Sunday, 11 April 2010

Back, but not from the grave is back online.

After much hacking (of SQL) and many distractions, your editor-at-large, migrated and restored the entries, comments and much more. will return in its full glory very shortly. The theme needs some tweaking in the JavaScript backend, and your editor-at-large's work on the very platform itself, seems to have changed some variables, but keep watching.

Pictures will return shortly as well.
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Saturday, 23 January 2010


Wow. It's true. The website is still actively maintained, if in the background.

The Petmystone's have been otherwise infected by "micro-blogging." Micro-blogging encompasses a number of technologies, most well known are Facebook and Twitter.

But this post is not about trends in social networking... I'm likely to take down in the immediate near future to support a systems upgrade somewhat overdue.

I've recently become the lead steward of an open source project, blojsom. blojsom is actually the engine that runs (as well as the blogging engine currently running internally at my employer, hosting the CIO's blog; it is also the blogging engine underpinning the Apple Web Collaboration Server in Mac OS X Server).

As the lead, I need to get some technology upgrades to the server in preparation of some more serious hosting (or at least the possibility of some).

So if you should see come offline for any appreciable amount of time, fear not, I promise it will come back. Also, I promise some more extensive blogging here at Possibly even including the consumption of feeds from Twitter and Facebook (for family not participating in the micro-blogging revolution).

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Sunday, 23 August 2009

Hannah Montana Movie Marathon

Bella got the movie.

We watch the movie. A lot.

So here's our impartial review: Good. (If you like your geek, here's a binary review: 1.)

The story is sappy and formulaic. The expanded memes and story threads from the Disney TV show excite and bother the regular—if reluctant—viewer. The retconning, nerdspeak for retroactive continuity, of previously established facts from the TV show are so glaring they get in front of the story.

One might find it disturbing that we can even cite the differences between TV and Movie story lines. Have 6-7 year old daughter, have understanding.

As adults you have to get past the glaring improbabilities, i.e., Miley Cyrus does her own make up, picks her wardrobe, or casually worries about dismissing her father from the dressing room at concerts, "Clark Kent" disguises make two people from one, and bands can play extemporaneously written pieces with practiced precision. Once the disbelief is suspended, or pushed aside, the movie stands on its own.

The brother-sister rivalry from the TV is missed and only evident at the end when Justin gives Miley the "L(oser) hand" during a impromptu (yeah, right) charity concert. Lilly and the gang of TV confederates needed more screen time. The Hoedown Line Dance is fun (and fun to watch the crew make a mockery of it in the out-takes during the credits).

Hannah Montana The Movie, with six viewings in a weekend and more to come, grows on you.

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Friday, 6 March 2009

Drama Update

Many friends and family have been rabid with questions and concern.

hehehehehe... pun intended.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Besides all the puns, everything is good. I'm good. So, let me break it down:

What are the chances I have rabies to begin with? Slim. We've seen the cat around for months before the bite. And the story tells me that the cat was more scared than rabid, having spent 12 hours in a garage, in a strange house, with two territorial cats patiently waiting for it to move, only to be held upside down in a blanket after a terrifying chase. Personally, I don't think the cat will come around again.

When you get bit by an unknown animal, and that animal is cannot be recovered, there is always a genuine concern that exposure to rabies may have occurred. As rabies is fatal, 100% of the time, treatment has to begin within 10 days of exposure. Now, 48+ hours from the bite, and no animal decapitation underway (rabies testing involves testing the brain tissue of the animal for acute encephalitis), I took the precautionary, and recommended, move of starting the rabies vaccination series.

So what does that entail, to start the series? Well, there is a lot of stuff on the internet (as this is itself), but to those that know me then, this is a first hand account.

First. There are needles. Lots. Second, there is no shot to the stomach. Third, there is a lot of talk about pain... eh, I may not be the best judge of this, but I have always had a high threshold for pain, and well, "what pain?" sums up my experience so far. The cat bite, at that instant, was painful; but that quickly subsided... for me.

Rabies vaccination is initially administered in the ER. There are two parts to the initial treatment: human rabies immuno globulin, or HRIG. HRIG is administered at the wound site and jumpstarts your immune system as well as provides immediate 4–8 week protection. The second treatment is the vaccine itself. Based on weight, the number of injections are dependent on individuals. I got four shots, all in the dense muscles the body: thigh, deltoids and gluts.

The vaccine treatments continue for a month, 3, 7, 14 and 28 days from the initial treatment as an out patient. I'll be busy to say the least, and promise not to bite.

