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( Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:42 pm)
I slept poorly last night - went to bed at 11, up again at midnight, back to sleep at 1-2, t hen up again at 5:30 before finally getting out of bed around 6:15.

Today was mildly productive at work.

Meetings ran late enough to put me an hour late getting to the gym, so I decided to go home instead.

On getting home, I decided to clean up a bit, then try to be productive.

While cleaning up, an entire shelf of vinegar, oil and soy sauce bottles collapsed when I bumped it trying to put away recycling. Miraculously, only one mostly empty bottle of balsamic broke. The down side is that the reason the other bottles didn't break is that they bounced off something soft before hitting the ground - namely my head and my right hand.

Clearly this is a sign that I should just microwave some dinner and spend the night curled up in the office doing nothing more complicated than drinking vodka.
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( Aug. 20th, 2009 08:04 pm)
We did not get blown away by a tornado. Apparently one touched down about a block away. We are fine. :)
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( Jan. 31st, 2008 10:49 pm)
More blood. Today it didn't even wait for me to go to bed.

The computer I have had for less than a week, even after it's first re-install of windows, still seems to be losing time. A lot of time. Enough that it makes the computer close to sueless, once it gets going - dropping 3-4 hours overnight because it keeps hiccoughing is not useful. I predict arguments with support and having to ship it back some time soon. Pity.

I have been craving curry pasta with tomatoes and chickpeas, but I haven't been able to face a trip to the store on top of everything else. So tonight I made do with what I had (though starting to make dinner at 9:30 may not have been the best choice)

I ended up with a sauce made of onion, garlic, ginger, spices, frozen peppers, frozen peas, frozen spinach, and a mixture of pure soy protein powder and chickpea flour. the result was... weighty. I had no tomatoes and no chickpeas - I will have to add those to the list of things to always have on hand.

On the Good list;

* Got a couple guilt gorillas off my back on work stuff (by staying at work past 7pm)
* Lizard snuck in home before me and left me timbits
* My last ebay purchase arrived - I has tie pins
* I managed to do a fair bit of dish washing
* I've had enough water and alcohol that I might actally sleep once my nose stops bleeding (even if I am on to the Old Krupnik because I'm out of sippable rum)
Moving from one place to the other has not been kind to me today.

Sleep now, I hope.
curgoth: (sad)
( Jun. 6th, 2007 08:06 am)
Good news: LJ seems to be allowing posting again!

Bad news: my car got broken into while in the garage last night

Good news: they only broke the small rear window and pulled out my backpack, which was on the seat. The dumped the backpack and took two bottles of prescription meds which have no street value. (one thyroid pill and maybe half a dozen low strength ativan pills)

So, the thief got nothing for his trouble, and I have a mess of broken glass to clean up and a window to replace. [ profile] neeuqdrazil called the police, and someone is supposed to call us back later to take our report over the phone. She's on the line with the insurance company now. I'm fretting.

ETA: See True Crime pictures here. The insurance company told us not to bother filing a claim, since the repairs should be less than our deductible.
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( Jun. 1st, 2007 02:07 pm)
Why do you hate me, Livejournal?
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( May. 9th, 2007 11:29 am)
Sleep continues to hate me. Tomorrow, I bring it up with my doctor again.

I woke up at 3:30, got back to sleep until 4:30, then woke up again at 5, and gave up. I took my time getting ready, then slogged through heavy traffic to arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual, after waking up an hour earlier. Doom! There has been caffeine. I am still undecided on the whole "murdering the world with my thoughts" plan.
So I took my defective card back to the store. Maintenance guy put it in their test machine, and confirmed it's bustedness. He got a new card and put it with the old cables and sent me off.

I got home, put it in, and got video for about 5 minutes, until I touched something and lost it - the cable was bad, and I couldn't get the connection back.

So I ran back down to the store (delayed 20 minutes by a broken streetcar), and got a new cable. Before I left, he put the card and new cable in the test machine, and they worked.

