My Archives: August 2003

Sunday, August 31, 2003

So anyway, the continuing saga of Krinny, not that the majority of people actually care...

Yes, the A/c on my car remains non-functional. I have taken it to the dealership twice now for repairs, and when I get it back, it works great...but then two days later it goes back to not doing anything. I noticed this time when I was driving from one of the high schools to the toy store and about halfway there (it's a ten mile trip) I notice that despite the fact that my A/C is set as low as it can be, I'm still sweating. So that, regardless of anything else, says to me that it doesn't work like it should. So back to the dealership on Tuesday, though they swear it won't cost anything this time...we'll see.

Also, some punk broke my antenna mast *looks suspiciously in Ally's direction*. Now, I don't so much care about the mast itself as I never listen to the radio per se, but when I turn on the CD player, it raises the mast and it immediately flops over sideways. Bad for many reasons. Since it'll be in for repairs Tuesday anyway, I'll ask if they can fix it or, failing that, disconnect the motor so it won't raise the mast anymore.

On to better things though.

This week I managed to convince my bosses to loan me a 20" flat panel monitor for use in my house. This was an excess from a double-shipped order we decided to keep, so they just inventoried it and let me wander off with it. Made paying too much to get my A/C replaced (evidently) seem to not suck as much. It's a beautiful monitor (for a thousand bucks it better be! but it wasn't my money...hehehe), and really completes the ensemble of equipment here. About the only thing *maybe* missing is a good sound system, but my speakers + subwoofer are still going strong 5 years later, so meh.

Also, at the toy store on the day I noticed the A/C not working, they had the new Cadian boxed army.Now, this is something that isn't supposed to be released for another few weeks (ok, maybe a week...but still! it's an "advanced order" on the GW website), and it contains models that aren't out for the better part of a month, so of course this was a sign from God that I was supposed to get off the fence and get it (I've been shying away from it due to the fact that it includes 40 Cadian Shock Troopers, when I already have 60). The major prizes of this excursion are the limited edition standard bearer (which looks very impressive), the new Heavy Weapons teams (of which I need tons more...wait till almost October though...) and the new Imperial Guard Codex...which actually went a long way to allaying my fears about the excess Guardsmen. Of course, I'll need a damned calculator to figure out how the hell I'm doing troop dispositions now, but I supppose there are worse things. The best part is that I have it and 99% of the US doesn't. Sure, a tempoary feeling, but after the hell I've been through over the past two months, I think this is a fitting conclusion. Of course, now the *real* work starts, but at least I'm not bored I suppose...

That's all for now folks!

Posted by krinsath @ 02:22 AM EST [Link]

Friday, August 29, 2003

People suck. I don't think that needs further elaboration.

This has been the week from hell, which isn't that unusual as the week before school starts is normally very busy. This year has been a special case though. Seems some of our newer machines contracted a worm from somewhere and about thursday of last week started to flood the network with useless ping traffic. This, in turn, more or less brought the entire district to a screeching and sudden halt. We put an access list on the routers to filter out the pings, but the ones at the high schools were blocking ping packets at a rate of tens of thousands a SECOND.

As one of two (maybe three) people in the district that knows how all of these system interoperate and how best to combat this worm...guess who got to run around to over a THOUSAND computers to inspect them for evidence of this worm and get rid of them? Yes...yours truly. Not only do I have to remove the worm, I have to FIND it first, which is easy at first, but obviously as the candidate list gets smaller and smaller and there's still hundreds of pings hitting the routers, it gets a bit trickier. Much time spent with Etherpeek at that point. After putting in 50 hours *so far* this week (and I still have a few middle schools to poke through), I'm dead tired and have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

That sums up the week more or less...I've gotten some neat things over the past couple days, but I'd rather discuss them when I'm less tired, so blah...

Posted by krinsath @ 08:00 PM EST [Link]

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

So, yeah...

