mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (space_tech)
Bad news: we all have to take Office 2007 and MS Vista training; it's not optional, even for Mac me. Good news: The company will reimburse tuition for any Microsoft certifications to which this training leads. Methinks I'd be a complete fool not to take advantage of this - extra certifications can't hurt, right?

At the moment, Starr and I share the house with four cats, two of ours and two from her family that are on extended 'boarding' with us. We must put in a fair amount of effort to keep up with demands for food and clean litter! As a result, though, I woke up this morning with one cat sleeping on my lap, another nestled tight against my left hip, and a third tucked under my right armpit. It seems I make an excellent cat pillow.

Tonight, Starr works late, and my chore list includes laundry, cooking, and cleaning; our Shadowrun group meets again Monday, and I don't intend to spend the weekend picking up. I need to chill, and take care of some happier business.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cartoon)
Due to the red tape of services transfer, I will not have Internet at the house tonight or tomorrow. Not the end of the world, but nevertheless an annoyance.

Also in the FAIL department: instead of the nap I'd intended, I spent 30 minutes finding the old TeeFive character sheet, another 60 locating and installing the legacy software on an emulated OS 9 machine to open said sheet, and then another 30 looking for and failing to find the ACTUAL document, which I'm beginning to fear I no longer have.

Feh.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (decipher)
Most weeks I wait impatiently for my Kingdom of Loathing turns to build up to a useful level. This week, I've been sitting at the max of 200 turns for days, but I don't have time to mess with it. I guess it's a sign I'm using my time well... KoL isn't exactly productive... but on the other hand, you can't be productive all the time. Makes Jack a dull boy, you know.

On that note, I am going to watch a movie this weekend. Either in the theater, or from my list of DVDs to watch or re-watch. I don't remember sitting through an entire movie since we watched "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" together.

Large Hadron Collider webcam.

One of the two 400MHz CRT iMacs that have been sitting in my office gathering dust since I left Decipher has found a good home - it's in the possession of Starr's youngest sister. She'll probably want to give it an external FireWire HD and/or a memory upgrade before long, it's only got a 10GB drive and 256MB of memory. But it'll do Word and Photoshop and play DVDs, and she seems thrilled with it, so happiness all around. I need to find some old games to pass along that don't involve serious mayhem.

Speaking of productivity, I am attempting to do something personally productive at least once a day. Either spend at least an hour on a personal project, or sit and write something with some thought in it (thus the recent outbreak of philosophising every week or so in my LJ). It doesn't come easy: I am a slacker and procrastinator. But time moves with or without me, and I'm not going to be left behind.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cyberpunk)
Hmph. The Microsoft Office 2008 icons are kinda ugly.

Listening to some Vangelis music at work this morning. "Alpha" is one of those tunes that sends tingles up my spine when I listen to it, and awakes wonder and potential in my mind. If only I could stay in that headspace for days at a time... it probably wouldn't be good for me, but I feel that I'd get a lot done while I could stand it.

I wonder where the 'tingles' come from? It's absolutely a physical sensation to me, but I have no idea what produces it.

Far more importantly, my mom is walking now without human assistance. She's still using a walker or crutch, but given that she couldn't even move the leg two weeks ago, this is an absolutely awesome development, and I joked that she's making far better progress than I did. If any of my friends have ever wondered where my buried stubborn streak came from, this may provide a clue. I am thrilled for her - and while she's there, they think they may be able to correct a nerve issue that's pained her for about 20 years, so, silver lining!

And speaking of doctors, it took me a visit to Wikipedia to learn that the awfully-familiar looking archaeologist on Doctor Who this week was Dr. Corday on ER for seven seasons. Cool.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cyberpunk)
This morning brought a bank of that 30-meter visibility fog, and the "bridge from nowhere to nowhere" effect on the Monitor-Merrimac. Already, though, it's turned clear, mild, and sunny with a cool breeze: I suddenly want to skip work tomorrow and go to Busch Gardens. Won't, of course, but still.

Yes, "I can't support your virtualization software at this time" means I can't troubleshoot the apps you're running in it, either.

