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More computer follies at work. I hate computers... )

Meanwhile, DJ Houlton has gave up a three-run bomb to the Reds' #8 hitter, and LA is currently down 4-1. Stoopid Houlton.

And now the frelling #8 hitter has hit another home run. Maybe we should trade for this guy.
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We got a call today from a guy who works for a department of the Federal government. He was calling to get some information so that they could begin the investigation of a complaint we had lodged with them. We lodged the complaint in 1998.

Priming is done. I'll cut in the top coat tonight, and roll out the rest of it tomorrow night, lord willing and the Creek don't rise.

The Dodgers went from 4½ up to a half game back in under a week. Feh.
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It's a lovely day outside, as yesterday was. My crocuses officially came into bloom yesterday, and the bulb bed now has about a dozen purple flowers with yellow centers. Very pretty. The daffodils are budding, and the tulip sprouts are an inch or so high.

Work has been worky. The new quarter is coming up, and there is much paperwork to get out of the way. A good chunk of the week got used in setting up the Chief's brandy new Vaio, and then figuring out why it couldn't authenticate to the corporate SMTP server. I finally had to send outgoing mail through another account, which is probably for the best.

Still, the sun is shining, the ball game is streaming off the net, and both daylight savings and the baseball season start Sunday. Although I have to admit I'm going to miss the daily afternoon ballgame that spring training affords me.

Crocuses

Mar. 23rd, 2005 02:42 pm
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I took a look at the bulb bed this morning and there are shoots. The daffodils are about 3" high, the tulips are starting to poke through the surface, and the crocuses are already on the verge of blooming. Woo!

It was sunny and warm yesterday, the first real spring-like day of the year. Today it's back to the same old same old, gray and cold.

In today's computer follies, I spent entirely too much time trying to retrieve files from an old computer that has been massively invaded by adware. So tired of dealing with this crap.

The Dodgers are currently pounding Tampa Bay. David Ross finally got his first hit of the spring, and it was a home run.
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That is to say, I figured out the problem I was having with the G5. Some of the font suitcases, which on the Mac are the files that contain the screen fonts that correspond with your printer fonts, were refusing to transfer to the new computer. It's the suitcases that the applications access for their fonts, and then Postscript matches those up with the printer fonts. For whatever reason, certain suitcases refused to be transferred from the iBook over the network to the G5.

Not that there was ever any error message to this effect. When I first noticed that the suitcases weren't installed, I assumed I'd somehow missed them when I was transferring stuff. Then I tried again, and nothing happened. Finally, I tried just copying one of them to the G5's desktop. The file showed up on the desktop for a second, then vanished. WTF? At the very least, Windows pops up a useless message when something like that happens.

I checked to make sure the file wasn't in use on the laptop, and I restarted both computers. Still no dice. I finally wound up burning the missing suitcases on a cd, and transferring them that way. That worked.

I hate computers.
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It's been raining constantly since sometime last night. It's not been an especially heavy rain, and it's not even all that warm out (mid-forties), but it's been enough to clear most of the accumulated snow. Oh, the power of thermodynamics. Heat transfer is a wonderful thing. The downside to all this is that the ground is still frozen, so the water is pooling on the surface. A cold front is on the way, bringing heavy snow and temperatures in the teens, so all that water is going to freeze and then get covered with snow. Should be loads of fun.

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Our new Mac G5 keeps giving me agita. Today I discovered that the current iteration of OS X seems to have changed the way it handles font names, which may mean we'll have to go through all of our catalog files to rename the fonts so they match what OS X is calling them. I didn't have this problem with our old OS X system. I've tried Googling, but have come up empty. I'm sure it's something simple and stupid, but I'm damned if I can find it. (Which reminds me that earlier today I wasted a bunch of time searching through Outlook's menus trying to do something that was simple and stupid. It was simple, just incredibly well hidden.) I hate modern technology...

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I caved and bought the MLB audio package, which means I'm listening to the Dodgers-Marlins game as I type this. I love modern technology...

More baseball notes... )

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And in what is possibly the weirdest story of the spring so far, ten minor leaguers from the Dominican have been banned from obtaining visas because they participated in a bizarre scheme to obtain fraudlent visas, and more are being investigated. From the story:
The scheme involved players being paid $5,000-$7,000 to get married, with the new wife receiving a visa. The newlyweds do not know each other and divorce soon after arriving on U.S. soil.

The woman would be left with a visa -- possibly to be sold again on the black market -- while the player was supposed to just go on with his life.

What a way to throw away a career.

Nefarious

Jan. 24th, 2005 10:38 pm
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Had to go to work today, despite the governor "requesting" that all private businesses in the state close for the day. Actually, it wasn't that much of a hardship, since the roads were all clear down where we are. In fact, the good guys who drive the plows came back though my neighborhood last night for another pass, after I had dug out the end of my driveway, and plowed me back in again. So there was shoveling to do this morning.