I got back home, and excitedly put the card in. Nothing. No signal on either monitor. Fuck. Figuring that I might have a dead AGP slot, I put the old card back in. Nope. That one still works fine, except that after 2-3 minutes it's insanely hot. So the slot is fine. The card and cable should be fine.

They just won't work *for me*.

I cannot figure out what I have done wrong.

I was supposed to spend today being productive around the house. Instead I have spent all day trying to get my video card working, and failed.

I have a ticket for a concert tonight, but I think I am too tired and cranky to go. I am going to go back to repeatedly poking my new card and seeing if somehow it will decide to work again. If not, I may have to give up - if the card etc. work in the test machine at the store, I'm pretty much SOL. In any case, I won't be able to get down there until Saturday next week, most likely.

*sigh*. Fuck.

Edit at 6:30pm

Victory is mine!

Another reboot and some wiggling, and it's working!

I'm going to have dinner, and reconsider that conert (there are 6 bands, only one of which I care about, so I'll happily be late)
curgoth: (rage)
( Oct. 15th, 2006 01:40 am)
The replacement video card I bought today? Does not work. At all. So tomorrow, it goes back to the store, assuming that they will exchange it.
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( Oct. 13th, 2006 11:21 pm)
My computer's display has been messed up all day. I pulled it apart, and discovered that the fan on the video card is not spinning. That would explain it - parts of the card are, I suspect now burnt out. Which means spending more money I do not have on computer parts.
curgoth: (crying)
( Oct. 7th, 2006 06:52 pm)
Here is my sad situation.

I have four machines in the back room.

Velvet, the old linux server.
Phoenix, the new linux server.
Gir, my windows desktop.
Shiny, Lizard's laptop.

Gir and Shiny can talk to each other with no trouble. Velvet and Phoenix can talk to each other with no trouble. Phoenix can connect to Gir with no trouble. But when Gir or Shiny connect to Phoenix, they are fine for a little while, but if we do anythign intensive like playing mp3s off of samba shares on Phoenix, or tranferring large files, Phoenix cuts them off. Completely. Not just samba shares - all TCP/IP connections (ssh, etc.) are cut off, and Phoenix won't talk to those boxes for a minute or so after they get cut off. This means that the server I bought to hold large amounts of data won't share that data with my windows machines. No idea why. I tried upgrading to a new gigabit switch (phoenix and gir have gigabit cards), and I don't think it's network cabling, since the window -> velvet connections and the velvet <-> phoenix connections are solid (stay connected for weeks, etc.)

I've checked the process monitor on Gir, and I'm not seeing a huge spike in CPU usage or network usage before the cut offs. I played around with Samba settings to make sure Phoenix, not one of the windows machines, is the master browser for the workgroup.

I'm running out of ideas, here. Anyone have any idea what could be causing this?
curgoth: (sad)
( Jul. 18th, 2006 08:32 am)
The good; I got into work and showered and brushed my teeth at the gym. So I no
longer feel quite so gross.

Ashes being dead means, though, that I no longer have access to LJ or any kind
of IM at work. I can still read new e-mails through memento-mori's webmail
interface, but I have no access to old e-mails - if you were waiting on a reply
to something from me, you'll need to re-send.

Fortunately, I have the instructions to post via e-mail to LJ saved in my phone
in case of emergencies.
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( Jul. 18th, 2006 07:00 am)
That was quite a storm last night.

Around 10:30 last night, the lights started to flicker. The cycling power seems to have fried some key piece of hardware in my linux server (where [ profile] neeuqdrazil and I keep our e-mail, among other things). Due to earlier hardware problems on my workstation, that box had been off for a couple days, so my off-system backups for the linux box are a couple days old. When I get home tonight, I'll have to excavate the server and see if there's enough of it left to display error messages (right now it doesn't have a monitor, keyboard etc. hooked up). The savings I had set aside for replacing the linux server has cleverly evaporated in the last couple weeks, so this could be fun.

