I am looking for a way to get organized with bills.
I've been scanning but finding stuff is hard.
Can anyone out there speak from experience on the NeatDesk scanner?
I would really like to know if you can insert a stack of bills and it know where to split them into separate files.
Also how much configuration is needed to get it up and running identifying documents.
Today is my last scheduled day to work for the rest of the year so of course everything is going wonderful.
I get an email yesterday that the other member of my group scheduled to work is out with the flu. Then I get an email from my boss. Her husband is so sick he can't make it to the Dr. so she will be late. So the weight of the app support world is on my shoulders, great.
I get on the elevator with ye 'ol cup of joe where I am accompanied by a random co-worker who proceeds to start telling me how wonderfully bad her night was because her panic attacks came back.
I get to my desk to find emails asking me to help with a problem on a random system that no-one knew existed. Except the people to call for help were clearly on the screen. Just not the screen shot sent to me along with the fact I was being told it was part of system B when it was not.
Then I get an email about system C not emailing people correctly. Except system C's primary user had fubared the data last week and fixed it. They waited a week to tell us about it but ehh who's counting. Oh and I don't work with sytem C that is the guy who is out with the Flu. So it takes me an hour to figure out a 2 second answer.
Maybe I can finish fixing problems with the system I am defacto supporting for our other co-worker who is out on a long foreign vacation. One step forward two steps back. I keep finding the Facepalm.
The good news is that I am off until after new-years. I just have to make it through the rest of the day.
I'm almost done with Christmas shopping. Dad and Great Grandma are the only ones left.
Dad will either be parts for his new toy from home depot or some shooty good parts.
I had the Joy of traveling the the booming oil Metropolis of Midland this past week.
I made it there no problem but my genius co-worker the great Dr. decided to go to terminal C 10 minutes before boarding to go through security. Anyone who knows IAH the express planes fly out of terminal B. Of course she gets picked for extra screening, not sure why they call it this cause I ask for it when I fly. I like my testicles un-radiated thank you please. So of course no surprise she missed the flight.
I arrive get the car and have to go pick her up an hour later when her flight lands.
The rest of the week was busy doing work stuff and with the exception of her lack of desire to make changes to her work to meet the clients needs without a great deal of hemming and hawing and trying to get out of it the trip itself was not bad. Well besides the Nissan Rogue that drove like it was on it's last hamster.
We had the last flight out on Wed and of course our flight was cancelled. No other flights out that night. All the other airlines had been filled with the booked passengers. 3 hours later I have a flight and a Hotel. Of course the flight is at 5:10 am. I get a new rental car. The Chevy skate, drove better than the Rogue but the read rood latches were on the back of the car, and headed to the hotel. I wanted sushi, co-worker wanted to-go. By the time I got her to someplace to get food I had given up on my sushi desire.
3:00 came way too early. Packed up the stuff I had to use, and rode the hotel shuttle with the ground crew, being nice enough to let said co-worker sleep, she was on a later flight routing through Denver.
Waited for the Check-in station to open, then had to wait for the timely TSA to open the terminal. Boarded with no Problems, and took off for home. Of course those in my destination city know the weather on Thursday morning was less than stellar for flying. I prayed the entire descent that the guy behind me did't blow chunks all over me. He was belching and making god awful noises. We landed fine, but I think they had to replace the flight controls to get the pilots grip marks out of the them.
Drove to the office and made it home in time to meet the kids at the bus.
Have I said how much I love flying??
Well now you know why.
Houston Police Cheif McCleland gets a 1 day suspension for hitting a pedestrian in a downtown Houston crosswalk.
Who else thinks he went easy on himself.
Must be nice to be the top only one.
I doubt he would have been so easy on the rank and file.
I have not seen anything from Anita porker.
<a href="http://m.click2houston.com/news/hpd-chief-charles-mcclelland-suspended-1-day-for-hitting-pedestrian/-/16714936/22025310/-/x1m31oz/-/index.html">Houston Police Chief Suspended for 1 day after hitting a pedestrian</a>
So we are working on changing the way we interview developers.
At least the process we will use to test them. Previously we would have them come in, give them a requirements list and a standalone laptop and say have at it.
