Archive for December, 2005

Chicken scratches

December 28th, 2005 4 comments

One of these days the handwritten word is going to fall under the category of fallen arts. As computers and the internet become more and more the primary forms of communications, especially with the increasing popularity of mobile devices and WiFi, the need for writing things by hand will fall to the wayside. Once schools begin to incorporate tablet PCs and laptops as part of the mainstream, writing things by hand will become nearly useless (since school was one of the last places people actually write things out by hand). Handwriting will be shunned to the corners of lab notebooks, longhand math, and other places where paper trails are deemed a necessity or where chicken scratches are desired to help the brain chug along.

I’m ok with all this because my handwriting sucks. It’s slower and far less legible than my typing. During the rare occasions when I have to write by hand I do it hastily and begrudgingly. I *greatly dislike* having to slow down my thinking to accommodate the sloth-like formation of letters by hand.

That’s all I got. Random thought for the night.

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Programmed reactions

December 24th, 2005 3 comments

I was leaving work yesterday and one of my coworkers said “Have a happy holiday” as I was walking out of the breakroom with my cup of “get home without falling asleep during the commute and dying” coffee. I replied with simply “No”. you could watch his brain slam immediately to a stop. After a few moments, he said “Wow, never heard anyone respond with that before. Wasn’t expecting that. Fine then, I hope you have a really crappy holiday”.

I like screwing with programmed reactions sometimes. The guy is a joker and we mess with eachother all the time. Normally I wouldn’t mess with random people who are just wishing me well (even if it is programmed wellwishing).

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December 24th, 2005 2 comments

I’ve been getting a periodic threshold alert for a device all evening. It comes in and clears out before I have to do anything to it. I’ve seen it like 20 times tonight. It’s a disk usage alert so it’s probably a periodic backup or something.

The device name is “csokseaw”. I don’t know what that’s supposed to spell out or be an abbreviation/acronym for… but in my poor little brain it looks like “cocksaw” to me every time it comes up. ewww… cocksaw? wtf is a cocksaw? That doesn’t sound pleasant at all! And why would anyone name a network device after it? sickos.

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December 22nd, 2005 2 comments

I moved the SVX today after a few months of her not moving at all. The neighbors were afraid she was becoming a parking lot ornament. The battery was completely dead. like deader that someone that’s died, rotted, mulched, turned to fertilizer, grown into a tree, cut down, and burned. I’m pretty sure I have a phantom power leak. anyways… Tried my jumpers.. starter would click pitifully but not turn. Got my dad’s “OMGJUMPERCABLES” and tried those. a little turning over. tried both at once. turned over for a while but wouldn’t start. The battery was stone cold. Colder than (you get the idea). I brought it inside to warm it a little and that did the trick. After chiseling off the ice and getting the tires up to pressure I took her out. Still a pleasure to drive. Looking forward to getting a tranny with 3rd and 4h gear in her.

that’s all I got.

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Sketchy People

December 16th, 2005 No comments

Snipped of an update email from Maria, an ex-coworker of mine from my glory days at Diagenics:


“So last night we had a Diagenics get together that consisted of Tony, Joey,
Mark and myself. Mark is huge ;o) Anyway…I wanted to include you but
didn’t know how to locate you. Dave has moved out to TX so he couldn’t
make it…which made most of us happy seeing as how last time we got
together he was being his usual creepy self and started talking about
dating. Tony said that he should try match or something and he proceeded
to tell us that he has tried something similiar. Well, we should have
stopped the inquiry right there!! So little innocent Tony asks him what
site he’s on and Dave writes on a piece of paper What’s that
Tony asks?? So Dave then pretty much yells out for the table and half the
restuarant …MANY PEOPLE WITH (hahahaa….sorry…I’m laughing
as I’m typing!!!!) Anywho, needless to say we were in no hurry after that
to meet again, or finish our dinners for that matter!”


Dave was our project manager. Relatively normal looking guy in his 40s/50s… but in reality an extremely creepy guy. he would say the weirdest and least appropriate things at the most awkward times (and in a very normal matter-of-fact voice). some previous examples of his interesting conversational abilities:

– One time when he was driving a bunch of us to lunch, we quesioned him about a small circular burn on his car’s ceiling. his response to his carload of people was “Oh, that’s a cigarette burn. I was driving drunk one time, I drive drunk all the time, and I hopped a curb. I was holding the butt in my right hand and I guess I stabbed it into the ceiling”. I heard 2 seatbelts buckle right around then.

