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Last Updated 24 weeks ago [09 Jul 2007|09:47am]
Wow...that's a funny message to see. Yeah, I haven't been around much. I've been working an awful lot, and after spending a day at the computer, the last thing I want to do is spend the night as well.

Plans are still on track for the October wedding (not even sure if I ever mentioned that yet...), and we took a look at the reception site this past weekend. Now its just the details.

Time to try and catch up on my f-list.
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[17 Jan 2007|11:17am]
So, good news in the GRRM world.

Variety is reporting that HBO has picked up the rights for Song of Ice and Fire
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[10 Jan 2007|12:17am]
With all this talk about the iPhone from Apple, I thought I should mention something amazing over at Google.

With Google Maps, you can now chain destinations, so I can go from Point X to Point Y to Point Z, and have this all in one map :P I just planned out our entire Saturday trip to not one but TWO yarn stores in Massachusetts.

The first is Webs, in Northampton (I orginally misspelt that as "Northhampton", my bad). The second is Wild & Woolly in Lexington. There's a whole lot of Mass Pike between Northampton and Lexington, and we're making a big loop through a ton of space. And it'll only take 1/2 a tank of diesel.
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[06 Jan 2007|11:54pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

RIP Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, 2002-2007.

Finally picked up a new mouse for the computer today, because the old one had seen better days, and needed to be put to pasture. All of those hours of Diablo, Diablo 2, Warcraft 3, and World of Warcraft had finally done him in. His left-click just wasn't what it used to be, registering single clicks as doubles, not scrolling properly, etc. In its place, I picked up a Microsoft Comfort Optical 3000, roughly the same design, lacking one button, but having a horizontal scroll.

Unfortunately its starting to look like my keyboard is about ready to go on its way also. Its still "working" fine, but I just haven't been typing as much as I used to in college, so some of the keys get stuck from lack of use. And its getting grimey...

I've been trying to revive Ericka's sister's ebayed Gateway laptop, and I'm having zero success. Her entire problem began when her laptop "mysteriously" restarted on her. When I asked what she had been doing, her reply was "I'm pretty sure I know which one of the two files I downloaded and ran from my email did it...". Great...

So somehow I crashed the harddrive when I went to format it and reload Windows, so we ordered a new hard drive. After more than a few weeks of fiddling, I've finally gotten the new harddrive all squared, with Windows XP Home installed (and it even boots into Windows XP while slaved to my desktop). So I throw the harddrive in the laptop, and get greated with a nice and wonderful "Operating System Not Detected" after it runs through the BIOS. So I delve deeper, check that the BIOS sees the harddrive, check the boot order, everything seems fine, yet still the "Operating System Not Detected". Right now, I'm basically out of options, and ready to pitch her second-hand $300 laptop to the curb.

But, there is an upside to all of this. While installing Windows XP on the new harddrive, I took some time to clean up the office. I've still got a lot of purging left to do, like all the drawers that have not been opened since...forever... And the yarn needs organizing. Arcylics need to come out of the cedar chest, non-acrylics (AKA: shit moths would possibly eat) need to go in. We've got an awful lot of CD cases that had their CDs thrown out either back in Japan, or in the last house that need to go, which would open up room for actual stuff to be put into the drawers. Statements and bills need to make it to the filling system. And after all that, maybe, just maybe, this room will look alright. And maybe that "alright-ness" will spread to the other rooms? Who knows.

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[09 Dec 2006|04:31pm]
And in today's news of cool things:

VW Touareg V10 TDI tows a Boeing 747.
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[06 Dec 2006|06:51pm]
I think I've created a new drink: Robitussin and Rum. [Edit: I have now dubbed it "Rum-i-tussin"[/Edit]

Took the day off from work, slept till 2. Did some laundry. Still feelings like ass.
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[03 Dec 2006|01:37am]
Despite the planning and preparation for a day out-of-States, it looks like US Airways did not want me to visit Canada. I got up at 2:15am, showered and got ready, met my Sales Rep that I was traveling with at the office at 3:30am, and we made out way down to Logan for the 6:15 flight to Pittsburgh (The close, but incorrect spelling being "Pittsburg"). The flight actually took off at 6:25, which put us 5 minutes late, which means when the doors opened at 8:20 in Pittsburgh, the plane we were supposed to be getting on was being sealed for departure. My Rep and I got to do one of those classic movie things where the people are in a rush, running through the airport, just in time to... wait for it... watch the plane taxi away from the gate.

The SHIFT SUPERVISOR that was in charge of said gate looks at us and goes "You'll have to go to Customer Service and make different arrangements, you were late and this plane has to leave on time." Apparently, there's this "rule" that planes have to seal and "push" 10 minutes before the "departure time" that is printed and publicized. Also, the term "we NEED to be on that plane, to be in Toronto when that plane is landing, its right there, and its your airline's fault that we were late" means nothing to this woman.