Apparently my alternative study methods were successful, as I scored an 898 (out of 1000) on my CCNA exam that I haven't even *read* about a quarter of the material for. Some people don't understand that playing Planetside and reading the Beasts of Chaos book *is* studying for the CCNA! Granted, I got a 33% on the section covering that material...but hell, it's not something I'm concerned with anyway (how many of YOU know how to configure WANs over ISDN and leased lines?). Moral of the story: I DON'T HAVE TO DO THE DAMNED CASE STUDY!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Sure, the case study wouldn't have entailed that much work...but it would have entailed some...and I had to take the CCNA anyway! That's actually a trend with me for those who met me after high school (which would be 99% of the readership). I was an Eagle Scout at the ripe old age of 13...why? Because I wanted to avoid a 90 day merit badge....that's right, I busted my ASS for six months to avoid a three month badge. But hey, I got it!

So now I get to chill in class for the next month and a half....and do NOTHING! *grin* Well, I'll still be paying attention, but I don't have to DO anything to get an A in the class now...including stupid TCSes and tests!!! Yay me!

I have to do an update on all of our computers tho....that sucks ass big time. It's not HARD...but I don't care what you have to do, doing it a thousand times is a bitch! Someone brought a worm into the system though, and now all of them need to be updated...blah! Wish we knew who so I could smack them! *looks suspiciously in Ally's direction*

So...yeah...Beastmen models are neat, as are the Beserkers I bought the week before. Need to take those Marine escort ships out just to poke them...and Planetside has a new expansion pack coming out in October that looks cool...lord knows I enjoy blowing things up and gunning down the enemy...but for tonight, beer drinking and two towers watching! WOOOO!

More interesting news to follow....someday...

Posted by krinsath @ 07:49 PM EST [Link]

Friday, August 22, 2003

So, what's new with you guys? Mmmhmmm....yep...yep...

Me? Eh, I guess things are fairly busy, even if not terribly interesting.

First off, I get to learn how to set up a 3Com Voice-Over-IP Call Processor...with it's 500 page administration guide...wee. But at least it's cool learning new stuff.

I take my CCNA on Tuesday, so hopefully I won't screw it up! I'm taking it now, a month before we're done the curriculum, because the instructor has said that if we passed the exam, we wouldn't have to do any more work in the class save the final (required by Cisco) and we'd still get an A (the logic being that the class is to prepare you for that exam, so if you can pass the exam...you can pass the class no problem). Since there's a case study in there that I really don't have the time to waste doing, well, you get the idea. So this weekend will be a madcap study session! Really! Just like Ally! (which will probably end up being about right if any of you are familiar with her study habits)

My car ended up being very close to $1000 to get repaired. $625 for the A/C which I knew about...but the day before we took it in I heard a weird noise start everytime I touched the brakes. Well, apparently a calliper (don't know if I'm spelling that right) had gotten stuck and the passenger rear tire's brakes no longer existed and it was metal on metal. Fortunately, it'd only been going on for less than a day, so there was no serious damage to the car except the rotors had to be lightly machined. They also put my spare on the front driver side wheel as they said it looked close to a blowout. Just what you want to hear, that your car is a deathtrap in waiting! Especially since just two weeks ago I was driving on roads where I didn't know anybody who could have helped...and brakes failing going downhill in mountain roads with the front tire blowing out...well, that's an ugly picture.

Converse to my car costs, I've been "saving" a goodly bit of money at World's Best. I have picked up two box sets for their old price of $25 dollars (as opposed to $30 which is their current price...God bless the lazy guys who don't go around marking up old inventory). Additionally, my raiding of the store shortly after they open shipments paid massive dividends Thursday when I picked up a whole bunch of stuff. Since UPS lost the packing slip, they didn't have the real prices so he just rang it up as whatever. So in addition to charging a net of seven dollars too little for most of the items, he forgot to ring up the $30 box set! Didn't notice this till I got home and had access to the real prices, but that's cool! So I basically got a bunch of Space Marine escort ships for free! wee! I'm also evidently starting a Chaos Fantasy army, and I already know who's going to be one of the characters in it! It's a combined Hordes of Chaos and Beasts of Chaos, with the leader being a Chaos Warrior. However, the Beastmen contigent, which will be the rank and file "disposable" troops as opposed to the heavily armored Chaos Warriors and Knights, will be lead by the Wargor Bearclaw! Granted, it's a minor role, but the model looks neat! He'd be the one on the right with two axes.

