Dear Mother Nature,
I regret to inform you that your operatives have clearly misunderstood their instructions and applied the incorrect policies for a region of our location. Please rectify this situation and return the local conditions to a more appropriate setting.
The Residents of Alberta
Normal July high temperature for Calgary: 23 C
Average high temperature for July so far: 26.3 C
I need to reorganize.
Specifically, reorganize my living space. You see, I may as well just come right out and admit it — I’m a packrat. I hate to throw anything out just in case I might want it later, so over the years I’ve amassed a fair amount of old junk. I’ve got handouts from high school, class notes from university, exams, completed projects, and even scraps of paper with scribbles on them. I found my 1992 tax return. I’ve got mail piled up on top of the fridge. I’ve got parts for my old Atari 8-bit which hasn’t worked for 10 years, manuals for every game I’ve ever bought, bits of electronics scavenged from old equipment, and enough 5.25″ floppies to tile the walls. Do they even make them anymore?
Eventually though, all this stuff starts to take up a fair bit of space. It never really bothered me before. If I’ve got the space, why not, for all I know I really *will* need something in there one day. In the back of my mind though, I knew it still wasn’t ‘normal.’ The landlord and previous building manager had expressed concern, my mother wondered what I was eventually going to do with them, and I was hesitant to let people even see my apartment lest they think it too weird or creepy. There are enough other reasons for them to think that without giving them more. :-P
So, it *has* begun to bother me, more and more. Maybe I’m just caving in to peer pressure, but I worry that my collected stuff is some symptom of emotional immaturity, or that I’m stuck in the past, or they really are just a nuisance that drives people away, or…well, a lot of things. I sat down and looked through a few of the older papers, and when I found one that got rather mediocre marks, I got angry. Genuinely angry, even more so than when I first got it back since at the time I was just happy it was over and done with. Angry first at the unknown marker who dared to disparage my work so casually, and then at myself, for not having been good enough to have done better in the first place.
But it’s irrelevant. This is all old stuff that nobody cares about on topics I’ll never discuss again from people I barely knew. There’s no reason to get worked up over it, but as long as it’s here I will. So, out it goes, and hopefully I’ll be better off for it.
I have the same problem at the office too, and that’s sort of what prompted this in the first place. I’m moving to a different office and even though it’s just around the corner, I was amazed by just how much crap I’d collected in such a small space. Of course there I’m dealing with trade secrets and internal documentation and such so I’d better be a bit more careful about what I throw away…
I’ve mentioned before about having troubles with a RAID array in one of my test systems, named ‘bailey.’ (The convention around the office is to name new systems after brands of alcohol.) Well, the fun never stops…
It continues to generate errors from the RAID controller, though there are no apparent failing drives. According to our infrastructure manager, the RAID controller in bailey is known not to work very well with dual CPU systems, and guess what bailey is… So, I’ve had to pull the second CPU out.
It’s also giving me random timeout errors on the external SCSI bus that’s connected to the tape library and drives. It wasn’t doing this up until yesterday, but now it’s decided to be cranky, so now I’m swapping around cables and terminators and such trying to get it to behave.
And the software I’m testing on it, an HSM package for automatic disk/tape data migration, keeps giving me “NetBIOS session number out of range” errors. What does that mean? Damned if I know. All these other errors are potentially corrupting all the data I’m generating, too.
If I ever get these tests successfully completed, I’m going to melt bailey down into scrap metal and use it for a doorstop…
Supposedly we all have dreams every night but, like a lot of people, I rarely remember them. Either I’m only left with a vague impression that quickly vanishes upon waking, or I just don’t recall anything at all. My head hits the pillow and the only thing that happens next is the alarm going off.
The few I do occasionally remember though, have been, well, boring. Last night, for example, I dreamed about moving the contents of my office to a different office (and in fact we do have an office move coming up). There wasn’t even some strange twist to it; I was just packing up the few remaining books and cables and such left over in the old office.
What a ripoff! Where are the aliens, the talking furniture, the nubile young women, the non-sequiturs, the historical figures, the odd locales, and all the other weirdness I should be getting? I demand more bizarreness from my subconscious, dammit!
Psychologists would probably claim it’s just a reflection of how boring my real life is, in which case…well, I can’t exactly dispute that… :-)
I think I like fiddling with the site’s layout and code more than actually writing for it…
Anyway, things have been shuffled around a bit, links are now on a separate page, and a Recent Comments section has been added so new comments on older entries actually get noticed instead of remaining buried in the archives. Any other suggestions for improvements?
