2 Things

Posted by Thomas Sun, 31 Jul 2005 01:30:44 +0000

In the vein of me only doing like 2 things, work and movies, I just saw “The Island” and work will come soon enough, but let’s not talk about that. Since I depleted my reserve of Netflix, I checked movies online and thought that I was going to have to watch “Fantastic Four” which I’m sure is ok, but wasn’t too looking forward to watching. So, I happened upon “The Island”. I picked up the trailer online, and with that and an IMDB rating of 6.9 I figured that it couldn’t be too bad. And it wasn’t. I’d say that it was excellent, excellent. I highly recommend it. Double-plus-good. It must have reminded me in different ways of over half a dozen movies. Music or people or themes or production design or plot.

Just before I saw the movie, I needed to grab some grub, as it was almost 10pm and I hadn’t eaten in quite a while. I happened upon a Moe’s grill-thingy. It’s like a southwest place. Semi-Mexican food. Got a burrito. But why I’m telling you this is because I noticed this girl, who seemed a little young to be working fast food. Now, this place just opened and was like still in grand opening phase. The lady who was running the register was probably early-mid forties. There were two other ladies, on very grandmotherly and the other about the same age as the lady running the register. So, I came pretty quickly to the conclusion that these were two daughters and a mother who were running this place. And I also decided that this young girl who was working was the register lady’s daughter. Not 5 seconds after I decided this, it was confirmed, as the daughter walked by, hitting the mother in a loving way. This prompted the lady, as I was signing my receipt, to explain that this was in fact her daughter.

The reason I tell you this is because it was just plain weird. I assumed this fact of relation, and then almost instantly it was confirmed. Weird.

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Insert creative, descriptive title here

Posted by Thomas Sat, 30 Jul 2005 13:14:32 +0000

Appreciation goes out to Ben for making me feel good making my blogs one of the first ones that he catches up on after a dry spell. Also to Miss Collins. I didn’t know that you read this, so that’s super cool. It took me a bit to realize who Amy was with the email that you gave. But after a quick search of my employer came up with one result and your last name. Which was good, because I would have not posted the comment had I not realized who you were… This also made me think that you’re a google whack, but I just looked up the rules and tamutrixie03 wouldn’t count. Anyway, Amy, in my book, you’ll always be a Google Whack. :)

So, last night I watched the “Punisher”. I thought about posting here how if it wasn’t a good movie that I was going to have to… um… something… I dunno. I guess I was just going to be disappointed and angry that I had wasted a perfectly good Netflix spot in my weekend for a crappy movie. But this was not the case. It totally wasn’t really what I was expecting (which is usually a good thing when it comes to stuff like this), so I enjoyed it. I watched “The Whole Ten Yards” the night before. It was ok, but not as good as “The Whole Nine Yards”. Very scatterbrained, I thought. Not a complete waste of time. I will watch “Analyze This” sometime today. Again, I hope that it’s a good movie. It would seem of late that I am having some difficulty finding movies that I really want to watch. There is a mountain of movies that I feel obligated to watch, like “Platoon” or “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”. Stuff that I should watch, but really just have no desire to sit through. Sounds like a personal problem, doesn’t it? :)

I thought about just leaving the comments about “The Prince and Me” just go, but as I type apparently I’m not going to let it go. So, as far as the comments go, you can either make fun of me for it, or I will just censor more of what I write and you can just never hear about stuff like that again. Which would you rather have?

Time for lunch and a movie.

Song in my head when I woke up this morning: Dave Matthews – When the World Ends

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Posted by Thomas Fri, 29 Jul 2005 20:29:39 +0000

