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Winamp has a mind of its own…

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Winamp just served up a triple-play of The Fresh Prince:

  • Paul Shaffer (ft. The Fresh Prince) – When the Radio Is On
  • Will Smith & Snoop Dogg – Pump Ya Brakes
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – Ring My Bell (remix)

I’m not sure if this thing is trying to achieve sentience or not, but I like its choice of music.

Friday Morning Musical Funny (Hey, look! An alliterative palindrome!)

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Random play on Winamp brought me the following songs… in order:

  • Tupac – Changes
  • David Bowie – Changes

Same name, completely different flavors.

“He gets right on to the friction of the day…”

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Thursday : 27 April 2006
In the words of ‘Cube and Uncle Grandpa (the Macintosh): “I gotta say it was a good day.” Add to that the fact that it was No Bad News Thursday… AND the fact that I beat Tommy 2-1 in lunchtime games of Crack: the Addiction Magic: the Gathering. Boo. Yah.

The High-Flying Adventures of Indigo Bolt
I talked with earlier and made a possible plan to patrol together tonight, if she didn’t get onto another server. We never got together, so I ran around solo for a while. I went back to my Crey’s Folly mission (Defeat 35 Freakshow). I shouldn’t have gone in alone. But I did. And, I held my own. Then I hooked up with another guy… and that’s when it all hit the fan.

I started the evening with about 9300 points of XP debt.
Halfway through my gaming, I was up to 42,000 points of debt.

That did not make for happy feelings. In fact, there was one point where my teammate said “I’m not fighting them,” and waited to see what I was going to do. When I died, he went to see what killed me. (I found some measure of satisfaction in knowing that whatever it was that killed me… it killed him, too.)

I wound up getting invited to another team. That was a much better experience. There was real-life, honest-to-goodness teamwork involved here. Who knew?! By the time I left this group, I was clear of experience debt and a good deal closer to Level 34.

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Request for a new office chair

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I just sent the following email to my Team Lead and our Office Director:

Not that there’s anything necessarily “wrong” with my current chair, I would like to upgrade to one of these.

I’m waiting for their responses…

“Well, you know we’re having good days and we hope they’re gonna last.”

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Wednesday : 26 April 2006
Today was decidedly better than yesterday. Landslide. Leaps and bounds. Chutes and Ladders. (Okay, so the last one was a bit far-fetched, but you get the idea.) The work day was good. Since we didn’t go to the gym yesterday, we made up for it today. I had a good upper back workout; I didn’t get to do the concentrated triceps stuff at the end of my workout, but that’s fine.

Post work was fairly quiet. That’s a good thing.

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That’s it for now.


Midweek mid-day music… kind of.

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Got to concentrate
don’t be distractive
Turn me on tonight
Cause I’m radioactive

“I see red…”

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Tuesday : 25 April 2006
I thought that Monday’s only came once per week. Although, when I think about it, yesterday was a pretty good day. So, I suppose that the cosmic scales have found equilibrium. Today has been… trying. I started off the day with a trip to the SLC office and a cup of frozen mocha. I figured that was a good way to kick things off. I got to the office and had a couple of things going on – it’s called “work” for a reason. Still, things were all good.

Too good.

I was “asked” to track down an errant package. I think that my immediate reaction was to stare at the requester as though he had lost his mind. Even worse: I don’t think that he picked up on that. About the package:

  • It was a bit expensive; while it could be replaced, it would not make the people who hold the purse-strings very happy.
  • It was supposed to have been delivered a month ago.
  • Neither the requester nor the person whom was supposed to receive the package had contacted the shipping service.
  • While they had asked the two other businesses in our building about the package, it didn’t occur to them to ask anyone in the next building if the package had been delivered there.
  • Nor did it occur to them to send an internal email to see if someone else had taken delivery of the item.

I wound up spending too much time trying to suss out the problem – including a trip to the local office of the shipping company… only to find out that they didn’t have any more information than we did. *braincramp* So, I went back to the office and gave what little information I could find to the requester. And I think that pretty much everyone in the office was aware, to some degree, that I was not in a happy headspace – most of them gave me a good bit of space.

The shipping company had delivered it to another address.
They brought it to us around 2 PM.
Monkey squeezing ass ninjas.

Other than that, it was a relatively uneventful day. And I didn’t wind up snapping a boot off in anyone’s ass… although I was sorely tempted a couple of times.

The High-Flying Adventures of Indigo Bolt
I went on a late patrol of the city. I joined a team and we went to Dark Astoria, Skyway City and Talos Island for our missions. Thanks to the “No, no… we can do this without any more help” mindset of the de facto team leader, most of us wound up dying. Multiple times. He finally relented and brought in another character – a Blaster. That was great, but what we really could have used was a Controller or Defender who could: a) slow down the enemy groups and b) heal us! (character archetype breakdowns) I would up leaving the game with 9,000 points of experience debt. *sigh*

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I’m tapped.



