Monthly Archives: November 2002

Baaa, Baaa, Baaa (Starting to feel better and back in Sheep mode)

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You can thank marinebear for this one…..

Quiz Cut!

I am so ready for a holiday….

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I managed to make sure that I have the next several holidays off by telling my boss that I wouldn’t mind being on call as long as no one expected me to actually come in to the office. So whee! I am able to have family time (in small amounts) for the next two months or so.

I survived the RIF (Reduction In Force – or layoff to those of you who don’t speak HR) Since there are enough lawyers in my family, I speak weasel natively and since HR is a offshoot of the weasel family, I can translate that easally enough.

The even better news is that gramalkin and my other friends survived it too. I was hoping that the powers that be woudn’t pull anything stupid, I really don’t like the idea of laying anyone off but just this once I am going to be selfish and be happy that my friends got to keep their jobs.

I want to write something else, but I can’t pull it to the forefront of my mind right now.

Hopefully after sleeping on it I will be able to.

Meh

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This has been an interesting weekend.

The Cat's Meme

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I am going to follow avaaricious‘s lead and make my post for (some of) who I love. And why.

This is going to be a doozy…

On a lighter note. . .

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Just to also let people know after reading my last post, I am doing better now.

My Father’s bandages have come off, his head is very sore though. One side effect though is that Patty really doesn’t like driving or riding in the car at night any more.

I need to find my father a hat or two. I threatened to get him a “Marvin Zindler” toupee, but he told me that I would regret it if I did. For those of you who have not lived in Texas for most of the last 30 or so years, Marvin Zindler is a rather flamboyant consumer advocate who really does mean well, but does play to the camera and the public very well. Over his 50+ years in television in Texas he has had over 14 face lifts and other cosmetic surgeries, and he fully admits that his hair is not his own. And his big claim to fame was the shutting down of the real “Chicken Ranch” in La Grange in 1973, so if you ever watch “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (either the musical or the *urgh* movie) you can see the character they modeled after him. I do have to give the man credit, he is over 80, and still keeps going all the time, I hope I am that active at that age.

Funny thing though, my job for the last two years has been one that has very little interaction with our customers. The original group I was in, the Critical Response Team, had no customer contact, we worked with other engineers to resolve issues and never worked with the customer directly, then, in the Data Center and now on SWAT Team Zulu, I have very little contact with customers primarily due to the shift I work (not many people sleep days and work nights). But more and more over the last several weeks, we have had customers call in and specially request to work with me. I asked one of them today, why did he specially request me to help resolve his issue (it was a rather simple problem where his ASP code was unable to update a local database due to a permissions problem on the server – when I saw the error message, I was able to explain to him what the problem was and have the updated permissions applied in just a few minutes – in fact it took longer to explain what was wrong and what was needed to fix it than it took to resolve the problem) He told me that the reason that he asked for me was that I was so easy to work with, that no matter what happens, I am always calm and easy to talk to, that it is relaxing to work with me when he is working on a deadline, and that no matter how simple the problem, I never make him feel like an idiot.

That really made me feel good. I do have a rather unique skill set, between the hardware, OS (Windows, Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD), and programming that I have done in the past. I think that it helps me to look at problems from several different angles and as a result I am usually pretty good at coming up with a solution that might get overlooked otherwise. Since with my job, I only see the things that are screwed up and broken (usually by the time it gets to me it is already at the emergency level too) and as a result all I get to hear are the complaints from people who are frustrated and want their problems resolved yesterday. But to actually get a thank you really helps to make everything seem worth it.

It is good to be able to smile.

You know I should learn to keep my blinking mouth shut….

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Remember a week ago when I said that I was wanting to have some really happy and upbeat things to say in my journal for a while?

Well, I post that and immediately start to hibernate for a reason.

My father’s birthday was this weekend, I was not happy that I was going to have to miss his birthday party because of work, but I was going to make the best of it, since we were all going to get together for Thanksgiving next week.

Well, on their way to the lake, there was a complication.

An 18-wheeler in front of them hit a cow (remember this is a rural part of East Texas) and flipped it into the lane in front of them. And they didn’t have time to hit the brakes. They hit the cow doing 60 miles per hour.

It flipped the car, and in fact totaled the car. Luckily, they were not killed. My Father lost most of the hair on the top of his head. Patty, was shaken up but otherwise not really hurt. They are both pretty bruised up and pretty sore, but they should be ok.

I am really tired of this, I would like to have some good news for a change.

Tell me, would seeing your father like this stress you out?

Chem Geek Humor Ahead.

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An old friend of mine from my Biochemistry class sent me this in email today….I got a good chuckle out of it.


Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide!

The Invisible Killer

Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.

Dihydrogen monoxide:

* is also known as hydroxl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
* contributes to the “greenhouse effect.”
* may cause severe burns.
* contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
* accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
* may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
* has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

Contamination Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the Midwest, and recently California.

Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

* as an industrial solvent and coolant.
* in nuclear power plants.
* in the production of Styrofoam.
* as a fire retardant.
* in many forms of cruel animal research.
* in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains
contaminated by this chemical.
* as an additive in certain “junk-foods” and other food products.

Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!

