August 08, 2000

Advogato Entry 21

Entry 20


It rained tonight, quite hard. It rained much harder a while back, and there was a small leak. Today, it seemed as though the entire wall was leaking, seemingly coming throgh the window, streaming down the walls, and dripping all over. It actually wasn't as bad as that sounds, but I'm sure it will get worse if I don't say something. I'll have to talk to the management tomorrow. Sigh.


I had trouble getting up again this morning. I took a long nap after work yesterday, but then I stayed up very late mucking on IRC and doing other stuff. I decided to telecommute and have ended up having a very unproductive morning. I'm sure I'd be much more productive if I could just find some extra stimuli in my life. At least in High School I was forced to interact with people every day. At college, people aren't crammed so closely together, so they don't interact as much, or at least I don't.

Anyway, spent too much of my time reading Sinfest, which is really funny if you don't mind poking fun at God, swearing, and references to the sexual mentalities surrounding us these days.

I'm going to head out to actually work at work soon. The boss and I are a little worried that our developers are going to start using Microsoft J++ for communicating with the eventually-will-be-installed Oracle database. He gave me a copy of J++ to try out, in order for me to see if it's possible to actually produce something resembling pure Java with it. Unfortunately, my NT box is fairly underpowered, at least for NT4SP5 (P133 w/ 64MB RAM). I'm feeling masochistic, so I'm going to give Win2k a shot. My P166/128MB Linux box is extremely nice and snappy in comparison, though I really need to find a good video card for it (800x600 is becoming tiresome).

Late Afternoon

I'm displeased with my building's management right now. As I was walking out, I saw that we had a notice slid under the door stating that we owe $50 plus $25 penalty. Dunno what it's for, but I'll have to bring up my leaky wall when we talk to them about it.. Unfortunately, they keep relatively inaccessible hours like 9:00-4:30 or something, so I'll have to come to work late or leave work early some day. Blah.

I think I finally found something to hack on -- porting Secure Locate to Solaris. It's a small codebase, so it shouldn't take too long, though I'll have to read a bunch of man pages to refresh my memory about all of those functions. I think I'll be annotating a lot of source, too..

I'm annoyed with [X]Emacs, and *vi*, so I was looking around for decent editors. gIDE seems to be coming along nicely, and the syntax highlighting actually works (though it seems slow...). Finally, a text editor where I don't have to have a QWERTY keyboard (*vi*) or learn horrendous keystrokes ([X]Emacs). Not perfect, but it's something I can live with.

Oops.. I'd better quit before I start an editor war..


Somewhat disappointed that there was no mention of the multi-State suit against Big Music on the national news tonight. I guess it's not surprising, but it sure seems to prove the biases we believe to be out there these days. In a similar vein, it's amazing what is happening in China. I mean, the son of the President of the country is running a Linux company over there. It's basically impossible for interesting things to not happen because of this.

I've said too much today.. I'll be quiet now.

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December 02, 2001

Advogato Entry 226

Stupid window is leaking again. Thought they fixed that..

A lot of melting snow today..

Before I forget ('cuz I know I will), I have to put down some infatuation-related thoughts.

I wrote a note to one of my friends, mentioning that I really like Sarah. I was hoping he'd have some great words of wisdom, but it didn't really happen. At least he wasn't mean about it or anything. The thing that I wanted to remember was that right now, all she sees is Josh. I'm nowhere near smooth enough to know how to change that, so I don't think that would be a good thing to waste time on.

I figure all I can do is be myself. I should keep trying to figure out how to get to know girls, rather than just waiting for them to walk into my life. I want to ask my friend to try to help me out. If he hears of things looking up for me with Sarah, I hope he'll let me know. I just hope I can accept that it might never happen.

I hope I can start talking about computer stuff in this diary again.. Less stressful..


Reminded yet again that I have very different perception of events when they are happening versus before/after. When Sarah visits, I'm in a different state than when she's away, and I think of her differently.

Sorry for writing this here.. I really need to find a better place to write down this stuff.

I've been meaning to have a diary program of some sort on my computer for ages, but I never got around to writing one (back in my DOS days), and I'm sure that there are umpteen packages for Linux these days. Web interface would be easiest, I suppose. Probably wouldn't be too hard to make one, just have to do it.

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April 28, 2003

Neighbors, of Varying Quality

Ugh. Upstairs neighbors playing those same two songs over and over. I thought I'd lived next to some people with pretty thin musical tastes before, but these guys go a step beyond. At least they usually aren't as loud as the guys who were below us at the place on 6th St. Still, if I have to hear those songs any more..

Homer: No TV and no beer make Homer something something
Marge: Go crazy?
Homer: Don't mind if I do!

Anyway, I put out some ant traps the other day, and they seem to be helping. I haven't seen any ants for the last day or so, but maybe I just haven't been paying enough attention.

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April 29, 2003

Funny Money

Just wrote a rent check for $577.05. That's $600 minus the $22.95 I paid for cable last month. I didn't bother trying to figure out how to deduct next months cable bill, since there isn't a nice way to add up the line-items that specifically relate to my cable TV versus my cable modem. The building management is only "paying" for cable TV.

I'll probably just take off $20 next month, and forget about the taxes..

Dad reminded me that Mother's Day is coming up May 11th.

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Getting Back to Normal

Finally exercised again today. I dropped out of my normal cycle sometime last week, so I hadn't done anything for a few days.

I've been trying to exercise for the last five weeks. Mostly just some sit-ups and exercises with dumbbells. I started the day before we found out we had to move out of the old place. In theory, those extra few days of exercising might have made it easier for me to move stuff, but I don't know. At any rate, my forearms don't quite look like twigs anymore, but I figure I'd better keep going as long as I can. It was really improving my confidence level a few weeks ago, which is always something I need help with..

Did some dishes a few minutes ago. Now I need to tackle some laundry soon.

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May 10, 2003


I think the next place I live must have a vent hood over the stove. Maybe I just need to change what sort of foods I cook, but I'm having a heck of a time being able to cook stuff without having the smoke detector go off. I suppose opening the windows before I start cooking might help.

Anyway, before today's cooking escapades, I had a dream about a female friend of mine from back home that I've known since preschool. Oddly, I've probably had more dreams about her than any other friend I have, though there's never been any reason for that to be the case. I guess I did consider asking her to the prom, though a friend of mine beat me to it.

Anyway, I decided to send her an e-mail and see what's up. She's a teacher these days, so usually pretty busy. Fortunately, summer's coming up, so we might be able to get together and hang out.

Update: I forgot to mention that my mom called just a few minutes after I woke up, thanking me for the Mother's Day card (wow! it made it!) She made passing reference to the girl I mentioned, so I feel like I'm being a good little boy and following all of the cosmic signs.

