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:: Thursday, May 29, 2003 ::
DSL got installed at home today, so hopefully I'll be able to work on my webpage in style tonight. So as far as the backpacking trip goes, I've decided to create a webpage devoted to explaining the trip in detail, so I'll wait to post all the juicy information about it there. My company has its own version of instant messenger, and the version that I had wasn't working before I left for the backpacking trip. I got back and it still wasn't working, so I found an alternative, but it is a pain to get my buddy list imported into the new one, and I had to use the new one because the old one isn't supported anymore. What's going on around here? It seems that we have something that works great and it extremely useful and easy to use and then we junk it! What kind of crap is that!?! Anyway, that's technology for you. I should just write my own...:: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 ::
I'm back! Everything went pretty close to the itenerary. I even went to bed at 11pm yesterday. I'll post more later...:: Friday, May 23, 2003 ::
OK, here's the full itenerary. The trip participants will be Forrest and me. We are leaving the Bay Area after Mary's Graduation.
More planning for the Lost Coast trip has taken place. Christina isn't going to go on this trip so it is just going to be Forrest and me. We are going to leave on Saturday around noon (after Mary's graduation) and drive up to the Mattola Trailhead. That is about 294 miles away from San Jose. We are going to get on the trail on Saturday night and backpack down to Black Sands Beach in time to catch a shuttle back to the car on Tuesday at 12:30pm. Here's a link that describes the trip. I'll post the full itenerary and gear list once it has been completed.:: Thursday, May 22, 2003 ::
The plan now is to hike a place called the Lost Coast. It is a little bit south of Redwood National Park. The description that I found on it makes it sound pretty cool. We have to bring a tide book along because there are certain parts of the trail that are impassable at high tide. I'll post a full itenerary once it has been formulated.:: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 ::
Today I went for a run in the early evening. I ran from my worksite up to Coyote Peak and back. Round trip was a little over 3 miles. I tried to run the whole way, but my calves got a little tired on some of the uphill parts. I was going to start running on my way back downhill when I almost stepped on a rattle snake. I jumped back when I saw it on the trail and I first looked to see if it was coiled for a strike (it was coiled a little so it couldn't strike out far) and then I looked for the rattle. The weird thing was that it didn't rattle at all. I went around it and down the trail a little way and then turned around to make sure that it slithered off the trail. Then I made my way further down the trail making sure to watch for snakes and I saw another snake. This one was striped and I have no idea what kind of snake it was. After seeing that I was eager to get back to work.
I just found a few of my pictures online here. These are from when we went hiking at Pinnacles National Monument.:: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 ::
OK, I have a few minutes to explain my presentations. They went well by the way. Here we go...
I'm presenting two of my ideas today at our Innovation Days 'Wild Ideas' forum. I've got the presentations ready to go and I'm psyched up. It's not every day that I get to present ideas to an auditorium full of PHDs. One is an idea for an intelligent fishing net, and the other is an idea about how to track the power consumption of electric vehicles. I'll include more on these subjects later.:: Monday, May 19, 2003 ::
I heard on the radio this morning that the Bachelor had chosen his bride. That reminded me of a few weeks ago... I had just gotten home from work in time to watch the Bachelor. Christina was nowhere to be found and I rushed upstairs to my room and tuned into ABC so I could watch The Bachelor. Soonafter the show started there was a clip of the guy kissing some girl. Then I came to my senses. I immediately thought to myself "There have to be sports on SOMEWHERE", and sure enough there were, and I watched NHL Playoffs. The lesson I learned is that I had been programmed to watch the Bachelor by Christina because she always made me watch it with her. I also learned that those reality TV shows are a waste of time and that I should be working on my database and web page design.:: Sunday, May 18, 2003 ::
I'm at work right now. Nothing like spending a nice relaxing Sunday evening... at work. Apparently someone messed up when they set up our system and it went down like the Hindenburg. The problem is that we have to have our system up and running so that our client has something to work with when they come in to work tomorrow. That's where I come in. I got called in so that I could help get the system back on its feet and giving results that actually make sense. Luckily this sort of thing doesn't happen very often. But I would sure like to slap the person that is responsible for this mishap. I guess I can dream. :-)
