State of affairs in the Southern Arizona desert

If you venture out into the desert in Southern Arizona for whatever recreational activity you might enjoy, you are very likely to encounter one of these signs which are found all over the place:

In other words, you are taking your life in your hands by exploring unpopulated land in Southern Arizona. There is a distinct possibility that you might run into Mexican criminals smuggling drugs and/or people that won’t hesitate to shoot and kill law-abiding U.S. citizens on U.S. soil to protect their illegal activities.

Hmmmm – if there was only an organization that was lawfully obligated to defend our borders, lead by a person who swore to protect its citizens, having at their disposal a group of people specifically equipped and trained to do those jobs. We should look into that…

New computer – It’s alive!

I can’t tell you how many years it’s been since I last built myself a new computer, or I’ll have to turn in my geek card. Suffice it to say, it’s been way too long. However, thanks to a nice profit sharing check I found myself in the position to place an order with Newegg for a thoroughly researched list of components to build myself a new computer – hooray!

Here it is in all its shiny black glossy classy gloriousness (though the photo doesn’t really do it justice):

I really like this case. Not only does it look great, but it also has a long list of very nice features. One of them is clever cable management options that allow you route almost all the component cables underneath the motherboard tray.

As a result, you have a very nice and clean interior, it is very easy to work in, and it has optimal airflow for cooling.

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Facebook + Blog = Faceblog? Blogbook?

After several friends recently, uh, encouraged me to get with the program, I bit the bullet and set up a Facebook account.

Thanks to a lively blog discussion with Midori on Friday evening, I got inspired to do some work on the blog. This weekend, I completely overhauled our blog here at http://www.byronland.com and installed a plugin that links it to my Facebook account.

If I did this correctly, everything I post on the blog from now on will automagically appear on the Facebook page. I don’t feel like migrating 10 years worth of blog entries and stories to Facebook, so this will do just fine.

Let’s see if it works…

Up, up and away

Our area has several houses that launch hot air balloons from their yards, mostly on weekend mornings. We’ll be sitting at breakfast and suddenly see a balloon sail by the window. Here’s a balloon that we captured just seconds after take off.img_1869.jpg

Furniture

Our new dining room chairs came, joining the dining table (which has been here a couple of months).img_0295.jpgWe’re going with an “organic contemporary” style which uses pieces with clean lines that are constructed from natural materials like wood, stone and leather. So far, we have a dining table and chairs, bar stools, sofa, entertainment center, bar cabinet, one sofa table and two end tables in the great room. We are waiting on a coffee table and second sofa table to arrive in a few weeks. They discontinued the living room rug we picked out, so we still need to find a rug and two comfy chairs for the living room. And we want to add a low table/wooden bench to fit under the window in┬áthe dining room.We aren’t even thinking about decorative touches until we have all of the big pieces. Besides, we want to keep the house uncluttered and we figure we’ll buy art as we find it rather than just buying something to fill spaces. Hopefully you’ll think the pieces are a good fit for the house. Feel free to voice your opinion either way….

We miss you, Mojo

This is Mojo:

Mojo

Mojo

Mojo

I adopted him from the local shelter where I volunteer, fulfilling my life-long dream of having a pet. Mojo is an adult Pit Bull that was owner-surrendered. Unfortunately, as we discovered quickly, he was not house-broken, had no training whatsoever, and as a result turned out to be a lot more work than expected.

He is smart, sweet, wants nothing but love and attention, and to be part of the family. He bonded really quickly with me, and reacted well to training. However, due to his complete lack of training, he has all the habits of a dog: peeing and pooping in the house, chewing, scratching, pulling, counter-surfing – you name it. I also found out by accident that he was apparently beaten by the previous owner.

I spent a lot of time with him every day, walking, training, feeding, socializing, etc. and eventually realized that I did not have the bandwidth to spend 6-7 hours a day with him every day for the next several months to get him to a point where we could trust him around the house. In addition, we realized there was so much potential to him wreaking havoc on our new house in the meantime.

In the end we realized that there was too much of a conflict between his and our personalities, and we had to give him up again. It was a tough and heartbreaking decision to make.

I found out that he is going to a foster home of a local Pit Bull rescue organization that will help him find a good permanent home.

Good luck, Mojo. We hope you will find a happy home. We miss you and will always remember you.