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  • I slept until 10:25 in the morning (mostly). It was glorious.
  • We took items to Goodwill.
  • We dropped off items at Half Price Books, and I got a Neil Young and a Johnny Cash album (vinyl, you savages) out of the deal.
  • Consumed tasty dinner at Family Square. Mmm, steak and eggs.
  • The kitchen is mostly cleaned. I have to finish scrubbing two iron sittings and a plate, but you wouldn't believe how nice things look in the kitchen now.
  • I inventoried over 105 videos (including multi-disc boxed sets) in my collection, putting them in MediaMan. This represents just under 1/5 of the total collection. I can't complain.
  • Deboxed and sleeved [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon DVD collection after she entered them in MediaMan.
  • Tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] twanfox and I get to see the Chicago Bulls play. From a skybox. Win!
feren: Feren is silly (Zhivagod_Feren-Silly)
.... please don't?

But if you won't listen to my entreaties, you can always point yourself towards my Things I Want list. It's current, it has things ranging from ridiculously expensive (I do not expect anybody to buy me a Monfrotto tripod) to the very cheap (mmm, $7.99 blu-ray disc).

If people have tips for me, please share them.
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I opened the floodgates to UAT and the Internet at 2209, with just 8 hours left on the clock.

Thank the big router gods in the sky....!


Nov. 29th, 2009 04:02 pm
feren: Feren in profile (sakuranym_profile)
I have 13 hours to make the $EMPLOYER student management system go -- something we haven't been able to accomplish in the last 96 hours.
feren: Feren smoking (atomicfiction_ferensmoking)
Already rumors are flying that somebody came to MFF 2009 with mumps. Of course there's a few objective thoughts to this...
1) It's an FA post. Hardly reputable reporting.
2) If it's true, it's only an issue to people that never got the MMR vaccine (let's not even go down the "vaccines are bad" path).
3) Why is this a surprise if it's true? Large gatherings of people from all over the continent or other continents offers the opportunity for cross-infection of things you wouldn't be exposed to if you were to stay home. Likewise with flying on a plane, or riding on a train, or on a cross-country bus trip.

Am I the only one who sees these things and goes "And the news here is... what, exactly?" Has everyone become a twenty-first century spaz?
feren: Feren smoking (atomicfiction_ferensmoking)
It's O-dark-thirty. Hi ho hi ho, its off to migrate a datacenter I go. Or at least four of the most important subnets. On 3 hours sleep!
feren: Feren in profile (sakuranym_profile)
Here's the schedule for my Thanksgiving, as sent out today:

Schedule begins Wednesday at noon. Whomever is the “Point” contact is expected to be awake, available, connected to the VPN during the time specified. It may be necessary to come in to the office during these times to do a “war room” type scenario.

Wed 11/25
* noon-8PM: NF w/RQ as backup
* 8PM Wed - 4AM Thurs: RQ w/ Feren as backup

Thurs 11/26
* 4AM-noon: Feren w/ NF as backup
* Noon-8PM: NF w/ RQ as backup
* 8PM Thurs - 4AM Friday: RQ w/ Feren as backup

Friday 11/27
* 4AM-1PM: Feren w/ NF as backup
* 1PM-10PM: NF w/ Feren as backup
* 10PM Friday - 7AM Saturday: Feren w/ RQ as backup

Saturday 11/28
* 7AM-1PM: RQ w/ NF as backup
* 1PM - 7PM: NF w/ Feren as backup
* 7PM Saturday - 2AM Sunday: Feren w/ RQ as backup

Sunday 11/29
* 2AM-8AM RQ w/ NF as backup
* 8AM-3PM: NF w/ Feren as backup
* 3PM Sunday - midnight Monday: Feren w/ RQ as backup

Monday 11/30

* Midnight - 7AM: RQ w/ NF as backup
* 7AM - 1PM: NF w/ Feren as backup
* 1PM-8PM: Feren w/ RQ as backup
* 8PM Monday-3AM Tuesday: RQ w/ Feren as backup

Tuesday 12/1

* 3am - 8am: Feren w/ NF as backup
* 8am - 3pm: NF w/ RQ as backup
* 3pm - 9pm: RQ w/ Feren as backup
* 9pm Tuesday - 3am Wednesday: Feren w/ NF as backup

Wednesday 12/2
* We don't talk about Wednesday
feren: Feren in profile (sakuranym_profile)
Well, that's that. I will not be attending MFF this year.
feren: Feren in profile (sakuranym_profile)
Of immediate thought is dad, who was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. I'm only now starting to unravel all the information, the stories, the history behind what he did there. It's astounding.

