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"You're quite complicated, sir"

Posted on 2008.10.09 at 10:50
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Current Music: Sarah Brightman - Diva: The Singles Collection
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I'm no scholar

  • I was supposed to have recited the poem, "Paul Revere's Ride" to my class, but since I hadn't *actually* memorized it, I instead orated a very colorful retelling. The instructor was so enamored, I received an A.

  • I always had a book with me in school. When not working on a project, I was reading a novel. All my book reports were on novels I happened to be reading at the time. The only failing paper I turned in was my report on John Irving's The Water-Method Man. That evening, my father explained to me how to write a book report on a book such as that in a way to remain completely free of the subject matter.

  • For my December "Holiday-themed" report in Public Speaking I spent fifteen minutes discounting every myth of a traditional Christmas, revealing its origins, its symbolism, and its meanings. Most of this I was able to pull from and cite various Christian Encyclopedias. When I concluded, there was a stillness over the room I'd never experienced. I was the only student who wasn't applauded at the end of their speech.

  • I have read a lot of the classics. I love them. I did not, however, enjoy James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohican's. For my book report, I instead turned in what can only be called a graphic novel. It was a highly-detailed, full-color illustrated report, bound & covered with those report protectors. I received an A.

  • Once, we were discussing a new server. It was an ODS server. "Output Data System." Our manager was giving us the pitch on how our team was going to help test it. One of the new airmen asked what ODS meant. The manger thought for a moment and said, "I don't know." I dramatically reached for a dictionary, opened it, and read aloud, interrupting the meeting, "Odious - repugnant, detestable. Loathsome." Half the team had worked with me a long time, and laughed out loud at my show. The other half, believed I seriously thought our manager was talking about an odious server. I was amused at both outcomes.

Apple Support Forums

Concerning the OSX NFS issue, I made progress, then hit a wall, succumbing to submitting a request on the Apple Support Forum two days ago. I have not yet received a single reply:

I am trying to NFS export a FAT32 formatted external USB device, which fails with the error:

/sbin/nfsd: Can't export /Volumes/: Operation not supported (45)

I am able to export internal/HFS drives, which have the "Owners Enabled: Yes" attribute, and therefore assume I need to set the flag accordingly on my external drive.

Despite the fact that the device has been assigned a uuid (it appears to be in place in .fseventsd and running 'repair disk' echos it in syslog), I get this error when running vsdbutil:

vsdbutil: Couldn't update volume information for '/Volumes//': Invalid argument
vsdbutil: no valid volume UUID found on '/Volumes//': Invalid argument

And diskutil returns this:

Permissions are not enabled on the disk (-9973)

I attempted to add the uuid to /var/db/volinfo.database in order to set the permissions there, to no effect.

I don't believe that I am the only person who has attempted this, but I can find no evidence to the contrary. Thank you.

Ineffective Solutions

I can't get any linux software to burn dual-layer. This has negatively affected my inventory of blank dual-layer media. Thankfully, the price has easily dropped half of what my first spindle cost me. I can, however, burn dual-layer through my wmware XP installation. I decided to make a backup of my backup of my iTunes database in order to burn it off on dual-layer media (the only DL burner I have is on my ubuntu laptop). However, since I boot from my external 500GB drive, and that's also where I dumped my library (apparently, I don't have enough external drives capable of containing my entire repository of music) which means vmware gave me the finger when I asked it to also mount up my iTunes directory.

Fine. I relocated my XP .vmx image locally, then attached the directory. I decided to use iTunes built-in "Backup" solution, which failed after burning six DL DVD's.

Back to the drawing board.


The Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Meet the Candidate" tonight. I'm linking my candidate's site on this page (http://www.beckyglover.net) because this blog gets indexed by Google rather quickly. drax0r was testing various CMS's for all the projects we find ourselves in, and while were were dabbling in Drupal, we now jump for joy with Joomla. Both are cumbersome, but Joomla is far less difficult to work with. I'll be installing it soon at darkvoyager.homeunix.com to help familiarize myself with it, as there are several 'gotchas' that drax0r was able to overcome, and my familiarization with it will greatly increase my efficiency.


I have checked http://lalalandrecords.com twice a day, everyday, for a month now, in hopes they will soon be releasing Bear McCreary's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles score. I'm on their mailing list, but I always get the email a day after the announcement and I'm unsure I could handle that amount of delay. I often find myself on my Theme Clips post, listening to the two online offerings over and over in mournful anticipation.

This entry has gone on far too long.


galinda822 at 2008-10-09 16:04 (UTC) (Link)
It would have very amusing to know you in your childhood I think!
Debunking Christmas for the rest of the kids...how funny and sad!

Shall I put you in touch with Chrissy concerning your OSX NFS issue?
ehowton at 2008-10-09 16:19 (UTC) (Link)

"It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

While I appreciate any assistance I can get, I don't want to burden anyone. I'm assuming its an engineering support level thing based on the number of replies I've received from my submittal to the Apple Support Forum. If you mention it to him in passing, and he seems intrigued rather than dismayed however, here's the link: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1744044&tstart=0


And I didn't have many friends when I was younger. As you can imagine, bypassing the requirements for assignments yet getting credit for my antics didn't bode well with my classmates. It was a hard time to be an individual and took me a while to learn to dismiss other's perceptions of me.
glodowg at 2008-10-09 16:35 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

Public school does not foster individuality. There are some great teachers out there who respect it and encourage it.