Next big question to deal with: Since my mom already thanked me for the card, do I have to call her tomorrow? Well, yes. I just have to do something tonight or tomorrow that merits discussion, since I don't want to call and do a “Hi! Happy Mother's Day! Bye!” type of conversation.

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May 14, 2003

You May Feel a Slight Tingling Sensation

Bah. I've been tired all day long, and all I really want to do is sleep, but things keep me up. It's hard to get to sleep in my apartment sometimes—mostly because I still have memories of all of the creepy-crawlies that showed up in the first few weeks I was here.

I haven't seen any for a while, so I suppose I'll calm down in the coming days and weeks. Still, there are strange moments. I thought I felt something tickling the soles of my feet just as I was trying to get to sleep, but it was just my imagination.

Oh well.

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May 18, 2003


I'm halfway considering that it would be nice to sue our old landlord for some sort of emotinal damages. I knew when we were forced out of the old place that I was only beginning to get over some things that had been holding me back for a while, and I needed to be living in a place with friends. Moving out exacerbated some problems, but it separated me from some other troubles, so I don't know if I'm better off or not.

Of course, it's nice that I have my own fridge now, so I can buy stuff without considering whether it'll fit into the freezer or not. I can have juice and my 2% milk in the carton. My bathroom is surprisingly clean, though I can only blame myself when I forget to flush (my toilet does seem to have some backwash problem, unfortunately). The trash doesn't fill up every day, and I actually have enough space to spread out my stuff.

But, I have about the thinnest social network I've ever seen in anyone. Well, whatever its' state, I've got to start actually using it.

I sent off a note to Erik, seeing what he's up to these days. I suppose he doesn't get much of a chance to check his e-mail now, though.. I'm going to be heading home tomorrow after I pick up a birthday gift for my dad, so maybe I'll give Erik a call when I get back. I also sent a note to a friend of mine back home, but I don't know if she'll be around or not. She was thinking of moving to St. Louis, if I remember right, so it's hard to say if I'll be hanging out with anyone in the next few days..

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May 20, 2003

Mowin' Mowin' Mowin'

Mowed the parents' lawn today with our family's electric mower. It's fairly quiet and doesn't make you stink of gasoline exhaust, but the batteries make it pretty heavy and it was only barely able to finish off our lawn (and these batteries are only a few months old).

When I get a lawn of my own, I'm thinking I'll have to try and find one of those old-style push mowers (my first inclination would be to call it a “cylinder mower”, but apparently that's the British name—Americans supposedly call them “reel mowers”). I saw someone using one at the church near the 5th St. pedestrian bridge that crosses 35W. He didn't seem to be having any trouble with it, so I believe that stories of them being hard to push are probably overrated—I certainly doubt the battery-powered monster I just used is any easier to push..

I wouldn't be surprised if the gas-powered lawnmower, like many other waste-inducing American icons, was a Cold War weapon of a sort. Not only did we have to have nice, big, green lawns (even in the middle of the desert)—we had to beat the shit out of each and every blade of grass every week..

Anyway, while I was mowing, I was unfortunate enough to come across a dead rabbit. Fortunately, it hadn't been dead long enough to attract bugs and stuff. It was stiff, though, so it had probably been dead around a day.. I checked online to see if anything special is supposed to be done with dead animals these days (as they can be indicators of disease and whatnot), but I didn't find anything.

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May 21, 2003

The Not-So-Great Adventure

Went home. Stuff happened.

I actually got a vacuum cleaner. A Eureka WhirlWind LiteSpeed 5740A, which appears to be highly rated on Epinions. Got it at Sears for $100.

I've used it a little. One of the quietest vacuums I've ever heard (though you can still definitely tell it's a vacuum). My mom was acting jealous when she saw how much stuff it picked up from the floor she'd vacuumed a few days before.. I figure that it was probably just picking up bits of disintegrating carpet, though..

We all watched North by Northwest after our excursion to Sears, and it was a good movie. You get to see a young Martin Landau! I never knew he was young! The cinematography seems so weird, though, since everything pretty much has the feel of being on a soundstage, even though some of it must have been shot outside. I'm not sure if that was the original intention, or if that's just what happened when the film got cleaned up to be put on DVD.

At any rate, it was nice watching it on my parents' TV, which produces a very clear picture. If I remember right, it's the 27" Samsung TXM2796HF. It's a flat-screen CRT that can do progressive scan and possibly better, but the documentation is a bit thin on the precise capabilities. My parents were out looking at TVs and decided on it because it looked much better than the standard interlaced Sony TVs of the same price range. I forget exactly what they paid, probably around $600.

There are a few things I don't like about it, the most prominent of which is the fact that the scan lines start to get bent about halfway down the screen. They start slightly angling like a roof or a caret (^), but the effect seems to get reduced when the CRT warms up.. Still, I was pretty amazed by the image we got while watching the movie.

The TV didn't come with an HDTV tuner, so I'm considering giving one to my parents as a thank-you for giving me way too much money during college.

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May 29, 2003

Infringe! Infringe!

I need to find a copier in the neighborhood, so I can deduct my cable bill from my rent. Should be $20 less for a month (though I'm going to give two bills this month to get the timing in sync). Too bad cable will be more expensive next month as the promotional 3 months goes away..

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May 30, 2003

I Feel Good. I Feel Great. I Feel Wonderful.

Something's a bit weird about me today. I think I haven't been eating right. Oh well, at least I got out of the apartment—I went to Snyders, made some copies of my cable bills (to submit with my rent), and bought some filing folders so I can organize my bills.

I only get a few bills each month, but they're already stressing me out. I guess things get a little confusing since my rent and cable are pre-paid, but electricity and cell phone are post-paid.

Still, I'm starting to feel the bills, so hopefully I'll finally be motivated for finding work on Monday. It's the start of a new month, a way to get going fresh..

The weather is kind of keeping me inside at the moment, though I think I'm going to have to do something later. I'm just off-kilter right now and need something to put me in balance. Maybe someone will want to go see Finding Nemo with me, though maybe that should wait until Sunday or Monday.

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May 31, 2003

That Line from That Song

Oo! Sunny! You know what that means!

Yep, I have to do laundry, clean dishes, buy food...

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June 13, 2003

What Tangled Webs

Just turned on my apartment's air conditioner. I feel accomplishment at waiting this long, though I guess it's nothing really great. I think we once had the A/C running in March when Josh, Dan, and I lived with Seth. Of course, the old U Village apartment was pretty much a big greenhouse.