I finally have the free Pirates of the Carribean MMO running correctly on my laptop. I'm likely to play it about as often as I launch Second Life - which is to say, almost never - but it's amusing nevertheless to get "FedEx" quests* from Johnny Depp. None yet from Orlando or Kiera, but then, those are probably saved for people who actually play.

Starr went to her mom's on Tuesday to plant the irises I retrieved. Turns out there were about two dozen, so with the other plants she'd brought, she spent most of an afternoon digging. Add that to her hospital shifts for Wednesday and today, and I've got a still-tired lady on my hands!

Happy WoW stuff: thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shrewlet, I got all the materials to finish building Mirandala's epic quality Destruction Holo-Gogs. Among other materials necessary were 206 chunks of difficult-to-mine ore... I can only assume that a LOT of refining is done to turn that into a single pair of goggles.

Also, my polymorph quest issue was resolved while I was offline, so Mir can now turn people into pigs. Thank you, GMs! Too bad that the spell's unavailable to my warlock, since I named her Circy.

And thank you [livejournal.com profile] ranchonmars for the postcard! I have too aged since the Pathfinder days, but it's dang nice of you to say otherwise :)

*Game character A gives you item to take to character B, who will reward you with money, loot, XP, or often as not another FedEx quest. Perversely amusing when characters A and B are less than 20 gameworld yards from one another.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (orbiting)
Sometimes, people post things on the Internet that just plain make me feel glad to be living in a world where someone spent the time to make them up.

The "Lions In Kenya" and "Shirley Bassey Getting the Party Started" videos are two examples. Here's another:



I successfully stayed up all night on Saturday night. We decided that our level 56-ers needed to hit 58 This Weekend, which we reached about 6 am. It was nice to know that I can still do that... a year of 10pm bedtimes had left me doubtful. Still, I had to down several Tums, as one of the tricks my body uses to try to get me to go to bed is surges of stomach acid. Also, I was kind of out of it the next day; so, I've learned from this that I can do it, but not easily.

Found a website that generates an automatically updated stat block I can use for my characters, like so...

Baldricus!

Too bad that the servers are now far too overloaded with requests to actually function properly. (This one won't update, it's static.)

Local TV re-ran the Special Edition "Trouble With Tribbles" this weekend, so last night I dug out the "Trials And Tribble-ations" DS9 episode for Starr, who'd never seen it. Great fun! And then it hit me... there's no way in heck that J.J. Abrams' Lt. Uhura will be running around in that red minidress. Not in a 2008 feature film. I weep.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
Here is a link to a picture of the flight deck of an Airbus A830, the largest passenger aircraft in the world:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a4/Airbus_A380_cockpit.jpg

Notice that the flight control sticks have been moved to moved to the side, to make room for the primary control - the laptop keyboard.

Note also, without comment, the two Windows-based displays in the front panel.

This is looking less like a plane cockpit, and more like the bridge of the NX-01.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
This is one of the niftiest uses of Second Life I have yet seen.



Using (time-delayed) FAA data, a company has constructed an (almost) real-time model of the airspace over LAX airport.

That's just keen. I'd love to see a BattleTech game played in a similar manner.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rainbow)
I read a [livejournal.com profile] dduane post, bounced through a couple of links, and found lolcode.com:

HAI
CAN HAS STDIO?
I HAS A VAR
IM IN YR LOOP
	UP VAR!!1
	VISIBLE VAR
	IZ VAR BIGGER THAN 10? KTHXBYE
IM OUTTA YR LOOP
KTHXBYE


... I want a T-shirt. This is probably too big for one of [livejournal.com profile] trenn's buttons, sadly :(
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (space_tech)
A little timeline here (without many dates, cause I can't remember them):

2005: Apple announces it will be moving the Macintosh over to Intel-based motherboards. Geeks all over the place ask if they can run Windows on them too: Apple says it won't intentionally block the ability, but won't support it either.
Later 2005: We discover that Intel Macs don't use a BIOS to start up their operating system, but something called EFI. Since all versions of Windows use a BIOS, this is a terrible incompatibility, making Windows on a Mac seem unlikely.
2006: Apple releases Intel Macs.
March 2006: Hackers are able to cajole, trick, and otherwise force Windows XP to boot without a BIOS. It doesn't run great, but it runs. Other excited hackers start working on the "runs great" part.
April 2006: Apple, seeing that it's about to run out of time on its little 10.5 surprise, says, "oh okay, we were gonna wait 'til later, but look. Here's Boot Camp. Go ahead and install Windows. It's beta software, so don't expect much." It runs great.

