Monday, September 1, 2003

Brainwashing

The washing machine in my apartment building is disintegrating. The left rear corner is missing, so it now precariously balances on two feet, sometimes having the third remaining foot tap the floor. The machine sprung a leak at some point, and the one corner rusted to pieces. I'm not sure how quickly that happened. But, the thing worked just fine when I did laundry today. I expected it to skitter across the laundry room, but it behaved itself quite nicely.

It looks like Sony just came out with a 36" version of the TV I have been looking at getting. But, while the image appears to be a 16:9 display, the website seems convinced that it is a 4:3 display. The bigger TV seems to be less expensive than the smaller one. Weird. No sense in committing to getting it if I can't determine what sort of a thing the display actually is…

Still, I'm getting a bit concerned with weight. The 34" television is just over 200 lbs., while the 36" version is 230. Eep. I doubt I'd be comfortable moving either of those with any less than 3 people on hand.

Or maybe it just gives me an excuse to work out, har har.

My brain did not want to shut off last night. Maybe I'd had too much caffeine, or the Fair food I had for lunch was catching up with me. Somehow, I managed to combine self-pity for lacking a girlfriend with thought experiments regarding the behavior of photons speeding across an expanding universe.

Such is the life of a geek.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2003

John Doesn't Know We've Secretly Replaced His Operating System With Folgers Crystals

Time to go buy food. My fridge is damn near empty, so I'd better go get some stuff. Considering that the nearest grocery store is only about 3 blocks away, I sure don't get stuff very often. I should really get into the habit of going there every few days, but I'm still getting out of that once-every-two-months mode.

Had some food over at the bunker last night. Hmm. I don't like “the bunker” as a moniker, but I guess “the pit” has been done to death. Maybe I'll call the house “the yellow monster” ;-)

Anyway, had food there, met Elvis, etc. Then I checked out Sarah's new housing. Kind of a tall place for vertically-challenged people, but at least that gives room for the hot air to go in the warmer months.

The couch there has quite a stench and probably requires an IV drip of Febreze for the next month to be manageable, though maybe there are some cushion covers that could be washed…

At work, I'm actually researching things for a Linux project, though it's still 5e|<r1t. If anything ever actually comes of it, I'll be sure to talk about it with people endlessly.

Well, off to find supper.

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It Figures

From the company that brought you the plastic Jesus: Librarian action figures

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Wednesday, September 3, 2003

I Wonder if E.T. Had T-Mobile

I couldn't get my phone to work today in the Cities. I could search for networks and see T-Mobile, but it wouldn't let me register. Two of my co-workers here in Hudson live around St. Paul, and they coludn't get service there this morning either. I finally got to Hudson and tried getting onto the T-Mobile network, but that didn't go, so I tried registering on AT&T. That seemed to work, although my phone still says “T-Mobile”

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Thursday, September 4, 2003

Error This!

So, there's Windows Update, but that's mostly just for Windows itself (and a few other closely-related programs). To update Microsoft Office, you need Office Update—and that doesn't want to run on my station at work.

It's hard enough to get people to go to one site to get updates, let multiple websites. That's why I really like using Debian GNU/Linux, since it's pretty easy to keep the system up-to-date. The “apt” utility that Debian uses has been ported to other Linux systems as well, and makes installing and updating software a breeze.

Did that sound like an advertisement? Sorry.

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Friday, September 5, 2003

Battle Royale

Microsoft has been attacking me today, with a little help from Adobe. Something strange happened when I updated to Acrobat Reader 6.0—it wanted me to install Windows Journal Viewer. The thing is, it was already installed. Why did I install Windows Journal Viewer? Because it was easier to install it than to go dig through and tell Windows Update to not tell me about it.

Yeah, I'm lazy.

Anyway, so I ended up uninstalling the journal application, which seemed to make things happy. Then I went and reinstalled it, because I enjoy pain. Actually, I suppose I wanted to see if the thing would only want me to install the journal viewer when it was installed, and not care if it wasn't.

Later in the day, I was somewhat surprised to discover that the IvyTV project could probably support one of the Adaptec video capture products I've been working with. The VideOh! DVD Media Suite PCI Edition (more succintly known as the AVC-2410) uses many of the same chips as some other tuner cards out there.

The project has support for the Philips SAA7115 video decoder, the MSP3425G audio decoder, and the Conexant CX23416 MPEG encoder, all of which appear on the Adaptec board.

Whacky

Then, this afternoon, Microsoft bit back at me when I updated some software, rebooting to find an error stating that the machine could not validate it's license.

