Month: November 2010

Le Opps

Well, it seems I’ve dropped out of NaBloPoMo again this year. I had a strong start, and then, well, dropped the ball.

Oh well, there’s always next year 🙂

In the mean time, I dropped off the main PC to the shoppe, and they say it’s the power supply(yes, it can happen) which I found a little odd as it was running just fine before I shut it down, but whatever. It’s under warrenty assuming that I can find the invoice, which I can’t, so it isn’t. But a replacement is $65, which isn’t terrible. And they say the main hard drive might be on the way out, which is possible, I just don’t have the extra scratch to get another one. Mind you, I really don’t have the extra scratch to get a power supply either, but one is more important than the other right now.

It’ll be nice to get it back as we’re behind on our TV downloads 😉

Since I’ve been writing this post all day, the computer is back and running fine now. Even has less mal-ware than before…which started this problem in the first place.

The Christmas tree is up and we’re not sure how we did this last year. I don’t know if there’s even more furniture, or if we moved some stuff downstairs. I suspect that was the case as we surly don’t have room in the kitchen 🙂

Anyway, off to bathe the boy as he’s kinda stinky. But that’s ok, he’s still cute. When he’s older and this stinky, no amount of cute is going to help him 😉

Sunday Stuff

Once again the main computer has decided that it’s going to play the “I refuse to start” game.
I accidentally told it to shutdown insead of reboot, and it took my advice to heart.

It’s not something I fully understand. I mean, the thing reboots well enough, it just seems to have a stop/start issue. So, I’ll do what I did last time; leave it alone and try tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.

Other than that it’s been a decent Sunday. Too bad it’s coming to a close, I kinda like the weekends.

We have a new humidifier for the house, and it’s been running since last evening.  We have a very dry house, and when you pet the cat there are sparks. Which is fun, but it can’t be healthy. And it makes our skin dry and generally the whole place is miserable. So we have it running all the time and odds are it’ll be running for the next couple of days, then we can turn it down. It’s a cold mist one, so at least it makes the main level temp pretty nice. It get’s warm down here.

I think this week I’ll be putting up the Christmas lights. Tara’s in a real Christmas mood this year, and I suspect a lot of that has to do with Liam.  We have the tree out of the basement, just not setup, but I suspect that’ll be this week as well. I think It’ll be an especially cool time this year. Mind you, he won’t really know what’s on, but we will, and that’s cool 😉

What are you watching?

Jen reminded me to watch The Walking Dead. Well, the internet reminded me that it was on, I downloaded it, and Jen reminded me to watch it. To say the least, it was the best zombie TV show I’ve ever seen. It’s also possibly the only zombie TV show I’ve ever watched 🙂
But that didn’t stop it from being amazing.
Let’s face it, zombies movies are really about two things:

  • People that are dealing with the conflict
  • Makeup

The Walking Dead had greatness in both. I don’t want to spoil anything, but they do a good job in making you feel for the people. Some zombie movies are just about the makeup and the gore. There really wasn’t that much gore, just enough 😉

This leads me to think about the other shows that I’m watching. Some new, some old, but let’s go with the new shall we?

Detroit 187
Good cop show with just the right amount of cheese to make it watchable.  And it’s got Shaun Majumder, which is always fun.

Boardwalk Empire
Nice replacement for the Sopranos. And for the most part it’s the same cast, just a different time period.

Blue Bloods
Show about a family of cops. Watched some of this, not a whole ton, but what I saw I liked.

The Event
Really wanted to get more into this show, thought it would fill the void of Lost. Just really haven’t had a chance to watch it. I’ll get to it 🙂

Sym-Bionic Titan
I have to say, that of the new shows, this one is really cool and has me interested. The character design is by Genndy Tartakovsky, who is well known for Samurai Jack and Dexters Lab. It’s a great giant robot series that knows the source material it’s borrowing from. I watched the 4th episode this morning and there were even Die Hard elements. It’s a great watch for Giant Robot fans 🙂

And that’s really about it for new stuff. What are you watching?

Red 5 Standing by

Really, today was just too crazy busy to post.

I really should do this in the morning when I actually have a few minutes to myself. Granted, I tend to be at work during that time, but still.

Oh, and Walking Dead is the bomb yo! It’s something I’ll be watching until it starts to suck…or decay, as the case may be.

Crib Time

Last night was Liam’s first time in the crib.

It’s funny to see that, while he’s almost outgrown the bassinet, he’s soooo small in the crib.
And it gave us a chance to try out the baby monitor, and I’m glad we did as it has it’s little qwirks.

It has a motion sensor pad to make sure he’s still breathing. But, as soon as you take him out of the crib, you have to turn off the base unit as the alarm will go off within 15 seconds, and it’s really annoying. Then, when you turn that off, the monitor handset starts to beep as you’ve gone ‘out of range’. So it’s gonna take time to get used to.

As Tara’s been on the ‘night shift’, we thought that having Liam in another room would allow her to get a little more sleep at night, and it didn’t really work that way. I don’t think it’s made things any worse, just not as good as we thought it would be. But it’s a good start I think.

Now we just have to get the little man to sleep through the night, or at least mostly through the night, or eat only every 4 hours…

One day…. 🙂

Ideal Job Qualifications

This was a writing prompt from the NaBloPoMo site, and it caught my attention.

It used to be simple; the ability to wear jeans, wear sandels and have a good sized cubicle.
When I joined IBM, I had all three(eventually), but I find myself wanting more these days.

I used to just want to be the worker bee, the guy happy enough to have a job that didn’t completly suck. I like tech support, I like helping people, but I don’t know if software support is where I’m at these days. I started at EDS during more deskside support, and I think I really liked that, but I’m not sure if that’s where my head is at these days either.

I’ve had the bug in my head about moving up to management. Not sure how long it’s been there, but being a husband, and now a father, have really driven this home to me. I know that some of it is wanting to make more money, but I really started to think of where my career was going. And it was just going to be support, and I think I’m over that.

Mind you, as usual, as soon as I really came to act on this move up, I kinda missed the boat in terms of classes and other stuff I had to do, but it’s not like it’s too late to get this done eventually. This will be the first thing I do once I come back from Christmas break. My current manager is more than happy to help me move up and out of support and into mangement, and she’s someone that I want to be like in terms of a manager.

Not saying that I’ve had a lot of bad managers, in fact it’s been the opposite for the most part. And I’d like to think that I’ve learned some good things from my past managers, things that I would like to move forward in my own management style.

I think I’m finally ready for this. I’d like to move away from day to day customer support, solving technical problems that I can’t really solve anyway as I have to hand most things off to the higher level devs anyway. I’d like to be able to sit in on meetings, and make decisions that will actually help whatever team I have. I’d like to be a mentor to my staff, and not be one of these micro managers, but trust my staff to do their own work.

So what’s the new qualifications for my ideal job?

A small, dedicated team. Higher wage. More regular hours. I see that it’s shifted more so that I can help my family out, and be with my family more.

We’ll see how this works out, and when.

Nothing really today

Title says it all.

Is it day 2 and I’ve run out of steam already? No, the day just got away from me.

I really should do this in the morning when it’s a little more quiet.

But quickly:

  • Liam is up to 9lbs 4oz
  • Tara and I made calzones for the family, and they were great
  • Boardwalk Empire is totally growing on us
  • Work is work

That’s pretty much it, at least it wasn’t totally meaningless.