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Monday, March 29th, 2010
7:22 pm - Roleplayers Wanted
(Sorry for the plug, just want to let everybody know...sounds like a fun opportunity!)

The Alaska National Guard is conducting an exercise from 26 April to 1 May. We need roleplayers to make this successful and as realistic as possible!
If you're interested, read below:

Role Players
(Earthquake Disaster Victims)
Get PAID, Have FUN, and CONTRIBUTE
Role Players needed to support a National Guard disaster response exercise being conducted in Anchorage, AK, 26 April - 1 May 2010. Participants will be paid $9.00 an hour (plus meals). All participants must be at least 18 years of age and in good health. Role Players will be required to wear old clothing and have simulated wounds applied.

Go to www.iifdata.com and follow the Vigilant Guard Role Player link (on the right) for additional information and to complete the online application

For questions, or call 571-281-1865



Read more: http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Jobs/JobDetails.aspx?lr=cbmc_adn&siteid=CB_MC_TJ&Job_DID=J3I35S758DL3P7WL9TR&cbRecursionCnt=1&cbsid=59a81a882f0f49be96354193a6a69e3f-323192032-ww-6#ixzz0jb0cHx1h

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
9:42 am - Well, That was just about pointless...
Sometime over the weekend, the HDMI inputs on the TV in our living room decided they didn't want to play anymore: they still register that something's connected, but adamantly refuse to put out a picture or sound. So we do some troublehooting: try different ports, different cables, different HDMI devices. Nothing. Wonderful.

So we go diggign through the drawer, find the info for the Best Buy service plan that was bought along with the TV. Call the number on the flyer, give them the pertinent information, and they ask what troubleshooting we've done. I tell them.

"Well," the lady remarks, "It sounds like you've done all that I could ask you to do, so we'll go ahead and get you scheduled for a service call." Tuesday, first thing in the morning.

Now it's Tuesday. Gentleman arrives, looks at the TV and asks what's wrong. We tell him, along with the steps we took to verify the problem. Once again, I recall the tale of juggling ports, cables and devices.

"Okay, well, I'm going to go ahead and order a new mainboard for it. It should come back around on my schedule in about 8 days." He jots down the serial and model numbers, and goes on his way.

Hm. This could be interesting...no troubleshooting on his part, just taking the customer's word (fortunately, in this case, a halfway competent one), and knowing immediately what part to replace...

I'm not sure what to think about this...if it was me, I'd have at least turned on the TV to verify the problem...

We'll see how this goes...I'm staying optimistic for now, but it seemed like we could have talked to this guy on the phone and gotten that much done, instead of taking a day off work so he could come out and do...not much.

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
5:00 pm - iPad: The Good, the Bad, and the Silly.
Today, Apple announced its new product, the iPad.

Tablet PC's aren't a new concept, but they've never really taken off. Many manufacturers have released them, and then rapidly discontinued them due to poor adoption and sales. Can Apple succeed where so many others have failed?

To get a better guess, i've compiled a list of the iPad's features, things conspicuously missing, and a couple other things.

THE GOOD:
-Lightweight: The iPad weighs in at about 1.5 pounds, so it won't be a pain to tuck under your arm as you go from office to office, and won't hurt your shoulders if you put it in a backpack.

-Battery: Up to 10 hours. What conditions it was tested under aren't specified, but typically, you won't see quite that much. However, 10 hours on a single charge? Just about unprecidented on a portable computer.

-High performance: Packed with the A5 system-on-a-chip, the iPad looks to be pretty robust, advertising a 1GHz clock speed.

-WiFi: In today's highly-mobile, information-based business world, the ability to access the internet is crucial. The iPad sports 802.11n, and if you're willing to shell out a little
extra, 3G cell connectivity.

-Storage: The iPad comes in three flavors (six, if you count the Wifi+3G models): 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. That's a lot of stuff.

-Productivity: Not really a huge issue for me, but handy nonetheless. Apple has cooked up a variation of iWork, Apple's flavor of an office suite. From what i can tell, it's pretty robust, if a little less powerful than the desktop version. BUT: you've got to buy it on the App store, one piece at a time.

-eBook reader: ...whoops, i meant "iBook". Complete with the iBookstore (they couldn't put it in with iTunes?), iBook lets you read on the go without having to carry books.


THE BAD:
-NO MULTITASKING!! As an iPhone owner, i have wished to be able to stream Pandora and text at the same time, or read a new email without having to abandon a game. Even taking a phone call means that your game of Sudoku is lost. iPhone/Pod owners have been screaming about this since 2007...is it THAT unreasonable of a request?! This is my biggest gripe. For a phone, i can deal, begrudgingly. But if i can't have a browser and Pandora running at the same time on what is intended to be a COMPUTER? This is a dealbreaker, as far as I'm concerned.

-No Textbooks: The rumormill was rife with talk of actual college textbooks being available. We don't know this is a definite omission, yet. iBook looks to be more aimed at fiction, at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled for Advanced Theoretical Quantum Dynamics on the iBookstore.

