Archive for June, 2002


Sunday, June 23rd, 2002

You ever have that experience where you can’t remember what you dreamed but you know it was disturbing?

My dreams keep getting odder and odder. Last night’s involved my family, a library which was also a thrift shop, a shortwave radio that had a faceplate that bragged it was ‘Made In Arkansas’ [ri-ight.. Arkansas, china?] – old tube style radio, but looked new and had a date of 2001.. and it had me flying [and crash-landing when I realized that I couldn’t fly..]

And the whole thing to the kind of sardonic-happy music you might find in a fair.. well, okay, so it varied a lot..

And my family etc left me there all night.

means nothing, one can always hope.

The mk3 boards have a fatal flaw which will neccesitate another turn – I wasn’t paying enough attention to the isolation/ground plane. Ah, well, inattention will get you every time. I think I’ll wait until my bank account recovers a little before doing the second turn – it’ll give me time to write the software.

I’m sooo sick of evparts’s web site. But we’re supposed to be bringing it live today, which will hopefully reduce the work load on it a little bit. I mean, these are turning into the clients from hell [and after I gave them a drasticly lower price than I usually give, too]. They give me data in different formats every time, they feel the need to take advantage of the new web site to resort and renumber everything, and they keep bugging me about the look&feel, which I told them I don’t do but i feel obliged to do anyway.

Hopefully they’ll pay me to do some stuff I actually _want_ to do soon. Don’t hold your breath.

In the meantime…

I don’t know. I shouldn’t write journal entries just after getting up – I’m not exactly in the best of moods when I wake up anyway.

Going to see big spoon this afternoon, that’ll be good at least.

You might be a UberGeek if:

Wednesday, June 19th, 2002

1) Going to defcon involves more planning than most major programming projects.
2) You’ve ever corrected a bug in a open-source product _and submitted the fix_.
3) You’ve ever _added a feature_ to a open source product.
4) You know what a given RRGGBB hex code would look like
5) You know why EIDE/UDMA66 cables have twice as many wires.
6) You know assembly, for any processor
7) I could go on… and on.. and on…

Amazon Reccomends..

Tuesday, June 18th, 2002

this is a interesting bit of reading.

Amazon is now using their database, collected from us for free no doubt, to advertise products.

I suppose this was inevitable. Ethics seem to eventually have to go out the window, no matter what business you’re in.

I had a little fun playing with internet music encoding [getting ready to hook up Radio Alchymy]. You can now listen to random songs selected from off of sheer’s hard drive at sheer radio, and skip songs you can’t stand with this link. Whee!

interesting thoughts

Tuesday, June 18th, 2002

You have to wonder about the country that brought us pizza, spagetti, the catholic church, and organized crime. Most especially you have to wonder what connections there are between the last two.

okay, to balance out the quiziness

Tuesday, June 18th, 2002

It’s been a interesting week. one of my consulting customers who was supposed to be up last week had what was supposed to be their dedicated PC go completely out to lunch, which rather much threw a monkey wrench in the works. Luckily, I’m putting another colo up for a friend of mine, so we can just host things there for a bit. STill, messy.

The mk3 boards are here! I’m so excited.. see this for a really big picture of them. Aren’t they pretty?

I seem to find myself fighting with a friend of mine.. he wants me to wax, polish, clean up, etc my EV for a auto show.. and I might be slightly interested, except for the following two reasons why not:

1) I’ve got a ten month long backlog of ‘things to do’, and no time to do them in.. I’m already short enough on time, without having to detail my car.
2) It’s supposed to be a customs -n- rods type of show, and my car is a generic li’l import.. these are not people who are impressed by technology, or they wouldn’t be going to a show for ’50s rods. So, okay, fine, it’s cool that people are into them, but I doubt if said people are going to be into my car

Now, I realize that I am not the neatest person on earth – in fact, I may be closer to the ‘messiest person on earth’ side of the spectrum [anyone remember PigPen?]. Which is why I’m not the type of person you send to the car shows, unless you’re going to a technology/geeky sort of show. This does not, pardon my observation, sound like a technology/geeky sort of show, so I think I’m going to pass.

In other issues.. went to a few clubs on saturday night [woohoo, sheer actually left the house] and had a good time.. actually, it was strange. Went to two places.. though it was really more like three, because went to the first place, listened to the music, it was bloody awful.. no beat matching, a clueless DJ trying to mesh salsa with techno.. then the second place [The last supper club, cute name, methinks] which was a bit better.. kind o’ fratty and the people damn near ripping off each other’s clothes were a bit distracting.. but at least the DJ knew his stuff and was mixing ’em up with the greatest of skill and ease. Then went to the first place again, had to pay $5 readmittance, and found that the music was suddenly extremely well mixed, sounded good, and in general a good time was being had by all.