After a check with Customer Service, it becomes clear that there is no way for us to make it out to the client for our scheduled on-site demo in the time frame that they are looking for. At first, the client's reaction was "Well, if you can't be here for the demo, then we can't consider your solution." After much hemming and hawing, they relented and allowed us to do a remote demo. Now we had a new problem, we're stuck at Pittsburgh International Airport, where the hell are we going to do the demo from?

Thankfully, this is where the wonderful front-desk staff, Audio Visual staff, and Engineering staff of the Hyatt located at Pittsburgh Int'l come into the story. They let us use their Business Center (small room with pay-by-the-minute internet access), and brought in a speaker phone for us. After paying for two laptops to use the T-Mobile wireless, and using the already arranged toll-free conference lines, we were all set to do the demo.

The demo went...ok...considering the conditions and preparation we were able to do, and wrapped just in time for the two of us to catch the 3:55pm flight from Pittsburgh back to Boston (although this mirror the other side of the coin in terms of that airport cliche. While we DID have to run for the plane, we were actually able to board). In Boston, I let my Rep pitch a fit, and both our flights were refunded. Also, every single US Airways employee that we got to deal with had the attitude that the person in charge of the gate should have held the plane. Except, of course, for the Shift Supervisor that happened to be in charge of the gate.

What does this all mean? Instead of traveling 1660 miles to do a demo, we traveled 555 miles to do the demo, still remotely, from Pittsburgh (which is not as well appointed as the office, where we could have done the same thing). I also missed out on an out-of-the-country experience, but am at least fully prepared for our next trip up to Maine to include a jaunt into New Brunswick. I was also unable to get a "Toronto" shot glass, and had to settle for a "Pittsburgh" one instead.

And, of course, there's a silver lining. While preparing for the trip, I had mentioned to my rep that I'd meet him at the office at 3:30am, and "I'll even bring my knitting". He was extremely shocked when I pulled the gloves I have been working on out of my bag after the battery to my laptop had expired. The three hours of plane travel that we did have afforded more than enough time to finish the last three fingers on the second glove, but the turbulence was too much to allow for finishing (which was accomplished tonight).

Moral of the story is that sometimes, there's that one cog that isn't smart enough to realize when rules should be bent, and when they should be followed. In this instance, it was the Shift Supervisor in charge of Gate A9 for the US Airways terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport for the 8:30am flight from Pittsburgh to Toronto. Instead of bending the rules to hold a plane for two minutes to account for two passengers that were running late due to a late start by their previous flight on her airline, she wound up costing her company $1,700 (and not to mention the fact that everyone I work with, and everyone I talk to will hear about this horror story from US Airways).
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[29 Nov 2006|07:56pm]
So, I haven't left work (yet) for the night. Sitting on my laptop there happens to be four sheets of paper. Its a copy of my itinerary for Friday. For a whole 8 hours, I will be in Canada. I have to be to work at 3am to meet up with my sales rep, we'll drive to Boston to catch a flight at 6:15, landing in Toronto at 9:40, grab a rental (rentals are CHEAP when the driver is over 25. When I was in Virginia back in April, it was $100 a day, this car is $19.99 Canadian), drive for two hours to the place we're doing a demo, and then back to the airport to get back to Boston to get back home. All in one day.

And I need a sample site for them before take-off.

Wish me luck...I'll need it...
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[08 Nov 2006|01:42am]
Big changes lately.

Firstly, as of November 1st, my position has changed at work. Instead of being a Sales Representative, I'm in a much more technical role as a Sales Engineer. Basically, support for pre-sales clients, but its much more gratifying. Much less stress. And its really nice to be back on the technical side with my job. About 25% is support, with the other 75% answering technical questions.

Also, tonight we have the mid-term elections. As it turns out, the district that Ericka and I live in closes its doors at 7, which doesn't help when we went to vote at 7:15. However, it appears that our votes (in Manchester, atleast) were not necessary. Lynch is still in Concord, and Shea-Porter and Hodes are going to the House.

Add to that the overall shift in the House, and the gains in the Senate, and the change of hands for some state governors, things look great.

Its nice to see America finally waking up.
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[26 Oct 2006|09:00am]
We got home from knitting last night to find a note tucked into our door. I grabbed it, noticed the logo on the envelope was not the same as what we thought the current owners of our complex were, and opened her up. Turns out Brady Sullivan has followed us from our last apartment to purchase our current complex. So what does this really mean for Ericka and I?