Baxter is flourishing at NMMI. I think part of that is due to the fact that he is finally respected for the same things that brought him so much grief in mainstream America.

It is hard to be different from the world, or your friends, but so worth it in the long run!
ehowton at 2008-10-09 16:42 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

Your wisdom makes me smile, and I'm so very happy that Bax is doing as well as he is - I know he was nervous about what he was getting himself into, but the courage to follow-through on uncertainty is a trait I admire.

I was separated from normal classes early on in life in order to foster creativity, and to think outside the box. My mathematics suffered for this, but a measured amount of elitism can be a useful tool in the right hands.
glodowg at 2008-10-09 17:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

Your wisdom makes me smile

I accomplished my goal for the day!!!!!!!

This has been a long term goal with glopup and I.... "to make at least one person laugh or smile every day". It is funny when we are outwardly working towards it when shopping!
galinda822 at 2008-10-09 16:45 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

I'm just trying to be helpful by offering another avenue of assistance. When I speak to him next I will mention it and we'll see if he has anything to offer. If not, nothing lost.

I didn't have many friends when I was younger either. We moved around quite a bit until I hit 6th grade. New schools and never enough time to make friends before moving onto the next one. Which is why I immersed myself in books to replace friendships.
glodowg at 2008-10-09 17:00 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

My friends always let me down, so I immersed my self in books as a protective wall. GO Little Women!!!!

To this day, I tend to keep REAL LIFE people at arms length. I do think teh netz has been a saving grace for me. I can open up in this medium without feeling so vulnerable.

I am working on the real life relationships, but boy are they hard!
ehowton at 2008-10-09 17:34 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

I found that my friends only let me down when I created images of them which were unrealistic and expected them to behave in ways contrary to who they were. Once I realized that was my limitation, not theirs, I became filled with self-esteem. I was tired of always having my feelings hurt because I was misunderstood or someone thought I was trying to offend them.

Once I learned that people who are easily offended are always easily offended, it just wasn't worth the effort any longer to try and explain myself all the time. Besides, its more fun just to be yourself!
galinda822 at 2008-10-09 18:29 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

I try not to expect to much out of anyone.

Does your scenario above include your friends or just people in general?

Because if I know someone well enough that I call them "friend" I hope that the friendship would allow honest, open communication. Which includes talking about anything (including feelings). Even if I don't necessarily understand - I'm always willing to listen. I just don't see it as a waste of my time or effort.

Could be it's just easier for women though. :)

ehowton at 2008-10-09 18:32 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

Sometimes, when women talk about emotions, men need to sit down, drink a few beers, and think about it for a couple of years before replying.

It takes us awhile to conceptualize feelings.
galinda822 at 2008-10-09 18:51 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

LOL! Any excuse for you men to drink beer huh?!

ehowton at 2008-10-09 18:53 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

Isn't "thirsty" a feeling? Look, I'll use it in a sentence: I feel thirsty.
galinda822 at 2008-10-09 19:16 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

I'm glad I was here for you to share your "feeling" with!
ehowton at 2008-10-09 18:59 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

Does your scenario above include your friends or just people in general?

Friends are people too.
galinda822 at 2008-10-09 19:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

But people are cattle.
ehowton at 2008-10-09 19:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

That's more a sweeping generalization. Besides, friends are people I enjoy spending time with. Why would I spend time with someone who's company I don't enjoy?
galinda822 at 2008-10-09 19:43 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

You would not sir, you would not!
galinda822 at 2008-10-09 18:17 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

I totally understand that.

I've always been on the shy side but most people see that as something I do by choice. I've been labelled stuck up and a bitch many, many times because of it.

It's usually very hard to change people's minds once they've made them up. I've tried many times without success.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-10-09 20:59 (UTC) (Link)
I'm no scholar

But how is it that you consistently do so well on your Perform (Oratory) and Perform (LJ Post) rolls? Have you been putting points into them at every level-up?
ehowton at 2008-10-09 21:27 (UTC) (Link)

"Can you form some sort of rudimentary lathe?"

While overwhelming appreciation of my humble musings are always appreciated, I tend to drop all my XP on charisma. Anything else is just a spell of illusion brought forth from my magical Ring of Chin-Wagging which was mined from a line of ore in the Dwarven cave known only as "Chatty." It was then forged in the famed Goblin Hearth of Gab and enchanted by the Elfish Order of Pontification.
(Anonymous) at 2008-10-13 13:28 (UTC) (Link)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

I'm with CineMedia Promotions and am the publicist for the TSCC soundtrack on LaLa Land Records. I saw your posting about the soundtrack and wanted to let you know the CD will be coming out on 11/18.

ehowton at 2008-10-13 13:32 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

AWESOME! Thank you so much - its great to have a date to look forward to. I'll tell all my friends as they'll want to know to!

Thanks again,

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