Dec 18 2017

Microsoft Visual Studio 2017: Option Strict On Disallows…

Problem 1: You open a Visual Studio VB solution / project and you have a bunch of red squiggles that tell you, “Option Strict On Disallows…” something or other.

Problem 2: You double-click My Project and click the Compile tab to check the Option Strict option and it isn’t even set to ‘On.’

Fix: Set Option Strict to ‘On’ and close the My Project tab. Reopen the tab, set Option Strict to ‘Off.’

Red squiggles should go away.

Oct 4 2017

Quotable: D.A. Carson

“Damn all false antithesis to hell, for they generate false gods, they perpetuate idols, they twist and distort our souls, they launch the church into violent pendulum swings whose oscillations succeed only in dividing brothers and sisters in Christ.”

see the whole quote in context at The Gospel Coalition

Sep 19 2017

Overheard: 40 yr old male

“My uncle was ad-libbing as a physician.” 

I talked to this guy, and he clarified that he meant “moonlighting”.

Sep 14 2017

Quotable: M.T. Anderson

“We forget men must be paid to kill. Even an act as simple as leveling a village is costly; rapine is not cheap; and children, I am afraid, will not burn themselves.” –M.T. Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I

Sep 11 2017


“Slumgum in beekeeping is the residue of the beeswax rendering process. When the beeswax from brood comb is rendered to produce clean wax, it leaves behind the pupal lining, wax moth cocoons, excrement from larvae, and other residual debris included in the original material.”

from Wikipedia

For extra fun, do a Google image search for “slum gum.”

Sep 7 2017

Worst sentence you’ll read today


Aug 14 2017

Left Behind: Bikini Bottom

Aug 11 2017

Jazzin’ up the Hymnz

The wife and I were trolling flea markets and second hand stores, you know, like ya do. I was looking through the CDs, cuz I’m a sucker for cheap and/or weird music, and I came across this gem:

I came home and looked it up. Turns out the artist, Richy Petrello, has a page.

A MySpace page.

Anyhoo, he has a sample of one of his “hymns” up on the site: I Surrender All.

If you are wondering, how could someone possibly jazz up an altar call hymn?


Jul 23 2017

Protected: The Adventures of Bob the Jawa

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Jul 23 2017

Songwriting Advice

MUSIC TEACHER: Accent marks should be used sparingly. It’s generally considered bad form to write a song in which *every* word in the verse is accented.

AUTHOR OF ‘ROCKY TOP’: Hold my beer.