Someday, someone will write a virus that installs Linux, and then everyone will be happy ;-)

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Saturday, September 6, 2003

The Tax Man Cometh Too Early

When is 1/4 equal to 1/6? When the government is involved.

I've been busily calculating taxes today, since they joy of “self-employment” requires me to pay taxes to the federal and state governments on a quarterly basis. I was amazed to see how much more I will be paying next quarter. There's a drastic difference, although that is because I have only been paid for one and a quarter months so far, but I will pay for four months next quarter.

Four months? You bet. Somehow, taxes are calculated for January through March, April and May, June through August, and September through December. How they got this 3-2-3-4 pattern, I have no idea. Because of this (and the fact that my “employer” is being a dick about paying me at a reasonable pace), my taxes for last quarter end up being less than $900. Next quarter, they'll add up to about $5000. Joy. At least I'm only paying taxes on 92.35% of my self-employment income. Huh?

Taxes for the quarter that just ended on August 31 are due on September 15. That's two weeks of time! Craziness. I guess procrastination and self-employment don't mix.

I'm amazed that the IRS hasn't produced more comedians.

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Sunday, September 7, 2003

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Make Another Mars Lander

As I get older and wiser, I am more and more amazed that life continues to exist here in this country. I discovered today that the British Imperial gallon is about 20% larger than the U.S. gallon. How beer drinkers feel about having a 20% smaller pint is anyone's guess ;-)

I also see that surveyors' units of distance measurement don't quite match the units we use on a daily basis. Of course, the difference is somewhere around 4 parts per million, not quite enough to account for the zig-zaggy nature of, say, Washington Avenue.

I've been hearing people make noise today in the apartment building. Must be due to that Vikes-Packs game…

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Considering the Options

Hmm… That's kind of a cool car. Sort of. Except it looks like a Geo Metro. Sort of. Well, the opportunity to actually get a new car probably won't come until next fall, so I've got time to mull things over.

I want a four-door car, so a Mini is kind of out of the question. I don't want a Honda, 'cuz, goddammit, everyone has a Honda. I'd like something fuel-efficient, but hybrids are a bit pricey (batteries are expensive).

I'm thinking of a Volkswagen TDI diesel, but they can be smelly and noisy. But they're way better than the diesel cars of 15-20 years ago, and fuels will have less sulfur in the coming years. Then again, the thought of accidentally having a high-volume diesel pump run too long and spill fuel all over me is not a pleasant thought.

Oh yeah—image stolen from VWVortex. But that's okay, it's a promotional image anyway.

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Monday, September 8, 2003

Like Little House on the Prairie Only with More Sweaters

The decree comes down: All computers must have virus protection software or be disconnected from the network. Ergo, the first step in all of our testing will be “Turn off virus scanner and try again.”

Bah.

I had a hell of a time sleeping last night, and this whole weekend was not the most restful on record. I'd probably been taking in way too much caffeine. By the time it wore off, I was able to sleep about 20 minutes before the guy upstairs decided that the best time of day to fully utilize his subwoofer is between 7:15 and 7:45 A.M. Well, that's generally the time frame when I like to get up—but I like to get up on my own terms, thankyouverymuch.

So, I was awake at some un${DIETY}ly hours today. I wasted time for a while doing a few things, but the number of potential activities was depleted rapidly. Lacking anything else to do, I defaulted into the mode of pining for a future girlfriend. The Internet is helpful for answering computer questions, but that usefulness does not translate into certain other things…

Now, off to pry some Windows Media Center install CDs out of the hands of the programmers upstairs. Ah, Windows, how often must I reinstall thee? Let me count the times…

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Tuesday, September 9, 2003

“Purpleback” Just Doesn't Have the Same Ring

Color U.S. money (meaning not just green and black) is going to show up next month.

So weird, so weird.

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Insane in the Mainframe

I had some strange dreams last night, but having memorable dreams at all was a bonus…

The first sequence I remember involved me in a new apartment. It was very big, and in fact one room of it was wide enough and had some interesting wood framing, so some guests turned it into something like a dojo. They started doing martial arts in there, which was very odd.

Mojo Jojo Dojo?

The second dream sequence somehow involved a marching band (not sure if it was Minnesota or something else). I don't remember much of it anymore, but it was all very odd.

Well, what do you expect?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003

'Cuz Stacy's Mom Has Got It Goin' On

Hey! I bought food today! I have stuff to eat! I even got some reasonable snackish stuff…

Anyway, the s00per s3kr1t project at work is progressing and taking up most of my time, but that will change over the next few days. They're still researching stuff in order to figure out what they're going to research. But, people are already saying “Wow,” which is good.

