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Monday, November 3rd, 2008
11:49 am
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
6:54 pm
Wedding in Hawaii
On October 25th I was married to Zoe we had a great day, and a wonderful time on our vacation and honeymoon in Hawaii!

Sunday, October 12th, 2008
10:39 am
A new low in selling out - custom lyrics -
I was listening to the radio recently (country; I've been listening to more of that than anything else for the last year and a half or so). At one point in the song there is a lyric of "turn the KTOM uuuup." I was sort of surprised, as KTOM is a radio station that tends to cut out on the peninsula side when you go over 17. That said, this is a pretty typical country song who's lyrics are about life in the south. This left me confused. Come to find out, this song, and many others are being customized per station. If you listen to the same song on another station the lyric reflects THAT station. It's all just feelgood b/s to advertise the station and make you relate to it more. I wonder if it's even the original artist singing, if the station has legal permission, how much someone gets paid, etc.

Any links on the topic would be interesting.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
3:19 pm
Ebay for speed freaks?

Neat, seems like prices ebay used to have... Getting a good deal on ebay seems to be a myth these days.
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
12:59 pm
for the record
Main St. was renamed Walmart Way a couple of years back, and if I hear that term once more I'm going postal.

k, thx bye
Friday, September 19th, 2008
10:17 am
A brilliant idea for $10
I did it! You should too!

"And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said
fifty people a day walking in handing $10 to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin's name and
walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement."

Stolen from various people:

Instead of (in addition to?) us all sending around more emails about how horrible Palin is, let’s all make a donation to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin’s name.

And here’s the good part: when you make a donation to PP in her name, they’ll send her a card telling her that the donation has been made in her honor. Here’s the link to the Planned Parenthood website:


You’ll need to fill in the address to let PP know where to send the “in Sarah Palin’s honor” card. I suggest you use the address for the McCain campaign headquarters, which is:

McCain for President
1235 S. Clark Street
1st Floor
Arlington , VA 22202

PS make sure you use that link above or choose the pulldown of Donate--Honorary or Memorial Donations, not the regular “Donate Online”
Thursday, September 18th, 2008
11:10 am
Job opening - Sr Windows SysAdmin
My team at work has had an opening come up (job hopper is leaving after only seven years):

Sr. Windows SysAdmin
++ For Backup/Netbackup knowledge
+ For Storage System knowledge
+ For Linux knowledge

Know Anyone?
Friday, September 12th, 2008
11:44 am
Tasty meat!
I recently went to an event that these people catered:


Mmmm mmm tasty meat (and that other stuff...) bbq goodness! Highly recommended.
Monday, August 18th, 2008
2:18 pm
We’re from the government, we’re here to help!
Big companies, stop "protecting" me!

ID Fraud is indeed annoying, when Autumn's ID was stolen I did the bulk of dealing with annoying people in India required to get it resolved. Year's later I think one account is still unresolved.

That said companies seem to have found a new way to allegedly help fight it. I'll cal it "The Identity Trap". You do something to do something unwittingly to trigger their alert (I moved recently, I figure that is it; I've heard of other examples where X online vendor refuses to be Visa's bitch in some new way and if you unknowingly buy something from them Visa locks your account) Once you trip this silent alarm they continue to make you jump thru hoops, and act like your transaction is going along, then in the very final stage they say "nope, you've made a security violation, we won't tell you what it is, but now you must do "X super annoying thing" if you want the privilege of doing business with us, or in my recent case freeing money that's rightfully mine from a stock transaction.

I sold some stock, etard cleared it. Then when I went to transfer it into my previously certified bank account, that I have made the test transactions on, and made major transfers to in from in the past they decided to lock me out.

I call them and was told "you need to now go to an office, or fax us within an hour your ID, or send us a notarized letter". I told them I could not do any of the above right then. I tried to escalate it with them, was told I could not talk to a manager even repeatedly until I did what they said. I decided if they were going to waste my time, I would waste theirs and went round and round with her until she hung up on me.

Today I was back in the office where I could fax them. I called again to tell them I wanted them to start their two hour clock, I was told "no, that was a one time offer (I was never told this on the first call) now you have to send us a letter certified from a notary, no you can't go to an office anymore... I explained I told the last person that I said I could not fax it at that time, and she said "no you were told you had to fax within an hour"... Again I asked for a manager and was denied, again I then just wasted as much of her time as I could before she hung up on me.

