nimitzbrood: (Default)
( Mar. 13th, 2014 12:54 pm)
So...been a bit busy since December 21st. Thing haven't slowed down really. Family stuff both close and extended, work stuff - company rebranded - no not bought out just name change, money troubles, adopted a Lhasa Ahpso named Bartek, weird weather, etc.

So today and tomorrow I'm off work and after helping get the kid off to school and taking the dogs out I puttered on the computer a bit until 9 am Central. Then I crashed until my wife called me about 30 minutes ago. The body must have been worn out a bit because I hit the bed and didn't move or shift that whole time. Of course that leaves me sore a little.

So now I've eaten something and am vertical again sort of. Going to try and get moving on stuff here a little but seriously sluggish. I think it's just the wind-down from being on top of everything for 3+ months. Think I'm gonna start playing the lotto. It's about time I won. ;-P

Read On MacDuff! )

And DAMMIT ALL WHERE THE HELL IS SPRING?!?!?!?

Ponyville must be late with Winter Wrap-up again. ;-P
11:37 AM 07/04/2012

I'm not looking forward to the electric bill this month. I have to pay the existing one at the end of this week and it's going to be $135 or so but we're running the 12k btu A/C unit in bypass mode (run constantly) to cool the house down as of this week. That along with using the furnace to circulate the cool air will likely bring us up into the $250 range by the end of this month. Not good. Mitigated things today a bit by hanging a comforter over the library window as that was letting a lot of heat in even with the window blinds on it. Did something similar for the basement door window as well.

We'll see how it goes from this point on but honestly this is likely going to cost us a bundle. And since I need to work out in the workshop I had to put one of the smaller 8k btu units out there even with the lack of roof insulation. It was able to bring it down to 80 during the day so that's doable. If I were to separate and insulate that space better I could likely get it much cooler as it's not a big space but right now I don't have the resources to do that yet.

My wife and I are arguing about how the old A/C unit works so I'm letting her screw with it. If the house heats up then she'll be the one at fault. Worse yet the Hunter website doesn't even show any A/C units. Period. So I can't even download a manual for it.

In other news I became mortally irritated with myself a couple of days ago because...at this jucture I can not do a sit up. I can do push ups. I can do chin ups. I can lift weights.

But I can't do a sit up.

Working on this goal currently...

I've also started eating a grilled chicken salad for breakfast every day. THe ingredients weren't that expensive and I found that pre-cooking the chicken breasts, slicing them up, and freezing them works well because they only take about two minutes to warm up in the microwave. Cutting an onion and a head of lettuce and sprinking broken up corn tortillas on the whole thing takes almost no time as well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and all done.

The salad fills me up and I usually don't have any cravings again during the day.

Moving on...I haven't started working on the outside of the house yet. Partly due to a number of things still to be unfucked here inside the house and partly due to outside temps. Maybe I'll try and cut some of the larger stuff down at night. It'll look a little weird but I don't care really.

Back to unfucking the house...
20:46 PM 01/20/2012

So home safe and sound right now. Had the quarterly meeting of the place I'm working at today at a restaurant and it took me about 30 minutes to go a distance that usually takes me about 5 - 10 maximum.

And...I locked my keys in my car...while it was running...at the restaurant...in front of my co-workers...and my wife had to come and unlock it for me.

Fortunately she works on the same road I do and she was able to stop by on her way out from the office. I owe her one for that...but not too big a one.

Don't let up...SOPA/PIPA will be back...

Watched a good chunk of the internet get blacked out in protest the other day and that was a really really good thing. Big companies and small artists alike put forth the effort to black out their websites and put up notices informing people about how bad this legislation is. I am ashamed to admit that I was remiss in this one as I did nothing. (I have no excuse. "I was working." doesn't cut it because a lot of artists that make a living with their websites did it and if it cost them something of their daily income then I could have spared some of my time.)

