2/11/2004

I was just overhearing that in Deming (a small southern New Mexico town),
you take your address with you when you move to another part of the town.
Can anyone verify this?

Update: The city of Deming replies that this is not true. The exact reply
to my email said only, “NO”.

2/10/2004

Vanessa was just telling me about a rebate we got from Sakar International Inc.
that was sent to us at Dear Ladge Plase. We live on Deer Lodge Place.
They really try to mess up the address so the check doesn’t get to you.
Nasty trick. Maybe the rebates are outsourced through several layers and each
company gets a bonus when the customer fails to get the rebate. Just a theory.

This
might be a cheap way to print your own T-shirt. Walmart does them for $13.
I must try it when there is a bit of spare funding.

I finally went back to my piano lessons
a bit last night. (It had been so long I almost had to re-learn the notes.)
Continued on training on
Breakdown
(heavy) in DDR. It should
be pretty impressive in several months once I’ve learned that song. I was
doing brief sections of the song and then I’d have to rest a minute.
15 seconds, rest a minute, 15 seconds, rest a minute. Quite a slow process.

2/9/2004

Does anybody want a couple of 400 and 450 MHz AMD processors and motherboards?
The motherboards might not be fully functional. It’s been a while
since I messed with them. Anyway, they’re free if you want them.

I was just chatting to associate Kelly. I think he and I agree
it’s fortunate that, through the magic of highspeed internet,
we can musically live the UK where there is no such thing
as Justin Timberlake. (Well, almost no such thing.)

I was watching an episode of Dr. Who, The Three Doctors. The doctor
travels to the anti-matter universe. What does it look like?
Well a gravel quarry, of course. I think at least 50% of Dr. Who
is filmed in gravel quarries.

What is it with these silly low carb diets like Atkins?
Restaurants are selling things like the
turkey
bacon melt wrap
or
sizzling New York steak with blue cheese.
They act like it’s fine as long as it doesn’t have any bread-related stuff.
Have all the grease you want! Have a bucket of grease for lunch!
There’s no bread in it! Lose weight and your health at the same time!
My advice is to try the DDR diet instead.
It’s called exercise, people!
Unfortunately, it actually requires you to get off the couch.

I got the video for KLF – Doctorin’ the Tardis. Nice.

We finally got around to putting the crib together last night.
Cleaned out a few boxes and papers in the baby room.
Did taxes too. Used taxactonline.com. You enter the info
on their website and pay $16 for federal and state submission. All through
the information entry process, they hound you to buy the Deluxe version
of their software. They sometimes put a button to buy it where you
would expect the OK button to be. Tricksy! Kinda like those software
license agreements that say something like, “By taking a breath within
the next five minutes, I agree to abide by this software license.”
No wonder Vanessa had tax nightmares all night.
Due to recent high veterinarian bills, we shan’t get to eat out much (if at all)
this month or next month. Lemme tell ya, we’re missin’ the gyros. Aye, for real.

2/9/2004 lunch

Leftover super-cheap frozen pizza. We’re talkin’ $10 for 3 large.
Not as bad as they could be. Supplemented with salad.
Alas, our budget currently precludes many of the sweets I had grown used
to. Whine, whine, whine. Would I like some cheese with that whine?

2/5/2004

An interesting
article
about this guy who makes animatronic heads. Wonder how long before he makes Data.
If they could just build the robot body and let you switch out the motherboard
and processor, you could just constantly upgrade the “brain”.

I was just looking through info about
this
worm/virus. It’s amazing, all the stuff it does. Steals your BF 1942 CD key.
Tries to stop your anti-virus processes (even the less popular AVG).
It even tries to kill other competing worm processes. Little virus kit punks.
Shouldn’t be long before the viruses access your X10 robot to steal
your wallet and Fedex it to them.

An old memory returns. I remember going to a big tower Mexican restaurant
in Denver as a kid. It had cliff divers, a neat fountain and an arcade.
It is Casa Bonita.

I was looking through the newspaper this morning during my idle
time at Krispy Kreme and noticed how many lawsuits there are against
ordinary businesses. There were about three or four against Smith Food
and Drugs and about two against McDonalds. The woman who won a bunch
of money for spilling McDonalds coffee on herself was in New Mexico.
She musta set off a tidal wave. You could probably start a business
in adhesive flooring and people would still come from miles around
to slip on your floors.

I went over to Krispy Kreme this
morning to pick up some donuts for the coworkers. Some of them worked
this weekend to help clean up that production mess. I get over there
and realize I forgot my wallet. I found that I had some change in the
car so I grabbed some and walk in to see how much the donuts were. They cost
more than I had with me so I went back out to the car, about to just go
home, get my wallet and head to work. Then I found I locked my key in the car.
Yay! I went to a gas station half a block away in the cold to a payphone and called
Vanessa to bring my wallet and spare key. Got her some donuts. She noticed
they had a Krispy Kreme baby shirt.
Eh, maybe a baby shirt for some defunct brand like Atari, but not for
Krispy Kreme…just too commercial. (But I’d wear their paper hats.)

2/4/2004

Slashdot points to this
article about how computer chips are made from silicon. I used to do
some networking with equipment in clean rooms. The article briefly mentions
the bunny suits I grew to despise.

I was reading somewhere that you could get rid of the Quicktime
nag screen by booting up, changing your system date to some date years
in the future like 2010, starting Quicktime to get the nag screen
and clicking “remind me later” and then setting your system time back to normal.
I’ll see if it works.

Ah, it’s been interesting times at work. We had a script to clean up
an old table related to processes. They tested the script and
it seemed to have no problems in the test environment. What
doesn’t run in the test environment is a job scheduler process.
When they ran the cleanup script in production, the job scheduler process
panicked and started rescheduling the old jobs that were being cleaned out.
This messed up the production database which had to be backed up to an earlier
time in the day. All the new information people were entering had to be
re-entered.

2/4/2004 lunch

Mum-in-law kindly took us out to Black Angus.
They occasionally put coupons in the newspaper for
“your weight in foodstuffs for less than our normal rate”…well,
not exactly that, but close. So today, it’s leftover garlic
mashed potatoes and prime rib.
Guess that makes me a meat and potatoes man today. Feel my bicep.