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I am Jack’s raging bile duct.

“Play the game…. Everybody play the game…”

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Monday : 24 April 2006
On the whole, it wasn’t a bad Monday.

We had an off-week D&D game tonight. Our characters did a lot of talking… and fighting… and falling on the ground, bleeding profusely. Over the course of the session, at least two – possibly three – of us came precariously close to dying. We did wind up losing our star NPC. But, she went out fighting.

Stray Toasters

  • I talked with my uncle and Bret today. All’s well on the Right Coast.
  • : I still have your mechanical pencil. I’ll bring it to the next Clitorati gathering.
  • University of Utah to Help Build Realistic Bionic Arm
  • By way of MSNBC: Judge: Web-surfing worker can’t be fired
  • GamerDad – Gaming with Children
  • I could deal with Hugo Weaving as The Joker in the next Batman film.
  • Vote on Monopoly Landmarks

    Monopoly Fans Will Choose Which American Landmarks Will Represent 22 U.S. Cities in New “Monopoly: Here & Now” Edition

    EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. — April 24, 2006 — What properties would appear on the MONOPOLY game board if America’s most popular game were designed in the ‘here and now’?

    Would New York Ave. be replaced with New York’s Times Square? Instead of Illinois Ave., would the game board include a landmark from the state of Illinois? And would Rodeo Drive battle it out with the Golden Gate Bridge for the coveted ‘Boardwalk’ spot on the board?

    Beginning April 24, 2006, Americans will get the chance to vote on which famous landmarks from America’s greatest destination cities should be included on the game board of the new MONOPOLY: HERE & NOW Edition. MONOPOLY fans can visit www.monopoly.com to cast their on-line ballots for legendary streets, neighborhoods and national monuments from 22 cities — ranging from New York City to Honolulu — that will be represented on the board.

  • All About Coffee and Espresso: Find Out About the Life of a Gourmet Coffee Bean
  • 43 Things.com

Quotes of the Day
Tonight’s quotes come from our gaming session (with apologies to Bob Dorough and George Clinton):

“Well, into any cave you go…
Or anything you need to glow…
Or any spell that you may know…
You know they’re nouns!”


“We want the monk!
Gotta have the monk!”

And now… to The Dreaming.


“Hold it! I ain’t pushin’ NO ‘Moon’ button!”

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There was a little mosquitah
In a yellow tuxedah
Freakin’ inside the speaka’s tweetah…

But the only thing that the mosquita needa
Was the Lady Devastator
With the big drum beat-ah!

With apologies to Billy Joel and Steve Jobs…

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(9:45:06 AM) : Dear God…
(9:45:25 AM) Crunchyy: ye?
(9:45:27 AM) : I just read this: http://hardware.slashdot.org/hardware/06/04/24/1258238.shtml
(9:45:27 AM) Crunchyy: yes?
(9:45:33 AM) : And the FIRST thing in my head:
(9:45:45 AM) : “I don’t care what you say anymore this is iLife…”
(9:45:56 AM) : “Go ahead with your WinLife, leave me alone.”
(9:45:59 AM) : *hangs head*

“Today is different and tomorrow the same, it’s hard to take the world the way that it came…”

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Sunday : 23 April 2006
It’s been a good weekend. It included trips to the park, Hollywood Connection, ice cream and kite flying, among other things.

The High-Flying Adventures of Indigo Bolt
I went on a short (about an hour-and-a-half) patrol of Paragon City tonight. I was invited to a team for a mission; I joined. We fought the Circle of Thorns. I died twice, racking up over 13k of XP debt – NOT what I was hoping to do… – but now, I’m roughly halfway to Security Level 34.

Stray Toasters

  • I taught to play Magic: the Addiction Gathering tonight. Ostensibly, I was teaching her and the boys… but the boys found Cartoon Network much more interesting, so they were gone shortly after we started. She caught on rather quickly. And, she liked it. Hmm… Magic: the Gateway Drug Game.
  • Congress Readies New Digital Copyright Bill
  • I caught a bit of A Prairie Home Companion this afternoon. More specifically, “Guy Noir, Private Eye.” I haven’t heard that in a while.
  • Exiled Gamers’ Abandonware Campaign
  • “Though his mind is not for rent,
    Don’t put him down as arrogant.
    His reserve, a quiet defense,
    Riding out the day’s events.
    The river”

  • RIAA sues family that doesn’t own a PC
  • Check out the Kid O store.
  • I escaped Dr. Volt’s without purchasing any plastic crack this week.
  • “You’re an evil bastard, do you know that?”
  • Pimp My Snack
  • No, his mind is not for rent
    To any god or government.
    Always hopeful, yet discontent,
    He knows changes aren’t permanent,
    But change is.

