July 11th, 2006


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Bid on a Netgear FR-328S Firewall/Router which will do multiple IP one-to-one NAT. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks unixwolf! I logged into PayPal for the first time in nearly a year and found...money! That's right, I had no idea there was cash in the account. Sweet.

OSX Mail is pissing me off slightly. It would not let me 'add' unixwolf mail (with advanced options) because wdt mail was already in place. I deleted wdt mail, added unixwolf mail, then added wdt mail back because it didn't require any advanced options. Sweet, I thought - two mail servers being tapped by one client. It didn't quite work out that way. unixwolf mail downloaded multiple copies of each message I retain on the server (several years worth) adding something like 15,000 messages to in my inbox overnight. Furthermore, I couldn't 'turn it off' since it was sharing the same incoming folder as my wdt mail now, and neither can be changed without deleting the entire mess and starting from scratch. Perhaps I shouldn't have attempted this so late last night.

Speaking of late last night - I couldn't sleep. At all. For those of you who know me, you know this is rarely an issue. But sure enough, I tossed and turned all night long. I got out of bed early and made it to the office by 0800 amid surprised looks from my staff. "Perhaps, tonight." I tell myself in hopes of making it to bed early.

SomeBritInMass eluded to Bengals as "ferocious fur-covered thugs with razor blades" and he couldn't be more wrong. My kitties are the most fun, loving, cuddly creatures I've seen in a long time. But Niobe, the most....um, complete of the two, has a problem with errant elimination (don't worry drax0r, I won't tell any stories of yours). This has been a problem from the start, but when she urinated on an entire basket of folded, clean, children's clothes - that was the last straw for my wife. As I have been researching feline behavorial problems, I have learned much, and I am sure will be able to enjoy the comfort and company of my little wildcat.

BLAST FROM THE PAST Excerpt from my Feburary 16th post:

The kids were in the other room watching television the other night when they came into the living room to get me. They were very excited about something. The both of them. They each grabbed a hand and tried to extract me from the couch. I relented and followed them into the other room. They sat on the edge of the bed, and patted a space between them. "Sit here, HURRY!" I sat down in front of an infomercial for a mop, and looked at both of them. What did you want me to see? Did I miss it? Both pair of eyes were GLUED to the screen. "No, daddy, this is it - watch!" I watch a man demonstrate the mop on a variety of substances. The children were awe-struck. About two and a half minutes later, they show the mop, and the price. $19.95. "This is the part!" My son announces. My daughter squeals with delight. Not one, but TWO! TWO mops for the price of one! the television announces. Both children looked as though they had seen the real Santa Claus. "TWO DADDY! You can get TWO mops!" They were very excited about the mops. I was speechless.

I always get tired of hearing how men have kept women down. We invented disposable diapers only when we began changing them, we invented the highly uncomfortable bra to highlight the bosom. Men invented pantyhose, and men invented the Epilady. I get tired of these accusations, and though it has taken me 15-years and my entire family fortune, I now have my stock answer: THERE SHOULD BE MORE WOMEN ENGINEERS!

From Yahoo! News (thanks galinda822):

ARLINGTON, Texas - The school district here has expanded its dress codes to include mouths — and earlobes.
Students may no longer wear mouth jewelry known as "grillz" — shiny teeth caps — or the earlobe-stretching practice known as "gauging."
"The district is having to respond to fads because they've become distracters or a safety hazard for those around them," said Malcolm Turner, the district's executive director of student services.
The nearby Irving, Grand Prairie and DeSoto districts also ban grillz, and some also address gauging — the process of placing increasingly large items in the ears to stretch the lobes.
But students said the body modification is simply self-expression.
"Really, a grill is just like an earring. It's fashion," said junior Devonte Wright, 16.
But school officials said they hoped to teach students that life would require them to follow specific regulations in specific settings.
"We want to instill in them a sense of modesty and a sense of community," said school board trustee Gloria Pena. "We're preparing them for the work force, and in the work force there are rules."


Short Update, then Sleep

This, from Amazon.com:

Please note that the price of [one of many CD's in my wish] has decreased from $13.99 to $13.98 since you placed it in your Shopping Cart. Items in your cart will always reflect the most recent price displayed on their product detail pages.

"By Grapthar's Hammer...what a savings."

Wife needed some books from Amazon.com. I used that opportunity to order:

  1. Aliens Soundtrack, Special Edition (Remastered)

  2. The Fly & The Fly II (thanks to lehah's engaging review in filmscore)

Paid for my router I got on eBay on the advice of unixwolf. Soon, very soon, my Solaris box will be online. I now have a fantastic slackware box I have no use for. I wonder what trouble I can get myself into with it...

Been enjoying the hell outta leonardii since he's emerged again from the primordial ooze which is Blogger. And I'm thrilled the unixwolf has been more verbose here lately as well. You are the wind beneath my wings.

My dissertation on swashbuckler332's Sonorous post (an insight to me):

I used to believe that classical music alone should reside on CDs when they were first released. What else could possibly utilize the full-range of this new media? What goes higher and lower and is more layered than classical music?

Of course I was limited in my thinking then, and have come to appreciate much, much, more - but I always fancied myself a music lover rather than an audiophile (an old magazine I used to get delivered from the states to Germany when I was there, CD Review stated once, "A music lover uses his system to show off music, an audiophile uses music to show off his system.") nonetheless I owned an impressive system.

Being overseas and hearing so many people older than me, married with bills, bemoaning their current stereo systems always said, "Someday I'm gonna get..." and I just got sick and tired of that. I never wanted to live in mediocrity. So I hand-chose the best components I could afford, and over time, built a $10,000 system. Now then, being young, (and foolish) I had not factored in what was probably the most important facet of my brilliant plan - this shit was someday going to be old! Alas, I am now a married man (with bills) and one by one, each of my top-of-the-line components have broken beyond repair and I am left with a shadow of my former system. My Bose MediaMate computer speakers lasted 11 years before they gave up the ghost, and they are gone as well now. "Someday, I tell myself...someday." I am now what I once despised.

Truth is, where I am in life right now does not necessitate a system of such grandeur. I don't have the cycles to sit for hours on end any more and listen to entire symphonies. When I moved from Dallas last year I went from a 3-hour daily commute to one lasting approximately 15 minutes. I don't even get to enjoy music in the car like I used to. So I'll get back to where I was once I am able to enjoy it. I'm not bitter...life is funny and I feel sorry for the poor sods who choose not to enjoy it.

Reading your description of the fireworks in Manhattan lead me to express (The reason for the preamble comes to light!) that not even my uber-system could recreate actually sitting in a performance hall feeling each and every one of the instruments in an orchestra performing a full symphony no matter how hard they try. Often, live performances contain errors and errant notes - but that usually matters only on the recording, as the enormity of the experience waxes irrelevant when enjoying in person.

Alas, I don't often go these days - and I'm more likely to want to attend the playing of a score than a classical symphony nowadays. But perhaps that's something I'll get back to when life allows it.

As my responsibilties increase, things which were important to me in the past lose their priority, and I understand that will be a living, breathing, changing thing. If I get to play a game of Monopoly with my wife and kids on a day off - I'll take that any day of the week and twice on Sunday...just know I'll have something instrumental playing softly in the background.