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We have DSL. Yay!
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I'm sitting here in IKEA and someone just walked by declaring how she was lost and felt like she was in a maze.

I hope she gets eaten by a grue.

Nothing personal. It would just be amusing.
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Leif very much enjoys playing with my cell phone. Yesterday, he discovered that the antenna is not the most interesting part. When you open it up, it does neat things!

Today he started calling people, so we turned it off and handed it back to him.

Not ten seconds later, I heard the startup tones. He figured out how to turn the darn thing on faster than I did the first time I tried.

Nothing is safe.
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You know your baby is a geek when saying "Muad'Dib" to him makes him crack up.
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I just did the big stupid computer user thing and didn't save the file I'd been working on all day. Why should I? My computer never crashes. This time it decided to go to sleep without warning when my power was low, and not wake back up again. Bah. Oh well, recreating shouldn't take nearly as much time as figuring out what I wanted to say originally.

I still feel like crying.
Weight discussion. Cut for those who are bothered by such things. )
Midnight. I should go to bed instead of trying to recreate all my lost work. I'm already up way past my bedtime.

It occasionally bugs me that I have to be more careful about sleep now than I did when I was working. Last year I just would have hyperfocused for a few hours, gotten it all done, and sleepwalked through the next day or called in sick.

Now I can't do either, but I'll probably lie awake for too long with the words I would like to be writing running through my head. Bah.
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I posted sometime back before Leif was born about a mailing list friend who was also pregnant whose baby had died. She got pregnant again, and they discovered that this time, there is an umbilical cord abnormality (Only one artery. There are normally two. This happens sometimes, and doesn't necessarily mean anything bad, though it can cause some problems or be a symptom of chromosomal problems). She was scheduled for an more in-depth ultrasound on Tuesday, and we haven't received an update yet. I'm worried.

We made Leif a little bed on the floor, so that he'd have somewhere to sleep when we aren't in bed with him. Our bed is high, and it's too easy for him to fall. The first night we tried it, he woke up after about half an hour and refused to be put down the rest of the night. That was the start of his cold. Now that he's doing better, we tried again. He did pretty well tonight, staying asleep for about 2.5 hours, and then going back to sleep quickly when I came in. It's entirely possible he wouldn't have really woken up at all if I hadn't come in when he was wiggling around but not quite awake.

I just switched web browsers, from Camino to FireFox, after noticing that it seemed faster and is less buggy. I managed to get my bookmarks imported after a bit of trouble, but now they're set up better than they were before. Yay! Such excitement!

I need to upload a bunch of pictures. It's one of those things where the more behind I get, the less I feel like doing it because there's more to do.

Tomorrow we have to go back to Barnes&Noble so that I can finish What Janie Found by Caroline Cooney. I read the first book in the series (The Face on the Milkcarton) when I was in... gad, 6th grade or something. I decided I might as well go ahead and read it since I've read the others, and I needed something quick and brain-dead. I finished about half.

My life must be boring you all to death. Why am I even bothering to write this?
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[livejournal.com profile] koyote got us Palms for Christmas. These things are neat. I may actually use it :) I was resistant to getting a new palm because my old visor worked just fine for reading books, which is my primary use for it. But this one plays MP3s, too.

(It would actually have been cooler a year ago, when I actually had significant amounts of time to do things like read books and listen to mp3s while out)

I may end up actually using it for a PDA, though, since it's useful and small enough that I'll actually carry it around with me.

I briefly mentioned something about fictionwise.com before I left on vacation. They sell ebooks from popular, established authors, which is cool. Most ebook sites I've seen are basically self-publishing sites. Nothing wrong with that, but it's nice being able to get ebooks of the same books I'd buy in stores through legitimate methods.

The only problem is that their book-length books (as opposed to short stories) are generally about the same price as the cheapest available dead-tree version (books available in hardcover are in the mid to high teens on fictionwise, books in mass-market paperback are $6-$8 or so. Maybe slightly less, but no more so than if they're discounted in stores). In some cases, I've seen dead-tree versions for cheaper.

This gives me very little motivation to buy from them. I know that the production and distribution costs can't be as high, and they don't advertise that they pay authors higher royalties (which I'd be ok with), so it feels like they're just trying to rip me off. At least if I buy the dead-tree version, I can sell it back to an used bookstore.

On the other hand, they sell short stories from popular authors, often for under a dollar. This is neat. It's a service that I don't think is really provided elsewhere. You can buy genre magazines or anthologies, but you can't pick and choose which stories you want. I don't feel ripped off paying for this.

