August 30th, 2005


The Bene Gesserit Litany against Fear

I must not fear.

I have found that the Don Davis remix/collaboration of Juno Reactor's Mona Lisa Overdrive is perfect for traversing traffic at top speed in the metroplex. It heightens all your sensations, gets your heart beating, and gives you focus. In fact, most of The Matrix: Reloaded Disc 2 is helpful for this.

Fear is the mind-killer.

Made enchilada's last night for dinner. They were great. Well, there wasn't any canned enchilada sauce, so I made my own, tempering the bitterness of the chili powder with cumin and ground oregano, but made it too thick and didn't cover the pan when I baked it, so I dried out a little. And there were no poblano peppers at Tom Thumb, but there were serrano's so I used those instead, dicing and saute'ing them with onions prior to browning the ground beef, but there really wasn't enough meat to stuff them so its as if they were existent. Fantastic enchilada's regardless of my self-critique.

Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

Had a fantastic weekend. Wife and kids came down Thursday night, I took Friday off, and we spent all weekend together. Mom & Dad kept the kids overnight Friday night. That too was awesome. My last day with this client is Friday, and my first day with my new client is the Tuesday after the holiday, but since Richard is going to be in Wichita that week...he suggested I start my indoctrination there. An entire week with the family. Hell of a guy that Richard.

I will face my fear.

Speaking of, the Cav is at or near capacity, and I have still to pack my desk and my belongings at David & Wendy's. I will probably unload the entire car in his driveway, stack everything around it, and begin the packing process. It's like a jigsaw puzzle...of a picture of the sky...with no picture on the box to help guide you. Japanese Hibachi Grill tonight with David & Wendy. I need to pack the car before nightfall.

I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

Lori and the kids left Sunday morning back to Wichita, and from there I drove to the ADC to pack more stuff. The Cav is riding low and handles much differently now. From there to David's to play poker. Everyone played really well and it was an exciting game. My trip 9's were beat out by trip 10's and that basically blew me out of the game. Holomatch followed until 0300. All in all a fantastic weekend.

And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.

teh max0r is down and packed, in fact the only running server I now have is quark which is in my rack in the Data Center with a powered-off Sun E250 (sevenofnine) which will remain on the T1 until such a time WDT is officially dissolved. We have partnered with a Canadian poker accessories wholesaler, and I have to add their products to our homepage - which I'm sure I'll get around to once I've settled from moving (provided I can get a Hotel in St. Louis with broadband). I'll be living in a Hotel for the next six months. Exciting? I think not.

Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.

Apparently, I'm going to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.
My favorite Team Leader explains, "This one guy was caught buying and selling on eBay at work and he went to prison." I replied, "I assure you, that is not true." "YES IT IS!" he said. Then I discover that he was illegally selling government equipment. Maybe that's why he went to prison? Oh, also, "We had this other guy who was logging into his server at home from work and he went to prison for 10 years, so you shouldn't do that either." Yes, I log into my server at home from work. No, it's not to trade kiddie porn! which is why that guy was busted. I wonder, does my Team Leader really not make the distinction between what is a Federal Offense and what is not? It's really too much to take.

Only I will remain.


So I'm an idiot.

You've read, perhaps, my commentary on Adobe Photoshop Elements. Well, I was quite frustated when I ran a recent batch process, and not only did my resize/convert job take seemingly forever to complete, it appeared to use nearly 100% of my CPU while it was doing so. This didn't happen last time. I let it run overnight, and much to my surprise, I quickly discovered what the problem was. The 2272x1704 JPEG images I was trying to resize to 1000x750 GIF's were set to inches, not pixels. Ergo, I was creating 300+MB GIF images with a resolution of 30,000 pixels!

This ain't your father's Photoshop.
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