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Saturday, May 31, 2003

 

Slashdot once again provides a good source for neat stuff: How to build your own electronic fuel injection computer, and the world's first hydrogen powered scooter (developed by the Germans, of course).
11:30 -epw

 

And now, time for an uncharacteristic megapost:

07:30 is far too early to have to be anywhere. Especially somewhere where you have to deal with a bunch of people. I like the idea of people, and I even like most people individually, but when you get a bunch of people together it becomes difficult to deal with them all as a group. I think this is because you have to treat everyone exactly the same, otherwise they start complaining about you being unfair. Sometimes I wish I could tell them "Shut up! I'll deal with you however I deal with you and that's that, so quit your complaining and get over it.", but I can't. And it's not so much because of any rules governing my behavior on the job, but more because that's just not how I deal with people. I always wonder whether it might be better to just go with the instinct, abandon all tact, and tell everyone exactly what I'm thinking. Probably not. I'm pretty sure I put that filter in for a reason.

Thursday I slept in until about 16:00, and my plan was to take a shower and go searching for Pat so I could take him to the cell phone store and get his water-damaged cell phone replaced. Imagine my surprise when I got out of the shower to find Pat sitting in my living room. We went to the T-Mobile booth in the mall, but they said that water damage wasn't covered, so we went to another T-Mobile store and neglected to mention that the phone was damaged due to water. They seemed okay with this, and when we didn't disagree to their assertion that it was still under warrantee they offered to send him a replacement phone. Fortunately, the phone book is stored in a small memory card behind the battery, so none of Pat's phone numbers were lost. It will take a few days to get here, though. I'm just glad we were able to convince them to send him a replacement phone so I didn't have to cover the price of a new phone (it would have been about $150 USD). Later that evening, we ended up going to the Anodyne (surprise, surprise) and Liquid Lounge. I went home with David and Allen, and I stayed up all night watching movies and talking with David. I ran out of energy about 11:00 Friday morning and passed out at David's house. When I woke up around 20:00, I gave David a call since he was my ride. He and Allen were at my house watching Twin Peaks with Pat and Mikey, and they came to pick me up shortly after I called. We went back to my house and finished watching the episode that was playing when we got there before heading to the Anodyne. It was pretty packed, but I suppose one should expect that on a Friday night. The wierd thing about the Anodyne is that it feels very friendly and inviting when it's not too busy, but when it's packed full of people it feels pretty lonely. We left the Anodyne shortly after we arrived (2 beers later), and went to a party down near Copper and Sycamore. There was some drama there involving David and this other guy named Pete, who I'd never met before, and Pete was pretty drunk and belligerent so we left there to avoid any violence. David dropped Pat and me off at my house, where we played a little bit of Final Fantasy X before Pat left and I went to bed. This brings us to this morning, which was fairly typical except for the fact that I'm working the 07:30-16:00 shift instead of the 10:00-18:00 shift this weekend.

The guy I relieved this morning was going on and on about how he couldn't get the Internet to work, and describing all the error messages he was getting. I knew exactly what the problem would be before he even showed me what it was doing. It was an unplugged ethernet cable. The funky part of the situation was that I couldn't fix it until after he left because we've been trying to keep him off the Internet due to his habit of looking at porn during the graveyard shift. I've got nothing against looking at porn, especially when noone's around, but if you're not careful you end up with all kinds of spyware installed that pops up random ads at inconvenient times. (Imagine explaining to someone how to properly swipe their badge while behind you there's a full-screen ad for "Free Cum Guzzling Asian Sluts" materializing.) Therefore, I could have fixed it in about 15 seconds, but couldn't fix it because then we wouldn't be able to thwart his porn habit in the future. I bet nobody has ever had to deal with that problem before. Well, maybe someone, but most likely not any of my frequent readers.

Since I'm working the early shift, I'll have more time tonight to do stuff. I wonder what I'll end up doing.
08:44 -epw


Friday, May 30, 2003

 

Wow. Why haven't I seen this yet? As the bodily ambassador of Democracy, Whiskey, and Sexy (artisticly speaking), it sounds like my kind of movie. As long as it's better than Point Break.
23:10 -adam

 

Apparently, Blue Crush is a huge, huge hit in Iraq. Democracy, Whiskey, Sexy, and all that.
14:54 -kikuchiyo

 

Blue Crush. A movie about romance and surfing, and... ummm... hot girls in bikinis.
05:11 -epw


Thursday, May 29, 2003

 

Blue Crush? Explain, for the sake of, um, me. Please.
19:09 -adam


Wednesday, May 28, 2003

 