Maybe I'll email and ask them about why their prices are so high. They'll probably say something about piracy, which is silly, since the piracy is going to be done regardless of distribution method - there are plenty of people out there willing to sit around and scan a dead-tree copy. Besides, their usage restrictions are a little ridiculous. I'm not allowed to share copies of the books I buy with anyone. I'm not going to be posting my collection for anyone to read, but [livejournal.com profile] koyote and I are going to share, just as we share dead-tree books we buy. It'd be silly for a married couple to buy two copies of the same dead-tree book. Why would I want to pay the same price for an ebook that only I can use? I understand that sharing an ebook is not the same thing as sharing a physical book, since I can't control how many copies are made of any copy I share with someone else, but it still seems silly.

Bah. Palm Digital Media apparently suffers from the same price inflation.

Fictionwise is working on an ebook lending library, which is just a weird concept. The ebooks expire after 7-14 days, and only one person can check out a copy of a book at a time. This seems a little odd to me.
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My email was broken. I fixed it. This makes me feel good. Since I left work, I've been feeling less and less technically competent. Being able to track down and fix this problem assures me that I haven't managed to revert to a complete newbie over these past few months.

[livejournal.com profile] koyote is working on getting some servers going. I need to find some worthwhile project that I can do in order to learn stuff and keep my skills up. The problem is that it has to actually be something I feel like doing, otherwise I won't do it. I've got too many other things I'm not doing already.

I'm having a godawful time remembering due dates for my classes. I've decided just to keep up as best I can, but not stress about them. I'll do enough work to pass, but I'm not going to worry about doing assignments on time (or at all) if it isn't likely to make me fail.

I have another class that starts up on the 20th. Do I really want to stay in it? It's only one unit, and probably the class that will be most applicable to being a parent, but it's also the class that doesn't help me out a whole lot with the certificate program.

Uh oh, Leif just woke up.
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I will now, as usual, complain about things that need to be done, rather than actually doing them.

Specifically, I need to write a birth plan, do some stuff for work, and do some unpacking.

I really do not want to do any of this.

I am eternally greatful to [livejournal.com profile] silkensteel, who came down this weekend to help us unpack. When the movers left, there was so much stuff piled around the house that it was essentially impossible to move. We're still far from done, but it is much better than it was.

I am happy. I now have all the baby stuff, so I can sort through it and determine what we already have and what we still need.

We are being geeks and organizing our books according to the Library of Congress system. We need more bookshelves, though. We didn't have enough at the old apartment. A large portion of our books were just randomly piled around. And then we got rid of a bunch of our old bookshelves, because they got too beat up during the move, and sucked to begin with (they were all second or third hand).

I got the new Harry Potter yesterday, and read it all. It was quite good. I don't know if I would say it's the best in the series so far, but definetly worth reading. Well, maybe I would say it was the best so far. I dunno. I didn't particularly like 1 and 2 the first time I read them, though I enjoy them both now. 3 was great. 4 was ok. 5 was better than 4, but I'm not sure whether 3 or 5 was better.

It's like one of those tests at the optometrist's.

I found mochi ice cream at Trader Joe's. Unfortunately, they were sold out of the green tea flavor, and only had mango, which I have never tried.
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My first laptop, Blue, is no more.

Well, it still exists and basically works, but it is being permanently loaned to a friend who just lost his job, and therefore his work laptop.

I admit I have not touched it since I got the new laptop a few weeks ago, and it's pretty old, beat up and largely useless (the battery won't hold a charge), but I'm still sad to see it go.

Now I need to write an essay, as tomorrow is the last day of class.
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I am eating a Dole Fruit-n-Gel Bowl. They are interesting. They are interesting. Less sweet than Jello, which I assume has to do with the reduced sugar.

LemurBaby now has a journal (albeit with nothing in it at the moment). Appropriately, [livejournal.com profile] lemurbaby. Feel free to spread word of this journal far and wide if you feel the need, but please don't mention this journal in association with it (I want to be able to share it with my parents, etc. without worrying about them finding this journal).

I'll still post updates here, as well.

Speaking of updates, I threw up this morning. I know you all wanted to know that. This is actually a good thing - my nausea and food aversions have lessened over the past week or so which can be a sign of miscarriage.

I'm also generally exceptionally tired and grumpy, which means I tend to act like a complete bitch towards [livejournal.com profile] koyote (I don't know why he puts up with me).

Note to the curious: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans are not the smartest thing to eat while suffering from morning sickness. Especially not the spinach flavor.

I'm 90% of the way through setting up a system to reinstall the file server with about three commands and two mouse clicks. This is good, except I'm afraid someone will use it as an excuse to reinstall rather than troubleshoot, and situations where a full reinstall are necessary are a lot less likely than situations that require troubleshooting. My boss likes it, though.