It's hit 80 degrees inside my apartment daily for the past few weeks—must be too much insulation. It's hit that temperature now, but it's warmer outside and my mom is staying here tonight. She came up yesterday to do some stuff at a quilt show, and slept here last night. I felt bad because my room was a bit cooler than the living room. I suppose that's because of my computers..

Anyway, I dropped her off at RiverCentre in St. Paul this morning, and I'll pick her up before supper.

My car was running on fumes by the time I got back to Minneapolis, so I stopped at the place on 10th and University to get some money (closest TCF ATM to my place these days) and gas.

I went home and finished up watching season 3 of Deep Space Nine. The Star Trek folks really did an excellent job on the extra features..

Then I got some lunch and went over to the IT Career Center to look at some jobs. A few interesting things, but not much.

I stopped by Erin's work to say hello, and went out and sat listening to her and Beth when they went on a smoke break. John came out too, and I tried to pull a name out of him for a job lead, but he couldn't remember who he was thinking of the last time we talked..

Anyway, I'm just glad I decided to stop by there, as I figured that Erin had left already. Hope her (and Beth's) trip goes well.

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June 26, 2003

Welcome to Cloudville

Well, I guess I'm going to sign a lease that goes well into next year. One of the few things that annoys me about this place is the fact that leases can only terminate during 5 months of the year. Add to that a two month notice to leave, and it makes things a bit difficult..

Oh well, I can sublet the apartment if the need arises.

I've noticed in the past that I sleep much more soundly when I'm at home than when I'm in the Cities. I figured that street noise was the main problem, but I've still had problems recently when the windows were closed (since I had the A/C running).

I suspet the problem is caffeine—I've been drinking large quantities of Mountain Dew recently, mostly because I've been lacking other beverages. At home, there tends to be a slightly larger selection of drinks available, so my caffeine intake is much lower.

Well, I guess it's time to visit the grocery store anyway.

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July 03, 2003


Still debating whether I should go home today/tomorrow or not. I'm not sure who's here in the Cities, so I have to prepare for a boring weekend. My apartment is a bit messy, so I'd like to get it cleaned up if I can, and I don't think I'll have enough time to do that if I go home.

Oops.. Time to leave is quickly approaching. Gotta go.

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July 19, 2003


Looks like today is laundry day, and possibly haircut day. Might be clean-the-apartment day too.

I've really got to put more effort into doing chores in the evenings after work..

Speaking of work, it looks like I'm going to be getting to know Windows XP Media Center very well over the next week or so. The project I've been on is kind of up in the air, so we're moving on to something else for the time being.

I don't know much about Media Center yet, but I guess I'll soon be an expert ;-) At the moment, it looks like the software allows different companies to plug their software into some sort of a Media Center framework. So, for each system you come across, you'll have a different TV viewer, music player, etc. I think that's a dumb way of doing things—why not have a consistent interface? On the other hand, Microsoft would be accused of abusing their monopoly position if they did that.

Well, I've only seen the software in action for a sum total of 10 minutes so far, so maybe I'm just confused about how things work.

Another thing I learned/remembered from work: I'll have to be very careful the next time I upgrade my motherboard. For ages, PC users have been using a 33MHz PCI bus operating at 5 volts. The faster versions of the bus often require cards to operate at 3.3 volts, and I think the PCI-X bus does away with 5 volt slots altogether. I need to inventory the cards I have to see what works and what doesn't, and buy a motherboard that has the right selection of slots (many new motherboards have a mixture of the slot types).

With my luck, some of my most important cards wil only work at 5 volts... Well, it'll be a while before I upgrade my system anyway.

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July 30, 2003

Another Day, Another ¬Dollar

Still no paycheck. What fun. It's looking like I'll have to head home on Friday evening or Saturday morning so I can get some money out of my savings. But, hopefully it will appear in my mailbox tomorrow and I won't have to do that…

Paid my rent this evening. I filled out the last check from the first set I got back in 1997. No longer do I have to cross out the “19” when I write the date ;-)

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August 03, 2003

Trickle-Down Economics

The amount of cash in my checking account is deceptively high. I've handed in my rent check, and I have a few bills to pay soon.

I had been planning on going home to get cash out of my bank yesterday morning, but my parents came up to see a concert and brought a check for me with them. I didn't really want to take it, but I really wanted to go to the TCLUG meeting, and heading home to the bank would make it very hard for me to be back in Minneapolis in time. I haven't been able to go to any meetings for months, and was feeling the need to geek out with some Linux people.

I am going to head home this coming weekend, though. It's my mom's birthday on that Monday, so I guess I'll have to pick up something soon.

Negative cashflow sucks.

Went out to Ground Zero last night for the first time in nearly two months, I think… The crowd seemed different from what I was expecting.

I think today will be a chore-heavy day. Groceries, washing dishes, general apartment cleanup, etc.

A few months ago, I felt that my life was finally getting interesting, but things seem to have changed so much. Well, they're probably the same as they ever were.

Working in a male-dominated industry sucks. The fact that the only woman at my workplace is 60 definitely puts a damper on certain things.

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August 04, 2003

Dub No Bass with Me

The upstairs neighbor has decided to be loud again, at least while I'm around. It had been fairly quiet in my bedroom for the past few weeks, but now the subwoofer noises just echo around in here. Fortunately, my desktop computer is in my living room, so I don't get annoyed to hell by the noise while I'm Internetting.

Of course, the noise bouncing around in my bedroom makes it impossible to sleep in here. When I feel tired, I may have to nap on the couch for a while…

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August 05, 2003

To the Power of Foo

Well, after my last entry, the neighbor upstairs became eerily quiet. I ended up in my bed, and slept pretty well until 1 or so, but kept tossing and turning the rest of the night. Probably has something to do with the massive amounts of sugar I ate that evening…

I was really hungry after work, but went home to make a pizza. However, in the 25 minutes it took to preheat and then cook, I'd devoured some fruit snacks and half a bag of gummi Life Savers. Probably won't do anything for my waistline. Then again, neither will the pizza ;-)

I ended up just eating two slices of 'za and putting the rest away in the fridge. I suppose I can eat that instead of going out tonight and feel slightly less bad when I look at my bank balance after buying DS9.

I got some music at Best Buy the other day. I got a CD by Nickel Creek, because I'd heard their awesome “Smoothie Song” in a few places. Unfortunately, when I listen to the rest of the CD, I get the same creepy feeling I get when I hear Christian rock, so I'm not sure if that was the greatest purchase in the world. I got another disc by Maroon 5 (who are apparently billed as The Strokes of Hollywood). That one seems to be better overall, but it feels like they're playing tricks on me, using musical techniques that they know will get people's attention. A few songs sound amazingly like Red Hot Chili Peppers, while some others remind me a lot of Jamiroquai, other songs I can't place, but they sound very familiar…

I see Sarah has become one of the collective and started a LiveJournal account now. I think interlinked online journals are a really interesting result of giving everyone Internet access, although I'm sure more than a few people get freaked out by it at first.