I'm writing this from a dialup connection at home. Dialup sucks! I can't wait to get the DSL connection setup at home so that I don't have to waste so much time waiting for pages to load. Moving on... I watched the Matrix Reloaded on Thursday afternoon. I knew that it would not be as good a movie as the first Matrix because there was no way for the film makers could be as innovative and catch us off guard as they did in the first movie. That being said, the Matrix Reloaded was about what I expected. Some good fight scenes, lots of special effects, and a progression of the story. The end left me wondering what was going to happen in the next movie, but at the same time I didn't really care. So unless my project pays for me to go watch the next one I'll probably wait for it to come out on DVD. So in summary, this movie was scrubtacular. On another note, I went to Forrest's BBQ yesterday. There was so much food there! We even left a bunch behind. I hope Forrest and Paul are able to put a dent in that food before it goes bad. But I was impressed. I was impressed with how well it was put together and with the house in general. I think Paul's house has a lot of potential. The rest of this weekend will just be unpacking and trying to get some exercise.:: Thursday, May 15, 2003 ::
Today is a pretty good day. On top of it being good because I get to go watch the Matrix Reloaded I also talked to my manager today and found out that I've gotten a promotion and a bigger raise than I was expecting. Life is good. :-) I guess I won't be eating as much ramen as I thought in the new place. But I won't be getting gout from my diet either. ;-)
We made a lot of progress in our unpacking yesterday. We got the dining room table and two chairs into the dining room, we got the TV into the living room, we got the futon into the office and put together, we got the dresser into the bedroom, we unpacked some dishes, and we put contact paper in some of the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen. All in all it was a job well done. There are still more things to do. Tonight we are going to try to get the entertainment center into the living room, get the couch into the living room, and finish contact papering the drawers and cabinets of the kitchen. On a side note I get to go watch the Matrix this afternoon with coworkers. I'm looking forward to it because I haven't seen a movie in the theaters in a few months and I don't know how many trips to the movies I can afford now that we have a condo.:: Wednesday, May 14, 2003 ::
'Winning the Cultural War' - Charlton Heston's:: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 ::
Holy shit! I had to run to the bank this afternoon and I just stopped shaking a little while ago. I was driving on 87 when the bed liner for my truck flew off. When I saw that happening in my rear view mirror all I could say was "Oh Shit!". My bed liner flew right out of the back of my truck and onto the highway. Luckily there were no cars behind me for a while, so I don't think there were any accidents as a result. But now I have to buy a new bedliner. I didn't even see it move until it just flew right out of the bed. I guess I was lucky this time, but next time I'm getting a spray on bedliner.
The moving saga continues. Now we have to get the furnature into the house from the garage and start to unpack things we need for the workweek like dishes and clothes. I'm going on vacation after this is all over.:: Monday, May 12, 2003 ::
I am so tired right now. All I want is for my 4pm meeting to be cancelled so I can go home and go to sleep.
Well we got moved into the new place this weekend. Damn, I didn't know that I had so much stuff. Everytime I would walk downstairs in my old place and see all the crap I have, I would think "Yeah Vien, I don't have that much stuff..." And Christina has a lot of stuff too! We ended up renting a 14 foot uhaul truck and we had to make two trips with it. Forrest came and helped us with the move. He was helping us move for 12 hours, so I gotta send a shot out to him. Thanks for helping with the move Forrest, you da man! Christine helped too, and we'll be at her place next weekend helping her move. Now we have to unpack and get situated in our new place. We finally plugged in the infamous $25 refrigerator. It actually worked! I was so happy because if it didn't work then I was going to look like a bonehead for cleaning it up. I got to work at 5am so I must have gotten about 3.5 hours of sleep last night. I wish I could get a good night's sleep one of these days...:: Friday, May 09, 2003 ::
Just in case anyone is interested, here is a review of Eigenvalues. I ran across Eigenvalues for something that had to do with my work. Reading up on Eigenvalues reminded me of when I originally covered Eigenvalues in my Linear Algebra class in college. Out of all the mathematics classes I took (Calc I, Calc II, Calc III, Differential Equations, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, and Linear Algebra), I would say that Linear Algebra was one of the most boring classes. It was all proofs. Anyway, I just felt like reminiscing...
I forget how I learned about this website, but it is pretty cool. It is basically about a group of experienced climbers that try to climb a mountain that has never been climbed before. The trip is sponsored by Marmot, so of course you can click on a link to buy Marmot gear, but I thought they did a pretty good job documenting their entire trip. I'd love to go do something like their trip, but I don't know if I'd ever get enough time off of work to do it. Anyway, here's the link.
