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Discovering the Lost City of Atlantis

Posted on 2008.02.08 at 11:28
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Eshkeri - Stardust
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I think I'll discover the lost city of Atlantis this weekend. Maybe I'll write an aria. Who knows exactly what I'll accomplish this weekend. For the first time in several weeks, I feel capable of accomplishing just about anything. Except, perhaps, creating a gravity-powered model vehicle from a rectangular block of wood. Tomorrow, the boy and I are going to build our Pinewood Derby car. I'm likely the least qualified person I know to do this type of work, as I have zero aptitude for this type of activity. So I've decided to play on my strengths - I will research the hell outta this: techniques, design, type of paint, tips & tricks...its what I do. Victory may not be ours - I'm aiming a little lower; Not having the most embarrassing entry.

Speaking of aptitude, I'm running four ubuntu boxes, all of them server edition with a variety of success. My most incredible box is my IBM Thinkpad T60 (firefly) with the Intel core-duo 1.83GHz chip & 2GB of RAM running xfwm/xfce. Its futuristically fast and blow's my mortal mind. My oldest ubuntu box (intrepid) is currently hosting http://darkvoyager.homeunix.com. It was built out of crap parts strewn across drax0r's floor several years ago. Its a P4 1.6GHz with 768MB of RAM. Its running pure server, and outside of the dist-upgrade from hell it manages to run without question. My Ultra-10 (serenity) has been running sparc-server with xfce atop xdm. Its...slow, but I mostly use it for opening 876 terminal tabs for my day-to-day work. Lastly, the thorn in my side, my (formerly) über-box (überuntu). Running at 2.8 hyper-threaded gigahertz, and 1GB dual-channel RAM, she's one unlucky sonofabitch. Most of my ubuntu install CD's don't, and her GeForce 5300 PCX nvidia card doesn't either, most of the time. I'm currently downloading and burning [k-x]ubuntu's entire library in hopes I find some combination which will (yes, I've tried the different framebuffer drivers - AFAICT the GPU reports itself differently between reboots).

Went shopping this morning for the highest-capacity, fastest SD card I could find. That being said, I honestly don't have a need for a 32GB card (not that I could find any retailers around here who actually stock that capacity) but I did find a nice SANDISK 4GB (SDHC) Ultra-II speed card for my Canon S3. Nice! Our stockcar may be ugly, but at least we'll get some pictures of it. Also got a Mac-compatible USB wireless card for the children's PowerMac G4. That was much more difficult to come across. I wanted an XP/Mac card, but I could only find one, or the other at all the major electronics retailers. Thinking I must've been out of mind last time I was there, I drove to Wal-Mart and sure enough, they have a Belkin which can be used in both operating systems. Yeah, I bought that one.

And checking out at Best Buy I reach for an energy drink. They don't carry...Monster? I'm next in line - I grab a "ROCKSTAR" (Party like a ROCKSTAR the can suggests.) Whatever. They taste like ass. I picked up a 24oz. Monster while I was in Wally World. Anyway, its Friday. I don't shave on Friday's. I don't tuck in my shirt. I wore my hair down today, and because I was planning on just running in & out, I didn't bother bringing my glasses into the store and still had my sunglasses on. I catch a glimpse of myself at the checkout. The girl rings me up.

"Ooops - oh! I thought I'd forgotten to ring up your ROCKSTAR, but I didn't." She says.

I lean toward her.

She leans in close.