We had a quality system audit scheduled for today, but the auditor wasn't able to fly into PVD last night because of the storm, so I had some time to kill this morning while waiting for him to arrive. Our hero uncovers a nefarious plot... )

While I was doing all this, I had the Office 97 CD in the CD burner on my XP machine. Don't try this at home... Ever... )

I spent yesterday finishing off the last half of one of the books I've been working on, The Shadow of Saganami, David Weber's latest novel set in the Honorverse. Harrington isn't actually in the book, except for occasional references from other characters. That's actually a good thing. Besides the fact that Harrington's such an incredible Mary Sue, Weber is realizing what Roddenberry and company learned a long time ago. Captains are interesting. Admirals aren't. This one follows the crew of a single cruiser on patrol, and was way more fun than the last Harrington centric book.
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It snowing like crazy outside, although the promised 60 mph gusts of wind have yet to arrive. I am snug and warmish in my home (more on the warmish part later), drinking hot chocolate (although I must say that those fancy gourmet hot chocolate packets are nowhere near as chocolatey as plain ol' Swiss Miss, much less honest-to-god cocoa), listening to a mix CD that arrived in the mail today from [livejournal.com profile] theodosia (thanks, Theo!), and occasionally glancing out at the snow flakes dancing about in the glow of the porch lights outside my window.

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Drifting away... )

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Panic in the streets... )

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Bring on the heat... )

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I'll huff, and I'll puff... )

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When I got home I started a batch of my famous maple-oatmeal bread in the bread machine. Since I was doing it during the day, rather than overnight, I decided to just use the machine to make the dough, and for the initial rising. When that was done, I transferred the dough to a regular bread pan, let it rise again, and then shoved it into the oven. It all seemed to be going pretty well. The second rising made a nice bread-shaped loaf. But as I moved it from where it had been rising over to the oven, it fell quite a bit. I wound up with a pan-high loaf - tasty, but denser than usual. Next time I'll just keep it in the machine.

After that, I spent most of the day reading back issues of Fables. I managed to get through all the ones I've downloaded. Now I just have to finish the last few I bought at Newbury. I also read the latest issue of Powers, which was great, as usual.
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So, the most recent work project from hell is safely finished, and I can actually get out of here at a reasonable hour for a change. Which means it's time to do some Christmas shopping. <crickets...>

I did manage to pick up a few things the other night, but I still need gifts for 5 siblings, 4 nephews, 3 nieces, 2 good friends, and a sister-in-a-pear-treelaw. Plus three BiLs and brother #1's GF. And I have exactly zero motivation to do any of this.

It's not so much that I mind going out and braving the crowds. It's that I have absolutely no idea what to get anyone, so it's not so much searching for a gift as figuring out what to give in the first place. The brothers and BiL's are especially tough. I suspect it's going to be an impulse buy Christmas. Or maybe a gift card Christmas. Fa la la di dah...

I was reading [livejournal.com profile] casperflea's post about how it's kind of a drag to be spoiled for a good present. It's nice to be pleasantly surprised when you open the box, and everything in it is unexpected and just neat. It occurred to me that Secret Santa gifts are almost always surprises, given that you have no idea who's even giving you the present until it arrives.

Ooh, look at the time. Shopping ho! (ho ho)

Traditions

Nov. 23rd, 2004 12:06 pm
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Every year our company sends out corporate Christmas cards, and towards the end of November a list of potential recipients gets passed around. The managers are supposed to go through it, and check off which cards we'd like to sign, as well as make any additions or corrections to the list. My pass at the list went like this:
Me: I think there's a mistake here. You've got the wrong company and address listed under [this guy]'s name. He doesn't work for [local lab]. He owns [local company].

C (my assistant): No, there are two guys with the same name. One works for [local lab], the other owns [local company].

Me: So, [this guy] gets a card, but [other this guy] doesn't?

C: Exactly.

P (the sales manager's assistant, taking list from me): Actually, he doesn't. He's dead. (Scratches name off the list.)

Me: He's dead?

P: Yep.

Me: So, there is only one [this guy].

P: Yep. And he's not getting a card.
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So, the Cards smoked the Dodgers in the opener, I spent the day with a quality system auditor, and my back hurts. All in all, a fucking perfect day.

At least the weather was nice.

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Oct. 3rd, 2004 10:47 pm
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Well, the muscle relaxants ran out days ago, and I'm easing back on the pain killers, and so far the stabby pains haven't returned to my lower back. It still hurts, but the pain is more achey than sharp. I'm still very stiff. Even so, yesterday I was able to trim the hedge on the north side of the house (it really needed it), inspect the brakes on the truck, do laundry, and haul some books down from the attic. Yeah, I overdid it a bit. Today I had to go into work for a few hours to continue getting ready for a lab quality system audit, then I came home and decided not to lift anything else. I did bake biscuits to go with dinner, though. Easy, mix-low-fat-Bisquick-with-skim-milk-and-roll-them-out ones. They turned out to be edible. Who knew? Now I have half a dozen left for breakfasts.

