Posted by Thomas Fri, 27 May 2005 01:00:32 +0000

Crap, this weekend is coming up fast. I have to write down all the info about my reservations, pack, get all the data that I need for my drive, and otherwise figure out what I need to take with me for the couple of days. I finally reserved a car, and it will only cost $75 for whatever reason, for the full three days! Yay! Undoubtedly I’ll have to do some laundry. And I have to be at the airport like at 6 or something to get there on time. Crap that’s early. It really doesn’t feel like it should be here already. Oh well. ..

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Sunday Night 2

Posted by Thomas Mon, 23 May 2005 01:52:34 +0000

Oh, and I totally left this out. For at least a week or two and for the most part, I have been unimpressed with the stuff that’s been coming out of the photo blogs that I watch on a daily basis. I dunno why. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen so much, that I’m over the newness and coolness of them all. Or maybe they all look the same to me. Like I said, I dunno. But, this one totally blew me away today. I’m sure that it strikes every person that sees it differently. I just can’t imagine being this guy. Sleeping with his dog in his arms. Surrounded by trash. And what I can only surmise as dog food in front of him. Great pic. Possibly the best that I’ve seen in a while.

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Sunday Night

Posted by Thomas Mon, 23 May 2005 01:42:15 +0000

I don’t know why I’m choosing to blog at this time of night. I really should go to bed. For what it’s worth I’m tired, but really I haven’t done too much today, or at least it feels that way. Plus I’ve got work in the morning, so I’m just losing sleep “for no good reason” or something like that… And I don’t feel like I’ve blogged that much this past week, but looking at the actual entries, apprently I did on Monday and Thursday. It seems pretty obvious to me that I have a lot more time on the weekends to do this, than I do during the week. I get up, go to work, come home, eat, check my email and blogines, maybe watch something, then go to bed, to do it all again the next day… So, I don’t feel like there’s that much to talk about during the week. And really, there may not be too much to talk about during the weekend either…

I don’t know if you guys know how much I don’t really like long blog entries. I tend not to read them when other people write them, so I try my best to not make mine too long, so that you guys will actually read them, because I really do want you guys to read them. So, I figure that this one will be longer than it should be, but hopefully you’ll stick it out. :)

So, what do I have to say? Well, the Hibbs/Ozborne wedding is coming up fast. I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone, <rant> but not particularly looking forward to loosing 8 hrs of pay. It was my own choice to stay for the extra time, so nobody but me can feel bad about the decision. But, I’ve had some OT, so that might make up for it… but it would have been nice to have both… but I digress… </rant> I’m looking forward to spending time with the friends that I can scrounge up for those couple of days. And I appologize in advance for the undoubtedly forthcoming vagarity, which apparently isn’t a word, but I don’t care, so I’m using it anyway. Vagueness. So there. Anyway, I guess that I feel like the weekend could hold a great deal of promise for certain things, but things I feel I immensely suck at. So my imaginary expectations shoot through the roof while my prior experience and the realistic side of me shoot those expectations down, hard.

Why can’t life be just like the movies *cough*garden*state*cough*? And why can’t I just be content?

Anyhoo, there were like half a dozen typos above… ouch, but hopefully I caught them all. I really need a haircut. And I probably should have rented a car by now… And if anybody can tell me as to whether or not an extra 3 hours in Texas is worth an extra $75 on Monday, I’m open to suggestions. I’ve got 3 netflix that I need to watch. I saw Episode III. It totally kicked ass, no matter what Bru thought. I think that I use “that” too much. And I really need to go to bed, so ‘night.

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Posted by Thomas Thu, 19 May 2005 00:49:49 +0000

Did you know… that listening to Pat Green makes me crave Taco C?

I don’t think that I can write code without havning dual monitors. I guess that I’ve just gotten too used to them. Which is quite unfortunate, because they are a luxury I fear I will only have at home.

CSS is a damned lot of work…

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Pop Quiz – Advanced Word Problem

Posted by Thomas Mon, 16 May 2005 20:44:34 +0000

Thomas has 13 slices of cheese, 4 sandwich buns, and 20 chicken pattis. Thomas eats two sanwhiches at a time, using two buns, two pattis, and two slices of cheese. Sandwhich buns are bought in groups of 8, cheese in 16 or 24, and pattis in 11. Buns should be bought at Wal-Mart, cheese at Kroger or Wal-mart, and pattis at Kroger (and possibly Wal-Mart). What would the optimal combination of buying stuff be, if Thomas is trying to reduce the trips to both Wal-Mart and Kroger?

Extra points if you write a program to figure it out. Double points if you use Java. Negative points if you use Fortran.

