Thursday, August 28, 2003

Entertaining SPAM

This is a piece of spam I recieved this morning. Normally I just delete them quickly, but this one caught my eye. It's still spam, so you spammers don't take this as an invitation to send more, but here it is, without SPAMMING everyone in my address book:


I'm a time traveler stuck here in 2003.
Upon arriving here my dimensional warp generator stopped working. I trusted a company here by the name of LLC Lasers to repair my Generation 3 52 4350A watch unit, and they fled on me.
Since nobody in this timeline seems to be able to deliver what I need (safely here to me), I will have to build a simple time travel circuit to get where I need myself. While it might be hard to find parts in this time to build anything decent, I need easy to follow schematics from the future to build one which is safe and accurate that will not disrupt the time space continuum with both forward and backward capability accounting for temporal location settings (X, Y, Z, n), which can be built out of (readily available) parts here in 2003. Please email me any plans you have. I will pay good money for anything you send me I can use. Or if you have a dimensional warp generator available, and are 100% certain you have a (safe secure) means of delivering it to me please also reply with a secure way to contact you. Contact Info Removed by Me (Marc)

Wednesday, August 20, 2003


Why is the world so full of idiots?

Let me rephrase that. Why is the world so full or inconsiderates?

Yesterday on the way home I had to stop at the store to get some milk. Well being that it was 5pm and the mad rush to get home, the parking lot was full. This particular store has a very small parking lot. To help they setup a row of parking spots a little smaller than normal and thus appropriatly marked them as 'compact only'. My car, a VW Jetta, fits fine in these spots. But the Ford Explorer and the FULL-sized Chevy van that I had to park between clearly did not! The Explorer wasn't as bad as the van but it's still not a compact vehicle! The vans wheels were literally ON both yellow dividing lines. I had about a foot and a half from my car to that van when I got out. Luckly I'm a slim guy.

I got out quickly, so I didn't have to worry about door dings or anything, but that kinda crap pisses me off. There were other full-sized parking spots just a bit further out. But no they had to be lazy. Grrr!

Then as I was backing out, having watched for other traffic, an SUV came down the lane and nearly hit me because the driver was totally in their own world. Uhh, it's a parking lot. People are pulling out all over the place. Don't you think you should be PAYING ATTENTION!??

Finally, I got a call at about 10:15 or so last night from my boss. The office isn't responding. The phone system isn't working and he cannot connect to some of the servers. I use my VPN connection to check on things. I was able to get to my PC, but not the servers. I thought that was odd. Normally the servers will stay up, due to battery backup, much longer than my own PC. Dave asked me to drive in and check it out. When I got there the building was lit up and everything seemed fine. How odd. I get to our offices and things are working, but I hear the beeping of the battery backups. It was only a handful of outlets. We had blown a circuit. Ugh! My servers were on that circuit, so they stayed up as long as they had backup power, but that's typically only 30-45 minutes.

While talking to Dave about this, I find out that we had a carpet cleaner in last night cleaning the carpets. The jerk blew the breaker and left it! We have no idea at this point how long it was off. As far as we know he never called anyone to get the breaker reset. I had to do it when I got there. Luckly we have a key to the maintainace room on our floor. The power in our building is antiquated and overloaded. Actually the whole neighborhood is overloaded. It's a good thing we are not a 24/7 business that would have lost revenue on this. As it was, Dave and I spent about 3 hours on it, plus my cost of fuel and the potential costs of our customers or prospective ones who were trying to access the FTP server for application updates or marketing materials.

All the moron would have had to do is call the building manager, who could have called the maintainance man and us and things could have been up and running again in no time. As it is I suspect we were offline for a minimum of 2 hours. May not seems significant to some, especially since we have little hard costs, but it's more the principle of the deal. The guy should have called something. No instead he walked away from it like a child who broke something. Take responsibility for your actions! Even if you ARE and idiot.