Ummm...yeah, that's enough time wasting! Back to your slave pits!! *cracks whip*

Posted by krinsath @ 10:31 PM EST [Link]

Monday, August 18, 2003

So yeah, today sucked for a variety of reasons. First off, I'm trying to get my car's A/C repaired, but the guys who just looked it over a month ago and said everything was fine now say the compressor has a hole in it so all the freon has leaked out. How there's no evidence that such a thing will happen just a month previous is beyond me, but the short version is that it's going to cost about $625 to repair it.

Secondly, before we even get to take the car in, the guy who I back up calls up and says he won't be in and that there's some sort of problem at work and to look into what's going on. Well, the second $10,000 UPS in the server room died early this morning (like, midnight) and of course our DBA is quite mad that two individual units (doing two different jobs) have failed completely within days of each other. Numerous other problems were popping up with the web server and the file server and most of today was spent putting out those fires and making sure nothing else popped up. A fairly unproductive day at work, though I think I figured out that payroll probably stiffed me $200 on our last paycheck.

Apparently though, I succeeded in upsetting one of my friends. I was talking to her while I was trying to get all my finances in order for the next month. Obviously, this car repair has thrown a bit of a curveball into my planned activities and I had to re-evaluate my plans for August/September. The one thing I have going for me though is that I generally don't have to worry about money, due to the fact that I opted to save money rather than immediately move out as soon as I could and buy fancy cars I didn't need, etc. (the standard things that most young people do the instant money comes into their hands). Now, despite the fact that this friend has known me for a few years, I sometimes wonder if she truly understands me in the slightest. I don't think she gets how fundamentally unhappy I am with my life, and how the vast majority of it seems to get worse as time goes on.

She tends to focus on the fact that the majority of her problems are related to money (as she isn't in the ideal monetary situation) and gets mad because I whine about all these other stupid things when I don't have to worry about money (which is one of her primary concerns/complaints). It's like she doesn't get that the *one* thing I have going for me is that I don't owe everyone else money...and that's a situation I've *never* been in previously, and one that my parents certainly will never be in and my brother probably won't be in anytime soon. She doesn't seem to get (or care) that everything else in my life is a source of pain and/or disappointment...that I have nobody in my day-to-day life that I can look at and lean on. That I have more friends that have never met me than I do friends I have seen. That all I deal with at work is stupid people left, right and center and everyday they get dumber and dumber. That the only thing that cares about me that I see with any sort of regularity is probably my little pieces of plastic and metal...and I can't even make those look like I want to...people who just pick up a brush and paint often do better than I do after years and years of practice (chances are, this particular friend is one of those people as well). She thinks I brag about money to make her feel smaller...when really I'm trying to convince myself that my own life isn't an empty shell devoid of any enjoyment. I was really happy about getting rid of all these debts and stuff and still being covered for the future...and I wanted her to share in that happiness, but evidently it came across as bragging and posturing.

I don't know anymore, seems nobody I care about understands me...and that makes it all the more painful. If the people I care about don't get me, what am I doing wrong? I mean...the only constant in all these fuck-ups is me...so that would seem to say that I push people away when I care about them. Or I do something that makes them not want to be around me. I don't know anything anymore...everything just feels like it hurts so much right now. Never thought that I'd have this friend in the same category as another one of similiar size...but life's funny I guess...

To whom it may concern:
I am sorry if I made you feel bad...I was just trying to let you see me happy for once instead of being sad and upset over all the bad things. Guess that got completely fucked up because that's exactly how I feel now...sad and upset. Don't know if that means anything to you anymore...but hopefully it does.

I can barely see the keyboard right now...so that's it for now...

Posted by krinsath @ 07:13 PM EST [Link]

Saturday, August 16, 2003

First, just for the record, I've found the website of the world's biggest dork...but I'm sure most of you have seen it already.

Secondly I'd like to apologize for the lack of updates. This was our last week of the hellish 10 hour days, and between that and recovering from my vacation (yes, I do realize that vacations are supposed to be recovery in and of themselves...but nobody ever said I was smart), I've been fairly tired. That and the fact that very little of real interest happens to me.