The Ipcress File... )

Finally watched the first two hours of Lost tonight, and I'm just not feeling the love. Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip... )

The other new series I've tried are Clubhouse and Veronica Mars. Clubhouse has it's good points. One of them is that the kid is actually played by an actor of the same age, so he actually looks and talks like a kid. Dean Cain is an athlete, and looks good doing the baseball stunts. The adult casting is good. The big problem is that it looks like the theme of the show will be "Will the kid do the right thing this week?" To be fair, in the second show, he didn't, but I suspect that'll be an anomaly. To be honest, the biggest mystery to me in the first episode was what stadium they were filming it in. The ground level shots were clearly Dodger Stadium, but the overheads were of a stadium I didn't recognize at all. Turns out it was with good reason. The field in the wide shots is Long Beach State's college field, with the stands and backgrounds computer enhanced to make it look like a new generation major league park.

Veronica Mars has been good, although sometimes I roll my eyes. I'll keep watching it for awhile longer.
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The one thing wrong with my office is that neither A/C nor heat actually come out of the vent in the ceiling. When we eventually had someone look into the problem, they said it was because there were just too many twists and turns in the duct work between the A/C unit and my little corner of the building. It's worst on sunny days in the summer, when even with the blinds drawn it gets up to about 80° in here, and on cloudy days in the winter. In the winter I can wear a sweater. On hot sunny days I just have to deal. When it gets really hot, I often find myself getting drowsy.

Now then, this morning I finally decided to see a doctor about my back, which has become much more painful over the last week. It's been about a month now since it started bothering me. I can't link it to anything that I did. I just woke up one morning and the lower right side of my back hurt. I did aggravate it hiking in Maine, and it's gotten progressively worse since. There's always a dull ache there, but movement often results in shooting pains in the area, too. This morning it got to the point where I had trouble standing up. (I've been treating it with ibuprofen, but forgot to take any before I went to bed last night, which may explain why it hurt so much this morning.)

So I went to treatment center, and the doctor gave me prescriptions for a pain killer and a muscle relaxant. The muscle relaxant is already making me drowsy, and my office is like an oven, so I fully expect them to find me face down in my keyboard later this afternoon.

Still Hot

Jun. 25th, 2002 09:44 pm
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Although not quite as hot as yesterday, and even less humid. Did thirteen miles on the bike, and got the average mph for the ride up over 12 for the first time this summer. The knee was sore before I started, but really didn't bother me at all during the ride. It was really stiff right after, though.

Spent the day putting all the details about our SOPs and manuals into a database I wrote. Needs to be done, but yawn...

Found out today that a friend and his GF broke up. I'm always the last to find out. They seemed fine at Christmas time. He mentioned that this was a good thing, so I guess he's okay with it. She was nice, and I liked her, but she never quite seemed to know whether I was joking about something or not. Her sense of humor is sort of completely perpendicular to mine. Oh well.

Trying to decide whether or not to head to Jersey for the 4th. I need to look for a new vehicle, but on the other hand, I haven't seen the family since Christmas, and I'm running low on Yeungling lager. What to do, what to do...
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Spent most of the day shepherding an auditor around the plant. Quality audits are *so* much fun. Still, it went pretty well, no major deficiencies, so yay me!

Weirdness on the way home. As I turned onto Old Baptist Road, there was a car waiting to pull out at the stop sign. The woman driving the car had a cell phone pressed to her ear, which caused me to shake my head, as usual when I see people gabbing on their cell while driving. As I passed, I heard her suddenly yell "F**k you!" I looked over, and for a split second thought she might have somehow read my disapproval and was yelling at me, but she was screaming into the phone. Yeesh! Nothing like driving while distracted. That drives me absolutely nuts. I see so many people driving why yakking away on the phone that it's ridiculous. What is so important that it can't wait?

Dana posted this link in Natter today: http://www.geekissues.org/quotes/?top. This one is my favorite:

<xterm> The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?

This, on the other hand, is me:

<@Logan> I spent a minute looking at my own code by accident.
<@Logan> I was thinking "What the hell is this guy doing?"

And then there was this:

<Kazz> Do vampires have anuses? Cause that's why I wouldn't let this kid invade a vampire's anus in this RPG, right, I was GMing, and his character was an Anus Shade, with the power to possess and control the anuses of people and animals.. and I figured that vampires don't have anuses.
<Zaratustra> a vampire's anus is present, but non-working.
<Zaratustra> like a network card without the appropriate driver.
<Kazz> Wow. You're the biggest dork on Earth.
<Sharkey> And you're DMing an rpg with Anus Shades.

Got home, sat down in front of the computer, and nearly fell asleep. Forced myself to go for a bike ride. Wasn't able to ride last night because of the thunder storms, but today it was gorgeous again. Wasn't even as windy as the other night. Both knees ached a little at various times during the ride, but otherwise felt pretty good. The legs are definitely getting stronger.

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