I am such a geek

How many other people spend copious amounts of time reading entries out of the state department’s world fact book, and reading the travel advisories to those places? Yep, that’s me.
NERD
I still think I ought to go back to Eastern Europe, maybe to live. Computer stuff is in demand, and I could probably live pretty well in Albania.
Really.
In other news, the company Christmas (Yes, that’s the major holiday, and so the season should be referred to as such…) Party is goin on downstairs. I have been given a reprieve, but I am at work. And that sucks.
People don’t talk late at night as much in #757 anymore, and *nobody* IM’s me anymore
Gotta be a bitchy, whiny blogger sometimes….

We've Offended the Frenchy French

Thanks to Glenn Beck for the nickname. Unfortunately, the accent doesn’t translate to text….
Anyway, we’ve pissed off the Frenchy French, the Germans, the Canadians, and the Russians because their companies won’t be allowed to bid on contracts to rebuild Iraq.
Excuse me?
Look, here’s the deal, and I’ll spell it out for each country…..
France: Take Jerry Lewis, and I don’t think anyone would be particularly upset if we never heard from you again. It’s a moot point for you really — is there anything actually made in france anymore, other than food and wine?
Germany: Like your Communist Chancellor now? Couldn’t wait to stick it to Helmutt, but things have been downhill since he left.
Russia: Hey, guys, we know Saddam owed you money. But you could have helped out some. Dubya might change his mind here, because Vladimir has records of his wild youth from the KGB archives.
Canada: You notice how quickly the US Army sliced through Iraq? STFU, or you’re next.
Here’s the deal. The companies from the countries in the “Coalition of the willing” funded the Iraq invasion via taxes they paid. They ought to reap the benefits that are appearing now. It’s as simple as that.

We’ve Offended the Frenchy French

Thanks to Glenn Beck for the nickname. Unfortunately, the accent doesn’t translate to text….
Anyway, we’ve pissed off the Frenchy French, the Germans, the Canadians, and the Russians because their companies won’t be allowed to bid on contracts to rebuild Iraq.
Excuse me?
Look, here’s the deal, and I’ll spell it out for each country…..
France: Take Jerry Lewis, and I don’t think anyone would be particularly upset if we never heard from you again. It’s a moot point for you really — is there anything actually made in france anymore, other than food and wine?
Germany: Like your Communist Chancellor now? Couldn’t wait to stick it to Helmutt, but things have been downhill since he left.
Russia: Hey, guys, we know Saddam owed you money. But you could have helped out some. Dubya might change his mind here, because Vladimir has records of his wild youth from the KGB archives.
Canada: You notice how quickly the US Army sliced through Iraq? STFU, or you’re next.
Here’s the deal. The companies from the countries in the “Coalition of the willing” funded the Iraq invasion via taxes they paid. They ought to reap the benefits that are appearing now. It’s as simple as that.

Users are Lusers

Found this gem on F’d Company. While I understand that users are prone to do stupid things to their machines, there comes a time where you cease making policy for a reason, and start making policy to show that those penis-enlargment pills you ordered from your spam are working.
Besides, guys who sign their emails “MSCE” aren’t worth the ammo it’d take to kill them. Talking in #757, I think there should be a new set of letters those of who are cert-less and proud should use. Only thing that’s required (and this isn’t required for getting an MSCE) is having a clue. I present….
The NCSE.
Non-Certified Systems Engineer.
0wn.
At least we won’t try and poison your network with whatever new security risk MS has released this week. *cough*AD*cough.

Words of wisdom

[panzer] I’m a firm believer in the-best-tool-for-the-job and
know-the-technology-behind-the-gui.
[panzer] time to blog
[tim] dont blog blindly
[tim] know the technology behind the gui
Supposedly it’s snowing outside — I don’t see it. Or, rather, it’s not snowing here.
I have to go to work today on my day off. It’s going to be teh suck. I went in last night, got my normal shit done (with much screaming because other people can’t do, or refuse to do their jobs, and have the nerve to call and let me know that they aren’t going to do their jobs), fucked with this new server a bit. Couldn’t get much done on it, because they’d set a root password at the factory and neglected to tell me WTF it is.
More fun than work, however, was what I did last night, helping Ethan and //c fuck around with the laser. Results here. Burning shit is cool.
Imma go play dod now, then go to work.

