Global Warming

Posted by Thomas Tue, 29 Aug 2006 01:20:31 +0000

What a night!

I think that I firmly hate my D-Link broadband router. D-Link, if you’re reading this, consider me a lost customer. I must have been locking up every 5 minutes, with very little traffic running through it. I’ve already not been very happy because it locks up at the drop of a hat and at the slightest power dip. Linksys will be my new best friend. It’s a shame, too, because I was pretty happy with them, esp with the wap at Wesley, but it died sometime back, and apparently was pretty hard to diagnose that it was bad, but I digress. And, on top of all of that, when I bought it, it came with a rebate, but I never filled it out! Doh! So my piece of sh#t router cost me something like $80.

That made the evening pretty interesting on its own, but wait, there’s more. I’d been hearing this dripping sound coming from my ac/furnace/water heater closet for some time now. I don’t have access, but what I lack in key, I more than make up for in arm length. Did you know that I have long arms? Anyway, there is a large intake vent in this tiny little closet that I “don’t have access to”. For those of you following along at home, this is where the long arms come in. For you see that my arms are long enough, after I take the vent cover off, to reach the lock and unlock the door from the inside. Brilliant! Since the a/c was working, and the water dripping was dripping onto the water heater and down its drain, I was in no hurry to put in a work order and be woken up at like 8am when they want to come fix it. So, I let it go. Big mistake apparently. Did you know that you can completely freeze up an a/c unit? I didn’t. I knew about having to defrost freezers and the like, but never an air conditioning unit. What is this the 50s? Anyhoo, there wasn’t any air coming from the vents, and I figured that I was just going to have to bite the bullet and call them in the morning. But, it was really hot in the apartment. I noticed that it wasn’t getting very cool in the apartment over the weekend, but just chalked it up to it being really hot outside. But, since there wasn’t any air coming from the vents, I figured that I should investigate before I try to go to bed and can’t even get to sleep naked. Hey, stop picturing me naked! Also, the vent is protected by some very long screws. You know, the kind of screws that taunt you because they make your forearms hurt. These screws are incidently one of many arguments for me buying a drill, but again, I digress. So, after getting these four really long screws out, I threw the breakers to be extra safe. Upon inspection of the unit, I decided to take out the filter that sits at the bottom of the unit. Huh, I said unit… But, it wouldn’t budge. Even closer inspection revealed this white stuff know by scientists as Dihydrogen Monoxide. This was in its solid form, which explained several things. One, why when the a/c cut off that there was a dripping sound, and two, why there was no air coming out of the vents, even though the fan was spinning. So, since I was really hot, and I wanted to be cold, I figured that I would let the dern thing defrost. This is where things started to get interesting. For you see that when Dihydrogen Monoxide changes state from a solid to a liquid, it often will make a large mess, depending on the quantity. Now, I am on at least the second floor. I doubt very much that my downstairs neighbors would like to have this substance enter their home and cause much havoc. I don’t blame them. I equally do not wish for my carpet or other wood in the house to be ruint or otherwise need attention. So, when the global warming started to happen (I can now firmly put to rest that global warming is in fact occuring, as I saw it with my own two eyes), I did the obvious thing. I started to take pictures. So, I have some, they’ll get posted to the photoblog soon enough, but I’m in the middle of telling a cool story to my cool readers, and I don’t want to stop. Back to the story. So, after some pictures, I used my leet water divining skills, learned as a young padawan at my home in Canyon, and used every trick in the book to divert water where it needed to go and where it would cause the least amount of damage (and just go down the drain). With the crisis averted and the water safely down the drain, I told the story to my faithful readers, oh, wait, that’s you.

[Watching "Spaceballs: The Movie". They reach "now" in the movie.]
Dark Helmet: What the hell am I looking at? When does this happen in the movie?
Colonel Sandurz: Now. You’re looking at now, sir. Everything that happens now is happening now.
Dark Helmet: What hapened to then?
Colonel Sandurz: We passed then.
Dark Helmet: When?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now. We’re at now now.
Dark Helmet: Go back to then.
Colonel Sandurz: When?
Dark Helmet: Now!
Colonel Sandurz: Now?
Dark Helmet: Now!
Colonel Sandurz: I can’t.
Dark Helmet: Why?
Colonel Sandurz: We missed it.
Dark Helmet: When?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now.
Dark Helmet: When will then be now?
Colonel Sandurz: Soon.

So, we’ve now reached now, and I’m getting a little tired of this now, as I can imagine are you. Hopefully I will not sweat too much in my sleep, that I can sleep, and that since I’ve turned the a/c on, that it will cool off the apt and not freeze up for Quite Some TimeTM.

