Monthly Archives: September 2003

Not so slow week…

Well, this past week was a lot more eventful than the last. I looked for apartments this week with one of the Joes from work, and we have a couple candidates. One of them was a place I used to live while I went to MSU – Dovers Crossing. Seems like a good deal, but if we miss out on a deal, it may get to be too expensive. There are a couple other places that we checked out, but in my mind, the townhouse at DC is the best out of the pack so far. We're going to keep looking, to see what we see though.

I've also been busy with some little software projects for home and work… I've been in the process of developing a monitoring system for the servers at work. In its current form it works, but I think in order for it to be efficient and as flexible as it could be, it'll have to be re-written in perl. Shouldn't be a huge deal, since most of the stuff isn't terribly complicated. I've also been working on a couple non-work related projects. I've been working on a plugin for gaim (my preferred linux chat client) that logs all conversation and buddy list activity to MySQL. I'm kind of anal about keeping logs, so it'll help out once it's done. I've also been working on a website for my circle of friends. It's pretty much a place where we can post news and photos, and a forum to chat in. Getting everything working right there took a little while, but it looks good for now.

Slow week

Hmmm… not too much going on in the last week. We had our security scare at work when the possible OpenSSH exploit was announced tuesday I think, so we had to patch all the servers with a newer version. Fun. Other than that, pretty chill.


It's 11:46, and I'm still awake, and still at work. I'm about 15 minutes away from finally being able to go home. Hurry up and get here Joe! One more day of this ass-end-of-the-world shift and then I'm back on normal time. This shift is boring. Thursday night/Friday morning, one phone call and one help desk ticket over a 8 hour span. Lame. Last night, like 3 help desk tickets and 3 phone calls before I decided to power nap. then, of course, people start to call. Pfft. I was pretty productive tihs past evening though… I started setting up a monitoring system we've been planning for a while, but nobody ever took the initiative to start it. Well, I got the data collection framework in plce I think. There are a couple other facets that will go into this project, like the data display portion and the warning/alert portion, but those will come with time.

Other than that nothing much is going on. This night shift is owning my existence. Totally messes up my schedule. Oh well. It's almost over.

Go Alex!

My cousin Alex hopes to get lucky before his first month of college is over….

(17:15:02) Mike: so where do you know this lady friend from
(17:15:23) Alex: high school
(17:15:33) Alex: shes visiting and spending the night
(17:15:41) Mike: ooooh
(17:15:43) Alex: yah
(17:15:47) Alex: so I'm sprucin
(17:15:52) Mike: girlfriend type?
(17:15:56) Alex: no,
(17:16:00) Alex: sexy type
(17:16:04) Alex: who knows3
(17:16:15) Mike: what type?
(17:16:17) Alex: this time tomarrow. I could be a man mike
(17:16:21) Mike: rofl
(17:16:22) Alex: haha
(17:16:32) Mike: I'm totally quoting that on my website
(17:16:43) Alex: fine by me!
(17:16:56) Mike: yah, and then show it to her
(17:17:00) Mike: it'll turn her on

Midnight Madness

Yah, it's 3:22am, and I'm at work. It's my week to work midnights, as it will be once every two months for the forseeable future. It's really not that bad. It's quite calm for the most part… very few phone calls or help desk tickets, so I can just catch up on work or just zone out… I've brought in my guitar the past couple nights to give me something to do while nothing else is going on, so that's cool. Just been doodling around with that.

Otherwise, not much is going on. I got my crashing problem on the new Gentoo install licked… I just had to change the boot display from AGP to PCI in the BIOS and it solved whatever hardware issue existed that caused the computer to lock up. Score. And I've got my MySQL logger plugin for Gaim working pretty well. Another couple features and it'll be done. There are a few other windows to linux conversions/imports I have to do still, but that will probably wait until I'm back on a normal time schedule.

Oh yah, before I forget, Amanda is awesome!

Resistance is futile

Well, for some odd reason, I decided to make sure my site was W3C HTML 4.01 and CSS Compliant today. Didn't take too long since I write my own code and it doesn't suck that bad. Now I can proudly display the buttons at the bottom of the site!