This is the second such experience I've had recently. Western Union pulled pretty much the same thing. They said "I had made a security violation, and no they would not tell me what I did or how not to do it in the future"

It all seems pointless to me, and does not make me any more secure. Anyone who stole my ID, guess what? They have my ID, they can bloody fax it to you.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
12:38 pm
our friend Rocky
We've been having raccoon issues lately, last night was a new extreme. He started out possibly walking thru the house, and out onto the balcony a couple of days ago. Then made a cameo on the kitchen table while we were across the room. After that he left evidence that he tossed the kitchen and helped himself to an avacado. Last night was a new high, it seems he did not leave after having fun in the kitchen, and was hidden in a crawl space next to the bed. We woke up to him popping his head out about a foot from the bed last night. We closed him off upstairs, and I _think_ he went out, b/c I heard him on the roof and then saw a raccoon on the porch. I hope he's gone, and not still hidden away some place... The upside is he seems friendly enough, and is not bothered at all by us or the cat. We tried to persuade him to leave some with a broom, which he did an indifferent raccoon laugh at.

I think it's time for some screens...
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
10:20 am
what a crappy present!
The cat opened up a big can of fail last night. He's normally pretty quiet, typically only makes noise for "I want to go out; I want to come in" and "Look! I brought you a present! (in the form of some lovely newly dead creature)" Last night he came around and was doing is mew with an full mouth bit. The only problem? Said present was a very much still alive mouse, who quickly scurried off when dropped. After some prompting to do his job, he followed the mouse under the bed. He then lost track of it and was despondent after being picked up and dropped closer to the mouses new location, (downstairs) as he still thought it was under the bed (last he saw it...) After some attention he resumed the hunt in the form of a stakeout of the bed... Mousey current location is unknown.
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
2:50 pm
family fun?
Back in my day you had to find hacking plans on gopher, now I guess you buy it at toys 'r us:

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
1:23 pm
maybe not so much the next big hit song
Overheard in a safeway parking lot by some young singing kids:

"I'm going to overeat, and die of diabetes." "..."
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
4:56 pm
It must be that time of year, I am starting to get lusty for the cold again. The little weather widget of my childhood hometown I keep on my home page says it will be 15F on Saturday. I want 15 degrees! I miss the bitter cold...

More life updates coming soon, I think if I don't update on some things certain people are going to start slowly pulling fingernails out...
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
8:06 pm
roll roll roll
Ooh, that was a nice one, my biggest quake so far I do beleive.
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
1:58 pm
Sure they may start with polygamy pot lucks; sharing caseroles today, but before you know it they will be injecting babies with the gay!

Current Mood: cynical
Monday, September 17th, 2007
5:18 pm
open minded workplace
I love working someplace where the management is comprised of somewhat conservative, yet open minded people:

*I dyed my hair fire engine / slightly pinkish red for BMAN / It faded too fast*
*My boss has been hinting that I really should re-dye it*

Boss: "You really should re-dye your hair, I mean, it goes with open source!"
Me: "Yeah I was planning on it, though I am pretty shocked at the strong reaction I have gotten with even the totally faded version of my hair"
Other group boss: "You should, well, as long as your wife is ok with it"
Me: "Well, she dyed it, if she had a problem with something her own hands were doing, that would make her ... confused"
Both "Ha!"
Other group boss: "Well what color is her hair?"
Me: "Natural/Brown at the moment, but she has a mohawk..."
Both: "Cool!"
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
8:24 pm
"and the rest is cologne"
After last year's miserable burn (I've officially decided to repress those memories...), I was really looking forward to some good playatime again. My adventure started out at ~4AM after getting four hours sleep...Collapse )

At that point I was starting to get cold, as the playa took one of its infamous 10 degrees in seemingly 30 seconds temperature drops. I started heading back, and began to become confused. I could find two of my major nighttime landmarks for finding camp, but the man, who should have been centered in-between them was no where to be found. I spent a minute or two being very confused, when I began to see a fire where the man _should_ be. Moments later I came to grips with the fact that the man was in-fact on fire.Collapse ) four hours sleepCollapse )


* Note that all dates and times are open for creative interpretation, all playa times may have happened Tuesday, Wednesday or six months ago for all I can clearly remember.

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
5:14 pm
PSA: My home is not your ashtray
I came home to find a pile of spent cigarette butts on the ground in front of our house.

I hate smoking, by extension I hate the "toss it anywhere" mentality of most smokers. If this happens again, and I find out who 'dun it? I will cut their lips off with a kitchen knife.

Better yet, don't smoke out front, the slightest bit of smoke literally makes me ill.

/me courtesies
Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
11:58 pm
the news would be so much more interesting if...
I am having the darnedest time with some particular current headlines:

"Texas prepares for dean's onslaught!"
"Dean rips thru Mexico"
"Dean likely to regain fury"

All of course referring to current hurricane dean.

Problem is, my brain is still programmed as "dean" being linked with former presidential hopeful Howard Dean.

I mean, maybe more people would have voted for him, had he gone on a multi-state come Mexican killing spree?
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