– He comes in from a cigarette break “hey guys, can you give me a hand? I lit the bushes outside on fire while I was smoking”. We never asked if this was intentional or not. no idea how you light juniper-type bushes on fire with a cigarette by mistake?

– He had a thing for this one waitress at On The Border. she was like 23 or so. every time she would walk by, he’d have his eyes fixed with adamant resolution on her ass and he’d audibly mutter “I’d love to have kids with that girl”. I guess you’d have to see the non-wholesome look he’d eye her with. I mean, she had a nice ass and all, so I’m not questioning the staring on his (very single) part. His remarks of her never seemed to match his mode though. I’m shivering right now just thinking about it.

– and now the simple and matter of fact “Hey guys, I’ve got herpes. how bout that?” at the dinnertable. This was one of those situations where lying a little saying “I’ve been using” would be perfectly acceptable. It’s not along the same lines as “I’ve got this terrible back pain” or “I think I’m getting the flu”. It’s more along the line of “I’ve been getting these anal warts lately”… just something you don’t want to think about during dinner.

Then again, if any of you have been around long enough to remember “Claude” you’d know that none of this shouldn weird me out in the slightest. Man, that company had some really sketchy people. Don’t get me started on Ze Germans.

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December 9th, 2005 3 comments
Random Comic Generator v2.0 by Delya
Paper or plastic?
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Quiz created with MemeGen!

It’s not so much what’s said as what’s UNsaid. So much room to read between the lines. True genius.

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December 8th, 2005 2 comments

On my Christmas wish-list:

I’d like to have the ability to clench my fist in a Rage-Of-Darkness(tm), compressing time and space. A wormhole would be created through the intarweb, connecting the center of the singularity with the immortal soul of whoever is on the other end of the phone at the moment. If the internet lines at work can handle all the music and movies people download here, what’s one immortal soul more or less? Using this power I would crush their soul, and their physical bodies would follow… being contorted, torn, and twisted into impossible shapes describable only in 11 dimensional figures. At this point they would exist as mere fingers in our reality, their bodies being tormented in places our primitive eyes cannot see.

Surely after all that they would not be able to continue on with the phonecall they’ve placed to me. How could I with them in that condition? I could hang up with the satisfaction that I had handled them to the furthest extent of my abilities. I could guiltlessly toss them into the callback queue with the poor engineers who would eventually get to deal with their tortured souls. Then I could get back to my real work instead of dealing with this end-user crap. On a normal night I get 3-5 calls from this customer TOPS. This week I’ve been getting more like 15 calls… all between around 5am and 7am (the tail-end of my shift). I’m not a call center phone jockey, thanks. So Santa, if you’re watching, please fill my holiday season with cheer and allow me to humble power to crush the bodies and souls of the bastard Satan-mongering asshole end-users that riddle my night with dead puppies, wilted flowers, and shattered rainbows.

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December 1st, 2005 3 comments

I’m not a big fan of those flip-down DVD screens in vans and SUVs. I mean, it’s a great way to avoid having to interact with your children in any way during the gruelling 15-minute drive from your place in suburbia to “wherever-the-fuck”… Nobody will deny that. But perhaps a little conversation would go a long way to develop social skills in your children.

Anyways… I saw something even better today. Some guy in a Saab or sometihng had a portable DVD player in the front of his car. Not in the dash in one of those horribly expensive head units. He had it sitting on top of his dashboard, flipped upside down, with the screen hanging IN FRONT OF HIS GAUGES. I realize that the goal of commuters is to pay as little attention to traffic as possible, but not only is this guy not paying attention to the road by watching a movie between the spokes of his steering wheel, but he is getting absolutely zero vehicle information. road speed, engine speed, engine temp, fuel level, and any dummy lights… all obscured. if he popped an oil line he’d be none the wiser until his engine was a solid block of metal, and the traffic behind him got real friendly with his rear bumper. not that anyone ever pops an oil line. never happens.


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