Quiz stolen from Jay

Also, tim has a blog now. I’ll put up the link tonight.
#1 Did you ever find yourself totally in love with someone? What was it that really attracted you to them?
Er, WTF, over. I’m not sure I understand this question. Have I been in love? yeah. So I guess that’s totally? It built over time like anything.
#2 Have you ever driven a car at a speed in excess of 100 MPH? If so, did you enjoy the experience?
I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that I may incriminate myself. Lets just say, the Jeep gets real jumpy over 80.
#3 What was the first alcoholic beverage you ever drank? (If you answer “sloe gin,” you are disqualified.)
Beer, probably? Recall, I spent my formative years in germany. No shit, we’d go and buy booze at twelve. So, probably beer, maybe apfelkorn.
#4 How old were you when you lost your virginity?
~o/When I was seventeen, it was a very good year…./o~
#5 How often do you have really crazy dreams that make perfect sense while you are dreaming them?
No, my dreams are always fucked up, and I normally recognize it at the time.
#6 What is the CRAZIEST thing you ever dreamed that made perfect sense as you dreamed it?
Uh? I forget.
#7 If you could change one thing about your physical appearence, what would it be? Explain why you want to change, please.
Oh, there are so many……umm, first and foremost, dropping the flab, especially the love handles would r0ck.

What I'm doing

Essentially, I’m setting it up so I can use movable type on users, and cross-post all of those entries over to livejournal. Only problem I see so far is that the comments are posted two different places. Hmmph.
Speaking of which….if anyone needs an LJ code, or wants to do this, let me know.

What I’m doing

Essentially, I’m setting it up so I can use movable type on users, and cross-post all of those entries over to livejournal. Only problem I see so far is that the comments are posted two different places. Hmmph.
Speaking of which….if anyone needs an LJ code, or wants to do this, let me know.

My Connection With Spiraling Terrors

I’ve never been much of a spiritual person, but if there is any kind of shamanistic connection with weather, I’m one with hurricanes.

A hurricane is directly responsible for my spawn. My parents knew each other in high school–they were friends, but little more. The setting is Biloxi, Mississippi, 1969. Hurricane Camille comes ashore. They really haven’t elaborated much on the events following the storm, but my grandfather (mom’s side) had an artesian well. Since there was no power, artesian wells were really important. My mom’s family provided water to many people after the storm came ashore, including my dad’s family. Things kind of took off from there.

In my first two weeks of life, my family was chased from our home in Cocoa Beach, FL due to a hurricane. My parents evacuated back to Biloxi. While in Biloxi, I was baptized. Shortly thereafter, however, we were chased back to Florida by yet another hurricane.

But today, whenever a hurricane is coming, I can feel it with all my being. I’ve mentioned that my joints ache. My sinuses hurt. My pulse races at times, yet I’m amazingly calm otherwise. I’ve mentioned that I get, well, horny. I mean really bad. Other things go on. I just have these feelings. In the past few years, as I’ve dealt with more hurricanes, I’ve learned to rely the sensations I’m getting. I’m inclined to think you folks in Florida are going to get some, but not the brunt of the storm.

I’m feeling that the storm is about four days out from here. Somewhere on the Southern North Carolina coast. This is not at all good. Not good at all. But no matter where it comes ashore, I feel something is going to happen here. I’m not excited about it. But I’ll be on the air keeping people safe, and that makes me feel better about it. We’ve just dealt with Dennis, and soon Floyd. Those of us, the generic announcers, we don’t get a lot of credit for what we do. But I can assure you we care. From this broadcaster, to all of you threatened by Floyd, be safe.