One machine that runs OS X, XP, Linux, BSD, and/or a half-dozen other OSes on command? I'm suddenly a little more interested in a shiny-new Intel Mac...
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (passing)
From a humor website: Encyclopaedia Dramatica. I think this may actually be true...

"Photoshop: Adobe's® professional photo editing software, often used to create background images, icons, image macros, and to airbrush webcam photos. Nobody actually knows how much Photoshop costs, because nobody has ever actually purchased a copy of it before. Every copy of Photoshop out there is actually the same pirated copy downloaded off of a file sharing system. In fact, it is now believed by computer scientists and warez kiddies that Adobe doesn't actually even create Photoshop anymore."
mikailborg: Chris drew this picture of my first Starfleet character for a newsletter cover, years ago. (kriet)
It's quite trying to have to find 15-year-old install floppies so one can access archived stuff in an obsolete format. (And find a floppy drive while I'm at it.)

I should just thank Eris that the old software even runs. I need one of those Federation tricorders that can access 1000-year-old alien logs in 20-30 seconds of thinking.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (decipher)
Latest reading / writing progress: Finished a re-read of Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising, which is like The Lord Of The Rings of military thrillers; long and complicated, but internally consistent and plausible and worth the read if you can stick it out. Trying to read Terry Pratchett's Men At Arms or The Truth, but I keep stalling in the early pages of each. Last year, Witches Abroad did a much better job of sucking me in.

Wrote a bunch of flavor text last night, and a few hundred words for "Cat Out Of Hell" over the weekend. Also figured out what the MacGuffin should be for "That Goat Doesn't Belong To You", making it more a part of the story and slightly less of a MacGuffin.

Our Lord of the Rings CCG is addictive, and I'm not saying that as an employee, either. [livejournal.com profile] raininva keeps killing me at the Bridge of Khazad-Dum, though.

I got honked at on the way to work this morning because someone mistimed his sudden acceleration and wasn't able to cut me off as he'd planned. I guess he was trying to say, How dare you prevent me from being rude to you!

I did nothing for Mardi Gras last night, continuing a tradition I've maintained as long as I can remember. I will probably continue that tradition next month in a few months for Cinco de Mayo too. But at least Card Night will probably be a go this weekend - MarsCon and sicknesses have put a damper on the last few.

Just discovered NeoOffice, the OS X port of OpenOffice. Basic MS Word / Excel functionality, for free? I knew this had to suck... except it doesn't. Now I've got it installed on all the machines I use at work or home.

And that's Wednesday morning.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (menace)
Ocean's Twelve had some really funny parts, but it wasn't really a good caper movie. It's so busy being cute and inscrutable that the we give up on the plot too long before the Big Twists are revealed. Still worth a ticket for the good bits, but don't expect the coolness of the first one.

Continued musings on the plight of the superhero: if you have a Code Against Killing, but the serial-murdering super-villain you've just captured laughs at you and tells you he'll be back on the street killing people in 6 months - and you know he's right - what do you do? Break your code and make sure the villain can't hurt anyone else ever? Or follow your code, knowing that the likelihood is that people will die for your choice?

Morning linkage: This is a keen Smithsonian webpage that allows you to sit in the cockpit of several aircraft, from a Spad to a Mercury capsule, using QuickTimeVR.

Saw the last of the Vulcan arc of Enterprise this weekend - it did not disappoint. As usual, a few quibbles - I'd have like to have gotten farther in the head of the main bad guy, and another character did something stupid for an excruciatingly long time before stopping and admitting he should have known better - but plenty of good stuff. Trip is growing up fast, and it's great to watch; and the sehlat exchange was classic Vulcan dry humor. "You keep a pet - Porthos." "Porthos doesn't try to eat me if I'm late with dinner." "Vulcan children are never late with dinner." I'm back to being a regular watcher, I think.

