Monthly Archives: July 2004

I dont believe this.

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Cutting for *really* bad language.

I forgot to mention this earlier this week.

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This week is a sad one.

On Wednesday, we lost a great in the Annals of Science. Francis Crick one of the “Fathers of DNA”

Francis Crick
1916 – 2004

DNA pioneer dies

The co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, Francis Crick, died on Wednesday aged 88. Crick shared the 1962 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins for their determination of the two-chain helical structure of DNA, the polymer from which genes are made. He also worked out how the information contained in DNA is used to build proteins and later went on to investigate consciousness.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1962

“for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material”

What a wonderful way to ruin an evening!

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Well, I had a long day – I just didn’t realize how long.

My co-worker, the one who backs me on issues and I back him, took the last two days off to spend some time with his kids before school gets started back. Which I am more than cool with. But one of his customers has a tendency to engage their “Reality Distortion Field” and come up with lots of last minutes “emergencies”.

Today’s was a doozy.

They needed a new part of their website online and functioning for a trade show this weekend. Of course their developer only got his code* ready to go at about 1500 this afternoon.

Now we have a rule that a Code push from Development to Testing to Production takes 72 hours, not five.

Well, the instructions that I was given for the code push were completely – well, there is only one word for them – shite.

Anyway, I contacted their developer directly to get some things clarified only to discover that he could not explain what he meant, and that he claimed that he didn’t even remember writing out the instructions for the code push.

Well, many hours later I am hip deep going through C# code (completely uncommented code too) trying to determine what it is supposed to be doing when I have a epiphany.

I knew what was wrong with the code.

It was this line.


//SmtpMail.SmtpServer = "localhost";


SmtpMail.SmtpServer = "servername.domainname.tld";

He had commented out the line that was supposed to be connecting to the SMTP Server and was not even addressing the server correctly.

What really pisses me off about this the most is the fact that the developers are supposed to test their code on the development platform and be able to demonstrate it working before ever requesting that the code be pushed to testing or production.

With the primary line commented out, I can see that this code was really tested well.

There are times that I have to wonder if I am not being paid enough.

Well, I am now going home and relaxing some. I still have a lot of work to get finished tomorrow.


* And I am using the term loosely.

Heh

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The way I would like to see the Olympics

I Hurt

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OK, I have overdone it.

Been so focused on work that I let muscle tension sneak up on me.

I woke up with low level pain in my neck and shoulders this morning. It has gone down some due to a really hot shower with the water aimed at the back of my neck, but something has to be done.

I have got to find a reputable massage thearapist to work my neck and shoulders over soon. I wanted to use the one that work has come to our office every Thursday, but I was so busy yesterday that aside from meetings, I never left my desk until it was time to leave for the day.

Suggestions?

Men, dinner, and bed.

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Grabbing dinner with marinebear then off to bed so I can be at the doctor tomorrow at 0900.

Whoopee

You know, it's really not fair

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I want to go to bingo tonight, but I don’t like going and sitting by myself and I am really tired.

*grumble, grumble*

Well, since I have most of my voice back, possibly I can talk myself in to going out this weekend.

Giggle, giggle, guffaw . . .

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Heidi Fleiss: Martha needs a lover

Martha Stewart may find herself turning gay in order to survive her prison stint.

That’s the opinion of Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss, who has good reason to know. The infamous Fleiss was sentenced in 1997 and spent three years in federal prison after being convicted of tax evasion. She said she took a female lover during her incarceration for protection and companionship.

“I was gay for the stay,” Fleiss said. “Most of the women in prison are the same way, and my advice to Martha is to find a nice, cute lesbian lover and make the best of it.”

Man, I hate to think what lesbian pr0n will look like for the next few months/years. Martha’s catchphrase “It’s a Good Thing.” will have a whole new meaning.

Memeage

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Leveraged from evilwolfy

Meme cut

Oh by the way…..

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Went to the doctor today.

V.good. Pleasant doctor, pleasant office, pleasant people.

And guess what? Suprise! I have allergies! *wry grin*

Have some new scripts for medicine that should hopefully kick my allergies in the head.