I'm sore as all hell from yesterday when we (meaning myself and three co-workers) had to move 15 tons of equipment in 103 degree heat index. We're guessing it's about 15 tons...we had 2 1/2 trips of stuff in a 6 ton truck...and since the springs on the truck were all the way down, seems logical that it was probably full. Needless to say, this sucked all sorts of ass, especially since it messed up plans to make sure these computers were all wiped out before they're auctioned off. C'est la vie I suppose.

As I mentioned, I picked up NCAA 2004 while I was in PA and I find it to be an enjoyable game. However, on Wednesday (after depositing a check a certain midget gave me for stuff she wanted to buy) I picked up NCAA's big brother in Madden 2004. I really like this game, especially the owner options they give you now. The gameplay itself is very frustrating at times though, as Detmer (who has an overall rating of 70) is a better QB than McNabb (who has an overall 97). McNabb wins games, no doubt...but Detmer looks a lot better doing it. For example, McNabb throws interceptions left and right (had one game he threw 5...still won 35-25) while Detmer is rock solid. Difference is that Detmer will never pick up a 3rd and 25 with his legs like McNabb does. Still, an excellent game and a must buy for any football fan.

Games Workshop will be releaseing a game for the Playstation 2 soon (September I believe) so my oft-neglicted PS2 will get a new toy soon. If you like first-person shooters, see the link above...Warhammer 40,000 is one of the most expansive sci-fi universes that isn't beaten to death in the mass-media market (like Star Wars and Star Trek) and it looks like it might be a neat game just in general.

Speaking of Games Workshop, I got in a really neat deal at World's Best. In an effort to boost the number of Chaos Marine armies in the area (they're a little light evidently), they were selling the new Chaos Marine megaforce for 100 (retail price is $140). Now, that doesn't seem like a terrific deal per se, but it includes two units I was planning on adding to the army anyway...namely a biker squadron and some beserkers. Between the marines in the box and the biker squadron, it works out to just under 100, so essentially, I'm getting half a Rhino APC and a Defiler...umm..seige walker (retail 25 and 45 respectively) for free. Of course, there was no posted evidence that they were on sale, it was just marked as 100 bucks (which I wouldn't have seen had I not taken my dad with me to show him the price). Today is also evidently the last day they were doing that, so it was just serendipity.

Anyway, I'm feeling tired of sitting at a keyboard, so I'll be off for now...talk to you all later.

Posted by krinsath @ 09:52 PM EST [Link]

Monday, August 11, 2003

Well, I'm back. Just finished a 7 hour, 430 trip from western PA. Nothing beats mountain roads in fog and rain with the 85 degree grade that PA seems to think is fine on these roads. Oh yeah, my A/C doesn't work anymore either...fun. I also didn't have the radio on for some odd reason, which makes that solo trip sooooo much nicer...really....like...yeah. I've been feeling really strange lately...maybe I actually need mental help now...anywho...a quick recap of my vacation:

Wednesday was pretty uneventful, just drove up to my grandmom's and saw family and such. My grandfather turned 80 this past Monday, so that was good that I got to see him. I also saw one of my aunt's and cousin who's birthdays are going to be shortly (they're actually born on the same day...mother and daughter) so that was cool as well. As an unplanned bonus, my brother was in town (from sunny Jamaica) to get his wisdom teeth removed. The only downer was that the person who I was to see for the second leg of the trip began to hint that they may not be available this past weekend like they thought they would be when I made all these plans to see them.

Thursday was kind of blah, as my mom can't leave my grandmother (who had knee surgery on the 28th of July) and my grandfather doesn't do a whole terrible lot anymore and my brother was on painkillers. Still, my brother and I went down to the Willow Grove Mall to get him some shoes and I picked up NCAA Football 2004. It's kind of neat that Richmond (my brother's alma mater) and James Madison (my would-have-been alma mater) are both in this game. They weren't in last year's version. The weekend looked even grimmer as I was told that my friend would be unavailable for most of Friday and half of Saturday, in addition to maybe not being around at all on Sunday, which really sounded like it sucked. Still, to come all that way and turn around halfway there when I don't know when I'll be able to go there again seemed...stupid...well, stupider than going and spending what time they had with them.

