Sunday, December 16, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Policosanol (23 mg once a day at bedtime)
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) (600 mg 3 times a day and 300 mg at bedtime)
Garlic Extract (300 mg 3 times a day and 200 mg at bedtime)
EGCG (green tea extract) (405 mg 3 times a day)
That stack referred to as PAGG, and the reviews say it works like a charm. Stay tuned and we'll see. I'm also taking a triple-strength fish oil supplement and some psyllium fiber, which is a big-time requirement if you're cutting down carbs. I'm also taking Vitapaks from GNC.
I'm also anxiously awaiting the Alpha Brain from Onnit labs that I recently ordered. It's supposed to sharpen you up and get you ready for a bit of the old ultraviolence. :-)
Saturday, April 7, 2012
- Clean the engine compartment
- Replace battery cables to support top-post battery
- Cooling system flush and seal
- Power steering seal
- Air conditioning charge
- Window motor replacement x 3
- Carpet cleaning
- Paint job
Sunday, March 11, 2012
With the data center shutdown and some other large work efforts on the job, reading for the exam hasn't exactly taken priority. Maybe after I get into the meatier chapters, I'll be able to stick with it. We'll see how that goes.
Also this month, I had an automotive episode where I spent a week dealing with a cooling issue. Turns out, a worn out elbow in a $2 plastic heater hose connection can take down a supercharged 3.8L V6 engine. Here's how it went down:
Day 1 - I got home from work and noticed that the car was a bit hot.
Day 2 - The car overheated first thing the next morning. I limped it back to the house and worked from home that day. That night, I replaced the thermostat and bled the system. A test drive showed no problems.
Day 3 -The car made it about 20 minutes before overheating. I caught a ride the rest of the way to work and then limped it home after work. Steam appeared to be escaping from near where the lower radiator hose attached to the block.
Day 4 - I drove my wife's car to work and plotted my next step.
Day 5 - It was a rainy Saturday, so I let it sit.
Day 6 - I replaced the lower radiator hose, flushed the radiator and still had steam escaping. I began to suspect that I had a cracked intake manifold gasket. I decided to run some stuff through the cooling system that can fix leaks. When you run that stuff through the system, you're supposed to have the heater turned all the way on. When I turned it on, I noticed water going everywhere. I was able to see water getting out all around the plastic elbow that takes water from the block to the heater core hose. AHA! I tore down the passenger side of the engine and got the two little elbows out. One was majorly cracked! After replacing that and bleeding the system, the cooling system has been working perfectly. I still lose a little bit of water, but if I keep everything topped off weekly, I don't see any issues.
Anyway, post is getting kinda long. See you next month!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Also, this is typical: I bought the book at a brick and mortar bookseller, before I'd checked the online price. Stupid! I could have saved 30 bucks if I'd bought through this link:
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Took the test yesterday and passed. I'm not surprised that I passed. I'm more disappointed at how close I was to NOT passing. Got a 792 out of 1000 where the passing score was 790. Seriously, I think the grading software misgraded one of the simulations or something! I'm not gonna complain or anything, since I passed, but I wish there was a way to see what I missed. Did I misread the instructions on a sim or something? I demand a recount!
Anyway, it's water under the transparent switching device, so I'm moving on to the next test. CCNP ROUTE, here I come.
The next test has a whole basket of landmines to worry about, and I'm taking a very disciplined approach to my preparations. There will be pretests, study goals, mind maps, lab simulations, video preparation. It'll be different this time, I promise!
Friday, January 27, 2012
On the work front, things are good. Gigantic projects are winding down in the next month or two and some new, juicy initiatives are getting underway. I'm splitting my time between implementing on the older projects and super-fun Visio design time on the new ones. On another note, I decided to dust off my old teaching hat and start teaching networking classes here at Securus. It's something I did back in my DST days and it really pays off over time. Also, I started a Cisco Certification Study Group here to keep myself on track and also help some of the others get their certs together.
On the weight loss front, there's not much going on. I've been decent on the diet, but haven't been as strict as I'd have liked. Not drinking any calories, other than the occasional iced mocha. Other than that, it's mostly water, with one diet soft drink in the morning and yerba tea when I'm studying. Worked some weird hours this week, so I was having to eat what I could in some situations (lunch-hour meetings with pizza delivered, etc.). For the most part, I've been doing good and have managed to lose 2 pounds this week. I haven't been doing the food log, and it's starting to be apparent that I'm going to have to do that to keep myself on track. Also, I've got to get more exercise in, so I can justify a cheat day to compliment the slow-carb diet I'm on.
I'm heading out of town for the weekend. We're having a reunion for all the people who had Darrell Buzan for chorus at Idabel High School. Memories! Anyway, not likely to diet much this weekend. I'll be sure to get diet cola with my Bacardi, but that's as far as I'm going.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Did I say I was starting my weight loss and CCNP study programs 2 weeks ago? No no... I meant today, really. Uh sure.
This time it's for real. I have eaten well today and I also read Chapters 1 & 2 of the CCNP Switch Certification Guide. Chapter 1 barely counts, as it's about the "Planning Tasks of the CCNP Exams" and has very little actual testable material. Chapter 2 covers basic "Switch Operations" and was a nice little refresher. Picked up a couple of little facts that are only useful as test answers. Stuff like CAM entries timing out in 300 seconds and TCAM table values being 134 bits in size... completely useless in real-world application, but good to know for the cert exam.
I'm going to start teaching my Network Topics classes here at Securus. Maybe we can train up a couple of network engineers from the NOC ranks. Here's hoping. I'm also going to be doing a Cisco Certification Study Group here. Hopefully, having that to keep me accountable for my study goals will keep me on the straight and narrow. This whole recertification process is going to be boring, so anything that will help me get through this material will be a welcome help.
Why did I let this cert expire? Why, oh why?
Monday, January 9, 2012
On a work front, I'm going to be working on my technical skills and getting re-certified. I'm committing to 1 hour per day of reading until I get my certs back in order.
Wish me luck.