I'm hoping to get paid soon, but I'm debating whether or not to get going on my big PVR/TV project. Well, I'd mostly just like to get a new computer set up for TV recording, so my desktop's CPU doesn't get so pummeled all of the time.

Then again, it looks like my parents might start pushing for me to get a car (most likely used if anything has to happen in the near future).

Hmmph.

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Thursday, September 11, 2003

I'll Have a Thick Face Burger with Cheese, Please

Scenario 1:

Insert driver
Observe crashed machine
Reboot and tweak driver
Observe white noise
Yay!

Scenario 2:

Observe pretty output
Update driver and reboot
Observe no output
Undo driver update and reboot
Observe no output
Uninstall driver and reboot
Reinstall driver and reboot
Observe no output
Boo!

I had to reimage that second box in order to get it working again. Something must have funked the registry. The first box, as you might imagine, was running Linux.

In other news, Hardee's has turned into The Church of Meat. Home of the 1/3 lb., 1/2 lb., and 2/3 lb. Thickburgers. And that's pretty much all that they sell for food.

Not quite sure what to make of that.

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Friday, September 12, 2003

Autobot

Since my life basically consists of driving and working these days, I hope youll forgive me for repeatedly bashing those topics into the ground.

Today, on the way to work, I had to deal with some slow traffic. This beat-up brown Chevy pickup was overloaded with old tires and other junk. As I get toward Snelling on I-94, I move to get out of the exit lane and pass him. Of course, this guy actually wanted to stay on 94. I slowly work my way past him, and then I see the driver stick his arm out the window.

Wait a minute! He's pointing! He's hand-signaling!

Jeesh.

So I scooted past him so he could take a place behind me ;-)

On Huron Ave just before it became 4th, I was behind an old Honda Civic hatchback that had a hilariously inappropriate bumper sticker: “Yeah, it's got a Hemi

And on Slashdot, I noticed that there's a discussion going on about hybrid electric vehicles, and some people mentioned the Volkswagen TDI cars. The detracting quality to the car is the fact that it spits out carcinogenic types of soot—very small particles smaller than 1 micron which are hard for the lungs to filter/remove.

But, other than being a cancer-mobile, people really seem to like them.

*sigh*

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Saturday, September 13, 2003

Saturday Night Fever

You knew they could do it: The disco ball powered computer.

Okay, it's not really powered by a disco ball, but the truth is still pretty entertaining.

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Hehe—The Bartender Never Dies

Oh, now I get it, Desperado was a sequel. I always thought that I had missed something when watching that movie. I'll have to see El Mariachi sometime. But, in the nearer future, I'll probably see Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

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Sunday, September 14, 2003

The Texans Are Revolting

I went to a late showing of Matchstick Men yesterday. I should have asked my brother to come along, but I figured he'd probably prefer to go to something a little more fun. Plus it was late.

Anyway, the first thing that hit me was not the movie, but a preview for The Alamo. Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett. Uh…

Well, my first reaction was shock. “Wasn't that during the Mexican-American War? Hasn't history determined that we basically got into that war for all of the wrong reasons?” The theater was absolutely silent after the preview finished, so I figure I wasn't the only person thinking that.

However, now that I research things a bit, it turns out that my thinking was pretty much all wrong. The Alamo happened in 1836, ten years before the Mexican-American War. A year earlier, Texas had declared its independence from Mexico, forming the short-lived Republic of Texas. That country(!) was still involved in the Texas Revolution at the time of the Alamo siege.

But, back to the movie I actually saw, I thought Matchstick Men was pretty good, though a bit mind-bending toward the end. At the end of the movie, they skip forward in time and Alison Lohman (who played the 14 year old daughter) gets very dolled-up. Needless to say, I was glad to see that in real life, she's 23 (and will turn 24 this week).

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Monday, September 15, 2003

Ben Dover

Over the weekend, I posted this story to Slashdot. While it seems like just another whiny “I want my open source!” rant, I guess a lot of people missed the point I was trying to get at. And that's understandable, as I only wrote one paragraph worth of stuff when I probably should have opted for two.

As any audio-, video-, or other technophile knows, the FCC has mandated that broadcasters in the United States transition toward digital transmission of television. However, the standard being used in the United States for actually transmitting the signal (how the binary digits are encoded in the air) is not well-suited for city environments. People out in the boondocks 70 miles from a tower will probably get better signal than city dwellers ten times closer. Companies are working hard to tweak their hardware to handle these situations better, but in the meantime, I started wondering about how digital cable will work in the future.

