Archive for August, 2004

My Stomach Wants Me Dead

Sunday, August 29th, 2004

Ugh. So yesterday totally sucked. I woke up at 6am with a stomach bug that wouldn’t die. It was a completely miserable day. I won’t go into all the graphic details, but it lasted all damn day I haven’t left the apartment since. I’d say good thing it was on the weekend, but now I lost a valuable Saturday. Oh well. Pepto Bismal and Mylanta failed me! They do nothing!! Betrayed!!! I spent the majority of the day feeling sorry for myself and sitting around trying to focus on TV and movies while drifting in and out of shallow sleep. Ugh.

It’s Sunday now and I feel tip top. I even ate some chicken nuggets heated in the toaster oven. I’m drinking a Sierra Mist with no negative effects. Ahhhh! Much better!

So yeah, aside from stomach ailments, things are going all right down here in California. Work is good and the apartment continues to come together. I was going to do more with that yesterday, but well, you know. Anyways, today I hope to get the entertainment center set up in the living room. I might also unpack some more boxes and bags of clothes. That is, if our millions of tiny roommates will allow it.

See, we’ve got ants. Lots and lots of tiny black ants. We have to be careful not to leave anything out that they might fancy or else they set up the massive supply lines and cart it off. Luckily these ants are weak vs Stomping, Sweeping, Blowing on Them Really Hard, and Fire. Fire is the cleanser, especially when shot from a can of cooking spray with a lighter. I should have got a picture of that. Don’t try this at home, kids! However, they do make up for their weak physical stature with sheer numbers. They seem to have an inexhaustible supply of troops just outside the door jam, so they have that going for them. On the plus side, they’re forcing me to confront my disgust and fear of bugs. I’m growing more and more likely to squish and/or otherwise remove them with my bare hands than I used to. I hate bugs.

We Have Normality

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

OK, I think I’ve got the web site back to full normal functionality. Please feel free to test out all areas and let me know if anything’s wrong. This does not include stuff that just hasn’t been updated in a while (Schedule, ChrisCam, Surveys, etc.) Just make sure nothing’s not outright broke, K? First thing I’ll point out is that the timestamps on the news will be ahead 2 hours. This is because the server is in Texas or something. I’ll have to adjust some stuff to account for this.

Speaking of broke, my garbage disposal seems to be kaput. We haven’t had a chance to use it yet, so this is the first time I’ve tried. Seems someone put something down it that they shouldn’t have, cuz now it’s bent so it don’t spin all right. No good. I’ll put in a repair ticket with the management tomorrow. I did my best to fix it, but I don’t have the equipment to manipulate steel. At least I found out what’s wrong.

In other news, Megs is still at work (it’s midnight) due to store inventory. This store is not as well organized as her old store so it’s a lengthy process. She’ll be at this ’til the wee hours of the morning. If you happen to talk to her tomorrow, be nice.

Oh, and big kudos to Kim for the postcard! This makes her the first person to actually get my address and write me. If you don’t have my address I’m not going to be posting it here, but feel free to ask via email or ask someone in the family. I like getting mail that’s not junk. I get a lotta ads for local businesses here. A lot. Anyways, thanks Kim! You’re a wonderful sister!

Making Progress

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

As you can see, I’m making some progress in restoring the site. Comments now work, as do the news archives. Please note the news post a couple days back where I give some thanks to those people that helped with the move. I’d hate for that to get overlooked, you all are awesome people. I felt a bit like George Bailey at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life with all my friends helping me out like that, even though I wasn’t even there.

OK, sappy moment over. Moving on…

In other news, things are going well here. The apartment is coming together, and as soon as we get the last of the boxes unpacked, I’ll take some pictures and put them up here. It’s remarkable how much stuff I own. I was reflecting on how I was managing to live without the majority of it as we moved the contents of a 17′ U-Haul to my living room. Aside from the thirsty ants that share the place, the apartment is quite nice. I’m not used to living in a climate dry enough that the local insects seek indoor plumbing. These ants are going right past food looking for water. I hate bugs.

Yesterday Megs and I took a trip after work to Disneyland, or as we in the industry simply call it, “The Park”. Megs hadn’t been since she was 6, and I hadn’t been since I was 18, so it’s been a while for both of us. We had a great time going on The Teacups, Autopia, The Matterhorn, Splash Mountain, The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, The Jungle Cruise, Star Tours, and the Indiana Jones ride. We also managed to catch the Fantasmic show, which was quite impressive. We enjoyed that as well, and I recommend it to anyone going to the Park anytime soon.

Chrisweb is up… sort of

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

Well, as you can see, the front page of ChrisWeb is up, however nothing else works at this time. This includes: the comments, the archives, and any other page here. Consider this just a read-only placeholder for now. The situation is that Adelphia, my new cable ISP, blocks incoming connections to port 80 among others, which means that I cannot run a web server from my desk like I used to. I’ve since moved my site to ShieldHost.com, but I still have to port the database over. Once I get that in place and adjust the necessary pages to work with it, everything should be back to normal. Until then, all is well with me, and I’ll give a more full report once I get this thing back up to normal status.