My brother and I also went to go see Pirates of the Carribbean Thursday...planning on going to an 8:20 show at the Warrington theater (so sayeth the Internet). So we drive to the theater, passing the "Warrington Township" sign. Get to the theater and after walking up to the counter, some kids try to get into the theater having bought their tickets earlier. However, since they looked like teenagers and were going to a rated R movie (I suppose...didn't see NC-17 movies listed) the ticket guy wanted to see IDs for everybody unless one of them was over 21 (which, to be fair, is what he's supposed to do). However, this left my brother and I standing in line for like four minutes before we get to see the listings and find out they DON'T have an 8:20 show. So we're just like "screw it, that sucks" and start driving back towards my grandmother's down the road the theater is on since we thought there might have another theater. Sure enough, there's another theater...and they DO have an 8:20 show. We weren't paying attention to whether or not there was a sign saying we'd gone into a different township, but really...what company puts two movie theaters on the SAME street? Anyway, despite all of our delays, all we missed was the previews...oh darn oh darn. The movie itself was very good...Johnny Depp's performance was great...and Orlando Bloom did well enough to be enjoyable. Plus, Keira Knightley looks hot...all in all a recommendable movie. (Speaking of movies....August 26! Two Towers!)

Friday went...well, it went. The drive out west was fairly uneventful...and fairly simple. I literally take two roads and I'm there. Got to the destination with no problem, saw my friend long enough to give her a hug and it was off to check into the hotel (minus friend who still had class to go to). Called her later to see if she wanted dinner, but she wasn't in a very good mood having been left alone to clean up the entire dorm for prospective students to come see it in on Saturday (which, in addition to finding out that they needed to do this two days ahead of time, would have made me equally pissed off). I spent much of that night watching Comedy Central and talking to other friends on the phone (Internet cost money to use...phones didn't)...I wasn't in a very good mood either. (In my friend's defense, she did say she was sorry for snapping at me...as she felt a bit better four hours or so later, and I understand...ya know, having to do all that by yourself is a pain, especially when you just got there a week ago.)

Saturday, I woke up early (I haven't been sleeping well lately...) and just kind of wandered around the room for a while. Then it occured to me that I have a CCNA exam soon and I have complete peace and quiet in which to set up and several hours to kill (there's three practice tests I have...of 270, 244 and 288 questions each). So after having a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast/friday's dinner (haven't been eating much lately either...I've probably eaten about as much in the course of the past week as I used to eat in a day, save dinner Sunday) I settled in for a bit of test taking. Scored 100 on the first one (although, I went back on two or three questions that I just didn't read right...I wasn't *really* into taking it, cut me some slack) and scored a 90 on another. By then I'd killed off enough time for the dorm show to be done.

I don't have time enough (or motivation) to talk about everything that went on after I picked up my friend, but suffice to say that it was great to be around her...even if it did seem kind of bleak in the beginning there. Of course, that makes life harder in the long run as I get really attached to her...but that doesn't seem to be the smart course of action, but I don't know if I feel like rambling about that here. Of course, I can almost hear the groans coming from the Deep South...and the sound of "I told you that you're a complete moron..." being polished there as well. But I don't want to go further into that topic...because I'm still working on it.

The drive home, like I said, was long...but otherwise uneventful...except hydroplaning at 60 miles an hour downhill towards a 75 degree turn (which was masterfully handled with nothing more than a "damn...knew that would happen...good thing I moved to the inside of that curve") and some dumbass Jeep not pulling off the road all the way going the other direction on a two-way two lane road and causing a very large dumptruck to swerve right in front of me and drive me into the shoulder. So I got home (thanks to Mr. Ulanti...although he picked one bad moment to not draw the map that caused about ten minutes of swearing and re-orientation)...and I'm not upset like I normally am after seeing my friend, but I don't know if I'm just too tired, or too stressed...or what. I'm hoping I don't get upset like I normally do, especially since I'm absolutely no fun to talk to when I'm like that (unlike normal, when I'm just mostly no fun to talk to).

Ummmm....yeah, that's about it for now. If you want more details, please see me "in person"...or something...

Posted by krinsath @ 08:08 PM EST [Link]

Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Mind Media Brain Persuasion Test

Again, because Ally just isn't enough...

