VPS Hosting

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i’m currently hosted on a shared hosting plan in which this website is on the same server along with hundreds of other websites run by other people. yes it’s economical but since all of us on the server share the same RAM and CPU resources, there are some downsides to this. for instance, a website or user on the server could end up draining all the server’s resources while the rest of the websites on the same server suffer because of it. for those that rather not share their server space but can’t quite afford purchasing their own dedicated server, there’s another option available called the virtual private server. VPS Hosting is where one physical server is partitioned into multiple servers that act independently from one another. so with VPS, a webmaster can have freedom to install software of his or her own choosing, have root access to the server and basically feel more in-control over the websites on his or her server. Network Solutions is currently offering Virtual Private Server plans at three different tiers but all include Red Hat Fedora Core 6 OS, 256 MB RAM (1 GB Bursted RAM), 1 dedicated IP, Virtuozzo™ and Plesk™ control panels. Network Solutions also offers a 30 day money back guarantee so you can always try out VPS and see if it’s right for you without being obligated to pay for the service if you find that it’s not. plus you can’t go wrong with Network Solutions where their customer service was recently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as “An Outstanding customer Service Experience”. be sure to check out their website for all the details.

Friday Fiver for 19Oct07

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OK, it’s time for the Friday Fiver!!

1. What makes you feel exposed?
i guess when i find that i’ve been walking around with my pant zipper open. hate when that happens.

2. What do you have to force yourself to do?
i find that i have to force myself to get up in the mornings. what ever happened to John Lennon’s Bed-In for Peace anyway?

3. Where do you like to spend your time outdoors?
i’d like to spend it on a beautiful sandy secluded beach on the island of St. John.

4. What surprises you?
whenever i do something right for a change.

5. Friday fill-in: Late at night I’m ____.
having pizza sex. ..well, whatever Michael’s talking about….

Have a great weekend!!!

protection dogs

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protectiondogsthe bulk of our neighbors have spent a ton of money securing their homes with expensive home security systems complete with alarm monitoring and response services. i think folks tend to forget that there’s an alternative method of defending your home and property: protection dogs. potential thieves and intruders know better than to hit a house with a highly trained protection dog in it. and Command Control K-9 can provide you with a trained security dog that will not only give a comforting sense of safety in your home but also be a true companion to you and your family. Command Control K-9 hand pick each and every dog they train. the dogs not only protect and obey their owners but are raised to be sociable to children as well as to other household pets. when you purchase a dog from Command Control K-9, you will go through a 3-day handling course with your dog in order to become familiar with your new companion as well as for the dog to learn to take commands from you. breeds that are available include German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois. and in addition to pre-trained dogs, Command Control K-9 can also provide custom training in order to meet your own personal needs. you can reach Command Control K-9 at 1-866-865-2259 or at their website - CCK9.com.

SOTD: Old Love

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DLee - Song of the Day
i love listening to the live version of Eric Clapton’s Old Love. the guitar solo is so expressive and dynamic. plus the arrangement is ten times better than the original studio version. i guess the band had time to play around with the feel and the various individual parts in the song during the tour b/c the live recorded version is totally smokin’. love it. it’s the song of the day. enjoy.

download: Eric Clapton - Old Love (live)

purchase Eric Clapton: 24 Nights at amazon.com

blog on your own domain

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i’ve noticed that a good number of bloggers on my blogroll are still hosted on free blogging sites like blogger and wordpress. yes, it’s convenient and easy to setup but there’s something to be said for blogging on your very own domain. for those that don’t want to fiddle around with hosting packages, blogging software and add-ons, i guess the free hosted sites are the way to go. but for those that want more control over how your blog looks and what tools you’re using, you’ve got to get your own website. i’ve own this domain since 2002 and i wouldn’t have it any other way. i have the freedom to install any webtool i desire and tinker around to my hearts content. yes, you’ve got to invest some time to customize your site but it’s all worth it in the end. so, if you are one of those bloggers that is ready to make the switch, be sure to check out the web hosting plans over at Top Hosting center. they’ve got a great package called the Top Host Special that includes 250 GB of space, 3000 GB of bandwidth, POP3, PHP, MySQL, automated backups, 24/7 live support and more for just $4.95 a month. they are also currently running a contest where you can win free hosting for a year plus a free domain name. all you have to do is blog your thoughts on the importance of owning your own domain. simple as that. judges will read through all the eligible blog posts and determine the best post around Nov. 15th. it’s a great opportunity to earn a free year of hosting with absolutely no strings attached. head on over to Top Hosting center for all the details.

