Meet Dorian

July 31, 2006

Cimg0247 This is Dorian, our middle child. Dorian is a Congo African Grey parrot who is almost three years old. One of Dorian’s favorite pass-times is to hang upside down from the roof of his cage and whistle the theme to The Rockford Files. How can you not love a guy like that?


Where where you in 1978?

July 31, 2006


Why does Talk Like a Pirate Day come only once a year?

July 31, 2006

Just wondering.

Pronouncing acronyms makes my head spin

July 31, 2006

It seems that any technology loves to spawn acronyms and, at times, it can all seem like alphabet soup. Sometimes acronyms evolve from being an acronym to being the name of something. For example, I spent many years thinking that JDBC was an acronym for Java Data Base Connectivity. Now, however, knowledgable folks, including the authors of the Sun JDBC API Tutorial, tell us that JDBC is not an acronym for anything. It’s the name of an API.

I’m OK with JDBC being the name of an API but I like to pronounce it by saying each letter: J-D-B-C. This makes sense to me even if it isn’t an acronym.

What has been making my head spin lately is a growing trend to “pronounce” acronyms as words. JNDI (Java Naming and Directory Interface) is the acronym for the naming API specified by JEE (Java Extended Edition). I pronounce it J-N-D-I. Several weeks ago I was talking with a technology instructor who kept pronouncing it Gin-Dee. I had to ask him what Gin-Dee meant which probably didn’t do much to bloster my stock in his view. But I had never heard J-N-D-I called Gin-Dee before.

Since that time I have noticed this trend more and more:

  • SOA pronounced Sew-Ahh
  • URL pronounced Earl
  • JEE pronounced Gee

I am starting to become concerned that one day I will no longer understand my colleagues when they speak to me.

“The Earl for the Sew-Ahh service will be stored in the Gee Gin-Dee tree”.

Meet Amelia

July 30, 2006

Amelia is our youngest bird, she’s about a year and a half old. Amelia is a Green Rump Parrotlet and weighs in at 21 grams. Yep, full grown she doesn’t even weigh an ounce. But don’t mess with her, she has the heart of an Eagle.


Tom Cruise on my mind

July 30, 2006


I was thinking this morning about Tom Cruise. No, I’m not gay and, allegedly, neither is he. I was listening to a random shuffle of tunes from my iTunes and Take My Breath Away by Berlin came on. It got me thinking about Top Gun and all the great Tom Cruise movies like Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men, and Risky Business. It made me realize that I’m a Tom Cruise fan, or at least I used to be.

I generally try not to let my opinions of artists personal lives affect how I feel about their work. For example, I like most of Madonna’s music even though I think she’s a moron. Well, Tom has been making this pretty hard to do lately. I don’t have a problem with his religion. I don’t have a problem with anyone’s religion but Tom wants to make his religion my problem. He wants to make it your problem too. Plus, he’s forgotten how to make really good movies.

So, I guess I’m no longer a Tom Cruise fan but at least I can still watch his old movies.

Cowboy Chicken is Awwwwwww-some

July 29, 2006

If you live, or visit, the Dallas area and you haven’t been to Cowboy Chicken you just don’t know what you are missing. Incredible meals, reasonable prices, served from two locations.

  • 17437 Preston Road
  • 5315 Greenville Ave #125

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