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Thu, Nov. 6th, 2008, 01:34 am
Baby Will Be Male

I learned this about a month ago, but just now realized I forgot to post it here... my proto-baby is a boy. His first name shall be Vincent; the middle name is still undecided.

Thu, Sep. 4th, 2008, 02:40 am
Blown Switch Power Supply

My 16-port dumb switch blew its power supply yesterday during some electrical turbulence. Fortunately, the switch seems fine when plugged into a new power supply (untested on the network), but right now I've got my primary network running on an 8-port 10/half dumber hub that I had lying around—my first hub at home, even. In addition to the 8 RJ-45 ports, it has a coaxial 10 base-2 port and an AUI "backbone" port. I got the model with the extra ports because I had an ancient Macintosh, even by standards back then, that only had a 10 base-2 connection back in 1997 when I acquired it.

Thu, Sep. 4th, 2008, 01:44 am
Baby Due Date

The Baby has been given the due date of February 14, 2009. We do not have a gender, yet.

Sat, Aug. 23rd, 2008, 04:17 pm
New Denver Holding Facility

Apparently there's a new holding facility in Denver that was created for the Democratic Convention:


It is controversial because people are claiming it was converted from an old warehouse to a prison in secret, and also because the whole idea of arresting protesters is unsavory in general.

I am curious how it may end up in the news, or not, during and after the convention.

Fri, Aug. 22nd, 2008, 11:08 pm
I haz babby!

I went with my wife to the ob/gyn on Wednesday and they found this guy, somewhere in his fourth month, inside (I'm using masculine pronouns for convenience until proved otherwise—we do not have a sex determination yet):


He has a brain, spinal cord, beating heart, and two little kicking legs. He's so adorable! :)

Sun, Jul. 13th, 2008, 09:33 am
Lambda Cats

andyhat was smart enough to post this link to Lambdacats (lolcats for programmers) that I sent to him and some other friends (and came to me via @Sutto on Twitter). It's such a good idea that I'm posting it here, too. :)

Fri, Jul. 11th, 2008, 09:10 am
Moving On

For those of you that I have not talked to recently, I have news. Today is my last day at my present employer, CCC Information Services, Inc. I have formed my own technology company and will be working as an independent contractor.

It will be a new experience. I see a lot of work ahead of me to keep the pipeline flowing. Please lend me a hand if you can or lend me your moral support if you cannot. My greatest expertise is in Unix security and application development (my strongest languages are Ruby, Perl, and C). I am good in front of a group of people in a training environment as well. Also, I am planning to build up some application security experience over the next few months as time and opportunity permits.

To my soon-to-be former co-workers at CCC: thank you for the awesome times we had the last four years! Good luck!

Wed, Jul. 2nd, 2008, 12:11 am
No Printer for You!

I'm trying to print a contract tonight, and it seems that I have no operational printer at the moment.

The laser printer seems to need all four of its toner cartridges replaced, and the ink jet has no more black ink.


Mon, Jun. 23rd, 2008, 12:24 pm
Tribute to George Carlin

Many of you already know that George Carlin has died, but I'd like to make a statement of my own about him. I think George was a very important man and one that should really stand out among the famous names. He was one of few that would push the limits that other people dared not traverse; he was always exploring the darker crevices of our habits as a society and our outlook on life. Of course, he primarily did so through comedy. And though not a well received movie in general, I thought his acting in Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl" showed us all a side of George that displays wisdom and seriousness about life's issues as well. He seemed to get what life is really about and was always trying to tell other people through all his work. It seems that while many laughed, too few took to heart the message about life in what was just "comedy" to them.

George, let's do it again in the next life. Ciao!

Mon, Jun. 23rd, 2008, 08:37 am
Bad Franklin-Covey

So for about two weeks I have been trying to get new planner pages for my Franklin-Covey to cover me from July 2008 to June 2009. Unfortunately, Franklin-Covey has been making it annoying to achieve this.

First I tried their website, thinking it would be inconvenient to get to one of their brick and mortar locations. The order did not happen, however, as their website was so ungodly slow that I had to quit frustrated half an hour later. I did manage to figure out which pages I was purchasing so I could swing by one of the stores and pick it up quickly.

So a few days later I have my chance: take my lunch hour at work and walk over to the Franklin-Covey store on Michigan St. and get my pages. I do so only to find the location closed. Permanently. Grrr.

A look back online shows that Franklin-Covey has another store in Schaumburg and one in the Milwaukee area. Both possible, but let's try online again, first. Those locations are not places I frequent enough to be able to make it there soon. Second try online was much better from the performance department, and I got as far as the checkout before something happened: I selected the FREE shipping option (standard ground) on the order page, but then on the confirmation page shipping was suddenly $8. Excuse me?!

Finally, I decided maybe I'll swing by Schaumburg on my way to work on Wednesday. If they open at 9 AM or before, I can do it and get into work not-too-late. They open at 10 AM.


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