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Monday: July 27, 2009

Ten tips to streamline your vacation planning.Ten tips to streamline your vacation planning.

A nice read for anyone who may be in the planning stages of getting away for awhile. Cough.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Life @ 7:27 AM | Tags (4) | tips | vacation | planning | lifehacker |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Friday: July 24, 2009

Want to increase your overall life span? Drink your milk.Want to increase your overall life span? Drink your milk.

Also, be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Life @ 12:33 PM | Tags (4) | health | life | longevity | milk |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 25 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Thursday: July 23, 2009

A handy tutorial on how to troubleshoot a flaky internet connection.A handy tutorial on how to troubleshoot a flaky internet connection.

Covers a variety of scenarios. Good to know.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Tutorial @ 7:55 AM | Tags (5) | connection | flaky | lifehacker | troubleshoot | tutorial |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 25 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Wednesday: July 22, 2009

A list of one hundred things that your kids might never know about.A list of one hundred things that your kids might never know about.

Some of my favorites: high-speed dubbing, the scream of a modem connecting, and Han shoots first.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Life @ 1:23 PM | Tags (9) | dubbing | gadgets | han | kids | life | modem | parenting | starwars | wired |  | Discuss (2) |  | facebook | twitter | 72 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Tuesday: July 21, 2009

Nine reasons why there wasn't stress in the good old days.Nine reasons why there wasn't stress in the good old days.

So basically it's because we had a lot more drugs at our disposal.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Life @ 7:40 AM | Tags (3) | life | past | stress |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 34 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Monday: July 13, 2009

The top ten tips and tricks for better coffee.The top ten tips and tricks for better coffee.

Turns out decorating lattes not as hard as you might have thought.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 7:46 AM | Tags (4) | coffee | tips | tricks | lifehacker |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 38 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Friday: July 10, 2009

How to extend your life by about a decade or two.How to extend your life by about a decade or two.

A statistical analysis showed that, at any given time during the study, an animal in the control group was three times as likely to die from an age-related cause as one in the experimental group.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 12:49 PM | Tags (6) | extension | life | decade | longevity | span | economist |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 36 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Thursday: July 2, 2009

Daily Grind: Less Pain

Name: Vin (aka mancomb seepgood)
How Vin feels today: Less Pain @ 12:01:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: To go home and start enjoying the extended weekend and then take additional Motrin for continued neck pain.

Music Stuck in Head: Air Conditioning Unit Whirl
For some reason, this sound is all I need today.

Stuff to do today:

  • Apologize for late start at posting links today
  • Do some house cleaning on the Facebook GLM fan page
  • Remind readers that GLM actually has a Facebook fan page
  • Find time to replay Curse of Monkey Island this weekend
  • Watch some more play through videos on

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 1:01 PM | Tags (6) | extended | holiday | life | movies | pain | weekend |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin

Thursday: June 25, 2009

Getting gray hair may be good for you.Getting gray hair may be good for you.


Posted to Weekdaily filed in Life @ 3:45 PM | Tags (5) | health | gray | cancer | prevention | life |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 25 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Life on other worlds as seen through the eye of Photoshop.Life on other worlds as seen through the eye of Photoshop.

A fun selection of sci-fi other worldly Photoshop work for your viewing pleasure.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Photoshop @ 7:42 AM | Tags (5) | life | manipulation | photoshop | planets | space |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 21 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Saturday: December 1, 2007

A new verbose post? Really?

A semi-quick little update as to why I haven't posted much of anything to this section in recent weeks months. It can all be summed up pretty quickly actually. I moved, and I'm still on the hunt for a new place call my own. Combine that with other factors like work projects, adjusting to our new temporary residence, holidays, interest rates, the position of Venus in the third house (ok that was really dumb), etc etc. Basically, there a host of other reasons that would just bore you. But never fear dear readers, things are looking up.

I just recently purchased a brand new MacBook (daily grind readers already know this). But what's so special about this purchase? The fact that I can now run Windows on a Mac, that's what! I previously owned a PowerBook G4 (still do, it's just not getting much use anymore). Trouble was (and still is), by day I work in a Windows world as an ASP, programmer / web developer. Having a PowerPC Mac just doesn't allow to run the kind of software I need to do any kind of work in my free time while say, commuting home from work or watching television (I like to multitask). And yes, I've heard of Mono, and no it couldn't work for what I need to do for job related tasks.

My new sweet little MacBook, which is both lighter and smaller than ye old fifteen inch PowerBook G4 of yore, is a great little machine. Plus, now I can get back to coding my nerdy ASP and SQL stuff whenever I want to. So basically, things should start happening around here soon. I'm cooking up some potential new features and designs as well as working on other projects that have been sorely neglected.

What's in the pipeline? Well, I really should get back to making some new comics for this site- another sorely neglected section of this site. There is also a project that was supposed to be included in this last iteration of GeekLikeMe that didn't make the final cut. It's going to be spun into it's own little project to see how it fares in the big wide world of web. More on that later when I have something more, uh, well coded to show.

One last note, going on a much needed vacation next week so links will be sparse. My superfluous linking skills will be back on schedule when I return.

Posted to Verbose filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 12:08 PM | Tags (6) | apple | asp | development | geeklikeme | life | programming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Wednesday: January 24, 2007

Future Conversations

It's true, I actually wear a tie at home - all the time. My wife is still mad at me for making my daughter look so hideous in comic-form. Seriously, a bow? Is that Ms. Pac-Man?

Posted to DotComic filed in Comics @ 1:00 AM | Tags (6) | comic | computers | dotcomic | humor | life | web |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin

Monday: December 4, 2006

The eight types of annoying morning commuters.

geeklikeme goes commuting

As a Westchester resident working in Manhattan, I often opt to take mass transit to get into the city (parking can be an expensive venture anyway). Over the years I have mentally formed a list with the types of people that generally annoy me during said morning commute. But before reading further, I urge you to use your imagination and visualize yourself sitting next to these types of people in an enclosed space for an undisclosed amount of time on a daily basis.

