Monday, February 28, 2005
Client is giving contract developer pilot fish the requirements for a new system to manage his transport business. According to the client, an open ticket should be valid for return travel up to a month after the outbound journey. How should the system calculate "a month after"? fish asks. Thirty days later? "No, one month later," says client, "the same date in the following month." So what is the date one month after Jan. 31? asks fish. Client: "February 31."
This machine shop uses PCs just for time and attendance reporting. But one morning, arriving first-shift workers call the help desk to complain that they can't clock in. "They said they could see the log-in screen but couldn't type their IDs and passwords," IT pilot fish says. "A trip to the shop floor proved them right and made it clear we needed to lock down the PCs much tighter. Someone on second shift made a screenshot of the log-in screen, then saved it as the wallpaper on all the machines!"
Yeah, but It Worked, Didn't It?
User is getting an error message she doesn't understand, so support tech asks her to send him a screenshot so he can see what she's talking about. "A few minutes later, he gets a PDF file attached to an e-mail," reports a pilot fish on the scene. "She took a picture of her computer with her digital camera and e-mailed the picture to him."
I didn't need a quiz to tell me that
You Aren't In the Best Of Moods
While you aren't full on depressed, things aren't going your way.
You may be hurt, angry, frustrated... or all three.
Not to worry - you'll be feeling fine in no time.
I'm still not in my right mind
You Are 55% Left Brained, 45% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.
The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.
Friday, February 25, 2005
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Hey, Best Friend! You might want to pass this along to the Romance Reading Sister-in-Law. She might get a guffaw out of it as well.
Oh, and it's now my wallpaper.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites.
Important: Please answer our questions!
The list of questions are attached.
M. John Stellford
++-++ Federal Bureau of Investigation -FBI-
++-++ 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 2130
++-++ Washington, DC 20535
++-++ (202) 324-3000
If the FBI is going to accuse you of wrong doing, they are going to show up at your door with warrants in hand to cart you and your stuff away. They are not going to email you and ask you to explain yourself.
I wonder if it is 'flu that has all of us in its grips and just won't let go.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Freedom of choice
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | History of modern man unravels as German scholar is exposed as fraud
Monday, February 21, 2005
Epilogue.net is finally, really back!
faineant \fay-nay-AWN\, adjective:
Doing nothing or given to doing nothing; idle; lazy.
A do-nothing; an idle fellow; a sluggard.
Faineant is from French, from Middle French fait, "does" + néant, "nothing."
This pretty much describes me and what I did yesterday. I managed to go all of Sunday without turning on my computer once. I napped and watched TV and did logic puzzles and munched Starbursts and snuggled with kitties and napped and watched TV. It was a lovely day.
Friday, February 18, 2005
This and that and then some
I went to breakfast after I was done at the dentist. Naturally I went to IHOP since it's the only place in town to get a decent one. This morning I just had eggs, bacon, hash browns, and wheat toast. And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. While I read my book and munched my toast. It was a lovely break after the trauma of listening to the hygienist scrape my teeth with a metal pick. ~ shudder ~
And lastly, I dropped off my prints to be framed. One large print of two birds in a tree and five postcard sized prints of butterflies, daisies, duckies, oranges, and a birdie in a tree. It's going to cost me an arm and part of a leg to get them all custom framed but it will so be worth it. The large print has a simple black mat with a green wooden frame which looks mildly distressed and goes really well with the soft greens in the print. The little birdie in the apple tree will be double matted with a margarine yellow on the inside and black on the outside with a very simple black frame. The daisy print and the still life with oranges will be unmatted and framed with the same simple black as the bird. The ducks will be framed in a warm, yellowy brown frame. And the butterfly will be framed in a deep brown red frame. The ducks and the butterfly are also unmatted. They should be done the early part of next week. I can't wait to get them back and hung.
My legs are still sore from the fall up the stairs I took a couple of days ago. It's interesting the bruising, or lack thereof considering the amount of swelling and the rather significant area of painful to the touch. The right leg, which bore the brunt of the fall, is still swollen from the knee to half way down to my shin yet the only visible bruise is one at the bottom of the swollen area and it's only slightly larger than an old dollar coin. The left thigh has two large green and purple bruises and a couple of smaller ones even though pretty much the entire outer thigh is sore. I am happy to report that my feet have stopped changing size and I can once again walk, talk and chew gum. ;D
I am feeling a great need to be lazy today so I'm going to grab my book, pop a movie into the DVD player, make me a nice cup of tea, and plop my happy rear down on the sofa with a couple of cats and be useless the rest of the day. That's what days off are for, after all.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Walk, talk, and chew gum
Coffee flew all over the stairs, but not a drop spilled on me except on the hand holding the cup. The cup did not break which was really a good thing because I would have had to go home and be depressed if something had happened to my Winnie-the-Pooh mug. I did, however, manage to bruise myself up something fierce. My left thigh and right calf are two giant bruises. The one on my right leg is actually quite painful and I would be in my nighty this minute except the Prodigal Son has friends over and I don't have a robe to wear over my nighty.
