Wedding… Over!

We took a deep breath late last Saturday night. The wedding was, well lets just say the minister was a bit rough on the edges. He managed to forget about the unity candle and went and sat on the side chair as the music played. We took it upon ourselves and walked up to light it and he never saw us, he approached us near the end of the song and told us to go light it. I had to show him it had already been done. At the end of the service he managed to forget my last name and pronounced us Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Duffy.

The reception was good. One of the better ones I’ve been to recently. The DJ was good and most of the people were out on the dance floor at some point or another. Most of the time people tend to stay in their seats and the DJ has a rough time getting people involved. The food was good, drinks were strong and I got carded by the bartender. She knew I was the groom and she even came up and talked to us during the meal. She also knew Kim, but for some reason she decided to card me and refused to give me a drink until I showed her my drivers license. Seriously, who gets carded at their own wedding? The reception was over at 9 and some people hung out in the reception hall until 10 because they were too drunk to go anywhere else. Kim and I went up to our hotel room to get changed and came back down to the bar where we hung out with some friends and family until about midnight.

We checked out of the hotel Sunday morning and headed back to her parents house to open presents and go through the cards before we left on our honeymoon. I scribbled down a list as she opened and we finished in time to have a quick lunch before the airport limo picked us up.

Flights down and back weren’t bad. We arrived about 20 minutes early each way. The hotel we stayed at in Cocoa Beach, FL was very nice and had a balcony that overlooked the ocean. We got on the cruise ship Monday morning and waited for our departure, not realizing that the ignorant passengers over the next few days would make us want to get off.

Apparently the 4 night cruises attract a good mix (to be politically correct) of people. To be fair, the ignorance among them was shared equally among the various races, but unbalanced between the passengers. It seemed to be about 75% ignorant and 25% nice passengers. There was people coming to the formal dinner dressed as pimps and doo rags on their heads. They also thought a pair of blue jeans and a t-shirt was “formal.” There were people shouting in the hallways and kids running everywhere. Not to mention the various times they cut us off in line. We couldn’t wait to get off on Friday. I even had a lady try and jump over top of me when getting off. She ran into my luggage, said sorry and tried to brush it off like she wasn’t trying to cut me off in line. I almost turned around and back-handed her. Stupid biotch. We did manage to make it through customs with 9L of liquor duty-free. The allowance is 2L per person but he decided to be nice and not charge us.

Overall, it was fun, but I’m sure glad its over. No more stress about how things will look or if everybody will be there. We finished writing all our thank-yous last night and had our Christmas cards done and ready to go a few weeks ago. Now we just relax until Christmas. All the gifts have been bought and just need to be wrapped.

Wedding Bells

Tomorrow at 2PM the bells ring. This will probably be the last update before the honeymoon unless I get a few minutes Sunday while waiting for our flight. We’ll be flying down to Orlando, FL and taking a taxi to Cocoa Beach for the evening. We cruise out of Port Canaveral on Monday to Cococay and Nassau then return and fly back on Friday for a late Thanksgiving dinner at Kim’s parent’s house. We expect to be back to our place by sometime on Saturday where I’ll spend the remainder of my weekend unpacking and reading a billion emails.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Allen Iverson on the NBA Dress Code

This is old news, but I still can’t get over he said this regarding the NBA’s new dress code rules.

“I feel like if they want us to dress a certain way, they should pay for our clothes,” he said. “It’s just tough, man, knowing that all of a sudden you have to have a dress code out of nowhere. I don’t think that’s still going to help the image of the league at all.”

Whats tough? The fact that you make $16,453,125 for the 05/06 season and you need to go out and spend 0.0001% of it to buy yourself a few suits? Yeah, I’m sorry, thats real tough.

Yes, he had a point about having to now wear a mandated dress code, but to say that they should have to pay for them… how dare they tell you how to spend your $16,453,125!

