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I was waiting for mail to be delivered in WoW when I realized it takes an hour, not 30 minutes to mail equipment to yourself. So now I’m signing off and going to bed, but in an attempt to post more, with content or not, I’m gonna make a late night, blurry eyed post.

So the past couple weeks have been all about getting new equipment in and distributing it to the faculty. We got new “Small Form Factor” PCs (some people call them Shuttles because Shuttle is one of the biggest manufacturer of SFF cases), new iMac G5s and a whole whopping pile of new laptops (and there’s nothing in that whole pile for me – boo hoo). Anyway, they started really cluttering up the office and store room. In addition to that, we had recieved 10 new laser printers a couple months ago and we are still in the process of replacing them as well. Needless to say, its been tough to get anywhere or do anything in any of our offices lately. I have been trying to roll out the new computers to make space, but the downfall of that, is bigger computers come back in their place. So I finally decided that we weren’t going to clear enough space to do the big project I’d been holding off on and went ahead and packed up some printers that were to be sent off to Dell to be destroyed. We rolled out two of the largest printers that were just taking up space in the office, a medium sized printer that hadn’t worked in years, and two small printers that were probably salvaged from Apollo 11. We had to pack them back up in boxed that we had recieved the new printers from Dell in, which was funny because three printers were too big to fit in the boxes, and two were too small. I ended up stuffing two in one box, one in a second box, and two into four more boxes (1 printer per 2 boxes).

It was a nice break from the usual humdrum of the office, and some needed excersize since the rec center is closed this week and I’m doing nothing but eating cake and pie! The only downside, which was really more humorous than anything else, was that I dropped a large papertray on my leg and it left a nice red welt down the length of my shin. Really nice. It’ll probably hurt like hell tomorrow, but it’s pretty badass looking eitherway.

It seems like something funny and entertaining happened this afternoon that would be worthy of posting, but damned if I can remember now. I did go to lunch with Steve at Jackoff in the Box today. I needed to be back in the office by 2:00 for a meeting, so I didn’t want to risk going home and being late (though, ironically enough, the people we were meeting with were late and it was only because I was waiting for them that I dropped the printer drawer on my leg). Steve and I don’t get to hang out enough and I sort of regret that. I mean, we spend every day in the office, but its not the same as going out and sitting somewhere and being forced to chat and make conversation. I can’t say I remember at all what we talked about, but I know it was pleasant and I recall laughing a bit.

That pain is still present in my shoulder/back. Its just a crick that will work its way out, but I still get annoyed by them. Speaking of things my body does that annoy me (don’t fear, this isn’t about bodilly fluids, sounds or smells).

I will admit that I have the very bad habbit of cracking joints, primarilly my knuckles. In addition to my knuckles, the following joints also crack: my elbows, knees, toes, ankles, neck, at least three points in my back and on rare occasion, my sternum. I will admit to forcing at least a few of those to crack just for the stupid teenage boy cool factor, others are a result of accidents, injuries or just wear and tear. I’ve tried to break the habbit in the past, but I just don’t have the will power to do so. I do, however, try to refrain from causing any more joints to crack, because once they crack, you never go back. Well, the other day, my wrists hurt, both of them. Not really hurt, per se, but were just stiff and achy (like my knuckles do right before I crack them. I started doing some stretches and excersizes I learned to prevent carpal tunnel and other repetitive stress injuries when both wrists, one right after the other cracked and relaxed. Now I can’t stop thinking about how good that felt. I guess that’s just one more to add to the list.

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So now I’m a year older, congratulations, I didn’t die!

Anyway, it was a fairly good birthday. After about 4 hours of crazy busy work (I intended not to work at all yesterday, I just showed up for cake) I was told that I could go home at lunch and stay there. The cake (as a special comment to my friend and new LJ Buddy akvanecekAngela) was incredible. I almost felt bad taking a quarter of the thing home. I think Nur put it best when she said I was territorial about my food. I don’t deny it.

While we were home, heatherejcHeather said I could open my presents. She got me the last book in the series I’ve been reading, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory soundtrack, and a new keychain multitool that I, unfortunately, hated as soon as I got it out of the package. To Heather’s defense, I loved it when it was in the package, in fact I pointed it out in the store and said “That’s the one I want” but as soon as I got it out of the blister pack and started trying to play with it, I realized it’s quality was very sub par. So I packed it back up as best I can, and got online and found the perfect keychain multitool. We went out on the town to find the exact gerber tool and found not a one. I then went home and promptly ordered it online. The nice thing is it was only $2 more than the one Heather bought for me. I don’t blame her, she did a great job.

I played some World of Warcraft as well, got my key to Dire Maul and did some mining. Now I just have to find out where in Dire Maul to start my major farming. We also rented Kung Fu Hustle (even though corwin75Steve was going to loan it to me today) and sat on the couch eating Blueberry Pie and watching REALLY cheesy chop saki.

I keep missing my brother’s phone call to wish me a happy birthday, but I know he’s thinking about me, he just needs to call at a better time.

oh, and I paid for my account for another year and found out that I can now have 100 userpics instead of just 50. I just don’t know what I’m going to do with myself.

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I found this on a web forum dedicated to repairing damaged CDs and DVDs. It’s a set of serious instrcutions, but I think step 5 is the most important

Materials needed:

A soft cotton cloth

Toothpaste w/Borax (Arm & Hammer may be added)

(Brasso metal polish may be used as a substitute for toothpaste)

Isopropanol Alcohol




Orange Juice and Vodka

Method: “If this doesn’t work it’s into the “Circular File” (an Americanism meaning “The Garbage can”) with you –

1. Place the disc on a firm soft surface.

2. Apply a small amount of toothpaste with a small amount of
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda to a clean, soft cotton cloth and apply to
your DVD. Rubbing very firmly in even strokes from the center outwards
towards the edge. Repeat 10 to 15 times. Do this over the entire disc
turning the disc slowly in a circular manner, always going from the
inside to the outer edge.

When Finished –

3. clean it either with a commercial unit (available at “Radio Shack” OR your local electronics store) OR clean the disc thoroughly with a clean cotton cloth moistened with Isopropanol Alcohol, Contact lens cleaner OR
in a bind, you may use some Windex (Windex has some additives, coloring
and the like). Clean by using a firm even rubbing motion from the
center outwards towards the edge.


Using a clean piece of cotton cloth, apply Pledge to the entire disc in the same manner as the toothpaste was applied above.

Attempt to play disc.

If the disc refuses to play, take 1 large 12oz. glass, add just 3 Ice cubes, too many ice cubes will “water down” the mixture rendering it unsuitable for usage, then add 70% Orange Juice and 30% Vodka. The contents are to be shaken, NOT STIRED. The glass’s contents are to be liberally applied internally.

Steps 2 through 5 may be repeated as required to recover disc.

After 2 complete passes, step 5. may be repeated PRN. (PRN is medical lingo for “As neededORWhenever you want.) :P)

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