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Posted on 2007.01.09 at 06:56
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: James Horner - Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
There are three things to remember about being a starship captain: Keep your shirt tucked in, go down with the ship, and never abandon a member of your crew.

Visited the dentist today. Dr. Kleopatra. Russian (I think - based on her accent). Very good dentist. Either way, I went in for a referral, she wanted to give me a cleaning while I was there. "Not without gas." I demanded. She didn't have any nitrous. What I did get was seven shots in the mouth of some potent Ruskie equivalent to Novocain. I'm not kidding, the lower half of my face went numb immediately.

A couple of hours later, as I was getting feeling back into my face, I swallowed a couple of Excedrin for the pain. BAM! I'm up all night, rolling the dice with caffeine. I lay in bed and toss and turn for an hour before getting up for the next five. Finally, at 0400 I make another attempt at sleep. Fifteen minutes later I'm brewing an entire pot of Colombian coffee - my first since that fateful trip to Wichita. I'm fully leaded today baby!

We're Starfleet officers. Weird is part of the job.

So this is what I did with my unprecedented 5-hour stretch in front of the computer:

  • Completely revamped my lj page...twice.

  • Ended up restoring everything and changing only the background image. This proved quite troublesome! I simply wanted to add a prtdiag -v output to my existing backdrop, and initially worked with a mixture of adjusting the hue of the text-on-black and trying a low opacity clone-stamp, but nothing was giving me anything near perfection. I finally ended up running the prtdiag -v in a terminal window and making the background of the terminal window a number of modified images I later 'stitched' back together after tiling the output using OSX's [cmd-shift-3] print screen. *whew!*

  • Listened to a tonne of music -wow; LOVED the banjos in Quigley Down Under - will definitely have to put that one in heavy rotation, Wrath of Khan - why is this one so friggin amazing??? Firefly & Serenity of course (can't wait to get my hot little hands on that new one I ordered) the official documentary site is here: http://donetheimpossible.com. And also, a very special thank you from a most unlikely source for soundtracks, dreamkatch! "Thank you, thank you, thank you." I listened to the entire album Pan's Labyrinth from the official website three times today. That will be a purchase, not a download. Damn I hate mp3's.

  • Put two recipies up on my server. Now, they're not linked yet. Hell, the maintenance alone on that is going to kill to me if I get too fancy, but I had a request from HIGGS! for any Venison recipes. Since the request coincided with my goal of putting my favorite recipes online, I simply made this family chili recipe my first entry! Enjoy.

  • And, for the first time in 14-months, my Big Brother server monitor is again up and running. Yes, just one of the simple pleasures in life.


Who wanted to muck around in the dirt when you could be studying quantum mechanics?



OMG! Then at exactly 0533 I get an email from PayPal saying that [name withheld] has purchased a Dell Computer for $472 and it will be charged to my account! WTF? I log into PayPal - can't find any info on it - regardless, I change my passwd and try to open an Unauthorized Use Dispute. Catch is, the Transaction ID is not valid. Hmmm. I double-check full headers: Yup, it's Paypal, not one of those Taiwanese spoofs (my Sun E250 was once hacked by the Taiwanese). So I go looking for this guy online and find his phone number! I call Dell to cancel the charge, but they're not open until 0700 and this guy's phone is disconnected. He was at one point on the Wellsville, KS Chamber of Commerce, so I called them on the outside chance he still serves, but they don't open 'till 0800. Oh, I'll get to the bottom of this one! Bastards.

Mind melds... the last time I heard the words "my mind to your mind", I had a headache for two weeks.

Anyway - wifey has a doctor's appointment today and I'm leaving work early to work from home so I can watch little girl while she goes, so I'll just head into work early to maximize my time there.

Cheers!

128/69 p96 <--wired!



Aha! Found an embedded link which redirects to http://www.iuuyuilifssasdfuafs.tk/ which in turn is nothing more than a spoof PayPal page. I must be coming down off my high. I'm seeing things more clearly now. Dell gave me a PayPal/Dell number to call in these instances. I'll also forward the email to [name withheld] warning him of the scam.

Comments:


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-01-09 13:52 (UTC) (Link)
I like your LJ layout; it's individual without being MySpace-ish. I find the green text a little hard to read sometimes if it's a big block of text, but the background image is interesting without being overwhelming. The sidebar box with your default icon in gets a little lost, though, compared to the bright green border on the other boxes.