Technology pundits (especially media consolidation apologists) have talked a lot about the Internet being a place where anyone can publish, but except for a relatively small number of sites that generated some traffic, few people really believed that it had any effect. Weblogs change the equation. Most sites still don't generate much traffic, but the important thing is that the people who do read the sites do so on a regular basis.

Or maybe I'm just sleepy and talking out my ass.

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August 06, 2003

The Feng Shui Nightmare

I've come across some unappealing insects wandering through my apartment recently. I think they may be roaches, but I'm not even sure what they're supposed to look like. I guess I'll clean up the apartment a bit (amazing what can be done just by tossing out the extra “Super Saver” ads that end up plastered all over the apartment). In addition, I may need to get some fresh ant traps… I think they're supposed to be replaced every 3 months or so.

I mentioned the paycheck problem to my boss, and he talked to the guy at Alphabetas that I talk to. He got the same story that I got, that the guy thought that stuff had been sent out and that he would look into it. But I hadn't heard any more than that since this time last week. I suppose they might have the wrong address, but I know I sent the correct one to them.

So, I'm kind of freaking out. I know I haven't done anything wrong. Perhaps I haven't done enough yet to make everything be right, but I'm just trying to give enough time for things to work out naturally. Things are not working out naturally, so now I have to put effort into it, and that's probably why I'm starting to freak out.

Maybe someone's stealing my mail. But why would someone do that? Why don't they take all of my mail or do other strange things? Maybe they are and I just don't know it… The more reasonable possibility to me seems to be that my mail is not being sent. But why would that be? Ugh.

So, if it turns out that my address is correct in their system, I'd like to have them change it to come here to work instead, and have them notify me (and my boss, probably) when it is sent.


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August 12, 2003

Fresh Is Spesh

I've been thinking that adding some auxiliary DC power outlets to computers would be a good idea. So many things require little power bricks these days, and it would be much nicer to consolidate the process.

I know it's been done in a few cases. One of the Sony VAIO laptops at work has a DC output. I may have actually gotten the idea via osmosis from sitting next to the thing for a few days straight.

At any rate, it wouldn't be too difficult to do—two of the most common voltages for power bricks (5V and 12V) are the main power levels already supplied inside a computer. Heck, in many cases, a computer PS would produce a much more clean and reliable voltage than those black cancers that fit somewhere between the wall and your favorite little device.

I've been fretting so much about getting paid that I've almost forgotten how to spend money. I just remembered a moment ago to pay my cable bill (due tomorrow). Hopefully I'll get back in the cycle of things now that my checking account is happy again.

I need to debate several items on my to-do list. I'd like to get a replacement PDA—especially a nice one—but I am getting nervous about plunking down a lot of cash for that. So, I'll have to see what's available in the medium to low end of the scale.

I don't think I've bought any clothes since about this time last year, so that will have to change. There are various other things, like getting a microwave (my brother's is returning to him soon), a stand for that, and possibly some cabinets or drawers for organizing some of my computer junk. I may have already mentioned that something other than a card table for kitchen dining would be nice.

Anyway, I suspect my checking account will take a bit of a beating this weekend, but it shouldn't be too bad. Fortunately, reinforcements will be coming in on a regular basis for at least the next few months.

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August 13, 2003

Modern English

The strange orangish-pink goo is collecting in my bathtub yet again. I feel like I need to call in The Ghostbusters, but for now bathroom cleaner must do.

I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it's slippery, so I need to clean it up every few weeks in the interest of safety. My best guess is that it's a combination of soap scum and rust from the water, but I don't really know.

I try to keep it from forming, but the faucet leaks a little bit, especially when there's a column of water standing in the pipe leading to the shower head. If I remember, I tap the thing that lets all the water flow out after I take a shower, but I usually forget, and it all drips out over the course of my workday.

Other than getting slimed, not much else is happening in my world. I've observed that the oft-shirtless guy living in my apartment building appears to have upgraded to a large Toyota SUV from his old purple Geo Metro. I just had to think, “People who still have Geo Metros are never going to give them up since they get great mileage,” and he went and got a new car.

So, I'm counter-controlling you all with my subconscious mind. Except I'm not. If I imagined myself as a bum, I'd be a millionaire or at least have a nice girlfriend. Yeah, think negative. That must be the ticket.

Oh, I'm also suffering from rebootitis (no, nothing to do with tits). It's a condition that affects long-time Linux users when they're forced into an environment that requires them to restart the computer whenever they install or uninstall anything. Mostly, the symptoms involve slightly erratic twitching, but it'll pass.

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August 20, 2003

Virus Warning

Came home today to find 46 messages in my inbox, most likely generated by the Sobig.F worm variant floating around now. Most of the messages were errors returning undeliverable mail. So, a worm is sitting on someone's computer using my address in the From: field, what fun.

I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire yesterday night. Now that I'm done with that, I'll need to spend some time cleaning up in my apartment. Whee.

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September 01, 2003


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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October 25, 2003

Welcome to the Padded Room

I kinda hate my upstairs neighbor. The fact that his subwoofer seems to be putting out more noise than my entire stereo on most occasions is a factor. I suppose my resonance chamber of a bedroom doesn't help things. I really need to put more things on the walls, but I don't know if that would dampen the noise much.

The noise level is not excessive, just at that point where it is extremely irritating. I'm so glad I didn't put my main computer in my bedroom, or I'd get really pissed off. The bass I hear just interferes with my brain, making it impossible for me to put any coherent thought together.

And the boots! Don't get me started on the boots (or whatever footwear is used up there).

Well, anyway, I went to the HAM fest at RiverCentre with my brother today. I picked up a new 60mm fan to potentially replace the old one on my desktop's CPU heatsink for just $1. Plus $5 for parking and $10 for a ticket to get in. Yay.

Lots of old computer crap there, and a surprising number of Macs and Mac clones (there was a whole pallet load in one corner).

Tracked down a bug in my software that had been troubling me for the last two days or so. Turned out to be a simle thing where I thought a field was one byte shorter than it really was. Oops.

I'd kind of like to see a movie this weekend, but I think I had worked far enough down my list that movies were either gone or just didn't seem appealing enough. I could watch my DVD of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom since I already watched the first one, but Temple is my least favorite.

My parents will be up tomorrow for the Simon and Garfunkel concert and we'll probably be doing some bumming around town. My Mom has a stated interest in seeing the light rail terminals, which is oh so exciting.

