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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
1:03 am
Finally, a president who makes me proud to say "That's my President, that's our President."

Almost as happy as I am that Obama won, I'm happy that there was no drawn out recount or supreme court involvement. There was an excellent concession speech (he won points in my book for the speech), followed by an exhilarating acceptance speech, just as it should be. Now we know who the next president will be and can look forward to helping him bring about change to this country.
Monday, May 26th, 2008
11:23 am
Sacrifices during wartime
After hearing about our Commander & Chief's decision to give up golf during war-time, I couldn't help but compare it to these posters:Collapse )
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
9:04 pm
VMworld, day 1
Number of free shirts: 5
Number of gothic lolita sitings in the hotel: 4
Number of "Oh my gods, these things are good" Lamb Lollipops: 3
Number of upset stomachs as a result: 1 :( (But it was still worth it :)

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
11:31 pm
For all the Rad Faes out there..
I thought you'd appreciate this. (Stolen from trillian42)
Sunday, June 10th, 2007
4:24 pm
Steampunk Viewing Screen
As a followon to the Steampunk Keyboard, we now have a monitor/lcd/viewing screen as well:

(this time I stole the link from tadiera)
Friday, May 18th, 2007
8:29 am
Note to cat: trying to climb my leg while I'm pulling on a pair of pants is a bad idea.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
11:02 pm
What a weekend
Its been an odd couple of days..

On Saturday I went over to Phil's to play on his forge. Later that evening I left my car parked in front of his house and we went off to a party. I had a great time playing on the forge and at the party. At 5am Sunday morning (when we get back from the party), I find a note on the front of my car, then noticed that the driver door had been smashed. Apparently the guy who lives across the street was backing out of his driveway in a hurry and didn't notice my car.

The note was very apologetic, in his note and when I called him.

The car's still drivable (when its dry out), so I drove to work on Monday, then came home to quite a surprise. Power was out (which I had expected), but an oak in my neighbor's hard fell down. It fell from behind her house, diagonaly between our houses, across her drive way, and almost (but not quite) hitting my house. One or two things were knocked over in my house, I'm guessing it made a big thump when it fell. I feel bad for my neighbor. Her deck had a huge hole built into it that this tree was growing through. She doesn't really have a deck anymore. On the other hand, the tree missed both our houses, something I'm very thankful for. After seeing the tree down, I was in a rather estatic mood when I realized it hadn't damaged my house. It even made me forget about the car issues.

So, back to the car.. I originally tried to file through USAA (my insurance company) because they've given me such excellent service in the past. I was then going to have USAA get the money from GEICO (the other guy's insurnace company). I'd already gotten the estimate from the USAA-recommended body shop on Monday and had an appointment with them to take the car in next Tuesday. However, when I was talking to USAA today, they said that since I don't have rental car coverage on my USAA policy, I can't get a rental car covered if I file through them, even though GEICO would pay for it if I went directly through them. So I went and called GEICO (the guy who hit me already called GEICO and opened the claim). They were very nice, when I explained that my care now leaks when it rains, they offered me an appointment at a body shop for an estimate tomorrow morning at 10am. Even better, they said I can leave the car there and someone from the rental car company will pick me up there and GEICO will pay for the rental car until my car is fixed, and it'll be billed directly to GEICO. If USAA covers a rental car, its a reimbursement, not directly paying for it. I hate to say it, but I got a *much* helpful response from GEICO than I did from USAA. I'm probably going to write a letter to USAA asking wtf's up with this?

On top of getting that taken care of, my power finally came back on at 7:20pm tonight.
Thursday, March 15th, 2007
8:03 am
Eep! A tux!
This past weekend, I went up to Massachusetts to be a groomsman in katzj and purrmeow's wedding. As a result, this picture was taken. Thanks to pam for posting her pictures. You can find the rest of her wedding pictures here.

The wedding was a lot of fun. It was good to spend time with a lot of friends I haven't seen in ages. I'm already trying to figure out when I can get up to Massachusetts again.
Monday, February 26th, 2007
10:58 pm
Steampunk Keyboard
Thanks to fritterfae for the link..

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
7:49 am
A chance to travel
It looks like I get a chance to leave town for a week to do some training. And I have the weird chance to actually chose where to go. Unfortunately, I have no clue where to go. Anyone have suggestions?

The options are:

Nov 27 - Dec 1 Chicago
Nov 27 - Dec 1 Detroit
Dec 4 - Dec 8 Houston
Dec 4 - Dec 8 Seattle
Dec 11 - Dec 15 New York

So, what's a good city to visit? And something fun to do while I'm there? :)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
11:45 pm
Do you ever find yourself wondering what's in other people's garbage?

I've never had that desire, until today. And not just to see what my neighbor's lives are like. But more to find out what they could possibly be consuming to generate so much garbage.