It is now pouring rain, and I must walk home. Luckily, I borrowed [livejournal.com profile] koyote's large umbrella. Unluckily, it's windy enough and raining hard enough that I doubt it will help much.
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Every year, they have this United Way donation campaign at work. This year, they've made it nice and easy. You can go to a website and set up a donation to be automatically deducated from your paycheck.

They sent the username and password via plaintext email.

As far as I can tell, there is no further authentication required in order to arrange for this automatic paycheck reduction (perhaps there is - I haven't gone through the whole process, as I don't want to make a donation. I'm not betting on it, though). In addition, there's no way to change the automatically assigned password, so there's nothing whatsoever I can do to defend myself.

I talked to the postmaster (who works in the office next to me) about this. She says that the email was pushed through by The Power That Be despite complaints about the security.

*writes pissed off letters to idiots*
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Caffeine turns Jessica into Miss Hyperfocus.

This will come as no huge revelation to most of you caffeine/crack/ritalin addicts out there, who devour 5 million cans of Mountain Dew on a daily basis in an attempt to maintain the necessary level of functioning. It isn't even a revelation to me, since I have experienced it on many occasions before. However, since I am in a caffinated state right now, I decided I may as well write about it.

After having the equivalent of a quadruple espresso at lunch, I proceeded to write documentation all afternoon. This is not something I usually do, as I am not usually quite that caffinated. For some reason, when caffinated, futzing around on the web and wasting time becomes exceedingly uninteresting, and dumping brain into text becomes completely absorbing.

Now I think I will recopy a short story into digital for ease of editing. This is another thing which I would never do if mundane tasks did not suddenly seem fascinating.

It's a bit unfortunate that this state cannot be replicated on a regular basis without increasing the dosage of caffeine. If it could, I could quit within a month without them ever bothering me for information that only I know and without feeling the least bit guilty about leaving them in a lurch.

Perhaps learning self-hypnosis would help.
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Dear Server,

Please go to hell.

Love,

Jessica
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It appears that I have convinced my boss that ditching the previously discussed linux/sparc monstrosity is a necessity. Yay.

Now I must decide what should take its place. Linux on Intel or Solaris on Sparc would be the two obvious choices.
Geeky stuff. Input welcome )
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I am geeking, trying to get OpenAFS to work properly on the Linux/sparc monstrosity.

Usually on Fridays, I'm anxious to leave work as quickly as possible in order to avoid wasting a precious weekend minute on work. Today I'm not. I want to get this stupid thing working.

The strange thing about this is that it really would be better if it *didn't* work. If it doesn't work, I have a concrete reason for switching us to a different server as soon as possible.

Now, if I could only find out why the fire alarm is going off....
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http://www.someonelikesyou.com/ is a flawed concept.

The theory is that you go to the website, and enter the email addresses of a list of people you like. The site then emails these people, saying that someone likes them. The likee is then supposed to go to the website, create an account, and fill in a list of people they like. If there is a match, the website tells you who it is that likes you.

The problem is that people are curious. They want to find out who likes them, whether or not they like them back. So, they fill in a list of email addresses of everyone they know, and probably several they don't.

This generates a number of untrue "Someone Likes You" letters. The recipients of these letters (true or untrue) repeat the process, generating even more letters of questionable truthfulness, until you have an entire web of people who don't actual like eachother.

Therefor, logic leads me to believe that it is intended mainly as an address-gathering site, or some other nefarious purpose.

I'm a geek

Mar. 14th, 2002 01:57 pm
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Haha, I'm using Tru64, running Windows under VMWare remotely from my linux box at the other office.

This is entirely too amusing.+

Snow!

Jan. 28th, 2002 09:12 am
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It's snowing! And sticking! Probably not for much longer, but it only snows here about once every 5 or 10 years. I grew up in coastal Southern California, where it never snows, so it's different enough to be neat. I've seen snow before (my grandparents lived in the mountains, and I've been to the east coast during winter) but never in my own front yard!

The Myparty worm is making it's way around work. Interesting bit of social engineering - the filename (www.myparty.yahoo.com) looks like a URL, which stands a chance of fooling the people who've finally learned to look for hidden extensions. I'm guessing that today will be a rather interesting day at work. Luckily, I'm not there. I have a sore throat which isn't really bad enough to stay home, but I'd like to take care of it before it gets bad enough, and I don't want to expose my co-worker who tends to catch everything from me.

After a pretty slow weekend, we're up to 27 lemurs, 11 of those within the past 8 hours. It's interesting to note that a large minority of the people add "lemurs in the rain" as an interest, but don't actually post it to their journals.

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