August 21, 2004
The Wayback Machine

This is the coolest site I've seen in a while. The Wayback Machine It's an archive of websites (and their revisions) going back to 1996. It has partial archives (it seems graphics are often missing) of every site I've had going back to it appears 1998. To see my sites use the URLs "http://www.aimnet.com/~qsite" and, of course, "http://www.silveriafamily.com"

Unfortuantely, prior to that I think is when all my sites were actually held on ftp servers. I can't really remember. Now I have to be concerned with what I put out there since it's all being archived .. I guess no nude pictures :P

Posted by John at 04:44 PM
August 13, 2004
Career Test

Career Inventory Test


Extroverted (E) 68% Introverted (I) 32%
Realistic (S) 58.06% Imaginative (N) 41.94%
Emotional (F) 58.06% Intellectual (T) 41.94%
Organized (J) 51.61% Easygoing (P) 48.39%

Your type is: ESFJ

You are a Supporter, possible professions include - nurse, social worker, caterer, flight attendant, bookkeeper, medical/dental assistant, exercise physiologist, elementary school teacher, minister/priest/rabbi, retail owner, officer manager, telemarketer, counselor, special education teacher, merchandise planner, credit counselor, athletic coach, insurance agent, sales representative, massage therapist, medical secretary, child care provider, bilingual education teacher, professional volunteer.

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Extroverted (E) 68% Introverted (I) 32%
Realistic (S) 58.06% Imaginative (N) 41.94%
Emotional (F) 58.06% Intellectual (T) 41.94%
Organized (J) 51.61% Easygoing (P) 48.39%
Your type is: ESFJ
You are a Supporter, possible professions include - nurse, social worker, caterer, flight attendant, bookkeeper, medical/dental assistant, exercise physiologist, elementary school teacher, minister/priest/rabbi, retail owner, officer manager, telemarketer, counselor, special education teacher, merchandise planner, credit counselor, athletic coach, insurance agent, sales representative, massage therapist, medical secretary, child care provider, bilingual education teacher, professional volunteer.
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I found the results to once again be fairly on target, a few of the careers that are in there are ones I've always thought I'd like. I've always beeen interested in other languages, I've always seen myself as a kind of teacher, I do the bookeeping in the family, and I always enjoyed doing the merchandising when I was in retail. The one I completely disagree with is "telemarketer". I did that for a short time when I lived in Fresno and I was a complete failure, I do not have the ability to cold call people and try to sell them on something.

Lately I've been thinking that instead of becoming a dog groomer I might become a licensed beautician and try to work towards having my own hair salon. I still like the idea of dog grooming, but I just can't figure out a practical way for me to learn the skills I need and get the business off the ground out here in the country. The nearest licenesing program is in New York and I can't exactly leave my family for 3 months while to get licensed. If I became a licensed beautician there are many more opportunities for me out here and if we ever moved it would be easy to get licensed somehwere new.

Posted by John at 12:14 PM
August 10, 2004
Georgia Trip

I was logged in updating my blogger code, so I thought I should post about my trip to Georgia this weekend.

I left Friday around 11 am. I needed an oil change desperately, but the local Express Lube was too busy and I wanted to hit the road. I was all by myself so I got the idea it would be a great time to catch up on some music listening. I decided I would listen to the entire Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and NIN catalogs in sequential order to give me an idea of how each progressed over their careers. I know, how geeky of me, but hey that's who I am. Overall I realized that DM has only put out one bad album, Construction Time Again, and one that is good, but too mellow, Exciter. Duran Duran on the other hand have only made 4 solid albums, Duran Duran, Rio, Big Thing, and Medazzaland. All the others have some moments of unbelievable crap and their career has been completely uneven. NIN, well, the problem there is that after 15 years he's only released 4 albums (counting the Fragile as two albums worth of material) and one EP worth on music. It's all brilliant, but c'mon. Put some effort in at the least we should get a full album every 3 years. I miss the days when bands like KISS would release an album every 8 months.

I was pretty paranoid about not getting an oil change before I left so about 3 hours in when I passed a Valvoline Express in Smithfield, North Carolina I stopped. My biggest impression on the drive is that these people are crazy. I tried to only go 5 miles over the speed limit, but I was being passed by everyone. So I decided to go the speed of traffic, but even at 80 mile an hour I was being passed frequently. In the end I made the drive to Metter in 7 hours. I shaved a whole hour off of Mapquests projected time, not that they are ever right, and that's with stopping to get an oil change. Other impressions, advertisements for topless diners/adult video stores and fireworks. I wish I had the money to have stopped in and bought the kids some fireworks.

Metter is a great little southern town. Not as small as I had thought it would be. It was very pretty, with lots of greenery and a lake. I traditional southern town built around the railroad, but not left with a lot now that tobacco and cotton aren't the crops they use to be. My mom took me out to a bufet for dinner, then I went to bed.

The next morning we went out to breakfast then picked up the u-haul trailer. She wasn't completely packed so my aunt, her husband, and myself finished packing and loading the trailer, then my mom and I went to the storage unit and I loaded it up as well. In the end the trailer was the perfect size and everything fit in nice and snug. It only took 3 hours to do everything which was much shorter than I had anticipated. So asked my mom if she wanted to make the one hour drive into Savannah for dinner.