In addition, the storm last night knocked out the water to our building somehow. This means no shower this morning, and no brushing teeth. I am glad that there's a gym at work where I can do these things, otherwise it would be a very stinky day for me.

On the plus side, the problems with my workstation have mysteriously vanished.
I decided I wanted a little more lunch, so I went to the fridge to grab some salad.

When I opened the fridge, the milk fell out, spilling a good two or three cups of milk on the floor. I grumbled, and started to clean it up. When I reached for the cleaning spray, I knocked a pile of dishes of the counter onto a corningware that was sitting on the floor. One bowl shattered, and the corningware was cleanly sliced in two. The lid for the coringware exploded.

I cleaned all that up. I finally got my salad. And the heavy glass bowl that did in the corningware doesn't seem to have even a crack on it. Thankfully, I was still wearing my combat boots when that happened. (see? three good things)

The storm is getting heavier and closer. I'm still outside, but the wind shifting may finally drive me indoors.
curgoth: (crying)
( Jun. 20th, 2006 02:35 pm)

It is 2:38. My flight is scheduled to leave at 5:15.

The sky just opened up and it is pouring rain. And wind. And freaking hail. Lightning is in the forecast.

No! I must get out of this city!
This has been a bad week for me and electronics. My ipod died. My FM transmitter is nearly dead. I loaded up my 2 GB SD card with music for my phone, and somehow, while working out tonight, the card went completely blank. Not sure if its the phone or the card that is at fault. While running on the treadmill, it kept saying "user not detected", and stopping - I am now being ignored by machines.
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( Apr. 27th, 2006 11:47 pm)
Dear body,

Blood goes on the inside. Not the outside. Just so you know.

(My nose has been bleeding today, far more than I would like. I am tired of tasting my own blood and hope this stops. I am whiney.)
curgoth: (Red Hair Surprise)
( Apr. 10th, 2006 09:08 pm)
The weather is warm and the sun is bright and strong.

You all know what that means! It's time for...

Smog! The city was banked in a thick layer of brown as I drive to work this morning. A lovely little reminder of how I'm changing the world in my own little way, each day.

Bugs! The pond outside the office at work clearly doesn't drain properly, as the area around the office was thick with wee bitey bugs when I went for a walk at lunch.

Goose shit! The land around the pond was more goose turd than mud. The grass that was planted last fall has died, leaving a cracked flood plain beside the pond, covered in goose shit in various degrees of composition. The geese only left for about 4 weeks this winter before returning to poop around out artificial, bug-filled pond.
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( Feb. 25th, 2006 03:10 pm)
In the ongoing saga of my computer running too hot - I had planned today to go out and finally get the goo to hopefully fix the CPU overheating issue. Apparently, I waited slightly too long - when I got home last night, after a 12 hour day at work, my computer would not boot. Everything appears to have power, but I'm not even getting a beep or a BIOS display. This suggests to me that my CPU fried some time Thursday night. If I'm lucky, everything else is still ok. Now I must figure out how to get the COU off of the motherboard, and go down to Canada Computers and ask them "what can I get that fits the same slot as one of these?". When I pulled the CPU fan off, the heatsink was clogged with dust, which was not, I suspect, helping matters.

Work is still trying to kill me, though it looks like I'll get to keep this weekend for myself. PLans of going out and trying to have an exciting night may be replaced my screwing around with various semi-fucntional computers (mine and others') while dressed up in ruffles and velvet (I'm going to dress up anyway, dammit!) and possibly drinking absinthe, if I can find any at the Summerhill LCBO.

On the plus side, life doesn't utterly suck - While my computer was dying, I was off having a Hot Date with a beautiful woman. No, life defintely does not suck.
curgoth: (blue shy)
( Jan. 28th, 2006 04:03 am)
OK, any illusions I had that caffeine might grant me coordination are banished. Just call me Curry-Foot McGee. Or, better yet, don't. On the plus side- the bowl did not break, and I did not spill my drink - apparently my unconscious has priorities.


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