Unfortunately while this is a nice temporary setback for the individuals funding SOPA/PIPA there is no way this is the end. They'll do like they have done in the past and slip it into a bill for funding faith based schools run by orphan nuns or something and it'll pass at 2 am with very little dissenting vote from those not paid millions of dollars by vested interests. (Side note: If so much of this lobbying money is being thrown around why isn't the nation debt being paid down??)

And then we'll be stuck with another bad law.

Because here's the thing - the US legal system is currently constructed so that it's very easy to make laws but very hard to get them removed. The best reason I can fathom for this is that the legal system has obviously grown over time to fit the needs of those using it as a career platform. So the more laws they can make that benefit themselves and the harder they are to remove then the safer their lives as lawmakers are. (That leads, best as I can tell, to a society of elite lawmakers/kings with a silent class of servants that do not step out of line for fear of breaking an unknown law.)

So...obviously...the time to fight these things is when they first get created. We need a public service that...

1) Watches the government as they create proposals.

2) Translate those proposals into common language.

3) Does automatic alerts of these laws to a network APP for phones or tablets or TVs or indeed anything networked. Perhaps by category.


The problem with this system is that it's spammable. You could in theory create a billion tiny proposals that mean nothing and flood the system hiding the real proposals for laws that you want to create.

Then you'd have to make the public service bigger. Which would introduce more errors into the translation of those proposals to common language. Or put the entire service at risk of infiltration or even being bought off.

As usual there are no easy answers.

But...BUT...if you _could_ make that system fairly secure...AND...people didn't get lazier about their governemnt than they already are...it woud be a good way to keep some of the legal stuff in check.

Maybe.

But honestly I think the best thing that people can do is just pay attention. Don't let them pull things over on you. You're smarter than that.

"People are dumb, panicky, and you know it!" is only a phrase from a movie. I have faith in people. They can do a lot.

You. You can do a lot.
nimitzbrood: (Default)
( Dec. 3rd, 2011 04:23 pm)
And very well I might add. I like the job, I like the people, and I like getting paid. (Did I mention the people I work with rock? ^_^)

It leaves me less time to get things done around the house but I wasn't really getting things done anyway.

I managed to order a Mr. Beer ingredients kit for cheap from Target so hopefully I'll be able to get a batch started next week when it arrives using my home-made fermenter made from a pretzel container. Still need a capper and caps. I should be able to make do for everything else but as finances become better I'll definitely be buying proper brewing equipment and cleaning/fixing the one turkey cooker to boil wort in.

And I finally got the One Wire Weather software to build on Luffy my WeatherQube:

http://luffy.nimitzbrood.com

It's accurate now and once that machine is on a battery backup it'll be quite reliable. I've got the oww software configured to log to Weather Underground but it hasn't shown as active there yet. Hopefully it'll be good for that by Monday.

Got to make sure I have some other way into my network before then as I had the main webserver die a couple of times on Thursday and Friday and couldn't get in to restart it. My whole shebang needs to be on battery backup units simple because the power here fluctuates on a semi-regular basis. It'll be even worse when I move them outside as the power dips whenever the space heater kicks in out there. I so need to be off the grid.

On the bench right now is an old Powerbook 100 that is having booting/P.O.S.T issues. It's for a good friend and it's a classic so it's a labor of love. Hope I can fix it.

Still not finished with the workshop out there. I suppose I should be doing that rather than posting here but I'm pretty tired. I'll try and get to it tomorrow as I don't really have any other plans than laundry and my wife and daughter will be out at a party for a our twin niece/nephews at my brother-in-law's house.

Also picked up the first repair part for the house so I'll be able to fix that leaky toilet and our water bill will be just that much lower. (It's minorly dripping but that can easily cause big problems.)

And I managed to get fuel system dryer into both vehicles so hopefully I won't have problems when the temp drops below a certain point. Protip: A bottle of isopropyl alcohol in the washer fluid before it freezes will help keep it from freezing up when it gets cold.

Off....my rocker... ;-)
nimitzbrood: (Default)
( Jul. 31st, 2011 11:25 pm)
23:26 PM 07/31/2011

So it's 11:30 or so at night and once again I'm sitting in front of the fan in the library of our far-too-warm house.

