mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cartoon)
Dammit, IMAP is deleting messages off the server... possibly just the ones I move on the client using a rule, but that's a lot of my messages. I guess I need to go back to POP and just deal with marking the same message as read repeatedly.

Ah, well. Learning experience.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
  • 09:31 @meiran Awesome! Very well done! Are you going to shoot for "Elder" in the last couple days you have left? #
  • 09:44 A 32-degree morning seems much balmier compared to the 12-degree ones last week. #
  • 10:05 Dangit, I have just accidentally spammed Starr's work address with the invite to the Shadowrun tonight. Hurr, me use computer good. #
  • 11:47 @meiran I picked up the coins for all of Kalimdor yesterday (not counting capital cities). The Horde outposts were a bit exciting :) #
  • 12:01 I think the guy two people ahead of me in the lunch line was trying to pay in Euros or something. #
  • 13:15 Wish I could leave early. I still have dishes and laundry to put away before gaming. And the Xmas tree should come down someday too. #
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  • 07:55 Spent the last two evening battling a virus and trojan on Starr's Windows laptop. final score: Michael 2, Malware 0. #
  • 10:06 Why is attempting to focus my brain into serious writing causing me panic attacks? Wondering if an incense and yoga investment would help. #
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Evil wares

Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:18 am
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (menace)
I had plans for last night. Not especially ambitious ones, but I knew how I wanted to spend the evening. Unfortunately, it turns out that Starr's computer picked up a couple of viruses from somewhere, causing WoW to crash on launch as well as blocking most malware removal sites and large swaths of microsoft.com. I spent about three hours fighting them, getting one virus off the machine and restoring her WoW function, but the "Backdoor" trojan is resisting all attempts to remove it. Grrr.

Slept pretty good last night, but traffic was heck this morning. We had a little light rain, which apparently caused everyone to panic, so I got in a little late. I have no desire to be grumpy all day, though, so I'm looking for some music to cheer me up a bit.

Along those lines, I enjoyed MarsCon's Friday night performance by The Cassettes, so I picked up their latest album - on cassette, of course - which included a card for free digital download. No DRM, either. It's pretty good stuff, and any band that includes a home-made theremin is worth some attention.

I just needed to look up a high voltage traveling arc for another reference. For some reason, this in itself has cheered me up a bit.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)

  • 10:43 @lisbet Actually, I found that reading books from the Baen Free Library on an Apple Newton was fairly pleasant. Don't know about the Kindle. #

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Geek magic

Jan. 19th, 2009 11:55 pm
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (magical)
Harry Potter and the Distributed Denial-of-Service Attack

Hermione: Hey, I was thinking...

Ron: Not again!

Hermione: (ignoring him) None of us want to say You-Know-Who's name because he knows when you do it, right?

Harry: Yes, he's magically linked to the sound, it automatically draws his attention to you so he knows what you're saying about him. Why?

Hermione: Well, back home this summer I was reading about a website called Slashdot...

Ron: What's a 'web site'? Not more spiders, ugh!!

Harry & Hermione: (Ignoring him)

One week later...

"Daily Prophet" barker: EXTRA! EXTRA! Harry Potter gets entire wizarding world to say Voldemort's name at once! Dark Wizard found dead in lair with brain cells leaking out of his ears! Read All About It!

(inspired in part by the Luna-C performance at MarsCon of all seven books in 45 minutes, and by Starr)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Freaky: We have, on the downstairs TV: the satellite box, the DVD player, a PS2, and now a Wii. I have been thinking all week about getting a switch box so as not to keep yanking cables from the TV's two RCA left-right-video connections. Yesterday morning, I mentioned this casually to Starr. Yesterday night, Starr's sister gave me for Xmas an RCA input switching box that she'd purchased days ago, thinking maybe I might find a use for it.

Whoa. Telepathy.

Awesome: Starr is in the dining room playing "Hey Jude" from a Beatles piano book I'd given her for Christmas. This is one of the best "sit down, take a deep breath, and stop fretting about stuff because fretting's the best way to blow it completely" songs ever written. There's a lot going on in my life right now, much more than I'm used to trying to keep track of, but I just can't get too messed up about it all when "Hey Jude" is drifting in from the other room.