Right now, if you have an analog TV set, you merely plug it in and tell it that it's connected to a cable TV system. Ta-da! It works.

However, digital cable is a completely different story today. You need a digital cable box, and many of those boxes are sub-par devices. When I last used a cable box in Minneapolis, it was impossible to hide or remove unwanted channels&mdasheven channels we didn't receive! The guide would sometimes freeze up while it loaded data, and various other annoyances would bother me from time to time, but I'd deal with it because the guide was better than nothing, and it let me see another two or three channels that I actually liked.

Yeah, most of the channels on digital cable suck, so there's the growing idea that the entire cable TV system will transition to being digital. In some ways that's good, but, as my Slashdot post indicated, this will be another battlegrounds where the media conglomerates are pushing for more and more control.

I'd be perfectly happy if I could only get non-premium channels with a digital cable tuner that I put in my computer. I don't need HBO and certain other channels, and even if I felt the need, they've always been accessed via extra descramblers anyway. However, the prospect of having no direct access to the video stream bothers me. It's hard to describe why, but it's like having someone say, “You can't read this book, you can only have an approved person read this to you.” What is this, the Reformation? Is some distant descendant of Martin Luther going to plaster technical documentation on the Internet now?

I dunno, it just creeps me out. I know that at least one father of a friend built his own NTSC TV set, and it was treasured as a family heirloom. Big companies just seem to be pushing so hard against that idea of individual experimentation that I cringe. The future seems like it's going to turn into another dark age.

Well, maybe it won't happen. While the American people tend to be deaf, dumb, and sheep-like, they do eventually take notice of things when beat over the head with them. We'll see if the public keels over and gives up their VCRs in the coming years.

Beep 2X

Heh

I was at Best Buy today looking for stuff. I ended up getting music after hearing a song I liked over the speakers there. Of course, I had no idea what it actually was, but I figured, “Eh, maybe Oakenfold.” However, I already have some Oakenfold stuff, so I picked up an Underworld CD and a CD/DVD thing from Paul van Dyk.

Turns out the song I heard is the first track on the Paul van Dyk CD. Whee ;-)

Well, I'm not sure if I heard this mixed version or the original…

Now, if I could somehow apply this luck toward getting a date, I'd be set.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Mini

I was playing with a system today that had a VIA EPIA-M10000 motherboard in it. It's a 1GHz VIA C3 processor surrounded by loads of connectivity—Ethernet, USB, FireWire, plus other goodies like S-Video and S/P-DIF output. Well, except that it only has one DDR SDRAM slot and one PCI slot. That's what you get with Mini-ITX (roughly 6" by 6" in size), but hey.

Anyway, the system was pretty snappy running RedHat 9.0, and it handled the OpenGL XScreenSaver hacks pretty well. The board basically lets you build your own thin client box at a reasonable price. $150 for a motherboard and CPU isn't too bad. You could build a nice tiny desktop for $400 (or less if 1GHz is too fast for you ;-)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Access Denied

Urgh.

Firewall cause pain. Firewall hurt. Me bash head on firewall.

Head hurt.

Well, at least there are a few free caffeine-infused carbonated beverages available here. Hopefully that will keep me from punching my fist through something.

i.e. The firewall.

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Max Headroom

Well, I got another part to my monster media machine, bringing me to a grand total of two. Or one, if I decide that the hard drive I got a few weeks ago is too loud. I got the hard drive because it was cheap (er, after a rebate I haven't sent in yet, oops), but after buying it, I discovered that certain Seagate drives are lauded for their very quiet operation.

I got a video card today, a Matrox G550. Perhaps not the best choice, but I know Matrox cards do a good job at TV-out (better than nVidia cards), and it also has a DVI output for when I get that HDTV. One problem, though, is that they apparently don't handle having a DVI connection and a TV connection at the same time very well. It was mentioned somewhere that if the two heads on the card have large differences in pixel clock speeds (how many pixels per second are being sent out), one of the heads loses sync and then goes black.

I plan to only use one or the other, rather than both at the same time, so that shouldn't affect me.

So, I've got about 8 more parts to get (depending on how you count). This will take a while.

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Thursday, September 18, 2003

Fear My Cape of Doom

Hurricane Isabel is making landfall, so don't be surprised to see those silly television reporters standing out on beaches in the next day or so (I'm sure they've been doing it for a day or so already).

