw mud I created while patching all the rough spots in my drywall work. Then I cut in the ceiling with some old white paint, which wasn't the same color as the new white paint, which I didn't realize until I had run out of the old white paint while rolling out the ceiling and had to switch over to the new white paint. So... I had to cut in the ceiling all over again and roll the whole thing out one more time. It was frustrating, but I think the results are very white. As can be seen in these very white pictures, which showcase three very distinct shades of pale. [caption id="attachment_11346" align="alignleft" width="169"] white[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11345" align="alignleft&quo