Lazy day. It was the superbowl or something. I thought hockey season was
over. Who won anyway?

Ok, no, I don’t really care :)

About my only achievement today besides not doing the dishes was hacking
togeather a good (I thought) review of a couple of diff linux distros. Not bad for
midnight huh? Maybe someone from one of these places will send me vendorware
or something. Well, the worse one anyway should send me a nice CD as a bribe

I think I’ll go and harass the dude that works at dowco internet below us for
his copy of Corel Linux to borrow.

But that requires me to wake up in the morning, not just go to work.
Therefor, I got now, and sleeeeeep! This kinda sucks, I wanted to start the
week off with a 10 hour sleep. Hmm… so much for that idea. At least it’s
only 20 minutes into the new day. Course, even if I go to bed right
I still have 20 minutes of Corny wandering over top of me. Better
get started now….

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Pah. So much for a day off. Not that I don’t appreciate the thought of
course, but my day started at 9 or so with a customer’s system not going on
the net. Dragging myself out of the idea that I was going to go for a run in
the beautiful sunshine, I got the client to do a bunch of different things,
and found nothing wrong with our server. Finally they got online and
I got a chance to go through the logs and found what appeared to be an ISDN
line problem. But would they think of checking that before bitching at us?

Course, when she called their ISP they just said that there was nothing
wrong. Bah. I’m still waiting for the imag.net supervisor to get
back to me. No bitches from the client yet though so I assume that things are
ok now. After that it was off into town to do some things like pay bills and
pick up a LONG phone line. Why the phone line you ask? Well, I got my ADSL
back (cough3.1Mb*cough*) and the stupid apartment only has 2 jacks! So I
get to string a long phone cord over the ceiling and over to the computer(s).
Hmm… gotta get around to writing my review of Caldera and Mandrake.

New ArcterCam shots up too… Firefly is over and watching
some TV and Rex took, well, and interest. So I snagged s cam shot or 2.

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I figure that all this dreaming must be the result of more (and
better) sleep. Going to bed at 11 or so at night must be the
cause of it… deep REM sleep and all that.

Anyway, another one last night, this almost as screwed up as the last
few. I was agent Mulder of the X-Files
and was with Scully on some deep cover mission involving sitting in a
van dressed in black with our faces mostly hidden and killing kids or
something wacked like that. After this was over we went back home (my
home street incidently, but without as much of a grade on the hill)
for some sort of PR thing the department was doing. Not sure what it
was, but it involved us talking on TV.

Hey, it’s a dream, it doesn’t have to make sense!

One of the people waiting there for us was a little girl that I guess
we didn’t finish off in the op. She got away or something. Anyway,
we pass her or something and she recognizes me (or is it Scully) as we
walk by. I’m not sure what we decide to do about it. I remember
wandering around and helping someone put up, and then position a big
satellite for the broadcast.

I think we tried to figure out a way to avoid talking/seeing the girl
so she couldn’t identify us, but my alarm went.

Now I think I’m going to head to work to finish up and test some stuff
that has to be done by noon…. fun stuff actually, now that I have it
working. Sounds like Iambe’s trying to call me too, but her cell
starts cutting out whenever I pick up the phone… so if you’re
reading this.. uhmm.. hope you’re having a good trip and wave!