More Anodyne last night, followed by watching Bebop, Blue Crush, and Josie and The Pussycats at Susan's. Today I woke up to the sound of an excessive amount of beer bottles being thrown into the dumpster. "Who's cleaning my house?" was the first thing that crossed my mind. It was Pat, who for some unknown reason decided to clean up our trash pile and living room. This sort of threw me off, but I had to go to work right away so I didn't worry about it too much. Now I'm at work, I've eaten, and I'm just chillin'.
20:05 -epw


Tuesday, May 27, 2003

 

I went to Anodyne last night, then over to Pat's parent's to watch the pilot episode of Twin Peaks. Then I went home and passed out. Today I woke up and came to work. That's it so far.
17:21 -epw


Monday, May 26, 2003

 

Visitors graced me with their presence at my lonely, lonely place of work on this fine day. They were just as bored as I was, but they didn't stay for long. They say they'll be back with beer.
18:53 -epw

 

True. This is why I love e-mail, blogs, and letters, but would rather just talk to people.
18:20 -adam

 

I wish I didn't have to be at work until midnight tonight.
I hope people are still doing stuff when I get off work.
I am listening to "Perfect Drug" by Nine Inch Nails.
I am making declarations.
I am also wearing a hat.
17:08 -epw

 

Non-sequitur: Some emotions can only be expressed in person? (T/F)
05:31 -epw


Saturday, May 24, 2003

 

It would be a little short-sighted for me to do so, so I'm keepin' my hands where they belong. Where that may be is currently unknown.
19:37 -adam

 

...
shorter of breath
and one day closer to death
...

Pink Floyd
13:51 -epw

 

...must...get...new...starter...
13:50 -epw

 

Will I get smacked if I post while I'm drunk even if I woke up that way?
13:49 -epw


Friday, May 23, 2003

 

Here is some DNS humor for everyone. (That's Domain Name Service, not Democrats for National Security)
19:11 -epw

 

The starter on my bug finally gave out again a few days ago. I've been driving it these last couple of days by push starting it every time I want to go anywhere. I've also gotten in the habit of parking at the top of a hill whenever possible so that I don't have to push as much when I want to leave. I really should just get the tools and parts I need and replace it, but I'm really lazy and I don't know if I can afford a new starter right now. I suppose I can still get around by push starting it every time, but I'm starting to get real tired of that method.
18:36 -epw


Thursday, May 22, 2003

 

My appreciation for the free unices (i.e. FreeBSD, Linux, etc.) stems from their ability to pile task upon task upon task upon task without slowing down. I compare this to my experience with Windows n (where n={3.1,95,98,NT,2000,XP,whatever...} where things slow down as I add tasks to the queue. I like to be able to browse the web while shit is downloading and a song is playing and a webserver is serving out pages and an ssh client is accepting connections and mail is being routed and a bunch of other stuff is happening without noticing any sort of lag or delay in the processing of my input to the computer at the moment.

Just thought I'd let y'all know.
06:24 -epw


Wednesday, May 21, 2003

 

If anyone was wondering, sitting in a building deviod of people except yourself for hours is extremely boring. Although I imagine Memorial Day will be worse because I work an 8 hour shift by myself and I don't think anyone is coming to work on Monday.
23:31 -epw

 

A few links from /.: Swiss robots digitize old books, Live action Neon Genesis Evangelion movie in the works
19:45 -epw

 

I'll do my best, my comrade, but I'm not sure that I'm up for mayhem at the moment. Perhaps a little mischievous adventure, but that's it.
19:36 -adam

 

Let the [mayhem | mischevious adventure] begin.
19:27 -epw

 

PERL: Practical Extraction and Report Language

PERL is relatively easy to learn, and is really good at manipulating textual data (strings). Not to say that it can't manipulate numerical data, since there are hundreds of modules for dealing with practically any sort of data. If you're interested in learning PERL, here is a good collection of books on the subject. They are a few years old (1999), but most of the information should still be correct.

UPDATE: Just in case you were wondering where the PERL rant came from, it's in response to this post on Kikuchiyo News.
19:15 -epw


Tuesday, May 20, 2003

 

Allen Tonkin started a new blog yesterday. It's called Jack's wasted work day. For those of you that know Allen, you should know what to expect. For those of you that don't know Allen, I'll give you a hint: Mayhem. I also added a link to his blog from my homepage and at the top of this blog.
20:19 -epw


Sunday, May 18, 2003

 

Check it out... It's the software Trinity used to discover the vulnerability that allowed her to shut off the power grid in the new Matrix movie. And here's a little blurb about it with lots of pretty links for you to click on. Aren't you excited? I know I am.
09:54 -epw

 

That's pretty cool about the ecosystem. I've been in a different ecosystem lately: one involving bartenders, waitresses, my bank, and terrible hangovers. For example, today I'm having to work 08:00-16:00 after drinking at the Anodyne until almost 02:00. On the upside, there is noone here at the call center for another few hours, so I may just catch a little nap before people start to show up.

