Archive for November, 2010

WoW With Friends

Friday, November 12th, 2010

So, last night I played World of Warcraft with some good real-life friends, Matt & Kim. We were on Skype so we could chat while we played and it was a lotta fun. According to Skype, we were on the “phone” for about three hours, but it seemed like less.

I must say, it’s been handy having some permanent friends all my life who can’t get rid of me, no matter how hard they try! Hope mom and dad appreciate that we all still get along pretty well after all these years, and we find ways to hang out and play games even if we’re many miles apart.

At any rate, Kim’s up to level 11 with her Warlock and I’ve started a new Priest (now level 12), and Matt’s rolled yet another character (Warrior), whom I’ve just been informed is now also level 11. We play on the “Hyjal” server if anyone out there wants to hang with the Brunner kids.

Random Stuff

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Last weekend I went down to Long Beach to upgrade Kim’s computer with some of Matt’s old parts–basically a whole computer. She’s now able to play the latest offerings from Blizzard.

Megs got a new cell phone–we are now both of Clan iPhone! ph34r our snootiness!

It’s been really windy here today! The palm trees on Lankershim are finally going to go down, I just know it!

Megs and I (and sometimes Matt) have been having fun in World of Warcraft running through really old content that used to be hard, but is now doable with far fewer players than as originally designed. A handful of level 80 characters can take care of what used to need 20-40 level 60 guys, it seems. Good times.

Daylight Savings Time ended yesterday! Everyone set their clocks? It’s only 5 and it’s already getting dark out now.

I’m finally getting around to finishing Batman: Arkham Asylum on the Xbox 360. I’ve got two major sections left, I think: Poison Ivy and then The Joker. Fun game.

I’m also excited that tonight is the premier of Conan O’Brien’s new late-night show. Watch “Conan” at 11PM on TBS tonight!

Lastly, here’s something awesome I came across today:

Badass Buzz and Woody

Interpretation of Buzz Lightyear and Woody from 'Toy Story'

Mid-Term Elections

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

So, Tuesday was Election Day here in the States, so Megs and I went out and voted like all good little citizens should. Some votes went our way, some did not, but that’s not what I wanted to write about.

I think our current system of “winner-take-all” politics is stupid. If the vote goes 51%/49%, that means that the elected official is only representing barely half the population, and the rest are out in the cold for the duration. That’s dumb. For example, In California we have definite urban areas, largely Democrats, and definite rural areas, largely Republicans. If there’s a vote in the state congress for “should water in this river be used for farms or for lawn-watering & swimming pools?”, that’ll divide the two groups nicely, and a lot of people will lose. If your guy/gal is in office, you get your water; if not, you don’t. This just seems broken. If your guy/gal got almost-but-not-quite-enough votes, you should still have some say as a citizen.

I don’t know a good solution to this, but it’d be nice to see some kind of compromise-rewarding system. To use my earlier example, some water could be for lawns/swimming pools, and some for farms. But it seems that compromise it viewed as weakness in political circles and it only serves to invite your destruction.

Any ideas?

NaNoWriMo and System Administration

Monday, November 1st, 2010

So, I hear that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). As I understand it, one is supposed to actually write that novel everyone always says they’re going to write, or at least 50,000 words of it, all in one month. Now, I’ve never been much good at fiction, but I used to write here more often. Seems a good excuse for me to start again, especially since I almost didn’t get a post up at all last month!

My work situation has shifted, slightly. I still work for Disney at the same office with the same people, but now I’m more of a sysadmin kinda guy, which is pretty spiffy. I’ve always liked that kinda stuff, so now I get to do it for serious instead of just screwing around with it. I’ll be managing our internal Windows and *nix development systems, many of which I already have some familiarity with. I’m working on learning about an authentication system called Likewise, which lets Unix and Mac-type systems authenticate against Microsoft Active Directory servers, which will simplify our username situation a lot. I’m also learning about CruiseControl and Hudson, both of which are continuous integration tools. Neat stuff.

All for now. Will post more soon, etc.