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Long time no see [Jun. 7th, 2016|08:59 pm]
Wow. This thing is still here.
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In my head [Nov. 6th, 2012|08:08 pm]
Don't you hate it when you get something stuck in your head and it just won't leave you be, even when it really shouldn't be there to begin with? Argh!
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Well hello LiveJournal [Oct. 10th, 2012|08:18 pm]
Man. I haven't posted here in a while. My life is just wanting to collapse, and I figured I'd just vent somewhere that people don't see it. I'm really just starting to doubt what certain people tell me, and what I've been told all along. I used to have an implicit trust in what certain people told me. I just always new that I wasn't being lied to, and now I'm just not so sure anymore.
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(no subject) [Jul. 30th, 2009|07:19 am]
[Current Location |Work]
[music |Evanescence - Where Will You Go]

"Shouldn't there be some kind of relationship between how much a
baby eats and how much comes out the other end? It's like at the
circus, when they've got the tiny VW Bug but the clowns just keep
coming out and out and out... Eventually you learn how to hold
your breath like a Hokkaido pearl diver."
- Dennis Miller
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It's Pun Day! [Jun. 13th, 2009|08:15 am]
[Current Location |Home]
[music |Morning Edition]

My uncle John was in the fertilized egg business when I was
young. He had several hundred young layers, called pullets, and 8
or 10 roosters whose job was to fertilize the eggs. My uncle kept
records and any rooster or pullet that didn't perform well went
into the pot and was replaced.

Now this took an awful lot of time. So when my uncle saw a set of
eight tiny bells that each rang a different tone he promptly
bought them. He glued a piece of foam rubber to each clapper
shaft so the bell wouldn't ring except when violently shaken.

He hung a bell on each rooster's neck and went and mixed a Mint
Julep. Now he could sit on the porch and sip while filling out an
efficiency report on the roosters by listening to the different
tones of the bells and marking down each encounter.

My uncle's favorite rooster was old Brewster. A very fine
specimen he was, but his bell had not rung all morning. Uncle
John went to investigate.

Several roosters were chasing pullets, bells a-ringing. Brewster
had his bell in his beak so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a
pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

Uncle was so proud of Brewster he entered him in the county fair.

Brewster was an overnight sensation.

They not only awarded him the No Bell Prize but also the Pullet
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This makes me happy [Jun. 8th, 2009|01:45 pm]
[Current Location |Work]
[music |Josh Lederman Y Los Diablos - On the way back home]

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Tiredness [Jun. 4th, 2009|09:08 am]
[Current Location |Work]
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]
[music |E.S. Posthumus - Antissa]

So, I found I don't operate well on 4 hours of sleep. Now, I already knew this, but I guess it needed to be revisited to see if I felt any different about the matter. Now, it wasn't a decision that I wanted to do on my own accord. There isn't anything quite like getting off work at 6:30pm (after having been there since 5:00am) and coming back at 10:00pm only to work until 2:00am. At that point, I had been awake for 22 hours. I don't do well with that.

The fun part is that after getting to bed around 2:30am, I had to be out of bed by 6:30am so that I could get ready to go back to work.

What really sucks is that it takes me a while to recover from such lack of sleep. Don't expect anything productive out of me for a while.
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Today's moment of Zen [Apr. 17th, 2009|05:39 pm]
[Current Location |Inn at Riverbend]
[mood |contentcontent]
[music |Babbling Brook]

"Tires are like diapers. When in doubt, change them out."
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This week has been hell [Mar. 26th, 2009|09:25 am]
[Current Location |Work]
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]
[music |MotionTraxx Podcast - Ep. 2]

Okay... seriously... What the heck is going on?

On Sunday I am at Sam's Club getting ready to eat some lunch with my wonderful wife and super-cute daughter when I get a call from my boss. He's at work rebooting a server out at our co-location facility and notices that something is not quite right with our storage server at our local office. He asks me, "Buck, is IISVR6 scheduled to reboot itself occasionally?" Well, it's not, and I really don't like where this line of questioning is headed. This machine was originally configured six years ago, and for some reason it was decided to stripe together the three internal drives into a single unit and then create two partitions on it. Why? Who the heck knows. It was a really unwise decision, and probably wouldn't be done that was again. Anyhow, the first drive in the stripe up and died. Completely. Well, everything on those disks is now gone. Luckily we had a full backup from the previous week. The current week's full backup was in progress when the system went down. 'Yay' to rotating weekly full backups. So, we were able to recover all the important missing data. In the mean time though, we had to get the box back up and running. At midnight that night, we finally had it running again, minus some filesystem permissions issues on the attached RAID-5 array.

So, on Monday, later in the day I find out that a customer wants a HUGE change made to the way something works on a website we manage for them. Yesterday... Actually, months ago, but never told us. So, I leave work at 4:30pm only to come back at 10:00pm and stay until 4:00am. Suck.

Tuesday morning, my boss and I get a couple things done and go for a quick walk down to the convenience store downtown to get some caffeine, since we're both freakin' exhausted, only to get a call from a guy at work saying all our websites are down, and nobody can get anywhere and our firewall is flashing and beeping. Great... It turns out that the firewall crashed. Hard. Complete hardware failure. Luckily we renewed the warranty on it last year through it's end of life (this October), so they shipped us a replacement. But it wouldn't get here until the next day, supposedly by 10:00am (as of a couple minutes ago, it's ETA is 10:30am).

In the mean time, all our web-based services, email, what-have-you are down and inaccessible. We manage to fudge some stuff and get some of our more important services accessible, but can't get everything going. Lots of unhappy customers. Yay...

I really hope the rest of the week is nice and boring. I've had more than enough excitement in my life this week...

Edit: Did I mention that the only machine that had the firewall configuration software on it was the machine that died over the weekend? And there is a three hour delivery delay of the replacement machine. FML.
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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2009|04:50 pm]
We're home!
Natalie Pictures!Collapse )
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