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A video I recorded driving in my Chevy Volt the night of May 22, 2011, sped up 4x.

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From when I lived at the apartments at McNeil Dr near Parmer Ln in Austin TX. June 28, 2004.

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From Feb 14, 2004

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“Ultimate Dog Tease”

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Today Avast released a bad antivirus definition file “110411-1″ in which its web filter detected false positives for what seems to be most websites.

I found the official information from Avast about it on their Twitter feed.  Their forums were down.  (overloaded?)  Their update servers were taken down to prevent more people from getting the bad updates until the new fixed update 110411-2 has been released.

Now the update servers are online again, so if you are experiencing false positives for Avast, go ahead and have Avast update itself and it will be fine again.  (Or wait for it to update itself on its own)

This made me laugh, so I gotta share.  I found this in the spam folder of my Yahoo mail.
From: Robert Muller III <>
The IP address of the mail service used is from Korea ( I was unable to find anything about the sender’s IP address (

The body of the email:



We believe this notification met you in a very good present state of mind and health. The Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington,D.C in conjunction with some other relevant Investigations Agencies here in the United states of America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you presently have a transaction going on with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as regard to your over-due contract payment which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly.

It might interest you to know that we have taken out time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the Central Bank office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their services with you as well
as your correspondence at all level.

In addition, also be informed that we recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in the person of Mr. Sanusi Lamido and Mr. Kingsley Agwor along with some of the top officials of the ministry regarding your case and they made us to understand that your file has been held in a base depending on when you personally come for the claim. They also told us that the only problem they are facing right now is that some unscrupulous element are using this project as an avenue to scam innocent people off their hard earned money by impersonating the Executive Governor and the Central Bank office.

We were also made to understand that a lady by the name Mrs. Joan C.Bailey from OHIO has already contacted them and also presented to them all the necessary documentations evidencing your claim purported to have been signed personally by you prior to the release of your contract fund valued at about US$8,000,000.00 (Eight million united states dollars),but the Central Bank office did the wise thing by insisting on hearing from you personally before they go ahead on wiring your fund to the Banking information which was forwarded to them by the above named Lady so that is the main reason why they contacted us so as to assist them in making the investigations.

We were further informed that we should warn our dear citizens who must have been informed of the contract payment which was awarded to them from the Central Bank of Nigeria, to be very careful prior to this irregularities so that they don’t fall victim to this ugly circumstance. And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming to be from the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are further advised to STOP further contact with them in your best interest and then contact Immediately the real office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) only with the below information accordingly:

NAME: Sanusi Lamido.

OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria,
Central Business District,
Cadastral Zone, Abuja, Federal
Capital Territory, Nigeria.



In your best interest, any message that doesn’t come from the above email address should not be replied to and should be disregarded accordingly for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the Governor of the Central Bank immediately with the above email address and request that they attend to your payment file as directed, so as to enable you receive your contract fund accordingly.

To this effect, you are required to reconfirm and authenticate the information below for certainty and onward processing and release of your fund as we will not be held liable for any wrong payment.


Ensure you follow all their procedures as required by them as that will further help hasten up the whole procedures as regard to the transfer of your fund to you as designated. Also have in mind that the Central Bank of Nigeria equally have their own protocol of operation as stipulated on their banking terms, so delay could be very dangerous. Once again, we will advise that you contact them with the above email address and make sure you forward to them all the necessary information which they may require from you prior to the release of your fund to you accordingly.

All modalities has already been worked out even before you were contacted and note that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed so you don’t have anything to worry about.

All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to enable us be on track with you and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Without wasting much time, we will want you to contact them immediately with the above email address so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further delay as time is already running out.

Should in case you need any more information in regard to this notification, feel free to get back to us so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide you during and after this project has been completely perfected and you have received your contract fund as stated.

Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation in advance as we earnestly await your urgent response to this matter.

Best Regards,

Robert S. Mueller III
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.


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My beautiful and very fun-to-drive 2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE V6, is about to be sold, probably within a week.

1/21/2010: I cleaned out my garage to make room for the new Volt and for now have been parking my Altima there.

From 68 Chevy

I will be getting myself a new 2011 Chevy Volt.  Here’s what mine will look like:

Its color is called “Silver Ice Metallic” although in the photos here it almost looks white.

I am just too excited about getting my Volt!  Still have a bit of work to do cleaning out my garage and getting the ’68 pickup slid over to make room to park the Volt next to it.  I don’t intend to leave the Volt out in the weather.  Plus I need to obtain and install the 240V charger in my garage.

Update 1/14/2011: My garage is cleaned out!  I’ll start parking my Altima in it today while waiting for the Volt.  Also, the Volt has been in the same status dated 12/28/2010, and today there is a new status.  I think it may be at the dealer or soon-to-be there.  I’ll check with them Monday.

Update 1/22/2011: Removed links to sale information of the Altima because I have a buyer.  Added photo I took last night of ’68 Chevy pickup moved over and garage cleaned, Altima parked next to it.  Update on the Volt: It was travelling through Ohio on Tuesday and was travelling through Arkansas yesterday.  So it will be here soon!

Update 1/31/2011: The Volt was at the dealer on 1/27/2011 and was ready for me to pick it up the afternoon of 1/28/2011.  I have been driving it every day since then and have officially sold the Altima.  Photo gallery here.

It really surprised me . . .
I registered at: which is still open to new registrations until 11:59 tonight pacific time.  I registered I think the first day of the program a couple of weeks ago and I figured I had a slim chance of getting this model of free laptop which is a prototype unit for beta testing and not for sale.  They’ll have a model for sale sometime around summer of 2011.

I’ll post a review at a later time.

The moon will begin eclipsing at 12:32am Central Time the morning of Dec21, it will be fully within the Earth’s shadow from 1:40am – 2:53am, and at 4:01am, it will be over.  The eclipse will be visible to the entire western hemisphere the night of Dec 20 through the early morning of Dec 21.

More information.

The source for my lunar eclipse information: NASA