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November 24, 2003

Moon Unit

I sent a note to Drive 105 telling them that 105.7 seemed to have a poor left-right balance when compared to 105.1 and other stations in the Cities. Seems to be fixed now, though I have no idea if I caused them to check or what…

I didn't go to any movies this weekend. Dunno why I failed to do that, though it was probably the snow. I'm not sure if we even got 2 inches—I can see a few tips of the blades of grass in front of my building.

I got myself a George Foreman grill sometime last week. I can cook ground beef without setting off the smoke alarm! Yay! I've also cooked some No Name Steaks on it. They're tiny, but pretty good. I've tended to cook some onions or peppers at the same time, which usually turns out alright.

Hmm. My car has needed an oil change for about a month. Good thing I haven't been driving! Hah!

Oh boy. That's an Alf-worthy knee-slapper… Anyway, hopefully I'll do that tomorrow, probably along with some laundry.

Oh, before I forget—I just loved being awakened at 2:45 this morning because of the Suburban plowing the driveway across the street. My lonesome self seems to be getting more and more paranoid, 'cuz each time I wake up because of new late-night noises I keep thinking, “Aw crap, the world's coming to an end.”

Arr! I'll be a quarter century old this Saturday. Arr!

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November 26, 2003

Happy Feet, Annoyed Neighbor

The neighbors upstairs started making noise at about 5:00, and managed to produce a fairly constant rumble for about three hours. That's a start to a great day. Oh yeah.

Today, the fire department is supposed to come by to make sure my apartment is not explosively flammable. However, I have no idea when they're planning to come—probably exactly a minute after I decide to take a shower.

Welp, better get it over with, then.

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November 30, 2003

At Least It's Not a Sling Psychrometer

Well, my parents got a hygrometer for me today, so I can measure the humidity level in my apartment. It was about 25%, but it's slowly climbing now that I've got the humidifier set up.

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January 05, 2004

Dry Eye Guy

Feeling pretty dehydrated today. I might be getting sick, but I think it might be that the cold weather is finally catching up with me. Usually, when the thermometer hits the freezing mark, I get a dry throat and cold for a few days. Strangely, that hasn't happened yet this winter season. Until now, at least. 5 below? Yeah, that should do it.

I suppose things must be different this year since I spend so much time in my apartment rather than shuffling to work or classes, and the moisture level must be higher in here than it would be at the U.

Anyway, this looks like a laundry day, if washing machine hasn't disintegrated since the last time I used it…

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February 27, 2004

Shades of Grey

I was going to call Dan or Erik or somebody to try to do something tonight, but it didn't happen. Time slipped away as I tried out a new skillet that I bought. Well, I guess it was actually labeled an omelette pan, but the difference from it and a skillet was only a slight curvature. The omelette pan was anodized aluminum, so I guess it'll basically never corrode (in theory). There's a non-stick surface, of course—I think it's something other than Teflon, but the label didn't mention what it was.

Anyway, I just needed something with a lid, since some of the skillet meal things available need to be lidded when cooked. I was pretty much forced into buying the Calphalon stuff at Target, since that was the only way I could get something with a cover. The nifty thing is that it's a glass lid, so I can what's going on without guessing. Now if only my oven had a window…

I walked by the Stone Arch Apartments yesterday. It's pretty much right at the end of the Stone Arch Bridge, which is kind of a crappy location, unless you only ever want to go downtown or St. Anthony. I suppose it's too expensive for students, but if someone were to live there and then have to go to the U everyday, that person would have to walk around the apartment to get around the big metalworking company behind it. I guess there's the service road in front that heads straight toward Dinkytown, but it's not a public road.

Tomorrow, I think it will be an early spring-cleaning of the apartment. I also have to remember to pay rent this weekend, though at least February goes to the 29th this year.

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March 06, 2004

Adam Ant

Over the last few days, I've noticed some ants appearing in my apartment, so I went out and got some ant baits at Target. I dropped one right by my front door, since it appeared that a significant number were coming in from the hallway. Boy, was I wrong. They're coming in the entry, definitely, but there must be a hole in the wall behind the baseboard there. A whole column of ants has been heading to the bait trap. It's kind of funny, though, since the sight reminds me of columns of peasants heading to the gold mine in Warcraft ;-)

I take solace in the fact that the little buggers will be dead soon.

Adam's shindig is tonight. I plan to be there.

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March 18, 2004


Ugh. We had a power outage in my apartment building. It appears that only a few blocks were affected (maybe only ours), but maybe we were on the edge of something. Anyway, two of my three computers (er, three out of my four, if you count the laptop, but it's unaffected by piddly hour-long periods without current) are functioning now. One of them has experienced some hard disk corruption, it appears. Now, the challenge of finding a Linux recovery disk or CD that can handle the 200GB hard drive and the ATA133 controller.


The moment of community togetherness involved in the outage was my joining Adam and Kari on a trip to a bookstore. Well, it was a place I'd never been before, which was something I needed anyway.

I almost picked up a book named Tube about the history of television, but it was a $30 hardcover and I figured my money could be better spent on other things at the moment.

I want money.

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March 22, 2004

10 Things I Hate About Your Resumé

Ugh. I'm tired.

I got an e-mail about a job working for the St. Paul schools for about two months. Well, it's a menial test-paper-grading job for $10/hr. Hmm. Is this one of the side-effects of that “no child left behind” thing? Well, I guess I'll talk to them about it if I don't get any leads in the next 10 days or something. I guess that would work out to $3200 (er, minus taxes and crap), which I suppose is two or three months of life.

Rent is going up here to $625/mo. Yay. I'll probably say that I will stay on through the summer, but after that, I don't know what I'll do about my lease. Such a stupid thing, only allowing people to get out in the summer and still enforcing a two month notification. Bah. I can't think that far ahead, especially when I'm looking for work, etc.

Stupid job-hunting. I'm no good at it. I don't like competing, at least not when you're in a winner-take-all scenario. Don't I get partial credit?

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March 31, 2004

No Socks, Though

Well, it had to happen. A year after I move in here, I finally opened the drawer to an end table thingy that I sort of inherited when my roommates and I were kicked out of our old place. I found a copy of Memento (probably Adam & Kari's) and a few sleeves for holding beer bottles or cans (those would be Erin's). I'll return the items to their respective owners soon, but right now I've got to make sure I'm ready for my interviews today.

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If You Have a Question About Randomly Varying TCP MSSes, Talk to Laszlo


Those positions that were listed in the e-mail were the positions of the people who were interviewing me, not jobs I was being interviewed for. Some days, my brain just doesn't want to see that left is left and right is right. Oh well. Later today, I will send a follow-up e-mail to the contact person I have at the company.