Allen Iverson’s salary for the remainder of his contract:
05/06 – $16,453,125
06/07 – $18,281,250
07/08 – $20,109,375
08/09 – $21,937,500

New theme

I was getting bored with the old theme and decided it was time for a new one. After viewing all 299 themes listed at the WRC, and then viewing all the themes at alexking.org, I decided to use almost spring. It was a nice clean layout, the only thing I didn’t care for was the colors. I asked a favor of Jenn and she came up with this great color scheme for me.

I tweaked it some more, added my adsense code as well as my analytics code and tidied it up for release. I’m pretty satisfied with the way it looks and maybe in a week or so when I get back, I’ll add a nice header image to liven it up some. Let me know what you think. Kubrick is so outdated!

$100 to Open the Door

Would you give $100 to put technology in the hands of a child and help close the “Digital Divide”? I would in a heartbeat. After hearing about MIT’s $100 laptop initiative, I thought it would be a great idea to help some of the purchasing countries cut the cost and help as many children as possible. Their plan is to sell them directly to schools where children have limited or no access to technology (Initial discussions have been held with China, Brazil, Thailand, and Egypt.). While this is a great premise for the project, there are other countries that will not be able to afford enough to provide “One Laptop per Child.”

This is where my plan comes in. Donations to help out countries who can’t afford enough. Donations can be $25, $50, $100, or multiples of $100 thereafter to help defer the cost. This will be given directly to the OLPC effort and disbursed among nations who need a little “extra” help. Wouldn’t you donate $100, or even just $25 to open a door to a whole new world for a child?

I have proposed this to MIT about a month ago and have heard nothing back from them as far as getting something organized. More details will follow.

T.D. Advisory 27

Just what I wanted to hear as I was hoping everything would stay calm down in the Caribbean. We leave for our honeymoon on Sunday on a flight to Orlando. We then leave from Port Canaveral on Monday on a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas and return on Friday. They predict it will develop into a tropical storm by later today and due south of Cuba as a hurricane by Saturday. Hopefully this doesn’t turn or stir anything else up to affect our plans.

Tropical Depression 27 – 5-day cone

I didn’t blow!

How dumb would you feel when your bomb fails to explode leaving you and the hundreds of people you intended to kill alive and then you get arrested by police. Her husband strapped an explosive belt on her and showed her how to use it. When he noticed her struggling, he pushed her out of the room to not draw attention to himself and then blew himself up. She fled with the rest of the people and was arrested a short while later while still wearing the belt. Just another failed suicide attempt.

Iraqi Woman Admits on TV to Jordan Attack

Lunch with some pals

Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with Skippy and Owen for lunch. Skippy was in town visiting family and we decided to take the time to meet up and have a nice chat. Owen lives about an hour away and came along to hang out. We enjoyed some good food and drinks while we got interesting looks from across the bar. Apparently they didn’t understand our talk of WordPress and other geeky things (including Web 2.0)!

It was great to put a face with a name and if anybody else is in the area or if I’m nearby someone else, I’d be glad to take the time to stop by and meet. I think it is great for the community to finally meet some of the people we’ve had some very interesting chats with. We had an enjoyable time and agreed to do it again if ever in the area.

Overselling

We know all most hosts do it, but do we know to what extent? I was flipping through the latest issue of Computer Shopper and noticed a 1&1 ad which I normally try to ignore, when some numbers caught my eye.

With a claimed “More than 5 million domains and 4 million customers worldwide” and a chart showing they have 5,150,774 hosted names they only claim to have a “High-tech data center with more than 28,000 servers.” Wait… 5,000,000 divided by 28,000 seems a bit high. That averages out to 178.5 domains per server. Even going by customer numbers, 4,000,000 divided by 28,000 is 142.8 customers per server. The final factor is that they also offer dedicated servers which would only increase the numbers of customers and domains on a shared server.

Glad I have a dedicated box that I share with me, myself, and apache.