triadruid: Two stick figures from the webcomic XKCD, fighting with swords while they are supposed to be coding (compiling)
...which only exemplifies the problem.

To wit, I used to be one of those people whose First World Problems included "if I could just win the lottery, all of my financial woes would be solved and I could do whatever I wanted". Which, while true, isn't really the 'problem' anymore. Realistically if I could win/make/steal the same amount I take home NOW without having to go to work, I could do pretty much do what I want to do, I'd just have the time to actually do it! That, or somebody invents a 25 30 36-hour day... we'll see which happens first.

I have too many hobbies/tasks. I don't want to give up ANY of them. Hell, I've got ones I want to do I haven't even been able to properly begin (hello archery). I've been going to the gym down the street since cardiac rehab ended, which is AWESOME, but sucks up somewhere between 70 and 130 minutes of the days I manage to go. I've not done any real coding in months, and this week (hopefully) I'll reinstall All The Operating Systems and be ready to play Diablo III in my nonexistent free(r) time. And let's not even talk about costuming...

Anyway, lunchtime's a-wasting. Hope your life is as full and exciting as mine, but perhaps not moreso.
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triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
So work re-installed Websense, or at least finally got it working on all of their proxy servers. It was sort of spotty before I left for vacation, but now it's like bleedin' Alcatraz. By which I mean rusty, full of holes, and operated in a way that makes very little sense for the inmates employees.

I contented myself yesterday with a few breaching experiments while I waited for other stuff/needed a break, but my LJ (and most other Google) access is extremely limited during the day for the forseeable future. C'est la job.
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(actually that's not true, as I hope to make one more post with my book list, but I need to finish the Bataan Death Read first...)
Half-day at the office today and most people are out on vacation or at a going-away party, so I'm kind of wombling around getting things done.

First out of the gate, if you have the same sort of morbid fascination for the slow-motion demolition that our economy is undergoing that I do, I heartily recommend two things on LJ: [ profile] solarbird, who does an excellent job of translating econ-speak into things mere mortals can understand, and links like a mofo; and [ profile] reich_blog, the RSS feed for Robert Reich, former Clinton Secretary of Labor. He's got a pithy and admittedly liberal slant on things, but it's a lot more pragmatic than a lot of what I see out there.

Secondly, the Musical Death Star that is [ profile] featherynscale's iPod is now 50% more full awesome. I uploaded most of my collection onto it in preparation for our trip to Florida (yes, this'll be our third major road trip of the year), and while we didn't quite get to making the new playlists like No Crying in Baseball, it'll be even more train-wreck-happy on Shuffle All, I'm sure. Good thing we didn't get a Zune, by the way...

Finally, a to-do list of little relevance to anybody here but me:Read more... )
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Today, I am happy with 61°, a strong south wind, tasty leftovers, and
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Whoops. I alluded earlier this morning to a blow for energy independence encounter with a gas pump this morning, but forgot to put up the story for another 45 minutes or so. Cue distressed phone call from partner...

Anyway. What happened was this; finally got all my junk together for work this morning, fed the dogs, scraped the car, and headed north. Snow/sleet had already started by then, but that's actually not relevant to this story, believe it or not. What was relevant was the proximity of the needle on my gas gauge to the "E" side of the equation. So I pulled into the BP up the road, filled up the tank, and scraped more crap off my windshield. Got back in the car to make sure I had cash for parking downtown, listened for the 'click' of the gas pump. Put my wallet away, put my gloves back on, started the car, and drove out of the parking lot. You may have noticed an element missing in this story... )

So that's the story of Me vs. Big Oil.

::edit:: And my training tonight is cancelled - WIKTORY!
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Spent yesterday morning in one of those mandatory "diversity" workshops. Yawnfest, but the important thing is it kept me from clicking Refresh while LJ was being moved to Siberia Billings, Montana. Actually, I've barely been on LJ lately...

Finally closing in on the last stages of the new G.C. website. Next task there? Figure out what the hell happened to our Google Page Rank (actually, I'm pretty sure I know: Gaia Online, Gaia Community College, and are pretty clearly swamping us).

Finally, speaking of going down, my new guilty pleasure song is behind the cut:
'Bad Girlfriend', by Theory of a Deadman )
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To: Windows
Cc: PhoneTreePlus

Subject: Your security model still sucks.

That is all.

No Love,
The Penguinista
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Really, really, quietly loud.

That probably seems nonsensical. It's my work computer, so it has no speakers, right? So I brought in headphones... I can't tell if the headphones are just TOO good, or if something's bollixed up in this box, but it...hums. And clicks. And buzzes. All. The. TIME.