Monday, August 18, 2003


I thought I should write something, but I really don't much feel like it. My sweety is going to be out of town for a few days and I'm already missing her. Boy I'm love struck. Not that I mind that, but this missing her stuff is rough. My only consolation is that I have to work really hard all week. I probably be at the office until 11pm Wednesday night. So it's a bitter sweet deal. I'll be so busy that I won't miss her so bad, but I'm still going to miss here and I'll be working all night. Ugh! Sounds worse now that I've written it down.

I think I'm gonna play Unreal Tournament 2003 and blast some 3D dudes. Nothing like a little slaughter to relax a 21st century man. *rolling eyes*

Sunday, August 17, 2003

Good Read

I think I'm going to ad THIS blog to my list of regular reads. She witty and a good writer. Thanks to the Gut-Dude for helping me find this blog.

Friday, August 15, 2003

Out of the Loop

Everyone is talking about the blackout that effected New York, Ohio, Michigan and Ontario. Frankly for good reason! It's big news. A major event. So when did I find out? Yesterday on the radio? On the news? CNN? CNBC? BBC?? No, none of those.

I found out late this afternoon from a coworker who asked me if I thought it had affected the Internet.

I never turned the TV on yesterday. I listen to the radio in the morning, but they never mentioned anything about it Thursday morning. I'm not sure when the blackout even occured. Sheesh. On the way home I listen to CDs rather than the radio so I missed any chance to hear it there either.

This whole thing has me wondering if I'm at a disadvantage because I'm out of touch with what is going on. Either that or I'm better off because I'm not sucked into sensationalistic journalism and the speculations and rumors that have begun to be subsituted for real news. Not to suggest that the power outage didn't happen, it's clear it has, but I've been reading about all kinds of "answers" to what caused the blackout and whos fault it is. Good god it's a friggin mud-slinging party going on! Reporters should not be reporting speculations or unproven 'facts'. It's poor journalism and causes more confusion than is needed.

End of Rant.

I think I better watch the news every once in awhile, even if its only for 5 minutes on Headline News or something.

Thursday, August 14, 2003


The Denis Leary roast SUCKED! There were a few laughs, but mostly it was no-name comics, "buddies" of Leary, giving him shit about his bad movies. Give me a break. The only real funny guy was the gay friend from college. He was a bit rough with Liz Hurley though. Granted she had to have expected a little flak, but his comments weren't so much funny as they were rude.

This is supposed to be the first of many other roasts. God I hope they are better than this! I dunno if the others will even get off the ground after this one.

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Todays To-Do List

  1. Laundry - I've been putting it off all week. I cannot put it off any longer. Laundry is such a pain. It's probably worse when I put it off too, because now I have about 4-5 loads to do. Blah.
  2. Wash the car - I always enjoy washing my car. I think that's primarily a guy thing. I'm sure there are women who like to wash their cars as well, but most guys I know enjoy it. It's like a weekend ritual with your car. If a guy really likes his car, hell even some that don't like their cars, he'll put some level of detail into the wash. Perhaps not every time, but when it happens you can tell. I don't detail often, but it sure is satisfying when I do. It makes me want to drive my car around town to show it off. "Look how clean MY car is!"
  3. Recycle - I have a bunch of cans at work and some here along with plastic bottles. I use so very little glass, I don't typically recycle it. For instance, today I'll be taking one brown Fosters bottle. Whoo! But I AM taking three bags of aluminium cans. I'm far from Mr. Earth Day, but recycling is pretty easy. I just have to take everything to the bins. We don't have recycling pickup here in Nashville, at least not where I live.
  4. Clean up my desk - My cats keep reminding me I need to clean my desk. The come running chasing each other and crash on my desk because they slip on all the stuff on it. Most of it just needs to be filed away. What fun!
  5. Vacume - Another necessity that has escalated in part because of my kittens. I've reduced the litter spread a great deal by getting them a covered littler box. Now they cannot kick the sand all over hell and back. But there is still some that makes it out. Usually as a result of my bare feet. Then there is the plant they seem to enjoy digging in. It has a loose chipped vegitation layer on top. They somehow kick that out onto the floor. I have no idea how they do it, but the evidence is there. Lastly they tend to leave their food crumbs everywhere. All this stuff spreads over the course of a week. I'm vacuming every Sunday now it seems. I imagine its even worse with children.
  6. Run to the Office - I need to head into the office for a bit this morning. I need to get the cans there, but also I need to do some quick work. I had a brain storm last night. What I need to do will take a short time to setup but nearly 12 hours to run, so I'd rather do it today than start it tomorrow morning and not be able to work with it until Tuesday. WAIT! Scratch that! I can do it all from here. Duh! I forget about my remote secure connection to the office from here. I'll have to take care of the cans there tomorrow night or something. Sweet.
  7. Return Movies - I rented and watched The Animatrix and Die Another Day last night. Both were good. Die Another Day is another fun Bond movie. Hard to go wrong there. The Animatrix was interesting. I like anime, so I was right at home. Some of the shorts (8 of them) were better than others. The Second Renessance Parts 1 and 2 were awesome though. I heard some people saying that these short stories helped fill in the blanks between the first and second movies. While The Final Flight of The Osiris was certainly related the others were (from my perspective) just based on the Matrix story line. Don't get me wrong, they were well written and interesting, but I failed to see any corolation.
  8. Watch Denis Learys Roast on Comedy Central - This should be good! I've always enjoyed Denis Learys comedy, but he's a self proclaimed asshole. Lets see how the asshole takes a "roast"! LOL