And that's the story so far.

Everyone's thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated.

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Thursday, 5 March 2009

Here's some drama...

What has happened in the last 48 hours is worthy of the three month absence.

Tuesday, March 3

I return home from work, pull into the garage and close the garage door.

Wednesday, March 4


Shannon gets up hearing commotion in the garage. Finding our cats, she guesses that they were having a scuffle.


I'm up for my workout and filling my water bottle when all hell breaks loose. At first I think that our cats are fighting each other over a field mouse. It takes a second to realize there is a third cat running for its life from our cats. Catfight!

This third cat is running into walls, unfamiliar with the house. Our cats are tackling it or boxing it into corners, hissing and growling.

In the confusion, I grab a blanket, separating our cats, having cornered the stray in the "powder room." Bundled in the blanket, I take the stray to the garage door...

Then, with deft execution, the cat recurses on itself, from under the blanket, and bites me.

And I mean bite. There are seven puncture wounds on the palm of my hand.

In the fog of pain, I rush to the sink to rinse and clean the bite. Shannon finally gets the cat outside. (It's hours later that I remember my Boy Scout training: it would have been wiser to keep the cat "handy" for rabies testing, e.g., decapitation and brain examination; rabies is essentially acute encephalitis, or brain swelling .)

At the doctor's office for examination, the doctor assesses rabies risk and gives me the bad news: cat bites are highly prone to infection. He prescribes a powerful antibiotic and tells me to watch for cellulitis, red streaking from the wound to my armpit. I'm "reported" to the Health Dept. for possible rabies exposure.

Among other things I learn that the rabies vaccine is only administered in the ER; there is a shortage of the vaccine; and contracting rabies is fatal.


Some cool sensations on my forearm prompt me to pull up my sleeve to find the beginnings of dark red streaking, following various crooked paths of veins, from the wound up my forearm. Well, a call to my sister, a PA and former vet tech has one thing to say, "Get your ass to the ER. That's a nasty infection. I had that and spent two days in the hospital getting high doses of antibiotics through IV."


I'm in triage at the ER.


I'm released from the ER after an IV drip of a very powerful antibiotic.


My cellulitis is all good, the red streaks all gone (catching it early) and I have a really good white blood cell count to help. The Health Dept. contacted me with instructions to watch for, and possibly catch, the cat that bit me. Barring that in the next 36 hours, start the rabies series for vaccination.

Guess where I'll be tomorrow afternoon? ~o)

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Sunday, 21 December 2008

The Tooth Fairy Visits

Tonight we will be visited by the Tooth Fairy.

Bella lost her first tooth tonight. For the one dentist in the family: the "Deciduous O (15d)" or central incisor, lower left (not sure if I got the notation right, but Wikipedia is "close enough"). Bella was so excited, racing downstairs, an apple in hand, beaming with excitement.

She held out her hand, Shannon almost fainted at the artifact.

Bella wants us to tell the Tooth Fairy exactly where the tooth is (ensconced in a special pillow) so she can find it. We promised to email the Tooth Fairy with these instructions.

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Friday, 7 November 2008

A Vampire Princess Visits

Bella out did herself, vamping and hamming it up this Halloween.

Her candy haul was pretty good too.

“More candy, more candy, more candy!” was the manta leading up to the neighborhood event. Dozens turned out on a perfect evening for trick or treating.

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Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Naomi Lynn Stone

My brother David and wife, Shannon, had their first baby. A girl. Born Sept. 1 at 5:02 p.m. and weighing 7 lbs 14 oz., Naomi Lynn Stone.

Reports are that mother, father, and baby are doing well and at home. Naomi is allegedly a “sleeper” and family well rested.

Yeah, right. :D

Congratulations! brother. Best wishes to all! Say “Hello!” for us all!

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Saturday, 30 August 2008

It's not a tumor!

The teacher might need to be a kindergarden cop to handle this bundle of excitement!

Bella was excited about her first day of kindergarden! She remains excited about it too.

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Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Back from the edge

I've been on vacation with the wife and child.

Three days in Virginia, USA. Specifically, Williamsburg. Precisely, two days in the parks of Anheuser-Busch's Busch Gardens Europe.

Pictured, for your enjoyment, is my new favorite thrill ride, The Griffon. Damn. 205 feet. 90 degree drop. The pitch line, “...the only way down... is straight down!,” could not be more apropos.

After the Griffon, everything in the park is weak. I could spend the day on this thing.

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