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Another wacked out dream last night. It was winter (strange as I was
boiling in bed) and a bunch of people were going across a field hiking
or whatever in the snow. I was riding on the “suicide machine” (a
device that my dad and I constructed years ago consisting of 2 skis
and a seat mounted on top (it went fast)) and somehow got
tangled up with some other group in an accident. Somehow a zipper
from one of my… something in my pack or something of our groups
(which is strange as I don’t remember anyone helping me (I’ll explain
in a sec)) bags or something. Anyway a zipper got stuck to the kids
face! Actually I thought it was his arm but in the
end of the dream it was his face. Anyway, you know how sometimes your
shirt will get caught in your zipper? Same thing except with skin,
and a lot of it (a couple of inches at least). So for whatever reason
I was helping this kid (named Martinez and from #north if I recall
correctly, a young spanish kid ). and trying to figure out how to
unzip this thing properly. After quite some time of doing nothing
(sitting in the snow with my tarp or whatever attached to this poor
kid and wondering what to do I guess), the kid just pulled!!!!! This
is the point where (as it often happens in dream land) the injury
relocated itself from his arm to his face. I watched as he slowly
pulled, and watched as the zipper ripped down the side of his cheek.
Freaky shit huh? I immediately grabbed napkins or kleenex or whatever
to stop the flow of blood but when I looked it seemed the wounds on
both sides had somehow healed themselves. Almost stitched closed as
if the zipper had left bits of itself there as stitches. Around then
I told the kid that he’d have an interesting scar but it was going to
be ok and then someone who knew what they were doing arrived. I
think. Anyway, sometime around then I woke up.

Trippy huh?

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One of the disadvantages of moving my computer out of my bedroom is I
can’t just roll over and record wierd dreams that I have. I’ll do my

I was living near my parents house, I remember thinking about how I’d
lived in 4 places all withing 4 doors of each other… Illiad had had
a package sent to my place for some reason (a Dust/Crud Puppy doormat
rolled up)… awk, a dream with Illiad in it! Tiggersol was there
too… we had to take some sort of a test from the people running the
place where I was staying… a linux test of some sort. I thought I
aced it and ended up with 2 out of 10! I don’t remember exactly what
the questions were but they were tricky. I answered questions about
Linus Torvalds with “doesn’t code well on NT” when the correct answer
was “inventor of Linux” or something… weird questions…. There was
something about playing Ultimate Doom too, that and Q3.

Very weird.

Comdex yesturday was great for the company but sucked for me
personally… my feet and back were absolutely killing me. I felt
like crap and ended up puking on the way home (luckily LIMOS pulled
over to the side!). An hour long bath and bed at 10:30 however let me
feel a lot better. Hell, when the alarm rang at 6:40 this morning I
felt good! When I got up at 7:30 I was almost as good
(seeing as I actually had to get up at that point).
Now it’s time for day 2. Hopefully it’ll go better for me. Must run
to get dressed now to fight my way through the half foot of snow to
get picked up by Da Boss.

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Nothing like a 14 hour work day to make you feel alive :)

First of all, appolagies to my friends and fans who have been wondering where
the hell I’ve been. Work has been busy, hell, life in general has been
extremely busy the last little while, and I haven’t had the time to even hop
online for very long. The new place is taking time, organizing things here
and there (I still have a bunch of stuff to get from my parents place
(including a plant! whoho!))… and I still have a couple of boxes and the top
of a desk still packed and unorganized (well, beyond the ‘I can live without
this for the next while’ thing).

Things at work are going well… gearing up for Comdex next week (if you’re in
the Vancouver area head down and look for NetMaster in the Linux pavillion eh?) and
doing support. Support and installs have been the bane of our existance the
last two weeks… everything taking longer than it should and acting weirder
than it should. Had a box blow up and not boot… hell, not do
anything… brought it back to the office and swapped things
around, and ended up that it worked fine. Or seemed to. I could have slipped
onto another plane of existance for a bit or something.

Today and yesturday when not doing installs or coding (I got to code tonight!
that’s why I stayed late… coding coding coding, not dealing with Mike or
Henry or any of the people I don’t like talking to about support) I was
watching a box that would lock up randomly for no reason at all. But only during the
day. Argh.

So what else has been going on? Well, I ran out of clothes today and was
forced to do laundry when I got home at 11:30. While getting the last load I
was accosted by some old (70) drunken (2 “Wildcat” cans in his hand) guy who
told me his life story and asked me about mine when all I wanted to do is get
my laundry so I could go to bed and sleeeeeeep!

