The Sadie Poop Incident of 2005


So my good friends Dave and Mara just found out they are having a new baby girl. Mazel.  As I was ranting about what an expert I am with babies this old diddy came to mind.  I figured I would revive it from the archives.



It was late on a balmy evening in October.  She had to make a decision.

What would she decide in her current state of mind?

Having slept only 2 hours in 3 days one could question her mindset.  But all she was thinking was that she needed to sleep.  God knows what she would be like, whose head she would rip off the next day if her condition remained the same.  She had to make a call, make the decision that could affect the next 6 hours.  "How", she asked herself, "Do I accomplish this?"  With what little sanity she had remaining and with little regard to the consequences she made the call – she removed the clothing exposing the ominous belly.  The belly being the only thing that would tame the beast.

He looked on watching and waiting to see what she was going to do.  When it finally happened, he considered saying something even objecting, but knowing her state of mind he thought he would rather  suffer the consequences that question her choice.

Trouble subsided quickly and the wish was granted. Her decision paid off.  6 hours of blissful, peaceful sleep; uninterrupted…

Early morning came, birds chirping in the darkness and the daily routine started again.  Some level of internal satisfaction went unspoken between them not knowing what lied ahead.  She wouldn’t know the outcome of her actions the night before until later since she disappeared into the dewy morning leaving them both behind.

He went about his morning – the typical rushed-waiting that he typically experiences at this time of day.  Anxiously straightening and fixing things up, trying to stay ahead of the curve he went from one room to  the other as quietly as he could.  In his mind he was accomplishing something, but in reality it could be debated. Minutes seemed like hours and then finally it happened.  The muted shrill emanated from the upstairs bedroom.  It hit him like a needle going through his arm.  He reacted quickly.  Like a trained soldier, he jet upstairs toward the bedroom just like he had done many mornings before. Eighteen months of this routine was ingrained in his soul.  He knew what to expect, the anticipated outcome, the possible variations…

As if it didn’t exist, he went through the door toward the screaming. Before he could say "good morning" the thing he had only subconsciously feared came to reality.

It was glorious!  It was everywhere!  One might say massive.  On her hands, her face, the sheets, the walls, the crib…  Nothing escaped her wrath.  It came so easy to her; as if it was inconsequential. He dug deep into his soul considering the previous 8 hours…What could he had done different?  Would it have been worth it?  He then came to the only conclusion that made sense.  It had proven time and time again to be effective against the child’s will.

Sadie – Poop – Everywhere

They should have left the onesie on.


Go for your whims.

In my post-TPR (The Princeton Review) – trying to figure out what I want to do state of mind I decided to do something a little different.  All of us get whims and in most cases, at least with myself, I tend to be all talk.  Lately, with a sort of "nothing to lose" attititude I decided to attempt to follow through with some of my whims.  One of these whims stemmed from my fan-boy status of a particular tech celebrity Leo Laporte.  I have been listening to his podcasts for years and watched him on TechTV before they went caput.  I have always admired him and been amazed by his overall knowledge of not only the history of technology but all things new and cool. 


So here is the beginning of the story.  I sent Leo a simple email volunteering my time for a week, where I would fly out to Petaluma and intern for him.  I truly didn’t care what I did for him.  Be it washing his car, making coffee or something more useful like help with his websites. 


To mitigate my barrier to entry I told him I would pay for all my own expenses.  A couple weeks later I got a message back from Mara, Leo’s email person.  She told me that she would pass my email over to Leo.  To be clear she told me that he reads all of his email eventually.  To my huge delight, I was soon contacted by Leo who extended the invitation to visit him. 


I am planning on going to Petaluma on Sept. 15-18. 


Let’s hear it for our whims.  More to come…


Parallels, full screen and multiple monitors – No worky


This is just another tidbit of info that I have come across through my adventures with Parallels support.  In my venture to fully utilize my new baby (Mac Pro beast) I really wanted to be able to take advantage of my three monitors.  Unfortunately, it turns out that Parallels doesnt support multiple monitors in full screen mode.  It does seem able to utilize multiple monitors when using coherence (able to drag application to another monitor), however that isn’t how I roll.  I have been informed from Parallels support that this will be "fixed" in an upcoming version. 


A word about Parallels support.  If you are willing to pay to get your simple question answered they are quite helpful and the process is straightforward and fast.  If you take the free route, expect it to take a week.  That said – I got my answer.

WordPress Persmissions – what should they be? Really!

I am coming to the quick realization that some WordPress (2.6) features, some that I am very used to, others that are new to 2.6, won’t work if the permissions on directories and files aren’t set correctly.  After some lengthy Googling, what "correct" is seems to be anyones guess based on what OS, webserver, WP version, plugin or theme you happen to be running.


So here is my question:


What should the permissions be on every directory and file within a WordPress 2.6 installation be for the application to work as intended?


I would really like to hear from everyone – the community at large as well as those close to the WordPress development.  But at the end of the day, I would appreciate hearing from an official source.


Update: I got some feedback…

Mac Pro, Parallels, Blue Screen of Death – nuff said


Just a quick post so that this information gets out into the interweb some how.  It cost me $30 but I am willing to share this info for free since Parallels isn’t. 


Now this could be my own ignorance but I had a problem and it just wasnt obvious to me what was causing it. 


I have a new Mac, installed Parallels with Vista Ultimate (bootcamp partition).  Was working sweet!  Not surprisingly, after a while the VM would pause due to lack of activity.  Upon Resume, Vista would blue screen.  I found many references to this problem when I googled it, but no good solutions.


So I ended up emailing Parallels support a couple times to no avail.  I got no response; really don’t believe their system works.  I then called Parallels phone support and paying my money.


Turns out – DOH – that it was Vista that was going to sleep first (power settings) which was causing the VM to Pause.  After changing my settings to not sleep or hibernate -> all is well. 


The Blue Screen is still a bug they need to fix, but I can live with this solution.  Also if you want things to sleep do it through the Mac side.