Now I have to start messing with the style sheet so it doesn’t look like every other MT site out there…
The goal of the expansion was to free some guy called Zebuxoruk, a mortal who had learned the secrets of the gods and was imprisoned by them in the Plane of Time before he could spread his knowledge. To get to him, you had to work through five tiers of planes, or roughly:
1. Kill various ‘boss’ monsters to gain access to the second and third tier planes.
2. Kill Rallos Zek and Solusek Ro to gain access to the elemental planes.
3. Kill the ‘boss’ of each elemental type to gain access to the Plane of Time.
4. Once in Time, work your way through:
4a. Five trials which have to be completed in around fifty minutes or less.
4b. Fight through five waves where you have to defeat most of the gods you killed to get here all over again, with a couple hours to do each wave.
4c. Fight Quarm, a four-headed dragon that is the combined essence of the remaining gods.
And what happens after you complete all that?
Derzon is now up and running and my stuff should be accessible 24/7 now, rather than bouncing up and down as my gaming needs dictate. Passwords should be the same as before, and FTP is accessible now until I figure out how to get FTP-over-SSH working.
The universe seems to have been conspiring against me to try and keep me from getting it back up. My hub appears to be dead, which forced me to trek halfway across the city just to get a crossover cable; one of my KVM cables was missing; the older CD-ROM drive I have didn’t want to read CD-RW discs…
But those were nothing compared to just trying to copy the data across.
A bright yellow condom covered the facade of a 20-story, phallic-shaped hotel in the southern Chinese city of Guilin to mark U.N. World Population Day in the most populous nation on the globe. ” – CNN
I have a bit of a guilty pleasure I’ve been indulging in lately. Behaviour like this is usually frowned upon by polite society as nice people just aren’t supposed to stoop to that level. In the privacy of your own home though, with no one to ‘tsk-tsk’ to your face…
Well enough of the old, here’s the new…
Okay, it’s not nearly as spiffy as the custom jobs out there, but it’s still better than my old one. Derzon should be back up permanently soon…
I whipped out my calculator recently for something or other, and it only just hit me how old this thing is. I bought it for use in Grade 10 math class, and even then it was at the lower end of the HP line, with the fancy-shmancy calculators with *two* lines of text just coming out. And it would be another few years before graphing calculators would become all the rage among university students.
I’ve only ever had to replace the batteries in it once, too. I wish more things lasted that long…
I’m now sitting here waiting on a horrendously slow rebuild of a replacement disk in the RAID array of my test system. And this is after a RAID failure on our secondary DNS server two days ago. And a RAID failure on our primary domain controller last week. And a total disk loss due to two RAID failures on our software library server last month.
I keep meaning to set up a RAID array at home, but with my luck so far it’ll just make the drives blow up faster… :-P
Well I’m bored and want to inject a bit more meaning into my life. So, what shall I do, start a family? Renovate a house? Plant a garden? Volunteer for charity? Buy a motorcycle and travel cross-country fighting crime with a tough, yet sexy sidekick?
Hell no, I’m too lazy for all that crap.
Instead I think I’m going to try to learn how to draw. I’ve long enjoyed seeing art by others, but only as a fan and not as a creator. Art has always seemed like one of those things you just either had a natural talent for or you didn’t, and I definitely didn’t. :-)
However, there are some schools of thought that claim that anyone can be taught how to draw if they just have the right frame of mind and put enough effort into it, so what the hell, it’s worth a shot. I don’t think Picasso has anything to worry about, though.
I picked up Radiohead’s “Hail To The Thief” on Friday, and when I first flipped it over and looked at the case, I got a bit concerned. Plastered in the upper-left corner is a warning label about it being “copy controlled” and a hardware compatibility chart and probably subliminal messages about how if you pirate it rabid weasels will eat your eyes out or something. Well nuts, I didn’t want to buy an album I couldn’t rip, since I just toss the CDs into a big box in the closet now.
This was the first time I’d encountered a ‘copy protected’ CD though, so I was curious and took it home anyway. A half-hour later I had 14 error-free MP3s on my drive. However, other people who bought it legitimately haven’t had as much luck even with regular CD players.
What was the point of all this again?
The URL to this place is kind of hard to remember and impermanent and I don’t have a proper domain yet, so for now you can bookmark http://members.shaw.ca/cheide/ and it’ll redirect you to wherever this place is at the time.
Whether this place actually becomes permanent or not remains to be seen. It started out just as a bit of experimenting with Apache and scripts and such, but who knows…
I don’t do any 3D work or gaming under Linux so I’d never bothered to install the full OpenGL drivers for my Radeon card (the default XFree86 drivers only do 2D), but I stayed up late last night finally getting them working *just* so I could run the GLMatrix module of xscreensaver.
I am beyond help. :-)
It used to be that all the Ponzi scheme e-mails I got would promise a $50,000 return for your $5 investment, but now they’re all $60,000 for $6. I guess even scammers have to adjust for inflation…