Yesturday I got a new desk. Well, not really. A buddy of mine (EsoBOFH)
snagged the old desks we had at the board and offered
me one. So with A’s help and huge truck we got it back here in one piece.

Only one problem…. it’s facing the wrong way. That is, the long part of the
“L” of it is on the wrong side. It should be on the side against the
wall, with the short side sticking out into the living room a bit so that I
can have it set there so I can watch TV and work on the computer at the same
time. But the long part of the “L” is on that side… so it’s either face the
wall (instead of the window/tv) of lose a chunk of living room. After
realizing that if I really wanted to I could turn my entire house into a Coke appreciation shrine if I wanted, I gave up
the living room chunk. Hell, I even took my old desk to make a U (and place
for the other computer) for my…. Computer Command Center :)

I’m wondering where I had the keyboard before on here… I’m at a wierd angle
due to moniter angle and desk height and stuff. I’ll work it out though.

With my mouse hand wrapped around and with the elbow on something my Quake
game is off too :(

Much more to say, too tired at the moment though. I’ll get pics RSN of all
the new stuff :)

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Wow… long time no write. You’d think I’d been busy or something. Well,
it’s late and I want to get to sleep at a decent hour (ie: before midnight),
so I’ll slap out a bit for you before hitting the hay. I’m going to start on
a bit of a downer but end on an up note I think. Well, kinda. And depending
on how far I get.

Through circumstances beyone my control today I didn’t leave for work till 10
or so. This left me time to sit and relax in front of the TV. Nothing like
daytime talk shows to depress me. Today it was Sally. I don’t even know why
I dignify this crap by linking it. Anyway, Sally’s show today was “shocking
teen sex confessions”. Nothing like oversexed teens to get the ratings up.
Before going back to listening to CDs and reading my copy of Linux Journal I watched some bi-curious
19 year old confess her sexuality to her mother. Ohhh…. Ahhh…. such
drama! Such true life stuff! At the end of the show her mother turned it back
on her and told her that her “friend” that her daughter thought of as a second
mother was actually her lover. Oh god. Let me puke and die now. Like they
used to say in elementry school… “gag me with a spoon”. Well, gag me with a
chain gun man, cause I’d probably get on TV like that. Apparently they’ll put
anything on. Keep an eye out on Sally though, according to her show guide on
the 14th it’ll be “pregnant mistresses tell all”.


ObNote: “irregardless” is not a real word. It’s just “regardless”. My world
is shattered.

Perl/mod_perl/DBI is going ok. Some database issues are appearing while using
mysql though. I may redo peer2peer
first just using straight Postgres for
now, and leave mysql for the ufies site. I just want the time to go and do it
and do it right.

Today I entered geek nirvana. I swear to $DEITY. We went to an install at
some place that does data collection and reporting or something, anyway, their
techie dude… nick of Prodigy, about my age… was in his office. Well,
first of all, let me describe the main office.

(and I did this to Iambe this eve while pacing around my living room and
making wild arm gestures)

The cube area has moniters all over the place. All along the edges of the
desks encircling the main area is moniter after moniter. Lots of scanners
too… both flatbed and single sheet.

Moving from there we go into the network room. One of those big ass command
centers you see at comdex and lust after was in there. About 5 moniters on
the top row, a couple more on the main section, all displaying data and
reports. Wires everywhere. The rest of the room was stuffed to the brim with
networking cable, power outlets (all used) and more computers.

Then we get to the room labled “R & D”.

You could tell it was a young hacker because the music was loud and heavy
metal/rap (coughcrap*cough*). The room housed 2 people, a programmer (not
there) and a network/techie. The programmers desk had 3 moniters (<hand
motions> thunk thunk thunk) and 3 keyboards (thunk thunk thunk). MS
optical mouse. 2 moniters were a dual head on a windows box and one was off.
Oh, and another computer beside the desk (apart from the 2 that belonged with
the moniters. The techies area had 2 moniters, one running Storm Linux and one running windows.
Another computer and moniter beside. Another computer on the top of the desk.
Sub underneath. 4 speaker system running off of Winamp for mp3s all around. Another box and
moniter beside the desk. Desk littered with sticky notes and papers. Dead
mice all over. Coke cans and assorted supplies on the window sill beside,
along with a stack of boil-to-make noodles. Behind him more stacks of
computer parts and stuff. I mean stacks. There was just
enough extra room in there to be able to navigate comfortably, not enough to
make it look empty. There was even a water cooler in there with the label
“this here be a PIRATE water cooler. Keep your hands off the PIRATE water”
and a larger label below with “captain james” on it.

