Hurricane Ike

Seem like just last week we were worried about Hurricane Gustav, well this week we had Ike. Ike actually made it up as a hurricane. First off the family is all fine and no damage to our houses. Although there are many, many people who can say that tonight and our prayers go out to them. We are without power (from the power company anyway) just like everybody else and I expect that to continue for a while.

Around the farm we have a lot of trees and stuff down. i had to drag one with the truck and cut another one up with the chainsaw just to get down the road. I saw a lot of downed trees and such today but I don’t think that anyone around here was injured or suffered any major damage. Of course I haven’t been in contact with everyone but i did man my scanner most of the day listing to the county road department and police and fire. Finally i was able to get on the laptop and dialup to see what was going on in the rest of the places.

Now the second thing thats been on my mind is the bank branches and how things are with them. All but our operations center and one branch with an automatic generator are down. There is even a report that one of the branches, the southernmost one has roof damage or no roof at all. I know there is a little damage externally at the branch I work out of, but nothing major. I guess Monday morning will be a little crazy.

Hurricane Gustav

Like many people we were pretty concerned about Hurricane Gustav. Initial reports said it would still be a hurricane when it reach east Texas. Luckily for us it lost most of its force before it got to us. We did get a lot of wind but it looks like the only really damage was some roofing of the old barn blew off and a door broke. So we are thankful that it wasn’t worse. The rain wasn’t as bad as predicted, we got less than 2″.

One thing that we did do was a lot of prep work and while most of the things I did weren’t needed, I’m glad we were ready just in case.



Originally uploaded by nf0

I’ve been need a few FPS games to play lately. Satellite gameplay is no fun. So I’ve been searching for some free ones for OSX. The one in the image is called Warsow.

I did have a few problems. I’m pretty sure that it’s related to the package, but none of the maps will let you play with bots, it gives you a no nav map error, I think this is only on the Mac version. To solve this you just need to do the following:

1. Go into devmap mode, this is done by pressing the ~ when you have the game loaded up and type: devmap mapname.
2. Type: makenodes
This can take several minutes. Once all the link messages stop going by its done.
3. Type: savenodes
This took several minutes on mine and eventually it disconnected. Once I reconnected bots were working just fine.

While the bots seem to be a little non aggressive from a distance, once in range there aim is deadly.

A story about “Batman”

by Tim Burton

I’ve watched this several times since it originally came out way back when. But today was a special treat. Me and my 4 year old were at my parents when he discovered the VHS that’s been there since when ever that was released. With all the recent batman stuff on TV lately he decided he wanted to watch it. Of course the none action scenes bored him and he still doesn’t under stand secret identities, but I’m pretty sure he is a fan now, he even got a Batman lunch box 🙂