Gonna make my award-winning mashed potatoes this afternoon to go with the pot roast Starr started last night at 1am. Should be an excellent Fauxmas dinner.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cyberpunk)
While driving to work this morning, watching the sunrise and listening to the Trance Euphoria podcast, I flashed on a fantasy that's been with me since I could drive, if not before.

In that fantasy, I'm cruising down the Interstate at standard driving speeds, waiting for a nice gap in the cars before and behind me. At the right moment, I reach down to the center console and hit the switch that activates the repulsor pads in the undercarriage.

As the aft thrusters warm up, I feel the small jerk that tells me that the wheels have lost contact with the ground. I hit the button that folds them away into the fenders, bring the thrusters up to 200 MPH, and climb into the sky, arriving at work in 15 minutes instead of 50.

That little vignette hits me on almost any drive longer than 20 minutes. I love visiting all sorts of places... it's the actual getting there that I often find so tedious. Needless to say, mine would be the only car that could do this, otherwise there'd be flaming wrecks scattered across the landscape. (And not always other people's fault, either: last night I almost broadsided someone because I was thinking about my grocery list rather than the road. Bad Borg.)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (menace)
EDIT: Short version of the rant that was in this spot:

Many commenters on Slashdot are fools.

Now I will go and try to write something else that's actually interesting.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (passing)
I technically have Internet now. "Technically" meaning that I keep losing signal temporarily. I think something's wrong with the wireless router - even the wired machine seems to be having issues.

Anyway, I have a lot of email and online errands to catch up on. I also have many hours of housework I've been putting off, so we'll see how that all goes.
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. (orbiting)
Oh, speaking of Freecycling, I've got a flatscreen TV in the apartment that neither Starr nor I want to carry downstairs, much less haul out to the house. It's a 27" (or 29", I can't remember) Philips HD television that handles 1080i (and I think 1080p). It's got an HDMI input, S-Video and composite video on the side, and coaxial and 2 or 3 composite inputs in the back.

We bought it off the Philips website as a refurb for about $500. It came with a power board issue that would cause it to spontaneously turn off, but it could always be turned back on in 2 or 3 minutes or so, and the problem hasn't recurred in about 6 to 8 months. It's a flatscreen, not a flat panel, so it still has a nice heavy picture tube, and that's why I'm not interested in moving the thing. We have Craigslisted it, but everyone interested so far has been a no-show.

Anyone willing to come over and haul it off can have it for $200. We have two nice flat panel TVs that Starr's parents are leaving with us, and are planning to just buy our own flat panel when we move again.

Takers?
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
It's been a heck of a week, and I haven't had much opportunity to post. Let's see if I can catch up a bit.

As of Wednesday evening, Starr and I began sleeping at the new house. This was slightly impeded by the fact that our bed hadn't been moved yet, and Starr's parents had returned for some of their stuff, so we had to share a twin bed in a guest bedroom. Note: no matter how cuddly the other person is, tucking two people into a twin bed gets old quickly.

I'm now getting up at 5:30 every morning to get out of the house by 6:30. My efficiency's improved, as it was taking me up to 90 minutes to get showered, dressed, and moving, but it means I have exactly enough coherence to drive safely and not a bit more. The commute's indeed an hour; thank goodness for podcasts.

Each day last week, I stopped by the apartment on the way home to grab some more stuff. Slowly, all the vital necessities of life have been put in place at the house, such as transforming Macross toys and Lensman paperbacks. By this weekend, I expect to have the silly stuff moved like cooking gear and clean underwear. (Okay, I *am* kidding about the underwear; that was high-priority.)

Starr's parents left on Friday - or was it Thursday? - but returned once more on Saturday for more stuff, and so we could take her little sister to Nekocon. We only stayed for a few hours Saturday afternoon and evening; I had no idea that the con was so HUGE. 3,000 people were claimed in one press release, and it sure looked like it. I could not believe the number and variety of hall costumes! (Of course, I forgot a camera.) Starr dressed as a loligoth, while her sister wore an InuYasha costume. Many pictures of them were taken, but I have seen none posted; me, I was grumpy that morning, and didn't wear a costume. By the end of the evening I regretted the decision, but oh well.