There's just something very strange about someone willingly standing out in the wind and rain, if only to show how hard it is to stand up.

I forget who it was (probably a “reporter” for Channel One), but I once saw someone doing a piece where he stood in a wind tunnel and stood up to hurricane-force winds. The big joke afterwards was that he had so much goop on his head that his hair stayed perfect through the whole thing ;-)

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Sparky Kilowatt

Work was cut short today due to a power outage. Damn you, Hurricane Isa—Uh, wait…

I was hacking away on something with a coworker when it started raining. He kept commenting that he wished the power would go out so he could go home/avoid a meeting. Well, about 10 minutes before his meeting was supposed to start, lighting struck, the lights went out, and my computer screen turned black.

Then everything came back on. Sort of.

About half of the lights were dimly flickering, and some computers and other devices that had been powered on were fading in and out. But, half of the stuff worked just fine. I guess the lightning must have knocked out half of the transformer for our building.

I've never seen a half power brownout event like that before. It was pretty weird seeing some stuff working fine, while other things just got totally messed up.

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Ignoble

Woo! The Ig Nobels will be handed out on October 2nd.

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Friday, September 19, 2003

Where's My Parrot?

Yar. The good ship Akamai, she be adrift on the high seas. The wily RoadRunner nary can connect. Some o' me favorite sites be lost to the bit-bucket in Davy Jones's locker.

A treasure trove o' new software (a filly's undergarments it be not, alas) that I partook in testing was set upon the world yesterday. Two of 'em I dinna know about, and there be one I tested but they dinna release. I smell treachery of the highest order. There be marketers in them thar seas.

The winds will take me south tomorrow, as I go to lend a hand in the repainitng o' me parents' hideout. 'twould be the best color to hide a shanty on a beach, but I fear not so for the grassy lands o' Minnesota.

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Talk Like a <Random Ethnic Group> Day

Subject: Minnysota Computir Viris!

Ve haf just sent ya da "NORVEGIAN VIRUS".

Since ve do not haf any programmin experience and don't know how to actually damage yer computer, dis virus verks on da honor system. Please forward dis virus to eferyvone on yer mailin list and den manually delete all of da files on yer hard drive.

Tank ya fer yer coperation.

Dat's about it den.

Sven and Ole

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Saturday, September 20, 2003

Bisquette

I painted today. Put up scaffolding and the whole shmear. Unfortunately, we didn't finish. Hopefully we'll be able to do stuff tomorrow, but it might rain. We'll see.

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Sunday, September 21, 2003

Join the Collective

Horror of horrors. I'm going to try and watch the Emmys this year. I know there's some reason why I decided to watch (probably presence of Jon Stewart as one of the many hosts and the nomination of The Daily Show for a few things).

Earlier today, my brother and I helped my Dad paint another side of the house today. It started raining lightly, so we went inside for a break. At least it didn't rain hard, so the paint didn't get messed up at all.

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Monday, September 22, 2003

Scorched Earth

I tried to drive past the house that burned over the weekend, but I guess I didn't drive on the right path to go past it. I drove down 8th Street and turned south onto 15th Ave, but I didn't see anything out of the ordinary. It must be past the railroad bridge north of 8th…

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No Mas

It sure would be nice to get paid again.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Come and Be Unemployed with Me

So I need to start hunting for a job. Somewhere between now and October 31st, I will no longer be, uh, “self-employed.” Someone's taking a weedwacker through the division that I work for, and the location I'm working at will be shut down. (I knew it had to happen: We have free pop—one of the features of dot-com startups and other tech companies that have died out over the past few years)

Well, at least we have some warning about it.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Blah Blah Blah Free Lunch

Everybody at work went out to Applebee's for lunch today, all on the tab of the guy who fired us ;-) Not much else happened, and a few people have already started packing things up. Others are trying to keep at least a few projects at the site for a while, if only to justify our existence for the next month. I have mostly continued doing the same stuff I was doing before.

I don't know how long I'll stay there, but it's hard to say if my position will be kept around for more than the next two weeks. Fortunately, I did get a check in the mail today for another three weeks worth of pay. Too bad the Radisson parking lot was too busy for me to stop into TCF, and the TCF by Target was closed by the time I got there (and I didn't have a pen to use the ATM).

Shouldn't these people want my money? Bah.

Anyway, I suppose I'll have to take a half day at some point so I can drop by the U's career center to thumb through job postings.

