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I tried to get to 92.1 The Mic this morning, but typed in Not only does it not go to the right place, it goes to WTDY, the "other" talk radio station in town. Now if they could only figure out exactly who is "Madison's Progressive Talk (radio)".

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So we had planned on ripping up the carpeting in the dining room after we finished all of the walls in there. However, I finally got so sick of it Sunday that I pulled it up:

Yes, this is *after* all of the staples and carpet tack strips were removed. Luckily, other than a few small spots, it seems to be in really nice shape. We'll have to refinish the whole thing, though, as the entry way is in pretty bad shape (glue, chips, etc) from all of the crap that had been on top of it before.

Anyway, I think you'll agree the dining room looks much nicer now. Now we just have to get all the crap cleaned off of that table.

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"A half mile east of the airport on Layton. Ed Witt's Venus Ford. Value man!"

Not sure why I thought of that. I guess Ed is in San Diego now.

At least Empire is still around. "5-8-8, 2-300, EMPIRE!"

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One of our favorite shows is Airline. For those who haven't seen it, camera crews follow around various Southwest employees at a few airports. There's plenty for the viewer to enjoy, but I really can't understand how anyone thought this would be a good idea. Cases in point:

- In the latest episode there's a POS (that's airline speak for "passenger of size" - somebody too big to fit in one seat) who's having a breakdown when they tell her she needs to buy another ticket. She argues with the staff, breaks down in tears, and tells them she's going to sue them. All of this while a camera is right in her face. My first question would be - wouldn't you go "what the hell is THIS??" when the airline is pissing you off and there's a camera in your face? My second question is why would you allow anyone to broadcast your mental breakdown on national TV? I just don't get it.

- In another episode (with 2 POS's, no less), a whole lot of people are pissed because they have to fly somewhere to get on a cruise and their flight was overbooked by 53 people. If you're Southwest, why in the hell would you want everyone knowing this? Nearly every episode has some mention of a flight being oversold, even if only a few people are getting bumped.

I don't know, maybe Southwest thinks it's good PR or something. It's good TV, but I'll be avoiding Southwest as much as possible, thank you very much.

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I went out on another bike ride tonight. Same details as last time - around 13 and a half miles in just over an hour. And again, I don't feel too bad. This is a good thing.

So IE on the Mac really sucks. Yes, I know I'm talking about a browser that's probably around 3 years old. So why mention it now? Well, for starters, it's been my main browser in OS 9 (yes, I still use OS 9 quite a bit). Safari doesn't exist for OS 9, iCab really isn't that good, nor is Opera, and Mozilla ended development for OS 9 at 1.2.1 (although there's an unofficial port of 1.3.1). Plus, when this version of IE came out (5), it was much lauded as being this great new thing - great rendering (better than on the PC at the time), fast, lots of features, etc. And when it works fine, yeah, it's nice enough. But as soon as you start to pound on it (lots of windows open, very large pages, etc) it *really* grinds to a halt. And not only does it grind to a halt, but it prevents you from doing *anything* else on your machine. And then half the time it crashes.

So lately I've been using Mozilla (the 1.3.1 port). Certain UI elements seem less responsive than in IE (auto-complete, for example), but rendering is fairly quick, and it doesn't bog down my whole system if it slows down. I *really* wish newer versions of Mozilla were available (and that Firefox was available *period*), but I guess I'll have to cope.

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DOB 2/16/79. I'm a web developer at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. I like lots of old music, including The Who. I spend a lot of time working with computers. And my favorite TV show (when I actually decide to watch TV, that is), obviously, is The Simpsons.

In May 2002 I officially graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in computer science. In 1997 (man that seems like a long time ago) I graduated from Washington Park HS. Yes, I know, that site isn't very impressive, and no, I haven't touched it for several years.

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One of the best experiences I have ever had was on a trip called Western Field Studies. This is a 33 day adventure throughout the western United States. Students travel on a school bus to national parks, monuments, forests, and places of historical interest and camp out (in tents or under the stars). I was a part of trip 25, which took place in the summer of 1996. A first for WFS was we took along a laptop computer and kept up a web site. That link will take you to the 1996 site, where there is a link to the current site.