Well that's all I can think of right now. I'm sure there are other less interesting, more mundane things, like eat and use the bathroom, but I really doubt you'd really want to hear all about that.

Thursday, August 07, 2003


The database is still broken. I've been working on this pretty much non-stop since Monday night. UGH! It makes no sense.

oops...gotta go fix something

Monday, August 04, 2003

Not feeling very f'n cuddly!

Ok I fucked up. I didn't backup a database I was working on. The work I did didn't quite work as planned. Now I'll be spending the rest of the evening here at work fixing it. UGGGGGHHHH!!!

Ok so I started a database integrity check and repair, which takes awhile, so I knew i'd be fine to get some dinner. I walked over to Wendy's, only a few blocks away. The walk was good, it helped calm me down. It's a pretty evening, not too hot.

I got my dinner and they got my order correct, no problem there.

As I'm walking back I hear a dripping noise, I look up and there are a ton of little birds roosting on the electrical wires. "Oh crap!", I think. Oh crap is right. I didn't make it out in time. Splat right on my right arm, from my shoulder all the way down my arm. UGH!!! What really pisses me off is that I was wearing a very light colored shirt. I got into my office building and washed it all off in the bathroom sink, but I'm afraid it'll stain.

If it stains, I think i'm gonna feed the birds PopRocks! Little bastards!!!

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Crap! What was I going to blog about?

I thought I had something to say but now I can't remember what it was. I'm sure it was witty.

I'm working late again. Seems I blog mostly when I'm working late. Probably because when I get home there are more interesting things to do with my time.

I really need to go grocery shopping, but I dread it so. It's funny how much Food Network I watch but I cook so little. It's not that I don't like to cook, it's just when I get home I'm hungry and I just want to eat. I don't want to cut up a bunch of vegies and make sure some meat is thawed and stuff. Plus then I have to do dishes too.

I have plenty of time, that's not an issue. Call me lazy if you wish, but I think it's more of a personal priority for me to do other things. I put it off as long as I can, but in the end I do it because I have to.

I have a chicken breast thawed and some various colored peppers. So I'll probably stirfry. Luckly I dont use a lot of dishes to make stir-fry but I have to cut up all the vegies. I'm pretty quick with my chef knife now, but it's still a time consuming task. I believe I'll have my stir fry over raman noodles. They are a lot faster than rice. Oh and if you don't use the super salty seasoning packet and just put your meat and veggies over them, they are not so bad. Raman noodles have a bad rap I think.

Ok I'm officially bored now.