Archive for May, 2004

Been Busy

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

Work has been busy lately, which is why I haven’t posted in a bit. That, and nothing terribly exciting I can post about, but that’s only a minor contributing factor I assure you.

Work’s been busy for a few reasons. One is that we had a new release go out late last week, which went horribly, horribly wrong. Our team handled it very well I think, and the problem was rectified very quickly by those who can do something about these things. We finally got the influx of resulting bug reports under control and things are getting back to normal for those involved. Also, in additon to helping put out fires, I’ve been training Sara to do what I do, which has proved to be both worthwhile and a nice change of pace for the both of us. She’s coming along very well, so I am both pleased with her learning ability and with my l33t t34ch1ng sk!llz.

In some of my travels on the Internet I came across some amusing flash movies based on the original Super Mario Brother for the NES. The site they were on was linked to by Penny Arcade, but unfortunately, the movies are hosted on a pseudo-shady site with sponsors of a questionable nature, so I’d rather not link them. So, for your convenience I’ve borred them and put them up locally on my site. They’re about 2MB a piece (four of them altogether) so give ’em time to download. Oh, and make sure you’ve got your computer’s sound on or they won’t be nearly so cool. These movies are of a PG rating, regardless of their former home.

In other news, it’s pollen season, so I suffer a lot when I go outdoors now. This explains my pasty complexion and my desire to be in a climate-controlled computer-filled environment all day. It’s a good thing I’m not going camping out in a big field of grass and trees anytime soon… Oh wait. I totally am this weekend. Boy am I stupid and masochistic sometimes! I hope I can purchase enough Claritin-D, Chlortrimetron, and Benedryl to get me through the weekend. I had a Claritin-D, and three Chlortrimetron pills toda–not all at once, mind–and I was STILL feeling it! Oy. And the count’s only up to 171 particles/cubic meter. That puts it in the “High” range according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. “Very High” is reached at the 200+ range. Last summer we got up over 1000, I believe. Gotta love living in the “grass seed capital of the world”, which happens to be in a valley to hold in all the pollen. Ugh.

I’d like to give a shout-out to all my peeps still in school. Enjoy it while you can. =)

Cool Stuff

Sunday, May 16th, 2004

Things are going well for me at the moment, I’d say. I’m in more debt than I’d like to be to the VISA corporation, but it’s not all that bad. I’m still in a fairly good mood, however. Some of you know what’s up, so kudos to you.

In other news, I’m looking forward to the upcoming trip to Egils this Memorial Day weekend. It’ll be good to go camping again, especially now that the weather’s getting nice. I plan on relaxing quite a bit and just being groovy out there in the woods with all the crew. This trip is really Kimi’s thing, so my goal is to tag along and try to keep a low profile so as not to make it stressful for anyone involved. I intend to do my fair share of cooking, cleaning, and general campsite stuff such as firemaking. I like that part. My inner Eagle Scout is happy. =)

Also, looking forward to a little bit of summer vacation. I have some tenative plans to go down to Cancun with mom and the sibs this June, so that should be fun. I’ve never been to Mexico, so this should be interesting. Last summer I had the splendid opportunity to travel to The United Kingdom with mom and the sibs (see the news archives for details), but those countries all spoke English. This is going to be more challenging and I’m going to stick out a lot more. I hope to spend a good deal of this trip at the local bar, so it really won’t matter a whole lot. Again with the relaxing, although I believe there’s some plans to see local ruins and the like. I’ll take pictures, as usual. Maybe even some more video.

Well, gotta go. I’ll try to most more frequently, but not a whole lot to talk about. Just the day-to-day business. Take care!

Went away, then came back

Sunday, May 2nd, 2004

Weekend before this I went up north to Seattle to attend SakuraCon with Megs. We had a splendid time and I took some video and pictures. The video’s kinda large, so I won’t have it up here for download. It’s got the entire web comics panel in it (one hour), so perhaps if I cut a version without that, I might throw it up here. I’ll let y’all know if I do, K? Anyways, as I said, we all had a fun time up there. Saw the panels, hung out with the peeps, and attended a j-pop performance by Hiro, a Japanese pop star. This apparently was her first show in North America, so we felt pretty damn special. I got some cool stuff while I was up there: a new bag and some CD’s. The CD’s are a Japanese trance mix, some “Relaxin’ with Final Fantasy” and “Mario and Zelda Big Band Live CD”. The latter is my favorite. It’s from some concert in Japan last September, and it’s all cool Mario and Zelda music performed by a big band (trumpets, guitars, etc.) As the title suggests, it’s pretty damn cool.

In home news, last Friday I cooked a turkey dinner with the trimmings: gravy (from scratch), beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberries. Mom, Kim, and Megs were in attendance. I’d had this turkey in the freezer for a long time, so it was just begging to be cooked. Now I’ve got cooked turkey bits in my freezer instead of a whole turkey. Much more room. Anyways, I think the dinner came off pretty well, even though I didn’t know I was supposed to cook the Stove Top Stuffing before I put it in the turkey. Who knew? I mean, it’s going in the oven for 5+ hours, isn’t that enough cooking for a box of croutons? Anyways, it tasted good, so I’m not complaining. Mom made a whole bunch of peanut butter cookies for the evening as well, and I just finished the last one I had of that batch this morning at work. Good stuff.

Needless to say, work is really slow. The real bitch of it is when I get done with my primary tasks here at work (the bug database and associated email queues), I get to work on less fun stuff like Toon name approvals, and the General and Uncategorized queues. Some motivation that is, eh?

Me: “Oh boy! If I work really fast, I can get all this cleared out and feel good about the work that I do, and then I can… uhh… do this other mind-numbing stuff. That I hate. Forever. Wait, why am I working so fast in the database again?”
Boss: “This is where the business need is. We know it sucks, and we’re sorry it sucks for you, but that’s business.”
Me: “This sucks. I am displeased with my situation.”
Boss: “Oh don’t worry, you don’t have to do it! There’s the door…”
Me: “I LOVE MY JOB!!!”

I’m counting on the fact that my supervisors don’t read my web page too often and/or they have some sense of humor in how I deal with the situation I’m in. I, of course, mean no personal offence to anyone I work with. I do like my co-workers. I just don’t like The Business all the time. The Business is a cold-hearted entity that changes and moves without a care for those pushing and/or benefiting from it. I am benefitting from it, in that I get a bi-weekly paycheck, but I still think that the motivation is less than inspiring to be really productive. After the eight months I’ve worked here, I don’t think I’ve really had a chance to cut loose. There’s just not enough volume in the bug database to fill a day for me. I think I could blow out 300+ of these things in a day if I have to, but that doesn’t happen.

Eh. It’s a job. I’ll live.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Matt actually updated his rant. Leave lots of comments and he might do it again someday. Sam and Gus appear to have both updated today, too. Must be a lazy Sunday for everyone, not just me.