It means that Brady Sullivan will do its borg-like actions, and assimilate the 288 (or so) apartments here, and try to flip them into condos.

This also means that we'll be in the market for someplace new within a year. Our current lease is up in February, we may renew that, we may not. But from out last dealings with Brady Sullivan, at least they typically offer cash to move out before their crews are scheduled to start revamping the place. They also offer long terms to current residents, such as the state-mandated 2 and a half years if someone in the house-hold is receiving payments from the VA for disability (sometimes Ericka's MS works out for us...).

We'll probably think about buying our place, if they'll come in and make the necessary changes to it, such as redoing the whole kitchen (including new dish washer), and actually take care of the hallway. Our carpet in the common hallway just plain sucks, there's holes in the wall from god-knows how long ago, etc...

Well, I still have to go to work, so I'll leave this here.
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[02 Oct 2006|06:21pm]
So I had some fun at work today.

Really, it all started last week.

One of the companies that I'm trying to get to buy wanted to see how our software can integrate their site redesign. To facilitate this, they asked if I could do a little demo. They sent me a PDF of one of their ideas for the redesign, and when I asked if they actually had it coded up somewhere, they let me know "a decision has not been made, so all we have are the proof images."

Well, I spent a few hours on Saturday coding up the HTML, and messing with the CSS to get the three coloumn layout they were looking for. And then I spent today handling the rest of the details, just making sure that everything matches the proof.

...and then I looked at the page in IE.

Because I was at work, I got to call over resident CSS-nut Ian, and he helped me figure out the IE bugs (go go gadget Star HTML hack!). So now I just have the dry run of making it a dynamic template, by adding in some managed content, navigation, and searching.

After working through this for two days, I've got that sense of accomplishment that comes when you look at something and go "Damn, thats perfect."
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[30 Sep 2006|08:31pm]
So I picked up Guitar Hero over my vacation, and played the hell out of Easy and Normal. I'm up to the last section of songs on Hard right now. Well, as I was trying to scratch the playing itch last night, Cowboys from Hell wouldn't load, and if it did, it would freeze up after the first chorus. I know Brian had mentioned the PS2 was getting on in its years, since we had got it way back in 2000 or 2001, so I decided it was time to upgrade anyway.

Went over to EB in the mall today and swapped it for a PS2 Slimline. They were going to test my PS2, but there was crap on the testing station, so I didn't have to put up with that BS. Anyway, $80 later, I'm the proud owner of a PS2 Slimline. And this fucker is TINY. I could put two back to back, and they wouldn't be ass thick as the Watchmen graphic novel. Its just crazy how small these are.

And before anyone gets all uppity that I should have just waited for the end of November with the launch of the Wii and PS3, and price drop of the 360, I've got Guitar Hero 2 on pre-order, and there are still a ton of games that I want to get/play for PS2. Hell, over vacation I dusted off the N64 and played through Ocarina of Time.

In no particular order:

Final Fantasy X
Kingdom Hearts I & II
Xenosaga: Episode II & III
GTA: Liberty City Stories
Gran Turismo 4
Dynasty Warriors 5
Katamari Damacy
God of War
Red Dead Revolver
The .Hack series
Armored Core 3
Wild Arms 3
Guilty Gear X2

See, that's like 20 games that I want to pick up, and after the new systems come out, these will just be even cheaper :P
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[29 Sep 2006|12:05am]
Alright, here's a little test.

First, click this link.

Second, tell me the one all the way on the left is NOT a dude.
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[19 Sep 2006|12:35am]
So Moose has been having trouble with a hair ball the last few days. While up at Borders in Concord, we swung across the street to PetCo and got him some hairball help solution...stuff.

While there, we couldn't leave without getting other cat accoutrements, such as a collar-mounter laser pointer (have you ever seen a cat out of breath? get one of these!), a scratching post to hang from the hallway door, and a nice patch of Pet Grass.

We also ran across the cutest animal we're thinking about owning. A Russian Tortoise. They grow to 10 inches long at the most, and hardly ever weigh over 15 or 20 lbs. And they live for around 50 years. And they're so damn cute. This is more of a "once we have a 'house' " pet, because it is suggested to take them out for walks in the "back yard" when its nice out.

So yeah, a few years down the road, we're going to be that crazy family with the ZOO.
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Did you know... [17 Sep 2006|12:38am]
Did you know that if you get married at The Little White Wedding Chapel on the Vegas Strip, you can have your wedding broadcast LIVE via webcam? And they'll do a wedding for as cheap as $55. And the Vegas City Hall is open 24 hours a day...

And before you ask, NO! we did not buy tickets to fly to Vegas and get married in the near future...but we are thinking about it...
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