Your Brain Usage Profile

Auditory : 68%
Visual : 31%
Left : 73%
Right : 26%

Krinny, you are mildly left-hemisphere dominant while showing a slight preference for auditory processing. This overall combination seems to indicate a well-working blend of logic and judgment and organization, with sufficient intuition, perception and creativity to balance that dominance.

You will at times experience conflict between how you feel and what you think which will generally be resolved in favor of what you think. You will find yourself interested in the practical applications of whatever material you have learned or whatever situation you face and will retain the ability to refine whatever knowledge you possess or aspects of whatever position you are in.

By and large, you will orient yourself toward intellectual activities and structure. Though not rigid, you will schedule yourself, plan, and focus on routine and continuity of operations, rather than on changes and disruptions

When changes or disruptions occur, you are likely to consider first how to ensure that such disruptions do The same balance is reflected in your sensory preference. You will tend to be reflective and measured in your interaction style. For the most part, you will be considered objective without being cold and goal-oriented while retaining the capacity to listen to others.

Preferentially you learn by listening and maintaining significant internal dialogues with yourself. Nevertheless, you have sufficient visualization capabilities to benefit from using graphs, charts, doodles, or even body movement to enhance your comprehension and memory.

To the extent that you are even implicitly aware of your hemispheric dominance and sensory style, you will feel most comfortable in those arenas which emphasize verbal skills and logic. Teaching, law, and science are those that stand out among the professions, along with technical sales and management.

Posted by krinsath @ 04:12 AM EST [Link]

Monday, August 4, 2003

Damnit, you'd think I'd learn better than to say things like "it's hard to think of how I could be in a worse mood" because life always seems to find ways of doing it.

This morning my co-worker quit. He says it's because he's not physically able to do the job, but the general feeling is that he quit because he was tired of putting up with the insanity that the people who we work with cause by not doing what we ask of them. This sucks on so many levels. While he didn't do much on the server end of things, he did enough that would have eased P-Cho into the job much better. Now, P-Cho gets thrown to the wolves. Also, he was a major part of the reason that this job was fun, because we could goof off and do stupid stuff sometimes. In the long term though, I think it's best for him as you could see things getting to him more and more. His health probably would have gotten very bad had he stayed in, but that doesn't mean he won't be missed.

I only have like a 1/2 day of work left, as it occured to me I have many minor details with this trip to take care of. So at least I don't have to deal with this in any major fashion until next Tuesday...but I think it'll just suck twice as much then as I'll have my standard vacation "hangover". Apparently I look so sad when I get back from these trips that a MARINE notices that I'm looking upset. That's like...I dunno...really bad.

Anyway, this sucks...glad vacation is coming...umm...that's all for now.

Posted by krinsath @ 03:04 PM EST [Link]

Sunday, August 3, 2003

I'm in a really pissed off mood right now for a variety of reasons...take your pick on something and it's probably pissing me off.

That's a good summary for the past three days or so, they've sucked. I don't think I really need to elaborate on that any further. Times like these make me wonder why I bother to keep going...I mean, what's the point? Just going to piss the same people off doing the same thing.

I leave Wednesday to head up to PA. Don't know if I'll be making any posts after that point. Maybe I'll be in a better mood tomorrow because it's hard to think of ways that I could be in a worse one now. Now, if you'll excuse me, I hear the sound of copious amounts of booze calling my name...

Posted by krinsath @ 10:35 PM EST [Link]

Friday, August 1, 2003

The Friday Five

Because Ally just isn't enough of the F5...

1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?
Sometime between 6 and 7AM...I am so not a morning person, so "wake up" is definately a relative term.

2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?
Sometimes....like when I'm not working. I usually wake up around 10 or 11AM...unless I was up late with one of my "lady" friends...in which case...noon...2PM.

3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?
Go back to sleep.

4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?
Ummm...between 5 minutes and an hour...depending on how awake I am and how much time I have available. Very much like a liquid, I expand to fill the available space.

5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?
Tommy's, the best place ever. You can get enough food to stuff two people full for the majority of the day (10-12 hours anyway) for like...8 bucks with drinks. Great little place, usually crowded for this reason though.

Posted by krinsath @ 08:09 AM EST [Link]

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