My Aunt's husband gave us a tip on a great seafood place on a river so we went there. The place is called "Tubby's Tank House". A search on the web will bring their location in the main tourist area up, but the location we went to is actually across town and a locals hangout. We sat out on the front porch and had their "low-country platter". It consisted of a whole crab, and about a pound of shrimp (steamed), smoked sausage, corn-on-the-cob, whole red potatoes, salad, and a choice of side, I chose the "spanky spuds". The meal was huge, of course the price matched at $28. I also had a couple black and tans, and the best calamari I've ever had as an appetizer. It was an absolutely wonderful meal, with even better ambience. With the weather around 80 with a cool breeze it was great to sit outdoors. After the meal we headed over to River St., which is the main tourist area. Located on the Savannah River front it's your typical collection of shops, street performers, and tourist attractions. But the architecture is amazing and it's beautiful just to walk around and look at. I stopped in a candy shop and got the family all some fresh made pralines, cookies-and-cream fudge, and candied lemon slices.. yummy! Soon it was getting dark so we headed back to Metter. I only got to quickly drive through the area of "Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil" fame. It's certainly a place I could live .. if I was rich and didn't have children :)

Sunday we headed back to Virginia. With the trailer attached I got crappy gas mileage and the trip ended up taking 8 hours. Now the work of helping my mom feel at home and get settled has begun. I must say I'm really happy she is here now. It's such a stress relief for the whole family.

Posted by John at 01:27 PM
August 09, 2004
Myers-Briggs results

OK, so I did the online Myers-Briggs test at similarminds.com here are the results. I opened this post up to comments.

Extroverted (E) 68% - Intuitive (N) 51.52% - Feeling (F) 65% - Perceiving (P) 52.94%
Introverted (I) 32% - Sensing (S) 48.48% - Thinking (T) 35% - Judging (J) 47.06%


ENFP - "Journalist". Uncanny sense of the motivations of others. Life is an exciting drama. 8.1% of total population.
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Overall self
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Scale (|||||||%) results:

Enneagram Test Results
Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||||||||| 66%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||||| 60%
Type 3 Image Awareness |||||||||||||||||| 80%
Type 4 Sensitivity |||| 16%
Type 5 Detachment || 10%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||||||||| 70%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||| 40%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||| 50%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||||||| 56%
Your Conscious-Surface type is 3w2
Your Unconscious-Overall type is 1w9
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It's pretty accurate. I noticed in a few areas I'm only slightly to one process more than the other and that's definitely me. As I took the test I noticed that I have been in mindsets where I could easily have answered the opposite of what I did. And as my Enneagram results show. I am one person consciously and another subconciously and they are very different. I think they are both very accurate. My immediate reactions to situations are definitely from my conscious side. But give me a little while to calm down and my subconcious personality will take over. I find that the older I get the more my subconsious personality is taking over.

Posted by John at 04:37 PM
August 02, 2004
Update

We've been busy around here. Brie was in California 7/19-22. She goes to Alaska at the end of this month and then back to California in September. My trip to Georgia to move my Mom got cancelled in July, but I am suppose to go this weekend instead. Adding to that Brie came home from California and promptly developed bronchitis which she is still taking antibiotics for. This weekend Zoe stopped eating and hasn't had anything but water since Saturday morning. If she hasn't passed the rope toy we think she swallowed by 6 o'clock tonight we are going to have to get her down to the Vet for x-rays. With all that we also continue to go to Gymnastics every Tuesday and Storytime at the Library every Wednesday.

It became very obvious to Brie and I this weekend that joining the YMCA is probably something we will never do. There just aren't enough hours in the day for Brie to go workout and past experience has shown us that Brie is far more likely to get consistent use out of a health club than I am. So now we need to start saving up for a TreadClimber by Nautilus. We originally were going to go that route, but since are credit won't currently encourage anyone to extend us a creditline we had decided the YMCA was our only real choice.

It's August already! That means back to school will be upon us soon. As you can see by the King's Dominion pictures the kids are growing up fast. I honestly think Maddy could start Kindergarten this year. Sebastian is changing so much. He is becoming so much more open to trying something new in some areas. His eating habits have greatly changed. He loves steak and had a home made pork burrito on Friday which he kept telling me was "sooo delicious". Of course, vegetables are still pretty much a no-go, just carrots and corn. Maddy is really excelling at Gymnastics, she is so flexible and strong. She can get herself up into a handstand on the wall now and flings herself into somersaults. Keegan is enjoying Gymnastics, but he is having a lot of problems following instructions and is really hard on himself when he doesn't succeed on the first try. He has already began have outbursts about going back to school. His only problem he says is that he knows he won't be able to play video games during the week again. We are going to start weening him off them now to make it easier.

That's about all I can think of right now. It's been one of the (if not the) rainiest summers ever. Last I saw we had had over 10 inches of rain in July and it was still raining. Today is another hot and rainy day as well. oye!

Posted by John at 10:44 PM