We want to change this as we have gone to a much more advanced architecture.
We want to be able to hand them partial pieces both working and broken as well as needs to be implemented and ask them to complete the project. What advice or resources would you look to for guidance on getting started with setting up this kind of test. We are looking to give them a fair amount of time 4-5 hours and are not looking for complete but quality of work.
So I pulled a stupid and had myself an ND into a clearing barrel at a local range. Said barrel is indoors. My ears rang for 3 days and for a week if my girls raised the volume of their voices in excitement all i heard was tone and it hurt. This has since cleared up. I made a trip Monday to the audiologist to see what damage I did. The good news is that there was no significant damage but I did damage the upper end and I will see the effects later in life. The bad news is I now have test results that the wife can use to say see you hear just fine. Another part of my trip was to get fitted for a set of custom plugs. While it would not have helped the situation that occurred good ear pro is always a good idea.
The put me in a giant padded soundproof box that looks like a giant safe. Put some form of headphone things in my ears and tested me. The cool thing is that a good number of the people that work there shoot in some fashion or another so they understand the needs.
This time I ordered the solid plugs but I may be going back for a ported set. I will let you know after I get them what I think. I doubt I will be spending the 400-600 on a pair of electronics with embeded hearing aids but we will see.
As for the ND. Always make sure you drop the mag before you clear the gun and focus on clearing not answering the guy asking you questions. IF you get distracted. Start over and make sure you're clear.
The consolation prize I received was the story of the ladies husbands ND which sent him to the E.R. after trying to un-jam a handgun in the cab of his truck at a range and strummed a round off through his leg.
So I went to my first IDPA match last week. I really had a good time and may be hooked.
I did not shoot as well as I would have liked. I shot the XD which I haven't taken out in a while and just couldn't get on target. I also tried to use the out of the box holster and mag carrier as I shamefully do not own any for this gun. I have several holsters for the 1911 but no mag carriers. When I tried to put the holster on it started to peel the velcro backing. Oh a shopping we will go. I happened across the only XD holster at the range, a Safariland with a thumb release level 3 retention lock. Luckily a few turns with the included allen wrench and all was fixed. Except for the fact the holster fits way too snug.
Since it's an indoor range the safe direction is about 60 degrees instead of 180 so I was reminded a few times about my muzzle direction but did not do bad other than that. I fixed that and slowed down for the second COF.
The third and fourth were the hardest by far as we repeated COF 1 & 2 with Low Light and black t-shirts on the targets. One of the shooters thought the no shoot white t-shirt was throwing gang signs and went ahead and shot it anyway.
I ended up 4th out of 7 in unclassified SSP and 5th out of 9 overall in the Classification.
I plan on going back this week. But I need to find some decent equipment.
If I shoot the XD again I want to find a better holster that draws easier. I can do with the mag carrier for a little while but would like to get 2 singles.
If I shoot the 1911 I need to get 2 singe mag carriers and a few 8 round Wilson Combat mags. (Damn Picky Gun)
I will prob need to get an OWB for the 1911. It seems like everyone there is using OWB and not sure how IWB would go over even though regulation safety is always key.
My friends daughter wants to be Sadie Robertson ... Or so she thinks.
The Mrs. was at dinner with a friend last night and my wife mentions my desire for more shooting time. This prompt the friend to tell her that her almost 13yr daughter old wants to learn to shoot and hunt. To which my wife volunteered me to teach her. She wants to learn to hunt, shoot skeet, and to shoot in general. She told her mom she wants to be like Sadie Robertson.
This could get interesting. I wonder if I should try to grow the beard.
The girl is a Big City Texas girl who is worried about all things Boys and Cute. The parents are not opposed to guns but are not gun owners much less enthusiasts.
Work has been kicking my butt hard. Too much to do and too little time to get it done.
The oldest two are back from sailing camp. They had a blast. My oldest daughter really took to it and is ready to go back. While they were gone we took the youngest one to the Mouse's World in Florida. This was her first time to meet the mouse and I spent 6 days chasing princesses and other characters around parks and the world. She had a blast and Dad is recovering.