I come to you now from being the most drenched that I’ve been in I don’t know how long. OOOHHH! I remember when I was last this drenched! It was on the Galveston Choir Tour. Or should I say infamous the Galveston Choir Tour. I seem to recall some semi-embarrasing things that came out of that trip. Anyhoo, a guy/co-worker/friend needed a jumpstart for his car and was asking who had jumper cables. Which of course I always have. So, I offered to jump him off. As we started to the parking lot, he mentioned something about needing a raincoat as it was raining. Now I don’t really follow the weather as well as I probably should, but I didn’t know anything about the possibility of rain, and since I had neither an umbrella, a poncho, slicker, etc. it didn’t really matter. There were some big drops coming down by this point, but not too many of them. And then the torrent started. You know that point when you just decide that getting absolutely drenched is absolutely a non-issue? Don’t you love that feeling? When you just let go and say, as long as nothing gets ruined, it’s just water, right? I take a shower everyday and that hasn’t killed me yet… So, I left my cell phone inside work for safe keeping, took out my wallet, and took off my shoes in the car. Long story shorter, we got him on his way and I was soaking wet. I came back inside for a bit to grab my stuff and then head home, which is where I sit now. As all of you I’m sure are wondering, I did not in fact take my shirt off. Well, at least not until I got home. Sorry to disappoint. ;) Good times.

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Spending habits

Posted by Thomas Wed, 27 Jul 2005 21:47:33 +0000

Since I am pen-ultimately bored out of my mind: for your viewing pleasure, a breakdown of the money that I have spent thus far. It is only an approximation (because real life is never as simple as the spreadsheet makes it out to be), but some ballpark figures none-the-less. Sorry that I couldn’t put it into a table for easier viewing, but I tried, it didn’t work, and I have no desire to screw with it until it does. There are no taxes in there, so this is simply percentages of money flowing out of checking/credit. If anyone so desires, I could whip that figure up as well, but it would take more time than I am currently willing to spend. So, enjoy!

Lodging 28.06%
Tithe 10.02%
Savings 10.02%
Non-Categorized Credit Card Transactions 9.30%
Gas 6.66%
Airlines 6.42%
Utilities 4.40%
ATM Withdrawals 4.34%
Restaurants 4.31%
Groceries 3.41%
Checks Written 3.19%
Auto Rental 2.60%
Retail/Department Stores 1.95%
Entertainment 1.48%
Household/Services 1.11%
Automotive 1.01%
Insurance 0.64%
Cell Phone 0.61%
Electronic Payments from Checking 0.38%
Non-Categorized Check Card Transactions 0.08%

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Comments, et. al.

Posted by Thomas Wed, 27 Jul 2005 19:50:19 +0000

Let it be known that I now am going to moderate comments. I got a spam comment, and I don’t really care to have any more, so there will be some delay from when you submit a comment until when you see it be posted as a comment. Thanks for your cooperation, The Mgmt.

Song in my head all day: Switchfoot – Concrete Girl

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Posted by Thomas Mon, 25 Jul 2005 00:13:11 +0000

I don’t know how many times that I’ve titled a post “Sunday”, but I bet that it’s a bunch. Well, I didn’t really do anything this weekend. I had my Netflix in, so I watched “The Transporter”, which was awful, “The Prince and Me”, which was better than your average chick flick, and “The Whole Nine Yards”, which somehow I managed to watch 3 times in one day. I watched once regular, once with commentary, and then once again regular. Well, that last one I was doing other stuff, but I’ll count it anyway. Watched a bunch of “The West Wing” today.

My major accomplishment was my new toy, a fibre channel array. I’ll not bore the majority of you with the nitty-gritty details, but let’s just say that I now have a 606GB RAID 50 1Gbps fibre channel array, spread over 7*3 disks, with 3 hot swap spares. Since I was about to pull my hair our for most of the week, I am glad that I seemed to have figured out what was causing me so many problems. I might have to kill someone, but that’ll be a later post. :)

Oh, and BTW, I went to Subway for dinner tonight just before 10pm. I had decided whilest I was driving what I was going to get: a wheat footlong meatball, with American cheese and Parmesan, and 3 chocolate chip cookies. The young woman asked me what I wanted, and I told her. She didn’t have wheat bread. Nor did she have any meatballs. Nor did she have any chocolate chip cookies. Damn Subway. Anyhoo, I had a footlong, turkey, white sub, with no cookies. It was tasty, but not what I was looking for… I did notice while I was there that there is a little wing shop and a little Chinese place right next door to the Subway. I thought about dropping in with my Subway in hand to get a take-out menu, but decided against it. Maybe next weekend I’ll try one of them…


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So is that what’s going on…

Posted by Thomas Mon, 18 Jul 2005 23:48:21 +0000

…learning to obey Him.