  • The Untouchable

    To kick off this list I will begin with the category of commuter that I myself fit into - I like to call them (and myself) the 'untouchables'. And no, I am not referring to the Sean Connery and Kevin Costner type of untouchable. This is a group of people who literally does not want to be touched in any way shape or form. This type of commuter does not want to have any part of another individual whilst riding the train. They (or we, I should properly say as I do consider myself part of the group) just want to be left alone and as previously stated, untouched. They will sometimes sit in dark places of the train in an effort to have other commuters avoid sitting next to them. In the event that another passenger decides to sit next to this type of person, they will cower as close to whatever opposite side they can find for aversion. Again, I can sympathize with this group or else I wouldn't have written this article on a train... by myself.

  • The Discourteous Seat Requester

    This classification of is directed to the type of morning train rider who will strive to sit in the seat next to you (much to the dismay of 'the untouchable'). This act will most of the time cause you to have to get up to make way for said rider to sit in the window seat (or aisle sit depending on your preference). Now this is not the core of the problem - people should be able to sit wherever they please, and furthermore I am more than happy to oblige a seat if none are available. However, if you want to sit next to me but don't want to bother asking for the seat then I have a reason to have some discourse with you. Simply staring at me to a point that it is both uncomfortable for you and I will not get you the desired seating space next to me nor will it make me move. Grunting doesn't work either. Be a human and say 'excuse me' (your mommy would be proud).

  • The Spacetaker

    The Spacetaker is primarily and definitively the type of individual who has to have all of their personal belongings strewn across your seat and their seat for no apparent reason. These items may include but are not limited to jackets, purses, laptop bags, newspapers and so on. These items will make their way into your personal seating space and the owner who happens to be sitting RIGHT NEXT TO YOU will not even bat an eye (or say 'excuse me'). This is why we have overhead racks. Put your stuff up there before I kill you.

  • The Newspaper Man (Spacetaker Part II)

    This designation of commuter was originally set to go along with the previous type, but after some careful thinking I decided they would best be split into two different classes. The Newspaper Man's sole job is to read the New York Times (or any other major periodical for that matter) full spread. By doing so, they basically take up a third of your personal space simply so they can read two pages of their morning news at once. This is annoying and it needs to stop. I don't care how important the morning paper is to you. Fold your newspaper over one way and leave what little shred of personal space I have alone. You can take more of the information in if you focus on one page at a time anyway, genius.

  • The Smelly Food Eater

    In the world of business sometimes there just isn't room for breakfast. I can totally understand that being a morning commuter myself. Sometimes there really is no time to grab a quick bite in the morning. There is however, a type of commuter who can somehow find the time for food and will proceed to dine on their breakfast for the entire duration of the train ride. Now I'm not referring to the NutriGrain Bar or even the buttered bagel guy. I'm talking about the person who sits right next to you and proceeds to unwrap a greasy, runny, overly smelly egg sandwich and eat it gingerly at their own pace. To top it off, there are no windows to open to allow for proper ventilation so the smell recycles itself throughout the train. And this is the type of smell that if not mentally or physically prepared for, will make you sick. I would like to say thanks to this type of commuter for their continued contribution to an unhealthy air supply. By the way, you have a piece of scrambled egg with ketchup plastered to your chin and you look like a total idiot.

  • The Sniffler

    Another giant annoyance of mine while riding the train in the morning is a classification of a passenger that I like to call 'The Sniffler'. This is the type of person who either doesn't know what tissues are for or how to use them in any way shape or form. The end result is a lovely, loud, disgusting snorting sound that every single passenger can hear distinctly for the duration of the commute. Other passengers will frequently toss dirty looks at The Sniffler, but those looks will simply be ignored and the snorts, sniffles and wheezes will continue to pour out of their nostrils. The only way to end the reign of terror brought on by this commuter is to exit the train. Do us all a favor and buy a box of tissues (and learn how to use them), Captain Snorts-a-lot.

  • The Jibber-jabber

    Since one can usually get pretty decent cell phone reception on a commuter train, some enterprising passengers will take advantage of this to the maximum. Now having a quick cell phone conversation is one thing but speaking so loudly that the entire train can hear you is another. And yet again, tossing a disapproving look to the person carries no effect either. They just continue to go along thinking that we all care what's going on in their personal bubble. Look, I really don't want or need to know that your doctor thinks you should have your third nipple removed. I'm sure the rest of us didn't need to know either. Turn down the volume or hang up your phone. This also applies to passengers who insist on having abnormally loud conversations regarding karaoke bars and daytime television talk shows as well.

  • The Loud Music Listener

    I am a card carrying iPod user on my daily morning commutes. I can't imagine riding into the city on a daily basis without this device. Turns out that I am not the only one who relies on music to get them through the morning commute. This of course is in regards to people who have to play their iPods (or whatever other personal music device you can think of) with volume so loud that it must cause their ears to bleed (or at least I hope it does). Music that pours through their headphones so loudly that other people wearing headphones listening to their own music (like me) can hear. You are going to go deaf, really, they've done studies on this - pick up a trade magazine next time and read this for yourself. Give your ears some rest, they will need it. I also hate to mention it but the entire train now knows that you listen to Flock of Seagulls - repeatedly.

So that about sums it up. Was there a type of commuter that was left off this list? Share your own thoughts by writing a comment on this post. Other general commuting horror stories are welcome as well.

Posted to Verbose filed in Life @ 7:19 AM | Tags (4) | commuters | annoying | rude | life |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 0 Clicks | Posted by Vin

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