On Fathers day I drug up on stage to take part in the Diver demonstration in Epcot living seas exhibit. I was the dive buddy. The bad thing was that I had forgotten my hand signals for up and down. I was given the opportunity to model a reusable tote bag. I think I have a real career in modeling to fall back on. The wife not so much. She was a little embarrassed. The little one was worried that dad was going in the lockout chamber.
All in all we had a great trip.
We were able to see friends we haven't seen in over 13 years.
Now it's back to work and trying to catch up on lost sleep.
I am planning a Trip to the Land of Mouse. It does not bother me that people were carrying there. It's called concealed carry. If it hadn't fallen out of his pocket no one would have known. No the fact that he did not maintain control of his weapon is a problem. This is the type of incident that causes problems for the rest of us.
Of course the geniuses on our side like R.F. Truth about... are commenting on this with their usual antics.
I am not exactly sure on how Disney's property is posted nor am I sure what the laws are for required posting to prohibit CC on ones property in Florida. That said it is my understanding that if you are asked to leave and do not it is at that point in time it becomes trespass.
For the idiots posting how scared they are. Grow up and open your eyes. To quote one commenter on a news feed "I feel that I am in a Safe Bubble when I am there." You are not feeling is not reality. Reality is no place is a Safe Bubble. The are places that are less dangerous or lower risk than others. But they are not bubbles of protection. For Example Disney -vs- NOLA's 9th ward. One there is a much higher change of violent encounter than the other.
On a different note most of the Building created by the mouse are facades. Deploying a firearm in that environment would be a daunting task as what looks like a reliable backstop or safe direction may not be it may only be a fiberglass skin over steel. I will never tell anyone to leave their personal protective equipment at home. But deploying it in such an environment would be very risky. Make your choices for yourself wisely and remember "Concealed means Concealed" however it is up to you to keep it that way. In a hostile environment an accidental print can cause trouble much less leaving it on the seat.
My weekend Trek to Deliver Thing 1 and Thing 2 to Grandma's house for two weeks went smoothly. Well smooth enough.
Kids last day was a 1/2 day so I picked them up at 12:30 and made it out the door by 12:35 an amazing feat. But M.I.L. couldn't make it to get Thing 3. So I trekked back to the house to drop of Thing 3 with the M.I.L. So I finally got on the road a little before 2. This is followed by the phone call from Agitated Wife because the kids didn't tell her goodbye. Now this is my fault because I was hurrying them out of the house so I could get back to meet the alarm guy who couldn't make it on time the day before and couldn't understand that no I was not going to wait until 2 for him to get there and miss Thing 1's 4th grade play. Supervisor called and scheduled a different tech first thing for me with a discounted rate because his guy was upset that I did not use polite and courteous language.
Anyway, The wife blamed me because she sat in the char this morning and did not get up to tell them goodbye so I was supposed to add another 30-40 minute delay to getting on the road so she could say bye.
Smooth trip all the way to Baton Rouge with one stop for dinner at that chicken sandwich place that is closed on Sundays.
Just outside of Baton Rouge traffic came to a screeching halt and I witnessed 3 of 4 cars pulling off the road with drivers and passengers running up the median. Apparently a motorcycle took the dirt path and they were running to his aid. Several people were tending to him and 1 on her cell summoning assistance. No less that 10 cars had already stopped by the time I could see what actually happened.
The rest of the weekend was uneventful. Made it home yesterday encountering only a little rain in Louisiana before I hit the open road stretch.
On the Guns Over Texas Podcast from this weekend the hosts talked about an accident at one of the major training academy's where a man was appendix carrying and upon re-holstering fired off a round into his boys.
Sorry Rob. I like my friends a little too much to covering them. Plus I'd hate to pull that off and hit the femoral artery. I can deal with missing a chunk of flesh out by butt or leg a lot easier than my good friends.
Watching a group of boys who started out the season on top of their game self destruct into giving games away is killing me.
The supportive team that started out as one has disintegrated into a group of individuals out on the field.
The first game of the win or go home bracket is Sat.
Any ideas on how to bring them back together?
