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Sun, Aug. 19th, 2012, 10:50 pm
That's me, always making nice with the neighbors.

  I get home from my hike and head outside with some WD-40 to clean the knives and tools I'd used. My new neighbor steps out of their car, and to be friendly I smile and wave. At least that's what I meant to do. What really happened is I grinned, stared at, and waved a knife at them. *facepalm*

Sun, May. 27th, 2012, 12:34 am
Elec-tri-city shoots from my finger.... NAILS!

Home Movies permeates every part of life, at least it seems I'm never more than two degrees from a Home Movies reference.

Today I was flushing the radiator on Aeryn.  After a bit of work I finally broke the drain plug loose - getting a warm, fetid, forceful ethylene glycol golden shower.  As I lay there on my back, panickingly moving my drain pan to the correct position the only thing I thought was "I have a weird relationship with my truck."

Sat, May. 19th, 2012, 05:15 pm
Activity report

So, what's been shakin? A good deal actually. Let's get the big one out of the way: I bought one of my dream vehicles, and from it's prime era to boot. A 1975 International Harvester Scout II. The last owner has had it since 78, and he loved that truck, but put it through a lot. That strong American v8 and v. low gears come together to make a great rumbling sound that pulls like a freight train.

It's going to be a a great vehicle to learn all about wrenching on cars with. I've already sorted out the power steering, next is dialing in the carburetor since Bloomington is a lower elevation than its old home. Then some bodywork, some electrical work, some paint, ad infinitum.

There's a good pick of it here fresh off the truck from N California here. Picture her in a darker blue with a black top and hood, I think it'll look slick. I call her Aeryn, after the Farscape character, but Fish insists until she's running and tidy that she's Frankenstein-Smurf... I can only protest so much.

Work is still pretty crazy, a lot if the new building's quirks have been worked out. Of late there's a lot of JavaScript going on, which is surprisingly powerful and frustrating, by turns. Mostly though I've been training new webmasters and covering for them while they get up to speed. Though I'm a pretty good teacher, it would seem. Every time I get one of them to the point they're ready to do the job they get poached by another department.

Kate & Buff have vanished in a weird mix of bliss and insecurity. *shrug* I just hope that once they're hitched, if they aren't already, they pull themselves together. Really, their bizarre, abrupt, and behavior-shift-filled bonding and subsequent disappearance is the only source of sorrow in my life, everything else is coming up roses; so I try not to linger on it. The whole thing doesn't fill me with confidence, and leaves me scratching my head.

My mom took a vacation out west, so I've been house sitting for her - mostly minding her geriatric dog. I wasn't really looking forward to it, but it has been relaxing and it did put a garage at my disposal. That last bit was a real treat. There's a workshop out here for just a bit more than I can afford, but I might make a lowball offer on it and see if they go for it.

I really should take a shower, but after days of waxing and applying armorall to my Buick and the Scout I'm pretty much impervious to water.

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Wed, Mar. 14th, 2012, 11:36 am
Huh, this IS who we are.

So, I was being a libertarian nut job today, as is my wont, and was watching some videos on the origin and current state of public education when I came across this.

It took me a second, but I recognized the music.  I bet most of the folks I know will, too.  That's right - It's from Millennium.  I think there may be some connection between that show and radical anti-statism, but I can't quite put a finger on it.  At least I think it was an odd choice for "what's some ominous music I just have laying around?"

Note: I don't think folks working in public education are in any way wicked, only that the state is really, really bad at altruism.  Wrecking shit and force is much more in its wheelhouse, "We're doing something good, so it's compulsive, now."

Wed, Feb. 8th, 2012, 04:20 pm

You should always leave comments in your code.  Not only are they helpful when you have to work on it later, old comments can also brighten your day.  I came across this one in a try{} today.

//don't do a damned thing, you just have to include a catch.

Sun, Jan. 29th, 2012, 11:09 pm
"Do an eye roll..."

Fish and I went to dinner on the south-west side of town today.  He decided to walk back, and the rest of the folks acted like it was the craziest damn thing they'd ever heard.

I mean, really.  Fish and I both wound up in Bloomington as lovesick, broke, and stranded as anyone can be.  We spent YEARS walking up-hill both ways to work fourteen hour days spread across three jobs in every kind of weather you can imagine.  Some of the weather you actually couldn't imagine - it rained office furniture once.

So, bitches, puh-lease.  When we want to do our own thing don't foist nothing else on us.

Fri, Jan. 27th, 2012, 09:17 am

I had a bowling sneeze last night.  You know the kind of sneeze I'm talking about, it's been burning in your nose for a while and then *achoo* "Oh, thank God!"

I could feel there were good games just clawing to get out, but I was bowling below average.  My bowling companions cut out at 9pm, but I stuck around for 7 more games, those games came in 11 pins above my average.  What a relief.

Also this creepy bowling puppet was in my head.  Watching.  Judging.

Aside from the fear instilled in that I credit not hurting myself through ~14 games with watching a bunch of LPBA games - precision over power.  Jeanne Naccarato makes it look easy.

Sun, Jan. 15th, 2012, 12:09 am

I know it's late, but I sat down to reminisce on 2011 and found that to get it all out I had to provide a much broader context.  For me I'll put 2011 in the Win column, but there were times I wasn't so sure.

I guess I had a lot more to spit-out than I thought.Collapse )

Sun, Oct. 30th, 2011, 11:44 pm
...And now back to my DS9 marathon

Since movies aren't generally good enough to watch until you're well and truly bored my reviews tend to be ~18 months behind schedule. Today I noticed Tron: Legacy had dropped into my Netflix Instant queue.

It is a fine movie in it's own right, action packed, gorgeous, and refreshingly clean. As a bonus it was even more stylistically antiseptic than the original. What Legacy does best is precisely what it was intended to do to a nerd my age: Make you remember things, and here's the short list.

  • Music: Daft Punk was brought in to do most of the OST, and it reminded me how much I like Daft Punk when they STFU and just make vocalless, sampleless early `90's techno.
  • Bruce Hot/Box-leitner: This guy is as good and ever, and works cheap. He belongs in a “too old for this crap” badass role in a western, think Lee VanCleef in For A Few Dollars More.
  • 80's arcade games: They are precisely 25¢ and 15 minutes worth of fun.

As I started that list I thought there were more items, but my memory's pretty bad. For me a trip down memory lane isn't a stroll, it's a stumble.

All said Legacy was well and written and well made. Typically when you get a sequel, especially after a decade, what you get is not a sequel but just another story set in a universe that the license holders think will sell. This was a perfectly acceptable continuation, at least as I murkily recall Tron from my youth. Even if you think it isn't a worthy heir, it's an enjoyable romp on it's own.

Legacy is pulp with a budget and production values, really I don't know what more you could hope for. It didn't waste a breath on lame cyberpunk or technospeak. It's Sci-Fantasy, and it knows it.


Mon, Oct. 17th, 2011, 08:54 am
Proper Protocol

I was nearly sideswiped and t-boned twice on the drive into work today within 1 block of 10th St & Pete Ellis Dr. That is both ridiculous, and not uncommon. Every driver in Monroe county should be equipped with a euthanizing collar, which also includes an accelerometer and a transceiver. If you fire-off enough surrounding peoples' accelerometers, it's curtains for you.

I guess they could update that intersection to work like every other turn lane in the country, but that doesn't seem very practical.

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