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Burning sensation

Posted by Thomas Sun, 15 May 2005 23:35:18 +0000

Somehow in the past week or so I managed to burn my tongue, the roof of my mouth, my finger, and my toe. I burned the tongue and roof on hot food, of course and the finger on the toaster. But, I somehow managed to get a carpet burn, or rather a jean burn, by putting jeans on too fast. The toe was the index toe, otherwise known as the toe next to the big one… on the left foot… amazing, huh?

amazon refund coolness
After I bought my new hard drive, I noticed that they dropped the price on it like the next day by like $10 dollars dollars, you know, like? So, I shot them an email (or really submitted some web form). And they refunded my money! Yay! $9.40 extra. I’ll try not to spend it all in one place.

finished west wing
I finally finished the last of the six seasons yesterday. As I recall, I began this journey at the beginning of the year. 5 months isn’t too bad, I guess? Well see if I rewatch them…

customer service in ga is dead
Seriously. Everybody is nice and all. Especially driving and stuff, even if they do drive like bats out of hell on the highway. But for the love of everything that is pure and holy, get some customer service skills, people. I may be turning into my dad on this one.

Ok, so I went to Quiznos this afternoon. All I wanted was a BLT. Simple enough. It was almost all I ever ordered at the one in CS. So, I didn’t even look at the menu. I just ordered a BLT. Now, this was after the two people who were working finally got around to finishing their conversation, or rather the one who was talking so much finally stopped talking so that the other one could take my order. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard Dane Cook talk about ordering something that’s not on the menu, but it was something like that, because they were like, um, we don’t serve that, and looked up at the menu and stuff. Come on people, it’s BACON, LETTUCE, and TOMATO. Maybe throw in a little ranch and some cheese. It’s not that hard. And since I didn’t want to confuse them too much, and since what was close apparently was “The Traditional” I just got it (Roast beef, turkey, ham, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, black olives, Ranch Dressing). Why is it that it’s so hard for me to get people to give me stuff that’s not on the menu. Crap, man, just figure out what you want to charge me, and charge me for it. Overcharge me for all I care, but give me what the crap I want. Whatever happened to “The customer is always right”?

gitar [sic]
I picked it up again last night, since who knows how long ago. Good times…

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My nerd score

Posted by Thomas Fri, 13 May 2005 01:01:50 +0000

I am nerdier than 81% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

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A quote of a quote

Posted by Thomas Fri, 13 May 2005 00:57:19 +0000

Away message from txaggiegrl07:

Look who misses me!!
txaggiegrl07: I miss you
thomas536m: i miss you, too

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Posted by Thomas Tue, 10 May 2005 00:08:19 +0000

Well, the day seemed to fly by. I’m not quite sure why… I did manage to get my oil changed, emissions test, and open a savings account. Hopefully my Mom will get the money from my account back home transfered tomorrow. I need to go by and register my vehicle in the state of Georgia. It looks like I’ll be screwed because I’m sure that I won’t really be able to get everything done/not have the right documents. Mainly because it’s not really my car and it’s not paid off. So, I think that they require the title or some form blah blah blah. I have until like the 18th to get it all done to stay within the law… yeah, like I truly care about legally operating a vehicle in Hotlanta. They can just [insert expletive phrase here].

I need to get a haircut. I need to get a car rental for the wedding. I bought a new drive and enclosure. 300GB from amazon and combo usb/firewire enclosure from newegg. I hope I have enough money for the stuff that I’ve had to buy to cover my obligations… But, I think that those purchases will be the last of them… well, that and the $1000 washer and dryer. Haven’t gotten the bill on that one…

Can somebody please explain to me what the fuck I’m doing here?

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Weekend wrapup

Posted by Thomas Sun, 08 May 2005 13:18:40 +0000

Well, yesterday I went to the DMV to get my license changed. Hiisss! I had thought about getting there really early to camp out for a while so that I’d be at the front of the line. Well, that didn’t happen. So, I finally got there around 8:55 (they opened at 9:00). I was at the end of a line of people that was approximately 150 people long. After almost three hours and $9 I had my new Georgia liscense.

On the way I saw a bunch of guys playing cricket at like 8:30 in the morning! And I saw a family of geese. Man I have got to get myself an awesome digital camera.

Yesterday I watched Meet the Fockers, which was good. And a little bit of Short Circuit last night. My parents sent me a care packages of some linux magazines, hot pads, some dish towels, and of course some cookies. Yay!

Well, I’ve got a bunch of errands to run, so I’ll git… ttyl…

Oh, and I’m going to be in Texas for Greg and Stephanie’s wedding Memorial Day weekend. If you’re within a couple hundred miles of me, you should knock me up… that’s British for giving me a call… pervs… I’m flying into IAH Saturday morning, then wedding all day, then party Saturday night, then hanging out somewhere Sunday and Monday morning, then flying out Monday afternoon. Be there or be square.

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Posted by Thomas Thu, 05 May 2005 01:17:32 +0000

Ok. Informal poll to all the A&M folk. I’m not asking for personal experience here, but would you consider a 3 or 12 keg party to be a big one, by A&M standards? Some guys were talking after work, so I’m curious… How many kegs would it take at A&M to make it be considered a big or the biggest party?