  • Handy Windows Keyboard Shortcuts …and… Top 10 Windows XP Tips of All Time
  • Electronic Arts’ Archon was fun. So was Epyx’ Impossible Mission… once I figured out what the Hell I was supposed to do.

That’s good for now. Time for an inner-eyelid study.


“The night turns thin…”

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Friday : 21 April 2006
Today was a textbook “nice Spring day.” Sun. Blue skies. 69 degrees (F). The whole nine yards.

The work day was good. I spent a good portion of the morning fighting a phone problem. In the colder-than-I-like-it PBX/server room. Not fun. I got 50% of the problem fixed and am using a stopgap “solution” until Monday for the other 50%. I’ve also run into another impasse with my PHP program. But, I think that it was akin to the problem that I had when I coded in ColdFusion… so, I will overcome it. I had lunch with a coworker at a barbecue place near work; it was tasty. And I had an Oreo Blizzard for dessert!

Clitorati. Good group, both in size and mix of people. Good conversations… although, we had to wait to have them because there was a musician performing in the cafè tonight.

Stray Toasters

  • Congrats to and The Artist Formerly Known as The Non-LJ User Who Should Be Known as “OnlyAlyce” on their new house.
  • Math Prof Apologizes for Test Question
  • I told someone that they had “more than enough willpower to be a Green Lantern (or five)” and they got the reference.
  • John Romita, Sr. and Jr. will be appearing together at the Baltimore Comic-Con this September. This is a rare occurrence. But, their artwork really doesn’t do anything for me – particularly JR Jr.’s work. It just seems… “flat.” Yes, I know that it’s a two-dimensional medium. But his work doesn’t really speak to me.
  • : Look on this site for the Ganesha necklace.
  • 2006 Robot Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
  • As much as I like my 21″ monitor, I wouldn’t be opposed to ditching it for another 17″ LCD.
  • : ToeSox
  • From Worth1000 : Going Postal #6

    In this contest, your task is to create a new design for a postage stamp. One we’d all love, or one we’d all hate, it’s up to you. Please try not to create a design featuring a celebrity who already has a stamp, such as Elvis. If you do- make sure it is extremely unique (and hilarious)in it’s depiction, or it will be disqualified. Better to come up with an entirely new idea.

  • Princesses and Tori wanna-be’s


“Beyond the rim of starlight…”

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Thursday : 20 April 2006
Another NBN Thursday comes to an end. The weather was quite nice… even though the only got to experience a little of it firsthand.

The (not so) High-Flying Adventures of Indigo Bolt
I went on patrol tonight. I got a mission to defeat 35 of the Freakshow in Crey’s Folly. Silly me: I tried to solo it. Not smart. There was a death involved. But not before I managed to beat 15 of them. I’m going to need to take a friend or two (or ninety) with me to finish it up.

I ran into an old teammate and joined a team with her and a few others. I wound up dying a couple of times with that team… but I managed to purge the debt before I logged off.

Stray Toasters

  • Sib3 called again tonight.
  • Knowing my affinity for comics, sent me the following message…

    I don’t know if this will interest you or make you cringe or both, but:

    …and a link to Secret Wars Re-Enactment Society from Geek-Week.net. I was both amused and a little scared by it.

  • ReFrederator
  • From Salt Lake City Weekly: Born Blue – “Some say Indigo Children are here to save the world. Skeptics say it’s New Age hokum.”
  • Tonight, I discovered that we get BET Jazz. This is both a good and a bad thing. “Good,” as I like jazz. “Bad,” since I was watching Studio Jams … and stayed up later than I should have. They got five musicians (Stanley Jordan kicks ass, by the way) together and had them do Cousin Mary and a version of Stevie Wonder’s Overjoyed. And they were slick. Easily worth staying up to watch.
  • Tiny God (his computer) has been demoted to Tiny Avatar. But, he’s offered the proper obiesances and observed the rites (and made a few sacrifices, just for good measure). It should be back to Tiny God before too long.

    In a related note, Intrepid recently left ‘dock after a refit. She’s spaceworthy (or at least Interweb-worthy) again.

  • : The cover art to Black Panther #15: “Bride of the Panther (Part 2)”
  • It seems as though there will be an eleventh Star Trek movie. Paramount has tapped J.J. Abrams (of Alias and Lost fame) to direct.

    The story will center on the early days of James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and first outer space mission.

  • Palladium Books Going Out of Business
  • Windows Vista Review, Part 5: Where Vista Fails


“Science and technology, the new mythology…”

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Wednesday : 19 April 2006
Middle of the week and all’s well.
Work was good.
Post-work was good.

Not too much to report, otherwise.

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