TonePort UX8

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i *so* want to get back into home recording. with PC based multi-track recording, the options have become limitless. i remember back in the day when i fiddled around with a four track cassette based recorder. it was fun but whenever i made a mistake while laying down a drum, bass or guitar track, i’d have to stop everything and rewind the tape. nowadays, software based recording and editing can easily be done with a click of a mouse. no more worrying about the physical limitations of tape. no more problems with audio imprinting onto other parts of the tape or “wow and flutter”. it’s all ancient history now. i recently got word of a new TonePort USB interface model from Line6. it’s the new Line 6 Toneport UX8

Line6 has always impressed me with their line of guitar amp modelers and now they’ve expanded their lineup to include audio interfaces for PC based recording. not only can you model guitar amps and bass amps, they also provide an array of effects for both guitars and basses as well as for recording vocals. so the TonePort helps you fine tune the sound on the front end and with the help of some good recording software, you are set to record the next top 40 hit. or at least a cool new “hit” of your own to listen to in your car. :)

check out more about the new Line6 Toneport UX8 on youtube.

pumpkin pie recipe

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with all the halloween decorations being put up across the neighborhood, i’m reminded of a tasty seasonal treat that my mother-in-law would always make whenever we visit her this time of year. it’s her outstanding pumpkin pie. i love pumpkin pie in general but the one she makes for us during autumn family get togethers is totally out of this world. there’s nothing like it. the mother-in-law is an all around great cook so whatever she makes in the kitchen is just totally awesome but for some reason i always think of her fabulous pumpkin pie this time of year. and she never writes down her recipes, it’s all in her noggin. so whenever we want to duplicate what she does in the kitchen, we’d get a pencil and paper ready and watch her do her thing. and just like the ol’ cliche, our attempt at her pumpkin pie never even comes close to what hers taste like.
just in case you’re interested, here’s what we do to try to recreate her masterpiece:

to make the pie dough we combine 2 cups of flour, a tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt using a standing mixer. 1 cup of butter is added to the mix. we then whisk 2 egg yolks with 3 tablespoons of milk in a bowl. the yolk mixture is then added to the flour mix and let the standing mixer turn until a dough forms. place the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for a couple hours.
on a floured surface, roll half the dough into a 12 inch circle. line the pan with the dough and crimp the edges. chill the pie shell for approximately 30 minutes. preheat the over to 350 degrees. line the pie shell with aluminum foil and then add dried beans on top of the foil. bake the pie shell for approximately 45 minutes or until golden brown. discard the foil and the beans. for the filling, lower the oven to 325 degrees and mix 1 1/2 cups of canned pumpkin with 1/2 cup of brown sugar in a medium saucepan. stir the mixture over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes. away from heat whisk in 7 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk, 6 1/2 tablespoons of evaporated milk, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 2 eggs, 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, a pinch of ground clove, a pinch of salt. pour over the pie shell and bake for about 45 minutes. cool and serve.

i don’t know but the secret to my mother-in-law’s pie might have something to do with the type of Hamilton Beach® Mixer she’s using. she’s got this cool Eclectrics® Mixer in her kitchen. it’s bright Moroccan Red and it looks real neat. we have an older brand mixer at home but i have a feeling we’ll be upgrading to a new Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer real soon. we’ll give this recipe a whirl again once we’ve got the new mixer.

april snow

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well, i suppose April Snow looked great on paper. but the resulting film starring Bae Yong-Jun and Son Ye-Jin is just a complete mess. i can imagine the initial production meeting for April Snow went something like this:

producer #1: uummm. so how do we capitalize on this Yon-sama phenomenon?
producer #2: love scene. definitely a love scene. ..maybe even two!!
director: but we need some sort of story. writer #1, what have you got.
writer #1: i’m dry as the sahara. i got nothing.
writer #2: hey, i watched a Harrison Ford movie last night about two strangers becoming involved with each other after learning of their spouses’ infidelity.
director: sounds like a story.
producer #1: OK, i’ve got a pen, now which Harrison Ford movie is this?
writer #2: Random Hearts, I believe.
director: that’s a crap title. we’ll fix that. from what i recall, if we change the title of the story, we won’t have to pay for the rights to remake the movie. heh.
producer #1: OK, writer #1, you’re homework is to watch the movie and write down all the important plot points.
producer #2: don’t forget the love scenes. we need Yon-sama without his shirt on.
producer #1: and what about a leading lady?
director: gosh. there’s so many korean actresses to choose from. i don’t know where to start.
writer #2: oh, i loved The Classic. can you guys get the girl from the Classic?
producer #2: is she sexy?
writer #2: ummm, she’s cute…
producer #1: that’s close enough. we’ll start production in the morning.

from watching the movie last night, i’m sure that’s how the movie was planned. the scenes were haphazardly edited together. the dialogue was atrocious. and the whole disjointed movie limped along at a snail’s pace. even though i’m a fan of both Bae Yong-Jun and Son Ye-Jin, their talent alone could not save this project. there’s only so much you can do when you start with a crappy script like this. you can tell the director was hurting for material when he resorts to inserting references to the actors’ previous work such as Son Ye-Jin walking with an umbrella in the pouring rain (an obvious reference to The Classic) and having Bae Yong-Jun profess his love for the winter season (a la Winter Sonata). ugh.

oh and you know the film is a dud when during a pivotal scene at a funeral, a photo of the deceased is revealed for the first time and it’s none other than fellow Winter Sonata actor Ryu Seung Soo. the wife and i laughed so hard at that scene. did the director not realize that inserting another Winter Sonata actor in the film would distract most of the audience from the intended dramatic effect? sad, sad, sad.
april snow
no need seeking out this DVD. especially when the love scenes are all over youtube. but don’t get all hyped up about it though. the scenes are slow, bland and awkward, just like the rest of the movie.