The Horror Must Be Stopped!

The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its “importance to the economic health of this nation.” In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.


It’s Not Too Late!

Act NOW to prevent further contamination. Find out more about this dangerous chemical. What you don’t know can hurt you and others throughout the world.

Warning! There will be a change in the tenor of posts for some time.

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People who know me well know I am going to be playing head games with myself for the next couple of months. This being the first Christmas/Yule/Ramadan/Hanukah/Kwanzaa I am going to have without my mother or grandfather. So for the next two to three months, I am going to actively avoid unpleasantries (such that I can) I figure it all might be easier if I focus as hard as possible on happier and more pleasant things.

Whew, what a week/weekend

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Well, normally I would be pretty grumpy, but I am too bloody tired to be grumpy.

My schedule has been changed on me – I like my new work schedule even less than my previous one (and I didn’t think that was possible)

I am now working Every other Saturday 9pm to 9am, 9pm to 9am Sunday and Monday, and 10pm to 10am Tuesday.

The reason given: They needed to give my previous schedule to the guy in charge of communication between Dallas and San Francisco. (Grumble) And that they need someone with my particular skill set in the first half of the week where most of the problems happen. Joy.

Now that I have my moment of bitching and whining out of the way, on to the amusing part of my weekend.

Friday I had dinner and watched anime with gramalkin and his wife Fancy. Pretty home and neat neighborhood. It is quiet there! I am really tempted to move that far out just for the peace and quiet.

Did have a funny moment on the way back home. As anyone who knows me knows, my schedule is crazy and I used to work from 9pm Thursday to 6am on Friday, and since I like to have a life, I normally stay up all day Friday and tough it out to go back to being a daywalker on the weekends so I can see my friends, etc. So when I went over and had dinner, etc. I had already been up since 3pm the day before, and by the time I was on my way back home, I had been up for about 36 hours non-stop. Now, while I do that every week, I don’t normally try to drive while doing it. Amazingly enough, I found my way back to the highway with no problems, but I had a moment of disconnect when I got on the highway and instead of getting on southbound Interstate 35 and heading back to Dallas, I got on northbound Interstate 35 and blindly set forth.

About an hour and a half later I am wondering to myself why it seems to be taking so much time to get home when I really notice two signs before me.

One of them said NORTH I-35, and as that sank in, I read the other: Oklahoma City 135 miles.

Well, I said a few choice obscenities, and looked for a place to turn around and head back to Texas. I found an overpass, turned around and then immediately pulled into a 24 hour truck stop for a quick cat nap. (At that point I really didn’t trust my driving).

Sunday night/Monday morning was loads of fun too. We had a server that suffered a catastrophic failure during an upgrade. As a result I was at work until almost 4pm Monday afternoon performing an emergency rebuild. I did manage to pull off a coup in the process and was able to temporarily remount the original mirror set of the hard drives and recover all of the customer’s information, not just what had been backed up. Go Me!

Well, I have just finished trying to smooth over what will be going on this evening. Hopefully I can have another quiet night like last night. (I was actually four hours late getting to work because I simply had to sleep some – thank goodness for an understanding boss.)

Interesting thing that tells me I really am a hardware geek. – I am finding the sounds of the modems in Hard Currency to be very relaxing.

This is going to be a LONG day. . .

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Well, it was a long and stressful night in the office.

Many things broken, screwed up, and otherwise frustrating.

Will write more about it later given time.

BUT. . . .

I am going to be bad today.

Microsoft is having a big production in a couple of hours here in Dallas as a opener to their new Tablet PC. And being an ex-softie, I am invited to the festivities. The demo will be running from 0900 to 1200 in Addison, soooooooo instead of going straight to bed, I am going to stay up late and attend the launch.

Will be giving away free Tablet PCs, software, and goodies, so you never know what could happen.

I should hopefully be home and in bed by 1300 and should still be up by 1700 or 1800 and ready to lick tigers!

Oh and by the way……

Call me a sheep but I am taking a page from marinebear‘s book and opening the floor.

Nothing is off limits, and you have 48 hours to ask me any questions you want. (Please keep in mind the hours that I sleep though, it may look like I am ignoring your question but that is not the case, I simply haven’t seen it yet most likely.)

Quick quiz post before I make my I am pissed off post.

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I loved the book, I loved the movie. So there.

Which Watership Down Character are you? Quiz results

Welcome

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Welcome to winterstone.

Enjoy the ride.

OK…..Time for some fluff

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I wanted to have one nice fluff post before I start gnashing my teeth and explain why I haven’t been posting lately.

Fluff Alert! Quiz cut

Murrrrr. So much to write and how to write it.

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First of all, I want to thank sandradelete for the use of her balls.

The Something Positive strip I am referring to is this. Where Davan once again gets fed up with people who are too damn sensitive

Now that having been said. I have rewritten this several times, sometimes, I felt I was too harsh, othertimes, I felt I was too easy. But I kept with it, and distatasteful as it is, it needs to be said.

DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion, not Livejornal’s, nor is it necessarally the opinion of my employer, or anyone else for that matter but myself. If I offend you with this, I would like to apologize, and I would be interested in hearing your end of the argument.

OK. Here we go.