I've had a cold or a bug or something for days. Sore throat and stomach issues all week, then weakness Friday and Saturday, and Boom! - Sunday was Drainage and Constant Sneezing Day. This morning, it's nearly all gone away - I am thankful.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
They have mounted speakers on the side of downtown Norfolk buildings for the holidays. Christmas carols don't sound quite right when it's 60 degrees and raining outside.

I hate that I'm not buying software anymore, but a software license. Half-Life 1 was fun, but I don't like the idea of playing Half-Life 2 enough to go online and beg for the publisher's permission every single time I want to play it. That's an irony, too, because a Mac version of HL2 has a much better chance of seeing daylight than the Mac HL1 did. I'd almost certainly have bought it.

DHTML Lemmings on the web. One more way to kill a few minutes anywhere there's an Internet connection.

Ever type up a really long rant for LiveJournal, then realize that typing it's gotten it out of your system and it's just not that important that the rest of the world see it? :)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cartoon)
Yes, Virginia, you can fit a futon, mattress and all, in a Hyundai Elantra.

Spent my first night in the new house. The room I've slept in for the past three months had crappy A/C, but this morning I woke up a bit chilly - [livejournal.com profile] raininva will be pleased. Glad I found my bathrobe in the move. This week I start unpacking what I have with me of my office, which is little more than a mess of boxes at the moment. The commute is easier (it seems so far) than the previous commute, which is nice. I have to find out why the smoke alarm emits random stifled beeps all day, but last night I was far too tired to notice.

Had the sense to take some ibuprofen before bed, so didn't wake up too sore.

So, it seems a Mac shareware developer released an app which, if you enter a pirated serial number, erases your Home directory - your system and applications survive, but every personal document, music file, movie, e-mail, website, password, etc. is GONE. So, is this just desserts for pirates, or equivalent to burning someone's house down for punching you in the nose? Discuss.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (mecha)
There's a cross-platform flight simulator called X-Plane which is quite competitive with the well known MS Flight Simulator. It's extensively modifiable, playable over networks, and has an amazing amount of third-party material available.

Today I found the VF-1 Valkyrie file! Custom cockpit, swing wings, and even details like gear doors and vectored nozzles operating perfectly. It doesn't transform, but that would be asking a lot. And you can even fly it over the deserts of Mars! There's a nice movie of the fighter running in X-Plane too.

There's also files for the Space Shuttle, the Marine Dropship from Aliens, and somewhere (haven't found a link yet) Thunderbirds 2 and 3.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Here's a website that brings back some old Mac gaming memories.

http://mac.the-underdogs.org/

Warning: you might need an emulator to run some of thse titles. Even a newer Mac may need to emulate an older one.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (slaine)
Mirage crew

All three completed Space Rogues episodes, plus the blooper reel, have now been posted on the movies page of my website. Yes, they are QuickTime, and yes, they are huge files so you'll need broadband. I tried MPEGing them and DivXing them, and they didn't get smaller either way. One day, I hope to generate new movies from cleaner originals.

I've only been meaning to post these for years.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (space_tech)
Junkyard Geek got his old Umax SCSI scanner to work on his G4 tonight - a desktop machine that doesn't approve of third-party SCSI cards, and certainly doesn't want to talk to obsolete Umax stuff. Luckily, other hackers insist on writing *nix drivers for their obsolete hardware, and some among them are amused by tweaking said drivers to work on Panther (with a little fiddling).

Thanks very much to those who contributed to Rain's early birthday present. She got an almost unwilling smile on her face, saying, "how dare our friends make my day like that!" Good job, guys :)

It was an odd feeling leaving work early on a Tuesday, This may be the first time in 5 years that I arrived home from a Tuesday session while the sun still shone. I'm gonna miss some of my co-workers; at least I know I'll still get to catch up with VTSFFC and Starfleet folks from time to time.

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