weekend tidbits

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[ed. note: i don’t call this blog The Ridiculously Mundane for nothing!! so don’t say i didn’t warn ya…]

closet fun: spent the bulk of the weekend rearranging a closet in our study. the closet was overstuffed with clutter and the wife decided that i should remove the existing shelving and install one of those closetmaid racks so that we could arrange shelving as we so desired. i didn’t realize that the rack system required 1/2″ holes drilled into the drywall. i didn’t have a big enough drill bit so it ended up taking longer than planned to drill all the required holes in the wall. i don’t like the fact that there are now several rows of 1/2″ holes in the wall behind those attached closetmaid racks but the wife seems to be happy with the shelving system so that’s all that matters! it took a long time sorting through all our junk and old papers and stuff in the closet so i wasn’t able to overseed the lawn like i had planned. oh well. hopefully i’ll get to it sometime this week. not a high priority especially since i can’t water the lawn due to the whole area being under water restrictions and all. whatever.

the weekend dvd: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring
another one of Kim Ki-Duk’s minimalist films with not much dialogue and a significant dependence on visuals. the old buddhist monk character and his relationship with his young apprentice was fascinating but the second half left a lot to be desired. the story is powerful and haunting but ultimately the ending left me a bit cold and detached. i really wanted to like this film but it wasn’t that satisfying in my eyes. i can understand how this film got so many fans and rave reviewers but at the end of the day, the film didn’t make a huge impact on me. i prefer Kim Ki-Duk’s 3-Iron over this one.

korean movie trailers

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one of our regulars here on DLee.us, “Nabbi”, mentioned that she wasn’t familiar with one of my all time favorites, The Classic, i thought I’d post the youtube movie trailer clip of The Classic along with some of my other korean favorites just in case some of you haven’t seen ‘em either.

The Classic movie trailer

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Sansa Clip

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OK, i think i’ve found my next mp3 player: Sansa Clip MP3 Player it’s a tiny flash based player that’s supposed to compete with the ipod shuffles but it has additional features like a nice OLED screen and playlist capabilities. the great thing is that they’re cheap and so they’ll be great for jogging or for workouts where you don’t have to worry about having an expensive music player around. and from early reviews, it has been said that the player’s got better sound quality than the previous Sansa models. i’m going to lobby hard for one of these players with the argument that listening to good sounding music will help me exercise longer and more frequently. isn’t that a good enough reason to buy me one of these things?

read the review of the new Sansa Clip Mp3 Player over at anything but ipods.

dining furniture

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even though we moved into our current house over three years ago we still have furniture to buy for it. and a lot of decorating that still needs to be done. with three lil’ ones in the house, there’s not a lot of time that we can devote to home decorating and furniture shopping. all those with three year olds know how difficult it can be to shop in peace. we’re desperately in need of some formal dining room furniture and instead of dragging the kids through the local stores, we decided to try shopping online at gowfb.com. from simple dinettes to contemporary dining furniture, Wholesale Furniture Brokers got them in stock and ready for delivery at a click of a mouse button. the site is easy to browse through and is filled with top name brand furniture at wholesale prices. what’s not to like? so if you’re in need of some dining furniture at great prices, look no further and head on over to Wholesale Furniture Brokers. you’ll be glad you did.

SOTD: The Classic

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DLee - Song of the Day
for the song of the day, i thought i’d share the main love theme from one of my all time favorite korean movies - The Classic.
if you’ve seen the movie then you would surely recognize today’s song of the day since in typical korean drama fashion, the director chose to play the main theme over and over and over again throughout the movie. i didn’t mind so much since the song was pretty good.

More Love (love theme from The Classic)

At the Riverside (instrumental of love theme)

..and The DVD can be purchase over at Amazon: The Classic a.k.a Love Story DVD

LED mini lights

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if you’re like most people then you probably re-use your christmas decorations every year. and that’s fine especially since you’re doing your part in the recycling process. but there are times when you need to re-evaluate what you’re currently using and see if it makes more sense to replace it with a newer item. in terms of holiday decorations, one thing to seriously consider is replacing those old incandescent christmas lights with more energy efficient LED mini lights. LED christmas lights use up 90% less energy than regular incandescents, plus they’re safer since LEDs don’t give off heat and are cool to the touch. and when you’re out shopping for new LED lights be sure to get the 1-piece injection molded kind like the ones available through HolidayLEDs.com. the 1-piece molded LEDs are moisture proof unlike the 2-piece types that can allow moisture to seep through while outside in the elements. another advantage with LEDs is that they are rated to last over 50,000 hours of use. not only that but you’ll probably have them for years to come since LEDs are virtually indestructable unlike those old fragile glass bulbs. so go ahead and decorate the house this holiday season. just be sure to use the new LED lights so that you’ll be more energy efficient which in turn will actually save you some money during the holidays. and saving money is always a good thing in my book!!

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