  • Scrolling a page? Buzzzzzz.
  • Animated GIF? Tick.tick.tick.tick.
  • Popup-text? Click.
  • Loading webpage? Whirrrrr.
  • Clock advancing by one second? Tick. (sometimes)
  • Maximizing/minimizing window? Whiiiine.
  • Been stationary too long? Roll 1d8, consult "annoying noises" chart.
Curiously, muting the computer's master volume control doesn't stop the noises. So today is a music-free day...
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Went to go see Wanted last night, which was actually extremely enjoyable (and had a better plot than I expected, frankly). The trailers make it seem like gun-kata, but I actually think "car-kata" occurs more often... amazing stuntwork. And the scene near the end of James McAvoy tearing through the factory is worth the price of admission all by itself.

However, on the way home I experienced the worst bout of acid reflux I think I've ever had, and had to pull over for a moment to get the taste of bile out of my mouth. Unfortunately once my body had the idea, it sort of... ran with it, and I've been up and down all night trying to get comfortable. Food still sounds 100% unappealing to me, so I'm going to go try to get as little work done as possible this morning and then crash back out, hopefully.
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No big accomplishments thus far. Saw Speed Racer over the weekend, which is every bit as much an acid trip as you might imagine. Worth seeing on the big screen; hell, worth seeing on the IMAX, for that matter. Check your brain at the door and have fun, damnit. Yes, the plot has holes you can drive a Weapons Van through - did the reviewers not see the original? This ain't The English Patient, kids.

Got to play pool with [ profile] archway and [ profile] gr8wolf earlier this week; against all odds and rustiness, managed to hold my own against [ profile] gr8wolf. I need to locate my Frankencue; [ profile] saffronhare, do you think it was still in your basement when your table went away?

Not many pool tables near our house, boo. New pool icon, yay!

Other than that, just trying to keep moving forward...Games Night tonight, yay. Work tomorrow all day, boo. Possibly more fun in the evening, yay?
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Spent most of last night's dreamtime working at a group home in Iowa, although neither of the ones I actually worked at. At least, those places lacked such amenities as a parking garage within which we could play soccer, or a 6-foot-high balance beam affectionately referred to as "Jesus has the Mojo" (or perhaps that was the nearby alcove with a mural of Jesus doing Karate Kid stuff on the back wall). On the other hand, we didn't have pregnant teenagers who thought they were Rockettes, or kids with electronic keys (trusties?), or staff with electronic keys for that matter...

Weird. Fun, and nostalgic, but very weird... especially since I was just in Iowa for the weekend, and trying to figure out how to pay for/keep an eye on my apartment back in Kansas City.
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"I'm not going to record the message... I have a voice that was made for e-mail!"
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While looking through my Collection O' Business Cards for the contact information for Pepsi's Vending Machine Loss Prevention guy ([ profile] featherynscale wants to put her gremlin skills to more lawful - and gainful! - use), I came across a business card for a neighborhood services employee from Grandview. I remembered talking to him 4-5 years ago while attending a Homeowners' Association meeting, and he asked me about the possibilities for moving up in the world by transferring to KCMO, since he'd pretty much hit the ceiling for skills in little ol' Grandview.

"Mike S..., Mike S... why does that still sound familiar?" Oh, right. He's been the Tow Services manager for KCMO for the last year or two. Well done, Mike! (this also may explain why he's always so boisterously enthusiastic when he sees me in the halls, or maybe he's just always that way)

It's weird being in one town for this long, and having a job where even people I don't "know", know me sometimes.
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Oddly, I seem to have had the same dream (or at least dreamworld) last night as I had some months ago. Read more... )

P.S. I think this post exceeds my daily quota of "some*" used in a recounting. I'll go try to be more specific now somewhere else...Damnit, there it is again!
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
This morning was sort of epic in its failure. I'm not entirely sure how you get "sort of epic", but it looks a lot like this in my world... )
I thought yesterday was supposed to be Monday? Yesterday was pretty good, actually, after about 10:05AM...

Anyway. [ profile] archway has given me a pick-me-up meme of sorts to do, which I'll probably wrangle after lunchtime.
triadruid: Roland Deschain from the Dark Tower novel "The Gunslinger", looking at a raven sitting on a skull on the ground. (gunslinger)
Having slept about 85% of the last two days and consumed most of the contents of a box of Nyquil®, I'm feeling significantly more human/less zombified. Still running a low-grade fever, so I'll be staying home from work again (you can write that one down, if you like), but at least I don't sound like a character from The Stand anymore...

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