Oh, and this was funny…

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Posted by Thomas Mon, 02 May 2005 21:35:59 +0000

I watched the director’s commentary of “Garden State” yesterday afternoon, and then watched “Shaun of the Dead” last night. I recommend them both. “Shaun of the Dead” is a real horror movie, while at the same time is a comedy. Plus it’s Bri’ish, so that makes it worth it, all by itself. I forgot to put them in the mail this morning, though, so it’ll be another day before I get some more flix. I got my tix for the Hibbs wedding at the end of May. Apparently it’s going to cost me an extra $70 to turn the car in at 1pm instead of 9am. I suppose that I should have planned that better before I picked up the plane tickets… oh well, better luck next time. I guess I’ll put that off, too, as I doubt that their prices are as linked to time out at the time of reservation as plane tickets are.

I got my stereo setup to my computer, so now I’ve been listening to mp3s on the stereo instead of on headphones.

A little clarification on the subject of having to not tell some people that you love them. As most of you know, I don’t have any actual gf experience. I wasn’t speaking exactly to the spousal types of relationships, but perhaps more generally. Maybe everybody got caught up in my use of the word relationship, when perhaps the word friendship might have conveyed a little better exactly what I was trying to convey. I stand by my assertions. And I don’t deny that it’s probably a good thing to tell your significant other that you love them… I guess… But if you are doing it just to hear them say it, even when they don’t really want to, is that really what you want? For them to tell you exactly what you want to hear? Or should it be heart-felt? I’d prefer the latter. Somehow I doubt that I’m going to win this discussion…

Enough for now. On to some West Wing.

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Posted by Thomas Sun, 01 May 2005 12:55:08 +0000

I’ll give you one guess what the benediction was at church today…

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Saturday Posts

Posted by Thomas Sun, 01 May 2005 00:28:35 +0000

I know guys that probably by the end of the day I will have posted something on the order of 5 posts. Now, I know that’s a lot for one day, but I also know that you guys love me, so I figure that you’ll read them anyway. :) Plus, the beauty of a blog is that you can skip a post or two, if you want to. And I won’t be offended if you say, “Man, I really don’t care about whether Thomas did laundry today for the first time in his own washer and dryer”. The beauty is that I won’t know. You can totally blow me off, and I won’t know. Just like being able to totally walk away from somebody when they were talking to you, but without all of the guilt. So go ahead. Read what you like, and toss the rest. :) I’ll write whether you read or not.

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Media PC

Posted by Thomas Sun, 01 May 2005 00:27:58 +0000

Too all of the geeks who read this. I gave up on it. Too loud. But, the point of this post was to mention that I couldn’t get the ISA sound card to work… I finally realized that I didn’t have ISA support compiled into the kernel… DOH! Even when I recompiled with ISA support this time, it still didn’t work. But by that time, I had pretty much given up… A word of advice, use PCI sound cards instead…

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More than words

Posted by Thomas Sun, 01 May 2005 00:27:39 +0000

I don’t know why I love that song so much. I don’t know if it was “love at first hearing” or if I’ve simply grown to love it. I’ve listened to it countless times, yet I still don’t fully understand what it means. Maybe I just get out of it what I want…

That there are relationships that surpass words. That there are times when saying “I love you” isn’t necessary. That there are times you say it without meaning it… That there is a point when you love someone so much, that expression in words of your love becomes irrelevant, because you already understand, more than words, how that person feels. I suppose that I love that idea so much because I am a man of so few words. And I’d much rather you know in your heart that I love and miss you, than have to actually say it aloud, because so often, to me, it’s canned, unreal, and unfeeling. I’d like to think that there are relationships where you know much you mean to me, so much so, that no words are required.

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Saturday post-mortem

Posted by Thomas Sun, 01 May 2005 00:26:50 +0000

  1. Shower, check.
  2. Lunch, in progress.
  3. Kroger/bank/gas
  4. Do the dishes
  5. Take out the trash
  6. Tidy up
  7. Wal-Mart
  8. Pay bills
  9. Plane tickets
  10. Car rental
  11. Movies
  12. Oil change
  13. See about RMA’ing dead drives
  14. Make media pc
  15. Laundry
  16. DMV

I totally got most of the stuff done. I blame the dish washer on the dishes, as I don’t think that maintenance ever came to fix it. I should call them about that… The trash compactor is really far away. I’ll take it out when I go out tomorrow. It’s ready to go, sitting by the door, I swear. I give up on the media pc. As much as I’d like to be able to watch West Wing on TV, I just think that the computer that I was going to use is going to be too loud. I’ll just have to buy this instead. Watched “Garden State”. Better than I thought that it would be. I’ll probably watch it again tomorrow.

It’s not looking very good as far as car rentals go. The major companies’ policy is only 25ers can rent. I’ll have to see about that…

Man, I really, really, really don’t want to get a stupid Georgia license and tags… I want to keep my Texas ones. :(

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