The Texas Senate passed the Campus parking lot bill yesterday which is a great first step towards Campus Carry. They are also scheduled to take on a whole slew of Gun Rights bills on May 4th. Interestingly enough the date coincides with the NRA Annual Meeting being held in Houston this weekend.
While I want to see Campus Carry passed the current bill has been ripped apart with all kinds of not so good amendments. One of the items listed for vote is an amendment to the bill to return it to it's original state.
My feeling on the Campus parking lot bill is that it is far better to get this bill than a bad Campus Carry bill or nothing at all.
Check out the NRA ILA site for the full list of items up for consideration. NRA - ILA TX Update
Last night the Nightly Propaganda News on one of the local channels covered a story out of Kentucky where a 4yr old shot his 2yr old sister with his .22.
The story is pretty cut and dry nothing out of the normal for this type of occurrence which is always Tragic.
Then they trotted out a woman who was all for "Reasonable Gun Restrictions". Well you should have to be a certain age to own a gun.
After this the reporter goes on to tackle the angle of ZOMG their targeting children with the advertising. Look at the box!
As she handles one of the rifles in the chain sporting goods parking lot and cuts to a video of a 4 yr old girl shooting the rifle at an EMPTY indoor range.
Looks like they're going to start targeting us in the same manner they did to this guy.
This is ridiculous, The box did not attract the kid to want the rifle. The kid prob didn't even pick the rifle. I'm sure dad did. And he did so without seeing the box until it was purchased. The fact that is it is a small single shot .22 that is made to properly fit our smaller versions along with price was the selling factor.
Unfortunately the fail here lies in the judgement of the parents. I am all for teaching children to shoot at a young age. However a 4yr old, no matter how mature does not have the cranial capacity to understand the full implication of what may happen. In my opinion it should have been stored safely away for access.
It is not the fault of the Cricket Firearm, it's logo, the manufacturer, or the "Gun Culture". The fault lies with parental units who did not maintain proper control of a firearm allowing a 4yr old the ability to shoot his sister.
He is playing his first season of competitive ball this year. Last year he played church league.
He started out the season with an awkward motion that he called a swing and ducking when the ball came his way, he's always had a thing about being hit. His first 2 regular season games he struck out. In his third game he put his first ball in play and followed it up with a Double and an RBI. Since then he has been making solid contact with the ball. Still mixed results for getting on base. Usually a singe. Working on running and fielding as he has to work on lengthening his stride. But I couldn't be prouder and he is having a blast.
As for his team they are a great group of kids who cheer each other on and support each other through their highs and lows. The last 3 games we have had maybe 1 strike out each game. It's fun to watch these boys play. Right now the sit 9-1 for the season with their last regular season a little over a week out. I can't wait to watch these boys in the playoffs.
What all of this means for me is that I will have competing priorities next weekend. I was wanting to spend as much time as I could down at the G.R.B. next weekend but with practice and game I have Dad duties that will contend. Not sure how the boy would do with me dragging him around down there then off to a practice.
But if you see a red headed kid wearing a navy blue Bulls baseball uniform with orange writing and grey pants at the convention he's with me.
Tom Gresham shared a <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/hunters-group-tries-chart-course-guns-083014071.html"> link </a> talking about Hunters supporting Gun Control. <br />
What hunters need to figure out is that their use of firearms may be protected by the second amendment the second amendment has nothing to with hunting. Therefore their being a hunter has NADA to do with the 2nd Amendment.<br />
The Mrs. Has a friend who can give amazing advice, when it comes to hunting. Start talking about defensive use of firearms and he start spewing the same ole shinola that the anti's do. You'll never get to it in time, they'll just take it away, you can't hunt with black rifles.<br />
So here I am trying to plan a vacation to take the little one to Disney for the first time. The budget isn't big enough for the entire family but older 2 have been multiple times.
The plan was to take lil bit while the other 2 were at Grandma and Grandpa's for sailing camp.
Since my wife's school is still in session the first week the kids are gone that left the 2nd week as our only available option. Submitted the vacation request at work and was denied for lack of coverage.
What wasn't shown on the calendar is that one of my counterparts is out for medical.
So at this point I ain't gonna get a change in lattitude but I definitely just got a f' it attitude.