Tuesday, I had the day off, and I headed back over to the apartment to collect more stuff. Our downstairs neighbors are both military, and were also home; when they found out what I was up to, they instantly volunteered their two pickups, and pitched in on the packing. Thanks to them, we're about 70% done with the move, and should be able to finish this weekend; I had reason to appreciate our veterans even more that day! They were awesome folks.

We're switching the house from Verizon to Cox for our internet and phone, and were surprised to learn the the cable junction box is across the street. Shortly after we learned this, we learned that the underground line to our house is bad, and they'll have to bore a new conduit for us this week. The cable, phone, and Internet at the apartment was disabled on Wednesday, so communications have been impaired. Right now my cell phone and work Internet are my main connections to the world.

Midori has been introduced to Tigger and Precious, two cats we're inheriting from Starr's parents. They seem to be more amused than anything else by her hissing and posturing, and she seems to be slowly understanding the uselessness of making all the fuss. With any luck, they'll civilize her a bit.

This Saturday, I hope to have everything out of the apartment that isn't tucked in my office. Sunday, I'll pack all the little figures and toys and books and such I have on display in my office, and move that over, and at that point the actual move should be about done. We can then spend a week or so cleaning up the place nice before we hand over the keys.

Then... maybe... perhaps... a rest. I don't think that's an unreasonable reward!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (yeager)
Yeager crewmembers: on this day, 61 years ago, Air Force Captain "Chuck" Yeager flew the Bell X-1 in the first verified supersonic flight. Decades later, there are no civilian aircraft in service that attain this speed in normal flight.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (gaming)
WoW FigurePrintIn case you hadn't heard, we have indeed invented the Star Trek replicator. Of course, it's expensive, slow, and only works on solid objects, plus the results are a bit fragile. But, one step at a time, right?

A company known as FigurePrints is using this first-generation technology to sell gamers unique figurines of their World of Warcraft characters. The service is so popular that they've had to establish a lottery for accepting orders, even with round-the-clock production. Customers dress their characters in their favorite gear and submit the orders; the figure company retrieves (with permission) 3-D model information from Blizzard, then does a little touchup to cover gaps and clipping artifacts. In a bath of extremely fine powder, something much like an inkjet printer head sprays layers of colored glue, and after some hours, the figure is gently removed from the bath and cleaned up a bit. The result looks like the picture on the right (click it to embiggen).

So, if you play WoW, would you pay $130 for one of these? Does your character have the outfit you'd want to see it in? Would you get one if it were available for another game? Would you get one when the technology gets a little better? Expound!
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. (space_tech)
Once again, here at Langley we have more work than we have people to perform it.

If you have at least a year of IT experience, and are interested in temporary work in Hampton, VA, you're encouraged to drop me a note. We are slowly moving the whole base from their old subcontractor-owned Mac, Windows, and Linux machines to our own equipment, and we need people who work well with the public and can handle unexpected glitches in file transfer and account configuration.

General aerospace fanaticism not necessary, but makes the job cooler.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cartoon)
For whatever reason, it looks like mail sent to my elfie address is not getting through. I've already dropped John a note about it, but until that comes back up, the gmail account is where I can be contacted.

EDIT:Mail appears to be back again yay! Thank you John :)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
  • 17:28 @snidegrrl If only I had a turntable I could hook to the Mac, I would be happy to rip a copy of my Chess album for you. #
  • 17:54 @snidegrrl It's the original, 2-disc, "concept" vinyl album in a black sleeve. Sounded pretty good when I listened to it last (~20 yrs ago). #
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mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
My "grown-up" moment for the week: not bidding on a Lego Mars Rover on eBay even though it came to $10 below retail. I just don't need to be spending $85 on Lego right now. But I thought about it for a second.

Worked on a shell script today which will automate and streamline installation and troubleshooting of our backup services. I keep forgetting how much I love writing code, especially the bit where it executes and everything works properly and I feel like Dr. Frankenstein shouting "It's alive!!" I caught the coding bug when the TRS-80s came out, and I've never gotten over it.

I headed in to work early today, to help install a glut of new monitors which arrived. Not my usual assignment, but I wanted to help out, and the monitors were the lightest of the equipment to be installed. On the other hand, that does mean a lot of crawling under desks, and even a 22-inch flatscreen isn't that light after you've lifted the tenth one onto a desk. I'm a little tired.

Going to try to get in touch with Mom again tonight.

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