My uncles Ronny and Jimmy. My friend Garry's sons, G. and A.J. The countless others I do not know about in this neighborhood, in this state, in my homestate, beyond.

Every morning when I leave the house to head to work I look up at what you see in the picture above. I look upon the Star Spangled Banner, representing the United States of America, and I'm glad she flies above the roof line of the place I call home. She flies on a new flag pole, one that I installed with my father's help at the end of September this year. Beneath that, the stark black and white of the POW-MIA flag flies to honor those we have lost but never recovered, and those who are lost but wake up every morning hoping we will find them.

The men and women who serve in our armed forces every day, are what makes our country great. They deserve our thanks on this day, and many more.
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So I now have Google Wave. Looking for people to Wave with. [livejournal.com profile] srass, I already have you in my contacts list.

Anybody else got it?
feren: Feren in profile (sakuranym_profile)
After more than a year and a half of delays and more than a bit of frustration and worry, my baby has finally come home.

SIG Sauer P220, customized to honor the 5th Special Forces Group (which my father was part of in Vietnam). Highlights include:

  • Custom serial number
  • SF crest engraved on top of slide, along with the motto
  • Tritium sites
  • Rail system

Rather than spam people with photographs, I'm putting up a few thumbnails that link to the larger photographs.

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I've been working. Ten, twelve, fifteen hour days I've been dealing with work. Last weekend [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon went in for surgery and my parents visited. We transplanted some trees, worked on my fence line and put up a flag pole. Pictures may come at some later point.

I missed [livejournal.com profile] captain18 being in the state.

And before that? I was working.

That is all.
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Ending 12th consecutive day at work and going home. Generally exhausted. Paperwork and helpdesk tickets await me for the weekend workload.

Day 8

Sep. 14th, 2009 09:56 pm
feren: I AM THE MAN (Default)
Ok, put in a 13.5 hour day for my 8th straight day of work. Not all bad. I go home now.
feren: I AM THE MAN (Default)
At least the faces of some drivers will.

The last two Juniper M10i routers were delivered to the new datacenter today. Sadly, only one of them is usable. The other had damage to the box that made me curious, and the two shock sensors had both been tripped. Opening the box revealed that the handles on the two included power supplies had been smashed and bent inward, and the filler plates had been popped out of the front. Which implies to me a back-to-front shock. But man, what the hell did they do to this thing, play forklift soccer with it?

Tripped shock sensor
Tripped shock sensor
This is not what you want to see on the outside of the box carrying your $20k chassis.

Bent power supply handles
Bent power supply handles
Bent handles on the two power supplies.

Popped faceplates
Popped faceplates
Four or five of the front filler plates on the M10i were popped out from the shock.

So it should go without saying that UPS Ground (the carrier that has their label on the box) is going to be taking a big ol' healthy bite of a $20k shit sandwich and reimbursing Juniper for the damaged unit they now have to replace. Meanwhile I will have to wait for another M10i to be shipped to me as an RMA... argh.
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Allow me to shamelessly whore Dropbox, which lets you store/retrieve files from the web using all sorts of clients. It even lets you collaborate.

Click this link to be referred to the service.

Hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] yakko for getting me hooked on it.
feren: Feren smoking (atomicfiction_ferensmoking)
I need to post a quick HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one [livejournal.com profile] tarinfirepelt. I've known Koz for ... something like ten years now, and can't think of life without his ability to deliver devastating puns and embarrassing sketches of Feren's ass. Happy birthday, m'friend.

Friday night was dinner with [livejournal.com profile] ottr, [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] genet, [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin, [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon, [livejournal.com profile] datahawk, [livejournal.com profile] foxish, Devin and Vlad. We went to BD's and had beer and vast amounts of Mongolian stirfry. Afterward, Data, 'mudgeon, Devin, Ottr and myself went to Safari Land for bowling. It's an indoor kid's amusement/theme park (I dare you to guess what the theme is) but when you get there at 10PM there's not a lot of kids, and we adults enjoyed the bowling alley. We chose that alley because of the theme park, and because it has the lanes rigged with radar guns that tell you how fast the ball is rolling (in miles-per-hour) when it strikes the pins. I average somewhere around 17 m.p.h., which is a damn shame compared to the peak speed of 22 m.p.h. that Ottr was able to achieve. We had a lot of fun. The only real disappointment that evening was the alley closed earlier than the rest of the place! We closed down Safari Land, chatted outside in the rain for a bit and then went to our respective homes for well-deserved rest.

