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STL: A Retrospective

Posted on 2007.04.13 at 12:00
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: Toto: Dune Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Time changes everything. Its inevitable and inarguable. Many things have changed since this entry...

The Sleeper has Awakened!

The top ten things I like about STL:

  1. galinda822

  2. IMO's Pizza

  3. Morgan Street Brewery

  4. PX Liquors

  5. Overland, MO

  6. I-70

  7. Gooey Butter Cake

  8. bigdog_etc

Thinning the pile

Rec'd a call from drax0r. Due to mitigating circumstances beyond his control (and for that case, my own, easily embodied in that of my wife) it was time to trim the fat. We took a long hard look at the pile of boxes which have been sitting in his garage for the last 18 months, and decided what to keep, and what to toss. I tell you, it wasn't easy. Ultimately, we chose to get rid of all the SPARC32 boxes (1xSPARCstation-5, 1xSPARCstation-10, 1xSPARCstation-20), both the Indigo's, and the B-series HP/9000. *sigh* Mr. drax0r is stripping the 18GB 10k SCSI drives & SCSI CD-ROMs from the departing boxes. From this pile we're keeping two HP/9000 model 712's (to create one good one - the shell of the other will be tossed; hey, they run 11i so leave me alone), the RAVE, the U30 (which I will use for parts when the U60 arrives, then likely toss that as well) and the Ultra-1 (I don't know why). Either way, my Octane will replace the lost Indigo's and if anyone wants the Ultra-1, just let me know. It's an Enterprise edition and in great shape.

For those of you who have the notify option when "One of my friends uploads a new userpic" please accept my sincere apologies for my rash of 'iPod' attempts. Since uninstalling Adobe Photoshop CS2 from my work computer, I've had great difficulty creating high quality userpics. I needed the Shuffle avatar for The Worlds Smallest MP3 Player + kubuntu post, so I turned to GIS and found a source image, but the pre-loaded image manipulation package on my kubuntu box didn't appear to do transparencies. So...I bit the bullet and installed GIMP. This was issue #1. Because I'm not as familiar with the interface, it took me FOREVER to produce a cropped transparent PNG file (I adore recursive acronyms) Grrrrrr. Couple this with the fact that while I was cleaning up my work computer I also retardedly uninstalled Firefox. Ergo, every PNG file I made displayed with a 50% gradient background rather than a transparent one. I THOUGHT I WAS DOING SOMETHING WRONG. Later that evening, at home, it took me 45-seconds to create the image with Photoshop and it displayed accordingly in Mozilla.


(Anonymous) at 2007-04-13 17:31 (UTC) (Link)
You know when I am doing this from work it would be better if you had a white background with black lettering so It looks like I am reading technical documentation. :-)
ehowton at 2007-04-13 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
Change your layout to visually represent a black-on-white official document, then bookmark my site on your browser appending the URL with '?style=mine'

Good day to you, sir.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-04-14 17:48 (UTC) (Link)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-04-13 18:37 (UTC) (Link)
So what are number 8 and 9???
ehowton at 2007-04-13 18:51 (UTC) (Link)
They're simply for effect, for Mr. Cluck's sake.
bigdog_etc at 2007-04-13 19:47 (UTC) (Link)
GEE! You could have made me number 8 since apparently you couldn't think of one. I'll shutup now as I feel honored to have made your top 10 this time!
ehowton at 2007-04-13 20:24 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe next year you'll make #9?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-04-13 21:07 (UTC) (Link)
I was supposed to get one of those boxes years ago...maybe I can come pick it up?
ehowton at 2007-04-13 21:23 (UTC) (Link)
The SPARCstation-10 had your name on it. The Ultra-1 will run circle around it...and absolutely dude!
galinda822 at 2007-04-14 05:08 (UTC) (Link)
Aww! Aren't you sweet!

At least I beat out IMO's - that was a close call. :)
ehowton at 2007-04-14 05:12 (UTC) (Link)
Deconstructed, I have you, food, and liquor. Ah, the finer things in life!
galinda822 at 2007-04-14 05:09 (UTC) (Link)
ps: It'll all still be here if you ever come back through St. Lou!
ehowton at 2007-04-14 05:14 (UTC) (Link)
The whole lot of ya - staples of Saint Louis.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-04-14 17:52 (UTC) (Link)
I am confused. What mitigating circumstances? Was it Mrs. drax0r and Mrs. ehowton that demanded the box3n be gone through?

The Gimp is not Photoshop. Photoshop is an Adobe product. Adobe products run better on Macs (especially Mac Pros). Buy a Mac.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-04-14 18:25 (UTC) (Link)
It was Mrs. Draxor aka Tony that demanded the clean out of the garage!!!
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