I found out yesterday that I'll be performing sys admin duties for our production environment on Monday and Tuesday. That means that I'll have to be in here by 5am at the latest on those days. That is going to suck. Performing the actual duties shouldn't be a problem, but it won't allow me to do any of the other million things that I have to do. On top of that I have to move this weekend. I'm looking forward to getting a lot of sleep as soon as this is all overwith.:: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 ::
I just remembered that I heard something that pissed me off the other day. It was Al Sharpton talking about how Health Care is a right in this country. WTF? Excuse me Mr. Sharpton, it is not a right because I have to pay for my damn health care every month. It is highly subsidized by my employer as a "benefit", so at most it is a benefit that companies use to attract good employees. But to say that it is a right it ridiculous. What else is a right, a BMW and a pizza? Give me a break, that has to be just about the stupidist thing I've ever heard. I'm actually dumber now because I listened to Al go off about how Health Care should be a right. I wonder what my friends think? Here's what Al said -> "I've been waiting for a Democrat to say let's get rid of the private health insurance, let's get rid of the whole private system and have a government-run health system. Are you ready to commit to that? Sharpton: "Well, I think we need a government health system, but I think we need to do it in a way that we can afford it and guarantee it. . . . [W]e need to make health care a right in a country like this. I think that's what we need to argue about. . . . I think have the government manage it and have the government guarantee it." (CNN's "Crossfire," 1/24/03) Well you have lots of arguments from me. It would be nice if everyone could afford Health Care, but in a capitalist society you are always going to have rich and poor, those that can afford Health Care and those that can't. Should it be a right for everyone? No, but I think we could put some safeguards in place so that the people that can't take care of themselves are taken care of. But if you have someone that is able but not willing to earn their own Health Care then society should respect their decision to not provide themselves with Health Care. Anyway, I got really mad when I heard that Health Care should be a "right".
I read a good article yesterday about stress testing web services. I have to do a bit of that in my job, so I thought I would share the article with anyone out there who might be interested. You can find that article here. I guess I won't have to stress test my website until I actually get things up and running. :-) And that won't be for a while.:: Monday, May 05, 2003 ::
I'm sitting in a big comfortable leather chair at work taking a small break. I don't think I should say what company I work for, but I work at a research site for my company and in the hallways in between wings of the building they have some nice, big, comfortable, inviting chairs to sit in. I've never sat in them before, so on my way back to my office from a meeting I decided to give them a try. Christina and I were looking at chairs this weekend, and the chair I'm sitting in right now is just like one that we liked a lot at Scandinavian Designs. But that chair was $1200. It is a chair and a half, light brown leather chair with comfortiable arm rests. We liked another chair that was similar, but made of cloth at another furniture store, and cost about $500. And on a side note, wireless networks at work kick ass!
The salesperson at Sears gave us the wrong closing time. By the time we got back to Sears to get the vaccum cleaner they were closed. We were unhappy because the sale ended on Sunday, so we were wondering what we were going to do now. But when we got home we decided to check online, and sure enough it was still on sale on their website. So we bought it at the website and then scheduled pickup at the Oak Ridge Mall. Picking up things from Sears beats the hell out of having to deal with their salespeople. We parked near their pickup area, walked in, put our name into the computer and a few minutes later someone came out with our vaccum cleaner and loaded it into the truck for us. I guess we know what they spent their money developing. We spent the rest of the day packing and moving stuff around and cleaning the fridge. It had a lot of dirt on the ouside and some mold in the freezer, but we got it looking respectable. I forgot to mention yesterday that we got our dining room table and 4 chairs for $20. So at this point, I'm not sure what other major purchases we have to make before we move in. We'll take it a little bit at a time and hopefully we'll be able to save some money along the way. We still need to get the phone and electric and all that stuff schedule. Buying a place and moving into is a total pain in the ass.:: Saturday, May 03, 2003 ::
We picked up the refrigerator today. I felt like I was a looter. We drove up to Lam Research, walked in, grabbed the stuff that was reserved for Christina's dad, took them out and loaded up the truck, and left. There were a lot of people there and they were taking out tons of stuff. I can't believe how much stuff they were getting rid of and how cheap it all was. Some people rented moving vans and filled them up with desks, chairs, SGI machines, and tables. We made it back to Christina's house and put the refrigerator in their garage. It looks like it is about 10 years old and we need to clean it, but I think it will work for us just fine. Later on in the day we went to look at vaccum cleaners. We went to Sears and found one that we want, but the salespeople there are so pushy. It really annoys me. How about they worry more about what I want than about their commission? Is it that hard? I think Sears would do better if they didn't have such a suck-ass environment. I won't go in there unless I absolutely have to because they prey on us like rabid wolves. My rant about Sears could go on forever, but I'll stop here. Other than that today was a cool day.:: Friday, May 02, 2003 ::
Boy am I glad that today is Friday. I have so much to do this weekend. I have to get some work done later tonight or tomorrow, I have to pack stuff for the move next weekend, and I have to go pick up a $25 refrigerator tomorrow. Woohoo! This has to be the best deal ever on a fridge! I'll be happy as long as it runs and I'll spend all day cleaning the damn thing if I have to. Today was Christina's dad's birthday, so we went to dinner to celebrate. I have to wake up early tomorrow to go get the fridge so I'd better cut this thing off for now. It is going to be a busy weekend.
Just in case anyone out there wants a perl script that will replace a certain string in a file with another string and copy that file to a file that they specify, this perl script is for you. :-) Even though I used it for something that I needed to do at work, I figued I can still post it because I wrote it. It is pretty simple overall.