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Chalk up one more closed door

Posted by Thomas Mon, 18 Jul 2005 00:37:54 +0000

For grins, I played with e-harmony. Here is my outcome:

eHarmony is based upon a complex matching system developed through extensive research with married couples. One of the requirements for successful matching is that participants to fall within certain defined profiles. If we find that we will not be able to match a user using these profiles, we feel it is only fair to inform them early in the process.

We are so convinced of the importance of creating compatible matches to help people establish happy, lasting relationships that we sometimes choose not to provide service rather than risk an uncertain match.

Unfortunately, we are not able to make our profiles work for you. Our matching model could not accurately predict with whom you would be best matched. This occurs for about 20% of potential users, so 1 in 5 people simply will not benefit from our service. We hope that you understand, and we regret our inability to provide service for you at this time.

Son of a…

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Posted by Thomas Sun, 17 Jul 2005 21:50:04 +0000

Saw both “Willy Wonka” and “Wedding Crashers” in packed houses down the road. Both were good. I think that I liked “Wedding Crashers” better than “Willy Wonka”; more along my humor, I think. I probably liked “Willy Wonka” about as much as I expected to, which wasn’t that much. A little weird for my tastes, but I figured that I would regret it if I didn’t see it in the theater, so I went.

Bought some Switchfoot albums at Circuit City, too. Got The Early Years: 1997-2000: The Legend Of Chin/New Way To Be Human/Learning To Breathe [Box] and The Beautiful Letdown [DUALDISC].

Also just got done watching “Last of the Mohicans”. And I watched “Mr. Deeds”, because I don’t think that I ever really watched it in its entirety.

Oh, and never live on a street called “Columns”. People never hear me say it correctly.

Robert Mitchell notified me of where I could procure some more of my hats, which arrived late last week. They make me happy. Although the $50 the hat that I lost cost me does not.

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Late night call

Posted by Thomas Tue, 12 Jul 2005 20:30:31 +0000

Who called me on 7/9 at 2:00am EST? I don’t have the phone number in my phone (which isn’t the biggest surprise in the world…) but it is a 469 number. If I don’t figure it out, then I might just call them back. “Hello, yes, did you call me a couple of nights ago at 1am?”

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Case of the Mondays

Posted by Thomas Mon, 11 Jul 2005 22:32:24 +0000

Somehow it has just not been a good day. Apparently there are some low places around here, and so there was a street that was completely being washed over this morning as I was going to work. There was a Volvo that had gone into it, and I’d guess that it had a foot or two of water all around it, as there was a new river running over the road from Dennis. I wish that I had gotten a picture of it, but I don’t have a camera. And I shouldn’t spend the money on one, but I really want to. The drive to work meant a bunch of traffic and rain. Blech. I did manage to pickup my daily McDonalds, but at the cost of not dropping off my Netflix. So, they’re still in my car and when I was going home, I found out that one of them is probably still in my DVD player, so it didn’t really matter that I was trying to get all three of them turned around quickly. Now I can only imagine that it’s going to be like DAYS before I’ll get it done, ’cause I’m retarded. Then we had meeting which seemed to eat up a bunch of the day/morning. And then I did what I was supposed to do work-wise and it took me the entire day. Which I don’t really think that it should have, so even though I did work and I did what I was supposed to do, I really don’t feel like I did anything productive. I thought that I could sleep through anything, but last night the rain beating down on my window woke me up at about 5:15am. I checked the weather online and then went back to bed. Also last night I was looking for some supper, and went to Kroger to get some cash from the ATM. I had my umbrella out and the wind caught it and flipped it inside out. I didn’t think that this would have been a big deal, but looking at the damage now, I think that it’s pretty much ruined. Or at least so wounded that I will probably just have to get another one. I haven’t had this one for very long. Something on the order of months, so there’s more money down the drain. I seemed to misplaced a screwdriver and needle-nosed pliars. This really pisses me off. I did happen to find some new hats, and they should be here sometime this week, as I had them shipped via 3-day select. I guess that’s good, but it’s still crappy that I lost the old one.