Two of the guys at the site seem to be ready to start scheming about setting up a new business. They were both co-founders of Trillium, the company that was there before Adaptec bought them (hmm, Googling around now, I see that there are at least two tech companies using the name Trillium now, though I don't think they're related at all).

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Thursday, September 25, 2003

No Workie

I intended to get real work done today, but ended up mostly just tearing down unneeded computers, cabling, and whatnot. The other two guys I usually work with had been working hard at taking down the lab where they do most of their stuff. I've been elsewhere, just because the testing I've been doing requires access to TV signals.

I had planned to take the tear-down process slowly, but those two were just so gung-ho about it that I felt I should do my part. Now that most of the extra junk is gone from my work area, I think I'll be able to concentrate on doing what I'm supposed to be doing.

But, of course, the general mood at work is not so great. It's difficult to focus on anything, so it's hard to say if I'll get any real work done tomorrow and next week.

Ugh, I'm tired. Time for bed.

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Friday, September 26, 2003

Cover Your Hand

I was watching a bit of Logan's Run on DVD today. I was, uh, testing. Yeah, that's it. But, I wasn't paying enough attention to really justify watching the whole thing. Anyway, it's only worth mentioning because the architecture/interior design that they used reminded me a lot of how malls used to look when I was a kid. A Very Brady Feel, I would say…

Hmm. I should do stuff.

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Saturday, September 27, 2003

Now Showing

Amazing. There are actually several movies out that I might like to go see. I suppose I should try to catch Lost in Translation this weekend, since there's no telling how long it will take for that movie to go wide release, if ever. In a similar vein, there's Anything Else. Of course, my single-ness makes such movies pretty annoying at times, so I'd have to be in the right mood.

On the action side, I didn't see Underworld, and I'm still debating whether I want to or not. Seems like a good rental for me, though you can't go wrong with Kate Beckinsale in a shiny black outfit. On the (literally) lighter side of action movies, there's still Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and I've been hearing good things about The Rundown even though it has The Rock and some horrendously crappy previews.

Heh. Now that I check the Uptown Theatre's website, it seems that Re-Animator will be playing tonight at midnight, for people who like that sort of thing. Then again, I doubt people like paying $8 (or whatever it is) to watch it ;-)

I should probably sign up for Netflix or one of the other services sometime soon, but I'm lacking proper movie-watching equipment at home. And, well, anything to put it on ;-)

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Sunday, September 28, 2003

Beware of Cute Lesbians

Went down to Uptown again today, after seeing Lost in Translation yesterday. Finally replaced my missing Massive Attack CD—I think a high school friend had borrowed Protection years ago, but I guess he never gave it back. Then again, I never paid him the $20 I was supposed to for that broken portable CD player.

I got some other music too, and tried out the Chipotle in the neighborhood (they just keep pulling me back in). Amazingly enough, they actually have their own parking lot! Shock of shocks. It was also nifty to discover that it's right across the street from the Brave New Workshop. I might have to go see their current project, Total Recall 2: The Governator.

Hmm. Did anyone see the TV ad that had Jesse in it, making fun of the California stuff? I don't even remember what product it was marketing.

Another TV ad that sticks in my head is this recent Pier 1 ad with Kirstie Alley in it, wearing some clothes that look disturbingly like Scientology uniforms. I have no idea if that's intentional or what…

In other news, I need someone to drop me a LiveJournal code, so I can make an account to see people's protected entries. I still plan to use my own website for journaling, although Movable Type seems to be a bit slow now that I have several hundred entries…

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Monday, September 29, 2003

Monday Driver

After a quick lunch today, I went for a drive up to Stillwater and back. I had originally planned to go to Target, but I ended up getting on the highway. I got on the highway because I got a little distracted after seeing the truck in front of me collide with a car in front of it that didn't know how to make a left turn. I ended up making a left too early and got on the Interstate instead of the frontage road.

It was just as well, since I'd been thinking of taking a drive like that for quite a while anyway. I got off to take the main drag through Hudson proper, and just kept going for a while. I started to get worried after a while, since nothing seemed to be popping up, but I was experiencing the time dilation you feel when traveling somewhere for the first time. There was plenty of time left in my lunch hour to get lost, so I just kept going.

I ended up coming to an intersection where one of my options was Stillwater, meaning there must be a bridge between here and there. I went across the famous lift bridge there, and proceeded to start heading back south.

Stillwater seems like a really unique place, so I'll have to go back and visit sometime. I also discovered that Minnesota Highway 36 ends right there (it may in fact be the road that the bridge is on), so I might try taking that all the way back home someday.

Welp, better find something to do…

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