Yay! My bathtub spigot drips no longer. Woo! Spigot! Spigot! Spigot! I was beginning to wonder if the maintenance guys would ever show up…

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April 30, 2004

Zap Brannigan

I found my electric bill, which is good. I have to pay it soon, which is not so good.

I hope the weather stays relatively cool for a while. I don't want to feel like I have to run the air conditioner anytime soon. I can't afford that.

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May 01, 2004

South of the Border

I did a walkabout today. Probably 16–20 miles. After today's TCLUG meeting, I went and got some lunch at Quiznos. I walked almost continuously from about 2:30 until about 8:00. I stopped in for a Blizzard at the DQ near Minnehaha Park and stopped in at a gas station later to get some beverages for the walk, but I mostly just walked.

The Grand Round goes all the way around Minneapolis. I probably only got about ¼ of the way around before I had to head back toward my apartment. It's a really long parkway. Anyway, the edge of my journey was Minnehaha Park, where I saw the falls and the creek. I guess I didn't think the falls were quite as high as they were, but I think we Minnesotans get a little too worked up about that place. I'm not sure it deserves so much attention, but the park has been around for ages. If memory serves, there is a statue of Hiawatha and Minnehaha (his love interest in The Song of Hiawatha, IIRC) that was erected in 1911. I saw a WPA marking at one point in my journey along the Mississippi.

Well, I'm going to be sore for about a week. We'll see if I can manage to climb the stairs to get out of my apartment building tomorrow.

I was pretty amazed by the size of Minneapolis as I went along on my trek. Walking really gives you a strong sense of the size of things. There are so many people in this city. I saw all sorts of different people too; white, Hispanic, Somalian, Asian, etc. I can't say if any community along the path I took was well-integrated or not, but I couldn't really tell where one population ended and another began.

There were a few signs here and there on people's lawns. Most of them just said “Peace” or something else pretty simple. A few “Say no to Bush” signs. I don't think I saw more than one that was remotely pro-war, but maybe some of the “Peace” signs were meant to proclaim something like “My Peace while You're in Pieces.“ I have no way of knowing. I'd hate it if anybody felt that way.

Anyway, I'd encourage people who live in big places to do things like that every once in a while. It's easy to forget just how big our world is sometimes.

Still, it wasn't as fulfilling as it could have been. I was happy to be seeing new things, but really sad that I wasn't sharing it with anyone.

I should try out and see if I can get together with some people who are interested in something that I like. Of course, I'd like a girl out there somewhere to share my ideas, but I don't know if any of these things I'd try to go to would be helpful at all. Can't hurt to try, I guess.

Well, I'm extremely tired now. I'm going to go take a shower and get some sleep.

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May 11, 2004

Who Knew Tobey Maguire Was So Small?

It would be nice if the little brown spots on my ceiling didn't have legs and weren't able to scoot around. A definite disadvantage to living halfway below ground.

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May 31, 2004

Shut Up, Donkey!

Yay! I found again! I was confused and thought it was That really worried me because all of the cool pictures were gone.

I went to see Shrek 2, but I was kind of disappointed. It's a tired storyline.

Hmm. I wonder if I'll be able to eat anything interesting tomorrow, seeing as it's a holiday. Then again, I should probably stay in—spent too much money on the movie, popcorn, and pop.

Agh! Before I forget, I should mention that a lot of evergreen plants around here seem to be dying. That doesn't seem good. At least three trees just on the land of my apartment building. Maybe somebody used bad weed killer or something when treating the area. Makes me wonder what I've inhaled.

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June 05, 2004

Another One Bites the Dust.

I signed up for Netflix on Wednesday. They shipped some DVDs on Thursday, which I got yesterday. I watched The Office yesterday, but wasn't very impressed by it. It was more ouch funny than ha-ha funny. I prefer ha-ha funny, thank you. Today I watched Spirited Away, but I think my lack of interest in the fantasy side of sci-fi/fantasy caused contributed to my lack of any real opinion on it. Kind of unfortunate.

I should probably recommend Netflix to my parents since they now have a fairly nice TV but no cable (not that they'd necessarily like cable anyway, I think). When nothing is on, they could just pop in a DVD instead. Oh well, maybe the lack of anything interesting on the tube contributes to them actually getting things done.

I'm in danger of overflowing the queue fairly soon, though topping it off would probably involve TV shows more than anything else. They're still a relatively sparse thing on my list, but I suppose more might get added in later.

We'll see how the three-at-a-time thing goes for me. I have a suspicion that this arrangement could leave me in a lurch on weekend. Netflix doesn't send out new discs on Saturday, Sunday, or postal holidays, so there will probably be a few Sundays and Mondays when I get stuck with nothing, but it's hard to say how quickly I'll go through new discs. This is particularly true since turnaround time also has to be factored in, and I don't know how that works yet.

If they send out a new disc on the same day they receive a returned one, if I send a disc in on Friday, I probably wouldn't get anything until Tuesday at least (fortunately Minneapolis has overnight shipping). If it takes a day for turnaround, it could be Wednesday. Of course, things get worse if the local shipping center doesn't have a movie. My parents are probably in an overnight shipping region, but it could be two nights for them.

Anyway, I might personally have to go up to the five-at-a-time system, but I doubt I'd ever need the eight-at-a-time subscription. I was thinking that my parents might prefer the four-movie-a-month subscription, but that might not quite be enough.

Well, in other news, my building is now owned by a new company. I have to remember to write my checks to them instead this coming month. I also don't know if the arrangement where I deduct my month's cable bill from rent (well, the portion paying for TV, not Internet) is still in force or not. It would suck if that went away.

Hmm. Time to skim the U's job website yet again. This job search is getting totally ridiculous.

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June 12, 2004

What Dreams May Come

I'm just feeling really crappy right now. My joblessness is really getting to me, and I can't seem to find anything. I dunno… I mean, there are jobs out there, but the only entry-level technical jobs advertised are for help desks or call centers, hooking up cable TV, and data entry. I could probably manage the first two if I had to, though they would involve dealing with a lot of people who don't know how things work. The last would just be a boring clerk job, the equivalent of running a machine in a factory. I just couldn't do that without going crazy.

This past week, I've been feeling pretty awkward. While I was home, I tried calling friends, but I usually ended up talking to a machine. I know I stumble a lot when speaking, though I can sometimes recover if I'm talking to the right person. Answering machines kind of bother me since I'm not communicating with an actual person, but just hoping I get my words out in the right order on the first try.

