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*wave*

How's everyone? Been an uber-busy summer, but it's all been good.

I need input from my geek friends out there. I've been using Site5 for web hosting for quite some time, but the outages and number of unexplainable mishaps as of late are just getting ridiculous. So... I'm looking for recommendations for a new host. Anyone? Thanx!

(if i get some time, i'll toss up a lengthy update)
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The memory, she's a slippin'...

Just got pictures from the Red Cross for the `07 year... completely forgot about this one.








That is all. Oh wait, I passed the Certified Ethical Hacker exam a couple of weeks ago. Now I can h4x0rz j00, with m4d ski11z!
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O.M.F.G!

Zappa plays Zappa was PHENOMENAL! Way better than I could have expected. Their renditions of Frank's music were superb, the players themselves were freakin' awesome, and Dweezil has definitely worked on playing his father's style. To add to it, they had a video screen, and took tracks from various FZ videos, and spliced them in to the show. So, some songs had Frank singing while the band played, or it was an FZ guitar solo on video while the band did rhythm, and there were a coupe of times where DZ was jamming along with the video of FZ. That was way flippin' cool.

On top of all that, they played for THREE HOURS STRAIGHT! Amazing show... simply amazing.



A few more pics...
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Satistics...

Some stats on the SoCal fires...

1,000,000 - Number of people evacuated (now larger than Katrina)
65,000 - Homes still threatened
9,000 - Number of fire fighters on the scenes
6,500 - Red Cross staff and volunteers in the area
1750 - Homes in San Diego alone that won't have families returning to them. (Destroyed)
723 - Number of square miles burned
500 - Destroyed homes in the Lake Arrowhead region
24 - Number of Red Cross shelters open
23 - Fires burning in SoCal
0 - Number of people on my friends list that took 30 seconds to make a post saying "if you want to help, click here..." That's... kind of disappointing.

And now, there's an easier way to give that you can utilize or spread the word about.

From this press release.

The Wireless Foundation and the American Red Cross today announced that most American wireless subscribers can make a charitable donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and assist relief efforts such as those ongoing in southern California, by utilizing the Text 2HELP™ program established by their partnership. Here's how it works: Subscribers of participating wireless carriers can donate $5 to relief efforts simply by text messaging keyword “GIVE” to “2HELP” (24357). The donations will appear on customers' monthly bills or be debited from prepaid account balances.

“The wildfires in southern California have caused tragic loss of life, serious injuries, and enormous damage, and now Americans wanting to lend a hand to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund can do that through Text 2HELP™,” said Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association and President of The Wireless Foundation, the charitable organization coordinating Text 2HELP™. “Through a simple text message, Americans can send a donation to the American Red Cross that will be put to good use in providing those in need with invaluable support during their time of crisis.”

Wireless carriers participating in Text 2HELP™ include AT&T Mobility, Alltel, Boost Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and SunCom. VeriSign is powering the intelligent messaging infrastructure to enable the short message service.