Adam is going under the needle today to get the volcano portion of his tiki girl done. I think I'll drop by Hardware (where he's getting the work done) after work and keep him company for a bit while he's getting ink. I've never seen anyone get a tatoo before, so it should be an interesting experience.
08:40 -epw


Friday, May 16, 2003

 

Did you know we're in an ecosystem?
18:32 -kikuchiyo

 

<thinking>Hi...</thinking... ?>
05:33 -epw


Thursday, May 15, 2003

 

Maybe that last post was too drunken and personal... what do you think?
06:59 -epw

 

Is it wrong to think that all that matters in the end is me? Or is that just selfish? (I must concede, of course, that any answer depends on your definition of 'selfish' and 'wrong'.)
06:58 -epw


Wednesday, May 14, 2003

 

I know, I know, I'm a slacker in the blogging department. I've been hanging out with David, Pat, Alan, and Sara quite a bit for the past few days. There's been lots of drinking, too.

On Sunday, Megan broke up with me. Then Adam, Mikey, and I rented a few kung-fu flicks, drank beer, and watched kung-fu. On Monday I worked and then met up with Adam, David, Pat, Alan, and Sara at O'Neill's where we had some food and drink and hung out with our favorite server, Susan. After a while, we proceeded to the Anodyne and played some pool and had a few more beers. I ended up at David's house that night with Pat and David. The next day (Tuesday), we ran a bunch of errands, had lunch, and then I went to work. After work I called up Pat and found out that there was a gathering at Emily's apartment, so I got a bottle of the Cap'n and met Pat at Emily's. Dave, Alan, Sara, Tailor, Rosy, Emily, and a bunch of other people were there. When Emily finally kicked us out, we walked down to Pat's and hung out until Dave kidnapped us and tookus to his house to watch Magnolia. The movie watching was somewhat unsuccessful, however, due to the fact that we were all pretty drunk (except Dave) and tired. Today I went to lunch with Pat, Adam, Dave, and Dan at Monroe's and then came to work. I am now at work.

Now that the brief recap is out of the way, hopefully I can return to regular posting.
17:09 -epw


Sunday, May 11, 2003

 

I woke up this morning with a terrible pain in my neck. It's one of those where you only feel the pain when you move your head a certain direction. In my case, this is whenever I move my head to look up or to the left (or any combination of those directions). It's really bugging me, but I don't know what to do about it. I've tried massaging the knot out of my neck, but it doesn't help very much. I'm hoping that when I get home and take a hot shower maybe that will relax the knotted muscles some. In totally unrelated news, I still need to fix the accelerator cable on my bug, wish my Mom a happy Mother's Day, finish building the dresser that my Dad gave me, and clean my room (and the rest of the house, ideally). How's everyone else doing today?
16:44 -epw


Friday, May 09, 2003

 

Ok, so <img src="URL"> tags work inside of Blogger... so if you want to stick a picture inside of your post, that's how to do it. Just make sure that the URL is valid. If anyone has an image file that they need to stick somewhere so that the world can see it, contact me and I'll give you a hand.
06:55 -epw

 

See Kikuchiyo News for tonight's rant.
06:46 -epw


Wednesday, May 07, 2003

 

No, feigning ignorance won't do. But I'll loan you $20 if it'll help you break the monotony by coming for a visit. We've got beaches. And if you say that like Cheech Marin would say it, it's even more enticing.
23:10 -kikuchiyo

 

"How Many Clowns"
How Many Clowns
Copyright 1998 Paul Murray
22:22 -epw

 

So if I feign ignorance of your suggestion, does that mean I get $20 to help fund it?
21:42 -epw

 

Make some poor schmuck climb inside of a bailer and weld in the rain? No, that can't be it.
21:40 -epw

 

CLOWNS! No, probably not. Sorry.
19:36 -adam

 

I've got a suggestion. I'll even bet you $20 that you've already guessed what it is...
13:17 -kikuchiyo


Tuesday, May 06, 2003

 

There's been lots of drinking, watching movies, sleeping, and working. I really need something to break the monotony.
22:01 -epw


Monday, May 05, 2003

 

But I like crashing IE. Especially if I can do it quickly. And with a hammer.
02:30 -adam


Saturday, May 03, 2003

 

I found this little snippet of HTML code (49 bytes) on slashdot that crashes Internet Explorer. If you're using IE, don't click on the code link above unless you want your browser to crash. If you don't want your browser to crash, use Mozilla. The document itself doesn't contain anything useful... unless you consider the capability to crash IE at will useful, in which case it's the best 5 lines of HTML I've ever seen.
14:25 -epw


Thursday, May 01, 2003

 

I'm still here.
02:34 -epw


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