Oh yeah, I went to court and pled not guilty to the charges of selling to a visibly intoxicated person, and now I'm scheduled for a court date on January 17th. It's up to me to get an attorney or do whatever I need to do in order to prepare for my court date. I'm thinking I'll probably apply for a public defender and see what happens.
Wish me luck,
I don't remember the last time I posted, so I'll try to cover everything as is it right now and not worry about catching anyone up. Right now I'm working at The Bird, a liquor store near my house. I've got a girlfriend, Kitty, and am still living at my grandmother's old house. Right now Eric (and Lindsay, his girlfriend) are in the process of moving out, Kitty's pretty much moved in, and Elliott's occupying the third bedroom. Other than that, I've been doing more of the same: Sleeping, working, drinking, playing WoW, and... ummm.... sleeping.
I guess that's about it.
Getting busted sucks. I got busted today for selling alcohol to a "visibly intoxicated person". Now I have to go to court and see what happens from there. I'm not terribly happy. Blergh.
Warezed SoundForge Files In Windows Media Player
I got a new job... well, sort of. I got rehired at Sandia Computers fixing computers again.
Tonight I attended a get-together at Phil's place. It was in celebration of Kristina's birthday. (Forgive me if I misspelled her name, I'm not sure whether it's with a 'K' or a 'Ch') We easily floated a pony keg and then drank most of 2.5 cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon. After this, the party slowly disintegrated as we puffed on a bowl of shisha. At this point, I am at home; Mike has gone to bed, and Adam is passed out in an upright position on my couch. For lack of anything better to do, I'm probably going to play a little Warcraft III on battle.net and maybe read some of Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver
I've been working a lot recently. I got a new job a few months back at ClientLogic, which is a call center that has a contract with PeoplePC (at the moment). PeoplePC is a dialup ISP, which I am providing tech support for. This is not difficult, but it is sometimes very mind-numbing and frustrating (mostly because of the customers). The most frustrating aspect is that I am supposed to fix all problems in an average time of 10 minutes, which for some things is easy, but some stuff just takes longer than 10 minutes.
Here's what I fixed today:
dialing the wrong number (18 min)
can't access webpages or email (13 min)
slow connection (13 min)
software reinstall over the 'net (5 min)
instructional on how to dial up properly (6 min)
software can't find phonebook (17 min)
gets disconnected frequently (9 min)
problems with CD installation (8 min)
script errors when running software (26 min)
software install over the 'net (10 min)
software install over the 'net (1 min (call dropped))
software install over the 'net (13 min)
software reinstall over the 'net (12 min)
software install over the 'net (8 min)
removal of other ISP software & software install over the 'net (40 min)
can't send email or open attachments (19 min)
software reinstall over the 'net (20 min)
You're right, the lack of posts immediately following my bandwidth upgrade is sort of funny. I'm not sure why I stopped posting for a while, I guess I just had less idle time when I was on the computer than I used to. I can't say for sure if the posting will increase in frequency again, but I'll try to remember to post more often.
As much as I love it when you post so that I can glipse Ethan World, the prolonged silence after the BW upgrade has been hilarious.
W00t! I just got my bandwidth upgrade today. Now instead of 256Kbps/256Kbps, I've got 1.5Mbps/768Kbps. Yay for me!
It's been a while, eh? I've got a new job doing computer repair at a local computer shop, and things are generally going well. I've been playing a MUSH with Will and some other friends, and that's been a lot of fun. I'm a chaotic neutral paladin of the goddess of love, as unbelievable as that may seem. It's been real strange trying to roleplay him, since usually paladins have to be some variant of lawful. Our DM has also decided to take our adventures and turn them into a webcomic, which I think is pretty cool. There's not much up there right now (2 posts, last I checked), but I've offered my services as an artist should they be required. Hopefully we can stick with it and get something interesting going.
Civilization III: Conquests has also been eating up a bunch of my time, since it's such an awesome game.
Slashdot posted a link to this great site where this guy takes pictures of things at a microscopic scale and posts them for people to look at. It includes such excellent photomicrographs as vegemite, barocca, beers, cocktails, endorphins, ice creams, neurotransmitters, various Ocean Spray products, and a bunch more.
Yale's LawMeme features an article about the Worst Terms of Service Ever. Here are some of the more juicy bits extracted from the ToS itself for your enjoyment:
"All other access, use, disclosure, reproduction, delayed use, reduction to human-perceivable form, printing, copying or saving of digital image files or other content, reformatting, file sharing, downloading, uploading, storing, posting, mirroring, archiving, recording, distributing, redistribution, repurposing, modification, rewriting, manipulation, creation of derivative works, translations, or products, licensing, sale, transfer, display, public performance, publicity, broadcast, televising, reporting, publication (in whole or part) or transmission whether by http, ftp, electronic mail or any other file transfer protocol, and whether by electronic means or otherwise, or use by other than individual scholars, or commercial use requires prior written permission of the rights owner(s) and payment of a fee, and severe penalties apply for theft and unauthorized publication, which is also a crime."
"You are warned that computer viruses can be transmitted via e-mail, so the recipient of any e-mail should check it and any attachments for the presence of viruses."
"[Y]ou should print a paper copy of this User Agreement . . . ."
"Time is of the essence hereof."
"If you want permission, we sincerely hope that you don't get scared off by all this legalese and give up!"
"Telephone calls placed in disregard of the foregoing will be charged at two hundred fifty dollars per telephone call." (emphasis theirs)
"Additionally, in the event that your actions in violation of this User Agreement result in our being deprived of our exclusive rights . . . you agree to pay us liquidated damages in the amount of the greater of five million U.S. dollars . . . ." (emphasis added)
"You agree to immediately notify CPRR.org by e-mail of any errors, historical inaccuracies, technical problems, typographical errors, broken links, incorrect or missing citations, proprietary content included without required permission, or any other defects or deficiencies which you discover on this website . . . ."
"In the event that you are a governmental entity, you waive sovereign immunity and further stipulate and agree that any use of this website or its content, except as permitted herein, shall consitute a taking requiring just compensation as set forth herein."
There's also a Slashdot discussion about the issue, as well as CPRR.org's response to the publicity their ToS has been receiving.
SCO's webservers have crashed due to the DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks that the MyDoom.A worm has launched. The next attack (MyDoom.B) is scheduled to hit Microsoft on Tuesday. Oh yeah, here's a link [reuters.co.uk].
They took to the sky, with a whole world to travel
And gaming spirit to celebrate, to reach the last level;
But as they departed, the lone gamer heard them exclaim...
"A Happy Winter-een-mas to all, and to all a good game!"
(start at the beginning of the Winter-een-mas story if you like reading webcomics)
Say it ain't so!
Bill Gates is going to be knighted for his "services to global enterprise." What happened to the days when you had to be able to kill dozens of men from horseback with only a longsword and some plate mail in order to be knighted?
::Hangs head in shame::
I wonder what sort of a graph you'd get if you plotted (number of posts at time x (in hours) vs. (x). I bet it would r3veal a l0t about t3h p0sting hab1ts of our f3ll0w bl0gg3r5.