I whisper in confidence, "I'm not really a rockstar."


mr_dowg at 2008-02-08 21:07 (UTC) (Link)
My brother did Pine Wood Derby's when he was a little kid. I always wanted to do that growing up but by the time I came along and was old enough I guess my dad was tired of doing to stuff like that so I was S.O.L. One major downer about being the youngest of 5 kids! I hope you both enjoy yourselves with this, it has always sounded like fun to me!

ehowton at 2008-02-08 21:12 (UTC) (Link)
I must not have properly conveyed how terrified I am to even attempt this.
Nick Dangerous
nickdangerous at 2008-02-08 21:11 (UTC) (Link)
Damn. I'm speeding through LJ, got pulled over, and STILL didn't get the first reply.
ehowton at 2008-02-08 21:13 (UTC) (Link)
Your reemergence into our world makes me smile. You were lost, and now you are found.
(Anonymous) at 2008-02-08 22:35 (UTC) (Link)



ehowton at 2008-02-08 22:40 (UTC) (Link)


Hell yeah! I told you - it folds time!!! And it tastes like unicorns and rainbows to b00t!
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-02-08 23:16 (UTC) (Link)
Not a rockstar? What am I doing reading your blog, then?

Also, possibly better than Monster (or maybe I'm just cracked): http://www.manapotions.com/
ehowton at 2008-02-08 23:20 (UTC) (Link)
Bawls 2.0? Its so pretty though...I must try it at once!
snapper521 at 2008-02-09 00:11 (UTC) (Link)
*shakes my head* You are wacky. :-D

Good luck on the derby car. :-)
ehowton at 2008-02-09 00:19 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'M GONNA NEED IT!!!!!
galinda822 at 2008-02-09 00:48 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe catttitude should help with the derby car.

She's handy with tools!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-02-09 00:56 (UTC) (Link)
glodowg at 2008-02-09 04:06 (UTC) (Link)
I, too, am very good at researching. Sometimes I research so much that I run out of time to complete the project at hand. Other times, the research intimidates the hell out of me and I back out. Occasionally, I actually do a great job because of my research. Nonetheless, reserach always precedes a project. You will do great!

Do you think a Monster will cure Mr of his aches and pains? I shall buy some tomorrow for him to try. Do you have a recommendation for a beginner?

Congrats on finding a dual wireless. I believe I have one of those I could have given you. Did you forget that I, like draxor, have parts strewn all over my house?
ehowton at 2008-02-09 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
It installed on OSX, and configured, and scanned...then died. More than once. I'm taking it back tomorrow and would love to open a dialog with you on a wireless adapter.

Did you see the rather hasty and abrupt Anonymous comment earlier today? That was a close friend to whom I talked into his very first Monster. He called me four time - told me he was typing faster and more accurately than he ever had before, finished five hours of work in an hour and a half, and could see through cars on his drive home. Monster drinks shrink belly fat, reinstate hair follicles, strengthen bones, expand conciousness, and fold space.

My recipe for Anonymous was to purchase two, shotgun one, and sip the other. He followed those directions, tapped his heels three times, and reached critical mass fifteen minutes later. He levitated and turned water into wine. I would suggest mr_dowg follow the same proceedure. Sam's carries them by the case at a per-can cost of $1.20 each. That's a savings of $.80 per can. Follow all instructions, no more than 3 (three) x 16oz. cans per day.
prog_guy69 at 2008-02-09 13:35 (UTC) (Link)
'Cause we all just wanna be big rockstars
And live in hilltop houses driving fifteen cars
The girls come easy and the drugs come cheep
We'll all stay skinny 'cause we just won't eat
And we'll hang out in the coolest bars
In the VIP with the movie stars
Every good gold digger's
Gonna wind up there
Every Playboy bunny
With her bleach blond hair
Hey, hey I wanna be a rockstar
Hey, hey I wanna be a rockstar.
ehowton at 2008-02-09 17:06 (UTC) (Link)
Hey now you're an All Star get your game on, go play
Hey now you're a Rock Star get the show on, get paid
(And all that glitters is gold)
Only shooting stars break the mold
codekitten at 2008-02-09 16:11 (UTC) (Link)
"Ooops - oh! I thought I'd forgotten to ring up your ROCKSTAR, but I didn't." She says.

I lean toward her.

She leans in close.

I whisper in confidence, "I'm not really a rockstar."

omg this is cracking me up! i can just see you doing this for some reason...
glodowg at 2008-02-09 16:51 (UTC) (Link)
Either I have actually heard him use the term in person or I have dreamt it. It is just ringing in my ears!

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