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    an idyllwild weather clam!

    Our gal, The Idyllwild Weather Clam thinks that it will rain again today.

    Tuesday 22 August 2017
    Currently at 4:54 AM 57°


    Up to the minute now-casting provided by: Idyllwild Weather Clam Mega-Skyview Ultra-Precision Doppler 160000 Super Computron Forecast in Full Spectrum HD

    Entries in housekeeping (52)

    Friday
    Feb172017

    Vicious Storm Update

    A lovely centered picture of our boys hard at work
    Friends,

    As you are no doubt aware, our gal, The Idyllwild Weather Clam, works tirelessly to bring you the most accurate weather forecasts possible every single weekday when she gets around to it. She does this by dispatching teams of scientists from her tide pool to the four corners of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains and use the latest scientific techniques to tirelessly gather data for her prediction models. Yesterday was no exception.

    Teams of highly trained meteorologists fanned out from the Secret Alpine Laboratory and collected a breathtaking amount of weather and climate data. These figures were used to compute The Idyllwild Weather Clam's prediction that it would rain yesterday in Idyllwild, California.

    It didn't.

    We apologize for the error.

    Your best pal,

    - bob
    Monday
    Jan232017

    Programming Note: Webcam Issues

    A lovely centered picture of the computer room
    Friends,

    Just a brief note to let you know that the webcam server at the Damp Dog Lodge has gone down and it may be the end of the line for the old gal. The machine is almost 15 years old, which is nearly 400 in computer years, so it might be time to put it out to pasture.

    The good news is that our crack team of engineers is working on the case and we should have a replacement ready to go in a few days.

    All we have to do is figure out what this knob does...

    Your best pal in the whole wide world,

    - bob
    Monday
    May022016

    One Half AA?



    Friends,

    I'm sorry to report this morning that a) Southern California Edison is not very good at the whole consistently providing electricity thing and that b) the trusty old Power Macintosh that provides images for the Jaunty Little Webcam did not survive the last extended outage. The good news is that I think the problem with the Mac is its geriatric clock battery which is no longer charging and not keeping the clock alive. Wake On LAN and Restart After Power Outage? Yeah, they're handled by the clock.

    The good news is that replacement batteries are cheap. The bad news is they won't show up until the end of the week, so we're sunk until then. Save a good thought for the old Macintosh that she'll live to see another day, won't you?

    Your pal,

    - bob

    Friday
    Aug152014

    Hemet.


    Friends,

    I've taken a break, in case you haven't noticed, to take care of life. It's been a tumultuous month or so but you'll be pleased to know that the tumult is largely over. I'll get back to that in a little while, but you should know that I took a little trip to Hemet today.

    I had a check to deposit and the closest branch of my bank is in Riverside County's home of potato farming, Hemet, California. Once I managed to wade through the traffic, the incessant lights and the low-motor skill holders of driving licenses, I rolled up to the parking lot and caught the attention of enough skinhead loiterers that I thought I should head inside.

    Once I was buzzed through the outside doors and the vestibule doors (not entirely unlike this, and you know how that turned out), I was greeted by a pudgy security guard who insisted on shaking my hand and disco playing from the overhead sound system. Friday. Disco. The teller at the end motioned me over, "I can help you."

    Then I noticed the name badge on her teller window. "Excuse me, can I ask you a personal question? Is your name really Shimmy?" "Well, my name is much longer, so most people call me Shimmy."

    "With the disco playing and your name, this may be the most fun bank branch I've ever visited." "Why thank you," she said. "We try." 

    So if you're having a bad week, head to the Hemet branch of my bank. They seem to be having a pretty good time.

    Your pal,

    - bob

    Friday
    Jun062014

    Be Seeing You

    Friends,

    It's sort of a salute, really.

     Your pal,

    - bob

    Friday
    Nov152013

    Goodbye, Blogger


    So long, weirdos.

    Friends,

    It's been a very long time and we've had a lot of laughs, but it's time to finally bid the Jaunty Little Blog at Blogger farewell. Their interface isn't playing nice with the tools I use every day, Google has made it very clear in revisions to their terms of service that content I post can be sold by them however they see fit, and maintaining two sites has been a real impediment to my willingness to post new content. Something had to give and Google has made the decision for me. The nice people at Squarespace, on the other hand, have been generous with their support (maybe because I'm paying them a nominal fee) and their tools work all the time, unlike the advertising behemoth that Google has become.

    I'll miss the old site a little only due to nostalgia, but there's more cool stuff to come at therieau.com, so please take the time and follow me over there. You won't necessarily be glad you did, but you'll be sad if you don't.