The Lone Star knife spree that took place in my neck of the woods yesterday appears to be the result of another disturbed young adult bent on a killing spree.
I have co-workers with students there, one of which is friends with the young man who took down the assailant. According to reports the assailant said I give up when he tackled him.
What I have gathered from the local news and from other conversation is the assailant was hearing impaired, had just received a Cochlear implant but had other issues. Conversation says that they would see the guy walking around campus hugging his teddy bear. That just ain't right. It also appears that he targeted females.
Now a friend of my wife made the comment that how on earth did this guy manage to hurt 14 people with a knife. A knife is up close and personal when it comes to fighting. Grab something and take the guy out. A chair, fire extinguisher, anything handy. This fits inline with the improvised weapon school of thought. However the students here are fresh out of the indoctrination system where they are taught they are helpless victims and to leave all of this protection stuff to the trained processionals.
What I am curious about is will this help up to promote campus carry. It should. I person with a CHL would have been able to stop this guy cold. Quite possible without shots being fired. If he gave up when caught he probably would have given up without a fight when confronted with force.
The biggest thing I see is that the traditional media needs to stop sensationalizing these psycho's and stop making them famous. They are sad little piss-ants who need to be regarded accordingly.
Oldest Daughter has been struggling with her Back Tuck (a gymnastics thing) think Carl Edwards when he wins. She had try outs for next year on Friday night. She finally got it a 4:00 and nailed it at 5:30 during try outs. Now 90% of her problem was confidence and anxiety.
This was followed up with only son getting his first hit ever on Saturday morning. A double with an RBI that started off a 5 run hitting streak. When he went up to bat they had 2 outs. This was followed up with a Single his next at bat.
His first at bat on Saturday he was thrown out by the pitcher at first. Prior to Saturday every at bat had been a strike out. Last year he was thown at first the only time he put the ball in play.
Lets hope this holds up.
We are all ignorant about something in life. We live in a vastly complex world and it is impossible for us to have in depth knowledge on every subject. Not every one of us in this world can be a renaissance man. I for instance am vastly ignorant when it comes to flying planes. My knowledge goes as far as I get on one, and the guy in the cockpit fly's it. The difference between my ignorance and being stupid about flying a plane is that I willingly acknowledge that I do not know how to fly a plane and do not purport to have the knowledge to fly a plane or claim to know how to tell those that fly the plane how to do so. I let them maintain their expertise and yields to them in the area where they are subject matter experts.
Ignorance is when we have little or no knowledge on a given subject no matter how big or small. Stupid is when we ignore our ignorance and claim that our limited knowledge about a subject covers all that needs to be known to pass judgement on a subject. As has been said by others, "Ignorance is not terminal, stupidity is."
We are a world full of ignorant people. Our government has always been made up of ignorant people with the exception of a few well enlightened individuals scatter sparsely through out our countries history. The difference is that in previous times the majority of those that led us did not claim to know all. They were humble men who knew the limitation of their knowledge. What we have become or are in the process of becoming is a nation of stupid people. The people leading our nation see themselves as betters than the common man. Therefore they know more on any subject even those they know nothing about. This is what is getting us into major problems. How can you pass judgement on anything that you know nothing about and are unwilling to learn about. This is why we have statements such as we must pass it to know whats in it. Even if the leaders had read it, the content was too far out of their knowledge base to understand and they were too stupid to take the time to learn what they need to know to sit in judgement on whether it is good or not because they are better than the rest of us. They are too "Important" to take time to do so. They have better things to do.
The biggest problem our Nation faces today is that we choose to be led by the Stupid.
Their biggest problem is that when it comes to light that they lack knowledge on a subject they do not ask what they got themselves into, or go study to increase their knowledge. No, they make excuses and blame those that brought their ignorance to light for the problems. Oh, and trash those who know something about the subject as knuckle dragging neanderthals because who has time to learn about these things except backwards people who are crazy.
Now being "Ignant" (Ig-nun-t) that is a completely different conversation.
Yesterday put another Good Friday crawfish boil down in the books.
Total we boiled 100lbs.