Back Online

Tuesday, August 17th, 2004

As you can see by reading this, ChrisWeb is back in business! What this means is that Megs and I have managed to put the office together enough to get the computers up online. I had to change the DNS entry for my server of course, because I’m on Adelphia instead of Comcast now, but it appears that the records have propagated throughout the Internet. And there was much rejoicing. (yay.)

The apartment at large is still quite a mess, but it’s coming together. The bedroom and the office are usable now, but the living room and the kitchen are still quite daunting. We have quite a lot of boxes full of God-Knows-What laying all around the apartment. Slowly but surely…

Anyways, things are going well on the job front. I’ve got plenty to do these days workin’ for Disney, and Megs just started at her new Radio Shack down here today. The store she works at is up the freeway a little bit, but it’s not far. Not quite my across-the-street commute, but not too bad.

I would like to extend a personal thank you to dad, Susan, Uncle John, Drew, Brother Matt, Jacques, Peter, Tammy, Anna and Anna’s Matt for helping with the packing, loading, driving, unloading, and general moving to move myself and Megs down here last week/weekend. It was tiring, stressful, and time-consuming, but we couldn’t have done it without you. Please look us up if you’re ever in the neighborhood to see how the place looks once it’s put together. I’ll post some pictures here once it’s presentable.

The System is Down

Friday, August 13th, 2004

This server will be going down for the move this weekend. Please do not be alarmed–ChrisWeb should resume normal operations Sunday afternoon if all goes well. If anything goes amiss, I will post information in comments on Sam and Gus’s web site, since I think most of you check that too.

The other day I was doing laundry when I forgot my cell phone was in my pants pocket. It was 10 minutes before I realized where my phone was and retrieved it from the agitated waters of the machine. It was still on and the screen had gone blank. I popped off the battery and spent the next few hours taking the phone apart and drying it out. Remarkably, my phone still seems to work great. Go Samsung engineering!

Just thought I’d share that with you.

A Few Things of Note

Saturday, August 7th, 2004

Where to begin? Well, first off I have a new place to live. It’s a very nice apartment very near work. I’ve even got pictures! It’s in great shape and has A/C, gas, a garbage disposal, a dishwasher, and secured parking. All things my previous apartment did not have. Anyways, it’s quite spacious and I’m looking forward to bringing all my stuff down next weekend to fill it up. I’ve been living a spartan existence here so far with only my computer and my clothes. I’m borrowing a card table, a folding chair, a TV, some kitchen stuff, and a cot from Grandma and Grandpa Brunner for the interim. I got the cable hooked up, so I’m not at a total loss in the evenings with nothing to do. I look forward to getting my life into a more normal groove again.

Work is great. I get to work with cool people and cool tools. I’ve spent a good part of my time here getting my computer all set up with the development environment so that I know how to do it again for some stuff we’re doing down the road a bit. Next week I get to update a computer to Windows XP and hopefully work with some new hardware. For those who know me, this is obviously good times. All the folks in the office are really cool and have been very welcoming. I just hope I can keep everyone’s name straight–I’ve met a lot of people recently!

So, get this, today I’m workin’ and I hear someone say Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Arnold are across the street at our local Starbucks. My first reaction is, (sarcasm) “Sure he is. I’ll look into that right away.” But folks are going out to the balcony that overlooks the Starbucks to check it out, so since I didn’t even know we *had* a balcony I went to check it out too. Sure enough, looking down we see a guy in a black suit with an earpiece and sunglasses standing around outside and watching the door. We also see a black Suburban with police lights on top. That was enough to convince us. I went down to get a Mocha Frappuccinos Grande and there they were talking at a table surrounded by Secret Service looking guys. I was about 6 feet from the Gubenator himself when I went to place my order. My first star sighting! Yay!

I’m still new here. Cut me some slack–this is exciting!

Enough about Arnolds. In Other People’s Blog News, Gus/Kelly finally updated her web site with a new post for our enjoyment. I saw it earlier today and I must say I laughed and I cried. The blog of the century people, check it out! I mean it! Kelly’s down to about an annual schedule now, so get ’em while you can!

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a lengthy news post from Chris without going into some horribly technical paragraph. I’ve set up a PHP-generated RSS news feed of this site. Now, I can think of about two of my readers who even know what I’m talking about (Bill, Sara), but perhaps more of you will learn of this fascinating, and upcoming technology. Briefly, what it is is a way of getting a quick outline of a page into an applet like a news ticker or a column on a page. I’m going to spell out the link here for your copy-and-paste convenience, however it is a live link: http://chrisweb.us/?feed=rss2. Some web browsers may interpret this as something, I dunno. I’m new to the concept myself. I should give props to Sara for making me do this–it was her idea. She reads a lot of blogs and apparently this is a good way to get a bunch of summaries all at once. I may adjust it down the line, but right now my feed shows the last 10 posts’ headline, and shows the first 220 characters of the entry. Clicking on the headline will take you to the actual article. Oh, the thrills.

I think that about wraps things up for now. It’s almost 3am now, so I’m off to bed. From North Hollywood where the stars and politicians dine together in Starbucks, this is Chris signing off!