    Good night Blogger.

    Your best pal in the entire world,

    - bob

    Friday
    Oct112013

    Well, That Settles It

     

     

    Friends,

    Remember earlier when we had a little discussion about Google losing interest in Blogger? It turns out that they're very interested, for reasons that I'm not very interested in.

    Google revealed its shared endorsements scheme in a change to its terms of service. The updates state that going forward, friends, family, “and others” may see a user’s Google profile name, photo, and any endorsement they’ve created for a company alongside ads for that company. For instance, if Jon Brodkin gave the new Nickelback album 5 stars and said in a review that the band is “the voice of our generation,” the next time someone searches for that album, Brodkin’s rating and praise could appear alongside a sponsored placement.

    Time to hold a pillow over the mirror on Blogger until it stops squirming.

    Good night, Blogger site. Please adjust your bookmarks accordingly.

    Your best pal,

    - bob

    Monday
    Sep092013

    A Note From The Editor

    Artist's representation. Not to scale.

    Friends,

    I've been a bit lax in keeping up with the demands of work, home, and this fine journal of nonsense and paranoid delusions. I know it, you know it, and my editor certainly knows it. Here's his note describing his displeasure with the current state of affairs...

    (listen. i've just about had it up to here with you and your inability to get any sort of quality output done lately. i took a big pay cut when i signed on here ten years ago, because i saw real promise. now it's pieces full of phony outrage, photo posts and something about deer? why don't you call me when you wake up and start writing the stuff that people used to come for, even though i don't remember what that was. - ed)

    Well, there you have it. A well-deserved upbraiding from the editor. Guess I should do something about it.

    Your pal,

    - bob

    P.S. Coming up later today, a financial incentive for me to unplug my dryer and what it means for smart meters! Exciting conspiracy therories!

    Wednesday
    Mar282012

    A Little Housekeeping Is In Order

    I hate it when you can't figure out what they're selling.
    Friends,

    I've been away for a little while doing a couple things, but I'm back and ready to use this to avoid having to write some other stuff on a deadline! Now that's taking the bull by the horns! (and getting gored anyway. -ed) Let's review:

    • I went on a little trip with The Man From S.T.I.N.K.O. from Chicago back to California. More on this in a bit, but in the meanwhile, think how you could use your lottery winnings in a systematic way to destroy Oklahoma. My secret plan has something to do with genetically engineering a super army of hammerhead sharks, but there are some kinks to work out.
    • We're rebranding the Far Eastern Outpost of San Diego's Omnipresent Charitable Organization and the whole thing drops in a week and a half (hope you like russet and taupe! -ed) so I'm going to be writing more here for the procrastination reasons stated above.
    • If you know somebody in rural Riverside County who has fire wood for sale at a cheap price, drop me a line. It's still kinda chilly at the Damp Dog Lodge and I've run through my cord and a half of oak.


    More stuff has happened since the last post those many weeks ago, but you might find those things sort of boring. I do have some pictures from the trip though, so you'll see those in a little while.

    Your pal,

    - bob

    Tuesday
    Jan312012

    Let's Review The Jaunty Little Traffic Logs!

    Hey, I see what you're doing there.

    Friends,

    I noticed a big jump in traffic hitting this here hot little mess and upon closer review noticed something stunning—the giant spike is coming entirely from Bulgaria. That's right. The Black Sea former communist nation of 7.4 million has taken a shine to this proud beacon of American values, including japery, tomfoolery and general sniping as well as this annoying itch that we can't seem to get rid of even with the most powerful over the counter liniments and tinctures.

    Welcome aboard Bulgaria! We're glad to have you as new members of our minor chattering society. Please do feel free to leave comments and let us know how we're doing.

    Your pal,

    - bob

    Monday
    Nov152010

    We Now Return To Our Regular Programming, Already In Progress

    Friends,

    I've taken the last two weeks off (basking in the accuracy and prescience of your election predictions? you were mostly right, except for proposition 23, which failed pretty miserably. -ed Aw, thanks. Shame about the 23 thing, but voters will continue to vote against their own interests, I suppose. Maybe redistricting won because it sounds cool, like wearing a fez.) and am rested and sufficiently rejuvenated to lay down some amazing wordy things. Right here! And on its doppelganger site as well. Did you know I maintain two versions of this mess? It's true!

    Why all this newfound energy? Maybe it's because of yesterday's victory by the arbitrarily-selected NFL team that I've decided to follow. Perhaps I'm finally shaking off the deleterious effects of the time change. Who knows? Maybe it's the haircut.