-No Mobile TV: AT&T offers limited -- VERY limited -- cellular TV streaming. Though, it's sure to grow over time, and it would be nice if this was included as a plan for the future. (on the 3G-capable models)


THE SILLY:

From the "Some-People-Will-Gripe-About-Anything" file:
-No Camera: Why are people complaining about this? Do you really want to hold up a 9.56"x7.47" slab to take a picture? My cell phone has a camera on it, and it's easier to hold up.

-No Tethering: What? You seriously want to use the 3G-capable COMPUTER to tether to...a computer? Or you want to go the other way: hook the WiFi-only model to a cell phone? Talk about awkward.

-No Phone: Yes. This is a gripe i've heard. You can't make a phone call from the 3G model. Which is really about as valid as whining that you can't make a phone call from your laptop with a cellular data card. How are you going to talk on it without everyone around hearing it? Sure, there are bluetooth headsets, but is PHONE service really necessary on a computer? (i suppose if you're trying to connect to AOL....)

From the "Uh, Cool, I Guess" file:
GPS: Yes, this device sports GPS connectivity. While the Wifi only model, much like the iPod Touch, only has WiFi location, the 3G version touts A-GPS and Cellular location. I don't know about you, but i'm looking at something smaller (like my phone) if i'm walking around wondering where i am, rather than looking like a stooge staring at a slate while wandering lost.

From the "Our Designers Are Stuck On Repeat" file:
The iPad, in all reality, looks like four people each grabbed a corner of an iPod Touch or an iPhone and each pulled until it stretched. Complete with every physical control: The Home button ('square' button at the bottom-center), the on/off switch, the Mute and Volume controls (they've switched sides, but they're still present and in the same arrangement).
The OS doesn't look much different, either: You still have the same Springboard, though it appears there is a bit more room between them, so you're not as likely to launch the wrong application accidentally.

Honestly, i didn't know what to expect from the iPad, but it wasn't quite this. They've basically made a super-sized iPod Touch. I had hoped for some semblance of OSX, maybe the ability to run two applications at once...but it looks like this one wasn't aimed at me.

Can Apple succeed where others have failed? I guess we'll have to let the cafe-freeloading, coffee-swilling, yuppie crowd decide.

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Thursday, December 31st, 2009
9:32 am
For some reason, I typically typo when trying to get to LJ. I either type "liejournal.com" or "liverjournal.com".

This becomes hilarious when I'm high on Percocet. 0_o

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
2:09 pm
Oh, SNAP! I have a LiveJournal?! Dangit, i completely forgot!!

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Sunday, September 6th, 2009
1:27 pm - I'm on the intertubes!!
This is a highlight reel from the night i qualified for the Legendary Karaoke contest. My bit is at around 1:56.
Yeah, i didn't realize there was someone behind me recording the whole thing... 0.o

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Sunday, July 5th, 2009
12:37 pm - New Furniture!
So we have everything situated, so I took a few shots to show off my new stuff. But first, here's a reminder of what it looked like before:

Out With the Old...Collapse )

So, yeah. Decent, but I never chose it. It was moved in a few years ago, and I never really cared too much for it. But everyone seemed to think it belonged there, so I let it go.

When it was moved into my current place (while I was overseas), it got pretty banged up and one of the recliner sections on the sofa leans crooked.

That, and it was uncomfortable to lay across.

So I started on a hunt for a replacement. This is what I decided on, as it sits in my living room now:

In With the New...Collapse )

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009
5:16 pm - Overheard on the phone...

I walked in on someone a little bit ago, they were on speaker phone. This is what I heard:
"who's this?"
-"it's your baby!"
"hah! I WOULD be you daddy, but yo' mamma didn't have change for a nickel!"

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009
7:21 pm - Take the CHILL pill.
My office is in the midst of applying changes to all of our servers. These changes require a reboot. Pretty common, no big deal. We'll push it down, and reboot the systems.

My immediate supervisor is away at a conference, but has access to email, so i shoot her a quick message to see if there are any special considerations to watch out for as i'm rebooting machines.
Her reply: "Many."

GREAT! That's ALL THE INFORMATION I'LL EVER NEED! I wait for a while to see if she's going to expound on that, but no more contact is forthcoming. $BOSS decides, "Hey, we're going to do this at 1pm so that we have time to fix any issues that come up." Okay, since i'm still the low man on the totem pole, i just nod, despite worries of breaking things mid-day and users calling in a panic.

So i get started, and as I'm plugging away, $SUPERVISOR decides to join the party over VPN. Sends me a list of ones that she's rebooted. To avoid us walking over each other's work, i send her MY list. This is what i got in reply:

"YOU REBOOTED $IMPORTANT_SERVER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY?? It took down $service, $otherservice, and more!!"

