Month: June 2008

Airport security

At the airport and was asked about security. When asked if i knew why the on liquids rule was in effect, i responded ‘paranoia and over reaction’. This caused her to chuckle 🙂

Training End

Almost done.
Looks like we might wrap up early, which is good 🙂

I hope to meet the rest of my team and maybe have a quick lunch before I have to go and catch a plane.
Also have to return the car with half a tank of gas.
Seems I didn’t use as much gas as I thought I would. Too bad that I paid for a full tank in advance, but oh well.

Went to the mall yesterday, picked up a little something for Tara, and little something for me, and some DVDs to watch back at the hotel.
Which would have been good if it wasn’t for the fact that my laptop has a second HD instead of a CDRom.

Oh well, three movies for $10 isn’t bad 😉

The flight should be boring, but Tara’s gonna pick me up at the airport.
She’s still not feeling very well, which is never good. 😦

Maybe some more at the airport.

3 Things

The Challenge:

Post 3 things you’ve done in your lifetime that you don’t think anybody else on your friends list has done.
See if anybody else responds with “I’ve done that.” If they have, you need to add another! (2.b., 2.c., etc…)
Have your friends cut & paste this into their journal to see what unique things they’ve done in their life.

1. Met half of Metallica after a show
2. Got into a fender bender ~20 minutes after buying a brand new car

About this list

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Put an asterisk next to the books you’d rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them 😉

Before you see this, I fully admit that my head is full of pulpy sci-fi so I don’t actually want to read the “serious” books.
Could be a cop-out, could be legit, hard to say 😛

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien – Tried, failed more than once
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling – one down, many more to go…eventually
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible – bits and bobs
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare – other than King Lear, I liked what I read
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – Will it live up to the hype? And will the FBI end up on my doorstep?
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald***********************
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck – Here’s the grapes, and here’s the wrath!
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood***(I’ve read some of her other work and it really didn’t apeal to me at all)
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (how I missed this one in school is surprising)
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon – for the title alone…
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


I really start to wonder if me and networking just weren’t meant to be.

I’ve had 3 routers in the last 2 years. They all sucked.
Well, let me elaborate on that a little.

They all start out just fine and happy. Then, they get to a point where they have to be cycled once or twice daily.

For me, that’s just not acceptable.

The latest Linksys that I have has one of the cooler firmwares on it, so rebooting is rather easy(and even scheduled). But still, Tara just let me know that it’s not working.
I know a reboot will fix it, but honestly, does this really need to be done more than once a day?

Meanwhile, Jim has had the same router for the last million years, and as far as I know it’s still going strong.


So I’m looking around online for a new router, and you know what’s hard to find?
Other than at Futureshop, but that’s kinda limited to what they sell.
So not super helpful, but better than nothing.

CNet has some reviews, but they do them about once a year, and one router at a time.
If you sort by reviewer rating, the highest was done 5 years ago….

So yea, router reviews. Need to find me some of those.

And as usual, as soon as I post something, I find a decent answer.

Training 3

I’m early.
Had I known I might have slept.

However, this gives me time to listen to the new Priest cd. Good stuff.
Was a little worried when they said it was a concept album revolving around Nostradamus.
But so far so good.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an instant classic or anything, and it’s mostly typical heavy metal lyrics/thinking, but that’s not always a bad thing 🙂

Installing DB2 on Red Hat Enterprise in a VM image.
This is actually for work.
See, we have servers in Toronto, but not a lot of control over them and they have this annoying tendency to get reset when we’re not looking, so I’m gonna make my own.
Dammit 🙂

Tara called last night and she’s really sick 😦
This bugs me for a couple reasons:
1-I’m not there to help. Not that I could do much, but it would be good to at least be near.
2-It’s happening almost monthly. So it’s not likely a virus, although that’s what all the docs call it, so that’s not helpful either.

Hopefully she got some sleep last night and is better today. On the upside, it does clear up/turn around pretty quick. However it does normally last a 2-3 days.

Looks like we’re starting again.


Angelina Jolie is 4 days younger than me.

I can’t help but thinking I look younger. Granted, I haven’t had a million kids and everything else that she’s done, but still.

Vegetarian Goose.
That was on the menu at the Chinese restaurant that I went to for lunch.
How would that work?

Hulk was good. You should see Hulk.
If you like that sort of thing.

Also, $2 well spent.


Day 2 for training.

Learning more today. Stuff that I’ll probably have to know a little about when people call on me.
If nothing else, I can at least tell them to talk to someone else.
I would normally, but now I can do it with some authority 😉

Sushi last night was amazing, and cheap. So I’ll go back tonight, but with a better idea of what to order.
It used to be that Unagi was king shit for suhsi, but now, not so much.
I’ve had so many different types that I’m finding plain old Unagi…plain and old.
Kinda like Tuna.
Still good, just not great.

Last night it was shrimp with rice and salmon on top. Wicked.

Going to hook up with TO people tomorrow. It’s gaming night.
Yea, Tara is shocked(and at the same time not) that I’d still be gaming away from home.
COH is just a little addictive. That, and I have a good group, so that helps a lot.

Complained about the broken coffee maker, and it should be fixed when I get back.
That way I can have tea or coffee with breakfast, instead of the Coke I had this morning.
That just felt a little weird.

Anyway, back to the “grind” 🙂

Random Things

Overheard at the restaurant:
And I’ll have the fish and chips.
Did you want fries with that?
–if no, wouldn’t that just be fish?

How does one throw out a garbage can?

I bet Remembrance Day is a little awkward in Germany.

I had more but I’ve forgotten.
I think this is why I should post more often.

The first one is true, the others are not mine.


George(orgeorge) Carlin has died.
Apparently due to heart failure.
That’s a shame really, he was rather good 🙂

I remember first listening to his stuff during the afternoon of the “sports day” at school.
We all would choose the field events to participate(and fail) in so that we had the afternoon to hang out and just lie on the grass during all the track events.
Chris would bring his George Carlin tapes and we all enjoyed them.
It was dirty enough to be taboo, but overall really really funny stuff.

And to this day, if I have to spell George, in my head it’s always orgeorgeorge….