I'm sorry, I can't help it: every time layouts or icons are mentioned, I'm inevitably chipping in and adding my own five cents' worth. :)

And, huh, I've also had Quigley Down Under on repeat today. It's part of my essential cheer-up music, and it always puts me in a better mood.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-01-09 15:12 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It's a work in progress. I know HTML fairly well, but have never really had time/need to sit down and teach myself CSS so...it's a crapshoot. Fortunately I can tweak just enough to keep things interesting. I'm glad you weren't around to see the other two designs I came up with in the middle of the night - hideous were they!

Have a fantastic morning ma'am.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-01-09 19:10 (UTC) (Link)
Ha! I'd noticed that your header images weren't the same, and I was about to ask you for the script that provided multiple alternate icons for headers. :)

And knowing HTML/CSS doesn't make LJ's bizarre S2 coding system any easier. I designed my LJ from the base layout (which was Flexible Squares - but I redid most of the CSS - although I flirted with Nebula at one point) and it was quite a mission, despite me being relatively familiar with HTML and CSS.

Enjoy your day, good sir. :)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-11 05:39 (UTC) (Link)
I noticed he had used that putrid orange color on the Why Me link as well.

This is why I don't use layouts. If you can't fix it with CSS/HTML, why bother?
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-01-11 08:12 (UTC) (Link)
I don't find the orange that fugly, actually. Of course, I have a pink floral background image on my layout, so my opinion might be considered dubious.

It's not that bad getting the look of the layout right, because it's just CSS, but it's getting the other fiddly parts of a useful layout to work nicely that's a problem. For instance, it didn't take me long to get my LJ looking quite different from the standard Flexible Squares look (as on my icon journal), but it was doing things like adding extra links to the comment bar and setting up something that would automatically cut-tag quizzes/videos on my Friends page that took me ages and ages.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-01-11 19:49 (UTC) (Link)
As a CLI junkie, I was drawn to the 'green screen' terminal effect for my lj layout. When it came time to address the issue of an alternate color - what better than the old 'amber screens?' I'm such a subtle geek.
galinda822 at 2007-01-09 17:39 (UTC) (Link)
I thought it looked great before but you are one for who likes change!
I also listened to Pan's Labyrinth yesterday. I actually greatly enjoyed it!
Sorry you didn't sleep! Damn Excedrin!!!
Hopefully you'll come down from your caffeine high soon. You're making me nervous with all your jittering around this morning! :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-01-09 18:18 (UTC) (Link)
I've now managed to weave a little more of myself into the background what with actual output of my SPARC box on there. Code above the code. How cool is that? Yeah, I was pretty distracted this morning. Couldn't...uh, focus.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-11 05:41 (UTC) (Link)
I knew it looked different, but I wouldn't have been able to put my finger on it had you not pointed it out.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-01-11 19:22 (UTC) (Link)

[ehowton@quark: ~]# prtdiag -v
System Configuration: Sun Microsystems sun4u SPARCengine(tm)Ultra(tm) AXi (UltraSPARC-IIi 440MHz)
System clock frequency: 110 MHz
Memory size: 1024 Megabytes

========================= CPUs =========================

Run Ecache CPU CPU
Brd CPU Module MHz MB Impl. Mask
--- --- ------- ----- ------ ------ ----
0 0 0 440 2.0 12 9.1


========================= IO Cards =========================

Bus# Freq
Brd Type MHz Slot Name Model
--- ---- ---- ---- -------------------------------- ----------------------
0 PCI-1 33 1 ebus
0 PCI-1 33 1 network-SUNW,hme
0 PCI-128 33 1 scsi-glm Symbios,53C875
0 PCI-128 33 1 scsi-glm Symbios,53C875
0 PCI-128 33 2 pci108e,1000-pci108e,1000
0 PCI-128 33 2 IntraServer,hme-SUNW,hme IntraServer,ITI-5132E-+
0 PCI-128 33 3 TSI,gfxp GFXP


No failures found in System
===========================

========================= HW Revisions =========================

ASIC Revisions:
---------------
Cheerio: ebus Rev 1

System PROM revisions:
----------------------
OBP 3.10.13 2001/07/25 08:35 POST 1.11.0 1999/03/17 08:42
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-11 19:29 (UTC) (Link)
had you not pointed it out.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-11 19:49 (UTC) (Link)
You have insomnia. The first step towards solving the problem is admitting that you have one. You're on your way. Hurrah!


If you can't have your teeth cleaned without being knocked up, either you have bad teeth or have too much phobia. Deal with this problem.