It’s hard to describe. My hands are still shaking.

Lets just say that in this one room I counted 7 moniters (all 17″ or greater)
and 8 computers, 3 brand new looking cams and more hardware and cabling then
I’ve seen in a long time.

I want to work there. Actually, no, the programmer was using windows (and
some Britanny Spears background too….. ) so how about if I just
live there? Please? Prodigy was a cool guy too. “One of us” if you
know what I mean. Same mindset. Quake player, net junkie, networking dude,
icq/irc/userfriend/slashdot type person.

Ok, the day’s ticked over. Later.

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I was dissapointed to wake up this morning and not find my
car buried in snow. I guess my expectations were raised a little with the
flurries we had at work last night.

It was a good night. I got mod_perl actually installed and semi-running thanks to
mucho help from cuvarack. Now I have a working base I can go and make it how
I want it.

This is the first step in everything.

I even got to bed early… my goal was 10pm and I made it down by 10:30. I
think when I told cuv that he said something along the lines of “huh? who is
this? what did you do to alan?!” I got up late though, even with 8 or so
hours of sleep 7am came far too early, and I was awake enough to reset the
alarm for 7:10 or so. Now 3 or 4 nights of that and I will be 100%!

This morning I not only made my lunch but had breakfast too! And tea! Sure
the lunchmeat had an expiry of early december, but that could be next year
right? Well, if not, hello sick leave! Gave Rex his eye meds and didn’t leave the house in
a complete state of disarray. Tonight I’m off to watch bad kung fu movies and
then hack some more at mod-perl (or sleep early, yea that’s it), and tomorrow
I’m off to look at a friends kittens. I hope I don’t end up coming home with
one (she’s thinking of giving one away). Luckily I have no room in the house
and having 2 cats is probably pushing it with the landlord. So not
yet…. Gotta find a copy of doom and maybe quake1 for my other box
(Bastard is it’s name, as it’s cobbled togeather from a few different hardware
sources) for fun and amusement on it. Maybe get togeather a
doom/quake1/quake2 deathmatch going on it (not that it’s easy to DM while
sitting crosslegged on the floor (I know, my butt/legs/arms have fallen asleep
many a time while configging that box))? We’ll see what time permits.

Actually the only thing I didn’t get done this morning was re-writing the
UFies.org roadmap on my whiteboard… but that can be done this eve easily
enough (oh the exciting life I lead).

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It’s 2000.


Had a good but busy weekend. Now I’m about to reboot to do some
software testing while watching The Saint on TV. Now I
just need to get a couple of RCA cables to hook the DVD up to the TV.
I was going to get around to it today but the only cable I
have is about a foot long. Not long enough.

The Dell box that I got from Cat5 is running good now. Only thing is
RAM. It has a supreme lack of RAM (32 is usable but a little low
IMHO), and the ram is some weird non-pc100 variety. The slot is DIMM
shaped, but not PC100, DIMM or SIMM. The current module has only
“EDO” on it for clues. It’s definately not 72pin SIMM though.
Weird. It’s usable now, but I’ll need more when (if) I throw a 3d
card and some games on it. For now it’ll do as a windows box to keep
me from rebooting when I need to do something in windows.

Saw tiggersol again this
weekend, that was good. I’ll have to head up to Edmonton sometime to
see the ‘ol boy again.

Now I love you tig, but this is for you. I’m
sorry man, but that was quite silly of you :)

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