I went and rotated LinuxSecurity.com's Linux security quick reference card. I couldn't get it to print nicely when dumping the PostScript version directly to our printers. A simple `-90 rotate' and some tweaking of a `translate' command and everything was peachy-keen. It doesn't display right in gv, but that's not a big deal.
My job today is to set up all of the Novell print queues on one Linux box. Then, everybody can print with Unix lpr/lpd pointed at the Linux box. Saves me the trouble of setting up IPX on all of the client boxes, but that's just two lines in /etc/rc.d/rc.local anyway..
Well, it's the end of July. August cometh. The Minnesota State Fair will be starting soon. (It's the first or second biggest, IIRC. If it's second, it's probably only behind Texas or something. Not bad for a state of 5 million) That's cool. School will also be starting in about a month. That's not so cool. I also need to exercise and practice for Marching Band.
Stress is building. I wish I had a gf to help me relieve that, but maybe having a gf would just make life even more stressful...
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.
I managed to exercise a little bit today, and went for a walk to Dinkytown and back. The main reason for going was to drop off the Mother's Day card I got for my mom at the post office. I'm not sure if I put it in the best place, though. I put it in the mail slot inside the post office.
At the post office back home, there are two mail slots inside, and two mail drop boxes in front. In both places, one is designated for in-city mail, and the other is for out-of-city. The mail will get there either way, but it's just faster if you put it in the right place.
Anyway, so my mom might not get her card until Monday. Oh well.
While I was in Dinkytown, I dodged some Greenpeace people and then went to Cheapo to get some music. I picked up the soundtrack to A Life Less Ordinary (another movie Ewan McGregor sings in -- or at least pretends to) and also The Matrix Reloaded. Yes, I got the soundtrack a week before I have any chance of seeing the movie.
Strangely, the soundtrack even has it's very own website. Hopefully, it's the only place you'll ever find a link image like this. Don't worry -- the Dave Matthews Band song is remixed by Paul Oakenfold ;-)
When I went home last week, I was kind of hoping to meet up with a female friend of mine from high school and way back, but it didn't quite work out. But, it turns out she was out in Seattle—at the same place Adam went—watching her sister graduate.
Ugh, my back's been bothering me lately. Unfortunately, I haven't been exercising, so it's probably all my fault. So, either I need to exercise, or get a girlfriend who will rub my back. Or both. Both would be good.
I think my back got a lot worse when I went home, though. The bed in my room there is a bit old and is not nearly as firm as I need.
Ugh, must start doing sit-ups again, my back is starting to bother me.
Various other thoughts that can be summarized as, “I need a girlfriend.”
Other than that, yesterday was kind of an odd one. It wasn't bad, but it kind of promised more than it delivered. I thought I might have had a lead on a job, but it just turned out to be a “business opportunity” (hence the quote in my previous entry).
Going out to Ground Zero was fairly fun, though I expected more people to show up, even though most of my social net is out of town this weekend. Oh well, I shouldn't complain, as I put zero effort into getting people to go (besides, who the hell would I call?)
Anyway, Erin put on a show with one of the guys there, which was “interesting”
There were a few parts I really enjoyed, though most of it wasn't really my style. Of course, it matters a billion times more that Erin enjoyed herself..
Well, today I am going to try and find 4 sets of 3.5" → 5.25" hard drive mounting brackets for my disk array. For some reason, they are very hard to find, at least inexpensively. I'm sure they cost like 50¢ to produce, but they charge insane prices for the things, and I usually can only find the floppy variety (which doesn't quite fit). At CompUSA last night, I found one they were selling for $15, though that included a UDMA IDE cable.. There were some less expensive ones there too, but I just can't justify spending more than a few bucks on the things.
Well, I was originally going to rant about how web site designers think that making links pop up in new windows all of the time is the greatest thing since sliced bread. However, arguing about that would only serve to show that I have no life.
Instead, I decided to go out for a walk and then get a late lunch. I figured I'd wander toward downtown across the stone arch bridge and then swing back on the Hennepin Ave. bridge. However, I got sidetracked and wandered through the “Mill Ruins Park.” A really crummy name for a park, but not a bad idea. Actually, when I first saw the name, I thought it said “Mill Runs Park,” which makes a bit more sense to me.
The city is slowly reconstructing the water raceways that used to power some of the area grain mills. Part of the project is the mostly-collapsed building across the river. Apparently that is turning into a museum.
Anyway, I detoured through the area and ended up being spit out a bit east of downtown. So, I took the opportunity to wander past the West Bank campus and go to Noodles & Co. for my meal.
Unfortunately, the detour also made me come back in a different direction than I was expecting, so I didn't go by the grocery and Snyders to get stuff.. I guess I'll have to do that tomorrow.
Also, I may have to pick up an iron and an ironing board to make my clothes a little more presentable for my interview on Monday evening.
I think I will try to buy some rollerblades soon.
I saw Sarah was online earlier, so I decided to say hi. She said she was about to go out rollerblading, which reminded me that I was thinking of getting some. So I thought, “no time like the present,” and went out shopping.
