Chapter 29: Secrets



They all cried, even Ryan, after the shock had faded. G-ma hadn’t been seen since she fled the group. Jamie’s body lie like Ryan’s had days earlier, with no hint of activity. Around her neck, marks where the old woman had strangled her, were visible.

“I can’t believe it” was the popular phrase uttered. They all knew G-ma had become somewhat of a fanatic regarding her belief. They never imagined that she was capable of this. Further complicating matters, they didn’t even know what ‘this’ was. It looked like death, but could one really die here? So many unanswered questions. Continue reading “Chapter 29: Secrets”

Chapter 21: Dark Thoughts



Ryan was quiet for the next few days, seldom making eye contact with the rest of the group. It was obvious to all that the revelation he’d forced out of Mara had affected him in some way. Ryan could be cruel, but it didn’t seem like he was a full on sociopath who felt nothing at all for others. He was the quintessential adolescent man, trying to live up to expectations of strength while also avoiding alienating everyone who he came in contact with. The group, even Mara, pitied him. It was possible that this place would prevent you from ever growing old, but maybe it would allow people to grow up.

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#37 What If

What if in the moment that we die, death arrives
offering us the opportunity to stay in that second
for as long as we like.
How long do we stay behind?

What if we’re not waiting for the next big thing.
We’re in the next big thing, and won’t realize it
until the little things return.
Will we be happy with our actions?

What if time is more subjective than we believe, and
the only thing holding us back is
our own expectations?
Can we find the secret to controling it’s pace?

What if the meaningless conversations we have,
are actually the most important ones
we will ever have with another human.
Would we appreciate them more?

What if we’re only supposed to enjoy life,
our plan is not to conquer or accomplish.
Our plan is to simply exist.
Could we handle that reality?

What if my victory is really a defeat to 1,000
and the victories of 1,000 are only a small setback
to me.
How would I live with myself?

What if your life can’t be measured by any number
but only by a thought, emotion, or mood.
Of those around you.
What is your rating?


Engineering & Server Installs

Greg, a Civil Engineering grad, stands next to his team’s bridge

Today was an interesting day. Karey & I sorta relaxed a bit and let Dan & Sue go to most of the events. A parade this morning (that I dropped them off at), and a cookout tonight (that I wanted to go to but couldn’t due to timing). We did go to the Engineering open house and see the bridge pictured above. Next to it is my brother-in-law, who I am sure is so thrilled that he’s been photographed to death this week (And has more to come).

Karey Snaps A Shot!

We sat in on the Engineering awards ceremony, and saw Greg get a lapel pin and sticker (for his hard hat) indicating his Graduation with Honors status. We then toured the building a bit, met some instructors, and headed back down to the camper. Speaking of the camper, remember those empty parking lot photos from earlier this week (They’re in my gallery), check this out:

One of many shots showing a crowded parking lot

The parking lot has grown in size quite a bit – car and RV wise! We have a prime spot by the water, however I believe others are getting envious! After this post I’ll be uploading some pics from today to the Gallery site, however since I spent most of the day at the RV (installing a server remotely tonight), I don’t have quite as many as in days past!

PopGUI for PopRoute GUI

If you've ever tried setting up an exchange server at your home, small business, or on any server that doesn't have a 100% reliable 100% always-on connection, you've probably needed a tool like PopRoute. PopRoute lets you "pop" your external POP3 accounts and route the mail from them into an Exchange Inbox.  It's perfect for servers that aren't always connected (i.e. dial-up), have a rather shakey connection (making forwarding to the user's exchange email address unfeasible, or for otherwise fine exchange servers with user who stubbornly want their "other" email in their exchange account.

The problem with PopRoute is that, while the price is right, the configuration interface leaves lots to be desired.  Manually editing an INI file is a bit annoying, and since PopRoute requires that mailboxes be numbered sequentially in it's configuration, removing mailbox 2 requires on to manually rename atleast adjoining mailboxes.

With that in mind, I coded together PopGUIPopGUI lets you administer your poproute.dat file without needing to actually open the thing in notepad and play with it.  The nice thing about PopGUI + PopRoute is that, for an extremely low price, you get the same ease of administration that tools costing $100+ provide.


Getting Started

To start using PopRoute + PopGUI on your exchange server, follow these steps

1. Make sure that the Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0 is installed on your system, PopGUI uses it, and it's a free download available here

2. Download PopRoute here and extract the files to wherever you like (c:\program files\poproute is the default)

3. Download PopGUI and run the installer

4. Open PopGUI and configure your email accounts & General server settings (I recommend disabling the Archive Directory)

5. Create a scheduled task to run poproute.exe regularly (Whenever you want to download mail).  I've done 5 minutes and 2 minutes before without issue.

PopGUI is Free, however I do request that you register with me.  This way I can keep track of who is using the program (for my own ego's sake) and keep people aprised of any updates.  Rest assured that I have no need, want, or desire to spam you to death, I simply want to know how my program is doing, and have a way to contact users.

Download 1.0

To get a registration key, drop me an email with your name & company. I'll be happy to send you one ASAP!

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Responsible Journalism

News personalities, agencies, and organizations should be ashamed of themselves for how they are using the 5th anniversary of 9/11/2001 today to bring up their ratings under the guise of “respect”.  Want respect? How about suspending regular programming for the day? How about not trying to “One-up” the other guy for once?
The Today show on NBC this morning started with the obligatory somber music, the dramatic delivery of Matt Lauer, and a snipped of phone call from a hijacked airliner that would never land. This is respect? No, this is sensationalizing. When you play audio of a woman saying goodbye to her loved ones on a news program on the anniversary of her death, you’re not respecting her, you’re using her – plain and simple.
You know how I’m honoring those who died 5 years ago? I’m not watching news coverage that seeks to use their deaths and the scaring of a nation purely to boost ratings and, by virtue, the bottom line. Financial wheeling and dealing is why Muslims are annoyed with us, and today anyone who realizes that the “tributes” are all purely to make mo
ney will realize a little bit more why we were attacked 5 years ago (Unless you still believe that it’s religious differences…)