Today was just one of those days where my feet suddenly and inexplicably grew several sizes almost every time I got up to walk because I kept tripping over them since there was nothing on the floor for me to trip over. Thank goodness the day is over and I'm at home and I can kick off my shoes and dig in with my toes. So far I've managed to make it into the house and into my room without a misstep. I consider that a major accomplishment.
I'm going to hell . . .
According to Leviticus 19:5 through 19:8.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Who am I kidding? This is funny. In the same way that making your boobs grow by taking pills is funny. Or that losing weight while you sleep after taking pills is funny.
Monday, February 14, 2005
Where in hell am I?
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
|Purgatory (Repenting Believers)||Very Low|
|Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)||High|
|Level 2 (Lustful)||Low|
|Level 3 (Gluttonous)||Very High|
|Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)||Very Low|
|Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)||Low|
|Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)||Extreme|
|Level 7 (Violent)||High|
|Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)||Moderate|
|Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)||Low|
Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test
Hey, Best Friend!
If you get the opportunity to watch all 13 episodes, I recommend it. As I said, the show was wonderfully light-dark quirky fun.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Until the Prodigal Son mumbled his benediction this morning, I'd completely forgotten about Valentine's Day.
How computer literate are you?
GREAT JOB! You Are Up There With Bill Gates And Linus And The Best Of Them. Good Job!
Friday, February 11, 2005
Blogger does it again
This is what you see:
But this is what you get:
And neither is what I asked for. As far as I can tell, the only way to effectively change the date format is to republish your entire blog which is not something I want to do.
UPDATE: I've been playing around and it seems the date formatting works UNLESS you select the very first format in the list. It does not like that one and will default back to whichever format was selected last. Naturally, that is the format I prefer.
I know what color I am
Your dominant hues are cyan and green. Although you definately strive to be logical you care about people and know there's a time and place for thinking emotionally. Your head rules most things but your heart rules others, and getting them to meet in the middle takes a lot of your energy some days.
Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.
Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Maybe I should have asked sooner . . .
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Is it just me . . .
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
The Liveship Traders
I finished the last book of the trilogy on Saturday while I was home visiting my parents. It was a quiet lazy day just made for reading.
The trilogy was a very quick, mindless read. None of the characters ground on my nerves as the Fitz did in the last book of the Farseer trilogy. My only real complaint with the trilogy is that it had a very much too "happily ever after" ending where everyone got what they deserved. There were no real bad guys in the books. Those characters who were meant to be bad weren't even dark enough to be grey. They were just grimy off-white. The good guys all learned from their mistakes and became much better people because of them. The people who needed to die, died. The people who needed to live and learn, lived and learned. Those who were broken, repaired.
The books aren't bad if what you want from 2400 pages is the comfort feeling you get from a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold winter morning. If you're looking for steak and potatoes after a hard day of work, this isn't it. I was in the mood for oatmeal so I enjoyed them.
Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Study Identifies Trade-Off between Motherhood and Longevity
"Individual countries should be allowed to make up their own minds about therapeutic cloning, but extending these techniques to attempt to produce a cloned baby is scientifically unsafe, ethically unsound and socially unacceptable."
Monday, February 07, 2005
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Feeling great . . .
I ran to the bank this morning to get money for the trip. Then I ran to the grocery store and stocked up on food for the Prodigal Son so he wouldn't starve while I was gone. And now I'm taking a little break before I tackle the laundry so I can have clothes to take with me.
I didn't watch Wonderfalls last night. Instead, I plugged in season one of 24 and watched the first six episodes. It's about time I got around to watching the DVDs so I can send them back to netflix so I can reduce the number of discs on my queue so I can add more discs to my queue. I also read about 150 pages in my book while I was watching 24.
Well, enough of a break. I need to get cracking on the laundry.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Up and at 'em
Since I was sick all weekend long, I'm not going home tomorrow as planned. I'm spending tomorrow catching up on laundry, bill paying, and grocery shopping. I also have to pack and check the laptop to make sure it will run when I get to Mom's so I can get online for her. She thinks it's just nifty that I can order stuff for her on my computer.
As it stands right now, I'm driving down Friday and driving back on Monday. The Prodigal Son is staying home because he would be bored and he just couldn't survive four days without his girlfriend. It also makes looking after the cats easier if he's home to do it. I just have to call him several times a day to have him count the cats to make sure he hasn't lost another one.
I finally got my silly W2 so I can file my tax return and get my refund. I'll probably finish that tomorrow since I do it electronically.
Right now I'm off to read. I would watch the State of the Union address, but I don't really feel like being lied to. Maybe I'll plug in the first Wonderfalls DVD. I got my set today and I'm really looking forward to seeing all the episodes that never made it to TV. Actually, that sounds like a plan.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
And I actually feel hungry today. Which isn't really surprising since I ate almost nothing for three days while I was in bed trying to decide if I was burning up or freezing to death. What I'd really like is a steak and eggs, hashbrowns and toast, juice and coffee. What I'll settle for is a bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch. The former I'd have to dress and go out for. The latter is in the kitchen pantry.