We've still got at least one more month of this type of weather and with everything heating up we may very well be warm into September so I've come to a conclusion. We got the electric bill yesterday and it was $171 with all the fans we've been running. (Including the furnace fan to circulate the house air.) That being the case I've decided to put the large window A/C unit in.
Coolness... )
23:51 PM 07/23/2011

Today I spent a fair amount of time customizing the accidentally wiped machine I mentioned yesterday to get all my stuff back. This of course led me to discover several nice surprises.
Several nice surprises and more rambling... )
19:12 PM 07/20/2011

So I'm currently dogsitting for a good friend and reflecting on the day.

It's the second day of training today which went well. Learning a lot of things about how libraries keep things and what's required in a software program to do that.

Worried about our own furkid with the weather being so hot. Luffy registered 107.8 degrees F today and it's up on a pole off to the side of the gable on the workshop peak.

He's been doing okay so far since we've been leaving bowls of ice cubes out for him and at least one floor fan running in addition to the ceiling fans. Right now we check up on him after work before picking up our daughter. We'll have to shave him again soon as his fur is growing back quickly.

I think I'd like to go back to not melting please!
nimitzbrood: (Default)
( Jul. 10th, 2011 04:29 pm)
16:37 PM 07/10/2011

Currently Luffy The WeatherQube is reading 104 degrees. (http://luffy.nimitzbrood.com)

Unfortunately for me that's with a fair amount of humidity. I wonder if there's a market for a rubber "gutter" to catch all the sweat us fat people generate in this kind of weather and recycle it. I could call it "The Gut Gutter" and sell millions. *ahem*
Here comes the sun... )
11:51 AM 06/07/2011

So it's still quite melty here. I've got no less than 9 fans running in the house - 3 window, 1 floor, and 5 ceiling. Our electric bill should be interesting next month. Still cheaper than running window A/C units though.

The recruiters have added another week long job onto the end of this coming week long job so that's good. And they tell me they have a local month long job they're trying to get going here soon. All good.
What a world! What a world!...*bloop* )
14:26 PM 04/19/2011

So after certifying for my unemployment this morning I got a cold call from a headhunter who found my resume on Dice.com and wanted to submit me for a position doing help desk call center work for a particularly popular medical insurance company.

It sounds like a good job, pays more than I was looking for, and is in damn near the same place I was driving for the last decade at my previous job. So I told the headhunter to submit my resume and let me know when they want me to interview. It's not the Linux admin job but I can't afford to ignore anybody willing to potentially hire me.

I haven't gotten back to writing as of yet. That, like many other things, is on hold until I become employed again.

I have to apologize to ellenmillion. I have something in the Torn World submission queue that I haven't finished edits on. What happened was very simple and it wasn't just because I entered my Extended Benefits phase of my unemployment that suddenly takes up all my time.

After much thought on the matter it turns out that the edits (deservedly harsh ones) hit me while I was down. I just couldn't handle them because of what else is going on in my life. I was trying to climb back up out of the bucket labeled depression and they just hit me the wrong way.

And it's not their fault either because the edits for the story in question are very very correct in their reactions about what must be changed. I just couldn't, and for the moment still can't, process them mentally or emotionally. Thus I have to apologize because I'm just not up to snuff at the moment.
Dark chocolate cupcakes and a library in a tree... )
So the CCNA chapter for today is IP Routing. I'm going to eat into that today as can and hopefully I'll get all the review questions right.

Studying would be so much easier if I didn't have to worry about my income, the house, and a ton of other things. *grump*

Still it could be worse - I could be in northern Japan right now. (My friend in Tokyo is okay thankfully.)
Rampant Rumblings... )
nimitzbrood: (Default)
( Feb. 23rd, 2011 10:26 am)
So I didn't sleep well again last night. It was a combination of things that I won't go into here. If there weren't so many downsides to taking sedatives I'd certainly consider it sometimes.