I tried getting hold of a female friend of mine from high school, though I hadn't known if she had her own phone. I've tried calling her parents' place in the past, which gets to be pretty unnerving. It doesn't help that one time, I took a bit too long to leave a message and the machine beeped at me. I don't know if I was cut off or what, but I swore when it happened because I was in the middle of giving my phone number. Anyway, mostly I just got to be really scared of leaving weird-sounding messages.

I'm no good at chit-chat either, so it's hard for me to call up someone just to talk. I need to have a pretty strong pretense for calling, but I suppose that's true for a lot of guys. Still, I know my communication skills are pretty lackluster.

Anyway, so I'm just feeling alone, tired, and frustrated since I'm still not having luck on my job applications/interviews, and since I haven't really had a chance to talk to any girls that I truly know and appreciate since about the time I graduated, or even longer if certain variables are considered. I still haven't ever had a true girlfriend.

And now it seems that my curse of bad timing continues to extend into new realms. For this weekend, the only movie I have left from Netflix is , which I think I refrained from seeing in the theater because there was a long stretch of depressing movies being the only good stuff available on the big screen, and I'd had enough. This disc may have to collect dust for a while.

My life has been in doldrums for so long now that I tend to forget that I still only have a folding card table and a folding wooden chair in my kitchen. The times when I want to go and experience something new are usually tempered by the fact that I'd like to share the outing with someone close, but that just hasn't ever happened. My life would have been very different if I'd been able to have a girlfriend at some point.

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June 18, 2004

Wax On, Wax Off

So, there's a new washing machine in my apartment building, and the sticker on it says that it'll only cost $1.00. We'll see if it stays that way. The old washer left quite a pile of rust behind.

I figure that Steven Scott Management must have held off on buying a new washer since they knew they'd be selling the building. I think it just barely lasted long enough for that to work out. I guess I'll have to try the new one out soon.

I cleaned out my car yesterday, and also dug out a sheet with info regarding the muffler on the car. Well, sort of. The only useful thing I could find was the warranty number. Looking over Midas's website, it looks like the muffler itself might be under warranty (most of their deals on mufflers have a lifetime warranty), but the pipe going into the muffler (which appears to have already been replaced at least once) probably isn't. I imagine that the problem is probably in the pipe leading into the muffler, but I suppose I should bring the car in and have them check things out anyway.

I suspect they won't be open on the weekend, though, so I'll probably have to wait until Monday.

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July 01, 2004

Walking on Broken Glass

Blech. The humidity has hit today, though I suppose it could be worse. There's still reasonable visibility around here, but things get hazy. I know there have been times in the past when I've looked up at the sky and just seen gray. No real distinct clouds or anything, just gray. I suppose that was at a strange time of day, though.

It might be time to turn on the A/C.

My job is slowly getting better, I think. I just came on and got thrown into an issue I really didn't want to deal with. Part of the problem was that it involved Windows. That project has been deferred for now.

I've ridden on the train a few more times. It's still pretty fun—I hope my parents can come up and try it sometime soon, although it still seems pretty silly to just go a few miles on it. Hopefully the rest of the line will be open for Christmas shopping at the mall, but who knows.

My mom sometimes comes up to the mall to visit with one of her friends. They just make it a day of catching up while shopping. I figure I should suggest that the next time she does it (which I figure will probably be next year, but who knows), they should take the train up to Minnehaha Park to hang out for a while, and maybe visit a few more stops. But, it's hard to say. I can't remember if my mom's friend lives in the area or not, so it might not be so fun for her.

The dead trees around my apartment have been cut down now. I noticed it the other day because there was a lot more light than I expected when I walked in after a day of work. I hope they plant something new there. We'll see.

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July 02, 2004


/me bows to the A/C

No really big plans this weekend, other than to find some way to get to Harriet Island tomorrow for Taste of Minnesota and the whole Grand Excursion thingamabob (I think that's where the steamboats are landing).

Next weekend, on the 11th, my parents are coming up to go to the 72nd annual Norway Day at Minnehaha Park. We'll probably take the light rail line down there. I'm not sure where we'll begin—it could potentially be a few minutes shorter to take the bus from my brother's place rather than coming from my neck of the woods.

Then again, things might be different if my parents want to start at the end of the line. I'll just have to remember to get them to sit or stand facing forward when we come back to downtown, since there's quite a nice view of the U of M campus, downtown, and other stuff from up on the bridge near the Lake Street station.

Supposedly David Sedaris will be on David Letterman tonight. I should try to catch that.

Hmm. Actually, I need to catch up on some NPR shows. Hmm. And I probably need to find out how to get the newer RealPlayer streams going if I want to listen to Car Talk. Stupid codecs.

Work is going, but it's not hugely wonderfully awesome or anything. I made a goof earlier in the day that may have messed some things up that I really didn't want to mess up. Also, I'm kind of wondering if I will be paid a bit more than when, which is not something I really appreciate.

For the moment, the plan is to move into the Inver Grove Heights office on Wednesday, since the long weekend has made it take a bit longer to get Internet access hooked up than it normally would. Supposedly, it'll be a full T1, a concept which is so much less exciting than it used to be way back when. How did I ever live at 1200 baud?

I'm getting really sick of bugs appearing in my apartment. Yet another downside to living on the -0.5th floor. I guess that's another reason why I'm going with the air conditioner.

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July 25, 2004

We Be Trammin'

I saw The Bourne Supremacy, and it was good.

In my car, I replaced my O2 sensor finally, and it was better (I think).

In my room, there's a pile of dirty laundry, and that's not so good.

Now I'm debating whether to do laundry or go see Farenheit 9/11 finally. I think the movie is going to win.

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August 14, 2004

Would You Die for the Mother-in-Law Land?

Woo! I got my $548 property tax refund deposited on Thursday. That means I can go shopping.


Yeah, I think it's just one of those things I got because I made too little money (relatively speaking) and paid too much in rent. That'll probably never happen again.

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August 26, 2004

It's Brown Alright…

Grr. I forgot that Amazon might send my stuff via something other than USPS. UPS can't get into my mailbox. Then I have to call and say I'll pick up instead and blah…

Maybe I should have just told them to deliver it to me at work, but whatever. I still have to wait until tomorrow regardless.

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July 12, 2005

Arcade Fire

Well, my power went out twice today. The first time was from about 1:30 until roughly 5:20. I didn't expect it to last that long, so I suppose it's a good thing that I wandered around Uptown and got lost a little bit. Still, the power was off when I got home, so I had a rather large serving of slightly melty ice cream for dinner. Just about the time I got halfway through, the power came back on, but only lasted about an hour before going out for another 40–50 minutes.

