It's the 27th. 
Wednesday, 28 February, 2007, 04:30
You know what that means ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOB! :)

Okay, it's mine too, but it didn't really feel like one. Work, school, stress, just like any other day.

Still don't have a house yet, but I've been working on it with Julie. We found a townhouse that is pretty nice, but it's a little too expensive for what we need -- for the cost of the mortgage plus the assessment, we could be in a single-family home instead.

Anyway, the search continues. I have set a goal -- make an offer by the end of March. That's it. By the time finals roll around, I will be living in my own place.
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February Rocks 
Tuesday, 13 February, 2007, 03:37
I like February because of the Chicago Auto Show. My birthday coming at the end of the month is okay too, but the Auto Show is far cooler. My favorite cars were the Lexus IS (IS-F was fantastic) and the Lotus Exige.

After sitting in an IS, I have determined that I will my next vehicle will be one. Nothing against the RAV4, it's a great vehicle. When I bought the RAV4 I told myself that this is kind of a trial of the whole SUV experience. I didn't want to get a ginormous beast, and I didn't want to get a car, so I got something in between. However, this being a trial of sorts, I know that I can go back to a car. And, after sitting in the IS, I know I will be going back to that car.

Other good stuff ... I used a 250GB Seagate hard drive to load Windows Vista Ultimate x64 on my computer. Problem is that my Serial ATA RAID card isn't supported under the Vista operating system. Many thanks to Promise for not updating my RAID card's drivers since 2003, I greatly appreciate it. I also appreciate the prompt response (read: nothing but automated "we got your message lol" email). I have a 500GB RAID 1 on that card that contains images of all of the CDs I have bought over the years, home videos that I have converted to DVD, and all of the digital pictures I have taken since the time the IBM UltraStars failed on me. I've decided that I will grab a HighPoint card tomorrow, assuming Promise doesn't respond to my support request. That means I'll have a spare RAID card again.

That's all I've got at the moment.
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Two Thousand Seven 
Tuesday, 16 January, 2007, 02:33
Okay, that was a pain. I had a nice post typed out, and when I clicked Post I got a ton of permissions errors. Looks like this script still doesn't like the file system. Oh well, I've created all of the directories and set the proper permissions so it shouldn't be an issue from now on.

So ... watching 24, lovin' the snow, school starts tomorrow. I'm all caught up with Bleach, which is pretty good stuff (though I hear it gets a bit emo down the line).

At work, I'm doing implementations, which means that I'm the single point of contact until the customer is trained and goes live. Not nearly as busy as I used to be in support, but I think this role is a bit more critical to the success of support down the line.

That's all I can type in a commercial break while thinking of other stuff simultaneously. 24 is back.
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The Healing Properties of Chicken 
Wednesday, 13 December, 2006, 20:33
Monday at about 4:30PM I started feeling a bit off. I got a bit dizzy and lightheaded, but I attributed it to being somewhat hungry and decided to feed my then-noisy stomach. Tuesday came, and I was feeling like utter crap, but I didn't have a fever so I went in to work. I felt about the same all day. Today ... went into work, sat down, worked for about 30 minutes, and left the office. I was in no state to be in there. I don't know where this came from or what it is, but it's annoying. I cough and end up with the hiccups, it's a pain.

So I had a final exam today. As soon as I sat in the car I felt terrible, but I went to campus anyway. When I got there I parked my car and went into CCC (or Student Center East, as they call it now) to do some last-minute cramming. I got a bit hungry (and my nose was running) so I went to Wendy's and got a spicy chicken sandwich.

Let me tell you something: as soon as I finished that sandwich, I felt like a million bucks. I felt as if I could take on the damn world. I don't know what was in that damn sandwich, but whatever it was, it was GOOD. My nose wasn't running, I wasn't coughing, I wasn't lightheaded ... fantastic! I took the final (and I think I kicked its ass), and while my nose is a little stuffed now, it's nowhere near as bad as it was this morning.

Wendy's Spicy Chicken for LIFE!
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The Bell Tolls for Thee 
Sunday, 10 December, 2006, 13:54
Comcast has pulled the shortest straw.

I do not expect a company as big as Comcast to move mountains for me. I do not expect them to treat me as if I'm the only customer they have. Maybe that's cynicism, maybe it's reasonable, I don't know. But, I certainly do expect Comcast to fix what is broken.

The problem is that their service has been broken for the past 9 days and they haven't fixed it. I understand that the big ol' snowfall a couple weeks ago may have caught them off-guard. I mean, it certainly caught me off-guard because those types of warnings were never met with the predicted results in the past. But it's been NINE FREAKING DAYS, the problems should be fixed now. Furthermore, if the company sends us automated phone calls telling us that the problem is fixed, it should bloody well be fixed, right?

Their customer service reps see that the service is intermittent. They should do more than just say "durrrr, your service is intermittent, I can't do anything about that." If you can't fix it, pass it to someone who can! Schedule a truck roll or something! We're doing something like that at my workplace now and, when we pass it up to the development team leaders, they deal with and solve the problems (for the most part ... Lucas, I think you know the exception). Do not try to tell me that Comcast does not have such an infrastructure in place.

The problem is that this is now occurring regularly. The other problem is that we can't get Verizon FiOS out here (which is a TOTAL bummer, I'd love 15Mbps down/2Mbps up for the price of Comcast cable internet), and that the local ISPs kind of suck. So, Wide Open West is the next best thing. I just gave them a call and, despite the fact that we'd be taking a 4Mbps downstream speed hit (down to 6 from 10), we'd be getting 1Mbps upstream for the same price as Comcast. That, and everything will come on one bill, as we already have WOW for TV.

On a completely unrealted note, I am absolutely in love with Firefox's built-in spell checker.
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