Archive for January, 2004

Friday, January 30th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 4 Comments

Some days I realize that I’m pretty much unskilled in the areas that I’ve chosen to make my living. I realize that a lot of people have probably found their way into a similar position, but every now and then, I realize that I really want to go further in some directions and I don’t have the skills or knowledge to do so. Really, rather than being well eductated, I’ve become a fast learner and can follow dirrections very efficiently. Fortunately, for the most part, that’s pretty much all I need to do. On occasion, however, I realize that that’s just not enough and that if I were to really want to do something, I’d not have the qualifications to do so. And even if I could convince other people that I could do it, I would be concerned that my shortcomings would make it to where I would feel that I shouldn’t have done it in the first place.

Shit, does any of that make any sense? I think I’m just rambling.

Long story short, the school that I work for has finally admitted to itself (though a lot of political leverage) that it needs a new web page. This is something I’ve been fighting for since, well, since I created the present incarnation of it (yes, that generic looking B&W monster is my creation). I was excited about this because it meant I’d be able to do something I truly enjoy as a part of my standard workload. I enjoy designing and coding web pages, but I realize I’m not a great designer, which is why I was doubly excited by the fact that one of our design faculty was going to spearhead the design aspect and I’d be on the back end putting it all together.

At a lunch meeting today with the faculty member, our network manager and myself, two students happened along as well. It turns out that she had recruited some members from her class to assist with the project but by the end of lunch, it sounded like all my talents and efforts would be covered by these students and I would be left to “implement” the final website. From my standpoint, “implement” equates to “copy final files to the web server.”

Color me dejected.

So since lunch, I’ve felt like a day laborer who just happened to find his way into computer support. I often think of how much I’d enjoy some simple, blue color labor, but then I realized that I’m technically an unskilled laborer and wouldn’t qualify for better than a floor worker that would make significantly less than I do. In fact, about the only advantage I have over a simple day laborer is the fact that I speak english as my native language. Damn.

I’m going to go now.

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Looks rather one sided, don’t you think?

Friday, January 30th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 1 Comment

create your own visited states map
or write about it on the open travel guide



Friday, January 30th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | No Comments

How do you get up quick in the morning?

Have your wife tell you that it is now thirty five minutes past the time you were supposed to be at work.

I rolled over half asleep as Heather sat up saying “shit.” I was awake enough to realize she’d probably overslept. I asked her what time it was. She replied “8:20.” Of course I’m supposed to be at work at 7:45. I sat bolt upright in bed and shouted “you’re shitting me! It’s 8:20? You’re not serious, are you?” She was just silent, didn’t answer, so to confirm, I grabbed my glasses and looked over at the clock. It was only 7:20. Thank god. I was still “late” for work, but since I schedule myself to be fifteen minutes early every day, it’s not so bad when I’m ten minutes late (or only five minutes early, however you want to look at it).


Thursday, January 29th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 11 Comments

Oog, 5 hours of sleep is not enough for this job. I will not offer to run any more games on Wednesday nights. From now on, gaming doesn’t start until at least thursday.

So my bank account, the one I use for my “allowance” got screwed again last night. The preorder that I placed in August for Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II went through last night while I only had $6 in my account. So now I’ve gone from $6 to -$75 (as a result of penalty charges from going negative). I think, due to unscheduled charges this month (things I didn’t actively purchase but were pre-ordered or part of a subscription) I’ve been charged almost $100 in overdraft fees. From now on, no more subscriptions, no more pre-orders on my allowance account. They’re too chaotic to plan for.

I was informed yesterday at work that we would be redoing the S.O.V.A. web page. I’ve been wanting to do that for some time now and I’m finally getting the chance. Unlike last time, I’m not in full control. One of the faculty is doing the bulk of the design work and I’ll just do the coding and data entry, but it’s still going to be a lot of work. Not only that, but the deadline is ruthless, they want to have something online by Feb 15. What sucks is I already scheduled a weekend out of town on the 7th and 8th, so there’s a whole weekend I can’t work on it. I paid to go out of town already, so I can’t really back out of it. I’d be out $20. I’m just going to be pushing hard all that week. We have our first official design meeting tomorrow. I hope I get the initial design comps soon so I can start the layout.

But I get to go to the office now, so no more looking at cute girls in the lab for me.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 3 Comments

Stupid Macs.

Stupid Classic environment not working on our new Panther machines. I can’t even install OS9 under Panther and I totally don’t want to have to start again from scratch for one user.


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Monday, January 26th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | No Comments

I can’t stand it anymore, I gotta know what the music is that they play between commercials on Adult Swim. If you know what any of it is, you’ve got to tell me. There are a lot of different songs they play, and I like them all!


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Wednesday, January 21st, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 1 Comment







Reach for the lasers with Antic’s Sims-ulator!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | No Comments

I need to watch less TV and be more active. I need to stretch my imagination as well as my legs and arms. I need to reach out with my limbs and my mind and try to partake of the world rather than just watching it partake of itself. Wish me luck, this is as close to a resolution as I’m getting this year. If weight comes off with this, then yippie for me, if not, I’ll deal with it next year.


Tuesday, January 20th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | No Comments

Okay, truthfully it’s an animated version of an old icon.


Tuesday, January 20th, 2004 | LiveJournal Archives | 2 Comments


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