Part of it is I've been off my diet recently. Not horribly but a lot of rich food that has caused me to pick up an extra 10 pounds so I'm now 5' 7", 235lbs in my shorts. I'll rectify this shortly.
Dinking Drives... )
18:23 PM 02/17/2011

Why do I get the impression that this country is going downhill fast?

I just found out that the recent HR 1 budget stuff includes complete and utter recission of all the WIA funding and contracts.  That means making it as if it had never been.

That also means there's a very likely possibility that the training places will have to pay back the money and pass that debt on to the students.  If that happens that leaves me with what amounts to a student loan to pay off.
<lj-cut text="Drowsy Drippings...">
WTF is all this coming to?  I mean it's almost like the forces in power are ACTIVELY choosing paths that are pushing towards a revolution in this country.  Every action they take seems to be stupider and more selfish leaving the people of the US no other choice but to forcibly replace them at gunpoint.

I just don't know...

In a slightly brighter vein I saw actual bright sunlight today and the snow has melted enough off the driveway so I can get the car out without having to move my wife's van.  And the sump pump happily cycled on and off as expected today without so much as a hiccup. Considering the trouble we've had in the past that's a welcome thing.  Need to start plants the end of this month or the beginning of next month.  Hopefully I can provide enough warmth and light.

Warmth and light...

That's something we seem to be short of in this world of late.  Most good things grow in warmth and light and without them wither and die.  We need more things to grow.

Fell asleep on the futon in the library for an hour or so today.  I must have been really worn out because I didn't even stir.  Thankfully our daughter (who's home until Tuesday - wtf?) is old enough that she doesn't get into too much trouble now.  She did eat the chocolate I had saved for my wife which I feel guilty about not putting up out of the way but other than that she didn't  get into anything else.

And that's another thing I'm seriously concerned about with all this budget stuff.  Part of the reason my daughter is doing so well is there are a lot of people working with her.  We may grouse about the school but in truth they do quite a lot with her.  If their funding is cut then my daughter will likely get "shelved" so to speak.  That would be disasterousfor all concerned. :-(

-I can't get involved! I've got work to do! It's not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there's nothing I can do about it right now. It's such a long way from here.-

*sigh*
April 19, 2009 10:32 AM 4/19/09

So I’m drinking cran-cherry stuff again - you can probably guess why. I think the last stone didn’t break up but just stopped moving because last night on the couch I suddenly felt like someone had kicked me in the right side of my middle/lower back. Right where the original stone pains were. I’m still going to work but I’m probably going to have to bring a bottle of cran-crap with me until this is all over.

Fresh herbs on the way... )
March 23, 2009 10:12 AM 3/23/09

It’s sprinkling today. Ugh. Well a least it isn’t snow. And since it’s unlikely to snow from this point on I took the plow off the lawn tractor yesterday. Haven’t put the moving deck back on but I’ll probably do that in a couple of days.

My dad mentioned my weight yesterday which irritated me a little since I’m already losing weight. I’ve gone from 275 to 263 in the last couple months. My Wii Fit age has dropped to 44 which is only 4 years older than I am physically. I’ve got to remember to get on that thing every day.

Do not point fresnel lense at remaining eye... )
March 18, 2009 11:18 AM 3/18/09

So I’ve decided that I don’t need a Bradley GT II for a while yet. It’s been one of my cars I’ve wanted to get for years and then convert to a hybrid. It’s light enough and it’s got enough space for batteries and a generator. But I can’t quite afford to do that yet.

I am likely going to buy insulation for the garage rafters though as that’s going to make working out there this summer considerably cooler as well as keeping it warmer in the winter. Maybe I won’t be spending an insane amount of money a month then.

Wish it wasn’t going to rain today. I’d have loved to ride the bike to work today but it t’was not to be. And it’s not going to be suitable riding weather the rest of the week it looks like.

(...)

I’m woolgathering again...

Tomorrow I get my one wisdom tooth yanked so hopefully I won’t be in pain a week from now. As I said before it truly is distracting.