Labor Day Weekend

In short, it was brief. I took a couple days off work so I could head up north with my sister and a few of our cousins. It started off well, although a bit on the chilly side.

I slept until noon on thursday, which was a welcome change from 6am. It was just David, Marty, my sister and myself there, and we had fun swimming in the waves that the wind was kicking up. Kinda neat how something so simple could be so fun. Beth and Carl got there thursday night, and we took our liberties in the beer consumption.

Friday was a bit colder, so swimming became much more of a chore. The water was fine, but the combination of wind and cold air made the body pretty cold. So instead of being outside, we all crowded around inside and had more beer! Oh darn. Carl's friend Ethan came up friday night, and was followed by Steve and Brandy. The beer consumption continuted unabated. Ethan and I had each brought up guitars, so we jammed a bit. It was cool. Ethan is pretty damn good. We're kind of opposites in the way we learned things… I learn whole songs and play them, but I'm pretty weak when it comes to improvising and making up my own stuff. He does just the opposite – he learned all the scales and plays mostly improvosational stuff, and he's quite good. Jamming was fun.

Saturday morning we got the bad news that Dickens had died. Stacey was pretty indecisive about heading home, but I knew that it was the right thing to do. We packed up shop pretty quickly and headed home. When we got home, we buried Dickens in the back yard next to where we buried all of our other pets. He was such a big dog that it took both my dad and I along with a neighbor to get him situated in the hole we dug. My mom was a wreck. She loves her dogs almost as she loves the rest of us, so seeing Dickens go so early really hurt her deeply. The rest of us were quite sad too… Even dad, whose interactions with Dickens mostly ranged from tripping over him to yelling at him for begging at the dinner table, was affected. It was a sad day. 🙁

I spent most of sunday installing Gentoo on my main workstation. I'm trying to sever my link with Windows as much as possible. I also started coming down with a cold sunday, which added more suck to a sucky weekend.

I spent most of monday finishing up the Gentoo install and migrating stuff over from Outlook and the like. Getting all of my stuff migrated will likely take a while, but I got some of it done. I have to say that Linux is pretty sexy on a dual CPU/dual monitor system. Lots of coolness. There are a couple issues I still need to work out with the hardware config, but for the most part, it's up and running.

Today was a rude awakening after my 5 days of not working. 6AM came quite early, but I felt like I the cold that was coming on was getting beaten back by immune system. I went into work and it took me a while to remember what I was supposed to be doing, even though it had only been 5 days. It came back to me after a few stupid phone calls. I was going to do some more stuff with the Gentoo install tonight, but instead Matt sucked me into playing CounterStrike. Oh well, Gentoo's not going anywhere.

Unexpected loss

This past weekend, our family was struck by an unexpected loss. Dickens, our dog, up and died. He hadn't been keeping food down for quite a while, but the Vets just figured it was an infection of some sort that he may have picked up from the lake water up north, so they fed him some anti-biotics. Those didn't really seem to help much. Other than the nausea, he wasn't really acting strangely. Well, this past tuesday, we noticed that his stomach was quite bloated, and on wednesday it didn't go down, so my parents took him into the vet. They thought it had something to do with his liver, but didn't have the facilities to make the proper diagnosis. They recommended that he be taken to a local veterinary hospital, so my parents took him up there. Their initial diagnosis didn't point to the liver, but the spleen. They figured out that the bloating was just retained water, so they put him on diuretics. Over the course of that day, he lost 7 pounds just by pissing out water. Sometime friday they did an Xray or a cat scan of some sort and noticed that his liver was quite oddly shaped. They decided to take a biopsy of his liver friday night to see if they could find anything. I guess it was done sometime in the evening, and a little after midnight he stopped breathing and died. The best the vets can figure is that there was some sort of cancer or other general badness going on in his liver, and when they did the biopsy, it released toxins into his system and they overwhelmed him.

My sister and I were up north for the holiday weekend, but came home when we heard the news. My mom was a wreck. Her dogs are like furry children to her, and Dickens went way before his time. No way to prepare. He was only 4.

Rest in peace dude, we're gonna miss ya.