They do want to make sure that is all that’s wrong so we are running more tests next week and going back the week after that as a follow up.

Kudos and gratz for marinebear teh messycan for pointing me to a good “family friendly” doctor

Urgh

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We cut because we care. Warning – having to listen to someone who does not feel great behind this cut.

So now why . . .

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Does this make me think of isfacat

Oy.

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Let’s see –

I was out of the office for three days (Friday through Sunday) – I came back to work and ended up deleting 1305 pieces of email.

Sad part is that I still have 882 pieces of email in my Inbox.

Well, there may be a few brain cells left in the state after all….

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Case against woman who sold sex toys dropped

Thank you Houston Comical for this erudite article.

I know I commented on this a couple of months ago. Here is the original newspaper article that set me off.

You can’t buy a vibrator in Burleson, but there are plenty of dildos

I….I…..I……I……

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Neural overload!

*joygasm*

I think I need to go change my pants now.

*recovers himself*

OK, I for the most part don’t watch television. But I had heard that the new Stargate series was starting tonight so I thought I would take a chance and check it out. Not bad….. but then I saw something that stopped me cold.

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars Will premier on 17 October 2004!

It’s a mini-series but they seem to be all back! John Crichton, Aeryn Sun, Ka D’Argo, Chiana, Noranti, Rygel, Moya, Pilot, Scorpius, and Stark that I can tell.

We cut because we care. – Saving you bandwidth for jpeg-y goodness and a link to the trailer.

leveraged from blackpage and houseofjenn

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This is the problem with LJ; we all think we are close, yet we know very little about each other.

I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about.

Then post this meme in your LJ and find out what people don’t know about you.

Oh REALLY now!

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I’m starting to think that the nice people at the FCC need to take a Midol and get over it.

Mrs Slocombe’s pussy shocks US

Lord of Light people, Are You Being Served? has been running for 30 years! And Britcoms thrive on double entendres.

Bikes and UNIX Geeks

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Case Mods? Feh! Bike mods? I prostrate myself before the geekage!

Massive props to the BSD powered bike.

Let’s see, this thing started life as a regular 2003 Kawasaki Z1000 and was mated with a Shuttle SV24 Flex-ATX mobo and a P3 Coppermine 1Ghz with 256 MB of RAM running FreeBSD 5.2.1.

So currently it can record his helmet-cam, and he is looking twoards both GPS and interfacing with his iPOD.

OK, I would never have considered this. Now I am wondering if I want to do something similar to my truck.

Can someone please explain something to me?

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And please use small words because I am evidentially stupid.

I keep hearing people say this: The proposed constitutional amendment would “Simply preserve a fundamental institution “that a few unelected judges are trying to radically change. It’s not a question of discrimination against gays.”*

Well, I looked it up, and the amendment, as proposed would add these two sentences to the Constitution:

“Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”

OK. Fine, if straight people want to have “marriage” for themselves, I am ok with that.**

But what really sticks in my craw is the second sentence, or to be really accurate, this phrase: “or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”

So if I want a committed relationship and want a “Civil Union” or whatever P.C. term you want to use (just lets not call it a marriage because that will cause the downfall of everything) I can have it according to this proposed amendment. But, I don’t get any of the legal perks and protections that are accorded to straight people?

I have got to be stupid. I do not understand that.

Please understand, I want to understand this.


* Quote from Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah via CNN

** Actually it bothers me too, but I am willing to table that discussion for the time being.

Oh Lordy….

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Have I mentioned that I really do love my customers? – Even the ones I don’t deal with regularly?

One of our smaller but extremely loyal customers is JibJab Media. Purveyors of Flash Animations, and other sillyness.

Well, they have made a wonderful little animation that pokes fun at both candidates. And you would not believe the traffic that poor server is taking. This is so popular, that they are taking over twenty times their regular traffic. And it is even more amazing when you realize that they are running this all on a single PIII 500 Web Server.

I would suggest going to see Jib Jab Media when you have a chance – once their traffic spike is over.

But in the meantime, here is a link to the (in)famous parody of Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land

And yes, I know that this is an exe file and a lot of people are going to be screaming *VIRUS* – sorry, it is not. It is a self contained flash animation.