She apparently didn't pay attention to the fact that $BOSS put me onto it, and that immediately following $IMPORTANT_SERVER on the list were the servers that ran these services that depend on it. Didn't bother to ask if i'd tested to make sure $services were restored. When i pointed this out, and assured her that all services were working correctly, she decided to flame me about doing this in the middle of the day when anything that goes wrong would be visible to users.

As i'm reading this, i hear laughter from $BOSS's office, and he calls me over:
"Dude, you pissed off $SUPERVISOR. Haha...she's having a fit about you rebooting that server! Hey, don't worry about it, if you never break anything, you're never going to learn how to fix it. You did good, don't worry about her."

A little while later, as i'm checking $IMPORTANT_SERVER to make sure everything has stayed kosher, i notice a few data sources that may be needed by $OTHER_DEPT. The SA there is out for the day, so i go to his supervisor, ask, "Hey, do you know what these belong to?"

His reply: "No, but we can always take them offline and see what breaks..."

Why did i have to wind up under the only person in this whole place that is wound so tight?
Besides, where does she have room to complain if i mess something up when she doesn't want to share vital information? Grr.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
4:29 pm - Ummm, yum? I think...

So I decided to try something new today, perhaps you've seen it on the shelf in the supermarket: Naked brand "SuperFood". It's a drink. Called food. Weird.

The variety I selected was called "Green Machine". Looking at it, it's a greenish-brown slurry. Morbid curiosity led me to inspect it closer, and I noticed this on the side:

"Looks weird." Sip.
"Tastes amazing." Sip.
"Hey, 10 green turbo-nutrients?" Sip.
"Still looks weird."

And I have to admire a company willing to poke fun at their own product, so I grabbed the bottle and headed to the checkstand, not really sure what I should expect.

I got back to the office, looked at the bottle a little closer, and noted the ingredients:

Apples
Banana
Kiwi fruit
Mango
A hint of pineapple

Okay, sounds good. A bit of a mix, but it might be okay. But here's where it goes a but strange, as the ingredients continue:
Spirulina
Chlorella
Broccoli
Spinach
Blue green algae
Garlic (Garlic in a drink? Really??)
Barley grass
Wheat grass
Ginger
Parsley

At this point it sounds more like a salad than a drink.
And now, having downed most of it, I'm still not sure what to think of this product. Interesting taste, but the aftertaste faintly reminds me of the flavor left behind after you've just had a mouthful of seawater.

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Friday, May 1st, 2009
1:54 am
My apartment is a freaking oven. I've had the thermostat turned down all the way (to include the old ones that supposedly aren't hooked to anything) for over three weeks now, and it's till a sweltering 80 degrees in this place.

So let me get this straight - i have problems GETTING heat all winter, complain to the owner several times about it, finally get that sorted out without hearing from maintenance, and now the danged thing won't cut OFF, now that it's warmed up? I'm about to start cutting random wires to the thermostat, here.

I called the contact number for the landlord 2 days ago, left a voice message. Haven't heard back. If i don't get a reply by tomorrow afternoon, i'm calling again. And again. And again. And again. And again and again and again until the stupid wench lady picks up. And then i'm demanding a direct contact number for whoever they replaced the maintenance guy with, because obviously the owner's method of 'getting someone to look at it' isn't working too well.

I'm sitting here with the window open and shirtless, and i'm SWEATING. It's 42 degrees on the other side of the window, and i'm SWEATING with it wide open.

NOT.
COOL.

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Monday, April 27th, 2009
6:41 pm
Oh well.

Life happens, you move on.

Back to being decidedly indifferent, i suppose.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
2:48 pm - Busybusy

Monday: work in Wasilla, spend the evening at Val's.
Tuesday: back out to Wasilla, spend the evening at Brad's
Wednesday: finally looks like I get to go home! But im going to see Spamalot tonight with Val & co.
Thursday: work, then karaoke contest (last week to qualify, wish me luck!)
Friday: work, an evening to myself!!
Saturday: Heart Run @ 10am, b-day party after.
Sunday: ???

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Sunday, April 19th, 2009
11:41 pm - Date wrap-up
In a word: *facepalm*

In a few dozen words...Collapse )

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
11:13 am - The Plan
My date is set for Sunday, since we both work this weekend (me during the day, she at night).
So, here's the plan...

Dinner:
Salad: Romaine, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, ???, PROFIT!
Chicken with Rosemary and Capers, and Couscous with Yellow Squash:Collapse )

Dessert:
Choca-Chino Cakes with Ganache

After Dinner:
Option A: Pool or Bowling. There is a bowling alley right by my place, might even be a nice night to walk there, if the weather goes the way it's been going. The pool hall's not far away, either, now that i remember that there's one over on the corner.

Option B: Movie & Popcorn. Chick-flicks and Stupid-funny movies are out, but movies that make you go "huh?" for a while are okay. I'm thinking Memento (if we're just wanting action and confusion), or The Jacket (which is a really interesting movie, if bizarre). If neither of those sound appealing to her, there's always The Dark Crystal. That's a fun movie, no matter how old you are. Barring that, i sit her down with my Book O' DVD's and say, "Pick."

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