And now I’m probably going to spend $14 on a stupid Papa Johns pizza… well, it looks like I got a break and only have to pay $10 to go pickup my own pizza.

Ok. Like 30 minutes later I get back with my not-so-hot pizza. Had to take a stupid detour through Powder Springs to get to Papa Johns… crappy. Due to only what I can assume to be a lake that wasn’t there yesterday.

When did life get so hard? And when was it last simple?

I thought by now my life would be on cruise-control, yet all I seem to do is fight everything tooth and nail.

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xmms & rhythmbox

Posted by Thomas Sat, 09 Jul 2005 12:48:46 +0000

Since I can’t post comments anonymously to this guy’s blog, then I guess I’ll have to settle for just posting to my own and hope that he sees it somehow… Anyway, yeah, I agree that rythmbox probably sucks, but if I’ve ever used it, then I never used it again and have no recollection of ever having used it. I use xmms under linux and it’s ok. But my real beef is, WHY ISN’T THERE A WINAMP-CLASS MP3 PLAYER FOR LINUX!?! Nothing I have found even comes close.


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Being happy doesn’t mean

Posted by Thomas Thu, 07 Jul 2005 00:06:56 +0000

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. Being happy means _______.

And don’t give me the cookie-cutter answer. I will mock you if you do.

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Update: Sinking feeling

Posted by Thomas Tue, 05 Jul 2005 21:25:53 +0000

I would appear that the roach crawled into the kitchen and decided to die right next to my garbage bag that I have sitting out (it’s sitting out because the trash can that I have does not allow for optimum capacity of the bag…). It would have been nicer of him had he actually climbed into the bag…

Also, who knew that with shoes on I’m actually 6’4″? Not I.

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Sinking feeling

Posted by Thomas Tue, 05 Jul 2005 00:06:37 +0000

Don’t you hate that sinking feeling when you realize that, “Hey, didn’t I smash the crap out of a roach in my bathroom this morning with a shoe?”? Wait, but that roach isn’t there anymore, and one of his legs still is…

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Posted by Thomas Sun, 03 Jul 2005 16:18:24 +0000

I watched “Bad Company” the other night from Netflix. Like halfway through I realized that I probably had seen the dern thing before. Which is pretty bad that I thought that I hadn’t seen it, nor that I had any recollection of what it was beforehand. I guess that I really didn’t think that it was that good the first time around. Watched some Chris Rock standup, too, from the Apollo. So, a night with Chris Rock. Also got the 4th disc of Band of Brothers. It’s a pretty good series.

I’ve been trying to code some in Python as of late. I forgot how hard it can be to learn a new programming language.

I’ve also been trying to combine clustermatic and knoppix. I’ve made some pretty decent progress (I think), but I’m running into some issues that I’m not sure exactly how to resolve… :(

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Posted by Thomas Sun, 03 Jul 2005 01:28:10 +0000

I’m sorry guys that I haven’t posted too much as of late. I guess that it just seems like life’s slowing down and I’m getting settled in and used to things. Just saw War of the Worlds. It was pretty good. Even if the story was a little weak (it doesn’t help that it’s a remake of a movie that most of us have already seen), the story-telling was excellent, as was the CGI, cinematography, and the production design. Just top notch. And the music was awesome. John Williams of course does it again.

Lately I’ve really been missing being involved with Breakaway. And that’s sort of weird because of the odd relationship that I offically had with them, or really that lack of official relationship… Anyway, I really miss doing sound with really great equipment with professionals. I dunno if it’s just my ego or what, but I just loved doing sound and having an influence in all of these people’s worship experience. Plus, you can make it exactly sound how you want it to. Want less cymbal? more electric? more toms? All at your fingertips. I remember them fondly, but as I sit here and type I recall the mixed feelings that were actually there… If anybody sees Marcus Toussaint, smack him up side the head for me and ask him if he can find out if there is a Breakway-ish thing here. I know that they have similar things around Texas, but for the life of me I could not find any info on any of them on the web. So, maybe the Breakaway office knows.

Don’t have any plans for the Fourth. Well, if I want to get paid, then I have to work… so I will be doing that.


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