We had a great time hanging out with family and friends. This is what life is truly about sharing time with those close to your heart. Blood or otherwise.
So Little League has started. This year I put the only son in the competitive league with the other boys from his class rather than the less competitive church league. He has a long way to go. Last year the coach didn't teach the boys anything and he was not interested in learning from dad.
So far we have improved his swing. He just needs confidence and focus on the diamond and he'll have his first hit of the season. Still to go is not being afraid of the ball and getting under it instead of reaching for it. Also running. The poor kid has a short odd stride and doesn't get moving very fast for the speed his feet appear to be going.
The first game is over. He struck out both times at bat but his time is coming. Hopefully tonight. He was really upset because another kid had 2 homeruns. The onlything I was disappointed about was the attitude instead of being excited for his friend and for his team's win 15-1 he was sulking about his strike outs. It did however drive him to get me out in the yard and work on hitting.
I was sitting at baseball practice the other evening and having a discussion with a two moms one of which just moved from South Africa. She was talking about how much safer it was here. She feels like she doesn't need to lock her car. I addressed it but that is not the part of the conversation that I want to talk about.
She went on to start talking about the differences in how our typical home layout is different from theirs. She was saying the layout had her 14yr. old not being able to sleep for 2 weeks and she is still nervous. What she described to us was this. First their houses are in a compound with guards at the gate and controlling access. Then the house itself is walled in with electric fencing around the top and heavy access gates. Their yards are typically patrolled by a guard dog, I have read elsewhere that other animals such as large cats have been used as well. The have an electronic alarm system. The next part brought an Ohh hell no from me. Inside the house their bed rooms are on one hallway and at the entrance to the hall their is a heavy gate to prevent a would be intruder from accessing the occupants in the night. My response was so you lock yourself up to stay safe from intruders WOW!
She went on to talk about how she is surprised how open Texan's are about discussing guns. There are people there that own them but they are highly permitted and restricted. They are protection and discussion of such comes as mum's the word.
I managed to contain my inner gunny and did not get all threeper on her. But wow.
What scares me is this may be heading our way quickly. She said that she grew up in an environment more like we live in today as far as security for the home. If the current state of this country continues to deteriorate and the middle class continues to be destroyed even with all the firearm rights we enjoy we could see this happen here.
I cannot see myself caging my family for protection. If things got that bad I wonder how many lawyers would start up a frequent user program. The district attorneys may even get to know some of us by name.
I intend to have further discussions but this one made me proud of my country and state and happy to have been blessed to live here.
I am not a Native Texan but I got here as fast as I could.
So I had an awesome time shooting in the Carl McCain annual sporting clays tournament.
I wound up on a team with 3 girls and two other guys and had a blast.
Of the girls one was pretty good, one knew how to shoot and the third not so much. We started out with technical difficulty for one of them trying to run a pump. We convinced her to try the 20ga semi-auto one of the girls was running and she got a lot better. She actually shot a 10 for 10 on one of the stations. The three girls decided to share the semi-auto it ended up starting to malfunction on the 7th station. Lubed it up and it ran fine.
The pump was a lightly used 870 it was still really stiff and didn't want to come out of battery. It's kind of hard telling a girl you don't know to rack it harder like this.
I think they gave me the box of ammo that had 2/3 blanks cause I shot like crap. But it was good to hear the girls talking about chl. one had it one was ready to get hers, and the last was starting to think about it.
As for my shooting I need to work on my dominant eye issue. It is going to kick my butt until I get it fixed.
I have urged everyone to be contacting their congress critters weekly to make sure they know we are paying attention. Please keep this up it is having an impact.
Many companies, Ruger, Smith and Wesson, & The NRA have step web pages that make it easy to send a template message to all of your representatives at the same time. These are great to get someone who would not send something involved. But they leave out one major piece that needs to be stopped and that is Universal Background Checks.
Universal Background Checks lead to registration. All it takes is a change to the recording of information and there it is. None of these boiler plate messages address this and our Representatives are currently seeing this as a point they can use for "compromise".
Please make sure that we are telling congress that we will not be their scapegoats. That Universal Background Checks will not be accepted. Any of this compromise will be dealt with the same as registration come next election cycle.