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No wonder this circuit failed. It says "Made in Japan".

Posted on 2006.05.18 at 12:45
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: Harry Potter & Jurassic Park scores
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My alarm went off. As my head was on the pillow, I saw my alarm clock sideways, and as my glasses were sitting on the end table, I squinted. I couldn't make out the time. Something was blocking the display. I reach my hand out to move the obstruction. There wasn't one. I've only had five hours of sleep. Trying...to...think. I sit up, put on my glasses and stare at the clock. Sure enough, "J:20" Crap alarm clock. Cost me $50 and took me half an hour to pick out a year ago. Poor Tony, suffering next to me while I sweated over the features. Once, we went to Fry's to pick out cases for our computers. He chose his in 14-seconds. I took nearly a full hour.

What do you mean, Doc? All the best stuff is made in Japan.

Stayed up late working on my new avatar last night. It's some of my best work to date, if for no other reason than the lack of good source material, and what I was actually able to accomplish with what I had. The subject was similar in color to the background making for a near impossible extraction, so I had to roll with it. First off I had to rotate the image 45-degrees just to get it visible enough at the size limitations. Then, using the color scheme, rendered some clouds, clone-stamped the other areas by hand, brought out the foreground with a spotlight effect and added a lens flare. Fantastic!


Reprising my role as Grill Master this evening, my first act will be to grill salmon for dinner! I can't wait to light that cigar, stroll out on my deck, and fire up that grill. Of course they're now linking grilling to cancer. Carcinogens from dripping fat hitting the flash plates and the char produced from ultra-seared meat. Nice. That's one tip I didn't need to hear about SomeBritInMass!

Marty, you're not thinking fourth dimensionally!

So yesterday, even though the IS department is not responsible for meeting setup, I get a call from one our Directors. It was her meeting, and in it she had her boss. So I go up there. The projector was setup in the middle of a box of tables strung with interconnected hubs and power strips. "What can I help you with?" I ask the Director. "BIGGER!" yells her boss, throwing his hands into the air. "Can we increase the screen size?" she asks me. "BIGGER!" he yells again. I try to NOT give him my tone it down, asshole I am so done with your mouth looks. "BIGGER!" he yells again as I carefully roll the cart containing the projector on it. I reach the limit of the cabling. "BIGGER!" he yells yet again. "I WANT THE PICTURE ACROSS THE ENTIRE SCREEN." He grabs the cart, and pulls it back further, dragging half the powerstrips and hubs to the floor. I know I visibly sighed. There was nothing more I could do but leave. I shit you not, I heard one last time, "BIGGER!"

Yeah, I know, I got a real problem with that.

Later, on http://ehowton.livejournal.com:

(4:25:12 PM) drax0r: I'm writing a post about morning jazz
(4:30:53 PM) EricHowton: I'm going to write about the proposed legislation curbing bandwidth access and speeds from the telecommunications lobbyists because they feel they bear the brunt of the burden providing access which allows entrepreneurial companies to get rich off their lines without them getting a slice of the pie.


(4:45:03 PM) EricHowton: I don't know which is worse.
(4:45:12 PM) drax0r: ?
(4:45:13 PM) EricHowton: Living with my wife who, every single day reminds me I haven't submitted an expense report for six months, or...
(4:46:18 PM) drax0r: That. That's worse. There's nothing you could say now that would make me think there's something worse than that.
(4:46:54 PM) EricHowton: Submitting a 6-month old expense report to my boss.
(4:47:30 PM) drax0r: Wow.
(4:47:45 PM) drax0r: That's a tough one.


Complete and Utter Nonsense
jesskd26 at 2006-05-18 22:15 (UTC) (Link)
I feel your alarm clock pain, E. I once spent about 50 bucks on an alarm clock. It had fm radio, a CD player, nature sounds, woke you up to simulated sunlight, and even had an aromatherapy feature.

It stopped working after a month.

Have fun with the grilling! Im still looking for a grill master for when I move into my own place. Unfortunatley, they don't have those listed in the yellow pages. Grilled salmon sounds absolutley splendid.
drax0r at 2006-05-18 22:55 (UTC) (Link)
I once spent about 50 bucks on an alarm clock.

I got mine for $8 at target. Clearance isle.

ehowton at 2006-05-19 03:10 (UTC) (Link)
Don't move without one!
drax0r at 2006-05-18 22:54 (UTC) (Link)
Sure enough, "J:20"

Shit! Late again.

He chose his [computer case] in 14-seconds.

Antec? Check. Power supply? 420 Watts. Does it look retarded? No, its sexy.
Buy it.

the lack of good source material

That's always my biggest problem with avatar creation. I know exactly what I want, but that's often so hard to find.

my first act will be to grill salmon for dinner

I can be there in 7 hours. Save some for me.


Clueless executives are the worst kind of customers. They're impulsive, demanding, and can fire you for pointing that out.
ehowton at 2006-05-19 02:22 (UTC) (Link)
It was tilapia.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-05-19 19:39 (UTC) (Link)
the only thing that's worse then a clueless excecutive is a clueless business executive who's trying to tell the programmer how to write the damned code.

Penguin Puppetmaster
oxy_irony at 2006-05-19 00:04 (UTC) (Link)
Oy, vey. "BIGGER!"

Sorry, I know it's no fun to be horribly frustrated...

I also feel your pain about the alarm clock- I'm on my third one in the last two years, now. It seems to be working for me well, but let's just hope it doesn't go down the same road the other two did...
ehowton at 2006-05-19 03:12 (UTC) (Link)
Whatever is one to do?
Penguin Puppetmaster
oxy_irony at 2006-05-19 03:27 (UTC) (Link)
Got a hammer handy?
Tomas (pronunced Thomas)
professortom at 2006-05-19 03:17 (UTC) (Link)
I don't get it.
apostolic4god at 2006-05-19 05:20 (UTC) (Link)
Is that all you guys have him do ... say 'I don't get it'?!
ehowton at 2006-05-19 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
Here latey, yeah. It makes me giggle. Check out some of my earlier posts for his more verbose replies. They're even funnier.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-05-19 19:41 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for sticking up for me. You rock harder.
wardlejew at 2006-05-19 14:58 (UTC) (Link)
My alarm costed nothing. It is one of those atomic clocks that sets itself everynight at midnight. Runs on batteries, but plays no music. When you click the side button, it does that cool light green light up thing. Handy in the middle of the night when trying to avoid all the wife's booby traps on the floor. One thing they can't seem to figure out is the time change thing. My clock is now on CT, though I live in MT. One of these days I'm going to end up being early for work.
ehowton at 2006-05-19 15:23 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I went to bed last night at J:30 and awoke at J:10.
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