I was hoping to get some cheap used ones, but I could only find a few that were in a usable condition, and one I tried on felt like it was already starting to build callouses. So, I jumped for some new ones.
[Insert need-a-job remark here]
Anyway, I got home about 5:00 and put them on, hoping that I could try it out on the carpet in my apartment and in the hall before heading outdoors. Of course, the carpet just provided too much resistance for me to do much other than stand and clumsily walk around. I have some patches of linoleum in my apartment, but they're just too small to be of any use..
So, I headed outside, clinging to whatever I could get my hands on as I went down the steps and onto the grass. I picked a little stretch of sidewalk that I could practice rolling across without having to go too far.
Eventually, I was able to roll over a few slabs of concrete before ditching in the grass. After practicing a bit by rolling past a bush about 4 slabs wide a few times, I managed to keep going and went about 1/3 of the way down the block. Not much, I guess, but I only spent about half an hour outside before the sky started turning dark, my shirt was drenched with sweat, and my brain decided it was time to call it quits for today.
I just hope I keep practicing, if only to get my money's worth out of the 'blades..
From the radar, it looks like we're going to have intermittent rain all day today.. I guess I won't have much chance to practice rollerblading outside, so I'll have to be content to roll around on the little patches of linoleum in my apartment and down by the laundry room.
As usual, I read the radar wrong, so now it looks like it probably won't rain very much for the rest of today. Once I changed my prediction, I decided to go outside and try rollerblading a bit more. Perhaps I should have stayed inside.
Never are you more aware that the Earth is not flat than when learning to skate. Well, okay, I shouldn't make it sound so bad—I did manage to roll most of the way around the block. Toward the end, my brain was being less and less helpful, so I decided to finish up by clomping through the grass.
I was kind of disappointed, since I'd hoped earlier to spend much more time outside. Oh well, I've got a lot of other stuff to get done today anyway.
Tried a little more rollerblading. I walked across the street to the school/park area and rolled across some fairly flat stretches of asphalt. I guess the main thing I was going for was getting my speed up past one mile per hour.. The stretches of sidewalk I'd been attempting before had the problem of having gaps every four feet..
I probably should have kept at it a bit longer, but some kids started playing in the vicinity, and that got to be distracting... I suppose I started to worry too much about falling, too. I still need to work on that fear a bit.
So, two or three days ago when I was out attempting to rollerblade, the thought occurred to me that lots of sports and outdoor activities were invented by people who like to scare the shit out of themselves.
I am not one of these people.
Anyway, I suppose I'm just working to justify the length of time it's taking me to learn how to move around on them. Adam said that he got to be moderately good within a day, after going out with friends for about eight hours straight. Of course, he has the scar on his rear end to prove it.
So, since I'm still moving pretty slowly even after a few days, I'm feeling a bit wimpy. I suppose my time has been more spread out, though, and still only adds up to eight hours or so. Well, there are lots of reasons why one person might learn more quickly than another.
Other than biking, I've never really done anything that requires much balance. I did do some cross-country skiing, but I never got the hang of it. I basically just used them to walk, but sliding through the snow was not something I was comfortable doing. My mom once broke a bone while downhill skiing, so she never encouraged me to do that. My parents once tried to get me to ice skate as a kid, but I think I spent more time falling than skating (and I seem to recall that the skates were really tight). I imagine that anyone who learned how to properly do any one of those things probably has a leg up on learning to rollerblade.
I'm learning this on my own, mostly because there are probably only one or two people I know who I'd be comfortable having as teachers. I don't want to be coerced by “C'mon, the hill isn't that steep” ;-)
So, I guess I didn't learn to rollerblade in a day. But, I am getting better each time I go out, and that's what matters to me.
I'm starting to fall into the habit of exercising a bit while watching/listening to TV. Well, I've mostly been putting in DVDs of Family Guy and watching a few episodes in a stretch while I slowly do situps and a few small weights here and there.
Last year around this time, I managed to exercise almost every day for about 6 weeks. There was sort of a difference, not a whole lot, but it all disappeared pretty quickly anyway. I'm not working nearly as hard this time around, but I think my little winter of discontent made certain areas atrophy to a level that is probably unhealthy. I'm a long way from just being normal, apparently even moreso this time around. My back is hurting less, which is a good indication that I should always try to keep up some minimal exercise and maintain those muscles just a little bit, but I know I will feel cramped for time once I get a job again.
Picked up my brother so we could go see Kill Bill Vol. 2. I guess I went away with the impression that Quentin Tarantino is an asshole for requiring two films to put together that story. Some sequences were almost Kubrickian with the level of boredom they introduced. The “fight” scenes were rather anti-climactic in this episode, IMHO.
We had to run back to my apartment after the movie because of the rain. I was annoyed that weather coverage prevented me from seeing The Simpsons then, but channel 9 finally showed the new episode at 11:00.
I didn't think the weather coverage was very. I suppose it might have something to do with it being Sunday evening, though I guess it looked like every channel had their top weather people there except for ch. 11 (or was Ken Barlow hiding behind the curtain?) The people on TV were saying a lot of words, but they weren't conveying information very well.
Hmm, let's see if I can get some sleep tonight.