Thursday, November 25, 2004

Best.... Glitch.... Ever...

While plotting a whole series of structural and architectural drawings from 24"x36" format to 11"x17" printer, which apparently is very memory-intensive, my computer entered a little loop. More particularly, Winamp started to skip. It tends to do that. Now, this has happened many times today, with many bits of songs or wav's getting stuck. My list has a lot of amusing wav files on it, so here are some examples of lines that got repeated 5 or 6 times:

"The soup is fucking ten dollars.
The soup is fucking ten dollars.
The soup is fucking ten dollars.
The soup is fucking ten dollars."
- Mr Fabulous, The Blues Brothers

"... wang is a beautiful thing.
... wang is a beautiful thing.
... wang is a beautiful thing.
... wang is a beautiful thing."
- Homer Simpson

- Clutch - Pure Rock Fury

"Gadgets and evil plots...
Gadgets and evil plots...
Gadgets and evil plots...
Gadgets and evil plots..."
- Professor, Powerpuff Girls
(this one happened JUST now)

and my personal favorite so far:

"... we should all have a minutes flatulence.
... we should all have a minutes flatulence.
... we should all have a minutes flatulence.
... we should all have a minutes flatulence."
- Rimmer, Red Dwarf

I couldnt stop giggling for ten minutes, and even now, Kyle is wondering why I am laughing as I type this.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Sick Babies...

... lead to healthier ones, but that doesn't make the experience any more fun for any of the parties involved.

Sebastian's temperature decided it didn't like being in the double American digits, and went to peruse the triple digits (102 to 104 Farenheit) around 4:45 pm yesterday. He had two short naps between that time and nine pm, drinking one juice box and eating one piece of toast. Promptly at 9 he barfed up the toast and juice, and screamed, but then went mostly back to sleep next to our bed.

At 2am, he began tossing and turning and roasting like a little turkey. He sucked back an entire sippy of water, and cooled off a bit, but kept with the tossing and turning. Around 4am, he decided that we had to go downstairs, because Mommy was there. This logic was clearly false, since Mommy was in bed, as she had to get up at 5:30 to do the paper route she is no doubt regretting. Me and Seb went downstairs, I folded down the futon, set him up with another sippy of water (spiked with Motrin) and let him watch treehouse while I tried, badly, to go back to sleep.

When I left for work, his temperature had dropped back to a reasonable 102, and he was drinking an apple juice spiked with Motrin.

UPDATE: Apparently, his fever broke and he ate half a box of Zamboni and Cheese. Yay, indestructo-baby! (BTW: Zamboni and Cheese is macaroni and cheese when spoken by a child who own thirty books about automobiles.)

Monday, November 22, 2004

I just joined PETA...

... and I couldn't be happier. This is a wonderful organization, designed to preserve the animals that our planet needs the most, for our own personal uses. Yes, the People for the Eating of Tasty Animals are dedicated men and women in every city accross the globe, and we're trying to make a difference.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Hooray For Office Politics...

... at my new, awesome job.

Excepts from the e-mail I got last night from my assistant boss:

"I did not hire you, and I wouldn't have. I can't fire you, but I would. I've been telling Mike (boss) about how you two (me and Kyle) being on MSN all the time."

This, after he tells us he's on MSN at work, too.

To anyone who wonders why I'm not online anymore... thats why.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Failed Mottos For Terror Awareness

"Check everyones pants, but try not to look suspicious."

"Be awake, not asleep."

"Be afraid, and run away."

"Close your eyes and you won't get hurt."

"Look alarmed, then take to the hills."

"Randomly shout out the name 'Osama', and shoot whoever turns to look at you."

"Al Kaida is not the enemy, he is just unfortunately named."

And finally, they settled on

"Be aware, but dont be alarmed."

Friday, November 12, 2004

Early News Today...

... but I just gotta share the insanitardity. Thats a new word, by the way.

First: TV shows to be broadcast to cel phones only,

Second: the Greens and the Libertarians are demanding a recount which could actually get Kerry elected,

and Third (and this one is pretty cool): using VoiP over your cel phones with a handy little adapter.

Watch, listen, and learn, or you'll be blind, deaf, and dumb.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

In Response To An E-Mail I Got...

... from "Citibank".

Dear Citibank,

Please note that I do not have, nor have I ever, nor will I
ever, have an account with your branch, compounded with the fact
that you got my e-mail address wrong both in the address line of
the header, and in the body of the document.

Also note that the "secure link" is actually an unsecure
redirection to a well-hacked location, and I would not click it
if you paid me to.

Finally, this is your seventh e-mail of this kind this year.
Clearly you are unaware than I am not a subscriber, which I hope
to correct.

Please kindly fuck off and die.

Thank you,

Not A Customer.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Enough Stuff To Do

For the first time since I've started here, they've given me instructions in a clear, well-ordered format, allowing me to work efficiently (and without interruption) for most of the day, and probably tomorrow. I am promised this sort of behaviour will continue.

In other news, I am actually impressed that I am still awake. I start yawning and my eyes start watering around noon, and this lasts until 4 or 5. Around that time, I pass out of tired and into the "awake by sheer willpower" stage a lot of you night-owls will understand. At this point, I have less than no energy but I keep going because I have to. I've been at this stage since early October. On the plus side, Steph wants to have another baby so I will have ample opportunity to practice and explore this phenomena further.

So, let's see, whats in the news today? Microsoft plans to rip off Yahoo and somehow make something better than Google, nature backs bullies, medical corporations are trying to prevent the cure for Diabetes, and we still don't know how many people voted for Bush.

Monday, November 01, 2004

NaNoWriMo Is Here!

National Novel Writing Month is here, and for the first time ever, I will be participating (and succeding). I found this site two weeks ago, and I was pretty amazed at the size of the forums! You can find a picture of my novel cover art right here and keep in mind that was three minutes and Photoshop.

The story I have chosen to use for this participation is the outline I wrote during my last major session. I was living with Steph and Dave, Seb wasn't around yet, and I was taking the bus home from downtown somewhere. On the big hill leading out of the College, the idea hit me, and on the next 20 minutes I developed the idea in my head. I came home, sat down at my little laptop in the corner and wrote from late afternoon to early morning the next day, with Steph and Dave occaisionally feeding me. 11,200 words later I had an outline, and I went to sleep.

This month, I will turn that outline into a novwel (or at least most of it). Wish me luck!

I'll post a bit later about our Hallowe'ening adventures!