To PC or Not PC

I come to work today and there’s a note on my PC telling me it’s down. I was not meant to have one at this lousy job.

Also, Internet down at home so I’m disconnected from the world today unless my FiOS is up and going once I get home.

A fun day so far…


Is it 09-09-09 Yet?

Get your mind blown in 30 seconds:

I really dig how they got Paul Cole’s perspective at :03. There’s just a little over a week left and I can’t wait!

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The Bathroom Troll


The dog-and-pony show that I call work continues to stupefy me and take life into new realms of weirdness.

You all know that I ride my bike to work at least 3 times a week. When I do, naturally I stuff my backpack with my work clothes since, well, I don’t think they’d appreciate me sitting at my desk in bike shorts and an Under Armour compression shirt, dripping in sweat.

After I put my lunch in the fridge, I head to the big stall in the bathroom to change into my work clothes and without fail, between 6:45 and 6:55 a.m., the door opens, there’s a crinkling of a plastic bag, and then…nothing.

That’s it. There’s nobody coming in, there are no echoing footsteps, absolutely nothing. So from what I can gather, some asshole—for whatever reason—simply opens the door all the way as he passes the bathroom and then continues down his merry way to the elevator, probably skipping and whistling “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” or something.

Hmmm…and for what?

I dunno. But after being a part of The Banana Fucking Splits Show for a few months and watching how the place operates (which to this day astounds me), I’ve decided not to question anything anymore. I just roll with the punches and hope that someday, a big bag of money shows up on my door. There’s no reason it would; it’s just nice to think about.

Search_over_engineeredSpeaking of dysfunctional workplaces, I finally got my PC which actually worries me more than anything. You see, getting a PC is akin to the Kiss of Death for me: every time I get one, I’m moved to another desk (or table or M*A*S*H unit in the parking lot, as it were). And being it was yet another computer, it had to reinstall everything (residing on the network) all over again.

The one thing it couldn’t do for me was create my e-mail signature, which is usually so cut-and-paste it’s ridiculous. But no, that’s not how we roll.

I had to copy-and-paste generic text and replace the names and phone numbers with mine, download their all-too-important logo, etc., etc., etc. The problem was that I couldn’t find the Signatures folder which is where I needed to save the HTML file.

So I did the only logical thing: I searched for it on the PC. As the Microsoft dog pawed at the ground waiting to return my search results, the monitor went blank and the damn thing restarted.

It did this each time I tried to search for it. I eventually got it to save the signature but man, at least give me a PC that works, will you?

Welcome to Idearc Media, where nothing makes sense and the Keys of Knowledge have been lost forever.

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Achievement Unlocked: 30G Awesomeness

The alarm went off at 6 a.m. and our Sunday officially began. One after another, we took showers and readied ourselves for our busy schedule. By 7 a.m. we were out the door and drove that familiar 12-mile stretch down the one single road from home that leads us to our usual Sunday destination.

Were we on our way to church? Pfft. Don’t be silly; you guys should know me better than that.

No, today was a Disneyland Sunday. Duh.

So we got there early enough to park only a few spaces from the tram, got in at 8 a.m., split a cinnamon roll on Main Street for breakfast, and then made our way to our usual attractions.

After the usual Jungle Cruise and Haunted Mansion stops, we headed to Pirates of the Caribbean which is another one of the family’s favorites.

And that’s where I finally achieved personal photographic awesomeness.

You see, for years and with various cameras of both the digital and film variety, I’ve been trying to get a shot of that damned skeleton at the helm of a ship inside the ride. You know, the one in the middle of a “rainstorm” with the “thunder” and “lightning”? Yeah, that one.

But I didn’t want to use a flash for fear of looking like a dickish tourist blowing the illusion of the ride nor did I want to cheat and take multiple shots. This had to be a one-shot deal in which he was only illuminated by the strobe light.

And after umpteen years, I finally got my shot. Check it out:

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It’s in focus, it’s illuminated only by the strobe, and it’s my new desktop wallpaper. Sorry about the watermarks but hey, I’m damn proud of this and want some credit if peeps rip it off. Meh, I still have the hi-res version saved locally so I really shouldn’t care too much. But either way, I. Effing. RULE.

Ahem. Anyway, a good time was had by all and by the time we got to California Adventure, we handed the DSLR over to The Kid (as per his request) and let him take some shots:

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Click the image to see the entire set

With the way he loves his music, we always thought he’d be more inclined to play an instrument when he got older. But after seeing how much he loved shooting today and how serious he was, I think we need to reconsider. Just check out the phone-cam images of him within the set and you’ll see what I mean.

Oh, and we finally got to ride Toy Story Mania after all this time and it was incredibly fun but not worth waiting over an hour as is usually the case. But we only waited 5 minutes because I guess it helps when your brother is working the ride. Shhh.

Enjoy the pictures, and I hope you had a great weekend. It’s back to biking to work tomorrow now that my arm no longer feels like a rabid gorilla slugged me as a result of the tetanus shot I got last weekend.

But hey, the good thing is now I can step on all the rusty nails I want for the next 10 years 🙂

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Windows Writer: Blogging Made Easier

Now that I’m back to blogging after my single day of “retirement,” I thought I’d blab about a nifty blogging tool I came across accidentally while going through my e-mail.

Windows Writer is part of the Windows Live suite of tools by Microsoft, a suite which the Redmond-based software giant wants you to believe will make your life easier. And while I haven’t given all of these tools a full test-run, I have been tinkering with Writer a little bit today and let me tell you, it’s pretty cool. In fact, I’m using it to write this post and will probably continue to use it because I like it so much.

Why? Well, say you want to create and post a spiffy album of pictures from your computer. It’s as simple—and visually appealing—as this:

(Note: When creating an album, they will be uploaded to SkyDrive, Microsoft’s online storage solution. Also, I’ve yet to figure out how to disable downloading the images, so in order to prevent people from downloading your the full-size images, consider making them lo-res.)

Or if you want to spice up your pictures with cool Polaroid-esque borders, you can do that with an available plug-in:

(Note: Images are directly uploaded to your blog host and the plug-in’s name of “Polaroid” is a bit of a misnomer as the images just appear to have white borders and look nothing like Polaroids.)

And if you have a Flickr account, a plug-in is available that allows you to grab your public pictures them and post them to your blog, like this:

[Fuji] Dexter Shoot 007

Want to post a quick map image of where you had lunch today? It’s as simple as this:

YouTube video? Easy:

(Note: You can only link to YouTube videos from your library.)

How cool is all this?

When you sign up for this, you also get SkyDrive which serves up 25GB of free online storage, which can come in handy in case you’re near your (free) limit with’s 3GB.

Speaking of which, Writer is also compatible with a myriad of blog hosts including WordPress (web-based only as far as I know). Once it retrieves your WordPress account information, the Writer interface allows you to do just about everything you can from the standard WordPress Dashboard, save for some of their proprietary features such as templates and Soundcloud clips.

In short, Writer looks like a stripped-down version of Word and is fantastic for posting blog entries, which is exactly what it is designed to do. Editing of existing entries, template changes, etc. must still be done through your blog host. But for the functionality it offers, I’m willing to forego the shortcomings.

So instead of me singing its praises, download it and see for yourself how it works.

Oh, and despite me saying I’ll spend less time on Facebook, I went through the trouble to create my own Fan Page for this here blog. If you want to become one, here’s the link:

So show your allegiance and do it—NOW!

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