I hated the putrid orange you used on your "Why Me" at the top. That was an eye sore. Thank you for removing it.


tonne
ton. You're in America.

I don't suppose I'll see the reviews of the two scores I'm dying to see you review. Oh well. Our's is not to wonder why, but to do and die.

Why is dreamkatch a most unlikely source for soundtracks? And I thought that was a score, not a soundtrack.

I hate mp3's..
In comparison to DVDs, CDs suck. 196k to 144k. You do the math.


I really love how your recipe yields an amount of "0". Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to just sit in your armchair, not buy ingredients and still come up with a zero sum? Food for thought, eh?


Big Brother is always watching.


You've got mail!


Why do you always refer to your wife as "wife" or "the wife" or "my wife" as an object instead of Lori?
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-01-11 21:24 (UTC) (Link)
If you can't have your teeth cleaned without being knocked up, either you have bad teeth or have too much phobia. Deal with this problem.
I went for a referral for a periodontist.

I hated the putrid orange you used on your "Why Me" at the top. That was an eye sore. Thank you for removing it.
As a CLI junkie, I was drawn to the 'green screen' terminal effect for my lj layout. When it came time to address the issue of an alternate color - what better than the old 'amber screens?' I'm such a subtle geek.

ton. You're in America.
Tonne. I've traveled way more extensively than you.

I don't suppose I'll see the reviews of the two scores I'm dying to see you review. Oh well. Our's is not to wonder why, but to do and die.
Well said.

Why is dreamkatch a most unlikely source for soundtracks? And I thought that was a score, not a soundtrack.
Because we've never talked soundtracks before, I didn't meet her in a soundtrack forum, and as far I know, I've never seen her "Current Music" as a soundtrack. As far the term, you're right - its the score of the soundtrack.

In comparison to DVDs, CDs suck. 196k to 144k. You do the math.
You were watching movies on a VCR while I was basking in the hum of my laserdisc player.

I really love how your recipe yields an amount of "0". Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to just sit in your armchair, not buy ingredients and still come up with a zero sum? Food for thought, eh?
I have no idea what you're talking about.

Big Brother is always watching.
That's the idea.

You've got mail!


Why do you always refer to your wife as "wife" or "the wife" or "my wife" as an object instead of Lori?
Because I don't use her name or the children's names on this blog. Thanks, ass.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-11 21:38 (UTC) (Link)
I went for a referral for a periodontist.
I need to go. We'll both check box "A".


I'm such a subtle geek.
Much like a palsy victim performing brain surgery with a pipe wrench.


Tonne. I've traveled way more extensively than you.
You're also a bigger asshole. What's your point?


Well said.
Thank you, Kind Sir! But you will review those scores. In my lifetime--a lifetime that is growing shorter with each passing moment.


...you're right…
I didn't sign up for the job of always being right. I just am. I don’t enjoy it, but someone's got to do this duty.


You were watching movies on a VCR while I was basking in the hum of my laserdisc player.
Ass.


I have no idea what you're talking about.
You usually don't. Click on the provided link.


That's the idea.
"He loved Big Brother."



You could make a post card out of that! Kewl.


Because I don't use her name or the children's names on this blog. Thanks, ass.
Well, at least we've cleared up that point. I thought once upon a time that this might be the case, but overuse of the term gets one to thinking that perhaps there just isn't the respect and adoration expected.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-11 19:59 (UTC) (Link)
Higgs!

Johnathon, Johnathon, Johnathon Higgs,
Eater of fabulously bar-b-qued pigs!

Put it on a spit, give it a turn,
Roast this beast but don't let it burn.

Now that he cooked them what to do what to do?
He decided to sell them to me and to you!

They came to eat pigs. They came by the dozens.
Brothers and sisters, best friends and cousins.

Was Higgs happy?

Now here's a sad tale.
How could he put his BBQ pigs up for sale?

"Oh, no, not the pork ribs, they're so moist and so chewy.
And not the bacon or chops as they're not even sinewy.

I won't give up the pigs feet, dipped in secret sauce,
Which is hidden in the shed behind the Southern Cross.

I simply cannot do it. it's over. I'm through..."

Then all of a sudden he knew what to do.

Stoking the fire to bring up the smoke,
He skewered that pig on the spit in one stroke!

"Come one and come all," as he shouted his command
"I'll teach you how to cook the best pigs in the land!"

Johnathon, Johnathon, Johnathon Higgs,
Barbequeing wonderful, fabulous pigs!

Posted 5.16.2005 by ehowton
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