I’ve been really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really bored lately. Some might say that it’s my own fault, and they’re right, but it’s my blog and I can cry if I want to. So, I packaged Wizd for Debian (files available permanently here and for as long as I feel like it here), and I’ve been wiki gardening over at the pluto home wiki.

Ok, more than enough for tonight. Bedtime for Bonzo.

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Marcus and Chauncey

Posted by Thomas Fri, 25 Aug 2006 01:19:27 +0000

I can’t believe I read all of this.

Matilda: Oh yeah? Then what type of guys do I like?
Marcus: …The ones that talk to you.
Matild: Dang, you’re good.

Oh, that’s what I’ve been doing wrong…

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Drewby, Movies, and Doodles

Posted by Thomas Mon, 21 Aug 2006 21:47:24 +0000

Everyone must pressure Drew to post!

This past weekend I got back into the Netflix swing of things, watching “The Apartment” from 1960 with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. I wasn’t expecting it to be black and white, which wasn’t bad, just a little shocking. It was easily worth its 8.3 rating on IMDB. Highly recommended. I also watched the original “Ocean’s Eleven’‘. This one was disappointing. Not too much like the remake, and I personally didn’t like it too much. Slow pace, but supposedly good writing. I also saw “Lord of War” with Nick Cage and Bridget Moynahan. This was basically an indie film and was excellent.

Saw “Snakes on a Plane” today. We had a company outing this afternoon to see the movie. Got to love our perks. To steal from some dude’s comments on IMDB, this movie was “ridiculously enjoyable”. To me it was akin to a modern day “Airplane”. Not nearly as over-the-top, but hillarious and enjoyable all the way through. Be sure to watch it with your friends, preferably with snakes, rubber or otherwise. I might even go see it again. It’s currently getting a 8.2 at IMDB, and they aren’t too often wrong. :P

As I’m sure that you’ve noticed, I just added a “Movies” category. I should have done this a long time ago, and I will have to go back and put all of my movie posts into it…

I was sitting here coding with my music on random and heard “The Purple People Eater”, by Sheb Wooley. This conjured a very strong memory of a restaraunt in Amarillo called Doodles. It was just off Western on Olsen, right near Michaels. They served hamburgers with diy toppings, in a very classic setting, with neon signs, old tin signs, an old style gas pump, booths, the whole nine yards. They also had a juke box, that you could, for free as I recall, play a song or two. Which is why this song reminded me of the restuarant, because I always wanted to play that song on the juke box. Anyway, I went there quite often with my Mother, and it’s just not something that I had thought about in quite some time, so a little trip down memory lane.

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Rest In Peace Baxter Garner

Posted by Thomas Tue, 15 Aug 2006 21:57:36 +0000

June 19, 1990–August 15, 2006

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Bigger and badder

Posted by Thomas Tue, 15 Aug 2006 20:40:48 +0000

The new Ares rocket will be bigger and more powerful than the Saturn V.

I really love that they are going back to the original designs, both conceptually and physically. The Saturn V was rock solid and I don’t think that anyone (US, Russia, China, ESA, etc) has since then come up with a better, safer, more cost effective platform. But, bigger and more powerful? I didn’t think that was possible… Here’s to hoping that the new rocket fits inside the VAB. :)

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Songs I can, for whatever reason, listen to almost endlessly

Posted by Thomas Fri, 11 Aug 2006 10:29:37 +0000

Pat Green – Crazy
Colin Hay – I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You (pretty much the entire Garden State Soundtrack)
Extreme – More than Words
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World
Kevin Fowler – Not Lovin’ Anymore
Hoobastank – The Reason
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Kelly Clarkson

I dunno if I want to admit that last one, but oh well… Nor do I really know why I am posting this, but since there hasn’t been too much posting as of late, here you go.

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In a Napoleon Dynamite voice…

Posted by Thomas Sat, 05 Aug 2006 22:19:19 +0000


As far as wedding pictures go, this one’s a keeper. If only my wedding is as fun as that picture seems…

Another drawing from that I would have entitled “Challenges in Frequency Domain Analysis” is really funny but I would I would also consider extremely risqué for some folks out there. Click at your own peril!

I would call them marketing geniuses, but they really aren’t, and I’m sure that I’ll have to buy the HD version of Firefly.

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Posted by Thomas Tue, 01 Aug 2006 00:57:56 +0000

Chad, if ever given the opportunity, you must give a test like this. Come to think of it, Amy, you should give a test like that, too, for your 142…

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