Saturday we all slept in, finally getting up around late morning. Data and Ottr joined 'mudge and I for a meal at a local family restaurant. The plan was for Ottr and I to head down to Mega Sports to get some time on their gun range. It wasn't until we were about to leave for Plainfield that it was discovered that we could also bring 'mudgeon and Data along with us! Everyone piled into my truck, I tossed the Bag o' Fun in the back and we hit the road. The afternoon was full of uncertainties! Data had never handled a firearm before, nor had Curmudgeon. I had never been to this particular range before, so I didn't know what to expect either. All of us were pleasantly surprised by what we found. While almost double the cost of the Outdoorsman Sports Shop that [profile] roho and I have gone to in the past, the experience was well worth the money. Datahawk and Curmudgeon were instructed/"mentored" by Ottr and myself as we were responsible for their time on the range. As mentioned, neither had shot before but both were willing to give it a try, which I think made Ottr and I both quite happy. Curmudgeon spent most of her time with my S&W Sigma SW9VE 9mm, and decided she liked that one best. Data liked both my Taurus PT-1911 and the S&W 9mm, which Ottr and I both own and are generally disillusioned with. Ottr fell in love with both the Taurus and what Roho has dubbed the "Hand Cannon," my Ruger Blackhawk .357 magnum. All told I think we were there for almost two hours. Everyone had fun, and we topped the evening off by travelling back to Ohana for a really nice steak and potato dinner.

Today was another day for sleeping in late. I mowed the front lawn, trimmed the boulevard tree and cut down some saplings that were growing in the flower bed. I'm planning to take the rest of the day on a minute by minute basis, relaxing as much as I can. Tomorrow I'm back at the office and I already have a day full of work waiting for me.
feren: Feren smoking (atomicfiction_ferensmoking)
Dear Lazyweb,

It is under great duress that I am editing my profile in the "$EMPLOYER Commons," which is essentially an internal Facebook site full of rah-rah-rah propaganda. One of the things I'm being told I need to do is supply a "tagline" that suits me.

I need something that will pass the HR/Corporate/Management "sniff test" but still convey a level of snarkiness to those who know me. I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus would have a good suggestion, but I want all of you to feel free to chip in too.
feren: Feren is silly (Zhivagod_Feren-Silly)
I love the emails that I get at work, sometimes. I love the opportunity to be a smartass in response even more. For example, I just received this...

From: [DBA]
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 3:23 PM
To: [Project Manager 1]; Feren; [Feren's Boss]
Subject: Pipe sizing for transfers to new delta production

We were under the impression that the pipe going to production will be getting larger soon.

The last time we needed to transfer a large file to production from delta or delta2 we got kicked out repeatedly.

After a very productive day we are on track to start out database builds tonight and tomorrow.

For one of these databases this will require a 50gb file transfer. With the problems occurring last time we want to confirm when the pipe gets bigger so that we can reduce the chances of restart.

So when will the pipe get bigger??


I carefully considered this for a minute, then sent a response:

From: Feren
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 3:23 PM
To: [DBA]; [Project Manager 1]; Feren; [Feren's Boss]; [Project Manager 2]
Subject: Re: Pipe sizing for transfers to new delta production

When it works out more regularly and drinks protein shakes.

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Attention [livejournal.com profile] spoothbrush: I am formally requesting that you please stop appearing in my dreams. Mainly, I find it unsettling when you show up in my parents garden in the middle 10 acres of their farm to work on your syllabus/thesis. Worse yet, this leads to me finding a pull box full of fiber that I knew should not be on the property! So then I have to open the box and confirm what is going through there (fiber, duh).

And that was before we ended up moving to the back 20 acres to get away from.... something. At which point I answered your comment that it was a peaceful area with "Yeah, but sometimes in the winter when I'm riding the snowmobile over that hill I catch air and surprise the hell out of deer and rabbits." Which is true, but not really helpful and is rather orthogonal to the discussion at hand.

No, [livejournal.com profile] captain18, I didn't put any moves on your wife in my dream.


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