I forgot to take out my garbage last week, so I made a point of taking it out today. I picked up the not quite full bag from the kitchen and tossed it in the garbage can. That not-full bag is the only garbage I have from the past two weeks. I then took the garbage and recycling out to the curb and looked around. Some of my neighbors have huge bags of stuff sitting on top of their recycling bins. Bags much bigger than my bag, bigger than my garbage and recycling combined. That combined with their full recycling bin means they're recycling 2-3 times as much as I'm recycling/throwing out. And I know that only a small percentage of what's consumed can be recycled. So I find myself wondering, just what do people consume that causes so much garbage? I'm only a single guy and most of my neighbors have families, but the proportions still seem way off.

The irony is that I actually think I don't do enough to reduce how much garbage I generate.
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
9:11 pm
Firefox rant!
Who here uses firefox? I do. I've used it for so long that I can hardly remember using anything else. Although now I'm very tempted to look for alternatives.

I run CentOS 4 at home and at work. Recently an update from firefox 1.0 to 1.5 was pushed to CentOS 4. On of the first things I noticed is that several text widgets (and pulldowns from text widgets) have changed colors. They seemed to make all the gray ones white and the white ones gray, for no apparent reason. But whatever, I'm not a good judge of style, and I can get used to this. So I push on.

Then today, I found something truly terrifying. Firefox is becoming IE. I tried to go to a website that isn't available. Instead of a nice popup giving me the error message, it loaded a fake page saying 'Unable to connect' and giving me a list of possible things that might be wrong. This is supposed to be a 'friendly' page. However, telling the user the problem might be their fault or might be the other ends fault and we don't know isn't very friendly. Its very very frustrating. Especially when I'm an experience sysadmin who understands normal sane error messages. However, when apps try to guess what's wrong, they don't leave me in a good place for me to figure out if they're sane or not.

However, maybe the old error messages were annoying to some people. I personally liked it if a tab had a slow time loading and I switched tabs that eventually firefox would pop up an error message if the page didn't load. Maybe others didn't. So I go looking around, assuming there's something in the options that will at least let me have firefox. Do you know what I found? That's right! Nothing. Not a single option to let me see what the real error from the Operating System was. This inability has been one of the things I hate the most about IE for years. And now its come to firefox. At least with IE you can get it to print the real error message at the bottom of the fake one.

In general, I'm not opposed to improvements and learning changes in apps. However, when applications go from standard error messages with well understood meanings to "friendly" error messages that leave the user more confused than a simple "Connection Refused", then I'm not really sure that's an improvement. And if you're going to do that, at least give us experience users a chance to get the *sane* error messages that we understand.

Current Mood: ranty
Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
3:39 pm
A sign of the Apocalypse
I never thought I'd see this.
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
11:17 pm
Guess what I'm getting for my birthday..

A House!

I offered..
they countered..
I countered..
they countered..
I accepted!

I now have a contract to buy a house, and the set closing date is 3 days before my birthday!

Thank the Gods! (ok, I may have thanked them a little bit already)
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
9:18 pm
I made an offer today.

The world can end now.
Friday, April 7th, 2006
8:05 am
Internet Argument-Losing Bingo
tsaiko posted this and I just had to pass it on: Internet Argument-Losing Bingo

I'm not sure when 'STFU' became leet speak, but otherwise its pretty funny.
Thursday, March 30th, 2006
5:56 pm
Taking steps forward
For those that I haven't already told, I called my bank (USAA) this past Monday and got pre-approved for a mortgage. And as of this afternoon I have an appointment with a realtor for Monday evening. I decided earlier this year that I need to start looking at buying a place and I'm finally starting to look in the direction.

I've already spent the past week or so looking online at various houses around Hillsborough. I think this Saturday I may drive aimlessly around Hillsborough and see what I find. Anyone up for some aimless driving?
Sunday, November 6th, 2005
12:22 pm
Legality of gay marriage
I just had a thought on the legal status of gay marriage. If you look at marriage as a contract between two people, then the government is denying certain people from signing that contract based on their gender. I'm almost certain there should be some kind of anti-discrimination law that could be used to present an attack for gay marriage with that thought process.

However, I can't recall of a court case being based off of this, so I'm guessing there's some flaw in my logic. Probably in the way marriage is a license and not a contract. Although I would still think that you couldn't deny licenses based on gender. Unfortunately, I don't know enough about the law to know for certain. Although if someone out there has some better ideas on this, I'd love to hear them.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
6:10 pm
Bible Versus
After ymasen made a comment about reading the book of Matthew for one of her classes, I was reminded of my favorite bible verse. Here it is:

28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Now, there are Christians who well tell you that this is not be taken literally, but as a general guide. Those are the cool Christians.

Now, there are also those Christians who take the Bible somewhat literally. These are the ones who will tell you that evolution is wrong because the Bible says so. For all of those, I will listen to your arguments when I see that you have followed the above verses in the book of Matthew. And if you claim to have never lusted after anyone, then I think you need to see a doctor and have your hormone levels checked.
Thursday, June 30th, 2005
8:56 am
Can I go home now?
Its only 9am and I've already had enough bad shit happen that I'm ready to call it a day. Anyone else with me on this?
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