    - bob

    Tuesday
    Oct262010

    Things To Know And Share

    Paul, during happier times.
    Friends,

    First of all, you should know that bobtherieau.com is having problems, so pictures (including, sadly, our gal the Idyllwild Weather Clam) may not show up properly for a while. I also can't post new pictures, so the picture above of the late, great Paul the Psychic Octopus is here under the GNU Free Documentation License.On the subject of Paul, he was the cephalopod who predicted outcomes throughout this year's World Cup in South Africa. Genius!

    We're also mourning, here at Jaunty Central, the passing of Alexander Anderson, Jr. who with Jay Ward, developed Rocket J. Squirrel and his dim pal Bullwinkle J. Moose. Our thoughts are with Mister Anderson's family today.

    Your pal,

    - bob

    Thursday
    Apr012010

    Happy April 1st!

    There could be consequences!

    Friends,

    Today is the first day of April and you're not going to find me making cheap jokes or perpetrating silly pranks. This site is far too dignified for that brand of lowbrow amusement. We have standards to uphold!

    - bob

    image via LA Observed. Thanks!

    Sunday
    Jun072009

    A Delightful Programming Note

    It's a gots-to-go situation.Friends,

    I'm headed out on a little vacation today and will return in a week. We're going to one of the country's more expensive national parks - the one with the reasonably predictable geyser, if you're wondering. The plan is to take a ton of pictures, but the weather may not cooperate. Cold and rainy is the prediction for whole week, so we might spend more time enjoying the interior of the rental RV than we'd hoped for.

    Let's go camping!

    - bob

    Wednesday
    Apr012009

    Normal Programming Resumed

    Friends,

    I've returned to my piney paradise from a city that can best be described as immediately pre-apocalyptic. It's a study in contrasts!

    A lot has happened while I've been in a news blackout. "Red Ink" Rick Wagoner was punted from the corner office at GM and the Dodge Boys are going to learn how to have more fun in Italian. Also, the European debate team will be having a friendly discussion about economic policy during the meeting of the G20 in London by storming the Bank of England. On top of all that, the Justice Department has dropped their case against Uncle Ted Stevens!

    Should your faithful Indian guide put his ear to the ground, he will likely make out "four riders, coming from the North..." Not too late to turn around, kemosabe.

    - bob

    Tuesday
    Dec232008

    Programming Note

    Friends,

    I'm in America's Finest Okay Not Completely Hazardous Godforsaken City for a couple days, then in the Valley That America Forgot™ for Christmas and Boxing Day. Fun? There's plenty of fun to be had. What are you, kidding?

    - bob

    Wednesday
    Dec102008

    Jaunty Notice: Service Interruption

    Friends,

    Well, that's just great. I vehemently opposed California's Proposition 8 last November on civil rights grounds, but the entire staff here at Jaunty Central has decided to "call in gay" anyway. My editor, my assistant Magdalena, everybody.

    Posting is gonna be a little light today...

    - bob

    P.S. Here at work, the updated Websense web filtering system has definitely not called in gay and is diligently making life much more difficult for everybody. Myself included. Between its Victorian prudishness and its strange and ironic anti-technology bent, it just inspires the staff to devise fiendish methods to get around it. I don't blame them.

    Saturday
    Oct182008

    Prettification

    Friends,

    You could take a look now at the mildly revised bobtherieau.com, or you would wait until something really super happens...

    bobtherieau.com screenshot
    What could be more super than background colors and fonts? Well, how about the fabled podcast? That'll be this week. I'm also working on a fun video using (nearly) all of the webcam stills. Hooray for free software!

    Yeah. It's super exciting. Please up you medication accordingly.

    - bob

    Thursday
    Aug142008

    Misheard Quotations About Technology!

    Some sort of lovely picture...

    The Little Jaunty Players
    - Present With Glee -
    - A Brand New Feature -
    - That Will Certainly Become An Internet Meme -
    - Started Here On This Blog -
    - Called -

    Misheard Quotations From The World Of Technology!


    "Rearranging malfunctioning PCI cards into different slots is the last refuge of a scoundrel."

    - Gordon Moore
    Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation


    I agree.

    Some sort of lovely picture...

    Tuesday
    Aug122008

    Snort.

    Friends,

    I've been feeling poorly lately, so posting has been light over the last few days. As I start getting back to my normal perky self, I'll put more up here. Later today, I hope.

    Your pal,

    - bob