Archive for September, 2004

September 27th, 2004 5 comments

I’ll have to say that cleaning rust and/or exhaust gasket flakes out of the eyes with a cotton swab has to be one of the least pleasant parts of doing exhaust work. Possibly topped only by cleaning out the rest of this stuff the next morning when REM sleep weasels it to the corner of the eye from whatever recess of the socket it was hiding.

Of course this time all that was topped by the fact that my SVX is now twice as embarassingly loud as it was due to the wrong seals having been sent. I need to kill my “fuck it, I’ll make it work with what I’ve got” reflex.

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September 18th, 2004 3 comments

Holy crap…. I had heard about this but didn’t know how bad it was till I saw it in person… I just saw the cover of Time magazine whilst in line at Starbucks. I couldn’t stop laughing. Everyone else in line wanted to know what was so funny, but I could do nothing but wave them off between chuckles. Apparently nobody at Time has ever used the internet.

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September 18th, 2004 No comments

Stupid body. I got up at 6 this morning. by default. with no alarm clock. Even though I was up till 2 reading. so I fell back asleep and “slept in” till 8. BAH!!!

EDIT – I suppose the lightning may have had something to do with it. stupid hurricaine. who knew it’d make for such bad weather =/ .

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September 14th, 2004 3 comments

“Very few things in this world upset me more than…” (and derivatives thereof) is an expression I use a lot to describe something which I’m not terribly fond of. There are some times when I mean it in the most literal sense.

Very few things in the world piss me the fuck off like getting conflicting orders from two different bosses who can’t be bothered to communicate with eachother. It makes it worse when I mention to boss A (Bob) that I’ve already been instructed to do something a certain way by Boss B (Ray, Bob’s boss) and I’m told to go ahead and do it a different way anyways. So next time my data gets reviewd by Ray, He’ll tell me I’m doing it wrong. Yet I can’t expect to leave for the day if my reports aren’t up to Bob’s standards. In either case, someone will be pissed at me and that’s not at fucking all ok with me. I’m more than happy to follow a set of standards as long as I’m informed when it’s changing, and as long as those changes are globally recognized.

I can tolerate a very large catalogue of idiocies, but this is one of the few things that really gets me genuinely upset in the professional world. At least Ray had a good objective reason for his opinion. Bob just says “do it this way becaus ethat’s the way I think it should be.”

ATTN: Bob – Die in a fire.

(please forgive the grammatical butchering. I’m really quite upset.)

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September 12th, 2004 8 comments

My windows box ate itself today. Apparently there’s a bug in SP2 that makes it hang on “agp440.sys” or something like that when booting. even in safe mode. When I popped in the windows cd to repair it, it went all “mad cow disease” on my hard drive and destroyed a huge number of random files. Anyone that’s seen what mad cow disease does to the poor things’ brains knows what I’m talking about. This is including the entire “my pictures” directory. Took out a large portion of my documents and software storage places too. more rambling and the solution under the cut.


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September 11th, 2004 4 comments

how’s this for random….

If you do a google image search for “IggDawg”, the only result that comes up is this picture. Which, oddly enough, is not of me at all. It’s of my good friend Damien and his fiancee Yoshi. He’s in the Navy, stationed in Japan. The other odd thing is that the page the pic is “embedded” in is the “show latest thread” link for NASIOC off topic. at any given moment it doesn’t have this pic in it or reference my name at all.

I b0rkd the intarw3b.

Tangent: Best wishes to Damien and Yoshi. The engagement is fairly recent, and I hope they do very well together. They make an awesome couple.

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September 9th, 2004 1 comment

In other news, good luck to all my friends in Florida. Look slike Ivan is set to make landfall on Monday or Tuesday. Last thing FL needs is another hurricaine. Us New Englandahs like to bitch about the weather, but in all honesty I’ll take a nor’easter over a hurricaine any day.

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September 9th, 2004 2 comments

There’s a very different feel to the atmosphere just before a big snowfall. It’s an almost dire feel. A sort of deadly stillness fills everything. The trees sit stationary, but but look almost like they’re shivering imperceptibly… as if perhaps you looked a little closer you could see it. It’s that uneasy “peace before the storm” people always speak of, but before heavy snowfall it’s that sort of assaulting peace that suffocates and penetrates you. It seems like snow could condense from between atoms at any moment. It’s a cool feeling and I look forward to it every year.

I’ve been thinking of it recently because the look of the outside has been like that. There’s a glass door between the lab and my office, and I always check outside to make sure it isn’t raining into my open windows during the summer. Recently it’s had the “about to snow” look. There’s something different about the atmosphere. I think it has to do with all the nastiness that’s been pummeling the south-east of the country… As the storms travel northward we get atypically strong thunderstorms and whatnot. The slight difference in the manner of the storms must trip off my spidey sense somehow. dunno.

Thought I’d ramble a little. It’s been a while since I’ve posted.

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September 1st, 2004 6 comments

I just registered . In a day or 2, you can whois-stalk me! I wanted someplace to host pics and whatnot, and since I have this wonderful end table and nothing to do with it, I decided it was a good time to learn apache and whatnot. For now the domain is parked, but once I have this machine networthy I’ll toss up a simple homepage of some sort along with using it as a host site. It’s cool to have such a monster of a server, even if it is a little dated, but it’d be nice to use it for something more than a network drive.

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