The Human Peepshow That Is My Life.

Don’t mind this post. I’m just tinkering. I used to be super into webcams, since the days of the JenniCam. For whatever reason, I decided to see if it was still possible to take a webcam and dump an image up to the site automagically. I have an oldish webcam laying about, and I still know how to make the ones and zeros bend to my will, so, let’s see what we have…


Well, look at that. Not that anyone particularly wants to sit here and see what I’m doing all day, but hey, you never know. Now I just have to decide if/how much I want to leave it running. We’ll see – and I’ll try to spare you any full frontal nudity. No one wants to see that.

The Logitech QuickCam; my weapon of choice in the 90s.

It occurred to me that I have a trove of old webcam pics from the mid/late 90s. Back then, I had a wildly popular personal website – this was in the days before every company, dumbass and President had a site, and obviously well before social media (although I did write a plug-in that allowed me to stream live video to *ack* MySpace when it bowed), and I had numerous webcams running around the house and at work. I was popular by default – kinda like my real life now; that is, if you were bored, lonely or horny, you came to see me; otherwise, you found something else – or someone else – to occupy your time. Back then, I guess there just weren’t that many choices (on the internet, that is), unless you wanted to see a bunch of animated gifs on Geocities. Anyway, just for larfs and posterity, I pulled a few old images. At the time, because the internet was mostly dialup, the images were small, the resolution was shitty – but still, cutting edge at the time. Now we just carry around a device in our pocket that allows us to look at pictures of cats, and tell people they’re assholes any time we like. Trust me, I know.

So, this:

Living room cam. Me and 3 girls. The 90s were awesome.

The cam in my office/music room.

Living room cam. That hair, tho.

I don’t ever remember her name – she’s sitting pretty close, though, and I think giving me the signals.

Office cam – that is, the cam at work. It was always a hoot watching the cleaning people after hours.

Power broker.

Oh, look, I cut my hair. That’s the Pentagon out the window, across the river.

I even rigged up a mobile cam using a laptop and a cellular modem – a really big deal in the nineties. This is roaring up the Jersey Turnpike heading to NYC and on to Boston.

When I needed privacy, Cartman took over.

My sweet Bengal cat, Kalani.

In the office/music room.

I suspect I was reading music off the computer, trying to learn a new tune.

Now, her name I remember.

Rock star.

Good times. I guess. Never let it be said I wasn’t a trailblazer. A kooky, weird trailblazer.


In other news, I finally finished with the electricity in the barn. Had to wire a new outlet with a surge suppressor, and add in additional lighting on the “BMW side” of the barn, so I can tinker with that bike without it being so dark on that side. In addition, I added a pair of new Battery Tender devices. I had 2 already; one that I alternated between the Phantom and the BMW, and one in my big tool shed for the tractor (which is actually one that I bought a year ago as a gift-that-was-never-given [I seem to have a lot of those]). So, now, each bike has one, which means each bike will be ready to go in the winter, and I added a port outside the barn for the car(s), and I have the one for the tractor. No more dead batteries!

I also ordered a new wet/dry ShopVac for the barn. I have one now, but it’s kinda big, and I wanted a smaller one, not only for keeping the barn tidy, but for cleaning the Jeep. I don’t really need two of them, though, so I guess I’ll give the old one away, just to get it gone. Yeah, I have a lot of tools – but I always have projects I want to tackle; nothing worse that starting something and never bothering to finish it, and that means in addition to having the knowhow and the motivation, having the proper tools. Someone just told me the other day how much they liked my stone work I did in the kitchen last year, and that makes it worth it – I’ll take any flattery I can get, especially since I get so dang little of it. Handy, man.

In other other news, I just learned that Endomondo is shutting down. Endomondo was the first mapping software I used years ago to map hikes, bikes, paddles, etc using my iPhone. It was…OK. Because it depended on my phone, the GPS was never that great, which is why I switched to the Suunto Ambit 3 GPS watch, and then the Suunto Spartan GPS watch (and have I mentioned I bought my 3rd Apple Watch a few weeks ago? Sheesh, I’m a nerd.). The Suuntos are so much better at mapping since they’re purpose-built just for that, and Endomondo kinda went downhill after being bought by UA a few years back. So, doesn’t affect me – I don’t even link to my old Endomondo data any longer – but still, RIP. I know what it’s like to be obsolete.