Getting some of my sketches and notes together and hopefully I’ll be trying to build a few solar powered things this year. I’ve got a pack of 25 of the 7x10 Fresnel lenses and they focus to a fairly hot point even with minimal light. Still need to test a bunch of things.

Short post today so I can get some other things done at work...
March 17, 2009 11:12 AM 3/17/09

So we’re going to have some money coming in here from another source and that will help cement our vacation later this year. It’s also going to buy more rain barrels for the house, the right jets for the carbs on my bike, and whatever my wife wants to spend her share on. Oh and fence posts for the garden fence.

Beyond that the rest can stay in one place as far as I’m concerned. Likely if we don’t spend it I’ll put some of it back into the credit union account.

The temps seem to be staying above freezing at night lately - at least in our local area - so I should be able to start work on the fence pretty soon. I also am seeing ads for tomato plants on the TV so I might be able to get a young plant to give to my SIL when doing Plants 101 at the house. I still need to pick up a heat gun for that.

No sign of the seedlings sprouting yet. I need to set up some sort of auto-watering for them. I forgot to water them last night. There should still be enough moisture in the soil that they aren’t hurting. I’ll water them when I get home.

Lots of leaves left to rake up from last year. I hope it dries out here over the next couple of weeks so we can get those picked up. Not sure when the spring yard waste pickup is but we already have the bags for it. (Have to buy stickers _in addition_ to the bags...grumble...grumble...) If those leaves don’t go into bags then I don’t know where they’re going to go as I don’t have a spot for compost yet and won’t with the garden expansion.

Thinking about having a friend of ours bring over one of the yard rollers that flattens the yard out. It’s more than a little bumpy and flattening it would probably be a good thing. I don’t think the hitch point on my tractor will pull it though because those are so heavy but I may be wrong.

Gone like the fiscal responsibility of the last eight years but back to work like the current administration...
March 11, 2009 11:11 AM 3/11/09

So a friend of mine got told today that his little part of the working universe will not exist past a month or two. More of that going around. Regardless if anybody knows of an opening for a “perl wookie” in London please shoot me a private message and I’ll get it to him.

Having proper fingernails is making me type different... )
March 9, 2009 11:09 AM 3/9/09

We had our first real thunderstorm yesterday. Spring is on its way...

I’ve volunteered to teach Plants 101 to my sister-in-law which shouldn’t be too hard as she’s pretty bright. She’s interested in growing her own tomatoes so I’ll start with that and walk her through the entire process including making the upside-down 2-litre planter as she has very little horizontal space in her condo.

Anyway to teach her this stuff I’m going to have to clean off the one workbench. Thankfully I need to do that anyway so I can set up the starter tray with the pet bed heater and the LED grow light.

DIdn’t eat right this weekend really. Ate far too much food and a good portion of it not good for me. I did try stir-frying some extra firm tofu but that didn’t turn out well. I’ve had some friends a number of years ago prove to me that tofu can be meat flavored/textured properly but at this point I don’t believe them and think they were lying to me at the time because what I cooked yesterday tastes nothing like meat

It’s supposed to be colder and rainy the rest of the week so no closing the valve on the rain barrel yet but soon...

We ordered the Wii Fit yesterday from Amazon. That should be here some time this week. Supposedly it kicks all sorts of ass - including the players. It’ll be interesting to see how it works out. I’m curious to try the yoga for some reason.

No sign of the other E-Bay items I’ve bought yet. I’m hoping the brain bucket and gloves will be in this week because I want them for when it gets warm enough to ride again. The rest of the stuff cane trickle in as it will.

No cuts needed in my posts now...no time to write long stuff...
nimitzbrood: (Default)
( Mar. 5th, 2009 10:56 am)
March 5, 2009 10:57 AM 3/5/09

So I rode the bike today. Not surprising how much I needed to do that. It wasn’t really that cold but I knew there were issues with riding so early in the season so I kept the bike upright the entire ride and kept it slow and easy the entire way. Now it’s 52 degrees and I’m enjoying the ride to/from lunch.

Ride like the wind... )
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