I was right on the edge of the dead zone. When I got outside the first time around, I could tell that Marcy Open School across the street had power because their huge air conditioner was still running. Down the street at the 5th-Hennepin-Central triangle, the traffic lights were out. The nursing home nearby had its generator running. However, the traffic lights were operating normally at 4th and Central, and power was going to Rick's Market.

Well, I went to Cheapo and got a bunch of CDs. Most of them were used except for the Danny the Dog soundtrack (aka Unleashed, though the actual Unleashed soundtrack is different, I guess, featuring some rapper or summat).

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July 19, 2005


Grr. My air conditioner has stopped working. Apparently the wiring between my fusebox (yes, I have a fusebox) and the wall outlet went out. Replacing the fuse has no effect, and I can see that it isn't something inside the AC because my printer won't turn on either. It's on the same outlet pair, and swapping the two plugs doesn't do anything.

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August 07, 2005


Eh, I haven't posted in a while.

I've been looking around for a portable music player that will handle Ogg Vorbis files, but most of the ones that exist are small and can't hold much music. Blah. Only marginally less cumbersome than carrying around a CD player and a small wallet of discs. In addition, some of the bigger players that did work with Vorbis in the past are now discontinued, and no replacements have come to light.

Work is going alright. I have enough stuff to keep me busy now, which I didn't really have at the beginning. Still, I have trouble keeping track of all of the time I spend, and my boss is fairly picky about accounting for time. Somehow, things add up at the end of the day, but not at the end of the week.

At around 11:00, I headed out to get a new clock radio for my bedroom. My old radio is annoying because it is nearly impossible to understand what anyone is saying if the volume is down low, and I can only interpret certain strains of music when it is quiet. So, I got a radio with a better speaker, plus a somewhat better tuner. The old radio was actually quite good at pulling in stations, though it took some fiddling. My new Boston Acoustics Recepter Radio surprised me by being able to sort of tune in 106.5 KUOM-FM, even though I'm pretty far outside the listening range (relatively speaking). Then again, I can't pick up the 100.7 FM translator (W264BR), even though I am within the blue line—ten watts can't do much against brick and concrete, I'm afraid. That radio just happens to be next to a window on the west side of my building, which is why it can pick up the weak station and not the strong one...

I went to my first Fringe Festival show, which was also my first visit to the Brave New Workshop (sad that it's taken me so long, I know..). Unfortunately, either I transcribed the time wrong, or something got fouled up in the scheduling, so I didn't see what I was expecting. I ended up at Quarter Life Crisis, which was entertaining, but somehow I suspect Jaws: The Musical! The Director's Cut would have been more entertaining. Fortunately, most shows run several times, so I can try it again later in the week. I also missed Kung Fu Hamlet because I incorrectly estimated how long it would take me to get from point A to point B.

This evening, I'll be going to see Corleone, The Godfather as though it were written by Shakespeare.

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August 28, 2005


I went to the state fair yesterday and spent a lot of money on food. I tracked down the fair's history museum, but it seemed rather lackluster to me. Seems like they either need to expand it or tweak what they have up. There didn't seem to be much of anything newer than 1960 up on the walls. Oh well, I'd probably be better off getting a book anyway.

Now I probably need to go buy some clothes, shoes, or furniture. I'm not sure if it's the best thing to do first, but I think I'm going to get a new kitchen table first, maybe in addition to something to go in front of my couch...

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October 15, 2005


So, two weeks ago I went to IKEA over two days and bought some shelving for CDs (hmm, I really should get back to fiddling with that—I need at least one more notch between the shelves), some nestable coffee tables, one of those Poäng rocking chairs, a small kitchen table, a footstool and a storage cube with a lot of holes in it (I'm using it for laundry), plus some stuff that I want to try putting up in my kitchen to hang things from the wall. I also got some new shoes to replace the ones that were, oh five? six? years old...

Last weekend, I met with a few other Wikipedia contributors. One user, Angela, was in town to discuss Wikipedia and other related stuff like Wikicities. One guy who came was very gung-ho about explaining a software product he's developing that is based on the software that runs Wikipedia. Well, except all of the guts have been ripped out. It seemed interesting, but I shouldn't say much about it.

I've been feeling a bit odd this week, as though I'm sick but without coughing, sneezing, or really showing much of anything. I might have a fever, and I've been getting woozy spells, but I don't see much else for symptoms. My plan this weekend is to get out and walk around a fair amount to see if I jsut need some exercise.

I should go out and buy some more CDs, just to keep my wanted music list limited. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of money two weeks ago, and my secondary monitor at home finally keeled over last night, so I need to get a new one. Scary how hard it is to get anything better than 1280×1024 resolution, though since this was my second head anyway, it doesn't matter too much. I think I'll just get a CRT for now. Boy, do I wish I could get one of Apple's monster Cinema Displays, but that would require getting a new video card. I just don't have the money for that. Hopefully, prices will drop in the future, and a reasonably-priced CRT purchased today should be equal to or less than that future drop.

I still need a new computer desk too, so I need to think about that. Well, actually, I'm trying to stay on target for a down payment on a new car next year. I seem to be going through cash too quickly, though. If I felt more comfortable in my kitchen, I'd feel more comfortable cooking. If I was more comfortable cooking, then maybe I wouldn't eat out so much. Then I could save some money, maybe.

Well, I'd better get cleaned up so I can go out for my walk. And get a haircut. And get an oil change. And buy some dryer sheets. And a good baking pan. And all these other little things that I never remember.

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September 15, 2006


Oo. Found my pants. That would have been kind of weird to lose two within about two weeks—it's not like I ever take them anywhere.

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September 19, 2006


Oh good. My Internet gateway failed for the second time in about six months. I'm not sure what's wrong with it, since there aren't any obvious issues (no burning smell, no blown capacitors that I can see). It started making more noise yesterday, but the weather's been getting cold and computers often change their tune as the temperature and/or humidity drifts around... One of the two fans in the power supply has either failed, or doesn't turn on when the system is cold, but that doesn't appear to be the source of the noise.

Well, I guess it's time to research more a more solid-state design. Of course, I'd probably be willing to get a Netgear or somesuch—if they would let traceroutes go through! Hmm. I'll have to ask my cube neighbors about my company's low-end SnapGear boxes. I suppose I could get a discount, and that'd be cheaper than building a new system if something major has gone wrong.

Posted by mike at 07:42 AM Central | Abode , Hardware , Internet | Comments (0)

November 21, 2006

Turn Turn Turn

Ugh, the clothes driers didn't dry. Not enough, anyway. Everything is slightly wet. Not just some things like what happens to me most of the time. Everything is slightly wet. I'm unlikely to remember all of the places I hung stuff to dry.

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