I’ve formed a Sheer Maxum, which I’m not sure I understnad but seems to apply. If the DJ isn’t using vinyl or a computer, he/she’s not a DJ. CD players, even the oh-so-high-tech ones, just don’t seem to cut it – at least, I’ve never heard a good DJ using one.

On still other notes, the work continues to come in.. I may have to raise my rates..

More than one test today! ;-)

Tuesday, June 18th, 2002

How Gay Are YOU?

The funny thing is that I’m pretty sure I’m 90% straight.. but, hey, you never know.

My LiveJournal is super annoying!

*slap forhead* Oh my fucking god. You never even post in your live journal,
you just post page after page of random meaningless quizes. It’s fucking
annoying and because of this, no one wants to add you as a friend and avoids
your journal because it takes too long to load. Start writing more meaningful
things, because DAMN! Somebody like you shouldn’t even have a journal!

I took the LJ rating test by Atomic Blue and Cracker Face!

Guess I should stop posting all these quiz results. Not to mention all my psychotic babble.

but, really, why does it matter?

You are Fozzie!
Wokka Wokka! You love to make lame jokes. Your sense of humor might be a bit off, but you’re a great friend and can always be counted on.

You know, truly I’m honored by this. I’m Fozzie Bear..

See next entry for what I’m up to, etc.

Courtesy of some random net person’s diary

Saturday, June 15th, 2002

If you’re not married yet, share this with a friend. If you are
married, share it with your spouse or other married couples…and reflect on it.

An African proverb states, “Before you get married, keep both eyes open, and after you marry, close one eye.” Before you get involved and make a commitment to someone, don’t let lust, desperation, immaturity, ignorance, pressure from others or a low-self esteem make you blind to warning signs.
Keep your eyes open, and don’t fool yourself that you can change
someone or that what you see as faults aren’t really that important.

Once you decide to commit to someone, over time their flaws
vulnerabilities, pet peeves, and differences will become more
obvious. If you love your mate and want the relationship to grow and evolve, you’ve got to learn how to close one eye and not let every little thing bother you. You and your mate have many different expectations, emotional needs, values, dreams, weaknesses, and strengths. You are two unique individual children of God who have decided to share a life together.

Neither one of you are perfect, but are you perfect for each other? Do you bring out the best in each other? Do you compliment and compromise with each other, or do you compete, compare,and control? What do you bring to the relationship? Do you bring past hurt, past mistrust, past pain? You can’t take someone to the altar to alter them. You can’t make someone love you or make someone stay. If you develop self-esteem, spiritual discernment, and “a life,” you won’t find yourself making someone else responsible for your happiness or responsible for your pain. Manipulation, control, jealousy, neediness, and selfishness are not the ingredients of a thriving, healthy, loving and lasting relationship.

Seeking status, sex, wealth, and security are the wrong reasons to be in a relationship. What keeps a relationship strong? Communication, Intimacy, trust, a sense of humor, sharing household tasks, some getaway time without business or children, daily exchanges (a meal, shared activity, a hug, a call, a touch, a note). Leave a nice message on their voicemail or send a nice email. Sharing common goals and interests.

Growth is important. Grow together, not away from each other, giving each other space to grow without feeling insecure. Allow your mate to have outside interest. You can’t always be together. Give each other a sense of belonging and assurances of commitment. Don’t try to control one another. Learn each others family situation. Respect his or her parents regardless. Don’t put pressure on each other for material goods. Remember, for Richer or for Poorer. If these qualities are missing, the relationship will erode as resentment, withdrawal, abuse, neglect, dishonesty, and pain replace the passion.


Tuesday, June 11th, 2002

this is funny. And appripos, as I fight w2k.

At the moment

Tuesday, June 11th, 2002

At the moment, if I could get my hands on bill gates, I might very well strangle him.

Nowhere on the microsoft site is there any information about what you need to do to perform a system disk upgrade for windows 2000.

Nor do any of the ‘standard’ tricks work. Running setup is just a quick way to lose all your data [which they boast about gleefully in the setup messages]. Ghost? Forget that..

It appears that microsoft is so concerned about software piracy that they have blocked legitimate functionality in a futile [beleive me, it is] attempt to stop it.

All I want to do is upgrade from SCSI to IDE. [Yes, in this day and age, that’s a upgrade]

But microsoft says ‘no’. 😉

I keep asking myself, why not give up on microsoft? They’ve proven they’re hopeless, let them go.. install linux and enjoy a stable operating system that I can make do what I want..

Then I remember all the nifty games, visualizations for winamp, and other sundries that I would no longer have access to, and I return to fighting m$.

But oh, how I hate them..


Not that I, in fact, have played FF7..

Sunday, June 9th, 2002


Find out which FF7 Character you are!